Rockstar Energy Suzuki scored a podium to break the Kawasaki Lites stronghold (who swept A1) and a top-10 finish in the second round of the 2011 AMA/FIM Supercross Lites Championship season on Saturday night at Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz. as Ryan Morais raced his Yoshimura-equipped Suzuki RM-Z250 to third and teammate Martin Davalos ninth in the 15-lap Lites Main Event.
To start out the night, Morais rode to a sixth-place finish in his heat race. Then the Rockstar Energy Suzuki rider bolted to a second-place start in the Main and kept his Suzuki in the front of the pack to score a podium finish.
Ryan Morais (Suzuki RM-Z 250 SX Lites) says: "Practice started out a little slow, but I felt better than last week. The Rockstar Energy Suzuki team made a few changes to my bike for the Main Event and I got a great start, almost the holeshot, and put myself in a good position, being really consistent, and tried not to make any mistakes because I know the track was really slick.
"I tried to be patient and let the race come to me. I ended up third. I’m happy. Hopefully this week leading up to LA I’ll be able to ride more and just put more time in on my Suzuki, and I think I’ll be a lot better next weekend."
Davalos qualified third and rode a strong heat race on his RM-Z250 to end up with a second-place finish. The Rockstar Energy Suzuki Lites rider had a fifth-place start in the Main but struggled a bit, eventually finishing in ninth.
Martin Davalos (Suzuki RM-Z 250 SX Lites) says: "I felt great on my Suzuki in practice. I had a good heat race and felt like I was riding really well. In the Main event, I just made a little mistake and it put me behind. I felt like I could have won.
"It was very disappointing – after a good practice and a great heat race – to have the problem in the Main and end up ninth: Definitely something to take back home, work on and come back to LA and try to win the race."
The 2011 Rockstar Energy Suzuki team’s next event is Saturday, January 22nd, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California.
2011 Phoenix Supercross Lites Class Results
1. Joshua Hansen – Pro Circuit Kawasaki
2. Broc Tickle – Pro Circuit Kawasaki
3. Ryan Morais – Rockstar Energy Suzuki
4. Cole Seely
5. Eli Tomac
6. Tyla Rattray
7. James Decotis
8. Travis Baker
9. Martin Davalos (Rockstar Energy Suzuki)
10. Kyle Cunningham
2011 Supercross Lites Class Standings
1. Joshua Hansen (Pro Circuit Kawasaki) – 50
2. Broc Tickle (Pro Circuit Kawasaki) – 44
3. Ryan Morais (Rockstar Energy Suzuki) – 35
4. Tyler Rattray (Pro Circuit Kawasaki) – 35
5. Cole Seely – 34
6. Martin Davalos (Rockstar Energy Suzuki) – 30
7. Eli Tomac – 27
8. Travis Baker – 26
9. Kyle Cunningham- 19
10. Ben Evans – 18