Irvine, Calif. – On the season’s second trip to Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto took his first win of the 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship. After qualifying in first position, Villopoto dominated his heat race and was ready to put his KX 450F on top of the box. He took control of the main event and once in the lead, rode uncontested to his first win of the new year. His teammate Jake Weimer rocketed to the holeshot in the 450SX main event and finished fifth after leading the first lap. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Tyla Rattray started the 250SX main event within the top-10 and made his way to finish in eighth place, while teammate Martin Davalos was involved in a first lap pile-up and recovered to finish 12th.
Irvine, Calif. – In the frigid air of the desert in Phoenix, Ariz., Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto fought to his first podium of the season at Round 2 of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship at Chase Field on Saturday. Villopoto started the night with a third-place finish in his heat race to transfer to the main event. When the gate dropped for the main, Villopoto was battling his way to the front before sliding out in a corner. Destined for the podium, he quickly remounted his KX™450F and fought to take second place. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer rode consistent to sixth place. In the 250SX class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Martin Davalos recovered from a spectacular crash in his heat race to finish on the podium in third. Teammate Tyla Rattray recovered from a first lap incident to finish 12th. Blake Baggett injured his wrist last week in Anaheim and after trying to ride in practice, decided not to race.
Irvine, Calif. – Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green’s Keith Johnson led the charge in Supercross on his KX™450F by sweeping both his classes on Wednesday. Johnson got two holeshots and went on to win the Plus 35 and Plus 40 Supercross Championships. Along with Johnson’s two championships, Team Green scored an additional 18 top-three finishes for a total 20 podiums.
The Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green trackside support program is available to all Kawasaki riders and is a fundamental portion of the success of Team Green. With approximately 250 Kawasaki class entries, Team Green provides emergency parts and expert technicians to assist any rider in need. Under the tent can be a very busy place filled with those in need of assistance as well as those just looking to hang out with familiar faces and bench race with friends.
With supercross now complete, the focus moves to the historic Gatorback motocross track as riders took to the track Wednesday afternoon for practice. Known for its multiple elevation changes through the “Gator Pit” and over the “Dinner Table”, the track is a favorite amongst most riders. Motos will begin Thanksgiving morning and continue into the holiday weekend.
Irvine, Calif. – Cahuilla Creek MX in Anza, Calif., was host to Round 9 of the World Off Road Championship Series (WORCS) where Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert battled the elements on his KX™450F to win both motos and clinch the 2012 WORCS championship. Teammate Bobby Garrison rode strong to finish with a 5-4 moto score giving him fifth overall. With the championship wrapped up and one round remaining, Garrison has a nice cushion for second giving Monster Energy Kawasaki the top two spots in the championship standings. Rounding out the podium was Kawasaki’s Robby Bell who went 3-5 for third overall and holds third place in the standings, completing a Kawasaki series sweep.
Coming into Round 9, Robert had won five rounds and knew that he could wrap up the championship with another overall win. On Saturday, Robert rounded the first turn within the top-five and began his ride to the front. By the second lap, he made his way into second and could see the leader just ahead. Entering the off-road section, Robert made his move for first and proceeded to gap the rest of the field. With his win on Saturday, Robert only needed to finish on Sunday to clinch the title. The weather looked like it would be another scorcher, but just as the gate dropped the skies opened up and within a lap, the race became a mudder. Robert was able to get out front on the first lap and avoided dealing with the roost. Robert lead wire-to-wire and secured the 2012 WORCS Championship.
Irvine, Calif. – Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert scored his fifth overall win of the 2012 World Off Road Championship Series (WORCS) at Round 8 of the series at Pala Raceway in Pala, Calif. Kawasaki riders swept the Pro class podium at the series’ inaugural event at Pala Raceway with Robert leading the charge aboard his KX450F with a 1-1 moto result. Monster Energy/THR/Precision Concepts/Kawasaki’s Robby Bell kept Robert honest both days of the action-packed event landing the runner-up spot on the podium with a 2-2 result. Rounding out the podium was Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Bobby Garrison who finished fifth on Saturday, but battled back through the field Sunday to secure third overall with a 5-3 result.
After a top-five finish at the X Games Los Angeles EnduroX event, Robert was looking forward to getting back in the WORCS championship hunt. On Saturday, he got a good start and came around the first turn in second, but was able to quickly power his KX450F into the lead by the next turn. Robert checked out and took the checkered flag to earn his ninth moto win of the season. On Sunday, he ripped the holeshot on his KX450F and set a fast pace around the course. Although he briefly lost the lead to fellow Kawasaki rider Bell around the halfway mark, he was able to retake the lead to earn his fifth overall podium of the season. Robert continues to extend his lead in the championship standings and currently holds a 55-point lead on second.
