AMA Motocross Round 8:
Traxxas-Sponsored Riders Take 4 of Top
Traxxas-Sponsored Riders Take Four of the Top Six Spots at Washougal
Christophe Pourcel led the Pro Circuit/Kawasaki/Traxxas squad as the team took four of the top six spots this week at Washougal finishing second in both motos for second overall. Joining Pourcel on the podium was Tyla Rattray, who finished third after going 4-3. Rookie Dean Wilson finished 6-6 for fifth overall and Jake Weimer went 3-11 for sixth overall.
"The race was good for me," said Pourcel. "I felt good during both motos, but I didn't have a clutch in second moto. It was difficult in the slower sections because I was worried about stalling the bike."
In qualifying Pourcel set the second fastest time with Wilson fourth quickest. Weimer continued to improve, and finished qualifying in sixth.
In the first moto, Wilson launched out of the gate and nearly grabbed the holeshot, with Weimer right behind him. Wilson stayed in second through the first two laps but crashed. He went on to finish 19th. Pourcel didn't get a good start and was in tenth as the race got underway, but worked his way up to second by lap 13. Rattray started eighth and worked his way up to fourth, while Weimer stayed up at the front for the entire moto to finish third.
"It felt good to get on the podium again in the first moto," said Weimer. "I need to put together two strong motos and get back to the top step for an overall win."
In the second moto, the start was almost identical for Wilson as he again nearly got the holeshot, but the rookie went down on the first lap and fell back to 15th. The rest of the team held down the second, third and fourth spots with Pourcel ahead of Rattray and Weimer. On the 11th lap, Weimer went down and fell back to 11th. During the moto, Wilson worked his way up from 15th to sixth to earn a top-five finish.
"I'm kind of bummed right now, but also I feel good about how I rode," said Wilson. "I never want to crash and especially not twice in two motos, but at the same time I know I rode really well so that's the positive I'm taking from this weekend."
The team has two weeks off before heading to Unadilla in New Berlin, New York for the next round of the series with Pourcel holding a 38-point lead in the standings.
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