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Monday, April 21, 2014

MetLife Stadium to Play Host to First-Ever Monster Energy Supercross

Courtesy of Feld Motorsports

MetLife Stadium to Play Host to First-Ever Monster Energy Supercross
Three-Time Champion Villopoto Races Aiming for Fourth-Consecutive Championship

AURORA, Ill. (April 21, 2014) – This Saturday night MetLife Stadium host its first-ever Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, race, where three-time defending champion Ryan Villopoto will race for his fourth consecutive title in the 450SX Class. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Martin Davalos brings an eight-point lead in the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship as he closes in on his first-ever title.

**FOX Sports 2 will air the East Rutherford race live at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT**
**Coverage from East Rutherford will also be available on the authenticated FOX Sports GO app**
**CBS will air a two-hour special from East Rutherford Sunday at 1:00 p.m. EST/10:00 a.m. PT**
**FOX Sports 1 will re-air the entire East Rutherford race the following day at 4:00 p.m. ET/ 1:00 p.m. PT**
*Media day is Thursday, April 10 from Noon-2:00 p.m. Riders will be available for interviews and will ride the track for the media *

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Take a look at the East Rutherford Monster Energy Supercross Animated Track Map above

Some key insights into this weekend’s race are:
·         First Monster Energy Supercross race in the New York metropolitan area in 23 years
·         Villopoto is racing for his fourth consecutive championship and 40th race win
·         Honda has never lost a 450SX Class in East Rutherford
·         Davalos is racing for his first-ever championship and third race win
·         Villopoto and James Stewart are separated by one point in the Toyota Triple Challenge and Stewart leads Ryan Dungey in the race for second place in the 450SX Class season standings by three points
 
Villopoto_Action (Cudby)

450SX Class points leader, Ryan Villopoto
Photo Credit: Simon Cudby

Villopoto, a native of the Seattle area, expects to close out another championship-winning year by winning his fourth title at the same venue that the Seattle Seahawks did earlier this year with a Super Bowl victory. The winner of five races this season, Villopoto has established a 48-point lead in the points race and has been the most consistent rider with an average finish of 2.6.

The hotly contested battle for second place in the championship pits two former champions in Yoshimura Suzuki’s Stewart and Red Bull KTM’s Dungey. Stewart, a two-time champion to Dungey’s one, has a three-point advantage.

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Yoshimura Suzuki’s James Stewart
Photo Credit: Simon Cudby

Team Honda/Muscle Milk’s Justin Barcia will serve as the race’s hometown hero as a native of nearby Patterson, N.J. Currently fifth in the season standings, Barcia, a two-time career race winner, looks to score the first win of his 2014 season to narrow the 35-point gap that Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen for fourth place and extend Honda’s undefeated streak in East Rutherford to 5-0.

Villopoto put an exclamation point on his rise to the top at the championship’s last race at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field before 53,927 fans, winning his fifth race of the season. Stewart hoped to spoil Villopoto’s run for the win in the early stages of the race but settled for second overall. Dungey rounded out the field in third.

The hometown win for Villopoto marked the second of his career.

“I don’t think I’ve ever raced in front of a crowd cheering me on this loud. It’s tough to race at home and in the past I haven’t been that stellar here, so to have a race like that is awesome,” said Villopoto, who’s first career 450SX Class win came in Seattle during his 2009 rookie season. “With [James Stewart] and [Ryan Dungey] standing up here next to me, getting a win is huge. I’m not thinking about the championship right now, but it does feel good to have an opportunity to wrap up the title in New York in a couple weeks.”

Through the first five races of the Eastern Regional Championship, Davalos battled with teammates Adam Cianciarulo, who at one point had the points lead but suffered a season-ending shoulder injury, and Blake Baggett.

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250SX Class Eastern Regional Rider Martin Davalos celebrating his win in St. Louis
Photo Credit: Hoppenworld

MetLife Stadium will serve as the final stop of the Toyota Triple Challenge that posted $250,000 and a 2014 Toyota Tundra for the winner of the third stop in Anaheim, Arlington, Texas and East Rutherford, N.J. Stewart has a one-point lead over Stewart in this mini-series.

