This past weekend saw the Rockstar Energy Racing teams put in some truly impressive performances at the season-opening round of the 2012 AMA/FIM Supercross Championship Series at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA, on Saturday night. Both the Rockstar Energy Racing and Star Valli Yamaha teams walked away from the exciting event with top-10 Supercross Lites finishes under their respective belts.
For Rockstar Energy Racing, the night was bittersweet in Supercross Lites. Although rider Martin Davalos celebrated an impressive win in his heat race, he experienced some issues during the main event and dropped out of the fray. Rockstar Energy Racing teammate Jason Anderson, however, celebrated a very consistent evening, finishing seventh in his heat race and seventh in the 15-lap Supercross Lites main event.
“This was the first race of the season, so nerves were a little high,” said Anderson. “But I had some good practice sessions. Then my heat race had a bunch of pile-ups, but I ended up doing pretty good and I made it to the main. The gate-drop at the start of the main was a little delayed and I struggled with that, but I came back and got seventh, so it was a decent night overall.”
Star Valli Yamaha celebrated a well-earned fifth-place finish in the Supercross Lites main event, thanks to rider Ryan Sipes. Said Sipes of his performance, “I started the day out great in practice but in my heat race, I went down. I got up last and had to go to the LCQ but, thankfully, I made it through. In the main, I couldn’t find my rhythm so we’ll take the points from fifth place tonight and come back next week at Phoenix and try to win it. I got my first-ever podium there, so I’m looking forward to that race.”
Meanwhile, Star Valli Yamaha teammate Nico Izzi had a strong showing in his heat race with a third-place finish and came in 12th in the Supercross Lites main, while Gareth Swanepoel struggled in his heat races and didn’t race the main event. In the Supercross class, Star Valli Yamaha’s Ryan Morais put in a valiant effort, finishing fifth in his heat race and 15th in the main, while teammate Austin Stroupe suffered a get-off in his heat race and didn’t make the main.
Also racing for Rockstar Energy in the premier Supercross class was Brett Metcalfe, who brought home an impressive sixth-place finish in his heat race and then followed that up with a solid 11th-place result in the main event. Rockstar counterpart Nick Wey struggled in his heat races and did not race in the main event.
All the Rockstar Energy Racing teams are looking forward to their next event, the second round of the 2012 AMA/FIM Supercross Championship on Saturday, January 14th, at Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ.
Photos by Jake Klingensmith