ITP-ATV-Race-Wins-5-14-13Ontario, California, May 14, 2013 – Team ITP racers battled in both the 2013 Mtn. Dew ATV Motocross National Championship series and the World Off-Road Championship Series over the weekend and tallied numerous class victories and podium finishes. In Indiana at round four of the ATV MX series, ITP supported racers earned a total of 17 podiums, winning seven classes. The West Coast WORCS UTV racers tallied three podium finishes, including the SxS Production 850 class victory, using ITP tires at the Taft, California event.

“Our Team ITP racers had a wonderful time at the inaugural visit to Wildcat Creek MX in Indiana. Winning seven classes is a great accomplishment, especially at an all-new motocross track. Pro class racer Josh Creamer just missed another podium finish and continues to impress using ITP tires,” said Pat McGuire, Public Relations / Race Support. “Our WORCS UTV racers did a great job as well, winning the 850 production class and earning a spot on the highly competitive SxS Pro Production class.”

Josh-THUMB0Frederick-Poster-4-2-13The Josh Frederick Foundation is now in the final organization stages.  Getting the charitable foundation setup is a challenge but it will be worth it for everyone. The Josh Frederick Foundation will assist the Frederick family in  moving forward in an effort to help Josh on his comeback and to promote spinal cord research. The group setting it up believes that all the account info will come later this week as will the website. As it comes we will post it and get everyone in the loop.

A Josh The Animal Frederick shirt will be available at Rnd 4 WORCS at Sand Hollow and will be available to pre-order this week. A hat will also be available for purchase. You can see some of the art work in this release and more will be coming. 100% of all proceeds will go towards the foundation.

Corona, CA – A broken foot isn’t going to stop factory Husqvarna’s Cory Graffunder from claiming his first championship of 2012. The X Games medalist recently suffered a season-threatening crash at Glen Helen that caused him to sit out the Cahuilla Creek round of the World Off Road Championship Series (WORCS). But the Canadian is going to tough it out this weekend in Montana to claim the AMA West Hare Scrambles number one plate at the Kenda Big Sky XC presented by Klim.

“I had a scary get-off at Glen Helen,” Graffunder recalled. “I had a mid-air collision with another rider and crashed hard and basically smashed the ball of my foot. I had surgery on it a few weeks ago and just got the pins out last week.”

Corona, CA – August 23, 2012 - A broken foot isn’t going to stop factory Husqvarna’s Cory Graffunder from claiming his first championship of 2012. The X Games medalist recently suffered a season-threatening crash at Glen Helen that caused him to sit out the Cahuilla Creek round of the World Off Road Championship Series (WORCS). But the Canadian is going to tough it out this weekend in Montana to claim the AMA West Hare Scrambles number one plate at the Kenda Big Sky XC presented by Klim.

“I had a scary get-off at Glen Helen,” Graffunder recalled. “I had a mid-air collision with another rider and crashed hard and basically smashed the ball of my foot. I had surgery on it a few weeks ago and just got the pins out last week.”

Irvine, Calif. – Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert took his fourth win of the season at Round 7 of the 2012 World Off Road Championship Series (WORCS) at On the Edge Raceway in Central, Utah, with a 1-2 moto result. The win extended Robert’s points lead to 41 with only three rounds remaining in the season. Although Bobby Garrison was riding with a shoulder injury, he managed to solider through the pain to finish sixth overall with a 6-6 result. Justin Soulé was unable to compete due to a shoulder injury he sustained a couple weeks ago.

Edging Out the Competition
With a 24-point lead in the championship standings, Robert knew he was the man to beat coming into Utah. On Saturday, Robert got a great start aboard his KX™450F and managed to exit the first turn with the lead. He continued to put distance on the rest of the field with each passing lap and by the halfway-point he had extended his lead by more than one minute. On Sunday, the dead-engine start left Robert in last place coming around the first turn, but he battled throughout the 90-minute moto to finish second. The 1-2 moto result earned Robert his fourth overall win of the season and extended his points lead to 41.

“Saturday went really well,” said Robert. “I got a pretty good start on my Kawasaki. I entered the first turn in third, but squared it up and was able to steal the lead as we exited. Once I got out front, I put a gap on the field and never got pressured by anyone. Sunday didn’t go nearly as smooth as I would have liked. We started off with a dead-engine start and I missed the first kick, so I ended up in last place going around the first turn. I started charging and trying to catch the leaders, but ended up going down and went for a little swim in one of the water crossings. I got back up and didn’t have anywhere to put my feet and I fell right over again. I got up again and started making ground on the leaders, but went down in a different water crossing. When I got up I just started charging and knew I had to get around Sutherlin to take the overall. I was able to work my way back up to second before the finish.”

