AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association thanks and congratulates the 31 riders who represented the United States at the 2013 International Six Days Enduro in Sardinia, Italy, Sept. 30-Oct. 5.

The highlight of the U.S. effort was the runner-up finish of the U.S. World Trophy Team of Mike Brown, Kurt Caselli, Thad Duvall, Charlie Mullins, Zach Osborne and Taylor Robert. The second-place overall finish matched the U.S. squad’s best result ever in the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme World Championship event. Robert, who raced the E2 class, was the highest finishing American at the event.

“The ISDE represents the pinnacle of off-road motorcycle competition, and it is one of motorsport’s truly historic events,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “The American riders, their support crew and all contributors to this world-class effort excelled in Sardinia and demonstrated that the United States is prepared to compete among the best off-road racers in the world.”

Amsoil-Arenacross-10-10-12AURORA, Ill. – Feld Motor Sports announced the schedule for the 2014 AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross. The 2014 AMSOIL Arenacross season kicks off on Friday, January 3, with two nights of racing from Worcester, Mass., and the DCU Center. From there, the championship travels throughout the country, across 11 additional states before crowning a 2014 champion. Tickets will be available to the general public on Friday, August 9. Cross Club Members, Inside Dirt Subscribers and past AMSOIL Arenacross ticket purchasers will be able to capitalize on an exclusive opportunity to purchase tickets starting Tuesday, July 30. For more information and to become a Cross Club member for free, visit http://www.arenacross.com/CrossClub/.

The 2014 AMSOIL Arenacross season is highlighted by visits to every time zone in the U.S., from the shores of Massachusetts to the golden state of California. In addition to familiar stops like Baltimore and Tulsa, Okla., the championship will also make its first visits to cities like Nampa, Idaho, and Hidalgo, Texas, as well as some of the country’s most popular tourist destinations like Reno, Nev., Albuquerque, N.M., and Salt Lake City.

2014-THUMB-Kawasaki-KX-6-17-13Kawasaki unveiled today its 2014 KX250F and KX450F to the world. Both bikes have seen some pretty major changes in the last few years, including more adjustability with the motor and suspension fine-tuning. The two flagships motocross bikes return for Kawasaki in 2014 with the KX250F receiving the lion’s share of upgrades for the new model year. Below is a breakdown on each model for 2014.

2014 KAWASAKI KX250F
As Kawasaki notes, no other 250cc motocross bike in the modern four-stroke era has earned more championship titles in AMA Supercross and Motocross than the Kawasaki KX250F. The KX250F features a plug-and-play adjustable ECU, a narrow frame, Separate Function Fork (SFF) fork and slim ergonomics. For 2014, the KX250F also gets a the Launch Control device introduced on the KX450F. The system adjust the ignition timing in first and second gear to help control traction and reduce wheel spin when starting on slippery surfaces. The system is controlled by pushing a button on the left handlebar of the KX250F.

Corona, CA – August 23, 2012 - A broken foot isn’t going to stop factory Husqvarna’s Cory Graffunder from claiming his first championship of 2012. The X Games medalist recently suffered a season-threatening crash at Glen Helen that caused him to sit out the Cahuilla Creek round of the World Off Road Championship Series (WORCS). But the Canadian is going to tough it out this weekend in Montana to claim the AMA West Hare Scrambles number one plate at the Kenda Big Sky XC presented by Klim.

“I had a scary get-off at Glen Helen,” Graffunder recalled. “I had a mid-air collision with another rider and crashed hard and basically smashed the ball of my foot. I had surgery on it a few weeks ago and just got the pins out last week.”

CHINO, CA Yoshimura-backed teams once again showed their dominance and the performance advantage of their Yoshimura products Saturday during the seventh round of AMA Pro Motocross Championship at the Spring Creek National in Millville, MN. The Rockstar Makita Suzuki, Rockstar Energy and Honda Racing teams put their Yoshimura products to work in their conquest at Spring Creek.

Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki showed its true championship-winning colors at Millville. 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.

“Coming in, I didn’t really know what to expect,” said Dungey. “With the mud, it was kind of a weird deal. We got a lot of rain the night before and I didn’t know how the track was going to be. The first two practices were a little sloppy, but in the first moto, I got off to a really good start on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z450. But I wasn’t able to make passes as quickly as I wanted to, and I ended up second. In the second moto, I also got a good start and was in third. Then, I got into second and was able to close up the gap, make the pass for the lead, and get the overall. Obviously, being here at Millville and having the hometown crowd is great; it’s always a treat to be back here because I love the track and the fans are great. I grew up with a lot of people who came out today, so that was an extra bonus. Finally, I’m glad to get another win for the Rockstar Makita Suzuki team – This is a good step in the right direction for the championship.”

