Morgantown, W.Va. (February 2, 2012) – MX Sports announces today Kawasaki’s involvement in the 3rd Annual Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross Championship on Sunday, March 11 and Monday, March 12, 2012, at Daytona International Speedway. Kawasaki is offering over $5,000 in Kawasaki Rewards Contingency to amateur racers competing in the amateur supercross.

This year’s event has expanded to two full days of amateur racing, featuring longer races and practices, with more class options to give racers even more track-time over the course of the weekend. Following a night of watching the fastest pro racers in the country battle it out on the Daytona Supercross track, the amateur-racing schedule kicks off Sunday morning. Practice starts at 7:30 a.m., followed by heat races and last chance qualifiers. Monday’s schedule consists of the remaining LCQ’s and all thirty Main Event races.

“Kawasaki is pleased to once again be a part of the Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross,” said Team Green MX Supervisor, Ryan Holliday. “Kawasaki has been a part of the amateur racing scene for over thirty years now and we’re excited to continue supporting this event with our Kawasaki Rewards Contingency Program.”

MX Sports organizes the event by utilizing over 30 years of experience operating the Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn Ranch. The class structure includes classes for youth riders on 50cc bikes all the way up to vet and senior classes. The race will follow a supercross format, using heat races and last chance qualifiers to seed the field of riders into a main event in each class, over the course of two days. Unlike the Loretta Lynn Ranch format, riders do not need to qualify at other races in order to participate in the Daytona event.

For more information on Kawasaki’s Amateur Contingency program and to find payout for 2012 RCSX, click HERE.

To register for the 2012 RCSX, click HERE. For more information on the event, visit www.mxsports.com.

At the conclusion of the 40th Annual Mini Olympics amateur races held at Gatorback Cycle Park in Florida, Dunlop-sponsored rider Jeremy Martin earned the Dunlop Silver Tire Award. Martin earned the award for being the top points-scoring A-class rider in a combined tally of Supercross and Motocross races at the Mini-O event. Young Jeremy took the overall win in the 250 A/Pro Stock class and earned an impressive 11 podium finishes during the course of the week. The Dunlop Silver Tire award has been given to the top scorer at the Mini-O’s for more than 20 years, and Martin joins a host of outstanding riders.

This year’s Silver Tire trophy was in fact a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork designed and created by renowned custom bike builder Jesse Rooke. Fittingly enough, Rooke himself came from a background in motocross racing during his early years.

“I was so surprised that I was the Silver Tire Award winner—I didn’t know what to say,” Jeremy later stated after accepting the honor. “The minute I first saw all the awards sitting on the table, I liked the Silver Tire Award best because it was such a cool design, and also because of all the past riders who had won it. When they handed it to me I couldn’t believe how heavy it was—I had a hard time holding it with one hand! It’s so cool to be honored this way, and I hope that one day I’ll be as successful as all of the other Dunlop Silver Tire Award winners!”

Sonoma, CA – Bold. Complex. Solid structure with a smooth finish. These words aptly describe the style and personality of seven-time National Supercross and Motocross champion Ricky Johnson, and the same qualities are now captured in his signature red wine. To commemorate 25 years since the climax of RJ’s illustrious career, Highway 12 Winery is proud to release the latest of the MX wine series, the “Bad Boy Red.”

“It’s an honor and a lot of fun to have my racing career celebrated with my own wine,” said Ricky “Bad Boy” Johnson. “I hope everyone enjoys it as much as we do and will celebrate along with friends and family this holiday season.”

The blend of 2009 Sonoma Valley varietals in Bad Boy Red was personally selected by RJ, who worked directly with Highway 12 Winery’s Paul Giusto to craft a blend that suits his taste and style.

“We are thrilled to have RJ as a part of our MX wine series,” stated Paul Giusto from Highway 12 Winery. “This release has been four-plus years in the making and it’s cool to see it come to life – the fans are loving it!”

RJ(From the back of the label)
By the 80′s, American motocross racers had escaped the shadows of their European counterparts. In 1986, Ricky “Bad Boy” Johnson had emerged as the most dominant rider on the planet. With one championship already, he would go on to win six more Supercross, 250cc and 500cc classes. His bulldog determination and outspoken persona made him a fan favorite while his personal style provided another nickname: “Too Hip.”

This 2009 blend from the Sonoma Valley includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot showcasing the intensity that mirrors that of the Bad Boy. This full-bodied wine with hints of cedar and spice supported by jammy lushness and velvety tannins, was selected personally by RJ to celebrate 25 years since his rise to the top.

Only 400 bottles of this limited edition Sonoma Valley red will be released and is available exclusively online at www.nexternal.com/gos for $40/bottle. Order now to get your hands on a bottle of Bad Boy Red!

Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki celebrated a podium finish at the inaugural running of the Monster Energy Cup Supercross at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on Saturday as Brett Metcalfe raced his Yoshimura-equipped Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 to third overall.

This new stand-alone Supercross race capped off the 2011 season and incorporated both Motocross and Supercross styles in the lengthy track as well as the racing format. The hybrid track was the longest Supercross track ever built, and the format included Supercross heat races and main events, but the scoring was all Motocross: three 10-lap Open Class main events combined to provide riders with one overall best score.

