CARLSBAD, Calif. – Spy Optic’s Kevin “K-Dub” Windham weathered the storm and subsequent mud at the Anaheim (Calif.) 3 supercross, seeing his way to a 7th place finish through the clear, anti-fog lenses of his signature Magneto goggles with, count ‘em, 14 tear offs in place!
The last time Anaheim’s Angels Stadium saw mud like this – in 2005 – Windham (Geico Powersports/Honda) came away as the winner, though it was actually worse back then as last Saturday’s track got fairly dry, especially through one line as the race went on. Only problem with that was that the conditions made it difficult to pass. So rather than take any chances Windham rode smart and preserved points as he moves closer to the top five overall in the SX class standings. As of six rounds into the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series, an FIM World Championship, Windham is in 7th place in the SX class with 82 points, less than ten points out of the top five as the series nears the halfway point of the season.
Windham transferred to the final pretty easily out of the second heat race to make the main, scoring a 4th place finish. In the main he avoided trouble at the start and came around the first lap in 5th place. Windham held that position through several laps until defending champ Chad Reed was able to get by him. He then held onto 6th for nearly the entire race until seceding that position on lap 19 (of 20), but kept racing through the checkers for 7th.
“Definitely a good night to have the team at Spy in your corner,” said Windham. “The weather was cold and wet, which can mean fog. But with Spy’s anti-fog technology I was in great shape and had no problems at all.”
Joining Windham in the top ten was Spy Optic’s Josh Hill (Yamaha), who scored his third top ten finish of the season. Hill qualified for the main with a 6th place finish in the first heat race, then was able to rally back from a crash with Chad Reed in the main to place 8th on the night.
“We made few bike adjustments that seemed to work out real well,” said Hill, who pulled to within several points of the top ten overall in the SX class. “I feel like I’m right at breaking into the top five.”
Adding more Spy Optic goggles to the SX class main event with Windham and Hill were Spy Optic’s Nick Wey (Boost Mobile/ampm/Monster Energy/Troy Racing) and Paul Carpenter (Monster Energy/Cernic’s/Kawasaki). Wey got through to the main with a solid 5th in the first heat race, while Carpenter took it to the LCQ and came away with the last gate pick for the main (2nd in the LCQ). Both Carpenter, who was the only guy to run roll-offs on his Spys, and Wey ended up placing in the top 15, Carpenter in 14th and Wey in 15th.
Next up for the Spy Optic-backed supercross racers is round seven of the 2009 Monster Energy Supercross Series at San Diego’s Qualcomm Stadium.
Spy Optic designs, develops and markets premium products for the action sports and youth lifestyle markets. Spy’s principal products, sunglasses and goggles, target the action sports market, including surfing, skateboarding, snowboarding, motocross, wakeboarding and skiing, and the youth lifestyle market within fashion, music, and entertainment. Spy’s innovative proprietary products utilize high-quality materials, handcrafted manufacturing processes and engineered optical lens technology to convey premium quality, contemporary style, and progressive design. Spy is a wholly owned subsidiary of Orange 21, Inc. (NASDAQ:ORNG). www.spyoptic.com
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