Wednesday, December 17, 2014

FIM Announces Penalty in James Stewart Case

Courtesy of FIM

On 12 April 2014, Mr James Stewart, Jr. underwent an anti-doping test conducted by the FIM at the round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, held at the Century Link Field, Seattle, Washington. The urine sample obtained from Mr Stewart revealed the presence of a prohibited substance (amphetamine) listed in the category S6. Stimulant under a) Non-specified Stimulants and prohibited in competition under the FIM Anti- doping Code (CAD) in force.

On 17 June, in accordance with Article 7.6.1 CAD, the FIM provisionally suspended Mr Stewart with effect from 20 June pending the CDI’s decision adjudicating on the merits of the case. Since then, Mr Stewart has been provisionally barred from participating in any competition. The case was referred to CDI and Mr Anand Sashidharan of India was appointed by the Director of the International Commission of Judges (CJI) as CDI Single Judge to hear the case.

In consideration of Article 8.1.1 CAD and Article 3.3.2 of the FIM Disciplinary and Arbitration Code, Mr Stewart was heard by the CDI during a Hearing at the Best Western Hotel at Chavannes-de-Bogis, Switzerland, on 23 October 2014.

The CDI has now issued its decision. On the merits, the CDI found that it was undisputable that Mr Stewart had committed an anti-doping rule violation under Article 2.1 CAD which states in particular that “[i]t is each Rider’s personal duty to ensure that no Prohibited substance enters his or her body(...)”. The CDI further found that this was the first anti-doping rule violation recognised against Mr Stewart.

Taking into consideration all the evidence adduced, the CDI considered that, on the balance of probabilities, Mr Stewart had established how the prohibited substance had entered his body. Accordingly, the Judge was able to apply Article 10.5.2 of the CAD. Considering all the circumstances and having regard to Mr Stewart’s degree of fault and negligence, the CDI Single Judge came to the conclusion that the appropriate sanction to be imposed on Mr Stewart was a period of ineligibility of 16 (sixteen) months. The CDI further ruled that the period of ineligibility would commence on 12 April 2014 (date of the collection of the sample). Consequently, the period of ineligibility imposed on Mr. James Stewart will end on 11 August 2015 at midnight.

In accordance with Article 10.8 of the CAD, the CDI ruled that Mr Stewart is disqualified from all competitions in which he participated (including the four rounds of the 2014 national Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Series) subsequent to the collection of the sample (12 April 2014) and all results he obtained in those competitions are cancelled with all the resulting consequences including forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes. The FIM will therefore modify the rankings of the 2014 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, accordingly.

An appeal against the decision of the CDI may be lodged by the parties before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne (Switzerland) within 21 days of the date of receipt of the CDI decision pursuant to Article 13.6 of the 2014 FIM Anti-Doping Code.

The full reasoned decision was notified to Mr Stewart on 12 December 2014 and will be published on the FIM website in due course.
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Rocky Mountain ATVMC 2015 Announces Sponsorships and Contests

Courtesy of RMATVMC

PAYSON, UT – Rocky Mountain ATV/MC is actively involved every year with a variety of sponsorships and contests relating to Monster Energy Supercross. As Anaheim 1 rapidly approaches, Rocky Mountain ATV/MC is pleased to announce its plans for the 2015 supercross season.
The Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Racing team will continue to support pro supercross riders Kyle Partridge and Bracken Hall. Their passion for the sport and determination to excel continue to demonstrate their ability to compete on an elite level. Attendees of events throughout the season will be able to visit the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Racing rig in the pits and meet the riders face to face.
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC has extended its partnership with Feld Motor Sports, the promoter of Monster Energy Supercross. This partnership will involve a continued presence on the track, on the jumbotron display and on television spots. This sponsorship will greatly benefit both parties as it helps provide the basis by which supercross can operate as a high-level professional sport while reminding fans of the value that the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC brand provides.

While in the pits meeting Partridge and Hall, attendees will also have an opportunity to enter into the $500 gift card giveaway, a popular contest that will return in 2015. This giveaway will be open to all Monster Energy Supercross attendees at an event. The only requirement is to visit the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Racing semi before the race and submit an entry. Two winners will be drawn during each night show.

The inaugural year of RMFantasySX proved to be a huge success. The easy-to-use interface and simple rule set made it convenient to participate, and the weekly and season prizes made every round thrilling. The fantasy supercross challenge will return in 2015 with additional excitement and more prizes (including FMF/JGR race-prepped Suzuki RM-Z450 and RM-Z250 bikes). This year, the introduction of group play (complete with group rankings and message boards) along with partnerships with Feld.com and FoxSports.com will take RMFantasySX to a new level. Individuals interested in participating may sign up now at www.RMFantasySX.com. Picks will open on Sunday, December 29.

Rocky Mountain ATV/MC is known for their exhilarating contests. One that will return in 2015 is the popular Ultimate Supercross Experience, a contest which sends winners to one Monster Energy Supercross round of the year with pit passes, food and swag. This contest provides winners not only with an opportunity to attend a supercross event for free but also an unforgettable VIP experience. Some rounds also include an exclusive opportunity to walk the track or a special dinner with MX legend Jeff Emig.

“Supercross relies on the spirit of its riders and the passion of its fans. We believe that by giving back to the community through sponsorships and contests, we can do our part to keep supercross as strong as ever,” said Dan Thomas, CEO of Rocky Mountain ATV/MC.
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Tickle Joins Roczen at RCH Racing

Courtesy of RCH Racing

RCH Factory Racing has re-signed Broc Tickle to ride the Suzuki RM-Z450 alongside 2014 AMA Motocross Champion Ken Roczen for the 2015 FIM/ AMA Monster Energy Supercross and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.

Tickle (25) showed great promise in 2013 and also this season in the USA until being sidelined in March following a practice crash at the Toronto Supercross, where he sustained fractures of the T-6 and T-7 vertebrae, two broken ribs and a collapsed lung.

Since then, the Michigan rider has fully recovered from his injuries, making it an easy decision for team owners Carey Hart and Ricky Carmichael to include Tickle as part of the organizations 2015 rider line-up; giving RCH a potent one-two punch heading into next month’s season-opener at Anaheim in California on January 3rd.

Said Tickle: “I'm really excited to be back with RCH for 2015. We’ve had an awesome two years together and for Carey and Ricky to bring me back after my injury really shows what kind of guys those two are. They stuck with me and kept a spot for me. We were heading in the right direction until I got hurt in Toronto. I’m glad all that’s behind us and I feel great. I've been riding and getting ready for the Supercross season for the last month and I'm really pumped with the progress we’re making. All of the work the team has done building and testing with Ivan Tedesco over the summer has definitely paid off. The bike is amazing.

“I'm also really excited that Thor, Bell, X Brand and Sidi will be my personal sponsors for 2015,” continued Tickle. “Some of these are brands I've worked with in the past with great success and some are new to me. I’m looking forward to building strong relationships with all of them and having a breakout year with RCH Factory Racing.”

After winning the 2011 Supercross Lites West title for Monster Energy Pro Circuit, Tickle made the jump from the 250 to the team’s big bike the following season. A fifth-place finish in the final 2012 Supercross point standings and a ninth-place in the Outdoor-series netted-him a new opportunity for 2013 with RCH: The new combination proved to be a consistent mix for Tickle and RCH, with a solid first season paying-off in-the-form of eighth-place finishes in both Supercross and Motocross seasons.

Last season, Tickle kick-started the 2014 campaign with back-to-back eighth-place finishes at Anaheim One and Phoenix before a pair of incidents in heat races at A2 and Oakland kept him from competing in each race’s 450 SX Main Events. From there, Tickle only finished outside the top-eight once over the next six stops, including a career-best fourth-place-showing at Daytona International Speedway before the injury in Toronto.

“I’m very excited to be bringing Broc back for a third year with the team,” explained Hart. “He was showing major gains each week last year leading up to the Toronto Supercross. We’re all looking forward to picking-up where we left off - and having a very successful year of Supercross and Motocross.”

RCH Factory Racing has seen steady progress since Hart and Carmichael formed a joint venture in 2013 and achieved the pairing’s first podium-finish in April of this year at Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Always trendsetters in the paddock, RCH continues to show the way with unique marketing initiatives and partnership activations, consistently influencing the feel and dynamic of the pit area. Tickle’s No. 20 RM-Z450 will showcase sponsorship from Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, Jimmy Johns, Dodge, Sycuan Casino, Bel Ray, Suzuki and Rockford Fosgate.

“We’re glad to have Broc back with RCH for 2015,” said Carmichael. “We were really happy with the progress he was making last year. You could see his confidence building as he got better every week. We all know he got hurt in Toronto but, up until then, he put together some solid races and had the finishes to show for it. We’re looking forward to having him around this year so he can finish what he started last season. I know that’s at the forefront of Broc’s mind, as well.”

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DHY Becomes New Jersey Race Tech Service Center

Courtesy of Race Tech

In order to meet the demands for top of the line Race Tech products and services in the Northeast Region, Race Tech has teamed up with DHY in Deptford, NJ to become the latest Race Tech Service Center. With two technicians on staff trained and qualified to provide installs and support, DHY is ready to help assist you to experience the Gold Valve Advantage.

DHY has been family owned for over 30 years and is a Honda, Yamaha, Polaris, Victory, Slingshot, and KTM dealer along with providing a full service department in house. DHY's passionate staff loves motorcylces, has been a top 100 dealer for many years, and will service Dirt, Offroad, Street, Road Race, Touring, ATV, and UTV suspension.

Craig Miller from DHY is excited to team up with Race Tech. "Doing suspension is something we have always been interested in, and we often boxed up our customer's suspension and sent it out for service. We wanted to raise the bar in our area compared to other dealers, and no other dealers in the area offer in house suspension tuning."

"There are other suspension companies we could have chosen, but Race Tech sets themselves apart from the others by doing all types of suspension, not just dirt bikes or street bikes. They also do tons of testing and back their settings. Plus, with Gold Valves you get product for your money instead of using stock components for similar money," Craig continued.

"We have been hard at work at our headquarters in Corona, CA continuing to push the limits of suspension to ensure that only the highest quality products and services leave our doors. These efforts have brought us continued growth and an increased demand. Our customers on the east coast have been asking for us to provide the same great suspension products we offer at Race Tech to them on a local level, so we have strategically been selecting a handful of RT Centers to meet their needs. The crew at DHY understands the importance of both a proper install and providing a great experience for their customers, so we are excited about working with them," stated Race Tech's Director of
Marketing, Chris Riesenberg.

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Yoshimura Release on James Stewart Suspension

Courtesy of Yoshimura 

Yoshimura Suzuki Racing is reporting that James Stewart has received notification from the FIM with a penalty regarding his anti-doping violation. The news came eight months to the day from the test at this years’ Seattle Supercross event where he tested positive for amphetamines from his prescribed Adderall. The ruling lays out a punishment that severely affects the entire 2015 season for James and the Yoshimura Suzuki team. Suzuki Motor of America and Yoshimura Racing will continue their unwavering support for Stewart during this difficult period and like all the fans hope to see him line up at the gate as soon as his ineligibility is lifted.

“I’m extremely disappointed to say the least,” said Stewart. “We plan to appeal as I personally feel that the punishment far outweighs the situation; especially since I received both WADA and USADA approvals that prove I’m not cheating. I’m bummed for everyone involved: my family, my team, my sponsors, the promoters and most of all the fans. Unfortunately, I’ve had to be very quiet in regards to this situation but I’ll be telling the full story in the next couple weeks so everyone can understand what we’ve been going through. Thank you all for your continued support.”

Yoshimura Suzuki Racing’s James Stewart has announced plans to be at the season-opening round of the 2015 AMA Supercross Championships on Saturday, January 3 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim to support his team, teammate, sponsors and fans.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

WPS Adds D'Cor Visuals to Offroad Product Offerings

Courtesy of WPS



WPS has added another hot new brand to its offroad catalog, this time the D’Cor Visuals line of dirt bike graphics, backgrounds, decals, and seat covers. Created by industry veteran Danny Dobey, D’Cor Visuals has quickly established itself as a leader in the motocross graphics market. As the official graphics sponsor for Monster Energy Kawasaki, Geico Honda, Star Racing Yamaha, and the Yamaha Factory ATV race team, D'Cor Visuals offers “motocross graphics done right.”












