American Pharaohs & European Emperors Put ProTaper On Podium
IRVINE, CA – June 16, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – On a weekend when American Pharaoh was taking a victory lap for being the first Triple Crown winner since 1978, ProTaper’s kings of American Motocross were also on the podium. Meanwhile European “Emperor” Tony Cairoli crashed out, moving ProTaper’s Max Nagl one step closer to the MXGP crown on a muddy track in Maggiora, Italy. Closer to home, mud also played a role in the National Enduro Championship round in Wyoming.
“Tough conditions demand tougher equipment,” says ProTaper Brand Manager Paul Perebijnos. “We are proud of the fact ProTaper helped put so many riders on the podium this weekend despite the conditions. Huge shout out to the entire ProTaper-sponsored Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Team for finishing on the box in both the 250 and 450 classes at High Point and to Todd Waters for his first MXGP 450 podium!”
Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross
Team Husqvarna/ProTaper Party Like Rockstars At High Point!
The fifth round of the 2015 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross series featured a number of epic performances that had the entire Husqvarna Factory team partying like the proverbial “Rockstars” after a pair of podiums. The legendary High Point National at High Point Raceway in Mt. Morris, PA saw ProTaper riders earning three podiums, with six more of sponsored riders finishing in the top 10.
Team Husky led the way as the ProTaper-backed Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team earned podiums in both the 250 and 450 classes for the first time this season! Jason Anderson took home his second consecutive third-place finish in the premier 450 class… this vaulted Anderson up to third overall in 450 rider point standings. Zach Osborne’s second in the 250 class made it a pair of podiums for the ProTaper Husky team. After being the fastest qualifier on a 450, Christophe Pourcel took home a holeshot award and a fourth-place finish in the class. “Definitely a party in the Rockstar pits at High Point,” says Perebijnos.
ProTaper’s Jeremy Martin made it a ProTaper podium trifecta at High Point by finishing third in the 250 class by going 4-4. Meanwhile Christian Craig, Jordon Smith, Matt Bisceglia and RJ Hampshire finished 7th, 11th, 12th, and 15th, respectively, in the 250 class. ProTaper’s Kyle Chisholm also ran 14th in the 450 class.
The riders now have a week off to rest and regroup before making their way to the sixth round of the series. The Budds Creek National will be held June 27 at the historic track in Mechanicsville, MD.
Max Maintains Points Lead In Italy, First MXGP Podium Finish For Todd Waters!
It wasn’t just the American pharaohs running for the roses this weekend. The kings of the MX world were contesting the 9th round of the FIM Motocross World Championship at the MXGP of Italy Maggiora. Torrential rains flooded the famed Italian track early in the morning; making for some extreme conditions that left riders caked in mud and the reigning emperor knocked off his throne.
Despite the deplorable conditions, ProTaper’s Todd Waters landed on the MXGP podium for the first time! “It’s hard to talk because of the smile on my face,” said Waters. “There were a few emotions. I came past pitlane in the last race and I got a pit board that said ‘podium position’ so I wanted to stretch those throttle cables and go for it for sure.”
Teammate Max Nagl finished seventh in the 450 class to retain his championship points lead, after archrival/defending champ Tony Cairoli went down in Saturday’s qualifying and had to ride with pain killing injections in a desperate attempt to salvage some points. Nagl needed all the points he could muster, after a crash in the first moto limited him to 15th. Knowing what needed to be done, Nagl took the holeshot and led almost all of the second moto before slipping off line and having to settle for second. Nevertheless Nagl now sits a full 30 points ahead in the MXGP title chase.
Riders will now make their way to the 10th round of the series, which will be held this weekend at the MXGP of Germany in Teutschenthal.
National Enduro Championship Series
Mud Makes For Misery
Misery loves company… or so they say. Almost 2 inches of rain put all the National Enduro racers in the same boat! Add in 6,000 feet of elevation and extremely flooded creeks and just about everyone had a miserable day at the 6th round of the AMA National Enduro Championship Series. Make that everyone except ProTaper rider Andrew DeLong.
Held over the weekend in Upton, Wyoming, the Inyan Kara National Enduro became a survival run rather than an average ride in the woods! The rainfall caused the officials to shorten the course from 6 to 5 tests, and created several impassable streams. In fact, many riders were unable to complete the first test due to the difficulty level.
ProTaper’s Andrew DeLong of the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team didn’t let a little rain dampen his demeanor. After finishing 5th in that flooded first test, he stayed consistent throughout the rest of the day’s tests, only sacrificing one position to finish 6th overall. “It was a fun but tough race,” said DeLong. “I’m just pumped I made it through the race despite my injured wrist and was able to get some points.”
Riders will now make their way to the 7th round of the series, to be held August 22 in Panaca, NV.
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