Saturday, December 3, 2016

COLTON HAAKER & PASCAL RAUCHENECKER TO REPRESENT ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING AT SUPERENENDURO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Courtesy of Husqvarna Motorcycles

REIGNING WORLD CHAMP AND UP-AND-COMING ROOKIE ALL-SET FOR THRILLING 2016/17 SEWC CAMPAIGN

Featuring defending SuperEnduro World Champion and recently crowned AMA EnduroCross Champion Colton Haaker together with highly promising SuperEnduro rookie Pascal Rauchenecker, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing are fired up for success in the 2016/17 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship that kicks off in Poland on December 10th.

Following what has so far been the most successful year of his racing career, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Colton Haaker returns to the SuperEnduro World Championship with just one goal in mind – to successfully defend his title in the 2016/17 series.

Fresh off his impressive 2016 AMA EnduroCross Championship campaign where he claimed five
wins and a total of eight podium results from the eight-round series, Colton has his sights set on retaining his top form at the European-based SuperEnduro series. Racing aboard Husqvarna FE 350 machinery, he will aim for victory in each of the four rounds of the soon-to-start championship.
Austrian Pascal Rauchenecker, who is excited to continue his first year of enduro competition by making the switch to indoor competition and the SuperEnduro series, completes the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team.

Claiming three Enduro 1 podium results during his debut Enduro World Championship campaign the 23-year-old has been working hard ahead of the first SuperEnduro event in Poland.
The four-round 2016/2017 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship kicks off on December 10th, with the season opening GP of Poland taking place in Krakow’s Tauron Arena.

Colton Haaker: “I truly am excited about getting back to racing in Europe and getting my SuperEnduro championship started. Winning the title last year was incredible. I was one of three riders gunning for that championship, the fact that it came down to the last corner of the last race of the series is something I’ll never forget. I learned so much during the championship last year. I started out off the radar a little but a lot has changed since then. Winning the US Endurocross title recently has been another important step in my career. I really feel good right now and I feel like I’m in a much better place starting this SuperEnduro championship. I know the competition and the tracks will be tough, but I’m excited for the challenge. Defending my championship title is what I’m focused on, I can’t wait to get over to Poland and kick things off.”

Pascal Rauchenecker: “Competing in the SuperEnduro World Championship is something I’m really excited about. It’s something that’s completely new to me. I know I don’t have any real SuperEnduro experience, but to be a part of the series is something I’m very happy about. I’ve followed SuperEnduro and Endurocross closely this year, and have trained as much as I could after the ISDE to be ready for the first race. There’s going to be so much for me to learn, but my goal is to improve at each race and just to do my best. It’s great having Colton as my team-mate. He’s the number one rider right now, so I know I can learn from him. The first race in Poland will be a very special event for me.”

Calendar – 2016/2017 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship
Round 1: 10 December: Grand Prix of Poland (Krakow)
Round 2: 7 January: Grand Prix of Germany (Riesa)
Round 3: 4 March: Grand Prix of Euskadi (Bilbao)
Round 4: 18 March: Grand Prix of France (Albi)






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TORC1 RACING PARTNERS WITH BPRMX/HOME DEPOT YAMAHA TEAM

Courtesy of Torc1 Racing

Torc1 Racing is proud to announce a partnership with BPRMX/Home Depot/Yamaha Team for 2017. Torc1 will be the official handlebars, grips, shifter, and brake pedal sponsor for the team. “We are very excited about our partnership with the team for the 2017 Monster Energy Supercross 250SX West Series. With Chris Alldredge and Scott Champion, the team has huge potential to be a serious contender in the 250SX class. Working with the team will help us to continue to test and develop innovative high quality products at the highest level of racing that we can pass down to retail consumers. We are looking forward to a great relationship with the entire team and can’t wait to get this season started,” Said Ryan Pursley from Torc1 Racing

“BPRMX is excited to partner with Torc1 this year for the Monster Energy Supercross Season. We have tested the product earlier this year and the quality and workmanship is second to none. We know we are putting our team on the best products to help us win each and every weekend and Torc1 is a big part of that.” Scot Steffy Team Manager. For more info about Torc1 go to www.torc1racing.com

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RCH YOSHIMURA SUZUKI SIGNS TICKLE & BOGLE

Courtesy of Team Suzuki Press Office

 RCH/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing have signed Broc Tickle and Justin Bogle to race Suzuki RM-Z450s in the 2017 Monster Energy AMA/ FIM World Supercross and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship with full factory support from Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (SMAI).

Tickle returns to the seat of the No. #20 Suzuki after spending the previous four seasons with RCH. Last season, he was fifth in the points and off to his best Pro Motocross start since 2012 before being sidelined for the final third of the campaign after suffering an injury at Spring Creek.

