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Popular News / MotoX & Off-Road: Ferry to be honoured at Steel City
« on: August 22, 2010, 05:00:26 PM »
Ferry to be honoured at Steel City
22 August 2010, 1:37 pm

From MX Sports Pro Racing

MORGANTOWN, WV - After announcing his retirement earlier this summer, MX Sports Pro Racing has invited former factory Kawasaki, Suzuki and Yamaha rider Tim Ferry to serve as the honorary Grand Marshall for the FMF Steel City National from Steel City Raceway in Delmont, PA on Sept. 4, round 11 of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship.

After turning Pro in 1991, Ferry amassed a solid career at the highest level of the sport. After graduating from the Loretta Lynn's Amateur National that year, Ferry began as a true privateer, learning the ropes of professional motocross with limited support. Within a few years he had the attention of the factory teams.

By 1997, while riding for Team Suzuki, he broke through to capture his first and only AMA title in the Eastern Regional Supercross Championship. From there, he continued to attack the sport with a trademark determination and tenacity that earned him the nickname 'Red Dog.' He had several big wins along the way, including the 2007 Motocross of Nations at Budds Creek, where he teamed with Ricky Carmichael and Ryan Villopoto to help Team USA win the day.

Throughout his 19-year career Ferry, a Florida native, became a staple on the podium, regularly making his presence felt at the front of the field and amassing six championship podium efforts along the way.

In recent years, Ferry's dogged riding style was more evident than ever as he consistently went bar-to-bar with the rising stars of the sport despite being nearly a decade their senior in many cases. He capped off a stellar career by finishing second in the 2008 AMA Pro Motocross Championship standings, his final full season of competition, while riding for the Monster Energy Kawasaki team.

In an effort to honour Ferry and his many contributions to the sport of motocross, MX Sports Pro Racing will give 'Red Dog' a well-deserved parade lap at the Steel City facility, giving him the chance to thank his thousands of adoring fans and bring his career to an official conclusion with one more lap out on the track.



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Popular News / MotoX & Off-Road: Street wins Rally Mongolia
« on: August 20, 2010, 11:02:38 AM »
Street wins Rally Mongolia
20 August 2010, 7:10 am

From Klim Technical Riding Gear

American Rally ace Jonah Street dominated eight days and 3,700km of Rally Mongolia navigation racing, taking four-out-of-seven individual stage victories and maintaining more than a three-hour advantage over the nearest bike competitor at the finish.

Street raced a borrowed Yamaha WR450.

With his victory, Street becomes the first American to win the Rally Mongolia and adds a sixth continent to his "where-I've-raced" record.

It was on short notice that Street even decided to enter the 2010 Rally Mongolia. But with persistent influence from his Rally Pan Am teammate and friend Mike Shirley (finishing 14th overall, eighth in the bike classification in his first rally) and the dedication of his faithful sponsors, Street fully committed and signed up a few weeks before the beginning of the event.

Shirley and Street were the first Americans to race Rally Mongolia.

Canada was well represented in the race as well. Rounding out the North American three-pack was Newfoundland's Mike Buhler. After falling short of getting to Mongolia last year, Buhler made it happen in 2010 and finished his first rally safely, notching 24th overall and earning 14th place in the bike class in his rookie effort.

Buhler has been documenting his Rally Dreams series on www.ridetherock.com.



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Popular News / MotoX & Off-Road: Dale Argue Memorial at Sand Del Lee
« on: August 19, 2010, 11:10:30 AM »
Dale Argue Memorial at Sand Del Lee
19 August 2010, 8:03 am

From MX101

MX101 is pleased to announce the 'Dale Argue Memorial' Race for the Cure - Aug. 28-29. This will be the final MX101 IRONMAN Series race and will be run in honour of Sand Del Lee's father Dale Argue.

Special Saturday Practice will run from from 10:00am to 2:00pm (Minimum $20 Donation).

All proceeds will be donated to the Canadian Cancer Society in Dale's honour.

There will be a Saturday night Pot Luck Dinner - bring your favourite dish to share with your fellow racers. Dinner bell rings at 6:00pm.

