photo courtesy motogeo.com
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (January 8, 2012) – A sold-out crowd of 45,050 was on hand at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. for the opening round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship Series. The entire event, over three hours, was broadcast live on SPEED. New for 2012, FUEL TV will air a re-cap show each Sunday at 8:00 p.m. (EST) after each SPEED telecast, beginning tonight.
James Stewart set the fastest lap in qualifying, and he and Davi Millsaps easily transferred to the main event from their respective heat races with Stewart winning his. In the main event Stewart started inside the top-10 with Millsaps 11th. By the third lap Stewart was in fourth and just before the halfway mark he had moved into a podium position in third with the second place rider just in front of him. On lap 16 Stewart crashed partially tearing his radiator shroud off of his motorcycle. He remounted, was able to pull the dangling shroud from his bike and salvage a sixth place finish. Millsaps fell on lap 18 relegating him to 16th for the night.
For the third year, Toyota and JGRMX collaborated to create a Jumbotron and television commercial. This year an old verses new theme was employed and iconic racing legend Mark “The Bomber” Barnett guest starred with Stewart, Millsaps, Coach Gibbs, and Coy Gibbs to create the spot. The clip as aired can be seen here:
The team posted a YouTube video of behind the scenes footage during the filming that can be viewed here:
The next event for the JGRMX/Toyota/Yamaha Team will be Jan. 14 at Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz. SPEED will broadcast the action from Phoenix live starting at 9:30 p.m. (EST).
Contact: David Evans
JGRMX/Toyota/Yamaha Team Media Relations