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Stewart & Davalos #1 | 2014 St. Louis SX Practice Report

The Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, is playing host to round thirteen of the 2014 Monster Energy Supercross Series, and tonight’s track will be a deciding factor in the outcome. Built with many consider the best soil of the circuit, the long rhythm lanes offer plenty of options and some are noticeably quicker than others. Still, sending it through them comes with a risk and riders still must negotiate the rutted bowl corners that link the track together. With the championship in the 250 East Coast division now in limbo, two highly-touted riders have a chance at taking the first professional title of their career. One rider still controls the 450 class, but two of his competitors have closed the margin between them in the standings.

Racing kicks off at 7:30PM CENTRAL TIME (8:30 PM EST/5:30 PST) and will be broadcast live on FOX SPORTS 1. Check your local listings for more information.

250 Timed Qualifying

With the points lead now in his favor, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Martin Davalos was the fastest rider of the 250 class in both timed sessions, with his fastest lap of 48.284 coming late in the final practice. This time bested title rival Justin Bogle by .339 seconds, who posted a 48.623 aboard his GEICO Honda machine. In the closing moments of the final session, Bogle went down in a rhythm lane but remounted unscathed. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett quietly moved up the order through the session before ultimately ranking third with a 48.709. After taking his first career podium last weekend, JAB Motorsports privateer Matt Lemoine ran strong throughout the afternoon and claimed fourth on the charts with a 48.744 sprint in the second session. Rounding off the top-five was Smartop/MotoConcepts Racing’s Kyle Cunningham, who edged Factory Metal Works Co/Club MX privateer AJ Catanzaro for the spot by a mere .075 seconds.

Jeremy Martin spent most of the second session at the top of the board, assisted by his early jump on the field once the green flag flew, but the Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha rider was dropped down the order after the final flag and ranked seventh.

250 Timed Qualifying Results

1. Martin Davalos 48.284
2. Justin Bogle 48.623
3. Blake Baggett 48.709
4. Matt Lemoine 48.744
5. Kyle Cunningham 48.744
6. AJ Catanzaro 48.995
7. Jeremy Martin 49.002
8. Vince Friese 49.187
9. Jimmy Decotis 49.585
10. Cole Thompson 49.622

450 Timed Qualifying

The topic of discussion in the 450 class regarded the rhythm lane following the finish line, as it presented a quad option to those brave enough for the feat after negotiating the tight hairpin turn before. The remaining jumps through varied, and only a few riders managed to make something work in the staggering section. Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard was one of the first to launch the leap in practice, but his best full lap was enough for ninth place on the charts. Justin Brayton also attempted a daring quad-triple-triple of his own, with his time enough to best Canard by just one spot. Two riders that were able to make the option work in their favor were James Stewart and Ken Roczen. Despite spending much of the final practice working with his team in the mechanics area, Stewart’s first session time of 47.431 was the fastest of the afternoon, while Roczen nabbed third with a 47.750. Splitting the two in the standings was Roczen’s Red Bull KTM teammate Ryan Dungey, who claimed second with a 47.672. Dungey’s practice was not flawless, however, as he tangled with Nick Wey when coming down the flat straightaway and hit the ground.

Justin Barcia was noticeably faster in the final practice on his Team Honda Muscle Milk machine, trailing Roczen on the clock by just .001. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto was at his best in the first practice of the day, and he took fifth overall.

450 Timed Qualifying Results

1. James Stewart 47.431
2. Ryan Dungey 47.672
3. Ken Roczen 47.750
4. Justin Barcia 47.751
5. Ryan Villopoto 47.765
6. Wil Hahn 47.774
7. Eli Tomac 47.850
8. Justin Brayton 47.855
9. Trey Canard 48.073
10. Josh Hill 48.291