A 250cc motocross racing motorcycle planting itself itself in your back at speed is not, Tyla Rattray would be at pains to attest, one of life’s more enjoyable events. He would know, for such an occurrence kept him on the sidelines for the fifth round of the AMA supercross series a few weeks ago. Fortunately, the race schedule allowed him a week’s break as the much-utilized repair genes in his body set to work to get him in fine fettle again, and by the time the supercross circus rolled into San Diego , the Kawasaki-sized imprint on his back had subsided and the South African was fit and raring to go.
Tyla is no stranger to strong comebacks, and in that sense he is a bit like a spring – the harder you compress him, the harder he bounces back. True to form, the boing factor was on full display at Qualcomm stadium in front of more than 50 000 drenched fans last weekend. He posted the sixth fastest qualifying time on the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki. He utilized his favourable starting position to forge a good start in the qualifying race, crossing the line in fourth position after six laps. It was in a sense a harbinger of things to come, for the qualifying race was a tight-run affair, with the first four riders being separated by less than 3.5 seconds at the flag.
The precipitation had rendered the track into an, shall we say, interesting condition by the time the riders were called to the start line for the main event. Ruts that were perfectly acceptable to plant the next season’s corn crop in, appeared and the track assumed a character rougher than a career sailor’s. These are the kind of conditions the South African revels in, and when he launched himself into fourth position off the start, the smart money would not have bet against him raking a good result home. Eli Tomac was from a different planet on the evening, and surged into a comfortable lead, but behind him a titanic four-man tussle ensued for second place. Tyla parried every blow and came back with a few of his own, and in the end he prevailed, crossing the line in second position for his best ever AMA Supercross result.
Tyla’s injury and consequent forfeiture of one of the rounds did his championship run no good at all, yet he has now recovered to seventh in the standings, still within striking distance of the top 4. He will enjoy a few weeks’ layoff as the East Coast series gathers steam, but the taxing work routine will not slack off for one second. as he maintains peak form and atarts preparing for the outdoor series.
WHATEVER THE EVENT, CHANCES ARE THAT A COUPLE OF PRO CIRCUIT MACHINES WILL BE SLOGGING IT OUT AT FRONT. PIC – Frank Hoppen
Western Regional Supercross Lites Class Results: San Diego
Ã‚Â Ã‚Â 1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda
Ã‚Â Ã‚Â 2. Tyla Rattray, Wildomar, Calif., Kawasaki
Ã‚Â Ã‚Â 3. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Kawasaki
Ã‚Â Ã‚Â 4. Cole Seely, Corona, Calif., Honda
Ã‚Â Ã‚Â 5. Jimmy Decotis, Peabody, Mass., Honda
Ã‚Â Ã‚Â 6. Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo., Kawasaki
Ã‚Â Ã‚Â 7. Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM
Ã‚Â Ã‚Â 8. Ben Evans, Garden City, Idaho, Kawasaki
Ã‚Â Ã‚Â 9. Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki
Ã‚Â 10. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha
Western Regional Supercross Lites Class Season Standings
Ã‚Â Ã‚Â 1. Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo., Kawasaki Ã¢Â€Â“ 128
Ã‚Â Ã‚Â 2. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Kawasaki Ã¢Â€Â“ 125
Ã‚Â Ã‚Â 3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda Ã¢Â€Â“ 116
Ã‚Â Ã‚Â 4. Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki Ã¢Â€Â“ 96
Ã‚Â Ã‚Â 5. Cole Seely, Corona, Calif., Honda Ã¢Â€Â“ 88
Ã‚Â Ã‚Â 6. Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM Ã¢Â€Â“ 83
Ã‚Â Ã‚Â 7. Tyla Rattray, Wildomar, Calif., Kawasaki Ã¢Â€Â“ 80
Ã‚Â Ã‚Â 8. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha Ã¢Â€Â“ 71
Ã‚Â Ã‚Â 9. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., Suzuki Ã¢Â€Â“ 69
Ã‚Â 10. Jimmy Decotis, Peabody, Mass., Honda Ã¢Â€Â“ 67