by Jon Row
Josh Hansen and his Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki holeshot the main event and led a 15 lap dog fight with Geico-Factory Connection Honda’s Eli Tomac and KTM’s Ken Roczen. Tomac and Roczen kept the pressure on Hansen with Tomac getting by briefly at the midpoint before Hansen found his stride and opened a small gap in the closing laps. Tomac claimed 2nd. German wunderkid Roczen got his first U.S. podium with a close 3rd. Hansen now leads the Lites West Series by eight points.
San ManuelYamaha’s James Stewart set fast qualifying time, won fastest heat and led a wire-to-wire main event parade, never seeing or feeling pressure from series contenders Ryan Villopoto or Ryan Dungey. Villopoto finished 2nd on the Monster Energy Kawasaki and Chad Reed grabbed 3rd on his privateer Honda. Current #1 plate holder Dungey won his heat but got a lousy start in the main. He was working his way up from ninth when a mechanical failure on lap 8 ended his night with a DNF.
A tighter, more technical A-2 track was expected to create close racing but the 450 processional was boring with Stewart, RV and Reed never getting close to each other. Stewart lapped up to 11th place and some fans were headed for the parking lot before the white flag flew. Stewart comes away with a five point series lead over Villopoto. Reed moves into 3rd with Canard 4th as Dungey slips two places to 5th. Next stop: Houston’s Reliant Stadium February 12th.
Pink is cool—cancer isn’t
Anaheim’s second annual pink event theme focused the sports attention on breast cancer awareness and was designed to help the local Susan G. Komen chapter raise funds for the “Race for the Cure”. Riders and machines all sported pink ribbon logos and the pits featured information booths and displays.
Using the packed-to-capacity Anaheim crowd as an example, event coordinator Shasta Johnson, a MX gal and breast cancer survivor, noted that statistically, some percentage of Saturday night’s 45,000 fans will undoubtedly develop an undetected breast cancer just like she did. The good news: Johnson and 35 other breast cancer survivors were on hand to watch the race. Surprisingly, one of them happened to be a guy. Although rare, men can develop breast cancer too. Johnson’s message: Early detection is the key to survival. Women over twenty need a clinical exam every 3 years. Women over forty should have annual mammograms. Resources are available for those without insurance. If the women in your life are unaware or procrastinating, make sure they get up to speed.
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