Oct 18, 2017
Monster Energy® Kawasaki Team Green™ Victorious in Vegas
Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green continued its Monster Energy Cup success, as Seth Hammaker swept the Amateur All-Star class on his KX™250F and Jett Reynolds won the Supermini class on his KX™100. Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Josh Grant finished seventh overall, while teammate Eli Tomac did not race after a Race 1 crash.
The crowd was on their feet as the Amateur All-Star class launched down the start grate and into the first turn. It was Hammaker who took the holeshot with teammate Lance Kobusch in second place. There was no catching Hammaker in Race 1 as he rode flawlessly to the checkered flag for the race win, with his teammate Kobusch finishing fourth, while Garrett Marchbanks climbed up to 16th place after starting 22nd. Race 2 was all Hammaker again, as he pulled his second holeshot of the night and never looked back finishing 1-1 for first overall. Marchbanks finished fifth in Race 2 for 10th overall and Kobusch finished 12th.
"I just can't believe it," said Hammaker. "To be here on this stage in front of thousands of fans and sponsors feels amazing. I'm just so grateful to have this opportunity and I can't thank my family and Kawasaki Team Green enough."
After qualifying first in the Supermini class, Reynolds felt confident that he could win. When the gate dropped on Supermini Race 1, it was the No. 79 Kawasaki of Reynolds out front. On Lap 3, Reynolds would make a mistake in the rhythm lane and lose the lead. The young star made an incredible push in the final laps to pass for the lead and win in spectacular fashion. Race 2 was just as exciting as Reynolds began his charge to the front after starting in fifth place. By Lap 2, Reynolds had caught the leaders and dove inside to pass for second place, but caught his front brake on another rider and went down. Reynolds would remount in fifth place and charge back through the competition once again to cross the finish line two hundredths of a second behind the leader for a second place finish. Reynolds was crowned the 2017 Monster Energy Cup Supermini Champion with the best score of 1-2, marking the sixth Supermini class win for Monster Energy Kawaswaki Team Green since the event began in 2011.
"This is crazy," said Reynolds. "I had such a good day today from practice to the mains, I was loving it! Made a few little mistakes out there today, but still got the job done and get to take home that big trophy."
Race 1 of the Cup Class was red flagged and restarted after a crash in the rhythm lane. When the gate dropped on the restart, Sam Boyd Stadium erupted as Eli Tomac took a commanding holeshot. A battle quickly emerged between the first and second place riders as they battled throughout the opening laps. Unfortunately, on Lap 4 Tomac would crash while re-entering the stadium, which led to him deciding to sit out for the remainder of the races for precautionary reasons. Tomac's teammate Josh Grant returned from injury to have a consistent night finishing seventh overall with three Top-10 finishes and Tyler Bowers rounded out the Top-10 on his Kawasaki KX™450F in 10th.