CARLSBAD, Calif. – Spy Optic’s Kevin “K-Dub” Windham finished up the 17-round Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series tour with a powerful 4th place statement in front of a sold out Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, cementing his position in the SX class’ top five overall – just one point back of 4th place Josh Grant (237-236).
Running his signature Spy Optic Magneto goggles on the combination dusty/muddy conditions in the bowl and around a portion of the exterior perimeter of Sam Boyd Stadium, Windham got things rolling early with a 3rd place start in the opening SX class heat race – then quickly moved into 2nd place with a blitzing pass through the whoop section on Mike Alessi. Windham then put it on cruise control, finishing 2nd in the heat to transfer to the main with an excellent gate pick.
“The wind was swirling, the dust was kicking up in some spots, and in others – where they’d watered the track – we had some mud. Despite the crazy conditions my Spys worked flawlessly, as they always do,” said Windham. “Thanks again to everyone at Spy for being on board with me for another great year of racing supercross.”
In the main event Windham avoided any trouble at the start with a smart line in the first turn bottleneck, then pinned it through the first lap to come out in descent position (6th). Buckling down early, Windham got past fellow Honda pilot Ivan Tedesco – and then Alessi – on lap four to move into 4th place, a position he’d hold through the checkers.
“It’d have been nice to be able to catch Josh (Grant) for fourth place, but fifth’s pretty much the same,” said Windham of his top five overall SX class finish.
Also making the main event out of the heats for Spy Optic was Monster/Cernic’s/Kawasaki’s Paul Carpenter and Boost Mobile/ampm/Monster Energy/Troy Racing’s Nick Wey. Wey picked up the 9th and final transfer spot in the first heat race, while Carpenter placed 8th in the second SX class heat race to transfer. Bobby Kiniry (Monster Energy/Cernic’s/Kawasaki), who failed to get out of the second heat race (14th), yanked the holeshot in the LCQ and dominated his way to a 3.5 second win over Kyle Partridge to make the main.
In the SX class main Wey and Carpenter would finish 12th and 13th, respectively, and Kiniry would place 16th. Overall on the season Wey would place 14th (98 points) and Carpenter 15th (96 points).
Noteworthy: Boost Mobile/ampm/Monster Energy/Troy Racing’s Jason “JLaw” Lawrence ran his Spy Optic goggles up to 20th place overall in the SX class despite contesting an abbreviated four-race season. Lawrence’s premier SX class highlight was his 2nd place finish at the Daytona (Fla.) Supercross. Lawrence would also end up 20th in the WSX Lites division, racing two of the eight total rounds (4th & 5th place finishes).
Next up for the Spy Optic motocross racers is the Lucas Oil AMA Outdoor MX Nationals opener at Glen Helen (San Bernardino, Calif.), May 23.
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