Lucas-Oil-Logo-11-21-11We’re two-thirds of the way through the season, and in the sports like baseball and football and basketball that’s when everyone starts figuring out what so-and-so has to do to win the rushing title or what has to happen for Team A to take the championship away from Team B.

There’s no reason it shouldn’t be the same in the Lucas Oil Off Road Racing Series presented by GEICO. We have star drivers and championship teams and just like their counterparts in the stick-and-ball sports they watch the standings and wonder if they have enough time to put together a late-season rally.

The fans want to know, too. So, as a public service, here’s a look at the standings in each class and some historical perspective on the tasks facing those trying to catch the leaders as everyone prepares for the next two rounds of racing (Rounds 11 and 12 of 15) at Wild West Motorsports Park in Sparks, Nevada, August 23-25.

MILLVILLE, MN (July 16, 2012) – The Rockstar Energy Racing teams overcame adversity and turned in solid performances all around at the Spring Creek National in Millville, MN, on Saturday. This weekend’s race was round seven of the 12-round series, and marked the beginning of the second half of an already hard-fought season.

The man of the hour at Millville was Rockstar Energy Racing’s Blake Wharton, who was the picture of consistency this weekend. Wharton put in two impressive 250 motos, finishing sixth in the first and fifth in the second, for an overall result of fifth for the day.
“Today was a real good day for me,” said Wharton. “My starts weren’t where I wanted them to be, but I felt like I was able to ride good. My bike was handling good and I feel one step closer to where I need to be. I’m looking forward to next weekend. I like the track at Washougal and we’ll see if we can do some damage.”

Production of the new 2012 Rockstar Energy Suzuki MX1 and MX2 team video has just been completed.

Filmed on location at Geboers Racing Promotion HQ in Belgium during the recent Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1 and Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe MX2 teams’ official 2012 Photo Shoot by top filmographer Mikey Neale, the High Definition production is a must-watch documentary-style production for all motocross fans.

The in-depth look at the team is a unique view of everything that goes on behind the scenes.

CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN – Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Chris Borich had plenty to celebrate after this weekend’s round of the 2011 Grand National Cross Country Series. With one round remaining, Borich clinched his third consecutive XC1 Pro GNCC Championship after racing his Yoshimura-equipped Suzuki QuadRacer R450 to victory at the Ironman GNCC in Crawfordsville, IN.

“It’s been a pretty stressful year and it feels good to finally wrap it up,” said Borich. “The Suzuki QuadRacer and the Yoshimura motor are just an awesome combination, and we had plenty of power to rip right up the nasty hills. I can’t thank my Rockstar Makita Suzuki team enough for giving me equipment I can win on.”

At the drop of the flag, Borich got a solid fourth-place start and then put his Rockstar Makita Suzuki into a battle for the lead. But at the midway point of the two-hour race, Borich dropped back a bit after being held up on one of the Ironman’s notorious hill climbs. Fortunately, the Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider put his head down and once more came from behind on the final lap to take the win and the championship.

SURPRISE, ARIZONA – Kyle LeDuc of Team Toyo® Off-Road, swept the Pro 4 Unlimited class this past weekend during rounds 11 and 12 of the Lucas Oil Off-Road Series at Speedworld Off Road Park in Surprise, Arizona.  In addition to winning first place during both Saturday and Sunday, he also set the fastest lap times both days.  This brings his Pro 4 Unlimited wins to four this year with his #99 Rockstar / Makita / Toyo Tires Ford F-150 running on Toyo® Open Country M/T®-R tires.

During qualifying on Friday, Kyle LeDuc was nearly a full second faster than the second place truck.  That dominance lasted throughout the Pro 4 Unlimited race on Saturday, resulting in the overall race win.  During Sunday’s Pro 4 race, brother, Todd LeDuc started on the pole with his #4 Rockstar / Makita / Toyo Tires Ford F-150 equipped with Toyo Open Country M/T-R tires.  Todd LeDuc immediately took the lead at the green flag, leading the race until the mandatory competition yellow flag.  Shortly after the restart, Todd LeDuc’s truck stood up on two-wheels in a turn, handing the lead over to his brother Kyle to win the race.  At the end, both LeDuc brothers stood on the podium, Kyle in first and Todd in third place.

“We went there to deliver a win for our sponsors and we went away with two wins, two fastest laps of the race and a top qualifier — now that’s how you have a good weekend,” said Kyle LeDuc.  “At Surprise, nobody went around that track faster at any point in any class than I did on my Toyo tires, now that’s making a statement!”

Also capturing a third place podium finish on Saturday was Jeremy McGrath driving his #2 Monster Energy / Ready LIFT / Toyo Tires Pro 2 Unlimited Ford truck running Toyo Open Country M/T-R tires.  McGrath fought a hard battle to ultimately move from the top five to capture his podium spot late in the race.

