Racer X Race Report: St Louis

Racer X
Race Report St Louis

March 3, 2013 3:15am

You want action and drama and excitement? Meet me in St. Louis.

Once again, the Monster Energy Supercross run under the Gateway to the West provided the first real fireworks of the season, as a passing and action-filled main event even dusted up some controversy over the results. All in all, a wild night, the one we’ve come to expect from this venue in the middle of the country in the middle of the season.

It helps that St. Louis’ trademark tacky dirt was on hand, a welcome relief from the hard and slippery tracks that have dominated the first half of the 2013 SX tour. While the track design still left much to be desired as far as options, passing and technical challenges, the soil alone helped improve the racing, as the riders could still make moves in the corners as needed.

The 450 main started with a Mike Alessi holeshot, while Justin Barcia and Ryan Villopoto both nearly crashed in the first turn but managed to get through upright. Barcia, on a Muscle Milk Honda, trailed Alessi’s SmarTop MotoConcepts machine early, until Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart got around him for second. Stewart then motored past Alessi down the start straight to take over the lead. Barcia passed Alessi for second, and Villopoto moved to third on his Monster Energy Kawasaki. But on the third lap, JGR Toyota MX rider Kyle Chisholm crashed hard on a triple and needed attention from the Asterisk Medical Team, which brought out the red flag (Chisholm went to the hospital and it’s said that his back and neck checked out okay, but his knee and ankle are ailing).

Mike Alessi led early in the main event and ended up seventh, a good run for him.

Some serious battle going on in this race!

Then the red flag came out as Stewart was leading Barcia.
Cudby photos

The SX rulebook says any race past three laps will be restarted via the signal-file restart down the start stretch. So it was bizarre enough to see the SX main restarted via the single-file setup, it was stranger, still, to see Villopoto pushed back to sixth. Turns out he had passed Alessi for third while jumping past a yellow flag, and he was assessed a three-position penalty for it. When the race restarted, it was still Stewart and Barcia in the lead, but Alessi got a great jump and repassed Barcia. Soon Villopoto was on a mission, making moves, and he had the likes of TwoTwo Motorsports Honda’s Chad Reed and Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey with him. Not quite in the battle was series’ points leader Davi Millsaps, as the Rockstar Energy Racing rider got a bad start and then was run into by Trey Canard’s bike early. Millsaps was seventh and would later pass Alessi for sixth, but never truly threaten the riders ahead of him.

Meanwhile, a ridiculous five-rider fight for the lead broke out, with Villopoto eventually getting Barcia for second, and going after Stewart for the lead. They carved inside and outside of each other a few times, which led to the next crazy incident. N-Fab TiLUBE’s Bobby Kiniry had crashed on a triple, and the red cross flags came out, requiring every rider to roll the triple. Stewart and Villopoto hit that section essentially together, slowed to roll the jump, and then Barcia and Reed caught right up, leading to all four taking the section nearly side-by-side. After the triple came a set of rollers with yellow flags, Stewart and Villopoto hit it together, and Villopoto emerged with the lead.

The race was restarted via a single-file restart.

Villopoto then went on a tear, from sixth to third, then passing Barci for second.
Villopoto and Stewart battled--RV got to the lead but not without controversey. Some teams believe he passed Stewart under a red cross flag.

Either way, no arguing that Villopoto was the fastest man on the track.

Sub par night for Davi Millsaps, who finished sixth in the main.

Chad Reed delivered his second podium of the year with third.
Cudby photo

From there, the two-time and defending SX champ rolled away to his second win in the last three races. But after the race, his pass on Stewart went up for review, as many felt he had made the pass under either the red cross or yellow flags. But the results held, as the AMA’s Kevin Crowther said video proved there was insufficient evidence for a penalty. To be sure, other teams and riders didn’t agree, but the results are official.

Behind Villopoto, Barcia at one point got Stewart and was up to second, but he bobbled and went too far outside in a corner, tagged a tuff block with his front brake lever, and couldn’t jump a triple. With the field so tight, he lost several spots. This left Stewart and Reed second and third, with Dungey fourth. Down the stretch, the top three spread out, but Dungey did make a late run at Reed for the final podium spot, which he was not able to get. Barcia was fifth, Millsaps sixth. Just like that, Villopoto made up 10 points on Millsaps, and he sits just 12 down now.

Behind Millsaps came Alessi in seventh, and Trey Canard (who crashed) on his Muscle Milk Honda. JGR Toyota Yamaha’s Justin Brayton was ninth and BTOSports.com KTM’s Andrew Short tenth.

The 250 class hosted good racing, too. Wil Hahn, the GEICO Honda rider who won last week’s main event in Atlanta, holeshot the race. He had Rockstsr Energy Racing’s Blake Wharton in tow early, while series’ leader Dean Wilson was way, way back early on his Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki. But even on a track that didn’t offer much passing, Wilson went on a tear, going from 12th to 5th in about a lap. He then picked his way past Slaton Racing/TUF’s Vince Friese to get into third, then passed Wharton for second. At the halfway mark, Hahn held a two second lead, and Wilson was closing fast. The battle began, as Wilson dove inside, and Hahn countered by squaring back underneath. Hahn then fought off the advances and got away, before Wilson logged one more sprint on the last lap. He couldn’t make it happen, and Hahn had his second-straight main event win. He also takes the points lead away from Wilson. Wharton was third for his second podium of the young season.

