PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association is pleased to announce professional numbers for pro-licensed riders competing in Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, and the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship for the 2013 season.

All riders must use the assigned professional number for competition as listed. In addition, the current champion must run the No. 1 plate when competing in the class or region in which the No. 1 plate was earned. When competing in a class outside of the class where the championship was earned, a rider who holds a No. 1 plate in another class must use the assigned professional number.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Following a two-week break in action, the 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, returns to the track on Saturday, August 11, with its anticipated return to Southwick, Mass., for the Moto-X 338 National.

Legendary Moto-X 338 will provide the most unique challenge of the 2012 season as the lone stop of the Nationals to feature sand, which provides an ever-changing surface sure to keep the world’s best riders at their best. This weekend marks the series’ 34th visit to Southwick, which has been the site of some of the sport’s most memorable moments.

At the championship’s previous stop from Washougal MX Park, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey overcame a stiff challenge from MotoConcepts Suzuki’s Mike Alessi to take his sixth straight overall victory and maintain his dominant hold on the 450 Class point standings. While Dungey’s streaking ways continued for the overall win, his string of moto victories was halted at 10 after a captivating battle with Alessi in the opening moto.

Team Yoshimura Suzuki Racing’s Brett Metcalfe had plenty to celebrate after round three of the 2012 AMA Pro Motocross Championships at the Thunder Valley National in Lakewood on Saturday as team mate James Stewart crashed and failed to score after injuring his wrist.

Metcalfe raced his 2012 Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 to a solid fifth-place overall, which included a podium finish in the first moto, but Stewart crashed while leading the first moto after a lapse of concentration when an individual crossed the track in front of him.

To say that Stewart suffered bad luck would be an understatement of epic proportions: Having won the first four motos of the season, he came into the Colorado event ready to race and he qualified fastest. In the first 450 moto, Stewart got a decent start and charged ahead on his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 to take the lead, but as he attempted to negotiate one of the fastest sections of the course, he unexpectedly encountered a person walking across the track. Immediately distracted, Stewart went down hard and injured his wrist and, hoping to minimise the damage, he did not race the second moto.

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.”

Riverside, CA - Meet your favorite Supercross heroes this Thursday at Malcolm Smith Motorsports! Ryan Villopoto, James Stewart, Ryan Dungey, Kevin Windham and many more top riders of the 2012 AMA Supercross Championship will be on hand to meet and greet Supercross fans and sign autographs. Come out between 5:00pm and 7:00pm for your chance to meet the stars of the 2012 season. Register early for a priority VIP wristband!

Where: Malcolm Smith Motorsports, 7599 Indiana Ave, Riverside, CA 92504

When: Thursday, January 5, 2012 – 5:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.

Who: The who’s who of Supercross heroes!

Factory Red Bull KTM
Ryan Dungey, Marvin Musquin, Ken Roczen

Factory Yamaha JGR
James Stewart, Davi Millsaps

Monster Energy Kawasaki
Ryan Villopoto, Jake Weimer

Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki celebrated a podium finish at the inaugural running of the Monster Energy Cup Supercross at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on Saturday as Brett Metcalfe raced his Yoshimura-equipped Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 to third overall.

This new stand-alone Supercross race capped off the 2011 season and incorporated both Motocross and Supercross styles in the lengthy track as well as the racing format. The hybrid track was the longest Supercross track ever built, and the format included Supercross heat races and main events, but the scoring was all Motocross: three 10-lap Open Class main events combined to provide riders with one overall best score.

“This was a really exciting race,” said Metcalfe. “The whole Rockstar Makita Suzuki team worked great. It was really awesome to see the bike become better and better over the course of one day and seeing the team making all these changes in one race was incredible. We had a few practice sessions, and I was feeling pretty comfortable. The track was different than what I’m used to, so it was a little challenging at first. But by race time that night, I was ready to go.”

The Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider started the night on a positive note by putting in an impressive ride in the first heat race. He got a great start on his Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z450, led all the laps before making a small mistake at the end of the heat and finishing second. In the three main events, Metcalf continued to ride aggressively and focused races, finishing fourth in the first main, third in the second main and third in the final main. All of these results combined to hand Metcalf an impressive third-place finish overall.

“All through the heat race, I led every lap until the last lap,” said Metcalfe. “Then I spun out and lost a position. But I felt good going into the main events. I knew to do well and get up on the podium it would be key to get good starts. I was able to get three pretty good starts and really come out of the first corner in a good position each time. The Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 was unreal out there; it worked awesome for me and I’m happy with third overall. Now we have the off-season to prepare for Supercross next year. We learned a lot this weekend that we can put to use in testing and come out ready next year.”

