Thursday, December 29, 2016

FMF Announces 2017 Event Support

Courtesy of FMF

Rancho Dominguez, Calif. – Coming off the 2016 250SX West Region Championship FMF is excited for the start off the 2017 Monster Energy Supercross season. The FMF Rider Support Crew will be on board to help out with any rider support needs.

Keep an eye out for our FMF Event Support Sprinter van at the following races:
Round Date Venue Location
Round 1 Jan. 7 Angel Stadium Anaheim, CA
Round 2 Jan. 14 Petco Park San Diego, CA
Round 3 Jan. 21 Angel Stadium Anaheim, CA
Round 4 Jan. 28 University of Phoenix Stadium Glendale, AZ
Round 5 Feb. 4 Oakland Coliseum Oakland, CA

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Bel-Ray to Sponsor RCH/Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing

Courtesy of Bel-Ray

FARMINGDALE, N.J. – Total performance lubricant manufacturer, Bel-Ray, announced today it will sponsor RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Team riders Broc Tickle and Justin Bogle for the 2017 supercross and motocross season. After a partnership which saw the team win the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship and finish in second in supercross in 2016, Bel-Ray is proud to endorse these two riders in the upcoming year.

Two thousand and seventeen will be the fourth year that experienced racer Broc Tickle will compete with Bel-Ray. He returns to RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing after a strong 2016 campaign, including a top-five championship finish in AMA Supercross and a promising motocross season cut short by injury at Spring Creek. The upcoming season will move him into a leadership role as he helps new teammate Justin Bogle through his first season with the team.

Two thousand and fourteen 250SX East Region champion Justin Bogle will suit up alongside Tickle for 2017 for his second season in AMA Supercross and Pro Motocross. Bogle comes to the team from an impressive rookie season in 2016, earning a top-five and six top-10 finishes for the year.
“Two thousand and seventeen looks to be a very promising year for our sponsored riders,” said Bel-Ray Vice President of Marketing, Debby Neubauer. “We can’t wait to cheer them on in the coming races.”

The 2017 AMA Supercross season kicks off at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. on January 7, running through 17 rounds and 13 states along with one round in Canada. Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross will begin on May 20 in Sacramento, California, at the Hangtown Motocross Classic. The 2017 championship will run for 12 rounds across 11 states.

Bel-Ray looks forward to another exciting year of competition with its new sponsored riders as they compete for top honors and grow as racers in supercross and motocross.
For more information on Bel-Ray’s involvement in powersports or Bel-Ray’s full line of powersports products, please visit or call (732) 938-2421.

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Courtesy of Husqvarna Motorcycles

Husqvarna Motorcycles and Rockstar Energy are pleased to release the official Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Dakar Rally 2017 preview video featuring FIM Cross Countries World Champion Pablo Quintanilla and team-mate Pela Renet.

Watch the video here:

The world’s toughest offroad event gets underway on January 2, 2017 with Quintanilla and Renet joining 144 other motorcycle riders as they set out from Asunción to welcome Paraguay as the 29th country to be included in the Dakar program. 12 demanding stages then take them on to Bolivia and Argentina, offering many brutal new challenges along the way. Quintanilla and Renet will also encounter weather condition varying from freezing temperatures to a blistering 50°C, and vastly different, and very challenging terrain – from dunes to plains and grasslands, river crossings, rocks and the daunting Andes mountains. The 12 stages cover nearly 9,000 km, including more than 4,000 km of special timed stages. There will be one marathon stage where riders will fend for themselves with no mechanical or team support at the overnight bivouac. During the 12 stages there will be just one rest day, in La Paz, before the rally concludes in Buenos Aires on January 14

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Road 2 Recovery eBay Auction

Courtesy of Road 2 Recovery

Encinitas, CAAnaheim 1 is less than two weeks away. Now is your chance to start bidding on a VIP and fan experience like no other. Round 1 of the Monster Energy Supercross Championship in Anaheim, is now available on eBay. Don’t miss your chance to win the Road 2 Recovery eBay auctions and enjoy the ultimate fan package with unprecedented access!

Monster Energy Anaheim Supercross VIP Credential Package for 4 includes: (4) VIP credentials to the Anaheim 1 supercross race at Angel Stadium on Saturday, January 7, reserved seating in the exclusive Shock Top Brew Pub that includes access to a private bar, (4) all day/night pit passes, Monster Energy Kawasaki team semi tour, (4) track walk, and an autographed jersey from the Monster Energy Kawasaki Factory team rider Eli Tomac.

Monster Energy Anaheim Supercross Pit Pass Ticket Package for 4 includes: (4) all day/night pit passes to the Anaheim 1 Supercross race at Angel Stadium on Saturday, January 7, open seating in the rider section 133-135 & 231-233, (4) track walk, Monster Energy Kawasaki team semi tour, and (4) Alpinestars swag bags.

Bidding is available now and ends Friday, December 30, at 8:00 a.m. PST.  Be sure and check eBay throughout the 2017 Supercross season for the Ultimate Fan Packages for every race. The Road 2 Recovery Foundation would like to thank Feld Motor Sports, Monster Energy, Alpinestars, Monster Energy Kawasaki, and Eli Tomac for their contributions for this auction.

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Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Dunlop Announces Partnership with Monster Energy Supercross

Courtesy of Dunlop Tires

Buffalo, NY – Dunlop Motorcycle Tires has reached an agreement with Monster Energy Supercross to be the official motorcycle tire of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, a FIM World Championship, for the next four years, starting in 2017. Dunlop’s official status allows expanded marketing throughout the Monster Energy Supercross series, and more opportunities to interact with its customers.

Dunlop is the longest running sponsor of Monster Energy Supercross, and has won more supercross and motocross titles over the years—143 total—than all other tire companies combined. Additionally, since Dunlop developed the Geomax® MX3S and MX52 in 2013, every single Monster Energy Supercross Championship, and all but one main event, have been won on Dunlop tires.
Dunlop is also committed to supporting amateur motocross through the Team Dunlop program, now in its 11th year. Team Dunlop alumni have won professional championships, including top supercross contenders Justin Barcia and Eli Tomac.

“We’re grateful to Feld Entertainment for the opportunity to expand our interaction with customers, and we’re very proud of our commitment to American motorcycle racing,” said Mike Buckley, Dunlop Motorcycle Tires’ vice president of sales and marketing. “Despite all of the ups and downs in the marketplace over the past decade, Dunlop never stopped supporting both professional and amateur motorcycle racing in the U.S. Racing plays a big part in the development of our tire technology for the public, so it’s an important part of our business. But more than that, we believe in the spirit of competition, and nothing embodies that quite like motorcycle racing. As the only company making motorcycle tires in America, it makes sense for us to partner with Monster Energy Supercross as we continue our commitment to motorcycle racing in America.”

