HRT / MotoThump.com Race Report …..Round #8
Atlanta SX ……Round #8 of 17
Fly Racing’s Albertson goes to Main via heat race!
QUALIFYING: “Top Jimmy’s” constant improvement continued in Atlanta. After setting the 13th fastest time in the first timed qualifying, #55 MERGE RACING racer finshed 14 overall after the second qualifying session and would the be Top Privateer qualifying rider.
HEAT RACE: Jimmy would get 7th gate pick for the heat race on his FMF / RENEGADE FUEL powered SHAWNEE HONDA CRF 450. Even with a poor jump off the gate, Jimmy was able to use his inside gate pick to his advantage. As the pack pushed wide around the first corner, he was able to hold a tight inside line and move past about ten racers in one swoop. The first lap would show Jimmy in 7th and he would just lose one position to Tomac and qualify directly to the main with an 8th finish.
LCQ: No LCQ for Albertson tonight. Trey Canard would win the LCQ and go to finish 5th in the main!
MAIN EVENT: The BEER OPTICS sponsored rider would start in 14th position with very little passing going on in the field. He would hold 14th until #29 of Short would go down and move him into 13th. On lap 8 Albertson would lose his front end at speed and hit the ground hard as his bike flipped by. A quick stop in the mechanics area to have Dylon straighten out the machine would put him back to last place. Kiniry would drop out with a mechanical, allowing a 19th place finish. The two points in the race moves HRT / MotoThump.com racer to 18th in the overall series standings with 9 more rounds to go.