CARLSBAD, Calif. – Spy Optic’s Kevin “K-Dub” Windham (Geico Powersports/Honda) continued his consistent racing ways in Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, battling this past weekend to a well-deserved 6th place finish on a tough Atlanta Georgia Dome track. And joining Windham in the SX class main event was Spy Optic’s Nick Wey (Boost/ampm/Monster Energy/Troy Racing) who placed 15th.
Windham, running his signature Spy Optic Magneto goggles, brought the massive crowd to its feet during opening ceremonies with his industry-best stoppie on the red Georgia clay. Fortunately for Windham – unlike 1999 – he was able to keep the bike upright and not dive over the handlebars like he did that one fateful night in Atlanta a decade ago – wearing, of course, predominantly white jersey and pants (which were covered in red dirt from the mishap). “I remember that,” said Windham with a laugh. “Probably a few fans here that would have liked to see me do that again.”
Windham got down to business quick in the second heat racing, battling hard with Suzuki factory racer Mike Alessi, then getting past Alessi and running with fellow Honda pilot Andrew Short right down to the wire for a 5th place transfer spot to the main. Wey would have an extra four-lap look at the track by way of the LCQ where he’d place 2nd.
On the football-field-long start Windham got squeezed into the middle of the pack, but negotiated the first turn with enough success to give him a crack at the top ten after the first lap (8th). He’d then drop a couple spots to some guys running fast early, namely Josh Grant and Ivan Tedesco. But the cool veteran Windham would win out over those two in the end when Tedesco landed on Grant (who was rolling through a jump section), while Windham avoided the carnage and moved up two spots, then grabbed another one when Alessi ran into trouble.
“I was in like 9th place at around lap 15, but still felt pretty good and was about to step it up when those guys got together,” said Windham. “Caught a bit of a break.”
The 6th place finish put Windham in 7th place overall in the SX class standings, just nine points back of Grant for a top five spot. Wey would overcome a lap nine situation - that put him into last place – by racing back to the top 15 (15th).
Next up for the Spy Optic-backed supercross racers is round nine of the 2009 Monster Energy Supercross Series at Indianapolis’ new Lucas Oil Stadium.
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