Buffalo, NY: The 31st annual Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at the Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee came to a close with Team Dunlop riders earning eight championship titles over the five days of racing. Original Team Dunlop member Adam Cianciarulo had an incredible week, riding undefeated in both Super Mini 1 and Super Mini 2 classes to clinch two more Super Mini championships. Cianciarulo ends his mini career with a whopping 11 total Loretta Lynn titles, and he also earned the 2012 AMA Youth award. Jordan Baily likewise had a very successful week, wrapping up two championships in 85 (9-11) Modified with 1-1-2 finishes and 85 (9-11) Stock with 2-1-1 finishes.

Other Elite Team Dunlop members to leave the prestigious amateur national as crowned champions include Ryder DiFrancesco sweeping the 51 (4-6) AMA 1 Stock class with 1-1-1 finishes, Pierce Brown in the 65 (7-9) Stock class with 1-1-1 finishes, Carson Mumford grabbing 1-1-2 finishes in the 65 (7-11) Modified class and Brandy Richards in the Girls (12-15) class with 2-2-1 finishes.

Irvine, Calif. – Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett commanded his fourth overall win of the 2012 AMA Pro Motocross Championship at Moto-X 338 in Southwick, Mass., with an exciting late-race pass to steal the win with a 3-1 moto result. Baggett battled through erratic weather, a challenging track, and a field of hungry competitors to extend his point lead and keep the red plates on his KX™250F for the ninth-consecutive round.

In the 450 class, teammate Broc Tickle rode skillfully throughout the day to earn his second podium of the season, landing in third place with a 6-4 result. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Tyla Rattray grabbed the second moto win, his first moto win in the 450 class, but problems in the first moto saw him finish fifth overall with a 20-1 result.  Teammate Jake Weimer showed speed all day, but a few mistakes would leave him finishing 18th with a 13-19 moto result.

Hurricane Mills, Tenn. – As the penultimate day of racing comes to a close in the 2012 Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by Amsoil, 24 National Champions were crowned and several others received top honors in their respective classes. In addition to leaving the Loretta Lynn Ranch with a coveted National Championship, riders who topped their class also went home with a Specialized p.series bike, and of course, the Red Bull Sword championship trophy.

Almost all of the day’s race action was noteworthy for one reason or another, but arguably the best racing of the day came from Yamaha’s Cooper Webb and Honda’s Shane Mcelrath in the 250 B Stock final. Heading into Moto 3 the two riders were tied with one race-win apiece, and after a hard fought battle to the end, it was North Carolina’s Webb who claimed the class championship over a very tenacious Mcelrath. Both riders have a shot at winning another title tomorrow in the second half of the moto finales.

With a heavy lineup of front-runners in the Junior 25+ class, the final moto was highly anticipated and spectators from all ends of the ranch lined the fences to watch The-Greatest-of-All-Time Ricky Carmichael grab his tenth Amateur National Championship title. It wasn’t without a little bit of pressure by 8-Time Amateur National Champion Robbie Reynard, who clinched the eighth title in the Vet 35+ class earlier in the day. Reynard caught and passed Carmichael on the opening lap of the 25+ Moto 3, where he led the G.O.A.T for a couple laps before fading back a bit, ultimately finishing eight seconds behind for second. Mike Sleeter put in a notable ride to finish third in the race and fourth overall, just behind Andrew Matusek in third.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, will celebrate Independence Day Weekend with its sixth round tomorrow, July 7, at the Red Bull RedBud National. Legendary RedBud USA, in Buchanan, Mich., will host the world’s best riders as the series reaches the halfway point with coverage set to kick off at 1 p.m. Eastern.

First moto coverage of both the 450 and 250 Classes can be seen live on FUEL TV at 1 p.m. Eastern. Both motos can also be seen live online at AlliSports.com.

Live second moto coverage of the 250 Class will kick off at 4 p.m. Eastern, with an exclusive broadcast on NBC Sports Network.

SACRAMENTO, California – Red Bull/KTM rider Taddy Blazusiak claimed his fist win of the 2012 AMA EnduroCross Series at the second round of the circuit held at Power Balance Pavilion. His teammate, Factory FMF/KTM rider Mike Brown, also put in a good ride to secure 5th overall for the night.

In his heat race, from an inside gate, Blazusiak jumped out front quickly to take the holeshot. Blazusiak led all six laps of his heat race to easily transfer to the main event.

Brown also had a great start to his heat taking the early lead after the first corner. Unfortunately, Brown suffered a crash on the second lap but was able to recover without losing the lead. He continued to pull ahead until a small mistake on the next lap cost him the lead. He was able to hang on to 2nd place to take the final transfer spot to the main event.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is pleased to announce that 2012 International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) fund-raising shirts are now available for purchase.

