Team Solitaire battles soggy SoCal weather for an eventful start to 2023 at Monster Energy Supercross
After announcing a new multi-year deal with Heartbeat Hot Sauce, Yamaha backed Team Solitaire has had an eventful start to the 2023 Monster Energy Supercross series in front of a sold-out Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California.
With track crews fighting wet weather all over the west coast, inconsistent track conditions made for exciting racing all night at round 1 where Eli Tomac started his title defense with an impressive 450 class victory after going down midway through the main event, the win was his first at a season opener in his 450 career.
In their first races on their new rides, Dominique Thury and Cole Thompson put on a show for the Team Solitaire Heartbeat Hot Sauce Yamaha fans and kept it interesting all day. And after qualifying into the night show’s fast 40, the team went to work LIVE on USA and Peacock.
Thompson qualified for the main event directly out of the heat and braved the conditions and first race chaos to put in a solid 13th place finish. His team Dominique Thury just missed a transfer to the main by one spot in his heat and a first turn pile up in the “Last Chance Qualifier” would keep the German rider out of the night’s points paying main event.
With round 2 in Oakland, California being cancelled for flooding, the team packed up and headed to Prescott Valley, Arizona. With just Thury racing, the team had time to enjoy what the always CHAOTIC Kicker Arenacross series had to offer that and that was a little bit of everything. But when the checker flags flew, The #76 of Thury was able to ride to a 9th and 5th for an overall finish of 7th on the night.
It's back to business again this Saturday night, January 21st at Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego, California for round 2 (Oakland Postponed) of the Monster Energy Supercross season. The event also serves as round 2 of the 2023 Super Motocross World Championship series. The new 2023 SuperMotocross League tests the athletes across both disciplines and culminates in a three-race series (two Playoffs and one Final, with points payout increases at each) in September and October to crown a single champion in each class. All 31 SuperMotocross World Championship rounds will be streamed live on Peacock with select rounds also broadcast domestically across NBC, USA Network, and CNBC. International coverage is available through the SuperMotocross Video Pass at SuperMotocross.tv.
The Monster Energy Supercross season makes up the first seventeen rounds of 2023 racing, with three rounds featuring a Triple Crown format and two rounds hosting a 250SX Class East/West Showdown. The 2023 purse money increases $1.1 million over the 17-rounds, with a $1,000,000 win bonus to the SuperMotocross 450 Class champion and $500,000 win bonus to the SuperMotocross 250 Class champion.
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