Bel-Ray Racing Supercross Team Anaheim 1 Race Report
After numerous hours of preparation, the Dodge Motorsports/Hart & Huntington/Sycuan Casino/Bel-Ray Racing made its 2012 debut with double the team, double the pit space and loads of excitement!
“There was a lot of excitement in our camp this weekend with our expansion to 4 riders! The guys had a lot of ups and downs over the course of the night, but everyone came away in one piece. We are looking forward to building on each week and gaining momentum through the season. We had a lot of great race coverage thanks to SPEED Channel’s live broadcast.” – Carey Hart, Team Owner
It was a busy night of racing for the entire team. Josh Hansen and Ivan Tedesco qualified for the Main event, finishing 10th and 13th respectively. Making his long awaited comeback to SX, Josh Hill fell hard in Qualifying after colliding with another rider. Hill lined up for the Last Chance Qualifier, but was in too much pain to continue; Hill was forced to retire for the evening and hopes to be ready to race Saturday night in Phoenix. Kyle Partridge, also riding in the LCQ, had a terrific start and took the lead for a few laps before falling in a corner, preventing him from qualifying for the Main event.
Quotes from the Team:
Ivan Tedesco, #9: “A solid effort by the Dodge, Sycuan Casino, Hart and Huntington, Bel-Ray Racing Kawasaki team. The weekend went decent. I wasn’t a fan of the track the whole day. I got a good start in both the Heat and the Main event and that made life way easier. In the Main I had a good race going. I was running up front after a second-place start. We ran up front for a while. I held fifth for a long time and had a big crash on lap 17 and that was it. I ended up 13th. I showed myself that I can run up front and looking forward to next weekend.”
Josh Hansen, #100: “We came out with a top 10. We started out the race dead last; there wasn’t one dude behind me. It could of helped to start up front, but I’m lucky to have a great crew working for me. I got my Dodge/Sycuan Casino/Hart and Huntington/Bel-Ray Racing Kawasaki working well. We made some adjustments after practice and that helped. To run top 10 to start off the season is cool. It’s a solid start to the season. I’m pumped and ready to go to Phoenix next weekend.”
Josh Hill, #75: “It was good to be back racing and it was great to be there to practice and to have that feeling of racing again. Unfortunately our night went sour 100 yards off the start in a first turn crash. I’m looking forward to getting back into the speed of things and to consistently get better each weekend.”
Kyle Partridge, #83: “After a solid 2nd place start in the LCQ, I was close to claiming the final transfer spot into the main but a tangle coming out of a corner with a tough-block eliminated me from that final transfer spot into the Main. I’m looking forward to a better showing next race.”
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