Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Bonnier Motorcycle Group Assumes Operation of EnduroCross Series

Courtesy of Bonnier Motorcycle Group

Great growth opportunity for the popular indoor off-road race series

IRVINE, CALIF. (February 21, 2017) – Effective today, Bonnier Motorcycle Group, owners of popular motorcycle media properties, including Cycle World, Motorcyclist, Dirt Rider and Hot Bike, has agreed to terms to take over ownership of the popular EnduroCross indoor off-road race series from TEN: The Enthusiast Network (TEN). The AMA-sanctioned series is known for exciting action that brings all of the elements of extreme off-road motorcycle racing indoors. EnduroCross allows the top off-road motorcycle racers in the world to showcase their talents in front of thousands of race fans that can enjoy the action from the comfort of an arena seat.

“We see tremendous growth potential for the EnduroCross series,” stated Corey Eastman, Director of Consumer Engagement at Bonnier Motorcycle Group. “Off-roading is a foundational part of motorcycling in the United States and EnduroCross is the only form of indoor racing that puts all of the skill and excitement of off-roading in an easy to watch format.”

Longtime Director of EnduroCross Sales and Marketing, Lance Bryson, will be joining the Bonnier team to continue his role.

“I have worked on the EnduroCross series for more than ten years now and it is an amazing show that allows the riders, motorcycle manufacturers and aftermarket accessory companies to showcase their skills and products,” Bryson stated. “Joining the Bonnier team will help increase the awareness and growth of EnduroCross. To add EnduroCross to their already existing portfolio and leverage the strength of DIRT RIDER is huge and will showcase the synergy between all their properties.” 

Also, part of the acquisition, Eric Peronnard, the creator of EnduroCross, the US Open of Supercross, two-wheel sports organizer for X Games, MiniMotoSX, Tennessee Knockout Extreme Enduro and trusted advisor on events around the globe, will also be joining the Bonnier team.

“The enthusiasm of the Bonnier Motorcycle Group team will be a great catalyst for the growth of EnduroCross,” stated Peronnard. “I’m extremely excited to be part of the Bonnier Motorcycle Group!”

The Bonnier Motorcycle Group Consumer Engagement division produces several consumer programs, each with a focus on giving participants the opportunity for a great riding experience, all presented by GEICO Motorcycle. These experiences include: The Quail Motorcycle Gathering, HighPipe, Track Day Shootout, Adventure Rally Series and Hot Bike Tour. The EnduroCross series adds a dirt-bike racing element to Bonnier’s event portfolio.

“EnduroCross is a perfect fit for Bonnier and its stable of motorcycle-focused media assets,” said Norb Garrett, Executive Vice President and General Manager of TEN’s Sports and Entertainment Group. “We’re happy that the series will continue to grow under Bonnier’s stewardship as we continue to focus on digital transformation around our core brands.”
2017 Tentative EnduroCross Schedule

Las Vegas, NV          August 19
Reno, NV                  September 23
Denver, CO              September 30
Everett, WA              October 14
Phoenix, AZ             October 28
Boise, ID                   November 4
Ontario, CA              November 18
EnduroCross brings all of the elements of extreme off-road racing inside of arena's to allow fans to enjoy the action. Husqvarna's Colton Haaker demonstrates in route to taking the 2016 EnduroCross championship. Photo: Adam Booth.   
For more information, visit www.endurocross.com.
About TEN: The Enthusiast Network: TEN: The Enthusiast Network is the world’s premier transmedia network of enthusiast brands, such as MOTOR TREND, AUTOMOBILE, HOT ROD, SURFER, TRANSWORLD SKATEBOARDING, and GRINDTV. With more than 60 websites, 50 publications, 50 annual events, the Motor Trend OnDemand subscription video-on-demand service, as well as the world’s largest automotive and action/adventure sports media platforms, TEN inspires enthusiasts to pursue their passions. For more information, visit enthusiastnetwork.com.

About Bonnier Corporation: Bonnier Corporation is one of the largest special-interest publishing groups in the United States, with more than 30 multichannel brands extending into all platforms including magazines, digital media, books, events and product licensing. Bonnier Corp.’s brands include Popular Science, Saveur, Field & Stream, Popular Photography, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, Cycle World, Working Mother and Outdoor Life. Bonnier Corp. is owned by Sweden-based Bonnier AB, a multichannel media conglomerate operating in 15 countries.

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GNCC Racing Welcomes Returning Sponsors for 2017

Courtesy of GNCC Racing
 40 Companies Continue Partnership with America's Premier Off-Road Racing Series
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (February 21, 2017) - With the 2017 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series (GNCC) presented by Maxxis, an AMA National Championship, kicking off in just 11 days, Racer Productions would like to welcome back the many returning sponsors and give thanks for their ongoing support of America's premier off-road racing series.
AMSOIL will be returning for the fifth consecutive season as the title sponsor of the AMSOIL GNCC Series. In addition to serving as the series title sponsor, AMSOIL will be remain the name-in-title sponsor of the popular AMSOIL Snowshoe GNCC and the record-setting AMSOIL Ironman GNCC. AMSOIL will also play an integral part of GNCC LIVE streaming provided by Racer TV, and the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) cable television package. Each of the 32 pro race broadcasts on Racer TV will consist of the AMSOIL Instagram Contest where viewers can comment their podium predictions on a selected picture for a chance to receive $250 in AMSOIL product.
In addition, Maxxis will remain the presenting sponsor of the series for the third consecutive year. The Maxxis Victory Lane will host the top three racers of each race, from youth to pros, throughout the entire 42nd Annual GNCC season. Maxxis will also continue their support of the 13 NBCSN episodes.
Rocky Mountain will continue supporting the Rocky Mountain Fast Track Registration Program. Racers who pre-register for an event will receive a $20 Race Gas gift card redeemable on any product that Rocky Mountain ATV/MC carries. Rocky Mountain ATV/MC also serves as a feature level television sponsor in support of Racer TV.
Thank you to all of our sponsors for their ongoing support of America's premier off-road racing series.Photo: Ken Hill
For the past 42 years, GNCC Racing has been backed by the best businesses in the industry.
Photo: Ken Hill
Parts Unlimited continues to provide customer service in a unique way, providing dinner on Saturdaynight for racers, family members and fans at the Wild Boar, Unadilla and Ironman GNCC events.
GNCC Racing would also like to welcome back to following feature level sponsors: Moose Racing, FMF Racing, Polaris RZR, CST Tires, VP Racing Fuels, Dunlop, Wiseco, All Balls Racing, Hot Cams, Hot Rods, Cylinder Works and Evans Waterless Engine Coolant.
Associate sponsors returning for 2017 include: Factory Connection, Cometic Gasket, Thor, Alpinestars, Hinson Clutch Components, Moose Utility Division, Twin Air, Moto-Master, FOX, 100%, Wyotech, TireBlocks, ALCO Cleaners, KR4 Arrive-N-Ride, Yamaha Generators, FPS Racing, DeRisi Racing, Mid-State Chevrolet, Westfield Powersports, Tom's Marine Sales, Team Faith and Moto Tees.
The 2017 AMSOIL GNCC series starts March 4 and 5, at the popular Big Buck Farm in Union, South Carolina for the VP Racing Fuels Big Buck GNCC. After leaving the Palmetto State the series continues along the East Coast before concluding in Crawfordsville, Indiana with the AMSOIL Ironman GNCC on October 28 and 29
For more information on the GNCC series, visit the official website at www.gnccracing.comor call (304) 284-0084. Join the conversation on the series Facebook page, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and be sure to always hashtag #GNCC. 
About GNCC Racing
The AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Maxxis is America's premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1975, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross-country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The grueling three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 2,400 riders through tracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. The series draws talent from all over the U.S., Central America, South America, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. GNCC Racing is televised weekly on NBC Sports and RacerTV.com. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.

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Courtesy of Suzuki Press Office

 With a successful pre-season under their belts, the Suzuki World MXGP team riders head to the Losail International Circuit in Qatar with a lot of excitement for the start of the new 2017 World Motocross Championships this weekend. All five riders competed well at the two International races and just as importantly came out of them relatively unscathed, in what was a good warm-up for both rider and machine.

With the launch of the new RM-Z450WS earlier this month, all eyes have been on bike to see how well it performed on the race track and under the guidance of Kevin Strijbos and Arminas Jasikonis, it has been a great start.

General Manager Stefan Everts gave his thoughts on 2017 so far: “We had a surprisingly good pre-season, but I don’t want to expect too much from the new bike too early. It has been well received after the launch and we had some good results with it after not doing too much testing. AJ has been riding well and Kevin has been steady in the pre-season races, so I think we’re heading in a good direction.”

At Hawkstone Park, the pair went 1-2 in qualifying and then proceeded to get third (Jasikonis) and fifth (Strijbos) overall in the racing, and then at Lacapelle, AJ again got third overall which included a first place in moto two that really impressed people on a hard-pack track that isn’t typically his strong suit. “So far, so good. I’m really excited for Qatar. These two pre-season races went quite well. Lacapelle was a really nice second moto, a quite unexpected win, but it brought some really good motivation to me. We still need to improve some stuff, but we are on the right path,” said the Lithuanian.

Strijbos again showed his consistency with a pair of fourth place finishes in France, after a fifth overall in England and now they both board the plane to Qatar highly motivated to continue this good early form.

“For a Qatar it will be good I hope. We have a new bike and we’ve done a lot of testing and riding now and every time we go out, we get better. I look forward to seeing how it goes for the GP now. I hope to get some decent results there as it’s the first GP and everyone is excited. I want to put in two good motos, leave the race healthy and go from there and see where our strong points are, where our weak points are; and improve for the next race,” commented the experienced Belgian.

In the MX2 class, things have also gone well for this three-man squad with Jeremy Seewer reminding everyone of his qualities, and why many have picked him for the title this year. The quietly-confident Swiss had this to say: “Everyone sees me as a favourite, which is normal after last year and that’s how it is. And my goal is to become World Champion of course, but that’s a really long way away and there are lots of other really good riders as well. I just want to be consistent from race to race and I know I don’t have to win, just be there all the time. Of course I want to win because this would be a really nice thing, but for Qatar I just need to be there and not lose too many points and then see how the rest turns out.”

In what is his first year in the MX2 class, Hunter Lawrence has also impressed many with his speed and now the young Australian is excited to show-off his skillset at the highest level. He had this to say about the upcoming weekend: “I’m super excited for Qatar, it’s something I’ve been training for, for a long time now and I’m really looking forward to it. Obviously it’ll be difficult, racing in the night time, that’ll be new and all the travel, with the jet lag, if I get that or not. But really I’m just so happy to be able to be doing what I love as a job, to be a professional motocross racer and I’m so thankful for this opportunity given to me by Suzuki. I’m just so looking forward to kicking this season off and just focusing on myself and how I know how to ride. Learning as much as possible.”

The final member of the team heading to Qatar is Dutch rider Bas Vaessen, who despite missing out in France due to a little knock, will head to Qatar for the first time, after stepping-up from third place in the EMX250 championship last year: “My expectations are to improve every single race, and in Qatar just to ride consistently and not make any mistakes. Obviously I want to do my best and get the best results possible and hopefully get comfortable racing in this class against the top riders,” commented Vaessen.

His thoughts were echoed by Everts who explained his hopes for the MX2 riders this year: “I think for Bas and Hunter, it’ll be their first GPs so I don’t put too much expectations on them in terms of results. I just want them to show good riding skills and put in a good effort and to ride at their best. Then we will see where they stand a little bit later in the season.

“For Jeremy, he’s one of the title favourites and I hope that he can handle that pressure. He should be ready for it, he’s quite experienced now and last year was a good year for him so I hope that he can perform well in Qatar and I hope that all the pieces fall into place for him for the rest of the year too.”

While a night race in Qatar is a lot different than a cold, wet European motocross track, preparations have gone well for the Suzuki World MXGP squad and each rider is extremely excited for the first gate drop of the 2017 world championships.

Unlike the rest of the rounds this season, qualifying is on Friday, with raceday starting on Saturday afternoon and running late into the evening under Losail circuit lights.

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Courtesy of Team Suzuki Press Office

 Thomas Ramette – 1st
Angelo Pellegrini – 2nd
Cedric Soubeyras – 3rd

The Suzuki GB-backed SR75 World Suzuki Team enjoyed British Championship glory at the weekend when 25-year-old Thomas Ramette powered his RM-Z450 to the team’s third consecutive Arenacross Pro title.

In the build-up to the series finale at London’s Wembley Arena, the odds were stacked against Ramette. He hadn’t won a Main Event, and was nine points behind series leader Cedric Soubeyras (also Suzuki mounted).

Ramette’s team-mate Cyrille Coulon was an early season odds-on favorite. Prior to aggravating a long-standing knee problem, the 34-year-old ‘old man’ of Arenacross was the only Arenacross Pro rider to win two successive Main Events. Remarkably, despite carrying that injury, he continued racing right through to the very end and was one of the first to congratulate his friend.

Clearly delighted at his achievement, which he dedicated to his team and machine, Ramette said; “It’s amazing to win and I can’t thank my crew enough for the support and belief they’ve had in me. It has been strange not to win a Main Event and I haven’t really been that consistent – but that is me, not the bike. Actually, the Suzuki has been the most consistent thing this year.”

Ramette attributes his Main Event win to his success in the newly-introduced Hot Lap; a Superpole-style one lap against the clock which gives points to the fastest three finishers. “It was crucial to beat Cedric in the hot lap – I knew it would play on his mind. Once I’d done that, I felt confident for the evening’s main race.”

Arenacross British Championship Pro Class Results:

1. Thomas Ramette, SR75 World Suzuki (FR), 131 points
2. Angelo Pellegrini, RFX St Blazey Suzuki (IT), 126 points
3. Cedric Soubeyras, RFX St Blazey Suzuki (FR), 124 points
4. Adam Chatfield (UK), 116 points
5. Adrien Escoffier (FR), 113 points
6. Jack Brunell (UK), 109 points
7. Cyrille Coulon, SR75 World Suzuki (FR), 96 points
8. Hugo Basaula (PT), 89 points
9. Florent Richier (FR), 87 points
10. Matt Bayliss (UK), 54 points

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Cobra Teams Up with Roost MX

Courtesy of Roost MX

HILLSDALE, Mich. – Cobra Moto announced today a partnership with Roost MX that will have the popular Georgia-based company designing the graphics for Cobra Moto’s 2017 Elite Team bikes, including the CX50 JR & SR models, the CX50FWE and CX65.

In addition, Roost will design and supply the Cobra Moto Elite Team members with apparel, along with designing the factory graphics for Cobra Moto’s vehicles, pit shirts, jackets, hats, and team wear.
“From their work with amateur motocross to creating the look for the CycleTrader.com/Rock River Yamaha team on the supercross and outdoor tours, Roost MX has established itself as one of the go-to graphics companies in the MX industry,” said Cobra Moto president Sean Hilbert. “We see them at all the major amateur motocross events and really liked the direction they’re headed. So we’re pleased to announce today that Roost MX is now the official graphics company of Cobra Moto.”
Established in 1999 in Acworth, Georgia, Roost MX’s Chris and Christina Denny set out with a simple goal: to provide original, high-quality and eye-catching graphics to motocross racers. Expanding over the years to apparel, truck and trailer wraps and dealership branding, Roost MX’s partnership with Cobra Moto puts them at the forefront of amateur motocross with America’s all-time winningest competition minicycles.

“Youth amateur racing has always been a big part of Roost MX and we are excited to work closely with the top manufacturer of minicycles," said Roost MX's Christina Denney. “Our goal is to elevate the look of the Cobra Moto brand and take it to the next level, both on the track and in the pits.”

Cobra Moto would like to thank all of the companies it partners with to bring the finest minicycles in the world to market including Bel-Ray, SKF, CARD, Dunlop, Answer/Pro Taper, and Roost MX.

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TLD’s Seely Battles Back For Fifth Place Finish

Courtesy of Troy Lee Designs

Minneapolis (February 18, 2017) – Troy Lee Designs rider Cole Seely worked his way through the pack after an early fall and managed to make it all the way up to a fifth-place result. His finish kept his streak alive as Seely has finished in the top five in the last six out of seven rounds.
The Honda rider was more than ready for the gate to drop on the Main Event with Seely grabbing the holeshot inside U.S. Bank Stadium. Not long after the first few turns, Seely went down but was able to get up quickly and complete the first lap in 10th. In the second lap, he picked up several positions and was able to take over his finishing position of fifth just before halfway. With the leaders out of site, he maintained consistent speed, allowing for another solid finish.

“I was feeling good coming into the main event and was really pumped on the holeshot,” said Seely. “It was a little tricky out there and I just made a small mistake. I was happy I was able to get up quickly so I didn’t lose too much time.”
Seely currently sits fourth in the championship standings, just two points out of third. The next round of the Monster Energy Supercross is on February 25 and will be one of the last events inside the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Seely wore the SE Air Corsa Yellow and Red Racewear in practice, the SE Gravity Flo Yellow in the main event, and was protected by the SE4 helmet. See more of the 2017 gear sets and the 2017 Moto Helmets online and at your local TLD retailer.
450SX Class Main Event Results
  1. Eli Tomac (Kawasaki)
  2. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
  3. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
  4. Jason Anderson (Husqvarna)
  5. Cole Seely (Honda)
  6. Davi Millsaps (KTM)
  7. Broc Tickle (Suzuki)
  8. Trey Canard (KTM)
  9. Blake Baggett (KTM)
  10. Mike Alessi (Honda)
**Images provided by Jeff Kardas
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About Troy Lee Designs
For over 30 years, Troy Lee has been customizing helmets “For The World’s Fastest Racers.” TLD’s relentless commitment to creating products that exceed the cutting edge of style, design and quality, has earned them the reputation as an innovator in many different fields of racing. Troy Lee Designs has since expanded into a full force operation, offering a complete line of helmets, apparel and premium protection for off-road motorcycling and bicycling, sportswear and accessories, and operating the TLD supercross and motocross teams. Based in Corona, California, Troy Lee Designs has a global network of distributors.

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Courtesy of Husqvarna Motorcycles

The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team headed east for the seventh round of the AMA Supercross Series, held for the first time at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Saturday. Jason Anderson and Dean Wilson continued to battle the stacked group of 450 riders and finished fourth and 12th, respectively, while teammate Zach Osborne, making his first appearance of the season, showed speed all day and earned a podium finish in the 250SX East class.
Zach Osborne qualified fastest in the 250SX East class, and continued to show speed the remainder of the night. He started sixth in his heat and made the pass for fifth in the whoops in the third lap. He inherited fourth after a rider went down, then made another quick pass for third in lap five. With one lap to go, he put his head down and focused on a strong finish. He made another pass to finish second and transfer to the main. Osborne started fifth in the main and made his way into fourth by the second lap. Showing enough speed to come through the pack for the win, he settled into a good rhythm and focused on making passes. He battled Hampshire for the third-place spot before making an impressive corner pass to lock down the podium position. He was on the move and nailed the rhythm section timing to gain even more speed as he made an inside pass on Jordon Smith for second before setting his sights on the leader. He tipped over in the sand after mistakenly hitting neutral, which put him back to third. He remounted and started chasing down the top-two riders again. Not giving up, he started putting pressure on Smith again with a lap and a half to go, and navigated his Husqvarna FC 250 to a third-place finish.

“It was great to be the fastest in both practices,” said Osborne. “I got an okay start in the main and someone went down in front of me and I had to check up. I caught up to the leaders and got into second, and got really close, then just washed my front end out in a sandy corner. I was able to remount and actually come all the way back and almost get back into second. I feel really good and I’m really positive for this season. I really want to get that first win monkey off my back and just focus on the championship.”

Jason Anderson pulled the holeshot in his heat aboard his Husqvarna FC 450 and started to pull away. He held strong to the finish to claim another heat race win and transfer directly to the main. Anderson started top-10 in the main and made his way to fifth by the end of the first lap. He made the pass for fourth around the halfway mark and rode his own race to the finish. He is currently fifth overall in 450 rider point standings.

