Irvine, Calif. – Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto completed a perfect 2011 season as he earned both the AMA Supercross Championship and the AMA Motocross Championship. With Villopoto’s second-place overall finish at Pala Raceway, he captured his first 450-class motocross championship. Combined with Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson 250 championship, Kawasaki swept both AMA Motocross titles in 2011. While the championship was wrapped up at Round 11, Wilson’s teammates Tyla Rattray and Blake Baggett secured second and third overall in the standings with 2-3 and 3-5 moto finishes, respectively. Broc Tickle salvaged 11th overall after a tough Moto 1, but impressive second moto to finish 19-6 on the day. Villopoto’s teammate Jake Weimer had a day of ups and downs and finished ninth overall with a 10-12.

Consistency
After a successful supercross season, Villopoto was challenged to could come out and make it a double championship year with the AMA Motocross championship. He started the season riding with the flu, but still managed to make the podium week in and week out. It is said championships are won with consistency and Villopoto never finished off the podium in all twelve rounds.

“I didn’t start the season how I wanted,” said Villopoto. “I was getting over the flu and didn’t have a lot of energy the first round. Then things started to pick up when I got my first win. I just wanted to be there every weekend for a shot at the championship. It feels great to back up my supercross season and hopefully we can come out and do it again next year.”

Undefeated at Pala
The AMA Motocross Championship tour has only seen the riders grace Pala Raceway track since 2010 and after the fourth moto in the 250 class was complete, Wilson remained undefeated at the track. He claimed two outstanding moto wins in 2010 and put together another pair of moto wins to cap off his championship season.

“Winning the title felt amazing and now I was able to win the last race with my mom and dad around,” said Wilson. “They’ve supported me so much and it is really special to have them at the race. Next year I would love to back it up and I think the team has my back to do it again.”

Second In Series
With the championship already secured, Rattray was ready to maintain his second place in the series standings. In the first moto, Rattray grabbed a great start, filing in behind his teammate Wilson and held his ground to finish third. The next moto wasn’t as easy with a tough start pushing him back to 11th. He pushed steadily towards the front and eventually finished fifth in the moto and fourth overall.

“It would have been nice to win, but closing out the season second the standings isn’t bad,” said Rattray. “My teammates are tough and the track seemed to fit them (Wilson and Baggett) better. I am happy to finish the season healthy and ready for motocross of nations.”

Five-Time Winner
Baggett showed speed all day and in the first moto he finished just behind his teammate for second place. The second moto didn’t start how he wanted in ninth, but worked his way into third to finish second overall on the day.

“I really wanted to win the final race,” said Baggett. “I won a lot of races, but wasn’t able to secure the championship. This is truly my first full season in the motocross series and I learned a lot. I am so lucky to have a great team behind me. I hope next year I can use what I learned and be a little closer to the championship.”

Never Giving Up
Weimer continued to show his starting skills with two great starts at Pala Raceway. In the first moto, he started third, but went down on the third lap and was pushed back outside the top 10. He pushed his way up and finished 10th. The second moto had him up front at the first turn, but he crashed on the opening lap. Weimer came around in 35th on the first lap and never gave up, finishing the moto 12th for ninth overall.

“Today was tough and I saw the ground a few more times than I would like,” said Weimer. “Overall I was able to salvage ninth and get sixth in the points. For my first season on the 450, I think everyone was very supportive and I am looking forward to building off this season for next year.”

Not Holding Back
Once again, Tickle’s results showcased his determination and never-give-up attitude. In the first moto, Tickle went down on the start straight, pushing him back to 39th on the opening lap. He utilized the 30 minutes plus two laps to make his way up to an impressive 19th. The second moto he made his start stick and eventually moved up to sixth for 11th overall.

“Bad luck seemed to find me a little too often this season, but when I was able to race up front, it was good,” said Tickle. “The season turned out decent with all things considered and I am looking forward to making the step up to the 450 class.”

KX Proof
The Kawasaki KX250F and KX450F had already been successful in supercross, and now the motorcycles have claimed both championships in the AMA Motocross series. The KX250F never left the top step of the overall podium and the 2012 KX450F made its first appearance with a 1-1 victory.

“We have great motorcycles to work with and the proof showed throughout the season,” said Mike Fisher, Monster Energy Kawasaki team manager. “I am very proud of all the riders that put in 100 percent every weekend.”

Motocross of Nations
Baggett and Villopoto will be making the trip to France for the 2011 Motocross of Nations trying to help Team USA claim another victory. Teammates will turn into rivals, as Rattray will be assisting South Africa and Wilson helping Great Britain. The race will take place September 18.

