With all of the hype and anticipation that leads up to the opening round of the Monster Energy/AMA Supercross Championship, it’s frequently difficult to predict who will actually come out on top – especially in the ultra-competitive Lites class. But the gate dropped twice for the riders on the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki team, and both times the riders managed to finish first and second, one following the other giving new sponsor Terminal Velocity Processing a great start to the Supercross season.
Like Terminal Velocity Processing, Jake Weimer and Ryan Morais, are new additions to the team for 2009. In the first Heat race of the new season, Weimer and Morais worked their way through the pack with Weimer passing Morais late in the race for the lead. They finished first and second.
Then, in the main event, Weimer started near the front and passed for the lead on the third lap. From there, he never looked back, taking the win at the prestigious Anaheim Supercross opener.
“Obviously, it was a combination of things,” Weimer said. “I had to have myself prepared and make sure I was ready to go, and then my team had to make sure my machinery was ready to go, and luckily Pro Circuit has a reputation of being the best team, and they’re sure of themselves, and it’s a situation where everyone just kind of does whatever they need to do in order to be 100-percent ready when race time comes. I’ll go into the next race the same way. It’s still really early in the season. My main goal is to stay on the box at every round and to keep getting points and not throw races away, so my goal going into Phoenix is the same thing – to get on the box and put myself in a good position.”
His teammate, Morais, started outside the top five but began working his way up. At about the halfway point, he was running fourth when third and second went down together, handing him the runner-up spot. That’s where he stayed until the finish, and the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki riders ended up with what amounted to a perfect opening round.
“I’m so excited,” Morais, who spent much of 2008 ill and unable to race, said. “That’s a lot of weight off my shoulders, and I’ve been putting in a lot of time at home riding and training, and my fiancé has been putting up with me coming home grumpy some nights. I just want to thank her for being so positive, I want to thank Mitch for this opportunity, and thank everyone at Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki for putting together this unbelievable effort for me, and I think it showed tonight. We’ve been working really hard, and we came out 1-2, and we couldn’t have asked for a better night. We went out there, went 1-2 in the Heat race and 1-2 in the main. That’s a great night.”
"I'm so stoked for the team… to sweep A1 was out of control for our first Supercross race as a sponsor ", said TVP’s Director of Marketing, Joe Parsons. “We had a very warm reception from the industry and see Terminal Velocity Processing shaping up as the premier credit card processing company within the Motocross industry.”
From here, the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki squad heads to Phoenix for round two of the 2009 Lites Western Regional Supercross Championship on January 10th at Chase Field. Terminal Velocity Processing will also be in town, meeting with local dealerships and industry businesses.
About Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki Racing
Since 1991, Pro Circuit has fielded the strongest, most consistent team on the AMA circuit. Starting with Honda equipment, then moving to Kawasaki’s in 1993 and four-strokes in 2004, team owner Mitch Payton has managed to compete for Championships every season. In fact, in 2005 and 2007 his riders swept all three Lites-division titles in AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross. Since the first starting line-up, a total of forty-two riders have lined up for the Pro Circuit race team. For 2009, sponsors include Monster Energy, Pro Circuit, Kawasaki, Thor, Terminal Velocity Processing, Parts Unlimited, Vans, Scott, Maxima, Asterisk, N-Style, Alpinestar, NGK, PPG, DP, JE Pistons, Mechanix, RK, Renthal, Twin Air, VP, Bridgestone, Braking, Excel, Troy Lee Designs, Hinson, Athena, Ogio, Showa, Sunline, CMI, UFO, and WRP.
About Terminal Velocity Processing
Terminal Velocity is one of the nations fastest growing credit card processing firms and it focuses its marketing efforts in the automotive and motorsports industries. The innovative company is involved in auto racing, off-road desert racing and motocross and uses its competitive advantages to bring economical and competitive rates to merchants of all kinds that accept credit card payments from customers.
For more information, please check out http://www.terminalvelocitymx.com