“I’ve been pretty consistent lately,” said Anderson. “I pulled the holeshot and won my heat race, which was great. I was decently up front in the main and was able to come up to fourth. There wasn’t anyone behind me so I rode by myself pretty much the whole time. The track was pretty hammered.”

Dean Wilson, third-fastest qualifier of the day, started third in his heat and began to battle. He stayed consistent and put on a great ride to finished third and earn a spot in the 450 main. Wilson got a mid-pack start in the main but went down after the start, putting him dead last. 17th by lap five, he focused on moving through the pack and made a great comeback by fighting all the way up to 12th where he finished. He is currently seventh overall in 450 rider point standings.

“It was a decent night,” said Wilson. “I wish I had a better main event. I didn’t get the best of starts, then I collided with another rider and went down after the first turn. By the time I got going I was well behind last and just tried picking guys off. I got up to 12th, which isn’t amazing, but I qualified third which is a positive.”

The team will now make its way to the eighth round of the series, held next Saturday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.

Minneapolis Supercross Results:
250SX East Main Event:
1. Joey Savatgy
2. Jordon Smith
3. Zach Osborne – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
250SX East Rider Point Standings:
1. Joey Savatgy – 25 points
2. Jordon Smith – 22 points
3. Zach Osborne – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 20 points
4. RJ Hampshire – 18 points
5. Adam Cianciarulo – 16 points
6. Dylan Ferrandis – 15 points
7. Anthony Rodriguez – 14 points
8. Luke Renzland – 13 points
9. Kyle Peters – 12 points
10. Colt Nichols – 11 points
450 Main Event:
1. Eli Tomac
2. Marvin Musquin
3. Ryan Dungey
4. Jason Anderson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

12. Dean Wilson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
450 Rider Point Standings:
1. Ryan Dungey – 149 points
2. Marvin Musquin – 133 points
3. Eli Tomac – 125 points
4. Cole Seely – 123 points
5. Jason Anderson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 103 points
6. Davi Millsaps – 98 points
7. Dean Wilson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 73 points
8. Cooper Webb – 71 points
9. Chad Reed – 69 points
10. Broc Tickle – 69 points

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Courtesy of Team Suzuki Press Office

 MINNEAPOLIS (February 20, 2017) – RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing had a mixed bag of results when Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, made its debut at US Bank Stadium Saturday night.

Broc Tickle, rider of the No. 20 Suzuki RM-Z450, turned in a solid seventh-place performance at Round 7 and fortified his standing inside the top 10 in points. The event marked Tickle’s second consecutive top-seven effort and the Holly, Mich., rider is now tied for ninth in points where he trails seventh-place Dean Wilson by a slim four-point margin.

“It was awesome to be back in Minneapolis,” commented Tickle following the race. “I always enjoy racing in the Midwest, especially in a domed stadium. We had a great weekend. I felt good in practice and made a bunch of laps. We made some changes to the bike last week and that really paid off on Saturday night. The bike felt great. I had to race my way through the semi to get in the main but everything still felt pretty good.

“Outside of the first 20 seconds, the main event was awesome. My start wasn’t as good as it should have been but I made some quick passes and got into a good flow. I was actually in good position to race for fifth of sixth but I made a couple mistakes and lost some ground. That was good motivation to keep pushing forward. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season. We’ve had a little bit of a slow start but things are rolling in the right direction. We’re making progress every week.”

Unfortunately, Tickle’s RCH teammate Justin Bogle didn’t fare as well and was forced to withdraw from the main event after an ugly crash in his semi-final. Bogle got up quickly but was noticeably in pain, forcing him to call it a night. The rider of the No. 20 Suzuki was examined and released at a local hospital and is expected (to) compete this weekend in Atlanta.

“I came up short in that rhythm section, went over the bars, and that was the end of my night,” explained Bogle. “We were having a good day and I felt good on the bike. I just missed my mark through that section and it bit me. I went to the hospital and everything checked out fine. I’m just sore. We’ll be ready for Atlanta on Saturday.”

