INDIANAPOLIS – It’s a singular feat to put a rider into a main event during Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship. It’s another to do so consistently on a completely privately-funded team. During the Indianapolis round at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 17, Team Violation1.com/Shea Racing/PassportWorld.com/National Switchgear powered by SMS Racing’s Shane Sewell earned his third top fifteen finish this season with a 13th in the East Region Lites main event.
The AMA Supercross in Indy was not without drama – in fact it made history. After the DAYTONA Supercross by Honda mud bath where Team Violation1.com/Shea Racing/PassportWorld.com/National Switchgear’s Sewell finished an impressive 12th place, something completely new happened in AMA Supercross. The Indy race was red flagged on lap five due to a downed rider. This AMA Supercross Lites race was restart single file, staggered, much like auto racing and flat track, for the first time in the series history.
Team Violation1.com/Shea Racing/PassportWorld.com/National Switchgear’s Sewell qualified for the Indy AMA Supercross night program. However, his teammates Jeremy Hudleston and Sean Lipanovich did not as they continue to recover from injuries and get back to race form on their SMS Racing KTM 250SX-F bikes.
Sewell lined up for his heat race on the #68 Brian Storrie-prepared KTM 250SX-F. He shot off the starting gate with a solid start thanks to his DRD titanium exhaust. The primary goal was to cross the finish line jump in one of nine positions to transfer to the main event. Sewell beat that goal, thanks to his determination and gearing supplied by Supersprox, he crossed the finish line in seventh place.
In the AMA Supercross East Region Lites main event, Sewell in his FLY Racing gear and FLY Formula helmet had a top 15 start and slipped back to 17th place before the race was red flagged. After the single file, staggered restart, Sewell worked his way through the pack taking advantage of every opportunity. Like he has done at two previous races, Sewell rode a determined, calculated race. As the checkers flew, he had worked his way to 13th place.
Shane Sewell’s brother, Travis Sewell, competed for a one-off ride in the premier AMA Supercross class with Team Violation1.com/Shea Racing/PassportWorld.com /National Switchgear at the Indy round. He maximized the opportunity for an impressive showing in the AMA Supercross class by finishing tenth in the heat race on his #62 450cc machine, just one spot shy of transferring to the main event. In the LCQ, Travis Sewell did not fare as well, though he rode admirably in the dash-orientated race. He will compete on a SMS Racing KTM 350SX-F for the team at the Houston and New Orleans rounds.
Indy was Shane Sewell’s third top fifteen finish this season in five rounds. He finished a career-best tenth at the Atlanta round and 12th in Daytona. Sewell sits 16th place in the AMA Supercross East Region Lites series standings with three rounds left.
Team Violation1.com/Shea Racing/PassportWorld.com/National Switchgear powered by SMS Racing will appear at round 13 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series, which is also East Region Lites round seven, on Saturday, March 31 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. The Houston area is the team’s home base. You may buy tickets at www.supercrossonline.com. During the pit party, make your way to the team’s purple and yellow rig to meet the athletes and check out the fully-prepared SMS Racing KTM 125SX two-stroke project bike showcasing the team’s sponsors’ products. It may be the only two-stroke motorcycle in the AMA Supercross pits. Also stop by to watch 1980’s AMA Supercross videos.
About Team Violation1.com/Shea Racing/PassportWorld.com/National Switchgear powered by SMS Racing
Shea Racing, led by Tim Shea, places energy on introducing new fans to action sports through corporate partnerships and involving action sports fans in the team through pit parties and charity events. During the past four years, Shea Racing has competed in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series with its best season in 2011 when its athletes raced in 12 main events thanks largely to support from National Switchgear and Travisa Passport & Visa Service. Shane Sewell #68, Sean Lipanovich #505 and Jeremy Hudleston #564 campaign the team’s orange and blue colors during the 2012 AMA Monster Energy Supercross 250cc Lites East Region rounds. The team is made possible by Violation Goggles, SMS Racing, PassportWorld.com passport & visa service, National Switchgear, FLY Racing, Fly Formula Helmets, PowerBar, DeCal Works, Get Dirty MX, DT-1 Filters, Supersprox, Maxima, Engine Ice, Dunlop, Matrix Concepts, DR.D, ActionSportsTV.com, ODI, Outlaw Products, Slick Off Road Wash, Warp 9 Wheels, Guts Factory Grip Seats, Renegade Fuels, and River Valley MX. Visit www.sheamoto.com to connect and learn more.
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