Proceeds from the shirts support the U.S. effort in the ISDE in Saxony, Germany, Sept. 24-29. To buy a shirt, just visit the AMA’s online store at AmericanMotorcyclist.com > ISDE Team Info > Buy An Official T-Shirt.

Antti Kallonen, who is managing the U.S. ISDE team with assistance from Robert Pearce, said that plans are coming together nicely for the 2012 effort.

“With a number of pieces in place, this year’s ISDE program is being built on a strong foundation,” Kallonen said. “Funding and planning are going well, and we have a number of exciting prospects for the World and Junior World Trophy Teams this year. From the club teams to the riders racing for the world title, we intend to field a strong, competitive effort across the board in 2012.

Morgantown, W. Va. - After seven years of battle with the world’s fastest off-road motorcycle champions-ranging from Australia to New Zealand, the UK, and Finland-Charlie Mullins finally brought home the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Title in 2012. But after becoming the first American-born GNCC champion since 2004, the 25-year-old finds himself facing the pressure to defend against a rising tide of young off-road racers just about to step into their prime. The battle starts next Tuesday, March 13, with the Moose Racing Westgate River Ranch GNCC opener.

Mullins hopes to become the first repeat GNCC Champion since 2008, but he’ll find stiff competition among two young, Ohio based FMF/KTM teammates. Kailub Russell, the two-time XC2 Lites Champion, logged a strong rookie XC1 campaign last year which included a win. The 22-year-old Russell will race on his familiar 350 XC-F, while Cory Buttrick, 21, a race-winner in 2010, will be aboard a 450 like Mullins. The time is now for Russell and Buttrick, who like Mullins grew up racing the GNCC Youth Series, to step into title contention.

But the GNCC veterans are not ready to move over. Paul Whibley finished a close second to Mullins in the final ’12 standings with four race-wins and a strong push at the end of the season. The 2009 GNCC Champion, Whibley is back under the Am-Pro Yamaha Racing tent once again, and the New Zealand native only gets faster with each season. No one outworks Whibley, and he hopes to carry his momentum over from the end of last season for yet another chance at the title.

Morgantown, W. Va. – Racer Productions is pleased to announce the 2012 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series dates. America’s largest off-road racing series will once again kick off its 13-round schedule in Florida, coinciding with Daytona Bike Week, March 10-13, and wrapping up at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. November 3 and 4 for a unique fall finale-consisting of motorcycle racing on Saturday and ATV racing on Sunday.

“In order to avoid scheduling over top the historical ISDE in September, we have pushed the final round into November again, running the bikes on Saturday so they can also participate in the National Enduro finale,” said Trail Boss Jeff Russell. “As a former ISDE competitor and National Enduro champion, nobody understands the importance of these events more than myself,” said Trail Boss Jeff Russell.

Next year’s schedule brings back several racer-favorite venues that will run in their usual time slots, with the addition of a few brand new locations for 2012. Snowshoe Mountain will play host to America’s toughest off-road race once again on June 23 and 24 in Snowshoe, W. Va., which traditionally serves as a mini vacation for GNCC Racing families amongst the mountain’s spectacular amenities.

“We’ve listened to feedback from the GNCC community and decided to add fresh venues to the circuit next year. While all 13 locations have not been officially finalized, we’re confident that these changes will add an element of excitement for both racers and fans,” added Russell.

The GNCC task force is working hard to finalize the last couple locations for 2012 and they will be announced before the GNCC Awards Banquet in December. In the meantime, it’s important to release race dates in order to plan for next season.

The 2011 GNCC Champions and top ten class finishers will be honored at this year’s GNCC Awards Banquet December 2 and 3 in Morgantown, W. Va. at the Waterfront Place Hotel and Convention Center. The top 10 ATV/UTV racers in each class will receive awards on Friday, December 2 and the bikes will celebrate on Saturday, December 3. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. each night and advanced reservations are required. For more information on the banquet or to reserve a room at the Waterfront Place Hotel, please visit the 2011 Awards Banquet Page.

2012 GNCC Schedule Dates

Rd 1 March 10-13

Rd 2 March 17-18

Rd 3 March 31-April 1

Rd 4 April 14-15

Rd 5 April 28-29

Rd 6 May 12-13

Rd 7 May 26-27

Rd 8 June 23-24

Rd 9 July 7-8

Rd 10 September 15-16

Rd 11 October 6-7

Rd 12 October 20-21

Rd 13 November 3-4

Banquet November 30-December 1

About GNCC Racing

The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country series is America’s premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1979, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross-country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The grueling three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 1,500 riders through tracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. Riders compete for more than $3 million in prize money, which draws talent from all over the U.S., Europe, Australia and New Zealand. GNCC Racing is televised and airs every week on the Versus Network. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.

