At the end of the night’s Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250SX East racing in St. Louis, nothing much had changed in the standings, though a lot of riders had their best or worst result of the season at the Edwards Jones Dome. Let’s see who came out on the Upside, or Downside last Saturday.
2015 St. Louis 250SX Commentary, Upside
Marvin Musquin – Red Bull KTM: Returning to form after last week’s minor slip down to the 2nd step of the podium, Musquin took his fifth win of the season, even after almost jumping the start. It barely fazed the French rider as he went on to lead every lap. “I did exactly the same mistake as last weekend. I moved before the gate dropped and I was like, ‘No way!’ but then I saved it and sorry for Justin Bogle ’cause I messed up his start. But that’s racing.”
Jeremy Martin – Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha: Martin took the SupercrossLive.com Holeshot Award and turned in his best finish since Atlanta 2, putting his YZ250F on the second step of the podium in St. Louis. Sadly, though, what I’m remembering most from the race is how on fire he looked after Musquin stole the early lead, which led to a rousing battle over the lead…for all of one lap. Martin sits third overall, and 44 points back, with two rounds to go.
Joey Savatgy – Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki: Taking his third podium of the season, Savatgy’s mid-pack start meant he was working through the field while the Musquin and Martin were getting away. Disappointed with his result, Savatgy is looking forward to his last two chances to take a win: “I was on pace to win tonight and really felt good after my heat race. When the gate dropped I didn’t get the jump and I had to try and make up the ground. I think had I got into third a little sooner, I could have latched on to them. I know I have the speed to win.”
Anthony Rodriguez – Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha: Repeating last week’s best finish of the season with another solid 5th place ride, Rodriguez is now in a three-way battle with RJ Hampshire and Jimmy Decotis for fifth in the standings.
Luke Renzland – CycleTrader.com/Rock River Yamaha: Renzland took a 14th place start and halved that by the checkers, finishing for the first time in single digits with a seventh-place result. Nice job by the rookie in his fifth Main of the year. “St. Louis was awesome to me,” Rezland said, “a nice little mental boost before heading into the east coast break. Something was different all day, and I felt much more comfortable than I have all year. I was able to get a killer start in the heat race and run up front with the guys that are just a click faster than me which made me push to an extra level of aggression and it helped set the tone for the main.”
Jace Owen – Owen Motorsports/ Honda: After finishing 19th three races in a row, Owen cracked the Top 10 at Indy with a 10th place finish, then followed that up with another 10th in Detroit, and now a 9th in St. Louis. Clearly going in the right direction, it’s too bad there are only two rounds to go.
Two Guys: It’s getting late in the season, but Preston Mull and Shawn Rife finally made it into the Main. Mull qualified out of his Heat and brought his Yamaha YZ250F to a 19th place finish. Rife won the LCQ and collected a point for his 21st place finish aboard his KTM 250 SX-F.
2015 St. Louis 250SX Commentary, Downside
Justin Bogle – GEICO Honda: Not the way anyone wants to follow up their first win of the season, Bogle had his worst result this year, breaking his podium streak with a fourth-place result.
Actually, that wasn’t bad considering his crummy start left him 12th on the first lap and he had to spend precious time getting around teammate Jordon Smith, who gave no grace. Bogle was philosophical about his race, saying, “We’ll live to fight another day,” Bogle said. “That’s the name of this game. Unfortunately, you can’t be perfect every time. I’m having a really good season, and I rode really well tonight. I just had that one bad start that I haven’t had all year.”
Justin Starling – Dream Ride Florida/Yamaha: Last week at Detroit, Starling finished a season’s best in 12th, but had a bad night in St. Louis, taking his worst result, a 22nd, after going down on Lap 4. Tweeting after the race: “That sucked. Bars and front end are smoked. Bad luck but whatever. Onto New Jersey in a few weeks.”
Gannon Audette: After an unbroken string of Main events this year, privateer Audette went down on the last lap of the LCQ, thus ending his night early. While I’m not sure I agree with lowering expectations, Audette’s tweet after the race shows he’s not unduly upset by the result: “Not everything will go as you expect in your life. This is why you need to drop expectations, and go with the flow of life.”
2015 Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results, St. Louis:
1. Marvin Musquin, KTM 250 SX-F
2. Jeremy Martin, Yamaha YZ250F
3. Joey Savatgy, Kawasaki KX250F
4. Justin Bogle, Honda CRF250R
5. Anthony Rodriquez, Yamaha YZ250F
6. Jimmy Decotis, Honda CRF250R
7. Luke Rezland, Yamaha YZ250F
8. Kyle Cunningham, Honda CRF250R
9. Jace Owen, Honda CRF250R
10. Kyle Peters, Honda CRF250R
2015 Eastern Regional 250SX Class Season Standings:
1. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM, 169 points
2. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda, 149
3. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 125
4. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki, 113
5. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda, 84
6. Anthony Rodriguez, Cairo, Ga., Yamaha, 84
7. Jimmy Decotis, Peabody, Mass., Honda, 84
8. Kyle Peters, Greensboro, N.C., Honda, 76
9. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., Husqvarna, 63
10. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Kawasaki, 60