Tuesday, October 27, 2015


Courtesy of Progressive International Motorcycle Show

Santa Monica, Calif. – The Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® (IMS), the most influential touring consumer motorcycle shows in the U.S., shift into gear Saturday, October 31 through Sunday, November 1 in Portland, OR. The 2015-2016 IMS Shows feature the world’s leading manufacturers including BMW, BRP|Can-Am, Ducati, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Indian, Kawasaki, Royal Enfield, Slingshot, Star, Suzuki, Triumph, Victory, and Yamaha. These top brands will be on-hand to display their North American lineups, as well as the leading aftermarket parts and accessory brands. From seasoned veterans to casual enthusiasts, the Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® are the ultimate destination to experience the powersports culture, talk to  brand and industry experts, shop the marketplace, or even demo that new model you’ve had your eye on. IMS Shows are designed for fun, entertainment and commerce.

Tracy Harris, Senior Vice President Powersports Group, UBM Advanstar: “As we begin our 2015-2016 Tour, IMS continues to be a powerful force in the motorcycle industry.  For 35 years, we have led the way  driving trends in the marketplace and influencing consumers. From the veteran rider to the casual fan, our Show is the annual gathering place where consumers come to make important decisions on when, where, why and how to be a part of the rider lifestyle.”

Scott Hall, Motorcycle Product Manager, Progressive® Insurance: “As the #1 motorcycle insurance company, we understand the passion of our audience and have raised our own bar by adding the Progressive® Parlor® to the tour, as well as teaming up with Movember and bikers across the country to raise money and awareness for men’s health. During our first three tour dates, head to Flo’s Chop Shop to get a fresh, clean shave or a beard trim and Progressive® will donate $10, as well as match your donation dollar for dollar.”

Key features from the 2015-2016 IMS Tour include: 

‘Marketplace presented by Cycle Gear’ – Featured at each stop on the IMS Tour, the ‘Marketplace presented by Cycle Gear’ is an interactive retail space for motorcycle parts and accessories.  This unique Show activation offers attendees the opportunity to touch, test and/or try the newest top parts, accessories and gear while interacting with factory specialists from leading manufacturers.  This top-of-the-line experience, led by presenting sponsor Cycle Gear, includes products and representatives from Arai Helmets, Dunlop/Goodyear, Dynojet, Heidenau Tires, HJC America, K&N Engineering, Mustang Motorcycle Products, National Cycle, Performance Machine, Rinehart Racing, Shoei Safety Helmet Corp., Tourmaster/Cortech, Twisted Throttle, Vance & Hines and Yuasa Battery.  Additionally, Bell Helmets, Chatterbox, Dainese, and EagleRider will be joining the tour in the Retail Pavilion showcase, selling direct to consumers.

J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Competition – Back for a seventh year, the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Competition, is the largest touring custom bike competition in the U.S. offering the most in cash and prizes in America. With more than 400 custom-built bikes on display at IMS Tour stops across the country, the competition hosts four classes including: Freestyle, Modified Harley-Davidson, Modified Custom and Modified Street. Contestants are encouraged to enter at any of the IMS Shows for a chance to win a piece of $100,000 in cash and prizes. Four cash prize winners will be chosen at each show, with the inaugural U.S. Championship Round held in Chicago, IL, February 12-14, 2016.  This highly anticipated competition is proudly sponsored by J&P Cycles and Harley-Davidson.*

Stunt Shows featuring Team No Limit with legendary rider Jason Britton – Back with fresh stunts and new motorcycles for the 2015-2016 Tour season, the stunt show includes television star and riding icon, Jason Britton and Team No Limit, to perform new thrilling shows throughout the weekend.

The Progressive® Welcome Center – A place to gather information on the Progressive® Parlor®, pick up a free bag for all of the IMS Show takeaways and collect VIP Gifts – reserved specifically for Progressive’s loyal customers.

Progressive® Parlor® – Designed to pay homage to the hand-built motorcycle movement, this new, family-friendly pit-stop from IMS title sponsor Progressive®, is part workshop and part social space brought together to celebrate those who live to ride.  Easily recognizable by a large flag inspired by Progressive® riders around the world, the activation invites attendees to race against fellow bikers on the all new Slot Track that features attractions from iconic Historic Route 66; or stop by Flo’s Coffee Grinder for a complimentary cup.

Live art by Makoto Endo – One of the most unique motorcycle artists in the world, Japanese-born Makoto Endo will be performing live Ivy-Illustration art each day at the Progressive® Parlor®. Throughout the Show, Progressive®will be giving away the Makoto Endo prints via sweepstakes that attendees can enter onsite.

Race America Slot Track – The ever-popular race track returns to the IMS Tour for 2015-2016 with an entirely new skin featuring Historic Route 66-America’s Mother Road, and some of the most classic road trip icons in U.S. history. Located in the Progressive® Parlor®.

Flo’s Coffee Grinder – A place to take a load off from all the Show action and fuel up with a cup of coffee on us, courtesy of Flo. At Flo’s Coffee Grinder, attendees can chat in-person with Progressive® agents about vehicle and policy questions, and don’t forget your special gift when you take a few minutes to get a quote. Located in the Progressive® Parlor®.

Progressive® Custom Motorcycle Displays – Progressive® has teamed up with renowned builders Pat Patterson/Led Sled Customs and Dustin Kott/Kott Motorcycles to collaborate on the custom design and build of two completely unique bikes for the IMS Tour. Located in the Progressive® Parlor®.

Progressive® Custom – Formally known as the Premiums Bar, the newly re-designed space offers four t-shirts for lucky winners to select from, one of which is from Cleveland-based, GV Art & Design; a kick stand puck or a bandana. Located in the Progressive® Parlor®.

Flo’s Chop Shop – Keeping riders looking fresh on and off the road, stop by Flo’s Chop Shop for a free beard or mustache trim, straight razor line up, boot shine or manicure with special Flo nail polish. Flo’s Chop Shop offers personal tune-ups from some of the best names in the business including The Shed Barbershop out of Austin, TX and Shinola, out of Chicago, IL, among others (select cities).  Located in the Progressive® Parlor®.

Progressive® Main Stage – Our Main Stage presentations attract thousands of attendees to see the top motorcycle racers, riding instructors, technical seminars, daredevil stunt riders, adventure touring legends, bike designers, industry influencers and custom builders along with A-list and moto celebrities. Q&A from the audience following the presentations is encouraged. Stage highlights for the current Tour include Director Mark Neale and the making of “Hitting the Apex” narrated by Brad Pitt (select cities); Doug Danger (select cities), Glen Heggstad/Earth Ride (select cities), Scott Russell “Mr. Daytona” (select cities), Yamaha Champions Riding School (select cities) and Jason Britton/Team No Limit, among others.

Progressive® School of Rock  Supporting our next generation of riders, the Progressive® School of Rock returns for a 3rd Tour, featuring high-energy, live performances on the Progressive®  Main Stage adding the perfect mix of music and motorcycles to the IMS Shows.

21 Helmets Inked – Stop by and see this exclusive installation of 21 Helmets, a See See Motorcycles custom helmet show.  This is the 1st nationwide tour of 21 Helmets and will feature one-of-a-kind helmets designed by 21 tattoo artists from across the country.

Allstate® Kids Zone – Designed to engage the youngest of riders, this feature was created with unique pedal-less bicycles on a pre-set course to give children an unforgettable two-wheeled experience.

Demo Rides (select cities) – Licensed motorcyclists who bring their own riding gear (including a helmet) can test ride the hottest new bikes from BRP|Can-AM, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Indian, Suzuki, Victory and Yamaha on Saturday and Sunday, during daylight hours in Portland, Sacramento, Long Beach, and Phoenix.

Supermoto Racing (Sacramento) – Supermoto USA hosts action-packed racing all weekend.

Vintage Club Displays – Motorcycle enthusiasts are invited to look into the past and see the very best of classic and retro motorcycles along-side new models on the Show floor, courtesy of local vintage motorcycle clubs and owners.

