Luke-Johnson-TORC-Crandon-9-5-13Saturday’s Pro Buggy race at Crandon International Off-Road Raceway hadn’t even completed a full lap before we heard “Luke Johnson is the first overall points champion of 2013″ over the loud speakers.  All Luke had to do is push his PEAK Motor Oil Red Bull Undead Power #14 Pro Buggy to the start line and start the race to claim his championship in the division.  In Luke’s first year of Pro Buggy and having only confirmed his race program weeks before the classes opening race at Eldora Speedway in mid May, it was a spectacle to watch his dominance the 2013 race season.

Saturday itself was a little anticlimactic, as Luke had a electrical issue that caused him to drop out of Saturdays race early.  Having earned enough points with eight first place finishes in the 2013 season, starting the race was enough to secure the points championship.  Luke pulled off the track for an early celebration with his team.

Luke-Johnson-TORC-8-15-13As far as Luke Johnson is concerned, winning is the name of the game.  2013 has been an unforgettable season for the Pro Buggy rookie driver.  The PEAK Motor Oil Red Bull Undead Power #14 Pro Buggy has found the podium eight times in ten races and every single one of the those have been a win, including five consecutive to begin the season.  Luke’s successes are remarkable, considering he had confirmed his program only weeks before the first race at Eldora Motor Speedway.  Mathematically, with his win this weekend at RedBud, all Luke has to do is start Saturdays race at Crandon to clinch the Pro Buggy Championship.

In the opening brawl to the race weekend, it was the top four drivers in the division leading the field of twelve.  This time, it was Andy Zipperer out in front, followed by a close battle for second with Luke and John Frana, who sits second in points behind Luke.  The two separated the gap between the rest of drivers and Luke displayed some of his best driving all season, charging on Zipperer while fending off Frana.

Ryan-Villopoto-Oakley-Bomb-7-26-13MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – After a one-week break in the schedule, the 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, resumed last Saturday with the Peterson CAT Washougal National in Washougal, Wash., for Round 8 of the 12-race series. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto emerged victorious in the 450 Class, topping Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey with a 2-1 moto score for the day. In the 250 Class, GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac swept both motos of competition to claim his third win of the season, elevating himself to within one point of Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen in the championship standings.

Villopoto’s success began early on when he captured the fastest qualifying lap time of the day with a time of 02:07.9. Villopoto now possesses four Oakley Bomb Awards through the first eight rounds. In the 250 Class, Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen put in a fast lap time of 02:08.7 during timed qualifying to earn his second Oakley Bomb Award of the season.

mitchell_Dejong_off_road-7-25-13Temecula, CA — After a stellar Top-2 qualifying session, Mitchell DeJong’s podium hopes at the high-banked half mile of Bristol Motor Speedway were shattered on Saturday during Round 2 of the Global Rallycross Lites series, when turn-one contact broke a suspension mount eventually forcing him into the safety barrier and onto the flatbed tow truck.

The wild weekend at the “Coliseum” in Bristol, Tennessee started Friday in bright fashion with the debut of the new livery on the #24 Red Bull Olsbergs MSE GRC Lites race car.  As the only Red Bull branded GRC Lite car in the world,  the new look has turned some heads and garnered the attention of GRC fans from all over.  Soon after the livery was placed, Mitchell went to work taking the shiny rocket into the first rounds of practice as he ran consistent lap times and inched his way toward the front.  When it came time to qualify (aka seed) for the first heat race, Mitchell had tamed the steep 30 degree banked pavement course transitions, gravel lined chicanes, and high speed jump to nab the second place qualifier.

Luke-Johnson-TORC-Buggy-7-25-13Things just keep getting better for Luke Johnson in his PEAK Motor Oil Red Bull Undead Power #14 Pro Buggy.  After five straight wins to open the 2013 Traxxas TORC Series and his first career win at “The Big House” in Crandon, WI, Luke traveled to Chicagoland Speedway to continue his destruction through the Pro Buggy Class.  Luke is en route to one of the most spectacular seasons in TORC history and after stacking two more wins at Chicagoland, inches closer to his first career championship.

