Monday, October 5, 2015

2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Schedule

Courtesy of MX Sports

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (October 5, 2015) – Following a captivating 2015 season in which Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey and Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin emerged as Champions in the 450 and 250 Classes, respectively, MX Sports Pro Racing and NBC Sports have unveiled the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, schedule.

The world’s most prestigious championship will once again consist of 12 rounds of competition in its 44th season, composed of 24 motos that will take the star-studded field of international riders to 11 different states, including the highly anticipated return of the Southwick National in Southwick, Mass., for the first time since the 2013 season.

"When we made the decision to leave Southwick at the conclusion of the 2013 season there was always a belief that we would return there in the near future. We are proud to say that the time has come to bring the championship back to ‘the sandbox,’ filling a void many fans and members of the industry have felt the last three years," said MX Sports Pro Racing President Davey Coombs. "We are excited to return to the passionate fans in New England and showcase one of the most beloved and unique venues of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship."

The 2016 season will open with back-to-back rounds in California, once again kicking off with the iconic Hangtown Motocross Classic just outside the state capital of Sacramento on May 21. The oldest round of the championship has served as the season opener for nine of the past 12 seasons and surprisingly is the only track in the championship at which defending champion Dungey has never won. From there, the series will travel south to the heart of the motocross racing community in Southern California with its annual visit to Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino on May 28 over Memorial Day Weekend.

The championship will make one more stop in the western portion of the country at Colorado’s picturesque Thunder Valley MX Park just outside Denver on June 3 before heading east for the heart of the 2016 season. Following the first off weekend of the summer, Mount Morris, Pennsylvania’s High Point Raceway (June 18) will start a six-week stretch that will take the world’s best riders to Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville, Tennessee (June 25), Buchanan, Michigan’s RedBud MX for Independence Day (July 2), the sands of Southwick MX Park (July 9), Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota (July 16), and Washougal, Washington’s Washougal MX Park (July 23).
Following a final two-week break in action, the stretch run of the 2016 season will span across three consecutive weekends, beginning at the hallowed grounds of Unadilla MX in New Berlin, New York, on August 13. Southern Maryland’s Budds Creek MX Park, in the shadow of the nation’s capital of Washington D.C., will host the penultimate round of the championship on August 20 before a pair of champions are crowned at Lucas Oil Pro Motocross’ newest venue of Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana, on August 27.

“The 2016 championship schedule consists of the most renowned facilities in all of American motocross and fittingly comes to an end at the sport’s newest track that is quickly making a name for itself after just two seasons,” added Coombs. “It was a year to remember for Ryan Dungey and Jeremy Martin in 2015, but they will need to fend off an exceptionally talented field of challengers at the country’s finest race tracks if they hope to make even more history and defend their titles. It’s sure to be an incredible season of motocross.”
2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Schedule

May 21 Hangtown Motocross Classic Prairie City SVRA, Sacramento, California
May 28 Glen Helen National Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino, Califronia
June 4 Thunder Valley National Thunder Valley MX Park, Lakewood, Colorado
June 18 High Point National High Point Raceway, Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania
June 25 Tennessee National Muddy Creek Raceway, Blountville, Tennessee
July 2 RedBud National RedBud MX, Buchanan, Michigan
July 9 Southwick National Southwick MX Park, Southwick, Massachusetts
July 16 Spring Creek National Spring Creek MX Park, Millville, Minnesota
July 23 Washougal National Washougal MX Park, Washougal, Washington
August 13 Unadilla National Unadilla MX, New Berlin, New York
August 20 Budds Creek National Budds Creek MX Park, Mechanicsville, Maryland
August 27 Ironman National Ironman Raceway, Crawfordsville, Indiana

Not only will Dungey and Martin have to master the diverse challenges of these twelve world-class motocross tracks, they will also face a deep field of talented competitors that includes past series champions like Ken Roczen, Chad Reed, Trey Canard, Eli Tomac, Blake Baggett, Dean Wilson and the long-awaited return of James Stewart, but also rising stars like Justin Barcia, Cooper Webb, Marvin Musquin, Joey Savatgy, Aaron Plessinger, Jessy Nelson, Adam Cianciarulo and many more.
For information about the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, please visit and LIKE the Pro Motocross Facebook page and follow @ProMotocross on Twitter and Instagram for exclusive content and additional information on the latest Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship news.

Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, features the world’s fastest outdoor motocross racers, racing aboard the best bikes each factory offers, on the roughest, toughest tracks in the world. The 12-rounds series begins at Hangtown in May and ends at Indiana's Ironman Raceway in August. It includes stops at the premier motocross racing facilities in America, with events in California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Michigan, Maryland, Minnesota, Washington, New York, Indiana and Massachusetts. The pro riders race on Saturday afternoon, with competition divided into two classes: one for 250cc machines, and one for 450cc machines. The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship is managed by MX Sports Pro Racing, the industry leader in off-road power sports event production. The series is televised on NBC, NBCSN and MAVTV and streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra. More information can be found at

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Christophe Pourcel Partners with Just1

Courtesy of Just 1

Just1 Helmets is pleased to announce the signing of Christophe Pourcel to its roster of athletes.

"We are so excited to be working with Christophe," said Jon Kluiter. "He has won championships in the USA as well as Europe, and with Just1 being a global brand, he is a high-profile rider with global success. We targeted him early on and we couldn't be more pleased to be working with him."

Pourcel, who finished the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in the top five overall in the 450 Class, enters his first Monster Energy Supercross season with the Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna team.

Look for Christophe Pourcel at the Monster Energy Cup October 17 wearing his new Just1 helmet.

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Kawasaki Expands Role of Next Level Sports Management to Cover all Product and Racing PR

Courtesy of Kawasaki Motor Corp. 

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., today named Next Level Sports Management as its public relations agency for all product and racing activities. Next Level will work closely with the Kawasaki public relations team and its Manager, PR + Brand Experience, Kevin Allen to promote its entire powersports line-up, including motorcycles, side x sides, ATVs and personal watercraft.

“Next Level has successfully promoted the Monster Energy Kawasaki racing program for many years,” said Allen. “Their forward-thinking approach, industry knowledge and contacts put them in a unique position to help Kawasaki create increased awareness for all of our products, continuing the positive momentum built this past year with the introduction of the Ninja H2™R motorcycle and MULE™ PRO side x sides.”

Next Level Sports Management is one of the most respected agencies in the world of powersports and is embedded within the heart of the industry in Southern California. Next Level brings more than 25 years of public relations experience and will work hand-in-hand with Kawasaki staff to provide strategic communication planning, the development and execution of innovative, experiential events, as well as national and endemic media outreach.

“We have a strong relationship with Kawasaki that we have built throughout our decade-long working relationship,” said Tony Gardea, Next Level founder and CEO. “Kawasaki is like family to us and being able to expand our role to cover additional aspects of public relations with such a great brand is an incredible opportunity and is a testament to our work ethic and adaptability. We are looking forward to working alongside their staff to further promote the Kawasaki brand and its diverse product line.”

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Friday, September 11, 2015

JT Racing Accepting Rider Support Applications

Courtesy of JT Racing

JT RACING USA, the most iconic motocross race wear brand in the world, is pleased to announce its 2016 amateur and professional support programs. Sponsorship is officially now open and will close on October 31, 2015. JT RACING USA will be offering a multi level program and accepting a limited number of sponsorship applications for each level of amateur and professional athletes. 

For consideration, please send a resume with a cover letter and photo(s), presented in a professional manner; by email to with the subject line ‘’2016 Sponsorship’’.
JT RACING USA is seeking riders that excel on and off the track and are looking to represent the brand in a positive and professional manner.

For 2016 JT RACING USA is excited to announce a new line up including goggles, protection and luggage. Click here to view the 2016 Catalog

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Chuck Sun Named Grand Marshal of DC Vet Race

Courtesy of Racer Productions

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The 25th Annual DC Vet Homecoming returns to Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania on Saturday and Sunday, September 26-27. The legendary High Point Raceway will once again host the 'throwback' fun-filled weekend of racing and activities catered to the veterans of motocross.

Racer Productions is honored to announce Chuck Sun as the official Grand Marshal of the event. High Point Raceway holds close to Sun's heart as he claimed the 500cc class win there in 1980, ultimately leading him to his very first AMA 500cc National Motocross Championship. Following a long and successful career, Sun was also inducted into the American Motorcyclist Association Hall of Fame with the class of 2003.

"To be recognized so many years later after my career is truly a heartwarming experience, and I'm looking forward to it. This sport is not just about the new riders, but also about the guys that were around years ago and are still enjoying motorcycles and racing," said AMA Motocross Champion and past High Point winner Chuck Sun. "It's a wonderful experience for me and a great honor, I'm really looking forward to it."

