Monday Kickstart – St. Louis

One of the most exciting Monster Energy Supercross series in recent memory is quickly coming to a close, and the action at round 14 in St. Louis didn’t disappoint. James Stewart finally got another win after a winless streak since Anahiem II, Barcia took home his third win of the season, and much more. For all that went down both on the track and in the pits, though, check out this week’s Monday Kickstart. Enjoy!

Most of the riders had nothing but good to say about the track in St. Louis. According to the track map, though, it was slightly different than what was originally planned. The old track map had the track cutting across the start line a couple times, but as you can see that wasn't the case in the final product.

Most of the riders had nothing but good to say about the track in St. Louis. According to the track map, though, it was slightly different than what was originally planned. The old track map had the track cutting across the start line a couple times, but as you can see that wasn't the case in the final product. There were also some rollers in the first turn that got removed and another section was changed before the start of the final qualifying practice.

Following the first practice session, a few riders voiced their opinions about one section in particular where a roller before a double was causing a lot of riders trouble. Here, Ryan Villopoto and Chris Blose talk about their concerns with FIM official John Gallager.

Following the first practice session, a few riders voiced their opinions about one section in particular where a roller before a double was causing a lot of riders trouble. Here, Ryan Villopoto and Chris Blose talk about their concerns with FIM official John Gallager. St. Louis was also the track last year that caused Villopoto to get thrown violently over the bars and ultimately end his season with a badly broken leg.

The roller leading up to the double ended up getting almost removed completely before the final SX class practice session hit the track. Here, Short and Blose look on while the Dirt Wurx crew does their thing.

The roller leading up to the double ended up getting almost removed completely before the final SX class practice session hit the track. Here, Short and Blose look on while the Dirt Wurx crew does their thing.

With nearly a 10-minute break while the track crew made the change to the track before the final practice, Kevin Windham decided to dial in his opening ceremonies transfer section. We showed you a sequence of the one he did in Texas last week, but here's another of the one he pulled off in St. Louis.

With nearly a 10-minute break while the track crew made the change to the track before the final practice, Kevin Windham decided to dial in his opening ceremonies transfer section. We showed you a sequence of the one he did in Texas last week, but here's another of the one he pulled off in St. Louis.

While K-Dub's transfer is impressive in the previous sequence, it's almost child's play when compared to what he actually does when the show begins. With the lights off, and lit by nothing but a couple spotlights, Windham hit the same jump.

While K-Dub's transfer is impressive in the previous sequence, it's almost child's play when compared to what he actually does when the show begins. With the lights off, and lit by nothing but a couple spotlights, Windham hit the same jump.

Last week in Arlington, Texas, the whoops were some of the biggest riders had encountered all season. This week, they weren't too much smaller, and while they didn't claim nearly as many victims as the Texas whoops, there were still plenty of riders having close calls like the one pictured here. This rider rode away from this.

Last week in Arlington, Texas, the whoops were some of the biggest riders had encountered all season. This week, they weren't too much smaller, and while they didn't claim nearly as many victims as the Texas whoops, there were still plenty of riders having close calls like the one pictured here. This rider rode away from this.

James Stewart was rocking some brand new 2012 Answer gear in St. Louis. According to Answer's Roger Larsen, the gear, which is Stewart's new signature line, will be available in a few months when the new line is released. Stewart had a huge part in the development and design of the gear.

James Stewart was rocking some brand new 2012 Answer gear in St. Louis. According to Answer's Roger Larsen, the gear, which is Stewart's new signature line, will be available in a few months when the new line is released. Stewart had a huge part in the development and design of the gear.

If you look closely at the jersey and all throughout the gear, you can actually see a bunch of design elements that mean a lot to James. There are hints of his old numbers, the JS7 logo, old buttpatches, and much more.

If you look closely at the jersey and all throughout the gear, you can actually see a bunch of design elements that mean a lot to James. There are hints of his old numbers, the JS7 logo, old buttpatches, and much more.

Stewart was also rocking some very cool matching Nike boots for the race. The boots themselves appear to be much the same as they always have been, however, the custom graphics are very cool looking.

Stewart was also rocking some very cool matching Nike boots for the race. The boots themselves appear to be much the same as they always have been, however, the custom graphics are very cool looking.

The gear wasn't the only new thing that James was sporting in STL. His bike also received a make over in the form of new One Industries graphics. Both him and his teammate Kyle Regal had the new graphics on their San Manuel/Red Bull/Yamaha machines.

The gear wasn't the only new thing that James was sporting in STL. His bike also received a make over in the form of new One Industries graphics. Both him and his teammate Kyle Regal had the new graphics on their San Manuel/Red Bull/Yamaha machines.

