Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson Puts on Excellent Comeback Ride to Finish Fifth at Ironman National!

28 08 2016

Osborne and Davalos Finish 13th and 15th 250 Class

CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN – August 28, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The Ironman National of Crawfordsville, IN played host to the final round of the 2016 AMA Pro Motocross Championship. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson returned from injury to make an impressive showing in the 450 class. After sitting several races out, he put on an excellent comeback ride to finish 5th and end the season strong.

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Jason Anderson was excited to return to the racing scene after being forced to watch from the bench for multiple races due to injury. Recently added to the Motocross of Nations roster for Team USA, he knew he needed to put in some seat time to prepare. He started the day strong by posting the 4th fastest qualifying time aboard his Husqvarna FC 450. He worked his way up to eighth in the first lap of the first moto after a mid-pack start and started pacing himself in order to conserve energy. He started picking off riders and put in a strong ride to finish fifth. The second moto saw a much better start for him in the top-10. He made a run in the top five early in the race and made the pass for fourth up the hill in the first lap. He continued to battle for his position for the remainder of the race and eventually finished fifth. The 5-5 finish gave him fifth overall on the day.

“I want to be up with those front guys,” said Anderson. “This was a tough race to come back on. This was probably the roughest track I’ve ever ridden. I could have been better if I would have raced all season, but I still feel like I did pretty well considering I was on the couch for the majority of the summer. I’m going back to California and will focus on getting ready for Des Nations.”

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Zach Osborne was coming off a high from winning his first career national at Budds Creek last week, and was hoping to follow it up with another strong ride this week at Ironman. He started mid-pack in the first 250 moto and battled a slick, muddy track before coming out of the first lap in eighth. He took a slight dip down the ranks before making a comeback to finish 11th. His second moto commenced on a frustrating note as an incident forced him to start the moto one complete lap behind. He put in work and made an excellent comeback as he found himself 18th with two laps to go before finishing the race in 15th. The 11-15 finish gave him 13th overall.

“I’m happy I finished the season healthy,” said Osborne. “I’m excited for a little break, and I’m looking forward to 2017.”

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Martin Davalos had a decent start in the first 250 moto, but found himself in 31st at the end of the first lap due to a crash. He remounted and worked his way back up to 22nd by the end of the race. A top-10 start in the second moto put him at eighth by the end of the first lap. He held strong to finish the race in eighth. The 22-8 finish put him at 15th overall on the day.

“The track was gnarly,” said Davalos. “I crashed five times in the first moto and ran out of tear offs. The second moto was better and I had a better start. My shoulder was just bothering me. I’m finished healthy, and I finished the entire outdoor season which makes me happy.”

Ironman MX Results:

250 Class:

1. Austin Forkner
2. Aaron Plessinger
3. Cooper Webb

13. Zach Osborne – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

15. Martin Davalos – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

250 Class Rider Point Standings:

1. Cooper Webb – 495 points
2. Alex Martin – 422 points
3. Joey Savatgy – 383 points
4. Austin Forkner – 376 points
5. Aaron Plessinger – 351 points
6. Jeremy Martin – 321 points
7. Zach Osborne – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 312 points
8. Adam Cianciarulo – 266 points
9. Arnaud Tonus – 243 points
10. Mitchell Oldenburg – 237 points

12. Martin Davalos – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 193 points

450 Class:

1. Ken Roczen
2. Justin Barcia
3. Eli Tomac

5. Jason Anderson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

450 Class Rider Point Standings:

1. Ken Roczen – 584 points
2. Eli Tomac – 498 points
3. Marvin Musquin – 401 points
4. Justin Barcia – 360 points
5. Phil Nicoletti – 229 points
6. Benny Bloss –228 points
7. Christophe Pourcel – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 217 points
8. Weston Peick – 197 points
9. Andrew Short – 197 points
10. Fredrik Noren – 192 points

14. Jason Anderson – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 145 points

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Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Martin Davalos Finishes Eighth at Unadilla National

14 08 2016

Osborne Toughs Out A Rough Weekend

NEW BERLIN, NY – August 14, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – After a two-week hiatus, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team rolled into the Unadilla National, the 10th round of the 2016 AMA Pro Motocross Championship, ready to fight. Although 450 riders Jason Anderson and Christophe Pourcel sat this round out due to previous injuries, 250 riders Martin Davalos and Zach Osborne kept their game faces on and stayed focused as the end of the 2016 season quickly approaches.

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Martin Davalos pushed through the pain to finish eighth at Unadilla despite a serious shoulder injury.
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Martin Davalos is nursing an injury sustained at a crash at the last race at the Washougal National, but came to Unadilla ready to battle. He started mid-pack in the first 250 moto and moved into 10th by the end of the first lap. A crash put him back in the 20th place position by lap three, and he was forced to fight back through the pack. He finished the race in 11th. He started mid-pack again in the second moto and pushed through the pain to finish eighth. The 11-8 finish gave him 8th overall on the day.

“I really haven’t ridden that much in the past two weeks due to my shoulder injury,” said Davalos. “It’s been a challenge. I’m just glad I was safe after Washougal and am happy I was able to put in two solid motos. The strength in my shoulder just isn’t where it should be. I was on the ground quite a bit but I was able to fight back and give it my best. My shoulder is ok, just really sore. I look forward to more therapy. It’s just going to be a matter of time to get everything back to 100%. I need to get my strength back in order to hold on to the bike. The track here was brutal – really rutted – which made it more challenging for me. I’m really happy that I walked out of here safe.”

Zach Osborne got a decent start in the first 250 moto and was running comfortably in sixth until the sixth lap when an incident forced a DNF. He lined up for the second moto with plans of redemption, but was unable to finish the race due to another incident that occured shortly after the start. He will regroup and return for next week’s race at Budds Creek.

“I had good speed in the first moto,” said Osborne, “but today was a huge struggle. It’s a major disappointment to have two DNF’s. I’m looking forward to Budds Creek next week.”

Unadilla MX Results:

250 Class:
1. Cooper Webb
2. Aaron Plessinger
3. Austin Forkner
8. Martin Davalos – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

250 Class Rider Point Standings:
1. Cooper Webb – 422 points
2. Joey Savatgy – 341 points
3. Alex Martin – 341 points
4. Jeremy Martin – 321 points
5. Austin Forkner – 293 points<
6. Aaron Plessinger – 285 points
7. Zach Osborne – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 253 points
8. Adam Cianciarulo – 197 points
9. Arnaud Tonus – 195 points
10. Mitchell Oldenburg – 194 points
12. Martin Davalos – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 167 points

450 Class:
1. Ken Roczen
2. Marvin Musquin
3. Eli Tomac

450 Class Rider Point Standings:
1. Ken Roczen – 484 points
2. Eli Tomac – 421 points
3. Marvin Musquin – 325 points
4. Justin Barcia – 276 points
5. Christophe Pourcel – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 217 points
6. Benny Bloss –183 points
7. Justin Brayton – 173 points
8. Broc Tickle – 171 points
9. Phil Nicoletti – 168 points
10. Andrew Short – 163 points

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Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Christophe Pourcel Finishes Sixth at Southwick!

10 07 2016

Osborne and Davalos Finish 7th and 10th in 250

July 10, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team made its way to Southwick, Mass. on Saturday for the Southwick National, the seventh round of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship. Christophe Pourcel, Zach Osborne and Martin Davalos arrived ready to battle while teammate Jason Anderson stayed behind due to injury.

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Christophe Pourcel had a great day and went 5-5 for sixth overall at Southwick.
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Christophe Pourcel started his Husqvarna FC 450 in the top-five in the first 450 moto and immediately started fighting near the front of the pack. He came out of the first lap in fourth, fell back to fifth in lap three, but continued to push. He was on the heels of fourth by lap 10 and eventually finished the race in fifth. He got a great start in the top two in the second 450 moto, quickly made the pass for the lead, and started battling for position with fellow riders in the top three. He fell back to third by the end of the first lap and was looking strong as he continued to hold riders off until lap six when he moved to fourth. He would eventually finish the race in fifth. The 5-5 finish gave him 6th overall on the day. He is currently 6th overall in 450 rider point standings.

“Today was decent,” said Pourcel. “I finally got two top-five finishes – which has been the goal for a long time. I got great starts and felt really good on the bike. I’m just going to keep pushing and hopefully I’ll get on the box soon.”

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Zach Osborne finished 7th overall in Southwick.
Photo: Simon Cudby

Zach Osborne got a mid-pack start in the first 250 moto and had moved into ninth by the third lap. He would eventually finish the race in 8th. He started mid-pack in moto two and started putting in work to move up through the ranks. After a small crash, he finished the race in seventh. The 8-7 finish gave him 7th overall on the day. He is currently 5th overall in 250 rider point standings.

