Saturday, May 23, 2015

Fredrik Noren To Team Honda HRC At Colorado

Courtesy of American Honda

TORRANCE, Calif. (May 22, 2015) – Team Honda HRC rider Trey Canard learned during a recent doctor appointment that his hiatus from racing will have to be extended. The Oklahoman broke his left arm in a crash at the March 21 Detroit Supercross and had a carbon-fiber plate applied to the broken bone during an operation on March 24. Canard will return to the doctor in two weeks to be reexamined.

Beginning at round three of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship in Lakewood, Colorado, MotoSport.com/GPI Honda rider Fredrik Noren will substitute aboard Canard’s factory Honda CRF450R. The Swede, who also served in a similar role with the factory team during the latter part of the 2014 season, will pit under the Team Honda HRC tent through the June 13 High Point National in Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania, after which the situation will be reevaluated based on Canard’s status. Noren also serves as the official test rider for Team Honda HRC.

Quote from Dan Betley, Team Manager
“It’s very unfortunate that Trey will not be returning as quickly as we had anticipated, but we’re pleased to have a solid fill-in rider like Freddie on standby for situations like this. We’re staying hopeful that Trey will be released to ride following his next doctor appointment, but nothing is definite at this point and we’re going to be playing it week by week. Until that happens, Freddie will be under our awning. He’s comfortable on the bike and we’re looking to help him progress.

Quote from Fredrik Noren
“The relationship I have with Honda is awesome. Everyone on the racing team is great, and I’m very thankful for the opportunities they’ve given me. I’m happy to get another chance to fill in on the team, but I’m also bummed because it means Trey is hurt; I’d rather have him out there racing too. I’m looking forward to giving my best effort and to working together with the team to keep improving.”

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

FMF Racing introduces FMF Privateer Power Award for 2015 season

Courtesy of MX Sports

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (May 20, 2015) - MX Sports Pro Racing, Alli Sports and the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, announced today that core motocross company and longtime supporter of the nationals, FMF Racing, will expand its sponsorship of the series for the 2015 season. Highlighting the Southern California-based company's support of the championship is title sponsorship of the FMF Glen Helen National, the second stop on the 2015 schedule on May 23, and the introduction of the FMF Privateer Power Award.

FMF, an acronym for Flying Machine Factory, is synonymous with the sport of motocross, with its roots as an aftermarket high-performance exhaust company firmly entrenched within off-road motorcycling for over 40 years. Throughout that time, FMF has been a mainstay supporter of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship for decades and the 2015 season served as an ideal opportunity to step up its support of the most prestigious off-road motorcycle racing series on the planet.

"This is a key sponsorship renewal for the Pro Motocross Championship," said Mark Carter, Vice President and General Manager, NBC Sports Ventures, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. "FMF means so many things to motocross, and having them step up their partnership and take on the entitlement of the popular race at the famed Glen Helen track is a win for the entire industry."
The FMF Glen Helen National will bring the world's best riders into the heart of the motocross industry over Memorial Day Weekend. Arguably considered the most physically demanding and challenging track in the world, Glen Helen Raceway is synonymous with the sport in the same vein as FMF. The Southern California roots of both entities, and their influential legacy in motocross, makes an ideal fit for the championship's annual visit to San Bernardino.

As part of its title sponsorship, FMF will host a 2-Stroke Invitational at the Glen Helen National. FMF became a powerhouse within the industry by virtue of its 2-stroke exhausts and it will honor that legacy by inviting competitors, including several familiar names to longstanding fans of the sport, to fill a full 40-rider gate and put on a show for the Glen Helen spectators with a 20-minute moto preceding the start of the FMF Glen Helen National. The sound and smell of the 2-strokes will fill the many caverns of the track, in the shadow of the iconic Mt. Saint Helens.

FMF will also be represented in both the 250 and 450 Classes, providing exhausts for several of the championship's top teams, including the defending 250 Class Champion squad of Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, Autotrader.com/Toyota/Yamaha, Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Red Bull/KTM and BTO Sports KTM.

FMF exhausts power defending 250 Class Champion Jeremy Martin. (Photo: George Crosland)

"Supporting and sponsoring the Pro Motocross Championship is part of FMF's identity and the opportunity to step up our efforts this season by partnering with a track we have supported for equally as long in Glen Helen made perfect sense," said Donny Emler Jr., FMF Marketing Director. "Our company's success was founded on developing exhausts for 2-strokes, so to host an invitational alongside the National will be something special for all the hardcore fans and enthusiasts in SoCal."

In addition to the Glen Helen National, FMF will also provide series-wide support with the introduction of the FMF Privateer Power Award. Throughout the season, FMF will recognize the privateers that continue to overcome the odds at each round in pursuit of their racing dreams. Whether it‘s a tough race, some financial hardship or another obstacle, FMF will pay tribute to the core of the competitors in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship that keep fighting through it all each and every weekend by any means necessary.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Ryan Dungey Signs With Fox Racing Again

Courtesy of Fox Racing




Ryan Dungey set to continue winning with Fox

IRVINE, CA (May 19, 2015) – Fox today announced motocross star Ryan Dungey has signed another multi-year agreement with the company. Dungey represents Fox in helmets, boots, racewear, gloves, footwear, apparel, and accessories.

The recently crowned 2015 Supercross Champion, Dungey has won his way toward hall-of-fame status wearing the Fox brand and is excited to continue his career with the No. 1 Motocross brand in the world. “I choose Fox for a number of reasons,” Dungey said. “It’s a company and a brand that really resonates with me. It’s focused on improving athlete performance. It’s young. It’s innovative. They are committed to being the best, and so am I. I never considered any other brand but Fox, as I continue to race for event wins and Championships.”

“Ryan is an extraordinary athlete who is completely focused and committed to being the best motocross athlete in the world,” said Pete Fox, Chief Creative Officer of Fox. “He is the epitome of a Fox athlete, and he is a key part of Fox during the most exciting time in Fox’s history. We look forward to continuing to work with him to take his remarkable career to the next level.”

For more information on Fox, visit our website at www.foxracing.com. To follow Fox MX on Twitter visit www.twitter.com/foxracing, on Instagram go to www.instagram.com/foxracing and to become a fan on Facebook go to www.facebook.com/foxracing.

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Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Establishes Raffle Initiative with Competing OEM's to Give Away 450cc Motorcycle

Courtesy of MX Sports

All Raffle Proceeds Benefit Asterisk Mobile Medical Center 

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (May 15, 2015) - The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, which continues its 2015 season on Saturday with the FMF Glen Helen National, has teamed up with the sport's OEM's to give away a 450cc motorcycle to one lucky recipient. The grand-prize winner will have the choice of model from any of the six competing manufacturers of the Nationals - Honda, Husqvarna, Kawasaki, KTM, Suzuki and Yamaha - with all proceeds benefitting the Asterisk Mobile Medical Center (AMMC).

Entering the raffle is as simple as logging onto WinA450.com and purchasing a $10 raffle ticket, limit one entry per person. Entry into the raffle concludes on August 21, with the winner announced on August 22 at the Bud Light Ironman National, the 12th and final round of the 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.

"The Asterisk Mobile Medical Center, and the dedicated crew of doctors and health care professionals who staff the unit, play a critical role in looking after the on-site medical needs of riders who compete in the series," said Roy Janson, Managing Director at MX Sports Pro Racing. "The raffle allows fans an opportunity to help to support this important program."

Last year, the 450 giveaway raised over $30,000 for the AMMC, a mobile emergency care facility made available to event staff, participants, and crew members at every round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at no cost. The full 53-foot hospital trailer is staffed with qualified and experienced medical personnel and offers specialized equipment for the sport's unique injuries. The AMMC is provided to the racing community by Asterisk, a developer of state-of-the-art knee braces. Operational budget for the AMMC to provide its service at the races comes from members of the racing community, including MX Sports Pro Racing, organizers of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.

The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship began this past Saturday, May 16, with the GoPro Hangtown Motocross Classic near Sacramento, California. Tickets for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship are available at www.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.

Lucas Oil Pro Motocross ChampionshipThe 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 Utah. 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.  Series partners include Lucas Oil (series title sponsor), Red Bull, GoPro, Bud Light, WPS, Fly Racing, GEICO Motorcycle, Kawasaki, MotoSport, Utah Sports Commission, FRAM, KTM, Oakley, FMF, Deltran Battery Tender, Dunlop, Suzuki, Husqvarna, Pivot Works, Vertex and MotionPro.  More information can be found at www.ProMotocross.com
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Monday, May 18, 2015

Regional Championships for Loretta Lynn’s Begin on May 30

Courtesy of Rocky Mountain ATVMC


Regional Championships for Loretta Lynn’s Begin on May 30

PAYSON, UT (May 18, 2015) – The next step of the journey to the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn Ranch (commonly referred to as Loretta Lynn’s) takes place on May 30 with the first Regional Championships. All riders who pre-register for a Regional Championship will receive a $20 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC gift card as part of the Fast Track program.

Riders who qualified at an applicable Area Qualifier will be able to compete in the corresponding Regional Championship. A total of 13 Regional Championships will be held in eight regions across the United States between May 30 and June 28. The first Regional Championships will be held May 30-31 at Birch Creek in Sutherlin, VA; Freestone Raceway in Wortham, TX; and Glen Helen in San Bernardino, CA.

“The end of spring and the beginning of summer brings with it the most competitive time of the year for the AMA Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Amateur Motocross Regionals. This is the biggest hurdle for the estimated 8,000 regional entries,” said MX Sports Director Tim Cotter. “Our Regional Championship organizers have been planning for months to host these prestigious events.”

“Loretta Lynn’s represents the pinnacle of our sport at the amateur level,” said Dan Thomas, CEO and Founder of Rocky Mountain ATV/MC. “As the title sponsor, we want to congratulate all racers who have qualified for a Regional Championship and wish them luck as they attempt to qualify for the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship in July.”

Those who have qualified for a Regional Championship must pre-register online in order to guarantee their spot. In order to help offset the costs of participating, Rocky Mountain ATV/MC will provide one $20 gift card to each rider who pre-registers. Riders are eligible for one gift card for every Regional Championship they pre-register for. Gift cards are mailed to eligible racers after each Regional Championship has ended. This is part of the Fast Track program which was implemented last year with great success.

Pre-registration is currently open and closes the Monday before each Regional Championship. Please see http://mxsports.com/pages/regional-championship-registration for more details.

About the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship
The Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn Ranch is the world’s largest and most prestigious amateur motocross racing program. The national qualifying program consists of 57 Area Qualifiers (February through May) and 13 Regional Championships (May through June), hosted at select motocross facilities across the country. The qualifying system culminates in the National Final (last week of July) hosted annually since 1982 at the home of country music star Loretta Lynn in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. Nearly 20,000 racers attempt to qualify in 38 classes for the 1,482 available positions at the National. Christened “The World’s Greatest Motocross Vacation,” the National event serves as a launch pad for some of the biggest names in professional motocross and supercross, including Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart, Ryan Villopoto and Ryan Dungey. The national program is produced by MX Sports, Inc., a West Virginia-based race production company and sanctioned by AMA. For more information, please visit www.MXSports.com.

Loretta Lynn’s on Social Media
·         Facebook: LorettaLynnMX
·         Instagram: @LorettaLynnMX
·         Twitter: @LorettaLynnMX

About Rocky Mountain ATV/MC
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC is the trusted online source for high quality riding gear, parts and accessories for dirt bikes, ATVs, UTVs, dual sport bikes and street motorcycles. Rocky Mountain ATV/MC has provided low prices and unparalleled customer service for over 30 years. With a frequent buyer program, a fit-guarantee apparel exchange, free three-day shipping and a price match guarantee, Rocky Mountain ATV/MC continues to deliver a premier shopping experience for the off-road enthusiast. For more information, visit www.RockyMountainATVMC.com.

Rocky Mountain ATV/MC on Social Media
·         Facebook: RMATVMC
·         Instagram: @RMATVMC
·         Twitter: @RMATVMC
·         Google+: Rocky Mountain ATV MC
·         YouTube: RockyMountainATVMC

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Saturday, May 16, 2015

Ronnie Stewart takes on the outdoor nationals with new team: Team MicroBilt/PRBC

Courtesy of Team MicroBilt/PRBC


KENNESAW, Ga., May 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series will soon have a new name for motocross fans to watch out for: Team MicroBilt/PRBC. But they will be partnering with a familiar name: Ronnie Stewart.

The new venture formally got under way this weekend at the Hangtown Motocross Classic in Sacramento, California, and its inaugural season will run through the end of August. The team came together quite quickly, as it was formed over just a two-week period between supercross and motocross seasons. In the past, MicroBilt and PRBC had been sponsors of another of Stewart's racing teams, but the partnership decided to branch out to start this new venture together, along with new full-time mechanic Zach Eller.

"MicroBilt and PRBC saw who Ronnie was not only as a rider but as role model and brand ambassador," said Brooke Madruga, Team Manager. "Stewart is known to be one of the most humble riders, making him likeable and approachable to the fans. His dedication to the sport and motocross community make for a perfect business relationship."

Getting ready for the seasonStewart, a 25-year-old native of Easton, Pennsylvania, has certainly made a name for himself in the sport over the last few years, rising to be among the ranks of the best riders in the Northeast, before moving into the national picture. The belief is that his No. 69 bike will make its way up the leaderboards with strong results over the course of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship season.

It has truly been a team effort to get Ronnie to the first round of the outdoor nationals and Team MicroBilt/PRBC would like to thank the other sponsors for their dedicated support, including: Liberty Elevator Corporation, Hellbound Racing, Pro Circuit, Ocean County Powersports, Bel-Ray, ISC Racers Tape, 50yardlinesportsbar.com, MGX Unlimited, Strikt Gear, Pirelli, and Rekluse.

About MicroBilt MicroBilt is the single source and preferred provider of decision critical information for over 35 years that responsibly assists businesses in reducing risk and managing their business. MicroBilt offers the business owner simple, cost-effective solutions and a wide selection of data products for fraud prevention, consumer financing, debt collection and background screening.

About PRBC PRBC is the world's largest non traditional credit bureau and allows users to prove their financial responsibility and gives members credit for their utilities, phone/cable, rent, insurance and other bills. The payment histories for these are utilized to create a free PRBC Score.

Media Contact:Sean Albert
SVP & Chief Marketing Officer
sean_albert@microbilt.com

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Friday, May 15, 2015

FACTORY EFFEX INC. Becomes Official Supplier of TWOTWO MOTORSPORTS Fan Wear

Courtesy of Factory Effex

May 15 th, 2015, Valencia, CA: Factory Effex enters into a multiyear agreement with TwoTwo Motorsports as the exclusive global source for all TwoTwo fan wear. “FX has been working with TwoTwo Motorsports since 2012” says Scott Gilly, Vice President of Factory Effex. “We have been involved in the design phase of virtually all on-site racing assets, from Chads team semi-truck and pit set up, to the team’s bike design. With Factory Effex continuing to diversify its brand into the world of soft goods as an extension to our graphics and accessories business, this was a logical choice for us both as the official fan wear supplier. We plan to grow the TwoTwo brand over the coming season by adding premium quality designed casual wear and accessories.” "We are really excited! It’s the perfect fit for our team and our young family. We have worked closely with Scott and his team for the past few years and they know what success in this business requires! We look forward to sharing quality products with our fans! Thanks for the continued support on our journey” Chad and Ellie Reed
FACTORY EFFEX INC.  Becomes Official Supplier of TWOTWO MOTORSPORTS Fan Wear
Products will go on sale May 15th and will be available at all finer authorized FX Apparel stores worldwide or by visiting us at www.twotwomotorsports.com or www.factoryeffex.com.
For additional information regarding this announcement contact: Factory Effex media relations at (661) 255-5611, ext. 101.
 
About Factory Effex: Factory Effex is a Valencia, CA based company specializing in graphics, seat covers, decals, hard parts, performance engine hose kits for off-road and sports bikes, including a full range of officially licensed apparel that consists of hats, t-shirts, hoodies, jackets, back packs, socks, and more. For a complete list of Factory Effex's products please visit our website at www.factoryeffex.com.
About TwoTwo Motorsports: TwoTwo Motorsports is the Official Team of multiple time AMA/World Supercross Champion Chad Reed. TwoTwo Motorsports is proudly sponsored by Discount Tire/America’s Tire, Monster Energy, Shift, Fox, Kawasaki, Showa, Factory Effex, Renthal, Pro Circuit, Pirelli, Oakley, Matrix Concepts, Acerbis, DT1 Air Filters, Hinson Clutch Components, Dubya, D.I.D, Xtrig, Mechanix Wear, Braking, CP Carrillo, Design Engineering, Inc., Web Cam Racing Cams, WPC Metal Surface Treatment, DASA, Specialized, and Shimano.

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Legends and Heroes Tour to Salute Billy Urban

Courtesy of Legends and Heroes

A California favorite, Billy Urban, will be honored this weekend at the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Opener at Hangtown. Billy first hit the trails aboard a Kawasaki 120 street-trail machine, quickly removing the lights and blowing up the rear shocks all the while honing his riding skills. Urban’s first “real” dirtbike was a 125 Penton and he was soon a regular on the Southern California racing scene competing against the top motocrossers of the day like Marty Tripes, Marty Smith and Broc Glover to name just a few. As a young up and coming racer, Billy was known for his passion for racing in the dirt and the always infectious smile he brought to the track each weekend.

Alex Moroz:
“Broc Glover was and still is a huge Billy Urban fan and he tells a story about Billy showing up to one of the major So Cal CMC motocross events with his three bikes: a Puch 125, a Maico and a Husky. Urban enters three classes, on three different motorcycle brands, and beats top national caliber riders including Rich Thorwaldson, Marty Tripes and Mike Runyard. Making Urban’s feat even more impressive was that these early machines shifted on the right – so not only did he win three races – he did it on bikes that shifted on the opposite side!”

In 1971 Billy won the famed Hangtown Motocross Classic aboard his Puch 125. At only 16 years of age, Urban led the entire Hangtown field on his European bike and without ever looking back and making Hangtown history along the way.
Billy Urban Puch Motocross shot
Urban went on as a sponsored rider with Western Truck Equipment and Tom Houser’s race team with teammate and local Southern California hero Rick Pinnick. Saddled up on a 1973 Honda 125 at the time, Urban battled every weekend against tough riders like Marty Smith on his way to winning many races in the prestigious CMC series. Soon after this run Billy met his wife Kui to whom he’s been happily married for more than 30 years.

Today, Billy Urban runs a successful landscaping and excavating business, he still rides motorcycles in the desert. In recent years he’s joined forces with his old friend and racing rival, Marty Smith and together they manage the Slaton Racing Team.

Mr. Urban will be presented the Legends and Heroes award by Dunlop’s Broc Glover and presented with a Rockwell Timepiece at Opening ceremonies on Saturday followed by a meet and greet at the Legends and Heroes display Saturday afternoon.

For more information: www.legendsandheroestour.org

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6D Releases Helmet Educational Videos

Courtesy of 6D Helmets

Brea, CA - It is no secret that helmet technology has been virtually stagnant prior to the introduction of 6D’s patented Omni-Directional Suspension (ODS) system. Brain injury and helmet safety is at the forefront of all athlete concerns today and riders need to educate themselves about helmets. 6D’s ODS technology provides a superior solution to that of a traditional helmet design by addressing angular acceleration energy and low-threshold energy.

To learn more about these topics and other benefits of 6D’s ODS technology, go to www.6dhelmets.com and watch the new educational videos. When riders learn more they’ll understand the importance of selecting the best possible helmet for their protection.

"Upon the introduction of our brand, we knew our biggest challenge would be to properly educate the market as to why they need a better helmet. Consumers should have awareness as to what their helmet may or may not be doing for them in the event of an accident. Our goal through these tech videos is to educate the consumer on 6D’s revolutionary ODS technology, angular acceleration, low-threshold energy, and why these topics are important to the athlete,” stated Bob Weber, CEO.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Reigning 250 Class Champion Jeremy Martin Leads Field of Rising Stars into Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Opener at Hangtown

Courtesy of  MX Sports

Reigning 250 Class Champion Jeremy Martin Leads Field of Rising Stars into Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Opener at Hangtown 
Ambitious Group of Challengers Each Seek to Earn First Career National Title

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (May 12, 2015) – The highly anticipated summer-long battle of man and machine known as the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, will officially get the 2015 season underway this Saturday with the 47th annual GoPro Hangtown Motocross Classic, mere minutes from the California State Capital of Sacramento. For decades the 250 Class has been known as the division where stars are born and this season that distinction couldn’t be more accurate. Fresh off his breakthrough season a year ago in which he won his first career professional title, Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin is set to defend his 250 Class crown against a hungry field of contenders all eager to accomplish the same feat and solidify themselves as the sport’s most promising young prospects.

Prior to the 2014 season, Martin had two overall podium finishes during his first full year of professional competition. While it was a solid rookie campaign that established a foundation to build from, virtually no one expected the Minnesota native to come out and dominate the first half of last summer’s championship the way he did, going a perfect 4-0 in motos to start the season and winning three of the first six rounds. The fast start Martin set forth ultimately proved to be too much for any of his competitors to overcome. He finished the summer with a top-10 finish at all 12 rounds and scored five victories en route to the title, including perhaps his most coveted at his home track of Spring Creek MX Park, owned and operated by his parents.
Martin will look to become the first rider to win consecutive 250 Class titles since Ryan Villopoto in 2007-2008.Photo: Courtesy of Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha
Martin will look to become the first rider to win consecutive 250 Class titles since Ryan Villopoto in 2007-2008.
Photo: Courtesy of Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha
Martin’s dominant season vaulted him to stardom and he added his name to a list of budding talent in a division that has the potential to provide the most competitive 250 Class season in many years. He’ll enter Hangtown as the only rider with title experience, and while there’s no reason to doubt Martin’s ability to become the first repeat champion since Ryan Villopoto (2007-2008), he’ll have his work cut out for him with a list of title contenders desperate for a national title of their own.
Perhaps Martin’s primary challenger for this season’s championship will come from a familiar face – Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha teammate Cooper Webb. Like Martin, Webb is entering his third year in the 250 Class and has done well to build off his first career overall win and third-place finish in the championship last summer. Thus far in 2015 Webb has been very impressive, cruising to his first career professional title with a west region championship in supercross. Momentum and confidence are weighing heavily in Webb’s favor and he looks poised to continue Star Racing’s recent ascension to the forefront of the 250 Class.

This season’s east region supercross champion, Marvin Musquin, might have more to prove than any of his fellow competitors in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. The Red Bull KTM rider is one of the oldest and most experienced riders in the division, and the Frenchman is no stranger to winning championships, earning back-to-back FIM World Motocross MX2 Championships in 2009 and 2010. The 2015 season is Musquin’s final one in the 250 Class and while he’s already signed on to stay with KTM and ride a 450 beginning next season, he’s yet to achieve the title he came over to the U.S. to win. Musquin’s path to the supercross title was a dominant one and while his fourth-place 250 Class finish a year ago was solid, especially considering he was coming back from a serious knee injury, it looks like the Frenchman is ready to pull out all the stops this summer and leave the division in a big way.
Fresh off his first career supercross title, Musquin looks to end his final season in the 250 Class with Red Bull KTM's first championship in the division.Photo: Courtesy of Red Bull KTM
Fresh off his first career supercross title, Musquin looks to end his final season in the 250 Class with Red Bull KTM's first championship in the division.
Photo: Courtesy of Red Bull KTM
Another rider set to embark on his final season of 250 Class competition is GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle. The 2014 season was big for Bogle, winning his first professional title in supercross and earning a career-best Pro Motocross finish in fifth. He’s been as consistent as ever so far in 2015 and he’ll be the true leader of a young GEICO Honda squad this summer. The Oklahoma native got his first taste of the overall podium on two occasions last season, and it’s not out of the question to think he has the ability to take the next step and challenge for wins in 2015.

Since he turned pro prior to the start of the 2013 season, it’s been a rougher journey to stardom than Adam Cianciarulo expected. Arguably the most successful amateur rider in the history of the sport, the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki pilot has at times shown the speed that made him the most highly touted amateur since Villopoto, but injuries have plagued his development. A bout of salmonella poisoning delayed the start of his rookie season while an injured shoulder kept him out of the Nationals a year ago. Cianciarulo has endured more shoulder problems this season already, missing supercross, but it allowed him to fully focus on this summer. It’s been a over a full year since he’s logged a lap of competition in any sort of championship, but Cianciarulo isn’t a rider to ever count out and the entire Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team is hoping he can help give them some success after a winless supercross campaign.

