Photos by Jeff Kardas

With one competitor down in the championship hunt, two racers have a shot at taking the first titles of their professional career. Over the course of fifteen epic laps at round thirteen of the Monster Energy Supercross Series in St. Louis, Missouri, both showed they will do whatever it takes to put the number one plate on their mantle when the checkered flag waves in Las Vegas…

Monster Energy Supercross 250 East Coast Regional Championship

Martin Davalos | 1ST Place

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Martin Davalos was unstoppable in St. Louis. Fastest through the day’s timed qualifiers, Davalos forced his way by Blake Baggett early in the heat race with a close pass to take the lead and eventual win. Another flawless start in the main event put Davalos in control of the fifteen-lap feature, and he withstood the pressure applied by Justin Bogle while navigating the dozens of lapped riders encountered before taking his second victory of the season.

Justin Bogle | 2ND Place

GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle clicked off six solid laps and held off a persistent Matt Lemoine to take the heat race win, then celebrated with a nac-nac over the finish line. With the championship up for grabs, Bogle pursued title rival Martin Davalos for the full fifteen laps but small errors, including a mistake jumping off the dragon’s back and an incident of snappy throttle response that broke the rear end broke free on the last lap undid any chance Bogle had of making a pass for the lead.

Blake Baggett | 3RD Place

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teammates Blake Baggett and Martin Davalos raced into the first turn, and after near contact, Baggett claimed the holeshot. His lead, however, would be short-lived as Davalos forced his way by in the next turn to take the spot. Baggett did not take the pass lightly and began a fevered pursuit of Davalos to reclaim the spot, but could not match the pace of his teammate. In the main event, he pulled a poor jump of the gate and was shuffled back, but went to work on the field and was soon up to the front. At the final flag, Baggett had snuck all the way up to third place.

Kyle Cunningham | 4TH Place

Kyle Cunningham rode strong throughout the day, ranking on the board in timed qualifying in both sessions. It was apparent that the Smartop/MotoConcepts Racing independent racer was comfortable on the layout, but a bad start in the main event made for a long list of riders ahead. Still, Cunningham cut through the pack to take fourth on the night.

AJ Catanzaro | 5TH Place 

AJ Catanzaro put in one of his strongest rides of the season in St. Louis; the Factory Metal Works Co/Club MX privateer was one of the fastest riders in every practice session and qualified with ease to the main event through his heat. Catanzaro was a little off on the start, but made things count in the fifteen remaining laps to take fifth.

Main Event Results
1. Martin Davalos
2. Justin Bogle
3. Blake Baggett
4. Kyle Cunningham
5. AJ Catanzaro
6. Cole Thompson
7. Matt Bisceglia
8. Jimmy Decotis
9. Alex Martin
10. Gannon Audette
11. Vince Friese
12. Landen Powell
13. Jackson Richardson
14. Zack Williams
15. Jesse Wentland
16. Levi Kilbarger
17. Justin Starling
18. Luke Vonlinger
19. Aaron Gulley
20. Jeremy Martin
21. Matt Lemoine
22. Gaving Faith
Monster Energy Supercross 250 East Coast Championship Points Standings (After 6 of 9 rounds):
1. Martin Davalos (149pts/2 win)
2. Justin Bogle (141pts/1 win)
3. Adam Cianciarulo (120pts/3 wins)
4. Blake Baggett (120pts/1 win)
5. Vince Friese (100pts)
6. Kyle Cunningham (94pts)
7. Cole Thompson (89pts)
8. Jimmy Decotis (78pts)
9. Matthew Lemoine (74pts)
10. Alex Martin (72pts)