Tuesday, June 23, 2015

KTM Announces 2015 Moto Tour

Courtesy of KTM North America

KTM North America, Inc. is excited to announce the remaining dates of the 2015 KTM Moto Tour where participants can test ride the new 2016 SX model line-up before they buy.


The KTM Moto Tour program is a chance for riders to demo a new KTM SX model prior to purchase. In addition, each participant will also receive special offers from the Ride Orange sponsors.

The KTM Moto Tour program kicked-off in Crawfordsville, Ind., on June 12 and has additional stops across the U.S. at popular motocross riding parks for the remainder of the season.
2015 KTM Moto Tour Schdule:
  • Ironman Raceway – Crawfordsville, IN – June 12
  • Winchester Speed Park – Winchester, NH – June 22
  • Pleasure Valley Raceway – Pleasure Valley, PA – July 19
  • Briarcliff MX Park – Nashport, OH – August 8
  • Spring Creek Raceway – Millville, MN – August 15
  • Washougal MX Park – Washougal, WA – August 24
  • Thunder Valley Raceway – Lakewood, CO – September 11
  • Lake Elsinore MX Park – Lake Elsinore, CA – October 2
  • Prairie City OHV Park – Rancho Cordova, CA – October 9
  • ADVMX Park – Del Valle, TX – November 9
  • Village Creek MX Park – Fort Worth, TX – November 13
  • Thundercross MX Park – Okeechobee, FL – November 2
  • Gatorback MX Park – Gainesville, FL – November 23
KTM will have the entire line of full-size 2016 SX models available to test including: 125 SX, 150 SX, 250 SX, 250 SX-F, 350 SX-F and 450 SX-F.

Interested participants must obtain a pass from their local KTM dealership in order to participant in a Moto Tour demo ride. Participants must be 18 years of age or older and have a valid government-issued photo ID in order to participate. All riders must also come prepared with the appropriate riding gear, including: a DOT approved helmet, jersey, riding pants, gloves, goggles and boots. Please visit your local KTM dealer for more information and schedule updates.
 
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Monday, June 22, 2015

Road 2 Recovery Partners with Carlsbad Raceway

Courtesy of Road 2 Recovery

Carlsbad, CA - A project almost five years in the making is about to come to reality with the Road 2 Recovery (R2R) Foundation joining a group of passionate Carlsbad Raceway fans and legendary athletes to build a permanent, interpretive monument overlooking the site of the famed Carlsbad Raceway. R2R will administer all the private and corporate donations to the project along with the necessary 501(c)(3) charitable donation paperwork to those donors. The foundation will retain a small fee for this work and share in any remaining donations once the monument is constructed and installed. The goal is to unveil the monument on Sunday morning after one of the two San Diego Monster Energy Supercross events in 2016.


"Our foundation is always looking for new and innovative ways to promote our mission and raise funds for injured motocross/supercross and action sports athletes. This was a natural for us," said Anita Button, operations director at Road 2 Recovery. "We will be able to help provide a unique, historical experience for the motorcycle and action sports community while raising additional awareness for our cause."

The monument project was conceived almost five years ago after the release of the film The Carlsbad USGP:1980 by Pipeline Digital Media. Filmmaker Todd Huffman, David Moates (brother of the Carlsbad USGP's first American winner in 1980, Marty Moates), and Scott Cox of Resmarket got together to discuss initial plans for the monument with the City of Carlsbad who embraced the project. Now is the time to get it completed.

"Wow! Having the Road 2 Recovery Foundation join in with us is really special," said Todd Huffman, director and producer at Pipeline Digital Media (PDM). "It will really give this project a shot in the arm to get completed in 2016."

"As a Carlsbad local, having a monument like this to share racing and other memories from the raceway with my family and friends is pretty damn cool," said David Moates. "My brother Marty would be stoked that it is happening."

The goal is to raise an estimated $50,000 for design and construction of the monument to be completed by Feb of 2016. A professional environmental design firm will be engaged to design the monument and highlight all of the raceway's features like the drag strip, motocross track, skateboard park and road course. A short term need of approximately $15,000 is needed to present initial conceptual drawings to the City of Carlsbad by August 3, 2015.

