Corona, CA – July 2, 2012 – ESPN’s X Games crew saved the most talked about event for last at X Games 18 in Los Angeles, California, and Husqvarna Motorcycles North America (HMNA) brought out all of the heavy hitters with hopes of taking home some X Games spoils. With more than 15,000 in attendance at the STAPLES Center, and millions more watching at home on ESPN, Husqvarna’s Cory Graffunder made X Games history becoming the first Canadian rider to earn a medal in men’s Enduro X.

It was truly an international effort for Husqvarna as four riders from four different countries came together for X Games. CH Racing Husqvarna’s Alex Salvini made the trip from Italy, and turned some heads by qualifying sixth in his first-ever EnduroCross race. Extreme enduro ace Andreas Lettenbichler made the trek from Germany, and joined American EnduroCross regular Kyle Redmond in flying the Husqvarna colors in the STAPLES Center.

Both European riders rode strong, but didn’t have enough luck on their side and barely missed qualifying for the main. “This was a huge international event,” Lettenbichler explained. “We came into X Games not really knowing what to expect. It was a good lesson on what we need to work on for next year. I can’t wait to come back!”

Corona, CA – It’s time again for Summer X Games and the world’s best off-road motorcycle racers are ramping up for the Moto X Enduro X event. The action heats up Sunday, July 1st, when Husqvarna Motorcycles enters the STAPLES Center in downtown Los Angeles with a factory backed team featuring four of the top world-class extreme racers from four different countries, each hopeful of returning home with an X Games medal.

Husqvarna Motorcycles North America’s Cory Graffunder and Kyle Redmond will be joined by CH Racing’s Alex Salvini and extreme enduro ace Andreas Lettenbichler aka “Letti” for the race. Southern California native Redmond represents the American contingent alongside Graffunder of Canada. Both are AMA EnduroCross series regulars and 2012 marks the second year that the thrilling national series has included X Games on its calendar. Husqvarna European based factory riders Salvini and Lettenbichler will travel from Italy and Germany, respectively, making for quite a diverse international factory tour de force.

“It’s very exciting for Husqvarna to return to X Games with four such outstanding riders,” said HMNA Product and Racing Manager Derek Sorenson. “We had a presence at the 2011 X Games but unfortunately our EnduroCross star, Cory Graffunder, was out with injury. Cory will come out strong this Sunday along with three Husqvarna teammates who are totally capable of reaching the main event – and the podium.”

Irvine, CA (September 15, 2011) – Johnny Campbell, the Baja racing legend will take his first crack at competing in an EnduroCross this coming Saturday, September 17th. The GEICO AMA EnduroCross series, presented by Lucas Oil, will make a first time appearance inside the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California and Campbell will be competing in the Vet class. The top two finishers in the Vet class earn a spot in the EnduroCross Grand Championship, which is a winner take all AMA Amateur Championship and will take place during the EnduroCross finals in Las Vegas on November 19th.

Campbell, who is now 40 years old owns and manages the JCR Honda off road racing program, which continues to be a dominant force in Baja with Quinn Cody, Colton Udall, David Kamo and Kendal Norman, who is also the current AMA Hare & Hound Champion and a regular EnduroCross competitor.

The Ontario EnduroCross will be jam packed with cool events taking place: The Baja Designs night race, Husqvarna dealer meeting, KTM Experience, Traxxas RC Car demo and the world’s top off road motorcycle racers competing on the crazy obstacles that make up the EnduroCross track, there will be plenty of action.

Admission to the EnduroCross pit area is free all day and the arena is also open with free admission during the daytime practice and qualifiers, which get started on Saturday morning. The top 30 Expert riders also do individual Hot Laps during the midafternoon, so make a day out of it and check it out in person.

Tickets are available at John Burr Kawasaki, Malcolm Smith Motorsports Kawasaki, Corona Motorsports Kawasaki, Del Amo Motorsports Kawasaki, and Ticketmaster: http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/2C00463FF87A3CCF. More information for all of the GEICO EnduroCross events can be found at www.EnduroCross.com.

