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Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Heads into Season Break with Double Podium Heading into an eight-week break in the AMA Supercross Lites schedule, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Ryan Morais and Jake Weimer both climbed up on the podium...

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Heads into Season Break with Double Podium

Heading into an eight-week break in the AMA Supercross Lites schedule, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Ryan Morais and Jake Weimer both climbed up on the podium finishing second and third respectively. In the Supercross class, Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Ryan Villopoto rode through the field to finish fourth while Timmy Ferry overcame a fall in the first turn to finish 14th.

Payday
Morais rocketed to another holeshot on his way to finishing second. Missing some of the first practice didn't hamper Morais at all as he finished second in both his heat race and the main event.

"My Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki machine is just amazing," said Morais. "It helps me so much. My starts have been incredible this year and unfortunately they took the holeshot award away because I would have some extra money. I feel like I rode well today considering my day hasn't been on pace. I rode less than half of the first practice session and I was riding tight all night. I was able to pull it together in the main event."

On the Podium
Weimer overcame a slow start to work his way up to third but after winning the last two main events, Weimer wanted to get his third win in a row.

"You always want to win and when you don't you're a little bit bummed out," said Weimer. "It's just dirt bike racing though and my starts just weren't where they needed to be tonight. Third place was the best I could do. I wouldn't say I'm really bummed to finish third, but if I were to draw a picture of how I wanted this race to go I wouldn't have been exactly like this."

Coming Back
In San Diego, the rookie Villopoto showed veteran skills working his way up from ninth after the start to finish fourth. It was almost his third podium of the season as he charged into the final turn with a chance to grab third place.

"I didn't get the start I wanted," said Villopoto. "I started charging forward and I picked off guys pretty quick. It came down to just catching Shorty (Andrew Short). I showed him a wheel in the last corner before the checkered flag, but it wasn't enough. It was a good ride, especially coming off of last weekend. Everything came out good tonight, it was a better ride." Teammate Battle

Late in the main event Morais faced a challenge from his Monster Energy/Pro
Circuit/Kawasaki teammate Weimer. The two came up on lapped traffic and Morais was able to knife through quicker.

"I was riding a little tight during the main event," said Morais. "I started to pull it together when we got to the lappers and I was able to get through them and plan everything a couple of turns ahead. It paid off and I got some breathing room. Jake has been riding awesome and its great for both of us to keep our feet up on the podium"

Tricky Pass
The track layout in San Diego included a combination of a flat left then right turn that was easily the most slick part of the track. After Villopoto got passed Kevin Windham in the rhythm leading into the flat section, Windham charged back and they both went into the tricky section side-by-side.

"I passed Kevin in the rhythm section before we came on the start straight," said Villopoto. "He squared me up on the last jump and got beside me. I was able to inch him out on the outside going to the staircase obstacle. It was a pretty close right there, being on the outside, especially with how slippery the turn was."

Super Charged
Villopoto brought out some super charged gear for San Diego

Still Searching
Morais is still looking for his first win, but it seems every week he is in the hunt to get it. For the fourth time this season Morais has claimed the second step on the podium.

"I've been working so hard during the week to get my first win," said Morais. "It's about putting in the time. I dedicate every day to this, going to bed early and waking up early. It's going to pay off one of these days and it's going to be worth it."

-credit: kwa

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Series AMA
Drivers Kevin Windham , Jake Weimer , Ryan Villopoto , Andrew Short