Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Smith Starts Season With Runner-Up Finish

19 02 2017

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – February 19, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Jordon Smith and Alex Martin made their team and season debut inside the new U.S. Bank stadium for the opening round of the Eastern Regional 250 SX Championship on Saturday night. Smith scored his first podium since San Diego in 2016 and was just 1.4 seconds behind the winner. Martin wasn’t as lucky as his teammate and after going down in the first turn, went down a second time, which forced him to retire from the race early.

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Smith had a rough start to the day, but made improvements throughout the day and came away with an awesome holeshot in the main event. He led nine laps before being overtaken, but remained close and was just over a second behind when the checkered flag waved.

“The first day was a bit of a rollercoaster but we came away with a podium and it’s a great way to start,” said Smith. “We want to learn something every time we’re on the track and I think we did that this weekend.”

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Martin started the day with a solid ride in timed practice, and almost qualified after coming through the pack in the heat race. He made it to the main event through the Last Chance Qualifier. After a great jump at the start of the main event, he was involved in a first turn crash. He was able to remount but while pushing through the pack when down and was unable to rejoin the race.

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The KTM Junior Supercross Challenge riders were decked out in the Youth GP Quest gear and gave the crowd a fun race to watch. Malikhi Lowery ran away with the race and claimed the win, while Cash Petersen made the pass for second, overtaking Parker Dwyer who claimed the final podium spot.

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The Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM team heads to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta for the second round of the Eastern Regional 250SX Championship next Saturday, February 25th.

Smith and Martin were wearing the SE Corse Orange Racewear, which was complemented by the SE4 Factory Orange Helmet. See all of the 2017 gear sets and the 2017 Moto Helmets online and at your local TLD retailer.

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250SX Class Main Event Results

  1. Joey Savatgy (Kawasaki)
  2. Jordon Smith (KTM)
  3. Zach Osborne (Husqvarna)
  4. RJ Hampshire (Honda)
  5. Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki)
  6. Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha)
  7. Anthony Rodriguez (Yamaha)
  8. Luke Renzland (Yamaha)
  9. Kyle Peters (Suzuki)
  10. Colt Nichols (Yamaha)

22. Alex Martin (KTM)

KTM Junior Supercross Challenge Results

  1. Malikhi Lowery
  2. Cash Petersen
  3. Parker Dwyer
  4. Cailyn Hoyer
  5. Cole Hammond
  6. Scott Swenson
  7. Kahler Omann
  8. Brotton Kinney
  9. Brody Thyssen
  10. Tanner Wells

About Troy Lee Designs

For over 30 years, Troy Lee has been customizing helmets “For The World’s Fastest Racers.” TLD’s relentless commitment to creating products that exceed the cutting edge of style, design and quality, has earned them the reputation as an innovator in many different fields of racing. Troy Lee Designs has since expanded into a full force operation, offering a complete line of helmets, apparel and premium protection for off-road motorcycling and bicycling, sportswear and accessories, and operating the TLD supercross and motocross teams. Based in Corona, California, Troy Lee Designs has a global network of distributors.

About KTM

“READY TO RACE” for KTM, these three words are far more than a simple slogan. They stand for the entire company philosophy of developing vehicles that can without any modifications comprehensively assert themselves in any race. Direct from the dealer onto the track and into the battle for victory. Designers, engineers and riders are bound by a clear common denominator: an unconditional passion for motorcycles. The whole KTM family is a living example of this worldwide. Countless offroad World and European championship titles plus brilliant victories in the world’s toughest races (International Six Days Enduro, Dakar Rally, Erzbergrodeo, and many more) all speak for themselves. And KTM Supermotos, Naked Bikes, Superbikes and the X-Bow all demonstrate what an “orange” lead means on asphalt.

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Tomac Races to Third Win of the Season in Monster Energy Supercross’ Return to Minneapolis

19 02 2017

Savatgy Claims Opening Victory of Eastern Regional 250SX Class

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – February 18, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  In front of a crowd of 50,721 fans Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, made its anticipated return to the state of Minnesota on Saturday night with its debut inside U.S. Bank Stadium. Following his worst outing of the season one week ago, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac rebounded for his third victory of the season. In the opening round of the Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy took the win to secure the early points lead.

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Tomac took his third win in four races.
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As the field roared out the gate to start the 450SX Class Main Event it was Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely who edged out Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Josh Grant for his first SupercrossLive.com Holeshot of the season. As riders jockeyed for position through the opening sequence of jumps behind Seely, RMATV/MC-WPS-KTM’s Davi Millsaps emerged from the fray in second, followed closely by Tomac and Team Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Ryan Dungey, the defending champion and current points leader. Seely then crashed out of the lead prior to the completion of the opening lap, handing the top spot over to Millsaps.

