Geico-Endurocross-New-4-10-13Irvine, CA – The opening round of the 2013 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Championship, fueled by Monster Energy and presented by Lucas Oil will take place in Las Vegas this Friday, May 3rd during the Monster Energy AMA Supercross finals weekend. If you have never been to an EnduroCross, you need to get out to Las Vegas early and witness some of the most exciting racing you will ever see. The track map reveals the “usual” brutal mix of rocks, logs, sand, tractor tires, jumps, and berms that challenge the skills of the world’s best off-road motorcycle racers. Add in a water pit that makes all of the obstacles more challenging as the water gets dragged around the track and you have a recipe for crazing racing.

FMF/KTM rider Russell Bobbitt started the AMA National Enduro season in the best way possible – with an event win!

Bobbitt, a 3-time National Enduro Champion, is no stranger to winning. After struggling with a separated shoulder throughout the majority of last season, he is back to top form for 2011. It’s no secret that Bobbitt has revamped his training routine since last October to focus more on speed training and overall fitness. All of his hard work paid off when he captured the win at the opening round in Salley, SC.

Not only did Bobbitt win the first race, he dominated the first race. He turned the fastest time in the first three sections before having his first hiccup. “I crashed once in the fourth test which cost me some time and I ended up with the fifth fastest time,” remarked Bobbitt.  Despite his crash, Bobbitt still maintained the lead after the fourth test.

The 2011 off-road racing season kicked off in Laughlin, Nevada, at the SCORE Laughlin Desert Challenge. With the New Year came some new sponsors, and a few of the heavy-hitters in the trophy truck class were representing new brands this year.

Toward the end of last year, news broke just before the SEMA show that Robby Gordon had started a new energy drink company called Speed Energy. Well, his team vehicles, be it his trophy truck or his Team Hummer vehicle he raced at Dakar, are now plastered in bright-orange Speed Energy for 2011. Since his race in Dakar didn’t go as well as hoped, Gordon made the trek back to the States to race in the Laughlin Desert Challenge and posted the fastest qualifying time on Friday – and almost won the Laughlin Leap – which put him on the front row with the other fastest qualifier in BJ Baldwin. Unfortunately the weekend didn’t turn out so well (read full coverage here) for Gordon.

KTM is entering the 2011 Supercross season with high hopes after enlisting the services of famed team managed Roger DeCoster in the off-season. DeCoster’s has put together a team of riders that includes Andrew Short and Ken Roczen and Mike Alessi.

KTM and DeCoster expect the team to do well in 2011. Check out this video that previews the team and the upcoming season of racing.

The 2010 Lucas Oil Off-Road Series wrapped up last month, but race fans dying to get some action this weekend before football starts are in luck. The Lucas Oil Challenge Cup, presented by Rockstar Energy, will air on CBS Sports Spectacular this Saturday, January 8th, at 1:00 p.m. EST. (10:00 a.m.PST). Be sure to check your local listing, as airtime may be subject to change.

The Lucas Oil Challenge Cup was covered on Off-Road.com back in December, but seeing the action on video is definitely must-see TV. This race occurred after the final round of the regular season as the finale showdown of Lucas Oil Off Road Racing for 2010.  Some of the major racers in the competition include Brian Deegan, Carl Renezeder, Rob MacCachren, Rick Huseman, Kyle LeDuc and more.

Off-road race fans looking to get in some race action while waiting at the doctor’s office or just killing time will want to check out the new Trophylite Rally application for iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. Players can race with with the Lincoln Electric rally truck in the game, as Lincoln Electric has partnered with TROPHYLITE and 2XL Games as an official sponsor. The game features a virtual Lincoln Electric rally truck and trackside banners sporting the company’s logo.

It’s not every day that we get insight into the everyday world of racers. But AP Racing Brakes, a dirt bike racing company from England that has making disc brake systems since 1966, is creating a new video series that follows  the lives of two of their young Pro WORCS Racers Robby Bell and Justin Seeds as they battle toward victory. The video series will offer in-depth background into what it takes to become a successful dirt bike racer.

This is a behind-the-scenes video of their daily lives as well as action of them live on the track. The full online documentary series coming soon, but here’s a teaser of the action

The Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series traveled to Surprise, Arizona, this past weekend for Round 11 and 12 of the series. The weather was hot but the fans toughed out the heat to watch some great racing. If you missed our Round 11 highlights or the weekend wrapup story be sure to check them out.

If you missed the racing in Arizona this past weekend, the LOORRS crew put out a great video with highlights of the action from Round 11.

Off-road enthusiasts looking for guidance on how to choose the right tires for their trucks and SUVs have a helpful hand from off-road racers Cameron and Heidi Steele, who provide answers in Yokohama Tire Corporation’s third installment of Tire Tips. This series of short educational videos was created to help people learn more about tires, from proper maintenance to improving fuel efficiency.

The “how to choose a truck/SUV tire” video is hosted by off-road racing champions Cameron and Heidi Steele. Some might recognize Cameron from his other job as a TV commentator for X Games and other action sports event. He hosted the first two videos on the importance of  properly inflated tires and how to read the sidewall of a tire.  For the latest video he enlisted the aid of his lovely wife, Heidi, who also races off-road, to help determine the right type of wheel for your ride.

Scott Douglas had almost a perfect weekend at Rounds 5 and 6 of The Off-Road Championship Series (TORC).

After hopping into the #7 AMSOIL Kumho F-150 in his new MasterCraft driving suit for round 5 of the TORC Series, he went out and earned the win in the Pro 4 class. Once he made the pass for the lead in turn one, Douglas never relinquished the lead and earned the wire-to-wire victory.