MX-Nationals-Miller-Motorsports-8-19-13TOOELE, Utah – Over 21,000 fans were on hand to witness a historic day at Miller Motorsports Park for Saturday’s Built Ford Tough Utah National, where two champions were crowned at the inaugural event in Tooele, Utah. By virtue of a 1-1 moto sweep, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto captured his second career 450 Class Championship, while GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac clinched his first ever 250 Class title at Round 11 of the 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing.

Villopoto began the day with his third consecutive Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot in Moto 1 of the 450 Class, immediately putting a gap on the rest of the field. Toyota/JGR/Yamaha’s Justin Brayton jumped into the second place position early on, with Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey and Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart close in tow. Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard made his way into third, where he maintained a comfortable position throughout the first moto.

Villopoto and Dungey finished first and second respectively in Moto 1, thus extending the championship chase into Moto 2.

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.

Travis-Pastrana-TORC-7-12-13The victor of over 100 motocross championships and multiple X Games gold medals is returning to Joliet, July 19-20, to compete in the Traxxas TORC Series, presented by AMSOIL.

The two-night racing event will feature the top talent in off-road today, including 7 time supercross champ Ricky Johnson, desert kings Rob MacCachren and Bryce Menzies, and off-road greats Johnny Greaves, Scott Douglas, brothers Mike and Mark Jenkins, the Wildman Adrian Cenni, and young guns C.J. Greaves battling with Keegan Kincaid in the PRO Light division.

Stewart-Hangtown-5-23-13Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s James Stewart celebrated two stunning holeshots and a solid third-place overall result at the season-opening round of the 2013 AMA Pro Motocross Championships at the Hangtown Motocross Classic in Sacramento, California, on Saturday.

After missing the final three rounds of AMA/ FIM World Supercross series due to injury, Stewart returned to racing with a vengeance over the weekend, demonstrating tremendous speed, discipline and consistency and racing two very smart motos: In both 30-minute races, he took the holeshot on his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 and got out-front immediately. In the first moto, he led briefly before slotting comfortably into third. In the second moto, he stepped it up and led the first five laps before again finishing third. The two combined results handed the Yoshimura Suzuki rider third-place overall.

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – MX Sports Pro Racing and the National Promoter’s Group would like to congratulate Kevin Windham on his decision to retire from an illustrious career in professional racing. Windham, a longtime competitor in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, announced his retirement during opening ceremonies of the Anaheim Supercross on Saturday night at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. The GEICO Honda rider made the decision to call time on his career after meeting with family, friends and his team.

“Without a doubt Kevin Windham will be remembered as one of the most popular athletes the sport has ever known,” said MX Sports Pro Racing President, Davey Coombs. “He was not only an exceptional rider, but a great role model who was always generous with his time and the fans. He has provided countless great races and memories, as well as nearly forty career wins. By any measure, he was one of American motocross racing’s greatest heroes. We truly appreciate his efforts, both on the race track as a competitor and off the track as a wonderful ambassador for the sport.”

Team Yoshimura Suzuki Racing’s Brett Metcalfe had plenty to celebrate after round three of the 2012 AMA Pro Motocross Championships at the Thunder Valley National in Lakewood on Saturday as team mate James Stewart crashed and failed to score after injuring his wrist.

Metcalfe raced his 2012 Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 to a solid fifth-place overall, which included a podium finish in the first moto, but Stewart crashed while leading the first moto after a lapse of concentration when an individual crossed the track in front of him.

To say that Stewart suffered bad luck would be an understatement of epic proportions: Having won the first four motos of the season, he came into the Colorado event ready to race and he qualified fastest. In the first 450 moto, Stewart got a decent start and charged ahead on his Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 to take the lead, but as he attempted to negotiate one of the fastest sections of the course, he unexpectedly encountered a person walking across the track. Immediately distracted, Stewart went down hard and injured his wrist and, hoping to minimise the damage, he did not race the second moto.

KTM Motorsports is proud to officially announce Ken Roczen and Marvin Musquin as its 2012 Red Bull/KTM Factory 250cc Team riders contesting the AMA Supercross Lites Championship and AMA Pro Motocross 250cc National Championship Series.

Roczen, who competed in the AMA West Supercross Lites Championship last season, will return to the U.S. full-time this year to compete in both series aboard his 250 SX-F. The German rider was most recently crowned as the 2011 MX2 World Champion. He is the youngest rider in the series history to win the title.

