CORONA, CA – April 22, 2013 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Following an eight-race break, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders Tyla Rattray and Martin Davalos returned to the track for the Western Regional 250SX Class Championship of Monster Energy AMA Supercross. A rainy day inside Seattle’s CenturyLink Field signified the West Region’s first race since February’s San Diego stop, and despite showing impressive speed throughout the day, Rattray and Davalos experienced mixed results at the end of the night.
Rattray Breaks Through with Season Best
Rattray has been in search of consistency throughout the season, but didn’t have a finish better than eighth through the first six rounds. In Seattle, he overcame a pair of tough practice sessions to finish third in his heat race and easily transfer into the main event.
As the gate dropped for the main event, Rattray got a strong start and positioned himself just outside the top five on the opening lap. Soon thereafter, riders began to experience misfortune in the slick conditions, allowing Rattray to eventually engage in battle for the fourth spot along with his teammate Davalos and Ryan Sipes. The three riders put on a great battle for the crowd, with Rattray eventually prevailing.
Although he ultimately lost one more position before the race concluded, Rattray still captured a season-best fifth-place finish and moved from 11th to ninth in the championship standings. He sits just one point out of eighth.
Davalos Experiences Highs and Lows
With a pair of podium results to his credit through the first six rounds, Davalos was in search of continued success in Seattle. The veteran rider was at the upper portion of the practice charts throughout the afternoon and carried it into his heat race where he grabbed an impressive win.
Davalos was primed to challenge the front-runners in the main event, but was mired deep inside the top 10 on the opening lap. He quickly began to work his way through the field, eventually going bar-to-bar with Rattray and Sipes in a captivating top-five battle. Davalos followed his teammate’s forward progress but then suffered misfortune in the late stages of the main event, falling to 10th place. He recovered to end the race in ninth, but still sits sixth in the championship.
Showing Signs of Progress
While the results for both riders may not show it, Rattray and Davalos showed the progression the team made during the midseason break. With only two rounds remaining in the 2013 season, each rider has an opportunity to not only finish the season strong with a presence on the podium, but also continue their climb up the standings.
“It was tough out there, so I’m really happy to walk away with such a strong result,” said Rattray. “We started off slow trying to get everything adjusted to the conditions, but when it came time to go, we just went out there and made it happen. This is definitely the kind of result to build off of and finish out strong.”
“My speed was there all day, I just made some mistakes in the main event,” said Davalos. “I wish I would have gotten a better start, but I’m happy with how I was able to come through the field on such a tough track. It wasn’t the result I was hoping for, but I know I have the speed to get back onto the box before the season wraps up.”
Looking Ahead >> Salt Lake City
Only two races remain in the Western Regional 250SX Class Championship, in addition to the anticipated East/West Shootout. Davalos sits just five points out of fifth in the standings, and just eight points out of fourth. Now inside the top 10, Rattray is just one point out of eighth and 12 points out of seventh. Salt Lake City’s Rice Eccles Stadium looms next Saturday night for the penultimate round of the season.
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