2015 St. Louis SX | Race Report

2015 St. Louis SX | Race Report

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TEXT – Antonovich | PHOTOS – Swanberg

The 2015 Monster Energy Supercross Series set up camp in the shadow of the Gateway Arch at the Edward Jones Dome for round thirteen of the season. St. Louis has been a long-time stop on the schedule, thanks to incredible dirt and a massive stadium floor, so the night’s action continued to tradition of excitement. After months of racing on end, we are entering the homestretch of the season and have two titles all but award in the 450 and 250 East Coast classes.

250 East Coast Regional Supercross Championship

250 Heat One

The last the field saw of Joey Savatgy was as they rounded the first turn, when the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki nabbed the holeshot and sprinted away with the lead. With a clear track ahead and no challengers, Savatgy was able to put in six nearly flawless laps.

Jordan Smith quickly worked into second place on the opening lap, but a wild run through the whoops had him hanging off the back of his GEICO Honda. Despite the wild ride, he managed to hold on to the bike and stay in the top five. This allowed GPI/Motosport.com/Crossland Racing's Kyle Peters to take second place, which he held until the checkered flag.

1. Joey Savatgy
2. Kyle Peters
3. Jordan Smith
4. Jeremy Martin
5. Kyle Cunningham
6. Jace Owen
7. AJ Catanzaro
8. Dakota Alix
9. Justin Starling

 

250 Heat Two

Title contenders Marvin Musquin and Justin Bogle lined up next to each other for the start of the second heat race, setting the stage for the first-turn drag race. Musquin managed to hold the throttle on his Red Bull KTM a bit longer than Bogle, thus taking the early lead. With lap times roughly a half-second faster than his foe, Musquin was able to get a gap over the GEICO Honda rider and cross the finish line four seconds ahead.

Riverside Harley Davidson Jimmy/SOB/FOX privateer Jimmy Decotis and CycleTrader.com/Rock River/Yamaha rookie Luke Renzland dueled for third place through the middle of the heat race, with Decotis using an inside line to take the spot and motor away.

1. Marvin Musquin
2. Justin Bogle
3. Jimmy Decotis
4. Luke Renzland
5. Anthony Rodriguez
6. Mitchell Oldenburg
7. Colt Nichols
8. Preston Mull
9. Daniel Herrlein

250 LCQ

Zack Williams and Shawn Rife were up front early in the LCQ, with Rife getting the lead in the early laps. From there Rife went unchallenged to the checkered flag, with Williams getting a spot in the LCQ as well.

With only four transfer positions out of the LCQ, it was all-out war between Gannon Audette and Taylor Potter for the last spot in the feature. Things came to a head just feet from the finish line, when Potter slammed into Audette and ran by into fourth place.

1. Shawn Rife
2. Zack Williams
3. Levi Kilbarger
4. Taylor Potter

250 Main Event

Marvin Musquin and Jeremy Martin were even entering the first turn, with Musquin's Red Bull KTM rounding the bend ahead just enough to take the holeshot bonus. Martin wouldn't go down without a battle, however, since he showed Musquin the front wheel of his Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha more than a few times in the initial minutes of the moto. Undaunted by the attempted passes, Musquin retained the lead and proceeded to inch further away from the field with each passing lap. Martin kept Musquin in sight for a while, until lapped riders and an unrelenting pace put more distance between the two at the checkered flag

After solid qualifying times and a heat race win, Joey Savatgy was a favorite for the night. He put his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki into third with a speedy pass on FMF/Orange Brigade/KTM's Dakota Alix, but closing the gap set by the front two proved to be impossible.

Musquin lined up next to Justin Bogle on the gate, but an unintentional flinch seemed to ruin Bogle's start. This put the GEICO Honda rider outside the top-ten on the opening lap, but the dense pack ahead made it easy for him to pick off riders on his way to a fourth-place finish.

Although the track seemed easy, errors proved to be costly for any unfortunate racer. Small mistakes turned into major pile-ups more than a few times in the main event, shuffling the running order and ruining what could have been season-best finishes for riders like Mitchell Oldenburg, Colt Nichols, and Jordan Smith.

Main Event Results

1. Marvin Musquin
2. Jeremy Martin
3. Joey Savatgy
4. Justin Bogle
5. Anthony Rodriguez
6. Jimmy Decotis
7. Luke Renzland
8. Kyle Cunningham
9. Jace Owen
10. Kyle Peters
11. Dakota Alix
12. Daniel Herrlein
13. Jordan Smith
14. AJ Catanzaro
15. Zack Williams
16. Colt Nichols
17. Mitchell Oldenburg
18. Taylor Potter
19. Preston Mull
20. Levi Kilbarger
21. Shawn Rife
22. Justin Starling

250 East Coast Regional Championship Point Standings (After 7 of 8 Rounds)

1. Marvin Musquin -169 pts | 5 wins
2. Justin Bogle - 149 pts | 1 win
3. Jeremy Martin - 125 pts | 1 win
4. Joey Savatgy - 113 pts
5. RJ Hampshire - 84 pts
6. Anthony Rodriguez - 84 pts
7. Jimmy Decotis - 84 pts
8. Kyle Peters - 76 pts
9. Martin Davalos - 63 pts
10. Kyle Cunningham - 60 pts

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450 Supercross Championship

450 Heat One

Andrew Short pulled yet another holeshot aboard his BTO Sports KTM, and the clean jump helped him avoid carnage in the opening lap. A number of riders in the pack came together in the first rhythm lane, with Blake Baggett among those hitting the deck. But back out front, veteran Short was able to control the pace of the action. Clean laps and solid riding helped him build a much-needed early gap over Team Honda's Cole Seely. The rookie clocked the fastest lap of the race, coming within feet of Short on the final lap, but still was out of range to make an attempt at the lead, allowing Short to take the checkered flag first.

