TEDESCO 4TH IN SAN DIEGO SUPERCROSS2007-02-19 06:33
Team Makita Suzuki Racing's Ivan Tedesco picked up his first holeshot and his best Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross result of the season after finishing fourth at Saturday night's San Diego AMA Supercross seventh round at Qualcomm Stadium.
"This was definitely a break-through weekend for me," said Tedesco after the race. "I was able to get some seat time on the Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 during the week and that really paid off. What I'm most excited about is that Chad Reed only beat me by about 10 seconds and I know I can improve on that."
Tedesco lined up in the night's second heat race in front of more than 60,000 screaming Southern California fans. He got a great start and finished a strong second place.
Said Tedesco: "This weekend went a lot better than the previous one. My Suzuki was working better after the changes we made during the week. I was particularly happy with my heat race because I got into second place pretty quick - and that was where I finished."
In the 20-lap Main Event, the 25 year old beat all comers and got the holeshot. The former Supercross and Motocross Lites Champion rode a smooth and consistent race and brought home a fourth-place finish.
"I was as happy with the Main as I was with my heat race," said Tedesco. "It was a good race: I got the holeshot but was a little slow to get going and I got passed by a few guys. I didn't really get going good until about halfway through the race and by that point the leaders had too much of a gap on me. Again, it was definitely a break-through weekend for me and it's good to have something to build on."
Team Makita Suzuki Racing will return next week for round eight of the Amp'd Mobile AMA Supercross Series at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Saturday, February 24th.
Main Event: 1 Chad Reed (Yamaha), 2 Tim Ferry (Kawasaki), 3 Kevin Windham (Honda), 4 Ivan Tedesco (Suzuki), 5 James Stewart (Kawasaki), 6 Michael Byrne (Suzuki), 7 Heath Voss (Honda), 8 Paul Carpenter (Kawasaki), 9 David Vuillemin (Honda), 10 Travis Preston (Honda).
AMA Supercross Points (after 7 rounds): 1 Stewart 163, 2 Reed 151, 3 Ferry 132, 4 Windham 104, 5 Byrne 103, 6 Preston 87, 7 Tedesco 84, 8 Voss 83, 9 Vuillemin 74, 10 Carpenter 70.11 Carmichael 69.
World Supercross Points (after 9 rounds): 1 Stewart 207, 2 Reed 196, 3 Ferry 164, 4 Carmichael 116, 5 Vuillemin 114, 6 Byrne 112, 7 Preston 110, 8 Voss 110, 9 Wey 108, 10 Carpenter 100. 11 Tedesco 90.
Source: Team Suzuki Press Office
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