The 2008 AMA Toyota Motocross National Series moved to the mile-high city of Denver, Colorado this weekend for the first ever “National Under the Lights”. In an effort to improve spectator conditions, the promoter of the event shifted the race to Saturday and the timing such that the second motos would be held under the lights. The gamble paid dividends, as the crowd was enormous and the track conditions stayed good throughout the night.
Team Redux Beverages/Brawndo Honda was in full force under the Colorado stars, with Bob Kiniry racing his 2008 Honda CRF 250R and the Ryan’s (Clark and Grantom) doing their duties aboard 2008 CRF 450R’s.
“Brawndo” Bob Kiniry led the charge again this weekend, setting solid qualification times and ripping off the gate in the first moto. His charge came to a halt in turn one when he tangled with another rider and crashed, forcing him to restart in dead last. Bob rallied back to a respectable 24th position by the end of the moto.
The second moto was looking good for our bass-fishing friend, as he cast himself out to a top ten start. He was doing battle in a pack of about four riders, spanning from eighth to twelfth position and looked to be reeling in a solid top ten. Just after the halfway point, Bob experienced a mechanical problem with his bike which forced an early retirement from the race. Bob rode great and will be back strong next weekend for another battle.
“Redux” Ryan Clark was still nursing a sore ankle suffered two-weeks prior at Mt. Morris, but was looking to leave Colorado with some points and no further injury.
The first moto was looking good, as Ryan had a top fifteen start and was moving up methodically. On the third lap, he caught his foot in a rut section and tweaked the already tender ankle. After a lap of rolling the track trying to regain his composure, he rallied a charge that took him back up to 29th position when the checkers flew.
The second moto started off with another top fifteen start. This time, however, he would not experience the problems of moto one. He battled the moto through, and ended up being rewarded with 15th place. His 29/15 moto score garnered 18th overall.
The story of the weekend was definitely Ryan Grantom. Grantom has been gradually improving at every round, and was looking for his first top twenty overall finish. He would not disappoint.
Grantom made it into the motos the hard way, having to ride the Last Chance Qualifier to secure his gate position. Once there, however, he proved more than worthy of a spot on the gate by finishing third.
In moto one, Grantom had a solid start and was running consistently quick laps throughout. He was in the top fifteen for most of the moto before slipping back to 18th at the finish, earning three national points.
In the second moto Grantom ripped a top five start and stayed in the top ten for quite some time. He lost positions as the long race wore on, but managed to equal his first moto performance of 18th, rewarding him with three additional points. Ryan’s 18/18 moto finish earned him six points for 19th overall on the weekend. Congratulations are in order for Ryan for his first (of many) top twenty overall finishes.
The next event for Team Redux Beverages/Brawndo Honda will be on July 6th at Red Bud Track and Trail in Buchanan, MI. Look for plenty of cold Brawndo, autographs from the riders and free giveaways in the paddock. Hope to see you there!
Team Solitaire/MB1 Racing is a privately owned professional Supercross and Motocross race team based in Phoenix, AZ. Our 2008 marketing partners include: Redux Beverages, Brawndo: The Thirst Mutilator, MB1 Suspension, Kingdom Clothing, American Honda, FLY Racing, Dragon Optical, Pro Honda Oils and Chemicals, Factory Effex, DRD Exhaust, Vortex, ASV, Dunlop, WPS, Sidi, Rockwell Watches, DUS, OGIO, Applied, QTM/Brembo, RK Chain, EXCEL Rims, HoyFox.com, Boyesen, Hinson, Ready Filter, CoachSeiji.com, Cycra Plastic, Element Sports, Sano Systems, AIMMD, Pivot Works, Hot Cams, Hot Rods, Champion Tool Storage, Crank Works, CP Pistons, Cometic Gaskets, Ron Davis Racing Radiators, NGK Spark Plugs, Flyin’ Kolors, DC Auto Wraps, Leatt Brace, Dirt Pro, Parkway Chiropractic, Mechanix Wear, JM Collision, Team Hawg Racing and Group D Manufacturing.
For more information on Team Solitaire/MB1 Racing, visit www.teamsolitaire.com. To purchase a case or ten of Brawndo: The Thirst Mutilator or other offerings in the Redux Beverages family, log onto to www.drinkbrawndo.com or www.drinkredux.com.