Thursday, September 22, 2016

2017 National Motocross Numbers Announced

Courtesy of the American Motorcyclist Association

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association has announced the professional competition numbers for pro-licensed riders competing in Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, and the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship for the 2017 season.

All riders use the assigned professional number for competition. In addition, the current champion runs the No. 1 plate instead of an assigned professional number when competing in the class or region in which the No. 1 plate was earned. When competing in a class other than the class where the championship was earned, the rider must use the assigned professional number.

2017 Top 100 and Career Pro Numbers for AMA Supercross and Motocross
*Career Numbers
**New Career Number for 2017
1 – 450SX – Ryan Dungey
1 – 450MX – Ken Roczen
1 – 250MX – Cooper Webb
1 – 250SX West – Cooper Webb
1 – 250SX East – Malcolm Stewart
2**      Cooper Webb
3*        Eli Tomac
4*        Blake Baggett
5*        Ryan Dungey
6*        Jeremy Martin
7*        James Stewart
10*      Justin Brayton
11*      Kyle Chisholm
12*      Jake Weimer
14*      Cole Seely
15*      Dean Wilson
16*      Zach Osborne
17**    Joey Savatgy
18*      David Millsaps
19*      Justin Bogle
20*      Broc Tickle
21*      Jason Anderson
22*      Chad Reed
23**    Aaron Plessinger
24        Austin Forkner
25*      Marvin Musquin
26**    Alex Martin
27*      Nicholas Wey
28        Mitchell Oldenburg
29*      Andrew Short
30        Martin Davalos
31        RJ Hampshire
32        Weston Peick
33*      Joshua Grant
34        Benny Bloss
35        Arnaud Tonas
36        Adam Cianciarulo
37        Phillip Nicoletti
38        Shane McElrath
39        Colt Nichols
40        Fredrik Noren
41*      Trey Canard
42        Kyle Cunningham
43        Matthew Bisceglia
44        Jordan Smith
45        Mitchell Harrison
46        Justin Hill
47        Malcolm Stewart
48        Christian Craig
49        Anthony Rodriguez
50        Luke Renzland
51*      Justin Barcia
52        Tyler Bowers
53        Cole Martinez
54        Gannon Audette
55        Jessy Nelson
56        Kyle Peters
57        James Decotis
58        Chris Alldredge
59        Noah McConahy
60        Tristan Charboneau
61        Vince Friese
62        Jesse Wentland
63        Alexander Frye
64        Hayden Mellross
65        Paul Coates
66        Michael Leib
67        Jimmy Albertson
68        Heath Harrison
69        William Hahn
70        Dakota Alix
71        Justin Starling
72        Cole Thompson
73        Marshal Weltin
74        Bradley Taft
75        Nicholas Schmidt
76        Scott Champion
77        Ben Lamay
78        Nick Gaines
79        Darryn Durham
80        Cade Clason
81        Henry Miller
82        Luke Clout
83        Jackson Richardson
84        Daniel Herrlein
85        Thomas Hahn
86        Trevor Reis
87        Chris Howell
88        John Short
89        Austin Howell
90        Dillan Epstein
91        Jacob Williamson
92        Jason Brooks
93        Joshua Cartwright
94*      Ken Roczen
95        AJ Catanzaro
96        Vann Martin
97        Ryan Sipes
98        Matthew Babbitt
99        Chase Marquier
377*    Christophe Pourcel
800*    Mike Alessi





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Team Suzuki Thanks Ken Roczen

Courtesy of Team Suzuki Press Office

BREA, Calif. (September 21, 2016) – Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. congratulates Ken Roczen on his success with Suzuki over the past two years. Roczen’s domination of the 2016 AMA 450 Motocross Championship on the RCH Factory Suzuki demonstrates the superiority of the RM-Z450.

A product of Suzuki’s Amateur Racing Program, Ken rejoined the Suzuki family in 2015 with one goal in mind, winning. Mission accomplished. Thank you Ken and good luck in your future endeavors. 




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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

American Honda Signs Ken Roczen to Multi-Year Contract

Courtesy of American Honda Motor Co.

TORRANCE, Calif. (Sep. 21, 2016) – American Honda Motor. Co. is proud to announce the highly anticipated signing of two-time AMA Pro Motocross Champion Ken Roczen to a three-year agreement with Team Honda HRC. The young German rider will pilot the all-new 2017 CRF450R alongside new teammate Cole Seely in the AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross series. Honda has released a special video to celebrate the announcement.

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

“I’m really excited to be a part of Team Honda HRC,” Roczen said. “I’m always looking to improve myself, as well as my surroundings, team and equipment, which is why I decided to make a switch. I want to have the upper hand on every other rider out there, and I think I have that with Honda. Things are still new, but I’m feeling amazing and blown away by the bike and the atmosphere of the team. I think that when any rider makes a switch to a new team, he doesn’t fully know what to expect, so having such a smooth transition so far has been great. Big changes like this are great opportunities to make a statement, and I think doing an awesome video to announce something so special and big is really unique, especially to our industry. I’m excited that Honda was on board with the idea. Other sports do things like this, but it’s kind of a first for someone in the motocross industry. Most of the inspiration came from my buddy Ken Block, who always puts out killer videos. I talked to Honda about it and they were super stoked. Everyone worked hard to get it done, and the finished product is great.”

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





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GoPro Introduces KARMA, New HERO5 Cameras

Courtesy of Go Pro


SAN MATEO, Calif., -- GoPro, Inc. (NASDAQ: GPRO) today unveiled new products and services that dramatically simplify the process of capturing, editing and sharing engaging content, establishing GoPro as an end-to-end storytelling solution.

GoPro's founder and CEO, Nicholas Woodman, introduced a new line of HERO5 cameras, cloud-based software, and drone, Karma, to international press at the base of Squaw Valley, CA, near Lake Tahoe.  The event was broadcast live and can be seen HERE.

"With these new products, we're delivering on our promise to make it easy to capture and share engaging stories," said Woodman. "HERO5's ability to auto-upload photos and videos to a GoPro Plus account dramatically simplifies mobile, on-the-go editing, sharing and enjoyment. This is a game-changing experience that we will continue to build upon."

Woodman adds, "We're stoked to launch Karma and show how much more it is than a drone. Karma packs Hollywood-caliber aerial, handheld and gear-mounted image stabilization into a backpack for $799. It's so easy to use, a beginner can have fun straight away."

In addition to significant gains in performance and convenience, GoPro's all-new HERO5 line of cameras can auto-upload photos and videos to GoPro Plus, a cloud-based subscription service that makes it easy to access, edit and share GoPro content anytime, anywhere using a phone or computer.

HERO5 Cameras – Cloud-Connected and Simplified.

HERO5 Black – The Best GoPro, Ever. For $399.99.
HERO5 Black is the most powerful, easy-to-use GoPro, ever. Exciting features include:
  • 2-inch Touch Display + Simplified Controls
  • Video Resolutions up to 4K at 30 Frames per Second
  • Professional Quality 12MP Photos
  • Auto-Upload of Photos and Video to Cloud when Camera is Charging*
  • Voice Control with Support for 7 Languages (additional languages coming)
  • Simple 1-Button Control
  • Waterproof Without a Housing to 33 Feet (10m)
  • Compatible with Existing GoPro Mounts, Including Karma
  • Stereo Audio Recording and Advanced Wind Noise Reduction
  • Professional-Grade Electronic Video Stabilization
  • Distortion-Free Wide Angle Video and Photos with New Linear-View Setting
  • RAW and WDR Photo Modes
  • GPS
HERO5 Black will be available October 2nd for an MSRP of $399.99. Learn more HERE.

HERO5 Session – The Best, Only Smaller. For $299.

HERO5 Session shares the same small design and brilliant convenience of the original HERO Session camera, but benefits from significant performance upgrades:
  • Video Resolutions up to 4K at 30 Frames per Second
  • Professional Quality 10MP Photos
  • Auto-Upload of Photos and Video to Cloud when Camera is Charging*
  • Voice Control with Support for 7 Languages (additional languages coming)
  • Simple 1-Button Control
  • Waterproof Without a Housing to 33 Feet (10m)
  • Compatible with Existing GoPro, Mounts Including Karma
  • Professional-Grade Electronic Video Stabilization
  • Distortion-Free Wide Angle Video and Photos with new Linear-View Setting
HERO5 Session will be available October 2nd for an MSRP of $299.99. Learn more HERE.

KARMA – Much More Than a Drone.

Karma features a compact, fits-in-a-small-backpack design and includes an image-stabilization grip that can be handheld or mounted to vehicles, gear and more. Karma makes it easy for anyone to capture amazingly smooth, stabilized video during almost any activity.
Karma features a painless out-of-the-box experience unlike any other drone in the market:
  • Compact and foldable, the entire system fits into the included backpack that's so comfortable to wear during any activity, users will forget they've got it on.
  • A game-style controller features an integrated touch display, making it fun, fast and easy to fly without the need for a separate phone or tablet to see what your drone sees.
  • The 3-axis camera stabilizer can be removed from the drone and attached to the included Karma Grip for capturing ultra-smooth handheld and gear-mounted footage.
Karma will be available October 23 in the following bundles:
  • Karma without a GoPro camera for $799.99 MSRP
  • Karma bundled with HERO5 Black for $1099.99 MSRP
  • Karma bundled with HERO5 Session for $999.99 MSRP (available in early 2017)
Learn more about Karma HERE.

GoPro Plus and Quik Apps – Access, Edit and Share Anytime, Anywhere.   

GoPro Plus – Game-Changing Convenience.
Offloading and enjoying footage from a GoPro is now as easy as plugging it in to charge. When a HERO5 camera is charging, it can auto-upload photos and videos to GoPro Plus, a cloud-based subscription service that makes it easy to access, edit and share GoPro content anytime, anywhere.  Editing and sharing has never been easier with this game-changing experience.
A GoPro Plus subscription also unlocks additional premium benefits:
  • Access to an Expansive Library of Music Soundtracks for Editing
  • 20% off Mounts and Accessories at GoPro.com
  • Exclusive Access to GoPro Apparel
  • Premium Support
GoPro Plus supports all camera models* and costs $4.99 per month after a free trial.  It will be available in the United States on October 2nd and in additional markets beginning January, 2017.   Learn more HERE.
Quik App – Mobile and Desktop Editing Made Awesome.

Editing and sharing content is easy thanks to the Quik app for mobile and desktop. As the name implies, Quik enables users to quickly produce high-quality videos that are fun to create and easy to share.
Using Quik for desktop is simple.  Import your videos, pick your favorite moments, choose a soundtrack from a library of songs, and Quik will automatically edit your video to the beat of the music.
The Quik Mobile App – with more than 17 million downloads -- is a fast, easy way to create awesome videos.  In just seconds, Quik analyzes your photos and video clips to find the best moments, adds beautiful transitions and effects, and syncs everything to the beat of the music.
Learn more about Quik for mobile and desktop HERE.

Additional New Products

GoPro is also launching several new accessories later this year:
  • Quik Key, a key-chain, micro-USB card reader that plugs into your phone to quickly transfer photos and videos from your GoPro.
  • REMO, a voice-activated remote that extends the voice control range of HERO5 cameras while providing one-button remote control.
Learn more about GoPro's new mounts and accessories HERE.
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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Asterisk Announces Big Changes Ahead

Courtesy of Asterisk

Knee Brace Company has New Facility, Product Line and Management Team 
 
CORONA, CA – September 13, 2016  Today, Asterisk, the leading global knee brace manufacturer, announced that the company is undergoing exciting new changes.  These changes include a larger facility in Corona, California, new product lines and a new management team with an innovative direction for the company’s future.
Asterisk, which has been present in motocross, ski, wakeboard and snowmobile markets since 2000, will soon be back in the medical market as well.  Asterisk was started by a group of athletes, including several motocross riders with extensive backgrounds in the design and use of orthopedic devices.

The motivation behind the formation and growth of the company was, and still is, to bring state-of-the-art protection and performance products directly to the athletes.  Asterisk introduced the Cell Knee Protection System as its first product in April 2001 to satisfy the need for high-level knee protection, making them available directly to athletes at an affordable price.  In May 2006, Asterisk introduced the Germ Knee Protection System, designed specifically for kids.
About Asterisk
Asterisk is the leading global knee brace manufacturer located in Corona, California.  Founded in 2000, the company has an innovative history of designing and manufacturing quality products which parallel the form, fit, and function of the best orthopedic knee braces.  Asterisk knee protection systems are a giant leap forward in design and affordability. The company is extremely excited about the future.
For more information, contact us at customerservice@asterisk.com.






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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

One Million Dollars Up for Grabs as Richest Talent Pool in History Vie for Victory at Highly Anticipated Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas

Courtesy of Feld Motorsports


ELLENTON, Fla. (September 13, 2016) - Feld Entertainment® announced today that one of the richest talent pools in the history of the Monster Energy Cup will compete for the $1 million prize at this year's Monster Energy Cup, taking place on October 15 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.
 
The Monster Energy Cup is already Supercross' annual All-Star event, but this year's Cup could be billed as a race of champions. The Cup Class will feature the reigning Supercross Champion, Ryan Dungey and the reigning Monster Energy Cup and Pro Motocross Champion, Ken Roczen. Plus, the current MXGP World Champion, Tim Gajser will also make his debut in a one-night-only battle for the coveted Monster Energy Cup trophy and the shot at winning $1 million. Additionally, fans can expect to see a who's who of Supercross' elite, including Chad Reed, Marvin Musquin, Jason Anderson, Eli Tomac, Justin Barcia, Trey Canard, Cooper Webb and more.
 
Unlike any other race, the Monster Energy Cup challenges riders in their fight for victory with three 10-Lap Main Events on a custom-designed track, inspired by 5-time Monster Energy Supercross Champion, Ricky Carmichael.
 
