One hundred and sixty-seventh issue of this re-designed bi-weekly motorcycle sport magazine, tackling the latest races and issues in MotoGP, MXGP, AMA Motocross / Supercross and World Superbike as well as general motorcycling and accessories with the best blogs and photographs. In OTOR 167: Boxed-in, set free: Barcia; exclusive talk with one of the real characters of motocross – Justin Barcia – as the American negotiates a bumpy crossroads and the next steps in his career. Best of Ernie: WorldSBK; Steve English chats with one of Ducati’s technical legends in the sport and a career that involves a spectrum of outstanding talent. The cost of it all: MotoGP; how much does MotoGP dent the wallet for a satellite team equipped with a factory bike? We asked Cal Crutchlow’s Crew Chief at LCR Honda to give us a price. Qatar closer: WorldSBK; Graeme Brown copes with the sleep-deprivation of the final round of WorldSBK at Losail for his last Blog from trackside and a Rea broadside in 2017.
Youthstream - the company that promotes and organizes the FIM World Motocross Championships of MXGP and MX2 has announced the 2018 Calendar:
- 4 March - Neuquen - ARGENTINA
- 18 March - Red Sand - SPAIN
- 25 March - Valkenswaard - THE NETHERLANDS
- 8 April - Pietramurata - ITALY
- 15 April - Agueda - PORTUGAL
- 1 May - Orlyonok - RUSSIA
- 13 May - Kegums - LATVIA
- 20 May - Teutschenthal - GERMANY
- 3 June - Matterley Basin - GREAT BRITAIN
- 10 June - St Jean d'Angély - FRANCE
- 17 June - TBA - ITALY
- 1 July - Pangkal Pinang - INDONESIA
- 8 July - Semarang - INDONESIA
- 22 July - Loket - CZECH REPUBLIC
- 5 August - Lommel - BELGIUM
- 12 August - Uddevalla - SWEDEN
- 19 August - Frauenfeld /Gachnang - SWITZERLAND
- 2 September - Afyon - TURKEY
- 16 September - Assen - THE NETHERLANDS
- 30 September - Imola - ITALY
- 7 October - Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations - Red Bud USA
The 2018 Monster Energy Supercross season embarks on a new era with a revised points system, the addition of three Triple Crown Monster Energy Cup-style events, two 250 SX East / West Showdowns, four Supercross Amateur racing events and the elimination of semi races in qualifying for the Main Event.
For the first time in over two decades, the 2018 season will debut an all-new points system to evenly allocate points over all 22 finishing positions. While the gap between 1st, 2nd and 3rd has not changed, the new points system will ensure that the race to the championship will be much more competitive throughout the season as the reward is greater for a better finish.
The elimination of semi races will add further pressure to qualify - two chances to ensure a spot in the Main Event through one of two heat races or a last chance qualifier (LCQ). The Top 9 in each heat will qualify directly into the Main Event, while positions 10-20 will have one last chance to make it through the LCQ. Previously, only five positions would transfer to the Main Event from the heat races and all others would be transferred to a semi race. Eliminating the semi races will make for longer heat races and last chance qualifiers, allowing for more intense battles on the track from the stars for the fans.
From a fan's perspective, the biggest change in 2018 will be the introduction of the Monster Energy Supercross Triple Crown, a three-city showdown hosted at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on January 20, Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on March 3 and U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis on April 14.
Both the 250 SX and 450 SX Classes will compete in three Main Events! Qualifying races will deduce the field to the top 22 riders in each class, and the 250SX Class will compete in 6, 10 and 12 minute Main Events, while the 450 SX Class will compete in 8-, 12- and 15-minute Main Events. An Olympic-style scoring method will be used to determine an overall winner in each class from all three Main Events where the lowest combined score at the end will be awarded the overall win.
Additionally, two 250 SX East/West Showdowns will double the excitement in Indianapolis and Las Vegas this season as fans will have the opportunity to see 20 of the fastest riders from each coast (Eastern Regional 250 SX Class Championship and Western Regional 250 SX Class Championship) battling each other for victory. The Main Event will be the first and only time throughout the night where all of the 250 SX Class stars will line up on the gate for a 15-minute plus 1 lap Main Event where winner takes all.
Another change to the 2018 season includes the addition of four Supercross Amateur racing events at Angel Stadium in Anaheim on January 20, University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale on January 27, Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on February 24 and Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta on March 3, which will give amateur athletes in 27 classes their only chance to compete in the same venue on the same weekend as all of the stars of Supercross.
Along with format changes, every track in 2018 will have a distinct personality that tells the story of each city's Supercross history dating back over 43 years.
Leave it to Red Bull. Not only do they have the very unique Red Bull Straight Rhythm happening this weekend at the Fairplex in Pomona, southern California, but they’ve added some special - The Two Stroke Shootout, hosting by Ken Roczen.
Perhaps you’ve heard of Ken Roczen. Maybe. Possibly. Or perhaps you’ve heard of Ryan Villopoto (yes, he’s racing!). Maybe you’ve heard of Chad Reed? (Yes, Chad is racing on a two stroke too.) For sure you’ve heard of Ronnie Mac!
Here’s the official info from Red Bull: The field is set for the Two-Stroke Shootout at Red Bull Straight Rhythm. This eight-man bracketed competition will be exclusively for bikes with two-stroke engines, and will be hosted by Ken Roczen. But how will it all unfold?
