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JDR/J-Star/KTM Race Report Steel City

September 7th, 2011 RK EXCEL No comments

JDR/J-Star/KTM rider Tye Simmonds put together two decent motos in the 450 Motocross class to earn 15th overall at the eleventh round of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship series while fill-in rider Chris Plouffe marked his pro debut in the 250 Motocross class with a 19th place overall score.

In the 450 Motocross class, Tye Simmonds put together two consistent motos to earn 15th overall for the day. He started inside the top twenty in both motos and came up to battle around 15th place. In moto one he was able to secure 15th by putting a last lap pass on Jimmy Albertson. In moto two he was able to finish 16th overall.

“I was happy with my finish today. I had a horrible practice session and wasn’t sure how the motos would go for me. To be battling around 15th was a good place for me and I am happy to come away from this race safe and ready for the next round,” stated Simmonds.

In the 250 class, Plouffe had a top twenty start in moto one and was sitting mid-pack when he suffered a crash early in the moto. The crash dropped him to near last where he quickly set out to catch back up to the front runners. He got back inside the top twenty-five before a mechanical issue caused him to withdraw from the race with a few laps remaining. Plouffe was credited 30th position for his first moto result.

In the second moto Plouffe repeated his mid-pack start. He finished the first lap in 19th and began to set his sights on the riders in front of him. By the moto end he was able to battle his way into 16th position where he finished the race. His 30-16 moto scores earned him 19th overall and 2 points in his first career pro race.

“I definitely was hoping for a better finish, but it was my first race and I am happy with the progress we made from the first moto to the second. I really liked working with the JDR/J-Star/KTM Team this weekend and can’t thank them enough for giving me the chance to race for their team these final two rounds. I am looking forward to improving my overall result next week at Pala,” remarked Plouffe.

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Star Racing Motocross Steel City Results

September 7th, 2011 RK EXCEL No comments

Delmont, PA. (September 3, 2011) The AMA MX National Series came to the penultimate round over the holiday weekend at Steel City MX Park in Delmont, Pennsylvania. DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing/Yamaha comprised of #25 Ryan Sipes, #35 Kyle Cunningham, #387 Gareth Swanepoel, #533 Gannon Audette, rookie newcomer #210 Kyle Peters fresh off his Loretta Lynn’s championship , and #1 Jessica Patterson. All came in with hopes of showing their faces at the front of the pack.

The first moto was a steady, long battle for the team leader at the moment. Swanepoel started 10th, and after a few good passes he was fortunate enough to claim 7th. Moto two was somewhat duplication as on lap one Gareth found himself starting in 12th. Early on Swanepoel paced himself just inside the top ten until the midway point when he made a sprint forward and took over 6th. Riding out the race there his consistency paid dividends, seeing him take a 5th overall on the day.

For Cunningham moto one started out in a subpar fashion, rounding lap one in 35th the Texan spent much of the race in a frantic charge ahead. Late in the moto, Cunningham was still much into the fight and he’d finish out in 12th. Moto two got underway with Cunningham acquiring a 5th place start, now with his potential coming to existence, Cunningham held his own but suffered a few mistakes. Striving to keep his form, his pace fell off momentarily and that shifted the #35 machine back to 13th. Reluctantly, Cunningham found some reserve energy and bounced back in the closing laps to nab 11th.

Audette had a pretty quiet day, but still a very solid showing. In moto one Audette took to the track with a 26th place start and cut his position in half during the duration taking 13th. From there, Audette‘s moto two got underway with him sitting in 27th, holding his own Gannon scrapped it out with the pack for much of the race. Making good on his outing, Audette pulled himself to a commendable finish of 17th.

Next in line on the day would be the rookie Peters after a strong start to the weekend. Peters moto one showed great promise, after a 20th place start, Peters put his head down and worked on building a base as new professional. Lap by lap, the FMF backed rider stayed consistent and maintained his position in the field. This allowed him to very convincingly take a well deserved 16th. An eventful moto two saw Peters start 16th, and really trying to establish himself in the top twenty spots. Keeping pace with the more experienced competitors well into the moto, unfortunately Kyle slightly slid back to a finish of 23rd. However, he really feels he’ll build upon this outing and is eager to compete this coming weekend.

