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Supercross Lites: Kawasaki Wins East to West

SX Lites Report

On a cold and rainy night in Salt Lake City, Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Josh Hansen returned to the top step of the Supercross Lites podium and Jake Weimer clinched his first career SX championship making it a East / West sweep of the 2010 AMA Supercross Lites titles for the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki squad.

On a weather-shortened day, Hansen was fastest in the only practice session followed closely by Weimer. In the first heat Weimer built an eight-second advantage by the checkered flag to take the victory. In the second, Hansen had his hands full, but he held on to claim the heat race win.

Josh Hansen says: "I am really happy to finally grab a win," said Hansen. "I feel like I’ve been capable all season and haven’t put it together. I’m not really a mud rider, but I really wanted it tonight. It’s definitely nice to thank my team with this win because they have had to put up with me all season. They never quit on me and I wanted to show them I haven’t quit."

In the main event, Hansen got a great start out of the gate and he battled for the holeshot. Though he crossed the line in second on the first lap, he made a sweet pass on the leader and then rode away for a 16-second victory. While Hansen was pulling away from the field, Weimer was doing exactly what he had to do to win the title. In the sloppy track conditions Weimer knew he had to ride a smart race and avoid any major mistakes. The Idaho native did just that as he finished fifth and raised the No. 1 plate on the podium.

Jake Weimer says: "It has been a long road to get here. I was so close last year and to earn it this year feels amazing," said Weimer. "It was awesome to win this title in front of my home crowd. I always have so much fun when I’m around this awesome group of people. It helped out with the nerves knowing I had so many people supporting me here in the stadium."

All four of the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki riders will race against each other this coming Saturday at the Dave Coombs Memorial East West Shootout in Las Vegas.

Weimer and Hansen will be joined by two-time East Coast champion Christophe Pourcel and Dean Wilson as the coasts come together for this big event.

The Las Vegas Supercross will be shown live on Speed beginning at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT) on Saturday, May 8.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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