Ultimate Powersports Giveaways – Enter to win a chance at one of the powersports vehicles, which include an Indian Scout and an RM Z250 Suzuki, among others. Winners will be announced following the conclusion of the Tour in March of 2015. Full contest rules and prizes available upon request or at www.motorcycleshows.com

Free motorcycle parking and gear check (select cities) – Complimentary motorcycle parking and gear check will be available for all riders who bring their motorcycles to the show.

The 2015-2016 Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® 10-city Tour schedule:
  • NEW CITY: October 31-November 1, 2015 | Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR
  • NEW CITYNovember 6-8, 2015 | Cal Expo Center, Sacramento, CA
  • November 20-22, 2015 | Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA
  • December 11-13, 2015, Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York, NY
  • January 8-10, 2016, Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, FL
  • January 22-24, 2016, Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, Dallas, TX
  • January 29-31, 2016, I-X Center, Cleveland, OH
  • February 5-7, 2016, Minneapolis Convention Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • February 12-14, 2016, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Chicago, IL
  • NEW DATE: February 20-21, 2016 | University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
Media Days are scheduled to take place in Long Beach and New York, showcasing the latest new vehicles and product debuts.

*Entry space for the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Competition in each city is limited. Interested custom builders should log on to www.motorcycleshows.com for more information. Full contest rules and prizes available upon request.

Features and show features are subject to change.  Please visit www.motorcycleshows.com for city specific details.

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Saturday, October 17, 2015

Tickets Now On Sale for Highly Anticipated 2016 AMSOIL Arenacross Season

Courtesy of Feld Motorsports

Feld Motor Sports Unveils Brand New Championship Logo and Slogan
LAS VEGAS (October 16, 2015) – Feld Motor Sports® announced today that tickets for the 2016 AMSOIL Arenacross season are now on sale for what is expected to be one of the most intense seasons in AMSOIL Arenacross history. Additionally, a brand new championship logo and slogan were unveiled to the public as the next step in what has been unprecedented growth in the series.
Get your tickets at Arenacross.com to be a part of the 2016 AMSOIL Arenacross season that is poised to be one of the most intense in the history of the sport, as the series travels through a total of 13 different states while racing inside some of the country’s most prominent NCAA and NHL arenas. This highly anticipated championship battle comes on the heels of an incredible 2015 season that featured a fight for the title that came down to the final race in Las Vegas and packed venues at virtually every stop on the schedule.
The new logo and its accompanying slogan is the next step on what has been a progressive rebranding for AMSOIL Arenacross. Since establishing Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross and introducing the “Race to the Championship” prior to the 2013 season, AMSOIL Arenacross has experienced tremendous growth both on and off the track. The changes to the competition have resulted in arguably the most dramatic and dynamic racing of all time, which was capped off by the most memorable championship battle in AMSOIL Arenacross history last season between Kyle Regal and Jacob Hayes. A season-long fight to earn the first professional title for either rider was ultimately captured in one single incident in Las Vegas, when the duo came together for what is no doubt one of AMSOIL Arenacross’ defining moments. A moment that has surely not been forgot by either rider and is destined to add intensity to every round of the 2016 season.
The simplified logo is straightforward and to the point, with a nod to the all-American colors of the title sponsor. To complement the logo, the slogan “Motocross, More Intense.TM” carries tremendous impact in just three words. There is no environment like AMSOIL Arenacross in all of motocross and only one word can succinctly describe everything that makes this the most exciting championship on the planet – intense.
“There’s so much intensity and focus necessary to win in this championship that you’re either going to make it or break it,” said Regal. “I’ve always wanted to be a champion and AMSOIL Arenacross forced me to dig really deep to finally get to where I’ve dreamed of being. All the pain and the suffering I’ve encountered along the way were worth it when I felt the sensation of relief and accomplishment in raising that trophy in Las Vegas.”
With the support of Ricky Carmichael and the Road to Supercross, as well as incredibly talented champions like Tyler Bowers and Regal, AMSOIL Arenacross has become the sport’s proving ground for riders with big dreams. The no-holds-barred, win-at-all-costs mentality that it takes to be successful on the man-made battlefields inside the country’s most well-known arenas results in hard-earned, exceptionally satisfying wins and even more fulfilling championships. To win in AMSOIL Arenacross a rider needs to be prepared for war, where he will face the intense ups and downs of battle, and a necessity to maintain the mental fortitude of a warrior that refuses to quit.
Don’t miss your chance to be a part of AMSOIL Arenacross – Motocross, More Intense.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Pourcel Partners with Jett Boots for 2016

