Round 4 of the 2012 Monster Energy Supercross series took place on Saturday night, January 28th in Oakland, California. The 2012 racing season has been full of exciting action and Saturday’s event didn’t disappoint the crowd.
TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Racing’s and winner of Round 3, Chad Reed, looked like he was going to continue his winning ways when he grabbed the holeshot in the main event. Reed led for the first half of the race until eventual race winner, James Stewart, got by. Reed kept Stewart in sight and continued to ride a smart race holding onto second place at the end of the race. Reed’s second place finish puts him into a tie for the points lead as the series heads south to Anaheim, California for Round 5.
Dodge/Hart & Huntington/Sycuan Casino/Bel-Ray Racing’s Josh Hansen scored another top 10 finish for the 4th round in a row. Fellow teammate Kyle Partridge qualified directly into the main event with a strong 6th place finish. Early in the main event, Partridge went down in a difficult section of the track and could not continue. He was credited with 20th place for the main event. Despite his 20th place finish in the main event, Partridge is 19th in the point’s standings.
Team Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki team riders Martin Davalos and Jason Anderson provided a great deal of excitement on Saturday night. Davalos scored a confident 3rd place in his heat race while Anderson won the last chance qualifier for the second week in a row. Davalos took the holeshot in the main event and led early, while Anderson was coming through the field after a mid-pack start. Anderson was on a charge that brought him as high as 3rd before he was taken down in a corner by another rider. He was slow to remount and placed 12th by the end of the race. Davalos, allowed few riders to pass, giving up his lead, placing him 9th at the checkered flag. Both riders are in the top 15 in the series standings with Anderson in 7th and Davalos in 15th.
The series continues next Saturday night in Anaheim California for Round 5.
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