Teammate Metcalfe struggled a bit at Spring Creek but still put in a strong performance overall. He got a good start in the first moto but then had to overcome a mid-race get-off in order to finish up in sixth place. In the second moto, his start wasn’t ideal, but he put his head down and rode a smart, aggressive race to pick up a solid top-five finish. Metcalf finished up sixth overall.

“It was a tough day for me, but I felt like my riding was good today,” said Metcalfe. “I got a good start in the first moto. I was up there in fifth and I was trying to get around into fourth, but it was difficult to pass. I was sitting there for a few laps – That sort of cost me because I was searching for a different line and that’s what took me down. I went into the outside in a corner and it was too muddy and I lost the front end. That was a mistake that dropped me back to sixth, and then I was too far behind to make a charge for fifth. But I still felt like overall I rode pretty good. In the second moto, I didn’t get the best of starts, but I was able to make some really good moves in the first couple of laps and I felt aggressive and charged through to fifth. It was a good day for us; the Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 was working awesome for me and everybody on the Suzuki team has been putting in a big effort. I really want to get up there and get top three for these guys.”

American Honda Racing’s Trey Canard made a stellar return to racing, finishing third overall in the 450 class and Honda teammate Ashley Fiolek finished runner-up in the Women’s class in Millville.

Canard made an impressive return to racing after injuring his leg earlier in the year. A rookie in the 450 class, Canard excelled at his Motocross Championship debut. Getting great starts in both motos aboard his Yoshimura-equipped Honda CRF450R, he nabbed fifth in moto one and finished third in moto two for third overall. Teammate Kevin Windham finished 11-10 for 10th overall.

“Man, I am so happy to be on the podium at my first-ever 450-class Motocross event,” said Canard. “It feels awesome to be back racing with everyone. I got good starts in both motos and was third out of the start gate each time. In moto one the heat really got to me, and I dropped a couple of spots during the race. In moto two I maintained third place from start to finish, which I am really happy with. I definitely picked tough weather conditions to make my return to racing. It was so hot out there. Unfortunately, I don’t have the fitness and sheer speed of the lead riders, yet. That will all come, though; give me a few more races to get up to speed.”

In the Women’s class, Fiolek came out on top in moto one and finished runner-up in moto two aboard her Yosh-equipped CRF250R for second overall. Fiolek has an eight-point lead in the championship with three rounds to go.

Team Rockstar Energy Suzuki celebrated a top ten overall finish in Millville. Jason Anderson, who’s been out since the High Point National, returned to racing and carded an impressive 10th-place overall finish in the 250 class. Teammate Martin Davalos finished just behind Anderson with an 11th overall, while Nick Paluzzi and Les Smith finished 18th and 21st, respectively.

In the first moto, Anderson was still trying to get his rhythm back. Although he struggled at the start, he was able to put his head down and pilot his Yoshimura- equipped Rockstar Energy Suzuki RM-Z250 through the field and take a 14th-place finish. In the second moto, Anderson was feeling a bit more comfortable and it showed in his start. After the 30-minute moto concluded, Anderson had taken an 11th-place finish. The combined results handed the Rockstar Energy Suzuki rider a solid, top-10 overall result.

“This was my first weekend back,” said Anderson, “and I felt pretty good. I felt like my speed was better than where I finished. I just need to keep my laps consistent and, also, it was really hot today, so I think that’s what we struggled with a little bit. But now we’ll go home, keep working hard, and come out swinging for Washougal, which is a track I like; the layout is awesome and I like the dirt there. It’s a little bit slick, and that suits me on the Rockstar Energy Suzuki RM-Z250 because I’m good at sliding.”

The Yoshimura-backed team’s next event is the eighth round of the 2011 AMA Pro Motocross Championship on Saturday, July 23rd, at the Washougal National in Washougal, WA. You can meet the Rockstar Makita Suzuki and Rockstar Energy Suzuki riders on Friday, July 22nd, from 6 to 7 PM, at Pro Caliber Motorsports, 10703 NE Fourth Plain Blvd. in Vancouver, WA.

July 18, 2010 – Los Angeles, CA – The countdown is on to the first off-road motorcycle event of ESPN’s X Games. The 2012 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Series presented by Lucas Oil will kick off on Sunday, July 31 at STAPLES Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and off-road racers will find themselves on the biggest stage the sport has seen.

Eric Peronnard has been directly behind the inception and current success of EnduroCross. As an established motorcycle event promoter, Peronnard also has successes such as the U.S. Open of Supercross under his belt. With less than two weeks remaining until the start of X Games 17, he’s a busy guy, but Peronnard had time to answer a few questions on the upcoming “Enduro X” event.

There has been talk of EnduroCross being a part of X Games for a long time now – how many years in the making is this?
Basically the seed was put in the ground six years ago in ’05. At the second (ever) EnduroCross, I invited Tim Reed from the X Games. He was really taken by it. He said, ‘Hey, this is a great sport and it would fit X Games.’ But there was no open space for it at the time.