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Mike Giovanniello’s Injury Update

Courtesy of Road 2 Recovery

Encinitas, CA – Privateer rider Mike Giovanniello #474 was injured while racing at a track in Englishtown, NJ on October 23, 2016. His accident has left him with severe injuries to his right leg. He sustained a broken knee, broken tibia, broken fibula and a severed major artery that has also left him with irreversible nerve damage. Mike had a long and intense hospital stay that included 4 surgeries, the first and most invasive being over 14 hours long to repair some of the damage that was done to his leg. After 57 day in the hospital Mike was released on December 19, 2016 to start his outpatient rehabilitation program.
Before Mike’s injury he won both the 250 Expert and Open Expert Points Championships in the 2016 Season Series at Raceway Park and qualified for The Southwick Nationals.

A close family friend has just recently made Road 2 Recovery aware of Mike Giovanniello’s injuries. R2R has set up this fund to help Mike and his family with all medical expenses. The direct link to his fund is Even though his accident was back in October, he and his family have a very long road ahead of them. Mike is currently in extensive physical therapy and is scheduled for two more surgeries. The medial bills and responsibilities are exponentially increasing. Any help financially or spreading the word about Mike’s R2R Cause would be greatly appreciated. Remember to use the #Mikey2Recovery when helping in inform others.

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 or contact Lori Amstutz at 619-339-5671.

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Saturday, December 24, 2016

Jimmy Albertson Announces 2017 Supercross Plans

Courtesy of Albertson Racing

Shawnee, OK – Jimmy Albertson will be making his return to the 450 class this 2017 Monster Energy Supercross series at the season opener in Anahiem, California on January 7. Entering his 10th Professional season, Jimmy will be throwing his leg over his FMF/Merge Racing backed Suzuki RM-Z450. With the help of personal sponsors, Albertson will be traveling to the races in his sprinter van with his wife as a privateer. When asked about the upcoming season, Top Jimmy said, “Im really looking forward to see what 2017 brings. I’ve put in a ton of work with my riding Coach Robbie Reynard, so I guess we will see where we are at when the checkers fly in Anaheim. My main goal this season is make sure I keep things light and have fun. My passion for racing is stronger than ever! I want to make sure I stay smiling and enjoy the ride. Thanks to all our sponsors for helping make our dreams become a reality."

Jimmy would like thank his sponsors, Suzuki, Merge Racing Technologies, FMF, Seven, Rekluse, Dubya, 180 Decals, Acerbis, Pro Taper, X-Trig, Excel, Dunlop, Galfer, Guts Racing, Works Connection, Bell Helmets, Alpinestars, Oakley, 2XU, Bolt, Reynard Training Facility, Compound 77, Renn Fuels and HRT.

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Thursday, December 22, 2016

Monster Energy® Kawasaki Team Green™ Announces 2017 Trackside Support Schedule

Courtesy of Kawasaki Motor Co. 

Foothill Ranch, CA (December 22, 2016) – Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green is pleased to announce an extensive trackside support schedule for the 2017 season in conjunction with its industry-leading contingency program.  Kawasaki Team Green technicians and race transporters will be on-site at local, regional and national racing events across the country to provide racers with emergency parts, technical assistance, and racing tips. In addition to amateur motocross, Team Green has expanded support to select off-road race events highlighted by AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC), Rocky Mountain MC World Off-Road Championship (WORCS), Kenda/SRT AMA National Hare and Hound, and Kenda/SRT AMA West Hare Scrambles events.

“Our Trackside Support team is the true foundation of the Team Green program,” said Team Green Supervisor Ryan Holliday. “For 35 years we have traveled around the country to assist racers with technical support and emergency parts. The race results and wins always receive the most attention, but we take the most pride in our support of Kawasaki racers.”

In it’s 36th year, Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green continues to be the industry leader in support of racers. For more information about Team Green trackside support, contingency and other benefits, please visit

Team Green Supported Events Tentative List
Jan 7-8                    WORCS                                                       Mesquite, NV
Jan 7-8                    Florida Winter Am Series                 Dade City, FL
Jan 14-15              TWMX Race Series                                San Bernardino, CA
Jan 21-22              Hare & Hound                                        Lucerne Valley, CA
Jan 28-29              TWMX Race Series                                Perris, CA
Jan 28-29              Florida Winter Am Series                 Waldo, FL
Feb 4-5                    Road to Mammoth                              San Bernardino, CA
Feb 11-12              Loretta Lynn Area Qualifier            Buckeye, AX
Feb 18-19              Loretta Lynn Area Qualifier            Turlock, CA
Feb 24-26              MotoFest                                                   Atlanta, GA
Feb 25-26              Texas Winter Series                             Wortham, TX
March 4-5             GNCC                                                           Union, SC
March 12-13       Daytona Amateur SX                          Daytona Beach, FL
March 21-25       Freestone Championship                Wortham, TX
April 1-2                 Loretta Lynn Area Qualifier            San Bernardino, CA
April 6-9                 California Classic                                  Pala, CA
April 8-9                 GNCC                                                           Morganton, NC
April 22-23           AMA Western Hare Scrambles      Lucerne Valley, CA
April 22-23           Loretta Lynn Area Qualifier            Decatur, TX
April 22-23           Loretta Lynn Area Qualifier            Axton, VA
April 29-30           Road To Mammoth                             Pala, CA
April 29-30           Loretta Lynn Area Qualifier            Walnut, IL
May 11-13            Junior MotoX                                         Guthrie, OK
May 13-14            Loretta Lynn Area Qualifier            Dalton, GA
May 20-21            AMA Western Hare Scrambles      Pioche, NV
May 27-28            Loretta Lynn Regional Qualifier   Gainesville, FL
June 3-4                 Loretta Lynn Regional Qualifier   Crawfordsville, IN
June 3-4                 Loretta Lynn Regional Qualifier   Rancho Cordova, CA
June 10-11           Loretta Lynn Regional Qualifier   Armaugh, PA
June 10-11           Loretta Lynn Regional Qualifier   Chilicothe, OH
June 16-25           Mammoth MX                                        Mammoth Lakes, CA
June 17-18           Loretta Lynn Regional Qualifier   Pell City, AL
July 1-2                   Red Bud MX Amateur Day               Buchanan, MI
July 15-16             TN State Champ                   Blountville, TN
July 31-Aug 5      AMA Amateur National MX            Hurricane Mills, TN
Aug 26-27             Vurb Classic West                                 TBD
Aug 26-27             Ironman MX Amateur Day              Crawfordsville, IN
Sept 1-4                  Baja Brawl                                                 Millington, MI
Sept 9-10               Vurb Classic South                               TBD
Sept 9-10               WORCS                                                       San Bernardino, CA
Sept 16-17            Vurb Classic North                               TBD
Sept 23-24            Transworld Slam Festival                 Riverside, CA
Sept 29 – Oct 1    Kawasaki Race of Champions        Englishtown, NJ
Oct 7-8                    WORCS                                                       TBD
Oct 7-8                    Top Gun Showdown                           Blountville, TN
Oct 14-15              Florida Gold Cup                                  TBD
Oct 14                     Monster Energy Cup                           Las Vegas, NV
Oct 21-22              MotoPlayground Race                      Ponca City, OK
Oct 28-29              WORCS                                                       Crawfordsville, IN
Nov 4-5                   Transworld Mini Major                     Riverside, CA
Nov 4-5                   Good Time Pro-Am                              Pell City, AL
Nov 20-25             Winter National Olympics              Gainesville, FL

