ROCKSTAR ENERGY RACING TEAMS ROCK THE UNADILLA NATIONAL
NEW BERLIN, NY (August 19, 2012) – The Rockstar Energy Racing teams announced their collective presence with authority at this weekend's Unadilla National. Putting in an impressive performance in the 450 class and picking up a slew of top-10 finishes in the 250 class, the Rockstar athletes were an impressive sight to behold at round 10 of the 2012 AMA Pro Motocross Championship series in New Berlin, NY, on Saturday afternoon.
Returning to racing after missing several rounds due to injury, Star Valli Yamaha's Nico Izzi had plenty to celebrate in the 450 class. The Rockstar rider finished sixth in his first moto and eighth in his second moto to pick up a solid sixth-place overall for the day.
"Today was really good," said Izzi. "I felt amazing in both practices and I qualified well. I went into the first moto pumped and ready to go. But I missed our gate pick… I started all the way on the outside, so I had my work cut out for me. I rode so hard the whole moto and went from 35th to sixth. Then I regrouped and went out in the second moto, and the track was really rough so I backed it down and went at a comfortable pace to keep it on two wheels. Now, I'm just looking forward to racing at Steel City."
Also in the 450 class, Star Valli Yamaha teammate Bobby Kiniry celebrated his best overall result of the season so far. The Rockstar rider put in two solid motos and finished 10th and 12th, respectively, which handed him his season's best finish of 11th overall.
"All in all, it was a good day," said Kiniry. "I put the Rockstar Yamaha up front in the first moto and got a top 10. In the second moto, I got a better start but rode terrible for a few laps and battled for that 10th position for the whole moto. I ended up 11th overall so I can't complain and we'll come back strong for Steel City."
In the 250 class, Rockstar Energy Racing's Jason Anderson led the proverbial charge. Completely recovered from the bug that plagued him last week, Anderson picked up his best moto finish of the season in the first race with a fifth-place finish. In the second moto, he struggled a bit but still finished 12th. When the smoke cleared, Anderson finished the day in eighth overall.
"This weekend was decent," said Anderson. "I had a good first moto. Then I crashed on the start of the second moto and came back to 12th. I have some stuff to work on and my plan is to come in to Steel City feeling good."
Rockstar Energy Racing teammate Martin Davalos also recovered from his illness last week and finished right behind Anderson in the 250 class overall results. Davalos was the epitome of consistency in both motos, picking up 13th- and seventh-place results to capture ninth overall for the day.
"In the first moto, I didn't get the greatest start," said Davalos. "I rode tight and did OK, I got 13th. In the second moto, I got a way better start and I was able to ride my own race, my own pace. I was pretty happy with my second moto and I finally felt like I was riding like myself again. So we'll take a short break and come back ready for Steel City."
Rockstar Energy Racing's Blake Wharton started the day strong in the 250 class by finishing his first moto in a very respectable fourth place. In the second moto, Wharton suffered a crash and didn't finish. All the same, he still finished a solid 11th overall.
Rockstar Energy Racing's Hunter Hewitt remains out due to illness, but hopes to be racing before the end of the season. And Rockstar's Jessica Patterson is on hiatus until the WMX class resumes at the final round of AMA Pro Motocross at the Lake Elsinore National in September.
Riding for the Rockstar-sponsored Star Valli Yamaha team in the 250 class, newest addition Cole Thompson was still recovering from the shoulder injury he sustained at Washougal. All the same, Thompson turned in a solid ride, finishing 15th in both 250 motos for 16th overall.
"It was a good day," said Thompson. "I finished both motos 15/15. I just need to get more aggressive and work from there. My shoulder is still giving me some problems but this two-week break will be good for it. I'll come back for Steel City and Elsinore a lot stronger."
Star Valli Yamaha teammate in the 250 class Ryan Sipes suffered an early-moto get-off in the first race and didn't finish. In the second moto, however, the Rockstar rider rallied to finish 10th. Sipes wound up 17th overall for the day.
"I'm OK with my results considering how things went," said Sipes. "In the first moto, I started seventh and tried to pass for sixth and got tangled up with another guy and couldn't re-start my bike for a whole lap. I tried to stay out there but I crashed again and that was it for me. So I had an awful gate pick in the second moto, but I tried to just pick off guys. Now I'm just looking forward to putting something together for Steel City."
Former amateur phenom Jeremy Martin made his AMA Pro Motocross debut in the 250 class under the Star Valli Yamaha canopy. The Rockstar rider put in a valiant effort and ran in the top 10 in the first moto before finishing 18th. Martin had some bad luck in the second moto but still finished 27th. The rookie finished 23rd overall for the day.
"This was my rookie debut and it was a rough one," said Martin. "In the first moto, I got a pretty good start and I stayed in sixth until about the 25-minute mark, and then I started getting a little tired and dropping off and I had a tip-over. I was in 10th when I remounted and then I got tangled up with a lapper and ended up 18th. In the second moto, I got a fairly good start but I went down and I tried to remount and get going again but I got tangled with another rider and went down and was pretty sore for the rest of the moto. But I learned a lot today and I'm ready to work on some things and come back strong at Steel City."
Finally, Kyle Peters returned to racing after missing several rounds due to injury. Not quite 100 percent yet, after a number of crashes and mechanical problems, the Star Valli Yamaha rider wound up with 33rd in the first moto and retired halfway through the second moto. Star Valli Yamaha 250 class teammates Gareth Swanepoel and Kyle Cunningham continue to recover from injury, while Rockstar 450 riders Nick Wey and Brett Metcalfe are out for the remainder of the season.
The next event for the Rockstar Energy Racing teams is the 11th round of the 2012 AMA Pro Motocross Championship on Saturday, September 1st, at the Steel City National in Delmont, PA.
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