Livingston, CA. (February 23, 2016) – Everything’s bigger in Texas and round 7 of the AMA Supercross series witnessed some Texas sized action inside the stunning AT&T Stadium. Hayden Mellross and replacement rider Brady Kiesel took to the track looking to put in strong results and carry momentum into the upcoming break in the schedule for the 250 West series. Zach Bell, injured, was on hand to sign autographs and take part in the weekly 51FIFTY interactive pit party.
Hayden and Kiesel would both race Heat Race #2 and in typical style, Hayden’s #72 machine squeezed past the main pack of riders and set his sights on the leaders. The rookie rode with authority and determination as he made multiple passes on the tight, technical Dallas soil. Mellross crossed the line in 7th, solidifying his presence once again on the main event roster. Brady would round turn one around mid-pack but was forced off the track and onto the ground, ultimately out of the Top 9 for the #556 rider.
While Hayden had his 51FFTY Energy Drink Yamaha into the Main, Brady was left to fight for a spot in the main event. With family and friends watching on, the Dallas transplant charged hard from basically last in turn one all the way through the LCQ. As time ran out, Brady would come up a few spots short of a transfer position.
The field was set for the 250 main event, Hayden’s 7th consecutive start this season. After getting pinched off in the first turn, he had to push through the pack in hopes of a solid result. The Australian rookie tested his fitness and skills with passes early and then an epic battle trying to pass 2 riders in front while having to watch his back with 2 riders behind him for the last half of the race. A hard fought finish would find him in 14th place at the line.
“The first part of this season has been remarkable. I’m proud we’ve made every Main this year, only having to race the LCQ once and I’m healthy 7 weeks in,” mentioned Mellross after the race. “I have 7 total SX races under my belt and I’m going into the break more experienced and confident. I’ll work my butt off knowing Top 10s are very realistic if I can shave .5 seconds a lap.“
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