Rockstar Report: Oakland Supercross Lites
Oakland SX Lites
Team Rockstar Energy Suzuki scored a sixth and a 16th-place finish in the fourth round of the 2011 AMA Supercross Lites West Championship season Saturday night at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, CA.
Ryan Morais powered his 2011 Yoshimura-equipped Suzuki RM-Z250 to a sixth-place finish and teammate Martin Davalos finished the 15-lap SX Lites main event in 16th.
Morais started his day qualifying 14th. His Suzuki RM-Z250 powered him to a second-place finish after a strong ride in an exciting heat race.
In the main, the Rockstar Energy Suzuki rider was sixth at the start and was able to work his Suzuki up to fifth before falling back and eventually finishing sixth. Morais’ overall consistent results have moved him up to third place in the Lites West point standings.
Ryan Morais (Suzuki RM-Z 250) says: "I think my day went alright. My heat race went really good. It was a good battle and I ended up second. My Rockstar Energy Suzuki team did a great job getting my bike ready for the main. I didn’t get a great jump in the main, but was able to work up to fifth. Then I had a few mistakes and tightened up and ended up finishing sixth.
"The track conditions were tough and I’m happy I was able to keep my Suzuki RM-Z on two wheels. I’m third in points, but I have to start winning some of these if I want to win this championship, so that’s what I’m going to focus on. I’m going to put some time on my Suzuki this week and get ready for Anaheim."
Martin Davalos started with a fourth-place qualifying effort on his RM-Z250. A tough heat race yielded the Rockstar Energy Suzuki lites rider an eight-place finish, which resulted in a poor gate pick for the main.
Unfortunately, in the main, after a decent start, he fell in the sand section and restarted in last place. Davalos ended up with a 16th-place finish.
Martin Davalos (Suzuki RM-Z 250) says: "It was a disappointing weekend," said Davalos. "In the first practice I hurt my groin a little bit, but I pulled through and my Suzuki RM-Z powered me to a fourth-place qualifying time. The heat race was tough and I went down in the sand and just barely qualified.
"I went down in the sand again in the main and eventually got going in dead last. My Rockstar Energy Suzuki team did a great job, but I had a disappointing weekend. I know I have the speed and the fitness; I just need to work on my head and my concentration. I hope to be better for Anaheim."
The 2011 Rockstar Energy Suzuki team’s next event is Saturday, February 5th, at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA. You can meet the Rockstar Energy Suzuki team riders at Chaparral Motorsports, 555 South H Street, in San Bernardino, CA from 6 – 8 PM on Wednesday, February 2nd.
2011 Oakland Supercross Lites Class Results
1. Broc Tickle
2. Joshua Hansen
3. Eli Tomac
4. Ken Roczen
5. Tyla Rattray
6. Ryan Morais
7. Kyle Cunningham
8. James Decotis
9. Bruce Rutherford
10. Ryan Marmont
16. Martin Davalos
2011 Supercross Lites Class Standings
1. Joshua Hansen – 88
2. Broc Tickle – 87
3. Ryan Morais – 70
4. Eli Tomac – 69
5. Cole Seely – 60
6. Tyla Rattray – 58
7. Ken Roczen – 49
8. Martin Davalos – 45
9. Kyle Cunningham – 44
10. James Decotis – 40