JDR/J-Star/KTM Race Report: 2011 Pala National Motocross
The JDR/J-Star/KTM Team wrapped up its first professional motocross season at Pala Raceway for the final round of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship Series.Ã‚Â
Team rider, Tye Simmonds, had a poor start in the first moto and was able to move into 24th by the end of the first lap. He quickly picked off riders and had moved into 16th by lap six. Unfortunately, on the seventh lap of the race he suffered a mechanical issue that caused him to DNF. He was credited with 34th place for the moto.
In the second moto, Simmonds managed to pull a much better start. He started the moto in 11th place and maintained his pace to round the first lap in the same position. He charged hard and was able to hold his position through the end of the moto to mark his second best moto finish of the season.
“I am really happy with my second moto finish. I felt good the first moto too, but had a poor start and unfortunately a mechanical problem. In the second moto, I was really close to a top ten finish which is what I have been aiming to achieve. This season was a great learning experience for me and I want to give a huge thanks to the JDR/J-Star/KTM Team for supporting me this season,” commented Simmonds.
In the 250 Motocross class JDR/J-Star/KTM rider Chris Plouffe suffered from two bad crashes in both motos that caused him to withdraw from the race. Plouffe’s second moto crash in the first turn ended his day as he was sent to the Asterisk Mobile Medical Unit for further evaluation. He then returned to the pits to recover and luckily did not suffer from any broken bones.
New to the team this week was FIM World Women’s Motocross Champion Steffi Laier. The German women’s motocross star came over to the U.S. to race the final round of the series of the Women’s Motocross Championship. Laier finished 6th in moto one after coming up from a bad start. In moto two, she achieved a better start and was able to finish 5th overall just a second behind the 4th place ride of Vicki Golden. Laier’s 6-5 moto scores earned her 5th overall for the weekend