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A selection of photos from Barcelona WSBK race 2022
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Weekend Recap: September 24 - 25, 2022

Sep 262022

MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
Monster Energy's Cooper, Sexton & Tomac Bring MXdN Title Home to USA!

 

USA won the world’s most prestigious motocross event — the Motocross des Nations — on Sunday, thanks to the all-Monster Energy team of Justin CooperChase Sexton, and Eli Tomac!
 
At the 75th running of the famous international race, held at the iconic RedBud MX in Buchanan, Michigan, the trio finally broke an 11-year drought, reclaiming the coveted MXdN Chamberlain Trophy for the 1st time since 2010 (Lakewood, Colorado) — and bringing USA’s record number of title wins to 23.
 
Leading Team USA was Cooper, who won the overall MX2 division title with a 9-4 two-race finish. Sexton added a 2nd/3rd two-race finish for some crucial team points, while Tomac won the opening race, then rode to a solid 6th place (following a smart first turn move to avoid a crash) in his second race to preserve the victory for Team USA.
 
A total of 12 Monster Energy-backed racers competed for their respective countries at the RedBud MXdN: Maxime Renaux won the third race outright, going 3-1 in the MXGP class for 3rd place overall for Team France, while his countryman Dylan Ferrandis went 6-4 in the Open class. Switzerland’s Jeremy Seewer raced very strong to go 4-5 in the MXGP class, and Belgium’s MXGP class racer Jago Geerts battled Tomac closely throughout the opening moto, finishing with a strong 2nd place finish, but fell in the third race to finish outside the top ten. (Unfortunately, Jo Shimoda — who actually won the RedBud MX National 250 class this summer — didn’t get to race Sunday’s main program, as Japan did not qualify as a team.)

WORLD SUPERBIKE
Jonathan Rea Climbs Two Podiums to Close Gap in Championship Race

 

The eighth round of the 2022 FIM Superbike World Championship took place at the sweeping 2.894-mile, 14-turn Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain, where Monster Energy’s Jonathan Rea and his Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK ZX-10RR strung together an excellent weekend of results.
 
Getting things started with a bang in Saturday afternoon’s opening race one, Rea powered to a fighting runner-up finish, while Kawasaki Racing teammate Alex Lowes flashed across the finish line in 7th place. Then on Sunday, the Superpole race got everything rolling as Rea raced to a spirited runner-up finish, with Lowes right behind him in 3rd.
 
In Sunday’s final race number two, the Northern Irishman raced his Kawasaki to a 4th place finish, firming up his grip on third position in the fight for the 2022 FIM WorldSBK Championship — and closing the gap on rival Toprak Razgatlioglu in 2nd.

“I was thinking about a podium today, so to get 2nd in the Superpole race was real positive,” said Rea after all three Spanish races were complete. “I didn’t go faster, those guys in front just came back to me, so I said to myself ‘a podium is maybe possible, don’t give up!’ Then I saw that maybe 2nd was possible. My bike set-up was good today. I have to thank the crew — not just my crew, but Alex’s crew as well — because they helped to completely change my bike set-up before the race, just after Superpole. We found a good positive direction with the front of the bike. I’m now very much looking forward to the Portugal round coming up.”

NASCAR
Ty Gibbs Snatches 3rd in Texas Xfinity Series

 

The NASCAR Xfinity Series’ Andy’s Frozen Custard 300 ran at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon in the Lone Star State, with Monster Energy drivers Ty Gibbs and Riley Herbst both charging to top 10 finishes on the high-speed 1.44-mile quad-oval.

 

3rd on the day in the fiercely fought race went to the Joe Gibbs Racing driver, while Stewart-Haas Racing’s Herbst powered to a consistent 9th place finish in his Ford. The pair will now head east for this forthcoming Saturday’s Sparks 300, a 113-lap, 360.58-mile race scheduled to run on Talladega’s 2.660-mile, 33-degree high banks.

 

“Thank you to my team, Interstate Batteries, Monster Energy, Toyota,” Gibbs told the NASCAR media afterwards. “Thank you to the Man Above, all glory to Him. We will keep working on it and head to Talladega which is a yard sale. I was just trying to give it my all, and I just got a little wide and I just messed it up on the cushion a little bit. This Supra was fast, just got to find a little bit more speed. Getting loose there really hurt me, so it is what it is. We’ll now look to Talladega next Saturday.”

FREESKI/SNOWBOARD
Monster Energy Athletes Sweep the Jossi Wells Invitational!

 

The Jossi Wells Invitational is back bigger and better than ever — and Monster Energy’s team of snowboarders and freeskiers swept all four major categories at the weeklong event held at Cardrona Alpine Resort in New Zealand.

Presented by Monster Energy, the 2022 Jossi Wells Invitational — named in honor of the iconic New Zealand freeskier and X Games gold medalist — marked the return of the invite-only snow sports competition after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. The event attracted the world elite of competitive freeski and snowboard riders to the grassroots contest, judged by the riders themselves in an all-out progression session.
 
When the powder finally settled, it was Dusty Henricksen (Men) and Zoi Sadowski-Synnott (Women) who were named Snowboard Rider of the Week, while Edouard Therriault (Men) and Megan Oldham (Women) were crowned Freeski Rider of the Week.
 
This year, the Jossi Wells Invitational featured three competition disciplines across two mountains: Starting with a rail jam at Cardrona, followed by the TC Shoot-Out at Treble Cone, and the final Big Air throw down at Cardrona, with all contests aired on live stream in front of global audiences.
 
Dusty also capped off his spectacular display by claiming the Tom Campbell Style Master of the Week Award in the Snowboard category by unanimous vote.

 

MMA
Monster Energy's Leah McCourt Defeats Dayana Silva at Bellator 285 in Dublin

 

Monster Energy’s newly signed Leah McCourt showed what she was made of on Friday night by defeating Dayana Silva at Bellator 285 in Dublin, Ireland. In the main card bout contested in the women’s featherweight division, the 30-year-old from Saintfield, Northern Ireland, earned a unanimous decision victory after three rounds (29-28, 30-27, 30-27).

“The Curse” McCourt (7-2) came to Dublin looking to get back into the win column after suffering a decision loss against Sinead Kavanagh at Bellator 275 in February. Her Brazilian opponent Silva (10-8) had previously defeated Janay Harding at Bellator 279 in April.
 
Bellator 285: Henderson vs. Queally was contested in front of a high-energy crowd at Dublin’s 3Arena. The main card was broadcast on Showtime, and the Monster Energy Prelims streamed live on YouTube.

 

MOUNTAIN BIKE
Jack Moir Takes 3rd Place in Enduro World Series #8 in France

 

Monster Energy’s Jack Moir finished the season in style with a podium finish this weekend, claiming 3rd place at Enduro World Series Round 8 in Loudenvielle, France. With this result, the 28-year-old Australian concluded EWS 2022 in 4th place in the overall series rankings.
 
Moir came to Loudenvielle as a podium favorite after taking 1st place at Enduro World Series Round 7 in Crans-Montana, Switzerland, the previous weekend. Although the defending champion was out of contention for claiming the season win, he still had garnered enough ranking points to slide into the overall top five in the season leaderboard. And he did!

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