Tuesday, October 17, 2017

JIMMY DECOTIS SIGNS WITH JGR SUZUKI FOR 2018 SUPERCROSS SEASON

Courtesy of JGR Suzuki



The Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team is pleased to announce an agreement with Jimmy Decotis for the 2018 Supercross season. The deal includes the potential to also contest the 250 motocross series.
Jimmy Decotis brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the team. The nine-year veteran enjoyed his most successful indoor season in 2017. Jimmy finished inside the top ten at every round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250 Western regional series. Speed and consistency earned the likable 26-year-old a fifth-place finish in the final standings. Grit and determination aptly describe Decotis, who is elated to join the Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team.
“I heard that Suzuki was making a big push with their 250 program. I immediately went to JGRMX and met with the team. Believe it or not, the first free sponsored bike I ever got was a Suzuki RM-Z250 when I was an amateur. John Dowd helped me get my foot in the door. I still think about the day the truck showed up with a free RM-Z250 in it. My dad and I were freaking out! I really liked the brand and did well, which is why I wanted to get back on yellow. I figured it was a good idea to visit with the team and throw my hat in the ring,” stated Jimmy Decotis.
The Peabody, Mass. native continued, “I signed with JGRMX because they believe in me. I really like the team and the atmosphere. It’s a very good fit. There are a lot of positives, and I feel that I can be the guy to get Suzuki up front. This is where I belong.”
Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing team manager Jeremy Albrecht is elated to have Jimmy Decotis on the 2018 Suzuki RM-Z250. “I have known Jimmy for a while and always kept my eye on him. Now that we’ve reached a partnership with Suzuki Motor Corporation of America, Inc., we have the ability to field a full factory effort. Decotis was on my wish list. He strikes me as a consummate professional who knows what it takes to succeed. It goes without saying that Jimmy has the talent to perform at the highest level. I’m excited to begin working with Jimmy.”
Expect a complete Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory 250 Racing Team breakdown, including which coast Jimmy Decotis will contest, in the coming months. For more team news, please visit www.jgrmxraceteam.com.




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Monday, October 16, 2017

OFFICIAL MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS VIDEO GAME ANNOUNCED

Courtesy of Milestone



MILAN, Italy/LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Milestone, one of the leading racing game developers in the world, and Feld Entertainment, Inc., the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment and motorsport events, are proud to announce their partnership for the release of Monster Energy Supercross - The Official Videogame. The game will be available on February 13, 2018 on PlayStation®4, Xbox One, and Windows PC®/STEAM and will launch shortly after on Nintendo Switch™.  
Monster Energy Supercross - The Official Videogame will give players the opportunity to take part in the most competitive and highest profile off-road motorcycle racing championship in the world. Featuring innovative track designs and set inside recognizable and prestigious stadiums, the game is the most realistic and immersive Supercross fan experience. Players will race with their favorite Supercross athletes on tracks from the 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship season, choosing among official riders in both the 250SX and 450SX Classes, including iconic racers like Chad Reed, Ken Roczen and the outgoing champion Ryan Dungey.  
"We are really proud of our partnership with Feld Entertainment," Luisa Bixio, VP of Milestone, said. "Feld's expertise in creating valuable entertainment experiences combined with Milestone's long-standing experience in developing racing games has paved the way for this high-quality title, which is setting up to be the most immersive journey ever in the world of Monster Energy Supercross."  
"The lifelike experience of the videogame allows fans to interact with Monster Energy Supercross, as well as compete with other fans around the globe, like never before," said Vicki Silver, Chief Marketing Officer of Feld Entertainment. "Fans can engage in the sport all year long as they race as or against their favorite athletes on iconic Supercross tracks."  

KEY FEATURES INCLUDE:

  • The official 2017 Monster Energy Supercross season with special Monster Energy Cup access.
  • Official bikes, iconic tracks, and athletes from both 250SX and 450SX Classes: Chad Reed, Ken Roczen, reigning champion Ryan Dungey and others will race across official challenging tracks.
  • An exciting career mode with extreme customization options: Customize both riders and bikes for the maximum flexibility to advance in racing classes.
  • A powerful track editor, for endless gameplay possibilities: Players can create, customize and share online their own tracks.
  • Top notch graphics for a world-class game quality and a next-level immersive experience:  accurate reproduction of bikes, tracks, accessories and athletes' aspects.
The Supercross Championship will also release on mobile platforms, with the app Monster Energy Supercross Game, launching on iOS and Android in February 2018.  




