Irvine, Calif. – Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green™ celebrated its 30th anniversary with the premiere of the short film “Grassroots” at the Oakley Theater in Foothill Ranch, Calif. on September 7, 2011 to a packed audience of Team Green alumni and friends. The celebration kicked off at 6:30 p.m. with guests arriving on the green carpet to enjoy food and drinks prior to the start of the film.  Following the film there was a panel discussion about the dynamic history of Team Green, hosted by RACER X contributor Steve Matthes.

The 22-minute feature celebrates the past, present, and future of Team Green and stars current team members Adam Cianciarulo, Destry Abbott, Darian Sanayei, Justin Soule’, Chad George, and Stilez Robertson. Former and current Team Green managers who helped create and grow the program including Dave Jordan, Bruce Stjernstrom, Ron Heben, and Kawasaki’s present Senior Manager of Racing, Reid Nordin were part of the panel discussion following the screening, which also included Davey Coombs. Many Team Green athletes and alumni from the program’s rich 30-year history were also in attendance.

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Tyla Rattray grabbed the 250 class overall win for the second-straight year at MX 338 in Southwick, Mass with an impressive 2-1 moto finish during Round 10 of the AMA Motocross Championship series. Finishing just behind him in second was teammate Dean Wilson with a 3-2 moto result, which extended his points lead in the class championship to 38 points. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto also extended his lead in the 450 class championship to eight points after he finished second overall with a 2-4. Jake Weimer remained consistent as he finished sixth overall for the second-straight race aboard the 2012 Kawasaki KX™450F. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett came from behind to finish fifth overall with a 9-6, while Broc Tickle showed speed finishing seventh overall with a 5-12.

Back Into Second
After a tough round at Unadilla, Rattray was able to bounce back in a big way as he grabbed his fourth overall victory of the season. In the first moto, Rattray made his move to the front and was able to finish out the 30 minutes plus two laps in second. After a few set-up changes, Rattray came out ready to lock up the overall and after passing for the lead on the third lap, he captured his fourth moto win of the season.

“The track was a lot rougher than we were thinking it would be in the first moto so we made some changes and the bike was perfect in the second moto,” said Rattray. “I’ve ridden on tracks like this all my life and I think it helps a lot when we come to a track like Southwick. It’s obviously different than anything we see all year and I’m always happy to come here.”

More Points For Wilson
Following his win last week at Unadilla, Wilson entered the race in Southwick with a 25-point gap in the standings. With his smart riding in the deep sand of Southwick, Wilson was able extend that lead to 38 points over second with another podium finish with a 3-2 moto score.

“I didn’t do the greatest here last year so I wanted to come in and put together two good motos and see what happened,” said Wilson. “It was nice to be up on the podium again and add more points to my lead. I would really like to win again this season. We’ll see what happens at Steel City.”

Race By Race
Villopoto started the day with the top qualifying time, but track conditions continued to change as rain started to fall. In the first moto, Villopoto got a good start, but was pushed back to fifth after the second turn. He moved his Kawasaki KX™450F into second and made a push in the final laps, but couldn’t make a pass in time. In the second moto, conditions were even worse and Villopoto did what he needed to keep his bike on two wheels to finish fourth.

“It was pretty gnarly out there during the second moto,” said Villopoto. “Even with the sand, the track was slick and it was hard to get into a groove. I knew I wanted to make sure I didn’t go down because it is really hard to get going again with your hands covered in mud and sand. I would have liked to have left with more than a one-point gain in the championship, but we did get another point ahead of second.”

Another Great Finish
In his rookie motocross season in the 450 class, Weimer continued to get good starts and maintain his position near the front. The starts were important at Southwick, and Weimer was able to put his 2012 Kawasaki KX450F just outside the top-five for the second-straight week.

“It’s nice to finally feel like I’m getting into a groove with my riding,” said Weimer. “I am definitely feeling more comfortable now. I was so close to a top-five this week and I know that I’m riding more consistent. Hopefully I’ll be able to put us into the top-five, not just outside of it.”

Managing the Roost
With the mixture of rain and sand at the MX 338 track, Baggett had to tackle conditions he isn’t normally used to. In both motos he had to make charges to the front from mid-pack and in both motos made it inside the top-10. Showing off his never-give-up attitude, he finished the day with a 9-6 moto score that was good enough for fifth overall.

“In the first moto I was making good progress, but had to pull off my goggles with just a few laps to go,” said Baggett. “With those conditions, I had to come in so I lost a few positions there. My second moto wasn’t much better. I am just glad to get out of here healthy and I’m definitely looking forward to next week at Steel City.”