Donations can be made online by visiting r2r.webconnex.com/carlsbadraceway
 
Or send checks to
Road 2 Recovery Foundation
1042 N El Camino Real
Suite B-350
Encinitas, CA 92024
In note field: Carlsbad Raceway Monument

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Yuasa Battery to sponsor Legends and Heroes Moto Museum rig

Courtesy of Yuasa Batteries

Yuasa Battery Inc., the worldwide leader in powersports batteries, announced it is a sponsor of the Legends and Heroes Moto Museum rig that will appear at numerous motocross events across the country in 2015. As part of the sponsorship, Yuasa will have a display at the Moto Museum tractor trailer and will have advisors on hand to help consumers with any technical questions they may have about powersports batteries and charging systems.

“We are pleased to have Yuasa as a sponsor of the Legends and Heroes Moto Museum,” said Alex Moroz, general managing partner, Legends and Heroes Tour. “Many of us are racers who grew up in the early days of motocross. We’ve had the opportunity to experience it from the beginning, and it is time for us to share it with the next generation of motocross fans.”

The Legends and Heroes Moto Museum displays a history of Supercross and Motocross using a state-of-the-art museum built inside a tractor-trailer. Fans are entertained and educated with a loop of video assets on outdoor display screens and inside the Moto Museum’s video wall. A volunteer staff guides fans through the Legends and Heroes experience and answers any questions about the great machines and history of motocross.

It is estimated that over 1.2 million fans will visit the Legends and Heroes Moto Museum in 2015. The rig will appear at selected events, including the Monster Energy Supercross series, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, the AHRMA Vintage Motocross Nationals, the Syracuse Nationals, the Kawasaki Race of Champions, Jimmy Wienerts “Jammer Cup” and the AIMExpo in Orlando Florida.

Yuasa Battery, Inc. is a premier manufacturer of powersports batteries in the United States. Due to the proven quality and reputation established over several decades, Yuasa is the leading supplier of batteries to the leading original equipment manufacturers, distributors and dealers throughout the world.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

STEWART RE-SIGNS WITH YOSHIMURA SUZUKI FACTORY RACING

Courtesy of Suzuki Racing

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing has reached a multi-year agreement with James Stewart to contest both AMA/ FIM Supercross and AMA Pro Motocross Championships.

Stewart will compete aboard a Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450 beginning with the Redbull Straight Rhythm in Pomona, California on October 11th, the Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas on October 17th and then in the AMA Supercross and Motocross Championships beginning in 2016.

Stewart boasts a Hall of Fame worthy credentials – a multi-time AMA Supercross and Motocross Champion as well as AMA Athlete of the Year award winner; in 2014 he became the first rider in 450 Supercross history to win at least one Supercross Main Event in 10 consecutive seasons.

He extends his time with a manufacturer in Suzuki and a team in Yoshimura with rich traditions of winning championships. Teamed with up-and-coming rider Blake Baggett, Yoshimura Suzuki looks to have one of the most impressive rider line-ups in AMA Supercross and Motocross.

“I’m happy to finish out my career with Suzuki,” Stewart said. “The team has been very supportive and I can’t wait to get back on that bike and be around my guys each weekend. I’m really looking forward to coming back to racing. Since I was forced to step away for a time it’s made me realise how much I miss it and how much I want to be there. I still have that competitive spirit and want to get back and give my all in the final years of my career. I also thank all the fans and sponsors who’ve stuck by me. I’m ready to race. I can’t wait to see that first gate drop.”

Stewart will once again be racing Suzuki’s powerful and agile-handling RM-Z450 and Yoshimura’s Supercross/ Motocross Team Manager Mike Webb is looking forward to having him back on the machine.

“We’re very happy to put this agreement together with James,” Webb said. “Even when he wasn’t racing this past year, he’s been very supportive to the team and Suzuki and has been instrumental in helping develop the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450. With James joining Blake we’re looking forward to having a full stable of strong riders for 2016.” 


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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The LitPro

Courtesy of  LitPro

Temecula, CA (June 16, 2015) - Today NZN Labs introduces LITProTM, the gold standard for training and performance analytics in motocross.

LITPro is the world’s best training tool for motocross athletes and their respective teams. By employing proprietary HD-GPSTM technology and fusing it with various other sensors and technologies, LITPro provides the most advanced and comprehensive view of every moment spent on the track. Benefit from LITPro’s insights to achieve faster laps, better starts, and a more effective overall training program.