“Today was kind of a disappointment,” said Osborne. “I had a little issue in the first practice and messed up my gate pick for the first moto. I still got a decent start, but I didn’t ride that great. I got off to a better start in the second moto but had a run in with another rider about halfway through the moto. That dropped me down pretty far, but I still came back to seventh. It was a tough day but I’ll regroup for next week.”

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Martin Davalos had a small incident in the first moto, but fought back in the second moto and nearly pulled the holeshot. He finished 10th overall.
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Martin Davalos started in the middle of the pack in the first 250 moto, had a slight run in with another rider, but came back to 15th by the third lap. He juggled for position the remainder of the race and eventually finished in 16th. He got a good start in moto two and was fourth by the end of the first lap. He continued to fight and would eventually cross the finish line in sixth. The 16-6 finish put him at 10th overall, and he is currently 13th in 250 rider point standings.

“Southwick was pretty good for me,” said Davalos. “I didn’t grow up riding in the sand so it was definitely challenging. I think living in Florida has opened my mind a bit to how to ride in the sand. The track was really gnarly, especially in the second moto. It’s a weird kind of sand, and if you try and hug the insides you don’t get any traction. I ran into someone in the first moto and bent up my bike. I was able to come back to 15th. I almost got the holeshot in the second moto and was able to finish sixth. I’m definitely moving in the right direction. The goal is to put in two solid motos. I just need to minimize the mistakes.”

Southwick MX Results

250 Class

1. Cooper Webb
2. Jeremy Martin
3. Austin Forkner

7. Zach Osborne – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

10. Martin Davalos – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

250 Class Rider Point Standings

1. Cooper Webb – 290 points
2. Joey Savatgy – 253 points
3. Jeremy Martin – 252 points
4. Alex Martin – 232 points
5. Zach Osborne – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 217 points
6. Austin Forkner – 202 points
7. Aaron Plessinger – 186 points
8. Arnaud Tonus – 138 points
9. Shane McElrath – 132 points
10. RJ Hampshire – 132 points

13. Martin Davalos – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 115 points

450 Class

1. Eli Tomac
2. Ken Roczen
3. Justin Barcia

6. Christophe Pourcel – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

450 Class Rider Point Standings

1. Ken Roczen – 337 points
2. Eli Tomac – 290 points
3. Marvin Musquin – 201 points
4. Justin Barcia – 181 points
5. Broc Tickle – 171 points
6. Christophe Pourcel – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing – 168 points
7. Cole Seely – 151 points
8. Justin Bogle – 136 points
9. Ryan Dungey – 131 points
10. Justin Brayton – 120 points

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Strong Showings for Canard, Seely at Hangtown Opener

23 05 2016

May 23, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Held in Rancho Cordova, California, the opening round of the AMA Pro Motocross championship was positive for Team Honda HRC, as riders Trey Canard and Cole Seely turned in solid rides, finishing fifth and sixth overall, respectively. In the day’s first moto, both racers got off to exciting starts aboard their CRF450R race bikes, with Seely grabbing the holeshot and Canard close behind in tow. It was a hectic first lap as they battled each other and other riders for position, with Canard overtaking his teammate for second. Unfortunately, he fell on the next lap and remounted outside the top 10. Seely maintained third for nearly the entire 30-minute-plus-two-lap race, but he relinquished two spots in the closing laps, taking the checkered flag in fifth. Canard had another mishap near the midway point but rebounded to finish seventh.

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Starting side-by-side in moto two, Canard and Seely got off to less-than-desirable starts, sitting outside the top 15. Canard put his head down and quickly went to work picking off the competition, moving into 12th by the completion of lap one. He continued to advance throughout the race, ultimately finishing fifth. Seely had a more difficult time navigating through the pack early in the race but found his stride toward the halfway point and worked his way into 10th by the finish

NOTES

  • It was a busy week for the Honda HRC crew, as they arrived in the Sacramento area on Thursday for PR duties. After a press conference and interviews with members of the local media, riders took part in a pair of 20-minute practice sessions. “It’s always a benefit to get time on the track prior to the race, especially during the motocross season,” Cole Seely said. “During supercross we only get to ride a portion of the track for a short period of time, but in motocross we get to ride the whole track for two long sessions, which allows us to test out certain settings and make changes prior to the race if needed.”
  • One the eve of the race, Seely and Honda HRC teammate Trey Canard were joined by GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle, Christian Craig, RJ Hampshire, Jordan Smith and rookie Tristan Charboneau for an autograph signing at the local powerhouse dealer, Roseville Honda. Fans lined up to meet their favorite riders and for a chance to win a Honda Grom. At the conclusion of the event, Seely drew the winning ticket, with the Grom going to Jared Beard.
  • Team Honda HRC was pleased to host Honda Racing Corporation’s Representative Director Keisuke Inomoto and 11-time All Japanese National Champion Akira Narita for the opening round of the AMA Pro Motocross series.
  • Canard led the charge for Team Honda HRC during Saturday morning qualifying, setting the day’s second-best time of 1:55.239 in the first practice session. Seely landed sixth with a 1:57.105, while Bogle was 11th at 1:58.057. As the day progressed and the 1.2-mile track become rougher, times rose above the two-minute mark.
  • The Hangtown track showcases a 150-foot step-up jump that is the longest jump on the calendar. “I think that’s probably my favorite part of the track,” Canard said. “It’s actually pretty easy to get over—you just need to make sure you hit it wide-open. It’s a pretty wide jump too, so depending on the situation, if someone in front of you doesn’t do it you can still make it, but it’s definitely faster to do it than not.”
  • The Honda Red Riders will be at Southern California’s Glen Helen Raceway this Saturday, May 28, for round 2 of the AMA Pro Motocross series. On Friday evening, riders will head to Malcolm Smith Motorsports in Riverside, California, for an autograph session.

THE FOCUS: Honda Partners With California State Parks

On Friday at the Hangtown Motocross Classic, American Honda Motor, Co., Inc. donated a number of off-highway vehicles, ranging from youth motorcycles and ATVs to side-by-sides, to the California State Parks. On hand were Parks officials including Director Lisa Mangat, as well as representatives from American Honda. Honda provides the vehicles for the Off-Highway Police Activities League (OHPAL) program. OHPAL is a recreation and mentoring program that uses the attraction of off-highway vehicles along with a comprehensive curriculum to develop positive relationships between peace officers and youth while fostering safe and responsible OHV riding behavior.

QUOTES

Trey Canard
I feel good, and I think there were a lot of positives to take away from today. We still have some work to do, but overall I’m happy and think the team did a great job. Despite some mistakes here and there, I felt like I was riding really well. I got a good start in the first moto, which is a big confidence builder for me since I’ve been struggling there. I just need to keep working on that, continue dialing in the bike and try not to get frustrated with the small things. I’m looking forward to getting back out there next weekend.

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Cole Seely
I’m both happy and sad with how the day went. There were some good and bad aspects but I think it was a pretty good start to the season—definitely something I can build on as the series continues. The first moto was really good; I was happy with the way I rode, but I still need a little more at the end. I put a lot into that race and didn’t really recover enough to go into the second moto with the same heat and aggression. I’m still building and trying to become a better outdoor rider. It’s a whole learning process, and I want to try to just step it up in general. It was good to see where we are and know what we need to work on for next weekend.

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Keisuke Inomoto: Representative Director – Team Honda HRC Motocross
It was a good start in the first moto, with Honda guys sitting 1-2-3! Canard and Seely rode well but had a few small mistakes and missed the podium. I think our riders and the bikes are capable of winning, so we’ll work on some details for the next race.

Dan Betley: Team Manager
We definitely showed speed today. Our starts in the first moto were awesome, and our qualifying was good, but we need to work on our consistency. I think Cole is starting to find out what he needs to do to run with the guys up front. He needs to work on his program a bit and I think he’s realized he needs to be working a little harder. To me that’s a positive because you can’t improve unless you know where you’re weak. Trey definitely showed the speed to run up front and be on the podium, but he went down a couple times during the day so we need to work on our consistency. We know some areas we need to improve with the bike, so we’ll work on that stuff during the week and come back swinging at Glen Helen.

Brent Presnell: Mechanic (Trey Canard)
I’m pretty happy with how today went. It was a solid day with 7-5 finishes for fifth overall, which isn’t bad. Trey had some mistakes that kept him off the podium but he definitely had the speed. He almost got the holeshot in the first moto, so I’m hoping his starts will be good during outdoors. In the first moto, he went down once and stalled it once, which really killed his chances because realistically he probably should’ve been fourth. Then in the second moto he went down again, but overall he was riding really well. He went from 15th to fifth and was never complacent with his line choices. He was moving around, searching the track and trying different lines, which really paid off for him. I honestly think it was the best I’ve ever seen him ride at Hangtown. Our bike setup looked really nice today too, so we’re not too far off and are excited to get going with the season.

