Risk Racing and Parts Unlimited Partner in Distribution

25 04 2017

2 Companies Committed to Excellence!

MOORESVILLE, NC – April 25, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Risk Racing is exhilarated to announce a new distribution partnership with Parts Unlimited. Parts Unlimited will now stock and distribute the Risk Racing brand of innovative products to their extensive network of powersports dealers.

“Parts Unlimited is very pleased to have Risk Racing as a new partner. Our longstanding commitment and involvement in the off-road market, combined with Risk Racing’s exciting and innovative products, will be a perfect combination for both companies. We look forward to working with them in 2017 and beyond.” said Jeff Derge, Vice President of Sales, Parts Unlimited, Lemans Corporation.

Risk Racing has designed, patented and produced several award-winning products such as the RR1 Ride-on Moto lift, the Holeshot Practice Starting Gate, the Lock-N-Load Moto Transport System, Seal Doctor, and Trilight, just to name a few. These products and more have arrived at Parts Unlimited distribution centers, Parts Sales Reps have been brought up to speed on the highly-anticipated new line, and the www.partsnetweb.com dealer ordering network is updated and ready for dealers to start stocking Risk products today.

“Parts Unlimited is a leader in powersports distribution, so of course all of us at Risk Racing are excited about the future with them. Parts Unlimited has an amazing infrastructure and distribution network that will make the dealer ordering process seamless, and ensure timely delivery.” said James Burry, owner of Risk Racing.

Visit a local dealer and ask to see their Risk Racing product offering through Parts Unlimited. Their full-color catalogs are jam-packed with all the parts and accessories one could ever want.

For more information about Risk Racing, visit: www.riskracing.com. For more information about Parts Unlimited, visit: http://www.parts-unlimited.com/aboutus/

Source: Risk Racing

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RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing Hopes Dashed in Promising Effort

24 04 2017

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – April 24, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – A promising night that had the makings of a pair of strong finishes ended in disappointment for RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing when Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship, made its return to Salt Lake City Saturday night.

Justin Bogle, rider of the No. 19 Suzuki RM-Z450, collected the holeshot at Round 15 and was racing inside the top five when his machine got away from him in the whoop section at Rice-Eccles Stadium, just prior to the halfway mark of the 450SX Class main event. Extensive damage forced Bogle to the mechanics area so his team could survey the damage and offer makeshift repairs, ultimately leaving him 21st in the final rundown.

“I just made a mistake in the whoops and it ended up costing us,” explained Bogle. “We had a great night going right up until that point. I qualified straight out of the heat, drilled the holeshot in the main event, and was running with the leaders until I went down. That’s just kind of how our season has gone. It’s a tough pill to swallow and I’m not making any excuses. We’ll just keep working hard and hope our luck swings back the other way.”

Bogle’s RCH teammate Broc Tickle, the senior member of RCH’s Suzuki RM Army, also qualified for the main event straight from his heat race and had a strong top 10 run going until an incident just before halfway eventually shuffled him back to 12th when the checkered flag waved.

Despite coming up two spots short of a top 10, Tickle held on to eighth in points where he paces veterans Dean Wilson and Chad Reed by nine with two races remaining on the 2017 schedule.

“Overall, it was a pretty good night but I would have really liked to get out of there with a better finish than 12th,” offered Tickle. “I had a good heat race and transferred straight into the main but I got a terrible start and had to try and catch up for the rest of the night. I was making my way forward but it didn’t work out like we hoped. We’ll go on to East Rutherford and Las Vegas and try and finish out the last two on a high note.”

Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, returns to New Jersey this weekend when the series visits MetLife Stadium. The 16th of 17 races on the 2017 Monster Energy Supercross calendar will be televised live on FOX Saturday, April 29 beginning at 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 2 p.m. Pacific.

Source: RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing

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Direct-To-Consumer Live Streaming Product NBC Sports Gold Introduces “Pro Motocross Pass” With Access to Entire Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Season

24 04 2017

Qualifiers, Moto 1s and Moto 2s Available Live, On-Demand and Commercial-Free with New “Pro Motocross Pass”
Pass Available for Purchase in the U.S. and 13 International Territories
NBC Sports Gold “Pro Motocross Pass” Available for $49.99

STAMFORD, CT – April 24, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – NBC Sports Gold — NBC Sports Digital’s direct-to-consumer live streaming product — is launching a “Pro Motocross Pass,” giving fans access to the entire 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship season. The direct-to-consumer pass, powered by Playmaker Media, will offer fans commercial-free coverage, live and on-demand, online, on mobile, tablets and connected TV devices.

