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  1. Courtesy of Husqvarna Motorcycles

    The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team rolled into Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. for the second time this season to compete at the third round of 2018 AMA Supercross. This groundbreaking race was the first of three Triple Crown races and featured six Main Events--rather than a combination of heat races, LCQ’s and Main Events— and Olympic style scoring. Jason Anderson conquered the unfamiliar format and earned a hard-fought third overall, while teammates Mitchell Harrison and Dean Wilson battled through the night to finish 13th and 18th, respectively.

    Jason Anderson, the day’s fastest qualifier, was mid pack at the start of the first 450 Main Event but went to the back of the pack after nearly going down in an early race pileup. He made some quick moves and focused on navigating through the pack for the remainder of the shortened format moto. He made a statement pass by Ken Roczen to get inside the top-10 and continued to advance. His fought his way up to a seventh-place finish. Anderson was top-10 at the start of the second 450 Main Event and finished the first lap in seventh. Trying to gain positions, he fought his way through the pack and stayed focus to make passes on Justin Brayton and Weston Peick to slide into the fourth-place spot. He started working on Josh Grant for a podium position in lap 12, made an impressive inside pass, and held strong to finish third. He was second at the start of the third 450 Main Event and made a move past Justin Brayton in the first lap to inherit second. He was soon battling for the lead as he stalked Eli Tomac and waited for his chance to pounce. He took the lead away with an impressive pass in the fifth lap, never looked back, and earned his second Main Event victory of the season. He went 7-3-1 for third overall and extended his lead in 450 rider point standings.

    “My practices were pretty mellow,” said Anderson, “but the rest of the day was crazy. I had to make some chaotic moves in the back during the first Main Event, but I was able to battle my way to seventh. I was third to last in the second Main Event and was able to get to third, then was finally able to get a good start in the last Main Event and checked out to get the win.”

    Mitchell Harrison was top five at the start of the short first 250 Main Event and came out of the first lap in fifth. He fought in fifth before getting passed the following lap, then went down in the fourth lap and fell back to 21st. He remounted and worked his way up to 18th where he finished. He pulled a mid-pack start in the second race and started battling in 15th before making his way to a 12th-place finish. He was farther back in the pack at the start of the third 250 Main Event but kept it steady and rode to a 12th-place finish. He went 18-12-12 for 13th overall. He is currently 12th in 250SX West rider point standings.

    “This was a new experience,” said Harrison. “I felt great in practice, but I was definitely tested all day. I felt like myself earlier in the day, and felt like my arm was feeling great again. I was in my element, but I had a really hard fall and it might have set me back a little bit. I still felt like I rode great, and a few things here and there will make me better next week."

    Dean Wilson returned to battle after taking a couple weeks to recover from an injury sustained at Anaheim 1. He was mid pack at the start of the first 450 race and rode smart to finish 14th. He started in the back of the pack in the second race and had his work cut out for him. He stayed focused and made a pass near the end of the race to finish 14th. He lined up for the third 450 Main and was t-boned shortly after the start. The incident left him unable to complete the race, and he ended the night 18th overall. He is currently 22nd in 450 rider point standings.

    “It was great to be back racing,” said Wilson. “My shoulder was really hurting throughout the day. I made really great improvements to be back at the races, but I never had the strength to hold on. I managed to get 14th from a dead last start one race, but got hit in the first lap of another race and I wasn’t able to finish. I was still out there, and I tried and that’s all that matters at this point. I’m focused on getting my body healthy so I can get back up there and battle in the front.”

    Anaheim 2 Results

    250SX West Overall Results
    1. Joey Savatgy - 1-2-1
    2. Shane McElrath - 5-1-4
    3. Christian Craig - 2-3-5
    4. Adam Cianciarulo - 4-5-2
    5. Mitchell Oldenburg - 3-6-6
    6. Aaron Plessinger - 6-4-7
    7. Hayden Mellross - 7-10-8
    8. Chase Sexton - 15-8-3
    9. Phil Nicoletti - 8-7-11
    10. Justin Hill - 11-9-9

    13. Mitchell Harrison - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing - 18-12-12

    250SX West Rider Point Standings
    1. Joey Savatgy - 68 points
    2. Shane McElrath - 68 points
    3. Aaron Plessinger - 66 points
    4. Christian Craig - 57 points
    5. Adam Cianciarulo - 56 points
    6. Mitchell Oldenburg - 52 points
    7. Chase Sexton - 51 points
    8. Justin Hill - 42 points
    9. Kyle Chisholm - 39 points
    10. Hayden Mellross - 34 points

    12. Mitchell Harrison - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing - 29 points

    450SX Main Event
    1. Eli Tomac - 5-1-1
    2. Cole Seely - 1-2-7
    3. Jason Anderson - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing - 7-3-1
    4. Justin Brayton - 2-6-3
    5. Weston Peick - 4-9-5
    6. Josh Grant - 6-4-8
    7. Blake Baggett - 3-10-6
    8. Justin Barcia - 8-5-9
    9. Ken Roczen - 11-12-4
    10. Cooper Webb - 10-7-11

    450SX Rider Point Standings
    1. Jason Anderson - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing - 70 points
    2. Cole Seely - 59 points
    3. Justin Barcia - 57 points
    4. Ken Roczen - 56 points
    5. Weston Peick - 54 points
    6. Justin Brayton - 52 points
    7. Josh Grant - 45 points
    8. Blake Baggett - 43 points
    9. Broc Tickle - 37 points
    10. Cooper Webb - 37 points

     
  2. Courtesy of Team Suzuki Press Office

    Team Suzuki Press Office – January 21. 



    Thomas Ramette – SR75 World Suzuki – 1st
    Cyrille Coulon – SR75 World Suzuki – 2nd
    Cedric Soubeyras – FRO System Suzuki – 6th
    Evgeny Bobryshev – RFX Suzuki – 7th 


    Reigning Champion Thomas Ramette jumped back into contention at the third round of the 2018 Power Maxed Arenacross Tour aboard his SR75 World Team Suzuki RM-Z450 at The Genting Arena in Birmingham, UK last night with victory ahead of team-mate Cyrille Coulon. 

    It was also a great night for other Suzuki RM-Z450-mounted teams as French Supercross Champion Cedric Soubeyras (Team FRO Systems Suzuki) – fastest qualifier on the day - raced to sixth place aboard his RM-Z450 with RFX Suzuki’s Evgeny Bobryshev taking seventh in the Pro Final. 

    Championship leader, Soubeyras, lined-up his Team FRO Systems Suzuki fourth on the gate for the Main Event and had a solid start. An ‘off’ in the early stages of the race saw him circulating at the back for a few laps but, ever-determined, and with the Championship clearly in his mind, he picked-up his speed and worked his way through the pack to a hard-fought sixth overall. But this left the way clear at the front for the super-smooth SR75 World Suzuki pairing of Ramette and Coulon to pull away from the field and lay claim to a spectacular one-two team finish. 

    Full race report and photos to follow… 


    Pro Main Event Result:
    1: Thomas Ramette SR75 World Team Suzuki Suzuki
    2: Cyrille Coulon SR75 World Team Suzuki Suzuki
     
    3: Fabien Izoird Buildbase Honda Honda 
    4: Hugo Basaula Shocktech Kawasaki Kawasaki 
    5: Charles Le Francois Buildbase Honda Honda 
    6: Cedric Soubeyras Team FRO Systems Suzuki
    7: Evgeny Bobryshev RFX Suzuki Suzuki
     
    8: Julien Lebeau JK I-Fly Yamaha Racing Yamaha 
    9: Adrien Escoffier MVR-D St Blazey Husqvarna Husqvarna 
    10 : Ashley Greedy Team FRO Systems Honda 


    Pro Championship Positions (after 3 rounds): 

    1. Cedric Soubeyras, #3, France, Team FRO Systems, 52 points 
    2. Charles Lefrancois, #225, France, Buildbase Honda, 52 
    3. Fabien Izoird, #871, Buildbase Honda, 50 
    4. Cyrille Coulon, #7, France, SR75 World Suzuki, 47
    5. Thomas Ramette, #1, France, SR75 World Suzuki, 46
     
    6. Hugo Basaula, #8, Portugal, Shocktech Kawasaki, 45 
    7. Jack Brunell, #6, GB, Team Green Holeshot Kawasaki, 33 
    8. Dan Reardon, #122, Australia, JK I-Fly Yamaha, 27 
    9. Ashley Greedy, #33, GB, Team FRO Systems, 27 
    10. Evgeny Bobryshev, #777, Russia, RFX Suzuki, 26 

    Photos and information courtesy of: www.arenacrossuk.com 

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  3. Courtesy of Husqvarna Motorcycles 

    BOTH ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING RIDERS FINISH INSIDE THE RALLY’S TOP 20
    With the 2018 Dakar Rally coming to an end today in Córdoba, Argentina, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing teammates Pablo Quintanilla and Andrew Short have both successfully made it to the finish of this extremely challenging event. Following two weeks of racing Quintanilla secured a strong eighth place in the final motorcycle class standings, with rally rookie Short bringing his FR 450 Rally machine home in 17th position. 

