Frana-TORC-Off-Road-8-16-13Loves Park, IL – The weekend of short-course racing at Red Bud MX had John Frana run some of the quickest laps in the PRO Buggy class as the #907 RCV Performance/”the Official” Brand Name Prescription Card/Sway-A-Way/Frana Vehicles Honda-powered AWD single seater had back to back podium finishes on the most technical layout in the Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL.

The one-mile long layout ran through the same valley that the national motocross track is built on and it had many of the same characteristics that two-wheeled racers have grown to enjoy. The track had multiple elevation changes, big air jumps, a variety of turns, and of course the infamous loamy soil that can really create problems if a driver wanders off the racing groove.

Demeny-TORC-Off-Road-8-14-13Abrams, WI – The Super Stock Truck division is one of the most competitive groups of racers in the Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL and after two really tough rounds of racing in southwestern Michigan, the battle of the championship continues to see Don Demeny at the top of the list. The cagey Super Stock veteran continues to finish in the top five practically every time he hits the track, a pattern he continued at Red Bud MX.

The track at Red Bud is very technical, which is a nice way of saying the track is narrow with tight corners. The layout also some large elevation changes with big air jumps and soil that can get really chewed up when a dozen four thousand pound trucks continually make laps around the iconic facility. Even with that said, most of the drivers, including Don Demeny can’t wait to go racing at Red Bud.

Bryce-Menzies-TORC-BFGoodrich-8-14-13Drivers on BFGoodrich Tires continued their successful run in the Traxxas TORC Series Presented by AMSOIL at the Red Bud MX track on Aug 10-11. A podium sweep of the Pro 4 class in Round 12 on Sunday served as a tremendous finale in what was a big weekend for the tire manufacturer which claimed five wins and 13 total podium finishes in the pro classes and won 10 of the 12 the sportsman class races as well.

Red Bud has notoriously technical and natural terrain to maneuver through which can and did prove to attract aggressive racing. Team BFGoodrich member Bryce Menzies swept the Pro 2 class both days while Rob MacCachren captured two podium spots in Pro 2 on the weekend.

RCU-Off-Road-7-3-13CONCORD, Ohio (July 3, 2013) – Cometic Gasket, Inc., – a leading worldwide supplier of shelf stock,custom and short-run gaskets for the performance aftermarket, original equipment, motorsports and powersports industrieswill assume a leading role in sponsoring the sold out July 3 Ricky Carmichael University (RCU) at Red Bud MX in Buchanan, Mich.

RCU began in 2010 as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for riders of all ages and skill levels to learn from The-Greatest-of-All-Time, Ricky Carmichael. Carmichael will be flanked by an all-star lineup of instructors including four-time champion Jeff Emig, six-time AMA Motocross and Supercross Champion Jeff Stanton, four-time AMA and US Open Champion Grant Langston and three-time 125cc titlest Ivan Tedesco.

Rocky-Mountain-ATV-MX-Off-Road-5-28-13Rocky Mountain ATV/MC announced today that their RCU (Ricky Carmichael University) Red Bud MX Giveaway has concluded.  Rocky Mountain ATV/MC will sponsor the five giveaway winners at this years’ RCU installment at the Red Bud MX Track in Buchanan, MI on July 3, 2013.

Winners:
Brennan P. – MO
Jake H. – TX
Seth C. – IN
Zoe E. – IA
Derek E. – PA

Red Bull/KTM Factory riders Mike Alessi and Andrew Short both finished inside the top ten at the sixth round of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship Series at Red Bud MX Park.

In moto one, Short earned a decent start rounding the first lap inside the top ten while his teammate, Alessi, had to work his way up from the back of the pack. At the one lap mark, Alessi was sitting in 17th and Short was running in 7th position. Short continued to work hard to keep his lap times consistent throughout the first moto. His efforts helped him gain one more position before the end of the moto. Alessi also put in a solid effort to move from 17th to 9th by the moto end.

