The 2014 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Maxxis and sanctioned by AMA kicks off March 8 and 9 in Bunnell, Florida, for the inaugural running of the Moose Racing Mud Mucker GNCC. The opener sets the stage for a potentially epic season of racing in both the XC1 Pro and XC2 Pro Lites classes, as the champions of each division — Russell (XC1) and Grant Baylor (XC2) — are return to defend their titles.
Buffalo, NY: Dunlop’s new Geomax® MX32TM and MX52TM tires have dominated AMA Supercross and Motocross, and these next-generation tires have now made their mark on the international FIM MXGP Motocross World Championship. This series is especially competitive for tire manufacturers, with five brands actively competing. Yet it was Dunlop that came out on top at the opening round, and decisively so.
Formerly known as MX1, the MXGP series features 450cc four-stroke machines, while the 250cc class retains its MX2 title. The opening round in Losail, Qatar, saw Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Gautier Paulin take the overall win (3-1) aboard his KX450F, while Max Nagl followed right behind to earn second overall (1-4) riding his Team HRC Honda CRF450R—with both Dunlop-sponsored riders using race-spec MX32 tires front and rear. Paulin’s Monster Energy Kawasaki teammate Steven Frossard finished a strong fourth on the day aboard the same tires, barely missing a podium sweep for Dunlop.
(Agua Dolce, Calif.): From his imposing 6-foot-4-inch stature to his quiet, yet commanding voice to his intense focus on winning, there was nothing common about a man known by so many simply as “Drino.” One of off-road racing’s earliest pioneers and a superstar in the fledgling sport, Miller sadly passed away this week after a long battle with cancer. A longtime resident of Costa Mesa, California, Miller was 72 years old.
Corona, CA – Though long-term planning and organization is usually imperative for racing in Baja, the THR Motorsports / Monster Energy / Precision Concepts Kawasaki team, presented by Hoosier Precision Machining, didn’t have that luxury for the 28th Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 on Saturday, March 1st, in San Felipe, Baja California, Mexico.
Neither Baja nor mother nature could stop the Galindo Motorsports #7 from charging through the pack at the Tecate SCORE San Felipe 250 this past weekend. A last-minute course change due to an overnight winter storm which made the summit section impassable played well into the Galindo teams hands.
Every year, race fans flock to Daytona Beach, FL, for one of the biggest and most fun events of the season: Daytona Bike Week. To boost that fun factor even higher, Honda has established the Honda Daytona Kick-Off Party as one of the must-do happenings during Bike Week.
Known for its involvement in off-road racing for more than 40 years, BILSTEIN will once again have a presence at all Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series events. New in 2014 will be BILSTEIN’s commitment to the Lucas Oil Modified Series presented by LoanMart. Ten modified events during the season will include a BILSTEIN Trophy Dash. This year’s May 17 event at Las Vegas Motor Speedway will be the Lucas Oil Products ’75′ presented by BILSTEIN.
Dana Point, Calif. – TORC: The Off-Road Championship, the nations premiere short-course, off-road racing series, has announced that Magnaflow, the leading designer and manufacturer of performance exhaust products, will be an Official Series Partner for the 2014 TORC season.
Magnaflow products range from direct-fit converters and cat-back systems to universal mufflers and custom builders kits designed to deliver superior quality, power and sound. Top drivers and car builders have come to rely on the companys products. That roster includes automotive designers and racing legends like Mario Andretti, Chip Foose, Marco Andretti, “Grave Digger’s” Dennis Anderson, Casey Currie, Johnny and CJ Greaves, Vaughn Gittin Jr and Jeremy McGrath.
“The Great American Off-Road Race” set a new world record today, when it announced that the 2014 Mint 400 will field 55 trophy trucks on Saturday March 15th, for their annual epic 400-mile off-road marathon. Trophy trucks are the premier class of off-road racing, and lead the massive group of nearly 300 total race vehicles, spread across 20 different classes.
Valcourt, Québec – Can-Am Maverick 1000R X rs side-by-side Pro Marc Burnett won the San Felipe 250 and Can-Am Maverick MAX racer Derek Murray finished second to give Can-Am a 1-2 finish at the SCORE International opener In Mexico. Also, in Boyd, Texas, Hunter and Cody Miller recorded the UTV Expert and ATV Pro class victories, respectively, at the opening round of the Texas Off-Road Nationals.