Posted By: James Hanson
Racing SX Lites West for Star Valli Yamaha was Ryan Sipes. In that main event, Sipes got a good start but then tangled up with another rider on the first lap. Despite this, Sipes bounced back to finish eighth and move on to the Shootout, where he finished seventh. Overall, Sipes finished out the season in seventh, with one win and two top-five results.
Star Valli Yamaha teammate Kyle Cunningham finished the year on a high note in the SX Lites East main event. Running up front, Cunningham made a small mistake and went down, but regrouped to finish sixth. In the Shootout, Cunningham struggled and finished 14th. At season’s end, Cunningham was eighth in points and had accumulated five top-10 results.
“The day started off rough because I crashed twice,” said Cunningham. “But this is the healthiest I’ve felt all year. I rode decent in the main for going down, and I got a bad start in the Shootout. I took a couple rocks to the chest with no chest protector on, and I couldn’t breathe that well, but that’s how it goes. We’re safe and still healthy, and I’m looking forward to getting the Outdoors started.”
Star Valli Yamaha rookie Kyle Peters went into his last SX Lites East main event of the season and gave it his proverbial all. He got a great jump off the gate and was running in a transfer spot for most of the race. With a few laps to go, however, he fell back and had to go to the LCQ. Peters holeshot the final qualifier and led the first lap, but wound up finishing fourth and did not make the main.
Setting the tone for the Supercross class was Star Valli Yamaha’s Nico Izzi. After getting a great start in his eight-lap heat, Izzi raced in a podium position before a nasty get-off saw him finish fifth. In the 20-lap main event, Izzi again got an excellent launch and was in the top five right off the bat. He put his head down and charged hard and finished sixth, his best Supercross result of the season.
“Las Vegas was awesome,” said Izzi. “I had a good heat. I went down but I managed to get up and salvage fifth. In the main, I wanted to get in the top 10 on the start because I kind of had a bad gate pick, so I managed to do that. And I was running with those guys for the first eight to 10 laps, and then they kind of broke away and I fell out of my pace a little bit. But we got a strong sixth, even though we had to fight the whole time and work hard for 20 laps. Now we’ll get working on the Outdoors and I’m looking forward to racing the 450.”
Star Valli Yamaha’s Weston Peick turned in a solid performance at the final round in Las Vegas. He got a decent start in his heat race and finished sixth. In the main event, Peick rode smooth, consistent laps and worked his way into eighth. Overall, Peick carded five top-10 finishes this year and wound up 15th in points.
“I ended up finishing eighth,” said Peick. “You know how slippery and crazy it gets in Vegas, so it’s just survival out there. I pulled off an eighth and I finished 15th in the points for the season, so I’m kind of pumped on that, and now I’m looking forward to hopefully racing the Outdoors.”
Rounding out the Supercross class for Star Valli Yamaha was Bobby Kiniry. In his heat, Kiniry came up one position short of a transfer spot. But he went on to holeshot the LCQ and was leading the race when he got sideways over a jump. Kiniry’s save was spectacular, but he wound up going down shortly thereafter and was out for the night. Overall, Kiniry carded three solid top-10 results this year and finished the season 16th in points.
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