NBC Sports Gold’s”Pro Motocross Pass” features every race in the 2017 season, which begins with the Hangtown Motocross Classic on May 20, including Qualifiers, Moto 1s and Moto 2s. In addition to the 2017 season, fans can access full event replays of the 2016 and 2015 seasons. The “Pro Motocross Pass” can be purchased in advance in the U.S. and 13 international territories for $49.99 starting today by visiting NBCSportsGold.com.

Qualifiers, Moto 1s and Moto 2s Available Live, On-Demand and Commercial-Free with New
“Pro Motocross Pass”

“We’re excited to offer motocross fans this unprecedented amount of content, with the added flexibility to enjoy it on the platform of their choice with NBC Sports Gold,” said Portia Archer, Vice President, Direct-to-Consumer Services, NBC Sports Group.

“This is a great development for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, and we’re very pleased to be working with NBC Sports to distribute our quality racing content worldwide,” said Davey Coombs, President of series organizer MX Sports Pro Racing.  “We also appreciate the fact that all of this content is being offered to motocross fans in a package we think is very affordable.”

In the U.S., NBC Sports Gold is available on Apple iOS, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast and online at ProMotocross.com/live and NBCSportsGold.com. Fans in 13 different international territories can also purchase the “Pro Motocross Pass”:

  • Austria
  • Canada
  • Denmark
  • Germany*
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Luxembourg
  • Netherlands
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Spain*
  • United Kingdom

*Pricing in native currency

International coverage will be available on Apple iOS and Android devices, and online at NBCSportsGold.com. NBC Sports Gold is powered by Playmaker Media, NBC Sports Digital’s technology service which provides end-to-end support for companies in need of best-in-class live streaming and VOD solutions.

NBC SPORTS GOLD “PRO MOTOCROSS PASS” SCHEDULE:

Date Event
Sat., May 20 Hangtown Motocross Classic
Sat., May 27 Glen Helen National
Sat., Jun. 3 Thunder Valley National
Sat., Jun. 17 High Point National
Sat., Jun. 24 Tennessee National
Sat., Jul. 1 RedBud National
Sat., Jul. 8 Southwick National
Sat., Jul. 22 Spring Creek National
Sat., Jul. 29 Washougal National
Sat., Aug. 12 Unadilla National
Sat., Aug. 19 Budds Creek National
Sat., Aug. 26 Ironman National

NBC SPORTS GOLD

NBC Sports Gold — NBC Sports Digital’s direct-to-consumer live streaming product –launched in 2016 with a “Cycling Pass,” which included the 2016 Tour de France, Vuelta a España, Monument Classics such as the Paris Robaix, and more. Earlier this month,  NBC Sports Gold expanded its offerings to include a “Track and Field Pass,” which offers access to more than 25 major events, and a “Rugby Pass,” which includes access to every Aviva Premiership Rugby match from Round 19 through the 2016-17 season Final. Click here for more information.

Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship

The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, features the world’s fastest outdoor motocross racers, racing aboard the best bikes each factory offers, on the roughest, toughest tracks in the world. The 12-rounds series begins at Hangtown in May and ends at Indiana’s Ironman Raceway in August. It includes stops at the premier motocross racing facilities in America, with events in California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Washington, New York and Indiana. The pro riders race on Saturday afternoon, with competition divided into two classes: one for 250cc machines, and one for 450cc machines. The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship is managed by MX Sports Pro Racing, the industry leader in off-road power sports event production. The series is televised on NBC, NBCSN and MAVTV and streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra.  Series partners include Lucas Oil (series title sponsor), Red Bull, GoPro, WPS, Fly Racing, GEICO Motorcycle, Kawasaki, Motorcycle Superstore, FRAM, KTM, Oakley, FMF, Deltran Battery Tender, Pirelli, Suzuki, Husqvarna, Pivot Works, Vertex, ProGrip, EBC Brakes, KMC Wheels, MotionPro, VP Racing Fuels, Acerbis and Racer X.  More information can be found at www.ProMotocross.com.