Irvine, CA (November 9, 2011) – The first-ever KTM EnduroCross Experience took place at the Ontario, California round of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross series, presented by Lucas Oil and it was a big hit. Riders got to ride the track on Friday night and get extensive advice and riding tips from Mike Brown and Taddy Blazusiak. KTM will host this great experience again at next week’s Las Vegas round. The first 20 KTM riders to enter the amateur classes will receive a FREE one hour riding session courtesy of KTM on Friday, November 18th.

Bob Theobald was one of the lucky riders that participated in the Ontario, California KTM EnduroCross Experience and he had this to say “This was an amazing event. From the expert level riders to the average vet rider such as myself, we all learned how to ride better.” He then added, “If you have never raced an EnduroCross and have it on your bucket list, or you have raced it and want to get better, then the KTM EnduroCross Rider Experience is a must do.

You can read more about Bob’s view on the KTM EnduroCross Experience at this link.

There are still a few openings for the Las Vegas event and you can find out more at www.EnduroCross.com and then follow the links to register for the race and then click the KTM EnduroCross Experience button. You do need to be entered in one of the amateur classes to be eligible.

Like all EnduroCross events, you can count on a lot of activity at the Orleans Arena all day on Saturday, November 19th. The pits are open free all day to meet the top riders and check out their bikes up close. The arena is also open for free during the daytime qualifiers that start on Saturday morning as well as for the Expert practice and Hot Laps that take place during the midafternoon.

Tickets are available at http://www.orleansarena.com/event-calendar/endurocross and www.EnduroCross.com.

2011 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Schedule

Location Date Arena / Additional Information
Los Angeles, CA July 31, 2011 Staples Center     (Expert only during X-Games)
Everett, WA August 13, 2011 Comcast Arena
Indianapolis, IN August 26, 2011 Pepsi Coliseum    (Friday during MotoGP weekend)
Ontario, CA September 17, 2011 Citizens Business Bank Arena
Denver, CO October 1, 2011 National Western Complex
Boise, ID October 22, 2011 Idaho Center
Las Vegas, NV November 19, 2011 Orleans Arena      (Double Main event)

EnduroCross tracks incorporate various elements of extreme off road racing into a supercross-style setting, including rocks, boulders, logs, sand, mud, a waterhole…and even a few special obstacles like giant tires thrown in!  Known as the “toughest racing on two wheels,” this indoor off road racing will certainly keep you on your feet. Don’t miss your chance to see GEICO AMA EnduroCross “Live”. ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will combine to telecast 25 hours of live X Games 17 competition, which will include Enduro X. For the six remaining EnduroCross events, be sure to log-on to www.motorsportshour.com for local air dates/times for the Lucas Motorsports Hour on the Versus network.

Corona, CA - At the Ironman GNCC in Crawfordsville, Indiana, the newest member of the Fred Andrews Racing (FAR) Husqvarna team – Andrew Delong – recorded a podium finish in the XC2 class. Meanwhile, Jason Thomas continued to forge ahead, this time racing to a sixth-place finish despite a broken hand!

FAR Husqvarna has added Delong to the team for the remainder of the 2012 season. The 21-year-old National Enduro regular only had two days on the bike before the Ironman GNCC, and still managed to pilot his TXC250 to a third-place finish.

Despite getting off to a “bad start,” Delong made his way into third place by the end of the opening lap. He was pushing for more throughout the race but still ended up in a strong third place for the day.

Jason Thomas injured his hand on Tuesday while out testing with Andrew. The X-rays revealed a broken bone, but nonetheless, Thomas announced that he was racing – broken hand and all. Luck was still not on his side as he had a terrible first lap which left him struggling to overcome a time deficit for the rest of the race.

“The track was the best one this year and I pushed hard today, but I’m so mad,” Thomas lamented. “I was climbing one of the big hills and a spectator was sitting on the hill with a cooler. I had to change my line into a tree not to hit her! I lost so much time on lap one. That cost me for the day. My hand was hurting but I can handle pain.”

“I am so proud of Andrew and Jason today,” Fred Andrews said. “Jason always gives me 110% – he raced with a broken hand! Andrew rode awesome today and FAR Husqvarna is excited to add him to the team.”

Thomas managed to finish in sixth – within seconds of fifth-place. The next – and final – stop on the GNCC circuit is Loretta Lynn Ranch, where the FAR Husqvarna team will be racing on both Friday the 4th and Sunday the 6th of November. Thomas now sits third in the XC2 standings, one point out of second, but with two rounds remaining in the championship, anything can happen!