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REKLUSE ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH ROCKSTAR ENERGY FACTORY HUSQVARNA

Courtesy of Rekluse

BOISE, Idaho – Rockstar Energy Factory Husqvarna riders Jason Anderson, Dean Wilson and Jordan Bailey made their debut on Rekluse products at the Monster Energy Cup. Rekluse is proud to support the team through the 2018 and 2019 supercross and motocross seasons. 
This is a continuation of a multi-year agreement to support Husqvarna’s worldwide race program. The partnership has already seen a lot of success since its start in 2016, netting championships in several racing disciplines. Rekluse and Husqvarna’s shared passion for innovation has them poised to continue their track record of excellence in racing.  
Sean Brown, president of Rekluse, stated: “We are excited to continue our partnership with Husqvarna. It’s a privilege to support these riders in their championship pursuits. We’re eager to watch all the action unfold this weekend and beyond.”
All three riders will be running Rekluse’s Core Manual clutch technology. Engineered and machined from aerospace quality billet aluminum, the Core components optimize oil flow, last longer and reduce running temperatures. This equates to virtually zero clutch fade for the rider, giving them uncompromised feel and performance from the green flag to the checkered flag. 




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Sunday, October 15, 2017

DOUBLE PODIUMS IN LAS VEGAS FOR ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING!

Courtesy of Husqvarna Motorcycles 


The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team duo of Jason Anderson and Dean Wilson headed to Las Vegas, NV for the seventh running of the Monster Energy Cup to duke it out with the world’s best supercross racers and battle for their share of the most lucrative single race purse of the season. The unique three-race format features a challenging, high speed supercross style course, split start and the always interesting “Joker Lane” which always provides maximum excitement for the packed stadium of fans.
When the gate dropped for race one of the Cup class, Jason Anderson jumped out to a third-place start and was immediately mixing it up for the lead on the action packed opening laps as riders strategically chose when to use the Joker Lane to their advantage. Around lap four, Anderson moved into the second position and pushed after the leader, ultimately coming home in second at the finish to keep himself firmly in the hunt for the weekend overall. Dean Wilson gated well in race one, and sat fifth on the first lap. He then rode strong, laying down quick lap times with his eyes set on the leaders. On lap four, Dean moved into fourth, then into third on lap six where he stayed for the remainder of the race to take a podium finish.
In race two Anderson pulled another great start to sit second after the opening lap. He rode strong consistent laps and chased the leader all race long, ultimately ending with another second-place finish, putting him just two points behind the leader heading into the all-important third and final moto. Wilson again was in the mix from the start in race two, battling for a top-five position. After some back and forth battles that lasted the entire 10 lap race, Dean made a great last lap pass to snag a fifth-place finish at the checkers.
All eyes were on the start for the pressure filled, third and final race which would decide the overall finishes on the night. Jason and Dean rocketed off the drop down, split start on their Husqvarna FC 450 machines to come out second and third, respectively, and put themselves in great positions to battle for overall podiums. Jason rode the edge all moto long to try and run down the leader by the time the checkered flag flew, but was forced to settle for second. His consistent 2-2-2 finishes would net him second overall on the night and a trip to the podium to claim his 35 thousand dollars in prize money. Deano used his great start to his advantage and kept his eyes fixed on his teammate all moto long. With pressure from behind, that would ultimately decide the final overall spot on the podium, Wilson held strong all 10 laps to claim third at the finish and log 3-5-3 moto scores for third overall, and put another Husqvarna on the podium to cap a great night for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team.
“Las Vegas was great,” said Anderson. “The track was awesome and I had good starts all night. Everything about this race is so much fun because it’s so different and unique. All-in-all it was a great weekend.”
“I’m always excited for this race,” said Wilson. “The track is just so different and it makes the race that much more enjoyable. I think I rode well all day and I’m happy with my results.”
MONSTER ENERGY CUP RESULTS
Cup Class
1. Marvin Musquin (1,1,1)
2. Jason Anderson, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing (2,2,2)3. Dean Wilson, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing (3,5,3)4. Broc Tickle (4,3,4)
5. Jordon Smith (5,4,6)
6. Justin Barcia (10,6,5)
7. Josh Grant (6,7,8)
8. Benny Bloss (7,8,7)
9. Vince Friese (8,10,10)
10. Tyler Bowers (12,9,9)
Amateur All-Stars1. Seth Hammaker (1,1)
2. Pierce Brown (3,2)
3. Jo Shimoda (2,4)
4. Tanner Stack (9,3)
5. Dylan Greer (6,6)
6. Ramyller Alves (5,10)
7. Carter Halpain (7,9)
8. Jordan Bailey, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing (10,8)9. Mitchell Falk (12,7)
10. Garrett Marchbanks (16,5)