Several other riders have shown impressive progression over the last year and have the potential to add even more intrigue to an already loaded group of championship hopefuls. Jessy Nelson narrowly missed out on the first win of his professional career last season in Indiana, but he’s maintained that speed into 2015 and parlayed it into a supercross win in January for the revamped Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Red Bull/KTM team. Nelson will undoubtedly make his presence felt this summer and that success could very well filter down to his teammates Shane McElrath and newly added Mitchell Oldenberg.
Injuries have prevented Cianciarulo from logging a lap of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship competition since the 2013 season, but despite that he is expected to contend for the title.Photo: Courtesy of Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki
Injuries have prevented Cianciarulo from logging a lap of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship competition since the 2013 season, but despite that he is expected to contend for the title.
Photo: Courtesy of Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki
Joey Savatgy, Chris Alldredge and Arnaud Tonus round out a four-rider lineup for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki. Savatgy has taken advantage of the best opportunity of his career by becoming a consistent podium threat in supercross and he’s capable of doing the same at the Nationals. Alldredge joined the pro ranks at the tail end of last summer and acclimated so well to the 250 Class that he nearly earned a top 20 finish in the points in just three races. With his first full season of action awaiting, Alldredge is a favorite to earn Rookie of the Year honors. However, one of his main challengers could be teammate Arnaud Tonus. While a veteran to the sport, Tonus is new to the U.S. and continues the legacy of talented European riders making the move overseas to compete in the world’s most prestigious championship. The Swiss rider has been fighting through a serious illness, but looks ready to line up on the gate at Hangtown.

With two of the 250 Class’ most prominent title contenders, Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha will surely see success from its other two riders – Aaron Plessinger and Anthony Rodriguez. In his first season of professional action, Plessinger already looks comfortable going head-to-head against his more experiences counterparts and as a former Horizon Award recipient at the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, he’s got the speed to contend. The raw speed of Rodriguez is on par with virtually any other rider in the 250 Class, but over the last year the Venezuelan rider has developed his consistency and enters his sophomore season with greater expectations following an up and down rookie campaign that was hindered by injuries.
Red Bull KTM will field two riders this summer as Justin Hill joins Musquin in search of the team’s first 250 Class championship. Hill enjoyed a stellar season in 2014 in which he emerged as a front-runner, ultimately landing him a spot alongside Musquin for this season. While 2015 hasn’t gone as well as Hill would have hoped thus far, confidence is as high as ever and the belief he has the speed and the bike to be up front with his teammate is definitive.
Bogle looks to break through with his best season of 250 Class competition before he moves on to the premier class in 2016.Photo: Courtesy of GEICO Honda
Bogle looks to break through with his best season of 250 Class competition before he moves on to the premier class in 2016.
Photo: Courtesy of GEICO Honda
The aforementioned GEICO Honda squad will be loaded with youth behind its leader Bogle. Matt Bisceglia will embark on his sophomore season, looking to build on a 15th-place effort in his rookie campaign that saw him miss multiple rounds with injury. RJ Hampshire got a taste of the pro ranks last summer by competing in the final three races of the season and thus far his first full year of professional action has been promising with his first career podium result in supercross. Rounding out the team lineup is rookie Jordon Smith. His supercross debut earlier this season was delayed thanks to a broken hand, but the North Carolina native is proving to be a quick learner, posting a season-best fourth as the Nationals approach.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing will make its anticipated return to the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship with a three-rider effort in the 250 Class. Veteran Martin Davalos has fought through illness and the effects of a broken foot suffered last season, but he still remains one of the most recognizable and experienced riders in the division that hopes to turn things around at the Nationals. The Zach tandem of Zach Osborne and Zach Bell each provide stellar speed and both riders have aspirations of becoming consistent podium contenders this summer, looking to make Husqvarna a household name once again.

From top to bottom, the 250 Class is home to a deep well of emerging talent. While title favorites have established themselves, look no further than last season to realize that any one of these rising stars has the potential to turn heads and make a surprising run towards a championship.
The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship begins on May 16 with the Hangtown Motocross Classic near Sacramento, California. Tickets for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship are available at www.ProMotocross.com.

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