After suffering a poor start in the first moto, Alessi redeemed himself with a 4th place start in moto two. Short wasn’t far behind just outside the top ten. Moments into the second moto battle, Alessi was putting the moves on Chad Reed. Before the end of the first lap, Alessi had passed Reed to move into 3rd place. Alessi remained in 3rd position for the first half of the race with Reed in tow. The two battled for multiple laps to put on a good show for the enthused Red Bud crowd for that final podium position. Around the 9th lap, Alessi lost his battle with Reed and settled into 4th. Alessi hung tight to that position and finished 4th overall for the day. Meanwhile, Short had moved his way up from his 10th place start to finish the moto in 8th. Alessi’s 9-4 results earned him 5th overall for the day while Short’s 6-8 moto finishes earned him 7th.

“I struggled a bit with my start in the first race but was able to climb through traffic pretty easily,” commented Alessi. “I felt the best I have since returning from my injury today and I think it showed in my second moto battle with Reed. I had a lot of fun racing him and am glad to see I am one step closer to landing on the podium.”

Next Event: July 16, 2011 – Millville, MN

Overall Results –
1)    Chad Reed
2)    Ryan Dungey
3)    Ryan Villopoto
4)    Brett Mefcalfe
5)    Mike Alessi
6)    Justin Brayton
7)    Andrew Short
8)    Davi Millsaps
9)    Kevin Windham
10)    Christian Craig
11)    Nick Wey
12)    Josh Grant
13)    Jake Weimer
14)    Travis Sewell
15)    Michael Byrne
16)    Tye Simmonds
17)    Ben LaMay
18)    Jake Canada
19)    Tommy Hahn
20)    Jimmy Albertson

Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey and team mate Brett Metcalfe powered their RM-Z450s to second and fourth-placed overall finishes at the Rockstar Energy Drink Redbud AMA Motocross Championship sixth round in Buchanan on Saturday.

Dungey had good morning practices and great starts in both motos. He was fourth out of the gate in moto one but quickly moved into third during the first lap. By the seventh lap, he was able to grab second and then put his head down and powered his RM-Z after the leader. Dungey charged hard for the next nine laps and caught up to the leader but wasn’t able to make a pass and settled for a second-place finish. In moto two, Dungey’s RM-Z450 rocketed him out of the gate and into the front for the holeshot. He slipped to second in the first lap and charged hard for the 16-lap race but ended up crossing the line for another second, which gave him a second-place overall on the day. The reigning Champion remains third in the Championship points, just six points out of second.

“It was a good day,” said Dungey. “I went two-two on the day. Practice was good. I got off to good starts on my RM-Z. I battled and almost got first in the first moto; I just came up a little short. Second again in the second moto – it was tough. The track was challenging and I fought the track in a few places. But overall, it was a good day. My Rockstar Makita Suzuki team did a great job and my Suzuki ran great this weekend. We’ll just keep moving forward. I’m looking forward to Millville. We have this week off and we’ll be able to work on a few things on the bike and physically and mentally as well. Just try to get better in a few areas and show up better. That’s the goal. Millville is a great track; a fun race, my hometown race, and the fans are great. It’s one of my favorite tracks in the series.”

Metcalfe started the day strong with the fifth fastest time in qualifying. The Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider used the power of his RM-Z to launch himself into fifth out of the gate directly behind his team mate in the first moto. He was able to make the pass for fourth in the second lap and rode strong for the remaining 14 laps to finish fourth. In moto two, Metcalfe once again pulled a good start that put him up with the front pack. The Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider immediately slotted himself in fifth and charged hard for the 16-lap race to finish in the fifth position. His four-five finishes were good enough for a fourth-place overall. Metcalfe’s strong result moved him up two slots in the championship points race to fourth place.

“Redbud went really, really good,” said Metcalfe. “I was extremely happy with the day and to finally have a result in the top five, where I feel I belong, was important. Especially finishing up with a good result here before the week off and heading into the second half of the season. Everything was working great for us. My Rockstar Makita Suzuki was working awesome and I really feel like we found the setup I need and now it’s just getting out there and getting the results I want. I qualified well so I got a good gate pick, which was important to get good starts. I was able to run up to the front pack and keep myself separated from the rest of the field. I was able to get a fourth in the first moto and a fifth in the second, which gave me a fourth overall for the day – a much better result than the last couple weeks. I want to thank the entire Rockstar Makita Suzuki team and Yoshimura for getting my bike dialed in here for Redbud. I’m looking forward to having a weekend off and we’re gonna put our heads down and try to make more improvements. I’m looking forward to Millville. It’s a great track and similar to Redbud, so our bike setup should be pretty good. I look to try to be up front and sneak in for our first podium of the year.”

