CORONA, CA – May 5, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki entered the final race of the 2014 Monster Energy Supercross season in Las Vegas with only one intention – to win. With its three 250SX East Region riders out of action with injury, the team relied on West Region riders Dean Wilson and Justin Hill to carry the torch inside a sold out Sam Boyd Stadium and both riders rose to the occasion to provide huge wins in both the final West Region main event and East/West Shootout.
Even though Martin Davalos, Adam Cianciarulo, and Blake Baggett were sorely missed, both Wilson and Hill ensured that the dominance Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki has shown throughout the 2014 season continued. There isn’t a race in which the spotlight on the 250SX Class is greater than at Las Vegas, and the team left a lasting mark on the event thanks to the efforts of its West Region duo.
By virtue of the pair of wins by Wilson and Hill, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki completed the Monster Energy Supercross season with a series-leading 10 wins across each region and an unmatched 24 podium finishes. Additionally, Wilson secured third in the final West Region standings while Davalos completed the East Region with a runner-up finish despite missing the final two rounds of action.
Wilson Ends 250SX Career in Style
Wilson was arguably the fastest rider in the West Region throughout the 2014 championship, however luck didn’t always play into the Scottish rider’s favor. Despite not achieving the results he was hoping for coming into the season, Wilson never gave up and battled through adversity en route to achieving two wins and five podiums in his final season of 250SX Class competition.
As the gate dropped on the final West Region main event, Wilson positioned himself into second place early and began a methodical and patient charge to capture the lead. On Lap 7 Wilson made his first pass for the top spot and led a lap, but was then passed back. He regrouped and made another push one lap later to take over the lead and carry it through to the finish.
“I really just wanted to come out here tonight and win my last 250SX main event,” said Wilson. “I got the start I needed and I just had to be patient in making my moves. The track was really tough, which made being patient even more important because you could easily make a mistake and lose momentum. I’m just pumped to put the Kawasaki KX250F on top of the podium one last time.”
With his win Wilson secured third in the final West Region standings, outlasting his teammate Hill for the position.
In the East/West Shootout Wilson grabbed another stellar start, this time following his teammate out front. While he did close in on Hill in the late stages of the 10-lap race, Wilson settled for second to complete a 1-2 sweep for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki in the final race of the season.
Hill Completes Breakout Season on Top of 250SX Class
Following a third-place finish in the West Region main event, Hill was confident that with a good start he would be able to challenge for the win in the East/West Shootout. He was able to do just that, grabbing the holeshot and establishing an early gap on the field thanks to a strong pace in the opening laps. Hill’s confidence was evident as he maintained the advantage for the bulk of the Shootout and posted a wire-to-wire effort to give Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki it’s fifth win in the prestigious race. The victory also gave Hill bragging rights as the best rider in the 250SX Class to cap off an incredible season for the Oregon native.
“That’s one of the best races I’ve ever run right there and it’s definitely the most memorable win of my career,” said Hill. “To know that there’s so many other fast guys on the line from the East Region made the start even more important than it normally is. I knew I had to get up front early to have a chance and the Kawasaki KX250F hooked up out of the gate to put me right where I wanted to be. It’s pretty surreal to think I’m the top rider in the division after winning the Shootout and it just makes me excited for next season.”
Prior to his winning effort in the East/West Shootout, Hill tallied another podium effort in the final West Region main event. He followed his teammate Wilson out of the gate to assert himself in the top three on the opening lap and rode a consistent 15 laps to maintain the spot and put two Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki bikes on the podium. The third-place finish locked Hill into fourth in the final West Region standings
Team Enjoys Memorable 2014 Season
Even though they were unable to line up on the gate alongside their West Region counterparts, Davalos, Cianciarulo, and Baggett cheered on their teammates throughout the action at Las Vegas. In fact, Cianciarulo lent his talents to the FOX Sports 1 broadcast team of Ralph Sheheen and Jeff Emig for the second consecutive week.
It was a memorable year for the team, which began the season with a record six riders. While injuries ultimately cut the season short for several Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki competitors, the team still celebrated as five of its six riders captured main event wins, highlighted by the inaugural triumphs of Hill, Cianciarulo, and Davalos. Statistically, there wasn’t a more dominant team in Monster Energy Supercross than Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki, which once again set the standard for the 250SX Class.
Photos courtesy Steve Cox
Looking Ahead >>
AMA Pro Motocross Championship
With the book closed on the Monster Energy Supercross season, the entire Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki squad looks towards a summer-long battle in the AMA Pro Motocross Championship. Former 250 Class Champions Wilson and Baggett will sit at the forefront of the division as title favorites, while Darryn Durham and Hill each look to build upon their efforts from last season. While it does not appear as though neither Davalos nor Cianciarulo will be able to line up on the gate at Glen Helen on May 24th, both riders continue their recovery with the intent to resume competition as soon as possible.
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