It’s been a tough road thus far, but Ryan Dungey finally broke through for his first win of the season in Indy. The new winner was the fifth different rider to stand atop the podium this season, but following a wild night in Indy both the championship and Power Rankings experienced a bit of a shakeup. One thing that has stayed constant throughout the 2014 season is Ryan Villopoto, who’s back on top the rankings.
Each week, The Power Rankings will recognize the movers and shakers in Monster Energy Supercross.
1. Ryan Villopoto – Monster Energy Kawasaki (Previously: 2 / +1)
It hasn’t been a conventional season for Villopoto, having just two wins to his credit, but he’s been as consistent as ever and more importantly, hasn’t had any bad nights. In Indy his recovery from a crash out of the gate was exactly the kind of ride that wins titles and it’s why he’s sitting pretty in the standings right now.
2. Ryan Dungey – Red Bull KTM (Previously: 7 / +5)
To say Dungey needed a win would be an understatement. The 2014 season has been a trying one but Mr. Consistency has returned. More importantly, Dungey has managed to dig himself out of the sixth-place hole he was in and back into the more familiar position of second in the championship.
3. James Stewart – Yoshimura Suzuki (Previously: 6 / +3)
He was the hottest rider in the series not too long ago, but has had to battle for results in recent weeks. His crash on the opening lap in Indy ended hopes of another victory and now he’s lost a lot of the momentum he had. Stewart will always be one to watch, but now he’s out of mulligans.
4. Ken Roczen – Red Bull KTM (Previously: 3 / -1)
The rookie had his first rough night in Indy, and it was a pretty bad one. Roczen went down with Villopoto out the gate and kept pace with his rival as they climbed through the field until a mistake put the German hard into the ground, later resulting in a DNF. You could tell he was shaken up and now he’ll be forced to dig deep. It will be interesting to see how he responds from his first real bout of adversity.
5. Justin Brayton – Toyota/Yamaha/N-Fab/JGRMX (Previously: 4 / -1)
Brayton had to gut one out in Indy, literally. Battling food poisoning all afternoon, Brayton’s race became a matter of survival in the waning laps. With his energy fading fast, Brayton soldiered home to finish eighth.
6. Andrew Short – BTOSports.com KTM (Previously: 8 / +2)
Shorty enjoyed his best ride of the season in Indy on a night when a lot of other riders were just trying to survive. Short thrived in the rough conditions to finish sixth and is one of just three riders to finish inside the top 10 at every race this season.
7. Broc Tickle – RCH Racing / Soaring Eagle Suzuki (Previously: Not Ranked)
“The Tickler” has come on strong the past couple weeks and appears to be hitting a groove on his Suzuki. He’s been known to thrive when conditions get rough so it should be no surprise his best result came in Indy. Since moving indoors, Tickle has finishes of 7-7-5 and is on the rise.
8. Wil Hahn – GEICO Honda (Previously: Not Ranked)
Like Tickle, Hahn has turned things up lately as well. He grabbed a career-best result of fourth a couple weeks ago in Atlanta and was in the mix for a similar result in Indy before crashing. Despite the misfortune, Hahn is coming into his own on the 450 and will be one to watch moving forward.
9. Eli Tomac – GEICO Honda (Previously: Not Ranked)
The second GEICO Honda rider makes his first appearance of the season in the Power Rankings on the heels of his first career podium. There hasn’t been a lot to remember so far in his rookie season, but Tomac showed his potential with a runner-up performance. Confidence is no doubt high for Tomac and the results should start coming as a result.
10. Cole Seely – Team Honda Muscle Milk (Previously: Not Ranked)
Surely the Factory Honda effort didn’t expect Seely to do much more than battle for top 10’s when they tapped him to fill in for Justin Barcia and Trey Canard, but the 250SX West Region title hopeful went out and landed on the podium. It’s been a tough season to the red bikes in the premier class, but Indy was a night to remember and could be the jolt the manufacturer needs.
Biggest Mover: Ryan Dungey (+5)
Biggest Drop: Ken Roczen and Justin Brayton (-1)