The 17 year-olds fan base grew significantly last year after fans witnessed his energetic, youthful personality and unique riding style during the Supercross season. He proved he was a top contender in the Lites Supercross class with a podium at both the Anaheim 2 and Salt Lake City rounds as well as a race win at the season finale in Las Vegas. Furthermore, he proved he could easily transition between classes when he switched to the 350 SX-F and competed in two of the Supercross class rounds.

“I am so excited to return to the states to race. I really learned a lot last year during the Supercross season and began to turn my season around at the final races. I am hoping to pick up where I left off, and with any luck, stand on the podium a lot next season,” remarked Roczen. “I am also equally excited about the outdoor series as I have never raced motocross in the United States and I am looking forward to the new competition and new tracks.”

Joining Roczen on the Red Bull/KTM Factory Team is 2-time MX2 World Champion, Marvin Musquin. The French rider relocated to California last year to compete in the Supercross and Motocross Championships but was plagued with injury early on. A torn ACL left him out of the Supercross competition, a series he is most looking forward to for 2012.

“Supercross racing has always been my favorite form of racing. I am so excited to race in the stadiums in front of the crowds. I love the big jumps and fast pace of Supercross racing and can’t wait for the first round,” stated Musquin.

Musquin will also compete in the 250cc Motocross season for his second year in the U.S. He was again plagued with injury at the beginning of the 2011 motocross season but made up for his absence in the final two rounds of the series where he landed on the podium twice. Musquin is currently preparing for the 2011 Monster Energy Cup race in Las Vegas, NV where he will compete in the premier class aboard a 350 SX-F.

“We are excited to have two well-decorated and talented riders on our roster for the 2012 season,” said Red Bull/KTM Team Manager Roger DeCoster. “As past champions, both riders have proved they have the discipline and skill to win races and be title contenders. The entire team is excited for next season and we are looking forward to a very successful year.”

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is pleased to announce the members of the U.S. team that will compete at the FIM Motocross of Nations, Sept. 17-18, at Saint Jean D’Angely, France. The 2011 team will include Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto and Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett.

“America’s talent pool for motocross racers is the deepest in the world,” said AMA Supercross Director Kevin Crowther. “As demonstrated by their performances in this summer’s Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championships, these three riders are among the best that the United States has to offer. We’re confident they will do their country proud at this prestigious event.”

Perennial U.S. Team Manager and Motorcycle Hall of Famer Roger DeCoster will manage the team in its hunt for a record 22nd Motocross of Nations Championship.

Riders in the Motocross of Nations compete in either MX1, featuring mostly 450cc four-stroke machinery; MX2, featuring mostly 250cc four-stroke bikes; or the Open class. The U.S. team will announce each rider’s designated class closer to the event.

The Motocross of Nations is one of the most high-profile motorsport events in the world. It features national teams competing for a combined score to determine the overall championship-winning country. The event emerged in post-war Europe in 1947 and has run uninterrupted since that time. The United States is the all-time leader in Motocross of Nations overall victories with 21. Great Britain is second with 16.

The United States is the reigning champion of the Motocross of Nations, winning in 2010 when the event was held in Lakewood, Colo.

Irvine, Calif. – Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green riders converged at Loretta Lynn’s Dude Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. for the 2011 AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships and commanded 12 championships, 14 runner-up spots, and 14 third-place finishes. The week kicked off in usual fashion, with hundreds of families arriving at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch to setup their campsites for the week-long event. In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Team Green hosted several special events throughout the week, including a family dinner, a country-western concert, and a short film debut. The weather was hot and humid as expected, but a thunderstorm that rolled in Thursday night cooled things down and changed the track dynamic. Despite the ever-changing track and challenging three-moto format, Team Green riders won the majority of their classes, with a few riders sweeping their class aboard Kawasaki KX™85 and KX™450F’s.

It’s been 30 years since the inception of the two most successful institutions in amateur motocross racing– Kawasaki’s Team Green program and the Loretta Lynn’s Amateur National Motocross Championships.

With the 30th year of racing being celebrated next week at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Tennessee, Kawasaki decided to take a look back at what has made Team Green and the Loretta Lynn’s Amateur National Motocross Championship a winning combination.

Check out this video Kawasaki put together: