The 16th round of the 2012 AMA Supercross Series, a part of the FIM World Championship was played last Saturday night at the famous Rice Eccles Stadium of Salt Lake City. It was an extravagant affair and was witnessed by a houseful crowd of almost 45,000 fans. The race also marked the second match of the Western Regional Supercross Lites Class Series after its comeback at the Seattle Supercross. Meanwhile, in the Supercross Lites West class match at Salt Lake City, Eli Tomac of team GEICO Honda kicked up some dirt of the race track at Rice Eccles Stadium to walk away with the victory.
Leading the points table of the Supercross Lites West Class Series, this win also helped Tomac to capture the Western Regional Supercross Lites Class title. Jason Anderson of team Rockstar Energy Suzuki finished second in the race while Martin Davalos, Tomac’s teammate, acquired the final podium position.
It was a double treat for the GEICO Honda racing team as not only Tomac registered a win at Salt Lake City, but also brought home the title championship of the 2012 Western Regional Supercross Lites Class Series. Jason Anderson was the one who came out of the race gate as soon as it opened for the main event. He gained high speed and was riding well too. He quickly acquired the Nuclear Cowboyz Holeshot award and sailed to gain the lead in the race. However, he could not maintain the lead for long and in the 11th lap, he was overtaken first by Eli Tomac and then by Dean Wilson who were chasing him closely. After having a good ride for almost the entire race, team Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson suffered a crash during the finishing moments of the race and could not recover again from it.
Eli Tomac rode well and went on to acquire the checkers. Already residing at the top of the SX Lites West Class standings, this win means that Tomac has now captured the SX Lites West championship. Wilson’s crash gave a good opportunity to Anderson to bounce back and he did so exactly. He climbed up to the second position and held on to it finally to finish the race at the second position. Davalos, who was riding at the fourth position, took advantage of Wilson’s crash and clinched the final position of the race podium by finishing third in the race. Honda’s Will Hahn finished fourth in the race while Ryan Sipes, the SX Lites West winner at Seattle failed to deliver an impressive run at Salt Lake City and finished 16th in the race.