Double Podium for Hamilton and Russell, Hungarian Grand Prix
Monster Energy’s Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes-AMG), piloting the W13 E Performance Silver Arrow, blazed to a come-from-behind 2nd place podium finish (his sixth podium of the year) on Sunday and, in doing so, pulled to within striking distance of the overall top five in the series. And joining Hamilton on the podium was his Monster Energy teammate, George Russell (Mercedes-AMG), who placed 3rd (Russell’s 5th podium finish of the season).
For Hamilton, the run to 2nd place, from as far back as 7th, was as unbelievable to him as it was popular with the 100,000-plus fans at one of Europe’s more highly attended F1 events. The fan-favorite Hamilton absolutely owned the 2.722-mile, 14-turn Hungaroring Circuit late in the race, clocking a race-best 1:13.45 (compared to race winner Max Verstappen’s best 1:14.57).
Said Hamilton: “I honestly don’t know where the pace came from. I was definitely struggling at the beginning of the race and wasn’t sure whether I’d be able to catch the guys up. I really want to acknowledge my team, who’ve continued to push and never give up.”
For Russell, the latter stages of the race were fought against Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz, a battle Russell would win as he guided his Silver Arrow to a 1.1 second lead over the Spaniard. Said Russell of his effort: “Amazing job by the team. Pole position yesterday. Double podium (today). We’re definitely making progress.”
Formula One takes its mid-summer break before returning to action Aug. 26-28 for the annual running of the Rolex Belgian Grand Prix.
Kyle LeDuc Sweeps Premier Pro 4 Class, AMSOIL Championship, Wisconsin
Monster Energy’s Kyle LeDuc sweeps the premier PRO 4 class at the Dirt City Motorplex Off-Road in Lena, Wisconsin. Defending PRO 4 winner at Dirt City, LeDuc won for the first time this year in PRO 4 racing on the AMSOIL Championship Off-Road circuit. In doing so, LeDuc cut the PRO 4 class overall point lead, behind Monster Energy’s CJ Greaves (2nd @ Dirt City on Saturday), to 31 points, 392-361, with four races (two events) remaining on the AMSOIL Championship Off-Road series tour. Monster Energy’s Johnny Greaves also figured in the PRO 4 podiums at Dirt City, placing 3rd on Friday night, allowing him to hold onto 3rd place in the series standings.
“It’s definitely tough to keep your chin up when you keep getting knocked out like that,” said LeDuc. “It’s been tough. We put on some awesome races, and we’ve got the speed, and then the truck to do it, but it just hasn’t worked out. After the halfway point I was just trying to be cool and calm, and I saw CJ (Greaves) went backwards and, you know, I’ve been there, so I tried to capitalize as much as I could.”
In PRO SPEC class racing at Dirt City, Monster Energy’s Gray Leadbetter was victorious on Saturday, keeping her tied atop the overall class point lead with Nick Visser (394-394). The PRO SPEC win was Leadbetter’s third of the year.
And in the PRO STOCK SXS class, CJ Greaves won Saturday’s race – after placing 2nd on Friday. With the effort, CJ kept pace within sight of class point leader Brock Heger, who’s up 35 points (408-373) on Greaves.
Rea, Redding Podium, Czech WSBK
Monster Energy/Kawasaki's Jonathan Rea, aboard the Ninja ZX-10RR, scored a 3rd place podium finish in Sunday's round of the Prosecco DOC Czech World Superbike Series stop. Rea also scored valuable points with a 2nd in Sunday's Tissot Superpole race. The podium efforts, coupled with a solid 4th place finish on Saturday, allowed Rea to keep pace with rival Alvaro Bautista for the overall World SBK Championship. As it stands at the series' summer break, Rea trails Bautista by 31 points, 298-267.
Said six-time WSBK champion Rea of the event at Autodrom Most: “Most is an exciting one because it is the last race of the first part of the season. It is important to go into the summer break with a good feeling and some momentum.”
Monster Energy-backed Scott Redding of the BMW Motorrad World SBK Team would race to a 3rd place podium finish in Saturday's contest, moving him into the top ten (9th) in the overall point standings.
WSBK returns to action on, Sept. 9-11, at the Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours in France.