Fun Facts:
  • The host venue of the Super Bowl has also played host to Monster Energy Supercross in the same season 15 times
  • A NFC team has won the game 10 times and with the Seahawks win this year at MetLife, the AFC has won six times
  • Villopoto can become the first rider to win a Monster Energy Supercross title in the same year that his hometown NFL achieved the same accomplishment

The state-of-the-art MetLife Stadium, in the greater New York Metropolitan area, is not only one of the newest venues in the country, but it sits on one of the most iconic pieces of land in the history of major sports competition. For more than 30 years, The Meadowlands, which was torn down a few years ago and replaced with the beautiful MetLife Stadium, has been the site of some of the biggest events in sports and entertainment, including a five-year period with Monster Energy Supercross in the late 80s and early 90s.

Tickets are available at the MetLife Stadium Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone (800) 745-3000, or online at www.SupercrossOnline.com or www.ticketmaster.com. Practice and qualifying begin at 12:30 p.m. and the Main Event starts at 7:00 p.m. Premium Club tickets are $85 Adult/Child; Club $55 Adult/Child; Field $45 Adult/Child; Endzone $35 Adult/Child; Value $25 Adult/Child. Fans can also get in to the Pits for FREE from 12:30-6 p.m. Race Day when they recycle a MONSTER Energy Can at the stadium’s pit entrance (valid only with event ticket).

450SX Class Results: Seattle
1.     Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
2.     James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki
3.     Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
4.     Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda
5.     Justin Barcia, Pinetta, Fla., Honda
6.     Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda
7.     Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
8.     Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM
9.     Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Suzuki
10.  Mike Alessi, Hilliard, Fla., Suzuki

450SX Class Season Standings
1.     Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 318
2.     James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 270
3.     Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 267
4.     Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 249
5.     Justin Barcia, Pinetta, Fla., Honda, 214
6.     Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha, 196
7.     Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 194
8.     Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 126
9.     Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Suzuki, 124
10.  Wil Hahn, Menifee, Calif., Honda, 122

Western Regional 250SX Class Results: Seattle
  1. Cole Seely, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda
  2. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., KTM
  3. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Kawasaki
  4. Dean Wilson, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Kawasaki
  5. Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda
  6. Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda
  7. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha
  8. Jake Canada, Sun City, Calif., Honda
  9. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda
  10. Shane McElrath, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda

Western Regional 250SX Class Season Standings
  1. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., KTM, 178
  2. Cole Seely, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Honda, 170
  3. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Kawasaki, 139
  4. Dean Wilson, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Kawasaki, 138
  5. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha, 121
  6. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Honda, 121
  7. Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda, 103
  8. Zach Osborne, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda, 100
  9. Shane McElrath, Chesterfield, S.C., Honda, 96
  10. Jake Canada, Sun City, Calif., Honda, 72

Toyota Triple Challenge Standings
  1. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 39
  2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo Wash., Kawasaki, 38
  3. Justin Barcia, Pinetta, Fla., Honda, 38
  4. Ken Roczen, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 37
  5. Justin Brayton, Cornelius, N.C., Yamaha, 31
  6. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Kawasaki, 25
  7. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, KTM, 23
  8. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 22
  9. Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki, 16
  10. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 14

1991 450SX Class Results: East Rutherford
1.     Jeff Stanton, Sherwood, Mich., Honda
2.     Damon Bradshaw, Charlotte, N.C., Yamaha
3.     Mike LaRocco, La Porte, In., Suzuki
4.     Jean-Michel Bayle, France, Honda
5.     Guy Cooper, Stillwater, Okla., Suzuki
6.     Jeff Matiasevich, La Habra Heights, Calif., Kawasaki
7.     Mike Kiedrowski, Canyon Country, Calif., Kawasaki
8.     Mike Fisher, Santee, Calif., KTM
9.     Dough Dubach, Costa Mesa, Calif., Yamaha
10.  Ron Tichenor, Palm Harbor, Fla., Suzuki

1991 250SX Class Results: East Rutherford
1.     Brian Swink, Fenton, Mich., Honda
2.     Michael Brown, Gray, Tenn., Honda
3.     Doug Henry, Torrington, Conn., Yamaha
4.     Chris Coleman, Skaneateles, N.Y., Kawasaki
5.     Barry Carsten, Bayville, N.J., Suzuki
6.     Cliff Palmer, Del City, Okla., Suzuki
7.     Chris Neal, Hollister, Calif., Suzuki
8.     Jeff Glass, Duncansville, Penn., Honda
9.     David Beckington, Saline, Mich., Suzuki
10.  Ty Wallace, Boyertown, Penn., Kawasaki
 
