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Thursday, October 23, 2014

FIM NORTH AMERICAN SUPERMOTO CHAMPIONSHIP Appoints Mike Kidd as Vice President, General Manager


New York, NY (October 22, 2014) FIM North American Supermoto Championship (FIMNASMC) announced today Mike Kidd has been named as Vice President, General Manager. Mike comes with a wealth of experience within the motorcycle industry as a former AMA Grand National Champion, AMA Hall of Fame Inductee, creator AMA National Arenacross Series, along with event and series race production, television broadcast, sponsorship, extensive marketing, advertising, and public relations experience.

"We are honored to have Mike join our group and feel his industry and promotional experience will be key to the continued development of FIMNASMC," said Marco Pedde, Co-Founder. "It is clear Mike understands racing is an entertainment business and is the missing link we have been looking for."

"I became hooked on this sport back when I raced Gavin Tripp's ABC Superbikers in Carlsbad back around 1980. Supermoto racing is unique in that riders from motocross, flat track and road race can be competitive." said Mike Kidd. "After going to one of the races in Delaware this past summer I noticed the racing appealed to a wide audience and is certainly a made for TV product, so I knew Supermoto was something I would enjoy."

Jay Kliger, Co-Founder added, "With Mike joining our partnership there is nothing holding us back from achieving our goals for Supermoto."

FIM North American Supermoto Championship which will be sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), Canadian Motorcycle Association (CMA) and FIM North America, the international body for motorcycle sport.

Negotiations are underway with several racing facilities to provide a quality 6-8 racing series in the USA and Canada.
Discussions are also taking place with the AMA and CMA to continue development of rules and classes.
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

2015 Monster Energy Supercross TV Schedule

Courtesy of Feld Motorsports

AURORA, Ill. – Feld Motor Sports® and FOX Sports announced today the 2015 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, television schedule that includes 17 live races, headlined by the first-ever live FOX network broadcast from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Saturday, April 25.
The 2015 Monster Energy Supercross season opens Saturday, Jan. 3, in Anaheim, Calif., with the first of 12 live races on FOX Sports 1. Three races currently are scheduled to air live on FOX Sports 2, with all races available live through the FOX Sports GO app, which will provide live streaming of every Monster Energy Supercross race.
“The 2015 Monster Energy Supercross television package on FOX Sports is a testament to the network’s strengthening commitment to help grow the Monster Energy Supercross brand,” said Ken Hudgens, COO, Feld Motor Sports. “The 2015 television package is the strongest ever and signifies a major milestone with the first ever live airing on FOX Broadcast Network.  The riders, teams, manufacturers, sponsors, and entire sport will be elevated by the live network broadcast on FOX.  This is a major announcement that is great for everyone involved, including the broad viewing audience.”
A key change to the races in 2015 will be the start time for all races (except East Rutherford). Each race will start 30 minutes earlier, at 7:00pm local race time, with the afternoon pit parties also starting 30 minutes earlier at Noon local race time.  This is a better race time, and television time, for Monster Energy Supercross fans, including those on the east coast.
Monster Energy Supercross’ international television footprint, which reached over 100 countries in 2014, will be announced soon and will once again include live television in Australia, among others.  All in, there has never been more live television, more viewers, or more global broadcast hours for Monster Energy Supercross.
“Monster Energy Supercross offers some of the most intense on-track action in all of motor sports and we believe we have put together a very strong television package for 2015,” said Patrick Crakes, FOX Sports SVP of Programming, Scheduling and Content Strategy.
The FOX Sports broadcast team of Ralph Sheheen, Jeff Emig and Jenny Taft returns in 2015, with guest analyst appearances from five-time Monster Energy Supercross Champion Ricky Carmichael.
Additional television announcements surrounding the 2015 Monster Energy Supercross seasons will be coming shortly. 2015 Monster Energy Supercross television schedule (all times ET and subject to change):
Date
City
Venue
Network
Time (ET)
1/3/15
Anaheim, Calif.
Angel Stadium
FOX Sports 1        
10:00 p.m.
1/10/15
Phoenix
Chase Field
FOX Sports 1        
9:00 p.m.
1/17/15
Anaheim, Calif.
Angel Stadium
FOX Sports 1        
10:00 p.m.
1/24/15
Oakland, Calif.
O.Co. Coliseum
FOX Sports 1        
10:00 p.m.
1/31/15
Anaheim, Calif.
Angel Stadium
FOX Sports 1        
10:00 p.m.
2/7/15
San Diego
PETCO Park
FOX Sports 1        
10:00 p.m.
2/14/15
Arlington, Texas
AT&T Stadium
FOX Sports 2       
8:00 p.m.
2/21/15
Atlanta
Georgia Dome
FOX Sports 1        
7:00 p.m.
2/28/15
Atlanta
Georgia Dome
FOX Sports 2        
7:00 p.m.
3/7/15
Daytona Beach, Fla.
Daytona Int’l. Speedway
FOX Sports 1        
7:30 p.m.
3/14/15
Indianapolis
Lucas Oil Stadium
FOX Sports 2        
7:00 p.m.
3/21/15
Detroit
Ford Field
FOX Sports 1        
7:00 p.m.
3/28/15
St. Louis
Edward Jones Dome
FOX Sports 1       
8:00 p.m.
4/11/15
Houston
NRG Stadium
FOX Sports 1       
8:00 p.m.
4/18/15
Santa Clara
Levi’s Stadium
FOX Sports 1        
10:00 p.m.
4/25/15
East Rutherford, N.J.
MetLife Stadium
FOX Sports      
3:00 p.m.
5/2/15
Las Vegas
Sam Boyd Stadium
FOX Sports 1       
10:00 p.m.
For more information on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, please log on to www.SupercrossOnline.com, the official website of Monster Energy Supercross. To follow Monster Energy Supercross on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, log on to www.facebook.com/supercrossLive www.Twitter.com/supercrosslive and www.instagram.com/supercrosslive. Subscribe to our YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/supercrosslive. For all media requests, please contact Denny Hartwig dhartwig@feldinc.com or 630-566-6305.
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Yamaha Extends Realationship with Star Racing

Courtesy of Yamaha

Cypress, CA. October 8, 2014 – Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA is pleased to announce a multiyear extension to our relationship with Championship-Winning Star Racing through a new contract that will see the successful team race YZ250Fs in both the AMA Supercross and Outdoor series.

This year was a breakout year for the Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha team. The winning train left the station at the final Supercross round in Las Vegas and continued to roll as the team dominated the 2014 Outdoor Nationals, taking home 6 out of a possible 12 overall wins behind the powerhouse duo of Jeremy Martin and Cooper Webb, with Jeremy Martin wrapping up the title with 1 race to go, bringing home Star Racing their first AMA National championship.

Yamaha is also pleased to announce that Jeremy Martin, Cooper Webb and Anthony Rodriguez will all be returning having signed new agreements with Star Racing that will insure they will be racing YZ250Fs during the 2015 season. Joining the returning riders will be amateur standout Aaron Plessinger. Aaron’s final amateur race will be at the upcoming Monster Energy Cup, from there he will prepare for his pro debut sometime during the 2015 Supercross season.

“This year was simply amazing. I’ve dreamt about this moment for a long time and I knew with the people we have on the team and the bikes that Yamaha provides us this was going to happen. I’m very excited to see what 2015 and beyond holds for our team and I couldn’t be happier to continue our awesome relationship with Yamaha”, said Star Racing team owner Bobby Regan. “I’m so proud of everyone at Star Racing. We worked together and created a long term plan to develop riders from our Amateur motocross program and stuck with it. The results so far couldn’t have been any sweeter. Yamaha is very excited to see what 2015 holds with last year’s trio of Martin, Webb, and Rodriguez returning along with new rookie Plessinger,” said Yamaha Motor Co. Racing Division Manager, Keith McCarty.

For more on the entire Yamaha powersports line, visit yamahamotorsports.com

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Monday, October 6, 2014

Team BTO Sports/KTM/WPS Signs Justin Brayton

Courtesy of BTO Sports Racing
 
Camarillo, CA (Oct.1, 2014) - Team BTO Sports-KTM-WPS is pleased to announce the signing of Justin Brayton for the 2015 and 2016 racing  seasons. He will be lining up aboard his BTO Sports-KTM-WPS 450SX-F, contesting both the AMA Supercross and AMA Pro Motocross Championships.  Joining the team alongside returning teammate Andrew Short makes the BTO Sports-KTM-WPS race team a top contender for the upcoming season. Brayton will make his team debut this weekend at the Red Bull Straight Rhythm.




"I am so excited to take this next step in my career with the BTO - KTM family” said Brayton. “I am ready to win, and my new KTM 450 SX-F is a bike that I am 100% confident I can do that on.  My team and all its sponsors have welcomed me with open arms, and I am very excited to get racing with these guys."

“The last month has been incredibly exciting for us here at BTO” said Mike Giordano, marketing manager of BTO Sports. “With the addition of a great new rider to our team, and our recent move to an all new facility, it is nothing but fast paced excitement for us. All of us here at BTO Sports are geared up to take on 2015 in both business and racing.”

About BTO Sports – Est. in 1999, BTO Sports is an Online retailer for all your motocross needs located in Southern California.
BTO Sports has been working overtime to optimize their customer experience! New changes include a larger facility and an improved/re-designed website. These new changes drop in with perfect timing for the Holidays, while complementing the recent shipping upgrades. BTO Sports offers FREE 3-Day Shipping on all orders over $85 , along with cheaper and faster International Shipping rates. If that weren’t enough, BTO Sports is just around the corner from providing select tire combos to International customers! BTO Sports continues their efforts to grow in both business and racing for 2015.

For more information on the BTO Sports-KTM-WPS race team, visit www.btosportsracing.com

Thank you to the BTO Sports-KTM-WPS team sponsors:
BTOSports.com , KTM.com , Wps-inc.comPalmettomotorsports.com


BTO Sports, KTM, WPS, KTM Factory Services, Palmetto Motorsports, FLY Racing, Bubba Burger, FMF Racing,  Alpinestars, Factory Effex, ODI, Scott, WP Factory Service, Bel-Ray, Galfer, Acerbis, Talon,  Dubya, Engine Ice, Pirelli,  DT1, Hinson, Matrix , Reflex/Streamline, RK-Excel, Hexis, Mechanix Wear, Full Spectrum Power, ETS Fuel, Gear Custom Products, Raptor Titanium, Projekt, 2Undr, San Diego Powder & Protective Coating, Pit Posse , Safety Kleen , FLMX, Dream Traxx

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O'Neal Racewear Signs Blake Baggett

Courtesy of O'Neal


 O’Neal welcomes Factory Yoshimura Suzuki Team Member Blake Baggett for 2015 and 2016!  Blake having won both a 250 Outdoor National Championship and multiple AMA Supercross Lites events comes into 2015 ready do battle in his first 450 season.“Coming into my rookie 450 season I am excited to be working with the guys at O’NealL.  The gear fits fantastic and I am eager to put my new gear and my new team out on the track in the 450 class ” said Baggett.


Marc Shear, O’Neals’s race director says, “We are very excited to be working with Blake. After his stellar lites Career, Blake is poised to be up front fighting for podiums on his Factory Yoshimura Suzuki. We at O’Neal are looking forward to working with Blake for many successful years to come.”.Look for Baggett to be debuting his 2015 O’Neal gear at this year’s Monster Energy Cup on October 18th.

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Arai Helmets Signs Justin Barcia

Courtesy of Arai Helmets  

Arai Helmet, Inc. is proud to announce a two-year deal that will see Justin “Bam Bam” Barcia wear Arai helmets in both AMA Supercross and Outdoor racing.  Barcia, the 2011 and 2012 250SX East Coast champion, will wear Arai’s all-new VX-Pro4 model. “Everyone knows Arai builds some of the best helmets in the world,” said Barcia. “The protection, fit and comfort of my VX-Pro4 will be a huge asset when I take to the track this season.”

An intense competitor with a hard-charging style, Barcia’s pro career began in 2009, which saw him take home the AMA Rookie of the Year Award. After his back-to-back Supercross Lite titles, Barcia moved to the 450 class in 2013, winning two rounds and claiming that series’ Rookie of the Year award as well. Barcia recently announced he will ride for the Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX team in 2015.

“We’re so excited to have a rider of Justin’s caliber become part of the Arai team,” said Brian Weston, Managing Director of Arai Helmet, Inc. “We know that our new VX-Pro4 will help give Justin the confidence he needs to succeed in 2015.” The Arai VX-Pro4 features improved ventilation throughout, a redesigned peak and chin bar, plus an upgraded emergency cheek pad release system. A replica version of the Barcia VX-Pro4 will be available for purchase in early 2015.


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Friday, September 26, 2014

Fly Signs Weston Peick

Courtesy of Fly Racing

September 26, 2014 – Boise, ID – FLY Racing is proud to announce a renewed partnership with privateer standout, and now Joe Gibbs Racing rider, Weston Peick. Peick has been a part of the FLY Racing family for five years with many more to come. Peick will compete in the full AMA 450 Monster Energy Supercross series as well as the full AMA MX Sports Outdoor National Series aboard his Joe Gibbs Racing Yamaha.

Craig Shoemaker, CEO of Western Power Sports/FLY Racing, had this to say about the renewed partnership “We are excited to continue our relationship with such a hard working athlete and great FLY Racing family member. I am excited to see what Weston can do with this new opportunity.” Watch for Weston in FLY Racing’s full line of Professional Race Equipment soon.

View FLY Racing’s full line of helmets, racewear, protective gear, and casual by visiting www.flyracing.com

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Yamaha Extends Relationship with JGRMX

Courtesy of Yamaha Motor Corp.

Cypress, CA.  September 22, 2014 — Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA is pleased to announce the extension of our relationship with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGRMX) through a new contract that will see the successful team race YZ450Fs in both the AMA Supercross and Outdoor series for at least the next two years. On top of that, Yamaha is proud to welcome two new riders to the Yamaha JGRMX family.