“Congratulations to Kyle LeDuc on scoring his sweep this weekend at Surprise, and to Todd LeDuc and Jeremy McGrath for their podium finishes,” said Stan Chen, manager of events and motorsports, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp.  “Our Team Toyo drivers once again had a great weekend, being ‘driven to the podium’ with their Open Country M/T-R tires.”

Be sure to watch Sunday’s Round 12 Pro 4 Unlimited and Pro 2 Unlimited class races October 15 at 2pm EST/11am PST on CBS Sports.

To learn more about Kyle and Todd LeDuc, Jeremy McGrath and the Open Country line of light truck tires, log onto www.toyotires.com.  Toyo Tires manufactures and distributes a complete line of premium replacement tires for nearly every make and model including high performance cars, luxury vehicles, light trucks and SUVs as well as tires for commercial trucks.  Connect with the community at www.facebook.com/toyotires and www.twitter.com/toyotires.

CHINO, CA Yoshimura-backed teams once again showed their dominance and the performance advantage of their Yoshimura products Saturday during the seventh round of AMA Pro Motocross Championship at the Spring Creek National in Millville, MN. The Rockstar Makita Suzuki, Rockstar Energy and Honda Racing teams put their Yoshimura products to work in their conquest at Spring Creek.

Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki showed its true championship-winning colors at Millville. Minnesota native Ryan Dungey powered his Yoshimura-equipped Suzuki RM-Z450 to the overall win on his local track, while Rockstar Makita Suzuki teammate Brett Metcalfe carded a solid sixth-place result.

Despite heavy rains the day before, the Spring Creek soil was in good condition for the first 30-minute moto. Local favorite, Dungey, and his Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 put on a good show for the fans, with Dungey getting a good start and powering into the top three early on. By the time the moto was over, Dungey had notched an impressive second-place finish. In moto two, Dungey got another good start on his Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 and was running firmly in second place before reeling in the leader to take the win and the overall victory. This result is Dungey’s second overall victory of the season and his fourth win in a row at Spring Creek. Additionally, he’s now just one point shy of second and seven out of first place in the overall championship standings.

“Coming in, I didn’t really know what to expect,” said Dungey. “With the mud, it was kind of a weird deal. We got a lot of rain the night before and I didn’t know how the track was going to be. The first two practices were a little sloppy, but in the first moto, I got off to a really good start on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z450. But I wasn’t able to make passes as quickly as I wanted to, and I ended up second. In the second moto, I also got a good start and was in third. Then, I got into second and was able to close up the gap, make the pass for the lead, and get the overall. Obviously, being here at Millville and having the hometown crowd is great; it’s always a treat to be back here because I love the track and the fans are great. I grew up with a lot of people who came out today, so that was an extra bonus. Finally, I’m glad to get another win for the Rockstar Makita Suzuki team – This is a good step in the right direction for the championship.”

Teammate Metcalfe struggled a bit at Spring Creek but still put in a strong performance overall. He got a good start in the first moto but then had to overcome a mid-race get-off in order to finish up in sixth place. In the second moto, his start wasn’t ideal, but he put his head down and rode a smart, aggressive race to pick up a solid top-five finish. Metcalf finished up sixth overall.

“It was a tough day for me, but I felt like my riding was good today,” said Metcalfe. “I got a good start in the first moto. I was up there in fifth and I was trying to get around into fourth, but it was difficult to pass. I was sitting there for a few laps – That sort of cost me because I was searching for a different line and that’s what took me down. I went into the outside in a corner and it was too muddy and I lost the front end. That was a mistake that dropped me back to sixth, and then I was too far behind to make a charge for fifth. But I still felt like overall I rode pretty good. In the second moto, I didn’t get the best of starts, but I was able to make some really good moves in the first couple of laps and I felt aggressive and charged through to fifth. It was a good day for us; the Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 was working awesome for me and everybody on the Suzuki team has been putting in a big effort. I really want to get up there and get top three for these guys.”

American Honda Racing’s Trey Canard made a stellar return to racing, finishing third overall in the 450 class and Honda teammate Ashley Fiolek finished runner-up in the Women’s class in Millville.

Canard made an impressive return to racing after injuring his leg earlier in the year. A rookie in the 450 class, Canard excelled at his Motocross Championship debut. Getting great starts in both motos aboard his Yoshimura-equipped Honda CRF450R, he nabbed fifth in moto one and finished third in moto two for third overall. Teammate Kevin Windham finished 11-10 for 10th overall.

