TEDESCO IN ANAHEIM TOP 102007-02-05 08:45
Team Makita Suzuki Racing's Ivan Tedesco finished the third Anaheim Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross at Angel Stadium in California with a solid top-10 finish.
Team mate Ricky Carmichael did not race due to his abbreviated schedule; the 2006 AMA Supercross and Motocross Champion will return to Supercross at the Atlanta round later this month.
'I struggled all weekend,' said Tedesco. 'And then it seemed that things were getting better in the second practice session and in the heat race. In the Main event, I was struggling again and I went down when the front end washed out on about lap 15.'
Earlier in the evening, Tedesco lined up for the first Supercross-class heat race. The Makita Suzuki rider got a good start on his RM-Z450 and was in second place when the eight-lap race was red flagged due to an injured rider. A complete restart saw Tedesco capture the holeshot as well as an impressive second-place finish, but in the Main he had a few difficulties.
'Ivan made some decisions about settings with the suspension during the week that worked for him,' said Makita Suzuki Team Manager Roger De Coster. 'But tonight, the conditions were different and we just made some wrong choices with the suspension.'
Team Makita Suzuki Racing will return next week for round six of the Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Series at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.
Main Event: 1 James Stewart (Kawasaki), 2 Chad Reed (Yamaha), 3 Tim Ferry (Kawasaki), 4 Nick Wey (Honda), 5 Michael Byrne (Suzuki), 6 Nate Ramsey (Yamaha), 7 Kevin Windham (Honda), 8 Heath Voss (Honda), 9 Paul Carpenter (Kawasaki), 10 Ivan Tedesco (Makita Suzuki).
AMA Supercross Points(after 5 rounds): 1 Stewart 122, 2 Reed 104, 3 Ferry 90, 4 Byrne 73, 5 Carmichael 69, 6 Windham 66, 7 Wey 60, 8 Preston 60, 9 Voss 55, 10 Tedesco 53.
Source: Team Suzuki Press Office
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