Another great addition to the weekend is the Legends and Heroes team, which will be adding the event as an essential stop to their agenda. They will have the Moto Museum on display and will also be facilitating the Vintage Bike Show taking place Sunday alongside the "Swap Meet," where everyone is encouraged to bring out vintage gear and race items to sell, swap and barter. In addition, there will be a plethora of vintage competitions with great prizes to be awarded. Please click HERE for a full list of contests and prizes.

"The Legends and Heroes tour is excited to be a part of the 25th Annual DC Vet Homecoming," said General Managing Partner Alex Moroz. "So many great vet riders will be attending. We will not only have the Moto Museum there for all the fans and racers to see, but we will field a team of riders for the weekend in various vet and vintage classes to compete and have some fun on the track."
Before the Vet motocross racers take to the track on Sunday, High Point Raceway will host a Grand Prix/Moto-X-Country race on Saturday, September 26. The race will feature a mix of obstacles including grass track, woods sections and motocross track.

For a detailed list of classes offered for the Grand Prix/Moto-X-Country race and the DC Vet Homecoming please click HERE. Multiple class divisions have been on both days of racing for most ages and skills levels, creating a family environment.

Racers who register in advance online will receive a commemorative DC Vet Homecoming event souvenir t-shirt for being a part of this special weekend. To enter now, click HERE.

For more information on the entire race weekend please call (304) 284-0084 or visit the official website at Also follow High Point Raceway on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for exclusive content and to catch the latest news.
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EVS Announces Partnership with MTF

Courtesy of  EVS

Rancho Dominguez, CA - EVS Sports (EVS), the industry leader in motocross and street bike protective gear, is proud to announce that it has signed on to partner with Millsaps Training Facility (MTF). In the agreement, EVS will become the official protective gear of MTF for the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

“We are very excited to be a part of MTF,” stated Todd Lentz, Worldwide Sales and Marketing Director at EVS Sports. “MTF has long been known as the premiere training grounds for some of the worlds fastest amateur and professional racers. The riders at MTF are the future of our sport and EVS would like to not only provide them with industry leading protective products, but we also plan on educating the riders on how to stay protected and have a long lasting career on two wheels.”

“Partnering with EVS represents a sector of this sport I am very passionate about, rider safety,” stated MTF Owner, Colleen Millsaps. “I am proud to have EVS as a partner and look forward to promoting their quality products as well as the ideals on rider safety that we both share.”

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Yamaha bLU cRU Celebrating Sixty Years of Yamaha

Courtesy of Yamaha Motor Corp. 

Cypress, CA - Round ten of the 2015 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship is this weekend at historic Unadilla in New Berlin, New York, the site of so many memorable Yamaha motocross wins over the years. To commemorate Yamaha Motor Corporation’s 60th Anniversary, pay tribute to those Yamaha wins at Unadilla, and hopefully add a few more victories this weekend, the Yamaha bLU cRU riders will switch to yellow and black.

Not only will the Yamaha YZ250F and YZ450F machines be decked out in iconic yellow-and-black livery, but also, several Yamaha riders will swap their familiar bLU cRU racing gear for a throwback yellow-and-black scheme.

Commenting on the tribute, Keith McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., said, “The yellow-and-black livery means a lot to us here at Yamaha Motor U.S. We won a lot of races and championships during the 1970s and 1980s when Yamaha legends like Bob Hannah, Broc Glover, Rick Burgett, and Mike Bell rode for us in those colors. I hope the yellow-and-black brings the same kind of success to our Yamaha teams this weekend. I think the fans will really enjoy seeing our riders and bikes out on the track in those throwback colors.”

A total of ten Yamaha riders and three Yamaha teams will participate in the 60th Anniversary tribute, including Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha’s defending 250 MX Champion and current points leader Jeremy Martin, along with teammates Cooper Webb and Aaron Plessinger; riders Justin Barcia, Weston Peick, and Phil Nicoletti; and River/Yamaha’s Alex Martin, Luke Renzland, Killian Rusk, and newly crowned AMA Horizon Award Winner Benny Bloss, who will be making his pro racing debut.

Be sure to follow “YamahaMotorUSA” on your favorite social media sites for additional Yamaha 60th Anniversary news and information.

