Bel-Ray Racer Jason Anderson Scores First Podium of National Motocross Career
FARMINGDALE, N.J. (July 29, 2013) ― Round 9 of the 2013 AMA National Motocross Championship series came to scenic Spring Creek Motocross Park in Southeastern Minnesota on Saturday afternoon. Cool temperatures and overcast skies kept the track in excellent condition all day long, and the Bel-Ray racers in attendance rewarded the fans with excellent racing.
In 2013, Bel-Ray racer Jason Anderson of the Rockstar Energy Racing Team has experienced the best professional season of his young career. A Supercross main event victory in Salt Lake City in April gave him the confidence he needed to succeed coming into the outdoor series. Throughout the outdoor series, Anderson has shown improvement and this weekend at Millville, he was rewarded for his efforts with the first outdoor podium of his career. He gated well in moto one and continued to keep with the top riders in the class, eventually finishing in third place. His second moto start was not as good as the first moto, but he persevered for a fifth-place second moto finish. Based on his moto results, he earned a podium finish in third overall.
Anderson was extremely happy when he spoke about his day following the event. “Millville ended on a good note with my very first outdoor podium,” he said. “My start wasn’t very good in the second moto, but I made it work. It was sick and I felt like I was ripping!”
Joining Anderson in the 250MX class was Bel-Ray teammate and New Jersey privateer Dakota Kessler. Kessler’s father Mickey was one of the first racers sponsored by Bel-Ray in the beginning of the company, and now Dakota continues in his father’s footsteps in search of racing success. His 27-22 moto scores were good for 26th overall at Millville.
In 450MX class racing, Bel-Ray racers scored mixed results, with privateer Derek Anderson leading the way. Anderson, the star of the Man Vs Moto YouTube program that chronicles his national series, came back from a 38th place first moto to score 24th in the second moto for 27th overall. Fellow privateer Ronnie Stewart qualified into the afternoon program by winning the last-chance qualifier and finished 23-34 for 36th overall.
Bel-Ray-powered Rockstar Energy Racing’s Ryan Sipes began the event well with fifth place in timed qualifying. He started well in the first moto and was inside the top 10 in seventh place when disaster struck. A high-speed swap threw him to the ground, breaking his helmet and neck brace in the process. He was too injured to complete the first moto and did not line up for moto two.
“Millville was a little rough. I felt really good in practice and really good in the first moto until I crashed,” Sipes said. “I swapped in the whoops and ended up landing on the back of my neck. I broke my helmet and my neck brace, a couple ribs and I think my hand. It was a tough one and I’m in a lot of pain, but what is pleasure without pain?” Sipes will meet with a doctor on Monday to determine the extent of his injuries.
The series will take a one-week break before resuming at Unadilla Valley Sports Center in New Berlin, N.Y. on August 10.
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