Tuesday Race Update - 22 January 2013
Over the weekend, race fans witnessed the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship return to the same Anaheim location which started 2013 and the AMSOIL Arenacross series make its next stop in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The teams flying the MotoSport.com banner were all in action providing incredible skilled athletic performances for fans and competitors alike. Some highlights below from the indoor dirt:
Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki came into the second Anaheim round, the third round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship, with a highly competitive stable of riders that just happened to include current Red Plate holder Davi Millsaps. With the lead in the overall points, Millsaps has a target on his back now. The question was easy to see - would he hold on to the lead? In short, yes!
Though the January 19th trip to SoCal would end fairly well for premier class veteran Davi Millsaps, it certainly did not start out so. In his first Heat, Millsaps was involved in a very nasty first turn mix-up which cost him the event and nearly ended his night by exploding his engine, getting him run over and nearly leading to serious injury, luckily avoided by him falling over-the-bars off-track into an open area behind the hay bales. The whole team had to work very hard to rebuild the bike - including a complete engine exchange - in order for their rider to make the LCQ. Millsaps more than made up for his unfortunate exit from the first Heat by absolutely dominating the LCQ and taking first place. Due to qualifying so late, Millsaps had the second-to-last gate choice, thus giving him a less than ideal start to the Main. He again proved why he is in the AMA Supercross series by blasting out at full speed when the gate fell on the race. His start gave him a solid third spot for much of the event, even gapping fourth place Chad Reed at one point. It was a smooth race until Millsaps hit a slick corner and briefly went down. He picked his Suzuki up quickly, though, and even with the mishap managed a very sound 4th place finish. That was enough to keep him first overall in championship points going into the next round in Oakland. No matter what the track throws at him, Millsaps is on a mission in 2013!
Rockstar Energy Racing Rider Jason Anderson began the night in the AMA Supercross Lites in fine fashion seemingly perfectly in tune with his RM-Z. In practice, Anderson was fast and on his game, and with several sub-55 second laps under his belt qualified in 3rd. His Heat performance was on par with this as Anderson diced it up with the lead group throughout, finally making a last lap pass to cross the finish line in 2nd. The Main was a different story, unfortunately, as Anderson was caught up in a second turn crunch which lost him a few positions. After picking himself and his bike up, Anderson pushed through the line-up from the back end to land a hard-won 7th placement. Points earned from his quick recovery allowed Anderson to move into the overall top 10 in the Lites class with only 3 points between him and top 5.
Ryan Sipes, also taking on the AMA Supercross Lites class for Rockstar Energy Racing, started Anaheim 2 on fire. His Qualifying times consistently kept him in the top five fastest riders in his class and allowed him a great start for his Heat. In that race, Sipes positively charged off the line and went right to the front where he fought for the first position throughout, giving fans a taste of elevated excitement. His hard work paid off with a victory in Heat 1 and a prime starting position for the Main. What looked to be a positive beginning ended far too quickly for the rider as Sipes was involved in a scary crash very near the beginning of the race. He plowed into another rider's bike, a completely unavoidable collision, and came down hard stopping him cold. The resulting injury will keep him out of Supercross for at least the next round. Hopefully - especially given his consistent improvement - Sipes will have a quick recovery and a fast return to competition so he can keep up the fight for Lites victories!
The Rockstar Energy Racing team is on their way to the next round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship in Oakland next weekend where they plan to keep up the pressure and continue to turn in stellar racing for their fans the world over!
MotoSport.com/Aussie Dave Racing:
The return to Anaheim for the MotoSport.com/ADR team was to be an improvement over the previous showing, giving some indication that the team is coming together well and finding their rhythm.
Running in the Supercross Lites West Class, Ricky Dietrich made it into Heat 1 after running in the upper half of the order during Qualifying. In the Heat, Dietrich bested his quickest time in Qualifying, but did not make the transfer and had to move on to the LCQ. There, Dietrich turned in an even quicker time in route to finishing in 9th, though he missed the chance at the Main. Looking closely at the indicators will tell the careful reader that Ricky Dietrich is getting faster...
