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Supercross/Motocross | 5/27/2014
Monster Energy Kawasaki Flirts with the Podium at Glen Helen Season Opener
Monster Energy Kawasaki Flirts with the Podium at Glen Helen Season Opener
Irvine, Calif. (May 26, 2014) – Following a four-year hiatus from the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship calendar, Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California returned as the season opener. In front of more than 27,000 fans on Saturday, Canadian Motocross Champion Brett Metcalfe made an impressive debut with Monster Energy Kawasaki by finishing in the top five in both motos to finish fourth overall with a 4-5 score. Jake Weimer overcame some early mistakes to finish 10-7 for eighth overall and Chad Reed and his KX™450F rounded out the top-10 with a 9-10 score. In the 250 class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett finished on the podium in Moto 2 taking third place and scoring fourth overall. Dean Wilson and Justin Hill suffered some misfortune on the treacherous Glen Helen track and finished 12th and 19th, respectively.
Making His Return
With reigning motocross champion Ryan Villopoto recovering from knee surgery, Metcalfe was called down as reigning Canadian motocross champion to take his spot in the field. The last time the Australian competed in the Pro Motocross Championship he finished fourth overall in 2012 and knows what it takes to battle for wins. Metcalfe adjusted quickly to his new Kawasaki and battled up front in both motos to tie for third overall and was ultimately rewarded with fourth.

“I felt really good today,” said Metcalfe. “The first moto took me a while to just work the jitters out and settle down. I really started to flow in the second moto and am happy to finish the day with fourth, but not satisfied. We learned a lot today and look forward to progressing.”
The Local
Although most California based riders consider Glen Helen a home race, for Baggett it’s more like racing in his backyard. Living just a few miles from the track, the 2012 champion has spun a few laps up Mount St. Helen in his career. Baggett overcame a mid-pack start in Moto 1 and was able to break into the top-10 and finish eighth. In the second moto he started with the leaders and ran in second and third for the entire 30 minutes plus two laps. His 8-3 score gave him fourth overall on the day.

“I expected a bit more from myself,” said Baggett. “But I’m happy to get the season started off decent. The track was super rough, but didn’t provide as many lines as I thought it would, which made it difficult to move forward.
Starting Off Right
Weimer started the day by qualifying eighth fastest and battled throughout the afternoon to finish consistent with a 10-7 score. A mistake halfway through the first moto dropped him a few positions, which he then had to overtake to finish within the top-10. In the second moto Weimer settled into a pace early that left him mistake-free and able to close in on a top-five finish but ran out of time.

“I feel the day was positive,” said Weimer. “It’s good to get the first race out of the way and I’m really happy with where we are with the KX450F. There’s a few things I know I can work on early in the motos and I think if we can do that we can be up front battling.”
Disappointing End
Wilson came into Glen Helen with a positive attitude and confidence to finish up front. The 2011 champion did not get a great start in the first moto and had to work his way forward from outside the top-20. By the halfway mark he had broke into the top-10, but could only recover to sixth. As the gate dropped for the second moto, The Scotsman put his KX™250F up with the leaders and rounded the first lap inside the top-five. He continued to battle forward right up to the 30-minute mark when he crashed coming down Mount St. Helen and was unable to finish. Wilson was hospitalized to tend to a severe laceration to his leg and will return to racing as soon as possible.
Hill was faced with an uphill battle all day that began with a flat front tire early in the first moto, which caused him to crash. He made a quick stop in the mechanics area and was back out to try and salvage what he could. In the second moto, Hill was caught up in a high-speed first turn pile up that caused a red flag. Hill got up battered and beaten, but restarted the moto and fought to finish just outside the top-10 in 11th place.

“Hard to be excited about today’s result,” said Hill. “That said, I had some pretty gnarly get-offs today and am leaving healthy, so I can’t complain too much and will be ready to have a better weekend in Hangtown.”
A Different Animal
Glen Helen is a popular destination for most riders while testing and practicing in California during the week, but the track on Saturday was a completely different course. The raceway spent the week prepping the track making it one of the roughest and most challenging courses the rider’s will face this summer.

“I was happy to see a tough track,” said Metcalfe. “Many of the tracks in recent years do not provide a rough and difficult track like how this was. It separates the men from the boys and is a real challenge. I hope more tracks are like that this year.”
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
Glen Helen Raceway – San Bernardino, California
Saturday, May 24, 2014

450MX Overall

1. Ryan Dungey, KTM (3-1)
2. Ken Roczen, KTM (2-2)
3. Trey Canard, Honda (7-3)
4. Brett Metcalfe, Kawasaki (4-5)

5. Josh Grant, Yamaha (1-15)
6. James Stewart, Suzuki (6-6)
7. Malcolm Stewart, Honda (8-8)
8. Jake Weimer, Monster Energy Kawasaki (10-7)

9. Weston Peick, Suzuki (5-13)
10. Chad Reed, Kawasaki (9-10)

450MX Points Standings

1. Ryan Dungey, KTM - 45
2. Ken Roczen, KTM - 44
3. Trey Canard, Honda - 34
4. Brett Metcalfe, Kawasaki - 34

5. Josh Grant, Yamaha - 31
6. James Stewart, Suzuki - 30
7. Malcolm Stewart, Honda - 26
8. Jake Weimer, Monster Energy Kawasaki - 25

9. Weston Peick, Suzuki - 24
10. Chad Reed, Kawasaki - 23

250MX Overall

1. Jeremy Martin, Yamaha (1-1)
2. Cooper Webb, Yamaha (2-2)
3. Cole Seely, Honda (4-4)
4. Blake Baggett, Monster Energy/ Pro Circuit/Kawasaki (8-3)

5. Christophe Pourcel, Yamaha (7-5)
6. Justin Bogle, Honda (5-9)
7. Matt Bisceglia, Honda (11-7)
8. Marvin Musquin, KTM (10-8)
9. Jessy Nelson, Honda (15-6)
10. Jason Anderson, KTM (3-31)
12. Dean Wilson, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki (6-33)
19. Justin Hill, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki (36-11)

250MX Points Standings

1. Jeremy Martin, Yamaha - 50
2. Cooper Webb, Yamaha - 44
3. Cole Seely, Honda - 36
4. Blake Baggett, Monster Energy/ Pro Circuit/Kawasaki - 33

5. Christophe Pourcel, Yamaha - 30
6. Justin Bogle, Honda - 28
7. Matt Bisceglia, Honda - 24
8. Marvin Musquin, KTM - 24
9. Jessy Nelson, Honda - 21
10. Jason Anderson, KTM - 20
12. Dean Wilson, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki - 15
19. Justin Hill, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki - 10
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