Beauchamp-Off-Road-TORC-8-16-13Escanaba, MI – After back to back wins in at Chicagoland Speedway, Danny Beauchamp backed up that performance with great charge from the back of the field to finish second in Round 7 of the Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL. With only two more rounds of racing left in the season, Beauchamp is definitely in the hunt for Super Stock Truck Championship.

In previous years, the one mile long Red Bud short-course track has been known to really tear up both Sportsman and PRO race trucks. In an effort to minimize the wear and tear on all TORC racers, the actual layout was slightly changed as portions of the track were widened and the downhill section was relocated eliminating a troublesome off-camber corner. Of course the high flying rollers and the monster -air step-up were still in place.

Eller-Racing-TORC-Report-8-16-13Taylorville, IL – The PRO-Light division of the Traxxas TORC Series presented by AMSOIL is not only the largest field of competitors in the series, but it’s undoubtedly the most competitive. Randy Eller and his #11 PSC Steering /Ignite Racing Fuel/Lilly Signs/Maxxis Tire PRO-Light may not have finished on the podium, but the team did run strong all weekend as the team moved into the top ten in the points championship.

The race track at Red Bud had a great combination of big air jumps and twisty switchbacks and corners. The faster portions of the track ran on hard pack clay while dark loamy dirt in the corners created a continually changing race groove lap after lap.
After qualifying tenth fastest of Friday evening, the Eller Racing Development team went to work make adjustments to the suspension looking for additional speed for Saturday’s sixteen lap race.

Carmichael-School-4-11-13Tallahassee, Fla. – Ricky Carmichael University is proud to welcome former champion and teammate Ivan Tedesco to the 2013 Ricky Carmichael University faculty lineup. Tedesco will join the recently announced Grant Langston and returning instructors Jeff Emig, Jeff Stanton and Ricky Carmichael in teaching students at the RedBud Campus Wednesday, July 3, as a part of the Independence weekend celebration of moto at the famous motocross facility.

As a three-time champion, Tedesco’s addition to the RCU lineup now brings the championship total to 32 amongst this year’s faculty. Led by 15-Time champ, RC, the accomplished panel of instructors bring years of racing and training expertise to the lesson plan, while also providing classroom-based knowledge to students.

BUCHANAN, Mich. – A massive crowd filled the hillsides surrounding RedBud on Saturday, as the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship reached the halfway point at the Rockstar Energy RedBud National. With three overall victories to his credit coming into Round 6, TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Racing’s Chad Reed, of Australia, relied on consistent moto scores to capture his fourth win of the season. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett, of Grand Terrace, Calif., swept the day’s 250 Class motos to secure his fourth overall victory of the year.

Both Reed and Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., began the day with strong starts in the opening moto. The pair asserted themselves early behind Muscle Milk/Toyota/JGR’s Davi Millsaps, of Murrieta, Calif., before Reed made the pass for the lead on Lap 7. Dungey soon followed and paced Reed throughout the moto, attempting to take over the lead on the final lap. However, Reed fended off the challenge to take his sixth moto win of the season.

In Moto 2, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., took the early lead, looking to rebound from a tough first moto in which he crashed and finished ninth. Dungey positioned himself in second, and set his sights on trying to claim his second straight overall. Meanwhile, Reed was forced to work his way through Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi, of Victorville, Calif., for third.

Villopoto gradually pulled away, forcing Dungey to settle for second. Behind them, Reed made the pass on Alessi on Lap 9, and carried it through to the finish to secure the overall win.

“I got a good start (in Moto 2) and got into third,” said Reed. “Dungey made some mistakes and I tried to get by, but then I made mistakes and Alessi passed me. At that point I knew I had to just settle down and be smart. I actually learned a lot today. I got my butt kicked last week, and we worked on suspension. Each time I went out on the track today, it was different. I learned a lot about my bike, and a lot about myself as a person about the decisions I need to make on race days.”

Dungey (2-2) posted his second runner-up finish of the season, while despite his misfortune in the first moto, Villopoto rounded out the podium in third (9-1).

“I felt good today,” said Dungey. “It was just a little unfortunate. I wanted to run in contention with Villopoto, but I wasn’t making it happen. Now we’ve got a week to work on things and get better. We’ll just keep plugging away. At this point, points are valuable. We’re halfway now. I can’t get stuck behind like that. I need to get up and go.”

Reed’s advantage in the standings currently sits at 16 points over Villopoto.

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