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. – In the heat of the high desert, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Bobby Garrison was able to overcome the elements on his KX™450F to take his second World Off Road Championship Series (WORCS) win in Round 6 at Racetown 395 in Adelanto, Calif. Garrison set himself up for the overall after finishing third on Saturday and sealed the deal with a win on Sunday. Justin Soulé battled upfront all weekend, finishing 4-3 for third overall. Current points leader Taylor Robert finished fourth overall with a 1-8 moto score. Completing a Kawasaki podium sweep was Kawasaki privateer Robby Bell who went 2-2 for second overall.
With his wedding only one week away, most would think Garrison would be pre-occupied, but he was concentrating on one thing, winning. On Saturday, Garrison was shuffled back on the start and had to make his way to the front. He battled up to fourth place and was able to overtake third with only a few laps remaining. On Sunday, Garrison knew he needed a strong start if he wanted to get the win. He got a good jump and made a pass for the lead three corners in. Garrison held the lead for most of the first lap before dropping to second. With two-thirds of the 90-minute moto complete, the leader was forced to pit, allowing Garrison to inherit the lead which he held until the checkers.
“I’ve been trying to win here for a long time,” said Garrison. “The track was really dusty on Saturday and was really hard to make passes. I made a few mistakes and just had to play catch-up the whole race. Sunday, the plan was to push hard at the beginning and lead going into the off-road section, but Taylor (Robert) was pushing real hard. I just kept charging and looking ahead when Taylor pit. When the white flag came out I saw +40 on my pit board so I was able to dial it back and cruise to the win.”
Irvine, Calif. – Temperatures reached the triple digits in Surprise, Ariz., this weekend for Round 4 of World Off Road Championship Series (WORCS) at Speedworld MX Park. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert took early control of both races, going 1-1 on the weekend in front of his hometown crowd. Despite finishing sixth on Saturday, teammate Bobby Garrison finished second on Sunday to claim second overall. Justin Soulé finished strong in third place Saturday, but could only manage eighth on Sunday and finished sixth overall. Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green’s Gary Sutherlin completed Kawasaki’s sweep of the podium in third place. Hometown hero, Destry Abbott competed in his first WORCS race of the year finishing eighth overall. In the Pro 2 class, Team Green’s Justin Seeds got the early lead and ran away with the win.
In Saturday’s 60-minute moto, Robert got off to a decent start aboard his KX™450F and came around the first corner in fourth. As they headed into the off-road section, Robert knew he had to make his passes fast before losing too much time on the leaders. Before the end of the first lap the leader missed the pit entrance allowing Robert to fly by. The battle ensued as Robert was stalked by second place for three laps before building a gap. By the checkered flag Robert had established a 40-second lead.
Irvine, Calif. – Explosions and fireworks marked the start of the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season Saturday night in front of a sold out Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto started the new season right where he left in 2011, on top of the podium. The intensity was high from the gate drop of the first heat race when another rider collided with Villopoto on the start, forcing him off track. But as a proven champion, he went on to make a statement in the main event by leading from start to finish.
His teammate Jake Weimer also started the season off strong, riding through the pack to finish fifth, while Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Broc Tickle made his supercross class debut with a 12th place finish.
In the supercross lites class, Tyla Rattray rode a consistent main event to start off the season with a second place finish. Teammate Dean Wilson hounded Rattray all night but was one of the many victims of the tricky track design and fell on the final lap, dropping back three spots to finish sixth.
The 2012 supercross class is one of the most highly competitive fields the sport has ever seen. Saturday night, Villopoto made it seem almost effortless as he led every lap of the 20-lap main event building a lead as high as 20 seconds over the competition.
Mark your calendars for the upcoming Team Green Ride day at Pala Raceway in Pala, Calif., on Monday, December 19, 2011. The event hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring your Kawasaki KX™ and ride for free on three different tracks. Come by vendor row to check out the latest products from Team Green sponsors and grab a free Monster Energy drink. Plus, the first 200 Kawasaki bikes that enter will receive a free liter of Maxima oil and a Pro Filter air filter.
- Riders of all skill levels welcome. Three fully-prepped tracks including the national track, vet track, and the mini-bike track. Open practice on the national and vet tracks from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Beginner dirt bike school will be available for riders 12 and older on the mini-bike track. Limited availability. First come, first serve basis. Contact email@example.com to reserve your spot.
- Kawasaki Team Green technicians will provide maintenance seminars.
- Take a podium shot with Ryan Villopoto’s championship 2012 KX™450F, his trophies, and the Monster Energy girls.
- Kawasaki pro riders will make appearances to sign autographs.
- Kawasaki 2012 KX™450F and KX™250F demo rides available. Limited availability, riders must be 18 years of age or older.
- Test-drive the all-new 2012 Teryx4®. Limited availability, riders must be 18 years of age or older.
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