Courtesy of Jett Boots

The Italian brand Jett Boots has announced the signing of a two-year agreement with French rider Christophe Pourcel following a highly successful 2015 season. The two-year deal will see Pourcel continue his support of the brand by sporting Jett Boots in the U.S., and in addition, will create a Special Signature Series, developed in cooperation of the motocross world champion.

The first race under the new agreement will be the Monster Energy Cup, which takes place on October 17 in Las Vegas. To celebrate the occasion, the two-time Eastern Regional 250SX champion Pourcel will be sporting a special customized Jett Boot. At the same time, the full lineup of Jett Boots will be on display at AIMExpo from October 15-18.

“I couldn’t be more excited to continue wearing Jett Boots,” said Pourcel. “The perfect fit and super light weight of the Jett Boots are really important to my performance and it’s great to know that the product will be widely available for sale in U.S. Now more people will have access to this great protective gear and will understand why I am so happy with the boot. I’m also very excited to begin working on my signature boot.”

The Rockstar Energy Factory Husqvarna Racing rider ended the 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series fifth overall in 450 class. Along the way, he collected two overall podium finishes at Budds Creek MX Park and Washougal MXPark, and five moto podiums. With a solid season aboard the Husqvarna under his belt, the Frenchman has high expectations for 2016.

"We have a high quality product, tested and approved by riders like Pourcel, one of the most talented athletes the sport has ever seen,” said CEO of Pro Tork group, Marlon Bonilha. “Our goal is to expand business in North America and I am sure, with Christophe’s help, that we will achieve great success."
Photo by Simon Cudby
Photo by Simon Cudby
Known as the prominent motorcycle parts manufacturer in Latin America and one of the major helmet factories in the world, Pro Tork Group has invested in the Italian brand since 2014, adding a plant in Brazil, in addition to keeping a large distribution center in Treviso, Italia.

When it comes to protective equipment, constant innovation is a key factor and there are just a few companies fully committed to innovate and bring efficient solutions to its consumers as Jett. Passionate and focused on bringing the best equipment for its riders, Jett was founded by Remo Berlese, experienced product developer who was also the founder of the famous brand AXO Equipment, market leader in the 80’s and 90’s. With the sale of AXO in 1998, Remo began to devote himself to the development of a superior boot, offering maximum performance without compromising comfort and mobility. Developed with the cooperation of motocross legend Damon Bradshaw, Jett went through three years of R&D, completing tough endurance tests to finally get to the market and call the attention of renowned riders like the Motocross World Champion Christophe Pourcel. Since 2014, the brand added a strong ally - the Pro Tork Group from Brazil. Leader in motorcycle parts manufacturing in Latin America and one of the largest helmet factories in the world, Pro Tork invested in a new manufacturing plant in Brazil. The Jett Global Expansion Plan includes, the distribution of Jett Boots throughout Latin America, as well as a strong force of sales in the United States, in addition to Europe through the large distribution center kept in Treviso.

