The 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series continued in Salt Lake City, Utah this past Sunday with the 13th round. H.E.P. Motorsports’ Kyle Cunningham had a strong performance on the day finishing in 19th place overall while teammate Ryan Breece continues to improve finishing in 21st place. Adam Enticknap came up short of the main but looks to rebound next round.
Kyle Cunningham (#44) finishes strong in the 450cc premiere class.
It was a hard fought race for Cunningham. Constantly fighting track conditions throughout the day, the season veteran never let up. After a rough go in his heat race, Kyle was forced to race the LCQ. In the LCQ, he got a good start and found himself inside the top-ten. Over the course of the race, Cunningham was able to maneuver his way into a second place transfer position. In the main event, Kyle had a very strong performance despite his 19th place result.
“Round 13 in Salt Lake City wasn’t bad,” said Cunningham. “The track conditions where tough, but my riding felt great. The result doesn’t show with five crashes in the main, but man I had fun on my motorcycle. There’s four more rounds to go and I’m going to keep working and getting better every weekend.”
Fighting altitude sickness through the first two rounds, Breece was finally able to make some ground this weekend. Ryan had a strong heat race running in a transfer position, but a last lap crash relegated him to one position shy of the main event. In the LCQ, Ryan got a good start and raced his way into first place, leading for multiple laps until another last lap crash netted him fourth place. The strong performance continued into the main event where he finished in 21st place overall.
“Round 13 in Salt Lake City had some steps in the right direction,” said Breece. “I was on the ground a little more than I would like to be, but 21st overall in the 450 main event was an achievement for me.”
It was not the best round for Enticknap in Salt Lake City. He came up short of the 450 main event by one position. Having competitive lap times in qualifying, there is no doubt Adam’s speed is there. Unfortunately, rough starts in each of his races put the odds against him.
“My weekend was tough in the mud,” said Enticknap. “I learned a lot, but my main focus coming into the next rounds is starts. I had a decent jump out the gate, but had a bad shift coming into the first corner. I made a few quick passes and felt decent in the whoop section, but I ended up fifth place in the LCQ, missing the main by one spot. As a racer it’s one of the hardest positions to get. Ready for redemption on Wednesday.”
“Mother nature played a big factor this past round,” said Dustin Pipes, Team Manager. “I’m happy we came out somewhat unscathed. As a team we must have crashed over ten times. Five crashes for Kyle alone in the main event. Nevertheless, the riders were resilient in performing their job. The main event results don’t paint the best picture, but when you dive deeper into the individual racers times you will find we should have placed considerably higher. Staff wise, everyone raised their level of attentiveness to circumvent the poor weather and put our racers in the best position possible. Communication was great and everyone is performing their roles to a tee, much like the combined parts making our Suzuki RM-Z450 run so good.”
H.E.P. Motorsports continues to perform through each round. Expect to see the strong racing from Cunningham and strong starts from Breece again this Wednesday.
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