MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, has officially reached its halfway point. As the world’s best riders gear up for six more thrilling rounds of action, legendary Budds Creek MX Park in Mechanicsville, Maryland, is preparing to celebrate 25 years as a round of the most prestigious motocross championship on the planet. The GEICO Motorcycle Budds Creek National, the seventh stop on the schedule, will commence on Saturday, July 12, to mark a quarter century of competition in Southern Maryland, in the shadow of our nation’s capitol.
Torrance, CA: The High Point National in Mt. Morris, PA, hosted round four of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship this past weekend, and Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard earned his third podium appearance of the season with third overall aboard his CRF450R. In the 250 competition, Muscle Milk-backed GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle grabbed a fourth-place overall finish with 4-4 scores.
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – Following 11 rounds of grueling competition on the most challenging and demanding tracks in the country, the 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, will come to a dramatic conclusion on Saturday with the 2nd Annual Red Bull Lake Elsinore National in Lake Elsinore, Calif.
Although the 250 and 450 Class titles have already been decided, there is still plenty on the line as riders look to capture the final overall victory of the season at Round 12. For Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey, a win at Saturday’s finale would allow the 2012 450 Class Champion to move into second place in all-time race wins in the 450 Class, where he currently sits tied with Bob Hannah at 27 career wins, three of which he earned in 2013. A fourth victory this season would also allow Dungey to maintain an undefeated record at the Lake Elsinore National.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto has put forth a dominant season, winning 16 of the first 22 motos to clinch the 450 Class Championship one round early. Villopoto has enjoyed seven overall wins through the first 11 rounds this season, putting him in a three-way-tie with Mike LaRocco and Gary Jones at 11 all-time career wins. Furthermore, an overall victory at Saturday’s Lake Elsinore National would put Villopoto among the top 10 all-time race winners in the 450 Class.
TOOELE, Utah – Over 21,000 fans were on hand to witness a historic day at Miller Motorsports Park for Saturday’s Built Ford Tough Utah National, where two champions were crowned at the inaugural event in Tooele, Utah. By virtue of a 1-1 moto sweep, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto captured his second career 450 Class Championship, while GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac clinched his first ever 250 Class title at Round 11 of the 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing.
Villopoto began the day with his third consecutive Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot in Moto 1 of the 450 Class, immediately putting a gap on the rest of the field. Toyota/JGR/Yamaha’s Justin Brayton jumped into the second place position early on, with Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey and Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart close in tow. Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard made his way into third, where he maintained a comfortable position throughout the first moto.
Villopoto and Dungey finished first and second respectively in Moto 1, thus extending the championship chase into Moto 2.
NEW BERLIN, N.Y. – The 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, descended upon central New York’s historic Unadilla MX on Saturday for the annual Built Ford Tough Unadilla National. New Berlin’s scenic property hosted the tenth round of the 13-race championship, marking the series’ final stop on the East coast before heading west for the last two rounds of competition.
Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto took another step toward capturing the 450 Class Championship after sweeping both motos at Unadilla. It was a flawless day for Villopoto, beginning with his impressive performance in the morning’s timed qualifying session where he laid down the fastest lap time in the 450 Class.
From there, Villopoto captured the Motorcycle Superstore Holeshot in Moto 1 of the 450 Class to grab an early lead over Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey. Dungey was accompanied in the early laps by BTO Sports.com/KTM’s Andrew Short and N-FAB/TiLube Yamaha’s Bobby Kiniry. Kiniry soon ran into issues that forced the New York native to pull off in Moto 1, while Short eventually dropped outside the top five.
MORGANTOWN, 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.
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. – The 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, reaches its halfway point this Saturday, July 6, with Round 7 of the 12-race series. Held at the famed RedBud MX track in Buchanan, Mich., the Red Bull RedBud National serves as the centerpiece of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, drawing spectators from all over the Midwest to witness the most prestigious motocross racers in the country do battle in the rolling hills of Southwestern Michigan.
Heading into the second half of the season, 2011 450 Class Champion Ryan Villopoto and defending 450 Class Champion Ryan Dungey share the first six overall victories with three wins, respectively. Although each rider holds three overall wins, it’s Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Villopoto who tops the championship standings by a 12-point margin over Red Bull KTM’s Dungey. En route to his current points lead in the 450 Class, Villopoto has captured nine moto wins-the most of the season-as well as the distinction of being the only rider to win a moto at every race. While Dungey only has three moto wins under his belt, the Minnesota native is the only rider to finish atop the podium at each round of the championship thus far. Dungey looks to defend his two-race overall win streak against Villopoto this Saturday at RedBud
Torrance, CA: For the next round of the 2013 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross championship taking place in Michigan, Team Honda Muscle Milk will showcase its bikes and riders in patriotic-themed Red, White and Blue designs to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Round seven of the 2013 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross championship will mark the 39th annual Red Bud National in Buchanan, MI, and the team CRF450R race bikes will feature Red, White and Blue graphics and seat cover designed by Throttle Jockey, along with blue D.I.D wheels. In addition, Justin Barcia and Trey Canard will both don patriotic-themed riding gear for the holiday weekend.
SACRAMENTO – With a record event attendance of nearly 25,000 fans, the 45th running of the Red Bull Hangtown Motocross Classic proved to be one for the history books as the 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, kicked off in Sacramento, Calif. on Saturday. After missing an entire season in 2012 due to injury, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto made a valiant return, sweeping both 450 Class motos atop one of the most stacked fields in the series’ recent history. Additionally, Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen claimed his first career 250 Class overall victory at Hangtown.
Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart, who missed most of the second half of the 2012 season, made a comeback of his own by grabbing the Motorcycle-Superstore.com holeshot in Moto 1, garnering one point toward the overall championship holeshot bonus of $25,000 in the 450 Class. However, keeping the lead wasn’t an easy task as three other former 450 Class Champions and several returning contenders chased the 2008 champ early on.
Torrance, CA: American Honda proudly announces Dan Betley as the new Honda Muscle Milk team manager beginning with the opening round of the 2013 Motocross season at the Hangtown Classic in Sacramento, CA. Betley successfully filled the role during the 2013 Supercross season as he led the team to two victories and six additional podiums.
Since he began his career with Honda in 1989, Betley has held multiple positions within the race team, including his most recent as Engine Development and R&D specialist. He has worked with many high profile motocross champions such as Jeff Stanton, Jeremy McGrath and Ricky Carmichael, making him highly qualified for the role as team manager.
“Dan has been with Team Honda for many years and has played an important role in the team’s success,” explained Honda Race Team Director Ray Conway. “It seems natural for him to move up to Team Manager and he has done a great job filling in during the 2013 Supercross season.”
“I’m looking forward to transitioning into my new role,” explained Betley. “It’s a challenging job but I got a good feel for what it entails while filling in during the 2013 Supercross season and I’m grateful Honda chose me to continue as team manager. We have two extremely talented riders in Trey Canard and Justin Barcia and a great team behind them, so I am looking forward to a successful Motocross season.”