Race Report: St. Louis SX 2012

By Jordan Powell
Photos by Michael Antonovich

Round nine of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series made its way into the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri, Saturday night where all in attendance witnessed Justin Barcia and Ryan Villopoto take home victory. For Geico Honda’s Justin Barcia, St. Louis marked his third consecutive win, his third win in St.Louis, and he is now controls the East Coast Lites class by a large margin. For Villopoto, the win in St. Louis was huge because it was in the Edward Jones Dome where he had his horrific crash in 2010, and he said that he was glad to get this race out of the way.

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT 1

The first race of the night had Geico Honda's Justin Barcia blasting out of the gate and grabbing the holeshot. Darryn Durham was close behind in second, but after a few laps, Barcia slowly started to pull away from the Kawi rider. Phil Nicoletti stayed within the top three until halfway through, but he eventually got bumped to fourth place as Blake Baggett charged through the pack. During the six-lap race, PJ Larsen stayed on the rear wheel of Nicoletti, but he was unable to make a pass on the Honda rider. Rookie Supercross Lites rider Austin Politelli put in a hard push towards the front, and caught up to Larsen by the conclusion of the race, but he had to settle for a sixth place finish.

RESULTS SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT 1

1. Justin Barcia (Hon)
2. Darryn Durham (Kaw)
3. Blake Baggett (Kaw)
4. Phil Nicoletti (Hon)
5. PJ Larsen (KTM)
6. Austin Politelli (Hon)
7. Malcolm Stewart (KTM)
8. AJ Catanzaro (KTM)
9. Brad Ripple (Hon)

SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT 2

When the gate dropped for heat two, Blake Wharton led the pack of riders into the first turn. Not too far behind was the fastest Lites qualifier of the day, Justin Bogle. Bogle kept close to Wharton during the entire six lap race, but the Rockstar Suzuki rider was able to finish the race with a three second gap. Jake Canada had a mid-pack start going into the first corner, but he put on a hard charge and made his way up to third when the checkered flag came out. Right behind him was Ken Roczen, who also suffered from a bad start, followed by Alex Martin.

RESULTS SUPERCROSS LITES HEAT 2

1. Blake Wharton (Suz)
2. Justin Bogle (Hon)
3. Jake Canada (Hon)
4. Ken Roczen (KTM)
5. Alex Martin (Hon)
6. Matt Lemoine (Kaw)
7. Kyle Cunningham (Yam)
8. Jeff Gibson (Hon)
9. Cole Thompson (Hon)

SUPERCROSS LITES LCQ

Hunter Hewitt grabbed the holeshot in the DC Shoes Refuse to Lose LCQ, and never looked back. Shane Sewell held the final transfer position for almost the entire race, but Tyler Bowers made the move into second on the final lap.

LITES LCQ RESULTS

1. Hunter Hewitt (Suz)
2. Tyler Bowers (Kaw)

SUPERCROSS LITES MAIN EVENT

At the start of the 15-lap main event, Justin Barcia rocketed out front on his Geico Honda. Following him into the first turn was Ken Roczen, Justin Bogle, Jeff Gibson, and Jake Canada. Aboard his MotoConcepts Racing machine, Canada jumped right into fourth by the second lap. Within the first five laps, Barcia slowly started to pull away from the field of riders. Bogle stayed on the rear wheel of Roczen during that time, but the Red Bull KTM rider kept him at bay.

When the riders hit the halfway point, Blake Wharton pounded out lap after lap, and found his way onto the rear wheel of Canada. The two riders went back and forth for the next three laps, but Wharton eventually reeled him back in and made the pass into fourth. Darryn Durham sat not far behind in sixth, but when Wharton made the pass on Canada, he quickly followed suit.

With one lap to go, Bogle pushed to make the pass on Roczen but went down halfway through. This allowed Wharton to move into third. When the checkered flag came out, Barcia took his third consecutive win, while Roczen and Wharton rounded off the podium.

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Overall
1. Justin Barcia
2. Ken Roczen
3. Blake Wharton
4. Darryn Durham
5. Justin Bogle
6. Jake Canada
7. Malcolm Stewart
8. Kyle Cunningham
9. Blake Baggett
10. Alex Martin
11. Matt Lemoine
12. Hunter Hewitt
13. Cole Thompson
14. AJ Catanzaro
15. Jeff Gibson
16. Austin Politelli
17. PJ Larsen
18. Brad Ripple
19. Phil Nicoletti
20. Tyler Bowers
250 Class East Coast Championship Standings (After 3 of 9 rounds)
1. Justin Barcia (75 pts./3 wins)
2. Ken Roczen (57)
3. Darryn Durham (56)
4. Blake Wharton (56)
5. Justin Bogle (43)
6. Jake Canada (41)
7. Blake Baggett (40)
8. Hunter Hewitt (31)
9. Malcolm Stewart (29)
10. Kyle Cunningham (28)

Top Lap Times
1, Justin Barcia 51.370
2. Blake Wharton 51.675
3. Darryn Durham 51.720
4. Ken Roczen 51.947
5. Justin Bogle 52.033