2011 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Schedule

Location Date Arena / Additional Information
Los Angeles, CA July 31, 2011 Staples Center     (Expert only during X-Games)
Everett, WA August 13, 2011 Comcast Arena
Indianapolis, IN August 26, 2011 Pepsi Coliseum    (Friday during MotoGP weekend)
Ontario, CA September 17, 2011 Citizens Business Bank Arena
Denver, CO October 1, 2011 National Western Complex
Boise, ID October 22, 2011 Idaho Center
Las Vegas, NV November 19, 2011 Orleans Arena      (Double Main event)

EnduroCross tracks incorporate various elements of extreme off road racing into a supercross-style setting, including rocks, boulders, logs, sand, mud, a water-hole…and even a few special obstacles like giant tires thrown in!  Known as the “toughest racing on two wheels,” this indoor off road racing will certainly keep you on your feet. Don’t miss your chance to see GEICO AMA EnduroCross “Live”. ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will combine to telecast 25 hours of live X Games 17 competition, which will include Enduro X. For the six remaining EnduroCross events, be sure to log-on to www.motorsportshour.com for local air dates/times for the Lucas Motorsports Hour on the Versus network.

 

Irvine, CA (August 4, 2011) – Still buzzing from his X Games gold medal, Poland’s Taddy Blazusiak is fired up for the Everett Washington EnduroCross event that will take place on Saturday, August 13th. “X Games just took off road motorcycle racing to a whole new level” Taddy texted the morning after winning Gold inside the Staples Center. “It was so amazing to race with live ESPN coverage and the huge crowd inside the arena so I can’t wait for Everett”. X Games was a great way to kick off the 2011 GEICO AMA EnduroCross series, presented by Lucas Oil and the riders will get to race in less than two weeks in Everett Washington and then again on Friday, August 26th in Indianapolis Indiana.

Taddy’s excitement about the remainder of the series is not surprising but Maria Forsberg, the women’s X Games Enduro X Gold Medalist is also planning to compete in Everett. The Seattle resident will compete against the men since the women’s class was a one off for X Games only because there are not a lot of female riders willing to put themselves through that kind of punishment. So it will be interesting to see if Maria can earn a spot in the amateur class main event.

If you live anywhere in the Pacific Northwest, you can make plans for an awesome day and night of action. The pit area and Comcast Arena are open for FREE all day to the public to watch the riders practice and qualify for the evening program. But if you want a seat for the main events, you better get a ticket since this event was a sellout last year.

Ticket information for all of the GEICO EnduroCross events can be found at www.EnduroCross.com.

2011 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Schedule

Location Date Arena / Additional Information
Los Angeles, CA July 31, 2011 Staples Center     (Expert only during X-Games)
Everett, WA August 13, 2011 Comcast Arena
Indianapolis, IN August 26, 2011 Pepsi Coliseum    (Friday during MotoGP weekend)
Ontario, CA September 17, 2011 Citizens Bank Arena
Denver, CO October 1, 2011 National Western Complex
Boise, ID October 22, 2011 Idaho Center
Las Vegas, NV November 19, 2011 Orleans Arena      (Double Main event)

Buffalo, NY: Dunlop proudly extends its congratulations to the 15 Dunlop-sponsored riders who won medals at X Games 17: Matt Buyten, Ronnie Renner, Myles Richmond, Mike Mason, Ronnie Faisst, Dany Torres, Jeremy Stenberg, Todd Potter, Jarryd McNeil, Cameron Sinclair, Vicki Golden, Tarah Gieger, Livia Lancelot, Mike Brown and Justin Soule. A mixture of Freestyle, Motocross and Endurocross motorcycle events thrilled spectators at the Staples Center on July 28-31, and out of a possible 24 medals up for grabs, Dunlop riders won 18. In addition, Dunlop riders swept the Moto X Step Up, Moto X Best Whip, Moto X Speed and Style, and Women’s Moto X events.