Tickle, Bogle and the rest of the Monster Energy Supercross road show heads south of the Mason-Dixon Line this weekend when the series visits downtown Atlanta for its final visit to the Georgia Dome. Round 8 of the 2017 Supercross Championship will be televised live on Fox Sports 1 Saturday, Feb. 25 beginning at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, 4 p.m. Pacific.

About RCH Racing …
RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing is a professional Monster Energy Supercross and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross team co-owned by 15-time AMA Champion Ricky Carmichael and Freestyle Motocross visionary and entrepreneur Carey Hart. RCH was founded in 2012 and earned its first premier class championship in 2016. Stay up to date on all the latest RCH Racing news on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @RCHRacing.

About Suzuki …
Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (SMAI) distributes Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Outboard Motors and Automotive Parts and Accessories via an extensive dealer network throughout 49 states. Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), based in Hamamatsu, Japan, is a diversified worldwide manufacturer of Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Automobiles, Outboard Motors and related products. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, SMC has business relations with 201 countries/regions. For more information, visit www.suzuki.com.

About Yoshimura R&D of America …
Yoshimura is “The Leader in Performance” and has been for more than 55 years. With unmatched skills, knowledge, and passion for racing, Yoshimura is on the forefront of the aftermarket exhaust industry. Yoshimura pipes are race bred and feature the same legendary performance, fit and quality that has been their trademark for more than five decades. To learn more about Yoshimura and view their wide variety of performance products, visit

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Suzuki Announces 2017 Amateur Program

Courtesy of  Suzuki Motor Corp.

Brea, CA – From local, grassroots racing and multiple national and world championships, to capturing the 2016 AMA 450 Pro Motocross title while dominating the series for the past decade, racing is at the core of Suzuki. It is the thread that sews together Suzuki’s heritage, the driving force that pushes product innovation, and the reason why countless motocross legends have chosen to swing their leg over an RM.

As Suzuki continues to define racing, we are excited to announce the formation of the next generation of Suzuki racers. Those who will battle at their local race tracks, who will fight for national titles, and who, together, will carry the winning RM legacy into the future. Introducing the RM Army. Armed with the best handling machines in the industry and equipped with the support essential to develop champions, the RM Army is the future of Suzuki motocross.
“The RM Army is a state of mind, a unifying force, and the umbrella under which our supercross and motocross racing programs will reside,” said Chris Wheeler, motocross racing manager at Suzuki. “The RM Army was developed to create a sense of community for Suzuki racers. Connecting riders from around the country and projecting a larger Suzuki racing front is the goal. So whether you’re a weekend warrior, a rider on our RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing team, or anywhere else in between, if you race Suzuki, you are part of the RM Army.”

“I can’t wait to wear the RM Army badge,” said Richard Taylor, Suzuki ECSTAR Factory Elite Amateur Racing team rider. “Suzuki has really stepped up their game this year and I am so pumped to be a part of the launch of the RM Army.”

RM Army amateur racers can take advantage of the various benefits offered by the Suzuki Amateur Racing Support program, which includes contingency, trackside support, and Suzuki Camp Carmichael. Program details are outlined below, along with exciting information on Suzuki’s 2017 amateur racing teams.


RM Army racers can take advantage of over $6 Million in available contingency for motocross, supercross, and off-road racing in 2017. The Suzuki contingency program was enhanced over the previous year to include more events and larger payouts, while also offering double contingency at key events such as RC Daytona SX and the final round of Amsoil Arenacross. Join the RM Army and let Suzuki support you in your race to the top of the podium. Getting started is as simple as this:
  1. Own an eligible Suzuki model
  2. Complete the online registration process at RaceSuzuki.com
  3. Race a specified event on the Suzuki Contingency Payout Schedule
  4. Place in a paying position
  5. Receive your rewards on your Suzuki Awards Card
  6. Redeem your rewards at any authorized U.S. Suzuki dealership

Trackside Support

Suzuki Trackside Support will also be on hand at key amateur racing events to support RM Army racers. Trackside Support carries a supply of parts available for riders in need at a discounted price, along with a qualified Suzuki technician to help answer technical questions. Suzuki will also have parts support available at each round of Amsoil Arenacross. RM Army racers in need of parts can purchase them at the Suzuki Canopy next to the Babbitt's pit area. Visit RaceSuzuki.com for the complete Trackside Support schedule.

