CORONA, Calif. - Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/ Kawasaki's Ryan Morais took advantage of his teammate Jake Weimer's miscue on lap seven of the WSX Lites main event in Phoenix and worked his way up to his second podium finish in as many weeks on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, tour.
"There was a lot going on out there, the track was difficult and I just tried to race smart," said Morais. "And my teammate (Weimer) was all over me on that last lap. I was stressing, but able to pull it off."
Weimer, who won Phoenix last year and had won the '09 WSX Lites opener in Anaheim (Calif.) last weekend, got off to a rockin' start in winning the first heat race then pulling the holeshot in the Lites main event. But a momentary lapse of judgment in a sand section would put Weimer on the ground and allow eventual race winner Ryan Dungey to get by.
Morais started in 5th place and was riding fast and consistent, got by rookie and former Monster Energy-backed amateur Team Green racer P.J. Larsen, then rolled past the fallen Weimer and into 3th place (on lap seven of 15). From there Morais kept the hammer down and chased Justin Brayton in the Lites class' most exciting battle of the night, nearly catching Brayton for 2nd place while holding off Weimer for the final podium spot.
As it stands Morais trails Weimer for 2nd place on the WSX overall podium, 43-42, with Ryan Dungey leading (45 points).
Next up for the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team is round three of Monster Energy Supercross at Anaheim's (Calif.) Angel Stadium, Jan. 17.
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