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2018 Monster Energy Supercross television schedule

Paul Iverson

2018 Monster Energy Supercross television schedule (all times Eastern and subject to change)

January 6 - Anaheim - 10:00 PM - FS1
January 13 - Houston - 8:00 PM - FS1
January 20 - Anaheim - 10:00 PM - FS1
January 27 - Glendale - 8:00 PM - FS1
February 3 - Oakland - 7:00 PM - FS1
February 10 - San Diego - 10:00 PM - FS1
February 17 - Arlington - 8:00 PM - FS1
February 24 - Tampa - 7:00 PM - FS1
March 3 - Atlanta - 10:00 PM - FS1
March 10 - Daytona - 7:00 PM - FS1
March 17 - St. Louis - 8:00 PM - FS1
March 24 - Indianapolis - 6:30 PM - FS1
April 7 - Seattle - 10:00 PM - FS1
April 14 - Minneapolis - 10:00 PM - FS1
April 21 - Foxborough - 3:00 PM - FOX
April 28 - Salt Lake City - 5:30 PM - FOX
May 5 - Las Vegas - 10:00 PM - FS1

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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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.

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

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.

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.

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 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.

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

American Honda Signs AMA 450 Motocross Champion Ken Roczen to Multi-Year Contract

Paul Iverson

American Honda Motor. Co. has announced the highly anticipated signing of two-time AMA Pro Motocross Champion Ken Roczen to a 3-year agreement with Team Honda HRC.

The young German rider will pilot the all-new 2017 CRF450R alongside new teammate Cole Seely in the AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross series. Honda has released a special video to celebrate the announcement.

Roczen already has a long list of accomplishments to his name, including the 2014 and 2016 AMA Pro Motocross 450 MX Championships and nine premier-class AMA Supercross victories. Aboard 250cc equipment, he earned the 2013 250SX West title, and prior to coming to the U.S. to race full-time, he won the 2011 FIM MX2 World Championship. Roczen is confident in his ability to build on that success, and he has Honda’s full support and commitment.

“I’m really excited to be a part of Team Honda HRC,” Roczen said. “I’m always looking to improve myself, as well as my surroundings, team and equipment, which is why I decided to make a switch. I want to have the upper hand on every other rider out there, and I think I have that with Honda. Things are still new, but I’m feeling amazing and blown away by the bike and the atmosphere of the team. I think that when any rider makes a switch to a new team, he doesn’t fully know what to expect, so having such a smooth transition so far has been great.”

Team Manager Dan Betley said “I’m extremely happy to have a rider of Ken’s abilities and accomplishments become a part of our program, and I’m glad we can finally officially share this announcement with our fans. Ken has proven time and again that he has what it takes to consistently win races and run up front, and I’m confident in his ability to continue doing that aboard the new CRF450R. Together with his teammate Cole Seely, we have what I consider to be one of the strongest two-rider teams heading into 2017.”

 

 

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

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.