Neese had a shot at his first podium this season in the Arenacross class, but an especially slow lapped rider caused him serious trouble on the last lap of the main event. Neese had been riding in third place most of the race but he was passed on the second to last lap. He was battling to regain third place, when he came up on lapped traffic. He was able to avoid crashing when a lapped rider rolled the catapult jump, but was unable to get a clean jump over the catapult. He cased the jump and suffered a minor injury to his wrist and finished the race in 9th place.
Neese's results for the Arencross class were a 9th place finish on Friday night and an 8th place finish on Saturday night. In the Arenacross Lites class it was a 7th place finish on Friday night and a 1st place finish on Saturday night.
Josh Thomas had a tough weekend and only qualified for the Arenacross Lites class on Saturday night. He finished 13th overall in the main event
"It was good to get back on the podium this weekend in the Arenacross Lites class. I was hoping for my first podium this season in the Arenacross class. Lapped traffic was a big problem at the Wachovia Center. Josh Thomas had some trouble pulling it together this weekend. Mike Mcdade did not race this weekend and will not be racing in the season finale. I am looking forward to our team finishing up strong next weekend in Kentucky," commented Jim Neese.
Point Standings after the Sacramento, California Round:
Jim Neese Mike McDade Josh Thomas
AX points 12th 15th 24th
The next race for the Foremost Insurance Jim Neese Racing team will be this upcoming weekend, March 20 and 21 at the Bank of Kentucky Center in Highland Heights, Kentucky.
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, Defeet International, 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 Group is a single source for property, casualty and commercial small business insurance. A member of the Farmers Insurance Group®, Foremost has been a leader in the insurance industry since 1952. Through Foremost or an affiliated company, programs for auto, home, umbrella, manufactured home, motor home, travel trailer, luxury motor coach, specialty homeowner, vacant property, seasonal property, landlord and rental properties, motorcycle, off-road vehicle, snowmobile, boat, personal watercraft, and collectible auto are offered. Through Farmers' relationship with Zurich Small Business, Foremost also offers commercial small business programs for retail, wholesale, office, service, industrial, restaurant and habitational businesses. Foremost is headquartered in Caledonia, Michigan. To learn more, visit www.Foremost.com.