Monster-Cianciarulo-Off-Road-5-9-13Irvine, Calif. – (May 9, 2013) – Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green™ rider Adam Cianciarulo will be on the gate for the entire 2013 AMA Pro Motocross season with today’s announcement that the 16-year-old rider will make his professional debut on May18th at Hangtown. Cianciarulo will race for one of the most decorated teams in AMA motocross history as he joins the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki stable riding the No. 292 Kawasaki KX™250F.

“I can’t wait for the season to start,” said Cianciarulo. “This is something I’ve been dreaming about since I saw my first ever supercross race when I was 4 years old. To be able to race for Mitch Payton and the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team is an honor. I am looking to learn a lot this year because everyone knows how good this team is and I know my job is to put more number one plates on the door of the truck.”

Donny-Schmit-Heroes-Legend-4-11-13April 11, 2013 – Encinitas, CA - As the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series begins to wind down, racers and loyal fans travel to the Minneapolis Metrodome for round 14 of the 2013 season. Along with the series comes another stop of the Legends and Heroes Tour, which will honor a Minnesota local, the late Supercross and World Motocross champion, Donny Schmit.

Donny Schmit was born in Minneapolis on January 17, 1967. Donny stared his two-wheel career at Millville, Minnesota on a Honda XR75, but his early race results were certainly no hint of things to come. Fellow racers made note of Schmit’s cowboy boots and a kidney belt wrapped around his waist about three times because he was so thin. “Everyone called him ‘Peanut’ because he was just a little guy,” said Donny’s wife, Carrie. “He was such a little kid he used a milk crate to hold himself up on his bike at the starting line.”

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — Vintage motorcycles and the men and women who love to race them will see more track time this summer in the AMA Vintage Motocross and AMA Vintage Hare Scrambles National Championship Series. The new series will kick off on May 4-5 in Athens, Ohio, and wrap up at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days in Lexington, Ohio, on July 19-21.

“Vintage racing is an important part of the AMA’s past, present and future, and I’m pleased that we are able to expand our vintage motocross program into a series,” said AMA Motocross Manager Kip Bigelow. “Our members have expressed considerable interest in more vintage racing and we’re pleased to partner with an experienced promoter. I’m looking forward to some great racing on the track, as well as some invigorating bench racing and reminiscing about old times that goes hand-in-hand with the sport.”

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association, in partnership with MX Sports, is pleased to announce the 2013 Area Qualifier and Regional Championship schedule that will be the first steps to the Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at the Loretta Lynn Ranch on July 28-Aug. 3 in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

“It’s every amateur motocross racer’s dream to win an AMA national No. 1 plate at Loretta Lynn’s,” said AMA Motocross Manager Kip Bigelow. “Whether you are a returning superstar or a first-time racer, the dream is rooted in success in the area qualifier program. We’re excited to once again work with MX Sports to present one of 2013′s most-anticipated schedules.”

Dunlop would like to congratulate Team Dunlop alumni Justin Barcia and Blake Baggett for being selected to represent the U.S.A. at the 2012 FIM Motocross of Nations in Lommel, Belgium. On September 30, the Dunlop-sponsored team will join Team Manager Roger DeCoster and team captain Ryan Dungey as they work towards a record 23rd Motocross of Nations Championship for the United States. Barcia will compete in the open class aboard his Honda CRF450R, while Baggett will contest in the MX2 class aboard his Kawasaki KXF250.

In the 2012 Supercross Lites East series, Barcia dominated the competition, maintaining his points lead throughout the entire nine rounds to clinch his second championship title. He won six races including Arlington, Atlanta, St. Louis, Daytona, Toronto and finally Las Vegas where he also won in the East/West Shootout. Baggett has also had a successful year, being the current points leader in the 250 class of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. His consistency has paid off, making his way to the podium at eight of the nine rounds completed.

Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart raced his RM-Z450 to victory in both 450 motos to take the overall win in round one of the AMA Motocross Championship at Hangtown in Sacramento, California at the weekend.

In his inaugural race on the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 – and returning to the series after four years absence – Stewart was nothing short of flawless: The first moto saw him get a great start and take the lead on the first lap and from there, he slowly but surely created a gap and led all laps to take the win. In the second moto, Stewart got shuffled around a bit on the start but quickly made short shrift of the competition. Taking the lead, he rode a calculated, efficient race and again gapped the field while remaining in his comfort zone. Anything but victory was simply out of the question.

“I couldn’t ask for anything better,” said Stewart. “The Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 was really fast and consistent. In the first moto I got a great start and I was in the lead on the first lap. I rode my own race, and got a good gap and was able to win that one. In the second moto, I had to work for it. I had to come around some guys, then I was able to stay there and keep the pace. As the day went on, the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 was just better and better and better. I have to give it up to the team for all their hard work. I don’t want to get over-confident, but to start off like this – knowing this is one of my worst tracks – and know we can keep building, makes it so good.”

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is pleased to welcome Moto Armory as the presenting sponsor of the 2012 AMA Motocross Vintage Grand Championships, presented by Moto Armory, taking place at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days July 20-22 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

“Moto Armory is the leader in commercially available museum-quality vintage motocross bike restorations, which makes them a perfect fit for the AMA Vintage Grand Championships,” said AMA Director of Operations Jack Penton. “Their display is wonderful eye candy for racers of all ages, and their presence at the AMA Motocross Vintage Grand Championships, presented by Moto Armory, will elevate the event and bring additional support to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.”