    For reigning Rally World Champion Quintanilla, the 2018 Dakar Rally brought some mixed fortunes. Securing a total of five top five stage finishes, he also ran as high as runner-up in the provisional overall standings. The Chilean rally star battled through all that was thrown at him to finish the fourth Dakar of his career. 

    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rookie Andrew Short put in a solid run in his very first Dakar, earning a spot inside the top 20 in the final standings. Learning and improving as the race went on, the acclaimed US racer is already looking forward to a strong 2018 rally racing season. 

    Pablo Quintanilla“I am happy to finish and feeling good despite a few difficult days. Things didn’t go to plan today, but the whole Dakar has been a tough one for me. I think I had all my bad luck in one race. I would like to thank all the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team who have had to work extra hard over these two weeks. We didn’t get the result we hoped for but we have finished the rally in a good position. Now we will look forward to next year where we can improve for Dakar 2019.” 

    Andrew Short: “I’m so happy to make it to the finish. That has been a very tough 14 days of racing. I hurt my ankle yesterday and only just made it to the finish. Today’s tracks were a lot smoother. There was a lot of dust everywhere and I think most people were taking things a little easier. I had some crashes over the course of the event but it hasn’t dampened my spirits. It’s always been a dream of mine to compete in the Dakar and it’s been interesting how I’ve handled the challenge. We’ve had some adverse weather but that hasn’t been as bad as I had expected, I was ok at the altitude, too. I knew I would have some crashes, but to have four at high-speed is something I didn’t expect. The speed is something that has surprised me a little, I’m ok in the dunes and the off-piste stuff, but on some of the tracks you are riding at full throttle for what seems like hours. I thought my overall pace would be a little better, but I have come away from the event having learnt a lot and I know what I need to work on to improve. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season now and then hopefully I’ll be more prepared for the 2019 Dakar."

    2018 Dakar Rally – Stage 14 Provisional Classification 
    1. Kevin Benavides (Honda) 01:26:41 
    2. Toby Price (KTM) 01:27:35 
    3. Antoine Meo (KTM) 01:29:30 
    4. Dani Oliveras (KTM) 01:30:06 
    5. Johnny Aubert (Gas Gas) 01:31:00 
    6. Oriol Mena (Hero) 01:31:42 
    … 
    25. Andrew Short (Husqvarna) 01:41:21 
    47. Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) 01:49:35 

    2018 Dakar Rally – Provisional Overall Standings After Stage 14 
    1. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 43:06:01 
    2. Kevin Benavides (Honda) 43:22:54 
    3. Toby Price (KTM) 43:29:03 
    4. Antoine Meo (KTM) 43:53:29 
    5. Gerard Farres (KTM) 44:07:05 
    6. Johnny Aubert (Gas Gas) 44:59:54 

    8. Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) 45:30:06 
    17. Andrew Short (Husqvarna) 47:19:43


  4. Courtesy of Feld Entertainment

    Garrett Marchbanks Captures Second Lites East Class Win and Points Lead
     
    WILKES-BARRE, Penn., (January 21, 2018) - In front of a packed house at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Jacob Hayes took his first victory of the 2018 AMSOIL Arenacross season on January 20.
     
    The first 250AX Main Event saw Chris Blose lead the majority of the race with Gavin Faith and Hayes close behind. Toward the end of the race, Faith made the pass to take over the lead and Hayes closely followed. On the last lap, Faith made a mistake in the whoops, allowing Hayes to make the pass and take his first Main Event win of 2018. Faith followed in second and the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Head to Head challenge winner Blose, finished third.
     
    The second 250AX Main Event saw Gared Steinke take the holeshot and quickly lost the lead and ended up pulling out of the race early due to bike malfunctions. Hayes quickly took over the lead with Faith keeping him honest throughout the remaining 15-lap Main Event. Blose had to come from a mid-pack start and fought his way back to a third-place finish.
      
    Jacob Hayes captures his first AMSOIL Arenacross victory of the 2018 season in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on January 20.

    In the Lites East Class Main Event, Road to Supercross rider Garrett Marchbanks pulled the holeshot and was able to capture the win and take over the East Coast points lead. 

    250AX Class Main Event Results
    1. Jacob Hayes, Greensboro, North Carolina, Kawasaki (1-1)
    2. Gavin Faith, Duncombe, Iowa, Kawasaki (2-2)
    3. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Arizona, Honda (3-3)
    4. Shane Sewell, Westville, Indiana, Kawasaki (4-5)
    5. Jacob Williamson, Swartz Creek, Michigan, Kawasaki (6-6)
    6. Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, KTM (8-4)
    7. Heath Harrison, Silverhill, Alabama, Honda (9-7)
    8. Mason Kerr, Altoona, Iowa, Kawasaki (7-10)
    9. Gared Steinke, Woodland, California, Kawasaki (5-13)
    10. TJ Albright, Mount Marion, New York, KTM (11-8)
     
    250AX Class Championship Standings
    1. Gavin Faith, Duncombe, Iowa, Kawasaki (97)
    2. Jacob Hayes, Greensboro, North Carolina, Kawasaki (93)
    3. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Arizona, Honda (84)
    4. Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, KTM (65)
    5. Gared Steinke, Woodland, California, Kawasaki (60)
    6. Jacob Williamson, Swartz Creek, Michigan, Kawasaki (54)
    7. Shane Sewell, Westville, Indiana, Kawasaki (53)
    8. Kyle Bitterman, West Pelzer, South Carolina, Kawasaki (49)
    9. TJ Albright, Mount Marion, New York, KTM (33)
    10. Travis Sewell, Westville, Indiana (31)
     
    AX Lites East Class Main Event Results
    1. Garrett Marchbanks, Coalville, Utah, Kawasaki
    2. Jared Lesher, Ball Ground, Georgia, Honda
    3. Jeremy Hand, Mantua, Ohio, Honda
    4. Isaac Teasdale, Robbinsville, North Carolina, Kawasaki
    5. Brock Papi, Groveland, Florida, Honda
    6. Carter Gordon, Mattoon, Illinois, KTM
    7. Josh Mosiman, Menifee, California, Husqvarna
    8. Tanner Ward, Woodstock, Ontario, KTM
    9. Heath Harrison, Silverhill, Alabama, Honda
    10. Tanner Basso, Alpine, California, Yamaha
     
    AX Lites East Class Championship Standings
    1. Garrett Marchbanks, Coalville, Utah, Kawasaki (47)
    2. Isaac Teasdale, Robbinsville, North Carolina, Kawasaki (41)
    3. Heath Harrison, Silverhill, Alabama, Honda (39)
    4. Josh Mosiman, Menifee, California, Husqvarna (28)
    5. Jeremy Hand, Mantua, Ohio, Honda (21)
    6. Brock Papi, Groveland, Florida, Honda (13)
    7. TJ Albright, Mount Marion, New York, KTM (13)
    8. Tanner Basso, Alpine, California, Yamaha (9)
    9. Jordan Bailey, Orlando, Florida, Husqvarna (11)
    10. Luke Neese, Jamestown, North Carolina, Yamaha (11)
     
    AMSOIL Arenacross highlights - Photos
     
    AMSOIL Arenacross post-race interview with 250AX overall winner - Video
      
    The 2018 AMSOIL Arenacross season travels to Greensboro, North Carolina for Round 4 on January 27To purchase tickets for AMSOIL Arenacross, visit Arenacross.com. Follow the sport on its social channels: 
    About Feld Entertainment
    Feld Entertainment® is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that uplift the human spirit and bring people together. Properties include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live!, Sesame Street Live! and Marvel Universe LIVE! Across the brand portfolio, Feld Entertainment has entertained millions of families in more than 75 countries and on six continents. Visit feldentertainment.com for more information.
     
    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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  5. Courtesy of Feld Entertainment

    Joey Savatgy Captures Triple Crown Western Regional 250SX Class Win

    ANAHEIM, Calif., (January 21, 2018) - In front of a sell-out crowd of 45,050 fans inside Angel Stadium, Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship, hosted the historical first-ever Triple Crown Event in Anaheim on January 20 for Round 3 of the 2018 season.
     
    Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac captured the overall event win at Round 3 of the series. The Triple Crown, which was introduced in 2018, is a three-city showdown starting at Anaheim 2 where both the 250SX and 450SX Classes compete in three Main Events.


    Jason Anderson battles ahead of Eli Tomac in the third Main Event of the inaugural Triple Crown. Photo credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
     
    In the first 8-minute 450SX Class Main Event, Team Honda HRC's Cole Seely captured the lead on the first lap ahead of Smartop/MotoConcepts Racing's Justin Brayton while the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC/KTM/WPS ride of Blake Baggett climbed up to third and Tomac was fifth. In the second 12-lap Main Event, Tomac captured his first lead and win ahead of Seely and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Jason Anderson. In the third 15-minute Main Event, Anderson ran away with the win, holding on to his points lead, with Tomac in second and Brayton in third. Tomac, who finished 5-1-2, was awarded the overall win with the lowest combined score.

    Eli Tomac takes the overall win in the first-ever Monster Energy Supercross Triple Crown at Angel Stadium on January 20. Photo credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
     
    In the first 6-minute 250SX Class Main Event, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Joey Savatgy lead from the start ahead of GEICO Honda's Christian Craig while the Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha of Mitchell Oldenburg passed up to third by the checkers. In the second 10-minute Main Event, the Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM ride of Shane McElrath stayed wide open out front ahead of Savatgy and Craig. In the third 12-minute Main Event, Savatgy remained up front while Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Adam Cianciarulo held onto second ahead of GEICO Honda's Chase Sexton in third. Savatgy's 1-2-1 was good enough for the overall win.
      
    Joey Savatgy takes his first overall Main Event win and overall victory win at the first-ever Triple Crown. Photo credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.

    Official race highlights and photos will be posted, here: 

    Monster Energy Supercross Anaheim 2 Highlights - Photos
     
    Monster Energy Supercross Anaheim 2 Highlights - Video
      
    For official race results, please visit results.amasupercross.com.
     
    450SX Class Results
    1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (5-1-2)
    2. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda (1-2-7)
    3. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna (7-3-1)
    4. Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, N.C., Honda (2-6-3)
    5. Weston Peick, Menifee, Calif., Suzuki (4-9-5)
    6. Joshua Grant, Wildomar, Calif., Kawasaki (6-4-8)
    7. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrance, Calif., KTM (3-10-6)
    8. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha (8-5-9)
    9. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (11-12-4)
    10. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha (10-7-11)
     
    450SX Class Championship Standings
    1. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna (70)
    2. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda (59)
    3. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha (57)
    4. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (56)
    5. Weston Peick, Menifee, Calif., Suzuki (54)
    6. Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, N.C., Honda (52)
    7. Joshua Grant, Wildomar, Calif., Kawasaki (45)
    8. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrance, Calif., KTM (43)
    9. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., KTM (37) 
    10. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha (37)
     
    Western Regional 250SX Class Results
    1. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki (1-2-1)
    2. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM (5-1-4)
    3. Christian Craig, Orange, Calif. Honda (2-3-5)
    4. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna, Fla., Kawasaki (4-5-2)
    5. Mitchell Oldenburg, Alvord, Texas, Yamaha (3-6-6)
    6. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (6-4-7)
    7. Hayden Mellross, Clermont, Fla., Yamaha (7-10-8)
    8. Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda (15-8-3)
    9. Phillip Nicoletti, Bethel, N.Y., Suzuki (8-7-11)
    10. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Suzuki (11-9-9)
     
    Western Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings
    1. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki (68)
    2. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM (68)
    3. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (66)
    4. Christian Craig, Orange, Calif. Honda (57)
    5. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna, Fla., Kawasaki (56)
    6. Mitchell Oldenburg, Alvord, Texas, Yamaha (34)
    7. Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda (51)
    8. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Suzuki (42)
    9. Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Yamaha (39)
    10. Hayden Mellross, Clermont, Fla., Yamaha (34)
     
    For more information on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, please log on to SupercrossLIVE.com, the official website of Monster Energy Supercross, or follow via social channels:
    About Feld Entertainment
    Feld Entertainment® is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that uplift the human spirit and bring people together. Properties include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live!, Sesame Street Live! and Marvel Universe LIVE! Across the brand portfolio, Feld Entertainment has entertained millions of families in more than 75 countries and on six continents. Visit feldentertainment.com for more information.
     
    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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  6. Courtesy of Team Suzuki Press Office

    Team Suzuki Press Office – January 18. 



    FRI: Florent Richier (Suzuki) – 2nd
    SAT: Nicholas Aubin (Suzuki) – 3rd
    SUN: Yannis Irsuti (Suzuki) – 3rd
     


    Suzuki RM-Z450 riders made the podium at the final round and three races of the ADAC SX-Cup in Dortmund, Germany at the weekend. 

    Over the three days, watched by 27,000 spectators, 33-year-old Richier (Stielergruppe.mx Johannes-Bikes Suzuki) was holding the flag up on the first evening and took second position in the SX1 Final. The Frenchman was celebrating a special moment in Dortmund as the most successful rider of all time with the highest achieved number of points in the history of the event and was given the golden Number #1 plate for his RM-Z450. He said: “This is a very special honour for me. I hope this was not my last race in Dortmund!” 

    On Saturday, Richier had a promising start, but lost some places and had to settle with a fifth place. But he still gained a podium in the overall rankings of the ADAC SX-Cup. On Sunday, he scored 10th after a collision in turn one. He added: “The track was really technically-challenging this year and even small mistakes were punished the hard way. But I can be satisfied with my performance in Dortmund and also with the third place in the SX-Cup.” 

    Richier’s fellow countryman, Yannis Irsuti (Team Twenty Suspension Suzuki), started the event in sixth position on Friday, but was able to step-up with 4-3 to take an overall podium in the standings. He said: “As you could see from my results I was able to build momentum. My team gave me a fantastic bike and I was able to increase my performance. This was a great weekend for us!” 

    Nico Aubin was satisfied with his Suzuki RM-Z450 after finishing third on Saturday. He said: “I trained a lot in the sand with my bike that was specially prepared for beach racing, therefore I had some adapting problems on the first evening. I rode the new RM-Z450 for the first time in Dortmund, but we were able to find the right settings for me quite fast. The bike really worked well and with third and fifth place on Saturday and Sunday I had two really strong races.” 

    Another fast Suzuki rider in the SX1-class was Christoph Martin (Team Castrol Power 1 Suzuki Moto-Base). The Frenchman only just missed-out on the podium with two fourth places on Friday and Sunday and finished Saturday’s race inside the Top-10. 

    Boris Maillard (Stielergruppe.mx Johannes-Bikes Suzuki) also was able to collect important points in Dortmund and finished the SX-Cup in fourth place. 

    Best SX2-class rider was Gradie Featherstone on his RM-Z250. The British (Team Castrol Power 1 Suzuki Moto-Base) rider achieved a Top-10 position on each night and finished the ADAC SX2-class in seventh position. 

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  7. Courtesy of Husqvarna Motorcycles

    ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING DUO WILL LOOK TO IMPROVE THEIR POSITIONS IN RALLY’S OVERALL STANDINGS
    Already in San Juan following the cancellation of Thursday’s stage 12, the duo of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing riders Pablo Quintanilla and Andrew Short are looking forward to the 2018 Dakar Rally’s two final stages. Their main goal for the next two days of racing in Argentina is to climb higher in the rally’s overall standings. 

    After thousands of racing kilometres across Peru and Bolivia and into Argentina, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing riders have reached the penultimate bivouac of the 2018 Dakar Rally in the city of San Juan. Riding in groups along main roads following the cancellation of stage 12, they reached the San Juan bivouac early in the afternoon and started preparing themselves for the last two stages of the rally. 

    Battling through everything that has been thrown at him, reigning Rally World Champion Pablo Quintanilla is currently placed eighth in the Dakar’s provisional overall standings. Looking for some good individual stage results, the Chilean rally star has his eyes set on getting as close as possible to the top of the leader board. 

