Maria-Action-KTM-Retirement-10-21-13Murrieta, CA – Factory FMF/KTM off-road racer Maria Forsberg announced today that she will retire from racing at the end of the 2013 season.

Forsberg, the most-winningest off-road female racer, has had a remarkable career. Over the past 10 years racing for KTM, she has collected 9 National Championships and 3 X-Games Gold Medals.

Forsberg started her racing career in the WORCS Series where she went on to earn 4 Championships in the Women’s class before moving to the east-coast based GNCC Series. She found equal success at the new series eventually putting together a perfect season to win her third championship in 2012 undefeated in the Women’s class. Last weekend, she wrapped up her fourth consecutive championship in the series one round early. On top of her WORCS and GNCC success, she is also a 2-time ISDE Gold Medalist, 3-time X-Games Women’s EnduroX Gold Medalist and the reigning AMA EnduroCross Women’s class Champion.

Maria-Forsberg-GNCC-10-15-13MEDFORD, OR – The penultimate round of the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series hosted another impressive group of racers (1400 strong) this weekend at the Powerline Park GNCC in St. Clairsville, Ohio. Even with the massive number of participants, support riders Maria Forsberg and Andrew DeLong once again found their way to the top of their respective podiums.

Forsberg started out the morning race with another outstanding finish taking the AM race overall victory and the Women’s Class win but the best part of her day was that she also clinched the 2013 GNCC Women’s Class Championship in the process. Obviously, Maria was happy to repeat her championship and wanted to thank both her family and sponsors.

Kailub-Russell-GNCC-Win-9-23-13Foxburg, PA – Factory FMF/KTM rider Kailub Russell took his fifth consecutive win of the season in the GNCC XC1 class and strengthened his points lead in the series while his teammate Maria Forsberg won her seventh race of the year in the GNCC Women’s class at the eleventh round of the GNCC Series, dubbed “The Gusher.”

Track conditions were muddy from the three inches of rain received the night before the event and Forsberg got the worst of it as she lined up for the morning race. She jumped off to a decent start and quickly worked her way up front and into the lead. She led every lap of the morning race, continuously putting time on the rest of the riders. When the checkered flag flew she easily coasted to a victory by a margin of 9 minutes and 10 seconds over the next closest female competitor. Her time was also decent enough to give her the overall for the day out of all morning classes.

Geico-Endurocross-New-4-10-13Irvine, CA (April 22, 2013) – Taddy Blazusiak, the current GEICO AMA EnduroCross champion had to overcome a poor qualifying heat race and an extremely slippery track to win the first ever Global X Games Enduro X event, which was held in Foz Do Iquacu, Brazil. Cody Webb, runner up in the 2012 GEICO EnduroCross Championship showed that he is capable of challenging Blazusiak and leading when he washed out the front end to give up the lead. In fact, Webb and Blazusiak exchanged the lead several times in the first few laps. Webb recovered to finish second ahead of the UK’s David Knight, the multi time World Enduro and GNCC Champion, making it three nationalities on the podium.

“I don’t know how it looks on TV but I have never ridden something as hard as this track,” Blazusiak said after the finals. “It’s so slick … I’m super stoked on first place. I gave it all I had and I’m so pumped.”

MURRIETA, Calif. – The Factory FMF/KTM Offroad Racing Team, known as the most successful offroad racing team in the motorcycle industry, is excited to announce its rider line-up for the 2013 season.

The seven-rider team will feature reigning AMA National Enduro Champion Steward Baylor; former GNCC XC1 and National Enduro Champion Charlie Mullins; 2-time GNCC XC2 Lites Champion Kailub Russell; reigning AMA National Hare & Hound Champion Kurt Caselli; reigning WORCS Pro 2 Champion Ivan Ramirez; former 125cc Motocross National and WORCS Champion and reigning X-Games EnduroX Gold Medalist Mike Brown; and multi-time GNCC Women’s Champion and X-Games Women’s Gold Medalist Maria Forsberg.

Baylor, a former GNCC XC2 Champion, will debut aboard his KTM 250 XC two-stroke machine in his first full season in the GNCC XC1 class. He will contest the title against his teammates Charlie Mullins, Kailub Russell and the rest of the talented field. Baylor will also return to the AMA National Enduro Series to defend his 2012 title which he earned in his first-ever full-time season in the series.

Irvine, CA (July 10, 2012) – The 2012 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Championship already includes a five round series for women. Those five rounds were strategically selected to avoid conflicts with other major race series and allow all of the top female riders to compete for the championship. Due to popular demand from both riders and fans, a women’s class will be added to the three events that did not already include it; Ontario, California, Denver, Colorado and Everett Washington. They will be non-points awarding events but will allow female riders to compete in their own class. Ten participants are necessary for a separate race, just like the other classes.

“The spectators have really embraced the women’s class and the riders have really stepped up their skills” stated Eric Peronnard, the creator of EnduroCross. “We had several riders and fans asking if we would have the women’s class at the remaining rounds so we decided to add the class to the three events that were not already planned”.