Thursday, October 12, 2017

Toyota Returns as Official Monster Energy Cup Holeshot Partner

Courtesy of Feld Entertainment

Monster Energy Cup

Cash award for trifecta Holeshot winner in Cup Class

ELLENTON, FL – October 12, 2017 – Feld Entertainment® announced today that Toyota will return as the official Holeshot sponsor of the 2017 Monster Energy Cup, the sport’s largest all-star Supercross race, being held on October 14 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.
The Holeshot refers to the first turn of a Supercross race and has become synonymous with the Toyota brand, which will award a $10,000 bonus to any Cup Class professional racer who wins the Holeshot in all three 10-Lap Main Events.
This year’s Monster Energy Cup marks Toyota’s seventh straight year of sponsoring the prestigious event that is expected to attract more than 40,000 fans. Unique to this year’s custom designed track, will be a split starting gate with 44 feet of separation between the two ends, which will leave 11 racers on each side. Additionally, the starting gate will be elevated 12 feet in the air allowing for maximum speed heading into the first turn, or the now aptly named Toyota Holeshot.
“Toyota is proud of the long-standing partnership with Monster Energy Cup and its riders, fans and the racing community,” says Steve Appelbaum, National Engagement Marketing Manager, Toyota Motor North America. “Toyota is excited to continue as the official Holeshot sponsor by creating a different yet thrilling opportunity for riders and fans.”
Over the years, Toyota has awarded both new trucks and cash prizes to the Holeshot winner. Supporting both professional and amateur racing, Toyota awarded Cameron McAdoo with the keys to a brand-new Toyota Tundra at last year’s event by winning both Amateur All-Star Class Holeshots. In the Cup Class, it was Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson that took home a brand-new Tundra by winning the Holeshot in all three Main Events of the 2015 event.
Toyota has supported the sport of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, for more than 35 years and has been a current sponsor of the series since 2006.
For more information on the Monster Energy Cup, or to purchase tickets visit SupercrossLive.com, the official website of Monster Energy Supercross. You can also follow us via our social channels below:

About the Monster Energy Cup

The Monster Energy Cup is an annual showcase of the world’s top Supercross riders in a one-night-only battle for the coveted Monster Energy Cup trophy and the shot at winning $1 million, the largest prize in motorcycle racing. Unlike any other race, the Monster Energy Cup challenges riders in their fight for victory with three, 10-Lap Main Events on a custom-designed track, inspired by 5-time Monster Energy Supercross Champion Ricky Carmichael. The Monster Energy Cup posts a $250,000 purse, with the winner guaranteed to walk away with a $100,000 check, and any rider who wins all three Main Events will take home $1 million. This feat has occurred just once in the history of the Monster Energy Cup, when Ryan Villopoto made history during a dominant performance in 2011.

About Feld Entertainment, Inc.

Feld Entertainment® is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that uplift the human spirit and bring people together. Properties include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live!, Sesame Street Live! and Marvel Universe LIVE! Across the brand portfolio, Feld Entertainment has entertained millions of families in more than 75 countries and on six continents. Visit feldentertainment.com for more information.

About Toyota

Toyota (NYSE: TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 33 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 46,000 people (more than 36,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold almost 2.7 million cars and trucks (2.45 million in the U.S.) in 2016 – and about 85 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 15 years are still on the road today.
Toyota partners with community, civic, academic, and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We share company resources and extensive know-how to support non-profits to help expand their ability to assist more people move more places. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.




