Monday, April 18, 2016

The Others...STL.

Back east and under the arch for Monster Energy Supercross as round 14 took over St. Louis, Missouri. 

Photo: Brad Smith
The talk this week was the early schedule. Prime time television on Fox moved the program to a mid day start to compete with the time slots of stick and ball sports. Some riders mentioned the struggles of the 7 a.m. track walk but I think came in to routine as the program started the afternoon racing. It is awesome to see the sport getting the recognition of all other sports with major network coverage. A step in the right direction.

The 250 east championship seems to be a series that no rider can get a firm grip on. Geico Honda rider Malcolm Stewart has taken control over the last few weeks but would be forced to salvage a terrible weekend in St.Louis. After winning his heat race, Stewart spent the main making bobbles and taking dirt samples. It'd be Star Racing Yamaha teammates Jeremy Martin and Aaron Plessinger going 1 and 2 respectively. Martin's win puts him back in contention while Plessinger's hot streak as of late makes him a serious championship threat. The Troy Lee Designs KTM ride Shane Mcelrath would have an impressive night himself with a 3rd in the main after a heat race win.

The 450 championship is being controlled by a true champion. RedBull KTM's Ryan Dungey is showing why he is number 1. He'd struggle in the heat race after a first lap tip over and use the semi to transfer to the main. When it really counts, Dungey finds a way and would win the main event after a battle eventual 2nd place finisher RCH Suzuki's Ken Roczen. Roczen has been showing true speed and fighting to prove himself. It may be to late. The number 21 of Jason Anderson ride in his typical wild and fun to watch style to a 3rd place finish. Smart Top/Motoconcepts rider Mike Alessi grabbed a heat race win and just cracked the top 10 in the main.

Is this the end of James Stewart? Going in to this season I would have argued anyone that Stewart was going to be a real threat this season. He had a year off to regroup, heal and prepare for the 2016 season. However in my eyes he came in off pace, out of shape and has had a completely miserable season. I give him credit for finishing out the heat race after his crash with Peick but Stewart can't escape his horrible year. 

Both classes are stacked and privateers have been fighting for the final spots in the main events. The 175 of Paul Coates, Benny Blose who's run with the Cycle Trader team is up, Dakota Alix, Henry Miller, Josh Cartwright, Daniel Herrlein and the UK's Gradie Featherstone made the 250 main event. Nick Schmidt continues to make 450 mains on his TPJ Suzuki and was joined by Spider Energy's Alex Ray and K1 Speed/BWR Engine rider Jeff Alessi. Ray and Alessi both transferred from their semi qualifiers.

This week we give it up to the number 282 of Theodore "Bubba" Pauli. St. Louis is not only  Pauli's hometown race, but is home to a few of his sponsors. Big St Charles Motorsports, Top Secret Designs and St. Louis Tattoo are the major backers of his program. After qualifying 34th he'd work through the night and come up just short of the 450 main after finishing 7th in the last chance qualifier. This week we #cheerprivateer for Bubba Pauli.

Photo: Diffysmooth

And now...The Others

250
5. 46 Luke Renzland
6.284 Cody Church
7. 653 Tyker Bereman
8. 421 Vann Martin
9. 740 Lane Staley
10. 118 Levi Kilbarger
11. 785 Aaron Leininger
12. 351 Eric Grondahl
13. 728 Michael Mimms
14. 90 John Short
15. 155 Drake Sizemore
16. 373 Jacob Williamson
17. 326 Travis Ezell
18. 925 Andrew Pierce
19. 248 Travis Delnicki
20.b195 Keaton Ward
21. 461 Logan Karnow
22. 151 Dakota Tedder

450
5. 133 Ricky Renner
6. 761 Cade Clason
7. 282 Bubba Pauli
8. 386 Aaron Gulley
9. 291 Kyle White
10. 723 Tyler Enticknap
11. 713 Chad Cook
12. 509 Alec Nagy
13. 447 Deven Raper
14. 385 Adam Gulley
15. 252 Kevin Weisbruch
16. 918 Michael Akaydin
17. 86 AJ Catanzaro
18. 47 Tommy Hahn
19. 99 Heathe Harrison
20. 792 Bracken Hal
21. 7 James Stewart
22. 976 Josh Greco

Next week equals more prime time coverage when the series heads to Foxborough, Massachusetts and again goes racing in daylight rather than under the lights.


A reminder that Monster Energy's Behind the Dream will air this Sunday on Fox Sports 1.


-Kyle Pesci



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