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Phoenix Supercross Lites Insider 2012

Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Kawasakis Dean Wilson posted his first win of the season in Phoenix after leading all 15 laps.
Kawasaki's Dean Wilson posted his first win of the season in Phoenix after leading all 15 laps.
In the Lites Supercross class, pre-season title favorite Dean Wilson was back on form taking the win in Phoenix. Wilson was pleased with his performance after a sixth-place finish last weekend at the season opener in Anaheim.
 
“It feels good to get a win,” commented Wilson after the race. “I definitely wasn’t myself last weekend, but I’m myself now and I’m excited to keep that going for Los Angeles. The track was really slippery and required a lot of throttle control. This class is unbelievable and it’s not going to be easy [to win], but I want to be in the championship and I’m going to try my best.”
 
Wilson’s Pro Circuit teammate, Tyla Rattray, was also on point having grabbed the $1000 Nuclear Cowboyz holeshot in the main before Wilson took over the position when Rattray and Marvin Musquin stuffed each other on the first lap.
 
“It feels great, there’s still a lot of racing left so I’m not worried about the championship,” said Rattray whose bike now wears red backgrounds which signifies him having the points lead in the Lites class. I’m worrying about getting good starts and putting my Monster Energy Kawasaki up front, that’s my goal.”
 
TLD Hondas Travis Baker was a victim of Cole Seely and Eli Tomacs battle after being pushed wide. He finished the main at Phoenix in 10th.
TLD Honda's Travis Baker was a victim of Cole Seely and Eli Tomac's battle after being pushed wide. He finished the main at Phoenix in 10th.

Despite having limited Supercross racing experience, Musquin has proven he will be a threat in this year’s championship having already achieved a second place finish in only his second career Supercross race: “It feels awesome! I have been dreaming of this moment since I was a young kid. This is honestly a dream come true.”

Even though he only finished in fourth position, Eli Tomac had a good race after getting a bad start and having to work his way back in the field. He battled tooth and nail with a number of riders including Travis Baker who eventually succumbed to the pressure, crashing out of fifth place early in the race.
 
"I feel like I made big improvements over last weekend," said Baker. "I was riding more like myself and I think it would have been a good finish for me if I hadn't of tipped over.”
 
After running as high as third for some of the race, Zach Osbourne faded back to sixth place after Tomac and Cole Seely were able to squeeze by him toward the end of the 15-lap race. Like Tomac, Seely made the most of his less than stellar start and was able to move through the field. Still he wasn’t satisfied with how the night went.
 
Jason Anderson finished seventh in the Lites main at Phoenix after getting a good start inside the top-10.
Jason Anderson finished seventh in the Lites main at Phoenix after getting a good start inside the top-10.

"Fifth definitely wasn't what I was hoping for," said Seely after the race. "When you get a bad start with this many good riders in the class you have to minimize the damage. I just tried to get as many points as possible and fifth isn't that bad. I'll regroup with the team this week and try to put it back on the box this weekend in L.A."
 
Supercross Lites racing resumes this weekend at Los Angeles’ Dodgers Stadium. Make sure to check out the standings in our Fantasy SX 2012 Racing Game to see where you rank up against the competition. Remember, the winner takes home a FMF Prize Pack for their two-or-four stroke dirt bike!
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