January 23, 2012 – The 2012 Monster Energy Supercross series continued on Saturday night at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles, California. Despite rain the night before and morning of the event, the race program took place under sunny skies and seasonable temperatures.
TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Racing’s Chad Reed claimed his first win of the 2012 season and the 41st win of his career. Coming off 2nd and 5th place finishes in the previous two rounds of the series, Reed was struggling with bike setup and trying to find the top step of the podium. He set the 6th fastest time in qualifying practice, but crashed in his heat race and could only manage an 8th place qualifying position. The main event got underway, but was quickly red-flagged for two downed riders. Reed came out swinging on the re-start and moved quickly into 3rd at the end of the 1st lap, 2nd at the end of the 3rd lap and into the lead by the 5th lap. He went on to ride a perfect fifteen laps on his way to the checked flag. Reed is currently tied for second in the series standings, just four points out of the lead.
The Dodge/Hart & Huntington/Sycuan Casino/Bel-Ray Racing team was off to a good start this weekend with all three of the riders qualifying for the main event. The main event took an early turn for the worst when Ivan Tedesco crashed, breaking his finger. Tedesco joins teammate Josh Hill on the injured list pending further review. Hansen and Partridge were able to finish the race in 7th and 16th respectively. The series point’s standings have Hansen in 9th, Tedesco in 15th and Partridge in 19th after the first three rounds.
Each weekend has been an improvement for Team Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki. Martin Davalos won his heat race, and Jason Anderson won the LCQ sending both riders to the main event. Anderson improved on his previous round’s results with a great 5th place finish. Davalos also improved on his early season results taking a well earned top 10 finish in 9th place. Anderson is currently 6th in the points standings while Davalos is inside the top 20 in 17th.
The series continues this Saturday night at the O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California.
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