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TROY LEE DESIGNS/RED BULL/GASGAS FACTORY RACING DOUBLES UP ON PODIUM FINISHES IN INDY

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JUSTIN BARCIA PODIUM RD 5

It was an outstanding night for the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing team, who came away from round five with an inspiring pair of podium finishes from teammates Justin Barcia and Michael Mosiman, delivering GASGAS Factory Racing its first double-podium in the AMA Supercross Championship. In the 450SX division, Barcia was consistently fast and up front all night, returning his MC 450F to the premier class podium with a second-place finish. In 250SX East, Mosiman enjoyed seven laps in the spotlight out front, taking his MC 250F to a notable third-place finish in the class.

The Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing team came into Tuesday’s racing with optimism as they lined up just three days after the previous round in Indianapolis. Barcia sorted out some settings earlier in the day, prepping himself for a positive run in the night’s racing program. He got off to a third-place start in the heat race and charged his way up to second early on. Clicking off laps with great intensity and speed, Barcia carried a second-place transfer into the Main Event.

As the gate dropped for the Main Event, Barcia was first off the line to grab the holeshot, positioning himself in second on the first lap. He put on an early charge to keep the leader within his sights but he was later joined in battle by Eli Tomac, who applied great pressure in the fight for second-place. The round-one winner didn’t stress as he held off the defending champion of Tomac, pulling a 2.9-second gap in the final laps to secure second overall on the night. Five rounds in, Barcia has now moved up to fourth overall in the championship standings.

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Barcia: “The last round was really tough but tonight we put ourselves in a much better position. I got a good start and Kenny rode an amazing race, I tried to give him a little battle in the beginning but that’s all I had tonight. I’m glad to be back up here on the podium, we’ve been searching a little bit with setup but we’re getting there and feeling good, ready to get back to winning.”

Five races into the 250SX Eastern Regional Championship and team rider Michael Mosiman continues to deliver solid results with a second-straight podium finish in the class. Mosiman qualified third earlier in the day, setting himself up for a promising heat race start. He jumped into second early on and put down nine solid laps to secure a second-place transfer into the Main Event.

Capitalizing on a good gate choice, Mosiman burst off the line to capture the Main Event holeshot as he led series points leader Colt Nichols into the first seven laps. With Mosiman at the helm, the leaders came into a bout of lapped traffic just before the mid-way point and Mosiman got the short end of the stick when another rider went down ahead of him, causing him to hit the brakes, swerve and come to a near stop in the rhythm section. He worked hard to gain his momentum back later in the race but it wasn’t enough to maintain second. With a respectable third-place finish, Mosiman has jumped two spots in the 250SX Eastern Championship standings where he now sits third overall with four rounds to go.

MICHAEL MOSIMAN RD 5

Mosiman: “That was an awesome start, I was ripping clean laps and I busted out the triple-quad, I hadn’t done that all day, and I felt good in the whoops. A guy went down in front of me in the rhythm section and that was hectic, it spooked me a little bit. I hit him pretty good, lost a spot to Colt and lost my mojo a little bit mid-way. I had such good lines out of the gate and as the track was breaking down, I think I needed to move with it a little bit quicker but all-in-all, it was a good day and a step in the right direction. I just have to thank my team, they’ve been behind me so much and this opportunity to race in front of a crowd is awesome, I love it!”

The Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing Team will take another short three-day break before getting on the gas this Saturday for the final round inside Lucas Oil Stadium.

Results – 2021 AMA Supercross Championship, Round 5

450SX – Main Event

  1. Ken Roczen (Honda) 26 laps; 2. Justin Barcia (GASGAS) +7.909; 3. Eli Tomac (Kawasaki) +10.798

250SX East – Main Event

  1. Colt Nichols (Yamaha) 19 laps; 2. Christian Craig (Yamaha) +5.798; 3. Michael Mosiman (GASGAS) +10.646

Championship Standings – After Round 5

450SX

  1. Ken Roczen (Honda) 112pts; 2. Cooper Webb (KTM) 99; 3. Eli Tomac (Kawasaki) 98; 4. Justin Barcia (GASGAS) 92

250SX East

  1. Colt Nichols (Yamaha) 122pts; 2. Christian Craig (Yamaha) 111; 3. Michael Mosiman (GASGAS) 97

MIQUEL GELABERT JOINS GASGAS FACTORY RACING!

GASGAS FACTORY RACING CONFIRM TWO-RIDER LINE-UP FOR 2021 TRIALGP SEASON
Expanding the GASGAS Factory Racing Trial team rider line-up, Miquel Gelabert has joined our squad to take on the 2021 FIM TrialGP World Championship. The Spanish trial ace will compete alongside Jorge Casales as part of our well-established and successful team, with both riding our proven GASGAS TXT GP 300 machinery.

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Entering his debut TrialGP season in 2016, Miquel Gelabert delivered incredibly consistent results to place 10th overall in the final standings. Following his impressive start, the Spaniard then continued to maintain solid form during his second term, placing 11th overall in 2017.

2018 was the year Miquel made his first trip onto a TrialGP podium, while competing in the UK at the penultimate round of the series. The then 20-year-old claimed third overall on the day – a result that helped lift the youngster up to ninth in the final championship standings.

Consistent results continued in 2019 and 2020 with Miquel again impressing throughout each campaign, ending both seasons in eighth overall. Three times fifth overall during the 2020 series, Gelabert has formed a strong foundation for future successes with GASGAS Factory Racing.

Now, with the newly appointed Trial Team Manager Albert Cabestany in his corner, Miquel Gelabert is armed with the support and machinery needed to progress up the world rankings and earn his place as a regular contender for podium finishes.

Miquel Gelabert: “This is really a dream come true for me. I’m from Girona, just next to the GASGAS factory, and I’ve always wanted to be part of the GASGAS factory team. I’m over the moon to be able to race the bike I have always loved and to be in the factory team that I always wanted to be a part of. Last year I decided to race their bike under a private team, and it worked really well. I managed to get some good results and now I’m racing for the factory team! For 2021 I hope to achieve many podiums and be able to finish inside the top three overall. I know that it won’t be easy, but I believe I have the level to do it. Right now, I’m training as much as I can and once I’m feeling 100% confident with the bike I think we can accomplish my goals. Also, having Albert Cabestany as my team manager is great, I’ll be able to get really valuable feedback from him. He has been a top rider for many years so his experience will help me. I can’t wait to start competing for GASGAS Factory Racing.”

Albert Cabestany, GASGAS Factory Racing Trial Team Manager: “It’s a really exciting time with Miquel joining GASGAS Factory Racing. He’s a really skilled trial rider, with exceptional consistency, which is really important for success in trial. I believe that now he is on the factory team, with encouragement and guidance and the team’s support, we will really see what he is capable of in 2021. We still have some time to fully-prepare for the season and I am really confident that we can achieve great results together. With Miquel joining the team alongside Jorge Casales, I’m excited to begin working with both riders and can’t wait for the season to start.”


TOUGH NIGHT IN INDY FOR TROY LEE DESIGNS/RED BULL/GASGAS FACTORY RACING TEAM

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BARCIA’S PODIUM FINISH SLIPS AWAY AND MOSIMAN SIDELINED WITH HAND INJURY
After enjoying an incredibly successful result in Indianapolis just three days ago, the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing team returned to Lucas Oil Stadium for the final time on Saturday but it was a mixed day this time around. Justin Barcia delivered top-notch results all day starting with a season-best fifth in qualifying, a heat race victory and a Main Event holeshot that led to a podium finish within grasp before losing it all when another rider collided into him mid-air leaving him to salvage 19th. Teammate Michael Mosiman was poised to have another great night as well, grabbing third in qualifying before suffering a broken hand in the final qualifying session of the day.

Coming into Saturday, the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing team made some changes to Barcia’s bike setup which seemingly paid off as he rode his MC 450F to a season-best fifth in qualifying. In the heat, Barcia jumped into a top-three position off the start and it wasn’t long before he found second. He kept a good pace behind the leader, Marvin Musquin, and he pounced on the chance to take over when Musquin made a mistake, leading the last six laps to claim the heat race win.

In the Main Event, Barcia proved he was hungry right off the start as he clawed his way across the line to the claim the holeshot. He diced up front early on before settling into a solid rhythm in second. He went back-and-forth with Cooper Webb, who finally got around him for second later in the race, only to then fend off defending champ, Eli Tomac, seconds later. Barcia shut down that attempt and staked his claim on third heading into the final laps. With a podium finish in sight, Barcia got tangled up with another rider mid-air and went down hard with only three laps to go. He was able to dust himself off and take the checkered flag in 19th, salvaging a few valuable points toward the overall championship.

Barcia:
“The day was going good, I had my best qualifying position with fifth and I felt like we got the bike working really well and I felt really comfortable out there. The Main Event was going good, I was battling for the podium and unfortunately had a lapper come across on me and take me out and that’s pretty much how the night ended. It’s pretty disappointing but onto the next one.”

Coming off two consecutive podium finishes in the 250SX Eastern division, Michael Mosiman’s championship run came to an abrupt halt at Round 6 when he sustained a broken hand at the end of the day’s final practice session. Prior to getting injured Mosiman was in the mix fighting for pole position, ultimately qualifying third overall despite not being able to line up for the night’s racing. The next step for Mosiman will be surgery to repair his broken hand.

Mosiman: “I made a stupid move at the end of the last practice and I seem to have broken my hand in three places. I qualified third was riding great, looking to get my first win here tonight but looks like it’s going to need surgery so we’re going to do the work necessary and be back out there to battle with the guys. I’m super bummed and disappointed. Thanks to everyone sticking behind me and supporting me, we will be back.”

The Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing team is headed to warmer weather as they gear up for the next two rounds in Orlando, Florida beginning next Saturday, February 13.

Results – 2021 AMA Supercross Championship, Round 6

450SX – Main Event

  1. Ken Roczen (Honda) 26 laps; 2. Cooper Webb (KTM) +0.888; 3. Marvin Musquin (KTM) +18.820…19. Justin Barcia (GASGAS)

250SX East – Main Event

  1. Christian Craig (Yamaha) 20laps; 2. Jo Shimoda (Kawasaki) +07.560; 3. Colt Nichols (Yamaha) +14.418…DNS Michael Mosiman (GASGAS)

Championship Standings – After Round 6

450SX

  1. Ken Roczen (Honda) 138pts; 2. Cooper Webb (KTM) 122; 3. Eli Tomac (Kawasaki)114…5. Justin Barcia (GASGAS) 96

250SX East

  1. Colt Nichols (Yamaha) 143pts; 2. Christian Craig (Yamaha) 137; 3. Jo Shimoda (Kawasaki) 119…5. Michael Mosiman (GASGAS) 97

GASGAS GO ENDUROGP RACING IN 2021!

REIGNING ENDURO1 CHAMPION ANDREA VERONA TO COMPETE IN FIM ENDURO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP ON GASGAS EC 250F
Further expanding our global racing activities, we’re thrilled to be taking on the FIM Enduro World Championship in 2021, together with Andrea Verona! Leading GASGAS Factory Racing into the EnduroGP series, the Italian has his sights set firmly on retaining his Enduro1 title on GASGAS EC 250F machinery while also challenging the established stars of the overall EnduroGP class.

Entering the FIM Enduro World Championship in 2021 is another important step forward for GASGAS Factory Racing. Together with Taddy Blazusiak, who will handle business in the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship, Verona will complete a formidable two-rider line-up.

Jumping into the world enduro scene back in 2017, Verona made an immediate impact by capturing the Youth 125cc Enduro World Championship crown in just his first full season of international racing. One year later, the youngster topped the 2018 FIM ISDE Junior World Trophy competition together with lifting the J1 Enduro World Cup title.

More recently, and following a rapid rise through the enduro ranks, Verona claimed the 2020 Enduro E1 World Championship title at just 21 years old! Winning five of the eight days of racing that formed last year’s series, when he wasn’t victorious the Italian racer placed second each time out to deliver a 100% podium record throughout the season. Furthermore, Andrea secured third overall in the EnduroGP category to impressively round off his truly memorable breakout season.

Originally set to compete for KTM Italy in the 2021 before getting the call-up from GASGAS Factory Racing, now armed with his GASGAS EC 250F, Andrea is focused on defending his Enduro1 World Championship title while also challenging for overall EnduroGP honors.

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Andrea Verona: “It’s an amazing feeling to be a part of the GASGAS Factory Racing team in enduro. To be chosen as the rider to lead the team in EnduroGP is a really good feeling, and it makes me really proud. I’ve been able to spend a little bit of time on the bike, and with the team, and I have a good feeling with everything already, which is really positive this early in the year. My main goal for 2021 is to retain my Enduro1 title but this won’t be easy with so many good riders in the class. I’m also looking to challenge for the overall EnduroGP title as well. Last season was kind of like my rookie year in the EnduroGP class, so I now have a better understanding of what it takes to be successful in that class. I have some things to work on, to improve my riding and sharpen my skills, so that I’ll be ready and fully prepared for round one. This is a fantastic opportunity for me, I can’t wait to start racing for GASGAS.”

Robert Jonas – VP Motorsports Offroad: “Together with our participation in the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship, this is a really important and exciting progression for GASGAS. Andrea is perfect fit for GASGAS and entering the FIM Enduro World Championship further expands the brand’s enduro racing activities. Despite being only 21 he has shown his talents by winning the Enduro1 title and progressing to the very top of the Enduro World Championship, in just a few years. It’s clear that Andrea has a very bright future in the Enduro World Championship and with the full support of GASGAS Factory Racing we believe he can improve further and also challenge for overall EnduroGP class honors. We are really pleased to welcome Andrea to GASGAS and look forward to the start of the Enduro World Championship later this year.”

Fabio Farioli – GASGAS Factory Racing Enduro Team Manager: “2021 is going to be a really exciting season for both Andrea and GASGAS Factory Racing. Last year he really took a big step forwards and I believe that he can continue to improve at the highest level. With a little more time, I also believe he will consistently challenge for the EnduroGP podium, as well as the Enduro1 title. To be the official GASGAS rider in EnduroGP is a big honor for Andrea, I know that he is ready to give his all and has been training hard to be ready for the start of this season. With EnduroGP, the Italian Enduro Championship and the ISDE being in Italy, Andrea will have a busy and exciting season of racing. We all believe Andrea has a very bright future and look forward to watching him race in 2021.”


FOURTH-PLACE FINISH FOR JUSTIN BARCIA AT ORLANDO SX 1

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It was an overall positive night for Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia, who finished just off the 450SX podium after a close battle at the seventh round 2021 AMA Supercross Championship in Orlando, Florida. Teammate Michael Mosiman was sidelined once again as he continues to recover from a hand injury.

TROY LEE DESIGNS/RED BULL/GASGAS FACTORY RACING LOOK FOR REDEMPTION NEXT WEEK

Barcia had a low-key start to the night, grabbing a top-five position off the start of his heat race. He worked his way into fourth halfway through and brought it home for a smooth fourth-place transfer. In the Main Event, Barcia overcame a bad jump off the line by sticking to the outside and funneling into fifth through the first turns. He moved into third early on and established a solid podium run for more than half the race. He made a mistake through the whoops and lost third but he was able to keep his momentum rolling enough to hold onto fourth. He collected himself and put in a last-ditch effort to reclaim third but it wasn’t enough to land on the podium in Orlando.

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JUSTIN BARCIA SX RD 7

 Barcia: “It was a bummer mistake in the whoops that really cost me the podium. I pushed as hard as I could to try to get the pass on him but wasn’t able to get it done. I definitely know I have the speed, I just need to put everything together and move on from it. It was a little frustrating but it was good riding and I’m healthy and ready to move onto the next Orlando.” 

Michael Mosiman didn’t line up for Round 7 but he made an appearance in Orlando to support his team. The young rider received positive news this week that no surgery is required to repair his broken hand so he will wear a cast for the next three weeks in hopes of making a swift recovery.

Results – 2021 AMA Supercross Championship, Round 7450SX – Main Event1. Cooper Webb (KTM) 25laps; 2. Ken Roczen (Honda) 0.943; 3. Zach Osborne (HQV) +05.313; 4. Justin Barcia (GASGAS) +0.422
250SX East – Main Event1. Jett Lawrence (Honda) 19laps; 2. Colt Nichols (Yamaha) +01.1182. Christian Craig (Yamaha) +19.403
Championship Standings – After Round 7450SX
1. Ken Roczen (Honda) 161pts; 2. Cooper Webb (KTM) 148; 3. Eli Tomac (Kawasaki)132…5.Justin Barcia (GASGAS) 115
250SX East1. Colt Nichols (Yamaha) 166pts; 2. Christian Craig (Yamaha) 158; 3. Jo Shimoda (Kawasaki) 138…6. Michael Mosiman (GASGAS) 97


GASGAS WELCOME NAVAS PETIT AS OFFICIAL BRAND AMBASSADOR

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Navas Petit – GASGAS Brand Ambassador: “It’s amazing! It’s really a dream come true to have the support from GASGAS and progress with my free riding career. Being an official brand ambassador for GASGAS is a really special feeling and it gives me a lot of confidence. It’s unbelievable and this opportunity hasn’t sunk in yet. Having the support of such a big brand will only allow me to ride more, create more – it’s a super-exciting time for me! The bike is so good in stock form, light and powerful and really easy to ride. Perfect for free riding!”