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Courtesy of Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals

Stouffville, ON – December 22, 2016 – Stallybrass Promotions Inc. (SPI) is pleased to announce that Rockstar Inc. has extended their contract with SPI for an additional three years as the title sponsor of the CMRC sanctioned Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals.

“I couldn’t be happier about the extension of the contract with Rockstar and their commitment to the Nationals. They are a great company to work with, and they are very supportive of our direction to continue building and improving the series. Their extension of the contract proves they are more than satisfied with the return of exposure and marketing value they receive, which motivates our team to increase the deliverables of sponsorship benefits to continue this positive partnership,” stated Mark Stallybrass, SPI/CMRC President.

Dave Giancoulos, Vice President, Rockstar Energy Canada added, “We have seen significant growth of the series since we joined as the title sponsor in 2014, and it has resulted in increased value to Rockstar when promoting our energy drinks to race fans and consumers across the country. The series is very important to us because it visits seven provinces providing a countrywide reach, which is why the ten round motocross national series is Rockstar’s most impactful marketing property in Canada.”
The Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals will be entering its 25th Anniversary in 2017 with the opening round taking place in Kamloops, British Columbia on Sunday, June 4th. Plans are in place to continue the positive momentum surrounding the series and increase general awareness, on-site attendance, and to provide fans of the series easier access to follow each round as the tour unfolds.

Sunday, June 4 Whispering Pines Raceway, Kamloops, British Columbia
Sunday, June 11 Blackwater MX Track, Prince George, British Columbia
Sunday, June 18 Wild Rose MX Park, Calgary, Alberta
Sunday, June 25 Moto Valley Raceway, Regina, Saskatchewan
Sunday, July 9 Gopher Dunes, Courtland, Ontario
Sunday, July 16 Motocross Ulverton, Ulverton, Quebec
Sunday, July 23 Pleasant Valley Motorsport Park, Truro, Nova Scotia
Sunday, July 30 Riverglade MX Park, Moncton, New Brunswick
Sunday, August 6 Motocross Deschambault, Deschambault, Quebec
Sunday, August 13 RJ Motosport Park, Barrie, Ontario

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Tyler Bowers Joins 51Fifty Energy Yamaha

Courtesy of 51Fifty Energy Yamaha

Tyler Bowers has become one of the most recognizable 250 riders with his aggressive riding style, history atop the podium including a 250 Supercross win, and multiple (4x) Arenacross Championships. 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha Racing Team is proud to add the talented rider to the team in 2017.

“I’m excited to join 51FIFTY and the bLU cRU!” says Bowers. “I’ve been riding and testing with the team for several weeks now and the bike is really strong. Right out of the gate I noticed how great the bike handled and was impressed at how well the team works together. I see great potential in the team and expect, working with our staff, to elevate the team as whole and put myself in position up front where I know I belong.”

“Tyler has an aggressive riding style, and is someone who will put up a fight for race wins,” states Team Manager Craig Monty. “That’s a great quality for a racer and an attribute that’s important to the rest of the team. This is our 6th year in the Supercross series and we continue to grow with each season. We have Hayden Mellross back (#62) and we’re fired up to have a rider of Tyler’s caliber join the team.”

Watch for Bowers, his new number (#52), and the Yamaha YZ250F whenever he’s approaching a rider in a bowl turn, blitzing through the whoops and on the podium in 2017.

51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha is aided by support of our great sponsors including Yamaha, Allied Packaging, Carlos Vieira Racing, bLU cRU, Bolt Hardware, Costa Rica Unlimited, Cometic Gaskets, Company West, Cycra, Crank Works, DeCal Works, Dunlop, DT1, Evans Cooling, FMF, Galfer, Hinson Clutch Components, Hot Cams, IMS Products, Matrix, Mechanix Wear, ODI, Powerlift, Push Marketing Agency, RK Excel, SDI, Sunstar, Shift, TM Designworks, Twisted Development, Works Connection, Vertex Pistons, VP Fuels, and Xtrig.


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GasGas North America to Provide AMA Memberships With Purchase Of 2017 Enduro Or Trials Motorcycle

Courtesy of AMA

The American Motorcyclist Association welcomes the support of GasGas North America, which will provide an AMA membership along with every new 2017 GasGas enduro or trials motorcycle purchased in the United States, effective retroactively to Dec. 1, 2016.

“The support of companies such as GasGas North America to the AMA and our members is good for the association and good for motorcycling,” said AMA Vice President of Industry Relations and Business Member Programs Jim Williams. “Working together, we are all in a better position to fulfill the AMA’s mission to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. We look forward to working with Gas Gas going forward and welcoming all new GasGas customers to the membership ranks of the AMA.”

GasGas says the program is designed to help support the AMA’s membership efforts and to get every GasGas owner started off on the right foot as a member of the largest motorcycle enthusiast membership association in the country.

“We are very proud to offer a one-year AMA membership with the purchase of one our motorcycles,” said Scot Harden, Chief Marketing Officer of Torrot GasGas North America Inc. “We strongly believe in and support the mission of the AMA and can think of no better way to help grow membership than by offering the membership free of charge to our customers. Our sport has never needed the AMA more than it does today as we are under constant attack by regulatory bodies and environmental groups. In addition to protecting rider’s rights, the AMA offers an impressive list of membership benefits including free roadside assistance, a subscription to American Motorcyclist magazine and a host of other discounts and rewards.”

