ANDERSON STRONG IN SEATTLE SUPERCROSS2012-04-23 19:27
Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki's Jason Anderson turned in an aggressive-yet-controlled performance to take sixth place in the Seattle Supercross Lites class as Brett Metcalfe was forced out of the Supercross Main event after a mid-air contact.
Anderson, who grabbed fourth place on his Rockstar Energy RM-Z250 in his heat race on Saturday night, before picking his way through from a mid-pack start in the Lites Main Event, said: "Seattle was pretty good, although I had some trouble with my starts. My speed was good and sixth isn't a bad way to end the night, considering how my start was. The Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki's working great and I've been to Salt Lake City before and I like racing there, so hopefully I'll be able to rip some good starts and get up on the podium there."
Seattle, however, proved to be a rough night for Rockstar Energy Racing 'Lites' team mate Martin Davalos: The evening started out well - with Davalos turning in a spirited ride in his heat race and taking second - but in the Main Event, he was running sixth when he stalled his bike and wound up finishing 14th.
Said Davalos: "It was a tough night. I feel like I was riding pretty smooth, but then I stalled my bike with four laps to go while I was sitting in an easy sixth. I gave it away! It's been a tough year and I'm disappointed for the team because it's worked so hard on the bike and everything. But I still have two races left so I need to keep putting my head down and do my best."
In the Supercross class, Metcalfe picked up a fifth-place result in his heat race but on the first lap of the Main Event, the Australian had a mid-air contact with another rider had to retire with a damaged bike.
Said Metcalfe: "It was actually a good day for me. Practice went pretty good and I liked the track. The heat race came round and I got fifth. I put some good laps together and I was feeling good, but in the Main Event, I came through the first corner OK then I got together with another rider and we collided in mid-air. My bike got smashed up. That was the end of my race and I had to DNF which was sad because this was the first DNF we've had all season. We'll just come back strong for next weekend at Salt Lake City."
The next event for the Rockstar Energy Racing teams is the 16th round of the 2012 AMA/ FIM World Supercross Championship on Saturday April 28th at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Source: Team Suzuki Press Office
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