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

Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki showed off the dominance of its riders and the Yoshimura-equipped Suzuki RM-Z450 in the AMA Pro Motocross Championship season opener at the 43rd Annual Rockstar Energy Hangtown National at the weekend.

Defending Champion Ryan Dungey rode strong all day scoring the win in the first moto and backing that up with a solid second-placed podium finish in the second moto. Team mate Brett Metcalfe also rode strong and consistently with two fifth-placed results in his first race since an injury sidelined him in March.

Dungey and his RM-Z were strong from the start, with two solid practices that gave him the eighth gate-pick for Moto 1. A great start put him near the front, just behind Metcalfe. He worked his Suzuki into second in lap two and made a charge for the lead, which he was able to grab in lap six and powered his RM-Z450 across the finish for the first 450 moto win of the year.

In Moto 2, Dungey had another strong start, which put him in second place and he was able to pass for the lead in lap six. He fell back to second in lap eight and battled for the lead, but was unable to make the pass and finished second. His one-two moto finishes gave him a second-place overall for the day and currently tied for the lead in the season points going into next weekend’s event in Texas.

“Overall, our day was really good,” said Dungey. “We had a good, strong set-up on my Suzuki from practice and my Rockstar Makita Suzuki team made just a few adjustments, which made it even better for the two motos. I got good starts today, which was very helpful. I was able to get out in front and pull away for the win in the first moto, which was a good start to the season. I wasn’t able to get the job done in the second moto and ended up in second for the moto and second on the day. It’s a really good solid start for the season. There’s a lot of motos and a lot of racing. We’ll keep moving forward and building from here and we’ll be good.”

Metcalfe had a great first day back on his RM-Z and started by scoring the seventh fastest lap in practice. In Moto 1, the Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider blasted his Suzuki out of the gate and into the front. He ran in second for the first two laps before falling back and finishing fifth. Metcalfe had a solid start in Moto 2 and rode strong to move from 10th to eventually cross the line with another fifth-placed finish. His 5-5 results gave him fifth overall for the day.

“It was really awesome today,” said Metcalfe. “It’s good to be back with my Rockstar Makita Suzuki team after being out injured for a while. My Yoshimura-equipped RM-Z was unreal this weekend. It is good to be back racing and I really like the outdoors, so that’s a plus for me. I wanted to get a good start to the season and I’m really happy with this fifth overall finish. Coming away, we got a good load of information and learned a lot that will help give me a little more speed out there by making me more comfortable, and then I’ll be able to be more aggressive. I’m really looking forward to the next round in Texas so I can build on this result.”

The Rockstar Makita Suzuki team’s next event is the second round of the 2011 AMA Pro Motocross Championship on Saturday, May 28th at the Rockstar Energy Freestone National in Wortham, Texas.

Hangtown 450 class Results:

1. Chad Reed
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Ryan Villopoto
4. Kevin Windham
5. Brett Metcalfe
6. David Millsaps
7. Tommy Hahn
8. Christophe Pourcel
9. Ricky Dietrich
10. Christian Craig

2011 Motocross 450 Class Standings:

1. Chad Reed – 47
2. Ryan Dungey – 47
3. Ryan Villopoto – 40
4. Kevin Windham – 33
5. Brett Metcalfe – 32
6. David Millsaps – 32
7. Tommy Hahn – 26
8. Christophe Pourcel – 24
9. Ricky Dietrich – 22
10. Christian Craig – 18

Renthal is very proud to announce that it is producing a special limited edition handlebar pad that is going to be sold exclusively through the Rental website, of which 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the American Red Cross for the Earthquake and Pacific Tsunami relief in Japan.


We are only producing 500 of these limited edition handlebar pads and once we’ve sold through them, we will be able to make a donation to the American Red Cross for close to $10,000.00.  Renthal has very close ties with the factories in Japan, including Honda, Kawasaki and Suzuki and we feel very strongly about doing our part to assist them in any way we can to help them get through this difficult tragedy.

We will be supplying our race teams with this special handlebar pad at the Las Vegas round of the Supercross series to help get the word out and build some excitement.

The pad will sell for $19.95 and can only be bought directly off the Renthal website.

To purchase, please click the link below:

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With the imminent launch of the 2011 FIM Motocross World Championship at Sevlievo and the Grand Prix of Bulgaria this weekend, Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1 took a pause out of their busy schedule for some downtime.

Clement Desalle and Steve Ramon swapped the open expanses of a motocross circuit for the confines of a disused factory in their native Belgium to discuss their hopes and expectations for the fifteen-round series, and also have a little fun on their works RM-Z450 Suzukis!

Check out the movie of the team featuring Desalle and Ramon.

BREA, Calif.February 25, 2011 –Suzuki Manufacturing of America Corporation (SMAC) celebrated its 10-Year Anniversary on February 25, 2011.  The plant was built in the United States in 2001 to demonstrate Suzuki’s commitment to the all terrain vehicle (ATV) business.

Initially the plant built the all-new 400cc Eiger and 500cc Vinson ATVs.  Currently, SMAC assembles the award winning KINGQUAD line of ATVs for the North American and global markets.

Mr. Nobuyuki Yamane, President of SMAC, stated, “As we celebrate 10 years as a company, we reflect back on the last couple of years which have been very difficult  due to the overall economic situation and its effect on the entire ATV industry.  We look forward to the future and a rebound in the ATV industry as we focus our Management Plan for FY2011 as we look ‘10 Years and Beyond’ as a company.”

Many off-roaders have a special place in their hearts for Suzuki automobiles. Over the years, the company made some very popular lightweight off-road vehicles, most notably the Samurai (shown below). This year, the company celebrates 25 years of making automobiles in the U.S. (see a history of Suzuki on Off-Road.com), with the company offering 6 models in North Americans in 2010.

Suzuki (founded in 1909) detailed its history in the automotive realm, making a shift after World War II to start producing two-wheel vehicles, beginning with the Power Free motorized bicycle in 1952, and followed by the 60cc Diamond Free – Suzuki’s first true motorcycle – in 1953. Suzuki’s first mass-produced car, the 360cc Suzulight, was introduced to the Japanese market in 1955. And in 1985, 25 years ago, Suzuki entered the U.S. automotive market with the Samurai, which Suzuki calls “America’s first compact SUV.”