Supercross Round 16 Race Report - Salt Lake City, UT
April 30, 2011
Salt Lake City, UT. (April 30, 2011) The AMA Lites West Coast Supercross series penultimate round took place in Salt Lake City, Utah this past Saturday at Rice-Eccles Stadium before 39,329 fans. For the N-FAB Sponsored DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing/Yamaha and the riders, #35 Kyle Cunningham, and #72 Nick Paluzzi closing out the last two races with strong finishes had a high priority. By the end of the Timed-Qualifying sessions, Cunningham and Paluzzi had established themselves as capable candidates for a run at the front of the field.
Slated into Heat #1, Paluzzi got to the first turn well up in the front of the field. Sitting around 7th, the youngster stayed in the mix of the leaders helping the Yamaha pilot find 5th place by races end. Cunningham's night of racing started out promising, when in Heat race #2 he was able to take his FMF supported ride up to 2nd quite convincingly, allowing the confident rider to secure a good gate pick for the finale.
The main event took off with all of the hype; Cunningham and Paluzzi were right in the mix from the drop of the gate. Lap one concluded, with Cunningham holding down 5th, while Paluzzi who obtained a good start in 10th, was forced to recover after going down on lap three. For the next four laps Cunningham remained in a forging forward assault, which had him tailing the top four. Near the halfway mark Cunningham's conditioning began to shine seeing him continue on with consistency, which brought him to battle for a possible podium finish. Paluzzi, who was back in 20th in the same time, and a lap down continued on just to gain valuable experience. From this point, Cunningham closed out the remainder of the race with a valiant effort, but finished out the night in 5th.