Irvine, Calif. (July 14, 2014) – The Northeast summer heat and humidity pushed temperatures above 90-degrees on Saturday as the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship made their annual stop to Budds Creek in Mechanicsville, Maryland. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Blake Baggett beat the heat and put the hurt on the competition in the second moto to take the win by more than 14 seconds securing his third overall win of the season. Justin Hill and Dean Wilson both had one top-10 moto on their way to seventh and 12th, respectively. In the 450 class, Brett Metcalfe battled within the top-10 all day and finished eighth overall.
Irvine, Calif. – Friday marked the beginning of the end of the 2013 Winter Olympics in Gainesville, Fla., as the first motos concluded and motocross champions were crowned through Saturday. Team Green’s Garrett Marchbanks grabbed the holeshot on his new KX™85 and took the 85 (9-11) Limited championship uncontested on Friday, while Nick Gaines, Jett Reynolds, Mitchell Harrison, and Austin Forkner all took wins in their divisions.
On Saturday Forkner took home both Supermini championships and Thomas Covington won the 450 A championship. Kawasaki riders also dominated the Vet classes with John Grewe winning the Vet 35+ and Senior 40+ classes, while Matt Johnson won the Vet 30+ title.
Irvine, Calif. – The 37th Annual Kawasaki Race of Champions returns to Raceway Park in Englishtown, N.J., on October 4-6 for one of the most anticipated amateur races of the season. Saturday will feature a full day of youth, amateur and vet racing while Sunday will feature events such as the Traxxas Dash-for-Cash, 85cc Mini Cycle Shootout, 65cc Kessler Cup, Ironman Classic, and Pro Expert racing.
Joining the fun will be Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett. These two champions will be around all weekend signing autographs and hanging out with tomorrow’s stars of the sport. Kawasaki will also offer a demo area for the new 2014 KX™85 and KX™100 to all riders entered to race ages 16 and under.
Demos will be held on the intermediate practice track. For a complete weekend schedule and more information head to www.racewaypark.com.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert came out to the WORCS race in Lake Havasu, Arizona, determined to win. Known as one of the most technical courses of the series, the Lake Havasu course is littered with obstacles including deep pockets of sand, rock-filled corners, and a lagoon jump. On both days of the double-header weekend, Robert rode with fury, pushing past the entire field to command consecutive wins.
Kawasaki caught up with the off-road team in Lake Havasu and watched the excitement unfold. Check out the exclusive video below:
Irvine, Calif. – Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Justin Soule dominated the Adelanto GP, taking the wire-to-wire win, and topping the all-green podium. Knowing the track would be dusty, and with the late afternoon-sun dropping toward the horizon, Soule made sure he got a good start and never looked back. Joining him on the podium were fellow Kawasaki riders Bobby Garrison and Robby Bell, who took second and third, respectively.
Monster Energy Kawasaki Under the Tent
It’s All About the Start
Soule knew the key to winning laid in the start of the race. With a setting sun and a silt-laden track, getting out front was paramount. He maneuvered into the lead coming around the second corner and continued to pull away from the field. With everyone behind him forced to navigate the illuminated dust clouds, he maintained a comfortable lead throughout the race.