Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Chad Reed has increased his lead in the AMA/ FIM Supercross Championship after winning Saturday night's round at Edward Jones Dome in St Louis, Missouri.
The Australian now leads Yamaha's James Stewart by 11 points after the Yamaha rider crashed with five laps of the 20-lap Main Event to go.
More than 55,800 fans packed the stadium, which featured a technical track designed by Team Suzuki's Travis Pastrana. The Freestyle and motocross star also raced but failed to get through the Last Chance Qualifier.
Two-time, defending AMA Supercross Champion Reed got a great start and charged hard all night to take the win but prior to that he also won his heat race at the beginning of the night.
Rockstar Makita Suzuki team mate Mike Alessi rallied after a mid-week crash to finish an impressive fourth in his heat race and then seventh in the Main Event.
Michael Byrne remains injured and did not race. He hopes to be back racing again soon.
In the Supercross Lites class, Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Nico Izzi overcame a nasty crash in practice to have a good night overall. The young rider finished second in his qualifying heat race and then ran second in the 15-lap Main Event for most of the race before bringing home a strong third-place finish. Izzi has been on the podium in all but one of the Supercross Lites races this year.
"Like I say every week, you've got to be in it to win it and that's what we're doing. I was having a ball out there. The track was just awesome - Suzuki freestyle rider Travis Pastrana designed a great track and I just love the St. Louis dirt. I just kept my head down and rode my Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 as hard as I could and it was good for the win this week."
"My day started out a little rough. I had some back issues after my crash during the week. But I rode practice and after practice, I had to make a decision on whether I was going to race or not. And I realised I just had to get out there and do it. I had to be a gladiator and tough it out. It was important to get the points and it turned out pretty good. In my heat race, I got a good start and was fourth. In the Main, I got another good start and was right there with my team mate Chad Reed. I wound up riding my own race and ended up seventh, which isn't bad considering I wasn't even sure if I was going to race."
"It was a good race at St. Louis. Getting ready for this race, I went home and had a solid week of training. I came out to the Edward Jones Dome and felt really good. In the first practice, I was fastest and then in the second practice I had a pretty bad get-off but I hung tight for a good race and I have to thank the Rockstar Makita Suzuki team for doing such a good job for me."
Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing will race next at the Rodgers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Saturday, March 28th.
AMA Supercross Class: 1. Chad Reed (Rockstar Makita Suzuki); 2. James Stewart (Yamaha); 3. Josh Grant (Yamaha); 4. Andrew Short (Honda); 5. Jason Lawrence (Yamaha); 6. Ivan Tedesco (Honda); 7. Mike Alessi (Rockstar Makita Suzuki); 8. Davi Millsaps (Honda); 9. Kevin Windham (Honda); 10. Paul Carpenter (Kawasaki).
Eastern Coast Supercross Lites Class: 1. Blake Wharton (Honda); 2. Austin Stroupe (Kawasaki); 3. Nico Izzi (Rockstar Makita Suzuki); 4. Matthew Goerke (Suzuki); 5. Christophe Pourcel (Kawasaki); 6. Matt Lemoine (Yamaha); 7. Steven Clarke (Suzuki); 8. Daniel Blair (Honda); 9. Darryn Durham (Yamaha); 10. Shane Sewell (Yamaha).