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MX Sports Pro Racing and NBC Sports Announce 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Schedule

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MX Sports Pro Racing and NBC Sports Announce 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Schedule12-Round Battle for Motocross' Most Prestigious Title Begins May 19 
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (October 12, 2017) - MX Sports Pro Racing and NBC Sports announce the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship schedule, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. The summer-long battle for the world’s most prestigious title in off-road motorcycle racing will once again consist of 12 rounds, beginning with the Hangtown Motocross Classic, the oldest race in American motocross, on May 19.
Each stop of the championship will feature a pair of motos across the 450 Class and 250 Class, resulting in 24 grueling fights for victory in each division that will ultimately crown a pair of champions at season's end. The opening round from Hangtown, in the shadow of the California state capital of Sacramento, will celebrate its landmark 50th year in 2018 and will set the stage for a compelling summer of competition.
The championship's 11-state journey spans from the forests of the Pacific Northwest to the shores of New England. At the center of the schedule is legendary RedBud, which represents the sport's annual Independence Day tradition and was just revealed as the host venue for the 2018 FIM Motocross of Nations. The summer will come to a dramatic conclusion at American motocross' newest track, Ironman Raceway, which continues its rise in popularity amongst riders and fans alike. 
"Following an incredible 2017 season that saw a pair of new champions emerge with American motocross' most esteemed title, it's anyone's guess as to who will make their presence felt in 2018," said MX Sports Pro Racing President Davey Coombs. "We welcomed an array of new winners last season, and this new generation of riders is surely going to continue to showcase the bright future of the sport. So many of the tracks in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross are etched in the annals of history, and they continue to thrill fans and challenge riders to the fullest. It's why winning this championship is such a milestone achievement for any racer." 
The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship has served as the preeminent competition in motocross since 1972, and remains arguably the most difficult championship to win in all of motorsports. Last season, Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac broke through for his first 450 Class title, while Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Zach Osborne parlayed a breakout season into his first championship in the 250 Class.
Add the 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross schedule and your other favorite race series automatically to your phone, computer and tablet's calendar by clicking the button below. Your calendar will always be up-to-date with the race dates including special information, broadcast channels and times.
2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Schedule
May 19Hangtown Motocross ClassicPrairie City SVRARancho Cordova, California
May 26Glen Helen NationalGlen Helen RacewaySan Bernardino, California
June 2Thunder Valley National Thunder Valley MX ParkLakewood, Colorado
June 16High Point NationalHigh Point RacewayMt. Morris, Pennsylvania
June 23Tennessee NationalMuddy Creek RacewayBlountville, Tennessee
June 30Southwick NationalSouthwick MX ParkSouthwick, Massachusetts
July 7RedBud NationalRedBud MXBuchanan, Michigan
July 21Spring Creek NationalSpring Creek MX ParkMillville, Minnesota
July 28Washougal NationalWashougal MX ParkWashougal, Washington
Aug 11Unadilla NationalUnadilla MXNew Berlin, New York
Aug 18Budds Creek NationalBudds Creek MX ParkMechanicsville, Maryland
Aug 25Ironman NationalIronman Raceway Crawfordsville, Indiana
For information about the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, please visit ProMotocross.comand be sure to follow all of the Pro Motocross social media channels for exclusive content and additional information on the latest news:
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
The 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, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Washington, New York and Indiana. 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 Gold Series partners include Lucas Oil (series title sponsor), Red Bull, WPS, Fly Racing, GEICO Motorcycle, MotoSport.com, Garmin, 100%, KTM, FMF, Deltran Battery Tender, Pirelli, Suzuki, Husqvarna, Pivot Works, Vertex, Alpinestars, KMC Wheels, MotionPro, VP Racing Fuels, Acerbis and Racer X.  More information can be found at www.ProMotocross.com.  