    For Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rally rookie Andrew Short, this Dakar has been a huge learning experience. Putting in an impressively consistent performance so far in South America the US racer will look to wrap up his debut Dakar on a high note. 

    Taking racers to the last bivouac of the race in Córdoba, tomorrow’s stage 13 features a 369km timed special, together with a massive 560km liaison section. 

    Pablo Quintanilla“This has been a challenging Dakar for me but I am still here doing my best. Yesterday I had a small technical issue and lost some time in the dunes to repair it. It’s been a tough event for everybody and the most important thing is that I didn’t make any big mistakes and I am still in the race for the finish. I’m looking forward to these last two stages of the rally. I will do my best for some good results while also taking the chance to improve my navigation.” 

    Andrew Short“Day by day we are getting closer to the finish. Following my crash from two days ago, my riding yesterday was a bit on the cautious side. I started off tentatively and soon realised my shoulder was weaker than what I anticipated. However, as the day went on I started feeling better. Starting together with the cars and the trucks, navigation might have been simpler but riding conditions were really difficult. I think that’s also why they cancelled the stage today. The goal now is to cross the finish line. The most important thing for me is that I’ve learnt a lot these last couple weeks and I now know exactly what I need to work on for the future. A Dakar is like a whole season of racing motocross in just 14 days.” 

    2018 Dakar Rally – Provisional Overall Standings After Stage 12 
    1. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 36:33:37 
    2. Kevin Benavides (Honda) 37:05:37 
    3. Toby Price (KTM) 37:12:54 
    4. Gerard Farres (KTM) 37:22:54 
    5. Antoine Meo (KTM) 37:32:42 
    6. Ricky Brabec (Honda) 37:51:47 
    … 
    8. Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) 38:26:56 
    17. Andrew Short (Husqvarna) 39:40:08




     
  8. Courtesy of Legends and Heroes Tour 


    Houston, TX - January 18, 2018 -The Legend and Heroes Tour, the only traveling motocross and supercross museum in the country, is pleased to announce that they will Supercross and Motocross legend David Pingree this Saturday night at round three of the Monster Energy Supercross series in Anaheim, California.

    The Tour stands behind the belief that “We Don’t Leave History Behind” and has kept the founding fathers, and mothers, pure in their thoughts by honoring the men and women that shaped supercross and motocross into what it is today. Each honoree receives a special commemorative plaque during a special podium presentation on the stadium floor before opening ceremonies.

    About David Pingree:

    Growing up in Montana far away from the hustle and bustle of the SoCal motocross scene, few thought David Pingree would go on to accomplish the racing successes he did. In a professional career that spanned from 1993 to 2004 “Ping” was able to score 71 top 10 finishes in motocross and supercross competition. His first win came as a member of Mitch Payton’s Pro Circuit Kawasaki team in San Jose, CA in 1995 and the last win of his career came in 2002 in Anaheim, CA as the first American rider to win a supercross on a KTM. During his career, Pingree finished in the Top 5 in the points standings five times including third overall in 1995 and second overall in 2000.  

    Following his supercross and motocross career, Pingree found success in Supermoto racing winning several races and an X-Games medal along the way. His Supermoto career transitioned into a team manager position with the Troy Lee Designs Racing team where he ran the team for several years at its inception.

    Today Pingree is a Firefighter/Paramedic in California and continues to be a part of motocross and supercross by writing columns and special features as an Editor-at-Large for RacerX.

    With nearly 5000 square feet of display space, the Legends and Heroes Tour is a definite must-see during the Pit Party at a supercross near you. The mobile museum features walk-through display videos that allow our guests the opportunity to take a trip back to back to where the sport began. The videos show the heroes of the sport from the beginning of their careers to the races that made them famous. New to the tour in 2018 is the Supercross Virtual Reality Station (SXVR) where guests can experience the thrill of supercross via VR technology and feel like they are on the racetrack. Guests are also encouraged to stop by early and pick up a complimentary copy of RacerX magazine while supplies last. And thanks to our local friends at each round, the Legends Tour features some of the best vintage motocross bikes on display in a single location. Featuring different vehicles at each round, our guests can relive the machines of their youth and show their family and friends the early days of motocross and supercross.

    See behind the scenes footage and great vintage photos and stories by visiting our website and social media accounts.





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    About the Tour:The Legends and Heroes Tour is a professional, historical display and timeline of America’s greatest motorsports, motocross, and supercross. On-site, the tour encompasses nearly 5000 square feet of moto-history with bikes, gear and other memorabilia that transport our guests back in time through the history of the sport. Visited by more than 9 million guests during its previous seven years of existence, the Legends and Heroes Tour attends each stop of the Monster Energy Supercross Series and Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series. Visit us in the Pit Party at a supercross or motocross near you or online atwww.legendsandheroestour.org

    The Legends and Heroes Tour would not be possible without great sponsors like: Feld Entertainment, Monster Energy Supercross, Food for Life Bakery, Dunlop, EZup Shelters, Wossner, Yuasa, Boyesen, Motion Pro, Engine Ice, Acerbis, Rockwell, Bell, KTM, Rich Designs, Moto X Roads, The Early Days of Motocross Museum, RacerX, MX Sports, Brad Whitworth Photography, Retro Moto, Cycle News, Pro Circuit and Renthal for help with our awards and Langston Motorsports for vehicles for our SXVR program. Thank you all.



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  9. Courtesy of Team Suzuki Press Office



    Team Suzuki Press Office – January 17. 

    MXGP rider Nico Aubin will line up for the remainder of the 2018 Power Maxed Arenacross Tour with RFX Suzuki. 

    He’ll be joining the rest of the battling Pros on the AX grid for his first-ever AX outing at round three of the series at The Genting Arena, Birmingham this Saturday, January 20th. 

    The super-fast Frenchman is no stranger to the UK, or success, as he previously rode with Dave Thorpe’s Buildbase team in the British MX series, won the Red Bull Nationals in 2012 and played a pivotal role in taking the French Motocross of Nations team to second place at Donington Park in 2008. He currently runs his own Amexio Suzuki team and, together with his brother Arnaud, competes in French motocross and supercross championships. He finished second behind leading AX Pros Cedric Soubeyras (Team FRO Systems) and ahead of Thomas Ramette (SR75 Suzuki) in the French Summer Supercross series, and took another second at the Dortmund Supercross event last weekend. The 29-year-old, who lives in Normandy, is fired-up to be returning to the UK and reckons he could upset some people and has a real chance to get on the AX podium. 

    Said Aubin: “I had planned to get a bit of free time in the off-season, but I’m feeling good physically and I just really love racing. After finishing second last week, I decided I needed to continue riding and I was looking at my options when I took the call from RFX. Sometimes things are just meant to be and here I am joining the team. Everybody is happy. 

    “I’m really excited to be joining Arenacross and returning to the UK where I have many friends. This is my first time racing the series, but I have heard so much about it. I know Bobby (Evgeny Bobryshev, RFX Suzuki) from our MXGP days, and I’ve raced against all the fast French riders who are already in AX - so I know some of the tactics! I’ll have to quickly learn the tracks, but I believe I can get on the podium.” 

    Looking forward to having a complete team again, Team RFX Suzuki boss Paul Irwin added; “We were all gutted when Angelo (Pellegrini) got injured at Manchester, as we had a strong team that had already gelled well. However, I’m delighted that we now have a world-class line up with two former MXGP top runners flying the RFX Suzuki flag. Nico and Bobby will make a formidable pairing and I reckon we can get back on the podium where we belong – Roll on Birmingham!” 

    For Power Maxed Arenacross Tour information: CLICK HERE 

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  10. Courtesy of Team Suzuki Press Office




    Team Suzuki Press Office – January 17. 


    Cedric Soubeyras - Team FRO Systems Suzuki - 1st
    Evgeny Bobryshev – RFX Suzuki - 5th
    Cyrille Coulon – SR75 World Suzuki - 8th
    Thomas Ramette – SR75 World Suzuki -12th 


    Reigning French Supercross Champion Cedric Soubeyras raced his Team FRO Systems Suzuki RM-Z450 to victory in the second round of the 2018 Power Maxed Arenacross Tour at the Newcastle Metro Radio Arena in the UK at the weekend as defending series champions SR75 World Suzuki suffered with some setbacks. 

    Soubeyras, who earned an additional three points by cleaning-up in the hot lap event, moved into the lead of the eight-round series as SR75 World Suzuki’s reigning champion Thomas Ramette dropped to seventh, but with plenty of races left.