Saturday night is the 2010 SDL Pro National. Join us for a preview of the 2010 SDL Pro National under the stars.

Gate fee is $10 for adults, $7 for kids 12 and under, $10 camping per vehicle

The schedule is as follows:

Friday: Gates Open: 4:00pm -11:00pm

Saturday: Gates Open: 7:00am -11:00pm

Saturday Practice: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Sunday: Gates Open: 6:30am

Registration: 6:45-8:00am

Riders' Meeting: 8:15am

Practice: 8:30

Racing: Immediately after practice

CMRC Day Passes available for $40.00



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Popular News / MotoX & Off-Road: De Dycker to miss Brazil GP
« on: August 19, 2010, 11:10:30 AM »
De Dycker to miss Brazil GP
19 August 2010, 7:06 am

From Yamaha Racing

Yamaha Monster Energy Ricci Motocross Team’s Ken De Dycker will miss the 13th round of the FIM MX1-GP World Championship at Campo Grande in Brazil this weekend in order to continue rehabilitation on his damaged right shoulder.

The powerful Belgian crashed early in practice for the Grand Prix of Sweden at Uddevalla at the beginning of July and sustained a nasty cut to his right elbow as well as pain to his shoulder.

While the elbow gash was able to fully heal, the 25-year-old could only partially negotiate further races in Belgium and the Czech Republic with painkillers to help with the discomfort of a small bone crack and nerve problem in the shoulder joint. The ailment became infected after the meeting in Loket almost two weeks ago.

De Dycker is still able to steer his YZ450F and even attempted the fourth round of the Belgian Championship at Mol last weekend but withdrew early from the event and needs daily laser treatment and physiotherapy to fight the infection. This year’s German GP winner is under constant supervision from renowned Belgian specialist Dr. Debruyne and travelling to Campo Grande and attempting the Brazilian round of the FIM series would have compromised his rehab and fight back to fitness.

With the chance that his participation in subsequent Grands Prix in Holland and Italy could be jeopardized De Dycker has had to cancel his plane ticket across the Atlantic.

“I’m disappointed obviously to be missing the Brazilian Grand Prix because I always want to race and have been trying to do so since the crash in Sweden, but I haven’t had the strength or power in my shoulder to ride like I want,” he said. “I just want to get fit now and try to put these little problems behind me.

"I know that if I can get in good shape before Lierop then we can be confident of doing something good for that GP.”

De Dycker was in formidable form on the 2010 YZ450F to win both motos at the eight round of the world championship at Teutschenthal in June and is currently also holding sixth place in the MX1-GP standings despite his non-start at Sweden.

With extra time to now focus on recovering from his injury De Dycker is hoping to be able to challenge for his second victory of the year (his first with Yamaha) in the sand of Lierop in two weeks where he was a masterful presence in 2009.



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Popular News / MotoX & Off-Road: AMA banquet set for September
« on: August 18, 2010, 11:01:43 AM »
AMA banquet set for September
18 August 2010, 6:10 am

From MX Sports Pro Racing

MORGANTOWN, WV - Following the conclusion of the 2010 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship and the inaugural Pala Motocross National on Sept. 11, MX Sports Pro Racing will host its second annual awards banquet from Pala Resort and Casino.

On Sunday, Sept. 12, the riders and teams of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, along with members of the motocross industry, will gather to honour the season's champions from the 450 Class, 250 Class and WMX Class, while also acknowledging the people and events that made the 2010 season so memorable.

Headlining the awards that will be handed out that evening are the coveted Edison Dye Motocross Cup, awarded to the championship-winning team of the 450 Class, and the Gary Jones Motocross Cup, given to the team behind the champion of the 250 Class. Additionally, the Women's Motocross Cup will be presented to the team that captures the WMX Class title.

All three of the respective 2010 class champions will have their chance in the spotlight, receiving their own trophy and distinguished medal commemorating their achievement and serving as the ideal complement to the exclusive Number One plates that will adorn their bikes the following season.

