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01/14/2020

Yamaha Motor Canada Presents Behind The Lens: St Louis Supercross

When it was announced that Round 2 of the 2020 Monster Energy Supercross Series was going to be in St.Louis, there was definitely mixed emotions from the riders and teams. On one hand, they were all excited to be heading back to the Show Me State after a year’s hiatus. After all, the St.Louis SX is famous for its great dirt and entertaining racing inside the Dome At America’s Centre. However, with St.Louis being so far away from Rounds 1 and 3 in Anaheim, many felt that the travel was exessive for the early part of the series. But when all was said and done, it didn’t matter as when the gate dropped on both the 250SX and 450SX main events the fans once again got treated to some incredible racing.

In the 250 class, hometown hero Austin Forkner took advantage of a stadium full of his fans and rode away to the victory. After giving away the win last weekend in Anaheim, this was a great comeback race for Forkner. Behind him was the ever charging Justin Cooper who came from behind to finish second and hold on to the points lead.

In the 450 class, the entire supercross world cheered as Ken Roczen finally got the win he’s been looking for since his massive crash back in 2017. As we’ve all watched, Roczen has been close before but has been unable to put it all together. Well, now he’s done it and we’ll see if his St.Louis win is just a sign of things to come. With two different winners so far in 2020, the 450SX class is setting up to be extremely competitive this year. To look back on what happened in St. Louis, here is a great collection of James Lissimore photos for this weeks Yamaha Motor Canada Behind the Lens.

Your 250SX St Louis podium.
Austin Forkner once again got off to a quick start at Round 2.
So far in 2020 Ken Roczen has been getting great starts on his factory HRC Honda.
The track in St Louis was a thing of beauty.
Although he had a little slip up on the last lap of the main event, Adam Cianciarulo had another great night at Round 2.
The battles so far in the 450SX class have been very entertaining.
Jason Anderson rode to a solid third overall in St Louis.
Unlike last weekend in Anaheim, Blake Baggett came out for opening ceremonies with no baby on board.
The Midwest fans got treated to some incredible battles at Round 2.
After a solid second place finish at Round 2, Justin Barcia will once again carry the red plate into the third race of the series in Anaheim.
After a tough opening round in Anaheim, Luke Clout came back strong at Round 2 and finished 7th overall.
Just like his Blu Cru teammate Barcia, Justin Cooper finished second in St Louis and will also carry the red plate into Round 3.
After winning his heat race, Christian Craig crashed hard late in the main event and ended up in 22nd.
So far in 2020 things have not been going well for the defending 250SX West Champion.
After some mistakes in Anaheim last weekend, Austin Forkner came back strong at Round 2 and grabbed his first win of 2020.
Unlike last weekend where Forkner looked rusty, in St Louis he was riding smooth and fast all day long.
Our old friend Jacob Hayes had a great night in St Louis and almost cracked the Top 5.
Even if you’re a talented 16 year old SX star, this doesn’t look like it’s going to end well.
Just along for the ride now!
Thankfully Lawrence and Koga were okay.
Alex Martin looked great on his JGR Suzuki and ended up finishing 4th in the 250SX Main Event.
After leading the early laps of the 450SX main event, Zach Osborne remained strong and ended up in 5th place.
The 450SX class is going to be great all season long.
Aaron Plessinger had a solid night in St Louis and rode his Factory YZ450 to a 10th place finish in the main event.
Your 450SX podium.
Alex Ray made the main event in St Louis and rode well to finish 19th.
After having to qualify again through the LCQ, Chad Reed was riding well in the main event until a mechanical issue forced him to pull off.
Former top Canadian pro rider Shane Drew is back with the HRC Honda Team in 2020 and has been helping Ken Roczen with his bike set-up.
After a shaky opening round, Roczen was flawless in St Louis.
One of great moments in sport. Everyone loves a comeback.
The red team had an unforgettable night in the Show Me State.
Eli Tomac rode well in St Louis and almost found himself on the podium.
While his main competition battled up front in the 450SX main event, Cooper Webb found himself back in 12th.
Dean Wilson rode much better at Round 2 and we don’t think it will be long before he’s battling for a Top 5 finish.

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Chris Pomeroy

1989 Rookie-of-the-year and former nationally ranked pro racer who turned into a dirt oriented scribe

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