Rockstar Energy Racing Struck with Crashes in Florida

The beast that is Daytona Supercross certainly lived up to it's reputation of being the toughest SX race in the world. The recent heavy rainfall in the "Sunshine State" made for some inconsistent soil coming in. Luckily the weather was perfect on race day, but that did not prevent the track from being very rutted and soft. It's not often that you see top riders in the world look so out of sorts so many times like last weekend. Nearly every rider in the field found themselves on the ground at least once, including the Rockstar Energy Racing Duo of Ivan Tedesco and Cole Thompson.

Ivan Tedesco definitely had a subpar day that he would like to erase from his memory banks. While trying to deal with the treacherous conditions, he went down hard on his left side. He banged his head and ended up with a very swollen, black and blue finger in the process. It was decided prior to the start of the heat races that Tedesco would sit this one out.

Ivan Tedesco: "Rough Weekend for me. Went down in the final practice and hit my head and smashed my finger. Decided not to race because I was feeling a little foggy. I hope to rebound next week in Detroit."

Cole Thompson was having what appeared to be his best day thus far in the 2014 SX season. He had decent times all day in practice and looked much more aggressive on the bike. Something he had been lacking a bit in the previous couple of races. He then put together a stellar ride in his qualifier for a top 3 finish. Things we're looking very good going into the main with a good gate pick. Then he was bitten by the crash bug rounding the first turn and was run over. He got up not just in last, but several seconds behind the next rider in front of him. Cole was really beat up from the fall. It was very commendable for him to put in the effort that he did. He may have only been able to pick off 9 riders to eventually get 13th, but he never quit. After the race he was bruised, battered and bleeding but will live to fight another day.

Cole Thompson: "Daytona was an up and down night for me. I felt good in my heat race and finished 3rd. The main event I crashed in the first turn and had to work my way back up from last to finish 13th. I caught up to a pack of riders at the end but ran short on laps. Definitely not where I want to be finishing, I just need to keep working hard during the week and make it all come together next weekend."

The team now heads to a venue that that hasn't held a Supercross race for several years in Detroit. Tedesco will get an x-ray on his smashed finger but will suit up and race regardless of the prognosis. Thompson will heal up and carry over the positives from Daytona into Ford Field in Michigan.

450SX Overall    
1.     Ryan Villopoto
2.     Ken Roczen     
3.     Ryan Dungey     
4.     Broc Tickle     
5.     Andrew Short     
6.     Wil Hahn     
7.     Dean Wilson     
8.     Matt Goerke     
9.     Justin Brayton     
10.  Josh Grant     
11.  Cole Seely     
12.  Justin Barcia     
13.  Phil Nicoletti     
14.  Mike Alessi    
15.  Josh Hill     
16.  Chris Blose     
17.  Jimmy Albertson
18.  James Stewart     
19.  Nick Schmidt     
20.  Ronnie Stewart
21.  Malcolm Stewart
22.  Nick Wey
250SX Overall    
1. Blake Baggett     
2. Adam Cianciarulo     
3. Martin Davalos     
4. Blake Wharton     
5. Justin Bogle     
6. Jeremy Martin     
7. Matt Bisceglia     
8. Vince Friese     
9. Kyle Cunningham     
10. Matt Lemoine     
11. Kyle Peters     
12. Jimmy Decotis     
13. Cole Thompson     
14. Alex Martin     
15. Mitchell Oldenburg     
16. Gavin Faith     
17. Jackson Richardson     
18. Justin Starling     
19. AJ Catanzaro     
20. Jacob Baumert     
21. Auston Albers     
22. Jace Owen     

450SX Point Standings         
1. Ryan Villopoto 209pts     
2. Ryan Dungey 181pts         
3. Ken Roczen 180pts          
4. James Stewart 157pts          
5. Justin Brayton 155pts          
6. Andrew Short 125pts          
7. Justin Barcia 118pts          
8. Chad Reed 111pts          
9. Broc Tickle 111pts     
10. Wil Hahn 108pts     
11. Weston Peick 68pts         
12. Josh Grant 67pts          
13. Josh Hill 64pts          
14. Mike Alessi 62pts          
15. Ivan Tedesco 62pts     
16. Matt Goerke 54pts          
17. Nick Wey 53pts          
18. Jake Weimer 50pts     
19. Eli Tomac 48pts     
20. Cole Seely 30pts          
250SX East Region Point Standings    
1. Adam Cianciarulo 94pts     
2. Martin Davalos 87pts     
3. Blake Baggett 79pts     
4. Justin Bogle 72pts     
5. Vince Friese 61pts     
6. Blake Wharton 51pts     
7. Cole Thompson 48pts     
8. Kyle Cunningham 45pts     
9. Jimmy Decotis 43pts     
10. Matt Lemoine 37pts     
11. Mitchell Oldenburg 36pts     
12. Matt Bisceglia 35pts     
13. Alex Martin 34pts     
14. Kyle Peters 30pts     
15. AJ Catanzaro 25pts     
16. Jeremy Martin 17pts     
17. Jesse Wentland 17pts     
18. Justin Starling 15pts     
19. Jackson Richardson 14pts    
20. Gannon Audette

Tags: rockstar energy racing, ivan tedesco, cole thompson, sx, suprcross, daytona supercross, daytona sx, daytona bike week

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