Lucas-Oil-Motocross-Logo-9-23-11MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – MX Sports Pro Racing announces today a unique opportunity for race fans to own a part of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross history. The podium backdrop from the 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, will be up for auction on eBay.com from Monday, April 15 at 12 p.m. PST to Monday, April 22.

The one-of-a-kind podium backdrop traveled to each round of the 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship event across the country. Signed by Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Champions Ryan Dungey, and Blake Baggett, as well as fellow pro racers, the backdrop is expected to garner much excitement and attention.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, will celebrate Independence Day Weekend with its sixth round tomorrow, July 7, at the Red Bull RedBud National. Legendary RedBud USA, in Buchanan, Mich., will host the world’s best riders as the series reaches the halfway point with coverage set to kick off at 1 p.m. Eastern.

First moto coverage of both the 450 and 250 Classes can be seen live on FUEL TV at 1 p.m. Eastern. Both motos can also be seen live online at AlliSports.com.

Live second moto coverage of the 250 Class will kick off at 4 p.m. Eastern, with an exclusive broadcast on NBC Sports Network.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – MX Sports Pro Racing and Alli Sports announce that the brand new Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park will become the new home of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, in Southern California. On the heels of announcing the 2012 series schedule and advance ticket sales for next summer, both parties are pleased to welcome the completely renovated Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park as the host site of the season finale, set to take place on Saturday, September 8, 2012.

Located in the hotbed of the motocross industry, and about an hour outside of the major metropolitan areas of Los Angeles and San Diego, Lake Elsinore serves as an ideal location for fans of the sport across the entire southern portion of the state. It’s also well-known to students of the sport’s history as the site of the Lake Elsinore Grand Prix, which was featured prominently in the epic motorcycle racing documentary film On Any Sunday back in 1971 – one year before the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship was born.

“A successful search has landed the Pro Motocross finale at what we feel is the ideal location for a national event in Southern California,” said MX Sports President Davey Coombs. “This is a brand new facility that was built from the ground up to host such an event, and offers riders one of the best layouts of any track in the country. We like to close out the summer where the sport of motocross thrives, and we believe we’ve found the perfect place in Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park.”

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Only two rounds remain in the 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, and on the heels of a captivating round of competition last weekend, the 450 Class championship remains tight heading into this Saturday’s second to last event of the summer from Steel City Raceway. Current points leader, and Monster Energy Kawasaki rider, Ryan Villopoto, along with Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey, lead the world’s best riders into the Steel City Motocross National on September 3, from Delmont, Pa.

Currently, just eight points separate two of the sport’s rising stars and budding rivals. While Dungey boasts three wins opposed to his counterpart’s pair of victories, it is Villopoto’s impressive consistency and overall podium results at all 10 rounds of the championship this season that have given him the edge heading into the final two weekend’s of action.

At last weekend’s Rockstar Energy Southwick National, Dungey appeared ready to close the gap on Villopoto, dominating en route to the first moto win and putting the pressure on the points leader. However, following an unforeseen problem, Dungey’s bike did not arrive trackside until the gate had already dropped on the second 450 Class moto. As a result, the defending series champion was forced to fight from nearly a full lap behind to salvage as many points as possible. With his challenger’s misfortune, Villopoto rode a smart race, posting 2-4 moto scores to secure second overall. Even with the win out of reach, Dungey put forth arguably the most impressive ride of the entire season to finish seventh in the final moto and claim third overall, ultimately losing just one point to Villopoto in the end.

While the title fight experienced a slight shift, it was Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Brett Metcalfe who stole the spotlight. The eight-year veteran put together a consistent pair of motos in rainy conditions to break through for his first career victory, ending the season-long dominance by Villopoto, Dungey and TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Racing’s Chad Reed.

WASHOUGAL, Wash. (July 23, 2011) - The eighth round of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship welcomed a massive crowd at Washougal Motocross Park on Saturday, as Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., captured his third victory of 2011, on a day that saw a dramatic mix-up in the 450 Class standings. In the 250 Class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett, of Grand Terrace, Calif., raced to his series-leading fifth victory of the season.

The opening moto of the 450 Class featured a tremendous battle between Dungey and his Monster Energy Kawasaki-mounted rival Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash. Looking to grab his first ever win at his home track, Villopoto fended off the many challenges of Dungey, until the reigning champion fell while attempting to pass Villopoto for the lead. As Villopoto rode to the win, Dungey remounted to secure second.