MX Sports Pro Racing will also recognize the 2010 Sportsman of the Year, which is given to the rider that exhibited the determination and class often identified with the most renowned names in the sport, as well as handing out Rookie of the Year accolades to the top first-year rider in each class.

Moreover, the Team Manager of the Year, Motocross Team of the Year, Event of the Year and Transport Driver of the Year will give credit to people behind the scenes at the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, making it possible for the world's best riders and a nation full of avid motocross fans to enjoy a first-rate global competition in one of the toughest sports on the planet.

Prior to the festivities on Sunday evening, the inaugural Alli Sports Golf Tournament will take place from the Temecula Creek Inn Golf Course. The biggest names of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship will hit the links with friends and teammates to enjoy some friendly golf competition and have some fun away from the track.

For tickets and fan and racing information on the 2010 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, log on to www.allisports.com/motocross.



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Popular News / MotoX & Off-Road: Ontario fall series ready to roll
« on: August 17, 2010, 11:00:11 AM »
Ontario fall series ready to roll
17 August 2010, 6:29 am

From World Enduro Canada

World Enduro Canada and Wiesner Insurance would like to congratulate all our Champions from the Ontario Cross Country Championship Spring Series.

The number one plates will be handed out this weekend in Wingham at the first round in our Fall Series. We are looking forward to seeing everyone there.

For more information on this weekend's event - http://www.worldendurocanada.com/regionalevents_crosscountry-round_5.html

2010 World Enduro Canada Ontario Cross Country Spring Series Champions

Pro - Kevin Cockayne

Intermediate - Jesse Grummett

Junior - Matt McCarthy

Beginner - Jason Kleingeld

Vet Master - Gary SoperVet Senior - Barry Billings

Super Senior - Jeffery Golden

Vet Junior - Rob Martin

Women - Nancy Dewar

Mini Senior - Ryan Maenz

Mini Junior - Wolfgang Wiesner

Based on the rule book advancement formula, the advancement after the Spring Series is as follows:

BEGINNER TO JUNIOR

JASON KLEINGELD

GAVIN WILLIAMS

JEFF KLASSEN

JOE SWINSON

TYLER BENNETT

SEAN STEWART

A J  SNIVELY

JAMES LIUS

JUNIOR TO INTERMEDIATE

MATT MC CARTHY

SCOTT WILSON

ANDREW POWEL

PATRICK GESUALDI

JEFF LEE

INTERMEDIATE TO PRO

JESSIE GRUMMETT

SCOTT JACOBSEN

GREG FILER

THE FOLLOWING VET JUNIOR RIDERS WILL BE ADVANCED TO VET MASTER IF THEY ADVANCE A SECOND TIME IN 2010-08-16

ROB MARTIN

SCOTT ROCHER

DAVIS TAPLAY

STEVE OOWEN

JEFF KLASSEN

THE FOLLOWING VET SENIOR RIDERS WILL BE ADVANCED TO VET MASTER IF THEY ADVANCE A SECOND TIME IN 2010-08-16

KEITH BILLINGS

BRIAN HOLLOWAY

JOHN NELSON

DAVID NELSON

BARRY BILLINGS



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Popular News / MotoX & Off-Road: Stewart satisfied with comeback
« on: August 17, 2010, 11:00:11 AM »
Stewart satisfied with comeback
17 August 2010, 6:13 am

From Yamaha Racing

San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart made an impression in his first AMA National motocross event since 2008 when the multi SX and MX champion scored third position in the first moto at the Unadilla circuit in New York last Saturday.

The 24-year-old returned to the outdoor ‘arena’ after an injury-hit supercross campaign in which he was forced to the sidelines from round three with a broken wrist. Stewart armed his 2010 YZ450F for the demands of the motocross track compared to the many hard jumps and tight turns of a typical supercross layout and was immediately on the pace on the east coast.

After his tussle with Clement Desalle and Ryan Dungey in the first dash of the day Stewart was unable to complete the distance of the second but is hopeful of his form for the rest of the calendar and has a sufficient base from which to work.

“I knew I wasn’t going to be 100 percent coming in here, but I can’t take anything away from those guys,” he said. “They were riding really good and I didn’t have anything for them. I’m confident in myself and my team that things will only improve from here."

