Contact: David Evans
Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX Team Media Relations
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (May 18, 2013) – The 2013 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship kicked off at the 45th annual Hangtown Motocross Classic in Sacramento, Calif. FUEL TV broadcast the first motos live. The second 450 moto will air on The NBC Sports Network May 21 at 12:30 a.m. (EST). Allisports.com streamed the first 250, 450, and WMX (women’s pro race) live. It was reported to the industry and fans that all of the motos would stream live, but for unknown reasons the allisports.com streaming concluded after the first motos.
Josh Grant made his first start since February after recovering from shoulder surgery and looked eager to race starting moto one in a podium position. On lap three however another rider collided with Grant causing him to crash and relegating him to 37th place. Justin Brayton and Travis Preston, a former 125SX West Champion now 35 years old who is riding only the Hangtown event, started the moto 18th and 19th respectively. On lap six Brayton went down due to a flat front tire. He pulled into the mechanics area where the team made a NASCAR style pit stop and changed Brayton’s front wheel. Unfortunately he was two laps down by the time the change was complete and he rejoined the race in 38th. Meanwhile, Grant had moved up to 32nd with Preston 16th. At the checkers Grant had charged to 20th, Brayton advanced to 33rd and Preston remained steady for 15th.
The second moto began with an unfortunate crash for Grant once again sending him to the rear of the field finding himself in 37th. Brayton and Preston started the moto 17th and 15th. Brayton and Grant began to consistently move forward while Preston fluctuated from 14th to 19th at various times during the moto. When they crossed the finish line it was Brayton 13th, Grant 27th, and Preston 18th. Preston’s 15 – 18 moto scores earned him 17th overall, Brayton’s 33 – 13 finishes equated to 18th, and Grant’s 20 – 27 results awarded him 24th.
Round two of the 12-race series will be held at Thunder Valley Raceway in Lakewood, Colo. on May 25. The published broadcast schedule shows all motos streaming live from allisports.com starting at 3:00 p.m. (EST). The first motos will be broadcast live on The NBC Sports Network beginning at 3:00 p.m. (EST). The second motos will air live on FUEL TV at 5:00 p.m.