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Rockstar Energy ‘Insider’ Millville Report

Team Suzuki Press Office – July 30

Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Manager James Hanson gives his insider view of the ninth round of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship at Millville at the weekend.

The Spring Creek Motocross National was not what all have become accustomed to in 2013. First the track was quite a bit different. While it is usually riddled with deep ruts everywhere, this year it was more flat than in the past. However it was still very challenging. While it wasn’t as deep as the norm, it was still extremely rough. There were bumps on top of bumps on top of bumps, which proved very challenging and made line choice technical and vital.

The other difference was the weather itself. Just two short years ago it flooded Friday before the race which in turn created the really soft, loamy terrain that is expected. Then on Saturday the sun came out and the heat index skyrocketed to 126 degrees. This year it was just plain freezing. Windy and cloudy with occasional showers. Many in the industry didn’t check ahead and pack sweatshirts, so there were shivering bodies everywhere. For Rockstar Energy Racing it was a great day mixed with misfortune.

Ryan Sipes started the day on fire. Qualifying a stellar fifth place in the first 450 practice, he started near the top 10 in moto 1 and began moving forward. He moved up to as high as seventh before disaster struck. In one of the famous Millville roller sections, Sipes came in a bit sideways. He held the throttle wide open to straighten out the swap which is the right thing to do. In this particular instance however, it did not pay off and he ended up just picking up much more speed before going down. Swapping is one of the worst kind of crashes riders experience. You go one direction, then back the other way which doubles your momentum similar to when a wakeboarder cuts back across the wake. The result equals hitting the ground like a ton of bricks. Sipes was very fortunate to have all his safety equipment on when the incident took place. Although he broke both his neckbrace and his helmet, they both did exactly what they were designed to do. Ryan at least left the track with no neck injury and concussion free.

Ryan Sipes: “Millville was a little rough. I felt really good in practice and really good in the first moto until I crashed. I swapped in the whoops and ended up landing on the back of my neck. I broke my helmet and my neck brace, a couple ribs and I think my hand. It was a tough one and I’m in a lot of pain, but what is pleasure without pain?”

Jason Anderson has clearly begun to fire on all cylinders. It was evident a change took place in moto 2 at Washougal MX Park just one week ago. Those who are familiar with racing know exactly how that feels. One day when riding you will just feel something click. Suddenly you’re riding at a much faster pace but feeling completely comfortable at the same time. Anybody can ride over their head to drop lap times but that increase will always be short lived and accompanied with crashes. The key is to be patient, do the work and let it come to you. That is exactly what Anderson has done all year. He has been right on the verge and is now climbing into the position of one of the best of the best. In moto 1 in Minnesota he also combined his recent growth with a great start; something he has struggled with this year. The result was the best moto finish of his career. In the second moto the great start was not there so he had to rely on his speed. He was able to move through the pack into a position that garnered him a three-way tie for second with Marvin Musquin and Rockstar rider Jeremy Martin. With the way the final race panned out, Musquin picked up second with Anderson and Martin third and fourth. This was his first ever outdoor podium and the indication is that there will be many more to come.

Jason Anderson: “Millville ended on a good note with my very first outdoor podium. My start wasn’t very good in the second moto but I made it work. It was sick and I felt like I was ripping!”

There will now be another weekend off to accommodate the Loretta Lynn Amateur National Championship taking place from Monday – Saturday this week. Rockstar Energy Racing rider Daniel Baker will look to pick up titles in the A class; the pinnacle of amateur racing. Anderson will spend the week off from the Nationals and race the Super X event at X Games in Los Angeles. Sipes will see the doctor Monday to get X Rays and determine exactly what he will now need to recover from.

Millville 450 and 250 mage Gallery: CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS

450 Class (Moto Finish):

1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki (1-3)
2. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda (2-2)
3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM (5-1)
4. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Honda (3-5)
5. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki (6-4)
6. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM (7-8)
7. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Suzuki, (11-6)
8. Chad Reed, Australia, Honda (10-7)
9. Jake Weimer, Twin Falls, Idaho, Kawasaki (9-9)
10. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki (8-10)

450 Class Championship Standings:

1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 413
2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 379
3. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Honda, 307
4. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 269
5. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 263
6. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Suzuki, 195
7. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM, 191
8. Jake Weimer, Twin Falls, Idaho, Kawasaki, 184
9. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 183
10. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha, 176

250 Class (Moto Finish):

1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda (1-1)
2. Marvin Musquin, La Reole, France, KTM (4-4)
3. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Suzuki (3-5)
4. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (2-7)
5. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki (6-3)
6. Justin Bogle, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki (5-6)
7. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda (8-8)
8. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Kawasaki (7-11)
9. Ken Roczen, Apolda, Germany, KTM (35-2)
10. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Honda (11-9)

250 Class Championship Standings:

1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 405
2. Ken Roczen, Apolda, Germany, KTM, 378
3. Marvin Musquin, La Reole, France, KTM, 334
4. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki, 295
5. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Honda, 261
6. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Suzuki, 238
7. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda, 209
8. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 207
9. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha, 183
10. Cooper Webb, Morehead City, N.C., Yamaha, 170

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