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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Photos courtesy of Steve Cox, Hoppenworld and Monster Energy Kawasaki

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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Based in Corona, Calif., Pro Circuit Products, Inc. is a leader in off-road motorcycle and ATV exhausts and aftermarket performance parts. Started in 1978, Pro Circuit is the go to shop for recreational riders and professionals for everything from suspension work to complete engine packages, and everything in between.

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’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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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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About Pro Circuit

Based in Corona, Calif., Pro Circuit Products, Inc. is a leader in off-road motorcycle and ATV exhausts and aftermarket performance parts. Started in 1978, Pro Circuit is the go to shop for recreational riders and professionals for everything from suspension work to complete engine packages, and everything in between.

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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Hill’s Career-Best Effort Leads the Way for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki at AMA Pro Motocross Hangtown National

2 06 2014

CORONA, CA – June 2, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Following a promising start to the 2014 AMA Pro Motocross Season in which Blake Baggett just missed out on a spot on the overall podium in the 250 Class, sophomore rider Justin Hill continued to keep Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki at the forefront of the division at the season’s second round, the Hangtown Motocross Classic. Hill fought valiantly throughout each of the motos at the legendary facility just outside Sacramento, California, to duplicate the efforts of his teammate a week prior, finishing fourth overall.

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While Hill carried the torch for the squad, luck wasn’t on Baggett’s side as an afternoon littered with adversity left the former champion looking ahead to the next round of action. Despite a weekend of ups and downs, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki continued to progress as a whole and sits on the cusp of breaking through as a contender for wins.

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Hill Shines in Rough Conditions
After a difficult season opener the week prior, Hill entered Hangtown in search of redemption and rose to the occasion. After setting the 10th-fastest practice lap of practice, Hill set his sights on a run for the podium in each moto. Out of the gate in the first moto, Hill positioned himself just outside the top five and eventually began his climb forward. He surged in the late stages to close in on the rear fender of third place, ultimately settling for fourth.

The second moto provided an added challenge for Hill after starting outside the top 10, but he wasted little time in coming through the field and sat inside the top five by the fourth lap. As he looked to track down a podium spot, Hill suffered a brief crash that dropped him to just outside the top five in sixth. He quickly returned to action and put huge pressure for fifth place, which would have ensured an overall podium result, but came up mere inches short of taking the position after a pass attempt in the final corner. Nevertheless, Hill’s 4-6 moto scores landed him with a career-best fourth-place finish overall, just two points shy of the podium.

“That’s the kind of performance I know I’m capable of each week,” said Hill. “I do feel like I let a podium slip away there in the final moto, but I’m really happy with how I felt all day on the Kawasaki KX250F. That crash left me a little shaken, but I was so determined to get on the podium that I was able to get back into my groove at the end. This was a big boost for me and the team and I’m really looking forward to the next round.”

Hill moved into 10th in the 250 Class standings and faces just an eight-point deficit to fourth. He is currently 57 points behind the championship leader.

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Baggett Battles Adversity
As one of his favorite tracks on the AMA Pro Motocross schedule, Baggett looked to Hangtown to serve as a chance to make his presence felt in the title hunt. The two-time winner at the facility clocked in with the eighth-fastest lap of practice and was confident in his ability to race up front. He put himself into solid position at the start of the first moto in 10th, but experienced misfortune on the opening lap and found himself on the ground. He remounted still within the top 20 and then made a thrilling charge through the field to move just outside the top five on Lap 13. He took the checkered flag in sixth, passing 12 riders in order to do so.

With a surge of confidence from his comeback effort Baggett hoped for better luck in the second moto, but contact off the gate relegated him to a 19th-place start. True to his style, Baggett made quick work in climbing his way through the field and fought his way up to just outside the top 10 by Lap 7 only to experience heartbreak with his motorcycle, resulting in a DNF. As a result, Baggett’s 6-34 moto finishes landed him 14th overall but he remained optimistic.

“That’s not the way we wanted to end our day but sometimes that’s just how things go,” said Baggett. “The Kawasaki KX250F was really fast and it made it easy to make the passes I needed to. I ended up needing to do a lot more passing than I anticipated, but I was happy with how well I came through the field in each moto. We have some positives to build from with this and we’ll come out ready to fight back next weekend.”