The membership program is available to those who have purchased a new 2017 GasGas model since Dec. 1. For GasGas customers who are existing AMA members, GasGas will cover an additional year of their membership dues.

To activate their AMA membership, or to extend an existing membership by one year, new GasGas purchasers should call (800) 262-5646.

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Thursday, December 15, 2016


Courtesy of Husqvarna Motorcycles

Husqvarna Motorcycles are pleased to announce the renewal of their collaboration with Goldentyre. The agreement will see the acclaimed motorcycle tyre manufacturer continue to supply Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Extreme Enduro Factory team with their high quality tyres and mousses throughout the 2017 season.

Focused on offering premium quality products for a wide range of motorcycle applications, Goldentyre have been getting increased global attention thanks to their revolutionary tyres and mousses for offroad use. Designed in Italy, all Goldentyre products combine extreme reliability with the highest performance characteristics.

Using world-class offroad competition as a means to test new applications and further develop their product line-up, Goldentyre remain at the forefront of all latest technical advances. Developing their newest line-up of offroad specific ‘X’ tyres and mousses, Goldentyre have taken durability and performance in extreme conditions to a notable new level.

In extending their partnership with Goldentyre, Husqvarna Motorcycles will have the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Extreme Enduro team duo of Graham Jarvis and Billy Bolt using the Italian brand’s tyres and mousses throughout the 2017 season.

Andreas Hölzl – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Enduro Team Manager: “We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Goldentyre. They’ve been closely linked to Extreme Enduro competition for quite some time and together we’ve celebrated numerous victories. Collecting valuable feedback from our riders Goldentyre are at the forefront of all latest technical development, making sure their products remain extra reliable and highly competitive. We’re pleased to continue having Goldentyre as Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Extreme Enduro team’s official tyre and mousse supplier.” 

Marco Caribotti – President, Goldentyre: “We’re extremely satisfied to renew our alliance with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s extreme enduro team. During our partnership Goldentyre have actively contributed to the growth of extreme enduro helping riders claim victories in the most prestigious events worldwide. Goldentyre are also the proud market leaders in extreme enduro specific tyre sales. Putting our tyres and mousses to the test via the world’s best riders helps us design products that meet the highest performance and reliability standards. I’d like to express my gratitude to all Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team members and I’m looking forward to continuing our collaboration for years to come.”

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U.S. World Trophy Team: 2016 AMA Motorcyclists of the Year

Courtesy of AMA

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association announced today that its 2016 AMA Motorcyclists of the Year are U.S. World Trophy Team members Taylor Robert, Kailub Russell, Thad DuVall and Layne Michael. On Oct. 16, 2016, they accomplished something that no team of American motorcyclists had done before: They won the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme’s International Six Days Enduro.

“This shared achievement of Taylor, Kailub, Thad and Layne is historic,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “Generations of AMA members have chased the ISDE World Trophy, and these four riders have finally caught it for all of us.”

The AMA Motorcyclist — or Motorcyclists — of the Year is the individual or group of individuals who have had the largest positive impact on motorcycling in the calendar year. Since 1913, the ISDE has invited the countries of the world to send their best racers. It is a crown that has always eluded American racers. Until now.

“This triumph is unprecedented, and it is my honor to recognize these riders as the 2016 AMA Motorcyclists of the Year,” Dingman said.

The 2016 ISDE was Oct. 11-16 in Navarra, Spain. The U.S. World Trophy Team started strong, powering to a 26.02-second gap on the first day. The team added to its lead on the second and third days, slipped a bit on Day 4, then held fairly steady on Days 5 and 6, finishing 3 minutes, 38.66 seconds ahead of the second-place Great Britain team.

In addition, Taylor Robert won the individual overall at the event, only the second time in history an American has accomplished that goal.

The U.S. World Trophy riders led a strong U.S. effort that saw the Junior team finish second in its division, the Women’s team come in fourth, club teams finish second and third, and American Fred Hoess win the FIM Vintage Trophy.

“For decades, American teams have struggled to win at the ISDE, but in 2016, all those efforts paid off,” Dingman said. “While Taylor, Kailub, Thad and Layne would surely be the first to give credit to lessons learned in previous years, they are the riders who hoisted the ISDE World Trophy for the first time in history.”

Profiles of Robert, Russell, DuVall and Michael can be found in the January 2017 issue of American Motorcyclist, the official journal of the AMA.
About the American Motorcyclist Association
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
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Monster Energy Supercross 2017 TV Schedule Now Available

Courtesy of Feld Motorsport

ELLENTON, Fla. (December 15, 2016) - Feld Entertainment Inc. announced the upcoming 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, schedule with more ways to watch, on more channels, globally. With an expanded FOX broadcast partnership, Supercross fans will also be able to watch the first race from Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., on FOX Deportes, alongside social media and live streaming options for enthusiasts outside of North America and Australia.   
Devotees of Ryan Dungey, Eli Tomac or Ken Roczen can still watch races on FS1, FS2 and ESPN (Australia) throughout the season, but for the first time in the four-year media partnership with FOX, Monster Energy Supercross will have airtime on FOX Deportes for the kick-off in Anaheim, Calif. on January 7, 2017 and on every local FOX station throughout the country for races in Indianapolis (3/18/2017), Salt Lake City (4/22/2017) and East Rutherford, N.J. (4/29/2017). Check local listings. Fans in North America can catch the aerial excitement and high-speed chases on their desktops and mobile devices via FOX Sports GO, FOX Sports' authenticated TV everywhere app, as well as the Monster Energy Supercross pay-per-view livestream available through

Monster Energy Supercross will provide an option to access the action, energy and excitement in real time outside of North America for the first time via the pay-per-view live stream. Fans will be able to purchase a season pass for $99.99 and stream races live and up to one week following the race.
For those already excited for the season, Feld Entertainment will also debut the Monster Energy Supercross 2017 Preview Show on December 18 on FS1 at 5:00 p.m. ET/2:00 p.m. PT.  This unprecedented, unfiltered look into the lives of Ryan Dungey, Chad Reed, Ken Roczen, Eli Tomac, Marvin Musquin, Jason Anderson and Cooper Webb chronicles preparations before the elite riders go head-to-head in the quest for their place on the podium.
As the most competitive and high profile off-road motorcycle racing championship in the world, Monster Energy Supercross attracts nearly one million fans in live attendance at the nation's most renowned stadiums over the course of the 17-race season. Its digital fan base on social media boasts an even more impressive number, engaging with 10 million viewers around the globe on social media platforms weekly and providing an industry-leading footprint.
As a precursor to the live broadcast, the best of the behind-the-scenes action returns with Race Day Live presented by AMSOIL. Each Saturday before the race, fans at the event or in their living rooms can tune in to the live streaming coverage on, which captures practice, qualifying and key rider interviews not available anywhere else. Monster Energy Supercross is proving it has a stronghold on emerging media platforms, digitally connecting multiple demographics of Supercross aficionados in innovative ways from pre-race coverage to the live event
For more information on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross,  please log onto, the official website of Monster Energy Supercross, or follow us via our social channels below:   
For all media requests, please contact Sean Brennen at / (703) 448-3664 or Erik Arneson at / (704) 501-5795.
About Feld Entertainment:
Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that lift the human spirit and create indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment's productions have appeared in more than 75 countries and on six continents to date and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On IceDisney Live! and Marvel Universe LIVE! More information about Feld Entertainment is available online at
About FOX Sports:
FOX Sports is the umbrella entity representing 21st Century FOX's wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets.  Built with brands capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FOX Sports includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships.  FOX Sports includes the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; FS1, FS2; FOX Sports Regional Networks, their affiliated regional web sites and national programming; FOX Soccer Plus; FOX Deportes and FOX College Sports.  In addition, FOX Sports also encompasses FOX Sports Digital, which includes, FOX Sports GO, and  Also included in the Group are FOX's interests in joint-venture businesses Big Ten Network and BTN 2Go, as well as a licensing agreement that establish the FOX Sports Radio Network.
About the American Motorcyclist Association:
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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Kawasaki & Ryan Villopoto Extend Relationship into 2017

Courtesy of Kawasaaki Motor Corp

Foothill Ranch, CA (December 13, 2016) – Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. is announcing a continued relationship with Ryan Villopoto. Villopoto joined the Kawasaki family at the age of 14 as a member of Monster Energy® Kawasaki Team Green. He spent his entire professional career, highlighted by 10 AMA Supercross and Motocross Championships, competing aboard Kawasaki KX™ motorcycles. Villopoto, who has an outstanding fan base and social media following, continues as a Kawasaki Racing Influencer, expressing his passion for Kawasaki Team Green, professional racing and Kawasaki products through his own social media channels, at select events and in several “Science of Supercross” segments in the Supercross television broadcast.

“It means a lot to me to be able to continue working with Kawasaki,” said Villopoto. “I’ve been with them for a long time and being around everyone is like being with family. Now that my racing career is over I’ve been able to go out and ride other Kawasaki products and I can’t wait to get on some dual-sport rides and on the new stand-up Jet Ski next spring!”

“We’ve been working with Ryan since he was a teenager and I’m happy we are able to extend our commitment with him," said Kawasaki Vice President of Marketing Chris Brull. "As a four-time Monster Energy AMA Supercross Champion, he has built one of the largest and most loyal fan bases in our industry, and his influence in the industry is why we are continuing to build our relationship.”

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Format Change for 2017 Supercross Series

Courtesy of Feld Motorsports

December 14, 2016 – Feld Entertainment announced today that the racing format will change for the 2017 season of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship. H
eat races, Semi’s, Last Chance Qualifiers and Main Events will transition to a timed format beginning with the season opener at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, Calif. on January 7, 2017.

Evolution and progression are natural elements of expansion and with the ever-changing landscape of today’s Supercross racing, this format adjustment will simply give fans more exposure to the sport’s top athletes. Every stadium is a different size and shape throughout the Monster Energy Supercross Championship and lap times can vary exponentially from race to race. This new format will make sure that racers like Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac, Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen and defending Monster Energy Supercross Champion, Ryan Dungey get to race in front of their fans for the same amount of time, every race.

“We believe this change will bring the fitness element more into play and provide more excitement for our fans,” said Dave Prater, Senior Director of Operations – Two Wheel, Feld Entertainment.
Once the gate drops, the referee will start the clock. For the 250SX class it will be 15 minutes plus one lap and for the 450SX class it will be 20 minutes plus one lap. That means if defending Champion, Ryan Dungey and Ken Roczen have battled for 20 laps to the finish line but there is still 15 seconds on the clock, they will race two more laps.

There is already a mountain of excitement heading into the 2017 season, and this new announcement should only build anticipation. With the exception of adding semi races to the program a few years ago, the last time a major change was made to the format was the 1985 season when there were two main events. That particular season is regarded as one of, if not the most, exciting in the sport’s history. The format change will add to the drama as we count down to the 2017 season opener in Anaheim.  


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Yamaha Announces 2017 SX/MX Teams

Courtesy of Yamaha Motor Corp.

Cypress, CADecember 14, 2016Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., is proud to announce its bLU cRU support teams and riders who will be competing in the 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship.

“We’ve already announced our Yamaha Factory Supercross team for the 2017 season, with Chad Reed and Cooper Webb as our 450SX riders,” commented Keith McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. “And now, we’re excited to officially announce our 2017 lineup of Yamaha bLU cRU support teams and riders. We’ve got four solid support teams assembled for 2017, with 12 talented bLU cRU riders ready to race aboard their brand-new Yamaha YZ450F and YZ250F machines.”

Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha
Led by team owner Bobby Regan and team manager Brad Hoffman, the Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha riders include 2016 250SX East Championship runner-up and Indianapolis 250 Supercross winner #23 Aaron Plessinger, along with #39 Colt Nichols, #45 Mitchell Harrison, #108 Dylan Ferrandis, and 2015 Australian Supercross Champion Dan Reardon (#122). All five riders will be competing aboard Yamaha YZ250F machines in the 250SX class.

CycleTrader/Rock River/Yamaha
Returning for 2017, long-time bLU cRU support team CycleTrader/Rock River/Yamaha, which is led by team owner Mike DuClos and team manager Christina Denny, will compete once again in 450SX with Tommy Hahn aboard his #85 Yamaha YZ450F, while new team members Bradley Taft and Lorenzo Locurcio will make their professional Supercross debuts. Bradley will race his #74 Yamaha YZ250F in 250SX West, while Lorenzo will compete in 250SX East aboard his #183 Yamaha YZ250F.

Rock River will also continue to operate Yamaha’s successful “Pro Parts” program, offering emergency OEM parts at a discount to all racers at all Supercross and Motocross events, including the Monster Energy Cup.