Showing What He’s Got
After a year of battling bad luck, Tickle was finally able to put his speed up front as he finished fifth in the first moto at Southwick. Unfortunately the bad luck would follow him to the second moto where an early moto crash pushed him back to 26th on the first lap. Showing his determination once again, Tickle made it all the way up to 12th to finish seventh overall.

“I am happy to finally be able to show my speed in one moto, but then I have a bad second moto and can’t put together what I think could have been a podium finish,” said Tickle. “I felt really good coming into the weekend. Despite all the bad luck, I can at least say that I haven’t given up during any moto when I have been able to come through the pack. I just hope everyone can see that.”

Top-10 for Junk Yard Dog
While he’s already attended two rounds this season, 46-year-old Kawasaki rider John Dowd was happy to have the AMA Motocross Championship back in his home state of Massachusetts. Since 1987, Dowd has been racing at his hometown track and despite being the most senior racer on the track, he scored an impressive 9-8 moto finish to end the day eighth overall.

Hurricane Warning
While Massachusetts declared a state of emergency in preparation for Hurricane Irene, the racers took to the track in wet conditions. The fans weren’t afraid to come out and see their favorite racers as attendance was better than expected despite surrounding conditions.

“It was great to see all the fans come out considering the weather and hurricane warnings,” said Weimer. “I was thinking the hurricane would have scared everyone away, but it seemed to be a really good turnout.”

Final Stretch
The series hits the final stretch with only two races to go as the series heads to Steel City Raceway in Delmont, Pa. over Labor Day weekend. Wilson holds on to a 38-point lead over his teammate Rattray with only 100 points available over the next two rounds, while Villopoto will try to extend his eight-point lead in the 450 class.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) congratulates the U.S. Junior Motocross Team for its title at the 2011 FIM Junior Motocross World Championships in Cingoli, Italy, on Aug. 13-14. The teams from Great Britain and Italy finished second and third, respectively.

In addition to the team title, U.S. rider Joey Savatgy earned the individual world championship in the 125cc class at the event.

Savatgy, who is supported by Rockstar Energy Suzuki, was joined on the team by Yamaha amateur support rider Chris Alldredge from Powell Butte, Ore., in the 125cc class; Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green riders Mark Worth from Queen Creek, Ariz., and Chase Bell from Cairo, Ga., in the 85cc class; and Gabriel Jairala from San Antonio, Texas, and Derek Drake from San Luis Obispo, Calif., competing in the 65cc class on KTM 65s.

Other U.S. riders were Rockstar Suzuki Josh Mosiman from Sebastopol, Calif., and Red Bull/Yamaha sponsored Matt Bisceglia from Weatherford, Texas, both in the 125cc class. In the 85cc class were Rockstar Suzuki rider Michael Mosiman from Sebastopol, Calif., and Suzuki rider Tyler Rosa from Perris, Calif.

“Winning back-to-back team world championships is an unbelievable accomplishment that requires a tremendous amount of effort from everybody involved,” said AMA Motocross Manager Kip Bigelow, referring to the 2010 title the team won in France. “The riders represented the United States with honor, and I am so proud of each one of them. This accomplishment could not have happened without the support from our sponsors: Cernics Racing, Dunlop Tires, Monster Energy Team Green Kawasaki, Yamaha Motor Corporation, KTM and Bonamigo Suzuki.”

The title race went down to the closing moments of the final 125cc moto, which Savatgy won despite suffering a flat tire with four laps to go.

“Obviously the event was a success for our team,” said U.S. Team Manager Ryan Holliday, Kawasaki Team Green’s motocross supervisor. “The goal was to win, and we accomplished that. Each rider played a part in the team’s victory, and it was great to see everyone work together for a common goal. It was fun to be a part of this, and hopefully the riders will have great memories of this experience.”

Bell finished second in the 85cc class with a 3-1 moto score, just losing out on the overall to Latavia’s Pauls Jonass. Another notable ride was put in by 65cc rider Jairala, Bigelow said. Jairala struggled with poor starts but remained focused on the team title, finishing 9-16 in his motos and 10th overall.

“After track watering during intermission, all the 65cc riders found the conditions less than perfect,” Bigelow said. “Jairala came into the mechanic’s area with his goggles full of mud. He pulled back onto the track in 35th place with just 10 minutes to go, and it all seemed lost for the U.S. team. If it weren’t for Jairala’s fierce competitiveness and his ability to move past 19 riders by the end of the race, we wouldn’t have made it to the podium.”