The Two-Stroke Bracket Challenge allows you to make your best guess. Drag and drop riders below to fill out your bracket and pick a winner. Submit your bracket and the first perfect bracket (or the closest to perfect) will win a prize pack from Fox Racing (not to mention the admiration of your friends and family). Get to Fairplex in Pomona or tune in to Red Bull TV on October 21 to root on your picks.
Competing Two-Stroke riders (9 compete in Qualifying, 8 advance):
- Chad Reed
- Ryan Villopoto
- Ronnie Mac
- Mike Brown
- Ryan Sipes
- Gared Steinke
- Ryan Morais
- Michael Sleeter
- Jon Ames
To pick your bracket click here: http://fantasybracket.redbull.com/
MX Sports Pro Racing and NBC Sports announce the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship schedule, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. The summer-long battle will once again consist of 12 rounds, beginning with the Hangtown Motocross Classic, the oldest race in American motocross, on May 19.
Each stop of the championship will feature a pair of motos across the 450 Class and 250 Class, resulting in 24 grueling fights for victory in each division that will ultimately crown a pair of champions at season's end. The opening round from Hangtown, in the shadow of the California state capital of Sacramento, will celebrate its landmark 50th year in 2018 and will set the stage for a compelling summer of competition.
The championship's 11 state journey spans from the forests of the Pacific Northwest to the shores of New England. At the center of the schedule is legendary RedBud, which represents the sport's annual Independence Day tradition and was just revealed as the host venue for the 2018 FIM Motocross of Nations. The summer will come to a dramatic conclusion at American motocross' newest track, Ironman Raceway, which continues its rise in popularity amongst riders and fans alike.
The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship has served as the preeminent competition in motocross since 1972, and remains arguably the most difficult championship to win in all of motorsports. Last season, Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac broke through for his first 450 Class title, while Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Zach Osborne parlayed a breakout season into his first championship in the 250 Class.
2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Schedule
- May 19 - Hangtown Motocross Classic - Prairie City SVRA - Rancho Cordova, California
- May 26 - Glen Helen National - Glen Helen Raceway - San Bernardino, California
- June 2 - Thunder Valley National - Thunder Valley MX Park - Lakewood, Colorado
- June 16 - High Point National - High Point Raceway - Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania
- June 23 - Tennessee National - Muddy Creek Raceway - Blountville, Tennessee
- June 30 - Southwick National - Southwick MX Park - Southwick, Massachusetts
- July 7 - RedBud National - RedBud MX - Buchanan, Michigan
- July 21 - Spring Creek National - Spring Creek MX Park - Millville, Minnesota
- July 28 - Washougal National - Washougal MX Park - Washougal, Washington
- Aug 11 - Unadilla National - Unadilla MX - New Berlin, New York
- Aug 18 - Budds Creek National - Budds Creek MX Park - Mechanicsville, Maryland
- Aug 25 - Ironman National - Ironman Raceway - Crawfordsville, Indiana
At the season-concluding Motocross of Nations event, Broc Glover, Dunlop’s Senior Manager of Off-Road, was awarded the prestigious MXGP Lifetime Career Award in recognition of his contributions to motocross racing over the last 40 years.
Among many racing accomplishments including being inducted to the AMA Hall of Fame and a Supercross Lifetime Achievement Award for amassing 50 AMA Motocross and Supercross wins prior to retiring in the late 1980s, Glover won six AMA National Motocross Championships, a record that stood for 20 years.
The MXGP Lifetime Career Award recognizes Glover’s many U.S. and international accomplishments on and off the track, and for setting an example for the next generation of racers the world over. Glover currently spearheads Dunlop’s U.S. off-road racing program, and has been instrumental in its growth for the past 16 years.
Current AMA Champions will run No. 1 plates
The American Motorcyclist Association has announced the professional competition numbers for pro-licensed riders competing in Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, and the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship for the 2018 season.
All riders use the assigned professional number for competition. In addition, the current champion runs the No. 1 plate instead of an assigned professional number when competing in the class or region in which the No. 1 plate was earned. When competing in a class other than the class where the championship was earned, the rider must use the assigned professional number.
