CARLSBAD, Calif. – Spy Optic supercross racer Kevin “K-Dub” Windham (Geico Powersports/Honda) recorded another consistent performance on the 2009 Monster Supercross Series tour, this past weekend in Toronto placing 2nd in his heat race and charging hard from back in the pack in the main event for a 6th place finish.
“It was rough out there. Lot of rocks flying around,” said Windham. “I had to come through the pack in the main and my Spy Magnetos kept me protected – like they always do.”
The situation was so gnarly on the track – as everyone knows motocross racing can get – that Spy Optic’s Jason Lawrence said “Even the mechanic’s were wearing goggles!” Note: Lawrence, who’d posted the second-fastest lap time in qualifying practice, took a rock to the knuckle and, though he toughed it out to qualify for the main (6th in heat two), was unable to compete. “I couldn’t even make a fist after my heat race,” he said.
In the opening SX class heat race Windham blitzed the start and was running in the top five. He closed in on Alessi and bounced past the younger rider off the top of a table top jump to take over 3rd place, then roared past fellow Honda rider Tedesco to take 2nd place. Fellow Spy Optic rider Nick Wey (Boost Mobile/ampm/Monster Energy/Troy Racing) finished just outside the first heat transfer spots (top nine) in 10th place and was forced to the LCQ.
In the second heat race Spy Optic’s Lawrence and Paul Carpenter (Monster Energy/Cernic’s/Kawasaki) managed to transfer to the main in 6th and 8th places, respectively. Then, in the LCQ, Wey and Heath Voss collided in a great veteran battle that ended up being won by Wey at the wire – by less than a 100th of a second!
“Just pleased I was able to make the main,” said Wey of his 2nd place LCQ finish at Toronto.
In the SX class main Wey was the only rider to break free of the pack at the start and come out in the top ten (9th), with Windham (15th) and Carpenter (18th) in tow. By the sixth lap Windham had put a charge on and was nearly up to the top ten (11th), while Wey slid a bit to 12th. Windham continued to charge and with six laps to go was up to 6th place, passing Honda factory rider Davi Millsaps for the position.
From 15th to 6th and two seconds back of Tedesco for 5th with three laps to go in the main, Windham kept charging – but was unable to catch the former SX Lites champion. Carpenter would make it back to 14th and Wey would give Spy it’s last top 15 finisher (15th).
Next up for JLaw, Windham, Wey, Carpenter and the rest of the Spy Optic supercross racers is this weekend’s contest at Jacksonville’s Municipal Stadium, Round 14 of Monster Energy Supercross.
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