Corona, Calif. (January 23, 2012) – Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium played host to the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship for the second time. Despite an ominous weather report, fans made their way to the stadium to catch round four of the series, in what proved to be an exciting and intense night of racing.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Dean Wilson kept his podium momentum going and finished with a solid second in the Supercross Lites West Main. Wilson quickly got serious after an average start, and made multiple passes in the first lap. He held strong for the remainder of the race and finished in the runner-up spot. Wilson leaves Los Angeles one point behind the current points leader in the class, and wants everyone to know he's taking the championship seriously.
"Second place is alright," says Wilson, "but after winning in Phoenix I'm not really happy with second place anymore. Once you get the feeling of a win it's hard to accept anything else. I know exactly what I have to work on this week, so I'm just going to stay focused and get it done."
Tyla Rattray came to Los Angeles with the points lead, and the coveted red plate, in the Supercross Lites West Region. Rattray's heat race didn't go as planned, however, and a slight mishap forced him farther back in the pack than he had hoped, giving him a less-than-ideal gate pick for the Main. Rattray’s tenacious drive kept him focused during the Supercross Lites Main, though, and the South African stayed aggressive and finished strong in fourth. He still sits in the top three in the overall series points.
"It was a little bit of a tough night and it's unfortunate that I got such a bad gate pick as a result of my heat race," said Rattray, "but there are a few things I'm going to work on during the week and I plan on coming out swinging in Oakland."
Broc Tickle fully redeemed himself in Los Angeles, and showed everyone he deserves to ride with the big boys. The competition was stacked in the Supercross Class, but Tickle stayed consistent and strong all night and earned an eighth place finish.
"I would say it was a big improvement from last weekend," said Tickle. "We made some changes on the bike and watched a few tapes to find out where I could improve. I got a good start and made it up to eighth, but the top five isn't a far reach for me. I can definitely do it."
The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki boys head to Oakland, Calif., this Saturday, January 28th for the fourth round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship. Wilson sits second, one point behind the series points leader, in the Supercross Lites West Region with 62 points. Rattray moves to third with 60 points, and Tickle jumps up to 14th with 22 points in the Supercross Class.
About Pro Circuit
Based in Corona, Calif., Pro Circuit Inc. is a leader in off-road motorcycle and ATV exhausts and aftermarket performance parts. Started in 1978, Pro Circuit is the go to shop for recreational riders and professionals for everything from suspension work to complete engine packages, and everything in between.
Created by former desert racer Mitch Payton, Pro Circuit proves its products and services week-in and week-out through its tagline "We Race." Every product that dons the Pro Circuit stamp stems from the legendary Pro Circuit race team. A staple in the professional paddock, Pro Circuit Racing has earned 28 AMA championships and more than 200 race wins in more than 30 years of competition.