Another day, another damn good Supercross. The 2016 Monster Energy Supercross Series took over The Dome at The America’s Center in downtown St. Louis for the fourteenth round of the season and an afternoon of intense racing action. Yeah, we said afternoon. Feld took advantage of an afternoon time slot on the general FOX network and pushed their schedule of events up a few hours, exactly like last year in East Rutherford and what’s to come this weekend in Foxborough. And it was awesome, even with a 6AM call time, because we were able to have all of our post-race work wrapped up by 7PM. So let’s just dive into what we saw and heard during our time in the ‘Lou.
- Justin Hill opted out of racing for another week to recover from the concussion he received in Detroit. Like we stated in the Indy Kick, this is a wise move for the TLD KTM rider to rest his brain after a string of brain injuries in about a year’s time.
- All of this talk of riders changing teams means mechanics have to look at what they’ll do in the future. Do they stay with their current employers or leave with the rider to somewhere new? What if there is no opening at that new team? This is one very interesting thing to keep an eye on later in the year.
- Davi Millsaps is still feeling some pain in the ribs he broke at Daytona, and it’s kept him from logging consistent days at the test track. Which means he’s not riding Supercross either. His deal with BTO Sports KTM is up at the end of SX in May and there is little chance of racing the Nationals. So what’s the 18 going to do during the summer? Two options: Lots of time spent preparing for 2017 SX or racing for a KTM team up north.
- Testing for the outdoor season is already underway, with teams hitting the usual California public tracks and even a few East Coast private compounds. The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship kicks off in about a month with round one at Hangtown.
- As mentioned in his Thursday interview, James Stewart has a fracture to his ankle from the Indianapolis crash. The Yoshimura Suzuki rider opted out of riding on Thursday during the press session, then lined up for Saturday’s timed qualifying and clocked the fourth fastest lap of the 450 class. According to the team, Stewart tweaked his back during the time between Indy and STL, and the crash with Weston Peick further aggravated the injury. He remounted and finished the heat race, then pulled out of the rest of the race.
- Because of a conference taking place at the convention center, the indoor setup was a bit tighter than years past. Teams had to limit their footprint in the pit area, but this was very cool because it offered fans a closer look at the motorcycles.
- The Rams might be gone, but Supercross will stay in STL for 2017. That news that was confirmed with a Saturday afternoon announcement.
- Usually the upcoming year’s complete Supercross schedule is announced at the press conference in Las Vegas finale in May, which is just a few weeks away. That won’t happen this year. Feld has decided that they’d rather wait until October’s Monster Energy Cup to release their plans for the 2017. So we’ll wait patiently for a few more months.
- Couple of things we’ve heard in the pit area about future Supercross races. Some things seem like very possible scenarios, others a bit outlandish. Here they are:
– A return to the country’s northwest region with events in Salt Lake City and possibly Seattle. The new US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis will get a round of SX, too.
– Current stops are going to get the axe. San Diego’s PetCo Park will have just one round and Santa Clara will be erased completely.
– The promoters and the teams are stoked on the afternoon program, so there could be multiple races that start much earlier than 7PM.
– Wouldn’t it be cool for the final round to take place in New York?
– How about Supercross on a Friday night? What about a Thursday night? We’ll find all of this out in October.
- STL marked Chad Reed’s 200th main event start, an honor that few riders have ever accomplished. Doesn’t sound like Reed is close to slowing down either, because he said that he hopes to keep going for two more years with the Yamaha team.
- In other Reed news and we’ve stated this before, CR22 will line up for two rounds of the MXGP series. It sounds like they’ve settled on two races: Matterley Basin and Mantova.
- Last thing on Reed. The clutch on his bike is getting too hot and fading during the races. It’s something he and the team are working to remedy.
- Christophe Pourcel told us after the race that he was basically cruising in the main event due to the broken ribs he sustained in a crash at Indianapolis. The Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna rider said that doing anything physical brings intense pain and that he hopes to have it healed before the Nationals.