Posted By: James Hanson
The Rockstar Energy Racing teams were an impressive sight to behold at round two of the 2012 AMA Pro Motocross Championship at the Freestone National in Wortham, TX, on Saturday.
Although Rockstar Energy Racing’s Blake Wharton missed the entire 2011 Motocross season due to injury, you wouldn’t know it from his performance in Texas. Wharton picked up sixth in his first 250 moto and led most of the second before finishing third and taking fourth overall.
“I rode kind of tight and not my best,” said Wharton of the first moto. “But it was my second race back in Motocross and I’m making progress. In the second moto, I got a better start and made my way to first. So I led some laps in Texas, which is cool because it’s my home crowd. I had a problem on the last lap, so I ended up third, and fourth overall. Now, we’ll keep building for Colorado. It will be tough, with the elevation and ruts, but I like the track and I’m looking forward to it.”
Rockstar Energy Racing teammate Martin Davalos suffered some bad luck in both 250 motos at the Texas race, but still put his best foot forward. Davalos rebounded from crashes to finish 14th and 13th, respectively, and 11th overall.
“Texas is not my favorite track,” admitted Davalos. “In the first moto, I got hit off the start and went down and got back to 14th. In the second moto, I got hit again on the start, this time really hard, and I was hurting out there, but was able to come back to 13th. Now we’re coming to my favorite track, Lakewood, and I hope to get a good result there.”
Also representing Rockstar Energy Racing in the 250 class was Jason Anderson, who qualified a very impressive third. Although Anderson got a good jump in the first moto, he went down just off the start and had to come from behind to finish 22nd. He rallied for the second moto and ran in a podium position before fatigue set in and he finished seventh. Overall, Anderson carded 12th for the day.
“It was a good race,” said Anderson. “In the first moto, I came together with a guy and ended up going down. But I pulled it together for the second moto. I was running third for most of the race, but then I over-heated and fell back to seventh. But all in all, it was a good stepping-stone to the rest of the season. Next week, Colorado is like a hometown race for me because it’s only six hours from where I live in New Mexico. It’s at elevation and shouldn’t be too hot, so I’m ready to get out there and race.”
“The track was really rough,” said Hewitt. “In the first moto, I got a good start and was running 12th, but ended up 17th. I think I settled in too fast and should have pushed through a couple more laps. In the second moto, I got another good start but I got hit and went down with a bunch of other riders. I was a little slow getting up, but I put on a good charge and ended up 20th. Now, I’m just looking forward to racing in the cooler weather in Colorado.”
Finally, riding for Rockstar Energy Racing in the WMX class, Jessica Patterson celebrated her second podium of the year. Patterson won her first moto and finished second in moto two to take second overall for the day.
“I got a decent start in the first moto and passed for the lead early,” said Patterson. “It was pretty rough out there, but I rode some good lines and pulled a solid lead and won the moto. In the second moto, I passed early but I washed out the front end. I knew I had to get back to the front, so on the last lap, I made a banzai pass for second to keep the points lead. I’m glad to leave Texas with the red plate again and I’m looking forward to Colorado.”
May 28th, 2012 | TAGS: Bel Ray, Blake Wharton, DC Shoes, Dragon alliance, Fox Racing, Freestone Motocross National, hunter hewitt, Jason Anderson, Jessica Patterson, Martin Davalos, motocross, MX, Nufab, Oakley, one industries, Rockstar Energy Drink, Rockstar Energy Racing, Team Losi