With the 2014 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series breathing down its last few weeks of off-season, the supercross 2014 teams are getting ready, riders and team managers are gearing up for what looks to be one of the more exciting seasons in recent history. AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman promises, “to produce another world-class season of championship racing,” and it seems that the public eagerly agrees. Not only will Supercross competitors and fans enjoy the typical major media exposure, personal showmanship, and inter-team competition, the sport has finally achieved a long sought after goal: landing a major race in the greater New York area. I don’t know about you, but I’m excited about this one. What exactly do the supercross 2014 teams have in store for us this year?
Says Charlie Mancuso, President of Felt Motor Sports, “Monster Energy Supercross is in the midst of the most competitive eras of racing we’ve ever seen. . . . With 40 incredible seasons behind us, we look ahead to continue bringing the best racing on the planet to new markets and new audiences across North America. The sport is at an all-time high in terms of attendance, popularity, and media exposure, so it’s only natural that we continue to expand to the largest media market in the world – New York.”
Riders seem to be welcoming the new stop on the racing circuit, and hope that New England fans feel the same. Ryan Villopoto, defending three-time champion, is looking forward to the new venue, where cool temperatures, no preconceived expectations, and the possibility for big crowds may help riders to “push a little harder” to make the racing better for everyone.
Fans won’t be in for all new surprises, as Anaheim remains the heart-home of the series, hosting the traditional opening race as well as two other events. Returning veteran supercross 2014 teams and riders are in for a wild ride.
“Every year Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, keeps us on our toes,”- FIM President Mr. Vito Ippolito.
The 2013 season was an interesting and hard fought one with some very nice surprises. Monster Energy Supercross racing is tough! One cannot but admire the valiant riders who go out there and fight it out every year, and 2014 should not be any different. It will be a long summer and winter before we start racing again. The 2014 season opener in Anaheim will be here sooner than we think.”
Top Supercross 2014 Teams to Watch This Year:
Top 250 Supercross class 2014 teams
1. Geico Honda – Manager Mike LaRocco; Riders: Kevin Windham (14), Zach Osbourne (338), Zach Bell (167), Justin Bogle (34)
2. Procircuit Kawasaki – Owner/Manager Mitch Payton; Riders: Blake Baggett (4), Dean Wilson (15), Tyla Rattray (28), Martin Davalos (40), Darryn Durham (44), Justin Hill (317)
3. Red Bull KTM – Manager Rodger DeCoster; Riders Ken Roczen (94), Marvin Musquin (25)
4. Star Racing Yamaha – Owner Bobby Reagan, Manager Ryan Morais; Riders: Kyle Cunningham (30), Jeremy Martin (19), Cooper Webb (37), Anthony “A-Rod” Rodriguez (267)
5. Rockstar Energy Suzuki – Owner Bobby Hewitt; Manager Dave Gowland; Riders: Davi Millsaps (18, 450 Class), Jason Anderson (21), Blake Wharton (13), Nico Izzi (30), Ryan Sipes (35)
Top 450 Supercross class 2014 teams
1. Monster Energy Kawasaki – Manager Dan Fahle; Rider: Ryan Villopoto (1), Jake Weimer (21)
2. Red Bull KTM – Manager Rodger DeCoster; Rider: Ryan Dungey (5)
3. Honda Muscle Milk – Manager Erik Kehoe; Riders: Trey Canard (41), Justin Barcia (51)
4. Yoshimura Suzuki – Manager ; Rider: James Stewart (7)
5. Geico Honda – Manager Mike LaRocco; Riders Eli Tomac (1), Wil Hahn (19)
**Riders subject to change.
In addition to the incredible technical skill, the unbelievable you-can’t-take-your-eyes-off-it crashes, and the flash and pizzazz of a major televised event, I’m looking forward to seeing how a few personal stories come to play in the mix this year.
What will happen between Chad Reed and Ricky Carmichael? The two have a perfectly amicable relationship, and over the break Carmichael’s team expressed their respect for Reed’s riding by extending the invitation for Reed to join team RCH Racing for the 2014 season. But, as Chad Reed (22) sticks it out as his own man, turning down the possible position in favor of forming his own team, TwoTwo Motorsports, will the friendly competition stimulate on some incredible, unexpected results? Or will the traditionally top-seeded supercross 2014 teams continue their historic success, with narry a ripple in the proverbial bucket?
Ryan Dungey (5) also made some new decisions this off-season that may come into play in his racing mojo. Over the break, Dungy has popped the big question to his long-time girlfriend Lindsay Siegle. Will his lady-love help remedy some of the stresses of the troublesome 2013 supercross series? I hope he enjoys life as a “taken” man, and that his fiancé can help spur him on to racing success. Maybe this is just the thing he needs to “take” a title of his own.
Trey Canard has negotiated an extended deal with Honda Muscle Milk, and his manager seems nothing less than thrilled at the idea. “We are very excited to continue our relationship with Trey,” stated Team Manager Erik Kehoe. “Over the past few years he has proven that he has the skill and commitment that it takes to be a top contender for the championship.”
Three-time defending champion Ryan Villopoto (2) looks to score big as he competes against the supercross 2014 teams, while riders Eli Tomac (1) and Wil Hahn (1) move up to the 450 class. While Tomac has seemed the golden boy of the sport, with a quick rise to the top, his teammate Hahn has endured a more difficult ascent in the ranks. His injuries and past discouragements probably seem irrelevant now. “Riding for a factory 450 team is something you dream about as a kid,” Hahn said. “Everyone on the team has a constant drive and determination to want to win. Everyone works together for that goal.” This season will also represent the first that Geico Honda sports two drivers at the 450 caliber, a move that the team says it has been working toward for a long time.