Moto one crossed over the gate, and after lap one Sipes lead the team in 4th, however on the following lap he pushed hard and jumped up to 2nd. Meanwhile, in the action was Cunningham holding 7th, Swanepoel and Audette both suffered from subpar starts in 21st and 30th. In the next four laps Cunningham was able to hold on to the fast pace, bouncing himself up to 5th, Swanepoel found himself settled in, which carried him to the battle to be inside the top ten, Audette was picking up just where he left off moving right through the field. The later stages of the moto came, and it could be seen that teammates Cunningham 5th, and Swanepoel 12th had charged all they could and needed to ride this one out. Audette never gave in and plugged away through the duration to take 18th at the finish. Unfortunately in the closing moments, Sipes high sided and crashed hard, throwing away his great ride up until this point. This left him with a DNF and forced him to call it a day.
Before the start a rare and unfortunate incident occurred when the team mechanics and riders where not staged on time causing them all to get last gate pick and start from horrible spots. When the all important second moto set out on the now treacherous track, Swanepoel got out to a start of 13th, and on his rear wheel in 16th was Cunningham who looked aggressive. The other FMF backed team rider after lap one sat even farther back, who was Audette in 20th after avoiding getting tangled up, so he had some work to do. Still wanting to be the man, Cunningham rose up and easily moved towards the top ten, on lap six he acquired 13th. Back a little further was, Swanepoel after crashing back to 30th and Audette who also was having flashes of brilliance, both riders could be seen holding 15th and 16th in a convincing fashion. Cunningham, the kid who never quits and is one of the few who can mount charges up to the front, continued moving in the right direction lap after lap. In the end, Cunningham impressively netted 11th; Swanepoel secured 15th, and Audette came away in 17th.
Update on Sipes: Ryan was checked out and diagnosed with a concussion. At this time he’ll sit the next round but is confident that he’ll be racing the Thunder Valley race in Colorado coming in two weeks.
Also adding to the great race results, was Kyle Partridge, our 450F pilot who put two steady moto’s together going 20 – 33 for 24th overall.
Moto 1 Moto 2 = Overall Finish
Kyle Cunningham 5th 11th = 8th
Gareth Swanepoel 12th 15th = 15th
Gannon Audette 18th 17th = 18th
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