Race Day Live Streaming Available for the Monster Energy Cup

15 10 2014

AURORA, IL – October 15, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Feld Motor Sports® announced today that the pre-race press conference and the afternoon qualifying sessions of the Monster Energy Cup taking place at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium on October 18 will be streamed live at www.MonsterEnergyCup.com/SupercrossLive and www.Facebook.com/VegasMECup.

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The Monster Energy Cup pre-race press conference featuring the world’s top supercross riders Chad Reed, Ryan Dungey, Davi Millsaps, Eli Tomac, Blake Baggett, Justin Barcia, and Trey Canard will stream live Friday, October 17 at 3:00 p.m. ET / Noon PT. In addition, Zac Commans from the Amateur All-Star Class and Chase Sexton from the Super-Mini Class will also be in attendance. The afternoon qualifying sessions on race day will be streamed live on Saturday at 3:50 p.m. ET/12:50 p.m. PT.

“It’s really exciting for our fans all over the world to be able to stream the live video coverage of the Monster Energy Cup pre-race press conference and the Saturday afternoon qualifying races,” said Dave Prater, director of operations. Feld Motor Sports. “This is a great opportunity for any fans who cannot get to the race to be able to watch all of the action before the night’s Main Events in the comfort of their own homes live on FOX Sports 2.”

Jim Holley, a former World Supercross Champion, and Kevin Barnett, two-time Olympian, of the Supercross Live® team will be providing commentary throughout Saturday’s qualifying sessions. Original Supercross Live content will be available all weekend long including track walk interviews, behind the scenes action and podium interviews at the end of the evening. All videos will be available on the Monster Energy Cup website and social media pages.

The 2014 Monster Energy Cup features an all-new track design inspired by 5-time Monster Energy Supercross Champion Ricky Carmichael. The Carmichael-inspired track design will consist of supercross and motocross obstacles unlike any other racetrack design in the world. The Monster Energy Cup posts a $250,000 purse with the winner walking away with a $100,000 check, and any rider that wins all three Main Events will take home $1 million.

The Monster Energy Cup airs LIVE on FOX Sports 2 on Saturday, Oct. 18 at 9:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. PT and the following day, FOX Sports 1, will re-air the entire race at 1:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. PT on Sunday, October 19. A week later, Sunday, October 26,  FOX broadcast network offers a 90-minute Monster Energy Cup encore special following NFL football in most markets, while preceding football in others (check local listings).

For more information on the Monster Energy Cup, log on to www.MonsterEnergyCup.com.  For all media requests, please contact Denny Hartwig dhartwig@feldinc.com or 630-566-6305. To follow the Monster Energy Cup on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram log on to www.Facebook.com/VegasMECup; www.Twitter.com/VegasMECup; www.Instagram.com/MonsterEnergyCup.com.

Tickets for the 2014 Monster Energy Cup can be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office, UNLVtickets outlets, online at www.UNLVtickets.com, www.MonsterEnergyCup.com,  or by phone at (702) 739-FANS. Tickets will be available at the Sam Boyd Stadium Box Office on the day of the event only.

About Feld Motor Sports

Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is the world leader in specialized arena and stadium-based motor sports entertainment.  Feld Motor Sports productions include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross and AMSOIL Arenacross.  Feld Motor Sports is a division of Feld Entertainment, the world’s largest producer of live family entertainment.  For more information on Feld Entertainment, visit  www.feldentertainment.com.

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American Honda Extends Partnership With GEICO Honda

25 09 2014

TORRANCE, CA – September 25, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – American Honda Motor Corp., Inc. announced today that it has renewed its contract with GEICO Honda for an additional three years, ensuring that the Factory Connection-run program will continue running Honda’s factory-supported 250 team through the 2017 season.

Honda’s long professional relationship with Factory Connection owners Mike Grondahl, Jeff Majkrzak and Rick Zielfelder started in 1995, when the company began providing the factory team with suspension-related technical support. Five years later, Factory Connection took over Honda’s satellite team, which has enjoyed consistent success ever since, earning nine titles with Justin Barcia, Justin Bogle, Trey Canard, Wil Hahn, Travis Preston and Eli Tomac. For the 2015 AMA Supercross and Motocross season, the Mike LaRocco-managed GEICO Honda team’s 250 effort comprises Matt Bisceglia, Bogle, R.J. Hampshire and Jordon Smith, all campaigning Honda CRF250R machinery.

“We’re very pleased to extend our partnership with GEICO Honda,” said Ray Conway, Director of Racing at American Honda. “We’ve achieved a lot together over the years, and the team continues to demonstrate that it is second to none in terms of professionalism and capability. We’re confident that together, we can continue adding to our list of accomplishments.”

“We’ve had a long and prosperous relationship with American Honda spanning almost two decades now,” Majkrzak said. “We hope it continues well into the future. It’s an honor to represent Honda and to consistently put the brand on the podium. They have the best motorcycles in the business. We truly feel that we have two of the best names in the industry with GEICO and Honda.”

About American Honda

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. was established in 1959 and is the sole distributor of Honda motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and side-by-sides in the U.S. The American Honda Motorcycle Division is responsible for the sales, marketing, and operational activities for these products through authorized Honda dealers. For more information on Honda products, go to www.powersports.honda.com.

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MX Sports Pro Racing Announces the Winner of a Brand New 2014 Honda CRF450R to Benefit the Asterisk Mobile Medical Center

27 08 2014

Congratulations to Matthew Boyer, the lucky winner
of a 2014 Honda CRF450R

MORGANTOWN, WV – August 27, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – MX Sports Pro Racing is pleased to announce that through an online raffling initiative, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, was able to raise over $30,000 to benefit the Asterisk Mobile Medical Center, an emergency care facility available at each Lucas Oil Pro Motocross event to staff, participants, and crew at no cost.

Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard announced the winner during opening ceremonies at the inaugural Indiana National on Saturday, Aug. 16. Congratulations to Matthew Boyer of Bedford, Virginia, the lucky winner of a 2014 Honda CRF450R.

The bike resembles the Team Honda Muscle Milk machine ridden by Factory Honda riders Trey Canard and Fredrik Noren in the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. The bike includes a Yoshimura TI exhaust system, Team Honda/Muscle Milk graphics kit, Honda motorcycle stand and a full set of Fly Racing gear and helmet.

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Trey Canard finished out the season with a 1-1 sweep at Utah aboard his
Team Honda Muscle Milk CRF450R.
Photo: Christian Munoz 

The Asterisk Mobile Medical Center is an emergency care facility available at each Lucas Oil Pro Motocross event to staff, participants, and crew at no cost. The full 53-foot hospital trailer is staffed with qualified and experienced medical personnel and offers specialized equipment for our sport’s unique injuries. The Asterisk Mobile Medical Center is provided to the racing community by Asterisk. Their operating budget is made possible by MX Sports Pro Racing, Road 2 Recovery Foundation, as well as individual riders and private donors.

The 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship concluded last Saturday with the Utah National in Tooele, Utah. The 2015 Pro Motocross schedule will kick off Saturday, May 16 in Sacramento, California with the Hangtown Motocross Classic. For more information, please visit www.promotocross.com.

MX Sports Pro Racing

MX Sports Pro Racing manages and produces the world’s most prestigious professional motocross series – the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. The industry leader in off road power sport event production and management, its mission is to showcase the sport of professional motocross competition at events throughout the United States. Through its various racing properties, partnerships and affiliates, MX Sports Pro Racing organizes events for thousands of action sports athletes each year and attracts millions of motorsports spectators. Visit www.mxsportsproracing.com.

Alli Sports

Alli Sports is a media, event and branded content company that specializes in action, adventure, and adrenaline based sports. Alli Properties include the Dew Tour, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, the Red Bull Signature Series and World of Adventure Sports presented by Go Pro. Alli Sports is a division of the NBC Sports Group. More information can be found at www.Allisports.com.

AMA Pro Racing

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.

Lucas Oil Products

Based in Corona, Calif., Lucas Oil Products is a worldwide leader in the production of oils, lubricants and problem solving additives. Through innovative product research and development, along with progressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top-selling additive line in the American truck-stop industry. Lucas Oil is involved in an array of motorsports sponsorships, including the “Official Motor Oil of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.” Visit www.LucasOil.com.

MAVTV

MAVTV is a television network with its roots deep in the automotive world. With an unparalleled line-up of motorsports events and exclusive automotive reality shows, MAVTV is the answer for motor-heads from all walks of life. But MAVTV is much more than a motorsports destination, with original action/adventure programming, live MMA and an unbelievable library of blockbuster movies – MAVTV is a network the whole family can enjoy. A network by the people and for the people, made in America and American Real. Visit www.mavtv.com.