Barn Pros Racing/Yamaha
Founded in 2011 by Barn Pros’ Steve Oslund and managed by former pro racer Scot Steffy, the Barn Pros Racing/Yamaha team–which is sponsored by Barn Pros, the nation’s leading barn manufacturer, and Home Depot, the largest home improvement retailer in the U.S.–welcomes seven-time AMA Supercross and Motocross Champion Rick Johnson to its team as a rider liaison and trainer. Rick will be working with #58 Chris Alldredge and #76 Scott Champion, and both riders will be competing aboard Yamaha YZ250F machines in 250SX West.

51FIFTY Energy Drink/Yamaha
With team owner Carlos Vieira, race director Terry Beal, and team manager Craig Monty at the helm, 51FIFTY Energy Drink/Yamaha also returns for 2017. The team will compete in 250SX West with four-time Arenacross Champion and 250SX race winner Tyler Bowers (#52) and his teammate, Australia native and 2016 Australian 250 Supercross Championship runner-up, Hayden Mellross (#64). Tyler and Hayden will both be aboard Yamaha YZ250F machines.

Look for Yamaha’s bLU cRU support teams and riders in action on Saturday, January 7, as the 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship gets under way at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA.


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Grant Signs with Fly Racing

Courtesy of Fly Racing

December 14th, 2016 (Boise, ID) – FLY Racing is proud to announce the signing of Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Josh Grant for the 2017 SX/MX season. FLY Racing welcomes Josh to the team to wear its 2017 lineup of Evolution, Lite Hydrogen and Kinetic lines of gear. “We are happy to add such a well-known and dedicated racer to the FLY Racing Family,” stated Craig Shoemaker, CEO of Western Power Sports/FLY Racing. Watch for Grant at the SX season opener on January 7th, 2017.

About FLY Racing
Established in 1998, FLY Racing is one of the fastest growing off road motorcycle riding apparel and hard part brands in the powersports industry. FLY Racing develops quality products for the competitive North American market and is distributed worldwide in 40+ countries. In the United States, FLY Racing products are distributed exclusively by Western Power Sports (WPS).
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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Rocky Mountain ATV/MC to Sponsor Florida Winter AM Series

Courtesy of Rocky Mountain ATV/MC

PAYSON, UT (December 13, 2016) – Rocky Mountain ATV/MC will serve as a sponsor for the 46th Annual FMF Florida Winter AM Series, presented by VP Racing. One element of the sponsorship will be to support the series through Rocky Mountain ATV/MC’s Race Gas program, providing one $10 gift card at every event to each racer who competes in at least one class.

The Florida Winter AM Series dates back to the 1970s and is now in its 46th year for 2017. It is a major hallmark of the region’s motocross scene.

“The Florida Winter AM Series has a long history, and we’re glad to be a part of it now,” said Dan Thomas, CEO and Founder of Rocky Mountain ATV/MC. “It’s important to us to support the sport at an amateur level where we can impact many riders in a positive way.”

“Unlimited Sports MX and Gatorback Cycle Park are once again excited to have RMATV/MC on board as a sponsor of the 46th FMF Florida Winter AM Series, presented by VP Racing,” said Wyn Kern of Unlimited Sports MX. “RMATV/MC continue to show their commitment to motocross racers across the country by providing Race Gas gift cards to every racer in the series who pre-enters online prior to each event.”

The Florida Winter AM series will feature six rounds during the month of January, with the first taking place on New Year’s Day (practice on New Year’s Eve) on Gatorback Cycle Park’s newest track: Diamondback. For more details, please visit

About Rocky Mountain ATV/MC
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC is the trusted online source for high quality riding gear, parts and accessories for dirt bikes, ATVs, UTVs, dual sport bikes and street motorcycles. Rocky Mountain ATV/MC has provided low prices and unparalleled customer service for over 31 years. With the RM Cash program, a fit-guarantee apparel exchange, free three-day shipping and a price match guarantee, Rocky Mountain ATV/MC continues to deliver a premier shopping experience for the off-road enthusiast. For more information, visit

Rocky Mountain ATV/MC on Social Media
·         Facebook: RMATVMC
·         Instagram: @RMATVMC
·         Twitter: @RMATVMC
·         Google+: Rocky Mountain ATV MC
·         YouTube: RockyMountainATVMC

About Unlimited Sports MXOne of the premier race organizers in America, Unlimited Sports MX has been hosting amateur races for over 20 years. In early 2013, Unlimited Sports MX joined the American Motocross Championships, an alliance made up of a group of race organizers that host premier amateur and professional motocross events across the country. Check out the complete event schedule and more information on their website at

Unlimited Sports MX on Social Media
·         Facebook: Unlimited-Sports-MX
·         Instagram: @Gatorback_Cyclepark
·         Twitter:@UnlimitedMX

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AMA Announces 2016 Championship Banquest Award Nominees

Courtesy of American Motorcyclist Association

 The American Motorcyclist Association has announced the nominees for the 2016 AMA Championship Banquet awards. The awards recognize individuals and organizations that excelled in AMA-sanctioned competition and recreational activity in 2016.

AMA members help select the winners of the competition categories with their votes, including the prestigious AMA Athlete of the Year honors. AMA members can vote at through Sunday, Dec. 18, at midnight Eastern Time. All AMA members who vote will be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to

Award winners will be announced at the 2016 AMA Championship Banquet on Saturday, Jan. 21, at the Hilton Downtown Columbus in Columbus, Ohio. Class champions from national and regional motorcycle and ATV championships also will be honored with No. 1 plates. Second- and third-place finishers will receive awards, as well.

“The AMA Championship Banquet is one of the most diverse celebrations in motorsports,” said AMA Director of Racing Kevin Crowther. “Each year, we spotlight racers from all areas of motorcycle and ATV competition in what is always an amazing showcase for AMA racing. We honor everyone from youth champions to vintage racers and, of course, the country’s top talent in several disciplines.”

The AMA also will recognize AMA-chartered clubs and promoters that raised the bar for AMA-sanctioned activity in 2016.

The AMA Championship Banquet — which includes dinner, door prizes and a bike show — will recognize hundreds of top competitors from across the country in disciplines ranging from dirt track racing to motocross to woods racing and everything in between.