Irvine, Calif. – In the heat of the high desert, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Bobby Garrison was able to overcome the elements on his KX™450F to take his second World Off Road Championship Series (WORCS) win in Round 6 at Racetown 395 in Adelanto, Calif. Garrison set himself up for the overall after finishing third on Saturday and sealed the deal with a win on Sunday. Justin Soulé battled upfront all weekend, finishing 4-3 for third overall. Current points leader Taylor Robert finished fourth overall with a 1-8 moto score. Completing a Kawasaki podium sweep was Kawasaki privateer Robby Bell who went 2-2 for second overall.

With his wedding only one week away, most would think Garrison would be pre-occupied, but he was concentrating on one thing, winning. On Saturday, Garrison was shuffled back on the start and had to make his way to the front. He battled up to fourth place and was able to overtake third with only a few laps remaining. On Sunday, Garrison knew he needed a strong start if he wanted to get the win. He got a good jump and made a pass for the lead three corners in. Garrison held the lead for most of the first lap before dropping to second. With two-thirds of the 90-minute moto complete, the leader was forced to pit, allowing Garrison to inherit the lead which he held until the checkers.

“I’ve been trying to win here for a long time,” said Garrison. “The track was really dusty on Saturday and was really hard to make passes. I made a few mistakes and just had to play catch-up the whole race. Sunday, the plan was to push hard at the beginning and lead going into the off-road section, but Taylor (Robert) was pushing real hard. I just kept charging and looking ahead when Taylor pit. When the white flag came out I saw +40 on my pit board so I was able to dial it back and cruise to the win.”

With the temperature well above the century mark, training, hydration and planning were added to the formula of speed and talent as Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert took round five of the WORCS Series in Surprise Arizona. Robert, an Arizona native, was well equipped to deal with the 105 degree temperature at the Speedworld course as he went 1-1 and extended is points lead in the WORCS Series.

While many of the top Pro riders struggled with the heat Robert rode with his usual speed, cutting a blistering 9:07 fastest lap to outdistance the all-star field of racers. Quick pit stops and teamwork were also a factor as Robert finished more than a full minute ahead of the rest of the field in both races to take the overall.

“I like it this track because it’s challenging,” said Robert. “The heat didn’t bother me today and I’m looking forward to the next round in Adelanto. Kawasaki has built me a great motorcycle and the team is the best in off-road right now. We’re working really hard this year to win races and stay focused on the WORCS Championship.”

CORONA, CA - THR Motorsports has partnered with Bonanza Plumbing to prepare for the grueling 44th Annual Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. Together for a second assault on the famous “1000,” this time they will be flying the Precision Concepts-backed Kawasaki colors. The experienced crew and team of talented riders are all poised for a race win in the 2011 Baja 1000.

The five-rider team combines youth with experience, and includes Shane Esposito, Robby Bell, Bobby Garrison, Steve Hengeveld and David Pearson. The team will ride a Kawasaki KX450F prepared by Bob Bell of Precision Concepts. The all-star lineup of riders and the winning know-how of Precision Concepts combine to form a potent and formidable force; one which will be gunning for glory in November.

The Team:

* Shane Esposito, fresh off his 2011 Vegas to Reno win, has a long track record of desert wins on both sides of the border.
* Robby Bell has filled his resume with numerous Baja 500 & 1000 wins, and is also a formidable WORCS racer.
* Bobby Garrison is the youngest member of the team, but is a proven winner, both in motocross and WORCS.
* David Pearson is a seasoned racer with numerous wins and desert racing championships to his credit. He currently sits second in the AMA National Hare & Hound series on his Purvines-backed bike.
* Steve Hengeveld is also no stranger to victory, and is a familiar star in SCORE racing with seven overall Baja 1000 wins and co-wins to his name.
* Bell and Hengeveld each know the path to victory, having ridden with the coveted “1x” plate of the reigning Baja champion.

The Bike:
The fuel-injected Kawasaki KX450F is a solid and versatile platform, which has celebrated victories in off-road races from the deserts of the West to the mud and trees of the GNCC series. Bob Bell considers its strong power and light weight to be a distinct advantage for this year’s event, which will feature one of the roughest courses in recent memory.

