CORONA, Calif., (April 4, 2014) – After a lengthy seven-week break from competition, the Monster Energy Supercross 250SX West Region will make its anticipated return to action on Saturday night inside Houston's NRG Stadium. The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki duo of Justin Hill and Dean Wilson were two of the hottest riders in the division entering the break, and both riders are eager to make their return to action.
Thanks to the dominant efforts of Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's East Region lineup of Martin Davalos, Blake Baggett, and Adam Cianciarulo, the West Region contingent anticipates continued success as it hits the home stretch. With wins already on their résumé this season, Hill and Wilson's pursuit of victory is well within reach.
Hill Chomping at the Bit
Following his breakthrough pro win at the most recent West Region stop in San Diego, Hill did not want to bring his surge of momentum to a halt. Over the final three races prior to the break, the sophomore rider posted finishes of third, fourth, and first to emerge as the hottest rider in the division and one of the sport's most promising young stars. Confidence is high for Hill and he spent the break with the sole purpose of coming back at Houston at an even higher level than when he left San Diego. The thrill of victory left Hill yearning for more.
"I'm the last guy that wanted to take a break, but that's the way it is," said Hill. "I didn't want to cool down at all so I've just continued to put in time on the Kawasaki KX250F and in the gym to make sure I've lost nothing over the last couple months or so. We'll all be coming into Houston a bit fresh, but as the last guy to win I expect to set the bar and I'm excited to get back out there and keep it rolling."
Hill faces a 24-point deficit in the West Region standings, sitting third. With his win in San Diego and recent run of consistency, Hill is in the championship picture with three races remaining.
Nothing to Lose for Wilson
Wilson was the most active rider in West Region during its break in action. After being granted permission by Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki owner Mitch Payton, the Scottish rider took advantage of the opportunity to fill in at TwoTwo Motorsports in the 450SX Class. Wilson made four starts for an injured Chad Reed and turned heads with his impressive speed. The additional racing should pay big dividends for Wilson as he returns to the 250SX Class with the sole purpose of winning over the final three rounds of the West Region Championship.
"I'm so happy I had the opportunity to race for TwoTwo Motorsports and get some experience in the 450SX Class," said Wilson. "I think going bar-to-bar with the likes of Ryan Villopoto, James Stewart, Ryan Dungey, and everyone else has only made me a better rider and I know it's going to work to my advantage when we get back at it in Houston. I've been back on the Kawasaki KX250F for a couple weeks
now and I can already feel a difference. I know how to get more out of the bike now and I want nothing more than to close out the season on top of the podium from here on out."
Wilson sits fourth in the West Region standings, 33 points out of the lead. With nothing to lose when it comes to his title hopes, Wilson will be in a relentless pursuit of victory for the final three rounds.
Durham Sets His Sights on Outdoors
After suffering a concussion in practice at Anaheim 2, Darryn Durham was sidelined for the final four West Region races leading into the break. The veteran rider has been back on the bike and is getting faster by the day, but with just a few races remaining on the supercross schedule Durham will forego the remainder of the season in preparations for the AMA Pro Motocross Championship.
"I'm feeling good and I'm really happy to be back on my Kawasaki KX250F," said Durham. "I missed a lot of time in supercross so the team and I have decided that it is in my best interest to put all my focus on being as prepared as possible for the nationals. We didn't have the season we were hoping for thus far, but we know we have the speed to make some noise outdoors and I want to come out swinging. Hopefully the extra time testing and training can work to my advantage once that season starts in May."
Durham will return to action at the Glen Helen National in San Bernardino, Calif., scheduled for Saturday, May 24.
Up Next Houston Supercross
Thanks to some of the best soil on the Monster Energy Supercross circuit, Houston is always one of the most anticipated stops on the schedule. In the 40-year history of the event, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki has emerged victorious on eight occasions, including a four-year reign of dominance from 2007-2010. While the team is still in search of its first victory inside NRG Stadium since the 2010 season, the momentum both Hill and Wilson bring into Houston should put Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki in a position to stand atop the podium for the ninth time.
Qualcomm Stadium – 250SX West Region
1. Justin Hill
2. Jason Anderson
3. Malcolm Stewart
21. Dean Wilson
DNS Darryn Durham
Edward Jones Dome – 250SX East Region
1. Martin Davalos
2. Justin Bogle
3. Blake Baggett
DNS Adam Cianciarulo
CHAMPIONSHIP POINT STANDINGS
250SX West Region
1. Jason Anderson – 131 points
2. Cole Seely – 127 points
3. Justin Hill – 107 points
4. Dean Wilson – 98 points
17. Darryn Durham – 21 points
250SX East Region
1. Martin Davalos – 149 points
2. Justin Bogle – 141 points
3. Blake Baggett – 120 points
3. Adam Cianciarulo – 120 points
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