Bogle, the 2014 Eastern Regional 250 SX Class Champion, makes the move to RCH from Geico Honda where he will pilot the No. #19 RM-Z450. Last season, he notched one top-five and six top-10 finishes during his rookie 450 class Supercross season.

“Combining the strengths of RCH, Yoshimura and Suzuki into a single factory racing effort has been rewarding,” said Kerry Graeber, Vice President, MC/ATV Sales and Marketing for SMAI. “And with Broc returning and Justin joining the Suzuki family, we are eager for the 2017 season to begin.”

RCH is coming off its most successful season to date after finishing second in the 2016 Monster Energy Supercross Championship and collecting its first premier class title where Ken Roczen rode the No. #94 Suzuki RM-Z450 to the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.

“Broc has been with RCH since 2013,” said RCH Racing co-founder Ricky Carmichael. “He’s one of the sport’s most respected veterans and one of those guys who gets better every year. We’re really happy to keep Broc in the mix at RCH and to bring him along with us as part of our Suzuki Factory effort. Justin won a championship in the 250 class and has shown great promise on a 450. We're excited to see how quickly he meshes with Broc, the team, and our championship-winning Suzuki RM-Z450.”

“After winning the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship this summer, we’re chomping at the bit to get back racing,” added fellow RCH Racing co-founder Carey Hart. “We have been working alongside Suzuki and Yoshimura to refine this new program for 2017. We are excited to have Broc back and to be able to bring a rider of Justin’s calibre on board.”

RCH/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing will be led by Team Manager Kyle Bentley and will make its 2017 debut on January 7th at the Monster Energy Supercross season opener in Anaheim, California.




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JOHN HINZ APPOINTED AS PRESIDENT OF KTM NORTH AMERICA, INC.

Courtesy of KTM North America

MURRIETA, Calif. – KTM North America Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of John Hinz as its new President, effective January 1, 2017. As President, Hinz will assume responsibility for the North American subsidiary to include the KTM Group brands KTM, Husqvarna Motorcycles and WP in the U.S. and Canada. Hinz will work closely with current President Jon-Erik Burleson until January 31 to ensure a seamless transition, while Burleson prepares to assume the role as Brand Ambassador for Husqvarna Motorcycles beginning February 1.

Burleson: “I have arrived at a point in my career in which I have decided to embark on new personal challenges. My passion for both the company and individual brands remains strong and true, as well as my personal investment in continuing industry initiatives to support the sport of motorcycling, which tie back to the company’s foundation of success and core of the brands. I’m looking forward to assuming the role of Brand Ambassador with Husqvarna, which allows me to remain involved with a brand that is so near and dear to my heart and stay connected within the motorcycle industry. I have worked closely with John for many years now and I am looking forward to seeing the continued growth and success of the company.”

As a lifelong motorcyclist with nearly 20 years of experience in the motorcycle industry, ten of which have been spent with KTM North America, Hinz has played an instrumental role in the company’s success today. Hinz started in the industry working directly with dealers as a District Sales Manager before transitioning into the role of National Dealer Development Manager. Being an avid enthusiast, his first role at KTM was managing Product Marketing, then taking on North American Research & Development responsibilities as well as overseeing the KTM/HMC RC8 Superbike Racing program.

This transitioned into the broader role of Vice President of Group Marketing and Product
Development and most recently the position of Managing Director for KTM. His experience in the industry, and with the company, will prove invaluable as the KTM Group further establishes itself as a driving force within the North American market.

Hubert Trunkenpolz, CSO of KTM AG: “The KTM Group has experienced substantial growth over the last several years under Jon-Erik Burleson’s leadership. I am excited for John Hinz to transition into the position of President so he can continue the implementation of the successful business strategy that the KTM North America group has developed with the executive management team. Our branded approach to business provides the opportunity to reach the broader North American motorcycling market, enter new segments and connect to the motorcycling community through our strong dealer network, unique customer events and championship racing efforts. On behalf of the entire KTM AG Board of Directors, we would like to thank Jon-Erik for his over 20 years of hard work and dedication to the company.”





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Friday, December 2, 2016

Road 2 Recovery’s Annual Holiday eBay Auction

Courtesy of Road to Recovery

Encinitas, CA – Its that time of year again for Road 2 Recovery’s annual Holiday eBay auction.
This year you can expect to find over 50 highly sought after items to bid on. There really is something for everyone on your holiday list and every budget. From rare autographed motocross jerseys, action sports memorabilia, a framed signed copy of Scott’s DREAM by world renounced artist Scott Dickson, to a LAPD helicopter ride a-long for two. The best part is; it all goes to a great cause, 100% of the proceeds will go to Road 2 Recovery and the cause they support.

While all items go to support Road 2 Recovery, some of the items listed will directly support specific causes. Items donated to support specific cause like Jessy Nelson, Sam Willoughby, and Erv Braun will be noted in the items description box on eBay. By bidding on and winning in R2R’s Holiday eBay auction you help one or many injured athletes. 

This 10-day auction will start today, December 1st, with a one minute staggered start and finish. The first item will close on Saturday, December 10th at 9am PST, with each item closing one minute after that. This staggered start and finish will ensure that if you might have missed one item, you'll still have an opportunity to bid on something else before it closes. All shipping in the US is free. 
Road 2 Recovery would like to thank all the donors and athletes who made this Annual Holiday eBay auction what it is especially Troy Lee Designs (both moto and bike), Adidas, 4arm Strong, Scott Dickson, Ken Roczen, Ricky Carmichael, Connor Fields, Cooper Webb, and Tyler Brown. The links below are to the individual items the top link is to the complete auction.

4Arm Strong Kit – 182372847021

About Road 2 Recovery: The Road 2 Recovery Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that was founded in 2000, and is dedicated to helping AMA licensed Professional Motocross/Supercross riders and Action Sports Athletes with financial assistance if they sustain career-ending injuries as well as providing motivational, emotional, and spiritual support to these individuals and their families. To make a donation click here.  For more information on Road 2 Recovery and upcoming events visit  www.road2recovery.com or contact Anita Button at 760-436-1366.




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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross License Applications Now Available

Courtesy of MX Sports

Online licensing is now available for Lucas Oil Pro Motocross riders interested in participating in the 2017 season. Complete Step 1 on the MX Sports Pro Racing website at http://mxsportsproracing.com/pages/pro-motocross-license-application. Upon completion, a link to the AMA Pro Racing Network will be on the success page after hitting submit and an email will be sent to the address you've submitted. The AMA Pro Racing Member Network allows members to manage their own membership information, as well as process payments securely online.

Once you have completed the online portion and payment of your application, please remember to print and return it to AMA Pro Racing along with your notarized signature. This will complete the submission portion of you license application and begin the approval process.
Print the attached application and return it with the following forms signed and notarized to AMA Pro Racing at the address listed below.
  1. 2017 AMA Pro Racing Annual Participant Release, Waiver of Liability, Assumption of Risk and Indemnity Agreement
  2. 2017 MXS All-Event Release, Waiver and Indemnity Agreement
  3. AMA Pro Racing Membership Terms and Conditions
  4. Annex B, 2017 Athlete Consent to Doping Control
  5. Download and review the updated Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Substance Abuse Policy
  6. Complete your Rider Profile by logging into the MX Sports and ATV Motocross websites at: https://secure.tracksideonlineresults.com/mxpro/login.aspx
If you are a new applicant, you must also include a copy of your birth certificate.  If you are a foreign rider, you must also include a copy of your current racing license along with a Start Permission or a Release and Certification from your licensing federation. An Eligibility form may also be required.
Please mail your signed and NOTARIZED forms to the following address:
AMA Pro RacingATTN: Membership Services
525 Fentress Blvd. Suite B
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
Faxed or emailed applications will not be accepted.
Documents must be received by AMA Pro Racing no later than 30 days prior to your first event of the season. License applications will only be approved in advance and will not be accepted or approved at an event.
Please remember that all applications must be printed and returned to the AMA Pro Racing office with notarized signatures in order to begin the licensing approval process. In the event your application is not approved, a full refund will be returned to you.
How to Apply for a 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Rider License
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross rider applications may be submitted by following these instructions:
Step 1: MX Sports Pro Racing Online Application
Step 2: AMA Pro Racing Member Network
  • Existing Online Users: Log in to the AMA Pro Member Network at http://members.amaproracing.com/. If you have trouble logging in, please follow the instructions below.
  • New Online Users: Follow the New User instructions below to create an online account.
  • Once logged in, click My Account.
  • Click Profile to review and update your Headshot, Mailing Address, Email Address, Phone Numbers and Emergency Contact information.
  • Click Licenses to apply for a 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Rider License.
  • After applying, the Licenses page will allow you to review your application Status by clicking the red “Check Status” button.
Forgot your username or password?
New user?
  • Complete the MX Sports Pro Racing Rider Profile Information Page: Pro MX or ATVMX
  • Please visit http://members.amaproracing.com/.
  • Choose register to create a new user account and then click continue.
  • If you have previously held an AMA Pro license, follow the prompts to link your current Member ID to your new user account.
  • Once your account has been created, you will receive a confirmation email at the email address we have on file for you.
  • Open your confirmation email and click Activate Account.
  • You will be redirected to the My Account page, where you will need to click the Licenses tab and then choose License type to continue.
About the AMA Pro Racing Member Network
The AMA Pro Racing Member Network allows members to manage their own membership information, as well as process payments securely online. The Member Network can be accessed by visiting http://members.amaproracing.com/.
If you are having trouble creating or logging into your account, please contact Support by emailing HelpDesk@amaproracing.com or by calling 386-492-1014 during regular business hours (M-F 9:00am–5:00pm ET).
Please contact Sharon McMillan in AMA Pro Racing Member Services at (386) 492-1014 ext. 151 for any questions regarding the license application.


