Mother Nature played a major role in Saturday night’s round of the 2012 Monster Energy Supercross series, which was a test of survival rather than a competition. The course, developed on the infield at the Daytona International Motor Speedway, became a quagmire as a result of torrential rains the day before and day of the event.
The best finishing Bel-Ray racer of the night was Team Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki’s Blake Wharton. A second place finish in the heat race gave him a good spot on the starting gate for the main event. He parlayed this gate position into a top three start, holding that position for several laps and eventually settling for a 5th place finish. This was Blake’s fourth top five finish this season. Teammate Hunter Hewitt had a night he’d rather forget. Forced to retire from the heat race after getting stuck in the thick mud, he came back for the last chance qualifier. Although he raced near the front, a 4th place finish caused him to miss making the main event.
Dodge/Hart & Huntington/Sycuan Casino/Bel-Ray Racing team member, Josh Hansen also struggled in Daytona. After finishing out of qualifying position in the heat race, Hansen got a good initial start in the last chance qualifier before colliding with another rider in the second corner. Their bikes were stuck together long enough for the field to get away and Hansen was forced out of the race. He failed to qualify for the main event for the first time this season.
The series continues on Saturday night in Indianapolis, Indiana.
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