"This was a learning experience for our team,” said San Manuel Team Manager Larry Brooks. “Though many of us have years of motocross racing experience, as a team, we have not raced motocross in a long time. We had some challenges but we learned a lot today and will do what it takes to improve before Southwick.”

Stewart is slated to contest the remaining AMA dates in Southwick, Steel City and Pala.



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Popular News / MotoX & Off-Road: Sherwood rules wet London
« on: August 17, 2010, 11:00:11 AM »
Sherwood rules wet London
17 August 2010, 6:05 am

From KTM Racing

KTM rider Levi Sherwood recharged London's iconic Battersea Power Station last Saturday as he won the fifth stop of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour 2010 in the British capital.

The 19-year-old kept a cool head in front of 30,000 fans packed into the former coal-fired power station as he threw down huge trick after huge trick with his inimitable style.

Nate Adams (USA) and Dany Torres (ESP) took the remaining spots on the podium, while Tour leader Andr Villa had to settle for a disappointing ninth place.

With the rain teeming down it was only a matter of time before the course began to cut up, leading to slippery run-ins and increasingly soft landings.

"We couldn't go right to the limit in the evening, it was too dangerous," explained Adams.

As all riders had benefitted from the same conditions on the dry course during Qualifying in the afternoon, it was decided that the result of that session should stand as the final result.

Despite the wet conditions, Battersea Power Station was sold out right down to the very last seat for an evening of spectacular FMX action.

Crowd favourite Robbie Maddison, famous for his jump over London's iconic Tower Bridge in 2009, could only finish in 10th place after falling hard during Qualifying.

In the overall standings Adams (305 points) and Sherwood (290 points) are closing in on current leader and Mexico-Champion Villa (310 points).

"It's insane," commented Sherwood. "I'm going to give absolutely everything at the last event to try and knock Villa off top spot."

The final round of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour 2010 will be relocated to the Stadio Flaminio in Rome on Oct. 2. The venue is famous for having hosted the 1960 Olympic Games and home of the Italian Rugby national team.

This change grants a proper season final and a big show for the Italian fans, allowing an even bigger track and more fans to witness the final stage of the 2010 Series - but it also calls for an extra day and change of calendar.



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MTYMX Riders Podium at the TransCan National
17 August 2010, 5:59 am



Markville Toyota Yamaha Motocross Racing Team riders Brandon Spencer and RJ Marnoch earned coveted positions on the Parts Canada East-West Shootout podium Sunday August 15th at Walton, Ontario each claiming 3rd place amongst the finest amateur riders in the country all vying for bragging rights as they comprised two MXoN style support classes of the final CMRC Pro National of the year.

This followed a visit to the Parts Canada Transcan stage one night earlier where they were both acknowledged with national rankings for 2010, Marnoch grabbing 8th in the 85cc 12-16 class and Spencer claiming the 2010 National Championship #1 title for the 250 JR A class.

Earlier this season RJ Marnoch won the 85cc 12-16 Spring Series before qualifying for Walton. Brandon Spencer mapped his season-long program to include an intense 5 day training session with Jean Sebastian Roy in preparation for the event.

Both Marnoch and Spencer were quick to acknowledge their families’ support and especially their fathers/mechanics (Roddy and Rob respectively), who’s tireless efforts play such an important role in their sons’ success.

2010 marks the third year for MTYMX and Markville Toyota’s Kim Pearce was quick to point out what a huge team effort goes into making this initiative possible. “Fast and reliable Yamaha motorcycles, suspension tuning by Factory Connection’s Mike Haist and SSS’s Joe Skidd, support from Scott, Fox, NGK, Mechanix Wear, Yamalube, Lime Nine, MPI, DeWalt, Torbram Electric Supply, Energy One, Progressive Lighting, every piece of the puzzle is key.”

“I am also very proud that the members of our team give their time and effort holding a fundraiser at the Walton TransCan National with all proceeds going to the SickKids Foundation. Next weekend we will also support the LDR Charity Event at Port Perry for the same cause.”