Past Winners in East Rutherford
 
450SX Class
 
May 18, 1991                            Jeff Stanton
May 19, 1990                            Jean-Michel Bayle
May 6, 1989                              Jeff Stanton
May 14, 1988                            Rick Johnson
June 7, 1987                             Rick Johnson
 
250SX Class
 
May 18, 1991                            Brian Swink
May 19, 1990                            Denny Stephenson
May 6, 1989                              Damon Bradshaw
May 14, 1988                            Mike LaRocco
June 7, 1987                             Keith Tuprin

For the first time ever, the entire Monster Energy Supercross season will air on FOX Sports.  Catch every Monster Energy Supercross race Saturday night on FOX Sports 1 (fourteen races) and FOX Sports 2 (three races) including next-day re-airs on FOX Sports 1.  In addition, the authenticated Fox Sports Go app will air each race at the same time it airs on FOX Sports 1 & FOX Sports 2.

For more information on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, please log on to www.SupercrossOnline.com, the official website of Monster Energy Supercross. To follow Monster Energy Supercross on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, log on to www.facebook.com/supercrossLive www.Twitter.com/supercrosslive and www.instagram.com/supercrosslive. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/supercrosslive. For all media requests, please contact Denny Hartwig dhartwig@feldinc.com or 630-566-6305.

About Feld Motor Sports®
Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is the world leader in specialized arena and stadium-based motor sports entertainment.  Feld Motor Sports productions include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross and Nuclear Cowboyz®.  Feld Motor Sports is a division of Feld Entertainment, the world’s largest producer of live family entertainment.  For more information on Feld Entertainment, visit www.feldentertainment.com.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Swap Meet Returning to MX Rewind At Unadilla

Courtesy of MX Rewind

Clean Out Your Old Dirt Bike Parts and Collectables!
NEW BERLIN, NY- April 15, 2014- Building on the popularity of last year’s swap meet, Unadilla MX is pleased to release information on this year’s edition, taking place at the MX Rewind on May 30 – June 1, 2014.
The nature of a Swap Meet is that vendors don’t need a fancy set up – a tarp, table, or tail gate does the trick for displaying those old Dirt Bike treasures!. So clean out your garage, basement, man cave, storage area and be a part of the fun! The swap Meet at MX Rewind is also a great way to connect with fellow hobbyists who are looking for hard to find items, old memorabilia, parts that are no longer in the mainstream market, and hidden treasures.
Vendors can set up a 10′x20′ spot for the entire weekend or any part thereof for $75, which includes all admission fees for up to two people. The swap meet is an excellent chance to clean out your garage, your hobby room, or your storage area and join in on the fun at MX Rewind.Spots are limited and you can contact nwmaicocz@yahoo.com or info@unadillamx.com to reserve your spot.
The swap meet is only one feature at MX Rewind. Bike shows, vintage racing, formal and informal meet and greets with over fifteen motocross legends, autograph sessions, bench racing, nightly entertainment, and good times with old friends await racers and fans alike.
MX Rewind celebrates motocross and motocross history and keeping the traditions alive. Whether you have an old beater to race or not, if you love motocross and want to relive the good old days (or want to find out what you missed in the good old days!), this weekend is one you will not want to miss. So, mark your calendar for May 30-June 1 as the hills of Unadilla come alive with the sounds of all things vintage.
Event information, racing information, pre-entry links, and advance sale ticket information can be found at www.mxrewind.com. Further help is available by using info@unadillamx.com or by calling 607/965-8450.
About MX Rewind: MX Rewind at Unadilla is the premier vintage off road event in North America. The event takes place in New Berlin, New York and at the world famous Unadilla Motocross track. MX Rewind celebrates over four decades of motocross history as well as every aspect of off-roading. Fans and racers from every generation enjoy a fun weekend that includes racing, the famed “Unadilla Marquis” Bike Show, a parts and memorabilia swap meet, autographs with over 15 of the biggest legends of Unadilla, interviews, nightly entertainment, and of course plenty of bench racing and tall tales from the legends as well as the vintage racers. MX Rewind is about having fun with your friends and family and spending a weekend at Unadilla celebrating the good times we have had riding motorcycles.
About Unadilla MX: Unadilla MX began promoting Motocross races at its current facility in New Berlin, NY in 1969. Run by the Robinson Family since its inception, Unadilla hosted the “Inter Am”, Trans Am, Trans USA, and began hosting the 250cc U.S. Grand Prix in 1978. It was the first track in the U.S. to host the prestigious MX des Nations in 1987, and has been a stop on the American Pro National MX circuit since 1992. All historically significant MX riders in the world have strapped on the leather and kicked the lever at Unadilla.
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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Nicoletti and Friese to Substitute for Brayton and Grant