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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Davi Millsaps Sustains Fractured Elbow, Out for Monster Energy Cup

Courtesy of YMC


Cypress, CA – October 10, 2017 – While practicing aboard his #18 Yamaha YZ450F at Yamaha's test track in Corona, CA, this past Friday, Monster Energy/Yamalube/Chaparral/Yamaha Financial Services/Yamaha Factory Racing's Davi Millsaps fell and fractured his left elbow. He was transported to the hospital following the incident and was held for observation until Monday when he was discharged.
After a complete medical evaluation, it was determined that Davi will, unfortunately, be unable to compete at the 2017 Monster Energy Cup, which is this Saturday, October 14, at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, NV. He will have surgery performed on his fractured elbow soon.
Keith McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., said, "I feel really bad for Davi and the entire team. He's been doing a lot of training on his 2018 YZ450F, and things have been going well. He and the team were making excellent progress, and they were looking forward to this weekend's Monster Energy Cup where Davi was scheduled to make his debut with our Yamaha Factory team. We're confident that Davi will be able to make a speedy recovery and return to racing soon."
While Davi recuperates, Cooper Webb will be on hand at Sam Boyd Stadium this Saturday afternoon from 12:45 to 1:45 for a meet-and-greet with fans, and to sign autographs.

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PABLO QUINTANILLA CROWNED 2017 FIM CROSS-COUNTRY RALLIES WORLD CHAMPION

Courtesy of Husqvarna Motorcycles

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING RALLY STAR SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDS RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP IN MOROCCO
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider Pablo Quintanilla has won the 2017 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship at the final round of the series in Morocco. Successfully defending the title he won in 2016, the FR 450 Rally mounted rider wrapped up the 2017 OiLibya Morocco Rally with a top six result in the event’s final overall standings. 

Putting in one more solid performance today in the dunes of Morocco, Pablo posted the fourth fastest time in the first 163km-long timed special stage to go on and finish the event with the sixth best time in the short final special. With race organisers opting to re-instate a 20-minute penalty handed to Pablo on day two, the Chilean rider wrapped up the 2017 Morocco Rally with sixth in the event’s final standings. 

Collecting the points needed to secure the 2017 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, Pablo has secured a second consecutive rally championship for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team. 

Moving up two spots in the event’s final standings, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Andrew Short rounded out the 2017 Morocco Rally in 14th position. Putting in another steady performance today in the dunes of Africa, the former MX and SX star has made notable progress in his very first multi-stage international rally event. 

The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rally squad will return to action in January 2018, with the 2018 edition of the prestigious Dakar Rally taking place in Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. 

Pablo Quintanilla“I’m over the moon with securing this title. This year’s Morocco Rally has been a tough one and with all the incidents on day two I had to dig really deep to defend my championship. I did my best to remain focused until the end as my main goal was to be world champion again. Everything went well and I never lost my focus. Overall, I felt very strong racing here in Morocco. I felt strong with my navigation and the bike, and this is very important for the coming Dakar Rally. I just want to thank all the members of the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team for their hard work and dedication. We’ve all worked really hard during the season and this title is the best reward for all the sacrifices.” 

Andrew Short“My main goals coming into the Morocco Rally was to finish, stay safe and learn. I’m happy to say I’ve managed to achieve all of them. Looking forward now I feel that I have to learn a lot in a short amount of time to be where I want to be and be competitive. On one hand I’m very happy, on the other hand I know I need to keep working hard to get where I want to be. I’m very thankful for the team and appreciative of all the resources they have been giving me. I really enjoy the rally community and the race and everything that went along with it. It was a good week here in Morocco.”

2017 OiLibya Morocco Rally – Final Standings 
1. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 10:03:49 
2. Kevin Benavides (Honda) 10:17:31 
3. Ricky Brabec (Honda) 10:20:47 
4. Antoine Meo (KTM) 10:22:16 
5. Joan Pedrero (Sherco) 10:26:17 
6. Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) 10:41:11 
… 
14. Andrew Short (Husqvarna) 11:37:32 

2017 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship – Final Standings 
1. Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) 100pts 
2. Kevin Benavides (Honda) 97pts 
3. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 94pts 
4. Paulo Goncalves (Honda) 85pts 
5. Sam Sunderland (KTM) 84pts



 

Monday, October 9, 2017

Industry veteran will focus on business development issues for powersports Dealers