The veteran KTM rider held off heavy pressure from Tomac for a short time, but lost the position on Lap 2. Shortly thereafter, Dungey followed into second, dropping Millsaps to third. With the hometown crowd behind him, Minnesota native Dungey kept pace with Tomac on one of the toughest track layouts of the season. The lead duo’s early pace allowed them to open a comfortable gap over the rest of the field. Tomac continued to slightly outpace Dungey and soon opened a margin of more than a second just before the leaders approached lapped riders.

Tomac’s ability to efficiently get through the tail end of the field allowed him to extend his lead over Dungey, who started to lose ground to a his hard-charging KTM teammate Marvin Musquin, who earned his first career win one week prior. After starting sixth, Musquin methodically worked his way forward and moved into podium position past Millsaps on Lap 4. As the race wore on, the KTM duo inched closer and closer together until a mistake by Dungey forced him off the track briefly and allowed Musquin to mount a challenge. The Frenchman made an aggressive pass on his teammate just prior to completing Lap 18.

Tomac continued to log consistent laps through the remainder of the race and took the checkered flag 6.7 seconds ahead of Musquin for his seventh career win, lapping all the way up to seventh place in the 22-rider field. Dungey rounded out the overall podium in third.

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Musquin followed up last week’s win with a runner-up effort.
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“That was a really tough race tonight. The track had a lot of crazy lines and was really tough. I felt like we did a lot of laps,” said Tomac, who has won three of the last four races. “I’m glad to get back on our feet after last week [finishing 15th] and get back to where we were the weeks before that. This was the toughest race of the season so far.”

Dungey’s third-place finish allowed him to maintain his control of the championship standings.

“We were pushing it, Eli [Tomac] was going good,” said Dungey. “We were right there, but then I [had a slight miscue] and he took off. I made some [more] mistakes and Marvin [Musquin] was there to capitalize. It was a tough night, but we made the most of it and got on the podium.”

Dungey lost ground to Musquin in the 450SX Class standings and now holds a 16-point lead over his teammate. Tomac moved from fourth to third, 24 points behind Dungey.

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Dungey finished third in his return home.
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In the first Eastern Regional 250SX Class Main Event of the season, Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Jordon Smith earned the first SupercrossLive.com Holeshot of the championship, just ahead of Savatgy and Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Colt Nichols. Smith was able to pull away on the opening lap after Nichols and KTM rider Dakota Alix came together in mid air while battling for second, crashing in front of the field. That moved Savatgy into second and Venex MX/MTF/Yamaha’s Anthony Rodriguez into third, with GEICO Honda’s R.J. Hampshire fourth and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne fifth.

As the opening laps continued, Smith and Savatgy asserted themselves out front, while Rodriguez dropped two positions to both Hampshire and Osborne. The Husqvarna rider then applied pressure on Hampshire for third and moved into podium position on Lap 5. Out front, Savatgy closed in on Smith and the two began to battle for the lead as they approached lapped riders. Savatgy was patient for several laps and made an aggressive pass just prior to the track’s lone triple jump on Lap 9. The two riders appeared to make slight contact, slowing their momentum enough to where neither could complete the obstacle. Savatgy took advantage of his inside position in the following corner and seized control of the race.

The battle for the lead allowed Osborne to close the deficit in third and soon all three were separated by less than a second. Lapped riders continued to play a role, helping Savatgy maintain his lead while also allowing Osborne to slip past Smith for second on Lap 10. Just a few laps later Osborne tipped over in the track’s sand section and gave up the spot to Smith, remounting in third. The lead trio still was separated by less than two seconds on the final lap, with Savatgy taking his fourth career win, and his second in a row dating back to last season.

“I was able to start closing in on Jordon [Smith], and would have liked to make the pass [clean] to keep my flow going. But, we made pass and make it work from there,” said Savatgy. “It wasn’t a pretty Main Event by any means, so we still have work to do. It’s good to start the season like this. I didn’t ride my best, but we still got the win.”

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Savatgy took the opening Eastern Regional 250SX Class win.
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Smith recorded a career-best finish in second, while Osborne settled for third following his mistake.

Savatgy took early control of the Eastern Regional standings and holds a three-point lead over Smith. Osborne is five points back in third.

The 2017 Monster Energy Supercross season continues next Saturday, February 25, with the eighth round from Atlanta’s Georgia Dome. The championship’s final visit to the famed venue will signify the inaugural MotoFest, featuring the first-ever doubleheader alongside AMSOIL Arenacross. Supercross can be seen live on FS1 beginning at 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET.

