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A selection of photos from the Dutch MotoGP

Weekend Recap: June 25 - 26

Jun 272022

Francesco Bagnaia Back on Top of the Podium


Monster Energy-backed Ducati Team racer Francesco Bagnaia firmly established himself as a full-on contender in the 2022 MotoGP World Championship after scoring a powerful win in Sunday’s Motul TT Assen in the Netherlands. World Championship leader Fabio Quartararo of the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team clashed with his title rival Aleix Espargaro of Aprilia Racing on lap number five at the TT Circuit Assen, then crashed again later in the race. Bagnaia took full advantage and claimed a resounding victory, with fellow Italian and Monster Energy rider Marco Bezzecchi of the Mooney VR46 Racing Team grabbing a career-best 2nd place finish.

Kurt Busch Misses Out on The Win by Less Than a Second


While everyone was forced to wait out lengthy rain and lightning delays, Monster Energy driver Kurt Busch certainly wasn’t standing around as he raced to an excellent runner-up finish at Sunday night’s NASCAR Cup race at the 1.33-mile Nashville Superspeedway. Superb driving and clever pit work and strategy put Busch in a brilliant position with only a handful of laps remaining, with the former NASCAR Cup champion crossing the finish line less than a second behind race winner Chase Elliott.

Patryk Dudek Dominates the Field with Perfect Run


Monster Energy-backed 3W FIM Speedway GP racer Patryk Dudek went unbeaten on Friday in the PGE Ekstraliga, going a perfect 6-0 to lead team Torun to a 56-34 victory over rivals Grudziadz, in Gorzow, Poland. Dudek scored the maximum 18 points for Torun, to lead the team’s scoring ahead of Robert Lambert (15 points), and fellow Monsters Pawel Przedpelski (10 points) and Jack Holder (6 points).

Ryder DiFrancesco Wins 250 Pro Class Overall Ahead of Professional Debut


Monster Energy’s highly-decorated amateur motocross racer Ryder DiFrancesco (Pro Circuit/Kawasaki) — who announced this week he’s turning pro this coming weekend at the RedBud (Mich.) MX National — tuned up for his pro debut with a 250 Pro class win at Mammoth Motocross on Saturday. DiFrancesco, who qualified for the Mammoth MX in 250 Pro, 450 Pro and Open Pro-Sport through the “Road to Mammoth” qualifier at Tulare, Calif., won the opening moto at Mammoth, ahead of veteran pro racer and former AMA 250 MX and SX champion Trey Canard, before securing the overall victory with a solid 4th place finish in the second moto. Monster Energy’s Chance Hymas (Honda) won the second 250 Pro moto, placing just off the podium in 4th overall. Hymas also won the first moto in the Open Pro-Sport class, placing 2nd overall behind Canard (1-3).

Greaves Boys Mount Another Podium Sweep


Saturday’s round 3 saw NOS driver RJ Anderson lead every lap and taking the win, with Monster Energy driver Johnny Greaves finishing 2nd.  Son CJ Greaves finished 2nd in the Pro Turbo SXS race, and also finished 2nd in the Pro Stock SXS class.

Sunday’s Round 4 boasted a Monster sweep of the podium, with CJ and Johnny taking 1st and 3rd respectively, while Kyle LeDuc rounded it out in 2nd.