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Feb122014

2014 Supercross Preview: Part 3 (250 East) - HardlineMX

Well we already know who’s riding the West coast and it has been a great start to the 250SX season! Now it’s time to showcase the 250SX East Region. We go over some of the title contenders for 2014.

Photo: Matt Wellumson (MXMatt)

Blake Baggett #4 (Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki)
The #4 of Blake Baggett has had a up and down in Supercross ever since turning pro. He got his first win at Dallas in 2010 as a rookie and then having his best SX season in 2011 and 2012, also won the 2012 AMA Outdoor MX National Championship. In 2013, Baggett ended up getting hurt(broken wrist) at the first round of the 250SX West race in Anaheim. He came back and raced the entire outdoor series, grabbing one overall on the season at Budds Creek. Coming into 2014, Blake had a practice crash in December which resulted in a broken foot but is now fully race ready for the 250SXEast series. He will be one to watch all 2014 long and expect him to be one of the title contenders.

Jeremy Martin #19 (Yamalube/Rockstar Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha)
Minnesota native, Jeremy Martin will be leading the charge for Yamaha in the 250SX East this year. After his rookie season last year, Martin showed flashes of brillance in SX. He only raced 5 race last year missing the rest due to injury. In 4 out of 5 races, Jeremy finished in the top 5 and one podium at Daytona. He also had a good outdoor season finishing 6th in points and the 2013 MX Rookie of the Year honors. He's got a year under his belt and knows what he needs to do to be s title contender. Look for the #19 Yamaha to be up near the front this year battling for the championship.

Marvin Musquin #25 (Factory Red Bull/KTM)*
2013 was a bitter, sweet year for Marvin Musquin. The fast Frenchman came so close to the 250SX East championship, only 3 points behind Wil Hahn. Musquin followed it up with a pretty good outdoor season. Marvin was one of the favorites coming into the East series this season but a torn ACL took his chances of winning the championship in 2014. Were not sure when he will be back racing but he won't miss the whole SX season. Sources say Marvin should be back before the East series comes to a close.

Martin Davalos #31 (Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki)
Going into his 8th season racing in the 250 class, Martin Davalos is looking for a championship in 2014. This will be his second season with the Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team, Martin is looking his first win since 2007 in Toronto and that ellousive 250SX championship. Davalos has had many ups and downs these last few years with injuries and just unfortunate luck. Were hoping he can stay healthy and if he does, look out for the 31.

Justin Bogle #32 (Geico/Honda)
Geico/Honda's Justin Bogle had a crazy 2013. He missed the entire Supercross season cause a broken wrist, came in half way thru the outdoor nationals, and having some very solid races especially towards the end. Bogle had good momentuem coming in until a huge pre-season practice in December which resulted with five broken vertebra and a broken shoulder blade. No one thought he would be ready for the East series but Justin beat the odds and is 100% coming into Dallas. Justin Bogle is very talented, fast rider. He'll be leading the championship attack of the Geico/Honda team in 2014, Look for the number 32 out near the front battling for wins.

Joey Savatgy #43 (Rockstar Energy/KTM)*
Joey Savatgy's rookie season last year started out a little slow but picked for him half way thru the SX season. He ended up finishing 9th in the 250SX West points and was honored as the 2013 SX Rookie of the Year. He didn't have so good outdoor season but finished inside the top 20 in points. During the off-season, Joey got picked by the Rockstar Energy/KTM but while training and getting ready for the East series he had a practice crash which ended up him with a broken wrist, an AC separation, broken ribs, and partially collapsed lungs. Savatgy has no expected return as of now but Rockstar Energy/KTM signed Canada's Cole Thompson as a fill-in rider on the East.

Adam Cianciarulo #46 (Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki)
After getting his feet wet in the AMA Outdoor MX Nationals last, the long awaited SX debut of Adam Ciancirulo is upon us this weekend. AC has been called "The Next Big Thing" to come out of the amateur ranks. Ciancirulo has been testing and getting ready to race the East coast for some time now. It will only be a matter of time before he gets Supercross figured out and after that he will be a force to be reckoned with. I'm sure AC will put good results in but it's hard to tell until we get racing. Sooner or later he will be at the front.

Other Notable Riders –

Kyle Cunningham #30 (Motoconcepts/SmartTop Race Team)
Blake Wharton #36 (Geico/Honda)
Gavin Faith #49 (TiLube/MTF/Storm Lake Honda)
Alex Martin #55 (Cycle Trader/Rock River/Yamaha)
Jimmy Decotis #56 (Riverside Harley-Davidson/TLR Performance/Dedicated Athletics/Honda)
Mitchell Oldenburg #62 (Lewis Long Racing/Core MX/OCD Graphics/Honda)
Zach Bell #71 (Geico/Honda)*
Matt Lemoine #78 (JAB Motorsports/Kawasaki)
Jesse Wentland #88 (Team RSR/Starr Cycle/Honda)
Matt Bisceglia #96 (Geico/Honda)
Anthony Rodriguez #267 (Yamalube/Rockstar Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha)
Cole Felland #794 (Lewis Long Racing/Core MX/OCD Graphics/Honda)*
Zack Williams #874 (Team RSR/Starr Cycle/Honda)
Jake Loberg #975 (SpeedStop/BDMX/Caswell Cycle/Kawasaki)

* - Injured

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