Wednesday, November 26, 2014

2015 MX Nationals Tickets On Sale

Courtesy of MX Sports

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - MX Sports Pro Racing and Alli Sports, a division of the NBC Sports Group, are pleased to announce that advance tickets for each round of the 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, are now on sale and available for purchase at promotocross.com.

The on-track excitement of the 2015 season kicks off on Saturday, May 16 as Northern California's popular Hangtown Motocross Classic returns as opening round of America's most prestigious professional motocross championship. The schedule continues throughout the summer months, making such legendary stops as Thunder Valley, High Point, RedBud, Budds Creek, Washougal, Spring Creek and Unadilla. Glen Helen returns to the schedule once again, while Muddy Creek Raceway and Miller Motorsports Park celebrate three years of hosting a round of the Pro Motocross Championship. For the first time in the series' history, the championship schedule will culminate in Crawfordsville, Indiana with the second annual Ironman National on Aug. 22.

Fans across the country will have the opportunity to watch arguably the most competitive field of racers in history engage in battle for the coveted 450 Class and 250 Class titles. Defending 450 Class Champion Ken Roczen will look to hold off a stacked field of former champions including Ryan Dungey, James Stewart and Chad Reed, in addition to proven contenders such as Eli Tomac, Trey Canard and Justin Barcia, plus many more.

The 250 Class will be a showcase of the sport's brightest young stars, with reigning title holder Jeremy Martin headlining a long list of riders like his teammate Cooper Webb, Marvin Musquin, Justin Bogle, to name a few, in what is sure to be a captivating showdown all summer long.

Ticket information for every round of the 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship can be found at www.promotocross.com. Don't miss the chance to receive great deals and promotions on advance ticket purchasing during this holiday season. Follow Pro Motocross on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for exclusive deals and information, and add your favorite racetrack to stay up-to-date on specific promotions and information.
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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Yamaha 2015 Off-Road Racing Teams

Courtesy of Yamaha Motor Corp

The Yamaha bLU cRU off-road racing teams are now set for 2015, and the crews and riders are readying themselves and their 2015 Yamaha YZ450F and all-new Yamaha YZ250FX motorcycles, as well as their Yamaha YFZ450R ATVs for an exciting season of two- and four-wheel racing competition. The announcement was made by Keith McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.

N-Fab AmPro Yamaha bLU cRU
About to embark on its 18th season with Yamaha is the N-Fab AmPro Yamaha bLU cRU team, which is led by 7-Time AMA Pro Enduro Champion, 13-Time ISDE Gold Medalist, and AMA Hall of Famer Randy Hawkins. The team will compete in the AMSOIL GNCC series, Kenda AMA National Enduro Championship series, and select GEICO Motorcycle EnduroCross events.

Riders include returning team member Jordan Ashburn from Cookville, Tennessee. Jordan, who recently traveled to Japan to race the all-new YZ250FX, winning the final round of the Japan National Cross Country series, finished a career-best third overall in the 2014 GNCC series. He will compete in 2015 aboard a Yamaha YZ450F in GNCC and regional events.

New to the N-Fab AmPro Yamaha bLU cRU team for 2015 is Australian rider Daniel Milner. A former member of the Yamaha of Australia-supported CDR Yamaha team, Daniel is a multi-time Australian Off-Road Champion and an Australian 4-Day Enduro winner. He’ll be racing a YZ450F in both GNCC and AMA National Enduro competition.

Also new to the team is Grant Baylor from Belton, South Carolina. Grant, who is a two-time GNCC XC2 Champion and was a member of the Championship-winning 2014 USA ISDE Junior Team, will race a YZ450F in both GNCC and AMA National Enduro.

Rounding out the N-Fab AmPro Yamaha bLU cRU team’s off-road motorcycle efforts will be 2014 WXC runner-up Becca Sheets and multi-time WMX Champion Jessica Patterson, who will both race the all-new Yamaha YZ250FX in GNCC competition.

In off-road ATV Racing, 2014 was the second year in the sport for the N-Fab AmPro Yamaha team, and they were consistently in contention to win both the XC1 and XC2 Championships throughout the racing season, with team riders Walker Fowler (XC1) from Rogers, Ohio, and Cole Richardson (XC2) from New Castle, Pennsylvania, tied for first in their respective classes going into 2014’s final round in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

In XC2, Cole gave N-Fab AmPro Yamaha its first GNCC ATV Championship, while Walker finished second in the XC1 Championship by a mere fraction of a second. It was one of the closest finishes in GNCC history, and the series’ largest-ever crowd of enthusiastic fans got to witness the excitement. Together, Walker and Cole finished the 2014 season with an amazing 14 combined race wins in the XC1 and XC2 classes.

The excitement is set to continue for the N-Fab AmPro Yamaha team and its fans because both Walker and Cole are returning to race in XC1 and XC2, respectively, and they’ll be aboard the now-assembled-in-the-U.S.A. Yamaha YFZ450Rs for Randy Hawkins’ team in 2015.

Raines Riding University/Atlas Yamaha/bLU cRU/OffRoadViking.com
Established by Six-Time AMA National Hare Scrambles Champion Jason Raines and off-road enthusiast Dwayne Leonard of Atlas Yamaha, the Raines Riding University/Atlas Yamaha/bLU cRU/OffRoadViking.com team will focus exclusively on GNCC’s XC2 class, where the team’s pair of riders will compete aboard the all-new 2015 YZ250FX.

Those riders include Ricky Russell of Duvall, Washington, who returns for his second season with the team. Ricky finished third in the 2014 GNCC XC2 Championship despite missing the final three races of the season due to an unfortunate wrist injury. Joining Ricky for 2015 is new teammate Austin Lee of Bedford, Indiana, who is moving up to the GNCC XC2 class after finishing a strong second place in the 2014 GNCC 250A Championship.

For more Yamaha racing news, results, photos, and videos, visit www.YamahaMotorsports.com/Racing. Also, check out “YamahaMotorUSA” on your favorite social media site.
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

FLY Racing Signs Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna Team

Courtesy of Fly Racing

FLY Racing signs Rockstar Husqvarna Team

—PRESS RELEASE—
November 13, 2014 – Boise, ID – FLY Racing is proud to announce it has signed the Rockstar Racing/Husqvarna team to a multiyear deal to promote its professional motocross racewear. Team riders Martin Davalos, Zach Osborne, and Zach Bell will compete in the Supercross and outdoor Pro Motocross series wearing FLY Racing’s Evolution, Kinetic and Lite Hydrogen racewear lines.
FLY Racing CEO Craig Shoemaker had this to say about the new relationship: “We are happy to be a part of such a professional program with such good people and riders. We’re excited to see what this team and these riders can do this year, and we look forward to them winning some races in 2015 for the FLY Racing brand.”
Watch for Team Rockstar Husqvarna riders when they line up on the gate at round one of the 2015 Supercross series, which begins on January 3rd, at Anaheim Stadium in California.
To browse FLY Racing’s full line-up of professional motocross equipment and casual wear, visit www.flyracing.com.
About FLY Racing
Established in 1998, FLY Racing is one of the fastest growing off road motorcycle riding apparel and hard part brands in the powersports industry. FLY Racing develops quality products for the competitive North American market and is distributed worldwide in 40+ countries. In the United States, FLY Racing products are distributed exclusively by Western Power Sports (WPS).
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Jeremy McGrath Reunites with Kawasaki

Courtesy of Kawasaki Motor Corp

Irvine, Calif. (November 19, 2014) – After nearly 25 years, “Showtime” is coming back to Kawasaki.  Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. announced today that Jeremy McGrath has entered into a role as brand ambassador. The seven-time Monster Energy Supercross champion returns to Kawasaki Team Green™ and will promote Kawasaki’s complete product line, including the KX™, Mule™, Ninja®, Jetski® and Teryx® brands.

“As the top grass roots racing program in the industry, I am excited to reunite with the team and do everything I can to promote Kawasaki and help all of the Team Green riders,” said McGrath. “During my racing career and even since retirement, I always kept my eye on Team Green for the next stars of our sport. At this stage in my life, giving back to the sport I love is a top priority, and for that I feel Kawasaki is the best fit.”
Jeremy McGrath Reunites with Kawasaki
McGrath earned his first supercross win aboard a Kawasaki KX™125 in 1990 while racing for the prestigious Kawasaki Team Green program. Along with his promotional duties, McGrath will also serve as a mentor to the Kawasaki Team Green and professional factory supported riders, passing along advice from his many years at the top of the sport.

“Kawasaki is excited to have Jeremy back,” said Kawasaki Director of Marketing Chris Brull. “For him to come back to his roots and begin another relationship with Kawasaki truly is a complement to our products and brand. It is very fitting that Jeremy will join Ryan Villopoto, a four-time Monster Energy Supercross Champion in specific promotions of KX bikes.”

After more than 30 successful years, the idea that launched the program remains the same. Team Green supports riders at all levels and ensure everyone who rides a Kawasaki is part of the Kawasaki family of owners, riders, dealers and technicians spread across the country. With McGrath’s addition to the Kawasaki family, it only strengthens the brand’s reputation for building champions.
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Motosport.com/GPI/Honda Racing Signs Fredrik Noren and Tommy Hahn

Courtesy of Crossland Motorsports

Crossland Motorsports announced today that they will continue their role as title sponsor with Motosport.com for 2015. Great Plains Industries has been announced as co-title sponsor, with American Honda providing factory support. The official name will be: Motosport.com/GPI/Honda Racing.

The team also announced that they have signed Fredrik Noren and Tommy Hahn. Noren, who filled in at American Honda in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross, will race the 450 Class. Hahn, who hasn't raced full-time since 2012, will race the 250SX West Region and the 250 Class in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross in 2015. Hahn last rode the 250 Class in 2008. Additionally, Guy Cooper has been named team manager.

“I can’t even put into words how excited we are to be teamed up with such great sponsors like Motosport.com, Honda, GPI, and the Peer Brothers. These companies and individuals love our sport and are committed to excellence in the sport and their business, and that’s what we need to compete,” said team owner Chris Crossland in a statement.

“We are happy for the opportunity to partner with the MotoSport team, which allows us to participate in this great sport at a much higher level than we ever would have been able to on our own,” said Marque Peer, vice president of development for GPI, the world leader in the manufacturer of fuel delivery systems, metering and pumps.

According to the release, MotoSport.com will be producing a video series of the team, which will be hosted on MotoSport.com. “We are all excited,” said MotoSport.com director of marketing Jarrod Rogers. “We built an amazing foundation last year and look to continue that growth into the 2015 season. We are proud to have Guy Cooper in our corner running the team this year along with some great new sponsors. We look forward to an amazing season with Tommy and Fredrick.”
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DEI Powersports Renews Deal with Two Two Motorsports

Courtesy of DEI Powersports



DEI, a leader in performance thermal control for powersports and other markets, offers a wide selection of protection products ideal for competition including: exhaust wrap, heat barriers, wire, line and hose protection as well as thermal chemicals, tape and adhesive. DEI also has a wide selection of products developed to protect components from direct heat, or reflect or dissipate heat for maximum cooling and overall performance gains.

“With the addition of Josh Grant and our team expansion to two full time racers, it is important that we develop technical solutions for consistency throughout the entire race season,” said team manager, Dave Osterman. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with Design Engineering to give Chad, Josh, and the team the highest level of heat control.”

Brian VanKoevering, DEI’s PowerSports Program Manager, added, “Continuing our work with top tier racing programs like Discount Tire Racing/TwoTwo Motorsports provides invaluable feedback. The demands of a Pro race team really push our development process forward. We are really excited to assist the Discount Tire Racing/TwoTwo Motorsports Team reach their goal of winning a championship this season.”

Chad Reed and Josh Grant are set to kick off the 2015 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season in Anaheim, CA at Angel Stadium on January 3, 2015.

To learn more about DEI PowerSport’s full line of heat control and body protection products visit deipowersports.com, call 800-264-9472, or email sales@DesignEngineering.com.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Brett Metcalfe and Dirt Candy Agree to Terms for 2015 SX Season

Courtesy of Dirt Candy

Brett Metcalfe and Team Dirt Candy have come to terms on a deal for the 2015 Monster Energy Supercross season, the team announced today. According to the release, Metcalfe, who hasn't raced supercross since 2012, will join Ronnie Stewart and Robert Lind on the team.

“I’ve raced the Monster Energy Cup on my own with some help from Dirt Candy Graphics. I feel like I've got a good long term plan with Dirt Candy and I look forward to focusing on racing and results," said Metcalfe in a statement.

Team Dirt Candy, in its second season, will race Suzukis prepared by Yoshimura. Metcalfe rode for Suzuki in 2011 and 2012. After Monster Energy Supercross, Metcalfe is headed back to Canada to race the Canadian Nationals for Monster Energy/Leading Edge Kawasaki. The Australian won the MX1 Canadian National Championship in 2013.
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Answer Racing Signs Wil Hahn

Courtesy of Answer Racing

Irvine, CA - Answer Racing is pleased to announce the signing of Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Wil Hahn for 2015 and beyond. Hahn will be entering into his second season in the highly competitive 450 class in both the Monster Energy Supercross and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.

“Being with ANSR is somewhere I knew I wanted to be right off the bat. Tucker Rocky is huge where I come from in the Midwest, so to be a part of that organization who owns ANSR is very special to me,” states Wil Hahn.

ANSR Brand Manager Randy Valade states: “We are extremely excited to have Wil join the ANSR family. The future looks bright for Hahn and we can’t wait to see how the season unfolds for this very talented rider.”

Keep an eye out for Hahn as he lines up on the gate at Anaheim on January 3rd 2015.

To view the entire collection of ANSR apparel and protection visit www.answerracing.com
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Team BTO Sports and Projekt Continue Relationship for 2015

Courtesy of Projekt

Camarillo, CA (Nov.18) – Building on the success of the 2014 race season, the BTO Sports-KTM-WPS race team is proud to announce that Projekt™, a progressive company producing lifestyle travel gear and accessories, has re-signed with the team for the 2015 Supercross and Outdoor Motocross racing season. Both sides are excited to continue this partnership and look forward to building upon it in 2015.
“Projekt is pleased to announce its continued support of Team BTO Sports in 2015” said Jeff Williams, the VP of
Sales and Marketing at Projekt. “Our bags are designed and bred to perform in the high octane environment that Team BTO Sports work and travel in throughout the year. We relate to the team’s desire to excel on the track and to travel and relax in style when the racing is done. Team BTO Sport’s passion for competition and achievement provides a strong impetus for us to follow in our company’s quest to deliver progressive and stylish new products for the recreational, business and travel markets worldwide. We wish Team BTO Sports continued success, and look forward to seeing them on the podium in the year ahead.”
Projekt Bags
“We are proud to extend our relationship with one of the most innovative companies in the industry” Team BTO Sports manager Karsten Butler said. “Projekt’s travel bags are the best we have ever used and look forward to an exciting 2015 season with them.”
To celebrate this exciting news, we are extending a discount on your very own Projekt™ bag! Just visit www.projektco.com and use the discount code “BTOSports20” to take 20% off your order!
About Projekt™:
Founded in Vancouver, British Columbia in 2013, Projekt’s mission is to provide the freshest and most progressive line of lifestyle travel gear and accessories through intelligent design. A total convergence of fashion and function that meets demands of today’s active consumer by blending style, performance and innovative design with a playful edge resulting in much more than a bag. It is where art, music, sports, travel, leisure and business meet for drinks. Life is a Projekt™. Where will yours take you? For more info, visit www.projektco.com
For more information on the BTO Sports-KTM-WPS race team, visit www.btosportsracing.com BTOSports.com , KTM.com , Fly Racing, Wps-inc.com, Palmettomotorsports.com
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Yamaha Announces 2015 Racing Teams

Courtesy of Yamaha Motor Corp

Cypress, CA – For 2015, the Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., lineup of Supercross and Motocross teams is one of the largest and potentially most competitive collections of owners, managers, team technicians, and riders that the company has ever assembled.
“We’re very excited about the upcoming Monster Energy Supercross and Lucas Oil Motocross seasons,” commented Keith McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. “Especially with the number of teams and riders that want to compete on Yamaha YZ250F and YZ450F motorcycles in 2015. This shows the impact that these bikes have made on the sport, as well as the confidence that the teams and riders have in them as winning machines.”
Joining the previously announced teams, Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX and Yamalube/Star/Yamaha, are the following six additional “bLU cRU” teams:

CycleTrader.com/Rock River/Yamaha

For 2015, Yamaha continues its long-term partnership with the CycleTrader.com/Rock River/Yamaha team, which is led by owner Mike DuClos and manager Christina Denny. The team will campaign in both the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series and the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, with rider Ben Lamay returning to the 450 class aboard a YZ450F, and Alex Martin and Greg Gehrer in the 250SX West Coast and MX events, while rookie standout Luke Renzland will compete in 250SX East Coast and MX events. Rock River will also continue to operate Yamaha’s successful “Pro Parts” program, offering emergency OEM parts at a discount to all racers at all Supercross and Motocross events, including the Monster Energy Cup.

Strikt/Slaton/Yamaha

Led by team owner Bruce Slaton, along with team manager and three-time National Motocross champion Marty Smith, Strikt/Slaton/Yamaha returns for a second season of competition in the 250SX West Coast series aboard YZ250Fs. Returning riders Scott Champion and Zach Freeburg will be joined by new teammate Cole Martinez.

Barn Pros/Home Depot/Yamaha

Founded in 2011 by Barn Pro’s Steve Oslund and managed by former pro racer Scott Steffy, the Barn Pros/Home Depot/Yamaha team–with backing from the nation’s leading barn manufacturer and the largest home improvement retailer in the U.S.–will compete in the 250SX West Coast series with its three young guns, Conner Elliott, Chris Howell, and Ryder Steffy.

51FIFTY Energy Drink/Yamaha

In 2014, the 51FIFTY Energy Drink team took top-privateer honors, finishing 10th in the AMA 250SX West Coast Championship, but the team has higher goals for 2015. Team owner Carlos Vieira added former Factory Yamaha technician Craig Monty as the team manager, signed 2013 Canadian MX 2 Champion Austin Politelli, and joined the bLU cRU to race the Championship-winning YZ250F. A fundamental part of Carlos Vieira’s and 51FIFTY Energy Drink/Yamaha’s program is their commitment to fundraising for the “Race for Autism,” a campaign that is raising awareness and money to help find a cure for autism. At every West Coast round of the Supercross series, the team will actively promote the “Race for Autism” campaign in its pit area.

Blue Buffalo/Slater Skins/Yamaha

Owned and operated by John Slater, founder of Slater Racing Products and the creator of “Slater Skins,” the Blue Buffalo/Slater Skins/Yamaha team will compete in 450SX with Killy Rusk aboard a YZ450F, while Ryan Zimmerman will race a YZ250F in the 250SX East Coast Championship. The team’s title sponsor, Blue Buffalo All-Natural Pet Food, is the #1 selling pet food at big-box pet supply retailers Petco and PetSmart.

Thermo-Tec/Yamaha

For 2015, Yamaha returns to the highly competitive AMA Amsoil Arenacross series with former racer Junior Jackson’s Thermo-Tec/Yamaha team. Two of last year’s Arenacross race winners, Kyle Regal and Mike McDade, will compete for the team aboard YZ250Fs in the 15-round national indoor series. “Yamaha is excited to once again be involved in Arenacross,” McCarty said, “and with the advent of the Ricky Carmichael ‘Road To Supercross’ becoming the clear path to an Amateur rider’s eligibility for the Monster Energy Supercross series, partnering with a competitive team like Thermo-Tec/Yamaha makes perfect sense.”
For more Yamaha racing news, results, photos, and videos, visit www.YamahaMotorsports.com/Racing. Also, check out “YamahaMotorUSA” on your favorite social media site.
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