In the SCORE pre-race drawing the team has been selected to start 11th off the line. The 11x Bonanza Plumbing/THR Motorsports/Precision Concepts Kawasaki Team promises to be a front-runner at the SCORE Baja 1000 and show the way to the checkered flag.

In addition to Bonanza Plumbing, THR Motorsports owners Scott Jacobson and Rob Sims have chosen to partner with Precision Concepts and Purvines Racing. Several additional valued associate sponsors have stepped up to help support the team.

THR Motorsports also supports a Class 1 car that recently added a win at the SNORE Mint 400 to its long list of successes. THR Motorsports is backed internally by its Machining Services Division – Hoosier Precision Machining – which is a full-service machining company with more than 35 years of manufacturing experience.         Media Kit
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Factory FMF/KTM teammates Mike Brown and Kurt Caselli landed on the podium at the eighth round of the WORCS finishing 2nd and 3rd overall respectively allowing Caselli to hold his grasp on the points lead while Brown moved up one position in the overall rankings to third.

This round was held at Glen Helen Raceway in Devore, CA. Day one saw Taylor Robert grab the holeshot followed closely by Bobby Garrison, Kurt Caselli and Mike Brown. Caselli and Brown remained close to Garrison but struggled to make the pass early in the moto and allowed Robert to pull a gap out front. Eventually the KTM duo made their way around Garrison and began to press toward Robert. Brown was able to make the pass on Caselli approximately halfway into the race and was able to close the gap on Robert from 10 seconds to five seconds with a few laps to go. Each time Brown got Robert in his sights lappers would come into play and would cost Brown a few seconds as he had to navigate his way around them. Robert eventually took the win while Brown finished 2nd and Caselli rounded out the podium.

Day two was a complete carbon copy of day one off the start, only this time Brown was ahead of Caselli and both again trailed Robert and Garrison. Brown was able to move around Garrison quicker than he did the day before to move into 2nd. Caselli took a little longer to find his drive and didn’t make the pass into 3rd until heavy pressure from Justin Soule in the 5th place position helped him find his charge. Caselli went on to put in the most impressive lap of the day, passing into 3rd and also gaining valuable seconds on the 2nd place ride of Brown.

“I’m not sure why it took me so long to find my groove, but once I got going I felt great on the course today. It was so fast paced you had to be on your game all day. I tip my hat to Robert and Brown who were able to stick it out longer than I did,” remarked Caselli.

While Caselli charged on in 3rd place, Brown had also closed the gap to 4 seconds behind Robert. Unfortunately, on the final lap as they headed down the single track section at the back of Yamaha hill, Brown got stuck behind two lappers who cost him about 15 seconds and allowed Caselli to close up on him for the runner up position. Robert went on to take the win on day two and the overall while Brown was able to hold off his teammate to finish 2nd and Caselli finished 3rd.

With two rounds to go, Caselli holds the lead in the point standings by 28 points over Robert. Brown moved up from 4th in the series point standings to 3rd with his podium finish. Also leading her class is RPM/KTM rider Kacy Martinez who won the Glen Helen WORCS event and strengthened her lead in the Women’s WORCS standings. Glen Helen marked her fourth win of the series and gave her a 16 point cushion in the point rankings.

Next Event: Race Town 395 – October 14-16, 2011 – Adelanto, CA

Overall Results Pro Class –

1)     Taylor Robert

2)     Mike Brown

3)     Kurt Caselli

4)     Justin Soule

5)     Bobby Bonds

6)     Bobby Garrison

7)     Robby Bell

8)     Cole Martinez

9)     Ryan Abbatoye

10) Gordon Ward

 

Overall Point Standings –

1)     Kurt Caselli – 354

2)     Taylor Robert – 326

3)     Mike Brown – 296

4)     Bobby Garrison – 290

5)     Justin Soule – 260

FMF/KTM Factory rider Kurt Caselli went undefeated in both motos at the fifth round of the WORCS held in Payette, ID.

“Everything about this weekend worked out perfectly,” remarked Caselli. “We were able to arrive a few days early and dial in our suspension testing at some local riding areas to make sure we were ready for the event. Plus it rained off and on during the week which made the course perfect on race day.”

During Saturday’s race Caselli came around the first turn in 2nd place behind his FMF/KTM teammate Mike Brown. Caselli was able to move around Brown early on the first lap. Once he took over the lead he never looked back and went on to win the first moto. Brown put together a solid performance and finished behind Caselli in 2nd place to put both FMF/KTM team riders on the podium.