(Minneapolis, MN) – The EBR Performance/Altus Motorsports/Tucker Powersports Yamaha Team rolled into US Bank Stadium February 9th for round one of Monster Energy Supercross 250 Supercross East Championships. Leading the team with a new passion and focus after graduating from college is #81 Josh Cartwright followed by Ramyller Alves #78 and rookie Dustin Winter #332. All three riders qualified into the fast forty with Cartwright leading the way aboard his EBR Performance, Bills Pipes powered Yamaha YZ250F.
Cartwright and Winter were fired up and ready to battle in heat one. When the gate dropped, and after rounding turn one Cartwright sat in 11th with Winter in tow in 12th. Cartwright carved his way through the field with some aggressive passing, while Winter followed Cartwright’s lines, and the mini freight train stormed toward the front into 6th and 7th place respectively. The closing laps of the heat Winter made a critical mistake coming out of the rockers and stalled the bike unable to restart. Cartwright went straight to the main with a 6th and Winter finished 14th and forced to run the LCQ.
Ramyller Alves was poised and ready for round one after spending the last three months training and doing rehab on his wrist which required surgery during the offseason. Alves was back to his smooth and fluid self attacking the fast course. When the gate dropped Alves came out of the first turn with a mid-pack start running in 11th. He moved to 8th by the close of lap one pressing hard into a qualifying position, then made a mistake and fell back to 11th. He quickly regrouped to battle back to 9th but succumbed to the heat of the fight for the last qualifying position and finished 11th.
The LCQ was a knock down drag out war. Alves and Winter were sitting third and fourth after rounding the first turn and first rhythm section. Winter quickly passed Alves moving into third and charging but unfortunately flew off the track with a heavy dose of throttle, which also caused Alves to take an exit off the track where he fell back to 9th. Alves made his way back to a top four transfer position only to be taken out by another rider going for the last qualifying position.
When the gate dropped for the main event, Cartwright was inside the top 15 and battling with a tough field of competitors. A stalled the bike put him out of the top 15 at the checkered flag.
“We’re working extremely hard with our program and making strides forward to give our riders the foundation to compete at the highest level of our sport,” said team owner Josh Rogers. “We have more work to do, and we will continue to raise the bar week to week. We anticipate great rides in the future from all of our riders.”
The EBR Performance/Altus Motorsports/Tucker Powersports Yamaha Team would like to thank its team partners and sponsors. Success would not be possible without their support.
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