Oakland awaits Dodge/Hart&Huntington riders.
DODGE TEAMS WITH HART & HUNTINGTON
• SRT Motorsport and Hart & Huntington will field two Dodge/Sycaun Casino/Hart & Huntington/Bell-Ray Racing Kawasaki 450s in Saturday night’s event at Oakland. The riders are Josh Hansen and Kyle Partridge. Teammates Josh Hill (broken left tibia) and Ivan Tedesco (broken right ring finger) are sidelined due to injuries.
• Three Dodge/Hart & Huntington riders advanced to the Main Event last week at Los Angeles. Hansen finished 7th, Partridge 16th and Tedesco 18th.
FAST FACTS: OAKLAND
• Josh Hansen rode to a career-best finish of seventh in the 450 Class last weekend in Los Angeles.
• Ivan Tedesco will be sidelined 6-8 weeks after suffering a broken right ring finger in the Supercross Main Event last weekend in Los Angeles.
• Kyle Partridge used a win in the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) to advance to the Main Event last weekend in Los Angeles.
• CBS will broadcast the Supercross race at 12:00 p.m. (EST) on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012.
JOSH HANSEN (No. 100 Dodge/Sycuan Casino/Hart and Huntington/Bel-Ray Racing Kawasaki) YOU HAD A CAREER-BEST FINISH OF SEVENTH IN THE 450 CLASS LAST WEEKEND. HOW EXCITING WAS IT?
“It was cool. We’re going to get better. We can’t be happy with seventh. We can’t be settling with this seventh-place stuff. We’re getting better. I still think we’re getting better every weekend.”
YOU’RE ONLY 12 POINTS BEHIND FOURTH-PLACE; IS THE IMMEDIATE GOAL TO CRACK THE TOP-FIVE?
“Yeah. I think we need to make some changes to our Dodge/Sycuan Casino/Hart and Huntington/Bel-Ray Racing Kawasaki. There are some things that I’d like to do to get more comfortable on the bike. I think that it’s building confidence. We have a long series. To be making progress every weekend is what we want. As long as we’re doing that, we’re heading in the right direction.
“My goal is to get inside the top five and get a podium and a shot at a race win. I think we need to be able to crawl before we walk. I’m taking it one step at a time. I’m trying to make each week a positive and moving forward in the right direction every time that I jump on the seat.”
KYLE PARTRIDGE (No. 83 Dodge/Sycuan Casino/Hart and Huntington/Bel-Ray Racing Kawasaki) YOU WERE FIGHTING A PRETTY NASTY COLD LAST WEEKEND IN LOS ANGELES. HOW ARE YOU FEELING HEADING INTO OAKLAND FOR SATURDAY NIGHT’S ROUND?
“I’m feeling better. I actually had to go to the hospital a few nights ago because I ended up getting diagnosed with a respiratory infection. I’m on some meds and feel like I’m finally starting to feel better. It felt like I had a softball in my chest all last weekend. I’m feeling better. I’m going to try and ride tomorrow and see how I feel.”
HOW HAS YOUR PRE-RACE RIDING REGIMENT BEEN?
“Right now, we’re just trying to maintain so that we can try and limit any injuries before the events. We don’t want to ride everyday and risk injuries before the event.”
THERE HAS BEEN THREE DIFFERENT WINNERS ON THREE DIFFERENT MODELS OF BIKES SO FAR THIS YEAR. IS THAT A STATEMENT ON HOW COMPETITIVE THE 450-CLASS IS THIS YEAR?
“I think it just goes to show that anybody outside of the top five are capable of winning. Just to make the event in the 450 Class is really challenging. There are a lot of talented riders and it’s a dogfight. There were guys coming to the track and unloading off the back of a pick-up truck and making the Main. Luckily, I have great people and a fast Dodge/Sycuan Casino/Hart and Huntington/Bel-Ray Racing/Kawasaki. I have all the pieces of the puzzle. I’m not exactly where I think I need to be, but I’m definitely getting better.”
IVAN TEDESCO (No. 9 Dodge/Sycuan Casino/Hart and Huntington/Bel-Ray Racing Kawasaki) WHAT’S THE LATEST ON YOUR RIGHT-HAND?
“I broke my right ring finger and have to go in for surgery tomorrow to put a couple of pins in my finger. It’s a bummer. I thought I was riding really fast. I just got caught up with another rider on Lap Two in Los Angeles and got landed on. There wasn’t much that I could do. It’s just racing. It could have been a lot worse.”
IS IT THE TYPE OF INJURY THAT REQUIRES YOU TO BE OFF THE BIKE?
“Yeah. I’ve rode with broken fingers and hurt shoulders and legs before. This injury is just different and needs surgery to allow it to heal correctly. It stinks. Hopefully, with the surgery, the finger will heal properly and not keep me off the bike for too long. We’re thinking six weeks or so. Well know more when I get out of surgery and see how the hand responds.”
JOSH HILL (No. 75 Dodge/Sycuan Casino/Hart and Huntington/Bel-Ray Racing Kawasaki) WHAT’S THE UPDATE ON YOUR LEG SINCE YOU FRACTURED YOUR LEFT TIBIA AT ANAHEIM?
“Things are progressing since I got caught up in that wreck during the Heat race in Anaheim. It’s not a painful deal. I’ve got a crack in my left tibia and I’m hanging out in a half-leg cast just waiting for the doctors to take it off. I’m just trying to stay busy and keep working on my upper-body strength.”
WHAT’S THE PROGNOSIS?
“I think if everything keeps going as planned and the scans come back clean in a few weeks, I hope to be back at Dallas or Atlanta.”
HOW IS THE MENTAL SIDE OF YOUR SETBACK? DOES IT GET REALLY FRUSTRATING KNOWING YOU CAN’T BE ON THE BIKE?
“The last two years have been nothing but injuries. I’ve broken my femur, pelvis, arm and now my left leg. It’s a rough deal. Everybody has to go through injuries. It’s part of the sport. I just keep on digging. There’s not much that I can do. You have to stay positive. I can’t turn the clock back and not get into that crash at Anaheim. Hopefully, I’m doing all the right things to my body while my leg heals and when it comes time to ride again, I’ll be ready to go.”
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