As Monster Energy Supercross descended on Chase Field for the second round of the 17-race series, the Traxxas-sponsored Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team was already out in front in series points thanks to a podium-sweeping finish for Josh Hansen (100), Broc Tickle (20) and Tyla Rattray (28) at the previous weekend’s Anaheim season-opener. Firmly established as the front-runners in the 250 Lites class, the Pro Circuit/Kawasaki/Traxxas riders went to work in Phoenix and took command of both motos and the Main to retain their positions at the top of the points chase.
Tyla Rattray may say he’s “not really a Supercross guy,” but his performance in Moto 1 proved he’s got the stuff. Despite riding with a wrist injury sustained during the pre-race practice, Rattray made it to the first turn in third, deftly maneuvered into the lead, then checked out aboard his KX 250F. Rattray did not let off until he took the checkered flag and his first moto win of the season.
Anaheim I winner Josh Hansen took the holeshot in Moto 2 with Martin Davalos close behind and Broc Tickle safely in third. Despite pressure from Davalos, Hansen remained calm, cool and collected as he rode to yet another Moto win, complete with a big whip over the finish line jump. His Pro Circuit/Kawasaki/Traxxas teammate Tickle held onto third to secure his place in the Main.
250 Lites Main
The Monster Energy Supercross Yearbook says “Tickle isn’t lightning fast off the start,” but apparently no one told Broc Tickle. The Supercross rookie blasted out of the gate with the holeshot as Ryan Morais slotted into second and Josh Hansen sat comfortably in third. Hansen made quick work of Morais and took over second by the third lap, then stuck close to teammate Broc Tickle and showed the patience of a veteran as he waited for an opportunity to safely pass. That opportunity came with six laps to go, as Tickle’s front end washed out in a slippery hairpin, depositing him on the ground. Hansen went high to clear Tickle’s downed bike and take the lead. Ryan Morais got around Tickle as well, but Tickle quickly remounted his machine and reclaimed second three laps later. Hansen and Tickle held their positions to take the win and second place, just as they did in Anaheim one week earlier. Tyla Rattray, who joined his teammates on the podium in Anaheim, finished sixth in Phoenix but held onto third in the season points chase.
Traxxas congratulates Josh Hansen, Broc Tickle, and Tyla Rattray on another successful and exciting Supercross performance, and also congratulates Mitch Payton and the entire Pro Circuit/Kawasaki/Traxxas team on a job well done. Behind each rider on the track, there’s a team of drivers, mechanics, trainers, and other crew members that are as essential to the team’s success as the men on the bikes. Keep it up, Traxxas is proud to be with you!
Traxxas-Edition Kawasaki KX 450F Winner!
At each 2011 Supercross race, Traxxas is awarding one lucky fan a Kawasaki KX 450F complete with Pro Circuit T4R pipe and special Traxxas Edition graphics. In Phoenix, Max Bishop was the big winner, and he was just about speechless. “I’m numb!” said Max, adding “I never win anything!” Well, you won big this time bro! If you’d like a shot at winning a Pro Circuit-equipped Kawasaki KX 450F, just attend any 2011 Supercross race and visit Traxxas in the pits to fill out an entry form. Or, text to win right from your seat while you enjoy the action–watch the Jumbotron for details. For complete rules, click here.