D’Cor Visuals products are available now from WPS. For information about WPS and its growing list of brands and product offerings, visit: wps-inc.com.
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Cycle Trader.com/Rock River Yamaha Announces 2015 Team

Courtesy of Cycle Trader.com/Rock River Yamaha

CycleTrader.com/Rock River Yamaha has formally announced their 2015 team. Returning to the team in the 450 Class will be Ben LaMay. LaMay raced just four rounds of Monster Energy Supercross last year due to injury, finishing a season-high 12th in Las Vegas. Finally 100 percent outdoors, LaMay finished twelfth overall in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross.

Alex Martin returns for his second full season with the team. The Minnesota native finished eighth overall in the 250SX East Region and twelfth overall in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross. He will race the 250SX West Region in 2015.

Joining Martin in the West Region will be Kansas native and former Rock River Powersports supported amateur rider Greg Gehrer. In the 250SX East Region, Luke Renzland will make his rookie debut for the team. Renzland raced the final three nationals with the team following Loretta Lynn’s. All three riders will race the 250 Class in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross.

CycleTrader.com returns for its second year as title sponsor.

(All photos by Ryne Swanberg)
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Friday, December 5, 2014

Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Announces WPS and Fly Racing As Newest Premier Sponsors of Series

Courtesy of MX Sport

Morgantown, W.Va. - Dec. 3, 2014 - The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship announced today a partnership with Western Power Sports (WPS) and FLY Racing as new premier-level partners of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. WPS and FLY Racing have been long time supporters of the athletes who compete in Pro Motocross.

"We couldn't be happier to partner with Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship and have the opportunity to help bring a new level of excitement to the sport of Pro Motocross,"said WPS and FLY Racing CEO Craig Shoemaker. "Our shared enthusiasm and vision for the sport of motocross - to elevate the fan experience - is something we are excited to be a part of going forward."
The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship kicks off May 16th with the Hangtown Motocross Classic in Sacramento, Calif. Tickets for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship are available at ProMotocross.com .
For additional information, please visit ProMotocross.com . 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.
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MX Sports Pro Racing manages and produces the world's most prestigious professional motocross series - the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. The industry leader in off road power sport event production and management, its mission is to showcase the sport of professional motocross competition at events throughout the United States. Through its various racing properties, partnerships and affiliates, MX Sports Pro Racing organizes events for thousands of action sports athletes each year and attracts millions of motorsports spectators. Visit www.mxsportsproracing.com .
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AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com .



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Monday, December 1, 2014

Acerbis and RCH Sign Deal

Courtesy of Acerbis

Acerbis, the world leader in high-quality aftermarket motorcycle plastic and accessories, is pleased to announce their support for the RCH Race team and their new rider Ken Roczen as the official plastic and handguard sponsor during the 2015 racing season. The team will be utilizing Acerbis plastic kits, X-Brake front disk guard, and the full line of protective handguards throughout the season.

"Carmichael and Carey Hart not only on their endeavor to bring home a Supercross championship to the RCH team with Ken Roczen, but also getting their input for future Acerbis product development. This is a win-win for both sides and we're looking forward to the 2015 season," said Acerbis sales manager Tallon Vohland

To learn more about the Acerbis products the RCH Race Team uses, visit www.acerbis.com

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AMA Announces Award Nominees

Courtesy of AMA

PICKERINGTON, Ohio - The American Motorcyclist Association is announcing the nominees for 2014 year-end awards, which recognize individuals and organizations that excelled in AMA competition and recreational activity during the previous twelve months.

All AMA members are invited to help select the winners of the competition categories, including the prestigious AMA Athlete of the Year honors.

The awards will be presented at the 2014 AMA Championship Banquet on Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Aladdin Shrine Event and Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio.

"AMA-sanctioned events are the gold standard of motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle racing," said AMA Chief Operations Officer Jeff Massey. "These are the greatest grassroots motorsports disciplines in the world. The racers and organizers nominated for these awards have all exhibited poise, dignity and excellence, while helping to advance the AMA's mission to promote and protect motorcycling."

AMA members can vote at www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Racing/RacerVote.aspx through Sunday, Dec. 7. All AMA members who vote will be entered in a drawing for AMA-branded gear.

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