With Atlanta the opening round of the East coast Supercross Lites swing, Tamer would introduce 2 new rider's to the Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Series.
Ryan Newton and Ronny Jackson would make the move to the pro ranks. The track was very good early in the day, but would deteriorate quickly as practice went on. Newton suffered a front tire blowout 2 laps into his first practice when another rider lost control and the bike shot across the track into Newton’s bike. The out of control bike’s foot peg tore a hole wide open in Newty's front tire. By the time a new wheel was mounted on the bike, Ryan's practice was over.
"This is a big deal as the track deteriorated enough that 2nd round practice times were 2-3 seconds slower than the first run and with your practice times establishing your qualifying, we knew Ryan had a battle on his hands to just make the night show," said Kevin Maret.
Jackson was very impressive as a first timer. Ronny went out and set the 6th fastest time in his practice session. Sorby and Marsack continued their practice ways and posted times fast enough for the night show once again.
Ryan missed the night show, but Ronny, Eric and Jake were in.
Ronny came off the line in his heat race in 7th position. He lost control in the whoops sending him to the LCQ. In the LCQ, Ronny found himself in qualifying position and 4th after lap 1. On lap 2, the 3rd place rider lost control and hit Ronny crashing him and ending his night without qualifying for the main event.
Sorby raced his way into his 7th main event of the year with an impressive ride in his heat race finishing 7th.
Jake rode incredibly well this weekend finishing 10th where only a top 9 moved you directly to the main event. In his LCQ, Jake got a bad start and his night would end early without a main event appearance.
"Starts are so critical, especially in any LCQ. Everyone is so fast and so close to the same speed, that you set yourself up for failure with a bad start," stated Maret.
So with Sorby running the solo Tamer flag in the mains, it is up to him to get it done. Eric was running in 12th position when his front end washed out in a turn breaking his shifter in the crash. Sorby would finish the main event in 19th position.
The team has now had someone in every main event of the season through Atlanta.
All in all, not a real successful weekend for the Tamer-Leo Vince-Maestrocard-Kawaskaki team, but everyone is health. There were definitely some positives from the weekend allowing the team a solid foundation to build on for the next event in St. Louis, MO at the Edwards Jones Dome.
After Atlanta, Eric Sorby is 19th in points and Jake Marsack is 23rd in points in the Supercross class.
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