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Ryan Dungey Returns To Motocross On Secret Cornfield Track

Paul Iverson

The Motocross Superstar Presents “Homegrown,” a Project That Pays Homage to The Hardy People and Cornfield-laden Land That Raised Him
 
Earlier this year one of the most accomplished motocross rider in the world, Ryan Dungey, shocked the world by announcing his retirement in the peak of his career. Although the seven-time AMA champion walked away from competing, that doesn’t mean he’s going out quietly. In a testament to the industriousness of the community and driven disposition of those from the American Midwest, Dungey delivers “Homegrown”, the definitive statement to his career that reflects his personal mantra of believing in commitment, hard work, and sacrifice. The video captures the Minnesota native as he showcases his incredibly fast riding in a one-of-a-kind 10-acre cornfield-turned-motocross track with the same mentality he was raised on – put in the work, see results. While the track itself may bewilder some, it symbolizes the region that Ryan calls home and the effort that was put into his career.
 
From humble beginnings, but from a family of dedicated and passionate motorsports enthusiasts, this “simple” Minnesota boy went on to rise to the top of his sport, achieving 80 total wins, 12 Championships and winning ESPY’s for Best Male Action Sports Athlete in both 2015 and 2016. Despite his accomplishments, Dungey has managed to stay grounded and become an icon to the sport, never forgetting where he came from.
 
“Even if you’re a simple kid from a small town in Minnesota, just like me, if you dream big, work hard, and believe in yourself, big things can come your way.”
 
As with agriculture and the spirit in which America was built, Dungey’s “Homegrown” represents solid core values and commitment to a cause. Join us as we celebrate the motocross superstar’s last rip around the track and experience first-hand the adrenaline, the fuel, and the lifelong pursuit of greatness.

Watch the YouTube video below

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Format Changes Coming to 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Championship

Paul Iverson

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.

2017 Red Bull Straight Rhythm - Two Stroke Shootout

Paul Iverson

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/

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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!

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.

Trey Canard join Red Bull KTM USA Racing Team

Paul Iverson

KTM Motorsports is officially welcoming Trey Canard to the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team for 2017. The Oklahoma native will race a KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition alongside teammates Ryan Dungey and Marvin Musquin in the AMA 450 Supercross Championship and AMA 450 Pro Motocross Championship.

Trey Canard arrives at KTM family with a list of accomplishments under his belt, including a 250 SX East Championship and a 250 MX Championship, in addition to race wins and multiple podium finishes in the premier 450 SX and MX divisions. Known for his positive attitude and great determination, Canard’s READY TO RACE mentality is a great fit for the championship-winning Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team.

Trey Canard: “I'm extremely excited to join the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team. It's a fresh start for me and I’m hopeful that I can make the most of this great opportunity. I'm excited to work with all the crew at KTM as they have proven to be a championship-winning team. I'm grateful for this opportunity and I will do my very best to make the most of it.

Team Manager, Roger De Coster: “We are excited to add Trey to our rider lineup for the upcoming SX and MX seasons. Trey is a great guy and I think his dedication to wanting to be the best he can be, coupled with his personality, is a good fit for our team. Trey has always shown a lot of talent and speed in the 450 class. Our goal is to help him fine-tune his skills and give him the additional guidance to win on the KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition.

Trey Canard :: KTM Racing

Trey Canard :: KTM Racing

Red Bull Straight Rhythm is set! Dungey vs. Stewart vs. Roczen: Who You Got?

Paul Iverson

Red Bull Straight Rhythm 2016 is teeing up a battle of epic proportions among the sport's greatest. After two successful years, Red Bull Straight Rhythm will return to Fairplex in Pomona on October 22. This year’s event will feature a revised format where practice, qualifying and racing will all take place on the same day. Additionally, the finals will take place at night under the lights making for a spectacular new spectator experience. An evolution of the sport of supercross, the event features head-to-head racing on an “unwound” track, where there are no turns, just a 1/2 mile-long straight rhythm section.

The weirdest race in motocross is back. Racers all over the world grew up with their dads hammering into their heads with one mantra: "Jump for show, corner for dough." Speed and advantage on a normal motocross track is gained in turns. Well, sorry Dad, but not at Red Bull Straight Rhythm. It’s one minute of straight-up Supercross, and it’s glorious. But Straight Rhythm is more than a full sprint — anyone can hold the throttle wide open for a minute straight (pun intended). Success at Straight Rhythm requires as much precision as it does all-out speed; literally landing one foot long or short on the wrong jump can spell disaster for riders on this track. It is the quickest race in the sport, and therefore the most unforgiving.

Head to redbull.com/straightrhythm and get your tickets now for Red Bull Straight Rhythm on Oct. 22 in Pomona!

Click on the link below to watch the very cool Red Bull Straight Rhythm Teaser Video!

http://www.redbull.com/us/en/motorsports/offroad/stories/1331820354300/straight-rhythm-2016-trailer

 

James Stewart & Ken Roczen :: Red Bull / Garth Milan

James Stewart & Ken Roczen :: Red Bull / Garth Milan

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

Team USA announced for 2016 FIM Motocross of Nations

Paul Iverson

Today at the Unadilla AMA National Motocross, team USA was announced for the upcoming Motocross of Nations in Maggiora, Italy.

Team USA will be captained by Cooper Webb racing a Yamaha. Alex Martin and Jason Anderson will be the other team members.

The team will be managed by Roger De Coster.

Team France is the defending champion. The USA last won in 2011.

Ryan Dungey injured - cracked vertebrae

Paul Iverson

Red Bull KTM regrets to report that reigning motocross champion Ryan Dungey has sustained a cracked vertebrae and will miss High Point and several upcoming rounds of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship.

The injury happened when he crashed while battling for the lead on the opening lap of Moto 2 at Thunder Valley MX last weekend. Showing immense heart, Dungey bounced back from the crash and rode a remarkable come-from-behind race coming from 19th place back to 4th spot by the races end to finish 2nd overall for the round.

After evaluation by several doctors this week, the doctors have confirmed that Dungey cracked his C6 Vertebrae in the fall and requires a minimum of 6-8 weeks healing time.

“It's very difficult to share such disappointing news,” said Ryan Dungey. “It’s heart breaking mainly because of all the hard work the team and I have put in preparing to defend the motocross title this year. But I'm very thankful that the injury wasn't worse. I will use this time away from racing to recover fully, knowing this will only make me stronger and more motivated. Thank you everyone for your support and understanding.”

“Obviously Ryan being injured is tough on the team,” said Red Bull KTM Team Manager Roger De Coster. “At the time we didn’t know about his injury and we were so proud of the way he raced that second moto in Colorado coming from 19th place all the way to almost finish on the podium. But to now know that he accomplished that battling through the pain of a cracked vertebrae shows what an unbelievably tough champion rider he really is. The plan right now is to reassess his return to racing in 6 weeks’ time once he is reevaluated by his doctor.”

The entire Red Bull KTM Factory Team wishes him a speedy recovery.