“Man, I am so happy to be on the podium at my first-ever 450-class Motocross event,” said Canard. “It feels awesome to be back racing with everyone. I got good starts in both motos and was third out of the start gate each time. In moto one the heat really got to me, and I dropped a couple of spots during the race. In moto two I maintained third place from start to finish, which I am really happy with. I definitely picked tough weather conditions to make my return to racing. It was so hot out there. Unfortunately, I don’t have the fitness and sheer speed of the lead riders, yet. That will all come, though; give me a few more races to get up to speed.”

In the Women’s class, Fiolek came out on top in moto one and finished runner-up in moto two aboard her Yosh-equipped CRF250R for second overall. Fiolek has an eight-point lead in the championship with three rounds to go.

Team Rockstar Energy Suzuki celebrated a top ten overall finish in Millville. Jason Anderson, who’s been out since the High Point National, returned to racing and carded an impressive 10th-place overall finish in the 250 class. Teammate Martin Davalos finished just behind Anderson with an 11th overall, while Nick Paluzzi and Les Smith finished 18th and 21st, respectively.

In the first moto, Anderson was still trying to get his rhythm back. Although he struggled at the start, he was able to put his head down and pilot his Yoshimura- equipped Rockstar Energy Suzuki RM-Z250 through the field and take a 14th-place finish. In the second moto, Anderson was feeling a bit more comfortable and it showed in his start. After the 30-minute moto concluded, Anderson had taken an 11th-place finish. The combined results handed the Rockstar Energy Suzuki rider a solid, top-10 overall result.

“This was my first weekend back,” said Anderson, “and I felt pretty good. I felt like my speed was better than where I finished. I just need to keep my laps consistent and, also, it was really hot today, so I think that’s what we struggled with a little bit. But now we’ll go home, keep working hard, and come out swinging for Washougal, which is a track I like; the layout is awesome and I like the dirt there. It’s a little bit slick, and that suits me on the Rockstar Energy Suzuki RM-Z250 because I’m good at sliding.”

The Yoshimura-backed team’s next event is the eighth round of the 2011 AMA Pro Motocross Championship on Saturday, July 23rd, at the Washougal National in Washougal, WA. You can meet the Rockstar Makita Suzuki and Rockstar Energy Suzuki riders on Friday, July 22nd, from 6 to 7 PM, at Pro Caliber Motorsports, 10703 NE Fourth Plain Blvd. in Vancouver, WA.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Following a break in action this past weekend, the 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship will kick off the second half of the season this Saturday, July 16, with the Spring Creek Motocross National in Millville, Minn. Coming off his fourth win of the year at the previous stop in RedBud, TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Racing’s Chad Reed occupies the top spot in the premier 450 Class standings. In the 250 Class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson, has moved into the championship lead for the second time this summer, while American Honda’s Ashley Fiolek, fresh off her second win of the season at RedBud, maintains her position atop the WMX Class.

Heading into RedBud two weeks ago, the battle for the 450 Class title had been marked by a highly-competitive, three-rider battle between Reed, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto, and Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey. With each rider achieving at least one overall win this season, the opportunity to capture the victory has been wide open from week-to-week, and it continued in Michigan. At RedBud, Reed began the day with an impressive moto win, fending off a hard-charging Dungey. As the duo battled up front, Villopoto was forced to come from the back of the field after an early crash, ultimately fighting his way into ninth. In Moto 2, the trio paced the field, with Villopoto and Dungey leading the way. As the two rivals chased one another throughout the moto, Reed asserted himself in third and let things play out. As Villopoto rebounded to take the moto win, Reed’s 1-3 moto scores surpassed Dungey’s 2-2 effort, helping him to extend his points lead. Now, Reed carries a 16-point advantage over Villopoto, while Dungey sits an additional six points back.

This weekend’s race from Spring Creek MX Park, presents another opportunity for the 450 Class championship to continue to unfold. Reed has never won at the Minnesota facility, but has run well in the past. Villopoto does hold one victory, but it came back in 2007 as a competitor in the 250 Class. Over the past three years, Dungey, a native of the state of Minnesota, has been perfect at what he considers to be his hometown track. With back-to-back victories in the 250 Class from 2008-2009, Dungey made it three-in-a-row last season by taking the win in his 450 Class debut at Millville. Each rider’s past history at the track makes for an intriguing storyline heading into Saturday.

Through six rounds of 250 Class competition, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki has yet to relinquish a moto or overall win to any other team in the division. Wilson, Blake Baggett, and Tyla Rattray have stood atop the podium every time this summer, and as a result, they have set the stage for a three-way battle for the championship.