1. Andrew Short
2. Cole Seely
3. Davi Millsaps
4. Justin Brayton
5. Eli Tomac
6. Nick Schmidt
7. Kyle Partridge
8. Adam Enticknap
9. Nick Wey
10. Alex Nagy

450 Heat Two

The KTM holeshots kept coming in the second 450 heat, with Ryan Dungey getting his Red Bull KTM through the first turn at the head of the pack. Weston Peick grabbed second place early in the moto and hung with Dungey for a few moments, but a few mistakes allowed Dungey to race to the finish line without issue.

Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna's Jason Anderson and RCH/Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John's/Suzuki Factory Racing's Broc Tickle climbed through the pack after poor starts, getting privateer Ben Lamay for fourth and then fifth place, creating a battle for the final transfer position. Because Anderson held fourth place, he was able to take the preferred lines and keep Tickle at bay for a direct run to the main event.

1. Ryan Dungey
2. Weston Peick
3. Chad Reed
4. Jason Anderson
5. Broc Tickle
6. Josh Grant
7. Ben Lamay
8. Kyle Chisholm
9. Killian Rusk
10. Ronnie Stewart

450 Semi One

Josh Grant jumped to the early lead aboard his Discount Tire/TwoTwo Motorsports/Kawasaki, aided by a tight pass on TPJ/Yoshimura privateer Nick Schmidt in the first turn. Grant had a few unique combinations in his repertoire that no one else in the moto would attempt, which helped him run to the finish line without a challenge.

1. Josh Grant
2. Nick Schmidt
3. Kyle Chisholm
4. Ronnie Stewart
5. Adam Enticknap

450 Semi Two

Mafia Moto Crew captain Nick Wey and GEICO Honda's Eli Tomac fought for control of start from the moment the gate dropped, with Wey getting the holeshot but Tomac getting by shortly after. Although Tomac was known to huck the same leaps as Grant, he refrained from sending it over the section en route to the semi win.

1. Eli Tomac
2. Broc Tickle
3. Nick Wey
4. Phil Nicoletti
5. Broc Tickle

450 LCQ

Kyle White claimed the holeshot in the 450 LCQ and sprinted through the early moments of the race, but trailed off as the laps clicked off. Kyle Partridge took charge of the race midway through, putting his Rocky Mountain MC machine in the lead and taking the checkered flag.

Tony Archer and former leader White went at it for the final transfer spot, with plenty of passes and some contact taking place in just four laps time. On the last lap an errant rider flew into White as he rounded a berm, putting the K1 Speed/BWR Engines racer onto the ground and allowed Archer to get the last gate in the main event.

1. Kyle Partridge
2. Ben Lamay
3. Killy Rusk
4. Tony Archer

450 Main Event

Andrew Short added yet another holeshot to his stat sheet, but things took an ugly turn just seconds into the race when he and Ryan Dungey raced neck and neck through the first rhythm lane. It seemed liked Short's BTO Sports KTM lost speed suddenly over a large jump, forcing him to eject and slam into the ground, thus ending his evening.

With Short out and his position already near the front, Ryan Dungey took over the main event in the second turn. It took just a few laps for the title favorite to get away from the rest of the field, assisted by a clash for second place between AutoTrader/Toyota/Yamaha's Weston Peick and Jason Anderson. The Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna rider eventually got around Peick for the spot midway through the race.

As just one of two riders in the field hitting the quad before the option lane, Eli Tomac was able to make up time on his competitors. He used two similar moves to get by Peick and Anderson, moving him from fourth to second place in just a few moments time. Alas, Tomac's faster lap times were no match for the lead Dungey built in the early laps, regulating him to second on the podium.

Dungey's victory, number six on the year, put him eighty points ahead of Eli Tomac in the championship standings. Should Dungey continue to win, he will wrap up the title before the final round of the season in Las Vegas.

Main Event Results

1. Ryan Dungey
2. Eli Tomac
3. Jason Anderson
4. Cole Seely
5. Weston Peick
6. Josh Grant
7. Davi Millsaps
8. Chad Reed
9. Broc Tickle
10. Blake Baggett
11. Kyle Chisholm
12. Nick Wey
13. Phil Nicoletti
14. Nick Schmidt
15. Ben Lamay
16. Adam Enticknap
17. Tony Archer
18. Justin Brayton
19. Killy Rusk
20. Ronnie Stewart
21. Kyle Partridge
22. Andrew Short

450 Supercross Championship Standings (After 13 of 17 rounds)

1. Ryan Dungey - 296 pts | 6 wins
2. Eli Tomac - 216 pts | 2 wins
3. Trey Canard - 204 pts | 2 wins
4. Cole Seely - 198 pts
5. Chad Reed - 183 pts | 1 win
6. Jason Anderson - 165 pts
7. Blake Baggett - 165 pts
8. Ken Roczen - 156 pts | 2 wins
9. Broc Tickle - 146 pts
10. Andrew Short - 137 pts

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