As for Savatgy, he made it clear that he won’t forget his world championship anytime soon. The Thomasville, Ga., rider was thrilled with both his individual accomplishment and the team effort that brought home the world title.

“Winning the world championship was a big deal, and if I could explain feelings I would, but it is probably one of the most memorable wins of my amateur career,” Savatgy said. “The feeling when I crossed that finish line and knew I had won was amazing, a loss for words. Especially knowing that I just rode the last four laps with a rear flat, I never in a million years would of guessed that I could ride four laps with a flat tire and still be able to win the overall.

“Of course, we had a great team, and everyone put in an amazing effort, an effort in which was good enough for the team overall,” he added. “The competition over there, like the year before, was stacked. There were so many fast kids, and to come out on top is a good feeling.”

For more about AMA team competition in international championship events, see AmericanMotorcyclist.com/Racing/.

Irvine, Calif. – Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto extended his points lead with a dominant overall victory on his 23rd birthday at Unadilla Sports Valley Center in New Berlin, N.Y. during the ninth round of the AMA Motocross Championship series. The win was his second of the season, but the first aboard the 2012 Kawasaki KX™450F. Teammate Jake Weimer also debuted the new bike and tied his best finish of the season in sixth overall with a 5-6 result. In the 250 class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson made no mistake that his moto score would add up to his first overall victory as he dominated the day with a 1-1 result. Teammate Blake Baggett finished in the runner-up spot with a come-from-behind 2-3 moto score, while Tyla Rattray and Broc Tickle overcame tough moto scores to finish 11th and 18th, respectively.

Great Birthday
Villopoto started his birthday scoring the fastest qualifying time and those fast times carried over into the two grueling motos. Although the weather was beautiful, the track was tough, but Villopoto quickly made his way to the front to lead both motos before the halfway mark.

IRVINE, Calif. (August 11, 2011) – Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto and Jake Weimer will debut the 2012 Kawasaki KX450F on Saturday at the AMA Motocross Championship at Unadilla in New Berlin, N.Y.

The 2012 Kawasaki KX450F features many upgrades to an already championship-winning bike including improved chassis performance and enhanced ergonomics. The Monster Energy Kawasaki race team was able to make the switch to the newer bike since the release of the new model came out in early June.

“We could tell right away that the guys were comfortable on the bike and after successful testing over the break, we decided to go ahead and race it,” said Motocross Team Manager Mike Fisher. “Having the option to go to the 2012 KX450F gives us an advanta ge over our competition to utilize the latest technology that has been provided to us by Kawasaki.”

To see all the latest technology the 2012 Kawasaki KX450F has to offer, check out the info page here: http://kx.kawasaki.com

Torrance, CA: American Honda is pleased to announce that GEICO Honda rider Justin Barcia will ride for the American Honda Racing team and race a factory Honda-prepared CRF450R at the remaining four rounds in the 2011 AMA Motocross Championship.

“I’m so grateful to have this opportunity to ride the Honda CRF450R in the 450 class,” said Barcia. “I can’t thank GEICO Honda team owners Rick Zielfelder and Jeff Majkrzak enough for allowing me to take advantage of this opportunity. I raced the CRF450R to the overall win at the Bercy Supercross last year and I felt great competing on the bike, so I’m excited to now get the chance to race several rounds in the Motocross series on it. I’m also really looking forward to working with the factory Honda team. I feel I’ve grown a lot as a professional racer over the past three years and this whole experience is only going to help me develop my skills even more.”

American Honda Racing Team Manager Erik Kehoe welcomes Barcia to the Honda starting line-up. “Justin has been a part of the Honda family for many years now, having entered the professional ranks through Honda’s amateur support program,” said Kehoe. “He has a lot of experience racing Honda motorcycles and he’s earned a lot of success in both his amateur and professional careers. Trey Canard showcased his talents aboard the factory-prepared Honda CRF450R last year when he filled in for six Supercross rounds, and obviously that was a significant career opportunity for him, while Cole Seely enjoyed racing several Supercross’ with the team this year. We are pleased to work with Honda-supported teams and give the younger Honda riders the chance to gain valuable experience riding for the factory team when opportunities arise.”

For more information, contact American Honda Motor Co., Inc. (310) 783-3745.

Hurricane Mills, Tenn. – While the nation’s fastest amateur motocross riders lay it all on the line at the legendary Loretta Lynn Ranch, several special events will generate some excitement of their own at the 2011 Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by AMSOIL. Kicking-off Sunday, July 31, the seven-day event will be a showcase of the future stars of the sport while also marking the return of some of Loretta Lynn’s most successful graduates.

