WORCS Round Four, a bit different than most WORCS races, would consist of two laps of winding, sandy trails, rock climbs, and dune areas without the typical motocross section found at WORCS races. The course would challenge the almost 70 side-by-sides lining up for the race with many cars having their race end early.
Charlotte, N.C. – Robby Gordon OFF-ROAD officials are honored to announce that the 2013 SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Trucks Champion will be the recipient of the Inaugural Mickey Thompson Championship Trophy, named in honor of the late championship racer, innovator, and promoter, Mickey Thompson.
Born December 7, 1928, in San Fernando, Calif., Thompson was an integral player in the West Coast drag-racing scene of the 1950’s. His most notable achievement during this time was the creation of the first slingshot dragster in 1954.
However, it was during Mickey’s time managing the Lion Drag Strip near Long Beach, Calif., he created some of the most innovative improvements in racing safety. The development of the ‘Christmas Tree’ starting lights that are implemented throughout drag racing today, took the human starter out of the equation. During the same period, it was Mickey’s idea to fill barrels with water to help absorb a car’s energy during a crash; the same safety technique is now used in Stadium SUPER Trucks competition years later.
This news is announced just as Musquin, a two-time MX2 World Champion, achieved the highlight of his U.S. racing career with the overall win in the 250 Motocross class at Unadilla Raceway. His teammate, Ken Roczen, also earned a career first after taking a 250 Motocross class win in the first moto at Unadilla.
Morgantown, W.Va. (July 20, 2012) – AMSOIL, the presenting sponsor for the 2012 Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s, is once again offering a unique program for those fortunate qualifiers at this year’s event. The AMSOIL Generator Oil Change Program will be available free of charge to all race teams attending this year’s National.
AMSOIL realizes it’s been a busy summer of racing and qualifying for this year’s event. While riders are working hard at keeping their bikes in race ready condition, sometimes things can get overlooked. Most manufacturers recommend changing generator oil after the first 50 hours of use and every 150 hours after that. With the hot and dusty conditions each team faces every summer, changes should occur even more often. That’s where AMSOIL is looking to help out the riders. Not only will the company ensure a convenient oil change at each rider’s respective campsite, AMSOIL lubricants and filters will also provide generators with added protection in these difficult conditions.
Mechanicsville, Md. – Sometimes in motocross, it’s not always the rider who wins the races that ends up taking home the overall win. For Joel Hetrick at round four of the AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series, two second place finishes was enough to put the sophomore rookie on top of the podium at Budds Creek MX, where he scored his first overall win of the 2012 season.
Wienen Motorsports/SSi Decals/Walsh Race Craft/Yamaha’s Chad Wienen continued his five-race win streak in Moto 1 as he made his way out front immediately and went on to lead all twelve laps of the race. But it was Baldwin Motorports/PEP’s Josh Upperman who grabbed the SSi Decals Holeshot Award and led for a brief moment before Wienen put himself into the lead. Hetrick put in a solid second place finish, coming in less than three seconds behind Wienen. Upperman worked hard to fend off TBROWN Yamaha Racing/Moto-X-Perts rider Thomas Brown to maintain third place in Moto 1, while Brown finished a close fourth after getting off to a rough start.
ATVRiders.com Fastest Qualifier Joe Byrd landed the fastest lap time in the morning qualifying sessions and the veteran made his way up to fifth place after getting off to a bad start in Moto 1. Motoworks/Can-Am rider John Natalie began the race inside the top five until he overshot a corner, causing him to go off the track and lose a significant amount of time and positions. The Ironman was able to work his way back into a sixth place finish, despite his early fumble.
Washington, Ga. – The 2012 AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series kicked off Saturday at Aonia Pass MX Park in Washington, Ga., providing some of the best racing in series history, pitting the fastest ATV Motocross racers in the country against one another for two twenty-plus minute motos. After an eight-month hiatus from racing due to a season ending injury in 2011, Wienen Motorsports/SSi/Walsh/Yamaha-backed Chad Wienen began the season in a winning fashion, going (1-1) for the overall and the early points lead.