Missing from this year’s starting lineup were MTYMX’s Jamie Both who is recovering from a fractured arm suffered during training in July and Jacob Balsdon who despite not qualifying for the event volunteered as a flagger for the entire week.



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Popular News / MotoX & Off-Road: Blazusiak wins again; Graffunder fifth
« on: August 16, 2010, 05:01:51 PM »
Blazusiak wins again; Graffunder fifth
16 August 2010, 11:35 am

From Taddy Blazusiak Media Services

Taddy Blazusiak continued his winning ways in the ’10 US Endurocross championship, claiming his second consecutive main event win at round two of the series staged in Oklahoma on Saturday.

After winning the series opener in Las Vegas the KTM Enduro Factory Team rider headed into the Oklahoma event confident of another podium topping result, but wasn’t expecting the night’s final to be as challenging as it was.

With high temperatures and brutal humidity inside the arena Blazusiak finished the main event exhausted, but thrilled to have continued his winning ways.

Third fastest in the night’s qualifying hot lap session the Pole comfortably topped his heat race to head into the main event with first pick of the start. Blasting into an early lead, Blazusiak spent the opening six laps of the race battling with Mike Brown.

Eventually moving clear at the front of the race Blazusiak eased his pace as he started to feel the effects of both the heat and his earlier battle with Brown. Coming close to crashing as the race neared its close Blazusiak remained out front and claimed a second consecutive win to maintain

his place at the top of the US Endurocross championship standings.

"It’s been another great result, but it was a really demanding race," Blazusiak said. "The whole evening went well, just like in Vegas, but the final was hard, really hard. The heat and humidity inside the stadium made it probably the most physically demanding Endurocross event I’ve done.

"Getting the holeshot, like I did in Vegas, made things a lot easier for me but I had a great battle with Mike Brown for six laps. I managed to pull away and felt comfortable out front but I was so tired. The heat made it so tough. I slowed down quite a bit, and almost crashed on the last lap, but kept it together to get the win."

Round three of the US Endurocross series takes place in Indianapolis on Aug. 27.

Results

1. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM Enduro Factory Team)

2. Geoff Aaron (Christini/KTM)

3. Justin Soule (Kawasaki)

4. Cody Webb (Gas Gas)

5. Cory Graffunder (Husqvarna)



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Popular News / MotoX & Off-Road: Dungey snags eighth straight win
« on: August 16, 2010, 11:02:35 AM »
Dungey snags eighth straight win
16 August 2010, 7:38 am

From MX Sports Pro Racing

NEW BERLIN, NY - After a three-week break, the 2010 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship returned to action for Round 9 on Saturday with the Rockstar Energy Unadilla National from Unadilla Valley Sports Center.

After four motos, Rockstar/Makita Suzuki's Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, MN, took his eighth consecutive 450 Class win while GEICO Powersports Honda's Trey Canard, of Shawnee, OK, grabbed his fourth straight 250 Class victory.

After grabbing the holeshot in the first premier class moto, Dungey never looked back, continually extending his advantage over the field to the checkered flag. In Moto 2, the rookie worked his way into the lead after a top five start, engaging in a great battle with teammate and World Motocross Championship contender Clement Desalle, of Belgium, to secure the moto sweep in the late stages.

"I got a good start in Moto 1 and put myself in position to lead laps and take the win," said Dungey, who can wrap up the title at the next round. "I wasn't thinking of the overall (in Moto 2). I just race to win every time out.

"Clement surprised me. It's not easy to come over (to the States) and do well. It was good for him and good for us to have a competitive moto."

Desalle, riding for Rockstar/Teka Suzuki in a guest appearance in the U.S., finished second (2-2) while GEICO Powersports Honda's Brett Metcalfe, of Australia, rounded out the overall podium (5-3) that featured riders from three different continents.

In his long-awaited return to American motocross, San Manuel Yamaha's James Stewart, of Haines City, FL, finished 11th overall (3-35).

Dungey now holds a 111-point advantage heading into an off week and sits just one win away from tying 10-time AMA Motocross champion Ricky Carmichael, of Tallahassee, FL, for the most wins ever by a rookie. He also leads the division in average finish at 1.9 and laps led with 144.