2018 Top 100 and Career Pro Numbers for AMA Supercross and Motocross
* Career Numbers
** New Career Number for 2018
1 - 450MX Eli Tomac
1 - 250MX Zach Osborne
1 - 450SX Ryan Dungey
1 - 250SX West Justin Hill
1 - 250SX East Zach Osborne
2* Cooper Webb
3* Eli Tomac
4* Blake Baggett
5* Ryan Dungey
6* Jeremy Martin
7* James Stewart
10* Justin Brayton
11* Kyle Chisholm
12* Jake Weimer
14* Cole Seely
15* Dean Wilson
16* Zach Osborne
17* Joey Savatgy
18* David Millsaps
19* Justin Bogle
20* Broc Tickle
21* Jason Anderson
22* Chad Reed
23* Aaron Plessinger
24 Dylan Ferrandis
25* Marvin Musquin
26* Alex Martin
27** Malcolm Stewart
28 Shane McElrath
29 Martin Davalos
30 Mitchell Harrison
31 Colt Nichols
32 Christian Craig
33* Josh Grant
34 Weston Peick
35 Austin Forkner
36 RJ Hampshire
37 Fredrik Noren
38 Luke Renzland
39 Kyle Cunningham
40 Chase Sexton
41* Trey Canard
42 Dakota Alix
43 Sean Cantrell
44 Lorenzo Locurcio
45 Jordan Smith
46** Justin Hill
47 Jimmy Decotis
48 Henry Miller
49 Nick Gaines
50 Dan Reardon
51* Justin Barcia
52 Mitchell Oldenburg
53 Bradley Taft
54 Phil Nicoletti
55 Vince Friese
56 Anthony Rodriguez
57 John Short
58 Matt Bisceglia
59 Cole Martinez
60 Benny Bloss
61 Heath Harrison
62 Justin Cooper
63 Hayden Mellross
64 Michael Mosiman
65 Gannon Audette
66 Cameron McAdoo
67 Justin Hoeft
68 Justin Starling
69 Tyler Bowers
70 Jesse Wentland
71 Josh Mosiman
72 Joshua Hansen
73 Brandon Scharer
74 Jon Ames
75 Noah McConahy
76 Kyle Peters
77 Ryan Surratt
78 Ronnie Stewart
79 Nick Schmidt
80 AJ Catanzaro
81 Chase Marquier
82 Cody Williams
83 Cole Thompson
84 Scott Champion
85 Joshua Cartwright
86 Dylan Merriam
87 Dylan Wright
88 Paul Coates
89 Jerry Robin
90 Dakota Tedder
91 Alex Ray
92** Adam Cianciarulo
93 Mark Worth
94* Ken Roczen
95 Joey Crown
96 Zack Williams
97 Cade Clason
98 Ryan Sipes
99 Dillan Epstein
800* Mike Alessi
Monster Energy Supercross Responds to Growing International Demand by Offering Livestream Access for Second Consecutive Year
Feld Entertainment has announced the second season of the Supercross Video Pass will be available on September 1 and features significantly more Monster Energy Supercross content for fans outside of the U.S. and Canada, including an unprecedented amount of live and archived racing. In total, fans will have access to 240 hours of Supercross content that can be experienced on any type of connected device.
Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, is the most competitive and high profile off-road motorcycle racing series in the world and attracts nearly one million fans in live attendance over the course of the 17-race season. Its digital fan base boasts an even more impressive number, engaging with 10 million weekly viewers from all over the world.
"Supercross riders are some of the most elite athletes in the world. The excitement of motorcycle racing, the innovative track designs and the global representation of Supercross racers takes this sport beyond the borders of North America," said Vicki Silver, Chief Marketing Officer of Feld Entertainment.
The Supercross Video Pass will provide access to all 17 rounds of the 3-hour Monster Energy Supercross television broadcast (2018), every race from the last three seasons (2015-2017), plus the 2015 and 2016 Monster Energy Cup races and an additional library of original content.
According to research conducted by Hookit, the leading social and digital media measurement company, Supercross fans are among the most engaged consumers online, ranking the sport in the top-20 of global properties. The list includes the NBA, NFL, MLB, English Premier League Soccer, U.S. Soccer and the FIFA World Cup, impressively positioning Supercross higher than the ATP and PGA Tours.
Silver continues "With two thirds of the Supercross fan base living outside of the U.S. and Canada, we are responding to the overwhelming international demand for live racing and behind-the-scenes content. Last season's video pass was purchased by fans in more than 100 countries and we anticipate a much higher response with this year's enhanced package."
The Hookit research also shows that Supercross is the number one motor sport domestically and ranks in the top-10 of all U.S. and Canadian based teams and leagues, showing significantly stronger online engagement than powerhouse properties like NASCAR, MLS and the PGA Tour. For the study, more than seven million posts were analyzed across Facebook, Instagram and Twitter over a year period where views, shares, likes and comments were examined across 1,255 leagues, federations and teams internationally to determine who had the most engaged fan following.
In addition to racing, this year's Supercross Video Pass offers three full seasons of Chasing The Dream, the acclaimed, behind-the-scenes documentary-styled series, plus two additional, full-length episodes that feature the "Legends of Supercross" for fans outside of the U.S. and Canada.
Subscribers who purchase the 2018 Supercross Video Pass before October 14 will also receive access to the 2017 Monster Energy Cup. Single event passes will also be available for live and VoD access to any race, including the 2017 Monster Energy Cup taking place in Las Vegas on October 14, for $29.99. Access to video content will be provided through the mobile-responsive portal at supercrossLIVE.tv and via the Monster Energy Supercross Roku app.
Zach Osborne, Cole Seely and Thomas Covington to represent America at the Motocross of Nations in England
Direct from the AMA (American Motorcyclist Association) Three of America's fastest motocross racers will represent the United States at the 2017 Fédération Internationale de Motocylisme Motocross of Nations at Matterley Basin in Winchester, United Kingdom, on Oct. 1.
For 2017, the U.S. Motocross of Nations Team includes Rockstar Energy Husqvarna's Zach Osborne and Thomas Covington, and Troy Lee Designs American Honda's Cole Seely.
"This year's team is immensely talented," said AMA Director of Racing Kevin Crowther. "Zach, Cole and Thomas are accomplished riders, who have the aptitude and skill to capture the world championship. And they will, undoubtedly, give every ounce of effort to bring home gold."
Seely will race in the MX1 class, bringing his experience from competing in professional Motocross and AMA Supercross events, including a second overall finish in 2014 in the 250SX West Coast Class of the AMA Supercross Series Championship and a third overall finish in 2015 in the 450SX Class.
"I think it is important to have someone who is excited to be on the team," Seely said. "I'm stoked to make it this year and represent the country."
