The sparks were expected to fly in a Supercross Lites West battle, and they did when Traxxas Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson and GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac collided, literally, several times in a pitched battle for the points lead. Ahead of them, Star-Valli Rockstar Yamaha’s Ryan Sipes held the race lead after grabbing the holeshot. Tomac sat in second, but Wilson made a pass on him. Then Tomac set Wilson up and retook second, but Wilson responded with a hard pass and some contact that sent Tomac off of the track. Tomac got back on the track quickly, still sitting in third behind Wilson. When he saw an opening a few laps later, he went for the kill and bumped Wilson on the inside across the starting stretch. Wilson went down.
While Sipes continued to log smooth laps up front, the collision hurt both Wilson and Tomac. Wilson got up in sixth but dislocated his shoulder in the crash. He struggled to hang on, but gritted through the pain and finished seventh. Tomac also lost his pace due to a broken shifter, which left him stuck in third gear and slipping his clutch to keep from stalling. Finally he jammed the shifter into second, which saved the clutch but slowed him. As he lost time, he fell into a huge battle for third between Lucas Oil Troy Lee Designs Honda’s Cole Seely, Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin and GEICO Honda’s Wil Hahn.
Musquin had won his heat and ran the fastest laps in both practice sessions. He blew the start in the main, but he rode strong to get past Hahn and Seely, and then sneak past Tomac for second on the final lap.
Sipes rode a smooth, steady pace to log his first win of the season. Considering he was in his first race back from wrist and shoulder surgery, and how badly he struggled with crashes and injuries throughout the first half of the West Lites season, it was a huge win for Sipes.
Tomac’s third and Wilson’s seventh gives Tomac a four-point lead in the West standings, but Wilson is now dealing with a shoulder injury.
That left the final order was Sipes, Musquin, Tomac, Seely, Hahn, and Jason Anderson, with Wilson in seventh, Billy Laninovich eighth, and Travis Baker and Vince Friese rounding out the top ten.
In theSupercross class, Traxxas Pro Circuit rider Broc Tickle rode his Kawasaki KX450F to yet another Top 10 finish. Tickle's consistant riding has kept the rookie near the front all season. It's only a matter of time before this rising star stands on the podium. He's currently tenth in the championship standings.
Traxxas and the Pro Circuit riders hit Salt Lake City, Utah next weekend as Round 16 of the Monster Energy Supercross assaults Rice Eccles Stadium. Catch all the action live on Speed or if you are anywhere near The Great Salt Lake... Be there!
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