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2017 FIM Awards - Andorra

Paul Iverson

The 2017 FIM Awards took place this past weekend in Andorra. Andorra is a principality, located in the mountains between France and Spain. Below is the text and image directly from the FIM.

The annual season closing prize giving ceremony welcomed a new era as the first edition of the new FIM Awards was realised in the stunning ballroom of the Andorra Park Hotel in Andorra la Vella. Almost five hundred guests including 35 of the 2017 FIM World Champions gathered for a very special evening that was hosted by British broadcaster Gavin Emmett.

Gavin Emmett was joined on stage by a number of high profile celebrities from the mountainous principality and others as he wove a tale of recognition and reward for the many champions and award winners that was interspersed with some more light hearted and humorous moments. These included an impromptu guitar solo by 2017 FIM AMA Supercross World Champion Ryan Dungey.

Following a new format the Next Generation category got proceedings underway proper after President of the FIM, Mr Vito Ippolito had officially opened the ceremony. Thirteen-year-old Eddie Wade who won the FIM 85cc Junior Motocross World Championship perfectly defined this catergory. In the aptly named Lumps, Bumps and Jumps category it was Andorra resident Toni Bou who was the stand out recipient as he collected an FIM X-Trial World Championship medal for an eleventh consecutive time.

The Long Haul category was all about endurance and saw Chile’s Pablo Quintanilla pick up the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Champion for a second year in a row. Russia was well represented in the Ice to Asphalt category with Dmitry Koltakov being declared the 2017 FIM Ice Speedway Gladiators World Champion. The Stepping Stones category included those champions who have made important strides in their sporting success, and this was illustrated by Josep Garcia who received his medal for becoming 2017 FIM Enduro2 World Champion. Finally it was the Elite category, which brought the highly applauded ceremony to a close. The female side of the sport featured strongly in this category with 2017 FIM Women’s TrialGP World Champion Emma Bristow and 2017 FIM Women’s Motocross World Champion, Kiara Fontanesi picking up their medals together with 2017 FIM MXGP Motocross World Champion, Antonio Cairoli, 2017 FIM Speedway Grand Prix World Champion, Jason Doyle, 2017 FIM Superbike World Champion, Jonathan Rea and 2017 FIM MotoGP World Champion, Marc Marquez.

Alongside the champions, other successes were also recognised during the ceremony. Marc Marquez was very happy to present this Environment Award to the German Motorcycling Club, The MSC Grevenbroich. Whilst the FIM Road Safety Award went to The Norwegian Motorcycle Union for its ‘Full Kontroll’ initiative leaving The Motoclub do Porto to rightly pick up the FIM Fair Play Award for its kind actions. Finally the 2017 FIM Women in Motorcycling Award went to Motorcycling Western Australia’s Women’s Committee.

President of the FIM, Mr Vito Ippolito closed by saying. “I want to say thank you to everybody who is here tonight, to all our great FIM World Champions, our other award winners and to Andorra for hosting this beautiful ceremony that has marked the first edition of the FIM Awards. We are very proud and we would like to invite you to come back here with us next year.”

2017 World Motocross MX GP World Champion Tony Cairoli & 2017 World Supercross Champion Ryan Dungey - courtesy FIM

2017 World Motocross MX GP World Champion Tony Cairoli & 2017 World Supercross Champion Ryan Dungey - courtesy FIM

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!

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.

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

2017 Top 100 and Career Pro Numbers for AMA Supercross and Motocross

Paul Iverson

The AMA (American Motorcyclist Association) has released the numbers for riders in AMA Supercross and Motocross for 2017.

* Career Numbers

** New Career Number for 2017

1 - 450 SX - Ryan Dungey
1 - 450 MX - Ken Roczen
1 - 250 MX - Cooper Webb
1 - 250 SX West - Cooper Webb
1 - 250 SX East - Malcolm Stewart
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 Austin Forkner
25* Marvin Musquin
26** Alex Martin
27* Nicholas Wey
28 Mitchell Oldenburg
29* Andrew Short
30 Martin Davalos
31 RJ Hampshire
32 Weston Peick
33* Joshua Grant
34 Benny Bloss
35 Arnaud Tonas
36 Adam Cianciarulo
37 Phillip Nicoletti
38 Shane McElrath
39 Colt Nichols
40 Fredrik Noren
41* Trey Canard
42 Kyle Cunningham
43 Matthew Bisceglia
44 Jordan Smith
45 Mitchell Harrison
46 Justin Hill
47 Malcolm Stewart
48 Christian Craig
49 Anthony Rodriguez
50 Luke Renzland
51* Justin Barcia
52 Tyler Bowers
53 Cole Martinez
54 Gannon Audette
55 Jessy Nelson
56 Kyle Peters
57 James Decotis
58 Chris Alldredge
59 Noah McConahy
60 Tristan Charboneau
61 Vince Friese
62 Jesse Wentland
63 Alexander Frye
64 Hayden Mellross
65 Paul Coates
66 Michael Leib
67 Jimmy Albertson
68 Heath Harrison
69 William Hahn
70 Dakota Alix
71 Justin Starling
72 Cole Thompson
73 Marshal Weltin
74 Bradley Taft
75 Nicholas Schmidt
76 Scott Champion
77 Ben Lamay
78 Nick Gaines
79 Darryn Durham
80 Cade Clason
81 Henry Miller
82 Luke Clout
83 Jackson Richardson
84 Daniel Herrlein
85 Thomas Hahn
86 Trevor Reis
87 Chris Howell
88 John Short
89 Austin Howell
90 Dillan Epstein
91 Jacob Williamson
92 Jason Brooks
93 Joshua Cartwright
94* Ken Roczen
95 AJ Catanzaro
96 Vann Martin
97 Ryan Sipes
98 Matthew Babbitt
99 Chase Marquier
377* Christophe Pourcel
800* Mike Alessi

2017 FIM World Motocross Provisional Calendar

Paul Iverson

The FIM and Youthstream have released a tentative provisional schedule for the 2017 FIM World Motocross Championships:

  • 25 February (Sat) - QATAR - Losail
  • 5 March - INDONESIA - Pangkal Pinang
  • 19 March - ARGENTINA - Neuquen
  • 26 March - MEXICO - Leon
  • 9 April - ITALY - TBA
  • 23 April - Valkenswaard
  • 7 May - LATVIA - Kegums
  • 14 May - GERMANY - TBA
  • 28 May - FRANCE - Ernée
  • 4 June - GREAT BRITAIN - Matterley Basin
  • 18 June - BELGIUM - Lommel
  • 25 June - ITALY - Maggiora
  • 9 July - SAN MARINO - Baldasserona
  • 30 July - CZECH REP. - Loket
  • 13 August - SWITZERLAND - Frauenfeld / Gachnang
  • 20 August - SWEDEN - Uddevalla
  • 2 September (Sat) - MONSTER ENERGY MXGP OF USA - Charlotte
  • 10 September - THE NETHERLANDS - Assen
  • 17 September - TBA
  • 1 October – Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations - USA - TBA

2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series Schedule Announced

Paul Iverson

2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship Schedule:

  • 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 25 - Georgia Dome - Atlanta
  • March 4 - Rogers Centre - Toronto
  • March 11 ** - Daytona International Speedway - Daytona Beach, Fla.
  • March 18 - Lucas Oil Stadium - Indianapolis
  • March 25 - Ford Field - Detroit
  • April 1 - The Dome at America's Center - St. Louis
  • April 8 - CenturyLink Field
  • Seattle - April 22 - Rice-Eccles Stadium - Salt Lake City
  • April 29 - MetLife Stadium - East Rutherford, N.J.
  • May 6 - Sam Boyd Stadium - Las Vegas

New stops include the new US Bank in Minneapolis, Qwest Field in Seattle, and Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City.