Geico Honda's Justin Barcia made it three in a row in St. Louis with another start-to-finish victory.
’s Justin Barcia
continued to prove why he’s the reigning champion in the Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Class after posting his third straight win of the season in St. Louis. Once again Bam Bam nailed the holeshot and was unstoppable throughout the night, extending his championship lead to 18 points. Red Bull KTM
’s Ken Roczen posted a solid defensive ride in second, the young German holding off his rivals to rebound from his poor race in Atlanta. Meanwhile Rockstar Suzuki
’s Blake Wharton
was gifted the final podium position when Geico Honda’s Justin Bogle hit the deck on the last lap.
Barcia scored the holeshot to start the Lites main with Roczen right behind. Bogle also secured a decent start and trailed the two frontrunners in third, followed by K&N/FMF Honda’s Jeff Gibson and MotoConcepts Racing’s Jake Canada. The Pro Circuit Kawasaki
riders received a bad jump on the gate with Blake Baggett
at the back of the pack and Darryn Durham running just inside the top-10. On the second lap Roczen made a few errors and cased a jump in the rhythm lane, allowing Barcia to open a gap while Bogle began to inch up behind the German. Shortly after, Canada got around Gibson for fourth as two-time Arenacross champ Tyler Bowers crashed out early in the competition.
Ken Roczen had a good race in St. Louis but was unable to stop Barcia. He now trails the defending champ by 18 points.
With Barcia all alone out front, the battle for second was on between Roczen and Bogle. Durham made major progress and was going after Wharton for fifth as Baggett continued salvaging as many points as possible back in 10th. With less than half the contest left Barcia’s lead was up to more than six seconds with Roczen, Bogle, Canada and Wharton rounding out the top-five on Lap 10. Bogle began to really pick up the pace in the final laps, giving Roczen some tense moments before the rookie went down. In the process of trying to recover quickly, Bogle hit the ground a second time while trying to remount.
Barcia went on to score another victory to maintain a perfect season so far while extending his lead in the championship to 18 points. This is the second consecutive week that Bam Bam has won an uncontested race as he continues his stiff defense of the East Lites title.
“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.”
Though unable to take his first win of the year, Roczen came away satisfied with his runner-up finish after holding off Bogle for most of the race. Meanwhile Wharton posted the first Lites podium finish for Suzuki this year after benefitting from Bogle’s misfortune. Durham and Bogle rounded out the top-five, with Durham making good progress throughout the 15-lap main to minimize damage in the championship.
St. Louis Supercross Lites Results:
1. Justin Barcia (Honda)
2. Ken Roczen (KTM)
Rookie Justin Bogle was battling for a second-place finish before crashing on the final lap.
3. Blake Wharton (Suzuki)
4. Darryn Durham (Kawasaki)
5. Justin Bogle (Honda)
6. Jake Canada (Honda)
7. Malcolm Stewart (KTM)
8. Kyle Cunningham (Yamaha)
9. Blake Baggett (Kawasaki)
10. Alex Martin (Honda)
11. Matt Lemoine (Kawasaki)
12. Hunter Hewitt (Suzuki)
13. Cole Thompson (Honda)
14. AJ Catanzaro (KTM)
15. Jeff Gibson (Honda)
2012 AMA Supercross Lites Championship Points:
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