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Shea Racing Dallas Report

Arlington, Texas – The second season began this past Saturday at Cowboy’s Stadium when the East Region athletes took to the track at Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, for the first time this year. Team National Switchgear/Shea Racing/PassportWorld.com, powered by SMS Racing KTM, made its season debut with Steven Clarke and Brad Ripple. The team athletes put up a good battle on their SMS Racing KTM 250 SX-F race bikes as they were both in the running for spots in the 250cc Lites main event.

The Shea Racing PowerBar-fueled athletes competed in 250cc Lites heat race number two. In their FLY Racing gear, both Clarke on the #552 KTM and Ripple on the #304 KTM were in the running for transfer spots directly into the main event. Ripple made it into the top five in the six-lap main event while Clarke was running in eighth, thanks in part to gained horsepower from the new DR.D NS-4 exhaust system. After a tangle with another rider, Clarke crashed and dropped a few positions. At the checkers it was Ripple earning a direct transfer to the main and Clarke finishing in 15th place.

Clarke rolled his DeCal Works emblazoned KTM 250 SX-F to the starting line for the four-lap LCQ. Aftereffects from the crash in the heat race held the talented Clarke back in moving to one of the two transfer spots to the main. He finished outside the transfer in seventh place.

The team was ready for its first main event of the season at the opening round. Ripple rolled up to the start line for the 15-lap main ready for his Mika Metals-sponsored KTM to get a solid start. Unfortunately his race was short lived as a mechanical pulled him off after only two laps.

“We had a promising start to the season,” said Tim Shea, team manager. “Brad’s fourth place heat race finish was our best ever for the team in the heat races. We had a solid shot at getting both riders into the main in their first outing for us, but racing mistakes by another rider sidetracked Steven. In the main, Brad had the talent and speed but a mechanical got in the way. We’ll be ready for Atlanta this weekend as we bring what we learned.”

Team National Switchgear/Shea Racing/PassportWorld.com, powered by SMS Racing KTM, is heading to Atlanta, Georgia for round two of the East Region series of Monster Energy AMA Supercross this Saturday, February 23 at the Georgia Dome. You can buy tickets now at www.supercrossonline.com. Make sure you hit the pit party before the racing action and walk over to the team’s pit, highlighted by the blazing yellow and purple team semi, to meet the athletes and see the race bikes.

Download the team’s new mobile app by searching under “Shea Racing” on iTunes for iPhone/iPad and Goggle Play for Android-based phones and tablets.

 

About Team PassportWorld.com/Shea Racing/National Switchgear powered by SMS Racing KTM

Shea Racing, led by Tim Shea, places energy on introducing new fans to action sports through corporate partnerships that include hospitality events and involving action sports fans in the team through pit parties and charity activities. During the past five years, Shea Racing has competed in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series with its best season in 2011 when its athletes raced in 12 main events thanks largely to support from National Switchgear. The team earned its best-ever finish during the 2012 season with a 10th in the 250cc Lites main event at the Atlanta SX, competing in a total of six out of eight main events  (all top 15 finishes). Currently, this 2013 AMA Supercross team is made possible by National Switchgear, PassportWorld.com, SMS Racing, FLY Racing, Fly Formula Helmets, PowerBar, DeCal Works, Tapped Out Moto, DR.D, DT-1 Filters, Mika Metals, Silkolene, Engine Ice, Dunlop, Matrix Concepts, ODI, Warp 9 Wheels, Renegade Fuels, and River Valley MX. Visit www.sheamoto.com to learn more.

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