Round 13 – AMA Supercross Series
April 5, 2008
Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing’s Nico Izzi returned to AMA Supercross Lites at Dallas’ Texas Stadium this weekend after skipping the independent Toronto, Ontario, race last week. The young rookie recently celebrated his first AMA Supercross Lites podium in Indianapolis and was hoping to reproduce the experience. This past Saturday night’s result was somewhat bittersweet, however. Izzi started the night with an impressive second-place finish in his heat race, however, a bout with food poisoning slowed the young rider in the 15-lap main event. In spite of this, Izzi put his head down and still brought home a seventh-place finish in the main.Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s David Vuillemin was unable to race in Dallas after he injured his foot in a practice crash during the week. Likewise, teammate Mike Alessi is currently recovering from a broken collarbone and did not race this weekend.
“I was really happy with my ride in the heat race, but I wish the main had gone a little better. I got a good start on my Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z250 but about eight laps in, I started feeling really bad. After the race, I got sick and almost passed out. Later we confirmed that I had gotten food poisoning.I know that’s racing, but I’m disappointed because I felt like I had the speed to get on the podium. IfI’d been 100 percent for all 15 laps, I would have been in the top-five for sure.”
Rockstar Makita Suzuki Factory Racing will race next at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, on Saturday,April 12, 2008.