Rich Simmons: Mechanic (Cole Seely)
I think we saw some good and bad today. We know Cole has the speed, but it’s up to about the 20-minute mark, so we need to build past that point and work on his fitness for the second motos. He needs to continue to build his strength from here on out. He was really happy with the bike coming into today, but we did make a small adjustment to the shock before the second practice that worked out a lot better. We didn’t make any adjustments during the motos, which is where I think we learned something. We should probably make an adjustment going into that second race based off how the track is developing and how he’s feeling. It was learning for everyone, so we just need to go into next weekend and apply those things we’ve learned.

450MX Results

1) Ken Roczen (1-1)
2) Ryan Dungey (2-2)
3) Eli Tomac  (4-4)
4) Jason Anderson (6-3)
5) Trey Canard (7-5)
6) Cole Seely (5-10)
7) Justin Barcia (10-6)
8) Marvin Musquin (9-7)
9) Joshua Grant (8-8)
10) Phillip Nicoletti (11-9)

450MX Championship Points (after 1 of 12 rounds)

1) Ken Roczen 50
2) Ryan Dungey 44
3) Eli Tomac 36
4) Jason Anderson 35
5) Trey Canard 30
6) Cole Seely 27
7) Justin Barcia 26
8) Marvin Musquin 26
9) Joshua Grant 26
10) Phillip Nicoletti 22

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Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Doubles Up Heading into Legendary Unadilla

9 08 2014

CORONA, CA – August 9, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Despite being limited by injuries in 2014, the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki squad has stood tough throughout the AMA Pro Motocross Championship and has achieved solid results and multiple wins thanks to the efforts of its championship-winning duo of Blake Baggett and Dean Wilson, along with sophomore up-and-comer Justin Hill. While the team unfortunately will be without Hill’s services for the second straight round, it boasts two new additions heading into New Berlin, New York’s Unadilla for the 10th round of the 12-race season on Saturday, August 9.

Following a lengthy comeback from injury, veteran Darryn Durham will rejoin his teammates for the final three rounds of the summer, while amateur star Chris Alldredge will make his professional debut at Unadilla and close out the season with the squad.

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Baggett Building Momentum
Baggett’s last outing two weeks ago at Washougal resulted in yet another overall podium performance for the 2012 250 Class titleholder. With just three rounds and six motos remaining, Baggett knows he needs to seize the opportunity each time the gate drops in hopes of closing in on the championship lead. With a week of rest to regroup and refresh, Baggett is feeling better than ever and has no doubt he can be the rider to beat on Saturday afternoon.

“The break was good for us because we were able to make some adjustments on the Kawasaki KX250F for the last three rounds that we believe will put us in a position to win each time out,” said Baggett. “My goal from here to the end is to get as many wins as possible and let things play out as they will. We’re fighting all the way up until that final checkered flag and won’t settle for anything less than battling for wins.”

Baggett currently occupies third in the 250 Class standings, 54 points out of the lead and just 11 points behind second.

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Wilson Awaits ‘Dilla
Wilson is a fan of the legendary Central New York circuit, having won there in dominant fashion during his title-winning 2011 campaign. Wilson’s height could actually work to his advantage on the sprawling layout and he believes this could be the weekend where he breaks into the forefront of the 250 Class. Wilson made the most of the brief hiatus from competition and is feeling rejuvenated coming into Unadilla.

“It’s been a while since I raced at Unadilla, but I really like that track,” said Wilson. “We had a great ride there a few years ago and with this past week off, I’m feeling really good about our chances this weekend. Time is running out to get up on the box, and I’d like nothing more than to battle for a win here before the season is out and put that Kawasaki KX250F back on top one more time for the whole Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team.”

Wilson currently sits 12th in the championship standings but needs to make up just 13 points in order to break into the top 10.

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“Double D” is Back
Durham had high hopes for a memorable 2014 AMA Pro Motocross season, but following a crash while testing for the opening round he suffered a small fracture in his knee that required surgery and had kept him sidelined until now. Durham has been prepping for his return to the nationals but didn’t want to rush back into the fold. With the final off week now behind him, Durham decided Unadilla would be the right place to make his return and finish out the season. As one of the most likeable riders in the pits, many hope Durham can find some success over the final three weeks of action. One thing is for sure, there’s no pressure on the veteran in his comeback.

“I’ve just been waiting for this day to come since I found out I wouldn’t be racing at Glen Helen and now it’s finally here. It’s kind of surreal, actually,” said Durham. “I’m just going out there to have some fun on my Kawasaki KX250F. No pressure. I’m going out there to try and battle with the lead guys in the class and make the most of the time I have remaining this season. I couldn’t be happier.”

