AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association is pleased to announce the U.S. riders who will contest the 88th International Six Days Enduro. Led by the World Trophy Team of Mike Brown, Kurt Caselli, Thad Duvall, Charlie Mullins, Zach Osborne and Taylor Robert, a contingent of 31 U.S. riders will face the best off-road racers in the world in Sardinia, Italy, Sept. 30-Oct. 5.

“We are honored to once again contest the ISDE and chase the American dream of winning this prestigious event,” said AMA Off-Road Manager Chuck Weir. “We are excited about our entire team for 2013, not just the World Trophy Team but all the American riders. We fully expect to achieve our goal of a team world championship at the ISDE this September.”

Antti Kallonen, who guides KTM’s off-road racing teams in North American competition, manages the U.S. ISDE team.

Donny-Schmit-Heroes-Legend-4-11-13April 11, 2013 – Encinitas, CA - As the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series begins to wind down, racers and loyal fans travel to the Minneapolis Metrodome for round 14 of the 2013 season. Along with the series comes another stop of the Legends and Heroes Tour, which will honor a Minnesota local, the late Supercross and World Motocross champion, Donny Schmit.

Donny Schmit was born in Minneapolis on January 17, 1967. Donny stared his two-wheel career at Millville, Minnesota on a Honda XR75, but his early race results were certainly no hint of things to come. Fellow racers made note of Schmit’s cowboy boots and a kidney belt wrapped around his waist about three times because he was so thin. “Everyone called him ‘Peanut’ because he was just a little guy,” said Donny’s wife, Carrie. “He was such a little kid he used a milk crate to hold himself up on his bike at the starting line.”

Triple Dakar Rally winner Marc Coma of Spain has renewed his contract as a factory rider with KTM, the Sportsmotorcycle specialist brand from Austria. Coma will continue to compete for KTM in top international rallies and has expressed his desire to stay loyal to the brand where he started his career as a factory rider.

“I am glad to have been part of the KTM family for 10 years now and I want to finish my career with the brand where I first started as a factory rider I am looking forward at the next challenges and I’ll be racing in the Pharaons Rally and the Morocco Rally in preparation for the 2012 Dakar Rally,” Coma said when he signed his contract.

Senior KTM officials also expressed great satisfaction that Coma will stay with the brand. Pit Beirer, Head of KTM Motorsports said: “We are proud to have had Marc with us for such a long time. Together we have achieved fantastic results in Rally sport over the past years and we want to achieve even more in the coming years. Marc is a great example of professionalism and of commitment to the sport and to KTM. Without a doubt he also represents pure motorcycle passion. Rally is extremely important for KTM and with Marc we have a true great and a superb rider on our 450 rally bike. ”

Heinz Kinigadner, senior company official, former Motocross World Champion and motorsports consultant to KTM said: “Rally needs strong characters and lots of extra motivation and Marc has proved that when things are tough he is even stronger. Today he is not only a fixed part of the KTM family but also part of our company history.”

Universally recognized as one of the finest exponents of rally sport, the Barcelona native first joined KTM to compete in the Dakar Rally in 2003, where he finished third in four stages and firmly established himself as a serous contender for what is recognized as the toughest rally in the world. Coma went on to win the Dakar in 2006 when the even was still being staged on the African continent and then again in 2009 and 2010 in its latest version through South America. He was also World Rally Champion in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2010 and so far this season has competed in and also won both the UAE Desert Challenge and the Sardinia Rally.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) congratulates the U.S. Junior Motocross Team for its title at the 2011 FIM Junior Motocross World Championships in Cingoli, Italy, on Aug. 13-14. The teams from Great Britain and Italy finished second and third, respectively.

In addition to the team title, U.S. rider Joey Savatgy earned the individual world championship in the 125cc class at the event.

Savatgy, who is supported by Rockstar Energy Suzuki, was joined on the team by Yamaha amateur support rider Chris Alldredge from Powell Butte, Ore., in the 125cc class; Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green riders Mark Worth from Queen Creek, Ariz., and Chase Bell from Cairo, Ga., in the 85cc class; and Gabriel Jairala from San Antonio, Texas, and Derek Drake from San Luis Obispo, Calif., competing in the 65cc class on KTM 65s.

Other U.S. riders were Rockstar Suzuki Josh Mosiman from Sebastopol, Calif., and Red Bull/Yamaha sponsored Matt Bisceglia from Weatherford, Texas, both in the 125cc class. In the 85cc class were Rockstar Suzuki rider Michael Mosiman from Sebastopol, Calif., and Suzuki rider Tyler Rosa from Perris, Calif.

“Winning back-to-back team world championships is an unbelievable accomplishment that requires a tremendous amount of effort from everybody involved,” said AMA Motocross Manager Kip Bigelow, referring to the 2010 title the team won in France. “The riders represented the United States with honor, and I am so proud of each one of them. This accomplishment could not have happened without the support from our sponsors: Cernics Racing, Dunlop Tires, Monster Energy Team Green Kawasaki, Yamaha Motor Corporation, KTM and Bonamigo Suzuki.”