Tickets for the AMA Championship Banquet are $75 each. AMA Life Members receive a $10 discount. Register here:
A free open house will be held at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, on Jan. 20. Attendees are encouraged to attend to see the historic bikes and memorabilia on display, featuring the 2016 inductees: motorcycling pioneer Gloria Tramontin-Struck, desert racing champion and tuner Chris Haines, the late motorcycle designer and engineer Charles Franklin, race frame builder Jeff Cole, road racing champion Miguel Duhamel, dirt track racer Ronnie Jones, desert racing champion Jack Johnson and engine builder and tuner Dennis Mahan.
The Hilton Downtown Columbus is located in the heart of downtown Columbus and less than 25 minutes from AMA headquarters and the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, with easy access to the interstate and Port Columbus International Airport. Special room rates at the hotel are available through Dec. 20 by calling (614) 384-8600 and using group code AMA17 or by reserving online at

2016 AMA Racer of the Year Nominees
AMA Athlete of the Year: National Championship Series
Russell Bobbitt, Champion, AMA National Enduro Championship Series
Ricky Brabec, Champion, AMA National Hare & Hound Championship Series
Gavin Faith, Champion, AMA Arenacross National Championship Series
Marc Freixa, Champion, AMA/NATC MotoTrials National Championship Series
Colton Haaker, Champion, AMA EnduroCross National Championship Series; Champion, FIM Super Enduro World Championship
Billy Janniro, Champion, AMA Speedway National Championship Series
Gage McAllister, Champion, AMA Supermoto National Championship Series
Brandon Paasch, Champion, AMA/FIM North America MotoAmerica KTM RC390 Cup
Taylor Robert, Overall Winner and member of Championship World Trophy Team, International Six Days Enduro
Kailub Russell, Overall Champion, AMA Grand National Cross Country Series

AMA Athlete of the Year: Grand Championships
Jody Barry, AMA Road Race Horizon Award Winner, AMA Road Race Grand Championship
Jarred Brook, AMA Dirt Track Horizon Award Winner, AMA Dirt Track Grand Championship
Eva Hakansson, Land Speed Record Setter, AMA Land Speed Grand Championship
Ben Kelly, Top Amateur, AMA Tennessee Knockout Enduro Grand Championship
Trevor Kline, AMA Vintage Off-Road Grand Champion, AMA Vintage Grand Championship
Nathan Prebe, AMA Hillclimb Racer of the Year, AMA Hillclimb Grand Championship
Chase Sexton, AMA Motocross Horizon Award Winner, AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship

AMA ATV Athlete of the Year
Colt Brinkerhoff, Pro ATV Champion, AMA National Hare and Hound Championship Series; Pro ATV Champion, AMA West Hare Scrambles Championship Series
Walker Fowler, Overall ATV Champion, AMA Grand National Cross Country Series
Alan Myers, 450 A Champion and Production A Champion, AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series

AMA Female Racer of the Year
Nicole Bradford, Women’s Champion, AMA National Hare and Hound Championship Series
Eva Hakansson, Land Speed Record Setter, AMA Land Speed Grand Championship
Jordan Jarvis, Girls Sr. (12-16) and Women (14+) Amateur Champion, AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship
Alicia McCormick, WXC ATV Champion, AMA Grand National Cross Country Series
Becca Sheets, WXC Champion, AMA Grand National Cross Country Series

AMA Vet/Senior Racer of the Year
Bart Bast, Track Champion, Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway
Steve Bromley, 1970s 250cc and 1970s 750cc Champion, AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship Series
John Grewe, Masters 50+ Champion, AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship
Fred Hoess, FIM ISDE Vintage Class Champion
Gary Roach, AMA Vintage Off-Road Senior Grand Champion, AMA Vintage Grand Championship
Billy Schlag, Senior A Champion, AMA Grand National Cross Country Series; Open A Champion, AMA Full Gas Sprint Enduro Championship Series

AMA Youth Racer of the Year
Micah Hertrich, 125cc Expert Champion, AMA/NATC MotoTrials National Championship Series
Troy Hill, Youth All-Star (13-15) and Schoolboy Sr. (14-17) Champion, AMA ATV Motocross National Championship Series
Sterling Martin, 150cc Youth Champion, AMA Youth Speedway National Championship
Mason Matthies, Big Wheel (12-15) Champion, AMA West Hare Scrambles Championship Series
Jett Reynolds, 85cc (9-11) Limited and 85cc (9-12) Champion, AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship
Hunter Riemer, Super Mini Sr. (14-15), AMA Grand National Cross Country Series
Tyler Scott, AMA Youth Dirt Track Racer of the Year, AMA Dirt Track Grand Championships

2016 AMA Organizer of the Year Nominees

AMA Motocross Organizer of the Year
2x Promotions; Porterville, Calif.
Feld Entertainment Inc.; Palmetto, Fla.
MX Sports Inc.; Morgantown, W.Va.

AMA Off-Road Organizer of the Year
Full Gas Sprint Enduro Championship Series; Hickory, N.C.
Racer Productions Inc.; Morgantown, W.Va.
National Hare & Hound Association; Los Angeles, Calif.

AMA Track Racing Organizer of the Year
Fast Fridays Motorcycle Speedway; Auburn, Calif.
Steve Nace Racing Promotions; Paducah, Ky.
California Flat Track Association; San Francisco, Calif.

AMA ATV Organizer of the Year
National Hare and Hound Association; Los Angeles, Calif.
Racer Productions Inc.; Morgantown, W.Va.
Western New York Offroad Association; Newfield, N.Y.

AMA Recreational Road Riding Organizer of the Year
Roar on the Shore; Erie, Pa.
Schuylkill County Motorcycle Club; Schuylkill Haven, Pa.
Midwest Motorcycle Club; Indianapolis, Ind.

AMA Recreational Off-Road Riding Organizer of the Year
Knapp Creek Fire Department; Knapp Creek, N.Y.
Wisconsin Dual Sport Riders; Neenah, Wis.
Touratech USA; Seattle, Wash.

AMA Club of the Year
Trials Inc.; Louisville, Ky.
Polka Dots M/C (CA); Fair Oaks, Calif.
Ramapo Motorcycle Club; Congers, N.Y.

AMA Media Award
Racer TV; Morgantown, W.Va.
On The Pegs; Sapulpa, Okla.
Cycle USA; Franksville, Wis.

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Courtesy of Husqvarna Motorcycles

Fielding a strong two-men squad for the upcoming extreme enduro season Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing will see extreme enduro star Graham Jarvis joined by the team’s newest recruit Billy Bolt, with the British duo set to compete in 2017 aboard Husqvarna TE 300 machinery.

Under the guidance of team manager Andreas Hölzl the two official Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing riders enter the new season with the goal of maintaining Husqvarna Motorcycles’ dominant status in extreme enduro racing.

