Qualifying practices are done now in St. Louis. Racing starts later tonight at 8:00 pm ET on FS1.
It was another Kawasaki sweep for the top qualifying spots, with both Joey Savatgy and Eli Tomac grabbing the fastest lap times in the 250 and 250 class respectively.
Both Ryan Dungey and Zach Osborne are apparently suffering from the flu this weekend. They train together at the Baker Factory, and both are contending for the championship, with crucial points on the line tonight. They will have to muster the strength to charge the entire race tonight. Dungey didn’t seem to obothered by his flu, but Osborne was feeling bad enough to sit out the first session. He returned and showed some good speed in the second session however.
Adam Cianciarulo qualified the fastest in the first session, but struggled in the second. He crashed over the dragons back, and nearly crashed in the same spot the following lap! The good news however is that his knee is starting to feel close to 100%.
Here are the qualifying results:
My Opinion: Tomac was on another level in practice! You can tell just by watching him ride that he feels so confident with the bike and his skills right now. He throws the bike arounds, nailing whatever rut he chooses, and blitzes the whoops at an incredible speed. Dungey needs to be scared, because the chances of Tomac winning tonight and closing the gap even more in the point standings are very high.
Both Dungey and Osborne are in the title hunt for the individual classes, and both riders desperately need good results tonight. It’s unfortunate that both of them are dealing with the flu, so tonight could drastically change the points situation if they’re severely affected with their illnesses (such as Musquin was in Toronto).
I love the track so far. You will hear people continuously talk about it, but the soil provides amazing traction. However, it will rut up and the whoops will still break down, so I’m thinking Musquin will enjoy these conditions tonight (he’ll be able to jump through the whoops like he loves to do!).
My picks for the podiums are:
- Joey Savatgy
- Adam Cianciarulo
- Zach Osborne
- Eli Tomac
- Marvin Musquin
- Ryan Dungey
Cover photo from Supercross LIVE