In Moto 2, a holeshot and early lead by Villopoto was eliminated when a red flag was thrown after just over three minutes had elapsed. Following a restart, Dungey grabbed the lead out of the gates and never looked back. Villopoto did his best to keep up, pacing Dungey throughout the first third of the moto. However, the deficit gradually increased, and Dungey cruised to the checkered flag. With identical moto scores, Dungey and Villopoto tied in points, but by virtue of the second-moto tiebreaker, Dungey earned the overall win; his fourth straight at Washougal.

GoPro has been releasing footage of action from the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross series this season all shot with GoPro HD Hero cameras. In its newest installation, this video covers the 6th round of Motocross action from the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross at Redbud in Buchanan, MI.

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The scenic Thunder Valley MX Park welcomed a huge crowd on Saturday as the 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship hosted its fifth round of the season. The Toyota Trucks Thunder Valley National was won by Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s, of Belle Plaine, Minn., who took his first overall victory of the year in the 450 Class. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett, of Grand Terrace, Calif., raced to his third overall win in five rounds with a sweep of the day’s motos in the 250 Class.

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., started the day with a dominant victory in the opening 450 Class moto. Dungey followed in second while TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Racing rider Chad Reed, of Australia, finished third, setting the stage for a three-way battle for the overall win.

In Moto 2, Reed grabbed the holeshot, with both Dungey and Villopoto closely in tow. Both Dungey and Reed engaged in battle for the lead through the first three laps, before Dungey made his move into the top spot. Villopoto got by Reed just one lap later and proceeded to challenge Dungey for first, and what would eventually be the overall win. The two paced one another, with nearly identical times for several laps, before Dungey eventually pulled away for the victory.

“It was good to come away with a win,” said Dungey. “We’ve been looking for one for a while this season. I never felt like anything was missing, we just needed to put it together. I try to go out and give it my all every weekend. It’s not a matter of aggression. You need to be there in the beginning, or the guys will get away from you.”

Despite tying Dungey in points for the day, Villopoto missed out on his second victory of the season by virtue of the second moto tiebreaker.

“The track was tough,” said Villopoto. “But that was the best second moto I’ve had all year. Ryan (Dungey) was riding well. He was strong on one side of the track and I was faster on the other. We played cat and mouse, but he gained some time on me at the end.”

Reed completed the podium in third (3-3), but still maintains the championship lead in the 450 Class standings.

“I was the third best guy (today),” said Reed. “I’m happy to be honest. This is a tough track for me and I just felt a little off today. I think you learn more on your off days when you get beat. And that’s what happened today. We need to make some improvements, and I think I know where we need to make those.”

As the gates dropped on Moto 1 of the 250 Class, Baggett positioned himself in the top five, and crossed the line in fourth place. From there, he worked his way through the field, and moved into the lead on Lap 7, before pulling away from his competitors. In the final moto, Baggett capitalized on a strong start, and moved into the lead prior to the completion of the opening lap. Once out front, he never looked back and now leads the division in overall wins.

“I didn’t think it was going to be my day after practice,” said Baggett. “The bike just never felt good. I went into the race open minded and once the laps wound down, I just kind of began to get more comfortable and kept it going from there.”

Baggett’s Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teammate Dean Wilson, of Scotland, finished second (2-2), while GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac, of Cortez, Colo., rounded out the podium in third at his hometown track (3-3). By virtue of his runner-up effort, Wilson moved into the 250 Class points lead.

“My day was really good,” said Wilson. “I got tight in the first moto, but still rode well. In the second moto, I just had a hard time getting around guys early. I felt great though. I just need to get up front a little faster. I’m pumped on points lead. I was bummed that I lost it. I just need to keep the ball rolling.”

The Motorcycle-Superstore.com Women’s Motocross Championship resumed its 2011 season at Thunder Valley, hosting its third of eight rounds this summer. DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing Yamaha’s Jessica Patterson, of Tallahassee, Fla., swept the day’s motos to garner her second win of the season, while American Honda’s Ashley Fiolek, of St. Augustine, Fla., finished second (2-2), and Lucas Oil/Troy Lee Designs Honda’s Tarah Gieger, of Puerto Rico, completed the podium in third (5-3).

The Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship reaches the halfway point next weekend with Round 6 of the 2011 season. RedBud, in Buchanan, Mich., will host the Rockstar Energy RedBud National on Saturday, July 2, beginning at 1 p.m. EST.

Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship
Toyota Trucks Thunder Valley National
Thunder Valley MX Park – Lakewood, Colo.
June 25, 2011
Round 5 of 12

450 Class (Moto Finish)

  1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki (2-1)
  2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki (1-2)
  3. Chad Reed, Kurri Kurri, Australia, Honda (3-3)
  4. Kevin Windham, Baton Rouge, La., Honda (4-4)
  5. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM (7-8)
  6. Tommy Hahn, Great Bend, Kan., Yamaha (11-5)
  7. Brett Metcalfe, Mannum, Australia, Suzuki (9-7)
  8. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda (6-15)
  9. Jake Canada, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki (10-13)
  10. Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Yamaha (14-10)

450 Class Championship Standings

  1. Chad Reed, Kurri Kurri, Australia, Honda – 223
  2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki – 215
  3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki – 202
  4. Kevin Windham, Baton Rouge, La., Honda – 148
  5. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha – 145
  6. Brett Metcalfe, Mannum, Australia, Suzuki – 144
  7. Ricky Dietrich, Snohomish, Wash., Yamaha – 109
  8. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM – 102
  9. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki – 100
  10. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda – 97

250 Class (Moto Finish)

  1. Blake Baggett, Redlands, Calif., Kawasaki (1-1)
  2. Dean Wilson, Glasgow, Scotland, Kawasaki (2-2)
  3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda (3-3)
  4. Darryn Durham, Butler, Pa., Honda (4-6)
  5. Tyla Rattray, Durban, South Africa, Kawasaki (5-5)
  6. Ryan Sipes, Louisville, Ky., Yamaha (15-4)
  7. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki (13-7)
  8. Travis Baker, Temecula, Calif., Honda (10-10)
  9. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda (9-12)
  10. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (11-13)

250 Class Championship Standings

  1. Dean Wilson, Glasgow, Scotland, Kawasaki – 214
  2. Tyla Rattray, Durban, South Africa, Kawasaki – 206
  3. Blake Baggett, Redlands, Calif., Kawasaki – 194
  4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda – 176
  5. Justin Barcia, Ochlocknee, Ga., Honda – 137
  6. Kyle Cunningham, Irving, Texas, Yamaha – 127
  7. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Kawasaki – 113
  8. Gareth Swanepoel, Johannesburg, South Africa, Yamaha – 106
  9. Darryn Durham, Butler, Pa., Honda – 94
  10. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda – 89

WMX Class (Moto Finish)

  1. Jessica Patterson, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha (1-1)
  2. Ashley Fiolek, St. Augustine, Fla., Honda (2-2)
  3. Tarah Gieger, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico., Honda (5-3)
  4. Sara Price, Canyon Lake, Calif., Kawasaki (4-4)
  5. Jacqueline Strong, Cottonwood, Ariz., KTM (6-6)
  6. Lindsey Palmer, Albuquerque, N.M., Honda (8-7)
  7. Alexah Pearson, Rocklin, Calif., KTM (7-10)
  8. Kasie Creson, Vallejo, Calif., Honda (9-9)
  9. Marissa Markelon, Bridgeport, Conn., Yamaha (12-8)
  10. Vicki Golden, El Cajon, Calif., Kawasaki (3-19)

WMX Class Standings

  1. Ashley Fiolek, St. Augustine, Fla., Honda – 135
  2. Jessica Patterson, Tallahassee, Fla., Yamaha – 133
  3. Tarah Gieger, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico., Honda – 108
  4. Sara Price, Canyon Lake, Calif., Kawasaki – 79
  5. Jacqueline Strong, Cottonwood, Ariz., KTM – 78
  6. Kasie Creson, Vallejo, Calif., Honda – 72
  7. Marissa Markelon, Bridgeport, Conn., Yamaha – 69
  8. Alexah Pearson, Rocklin, Calif., KTM – 67
  9. Mariana Balbi, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Yamaha – 66
  10. Tatum Sik, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha – 59
  11. Vicki Golden, El Cajon, Calif., Kawasaki – 59

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.

MX Sports Pro Racing and Alli, the Alliance of Action Sports announce today the 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship will enjoy exclusive coverage across NBC Sports, SPEED and FUEL TV, with 60 hours of original programming, including 28 hours of live coverage. The domestic broadcasts will reach more than 120 million viewers across the three networks.

NBC Sports’ coverage is spread over three months, including a pair of live broadcasts. NBC’s third season of Motocross broadcasts begin with the Rockstar Energy High Point National June 12, continuing with the Rockstar Energy RedBud National on July 2 and the Rockstar Energy Unadilla National on August 13.

As a longtime supporter of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, SPEED will once again carry significant coverage for 2011 with 21 hours of programming. The network will showcase every final moto of the 250 Class Championship, in addition to two live broadcasts of the Peterson CAT Washougal National on July 23, and the season-ending Pala Motocross National on September 10.