Source: MX Sports Pro Racing

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Gautier Paulin Wins MXGP of Europe

23 04 2017

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Rider Climbs to Third in MXGP Standings Following Inspiring Performance in Valkenswaard

April 23, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Gautier Paulin has secured his first GP victory of the 2017 FIM Motocross World Championship, claiming an emphatic opening moto win and securing a runner-up result in moto two at the MXGP of Europe in The Netherlands.

With round six of the world championship taking place at the iconic sandy track of Valkenswaard, Paulin started the GP claiming a strong third place result in the qualifying race. Getting a perfect start on his FC 450 in the opening MXGP moto, the Frenchman retained the lead from start to finish to celebrate his first moto victory aboard Husqvarna machinery.

Well-placed inside the top five at the start of moto two, Gautier showed his determination to battle for the overall victory. Making some crucial passes he managed to cross the finish line as a runner-up behind Antonio Cairoli. Completing a well-calculated GP the Frenchman gained two spots in the MXGP championship standings, where he’s now placed third behind Tim Gajser and Cairoli.

Not getting the best of starts, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Max Nagl pushed hard to claim 10th overall at the GP of Europe. Getting a 10th place result in the opening moto, the German wrapped up the event with 11th in moto two.

In the MX2 category, it was an event of mixed emotions for Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thomas Kjer-Olsen. Showing he has the speed to battle for the top three, the young Dane earned fourth overall in the 250cc class. Battling back from a crash while running sixth in moto one, Thomas reached the finish in ninth position. Getting a mediocre start in moto two, he made a series of impressive passes to claim fourth.

For Thomas Covington the highlight of his GP in Valkenswaard was a strong third place result in the opening MX2 moto. Bending his bars during a crash in moto two, the young American was unable to finish his last race of the day.

A poor start in moto one and a crash in moto two didn’t allow Conrad Mewse the opportunity to capitalise on the improved speed the Brit demonstrated during the previous GP in Italy. Collecting 20/22 results, Conrad had to settle for 25th overall at the GP of Europe.

The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team will return to action at round seven of the 2017 FIM Motocross World Championship in Latvia on May 6/7.

Gautier Paulin: “It’s been an amazing GP. We started off with a good pace in qualifying. I was feeling good on the bike ever since I stepped foot on this track, so I was very positive of some good results. We had a perfect opening moto. I got a clear holeshot and managed to successfully defend my lead until the finish line. Despite not getting the best of starts in moto two, I stayed focused on the goal of winning the overall. I kept pushing and as soon as I saw other riders suffering physically I gave one last push for the overall victory. I honestly have no words to thank my Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team for all their hard work and dedication. This victory has given us a big confidence boost for the races to come.”

Max Nagl: “Our speed was not so bad, but we struggled with the starts in both motos. If you don’t get a good start it’s really hard to make up time – you have to take lots of risks to go after the guys out front. I tried my best in both motos but it just wasn’t meant to be. We’ll keep working hard hoping for some better results at the GPs to come. We’re now heading to Kegums and another sand track and the goal is to be able to battle for the top three there.”

Thomas Kjer-Olsen: “We’re in a very good place right now. I’m enjoying racing my bike and my speed is really competitive. If we manage to minimise mistakes, we will be able to consistently be on the podium. In moto one I got a good start but as I was battling for the top five I was involved in a crash with a few other riders. I picked myself up and kept pushing hard to get ninth. My start wasn’t as good in moto two, but without making any mistakes I crossed the line in fourth for fourth overall at the GP. We’re fourth now in the standings and I believe we can go even higher.”

Thomas Covington: “My riding was good throughout the weekend despite the rough sandy track. Following a strong sixth place in qualifying race I got off to a good start in moto one and managed to make some good passes for third at the finish line. Towards the end of the moto I felt a bit of pain in my back but I tried not to let that affect my performance and my lap times. To finish third felt good and I was looking forward to moto two. Unfortunately, my start was bad in the last moto and as I was pushing to make passes I crashed and bent my bars. The championship still has a long way to go. We proved the speed is there so it’s up to me now to reduce mistakes and be more consistent.”

Conrad Mewse: “Overall, I’m satisfied with my speed over the weekend. We started off with a strong ninth place during qualifying and a good overall feeling on the rough sandy track. Battling through a bad start in moto one I had to settle for 20th. My start was way better in moto two and I was running in fourth place before crashing in one of the big downhills of the track. I picked myself up but couldn’t manage anything better than 22nd. My results might not have been great but I’m happy with my pace, especially towards the end of the first moto.”

Results – FIM Motocross World Championship, Round 6

MXGP – Overall
1. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna) 47pts; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 40; 3. Jeremy Van Horebeek (Yamaha) 38… 10. Max Nagl (Husqvarna) 21… 13. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 17… 15. Harri Kullas (Husqvarna) 8… 18. Yentel Martens (Husqvarna) 6… 21. Rui Goncalves (Husqvarna) 3

MXGP – Race 1
1. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna) 18 laps, 35:24.915; 2. Jeremy Van Horebeek (Yamaha) 35:25.865; 3. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 35:29.739… 10. Max Nagl (Husqvarna) 36:03.340… 13. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 36:37.584… 15. Yentel Martens (Husqvarna) 36:52.125… 17. Harri Kullas (Husqvarna) 36:56.046… 19. Rui Goncalves (Husqvarna) 37:05.902… 28. Klemen Gercar (Husqvarna) 17 laps, 36:20.178; 29. Sven Van der Mierden (Husqvarna) 36:28.204

MXGP – Race 2
1. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 18 laps, 35:26.367; 2. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna) 35:28.625; 3. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 35:28.984… 11. Max Nagl (Husqvarna) 36:08.967; 12. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 36:11.560… 17. Harri Kullas (Husqvarna) 36:54.333… 20. Rui Goncalves (Husqvarna) 17 laps, 35:36.253… 27. Klemen Gercar (Husqvarna) 36:39.065

MX2 – Overall
1. Pauls Jonass (KTM) 50; 2. Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki) 40; 3. Brent Van doninck (Yamaha) 36; 4. Thomas Kjer-Olsen (Husqvarna) 30… 10. Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 20… 13. Brian Hsu (Husqvarna) 15… 17. Henry Jacobi (Husqvarna) 11… 25. Conrad Mewse (Husqvarna) 1

MX2 – Race 1
1. Pauls Jonass (KTM) 18 laps, 35:37.548; 2. Julien Lieber (KTM) 35:41.024; 3. Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 36:14.476… 9. Thomas Kjer-Olsen (Husqvarna) 36:50.113… 13. Henry Jacobi (Husqvarna) 37:08.669… 20. Conrad Mewse (Husqvarna) 37:36.157… 23. Caleb Ward (Husqvarna) 17 laps, 35:49.687… 29. Enzo Toriani (Husqvarna) 16 laps, 36:10.184; 30. Karel Kutsar (Husqvarna) 35:59.232; 31. Gabriele Arbini (Husqvarna) 36:11.058; 32. Brian Hsu (Husqvarna) 37:06.931

MX2 – Race 2
1. Pauls Jonass (KTM) 17 laps, 34:09.329; 2. Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki) 34:13.820; 3. Brent Van doninck (Yamaha) 34:18.839; 4. Thomas Kjer-Olsen (Husqvarna) 34:22.681… 6. Brian Hsu (Husqvarna) 34:38.023… 18. Henry Jacobi (Husqvarna) 35:20.336… 21. Anton Gole (Husqvarna) 35:30.241; 22. Conrad Mewse (Husqvarna) 35:44.951… 29. Gabriele Arbini (Husqvarna) 16 laps, 35:47.231; 30. Enzo Toriani (Husqvarna) 35:47.362

Championship Standings (After Round 6)

MXGP
1. Tim Gajser (Honda) 234pts; 2. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 220; 3. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna) 192… 10. Max Nagl (Husqvarna) 116… 15. Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 69; 16. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 54… 18. Rui Goncalves (Husqvarna) 45… 23. Harri Kullas (Husqvarna) 8… 28. Yentel Martens (Husqvarna) 6

