Rockstar Energy Celebrates the 4th with a Podium

After an off weekend for the whole squad in Tennessee, Rockstar Energy Racing was determined to improve in Michigan. They did what they set out to do, making forward progress with every rider in front of the craziest fans of the season at the Redbud Motocross National. The Buchanan, MI fans did not disappoint as expected, with their costumes and flags saluting our Country's birthday on the 4th of July weekend. There was red, white and blue everywhere and the team was able to celebrate with them via a podium finish by Jason Anderson.

Jason Anderson's luck really turned around in the first moto at Redbud. The track was so rough and technical that it was an accomplishment in itself just to stay on two wheels. After not having an amazing start, one by one riders fell in front of him and he remained solid. By the end of moto 1, Jason found himself in 3rd place after 30 minutes plus 2 laps. In the second moto it was all Anderson's doing that put him where he needed to be for a podium finish. One thing that must be noted were his line choices. While in the past few weeks he has struggled with altering his lines to adapt to changing track conditions, that was not the case last weekend. Jason was being very creative and that certainly helped him attain the end result.

While he started outside the top 5 once again, in moto 2 he fought hard. Moving forward through the pack while winning a mid race battle with 2014 multi moto winner Blake Bagget on the way. He caught up to Marvin Musquin but ran into some issues with lapped riders and ran out of time. Had he secured the pass on Musquin, he would have collected a 2nd place overall. He had to settle for 3rd. If this is a sign of things to come, he will return to the podium on a similarly surfaced Budds Creek next week.

Jason Anderson: This weekend at Redbud went well. I had two solid motos and I'm stoked to leave Michigan after being on the box. I want to continue with this momentum and build on it."

Joey Savatgy had a really tough first lap of moto 1. He went down once, then remounted only to have another rider fly out of control into the side of him, taking him down again. Luckily he was unharmed in the incidents and able to salvage a top 20 by the end. His second go around was much better and also marked his best outing of the year. He managed to pull a holeshot from the far outside and lead for a while. He held his own before succumbing to the pressure of the championship points leaders before eventually settling into tenth. His first top ten of the season and a solid moto without major mistakes and a holeshot, was without a doubt an improvement.

Joey Savatgy: "The first moto I struggled. I fell on the first lap and then got cross jumped  on and went down again. I ended up coming back to 19th. The second moto I got the holeshot which was really cool. I'm still not feeling completely comfortable and I fell back to 10th. Still it was a step in the right direction and at least I finished a moto in the top 10."

Ryan Sipes is now officially filling in for the injured Davi Millsaps. Since the GNCC season doesn't reconvene until October, Sipes schedule was easily able to be cleared to jump on the bike and race nationals. The struggle at this first round with the team was bike setup. Ryan was literally testing suspension, motor mapping etc. in practice and the races at Redbud. His first moto aboard the Rockstar Energy Racing KTM was a difficult one. Having trouble with the rough track and going down several times. He was able to provide enough info however to the suspension technician to improve the bike drastically. The change showed in his result in the final moto as he just missed the top ten by one position. He came back with additional feedback as well to improve the motorcycle to his liking even more going into next week.

Ryan Sipes: "Redbud was up and down a little bit. The first moto was not too good, I had a couple crashes. I really kind of struggled to get used to the new bike. We made a lot of changes before the second moto and it was a lot better. I got a decent start and ended up 11th. I really wanted 10th and I tried really hard for it but I made a little mistake towards the end and it kind of took me out of it. I'm really happy though with making progress throughout the day as far as the bike goes and I'm looking forward to next weekend."

After moving past the halfway point of the series, the team will travel to Maryland next week and another rough track with many elevation changes in Budds Creek. Anderson who stepped his game up a couple notches will seek a 2nd consecutive podium. Savatgy will try to improve on his 10th place moto finish with a top ten overall. Sipes will have a much better chance for a top 10 himself with the bike being far better suited to him coming into the race. He will be on the bike until the last 3 rounds, when Millsaps is scheduled to return. If Davi cannot, Ryan will stay racing with the team.

450MX Overall
1. Ken Roczen 1-1
2. Eli Tomac 4-2
3. Ryan Dungey 3-3
4. Trey Canard 2-4
5. Andrew Short 5-5
6. Josh Grant 6-6
7. Chad Reed 8-7
8. Brett Metcalfe 7-8
9. Justin Brayton 10-9
10. Kyle Chisholm 13-13
11. Fredrik Noren 17-10
12. Ben Lamay 12-15
13. Matt Goerke 11-16
14. Christian Craig 14-14
15. Malcolm Stewart 9-32
16. Ryan Sipes 23-11
17. James Stewart 39-12
18. Nick Wey 16-17
19. R. Stewart 15-34
20. E. Mikhaylov 18-19

450MX Points
1. Ken Roczen 280pts
2. Ryan Dungey 254pts
3. Trey Canard 226pts
4. James Stewart 196pts
5. Brett Metcalfe 168pts
6. Josh Grant 159pts
7. Andrew Short 134pts
8. Chad Reed 132pts
9. Weston Peick 131pts
10. Malcolm Stewart 120pts
11. Phil Nicoletti 83pts
12. Eli Tomac 80pts
13. Jake Weimer 74pts
14. Fredrik Noren 72pts
15. Ben Lamay 70pts
16. Matt Goerke 59pts
17. Justin Barcia 52pts
18. Kyle Chisholm 47pts
19. Justin Brayton 42pts
20. Ivan Tedesco 37pts

250MX Overall
1. Jeremy Martin 1-2
2. Marvin Musquin 4-3
3. Jason Anderson 3-4
4. Blake Baggett 2-7
5. Cooper Webb 14-1
6. Dean Wilson 9-5
7. Cole Seely 8-6
8. Alex Martin 6-9
9. Justin Bogle 5-12
10. Justin Hill 10-8
11. Kyle Cunningham 7-15
12. Matt Bisceglia 13-14
13. Anthony Rodriguez 15-13
14. Zach Bell 11-17
15. Joey Savatgy 19-10
16. Christophe Pourcel 39-11
17. Jessy Nelson 12-41
18. Dakota Alix 16-19
19. Jace Owen 18-18
20. Kyle Peters 37-16

250MX Points
1. Jeremy Martin 250pts
2. Cooper Webb 227pts
3. Blake Baggett 222pts
4. Justin Bogle 191pts
5. Marvin Musquin 181pts
6. Christophe Pourcel 176pts
7. Jason Anderson 167pts
8. Cole Seely 143pts
9. Justin Hill 127pts
10. Jessy Nelson 125pts
11. Kyle Cunningham 100pts
12. Alex Martin 98pts
13. Zach Bell 83pts
14. Matt Bisceglia 78pts
15. Joey Savatgy 69pts
16. Dean Wilson 64pts
17. Matt Lemoine 55pts
18. Kyle Peters 48pts
19. Anthony Rodriguez 34pts
20. J. Richardson 26pts

Tags: rockstar energy racing, redbud motocross national, mx, motocross, ryan sipes, jason anderson, joey savatgy

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