By Kellen Brauer
DAYTONA, FL- The 2012 MX Simulator MotoOption Supercross Series presented by Vurbmoto was at Daytona International Speedway last night for Round 10 of the season. The only race of the year that is not technically in a stadium makes for an entirely different track than everyone is used to.
Long lap times and a rough track saw some surprises up front while some title contenders struggled to come to grips with the track. Also, there was some controversy in the Lites main and another missing title contender in the 450 class.
As the gate dropped in the Lites class it was Limited Decal’s Nicke jumping out and grabbing the holeshot. He quickly made some mistakes and let System Decal’s T. Crain, Phathry, and Rica by and the three began pulling away up front.
Rica worked his way around Phathry and MX Sim Pits’ McNeil closed in on the battle for second as well. T. Crain made a mistake up front and Rica went to the lead but then they crashed together putting Crain back up front.
Rica fought his way back around Crain and put on the afterburners pulling a large gap very quickly. Crain began struggling, falling into the clutches of Phathry and McNeil allowing them to get by while continuing to lose time.
Further back, yzmxer608 had made it through the LCQ and was battling for a top 10 spot. He and Barry Motorsports’ Cody Darr both had tough nights and eventually finished in 8th and 9th respectively.
Up front, Rica rode calm through the lappers and took his first win of the season in only his first race of the year. Phathry crossed the line in second to maintain his points lead, followed by McNeil, T.Crain, and Nicke rounding out the top 5.
The controversy was over who exactly Rica is. He’s very new to the game and it’s possible that he just got fast quickly but he had no previous results to show that he may even be competitive. No word on the issue yet but there may be more to come in this case.
Moving on to the 450s, there was a key player missing. System Decal’s Siemenlinko did not finish the main event last week in St. Louis and has been missing since. He did not sign up for Daytona this week and the lap that he turned was not even competitive according to the guys at Race Factory.
I asked System Decal’s Team Manager/Owner T-Rider post race if he knew where Siemenlinko was and his response was “I’m in the same boat as you.” Two weeks ago he was second in points and now after missing Daytona he drops all the way down to fourth.
On to the race, Limited Decal’s Frederick was the first one through the first corner but crashed going over the landing of the finish line and it was MotoOption/RaceTech/Yamaha’s PinnedToWin jumping out to the lead.
Pinned was passed early on by Barry Motorsports’ Jones but it didn’t last long after Jones went down and fell back to sixth. Behind Pinned was Motosport Honda riders Brina and Dudu, as well as points leader Tysen who quickly found himself in second.
Jones fell in behind his teammate Tysen and the two riders stuck right together for quite a while early on. Jones eventually fell back and Tysen worked on running down Pinned who had opened up a very large gap.
Pinned was riding conservatively and Tysen began closing the gap very quickly with his flashy riding style. With a little over 5 laps to go, Pinned hit the deck and Tysen had the lead for the first time of the night but it was not over yet.
Pinned stayed as close as he could to Tysen as the two riders crashed a few times keeping the gap fairly close. The last lap Tysen had about a ten second lead but crashed hard with two corners to go and Pinned closed right up on his back wheel.
Tysen barely hung on even getting into a lapper over the finish line. Pinned crossed the line less than a second behind Tysen to grab his first podium of the year. Limited Decal’s Frederick was 3rd followed by his teammate Hegge in 4th with Dudu on a 250f rounding out the top 5.
Tysen drastically extended his points lead over Jeremy who finished in 16th. Tysen now unofficially holds a 41 point lead with only seven rounds remaining in the series. Next on the schedule is Indianapolis on March 15th. See you in Indy!
Lites Main Event Results
|1||991||Rica||Only his first main event of the year and his first win as well.|
|2||25||phathry25||Extends his points lead over T.Crain.|
|3||61||McNeil||Second time on the podium in 2012.|
|4||16||T.Crain||Falls to 12 points back of Phathry.|
|6||70||Peter||Was dead last on the first lap. Needs better starts.|
|7||31||Robert196||Word was that he was not going to race but made it in last minute.|
|8||68||yzmxer608||Struggled in his heat and had to come through the LCQ.|
|9||17||DARR327||Falls to sixth in the points.|
|10||477||John-Wells477||The surprise podium last week and a top 10 this week.|
|11||318||beazt#318||Rode up front early on.|
|12||351||insignia||Is one of only six riders to qualify for every east race this year.|
|13||386||SquirrelyNutz||Best finish in the Lites East class this year.|
|14||999||SocMonki||His 3rd consecutive 14th place finish.|
|15||711||Evans||3rd main event on the Lites East Coast this year.|
|16||410||Ddavis||3rd main event on the Lites East Coast this year.|
|17||718||zach tucker||Snuck into the main via the last spot in the LCQ.|
|18||345||Ryan345||2nd main event on the Lites East Coast this year.|
|19||294||blake 94mx||First main event of the year.|
|20||211||mclaud211||Second main event this year.|
Supercross Class Results
|1||11||Tysen||3rd win of the year.|
|2||19||moy_Pinned||First podium of 2012.|
|3||47||Frederick||Also his first podium of 2012.|
|4||27||Hegge||Only one point behind Brina for sixth in the points now.|
|5||22||Dudu||Rode a 250f to a top 5 in the 450 class. Impressive.|
|6||2||Jones221||Had the lead early on in the race.|
|7||114||DeRoco||Best finish in the 450 class in 2012.|
|8||1||moy_shack||Now moves to third in the points over Siemenlinko.|
|9||12||Brina||7th top 10 finish of 2012.|
|10||495||E95K||Best finish in the 450 class of 2012.|
|11||142||Jaden Yuki||Best finish of 2012.|
|12||341||Mxs4crf||Second main event of the year.|
|13||15||Motox161||Fourth main event of the year.|
|14||20||Wheels||Second 450 main event of the year.|
|15||95||Juan||Worst main event finish of the year.|
|16||39||Jeremy||Falls to 41 points behind Tysen.|
|17||34||BARRY||Worst main event finish of the year.|
|18||751||Bornhorst||Seventh main event of the year.|
|19||133||ZtReactzz-133||First main event of the year.|
|20||24||Fjeldberg||3rd 450 main of the year.|
Lites East Points (After 4 of 8 Rounds)
- Phathry- 82
- T. Crain- 70
- Nicke- 60
- McNeil- 58
- Robert- 58
- Darr- 57
- Yzed- 50
- Peter- 41
- Insignia- 37
- Justin- 32
Supercross Class Points (After 10 of 17 Rounds)
- Tysen- 207
- Jeremy- 166
- Shack- 158
- Siemenlinko- 156
- Jones- 141
- Brina- 125
- Hegge- 124
- Taylor- 110
- Pinned- 101
- Markham- 101
Thanks everyone for reading and congratulations to Tysen and Rica on the wins. Be sure to head on over to twitter to follow Race Factory Gaming (@rF_gaming) as well as me (@KellenBrauer52) for all of the updates on MX Simulator racing.