Since claiming his first overall victory last month, Canard has continued to win, capturing the overall for the fourth consecutive round.

A patient effort in Moto 1 helped Canard pass his teammate Justin Barcia, of Ochlocknee, GA, late to take the opening victory. In Moto 2, Canard sprinted out to an early lead, holding on until the last lap before Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Christophe Pourcel, of France, made the winning pass. He settled for second in the moto to secure the overall win.

"I saw (Pourcel) down in the first moto and I was surprised," said Canard. "Sometimes it happens and I just tried to do my best to take advantage. To walk out of here with a 16-point deficit instead of 38 feels great.

"In the second moto I made some mistakes and (Pourcel) was able to catch me but I knew I had the overall."

Barcia finished second overall (3-5) with Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Dean Wilson, of Scotland, in third (6-3). After a crash resulted in a DNF for the first moto, Pourcel rebounded to finish seventh (38-1).

Pourcel's advantage over Canard sits at 16 points. Canard holds the best average finish in the class at 3.9 while Pourcel has led the most laps with 101.

After a week off, the 2010 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship resumes for Round 10 and the Rockstar Energy Southwick National from Moto-X 338 in Southwick, MA on Aug. 28.

450 Class (Moto Finish)

1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, MN, Suzuki (1-1)

2. Clement Desalle, Belgium, Suzuki (2-2)

3. Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Honda (5-3)

4. Andrew Short, Smithville, TX, Honda (4-5)

5. Kyle Regal, Kemp, TX, Honda (8-6)

6. Ben Townley, New Zealand, Honda (7-9)

7. Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, FL, Yamaha (9-8)

8. Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, IA, Yamaha (11-7)

9. Josh Grant, Riverside, FL, Yamaha (6-14)

10. Tommy Hahn, Decatur, TX, Suzuki (10-11)

450 Class Championship Standings

1. Ryan Dungey (Suzuki) 418

2. Andrew Short (Honda) 307

3. Brett Metcalfe (Honda) 293

4. Josh Grant (Yamaha) 260

5. Ben Townley (Honda) 249

6. Mike Alessi (KTM) 235

7. Chad Reed (Kawasaki) 204

8. Kyle Regal (Honda) 185

9. Kyle Chisholm (Yamaha) 183

10. Ryan Sipes (Yamaha) 181

250 Class (Moto Finish)

1. Trey Canard, Shawnee, OK, Honda (1-2)

2. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, GA, Honda (3-5)

3. Dean Wilson, Scotland, Kawasaki (6-3)

4. Tyla Rattray, South Africa, Kawasaki (5-4)

5. Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, TX, Honda (2-9)

6. Eli Tomac, Cortez, CO, Honda (4-6)

7. Christophe Pourcel, France, Kawasaki (38-1)

8. Martin Davalos, Ecuador, Yamaha (10-8)

9. Matt Lemoine, Collinsville, TX, Suzuki (8-12)

10. Wil Hahn, Decatur, TX, Honda (14-11)

250 Class Championship Standings

1. Christophe Pourcel (Kawasaki) 365

2. Trey Canard (Honda) 349

3. Dean Wilson (Kawasaki) 329

4. Tyla Rattray (Kawasaki) 320

5. Justin Barcia (Honda) 248

6. Blake Wharton (Honda) 243

7. Eli Tomac (Honda) 233

8. Broc Tickle (Yamaha) 209

9. Jake Weimer (Kawasaki) 195

10. Martin Davalos (Yamaha) 187



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Popular News / MotoX & Off-Road: Dungey leads U.S. to MXoN
« on: August 16, 2010, 11:02:35 AM »
Dungey leads U.S. to MXoN
16 August 2010, 6:54 am

From the American Motorcyclist Association

UNADILLA, NY -- The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has announced the members of AMA Team USA for the 2010 Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations.

Ryan Dungey, Andrew Short and Trey Canard will race against the world Sept. 25-26 when AMA Team USA goes for its 21st Motocross of Nations victory at Thunder Valley in Lakewood, CO.

