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East Rutherford Results
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (April 27, 2014) – For the first time in 23 years Monster Energy AMA Supercross was in the greater metropolitan New York area at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The series had visited the former Meadowlands venue from 1987 through 1991. It was the penultimate round of the 2014 tour and Ryan Villopoto clinched his fourth consecutive title. It was the first time in history that a rider clinched the championship in the stadium his home team won the Superbowl the same year. Jeremy McGrath is the only other rider to have won four straight Monster Energy AMA Supercross championships. 62,217 fans were on-hand and Fox Sports Two broadcast the action live. CBS will air a repeat broadcast today at 1:00 p.m. (EST).
East Rutherford was the final round of the Toyota Triple Challenge. Toyota is the official vehicle of Monster Energy AMA Supercross as well as that of Joe Gibbs Racing and the Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX Team. Toyota announced the program at the start of the season. Riders earned points at three of the 17 rounds, Anaheim Three, Arlington, and East Rutherford. The rider with the most points is the proud owner of a new 2014 Tundra, and if a rider had won all three events there would be a check for $250,000 along with the truck. After the final lap at East Rutherford Ryan Villopoto was awarded the new Tundra. “It’s pretty cool to win a truck, I have never won a truck,” said Villopoto to the Fox Sports Two audience. “Toyota being involved in the sport, it’s pretty cool,” he added. As no rider was able to win all three Triple Challenge rounds, the $250,000 was not earned in 2014, but the program is expected to be back in 2015 so the riders in the 450SX Class will have another chance to win a Tundra and a quarter million dollars from Toyota.
Justin Brayton is recovering from injuries he sustained in both St. Louis and then Houston, and is not expected to race until the early rounds of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship. Josh Grant was injured in Houston and after missing Seattle made his return at MetLife Stadium. Phillip Nicoletti, with support from N-FAB and St. Lawrence Radiology was scheduled to race MetLife Stadium even before Brayton’s injury. Grant and Nicoletti both transferred to the main event from Semi One. Rain fell before the 450SX main event, making the track treacherous and slick. Nicoletti began the race in ninth, with Grant at the rear of the field in 19th. Nicoletti rode steady to claim 12th, with Grant taking the checkers in 16th.
The final round of the series will be held in Las Vegas at Sam Boyd Stadium on May 3. Nicoletti will substitute for Brayton. Fox Sports One will broadcast the race live starting at 10:00 p.m. (EST). Timed qualifying will stream live on supercrossonline.com beginning at 5:00 p.m. (EST).