Supercross Round 2: Glendale, AZ
Seven days and one five hour drive later and the TXS Supercross Team was set to compete at the State Farm Stadium in Phoenix, Arizona for Round 2 of the 2019 AMA Monster Energry World Supercross Championship.
Dry air, desert clay and a larger than average stadium floor would create for a very technical race track, challenging all of the worlds top athletes. When the qualifying sessions began; Joan Cros, Theodore Pauli and Scotty Wennerstrom would be right in the mix for the evening program qualifying positions. As the technical track was taking down even the best athletes throughout the day, the TXS race team trio fought hard to keep composure and drop their lap times. After the qualifying was complete Cros and Pauli would earn transfer spots into the evening race program while after a great charge in the last session Wennerstrom would miss the cut by only 3 tenths of a second.
As the team and athletes prepared for the evening race program, all involved would once again have a strong presence for the weekly “Fan Fest” in the pit area where the team greets fans, sign autograph posters, talk about their products and even give the fans a chance to demo and interact with certain products.
After an eventful opening ceremonies, Cros would line up for 250sx Heat #1. Unfortunately after a couple laps or racing, the pain from his previous crash from last weekend forced him to pull off and call it a night. Up next would be Pauli in 450sx Heat #1, while lining up on the outside of the starting grid, he would get a tremendous drive out of the gate and down the unusually long start straight. But chaos in the first turn would shuffle him to towards the back of the pack. After 7 laps of racing, he would cross the finish line in 14th place sending him to 450sx LCQ.
When the field was set for the 450sx LCQ it would see top stars such as Eli Tomac, Joey Savatgy, Kyle Chisholm and many others battle it out with the rest of the pack for the final 4 transfer spots to the main event. Factory Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac would take the LCQ win while TXS’ own Theodore Pauli would end his night with an 8th place finish very stacked LCQ.
Both rounds to date the TXS Supercross Team has shown improvements in many areas. As the series heads back to Anaheim, California for Round 3 next week they plan to keep that trend going.
As usual the team would like to send a huge thank you to all of their personnel, partners and supporters.