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Alldredge Hopes to Add to Pro Circuit’s Legacy
After an impressive final season in the amateur ranks, Alldredge established himself as the top A-class rider in the country. On the heels of second and third-place effort at Loretta Lynn’s last week, Alldredge has officially graduated from Team Green and is following in the footsteps of riders like Ricky Carmichael, Ryan Villopoto, Dean Wilson and Adam Cianciarulo before him, right into a seat with the winningest team in the history of the sport.

“This is just an honor to be completely honest,” said Alldredge. “I only dreamed of one day racing for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki and Mitch Payton, and to realize that dream has come true hasn’t really hit me yet. I know that as soon as I line up along that gate with my teammates and the rest of the guys in the 250 Class it will be very real, and it will be up to me to prove I belong here. I’m excited for the chance to put the Kawasaki KX250F through its paces and we’ll see how things end up. This is the very start of my career so I just want to take it one race at a time and not get ahead of myself.”

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Up Next >> Unadilla National
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki boasts 10 wins amongst seven different riders at Unadilla, with Wilson serving as the team’s most recent winner back during the 2011 season. The four-rider effort is the largest contingent of competitors the team has had during the AMA Pro Motocross season. Unadilla is iconic for its combination of high speed, big air and rough conditions, which makes it one of the toughest tracks in all of motocross.

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Baggett’s Reign at Budds Creek Continues, Extending Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Dominance in Southern Maryland to Nine Years

15 07 2014

CORONA, CA – July 15, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – With an eight-year winning streak at legendary Budds Creek, the three-rider lineup of Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki knew they had an opportunity to get the second half of the 2014 AMA Pro Motocross Championship off to a flying start. With both Blake Baggett and Dean Wilson serving as former winners at the track, they entered last Saturday’s action as favorites to stand atop the podium at day’s end. Ultimately it was Baggett, the reigning back-to-back winner at Budds Creek, who seized the day to earn his third straight victory in Southern Maryland and continue the team’s dominance of the track. The third win of the season for the former champion also signified big gains in his continued chase towards a second career 250 Class title.

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While Baggett led the way, Wilson and Justin Hill fought hard for their results and showed impressive resiliency in what was undoubtedly the toughest weather conditions of the season thus far with high temperatures and high humidity.

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Back-to-Back-to-Back for Baggett
Missing out on the overall podium the week prior left Baggett with a chip on his shoulder coming into Budds Creek and he sought to reassert his dominance at arguably his most successful track on the schedule. He started the day with a top-five time in practice and was ready to attack the heat over the course of two grueling motos.

Baggett emerged in seventh place off the start in the first moto, but began his march towards the front immediately. He and Wilson teamed up in the early stages to close in on the lead pack, which allowed Baggett to engage in a battle for the top three halfway through the moto. After taking over control of third, his torrid pace late in the moto resulted in a three-rider battle to the finish, in which he ultimately maintained the final podium spot.

In the second moto Baggett came away with a stellar start in fourth and wasted little time taking advantage of it. He moved into third by Lap 2 and patiently waited for his chance to take over second on Lap 7. Once he had the leader in sight, Baggett closed in and made quick work of assuming control of the moto, leading the final six laps to not only take the moto win but also secure his third straight triumph at Budds Creek.

“The conditions were gnarly today but I knew that would play into my favor,” said Baggett. “I enjoy racing in this kind of weather because it really separates the guys who are prepared from the guys who aren’t. My fitness is great and the Kawasaki KX250F is exactly how I want it to be. We were able to get a couple solid starts and I just did what I had to do to get to the front. It feels great to get back on top of the box and continue our fight to the top of the championship.”

Baggett’s victory moved him into second in the 250 Class standings, 27 points out of the lead.

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Hill Holds His Own
The last couple weeks haven’t been easy on Hill after suffering an apparent dislocated elbow, but he’s fought through the effects of his injury to remain a constant in the 250 Class. At Budds Creek that was no different as Hill posted a top-10 time in practice to set the tone for a solid afternoon.

The sophomore rider had his work cut out for him in the opening moto, crossing the line in 14th place on the opening lap. After losing ground early on and dropping to 16th, Hill settled into a rhythm and methodically worked his way forward, ultimately battling his way into 13th as the checkered flag flew.

The second moto was a reversal of fortune for Hill, who secured a strong start and positioned himself just outside the top five in sixth. The opportunity to race with the lead group resulted in a higher pace for the Oregon native and more aggression. He stayed in the thick of the hunt for the top five throughout the entirety of the moto as other competitors faltered, ultimately finishing where he started in sixth. Hill’s 13-6 moto scores were good enough for seventh overall.