    Team RFX Suzuki rider Evgeny Bobryshev also put himself in the series hunt following his Suzuki RM-Z450 debut last weekend with fifth position in the Final and now sits 10th in the points. 

    Following an almost perfect start to the 2018 Power Maxed Arenacross Tour when Cyrille Coulon and Thomas Ramette finished second and third, SR75 World Team Suzuki took a hit with both riders finishing well down in the Main Event. 

    Qualification went well with reigning champion Ramette and an under-the-weather Coulon posting solid times in both sessions to run 2-6 with Ramette just 0.003 off pole position. 

    For the Main Event the riders had 4-7 gate picks with Ramette on the outside, but he nailed another incredible start to somehow take the holeshot and he took a solid control of the race but Coulon had a big crash on lap one when he landed on a tuff block which dropped him to the back. 

    Up front, Ramette looked super-smooth until he got a tuff block cover stuck in his rear wheel. Forced to drop his pace, eventually the rear brake failed causing a crash. 

    Geoff Walker – Team Principal:

    “Tough nights come along and we deal with them together as a team. It can’t be podiums every time and we have a great understanding of this coupled with a great determination and belief in ourselves. 

    “The organisers and crew did a great job to give us a race track here in Newcastle. Our Suzuki race bikes, crew and riders were amazing again tonight and the effort is exactly the same win or lose. We love this and we relish a challenge. A massive thanks to Suzuki UK and of course all of our team partners involved in making this dream happen.” 

    Cyrille Coulon – 8th: 

    “I am not happy with the result but I am happy with my riding. I rode fast in the Main Event from the back and I want to win races. I am a little sick this week so I tried to control my energy. I feel fast and I am looking forward to the next round in Birmingham. Thanks to my team and all my sponsors.” 

    Thomas Ramette – 12th: 

    “Of course tonight is disappointing. I feel great on the bike and I want to go faster. I have had something happen tonight which is unfortunate but this is racing. My focus is stronger than ever now and with no pressure I can race with freedom so I cannot wait to get to Birmingham. Thanks as always to everyone involved with SR75 Suzuki. We are having fun and giving 100 per cent as always.” 


    Pro Main Event Result: 

    1. Cedric Soubeyras (Team FRO Systems Suzuki) 
    2. Fabien Izoird 
    3. Hugo Basaula 
    4. Charles Lefrancois 
    5. Evgeny Bobryshev (RFX Suzuki) 
    6. Jack Brunell 
    7. James Dunn 
    8. Cyrille Coulon (SR75 World Suzuki) 
    9. Ashley Greedy 
    10. Dan Reardon 

    Pro Championship Points: 

    1. Cedric Soubeyras, Team FRO Systems, 38 points 
    2. Charles Lefrancois, Buildbase Honda, 38 
    3. Fabien Izoird, Buildbase Honda, 34 
    4. Hugo Basaula, Shocktech Kawasaki, 30 
    5. Cyrille Coulon, SR75 World Suzuki, 29 
    6. Jack Brunell, Team Green Holeshot Kawasaki, 25 
    7. Thomas Ramette, SR75 World Suzuki, 23 
    8. Ashley Greedy, Team FRO Systems, 18 
    9. Dan Reardon, JK I-Fly Yamaha Racing, 18 
    10. Evgeny Bobryshev, RFX Suzuki, 14 
    Images (courtesy of Arenacross UK): CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS 


    More information fromwww.arenacrossuk.com 



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  11. Courtesy of Husqvarna Motorcycles

    ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING DUO CLIMB HIGHER UP THE PROVISIONAL OVERALL STANDINGS
    Making the best of a challenging day in this year’s Dakar Rally, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing teammates Pablo Quintanilla and Andrew Short have both finished inside the top six in stage 10 of the event. With Pablo claiming a strong runner-up position, Andrew enjoyed his best stage result to date bringing his FR 450 Rally machine home in sixth position. 

    Featuring highly demanding navigation, the day’s timed special was a real test for all competitors’ skills and stamina. Making use of his vast experience, Pablo Quintanilla posted the second fastest time for the day. In doing so he climbed to ninth in the event’s provisional overall standings. With four more demanding stages to go, the two-time Rally World Champion is less than 30 minutes behind a provisional top six final result. 

    For Andrew Short, stage 10 was proof of the progress the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s rally rookie has made during this year’s event. Making light work of a demanding stage, the acclaimed US racer secured the first top six Dakar stage result of his career and is now placed 19th in the provisional overall standings. 

    With the first part of the second and final marathon stage starting tomorrow, there is still a long way to go in this year’s Dakar Rally. On Wednesday competitors will contest a 280km timed special on their way from Belén to the marathon bivouac in Fiambalá. 

    Pablo Quintanilla“It was a really tough day. Even before its start we knew it would be a tricky stage in terms of navigation, with lots of off-piste section in camel grass terrain. There were also many rivers and some of them were in parallel to the right tracks. Following my results from the previous stage in Bolivia I had a good starting position so focused on my navigation and tried my best to make up some of the time lost. I didn’t want to push over the limit, as I knew it was possible to make a mistake. This strategy worked in my favour and we managed to get a good stage result.” 

    Andrew Short“It was an up and down stage for me but I am more than satisfied with the result. I was fast in some parts of the stage and then in others I had to slow down and pay more attention on my navigation. There were some parts of the stage that you couldn’t actually see where you were going. I rode by myself for the first part of the stage and that was a good practise for me. Then in the second part, I caught the leading riders who had got lost and I managed to stay with them. I just kept it pinned while trying not to make mistakes. I also had a big crash at one point, but luckily it was all good and I managed to get going again. I’m still really excited with the way things are going so far. I learn a lot and start to know how to be fast while also making sure I follow the right tracks.” 

    2018 Dakar Rally – Stage 10 Provisional Classification 
    1. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 04:52:26 
    2. Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) 05:04:01 
    3. Gerard Farres (KTM) 05:08:47 
    4. Oriol Mena (Hero) 05:13:11 
    5. Jose Cornejo (Honda) 05:15:40 
    6. Andrew Short (Husqvarna) 05:16:39 

    2018 Dakar Rally – Provisional Overall Standings After Stage 10 
    1. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 32:21:03 
    2. Joan Barreda (Honda) 33:00:45 
    3. Kevin Benavides (Honda) 33:02:26 
    4. Gerard Farres (KTM) 33:08:49 
    5. Toby Price (KTM) 33:11:21 
    6. Antoine Meo (KTM) 33:24:38 

    9. Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) 33:51:27 
    19. Andrew Short (Husqvarna) 35:02:13


     
  12. Courtesy of Kawasaki

    After capturing the 2018 AMA Arenacross season opening victory, Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy/Kawasaki wasted no time jumping out to the early lead at Round 2, as Gavin Faith and Jacob Hayes finished first and second in 250AX Heat 1.
    When the gate dropped in the DCU Center for 250AX Main Event 1, it was the reigning champion, Faith on his KX™250F grabbing the holeshot with teammate Hayes in tow. The Kawasaki teammates never faltered and rode a smooth 15-lap race to the checkered flag with Faith finishing in first place and Hayes second.
    Main Event 2 was much of the same as Faith grabbed his third holeshot of the night with Hayes right behind him in second place. The two Kawasaki's were on another level from the competition all night as they went on to finish first and second again. Faith would finish 1-1 for the event overall win, while Hayes finished 2-2 for second overall.
    "We had another solid weekend for the team," said Faith. "The night couldn't have gone better for both Jacob and I. We got great starts and finished 1-2 in all three races. I'm looking forward to next weekend."
    "Tonight felt good," said Hayes. "I felt strong all day and during the night show I got off to three great starts and finished second right behind my teammate. I can't wait to keep the momentum going."
    In the 250AX Lites Class, Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green™ rider Garrett Marchbanks lined up feeling confident after last weekend's victory. After qualifying second from 250AX Lites Heat 1, the gate dropped on the Main Event and Marchbanks came around Turn 1 in seventh place. By Lap 3, he was up to fourth place and continued pushing his way towards the front of the field, eventually overtaking second in the final laps. He would maintain the second place position as the checkered flag waved, resulting in an impressive come-from-behind performance.
    "Tonight wasn't easy," said Marchbanks. "I didn't get a great start all night which made tonight difficult, but I'm pumped to have a win and a second place finish after only racing two rounds of Arenacross."


