Spokane, Wash. (February 22, 2010) – The first round of the Monster Energy AMA 250 East Supercross Series and the seventh round of the 450 Supercross class was this past weekend in Indianapolis, IN. A new level of excitement was injected into the series as a solid group of returning veterans was mixed with an exciting new batch of rookies. One of those veterans, Ryan Sipes, made the statement that he is here to contend for the title.
After qualifying third in practice, Sipes went out and posted a solid second place finish in heat number two, just three seconds behind defending East Champion Christophe Pourcel. MotoConcepts racing again placed both of their 250 riders in the main as teammate Vince Friese finished eighth in heat race one.
In the 250 main, both Sipes and Friese came around the slippery first corner clean with Sipes in fifth and Friese in tenth. Friese went on to tangle with another rider and after picking himself back up he managed to finish 17th overall for the night. The Missouri native will head to Atlanta next week looking to get back into the top ten.
The Kentucky native Sipes began his charge toward the front and moved into third place for the second half of the main. Everything looked positive for Sipes to grab a podium spot until the last couple turns of the final lap, were lapped riders dramatically slowed his progress and allowed the rookie Justin Barcia to pass. It was a frustrating conclusion to the main, but overall a positive start to the season for Sipes.
“It was great to see all four of our riders again advance to their respective main events and there was a lot of excitement in our pits after Ryan finished second in his heat,” commented Team Manager Michael Young. “Having the podium spot swiped out with literally fifty yards to go stung, but we know Ryan will be back and is determined to get on the box.”
In the 450 class, both Dan Reardon and Kyle Chisholm advanced to the main, with Chisholm fifth and Reardon eighth, in heat race two. Reardon hit the deck halfway through the main and called it a night to finish 19th. Chisholm battled with a difficult one-line track and managed to finish 14th overall. After seven rounds, Chisholm sits in 11th for the series and is only nine points away from ninth overall, held by an injured Andrew Short. Both riders will be back for round eight next Saturday night in Atlanta, looking to get back into the top ten.
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