Bel-Ray Racing-Weekend Racing Wrap-Up – April 30, 2012

Bel-Ray’s professional racers competed in MotoGP, World Motocross and Supercross competitions this past weekend. The high performance lubricants led to victories and excellent performances by many of the racers.

World Motocross

The second round of the FIM World Motocross Series took place this weekend at the Monterostao Circuit in Fermo, Italy. In MX1 competition, Christophe Pourcel scored his first overall in world championship competition since 2007 as well as the first victory for the newly formed CP377 team. Pourcel has shown considerable speed in recent weeks, winning 2 of the last 4 world championship motos. In Italy, Pourcel scored the first moto victory after doing battle the entire time with series rival, Gautier Paulin. The second moto again saw Pourcel challenging for the lead, but a rock to his nose and subsequent bleeding caused him to slow his pace and settle for a 2nd place moto finish that would be good enough for the overall. Pourcel was very happy with the result for both himself and the team. He said in a post race interview, “we’re a young team and it’s great to win already at our third GP to confirm the potential we showed in Bulgaria.” The rocky conditions also caused concern for Pourcel’s teammate and brother, Sebastien. After the event he spoke about his misfortune, “During the opening lap, a stone hit me on the nose. I lost a lot of blood and eventually had to stop. In the second moto, I felt tired after just a few laps. Possibly, this was the result of the incident in the first race, and I pulled in rather than taking risks.”

Christophe moved up from 5th to 3rd and Sebastien drops from 15th to 18th in the overall world championship points standings.

In MX2 competition, the Bel-Ray backed Team Floride Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit of Tommy Searle and Joel Roelants hoped to continue their excellent performances from a week ago. They were the dominant riders in early qualification, but their luck ran out during the first moto of the day. After getting a good start, Searle was crashed into by an out of control bike in the second turn. He was uninjured in the melee and back on the bike, charging through the field for valuable championship points. He was up to 8th place when his machine died due to running out of coolant from a damaged radiator suffered in the earlier crash. Searle was again the victim of another rider as he went down at the start of the 2nd moto. He restarted in last place and worked his way past nearly every racer on his way to a 2nd place moto finish, just 3 seconds behind the winner and collected valuable championship points. Roelants also suffered from bad luck during the event. After setting the fastest lap time of the day and advancing into 3rdplace, Roelants crashed heavily and could not continue. He suffered from blurred vision and headaches after the crash and would not line up for moto 2.

Despite their bad luck, Searle and Roelants are still 3rd and 4th respectively in the World Championship points standing after 3 of 16 rounds.

AMA Supercross

Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah was the site of the penultimate round of the Monster Energy Supercross series on Saturday night. Bel-Ray sponsored Team Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki put both west coast riders on the podium. Jason Anderson was 2nd place and Martin Davalos was 3rd place. The finish was a first ever podium for Anderson and a strong rebound for Davalos after a 14th place finish last weekend in Seattle. Anderson was first out of the gate and took the holeshot ahead of the rest of the field. Davalos was in 4th within sight of the leader. Anderson led the first 10 laps, until eventual race winner, Eli Tomac surpassed him for the top spot, leaving Anderson in an admirable 2nd. Davalos took advantage of Dean Wilson’s crash to move into 3rd and held on for the final spot on the podium.

Dodge/ Sycuan Casino/ Hart and Huntington/ Bel-Ray racing team riders Tyler Bowers and Kyle Regal both performed well in their heat races, earning themselves direct transfers to the main event. In only his second ride with the team, Tyler Bowers, put on a great showing, working up after a poor start for a solid 10th place finish. He spoke about it following the race, “I’m pretty pumped on it. I stayed off the ground and that gives me some confidence heading into next weekend in Vegas.” Regal got off the line well and was into the top 10, when he was collected in a crash with another rider that saw them both crash out of the race. “I was running up inside the top 10 like I wanted, actually fighting for a top 5 for a while, when I got collected. It’s a drag. I just need to look ahead to Vegas and see what I can do there at the last race.”

The 2012 Supercross series concludes on Saturday night in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Follow all of Bel-Ray’s racers in action each week on www.belray.com  and www.belrayracing.com.

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