Phoenix Race Report


Livingston, CA (January 13, 2015) – 51FIFY Energy Drink Yamaha and the #981 of Austin Politelli came in to Chase Field ready for redemption. After a tough first race in Anaheim, the team spent the week fine tuning their Yamaha YZ250F.

In Heat #1, Austin and his CV4-powered Yamaha rocketed out of the gate and a smart inside line allowed him to grab the holeshot. AP981 led for a few corners but mistakes in one of the rhythm sections dropped him back a few spots. After some bar banging, AP981 settled into 6th securing a transfer to the Main.

When the gate dropped for the Main, carnage unfolded immediately. Riders funneled into the first corner and Austin managed to dodge multiple Tuff Blocks but that left him towards the back of the pack. He mounted a charge and passed a number of riders moving up to 11th. A small mistake caused a minor tip over in a corner just after one of the fast rhythm sections. Austin and his downed bike were plowed into by another rider and it took a while to restart.

Politelli remounted and attempted to collect a few points. After rolling around for a few laps, Austin decided it was smarter to pull off rather than risking his own safety. “This is a long season,” said Team Manager Craig Monty. “While we aren’t happy with the result, we have to take the good with the bad. Austin’s not hurt, and we have awesome sponsors and support. We will to go back to the test track and keep at it until we get the results that we expect.”

We wish to thank our sponsors including Yamaha, Allied Packaging, BDO, Carlos Vieira Racing, Costa Rica Unlimited, Cycra, CV4, Dunlop, DT1, Evans Cooling, FMF, Galfer, GET, GYTR, Hinson Clutch Components, HJC, Magik Graphics, Motoseat, ODI, O’Neal, Push Marketing, Renegade Fuels, SDI, Supersprox, TM Designworks, Works Connection, and Yamalube.

51FIFTY is a proud sponsor of ‘Race for Autism’ a fundraising campaign that raises money and awareness for Autism. A percentage of every can of 51FIFTY Energy Drink is donated to Race for Autism.