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ST. LOUIS SUPERCROSS: THE RYANS GO ONE-TWO, ONLY THIS WEEK IT’S A DIFFERENT RYAN THAN LAST WEEK: STEWIE NOW TWO FULL RACES ADRIFT

March 4, 2012
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Malcolm Stewart’s luck in the 250 East is about as bad as his brothers is in the 450 class. He has speed and determination, but can’t stay off the ground. Photo: Hoppenworld

Ryan Villopoto won his fifth race of the season in the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis in front of 59,742 fans. Meanwhile in the 250 East class, Geico Honda’s Justin Barcia won his third consecutive event to remain perfect (in what will be his final year as a 250 Supercross class rider?Barcia has to move to the 450 class in 2013).

450 CLASS

Davi Millsaps got his first holeshot of the year.

JGR’s Davi Millsaps grabbed the 450 holeshot, while his teammate James Stewart started in the back of the pack and then fell down to insure that he would be last. Villopoto passed Justin Brayton to get into second and chased Millsaps for a much longer period of time than anyone thought possible. Then, once by Davi, Villopoto jumped to a safe lead?that was only whittle down by Ryna Dungey over the course of the 20 laps.

Brayton got by Millsaps on Lap 8 for second place and Dungey went by a few seconds later for third. On Lap 13, Dungey made his move on Brayton and began an impressive charge that might have been decisive if he hadn’t taken eight laps to get to second.

Kevin Windham worked his way past Millsaps for fourth and eventually James Stewart made his exodus from the back all the way to fifth by the end. Stewart’s fifth cost him 9 more points to Villopoto in the title chase and he is now two complete races behind RV.

Ryan Villopoto said, “The track was tough tonight. I tried to ride smart and consistent, paying attention to where Dungey was at. I was able to hold on for another win and my first-ever in St. Louis”

As for Dungey, this was his seventh podium finish in 2012 (he has won twice). Dungey said, “It was tough to make passes out there. I am happy with second tonight even though I wasn’t able to get to the lead. This track is one of a kind, and I had a blast riding on it.”

250 EAST

Justin Barcia (left) and Ken Roczen (right) were one-two on the 250 East podium.
Photo: Hoppenworld

Justin Barcia got the holeshot and the race was over. Behind Barcia came KTM’s Ken Roczen and Geico Honda’s Justin Bogle. Bogle ran a strong third and kept putting prressure on Roczen for second, but on the last lap he whirly-gigged into a turn and got passed by Blake Wharton and Darryn Durham before remounting in fifth.

“It was great to get the holeshot and check out tonight,” said Barcia. “The dirt here in St. Louis is amazing. I am not changing anything as we head to the next race; if I keep doing this, I should win the championship.”

Tonight’s win for Barcia marked his third consecutive Saint Louis win.


James string of bad starts and bad luck continued at St. Louis.

RESULTS: ST. LOUIS SUPERCROSS
450 CLASS:
1. Ryan Villopoto…Kawasaki KX450F
2. Ryan Dungey…KTM 450SXF
3. Justin Brayton…Honda CRF450
4. Kevin Windham…Honda CRF450
5. James Stewart…Yamaha YZ450F
6. Davi Millsaps…Yamaha YZ450F
7. Jake Weimer…Kawasaki KX450F
8. Brett Metcalfe…Suzuki RM-Z450
9. Marvin Musquin…KTM 350SXF
10. Nick Wey…Kawasaki KX450F
11. Broc Tickle…Kawasaki KX450F
12. Matt Goerke…Suzuki RM-Z450
13. Mike Alessi…Suzuki RM-Z450
14. Bobby Kiniry…Yamaha YZ450F
15.Justin Sipes…Kawasaki KX450F
16. Kyle Chisholm…Kawasaki KX450F
17. Gavin Faith…Honda CRF450
18. Jimmy Albertson…Suzuki RMZ450
19. Cole Seely ….Honda CRF450
20. Josh Hansen…Kawasaki KX450F

250 EAST
1. Justin Barcia…Honda CRF250
2. Ken Roczen…KTM 250SXF
3. Blake Wharton…Suzuki RM-Z250
4. Darryn Durham…Kawasaki KX250F
5. Justin Bogle…Honda CRF250
6. Jake Canada…Honda CRF250
7. Malcolm Stewart…KTM 250SXF
8. Kyle Cunningham…Yamaha YZ250F
8. Hunter Hewitt…Suzuki RM-Z250
9. Blake Baggett…Kawasaki KX250F
10. Alex Martin…Honda CRF250
11. Matt Lemoine…Kawasaki KX250F
12. Hunter Hewitt…Suzuki RM-Z250
13. Cole Thompson…Honda CRF250
14. A.J. Cantazaro…KTM 250SXF
15. Jeff Gibson…Honda CRF250
16. Austin Politelli…Honda CRF250
17. P.J. Larsen…KTM 250SXF
18. Bradley Ripple…Honda CRF250
19. Phil Nicoletti…Honda CRF250
20. Tyler Bowers…Kawasaki KX250F

450 POINTS STANDINGS
(After 9 of 17 races)
1. Ryan Villopoto…205
2. Ryan Dungey …192  
3. James Stewart…152
4. Chad Reed…128  
5. Kevin Windham…123
6. Jake Weimer…120
7. Justin Brayton…116
8. Brett Metcalfe…113
9. David Millsaps…109
10. Mike Alessi…98
11. Josh Hansen…87
12. Kyle Chisholm…82
13. Broc Tickle…69
14. Nick Wey…66
15. Andrew Short…59
16. Bobby Kinery…31
17. Kyle Partridge…29
18. Matt Goerke…26
19. Weston Peick…25
20. Ivan Tedesco…21
21. Cole Seely…17
22. Trey Canard…14
23. Cody Mackie…14
24. Marvin Musquin…12
25. Justin Sipes…12
26. Jason Thomas…10
27. Jimmy Albertson…10
28. Chris Blose…9
29. Gavin Faith…8
30. Jeff Alessi…7
31. Ryan Morais…6
32. Josh Grant…6
33. Tommy Hahn…4
34. Nico Izzi…3
35. Ben Lamay…2

250 EAST POINTS STANDINGS
(After 3 of 8 races)

1. Justin Barcia…75
2. Ken Roczen…57
3. Darryn Durham…56  
4. Blake Wharton…56
5. Justin Bogle…43
6. Jake Canada…41
7. Blake Baggett…40
8. Hunter Hewitt…31
9. Malcolm Stewart…29
10. Kyle Cunningham…28
11. P.J. Larsen…26
12. Alex Martin…21
13. Lance Vincent…21
14.Cole Thompson…20
15. Matt Lemoine…20
16. Phil Nicoletti…18
17. Austin Politelli…15
18. Les Smith…12
19. Shane Sewell…11
20. A.J. Cantazaro…7

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