PHOENIX – The cobwebs were worked out after the season opener as the second round of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship, was held at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona this past Saturday, January 15. Team Violation1.com/Shea Racing/Travisa/National Switchgear's Casey Hinson took his “Ready to Race” Munn Racing KTM 250SX-F to the West Region Lites main event, finishing in 16th place, after a stellar performance in his heat race.
The AMA Supercross series traveled from Anaheim, California to Phoenix as Shea Racing made the trek in its new semi rig. The track was in superb condition with a few tricky sections. The capacity crowd saw a performance that will be ingrained in their memory for life.
Hinson qualified for the night program on his number 149 KTM and was put into Lites heat race number one. His teammate Austin Howell did not compete due to a wrist injury suffered at the opening round. When the gate dropped, Hinson catapulted his Eleven 10 Mods/DR.D KTM 250SX-F to the front of the pack with the holeshot. Hinson rode hard and smooth as he battled with other riders near the front, gaining valuable experience. When the checkers flew, he finished in eighth place with a direct transfer to the main event.
In the 250cc Lites main event Team Violation1.com/Shea Racing/Travisa/National Switchgear’s Hinson was one of 20 riders on the gate. He got another good start and battled on his Enzo Suspension-tuned KTM 250SX-F in front of the screaming crowd. At the end of the 15-lap race, Hinson finished in 16th place on a privateer race bike, proving that he and the team can be competitive. He is now in the AMA Supercross West Region Lites point standings at 19th place.
“The entire team is really proud of Casey and his breakthrough performance,” said Tim Shea, team manager. “The long hours and preparation we did over the last few months is now showing results. It’s exciting to see one of our riders and a great guy like Casey be in a televised AMA Supercross Lites main event. We want to thank all our sponsors for supporting us because there is no way we can do this without you. It’s a long series and we will continue to learn and improve."
Shea continued, "Austin will return next week to race and Casey is on his game. We could not be happier right now to head to the first AMA Supercross ever held at Dodger Stadium. We are honored to be a part of making history.”
Team Violation1.com/Shea Racing/Travisa/National Switchgear, powered by Munn Racing KTM, will head to round three of Monster Energy AMA Supercross on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. This is the first AMA Supercross ever at the stadium and the first one in Los Angeles in several years. Fans attend the event to see the team’s West Region Lites racers #61 Austin Howell and #149 Casey Hinson competing in the night program in their FLY Racing gear and on DeCal Works-emblazoned KTM 250SX-F race bikes. During the pit party stop by the cannot-miss team’s purple and yellow semi hauler to meet the riders and the Violation Goggles girls. Keep posted to the team at www.sheamoto.com.
About Team Violation1.com/Shea Racing/Travisa/National Switchgear powered by Munn Racing KTM
Shea Racing, led by Tim Shea, places emphasis on involving action sports fans in the team through pit parties and charity events which it has done the past four years while participating in professional motocross races. In its third season in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series, the team has expanded, with factory KTM support through Munn Racing, with five Lites riders: Austin Howell #61 (West), Tevin Tapia #70 (East), Ricky Renner #94 (East), Vernon McKiddie #129 (East), and Casey Hinson #149 (West).
The 2011 AMA Supercross team is made possible by the Violation Brand (www.violation1.com), National Switchgear (www.nationalswitchgear.com), Travisa (www.travisa.com), Munn Racing (www.munnracing.com), KTM Sportmotorcycles (www.ktmusa.com), FLY Racing, Power Bar Team Elite, DeCal Works, Dubach Racing Development (DR.D), Maxima Oils, Engine Ice, DT-1 Filters, ActionSportsTV.com, Matrix Concepts, ODI Grips, Outlaw Products, SuperSprox, IRIS Chains, Renegade Fuels, Enzo Suspension, Eleven 10 Mods, Lightspeed, TCX Boots, Stomp Designs, Moto Public Relations, Dunlop Tires, and River Valley Motocross Park. Its community partner is the James Marshall Project. Visit www.sheamoto.com to learn more.
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