Courtesy of JGRMX

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (April 9, 2014) – After holding the consecutive starts record at 44 straight main events in Monster Energy AMA Supercross Justin Brayton was unable to compete last Saturday in Houston, Texas due to a spectacular crash in the first timed practice resulting in an injury to his hand and knee. Brayton had sustained a broken bone to his foot during his heat race the week prior in St. Louis but was able to race.
Just after the start of the main event in Houston two riders collided behind Josh Grant inadvertently sending an out of control rider directly into the back of Grant causing him to crash violently. Grant was badly shaken up and unable to continue. Grant was also injured the week before during his heat race in St. Louis.
Both Brayton and Grant were thoroughly evaluated this week and the conclusion of the riders and team is that the cumulative effect of these injuries on both Brayton and Grant warrants a rest and recovery period for proper healing and reduction from further harm.
Phillip Nicoletti, who is a member of the Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX Team with support from St. Lawrence Radiology and N-FAB will race in Seattle in place of Brayton. Vince Friese, who races for The Factory Metal Works Team in the 250SX East Championship Series will race as substitute for Grant. Brayton and Grant’s status will be continuously evaluated and they will return to racing as soon as safely possible.
Nicoletti, number 38 and Friese, number 42 will race the Seattle, Wash. event at CenturyLink Field this Saturday, April 12. Fox Sports One will broadcast the race live starting at 10:30 p.m. (EST). Timed qualifying will stream live on supercrossonline.com beginning at 5:00 p.m. (EST). The final segment of Supercross, Behind the Dream will air on April 13 at noon, (EST) on CBS.

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RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Signs Weston Peick

Courtesy of RCH Racing Soaring Eagle

San Diego, CA (April 9, 2014) – The RCH Racing Soaring Eagle has signed top privateer Weston Peick to race the Lucas Oil Pro Motorcross Championship for 2014. Peick will continue to contest the remainder of the Feld Motor Sports® 2014 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship series as a privateer, before joining the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle effort.

Answering the question posed in Racer X Magazine and all over the Internet, “Why Not Weston?” RCH team principal Ricky Carmicheal says why not, indeed. “I’m glad to have Weston a part of the team.” Peick earned seven amateur titles without support from factories and raced a privateer since turning pro in 2009… until now. “We are excited to give him the opportunity and look forward to working with him to help him achieve his goals,” claims Carmichael.
“He has a great work ethic that will mesh well with our team personnel to get the best result possible,” adds Carmichael. “It should be a lot of fun!”
Despite being a self-professed “goon” at Supercross early in his career, the former high school football player has shown marked improvement in the stadiums this season, including Top 5 at Anaheim 3 and the San Diego rounds. However he is really looking forward to returning to the outdoor nationals. “This is a great opportunity to be surrounded by one of the best riders of all time and one of the best factory teams to help me get to the next level,” said an elated Peick.

Loyalty is important to Peick and his father, and they requested to finish the Supercross season as a privateer in order to honor their sponsor commitments. This is a request that RCH Racing Soaring Eagle certainly respects and is one of the reasons why Peick was offered the opportunity. “I want to Thank all my current sponsors for their outstanding support for the Supercross series… without them, this opportunity wouldn’t be possible,” says Weston.
“We are so happy to have the opportunity for Weston to work with RCH Racing,” says his father Louie who has been working on Weston’s bikes throughout his career. “Thanks to all our sponsors that helped us get to this level.”
Look for Weston Peick to make his debut on the RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Suzuki RM-Z450 at Glen Helen on May 24th when the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship kicks off.
About RCH Racing Soaring Eagle:
RCH Racing is in its second season of the partnership between Ricky Carmichael and Carey Hart to campaign the Feld Motor Sports® 2014 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship series as well as the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motorcross Championship. Ricky Carmichael merged his Suzuki relationship and technical development with the established five year marketing giant of Hart & Huntington Racing in 2013. The RCH Racing Soaring Eagle Team continues its partnerships with Suzuki, Fox, Dodge, Sycuan Casino, Yoshimura and Bel-Ray. Stay up to date on all RCH Racing Soaring Eagle news, follow us on Instagram and Twitter @RCHRacing and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/hartandhuntington.
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Monday, April 7, 2014

Covington Signs a Two Year Deal to Remain in Europe

Courtesy of Team CLS Kawasaki

Kawasaki Press Release

American teenager Thomas Covington has signed with Team CLS Kawasaki Monster Energy to remain in Europe to contest the FIM World Motocross MX2 World Championship for the remainder of 2014 and 2015.

The 18-year-old native of Alabama had his first experience of motocross outside the USA when he raced the European MX2 British round in Matterley Basin last year. Having impressed everyone with his speed and style, he raced the opening three rounds of this year's FIM MX2 World Championship with the Kawasaki Racing Team in order to prepare for his debut in the US Motocross Championship. On the podium in the second moto at the opening Grand Prix in Qatar, Thomas enjoyed this experience so much that he tried to find a solution to stay all season in Europe, and to race the remaining fifteen rounds of the World Championship. Thanks to all the parties involved, he has now signed a two year deal with Team CLS, and next weekend in Italy he will be teammate to Arnaud Tonus and Dylan Ferrandis in the MX2 class, while Alessandro Lupino will switch to the 450 Kawasaki CLS to finish the season in the MXGP class.

Steve Guttridge (Kawasaki Europe Race Planning Manager): “Thomas had been welcome into the Kawasaki Racing Team for the first few GPs as a taster and now really sees his future here. It’s great that together with the support of CLS, Kawasaki in the US, Monster Energy, Youthstream, Alessandro Lupino and Pro Circuit, we could offer him a ride for the rest of this season and next!”
Jean Jacques Luisetti (CLS team owner): “We are of course very pleased to welcome Thomas, who raced with us last year in England. There was an opportunity to sign him for 2014 and 2015, and we couldn’t miss it; with him and Dylan we’ll have two very talented kids with us next season, as Arnaud and Alessandro have to move to the MXGP class. We offered Alessandro the possibility to start next weekend riding a 450; it’s a good opportunity for him to show what he can do in this class and I’m sure that his smooth riding style will suit our 450 perfectly. Concerning Tommy Searle; he has never stopped training physically, and we expect to see him back in Holland or Spain; Thomas will be based with him in England, and when Tommy returns to racing we’ll have two riders in the MX1 class thanks to Kawasaki and all our partners.”

Thomas Covington: “I am so stoked to be on the Monster Energy CLS Kawasaki team! I know they have great bikes as Tonus and Ferrandis are sitting 1st and 3rd in the series. I've been on Kawasaki since I was 8 years old so it's great to continue the relationship with Kawasaki and Monster Energy. It was like a dream to score a podium result in Qatar; for sure the next races were not as good but that didn’t affect my motivation. I’d like to thanks KRT who offered me a ride for the first few GPs, but now I’m impatient to be in Italy where I will race for the first time with the CLS Kawasaki.”

Mitch Covington: “"I am really proud of Thomas for deciding to stay and compete for a World Title for the next two years. Not many American riders with a Pro Circuit contract in hand would leave the comforts of home, but Thomas loves the thrill of the crowds around the world and knows he can go back home and do well with a good showing here for the next few years. The team and family over at KRT took great care of Thomas and that made the transition and the decision to stay a lot easier Kawasaki USA, Team Green and Pro Circuit have guided him all the way and we could not have asked for better partners on this long journey to get to this level. The other big help to get us here was Traxxas RC Cars; the owner Mike Jenkins has been a great friend to Thomas since his mini days and Thomas will always be a Traxxas guy. Thomas did not get here on his own - he had lots of help and guidance. Oh well, MXGP's here we come!”

Thierry Chizat Suzzoni (Monster KRT Team owner): “It has been a pleasure to have Thomas with us, but the deal was to help him just for the first few GPs. As we are focused on the MXGP class it was not possible to keep him for all the season, and it’s great to see that he loves the GPs and will stay with Kawasaki.”
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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Rory Mead Injury Update


—PRESS RELEASE—
Rory Mead standing on podium
April 3, 2014 — Maxxis/KLIM/DirtWise KTM Race team Pro rider, and current GNCC XC2 Pro class Championship leader, Rory Mead sustained a devastating crash approximately half way through the final lap of Sunday’s Rd. 3 of the GNCC series held near Morganton, NC.
While placed in 2nd place, and making a charge toward the lead position, Mead inadvertently ran off the trail and struck a tree straight onat significant speed. The resulting impact produced severe fractures with the C5 and C6 vertebrae in his neck.
Mead was transported to the Johnson City Medical Center trauma hospital that evening and operated on to stabilize the fractures and fuse the vertebrae from C4 through C7, and is still currently situated there. Pieces of the shattered bones were pushing into the spinal cord area (removed during surgery) but apparently all indications from the MRI tests is that the cord was not severed and there was no bleeding in the cord. There is a significant amount of swelling to the cord area though.
Currently though Rory has no feeling or movement from essentially the arm pit/nipple region and down as expected with a C5/6 injury. He has limited use of his arms, but no awareness of his three outside fingers, again as commonly found with this injury.
Mead was quite philosophical about his current situation. “No one ever likes to get hurt, but it is a fact that we need to face every now and then. As they say, it is what it is, but you can be assured that I am ready fight with all my might and do whatever is necessary to give myself the possibility of a full and quick recovery. I am so thankful for the outpouring of support that my family, friends, and the Offroad motorcycle community had provided to me since the accident – it has been overwhelming! I want to thank my team mate Jason Thomas, and fellow competitor Jesse Robinson, who sacrificed their own race result to stop and stay with me for the duration, plus to all of the other riders who stopped during the race to offer assistance.”
Maxxis/KLIM/DirtWise Race team owner Shane Watts had this to say, “Rory was riding so well in this race, and in the previous races so far in 2014 – he definitely had established himself as the rider to beat for this year’s Championship! But then when your rider doesn’t come around to the finish when expected, and news starts to filter through of a serious injury, your stomach just drops. The GNCC track crew did a wonderful is clearing Rory from the race track and taking the necessary measures on getting him to hospital. Rory has been in good spirits, and then 48 hours ago (36 hours post injury) he was able to slightly feel induced movement of his right foot only. Obviously this is what we would like to hope is a very promising indicator of further future improvement however unfortunately we also know that no further improvement may happen. Our goal is to provide Rory with all of the top level options and tools to maximize his recovery to 100%, and to hope for a complete recovery as soon as possible. This just may end up being a very long and arduous journey for Rory with his recovery and we will support him through it every step of the way to the best of our ability.”
Mead should be adequately stabilized within the next two/three days to allow for transport to a spinal rehab facility, which most likely will be the acclaimed Dodd Hall facility operated by the Ohio State University (OSU) in Columbus, OH.
To help offset the extensive medical expenses incurred with a serious spinal cord injury the following fundraising efforts are in place to help Rory Mead during this difficult time.
Firstly there is a direct donation option set up by Rory’s Ohio based riding partner, Pro Supercross racer Levi Kilbarger, through the GoFundMe organization. There has been an overwhelming level of support shown so far as the total donation amount to date nears $20,000

The link to the Rory Mead donation account is: http://www.gofundme.com/7y8o0g

Next Monday, April 7, the DirtWise team, along with help from their team sponsors and Pro rider Steward Baylor, will announce and commence a Fundraising Raffle where a huge amount of awesome items will be on offer for the lucky winners. This raffle will run online throughout the week and will then culminate that weekend with a ticket sales booth at Rider Registration at the GNCC in South Carolina. The winners will be drawn immediately following the Bike Pro race on Sunday afternoon.
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Vurb Goes to Print: Introducing META

Courtesy of Vurb Media

META is a bi-annual print collection celebrating our shared passion for dirtbike culture through a collective offering from some of the most imaginative and accomplished minds in the industry. Each volume stands to deliver on the promise that we have poured our hearts and souls into producing an ornate publication that will delve into the core of motocross through unrivaled imagery, myriad adventures, evergreen content, culture-driven fashion, polished design, and stately quality that is being crafted as a centerpiece for bookshelves and coffee tables.
Within the pages of META you will find featured athletes at the pinnacle of the sport, rising stars of tomorrow, legends, global destinations, prominent industry figures, inspiring artists, and a tasteful dose of stunning women who drive our fashion-based offerings.
You can grab a single copy here, or subscribe for a year. Spring and Fall volumes available in 2014
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Sunday, March 30, 2014

Tyler Bowers Captures Fourth Straight AMSOIL Arenacross Championship in Salt Lake City with 11th Victory

Courtesy of Feld Motorsports

Tyler Bowers Captures Fourth Straight AMSOIL Arenacross Championship in Salt Lake City with 11th Victory
Gray Davenport Wins Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class Championship

SALT LAKE CITY (March 29, 2014) – The final round of the 2014 AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross, season brought an action-filled night of competition to EnergySolutions Arena on Saturday as a pair of champions were crowned. Entering the evening with a comfortable lead in the Race to the Championship, Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by Maxxis rider Tyler Bowers swept the Arenacross Class Main Events to grab his 11th overall win of the season and become just the third rider in AMSOIL Arenacross history to win four consecutive championships. In the Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class, A&J Oilfield Services Kawasaki rider and Utah native Gray Davenport captured his first career title in front of his hometown crowd following a runner-up finish.

Motosport Hillsboro Kawasaki’s Gared Steinke raced to the holeshot in the first 15-lap Arenacross Class Main Event, with PBR/TiLube/TUF Racing Honda’s Jacob Hayes and Bowers in tow. Bowers made a quick move for second and proceeded to take over the lead on Lap 2 from Steinke. A minor bobble by Hayes dropped him to fifth and allowed Foremost Insurance/Reynard Mods Suzuki’s Cory Green and Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Zach Ames to assume the battle for the final podium spot. Ames stalled his bike on Lap 3, dropping to 13th, which moved Hayes back into the podium fight with Green. Hayes made the pass on Green for third on Lap 9 and then put the pressure on Steinke in second. Out front, Bowers cruised to a dominant win while Steinke held off Hayes for second. Ames fought back to finish eighth.

Bowers selected the inversion for the second Main Event and chose zero, meaning the field would remain as is for gate selection.

PBR/TiLube/TUF Racing Honda’s Kyle Regal grabbed the holeshot in the final Main Event of the 2014 season, but Bowers’ prowess in the whoops on Saturday night allowed him to move into second on the opening lap and then into the lead on Lap 2. While Bowers set sail to the title out front, Ames had to battle his way from a start just outside the top five while Hayes started the Main Event in dead last. Bowers went unchallenged en route to victory, with Ames battling his way to a runner-up finish. Regal finished third, while his teammate Hayes climbed to a sixth-place finish in the end.

Bowers was joined on the overall podium by Steinke in second (2-4) and Regal in third (4-3).

Bowers entered the night with an 18-point lead and finished the season off with a 25-point margin over Hayes. It wasn’t an easy path to the title for Bowers in 2014, suffering a broken tibia at the opening round of the season and racing through the pain to keep himself in title contention. A broken rib suffered at the start of the Race to the Championship set Bowers back again as the season hit the home stretch, but he refused to quit, ultimately winning 19 Main Events, including the final seven of the season to pull away from his rivals in the Race to the Championship.

“It’s been a crazy year, getting injured at first round and having to fight through adversity pretty much all season,” said Bowers, who joins Buddy Antunez and Dennis Hawthorne as the only four-peat champions in AMSOIL Arenacross history. “I’m just happy to be up here today. Zach Ames made it tough on me this year and forced me to be at my best every week. These [championships] are never easy but we refused to give up, kept at it every week, and here we are with a fourth straight title.”

Earlier in the evening, Ames defeated Bowers to take the win in Head-to-Head Bracket Racing and earn an additional championship bonus point to solidify his third-place finish in the final championship standings.

Frontier Lubricants KTM’s Daniel Blair grabbed the early lead in the 18-lap Arenacross Lites Class Main Event with Davenport mere bike lengths behind. Davenport took advantage of the strong start to take over the lead from Blair on the opening lap, bringing Team Faith/Fly Racing KTM’s Kelly Smith with him. The duo separated themselves from Blair and engaged in a captivating battle for the lead that lasted four laps before Smith took over the lead for good on Lap 6. Davenport kept pace with Smith for several laps, but ultimately settled into second knowing he had the title within reach. Smith went on to win by just over two seconds over Davenport, with BWREngines.com Honda’s Kyle White in third.