Osborne, who will compete in the MX2, secured the 2017 250SX East Coast AMA Supercross Series Championship in May and currently leads the points standings for the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series.
"Being chosen to represent Team USA at the FIM Motocross of Nations has been a huge goal and dream of mine for a very long time," Osborn said. "I couldn't be happier to travel to the United Kingdom to race and ride my very best to bring the championship trophy back to the USA."
After spending the past three years competing in the MXGP Series and winning the 2015 GP of Mexico, Covington will compete in the Open class.
"I am truly honored to be picked for the United States' Motocross of Nations Team," Covington said. "I am really looking forward to getting to represent my home country overseas."
AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend Roger DeCoster will once again manage the team as it seeks to secure the world championship. He currently manages the Red Bull/KTM AMA Motocross and Supercross teams and was a part of six victorious FIM Motocross of Nations teams in the 1960s and 1970s.
"With Osborne it was obvious and he has been wanting to go [to Motocross of Nations] for years," DeCoster said. "Every year he has asked me, I have had to turn him down. This year he has earned it. Seely and Covington's results have picked up and I think it's a good time for them. All three riders really want to do it and their teams give them really good support."
The U.S. team has won the Motocross of Nations 22 times, remaining the all-time leader in FIM Motocross of Nations overall team victories and claiming all of those wins under the direction of DeCoster.
The last time the U.S. Team won the Motocross of Nations was 2011. The 2016 team placed third.
The FIM has announced the projected schedule for the 2018 World Motocross Championships. 19 races. Two events (an MX GP and the Motocross of Nations) will be in the USA.
4 March - Neuquen - Argentina
25 March - Red Sands - Spain
8 April - Pietramurata - Italy
15 April - Valkenswaard - Netherlands
29 April - Orlyonok - Russia
13 May - Kegums - Latvia
20 May - Teutschenthal - Germany
3 June - Matterley Basin - Great Britain
10 June - St Jean d'Angély - France
24 June - T B A - Italy
8 July - Palembang - Indonesia
22 July - Loket - Czech Republic
5 August - Lommel - Belgium
12 August - Frauenfeld/Gachnang - Switzerland
19 August - Uddevalla - Sweden
2 September - Gatorback Park - USA
9 September - Leon - Mexico
23 September - Assen - Netherlands
30 September - Imola - Italy
7 October - Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations – USA, T B A
The 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Series Schedule has been announced. Only one week off during the 17 race season. No race in New Jersey / New York. Races in Houston, Tampa, new venue in Atlanta, and Foxborough.
- Jan 6 - Angel Stadium - Anaheim CA
- Jan 13 - NRG Stadium - Houston TX
- Jan 20 - Angel Stadium - Anaheim CA
- Jan 27 - University of Phoenix Stadium - Glendale AZ
- Feb 3 - Oakland Alameda Coliseum - Oakland CA
- Feb 10 - Petco Park - San Diego CA
- Feb 17 - AT&T Stadium - Arlington TX
- Feb 24 - Raymond James Stadium - Tampa FL
- Mar 3 - Mercedes-Benz Stadium - Atlanta GA
- Mar 10 - Daytona International Speedway - Daytona Beach FL
- Mar 17 - The Dome at America's Center - St. Louis MO
- Mar 24 - Lucas Oil Stadium - Indianapolis IN
- Apr 7 - CenturyLink Field - Seattle WA
- Apr 14 - U.S. Bank Stadium - Minneapolis MN
- Apr 21 - Gillette Stadium - Foxborough MA
- Apr 28 - Rice-Eccles Stadium - Salt Lake City UT
- May 5 - Sam Boyd Stadium - Las Vegas NV
There seems to be a problem for many on finding out how to view the 2017 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross events via TV and online.
This is the official information from MX Sports as to how to view the 2017 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Series.
Qualifiers Online: 1 p.m. ET, ProMotocross.com and NBC Sports Gold app (LIVE & COMMERCIAL-FREE) Access the stream at ProMotocross.com and NBC Sports Gold app available on iOS, Android, Amazon Fire, Apple TV and Chromecast.
Moto 1 Online: 4 p.m. ET, ProMotocross.com and NBC Sports Gold app (LIVE & COMMERCIAL-FREE) Access the stream at ProMotocross.com and NBC Sports Gold app available on iOS, Android, Amazon Fire, Apple TV and Chromecast.
TV: 4 p.m. ET, MAVTV
(LIVE) Once again this year, MAVTV will air first motos from all 12 rounds live. Use the MAVTV channel finder to see if you currently get MAVTV. You can also use that link to request that your cable provider carry MAVTV if they currently do not.
Moto 2 Online: 6 p.m. ET, ProMotocross.com and NBC Sports Gold app (LIVE & COMMERCIAL-FREE) Access the stream at ProMotocross.com and NBC Sports Gold app available on iOS, Android, Amazon Fire, Apple TV and Chromecast.
TV: 6 p.m. ET, NBCSN (LIVE) NBCSN will have live coverage of second motos in both classes this week. Use the NBCSN channel finder to see if you currently get NBCSN in your area.
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team rider Ryan Dungey has announced his retirement today from professional racing in a press conference hosted by KTM inside the iconic Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. Dungey’s announcement comes shortly after securing his third-consecutive AMA 450 SX Championship aboard the KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION in what would ultimately serve as the final race of his professional career at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium.
Dungey, a 27-year-old Minnesota native, has captured a total of nine AMA Supercross and Motocross Championships, including four AMA 450SX titles (2017, 2016, 2015, 2012), three AMA 450 Class MX titles (2015, 2012, 2010), an AMA West Coast SX Lites title (2009) and an AMA 250 Class MX title (2009). Additionally, Dungey was a vital part of the U.S. Team’s success in 2009, 2010 and 2011 to bring home three Motocross des Nations Championships.
Not only did Ryan Dungey make big strides in his career on the race track, but he also made an everlasting impact on the sport as a whole. In 2015, Dungey won the ESPY Award for Best Male Action Sports Athlete, and he once again took the honor in 2016. That same year, Dungey reached another milestone to become the first motocross rider ever to appear on the Wheaties Box, further proving his merit outside of the motorcycle community.
Dungey: “It's hard to believe that this day has come but after a lot of thinking and praying over the last several months, today I announce my retirement from racing professional Supercross and Motocross. This decision has not been an easy one. I've achieved more than I ever could have imagined or dreamed of and for all of this I am incredibly humbled and honored. I've gone as hard as I can for as long as I can but the reality is that our sport is tough, the seasons are long and it takes a huge amount of sacrifice, hard work and discipline to stay on top. Physically I feel that I’m in the best shape of my life, race craft-wise I’m in the best shape of my life and I have the equipment to win, there’s no doubt about that. However, this year I have struggled mentally. I have always raced because I love it and want so badly to win, but this season was just different for me. Getting my head into the game each week just wasn’t the same and lining up and being able to focus like I always had in the past was just different. I never thought I would get to a place where I had to talk myself into starting a race but that’s how it was for me - and the truth is that bothers me a lot. I could easily take the paycheck and just race to finish but that’s not who I am and not how I want to race, nor be remembered. I said on the podium in Las Vegas a week and a half ago that this championship win meant the most out of all my Supercross titles because the truth is, I had to fight the hardest for this one. Not necessarily because of the battles on the track, though those were good and tough, but because I had to mentally push myself like never before to get it done. And to come out on top and hold onto the championship title for the third year in a row is an unbelievable blessing that I’m incredibly proud of.”
Dungey added, “I love racing and I love our sport but I just feel it in my heart that I am ready to step away now – happy, healthy and feeling totally blessed. I've accomplished everything that I set out to do and so much more. Although I'm taking a step back from racing, I still plan to be involved in the sport and continue to try to make it better in any way that I can. This sport has blessed me beyond belief and I'll forever be grateful for the memories I've made and friendships I've developed along the way. As this chapter of my life comes to a close, I’m excited to see what the next chapter has in store for me.”
Stefan Pierer (CEO KTM GROUP): “For six years Ryan has been a part of the KTM family, beginning in 2012 when he came to KTM following Roger De Coster. Since then, Ryan has written a very important part of our history and together with Roger they brought KTM to the pinnacle of the sport worldwide. Ryan is outstanding. His performance and his personality brought KTM to the next level and we thank him for that. We are wishing him all the best for the next step and we are very happy to look for his next ambitious goals in the KTM family.”
Pit Beirer (KTM Motorsports Director): “First of all I would like to congratulate Ryan for this amazing 2017 Supercross title. It was a tough fight but at the end he took the title home to our KTM family and it just makes us really, really proud. It’s nice for our Company to work with an athlete like Ryan, who brings always 100 percent for the brand. Ryan made history for KTM – he won the first Supercross race for us and the first Supercross title, and together with the U.S. team they’ve been the game changers. I’m looking forward to working with Ryan in the future to keep our first-class team on the same position and look for young riders, which I’m sure he will give us the right hand.”
Roger De Coster (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team Manager): “It has been an honor to work with Ryan for over ten years together. In that time he never failed to end a championship on the podium and I can say that I have never worked with a rider who took his job so seriously. This is the end of an era but we know Ryan will stay involved with our team although it is not completely defined yet. He has already begun helping Marvin prepare for the Nationals and we are excited to continue our relationship with him. We wish Ryan and Lindsey all the best for their future."
The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team would like thank Ryan Dungey for his many contributions to the KTM brand, as well as the sport of Supercross and Motocross as a whole. Congratulations, Champ!
Un Championnat mondial pour Supercross et Motocross en 2018?
Manufacturers, promoters, federations, teams, sponsors and riders unite to create true Global World Motocross Supercross Championship Series starting in 2018.
DATELINE New York City, April 1, 2017: In a move sure to create a social media firestorm, leaders in off road motorcycling gathered in the media capital of the world today to announce a new ground breaking agreement for the 2018 season.
There will be one unified Global Motocross & Supercross Championship. The name of the new series will be “The Monster Energy Lucas Oil Red Bull Global Motocross Supercross Series”.
Representatives from leading manufacturers such as Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki, KTM, Husqvarna, and TM, along with leaders of the largest promoting groups in the world, representatives for 156 National Motorcycling Federations, PR Hacks, and assorted tourists gathered here in New York City to sign and announce this new ground breaking agreement.
The new, unified, global series will have 50 events:
2018 Monster Energy Lucas Oil Red Bull Global Motocross Supercross Series
• January 7 - Angel Stadium - Anaheim, Calif.
• January 14 - Petco Park - San Diego
• January 21 - Angel Stadium - Anaheim, Calif.
• January 28 - University of Phoenix Stadium - Glendale, Ariz.
• February 4 - O.co Coliseum - Oakland, Calif.