"These riders are fresh, fast and each is riding at the top of his game right now," said AMA Director of Racing Joe Bromley. "They have been racing all summer in the world's most competitive national championship series, the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championships, and all three are ready to face the best of the rest. We are honoured that they are representing the United States and the AMA at this prestigious event on American soil."

Perennial AMA Team USA Manager and Motorcycle Hall of Famer Roger DeCoster added that he's confident this year's selection will emerge victorious in this World Championship event.

"These riders train really hard, they've had good seasons and I think they will work good together as a team," DeCoster said. "I'm happy with our team, and I hope our other American riders will come out and support the team, considering it is in their own country. Hopefully, we can win it."

Team Captain Dungey, who rides for Rockstar Makita Suzuki, will race the MX1 class, which features 450cc four-stroke machinery. GEICO Powersports Honda rider Canard will compete in the MX2 class, which features 250cc four-stroke motorcycles. Honda Red Bull Racing's Short will race the MX3 class, the open class.

DeCoster added that the team will benefit from the experience Dungey gained in 2009.

"Last year, with Ryan, I felt that he was riding to become one of the main guys in Italy, and I think his performance gave him the confidence to come back this year and start strong," DeCoster said. "I know that this event is important to him, and he will be doing everything he can to put the team in a winning position."

The United States is the reigning champion of the Motocross of Nations, winning over Italy and Belgium in 2009.



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Popular News / MotoX & Off-Road: Stewart set for Unadilla return
« on: August 12, 2010, 11:00:59 AM »
Stewart set for Unadilla return
12 August 2010, 8:00 am

From Yamaha Racing

San Manuel Yamaha’s James Stewart will enter his first race in seven months when he lines up at the ninth round of the Lucas Oils AMA Motocross National championship in Unadilla, NY this weekend.

The former supercross and motocross AMA number one has four events in the high-profile American series in order to place himself in contention for the 2010 Motocross of Nations and be one of Team USA’s three riders at Thunder Valley in Colorado on Sept. 26.

Stewart has been out since round four of the AMA SX championship after breaking the scaphoid bone in his right wrist; a notoriously delicate injury. Despite the hiatus the 24-year-old has to be considered a firm favourite on his ’10 YZ450F at the venue in New Berlin with memories of his 2008 ‘perfect’ outdoor season (24 moto wins from 24) not too distant.

"My only goal is to do the best I can,” Stewart said in an official press release by his team. “While I haven’t had a lot of time to test and train, I committed to running the last four races of the series, and I feel I need to do this, for myself as a rider, for my team, my sponsors and my fans."

"James’ Supercross season was cut short this year and this is a perfect opportunity for him to get back on the track and race,” said team manager Larry Brooks. “We owe it to him to support him, as much as we do to the sponsors and fans that support our team."

The final three races of the Nationals after Unadilla will occur at Southwick, Steel City and Pala; the last only two weeks before the Nations.



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Popular News / MotoX & Off-Road: Herlings done for season
« on: August 12, 2010, 11:00:59 AM »
Herlings done for season
12 August 2010, 6:09 am

From KTM Racing

Jeffrey Herlings, who burst onto the MX2 GP season in 2010 as the rising star of the Red Bull KTM Factory Team, is out for the rest of the season to heal an injured shoulder.

The 15-year-old crashed heavily on his shoulder in the second moto in Loket, Czech Republic last weekend after a blistering performance in the first moto that saw him finish third and move into third in the championship standings behind factory teammate Marvin Musquin and rival Ken Roczen.

Red Bull KTM team boss Stefan Everts told KTM Racing News that after a second medical opinion that established the shoulder injury was more serious that a simple dislocation, it had been decided that Herlings would not race in the remaining three GPs of the 2010 season.

"The damage to the shoulder was worse that we thought and there is still some bleeding," Everts said. "He will need surgery and it is better that he concentrates on healing the injury and recovering to be completely fit for the beginning of 2011.

"Jeffrey is still very young and he has nothing more to prove about his performance on the bike. He has won two GPs and has proven that he is up with the best and the fastest on the World Championship tracks. The injury is unfortunate but that's racing, and like all champions he will come back to the track stronger than ever."

