ANDERSON NAILS BEST MX LITES RESULT
Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki's Jason Anderson raced to his best result of the season at the fifth round of the Lucas Oils AMA Motocross 'Lites" series at Budds Creek at Mechanicsville on Saturday aboard his RM-Z250.
Anderson rallied after a poor start to finish seventh in the first moto and then sixth in the second to bring home a commendable sixth overall for the day.
Said Anderson: "This weekend was good: I had a bad start in the first moto but came up to seventh. In the second moto I was running fourth and ended up coming-out with sixth in the moto. I was sixth overall and I felt more solid than I usually do, so this was a good day for me. We're going to keep at it during the break and be fighting-strong for RedBud."
Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki team-mate Blake Wharton is getting back into his 250 MX groove after missing last season due to injury. Although he got a less-than-stellar start in the first moto, Wharton came back to ninth. In the second moto, he crashed on the first lap but rallied to finish 18th. Overall, Wharton was 12th for the day.
"I rode pretty good in the first moto," said Wharton. "But it was a rough weekend. You have them every now and then - sometimes more often than you want. But we've got a little break now, so we'll rest up and come back strong for RedBud."
Continuing to progress and improve in the 250 class, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Racing's Hunter Hewitt went down at the start of the first moto and had to come from dead last. Even so, Hewitt made it from 40th to 25th. In the second moto he got off the line better and finished 15th and finished the day in 18th overall.
Said Hewitt: "Today was kind-of tough: In the first moto, I went down on the start and couldn't re-start my bike. I came from last all the way to 25th. In the second moto, I just tried the best I could. I got a decent start and went all the way to 15th and stayed there. Now we've got a two-week break before RedBud, which is really much appreciated."
Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki's Jessica Patterson currently leads the overall Championship points in the WMX class - which didn't run at Budds Creek - and Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki's Martin Davalos continues to recover from a recent crash.
The next event for the Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki team is the sixth round of the 2012 AMA Pro Motocross Championship on Saturday July 7th at the RedBud National in Buchanan.