After qualifying 18th, Morais rode his Suzuki RM-Z to a third-place finish in the first lites heat race. In the main, the Rockstar Energy Suzuki rider was eighth at the start but rode a strong, consistent race, working his Suzuki up to a third-place podium finish.
“Overall a pretty good night,” said Morais. “I made good progress from last weekend to this weekend and I feel like I rode a lot better. Hopefully I’ll be able to carry it over to next weekend. The Rockstar Energy Suzuki team did a great job and I’m happy to put my Suzuki RM-Z on the podium. I’m going to go home and work on my starts. It seems like whoever gets the starts winds up winning this year. I’ll be ready to step it up for Oakland."
Martin Davalos qualified fastest for the day and dominated the second heat race on his RM-Z250 to end up with a convincing win. The Rockstar Energy Suzuki lites rider had a solid fourth-place start in the main but had some issues and fell back to eventually finish in 11th place.
“My day started off really good,” said Davalos. “I felt great on my Suzuki RM-Z and got a really good practice time. I got a decent start in the heat and took my time in the first corner – put myself in a good place and ended up with my first heat race win with the Rockstar Energy Suzuki Team. In the main event, I got a decent fourth place start but was maybe a little too cautious and ended up going down. I think I need to work on my confidence and be more aggressive to improve my mains. I’m looking forward to a better result in Oakland.”
The 2011 Rockstar Energy Suzuki team’s next event is Saturday, January 29th, at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, CA. You can meet the Rockstar Energy Suzuki team riders at Contra Costa Powersports, 1651 Concord Avenue, in Concord, CA from 6 - 7 PM on Friday, January 28th.
Los Angeles Supercross Lites Class Results:
1. Cole Seely
2. Eli Tomac
3. Ryan Morais
4. Broc Tickle
5. Joshua Hansen
6. Ken Roczen
7. Ryan Marmont
9. Nick Paluzzi
10. Kyle Cunningham
11. Martin Davalos
2011 Supercross Lites Class Standings:
1. Joshua Hansen - 66
2. Broc Tickle - 62
3. Cole Seely - 59
4. Ryan Morais - 55
5. Eli Tomac - 49
6. Tyla Rattray - 42
7. Martin Davalos - 40
8. Travis Baker - 36
9. Ken Roczen - 31
10. Nick Paluzzi - 30
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