January 31, 2011 (By Ashley Little, Kawasaki USA )– Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Broc Tickle earned his first win of the season during a wet race at Oakland Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. during the fourth round of the Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship. Finishing just behind Tickle in second was teammate Josh Hansen who found his way back to the podium after a one-week hiatus. Tyla Rattray put together an impressive ride in the tough conditions to finish fifth. Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto overcame two minor crashes to come home fourth in the AMA Supercross class.
Tickle has led several laps this year, but Saturday night in Oakland he felt the satisfaction of all those laps led with his first win of the season. He rode smart in the slippery conditions and earned his second career win.
"I knew tonight wasn't going to be easy, but I felt great and my hard work has paid off," said Tickle. "The track was already tough, but the rain really made things interesting. I knew Josh was fast, but I basically let the race come to me and was able to get the win. I'm really happy and I am very thankful to my team for all their support."
Bouncing back from a fifth-place finish last week, Hansen made his return to the podium with a solid-second place finish. With three out of four finishes on the podium, he still holds the championship points lead over teammate Tickle by one point.
“This week I got beat and didn’t have anything for Broc,” said Hansen. “I am trying to think about the season as a whole and not do anything stupid that would cost me points. I’m really looking forward to going back to Anaheim next week and be back close to home.”
Rattray was nearly back to 100 percent on Saturday as he continues to get back up to speed from a wrist injury that he’s had to race with during the past two weekends. He finished with a solid fifth-place result in his first wet supercross race.
“I’m feeling better every day and I was able to keep it up on two wheels this week,” said Rattray. “I want to be on the podium, but my main focus has been getting back to 100 percent. I had a podium finish last time we were in Anaheim and hopefully I can do it again when we go back next week.”
Facing a tough and slippery track to face, Villopoto jumped out to an early lead in the main event. After a small tip over, he regrouped and got back into fourth, where he finished the night.
“It seems like the past few rounds, I would make a mistake then the next race, James (Stewart) would make a mistake,” said Villopoto. “I wouldn’t say it was a terrible weekend because we left here healthy and my first and foremost goal is to stay healthy, followed by winning races.”
Three out of the four AMA Supercross Lites Western Region races have been won on the new 2011 KX250F. The biggest changes include the fuel injection and separated function forks, making testing in the off-season important for the support team at Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki.
“So far the bike has been great and the riders seem stoked with how the bike performs in general,” said Pro Circuit Senior Technician Jim “Bones” Bacon. “My end is with the forks and once I got a hold of a direction to go with, it’s been better than anything we’ve had so far. We have had a lot of support from Japan (KHI), which has been nice for something new and different like the forks. I don’t think of it as a set of forks anymore, but as the left fork and right fork. It’s definitely a big step forward in technology.”
The points battle continues to heat up in the AMA Supercross Lites Western Region series with Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teammates Hansen and Tickle separated by only one point going into Anaheim 2. There is plenty of time left for the two to battle it out as the western region still has five main events left, including a two month break between February and April.
“The break isn’t always easy because you build momentum and then you have two months to think about racing again,” said Tickle. “I have been in the class for a few years and so has Josh. We are both veterans and I know we both want to win. I think its going to come down to the end because we both want to win our first Lites championship.”
On February 5, the riders will not only be looking for more podium finishes, but will also have their minds on the color pink. Anaheim will once again “Go Pink” in an effort to raise breast cancer awareness in the supercross community. One of the many activities as part of the event is a special meet and greet with Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Villopoto. Fans will be able to donate at the event to get a spot in the meet and greet.
Results - AMA Supercross Series
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum – Oakland, Calif.
January 29, 2011
AMA Supercross Class Results
1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha
2. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Honda
3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki
4. RYAN VILLOPOTO, POUSLBO, WASH., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
5. Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki
6. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda
7. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda
8. Davi Millsaps, Carlsbad, Calif., Yamaha
9. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM
10. IVAN TEDESCO, MURRIETA, CALIF., KAWASAKI
AMA Supercross Lites Results, Western Region
1. BROC TICKLE, HOLLY, MICH., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI
2. JOSH HANSEN, ELBERT, COLO., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI
3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda
4. Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM
5. TYLA RATTRAY, WILDOMAR, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI
6. Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki
7. Kyle Cunningham, Aleda, Texas, Yamaha
8. James Decotis, Peabody, Mass., Honda
9. BRUCE RUTHERFORD, MURRIETA, CALIF., KAWASAKI
10. Ryan Marmont, Australia, KTM
AMA Supercross Class Point Standings
1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha, 92
2. RYAN VILLOPOTO, POUSLBO, WASH., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 90
3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 78
4. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 71
5. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Honda, 70
6. Brett Metcalfe, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Suzuki, 55
7. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 49
8. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda, 46
9. Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha, 39
10. Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Yamaha, 39
AMA Supercross Lites Results, Western Region Point Standings
1. JOSH HANSEN, ELBERT, COLO., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 88
2. BROC TICKLE, HOLLY, MICH., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 87
3. Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 70
4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 69
5. Cole Seely, Corona, Calif., Honda, 60
6. TYLA RATTRAY, WILDOMAR, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI, 58
7. Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM, 49
8. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., Suzuki, 45
9. Kyle Cunningham, Aleda, Texas, Yamaha, 44
10. James Decotis, Peabody, Mass., Honda, 40