SALT LAKE CITY, UTÃ‚Â Ã¢Â€Â“ Team Rockstar Energy Suzuki scored two top-ten finishes in the eighth round of the 2011 AMA/FIM Supercross Lites West Championship Saturday night at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, UT. Ryan Morais used the power of his Yoshimura-equipped Suzuki RM-Z250 to claim a seventh-place finish, as teammate Martin Davalos followed close behind in eighth in the 15-lap lites main event.
Morais rode strong all day, starting with tenth place in the weather-shortened afternoon practice. In the night show, the Rockstar Energy Suzuki rider blasted his RM-Z out of the gate and straight to the front, scoring his first heat race win of the season. After a decent start in the main, Morais finished the first lap in seventh and continued to ride a strong, consistent race, eventually crossing the line to finish in seventh place.
Ã¢Â€ÂœMy practice result was pretty normal for me,Ã¢Â€Â said Morais. Ã¢Â€ÂœI got a great start on my RM-Z and was able to pull the holeshot and get up front in my heat race. I was able to lead all six laps and pulled off the win. IÃ¢Â€Â™ve been working really hard and it was good to get that win. That helped a lot and put me in a good position for the main. I didnÃ¢Â€Â™t get the best start in the main, but I was able to work my way up to nearly fourth in the first few turns. But then I made a couple mistakes and fell back to seventh. It was hard to make up time tonight. Everyone was going really fast. Everyone over here at Rockstar Energy Suzuki did a great job tonight. My mechanic Rene always sets up my Suzuki perfect for me. IÃ¢Â€Â™m excited for Vegas with the two main events and the shootout. The dirt there is a lot more like our test track, which suits my style better. I just need to work on my starts and IÃ¢Â€Â™ll be ready for Vegas.Ã¢Â€Â
Davalos started his day strong, scoring the first fastest time in the afternoon timed practice. In his heat race, the Rockstar Energy Suzuki rider powered his RM-Z to a fourth-place finish. Davalos jumped out of the gate just behind his teammate Morais, staying close the entire 15 laps and crossing the line to score an eighth-place finish.
Ã¢Â€ÂœIt started out good for me,Ã¢Â€Â said Davalos. Ã¢Â€ÂœI qualified first in practice. My RM-Z felt great and I was feeling great. I got fourth in my heat but was a little all over the place out there. In the main, the top five guys were gone but I just couldnÃ¢Â€Â™t be aggressive. IÃ¢Â€Â™m a little frustrated because IÃ¢Â€Â™ve got the speed but I just canÃ¢Â€Â™t get out in front. IÃ¢Â€Â™m gonna work on starts this week and go to Vegas and try to get that start.Ã¢Â€Â
The Rockstar Energy Suzuki teamÃ¢Â€Â™s next event is the final round of the 2011 AMA/FIM Supercross Championship season on Saturday, May 7th, at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, NV. You can meet the Rockstar Energy Suzuki team on Friday, May 6th, from 5 to 6 PM, at Carter Powersports at 6275 S. Decatur Boulevard in Las Vegas.