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Rider Comments: Oakland

Dean Wilson: “I’m really not sure what happened there, the bike just stalled out a little bit but then got going again. That’s just racing sometimes. I pushed to try and get back up front there at the end, but I’m just so happy to finally be on podium. This season has been more difficult than I expected, but this finish and our performance tonight shows how strong we are and I know we’re headed in the right direction. We’ll be back and ready to do it again next week.”

Justin Hill: “I’m so happy to finally get on the box, but I can’t help but think I let a win get away there. I learned a lot by being up front and I was able to take away some valuable experience. My team has been working so hard and we’re hitting our groove now. I feel so great on the Kawasaki KX250F and I expect to be battling for a spot up here every week now.”

Jason Anderson: “Weekend was good. I had another last lap pass and (laughs) it was awesome. Three wins on the season so far and you can’t beat that. I just need to stay in it and keep doing my thing.”

Ivan Tedesco: “The day went ok. Practice was a little rough the same as it has been the past few weekends. It’s taking me a little while to get used to the tracks. It gets better every time I go out there. I got plenty of track time tonight going to the LCQ. I put it in the main and got another bad start. I just clicked off as many laps as good as I could and I ended up 12th. It’s getting better and we’ll keep workin at it.”

James Stewart: “The race at Oakland was good. I pulled the holeshot in the heat race and got the win. Then we went back and made some changes to the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 before the Main Event. But then I blew the start so I had to make some passes and take some chances. I slowly made my way up and got around most of the guys one-by-one. I was closing-in on the lead little-by-little and then almost crashed in the whoops and decided that finishing second would be OK. I wanted to be smart and be there every weekend. I’m happy with two seconds in a row. I felt good and it showed in the Main Event, but we’ll keep on working towards getting the win at Anaheim 3.”

Wil Hahn: “The whole day was better. My practices were better and my heat race was awesome. I got my starts better, and that was the main goal of the week. We did well here, and more than anything I was able to bring more speed. My riding was a lot more well-rounded, and I am looking forward to building on this weekend’s progress.”

Zach Osborne: “It’s not what I want, but I got to lead some laps in the heat race and was really close to winning it, which was good. In the main event I finally got the start I needed, but I just didn’t really make the most of the situation. I was going for fourth towards the end of the race and knew I had to make something happen, so I tried passing Seely through the whoops. I missed a whoop and went over the bars pretty hard. I’m fine and still was able to finish fifth.”

Ryan Dungey: “Of course, I would have liked to finish on the podium. The top three were riding really good tonight, and unfortunately, I wasn’t able to move up. I am looking forward to the next Anaheim race and hope to get closer to getting a win.”

Josh Hill: “I felt great all day, and had the speed I needed. I just made a mistake in the heat coming through the pack. I’m not in too much pain. More than anything, I’m just frustrated that I’m going to have to miss a couple races.”

Broc Tickle: “I got off to a decent start in my heat and felt the best I have all night. Barcia knocked Weimer down in a berm in front of me and I got on the gas to try and miss his bike, but clipped it and crashed. I sprained my left wrist and my pointer finger. It swelled up really quickly, so we made a decision as a team to pull out on racing tonight.

Ryan Villopoto: “It feels great to get the win tonight. I feel like we did last season. My whole Monster Energy Kawasaki team is putting in a lot of work at the test track so we can get the best possible setup on the bike. We made a few changes this week including the triple clamp and the results show the hard work is paying off. I feel like we are just starting to hit our stride.”

Chad Reed: “I want to show these young guys out here that I’ve still got it. I’ve been working hard and we have been able to get the bike to work well. The bike may even be working better than me right now but I’m putting in the laps and we are seeing some great results.”

Chris Blose: “I felt pretty good with the bike and the track all day, and I knew it was going to take a good start to be up there. I made a lot of good passes early on in the main, and in the semi I got a pretty decent start and knew that I just had to get around a couple guys. Then in the first rhythm section, Nick Wey came over on me and I had to go off the track. My rear brake pedal bent 180 degrees under the footpeg, so that was a short race! I had to rush back to the pits because the semis and LCQ are really close together, and luckily I had a spare brake lever. Being that far out on the gate, I didn’t get a very good start, which is kind of a bummer because my speed was there and I was feeling good the whole night. It was just some bad luck, but I’m excited to get on my new bike at A3 next weekend.”

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