Chino, CA (February 14, 2012) – Yoshimura-backed teams grabbed some solid finishes at the sixth round of the 2012 AMA/FIM Supercross Championship Series in San Diego, CA on Saturday. The Yoshimura Suzuki team, Honda Racing teams and Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki team used the performance advantage of their Yoshimura products to conquer San Diego.
Yoshimura Suzuki's Brett Metcalfe was truly in his element Saturday night. Australian Metcalfe not only captured his first main event holeshot at the Qualcomm Stadium, the Yoshimura Suzuki rider also raced his Yoshimura-prepared RM-Z450 to an outstanding fourth-place finish. This excellent result marks Metcalfe's best result of the season and also moves him up in the overall championship points standings.
The Yoshimura Suzuki squad came into the San Diego event primed and ready to race. After putting in plenty of grueling prep hours during the week, their setup was perfect and Metcalfe was eager for competition. All of this was obvious in Saturday night's event, where Metcalfe started the night strong by finishing third in his heat race. He went on to get the holeshot in the 20-lap main event on his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 and then put his head down and brought home his season's best finish.
"It was a good night," said Metcalfe. "We were able to put in some work this week and get the set-up back to what we were comfortable with and what we know works. The Yoshimura Suzuki RMZ-450 really worked great all weekend. I was still a little bit off in practice, but in the heat races and the main, I came through. I got good starts, which helped out, and I was able to ride strong. I qualified third in the heat race and got a good gate pick, so I got where I wanted to be, and ripped the holeshot. That was my first holeshot of the year, so I'm really pumped with that. I rode solid, and I rode as hard as I could, and we got a fourth. Dallas is next weekend and I'm looking forward to that. It's always a really tough, technical track and I'm looking forward to keeping the momentum going."
Yoshimura-backed Team Honda Muscle Milk rider Justin Brayton showed impressive strength Saturday night after coming back from a bad crash in qualifying to finish sixth overall in the main. After going down hard in the second qualifying practice it was uncertain if Brayton would be able to ride the rest of the night. Following some rest and an evaluation from the Asterisk medical team, the decision was made to ride. Brayton finished a solid fifth in his heat race. In the main, he grabbed a mid-pack start and battled his way through the entire 20 laps to a sixth-place overall finish.
Yoshimura-backed GEICO Honda's Kevin Windham had a disappointing end to his night after riding strong all day. After posting the fourth-quickest qualifying time of the night, Windham rode a solid heat race, finishing in fifth place. During the main he got a mid-pack start but charged to fourth before going down in the whoops in the closing stages of the race. He was able to get up and finish the race in 16th position.
"The track was pretty difficult. The whoops ate a lot of people in the main and unfortunately I was one of them," said Windham. "I felt good the first 17 laps and the GEICO Honda was running great, which makes me feel confident that I am inching closer and closer to the podium. It is frustrating, though, having such a good ride and then making one mistake that puts you on the ground. I am looking forward to next weekend and heading east."
After winning three Lites races in a row and taking the points lead, Yoshimura-backed GEICO Honda rider Eli Tomac had an unfortunate night in San Diego. He crashed hard in the long whoop section during the main, preventing him from finishing the race and robbing him of his championship points lead. Heading into the break, Tomac now sits in second place in the Lites West championship by a mere two points.
For Yoshimura-backed Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki, Martin Davalos and Jason Anderson both gave 100 percent but were plagued by plain, old-fashioned bad luck. After finishing fourth in his heat race, Anderson was ready for the main but went down on the first lap and never truly recovered; he finished 17th. Rockstar teammate Davalos also made the main and was running in the top 10 for most of the race before a crash toward the end saw him finish 15th.
All the Yoshimura-backed teams are looking forward to their next event, the seventh round of the 2012 AMA/FIM Supercross Championship on Saturday, February 18th, at Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, TX.
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