Thursday, April 20, 2017

The Others...St. Louis

The Gateway City may just be the gateway to finding the next Monster Energy Supercross Champion. Round 13 took over St. Louis, Missouri and invaded The Dome at America's Center. The 250 class riders would look to make a statement before a break in their championship series.

Qualifying times were quick this week and it'd be two Kawasaki riders topping the charts. Eli Tomac was able to dip into the 49 second range to top the 450 field, while Joey Savatgy was the only 250 rider to crack 50 seconds with his 50.920. 

Zach Osborne is on a mission to prove himself as the guy to beat in the 250 class. He'd get off to a good start with a heat race win. Meanwhile Joey Savatgy would match Osborne with a wire to wire win in the second heat. As for the 450 class, Ryan Dungey is clinging to his red plate and showed he'd not go down without a fight by winning his heat. Husqvarna's Jason Anderson would lead 8 laps on his way to his first heat win of the season in heat two. Honda's Cole Seely and RCH backed Justin Bogle advanced with 450 semi wins. 

Nobody really wants to be in the LCQ, but a top four finish gets you to the main event. So much heart goes in to this last ditch effort and this may be a privateers best shot at a main. Jesse Wentland put his TiLube Honda out to an early lead and recorded his first 250 LCQ win. Lorenzo Locurcio, Henry Miller and Jerry Robin would also go on to the 250 main. A factory rider in the LCQ not only puts stress on that rider, but makes the transfer spots that much harder to obtain. Dean Wilson would take the 450 win with Alex Ray, Kyle Chisholm and Kyle White in tow.

Unlikely luck or a rider finding his place? Jordan Smith made his way to the front and rode consistent to his second straight win aboard his Troy Lee Designs KTM. Joey Savatgy would make some bobbles but salvage a second, one spot in front of Zach Osborne's Husqvarna. Gannon Audette found himself inside the top 10 yet again with his 8th place finish. Joey Savatgy has been capitalizing on others inconsistencies and has pulled to a 6 point championship lead. As the 450 main progressed Eli Tomac was out front on his Kawasaki and KTM's Ryan Dungey looked to find a groove. That is until he came up on an uncommon lapped. Former champion Chad Reed was running 16th and although Tomac got by easily, Dungey would be stuck behind the 22 for over 2 laps as blue flags wove to warn the coming lead lap battle. Dungey would have to watch his hard work of chasing Tomac slip away. Tomac took the win as Dungey shook his head to a second. Marvin Musquin would claim the final podium spot on his RedBull KTM. This championship battle is getting intense and it looks like we will be treated to the closest points chase we've had in years.

Qualifying 30th overall on the day was Kyle White. White struggled with a few crashes last week in Detroit and had his mechanic/brother, Brian White working hard to keep the number 291 K1 Speed/BWR Engines/ SSi deacals Honda on the track. After 13th in his heat and 9th in semi 2, the Illinois native would take the final transfer to the main event through the 450 LCQ. Kyle would go on to finish the night 22nd overall and earn his first point of 2017. We were extra pumped to see Kyle in the main since he wears FXR Moto, uses RaceTech Suspension and runs a sticker! #cheerprivatee for @kwhite291.

Rider: Kyle White | Photo: Kyle Pesci

And now...The Others

  1. 931 Gradie Featherstone 
  2. 441 Brandon Gourley
  3. 88 John Short
  4. 619 Mark Weishaar
  5. 986 Lane Shaw
  6. 118 Levi Kilbarger
  7. 351 Eric Grondahl 
  8. 170 Zack Williams
  9. 228 Donny Brown
  10. 132 Broc Gourley
  11. 814 Deven Sorensen
  12. 385 Adam Gulley
  13. 613 Nick Schnagl
  14. 401 Samuel Redman
  15. 285 To y Archer
  16. 313 Kyle Swanson
  17. 740 Lane Staley
  18. 641 Keith Tucker

  1. 723 Tyler Enticknap 
  2. 282 Bubba Pauli 
  3. 509 Alex Nagy
  4. 713 Chad Cook
  5. 76 Scott Champion
  6. 918 Michael Akaydin 
  7. 240 Bryce Stewart
  8. 708 Joe Perron
  9. 645 Cheyenne Harmon 
  10. 662 Travis Bannister 
  11. 976 Josh Greco
  12. 501 Scotty Wennerstrom 
  13. 71 Justin Starling
  14. 606 Ronnie Stewart
  15. 374 Cody Gilmore 
  16. 151 Dakota Tedder
  17. 722 Adam Enticknap 
  18. 80 Cade Clason

Next up we head west to Seattle. The 10 day shows rain and we will switch back to the 250 West Championship Series.

-Kyle Pesci

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