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Smith earned a career-best result in second.
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U.S. Bank Stadium – Minneapolis
February 18, 2017

450SX Class Results

  1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki
  2. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM
  3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
  4. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna
  5. Cole Seely, Sherman Oaks, Calif., Honda
  6. Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., KTM
  7. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki
  8. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., KTM
  9. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM
  10. Mike Alessi, Hilliard, Fla., Honda

450SX Class Championship Standings

  1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM – 149
  2. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM – 133
  3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 125
  4. Cole Seely, Sherman Oaks, Calif., Honda – 123
  5. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna – 103
  6. Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., KTM – 98
  7. Dean Wilson, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna – 73
  8. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha – 71
  9. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha – 69
  10. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki – 69

Eastern Regional 250SX Class Results

  1. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki
  2. Jordon Smith, Belmont, N.C., KTM
  3. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna
  4. RJ Hampshire, Brooksville, Fla., Honda
  5. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki
  6. Dylan Ferrandis, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Yamaha
  7. Anthony Rodriguez, Cairo, Ga., Yamaha
  8. Luke Renzland, Hewitt, N.J., Yamaha
  9. Kyle Peters, Greensboro, N.C., Suzuki
  10. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha

Eastern Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings

  1. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki – 25
  2. Jordon Smith, Belmont, N.C., KTM – 22
  3. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 20
  4. RJ Hampshire, Brooksville, Fla., Honda – 18
  5. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 16
  6. Dylan Ferrandis, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Yamaha – 15
  7. Anthony Rodriguez, Cairo, Ga., Yamaha – 14
  8. Luke Renzland, Hewitt, N.J., Yamaha – 13
  9. Kyle Peters, Greensboro, N.C., Suzuki – 12
  10. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha – 11

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Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Graham Jarvis Wins Hell’s Gate 2017

19 02 2017

Jarvis Secures a Fifth Victory at the Italian Extreme Classis

February 19, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Graham Jarvis has cemented his place in the Hell’s Gate record books by claiming a fifth event win. Earning a hard-fought victory at the 2017 edition of the one-day Tuscan race, the recent Ales Trem winner finished more than four minutes ahead of his closest challenger at the end of the three-hour main race. Graham’s team-mate Billy Bolt ran as high as fifth in the main event, finishing the race despite an issue with his rear brake.

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Mechanic, Graham Jarvis, Billy Bolt, Andreas Hoelzl & Fabio Fasola Husqvarna TE 300
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Putting his name at the top of the results at the end of the morning’s qualifying race Jarvis showed that he meant business in Italy. Quick off the start in the main event Graham’s time out front was short lived as Wade Young set the early pace. Never far from his South African rival, when Wade suffered a small technical issue Graham hit the front and never looked back.

Leading at the two-hour mark from Travis Teasdale, Graham steadily extended his lead as darkness fell. Maintaining his impressive pace during the final hour of the race Jarvis earned a well-deserved fifth Hell’s Gate victory, topping the podium ahead of Teasdale and Young.

Billy Bolt’s first ever Hell’s Gate outing was a largely positive one. Fifth in the morning’s qualifying race he found himself stuck behind a number of riders on the opening climb in the main race, just meters from the start. Battling his way to fifth at the end of the first hour of racing, soon after his refuelling stop he damaged his rear brake. Hampering his progress during the second half of the race Billy nevertheless reached the finish.

Graham Jarvis: “It’s been a great event for me. Winning the morning qualifying race was a bit of a surprise. I just made sure I didn’t make any mistakes and that was good enough to get the win. In the main race I got a good start but dropped behind Wade Young, who was running a really strong pace. He had some kind of a problem then, which allowed me to get ahead. I just kept a steady pace going then and things worked out great. There was a lot more man-made sections this year, which isn’t really my things. But to get a fifth Hell’s Gate win is great.”

Billy Bolt: “Generally, I’m pleased with the way things went for me. I didn’t get a great start in the main race and lost some time stuck behind riders in one of the early rocky climbs. I settled into quite a good rhythm then and was really enjoying things. About half way through the race I had an issue with my rear brake, so I rode the second half of the race only using my front brake. I think I clipped a rock. That was pretty hard on some of the down hills. I couldn’t push like I wanted then and just made sure I got to the finish. I learned a lot and enjoyed my first time at Hell’s Gate.”

Results – Hell’s Gate 2017

1. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna) 3:08:23 (14 laps)
2. Travis Teasdale (KTM) 3:12:34 (14 laps)
3. Wade Young (Sherco) 3:13:42; (14 laps)
4. Mario Roman (Sherco) 3:17:01 (14 laps)
5. Philipp Bertl (Beta) (13 laps)

Husqvarna Motorcycles. Tradition on two wheels since 1903.

Husqvarna Motorcycles are widely known and respected in the off-road world for a heritage of competition and numerous motocross and enduro world championships. Originally founded in Sweden in 1903, Husqvarna Motorcycles have been designed and manufactured in Mattighofen, Austria since 2013.

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Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne Finishes Third at Minneapolis SX

19 02 2017

Anderson 4th, Wilson 12th in 450 Class

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – February 19, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team headed east for the seventh round of the AMA Supercross Series, held for the first time at the U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota on Saturday. Jason Anderson and Dean Wilson continued to battle the stacked group of 450 riders and finished fourth and 12th, respectively, while teammate Zach Osborne, making his first appearance of the season, showed speed all day and earned a podium finish in the 250SX East class.

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Zach Osborne started the 250SX East season strong with a podium finish!
Photo: Simon Cudby

Zach Osborne qualified fastest in the 250SX East class, and continued to show speed the remainder of the night. He started sixth in his heat and made the pass for fifth in the whoops in the third lap. He inherited fourth after a rider went down, then made another quick pass for third in lap five. With one lap to go, he put his head down and focused on a strong finish. He made another pass to finish second and transfer to the main. Osborne started fifth in the main and made his way into fourth by the second lap. Showing enough speed to come through the pack for the win, he settled into a good rhythm and focused on making passes. He battled Hampshire for the third-place spot before making an impressive corner pass to lock down the podium position. He was on the move and nailed the rhythm section timing to gain even more speed as he made an inside pass on Jordon Smith for second before setting his sights on the leader. He tipped over in the sand after mistakenly hitting neutral, which put him back to third. He remounted and started chasing down the top-two riders again. Not giving up, he started putting pressure on Smith again with a lap and a half to go, and navigated his Husqvarna FC 250 to a third-place finish.

“It was great to be the fastest in both practices,” said Osborne. “I got an okay start in the main and someone went down in front of me and I had to check up. I caught up to the leaders and got into second, and got really close, then just washed my front end out in a sandy corner. I was able to remount and actually come all the way back and almost get back into second. I feel really good and I’m really positive for this season. I really want to get that first win monkey off my back and just focus on the championship.”

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Jason Anderson finished 4th in Minneapolis.
Photo: Simon Cudby

Jason Anderson pulled the holeshot in his heat aboard his Husqvarna FC 450 and started to pull away. He held strong to the finish to claim another heat race win and transfer directly to the main. Anderson started top-10 in the main and made his way to fifth by the end of the first lap. He made the pass for fourth around the halfway mark and rode his own race to the finish. He is currently fifth overall in 450 rider point standings.

“I’ve been pretty consistent lately,” said Anderson. “I pulled the holeshot and won my heat race, which was great. I was decently up front in the main and was able to come up to fourth. There wasn’t anyone behind me so I rode by myself pretty much the whole time. The track was pretty hammered.”

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After a 12th place finish, Dean Wilson moves up to 7th in 450 rider point standings.
Photo: Simon Cudby

Dean Wilson, third-fastest qualifier of the day, started third in his heat and began to battle. He stayed consistent and put on a great ride to finished third and earn a spot in the 450 main. Wilson got a mid-pack start in the main but went down after the start, putting him dead last. 17th by lap five, he focused on moving through the pack and made a great comeback by fighting all the way up to 12th where he finished. He is currently seventh overall in 450 rider point standings.

“It was a decent night,” said Wilson. “I wish I had a better main event. I didn’t get the best of starts, then I collided with another rider and went down after the first turn. By the time I got going I was well behind last and just tried picking guys off. I got up to 12th, which isn’t amazing, but I qualified third which is a positive.”

The team will now make its way to the eighth round of the series, held next Saturday at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.

Minneapolis Supercross Results:

250SX East Main Event:
1. Joey Savatgy
2. Jordon Smith
3. Zach Osborne – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

250SX East Rider Point Standings:

1. Joey Savatgy – 25 points
2. Jordon Smith – 22 points
3. Zach Osborne – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 20 points
4. RJ Hampshire – 18 points
5. Adam Cianciarulo – 16 points
6. Dylan Ferrandis – 15 points
7. Anthony Rodriguez – 14 points
8. Luke Renzland – 13 points
9. Kyle Peters – 12 points
10. Colt Nichols – 11 points

450 Main Event:

1. Eli Tomac
2. Marvin Musquin
3. Ryan Dungey
4. Jason Anderson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

12. Dean Wilson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

450 Rider Point Standings:

1. Ryan Dungey – 149 points
2. Marvin Musquin – 133 points
3. Eli Tomac – 125 points
4. Cole Seely – 123 points
5. Jason Anderson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 103 points
6. Davi Millsaps – 98 points
7. Dean Wilson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 73 points
8. Cooper Webb – 71 points
9. Chad Reed – 69 points
10. Broc Tickle – 69 points

Husqvarna Motorcycles. Tradition on two wheels since 1903.

