After last year's debut season racing AMA Supercross with one rider, Rocket Exhaust fielded a 3 riders team for Anaheim 1 in 2013. Michael Leib in his second season racing AMA Supercross was looking to build on his results from last season. Also in the 250 class Chris Proscelle was moving up from the Amateur ranks and competing in his first supercross. The most experienced rider on the team is PJ Larsen however this is his rookie season in the 450 class and he is looking for results at the top of the sport.
The day started tough for Leib as he had a small electrical problem causing him to miss the first practice this forced him to learn the track during the timed practice which damaged his qualifying effort however he easily made the night show with a good gate pick for the heat. Chris Proscelle has a steep learning curve ahead of him to make the jump from amateur racing to professional supercross. He put in some competitive times in Qualifying but unfortunately just missed out on the top 40 that make it to the night show. PJ Larsen was one of the fastest riders in his group for qualifying and made it to the night show easily.
The night started great for Team Rocket Exhaust as Michael Leib pulled a 2nd place start in his heat race and battled hard to hold on for 4th place and a good gate pick for the main event. PJ Larsen did not have so much luck as he was definitely in the toughest heat race of the night and with a bad start had too much work to do for the short 8 lap race. He worked his way up to 12th by the flag, this sent him to the LCQ where a bad start ended PJ's run to qualify for the main event.
At the start of the 250 main event Michael got some wheel spin off of the gate and was pinched off going into the first turn however he tucked in tight as the field went wide and came out in 3rd place. After battling for a couple of laps Michael was sat comfortably in 6th place with a nice gap behind him. On lap 5 Michael got sideways in the whoops and missed the triple jump, this let Travis Baker by. Michael was now in a 6 rider battle for places 6th through 12th. Michael held on strong for a 10th place finish, some valuable championship points and a great start to build on heading in to Phoenix next week. See you at Chase Field!