Rockstar Energy’s Jason Anderson Scores First Career Motocross Podium in Minnesota

Los Angeles, CA (July 29, 2013) – The Spring Creek Motocross National was not the same track that riders have become accustomed to in 2013. While the track is usually riddled with deep ruts, this year it was flatter than in the past. While it wasn’t as deep as the norm, it was still extremely rough. There were numerous bumps which proved very challenging and made line choice technical and vital. The combination of these conditions created both struggles and achievements for the Rockstar Energy Racing team in Millville.

Ryan Sipes started the day on fire qualifying a stellar 5th place in the first 450 practice. He started near the top ten in moto 1 and began moving forward. He moved up to as high as 7th before disaster struck. In one of the famous Millville roller sections, Ryan came in a bit sideways. He held the throttle wide open to straighten out the swap, which is the right thing to do. In this particular instance however, it did not pay off. He ended up picking up much more speed before going down. Swapping is one of the worst kind of crashes riders experience. You go one direction, then back the other way which doubles your momentum, similar to when a wakeboarder cuts back across the wake. The result equals hitting the ground like a ton of bricks. Sipes was very fortunate to have all his safety equipment on when the incident took place. Although he broke both his neckbrace and his helmet, they both did exactly what they were designed to do. Fortunately, Ryan left the track with no neck injury and concussion free.

Ryan Sipes: “Millville was a little rough. I felt really good in practice and really good in the first moto until I crashed. I swapped in the whoops and ended up landing on the back of my neck. I broke my helmet and my neck brace, a couple ribs and I think my hand. It was a tough one and I’m in a lot of pain, but what is pleasure without pain?”

Jason Anderson has clearly begun to fire on all cylinders. It was evident a change took place in moto 2 at Washougal MX Park just one week ago. Those who are familiar with racing know exactly how that feels. One day when riding you will just feel something click. Suddenly you’re riding at a much faster pace, but feeling completely comfortable at the same time. Anybody can ride over their head to drop lap times but that increase will always be short lived and accompanied with crashes. The key is to be patient, do the work and let it come to you. That is exactly what Jason has done all year. He has been right on the verge and is now climbing into the position of one of the best of the best. In moto 1, he also combined his recent growth with a great start. Something he has struggled with. The result was the best moto finish of his career. In the second moto, the great start was not there so he had to rely on his speed. He was able to move through the pack into a position that garnered him a 3 way tie for 2nd with Marvin Musquin and Rockstar rider Jeremy Martin. With the way the final race panned out, Musquin picked up 2nd, Anderson 3rd and Martin 4th. This was Jason’s first ever outdoor podium and the indication is that there will be many more to come.

Jason Anderson: “Millville ended on a good note with my very first outdoor podium. My start wasn’t very good in the second moto, but I made it work. It was sick and I felt like I was ripping!”

There will now be another weekend off to accommodate the Loretta Lynn Amateur National Championship taking place from Monday – Saturday this coming week. Rockstar Energy Racing rider Daniel Baker will look to pick up titles in the A class. The pinnacle of amateur racing. Anderson will spend the week off from the Nationals and race the Super X event at X Games in Los Angeles. Sipes will see the doctor Monday to get X-rays and determine exactly what he will now need to recover from.

Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
Spring Creek National
Spring Creek MX Park – Millville, Minn.
July 27, 2013
Round 9 of 12

450 Class (Moto Finish)
1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki (1-3)
2. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda (2-2)
3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM (5-1)
4. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Honda (3-5)
5. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki (6-4)
6. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM (7-8)
7. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Suzuki, (11-6)
8. Chad Reed, Australia, Honda (10-7)
9. Jake Weimer, Twin Falls, Idaho, Kawasaki (9-9)
10. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki (8-10)

450 Class Championship Standings
1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 413
2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 379
3. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Honda, 307
4. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 269
5. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 263
6. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Suzuki, 195
7. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM, 191
8. Jake Weimer, Twin Falls, Idaho, Kawasaki, 184
9. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 183
10. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha, 176

250 Class (Moto Finish)
1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda (1-1)
2. Marvin Musquin, La Reole, France, KTM (4-4)
3. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Suzuki (3-5)
4. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (2-7)
5. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki (6-3)
6. Justin Bogle, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki (5-6)
7. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda (8-8)
8. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Kawasaki (7-11)
9. Ken Roczen, Apolda, Germany, KTM (35-2)
10. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Honda (11-9)

250 Class Championship Standings
1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 405
2. Ken Roczen, Apolda, Germany, KTM, 378
3. Marvin Musquin, La Reole, France, KTM, 334
4. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki, 295
5. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Honda, 261
6. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Suzuki, 238
7. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda, 209
8. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 207
9. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha, 183
10. Cooper Webb, Morehead City, N.C., Yamaha, 170

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