Contact: David Evans
Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX Team Media Relations
THUNDER VALLEY RESULTS
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (May 26, 2013) – Thunder Valley Motocross Park in Lakewood, Colo. was host to round two of the 2013 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship Series. Thunder Valley is one of the newer facilities on the circuit, with Saturday’s race just the ninth pro national held at the track. Thunder Valley is 5,480 feet above sea level and the thin air creates challenges to both the machines and the riders. The racing was broadcast live by NBC Sports and FUEL TV.
Justin Brayton encountered a challenge when he suffered a crash right away at the start of the first moto. His kill switch was damaged in the wreck and he was forced to stop in the mechanics area where Patrick Barker and the team quickly diagnosed and repaired the problem. Brayton rejoined the race in 38th position. Josh Grant meanwhile was running inside the top-10 in ninth. Grant finished the moto in eighth. Brayton was able to move forward to 31st.
The second moto presented issues for both riders from the beginning. Brayton fell at the start of the moto relegating him back to 33rd. Grant was riding at the front half of the field when he was forced to briefly stop in the mechanics area, finding himself in 34th place on the second lap. The teammates began to advance, often in tow with one another, or just a place or two between them. At the checkers Grant rode to 18th with Brayton 20th. Grant was credited with 12th overall, and Brayton was 22nd for the day.
Allisports reported that attendance from last week’s season opener in Sacramento, Calif. was 24,700. The live stream had 140,000 live starts, an increase of 66% from 2012. The broadcasts on NBC Sports and FUEL drew an audience of 108,000. JGRMX ran an event advance and race recap on its FaceBook Fan Page, website, and Twitter accounts.
The series next travels to the inaugural Muddy Creek Pro National in Blountville, Tenn. on June 1. The first moto will be broadcast live on The NBC Sports Network beginning at 1:00 p.m. (EST). The second moto will air live on FUEL TV starting at 3:00 p.m.