Moto one crossed over the gate, and after lap one Sipes lead the team in 3rd, however on the fifth lap he fell back and settled into 4th. Unfortunately in the closing moments, Sipes was slated farther backwards after bobbles, throwing away his great ride in the end and netted 31st. When the all important second moto set out on the now very slick track, Sipes got out to a start of 8th, but in similar fashion he struggled and came away in 23rd.

Jessica Patterson raced like the champion that she is, in both moto’s she made it happen. In moto one, JP$ rallied convincingly leading every lap to a 1st place tally. Moto two had her complete a carbon copy of the earlier race. A few laps into the race, Jessica took a sizeable lead the entire moto. Once again a 1 – 1 gave her the overall win and helped keep a shot at winning the championship entering the final two moto’s at Pala.

Results:
Moto 1 Moto 2 = Overall Finish
Gareth Swanepoel 7th 6th = 5th
Kyle Cunningham 12th 11th = 11th
Gannon Audette 13th 17th = 14th
Kyle Peters 16th 24th = 20th
Ryan Sipes 31st 23rd = 33rd

Star Racing is proudly supported by:
DNA Shred Stix, Yamaha Motor Corp, Scott Sports, N-Fab, FMF, Cosworth, Sycuan Casino, North County Yamaha, DNA Energy Drink, GYTR, Factory Effex, Dunlop, Easton EXP, Enzo, Renegade Fuels, Sunstar, Motion Pro, ARC, ODI Grips, RK Chains, Excel A60 rims, Yamalube, Ride Engineering, Twin Air, LightSpeed, Braking, Vortex Ignitions, ICW, JD Built, Crank Works, Eibach, Met Tec, Tammer MX

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Star Racing Southwick Results

August 29th, 2011 RK EXCEL No comments

Star Racing Motocross Round 10 Race Report:

Southwick, MA. (August 27, 2011) The AMA MX National Series went into action over the weekend at Motocross 338 for the tenth round of the series. Being the toughest track of the year with its deep sand; it always results to be a true test of man and machinery. DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing/Yamaha was fielding top prospects of #25 Ryan Sipes, #35 Kyle Cunningham, #387 Gareth Swanepoel, #533 Gannon Audette, and #1 Jessica Patterson.

The big highlight came out of Swanepoel in moto one, taking the holeshot, he then settled into a strong pace and held the lead for five laps. Riding at his best and only dropping one position, 2nd Swanepoel held the pace of the leader through the halfway mark which enabled him to capitalize on other competitor’s mistakes. Lap eleven saw the Yamaha pilot takeover the 1st spot, and at this point he showed strength by finding his lines and breaking away. With three laps remaining, he not only increased his lead on 2nd place, but took control of the race and marched on to his first win and podium appearance. Moto two for Swanepoel was just as impressive, as a start of 7th was only a sign of good things. Moving up quickly and finding good form, Gareth took over 5th on lap one. Dicing it out, unfortunately he crashed in a deep sand turn on lap four, and that slated him back to 7th again. Never the one to settle, during the entire thirty minutes without any weakness, Swanepoel secured 5th place which gave him a very commendable 3rd overall.

Audette turned in the strongest performance of his young career by starting in 6th, and after a few great moments he battled right to the end, finishing 4th. Moto two panned out to be a much more trying event, on lap one Gannon found himself starting in 40th after being taken down in a pileup. Forging forward after remounting, put him into a mid pack position by the halfway mark, keeping with a great charge ahead; he’d settle netting 16th place in the moto.

Riding like he hadn’t missed a beat after suffering from low energy levels, in the first moto Sipes got out of the gate in 11th. From there, Sipes put down some solid laps early on, and took his #25 YZ 250F upward into 9th. As time counted down to midway point, Sipes raced his way up to the competitors holding 5th. Using any reserved energy he had, Sipes put in his best effort to snatch a higher placing, but in the end it was just out of reach and he’d finish out in 6th. When moto two came to existence, Sipes could be found in the 7th spot. Continuing the comeback, the focused kid tried to work in the same grand fashion as earlier. At the halfway point though Sipes began feeling ill possibly from swallowing sand, and eventually Sipes would pull off in the next few laps.

Also running was Cunningham who gave his all and put together an impressive first part of moto one by running 7th, but crashes kept him from finishing. Feeling battered and bruised, the team and Cunningham decided that sitting out of moto two, to heal up would be beneficial. On a bright note, Cunningham still holds 4th position in overall points.
Results:
Moto 1 Moto 2 = Overall Finish
Gareth Swanepoel 1st 5th = 3rd
Gannon Audette 4th 16th = 8th
Ryan Sipes 6th 35th = 14th
Kyle Cunningham 34th 37th = 37th

Also adding to the great race results, was Jessica Patterson our WMX pilot who had a devastating moto one, crashing on lap two led to her being unable to restart the bike and a finish of 27th. Moto two was business as usual and a steady performance of leading every lap for the win. However, Jessica’s going 27-1 gave her 6th overall.

Star Racing is proudly supported by:
DNA Shred Stix, Yamaha Motor Corp, Scott Sports, N-Fab, FMF, Cosworth, Sycuan Casino, North County Yamaha, DNA Energy Drink, GYTR, Factory Effex, Dunlop, Easton EXP, Enzo, Renegade Fuels, Sunstar, Motion Pro, ARC, ODI Grips, RK Chains, Excel A60 rims, Yamalube, Ride Engineering, Twin Air, LightSpeed, Braking, Vortex Ignitions, ICW, JD Built, Crank Works, Eibach, Met Tec, Tammer MX

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DNA Shred-Stix Star Racing Unadilla Report

August 16th, 2011 RK EXCEL No comments

New Berlin, NY. (August 13, 2011) – The AMA MX National Series is working it’s self into the closing stages, and by visiting the historical Unadilla Valley Sports Center in New York this past weekend another set of accomplishments were at hand for the DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing/Yamaha team. Fielding the top finishing Yamaha pilots, #35 Kyle Cunningham, #387 Gareth Swanepoel, #533 Gannon Audette, and #76 Kyle Partridge, the team felt content that some good would come of our effort.

Shining on this day would be Cunningham, after some time off where he trained feverishly, the determined youngster was head strong and choose to tackle this race. In moto one, Cunningham started off in less than stellar territory, sitting just inside the top fifteen. Very sufficiently, the #35 machine maintained the pace he needed throughout moto’s end and came away with a 8th. Changing his ways, a start of 3rd for Cunningham in moto two had him running with the leaders for more than a few laps. As the race progressed, Cunningham used his patented formula, by digging deep and putting down solid laps, this helped him steadily challenge for the podium. Cunningham’s strong will paid off, because the ever evolving rider took 4th yet again in the moto and a well deserved 4th overall on the day.

Next on the list was Swanepoel, who once again put together a solid, and consistent day which boosted him close to having a shot of acquiring the 5th position in overall points. Moto one for Swanepoel began with a 2nd place start, from there without hesitation he took a hold of the 1st position for two laps. Never the one to give up on a great opportunity, Swanepoel held 2nd late into the 30 min. +2 lap race, in the end he was able capitalize and landed in 4th. A 40th place start in moto two due to a crash would be a huge hurdle to Swanepoel and his pursuit. In the opening five laps, the likeable rider bounced back to 24th, turning his outing more positive with some great moves brought him back to 20th and in the thick of several battles. As the moto drew to a close, Swanepoel kept steady, not chancing throwing away any points and went on to finish 16th.

Seeing better days would be Audette, after a tough ride in moto one that he started in 19th, and then proceeded on a soldiering act that took him to a finish of 15th Moto two for Audette began with an 14th place start, most of his time was spent shuffling around throughout the race without any good returns. Never the less, he came away with a 14th place to add to his tally.