After an extra long stint in the Midwest prepping for both Bark River and Crandon, Luke returned to his home base in Southern California to dial in his buggy before making the trek to Chicago.  A seventh place finish last round left Luke anxious to get back on the track and more importantly back on the podium.

Autograph-Signing-KTM-7-23-13Rochester, MN – Red Bull KTM Factory Team riders Ryan Dungey, Marvin Musquin and Ken Roczen will be signing autographs prior to the Spring Creek National this Friday at Cycle City in Rochester, MN.

The autograph signing will take place at KTM dealership Cycle City from 6:00pm to 7:00pm on Friday, July 26th.

The dealership is located at 5600 Highway 63, Rochester, MN 55904. For more information, call (507) 288-1084 or visit www.cyclecityrochester.com.

Ryan-Villopoto-Washougal-7-18-13MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – For the first time since the opening round of the season, the 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, will make its return to the Pacific Time Zone on Saturday, July 20, with its annual visit to Washougal, Wash., for the Peterson CAT Washougal National for Round 8 of the 12-race series.

Washington native Ryan Villopoto looks to extend his points lead in the 450 Class by capturing his first ever Lucas Oil Pro Motocross win in front of his hometown crowd on Saturday. In four entries to the Washougal event, Villopoto is currently winless at his home track. The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider currently holds 11 moto victories-the most of the season-while leading the way with four overall wins through the first seven rounds of the championship.

John-Frana-TORC-7-10-13Loves Park, IL – After nearly winning twice in Bark River, just weeks ago, the Northern Illinois racer found the top step of the podium at “The Big House” in Crandon, Wisconsin. The RCV Performance/”the Official” Brand Name Prescription Card/Sway-A-Way/Frana Vehicles Honda-powered AWD PRO Buggy led all nine laps and had a dominating victory.

Last year the 1.8 mile long “iconic” off-road track saw some changes, and at first the track didn’t seem much different. Now a year has gone by and the ground settled over the winter, and the Red Bull tabletop jump as well as the Skybox drop off really throw the racers up into the air and down the track. The RCV Performance PRO Buggy handled these sections well as Frana was able to get the power to the ground more quickly than most of his competitors.

Dungey-Southwick-AMA-7-1-13SOUTHWICK, Mass. – After over three decades of hosting the world’s fastest riders, New England’s legendary Moto-X 338 facility hosted its final round of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, on Saturday. A massive crowd was on hand as the 2013 season reached the halfway point with the sixth round of the championship at the 35th Annual ChaplinKawasaki.com Moto-X 338 National.

After a pair of grueling 450 Class motos on one of the world’s most demanding circuits, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey secured his second straight overall victory following 1-2 moto results, gaining valuable ground in the championship standings. In the 250 Class, GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac put forth one of his best outings of the season across each moto to also carry 1-2 moto finishes to his second overall win of the season.

Ryan-Dungey-AMA-Lucas-Oil-6-24-13MECHANICSVILLE, Md. – The points spread tightened up in both the 250 and 450 Class on Saturday as the 24th Annual Red Bull Budds Creek National showcased ultra-competitive racing action for Round 5 of the 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. Reigning 450 Class champion Ryan Dungey captured his second overall victory of the season in the 450 Class. Blake Baggett returned to his winning ways from 2012 as the defending 250 Class champion secured his first overall victory of the season with a big win in Mechanicsville, Md. Saturday’s win marked back-to-back Budds Creek victories for both riders in their respective classes.

Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart laid down the fastest lap of the day in the 450 Class, where he came into Moto 1 with the first choice of gate pick. However, it was Toyota/JGR/Yamaha’s Justin Brayton and Smartop/MotoConcepts Racing’s Mike Alessi who went head-to-head for the Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot, which Alessi secured at the last second. From there, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto grabbed the early lead and immediately put a gap on the rest of the field.