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2016 Women's Motocross Championship: Winter Olympics Motocross Results

Courtesy of Women's Professional Motocross Championship


Hodges Wins the Battle at the Thor Winter OlympicsFasnacht Wins the War at the Final Round of the WMX Series 
ALACHUA, Fla. (November 30, 2016) - Held in conjunction with the 2016 Thor Winter Olympics, the final round of the Women's Motocross Championship (WMX) took place this Saturday, November 26, at Gatorback Cycle Park in Alachua, Florida. Hannah Hodges took home the overall win where she dominated both motos, coming out with a 1-1 moto tally.

Hodges' Team Green Kawasaki teammate Kylie Fasnacht, who was still feeling the effects of the ACL injury that forced her to miss the previous round in New Jersey, clinched the WMX series title with a conservative 7-7 performance. The win was Hodges' second of the season, having also gone 1-1 in her only other appearance in the series at round two at Wortham, Texas' Freestone Raceway. 
Hannah Hodges (center), Kaitlyn Morrow (left) and Mackenzie Tricker (right) rounded out the WMX podium at final round held in conjunction with the Thor Winter Olympics.Photo: MEPMX | Martha Farmer
Hannah Hodges (center), Kaitlyn Morrow (left) and Mackenzie Tricker (right) rounded out the WMX podium at final round held in conjunction with the Thor Winter Olympics.
Photo: MEPMX | Martha Farmer
"It was really good to finish off the season with another win, especially since this year was my first on a big bike," said Hodges. "I hurt my wrist during the 250 B Limited race at the earlier this week and it was still sore for the WMX race, but I was able to tough it out and get the win. I only did one other round this year so it was good to be able to just hop in and go 1-1."

Since Hodges was outside of the top 10 in the standings heading into the Florida round, the Kawasaki rider had one of the last picks on the starting gate for the first moto. Hodges was not fazed as she still managed to exit the first turn in second behind Stone/Fly/Scott/Cycle Shack North Yamaha's Kaitlyn Morrow. Hodges took the lead before the end of the opening lap when she passed Morrow heading into the famed ‘Gator Pit.'

"My wrist was pretty tight on the first lap, so I just tried to ride steady most of the race and I was able to get the lead and pull out to a pretty good gap," said Hodges.
Hannah Hodges took home the overall win at the final round of the WMX series in Florida. Photo: MEPMX | Martha Farmer
Hannah Hodges took home the overall win at the final round
of the WMX series in Florida. 

Photo: MEPMX | Martha Farmer
At the finish, Hodges took a comfortable win over Morrow, with MCS Racing Suzuki/Obermeyer's Mackenzie Tricker rounding out the podium. Kawasaki's Shelby Rolen just missed the podium in fourth.

Riding the confidence from her first moto victory, Hodges grabbed the holeshot in the second moto and immediately started to pull away from the pack, while Morrow and Tricker battled over second and third.

Moto two was pretty much a mirror image of the first moto, with Hodges getting the easy win with Morrow and Tricker rounding out the podium. Rolen was fourth with KTM Canada's Eve Brodeur in fifth.
Kaitlyn Morrow earned second overall at round 10, and finished the year third overall in the WMX series.   Photo: MEPMX | Martha Farmer
Kaitlyn Morrow earned second overall at round 10, and finished
the year third overall in the WMX series.   

Photo: MEPMX | Martha Farmer
Defending champion Fasnacht came into the race needing only 11 points to clinch her second straight title, but could barely bend her leg due to her injury. Wearing a knee brace, Fasnacht fought through the pain and came away with a pair of sevenths, which was more than enough to give her the championship.

