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Supercross/Motocross | 6/2/2014
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Justin Hill Narrowly Misses the Podium in Sacramento
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Justin Hill Narrowly Misses the Podium in Sacramento
Irvine, Calif. (June 2, 2014) – Just outside Sacramento, California, Round 2 of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship roared through Prairie City SVRA for the 46th Annual Hangtown Classic on Saturday. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rebounded from a difficult season opener to finish fourth overall in the 250 class with Justin Hill finishing with a 4-6 moto score, while Blake Baggett finished sixth in the first moto, but ran into bike problems in the second moto and finished 14th overall. In the 450 class, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer rode strong and consistent in both motos including grabbing the holeshot on his KX™450F in the second moto to finish seventh overall. Brett Metcalfe started near the front and led three laps in Moto 2 eventually finishing eighth overall with Chad Reed rounding out the top-10 on his Discount Tire/TwoTwo Motorsports Kawasaki.
So Close
For the second straight week the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team has narrowly missed out on scoring an overall podium finish. This week, Hill put his KX™250F up front in the first moto and charged until the last lap to finish on the rear wheel of third place. In the second moto, he was in podium position until a crash around the 20-minute mark set him back. His 4-6 moto score awarded him fourth overall and he now sits 10th overall in the points standings.

“I had it,” said Hill. “I felt really good today and was able to push all the way to the end of the motos, but came up just short. I had a pretty big get off as I was reeling in the top-three and it knocked the wind out of me. We’ve been working hard during the week to be up front on the weekend and we will only continue to progress from here.”
Strong Throughout
Weimer made sure his KX450F never left the top-10 on Saturday and finished the day as the top Kawasaki in seventh overall. Moto 1 saw him battle throughout the entire 30-minute moto, picking off riders towards the end as his fastest lap time came on lap 14 of 17. In the second moto, Weimer grabbed the holeshot and led briefly before his teammate overtook him. Weimer lost some positions in the early laps, but kept his lap times consistent all the way to the finish.

“I need to work on my intensity early in the motos,” said Weimer. “Getting the holeshot was great, but it took me a few laps to get into my groove and that’s what cost me. I’m happy with the weekend and know what to work on for Thunder Valley.”
Fitting in Nicely
Metcalfe started the day by qualifying fifth, giving him a great gate pick for the first moto. The Australian started up front and battled for position the entire race, ultimately finishing sixth. The second moto it was Monster Energy Kawasaki rounding the first turn in first and second, with Metcalfe making a pass for the lead on Lap 1. He battled for the lead for the first four laps and looked strong up front until he came together with another rider for third place and stalled. Metcalfe recovered to finish eighth overall and sits fifth in points.

“Each week I’m more and more comfortable,” said Metcalfe. “My starts were on point and my speed is there. Every time I’m on the bike I continue to improve and am really excited to gather some momentum as the season continues.”
Tough Break
Baggett did not have things go his way at Hangtown as he couldn’t seem to catch a break. In the first moto he was within the top-10 off the start but then found himself on the ground on Lap 2 and remounted in 18th. He proceeded to find ways through the field, passing multiple riders each lap and crossed the checkered flag in sixth place. Happy with salvaging a top-10 finish, Baggett looked to finish strong in the second moto but he ran into bike problems around the halfway mark and was unable to finish the moto.

“It just wasn’t my day,” said Baggett. “I felt like I had the speed to be up front today but my starts were not what they needed to be. Coming from the back, I felt strong and was finding some good lines. We’ll start fresh next weekend.”
Mile High City
Round 3 takes Monster Energy Kawasaki to Lakewood, Colorado, just outside Denver next Saturday. For two straight weeks Kawasaki riders have tied in points for the overall podium but have been rewarded fourth place. Monster Energy Kawasaki is looking to change that when they arrive in Colorado for the Thunder Valley National. The potential for variable weather combined with the high elevation could present a challenging track, but Monster Energy Kawasaki will look to rise above both the conditions and the competition.
Results
Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross
Hangtown Classic – Sacramento, California
Saturday, May 31, 2014

450 Class Overall

1. Ken Roczen, KTM (1-1)
2. Ryan Dungey, KTM (2-2)
3. Trey Canard, Honda, (3-4)
4. James Stewart, Suzuki (5-3)
5. Justin Barcia, Honda (4-5)
6. Weston Peick, Suzuki (8-6)
7. Jake Weimer, Monster Energy Kawasaki (7-8)
8. Brett Metcalfe, Monster Energy Kawasaki (6-9)

9. Malcolm Stewart, Suzuki (10-7)
10. Chad Reed, Kawasaki (11-12)

450 Class Points Standings

1. Ken Roczen, KTM - 94
2. Ryan Dungey, KTM - 89
3. Trey Canard, Honda - 72
4. James Stewart, Suzuki - 66
5. Brett Metcalfe, Monster Energy Kawasaki - 61
6. Justin Barcia, Honda - 52
7. Weston Peick, Suzuki - 52
8. Jake Weimer, Monster Energy Kawasaki - 52
9. Malcolm Stewart, Suzuki - 51
10. Josh Grant, Yamaha - 43

250 Class Overall
1. Jeremy Martin, Yamaha (1-1)
2. Cooper Webb, Yamaha (2-2)
3. Christophe Pourcel, Yamaha (8-3)
4. Justin Hill, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki (4-6)
5. Jessy Nelson, Honda (7-5)
6. Jason Anderson, KTM (10-4)
7. Marvin Musquin, KTM (9-7)
8. Zach Bell, Honda (5-12)
9. Matt Bisceglia, Honda (13-8)
10. Justin Bogle, Honda (3-35)
14. Blake Baggett, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki (6-34)

250 Class Points Standings

1. Jeremy Martin, Yamaha - 100
2. Cooper Webb, Yamaha - 88
3. Christophe Pourcel, Yamaha - 63
4. Jessy Nelson, Honda - 51
5. Marvin Musquin, KTM - 50
6. Jason Anderson, KTM - 49
7. Justin Bogle, Honda - 48
8. Blake Baggett, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki - 48
9. Matt Bisceglia, Honda - 45
10. Justin Hill, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki - 43
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