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  13. Courtesy of Kawasaki

    Round 2 of the 2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship landed in Houston's NRG Stadium with an electric audience and frigid temperatures. Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac went into qualifying hoping to power through an injury sustained at the season opener but ultimately was unable to continue.
    "We did everything we could this week to work through the injury but I didn't feel right on the bike and I wasn't able to ride at race speed," said Tomac. "We have to think about the rest of the season so we're going to take it day-by-day and focus on getting healthy for Anaheim 2."
    Teammate Josh Grant, lined up for Heat 1 in the 450SX Class feeling confident and got off to great start by taking the holeshot. As the race ran on, Grant dropped a few spots but held on to transfer directly into the Main Event with a fourth place finish. In a highly contested 450SX main, Grant finished in the top 10 for the second week in a row with a ninth place finish and sits eighth in the 450SX Rider Point Standings.
    "There are a lot of positives we can build on," said Grant. "Taking the holeshot in my Heat race showed our hard work on my starts is paying off. We're in the hunt, I'm feeling confident and we'll continue to put in the work so we can be on the podium."
    Following a strong performance at last weekend's season opener in Anaheim, Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders Joey Savatgy and Adam Cianciarulo hoped to carry that momentum into Houston. Both riders were able to do just that with Savatgy taking the holeshot and finishing third in 250SX Heat 1 and Cianciarulo qualifying first and posting his fastest lap of the day to win 250SX Heat 2. As the gate dropped for the 250SX Main Event, both Kawasaki riders had great starts with Savatgy taking the holeshot, just ahead of Cianciarulo in third. After five laps, it became a battle of the KX™250F riders until a mistake by Cianciarulo with less than seven minutes remaining dropped him to fourth. With two laps to go, both Kawasaki riders looked to have podium finishes when Cianciarulo went down while chasing his teammate. Savatgy crossed the finish line second and Cianciarulo rebounded to finish seventh as the checkered flag waived.
    "I felt really strong tonight," said Savatgy. "Obviously I wanted the win, but I learned last year that it's a long season so we're happy to be on the podium. We're feeling really good and excited to head back to Anaheim next weekend."
    "I expect to be on the podium," said Cianciarulo. "I came in prepared this season. I have the best team in the business and they set me up to win every single week. We felt great all day, but I made a couple of mistakes in the Main Event that cost me. We're going to learn from this and come back strong next week."
    Savatgy and Cianciarulo are third and fourth respectively in the 250SX West Championship as the series returns to Southern California next weekend for Anaheim 2.



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  14. Courtesy of Team Suzuki Press Office

    Team Suzuki Press Office – January 15.

    Weston Peick – 450 Class – 5th
    Malcolm Stewart - 450 Class – 11th
    Justin Hill - 250 Class – 10th
    Phil Nicoletti - 250 Class – 12th 





    Autotrader/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing’s Weston Peick scored a second consecutive top-five finish at the second round of the 2018 AMA Supercross series in Houston, Texas on Saturday night as Malcolm Stewart impressed in his first fill-in race for the team. 

    Peick continues to hone his Supercross skills throughout the week and the effort is paying dividends. With a fifth-place heat race finish, Peick put himself in a great position for the Main Event. When the gate dropped, his Suzuki RM-Z450 rocketed to a third-place start and he kept pace with the early leaders while riding a smart race. Peick crossed the finish line in fifth – his second top-five finish in as many tries – and currently sits tied for fourth in the point standings.

    News broke early in the week that 2016 AMA 250 East Supercross Champion Stewart was brought on board to fill in for the injured Justin Bogle and ‘Mookie’ didn’t disappoint, scoring seventh in his heat race and 11th in the Main. That is very credible for a rider who only had a few days of testing the Autotrader/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing RM-Z450. The ever-popular Stewart will set his sights higher this weekend. 

    Defending 250 West Champion, Justin Hill, came to Houston with a chip on his shoulder. The Oregon native was determined to win; however, he felt off all day. It has been said that championships are won on the bad days. Hill fought through adversity to score a top-10 finish in the Main and is still very much in the title fight. 

    Riding through the pain of a rib injury, 250 West competitor Phil Nicoletti used grit and determination to score a 12th place finish. This came after Nicoletti was unable to ride all week. With more down time, he expects a better result at Anaheim 2. 

    Weston Peick [450 Class, Fifth Place]: 

    “This weekend went well for me. The goal was to back-up my top-five finish from Anaheim 1, and I succeeded. The track was technical and constantly breaking down, with big whoops and lots of ruts. Houston proved that I can handle the ever-changing conditions. I’m excited for Anaheim 2. My next target is to get on the podium. With good starts and consistent lap times I should be able to achieve that. I’m really gelling with the RM-Z450 and I like the progress that we’re making.” 

    Malcolm Stewart [450 Class, 11th Place]: 

    “I tell you, going eight months without a gate drop feels like forever! It’s great to be back doing what I love to do. I have to give a huge shout out to the Autotrader/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing Team for giving me the opportunity to race. I appreciate the fans for sticking by me through thick and thin. The Houston fans made me feel like I was home again, so thanks! I’m looking forward to getting more time on the bike and making a big impact at Anaheim 2.” 

    Justin Hill [250 Class, 10th Place]: 

    “I struggled all day and felt off. I’ve never had an entire day where I made zero progress. From the very first time my wheels touched the track, all of the way until the checkered flag flew in the Main Event, I didn’t get any better. My comfort level was off. We had a few minor tweaks that needed to be made to the rear suspension on my bike, but I didn’t ride the RM-Z250 for what it was worth. I was in a funk. 

    “It’s difficult, because I had the speed at Anaheim 1, but bad starts kept me from running towards the front. At Houston, the speed was not there. It was a total 180-degree turn from the opening round. I’m definitely disappointed in myself. Everyone on the team wants to help, and I’m grateful for their support. I will be working with a few members of the team this week to try some different settings. I’ve never wanted to win so badly.” 

    Phil Nicoletti [250 Class, 12nd place]: 

    “The track was very demanding. I struggled to find a flow after not riding all week. I had to take time off after my Anaheim 1 crash in order to let my body heal, so I knew it would be challenging to find a good feeling in Houston. I went to the doctor after the Anaheim opener. It was discovered that I had a few cracked and misplaced ribs. I’m looking forward to having a bit more time to let my body heal before coming back strong at Anaheim 2.” 

    Jeremy Albrecht [Team Manager]: 

    “Overall, there were quite a few positives from this weekend. Weston had a solid ride. He improved from last week. Malcolm was doing really well for having been on the Suzuki RM-Z450 a few times. With more time on the bike he should have a better result at Anaheim. Malcolm was great to work with. He was super positive and he loves the bike. It was great that Malcolm also went to the post-race press conference. He wants to be involved, which is awesome. 

    “The Houston track was super gnarly and very technical, with really challenging whoops. Hill crashed in the whoops in the first timed qualifying session, and I believe that threw him off his rhythm. Justin got hit in the first turn in the Main Event and lost his rear brake. It was tough for him to manage the track without a rear brake, given how many bowl turns there were. As for Nicoletti, he rode well considering how banged up he was. He was in pain every time he rode, but he fought through it. I expect everyone on the team to come out swinging at the next round.” 

    The Autotrader/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing Team will head back to Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California for the third round of the 2018 Supercross series on Saturday, January 20th. 

    Houston SX Results: CLICK HERE 

    Houston SX Image GalleryCLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS 

    Championship Points: CLICK HERE 




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  15. Courtesy of Husqvarna Motorcycles

    PABLO QUINTANILLA & ANDREW SHORT FOCUSED ON STRONG RESULTS IN EVENT’S FINAL OVERALL STANDINGS
    Racing more than 4,000km in Peru and Bolivia, the duo of Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing riders Pablo Quintanilla and Andrew Short now have their eyes set on the third and final part of the 2018 Dakar Rally – the final five days of competition in Argentina. Battling their way through eight challenging stages, the two FR 450 Rally mounted riders will look to climb even higher in the final overall standings as the event enters its final and most challenging phase.

    Riding to Salta in groups following the cancellation of stage nine, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing riders enjoyed some well-deserved hours of relaxation ahead of the final part of the Dakar. Following the issues he had on stage eight, Pablo Quintanilla is currently 12th in the rally’s provisional overall standings. Looking ahead, the Chilean rally star is now eyeing some good stage results on Argentinean soil. 

    For Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s rally rookie Andrew Short, this event has been a huge learning experience. Claiming his best stage result to date yesterday, the US racer is now focused on reaching the finish of the event on Saturday with a good position in the overall. Andrew is currently 23rd in the provisional standings. 

