Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team opens the Western Supercross
Lites series on a high note, taking the top two spots at Angels
CORONA, Calif., (Jan. 5, 2008) – Opening the pursuit of yet another
championship in its industry-leading SX Lites class race heritage, the
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team – led by Jake Weimer and Ryan
Morais – took the top two spots at the first round of the WSX Lites
series, round one of 2009 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World
Championship held at Anaheim's (Calif.) Angel Stadium.
Topping the charts before a live crowd in excess of 40,000 – as well
as a live TV viewing audience on SPEED – was Weimer, who won his
second career AMA SX Lites race at Anaheim. Weimer got out fast from
the get go and avoided a wreck that collected the defending WSX champ,
Monster Energy's Jason Lawrence and ESX champ Trey Canard, running in
2nd place behind Dan Reardon early in the contest. The Idahoan then
put the hammer down on lap three, got past Reardon and led the
remaining 13 laps en route to victory.
"Unbelievable – exactly where I wanted to be," said Weimer. "My goal
was to get on the podium. I want to win the championship and didn't
want to throw it away at the first round. To start off by winning?
Couldn't be any better than that. I worked my ass off for this – it's
such a good feeling."
Charging equally as hard into 2nd place overall was Weimer's Monster
Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teammate, Morais. The southern California
native didn't pull quite as good of a start as Weimer did, but he made
up for it midway through the race and closed strong to give Monster
Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki the 1-2 overall at the Anaheim opener.
"I can't thank Mitch (Payton) enough," said Morais on the opportunity
to race for the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team. "I've been
working my butt off and the team's put in a lot of late hours. It's a
Morais pulled the holeshot in the first heat race and wound up 2nd to
Weimer in that contest as well, adding that he thought that was the
first holeshot he ever pulled in a major pro SX Lites contest. "After
that I thought to myself 'Alright, I can holeshot the main – no
problem on this bike.'"
And the plan almost came together before Morais got pinched in tight
on the first turn of the main and came out of the pack in around 6th
place. From there he said he rode the first few laps smart, staying
out of trouble. "People were knocking each other down and I just put
my chase on like halfway through, started catching Jake (Weimer) – but
got a bit too excited and tightened up," said Morais. "But to finish
2nd – that takes a lot of pressure off me."
Next up for the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team is round two
of Monster Energy Supercross at Phoenix's Chase Field.
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