For Rockstar Energy Racing, this weekend’s Supercross Lites race was a stellar one. Jason Anderson rocked the entire night, first winning the LCQ and then going on to capture his best result so far this year: a fifth-place finish in the 15-lap main event.
“Although I had to go to the LCQ, I won that,” said Anderson. “In the main, I just tried to put my laps in and I got into fifth. The Rockstar Energy Racing bike’s working great and I’m feeling good, and that’s an awesome combination that we’ve got going. I’m just trying to keep improving and I feel like I’m doing that every weekend. Oakland should be fun and I’m just excited to get out there and race again.”
Rockstar Energy Racing teammate Martin Davalos also had plenty to smile about at the Supercross Lites race’s end. Davalos went out and won his heat race and then ran in second place for the first third of the main event. Although he made a small mistake that saw him finish ninth, Davalos still brought home a solid top-10 finish.
“We got great starts all night,” said Davalos. “We got the heat race win and in the main event, I was running second. But then I made a stupid mistake and lost my front end. After that, I tried to get into a rhythm but I couldn’t get going because my front end was twisted. But overall, I feel really positive about the night. Now I’m just looking forward to Oakland and hoping for good weather there.”
Star Valli Yamaha’s Nico Izzi and Ryan Sipes both put in valiant efforts in Supercross Lites, Izzi finished fourth in his heat race and 11th in the main event, while Sipes won his heat race and finished 12th in the main. Gareth Swanepoel did not race the Supercross Lites main event.
In the Supercross class, Rockstar Energy’s Brett Metcalfe was something of a Rockstar himself, bringing home a fifth-place finish in the Supercross class main event after first carding a fifth-place finish in his heat race.
“The whole day was the best we’ve had so far,” said Metcalfe. “We made some good progress this week, and I want to thank the whole team. It was a rough week for me with being sick, but today I had a good day. The heat race went well, and I ended up fifth. But I rode really well – I think it’s the best ride I’ve had all year. Going into the main, I just wanted to hit 20 laps consistently, and ride hard -- but not to the point where I’d push myself to the limit and start going downhill. Now, I’m just really looking forward to running up front at Oakland.”
Also in the Supercross class, Rockstar’s Nick Wey finished up in 13th place, while Star Valli Yamaha’s Austin Stroupe did not race due to injuries sustained at the Phoenix event. Star Valli Yamaha teammate Ryan Morais had a strong showing in his Supercross class heat race but suffered a crash on lap one of the main event. The Rockstar Energy rider was transported to a local hospital and is being treated for a broken jaw, several fractured vertebrae and some broken ribs. There is no sign of spinal cord damage at this time and Morais is continuing to be evaluated. A full recovery is anticipated.
The next event for the Rockstar Energy Racing teams is the fourth round of the 2012 AMA/FIM Supercross Championship on Saturday, January 28th, at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, CA.
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