The four-week stint of amateur racing launched at the Millcreek Spring Championship then headed to sunny Florida for the Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross event. From there the KTM amateur racing truck headed to Texas for the final two events: Oak Hill International GNC and the James Stewart Freestone Spring Championship.
Corona, Calif. – Monster Energy’s Ryan Villopoto raced to his fourth win of the season in the 450SX class in St. Louis, Mo., and gained huge ground in the championship standings. Villopoto cut his points deficit to the leader almost in half, going from 22 points down to 12 points down.
During the red flag restart on Lap 3, Villopoto had his work cut out for him as he started sixth. He didn’t waste any time moving to the front and just after halfway had moved into the lead, eventually winning by 3.3 seconds.
Joining Villopoto on the podium was Monster Energy’s Chad Reed who took home third place in St. Louis. Reed has been consistent throughout the Monster Energy Supercross season and currently sits fifth in the points standings, just one point back of fourth.
Stewart demonstrated tremendous speed and skill as he raced his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 to a solid fourth-place finish as the series visited Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California for the third and final time this year.
The Anaheim 3 Supercross saw Stewart once again claim rights to the fastest qualifying time in the premier 450 class. Despite nursing an injured knee from round one, Stewart has been the fastest qualifier at four of the season’s five events. And in Saturday night’s eight-lap heat race, the Yoshimura Suzuki rider again showed formidable speed, overcoming a poor start and picking his way through the field to finish a promising third.
NEW BERLIN, N.Y. – The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, hosted its annual stop from Central New York on Saturday, with the 10th round of the season from Unadilla. Continuing his dominance of the 450 Class field, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., captured his second career title with two rounds remaining by sweeping the day’s motos for his eighth consecutive victory. In the 250 Class, Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin, of France, broke through for his first career win on U.S. soil.
BTO Sports/Palmetto Suzuki’s Michael Byrne, of Australia, and Team Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., battled for the early lead in the opening 450 Class moto, with Stewart taking the spot on the second lap. However, the following lap, Stewart crashed out of the lead, dropping to the tail end of the field and allowing Byrne to reassume the position. The same lap, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer, of Rupert, Idaho, passed Byrne but went down moments later, unable to finish the race.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Following a two-week break in action, the 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, returns to the track on Saturday, August 11, with its anticipated return to Southwick, Mass., for the Moto-X 338 National.
Legendary Moto-X 338 will provide the most unique challenge of the 2012 season as the lone stop of the Nationals to feature sand, which provides an ever-changing surface sure to keep the world’s best riders at their best. This weekend marks the series’ 34th visit to Southwick, which has been the site of some of the sport’s most memorable moments.
At the championship’s previous stop from Washougal MX Park, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey overcame a stiff challenge from MotoConcepts Suzuki’s Mike Alessi to take his sixth straight overall victory and maintain his dominant hold on the 450 Class point standings. While Dungey’s streaking ways continued for the overall win, his string of moto victories was halted at 10 after a captivating battle with Alessi in the opening moto.
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The world’s best riders are ready to resume the heavily-contested competition for the second half of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. This Saturday, the series reaches the halfway point with its sixth round and annual Independence Day Weekend tradition at the Red Bull RedBud National from Buchanan, Mich.
The famed RedBud facility will host its 38th Lucas Oil Pro Motocross National on Saturday with exclusive network television coverage of the final 450 Class moto on NBC, in addition to extended coverage on both FUEL TV and NBC Sports Network.
At the championship’s previous stop at Budds Creek, in Maryland, on June 16, current 450 Class points leader, and Red Bull KTM rider, Ryan Dungey continued his winning ways. The 2010 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 450 Class Champion swept each moto in his most dominant effort of the summer to extend his winning streak to six motos and secure his third consecutive overall victory.
With his 17th-career win, Dungey extended his championship lead to 54 points, which gives him a full one-race advantage over the field. He is a former winner at RedBud, back in 2010, and also claimed a runner-up finish at the track one year ago giving him a pair of podium results in two career 450 Class starts.
Team Yoshimura Suzuki Racing’s Brett Metcalfe had plenty to celebrate after round three of the 2012 AMA Pro Motocross Championships at the Thunder Valley National in Lakewood on Saturday as team mate James Stewart crashed and failed to score after injuring his wrist.
Metcalfe raced his 2012 Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 to a solid fifth-place overall, which included a podium finish in the first moto, but Stewart crashed while leading the first moto after a lapse of concentration when an individual crossed the track in front of him.
To say that Stewart suffered bad luck would be an understatement of epic proportions: Having won the first four motos of the season, he came into the Colorado event ready to race and he qualified fastest. In the first 450 moto, Stewart got a decent start and charged ahead on his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 to take the lead, but as he attempted to negotiate one of the fastest sections of the course, he unexpectedly encountered a person walking across the track. Immediately distracted, Stewart went down hard and injured his wrist and, hoping to minimise the damage, he did not race the second moto.
WORTHAM, Texas – Freestone Raceway was the site of the second round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, on Saturday with an afternoon full of fiercely-contested competition. Team Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., narrowly swept the day’s motos to claim his second consecutive overall victory in the 450 Class. In the 250 Class, GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac also recorded a pair of moto wins to grab his second career overall victory.
Stewart capitalized on strong starts in the 450 Class, working his way into the lead prior to the conclusion of the opening lap in each moto. Behind him, Red Bull KTM’s Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., asserted himself in both motos, setting his sights on passing Stewart for the lead multiple times.
However, despite being faster than his rival throughout a significant portion of each moto, Dungey was unable to find a way to get past Stewart. The duo was separated by mere bike lengths throughout the combined 34 laps of racing across both motos, but the lead position never changed hands. Regardless, the two former champions provided captivating competition that kept the fans cheering all afternoon long.
“I thought my day went good,” said Stewart, who’s 18th-career win ties him for fourth on the all-time wins list. “It was a tough one, but fun. I got two good starts, made quick passes, and set the tone with a good pace. Ryan rode really well, but I did my own (thing) out front. I knew he’d be there the whole time. I felt like we were even today and if he had gotten out front, he could have done the same thing.”
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.”
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (May 14, 2012) – MX Sports Pro Racing and the National Promoters’ Group (NPG) announce the 2012 Amateur Days schedule that will run in conjunction with the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. Amateur racing has long been the core of motocross in America, featuring the future stars of Lucas Oil Motocross and offering fans over the years a rare chance to catch a glimpse of future stars like Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart, Ryan Villopoto, Trey Canard and many more.
Whether it’s fulfilling the thrill of competition or simply enjoying a ride on the sport’s premier racetracks, motocross enthusiasts from all over the country can get their fix. In some cases, the same hallowed ground that will host the sport’s biggest names will be open to the public.
“Motocross is a family sport and the Amateur Day Program emphasizes that,” said MX Sports President Davey Coombs. “On any given weekend, hundreds of young riders and their families come to the track together and, more often that not, compete together simply out of love for the sport, and also a chance to be a part of the big show.”
The 2012 Amateur Day schedule will begin on Thursday, May 17, during the opening weekend of the season at the FMF Hangtown Motocross Classic in Sacramento. From there, amateurs from all over the country will have the one-of-a-kind chance to ride the same track as the Lucas Oil Motocross athletes during a National weekend for the remaining 11 rounds of the season.
The 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will commence this weekend, kicking off on May 19 with the legendary FMF Hangtown Motocross Classic.
Tickets for all 12 rounds of the 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship can be found at www.allisports.com.