Courtesy of Rockstar Suzuki
Team Suzuki Press Office - February 16.
Rockstar Energy Suzuki hit Angel Stadium once again for the third Anaheim round of the AMA/FIM Supercross Series, hopeful of being back to racing at full strength with Ryan Morais rejoining team mate Hunter Hewitt in the Lites class and Tommy Hahn taking on the competition in the Supercross class.
But fate seemed to have other plans as Hahn fell ill the night before the race with a bad case of the flu, and Morais found himself still in great pain on Saturday from the injuries he sustained during his heat race at Anaheim 2.
With two of his team mates out for the night, the spotlight fell on Hewitt (pictured) in the Lites class: He was running a respectable sixth in the Main Event until another rider collided with him while turning onto the starting straight and knocked him over. “You have to watch your back when you’re running up front and that’s something I just wasn’t doing,” said Hewitt. “I was pretty mad about it, but that’s just part of racing and I did my best to keep going.”
The collision and resulting crash left Hewitt towards the back of the pack with his clutch lever bent out of position, but he continued to press on despite the damage and even without the use of his clutch, he managed to retake a few positions by the end of the race, placing 13th overall.
With the final Anaheim round finished, the series moves east for the first time to Indianapolis. Indy also marks the beginning of the Eastern Regional Lites Championship, which will bring in a whole new crop of Lites riders including Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s Blake Baggett and Jake Moss. “Things are going to be very competitive in the East,”
Team Manager Bill Keefe said. “There are a lot of fast riders out there, but Blake and Jake have put in a lot of hard work and we expect great things from them.”
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