Baggett maintained a spot inside the top 10 in the 250 Class standings, currently sitting in a tie for seventh. He is just 15 points outside of the top three and faces a 52-point deficit to the leader.

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Looking Ahead >>
Thunder Valley National
The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki will now set its sights on the third round of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship season with the series’ annual visit to the mile high altitude of Thunder Valley, just outside Denver. With it’s thin air, dramatic elevation changes, and sometimes-unpredictable weather, Thunder Valley serves as one of the most unique and demanding stops on the schedule. Despite the challenges the track presents, no team has been more dominant at the facility than Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki, with seven wins in nine attempts.

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Based in Corona, Calif., Pro Circuit Products, Inc. is a leader in off-road motorcycle and ATV exhausts and aftermarket performance parts. Started in 1978, Pro Circuit is the go to shop for recreational riders and professionals for everything from suspension work to complete engine packages, and everything in between.

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 Podium as Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Endures in AMA Pro Motocross Opener at Glen Helen

26 05 2014

CORONA, CA – May 26, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Optimism was high for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki heading into the opening round of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship this past weekend at legendary Glen Helen Raceway. After a strong Monster Energy Supercross season, the three-rider lineup of Blake Baggett, Dean Wilson, and Justin Hill had their sights on a podium to start the summer. Following an action-packed day filled with various fortunes for each rider, it was Baggett who led the way for the squad, just missing out on an overall podium result in fourth. Wilson and Hill each had to endure hardship, but showed why they are considered title hopefuls in the battle for the 250 Class crown.

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Glen Helen is known for its physically demanding nature and brute strength it takes both physically and mentally to be successful there. While each of the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders made their presence felt throughout the afternoon, all posting top-10 practice times to start the afternoon, the rough track wasn’t always kind and left the team with a mixed bag of results heading into the second round of the championship.

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Baggett Battles
As the most recent title winner in the 250 Class, many looked to Baggett to set the tone at Glen Helen. The hometown rider posted the ninth-fastest time in practice, giving him a solid gate pick for the opening moto. Baggett didn’t get the start he was looking for out the gate in Moto 1, but began to make his move forward after starting in 13th. As the race wore on, Baggett’s trademark style of finishing strong stayed true and he surged into the top 10 to finish eighth and keep his podium hopes alive.

In the second moto, Baggett reversed his fortunes off the start and slotted into second place on the opening lap. He maintained the position throughout the near 37-minute moto, engaged in battle throughout. He ultimately brought home his Kawasaki KX250F in third, which resulted in fourth overall, just three points from the podium.

“It by no means was easy out there, but we battled all day and tried to take advantage of any opportunity that was given to us,” said Baggett. “The bike was working great, but everyone came out swinging and the competition was tough. I wish we could have been on the box, but we showed what we’re capable of and we’ll build on this heading into next weekend.”

Baggett sits fourth in the 250 Class standings, 17 points out of the lead.

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Heartbreak for Wilson
Like his fellow title-winning teammate, Wilson was considered a rider to beat as the season got underway. The veteran had not raced in the division since the opening round of the 2012 season, but he got back into the groove quickly and posted the fifth-fastest lap of practice. Despite his strong gate pick, Wilson wasn’t able to get out the gate well in the opening moto and positioned himself in 16th at the conclusion of the opening lap. From there, it was all about making a charge through the field. Wilson put forth an impressive effort throughout the moto to battle his way into sixth and put his competitors on alert.

He carried the momentum into Moto 2, following just a couple spots behind Baggett in fourth off the start. He began a heated battle for the top five that would span nearly the entire moto, but then crashed on the 12th lap of competition while running fifth. He was forced to record a DNF and finished 12th overall.

Wilson was attended to by the Asterisk Medical Crew on the track and needed assistance to get back to the pits. During the incident he suffered a severe laceration to the back of his knee and was treated at a local hospital. Despite the severity of the cut, Wilson was fortunate to come way with no major structural damage and is already on his path to recovery. While his status is currently uncertain, Wilson is hopeful his time off the bike is minimal.

