Weimer kept his heat race streak alive capturing his fifth-straight qualifier victory. In the main event he took over the lead on the opening lap and led all 15 laps to extend his points lead. Weimer did face a challenge late in the main event with another rider coming close to challenging for the lead, but he was able to thwart off the advances and hold on for the victory.
Clawing Through the Field
Villopoto backed up his win in San Francisco with a determined ride in the mud at San Diego. The Washington native used every inch of the track to work his way from 19th to fourth in the main event.The outcome could have been different if he wouldn’t have been taken down in a first turn pile up, but Villopoto dug deep and salvaged as many points as possible.
“Winning is my motivation,” said Weimer. “If you want to win as much as I do, then you stay motivated. I did the jump over the start straight on the first lap. On the second lap I hit some mud and came up short. I stopped doing it until (Max) Anstie started catching me and I started doing it again.“
The consistent rain made for a long day at the track as the teams waited nearly six hours for practice to start. The track crew did a good job keeping the track in good shape as it improved with each session.
“Mother Nature didn’t really cooperate today,” said Wey. “We sat around most of the day trying to stay busy. There was a light shower just before the main, which made the track slippery, but at least it stopped before the gate dropped. The track was probably at its best in the main event.”
“The track went away during the main event,” said Villopoto.“The main line was really slippery and off line was really muddy. There were also a lot of ruts that made it difficult. It was tough to pick the right line each lap, but I was able to make some stellar passes.”
With the season jumping into its second month, Villopoto finds himself in the thick of the championship battle. After making up some points in San Diego, Villopoto only trails the points leader by 10 points.There are still 12 races left in the series, which makes it anyone’s game.
“It’s really hard to think about the championship this early, but it ends up being all about consistency,” said Villopoto. “That is my goal right now. I do want to win races and I know my confidence can bring more wins.”