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Monster Energy Kawasaki Announces 2016 Racing Team

Courtesy of Monster Energy Kawasaki

Tomac Looks Forward to a Bright Future with Kawasaki

Irvine, Calif. (October 15, 2015) - The Monster Energy® Kawasaki racing team looks to continue its championship winning ways with former champions Eli Tomac and Wil Hahn. Tomac, the 2012 250cc Supercross® West Region Champion and 2013 250cc Motocross Champion, continues to be a top competitor in the premier supercross class including winning supercross and motocross races during his first two years in the premier class. Hahn is beginning his third campaign in the premier class after capturing the 2013 250cc Supercross East Region Championship and is poised to collect podium finishes in 2016. Both will compete on the championship proven KX™450F as they look to continue Kawasaki’s winning legacy.
First Photos! Eli Tomac With His New Bike & Gear
“The new KX450F provides a great platform to build champions,” said Dan Fahie, Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Manager. “I believe we are poised to have a successful 2016 season with Eli and Wil under our tent. Both riders have proven to be top contenders in the 450 class and they are just as enthusiastic as we are to get back to racing and on top of the box.”
Tomac brings with him an impressive resume that includes a 250cc Supercross West Region Championship, a 250cc Motocross Championship, three AMA premier class Supercross race wins, 11 podium finishes, second overall in the 2015 AMA Monster Energy Supercross season and two overall wins, two overall podiums and five moto wins in the 2015 Pro Motocross season. The Monster Energy Kawasaki racing team has been the most dominant supercross and motocross team in the last decade with eight combined AMA titles.
First Photos! Eli Tomac With His New Bike & Gear
“Joining Monster Energy Kawasaki has always been a goal and dream of mine,” said Tomac. “I feel like with a bike and chassis as good as the KX, plus a team totally dedicated to the 450 class, we should be able to do big things in the near future. It’s a new team, new bike and a new year of racing. I can’t wait to get back at it.”

With all five riders returning in 2016, the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki racing team is also looking to reaffirm their position atop the podium. Adam Cianciarulo returns for his third full year after a podium and five top ten finishes in the 2015 Pro Motocross season, along with four-time Arenacross® champion Tyler Bowers for his second full season. Chris Alldredge also returns following an impressive first full season of professional racing with the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki racing team and will be joined by Arnaud Tonus who turned heads during his U.S. debut last year. Beginning his second year is Joey Savatgy who scored his first professional overall win at the Unadilla motocross round and ended the year third overall in the 250cc Motocross Class standings. The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team is one of the winningest supercross and motocross teams with 29 AMA titles.

“We are looking forward to starting the 2016 season at full strength,” said Mitch Payton, Pro Circuit owner. “I know every one of our riders is capable of winning races and I expect nothing but the best from them every weekend.”
Hahn will debut the 2016 KX450F at the Monster Energy Cup on October 17th in Las Vegas.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Three New Sponsors For RCH Racing

Courtesy of RCH Racing

RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/Suzuki Factory Racing will debut three new sponsors when the team unloads and competes for $1 million in Saturday night’s Monster Energy Cup at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.

Elite Team Offices, Chimera Golf Club at Tuscany and Draft Kings have all entered into agreements to support the team co-owned by Freestyle Motocross visionary Carey Hart and 15-time AMA champion Ricky Carmichael.

Elite Team Offices has signed a 10-race sponsorship that kick starts this weekend and also includes nine additional races on the 2016 schedule. The Clovis, Calif.-based organization specializes in commercial landscaping, construction and heavy equipment rental and will focus its marketing efforts at Supercross races in California, Nevada and Arizona.

“Racing has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember,” said Guy Stockbridge, CEO of Elite Team Offices. “Today, the passion for racing continues as Elite Team Offices partners with RCH Racing. I am eager to take what we’ve learned with our business-to-business relations as a former World of Outlaws Sprint Car team owner and use it as an active partner with RCH. I look forward to the endless possibilities with this partnership. I can’t wait to see what comes from Elite Team Offices teaming up with the exceptional organization that Carey Hart and Ricky Carmichael have created at RCH Racing. As a duo who knows the ingredients to success and the know how to win, we can accomplish great things together.”

Meanwhile, Chimera Golf Club at Tuscany and Draft Kings have signed agreements to support RCH’s effort this weekend at the Monster Energy Cup, as well.

