On Friday, the team faced mechanical issues when Neese's bike would not start. They tried a number of fixes but ultimately had to swap the carburetor with another bike. Jim Neese saw his day go from bad to worse though, as he missed making either of the main events on Friday night.
Josh Thomas qualified for both the Arenacross and the Lites class on Friday, finishing in 14th place in the AX class and 12th in the Lites class.
Neese and Thomas would both finish stronger in the Lites class on Saturday night with Neese in third and Thomas in eighth place. Neither rider qualified for the Arenacross main event on Saturday night.
"I was happy to be able to get a Lites podium this weekend after the problems I had on Friday. We struggled with my bike and it really affected my results. Josh Thomas rode well all weekend. I was hoping for a better finish from one of us in the AX class, but we will have to wait for the next race. I will be headed down to Daytona next weekend and then it will be back to racing in Wilkes Barre, Pennslyvania," commented Jim Neese.
Point Standings after the Reno, Nevada Round:
Mike McDade Jim Neese Josh Thomas
AX points 14th 13th 24th
Lites points 7th (East) 14th (Midwest) 5th (East)
15th (West) 11th (West
The team will be racing next on March 13th and 14th in another doubleheader in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania at the Wachovia Arena.
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
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