Chino, CA (January 31, 2012) – Yoshimura-backed teams landed a win and a slew of strong finishes at the fourth round of the 2012 AMA/FIM Supercross Championship Series in Oakland, CA on Saturday. The Honda Racing teams, Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki and Yoshimura Suzuki teams used their Yoshimura products to dominate the competition in Oakland.
For the second week in a row the night belonged to the Yoshimura-backed GEICO Honda's Lites rider, Eli Tomac. Tomac started off strong with a convincing second-place finish in his heat race. In the main event, Tomac got off to a strong third-place start aboard his Yoshimura-equipped Honda. Tomac made his way to the front of the pack by lap three and after that he was untouchable, laying down incredible lap times. He quickly pulled away and took the checkered flag, making him the first rider in the 2012 season to win back-to-back races. He will be running the red leader's number plates once again at Anaheim 2.
"After the front two guys made some pretty big mistakes, I wanted to make sure I stayed consistent once out front," said Tomac. "I didn't do anything crazy and was able to ride a solid race. I am excited, the red backgrounds look good on a Honda."
In the 450 class, Yoshimura-backed GEICO Honda rider Kevin Windham showed impressive speed with a fourth place overall qualifying time in practice. He also put together a solid main by finishing in sixth place, right behind Short.
"The night was good, it was a nice rebound for me after Dodger Stadium," said Windham. "I spent most of the week focusing on trying to come out and get my job done after last weekend. I saw the whole thing with Trey and it was really difficult for me. It felt like I had a good heat and great times during the day and I am pleased with my finish but I am really looking to get GEICO Honda on the podium."
Yoshimura-backed Team Honda Muscle Milk's Justin Brayton came into Oakland looking for redemption after a tough round three in Los Angeles, and he looked fast throughout qualifying and the heat races. Unfortunately, when the gate dropped for the main Brayton got off to a mid-pack start heading into the first turn. The remainder of the 20 laps was spent in an admirable charge through the pack, which eventually netted him ninth place.
For Yoshimura-backed Rockstar Energy Racing, Martin Davalos came tearing out of the gate to capture the holeshot and lead the first few laps of the Supercross Lites main. Davalos gave 100 percent and battled for a podium spot for most of the race before a few minor mistakes saw him finish ninth. Prior to the main, Davalos finished a solid third in his heat race.
"I got great starts this weekend," said Davalos. "But I made a couple of mistakes and almost went down when I was leading, and I got passed. I know I have what it takes to be up front; I just can't seem to put it together in a main event. So I'm going to work on a couple of things and try to make everything fall into place for Anaheim 2 next weekend."
Yoshimura-backed Rockstar Energy Racing teammate Jason Anderson was also one to watch in the Supercross Lites main event. After winning the LCQ, Anderson got a decent start in the main and then charged through the field to second place before a run-in with another rider set him back. Undaunted by this, Anderson kept his head and finished the race in 12th position.
"Overall, this weekend was good," said Anderson. "I kept building my pace and building my pace. In the main, I started out around eighth and I got up to second, but then I got tangled up with another rider. But all in all, it was a good night and I'm just pumped to keep pushing through to Anaheim 2."
In the Supercross class, Yoshimura Suzuki's Brett Metcalfe captured a fifth-place finish in his heat race and was in the top 10 in the main when he had a minor get-off. He remounted to finish 14th.
All the Yoshimura-backed teams are looking forward to their next event, the fifth round of the 2012 AMA/FIM Supercross Championship on Saturday, February 4th, at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA.
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