Stewart and Regal were showing his support for everyone in Japan with this sticker on their forks.

Stewart and Regal were showing his support for everyone in Japan with this sticker on their forks.

VMS/Yamaha's Nick Wey was also showing support for Japan and we caught him slapping on his own Japan flag sticker before practice go underway.

VMS/Yamaha's Nick Wey was also showing support for Japan and we caught him slapping on his own Japan flag sticker before practice go underway.

Through consistency and speed, Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki's Ryan Dungey is in a good position to win successfully defend his championship. With three rounds left to be run, Ryan is now in second place in the points and down by only five points down from Ryan Villopoto. In St. Louis, the Suzuki rider rode well, finishing only three seconds back from winner Stewart.

Through consistency and speed, Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki's Ryan Dungey is in a good position to successfully defend his championship. With three rounds left to be run, Ryan is now in second place in the points and down by only five points down from Ryan Villopoto. In St. Louis, the Suzuki rider rode well, finishing only three seconds back from winner Stewart.

The Answer guys weren't the only ones debuting some new gear in St. Louis. All the fox riders were sporting new gear once the night show began. Between the Geico Powersports/Honda riders and Dungey, we saw roughly three new colorways from Fox.

The Answer guys weren't the only ones debuting some new gear in St. Louis. All the fox riders were sporting new gear once the night show began. Between the Geico Powersports/Honda riders and Dungey, we saw roughly three new colorways from Fox.

Following his win in Texas the week before, Honda's Trey Canard quickly asserted himself as a contender this weekend when he turned in the fastest qualifying time in practice. In the main event later that night, though, Trey was plagued by a bad start and forced to climb his way back up towards the front of the pack for the entire race. He eventually finished fifth.

Following his win in Texas the week before, Honda's Trey Canard quickly asserted himself as a contender this weekend when he turned in the fastest qualifying time in practice. In the main event later that night, though, Trey was plagued by a bad start and forced to climb his way back up towards the front of the pack for the entire race. He eventually finished fifth.

Is it a mullet? You decide...

Is it a mullet? You decide...

The Rockstar girls were everywhere in St. Louis. These ladies were posted up in front of the Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki rig.

The Rockstar girls were everywhere in St. Louis. These ladies were posted up in front of the Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki rig.

Two weeks ago, Chad Reed was leading the points chase. Now after a run-in with Stewart in Texas and some bad luck with a tuff block in St. Louis, Reed is sitting third in points, seven points back from the lead. In St. Louis, Reed was running in third before landing on a tuff block and ultimately finishing fourth behind his biggest series rivals.

Two weeks ago, Chad Reed was leading the points chase. Now after a run-in with Stewart in Texas and some bad luck with a tuff block in St. Louis, Reed is sitting third in points, seven points back from the lead. In St. Louis, Reed was running in third before landing on a tuff block and ultimately finishing fourth behind his biggest series rivals.

Geico Powersports/Honda's Justin Barcia isn't the only rider on the team riding with a painful injury. Word is that Blake Wharton is fighting through the pain of a torn labrum in his shoulder. Like his teammate, though, you wouldn't know it by looking at his results, as the Texas native has managed to land on the podium a couple times and this week finished fifth.

Geico Powersports/Honda's Justin Barcia isn't the only rider on the team riding with a painful injury. Word is that Blake Wharton is fighting through the pain of a torn labrum in his shoulder. Like his teammate, though, you wouldn't know it by looking at his results, as the Texas native has managed to land on the podium a couple times and this week finished fifth.

Pick Up Kit: Wearing a jersey with jeans in order to pick up girls. It appears to have worked for this guy.

Pick Up Kit: Wearing a jersey with jeans in order to pick up girls.

For the second week in a row, Chris Gosselaar was filling in on the Rockstar Suzuki team. Unfortunately for Chris, though, he didn't make it into the main event. With Vegas being the only round left to run for the East Coast Lites riders, it looks like Chris' time aboard the factory machine is over for the season.

For the second week in a row, Chris Gosselaar was filling in on the Rockstar Suzuki team. Unfortunately for Chris, though, he didn't make it into the main event. With Vegas being the only round left to run for the East Coast Lites riders, it looks like Chris' time aboard the factory machine is over for the season.

Every week there is a cool vintage bike display in the pits. We've been doing a little vintage racing ourselves lately and just thought that the old bikes and gear would be something cool to show.

Every week there is a cool vintage bike display in the pits. We've been doing a little vintage racing ourselves lately and just thought that the old bikes and gear would be something cool to show.