Kade Mosig is on upwards trend in the Supercross Lites West as well, though it could be more closely compared with a leap. His times in Qualifying were a sizeable step up on his first trip to Anaheim and then it got better. In his Heat 2 race, Mosig was slightly slower than his practice times, though he did place a respectable 11th, thus just missing a transfer. In the LCQ, however, the action became very interesting; Mosig turned things up and bested his quickest lap by more than 1.4 seconds and finished in 3rd. That was just one shy of making the Main event and an impressive ride for the man from Oz!
As the season moves forward, so goes the MotoSport.com/ADR team, improving at each stop. Fans know to keep watching as the team will be ready to race the FIM-level world class competition at the next round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship up the road in Oakland, California, at the Overstock.com Coliseum on January 26.
MotoSport.com/JBR/Spinechillers Racing Arenacross Team:
The third round of the 2013 AMSOIL AMA Arenacross Championship took the racing to the Midwest with a stop at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Riders on the MotoSport.com/JBR/Spinechillers Racing team had an incredible weekend filled with competition across all three days and put in stellar performances in their respective classes.
Team captain Nathan Skaggs had both his best and most unfortunate finishes on Friday in the premier Arenacross class landing in 3rd in Main Event 1 and then in 14th, making for an overall finish of 11th. It did net 17 points and set him up for a better ride Saturday. Skaggs was ready to race that Saturday night, turning in 4th in the first Main Event and landing on the podium in 3rd in the sequel, which gave him 3rdoverall and 27 points. That was not all the weekend's action for Skaggs. Both Friday and Saturday he ran in the all-new Head to Head Challenge thanks to his performance in the each night's qualifying, and Skaggs took both wins there and the extra points that go along with them. The end result had him leap a full four slots into a solid 6th position in the overall standings while he is only two points back from 5th. If Michigan is an example of what to expect from him, Skaggs is getting faster every week and should continue to move up the chart rather quickly.
Steven Mages once again was running in two classes all weekend keeping him constantly on the move and probably on the track more than off it. His Arenacross results on Friday gave him a 5th overall on the day; in Main 1 he barely missed the podium finishing in 4th, and the second race was a 9th placement for him. On Saturday, Mages picked up 16th overall with a double 16th place finish in each Main. It was in Arenacross Lites where Mr. Mages turned in some impressive results; he took victory in both Main events on Friday and Saturday, though he took no points (Steven is declared as a West Lites rider and is exempt from scoring points for East rounds). In the Arenacross class, Mages has a solid 13th place, a mere 16 points adrift of the next slot.
Willy Browning enjoyed a good weekend and raced among the qualified competition in the premier Areacross Main Event on Friday and Saturday in Michigan. His 6th in Main Event 1 combined with an 8th in Main Event 2 to grant him 20 points for an overall 7th position on the night. The following day, Browning finished in 7th in Main Event 1 and 12th in Main Event 2 for an overall 11th place showing and 15 points. Picking up an additional 35 points was enough for a slot in 7th overall, only one point behind 6th and another singular point form there to 5th.
Tanner Sisson qualified for and took on the Arenacross Lites class Main on Friday and finished in 14th position. Saturday also had Sisson running in the Main Event, where he brought his KTM home in 15th. Sisson is gaining ground and, as the season wears on, he is sure to be fun to watch.
Zack Easter had a rough race on Friday in the Super-Mini Class, but he did run in the Main where he finished in 8th position and added 9 points. In the same class on Saturday, Easter improved markedly with a 4th position and another 13 points. His weekend gave him a lift into third, but he is in a virtual tie with second overall and only 8 points out of first. Easter then took to the North Region Amateur 85cc 7 - 11 class on Sunday where he took the win in the first event, thus putting him in first overall with 16 points.
In the Super-Mini class on Friday, Caleb Rhoads also made the Main and brought his Kawasaki home in 5th for a useful 12 points. His Saturday performance also took him to the Main where he slotted in at 7th for another 10 points. His consistent event ended up giving him an overall position of 4th, only four points behind his teammate - and getting closer. Rhoads also ran in the North Region as his Super-Mini teammate, but in the older 12 - 15 Amateur 85cc class, where he took 4th spot and 13 points.
The incredible group of people who make up the MotoSport.com/JBR/Spinechillers Racing team have been in high gear for the last few weeks, and have seen increasing success as the miles add up. Riders Nathan Skaggs, Steven Mages, Willy Browning, Tanner Sisson, Zack Easter and Caleb Rhoads will be together again at BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this coming weekend, 26 - 27 January.