Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Tyla Rattray and Broc Tickle found their way back to the podium during a muddy race at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego. Rattray, who did not race Anaheim 2 due to a back injury, came back strong to finish as the runner-up, while Tickle finished just behind in third. Teammate Josh Hansen put in a solid ride to retain his points lead in the championship standings as the AMA Supercross Lites Western Region takes a seven-week break while the series heads east.
Once able to get back on the bike, Rattray put in a solid week of training, eager to get back on the podium. The rain seemed to work to his advantage and he put in a steady ride to finish second.
Ã¢Â€ÂœI feels really good to not only be back, but back on the podium,Ã¢Â€Â said Rattray. Ã¢Â€ÂœI feel like IÃ¢Â€Â™ve had to overcome a lot already this year with my wrist and then my back, itÃ¢Â€Â™s definitely nice to go into the break with a good finish.Ã¢Â€Â
Moving himself closer to the points lead, Tickle gained five points with his third-place ride over his teammate Hansen.
Ã¢Â€ÂœI have been looking for my second win, but right now my main focus is to constantly put myself in a position where I can be there at the end for the championship,Ã¢Â€Â said Tickle. Ã¢Â€ÂœI felt good tonight, but the track was very technical with the mud and rain. IÃ¢Â€Â™m just glad I was able to get on the podium and gain some good points on Josh.Ã¢Â€Â
Despite riding injured the past two races, Hansen still has managed to maintain the points lead he started at the opening round in Anaheim. The conditions in San Diego didnÃ¢Â€Â™t help him out, but he held onto a solid sixth in the main event and goes into the break with the points lead.
Ã¢Â€ÂœFor me, I knew tonight was going to be about getting through 15 laps on two wheels and try to work through the pain for that short time,Ã¢Â€Â said Hansen. Ã¢Â€ÂœNow we have a long break and I can focus on getting my hand back to normal. I wonÃ¢Â€Â™t be relaxing during the break, but I want to come back stronger.Ã¢Â€Â
The next event will bring the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team to the East Coast at Georgia Stadium in Atlanta, Ga. The eighth round of the Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM Championship, will bring back Dean Wilson and Blake Baggett for the next seven races for the AMA Supercross Lites Eastern Region.