At RedBud, Baggett dominated en route to his fourth overall win of the season. Despite a couple tough of rounds this summer, Baggett has shown impressive resolve and is proving to be arguably the fastest rider in the class. His RedBud outing vaulted him into second in the championship, where he sits 14 points behind his teammate coming into Spring Creek. While Wilson is surely happy to be back in possession of the red number plate this weekend, he would likely, much rather have an overall win to his credit. Despite impressive consistency and three moto wins, Wilson has yet to break through and stand atop the overall podium. After a strong effort in his Millville debut last season, he’ll be eager to solidify his position in the standings with a victory.

Spring Creek has been a staple of American Motocross since hosting its first national during the 1983 season. Since then, it has become one of the most popular stops on the schedule thanks to its challenging layout that features a healthy assortment of obstacles, as well as multiple dramatic elevation changes. Millville is home to three of the sport’s most iconic features, including the longest start on the championship schedule, the “Holy Schmit” jump – named for late local legend Donny Schmit, and the infamous sand whoops, that can make or break a rider’s moto.

Last year at Spring Creek, Dungey displayed the familiar dominance that has become associated with his performances at his home track in recent years. A convincing 1-1 effort resulted in his sixth win of the season, and marked his third victory at the track in as many years. In the 250 Class, eventual champion Trey Canard was able to capture his second career win, just one round following his inaugural motocross victory.

The Motorcycle-Superstore.com Women’s Motocross Championship will also begin its second half of the 2011 season on Saturday, hosting its fifth round of the summer with just its second appearance at Spring Creek. After her most impressive outing of the season at RedBud, Fiolek carries momentum, and an eight-point lead in the standings, into Millville over DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing Yamaha’s Jessica Patterson. Last year in Minnesota, Patterson outran her rival to post her fourth win of the season en route to the WMX Class title, and she’ll be looking to replicate her efforts on Saturday in order to close in on Fiolek in the championship.

The on-track action for the Spring Creek Motocross National begins this Saturday at 9:30 a.m. EST with practice and qualifying. Opening ceremonies begin at 1:30 p.m. EST with motos kicking off at 2 p.m. EST.

Millfield, OH – After suffering a disappointing mechanical failure at the previous round in West Virginia, Chris Borich got back on top of the podium with a spectacular win at the Wiseco John Penton GNCC, round nine of the 2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Series in Millfield, Ohio.

Borich battled race-long with Ballance Racing Yamaha’s Taylor Kiser, Foremost Insurance/Warnert Racing Can-Am’s Chris Bithell and GT Thunder-backed Brian Wolf before putting his Rockstar Makita Suzuki into the lead on the final lap to claim his fifth victory of the season and extended his lead in the series standings to an impressive 27 points heading into the summer break.

“That race at Snowshoe was kind of a bummer, it was just a freak deal and I thought we had at least a top two. You just can’t control things like that sometimes, but it’s good to come back strong here and get the win,” said Borich.

The fifth round of the Rally American National Championship stopped in Wellsboro, PA, where a tight battle for the Championship took place between Subaru’s David Higgins and Rockstar Mitsubishi’s Antoine L’Estage.

Check out more on Higgins’ win here.

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (May 26, 2011) - The Rockstar Energy Freestone National, Round 2 of the 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, will commence this Saturday, May 28, from Wortham, Texas. Broadcast coverage of the event will kick off at 2 p.m. EST with live first motos of the 450 and 250 classes on FUEL TV.

Coverage will continue domestically on Saturday night, with back-to-back final moto broadcasts of both classes on SPEED. The 450 Class begins at 10 p.m. EST, with the 250 Class following at 11 p.m. EST. Live coverage of the second motos can be seen internationally in Europe, Australia and Brazil. The list below shows the times for Motors TV, SPEED Australia and ESPN Brazil.

Motors TV (Europe): 22:00
SPEED Australia: 7:00 on May 29
ESPN Brazil: 18:15

Prior to the Rockstar Energy Freestone National, FUEL TV will cap off an exciting opening round of American Motocross last weekend. The Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship Highlight Show from Hangtown will air tonight at 10 p.m. EST/PST. The one-hour highlight package will review the memorable Rockstar Energy Hangtown National, which was won by TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Racing’s Chad Reed and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett.

For easier access, here are FUEL TV channels from some major television providers:

DIRECTV – Channel 618
DISH Network – Channel 156
Verizon FiOS – Channel 198
AT&T U-verse – Channel 536

*Check local listings for cable operators

Festivities for Saturday’s Rockstar Energy Freestone National begin at 9:30 a.m. EST with practice and qualifying. Opening ceremonies start at 1:30 p.m. EST.

Tickets for the upcoming Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship are on sale now at www.allisports.com. Special discounts and incentives are available for advance ticket purchasers.