At the conclusion of the 40th Annual Mini Olympics amateur races held at Gatorback Cycle Park in Florida, Dunlop-sponsored rider Jeremy Martin earned the Dunlop Silver Tire Award. Martin earned the award for being the top points-scoring A-class rider in a combined tally of Supercross and Motocross races at the Mini-O event. Young Jeremy took the overall win in the 250 A/Pro Stock class and earned an impressive 11 podium finishes during the course of the week. The Dunlop Silver Tire award has been given to the top scorer at the Mini-O’s for more than 20 years, and Martin joins a host of outstanding riders.

This year’s Silver Tire trophy was in fact a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork designed and created by renowned custom bike builder Jesse Rooke. Fittingly enough, Rooke himself came from a background in motocross racing during his early years.

“I was so surprised that I was the Silver Tire Award winner—I didn’t know what to say,” Jeremy later stated after accepting the honor. “The minute I first saw all the awards sitting on the table, I liked the Silver Tire Award best because it was such a cool design, and also because of all the past riders who had won it. When they handed it to me I couldn’t believe how heavy it was—I had a hard time holding it with one hand! It’s so cool to be honored this way, and I hope that one day I’ll be as successful as all of the other Dunlop Silver Tire Award winners!”

Valcourt, Québec – Warnert Racing / Can-Am DS 450 Pro racer Adam McGill (right) stood tall on the all-pink GNCC cancer awareness podium after finishing third in the Pro XC1 class despite gruelling conditions at the Ironman GNCC course in Crawfordsville, Ind. Can-Am X-Team members Clifton Beasley, Forrest Whorton and Zac Zakowski each won their respective class in morning action.

“McGill and Bithell really battled out there today and I was proud of the effort they put forth on their Can-Am DS 450 ATVs. Adam notched his fourth consecutive XC1 podium and led three laps of the race. Chris put in an inspiring ride, coming from dead last at the start of the race to finish fourth,” said Jimmie O’Dell, Race Manager, Can-Am. “Can-Am X-Team racers Cliff Beasley and Zac Zakowski each made a powerful statement with their class victories in Indiana.”

Coming into the Ironman GNCC, McGill held second place in the XC1 point standings and needed to win at the final two rounds of the series for a shot at the championship. After leading the first three laps, it looked as if McGill would keep the hopes for a 2011 title alive, but lapped traffic slowed his pace on lap four and he dropped to fourth place. He then picked up the pace to reclaim the third-place position. He moved to within striking distance of first and second place at the end of the race, but had to settle for third.

“I got a good start and was leading for the first couple of laps,” said McGill. “I fell back, but was able to retake the lead. Then I fell back again and finished in third. I had a good time out there anyway and it was a good race, so I’m pretty happy with the podium finish.”

Warnet Racing / Can-Am teammate Chris Bithell got off to slow start in Indiana when his machine failed to start. After restarting the ATV, Bithell quickly went to work and moved from last place to 10th after one lap. By the second lap, Bithell had moved into fourth place and was challenging for third place. During the final laps, Bithell and his teammate McGill actually swapped positions before McGill surged ahead for the final podium position. Bithell notched his ninth top four finish of the season and is currently fourth in the XC1 point standings. He is three points behind third place with only one race remaining.
In the morning U2 class, Can-Am X-Team racer Cliff Beasley was back in the winner’s circle after winning by more than six minutes on his Can-Am Renegade 800R X xc. He finished fifth overall and second on the morning 4×4 podium. Can-Am X-Team racer Forrest Whorton continued his 4×4 Super Senior 45+ class domination as he led from start to finish and won by more than 13 minutes. Whorton has won 11 out of 12 races this season.

Zac Zakowski (Zakowski Motorsports / Can-Am X-Team) earned his second straight 4×4 Open class win. He was in third place going into the woods on the first lap, but took the lead when the two riders in front of him had trouble on a hill climb. Zakowski ended the day nearly three minutes ahead of his competition. He also earned the top stair on the morning 4×4 podium with his second place overall finish.

“It felt really good to get back-to-back wins and I hope I can win again at Loretta’s,” said Zakowski, who is currently third in the 4×4 Open class point standings.

Can-Am X-Team racer Bryan Buckhannon overcame a hill climb crash to finish second behind Zakowski. Buckhannon now trails fellow Can-Am X-Team racer and 4×4 Open class points leader Michael Swift, who took eighth in Indiana, by just two points going into the final race. Buckhannon also piloted his Team ATV Parts Plus Commander 1000 to its second class win of the season in the Open Limited UTV class and took fifth overall for the day. In the UTV Open Limited class championship final points, Can-Am Commander teams swept the top three positions, with Team Travalena taking the title, Team Held finishing second and Team ATV Parts Plus earning third.

In the UTV Open Modified class, Zakowski Motorsports was the top Can-Am Commander with a fourth-place finish. The Warnet Racing / Can-Am / Foremost team took a hard-earned fifth place after battling back from a crash after being hit from behind at the start of the race. The Warnert Commander, piloted by Jerime Dudding, also wrapped up fourth place overall on the season. Can-Am Commander vehicles made up five out the top 10 positions (out of 44 entries) in the class.

The Can-Am GNCC racing series held its Second Annual Pink Race to support cancer awareness with many teams and racers running pink graphics, number plates and riding gear. Some riders even went the extra mile to make special appearances at local the school. On Friday, McGill and a few other top racers visited the fifth and sixth graders at New Market Elementary School to make special “pink buttons” that gave the children free admission to the Ironman GNCC race.

