EVS Sports Oakland Report
Rancho Dominguez, Ca. – The 2013 supercross season rolled into Oakland, CA for it’s 4th stop, of what has been an electric campaign thus far and Team EVS riders were looking to capture magic in the Bay Area.
450 SX Class
After what could be considered a disappointing start to a highly anticipated season, EVS athlete Mike Alessi was vying to get back atop the #800 Smartop MotoConcepts machine. Fans have become accustomed to Alessi being one of the fasted riders on the track and it was much of the same Saturday night in Oakland. Alessi was able to race his way into the main event with a solid 3rd place finish in heat race #2 earning him a 5th place starting spot in the 20 lap main event. Alessi got another great start, and as the smoke cleared from the massive turn two pile up, he found himself in 3rd place. Alessi kept it clean for the entire 20 laps and brought home a solid 5th place finish, moving up to 15th in points.
EVS’ other 450SX athlete, Jake Weimer, had been fighting a nasty cold, which had turned into pneumonia prior to round 4. Weimer took to the track for practice in Oakland and one practice concluded Weimer and the medical staff deemed the Monster Energy Kawasaki rider to sick to compete at a safe level. As a result, Weimer took a hit in the points standing falling from 5th to 7th.
250 SX Class
EVS Athletes Joey Savatgy and Derek Anderson came into Oakland looking to get back some momentum that was lost the previous week in Anaheim.
Joey Savatgy took to the track in Oakland with a bit more at stake, in light of the announcement that J-Star/JDR KTM was closing its doors at the end of the supercross season. Knowing that he was now auditioning for a new job, Savatgy brought the heat in Oakland. Qualifying for the main event by way of a 4th place finish in heat #2, Savatgy was ready to show the supercross world that he was the real deal. The rookie Savatgy lined up 7th for the 15 lap main event and when the gate dropped, he grabbed the holeshot and the early lead. He eventually got ran down and passed for the lead, but ran a solid race finishing in a respectable 6th place.
If you haven’t been following the story of EVS athlete Derek Anderson via Vurbmoto.com you are missing out on the incredible feat he is trying to accomplish. Anderson is a privateer from Colorado that packed everything up and moved to California to chase the supercross dream. Anderson entered round 4 in Oakland trying to make his first main event of the season. He rode hard and finished in 16th place on the lead lap in heat #2 and 17th in the LCQ. Missing the main event for the 4th week in a row hasn’t broken down the privateer from Colorado. He will be back this weekend in Anaheim.
About EVS Sports
Founded in 1985, EVS Sports continues to be the leading innovator of Motocross and Street bike protective gear. Originally established as a motocross specific knee brace manufacturer, it all started with the AMX-5. What started out as one knee brace has evolved into an extensive line of knees braces, neck supports, helmets, chest/back protection and a long list of protective gear to keep riders safe on the track or the street. For more information on EVS Sports, please visit www.EVS-sports.com or find us on Twitter.com/evssport and Facebook.com/evssports.