SUPER-TALENTED SPANIARD SET TO PUSH THE FREERIDE BOUNDRIES ON GASGAS MC 450F
GASGAS are excited to announce the signing of their newest official brand ambassador, Navas Petit! The Spanish freerider is no stranger to getting on the gas, regularly found hanging from the side of his motorcycle while performing any one of his huge aerial tricks. Now, armed with the awesome GASGAS MC 450F and focused on pushing the freeride boundaries, the social media star is set to reach even dizzier heights in 2021. Motorcycle riding and good times are what Navas lives for, just like GASGAS! The incredibly talented Spaniard, who’s formed a legion of over 415,000 followers on TikTok, loves nothing better than hitting ramps and expressing himself on a dirt bike with his unique style and skill set.

Always daring to be different, Petit is as comfortable launching from freestyle ramps as he is freeriding in the hills near to his home in Spain. An avid content creator, the 23-year-old regularly shares his jaw-dropping jumps via his TikTok and Instagram channels.

Making a super-exciting addition to our growing list of brand ambassadors, Navas, who also hopes to take GASGAS to the X Games for the first time ever, will ride and compete onboard a GASGAS MC 450F.

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Valentini Federico – head of GASGAS Motorcycles Global Marketing: “It’s really exciting for GASGAS Motorcycles to be joining forces with Navas. He’s a really exciting rider and hugely talented. His philosophy is the same as ours – to ride bikes and to have fun! Support from GASGAS will allow him to further push the boundaries of what is possible on a dirt bike and we’re excited to see what he can do on our MC 450F. Welcome, Navas!”


JUSTIN BARCIA ON THE GAS WITH A PODIUM FINISH IN ORLANDO

TROY LEE DESIGNS/RED BULL/GASGAS FACTORY RACING OVERTAKES FOURTH IN 450SX STANDINGS

Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia returned to the 450SX podium on Saturday night with a determined third-place finish in Orlando, Florida. Barcia found himself in a tough position after a big crash in qualifying but he dug deep and turned the night around, earning his third podium of the season at round eight.

The day could have ended with a much worse outcome for Barcia after experiencing a rough crash during the first practice session that left him banged up and sitting in 18th overall heading into the racing program. The rider affectionately known as “BAM BAM” dusted himself off and charged into the night, getting on the gas with a top-five start in the heat race. Battling just outside the podium early on, Barcia held onto fourth for most of the race but a last-minute pass gave him a solid fifth-place transfer into the main.

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Barcia lined himself up for a great start in the Main Event as he nailed another holeshot aboard his MC 450F, settling into second on the first lap. He got passed early on and went to fourth, leading a hard-charging pack of riders all fighting for a chance at the podium. Mid-race, Barcia was gifted the third-place position when Adam Cianciarulo went down but it was up to him to capitalize on the opportunity with a strong ride in third. He held off points leader Ken Roczen in the final laps to assume the final spot on the podium, giving him a nudge up to fourth in the 450SX championship standings.

Barcia: “It was a tough day for sure, I had a crash in practice and kind of destroyed myself. I had to regroup and I felt like I got a little bit better. We made a lot of changes on the bike for the Main Event and I got off to a great start. I picked my speed up at the end of the race and I got into a flow, which was cool. For how the morning went, to be up on the podium was a solid race. Obviously, I want a lot more out of myself but it will be nice to have a week off, regroup and get the body right before heading to Daytona, which I’m excited for.”

Justin Barcia

Team rider Pierce Brown was originally slated to line up for the opening round of the 250SX Western Regional Championship on Saturday but ultimately made the tough decision to push back his debut on the MC 250F as he continues to log more time on the bike following ACL surgery last September.

The Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/GASGAS Factory Racing team will enjoy a weekend off from racing before getting back on the gas March 6 at the legendary Daytona International Speedway in Florida.

Results – 2021 AMA Supercross Championship, Round 8450SX – Main Event
1. Cooper Webb (KTM) 25laps; 2. Marvin Musquin (KTM) +3.040; 3. Justin Barcia (GASGAS) +3.323

250SX West – Main Event 1. Justin Cooper (Yamaha) 19laps; 2. Cameron Mcadoo (Kawasaki) +04.8873. Garrett Marchbanks (Yamaha) +19.080

Championship Standings – After Round 8450SX
1. Ken Roczen (Honda) 180pts; 2. Cooper Webb (KTM) 174; 3. Eli Tomac (Kawasaki)149; 4. Justin Barcia (GASGAS) 136

250SX West 1. Justin Cooper (Yamaha) 26pts; 2. Cameron Mcadoo (Kawasaki) 233. Garrett Marchbanks (Yamaha) 21


GASGAS SUPPORT MICHAEL WALKNER IN 2021 FIM HARD ENDURO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

GASGAS SUPPORT MICHAEL WALKNER IN 2021 FIM HARD ENDURO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
SUPER-TALENTED GASGAS TEST RIDER GOES HARD ENDURO RACING IN 2021

Adding more young talent to our motorsport roster, we’re pleased to announce we’ll be supporting up-and-coming Austrian enduro racer Michael Walkner as he takes on the 2021 FIM Hard Enduro World Championship! Already a part of the GASGAS family – Michael’s day job is as our official test and development enduro rider – he’ll now also join the GASGAS Factory Racing enduro team as an officially supported junior rider.

A seasoned and passionate competitor with international hard enduro experience, Michael will continue in his role as our official test and development rider while also receiving our full support as a GASGAS Factory Racing junior rider.

Setting his sights on becoming one of hard enduro’s leading riders, in competing in the 2021 FIM Hard Enduro World Championship the 23-year-old will gain valuable experience, while also getting the opportunity to further develop his hard enduro skills. Michael will compete on our EC 300 2-stroke.

With the start of the 2021 FIM Hard Enduro World Championship still some months off, Michael will first compete in the opening two rounds of the Italian Enduro Championship, in March. Using the events to re-familiarize himself within a racing environment, he’ll also use his time against the stopwatch to work on his speed. The Austrian will then switch his attention to the opening round of the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship, scheduled for 7-9 May.

Michael Walkner – GASGAS Enduro Factory Team Junior Rider: “This is so exciting for me. I ride GASGAS bikes almost every day so to now be competing for the brand, it’s a real honor. Recently, I had been testing suspension settings together with Andrea Verona – the current Enduro1 World Champion – which was my first big test in such a professional environment. I learned so much and it was during those few days that I decided I wanted to give racing my best effort. I will have a small team, just myself, my family, support from GASGAS and other partners, but it will be great. In the past I had some small successes just with my family behind me, so with support from GASGAS I’m excited to see how I can progress. To think about the world championship title now would be premature, but it is definitely my long-term goal. For sure, in 2021 it’s unlikely, but the end goal is to be one of the best riders. I want to give everything and make the most of this opportunity. I can’t wait for the first round.”

Fabio Farioli – GASGAS Factory Racing Enduro Team Manager: “Supporting Michael as an official GASGAS Factory Racing junior rider gives him the backing he needs to compete at the next level. We know that he has the talent and drive to improve, he is young and very motivated, and also already has some international racing experience, so we’re looking forward to watching him progress as the year develops. We’re not putting any big expectations on Michael, we simply want to help him develop his talent and allow him to take on the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship with the right level of technical support.”


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JASON ANDERSON RETURNS WITH A SEASON BEST FINISH OF SIXTH IN INDY

The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team wrapped up another jam-packed week of racing in Indianapolis with Round 6 of the 2021 AMA Supercross World Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium. Jason Anderson, who missed the last round due to a finger injury, returned to the 450SX lineup on Saturday where he claimed a season-best finish of sixth in the premier class. 

ANDERSON: “My night went decent, I was just pumped to be able to do enough therapy on my finger to be able to race tonight, I had a better heat, which made myself feel a little bit better and we did some suspension work. In the main, I didn’t get that great of a start but I was able to get better and move through the pack. I’m slowly getting better but not where we want to be, so we’ll get there.”

With only four days off between rounds, Anderson immediately went to work on rehabbing his dislocated finger so he could join teammate Zach Osborne for the final round in Indy. Anderson got off to a great start in 450SX Heat 2 and he battled for the lead early on lap one. He held onto second for the first three laps before ultimately securing a third-place transfer. In the Main Event, Anderson got a ninth-place start and he worked his way up to eighth just after the halfway point. The 2018 450SX Champion maintained a steady pace in the final laps to pick up two additional spots for a sixth-place finish.

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING’S ZACH OSBORNE ROUNDS OUT THE TOP-10

Osborne had a strong start to the night in 450SX Heat 1, grabbing a third-place start and mixing it up with the front-runners. He rode a sturdy pace to maintain that position all the way through the checkers, carrying a third-place transfer into the Main Event. He didn’t get the best start in the main, battling around the top-10 throughout the entire 26-lap race. In the end, Osborne secured 10th for the night.

OSBORNE: “It was a little bit of a tough night,” I didn’t get a start in the main and it wasn’t one of my best rides of the season. Back to the drawing board this week, I have a few things I would like to really work on and focus on to be better for next weekend in Orlando.”

Team riders Dean Wilson and RJ Hampshire were absent from Round 6 as they continue to recover from injuries sustained early in the season. 

Next Event (Round 7): Saturday, February 13 – Camping World Stadium – Orlando, Florida

Round 6 Results: Indianapolis SX 3
450SX Results 1. Ken Roczen (HON) 2. Cooper Webb (KTM) 3. Marvin Musquin (KTM)…6. Jason Anderson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 10. Zach Osborne – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 
450SX Rider Point Standings 1. Ken Roczen – 138 points 2. Cooper Webb – 122 points 3. Eli Tomac – 114 points …9. Zach Osborne – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 87 points 12. Jason Anderson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 67 points 16. Dean Wilson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 35 points


TOP-10 FINISH FOR ZACH OSBORNE AT INDIANAPOLIS SX #2

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne rode to a top-10 finish on Tuesday at Round 5 of the 2021 AMA Supercross World Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium. Finishing seventh in the 450SX Main Event, Osborne put forth a hard-fought performance despite battling through some aches and pains throughout the night.

“I had a pretty rough day actually,” Osborne said. “I blew my chin/tongue out on the bars in the first practice and that kind of set the tone for the day. I really was not that comfortable on the track and I kind of pressured myself out so looking for more moving forward. I’m riding well, just not putting myself in good positions. My starts need some work and I’ll be back on Saturday with a better game plan and we’ll be moving forward.”

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING TEAM LOOKS TO REBOUND THIS SATURDAY

Osborne had a rocky start to the day as he busted his chin on the handlebars during a hard landing while attempting a big leap in the first practice. He was able to push through, qualifying ninth for the day. In 450SX Heat 2, Osborne got off to a top-five start and he battled his way to a top-five transfer into the main.  In the Main Event, Osborne started off in 10th and he shuffled back for a few laps before climbing into ninth early on. He quickly moved into eighth and battled from there for most of the race. With five laps to go, Osborne made another move to overtake seventh and from there, he maintained a strong pace to secure seventh for the night.  

Jason Anderson

“I didn’t crash or anything, I just landed and my hand slipped and I dislocated my finger,” Anderson said. “I’m going to heal up and be back out there trying hard ASAP!” 

Coming off his best finish of the season last Saturday, Jason Anderson came into Tuesday’s racing with an optimistic attitude. However, Anderson sustained a dislocated finger during a hard landing in practice, which ultimately sidelined him for the remainder of the night.

Team riders Dean Wilson (450SX) and RJ Hampshire (250SX East) did not line up for Round 5 as they both continue to recover from injuries sustained early in the season.

Next Event (Round 6): Saturday, February 6 – Lucas Oil Stadium – Indianapolis, Indiana
Round 5 Results: Indianapolis SX 2
450SX Results

  1. Ken Roczen (HON)
  2. Justin Barcia (GAS)
  3. Eli Tomac (KAW)
  4. Zach Osborne – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

450SX Rider Point Standings

  1. Ken Roczen – 112 points
  2. Cooper Webb – 99 points
  3. Eli Tomac – 98 points
  4. Zach Osborne – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 74 points
  5. Jason Anderson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 50 points
  6. Dean Wilson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 35 points

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING EXTEND CONTRACT WITH GRAHAM JARVIS THROUGH 2021

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING EXTEND CONTRACT WITH GRAHAM JARVIS THROUGH 2021
Continuing their successful partnership with hard enduro legend Graham Jarvis, Husqvarna Motorcycles is pleased to announce that Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing have agreed a one-year contract extension with the British star, which will see him compete in the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship alongside teammates Alfredo Gomez and Billy Bolt.

Graham Jarvis: “I’m often asked when I might stop racing, but as long as I can be competitive and my fitness allows it, I’m going to continue doing what I love. So, I’m thrilled to continue racing for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing in 2021. In addition, starting my own race team gives me another opportunity to remain active in the sport I love and hopefully play a part in developing the champions of the future. This would give me a great sense of achievement, as much as anything I’ve done to date. Husqvarna Motorcycles has been incredibly supportive in this venture and we hope to repay that support with some great performances. Like everyone, I’m hoping that life, and racing, will return to normal very soon, and I look forward to getting back to competition.”

In addition, Husqvarna Motorcycles will support Graham’s newly set-up five-rider Jarvis Husqvarna Racing team, as Jarvis fulfils a long-standing ambition of launching his own race team and developing talented future Hard Enduro champions.

As well as challenging for race wins and regular podium results himself, Jarvis is hoping the new eight round FIM Hard Enduro World Championship, together with the British Extreme Championship, will be the perfect series to showcase his new team and its roster of young stars. Passing his experience on to his team riders, Graham hopes to develop future world champions.

Jarvis Husqvarna Racing has secured some of the most exciting and promising young riders – Bulgaria’s Teodor Kabakchiev, English trio of Jono Richardson, Will Hoare and Sam Winterburn, and experienced Welsh rider Grant Churchward. All riders will compete aboard Husqvarna TE 300i machinery.

Andi Hölzl – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Manager: “Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing have enjoyed so much success together with Graham, continuing to support him for another year as a racer, and as he takes his first steps into team management, is something we’re more than pleased to do. Obviously, Graham’s situation is unique – there aren’t many motorcycle athletes able to consistently perform like he does at nearly 46 years of age – and that’s why Graham makes decisions regarding his career one year at a time. Knowing that he has the fitness and motivation to compete for at least one more season, we couldn’t be happier to have him race alongside Alfredo Gomez and Billy Bolt in the FIM Hard Enduro World Championship for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing.”


ZACH OSBORNE CHARGES TO THE PODIUM AT ORLANDO SX

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne raced his way to a podium finish on Saturday with a tenacious performance at Round 7 of the 2021 AMA Supercross World Championship in Orlando, Florida.

Osborne kept his eyes on the prize all day long, despite battling through some challenges during qualifying. In 450SX Heat 2, Osborne got off to a seventh-place start and he battled between seventh and eighth throughout the race, ultimately securing seventh. In the Main Event, he completely changed the trajectory of his day as he shot off the line to capture the holeshot and early lead. While out front, Osborne made a mistake coming out of the whoops and he dropped back to fourth early on. He fought back into podium contention late in the race and put in a strong finish to claim his first podium of the season with third.

Zach Osborne

“It feels so good to get back on the podium and kind of find some mojo tonight,” Osborne said. “It felt good to get a start, that’s where I have really been struggling. It felt so good to get out there out front, getting in some clean air and breathe a little bit. I am super grateful to be up here.”

Anderson, the seventh-place qualifier, had a great start to the night as he put himself up front early in 450SX Heat 2. He rode most of the race in third but he made his move into second late in the race to earn a season-best heat-race finish of second. In the Main Event, Anderson got off to a mid-pack start and he battled his way up to sixth later in the race. With the top-five battle within reach, Anderson made a mistake and came together with another rider which dropped him back a few spots to finish eighth. 

Jason Anderson

 “It was an improvement all around for me today,” Anderson said. “My practices were better and my racing was quite a bit better, so If I could get a start it would help my results. In the Main Event, I got up there after a not-so-good start and got behind Tomac in sixth but I came together with someone, it was more my fault than anything, and dropped back but we’ll move on to next week and keep progressing.”

Dean Wilson lined up for Round 7 after missing the last three rounds due to a broken toe. Wilson found his speed early in the day with a season high qualifying position of eighth but he eased his way back into racing after being off the bike. In 450SX Heat 1, he started around 13th and he made a nice charge up to 10th but it wasn’t enough to secure a direct transfer into the Main Event. Wilson lined up for the LCQ where he grabbed a second-place start and quickly overtook the lead on lap two. With a steady ride, Wilson won the LCQ and secured a spot in the Main Event. He put together 25 solid laps in the main, fighting his way back from a rough start to ultimately finish just outside the top-10 with 12th.  

Dean Wilson

“My night was very difficult but it feels really good to be back at the races,” Wilson said. “I think the hardest part for me was not being on the bike for almost three weeks, I felt like a fish out of water. I’m happy to get through the night, I know 12th isn’t really what we want but I could see ninth right there and with a good start, I think I’ll be pretty good.”

Next Event (Round 8): Saturday, February 20 – Camping World Stadium – Orlando, Florida

Round 7 Results: Orlando SX 1

450SX Results 1. Cooper Webb (KTM) 2. Ken Roczen (HON) 3. Zach Osborne – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing …8. Jason Anderson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing 12. Dean Wilson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

450SX Rider Point Standings1. Ken Roczen – 161 points 2. Cooper Webb – 148 points 3. Eli Tomac – 132 points …8. Zach Osborne – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 108 points 12. Jason Anderson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 82 points 15. Dean Wilson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 46 points


ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING’S JASON ANDERSON FINISHES IN TOP FIVE AT AMA SUPERCROSS RD 8

Jason Anderson: “My night was a lot better, I had a good practice and ended up P1, had a good battle in the heat race and got first in that. In the Main Event, I kind of had a bad start and worked my way up to fifth. I’m getting better and feeling better, so hopefully we’ll have an even better weekend in Daytona.”

