Posted By: James Hanson
In the 450 class, Star Valli Yamaha’s Ryan Sipes picked up his best results of the season. Carding 12th in the first moto and a well-earned sixth in the second, Sipes wound up eighth overall for the day.
“I’ve always liked High Point and I feel pretty good here,” said Sipes. “In the first moto, I felt really good but I didn’t get a good start. I was working my way up and passing a lot of people when I went down. But I got up and kept riding hard and came back. In the second moto, I got a better start and just tried to make some early passes and then chill out. I feel like I’m hitting my stride and getting in a flow, so I’m looking forward to Budds Creek.”
Star Valli Yamaha’s Nico Izzi was right there with his teammate in ninth overall in the 450 class and, as a result, moved up a spot in the title chase. Izzi started the day strong with an eighth-place finish in moto one, but had to overcome a get-off in moto two to finish 10th.
“I felt like I rode really good all day,” said Izzi. “In the first moto, I didn’t get a great start but I raced with the front-runners the whole time. In the second moto, I got a good start and tried to sprint to a better position but I went down. So I started picking them off and that was all I could do. But Budds Creek should be good. I like the track and I’ve got the speed, I just need to work on my starts.”
Leading Star Valli Yamaha’s 250 effort, Kyle Cunningham was the one to watch. Cunningham overcame a poor start in the first moto to finish 14th, but got off the gate better in moto two and brought home seventh. Overall, Cunningham finished the day in ninth.
“I had some battles in the first moto,” said Cunningham. “But I had a bad start and struggled to get up front quicker. I put in a charge at the end but went down with a lap and a half to go. In the second moto, I felt like I rode smooth and I had a battle with my teammate Swanepoel. We both pushed to the finish and ended up with decent results. We’ll get to Budds Creek and try to do a little better. I’ve had some good results there and I like that track.”
Star Valli Yamaha’s Gareth Swanepoel did indeed battle with Cunningham in the second 250 moto, and finished right behind him in eighth. Swanepoel had some problems in the first moto with the starting gate, but came from dead last to 15th. In the end, the Star Valli Yamaha rider finished 12th overall for the day.
“It was a good day,” said Swanepoel. “Unfortunately, in the first moto I hit the start gate or it didn’t drop. Either way, I got stuck on the gate and I came from last to 15th. In the second moto, I got a better start – finally – and ended up pushing through and battling with Cunningham almost the whole, race and got a solid eighth. Budds Creek is one of my favorite tracks so if I can build on this, it should be a good race.”
“I had a decent start in the first moto and got myself up to 12th,” said Peters. “In the second moto, I was really looking for that top-10 overall finish. I was running about sixth but somebody took me out and it took me a while to get my bike started. But I rode hard, and came back to 15th. I felt like I rode pretty good and now I’m looking forward to Budds Creek – it’s my home track.”
June 12th, 2012 | TAGS: Cosworth, Factory Effex, Gareth Swanepoel, GYTR, Highpoint Motocross National, Kyle Cunningham, Kyle Peters, Metal Mulisha, motocross, MSR MX, Mt. morris, MX, Nico Izzi, Pro Taper, Rockstar, Rockstar Energy, Rockstar Energy Drink, Ryan SIpes, Scott Motosports, Star Valli Yamaha