• February 11 - AT&T Stadium - Arlington, Texas
• February 18 - U.S. Bank Stadium - Minneapolis
• February 22 - Georgia Dome - Atlanta
• February 30 - Qatar - Losail
• March 1 - Rogers Centre - Toronto
• March 5 - Indonesia - Pangkal Pinang
• March 11 - Daytona International Speedway - Daytona Beach, Fla.
• March 14 - Lucas Oil Stadium - Indianapolis
• March 19 - Argentina - Neuquen
• March 25 - Ford Field - Detroit
• April 1 - The Dome at America's Center - St. Louis
• April 4 - Mexico - Leon
• April 8 - CenturyLink Field - Seattle
• April 16 - Italy - Maggiora
• April 22 - Rice-Eccles Stadium - Salt Lake City
• April 26 - Netherlands - Valkenswaard
• April 29 - MetLife Stadium - East Rutherford, N.J.
• May 4 - Sam Boyd Stadium - Las Vegas
• May 9 - Latvia - Kegums
• May 14 - Prairie City SVRA - Rancho Cordova
• May 21 - Germany - Teutschenthal
• May 27 - Glen Helen Raceway - San Bernardino
• May 31 - France - Ernée
• June 3 - Thunder Valley MX Park - Lakewood
• June 11 - Russia - Orlyonok
• June 17 - High Point Raceway - Mt. Morris
• June 24 - Muddy Creek Raceway - Blountville
• June 29 - Italy - Pietramurata
• June 31 - Portugal - Agueda
• July 2 - USA - Los Angeles
• July 9 - RedBud MX - Buchanan
• July 14 - Czech Republic - Loket
• July 18 - Washougal MX Park - Washougal
• July 22 - Sweden - Uddevalla
• July 27 - Spring Creek MX Park - Millville
• July 30 - Southwick MX Park - Southwick
• August 6 - Belgium - Lommel
• August 13 - Switzerland Frauenfeld/Gachnang
• August 20 - Washougal MX Park - Washougal
• August 22 - Unadilla MX - New Berlin
• August 29 - Budds Creek MX Park - Mechanicsville
• August 31 - Ironman Raceway - Crawfordsville
• September 3 - USA - Gainsville
• September 10 - Netherlands - Assen
• September 17 - France - Paris
At the conclusion of the series, an Awards Banquet will be held at the Champs Élysées in Paris, France, on September 20th to crown the 2018 Monster Energy Lucas Oil Red Bull Global Motocross Supercross Series Champion. Tickets will be available online later this summer.
Reaction to this historic announcement was mixed across the globe.
Ken Roczen, spotted in Florida at the time, was quoted after the announcement: Wow, das ist erstaunlich, ich kann es nicht glauben! Wie Ryan Dungey sagen würde: Ich bin super gepumpt!
Es ist an der Zeit. In der Vergangenheit gab es viele Rennen und viele Serien. In den vergangenen Jahren gab es die 3 Hauptreihen, die separat laufen, was eine Schande ist. Jetzt, mit einer einheitlichen Serie, kann die Welt den besten Fahrer in der Welt kennen lernen.
Eine Sache, die ich mir nicht sicher bin - 7 Rennen im April - wie wird das passieren?
Oh ja. Ich habe vergessen. Es gibt diese Veranstaltung in den USA. Es heißt Aprilscherz. Hoffe es gefällt euch!
Former World Motocross Champion, AMA Supercross Champion, and AMA Motocross Champion Jean-Michel Bayle from France had this to say as he boarded his flight at Tokyo's Haneda airport: J'adore April Fools Day! J'adore les croissants! Ken Roczen a dit que c'était April Fools, n'est-ce pas?
From the Italian Motorcycling Federation, president Giacomo Pastalini Dolomiti said “Holy Shit! Se vuoi che ci sia una vera e propria lotta tra Feld Motorsports, MX Sports e Youthstream partire dalla prossima stagione! Mi aspetto Feld per cercare di rompere con l'AMA e FIM, e poi tutti si scatenerà l'inferno tra Europa e in America a base a base di promoters. It su! Non dimenticate - Pesce d'Aprile! BTW, che nome stupido - Monster Energy Lucas Oil Red Bull Motocross mondiale Supercross Series.”
Multi time AMA Supercross and Motocross Champion Bob Hannah said “Make sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! And about time they did this! Let’s see who really is the best in the world! Also, I hope to unseat FIM president Vito Ippolito Villopoto in 2018. High Key all the way! I want to run the FIM. I’m running on a platform of ‘More motorcycles for all’. My campaign slogan is Make Motorcycling Great Again! I’ll be posting on Insta and Snap from the Awards Banquet in Paris next year for sure!!!"
2006 FIM World MX2 Motocross Champion Christophe Pourcel said "Siri, quel est le meilleur dîner que je peux commander chez McDonald's? Que dois-je regarder sur NetFlix ce soir?"
The Lufthansa National Motorcycling Federation (LNMF) president Großer Mann Großer Kopf said “Wann werden die Leute lernen? Lufthansa ist kein Land in Deutschland! Lufthansa ist eine Fluggesellschaft verdammt!”
News from Google Japan - Google's new Keyless Keyboard called The Piro Piro. Watch their video to see what new technology is coming in the near future.
