This week, the TPJ Fly Racing team travelled to St. Louis, Missouri to compete at Monster Energy Supercross.
Prior to game day, TPJ Racing riders had the opportunity for lots of press time, and the chance to ride the track for media.
Tyler Enticknap helped local television stations with a “Learn to Ride” segment, where he helped teach a news reporter how to ride a dirtbike. He also went on a local radio station and spoke about the event and encouraged fans to come attend.
On Friday, Tyler and Adam Enticknap attended the BIG St. Charles Motorsports Supercross party. A thousand fans waited in line to get autographs from Adam and Tyler as well as several other top Supercross riders. We want to thank BIG St. Charles Motorsports for putting on a great party.
This week, we had a small team – Dustin Pipes, James Milson and Nick Schmidt were not present in St. Louis due to injuries – but we still came out swinging.
On game day, our riders were ready to roll. In qualifying, the riders quickly adapted to the track and started cranking out solid lap times. Our top-qualifying 250 rider was Dylan Merriam, who had a fastest lap of 55.314, qualifying 20th overall. John Short was not far behind in 23rd. Our fastest qualifying 450 rider was Tyler Enticknap, who qualified in 25th with a fastest lap of 55.305. Adam Enticknap was hot on his heels in 26th position overall.
Yet again, our entire team was able to qualify for the night event at the Dome at America’s Center.
Dylan Merriam lined up in the first heat of the 250 class. He started the race in the top 5, but was overtaken within the first few laps. He maintained 8th place until the checkered flag and was able to qualify directly to the main event. John Short was off to a great start in the second heat, but a tangle-up with a downed rider held him up and ultimately sent him to the LCQ.
In the LCQ, Short battled for the final qualifying spot for several laps, but couldn’t quite get around Gradie Featherstone and Brandon Gourley.
Our 450 riders, Adam and Tyler Enticknap and Chad Cook were in the 450 LCQ. As he rolled up to the line, Adam discovered a technical issue with his bike that kept him on the sidelines. Chad Cook and Tyler were gated, but a massive pile up on the start led to a red flag restart. Tyler sustained an injury to his ribs in the crash, but still lined up for the restart. Tyler pushed his way through the pack up into 5th place. He continued to press on and try to catch up to Kyle White, but didn’t have enough laps to make the pass. Chad Cook had one of his best races of the season, pushing all the way up into 8th position, and reeling in 7th place as the checkered flag came out.
It was a rough night for our 450 riders, but they showed serious perseverance throughout the night. Despite their results in the heats and semis, they were not discouraged and let it all hang out in the LCQ.
Next week, we hope to see Adam’s bike back together, and to have Nick Schmidt back on the track in Seattle.
We want to extend a special thank you to DSC Construction, who refunded Dylan Merriam’s entry fee for making the main event. It’s thanks to them as well as our other sponsors who help us boost the TPJ Racing riders to the next level.
We aren’t looking forward to the long haul to Seattle, but we are looking forward to getting on the track this weekend and seeing fans. We hope to see you there.