Don’t look now, but James Stewart is the hottest rider in the AMA Supercross Championship. The Yoshimura Suzuki rider won his third consecutive race and series-leading fifth victory of the season. But with Kawasaki‘s Ryan Villopoto holding a comfortable lead with four rounds remaining, Stewart’s hot streak may be too little too late.
Smartop Motoconcepts Suzuki rider Mike Alessi got off to one of his trademark fast starts, taking the holeshot at Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Mo., but it didn’t take long before Villopoto to take over the lead on the second corner. The three-time reigning champion seemed fully recovered from the bout of food poisoning he suffered the previous round in Toronto, leading the first ten laps in St. Louis.
Stewart stalked Villopoto for the first half of the race before making his move on Lap 11 with a slick inside pass that seemed to catch the champion by surprise. Villopoto looked for a chance to regain the lead but eventually settled for a second-place finish and further pad his lead in the standings.
He received some help in that regard when Ryan Dungey, second going into the St. Louis round, crashed on the final lap while battling with his Red Bull KTM teammate Ken Roczen for fourth place. Dungey tried to remount but as he turned his bike around, Justin Brayton came flying out of a double-jump, crashing into Dungey with his Yamaha. Dungey was finally able to resume racing but settled for ninth.
|2014 AMA Supercross: St. Louis 450 Top Five Results|
The 250 Eastern Regional championship got shaken up with the news before the St. Louis round that Adam Cianciarulo will miss the rest of the season for shoulder surgery. The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider won three of the first five rounds but dislocated his shoulder twice in Round Six in Toronto. Cianciarulo will be out three to four months, missing the remainder of the Supercross season and the start of the AMA Motocross season.
Cianciarulo’s teammate Martin Davalos grabbed the holeshot in St. Louis and led the entire 15-lap race for his second win of the season. Geico Honda‘s Justin Bogle finished more than a second later while Davalos’ Kawasaki teammate Blake Baggett completed the podium.
|2014 AMA Supercross: St. Louis 250 Eastern Regional Top Five Results|
The 2014 AMA Supercross season now heads to Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, where the Western Regional 250 class returns to action. Davalos will enjoy his lead a bit longer before the Eastern Regional class resumes April 26 in East Rutherford, N.J.
There’s no rest for the 450 class racers however as Villopoto will continue to nurse his lead in the championship. Dungey will try to rebound from this weekend’s disastrous finish and cut away at Villopoto’s 35-point lead. Stewart is right on his heels however, trailing by just a single point in third place.
|450 Class Top Five Standings||250 East Class Top Five Standings|
|1||Ryan Villopoto||Kawasaki||268||Martin Davalos||Kawasaki||149|
|2||Ryan Dungey||KTM||233||Justin Bogle||Honda||141|
|3||James Stewart||Suzuki||232||Adam Cianciarulo||Kawasaki||120|
|4||Ken Roczen||KTM||215||Blake Baggett||Kawasaki||120|
|5||Justin Brayton||Yamaha||196||Vince Friese||Honda||100|
[Source: AMA Supercross]