In the opening moto of the Pro ATVMX class, it was Baldwin Motorports/PEP’s Josh Upperman who grabbed the SSi Decals Holeshot Award and led the early part of the race. It wasn’t long before Wienen powered his new Yamaha ride into the lead, though, passing Upperman through the fan-filled finish line section.
While the rest of the field was viewing the track on the site lap, Motoworks/Can-Am’s newest addition, Joel Hetrick, was waiting behind the gate while his crew worked to fix a mechanical issue on the ATV. Earlier in the day, Hetrick grabbed the ATVRiders.com fastest Qualifier Award over a stacked field of veteran riders, and after finally fixing the ATV in time for the gate drop, Hetrick proved it wasn’t a fluke as he caught and passed the front-runners and pressured Wienen for the lead spot. Hetrick finally made a bold attempt to pass Wienen for the lead, but in doing so, the nineteen-year-old went off the track and was forced to sit the rest of the moto on the sidelines.
Morgantown, W.Va. (February 28, 2012) – The ATV Promoter’s Group (ATVPG) is pleased to announce the addition of SSi Decals, a leading supplier of ATV decals and graphics kits, as an associate sponsor of the 2012 AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series. As part of its support of ATV Motocross, SSi Decals will once again sponsor the SSi Decals Holeshot Award for pro racers at all 10 rounds of the series.
“SSi Decals is fully committed to the ATV industry and proud to be an associate sponsor of the 2012 ATVMX Series,” said Ian Harris, owner of SSi Decals. “We are excited to elevate our role in the series this year and believe we offer the best product on the market when it comes to decals. Our support of the ATV industry extends to all ages and rider-levels.”
The added incentive of the SSi Decals Holeshot Award is just one of the many ways in which SSi Decals supports the sport of ATV Motocross. Sponsoring riders such as Chad Wienen, John Natalie, Thomas Brown, Nick Denoble, Josh Upperman, Joe Byrd, Mark Madl, Derek Swartfager, John VenJon, and Ronnie Higgerson, as well as a host of amateur riders, SSi Decals has a strong presence in the ATV Motocross industry.
For more information on SSi Decals products, visit their website at www.ssidecals.com.
The 2012 AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series kicks off its 10 race series March 24 and 25 at Aonia Pass MX Park in Washington, Ga. For more information on the series, visit www.atvmotocross.com.
Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki celebrated a podium finish at the inaugural running of the Monster Energy Cup Supercross at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on Saturday as Brett Metcalfe raced his Yoshimura-equipped Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 to third overall.
This new stand-alone Supercross race capped off the 2011 season and incorporated both Motocross and Supercross styles in the lengthy track as well as the racing format. The hybrid track was the longest Supercross track ever built, and the format included Supercross heat races and main events, but the scoring was all Motocross: three 10-lap Open Class main events combined to provide riders with one overall best score.
“This was a really exciting race,” said Metcalfe. “The whole Rockstar Makita Suzuki team worked great. It was really awesome to see the bike become better and better over the course of one day and seeing the team making all these changes in one race was incredible. We had a few practice sessions, and I was feeling pretty comfortable. The track was different than what I’m used to, so it was a little challenging at first. But by race time that night, I was ready to go.”
The Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider started the night on a positive note by putting in an impressive ride in the first heat race. He got a great start on his Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z450, led all the laps before making a small mistake at the end of the heat and finishing second. In the three main events, Metcalf continued to ride aggressively and focused races, finishing fourth in the first main, third in the second main and third in the final main. All of these results combined to hand Metcalf an impressive third-place finish overall.
“All through the heat race, I led every lap until the last lap,” said Metcalfe. “Then I spun out and lost a position. But I felt good going into the main events. I knew to do well and get up on the podium it would be key to get good starts. I was able to get three pretty good starts and really come out of the first corner in a good position each time. The Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 was unreal out there; it worked awesome for me and I’m happy with third overall. Now we have the off-season to prepare for Supercross next year. We learned a lot this weekend that we can put to use in testing and come out ready next year.”