“We dealt with a little bit of everything today so I’m pretty happy to come out of here with a top 10,” said Hill. “The weather just made everything that much more difficult and it took some time to get acclimated to it. I learned a lot coming into the second moto and changed my approach a bit, which paid off. The Kawasaki KX250F was great as always and we’ll take what we learned from here to try and come out stronger next weekend.”

Hill maintains control of ninth in the 250 Class standings, still facing a 16-point deficit to eighth.

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Hard Charger Wilson
Since returning to competition from injury, Wilson had made consistent improvements out on the track and was racing his way back to the level that would allow him to challenge for wins. The former champion was feeling optimistic about his chances of landing on the podium at the site of his first career win, but misfortune ultimately played a role in the outcome of Wilson’s afternoon.

Wilson began the opening moto with a great start, leading the way for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki in fifth. He and Baggett were able to push one another to the lead pack, from which Wilson then engaged in heated battles for the top five. After going bar-to-bar for 17 laps, he crossed the line in seventh knowing where he could improve in the second moto.

As Moto 2 got underway, Wilson put himself in position to get another strong start only to have a fellow competitor crash directly in front of him. While Wilson didn’t go down, contact did cause an issue with his starting device and he was relegated to the mechanics area for a quick repair. Once out on track, Wilson faced a near one-minute deficit to the leader in 37th and had a 10-second gap to make up on the rider ahead. The Scotland native put his head down and laid down the best moto he could to surpass 21 riders and climb all the way to an impressive 16th-place finish, ultimately earning the series’ Ricky Carmichael Hard Charger Award for his resilient effort. Wilson’s 7-16 moto scores left him one point shy of the top 10, ultimately finishing 12th.

“I’m definitely not happy with how things ended up there in the second moto, but I did all I could given the circumstances,” said Wilson. “I really wanted to put the Kawasaki KX250F up at the front and fight for a spot on the podium, but luck wasn’t on our side there at the end. We still got a decent result out of it and it felt good to push myself in conditions like this, so I’ll do all I can to learn from today and come out better next weekend. There’s nothing I want more than to contend for a win, so my goals are pretty simple right now.”

Wilson is now 15th in the 250 Class standings as a result of his spirited ride. He sits just five points out of 14th and 10 points out of 13th.

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Photos courtesy of Steve Cox and Hoppenworld

Looking Ahead >>
Spring Creek National
After three rounds in the Eastern Time Zone, the AMA Pro Motocross Championship returns to the Midwest this weekend with its annual trek to Minnesota for the Spring Creek National in Millville. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki has five wins at the track, with its most recent victory coming in 2011 with Tyla Rattray.

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Created by former desert racer Mitch Payton, Pro Circuit proves its products and services week-in and week-out through its tagline “We Race.” Every product that dons the Pro Circuit stamp stems from the legendary Pro Circuit race team. A staple in the professional paddock, Pro Circuit Racing has earned 29 AMA championships and more than 200 race wins in more than 30 years of competition.

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Baggett Narrowly Misses Victory En Route to Third Straight Podium Finish for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki at Muddy Creek

30 06 2014

CORONA, CA – June 30, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Boasting a three-rider lineup for the first time since the opening round of the 2014 AMA Pro Motocross Championship, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki entered the fifth round of the season at Muddy Creek Raceway in Blountville, Tennessee, as the team to beat. Blake Baggett’s two-race winning streak was a major storyline for the series, while the long-awaited return of Dean Wilson also generated attention. Additionally, Justin Hill’s continued progression up the 250 Class ranks made him a dark horse podium contender.

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At the end of a highly competitive, yet wild afternoon of competition it was Baggett who led the way for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki, narrowly missing out on a third consecutive victory but landing on the overall podium for the third straight round and gaining considerable ground in the championship. Wilson’s solid return to action proved it won’t be long until he becomes a factor, while Hill unfortunately had his day cut short and is on the mend.

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So Close for Baggett
Baggett picked up where he left off and was once again the rider to beat at Muddy Creek. After posting the ninth-fastest lap of practice, he got a top five start in the opening moto and began his steady march to the front. The former series champion moved into podium position by the halfway point of the moto and soon put pressure on the leader after taking over second place. On the final lap and final corner of the moto, Baggett railed the outside to slip past the leader and steal the win by half a bike length.

