ST. LOUIS, MO – April 17, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The 14th round of the 2016 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, was held Saturday afternoon inside The Dome at America’s Center. More than 57,274 fans were on hand to witness the city known as the Gateway to the West, host the most unique race of the season, which featured a daytime racing schedule. A technical track design, consisting of multiple line selections and a long sand section, presented challenges to riders throughout the day.
Pirelli-supported rider Justin Brayton powered his BTO Sports/WPS/KTM to capture the holeshot and lead the opening lap in 450SX Heat 2. He consistently put in fast laps while piloting his SCORPION™MX tires to second place. Autotrader/Monster Energy/Yamaha’s Weston Peick came from behind to grab fourth in 450SX Semi 1, transferring him to the Main Event alongside Brayton.
Privateer Alex Ray scored a fifth place finish in 450SX Semi 2 to qualify for his seventh Main Event of the 2016 season. He had his sights set on redemption after an uncharacteristic race last weekend in Indianapolis.
Autotrader/Monster Energy/Yamaha’s Justin Barcia led wire-to-wire in the 450SX Class LCQ, pulling away to grab a convincing win. TPJ Racing’s Nick Schmidt rode hard to finish fourth, transferring both riders to the Main Event.
Jimmy Albertson jumped out of the gate aboard his Motorcycle Superstore Suzuki to round the first corner inside of the top-5 in 250SX Heat 1. “Top Jimmy” pushed hard throughout the six-lap qualifier to finish fifth place and transfer directly to the Main Event. MAD Racing/Dirt Candy Graphics/Suzuki’s Matt Bisceglia charged to ninth in 250SX Heat 2, transferring to the Main Event.
In the 450SX Class Main Event, Brayton once again found himself near the front of the pack as the field entered the first turn and eventually crossed the opening lap in third. The No.10 rode brilliantly while in hot pursuit of the leaders. On Lap 6, a collision with another rider forced him to lose several positions while running in third. The veteran would remount to finish 12th.
Barcia used the 20-lap Main Event to slowly pass his way further up the running order, eventually crossing the checkered flag in 11th position and earn his best finish since returning from injury. JGRMX teammate Peick spent the early part of the race battling inside of the top-10, but a mistake halfway through the race dropped him to finish in 16th.
Privateer-backed rider’s Schmidt and Ray battled each other for position all the way until the final lap. Schmidt charged to finish 20th, narrowly edging out Ray in 21st.
Bisceglia rounded the first corner of the 250SX Class Main Event near the front of the 22-rider field, but misfortune struck when he tangled with downed rider while running fourth at the end of the opening lap. After remounting at the tail end of the field, he put his head down and passed into 12th at the checkered flag.
Fellow Pirelli rider Albertson began the race mid-pack, however, after running strong for several laps he made a mistake that shuffled him back in the running order. The Oklahoman gave a strong effort and finished the 15-lap Main Event in 19th.
The 15th round of Monster Energy Supercross will take place next weekend on Saturday, April 23rd from the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
450SX Class Results
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
2. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki
3. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna
4. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda
5. Trey Canard, Edmond, Okla., Honda
6. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha
7. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki
8. Josh Grant, Wildomar, Calif., Kawasaki
9. Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, N.C., KTM
10. Mike Alessi, Hilliard, Fla., Honda
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11. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha
16. Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Yamaha
20. Nick Schmidt, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki
21. Alex Ray, Milan, Tenn., Honda
450SX Class Championship Standings
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM – 328
2. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Suzuki – 280
3. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna – 260
4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 226
5. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha – 208
6. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM – 188
7. Cole Seely, Sherman Oaks, Calif., Honda – 173
8. Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, N.C., KTM – 161
9. Trey Canard, Edmond, Okla., Honda – 154
10. Jake Weimer, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki – 114
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results
1. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha
2. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha
3. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM
4. RJ Hampshire, Brooksville, Fla., Honda
5. Gannon Audette, Tallahassee, Fla., Kawasaki
6. Anthony Rodriguez, Cairo, Ga., Kawasaki
7. Alexander Frye, Huntingtown, Md., KTM
8. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda
9. Tyler Bowers, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki
10. Paul Coates, Zephyrhills,Fla., Honda
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12. Matt Bisceglia, Weatherford, Texas, Suzuki
19. Jimmy Albertson, Shawnee, Okla., Suzuki
Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings
1. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda – 115
2. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha – 114
3. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha – 99
4. Martin Davalos, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna – 83
5. Tyler Bowers, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki – 78
6. Gannon Audette, Tallahassee, Fla., Kawasaki – 77
7. RJ Hampshire, Brooksville, Fla., Honda – 77
8. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM – 73
9. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., KTM – 63
10. Matt Bisceglia, Weatherford, Texas, Suzuki – 58