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American Honda Signs Cole Seely to Factory Team

26 08 2014

A natural supercross rider with a fluid riding style, Seely has also made progress in the outdoor setting, finishing the 2014 AMA Pro Motocross season well inside the top ten in the 250 points for the first time.

“We’re excited to welcome Cole into Honda’s factory team,” said Ray Conway, Director of Racing at American Honda. “While racing a CRF250R with Troy Lee Designs Honda, he has shown that he is a talented rider, and he performed well at the top level while willingly stepping in to help out our factory team this year. He has a solid base and it’s great that he’ll be staying with Honda as he makes this next important step in his career.”

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Cole Seely Bio
Cole Seely’s background as an amateur BMX and motocross racer prepared him well for when he turned pro in 2009, and he signed for Troy Lee Designs Honda for the following season. In 2011, Seely tallied a pair of supercross victories, both in the 250 West class. He added another the following year, and 2013 saw him finish third in the series points standings. This past season is when the Californian came into his own, notching a pair of 250SX West wins and challenging for the class title up until the final round before eventually settling for second. Since 2011, Cole has also occasionally pitched in as a substitute 450 rider for the factory Honda team, and he scored a podium finish in the premier class at Indianapolis this year.

Date of Birth: March 10, 1990 (24 years old)
Birthplace: Westlake Village, CA
Residence: Laguna Beach, CA
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 155 lbs.
Racing Number: 21
Motorcycle: Honda CRF450R

About American Honda

American Honda Motor Co., Inc. was established in 1959 and is the sole distributor of Honda motorcycles, scooters, ATVs and side-by-sides in the U.S. The American Honda Motorcycle Division is responsible for the sales, marketing, and operational activities for these products through authorized Honda dealers. For more information on Honda products, go to www.powersports.honda.com.

 

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Roczen Crowned Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Champion in Utah

24 08 2014

Canard Earns First Career 450 Class Victory
while Martin Dominates 250 Class

TOOELE, UT – August 24, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  The 12th and final round of the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, signified the series’ second ever visit to Miller Motorsports Park, just outside of Salt Lake City, for the Zions Bank Utah National on Saturday. With a title yet to be decided in the premier 450 Class, the spotlight was on the Red Bull KTM duo of Ken Roczen and Ryan Dungey over the final two motos of the summer as 20 points separated the teammates entering the afternoon. Roczen was a fixture at the forefront of the field all afternoon, but ultimately rode patiently to ensure he would clinch the title in his first season of 450 Class competition with a fourth-place finish, ending the summer with a 14-point advantage over Dungey.

Out front on the 450 Class, Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard continued his strong close to the season and was dominant en route to his first career win, posting a 1-1 effort to become the division’s 62nd different winner. In the 250 Class, Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin capped off his championship-clinching effort from a week ago with a decisive outing of his own, posting his third 1-1 effort of the season to finish out 2014 with a class-leading five victories.

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Roczen became the first German native to win an American motocross title.
Photo: Simon Cudby

Canard, undoubtedly the hottest rider in the series coming into Utah, kept the momentum going in the opening 450 Class moto, surging past GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac off the start and holding off Roczen to earn the Motosport.com Holeshot Award. As the riders slotted into position, Canard, Roczen, Dungey and Tomac immediately established a four-rider breakaway that would last the entirety of the moto. Canard withstood constant pressure from Roczen throughout the early stages of the moto, but as they began to make their way through lappers, Roczen almost went down after contact with another rider, allowing Canard to open a comfortable lead and dropping Roczen into the clutches of his teammate in third.

While Canard comfortably pulled away out front, Roczen, Dungey and Tomac did battle for the podium. On Lap 14, Dungey made the pass on Roczen for second, only to give the position back a few laps later when a lapper altered his line. As that sequence of events unfolded, Tomac encountered his own misfortune and lost touch with the leaders. Dungey fought back and was able to re-pass Roczen with two laps remaining. Out front, Canard cruised to his third moto win in his last four attempts, nearly seven seconds ahead of Dungey, who gained two valuable points on Roczen in third. Tomac was fourth with Toyota/Yamaha/N-FAB/JGRMX’s Josh Grant rounding out the top five.