Buyten set a new world record on his Dunlop-equipped motorcycle in the Step Up competition, soaring over the bar at 37 feet to capture his fourth X Games gold and second-consecutive Moto X Step Up gold. Renner was awarded the silver medal after clearing 36.5 feet, while Richmond finished with the bronze, leaping 35.5 feet. X Games veteran Adams nabbed his first gold of the games in the Speed and Style competition—Mason took silver and Faisst bronze—before going on to win gold medal number two in the Freestyle competition. Spaniard Torres won bronze.

The Best Whip contest is always a crowd favorite as fans get the opportunity to vote via text for their favorite whip. Fans voted Stenberg the gold medal winner while defending gold medalist Potter earned the silver and McNeil secured the bronze. Defending Best Trick gold medalist Australian rider Sinclair won silver after executing a knack-knack double backflip in this year’s contest.

Golden won her first X Games gold medal by winning the Women’s Moto X aboard her Dunlop-fitted Kawasaki race machine, while X Games 14 gold medalist Gieger secured the silver medal and France’s Lancelot secured the bronze. Gieger scored her second silver medal of the games by finishing runner-up in the first-ever Women’s Enduro X event.

Dunlop-sponsored World Off Road Championship (WORCS) rider Mike Brown had a memorable first X Games, winning the silver medal in the debut Moto X Enduro X event, while two-time WORCS champion Justin Soule finished with the bronze.

“It’s great to see the Dunlop riders doing such a fine job at X Games 17 and winning 75 percent of the medals,” said Broc Glover, Senior Manager, Motorcycle Off-Road. “X Games event coverage reaches a huge television audience and attracts a vast crowd of spectators over the four days of competition. At such a high-visibility event and with the pressure of such a large audience watching, everyone performed tremendously aboard their Dunlop-equipped motorcycles at this prestigious annual event.”

Corona, CA – Center stage at STAPLES Center, live on ESPN and the talk of downtown Los Angeles… no it’s not Kobe Bryant – it’s EnduroCross making its X Games debut! Zip-Ty Husqvarna was there with riders Jamie Lanza and Ryan Sandoval getting in on the action.

Zip-Ty Husqvarna heavy hitter Cory Graffunder had a practice crash the week before X Games 17, and unfortunately broke a bone in his right wrist (scaphoid) and was unable to compete. Graffunder was devastated to miss out on the action, but showed up to support his teammates in the grandest spotlight the AMA EnduroCross series has ever received.

“This was a huge weekend for off-road racing and I’m just so stoked to be a part of it,” Jamie Lanza commented. “The night didn’t turn out quite how I wanted, but it’s hard to be disappointed when we all put on such a great show. Everyone’s really stoked and we’re all hoping we’ll have a chance to come back next year.”

Ryan “Sandypants” Sandoval got some bonus airtime on “ESPN RISE,” a segment of Sports Center dedicated to showcasing up and coming high school athletes. Sandoval was featured in the July 21 edition of the show in a clip at the end, showing him practicing EnduroCross for the upcoming X Games 17 on his Zip-Ty Racing Husqvarna. Click here to view.

“The track was amazing given the time they had to put it together,” Sandoval commented. “It wasn’t that technical to start off, but once they filled the pool with water everything just kept getting wetter and wetter. It was so slippery and sketchy by the end of the night, but I guess it made for some entertaining racing!”

A third Husqvarna racer – Mandi Mastin – made the trip out west for X Games 17, which hosted a Women’s race during the program. The GNCC champion, National Enduro Champion and International Six Day Enduro (ISDE) Women’s World Cup champion scored an invite to the inaugural event, and even though it took place on the day before Mastin was scheduled to fly to Finland for her tenth ISDE, she still found time to represent Husqvarna at X Games!

“That was insane,” Mandi said. “But I had such a blast. It’s just so amazing to be here. ESPN and all the X Games crew are amazing to work with and they treat the athletes so incredibly well. It’s been a fun weekend, and now I’m heading straight for Finland!”

“This was a truly ground-breaking event for everyone,” National Marketing Manager Corey Eastman said. “Not just for Zip-Ty Husqvarna, but for EnduroCross and the entire off-road community. There was such a huge buzz at the X Games all weekend about EnduroCross, and people were really blown away by it. I’m so proud of all our riders and the Husqvarna team for capitalizing on this amazing opportunity.”