Davenport won the title by just two points over White.

“This feels awesome, I had a lot of help this year,” said Davenport, who made his return to AMSOIL Arenacross for the first time since the 2011 season. “I took a few years off but I couldn’t be happier to be out here racing again. It’s so nice to have the support of the hometown crowd. I have a lot of family and friends here, and I have to thank everyone here for cheering me on. This is so awesome.”

The drama that defined the entire 2014 AMSOIL Arenacross season will continue to be showcased on Fox Sports 1, which will feature the sixth round of the season from Sacramento, Calif., on Sunday, March 30th, beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET.
Arenacross Class Results – Main Event 1
  1. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki
  2. Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Kawasaki
  3. Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Honda
  4. Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Honda
  5. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM
  6. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki
  7. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM
  8. Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki
  9. Colt Nichols, S. Muskogee, Okla., Kawasaki
  10. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM
Arenacross Class Results – Main Event 2
  1. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki
  2. Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki
  3. Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Honda
  4. Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Kawasaki
  5. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM
  6. Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Honda
  7. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM
  8. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki
  9. Colt Nichols, S. Muskogee, Okla., Kawasaki
  10. Dave Ginolfi, Boston, N.J., KTM

Arenacross Class Results – Overall (Main Event Finishes)

  1. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki (1-1)
  2. Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Kawasaki (2-4)
  3. Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Honda (4-3)
  4. Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki (8-2)
  5. Jacob Hayes, Liberty, N.C., Honda (3-6)
  6. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM (7-7)
  7. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki (6-8)
  8. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM (10-5)
  9. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM (5-12)
  10. Colt Nichols, S. Muskogee, Okla., Kawasaki (9-9)
Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class Results
1.     Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM
2.     Gray Davenport, Lehi, Utah, Kawasaki
3.     Kyle White, Freeport, Ill., Honda
4.     Dave Ginolfi, Boston, N.J., KTM
5.     Zack Gurley, Farmington, N.M., Honda
6.     Maxx Malatia, Itasca, Ill., Honda
7.     Daniel Blair, Lodi, Calif., KTM
8.     Brett McLaud, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Kawasaki
9.     Dylan Rouse, Florence, Ky., Honda
10.  Beni Williams, Hoofer, Utah, Honda

Arenacross Class Race to the Championship (Race 56of 6)

  1. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki – 191
  2. Jacob Hayes, Greensboro, N.C., Honda – 166
  3. Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki – 157
  4. Kyle Regal, Grand Prairie, Texas, Honda – 149
  5. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki – 131
  6. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM – 121
  7. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., KTM – 121
  8. Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Kawasaki – 118
  9. Michael McDade, McDonald, Ohio, Kawasaki – 116
  10. Colt Nichols, S. Muskogee, Okla., Kawasaki – 106

Arenacross Class Points (Race 19 of 19)

  1. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM – 322
  2. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki – 136
  3. Dave Ginolfi, Boston, N.J., KTM – 127
  4. Nathan Skaggs, Chillicothe, Ohio, Kawasaki – 116
  5. Kyle White, Freeport, Ill., Honda – 98
  6. Jeff Gibson, Pataskala, Ohio, Honda – 90
  7. Robby Marshall, Stow, Mass., KTM – 85
  8. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha – 75
  9. Gray Davenport, Lehi, Utah, Kawasaki – 61
  10. Keith Tucker, Fuquay Varina, N.C., Yamaha – 57
  11. Daniel Blair, Lodi, Calif., KTM – 57
Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class Points (After Race 10 of 10)
1.     Gray Davenport, Lehi, Utah, Kawasaki – 128
2.     Kyle White, Freeport, Ill., Honda – 126
3.     Maxx Malatia, Itasca, Ill., Honda – 115
4.     Dave Ginolfi, Boston, N.J., KTM – 109
5.     Daniel Blair, Lodi, Calif., KTM – 88
6.     Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM – 79
7.     Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki – 69
8.     Brian Alquist, LaGrange, Calif., KTM – 42
9.     Josh Struebig, Crown Point, Ind., KTM – 36 
10.  Cheyenne Harmon, Olivia, Texas, KTM – 35  

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

MINDFX Team Up With Aldon Baker and Aldon Pro Racing

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