IBCORP’S New Rider Justin Hoeft First SX Earns Main Event in Oakland
PRESS INFORMATION, 02/04/2017
IBCORP’S NEW RIDER JUSTIN HOEFT, qualifies not only for the night show, but also for the main event. COLE MARTINEZ RACES TO A HARD FOUGHT 11th place. After only three days on the IBcorp racing powered by Rock River Yamaha newly christened rider Justin Hoeft got the call to join the team and start his career in Supercross only 3 days before the February 4th event in Oakland. Starting the day off by clocking the fastest time in the C Class timed practice. His time of 1.05.563 allowed him to easily be part of the night show.
Cole Martinez's time of 1:04.892 in A class practice made the night show no problem, for the young Arizona native. In Justin's first ever sx heat race he hated well holding on to 8th place before a fall, cost him his qualifying spot, and relegated him to the LCQ. Cole was on fire in his heat slicing through riders with ease, as the leaders fell, Cole comfortably finished an career best heat place Finish of 3rd.
With 18 riders in the LCQ competing for 4 positions Hoeft would put his heart on the line and earn a 4th place in the very last lap moving him into the Main Event. Both riders faced the main event with a enthusiastic yet poised attitude. Hoeft would suffer a mistimed start putting him in last place for the first turn. A couple of turns later a large pile up claimed Cole who had gated well in 6th amongst others, Justin managed to squeeze through, a caution flag and allowing those in the top tier to pull ahead. Hoeft didn't give up and began a somewhat aggressive line passing his way to 11th before mistiming a triple, feeling the pressure of the main event and making singles and doubles eventually dropping to a near last place finish.
Martinez pushed ahead in the first 10 minutes to reach a 9th only to lose ground and get passed. Cole would wrap the night with a 11th place finish. Upset with his evening and looking to better his last weeks season best of 10th place Cole is looking forward to Dallas were he can regain his lost momentum. Overall a respectable night for the 2017 version of IBcorp racing powered by Rock River.