Atlas Brace’s Jake Weimer 2nd in 2012 Phoenix Supercross

Atlas Brace’s Jake Weimer 2nd in 2012 Phoenix Supercross

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Atlas Brace Technologies wants to congratulate Jake Weimer on his first ever Supercross class podium in Phoenix. Jake started the night off with a win in his qualifier, which set the tone for the night. With a great top five start in the main, Jake made some great passes early on to settle into second where he would finish out the race. Atlas is proud to be part of Jake’s program, and we thank Jake and his entire team for the great effort.

This also marks the first podium finish for the Atlas Brace in the 2012 Supercross season.


Honda / Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard Makes His 2012 Supercross Return at Chase Field

The second round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship series took place in sunny Phoenix, AZ, this weekend. After a successful season opener, the Honda teams were ready to get under way at Chase Field Stadium.

This was an exciting week for Team Honda Muscle Milk, with the return of rider Trey Canard who missed the opening round in Anaheim while recovering from an earlier injury. “I am excited to be here, and I’m excited to be riding,” said Canard. “It is a bummer for me because I am not right up with the guys that I normally compete with, but overall it was a very successful weekend.” He rode a respectable race, finishing in seventh place in both his heat and the main event. Canard’s teammate Justin Brayton had a successful heat race, finishing second. Early in the main event, Brayton got tangled up and fell to the back of the pack, but he made up a few positions to finish 14th.

GEICO Honda’s Kevin Windham had a notable race, getting a good start in the main and running third most of the way. He eventually was passed by Villopoto but maintained a fourth-place finish. Supercross.com/Honda Racing’s Andrew Short had another successful weekend, starting with his holeshot and second-place finish in heat one to his sixth-place finish in the main. He was edged out of fifth place after battling with fellow Honda rider Chad Reed with TwoTwo Motorsports.

After setting top lap times during his heat race, GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac got a less than desirable start in the main. Tomac put in an inspiring ride, making his way from 15th to fourth. Along the way he battled with Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda Racing’s Travis Baker and Cole Seely. After Baker went down, Seely and Tomac moved past more riders and charged hard for the podium but ran out of time, leaving Tomac in fourth, ahead of Seely who ended up fifth.


Cole Seely and Travis Baker Stay Consistent in 2012 Phoenix Supercross

Cole Seely and Travis Baker Stay Consistent in 2012 Phoenix Supercross

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Coming into round two with the points lead and the red plate, Cole Seely and the TLD team were looking for another win in Arizona. But in a class that is stacked with talent, sometimes you have to take what you can get. While both riders were kept off the podium, they were both consistent and earned solid points heading back to Los Angeles next week.

Seely had a great heat race and finished second. His times were looking good and he was ready to fight for it in the main event. Travis Baker was looking to improve on his ride from the opener and he would qualify sixth in his heat. Both riders felt confident and comfortable on the Phoenix circuit leading up to the main event.

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When the gate dropped for the 15-lap main event Travis Baker was near the front. He rounded the turn inside the top five and was in good position to have a breakthrough night. Seely got pinched off down the start straight and would have to begin a charge to the front from around tenth position. Seely was going forward in a hurry and just after he passed his teammate for fifth, Baker pushed his front end over a berm and went down. He would remount and match his result from late weekend in tenth spot. Seely would make it to fourth near the end of the race only to be passed by Eli Tomac in the closing laps. It would be fifth for Seely and a solid number of points for the championship.

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“Fifth definitely wasn’t what I was hoping for,” said Seely after the race. “When you get a bad start with this many good riders in the class you have to minimize the damage. I just tried to get as many points as possible and fifth isn’t that bad. I’ll regroup with the team this week and try to put it back on the box this weekend in LA.”

Travis Baker’s results don’t show it but he had a better weekend.

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“I feel like I made big improvements over last weekend,” Baker says of his Phoenix effort. “I was riding more like myself and I think it would have been a good finish for me if I hadn’t of tipped over. I’m really pumped for this weekend at Dodger’s Stadium. I feel like this is going to be a good one for me.”

The championship is the big picture for Cole Seely and the team this year. Dodger’s Stadium was the site of his first career win last year. Can he repeat? Come find out as the TLD crew gets down to business this Saturday night. Stop by the Troy Lee Designs team truck to meet the riders and see the amazing collaboration TLD and Fender Guitars have been working on.

The team’s third rider Christian Craig will undergo wrist surgery and will miss much of the remaining Supercross series.


Rockstar Energy Racing Teams Capture Top-10 Finishes in Both Classes at 2012 Phoenix Supercross

Rockstar Energy Racing Teams Capture Top-10 Finishes in Both Classes at 2012 Phoenix Supercross

Rockstar’s Anderson & Izzi finish seventh & eighth in Supercross Lites, while Metcalfe notches ninth in Supercross

The Rockstar Energy Racing teams had a lot to celebrate after Saturday night’s round two of the 2012 AMA/FIM Supercross Championship Series at Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ. The Rockstar Energy Racing and Star Valli Yamaha teams both carded top-10 finishes in Supercross Lites, while Rockstar’s Brett Metcalfe picked up a top-10 result in the premier Supercross class.

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Rockstar Energy Racing’s Jason Anderson started the night with an impressive third-place result in his heat race and then followed that up with a seventh-place finish in the 15-lap Supercross Lites main event. Rockstar Energy Racing teammate Martin Davalos had a get-off in his heat race but went on to win the LCQ. Unfortunately, he struggled with some issues during the main and was unable to finish the race.

“Phoenix was a good race for me,” said Rockstar Energy Racing’s Anderson. “I got a good start in my heat race and ended up third. In the main, I struggled at the start but I ended up seventh. Hopefully, I’ll improve on that next week. But I’m really happy with where we’re at, and I feel like the things I need to work on can be found in the next week. I’m excited about racing at Dodger Stadium next weekend and hopefully, it will be another good weekend for us.”

For the Star Valli Yamaha team, Nico Izzi overcame a crash in his practice sessions to finish fourth in his heat race, and then an impressive eighth in the Supercross Lites main event.

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“I was spitting up some blood,” admitted Izzi, “but I got checked out and decided to come back and race. I had a decent heat – I rode smart and smooth, and that’s what I wanted to do. In the main, I didn’t get a great start but I just kept trying to move forward. Now, I’m looking forward to racing at Dodger Stadium next weekend, so I’m going to go home and work on my weaknesses.”

Rounding out the Star Valli Yamaha Supercross Lites effort was Ryan Sipes, who was battling for a transfer spot in the LCQ when he came together with another rider and was forced to drop out; and Gareth Swanepoel, who made the main and finished 17th. In the Supercross class, neither Star Valli Yamaha riders Austin Stroupe nor Ryan Morais raced the main event.

Rockstar Energy’s Brett Metcalfe had a very strong showing in the Supercross class, in spite of suffering from a chest cold. The Australian rider finished ninth in the 20-lap main event after picking up a sixth-place finish in his heat race. Rockstar’s Nick Wey got the win in the Supercross class LCQ, but had a run-in with another rider at the start of the main event and was forced to retire early.

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“I came into Phoenix feeling a little more confident even though I was a little under the weather this weekend,” said Metcalfe. “In qualifying, I got an awesome start and I came through the heat race and ended up sixth. In the main event I tried as hard as I could; about halfway, I started getting passed but I tried to hang tough and hold down a top-10. Now, I’m looking forward to having another solid week on the bike and moving up in the field at Dodger Stadium.”

The next event for the Rockstar Energy Racing teams is the third round of the 2012 AMA/FIM Supercross Championship on Saturday, January 21st, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA.

Photos by Jake Klingensmith


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