Farmingdale, NJ – (January 16, 2012) – Round 2 of the 2012 Monster Energy Supercross season took place on Saturday night, January 14th in Phoenix, Arizona. Riders from all 3 of Bel-Ray's professional Supercross teams competed.
TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Racing’s Chad Reed started the evening well on the challenging track, recording the second fastest lap in timed qualifying. Reed's night went downhill from there. While challenging for the lead in his heat race he fell in a corner, handing the lead away. Reed was able to quickly remount and qualify for the main event with a 7th place finish. Reed began the main event around the middle of the pack. He challenged quickly and was able to advance to 7th place by mid-race. As the main event drew to a close Reed worked his way into 5th place where he finished. His finish, coupled with the 2nd place from the opening round a week ago leaves Reed in 3rd place in the series standings.
The Dodge/Hart & Huntington/Sycuan Casino/Bel-Ray Racing team came to Phoenix down a rider as Josh Hill suffered a broken leg in Anaheim and will be out of action for the next several weeks. The 3 remaining members qualified directly for the main event from their respective heat races. Josh Hansen and Ivan Tedesco finished 4th and 5th respectively in the first heat, while Kyle Partridge finished 8th in the second heat. The main event was a bit more difficult for the team as all 3 riders suffered from poor starts and were forced to work their way through the field from the back. By the end of the main event, Hansen had worked his way into his second top 10 finish of the season. Tedesco improved on last week by finishing in 11th place, and Partridge in his first main event of the year, finished 17th. All 3 riders currently sit inside the top 20 in the series point's standings with Hansen in 10th, Tedesco in 11th and Partridge in 20th.
Team Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki continues to turn in promising performances. Both Jason Anderson and Martin Davalos have shown they have the speed to run up front. Anderson turned in an excellent 3rd place finish in his qualifying heat. Teammate Davalos was leading his heat when an unfortunate mistake caused him to go down. Davalos was not able to recover quickly enough for a direct transfer, but he won the LCQ and transferred to the main event. Both riders started inside the top 10 in the main event. Anderson rode a consistent race to an eventual 7th place finish. Davalos had an excellent race going and was up to 8th place before retiring with a couple of laps to go. He was awarded a 20th place finish. Anderson currently sits in 6th place and Davalos in 24th place in the overall series standings.
All of Bel-Ray's teams will be in action when the series continues this Saturday night at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California
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