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Canard was in a league of his own in Utah.
Photo: Simon Cudby

It was more of the same from Canard in Moto 2, once again capturing the Motosport.com Holeshot Award ahead of Roczen. The duo set a torrid pace on the opening lap to open a small gap on their rivals, while Dungey overcame a start outside the top five to move into third by the end of the opening lap. While Canard maintained control of the lead, Dungey soon began to put pressure on his teammate for second and after applying pressure for a few laps, was able to make the move on Lap 5. Dungey closed in to within a couple seconds of Canard, but could never mount a serious challenge.

Canard capped off his perfect day nearly eight seconds ahead of Dungey in second, while Tomac also made his way past Roczen to finish third.

Canard won four of the last five motos to close out the season on a high note. He earned his first career moto win at Unadilla two weeks ago and finished second overall in the two rounds leading into Utah. The victory came in his 26th career 450 Class start.

“I’ve gotten more comfortable [the last few weeks]. It’s no secret we made bike changes and it was instant for me in gaining more confidence,” explained Canard. “I really have to attribute that to the team and I’ve had a lot of fun. I’ve been through such a roller coaster career I thought that if I didn’t win today then it would be hard to win [ever]. I just wanted to put two motos together to give us [momentum] going into next year.”

Dungey’s consistent 2-2 effort landed him second overall, while Tomac (4-3) earned the tiebreaker over Roczen (3-4) to grab the final spot on the podium.

Roczen is the first German native to win a Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship title and is the 23rd different 450 Class champion in the series’ 43-year history. Additionally, he joins an elite group of riders who hold the distinction of winning the title in their rookie season, including Dungey, Ricky Carmichael and Jean-Michel Bayle.

“I’ve been trying to play it cool [all weekend] but I’m not going to lie, I’ve been really nervous about today,” said Roczen. “I just didn’t want to talk about it and [wanted to] go out there and ride. I just pumped myself up for the motos and went, but it was honestly hard to put it out of my mind. I just went out there and did what I needed to do and made it happen, which is a huge accomplishment.”

Roczen’s title triumph was the second ever for KTM in the 450 Class and was the brand’s second premier division crown in three years. It’s also the first 1-2 championship sweep for the team.

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Dungey was strong on Saturday, but couldn’t overcome the points deficit.
Photo: Simon Cudby

Despite already clinching the 250 Class title last weekend, Martin didn’t let up on Saturday. After his teammate Cooper Webb grabbed the Motosport.com Holeshot Award in the opening moto, Martin applied consistent pressure after starting second and was able to make the pass for the lead on Lap 5. Once in front, Martin was untouchable and opened a comfortable margin that he was able to maintain throughout the remainder of the moto.

Behind the Yamaha duo out front, the battle for the final spot on the podium was an exciting one. Strong starts by Rockstar Energy Racing teammates Joey Savatgy and Jason Anderson allowed the pair to jockey for the position early, but Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett soon made their presence felt by surging to the front. Musquin fought his way into third on Lap 4, but lost it to Baggett just one lap later. Although Musquin kept him honest for the entirety of the moto, Baggett withstood the pressure.

Martin took his ninth moto win of the season over 14 seconds ahead of Webb, with Baggett in third and Musquin fourth. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Chris Alldredge recorded a career-best fifth-place finish in just his third career pro start.

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Martin bookended the 2014 season with 1-1 victories.
Photo: Simon Cudby

Savatgy grabbed another strong start in the second moto, claiming the Motosport.com Holeshot Award over Martin. However, it didn’t take long for Martin to assume the lead and check out on the field. Savatgy soon came under fire from Musquin and GEICO Honda’s Justin Bogle, while Baggett and Webb also began their marches toward the front.

Musquin took over second from Savatgy on Lap 3, bringing Bogle with him. The duo did battle for six laps before Bogle got the best of the Frenchman, which allowed both Webb and Baggett to close in. On Lap 10 Musquin lost a pair of spots to the hard-charging tandem, dropping to fifth. As Webb looked to assume control of the final podium spot, Baggett found a way by and set his sights on Bogle.

Martin won by nearly 18 seconds over Bogle, who held of Baggett in third. Webb followed in fourth to ensure his spot on the overall podium.

“I found something with my bike setup that helped last week and I think that played a key factor in how comfortable I felt and how well I did today,” said Martin. “To be able to go 1-1 today was nice because it shows why I won the championship. I got good starts and chose good lines and it all worked out really great. I wanted to really enjoy it today and I did.”

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Baggett wrapped up the runner-up spot in the 250 Class championship.
Photo: Simon Cudby

Baggett’s 3-3 scores earned the runner-up spot in the overall classification and also clinched second in the final 250 Class championship standings over Webb, who tied Baggett in points for the afternoon but finished third overall (2-4) following the second moto tiebreaker.

“I showed up and rode my bike to the best of my abilities today. Some days I do that and some days I don’t. It’s as simple as that,” explained Baggett. “The track was much better this year and I was able to fight my way to the front. I just charge all the way to the checkered flag and where I end up is where I end up. Today that was good enough for second.”

The 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship schedule was released in conjunction with the season finale and will kick off with the Hangtown Motocross Classic in Rancho Cordova, California, on May 16.

Results

Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
Zions Bank Utah National
Miller Motorsports Park – Tooele, Utah
August 23, 2014
Round 12 of 12

450 Class (Moto Finish)

  1. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda (1-1)
  2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM (2-2)
  3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda (4-3)
  4. Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM (3-4)
  5. Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Kawasaki (7-5)
  6. Ryan Sipes, Flaherty, Ky., KTM (9-6)
  7. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM (6-12)
  8. Fredrik Noren, Sweden, Honda (10-9)
  9. Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki (13-7)
  10. Justin Brayton, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Yamaha (12-8)

450 Class Championship Standings

  1. Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM, 532
  2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 518
  3. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 468
  4. Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Kawasaki, 334
  5. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 319
  6. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM, 302
  7. Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki, 290
  8. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha, 259
  9. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 226
  10. Fredrik Noren, Sweden, Honda, 207

250 Class (Moto Finish)

  1. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (1-1)
  2. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki (3-3)
  3. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha (2-4)
  4. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda (6-2)
  5. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (4-5)
  6. Chris Alldredge, Powell Butte, Ore., Kawasaki (5-8)
  7. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., KTM (8-7)
  8. Dean Wilson, Scotland, Kawasaki (10-6)
  9. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Honda (7-9)
  10. R.J. Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda (9-11)

250 Class Championship Standings

  1. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 500
  2. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki, 421
  3. Cooper Webb, Morehead City, N.C., Yamaha, 419
  4. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM, 408
  5. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda, 368
  6. Christophe Pourcel, France, Yamaha, 355
  7. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., KTM, 276
  8. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda, 260
  9. Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda, 252
  10. Dean Wilson, Scotland, Kawasaki, 230

MX Sports Pro Racing

MX Sports Pro Racing manages and produces the world’s most prestigious professional motocross series – the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing. The industry leader in off road power sport event production and management, its mission is to showcase the sport of professional motocross competition at events throughout the United States. Through its various racing properties, partnerships and affiliates, MX Sports Pro Racing organizes events for thousands of action sports athletes each year and attracts millions of motorsports spectators. Visit www.mxsportsproracing.com.

Alli Sports

Alli Sports is a media, event and branded content company that specializes in action, adventure, and adrenaline based sports. Alli Properties include the Dew Tour, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, the Red Bull Signature Series and World of Adventure Sports presented by Go Pro. Alli Sports is a division of the NBC Sports Group. More information can be found at www.Allisports.com.

AMA Pro Racing

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.

Lucas Oil Products

Based in Corona, Calif., Lucas Oil Products is a worldwide leader in the production of oils, lubricants and problem solving additives. Through innovative product research and development, along with progressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top-selling additive line in the American truck-stop industry. Lucas Oil is involved in an array of motorsports sponsorships, including the “Official Motor Oil of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.” Visit www.LucasOil.com.

MAVTV

MAVTV is a television network with its roots deep in the automotive world. With an unparalleled line-up of motorsports events and exclusive automotive reality shows, MAVTV is the answer for motor-heads from all walks of life. But MAVTV is much more than a motorsports destination, with original action/adventure programming, live MMA and an unbelievable library of blockbuster movies – MAVTV is a network the whole family can enjoy. A network by the people and for the people, made in America and American Real. Visit www.mavtv.com.

