Anderson Scores First Career Supercross Victory in Salt Lake City
FARMINGDALE, N.J. (April 29, 2013) ― The 2013 Monster Energy Supercross Series reached its penultimate round this past weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday night. Bel-Ray racer Jason Anderson reached a milestone event in his professional racing career with his first Supercross main event victory in the 250 class. Anderson’s Rockstar Energy Racing teammate Davi Millsaps continued his podium streak with a solid 2nd place finish in the 450 class main event.
Anderson’s night began well enough after scoring the third fastest time during afternoon qualifying and winning a strong 2nd place finish in his heat race, but it was during the main event when he was really able to shine. The clutch on his Bel-Ray Lubricants powered Suzuki hooked up well off the line, and he entered the first turn in a top five position. In 2nd place after lap one, Anderson was close to the early race leader Zach Osborne and checked out from the field. Anderson then rode a consistent, flawless race to take the checkered flag for the first Supercross victory of his professional racing career. Anderson’s teammate, Ryan Sipes, scored a 7th place finish in only his second race after returning from an early season injury.
In 450 class racing, Bel-Ray sponsored Rockstar Energy Racing’s Davi Millsaps came into Salt Lake City following his tenth podium of the season the previous week in Seattle. Millsaps looked good all night long, including during a confident win in his heat race over series champion Ryan Villopoto. In the main event, Millsaps again started well and was into 2nd place by the third lap. For the entire 20 lap main event, Millsaps was close to the leader, closing each lap with a fantastic drive through the challenging whoop section. In the end, he simply ran out of time, was unable to make the pass to first place, and had to settle for a hard-fought 2nd place. Millsaps remains in 2nd place in the series standings heading into the finals next weekend in Las Vegas.
Bel-Ray powered RCH Racing again put in an excellent night of racing with team riders Josh Hill and Broc Tickle scoring top 15 place finishes. Hill’s 7th place was the best finish of his season, while Tickle’s consistent 11th keeps him inside the top 10 in the series standings. “I got a decent start in the Main and made a few quick passes to gain some spots,” Hill said. “I got up into the top 10 early and that helped. The race start was so hard if you were starting outside of the first few gates because it was such a short straightaway and tight left-hand turn. Guys would just bang into each other. Riders with the first eight gate picks chose the inside. It was a battle.”
“It was a solid start in the Main until I went down,” Tickle said. “I was riding ninth and about to pass Andrew Short but skipped over a couple of the whoops and crashed pretty good. So I got up, got in behind (Trey) Canard and just started picking guys off that I had lost positions to earlier.”
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The series concludes Saturday night, May 4th at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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