Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart raced his RM-Z450 to victory in both 450 motos to take the overall win in round one of the AMA Motocross Championship at Hangtown in Sacramento, California at the weekend.

In his inaugural race on the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 – and returning to the series after four years absence – Stewart was nothing short of flawless: The first moto saw him get a great start and take the lead on the first lap and from there, he slowly but surely created a gap and led all laps to take the win. In the second moto, Stewart got shuffled around a bit on the start but quickly made short shrift of the competition. Taking the lead, he rode a calculated, efficient race and again gapped the field while remaining in his comfort zone. Anything but victory was simply out of the question.

“I couldn’t ask for anything better,” said Stewart. “The Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 was really fast and consistent. In the first moto I got a great start and I was in the lead on the first lap. I rode my own race, and got a good gap and was able to win that one. In the second moto, I had to work for it. I had to come around some guys, then I was able to stay there and keep the pace. As the day went on, the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 was just better and better and better. I have to give it up to the team for all their hard work. I don’t want to get over-confident, but to start off like this – knowing this is one of my worst tracks – and know we can keep building, makes it so good.”

If you are a race fan, KTM and FMF have the perfect fan package for you. KTM and FMF have again partnered together with MX Sports Pro Racing to bring KTM Motocross fans the ultimate viewing experience – The “KTM/FMF Motocross Fan Experience”. The first of the three events was a huge success at the opening round at Hangtown and there are still tickets available for the remaining events, Unadilla and Steel City.

The KTM/FMF Motocross Fan Experience, which sold out at three venues last year, is a KTM exclusive trackside seating area and all-day VIP access offered to KTM fans and owners. The remaining event dates are the Unadilla event on August 13th and Steel City on September 3rd. Tickets are now available for purchase.

With each ticket purchase fans will receive:

-          Race day admission pass

-          All-day pit access pass

-          Catered lunch

-          Access to KTM exclusive trackside seating area with Live Timing Screens

-          Special Autograph Signing with KTM Factory Riders

-          Post-race Track Walk with Explanation of the various elements of the racetrack led by Red Bull/KTM Team Coordinator Casey Lytle

-          KTM/FMF event t-shirt

A package of this type typically runs for over a $200 value. KTM has partnered with MX Sports to subsidize the tickets for KTM fans and owners and will be offering tickets for only $85.00. If you are interested in tickets, please contact KTM at motocross@ktmusa.com.

See you at the races!

MT. MORRIS, Pa. – A massive crowd lined the hillsides surrounding High Point Raceway on Saturday, as the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship hosted its third round of the 2011 season. The Rockstar Energy High Point National marked the first East Coast stop of the summer and after two challenging motos, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., took his first win of the season. In the 250 Class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett, of Grand Terrace, Calif., captured his second win in three races, sweeping both motos.

Coming into the weekend, Villopoto had garnered back-to-back third-place results through the first two rounds. He started the day off at High Point with a dominating performance in the opening moto, finishing in the top spot for the first time in 2011, over eight seconds ahead of Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn.

Just prior to the start of Moto 2, a rain shower moved through the area, leaving a muddy track for the riders to compete on. Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi, of Victorville, Calif., grabbed the early lead, only to crash and hand the position to TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Racing’s Chad Reed, of Australia.

From there, Reed, the current championship points leader and winner of the previous two rounds, maintained the position to collect his fourth moto win of 2011. Villopoto followed in second to secure the overall, while Dungey’s third-place finish in the moto landed him in the runner-up spot for the day. Reed (5-1) rounded out the overall podium in third.

“It’s nice to get my first win in a long time,” said Villopoto, who’s only previous victory in the class came in his 450 division debut in 2009. “I didn’t feel good at Hangtown, but I felt good at Texas – I just didn’t have it. We had a weekend off and the team did a lot of testing. Now, I can ride my bike the way I need to ride it. I showed that in the first moto, but obviously the second moto was a little different with the mud. I just tried to get a good start and ride decent. The track got better, but it also got slippery. We had to be cautious the whole moto. Now, we’ll go to Budds Creek, and I’m happy to be where we’re at (in the championship).”

Villopoto gained six points on Reed in the 450 Class standings, and now sits 15 points out of the lead.

