Round 9 of the 2012 Monster Energy Supercross Series took place on Saturday night in St. Louis, Missouri. The Edward Jones Dome, home of professional football’s St. Louis Rams, was converted to a challenging race track for the stars of to compete on.
Team Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki’s Blake Wharton has been the star of the team thus far in the Supercross Lites class. Coming into round 3 if the East Coast Series in St. Louis, with 4thplace finishes the prior 2 weeks, Wharton began to find the speed necessary to compete for a win. Wharton won his heat race, and got off to a top 10 start in the main event. He was in 4th with just a lap to go, when an error by the 3rd place rider allowed Wharton to take the final spot on the podium. Teammate Hunter Hewitt had to make the main event through the last chance qualifier with a victory. He completed the first lap in 19th place and began passing rider’s one at a time to an eventual 12th place finish.
The Dodge/Hart & Huntington/Sycuan Casino/Bel-Ray Racing team experienced their worst round this season on Saturday night. In the final timed qualifying session of the afternoon, Kyle Partridge clipped the wall of the over-under bridge and crashed in spectacular fashion. Although he is expected to make a full recovery, he was transported to the hospital that evening for injuries to his foot and neck. Teammate Josh Hansen made improvements to his bike setup during the week with intentions on improving on last week’s disappointing finish. After a top 10 start, Hansen stalled his bike in a corner and was unable to regain competitive momentum. After a second mistake, Hansen was too far back to continue and didn’t finish the main event. He was credited with a 20th place finish. The points gained from this result place him in 11th in the season-long points standings.
Supercross racing will resume on Saturday at the Daytona International Speedway for the Daytona Supercross.
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