In Friday night's Arenacross main event, what started out as a great race for Mike McDade turned ugly when another rider cleaned him out of third place. McDade had been riding strong in third place. At times it even looked liked the riders in front of him were holding him back. After Broc Sellards took him out, McDade remounted his bike slightly injured, he rode as best he could but another mishap further aggravated an old injury and he had to pull off the track. McDade opted to skip Saturday's races and heal up for the Greensboro round.
Point Standings after the Louisville Round:
Mike McDade Jim Neese Josh Thomas
AX points 15th 12th 28th
Lites points 7th (east) 14th (Midwest) 9th (east)
"I am happy see Josh get his first podium this season. He has been steadily improving in his first Arenacross season. He has also shown that he has the speed to win in both classes and that he will be formidable competitor in Arenacross. The competition this year is the deepest I have ever seen it, so anyone getting on the podium in either class is fast," noted Neese.
"It was too bad that Mike's race was cut short the way it was, I think we would have had a few more podiums this weekend had he not been taken out. The competition is tough this year and we will all just have to fight that much harder from now on. The next race is in front of our home crowd in Greensboro and we are looking forward to that," added Neese.
"I am really excited to have finished on the podium this weekend. It seemed like every weekend I was getting closer to getting on the podium as my confidence grew. This is all new to me having never seriously raced in Arenacross for a professional team. I really appreciate that Jim gave me the opportunity and that we have such great sponsors like Foremost Insurance and Kenda Tires who make it possible for us to race in the series, commented Josh Thomas.
The next race for the team is January 31, 2009 at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina. The team will be racing Saturday night only.
About the Foremost Insurance Jim Neese Racing Team
The Foremost Insurance Jim Neese Racing Team is a professional motocross race team based in North Carolina. The team races in the Arenacross Series, the Supercross Series and the Victory Sports MEGA and ULTRA Series. Team sponsors include: Foremost Insurance, Kenda Tires, Moose Racing, Kawasaki Suzuki of Durham, Total Control, Scorpion Helmets, LeoVince Exhausts, TiLUBE, ProWheel, Boyesen, Extremeion Carbon Raptor, Revolution Decal, MGX Unlimited Graphics, Twin Air, Crower Power, Smith Optics, Wiseco, Liquid Performance, Renthal, CV4 Products, UFO Plastics.
Racing for the team are Jim Neese, Mike McDade and Josh Thomas, three national caliber riders. In addition to racing and running the team, Jim Neese also owns Jim Neese Rider Development System, a school for motocross racers looking to tap their potential (www.jimneese.com).
About Foremost Insurance
Foremost Insurance is located in Grand Rapids, MI and provides specialized insurance programs for mobile homes, motor homes, travel trailers, landlord properties, motorcycles, off-road vehicles, snowmobiles, personal watercraft, boats and collectible autos. For more information on Foremost products, visit www.foremost.com, or visit www.ForemostOutdoors.com.