Courtesy of Dealernews



SUNBURY, OH – October 10, 2017 – Dealernews, the premier business information resource for North American powersports retailers, announces that Scot Harden has joined the Dealernews editorial advisory board.
Dealernews - Scot Harden“I look forward to working with the advisory board at Dealernews,” Scot Harden said. “I’ve been a strong advocate of the new Dealernews mission ever since the relaunch and believe it’s a huge asset to the powersports industry. Dealernews is a great resource for information and insight for Dealers to help them run their businesses more effectively and to help them stay abreast of latest trends. I’m honored to contribute in any way I can.”
Harden, a member of the AMA Hall of Fame, is principal of Harden Off-Road, a business consultancy in operation since 1987. He has an extensive industry pedigree, including business development roles at KTM, Husqvarna, BMW and Zero Motorcycles.
“Scot can deliver solid advice to Dealers as they look to expand their markets, or shore up the markets they’ve got,” said Mary Green, editor at Dealernews. “Our latest story on Dealernews.com, for example, is an interview with Scot on electrics. Is the timing right for Dealers to carry an e-bike line? Maybe, but maybe not yet – Scot provides critical details every Dealer must know.”
Dealernews Chairman and Co-Owner Stan Simpson says he’s known Scot for more than 35 years. “I knew him best as a top-ranked racer when I was racing professionally. He is one of the most knowledgeable guys in our industry, especially when it comes to emerging vehicle markets,” Simpson said. “Scot also has the highest regard for the Dealer network – at the recent AIMExpo, Scot hung around the Dealernews booth and helped greet many of the Dealers who stopped by to talk. I, along with the other Dealernews principals – Bob Althoff and Scott Johnson – welcome Scot Harden to the board.”
Harden joins an Advisory Board that includes a dozen Dealer principals and select industry consultants. It is an active, working board, providing ongoing counsel and feedback to the Dealernews editors and owners.

About Dealernews

Dealernews, launched in 1965, is the North American powersports retail sector’s premium resource for business news, analysis and interaction, with information delivered through Dealernews.com as well as the DealerNEWS ALERT enews service. Owned and governed by powersports Dealers since mid-2016, Dealernews is Of the Dealer, By the Dealer and For the Dealer. www.dealernews.com
To reach the editors: editors@dealernews.com740-965-7989
To reach publishing and sales: DNsales@dealernews.com740-965-7988

About DN 2.0, LLC

Founded in 2016, DN 2.0 is a business information service for powersports franchised Dealers, non-franchised vehicle retailers selling and servicing vehicles, and related service and performance businesses.

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AMSOIL GNCC Racing Bike Highlights: Polaris Ace Powerline Park GNCC