JALEK SWOLL OPENS UP 250SX WEST CHAMPIONSHIP WITH A SOLID FOURTH

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson made big strides on Saturday for Round 8 of the 2021 AMA Supercross World Championship, earning pole position, a heat-race win and a season-best fifth-place finish in the 450SX Main Event. Additionally, team rider Jalek Swoll secured an impressive fourth-place finish at the opening round of the 250SX Regional Championship in Orlando, Florida.

Anderson was strong all day, beginning with an impressive run in qualifying to top the highly talented 450SX division. He got off to a good start in Heat 2, assuming the second-place position early on. Working his way up to the lead battle, Anderson made his move on the final lap to overtake the lead and capture his first heat-race win of the season. In the Main Event, he started off in 13th and diligently worked his way through the field. Sitting in a solid sixth, Anderson came on strong in the final laps to secure a top-five finish at Round 8.

Coming off an impressive podium finish at the last round, Osborne had high hopes of keeping his momentum rolling in Orlando. However, he suffered a slight back injury during the final practice session of the day and he struggled with it throughout the night. In 450SX Heat 2, he got off to a sixth-place start and passed into the top-five early on. He kept a steady pace for the remaining laps to secure a fifth-place transfer into the Main Event. In the main, Osborne didn’t have the best start as he came through the opening lap in 11th place but he put his head down and charged up to eighth, where he finished for the night.

Zach Osborne: “It was a little bit of a tough night for me, I kind of tweaked my back in the last practice and I really struggled with it tonight. I had a mediocre start and an eighth-place finish, which is not really anything to write home about but I’ll get it sorted and be ready for Daytona.”

Team rider Dean Wilson continues to battle his way back from a toe injury this season. Wilson didn’t get the best start in 450SX Heat 1 as he rounded the opening lap in 14th. He fought his way up to 10th and put on a strong charge in the final laps but he missed the final transfer by only one spot. He redeemed himself in the LCQ, securing his second-straight LCQ win and a spot in the Main Event. He got shuffled back off the start in the main, where he was forced to come back from 18th on the opening lap. Making a valiant charge up to 11th late in the race, Wilson had a top-10 finish within grasp before it slipped away in the chaos of the final laps and he ultimately finished 12th.

Dean Wilson: “In the Main Event, I was all over 10th and I got a little bit traumatized from the blue flags and I thought the guy behind me was the leader so I let him by, which put me back to 12th,It’s disappointing but I’m looking forward to these next couple weeks to really heal up and get my body healthy. It’s tough to try and race injured but we’ll be back at Daytona.”

The 250SX Western Regional Championship got underway on Saturday with two fresh faces on the starting line. Jalek Swoll qualified ninth in the opening round, where he lined up alongside his teammate Stilez Robertson in 250SX Heat 2. Swoll settled into a top-five position early on before getting passed by a class front-runner and dropping back to sixth. He continued to battle in the mix for the rest of the race, ultimately finishing sixth in the heat. In the Main Event, Swoll began just outside the top-10 but the race was red flagged due to a pileup off the start. Upon the restart, Swoll shot off the line to capture a third-place start and he raced inside the top-three for the first seven laps before getting passed for fourth. From there, he kept a strong pace to ultimately earn a career-best fourth-place finish.

Jalek Swoll: “It was a pretty decent night, The heat race was a little hectic and I got shuffled back a bit and finished sixth. That didn’t set me up for a very good gate pick in the Main Event but I made the best of it. I felt like toward the end of the moto I started coming around but by that point it was kind of too late. I’m a little disappointed but we’ll be back next weekend.”

Rookie Stilez Robertson made his supercross debut on Saturday with a solid performance throughout the day. In 250SX Heat 2, Robertson got off to a fourth-place start and he maintained a steady pace to carry an impressive fourth-place transfer into his first-ever 250SX Main Event. In the main, Robertson got tangled up in a multi-rider pileup off the start and the race ultimately got red-flagged. Robertson, despite having a banged up bike and body, lined up for the restart but he didn’t fare so well as he came through the first lap in the last-place position. He did his best to move through the pack but it proved to be difficult following the carnage he sustained early on, ultimately finishing 18th in his debut.

Stilez Robertson: “We had a smooth start to the day with seventh in qualifying and fourth in the heat race, In the main, I got a decent start about 10th through the first jump but Jeremy Martin rolled and I thought he was going to jump and I ended up landing on him. I crashed and bent my bike up but I still gave it a go in the main and just tried to salvage what we could, so not too bad thanks to the team.”

Next Event (Round 9): Saturday, March 6 – Daytona International Speedway – Daytona, Florida

Round 8 Results: Orlando SX 2

450SX Results

  1. Cooper Webb (KTM)
  2. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
  3. Justin Barcia (GAS)
  4. Jason Anderson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
  5. Zach Osborne – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
  6. Dean Wilson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

450SX Rider Point Standings

  1. Ken Roczen – 180 points
  2. Cooper Webb – 174 points
  3. Eli Tomac – 149 points
  4. Zach Osborne – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 123 points
  5. Jason Anderson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 100 points
  6. Dean Wilson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 57 points

250SX West Results

  1. Justin Cooper (YAM)
  2. Cameron Mcadoo (KAW)
  3. Garrett Marchbanks (YAM)
  4. Jalek Swoll – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
  5. Stilez Robertson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

250SX West Rider Point Standings

  1. Justin Cooper – 26 points
  2. Cameron Mcadoo – 23 points
  3. Garrett Marchbanks – 21 points
  4. Jalek Swoll – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 19 points
  5. Stilez Robertson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 5 points

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AUSTIN WALTON FINISHES SIXTH OVERALL AT WORCS ROUND 2

Austin Walton
AUSTIN WALTON – WORCS ROUND 2

Austin Walton and the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team made their way to Peoria, Arizona on Sunday for Round 2 of the 2021 World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS) at Canyon MX. Walton raced his way to a sixth-place finish in the Pro 450 class after battling through a challenging day of racing. With a good jump off the start, Walton found himself up front early on as he battled in the second-place position. He made a mistake in the tire section early on and from there he struggled to carry momentum through the technical sections. He held on to fifth for a majority of the race, dropping back to sixth with three laps to go, where he ultimately finished for the day. Walton“Today started off really good but I had some struggles out there. I was running second for the first two laps and made one mistake in the tire section and that kind of set the tone for my race. We’ve got some things to work on but all-in-all it was a learning weekend and I know what I can do better for the next one.”

Next Round: Havasu, Arizona – March 26-28, 2021


Pro 450 (MC) Round 2 Results
1. Taylor Robert (KTM)
2. Dante Oliveira (KTM)
3. Zach Bell (KAW)…
6. Austin Walton – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory RacingPro

450 (MC) Championship Standings
1. Taylor Robert – 47 points 
2. Dante Oliveira – 47 points
3. Cole Martinez – 33 points
4. Austin Walton – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 33 points


STRONG SHOWING FOR ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING AT GNCC SERIES OPENER

THAD DUVALL PODIUM
THAD DUVALL PODIUM – BIG BUCK GNCC ROUND 1

THAD DUVALL AND CRAIG DELONG CLAIM SECOND PLACE PODIUM FINISHES AT BIG BUCK GNCC

The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team got off to a strong start in the 2021 Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series on Sunday as teammates Thad DuVall and Craig DeLong each secured runner-up finishes in their respective classes at the Big Buck GNCC opener in Union, South Carolina.

With unseasonably cold temperatures and rain leading up to the race weekend, Sunday’s Big Buck course delivered optimal race conditions for the season opener. As the green flag waived for the start of the XC1 Open Pro race, DuVall found himself down in the first turn but he quickly charged into a top-five position by the end of lap one. He worked his way up to the lead group during the second lap and he made his move into the lead before the halfway point. With an 11-mile course and a large turnout of riders at Round 1, the leaders hit lapped traffic pretty early in the three-hour race and that’s when DuVall settled into the second-place spot. He upheld a strong pace through the second half of the race but keeping his sights on the bigger championship picture, DuVall reeled it in for a comfortable second-place finish at the opening round.

THAD DUVALL - BIG BUCK GNCC RD 1
THAD DUVALL

“I felt like I rode really good all day,” DuVall said. “I just put my head down and came from behind to get into the lead and once I did, we got into the lappers and I kind of got stuck. I knew Grant was coming so I just tried to ride my own race and he got around me. He was riding a little out of my comfort zone and I knew with it being the first race I didn’t want to be laying on the ground. I’m happy with second, I rode the best I could and I felt like I was strong all day.”

In the XC2 250 Pro class, defending champion Craig DeLong put forth a great comeback charge after running into the back of another rider and going down off the start. Beginning his race in dead last, DeLong was able to make quick work of the field by lap two as he climbed into second before taking over the lead later in the lap. It wasn’t long before he was joined by a hard-charging group of riders up front and he ended up getting shuffled back to third around the midway point. He put on another charge with two laps to go, reclaiming the second-place spot and carrying it through the checkers for a solid start to his title defense.

CRAIG DELONG - BIG BUCK GNCC RD 1
Craig DeLong

“I’m happy with a second-place finish considering how I started,” DeLong said. “I went in a little too hot in the first turn and ran into the back of someone’s bike and down I went. I kind of played catch up the first two laps and then I made a big charge to get into the lead halfway through the second lap but they went back by me pretty quick and I settled into third for a while. I kind of struggled halfway through the race but I was able to capitalize on Johnny there at the end. All-in-all, second place, I’m happy.”

Next Round: Palatka, Florida – March 7, 2021

Big Buck GNCC Results

XC1 Open Pro Class

  1. Grant Baylor (GAS)
  2. Thad DuVall – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team
  3. Josh Strang (KAW)

Overall Championship Standings

  1. Grant Baylor – 30 points
  2. Thad DuVall – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team – 25 points
  3. Josh Strang – 21 points

XC2 250 Pro Class

  1. Mike Witkowski (YAM)
  2. Craig DeLong – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team
  3. Lyndon Snodgrass (KAW)
  4. Evan Smith (HQV)

XC2 250 Pro Class Championship Standings

  1. Mike Witkowski – 30 points
  2. Craig DeLong – Rockstar Energy Factory Racing Team – 25 points
  3. Lyndon Snodgrass – 21 points

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ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING’S MXGP RIDERS PREPARE FOR 2021 SEASON

2021 Team
THOMAS KJER OLSEN AND ARMINAS JASIKONIS LOOK AHEAD TO THE FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s MXGP class competitors Thomas Kjer Olsen and Arminas Jasikonis have both enjoyed highly positive, but very different, winter preparations ahead of the 2021 FIM Motocross World Championship. With Kjer Olsen quickly adapting to the FC 450 as he readies himself for his first season of MXGP racing, Jasikonis recently returned to the track following his recovery from injury.

Continuing his pro racing career with Husqvarna Motorcycles following four highly successful seasons in the MX2 World Championship, Thomas Kjer Olsen progresses to the ultra-competitive MXGP division for 2021, focused on making a solid first impression. Undoubtedly one of the best performing MX2 riders in recent years, the tall Dane, who placed third overall in both the 2017 and 2018 campaigns before going one better in 2019 as series runner-up, is relishing his opportunity to race against new competitors.

Entering the 2021 season following six overall podium results in 2020, including two back-to-back GP wins, TKO unquestionably signed off his impressive MX2 career on a highly positive note. The FC 450 rider now looks ahead to making his mark in the MXGP category.

Arminas Jasikonis is set to take on his third term of MXGP competition with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, looking to continue his return to full fitness while focused on eventually getting back to challenging for regular podium results. Enjoying a positive start to the 2020 season with a third-place overall result at round two, when racing resumed following the coronavirus-forced break the Lithuanian charged to his maiden race victory at the fourth round of the championship.

In finishing second overall at round five, Arminas remained a podium threat as the series continued until a heavy fall at round nine brought his year to a premature end. Now, having undergone a period of intensive rehabilitation, the 23-year-old recently began riding his FC 450 with the aim of returning to full fitness in readiness for round one of the 2021 season.

The 19-round FIM Motocross World Championship is scheduled to kick off in the Netherlands on May 23.

Thomas Kjer Olsen – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing: “The upcoming season is really exciting for me as I make the move up to the MXGP class. I’ve had a really productive winter getting used to the FC 450 and I’m really happy with my bike and how I feel riding. It did take me a little time to adapt, and it was challenging initially because the bike’s more powerful, but now I feel really good. With the team we’ve made some good progress in recent weeks. It will be my first year in MXGP, but I believe I can battle inside the top 5. For sure there are a lot of talented riders in the class and it won’t be easy, but I am ready for the challenge and I’m really looking forward to round one.”

Arminas Jasikonis – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing: “My recovery from my accident has been going really well. Since my crash I had to start from zero and rebuild my physical conditioning, so it has been a long road, but I am getting stronger and fitter and I am really happy with my progress. I’ve recently returned to riding which has been great and I will continue to take things step-by-step. There is not a specific date for when I will return to racing at the moment. Until I am at the stage where I am able to push for 30 minutes plus two laps in tough conditions during practice then it will not make sense to race. For MXGP you need to be 100%, which is something that I am working towards every day. I’d like to thank my team for the support that they have given me throughout my recovery, they have been amazing to me.”

Calendar – 2021 FIM Motocross World Championship

Round 1: 23 May MXGP of The Netherlands – Oss
Round 2: 13 Jun MXGP of Russia – Orlyonok
Round 3: 20 Jun MXGP of Latvia – Kegums
Round 4: 4 Jul MXGP of Asia – Borobudur
Round 5: 11 Jul MXGP of Indonesia – Bali
Round 6: 25 Jul MXGP of Czech Republic – Loket
Round 7: 1 Aug MXGP of Flander-Belgium – Lommel
Round 8: 8 Aug MXGP of Sweden – Uddevalla
Round 9: 22 Aug MXGP of Finland – Iitti-KymiRing
Round 10: 29 Aug MXGP of Igora Drive – Igora Drive
Round 11: 12 Sep MXGP of Turkey – Afyonkarahisar
Round 12: TBA Round 13: 3 Oct MXGP of Germany – Teutschenthal
Round 14: 10 Oct MXGP of France – Saint Jean d’Angely
Round 15: 17 Oct MXGP of Spain – intu Xanadu – Arroyomolinos
Round 16: 24 Oct MXGP of Portugal – Agueda
Round 17: 31 Oct MXGP of Italy – TBA
Round 18: 7 Nov MXGP of China – TBA
Round 19: 21 Nov MXGP of Argentina – TBA

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DANNY KENT & GINO REA HEAD BUILDBASE SUZUKI BSB TEAM

DANNY KENT & GINO REA

Team Suzuki Press Office – February 3.

Buildbase Suzuki has announced today that Danny Kent and Gino Rea will ride its GSX-R1000R Superbikes in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship in 2021, while Tim Neave remains with the Mallory Park-based squad and will contest the National Superstock 1000 Championship.

With a Moto3 world championship under his belt Kent’s talent and ability are without question, and now with a season of Superstock 1000 racing behind him, helping him become acquainted with UK circuits and litre Sportbike machinery, the grand prix ace is looking to transfer that skill and experience to superbike racing.

Kent, the 2015 Moto3 World Champion said: “I’m really motivated and happy to be joining the Buildbase Suzuki team and I’m looking forward to riding the Superbike. I think a lot of people will know that my career has had both the highest highs and the lowest lows in recent years, with 2019 being a particularly low point, so I’m really grateful to Steve and Stuart [Hicken – Team Manager and owner] for this opportunity.”

Kent continues: “Last year I was able to take a step back and I had a good season in Superstock 1000, where I could spend more time learning how to get the best out of a 1000cc machine and prove to people I could still race a bike, and obviously I won at the last round. Moving to a Superbike, I think my GP experience could mean I’ll manage quite well as I’m used to a stiffer chassis setup, racing swingarms, slicks, things like that, but I also know I still have a lot of learning to do; getting used to just the speed of the bikes, and some UK tracks I’ve either not been to or not raced at since 2007. But I also know I’m joining a team with a lot of experience and a proven record of winning races and championships. I’m setting expectations high: I’d like to be in the Showdown at the end of the year, so hopefully we can have a good winter and find a good direction with the bike setup, and I’m excited to get started.”

Kent joins a fellow world championship competitor at Buildbase Suzuki, with Rea remaining with the team after an impressive – albeit shortened – campaign in 2020. Joining the ranks after the first round had taken place and with no pre-season testing, Rea still managed to enjoy time leading races and took a best finish of fourth at Donington Park.

Rea said; of re-signing with the team for 2021: “I’m really excited to be staying with Buildbase Suzuki for 2021. Hawk Racing is one of the oldest and most experienced teams in BSB and I’ve had a lot of respect for everyone involved since stepping into the championship, so I’m very thankful to Steve and Stuart for the opportunity to race for them again. After joining them last year and seeing the progress we made, which resulted in leading my first BSB race with them, it’s the perfect scenario to continue together and build on our hard work from last season. Steve and Stuart are so passionate about their racing which makes it nice and a refreshing environment to be in. I’m looking forward to getting my head down and working hard to build on our results from 2020 and give the team the results they deserve.”

