JGRMX - Anaheim Two ResultsJan 20, 2014
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 19, 2014) – Round three of the 2014 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship was held at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. In honor of the 40th anniversary of the series the theme of the event was retro, and all 22 former champions of the sport were on hand to celebrate the milestone. 40,682 fans were also in attendance and Fox Sports One broadcast the action live.
Josh Grant went down last Saturday in Phoenix during the first timed qualifier. He suited up to race the heat but the pain was too great and he was unable to compete. An evaluation by his doctors concluded that while there was no need for surgery, he was badly bruised and had torn muscles in his shoulder. Grant was not able to train properly during the week but decided he wanted to race in Anaheim. He rode only the first timed qualifier electing to sit out the second in order to save his energy and body for the night program.
Justin Brayton, coming off a career best finish last week put an exclamation mark on that accomplishment by pulling the holeshot and winning his heat race transferring directly to the main event along with a live interview to the Fox Sports One audience. Grant also put his YZ450F at the front in the opening laps of his heat race but missed the direct transfer by just two positions at the checkers. Grant then easily transferred from semi number one.
Brayton and Grant began the main in eighth and ninth respectively. Brayton began to move forward working into the top-five on lap 14 of 20. Grant, riding injured was doing his best to salvage points and settled into 14th during the closing laps which is where he finished. Brayton was fourth, his second consecutive top-five finish. Brayton’s effort earned him another live interview with the Fox Sports One television audience. “That was the goal coming in, to race with the lead pack and I did. There was a part of me about halfway through where I felt awesome and I was on Chad (Chad Reed was the eventual race winner) but when RV (Ryan Villopoto) ended up crashing I couldn’t jump one of the rhythm sections. It’s a bit of a bummer but I’m happy with fourth we’re going to move on. Thanks to my sponsors JGRMX, Toyota, Yamaha, Factory Effex, O’Neal, thank you.”
The next stop on the tour will be O. Co. Coliseum in Oakland, Calif. on Jan. 25. Fox Sports One will air the entire event beginning at 10:30 p.m. EST.
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