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Rider Comments: Anaheim 3

James Stewart: “We ended up seventh. I don’t know, I was sliding out everywhere and making mistakes. I felt good going into the main event, and then I don’t know what happened. I still feel good, this was just a tough weekend for me. We still have a lot of racing left, and we’ll get it figured out before San Diego next weekend.”

Broc Tickle: “I knew today was going be tough because I wasn’t 100%. My shoulder, ribs and finger were getting weaker all night – I was definitely feeling it in the main. I’m not happy with it, but glad I’m getting healthier so I can regain the confidence I had the first two rounds. I wanted to get back out racing and start building momentum to be where I was the first two rounds.”

Wil Hahn: “I crashed in the whoops earlier in the day and hurt my hand. I was doing as much therapy between sessions as possible but it really started hurting towards the end of the main. I was really hoping for my best race of the year today since I made good progress last weekend in Oakland and have always enjoyed Anaheim. I was ready to tear it up but that crash changed things. Thankfully my hand’s not broken.”

Eli Tomac: “Today I just wanted to get back into the groove as much as I could. I was still hoping for a top-five finish in the main but ended up getting a flat tire. Overall it was a good day and I was able to do some things on the track that the other guys weren’t, which was cool. I did feel my shoulder getting a bit weak in the main event, so I know I still need to build strength back so I can attack the whole time.”

Jason Anderson: “This weekend was alright, but tied in points now. Every time I get a cushion it seem like something just doesn’t go my way. You know we’re just gonna keep pushing, do what we do every weekend and come out battling next weekend.”

Dean Wilson: “It means so much to get this win. My team and I have been working so hard for this. It took us longer than expected to get here, but this is where we belong and where we intend to stay.”

Ivan Tedesco: “Not a bad day. I sucked once again in qualifying practice, I don’t know why but I haven’t been able to figure it out. I qualified 20th today and finished 10th so their was definitely some progress through the night. I’m a better racer than I am in practice so hopefully I can figure it out sooner and be better throughout the day. I’m going to keep working at it and hopefully finish better than 10th next week.”

Chad Reed: “I honestly feel the strongest I have in a long time. We made some risky changes to the bike going into the main event and they ended up working in our favor. The set up we have on the Kawasaki really works for me and allowed me to ride hard for the full 20 laps on such a sketchy track.”

Ryan Villopoto: “I was too timid the first lap and let those guys gap me a bit. We’ve been here before and know that we’re only five rounds in. We’ve got the points lead and want to be smart. The track was super sketchy. There were only a few lines that were consistent for most of the night, but they eventually went away as well. It was almost comparable to an outdoor national how much the dirt changed and fell apart throughout the day. Getting out of California with the points lead is always a good feeling. We’ll be looking to have a good night in San Diego before heading East to some more consistent tracks due to the dirt and the domes.”

Justin Hill: “I want to be on that podium so bad. I got a taste of it last week and expect nothing less. I came together with another guy pretty hard on the first lap and my hand was killing me the entire race. We’ll look to be back on the box in San Diego.”

Jake Weimer: “The result doesn’t show how I rode tonight. I felt really good in my heat race and know I have the speed to be running up front, but when you get a bad start you can only do so much. I feel good about how I rode tonight and expect to have a good night next week.”

Cooper Webb: “Weekend was good. I qualified really good in practice with a 3rd and a 5th and qualified 2nd in my heat. I got a pretty start, I think I was 3rd and then got shuffled back to 5th. Unfortunately Jason and Malcolm kind of got me into 4th, I made the pass and Canada and then just rode solid. I had a gnarly crash last weekend in Oakland and my wrist was pretty jacked up. I’m lucky just to be racing, so getting a podium is pretty cool.”

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