Although it was Ken Roczen and Justin Barcia who diced it up in practice, it was Roczen and Darryn Durham who brought some tension to actual racing. In their heat, the two traded advances, but it was Durham who made it stick with an aggressive pass in a bowl turn. Roczen was none too pleased and roosted him after the checkers. In his post-race interview Durham brushed it off, ""Ya, he seemed a little bummed out at me…but I didn't think it was that bad."
From our vantage point, Justin Barcia appears more focused and driven than ever, and his dominance has only reinforced it. After yet another easy win in his heat race, it looked as though we would see another win toward a perfect season.
Rockstar Suzuki's Blake Wharton is the most consistent racer on the East Coast other than Durham and Barcia. He has finished inside the top five at every round, and claimed a podium spot in St. Louis. It seemed only a matter of time before he would steal a win.
Blake's mother, Elizabeth was ecstatic over her son's win in the Lites main event, as was the entire Rockstar Suzuki team.