Wil Hahn did it again in 250s.

Dean Wilson charged hard from way back, but ended up second.
Cudby photos

Now the series heads for something completely different: Daytona.

450 SX

1. R. Villopoto

2. J. Stewart

3. C. Reed

4. R. Dungey

5. J. Barcia

6. D. Millsaps

7. M. Alessi

8. T. Canard

9. J. Brayton

10. A. Short

11. B. Tickle

12. J. Weimer

13. E. Tomac

14. J. Albertson

15. M. Goerke

16. K. Partridge

17. R. Kiniry

18. W. Peick

19. P. Nicoletti

20. K. Chisholm


Heat 1

1. R. Villopoto

2. J. Barcia

3. J. Brayton

4. A. Short

5. M. Alessi

6. T. Canard

7. W. Peick

8. K. Chisholm

9. R. Kiniry

10. B. Lamay

11. J. Hill

12. E. Tomac

13. B. Hall

14. J. Oswald

15. N. Schmidt

16. A. Albers

17. A. Howell

18. A. Enticknap

19. M. Akaydin

20. T. Sewell


Heat 2

1. J. Stewart

2. D. Millsaps

3. R. Dungey

4. C. Reed

5. B. Tickle

6. P. Nicoletti

7. M. Goerke

8. K. Partridge

9. J. Weimer

10. L. Smith

11. J. Albertson

12. J. Sipes

13. C. Gilmore

14. D. Pipes

15. J. Greco

16. C. Green

17. C. Blose

18. R. Stewart

19. M. Schneider

20. H. Harrison



1. E. Tomac

2. J. Albertson

3. C. Blose

4. J. Sipes

5. B. Lamay

6. J. Hill

7. N. Schmidt

8. L. Smith

9. C. Gilmore

10. B. Hall

11. C. Green

12. A. Enticknap

13. H. Harrison

14. J. Oswald

15. A. Howell

16. D. Pipes

17. R. Stewart

18. M. Akaydin

19. T. Sewell

20. A. Albers

21. M. Schneider

22. J. Greco

450SX Class Season Standings

1.      Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 189

2.      Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 177

3.      Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 166

4.      Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 148

5.      Chad Reed, Australia, Honda, 147

6.      Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda, 132

7.      James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 122

8.      Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 113

9.      Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Yamaha, 103

10.   Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 87

250 SX

Main Event

1. W. Hahn

2. D. Wilson

3. B. Wharton

4. M. Musquin

5. J. Martin

6. V. Friese

7. J. Decotis

8. C. Thompson

9. Z. Bell

10. P. Larsen

11. G. Faith

12. Z. Freeberg

13. A. Catanzaro

14. K. Hussey

15. M. Oldenburg

16. J. Hill

17. L. Kilbarger

18. D. Herrlein

19. L. Vincent

20. S. Rife


Heat 1

1. B. Wharton

2. J. Hill

3. J. Martin

4. S. Rife

5. M. Musquin

6. Z. Freeberg

7. M. Oldenburg

8. L. Kilbarger

9. P. Larsen

10. B. Kiesel

11. Z. Bell

12. T. McEwen

13. Ad. Gulley

14. G. Ransdell

15. C. Crawford

16. O. Barbaree

17. G. Swanepoel

18. J. Hayes

19. K. Peters

20. Aa. Gulley


Heat 2

1. D. Wilson

2. W. Hahn

3. V. Friese

4. L. Vincent

5. D. Herrlein

6. J. Decotis

7. A. Catanzaro

8. C. Thompson

9. K. Hussey

10. R. Zimmer

11. G. Faith

12. K. McCabe

13. S. Clarke

14. J. Wentland

15. S. Roman

16. Z. Williams

17. N. Click

18. D. Buller

19. J. Richardson

20. T. Krieg



1. Z. Bell

2. G. Faith

3. R. Zimmer

4. B. Kiesel

5. J. Richardson

6. K. McCabe

7. K. Peters

8. J. Wentland

9. G. Swanepoel

10. C. Crawford

11. Ad. Gulley

12. O. Barbaree

13. T. McEwen

14. N. Click

15. S. Roman

16. Z. Williams

17. G. Ransdell

18. J. Hayes

19. Aa. Gulley

20. T. Krieg

21. S. Clarke

22. D. Buller


Eastern Regional 250SX Class Season Standings

1.      Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda, 70

2.      Dean Wilson, Scotland, Kawasaki, 69

3.      Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Suzuki, 60

4.      Marvin Musquin, France, KTM, 53

5.      Vince Friese, Cape Girardeau, Mo., Honda, 39

6.      Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Honda, 38

7.      Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Kawasaki, 36

8.      James Decotis, Peabody, Mass., Honda, 34

9.      Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 32

10.   Kyle Peters, Greensboro, NC, Honda, 31