It took three races and leading 40 of 45 main event laps to finally take the checkered flag, but Cole Seely is now officially a race winner in 2014. His triumph combined with a penalty for Jason Anderson also moved Seely into control of the West Region Championship.
Each week, The Power Rankings will recognize the movers and shakers in Monster Energy Supercross. Despite Seely’s breakthrough, Anderson still paces this week’s Power Rankings, even with his misfortune.
1. Jason Anderson – Rockstar Energy Racing (Last Week: 1 / No Change)
Anderson crossed the line in second in Anaheim, but was later penalized for violating the series’ safety policy for cross flags/red lights indicating a downed rider in a precarious position. The new standard penalty for this violation is two positions, dropping Anderson to fourth. While this hurts Anderson in the big picture, he still overcame his worst start of the season to race his way into second as he gained little to no advantage when he broke the rule. This is the first adversity Anderson has faced this season, so it will be interesting to see how he responds.
2. Cole Seely – Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil Honda (Last Week: 2 / No Change)
He finally finished the job off and got a win. A wild turn of events now puts Seely in the drivers seat in the championship battle, but I think he still needs another win or finish ahead of Anderson to cement his newfound advantage. We’ve known Seely can win all along, but can he now control a championship?
3. Cooper Webb – Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha (Last Week: 5 / +2)
This kid just gets better every week. He’s fast and he just goes for it. Webb fended off Anderson for a long time in Anaheim but ultimately settled for his first career podium. After the penalty he moved into second and now has a ton of confidence heading into this weekend in Oakland.
4. Malcolm Stewart – Troy Lee Designs/MAVTV Honda (Last Week: 6 / +2)
He’s been on the cusp of fighting for the podium all season, but it just didn’t come together until last weekend. Now that Mookie has a podium finish, will he be able to use it to his advantage?
5. Justin Hill – Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki (Last Week: 7 / +2)
Arguably the ride of the night coming from 19th to 5th, even if it was because of a crash that came right after taking the lead out of the first turn. We saw a new side of Justin and it confirmed that he has grown quite a bit as a rider. A win could be in the cards for Hill this season.
6. Dean Wilson – Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki (Last Week: 4 / -2)
While his teammate is heading in the right direction, Wilson appears to be going the wrong way. I think he looked better in Anaheim than he has all season, but an early crash took him out of contention. Wilson is very resilient so expect him to turn things around quickly so he can try and get back into this title hunt.
7. Zach Osborne – GEICO Honda (Last Week: 3 / -4)
Just a tough night for Osborne, getting caught up in Wilson’s incident and simply not being able to get those lost positions back. He’s still right there with the lead pack in this class, but he will need to avoid getting mid-pack starts so that he doesn’t find trouble anymore.
8. Jessy Nelson – Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil Honda (Last Week: 8 / No Change)
Nelson has been as solid as can be this season. Nothing flashy, he just gets the job done. His consistency is no doubt attributed to the entire success the Troy Lee team is experiencing right now.
9. Dean Ferris – Red Bull KTM (Last Week: 10 / +1)
Ferris is definitely learning and you can see he’s just trying to get acclimated to the pace and speed of supercross before he gets to the point of pushing the limit. He’s been impressive for someone with virtually no supercross experience and I’d be curious to see what he could do with a really good start.
10. Shane McElrath – Troy Lee Designs/MAVTV Honda (Last Week: Not Ranked)
Shane’s addition this week puts all four Troy Lee Honda riders in the rankings. This has been the team to watch so far this season and McElrath’s quick adjustment to the pro ranks has probably taken some by surprise. He fought hard against both Hill and Wilson to secure his best result of the season in Anaheim.
Dropped Out: Darryn Durham (Suffered concussion at A2, out indefinitely)
Biggest Movers: Cooper Webb, Malcolm Stewart, and Justin Hill (+2)
Biggest Drop: Zach Osborne (-4)