Pro Circuit – WILSON Wins Budds Creek

Wilson Wins First at Budds Creek

Corona, Calif. (June 22, 2010) Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson earned his first career AMA overall win as well as his first moto win at Budds Creek in Maryland. The 18-year-old rookie went 4-1 to claim his first victory just two weeks after nearly earning the win at Freestone. Tyla Rattray continued his string of podium finishes going 2-3 to finish third overall. The 250-class points leader Christophe Pourcel was fourth overall going 1-6. Jake Weimer went 21-7 to finish 12th overall.

Pourcel once again dominated qualifying as he earned the first gate pick for the fourth straight event. Wilson was fifth fastest, Rattray was ninth quick and Weimer was 11th in qualifying.

“I felt really good in the first moto,” said Pourcel. “I didn’t get a good start in the second moto and I ended up crashing really big. I am happy that I still have the points lead and just need to put together two good motos.”

In the first moto, Pourcel got a good start and led wire-to-wire to claim his fourth moto win of the season. Behind him, Rattray again got a good start crossing the line in fifth with Weimer just back in seventh. Weimer was running well until lap eight when he dropped back to 33rd in the order. He spent the last half of the moto clawing his way back up to 21st. Also moving up was Wilson who moved from 11th to sixth in 10 laps. Rattray rode a steady race slowly working his way into second.

“In the second moto, I thought I had the pass, but I just barely went off the track and that pushed me back a few seconds so I settled in for third,” said Rattray. “It was a pretty tough race with the humidity. I am definitely happy to be on the podium, just wish I could have made that pass.”

In the second moto it was Wilson who got the jump out of the gate, running second for two laps before making a pass for the lead. Wilson went on to lead the last 14 circuits to claim his first moto win, but he wasn’t sure if it was enough to clinch the overall. Pourcel, Rattray and Weimer were all running together fifth through seventh early in the race and the trio kept picking off spots. Rattray held the best lines as he worked his way up to third while Pourcel would finish sixth and Weimer seventh.

“The feeling of winning my first race was incredible, but I think it would be that much better if I would have known it at the checkered flag,” said Wilson. “It’s been a long time coming so it’s nice to finally get the monkey off my back and hopefully I can put some more wins together.”

Pourcel, Rattray and Wilson continue to hold down the top three spots in the championship standings, as the team now must prepare for the challenges of Thunder Valley, just outside of Denver.

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Christophe Pourcel Holds Podium Finish at Hangtown

Corona, Calif. (May 25, 2010) Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Christophe Pourcel left the 2010 AMA Motocross season opener in Sacramento, Calif. tied for the points lead after finishing second overall with moto finishes of 1-3. His teammate Jake Weimer was fourth overall with Dean Wilson sixth overall and Tyla Rattray 11th overall.

Pourcel started off on the right foot earning the first gate pick with the fastest time in overall qualifying. Weimer was fifth in qualifying, Rattray 10th and Wilson 11th.

“I feel like I rode better than my results show,” said Weimer. “I’ve been working hard on my outdoor program and I feel really good about it. I need to work on my starts so I can get out front early and not have to worry about finding a way around the other riders.”

In the first moto, both Pourcel and Wilson jumped out to good starts with Pourcel taking the lead on the first lap and Wilson holding down the fourth spot. Just behind them was Weimer in sixth. Pourcel continued to lead until lap 11 when he went down and dropped to third. Over the next five laps, the French rider regrouped and moved up to the rear fender of the leader. On the final lap, Pourcel pushed hard and was able to take the lead and grab the moto 1 victory.  Weimer rode a steady race throughout, moving up to fourth early and staying there. Wilson fell on the second lap and dropped form fourth to 14th and by checkered flag he worked his way up to 10th.

“The track was difficult today,” said Pourcel. “I was riding well up front and then I went down. I wasn’t nervous at all; I just did what I needed to get back up to the front. The last lap was fun and it was good to make the pass.”

