AMA MX: Kawasaki Team at High Point
It will be hard to top last weekend’s performance by the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team but Christophe Pourcel, Tyla Rattray, Jake Weimer and Dean Wilson are up the challenge as the team heads to High Point Raceway near Morgantown, W.Va. for the third round of the AMA Motocross Series.
Pourcel comes into the event having won both opening motos in 2010 and with a nine-point lead in the championship standings. He knows the easiest way to the championship is to stay on the top of the box.
Pourcel says: “I’ve won both first motos so far this season,” said Pourcel. “I want to keep winning, but I need to do a better job in the second moto.”
Last week Rattray earned his second AMA moto win, but is still looking for an overall. The former World Champion knows he can compete, but also that there is room to improve.
Rattery says: “I need to run a better pace early in the motos,” said Rattray. “I know I have the speed and conditioning to win and I just need to do it. Last week was good for me and I want to carry that momentum through the rest of the season.”
For the 18-year-old Wilson, a short memory is the best medicine after his heartbreaking ride in Texas. Wilson has spent the week back at work on the practice tracks with the confidence instilled from having the speed to win a moto.
Wllson says: “I’ve learned from my mistake and it’s time to move on,” said Wilson. “Reliving last week isn’t going to help anything so I’m just focused on going out and giving my best at High Point.”
Weimer is still searching for his first outdoor podium of 201, but the most recent AMA Supercross Lites, West Coast champ knows High Point can be the turning point of his season.
Weimer says: “I’ve ridden well this year,” said Weimer. “I just haven’t gotten the starts I need. Last year at High Point I got the holeshot so I’m confident heading into this weekend.”
250 Class Championship Standings
1. Christophe Pourcel, France, Kawasaki, 86
2. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 77
3. Dean Wilson, Canada, Kawasaki, 69
4. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 68
5. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha, 61
6. Tyla Rattray, South Africa, Kawasaki, 58
7. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki, 56
8. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda, 54
9. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda, 50
10. Max Anstie, England, Yamaha, 40