Neave remains with the team after a successful year onboard GSX-R1000R machinery in 2020, which saw the youngster pick up his first win in the Superstock 1000 Championship at Silverstone.

The Lincolnshire rider, who is also a former UK Pro Flat Track champion and out-qualified Marc Marquez at the 2014 Superprestigio in Barcelona, said: “I’m over the moon to be staying with Buildbase Suzuki this year and I’m looking forward to another season on the GSX-R1000R. Remaining with the team fills me with confidence because I know we can build on a very successful 2020 that saw us take our first win together, and the goal this year is definitely to fight for the championship.”

Buildbase Suzuki Team Manager, Steve Hicken, said: “I think we’re going to have one of the most talented rider line-ups on the grid this season. As a World Champion at Grand Prix level, Danny’s ability is beyond question, and while he’s still relatively new to big capacity production bikes we saw him win in Superstock last year, and I think he’ll be able to adapt to the Superbike very quickly and will be very exciting to watch.”
“Gino’s credentials also speak for themselves as a European champion and podium finisher in Grand Prix, and I think some continuity in BSB after a couple of unsettled years will help him show his best. We started to see what he could do at the tail end of last year – leading and fighting for a podium – and hopefully we can pick up from where we left off and continue that form from the off this season.”
“We’re also really pleased to be continuing with Tim this season after a positive 2020. Tim’s got bags of natural ability on a bike and we saw him really start to shine last year with a win and a lap record to add to his CV. We’ve made the GSX-R a Superstock Championship-winner, and hopefully we can put together another challenge this year.”


HARTRANFT MATCHES SEASON BEST RESULT AT INDY SX

Brandon Hartranft: RM-Z450

The second Indianapolis Supercross in the Monster Energy AMA/ FIM World Supercross series triple-header saw highs and lows for all the Suzuki team riders with tough, rutted conditions during the mid-week race.

Team Suzuki Press Office – February 4.

Brandon Hartranft: RM-Z450 – 8th
John Short: RM-Z250 – DNS
Adam Enticknap: TM-Z450 – DNS

Twisted Tea/ H.E.P. Motorsports/ Suzuki’s Brandon Hartranft shined on his Suzuki RM-Z450, matching his season-best performance of 8th with only five races under his belt in the premier class. Teammate Adam Enticknap had a night of hotly-fought battles on his Suzuki RM-Z450, and BarX/ Chaparral/ ECSTAR Suzuki racer John Short had a promising night that unfortunately ended early after a great ride on his Suzuki RM-Z250 in his heat race.

After his best qualifying position so far in his rookie season, Hartranft was clocking fast laps and looking comfortable. A track-edge tuff block played into several riders’ finishes and it caught Hartranft in his heat, but a steady ride and clean passes in the last chance qualifier put him into the main event. Some first turn chaos removed the advantage Hartranft’ s great ride down the start straight earned him, but he laid the power into the Indy soil and climbed forward until the finish.

Said Hartranft: “I felt way better today. I think I’m starting to come around and ride the 450 a lot better. I’m getting used to the pace and I’m liking the RM-Z a lot. In the heat race I got a strong start, made a few mistakes, and then caught a tuff block in a turn with my shifter and fell over. In the main event I actually went into the first turn first – I didn’t come out first, but I went in first. I got shuffled back a little bit and I had to roll the finish line because I almost got pushed into the side of the finish line structure. That dropped me back from around the top-10 to about 20th. That was a bummer, but I rode a lot better in the main, had consistent laps, and just never gave up. It was a much better day today and I’m already looking forward to Saturday.”

450 class veteran Enticknap spent a night scrapping for track position and giving more than he took, but one bad bump in the last chance qualifier ended his night far short of what his lap times set for his and his team’s expectations. “Coming into the races I was definitely coming off of a high from the last round,” Enticknap said. “In the LCQ, I had a good gate position and came around the first corner in around fifth or sixth. I made a couple of moves, but in the end I got in contact with the fifth place rider. We bumped right before the triple face and I landed on the tuff blocks which ended my night. We’ll go back, get some more good starts, start the day off right, and go into next week with a holeshot and a stronger finish.”

BarX/ Chaparral/ ECSTAR Suzuki’s John Short began his night’s charge from a mid-pack start in heat one of the 250 East class. His passes got him quickly into a direct transfer position yet Short pushed on, nabbing three additional riders before the chequered flag flew. With an 11th gate pick and strong riding behind him it looked like a good night, but locking bars entering the first corner meant Short wasn’t able to deliver on his promise of earlier in his heat.

Short said: “Tonight wasn’t the best night. I had some issues in practice and felt just off a little. I raced hard in the heat race and was very confident with my speed as I felt great in the closing laps. I was aiming to put my RM-Z up front early in the main, but unfortunately I put myself in a bad position off the start and went down hard, ending my night early.”

Added Twisted Tea/ H.E.P. Motorsports/ Suzuki Team Manager Dustin Pipes: “We had an okay day. I think Adam needs to put himself in better positions because he’s definitely a main event guy. I was very happy with Brandon; I think he rode well. He has a few small things to work on, but I think it was a solid race to build on for round six. I’m pumped to see what the guys do this coming weekend.”

The series remains in Indianapolis until Saturday when the triple-header wraps up. The teams then motor south to Orlando for the final 250 East round before a long break for that division. The Twisted Tea/ H.E.P. Motorsports/ Suzuki riders and both coasts’ riders of the BarX/ Chaparral/ ECSTAR Suzuki team are looking ahead to more strong rides and even better finishes.


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“Hey guys! I’m in Portimão at the moment doing some track time with the GSX-R and I’m doing well – I’m especially happy because I haven’t picked up the virus and I’m glad about that because it can be quite dangerous.”

“I’m staying safe and waiting for the first tests and races of the season. It was a pity that we couldn’t go to Malaysia to test, I was super excited to ride there because we missed it in 2020 and I really like Sepang circuit. The current situation just means it’s not possible. Last year we were very careful at all the races, and it’s sad not to have the fans in the grandstands pushing us and to have the paddock so quiet, but it looks like this is the only way to keep the risk level down.”

“We don’t know exactly how the season will be, and there will probably be cancellations and schedule changes to keep up with the changing situation around the world. But I’m really excited to get going, even if it will be another strange season, and I’ll give my all to get the best results. There’s always room to improve despite our bike and team being at a very high level after so much hard work, but our GSX-RR is very well balanced with a good package, so I’m feeling confident.

“It will feel a bit strange to arrive at the races and not see Davide, because he’s been the manager since I’ve been with Suzuki and also because I have a good relationship with him. It was a shock, but I understand his decision and I wish him luck! I look forward to hopefully seeing him at some races as a guest, we have had many fun times over the years and he always gave me good advice. Anyway, our team is very strong and we can have a very successful season I’m sure!

“From my side, I’m giving 100% in the gym, on the motocross track, doing cardio – a little bit of everything. The healing of my shoulder has been really good and that’s a relief, it’s been stable during my training this winter; before, it was a bit unbalanced but now I feel much better.

“I think this year there will be really close racing! My team-mate and my other rivals will be very strong, last year we saw a lot of different winners and everyone was quite tight on points until the end, so consistency will be as important as ever and I think it could be a very exciting season. Joan, of course, will be very competitive because he won the title last year. And if Marc Marquez is able to return early in the year, that will shake things up too. I’m looking to go up another level; my plan for 2021 is to build on the successes I had last year.

“I’ve been training a lot with the stock bike, with the motocross bike, even with a go-kart, to try to be ‘race ready’ and it’s been nice, but in the end nothing beats jumping on my MotoGP bike and going flat out at 330km/h! I can’t wait!

Hope to see you all soon!”

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SUZUKI TEAMS READY FOR FLORIDA SUPERCROSS

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Team Suzuki Press Office – February 9.

With three back-to-back rounds of the Monster Energy AMA/ FIM World Supercross completed inside the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana, Suzuki racers are ready to head south to a two-round event in Orlando, Florida.

Adam Enticknap on his Twisted Tea/ H.E.P. Motorsports/ Suzuki RM-Z450 finished off the Indy rounds matching his best finish of 2021. Team mate Brandon Hartranft and his Suzuki RM-Z450 had the nail biter ride of the night, and after putting in some laps in qualifying, it was determined that John Short would not be able to compete with his BarX/ Chaparral/ ECSTAR Suzuki RM-Z250 due to an injury incurred at the previous round.

The tight and technical track layout at Indy 3 worked to Enticknap’s favour. After a mid-pack start in the last chance qualifier, he put his skills and his RM-Z’s handling to the test. In the short seven-lap race he passed five riders to secure a spot in the Main Event where he earned a tie to his best finish so far in 2021. 

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Said Enticknap: “In the heat race I got a decent start. I worked my way through on the first lap, which was really good. In the LCQ, I was proud of myself. Last week, I was pretty frustrated because I tangled up with another rider and I told myself if I can just stay up and stay out of that chaos and ride my own lines I can make it into the main no matter what. Coming out of that first corner, I think I was marked in 11th, and I made my way all the way to fourth place. My race craft was awesome, I made great decisions, and I did what I was supposed to do. In the main event I improved a lot for the first 11 to 12 minutes, but I made some mistakes after that. We talked about it with the team, we got it all squared away, and I’m excited for what’s to come in Orlando.”

The track’s soil was dryer after more than a week inside the domed stadium. The ruts were shallower, but the top soil afforded less traction. Whereas rookie Hartranft managed the deep ruts so well, he met less success when the conditions presented a less-technical track surface.

In my heat race I got a good start; I think I got pushed around and then I fell, so I had to go to the LCQ,” said Hartranft. “I didn’t get a good start in the LCQ. I was in the back, but I fought hard and almost got fourth on the last lap. There are some positives to take away, but obviously I’m not too pumped on the night, so I guess we’ll have to go get ’em in Orlando.”

Short, in a class that’s already seen five other top racers miss at least one main event due to injury, made the tough call to determine he had not healed sufficiently from a bad fall in the first corner at the previous round’s main event. Short rode qualifying to earn a spot on the line but understood he would risk further aggravating his injury with a rush back to competition.

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Said Short: “Unfortunately, I won’t be competing tonight. Tuesday’s main event crash left me a little banged up. I have a separated shoulder. It’s not a major injury, I rode practice this morning, but I decided that it would be best to let myself get back to 100% so I can compete at my full potential. It’s unfortunate, but I hope to get back out there at Orlando on my RM-Z250.”

“The race was okay, there were some things to build on,” was Twisted Tea/ H.E.P. Motorsports/ Suzuki Team Manager Dustin Pipes’ overview. “I’m very happy with the way that Adam rode. His first 12 minutes or so he was catching riders that he normally doesn’t beat, so that was a big plus. His speed is improving and I think that will come through in the rounds to come. Brandon, we need to go back to the drawing board and see what we can come up with. We’re going to change some settings in the forks and shock and hopefully get him racing to his full potential next weekend in Orlando.”


JOAN MIR TO RACE WITH NUMBER 36 FOR 2021 SEASON

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“It really was a difficult decision to make, it took a lot of consideration and thought. There are benefits to both; on one hand it’s a great opportunity to use the number one on your bike because it’s something you’ve truly earned and also it can look really cool! But equally, number 36 has meant so much to me over the years. It’s almost a part of me, and that’s why I wanted to continue with it.”

Team Suzuki Press Office – February 12.

After taking the MotoGP World Championship crown in style during a unique racing season, Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Joan Mir was left with the decision of which number to run on the front of his GSX-RR for 2021. His final choice is to keep his beloved number 36.

As is racing tradition, the reigning champion is the only rider with the right to use number one on their machine during the successive season after winning a title. Mir took into consideration the various pros and cons of running with either number, but the 36 still carries a lot of significance for him.

Said Mir: “More than anything, it represents hard work. I want to continue this way of working and get the opportunity to win more titles. And perhaps if I do win again, I will choose the number one. But for now I feel very happy with this decision and I want to thank the fans for their support.

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JOAN MIR SUZUKI ECSTAR BLOG

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Suzuki’s World MotoGP™ Champion Joan Mir opens up in this new Blog about his winter training regime for the new season under COVID-19 protocol, keeping the #36 plate on his GSX-RR rather than the #1; and his thoughts about defending his title in 2021 against what he respects as a strong field of riders alongside team-mate Alex Rins. He says: “My goal is simply to be a better rider…”

Team Suzuki Press Office – February 15.

“It’s been a while and I thought it was time to catch up with you all!”

“I’m feeling great, I’m happy with the pre-season work I’ve done so far. I’m trying to ride bikes as much as I can, but there’s been a mix of motocross, gym and skimo; I haven’t really stopped since the championship ended!”

“I’ve always been training, I only had a week off for a holiday with my girlfriend. Maybe it seems a bit boring to just be training all the time, but that’s how it is and I enjoy it.”

“Since winning the title last November, my day-to-day life hasn’t changed. But one thing is different: I’m getting recognised a lot more! It feels strange because I’ve never experienced it before on this scale. I haven’t actually managed to go over to Mallorca yet, but I think there it could be another level!”

“As you have probably seen, I have chosen to ride with my number #36 again this year instead of the number #1. It has great significance to me and it represents hard work as so far I’ve won two World Championship titles with my #36, and my aim is to have the chance to get another crown in the future!”

“I’m really looking forward to racing again. It’s going to be another strange season in terms of dealing with the virus (COVID-19), but the way I prepare for a season is always the same, so in that way it’s ‘business as usual.’ Regardless of how many races we’ll have, I’ll be prepared. Now we know how to deal with these short calendars and protocols and it’s the same for everyone. I hope this year things can get back to normal, but it will all be dictated by Covid.”

“Let’s see what type of season we can have and give our best! You might have heard me saying that I consider myself ‘the man to beat’ but not ‘the favourite’? It’s true that when you win, you come into the next season as the favourite, but I have to show much more to be the real favourite. Last year I became champion because of a clever approach and consistency, not out-and-out speed. Every season we need to improve and I still don’t have as much experience as many of the others. I would say that the Team and I have all the necessary tools to defend the title, and for sure we will try, but my main goal is simply to be a better rider.”

“This season there will be a lot of quick riders, and if Marc comes back he could be the favourite. But the level is so high and lots of people will be competitive, I think it will be really close.”

“In Japan everyone has been working really hard, and although our GSX-RR isn’t the fastest, it’s a great bike and really balanced in every area. So, although we have room to improve, I don’t think the development freeze will be a problem for us. With this strong bike we have a great chance to achieve good things. I also have a super strong team-mate in Alex Rins, so being able to compare data will help us both. Our work ethic and mentality keeps us very strong and means that Suzuki will be aiming to have both myself and Alex at the top.”

“Of course, Davide has left the team and although we’ll miss him, and it was a big shock, I know that we can still be very successful and we have an amazing group of people in our team who can manage everything. We work really well as a unit so I think it won’t make much difference in the end.”

“It’s true that the pressure will be on me, but it doesn’t bother me and it doesn’t cause any problems for me; I’m just really looking forward to starting the season and racing again. And my view is that pressure means you’re doing really well, so I almost want it!”

“I hope everyone around the world is staying safe. We’re going through a difficult moment, so we need to continue following all the protocol and being very careful. This is important for us riders, but also for the wider world.”


SUZUKI RIDERS BATTLE HARD AT ORLANDO SX

The first of two Monster Energy AMA/ FIM World Supercross races at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida at the weekend featured a commemorative track design.
Twisted Tea/ H.E.P. Motorsports/ Suzuki’s Brandon Hartranft put his Suzuki RM-Z450’s power to the Florida soil and his teammate, Adam Enticknap, was feeling comfortable on his Suzuki RM-Z450 race bike. But morning rains fell on the track that was a blueprint of the 2007 Orlando Supercross track, which marked the final Supercross race of retiring five-time champion Ricky Carmichael; a thrilling final supercross event on his Factory Suzuki RM-Z450.

Team Suzuki Press Office – February 16.

The 2021 event was the first return to Orlando since that event and Brandon Hartranft got shuffled to the back of the pack in his heat race despite his run of great starts this season. He advanced a position each lap for the first two laps, but a transfer position remained out of reach. He emerged from the first corner of the LCQ in a better position and battled one spot outside of qualifying for most of the race that gated factory and former factory riders.

He said: “Not the best day. I’m struggling with some things right now, but I’ll be better for the next weekend. The Orlando 1 track was hardpack compared to the last few weekends. There were not as many ruts so everyone was closer in speed. My starts are good; I just need to put the pieces of the puzzle together and I’ll be right where I need to be.”

Enticknap had a rough night in Orlando following two outstanding rides at the two final events in Indianapolis. His night was cut short due to a racing incident early in the LCQ which dashed his chances of showing the speed he’s been developing at the past rounds.

“As the day went on I felt better and better,” said Enticknap. “I lined up for the LCQ and felt great. I got a good start, I had gotten the track figured out, I was waiting to put a charge in and get those spots that I needed to make the Main Event when another rider and I clashed and drove me off the side of a jump. I ejected off the front of my bike over a double and I crashed pretty hard. I was pretty upset about it, but sometimes those things happen in racing, especially when you don’t get the holeshot. So the plan is to get some practice in this week, work on some more starts – not that they’re that bad – but I would like to get a holeshot and get out front and be away from those issues. I’m looking forward to Orlando 2 and I’m glad my bike’s working really well.”