In the second moto, it was Wilson who was the fastest Pro Circuit rider out of the gate sitting in fourth. Pourcel was right behind him in sixth while Weimer was 10th and Rattray 18th. The tight track at Hangtown made it difficult to pass so each of the riders was focused on moving up as much as they could. Wilson moved into third on the sixth lap with Pourcel right on his rear fender. The two rode in lock-step until the final lap when Pourcel passed Wilson to take third in the moto. Weimer and Rattray finished eighth and 16th respectively.

“I rode tight during the first moto,” said Wilson. “I just didn’t know what to expect and once I loosened up I was able to find some good lines and stay consistent. In the second moto things went a lot better and I stayed loose all the way through.”

The team now has a weekend off before heading to Freestone County, Texas for the second of 12 AMA Motocross rounds.

Pourcel Earns Second Straight East Coast Title for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki

Corona, Calif. (April 11, 2010) Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Christophe Pourcel locked up his second straight AMA Supercross Lites Eastern Region Championship at Reliant Stadium in Houston. Pourcel raced to his fifth win of the season and scored enough points to claim the No. 1 plate while his teammate Dean Wilson crashed on the last lap while trying to make a pass for second, finishing ninth.

Pourcel has two races remaining in his remarkable AMA Supercross Lites career. There is the East Coast finale next week in St. Louis and the Dave Coombs Memorial East-West Shootout in Las Vegas on May 8. In his SX Lites career, Pourcel has 12 wins in 19 starts.

“I normally don’t think about the championship at the races, I just want to put in a good race,” said Pourcel. “I am really happy that I was able to wrap it up early, but next week I still want to go out with a win.”

Pourcel set the fastest time in qualifying practice for the seventh straight week more than a half-second ahead of his nearest competitor. It was Wilson who was second, a tenth faster than third place. In the Heat races, Pourcel earned another win while Wilson overcame a tough start to finish second.

In the main event Pourcel led wire to wire after getting out of the starting gate in a good position. Wilson was fourth after the first lap but then made the move to a podium spot on the second lap. The Canadian rider kept pushing trying to move up to second throughout the race and on the final lap he went down in the whoops section. Wilson saw an opportunity to make the pass but a small mistake cost him a spot on the podium.

“I was so disappointed that I made that mistake,” said Wilson. “I know everyone makes mistakes, but that one hurt a little bit. I really wanted to be on the podium. Next week I want to finish with my best result.”

The AMA Supercross Lites Eastern Region season will wrap up next week at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Pourcel back on top in Jacksonville

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Pourcel back on top in Jacksonville.

Corona, Calif. (March 29, 2010) Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Christophe Pourcel must really like his adopted state of Florida as he claimed his second win of the season in the sunshine state this past Saturday at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium. The victory also marked Pourcel’s fourth win in as many races in Florida.

For the sixth straight week, Pourcel set the fastest time in qualifying practice giving him first gate pick in the second heat race. In his heat race, Pourcel easily handled the difficult track to take his fifth heat win of the season.

“I’m not really thinking about the championship at this point,” said Pourcel. “I just want to come to every race ready to win. I have missed the win the last two races and it feels really good to get back up here again.”

In the main event Pourcel crossed the line third on the first lap and patiently bided his time before making a move for second on the sixth lap and then just one lap later taking the lead. The French rider than began to pull away from the field before a mistake sent him to the ground. Fortunately, he had a large enough cushion to get back on his Kawasaki KXä250F, keep the lead and ultimately bring home the win extending his points lead to eight markers.

Dean Wilson was unable to race in Jacksonville as he continues to face immigration issues coming back from Toronto. With the off-weekend for Easter this week, both Wilson and Tyla Rattray should be able to race in two weeks at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas.

X Games 15 Schedule of Events..

I am so jealous, my son is out in California visiting his sister Erica, and her fiance Paul Perebijnos, AND they are going to the X Games at the end of this week.  Paul works for the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team, and is Ryan Morais’s mechanic.

Taylor got to see Ryan ride yesterday, who is back on the bike after his injury in Las Vegas.  Not allowed to take pictures however, 😦 ….  Taylor also watched Austin Stroupe ride, who Paul was also tending to for the day.  I wanna go…………………






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