Factory FMF/KTM rider Charlie Mullins earned his third win of the season at the tenth round of the Grand National Cross Country Series held at Unadilla Raceway in New Berlin, NY, and more importantly, put his KTM back on top of the XC1 point standings.

Rain earlier in the week had caused major flooding on certain portions of the course which caused the track officials to shorten the loop to 9 miles. The course averaged 20 minute lap times which made GNCC history when riders completed nine laps in the 3-hour race marking the most laps ever completed at a GNCC event.

Mullins got off to a great start rounding the first turn in 2nd position. He was followed closely by his FMF/KTM teammates Kailub Russell and Cory Buttrick. Mullins was able to get around holeshot winner Paul Whibley and was then passed by Buttrick and Josh Strang. Shortly into the first lap, Buttrick and Strang came together when Strang went for a double jump and landed on Buttrick. Both riders went down. The crash ended Buttrick’s race as he was sent to the hospital with a concussion while Strang sat sidelined in the pits for three laps before his bike was repaired. The incident left Mullins and Russell up front to battle for the lead.

Morgantown, W. Va. (September 6, 2011) – The 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series returns to racing this weekend, September 10 and 11, after a short summer break in the schedule. Unadilla Valley Sports Center will play host to round 10 of the series; a pivotal point in the 13-round tour as championships begin to take form and every point makes a difference.

An intense battle is unfolding for the XC1 bike championship between two of this year’s most dominant riders, FMF Makita Suzuki’s Josh Strang and FMF KTM’s Charlie Mullins. After seven rounds of action, only fourteen points separate the two front-runners and each rider will be looking for a clutch win at Unadilla this weekend.

New York native Nathan Kanney will also be competing in his home state for a podium position amongst some of the fastest riders in off-road racing. Kanney currently sits fourth in the point standings, finishing as high as second place in the XC1 class this year.

In the XC2 division, Steward Baylor Jr. holds a 31-point lead over F.A.R Husqvarna’s Jason Thomas after seven rounds of racing. Andrew DeLong and Jesse Robinson currently sit only one point apart for the third position, and just eleven points away from the second spot of Jason Thomas.

In addition to a panel of youth classes available on both the ATV and bike schedule, the Unadilla GNCC also offers “Pee Wee” classes to kids ages (4-6). This event is uniquely co-sanctioned with the Western New York Offroad Association (WNYOA), featuring several young racers from the Western New York area who are competing for points in their local series in addition to earning points at a national GNCC event.

ATVs will compete throughout the day on Saturday, September 10, with 50cc youth classes beginning at 2 p.m., and dirt bikes will race all day Sunday, September 11. Local riders are invited to race the event as well, as GNCC racing offers classes for riders of all skill and experience levels. The amateur racer entry fee is $40 and riders can sign up at the track.

Spectator passes run $15 for the full weekend, with pro pit access and pro autographs at no additional charge. On both Saturday and Sunday, youth riders race at 8 a.m., beginner riders race at 10 a.m., and the top amateurs and the pros race at 1 p.m.

For more information and directions to the event, please visit http://www.gnccracing.com..

PICKERINGTON, Ohio – The United States is gearing up for a full-blown assault on the 2011 FIM Motocross of Nations, Sept. 17-18, at Saint D’Angely, France, with the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) finalizing the team structure and partners coming on board to support a first-class world championship effort.

The team, announced on Aug. 13, includes Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto and Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett. Dungey will race the MX1 class, which features 450cc four-stroke machinery. Villopoto will race the open class. Baggett will compete in the MX2 class, which features 250cc four-stroke motorcycles.

Roger DeCoster, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team manager and Motorcycle Hall of Famer, will manage the team in its hunt for a record 22nd Motocross of Nations Championship.

“This is an awesome team,” DeCoster said. “The two Ryans are quite dominant. What else can you say about them?

“As for Baggett, he is putting in a lot of strong rides in the 250cc class, and he’s getting stronger as the season comes to an end,” said DeCoster. “What’s really important is that he is a guy who can come from behind. It’s tough to get a good start in the Motocross of Nations on a 250cc bike, because they race on the track with the 450cc bikes, and you have to be able to come through the pack a lot. We need a rider who can do that, and Blake can.”

AMA Director of Supercross and AMA Pro Racing Relations Kevin Crowther said that it’s nice to return to the Motocross of Nations with another superb team.