    Heading south and towards the city of Belén tomorrow, Dakar Rally competitors will contest a 373km-long timed special. Stage 10 of the 2018 Dakar Rally will bring racers one-step closer to the big finish in Córdoba on Saturday. 

    Pablo Quintanilla“Following the issues I had yesterday, I am really happy I am still in the race to the finish. Coming into this year’s Dakar, my goal was obviously to fight for the win. We had some great stage results and I was inside the top eight and close to the group of leading riders until yesterday. Right now the podium might seem like a distant goal, but I will do my best for some good stage results. The race now enters one of its most difficult parts, but I know what I need to do to make some of the time I’ve lost.” 

    Andrew Short“Since the start of the marathon stage we’ve had two long and exhausting days of racing, so it was good to take some time to relax today. For me this event is a life experience. Since its start I feel that I’ve learned a lot. I learned how to get faster in the deep sand while also navigating myself in the most tricky sections. I also learned how to retain a good pace in the fast sections, but compared to the riders in front I feel that there’s still a lot to improve there. Overall, I’m happy with my progress so far and I am looking forward to the coming stages of the rally.” 

    2018 Dakar Rally – Provisional Overall Standings After Stage 9 
    1. Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) 27:22:03 
    2. Kevin Benavides (Honda) 27:22:25 
    3. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 27:28:37 
    4. Toby Price (KTM) 27:29:38 
    5. Joan Barreda (Honda) 27:30:04 
    6. Antoine Meo (KTM) 27:31:59 
    … 
    12. Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) 28:47:26 
    23. Andrew Short (Husqvarna) 29:45:34

     
  16. Courtesy of KTM

    Dakar Rally 2018 – Stage 9
    The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team have travelled to Salta in Argentina to continue the 40th edition of the Dakar Rally. Stage nine of the event was cancelled due to extreme weather conditions making Monday’s proposed timed special unfit to race.

    The ninth stage of the Dakar Rally was completed untimed with competitors enjoying a more relaxed pace on the route from Tupiza, Bolivia to the city of Salta in north western Argentina. Travelling in convoy, the riders made short work of the 500km journey, crossing the border and arriving in Salta around mid-day.

    With five more stages to contest, covering approximately 3,200km, there is everything to play for in the motorcycle category. The top-six riders are only separated by 10 minutes, a time that could easily be lost or gained in one single stage. Matthias Walkner still leads the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing riders in the standings, the Austrian knows the next few days will be crucial.

    Matthias Walkner: “The next five days are going to get really exciting. It’s so close at the top of the standings, there are six or seven guys that could still take the win. Normally I enjoy the terrain in Argentina, but I’m not so keen on the camel grass of recent times. I much prefer the fast pistes and rivers that we get to cross. If the route is like that and I can get to Cordoba without making too many mistakes, then I’m confident of a good result.”

    Toby Price lies just one-minute behind Walkner in fourth overall. Feeling a little sore after such a hard week in the saddle the former Enduro World Champion will need to call on all of his off-road experience to tame the terrain in Argentina.

    Toby Price: “I’m looking forward to racing in Argentina again, from what we have had in previous years, I think it’s going to be quite difficult. There’s still a long way to go – a lot of kilometres left to race. I am happy with my pace, to be able to get this far so soon after coming back from injury is a real confidence boost. I’ll just keep on doing what I’ve been doing – taking each day as it comes – and hopefully I’ll be somewhere near at the finish.”

    Antoine Meo now has two stage wins under his belt on this 40th edition of the Dakar Rally. Starting first on tomorrow’s stage 10 won’t be easy for the Frenchman. Nevertheless, on-form and riding well on his new KTM 450 RALLY, Meo will be pushing hard on the last five stages of the event.

    Antoine Meo: “Opening the stage tomorrow is going to be a bit of a disadvantage. After a long liaison, the special starts in the dunes and with no tracks to follow it’s going to be tough leading from the front. There are still five stages to go and I’m less than 10-minutes from the lead and anything can happen in Argentina as we’ve seen before. We still have another marathon stage and the longest day of the event still to come at over 900km. I’m feeling good though and looking forward to the challenge.”

    Laia Sanz was lucky to complete stage eight, an impact with some of the local wildlife thankfully didn’t result in a crash for the Spaniard, just some minor damage to her bike. Laia is looking forward to the final stages in Argentina, but hopes for some cooler conditions than forecast.

    Laia Sanz: “I think Argentina is going to be tough, we have another couple of marathon stages on Thursday and Friday and anything can happen on those days. I’m a little afraid of the heat in Argentina, if it gets really hot, it’s not only tiring but it makes it hard to concentrate too and you can make mistakes with your navigation. We have five stages left to go, so I’m hoping they all go well and I can make the finish.”

    Enjoying the best result of his rally so far on stage eight, Luciano Benavides now looks forward to the final days of the event in his home-country with added enthusiasm. The Salta local was given a hero’s welcome from the crowds as he entered the province. Some good performances on familiar terrain could secure Benavides’ position as this year’s top rookie.

    Luciano Benavides: “I am so happy to be in my home country of Argentina now. I am really looking forward to racing these final five stages. The fans have been amazing here and gave us such a big welcome. I don’t think I will have much of an advantage riding here, I don’t know any of the stages. I do know the type of terrain though and hopefully I will be able to push a little more than before.”

    The team will be glad of today’s rest as tomorrow’s (Tuesday’s) stage 10 is another long one. A total of 797km will be covered on the bikes, 373km of which are timed special in the dunes and river crossings of the Catamarca Province. Riders will leave Salta and head for Belén, a beautiful city in the centre of the region. Navigation will be especially important as well as the strength to keep up a good pace in the technical latter half of the stage.

    Provisional Standings after cancelled Stage Nine – 2018 Dakar Rally

    1. Adrien van Beveren (FRA), Yamaha, 27:22:03
    2. Kevin Benavides (ARG), Honda, 27:22:25 +0:22
    3. Matthias Walkner (AUT), 27:28:37 +6:34 
    4. Toby Price (AUT), KTM, 27:29:38 +7:35
    5. Joan Barreda (ESP), Honda, 27:30:04 +8:01
    Other KTM 
    6. Antoine Meo (FRA), KTM, 27:31:59 +9:56
    7. Stefan Svitko (SVK), KTM, 27:53:58 +31:55
    9. Gerard Farres (ESP), KTM, 28:0:02 +37:59
    14. Laia Sanz (ESP), KTM, 28:53:28 +1:31:25 
    18. Luciano Benavides (ARG), KTM, 29:10:16 +1:48:13

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  17. Courtesy of Husqvarna Motorcycles


    HARRISON FINISHES 13TH IN 250 CLASS
    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson wasted no time in showing what his all new Husqvarna 2018 FC 450 Rockstar Edition is capable of by absolutely dominating the competition and taking a massive, come from behind main event win and, with it, the points lead and red plate! After a few years off the schedule, AMA Supercross and the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team headed to Houston, TX for the second round of the series. From the very first lap of the day, Anderson was in the zone and rolled on his own momentum all night long riding with the perfect mix of raw speed and control. With 450 teammate Dean Wilson forced to sit out the night due to lingering pain from his Anaheim crash, Anderson stole the show and notched his 2nd career victory in Houston's NRG Stadium. Mitchell Harrison overcame adversity once again to ride strong and post a 13th place finish on the night.

    After posting the fastest qualifying time of the day, Jason Anderson pulled the holeshot in his heat and dominated the remainder of the race to earn his second consecutive heat race victory aboard his Husqvarna 2018 FC 450 Rockstar Edition. He was fifth at the start of the 450 Main Event and quickly moved to fourth. He made the move for third around Weston Peick at the end of the first lap and kept digging to the front. He inched closer to second-place rider, Justin Barcia, found some great lines, then took advantage of a mistake made by Barcia to make the pass for second. He then went on a charge and set his sights on the lead. He patiently waited for his opportunity to strike, then made a successful pass through the rhythm section using an alternate line to take over the lead with just over five minutes remaining. He completely dominated the day and took his first 450 Main Event victory of the season as well as the points lead in the class.

    “Houston was probably the most perfect day I’ve ever had in my career,” said Anderson. “I won every time I was on the track - both practices, heat race and main. It was a battle, but it was awesome. I’m in the zone but, at the same time, I don’t want to get ahead of myself. I feel good and I’m in a good spot."

