February 26, 2018 – Livingston, CA – 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha’s Kyle Chisholm once again finished 13th in the 450SX Main Event on Saturday night in Tampa, Florida. The Florida native performed well all night, qualifying directly from the Heat race and solidifying himself as a Top-15 rider in the 450SX class.
Chisholm was back in the saddle of his Yamaha YZ450F for his second 450SX start of the season. Another Top-20 practice time stamped his ticket to the night show in front of his near-hometown crowd.
The #11 started near the front in Heat 2, using his veteran experience to lock down a transfer position from the gate drop. A red flag was flown for a downed rider and the race was restarted in the staggered start position. After logging the 5th fastest lap time of the race, Chisholm battled with many factory and factory-supported riders to finish 7th.
Kyle lined up for the Main Event eager to match or improve his result from the previous race. With the intensity at an all-time high, he found smart and consistent lines for the duration of the race. Once again, the #11 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha YZ450F found itself in a factory team sandwich, jockeying for position with many elite-level race teams. At the line, Chisholm matched his previous race finish with a 13th.
“Today was great,” exclaimed Chisholm after the race. “This is basically my hometown race and we were able to shake all the nerves out last weekend. A bunch of my family and friends were here today so the overall vibe was really fun. The bike worked great all day on the tough track and we were once again able to qualify directly from the Heat race. I’m happy to match my result from last weekend but would love to crack the Top 10 before the East Coast rounds are done.”
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