After an illustrious amateur career, Justin Barcia started off his professional career with a bang, winning the AMA Rookie of the Year award in 2009. He followed that early success with two 250SX East Coast Championships. That same success followed Barcia when he moved up to the 450 Class, as he won two 450SX Supercross races in his first season and took home the 2013 AMA 450 Class Rookie of the Year award. Already a proven winner with an intensity that is unrivaled, Barcia is looking forward to the start of the 2015 Season.

“I have met everyone over at Joe Gibbs Racing and already feel like part of the family, I am excited to start riding and training for the 2015 season,” said Justin Barcia, who has been recovering from ankle surgery earlier in the season.

Joining Barcia on the Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX team is perennial underdog fan favorite Weston Peick. A long-time Yamaha rider Weston had a breakthrough season in 2014 and looks forward to carrying that momentum into the 2015 season now that he’s back on a YZ450F.

“I couldn’t be more excited to see what the future holds for the Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX team. With Barcia and Peick under the tent and the improved 2015 YZ450F at their disposal it should be a very exciting year,” said Yamaha Motor Co. Racing Division Manager, Keith McCarty.
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Justin Hill to Red Bull KTM for 2015 Season

Courtesy of Red Bull Ktm

Murrieta, CA – The Red Bull KTM Factory Team is excited to announce it has signed Justin Hill to race the 250 SX West Supercross Series and the Lucas Oil Pro 250 Motocross Championship for the 2015 season.

Hill hails from the state of Oregon where he lived throughout his amateur motocross career. It was at a young age that Hill became recognized as an upcoming star after securing multiple amateur motocross titles which led to a factory ride in his rookie season in 2013. During that season he earned two top five finishes in the 250 SX West Supercross Series.

In 2014, Hill landed on the podium five times in the 250 SX West Supercross Series. His first professional career win was at the San Diego Supercross. He also took a win at the Las Vegas East/West Shootout. Hill was sitting inside the top ten in points in the 250 Motocross class earlier this season before a shoulder injury sidelined him at Millville forcing him to sit out the remainder of the series.

“Obviously Justin’s improvement in the past year caught our eye,” stated Red Bull KTM Factory Team Manager Roger De Coster. “We saw him take two wins in the Supercross series and saw a lot of potential in his outdoor results as well. We are excited to have him join our team this season and feel he will complement our other rider, Marvin Musquin, very well giving the Red Bull KTM Team a competitive rider on each coast in the Supercross series.”

Hill was equally excited about signing with Red Bull KTM, stating, “I’m really happy to get the opportunity to join the Red Bull KTM Factory Team and work with Team Manager Roger De Coster. I’ve always been a big fan of Roger and what he has accomplished throughout his career. I’m looking at this as a fresh start with an exciting brand and an opportunity to join a race-focused company which is a perfect fit for me.”

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Boyesen Announces 2015 Rider Support Program

Courtesy of Boyesen

LENHARTSVILLE, PA.  – Boyesen Engineering is pleased to announce our 2015 Factory Racing Direct Rider Support program for the upcoming 2015 race season.  Boyesen’s Factory Racing Support is one of the world’s most generous rider support programs, and exists to provide riders with direct access to special support offers, and all-access technical product support without using a third party provider. When you are sponsored by Boyesen, we take pride in assisting your racing efforts directly.

ABOUT BOYESEN ENGINEERING:
THE BOYESEN LEGACY… For more than 40 years Boyesen has specialized in the design and manufacturer of high-performance parts for pros and amateur racers alike. From Boyesen’s innovative, industry-leading 2-stroke performance intake systems, to the Race-Proven Supercooler performance water pump system, Boyesen continues to set the standard for motocross and off-road performance.

HOW TO APPLY:
We would like to invite all MX and Offroad riders to submit your application for Boyesen’s Direct Factory Rider Support.  The process is simple and easy. Visit Boyesen.com and access our Factory Support application found under SPECIAL PROGRAMS – Rider Support. Fill out your application on our website and you will receive your final support account confirmation at the email address that you provided during signup.

Factory Racing Direct Signup Application: http://www.boyesen.com/rider_support.php

SOCIAL PROMOTIONS:
As part of our direct support system, we are making our new social media channels available for riders to self-promote. Using Instagram, you can promote yourself by tagging #factoryflyers and represent Boyesen in a fun and professional way. On Facebook, reach out and join the growing number of riders who are using our Facebook page as a place to promote their riding and racing activities.

Don’t forget to follow and tag us on social media while racing, training, or just having fun.
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/BoyesenEngineering
Instagram:  @boyesenfactoryracing
Twitter:  @boyesenracing
Web:  www.boyesen.com

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