Supercross Round 8 Race Report - Atlanta, GA
February 26, 2011
Atlanta, GA. (February 26, 2011) The AMA Supercross Series entertained a near-sellout crowd of 69,517 Georgia fans who packed into Atlanta's Georgia Dome for one of the seasons finest races. N-FAB Sponsored Team DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing/Yamaha showed up eagerly awaiting to unleash their two East coast contingents. The day started out fairly well for #25 Ryan Sipes who went out and set the 1st quickest time and #533 Gannon Audette put in the 8th fastest timed qualifying lap.
The night show began with the rookie Audette only making two laps of the opening Heat race after crashing, and having to move on to the dreaded LCQ. Sipes slated into Heat Race #2, got the best of starts and assumed the lead of the field within a few turns. This is when the big highlight all began to come together. Riding at his best and increasing his lead every single lap, Sipes rode flawless and was uncontested. In doing so, Sipes went on to win his first Heat race of the season. Racing unfortunately in the LCQ didnít pan out for Audette, as a fair start left him to come all the way up to a 4th place finish which was two spots short of qualifying.
The Lites East Main Event shot out of the gate, with the FMF backed Sipes sitting 4th, and with the poise of good things to come. On lap three, Sipes had settled into the pace and began picking up some time which left him racing for a top three position. It was clear he was not done by any means, but on the eleventh lap Ryan lost his wheels and suffered a minor crash. Now relegated back to the 6th spot, Sipes worked hard to salvage what he could. With the closing lap in progress, the veteran kept digging deep and made his way into 5th. From there the Yamaha pilot would go on to finish out there in 5th, the frustration could be felt by Sipes and he was truly angry with missing out on podium finish.