Results:
Moto 1 Moto 2 = Overall Finish
Kyle Cunningham 8th 4th = 4th
Gareth Swanepoel 4th 16th = 8th
Gannon Audette 15th 14th = 14th

Also making the big show again, was Kyle Partridge our 450F pilot who put two steady moto’s together going 28-38 for 34th overall.

Star Racing is proudly supported by:
DNA Shred Stix, Yamaha Motor Corp, Scott Sports, N-Fab, FMF, Cosworth, Sycuan Casino, North County Yamaha, DNA Energy Drink, GYTR, Factory Effex, Dunlop, Easton EXP, Enzo, Renegade Fuels, Sunstar, Motion Pro, ARC, ODI Grips, RK Chains, Excel A60 rims, Yamalube, Ride Engineering, Twin Air, LightSpeed, Braking, Vortex Ignitions, ICW, JD Built, Crank Works, Eibach, Met Tec, Tammer MX

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DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing/Yamaha Budd’s Creek Results

June 20th, 2011 RK EXCEL No comments

Mechanicville, MD. (June 18, 2011) The AMA MX National Series headed to the far east of the country visiting Budd’s Creek MX Park in Maryland. DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing/Yamaha rolled in with high hopes of #35 Kyle Cunningham, #387 Gareth Swanepoel, #533 Gannon Audette, and #76 Kyle Partridge who is racing the 450 class of obtaining a placing high up the overall rankings. Track conditions were pristine, yet still rough with the weather being very nice and hot.

Taking top honors of the team and having a rather consistent day was Swanepoel. When moto one got underway, Swanepoel sat just outside the top ten in 15th. Some quick moves allowed the Yamaha pilot to forge up to 12th, where he then fluctuated up and down slightly for most the race. In the closing stages, Swanepoel put his great fitness to use and secured 9th as his finishing position and then prepared for the second moto. Race number two for Swanepoel began with a stellar 4th place start. As the moto progressed, the South African native rode aggressively, raising his status to 3rd halfway in, and even close to acquiring 2nd briefly. A small bobble resulted in a slight move backwards, never willing to settle Swanepoel bounced back to capture 4th in the moto and just off the wheels of 3rd.

Next in line on the day would be Cunningham, after a strong start to the weekend. Cunningham’s moto one showed great promise after a 4th place start. Lap by lap, the FMF backed rider inched his way into the hunt and mixed it up, very convincingly he took a well deserved 4th. An eventful moto two saw a very ill Cunningham start 15th, and from there he tried his best to remain competitive. However, the resilient Cunningham couldn’t muster anything up aboard his machine in 15th and pushed to make it a positive race day which ended with him in the same position.

Having a solid outing and a decent second part to his day by making a breakthrough was Audette. Beginning moto one in 8th, Audette raced the entire duration amidst heavy battling, going on to finish 12th. Starting moto two with the holeshot, before filing into 2nd, Audette then moved back into 5th on lap three as he had trouble adapting to the pace. Riding at his potential Gannon fought off attacks and hung tough, all the while small mental lapses caused #533 to fall back. Audette went on to finish 11th.

Also Kyle Partridge, our 450F pilot had trying day but forged on, putting two moto’s together going 22 – 32 for 29th overall.

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JDR/J-Star/KTM Hangtown Report

May 24th, 2011 RK EXCEL No comments

JDR/J-Star/KTM rider Tye Simmonds had a decent showing at his first-ever U.S. AMA Pro Motocross Championship Series race finishing 16th overall.

The opening round of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship Series took place at Hangtown Raceway. Simmonds qualifying times were not as decent as he expected, qualifying 28th fastest into moto one. Despite his poor gate pick for the moto, Simmonds was able to come around the first corner in 12th position.

“I was able to get a pretty nice start in the first moto and was very close to the top ten as we rounded the first corner. The start is key in every race and starting better than I typically do really helped me in the first moto score,” remarked Simmonds.

Simmonds moved up to 11th on the second lap and maintained that position for the majority of the race. With only three laps to go he lost one position to Ricky Dietrich before crossing the finish line in 12th overall.

