Round number nine of the 2013 AMA Supercross Series took place at Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis on Saturday night, and Red Bull-backed Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart was eager to hit the track fresh off of his huge win last weekend in Atlanta.
Feeling quick and confident during the St. Louis practice sessions earlier in the day, JS7 had hopes of capturing back-to-back main event wins with a victory in the STL, but unfortunately came up one position short in what proved to be among the most competitive main events of the series thus far.
Stewart kicked of his St. Louis campaign by setting the quickest lap time during the day’s timed practice sessions, and then proceeded to collect yet another heat race win, this time in front of championship points leader Davi Millsaps and Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey.
After jumping out to a top-five start in the 450SX main event, JS7 worked his way by Justin Barcia and Mike Alessi to take over the lead on lap two. James held down the top spot for the next nine laps, but a hard-charging Ryan Villopoto got by on lap 11 to move his way into the lead.
Stewart immediately retaliated to reclaim the lead, but RV got back by moments later during a confusing and somewhat controversial red cross flag situation due to a downed rider. Stewart kept RV honest for the remaining laps, but was unable to pose another serious challenge for the win.
“That was a pretty crazy main,” James said after a long meeting with the AMA regarding the controversial pass. “It got a little confusing there with the red cross flags out, but regardless, Ryan [Villopoto] rode a great race. Hats off to him.”
Behind Villopoto and Stewart, Chad Reed crossed the line close-in-tow with a solid third-place finish, and Ryan Dungey battled his way to a strong fourth after starting the main just outside of the top ten.
450SX MAIN EVENT RESULTS
1. Ryan Villopoto
2. James Stewart
3. Chad Reed
4. Ryan Dungey
5. Justin Barcia
6. Davi Millsaps
7. Mike Alessi
8. Trey Canard
9. Justin Brayton
10. Andrew Short
When the gate dropped for the 250SX main event, Marvin Musquin launched out to a top-five start aboard his Red Bull KTM, but unfortunately went down momentarily while trying to make an inside pass on the opening lap. Remounting quickly, Musquin crossed the stripe to conclude lap one in the eighth spot, but broke his way back into the top five by the end of lap three.
With the top three riders already distancing themselves out front, the determined Frenchman was able to make one more pass to get by Vince Friese for fourth, but fell just a bit short of challenging for podium contention when the checkers finally waved.
“It’s really tough to challenge for a win when you’re making mistakes,” Musquin commented after the race. “My start was pretty good, but I tipped over on the first lap and that really set me back. I’m happy with my speed and fitness; I just need to get a good start and ride mistake-free.”
EASTERN REGIONAL 250SX MAIN EVENT RESULTS
1. Wil Hahn
2. Dean Wilson
3. Blake Wharton
4. Marvin Musquin
5. Jeremy Martin
6. Vince Friese
7. Jimmy Decotis
8. Cole Thompson
9. Zach Bell
10. Peter Larsen
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