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Benny Bloss to River Yamaha

Courtesy of Cycle River Yamaha

August 3, 2015 – Johnson Creek, Wisconsin River Yamaha is excited to welcome Benny Bloss to the team for the final three rounds of the 2015 Lucas Oil/AMA Pro Motocross Series on the heels of a stellar performance at the 2015 Amateur National Championships at Loretta Lynn’s. The Missouri native took 1st Overall in the coveted Open Pro Sport class at the Ranch with 3-1-1 finishes and 3rd Overall in 450 A with 4-5-3 finishes. He was additionally handed the 2015 AMA Horizon Award, which is given annually to the rider showing the most promise as they make the transition to the professional ranks.

Bloss will join the team starting this weekend at the Unadilla National in New Berlin, NY and will be racing the 450 MX Class alongside fellow 450 pilot Killy Rusk for the remainder of 2015. For a rider showing great promise throughout the amateur ranks, the team is excited to see him perform alongside the best riders in the world when given all of the tools to compete.

“I’ve worked with Benny since he was an 85 rider in 2009, and am really excited to bring up another rider from the Rock River Powersports Amateur Program. Benny has a great work ethic and comes from an amazing family, so I can’t wait to see him enter the Pro ranks.” – Christina Denney, River Yamaha Team Manager.
Benny Bloss to River Yamaha
Benny Bloss to River Yamaha

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Davi Millsaps Joins Team BTO Sports-KTM-WPS

Courtesy of Team BTO Sports KTM WPS

Camarillo, CA (Aug. 3, 2015) – Team BTO Sports - KTM - WPS is proud to announce the signing of multi time Monster Energy Supercross winner and the defending 2014 Monster Energy Cup Supercross champion, Davi Millsaps to the team effective immediately.  Millsaps will debut with the team when he contests the 2015 Monster Energy Cup, where he will look to defend his 2014 MEC title.  He will then make a full run at the entire 2016 Monster Energy Supercross season with Team BTO Sports - KTM - WPS, along with newly announced team sponsor Creative Sports Concepts.  Millsaps will be joining current team riders Andrew Short and Justin Brayton, to make Team BTO - KTM - WPS one of the strongest line ups in the premier class for the new SX season.     

Davi may be seen shaking down his new BTO - KTM - WPS ride as early as today out at Elsinore on the MX track.  Please look for a full team press release on this news later this week from the team, and welcome Davi Millsaps to the team. 

For more information on the BTO Sports-KTM-WPS race team, visit
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Thank you to the BTO Sports-KTM-WPS 2015 team sponsors: , ,

BTO Sports, KTM, WPS, KTM Factory Services, Palmetto Motorsports, FLY Racing, FMF Racing, Bel-Ray, Bubba Burger, Pirelli,  Alpinestars, ODI, Scott, Galfer, Talon, Dubya, ISAW Action Cameras, WP Factory Service, Factory Effex, Engine Ice, Reflex/Streamline, Acerbis, DT1, Hinson, Matrix , RK-Excel, Hexis, Mechanix Wear, ETS Fuel, Gear Custom Products, Projekt, 2Undr, San Diego Powder & Protective Coating, Pit Posse , Safety Kleen , Dream Traxx

About Team BTO Sports: 
Entering the 10th year in professional racing, Team BTO Sports has risen to become one of the prominent race teams in the sport of Motocross. With the addition of Justin Brayton joining teammate Andrew Short, 2015 looks to be the strongest season ever for Team BTO Sports. Combine strong worth ethic with honor and integrity, you have Team BTO Sports. ​
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BTO Sports KTM Welcomes Creative Sports Concepts as Sponsor

Courtesy of BTO Sports KTM

Team BTO Sports/KTM/WPS is proud to announce an incredible edition to the team for the 2015 and 2016 racing seasons. First, we are very excited to announce a new team sponsor and partnership with Creative Sports Concepts. Creative Sports Concepts, based out of Castleton, New York,  is a family company that installs hardwood and synthetic athletic flooring, outdoor tracks, playgrounds and athletic equipment. They can outfit athletic facilities with the finest flooring in the industry, complete with hoops, backboards, wall pads, and scoreboards. Creative Sports Concepts puts the utmost attention to detail in every job that we do so you can always be assured of fun, functional and safe sporting environments. Team BTO Sports couldn't be happier to have them be a proud supporter of the team, and we look forward to accomplishing great things both on and off the track together.  

Please be on the watch for a further more detailed press release later in the week on this new team sponsorship with Creative Sports Concepts.

For more information on the BTO Sports-KTM-WPS race team, visit

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