Coach Seiji personal training clients Hunter Hewitt and Andrew Short overcame a treacherous track and aggressive competition to post great results at the Jacksonville round of the 2011 Monster Energy Supercross Series while rookie Jason Anderson succumbed to bad luck and crashes to sit out the main event for the first time in his young career.
One Industries/Pro Circuit rider #65 Hunter Hewitt inadvertently started in nuetral in his heat race and entered the first turn in dead last place. Hewitt was in the zone as he displayed incredible passing skills earning him a 4th place position at the halfway point of the heat race. Hewitt would easily hold this position for the remainder of the event and transfer to the main. Rockstar Energy/Suzuki rider #156 Jason Anderson gated extremely well and at the halfway point of the opening lap was riding agressively to establish a 2nd place position. Unfortunately he was taken out in the last turn of the first lap by a questionable move by Gannon Audette. Anderson would remount only to crash in the torturous whoop section and would retire from the heat race. #29 Red Bull/KTM rider Andrew Short would pull a holeshot aboard his KTM 350 in his heat race and ride strongly throughout the event to card a 3rd place finish to continue his streak of impressive heat race results.
Anderson would find himself in his first LCQ of his career; he charged out of the gate on a mission and pulled a slim holeshot over Blake Bagget. Bad luck ensued and Bagget washed his front end out taking Anderson’s rear wheel with him. Anderson would again find hismelf on the hard Jacksonville ground, remounting at the rear of the field. Although he charged through the pack, he again crashed in the whoops thus ending his night. Anderson was luckily unharmed.
Hewitt gated much better for his main event and rounded the first lap in 7th place; smart riding advanced him to 6th place a lap later. Hunter was on the charge but a slight error in a tricky on-off-right turn section abruptly put him in the dirt. He quickly remounted in 10th place and rode consistently to eventually end the main with a respectable 9th place. Hewitt continues to impress with his constant presence at the front of the field with a privateer effort. Short also gated well and emerged in 6th place after the opening lap. The Jacksonville dirt was extremely slippery and Short rode smart while under extreme pressure from Ivan Tedesco for almost half of the event. Short would continue the intelligent riding while many would end the night early due to crashes and big mistakes to end the night in 5th place.
Coach Seiji is thankful for the opportunity to work with such great individuals and stellar athletes; hopes are high for the remainder of the supercross season!