Round nine of the 2012 AMA Supercross Series rolled through Edward James Dome in St. Louis on Saturday night, and Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey rode an inspired race to finish the night’s main event in second place.
Despite feeling the effects of a midweek crash that left Dungey wondering if he’d even be able to compete in the Gateway City, the 2010 Supercross champ showed gritty determination as he rode through the pain to put his KTM on the box for the seventh time this season.
After dropping win-worthy lap times during the day’s timed qualifying sessions, JGRMX/Red Bull’s James Stewart went on to dominate his heat race as he’s done at seven of nine rounds this year, but unfortunately his 2012 main event woes continued to haunt him in St. Louis. Despite a hard charge from the back of the pack, JS7 finished the night in fifth.
In the Lites East class, Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen (pictured above) put in his best performance of the series thus far, finishing second and keeping himself within reach of the championship points battle.
Supercross Qualifying Heats
- Though suffering from a mediocre jump out of the gate in Supercross-class Heat #1, James Stewart wisely dove to the inside of turn one and exited in the second spot.
- Behind Stewart, Ryan Dungey started the heat in third place but lost a spot early on to factory Honda replacement rider Cole Seely.
- On lap three, JS7 got by early leader Brett Metcalfe for the lead and wasted no time distancing himself from the pack.
- Unchallenged, James cruised in for the win to set the stage for what he hoped would be a breakthrough main event in St. Louis, with Dungey finishing strong in the third spot.
- Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin finished SX Heat #1 in sixth aboard his 350 SX-F in his first race in the premier Supercross class.
- A championship hopeful in the Lites West series, Musquin will ride a few more rounds in the Supercross class while the series is back east to gain experience and stay in racing shape.
Supercross Main Event
- Lined up third from the inside, Stewart once again mistimed the drop of the main event gate and found himself racing down the start-straight near the back of the pack.
- Buried just inside the top 15, JS7 went down on lap one while trying to make some magic happen early on, dropping back to 18th before the start of lap two.
- After a solid top-five start, Dungey rode through the pain and kept himself in the race with smooth and consistent laps.
- By the midway point, Stewart had remarkably charged his way into the seventh spot while dropping some of the main’s quickest lap times, and set his sights on the top five some seven seconds ahead.
- With six laps to go, Dungey put a clean pass on Honda’s Justin Brayton to move to second but had a six-second gap to make up between himself and leader Ryan Villopoto.
- Dungey put up an incredible fight as he closed to within a second of the lead as the checkers waved.
- Looking incredibly strong as he charged his way through the pack, Stewart’s forward momentum would unfortunately bottom out at fifth, as the top-four of Villopoto, Dungey, Brayton and Kevin Windham were just too far out front to reel in.
- Musquin cracked the top-ten in his first-ever Supercross-class main event with a respectable ninth in St. Louis.
1. Ryan Villopoto
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Justin Brayton
4. Kevin Windham
5. James Stewart
6. Davi Millsaps
7. Jake Weimer
8. Brett Metcalfe
9. Marvin Musquin
10. Nick Wey
Supercross Lites Qualifying Heats
- Ken Roczen hit the track for the second Lites heat race of the night but unfortunately got off to a rough start after a poor jump out of the gate.
- By the midway point, Roczen had worked his way into the fourth spot and was quickly reeling in Jake Canada in third.
- Despite a huge effort to close the gap on the lead group, Roczen had to settle for fourth after running out of laps.
Supercross Lites Main Event
- With the major players lined up in the gate for the third round of the Lites East series, Roczen finally put his main event starting woes behind him with a solid second-place start.
- After nursing a head cold all week, Roczen gave it his all to stick with Barcia out front, but lacked that extra something needed to challenge for the lead.
- Still impressive aboard his factory KTM, Roczen put in a warrior’s effort to finish the main in second place.
- Heading into Daytona next weekend, Roczen sits in second overall, 18 points behind Barcia in the championship points chase.
Supercross Lites Results
1. Justin Barcia
2. Ken Roczen
3. Blake Wharton
4. Darryn Durham
5. Justin Bogle
6. Jake Canada
7. Malcolm Stewart
8. Kyle Cunningham
9. Blake Baggett
10. Alex Martin
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