Even Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki rig driver

Even Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki rig driver "Racin'" Jason has fans of his own.

The pits in St. Louis we housed inside the convention center, which is connected directly to the stadium, making it very easy to get to and from the track. It also made for a cool vide inside the pits since most of the time the rigs and all the teams' set ups are outside.

The pits in St. Louis we housed inside the convention center, which is connected directly to the stadium, making it very easy to get to and from the track. It also made for a cool vide inside the pits since most of the time the rigs and all the teams' set ups are outside.

The crowd in St. Louis was big, and packed the pits early in the day. When the racing began, only a few seats in the nosebleed section were empty.

The crowd in St. Louis was big, and packed the pits early in the day. When the racing began, only a few seats in the nosebleed sections of the stadium were empty.

We spotted privateer Honda rider AJ Catanzaro with this interesting belt on his gear. From the looks of it, he must either have issues with keeping his pants up, or the built in buckle system is broken. Catanzaro has been making quite a few main events this season aboard a nearly bone stock CRF250R.

We spotted privateer Honda rider AJ Catanzaro with this interesting belt on his gear. From the looks of it, he must either have issues with keeping his pants up, or the built in buckle system is broken. Catanzaro has been making quite a few main events this season aboard a nearly bone stock CRF250R.

After the incident with Chad Reed last week where Stewart and Chad came together in a turn, ultimately pushing Reed over the berm and onto the concrete floor, Stewart's team wrapped a protective cover over an exposed radiator hose. If you paid close attention to James' bike after the collision last week, you would have seen smoke trailing behind him. The reason was due to a small hole that got punctured in the radiator hose. The extra layer is now supposed to protect against that from happening again.

After the incident with Chad Reed last week where Stewart and Chad came together in a turn, ultimately pushing Reed over the berm and onto the concrete floor, Stewart's team wrapped a protective cover over an exposed radiator hose. If you paid close attention to James' bike after the collision last week, you would have seen smoke trailing behind him. The reason was due to a small hole that got punctured in the radiator hose. The extra layer is now supposed to protect against that from happening again.

Muscle Milk/Toyota/JGR's Justin Brayton elected to sit out the race following a crash last week where he severely jarred his back. After riding one lap of practice, Justin elected to not ride the race, saying that the pain in his lower back was just too much. He did, however, participate in opening ceremonies where he rode out onto the track in his team shirt.

Muscle Milk/Toyota/JGR's Justin Brayton elected to sit out the race following a crash last week where he severely jarred his back. After riding one lap of practice, Justin elected to not ride the race, saying that the pain in his lower back was just too much. He did, however, participate in opening ceremonies where he rode out onto the track in his team shirt.

Ever wonder what it looks like for the riders as they enter the stadium during opening ceremonies? Wonder no more…

Ever wonder what it looks like for the riders as they enter the stadium during opening ceremonies? Wonder no more…

Some fans will make any type of a sign in order to not only show support for their favorite rider, but also to get on television. This one obviously geared more towards getting on the CBS fan cam.

Some fans will make any type of a sign in order to not only show support for their favorite rider, but also to get on television. This one obviously geared more towards getting on the CBS fan cam.

Malcolm Stewart had a very rough day in St. Louis. After crashing hard in the final practice/qualifying session, which caused the practice to be red flagged, Stewart then went down in his heat race. As it turned out, the crash in practice actually broke Malcolm's knee brace, badly tweaking his knee. He tried to fight through the pain, but after his heat race crash, it was just too much to take.

Malcolm Stewart had a very rough day in St. Louis. After crashing hard in the final practice/qualifying session, which caused the practice to be red flagged, Stewart then went down in his heat race. As it turned out, the crash in practice actually broke Malcolm's knee brace, badly tweaking his knee. He tried to fight through the pain, but after his heat race crash, it was just too much to take.

Hart & Huntington's Ivan Tedesco was on fire with his starts all night, as he pulled the holeshot in both his heat race and the main event. In his heat race he even passed Stewart back for the lead before the Yamaha rider was able to pull away. In the main, IT led a few laps, but according his Twitter page, he tweaked his bad knee—he's been riding with a torn ACL—and ultimately faded back to eighth by the finish. It's also worth noting that last year St. Louis was the site of a very bad crash for IT where he left the stadium in an ambulance with multiple broken ribs, a collapsed lung, and other injuries.

Hart & Huntington's Ivan Tedesco was on fire with his starts all night, as he pulled the holeshot in both his heat race and the main event. In his heat race he even passed Stewart back for the lead before the Yamaha rider was able to pull away. In the main, IT led a few laps, but according his Twitter page, he tweaked his bad knee—he's been riding with a torn ACL—and ultimately faded back to eighth by the finish. It's also worth noting that last year St. Louis was the site of a very bad crash for IT where he left the stadium in an ambulance with multiple broken ribs, a collapsed lung, and other injuries.

