JASON ANDERSON CLINCHES 2014 250SX WEST SUPERCROSS TITLE!
Dreams came true for Jason Anderson and Rockstar Energy Racing under the lights of Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. As the checkers waived for the last time in the 2014 West Coast 250SX Championship, Anderson crossed the finish line a champion. Not only did Anderson garner his first career professional title, it was also the first for the team after a long bumpy road to get there.
Coming into the last round of a series with the points lead is certainly the ideal situation to be in; however it's also very trying on the nerves of the whole team. The entire day leading up to racing, it's very taboo to mention anything about the possibility of securing the coveted number one plate. As much as everybody wants to act like they're calm and collected, no one really is. Inside the heads and hearts of everyone involved are the thoughts and feelings of accomplishing the ultimate goal. The tension can be clearly felt in the air because in reality, everyone knows that all the feelings are mutual and the fear that in racing, anything can happen.
Something did happen during the break between Seattle and Las Vegas. Anderson had a crash while practicing that gave everyone a skip to their heartbeat. He actually damaged his lung in the incident and was forced to stay off his bike, unable to fully prepare for the final round. One thing about Anderson though is that he somehow can always find the positive in any situation. The kid has been working out and riding seven days a week since October 1st. He looked at the crash as an opportunity to relax, rest and recover, which is something he hasn't been able to do for many months.
As the gate dropped for the main event, Anderson did not get around the first turn in an optimal position. However, neither did his rival Cole Seely. The set-up was nearly perfect because Anderson was right behind him, knowing full well Seely would have to beat him by several positions to strip the victory away. In what seemed like the longest race in history, Anderson emerged a champion and the 1W number plate was installed on his KTM.
Anderson then returned to the track for the East/West 250SX Shootout. This was special because it was the only opportunity he would have to run his newly acquired #1 plate as he will move up to the 450SX class next year. In the wake of all the euphoria, he raced to yet another podium, coming in 3rd to top off his incredible season.
Jason Anderson: "The week before Vegas I had a crash and ended up partially collapsing a lung. I wasn't able to ride the few days prior to the race. It definitely affected my breathing out there but I knew I had it. I could have pushed harder if I had to. I kind of let Cole (Seely) get away a little bit though which I probably shouldn't have, but I knew right where he was. It's been awesome progressing with the team and earning my first championship as well as theirs!"
The team will have little time to celebrate as they prepare for their next goal in securing a championship in the Outdoor Motocross Series. Anderson will carry over the momentum from Supercross as he will certainly be one of the favorites to win the MX title. The team will also be rejoined with Davi Millsaps on the KTM 450 SX-F and Joey Savatgy on the KTM 250 SX-F who have been out with injury the entire SX season.
Results 250SX West Class Las Vegas
1. Dean Wilson (USA), Kawasaki, 17:32:811 min (15 laps)
2. Cooper Webb (USA), Yamaha, +1.000 sec
3. Justin Hill (USA), Kawasaki, +9.627
4. Cole Seely (USA), Honda, +17.863
5. Malcolm Stewart (USA), Honda, +28.449
6. Jason Anderson (USA), KTM, +37.579
Final Standings 250SX West Class after 9 of 9 rounds
1. Anderson, 193 points (250SX West Champion 2014)
2. Seely, 188
3. Wilson, 163
4. Hill, 159
5. Webb, 143
Results 250SX Shootout Las Vegas
1. Hill, 11:30.553 min (10 laps)
2. Wilson, +1.476 sec
3. Anderson, +14.494
4. Webb, +18.100
5. Jeremy Martin (USA), Yamaha, +20.966