MX2
1. Pauls Jonass (KTM) 242pts; 2. Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki) 223 points; 3. Julien Lieber (KTM) 197; 4. Thomas Kjer-Olsen (Husqvarna) 188… 7. Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 133… 20. Iker Larranaga (Husqvarna) 43… 22. Anton Gole (Husqvarna) 38; 23. Brian Hsu (Husqvarna) 28… 25. Conrad Mewse (Husqvarna) 23; 27. Caleb Ward (Husqvarna) 14… 29. Henri Jacobi (Husqvarna) 14… 35. Karel Kutsar (Husqvarna) 2; 36. Ivan Petrov (Husqvarna) 1… 38. Aaron Tanti (Husqvarna) 1

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.

Rockstar Energy Drink

Rockstar Energy Drink is designed for those who lead active lifestyles – from Athletes to Rockstars. Available in over 20 flavors at convenience and grocery outlets in over 30 countries, Rockstar supports the Rockstar lifestyle across the globe through Action Sports, Motor Sports, and Live Music. For more information visit: www.RockstarEnergy.com

Source: Husqvarna Motorcycles GmbH

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McElrath Wins in Salt Lake City As Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM Goes 1-2

23 04 2017

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – April 23, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Shane McElrath earned his third win of the season and was accompanied on the podium by teammate Mitchell Oldenburg in second, giving the team a memorable 1-2 result at the penultimate round of the Western Regional 250SX Class inside Rice-Eccles Stadium. The tight, technical track was a test for the riders and the KTM duo came out standing on the top two steps of the podium.

McElrath entered the night still nursing a hip injury, but he wasn’t going to let that take away his confidence going into the night. After a third-place finish in his heat, McElrath shot out to a great start in the main event where he settled in quickly into the runner-up spot. When the leader crashed out of the race, McElrath was right there to capitalize just before the halfway mark. For the remaining 13 laps, he stayed focused and kept his KTM on two wheels to finish the night with his third win of the season.

“Tonight seemed to be about staying up,” said McElrath. “It was one of those tracks that you couldn’t ride the line because it was so technical and precise. We work so hard and it’s just cool to see this (the 1-2 finish) happen. When I looked over at one point and saw Freckles (Oldenburg) in second, I was so pumped.”

Just one round after scoring a career-best third place in Seattle, Oldenburg topped that result with a second-place finish in Utah’s state capitol. In the main event, he got out of the gate well and came around the first lap in sixth. He steadily passed riders and settled into second on Lap 14, carrying that position all the way until the checkered flag where he was greeted by a thrilled and supportive McElarth.

“I can honestly say I wouldn’t be up here if it weren’t for Shane so being up on the podium together is unbelievable,” said Oldenburg. “I am so ecstatic to go 1-2. To back up my best finish from the last race is such a great feeling. I can’t wait until Vegas where we can try and do it again.”

The Western Regional 250SX riders will take a short break before returning for the final race of the season on May 6 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas. The Eastern Regional 250SX will be back in action with Jordon Smith looking to keep the win-streak alive with Alex Martin making his return from injury at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

McElrath and Oldenburg looked sharp on top of the podium wearing the GP Air Quest Navy and Orange Racewear, which was accompanied by the SE4 Pinstripe Orange Helmet. See all of the 2017 gear sets and the 2017 Moto Helmets online and at your local TLD retailer.

250SX Class Main Event Results

  1. Shane McElrath (KTM)
  2. Mitchell Oldenburg (KTM)
  3. Justin Hill (Kawasaki)
  4. Martin Davalos (Husqvarna)
  5. Jimmy Decotis (Honda)
  6. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki)
  7. Dan Reardon (Yamaha)
  8. Hayden Mellross (Yamaha)
  9. Kyle Chisholm (Honda)
  10. Tyler Bowers (Yamaha)

250SX Class Points, After 8 of 9 Rounds

  1. Justin Hill (Kawasaki), 180
  2. Shane McElrath (KTM), 154
  3. Aaron Plessinger (Yamaha), 143
  4. Martin Davalos (Husqvarna), 142
  5. James Decotis (Honda), 122
  6. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki), 105
  7. Dan Reardon (Yamaha), 96
  8. Kyle Chisholm (Honda), 85
  9. Cole Martinez (Yamaha), 73
  10. Mitchell Oldenburg (KTM), 60

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.