The Chimera Golf Club at Tuscany, located just outside the Las Vegas city limits in Henderson, Nev., was designed in 2003 by Ted Robinson Jr. The natural terrain and unparalleled views of the Las Vegas Strip make Chimera Golf Club an incredible place to enjoy a round. RCH riders Ken Roczen and Broc Tickle will both tee it up and play 18 holes at Chimera on Thurs., Oct 15 as they prepare to race for $1 million Saturday night.

“We are very excited to have this opportunity to partner with RCH Racing,” said Tom Burke, President and Chief Executive Officer of Chimera Golf Club. “The course is in amazing shape and we are ready to host RCH Racing and fans.”

Additionally, Chimera will activate its partnership onsite at the Monster Energy Cup in the RCH pit area Saturday night. Attendees will have the chance to win promotional items and rounds of golf at Chimera.

Finally, RCH, Monster Energy Cup and Draft Kings partnered to give one randomly selected lucky winner the opportunity to win a once-in-a-lifetime trip to this year’s Monster Energy Cup. The winner and three guests won round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations, a VIP experience at the race and a new Suzuki RM-Z250. Players entered on Draft Kings by competing online against Tickle in fantasy football from September 27-28.

The Monster Energy Cup showcases the world’s top Supercross riders in a head to-head battle for the coveted Monster Energy Cup and the chance to win $1 million. Unlike any other race, the Monster Energy Cup challenges riders to compete in three, 10-lap main events on a unique track inspired by Carmichael.

“I’m really excited about this year’s track design and feel it is quite a bit different than any before it,” explained Carmichael who has played an integral role in the course design since the event’s inception in 2011. “The elevated start is going to be cool to see and I like that it is back inside the stadium for this year. I’m very pleased with the track, but just as much, I’m excited for the racing this year. There is a lot of heat showing up for this year’s race and I’m expecting to see some of the best racing action ever this time around.”

The 2015 edition of the Monster Energy Cup from Sam Boyd Stadium will be televised live on FOX Sports 2 Sat., October 17 beginning at 9:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 6:30 p.m. Pacific. The race will be rebroadcast Sun., October 18, leading in and out of NFL programming (depending on the specific television markets – check local listings) on the FOX Broadcast Channel, offering fans 90-minutes of Monster Energy Cup action from Saturday’s race.

About RCH Racing …
RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/Suzuki Factory Racing is a professional Supercross and Motocross team co-owned by 15-time AMA Champion Ricky Carmichael and Freestyle Motocross visionary and entrepreneur Carey Hart. RCH enjoys factory support from Suzuki as well as marketing partnerships with Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, Jimmy John’s and Bel-Ray. Stay up to date on all the latest RCH Racing news on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @RCHRacing.

Follow RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/Suzuki Factory Racing, Ken Roczen and Broc Tickle at:

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EVS Accepting Rider Support Applications

Courtesy of EVS

EVS is now accepting resumes for the 2016 season. Join the EVS family and receive exclusive monthly discounts.

Mail your resume: 
EVS Sports
110 N. Main St.
PO Box 296
Walworth, WI 53184
Email: Brad@EVS-Sports.com
Fax: 262-394-5375

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Monday, October 12, 2015

MxSponsor 2016 Sponsorship Season Now Open

Courtesy of MX Sponsor

MxSponsor is excited the 2016 sponsorship season is now upon us, giving our members the opportunity to apply for sponsorship with the top brands in motocross! Pro Circuit, Scott USA, BRAKING, Lucas Oil, Answer, MSR, Pro Taper, ONE Industries, Gaerne Boots, Spy Optic, EVS Sports, and many more will be looking to connect with our members and give them the opportunity to join their highly sought-after rider support programs.

For all motocross athletes from pro to beginner levels, time is of the essence to give you the best opportunity to be selected by some of these premiere companies in the sport. Before you submit your resume please be sure you have done the following steps to give you the best shot at earning that sponsorship you deserve:
  • Review your MxSponsor profile and make sure all your information is filled out complete
  • Post all race results from 2015 to your profile
  • Choose some of your best photos/videos from your race season and post them to your profile
  • Be sure to have a compelling story on why you deserve to be sponsored
If you make sure these four simple steps are complete, you are well on your way to being sponsored!