Speaking by telephone from his home in the Netherlands, Herlings also said he considered that withdrawing from the last three GPs was the right decision.

"Now I have to take at least six weeks rest before I can have the surgery on my shoulder," he said. "The muscles are still very swollen and the swelling has to go down before the operation. After that I will need 2-3 months of recovery time but that means I will be fit and ready to race at the beginning of the 2011 season.

"I have had a lot of good races this year and I have shown that I can race with all the good guys and get good results. I know there will be a lot expected of me going into next season so now I'll have time to recover and to get really fit again in time for the first races."

Herlings had the pleasure of winning his first career GP at home in the Netherlands and followed it up with a second win in Latvia. He was three times second on the overall podium (Portugal, Sweden and Belgium) and was third in Lombardy, Italy. He won four individual motos, was placed second in four races and was third six times.



Source: Inside MotoX and Off Road


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Popular News / MotoX & Off-Road: Anderson wins AMA Horizon Award
« on: August 12, 2010, 11:00:59 AM »
Anderson wins AMA Horizon Award
12 August 2010, 5:54 am

From the American Motorcyclist Association

PICKERINGTON, OH -- Thirty-five American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) members have joined the ranks of the 2010 AMA Racing national champions following a week of bar-to-bar racing at the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships, presented by AMSOIL, at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, TN.

"One of the most impressive riders of the week was AMA Racing Motocross Horizon Award winner Jason Anderson from Bernalillo, NM. The Monster Energy Team Green Kawasaki rider won four of his six motos in the 450 A and 250 A/Pro Sport classes and took the national championship in 450 A.

A DNF in the final 250 A/Pro Sport class, following two class wins earlier in the week, likely cost Anderson a second No. 1 plate.

"I'm really excited to win the Horizon award," said Anderson, who's also backed by Pro Circuit, Fly Racing, Volcom, Oakley, Sebastien Tortelli and Coach Seiji. "So many big names have won it, and I'm just exited to be one of them."

Anderson's final moto wasn't without drama, however. He had to race back from dead last to fifth to secure the championship.

"The week went really well at the beginning, and then on the last day, I had my bike break and the last moto I crashed three times on the first lap," Anderson said. "I was mad at myself for getting myself in that situation, but I just put my head down and charged through the pack. I was just pinned everywhere. I had a million people cheering me on. My last pit board said I had to get one more guy, so I wasn't sure I had one it until it was all over."

The AMA Racing Youth Motocrosser of the Year was Cooper Webb. Webb, from Newport, NC, raced a Honda Red Bull JGR Racing CRF150R to a national championship in the SuperMini 1 class with two moto wins and a second. In the SuperMini 2 class, Webb finished second overall with a win and two thirds.

"This is the biggest achievement I've done," said Webb, who's also backed by Triangle Cycle, Thor, Smith, Kenda, Decal Works and FMF. "I won the first two motos, and then during the mud race, I had clutch problems, but still managed to get second. I'm really honored the AMA selected me for this. It's what I've been working for, as far as my goals, training, going to school and right now, I feel like this is one of my biggest achievements."

In the Vet ranks, Keith Johnson earned the AMA Racing Vet Motocrosser of the Year. Johnson, from Carver, MA, took the Vet 35+ championship over Loretta Lynn legend Kevin Walker, from Gray, TN, who claimed his record 14th AMA Racing national championship No. 1 plate in the Senior 40+ class.

Rockstar Suzuki teammates Gannon Audette and Ian Trettel were two other high-profile champions. Audette, from Cairo, GA, won the 450 A/Pro Sport class with three wins. Florida-based Trettel topped the 250 A class with a second and two moto wins.

For complete results from the week of racing, see MXSports.com.

The AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship finals have been organized since their 1982 founding by MX Sports. A list of past champions includes such superstars as Ricky Carmichael, Jeremy McGrath, Travis Pastrana, James Stewart, Kevin Windham, Ryan Dungey, and more.



Source: Inside MotoX and Off Road


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