"I wasn't even supposed to be on the bike, but I needed to race in order to win the title," said Fasnacht. "I couldn't even bend my knee so I had to stand up in most of the corners and it hurt pretty bad when I landed from the jumps."
Hodges took the overall with her clean sweep of the two motos, while Morrow's 2-2 put her in second overall ahead of Tricker's 3-3 moto scores.
Kylie Fasnacht earned her second-straight WMX Championship with a pair of seventh place finishes while riding with an injured knee.Photo: MEPMX | Martha Farmer
Kylie Fasnacht earned her second-straight WMX Championship with a pair of seventh place finishes while riding with an injured knee.
Photo: MEPMX | Martha Farmer
After factoring out the "throw-away" rounds, Fasnacht finished off the year with 361 points for the title, with Tricker grabbing the runner-up position for the season with 334 points. Morrow was third on the year with 330, while Markelon (297) and Rolen (271) rounded out the top five.

For more information, please visit the official website at ww.racewmx.com or call (304) 284-0101. Also, follow the official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts for exclusive content and to catch the latest news. 
Results
  1. Hannah Hodges (KAW) 1-1
  2. Kaitlyn Morrow (YAM) 2-2
  3. Mackenzie Tricker (SUZ) 3-3
  4. Shelby Rolen (KAW) 4-4
  5. Eve Brodeur (KTM) 5-5
  6. Amanda Brown (HON) 6-6
  7. Kylie Fasnacht (KAW) 7-7
  8. Nicole Gaudern (KAW) 8-8
  9. Grace Payne (YAM) 9-9 
Series Points Standings:
  1. Kylie Fasnacht (361)
  2. Mackenzie Tricker (334)
  3. Kaitlyn Morrow (330)
  4. Marissa Markelon (297)
  5. Shelby Rolen (271)
  6. Eve Brodeur (268)
  7. Amanda Brown (234)
  8. Lauren Woods (184)
  9. Grace Payne (176)
  10. Nicole Gaudern (165)
About Women's Professional Motocross Championship:
The Women's Professional Motocross Championship (WMX), an AMA National Championship, features the world's fastest female outdoor motocross racers.  The 10-round series begins with the Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross at Daytona International Speedway in March and concludes with the Winter Olympics in November. It includes stops at premier motorsport facilities across America, with events in Florida, Texas, California, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Michigan, New Jersey and Maryland. These top female pro racers compete in a two-moto format on machines ranging from 125cc to 250cc. The WMX is managed by MX Sports Pro Racing, a West Virginia-based company and industry leader in power sports event production. For more information, please visit www.racewmx.com or call (304) 284-0101.






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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING JOIN FORCES WITH SIDI

Courtesy of Husqvarna Motorcycles

ITALIAN MANUFACTURER BECOMES OFFICIAL BOOTS SUPPLIER FOR ENDURO, SUPERENDURO AND EXTREME ENDURO TEAM RIDERS
Husqvarna Motorcycles are pleased to announce a new two-year partnership with SIDI – an agreement that will see the world-renowned sports footwear manufacturer become the official boots supplier for all European-based Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Enduro, SuperEnduro and Extreme Enduro riders throughout the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

Ideally combining innovation with half a century of experience in high-quality sports footwear manufacturing, SIDI is the brand of choice for millions of riders around the globe. What started back in 1960 as a craftsman’s workshop manufacturing mountain sports footwear in northern Italy has now evolved into a dominant player in the motorcycle and cycling markets.

Remaining at the forefront of all latest technical development SIDI’s R&D engineers have strived to offer products that are extremely reliable and comfortable. Worn by world-class athletes for decades SIDI boots have helped them claim victories and celebrate world championship titles in all major off-road motorcycle racing disciplines.

The signing of this agreement between Husqvarna Motorcycles and SIDI Sport will see all six Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Enduro, SuperEnduro and Extreme Enduro team riders based in Europe wear SIDI boots throughout their 2017 and 2018 racing campaigns.

Robert Jonas – Vice President Husqvarna Motorsport: “We’re extremely pleased to have SIDI join our enduro teams for the next two years. As a brand they’re closely involved with motorcycle competition with their boots worn by world champions in all kinds of motorcycle racing disciplines. With SIDI becoming an official boots supplier, we are happy to equip all European-based Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Enduro, SuperEnduro and Extreme Enduro riders with the very best equipment, allowing them to perform at their best while staying well-protected.”

Dino Signori – CEO SIDI Sport: “It’s an honour for all of us at SIDI to support Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s enduro athletes for the next two years. Combining tradition with innovation, style with comfort SIDI has become a market leader in motorcycle footwear. Our goal is always to push the boundaries of innovation and competition has always been an ideal testing ground for SIDI to develop new technologies. We trust Rockstar Energy Husqvarna athletes will enjoy the use of SIDI boots and we are looking forward to a fruitful collaboration with the team for many years to come.”

 



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