Source: Troy Lee Designs

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Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory racing’s Jason Anderson Finishes Third at Salt Lake City SX!

23 04 2017

Davalos 4th in 250, Wilson 10th in 450

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – April 23, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team battled to top finishes as the 2017 AMA Supercross Series made its return to the high elevations of Rice Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City Utah.

Jason Anderson finished third in Salt Lake City!
Photo: Simon Cudby

Jason Anderson got a great start in his heat and immediately started battling in the second-place position. He slid back to third where he finished – earning a spot in the 450 main. He got an excellent start in the main and quickly moved into the top-five. It wasn’t long before he overtook the second-place spot and started charging. He was riding a smart race in second, moved back to third, and stayed steady for the remainder of the race to finish third. He is currently fourth overall in 450 rider point standings.

Anderson is currently fourth overall in 450 rider point standings.
Photo: Simon Cudby

“I got a great start in the heat race with a third,” said Anderson. “I made some changes to my bike after that and ended up getting a great start in the main. I rode in third the rest of the race and felt pretty good.”

Martin Davalos got a great start in his heat, took over the lead in the second lap, and held strong to take the win and earn a spot in the 250SX West main event. He started mid-pack in the main and quickly navigated into the top-10. He put in a solid ride and battled until the finish to earn fourth. He is currently fourth overall in 250SX West rider point standings.

Martin Davalos finished fourth in Salt Lake City.
Photo: Simon Cudby

“Salt Lake City was good,” said Davalos. “I was pumped to come here because it’s kind of like Ecuador with the altitude. I felt really good throughout the day, and I seemed to ride well all day. My lap times were good and I was feeling confident. I was able to put in a good charge in the main event and make the pass for third in the last lap. Today was the best I’ve ridden all year.”

Dean Wilson pulled a top-10 start in his heat and settled into the seventh-place position before charging up to fifth where he finished—just one spot out of qualifying position. He got a top-five start in the semi and immediately started battling for the lead. He stayed focus and made an impressive last-minute pass for the lead right before the finish line to take the win and qualify for the 450 main. He got a mid-pack start in the main and started putting in laps in 13th. He started moving his way steadily through the pack and cracked into the top-10 around the halfway mark. He kept it steady to earn another top-10 finish. He is currently 10th overall in 450 rider point standings.

Dean Wilson finished 10th in Salt Lake City, and is currently 10th overall in 450 rider point standings.
Photo: Simon Cudby

“I felt like I rode well all day,” said Wilson. “I qualified fifth and had good speed. I was one spot out in the heat race, but had a good semi and got the win in that. For some reason my rear wheel sunk in the main right as I got off the gate, so I didn’t get a great start. I was in 9th but then made a silly mistake in the last lap and finished 10th. Other than that I came through the pack and was pushing hard. Overall, it was good.”

The team will now make it’s way to East Rutherford, NJ for the penultimate round of the 2017 series, to be held next Saturday at MetLife Stadium.

Salt Lake City Supercross Results:

250SX West Results:

1. Shane McElrath
2. Mitchell Oldenburg
3. Justin Hill
4. Martin Davalos – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

250SX West Rider Point Standings:

1. Justin Hill – 180 points
2. Shane McElrath – 154 points
3. Aaron Plessinger – 143 points
4. Martin Davalos – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 142 points
5. James Decotis – 122 points
6. Austin Forkner – 105 points
7. Dan Reardon – 96 points
8. Kyle Chisholm – 85 points
9. Cole Martinez – 73 points
10. Mitchell Oldenburg – 60 points

450 Results:

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

10. Dean Wilson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

450 Rider Point Standings:

1. Eli Tomac – 319 points
2. Ryan Dungey – 316 points
3. Marvin Musquin – 270 points
4. Jason Anderson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 228 points
5. Cole Seely – 211 points
6. Blake Baggett – 190 points
7. Davi Millsaps – 190 points
8. Broc Tickle – 167 points
9. Chad Reed – 158 points
10. Dean Wilson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 158 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.