Sunday morning kicks off with a Chapel Service with Reverend Kevin Cozadd of MXers for Jesus, taking place at the Thor Semi at 9 a.m. CST. Youth Rider Registration begins at 1 p.m., followed by Amateur Rider Registration at 4 p.m., both at the AMSOIL ARENA. As registration winds down, head over to the Team Green Pits for the Oakley Golf Cart Parade at 6 p.m. This is just a warm-up for the 7 p.m. Red Bull Mini Moto for Mechanics, which takes place at the starting line. Don’t miss the chance to watch the behind-the-scenes guys lay it down while their riders cheer them on!
If you’ve never experienced the Red Bull Air Force Moto Team in action before, you’re in for a treat on Tuesday as they will be parachuting to the starting line during intermission, just before the start of the 450 A class. Tuesday night at 7 p.m., the Thor Race of Champions and the Industry Invitational Pike Bike Racing will be happening down at the starting line, surely providing some race-action excitement in the downtime of amateur motocross racing.
Looking for a good time? The FMF Pit Area is hosting karaoke Tuesday night, beginning at 8:30 p.m. so bring your dancing shoes and a mental list of your favorite feel-good songs, and don’t forget your friends! Not a fan of singing? The AMSOIL Arena is presenting the James Stewart “Inside the Helmet Performance Workshop,” where James Stewart, two-time AMA Supercross Champion and three-time AMA Motocross Champion, shares what it’s like to live the life of a factory supported racer. Be sure to stick around after the workshop because the Nitro Circus Las Vegas Premier will be playing immediately following Stewart’s presentation.
Three-time AMA Motocross Champion, AMA Supercross Champion and 2005 Loretta Lynn’s National Champion Ryan Villopoto will pay a visit to the track on Wednesday, August 3. The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider will join 2009 Horizon Award Winner and Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider Dean Wilson for a Team Green autograph session at the Team Green Pits, beginning at 10:30 a.m. During the day’s intermission, both riders will help debut the newest lineup of 2012 Kawasaki’s before taking part in another autograph session from the Kawasaki Team Green pit area immediately following the bike debut. Ten Man Push, the Official Band of American Motocross, will be on stage at 1:30 p.m. and again at 4 p.m. at the Loretta Lynn Beach. Red Bull KTM factory rider Andrew Short and former 125cc Motocross Champion and factory KTM rider Mike Brown will help introduce the newest lineup of 2012 KTM bikes during intermission as well.
In celebration of Kawasaki’s 30th Anniversary, country music star Craig Morgan will be live in concert at the AMSOIL Arena on Thursday evening, beginning at 8 p.m. Ten Man Push, the Official Band of American Motocross, will be on stage at 7:30 p.m., opening for Craig Morgan.

With so much history and tradition, Loretta Lynn’s is often the place where the biggest names of years past return to pay their respects to the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship and pay a visit to some old friends while making several new ones along the way. Other riders in attendance this year include 15-Time AMA Supercross Champion Ricky Carmichael, past AMA Supercross Champion Jeff Emig and James Stewart, who all started out their amateur careers here at Loretta’s.

The 30th Annual Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by AMSOIL commences on August 1-6, 2011 from Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. For information about the event, log onto www.mxsports.com. To see a full schedule of events, click HERE.

MILLVILLE, MN  – Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki showed its true championship-winning colors at round seven of the 2011 AMA Pro Motocross Championship at the Spring Creek National in Millville, MN on Saturday. Minnesota native Ryan Dungey powered his Yoshimura-equipped Suzuki RM-Z450 to the overall win on his local track, while Rockstar Makita Suzuki teammate Brett Metcalfe carded a solid sixth-place result.

Despite heavy rains the day before, the Spring Creek soil was in good condition for the first 30-minute moto. Local favorite, Dungey, and his Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 put on a good show for the fans, with Dungey getting a good start and powering into the top three early on. By the time the moto was over, Dungey had notched an impressive second-place finish. In moto two, Dungey got another good start on his Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 and was running firmly in second place before reeling in the leader to take the win and the overall victory. This result is Dungey’s second overall victory of the season and his fourth win in a row at Spring Creek. Additionally, he’s now just one point shy of second and seven out of first place in the overall championship standings.

BUCHANAN, Mich. - A massive crowd filled the hillsides surrounding RedBud on Saturday, as the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship reached the halfway point at the Rockstar Energy RedBud National. With three overall victories to his credit coming into Round 6, TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Racing’s Chad Reed, of Australia, relied on consistent moto scores to capture his fourth win of the season. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett, of Grand Terrace, Calif., swept the day’s 250 Class motos to secure his fourth overall victory of the year.