Holder Leads Australia to First-Ever Speedway Nations Title, Vojens, Denmark
Monster Energy FIM Speedway GP racers Jack Holder (Australia), Dan Bewley (Great Britain), and Fredrik Lindgren (Sweden) helped lead their nations to a 1st/2nd/3rd place finish, respectively, at this past weekend’s FIM Speedway of Nations at the Vojens Speedway Centre in Vojens, Denmark.
Holder led an Australian team that won the Speedway of Nations for the very first time. The Aussie was solid on his start and finish placings in his heat races through the semifinals in a thrilling victory over Sweden. The Australian team then topped defending Speedway of Nations champion Great Britain, led by Bewley, in the finals to win the gold medals.
Andreas Bakkerud Remains Undefeated in '22, Wins Sweden Nitro Rallycross
Monster Energy’s Andreas Bakkerud remained undefeated on the 2022-23 Nitro Rallycross season, topping his Dreyer & Reinbold teammate Robin Larsson by 1.963 seconds for the victory in Sweden. Bakkerud, the current European Rallycross champion, took the early lead over top qualifier/pole sitter Oliver Eriksson in the eight car, six-lap final – and lead the race to the finish from there. Larsson did provide a challenge in the opening laps, but Bakkerud played it smart with his joker lap selection, running it a lap later than Larsson and retained the lead through the checkers.
Next up on the Nitro Rallycross tour is the NRX of Minnesota, Oct. 1-2.
Brandon Moreno Claims Interim Flyweight Division Championship, Dallas, Texas
Back in the winner’s circle! Monster Energy congratulates Brandon "The Assassin Baby" Moreno on defeating New Zealand’s Kai Kara-France and claiming the promotion’s Interim Flyweight Championship at UFC 277 in Dallas, Texas. In Saturday night’s highly anticipated co-headline fight, the 28-year-old from Tijuana, Mexico, stopped his opponent by TKO in Round 3 and earned the UFC’s $50,000 Fight of the Night Bonus for his performance.
Monster Energy's Luiz Francisco Takes Silver in Men's Skateboard Park at Dew Tour 2022
The world elite of skateboarding descends on the Midwest! Monster Energy congratulates Brazilian team rider Luiz Francisco on taking 2nd place in the Men’s Skateboard Park final. In the night session at Lauridsen Skatepark in Des Moines, Iowa, the 22-year-old from São Paulo rose to the podium with a perfect run in America’s largest outdoor skatepark. Teammate Kieran Woolley landed in 4th place in Skateboard Park. In Men's Skateboard Street final, 29-year-old Kelvin Hoefler from São Paulo, Brazil, secured a podium spot by taking 3rd place against the world elite in a down-to-the-wire contest.
Pierron and Balanche Claim Victories at UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup, Snowshoe, West Virginia
Double victories for the team! Monster Energy congratulates team rider Amaury Pierron on taking 1st place in the Elite Men division at the UCI Downhill Mountain Bike World Cup in Snowshoe, West Virginia, this weekend. In the season’s only race in the United States, the 26-year-old from Brioude, France, finished in 3:34.442 to retain his lead on the 2022 World Cup rankings. Also claiming a win at Snowshoe, 32-year-old Camille Balanche from La Chaux-de-Fond, Switzerland, completed the challenging course in 4:28.585 in the Elite Women division and defended her number one position on overall 2022 season standings. Rounding out a strong showing for team Monster Energy, 18-year-old Izabela Yankova from Teteven, Bulgaria, earned a strong 3rd place finish in the Junior Women division.
Trevor Crabb and Tri Bourne Win AVP Pro Series Fort Lauderdale
After a slow start to the season, Trevor Crabb and Tri Bourne publicly guaranteed a Fort Lauderdale win and delivered AGAIN. The final match against Brunner/Schalk who have been on fire on the world tour this year would be a challenge to dethrone. But the Monster Hydro boys delivered their promise and won the final set this weekend, giving them a 1st place in Ft. Lauderdale. Trevor has also guaranteed another W in Atlanta next weekend.
Adam Roberge Rolls On to Win Rooted Vermont
This weekend, Monster Hydro’s elite gravel cyclist Adam Roberge lined up again to take on Ted King’s Rooted Vermont, a grueling 86 Mile, 8,000-foot, gravel course deep in the mountains of Vermont. Roberge set out a blistering pace, completing the course in 4 hours 11 mins, with a 19.5 mph avg speed. Roberge heads to Colorado next to compete at the famed Leadville 100 MTB race.