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Bel-Ray Racing-Weekend Racing Wrap-Up – March 5, 2012
Round 9 of the 2012 Monster Energy Supercross Series took place
on Saturday night in St. Louis, Missouri. The Edward Jones Dome, home
of professional football’s St. Louis Rams, was converted to a
challenging race track for the stars of to compete on.
Team Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki's Blake Wharton has
been the star of the team thus far in the Supercross Lites class. Coming
into round 3 if the East Coast Series in St. Louis, with 4th
place finishes the prior 2 weeks, Wharton began to find the speed
necessary to compete for a win. Wharton won his heat race, and got off
to a top 10 start in the main event. He was in 4th with just a lap to go, when an error by the 3rd
place rider allowed Wharton to take the final spot on the podium.
Teammate Hunter Hewitt had to make the main event through the last
chance qualifier with a victory. He completed the first lap in 19th place and began passing rider’s one at a time to an eventual 12th place finish.
The Dodge/Hart & Huntington/Sycuan Casino/Bel-Ray Racing
team experienced their worst round this season on Saturday night. In the
final timed qualifying session of the afternoon, Kyle Partridge clipped
the wall of the over-under bridge and crashed in spectacular fashion. Although he
is expected to make a full recovery, he was transported to the hospital
that evening for injuries to his foot and neck. Teammate Josh Hansen
made improvements to his bike setup during the week with intentions on
improving on last week’s disappointing finish. After a top 10 start,
Hansen stalled his bike in a corner and was unable to regain competitive
momentum. After a second mistake, Hansen was too far back to continue
and didn’t finish the main event. He was credited with a 20th place finish. The points gained from this result place him in 11th in the season-long points standings.
Supercross racing will resume on Saturday at the Daytona International Speedway for the Daytona Supercross.
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