TULSA, Okla. – It was a memorable night for AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross, on Saturday as Ricky Carmichael, five time Monster Energy Supercross Champion, was on hand inside the BOK Center, in Tulsa, Okla., to watch a captivating night of action won by Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by Maxxis teammates Tyler Bowers, in the Arenacross Class, and Tyler Villopoto in the Arenacross Lites Class. Carmichael made his first AMSOIL Arenacross appearance of the 2013 season at the fourth stop of the championship, serving as the guest of honor for the sport’s first visit to Tulsa since the 2011 season.

Carmichael began his day by taking to the track alongside the stars of AMSOIL Arenacross in practice, laying down some hot laps and getting a sense of the highly technical abilities of these riders. After spending the afternoon in the pits with the riders and team personnel, Carmichael welcomed fans at the pre-race Monster Energy Track Party, signing autographs and taking pictures for those who attended. A little later, he brought the crowd to its feet when he officially welcomed Tulsa fans to the all new AMSOIL Arenacross with a lap around the track during opening ceremonies. After assisting with some broadcast duties during the races, Carmichael joined the riders at the post-race autograph session, thanking fans for their support of AMSOIL Arenacross.

The world’s best professional and amateur motocross racers flocked to Las Vegas as the second annual Monster Energy Cup invaded Sam Boyd Stadium on Saturday night. While amateur racers vied for bragging rights as Monster Energy Cup Champion in either the Supermini or Amateur-All Star class, the professionals had their eyes on winning the Monster Million in what has become one of the most lucrative races in supercross and motocross racing history.

Supermini riders, Amateur All-Star riders, and the pros in the Cup Class would go to battle in their respective classes on a hybrid supercross/motocross track designed by Monster athlete Ricky Carmichael. Supermini and Amateur All-Star riders would race two motos each, and the best-combined finisher in each class would be crowned Monster Energy Cup Champion for that respective class. The pros in the Cup Class would duke it out in three motos. The pro with the best overall finish after all three motos would be crowned the 2012 Monster Energy Cup Champion and would take home a hefty purse, but would have to win all three motos in order to take home the coveted Monster Million.

Irvine, Calif. (October 1, 2012) – At the 66th Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations, Team USA worked through the treacherous sand of Lommel, Belgium, to finish on the podium in third place. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett, representing Team USA for the second-consecutive year, finished with a 14-6 moto score to secure second-overall in the MX2 classification.

Baggett and Team USA arrived in Belgium knowing the sand track would serve as an equalizer for the international field. He started off with a fairly eventless qualifying race on Saturday where he raced to third place. Baggett’s third was the best finish for Team USA in qualifying, leading them to seventh overall gate pick for Sunday. The first of three motos saw the MX2 and MX1 class face off. Baggett got off the gate smooth, but was quickly pushed back by the larger MX1 bikes. Baggett immediately went to work to make his way forward, but lost his front end on lap three and crashed. Undeterred, he began to once again make his way towards the front from outside the top-20. He progressively made his way through the field and finished in 14th position.

TORRANCE, CA: The 14th Annual Sand Sport Super Show has fluctuated in size with the economy and is excited to announce another increase in industry demand to be part of the show.  The Sand Sports Super Show will be taking over the Orange County Fair & Event Center Friday September 14 through Sunday September 16th.  “There is a positive vibe as I talk to companies about this years show,” said Shawn Parker.  “I am ecstatic to see the market coming back and companies that haven’t been able to display in a couple years joining us again!”

Big news includes Can-Am unveiling their brand new UTV Friday September 14th at 6 p.m.  Can-Am has joined as a primary sponsor and will have a large display behind building 10.  Chaparral Motorsports will take up all of building 16 which will now be named the Chaparral Pavilion.  Half will be packed with accessories and gear and the other half lined with Yamaha, Kawasaki, Can-Am and Polaris OEM vehicles.

Dunlop would like to congratulate Team Dunlop alumni Justin Barcia and Blake Baggett for being selected to represent the U.S.A. at the 2012 FIM Motocross of Nations in Lommel, Belgium. On September 30, the Dunlop-sponsored team will join Team Manager Roger DeCoster and team captain Ryan Dungey as they work towards a record 23rd Motocross of Nations Championship for the United States. Barcia will compete in the open class aboard his Honda CRF450R, while Baggett will contest in the MX2 class aboard his Kawasaki KXF250.

In the 2012 Supercross Lites East series, Barcia dominated the competition, maintaining his points lead throughout the entire nine rounds to clinch his second championship title. He won six races including Arlington, Atlanta, St. Louis, Daytona, Toronto and finally Las Vegas where he also won in the East/West Shootout. Baggett has also had a successful year, being the current points leader in the 250 class of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. His consistency has paid off, making his way to the podium at eight of the nine rounds completed.

Irvine, Calif. – Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett commanded his fourth overall win of the 2012 AMA Pro Motocross Championship at Moto-X 338 in Southwick, Mass., with an exciting late-race pass to steal the win with a 3-1 moto result. Baggett battled through erratic weather, a challenging track, and a field of hungry competitors to extend his point lead and keep the red plates on his KX™250F for the ninth-consecutive round.

