Mechanicsville, MD Ã¢Â€Â“ Team Rockstar Energy Suzuki carded a top-ten finish at the fourth round of the 2011 AMA Pro Motocross Championship on Saturday at the Budds Creek National in Mechanicsville, MD. Martin Davalos put the awesome power of his Yoshimura-equipped Suzuki RM-Z250 to the test in a battle to claim a ninth-place overall finish in the 250 class. Teammate Nick Paluzzi crossed the line 15th overall and Jason Anderson had a tough day with a DNF (did not finish) in both motos.
Photos by Simon Cudby
Davalos started the day with a strong run in the morning timed practice sessions, ending up seventh fastest. In the first moto, Davalos had a decent start and quickly slotted his RM-Z into ninth. He pushed hard Ã¢Â€Â˜til the end and crossed the line for a tenth-place finish. In moto two, he was caught up in a first turn pile-up and ended up starting from the back. Davalos charged his Suzuki hard through the pack and was able to work his way across the line for tenth. The ten-ten moto finishes were good enough to score him a ninth-place overall result.
Ã¢Â€ÂœMy Budds Creek weekend was decent overall,Ã¢Â€Â said Davalos. Ã¢Â€ÂœThe first moto I was a little tight and wasnÃ¢Â€Â™t really able to make a move and just kind of got a top- ten start and stayed there. The second moto I got a decent jump on my Suzuki, but I got caught up in a first turn crash. I was dead last by the time I was able to get back going. I was able to ride strong the whole moto. My RM-Z250 was running great and I felt pretty good and was able to work up to tenth. The ten-ten gave me ninth overall, which is a top-ten weekend, but I was definitely looking for a better result. Now, weÃ¢Â€Â™re coming to Lakewood and thatÃ¢Â€Â™s my favorite track of the whole series. It reminds me of home because the altitude is pretty high. IÃ¢Â€Â™m looking forward to going there and getting some good starts and getting up front. IÃ¢Â€Â™ve got the speed; I just need to keep out of trouble.Ã¢Â€Â
The Rockstar Energy Suzuki teamÃ¢Â€Â™s next event is the fifth round of the 2011 AMA Pro Motocross Championship on Saturday, June 25th, at the Thunder Valley National in Lakewood, CO. You can meet the Rockstar Energy Suzuki riders on Friday, June 24th, from 5 to 6 PM, at Fay Myers Motorcycle World, 9700 East Arapahoe Road, Greenwood Village, CO.