The second moto was a bit tougher for the Australian as he rounded the first lap in 19th place. He passed one rider for 18th on lap two but then struggled to find his pace in the moto.
“I was riding really tight the first few laps and wasn’t able to get into a good rhythm,” stated Simmonds. He eventually got into his comfort zone around the halfway point at which time he picked off two more riders and moved into his finishing position of 16th overall. His 12-16 moto scores earned him 16th overall for the day.

“My overall goal is to be inside the top ten. I think this is a realistic goal for me in my first race season. I am really looking forward to Texas as I know my conditioning should come into play at that round and hopefully I inch closer to a top ten result.”

Next Event: Freestone MX – May 28, 2011

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DNA Shred-Stix/Star Racing/Yamaha Arlington Race Recap

April 4th, 2011 RK EXCEL No comments

Arlington, TX. (April 2, 2011) The AMA Supercross East coast Lites Series went off with a bang to a huge fan base inside a newly designed stadium in the Dallas area this past Saturday night. Both classes had their exciting moments on the track to say the least. DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing/Yamaha had their hand in all the commotion throughout the night of racing, fielding #25 Ryan Sipes, and #533 Gannon Audette. To begin the day both teammates showed promise, as Sipes clocked in at 2nd quickest and Audette came out 8th in Timed-qualifying.

Audette came out in Heat #1 sitting in 2nd; entering turn two a forced pass combined with falling competitor led to him crashing. Meanwhile, Sipes also started well and made a move into the lead by lap two. From there, pure speed catapulted him out ahead to a ten second lead and eventual win. Slated into the LCQ, Audette took his Yamaha to a finishing spot of 1st, and in the process he honed his lines on the slick track for the final.

With the gate dropping for the Main Event, Sipes made it through the first turn unscathed holding 2nd as he exited, while Audette darted around the outside and it looked as if the holeshot might be his. However, he was shut out from the inside, pushing him to the rear of the field in 14th. Riding a step above the rest, Sipes on the second lap moved into the 1st position and established himself as the rider to beat for three laps, until an error in a rhythm section led to #25 filing into 2nd place. Riding strong as he had all day, he made strides to gain back time on the leader, but a small mental lapse caused Ryan to hit some tuff blocks exiting a turn and crash in a heap. Forging forward within the first half of the race, Audette was sitting 10th with plenty of time to improve. Sadly the team’s title contender Sipes remounted, but gave way to having the wind knocked out of him and pulled off, eventually finishing out 17th. The ever progressing, Star rider Audette rode the wheels of his YZ 250F hard with only a few laps to go, vying to obtain 8th, doing just that he would go on to finish there for a strong performance.

Star Racing is proudly supported by:
DNA Shred Stix, Yamaha Motor Corp, Scott Sports, N-Fab, FMF, Cosworth, North County Yamaha, DNA Energy Drink, GYTR, Factory Effex, Dunlop, Easton EXP, Enzo, Renegade Fuels, Sunstar, Motion Pro, ARC, ODI Grips, RK Chains, Excel A60 rims, Yamalube, Ride Engineering, Twin Air, LightSpeed, Braking, Vortex Ignitions, ICW, JD Built, Crank Works, Eibach, Met Tec, Tammer MX

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DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing LA Race Report

January 24th, 2011 RK EXCEL No comments

Los Angeles, Ca. (January 22, 2011) Round three of the 2010 AMA Supercross series made its way back to California for the inaugural visit to Dodgers Stadium. After multiple years of three Anaheim rounds, history was made by having a Supercross event at this venue in front of 41, 107 fans. DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing/Yamaha’s west coast squad comprised of #35, Kyle Cunningham and our newcomer to professional Supercross #72, Nick Paluzzi took to the track in timed qualifying confidently, setting the 5th and 11th fastest times.

