Zach-Osborne-Off-Road-8-9-13MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, concluded its 12-race series last Saturday in Lake Elsinore, Calif. with the second running of the Red Bull Lake Elsinore National. Despite his absence at the season finale, Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart wrapped up the $25,000 Motorcycle-Superstore.com Holeshot Championship, while the Toyota/JGR/Yamaha team stepped up to sweep both 450 Class holeshots at Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park.

For the fourth consecutive round, GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac laid down the fastest lap time of the 250 Class timed qualifying sessions with a time of 02:09.1, earning the final Oakley Bomb Award of the season. Toyota/JGR/Yamaha’s Josh Grant earned his second Oakley Bomb Award of the year with a fast lap of 02:09.6 in the 450 Class timed qualifying sessions.

Villopoto-Win-Motocross-8-26-13Monster Energy rider Ryan Villopoto closed out a stellar 2013 season in true champion style, earning his eighth overall victory in the triple-digit heat at Round 12 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in Lake Elsinore, Calif. After clinching the 450 Class championship last week in Utah, he didn’t need the win, but in typical Villopoto-fashion took control of both motos early and easily grabbed his seventh moto sweep of the season.

Villopoto’s season has definitely been one to remember, especially since he basically doubled his win-stats from 2011. Villopoto’s first 450 Class championship in 2011 concluded with 10 moto wins and three overall victories. With the same level of competition in 2013, Villopoto was out to prove his motocross skills and captured an amazing 18 moto wins and eight overall victories.

Villopoto-Lake-Elsinore-MX-8-22-13MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – Following 11 rounds of grueling competition on the most challenging and demanding tracks in the country, the 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, will come to a dramatic conclusion on Saturday with the 2nd Annual Red Bull Lake Elsinore National in Lake Elsinore, Calif.

Although the 250 and 450 Class titles have already been decided, there is still plenty on the line as riders look to capture the final overall victory of the season at Round 12. For Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey, a win at Saturday’s finale would allow the 2012 450 Class Champion to move into second place in all-time race wins in the 450 Class, where he currently sits tied with Bob Hannah at 27 career wins, three of which he earned in 2013. A fourth victory this season would also allow Dungey to maintain an undefeated record at the Lake Elsinore National.

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto has put forth a dominant season, winning 16 of the first 22 motos to clinch the 450 Class Championship one round early. Villopoto has enjoyed seven overall wins through the first 11 rounds this season, putting him in a three-way-tie with Mike LaRocco and Gary Jones at 11 all-time career wins. Furthermore, an overall victory at Saturday’s Lake Elsinore National would put Villopoto among the top 10 all-time race winners in the 450 Class.

Monster-Villopoto-Off-Road-8-19-13Corona, Calif. (August 17, 2013) – After clinching his 2013 Monster Energy Supercross title one round early at the Salt Lake City stop, Monster Energy’s Ryan Villopoto provided a sense of deja vu when he collected enough points with his seventh overall victory to clinch his second Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 450 Class championship one round early at the inaugural event at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. Villopoto has yet to lose a motocross championship while racing a full season, adding another title to his three previously earned 250 Class championships and one 450 Class championship.

Villopoto entered the penultimate round needing six points to celebrate his fifth motocross championship. He was a man on a mission during the first moto as he grabbed the holeshot and started separating himself from the rest of the pack, eventually winning by 26.6 seconds. Villopoto’s second moto wasn’t much different as he quickly put a gap of his rival Ryan Dungey and rode to his ninth professional championship.

Villopoto-Start-motocross-8-12-13NEW BERLIN, N.Y. – The 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, descended upon central New York’s historic Unadilla MX on Saturday for the annual Built Ford Tough Unadilla National. New Berlin’s scenic property hosted the tenth round of the 13-race championship, marking the series’ final stop on the East coast before heading west for the last two rounds of competition.

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto took another step toward capturing the 450 Class Championship after sweeping both motos at Unadilla. It was a flawless day for Villopoto, beginning with his impressive performance in the morning’s timed qualifying session where he laid down the fastest lap time in the 450 Class.

From there, Villopoto captured the Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot in Moto 1 of the 450 Class to grab an early lead over Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey. Dungey was accompanied in the early laps by BTO Sports.com/KTM’s Andrew Short and N-FAB/TiLube Yamaha’s Bobby Kiniry. Kiniry soon ran into issues that forced the New York native to pull off in Moto 1, while Short eventually dropped outside the top five.

Body-Royal-Purple-Action-Sports-Park-8-8-13Porter, TX – Premium synthetic lubricant manufacturer Royal Purple today announced that it is now the title sponsor and official lubrication partner for Three Palms Action Sports Park, an action sports venue in Conroe, TX. officially renamed Royal Purple Action Sports Park.

