As too often happens this far into the season, the battle for the AMA Monster Energy Supercross champion has dwindled to minor skirmishes over positions below the podium. The disabled list has grown long – at least eight riders currently sitting on the sidelines – so competition has thinned and racing is not quite as exciting for the fans. Let’s see who came out on the Upside or Downside at Edward Jones Dome for St. Louis 450SX.
2015 St. Louis Supercross Commentary, Upside
Ryan Dungey – Red Bull KTM: Dungey is just steam-rollering his way to Vegas, having picked up his sixth win of the season while leading every lap of his Heat and the Main, again. Not much to be said other than quoting the stats: Dungey now ties Jeff Ward for 8th on the All-Time Supercross Wins list, though will surely pass him before April showers have passed. Dungey has led the last 73 laps of Monster Energy 450SX, and is just five points short of a three-race lead over closest challenger, Eli Tomac.
Jason Anderson- Rockstar Energy Husqvarna: After that sizzling second-place finish at A1, Anderson has struggled all season to get his FC 450 back into the top five. With an excellent third place start in the Main, Anderson rode aggressively and moved into 2nd place halfway through the race.
He held off a hard-charging Eli Tomac for several laps before eventually getting passed, but was satisfied with his podium finish at the end of the night. “That was a monkey off my back,” said Anderson. “I have been wanting to get back on the podium since the first race of the season. There are a lot of people behind me to help me get here, and I am going to come out swinging at the next race.”
Adam Enticknapp – Struggling to find his form this year, privateer Enticknap made the Main for the second time this season, improving on his previous finish at Indy by five positions. Enticknap started 16th and finished in 16th, and we hope to see the rapping “Seven Deuce Deuce” lining up for the Main in the remaining four rounds.
2015 St. Louis Supercross Commentary, Downside
Andrew Short – BTOSports.com/KTM: With another holeshot to his credit, both in his Heat (which he won) and in the Main, Short was looking to have a successful night at St. Louis. Unfortunately, he got out of shape on the first rhythm section of Lap 1 and crashed dramatically into the Tuff Blocks, his 450 SX-F Factory Edition flying into the next lane.
Luckily riders were able to jump the downed KTM, and Short walked away from the crash with his ego bruised. He posted a picture on Instagram of body and bike tumbling, “And this was the opposite feeling. Hero to zero pretty quick after another holeshot. Thankful today that it wasn’t worse.”
Blake Baggett – Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing: Having spend just 10 minutes on his RM-Z450 the entire week as he was fighting a bug, Baggett was dehydrated and off his game in St. Louis. It didn’t help to get taken out in the first corner of his Heat, but he managed to take the last qualifying spot in the second Semi, and then eked out a top ten finish in the Main. “I came in under the weather a little bit,” Baggett grudgingly admitted. “I got 10th and I’ll take that.”
Justin Brayton – BTOSports/KTM: Having missed over half the season due to injuries sustained at Anaheim 2, it was great to see Brayton return with a 10th place finish last week in Detroit. Unfortunately, he wasn’t able to follow it up in St. Louis, as an early race mistake had Brayton flying off the track on Lap 5, and when he rejoined the race he was a lap down. Looking beyond his 18th place finish, Brayton tweeted, “Felt pretty good all day in St. Louis, didn’t have the main event I was hoping for but excited for what’s to come. Gonna use the weekend off to get stronger and be more prepared for Houston.”
2015 St. Louis Supercross Commentary, Upside/Downside
Eli Tomac – GEICO Honda: Okay, Tomac’s impressive ride doesn’t qualify as Downside material, but after putting it all together in Detroit and straight up chasing down and passing Dungey, it’s hard to look at this week’s result and not see it as backsliding. Tomac’s seventh place start left him working past tough riders while Dungey was cruising away from the field. By the time he finally got past Anderson take over 2nd, it was too late: “I was trying as hard as I could,” Tomac said. “I had a good battle with Jason there for quite a few laps. I should have made a pass on him earlier, and that kind of blew it for me. That shuffled me back probably five seconds or so. That was make or break to have a sniff at the win.”
Monster Energy AMA Supercross 450SX Class Results: St. Louis
1. Ryan Dungey, KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition
2. Eli Tomac, Honda CRF450R
3. Jason Anderson, Husqvarna FC 450
4. Cole Seely, Honda CRF450R
5. Weston Peick, Yamaha YZ450F
6. Josh Grant, Kawasaki KX450F
7. Davi Millsaps, Kawasaki KX450F
8. Chad Reed, Kawasaki KX450F
9. Broc Tickle, Suzuki RM-Z450
10. Blake Baggett, Suzuki RM-Z450
Monster Energy AMA Supercross 450SX Class Season Standings:
1. Ryan Dungey, 296 points
2. Eli Tomac, 216
3. Trey Canard, 204
4. Cole Seely, 198
5. Chad Reed, 183
6. Jason Anderson, 165
7. Blake Baggett, 165
8. Ken Roczen, 156
9. Broc Tickle, 146
10. Andrew Short, 137