By the Numbers: Construction of the Ricky Carmichael Signature Design for 2017 Daytona Supercross By Honda
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Immediately following the 59th annual DAYTONA 500, the season-opening event to the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race last Sunday, construction began in the tri-oval area between pit road and the start/finish line to create the grueling course for the Daytona Supercross By Honda, scheduled for Saturday night, March 11.
For the 10th straight year, Supercross legend Ricky Carmichael returns as the course designer and Bomber Built, owned by three-time AMA 125cc National Motocross Champion Mark Barnett, is building the Supercross course.
Carmichael retired from Supercross in 2007 as the most decorated rider in history with 15 AMA championships and 150 wins.
This year’s Ricky Carmichael Signature Design course sees the starting gate return to the east side of the tri-oval and competitors will race in a counterclockwise direction. A wide-open field of riders will compete for a coveted Daytona trophy, including Ryan Dungey, Cole Seely, Chad Reed, Eli Tomac and Marvin Musquin.
Daytona International Speedway has been hosting the Daytona Supercross By Honda since 1971 and this marks the 26th year that Honda has sponsored the event. Among the Supercross greats that have captured the Daytona Supercross By Honda are Bob Hannah, Jeff Stanton, Jeremy McGrath and Carmichael.
Here’s a look at some of the numbers behind the construction of this year’s Daytona Supercross By Honda course:
- 300 – Truckloads of dirt
- 6,600 – Tons of dirt
- 12 – Trucks used to transport the dirt into the Speedway
- 2 – Days to bring all of the dirt into the track
- 38 – Obstacles on the Daytona Supercross By Honda course
- 450 – Honda-branded Tuff Blocks
- 3,182 – length in feet of the Supercross course
- 500 – Man-hours (approximate) to set up the Daytona Supercross By Honda course
In addition, two crawlers, two front loaders, two bulldozers, two skid steers, one sheep’s foot, one roller, one grader and one water truck are used to move the dirt during construction.
The Supercross Pits will be staged in the blue garages, which are located adjacent to the UNOH Fanzone and provide easy accessibility for the fans from noon to 6 p.m. – access is free with your race ticket.
Also returning in 2017 will be the eighth annual Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross. Scheduled for Sunday, March 12 and Monday, March 13, amateur Supercross racers will have an opportunity to test their skills on the same course used in the Daytona Supercross By Honda. Following the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross will be the third annual FLY Racing ATV Supercross on Tuesday, March 14.
The re-branded American Flat Track Series will kick off its debut season with the DAYTONA TT on Thursday, March 16 and the .6-mile course has already been constructed underneath the Daytona Supercross By Honda course.
Tickets for the event are now on sale at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP. General admission tickets for DAYTONA Supercross By Honda start at $45 and youth tickets (ages 6-12) start at $15; kids five and under are free in general admission stadium seating.
Fans can stay up to speed on the latest news by using #DAYTONASX and #BikeWeek. Stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Snapchat, and by downloading Daytona International Speedway’s mobile app, for the latest Speedway news throughout the season.
Daytona International Speedway Unveils 2017 Daytona Supercross By Honda Course Designed by Ricky Carmichael
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Daytona International Speedway has once again teamed up with Supercross legend and five-time Daytona Supercross By Honda champion Ricky Carmichael for the 10th year to design the challenging course for the high-flying event on Saturday night, March 11.
The most noticeable change to the 2017 design is the return of the starting gate to the east side of the tri-oval.
“It is so grueling,” Carmichael said of the course. “The sand and the clay mixed in, there’s not a lot of things that you really need to do to make it any more grueling than Daytona Supercross is already recognized for, but it sure is a fun challenge to make it somewhat fun for the riders.”
Carmichael is the all-time winning rider in the Daytona Supercross By Honda, the only Florida stop on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, FIM World Championship circuit and the longest continuous Supercross event in America, dating back to 1971.
General admission tickets are $45 for adults and $15 for kids 6-12, kids 5 and under are free in general admission stadium seating. Trackside Access, which gets you closer to the action than any other venue on the circuit, can be added to any race ticket for $20. There is free parking in the infield as well as in Lot 5 which is located outside Turn 4.
Tickets for Daytona Supercross By Honda and all other 76th annual Bike Week At Daytona events can be purchased online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.
Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Snapchat, and by downloading Daytona International Speedway’s mobile app, for the latest Speedway news throughout the season.
This is courtesy Red Bull. In 1995 Jeremy McGrath headed to Castillo Ranch on his 1996 Honda CR 250 to record a segment for Fox Racing's film, Terrafirma 2.
It became one of the most iconic segments in the one of motocross' biggest and most-renowned video franchises ever.
The then Supercross champ rocketed his bike through the Ranch's rolling hills and powered through laps on the Supercross track. Set to some classic 90's punk rock courtesy of California punk band, Face to Face, the segment wore out its share of VCR players as one of the most watched video parts the sport has ever seen.
Now more than 20 years later, 23-year old Ken Roczen takes to the same ranch, on the same bike, wearing the same gear as McGrath did all those years ago.
Fresh off of signing to a brand-new team in Factory Honda, Roczen pays tribute to the acclaimed King of Supercross. The German set out on the Supercross track and the hill jumps of Castillo Ranch doing more than justice to the equipment and style pioneered by the sport's winningest rider ever.
The big players were on hand. 2-time defending champion Ryan Dungey, who will race on the Red Bull KTM. German-born Ken Roczen rocking a great new suit, and races for Team Honda HRC. Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac. Marvin Musquin, Chad Reed, Jason Anderson, and Cooper Webb.
