The date change due to the Super Bowl may have limited the participants this time, but it certainly did not limit the action! Our first race was just the beginning of a battle that would not be won easily.
Each of our racers improved their times in the second round showing that the competition here in Phoenix is quite impressive. Ty pulled out another narrow victory over the always impressive Robert.
The final was worth the wait. Kaylee looked quite impressive, putting up her best time of the night. Ty and Robert ran an incredible race getting better with each lap. Robert stayed on Ty’s bumper hoping to capitalize on any mistake he might make. That mistake never happened, but Robert did manage to squeeze by on the very last turn to steal the checkered flag.
450 Main – Justin Barcia wins it! Ryan Villopoto takes second! Davi Millsaps third. Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart ended the night in seventh followed by Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey in eighth. Dungey had a difficult night, getting off the start in 16th. He was able to charge through much of the pack, but time ran out before he could make up enough time to earn a top-five finish. Ryan still has his sights on this week’s race at A2 with a podium finish last time he was in Anaheim. Ryan sits atop the standings in 5th place, 33 points.
250 Main – Eli Tomac was out front and cruising. The defending 250 West Champion won in consecutive races! Second place goes to Kenny Roczen – as he got past Martin Davalos! Davalos finishes third! Ken sits atop the standings in 2nd place, 44 points.
Ken Roczen said “I messed up on the start, although a pretty good race overall. I’m happy – but if you want to win the championship you can’t make little mistakes like I did at the start. I want to thank the fans for coming out, and look forward to seeing you all next week in Anaheim!”
See you all this week at A2 for another great race!
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The first qualifier allowed our racers to size up the competition and put on their race faces. Each driver got to check under the hood and kick the tires, so to speak, as they tested themselves on the Phoenix track.
The second qualifier of the night showed just how exciting the 2013 GP season is going to be. Race times drastically improved this time around as the adrenaline was pumping, especially with Cole who killed it with a very impressive 23.782!
The evening’s final did not disappoint by any means. Rudy and Juan spent the first half of this sixteen lap finale battling over every inch of track. Juan took control half-way through lap 9 when Rudy spun out trying to take the inside on a turn. Rudy’s focus and solid driving put him back in third by the end of the race however. David couldn’t seem to catch a break during the final after a very strong showing on the evening. Cole seemed to have the race in-hand until Robert’s determination put him bumper to bumper with Cole through the last three laps. Just half a kart decided the outcome as Robert finally got his chance to steal first place on the home stretch. However…Cole managed to hold on just enough to cross the finish line first. Exciting!! February should be interesting!!