Racing Race Report: Toronto

March 29, 2011 4:05pm
INDIANAPOLIS – Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship, had its lone international appearance of the season this past Saturday, March 26 in Toronto. Team Racing/Travisa/National Switchgear was present throughout the night at Rogers Centre thanks to athlete Ricky Renner who competed in his second East Region Lites main of the series.

The AMA Supercross track at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario was one of the most unique and toughest layouts this season with a switchback first turn and a deep sand section. The dirt was rocky which led to many athletes, including Renner, placing handguards on their race bikes.

Team Racing/Travisa/National Switchgear’s Vernon McKiddie, who competes with Renner in East Region Supercross Lites, decided to stay home to rest his body. He injured his ribs at the Jacksonville round and will be back in action this weekend in Texas.

Team Racing/Travisa/National Switchgear athlete Renner #94 lined up for heat race one on his Eleven 10 Mods/DR.D/Enzo Suspension KTM 250 SX-F. At the switchback first turn, Renner got pushed wide and was nearly dead last at the beginning of the first lap. He put his head down and moved up to 13th place within the first few laps. As the race wound down, Renner was in position to take advantage and move up to 10th. However, he ran out of time in order to get a transfer spot to the main.

In the LCQ, Renner was determined to make the main event. He knew he could push his KTM hard due to the Maxima Racing Oils that protect the 250cc four-stroke motor. In the four-lap race—essentially a slingshot dash—Renner was on the gas and played it smart. He earned the final transfer spot to the Supercross Lites main event by finishing second.

Shea Racing’s Renner rolled his Munn Racing KTM 250 SX-F up to the start gate for the AMA Supercross Lites main event wearing his FLY Racing Evolution gear. Once again in the run to the first turn, he got pushed wide and was left near the back of the pack. Renner was ready to take advantage of every lap in the 15-lap main to move up the field. At the checkers, he finished 16th place adding to his other main event appearance this season.

“This was the roughest and most unique track outside of Daytona,” said Tim Shea, team manager. “So any rider who can make it past that crazy first turn and endure the entire race to make it to the main is an accomplished athlete. Ricky never gave up and did awesome. To get his main event spot through the LCQ shows his determination and talent when 19 other guys are trying to get one of the two spots. We’re super happy for his Toronto main finish. We look forward to being in our home state this Saturday!”

Three Team Racing/Travisa/National Switchgear athletes are in the 2011 AMA Supercross points standings. Renner is now in 24th and McKiddie is in 32nd place in East Region Lites standings. Team athlete Casey Hinson is 18th in the Supercross Lites West Region points.

Shea added, “It is cool to be part of this epic Supercross season. We’ve seen some of the best competition and talent all on the track with unexpected outcomes. We’re honored to be a part of this series and compete in the main events shown on SPEED TV. Thanks to our sponsors, especially National Switchgear and Travisa, for believing in us this year as we expanded our program.”

Team Racing/Travisa/National Switchgear, powered by Munn Racing KTM, heads to round 13 of Monster Energy AMA Supercross this Saturday, April 2 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. This will be round seven of eight of the AMA Supercross Lites East Region. Fans come out to see athletes Ricky Renner #94 and Vernon McKiddie #129 in their FLY Racing Evolution gear and Violation Goggles on DeCal Works-emblazoned KTM 250 SX-F race bikes. During the pit party stop by the team’s purple and yellow semi hauler to meet the riders and the Violation Goggles girls. The Supercross class will be broadcast on CBS at 12 noon EST on Sunday, April 3. The Supercross Lites class will be on SPEED at 6 p.m. EST on Sunday, April 3. Keep posted to the team at