Both Reed and Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., began the day with strong starts in the opening moto. The pair asserted themselves early behind Muscle Milk/Toyota/JGR’s Davi Millsaps, of Murrieta, Calif., before Reed made the pass for the lead on Lap 7. Dungey soon followed and paced Reed throughout the moto, attempting to take over the lead on the final lap. However, Reed fended off the challenge to take his sixth moto win of the season.

In Moto 2, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., took the early lead, looking to rebound from a tough first moto in which he crashed and finished ninth. Dungey positioned himself in second, and set his sights on trying to claim his second straight overall. Meanwhile, Reed was forced to work his way through Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi, of Victorville, Calif., for third.

Villopoto gradually pulled away, forcing Dungey to settle for second. Behind them, Reed made the pass on Alessi on Lap 9, and carried it through to the finish to secure the overall win.

“I got a good start (in Moto 2) and got into third,” said Reed. “Dungey made some mistakes and I tried to get by, but then I made mistakes and Alessi passed me. At that point I knew I had to just settle down and be smart. I actually learned a lot today. I got my butt kicked last week, and we worked on suspension. Each time I went out on the track today, it was different. I learned a lot about my bike, and a lot about myself as a person about the decisions I need to make on race days.”

Dungey (2-2) posted his second runner-up finish of the season, while despite his misfortune in the first moto, Villopoto rounded out the podium in third (9-1).

“I felt good today,” said Dungey. “It was just a little unfortunate. I wanted to run in contention with Villopoto, but I wasn’t making it happen. Now we’ve got a week to work on things and get better. We’ll just keep plugging away. At this point, points are valuable. We’re halfway now. I can’t get stuck behind like that. I need to get up and go.”

Reed’s advantage in the standings currently sits at 16 points over Villopoto.

Morgantown, W.Va. - MX Sports is proud to welcome Red Bull Energy Drink as the title sponsor of the 2011 Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn Ranch-the world’s largest and most prestigious amateur motocross race.

The Loretta Lynn’s race, which was founded in 1982 at the home of country music icon Loretta Lynn, will celebrate its 30th Anniversary this summer. As the most prestigious amateur motocross race in the world, Loretta Lynn’s serves as the last step in the graduation of young athletes to the professional ranks of AMA Motocross and Supercross.

A premier sponsor of the Loretta Lynn’s event for many years, Red Bull has produced a variety of spectacular activations during the weeklong AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, from skydivers and trials demos, to freestyle motocross and movie night in the town square. Red Bull is now taking its support of amateur motocross to the next level by assuming the heightened role as title sponsor of the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship. Motocross is a large part of Red Bull’s presence in the world of action sports, both as an elite sponsor and energy drink choice at the races.

“We are extremely excited to welcome Red Bull as not only the title sponsor of the 2011 AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, but for many years to come,” said Tim Cotter, Director of MX Sports. “We’ve had a longstanding relationship with Red Bull and this new partnership will be very beneficial to our athletes and their families. Red Bull’s media assets are remarkably powerful and this type of media exposure will elevate amateur motocross to the next level.”

“Many of our participants have already seen Red Bull’s growing presence at this year’s Regional Championships,” added Cotter. “There are many major enhancements planned for this year’s National at Loretta Lynn’s and you will see more activation beginning with the Area Qualifiers in 2012.”

The Red Bull Media House is an Emmy Award-winning global media company that develops and distributes lifestyle, culture and sports programming that speaks to the coveted and elusive male demographic. Red Bull Media House will produce “The Road to Loretta’s” television program, which highlights the real-life journey of many amateur racers and their families as they work through the highly-competitive qualifying process for the Red Bull AMA Amateur National, and their run for a championship title at Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. The Road to Loretta’s, as well as a post-event program, will air on VERSUS Network September 11 and 18 at 5:30 p.m. EST.

As part of its full commitment to the sport, Red Bull also backs a talented group of amateur racers through its JAMS program, as well as a wide array of professionals who have tasted success at the ranch.

“Loretta Lynn’s will always be a special place to me from my amateur career,” said multi-time AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross Champion James Stewart, a nine-time Loretta Lynn’s winner. “I’m excited to see Red Bull, one of my longtime sponsors, partner with MX Sports. I know how much Red Bull supports motocross and this already great event will definitely benefit from their involvement.”

The National Final will be held August 1-6 at the home of country music legend Loretta Lynn in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. In 2011, thirty-five champions will be crowned at what marks the 30th Anniversary celebration of the greatest motocross vacation in the world – the Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship.