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Rivalries Emerging in Both Classes as Monster SX Heads to the Gateway City

| 24 March 2015 6:30 pm

Monster Energy Supercross Series
Round 12: Edward Jones Dome

Courtesy of Feld Motor Sports
Photos by Kardy Photos
ST. LOUIS, MO, MAR. 24, 2015

Following a dominant three-race win streak by Red Bull KTM teammates Ryan Dungey and Marvin Musquin, it was the GEICO Honda duo of Eli Tomac and Justin Bogle who stole the spotlight last weekend in Detroit. GEICO Honda is now the second team in 2015 to sweep both the 450SX and 250SX main events in a single evening. As a result of that distinction, potential rivalries are set to emerge between the top two riders and teams in the 450SX-class and Eastern Regional 250SX-class standings as St. Louis’ Edward Jones Dome hosts the next race of the 2015 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, season on Saturday night.

Eli Tomac passing Ryan Dungey in the 450SX main event in Detroit.

Eli Tomac passing Ryan Dungey in the 450SX main event in Detroit.

Saturday night’s race will air live on Fox Sports 1 at 8 p.m. EDT/ 7 p.m. CDT/ 5 p.m. PDT. Live coverage from St. Louis will also be available on the authenticated Fox Sports Go app. Also, on Saturday, March 28, fans can log on to www.SupercrossLive.com to watch “Supercross: Race Day Live,” presented by AMSOIL, with Jim Holley and Andy Bowyer, from 3:50 p.m. EDT/ 2:50 p.m. CDT /12:50 p.m. PDT to 7:50 p.m. EDT/ 6:50 p.m. CDT/ 4:50 p.m. PDT.

Here are some key insights to watch for heading into this Saturday night’s race…

Will Dungey continue to protect his points lead and settle for another 450SX-class podium finish, or will he set a career-best mark with his sixth win of the season?

Dungey’s only win in St. Louis came during his championship-winning rookie 450SX-class season in 2010. Another win in the Gateway City would put the KTM rider one step closer to the second title of his career, and the first for the manufacturer.

Can Tomac seize the momentum from his win in Detroit and become the second rider to earn back-to-back wins in 2015? It would be the first time Tomac has won consecutive races in his 450SX-class career.

With the season-ending injury suffered by Trey Canard, who will step up in his absence to fill the soon-to-be-vacant spot among the top three in the championship standings? Perhaps it will be his Team Honda HRC rookie teammate Cole Seely, who currently sits in fourth and has back-to-back podium finishes to his credit.

Can veteran Chad Reed get back into the podium mix after finishing fourth last weekend?

Will up-and-comer Weston Peick break through for the first podium finish of his career?

Now that Bogle has captured the first win of his title defense, will he continue to cut into Musquin’s points lead?

Can Musquin bounce back from missing out on the win for just the second time this season to claim his fourth victory and reassert his control in the championship?

Can Joey Savatgy parlay his second career podium finish into the first victory of 2015 for Monster Energy/ Pro Circuit/ Kawasaki?

Will Jeremy Martin ascend to the top of the division?

Check out these 450SX-class video highlights from Detroit…

Tomac’s first full season of 450SX-class competition has been filled with the highest of highs and some unfortunate lows. Last Saturday, he was able to take advantage of one of his best starts of the season inside Ford Field to challenge Dungey, methodically work his way into the lead, and pull away to capture the second win of his career. Tomac now sits 77 points behind Dungey with five races remaining, and he is poised to take control of second place in the championship standings with another solid effort in St. Louis.

The rider Tomac can overtake is Team Honda HRC’s Canard, who earned no points in Detroit after a crash in the semi left him out of action with a fractured left arm. The injury will almost certainly remove Canard from contention for the remainder of the season, leaving the battle for the title to Dungey and Tomac. Currently, 67 points separate Dungey from Canard, while 10 points sit between Canard and Tomac.

The heartbreak experienced by Dungey’s biggest title threat subsequently means that Dungey can strategically approach the remaining races, settling for points and a solid result on a night in which a win may not be necessary. However, St. Louis might provide a little more incentive for Dungey, considering the last and only time he collected a 450SX-class win inside Edward Jones Dome was back in 2010, when he claimed the title as a rookie. Additionally, Dungey also had a career-high five wins during that 2010 season, a career-best total he has matched coming into St. Louis and would no doubt like to improve upon.

Team HRC Honda’s Cole Seely (14) at Ford Field.

Team HRC Honda’s Cole Seely (14) at Ford Field.

Returning to the 450SX-class podium for a second straight week and the third time this season, Team HRC Honda’s Cole Seely has been steadily gaining momentum as of late and is now in a position to fill the absence left by Canard. Seely appears to be the rookie to beat at the moment, although he’s only raced inside the Edward Jones Dome once. Nevertheless, the opportunity to finish his rookie season inside the top three is not something Seely is willing to pass up.

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Justin Bogle captured his first Eastern Regional 250SX main-event win of the season in Detroit.

Justin Bogle captured his first Eastern Regional 250SX main-event win of the season in Detroit.

After finishing on the 250SX-class podium at every Eastern Regional Championship race leading into last weekend’s stop in Detroit, Bogle broke through for his first win of the season and picked a few highly valuable points off of Musquin’s current lead. Bogle will likely need to keep winning in order to have a chance at defending his Eastern Regional title, but his performance on Saturday night proved he’s up for the task as the end nears.

Musquin may not have extended his points lead in Detroit, but he overcame a start outside the top five to finish second, and he still carries a comfortable 13-point lead on Bogle. With only two races remaining on the Eastern Regional 250SX-class schedule, Musquin has the ability to be strategic in his efforts and protect his points lead, but his dominance so far this season suggests he’ll be gunning for the top spot once again in St. Louis.

After a heartbreaking DNF in Indianapolis two races ago, Monster Energy/ Pro Circuit/ Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy bounced back from his misfortune to follow Bogle and Musquin onto the podium in Detroit. Savatgy was able to put the past behind him and tie his career-best finish of third, which he achieved at the opening race of the Eastern Regional Championship. The podium result also moved Savatgy up to fourth in the points standings.

Check out these 250SX-class video highlights from Detroit…

During last year’s 450SX main event in St. Louis, Team Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart won his third consecutive Monster Energy Supercross race, which signified the landmark 50th win of his career.

Martin Davalos led all 15 laps to win the Eastern Regional 250SX main event, and he will be hoping to do the same in an effort to earn the first win for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing.

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Practice and qualifying will begin at 12:30 p.m. and the main event will start at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are available at the Edward Jones Dome box office and at all Ticketmaster outlets, or you can order by phone at 800/745-3000 or online at www.supercross.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Club Seats are $55 per adult or child; Gold Circle tickets are $40 per adult or child; 400 Lower Level Loge seats are $30 per adult or child; Upper View Sides seating is $20 per adult or child; and Treadhead seats are $10 per adult or child. Fans can also get into the pits for free from 12:30 to 6 p.m. on race day when they recycle a Monster Energy can at the stadium’s pit entrance. (This offer valid only with event ticket.)

For more information on Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, please log on to www.SupercrossLive.com, the official website of Monster Energy Supercross.

[For more from the Detroit Supercross round, including race coverage, results and more photos, please see “Tomac Tears Through the Pack en Route to Second SX Win”… Editor]

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