Race report from Anaheim, California.
The first round of the Triple Crown format at Anaheim 2 threw a wrench into everyone's spokes, as the three-main race made for drama all around. For Jimmy D, it was a tough evening. Even a seventh place in qualifying - while strong - just wasn't what a rider like Jimmy Decotis had in mind to start the day.
One observation that is undeniable this year is that the 2019 JGR Suzuki RMZ250 can get starts! Jimmy once again ripped off the line in the first main of the night, slotting himself into the lead pack where he would eventually finish seventh.
It was the second main that was the low point for Da Rippa. After failing to repeat his fast start from the first main, Jimmy was forced to make his way through the pack. After passing the #61 Kawasaki rookie Garrett Marchbanks, JImmy was the victim of some over-zealous freshman riding when Marchbanks lost control while attempting a pass back and blind-sided Jimmy in a turn, sending him sprawling to the stadium floor. Jimmy was slow to recover, but eventually remounted to finish the race.
The third main event was a game of survival. With a gate on the far outside, a bad start once again set the scene for a difficult main event. Sore and bruised, Jimmy managed to gut out a 12th, to take 13th overall on the day. It was a difficult day, but one that Jimmy can learn from and move forward to Oakland