Posted By: James Hanson
In Supercross Lites, Star Valli Yamaha’s Kyle Cunningham returned to racing after missing last week’s event due to injury. Cunningham had a strong showing in his heat race and finished an impressive fourth. In the main event, he got caught up in a turn-one pile-up, but still managed to work his way through the field to finish ninth.
“I was riding pretty good,” said Cunningham. “I felt like we made progress from practice to the heat race. Then I got in the first-turn pile-up in the main and had to come from way back to ninth. We’ve just had some bad luck. I’ve ended up on the ground by myself and with other people, but that’s how it goes. We’ll try to come back strong and do something good for New Orleans.“
Star Valli Yamaha teammate Kyle Peters continues to progress and improve as his rookie season plays out. Peters was right there with Cunningham in his heat race and followed his teammate home in fifth. In the main event, Peters turned in consistent laps before fatigue set in and he finished 11th.
“I got a good start and rode decent for a few laps,” said Peters. “But then I got pumped up and that was about it for me. But we finished the race and that’s something to build on, for sure. Now we’ll just get ready for New Orleans and see if we can improve there.”
In the Supercross class, Star Valli Yamaha’s Bobby Kiniry enjoyed his best result of the season. Kiniry finished a solid eighth in his eight-lap heat race and then gave it his all in the 20-lap main. Getting a great start, Kiniry was third off the gate and ran in the top five for the first few laps before bringing home a well-deserved sixth place.
“I’m just pumped,” said Kiniry. “This is my best result this year and I feel like we’re building consistently now. I rode smart, I got a good start and I got the Rockstar Yamaha out in front of the pack, right off the bat. Now, I’m really looking forward to New Orleans. I’ve raced there once or twice, and I’m comfortable down there. We’re getting the ball rolling now and I know where I belong, and that’s up front, and I think I’m showing that now.”
Star Valli Yamaha teammate Nico Izzi continues to contest the Supercross class on the East Coast, though officially he’s campaigning West Coast Supercross Lites. In the Supercross class at Houston, Izzi had a remarkable heat race and battled for a podium spot for most of the race before finishing fourth. In the main, Izzi put in a smart ride and turned consistent laps to finish eighth.
“It was a good day,” said Izzi. “We had good practice times and a good heat. In the main, I had a good pace on those first 10 laps but then I got a little tired and I backed it down. But I’m pumped to be in the top 10 again, and the team rode well and everybody took a step forward. Now, I’m looking forward to racing Supercross in New Orleans, and then getting back to the Lites class.”
Once again racing the Supercross class under the Star Valli Yamaha banner was Weston Peick, who finished an impressive sixth in his heat race. Peick went on to card a top-10 finish in the main event, thanks to a ninth-place result.
“It’s good to be back with the Star Valli Yamaha team,” said Peick. “The heat race came around, and I got a decent start and finished sixth and that felt good. In the main, I was off to a good start, but about halfway through I started riding a little tight. I got a little tired but I finished a solid ninth, so it was a pretty good night. I’ve never raced at New Orleans before, so I think it’ll be pretty cool to race someplace new.”
April 2nd, 2012 | TAGS: Answer Racing, Bobby Kiniry, Cosworth, Factory Effex, GYTR, Houston Supercross, Kyle Cunningham, Kyle Peters, Metal Mulisha, MSR MX, Nico Izzi, Pro Taper, Rockstar, Rockstar Energy, Rockstar Energy Drink, Scott Motorsports, Star Valli Yamaha, supercross, SX, Weston Peick