“Road Warriors” is going to be a collection of reports from the pro ranks of some of our local riders running for the big show. Most of these will be coming from Kentuckiana’s own Michael Akaydin, hope you all enjoy.
Three rounds in after the Easter break and the TXS Supercross Team of Michael Akaydin and Bubba Pauli have showed no signs of slowing down.
Heading into round 13 in Seattle Washington, the boys were well rested and ready for this stop in the series as they both earned their season best finishes just one year prior. Mother Nature decided to make a statement this time, giving them one of the muddiest races the series has seen in years. Despite the rain the race went on. As Pauli clocked the third fastest lap time of the heat race, two small crashes kept him missing a direct transfer spot to the main event. Next was the LCQ where Michael and Bubba fought their way through the pack earning them 9th and 7th place finishes.
The following week the team packed up the rig and drove north for the very prestigious Triple Crown event in Minneapolis, Minnesota.Mother Nature wasn’t finished having fun yet and dumped 16 inches of snow in the city in mid April! The boys both earned themselves respectable qualifying times which sent them to the LCQ with good gate picks. As Akaydin battled his way through the pack he would finish a respectable 12th place. Pauli started 8th, then worked his way into the top 4, earning himself direct qualifying spot in the 3 main events to follow. Pauli would go on to finish the main events by going 21-20-19 for 20th overall on the night, earning himself 3 championship points and placing him 42nd overall in the season standings.
No time for rest, the very next week the team was racing in Foxboro, Mass just outside of Boston for round 15 of the series. After qualifying 25th and 27th in practice, the boys were ready to improve their positioning during the night show. Both riders would start near each other in the heat race, but would not finish in transfer positions. As they lined up for the LCQ, they were hungry to show what they had. After a few laps in Pauli, with Akaydin one spot behind, found himself in a fight for the final transfer spot to the main event. With some contact on the final lap, Pauli was unable to make a pass stick and would miss the main event by one position. While Akaydin would recover from a late race tip over and ride home to an 8th place finish.
We are very excited to see what’s in store as the riders are motivated and more hungry than ever. Be on the look out for them as the team has been making strong gains as they approach the final two rounds of the series.