San Francisco, Calif. – February 1, 2010 – Rockstar Energy Suzuki pushed their way through another tough round at San Francisco on Saturday. The high point of the night came when AMA Western Regional Lites-class rider Hunter Hewitt took the holeshot in his qualifier, proving once again that the Suzukis are holeshot machines this year. “After I took the holeshot in the heat race, I was feeling really great,” commented Hunter, who went on to finish fourth in his heat with his RM-Z250. The main event proved to be a difficult one for Hunter, however, due in part to an entanglement with another rider during the start. “I was feeling really good going into the main because of my heat race, but my foot got caught in the bike next to me when the gate dropped for the main. I managed to pull it loose and keep going, but racing in the pack is a lot different than racing up front. I was racing tight, not like I was in the qualifier, and it was really tough to get through the pack.” Looking ahead to San Diego, Team Manager Bill Keefe issued a challenge to Hewitt. “We expected better results from Hunter. He needs to work hard this week, race hard at San Diego, and produce the results that both he and the team know he’s capable of,” Keefe said.

In the Supercross class, rider Tommy Hahn has been consistently improving with each race. “Tommy is improving as we expected,” Keefe said after Hahn’s 9th-place finish in San Francisco. “We knew it would take about four rounds before he would be up to speed after his injuries in December. Going forward, we expect Tommy’s lap times and finishes to improve each week.” Tommy is currently running tenth in points, and is training hard in preparation for this week’s race in San Diego.

Also joining the training sessions this week will be Lites-class rider Ryan Morais, who has been off his bike since suffering an injury during his heat race at Anaheim 2. Ryan will be training this week and next week with the team in preparation for his return to racing at the Anaheim 3 event on February 13th.


Tommy Hahn finished ninth in the AMA Supercross class on Saturday night, and he holds the 10th position in season points. He’s steadily building momentum for the season.


Hunter Hewitt nabbed the holeshot in his heat race, but the main event of the AMA Western Regional Lites class didn’t go as planned after he got tangled with another rider off the start.

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