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Weekend Recap: August 20 - 21, 2022

Aug 222022

MOTO GP
Monster Dominates the Red Bull Ring

 

Monster Energy racers Francesco Bagnaia (Lenovo/Ducati) and Fabio Quartarao (Monster Energy/Yamaha) dominated the Red Bull Ring in Austria on Sunday, claiming 1st and 2nd respectively in Round 13 of the 2022 MotoGP World Championships.

After winning the pole position, Bagnaia grabbed the early race lead and ran up front for the first third of the race before his teammate Jack Miller was able to make a brief pass, but ran wide — allowing Bagnaia to immediately pass him back. Bagnaia then led the remainder of the race for the victory, despite a feverous charge from Quartararo that cut Bagnaia’s lead to just 0.4 seconds at the checkers.

“It was a very long race. To be calmer and careful, we chose to use the soft front (tire),” explained Bagnaia. “In the last two laps I just tried to be as calm as possible because the front tire was closing everywhere. So I’m very happy. My team has done an incredible job. We move on to Misano, and I’m really looking forward to being there again.”

Quartararo’s close runner-up finish was all the more impressive considering the defending MotoGP champion and current overall point leader had to battle his way up from a 6th place grid start. The Italian’s 2nd place points allowed him stretch his lead over Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia) to 32 points heading into Round 14 in Misano, San Marino.

MOTOCROSS NATIONALS
Jason Anderson Claims Victory as Tomac and Sexton Set Up Nail-Biting Championship Finish

 

With a strong 2-2 moto finish on Saturday at Budds Creek (Md.) MX, Monster Energy’s Jason Anderson won his second overall premier 450 class Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship event of the summer. Anderson’s victory highlighted a wild day for Monster Energy racers as overall 450 point leader Chase Sexton (Honda) crashed twice in the opening moto, which Eli Tomac (Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha) won. Sexton then came back and won the second moto – but it wasn’t enough to hold onto his point lead or coveted red leader race plate, which was reclaimed by Tomac at day’s end with a 2nd place 1-5 finish.

“You don’t win championships on your good days… you win them on your bad days,” said Sexton of his heroic comeback in the second moto, salvaging a 4th place on the day (7-1).

Added Tomac: “I look at the positive… I’ve got the points lead, and we’re ready to carry on.”

As it stands, with two races remaining, Tomac leads Sexton by a single point, 449-448, in one of the closest title chases ever!

And in 250 class racing, Monster Energy’s Jo Shimoda (Pro Circuit/Kawasaki) was this close to winning his second-straight overall, but had to settle for 2nd (3-1) to RJ Hampshire (Husqvarna). Despite that, Shimoda moved from 3rd place to 2nd place in the overall 250 class point chase, six points ahead of Honda’s Hunter Lawrence (396-390).

MXGP
Jago Geerts Holds Leaderboard Top Spot Heading Into Final Round

 

The 17th and penultimate round of the 2022 FIM Motocross World Championship took place at the sprawling St. Jean d’Angely circuit in France over the weekend. The Monster Energy Yamaha teammates Thibault Benistant and Jago Geerts secured an impressive 2nd and 3rd in the MX2 class, respectively.

In the premier MXGP class in France, it was recently-crowned MXGP World Champion Tim Gajser of Team Honda HRC who won the overall on the day, with Monster Energy Yamaha racer Jeremy Seewer placing a strong runner-up at the Charente Maritime Grand Prix.

AUSTRALIAN MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Aaron Tanti Makes It Back-to-Back Pro MX1 Championships for Monster

 

CDR Yamaha Monster Energy Racing team in Australia has taken back-to-back Pro MX1 Championships following the final round, held in Coolum Queensland. CDR rider Aaron Tanti was able to coast to the 2022 title, having brought a well-earned 24-point lead into the last stage. With a successful close to the motocross season, Tanti is now readying for supercross season, which kicks off October 21st.

MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
All-Monster Team Named to Represent USA at the Motocross of Nations

 

Monster Energy racers Eli Tomac (Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha), Chase Sexton (Honda) and Justin Cooper (Monster Energy/Star Racing/Yamaha) have been chosen to represent Team USA at the Sept. 23-25 Motocross of Nations (MXDN) held this year at RedBud MX in Buchanan, Mich.

“We’ve put together a strong team of riders for the Motocross of Nations this year,” said AMA Director of Racing Mike Pelletier. “And we believe Eli, Justin, and Chase — all talented, accomplished racers — can put the U.S. on the top step of the podium in front of the home crowd at RedBud. I look forward to watching them take on the world for the United States this September.”