For brands interested in utilizing our rider support tools, please contact Joe Veglatte at joe@mxsponsor.com.

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Monday, October 5, 2015

2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Schedule

Courtesy of MX Sports

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (October 5, 2015) – Following a captivating 2015 season in which Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey and Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin emerged as Champions in the 450 and 250 Classes, respectively, MX Sports Pro Racing and NBC Sports have unveiled the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, schedule.

The world’s most prestigious championship will once again consist of 12 rounds of competition in its 44th season, composed of 24 motos that will take the star-studded field of international riders to 11 different states, including the highly anticipated return of the Southwick National in Southwick, Mass., for the first time since the 2013 season.

"When we made the decision to leave Southwick at the conclusion of the 2013 season there was always a belief that we would return there in the near future. We are proud to say that the time has come to bring the championship back to ‘the sandbox,’ filling a void many fans and members of the industry have felt the last three years," said MX Sports Pro Racing President Davey Coombs. "We are excited to return to the passionate fans in New England and showcase one of the most beloved and unique venues of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship."

The 2016 season will open with back-to-back rounds in California, once again kicking off with the iconic Hangtown Motocross Classic just outside the state capital of Sacramento on May 21. The oldest round of the championship has served as the season opener for nine of the past 12 seasons and surprisingly is the only track in the championship at which defending champion Dungey has never won. From there, the series will travel south to the heart of the motocross racing community in Southern California with its annual visit to Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino on May 28 over Memorial Day Weekend.

The championship will make one more stop in the western portion of the country at Colorado’s picturesque Thunder Valley MX Park just outside Denver on June 3 before heading east for the heart of the 2016 season. Following the first off weekend of the summer, Mount Morris, Pennsylvania’s High Point Raceway (June 18) will start a six-week stretch that will take the world’s best riders to Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville, Tennessee (June 25), Buchanan, Michigan’s RedBud MX for Independence Day (July 2), the sands of Southwick MX Park (July 9), Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota (July 16), and Washougal, Washington’s Washougal MX Park (July 23).
Following a final two-week break in action, the stretch run of the 2016 season will span across three consecutive weekends, beginning at the hallowed grounds of Unadilla MX in New Berlin, New York, on August 13. Southern Maryland’s Budds Creek MX Park, in the shadow of the nation’s capital of Washington D.C., will host the penultimate round of the championship on August 20 before a pair of champions are crowned at Lucas Oil Pro Motocross’ newest venue of Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana, on August 27.

“The 2016 championship schedule consists of the most renowned facilities in all of American motocross and fittingly comes to an end at the sport’s newest track that is quickly making a name for itself after just two seasons,” added Coombs. “It was a year to remember for Ryan Dungey and Jeremy Martin in 2015, but they will need to fend off an exceptionally talented field of challengers at the country’s finest race tracks if they hope to make even more history and defend their titles. It’s sure to be an incredible season of motocross.”
2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Schedule

May 21 Hangtown Motocross Classic Prairie City SVRA, Sacramento, California
May 28 Glen Helen National Glen Helen Raceway, San Bernardino, Califronia
June 4 Thunder Valley National Thunder Valley MX Park, Lakewood, Colorado
June 18 High Point National High Point Raceway, Mt. Morris, Pennsylvania
June 25 Tennessee National Muddy Creek Raceway, Blountville, Tennessee
July 2 RedBud National RedBud MX, Buchanan, Michigan
July 9 Southwick National Southwick MX Park, Southwick, Massachusetts
July 16 Spring Creek National Spring Creek MX Park, Millville, Minnesota
July 23 Washougal National Washougal MX Park, Washougal, Washington
August 13 Unadilla National Unadilla MX, New Berlin, New York
August 20 Budds Creek National Budds Creek MX Park, Mechanicsville, Maryland
August 27 Ironman National Ironman Raceway, Crawfordsville, Indiana