With a fourth straight moto win to his credit, Baggett set out for another sweep of the motos and got things off to a strong start by slotting into the top five again in Moto 2. He wasted little time in making his push this time around and was already hunting down the leader in second by Lap 7. After consistent pressure for the next nine laps, including several moments in which he appeared to have the advantage to take the lead, Baggett made contact with a lapper while in chase and went down. He quickly remounted and minimized the damage by losing just one spot. With just a handful of turns remaining, Baggett was unable to retake the position and as a result of his 1-3 moto scores, missed out on the overall win by just two points in second.

“It’s a bummer that it had to end that way with a lapper getting in the way, but that’s part of the challenge of this sport,” said Baggett. “I felt like I had a shot to steal another win on the final lap there, but luck wasn’t on our side at that moment. I’m still really proud of my team and all the effort they’ve put into making the Kawasaki KX250F really comfortable. I’m feeling great and I know every time the gate drops that I can be the one to beat with a good start. We’ll take second and all the points we gained and set our sights on RedBud.”

While Baggett remains third in the 250 Class standings, he gained 19 points on the championship leader and now faces a 17-point deficit heading into the halfway point of the season. Just nine points separate Baggett from second in the points.

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Welcome Back Wilson
After a lengthy recovery from a severe laceration suffered at the opening round of the season, Wilson was back on the bike and back in the mix at Muddy Creek. The class’ most experienced rider had never raced in Tennessee, but his lack of familiarity with the track didn’t seem to affect his speed. Wilson was sixth fastest in practice, tops amongst the Pro Circuit squad, but was hit with bad luck in the opening moto after getting collected in a big first-turn pileup. After getting back on track, Wilson had to climb from a 35th-place start and methodically began to pick off riders. In his first moto back, he stayed out of additional trouble and passed 21 riders to finish 14th.

Following a clean start to the final moto of the afternoon, Wilson put the power down on his Kawasaki KX250F to begin in ninth place. He made early passes to engage in a battle for the top five but didn’t force the issue, logging a solid and consistent moto to finish seventh and secure ninth overall despite a lengthy layoff that spanned over 30 days.

“I came in here just looking for a solid afternoon to build from and we accomplished that,” said Wilson. “I wasn’t planning on having to come from the back like I did in the first moto, but it felt good to get some passing under my belt and switch up lines trying to pass people. It probably helped me feel more comfortable and I tried to just carry that confidence into the second moto. This was a good way to get back into the action and I’ll look to make more improvements next week and start fighting for wins soon.”

Wilson jumped up three spots in the 250 Class standings to 18th and faces a 20-point gap to break into the top 15.

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Hill’s Afternoon Cut Short
With each passing moto coming into Muddy Creek, Hill was gaining more and more confidence in his ability to run at the front of the field and had his sights set on soon challenging for the podium. Following the seventh-fastest lap of practice, his speed was enough to put him in the mix and he capitalized on a stellar start in the opening moto to assume second place early and put pressure on the lead. Hill tried to take advantage of several opportunities to put his Kawasaki KX250F up front, but settled into a comfortable pace and let things play out. He was a fixture inside the top five for half of the moto before ultimately falling just outside the top 10 late for an 11th-place result.

During the moto Hill experienced an ailment in his right forearm, which hindered his speed in the closing stages of the moto and resulted in his drop in position. The discomfort associated with the forearm forced Hill to sit out the final moto. His solid effort in Moto 1 helped him finish 15th overall and currently there is no word on his status for the next round.

“I’m not really sure what’s going on but I just couldn’t push there at the end of the moto,” said Hill. “I knew something was up and I just didn’t think it would be smart to go out there in the second moto and put myself or anyone else at risk. I’ll get things checked out next week and we’ll go from there, but my hope is I’ll be back on the line at RedBud.”

Hill now sits 10th in the 250 Class standings, 12 points out of ninth and 13 points out of eighth.

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Photos courtesy of Steve Cox and Hoppenworld

Looking Ahead >> RedBud National
The 4th of July tradition at RedBud not only serves as one of the most exciting stops on the schedule, but also signifies the halfway point of the championship. With its hugely popular track layout that is adored by riders and its one-of-a-kind fan base, RedBud is one of the most exciting and unique experiences in AMA Pro Motocross. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki boasts nine wins at RedBud, with Baggett most recently going back-to-back in 2011 and 2012.

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Created by former desert racer Mitch Payton, Pro Circuit proves its products and services week-in and week-out through its tagline “We Race.” Every product that dons the Pro Circuit stamp stems from the legendary Pro Circuit race team. A staple in the professional paddock, Pro Circuit Racing has earned 29 AMA championships and more than 200 race wins in more than 30 years of competition.

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