“We couldn’t be happier with the U.S. national team this year,” Crowther said. “Villopoto is leading an extremely tight 450cc points race in the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship. Dungey is the returning overall champion from the 2010 Motocross of Nations, where he led the U.S. National team to its record 21st victory. And Baggett is lighting up the 250cc outdoors class, where he is the top-ranked U.S. rider. We are bringing a lot of talent to France this September, and not just on the track, but off it as well.”

Crowther said that the off-track talent includes several companies that have stepped up to support the U.S. Motocross of Nations program this year.

“As in previous years, Feld Motor Sports, which promotes the Monster Energy AMA Supercross and FIM World Championship, Fox Racing and the Asterisk Mobile Medical Center continue to support the Motocross of Nations effort in a big way,” Crowther said. “In addition, we owe a big measure of gratitude to MX Sports Pro Racing, which promotes the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, for their help and support as well. Of course, we also have to recognize the contributions of the riders’ teams — Monster Energy Kawasaki, Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki and Rockstar Makita Suzuki.”

Dungey has competed most recently at the Motocross of Nations, racing for the winning U.S. team in Italy in 2009 and Lakewood, Colo., in 2010. He said that teamwork will be key to success in France.

“This is a really good team with Ryan Villopoto and Blake Baggett,” Dungey said. “To go with that, we have a great group of people behind us. We all know how to work together, and we’re building a great partnership — that’s what it takes to do well at this event.

“It’s not about winning individual honor here,” he added. “It’s about winning as a team, and we’re all going to help each other out, whether it’s advice we can give or whatever. One man can’t win it. All three of us have to do our job. With this being Blake’s first time, if I can help him in any way, I will, and I know Villopoto will as well.”

Villopoto, who last competed on the U.S. team in 2008 when he won with James Stewart and Tim Ferry, said that he’s thrilled to be back and part of a particularly talented U.S. national team. Villopoto also was a member of the 2006 and 2007 winning teams.

“I’m really happy to be back on the team after being injured the past two years,” Villopoto said. “It was hard to watch and not be able to have the chance to race the event. As long as we all go out there and ride how we’ve been riding this season, I think we have a great shot at winning.”

Baggett says that he’s looking forward to the new experience of competing at the Motocross of Nations.

“For sure, I think this will be a cool experience against a bunch of guys I’ve never raced against before,” Baggett said. “The GPs are a little unfamiliar to me, and well as who is fast over there, so it will be exciting as a new experience. Also, racing the 250s on the track with the 450s should be fun. Hopefully we can impress quite a few people and bring the trophy home to the USA.”

As for the track, which also hosted the Motocross of Nations in 2000 when the United States won with Ricky Carmichael, Ryan Hughes and Travis Pastrana, DeCoster described it as a “typical” Grand Prix track.

“There are some elevation changes,” he said. “It’s pretty wide. It’s a bit on the side of a hill. The club there does a good job. It’s a well-organized track. The club puts a lot into it, so it should be a great time.”

The Motocross of Nations is one of the most high-profile motorsport events in the world. It features national teams competing for a combined score to determine the overall championship-winning country. The event emerged in post-war Europe in 1947 and has run uninterrupted since that time.

The United States is the all-time leader in Motocross of Nations overall victories with 21. Great Britain is second with 16.

CORONA, CA (August 29, 2011) – The most aggressive of Husqvarna’s 2012 line of off-road motorcycles, the TC250 and TC449, are the embodiment of Husqvarna’s race technology. Under BMW ownership, the Italian manufacturer has drawn motor inspiration from its parent company’s rich racing background in designing the latest generation motocross/GP racers. The result is another significant step forward in design –further evidence of Husqvarna’s passionate dedication to competition and the pursuit of reclaiming its place as a leader in two-wheel technology.

Not forgotten is the grassroots 125cc two-stroke class. It is still alive, and though the rules may have changed, the fun-factor remains unmatched. In the dedicated spirit of mixing gas, Husqvarna has returned for 2012 armed with the mighty CR125! Taking it a step further in performance and versatility, the 2012 CR125 comes equipped with a 144 top-end kit complete with piston and cylinder.

It’s been 30 years since the inception of the two most successful institutions in amateur motocross racing– Kawasaki’s Team Green program and the Loretta Lynn’s Amateur National Motocross Championships.

With the 30th year of racing being celebrated next week at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Tennessee, Kawasaki decided to take a look back at what has made Team Green and the Loretta Lynn’s Amateur National Motocross Championship a winning combination.

Check out this video Kawasaki put together:

PASO ROBLES, CA – American Beta is releasing the 2012 Beta Dual Sport RS model line up with a complete range being offered for 2012 including 350, 450, and 520 versions.

