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MX Sports Pro Racing and NBC Sports Announce 2018 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship Schedule

Paul Iverson

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

Broc Glover receives MXGP Lifetime Career Award at the 2017 Motocross of Nations

Paul Iverson

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.

Pictured presenting Glover his award is F.I.M. President Vito Ippolito (left) and Youthstream President, Giuseppe Luongo (right)

Pictured presenting Glover his award is F.I.M. President Vito Ippolito (left) and Youthstream President, Giuseppe Luongo (right)

American Motorcyclist Association announces 2018 professional Supercross and Motocross numbers

Paul Iverson

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

Paul Iverson

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.

Team USA announced for 2017 Motocross of Nations - Osborne, Seely, Covington

Paul Iverson

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.

2018 FIM World Motocross Schedule

Paul Iverson

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

2018 Monster Energy Supercross Series Schedule announced

Paul Iverson

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

Viewing TV and online for 2017 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross

Paul Iverson

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.

Ryan Dungey has announced his retirement from professional Supercross and Motocross racing

Paul Iverson

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!

Global World Motocross Supercross Championship starting in 2018?

Paul Iverson

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!”

 

By the Numbers: Construction of the Ricky Carmichael Signature Design for 2017 Daytona Supercross By Honda

Paul Iverson

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

Paul Iverson

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.

Ken Roczen rides Jeremy McGrath's 1996 Honda CR 250cc two-stroke

Paul Iverson

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 2017 Monster Energy Supercross Series Press Conference at Angel Stadium of Anaheim

Paul Iverson

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.

Introducing Outside TV Features: A New On-Demand Video Service for Adventure Sports Films

Paul Iverson

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.

The 2017 Rockstar Energy Factory Husqvarna Supercross & Motocross Team

Paul Iverson

Rockstar Energy Factory Husqvarna has announced their 2017 Supercross & Motocross Team. It is Jason Anderson and Christophe Pourcel in the 450 class. Martin Davalos and Zach Osborne will race the 250 class. (Davalos is racing the West Series in Supercross, Osborne the East Series in Supercross).

Photos courtesy Husqvarna. 21 Jason Anderson, 30 Martin Davalos, 16 Zach Osborne, 377 Christophe Pourcel.

Monster Energy Supercross 2017 TV Schedule

Paul Iverson

Feld Entertainment Inc. announced the upcoming 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, schedule with more ways to watch, on more channels, globally.

With an expanded FOX broadcast partnership, Supercross fans will also be able to watch the first race from Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., on FOX Deportes, alongside social media and live streaming options for enthusiasts outside of North America and Australia.

Devotees of Ryan Dungey, Eli Tomac or Ken Roczen can still watch races on FS1, FS2 and ESPN (Australia) throughout the season, but for the first time in the four-year media partnership with FOX, Monster Energy Supercross will have airtime on FOX Deportes for the kick-off in Anaheim, Calif. on January 7, 2017 and on every local FOX station throughout the country for races in Indianapolis (3/18/2017), Salt Lake City (4/22/2017) and East Rutherford, N.J. (4/29/2017). Check local listings.

Fans in North America can catch the aerial excitement and high-speed chases on their desktops and mobile devices via FOX Sports GO, FOX Sports' authenticated TV everywhere app, as well as the Monster Energy Supercross pay-per-view live stream available through www.SupercrossLIVE.com.

Monster Energy Supercross will provide an option to access the action, energy and excitement in real time outside of North America for the first time via the pay-per-view live stream. Fans will be able to purchase a season pass for $99.99 and stream races live and up to one week following the race.

For those already excited for the season, Feld Entertainment will also debut the Monster Energy Supercross 2017 Preview Show on December 18 on FS1 at 5:00 p.m. ET/2:00 p.m. PT.  This unprecedented, unfiltered look into the lives of Ryan Dungey, Chad Reed, Ken Roczen, Eli Tomac, Marvin Musquin, Jason Anderson and Cooper Webb chronicles preparations before the elite riders go head-to-head in the quest for their place on the podium.

For more information on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, please log onto www.SupercrossLIVE.com, the official website of Monster Energy Supercross, or follow lthen via their social channels below:
  
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Monster Energy AMA Supercross goes to timed format instead of laps for 2017

Paul Iverson

Feld Entertainment has announced that the racing format will change for the 2017 season of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship. Heat races, Semi's, Last Chance Qualifiers and Main Events will transition to a timed format beginning with the season opener at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, Calif. on January 7, 2017.

Evolution and progression are natural elements of expansion and with the ever-changing landscape of today's Supercross racing, this format adjustment will simply give fans more exposure to the sport's top athletes. Every stadium is a different size and shape throughout the Monster Energy Supercross Championship and lap times can vary exponentially from race to race. This new format will make sure that racers like Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac, Team Honda HRC's Ken Roczen and defending Monster Energy Supercross Champion, Ryan Dungey get to race in front of their fans for the same amount of time, every race.

"We believe this change will bring the fitness element more into play and provide more excitement for our fans," said Dave Prater, Senior Director of Operations - Two Wheel, Feld Entertainment.

Once the gate drops, the referee will start the clock. For the 250SX class it will be 15 minutes plus one lap and for the 450 SX class it will be 20 minutes plus one lap. That means if defending Champion, Ryan Dungey and Ken Roczen have battled for 20 laps to the finish line but there is still 15 seconds on the clock, they will race two more laps.

2017 FIM World Motocross MX GP Schedule

Paul Iverson

The FIM (Federation International Motocycliste) and Youthstream (promoters of the MXGP World MX Championships and the Motocross of Nations) have announced the 2017 FIM World Motocross Grand Prix Schedule.

20 events for the MX2 and MXGP championships, followed by the Motocross of Nations.

New countries to host rounds include Indonesia, Russia, Portugal, and San Marino.

Matterley Basin in Great Britain will host the Motocross of Nations. The USA round of MXGP will be September in Charlotte.

  • Feb 25 - Qatar - Losail
  • March 5 - Indonesia - Pangkal Pinang
  • March 19 - Argentina - Neuquen
  • April 2 - Mexico - Leon
  • April 16 - Italy - Maggiora
  • April 23 - Netherlands - Valkenswaard
  • May 7 - Latvia - Kegums
  • May 21 - Germany - Teutschenthal
  • May 28 - France - Ernée
  • June 11 - Russia - Orlyonok
  • June 25 - Italy - Pietramurata
  • July 2 - Portugal - Agueda
  • July 9 - San Marino - Baldasserona
  • July 23 - Czech Republic - Loket
  • August 6 - Belgium - Lommel
  • August 13 - Switzerland Frauenfeld/Gachnang
  • July 20 - Sweden - Uddevalla
  • September 3 - USA - Charlotte
  • September 10 - Netherlands - Assen
  • September 24 - France - Villars-sous-Écot
  • October 1 - FIM Motocross of Nations - Great Britain - Matterley Basin