Team riders Steven Tokarski and Paul Coates both made a great showing in the Amateur All-Star Class at the 2nd annual Monster Energy Cup last weekend at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Comprised of the top A and B riders in the nation, the Amateur All-Star races is far and away the biggest opportunity for an amateur rider to get noticed, racing in front of the factory teams, a huge supercross crowd in attendance and a worldwide live television audience.
In the afternoon, Tokarski made a big statement, setting the fastest time in the afternoon practice session. Unfortunately, Tokarski sustained injuries in a crash later in the session, and was not able to compete in the final races later in the evening.
In the final race motos, Coates really came alive and showed what he is capable of. In the first moto, Coates (who has competed in the B class this season) hung with many of the top A riders to take home a very respectable 7th place finish.
In the second moto, Coates was able to make a better start and made his way up to fourth place by the first corner after the merge between the split gate start. Within a couple more turns, Coates muscled his way to second, and successfully defended the position all race long to the checkered flag. With the second place result in Moto 2, Coates took home third overall for the Amateur All-Star class, a fantastic result for the 18-year-old in his first season with the Vance & Hines team.
The Monster Energy Cup wraps up the 2012 season for the Vance & Hines MX Team. Keep with all the latest at vanceandhines.com and at facebook.com/vanceandhines.