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Images from Supercross Round #15 taking place at the Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts
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Weekend Recap: April 23 - 24

Apr 252022

SUPERCROSS
Back-to-Back Wins for Anderson and Tomac Closes In on Wrapping up the Championship

 

Scoring his second Monster Energy AMA Supercross main event win in a row, Jason Anderson continued to fight and stall fellow Monster Energy-backed racer Eli Tomac's charge to secure the premier 450cc class title before the season’s end. Anderson was joined on Saturday’s podium at the home of the New England Patriots – Gillette Stadium – by Monster Energy-backed Chase Sexton, who placed 2nd.

With the victory for Anderson, coupled with Tomac’s 7th place finish at Foxborough, Mass., means that, should Anderson be able to win at Denver’s Empower Field at Mile High next Saturday (April 16), Tomac would have to finish 6th or better to wrap up the 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross championship.

“It’s a bummer for me because I want to be in the position he (Tomac) is in, or at least giving him a harder time,” said Anderson. “But I’m going to make him take it another week and help him out.  Let him do it in his home state of Colorado.”

Anderson continued: “It’s a good win for me. I’m just trying to get better and better. I have a goal in sight and I’m working towards it. It’s nice to see come success along the way.”

Joining Anderson on the top step of the rostrum in the support 250cc Eastern Supercross (ESX) class was Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner. Forkner’s first win of the season, and 12th of his career, put him into the overall ESX top ten (9th) despite missing four races with a broken collarbone.

Also noteworthy at Foxborough was Monster Energy’s Supercross Futures racer, Chance Hymas (Honda), who won the young racers’ exhibition race by 35 seconds.

MOTOGP
Quartararo Wins and Takes Over the Championship Point Lead

 

An incredible day for Monster Energy racers on the grid at the Tissot Grand Prix of Portugal’s Algarve International Circuit. Monster Energy/Yamaha MotoGP’s Fabio Quartararo, the defending MotoGP overall champion, won his first race of the 2022 season in dominant fashion and took over the championship points lead as well. (Technically tied with Monster Energy/Suzuki Ecstar’s Alex Rins in points, leads based on total wins.)
 
Said Quartararo: “Pushing myself to the limit. The bike feels good. The straight is not so long. We had grip.… Means that we can go hammer time.”
 
Off the start, it was Monster Energy’s Joan Mir (Suzuki/Ecstar) with the holeshot and early race lead, while Quartararo quickly moved up to 2nd place halfway through the opening lap. By lap four, Quartararo moved into the lead on turn 1, his first MotoGP race lead of the year. On lap ten, Quartararo set a new Algarve circuit lap record (1:39.435) and was gone – leading the remainder of the race and winning by more than five seconds.
 
Poised to podium in 3rd, Mir was taken out – at speed – by an overzealous Jack Miller (Ducati). Miller enveloped his front end in a pass attempt, hit the pavement, and took out Mir as well.
 
Said Miller: “I’m extremely sorry to the whole team, but especially Joan (Mir). I’m in the wrong 100-percent today.”
 
Added Mir: “It’s something that can happen. He (Miller) was a bit too optimistic. But I to have made these mistakes in the past. I expect he will learn from that mistake like I did.”
 
Noteworthy was the effort of Alex Rins who rallied back from 23rd place on the grid to finish an amazing 4th.

NHRA
Brittany Force Wins Two in a Row and Takes Over Championship Points Lead

 

Monster Energy Top Fuel driver Brittany Force continued her winning ways, unleashing the beast and roaring to a second straight Top Fuel victory with a rush run of 3.767 at 321.42 in her 11,000-mph Monster Energy dragster. In what was the final NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series pass at Houston, Force beat Justin Ashley on a holeshot, posting a .041 reaction to hold off Ashley’s run of 3.763. To reach the final round, Force knocked off Josh Hart and Shawn Langdon, and Billy Torrence, capping off her remarkable day with a third – and final – win in Houston and the 13th in her career. The victory also helped give Force the Top Fuel points lead after five races.

 

“I felt confident coming in and it was an incredible day for our team,” Force said. “To close out Houston with a win is just incredible for us. Justin is one of the best leavers in the class, so I knew we had to step it up. I really wanted it in the final round, so I had to do my job. Getting back-to-back wins is huge for us, and we’re back in the seat next weekend so we’ll try to do it again in Charlotte. All the hard work by our team, for it to pay off with two wins in a row, it’s great for them and I’m really proud of all of my guys.”

WORLD SUPERBIKE
Jonathan Rea Wins his 100th Race While at Kawasaki

 

Flat out the stuff of legends. This weekend’s MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship tour stop at TT Circuit Assen, Monster Energy’s Jonathan Rea highlighted an amazing weekend of WSBK racing, recording his 100th win for the Kawasaki marque when he captured Sunday’s Tissot Superpole Race – and became the first racer to win 100 races for one manufacturer in WSBK history.
 
Said Rea of the 100th win for Kawasaki, who was told of the historic opportunity prior to Sunday’s racing: “That would be incredible! No one’s mentioned that (100 wins for Kawasaki) inside the team. To win two races in WorldSBK is tough; I will do my best, that’s the target, but nothing is for sure right now. It would be nice come Sunday. I hope they have this in mind, maybe they can prepare a cake or something, that would be nice!”

MOUNTAIN BIKING 

Sofia Gomez Villafane Wins Moosejaw US Pro Cup in Arkansas

 

Last week, for the second year in a row, the long weekend of MTB racing returned to Centennial Park, in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The same venue – in Walmart’s backyard - that hosted last year’s World Cup and ‘cross world champs earlier in the year. The Monster Hydro sponsored event, built an even techier racecourse, strongly resembling a course found on the world cup tour. The Saturday women's XCO race was flawlessly won by Monster Hydro athlete Sofia Gomez Villafane. She took charge on the first lap and held her gap until the end holding off UCI world cup athletes Kate Courtney and Hailey Batten.

X GAMES CHIBA, JAPAN 2022
Monster Energy Athletes Claim Total of 11 Medals (2 Gold, 4 Silver, 5 Bronze) at X Games Chiba 2022

 

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