Heat #2 had both Cunningham and Paluzzi lined up, getting out of the gate in good fashion would be Paluzzi who held down 2nd. Cunningham was closed out coming into the first turn, and in the early laps he made some smart moves to insure the netting of a transfer position. The excitable, aggressive riding of Paluzzi saw him take his Yamaha to the lead on lap one and turn the heads of everyone in attendance. Riding solidly as the leader Nick fought off several attempts to overtake him until lap five, when a small bobble slated back to a 4th place finish at the end of six laps. Cunningham kept his cool and pushed the limits against the competition, as he worked his way up through the field. Holding down the 7th spot with a couple of laps left, the Texas native was still hard at work. In doing so, Cunningham took a hold of 6th before the qualifier closed out and secured himself in the main event.

Main Event time was exciting right away; Cunningham put together a good start and was in the mix of the top five. Unfortunately, on the third lap a block pass went bad as he was drug down by the other rider’s bike and hit the ground. He was able to remount, however it was in a distant 16th. Starting around tenth, Paluzzi’s first laps were spent making moves, and inside of three laps he held down the 8th spot. At halfway both teammates were making strides to move forward, Paluzzi was hanging tough inside the top ten, setting some of his best lap times and continued with a calculated performance. Cunningham was putting on a great comeback by this point, sitting 13th he could see that a top ten was feasible. On lap thirteen, Kyle had reeled in and passed for 11th, and set his sights ahead. Moving forward to the final moments in the race, Cunningham would continue to soldier on right until the checkers, and mustered up a finish of 10th. Slipping back into 9th, Paluzzi regained his form and went on to finish 9th in only his third Supercross race.

Star Racing is proudly supported by:
DNA Shred Stix, Yamaha Motor Corp, Scott Sports, N-Fab, FMF, Cosworth, North County Yamaha, DNA Energy Drink, GYTR, Factory Effex, Dunlop, Easton EXP, Enzo, Renegade Fuels, Sunstar, Motion Pro, ARC, ODI Grips, RK Chains, Excel A60 rims, Yamalube, Ride Engineering, Twin Air, LightSpeed, Braking, Vortex Ignitions, ICW, JD Built, Crank Works, Eibach, Met Tec, Tammer MX

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DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing Yamaha Phoenix Race Report

January 19th, 2011 RK EXCEL No comments

January 15, 2011

Phoenix, AZ – The AMA Supercross Series moved the slightest bit out of California over the weekend racing in front of 39K+ fans at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing/Yamaha talents #35 Kyle Cunningham and #72 Nick Paluzzi adapted to the slick, technical track quickly setting qualifying times that slated them respectively into the night portion of racing.

Up first in qualifying Heat 1 were both teammates, it would be Cunningham who jumped out front with an awesome start in 4th. Wanting to lead the way, in the first few laps Cunningham quickly began carving his way up through the field. Track conditions were tough to say the least, but Kyle made his way into 2nd and pressured the leader all the way to the end. Unfortunately for Paluzzi, a subpar start combined with a short race, made for a tough beginning. Sitting nearly last, Nick put his skills to use, forging all the way up to 9th by races end and happily avoided the LCQ.

The gate dropped for the 15 lap main event and at the end of lap one, Cunningham brilliantly put himself in good position after a very sketchy first lap, 6th. For the next five laps he would remain exactly the same, only to see a rise of one position while in an intense three way battle. Paluzzi in the opening laps was suffering from some rookie blues; in 16th position and trying too hard he was having his troubles with the slick surface. Then on lap eight, Cunningham’s strong and steady ride that had him vying for the podium came to a halt when the 4th place competitor crashed big and took Kyle down as well. Remounting in 9th, with his machine tweaked and off his rhythm the DNA Shred Stix rider in the closing few rotations of race managed to put his hard training ethics to use, which allowed him to hold onto a decent amount of points considering what had transpired as he finished out 10th. Meanwhile Paluzzi uncharacteristically just never came to grips with the track and gutted out a finish of 15th.

This weekend, be sure to catch our team riders the inaugural AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, at Dodger Stadium as it makes history this Saturday night.

