Unfortunately for those of us who wanted a real battle royal, we lost one of the chief combatants in the heat races at Anaheim II, when Rockstar/Canidae Suzuki’s Ryan Morais was tagged from behind by Phil Nicoletti and went down hard. He stayed in the hospital overnight and is okay, but pretty beat up, so he’s going to miss the race this weekend in San Francisco.
However, stepping up in his place was TLD/Lucas Oil Honda’s Wil Hahn, who went up and passed Weimer’s teammate Josh Hansen early in the main for second and held the spot to the finish. And his times were close to Weimer’s (and yes, we know that Weimer may not have been pushing that hard with the cushion he had, but we don’t know that to be a fact, do we?).
And speaking of Hansen, he was funny all night. First, after his heat race, he said he wasn’t going to talk about winning the main until he could finish a lap, and then two laps, and then three laps. Then, after the main, he said he hoped the crowd liked watching him fade. At least if his racing isn’t completely put together right now, his sense of humor is.