After three of the five points awarding events, Maria Forsberg is currently leading with 81 points followed by Louise Forsley at 76, Chantelle Bykerk at 64, Kacy Martinez at 55 and Rachel Gutish at 44.

Morgantown, W. Va. (July 3, 2012) – Defending Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series Champion and current Women’s class points leader Maria Forsberg won her second consecutive gold medal in Women’s Moto X Enduro X on Sunday at X Games Los Angeles. GNCC Women’s class competitor Rachel Gutish also grabbed sixth place in her first-ever X Games appearance.

Factory FMF/KTM’s Forsberg started off behind Louise Forsley and Tarah Gieger amidst some carnage and confusion early on. After bouncing back from a few of her own troubles, Forsberg was able to make her way to the front and hold on for the win.

“It’s way harder this year,” Forsberg said. “All the girls have gone home and done their homework and they’re way, way faster, which makes for a good race. I’m pumped for everyone and I’m pumped to be here.”

Masontown, WV – Factory FMF/KTM rider Kailub Russell earned 2nd overall at the seventh round of the GNCC Series after an all day battle for the lead.

Russell had a bad jump off the line but quickly made up time and was able to complete the first lap in 3rd place. His teammate, Charlie Mullins, had a better start and was sitting in 2nd position behind KTM support rider Rory Mead after the first lap. The three KTM riders battled out front with Mead holding down the lead for the first two laps.

When Mead had to pit on the start of lap three, Russell inherited the lead. Unfortunately, he suffered a crash after sliding out in a tight right-hand corner at the end of the pit row and passed the lead to Mullins. The reigning champion raced on while Russell recovered and found himself back in 2nd place. A lap later, Mullins suffered a mechanical problem that caused him to DNF the race. This handed the lead back to Russell briefly before Paul Whibley was able to make a pass to takeover the number one spot.

Russell and Whibley rode wheel to wheel through the remaining laps of the race. On the final lap, Russell tried every move he had in order to get around Whibley and ended up making a mistake that caused him to go off course and lose time. He recovered to finish the race in 2nd place. Now seven rounds into the series he sits 5 points down from Whibley in the overall series point standings.

Springville, IN – Factory FMF/KTM rider Kailub Russell collected his fourth win of the season at the sixth round of the GNCC Series at the series newest Indiana venue.

Russell earned a mid-pack start behind his teammate, Charlie Mullins, who rounded the first lap in 2nd place. Russell quickly moved through the pack and soon found himself battling with Mullins for the lead. The two riders quickly pulled from the rest of the pack while swapping for the lead through the first half of the race.

On the fourth lap while battling for the lead, Mullins encountered a mechanical issue at the farthest point of the 10.5 mile course. His team rushed to him in order to provide assistance. He eventually received the help he needed but found himself one lap down and in 13th place when he reentered the course. With two laps left to make up positions, he set to work. He eventually made up two more positions and finished 11th overall for the day.

Meanwhile, Russell began to pull a larger lead over the XC1 class as each lap progressed. At the end of the 7 lap race he finished over a minute ahead of the 2nd place ride of Paul Whibley. Russell’s win moved him up in the overall point standings. Now six rounds into the series, he is tied for the championship points lead with Whibley.

KTM XC2 rider Steward Baylor suffered his first loss of the series. After working his KTM to the front of the pack from a bad start he suffered a mechanical issue while leading that cost him a lap. He eventually returned to the racing action and was able to salvage a 10th place result. Baylor still maintains a comfortable lead in the series point standings.

Factory FMF/KTM rider Maria Forsberg dominated the Women’s GNCC class once again. She walked away with her sixth win of the series to remain undefeated in the Women’s class. “It feels great to get another win,” remarked Forsberg. “The goal is to go undefeated in the women’s class and also capture the overall win the in the morning class. The team is behind me 100% and I believe both goals are within reach.”

Union, SC – Factory FMF/KTM rider Maria Forsberg captured her fourth win in the Women’s GNCC class to remain undefeated in the series at the fourth round of the GNCC Series dubbed the Big Buck GNCC.

Forsberg got a great start and led every lap of the competition to claim her fourth victory. Her margin of victory was an impressive five minutes and fifty-one seconds. Forsberg also landed on the overall podium for the second race in a row.

“My goal this year is to overall the morning class,” remarked Forsberg. “I came close at the third round just missing it by four seconds and today I got third. I am hoping a can make it happen at the next round.”

Next Event: Park City, KY – April 29, 2012

Overall Results Women’s Class
1.    Maria Forsberg
2.    Ashley Copeland
3.    Hannah Otto
4.    Emily Raines
5.    Leeann Bange
6.    Rebecca Sheets
7.    Jordon Milbauer
8.    Rachel Gutish
9.    Allie Spurgeon
10.    Samantha Steiner
11.    Mandi Mastin
12.    Samantha Fisher
13.    Dawn Silvia
14.    Sarah Baldwin

Overall Points Women’s Class
1.    Maria Forsberg – 80
2.    Hannah Otto – 71
3.    Leeann Bange – 61