Jacksonville Results

March 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Jacksonville Results

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (March 19, 2011) – With the horrific events of the past week in Japan continuing to create new challenges seemingly every day without rest, the Muscle Milk/Toyota/JGRMX Team arrived in Jacksonville, Fla. with these special patches sewn on the back panels of Justin Brayton’s and Davi Millsaps’ SHIFT pants. The letters read “Kibo,” which means to have hope. Joe Gibbs Racing continues to keep everyone suffering in Japan in their prayers, including racing partners Toyota, Yamaha, and RK/Excel, all of which have parent companies headquartered in Japan.

One of the newer stops on the tour, EverBank Field has only been on the circuit three years. The Muscle Milk/Toyota/JGRMX Team was on hand for Friday’s Press Day event, with Justin Brayton and Davi Millsaps speaking with several local news reporters about the race beginning at 5:00 a.m. on Friday. An example of one of the subsequent features can be viewed via the following link:

After avoiding the dreaded last chance qualifier (LCQ) all season long, Justin Brayton had the misfortune to crash during the first lap of his heat race forcing him to attempt to qualify from the LCQ with a badly bruised knee. Millsaps kept his streak alive and transferred directly to the main from the second heat. There are two heat races with the field divided into two groups. The riders are assigned to race in either heat one or heat two, both of which are eight laps. The LCQ consists of the riders who did not finish within the top-nine from their designated heat race. The LCQ is only six laps, and just the first and second place riders transfer to the main event, making the race a desperate and often very physical ordeal with so much at stake. Brayton did not get the start he wanted tangling with the series points leader (who also crashed in his heat race) and going down. He remounted and began the race outside of the top-10. Determined to qualify he rode hard and when the checkers flew he was just one position from qualifying. To illustrate the perils of the LCQ, the series points leader also did not transfer.

Millsaps began the main event in fourth place and was riding well when the track claimed him as well. He re-started in 12th and began moving forward until while in 10th position on lap eight he went down again, this time the fall was hard enough to end his night. He was credited with 17th overall.

SPEED will broadcast the action from Jacksonville Sunday March 20 at 6:00 p.m. (EST). The next and only round of the series held outside of the United States will take place Saturday, March 26 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, ON. SPEED will air the original broadcast March 27 at 5:00 p.m. (EST).

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