So much for coasting to the 2015 Monster Energy Supercross Championship.
Ryan Dungey piled on more points to his lead in what feels more like a formality until he gets crowned the 2015 Champion with another dominating win on Saturday for Round 13 in St. Louis, his sixth of the season. It was his second career win in St. Louis and he now leads Eli Tomac by 80 points with four rounds remaining in the season.
Andrew Short grabbed the holeshot and didn't stay out in front for long, first getting passed by Dungey in short order and then hitting the dirt forcing him out of competition. Weston Peick kept Dungey honest for nearly half the race until Jason Anderson, Tomac and Cole Seely took up the second, third and fourth positions. Anderson and Tomac exchanged leads a few times through the Main until Lap 14 when Tomac finally made the pass stick and held on for second-place. Anderson took third, his first podium appearance since Round 1 and a badly needed result if he's to stay in competition for Rookie of the Year.
Anderson made it 10 straight Top 10 finishes to start the season and then ran into trouble the last two rounds including a pretty rough crash last week that ended his night. The third-place result moves him from eighth-place to sixth-place, though he's tied in points with another rookie, Blake Baggett.
"That was a monkey off my back," Anderson said. "I have been wanting to get back on the podium since the first race of the season. There are a lot of people behind me to help me get here, and I am going to come out swinging at the next race."
Tomac's second-place result moved him in second-place ahead of Trey Canard, whose season ended last week after he broke his arm in a crash during the Semi. Cole Seely, now the front-runner for ROY, thanks to a mid-season surge, landed fourth, his fourth straight finish of fourth-place or higher. Seely is likely to pass Canard for third-place in the next round. Chad Reed finished eighth and holds on to fifth-place.
Nick Wey finishes season best 12th for second straight week
MotoSport rider Nick Wey also continued his mid-season surge dialing up another season-best 12th place finish, his second week in a row, after finishing third in the Semi to qualify. Wey now has eight consecutive Main appearances and is in 18th place in points. His chances of ending his a career in the Top 15 improve every round. Adam Enticknap also qualified for the Main in the Semi and went on to a season best 16th place. It was Enticknap's second Main of the season.
Adam Enticknap gets season best 16th place in St. Louis
In the 250 class, Marvin Musquin can now be seen as running away with the 250 East title. Musquin didn't grab the holeshot either but pulled away from Jeremy Martin after Turn 2 for another dominating run. It was Musquin's fifth won of the season and he hasn't finished lower than second-place all year. Justine Bogle, the defending 250 East Champion and trailing in second-place in points, slipped off the podium for the first time all year, a week after winning for the first time this season. Bogle's respectable fourth-place finish didn't help matters though as he now trails Musquin by 20 points with just one round left.
Kyle Peters gets another Top 10 finish
Jeremy Martin got back on the podium for the first time since Daytona with a second-place finish and Joey Savatgy took third for the second straight week and third time of the season. Martin trails Bogle by 24 points and Savatgy is in fourth-place, 12 points back from Martin.
MotoSport riders didn't ride as week this time out as they did last week but all reached the Main. Kyle Peters finished in 10th, his fourth Top 10 of the season. Peters holds on to eighth place with 76 points but is just eight points back from the fifth, sixth and seventh spots who are all tied with 85 points.
Colt Nichols, Peter's teammate on the MotoSport.com/GPI/Honda Racing team finished 16th and just behind him in 17th was Mitchell Oldenburg. Both riders fell a place in the standings with Nichols now in 12th and Oldenburg in 14th.
The East and West finales take place in East Rutherford and Santa Clara, respectively. The season ending race in Las Vegas is an East/West shootout with no points on the line. This switch gives Musquin the easy edge to win the Championship in the East finale on April 25 and Cooper Webb is likely to wrap up the West title in Houston.
Supercross takes a break and resumes April 11 in Houston and welcomes the return of the 250 West class. Buy tickets online or at the NRG Stadium box office, One NRG Park in Houston, TX.
2015 Monster Energy Supercross St. Louis Results
St. Louis Supercross 450SX Class Results
- Ryan Dungey
- Eli Tomac
- Jason Anderson
- Cole Seely
- Weston Peick
- Josh Grant
- Davi Millsaps
- Chad Reed
- Broc Tickle
- Blake Baggett
St. Louis Supercross 250SX East Class Results
- Marvin Musquin
- Jeremy Martin
- Joey Savatgy
- Justin Bogle
- Anthony Rodriquez
- Jimmy Decotis
- Luke Rezland
- Kyle Cunningham
- Jace Owen
- Kyle Peters - MotoSport rider
2015 Monster Energy Supercross Season Standings
450SX Class Season Standings
- Ryan Dungey (296)
- Eli Tomac (216)
- Trey Canard (204)
- Cole Seely (198)
- Chad Reed (183)
- Jason Anderson (165)
- Blake Baggett (165)
- Ken Roczen (156)
- Broc Tickle (146)
- Andrew Short (137)
250SX East Class Season Standings
- Marvin Musquin (169)
- Justin Bogle (149)
- Jeremy Martin (125)
- Joey Savatgy (113)
- RJ Hampshire (84)
- Anthony Rodriguez (84)
- Jimmy Decotis (84)
- Kyle Peters (76) - MotoSport rider
- Martin Davalos (63)
- Kyle Cunningham (60)
Written By: AndrewT