Tomac will contest the MXDN’s MXGP class (similar to the MX Nationals’ 450 class), Cooper will ride the MX2 class (or MX Nationals’ 250 class) and Sexton will contest the Open class (again, similar to the MX Nationals’ 450 class).

“It’s an honor to be racing for Team USA this year at Motocross of Nations,” said Tomac. “I believe our team is very strong this year, and we have a great shot at winning, but we will never underestimate our competitors and the challenge of the event itself. The race pace has been at an all-time high in the [Pro Motocross] series, so I’m looking forward to putting our speed, pace, and consistency to the test. With the race at RedBud, we will be more motivated than ever to have a top-step result.”

FIM SPEEDWAY GP
Monster Takes Two Podium Spots at the FIM Speedway GP Challenge in Scotland

 

Monster Energy had two racers on the box at Saturday’s FIM Speedway GP Challenge in Glasgow, as previous week’s (Cardiff, Wales) winner Dan Bewley would rip to a 2nd place finish, while fellow Monster Energy-backed speedway racer Jack Holder was close behind in 3rd.

The final race, won by Sweden’s Kim Nilsson, was a run-off between Bewley and Nilsson after they’d reached the finals, both tied at 13 points.

With the 2nd place effort, Bewley, who has moved all the way up to 4th place in the 2022 FIM Speedway GP standings, now sits just one point back of Monster Energy’s Patryk Dudek for 3rd place overall.

“After the last few rounds, the aim is to try and get a medal,” said Bewley. “It’s nice to have qualified – you never know with Speedway what is going to happen. It was an awesome night, and it was good to be back in Glasgow again.”

WORLD RALLYCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
20-Year-Old Oliver Solberg Moves Up to Fourth Position After Excellent Run in Belgium

 

Monster Energy World Rally Championship challenger Oliver Solberg and his potent Hyundai i20 N WRC Hybrid machine raced to an excellent fourth place overall position at the Ypres Rally in Belgium — where super-challenging, high-speed stages were littered with tight bends full of mud and debris. The super-stoked son of former World Rally Champion Petter Solberg shared on social media: “Signing off from a fantastic weekend here at the #YpresRally! In Belgium! We stuck to our plan exactly: no mistakes, learning the roads and showing good pace on the second loops, and to end in P4 is just fantastic, a big boost for us!”

The 20-year-old next competes in the Acropolis Rally, Greece, September 8-11.

UFC
Monster Energy's Paulo Costa Defeats Luke Rockhold at UFC 278 in Salt Lake City

 

The Eraser is back! Paulo Costa defeated Luke Rockhold at UFC 278 in Salt Lake City, Utah. In Saturday night’s enthralling co-main event fight in the middleweight division, the 31-year-old from Belo Horizonte, Brazil, dominated the former middleweight champion for three rounds to earn a unanimous decision victory — as well as the $50,000 Fight of the Night Bonus.

In the night’s main event, Monster Energy’s pound-for-pound top UFC fighter in the world Kamaru Usman heartbreakingly lost his Welterweight title — despite having clearly dominated most of the fight — thanks to a Hail Mary kick to the head from opponent Leon Edwards in the closing seconds of the final round.

MONSYER HYDRO VOLLEYBALL
Back-to-Back Bourne & Crabb Repeat AVP Manhattan Beach

 

Monster Hydro athletes Tri Bourne and Trevor Crabb captured the 2022 AVP Manhattan Beach Open on Sunday, defeating Theo Brunner and Chaim Schalk in the final, 21-17, 21-14. This is the second consecutive MBO championship victory for the pair after they won in 2021. The AVP Manhattan beach is the most coveted event on the pro tour and is also the longest running pro beach tourney in the U.S. — going since 1960. An estimated 75,000 fans converged on the iconic Southern California beach to take in the three-day “Super Bowl” of pro beach volleyball.

 

MONSTER HYDRO MOUNTAIN BIKE
Adam Roberge Wins Gravel Worlds

 

Monster Hydro athlete Adam Roberge secured the elite men's victory at the prestigious Gravel World’s held in Lincoln, Nebraska on Saturday. The Canadian covered the 150-mile route in a winning time of 6:59:44 — setting a course record in the process. Roberge soloed to the win, just 14 seconds ahead of runner-up John Borstelmann, who finished in a time of 6:59:58. Third-placed Peter Stetina finished 6:48 back in a time of 7:06:32.

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