Under the terms of the agreement announced today, Royal Purple will increase its support of events held at the facility and help take the park to the next level. In the short term, plans include establishing the 2013 Royal Purple Pro Motocross Championship – held in conjunction with the annual US Dealer’s Challenge – in which Royal Purple will post a $10,000 pro purse.

The renamed facility, owned by Emil Shebelbon of ESE We Make Tracks, Inc., will continue to serve as a premiere location for action sports in southeast Texas hosting several competitive events, ranging from motocross to mud runs throughout the year.

“Our goals are to attract more pro-level events to the park as well as providing a top notch facility for amateurs,” said Royal Purple National Retail Manager, Jared Martin. “Emil and his team have done an incredible job over the last 12 years building a park that has become a destination for extreme sports enthusiasts and we’re just getting started.”

The 255-acre park, includes seven motocross tracks, two lakes, a cross training course, sand beach areas, a jet ski lake, wake boarding lake and fishing lake, serving as both an adventure racing and concert venue.

“Additional plans for Royal Purple Action Sports Park include a new BMX track, RC car tracks, a sports bar, and many upgrades throughout the facility. We are excited to be a partner with Royal Purple,” said Shebelbon. “The success of our business has always relied on our relationship with industry leaders and Royal Purple is certainly at the top.”

For additional information on Royal Purple Action Sports Park, call 210-355-4039. Photo: 151ActionShots.com

Kawasaki-Loretta-Lynns-8-6-13Irvine, Calif. – Facing a variety of track conditions and weather at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch this past week, Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green accomplished five championships to conclude the 2013 AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s.

Team Green’s Garrett Marchbanks won his second career championship in the 85 (9-11) class aboard his KX85 winning four of his six motos and Keith Johnson took the championship in the Senior (40+) class after dominating the first two motos and recovering from last to second place in the final moto to clinch the title. Kawasaki riders Adam Nickerson and Michael Mitchell both stayed consistent to win the 250 C Limited and Vet B/C (30+) titles and Tim Ferry successfully returned to the Ranch to win his eighth championship by sweeping the Junior 25+ class.

Red-Bull-AMA-Logo-12-1-11HURRICANE MILLS, Tenn. – The 2013 Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by AMSOIL wrapped up a weeklong competition on Saturday, officially crowning 36 National Champions at the evening’s award ceremonies. Adverse weather conditions presented additional obstacles for the racers but in the end, the 32nd annual championship proved to be one of the most historic events to date.

For the first time ever, Loretta Lynn’s was broadcast live on RacerTV.com all week long with the ultimate culmination on Saturday afternoon as the 250 A and 250 B final motos were broadcast live on NBC as part of the Red Bull Signature Series. In front of a mass audience on network television, 250 A National Champion Matt Bisceglia and 250 B National Champion Aaron Plessinger each put in a spectacular final moto to close out their week at the Ranch.

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association is pleased to recognize 36 new AMA national champions following a tremendous week of motocross racing at the Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., July 28 through Aug. 4.

“The Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship is the country’s premier amateur motocross event, and the riders who raise AMA No. 1 plates over their heads here can count themselves among the best of the best,” said AMA Motocross Manager Kip Bigelow. “We congratulate all the riders for excelling on the national stage, and we once again thank our promotional and organizational partner MX Sports for providing an exceptional experience for thousands of AMA members, from track prep to the awards ceremonies.”

Among the most decorated racers over the week of competition was AMA Motocross Horizon Award winner and Amsoil/Factory Connection Honda rider Matt Bisceglia from Weatherford, Texas. Bisceglia swept all three motos in the Open Pro Sport class and scored two firsts and a second in the 250 A class for two national titles.

AMA-Amateur-Nationals-8-1-13HURRICANE MILLS, Tenn. – Wednesday’s weather conditions added a slight turn of events for day two of racing from the 2013 Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship presented by AMSOIL. Heavy rainfall filled the grounds overnight at the Loretta Lynn Ranch but it wasn’t enough to stop the first few of the day’s scheduled motos. However, the in-climate weather continued through the first three motos, where the racing was eventually brought to a halt by 9 a.m. in order to allow the storm to pass.

All hands were on deck as the track crew worked tirelessly to provide optimum track conditions for the racers. The moto order resumed at 3 p.m. with a modified racetrack as the Senior (40+) division kicked off the second half of the day.

The first moto of the morning was the Two-Stroke B/C (16+) and despite the muddy track conditions, underdog Jerry Robin (85) took the Moto 1 win on a borrowed 2007 CR 250 after his 1985 CR 250 broke down during practice. Robin then raced his ’85 in the 250 B class where he captured an impressive ninth place on his vintage machine.