“If you analyze race results at any level, the difference between first and fourth place is a few percentage points – only 0.965 seconds per lap for this year’s Supercross season. That is an incredibly narrow margin separating the champion from the forgotten. Everything we do with LITPro aims to show a rider how to achieve at least one second of improvement per lap.” said Michael Ford, President and Co-Founder of NZN Labs. “We have had the great fortune of working with some of the best athletes, trainers, and factory race teams in the sport to validate and improve LITPro. We are excited to deliver these factory level capabilities to the broader motocross community. ”

“My biggest goal is elevating the track experience where we can not so much have quantity of riding, but quality riding.” said Aldon Baker, professional trainer. “In order to have quality riding, we need to be able to isolate where the problem areas are on the track. And with LITPro, we can condense and really isolate the issues and opportunities, so when they get back out there it is a way better, more productive, training. This is what I’ve been looking for for many years.”

LITPro’s key features include:
– Lap and Segment Analytics to see where you are fast or slow, consistent or inconsistent. LITPro lap and segments times, calculated automatically within the LITPro MX App, are within 1/20 of a second of accuracy when compared to official AMA results.
– Lap 99TM and Ghosting to view and visualize your improvement potential through better line selection and rhythms.
– Gate Drop Analytics for better starts.
– Airtime Analytics for more effective jumps.
– Body Analytics to monitor training load and improvements over time.

LITPro’s embedded and patent pending technologies include:
– HD-GPSTM – 20x the resolution and better precision than traditional GPS solutions.
– HD-Track Maps* – Your favorite track has never looked so good. *Available for a growing number of tracks in the U.S.
– Proven Action Sports Algorithms – Trusted by many of the best action sports athletes and brands in the world.
– Personalized Track Configurations – Establish laps and segments exactly where you want
them for any outdoor track anywhere in the world.
– Dual Wireless Bluetooth – Connect your heart rate strap and eventually other accessories to benefit from an even more thorough LITPro experience.
– Magnetic Charging – Effortless charging that enables a robust mechanical design.
LITPro is available now at LITProApp.com for $399. LITPro works with most iPhone and iPad devices. The LITPro Sync and LITPro MX Apps are available now in the Apple App Store.
Follow LITPro on Instagram @LITPro and Twitter @LITProApp.

About NZN Labs, Inc.
NZN Labs, Inc. is a privately held sports technology company based in Temecula,CA . LITProTM, HD-GPSTM, and Lap 99TM are trademarks of NZN Labs, Inc.
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Monday, June 1, 2015

360fly Signs Chad Reed

Courtesy of 360fly

PITTSBURGH 360fly, Inc., the category creator in 360-degree digital video products, announced professional motocross rider Chad Reed as its newest brand ambassador. The relationship provides Reed with exclusive early access to 360-degree filming capabilities, while providing 360fly with compelling content from one of the world’s most decorated and respected motocross athletes. Reed joins a growing 360fly athlete roster that includes Flatland BMX rider Terry Adams, Freestyle Skier Simon Dumont and Surfer Carissa Moore.

Reed, a global motocross star and champion in both Monster Energy Supercross and the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, has been competing since mountable cameras first entered the sport. After years of utilizing the incumbent industry-leading products, Reed was instantly blown away with 360fly’s interactive 360-degree video and game-changing mobile capabilities.

“Before 360fly, there were only single point-of-view cameras available. And after years of using a variety of models, I’ve found they just can’t compare to 360fly’s all-seeing single lens.” said Reed. “360fly opens the door to a whole new world of possibilities. The innovative quality of its interactive 360-degree video goes without saying. But what may be even more powerful is the fact that editing and sharing is completely mobile. You don’t have to get to a computer to download, edit and share the footage. That for me is a total game changer.”

In 2003, the Australian rider took supercross on by storm by winning his 450 debut against the greatest of all time, Ricky Carmichael. He’s captured AMA Supercross championships in 2004 and 2008, while also earning the AMA Motocross title in 2009.

“It goes without saying that Chad is an unbelievable athlete, but he also brings a high level of vision and savvy when it comes to action cameras,” said Peter Adderton, CEO of 360fly. “Beyond the world-class rider is a true family man. Chad’s family-oriented lifestyle aligns with our brand as a general lifestyle camera allowing anyone and everyone to capture life’s greatest moments in 360 degrees. We couldn’t be more excited to see what he captures with the camera.”

In addition to his on-going efforts to develop content, Reed will actively promote 360fly in a variety of ways including public appearances, media interviews, social media activity, and showcasing the brand logo in competition.

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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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