Chino, CA (January 10, 2012) – Yoshimura-backed teams captured a podium and several top ten finishes at the first round of the 2012 AMA/FIM Supercross Championship Series at Anaheim, CA on Saturday. The Honda Racing teams, Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki and Yoshimura Suzuki teams showed their dominance and the performance advantage of their Yoshimura products while taking on the competition in Anaheim.
Anaheim marked the debut of the Yoshimura-backed Team Honda Muscle Milk, with Justin Brayton finishing fourth in the Supercross class on his Yoshimura-equipped CRF450R while teammate Trey Canard sat the event out recovering from a recent injury.
After going down hard in the first corner of his heat race Brayton was forced to race the Last Chance Qualifier, where he finished first, allowing him to transfer to the main. Brayton spent most of the race in eighth, but surged with five laps to go, passing fellow Honda rider Andrew Short plus Ivan Tedesco and James Stewart to take fourth. "I found my groove on the track after a few practices and bike adjustments, and was pretty confident going into the night show," said Brayton. "I had second gate pick in heat one, where I lined up right inside Villopoto. We got a pretty good start but something happened, sending his back tire into my front, causing me to high side and crash. After getting a good start and winning the LCQ, I boosted my confidence back up going into the main. I got a decent start in the main and was able to pick it up about halfway through, where I made my way to fourth."
Yoshimura-backed GEICO Honda rider Eli Tomac had a disappointing heat race but was able to come back and win the LCQ to move into the main, where he placed third on the podium in the Lites class. Teammate Will Hahn finished a respectable eighth place aboard his Yoshimura-equipped CRF250R.
For the Yoshimura-backed Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki, the night was bittersweet in Supercross Lites. Although rider Martin Davalos celebrated an impressive win in his heat race, he experienced some issues during the main event and dropped out of the fray. Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki teammate Jason Anderson, however, celebrated a very consistent evening, finishing seventh in his heat race and seventh in the 15-lap Supercross Lites main event aboard his Yoshimura-equipped Suzuki RM-Z250.
"This was the first race of the season, so nerves were a little high," said Anderson. "But I had some good practice sessions. Then my heat race had a bunch of pile-ups, but I ended up doing pretty good and I made it to the main. The gate-drop at the start of the main was a little delayed and I struggled with that, but I came back and got seventh, so it was a decent night overall."
Team Yoshimura Suzuki's Brett Metcalfe started out the night on a high note by racing his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 to a solid sixth-place finish in his eight-lap heat race. Following that performance, Metcalfe went on to get a good start on the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 in the Supercross class main event and turned laps in the top 10 before finishing up the night 11th.
All the Yoshimura-backed teams are looking forward to their next event, the second round of the 2012 AMA/FIM Supercross Championship on Saturday, January 14th, at Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ.
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