The masterful sponsorship coupe by Monster Energy put both The Beast and The Chicken in the highly recognizable glowing green M-claw logo helmets – similar to the ones that James Stewart and Ryan Villopoto won their SX and MX championships wearing this year - strapped on in full view of the live crowd and television cameras alike.
“I’d have been pumped to be a Monster guy back in the day for sure,” said Bradshaw. “Stuff’s killer.”
Added Matiasevich: “I was drinking Monster waaayyy before they decided to sponsor me for this legends race.”
The race itself didn’t turn out to be a bloodletting – much like the fans were hoping/expecting. Bradshaw, 8th on the all-time win list with 19 main event premier class victories, pretty much handed Chicken his head from the get go. “I wasn’t $&@#ing around with this,” said Bradshaw. “I trained, worked on getting my timing back and came here and kicked ass. Not much else to it.”
Matiasevich, who was more a 125cc specialist back in the day (in comparison to Bradshaw’s expertise on the 250cc bikes), sucked it up and took getting whooped in stride. “Hope we can do it again,” he said. “Next year I train more seriously.”
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