The main event win for Barcia marked his third of the season, and all but clinched the championship for him. We've said it before, but it's still amazing how Barcia can ride with two bones broken in his right wrist. No word yet on if he will be taking time off to heal once the Supercross season is over.

The main event win for Barcia marked his third of the season, and all but clinched the championship for him. We've said it before, but it's still amazing how Barcia can ride with two bones broken in his right wrist. No word yet on if he will be taking time off to heal once the Supercross season is over.

Barcia's closest championship contender, Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Dean Wilson finished off the pace in fourth. Like Barcia, Wilson has also won three races, but unlike Barcia, Wilson hasn't been as consistent when he isn't winning.

Barcia's closest championship contender, Monster/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Dean Wilson finished off the pace in fourth. Like Barcia, Wilson has also won three races, but unlike Barcia, Wilson hasn't been as consistent when he isn't winning.

DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing/Yamaha's Ryan Sipes had a big crash on the last lap of the final practice/qualifying session. Thankfully for Sipes, though, he had already solidified himself as the top qualifier and he was able to walk away from the crash. In the main event, Sipes gave eventual winner Barcia a run for it in the early stages of the race. Sipes eventually finished second behind Barcia.

DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing/Yamaha's Ryan Sipes had a big crash on the last lap of the final practice/qualifying session. Thankfully for Sipes, though, he had already solidified himself as the top qualifier and he was able to walk away from the crash. In the main event, Sipes gave eventual winner Barcia a run for it in the early stages of the race. Sipes eventually finished second behind Barcia.

A few races ago, VMS/Yamaha's Austin Stroupe was just getting back into the competitive swing of things. After getting used to racing again, Stroupe has already shown flashes of his speedy self. In St. Louis, Stroupe posted some excellent qualifying times then finished ninth in the main event.

A few races ago, VMS/Yamaha's Austin Stroupe was just getting back into the competitive swing of things. After getting used to racing again, Stroupe has already shown flashes of his speedy self. In St. Louis, Stroupe posted some excellent qualifying times then finished ninth in the main event.

Big James was showing some St. Louis spirit with his St. Louis New Era hat complete with the city skyline.

Big James was showing some St. Louis spirit with his St. Louis New Era hat complete with the city skyline.

Privateer Kawasaki rider Matt Lemoine has been having a great season. Matt has been pitting out of a van for the season and still managing to turn in some top-five finishes. In St. Louis, he had to ride the LCQ after some bad luck in his heat race, and in the main event finished 12th. We managed to catch up with him in his make-shift pit area on the side of the Smith rig.

Privateer Kawasaki rider Matt Lemoine has been having a great season. Matt has been pitting out of a van for the season and still managing to turn in some top-five finishes. In St. Louis, he had to ride the LCQ after some bad luck in his heat race, and in the main event finished 12th. We managed to catch up with him in his make-shift pit area on the side of the Smith rig.

We spotted a couple frames getting cleaned behind the BTOSports.com/Suzuki rig. Nothing is left to chance, and the bikes are torn down to their frames every single week.

We spotted a couple frames getting cleaned behind the BTOSports.com/Suzuki rig. Every team leaves nothing to chance, and the bikes are torn down to their frames every single week.

Ian Trettle's Rockstar Suzuki was on display in the pits again. In order to raise money for his rocovery, there will be a ride day at Pala Raceway on April 23rd.

Ian Trettle's Rockstar Suzuki was on display in the pits again. In order to raise money for his rocovery, there will be a ride day at Pala Raceway on April 23rd.

After taking the checkered flag, James Stewart broke down both during his victory lap and again on the podium. After all he has gone through over the past few weeks, and the fact that he hasn't won since Anaheim II, he couldn't hold his emotions back. According to James, this win was one of the most special for him.

After taking the checkered flag, James Stewart broke down both during his victory lap and again on the podium. After all he has gone through over the past few weeks, and the fact that he hasn't won since Anaheim II, he couldn't hold his emotions back. According to James, this win was one of his most special and meanful wins.

When the podium ceremony was over, James ran straight for his dad with the champagne bottle. And after dousing him, James dropped the bottle and gave his dad a big hug.

When the podium ceremony was over, James ran straight for his dad with the champagne bottle. And after dousing him, James dropped the bottle and gave his dad a big hug.

See you all next week in Seattle where the West Coast Lites starts back up.

See you all next week in Seattle where the West Coast Lites starts back up.