2012 Oakland Supercross: Rockstar Energy Racing Teams Turn in Inspiring Performances
Star Valli Yamaha’s Sipes & Izzi bring home fourth-place & seventh-place finishes in Supercross Lites
Photos by Jake Klingensmith
This past weekend of racing was the Rockstar Energy Racing teams’ turn to shine. Round four of the 2012 AMA/FIM Supercross Championship Series at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, CA, on Saturday night saw all the Rockstar Energy teams put in stirring and exciting rides that resulted in remarkable finishes all around.
Star Valli Yamaha’s Ryan Sipes celebrated his best result of the year, carding an impressive fourth-place finish in the Supercross Lites main event.
“We’re getting better each weekend,” said Sipes, who finished sixth in his heat race. “I had about nine solid laps in the main, three at the beginning and six at the end. But I think we were one of the fastest guys on the track toward the end. I’m ready to go 15 solid laps and put it up there for Anaheim 2.”
Star Valli Yamaha teammate Nico Izzi was right there with Sipes. Izzi also captured a sixth-place result in his heat race, and then followed Sipes home in seventh position in the main.
“The Oakland race was a good one for us,” said Izzi. “We had a good main event, a good heat race and came out healthy in the end, and that’s all that matters. I’m looking forward to Anaheim 2 – all the Anaheim races are great and next weekend should be fun.”
Star Valli Yamaha’s Gareth Swanepoel had an eighth-place result in his heat race and made it to the main. He finished up a few spots behind his teammates in 15th place.
For Rockstar Energy Racing, Martin Davalos came tearing out of the gate to capture the holeshot and lead the first few laps of the Supercross Lites main. Davalos gave 100 percent and battled for a podium spot for most of the race before a few minor mistakes saw him finish ninth. Prior to the main, Davalos finished a solid third in his heat race.
“I got great starts this weekend,” said Davalos. “But I made a couple of mistakes and almost went down when I was leading, and I got passed. I know I have what it takes to be up front; I just can’t seem to put it together in a main event. So I’m going to work on a couple of things and try to make everything fall into place for Anaheim 2 next weekend.”
Rockstar Energy Racing teammate Jason Anderson was also one to watch in the Supercross Lites main event. After winning the LCQ, Anderson got a decent start in the main and then charged through the field to second place before a run-in with another rider set him back. Undaunted by this, Anderson kept his head and finished the race in 12th position.
“Overall, this weekend was good,” said Anderson. “I kept building my pace and building my pace. In the main, I started out around eighth and I got up to second, but then I got tangled up with another rider. But all in all, it was a good night and I’m just pumped to keep pushing through to Anaheim 2.”
In the Supercross class, Robert Kiniry substituted for injured Star Valli Yamaha riders Austin Stroupe and Ryan Morais. Kiniry made the main event after finishing second in the LCQ, and finished 18th in the main. Although Morais will sit out while he recovers from his injuries from Los Angeles, Stroupe is expected to return next week for Anaheim
Also in the Supercross class, Rockstar Energy Racing’s Brett Metcalfe captured a fifth-place finish in his heat race and was in the top 10 in the main when he had a minor get-off. He remounted to finish 14th, while Rockstar’s Nick Wey carded seventh in his heat race and 15th in the main.
The next event for the Rockstar Energy Racing teams is the fifth round of the 2012 AMA/FIM Supercross Championship on Saturday, February 4th, at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA.