Roczen survives RD 12, McElrath 10th in St. Louis.

Round 12 and the final Triple Crown race on the 2024 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series was held at the Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis, Missouri, for the 12th round. The fans poured into the pits early Saturday to get the first look at their favorite riders and teams lining up in front of both team trailers to cheer on #94 Ken Roczen, #11 Kyle Chisholm, and #12 Shane McElrath all day long, hoping to get a glimpse of the team in action, a selfie, or possibly an autograph. The Triple Crown format features three 12-minute main events. With no heat races, only the top 18 qualify directly into the mains and the remaining field races for the final four positions in the last chance qualifier race.

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#12 Shane McElrath

Twisted Tea HEP Suzuki rider #12 Shane McElrath had one of his best races of the year and his second-best finish of the season. He got great starts all night and raced progressively better as the round wore on. Shane finished the night going 12-11-7 in three main events for 10th overall. McElrath nearly garnered the holeshot in the final race, rounding the first lap in 5th place. By the seventh lap, Shane had lost two positions but would not let 8th place make the pass. He took the checkered flag in 7th place, cementing his 10th overall result.

#94 Ken Roczen

Progressive Insurance ECSTAR Suzuki rider Ken Roczen had a roller coaster of a night. In the first main event on the first lap of the race, the #94 Suzuki RM-Z450 left side radiator landed in the exhaust pipe of another rider who slowed abruptly to avoid a crash in the oncoming corner. The Suzuki landed at an angle that should have sent Roczen to the ground, but in a show of quick thinking, physical strength, and skill, Ken held onto his Renthal bars as the bike carried its momentum. Ken maintained his balance as his feet came out from under him, allowing him to continue in the forward momentum as he quickly leaped onto his bike, losing very little time. Ken got to work rounding the first lap in 4th place.

By lap two, Ken had moved into podium position in 3rd place and had his sights set on second and first; it looked like it could be his night. However, it became apparent that there was a problem as smoke increasingly emitted from the bike as the race progressed. Eventually, this forces Roczen to slow down, roll jumps, and lose positions. He finished the race in 18th place. 

After the first main, Ken’s mechanic, Billy Hartle, determined the radiator took the hit in the opening lap, causing significant damage to the motor. Ken was now in an impossible situation with no hope of a potential podium. Roczen did not let that get the better of him, rallying in the remaining two main events, finishing 13th and 5th, respectively. Ken was 12th overall after an 18-13-5 in the three mains.

#11 Kyle Chisholm

Pipes Motorsports Group Teammate, #11 Twisted Tea HEP Suzuki rider Kyle Chisholm, had a great round with 14th overall. If you asked him before the race, he would tell you that he dislikes the triple crown format. The unique format forces him to emphasize qualifying for the mains, where he usually prefers to race into the main events. However, the veteran did not let that phase him and qualified directly into the mains with an 18th-place qualifying position. 

Avoiding the last chance qualifier and now with a possible change of heart toward the triple crown format, Chisholm lined up for three main events. In three bar-to-bar races, the Twisted Tea HEP Suzuki rider went 15-14-12 for 14th overall.

The series takes a weekend off as the teams and riders prepare for the final stretch of the 2024 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series. Reconvening in two weeks, Round 13 will take place at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. You can catch all the action live from home on Peacock TV, with racing set to begin at 4:00 PM PST.

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