Contact: David Evans
Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX Team Media Relations
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (April 13, 2014) – CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Wash. was the site for round 15 of the 2014 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship. Home to the Seattle Seahawks, the venue is often subject to adverse weather, but this year the conditions were ideal. 53,927 fans were on-hand and Fox Sports One broadcast the action live.
As previously announced (please visit to see the release) Justin Brayton and Josh Grant took time to rest and heal and were not in Seattle. Phillip Nicoletti and Vince Friese substituted for the injured Brayton and Grant. Jenny Taft, the Fox Sports One pit reporter interviewed Nicoletti and Friese during the live broadcast prior to the heat races.
During his heat race Nicoletti went down hard while in a qualifying position. He regrouped at the hauler and raced semi one easily transferring to the main event. Friese advanced from semi two. The main event presented challenges for both riders. Friese, who had virtually no time to acclimate himself to the new bike experienced a crash during the early laps leaving him at the rear of the field. Nicoletti was running 14th at about the halfway point when his shifter was bent below his engine rendering his transmission inoperable. He pulled into the mechanics area and his tuner was able to bend the shifter back into a more accessible position. Upon reentering the race Nicoletti found that his ability to shift gears was badly compromised, he managed to finish 18th with Friese 21st.
After a weekend off the penultimate round of the series will be held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. on April 26. Friese will return to the 250SX East Series where he is currently fifth in points racing for The Factory Metal Works Team. The team thanks Friese for his assistance on such short notice. Grant is expected to be on the gate at MetLife Stadium. Nicoletti, with support from St. Lawrence Radiology and N-FAB was already scheduled to race the event. Therefore, if Brayton is able to compete the Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX Team will field three riders. If not, Nicoletti and Grant are expected to race. Fox Sports Two will broadcast the race live starting at 7:30 p.m. (EST). Timed qualifying will stream live on supercrossonline.com beginning at 2:00 p.m. (EST).