Husqvarna Motorcycles are widely known and respected in the off-road world for a heritage of competition and numerous motocross and enduro world championships. Originally founded in Sweden in 1903, Husqvarna Motorcycles have been designed and manufactured in Mattighofen, Austria since 2013.

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Owen Edges Out Faith for Fifth Overall Victory of AMSOIL Arenacross Season in Kansas City

19 02 2017

Harrison Claims Victory in Western Regional AX Lites Class Opener

KANSAS CITY, MO – February 19, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Fresh off its first off weekend of the 2017 season, AMSOIL Arenacross returned to action on Saturday night inside the Sprint Center for the sixth round of the championship. After a late red flag in the final 250AX Class Main Event forced a restart with less than five laps remaining, savvy passes in the closing laps allowed TiLUBE/Jack Link’s/TUF Racing Honda’s Jace Owen to steal his fifth overall victory of the season over Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki, presented by AP Design, rider Gavin Faith. In the opening round of the Western Regional AX Lites Class, Motosport/Quick Roofing/Super Charged Energy Yamaha’s Heath Harrison took his third Main Event win of the season.

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Interview with Kansas City Winner Jace Owen

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Owen needed a tiebreaker to earn his fifth overall win of the season.
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Prior to the Main Events a pair of familiar foes faced off in the RMATV/MC Head 2 Head Challenge with Faith and Owen. After a competitive battle, Owen, the 250AX points leader, emerged victorious to earn an additional championship bonus point that would prove to pay big dividends at the end of the evening.

In the first 250AX Class Main Event it was Faith who grabbed the holeshot over TiLUBE/Jack Link’s/TUF Racing Honda teammates Ben Lamay and Owen. By the completion of Lap 1 both Owen and Rockstar Energy/OTSFF/Yamaha, in association with Cycle Trader and Rock River, rider Chris Blose had moved past Lamay, into second and third, respectively. Both Owen and Blose kept Faith in their sights throughout the early stages of the race, but then began a battle for second, which allowed Faith to open a slight gap. Blose moved past Owen into second on Lap 8, but faced a deficit of over two seconds to Faith. The reigning AMSOIL Arenacross Champion went on to take the win, crossing the line 2.7 seconds ahead of Blose, with Owen third, Rockstar Energy/OTSFF/Yamaha’s Matt Goerke fourth, and Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki Gared Steinke in fifth.

When the second Main Event got underway it was Faith who narrowly edged out Owen for the holeshot. The two riders battled side-by-side for the top spot, but that allowed the Yamaha duo of Goerke and Blose to both make their way around and assume control of the race, dropping Faith to third and Owen to fourth. Goerke settled into the lead ahead of his teammate and comfortably controlled the Main Event. Faith continued to pressure Blose for second and was about to make the pass until the red flag waved for a downed rider on Lap 12, immediately bringing the race to a stop and forcing a restart.

The field lined up single file to contest the closing laps and when the green flag waved it was Owen to seized the opportunity. After running fourth throughout the entirety of the Main Event, Owen passed both Faith and Blose to move into second on Lap 12. Faith slotted into third, while Blose lost two positions to drop off the podium in fourth. Goerke went on to take his first Main Event win of the season, 1.2 seconds ahead of Owen, with Faith in third. Steinke followed in fourth, with Woodstock KTM’s Daniel Herrlein in fifth. Blose continued to drop back and ultimately crossed the line in seventh.

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Faith just missed out on a second straight win.
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When the overall results were tallied, Owen, thanks to his added bonus point from the Head 2 Head Challenge, and Faith sat tied atop the charts for first. However, by virtue of his better finish in the second Main Event Owen (3-2) earned the tiebreaker and, in turn, the overall win. Faith dropped to second (1-3), with Goerke rounding out the overall podium in third (4-1). Steinke finished fourth (5-4), while Blose was fifth (2-7).

With a tie in points collected for the night, Owen and Faith remain separated by 17 points in the 250AX Class standings. Goerke solidified his hold on third, now sitting 26 points out of the lead.

