Hansen, Partridge Slowed at Supercross Event in Atlanta.
ATLANTA - (Feb. 25, 2012) – Team Dodge rider Josh Hansen rode to his eighth consecutive 450-class Main Event in round eight of the Monster Energy Supercross Series at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
After riding to a solid fourth-place finish in Heat 1 Saturday night, the Hart and Huntington rider was fifth early in the 20-lap Main Event, but his fate changed dramatically on lap five. His Kawasaki stalled after landing short on a jump, dropping him 14 positions to 20th. He used the final 14 laps to gain five positions. He finished 15th.
"I really enjoyed the track tonight at the Georgia Dome and thought that the dirt was awesome," said Hansen. "The track layout was good and I thought I was ready to have a killer Main Event. I just came up short on a jump and almost had a big crash. The bike stalled out on me and I couldn't get it started. That put us a down lap down. It's a shame. It is what it is. That's part of racing and I just need to forget about tonight and get ready for next weekend."
Teammate Kyle Partridge slowed to an 11th-place finish in Heat 2, forcing the first-year 450-class rider to earn one of two Main Event transfer spots in the Last Chance Qualifier. In the LCQ, Partridge started fourth, earned the holeshot and rode to a second-place finish in the six-lap sprint.
Partridge also struggled with the rutted-up red Georgia dirt in the Main including a spill on the rhythm section vaulting him from his rider's seat and nearly knocking him out of the race. Partridge recovered to finish 17th, three laps off the pace of winner Ryan Dungey.
"The start of the day was good," Partridge said. "In the Main, I was running 14th-or-15th on the seventh-or-eighth lap and just came up short on the rhythm section and the bike stuck. I rode the front wheel off the next jump and had to jump off the bike (in the air) and landed on my feet; luckily I rolled down to the ground. I knocked the wind out of myself. The track was super hard tonight. The ruts made it really technical and I just had a bad night. We'll head to St. Louis next weekend."
Round Nine of the 17 event AMA Monster Energy Supercross Series is next week in St. Louis.