By Kellen Brauer
HOUSTON, TX – The 13th round of the 2012 MotoOption MX Simulator Supercross Series presented by Vurbmoto went down at the home of the Texans in Houston, Texas last night. Unfortunately, the race will probably be known more for the controversy surrounding it than the actual racing itself.
Just to touch on it, an early week incident on the MX Sim forums resulted in one of the most popular riders’ Mikey landing himself a ban from the forums. I won’t go into detail but it caused an explosion of backlash even though Mikey himself understood what he had done and accepted JLV’s penalty.
As race time approached yesterday, things were finally settling down and the hype to get out there and go racing had swept over the community. However, more controversy presented itself when the Race Factory crew grabbed UID’s at their normal 6 p.m. Pacific time.
The problem was not made an issue until later but at that time, series points leader Tysen was nowhere to be found and missed getting his UID grabbed. Under the new Race Factory regulations, riders who miss getting there UID’s grabbed will not be allowed to inserted into races later on even if they are top 10 in points.
Tysen eventually made it and later described that his brother had made him late to the race. He originally pleaded to be allowed to race but when it became clear that race director Charles Sweeney wasn’t budging on the issue, Tysen backed down and accepted the situation. Other racers argued practically until the mains about the issue but you can’t argue with the rulebook.
Onto the racing, the Lites main saw a monster holeshot pulled by System Decal’s Tyler Crain followed closely by Prodigy, Mark Zeidler, Yzmxer608, and Peter. Prodigy crashed early on and lost touch with the leaders but still stayed within the top 5.
Crain was quickly challenged by Zeidler and Nathan Zaworski (Yzed) for the lead as the three riders hooked up and battled heavily for several laps. Crain coughed up the lead to Zeidler about five laps in and later fell down through the pack ultimately finishing in 8th.
Zaworski snuck into the lead at one point but made a small mistake after the whoops getting together with Zeidler and hopping over the berm before the finish line. Upon reentering he found himself behind Motosport Honda’s Peter who was putting in his best ride of the year.
Behind them, Evans was riding well in 4th and last week’s winner Robert Nash had worked his way forward and was in the top 5. Peter and Zaworski battled hard while trying to push forward and run down Zeidler in the lead. The gap fluctuated a bit but nothing ever came of it.
Zeidler cruised across the line to pick up his third win of the season and extend his points lead on Nash. Peter crossed the line in second but the spot was given to Zaworski based on cuts. Evans and Nash rounded out the top five.
In the 450 class, it was two-time defending Supercross Champion Bryan Haskell (Shack) with the Motosport holeshot. He was quickly challenged by Barry Motorsports’ Austin Jones and after some carnage in the lead; it was Kaio Miranda who snuck through to take the lead.
MotoOption/RaceTech/Yamaha’s Zach Dupuis (Pinned) took the lead away from Miranda momentarily but crashed and handed it right back. Miranda was then challenged by Dwayne who successfully made the pass and held the lead for quite some time.
Motosport Honda riders Jeremy and Dudu were sneaking up and Dwayne and Jeremy pounced on the lead when Dwayne hit the deck. Dwayne was able to get up in second but was instantly locked in a battle with Dudu.
Hector Assuncao was making his return to the series and running a solid fourth with Race Factory Gaming’s Markham challenging him. Dwayne and Dudu had issues in second and third and Assuncao found himself in second trying to run down Jeremy.
Jones also had worked his way towards the front and was in a back and forth battle with Assuncao for second. The three leaders all had separate issues in the latter stages of the race and Jeremy was able to get away.
Jeremy crossed the line to take home his fourth win of 2012 and close up Tysen massive point’s gap to a still quite large 32 points. Assuncao came across the line in second followed by Jones, Dupuis, and Dwayne in the top five.
With Tysen missing the race this week, that leaves Motosport Honda’s Brina as the only rider to make every main event this year. The series now takes a week off for Easter/Spring break and will resume in two weeks time in New Orleans.
Mark Zeidler can clinch the East Coast Lites Championship with a win in New Orleans. Tysen will look to come back strong and maintain his point’s gap for the remaining four rounds. I hope everyone enjoys their break!
Supercross Lites Results
|1||25||FAT – M. Zeidler||Third win of 2012.|
|2||68||yzmxer608||Second podium of 2012. Doing the 125 proud.|
|3||70||Peter||Best finish of 2012.|
|4||711||Evans||Matches his best finish of 2012.|
|5||31||R.Nash||Is now a full race distance behind Zeidler in the points.|
|6||82||PRODIGY||Best finish of 2012.|
|7||61||McNeil||Has finished in the top 10 in every race except one this year.|
|8||16||T.Crain||Loses a few more points to Robert in second.|
|9||277||Alec||Coming off of a podium in Toronto.|
|10||815||Nicke||Had to come through the LCQ.|
|11||653||Justin653||His first main event since Atlanta.|
|12||33||PumaXCS||Fourth main event this year.|
|13||345||Ryan345||Also his fourth main of the year.|
|14||18||A0-warrior||First main event of 2012.|
|15||386||SquirrelyNutz||Has made every main since Atlanta.|
|16||211||Mclaud211||Won his heat race.|
|17||221||HUGHESYMX||First main event of 2012.|
|18||133||ZtReactzz-133||Also his first main event of 2012.|
|19||410||PanicRev_Ddavis||Now drops out of the top 10 in points.|
Supercross Class Results
|1||39||Jeremy||Fourth win of 2012.|
|2||30||Assuncao||Only his second race of 2012. Finished 7th at Phoenix.|
|3||2||Jones221||Is now only five points behind Shack for third.|
|4||19||moy_Pinned||Missed the race in Toronto last week.|
|5||241||Dwayne||His first 450 race of 2012.|
|6||142||Jaden Yuki||Tied for fastest qualifier with Tysen.|
|7||22||Dudu||Got taken out by a lapper while in second.|
|8||55||Markham||10th in Indy, 9th in Toronto, 8th this week…. 7th in New Orleans??|
|9||12||Brina||Is now the only rider to make every main event this year.|
|10||34||Taylor||Fifth top 10 of 2012.|
|11||14||BallZach<3||Was 11th last week as well.|
|12||95||Juan||Sits only 3 points behind Hegge for 10th.|
|13||1||moy_shack||Lost 2nd in points to Jeremy, and nearly lost 3rd to Jones.|
|14||23||Kaio Miranda||Led the main for a bit.|
|15||318||Joe||First main event of 2012 for the creator of MX Sim Pits.|
|16||58||B. Standley||First main event of 2012.|
|17||96||[AEO] Carson||Fourth main event of 2012.|
|18||91||Rene||First main event of 2012.|
|19||114||DeRoco||Fifth 450 main event for the Lites West rider.|
|20||10||DJD||Did not finish the main event.|
Supercross Lites East Points (after 7 of 9 rounds)
- M. Zeidler -152
- R. Nash- 125
- T. Crain- 118
- McNeil- 108
- Nicke- 100
- N. Zaworski- 87
- C. Darr- 70
- Evans- 67
- Alec- 67
- Peter- 62
Supercross Class Points (after 13 of 17 rounds)
- Tysen- 252
- Jeremy- 220
- B. Haskell- 204
- A. Jones- 199
- Brina- 184
- Markham- 137
- Z. Dupuis- 133
- T. Barry- 131
- Hegge- 124