“It all is kind of a blur because it happened so fast,” said Wilson. “I just got kicked off my Kawasaki KX250F coming down one of the hills and in that process managed to have something cut my knee open pretty good. I’m in a lot of pain but it looks like I avoided hitting any ligaments, tendons, or arteries. I’m crushed right now because I’m not sure what this will mean for the rest of the season, but I’m stitched up and looking to get back out there as soon as I can. We’ll see how it plays out.”

Wilson will continue his recovery and impending return to competition. He currently sits 12th in the championship, 35 points from first.

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Hill Tested
Hill was looking forward to the start of the AMA Pro Motocross season and got his afternoon at Glen Helen off to a solid start by posting the seventh-fastest lap of practice. A tough start in the opening moto mired the sophomore rider deep inside the top 20, crossing the line in 18th. As he started his climb towards the front, Hill was forced to visit the mechanics area and get the attention of his mechanic for an apparent issue. He returned to the track and soldiered on through the remainder of the moto, ultimately finishing 36th.

Hoping for better luck in Moto 2, Hill was entangled in a crash on the start that ultimately forced a red flag and restart to the moto. Although he was a little banged up, Hill got back on the gate and back into the action, starting in 20th. From there he methodically worked his way forward, staying out of additional trouble and posting a resilient 11th-place finish to land him 19th overall.

“That wasn’t exactly the start to the season we were hoping for, but this is the nature of motocross. It’s brutal sometimes,” said Hill. “We’ll go back and see where we can improve heading into next week and do our best to learn from this and come back stronger. The Kawasaki KX250F was great, but we just couldn’t buy any luck today.”

Hill sits 19th in the 250 Class standings, 40 points behind the leader.

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Photos courtesy Steve Cox

Looking Ahead >> Hangtown National
The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki squad now looks ahead to a trip to the California capital of Sacramento for the second round of the 2014 season with the annual Hangtown National. With 11 rounds and 22 motos still remaining this summer, the battle for the 250 Class crown is far from being over and each Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider knows they have what it takes to be consistent threats for the podium. As one of the longest running races in the AMA Pro Motocross Championship, Hangtown presents an opportunity for the team to bounce back and reassert its dominance.

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Based in Corona, Calif., Pro Circuit Products, Inc. is a leader in off-road motorcycle and ATV exhausts and aftermarket performance parts. Started in 1978, Pro Circuit is the go to shop for recreational riders and professionals for everything from suspension work to complete engine packages, and everything in between.

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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AMA Pro-Am Motocross offers path to the pro racing ranks

9 01 2014

PICKERINGTON, OH – January 9, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – The American Motorcyclist Association has released the schedule for 2014 AMA Pro-Am Motocross competition. AMA Pro-Am Motocross is the proving ground for amateur racers who aspire to compete in the professional ranks of AMA Pro Motocross.

“Today’s top amateur motocrossers — and tomorrow’s best-qualified pros — can be found competing in AMA Pro-Am Motocross,” said AMA Motocross Manager Kip Bigelow. “The 2014 calendar is one of our most comprehensive ever, with more than 60 events at America’s best motocross tracks, giving these up-and-coming racers an opportunity to race for the points, purse money and contingency that will help them achieve their professional dreams.”

The 2014 AMA Pro-Am Motocross competition kicks off Dec. 29, 2014, with the Texas Winter Series. The season wraps up Nov. 30 in St. George, Utah, just after Florida’s Mini Olympics Nov. 23-29.

“The AMA Pro-Am racing schedule provides the quality events that are needed to determine a rider’s ability and if they are ready to participate in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship,” says MX Sports Pro Racing Race Director Jeff Canfield.

AMA Pro-Am Motocross events are open to both professionally licensed and A-class amateur motocross racers. The events allow amateurs to gain experience on America’s top tracks and prepare for the fast pace and long motos featured at the pro level.

Pro-Am events feature two or three Pro-Am points-paying classes: 250 Pro-Am, 450 Pro-Am and Open Pro Sport. A rider must earn 75 Pro-Am points in one of the three Pro-Am classes to earn an AMA Pro Motocross endorsement on their professional competition license.

The full 2014 AMA Pro-Am Motocross schedule is available at www.americanmotorcyclist.com > Racing > AMA Pro-Am Motocross.

For more information about AMA Pro-Am Motocross events, contact the AMA at mxracing@ama-cycle.org.

About the American Motorcyclist Association

Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders’ interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com.

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