Jeff Ward #3x
‘I’m just shocked to even be on the podium,’ said Ward after his victory. ‘I only had a month to prepare and I hurt my wrist at a motocross race in Argentina a few weeks ago so I had my doubts. I just really want to thank the Troy Lee Designs / Red Bull / PPG / Honda team for putting together a great program for me again.’
His teammate on the 250, rookie Joey Pascarella, had a rough start on the weekend. During a wet practice session early in the day, Joey hit a water puddle and high-sided in a fast sweeper just after the finish line. The crash resulted in a small fracture in his throttle hand. Initially we thought his day, and his championship hopes, might be over. But Joey taped up his swollen hand, gritted his teeth and went to the start line for the final.
Joey Pascarella #5
‘I’m happy to come away from this race with a podium finish,’ said Pascarella. ‘I was worried that I had thrown the championship away before the season even got started. I’ve got time to heal up now and be 100% for the next round. Hopefully I can get a win at the next round and get some points back.’
The Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/PPG/Honda team now has some time to focus on the second round of the series in Sonoma, CA on May 17th. For more action pictures visit: https://www.troyleedesigns.com/company/news/article.php?news_id=805