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Goerke’s strong second Main Event earned him his first checkered flag of the season.
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The first Western Regional AX Lites Class Main Event of the season saw Yamaha rider Dylan Bolinger capture the holeshot over Harrison and Powerband Racing & Suspension KTM’s Brandon Gourley. Harrison applied pressure on Bolinger for the lead immediately and successfully made his way around the Yamaha rider on Lap 4. Once out front, Harrison was able to pull away, but the battle for the podium continued. After starting fifth, Team Babbitt’s/GPF/Monster Energy Kawasaki/MMCR’s Ryan Breece mounted a charge to the front. He fought his way past Gourley into third on Lap 5, and then moved into second past Bolinger on Lap 8. Harrison held a comfortable lead of more than four seconds by the time Breece moved into second and carried it through to the finish for his third Main Event win of the season. A hard-charging Breece did well to close the deficit to under three seconds at the end but ultimately settled for second. Bolinger held on to finish third.

The runner-up finish put Breece atop the Western Regional standings after one round. He holds a one-point lead over Bolinger, while Driven MX Racing KTM’s Jared Lesher, who finished fourth in the Main Event, sits third, two points out of the lead.

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Harrison opened the Western Regional AX Lites Class with a win.
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AMSOIL Arenacross’ next round of the championship will be a historic one, taking place inside the hallowed grounds of Atlanta’s Georgia Dome for the inaugural MotoFest. The championship’s first-ever doubleheader weekend alongside Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, will commence on Friday, February 24, beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

250AX Class Results – Main Event 1

  1. Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Kawasaki
  2. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Yamaha
  3. Jace Owen, Matoon, Ill., Honda
  4. Matt Goerke, Lake Helen, Fla., Yamaha
  5. Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Kawasaki
  6. Ben Lamay, Forney, Texas, Honda
  7. Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, KTM
  8. Heath Harrison, Silverhill, Ala., Yamaha
  9. Cody VanBuskirk, Harvard, Ill., KTM
  10. Jacob Williamson, Swartz Creek, Mich., Kawasaki

250AX Class Results – Main Event 2

  1. Matt Goerke, Lake Helen, Florida, Yamaha
  2. Jace Owen, Matoon, Ill., Honda
  3. Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Kawasaki
  4. Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Kawasaki
  5. Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, KTM
  6. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., Kawasaki
  7. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Yamaha
  8. Ben Lamay, Forney, Texas, Honda
  9. Jacob Williamson, Swartz Creek, Mich., Kawasaki
  10. Cody VanBuskirk, Harvard, Ill., KTM

250AX Class Overall Results (Main Event Results)

  1. Jace Owen, Matoon, Ill., Honda (3-2)
  2. Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Kawasaki (1-3)
  3. Matt Goerke, Lake Helen, Florida, Yamaha (4-1)
  4. Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Kawasaki (5-4)
  5. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Yamaha (2-7)
  6. Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, KTM (7-5)
  7. Ben Lamay, Forney, Texas, Honda (6-8)
  8. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., Kawasaki (12-6)
  9. Jacob Williamson, Swartz Creek, Mich., Kawasaki (10-9)
  10. Cody VanBuskirk, Harvard, Ill., KTM (9-10)

RMATV/MC Head 2 Head Challenge Results (Bonus Points)

  1. Jace Owen, Matoon, Ill., Honda (2 points)
  2. Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Kawasaki (1 point)
  3. Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Kawasaki (1 point)
  4. Ben Lamay, Forney, Texas, Honda (1 point)
  5. Jacob Williamson, Swartz Creek, Mich., Kawasaki (1 point)
  6. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., Kawasaki (1 point)
  7. Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, KTM (1 point)
  8. Matt Goerke, Lake Helen, Florida, Yamaha (1 point)

Western Regional AX Lites Class Results

  1. Heath Harrison, Silverhill, Ala., Yamaha
  2. Ryan Breece, Athol, Idaho, Kawasaki
  3. Dylan Bolinger, Corona, Calif., Yamaha
  4. Jared Lesher, Ball Ground, Ga., KTM
  5. Jeramy Taylor, Canton, Ohio, KTM
  6. Hunter Sayles, Merrill, Wis., KTM
  7. Max Markolf, Winchester, Calif., KTM
  8. Lane Shaw, Alvin, Texas, Honda
  9. Scott Zont, Algonquin, Ind., Kawasaki
  10. Cade Autenrieth, Hemet, Calif., Yamaha

250AX Class Championship Standings

  1. Jace Owen, Matoon, Ill., Honda – 222 (7 Main Event Wins)
  2. Gavin Faith, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Kawasaki – 205 (5 Main Event Wins)
  3. Matt Goerke, Lake Helen, Florida, Yamaha – 196 (1 Main Event Win)
  4. Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Kawasaki – 170
  5. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Yamaha – 159
  6. Ben Lamay, Forney, Texas, Honda – 151 (1 Main Event Win)
  7. Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, KTM – 141
  8. Cody VanBuskirk, Harvard, Ill., KTM – 102
  9. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, Kawasaki – 89
  10. Travis Sewell, Westville, Ind., Kawasaki – 82

Western Regional AX Lites Class Championship Standings

  1. Ryan Breece, Athol, Idaho, Kawasaki – 15
  2. Dylan Bolinger, Corona, Calif., Yamaha – 14
  3. Jared Lesher, Ball Ground, Ga., KTM – 13
  4. Jeramy Taylor, Canton, Ohio, KTM – 12
  5. Hunter Sayles, Merrill, Wis., KTM – 11

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About Feld Entertainment

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Source: Feld Entertainment  Inc.