SAN ANTONIO, TX (October 26, 2011) – Officials at VP Racing Fuels today announced that fuel service will be provided on site at all 12 rounds of the AMA Arenacross series beginning with the first race in Des Moines, IA this Saturday, Oct. 29. For this purpose, VP has designated Team Babbitt’s Monster Energy Kawasaki as its trackside supplier.

“We’re looking forward to providing this service to all the Arenacross riders,” said Denny Bartz, Team Manager for Team Babbitt’s “We’ll have VP100 and MR-PRO6 racing fuels available in 5-gallon pails for Pro class riders as well as U4.4 for amateur classes, so we encourage riders to come see us in the paddock.”

“We’re pleased to work with Team Babbitt’s to make VP fuels available at Arenacross events,” said Bruce Hendel, VP’s Western Regional Manager.  “Team Babbitt’s has used VP fuels with great success, so they can attest to the performance gains riders stand to achieve. Many Arenacross racers are already familiar with the increased power and consistency of VP fuels and we’re confident they’ ll appreciate having VP’s products readily available at the track.”

Racers with questions about specific VP fuels available at Arenacross events should contact Team Babbitt’s at 309-314-4138. Technical questions about VP fuels can directed to VP Tech Support at 210-241-1192 or MotorcycleTech@vpracingfuels.com. Additional information about VP Racing Fuels is available online at vpracingfuels.com.

Over its 35-year history, VP Racing has earned a reputation for producing high quality racing fuels with superior power and consistency, fueling numerous championships across North America and around the world. VP is also the official, spec fuel and/or contingency sponsor of AMA Supercross, AMA Motocross, AMA Flat Track, All Harley Drag Racing Association, NHRA and ADRL, among nearly 60 VP-sponsored series and sanctioning bodies.

In addition to racing fuels, VP’s product line includes SEF Small Engine Fuels for 2- and 4-cycle portable gas-powered tools and PowerMaster hobby fuels for R/C racing. More information is available online at SEFfuels.com or PowerMasterFuels.com.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – For the seventh consecutive year, Team USA has won the FIM Motocross of Nations. Ryan Villopoto, Ryan Dungey, and Blake Baggett – all multi-race winners in the 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship – were able to overcome wet weather, a dynamic racetrack in the French town of St. Jean d’Angely, and tremendous competition from the rest of the world’s fastest motocross athletes to capture the coveted Peter Chamberlain Trophy. With their backs against the wall going into the third and final moto, Villopoto and Dungey finished first and second, taking the overall win in dominant fashion.

“We knew where we stood,” said Villopoto, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s reigning AMA Motocross and AMA Supercross Champion, of the dramatic last-moto efforts required of himself and Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Dungey. “If we went 1-2, we were going to win. We knew we could do that, or we would need some luck. We knew we could ride better. We did it all year.”

The victory in France last Sunday, Sept. 18, marks the 22nd time since 1981 that Team USA has emerged victorious from this prestigious event. MX Sports Pro Racing and Alli, the Alliance of Action Sports, congratulate the three riders as well as Team Manager Roger DeCoster, Assistant Team Manager Mitch Payton, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), and AMA Pro Racing on their success in Europe.

The American Motocross tour was well represented on the other steps of the podium as well. Runner-up France fielded Marvin Musquin, who rides for KTM in the 250 Class of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, as well as former AMA Motocross title contender Christophe Pourcel. Third-place Australia was led by 2009 AMA Motocross 450 Class Champion Chad Reed, who won the first combined MX1/MX2 moto in France over U.S.-bound German sensation Ken Roczen and Ryan Dungey, the 2010 AMA Motocross 450 Class Champion. The Australian team also included Brett Metcalfe, winner of last month’s Southwick National, as well as Matt Moss, another AMA Motocross tour veteran.

MX Sports Pro Racing and Alli Sports congratulate all the athletes who represented their nations in France, as well as Youthstream, organizer of the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations, on an exceptional motorsports event.

For more information on the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, please log on to www.allisports.com/motocross.

For media information about the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, please contact Media Manager Brandon Short via email at media@mxsportsproracing.com or by phone at 949-365-5750.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Just one day after the dramatic conclusion of one of the most competitive American Motocross seasons in recent memory, MX Sports Pro Racing and Alli, the Alliance of Action Sports, welcomed hundreds of members of the motocross industry to Pechanga Resort & Casino, in Temecula, Calif., for the third annual Season Celebration. An enjoyable evening honored this season’s champions in the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship and the AMA ATV Motocross Championship by DWT, in addition to the many individuals who played an integral part in this summer’s success.

Sunday’s celebration served as the final opportunity for all members of the professional motocross community to come together as a whole and pay their respects to the members and moments that highlighted the most prestigious motocross championships on the planet. The top 10 finishers from each class of competition-the 450 Class, 250 Class, WMX Class, and ATV Pro-were given well-deserved recognition for their efforts, while SPEED and NBC Sports announcer Jason Weigandt emceed the evening’s festivities, taking a humorous look back at the 2011 season.

For the first time since 2008, Monster Energy Kawasaki claimed the premier-class title. Ryan Villopoto, who returned to American Motocross full-time this summer after two injury-marred years, earned his fourth AMA Pro Motocross Championship. Throughout the season, Villopoto was challenged relentlessly by Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey and TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Racing’s Chad Reed. This trio of global superstars traded victories and points throughout the 12 rounds of competition, and the title wasn’t decided until the checkered flag flew for the final time at Pala Raceway.