Anaheim II provided a track that was both very technical, and very tough to pass on. In both classes, passes, in most cases, took laps to set up. This put a heavy emphasis on the start, and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Ryan Morais couldn’t have picked a better time to grab his first-ever holeshot in the main event.
“The main event was awesome,” Morais said. “I didn’t get the greatest jump out of the gate. I was kind of mid-pack, and I was like, ‘Man, I definitely don’t want to be mid-pack around this first turn, with the split,’ so when everyone hit the brakes, I just held it on a couple more seconds and I came into that turn so hot. I barely squeaked by Dungey, and I couldn’t believe that it worked out. It’s my first holeshot I’ve ever gotten in my career, and it’s the first time I’ve ever led a lap of a supercross main event.”
“To lead like six laps, it was a big step for me, and I just can’t thank my Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki team enough. They gave me the opportunity of a lifetime, and a second wind in my career, and I definitely wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for these guys. I was down there begging these guys for this opportunity, and I’m thankful Mitch gave it to me.”
Weimer won his Heat race, over Morais, but got a so-so start in the main and had to make some quick moves to put himself into contention. He found himself in fourth place on the first lap, and worked his way by former teammate Dan Reardon a few laps in, but he could never do anything with Morais and was eventually balked by lappers, which let Morais get away.
“I mean, it’s tough, because on one hand, you’re a little bit disappointed, but on the other hand, I didn’t like the track all day today,” Weimer said. “I didn’t like the track even when we walked it. So I guess to come out of here with third is better than coming out of here with fourth, right?”
Weimer said it was extremely difficult to pass.
“It was really hard,” Weimer said. “There was the corner-turn-jump thing, then a right-hander where everyone was using the same line, and then no one was making passes in the whoops... that rhythm section, you just hoped a guy wouldn’t jump it and you could jump by them, which is how I finally ended up getting by Reardon, but other than that, unless you’re two seconds a lap faster, like Reed [in the 450cc class], then it’s tough to pass, for sure. Dungey was a lot better than I was, and he got out in the lead and checked out.”
“I’m really stoked on the success and exposure that TVP is getting with only three stops under our belt”, said TVP’s Director of Marketing Joe Parsons. “Jake and Ryan are really killing it this year and upholding the Pro Circuit Reputation..and that’s WINNING…”
Both PC riders were on the podium for the second time in three races, and they are still second and third in points, although now Morais is second with Weimer one point behind him in third.
The Lites West gets this coming weekend off, and the Lites East kicks off in Houston on January 24th, with Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki riders Christophe Pourcel and Austin Stroupe taking to the track inside Reliant Stadium. The Lites West returns to action on January 31st in San Francisco.
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 (TVP):
TVP is a leading innovative merchant payment processing company providing solutions to merchants’ specific needs. TVP specializes in cost-saving payment processing services for both card present ( brick & mortar) and card-not-present (CPN) mail order, telephone order and Internet merchants. TVP’s consultative approach, superior customer service, coupled with their innovative solutions for merchants are what sets them apart. TVP recognizes that each business is unique and “a one size fits all approach” does not always work. TVP tailors solutions specific to the business and how it operates. TVP is your payment solutions partner.
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