Rockstar Energy Drink

Rockstar Energy Drink is designed for those who lead active lifestyles – from Athletes to Rockstars. Available in over 20 flavors at convenience and grocery outlets in over 30 countries, Rockstar supports the Rockstar lifestyle across the globe through Action Sports, Motor Sports, and Live Music. For more information visit: www.RockstarEnergy.com

Source: Husqvarna Motorcycles GmbH

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Tomac Passes Nine Riders to Take Ninth Win of Monster Energy Supercross Season and Sole Possession of Points Lead

23 04 2017

Hill Clinches Western Regional 250SX Class Title; McElrath Wins

SALT LAKE CITY, UT – April 22, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, hit its stretch run on Saturday, making its return to “The State of Sport” for the first time since the 2013 season. A crowd of 43,207 fans, the series’ largest attendance ever at Rice-Eccles Stadium, was on hand to watch an incredible come-from-behind effort by Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac, who passed nine riders and overcame Team Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider Ryan Dungey late to capture his ninth 450SX Class win of the season and assume sole possession of the championship lead. In the Western Regional 250SX Class, Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Shane McElrath took his third victory of the season, but it was Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Justin Hill who celebrated clinching the Western Regional Championship.

Tomac stormed from 10th to first en route to his ninth win of the season.
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The 450SX Class Main Event began with RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing’s Justin Bogle racing to the SupercrossLive.com Holeshot just ahead of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson and Dungey. The KTM rider quickly took over control of second, and soon moved into the lead past Bogle just after completion of the opening lap. Behind this battle Tomac was mired deep in the field following his worst start of the season, emerging from the first turn outside the top 10 before fighting his way forward to complete the opening lap in 10th.

With a clear track ahead of him Dungey was able to open a comfortable lead over the field in the early stages of the Main Event, which he would continue to extend. Anderson proceeded to settle into second, while Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Josh Grant slotted into third.

All eyes were on Tomac and his march through the field. The Kawasaki rider was able to pass at least one rider per lap until he got just outside the top five. On Lap 9 Tomac broke into the top five, passing two riders to move from sixth to fourth. On the next lap he moved past his teammate Grant for fourth and then set his sights on closing the deficit he faced to Anderson for second. It took Tomac three laps to catch and pass Anderson, taking over second on Lap 12, to the delight of the crowd.

When he moved into second Tomac faced a three-second deficit to Dungey, and due to short lap times the 20-minute-plus-one-lap Main Event the lap count was the highest of the season. That added time on the track gave Tomac plenty of time to close in on Dungey, continuing the post the fastest laps of any rider to get within a few bike lengths of the lead.

The showdown between the championship’s co-leaders brought the crowd to its feet. On Lap 17 Tomac used extra momentum to dive inside Dungey in a corner, drawing slight contact between the two. Tomac lost traction coming out of the corner, stalling his momentum, which allowed Dungey to move back out front. On the following lap Tomac’s quicker line through the whoops positioned him to make another inside pass on Dungey, which stuck. Once in the lead Tomac never looked back, leaving Dungey in his wake.

The Kawasaki rider led the final nine laps of the Main Event to take the win by 6.3 seconds over Dungey.

Tomac passed Dungey late and led the final nine laps.
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“I was stuck in a tough position [off the start] and I had to make it happen. It was all I could do,” said Tomac. “We were feeling awesome all day and really had a few good spots on the track where I was able to make a lot of passes. The start wasn’t ideal at all. I had a flinch on the gate, so that was something else for us [to deal with], [but] I felt great the whole time. This was pretty cool to come back and do that.”

After leading the first 18 laps Dungey was forced to settle for second. Anderson finished in a solid third.

“It’s good to get points, but we’ve got to win. Eli [Tomac] was riding good tonight. He caught us, passed us, and that’s what it was. There were a lot of positives tonight, but man, I was hoping to get out front and just take it all the way, but it doesn’t happen like that all the time. It’s a bummer, but we put ourselves out there and came up a little short. I’m really happy with a lot of things, but instead of second place I wish we were one step higher.”

Tomac now sits alone atop the championship standings for the first time in his career. It’s the first time since the third round of the season that Dungey doesn’t have sole possession or a share of the points lead. Tomac’s lead over Dungey sits at three points with two rounds remaining.

