Track becoming tougher leading into Triple Crown main events.
Teammates Malcolm Stewart and RJ Hampshire led the way in 2022 Monster Energy Supercross qualifying at the St. Louis round, a strong afternoon for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team.
With the track deteriorating as the day wears on, setting the 450SX pace was Stewart at 53.102s.
Stewart was marginally ahead of Marvin Musquin (Red Bull KTM), Jason Anderson (Monster Energy Kawasaki) and runaway points-leader Eli Tomac (Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha) – all of those riders at 53.1s.
Fifth on the charts was Justin Barcia (TLD Red Bull GasGas), who in turn led Chase Sexton (Team Honda HRC) and Justin Brayton (Smartop Bullfrog Spas MCR Honda) as the final riders in the 53s.
The top 10 was made up of Justin Bogle (Twisted Tea Suzuki), Vince Friese (Smartop Bullfrog Spas MCR Honda) and Dean Wilson (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna). In 11th, Benny Bloss (Team Tedder Monster Energy) notably made his return in a solid performance.
Times set in the earlier qualifying session proved quicker as 250SX East returned this afternoon and, in the end, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Hampshire was fastest courtesy of leading practice one.
Hampshire posted a 56.360s lap-time to lead red plate-holder Jett Lawrence’s (Team Honda HRC) 53.996s, as veteran Kyle Chisholm was P3 in another appearance at Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha.
The top five was completed by Mitchell Oldenburg (Smartop Bullfrog Spas MCR Honda) and Pierce Brown (TLD Red Bull GasGas), while Michael Hicks (KTM), Jordon Smith (Fire Power Honda Racing), Jace Owen (Muc-Off FXR ClubMX Yamaha), his teammate Enzo Lopes and Joshua Varize (Husqvarna) were in positions six through 10.