The RS model range has been designed for the USA market with all three models being 50-state street legal. These premium dual sporters include our famous twin cam 4 stroke powerplant that incorporates a heavier flywheel for chugging power to tackle the tough stuff while the twin cam and short stroke allows amazing over-rev for the faster-paced conditions.

Corona, CA – Off-road racing legend Larry Roeseler is now back in the saddle with Husqvarna, the motorcycle brand that’s as iconic as he is. The 10-time SCORE Baja 1000 winner may be racing trucks these days, but he still spends plenty of time on riding and racing motorcycles, and now when he does it will be on a Husky!

With 10 SCORE Baja 1000 wins and 10 ISDE gold medals under his belt, Larry Roeseler is one of the most revered figures in off-road. He spent a good portion of his career on Husqvarnas, and the Italian manufacturer is now thrilled to welcome him back to the family. With the support of Paul Lima of GP Cycles in San Diego, “LR” recently received his new motorcycles, and in only a few weeks time, he’s already back to racing Baja on a Husky!

“The first place I rode my TXC511 was in Baja at the Mexican 1000,” Roeseler commented. “The 511 ran great the whole time. A thousand miles later, I came back home, changed the oil and put some fresh tires on it and went to a local GP where I almost lapped the field. So far this bike’s been awesome, and it’s the buzz of the pits wherever I go. People are just amazed by the features and the innovative design of the bikes and I have a lot of people coming up to me asking questions.”

“I’m really excited to be a part of Husqvarna again,” Roeseler continued. “They’ve been a big part of my race career. Now they’re not just in my past but in my future, too.”

“It’s great having a rider of Larry’s caliber represent us,” said Husqvarna National Marketing Manager Corey Eastman. “He’s exactly the kind of guy you want out at the races talking to people about the bikes. He’s excited about where Husqvarna is headed, and so are we, so we’re happy to support his motorcycle riding and racing.”

Kawasaki recently introduced its new 2012 KX450F to the media at Red Bud Track and Trail in Buchanon, Mich. The bike features a new launch control system and a number of other updates from the previous version.

The new 2012 KX450F definitely has big shoes to fill considering the 2011 model was the Supercross Championship-winning bike.

A number of dirt bike journalists took the new KX through its paces at the Red Bud Track. Check out all of the new features as they talk about the new bike in the video below to get their take on the new KX450F.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio –A key federal agency can’t enforce a ban on the sale of kids’ dirtbikes and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) under language inserted into a federal government funding measure in Congress, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports.

On June 16, Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) got language inserted into the House Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill for the next fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1, that prevents the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) from using money to enforce lead-content limits on kids’ off-highway vehicles (OHVs).

The limits are contained in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008, which is known as the lead law.

The CPSIA bans the making, importing, distributing or selling of any product intended for children 12 and under that contains more than a specified amount of lead in any accessible part. It also requires all children’s products to undergo periodic testing by independent laboratories approved by the CPSC, which is responsible for implementing the law.

Kid-sized dirtbikes and ATVs contain amounts of lead that exceed the parts-per-million levels allowed under the CPSIA.

The CPSC has delayed enforcing key portions of the law until after the end of the year. Unless the CPSIA is changed by then, the sale of child-sized dirtbikes and ATVs will effectively be banned.

The Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill provides annual funding for several key federal government agencies, including the CPSC. If the full House eventually adopts the language, then it still needs to clear the Senate before the bill goes to the president to be signed into law.

“While the original legislation was intended to keep kids safe from lead content in toys, the overreaching enforcement wound up putting them at risk by forcing them to use larger, more dangerous machines that are intended only for adults,” said Rehberg, who is a member of the House Appropriations Committee.

“While I’m working on a permanent fix to get rid of this dangerous regulation, my appropriations language will buy more time,” he said.

Rehberg was referring to H.R. 412, the Kids Just Want to Ride Act, which he introduced to exempt kids’ OHVs from the lead-content restrictions of the CPSIA.

Rob Dingman, AMA president and CEO, thanked Rehberg for his efforts.

“This language is an important step in efforts to lift the ban on the sale of kid-sized dirtbikes and ATVs imposed by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008,” Dingman said. “America’s young riders need to be able to ride appropriately sized machines to help them stay safe. If those machines aren’t available, then they may ride bigger machines that may be difficult for them to control.

“Small businesses that sell small off-highway vehicles also suffer under the CPSIA,” he said. “For the safety of children, and for the health of small businesses, the AMA strongly urges the adoption of this language.”

To urge your federal lawmakers to support the Rehberg language in the House Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill, and to support H.R. 412, the Kids Just Want to Ride Act, go to http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/rights/issueslegislation.