Not only will Dungey and Martin have to master the diverse challenges of these twelve world-class motocross tracks, they will also face a deep field of talented competitors that includes past series champions like Ken Roczen, Chad Reed, Trey Canard, Eli Tomac, Blake Baggett, Dean Wilson and the long-awaited return of James Stewart, but also rising stars like Justin Barcia, Cooper Webb, Marvin Musquin, Joey Savatgy, Aaron Plessinger, Jessy Nelson, Adam Cianciarulo and many more.
For information about the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, please visit ProMotocross.com and 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 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, Maryland, Minnesota, Washington, New York, Indiana and Massachusetts. 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. More information can be found at www.ProMotocross.com.

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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Christophe Pourcel Partners with Just1

Courtesy of Just 1

Just1 Helmets is pleased to announce the signing of Christophe Pourcel to its roster of athletes.

"We are so excited to be working with Christophe," said Jon Kluiter. "He has won championships in the USA as well as Europe, and with Just1 being a global brand, he is a high-profile rider with global success. We targeted him early on and we couldn't be more pleased to be working with him."

Pourcel, who finished the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in the top five overall in the 450 Class, enters his first Monster Energy Supercross season with the Rockstar Energy Racing Husqvarna team.

Look for Christophe Pourcel at the Monster Energy Cup October 17 wearing his new Just1 helmet.

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Kawasaki Expands Role of Next Level Sports Management to Cover all Product and Racing PR

Courtesy of Kawasaki Motor Corp. 

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., today named Next Level Sports Management as its public relations agency for all product and racing activities. Next Level will work closely with the Kawasaki public relations team and its Manager, PR + Brand Experience, Kevin Allen to promote its entire powersports line-up, including motorcycles, side x sides, ATVs and personal watercraft.

“Next Level has successfully promoted the Monster Energy Kawasaki racing program for many years,” said Allen. “Their forward-thinking approach, industry knowledge and contacts put them in a unique position to help Kawasaki create increased awareness for all of our products, continuing the positive momentum built this past year with the introduction of the Ninja H2™R motorcycle and MULE™ PRO side x sides.”

Next Level Sports Management is one of the most respected agencies in the world of powersports and is embedded within the heart of the industry in Southern California. Next Level brings more than 25 years of public relations experience and will work hand-in-hand with Kawasaki staff to provide strategic communication planning, the development and execution of innovative, experiential events, as well as national and endemic media outreach.

“We have a strong relationship with Kawasaki that we have built throughout our decade-long working relationship,” said Tony Gardea, Next Level founder and CEO. “Kawasaki is like family to us and being able to expand our role to cover additional aspects of public relations with such a great brand is an incredible opportunity and is a testament to our work ethic and adaptability. We are looking forward to working alongside their staff to further promote the Kawasaki brand and its diverse product line.”

Stay up to date on the latest Kawasaki news and product innovations by visiting www.kawasaki.com.


Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI) started full-scale production of motorcycles over a half century ago. The first Kawasaki motorcycle engine was designed based on technical know-how garnered from the development and production of aircraft engines, and Kawasaki’s entry into the motorcycle industry was driven by the company’s constant effort to develop new technologies. Numerous new Kawasaki models introduced over the years have helped shape the market, and in the process have created enduring legends based on their unique engineering, power, design and riding pleasure. In the future, Kawasaki's commitment to maintaining and furthering these strengths will surely give birth to new legends.

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) markets and distributes Kawasaki motorcycles, ATVs, side x sides, and Jet Ski® watercraft through a network of approximately 1,100 independent retailers, with close to an additional 7,700 retailers specializing in general purpose engines. KMC and its affiliates employ nearly 3,100 people in the United States, with approximately 300 of them located at KMC's Irvine, California headquarters.

Kawasaki’s tagline, “Let the good times roll.®”, is recognized worldwide. The Kawasaki brand is synonymous with powerful, stylish and category-leading vehicles. Information about Kawasaki’s complete line of powersports products and Kawasaki affiliates can be found on the Internet at www.kawasaki.com.

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