Contact: David Evans
Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX Team Media Relations
Monster Energey Cup Results
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (Oct. 20, 2013) – The third annual Monster Energy Cup was held at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nev. Sat. Oct. 19. Josh Grant raced the event while Justin Brayton was sidelined recovering from minor foot surgery. The race, which is not part of a championship series offers a one million dollar reward for a rider able to win each of the three 10-lap heats. One hundred thousand dollars is paid to a rider who wins the overall with the highest combination of finishes in the three races in the event no rider sweeps all three. There is also a short section not part of the main racing course dubbed the joker lane, which every rider must take at some point during each heat or be docked five positions. In addition to the cash prizes, Toyota had a new 2014 Tundra on site to give to any rider who holeshot all three races. Fox Sports 2 aired the entire event live, and Fox Sports 1 will repeat the broadcast today at 1:00 p.m. (EST).
When the gate fell for the first of the three races it was the 33 of Josh Grant pulling the holeshot and leading the pack. Unfortunately only one of the two split start gates had fallen so the race was red flagged and the riders went back to the starting line. On the second attempt it was the other gate that fell, and Grant’s side malfunctioned as he and the riders on his side of the split start watched the others thunder off only to be red flagged back to the starting area. On the third attempt the gate worked properly but Grant did not get the jump he had the first time and found himself toward the back of the pack suffering a minor crash. He decided to take the joker lane early due to his track position and finished 15th in the first heat. The second heat saw Grant with a better start, and he finished 10th. He improved on his prior finishes in heat three with seventh, netting him 10th overall for the night.
The next event for the Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX Team is the opening round of the 2014 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series on Jan. 4 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif.