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Bel-Ray Racer Jason Anderson Scores Top 10 Overall at Thunder Valley
Rockstar Racing Teammates all finish in Top 20
FARMINGDALE, N.J. (May 28, 2013) ― The Rockwell Watches Thunder Valley National came to Lakewood, Colorado, for the second round of the AMA National Motocross Series. The mile-high location’s thin air and demanding conditions tested both man and machine, but the Bel-Ray racers attending were up for the challenge.
Bel-Ray’s efforts in the 450 class were led by Rockstar Energy Racing’s Ryan Sipes. Sipes was hoping to back up his top-ten overall finish in round one, but bad starts and a scary crash in the first moto didn’t allow for the results he expected. A first moto 19th was backed up by a second moto 13th, for 16th place overall. Sipes is looking forward to the upcoming weekend and Muddy Creek in Tennessee. Sipes, a Kentucky native, spent many years racing at Muddy Creek and hopes to put this experience to good use against the best the series has to offer. “I’m looking forward to next weekend,” said Sipes. “It’s probably as much of a home race as you can get. I grew up racing the mega series down at Muddy Creek since I was on 50s. I know the track is ‘gonna be completely different, but it should be fun.”
Joining Sipes in the 450MX class were Bel-Ray privateers Derek Anderson and Tucker Saye. Both riders are Colorado natives, and the local crowd could be heard cheering them on as they circled the track. Anderson ran inside the top 15 for most of the first moto, eventually finishing 17th. He backed it up in the second moto with a strong 22nd place, finishing 16th overall. Saye also ran well all day long. He qualified to the main show with a strong 2nd place in the Last Chance Qualifier and backed up this ride with 35th and 32nd place moto finishes for 35th overall.
Jason Anderson led Bel-Ray’s charge in the 250MX class. The Rockstar Energy Racing rider finished 5th in the first moto, and he charged back from a first turn crash in the second to secure 12th place in the moto, passing 28 racers along the way. These results secured him an 8th place overall finish. “This weekend was pretty good, well ‘kinda good. Half good," said Anderson. “The first race I ended up 5th, which was a decent 5th, but I feel like I should have ended up 4th. The second moto I took a digger in the first corner and came back to 12th, so I think I secured the RC Hard Charger Award. That’s about the end of my day.”
Anderson’s teammates, Blake Wharton and Nico Izzi, also performed well, with Wharton’s 14th and 8th moto places earning him 11th overall, while Izzi’s 11th and 13th moto finishes earned him 13th overall. Wharton, who hails from Texas, is looking forward to the weekend at Muddy Creek. ”I’m looking forward to racing next weekend. We’ve never raced a national there, but I grew-up racing on that track. Muddy Creek is kind of well-known, so that will be cool.” Izzi missed the entire Supercross season due to an injury, and he is just starting to get his race speed back. Brake issues halted his charge in each moto, but as the season progresses, look for him to be among the top racers in the class.
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The series continues in Blountville Tennessee on June 1st for the Built Ford Tough Tennessee National. Bel-Ray racers are scheduled to race in both classes, with a complete race report to follow on June 3rd.
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