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TLD’s Seely Battles Back For Fifth Place Finish

19 02 2017

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – February 19, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Troy Lee Designs rider Cole Seely worked his way through the pack after an early fall and managed to make it all the way up to a fifth-place result. His finish kept his streak alive as Seely has finished in the top five in the last six out of seven rounds.

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The Honda rider was more than ready for the gate to drop on the Main Event with Seely grabbing the holeshot inside U.S. Bank Stadium. Not long after the first few turns, Seely went down but was able to get up quickly and complete the first lap in 10th. In the second lap, he picked up several positions and was able to take over his finishing position of fifth just before halfway. With the leaders out of site, he maintained consistent speed, allowing for another solid finish.

“I was feeling good coming into the main event and was really pumped on the holeshot,” said Seely. “It was a little tricky out there and I just made a small mistake. I was happy I was able to get up quickly so I didn’t lose too much time.”

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Seely currently sits fourth in the championship standings, just two points out of third. The next round of the Monster Energy Supercross is on February 25 and will be one of the last events inside the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Seely wore the SE Air Corsa Yellow and Red Racewear in practice, the SE Gravity Flo Yellow in the main event, and was protected by the SE4 helmet. See more of the 2017 gear sets and the 2017 Moto Helmets online and at your local TLD retailer.

450SX Class Main Event Results

  1. Eli Tomac (Kawasaki)
  2. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
  3. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
  4. Jason Anderson (Husqvarna)
  5. Cole Seely (Honda)
  6. Davi Millsaps (KTM)
  7. Broc Tickle (Suzuki)
  8. Trey Canard (KTM)
  9. Blake Baggett (KTM)
  10. Mike Alessi (Honda)

    **Images provided by Jeff Kardas

About Troy Lee Designs

For over 30 years, Troy Lee has been customizing helmets “For The World’s Fastest Racers.” TLD’s relentless commitment to creating products that exceed the cutting edge of style, design and quality, has earned them the reputation as an innovator in many different fields of racing. Troy Lee Designs has since expanded into a full force operation, offering a complete line of helmets, apparel and premium protection for off-road motorcycling and bicycling, sportswear and accessories, and operating the TLD supercross and motocross teams. Based in Corona, California, Troy Lee Designs has a global network of distributors.

Source: Troy Lee Designs, Inc.

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We want YOU! Suzuki now Enlisting for the RM ARMY Sign up for the 2017 MX Amateur Racing Program

18 02 2017

BREA, CA – February 18, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – From local, grassroots racing and multiple national and world championships, to capturing the 2016 AMA 450 Pro Motocross title while dominating the series for the past decade, racing is at the core of Suzuki. It is the thread that sews together Suzuki’s heritage, the driving force that pushes product innovation, and the reason why countless motocross legends have chosen to swing their leg over an RM.

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As Suzuki continues to define racing, we are excited to announce the formation of the next generation of Suzuki racers. Those who will battle at their local race tracks, who will fight for national titles, and who, together, will carry the winning RM legacy into the future. Introducing the RM ARMY. Armed with the best handling machines in the industry and equipped with the support essential to develop champions, the RM ARMY is the future of Suzuki motocross.

“The RM ARMY is a state of mind, a unifying force, and the umbrella under which our supercross and motocross racing programs will reside,” said Chris Wheeler, Motocross Racing Manager at Suzuki. “The RM ARMY was developed to create a sense of community for Suzuki racers. Connecting riders from around the country and projecting a larger Suzuki racing front is the goal. So whether you’re a weekend warrior, a rider on our RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing team, or anywhere else in between, if you race Suzuki, you are part of the RM ARMY.”“I can’t wait to wear the RM ARMY badge,” said Richard Taylor, Suzuki ECSTAR Factory Elite Amateur Racing team rider. “Suzuki has really stepped up their game this year and I am so pumped to be a part of the launch of the RM ARMY.”

