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250 Words: Phoenix

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All of the fans who were picking other riders to win the Lites West title are feeling stupid, now that Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer has become the first rider since Ivan Tedesco in 2004 to win the first two rounds of the Monster Energy Lites West Supercross Series.

  • Jake Weimer now has two wins and a perfect 50 points on the season. He hasn't even lost a heat race yet.
  • Ryan Morais (116) held the lead for barely a lap over Jake Weimer (12). But, like usual, he was right there at the finish.
  • Blake Wharton (21) led the first 12 laps with a freight train behind him, but settled for third.
  • Wil Hahn (49) had to check up quite a few times to keep from ramming Wharton (21). He finished right behind Wharton for the second-straight week.
Weimer carried a quiet confidence into round one, and he thoroughly dominated the event, but in practice at Phoenix, he came up short on a rhythm section in practice and injured his right foot. Immediately afterward, Weimer didn’t even know if he’d be able to race that night, much less finish the practice session.

But he did race. And although he went backward in the beginning of the race as he attempted to find his rhythm behind GEICO Powersports Honda’s Blake Wharton, he ended up finding it, and eventually led the last two laps of the main event after passing good friend and rival Ryan Morais of the Rockstar/Canidae Suzuki team for the top spot.

From there, Weimer went on to score his second win in as many tries – and sixth of his career – in Lites Supercross, denying his friend, Ryan Morais, his first win, despite a myriad of podium finishes. Wharton hung on for third in front of Lucas Oil/TLD Honda’s Wil Hahn, who has to be sick and tired of seeing the curly locks sticking out of the Fox helmet in front of him, as he finished fifth, right behind Wharton, at round one in Anaheim.
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