The main protagonists? Ken Roczen in his new suit and tie, Ryan Dungey. Ryan Dungey's KTM, Ken Roczen's Honda, Chad's Reed's Yamaha, Roczen / Honda, Dungey / KTM, Jason Anderson's Husqvarna, Eli Tomac's Kawasaki.
Extensive Film Collection From Around the World Available on Amazon Channels Beginning Today
Outside TV has launched Outside TV Features, a new subscription video on-demand service showcasing a wide-ranging, unique collection of full-length adventure sports films. Starting December 22, Outside TV Features will offer on-demand access to a robust collection of premiere titles from around the world on Amazon Channels for $4.99 / month. Additional platforms for the service will be available in 2017 and will be announced at a later date.
Outside TV has assembled a line-up that includes buzzed-about, must-see features and unique, discoverable films with stunning cinematography and stories unheard. Outside TV Features showcases the stories of the world’s most accomplished athletes, filmmakers and adventure-seekers in skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, motocross, biking, climbing, wingsuit, slacklining and more. Featured athletes and adventurers include surf legendKelly Slater, skateboard icon Paul Rodriguez, motocross legend Travis Pastrana, SUP sensation Kai Lenny, 2016 World Surf League (WSL) champion John John Florence, renowned wingsuit pilot Jeb Corliss, among many others.
“As the digital video landscape continues to rapidly evolve, Outside TV remains committed to fostering partnerships with new and existing platforms to deliver quality content to our viewers in innovative ways,” said Mark Burchill, CEO, Outside TV. “We’re pleased to be working with Amazon Channels, reaching consumers wherever they are.”
Rob Faris, general manager, Outside TV Features added, “This unique collection of featured films is a celebration of the achievements and talent of some of the world’s top filmmakers and athletes who have pushed the limits of what was thought possible. From day one, we have been committed to showcasing the best content in the adventure sports category, and we are immensely proud to share these unique stories with a new audience.”
The first wave of Outside TV Features titles launching on December 22, 2016 is as follows:
· View From a Blue Moon – Surf film featuring John John Florence and his closest friends from his home on the North Shore of Oahu to his favorite surfing destinations around the globe.
· We are Blood – Modern day skate epic featuring Paul Rodriguez and other top skateboarders as they travel the globe pushing the limits of what’s possible on four wheels.
· Unreal – Glacial walls transform into mountain bike trails, weather elements and thousand pound mammals become riding partners.
· Paradise Waits – Ski and Snowboard from the award-winning filmmaking crew that brought you 2014's Almost Ablaze.
· Action Figures – Modern-day athletes (Travis Pastrana, Josh Sheehan, Jolene Von Vugt) in an ode to the old school action sports videos and a bold step forward in filmmaking and extreme human performance.
· Psychic Migrations – Directed by veteran surf filmmaker Ryan Thomas and featuring Kelly Slater, this film was shot on location in the West Indies, East Indies, Australia, Polynesia, and Central and South America.
· Flying Dagger – The inspiring tell-all feature about wingsuit pilot Jeb Corliss, his accident, miraculous survival, redemption, journey to face his demons, to fulfill his dreams and strong determination to make them a reality.
· Into the Mind - With stunning cinematography and groundbreaking storytelling techniques, the Sherpas blur the lines between dream state and reality, and immerse you into the mind of a common skier as he attempts to climb and ski the ultimate mountain.
· Untethered – Slacklining and highlining in Vancouver, British Columbia.
· The Sammy C Project – The recipient of two 2016 Powder Awards, this film is about Sammy Carlson who abruptly stepped away from competition and dropped out of the Olympic rat race – even as slopestyle skiing was about to make its Winter Olympic debut. His newfound focus landed in the backcountry, where his drive and creativity could max out far beyond the limits of preset slopestyle courses.
· The SUP Movie – Follow Kai Lenny and the best stand-up paddlers paired with leading action sports cinematographers as they travel around the globe chasing the world’s most perfect waves as well as capturing unique perspectives from all facets of this growing sport
· Sierra Quitiquit: How Did I Get Here - From humble beginnings, complex family dynamics and tragic, life-changing events, to her unlikely rise to success in two very different worlds: fashion modeling and professional skiing. “How Did I Get Here” is a coming-of-age story, full of adventure, exploration, heartbreak, growth and inspiration.
· Supertramps: Thailand – Seven friends including Benj Cave, Max Cave and Kody Kerbox push the limits of their comfort zone as they endure twenty-eight days with no plans, accommodation or money in South East Asia.
Outside TV Features will continue to add new releases and exclusive titles to its collection throughout the year. For the most update information, go to OutsideTV.com.
About Outside TV: Outside TV is the leading multi-platform video content provider in the adventure sports category. Outside TV’s national cable channel is the only national 24/7 network dedicated to the active adventure lifestyle. Nominated for two Sports Emmy Awards in 2016, the network's high quality HD programming features a wide variety of adventure sports and is available nationwide through major providers including Comcast XFINITY, Dish Network, Cox Communications, CenturyLink, RCN, Sling TV and Sony’s PlayStation Vue. Outside TV Features is a new subscription video service showcasing a premier collection of adventure sports films available on-demand through Amazon Channels. Outside TV Studios is an award-winning brand integration production house creating custom content for top marketers. Outside TV Digital is the leading aggregator and distributor of short-form adventure sports content across multiple digital and social platforms with a library of over 4,000 clips.