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H.O.T. Race Report: St. Louis

Saturday, in St. Louis, marked the final round of the East Coast Lites Supercross Series for the Honda of Troy Race Team. The weekend proved to be a great effort to round out the season as the team gears up for the opening round of the 2010 AMA Motocross Nationals next month. May 8th marks the East/West Shootout, the final round of the season, and will take place in Las Vegas, NV.
 
Heat1:
Saw all 3 Honda of Troy Racers in Heat 1, which meant it was going to be tough to transfer all the HOT guys without sending a rider to the LCQ. All 3 riders netted mid-pack starts with #505 Sean Lipanovich fairing the best sitting in 3rd and eventually securing an 8th place heat finish. The #92 Willard made a few savvy passes and gained several positions before securing a direct transfer with a 6th place heat finish. #412 of Kilbarger was pinched off on the start and had trouble pulling it together, finishing the heat in 11th, and was forced to transfer from the LCQ.
 
LCQ:
#412 put his abilities to work and grabbed the LCQ holeshot followed closely by the #32 of Cunningham. With Cunningham in check, Levi knew he was in for a battle. The two riders jockeyed for the lead position several times before the checkered flag which found Kilbarger in 2nd place and a transfer to the main event.
 
Main Event:
 #92 Michael Willard rode strong for the entire 15-lap main event to net a seventh place on the night and his goal of 10th place overall in the East Series. Michael is looking forward to improving his performance at the Vegas East/West Shootout.
 
#505 Sean Lipanovich had a mishap in the first turn which sent him to the back of the pack on lap one. Sean put his head down and rode the entire 15 laps to earn an eventual 17th place main event finish.
 
#412 Levi Kilbarger rode a solid 9 laps under heavy fire before a miscue sent him off the track and down. Levi’s heart would not allow him to quit and he gutted out the final laps and finished 18th. Levi has struggled with staying healthy all season; however, he has missed only one main event and secured 19th overall for the season and a spot in the Las Vegas Shootout, as well.
 
During the second half of the East Series, you have not seen the likes of the team’s 4th rider- Darryn Durham- as he has decided to focus his efforts on getting healthy for a run in the Outdoor Nationals. Be on the look out for all 4 Honda of Troy riders to be running strong come Hangtown next month!
 
The Honda of Troy/Kilbarger Racing Team would like to acknowledge the sponsors who make this effort possible.
Honda of Troy, Kilbarger Racing LLC, Eleven 10 Mods, WAR - We All Ride, Fox Racing Shox, Cycra Racing, Motorex, TAG Metals, Yoshimura, Motion Pro, Renegade Race Fuel, Faction Mx, N-Style, Dunlop, DP Brake Pads, QTM, G2 Ergonomics, ARC, Boyesen, LeoVince Carbon, Hinson, RK/Excel, Ride Eng., Hammerhead, Straight Shot Air Filters, Bell Helmets, Hot Hedz Designs, Von Zipper, Total Image AutoSport, Kicker, ICW, Rock’s Racing Services, Injectioneering, IMS Foot Pegs, Franklin Equipment, and Gabriel Logan
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