Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, heads to the Edward Jones Dome in the Gateway City of St. Louis, Missouri, this Saturday night for round 13 of the series.
At last weekend’s race in Detroit, the GEICO Honda teammates of Justin Bogle and Eli Tomac dominated both the 250SX and 450SX classes, respectively.
Bogle’s win marked his first of the 2015 season. The reigning champ has been extremely consistent throughout the series as he has finished on the podium in every race. Tomac’s season has been a bit of a roller coaster ride as the Colorado native has two wins to his credit as of Detroit. However, the young rider has crashed out of several races, which has hindered his ability to be a title contender.
Team Honda’s Trey Canard had an unfortunate crash with Team Tedder/Monster Energy/Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer during a Semi race in which Weimer mistimed a rhythm section and Canard landing on top of him in the process.
Canard suffered a fractured left arm while Weimer’s laundry list of injuries included a concussion, a mild pneumothorax in his left lung, a fractured Adam’s apple, bruised vocal chords, a blood clot in his throat, and a broken right humerus. Both riders are expected to miss the remainder of the Supercross season as a result of their injuries.
Canard spoke of his discontentment after the race. “It’s really a bummer to have my series end this way, especially because I’d been having my best season yet until this point. It was a bad crash, but it could’ve been worse, and I hope [Jake] Weimer is okay. I’m disappointed for the team because they’ve been working so hard for me all year; even though the championship was probably out of reach, we got a couple wins and I think we could’ve finished second in points. Injuries are never fun, but there’s nothing to do now but get this taken care of and try to be healthy for the outdoor series. I appreciate all the support from my fans, and I look forward to seeing everyone as soon as possible.”
Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey maintains his massive points lead of 67 points over the runner up in the championship with his second place performance in Detroit. “Of course the goal is to win each race that we can,” stated Dungey after the event. “But sometimes it’s important to remember to ride a safe race and maintain the points lead as we near the end of the series. We still have quite a few rounds remaining and it’s important to finish each on the podium.”
Team Honda’s Cole Seely piloted his Honda CRF450R to another podium finish in his 450SX rookie year with a third place finish in Detroit. “The weekend was really good” said Seely. “Unfortunately, my teammate Trey got hurt tonight, which sucks, but this is the third weekend in a row that I’ve just been feeling really good. We’re fine-tuning the machine and everyone on the team is doing everything they can to get me an awesome setup. I’m really starting to feel like I’m a threat in this class, which is great for my rookie season. I just want to keep the momentum going and hopefully get a win by the end of Supercross.”
In the 250SX East Region class, Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin maintains a 13-point lead over Justin Bogle in the championship with his second place performance at the Motor City. The French KTM rider got a decent start in the main event and was in seventh at the first corner before quickly advancing to third place.
A few laps later, he made another pass and moved into the runner-up position and held onto it to the finish of the race. “I felt pretty good today,” stated Musquin. “I knew that I could maintain my points lead by remaining in second place, so I rode a consistent race to finish on the podium.”
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy grabbed the final step on the podium in Detroit with a third place finish. The Georgia native solidified his place up front by trading fast times in qualifying practice and riding a solid heat race to transfer to the main event. When the gate dropped, Savatgy hugged the inside and came out of the first turn in the top three. He clicked off competitive lap times and maintained for the first half of the main event and battled to finish third.
Savatgy earned his second podium finish of the season and sits fourth overall in the Eastern Region championship. “I felt strong all day and was able to stay that way through the main event,” said Savatgy. “The bike is amazing and I’ve got my starts to where they should have been all season. I tried to latch on to the leaders early but I was pushing a little too hard and made a couple mistakes. I got it back together for the last five laps and got into a rhythm. Last week took the wind out of our sails for the championship, but we’ll continue to battle for race wins and start preparing for outdoors.”
During last year’s 450SX Class Main Event in St. Louis, Team Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart captured his fourth race win of the season while Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Martin Davalos captured his first Eastern Regional 250SX Class win of his career.
2015 St. Louis Supercross on TV
Fox Sports 1 will provide live coverage of St. Louis Supercross beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday March 28.
2015 450SX Class Season Standings after 12 of 18 rounds:
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, MN, KTM, 271
2. Trey Canard, Edmond, OK, Honda, 204
3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, CO, Honda, 194
4. Cole Seely, Laguna Beach, CA., Honda, 180
5. Chad Reed, Dade City, FL, Kawasaki, 170
6. Ken Roczen, Clermont, FL, Suzuki, 156
7. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, CA, Suzuki, 154
8. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, NM, Husqvarna, 145
9. Andrew Short, Smithville, TX, KTM, 136
10. Broc Tickle, Holly, MI, Suzuki, 134
2015 250SX Class Season Standings after six of nine rounds:
1. Marvin Musquin, Corona, CA, KTM, 144
2. Justin Bogle, Cushing, OK, Honda, 131
3. Jeremy Martin, Millville, MN., Yamaha, 103
4. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, GA, Kawasaki, 93
5. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, FL, Honda, 84
6. Jimmy Decotis, Peabody, MA, Honda, 69
7. Anthony Rodriguez, Cairo, GA, Yamaha, 68
8. Kyle Peters, Greensboro, NC, Honda, 65
9. Martin Davalos, Cairo, GA, Husqvarna, 63
10. Vince Friese, Cape Girardeau, MO, Honda, 58