Said Team Manager Dustin Pipes: “The team is working together well right now. All the team staff are gelling and working efficiently, which has made for a cohesive working environment. On the track, the results haven’t been what we expect. Brandon has been dealing with a lingering issue that is affecting his riding. As a team, we are staying in Florida to try and remedy it to come back swinging for round eight. Adam is riding better, but unfortunately he came together with another rider while racing himself into a transfer position.”

The second Orlando event on Saturday, February 20th will kick-off the 250 West Championship as the 250 East racers go into a 10-week break from their racing. BarX/ Chaparral/ ECSTAR Suzuki racers Sean Cantrell and Dilan Schwartz and their Suzuki RM-Z250 machinery are ready to take on the nine-round series that ends in Salt Lake City with the lone 250 East/ West Showdown of 2021.


SUZUKI WEEKEND ACTION – February 20th

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Team Suzuki Press Office – February 17.
The third weekend of February sees Suzuki riders remain at the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida for Round 8 of the Monster Energy AMA/ FIM World Supercross Championship.
Following last weekend’s race, the second Orlando race kicks-off the 250 West Championship as the 250 East racers go into a two-month break.

BarX/ Chaparral/ ECSTAR Suzuki racers Sean Cantrell and Dilan Schwartz and their Suzuki RM-Z250 machinery join the series alongside Twisted Tea/ H.E.P. Motorsports Suzuki’s Brandon Hartranft and Adam Enticknap on their RM-Z450 machinery.

February 20:
 Round 8. Monster Energy AMA/ FIM World Supercross Championship. Camping World Stadium. Orlando. Florida. USA.


SAVE THE DATE – SATURDAY MARCH 6TH

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Team Suzuki Press Office – February 19.
Team Suzuki Ecstar will launch the new 2021 team and livery on Saturday March 6th at 12:00 pm at the Losail International Circuit.

The live presentation will give media and fans all around the world the chance to see the unveiling of the latest livery on the GSX-RR racing machine, and feature the team’s two riders, Joan Mir and Alex Rins, alongside test riders Sylvain Guintoli and Takuya Tsuda.

The event will be live streamed on the team’s website www.suzuki-motogp.com and on YouTube and Facebook, as well as on Suzuki Racing’s channels and the official MotoGP website.

Team Suzuki Press Office – February 19.

Team Suzuki Ecstar will launch the new 2021 team and livery on Saturday March 6th at 12:00 pm at the Losail International Circuit.

The live presentation will give media and fans all around the world the chance to see the unveiling of the latest livery on the GSX-RR racing machine, and feature the team’s two riders, Joan Mir and Alex Rins, alongside test riders Sylvain Guintoli and Takuya Tsuda.

The event will be live streamed on the team’s website www.suzuki-motogp.com and on YouTube and Facebook, as well as on Suzuki Racing’s channels and the official MotoGP website.

Direct links:

Web:www.suzuki-motogp.com
YouTube – Suzuki MotoGP:www.youtube.com/suzukimotogp
YouTube – Suzuki Racing News:www.youtube.com/SuzukiRacingNews

Time conversions:

04:00 am – NEW YORK
09:00 am – GMT time: LONDON, LISBON
10:00 am – CET time: ROME, PARIS, MADRID
12:00 pm– Local Time DOHA, QATAR
4:00 pm – JAKARTA
5:00 pm – KUALA LUMPUR
6:00 pm – TOKYO
8:00 pm – SYDNEY


LOCHOFF TO RACE TEAM HAMMER GSX-R600 IN 2021

Team Hammer has signed-up Sam Lochoff to contest the 2021 MotoAmerica AMA/ FIM North American Road Racing series.

The 18-year-old South African will step up to MotoAmerica Supersport competition aboard a Team Hammer-built M4 ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-R600.

Team Suzuki Press Office – February 20.

Team Hammer has signed-up Sam Lochoff to contest the 2021 MotoAmerica AMA/ FIM North American Road Racing series.

The 18-year-old South African will step up to MotoAmerica Supersport competition aboard a Team Hammer-built M4 ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-R600.

The teenager turned heads by landing on the podium in his MotoAmerica debut in 2019, finishing third in the Junior Cup season-opener. Following an abbreviated rookie season in 2019, Lochoff made his presence felt in 2020, earning 13 podium finishes, including five runner-up finishes, en-route to an overall third-place ranking in the 2020 Junior Cup standings.

His recent MotoAmerica achievements are just the latest in a string of accolades he has packed into a very short time frame. His racing career kicked off less than five years back, the first year of which was dedicated primarily to four wheels. Once he switched his focus to motorcycle sport, the Cape Town native quickly racked up a pair of regional championships in his home country before graduating to the international scene.

In 2018, he stormed to the title in both the Alpe Adria International Motorcycle and FIM Supersport 300 European Championships, while getting his first taste of world championship competition in FIM World Supersport 300.

Said Lochoff: “I’ve always attempted to join the most professional and accomplished teams possible. I did a lot of research on the history of Team Hammer before signing this contract and I’m convinced this is the best team I’ve ever been lucky enough to race for. I think this is going to be the year where I prove to myself that I can really make a career out of racing.

“Early last year, I found myself in the pack battling for fifth through 13th, 40 seconds behind the leader. After that, I said, ‘We can’t do this anymore; I have to find something.’ That’s when I really started training and focusing. After that I closed the gap down to 16 seconds, and then eight, and by the end of the year, I was battling for the win.”

Lochoff expects to continue his learning curve in 2021. “I don’t expect to come out and win straight away in my first Supersport race. I plan to make the same kind of steady progress and work my way into contention.”

About Team Hammer:

The 2021 season will mark Team Hammer’s 41st consecutive year of operating as a professional road racing team. Race bikes built and fielded by Team Hammer have won 108 AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National races, have finished on AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National podiums 291 times, and have won nine AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National Championships, as well as two FIM South American Championships (in Superbike and Supersport).

The team has also won 137 endurance races overall (including seven 24-hour races) and 13 Overall WERA National Endurance Championships with Suzuki motorcycles, and holds the U.S. record for mileage covered in a 24-hour race. The team also competed in the televised 1990s Formula USA National Championship, famously running “Methanol Monster” GSX-R1100 Superbikes fueled by methanol and won four F-USA titles.


MAX ANSTIE MAKES SUPERCROSS DEBUT IN ORLANDO

Team Suzuki Press Office – February 22.

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“It was nice to be under the lights racing my first ever 450SX event. It was a dream to ride into the stadium with the best supercross riders in the world. I came into this race without much preparation time so to leave with some points on the board and laps under my belt was all I could ask for. The team and I will get to work and make progress and I’m looking forward to Daytona in two weeks!”

Max Anstie made his 2021 Supercross debut at the weekend’s eighth-round Monster Energy AMA/ FIM World Supercross Championship in Orlando, Florida with a points-scoring ride aboard his Twisted Tea/ H.E.P. Motorsports/ Suzuki RM-Z450.

Brandon Hartranft scored a 450 class holeshot on his Suzuki RM-Z450 and the start of the 250 West class supercross series saw rookie Dilan Schwartz debut on his BarX/ Chaparral/ ECSTAR Suzuki RM-Z250 alongside returning racer and teammate Sean Cantrell.

Anstie made his much-anticipated 450 Supercross debut and showed speed and track skills as if he’d grown up racing the discipline. The British rider hails from the World GP circuit and after GP victories, as well as winning the 2017 individual overall at the Motocross of Nations, is adapting to 450 Supercross racing.

After missing the first seven rounds with a pre-season injury, Anstie topped both of his qualifying sessions as the fastest rider on the track. During the night racing, he battled up from outside the top 10 to a qualifying position in his heat race. Though his main event finish didn’t fulfil the promise displayed earlier in the night, Anstie showed incredible comfort and potential for a great season on his RM-Z450 race bike.

Rookie Schwartz had an action-packed night from running inside the top three in his qualifying sessions, to an epic heat race battle where the young rider showed talent and heart, to maybe the greatest race-move of the night with a two-rider pass just before the flag to secure a spot in his first main event. A main event re-start worked against his track position, then a crash on lap two dropped him out of the fight to regain a top-five spot, but the Suzuki racer rode well and improved his position throughout the race.

“Orlando definitely was a tough day,” was Schwartz’s take. “It didn’t really go the way we planned. I was making rookie mistakes all day, which cost me to miss out on qualifying straight from the heat so I had to go to the LCQ; that race was pretty hectic. In the main I was running in fifth place and unfortunately the race got red flagged. On the re-start, I didn’t get the greatest start and then ended up tangling with another rider and going down. I’m happy to come away healthy and I am looking forward to improving at the upcoming rounds.”

Marking a return to racing, BarX/ Chaparral/ ECSTAR’s Cantrell proved he still has blistering track speed. Running as high as second in his qualifiers showed he had the raw speed, and he put it to good use in his heat race. After a challenging start, Cantrell sliced his way forward to reach a transfer spot. Unfortunately, on the final lap’s whoop section – notorious for the past two rounds – grabbed Cantrell and ended his night early.

He said: “I went into round one not really knowing what to expect, but I just knew I was comfortable on the bike, which is the biggest thing. In the two qualifying sessions I felt good on the bike, I felt that the speed was there, I just had trouble putting together a whole lap. I was actually shaking the cobwebs off after not being in the stadium for about two years. Once I got behind the gate I knew I was back at home. I knew that I was meant to be there and all the work I put in was about to pay off. In the first corner of my heat I got pushed wide by another rider and a lot of guys snuck around the inside. After that I made some pretty good passes and got into qualifying position. The white flag came out and then I made just the slightest mistake in the whoops and it bit me. I left Orlando with a broken collarbone, hopefully we will get it plated and make it to one of the Arlington rounds.”

Hartranft’ s day started with him running as high as fourth in his qualifying session. He took his great starts to the next level and pulled the holeshot in the LCQ. He ran up front for most of the first lap, but a slightly mistimed counterattack on the final lap kept him just out of striking distance for a final transfer to the main event, even on a night with strong progress from the 450 class rookie.

“Orlando 2 was okay. The track was tough all day. I’m slowly getting back to where I was. In my heat race I didn’t ride well until halfway. In the LCQ I got the holeshot, which was great, but made a few mistakes on the first lap. I got right behind (Dean) Wilson and tried to follow him but made a mistake in the whoops and got passed out of the transfer spot. I’m going to take the positives from this weekend and go back to work for these next two weeks before Daytona.”

The toughest news of the night was Adam Enticknap’s crash in his second qualifying session while putting in blazingly-fast lap times. The popular rider was out for the event, off to get a full injury evaluation.

“It was a bittersweet race for the team at Round 8 in Orlando,” said Twisted Tea/ H.E.P. Motorsports/ Suzuki Team Manager Dustin Pipes. “There were a lot of positives, but the injury to Adam was in the back of everyone’s mind. Fortunately, he walked away from a nasty fall with only a broken right clavicle. Brandon continues to improve, but the class is very tough right now. I expect him to bounce back in Daytona. I am very proud of Max; he hit marks throughout the day and there is a lot to build on after his first-ever 450 Supercross. With this only being his fourth time on the bike after injury, we treated this race as a warm-up to Daytona – only taking the positives. He rode a complete race and mixed it up with many of the established racers. I look for Max to continue to grow throughout the remaining rounds.”

The racers have two weeks until round nine at the Daytona International Speedway infield. With the exciting returns of Anstie, a sand specialist who should excel at Daytona, and Cantrell, the 250 class rookie season start of Schwartz and the steady improvements of 450 class rookie Hartranft, the beginning of the second half of the 2021 Supercross racing season is looking to deliver more great racing.


INSIDE SUZUKI, THE CROWNING MOMENT TEASER VIDEO

Team Suzuki Press Office – February 24.

Team Suzuki Ecstar has today put out a teaser video on their YouTube Channel about an upcoming documentary called ‘Inside Suzuki – The Crowning Moment.’

The video due to be premiered by Dorna and MotoGP.com shortly is a behind-the-scenes production about Team Suzuki Ecstar and Joan Mir’s fight to win the 2020 MotoGP™ World Championship.


INDIAN MOTORCYCLES NEWS


Indian Motorcycle Unveils New Indian Chief

“This was always the allure of the American motorcycle… no Bluetooth or Wi-Fi connections, just a crystal-clear mind, the roar of a massive V-twin, a devil-may-care attitude and mile after mile of glory to be had.”
That’s what the all-new Indian Chief is about.

CLICK THE PDF LINK BELOW TO OPEN THE 21 PAGE PRESS KIT

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INDIAN MOTORCYCLE RACING ANNOUNCES FACTORY TEAM & CONTINGENCY PROGRAM FOR 2021 PROGRESSIVE AMERICAN FLAT TRACK SEASON


Indian Wrecking Crew Returns with Briar Bauman & Jared Mees, While Bronson Bauman & Bryan Smith Join as Factory Backed Privateers
Indian Motorcycle Racing Commits Over $266,000 in Privateer Contingency 
Includes $14,225 Per Race & $25,000 Championship Bonus 

MINNEAPOLIS (February 18, 2021) – Indian Motorcycle Racing, the reigning four-time Manufacturer’s Champion, today announced its 2021 Progressive American Flat Track race team and privateer contingency program. Reigning Mission SuperTwins Champion Briar Bauman, along with Progressive AFT Champion Jared Mees will return to the track and battle for yet another championship as the 2021 Indian Wrecking Crew. In addition, fellow Progressive AFT Champion Bryan Smith and Mission SuperTwins rider Bronson Bauman will join Indian Motorcycle Racing as factory-backed privateers. Indian Motorcycle Racing has also committed over $266,000 in privateer contingency for the 2021 Progressive AFT Mission SuperTwins season. 

The two-man Wrecking Crew of Briar and Mees, which together combine for the last four championships, return in 2021 with its presenting sponsor, Progressive Motorcycle Insurance. The team will continue to be backed by S&S Cycle, Indian Motorcycle Oil, Parts Unlimited, Drag Specialties, Alpinestars and Bell Helmets. Briar will receive additional support from J&P Cycles, while Mees will continue with support from Rogers Racing and additional sponsors. 

“2020 brought its breadth of challenges for everyone, but watching Briar and Jared stay on top of their game and compete race in and race out was really a testament of their work ethic, dedication and drive to be the greatest,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Racing, Technology & Service for Indian Motorcycle. “For 2021, we’re excited to get back on the track, support Bryan and Bronson as factory-backed privateers, while committing a season-long contingency for our privateers.”

As former members of the Indian Wrecking Crew, both Smith and Bronson will compete in 2021 as factory-backed privateers. Smith will be riding for Crosley/Howerton Motorsports and will have his own unique chassis built around the Indian FTR750 motor. Bronson will pilot his same factory FTR750 race bike in partnership with Indian Motorcycle of Oklahoma City. 

In support of its privateers, Indian Motorcycle Racing has committed over $266,000 in contingency, including $14,225 per race and a $25,000 championship bonus. The 2021 contingency structure breaks down by the following: 

  • Championship – $25,000 
  • 1st – $7,500
  • 2nd – $2,500 
  • 3rd – $1,500
  • 4th – $1,000 
  • 5th – $750
  • 6th – $350
  • 7th – $250
  • 8th – $150
  • 9th – $125
  • 10th – $100 

To be eligible for contingency payouts, riders must run an Indian FTR750 at all races the team participates in for the 2021 Progressive AFT Mission SuperTwins season. The bike must maintain the original red, white and black paint scheme on the tank panels and include the full “Indian Scout” logo across both sides. Additional logos on the bike are acceptable but must be pre-approved by Indian Motorcycle Racing. Privateers must also wear three Indian Motorcycle patches, including one on the upper chest on either the left or right side, as well as one on both shoulders. 

For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing and the Indian Wrecking Crew, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on FacebookTwitter & Instagram

ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE®

Indian Motorcycle is America’s First Motorcycle Company®. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.


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ROYAL ENFIELD MOTORCYCLE NEWS


Royal Enfield to recall Continental GT, Interceptor bikes in the US

The two bikes would be recalled to address a potential brake corrosion which could lead to a crash.

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Royal Enfield could recall a number of Continental GT and Interceptor motorcycles sold in the US in order to to inspect and possibly repair a potential brake issue with corrosion that could increase risk of a crash. The brake caliper may become corroded and not operate as designed. The bikes in question were manufactured in 2018 through 2020 in India and exported to the US market.

The specific number of affected vehicles has not been disclosed nor has a remedy for the situation or the timing of owner notification.

 By May of 2020, Royal Enfield had already recalled more than 15,000 Continental GT, Interceptor and Himalayan models to rectify a brake caliper corrosion-related issue in the UK, Europe and Korea, possibly indicating a widespread issue.

However it’s important to note that some reports indicate the actual problems found remain in the single digit count.

A message from the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in part “Corroded brake calipers may cause the brakes to drag or decrease braking performance, increasing the risk of a crash. Road salt may be the cause of corrosion on the brake calipers. Royal Enfield will notify owners.”

“The remedy is currently under development. The manufacturer has not yet provided a schedule for recall notification.”
“The recall in the US is part of the announcement that was made in May 2020. The recall has been initiated in phases, thus being actioned in US currently”, Royal Enfield said in a statement.

Click the PDF file below to read the letter from the NHTSA.

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ÖHLINS USA SUPPORTS ROYAL ENFIELD BUILD TRAIN RACE PROGRAMS

Öhlins will supply components for BTR flat track and road racing
Milwaukee, Wis (February 4, 2021) – Öhlins USA announced its official involvement with the Royal Enfield BUILD TRAIN RACE (BTR) road racing and flat track programs for 2021. The suspension manufacturer will offer top-of-the-line components to BTR participants for their Royal Enfield builds.