Star Racing thanks our valued sponsors for their great assistance.
DNA Shred Stix, Yamaha Motor Corp, Scott Racing, DNA Energy, North County Yamaha, Easton ExP, FMF, Sunstar, Factory Effex, Dunlop, Enzo, Cosworth, N-Fab, Motion Pro, ODI Grips, RK Chains, Excel rims, Yamalube, GYTR, Ride Engineering, Twin Air, Lightspeed, ARC, Braking, Vortex Ignitions, Web Cams, ICW, JD Built, Renegade Fuels, Crank Works, Eibach, Met Tec.

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DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing/Yamaha Red Bud Recap

July 7th, 2010 RK EXCEL No comments

Over the past weekend DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing/Yamaha visited Michigan’s Red Bud Track & Trail for the sixth round of the AMA MX National Series. With track and weather at a premium, team riders #20 Broc Tickle, #48 Max Anstie, #341 Nico Izzi, #577 Martin Davalos and #2 Jessica Patterson all were at full tilt in anticipation of good results.

Taking top honors on the day would be Tickle, starting moto one in 6th after finally getting a decent start due to the heavy testing that was done during the prior week. Lap after lap, Tickle heavily pursued the lead pack, and made his way into 5th and battled to overtake 4th. Riding exceptionally, Tickle kept strong but near the middle of moto he made contact entering an off camber and hit the ground momentarily. Remounting instantly, Tickle pressed on and when the moto came to a culmination, #20 had gotten himself a hard earned 7th. A start in moto two of 10th left some room for improvement. On lap two Tickle had taken his YZ250F to 8th, once there he tried his best for the remainder of 30 min. +2 laps, but things never developed just right and 6th was his finishing destination.

For Davalos moto one started out in a decent fashion, rounding lap one in 11th the Ecuadorian spent much of the race in that spot. Late in the moto, Davalos still had the fighting drive in him and was able to takeover 10th with two laps remaining, which is where he’d go on to finish at. Moto two got underway with Davalos acquiring a 10th place start, now with his potential coming to existence, Davalos held his own and rode up into the 8th spot. Striving to keep his form, his pace fell off momentarily and that shifted the #577 machine back to 12th. Reluctantly, Davalos found some reserve energy and bounced back in the closing laps to nab 8th.

Next in line on the day would be Izzi after a strong start to the weekend. Izzi’s moto one showed great promise, after a 6th place start, Izzi put his head down and worked on building a base after struggling as of late. Lap by lap, the FMF backed rider stayed consistent and maintained his position in the field. This allowed him to very convincingly take a well deserved 9th. An uneventful moto two saw Izzi start 22nd, climb up to 18th by mid moto, and then remain there all the way through the finish.

Max Anstie had a pretty quiet day, having had struggles in both motos. However, in moto two Anstie took the holeshot and the settled back in to the 3rd position. From there, Max held his own as he scrapped it out with the lead pack for much of the race. Unfortunately, Anstie had to pull out of the moto with bike issues and take a tally of 35th to close things out on the day.

Results:

Moto 1 Moto 2 = Overall Finish
Broc Tickle 7th 6th = 7th
Martin Davalos 10th 8th = 9th
Nico Izzi 9th 18th = 12th
Max Anstie 21st 35th = 26th

Jessica Patterson raced like the former champion that she is, in both motos she sat in 2nd and within striking distance. A tick off the leaders speed, rather than risk the title Patterson held onto to the leader’s rear wheel and applied the pressure. With no way of capitalizing on any opportunities, Patterson rode on to a 2 – 2 moto tally and a second overall for the weekend.

Star Racing thanks our valued sponsors for their great assistance.

DNA Shred Stix, Division 7, Yamaha Motor Corp, FLY Racing, DNA Energy, NCY, Bell Helmets, Easton ExP, FMF, Sunstar, Factory Effex, Dunlop, Enzo, DC Shoes, RK Chains, Yamalube, GYTR, Ride Engineering, Mechanix Wear, Twin Air, Lightspeed, ARC, Braking, Vortex Ignitions, CP pistons, Web Cams, ICW, JD Built, Renegade Fuels, Crank Works, Eibach, EVOMX fuel foam, Met Tec, Champion Tools, Cosworth.

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