PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association is pleased to announce the U.S. riders who will contest the 87th International Six Days Enduro. Led by the World Trophy Team of Russell Bobbitt, Mike Brown, Kurt Caselli, Robert Garrison, Charlie Mullins and Taylor Robert, a contingent of 31 U.S. riders will face the best off-road racers from other countries in Saxony, Germany, Sept. 24-29.

“The ISDE represents the pinnacle of world off-road competition, and winning this prestigious event has long been an American dream,” said AMA Off-Road Manager Chuck Weir. “For 2012, we have taken our program to an entirely new level, and we’re going to Germany with one goal in mind: making that dream a reality and standing on the
top of the box this September.”

The ISDE effort this year is managed by Antti Kallonen, who guides KTM North America’s off-road racing teams in U.S.-based series.

“I’m very excited about this year’s Trophy Team,” said Kallonen, whose own professional racing career included competition in the FIM Motocross World Championship. “We
were able to assemble a very fast team. We have a few new riders on the team and  they have proved their speed in our national series. And with manufacturers on
board, all the riders have full support behind them, so they can focus only on racing. This year’s Six Days will have some of the stiffest competition we have seen in
years, but with our team, we have good chance to be on top.”

Clement Desalle took his factory Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1 RM-Z450 to second position at Guadalajara for the first ever Grand Prix of Mexico on Sunday.

The fourth round of 16 in the FIM Motocross World Championship was played out in 30 degree temperatures and across a track that was tricky through the mixture of loose terrain and hard-pack. Some 25,000 spectators turned out at the Nico España circuit and were able to see Desalle engage in two fantastic MX1 motos where he fought repeatedly for the lead and was denied the top step of the podium by just one point.

Desalle and team-mate Tanel Leok were both initially sceptical of the racing surface on Saturday and the dusty conditions and both decided to abstain from competing in the Qualification heat, which meant they entered the gate 14th and 18th respectively. The track was extensively watered throughout Saturday night and also Sunday morning and was a rough and gnarly prospect for the two 35 minute and two lap motos.

May 18, 2011 – Glen Helen Raceway, CA – Zach Osborne won the coveted Moates Cup at the U.S. Grand Prix for the second year in a row. Established last year to celebrate America’s return to the FIM Motocross World Championship GP schedule as well as commemorating 30th anniversary of Marty Moates becoming the first American to win the USGP, the Moates Cup is presented to the “Top American” finisher on the day. Making the deal even slicker is a big check, literally as well as figuratively, for $5,000 presented by Lucas Oil.

“It was a game-time decision,” said Osborne after crashing in Saturday’s qualifiers. “I was in a lot of pain, but X-rays showed that my wrist wasn’t broken, so I decided to go for it.” Making things even tougher for the Bike-It Cosworth Yamaha rider were the muddy conditions, compounded by tangling with another rider in the second turn and crashing right onto his injured wrist! “The Moates Cup was on my mind the whole race and it helped me ride through the pain,” added Zach. He battled through the pack and the sloppy track conditions from last place up to 9th in the first moto.

With the imminent launch of the 2011 FIM Motocross World Championship at Sevlievo and the Grand Prix of Bulgaria this weekend, Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1 took a pause out of their busy schedule for some downtime.

Clement Desalle and Steve Ramon swapped the open expanses of a motocross circuit for the confines of a disused factory in their native Belgium to discuss their hopes and expectations for the fifteen-round series, and also have a little fun on their works RM-Z450 Suzukis!

Check out the movie of the team featuring Desalle and Ramon.