CANIDAE/MOTOSPORT KAWASAKI ATLANTA RACE REPORT: Up Against The Dome
The Canidae Motosport Kawasaki team pulled into Atlanta, GA ready to race for the 2nd round of the “East” series for theÿ250 riders and the 8th round overall. The last time the East Coastÿ250 guys raced was almost a month ago on January 24th, in Houston, TX. Since that time, the team has lost Hunter Hewitt to a broken femur leaving just Branden Jesseman to battle in the 250cc class and Tommy Hahn to fight for a win in the Supercross (450cc) class.
The #74 Kawasaki of Jesseman jumped out of the gate in the # 4 position when Heat # 2 got underway. As the pack filtered through the first corner, Jesseman was in 5th and working his way forward. As Jesseman went wide in the second corner, the # 309 bike of Spenser Dally went down forcing Jesseman to slam on the brakes and find a way around the downed rider, moving him back in the pack. Branden would recover nicely and work his way up to 7th by the end of the first lap. Branden would eventually finish the race in the 6th position, and advance on to theÿ250ÿMain Event.
Tommy Hahn took to the track in the first 450 heat race of the night. Tommy would get out of the gate with a mid-pack start and finish the first lap in 12th position, well outside a transfer spot for the Main Event. Hahn would work hard and move his Kawasaki into a transfer position when the checkered flags flew, ending up in 8th place.
C250 East All Natural Pet Foods sponsors the “Lucky Dog” Last Chance Qualifier, which is the final opportunity for all remaining riders to make it into the “Big Show.” # 20, Nico Izzi and # 34 Matt Goerke were the last two “Lucky Dog’s” to qualify for the 20 rider Main Event in the 250 East class and Charles Summey and Nick Wey would move on in the 450 class.
The Atlanta crowd of 68,933 was pumped up and ready for the 250 East Main Event and the racing left no one disappointed. When the gate dropped, all 20 riders shot down the long start straightaway and into the first left hand corner. Branden Jesseman was inside the top 10 trough the first section and would finish lap one in 6th. Jesseman would move back one spot to 7th where he would stay for the next 5 laps before making a pass on Will Hahn (brother of team 250 East Motosport Kawasaki 450 rider Tommy Hahn) for the 6th spot and then up to the 5th position when he got around the stalled bike of Austin Stroupe. With 4 laps to go, Jesseman would pull to the back wheel ofÿ Matthew Lemoine in the fourth spot. With a great move, Branden would drive around the outside ofÿ Lamoine in a tricky section and take over the 4th spot but only to leave the door open for Blake Wharton as he would cut to the inside of Jesseman leading up to the triple jump sending him back to 5th where he would eventually finish. The excellent finish would move Jesseman up three positions in the championship points stands, into 7th.ÿ
Tommy Hahn lined up for the 450 Main Event ready to face the demanding Atlanta track and the rest of the stacked field. Hahn would get off the start line mid-pack but quickly find himself at the back of the pack after the first corner chaos. Tommy would put on a strong charge moving up as high as 14th but the night was not his and he would have to settle for a 16th place finish.
Check back for the next report as the series moves into the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indy!ÿÿÿ
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