It’s been a few years since the WORCS series visited the lush green scenery and tight, wooded trails of the American Northwest, but many saw it as a welcome change from the last couple rounds of wide-open (quite literally as far as the throttle was concerned) desert. Personally I have always enjoyed the races north of the Oregon border- the terrain is enjoyable and the green surroundings are surely a welcome change from the browns and yellows of Southern California- though I’ve never enjoyed particularly good results in the trees. It’s not for a lack of trying, it’s more down to my relationship with trees in general: I’m doing my best to ride smoothly in between them but their roots, branches and trunks just always seem move themselves right in my way. Joking aside, I’ve never quite been able to find the speed necessary to run with the fastest riders in the tighter terrain, but as we headed north I felt my skill on the bike in general had improved since the last time I raced in the forest and there was the added impetus of a championship battle with Gary Sutherlin; I needed to beat him.
Irvine, Calif. (August 4, 2014) – Following one of the most beautiful weeks at Hurricane Mills in recent years, Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green riders accomplished 13 National Championships at this year’s 33rd Annual Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s. Leading the charge was Team Green’s young talent as Jett Reynolds, Stilez Robertson, and Garrett Marchbanks all took home two titles each, while Sean Cantrell, Austin Forkner joined them in sweeping the mini classes. In the Vet classes John Grewe took home two championships along with Earl May and Chad Murphy, and in 250 C, Draken Jaynes came out with the championship. Team Green won a total of 32 motos in 17 classes.
Irvine, Calif. (August 1, 2014) – Following three days of motos at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green is ready to begin crowning champions as the third and final motos begin on Friday. With two sets of motos complete, Team Green has accumulated 22 moto wins plus an additional 33 podium finishes.
Irvine, Calif. – The Kawasaki Team Green KX Racer Support Program returns to Team Green Dealers with added benefits for 2015. The Racer Support Program benefits racers with an incentive package when purchasing select KX models from July 8, 2014 through February 28, 2015 with incentives ranging up to $1,500. To apply for the Racer Support Program, candidates must stop by their local Kawasaki Team Green dealer with a current, one-page resume and ask to fill out an application. The dealer will then submit the application package to Kawasaki Team Green for further review. Monetary incentives vary by model and supplies are limited. Eligible bikes include any new, not previously registered 2014 or 2015 models from the KX line.
Irvine, Calif. (July 14, 2014) – The Northeast summer heat and humidity pushed temperatures above 90-degrees on Saturday as the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship made their annual stop to Budds Creek in Mechanicsville, Maryland. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Blake Baggett beat the heat and put the hurt on the competition in the second moto to take the win by more than 14 seconds securing his third overall win of the season. Justin Hill and Dean Wilson both had one top-10 moto on their way to seventh and 12th, respectively. In the 450 class, Brett Metcalfe battled within the top-10 all day and finished eighth overall.
When Ryan Abbatoye, Justin Seeds and I decided we wanted to race the 10 Hours of Glen Helen we started thinking of a way to make the experience a bit different for us. As fate would have it, Justin had a 2003 KX250 two stroke that he was just starting to assemble and it didn’t take much deliberation for us to come to the conclusion that racing a two stroke sounded like a lot of fun. Justin delivered the bike to Precision Concepts and a couple weeks later we had a race bike. We couldn’t wait to start burning laps on it.
Irvine, Calif. – In the heat and humidity of Eastern Tennessee, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett went 1-3 in the 250 Class to earn his third straight podium finish in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at Muddy Creek Raceway on Saturday. Baggett returned to the podium after a thrilling Moto 1 win by just eight one-hundredths of a second and a third-place finish in the second moto. Dean Wilson returned to racing after an injury at the season opener finishing ninth overall with a 14-7 result. Justin Hill rode his KX250F to the front early in the first moto, but an injury to his right hand forced him to miss the second moto and finish 15th overall. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Brett Metcalfe overcame a back injury during the week to earn seventh overall with a 9-7 result.
Irvine, Calif. – Deep in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett swept the 250 Class with a 1-1 performance at the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in Mt. Morris on Saturday. Baggett returned to the top of the podium at High Point in dominant fashion capturing the 125th moto win for the KX™250F and its 150th overall podium finish. Justin Hill rode his KX250F to another top five moto finish and placed eighth overall. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Brett Metcalfe overcame some mistakes to finish ninth overall just behind fellow Australian, Discount Tire/TwoTwo Motorsports Kawasaki rider Chad Reed who placed eighth overall in the 450 Class. Jake Weimer was in position to have a banner day until he crashed in the first moto and was struck by another rider. The collision left him cut up and battered, forcing him out of competition for the day.
Ensenada, Baja California – Months of preparation, planning and practice paid off for the THR Motorsports / Monster Energy / Precision Concepts Kawasaki team, presented by Hoosier Precision Machining, when its three-rider team won the 46th Tecate SCORE Baja 500. Round three of SCORE’s World Desert Championship and always one of the most popular races on the calendar, the THR squad controlled the pace most of the way and finished the 448 miles of brutal Baja desert in eight hours, 58 minutes and 27 seconds, besting the runner-up team by more than six minutes.
This was the first time the WORCS series had ventured out to the Ridgecrest fairgrounds, but having raced there a few times in the past I had a slight suspicion that the course was going to be fast and full of chop. The track definitely lived up to my impression winding through the surrounding flat, desert terrain providing wide open straightaways and fast, flowing corners, linked together by the motocross course, the bull ring/Endurocross section and some technical piles of a mixture of dirt and asphalt. With the pro race being held at one o’clock on Sunday afternoon, the corners would be well burned in, the chop would be at its sharpest, and the desert winds would be howling; it was very much going to be a hold on and click the gears kind of race.