Rally racers competing at X Games 17 got their first taste of the large dirt jump on the rally course just across Staples Center and a few feet off Figueroa in downtown Los Angeles. Since the two different rally events over the weekend (Rally Car today, Rally Cross tomorrow) will shut down a few of the streets around Staples Center and LA Live, this was the first chance many of the racers had the chance to test the ramp.

Last night after 9 p.m., rally teams made finals preps and drivers hopped in their cars. They took a quick turn and accelerated quickly into the jump. No one crashed or had trouble clearing the jump, but a few drivers did come up a little short and caused some anxious moments.


X Games Preview: BFGoodrich Dirt Fish Rally School

Rally Car practice just wrapped up, with today’s final taking place from 1 to 3 p.m. Rally Car will pit two racers against each other in competition, with the fastest driver moving on. Tomorrow’s RallyCross race will be a little more chaotic, with four drivers on the course at the same time. It should be interesting.

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Los Angeles, CA – It just wouldn’t be X Games without a good dose of Travis, would it? He’s busier than ever with his Nitro Circus Live show, NASCAR racing, rally racing and Freestyle motocross, but extreme sports icon Travis Pastrana is always sure to be found at the ESPN X Games ( tickets on sale now). He’s not an easy guy to pin down, but in the midst of navigating through LA traffic, Travis phoned in to talk about the upcoming X Games 17 and what he has in store for STAPLES Center fans this weekend.

What events are you going to be doing at X Games 17?
Um, that’s a great question. The first one is best trick [on Thursday] and if I don’t get too hurt there I’ll probably be doing Freestyle X on Friday. Then on Saturday I have to fly back to Indianapolis for the Nationwide NASCAR race. Then I’m going to fly back on Sunday for the Rally event. That’s the plan… unless I’m really hospitalized. [laughs]

The word is you’re going to be attempting your signature “Toilet Paper roll” trick again for Moto X Best Trick. Is that the plan?
Yeah. [laughs] It’s basically a 720. We’ll see how that goes. It’s a lot of mass rotating in a lot of different directions. You have to launch with the same pull for the double backflip and then you have to translate that energy into a spin and then somehow try to land it. I’ve been practicing a lot but right now I’d say it’s about 50/50 [whether I land it or not]. We’ll see how it goes!

July 20, 2010 – Los Angeles, CA – The crew at ESPN’s X Games is getting ready to dump a few tons of dirt on the floor of the STAPLES Center in downtown Los Angeles! The Moto X events are coming, and this year they’re all in one place, and taking place on all four days of X Games 17. A total of seven different motorcycle events including Freestyle, Step Up, Women’s Racing and Enduro X are slated to take place at the STAPLES Center starting on Thursday, July 28.

Moto X events kick off with Step Up and Best Whip on Thursday evening followed by Friday night Freestyle events. Ashley Fiolek and the fastest women in the world will take on an arenacross-style Moto X Racing course on Saturday night, and on July 31, history will be made with the very first Enduro X event, starring extreme enduro sensation, Taddy Blazusiak.

July 18, 2010 – Los Angeles, CA – The countdown is on to the first off-road motorcycle event of ESPN’s X Games. The 2012 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Series presented by Lucas Oil will kick off on Sunday, July 31 at STAPLES Center in Downtown Los Angeles, and off-road racers will find themselves on the biggest stage the sport has seen.

Eric Peronnard has been directly behind the inception and current success of EnduroCross. As an established motorcycle event promoter, Peronnard also has successes such as the U.S. Open of Supercross under his belt. With less than two weeks remaining until the start of X Games 17, he’s a busy guy, but Peronnard had time to answer a few questions on the upcoming “Enduro X” event.

There has been talk of EnduroCross being a part of X Games for a long time now – how many years in the making is this?
Basically the seed was put in the ground six years ago in ’05. At the second (ever) EnduroCross, I invited Tim Reed from the X Games. He was really taken by it. He said, ‘Hey, this is a great sport and it would fit X Games.’ But there was no open space for it at the time.