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Sacramento, CA: Traxxas-sponsored Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Christophe Pourcel left the 2010 AMA Motocross season opener tied for the points lead after finishing second overall in Hangtown. Teammates Jake Weimer and Dean Wilson also finished in the top-ten with fourth and sixth place, while Tyla Rattray finished 11th overall.
“I feel like I rode better than my results show,” said Weimer, the reigning 250 West Supercross champ. “I’ve been working hard on my outdoor program and I feel really good about it. I need to work on my starts so I can get out front early and not have to worry about finding a way around the other riders.”
In the first moto, both Pourcel and Traxxas-sponsored teammate Dean Wilson jumped out to good starts with Pourcel taking the lead on the first lap and Wilson holding down the fourth spot. Just behind them was Weimer in sixth. Pourcel continued to lead until lap 11 when he went down and dropped to third. Over the next five laps, Pourcel regrouped and moved up to the rear fender of the leader. On the final lap, Pourcel pushed hard and was able to take the lead and grab the moto 1 victory. Weimer rode a steady race throughout, moving up to fourth early and staying there. Wilson fell on the second lap and dropped form fourth to 14th but worked his way up to 10th by the end of the race.
“The track was difficult today,” said Pourcel. “I was riding well up front and then I went down. I wasn’t nervous at all; I just did what I needed to get back up to the front. The last lap was fun and it was good to make the pass.”
In the second moto, it was Wilson who was the fastest Pro Circuit rider out of the gate sitting in fourth. Pourcel was right behind him in sixth while Weimer was 10th and Rattray 18th. The tight track at Hangtown made it difficult to pass so each of the riders was focused on moving up as much as they could. Wilson moved into third on the sixth lap with Pourcel right on his rear fender. The two rode in lock-step until the final lap when Pourcel passed Wilson to take third in the moto. Weimer and Rattray finished eighth and 16th respectively.
“I rode tight during the first moto,” said Wilson. “I just didn’t know what to expect and once I loosened up I was able to find some good lines and stay consistent. In the second moto things went a lot better and I stayed loose all the way through.”
The team now has a weekend off before heading to Freestone County, Texas for the second of 12 AMA Motocross rounds. Watch the action on SPEED, June 5 at 12am Eastern (9pm Pacific)!
2010 AMA Motocross Schedule
May 22 – Hangtown – Sacramento, CA
June 5 – Freestone Raceway – Wortham, TX
June 12 – High Point Raceway – Mt. Morris, PA
June 19 – Budds Creek Motocross – Mechanicsville, MD
June 26 – Thunder Valley Motocross – Lakewood, CO
July 3 – RedBud MX – Buchanan, MI
July 17 – Spring Creek Motocross – Millville, MN
July 24 – Washougal Motocross – Washougal, WA
Aug 14 – Unadilla Valley Sports Center – New Berlin, NY
Aug 28 – Moto-X 338 – Southwick, MA
Sept 4 – Steel City Raceway – Delmont, PA
Sept 11 – Pala Raceway – Pala, CA
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