Royal Enfield launched the BTR program in 2019, challenging professional road racer Melissa Paris and three other women to build flat track motorcycles and compete in select exhibitions during American Flat Track races last year. Paris used Öhlins USA components on her Royal Enfield build with great results that earned her two-second place finishes and a win in the BTR exhibition races.

“Öhlins USA is proud to be the official suspension of the BTR program,” said Mike Himmelsbach, motorsport market manager, Öhlins USA. “We’re excited to offer our latest technology for these women to further enhance their building and racing experience. This performance suspension upgrade delivers new levels of stability, precision and safety both on the racetrack and on the street.”

The BTR road racing program build phase will kick off in the coming weeks, as the participants receive their motorcycles and begin the customization process. Melissa Paris will provide guidance during the build process and will mentor the ladies during the training and racing portions of the program. For the road racing program, all participants will have the option to utilize Öhlins 43mm front forks and 36mm piggyback reservoir shocks for their Continental GT 650 motorcycles. Participants in the flat track program will be offered similar Öhlins components

“When I started my build for the BTR flat track program, choosing Öhlins was a no-brainer,” said Ohlins USA-backed rider and BTR mentor Melissa Paris. “I’ve used Öhlins components for my entire road racing career, and it’s what I felt comfortable using. I always knew that Öhlins made the best product for road racing, so I wasn’t surprised when it worked perfectly on the flat track as well. Now that I’m mentoring the road race version of BTR, I’m excited to have the opportunity to equip the ladies on the best equipment possible.”

To learn more about the BTR program and to follow along as the ladies begin the build process, visit BUILDTRAINRACE.com or follow Royal Enfield North America on Facebook and Instagram.

About Royal Enfield
The oldest motorcycle company in continuous production in the world, Royal Enfield made its first motorcycle in 1901. A division of Eicher Motors Limited, Royal Enfield has created the mid-size motorcycle segment in India with its unique and distinctive modern classic motorcycles. With its manufacturing base in Chennai, India, Royal Enfield has been able to grow its production rapidly against a surge in demand for its motorcycles. Royal Enfield is a leading player in the global middleweight motorcycle market.

Royal Enfield North America (RENA) is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and is developing a growing network of more than 125 dealers in North America, including the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. RENA currently offers the Himalayan and the all-new 650 Twins: INT 650 and Continental GT 650 motorcycles along with a range of genuine motorcycle accessories and apparel.

For more information on Royal Enfield North America, please visit www.RoyalEnfield.com/us/en/, www.Instagram.com/RoyalEnfield_NA, www.Facebook.com/RoyalEnfieldNorthAmerica.

About Öhlins®
Öhlins Racing has been an integrated part of the motorsport industry as well as the motorcycle and automotive industry for over 40 years. Our focus has always been on high-quality products, service and support, all the way from the MotoGP circuits to the local, national racing events in over 50 distributing countries.

Our philosophy has always been to supply the aftermarket, OEM partners and teams with high-end suspension technology, and we are all dedicated to exceeding our customer’s expectations throughout the world.


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Women Who Race: Royal Enfield’s Build, Train, Race Program To Be Featured At Three MotoAmerica Superbike
Championship Rounds In 2021
 
Women Racers And Their Race-Prepped Royal Enfield Continental GT 650s
To Compete In Select Rounds Of 2021 MotoAmerica Series
 

IRVINE, CA (February 9, 2021) – MotoAmerica, the premier motorcycle road racing series in North America, is pleased to announce that it will be the Race portion of Royal Enfield’s Build, Train, Race (BTR) program with a group of women selected by Royal Enfield to prepare and race its Continental GT 650 motorcycles in three rounds of the 10-round 2021 MotoAmerica series.

Royal Enfield’s BTR program will be racing with the MotoAmerica series at Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minnesota (July 30-August 1), Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, Pennsylvania (August 13-15), and Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama (September 17-19). Additionally, the BTR participants (and their Royal Enfields) will be interacting with fans at the opening round of the MotoAmerica series at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia, April 30-May 2.

“I think it’s great that we are working with Royal Enfield and its program to get more women involved in road racing,” said MotoAmerica President Wayne Rainey. “I know our fans are going to be stoked to see what these talented women racers come up with in their design and preparation of their motorcycles, and to see them battle on the racetrack will be the icing on the cake. We look forward to meeting them all at Road Atlanta and watching them race at Brainerd, Pitt Race and Barber later in the season.”

Professional road racer and current BTR Flat Track program participant Melissa Paris has agreed to mentor the women during every phase of the BTR Road Race program. She will work with each participant on creating a design for their builds, creating sponsorship decks, and training off and on the track.

“MotoAmerica is the premier class of racing in the United States and we can’t begin to describe how honored we are to have the Build, Train, Race Road Race Program included in the series this year,” said Bree Poland, Royal Enfield’s Global Brand Manager, Continental GT Platform. “The women who are participating in this program have never built a race bike or raced before. This is literally a dream come true and they are anxious to get training and get out there with the rest of the MotoAmerica paddock. The Continental GT 650 Twin is the perfect motorcycle for people looking to get into road racing and MotoAmerica and the BTR program is the perfect partnership to showcase that.”

For more information on the Royal Enfield Build Train Race road racing program, click HERE

For the complete 2021 MotoAmerica Series schedule, click HERE

To purchase tickets to any of the 2021 series rounds, click HERE

For information on how to watch the MotoAmerica Series, click HERE

About MotoAmerica
MotoAmerica is the North American road racing series created in 2014 that is home to the AMA Superbike Championship. MotoAmerica is an affiliate of KRAVE Group LLC, a partnership that includes three-time 500cc World Champion, two-time AMA Superbike Champion, and AMA Hall of Famer Wayne Rainey, ex-racer and former manager of Team Roberts Chuck Aksland, motorsports marketing executive Terry Karges, and businessman Richard Varner. For more information on MotoAmerica, visit www.MotoAmerica.com. Also make sure to follow MotoAmerica on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

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SUPERCROSS: Ken Roczen Sweeps Indianapolis 450SX Class

Stretches Title Points Lead

Christian Craig Takes Second 250SX Class Win of Season
Indianapolis, Ind., (February 6, 2021) The final of three Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship rounds in Indianapolis left the best for last in front of a maximum-allowed attendance of thrilled fans filling Lucas Oil Stadium with cheers in a pod-style seating format. Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen grabbed his third straight win in a nail biter as Red Bull KTM’s Cooper Webb pushed closer in the final laps but had to settle for second. Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin grabbed the final spot on the podium with a hard charge and a little luck. The action was also wildly exciting in the Eastern Regional 250SX Class everywhere on the track except inside the helmet of Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha’s Christian Craig; he made his second win of the season look effortless.

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Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen three-peated at the Indy triple-header; his third win was the tightest lead battle inside Lucas Oil Stadium. Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc. 

When the 450SX Class gate dropped Troy Lee Designs / Red Bull / GASGAS Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia came out with the holeshot but Roczen was into the lead almost instantly. Cooper Webb was in good position for the win with a third place start just ahead of Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo. Less than three minutes into the race Barcia and Roczen came together hard when Barcia cut low on a 180 degree bowl turn just as Roczen cut aggressively down. Neither rider went down and Roczen remained up at the front.

Soon it was a race of four, with the top runners, Roczen, Barcia, Webb, and Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac separating from the pack and staying in a tight four-rider train. Roczen seemed to gain a little breathing room over Barcia until Barcia would pull back up, just as the same dynamic was happening with Barcia and Webb, and with Webb and Tomac. With just over five minutes left on the race clock in the 20-minute plus one lap race, Webb took advantage of a small mistake by Barcia and shouldered his way into second.

With less than a minute on the clock Barcia tangled with a lapped rider and went down hard in a transfer. Tomac jumped in, and without enough room to stop or swerve, hit Barcia’s bike and also went down. The mishap opened the door for Musquin to grab third.

But up front the fans saw Roczen’s nightmare coming to him again – Webb has stolen several wins from Roczen on the final lap and Webb was once again in position to steal the Honda rider’s chance, this time at an Indy hat-trick. On a night when Webb had posted the fastest lap time in qualifying, Roczen kept his composure, got through the lappers efficiently, and held on down the last corner to take his third win of the season, by only half a second, and stretch his points lead to 16 over Webb.

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Christian Craig stayed clear of trouble for what seemed like an effortless win. Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc. 

After four corners the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Main Event looked like it would be another win for Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha’s Colt Nichols, who got into the lead after a second place start at the holeshot line. But Nichols crashed exiting a corner on that opening lap and flew from his bike, remounting in last place after dodging opening lap traffic. Christian Craig capitalized immediately, taking over the lead and never being challenged. Just before the race clock ticked down to five minutes in the fifteen minute plus one lap race, Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Jo Shimoda, moved past Muc-Off Honda’s Mitchell Oldenburg to take over second place; he would hold it until the end, making his career-best finish. But the drama was a little further back in the pack; Team Honda HRC’s Jett Lawrence was slowly recovering from a mid-pack start while well behind Nichols was frantically recovering from his crash. With eight minutes remaining on the clock, Nichols caught Lawrence, who sat in fifth. The two locked into a fierce but respectful battle as they crept forward, with Lawrence passing into third place with less than a minute on the clock. Right after clearing the white flag, Lawrence went off the track, dashing his hopes of a top three finish. Monster Energy Supercross heads to Orlando for two rounds in the first open stadium racing of the year. The second Orlando round will also kick off the Western Regional 250SX Class racing. Tickets are on sale through the Arlington races with Atlanta pre-sale happening now in a limited capacity, pod-seating format.

 For ticket availability, the race schedule, and airtimes on Peacock and NBCSN please go to SupercrossLIVE.com.

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450SX Class podium (riders left to right) Cooper Webb, Ken Roczen, and Marvin Musquin. Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.

450SX Class Results

  1. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda
  2. Cooper Webb, Newport N.C., KTM
  3. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM
  4. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha
  5. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kawasaki
  6. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.Mex., Husqvarna
  7. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki
  8. Dylan Ferrandis, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Yamaha
  9. Joey Savatgy, Clermont, Fla., KTM
  10. Zach Osborne, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna

450SX Class Championship Standings

  1. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (138)
  2. Cooper Webb, Newport N.C., KTM (122)
  3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (114)
  4. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kawasaki (105)
  5. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS (96)
  6. Dylan Ferrandis, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Yamaha (96)
  7. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha (95)
  8. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM (94)
  9. Zach Osborne, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna (87)
  10. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (82)
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250SX Class podium (riders left to right) Jo Shimoda, Christian Craig, and Colt Nichols. Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.

Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results

  1. Christian Craig, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha
  2. Jo Shimoda, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki
  3. Colt Nichols, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
  4. Mitchell Oldenburg, Aledo, Tex., Honda
  5. Jett Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Honda
  6. Joshua Osby, Valparaiso, Ind., Honda
  7. Hunter Sayles, Chassell, Mich., KTM
  8. Devon Simonson, Laurinburg, N.C., Kawasaki
  9. Thomas Do, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
  10. Luke Neese, Jamestown, N.C., Kawasaki

Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings

  1. Colt Nichols, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha (143)
  2. Christian Craig, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha (137)
  3. Jo Shimoda, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki (119)
  4. Jett Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Honda (102)
  5. Michael Mosiman, Menifee, Calif., GASGAS (97)
  6. Joshua Osby, Valparaiso, Ind., Honda (88)
  7. Mitchell Oldenburg, Aledo, Tex., Honda (73)
  8. Thomas Do, Murrieta, Calif., KTM (65)
  9. Grant Harlan, Justin Tex., Honda (64)
  10. Joshua Varize, Perris, Calif., KTM (64)

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VIDEO HIGHLIGHT 2: Round 6 250SX Class Video Highlights

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SUPERCROSS: Cooper Webb Storms Orlando Supercross Reclaims 450SX Momentum

Orlando, Fla., (February 13, 2021) The seventh round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship held its first open-air race of the season inside Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. Race fans, seated in restricted-attendance pod-style seating, braved morning rains to witness Red Bull KTM’s Cooper Webb take his second 450SX Class win of the season ahead of Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne held on for a hard-fought third place. The Eastern Regional 250SX Class delivered drama early in the night, but in the Main Event it was Team Honda HRC’s Jett Lawrence with a wire-to-wire win. 

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Cooper Webb used speed, timing, and race management to pull in his second win of the 2021 season. Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.  

Zach Osborne grabbed the holeshot and had the speed to keep the pack behind him in the 450SX Class Main Event but a big mistake in the whoops allowed three riders to get by as he recovered. Muc-Off Honda’s Justin Brayton took over the point position with Ken Roczen right on his rear tire. Roczen was coming off a three-win streak, but that only motivated Cooper Webb more; the KTM rider sat close in third. Just over three minutes into the 20-minute plus one lap race, Webb positioned himself to pass both riders in a single corner. Like that, Webb had the lead with Roczen using the moment to get around Brayton even as he lost a spot to Webb.

Opening round winner Troy Lee Designs / Red Bull / GASGAS Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia was soon past Brayton also, and the three riders rounded the track nearly in formation just slightly out of range for any of them to make a pass attempt. With just over five minutes left on the race clock Barcia had an incredible save in the whoops. He was thrown from his bike but managed to stay in touch long enough to jump back on without hitting the ground. Osborne took advantage of the mistake to take third spot – in the same section where he’d lost the race lead – and held it to the end despite a constant push from Barcia.

2020 defending champion Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac had a tough night after a mid-pack start and rounding the first lap in 11th place. Tomac charged hard on the retro-track layout that commemorated the last time the series visited the venue and that event’s battle between James Stewart and retiring 5-time champion Ricky Carmichael in his final Monster Energy Supercross race. At the 2021 running of Orlando, Tomac made steady progress forward and reached fifth by the checkered flag.

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Honda’s Jett Lawrence took his second career win with a composed and nearly flawless ride. Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc. 

In Eastern Regional 250SX Class racing it was Jett Lawrence’s night from the drop of the Main Event gate. After scoring the holeshot it was his race to lose with points leader Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha’s Colt Nichols right behind him. As the two pulled away from third place rider Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha’s Christian Craig, the gap between the top two riders stretched and closed. Lawrence handily got through lappers, never allowing them to slow him enough for Nichols to get within striking distance.

The big drama of the 250SX class had come earlier in the night. Christian Craig crashed hard in 250SX Class Heat 2 while leading; Craig was pitched and slow to get up, evaluating his right hand. He returned for the Last Chance Qualifier with the injury taped up. He rode conservatively for the LCQ win and a spot on the Main Event gate. Craig gutted it out through the pain in the Main Event for third, losing only two points on his teammate as the regional series goes into a 10-week break before the final two rounds to determine the champion.

The racers line up again inside the same stadium on a completely re-designed track next Saturday for the second of the Orlando double-header; the February 20th Florida race will kick off the 2021 Western Regional 250SX Class series with a new group of hungry racers eager to start their title campaigns with a win. Event tickets are available in a restricted-attendance, pod-style seating structure for the second Orlando race as well as for upcoming rounds through the Atlanta triple-header. For tickets, airtimes on Peacock and NBCSN, racing news, and videos please go to SupercrossLIVE.com.

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450SX Class podium (riders left to right) Ken Roczen, Cooper Webb, and Zach Osborne. Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.

450SX Class Results

  1. Cooper Webb, Newport N.C., KTM
  2. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda
  3. Zach Osborne, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna
  4. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS
  5. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki
  6. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha
  7. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM
  8. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.Mex., Husqvarna
  9. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha
  10. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kawasaki

450SX Class Championship Standings

  1. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (161)
  2. Cooper Webb, Newport N.C., KTM (148)
  3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (132)
  4. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kawasaki (118)
  5. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS (115)
  6. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM (110)
  7. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha (109)
  8. Zach Osborne, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna (108)
  9. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (99)
  10. Dylan Ferrandis, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Yamaha (97)
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250SX Class podium (riders left to right) Colt Nichols, Jett Lawrence, and Christian Craig. Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.

Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results

  1. Jett Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Honda
  2. Colt Nichols, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
  3. Christian Craig, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha
  4. Jo Shimoda, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki
  5. Mitchell Oldenburg, Aledo, Tex., Honda
  6. Joshua Varize, Perris, Calif., KTM
  7. Kevin Moranz, Topeka, Kans., KTM
  8. Joshua Osby, Valparaiso, Ind., Honda
  9. Hunter Schlosser, El Paso, Tex., Yamaha
  10. Logan Karnow, Amherst, Ohio, Kawasaki

Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings

  1. Colt Nichols, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha (166)
  2. Christian Craig, Temecula, Calif., Yamaha (158)
  3. Jo Shimoda, Menifee, Calif., Kawasaki (138)
  4. Jett Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Honda (128)
  5. Joshua Osby, Valparaiso, Ind., Honda (103)
  6. Michael Mosiman, Menifee, Calif., GASGAS (97)
  7. Mitchell Oldenburg, Aledo, Tex., Honda (91)
  8. Joshua Varize, Perris, Calif., KTM (81)
  9. Thomas Do, Murrieta, Calif., KTM (74)
  10. Grant Harlan, Justin Tex., Honda (71)

VIDEO HIGHLIGHT 1: Round 7 450SX Class Video Highlights

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VIDEO HIGHLIGHT 2: Round 7 250SX Class Video Highlights

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Cooper Webb Dominates Orlando and Tightens 450SX Title ChaseJustin Cooper Repeats 250SX West Opening Round Win

Orlando, Fla., (February 20, 2021) Round eight of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship thrilled with the second of two rounds inside Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida with Red Bull KTM’s Cooper Webb taking the 450SX Class win to the cheers of the in-person pod-style-seated fans. His Red Bull KTM teammate Marvin Musquin kept Webb close, and round one winner Troy Lee Designs / Red Bull / GASGAS Factory Racing’s Justin Barcia held off heavy pressure to finish in third. The event kicked off the nine round Western Regional 250SX Class with a wild and action-filled Main Event that saw Monster Energy Star Racing Yamaha’s Justin Cooper stay out of the chaos to lead wire to wire without any serious challenges. 

Cooper Webb’s speed and determination nabbed him another win and closed him to within six points of the championship lead.

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Webb’s charge from eighth at the holeshot stripe to leading the race in less than nine minutes demonstrated the speed and aggression of which he’s capable. The last time Webb strung together two wins in a row was 2019, the year he won the title. He now sits only six points out of the points lead. Musquin benefitted from a crash in the whoops by early-leader Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo to take over second; from there the KTM rider did not let Webb get away but could not close to within striking distance. Points leader Team Honda HRC’s Ken Roczen got pinched at the start and found himself in seventeenth position. He made a brilliant early charge and got up to the rear tire of defending champion Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac just four minutes into the 20-minute plus one lap race. After several attacks and counters, Roczen made it past. By then the riders were battling for fourth, and Roczen got right on Barcia’s rear fender but could never get a wheel ahead of him. Tomac lost a spot two laps from the end from a hard charge by Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson, who recovered from outside the top ten to earn a top five finish. 

Justin Cooper had a dream ride for a convincing win in an opening round that must have seemed like a nightmare for many other title contenders.

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The dry, hardpacked track approximated conditions for the traditional Western Regional 250SX Class opener and Justin Cooper took home the win after the Main Event had to be re-started due to crashes. Once into the lead Cooper broke clear of the pack and ran what appeared to be an easy win for his fourth career victory and his second consecutive opening round win. Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Cameron McAdoo traded a second place start for a fifth with the restart, but within two minutes of the 15-minute plus one lap event had gotten himself back into the second place spot. Putting in a hard charge after finishing the first lap in eighth place, ClubMX / IAMACOMBACK / Yamaha’s Garrett Marchbanks landed the final spot on the podium. 

The opening round was a heartbreaker for the Martin brothers Jeremy and Alex. Jeremy crashed just feet past the holeshot stripe on the first lap and older brother Alex crashed hard just two corners after that. Alex was down on the track, necessitating the reg flag re-start. The series brings together a half dozen title contenders and nine high profile rookies, all without a championship title among them.

If the opening round of the Western Regional 250SX Class series is any indication, 2021 will be a dramatic year with hard-fighting and hungry riders looking to take the title in the nine round championship that concludes at the East/West Showdown in Salt Lake City on May 1. 

Tickets are on sale for rounds nine through 15, with the final two events in Salt Lake City going on sale soon. Live audiences get the thrills in-person though limited-capacity, pod-style seating. For the full race schedule, air times on Peacock and NBCSN, videos, photos, and more please go to SupercrossLIVE.com

450SX Class podium (riders left to right) Marvin Musquin, Cooper Webb, and Justin Barcia.

Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.

450SX Class Results

  1. Cooper Webb, Newport N.C., KTM
  2. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM
  3. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS
  4. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda
  5. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.Mex., Husqvarna
  6. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki
  7. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha
  8. Zach Osborne, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna
  9. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha
  10. Justin Bogle, Edmond, Okla., KTM

450SX Class Championship Standings

  1. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (180)
  2. Cooper Webb, Newport N.C., KTM (174)
  3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (149)
  4. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., GASGAS (136)
  5. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM (133)
  6. Malcolm Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha (125)
  7. Zach Osborne, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna (123)
  8. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Kawasaki (120)
  9. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (113)
  10. Dylan Ferrandis, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Yamaha (109)

250SX Class podium (riders left to right) Garrett Marchbanks, Justin Cooper, and Cameron McAdoo.

Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.

Western Regional 250SX Class Results

  1. Justin Cooper, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha
  2. Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki
  3. Garrett Marchbanks, Coalville, Utah, Yamaha
  4. Jalek Swoll, Belleview, Fla., Husqvarna
  5. Hunter Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Honda
  6. Seth Hammaker, Temecula, Calif., Kawasaki
  7. Kyle Peters, Greensboro, N.C., Honda
  8. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., GASGAS
  9. Robbie Wageman, Newhall, Calif., Yamaha
  10. Jace Owen, Mattoon, Ill., Yamaha

Western Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings

  1. Justin Cooper, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha (26)
  2. Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki (23)
  3. Garrett Marchbanks, Coalville, Utah, Yamaha (21)
  4. Jalek Swoll, Belleview, Fla., Husqvarna (19)
  5. Hunter Lawrence, Wesley Chapel, Fla., Honda (18)
  6. Seth Hammaker, Temecula, Calif., Kawasaki (17)
  7. Kyle Peters, Greensboro, N.C., Honda (16)
  8. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Ariz., GASGAS (15)
  9. Robbie Wageman, Newhall, Calif., Yamaha (14)
  10. Jace Owen, Mattoon, Ill., Yamaha (13)

Supercross Round #8 450SX Highlights | Orlando, FL, Camping World Stadium | Feb 20, 2021

Supercross Round #8 250SX Highlights | Orlando, FL, Camping World Stadium | Feb 20, 2021

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Final Two Rounds Of MotoAmerica Superbike Series To Feature Three Races; King Of The Baggers Now Three Rounds 

IRVINE, CA (February 11, 2021) – Due to COVID-19 and the uncertainty of the Circuit of The Americas round of its 2021 series, MotoAmerica, the premier motorcycle road racing series in North America, has announced it will add a third HONOS Superbike race to the final two rounds of the championship at New Jersey Motorsports Park (September 10-12) and Barber Motorsports Park (September 17-19).

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Changes In The Schedule Set Up An Even More Exciting Finish To 2021 Season

Three HONOS Superbike races will be held in the final two rounds of the 2021 series at New Jersey Motorsports Park and Barber Motorsports Park.
Photo by Brian J. Nelson

The third HONOS Superbike race at the Barber Motorsports Park round will replace the King of the Baggers race, which has been removed from the schedule due to a lack of sufficient track time. Additionally, based on feedback about the close timing to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, MotoAmerica has decided to remove the King of the Baggers round at Pittsburgh International Race Complex from the schedule.

The new three-round King of the Baggers schedule is: Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta (April 30-May 2), Road America (June 11-13) and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (July 9-11).

With COVID-19 also forcing a change in last year’s schedule, MotoAmerica held three HONOS Superbike races at the final two rounds at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca to ensure a 20-race Superbike Championship. The New Jersey Motorsports Park and Barber Motorsports Park rounds featuring three HONOS Superbike races there in 2021, will allow the season to consist of 20 races, a mainstay of the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship since 2017.

“Adding the extra Superbike race to the final two rounds last year worked out well,” said MotoAmerica President Wayne Rainey. “It guarantees us a 20-race season, and with so many points on the table, adds even more excitement to an already wide-open championship. It was a tough decision to run three King of the Baggers rounds instead of five in 2021, but we took logistics at Barber into account with the third Superbike race. Sturgis is also such a huge event for the Bagger aftermarket industry. It’s important for them to have a presence there and we didn’t want to complicate plans with a round at Pitt Race so close to the rally.”

2021 MotoAmerica Series Schedule

*March 30-31 Circuit of The Americas Austin, Texas

April 30-May 1 Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta Braselton, Georgia

May 21-23 Virginia International Raceway Danville, Virginia

June 11-13 Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

June 25-27 Ridge Motorsports Park Shelton, Washington

July 9-11 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, California

July 30-August 1 Brainerd International Raceway Brainerd, Minnesota
August 13-15 Pittsburgh Int’l Race Complex Wampum, Pennsylvania
**September 10-12 New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, New Jersey
**September 17-19 Barber Motorsports Park Birmingham, Alabama

*Dunlop Tire Test (all classes)

King of the Baggers Race

**Will Feature 3 Superbike Races

For the complete 2021 MotoAmerica Series schedule, click HERE

To purchase tickets to any of the 2021 series rounds, click HERE

For information on how to watch the MotoAmerica Series, click HERE

About MotoAmerica
MotoAmerica is the North American road racing series created in 2014 that is home to the AMA Superbike Championship. MotoAmerica is an affiliate of KRAVE Group LLC, a partnership that includes three-time 500cc World Champion, two-time AMA Superbike Champion, and AMA Hall of Famer Wayne Rainey, ex-racer and former manager of Team Roberts Chuck Aksland, motorsports marketing executive Terry Karges, and businessman Richard Varner. For more information on MotoAmerica, visit www.MotoAmerica.com. Also make sure to follow MotoAmerica on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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aRacer SpeedTek On Board As Official Partner Of MotoAmerica

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ECU Manufacturer Is Newest MotoAmerica Sponsor For The 2021 Season
 

IRVINE, CA (February 19, 2021) – MotoAmerica, the premier motorcycle road racing series in North America, is pleased to announce that aRacer SpeedTek has come on board as a sponsorship partner for the 2021 season.

The Taiwanese engineering company specializes in engine management systems, including the design and manufacture of engine control units (ECUs), electronic fuel-injection units, and other electronic parts for motorcycles and automobiles.

“aRacer SpeedTek Inc. is one of the most respected brands in aftermarket engine management,” said aRacer SpeedTek’s Kae Chang. “aRacer is excited to be able to bring our experience of racing technology to the MotoAmerica paddock. And it is great to see all the young guns grow in the races with aRacer ECU systems. MotoAmerica is a series we have been following for some time and had success within the Twins Cup, and we’re looking forward to expanding our presence in the paddock.”

“ECUs and electronics play such a big role in motorcycle racing now,” said MotoAmerica COO Chuck Aksland. “It’s great that aRacer SpeedTek is getting involved at a higher level in MotoAmerica and showcasing their products through our series. The coming season promises great things and we welcome aRacer to our family of sponsorship partners.”

2021 MotoAmerica Series Schedule

*March 30-31 Circuit of The Americas Austin, Texas
April 30-May 1 Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta Braselton, Georgia
May 21-23 Virginia International Raceway Danville, Virginia
June 11-13 Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
June 25-27 Ridge Motorsports Park Shelton, Washington
July 9-11 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, California
July 30-August 1 Brainerd International Raceway Brainerd, Minnesota
August 13-15 Pittsburgh Int’l Race Complex Wampum, Pennsylvania
September 10-12 New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, New Jersey
September 17-19 Barber Motorsports Park Birmingham, Alabama

*Dunlop Tire Test (all classes)

For the complete 2021 MotoAmerica Series schedule, clickHERE

To purchase tickets to any of the 2021 series rounds, click HERE

For information on how to watch the MotoAmerica Series, click HERE

About MotoAmerica
MotoAmerica is the North American road racing series created in 2014 that is home to the AMA Superbike Championship. MotoAmerica is an affiliate of KRAVE Group LLC, a partnership that includes three-time 500cc World Champion, two-time AMA Superbike Champion, and AMA Hall of Famer Wayne Rainey, ex-racer and former manager of Team Roberts Chuck Aksland, motorsports marketing executive Terry Karges, and businessman Richard Varner. For more information on MotoAmerica, visit www.MotoAmerica.com. Also make sure to follow MotoAmerica on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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The Spark Is Back: NGK Returns As Official Partner Of The 2021 MotoAmerica Championship

NGK Spark Plugs will be an official partner of the 2021 MotoAmerica Series and also a team sponsor of the Fresh N’ Lean Attack Performance Yamaha team. Photo by Brian J. Nelson

IRVINE, CA (February 22, 2021) – MotoAmerica, the premier motorcycle road racing series in North America, is pleased to announce that NGK Spark Plugs is returning in 2021 as an official partner of the MotoAmerica Championship.

With over 80 years of experience as a leading spark plug manufacturer, NGK produces spark plugs for automotive, motorcycle, power sports, marine and outdoor power equipment. NGK also offers complementary ignition product lines, including ignition coils, resistor caps, spark plug wires, and high-performance cables.

“We are excited to continue as a sponsor of MotoAmerica for the 2021 series,” said Jackie Donahue, NGK Marketing Manager – Experiential. “We are impressed with the growth of MotoAmerica despite the challenges of the past year, and our sponsorship of last year’s championship team has proved to be a winning combination. We also look forward to teaming up with the Fresh N’ Lean Attack Performance Yamaha team and hope to increase our fan base within the MotoAmerica community.”

NGK will be activating its Racing Experience at select rounds of the 2021 series. The experience provides visitors with the opportunity to engage with NGK products, displays and personnel. Guests can also participate in interactive games, have the chance to win prizes, and share their photos via social media.

“We’re very happy that NGK is back with MotoAmerica as a partner for another year,” said MotoAmerica President Wayne Rainey. “We know the 2021 season is going to be our best yet and having NGK on board again further ensures that. NGK and motorcycle racing go hand-in-hand, and we are looking forward to working with them again all season.”

2021 MotoAmerica Series Schedule

*March 30-31 Circuit of The Americas Austin, Texas
April 30-May 1 Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta Braselton, Georgia
May 21-23 Virginia International Raceway Danville, Virginia
June 11-13 Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
June 25-27 Ridge Motorsports Park Shelton, Washington
July 9-11 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Monterey, California
July 30-August 1 Brainerd International Raceway Brainerd, Minnesota
August 13-15 Pitt Race Wampum, Pennsylvania
September 10-12 New Jersey Motorsports Park Millville, New Jersey
September 17-19 Barber Motorsports Park Birmingham, Alabama

*Dunlop Tire Test (all classes)

For the complete 2021 MotoAmerica Series schedule, clickHERE

To purchase tickets to any of the 2021 series rounds, click HERE

For information on how to watch the MotoAmerica Series, click HERE

About MotoAmerica
MotoAmerica is the North American road racing series created in 2014 that is home to the AMA Superbike Championship. MotoAmerica is an affiliate of KRAVE Group LLC, a partnership that includes three-time 500cc World Champion, two-time AMA Superbike Champion, and AMA Hall of Famer Wayne Rainey, ex-racer and former manager of Team Roberts Chuck Aksland, motorsports marketing executive Terry Karges, and businessman Richard Varner. For more information on MotoAmerica, visit www.MotoAmerica.com. Also make sure to follow MotoAmerica on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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High-end suspension brand Öhlins will return for the 2021 season as an official partner of MotoAmerica. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.

Leading Suspension Company Returns For The 2021 Championship Season
 

IRVINE, CA (February 23, 2021) – Öhlins, the world’s leading motorcycle and automotive suspension brand, will return as an official partner of MotoAmerica, North America’s premier motorcycle road racing series. The 2021 MotoAmerica season begins at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, April 30-May 1, and concludes at Barber Motorsports Park, September 17-19.

“We are committed to MotoAmerica and our support vehicle and technical staff will again be a fixture in the MotoAmerica paddock,” said Mike Himmelsbach, Öhlins Motorsport Race Manager. “We’ve been impressed with the work MotoAmerica has done in elevating its series to one of the best in the world. We’re happy to be a part of it.”
 
With more than 40 years of experience in the motorcycle and automotive industry, Öhlins is a leader in high-quality suspension products, service and race support – from MotoAmerica to MotoGP and every series in between around the world.
 
“We are really happy to have Öhlins back as a series sponsor and technical partner for the 2021 season,” said MotoAmerica President Wayne Rainey. “They have been a longtime fixture in our paddock and always take great care of the riders with their suspension products and on-site race support. I’ve had a great relationship with Öhlins over the years, and I’m excited to be building one with MotoAmerica.”
 
Öhlins USA’s highly skilled team of technicians will work from a fully functional mobile race shop at every MotoAmerica round. The shop features four suspension workstations and a complement of specialty tools and parts to service Öhlins products. Fans are encouraged to visit and watch the experts at work.


2021 MotoAmerica Series Schedule

 
*March 30-31             Circuit of The Americas                       Austin, Texas
April 30-May 1           Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta          Braselton, Georgia
May 21-23                 Virginia International Raceway             Danville, Virginia
June 11-13                Road America                                       Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
June 25-27                Ridge Motorsports Park                       Shelton, Washington
July 9-11                   WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca   Monterey, California
July 30-August 1       Brainerd International Raceway           Brainerd, Minnesota
August 13-15             Pitt Race                                              Wampum, Pennsylvania
September 10-12      New Jersey Motorsports Park              Millville, New Jersey
September 17-19      Barber Motorsports Park                     Birmingham, Alabama
 
*Dunlop Tire Test (all classes)

For the complete 2021 MotoAmerica Series schedule, clickHERE

To purchase tickets to any of the 2021 series rounds, click HERE

For information on how to watch the MotoAmerica Series, click HERE

About MotoAmerica
MotoAmerica is the North American road racing series created in 2014 that is home to the AMA Superbike Championship. MotoAmerica is an affiliate of KRAVE Group LLC, a partnership that includes three-time 500cc World Champion, two-time AMA Superbike Champion, and AMA Hall of Famer Wayne Rainey, ex-racer and former manager of Team Roberts Chuck Aksland, motorsports marketing executive Terry Karges, and businessman Richard Varner. For more information on MotoAmerica, visit www.MotoAmerica.com. Also make sure to follow MotoAmerica on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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MISCELLANEOUS MOTORCYCLE NEWS


February 3, 2021 – Double-Digit Sales Increases in 2020

“Overall, the industry had a good year under difficult circumstances,” said Erik Pritchard, MIC president and CEO. “The COVID-19 pandemic forced all of us to be nimble and to make the changes we needed to survive. In the end, many in the industry saw strong growth, and now our opportunity is to keep all of these new riders riding and to inspire even more people to join us on two, three, and four wheels.”