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RM ARMY amateur racers can take advantage of the various benefits offered by the Suzuki Amateur Racing Support program, which includes Contingency, Trackside Support, and Suzuki Camp Carmichael. Program details are outlined below, along with exciting information on Suzuki’s 2017 amateur racing teams.

Suzuki MX Amateur Racing Support Program

Contingency

RM ARMY racers can take advantage of over $6 Million in available contingency for motocross, supercross, and off-road racing in 2017. The Suzuki contingency program was enhanced over the previous year to include more events and larger payouts, while also offering double contingency at key events such as RC Daytona SX and the final round of Amsoil Arenacross. Join the RM ARMY and let Suzuki support you in your race to the top of the podium. Getting started is as simple as this:

  1. Own an eligible Suzuki model
  2. Complete the online registration process at racesuzuki.com
  3. Race a specified event on the Suzuki Contingency Payout Schedule
  4. Place in a paying position
  5. Receive your rewards on your Suzuki Awards Card
  6. Redeem your rewards at any authorized U.S. Suzuki dealership

Trackside Support

Suzuki Trackside Support will also be on hand at key amateur racing events to support RM ARMY racers. Trackside Support carries a supply of parts available for riders in need at a discounted price, along with a qualified Suzuki technician to help answer technical questions. Suzuki will also have parts support available at each round of the Amsoil Arenacross Series. RM ARMY racers in need of parts can purchase them at the Suzuki Canopy next to the Babbitt’s pit area. Visit racesuzuki.com for the complete Trackside Support schedule.

Suzuki Camp Carmichael

RM ARMY racers are also provided the exclusive opportunity to attend Suzuki Camp Carmichael. This unique program allows Suzuki amateur racers to compete for the chance to train with 15-time MX/SX Champion, Ricky Carmichael, at his private training facility in Cairo, GA – The GOAT Farm. Attending Camp Carmichael is once-in-a life-time, all-expenses-paid opportunity only available to members of the RM ARMY. Details regarding Suzuki Camp Carmichael 2017, including how to qualify, will be announced on racesuzuki.com. In the meantime, check out the video to see how much fun we had at Suzuki Camp Carmichael 2016! Watch on YouTube below.

Suzuki MX Amateur Racing Teams

Suzuki ECSTAR Factory Elite Amateur Racing

The 2017 RM ARMY charge will be led by the Suzuki ECSTAR Factory Elite Amateur Racing team. Suzuki’s all-new Oil and Chemical brand, ECSTAR, will serve as an essential element in the growth of the Factory Elite Amateur program, and we are pleased to have their title support in 2017. The team is excited to announce the signing of Casey Cochran, Nikko Capps, and Crockett Myers to pilot the RM85, as well as TJ Rios, who will ride the RM-Z250, and Richard Taylor, who will ride both the RM-Z250 and the reigning AMA 450 Pro Motocross Champion, the RM-Z450.

“We are thrilled to bring this talented group of riders back to our program for 2017,” said Wheeler. “Each rider showed a ton of potential last year and we are excited to continue growing together.” The team is proud to represent the following sponsors who support the Factory Elite program: ECSTAR, Mechanix Wear, ODI, Cometic Gasket, Hinson, ProX, Matrix, MXtire.com, N-Style, Acerbis, Wiseco, VP Racing Fuels, and Dunlop.

Suzuki Regional Elite Amateur Racing

Suzuki is also excited to announce the addition of the Suzuki Regional Elite Amateur Racing team with support from Suzuki dealers. “The addition of this program for 2017 is really exciting,” added Wheeler. “We received a great deal of sponsorship interest at the end of last year, and with the help of multiple racing-focused Suzuki dealers, we are pleased to announce the addition of five deserving riders to this new program.” Racing the RM85 for the Suzuki Amateur Regional Elite program is Preston Masciangelo, Dakota Aldredge, Slade Varola, and Caden Braswell. Brandon Yates will pilot the RM-Z250 and RM-Z450.

Chaparral Suzuki Elite Amateur Racing / BarX Motorsports

The RM ARMY front will be further strengthened with the launch of the Chaparral Suzuki Elite Amateur Racing / BarX Motorsports team. The west-coast based Suzuki support team led by Team Manager, Larry Brooks, will field three riders in 2017. With additional support from Suzuki racing-focused dealer, Chaparral Motorsports, Cole Barbieri and Brock Papi will race the RM-Z250 and the RM-Z450, while Brock Bennett will pilot the RM85.

“I’m privileged to be part of such a first class race effort,” said Brooks. “The Amateur field is so competitive these days, and to be able to share my experience with these three fast racers is extremely rewarding. I feel that I can help them achieve their racing goals and this is what makes this venture very exciting to me.”

Source: Suzuki Motor of America, Inc.

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