Click the image below to view the historic Monster Energy Cup animated track map: 


"The 2016 Monster Energy Cup is going to be awesome," said Carmichael, who has helped design every Monster Energy Cup track since its inception in 2011. "The biggest thing is going to be the start. Riders will be taking off from the top of the stadium, going down 165 feet to the floor, then another 150 feet to the first turn. It's going to be unbelievable. The fans are going to love it and that's what makes the Monster Energy Cup so cool. We can do fun and unique things."
 
Past Winners of the Monster Energy Cup dating back to its inception:
  • Ryan Villopoto - 2011 (only $1 million winner)
  • Justin Barcia - 2012
  • James Stewart - 2013
  • Davi Millsaps - 2014
  • Ken Roczen - 2015
 
Tickets for the 2016 Monster Energy Cup can be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office, UNLVticket outlets, online at www.UNLVtickets.com, www.MonsterEnergyCup.com, or by phone at (702) 739-FANS. Tickets will be available at the Sam Boyd Stadium Box Office on the day of the event only. Practice and qualifying begins at 12:00 p.m. and the Main Event begins at 6:00 p.m. PT.
 
For more information on the Monster Energy Cup, please visit www.MonsterEnergyCup.com or  Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, www.SupercrossLive.com, the official website of Monster Energy Supercross. You can also follow us via our social channels below:
 
For all media requests, please contact Sean Brennen at sbrennen@feldinc.com / 703-448-3664 or Brandon Short at brandon@nextlevelsportsinc.com / 951-203-2605.
 
About Feld Entertainment:
Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment's productions have appeared in more than 75 countries and on six continents to date and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live! and Marvel Universe LIVE! More information about Feld Entertainment is available online at www.feldentertainment.com.
 
About the American Motorcyclist Association:
Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world's largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders' interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com. Not a member? Join the AMA today: www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join.
 




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ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING’S JOSH STRANG CLAIMS 2ND AT UNADILLA GNCC

Courtesy of Husqvarna Motorcycles


The Parts Unlimited Unadilla GNCC, Rounds 10, took place this past weekend in Unadilla, NY. Track conditions were really rough, slick in some areas, and perfect in others, caused from early morning showers. The clouds eventually cleared allowing the sun to come out which had race time temperatures in the lows 80’s.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Josh Strang bolted off the line and claimed a holeshot. He held his lead for the first few miles of the race before encountering other riders. He was locked in an intense battled for most of the race where he was going back and forth for second place. With one lap left in the eight lap race, Strang made the pass for 2nd and was able to hold his position until the finish. Josh Strang finished the race in 2nd for the XC1 Pro Class; a great way to come back from the summer break.

"The race went well. Not the result we were after, but still a solid finish. I struggled a little throughout the race, so a 2nd place finish isn't bad, i just want more. The whole team did great and it was good to get back to racing!" Said Josh Strang.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Andrew DeLong did not participate in this round due to a previously sustained injury.

GNCC Round 10 Results:

XC1 Pro
1. KAILUB RUSSELL KTM
2. JOSH STRANG HSQ
3. THAD DUVALL HSQ
4. STEWARD BAYLOR JR KTM
5. RYAN SIPES HSQ

XC1 Pro Overall Results
1.KAILUB RUSSELL KTM 256 PTS
2.JOSH STRANG HSQ 236 PTS
3. TREVOR BOLLINGER HON 139 PTS

 




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ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING'S COLTON HAAKER AND MIKE BROWN TAKE THE 2ND AND 3RD POSITIONS ATOP THE PODIUM

Courtesy of Husqvarna Motorcycles


Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Colton Haaker and Mike Brown continue to finish towards the top at Round 3 of the AMA EnduroCross in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Going into the night, Haaker finished his heat in 1st place as did Mike Brown. Colton Haaker felt great after coming into this round after winning the first 2. His winning mentality took him off of the start line where he claimed the holeshot. Haaker would lead the first 2 laps and then continue his battle back and forth for the top spot the rest of the race. He would later finish in 2nd place.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Mike Brown battled throughout the entire race until lap number 13 when he was able to secure the final podium spot and finish in 3rd place.

The AMA EnduroCross Championship continues with round three in Phoenix, Arizona on September 24th.

Colton Haaker: “This weekend started out great with taking my heat win. The main event proved to be a battle. Finished with a solid 2nd place but still looking for that top spot. The team did great and we are looking forward to Round 4 in Phoenix.”

EnduroCross Rnd 3 Salt Lake City Results:

1. Cody Webb (KTM)
2. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna)
3. Mike Brown (Husqvarna)





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