SUPERCROSS HEAT 1

Yoshimura Suzuki's Brett Metcalfe launched off the line in the first Supercross class heat race of the night, while James Stewart, Ryan Dungey, Cole Seely, and Kyle Chisholm followed suit. Metcalfe held the lead for the first lap and a half, but Stewart was able to make the pass on the Suzuki rider. Once up front, Stewart slowly started to pull away from the pack while second through fourth kept close to one another. Seely made the pass on Dungey during the first few corners of the race, and he quickly started moving his way toward second place, which was Metcalfe. As Seely tried to search for a line to pass Metcalfe, Dungey hoped in on Seely a few times, but the Muscle Milk Honda fill-in rider was able to make his way into second. Almost simultaneously, Dungey made the pass on Metcalfe, too. Metcalfe tried to make the pass back on Dungey, but he was unable to get it done. When the checkered flag came out, Stewart took the win followed by Seely, Dungey, Metcalfe, and Tickle.

RESULTS SUPERCROSS HEAT 1

1. James Stewart (Yam)
2. Cole Seely (Hon)
3. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
4. Brett Metcalfe (Suz)
5. Broc Tickle (Kaw)
6. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
7. Jimmy Albertson (Suz)
8. Matt Goerke (Suz)
9. Kyle Chisholm (Kaw)

SUPERCROSS HEAT 2

Ben Lamay took a hard hit in the second Supercross class heat race of the night, and as a result, the race was red flagged. On the restart, Davi Millsaps jumped out front with Ryan Villopoto and Justin Brayton in tow. Millsaps was off to a great start as he navigated the first lap with a significant lead, but Villopoto quickly started to shorten the distance. After a couple of laps, Villopoto jumped on the rear wheel of Millsaps and made the pass. As soon as he made the pass, RV started to check out. Brayton was the next rider to apply pressure on Millsaps, and he made the pass about halfway through the race. Jake Weimer was able to hop into third place when Millsaps made a slight bobble in front of him. Windham started off in fourth but fell back to sixth, but at the end of the eight laps, he made his way around Mike Alessi and jumped into the top five.

RESULTS SUPERCROSS HEAT 2

1. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
2. Justin Brayton (Hon)
3. Jake Weimer (Kaw)
4. Davi Millsaps (Yam)
5. Kevin Windham (Hon)
6. Mike Alessi (Suz)
7. Josh Hansen (Kaw)
8. Bobbie Kiniry (Yam)
9. Justin Sipes (Kaw)

SUPERCROSS LCQ

When the gates dropped for the start of the 450 LCQ, Gavin Faith jumped out front, but was quickly passed by Nick Wey in the first turn. Once Wey made the pass on Faith, he kept clicking away on his laps and built up a five second lead by the finish. Once the six laps finished, Wey and Faith took the transfer spots into the main.

LCQ RESULTS

1. Nick Wey (Kaw)
2. Gavin Faith (Hon)

SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT

At the start of the 450 main, Davi Millsaps grabbed the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot Award and headed into the first corner with Ryan Villopoto, Justin Brayton, Kevin Windham, Ryan Dungey, and Cole Seely right behind him. Millsaps held off Villopoto for a couple of laps, but after that RV was all over him. The two riders battled back and forth, but it was Villopoto who would take the lead in the end. Right behind them, Dungey had been working on Windham for fourth, and he made the pass stick in the first five laps.

Eight laps in, Brayton had caught up to Millsaps, and the two riders went back and forth before the Muscle Milk Honda rider finally sealed the deal. From there, Millsaps lost another position to Dungey. Not too far behind those riders were Windam and Seely, and also a fast charging James Stewart, who had went down on the first lap and was in 18th.

As Stewart caught up to Seely, the Honda fill-in rider nearly launched off the side of the over-under bridge. Seely was okay as he got back on his feet, but he did not finish the race. With a few laps to go, Dungey had worked his way into second place, which put Brayton back to third, and Stewart had passed his teammate, which put him into fifth. Villopoto took his fifth win of the season inside the Edward Jones Dome, while Dungey and Brayton capped off the podium.

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Overall
1. Ryan Villopoto
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Justin Brayton
4. Kevin Windham
5. James Stewart
6. Davi Millsaps
7. Jake Weimer
8. Brett Metcalfe
9. Marvin Musquin
10. Nick Wey
11. Broc Tickle
12. Matt Goerke
13. Mike Alessi
14. Bobbi Kiniry
15. Justin Sipes
16. Kyle Chisholm
17. Gavin Faith
18. Jimmy Albertson
19. Cole Seely
20. Josh Hansen
450 Class Championship Standings (After 9 of 17 rounds)
1. Ryan Villopoto (205 pts./5 wins)
2. Ryan Dungey (192/2)
3. James Stewart (152/1)
4. Chad Reed (128/1)
5. Kevin Windham (123)
6. Jake Weimer (120)
7. Justin Brayton (116)
8. Brett Metcalfe (113)
9. Davi Millsaps (109)
10. Mike Alessi (98)

Top Lap Times
1. Ryan Villopoto 50.536
2. James Stewart 50.776
3. Justin Brayton 51.468
4. Ryan Dungey 51.550
5. Davi Millsaps 51.623