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Canard Impresses at Inaugural Indiana National with Second Overall

20 08 2014

For the second consecutive week, Canard had a stellar showing aboard his Honda CRF450R, dominating the second moto once again to secure second overall. In moto one, Canard propelled himself down the sludge-covered start straight and rounded the first turn in third. He quickly moved into second and was making a charge for the lead when he went down in a deep rut. He remounted his bike in third, which is where he finished. The rain had dissipated by moto two but the track was still just as treacherous as before. Canard nailed down the holeshot and rode impeccably the remainder of the 30-minute plus two-lap race, going unchallenged for a wire-to-wire victory.

“I’m really happy with how today went,” said Canard. “I was thankful to get a good start in moto one and was able to make some good ground right away. I pulled off one of my sets of tear-offs and had really clear vision so I tried to make a charge for Ken (Roczen) and fell over and stalled the bike. While I was kicking it, Ryan (Dungey) got by me and I made a few more mistakes but was able to finish third. Moto two was awesome! Man, it is a lot of fun to have races like that; I was pumped for every lap. I got a really good start and just tried to throw as much roost behind me as I could and put in solid laps.”

Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Fredrik Noren overcame adversity in both motos to post an impressive ninth overall with 9-8 scores. In the day’s opening race, Noren got off the line to a mid pack start but went down halfway through the first lap, sending him back to 27th. He began navigating his way through the competition, taking the checkered flag in ninth. In moto two, Noren stalled right out of the gate leaving him last heading into turn one. From there, he put together an incredible come-from-behind performance that landed him eighth by the end of the race.

“Today was tough, but I am happy with ninth overall,” Noren stated. “It rained so hard in the morning, which made practice a challenge. In moto one, I had a pretty good jump off the line but got out into the mushy stuff on the outside and fell back quite a bit. Since I got blasted with mud off the start I couldn’t see much and went down half way through the first lap, letting the people I had just passed back by me again. Once I got going again I felt like I rode good and go up to ninth.  I pulled a rookie move off the start of the second moto. I got another good jump but as soon as I came out of the gate I stalled the bike and was dead last. From there I worked my way into eighth by the end. I’m happy but I really want to start getting better starts and improving my finishes.”

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It was a challenging day for Muscle Milk-sponsored GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac who finished seventh-place overall with 4-10 marks. “It was a rough day overall, which is weird because I usually get along with muddy conditions,” explained Tomac. “Practice showed I really felt comfortable on the wet and slick track. I was fastest and felt confidant going into the motos. I had to pull off the track to get fresh goggles in moto one because I couldn’t see anything. In the second race it was still hard to see but I crashed twice, which really messed me up. I just made a lot of mistakes today that caused me to not be on the podium.”

250 Race
Indiana’s muddy conditions proved a challenge for the Muscle Milk-backed GEICO Honda 250 team, with all four riders encountering trouble throughout the day. Justin Bogle finished one position shy of the top 10 with 12-9 scores, while Zach Bell recorded a 17th overall for the day. Teammates Zach Osborne and RJ Hampshire suffered from mechanical issues that left them 35th and 36th.

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It was a landmark day for Troy Lee Designs/ Lucas Oil/ Honda’s Jessy Nelson who scored the first moto win of his career in the day’s opening race with a dominant performance. His 1-8 marks landed him on the podium with third overall.

The Focus: Preparing for the Mud

Mud races pose a challenge not only to riders but also their mechanics, as they need to prepare their bikes differently for these conditions. According to Trey Canard’s mechanic Brent Presnell, there are three main objectives when prepping Trey’s Honda CRF450R for a mud race.

“First, keeping the air filter dry is very important in a mud race,” stated Presnell. “We usually do this by sealing the air box with duct tape and channeling the water away from the filter. Also, we use an extra cover over the filter made by Twin Air. Second, keeping the function of the controls. We will put foam around the shifter and brake pedal to keep mud from jamming them up, and hand guards help keep the grips and levers clean. Third, it is important to try and keep the bike cool, by making sure the radiators don’t get clogged with mud. We’ll use Twin Air grill covers to help allow airflow but minimize the mud and debris.”

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Jeremy Martin Clinches First Career 250 Class Championship at the Inaugural Thor Indiana National

17 08 2014

Ken Roczen Extends 450 Class Championship Lead to
20 points Over Ryan Dungey

CRAWFORDSVILLE, IN – August 16, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  The 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, entered the penultimate round of its 12-race championship series on Saturday with the inaugural running of the Thor Indiana National from Crawfordsville, Indiana. In what could be considered the most unpredictable conditions of the season, Saturday’s racing action came away with very little surprises, including the crowning of the first National Champion of 2014 with Yamalube/Star Racing/Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin clinching the 250 Class title one round early. In the 450 Class, Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen emerged victorious with a 1-2 performance to further extend his points lead over teammate Ryan Dungey as the series heads into the final round next week.