After an impressive performance to open the 250 Class season with a win at Hangtown, Baggett showed even more dominance at High Point. The second-year rider completed the first lap of Moto 1 in ninth, and worked his way through the field for the remainder of the 30-minute race. On Lap 13, he took over the lead from Eleven 10 Mods Honda’s Darryn Durham, of Butler, Pa., and carried it through to the finish.

In Moto 2, Baggett capitalized on a good start to grab the top spot early. On Lap 6, he crashed, handing the lead to his teammate Tyla Rattray, of South Africa, and dropping to third. Despite his misfortune, Baggett refused to settle, fighting his way back into the lead with just three laps remaining to finish the day with perfect 1-1 moto scores.

“In the first moto I had my work cut out for me,” said Baggett. “I waited until halfway and put on a late charge. In the second moto, it was muddy, and I had a brain fade and just went down. After that, I just went for it. I didn’t know what Tyla (Rattray) had done in the first moto, so I just knew that a 1-1 would win. We actually had a battle there for a while, but I ended up getting around him. I’m looking forward to next weekend.”

Rattray (3-2) followed in second, for his third straight podium finish of the season, while GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac, of Cortez, Colo., finished third (6-3). By virtue of his finish, Rattray now moves into the 250 Class points lead, two points ahead of his teammate, Dean Wilson, of Scotland.

The Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship continues next weekend with Round 4 of the 2011 season. Budds Creek MX Park, in Mechanicsville, Md., will host the MotoTees Budds Creek National on Saturday, June 18, beginning at 1 p.m. EST.

Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship
Rockstar Energy High Point National
High Point Raceway – Mt. Morris, Pa.
June 11, 2011
Round 3 of 12

450 Class (Moto Finish)

  1. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki (1-2)
  2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki (2-3)
  3. Chad Reed, Australia, Honda (5-1)
  4. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM (4-4)
  5. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha (3-9)
  6. Kevin Windham, Baton Rouge, La., Honda (6-5)
  7. Tommy Hahn, Great Bend, Kan., Yamaha (10-7)
  8. Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Suzuki (8-10)
  9. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki (7-11)
  10. Nick Wey, Dewitt, Mich., Yamaha (14-8)

450 Class Championship Standings

  1. Chad Reed, Australia, Honda – 138
  2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki – 123
  3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki – 111
  4. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha – 104
  5. Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Suzuki – 88
  6. Kevin Windham, Baton Rouge, La., Honda – 76
  7. Ricky Dietrich, Snohomish, Wash., Yamaha – 72
  8. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki – 68
  9. Tommy Hahn, Great Bend, Kan., Yamaha – 65
  10. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda – 59

250 Class (Moto Finish)

  1. Blake Baggett, Redlands, Calif., Kawasaki (1-1)
  2. Tyla Rattray, South Africa, Kawasaki (3-2)
  3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda (6-3)
  4. Dean Wilson, Scotland, Kawasaki (2-8)
  5. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Kawasaki (10-4)
  6. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda (8-7)
  7. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda (11-5)
  8. Kyle Cunningham, Irving, Texas, Yamaha (5-11)
  9. Darryn Durham, Butler, Pa., Honda (4-14)
  10. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (13-6)

250 Class Championship Standings

  1. Tyla Rattray, South Africa, Kawasaki – 127
  2. Dean Wilson, Scotland, Kawasaki – 125
  3. Blake Baggett, Redlands, Calif., Kawasaki – 116
  4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda – 104
  5. Kyle Cunningham, Irving, Texas, Yamaha – 90
  6. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda – 79
  7. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda – 68
  8. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Kawasaki – 67
  9. Gareth Swanepoel, South Africa, Yamaha – 61
  10. Martin Davalos, Ecuador, Suzuki – 53

Tickets for the 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship are on sale at www.allisports.com, Special discounts and incentives are available for advance ticket purchasers.

For more information on the 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, please log on to www.allisports.com/motocross.

GoPro recently released footage of the season opener for the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross at Hangtown in Prairie City, CA. Watch highlights of all popular MX athletes, including exclusive GoPro helmet cam footage from Kyle Chisholm, Darryn Durham and Michael Byrne as they battle for glory.

GoPro is stoked to be onboard for its second year as the official supporter of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship.

GoPro says its attendance at the track will be stronger than ever, as several riders will be sporting the pocket-sized HD HERO cameras on their helmets at any given round, while several of GoPro’s professional shooters capture one-of-a-kind perspectives as the world’s best motocross riders go bar-to-bar throughout the summer.