Metcalfe and the Yoshimura Suzuki team will return for the start of the 2012 AMA Supercross season on Saturday, January 7, 2012, at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.

Monster Energy Cup Open Class Overall Results:

1. Ryan Villopoto
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Brett Metcalfe
4. Martin Davalos
5. Eli Tomac
6. Kyle Chisolm
7. Nick Wey
8. Jimmy Albertson
9. Jake Weimer
10. Mike Alessi

Red Bull/KTM Factory rider Ryan Dungey earned a remarkable 2nd place overall finish at his debut race on the KTM brand at the Monster Energy Cup held at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, NV.

After only two weeks on the new KTM 450 SX-F, Dungey geared up for the inaugural Monster Energy Cup race and went to work to see where he stacked up against the competition on his new bike.

The day started well when he turned the fastest lap time in the final practice session and earned first gate pick in heat number one. Ryan got off to a third place start in his heat behind leader Brett Metcalfe and Eli Tomac. Dungey’s teammate, Marvin Musquin, was sitting in 5th place on his KTM 350 SX-F. This race marked the first U.S. Supercross event for Musquin who was injured before the start of the 2011 Supercross season and unable to make his debut in his first year with the KTM team.

“I am very excited to be at this race,” commented Musquin earlier in the day. “I love Supercross racing and am excited for the 2012 season to start and I feel this race will serve as a great warm-up to the season.”

Musquin went on to finish 5th overall in the heat just one spot shy of qualifying straight to the main event. Dungey passed Tomac for 2nd with two laps to go and began to close the gap and pressure Metcalfe. On the final lap, Dungey moved on the rear wheel of Metcalfe and began to plan his pass. As they came under the tunnel, Metcalfe made a mistake and got sideways which allowed Dungey to get around and take over the lead. With two corners to go, Dungey pushed forward and took the heat win.

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.

Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey was again part of a victorious Team USA that claimed the prestigious Chamberlain Trophy at the Motocross of Nations for the seventh year in a row today.

The 2011 AMA Supercross and Motocross runner-up and former double Champion helped his country to the top step of the podium in a close finish to the 65th edition, run under showery skies and in front of a noisy, passionate and cosmopolitan 68,000 crowd at St Jean D’Angely in France.

Dungey scored second and third in his two motos to win the MX1 class and assist enormously with the points score for the defending Champions. It represented his third appearance in the Stars and Stripes colours and now involves a perfect 100% record. The rutty hard-pack was even more difficult when intermittent heavy showers made the dirt rough and slippery. Conquering the conditions for a landmark achievement was Dungey’s team-mate Brett Metcalfe whose seventh and 10th positions in the MX Open category hoisted Australia onto the podium for the first time ever in the history of the competition.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Only two rounds remain in the 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, and on the heels of a captivating round of competition last weekend, the 450 Class championship remains tight heading into this Saturday’s second to last event of the summer from Steel City Raceway. Current points leader, and Monster Energy Kawasaki rider, Ryan Villopoto, along with Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey, lead the world’s best riders into the Steel City Motocross National on September 3, from Delmont, Pa.

Currently, just eight points separate two of the sport’s rising stars and budding rivals. While Dungey boasts three wins opposed to his counterpart’s pair of victories, it is Villopoto’s impressive consistency and overall podium results at all 10 rounds of the championship this season that have given him the edge heading into the final two weekend’s of action.

At last weekend’s Rockstar Energy Southwick National, Dungey appeared ready to close the gap on Villopoto, dominating en route to the first moto win and putting the pressure on the points leader. However, following an unforeseen problem, Dungey’s bike did not arrive trackside until the gate had already dropped on the second 450 Class moto. As a result, the defending series champion was forced to fight from nearly a full lap behind to salvage as many points as possible. With his challenger’s misfortune, Villopoto rode a smart race, posting 2-4 moto scores to secure second overall. Even with the win out of reach, Dungey put forth arguably the most impressive ride of the entire season to finish seventh in the final moto and claim third overall, ultimately losing just one point to Villopoto in the end.

While the title fight experienced a slight shift, it was Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Brett Metcalfe who stole the spotlight. The eight-year veteran put together a consistent pair of motos in rainy conditions to break through for his first career victory, ending the season-long dominance by Villopoto, Dungey and TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Racing’s Chad Reed.