“This was a really exciting race,” said Metcalfe. “The whole Rockstar Makita Suzuki team worked great. It was really awesome to see the bike become better and better over the course of one day and seeing the team making all these changes in one race was incredible. We had a few practice sessions, and I was feeling pretty comfortable. The track was different than what I’m used to, so it was a little challenging at first. But by race time that night, I was ready to go.”

The Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider started the night on a positive note by putting in an impressive ride in the first heat race. He got a great start on his Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z450, led all the laps before making a small mistake at the end of the heat and finishing second. In the three main events, Metcalf continued to ride aggressively and focused races, finishing fourth in the first main, third in the second main and third in the final main. All of these results combined to hand Metcalf an impressive third-place finish overall.

“All through the heat race, I led every lap until the last lap,” said Metcalfe. “Then I spun out and lost a position. But I felt good going into the main events. I knew to do well and get up on the podium it would be key to get good starts. I was able to get three pretty good starts and really come out of the first corner in a good position each time. The Rockstar Makita Suzuki RM-Z450 was unreal out there; it worked awesome for me and I’m happy with third overall. Now we have the off-season to prepare for Supercross next year. We learned a lot this weekend that we can put to use in testing and come out ready next year.”

Metcalfe and the Yoshimura Suzuki team will return for the start of the 2012 AMA Supercross season on Saturday, January 7, 2012, at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California.

Monster Energy Cup Open Class Overall Results:

1. Ryan Villopoto
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Brett Metcalfe
4. Martin Davalos
5. Eli Tomac
6. Kyle Chisolm
7. Nick Wey
8. Jimmy Albertson
9. Jake Weimer
10. Mike Alessi

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.

BUFFALO, NY. – DP Brakes added another championship when Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider Broc Tickle grabbed the 2011 Western Region Supercross Lites Championship.

“We congratulate Mitch Payton’s Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider’s number one plate, Broc Tickle, and third place finisher Josh Hansen for another outstanding season,” stated Larry Mills, President, DP Brakes and clutches North America.

Mills continued, “This is our eleventh year supporting Mitch’s team, and we are truly honored to be part of their success. Congratulations to Mitch and the entire team.”

“Not only does the entire Pro Circuit team rely on DP Brakes to achieve these championship results, but they use the same DP Brakes High Performance SDP Pro-MX brake pads that are sold in dealerships worldwide. These outstanding pads deliver upgraded performance, excellent feel, longer life, and quieter performance over stock pads,” added Mills.

For more information on the complete line-up of DP Brakes brake pads, shoes, rotors, and clutch kits, contact DP Brakes North American Headquarters/Tony Mills International Inc. at 4401 Walden Avenue, Lancaster, NY 14086, (716) 681-8806, or by email at: dpbrakestm@aol.com., or visit us on the web at www.dp-brakes.com.

Irvine, Calif. (May 23, 2011) – Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett earned his first-career motocross win with a 2-1 finish at the AMA Motocross Championship season opener at Hangtown MX in Rancho Cordova, Calif. The win comes in only his seventh professional outdoor race after being forced to sit out most of the season in 2010 with injury.

Teammate Dean Wilson finished close behind with a 1-3, putting him in second overall after opening the day with a moto win. Tyla Rattray rounded out the overall podium with a solid second-moto comeback to finish 5-2. Teammate Broc Tickle overcame a crash in the first moto to finish 13-7 and ninth overall. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto made a trip to the podium after finishing third overall with a 3-3. Teammate Jake Weimer earned the recovery award with a great second-moto ride to earn 12th after a 21-6 ride.

Winner
With three supercross wins already to his name, Baggett earned his first motocross overall victory with two great rides aboard his Kawasaki KX™250F. In the first moto, he was running up front, but had a minor crash that pushed him outside the top-10. He didn’t give up and made his way up to second, posting the fastest lap time of the race on the final lap. In the second moto, he kept pace with his teammate Rattray and made the pass in the final laps to earn his first motocross win.

Torrance, CA: How much of a race is determined in the first fractions of a second?

With the level of competition in both Supercross and Motocross being so closely matched, getting the right start can literally determine the outcome of a race. And grabbing the holeshot is a huge advantage.

Just ask American Honda Racing’s Trey Canard, Josh Grant and Ashley Fiolek how important the start really is. We did.

Check out the “Art of the Holeshot” video shown below:

Ryan Dungey and the Rockstar Makita Suzuki team are giving their support to the Japan Earthquake Disaster fund by pledging the special set of Fox race gear, that he wore at the recent Jacksonville AMA/FIM World Supercross race in Florida, for auction to raise money for the victims of the recent earthquake and tsunami.

The exclusive red and white clothing is emblazoned with the Japanese symbol, pronounced ‘Kiboh,’ which translates into English as ‘Hope.’ The shirt is also red and white to symbolise the country’s Rising Sun flag. As a mark of respect and support, all riders at the March 19th event sported the Japanese flag.

The clothing is to be donated to the Japanese Red Cross via the Motorcycle Federation of Japan (MFJ) and will be included in a special charity auction at the All Japan Motocross Championship round at Hiroshima in May.

KTM is entering the 2011 Supercross season with high hopes after enlisting the services of famed team managed Roger DeCoster in the off-season. DeCoster’s has put together a team of riders that includes Andrew Short and Ken Roczen and Mike Alessi.

KTM and DeCoster expect the team to do well in 2011. Check out this video that previews the team and the upcoming season of racing.