Things are getting interesting, not just in the 450SX class, but in the 250SX class as well.
Eli Tomac did it again last weekend in Detroit. With another runaway win, Tomac took five points out of Ryan Dungey's championships points standing lead and closed the gap between the two to just seven points with five rounds to go.
Tomac seems unstoppable at this point, so it looks like the championship only a matter of how close Dungey can stay to Tomac and if anyone comes between them. The more riders in front of Dungey at the checkers, the greater number of points he loses.
But it's not that the champ isn't riding great. He is actually riding very well and is clearly one of the fastest riders on the track, but that spells trouble when Tomac seems unbeatable. Along with that, Dungey's teammate Musquin is riding very well, and not to mention, faster and more consistent than Dungey currently is, leaving Dungey finishing on the third step of the podium more than a few weeks in a row.
How long has it been since Dungey hasn't finished first or second? And not only has he been finishing third, he's been spending more time battling through the pack to even get up to third - Detroit was no different.
One might expect that the managers at KTM would keep other KTM riders messing with Dungey's chances for the title, but the results and racing on the track certainly seem to indicate that has happened.
Musquin smells blood in the water and isn't afraid to battle with his multi-time champ teammate to take away a couple more points from Dungeys lead.
Two other factory-supported KTM riders, Davi Millsaps and Blake Baggett, are causing Dungey to put in a lot of work to get around them. It would only take one weekend of Ryan not being able to make those passes while Tomac gets another win for the red plate to slip from Dungey's grips.
With that said, St. Louis is going to be very exciting and interesting this weekend. And thanks to it's amazing soil and normally packed house, the racing and rivalry is only going to get better.
Speaking of great racing, the Detroit track layout made for some. Whether the track is truly the reason for the intense bar to bar action is always a question, but the fact that fans saw some of the best racing of the year at Detroit sure makes it seem like that was the case.
This year, the tracks have been getting a bit more beat up thanks to the longer races throughout the night, but the Dirt Wurx crew along with Feld Entertainment production crew seem to have turned a corner in track prep. All things this season seem to be getting better. and better, so St. Louis should be absolutely prime.
The drama in the AMA Supercross Series spills over into the 250SX East class, as the points standings of top five riders dramatically changed after Detroit's insane Main Event.
Joey Savatgy (above) now holds the lead heading into St. Louis despite not winning the Main Event in Detroit. Although he nearly did take the checkers, a mishap allowed Jordon Smith and Dylan Ferrandis to get by. Savatgy ultimately finished in second, but the passing back and forth between he, his teammate Adam Cianciarulo, Smith and Ferrandis was epic. But there was one guy missing from this group.
The 250SX East class points leader Zach Osborne was no where to be found.
In an unbelievable turn of bad luck, Osborne ended up nineteenth by the checkers after he go caught up in a first turn crash that broke spokes in his front wheel. He was forced to pull in for a wheel change that ended up putting him two laps down. Although he did salvage a few points, he lost his points lead and now finds himself ten points back in third in the championship points standings going into St. Louis.
You can be he will bet he will be out for revenge this weekend, as he generally seems to be "the man" against this field of relatively inexperienced 250SX riders.
Speed is not an issue, but Osborne has lacked just a little bit in the consistency department. The question now lingers: Will he be able to come back from his terrible weekend in Detroit?
Adam Cianciarulo and Dylan Ferrandis had one of several great battles that happened in the 250SX class. Eventual Main Event winner Jordon Smith (behind Ferrandis above) was right there to capitalize on it the two's battle.
Swapping the lead, and a little plastic, Ferrandis is proving he's coming around in his inaugural AMA Supercross season and is really making his presence known. Few would have picked him to be battling for the lead every weekend, but he has shown that he knows the pace.
Cianciarulo has also been no slouch and currently is fourth in points. In fact, only two points separate second through fourth place in the championship points standings! These guys will definitely be going for the win this weekend.
Confidence is everything in AMA Supercross and with Jordon Smith's first hard fought win, he is at the top of the confidence heap.
It's been a long time coming for Smith, but he seems to be really clicking with his TLD/KTM team and is now the only rider in the team rig (since teammate Alex Martin is side-lined this weekend). The team can focus entirely on Smith and trying to win this championship. Don't be surprised if he pulls off another Main Event win this Saturday night.
St. Louis is famous for feverish fans and fantastic soil. Combine that with the insane battles going on right now in both classes and the track layout shown above and it's safe to say that you won't want to miss this one!
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The race is on the regular schedule, with the mains starting at 7PM CDT, with television coverage provided by Fox Sports 1.