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Rockstar Energy Triple Crown – AX Tour Round 1

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Rockstar Energy Triple Crown – AX Tour Round 1

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After a climatic end to the 2018 Rockstar Energy Triple Crown series, the start of the 2019 season has been highly anticipated but soft spring soil conditions in BC, the opening round of the AX Tour in Abbotsford always proves to be a wild card race that anyone can win.

 

After a big crash during last year’s season finale, MX1 rider Colton Facciotti was not lining up for the AX Tour portion of the series to allow for more recovery time prior to the MX Tour.  MX2 rider Dylan Wright would be the lone GDR/Honda rider during the AX Tour.  After a disappointing result in last year’s Abbotsford Arenacross with a mechanical DNF, Wright was looking for a stronger start to his season in 2019.

 

With the dismal track conditions, riders struggled to put in decent laps with most opting to use their laps to survey the lines that were forming and constantly changing. Wright cruised around with hopes of putting in a strong qualifying time in the second session, but it was cut short due to deteriorating track conditions as well as timing & scoring issues. Dylan would have to rely on his 6th place qualifying time from session 1.

 

A bad qualifying time means a bad gate pick, so Dylan had to make the most of his starting position in the Heat race to advance himself into the Main Event.  Wright took the holeshot and led every lap on route to the first heat race win of the season and his Main Event was looking promising for the GDR/Honda team.

 

With the soft soil conditions, the carnage on the first lap of the Main Event was almost unavoidable and Wright got tangled with a rider in the second corner.  After crashing off the track, Wright struggling to re-enter which left him battling back from last place up to 7th place by the finish.  But amongst all the chaos, it was Texas Native, Ryder Owens who was the surprise winner of Round 1 taking the first victory of the season!

 

 

Round 2 of the AX Tour will be in Calgary, Alberta at the Western Arguem centre.  Soil consistency is a dry, hard packed base that favours riders with smooth throttle control. For more ingo on the Rockstar Energy Triple Crown series, visit; http://www.rockstartriplecrown.com

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