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AMSOIL GNCC Racing Bike Highlights: Polaris Ace Powerline Park GNCCKailub Russell Clinches Fifth Consecutive National Championship
ST. CLAIRSVILLE, O.H. (October 8, 2017) - The penultimate round of the 2017 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Maxxis, an AMA National Championship, traveled to St. Clairsville, Ohio this weekend for the 17th Annual Polaris Ace Powerline Park GNCC. As the pros lined up for the start of the 1 p.m. race, rain began sprinkling the already muddy track making for one of the worst mud races of the year.
Grant Baylor shot off the line to win the $250 All Balls Racing Holeshot Award.
Grant Baylor shot off the line to win the $250 All Balls Racing Holeshot Award.
- Ken Hill
Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna's Grant Baylor didn't let the rain bother him where he raced his way to the $250 All Balls Racing Holeshot Award. Baylor maintained the lead through the endurocross section with Rockstar Energy/Factory Husqvarna Racing's Josh Strang, Beta USA's Jordan Ashburn and FMF/KTM Factory Racing's Kailub Russell in tow.
Baylor cruised through timing and scoring on the first lap still in the lead, while Strang went from second to fourth just one turn before the checkpoint, allowing for Russell to move into the runner-up position with Ashburn behind him in third.
Kailub Russell clinched his fifth straight Grand National Cross Country title at Round 12.
Kailub Russell clinched his fifth straight Grand National Cross Country title at Round 12.
- Ken Hill
Russell made the pass for the lead after Baylor took a bad line and got stuck. Ashburn capitalized on Baylor's misfortune and also got by him for second. As they came out of the woods in a field section, Strang was back into third.
Another lead change occurred when Russell hit a log and went down, allowing for Ashburn to slide by. The crash caused Russell's front fender to fall off creating another added obstacle to the already treacherous track. Russell got back past Ashburn and then Ashburn had more trouble at the creek jump where he went over the bars and couldn't get his bike unstuck. Strang used this to his advantage and once again found himself in second.
Josh Strang had an excellent day in the muddy conditions, making a podium appearance in second.
Josh Strang had an excellent day in the muddy conditions, making a podium appearance in second.
- Ken Hill
N-Fab/AmPro Yamaha's Ricky Russell had worked his way into third, but also had issues at the creek jump allowing Baylor to move back up to third. Russell seemingly ran his own race up front fenderless and came to the finish 1:13.500 ahead of Strang who had one of his best rides of the season in second. Russell's win was enough for him to wrap-up his fifth-straight title in addition to tying Scott Summers on the all-time win list.
"Today was a good day, it looked like it was going to be really awesome this afternoon before it started raining and got slick," said Russell. "I made a dumb mistake and fell over and broke my front fender off, and then I was just roosting myself out. But yeah, it's been a great a year and I'm happy to get number five and tie the all-time win record today."
Overall Podium: (2) Josh Strang, (1) Kailub Russell, (3) Russell Bobbitt.
Overall Podium: (2) Josh Strang, (1) Kailub Russell, (3) Russell Bobbitt.
- Ken Hill
Meanwhile, FMF/KTM Factory Racing's Russell Bobbitt was continually pushing through the pack and was in fourth when the two-lap card came out. Baylor looked to be in a good position for the podium until taking a bad line through the creek jump just one mile before the finish. Bobbitt took the main line and made the pass on Baylor to land his first ever podium finish in third.
Baylor followed in fourth, with R Russell in sixth overall. Jonathan Girroir rebounded from two different crashes on the first lap to have his best finish to date with ninth overall.
Russell Bobbitt made the pass for third on the last mile of the race.
Russell Bobbitt made the pass for third on the last mile of the race.
- Ken Hill
When the green flag waved for the second row, RPM/KTM's Mike Witkowski grabbed $100 Hot Cams XC2 250 Pro Holeshot Award, but Coastal Racing/Husqvarna's Layne Michael quickly took the lead. Michael led majority of the race in an overall podium position until having a small tip over just before the white flag came out.
Michael's teammate, Craig Delong, was right there to make the pass and continued leading until the checkered flag flew - claiming his first win of the season. Michael and N-Fab/AmPro Yamaha's Josh Toth finished second and third. Trail Jesters/KTM Racing's Ben Kelley and Witkowski rounded out the top-five in the XC2 250 Pro division.
Craig Delong secured his first XC2 250 Pro win of the season in Ohio.
Craig Delong secured his first XC2 250 Pro win of the season in Ohio.
- Ken Hill
Coastal Racing's Jack Edmondson barely edged out Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/Husqvarna's Tayla Jones for the $100 Wiseco Holeshot Award in the FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am class. Edmondson continued leading from start to finish for the class win, with his team manager Barry Hawk racing his way to second, followed by Devan Welch in third.
FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am Podium: (2) Barry Hawk, (1) Jack Edmondson, (3) Devan Welch.
FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am Podium: (2) Barry Hawk, (1) Jack Edmondson, (3) Devan Welch.
- Ken Hill
Eleventh overall earned Coastal Racing/Husqvarna's Alex Teagarden top amateur honors. Matthew Keefer and Jojo Bowden finished second and third, respectively.
Bonanza Plumbing/Trail Jester KTM's Mackenzie Tricker secured her first WXC win of the season along with the 10 a.m. overall. Fly Racing/Maxxis/Seat Concepts/KTM-backed Becca Sheets was second, with 125 B/C class winner Randall Ervin finishing an impressive third overall. The Motorcycle Shop/Kenda/Bell/V3 Off-Road's Brooke Cosner capped off the WXC top-three.
10 a.m. Overall Podium: (2) Becca Sheets, (1) Mackenzie Tricker, (3) Randall Ervin.
10 a.m. Overall Podium: (2) Becca Sheets, (1) Mackenzie Tricker, (3) Randall Ervin.
- Ken Hill
The 8 a.m. youth race kicked off the day with some exciting race action where each lap had a different leader. At the end of the race it was Mack Riemer standing in the middle of the box claiming his first win of the season. Max Fernandez and Shawn Myers rounded out the overall podium. Zack Davidson missed the podium, but his sixth overall finish allowed him to secure the overall youth championship.
The 1 p.m. pro bike race was broadcast LIVE in its entirety on RacerTV.com and can be viewed as archived video online by visiting the GNCC LIVE page. A highlight show featuring the event will air on NBC Sports Network on Saturday, December 2 at 12:30 p.m.
Zack Davidson wrapped up the 2017 overall youth championship.
Zack Davidson wrapped up the 2017 overall youth championship.
- Ken Hill
The 2017 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series concludes in three weekswith the popular AMSOIL Ironman GNCC in Crawfordsville, Indiana on October 28 and 29. After setting the record for the largest attended GNCC last year, the Ironman GNCC is a can't miss event!
Polaris Ace Powerline Park GNCC
St. Clairsville, Ohio
Round 12 of 13
Sunday, October 8
XC1 Open Pro Event Results:
  1. Kailub Russell (HSQ)
  2. Josh Strang (HSQ)
  3. Russell Bobbitt (KTM)
  4. Grant Baylor (HSQ)
  5. Ricky Russell (YAM)
  6. Jonathan Girroir (KTM)
  7. Trevor Bollinger (HON)
  8. Ryan Sipes (HSQ)
  9. Andrew Delong (HSQ)
  10. Jordan Ashburn (BET) 
*Overall National Championship Standings:
  1. Kailub Russell (290)
  2. Thad Duvall (202)
  3. Ricky Russell (199)
  4. Steward Baylor (193)
  5. Josh Toth (180)
  6. Grant Baylor (162)
  7. Trevor Bollinger (137)
  8. Craig Delong (130)
  9. Layne Michael (130)
  10. Russell Bobbitt (122) 
*Indicates that the Overall National Championship Standings will determine the 2017 National Champion. 
XC2 250 Pro Event Results:
  1. Craig Delong (HSQ)
  2. Layne Michael (HSQ)
  3. Josh Toth (YAM)
  4. Ben Kelley (KTM)
  5. Mike Witkowski (KTM)
  6. Zach Nolan (KTM)
  7. Sam Evans (KTM)
  8. Jesse Groemm (KTM)
  9. Triston Landrum (YAM)
  10. Ryder Lafferty (KTM)
XC2 250 Pro Series Standings:
  1. Josh Toth (322)
  2. Craig Delong (268)
  3. Layne Michael (262)
  4. Mike Witkowski (211)
  5. Ben Kelley (177)
  6. Austin Lee (168)
  7. Jesse Groemm (164)
  8. Zack Hayes (138)
  9. Sam Evans (114)
  10. Zach Nolan (109) 
FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am Event Results:
  1. Jack Edmondson (HSQ)
  2. Barry Hawk (HSQ)
  3. Devan Welch (YAM)
  4. Chris Venditti (YAM)
  5. Shawn Page (KTM)
  6. Hunter Neuwirth (HSQ)
  7. Mark Heresco Jr. (KTM)
  8. Jaryn Williams (YAM)
  9. Tayla Jones (HSQ)
  10. Josh Adkins (YAM)
FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am Points Standings:
  1. Jason Thomas (292)
  2. Hunter Neuwirth (232)
  3. Mark Heresco Jr. (219)
  4. Jack Edmondson (208)
  5. Jaryn Williams (150)
  6. Josh Adkins (148)
  7. Devan Welch (132)
  8. Paul Whibley (117)
  9. Nate Smith (62)
  10. Dustin Gibson (61) 
For more information on the series, visit the official website at www.gnccracing.com call (304) 284-0084. Join the conversation on the series Facebook page, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and be sure to always hashtag #GNCC.                              
About GNCC Racing
The AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Maxxis is America's premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1975, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross-country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The grueling three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 2,400 riders through tracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. The series draws talent from all over the U.S., Central America, South America, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. GNCC Racing is televised weekly on NBC Sports and RacerTV.com. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.
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Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world's largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders' interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com. Not a member? Join the AMA today:  www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join.






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