Anderson rounded out the podium in third.
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In the Western Regional 250SX Class Main Event it was Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Austin Forkner claiming the SupercrossLive.com Holeshot over Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Aaron Plessinger and McElrath. Plessinger took advantage of his best start of the season to move into the lead, bringing McElrath along with him into second. Forkner settled in to third. Hill started behind this group in sixth, but made early passes to take over fourth.

Plessinger set a torrid pace to establish a multiple-second lead over the field and appeared to be in full control of the race. However, a mistake on Lap 7 in the whoops sent Plessinger to the ground and out of the race. That allowed McElrath to take control of the lead, with Forkner moving into second and Hill into third. Forkner was poised to challenge McElrath for the lead but he too encountered misfortune in the whoops, altering his line while navigating around a lapped rider and losing control. Forkner crashed out of second, allowing Hill to assume the spot and moving Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Mitchell Oldenburg into third.

Oldenburg put on a charge and caught Hill for second, successfully making the pass on Lap 13. Hill continued to lose ground and was soon at risk of falling off the podium as Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Martin Davalos closed in from fourth. With McElrath in the lead, Hill needed a podium result to clinch the title.

McElrath went on to take his third win of the season by 3.9 seconds over his teammate to give the Troy Lee Designs team a 1-2 finish.

McElrath raced to his third win of the season.
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“This win was about staying up. It’s unfortunate for Aaron [Plessinger], but tonight was one of those tracks where you couldn’t ride too hard because it was so technical and precise. I’m pumped for Justin [Hill], but for us to finish 1-2 is amazing.”

On the final lap Davalos and Hill battled for third, with Davalos making a pass for the position. However, Hill refused to give up and made an impressive pass in the final corner to take away Davalos’ line and grab the final podium spot by mere inches, securing the title as a result.

“This championship means everything [to me]. We’ve worked so hard,” said Hill. “This is my fifth time around and I’ve had bumps along the way, which makes this win way more sweet. It’s been a dream of mine since I was a kid. This is awesome.”

The championship is Hill’s first career professional title, clinching one round early. It’s also the 20th title for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki, the most successful team in the history of the sport.

The 2017 Monster Energy Supercross season will continue next Saturday, April 29, for the 16th and penultimate round of the championship from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Live broadcast coverage can be seen on FOX, beginning at 2 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. ET.

Hill earned a third-place finish to clinch the Western Regional 250SX Class title.
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Monster Energy Supercross
Rice-Eccles Stadium – Salt Lake City
April 22, 2017

450SX Class Results

  1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki
  2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM
  3. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna
  4. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM
  5. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Kawasaki
  6. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha
  7. Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., KTM
  8. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM
  9. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha
  10. Dean Wilson, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna

450SX Class Championship Standings

  1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 319
  2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM – 316
  3. Marvin Musquin, Corona, Calif., KTM – 270
  4. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna – 228
  5. Cole Seely, Sherman Oaks, Calif., Honda – 211
  6. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 190
  7. Davi Millsaps, Cairo, Ga., KTM – 190
  8. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki – 167
  9. Chad Reed, Dade City, Fla., Yamaha – 158
  10. Dean Wilson, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna – 158

Western Regional 250SX Class Results

  1. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM
  2. Mitchell Oldenburg, Alvord, Texas, KTM
  3. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Kawasaki
  4. Martin Davalos, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna
  5. Jimmy Decotis, Peabody, Mass., Honda
  6. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki
  7. Dan Reardon, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha
  8. Hayden Mellross, Australia, Yamaha
  9. Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Honda
  10. Tyler Bowers, Corona, Calif., Yamaha

Western Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings

  1. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Kawasaki – 180
  2. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM – 154
  3. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha – 143
  4. Martin Davalos, Clermont, Fla., Husqvarna – 142
  5. Jimmy Decotis, Peabody, Mass., Honda – 122
  6. Austin Forkner, Richards, Mo., Kawasaki – 105
  7. Dan Reardon, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha – 96
  8. Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Honda – 85
  9. Cole Martinez, Rimrock, Ariz., Yamaha – 73
  10. Mitchell Oldenburg, Alvord, Texas, KTM – 60

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