Supercross Round 10 Race Report - Indianapolis, IN
March 14, 2011
Indianapolis, IN. (March 12, 2011) The AMA Supercross Series went off with a bang to a fan base exceeding 60,000 inside a newly designed stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana this past Saturday night. Both classes had their exciting moments on the track, with the series still in its eastward swing. The N-FAB Sponsored DNA Shred Stix / Star Racing / Yamaha Team came in and showcased their two East coast top contenders, #25 Ryan Sipes, and rookie #533 Gannon Audette. The day started out fairly well for the teammates as Sipes clocked in at 1st and the determined Audette set the 8th fastest Timed - Qualifying lap.
The night show began with Heat race #1; Audette rocketed out to a good beginning and tried to settle in. Racing up to his potential, Audette kept himself in the mix holding inside the top five, with only a few laps until the finish, the FMF backed rider found a pace that eventually would bring him closer to the leaders. This allowed Gannon to gain confidence as he maintained 5th, and more importantly he avoided the LCQ unlike in previous rounds. Sipes slated into Heat race #2, got the best of starts sitting 2nd through turn one. Riding at his best, within three laps Sipes stalked the leader, made a pass and began increasing his lead every single lap. In doing so, Ryan went on to win his second Heat race of the season.
The 15 lap main event fired out of the gate, and once again Sipes was high up in the field, as well as Audette after the first turn sitting in 2nd and 3rd. Unfortunately, at the end of lap one, Gannon went down to the ground, setting the scenario for him to charge from 20th . Upfront, by the end of lap one Sipes had secured 2nd and was applying heavy pressure to the leader. Once laps started being logged, it was easy to see how strong Ryan was, and on the eighth lap the leader succumbed to the heat and crashed, handing 1st to a man on a mission. Now the leader, Sipes confidence kicked in, and he bolted taking the technical track and making it look easy. Meanwhile, after remounting with a big feat ahead of him, since Gannon was a great length behind the main field in the early stages of the race. He very methodically and quickly, by the halfway mark used the combination of those two things stated, enabling him to capitalize on other competitors mistakes. Lap eight saw the Yamaha pilot takeover 15th, and then on the very next lap he made a clean pass into 13th. At this point Sipes showed strength by
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