Pro Circuit Toughs Out Supercross Opener at Anaheim
CORONA, Calif., (January 7, 2013) - The 2013 Monster Energy Supercross season kicked off this past Saturday at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki fielded a three-man team consisting of Blake Baggett, Tyla Rattray, and Martin Davalos in the first of nine rounds of the 250SX West championship.
Martin Davalos: Highs and Lows
Davalos, 250SX class veteran and the newest addition to the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team, came out swinging in his heat race by pulling an early lead and taking the win by over two seconds. He wasn't as fortunate in the main, however, as he got caught up in a first-turn crash. The crash caused too much damage to his bike, which plagued his ability to continue the race. His speed and skills remain a force to be reckoned with, and he is looking forward to getting the chance to put them on full display as the series heads to Phoenix this weekend.
Tyla Rattray: A Good Start
Rattray is taking it one step at a time after suffering from an injury last year that cut his supercross season short. He started the night off by finishing fifth in his heat race. In the main, he avoided a first-turn pileup and kept it steady for the remainder of the race to finish eighth.
Blake Baggett: Toughing It Out
Baggett has been considered a 250SX title contender since before the 2013 season started. He was looking to make a successful comeback at Anaheim after sustaining a wrist injury at the Monster Energy Cup last October that removed him from the competition. After months of preparation and training, he arrived in Anaheim with the hopes of getting one step closer to his first 250SX championship. He finished fifth in his heat race, and was looking to improve in the main. He almost pulled the holeshot in the main, but was then caught up in a first-turn crash. Baggett managed to keep the bike on two wheels, but another rider's bike slammed into his arm. Despite the pain, he knew he had to salvage valuable championship points so he toughed it out and finished every lap. He crossed the finish line in 14th.
Up Next - Phoenix SX The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team will now make its way to the second round of the 2013 Monster Energy Supercross series, which will be held this Saturday at Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz.
Round 1: Anaheim 1 SX - 250SX
1. Eli Tomac
2. Ken Roczen
3. Cole Seely
8. Tyla Rattray
14. Blake Baggett
Martin Davalos DNF
CHAMPIONSHIP POINT STANDINGS:
1. Eli Tomac - 25 points
2. Ken Roczen - 22 points
3. Cole Seely - 20 points
8. Tyla Rattray - 13 points
14. Blake Baggett - 7 points
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Based in Corona, Calif., Pro Circuit Products, 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.