The title race went down to the closing moments of the final 125cc moto, which Savatgy won despite suffering a flat tire with four laps to go.

“Obviously the event was a success for our team,” said U.S. Team Manager Ryan Holliday, Kawasaki Team Green’s motocross supervisor. “The goal was to win, and we accomplished that. Each rider played a part in the team’s victory, and it was great to see everyone work together for a common goal. It was fun to be a part of this, and hopefully the riders will have great memories of this experience.”

Bell finished second in the 85cc class with a 3-1 moto score, just losing out on the overall to Latavia’s Pauls Jonass. Another notable ride was put in by 65cc rider Jairala, Bigelow said. Jairala struggled with poor starts but remained focused on the team title, finishing 9-16 in his motos and 10th overall.

“After track watering during intermission, all the 65cc riders found the conditions less than perfect,” Bigelow said. “Jairala came into the mechanic’s area with his goggles full of mud. He pulled back onto the track in 35th place with just 10 minutes to go, and it all seemed lost for the U.S. team. If it weren’t for Jairala’s fierce competitiveness and his ability to move past 19 riders by the end of the race, we wouldn’t have made it to the podium.”

As for Savatgy, he made it clear that he won’t forget his world championship anytime soon. The Thomasville, Ga., rider was thrilled with both his individual accomplishment and the team effort that brought home the world title.

“Winning the world championship was a big deal, and if I could explain feelings I would, but it is probably one of the most memorable wins of my amateur career,” Savatgy said. “The feeling when I crossed that finish line and knew I had won was amazing, a loss for words. Especially knowing that I just rode the last four laps with a rear flat, I never in a million years would of guessed that I could ride four laps with a flat tire and still be able to win the overall.

“Of course, we had a great team, and everyone put in an amazing effort, an effort in which was good enough for the team overall,” he added. “The competition over there, like the year before, was stacked. There were so many fast kids, and to come out on top is a good feeling.”

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PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) has assembled a team of the best youth motocross racers in the world to represent the United States at the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) Junior Motocross Championships in Cingoli, Italy, on Aug. 13-14. The U.S. team will defend the World Championship it won last year in France.

Gabriel Jairala from San Antonio, Texas, and Derek Drake from San Luis Obispo, Calif., will compete in the 65cc class riding KTM 65s. Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green riders Mark Worth from Queen Creek, Ariz., and Chase Bell from Cairo, Ga., will race 85cc bikes. In the 125cc class, the United States will be represented by Rockstar Energy Suzuki rider Joey Savatgy from Thomasville, Ga., and Yamaha amateur support rider Chris Alldredge from Powell Butte, Ore.

Kawasaki Team Green Motocross Supervisor Ryan Holiday will coordinate the U.S. team’s efforts as team manager.

In addition to the official team riders, other American riders will participate in the event, as well. Those riders include Josh and Michael Mosiman from Sebastopol, Calif. Josh will race in the 125cc class and Michael will compete in the 85cc class.

“Last year was the first time the United States fielded a complete team for this event, and it was an unbelievable experience for these youngsters and their families,” said AMA Motocross Manager Kip Bigelow.

Bigelow noted that while American riders have won individual World Championships in youth motocross — Ryan Villopoto in Italy in 2003, Blake Wharton in Bulgaria in 2007 and Eli Tomac in New Zealand in 2009 — 2010 was the first year the team brought home the overall team title.

“Of course, Jake Pinhancos, from Massachusetts, won an overall last year, and that was a masterful accomplishment, but standing on the podium with ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ playing, realizing that the United States had just fielded the best youth amateur motocross team in the world and beat out 33 other countries present, was an experience like no other,” Bigelow said. “I had no doubt in my mind that we would find the support to defend our title this year. Thanks to backing from the AMA and FIM North America, this will be another fantastic adventure for these riders and their families.”

Returning to the world event in the 125cc class for the U.S. team is last years’ class runner-up, Joey Savatgy. Savatgy says he has some unfinished business to attend to as he nearly won an individual World Championship in 2010.

“Last year was incredible,” Savatgy said. “It was sick to be part of the winning team. I got to hang out with some pretty cool people last year and I’m hoping to see them again this year. Racing against the top competitors in the world really opened my eyes to the level of talent that is out there. I am looking forward to working with the other members of the U.S. Junior Team to defend our gold metal this year in Italy.”

As a team manager, Holiday brings a long list of championships earned under the Monster Energy Team Green tent and will surely be instrumental in the success of the team.

“The opportunity to help some of our top amateur riders represent the United States is very exciting,” Holiday said. “I’ve always been a big fan of international motocross and the Motocross of Nations, so being part of this will be a lot of fun. Our team is strong and hopefully we can establish a winning tradition for the U.S. Junior Motocross Team at this event.”

The AMA will hold a fund-raising auction in July for the team. Look for details on the AMA website, AmericanMotorcyclist.com, in the near future. If you would like to donate to the U.S. Junior World Motocross effort, contact Kip Bigelow at kbigelow@ama-cycle.org.