Check out the video below:

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. – The 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship kicked-off on Saturday with the 43rd Annual Rockstar Energy Hangtown National. For the second consecutive year, TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Racing’s Chad Reed, of Australia, grabbed the overall victory in the premier 450 Class after a strong 2-1 moto effort. In the 250 Class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett, of Grand Terrace, Calif., secured his first career motocross win with 2-1 moto scores.

The opening moto of the 2011 season was dominated by defending 450 Class Champion Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., and the Rockstar/Makita Suzuki rider was looking for the moto sweep to start his title defense on a strong note. As the gates dropped on the final moto, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., took the early lead and a three-rider battle for the top spot ensued between he, Dungey and Reed.

As the race neared the halfway point, Dungey worked his way past Villopoto after pressuring him for several laps and Reed soon followed. Just a few minutes later, Reed made the winning pass on Dungey and slowly began to pull away. Dungey saved himself for one final push at the tail end of the moto, but couldn’t find a way past the 2009 champion.

“I’m a little surprised,” said Reed. “I tested the last two weeks and it’s gone well. Normally, this track is always hard, choppy and one lined. We came back this weekend and it was a completely different track than we were expecting. I had a lot of fun today. It was a great racetrack. I got two good starts, (ran) up front and I fought for it. I’m a little surprised how comfortable I was with the track and bike. We’ve had only a little time to work on the bike.”

“I had a week of outdoor testing and that helped us out,” said Dungey. “I felt good today. Coming into the weekend, we had a couple weeks of testing and got a good base setting. I just wanted to get things started, see where were at and move forward. I was trying to bulldog it in the second moto and Chad (Reed) got by me. I got behind him and saw some different lines. It took me a while to get back up there. I made one last attempt, but I’m happy with that result. I made a hard attempt to get by and was riding on the ragged edge, so I decided to back it down. It’s a long season.”

Dungey’s 1-2 moto results landed him in the runner-up spot overall, while Villopoto finished his first motocross race since the Hangtown round in 2009 with the final spot on the podium (3-3).

The battle for a vacant 250 Class title was a showcase for two of the sport’s rising stars. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson, of Scotland, rode to a strong opening-moto win and put himself in position for the overall in Moto 2. However, Baggett, who rode to an impressive come-from-behind second-place effort in the first moto, took charge, moving up from a start outside to top five to take the Moto 2 victory after a late pass on teammate Tyla Rattray, of South Africa.

“I knew I had done all the training during the week and it was good to come out and see how I was,” said Baggett. “I like outdoors better than supercross because you have to be creative and keep moving around. I was just patient in the second moto. I knew I had to let the race come to me. I just took my time and waited to see where I was. I got around (Dean) Wilson and just kept trying to move forward. I put my head down and looked for lines and ultimately passed (Tyla) Rattray in the same spot I passed Wilson.”

While battling with Baggett, Wilson crashed, dropping from second to third in the moto. He maintained his position to post 1-3 moto finishes and land second on the overall podium. Rattray’s strong Moto 2 performance garnered him third overall (5-2).

In addition to the season premiere of both men’s classes, the Motorcylce-Superstore.com Women’s Motocross Championship began its 2011 season. Reigning champion Jessica Patterson, of Tallahassee, Fla., dominated both of the day’s motos on her DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing Yamaha, sweeping both motos en route to the overall win. American Honda’s Ashley Fiolek, of St. Augustine, Fla., finished second (2-2) while World Motocross Championship competitor and Red Bull KTM rider Steffi Laier finished third (3-3) in a guest appearance on U.S. soil.

The 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship continues next week, with round two from Freestone Raceway in Wortham, Texas and the Rockstar Energy Freestone National on Saturday, May 28.

Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship
Rockstar Energy Hangtown National
Prairie City SVRA – Rancho Cordova, Calif.
May 21, 2011
Round 1 of 12

450 Class (Moto Finish)

  1. Chad Reed, Australia, Honda (2-1)
  2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki (1-2)
  3. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki (3-3)
  4. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda (6-4)
  5. Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Honda (5-5)
  6. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Honda (4-7)
  7. Tommy Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Yamaha (8-8)
  8. Christophe Pourcel, France, Yamaha (7-11)
  9. Ricky Dietrich, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha (11-9)
  10. Christian Craig, Hemet, Calif., Honda (14-10)

450 Class Championship Standings

  1. Chad Reed, Australia, Honda – 47
  2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki – 47
  3. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki – 40
  4. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda – 33
  5. Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Honda – 32
  6. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Honda – 32
  7. Tommy Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Yamaha – 26
  8. Christophe Pourcel, France, Yamaha – 24
  9. Ricky Dietrich, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha – 22
  10. Christian Craig, Hemet, Calif., Honda – 18
  11. Michael Byrne, Dade City, Fla., Suzuki – 18

250 Class (Moto Finish)

  1. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki (2-1)
  2. Dean Wilson, Scotland, Kawasaki (1-3)
  3. Tyla Rattray, South Africa, Kawasaki (5-2)
  4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda (3-4)
  5. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (4-6)
  6. Gareth Swanepoel, South Africa, Yamaha (9-5)
  7. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha (8-8)
  8. Darryn Durham, Butler, Pa., Honda (10-9)
  9. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha (11-5)
  10. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda (7-13)

250 Class Championship Standings

  1. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki – 47
  2. Dean Wilson, Scotland, Kawasaki – 45
  3. Tyla Rattray, South Africa, Kawasaki – 38
  4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda – 38
  5. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 33
  6. Gareth Swanepoel, South Africa, Yamaha – 28
  7. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha – 26
  8. Darryn Durham, Butler, Pa., Honda – 23
  9. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha – 22
  10. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda – 22

WMX Class (Moto Finish)

  1. Jessica Patterson, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha (1-1)
  2. Ashley Fiolek, St. Augustine, Fla., Honda (2-2)
  3. Steffi Laier, Germany, KTM (3-3)
  4. Tarah Gieger, Puerto Rico., Honda (4-7)
  5. Jacqueline Strong, Sedona, Ariz., KTM (7-5)
  6. Tatum Sik, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha (8-6)
  7. Mariana Balbi, Brazil, Yamaha (13-4)
  8. Kasie Creson, Byron, Calif., Honda (10-8)
  9. Sayaka Kaneshiro, Japan, Suzuki (9-10)
  10. Elizabeth Bash, Riverside, Calif., KTM (14-9)

WMX Class Standings

  1. Jessica Patterson, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha – 50
  2. Ashley Fiolek, St. Augustine, Fla., Honda – 44
  3. Steffi Laier, Germany, KTM – 40
  4. Tarah Gieger, Puerto Rico., Honda – 32
  5. Jacqueline Strong, Sedona, Ariz., KTM – 30
  6. Tatum Sik, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha – 28
  7. Mariana Balbi, Brazil, Yamaha – 26
  8. Kasie Creson, Byron, Calif., Honda – 24
  9. Sayaka Kaneshiro, Japan, Suzuki – 23
  10. Elizabeth Bash, Riverside, Calif., KTM – 19

Tickets for the 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship are on sale at www.allisports.com, Special discounts and incentives are available for advance ticket purchasers.

For more information on the 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, please log on to www.allisports.com/motocross.

Torrance, CA: The Honda Red Riders took on round one of the 2011 AMA Pro Motocross Championship and WMA Women’s Motocross Championship over the weekend at the Hangtown Motocross National held in Sacramento, CA, and Honda newcomer Chad Reed dominated the 450 Class, taking the overall victory on his Honda CRF450R.

With American Honda Racing’s Trey Canard and Josh Grant unable to compete at the opening round due to injuries they sustained during the Supercross season, veteran Honda racer Kevin Windham made his return to the factory Honda squad aboard an American Honda Racing-prepared CRF450R. Making a strong impression at his Motocross season debut with the team, Windham catapulted out of the start gate in moto one, grabbing the holeshot and maintaining the lead for six laps—much to the delight of the crowd. As the race went on, Windham relinquished several spots before finishing moto one in sixth position. The likeable Honda racer made up a few spots in moto two, finishing in fourth place to earn fourth overall.

“I had very little time to prepare for outdoors because I was off the bike while I waited for some internal bleeding to stop after my crash at the final race of the Supercross season,” said Windham. “However, I feel like today went really well and I’m happy with fourth overall. We came out here pretty much still a work in progress and just gave it our all. I’m happy about getting the holeshot in the first moto and that I held it for six laps. I know I have the bike to win and pretty soon I’ll get the legs to be able to hold onto the lead.”