Suzuki Camp Carmichael

Suzuki RM Army racers are also provided the exclusive opportunity to attend Suzuki Camp Carmichael. This unique program allows Suzuki amateur racers to compete for the chance to train with 15-time MX/SX champion, Ricky Carmichael, at his private training facility in Cairo, GA‚—The GOAT Farm. Attending Camp Carmichael is once-in-a life-time, all-expenses-paid opportunity only available to members of the RM Army. Details regarding Suzuki Camp Carmichael 2017, including how to qualify, will be announced on RaceSuzuki.com. In the meantime, check out the video to see how much fun we had at Suzuki Camp Carmichael 2016.

Suzuki MX Amateur Racing Teams

Suzuki Ecstar Factory Elite Amateur Racing

The 2017 RM Army charge will be led by the Suzuki ECSTAR Factory Elite Amateur Racing team. Suzuki's all-new Oil and Chemical brand, ECSTAR, will serve as an essential element in the growth of the Factory Elite Amateur program, and we are pleased to have their title support in 2017. The team is excited to announce the signing of Casey Cochran, Nikko Capps, and Crockett Myers to pilot the RM85, as well as TJ Rios, who will ride the RM-Z250, and Richard Taylor, who will ride both the RM-Z250 and the RM-Z450.

“We are thrilled to bring this talented group of riders back to our program for 2017,” said Wheeler. “Each rider showed a ton of potential last year and we are excited to continue growing together.” The team is proud to represent the following sponsors who support the Factory Elite program: ECSTAR, Mechanix Wear, ODI, Cometic Gasket, Hinson, ProX, Matrix, MXtire.com, N-Style, Acerbis, Wiseco, VP Racing Fuels, and Dunlop.

Suzuki Regional Elite Amateur Racing

Suzuki is also excited to announce the addition of the Suzuki Regional Elite Amateur Racing team with support from Suzuki dealers. “The addition of this program for 2017 is really exciting,” added Wheeler. “We received a great deal of sponsorship interest at the end of last year, and with the help of multiple racing-focused Suzuki dealers, we are pleased to announce the addition of five deserving riders to this new program.” Racing the RM85 for the Suzuki Amateur Regional Elite program is Preston Masciangelo, Dakota Aldredge, Slade Varola, and Caden Braswell. Brandon Yates will pilot the RM-Z250 and RM-Z450.

Chaparral Suzuki Elite Amateur Racing/Barx Motorsports

The RM Army front will be further strengthened with the launch of the Chaparral Suzuki Elite Amateur Racing/BarX Motorsports team. The West-Coast based Suzuki support team led by team manager, Larry Brooks, will field three riders in 2017. With additional support from Suzuki racing-focused dealer, Chaparral Motorsports, Cole Barbieri and Brock Papi will race the RM-Z250 and the RM-Z450, while Brock Bennett will pilot the RM85.

"I'm privileged to be part of such a first-class race effort,” said Brooks. “The Amateur field is so competitive these days, and to be able to share my experience with these three fast racers is extremely rewarding. I feel that I can help them achieve their racing goals and this is what makes this venture very exciting to me.”

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Matrix Concepts Now Accepting Rider Resumes

Courtesy of Matrix Concepts

Matrix Concepts and its two sister companies are now accepting rider resumes for the 2017 racing season. Below is a little information about each company.

Matrix Concepts: An off-road market leader in custom stands, cans, work mats, ramps, tie downs, toolboxes, and a variety of accessories.

Next Components: Offers a complete line of components and controls including the Smart Levers, OEM replacement levers, grips, sprockets, hour meters, shifters, and much more.

1.7 Cleaning Solutions: Comprises of a variety of cleaning solutions such as wash, spray 'n shine, brake cleaner, and many more. 1.7 offers 14 solutions to help keep your machine race ready and show room clean.

Riders can apply one of three ways.
  1. MatrixRacingProducts.com
  2. Hookit.com
  3. MXSponsor.com

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