“I had the opportunity to go out to one of the elementary schools in the area and talk to the kids about racing and cancer awareness. I do this kind of thing around home, but have never had the opportunity to go out of state. A lot of the kids actually showed up to the races the next day so it was really cool,” said McGill.

For more information on Can-Am racing, the entire 2011 schedule, the 2011 contingency program and Can-Am DS 450 ATV amateur racer support program, please visit www.can-amxteam.com.

KTM earned two spots on the podium at the eighth round of the GNCC Series as KTM support rider Nate Kanney earned 2nd overall followed by FMF/KTM rider Charlie Mullins who finished 3rd.

Both riders started the race inside the top ten and quickly moved up through the pack. Kanney and Mullins came across the first lap in 2nd and 3rd place. Mullins moved into the lead at one point early in the race before he became tangled with a lapper and lost precious time. When he recovered he had fallen to 5th place and he spent the remaining three laps working his way back onto the podium.

Kanney started 2nd and remained in 2nd to earn his best finish this season. “I love this race and am very excited to finish on the podium here. It was a tough ride today but I had a lot of fun,” remarked Kanney.

Mullins commented, “I am excited to get 3rd here. I have always had bad luck at this race and to land on the podium is great news.”

Mullins’ teammates, Kailub Russell and Cory Buttrick earned spots within the top ten finishing 6th and 8th overall.

In the XC2 class, KTM support rider Steward Baylor rode his most impressive race of the season. Baylor put his KTM two-stroke in the lead early on and went on to take a huge win. In addition to winning his class he placed 3rd in the overall combined finishes.

“My bike worked great today,” remarked Baylor. “The course was so muddy and challenging but the two-stroke handled it well. I had no issues and put in a great ride.”

Continuing her winning trend, RPM/KTM rider Maria Forsberg, took another win in the Women’s Pro class. Forsberg lead every lap of the race and went on to win by eight minutes.

Next Event: Millfield, OH – July 10, 2011

Overall Results XC1 Class –

1)     Josh Strang

2)     Nate Kanney – KTM

3)     Charlie Mullins – KTM

4)     Rory Mead

5)     Paul Whibley

6)     Kailub Russell – KTM

7)     Nick Fahringer

8)     Cory Buttrick – KTM

9)     Thad Duvall

10) Kenneth Gilbert – KTM

 

Overall Results XC2 Class –

1)     Steward Baylor – KTM

2)     Jesse Robinson – KTM

3)     Andrew Delong – KTM

4)     Zack Nolan – KTM

5)     Scott Watkins

6)     Zackery Smith – KTM

7)     Morgan Moss

8)     Justin Williamson – KTM

9)     AJ Stewart

10) Peter Weiss

As the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series (LOORRS) shifts into high gear for Rounds 3 and 4 this weekend at Speedworld Off Road Park on April 16th and 17th, Pro Lite driver Jimmy Stephensen has his sights set firmly on the top of the podium.  The Ironclad Energy + Hydration / Discount Tire Nissan driver has plenty of momentum behind him coming into Surprise, Arizona after two podium finishes in as many races this season.  “The competition was fierce at the season opener in Firebird, and there are a lot of new trucks and drivers to contend with,” Stephensen confessed. “With Deegan, Brandt, Ampudia, Currie, Cameron Steele, and Kyle Leduc all running in Pro Lite this year I feel ecstatic to be on the podium both days.”

The strong finishes at Firebird put the talented Stephensen in second place in season championship points in the highly competitive Pro Lite Unlimited class, just five points behind the leader.  “We made my nearly ten year old truck as new as possible in the off season with the help of Bruce Fraley and Kevin Avina, amongst others.  We proved that we can run with the best of the best!”
Jimmy Stephensen, 2009 LOORS Rookie of the Year, had one second place finish and set the fast lap in the Pro Lite class at Speedworld Off Road Park last season, so it is not unreasonable to believe that he will pull off his first Pro Lite victory at Speedworld next weekend in the No. 33 Ironclad Energy + Hydration / Discount Tire Nissan.  “The class restrictions in Pro Lite make for really close racing, so it is a great opportunity to showcase my driving skills,” Stephensen explains.  “Of course my Yokohama Geolandar A/T-S tires do give me an advantage over the competition,” he is quick to add with a sly grin.  Stephensen finished sixth in series points in Pro Lite in 2010 amongst a field of 24 talented drivers.  In addition to his second place finish at Speedworld last season, he also had a third place finish at Miller Motorsports Park and was on the podium twice in his hometown of Las Vegas in 2010.

PASO ROBLES, CA - Beta factory pilot Chris Bach is ready to get back on the podium. The 22 year old Indiana rider has had a couple finishes outside the top ten and is ready to change all that.

“It’s been a rough few weeks following my Georgia crash and disappointing finish in North Carolina. I’ve finally been able to get back to training properly and have put in much needed seat time to prepare for this weekend’s race. We’re all looking forward to South Carolina and ready to put in a solid finish to get the momentum back in our direction” Bach states.

This weekend’s Round 4 of the Pirelli Big Buck GNCC is held in Union, South Carolina. The event will not be an easy affair as riders prepare for the three hour battle. Chris Bach will be piloting his factory Beta 450 RR.

Watch for Chris as well as other factory supported riders Justin Sode and Michael Grizzle to be pushing their way to the front. Results can be found at www.gnccracing.com