Reed put in a dominating performance aboard his TwoTwo Motorsports factory-Honda-prepared CRF450R, finishing runner-up in the opening moto and taking the moto two win for the overall opening round victory. “I had so much fun out there today,” said Reed. “The last time I was really good outdoors and won the title I had this same feeling. I really want to thank American Honda for their support and for giving me a factory race bike. I plan to ride the wheels off this thing all season long and do my best to win the championship.”

In the 250 Class Championship, defending Hangtown event champ Eli Tomac raced his GEICO Honda CRF250R to third in moto one and secured fourth spot in moto two for fourth overall. Teammate Justin Barcia charged hard after getting a midpack start in moto one to finish the opening race in sixth place. Barcia blitzed the moto two start, grabbing the holeshot. Unfortunately, he crashed out of the race while leading, which gave him 13th place for the weekend. Honda privateer Darryn Durham went 10-9 for eighth overall, while Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda’s Cole Seely went 7-13 to finish 10th overall.

In the Women’s Motocross Championship, American Honda Racing’s Ashley Fiolek grabbed great starts with her Honda CRF250R in both motos and finished each race in the runner-up spot for second overall. Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda’s Tarah Gieger went 4-7 for fourth overall, while fellow Honda rider Kasie Creson finished eighth overall.

250 Class Overall Results

1. Blake Baggett 2-1

2. Dean Wilson 1-3

3. Tyla Rattray 5-2

4. Eli Tomac (Honda) 3-4

5. Marvin Musquin 4-6

6. Gareth Swanepoel 9-5

7. Kyle Cunningham 8-8

8. Darryn Durham (Honda) 10-9

9. Broc Tickle 13-7

10. Cole Seely (Honda) 7-13


250 Class Championship Points (after 1 of 13 rounds)

1. Blake Baggett 47

2. Dean Wilson 45

3. Tyla Rattray 38

4. Eli Tomac 38

5. Marvin Musquin 33

6. Gareth Swanepoel 28

7. Kyle Cunningham 26

8. Darryn Durham 23

9. Broc Tickle 22

10. Cole Seely 22

 

450 Class Overall Results

1. Chad Reed (Honda) 2-1

2. Ryan Dungey 1-2

3. Ryan Villopoto 3-3

4. Kevin Windham (Honda) 6-4

5. Brett Metcalfe 5-5

6. Davi Millsaps 4-7

7. Tommy Hahn 8-8

8. Christophe Pourcel 7-11

9. Ricky Dietrich 11-9

10. Christian Craig (Honda) 14-10

 

450 Class Championship Points (after 1 of 13 rounds)

1. Chad Reed 47

2. Ryan Dungey 47

3. Ryan Villopoto 40

4. Kevin Windham 33

5. Brett Metcalfe 32

6. Davi Millsaps 32

7. Tommy Hahn 26

8. Christophe Pourcel 24

9. Ricky Dietrich 22

10. Christian Craig 18

 

WMA Overall Results

1. Jessica Patterson 1-1

2. Ashley Fiolek (Honda) 2-2

3. Stephanie Laier 3-3

4. Tarah Gieger (Honda) 4-7

5. Jacqueline Strong 7-5

6. Tatum Sik 8-6

7. Mariana Balbi 13-4

8. Kasie Creson (Honda) 10-8

9. Sayaka Kaneshiro 9-10

10. Elizabeth Bash 14-9

 

WMA Championship Points (after round 1 of 8)

1. Jessica Patterson 50

2. Ashley Fiolek 44

3. Stephanie Laier 40

4. Tarah Gieger 32

5. Jacqueline Strong 30

6. Tatum Sik 28

7. Mariana Balbi 26

8. Kasie Creson 24

9. Sayaka Kaneshiro 23

10. Elizabeth Bash 19

Lucas Oil-backed Colton Haaker is one of the top riders competing in the AMA GEICO EnduroCross series, presented by E3 Sparkplugs. The northern California native was a top Trials competitor before shifting his focus to EnduroCross.

He moved to SoCal this year to get more riding time in at the motocross tracks and he even qualified for two AMA MX Nationals; once on the 250 at Hangtown and then on a 450 at Washougal. But all of that time on the MX tracks hasn’t taken away from his trials skills. The video link below highlights some of the amazing skills that Colton has developed with his unique background in motocross, trials, and more recently, EnduroCross.