Metcalfe and the Yoshimura Suzuki team will return for the start of the 2012 AMA Supercross season on Saturday, January 7, 2012, at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.
Monster Energy Cup Open Class Overall Results:
1. Ryan Villopoto
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Brett Metcalfe
4. Martin Davalos
5. Eli Tomac
6. Kyle Chisolm
7. Nick Wey
8. Jimmy Albertson
9. Jake Weimer
10. Mike Alessi
Forsberg, a four-time WORCS Champion and the reigning GNCC Champion is one of the most decorated female off-road athletes in the sport. Earlier this year, she was extended an invite to compete in the first-ever X-Games Women’s EnduroX event, a dream come true for the talented rider. “I was so excited to hear that the X-Games were going to have an EnduroX event, and more importantly, a women’s class. I jumped at the chance to compete and am so excited for the opportunity to help bring more exposure to the sport of off-road riding,” remarked Forsberg.
To make the moment more special, Forsberg was able to compete with her RPM/KTM teammate and reigning WORCS Champion Kacy Martinez. Also representing the orange brand was motocross rider Elizabeth Bash who has been lining up on moto and off-road gates this season.
The course was built with tough log sections, loose rocks, a firewood pit and fast straights. “This track was fast-paced today which is not typically my style. I felt a little uneasy going into the race but knew if I just got a clean start and avoided any pile-ups that I would remain consistent and would be able to make any passes I needed to make,” stated Forsberg.
At the start of the six lap main it was Forsberg’s teammate Martinez who nailed the holeshot. She was followed by Tarah Gieger and Sara Price. Gieger and Price collided on the first log section which allowed Forsberg to jump into 2nd behind her teammate. Martinez led the first lap and a half with Forsberg in tow.
The log hill on the second lap got the best of Martinez when she lodged her front tire in between two logs and went down. Forsberg jumped in the lead and never looked back. She went on to take a commanding lead and earn the victory. Meanwhile, Martinez, who had to climb all the way up the log hill after her fall to remount her bike and continue on, was able to charge back up to an impressive 3rd place to take the bronze medal.
“It feels amazing to win X-Games gold. I would have never thought I would have this opportunity or would have gotten this win. I can’t thank my team and everyone that came out and supported me enough. This is the best feeling in the world,” stated Forsberg.
BREA, Calif. –American Suzuki Motor Corp. is pleased to announce the kickoff of a new website, “Suzuki NOW,” a one-stop destination for customers who want quick, easy access to the latest Suzuki news, information, events and special offers.
From the kickoff of 2012 products, such as the recently introduced 2012 V-Strom 650 ABS and championship-winning RM-Z and RM motocross lines, to special Suzuki events such as the BusaBeats MC Battle and limited time $100 Jordan Card promotion with Michael Jordan Motorsports – Suzuki NOW is the best way for customers to stay connected to all the current Suzuki events, news and special offers.
In addition to new products and special offers, Suzuki NOW features countdowns and links to upcoming race events in the 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship and 2011 AMA Pro Road Racing series, as well as local events at nationwide Suzuki dealers.
“With all the great Suzuki events and programs going on this summer and beyond, Suzuki NOW offers customers a one-stop destination for all the latest news and information,” said American Suzuki’s Senior Communications Manager Steve Bortolamedi, “from the recent new product introductions to the BusaBeats MC Battle and our race teams dominating on racetracks around the world, there is plenty of Suzuki activity right now and our customers can stay connected and ride through the summer with Suzuki NOW. “
Suzuki NOW was officially introduced during a customer appreciation event held at the Blue Fin in Monterey, Calif. during the MotoGP weekend the 2011 Red Bull Grand Prix MotoGP weekend, where Suzuki introduced Suzuki NOW and celebrated the beginning of the 2011 BusaBeats MC Battle with original BusaBeats winner J.PIGG, radio personality Big Tigger and Michael Jordan Motorsports team riders Ben Bostrom and Roger Lee Hayden.
For more information about Suzuki Now, please visit: http://suzukicycles.com/suzukiNow