With natural rolling hills and a flowing layout, the brand new Ironman Raceway track was quickly deemed one of the most favorable tracks on the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross circuit, that is until the rain began to fall Saturday morning. Track conditions went from being perfect, to less than idea, in just the matter of hours.

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Roczen (94) made up another 13 points on his teammate
Dungey in the championship chase

Photo: Simon Cudby

Roczen put himself into a favorable position right away by grabbing the Motosport.com Holeshot Award in the first 450 Class moto, Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard tucked in behind Roczen off the start, where he kept himself within striking distance through the first half of the moto.

Dungey experienced an issue off the start that caused him to get hung up just before the first turn, where he began around fifth on the opening lap. Roczen capitalized on the clear track ahead, especially with the muddy track conditions in the first moto, and put a gap on Canard and the rest of the field. However, Dungey was bound and determined to close the gap on his teammate early on and the Minnesota native eventually charged past Canard, who went down mid-moto, to take over second.

Dungey maintained second place in moto one, with Canard finishing in third. GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac, who claimed the Oakley Bomb Fastest Qualifier Award, made a late pass on Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Brett Metcalfe to capture fourth, while BTO Sports/KTM’s Matt Goerke rounded out the top five.

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Trey Canard took the moto two win in the 450 Class
Photo: Simon Cudby / Racer X 

In moto two, Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard grabbed the MotoSport.com Holeshot and pulled away from the rest of the field to earn his second win in the last three motos. Roczen jumped into the second place position on the opening lap, but the 450 Class points leader wasn’t able to match the pace of a hard-charging Canard.

Rockstar Energy Racing/KTM’s Ryan Sipes put himself into podium contention early on with a top-three holeshot in the second moto. Despite a crash late in the race, Sipes was able to tap into his newfound cross-country skills to maintain a solid and consistent pace. BTO Sports/KTM’s Andrew Short maintained a top five running throughout the entire moto, engaging in battle with Sipes for the final podium position. In the end, Sipes prevailed to capture third in the moto, with Short in fourth and Toyota/JGRMX/Yamaha’s Josh Grant rounded out the top five.

Dungey once again suffered from a bad start in the second moto, checking in just outside the top ten on the opening lap. The Red Bull KTM rider wasn’t able to make up much ground, finishing a disappointing ninth place in the second moto. Dungey’s 2-9 moto scores were good enough to capture third overall for the day, where he lost thirteen points in the championship standings.

“The second moto, that’s where the downfall was,” Dungey said. “It was tough in those conditions to come from behind, but no excuses though. I just got caught up in a little bit of mud, which isn’t ideal at this point in the championship. I lost some points but I’m taking it race by race and all I can do is the best I can every time the gate drops.”

Canard’s moto two victory marks his second win in the last three rounds, as well as the his second career moto win in the 450 Class. Canard’s 3-1 moto scores earned the Oklahoma native second overall for the day, just three points away from his first overall win.

“I’m definitely more comfortable these last two weeks,” Canard said. “Obviously last week helped but in general I’ve just had more fun at the races the last two weeks.”

Roczen’s win helped the German rookie extend the 450 Class points lead over Dungey, bringing his championship lead to twenty points with one round to go.

“I really enjoy when it rains, it takes the edge off because most of the races it’s sunny and everyone is going for it,” Roczen said. “I think the track was overall super cool, like the layout and the entire venue. I think if it would have been dry this could be my new favorite track.”

Canard sits third in the championship standings, 76 points behind, with Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Brett Metcalfe fourth (-190) and Tomac jumping up all the way to fifth (-213) despite missing the first four rounds of the season with injury.

Heading into moto one, Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Jeremy Martin needed only nine points to claim his first career 250 Class Championship. The Minnesota native got off to a good start in the first moto and carried his momentum to a second place finish, which is good enough to clinch the title one round early.

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Jeremy Martin celebrates with his Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha team
Photo: Simon Cudby / Racer X 

“To be able to have the number one plate, I’ve been thinking of how good it would feel to hear Kevin [Crowther] from the AMA to be passing on the number one plate to me and this is the greatest moment of my life,” Martin said after receiving the AMA #1 Plate and his first 250 Class title.