Enjoying a stellar season that saw him top the overall podium at Erzberg, Romaniacs, Ukupacha, GetzenRodeo and recently at the Roof of Africa, Jarvis has his sights set on keeping his winning momentum going in 2017. The highly experienced racer will lead the team into what’s promising to be another thrilling season of extreme enduro competition.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s extreme enduro squad is completed by 19-year-old Billy Bolt. Switching from a promising career in the World Trials Championship the young Brit took the extreme enduro world by surprise in 2016 with his impressive fifth place result at his very first ErzbergRodeo. Combining acute technical skills with a great willingness to learn, Bolt will be aiming high during his first season as a member of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing.

Download the official high-resolution Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing extreme enduro team imagery here.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 2017 Extreme Enduro Line-upGraham Jarvis – Husqvarna TE 300
Billy Bolt –  Husqvarna TE 300
Team Manager - Andreas Hölzl

Andreas Hölzl – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Manager: “We’re excited to have two great riders in our extreme enduro team for 2017. Graham proved in 2016 that he remains on top of his game. Combining experience with speed I think he will continue to surprise us with his performances for years to come. We’re also happy to have Billy join Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing. Carrying lots of experience from trials Billy has shown he can battle his way through the toughest of challenges in extreme enduro. He’s extremely motivated and has the potential to build a strong future in the sport. With Graham and Billy I believe we have a solid team to keep Husqvarna on top in extreme enduro.”
Graham Jarvis: “2016 has been a great season and I’m already looking forward to the next one. My focus for 2017 will remain on the big extreme enduro events, while I’ll be trying to squeeze in as many other races as possible. I’m also happy to have Billy as my new teammate. We’ve started practising together and I think that’s helped us both. He’s a young and extremely talented kid that’s full of energy. I think he has a lot to give to our team.”
Billy Bolt: “I am really excited to be part of the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna and belong to a group of skilled riders and athletes. I can’t wait for the new season to begin and can’t thank Rockstar Energy Husqvarna enough for giving me the opportunity to take my career to a whole new level as a Husqvarna Factory rider. I still need to learn a lot but I’m glad I’m surrounded by the right people to help me do that. It’s also an honour to be racing alongside Graham. He’s a legend in our sport and there’s just so much I’m hoping to learn from him. I’m sure we’ll develop a great atmosphere within the team and I’m convinced that all the right tools are there for me to battle for the top.”

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Sunday, December 11, 2016


Courtesy of Husqvarna Motorcycles

 Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Colton Haaker made a highly positive start to the defence of his FIM SuperEnduro World Championship title by claiming the runner-up spot at the opening round of the 2016/17 series held inside the Tauron Arena in Krakow, Poland. Showing impressive speed his teammate Pascal Rauchenecker wrapped up his first SuperEnduro World Championship outing with eight overall.

Securing a moto victory and two top three results, Colton Haaker earned a close second overall to Taddy Blazusiak at the first round of the series in Poland. Setting the fastest lap during Time Practise and claiming the runner-up spot in Superpole, the FE 350 mounted rider entered the night’s final motos confident he could challenge for the overall win.

Crossing the finish line first in the opening final, Haaker was hit with a 10sec time penalty that dropped him to second in the final results. Battling through the pack following his reversed order start in the second final, the US rider made a number of passes to eventually come home in third place.

The highlight of the night for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider came in the third and last final. Involved in a fierce battle with Blazusiak, Haaker got the lead just before the midway point and never looked back. Wrapping up the night with victory in the third final, Colton finds himself second in the provisional championship standings.

Competing alongside Haaker, Pascal Rauchenecker endured an eventful debut SuperEnduro outing in Poland. Claiming eighth in the first final, the FE 250 mounted rider went on to secure his best result for the night in the second final with sixth. Suffering crashes Pascal wrapped up the night with 13th in the third final.

Contesting the 2016/17 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship aboard Husqvarna machinery, Mike Brown collected 6/5/5 results for fifth overall in Poland.

Round two of the 2016/17 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship will take place in Riesa, Germany, on January 7.

Colton Haaker“It was a solid night for me. My riding was good and I felt I was the fastest guy throughout the night. I believe I showed the overall victory was well within my reach. In the first race I trailed Taddy for three laps before deciding to make my move for the lead. It just happened that I made my pass under yellow flags, so I ended up getting a 10-second penalty to finish second. In the second final the reverse start kind of got me. I came from way back to finish third. Then in the last race Taddy got me in the start so I followed him for a couple of laps before making my move for the lead. After that I kept checking out and despite a small fall I managed to get the win. The track in Poland was one of the hardest we’ve ever raced. For me it’s super important that I started the series on the right foot and I’m looking forward to the next round in Germany.”

Pascal Rauchenecker“It was an eventful night for me. My speed was very good, but I lost a lot of time following mistakes during the finals. I started the night posting the third fastest time in practise and that was pretty good. To be honest I struggled with the matrix all-night-long. That was surely a part of the track where the most experienced riders could make a difference. In the last race for example I was battling for third place but crashed in the matrix and damaged my front wheel. I learned a lot in Poland and now I know exactly what I need to improve. I feel there’s still so much to learn in SuperEnduro and I will continue working hard to get back stronger in round two next January.”

Results – FIM SuperEnduro World Championship, Round 1, Poland 

Overall Classification
1. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 58pts; 2. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 54pts; 3. Alfredo Gomez (KTM) 45pts; 4. Jonny Walker (KTM) 44pts; 5. Mike Brown (Husqvarna) 31pts… 8. Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna) 16pts

1st Final
1. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 9 lap, 07:09.948; 2. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 07:13.001; 3. Jonny Walker (KTM) 07:25.067; 4. Alfredo Gomez (KTM) 07:25.391; 5. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) 07:45.794; 6. Mike Brown (Husqvarna) 07:48.237… 8. Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna) 8 laps, 07:36.362

2nd Final
1. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 9 laps 07:23.898; 2. Alfredo Gomez (KTM) 07:33.305; 3. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 07:35.341; 4. Jonny Walker (KTM) 07:53.062; 5. Mike Brown (Husqvarna) 08:07.967; 6. Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna) 08:13.458

3rd Final
1. Colton Haaker (Husqvarna) 9 laps, 07:13.544; 2. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 07:15.712; 3. Alfredo Gomez (KTM) 07:39.894; 4. Jonny Walker (KTM) 07:42.191; 5. Mike Brown (Husqvarna) 07:57.231… 13. Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna) 7 laps, 07:39.517

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