In the 450 class, teammate Broc Tickle rode skillfully throughout the day to earn his second podium of the season, landing in third place with a 6-4 result. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Tyla Rattray grabbed the second moto win, his first moto win in the 450 class, but problems in the first moto saw him finish fifth overall with a 20-1 result.  Teammate Jake Weimer showed speed all day, but a few mistakes would leave him finishing 18th with a 13-19 moto result.

Irvine, Calif. – Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert took his fourth win of the season at Round 7 of the 2012 World Off Road Championship Series (WORCS) at On the Edge Raceway in Central, Utah, with a 1-2 moto result. The win extended Robert’s points lead to 41 with only three rounds remaining in the season. Although Bobby Garrison was riding with a shoulder injury, he managed to solider through the pain to finish sixth overall with a 6-6 result. Justin Soulé was unable to compete due to a shoulder injury he sustained a couple weeks ago.

Edging Out the Competition
With a 24-point lead in the championship standings, Robert knew he was the man to beat coming into Utah. On Saturday, Robert got a great start aboard his KX™450F and managed to exit the first turn with the lead. He continued to put distance on the rest of the field with each passing lap and by the halfway-point he had extended his lead by more than one minute. On Sunday, the dead-engine start left Robert in last place coming around the first turn, but he battled throughout the 90-minute moto to finish second. The 1-2 moto result earned Robert his fourth overall win of the season and extended his points lead to 41.

“Saturday went really well,” said Robert. “I got a pretty good start on my Kawasaki. I entered the first turn in third, but squared it up and was able to steal the lead as we exited. Once I got out front, I put a gap on the field and never got pressured by anyone. Sunday didn’t go nearly as smooth as I would have liked. We started off with a dead-engine start and I missed the first kick, so I ended up in last place going around the first turn. I started charging and trying to catch the leaders, but ended up going down and went for a little swim in one of the water crossings. I got back up and didn’t have anywhere to put my feet and I fell right over again. I got up again and started making ground on the leaders, but went down in a different water crossing. When I got up I just started charging and knew I had to get around Sutherlin to take the overall. I was able to work my way back up to second before the finish.”

IRVINE, Calif. – The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) announced that Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. will be the “Official ATV and Side x Side” of the PBR.

Kawasaki branding and advertisements will be featured during PBR’s television broadcasts on four major networks, along with prominent in-arena and chute signage, as well as PA announcements and JumboTron® spots.

Fans will be able to experience more about Kawasaki ATVs and Side x Sides through special promotions at select PBR events.

Irvine, Calif. – Most anticipated a wet weekend in Mt. Morris, Pa., but Saturday turned out to be perfect racing conditions for Round 4 of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship at High Point Raceway. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer rode up front all day to finish 3-3 for third overall and earn his second-consecutive podium. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Broc Tickle rode strong to a 6-9 moto score for seventh overall. In the 250 class, Blake Baggett finished third in the first moto and fifth in the second moto for fourth overall. Teammate Ivan Tedesco was seventh overall with a 7-10 moto result for the day.

The Mountaineer
After landing his first career overall podium finish in the 450 class last weekend, Weimer knew he wanted to stay on the podium for the rest of the season. In qualifying practice, he threw down the third fastest lap and had a good gate pick for the first moto. Weimer and his KX™450F got off to a decent start and started picking off riders. Once into third he kept his lap times consistent and finished on the podium. Second moto, Weimer grabbed the holeshot, but was shuffled back. He secured third and continued to try and close the gap on second, but as the moto wore on the track continued to dry out, making it hard for Weimer to push. He finished third overall for his second-consecutive podium and now sits third in the points standings.

Irvine, Calif. – The AMA Pro Motocross Championships headed to the heart of Texas for Round 2 at Freestone County Raceway in Wortham, Texas for heated racing and hot temperatures. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett put in two strong rides to finish second overall with a 2-2 moto score and retains the red plate signifying his points lead. Teammate Ivan Tedesco had his work cut out for him after going down in the first corner of both motos, but rallied through to finish 19th overall. In the 450 class, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer finished 3-6 on the day for fourth overall after also coming back from a first turn crash. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Broc Tickle finished a strong seventh in Moto 1, but was unable to finish Moto 2. In the WMX class, Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green’s Meghan Rutledge rode to a consistent 3-3 for third overall.

No Sweat
After going 1-1 last weekend at the season opener, Baggett felt confident coming into Freestone and knew that not even the heat could stop him from being up front. In the first moto, Baggett came around the first corner just outside the top-10 and slowly started picking off riders. By the halfway point, he had made his way into the top-five and was holding nothing back. One of the only riders to use the wall obstacle as a jump, Baggett launched his KX™250F into the sand whoops each lap, jumping over second place to claim the position. In Moto 2 he got shuffled back in the first turn and again started making his way to the front. Unable to air out the wall jump, Baggett started making up time elsewhere and was able to secure second place on the final lap. His 2-2 moto score allowed him to maintain the points lead and will continue sporting the red plate.