Bel-Ray Racers Anderson and Wharton Score Top 10 Overalls at Muddy Creek
FARMINGDALE, N.J. (June 3, 2013) ― Beautiful weather and a record-setting crowd greeted the Bel-Ray racers at the third round of the 2013 AMA Pro Motocross Championship series held in Blountville, Tennessee, on Saturday afternoon. The event marked the first time in 15 years a national outdoor series event has been held in the Southeast. Bel-Ray racers scored mixed results, with two racers finishing in the top 10 in their respective classes.
In 450MX racing action, Rockstar Energy Racing’s Ryan Sipes put his Bel-Ray-powered machine inside the top 10 in the first moto but struggled with crashes in moto number 2. He was collected in a first-turn crash and struggled to find his groove in the moto. He would go down several more times but was still able to manage a 21st-place finish in the moto and 15th overall.
Also in 450MX-class racing, Bel-Ray privateers Derek Anderson and Ronnie Stewart struggled with the track and competition. Anderson’s 21st-place first moto was backed up with a 37th-place second moto after stitches from a cut Anderson suffered at the Lakewood, Colorado round reopened and he was forced to retire. Stewart, finally back east and close to his home after traveling the Supercross series on the West Coast for the last several months, had consistent 27-32 moto scores that netted him 31st overall—a position that is sure to improve as the series progresses.
In 250MX racing action, Bel-Ray-supported Rockstar Energy Racing teammates Jason Anderson and Blake Wharton earned top-10 overall finishes with Anderson’s 7-7 motos, which were good enough for sixth, while Wharton’s 11-9 finishes earned him a ninth-place finish overall. “The weekend was all right,” said Anderson. “I ended up 7-7 on the day, which isn’t bad. I struggled a little bit again with some situations. All in all, it’s a step in the right direction. I got sixth overall, so I matched my second-best finish ever outdoors.” Wharton was also content with his afternoon’s results as he spoke about them following the second moto. “[In] my first moto, I got 11th; second moto, I got ninth. It was a decent weekend for me, just putting in more time. I just have to keep pushing and not rest, no matter what. I’m looking forward to finishing farther toward the front. High Point will be similar to this, I feel. I’m looking forward to next weekend.”
The third racer in the 250MX class for Rockstar Energy Racing is Nico Izzi. He was forced to sit out the entire Supercross series due to injury but has been making strides each week toward his return. He was running inside the top 10 during the first moto, when just four laps from the end his bike began to lose power. A damaged radiator was the culprit and despite losing all of the coolant, the Bel-Ray-protected motor continued to run until just one lap from the end when the motor finally failed, causing Izzi to crash. He was too beat up to make the second moto but will race this weekend in Pennsylvania. “We came into the first moto and I didn’t have the best start, probably around 12th,” said Izzi after the motos. “I made a couple passes and was battling with [Cole] Seely for ninth. Then, with four laps t o go, my bike was losing a lot of power and I rode it until it died and I went over the bars. I’m going to be back to lay the hammer down at High Point. I love that place.”
Another rider making his return from injury was Bel-Ray privateer Dakota Kessler. The New Jersey native was injured at the Dallas Supercross in February and came to Tennessee looking to score points in his return. His 35-32 motos were out of the points-paying positions, but look for the #449 Honda to score some good results as the series continues.
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The series continues its trek east this week with the High Point National in Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania.
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