Supercross Round 15 Race Report - Seattle, WA
April 16, 2011
Seattle, WA. (April 16, 2011) Over the weekend N-FAB Sponsored DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing/Yamaha and the 52,683 fans that visited Qwest Field in Seattle, Washington were greeted with clear skies for the start up round of the Lites West AMA Supercross Series after a long break. The day started out fairly well for #35 Kyle Cunningham who went out and set the 1st quickest time, and #72 Nick Paluzzi put in the 11th fastest Timed-Qualifying Lap.
The night show began with both the rookie and Cunningham slated into Heat race #2, Cunningham got the best of starts in the 2nd position, but a horrible first lap sent him to 4th. Just a tick behind, Paluzzi was 5th and doing his best to adapt to the treacherous conditions. Quickly, it was Cunningham showing his strength early on, setting the fastest lap time while he clawed his way onto the leader's rear wheel by the checkers, and finished a close 2nd. Also riding in a good fashion, Paluzzi remained consistent all the way to the end, taking a 5th place finish.
The 15 lap main event fired out of the gate, and once again Cunningham was high up in the field, as well as Paluzzi after the first turn sitting in 4th and 10th. Upfront, by the end of lap two Cunningham had secured 3rd and was applying heavy pressure to the second spot. Once lap three was in circulation, it was easy to see how strong Kyle was, his lines were coming together perfectly and speed wasn't an issue. As the race played out on lap 6, Cunningham confidence kicked in, but a hidden hole changed his near term plan, as it caused #35 to lose traction in a turn and briefly crash. Once remounted in 7th, the Yamaha pilot bolted taking the ridiculously treacherous track and making it look easy. Meanwhile, after starting tenth and running there for most of the main, Paluzzi had an unfortunate get off with less than a few laps to go, which relegated him to 13th on the night. With three laps remaining, Cunningham was still on the charge and had made it to 5th. Never settling, the strong willed Texan leaped up to 4th on the closing lap of the race, and went on to finish there.