TLD/Lucas Oil/Honda’s Jessy Nelson had a break out ride in the first moto of the 250 Class, beginning with a commanding MotoSport.com Holeshot. With Martin close in tow, Nelson set a blistering pace out front early on. The KTM trio of Joey Savatgy (Rockstar Energy Racing/KTM), Marvin Musquin (Red Bull KTM) and Jason Anderson (Rockstar Energy KTM) filled out the top five early on.

Nelson eventually stretched his lead to over seven seconds by the end of the moto en route to his first career moto win. Martin captured second to claim his first career title, with Musquin, Savatgy and Anderson rounding out the top five.

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Nelson came out swinging in the opening moto
Photo: Simon Cudby 

Nelson grabbed the MotoSport.com Holeshot once again in moto two but unlike the first moto, the young gun wasn’t able to maintain the lead for too long. Rockstar Energy Racing KTM duo Joey Savatgy and Jason Anderson got off to a good start, but the Frenchmen Marvin Musquin and Christophe Pourcel came quickly charging.

It wasn’t long before Musquin made his way past Savatgy and into the lead, with Valli Motorsports Yamaha’s Pourcel close behind. Pourcel kept the pressure on Musquin for the lead but the Red Bull KTM rider held on to secure the win, with Pourcel in second and Savatgy rounded out the podium.

Nelson continued to fall back, eventually finishing eighth in the second moto, giving the California native third overall for the day with 1-8 moto scores. Savatgy put forth a consistent ride with 4-3 moto scores and second overall for the day.

Jeremy Martin left the inaugural Indiana National with his first ever 250 Class Championship in hand, while also scoring Yamaha its first 250 Class Championship since Jeff Emig’s title in 1992. However, it was Musquin who secured the overall win with moto scores of 3-1, despite a muddy day of racing in Indiana.

“I think my technique worked pretty good today,” Musquin said. “I’ve been in the U.S. for a couple years now and I’ve never really raced in the mud here. I was just trying to be smooth and smart but when you’re on the track it’s so easy to make a mistake, it’s tough but that’s part of the racing.”

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250 Class podium: Nelson, Musquin, Savatgy
Photo: Simon Cudby / Racer X 

The 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship hosts the final round of the championship next Saturday, August 23, with the 12th and final round of the season with the second annual Utah National. Action for the Utah National begins at 3 p.m. ET.

Results

Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
Thor Indiana National
Ironman Raceway – Crawfordsville, Indiana
August 16, 2014
Round 11 of 12

450 Class (Moto Finish)

  1. Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM (1-2)
  2. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda (3-1)
  3. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM (2-9)
  4. Ryan Sipes, Flaherty, Ky., KTM (10-3)
  5. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM (8-4)
  6. Chad Reed, Australia, Kawasaki (7-6)
  7. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda (4-10)
  8. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha (12-5)
  9. Fredrik Noren, Sweden, Honda (9-8)
  10. 10.Matt Goerke, Sun City, Calif., KTM (6-11)

450 Class Championship Standings

  1. Ken Roczen, Germany, KTM, 494
  2. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 474
  3. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 418
  4. Brett Metcalfe, Australia, Kawasaki, 304
  5. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda, 281
  6. Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM, 278
  7. Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki, 268
  8. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha, 243
  9. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Suzuki, 226
  10. Chad Reed, Australia, Kawasaki, 185

250 Class (Moto Finish)

  1. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (3-1)
  2. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., KTM (4-3)
  3. Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda, (1-8)
  4. Christophe Pourcel, France, Yamaha (9-2)
  5. Cooper Webb, Morehead City, N.C., Yamaha, (6-5)
  6. Dean Wilson, Scotland, Kawasaki (8-6)
  7. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (7-7)
  8. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha (2-15)
  9. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., KTM, (5-10)
  10. 10.Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki (14-4)

250 Class Championship Standings

  1. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Yamaha, 450
  2. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki, 381
  3. Cooper Webb, Morehead City, N.C., Yamaha, 379
  4. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM, 374
  5. Christophe Pourcel, France, Yamaha, 355
  6. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Honda, 331
  7. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., KTM, 270
  8. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda, 244
  9. Jessy Nelson, Paso Robles, Calif., Honda, 238
  10. Dean Wilson, Scotland, Kawasaki, 204

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