Monster Energy’s Ryan Morais & Jake Weimer Are Back On The Lites Podium

CORONA, Calif., (Jan. 19, 2008) – The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team of Ryan Morais and Jake Weimer grabbed two of the three spots on the WSX Lites podium this past weekend at the second of three Anaheim (Calif.) rounds, racing to 2nd and 3rd place finishes, respectively, at the third of eight WSX Lites rounds on the 2009 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, tour.


Angel Stadium was rockin’ with a sizable crowd and some far better weather than at the opening round of 2009 Monster Energy Supercross and Weimer wasted no time in the first heat race, pulling the holeshot and leading Morais to the checkers for a 1-2 finish for the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team. Note: The heat win for Weimer was his third-straight in as many races this season.

With two prime gate picks for the Lites main event, Weimer and Morais triggered their clutches like gunfighters on the gate drop and it was Morais who won the race to the first turn – pulling his first-ever pro race holeshot in a main event.

Morais would set the pace and lead the race for the first several laps before he was caught and passed by eventual race winner Ryan Dungey. Weimer, who got tied up just a bit at the first turn logjam of bikes, came around in 5th place and was quickly up to 4th after the first lap. Putting on a charge Weimer then caught and passed Dan Reardon for 3rd – and set his sights on Morais, who was holding down 2nd.

With three laps remaining in the contest Weimer had caught Morais and a great battle was looming for 2nd – until some lapped riders got in the way and Weimer got pinched, with Morais taking off and extending his lead.

“It’s good to come out on the podium, salvage some points,” said Weimer. “I messed up a little bit, but was right there on Ryan (Morais). Everybody’s got to deal with that (lapped traffic) and I was third-best tonight.”

The 2nd place podium finish was Morais’ third-straight podium of the year and his second time in the runner-up position. Morais is currently in 2nd place overall in the WSX Lites standings, trailing Dungy by six points (70-64). Weimer is right in there in 3rd place overall with 63 points.

Next up for the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team is the opening round of the 2009 ESX Lites championship at Houston’s Reliant stadium, round four of Monster Energy Supercross. Austin Stroupe and Christophe Pourcel will contest the ESX for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki.

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