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Hangtown: Kawasaki's Sara Price race report

Monster Energy Kawasaki's Sara Price Rises above the Pain at Hangtown Irvine, Calif. (May 24, 2010) -- Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Sara Price rode a heart-felt race to 11th overall, riding through the pain of an injured shoulder during the ...

Monster Energy Kawasaki's Sara Price Rises above the Pain at Hangtown

Irvine, Calif. (May 24, 2010) -- Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Sara Price rode a heart-felt race to 11th overall, riding through the pain of an injured shoulder during the opening round of the AMA Motocross Championship in the WMX class at Hangtown MX in Sacramento, Calif. Price rode to a sixth-place finish in the first moto and a come-from-behind push in the second moto to finish 17th.

Monster Energy Kawasaki Under the Tent

Riding Tough

Price's competitive spirit helped her during the tough opening round after crashing and re-injuring her shoulder during a Friday media day. She stuck to the game plan of riding a consistent and smart race, earning sixth in the first moto after a great start.

"In the first moto I just wanted to make something good out of a bad situation," said Price. "I wanted to be able to push harder, but I also wanted to avoid crashing and making my shoulder worse."

Never Giving Up

During the second moto, Price got a great jump out of the gate and was in second when she suffered a bike issue. Once she got her bike going, she never stopped pushing, despite the pain. Her consistent lap times helped her go from 27th on the first lap to 17th at the checkered flag.

"My shoulder was hurting pretty bad, but my mind was more focused on catching as many riders as I could," said Price. "You don't necessarily win the championship in the first round, but you can lose it."

Stand Out

In just her second year on the circuit, Price has developed a base of young fans that look up to a woman in a man's sport. This was evident at the autograph signing that the whole Kawasaki team took part in at PCP Motorsports in Sacramento and during the event on Saturday.

"It's really cool to see the young girls interested in what we (WMX racers) do," said Price. "I always want to remind them that they can achieve anything if they put their minds to it."

Recovering

Price will take the next two weeks to recover from her injured shoulder and get ready to get back on the podium at the next WMX race at Freestone County Raceway in Wortham, Texas.

"I will definitely be taking the time to heal up and come back stronger for the next race," said Price. "It worked out for the best that we have a two-week break in between the first two rounds."

-source: kawasaki

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