The Rockstar Makita Suzuki team’s next event is the seventh round of the 2011 AMA Pro Motocross Championship on Saturday, July 16th, at the Spring Creek National in Millville.

Redbud 450 Class Overall Results:

1. Chad Reed
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Ryan Villopoto
4. Brett Metcalfe
5. Mike Alessi
6. Justin Brayton
7. Andrew Short
8. David Millsaps
9. Kevin Windham
10. Christian Craig

2011 Motocross 450 Class Standings:

1. Chad Reed – 268
2. Ryan Villopoto – 252
3. Ryan Dungey – 246
4. Brett Metcalfe – 178
5. David Millsaps – 173
6. Kevin Windham – 172
7. Andrew Short – 130
8. Christian Craig – 119
9. Mike Alessi – 115
10. Jake Weimer – 112

Buchanan, Mich. – (June 1st, 2011) – Team GT’s Casey Currie was revved to hit the track in a big way Saturday for the Traxxas TORC opener at the Red Bud MX in Buchanan, Mich.  Currie, newly signed by Team GT in 2011, did just that — taking home second in Pro Lite class.

Known for sweeping the TORC champion weekend at Crandon in 2010 as well as taking home the series championship Pro Lite title, Currie is no stranger to winning.   He started racing motorcycles when he was just 5-years-old and trucks at 16, taking home his first major win in 2003 — the championship title at the MDR series.

In 2004, Currie switched to Pro Truck and Class 1, taking second in Pro Truck at the Baja 1000 and third in Class 1 at the Baja 500. And his podium wins get even more impressive still; He took home 2nd overall in the 2008 and 2009 King of Hammers and finished second in Round 1 and 2 of the 2010 M4SX in Trophy Kart.

“I’m so excited to be racing this season as a part of Team GT, and this was a great start to the series for me,” said Currie after he took the podium in Buchanan.  “2010 was a great year for me and I’m going to see to it that 2011 is even better.”

Stay tuned for Casey Currie win updates during the TORC and Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing series at the www.generaltire.com and www.caseycurrie.com.  If you can’t be there to see all the action first-hand, you can get up-to-the-minute information on all the races at www.twitter.com/teamgt.

 

Buchanan, Michigan — Scott Douglas launched into the 2011 Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL season the same way he closed out the 2010 season—with a decisive win at the Red Bud MX season opener on Memorial Day weekend.

The win came after torrential rains forced the race to be canceled on Saturday because the track was too sloppy to allow emergency equipment access to sections of the hilly natural terrain circuit. Racers and TORC Series officials were determined to get at least one round of Pro racing in for the hardcore Red Bud MX fans.

With another major thunderstorm on the radar, the Red Bud track crew worked feverishly to groom the track for racing on Sunday. TORC adjusted the schedule and put the Pro 4 trucks out on the track first since four-wheel-drive was going to be an advantage in the super muddy conditions. Without practice or qualifying time on the new racetrack, veteran drivers like Douglas had an advantage with their ability to read the terrain and surface conditions.

Abrams, WI - The 2011 TORC Series already has AMSOIL as its presenting sponsor but the Superior, Wis.-based synthetic oil manufacturer has added a substantial offer for the Midwest Off Road Racing’s Sportsman competitors: Nearly $30,000 in AMSOIL products. All eight Sportsman divisions will have $300 in AMSOIL products up for grabs in all 12 rounds of racing.

“The MORR Contingency Program is a great way to promote how well AMSOIL synthetics lubricants perform under even the most severe conditions,” said AMSOIL Race Program Director, Jeremy Meyer. “Even though AMSOIL is the presenting Sponsor of the Traxxas TORC Series, TORC competitors don’t have to use AMSOIL products. The MORR Contingency Program gives us the opportunity to say thanks to the competitors who rely on AMSOIL race after race. ”

The opening rounds of the Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL will be held at Red Bud MX in Buchanan, Michigan, beginning May 28.

For complete details on the AMSOIL Contingency Offer visit: www.midwest-offroadracing.com/contingency.htm

It is never too late to participate in the MORR Contingency plan; interested parties can contact MORR board member Mike Reusche at philsinc@ymail.com or 847-343-4658.