Contact: David Evans
Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX Team Media Relations
Justin Brayton Claims Career Best Second Place at Chase Field
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 12, 2014) – Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz. was host to round two of the 2014 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship. It was the 17th time the venue has held a round of the series. 49,834 enthused fans were in attendance and Fox Sports One aired all of the action live.
Justin Brayton qualified for the main event directly from his heat through a spirited battle with current and former premier class champions. When the gate fell for the 20-lap main Brayton led the field through the first turn and proceeded to set the pace. Brayton rode flawlessly on the technical track. He led until lap 13 when the reigning champion made a pass relegating Brayton to second place. Brayton stayed close to the leader and on the last lap he made a charge and threatened to retake the lead. He finished just 1.032 seconds behind the winner claiming second place against the best supercross riders in the world, a career best. In a testament to his fitness he turned his fastest lap on lap 16, he was the only rider to improve his time during the final laps of the race.
“We just did our work this whole off season. Everyone at Yamaha, they came out with a new bike, the new bike is unbelievable and Pirelli got me off to a good start. With so many fast guys it’s difficult so you got to get a good start. Everyone at Toyota, Yamaha, JGRMX, Oakley, Factory Effex, Gaerne, Adidas, N-FAB, everyone, thanks a lot,” said an elated Brayton to the Fox Sports One television and live audience at Chase Field.
Unfortunately Josh Grant crashed negotiating a difficult triple – triple rhythm section in the opening laps of the first timed qualifying session. Grant suffered a strained neck and soreness in his shoulder and elbow. After being evaluated by the doctors at the Asterisk Mobile Medical Center it was determined that Grant would not race. However, during the break between practice and the night show Grant decided to attempt to race. He suited up and attended the opening ceremonies only to find that despite his determination he was not able to compete. He will be thoroughly evaluated by his doctors this week and his status will be updated accordingly.
The series returns to Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. for round three of 17 on Jan. 18. Fox Sports One will broadcast the event in its entirety live starting at 10:30 p.m. EST.