Friday, June 24, 2016

Baggett is Back at Muddy Creek

Courtesy of Suzuki Racing

Chino, CA (June 23, 2016) –Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing will be back to a two-rider squad this Saturday, June 25, as the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship visits Muddy Creek Race way in Blountville, TN, for the Tennessee National. Blake Baggett will return to the squad alongside fill-in rider Matt Bisceglia. James Stewart will remain home in Florida with his wife for the pending birth of their baby.

“It will be great to have Blake back with us in Tennessee,”said Mike Webb, Yoshimura Suzuki team manager.“And with Matt filling in again, the weekend will be full of activity taking care of two riders and that’s the way we like it.”

This will be Baggett’s first race back since round two at Glen Helen, where he bravely rode just days after surgery on a broken collarbone. For Bisceglia this will be his third race as a sub with Yoshimura Suzuki.He’s filled in admirably with some solid motos to his credit. Baggett and Bisceglia will be racing the powerful Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 at Muddy Creek. Last year Baggett scored a strong fourth-place result and is a former podium finisher at Muddy Creek in the 250 class. Bisceglia scored a top-10 finish in the 250 National a year ago.

Photo by Scott Lukaitis - Unadilla 2015


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Thursday, June 23, 2016

RedBud Announces Rockford Fosgate and Soaring Eagle as Co-presenting Sponsors

Courtesy of Red Bud

BUCHANAN, Mich.– RedBud MX, “America’s Motocross Track,” is pleased to welcome Rockford Fosgate and Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort as co-presenting sponsors for the upcoming (July 2) Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship MX National at RedBud.

“And just when you thought motocross couldn’t get any louder … RedBud welcomes the paint-peeling, neighbor-rattling, motor mount-loosening audio fanatics from Rockford Fosgate,” said RedBud’s Tim Ritchie. “It’s gonna get LOUD next weekend!”

An industry-leader in all things audio – and well known for its generosity toward the motocross industry for the past two decades – Rockford Fosgate joins RedBud MX for the first time as a presenting sponsor for the popular MX National. Sponsor of the RCH Racing team, Rockford Fosgate subwoofers, car speakers and car amplifiers are a mainstay in the rides of top pro motocrossers as well as amateur racers across the country.

“Great atmosphere, great crowds, and a hard-core passion for racing are what RedBud MX is all about,” said Tammy Lowe, Rockford Fosgate director of marketing. “As a presenting sponsor for the five-day festival and championship with a legion of our own hard core audio fanatics, as well as with our partnership with RCH Racing, it’s only natural for Rockford Fosgate and RedBud to align for such a great event. We are excited to be part of it.”

Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort continues its partnership with RedBud, returning for the third-consecutive year as the presenting sponsor for RedBud’s long-running (since ’74) MX National. And the partnership with Soaring Eagle continues when Michigan’s top gaming destination opens its doors to motocross racers for the annual running of the “Edge of Summer MX” event this September – produced by RedBud – on the grounds of Soaring Eagle.

“We’re pumped to have the premier gaming facility in Michigan, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, back on board this summer. We’re looking forward to working with them on both the RedBud National and the ‘Edge of Summer MX’ event,” added Ritchie.

Said Raul Venegas, Director of Marketing and Entertainment for Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort: “Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort is proud to continue its partnership with RedBud MX. The tie into the outdoor nationals, Edge of Summer and the multiple activities at our luxury resort & casino is an amazing pairing. We’ll be on-site at RedBud giving away some really aggressive promotions for both the resort and gaming. We look forward to another great race at RedBud and for our Soaring Eagle RCH boys to take home another win!”

For more information on RedBud MX and the upcoming Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship MX National at RedBud, presented by Rockford Fosgate and Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, please visit: www.redbudmx.com

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JASON ANDERSON INJURED

Courtesy of Husqvarna Motorcycles


Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing regretfully announces that Jason Anderson sustained a broken clavicle a minor AC separation this week during practice and will be unable to race the upcoming Muddy Creek MX National and several subsequent rounds.  Anderson’s clavicle, commonly known as the collar bone, is broken in three different places. He will receive treatment this coming week.  Due to the severity of the multiple fractures to his clavicle, recovery time for his injury is an estimated 6-8 weeks.  


Unfortunately, injuries are a part of our sport and you never want to see any rider on any team get hurt.  Jason has spent his entire pro career with me and this is his first injury that will keep him out of competition in six years.  Considering the severity of the crash we feel fortunate it is only the collar bone which will require surgery and a minor AC separation; that according to his doctors will heal on its own over the coming weeks,” said Team Manager, Bobby Hewitt.

Anderson has shown he has the speed, talent, and determination to stand tall on the podium. Coming off of a second-place-finish high at the High Point MX National, the news is crushing to the athlete, but he will remain optimistic. 

"I'm really bummed about this injury. I feel like I was building some momentum and last weekend's 2nd was the best outdoor overall of my career. I feel pretty lucky however after one of the worst crashes of my life and not missing a race in 6 years. Sometimes these things happen. I can only stay positive and see how the recovery goes. I'm hoping to come back before the Nationals are over," explained Anderson. 

The team will move on to the next round at Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville, TN where riders Zach Osborne, Martin Davalos, and Christophe Pourcel will represent team Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing.  

The entire Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team wishes El Hombre a quick recovery. 


  
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

TONY HAWK JOINS TRAVIS PASTRANA AS CO-HOST OF THE NITRO WORLD GAMES

Courtesy of Nitro Circus


Elite Athletes and Expert Industry Voices Round Out Broadcast Team
Airing on NBC Saturday, July 16 at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. Central  


LOS ANGELES, CA (Thursday – June 16, 2016) – Olympic snowboarder and extremely popular television commentator Todd Richards will host the inaugural Nitro World Games. Joining him as co-hosts are skate icon Tony Hawk and FMX legend Travis Pastrana. The Nitro World Games will air Saturday, July 16 on NBC at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. Central from Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Richards has been a prominent figure in snowboarding and the wider action sports community for over two decades. A seven-time X Games medalist, World Snowboarding Champion and Olympian, Richards is also a rising media star, equally at home in the broadcast booth as he is on the medal stand. Richards has provided in-depth analysis for ESPN’s X Games coverage and most recently served as NBC Olympics’ snowboarding analyst for coverage of the 2014 Sochi Olympics, a position he has held since the 2006 Winter Games in Torino. He is also a published author and successful business owner.

With over 30 X Games medals between them, Hawk and Pastrana have redefined their disciplines, breaking landmark records, such as Hawk’s seminal 900 and Pastrana’s groundbreaking double backflip, previously thought insurmountable. Their achievements have blown away millions of fans and made action sports part of the pop culture conversation. Now Richards, Hawk and Pastrana will share their insights and experience with viewers during this action-packed three-hour event.

“Words can't describe how excited I am to have Todd and Tony host the Nitro World Games,” said Pastrana. “Todd is an amazing snowboarder and has been a great ambassador for action sports. To have a passionate and knowledgeable action sports athlete who has experience hosting his own TV show in the past is exactly the personality the World Games was hoping for. I don't know if an event of this caliber has ever had a lead host with as much first hand knowledge as Todd. To have Tony Hawk, who is the all-time most influential athlete in action sports, backing him up will be icing on the cake. These guys are just as passionate about progression as I am and we all know firsthand how a world’s first can change everything! It's going to be an honor working next to these guys! Can’t wait to see what goes down in Salt Lake City.”

“Todd, Tony and Travis bring a tremendous amount of knowledge, credibility and expertise to the Nitro World Games. Having athletes of their stature participating is fantastic,” said Michael Porra, CEO and creative director for Nitro Circus. “They will inform, entertain and engage both core action sports fans and the wider mainstream audience.”

"Having three of the most iconic action sports athletes serving as commentators for the Nitro World Games will provide the fans and athletes a unique experience and perspective on the event," said Jeff Robbins, president and CEO of the Utah Sports Commission.

The Nitro World Games’ analyst and reporter lineup includes the most respected names in action sports. After opening the telecast, Pastrana will move to the stadium floor to give commentary from the thick of the action throughout the event. Hawk will offer his incomparable knowledge and perspective during Skate Best Tricks. Cameron Steele, a champion motorcycle and trophy truck athlete, will deliver play by play during the FMX competitions with Andy Bell, a former professional FMX and supercross rider providing analysis. Veteran TV personality Jimmy Coleman, who has covered action sports for more than a decade, will present the play by play for BMX while accomplished BMX athlete TJ Lavin will offer analysis. Laurette Nicoll, a very experienced host, reporter and announcer, will bring compelling athlete interviews to viewers.

A bold reinvention of action sports competition, the Nitro World Games will feature the best action sports athletes in the world in the category’s most exciting disciplines including FMX, BMX, skate, scooter and inline. The initial list of athletes going to the semi-final round includes top riders such as 2016 X Games FMX medalists Josh Sheehan, Clinton Moore and Rob Adelberg, BMX riders Pat Casey, James Foster and Colton Satterfield, plus skate stars Elliot Sloan, Jake Brown and Mitchie Brusco, with additional competitors to be announced.

Nitro Circus, Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert and the Utah Sports Commission rocked the sports world in December 2015 when they unveiled the Nitro World Games. Created by Michael Porra and Travis Pastrana, the Nitro World Games will feature new formats and never before seen tricks. Each competition will be a final round with everything on the line, creating intensity on the track, energy in the stadium and must-see action for both digital and television viewers.

Nitro World Games is the next phase of Nitro Circus’ multi-year partnership with NBC Sports Ventures. NBC Sports will present three hours of coverage airing in primetime on NBC. For fans outside of the U.S. and Canada, more TV broadcast details will be announced soon. In addition to NBC’s televised coverage, fans outside the U.S. can also watch the July 16 final on Nitro Circus’ worldwide webcast.    

For more information about the #NitroWorldGames go to nitroworldgames.com. Fans can also follow Nitro Circus on Twitter: @nitrocircus and Facebook: www.facebook.com/NitroCircus.

About Nitro Circus:
Named #22 on Forbes magazine’s 2015 list of, “America’s Most Promising Companies,” Nitro Circus continues to position itself as the world’s leading youth action sports & entertainment brand. From humble beginnings in 2003 – with Jeremy Rawle, Gregg Godfrey and soon to be action sports superstar Travis Pastrana producing DVDs from a Utah garage -- to a smash TV series which has aired in over 60 countries, Nitro Circus has exploded to global popularity. In 2012, Nitro Circus: The Movie, featuring cast members from the hit television series, was released in cinemas worldwide. In 2015, Nitro Circus announced a partnership with NBC Sports Ventures.  The multi-year strategic alliance features TV specials and series programming airing nationally in the U.S. on NBC and NBCSN as well as streamed on the NBC Sports App.

The TV show was transformed by action sports industry guru, now current CEO, Michael Porra into a must-see live event in 2010, creating the global touring phenomenon that is Nitro Circus Live. Since its inaugural Australian trek six years ago, the show has travelled the globe, obliterating box office records and cultivating a legion of diehard fans. Nitro Circus has now rolled across five continents, blown away over two million fans and sold out shows in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, China, Japan, the Middle East and South Africa. After close to 100 shows globally in 2015 and with a packed 2016 touring schedule ahead, Nitro Circus is the world’s most successful action sports touring brand.

About the Utah Sports Commission:
The Utah Sports Commission is a not-for-profit, 501c3 charitable organization created to foster national and international amateur sports competitions to be held in the state of Utah, which will enhance the quality of life of all Utah citizens and strengthen Utah's presence in the worldwide sports community.

   
 
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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

ROCZEN & RCH SUZUKI WIN AT HIGH POINT MX

Courtesy of Team Suzuki Press Office

RCH Suzuki Factory Racing’s Ken Roczen continued his blistering start to the outdoor season turning in a perfect 1-1 performance in Saturday’s Red Bull High Point National, collecting his seventh win in eight motos and third overall victory of the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in America.

At the same time, the 22-year-old Soaring Eagle/ Jimmy John’s/ Suzuki RM-Z450 rider extended his points lead to 41 over second-placed Eli Tomac with one-third of the season already run.

Said Roczen: “I think this was probably the gnarliest track we’ve ridden all year. It got super rough. They added a lot of mulch and most of the stuff pushes to the side, especially when you water it, so it was really sketchy. It was definitely a tough track, which made for great racing. I grabbed the holeshot in the first moto and it’s always good to have a clear track. I think a couple of people crashed behind me so I had a little gap. I just tried to ride a smart race and take the checkers. I was super-happy with that.

“It was the 40th anniversary of High Point and that’s a pretty big number. Coming away with a 1-1, I can’t complain at all. Obviously, the most important thing is to be healthy … for all of us. It was good racing so I’m super happy.”

Roczen’s RCH team-mate Broc Tickle turned in his most-consistent performance of the season, riding his Suzuki RM-Z450 to a solid eighth-place finish in the first moto and 10th in the second. The sturdy outing was Tickle’s second top-10 overall finish of the season and he is now 12th in the standings, just two points out of 10th.

“This weekend was definitely an improvement," explained Tickle. “I felt good in practice. I always enjoy racing at High Point and it’s great to kick-off the East Coast rounds. I had two motos where I finished inside the top 10, with an 8-10 so that’s the most consistent weekend I’ve had since the outdoor season started. I got a good start in the first moto so there are some positives to take with me. The second moto, I felt like I rode better than the first, so I just need to put the start together with a good moto. I kind of rode tight during the first moto for the first 15 minutes so I think I could have been a little better but all-in-all, it was a good day. I’m looking forward to going to Muddy Creek and the next five races.”

RCH co-owner Ricky Carmichael was on hand for the 40th anniversary of the historic Pennsylvania track and was not only pleased with his rider’s collective efforts, but also had high praise for his team as a whole.

“The team had a great performance,” said Carmichael. “Everyone did a great job and Ken rode really, really well. It was a technical track. After the second moto, he said it was the toughest track he’d raced all year. I’m really happy for him and for everyone on the Soaring Eagle/ Jimmy John’s/ Suzuki Factory Racing team. All the boys are working hard and the bikes look good. Broc had a better weekend, as well. We just have to keep the momentum rolling. I expect a couple of guys like Eli Tomac and Justin Barcia to step-up as we get deeper into the season. It’s definitely not going to be easy. Anything can happen. I’m proud of the guys. They need to keep working hard for that main goal and that’s to win the championship.”

Next weekend, the 12-race Pro Motocross tour rolls through the Volunteer State where Blountville, Tennessee’s Muddy Creek Raceway will host the series on Saturday. 


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