SRT Motorsports - Dodge AMA Monster Energy Supercross Series Race Advance - Las Vegas

May 2, 2012 , LAS VEGAS - For Immediate Release
SRT Motorsports - Dodge AMA Monster Energy Supercross Series Race Advance
Sam Boyd Stadium, Las Vegas, Nev.
Round 17 of 17
Saturday, May 5, 2012
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DODGE/HART & HUNTINGTON NEWS
· The Dodge/Hart & Huntington team will field two riders in Las Vegas this weekend – Kyle Regal and Tyler Bowers.
· Kyle Regal has made seven-consecutive Main Events since joining Hart and Huntington Racing at Daytona on March 10 where he earned his season-best finish of 13th.
· Tyler Bowers is seeking his third Main Event appearance in AMA SX competition in Las Vegas this weekend. Bowers earned a career-best finish of 10th (15 career SX starts) last weekend in Salt Lake City. He’ll be making his second career 450-class start at Sam Boyd Stadium this weekend.
· Josh Hansen, Kyle Partridge, Josh Hill and Ivan Tedesco are sidelined due to injuries.
· Hart and Huntington riders have missed 35 of 69 (51%) SX starts this season due to injuries.
· Dodge is seeking its first podium finish with H&H Racing.
· TV coverage on SPEED– Sat., May 5 at 10:00 p.m. ET.

Tyler Bowers
No. 74 Dodge/Sycuan Casino/Hart and Huntington/Bel-Ray Racing
Birthdate: 03/19/91
Hometown: Fallbrook, Calif. Mechanic: Shawn Bell

Highlights:
· 2011 and 2012 AMA Arenacross champion
· Has 12 AMA Arenacross event wins this season
· Competed in 15 AMA SX races; best finish of 10th (Salt Lake City)
· Joined Hart and Huntington Racing two weeks ago in Seattle

Kyle Regal
No. 36 Dodge/Sycuan Casino/Hart and Huntington/Bel-Ray Racing
Birthdate: 5/14/91
Hometown: Howell, Mich. Mechanic: Sean Trihey

Highlights
· Season-best finish of 13th was at Daytona riding for H&H
· First Supercross start was at Cowboys Stadium in 2010
· Career best finish of seventh in 2011 at Qwest Field (Seattle)
· Has three top-10 finishes in 16 450-class starts

KYLE REGAL (No. 36 Dodge/Sycuan Casino/Hart and Huntington/Bel-Ray Racing Kawasaki)
IT LOOKS LIKE IT’S GOING TO BE PRETTY HOT IN LAS VEGAS ON SATURDAY. HOW DOES THE WEATHER AFFECT A TRACK LIKE SAM BOY STADIUM? “It just really bakes the dirt all day. It’s a hard, compound surface as it is and the sun just amplifies the hardness. They try and throw water on it but that only covers the top surfaces. You just have to adjust. You know going in that the track surface is going to be hard, so you’ll have to adjust with tire and shock combinations.”

YOU’VE MADE ALL SEVEN MAIN EVENTS THAT YOU’VE COMPETED IN FOR HART AND HUNTINGTON THIS YEAR. THAT A PRETTY SOLID CAMPAIGN: “Considering that I’m coming off and injury, I think it’s pretty good. I still haven’t got the results that I’m looking for yet. One mistake or getting caught up in some other rider’s mistake has cost me a bunch. I’ve had good Heat Races all year; I just haven’t closed the deal in the Main Event.”

DO YOU FEEL LIKE THIS HAS BEEN AN AUDITION OF SORTS TO SHOW THE SX SERIES YOUR TALENTS? “A little bit. I wish I were healthier coming into the situation that Carey (Hart) gave me this year. It’s been a cool experience riding for these guys. I would have liked to have brought home some top 10s.”

IS THERE ANY SPECIAL PREPARATION THAT GOES INTO THE FINAL RACE? “Not really. You approach every race the same. Vegas is usually a tight track with a couple different lines that you can run. There are some passing zones over the whoops and rhythm section. Obviously, you need to stay on the bike and keep it out of the dirt.”

TYLER BOWERS (No. 74 Dodge/Sycuan Casino/Hart and Huntington/Bel-Ray Racing Kawasaki)
YOU HAD TO BE PRETTY EXCITED TO EARN YOUR FIRST TOP 10 FINISH ON A 450-CLASS SX BIKE LAST WEEKEND IN SEATTLE? “It was cool and it certainly has given me some confidence heading into Las Vegas this weekend. I’ve been working on my starts a lot because it’s just a viscous battle when the gate drops. I had to work for the top 10. I came from mid-pack and passed a bunch of guys on the first lap and just settled in from there. It’s not a podium, but for a new team, new bike, new setup, it’s progress in the right direction.”

YOU SEEM TO BE GETTING MORE COMFORTABLE ON THE BIKE. A 16TH-PLACE RIDE IN SEATTLE TWO WEEKS AGO AND A 10TH LAST WEEKEND IN SALT LAKE. DO YOU NOTICE THE SIGNIFICANT GAINS IN YOUR PERFORMANCE? “Yeah. I was kind of thrown on the bike in the beginning and only had two days of testing before Seattle. I hadn’t ridden a 450 since last October. It was not only a whole new setup for me, it was a new feel for the 450 overall. We knew that it was going to be tough the first weekend, and we did pretty good. This past weekend, I just focused on putting down good laps and getting comfortable on the bike at the race along with keeping the bike off the ground during the race. Last week, that track at Seattle claimed a lot of people so it was cool to get out of the Main without putting the bike in the dirt and staying on two wheels.”

WITH LAS VEGAS BEING THE LAST SX POINTS RACE OF THE SEASON, DO RIDERS APPRAOCH THE RACE DIFFERENTLY, MORE AGGRESSIVE? “Not really. I’m going to treat it like another race. Last week I got a little tired halfway through the race. I’m not sure if it was the altitude or what. I think it might have been because I was a little tight in the beginning of the race in the same section two or three laps in a row. This week I’m just going to work on being consistent and make sure that I hit all my lines, every lap, and hope to carry the consistency that I had last weekend in Seattle.” 

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