AN INSPIRING YEAR: Powersports Sales Up 18-Plus Percent 

New-model powersports sales increased 18.4 percent in 2020, with motorcycle and scooter sales rising 11.4 percent, according to the Motorcycle Industry Council Retail Sales Report.

The MIC Retail Sales Reporting System gathers new motorcycle, scooter, and ATV retail sales data from 14 leading manufacturers and distributors in the U.S., providing a strong indicator of sales trends.

Sales of on-highway motorcycles, which include scooters and dual-purpose bikes, were steady compared with 2019, while interest in off-highway motorcycles spiked, with sales up 46.5 percent year-over-year. Off-highway motorcycles include dirt bikes, trail bikes, competition motorcycles, and other motorized two-wheelers that cannot be used on public roads. Sales of ATVs also jumped, rising 33.8 percent over 2019.

“We are happy to see that more people are getting the chance to enjoy the outdoors and find new adventures with motorcycles,” Pritchard said. “As many riders know, motorcycles and scooters are not only fun, efficient ways to commute, they open up many recreational opportunities.”

“We encourage all new riders to continue with training and education whenever possible,” Pritchard said. “The Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic RiderCourse and the MSF DirtBike School are great places to start if you are new to motorcycling. For more experienced riders, advanced courses are available. The ATV Safety Institute also offers safety training for adults and kids ages 6 and up.”

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INFORMATION – FIM MXGP/MX2/ Women’s/Junior Mx World Championships & FIM 65cc Junior Motocross World Cup – 2021 Calendar Update, 10 February

Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM MXGP/MX2/ Women’s/Junior Motocross
World Championships & FIM 65cc Junior Motocross World Cup
2021 Calendar Update, 10 February
The FIM and Infront Moto Racing would like to confirm the following updates to the provisional 2021 FIM Motocross World Championship calendar.

Due to the current situation Worldwide in regard to the ongoing Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the racing calendar will see the FIM Motocross World Championship kick start later than originally planned, with the first Grand Prix now scheduled for 23rd May in Oss with the MXGP of the Netherlands.

While we had originally planned to begin the year with the MXGP of Oman on 3rd April, the Omani Grand Prix has been postponed to 2022, while the MXGP of Italy, MXGP of Portugal and the MXGP of Germany will be moved from April/May to October.

Other changes include two new venues that will host the two Indonesian rounds. The MXGP of Asia will head to the picturesque Borobudur on 4th July, while the MXGP of Indonesia will take place in Bali on 11th July.

Furthermore, the MXGP of China has been re-scheduled from 19th September to 7th November, with a venue to be announced as well as the MXGP of Argentina set to be held on 21st November on an exciting new track to be announced.

The goal for the 2021 season is to finally welcome back spectators and to be able to do so in a safe and responsible way, with certain changes having to be made following the current evolution of the pandemic.

While several MXGP have moved around, other events including the FIM SNX World Championship, scheduled on 9th / 10th April in Rovaniemi in Finland, along with the FIM Junior Motocross World Championship to be held on 31st July / 1st August in Megalopolis in Greece will all go ahead as planned.

Additionally, we are excited to welcome back the highly anticipated Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations in 2021, with the highly celebrated event taking place on 26th September. While originally the best off road event of the season was due to be held in Imola, the Italian venue will not host the MXoN this year, with a new location to be announced shortly.

We thank you all for your continued support and understand, as we remain committed to bringing you another wonderful season of racing!

Full calendar attached.

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INFORMATION – FIM S1GP SuperMoto World Championship – 2021 Regulations, 16 February

Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM S1GP SuperMoto World Championship
2021 Regulations, 16 February.

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INFORMATION – FIM Hard Enduro World Championship – 2021 Calendar confirmed, 19 February

Please find enclosed the Press Release / FIM Hard Enduro World Championship
2021 Calendar confirned, 19 February.

The FIM and WESS GmbH are pleased to confirm the eight world-class events that will form the 2021 FIM Hard Enduro World Championship.

Kicking things off in Portugal with the prestigious Extreme XL Lagares on May 7-9, competitors then face the iconic Red Bull Erzbergrodeo one month later in Austria. New ground is then broken with the arrival of the Abestone Hard Enduro in central Italy in early July.

A brand new race for Hard Enduro fans to enjoy, the Abestone Hard Enduro will take place in Abetone, Tuscany on July 10-11. Organised by the vastly experienced Hard Enduro competitor Michele Bosi and his team, the race is set to take place across two days. Saturday will see competitors tackle a one-hour mountainous loop ridden four times, with the addition of an extreme test at the end of each lap. The top 50 riders will then advance through to Sunday’s main event – a three-hour multi-lap Hard Enduro.

Two weeks later and it’s full steam ahead for arguably the most-demanding race on the calendar, the five-day Red Bull Romaniacs in Romania. A Hard Enduro Rallye like no other, it will prove a decisive halfway marker in the fight to become the first FIM Hard Enduro World Champion.

From Romania competitors head to Tennessee, USA for the Red Bull TKO, before returning to Europe for another new venue with Poland’s HERO Challenge on September 11-12.

Set for its second edition, the HERO Challenge proved a great success in 2020. Held at the Enduro Park Poland and MXDG Motocross complex near Dabrow Górnicza – east of Katowice – the event will provide a true test for competitors with elements of SuperEnduro, Cross-Country and Motocross added to the Hard Enduro format. The opening day will begin with a Cross-Country race, where the top-30 riders qualify through to a SuperEnduro finale in Dabrow Górnicza’s city centre.

Sunday’s main race will be a three-hour multi-lap race that mixes Hard Enduro with Cross-Country. All 250 competitors will face a physically demanding 17-kilometre course that will feature a mixture of steep climbs, forestry trails, motocross jumps and SuperEnduro obstacles.
With Spain’s Hixpania Hard Enduro and Germany’s GetzenRodeo providing two spectacular races to conclude the 2021 calendar, the stage is now set for this year’s FIM Hard Enduro World Championship.

As ever organisers will continue to closely monitor ongoing developments with the coronavirus pandemic with the schedule being adjusted if needed.

Full calendar attached.

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CARDO SYSTEMS APPOINTS M.K. SMITH AS GENERAL MANAGER, AMERICAS

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“As a passionate motorcyclist and outdoor enthusiast, this is a unique opportunity where my personal interests provide added fuel to my professional efforts.”

Consumer Electronics Industry Veteran Takes Reigns for Cardo’s North American Business

Plano, Texas (February 10, 2021) – Cardo Systems, the global market leader in Bluetooth and mesh communication systems for powersports riders, today announced the appointment of M.K. Smith as its new General Manager, Americas. With over 25 years in the consumer electronics industry, Smith brings robust experience, expertise and leadership to the Cardo team.

Over the span of her career, Smith has occupied leadership roles with numerous Fortune 500 companies and brings a keen understanding of the consumer electronics landscape and the nuances of leading operations where technology and innovation are at the forefront. As General Manager, Americas, Smith will manage Cardo’s U.S. team, and be responsible for the growth and success of the company’s business in the region.

“M.K.’s significant experience in managing large-scale businesses in the consumer tech realm, and her innate leadership skills, make her uniquely equipped for what is a vital position to the overall growth and success of our company,” said Jonathan Yanai, Cardo Systems VP Global Sales. “Her track record speaks for itself, and we’re thrilled by the possibilities she brings to the ongoing development of a region that is so important to our global success.”

Smith’s impressive resume comprises work with leading consumer electronic companies, including Logitech, Micron Technology, U.S. Robotics/3Com, and Palm Computing. Prior to joining Cardo Systems, Smith was a Senior Customer Advisor at Amazon Business, where she managed Amazon’s ongoing service to its largest corporate customers, with revenue in excess of $5 billion. Prior to her successful career, Smith studied Electronic Data Processing at Eastern Kentucky University.

“I could not be more excited by this opportunity to apply my experience and expertise to a dynamic industry leader like Cardo Systems that’s so deeply rooted in a spirit of forward progress and innovation,” said Smith. “As a passionate motorcyclist and outdoor enthusiast, this is a unique opportunity where my personal interests provide added fuel to my professional efforts.”

As Cardo continues to expand the wireless communications industry, the company looks to provide high-quality products for communities and varying powersports applications that rely on helmet-to-helmet communication. With the addition of Smith, Cardo looks to further its hold as the global leader in powersports communication.

For more information about Cardo Systems, please visit www.cardosystems.com. Also visit us and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Cardo Systems
Cardo specializes in the design, development, manufacturing and sale of state-of-the-art wireless communication and entertainment systems for motorcycle riders. Since inception in 2003, Cardo has pioneered the vast majority of innovations for Bluetooth motorcycle communication systems and in 2015, it has also introduced the world’s first mesh powered communication protocol into the motorcycle market. The company’s products, now available in over 100 countries, are the world’s leading communication devices for the motorcycle industry.


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ACEM press release – Market 2020: increase for Powered Two-Wheeler registrations in Europe

Brussels, 11 February 2021

2020 was a difficult year for the motorcycle sector in Europe. The national lockdowns imposed to contain the Covid-19 pandemic in Spring, when the motorcycle market usually picks up, caused a sharp drop, or even a halt, of registrations. Logistic chains were also heavily disrupted, at all levels, for manufacturers and suppliers, impacting production.

In aggregate, the largest European markets for motorcycles and mopeds recovered after Spring, reaching an overall increase of 4% compared to 2019 data, although with different results across the countries. Some as the Netherlands (+30.3%) and Germany (+27%) registered substantial increases, while others such as Italy (-5.3%) and Spain (-8.8%) still lag behind 2019 figures. Generally speaking, the market progressively recovered in the second semester, although positive figures in late 2020 are also partly linked to pre-registrations performed by importers and dealers, due to the end of validity of Euro 4 approvals (31 December 2020), for production falling outside end of series provisions.

Looking at full-year 2020 results, a total of 923,002 motorcycles were registered in 2020 in the five largest European markets (i.e. France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the UK)[1]. This represents a marginal increase of 1.1% compared to 2019 numbers.

The largest motorcycle markets in Europe in 2020 were: Germany (220,304 units), Italy (218,027 units) and France (191,231 units).

The largest European moped markets (i.e., Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain) rose from 252,464 units in 2019 to 287,096 in 2020. This represents an increase of 13.7% on a year-on-year basis. The largest markets for mopeds in Europe were France (98,592 units), the Netherlands (84,732 units) and Germany (35,010 units).

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Commenting on the 2020 registration figures, ACEM Secretary General Antonio Perlot said:

“To a large extent market recovery was due to the renewed attractiveness and convenience of powered two-wheelers for urban and peri-urban commuting, within a sanitary context in which public transportation has not been deemed a safe option by many citizens. Also, with reduced opportunities for holidaying abroad, most consumers having had to delay their purchase in Spring still opted for a new motorcycle later in the year, for leisure activities such as touring closer to home”.

“All in all, the motorcycle sector seems to have coped well with a very difficult year. However, looking ahead, the jury is still out, as many questions remain regarding the overall effects of the ongoing pandemic, on the EU economy and on mobility.”.

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MX Sports Pro Racing Announces 12-Round Schedule for 2021 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship

Spectator Attendance Anticipated at All Events

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MX Sports Pro Racing, in partnership with NBC Sports, has announced a 12-round schedule for the upcoming 2021 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. As the sport continues to navigate the ongoing battle against the COVID-19 pandemic this summer’s racing calendar will welcome the return of some of the most iconic venues in American motocross, with spectator attendance anticipated at every event.

“The 2021 schedule has been developed through a collective effort alongside all of our event organizers, and we’re thrilled to see such legendary venues back on the calendar,” said Roy Janson, Managing Director at MX Sports Pro Racing. “The outlook surrounding the fight to eradicate COVID-19 has provided a sense of optimism amongst our group, which has us hopeful to welcome spectators at all the races while also allowing nearly every one of our events to remain on their traditional dates.

“Safety remains paramount in our efforts to host a successful season and we will continuously monitor all national, state, and local guidelines in an effort to ensure the well-being of our fans, competitors, and series personnel,” continued Janson. “While that may require some level of restriction or limited capacity, it will be in the best interest of all parties.”

The world’s most prestigious off-road motorcycle racing series will visit 10 different states on the journey to crown a pair of national champions, kicking things off on Memorial Day Weekend in the heart of the motocross industry, Southern California. By moving the start of the season to the holiday festivities, competitors will receive a full three weeks of preparation from the conclusion of the AMA Supercross season, which will help ensure that all riders are healthy and at the top of their game for the first gate drop of the summer.

After the opening round the championship will crisscross the country, making highly anticipated returns to venues like High Point Raceway, The Wick 338, Washougal MX Park, Unadilla MX, and Budds Creek Motocross Park before culminating with the season finale on September 11 at Hangtown, the oldest event in American motocross. Along the way, the series will observe four off weekends, further reducing the physical demands of the racers over the course of 29 total events between January and September.

“This is the most prestigious championship in all of motocross and we want to make sure our competitors have the opportunity to be at their best each and every weekend,” explained Davey Coombs, President of MX Sports Pro Racing. “We’ve listened to the challenges they face over the course of a season and have determined that expanding the overall breadth of the 2021 schedule will ultimately benefit the competitiveness on the racetrack, to which our audience will hopefully be rewarded with compelling title fights in both the 450 Class and 250 Class.”

Defending titleholders Zach Osborne and Dylan Ferrandis will headline a decorated contingent of international talent that will go bar-to-bar over the course of 24 motos across both the 450 Class and 250 Class, battling one another as well as Mother Nature in one of motorsports’ most challenging championships. The most coveted titles in motocross await, as the Edison Dye Cup (450 Class) and Gary Jones Cup (250 Class) carry a legacy that spans five decades.

“Passion has and continues to define the legacy of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. From our incredibly loyal fan base to the fearless racers who lay it all on the line in pursuit of victory, there is something truly special about a summer of American motocross,” added Coombs. “On the heels of a difficult year, the return of our most beloved venues and the expectation to welcome fans back to the race means the 2021 season is poised to rejuvenate that passion that has made this the most storied motocross series on the planet.”


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Buell is Back. Buell Motorcycles are back in production in America.

Grand Rapids, MI – Buell Motorcycles is back in production in America. The new Buell® Motorcycles will launch 10 performance models by the 2024 model year. The exciting models will be representative of the superbike performance and handling expected of the legendary Buell brand. Exciting times ahead for fans of American Motorcycles.

“Buell is back!” said Bill Melvin, CEO. “We are excited to bring Buell back with this awesome assortment of superbikes and performance motorcycles. We start with the fastest American production motorcycles, hand built in the USA, so that’s a nice start! We’re building out those platforms for more touring & adventure models, then we’re expanding our displacements to be competitive with other global brands. The passionate Buell Nation can grow and thrive again.”

Buell Motorcycle upcoming models will include variants for dirt, dual-sport, touring, and cruisers while expanding the line up to include medium and small displacement motors. Buell is also in the initial exploration phases for a high-performance Electric model and is open to collaboration ideas with other companies. The models currently in production are built by hand in Grand Rapids, Michigan and based on the high-performance 1190 platform, known for the innovation of Fuel in Frame, Perimeter Brake Rotor, exceptional handling, and high horsepower.

“Buell is known as the American brand for high performance, innovation, & adventure. Fast is fun again on a Buell. We will continue and expand on that,” said Melvin. “We have already launched a dirt bike with Cipala Racing that won an AMA Championship and Buell will be dominating at NHRA this year. Follow us Facebook and Instagram where we’ll showcase passionate fans, new developments, as well as racers and riders having fun on a Buell. The future will be fast and fun on a Buell.”

EBR Motorcycles acquired the Buell brand in early 2020 and began developments to bring Buell back. Buell will be present at Daytona Bike Week 2021 at J&P Cycles Destination Daytona Mega Store. Visit the Buell booth for gear, to view current models, and learn about the developments of the fast and fun American Motorcycle brand.

Buell is back and racing to the future!


Big Changes Coming for April’s American Motorcyclist 
Including Malcolm Smith! 

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The new editorial team has major changes in store for American Motorcyclist, which is the country’s largest-circulation monthly motorcycling print publication. The cover subject for the April issue? None other than America’s favorite motorcycling son – AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Legend Malcolm Smith. The storytelling beginning with the April issue will be unmatched, so be sure your membership is up to date, because you don’t want to miss this. Stay tuned!


February 24, 2021 – Campaign to Save the Dunes Not Over

YOUR VOICES NEEDED NOW !
Critical Deadline Looms for Comments to Keep Oceano Dunes Open for OHVs

Comments from enthusiasts and everyone throughout the powersports industry are needed no later than March 2 to protect OHV use at California’s famed Oceano Dunes. Recent proposals threaten to prohibit OHVs or severely limit use there.

Click here 
to quickly send messages to key state entities, through the Americans for Responsible Recreational Access website. It takes less than one minute to fill out a short form (you can make any edits you wish), and properly formatted letters will be automatically sent to California State Parks, the California Coastal Commission, and the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission.

Last week, the MIC Government Relations Office sent a special letter to the director of California State Parks, with public comments from 17 organizations, opposing a draft public works plan to limit and phase out OHV recreation at Oceano Dunes.
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