    Mitchell Harrison pulled the holeshot aboard his Husqvarna 2018 FC 250 in the second 250 heat and fought to stay in the front of the pack. He swapped between second and third before going back to 10th after crashing hard in the whoops. He remounted and fought back to finish ninth and transfer directly to the 250 Main Event. He was mid-pack at the start of the 250 Main and came out of the first lap in 11th. He put his head down and focused on moving through the pack. He made his way into the top 10 but went back to 11th in the 11th lap. He would eventually finish the race in 13th.

    “I felt really good in practice,” said Harrison. “The bike was great. I got the holeshot in the heat then crashed, but I was able to come back to ninth and qualify for the main. I got a decent start in the main, but I rode tight. I have some things to work on, and I hope to do better next week at Anaheim."

    Houston Results

    250SX West Main Event
    1. Aaron Plessinger
    2. Joey Savatgy
    3. Chase Sexton
    4. Shane McElrath
    5. Christian Craig
    6. Mitchell Oldenburg
    7. Adam Cianciarulo
    8. Bradley Taft
    9. Kyle Chisholm
    10. Justin Hill

    13. Mitchell Harrison - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing

    250SX West Rider Point Standings
    1. Aaron Plessinger - 49 points
    2. Shane McElrath - 45 points
    3. Joey Savatgy - 42 points
    4. Adam Cianciarulo - 37 points
    5. Chase Sexton - 36 points
    6. Christian Craig - 36 points
    7. Mitchell Oldenburg - 34 points
    8. Justin Hill - 29 points
    9. Bradley Taft - 27 points
    10. Kyle Chisholm - 27 points

    12. Mitchell Harrison - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing - 19 points

    450SX Main Event
    1. Jason Anderson - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
    2. Ken Roczen
    3. Justin Barcia
    4. Cole Seely
    5. Weston Peick
    6. Justin Brayton
    7. Blake Baggett
    8. Broc Tickle
    9. Josh Grant
    10. Jeremy Martin

    450SX Rider Point Standings
    1. Jason Anderson - Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing - 49 points
    2. Ken Roczen - 42 points
    3. Justin Barcia - 42 points
    4. Cole Seely - 36 points
    5. Weston Peick - 36 points
    6. Justin Brayton - 33 points
    7. Broc Tickle - 30 points
    8. Josh Grant - 28 points
    9. Blake Baggett - 27 points
    10. Marvin Musquin - 26 points


  18. Courtesy of Husqvarna Motorcycles


    ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING RALLY ROOKIE CLAIMS FIRST TOP 20 FINISH IN DAKAR 2018
    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Andrew Short has enjoyed his best performance to date on the 40th edition of the Dakar Rally, ending stage eight in 17th position. With it the US racer, who is competing in his first ever Dakar Rally, moves closer to the top 20 in the provisional overall standings. Dealing with a minor technical issue, Pablo Quintanilla is currently 12th in the overall standings. 

    Bringing competitors from Uyuni to Tupiza, Sunday’s second part of the two-day marathon stage was as long as it was demanding. Taking place in wet and cold conditions, it was another test for racers’ physical strength and mental stamina. Putting in a strong performance under difficult conditions, Andrew Short wrapped up the stage 22 minutes behind the provisional winner. Andrew is currently 23rd in the rally’s provisional overall standings. 

    For two-time Rally World Champion Pablo Quintanilla stage eight proved to be the most challenging so far in this year’s Dakar Rally. Running eighth in the provisional overall standings, Pablo suffered a minor technical issue on Sunday’s stage, which dropped him to an eventual 12th at the end of stage eight. 

    Due to extreme weather conditions and the increased risk of flooding and thunderstorms, Dakar Rally organisers have opted to cancel the stage nine timed special. Competitors are expected to ride in groups towards the Salta bivouac, where the race will resume normally on Tuesday. 

    Andrew Short“These last two days have been really tough physically and mentally so I’m really happy we got this first marathons stage done. Yesterday I had a few small crashes in the mud and also stopped a few times to assist other riders. I’m really fast in the sand sections and I need to improve my speed in the faster tracks. Overall, today I had a good stage. I stopped and tried to help Pablo with the issue he had so I lost a bit of time there. For me the goal is to continue day-by-day. This race is really exhausting mentally and physically. We are all sore and beat up right now, but we need to focus on the stages to come.” 

    Pablo Quintanilla“It was a disappointing day for me. I started really well. My goal was to push in order to make up some time to the leaders in the overall standings. 220km into the timed special I had an issue with my rear axle. I stopped and lost more than one-hour trying to get going again. This Dakar hasn’t been the best for me but I now focus on giving my best in the coming stages. We’ve worked hard all year for this race, so it’s disappointing for all the team for things like that to happen. It is what is and we’ll continue racing until the end. I still have the opportunity to get some good stage results while improving my speed and navigation, that’s my focus now.” 
    2018 Dakar Rally – Stage 8 Provisional Classification 
    1. Antoine Meo (KTM) 05:24:01 
    2. Ricky Brabec (Honda) 05:25:09 
    3. Toby Price (KTM) 05:26:46 
    4. Kevin Benavides (Honda) 05:29:53 
    5. Stefan Svitko (KTM) 05:30:47 
    6. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 05:31:01 
    … 
    17. Andrew Short (Husqvarna) 05:46:29 
    40. Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) 06:37:21 

    2018 Dakar Rally – Provisional Overall Standings After Stage 8 
    1. Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) 27:22:03 
    2. Kevin Benavides (Honda) 27:22:25 
    3. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 27:28:37 
    4. Toby Price (KTM) 27:29:38 
    5. Joan Barreda (Honda) 27:30:04 
    6. Antoine Meo (KTM) 27:31:59 
    … 
    12. Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) 28:47:26 
    23. Andrew Short (Husqvarna) 29:45:34




     
  19. Courtesy of Feld Entertainment

    Aaron Plessinger Secures Win and Points Lead in Western Regional 250SX Class

    HOUSTON, Texas, (January 14, 2018) - In front of a crowd of 49,841 fans inside NRG Stadium, Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship, made an epic return to Houston on January 13 for Round 2 of the 2018 season.
     
    For Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Jason Anderson, a win in Houston secured the 450SX Class points lead. At the start, Monster Energy/Knich/Yamaha Factory Racing's Justin Barcia edged out Team Honda HRC's Ken Roczen for the holeshot ahead of Autotrader/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing's Weston Peick and Anderson in fourth. While the leaders jockeyed for position, Anderson captured his first win of 2018 and second-consecutive podium ahead of Roczen and Barcia.
     
    Jason Anderson captures his first win of 2018 at the second round of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Championship in Houston. Photo credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.
     
    "That race was tough for me but at the same time I felt good all day," Anderson said on the podium. "I'm just excited to come out with the win. I feel good. I'm riding good. I'm thankful to have these opportunities to keep achieving my goals, and I just really want to keep staying up here."
     
    Team Red Bull KTM Factory Racing's Marvin Musquin showed up to Houston with the 450SX Class points lead and a red number plate after winning the Anaheim Opener but a crash in the Heat Race put Musquin out of the night show and 10th in points. Last year's championship runner-up, Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac, opted out of competition while recovering from a crash at the Anaheim Opener.
     
    Houston's 450SX Class podium at the second round of the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross Championship. Photo credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.

    In the Western Regional 250SX Class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Joey Savatgy took the holeshot ahead of Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM's Shane McElrath and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Adam Cianciarulo. The Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing ride of Aaron Plessinger battled from a 10th place start to eventually overcome the entire field and claim the podium ahead of Savatgy in second. For third place's rookie Chase Sexton, it was his first career podium in his second professional start.  

    Aaron Plessinger celebrates victory and a new points lead after two rounds of the 2018 Western Regional 250SX Class Championship. Photo credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc.

    For the latest media highlights, please click the links below:
     
    450SX Class Results
    1. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna
    2. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda 
    3. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha 
    4. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda 
    5. Weston Peick, Menifee, Calif., Suzuki 
    6. Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, N.C., Honda 
    7. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrance, Calif., KTM 
    8. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., KTM 
    9. Joshua Grant, Wildomar, Calif., Kawasaki 
    10. Jeremy Martin, Carlsbad, Calif., Honda 
     
    450SX Class Championship Standings
    1. Jason Anderson, Rio Rancho, N.M., Husqvarna (49)
    2. Ken Roczen, Clermont, Fla., Honda (42)
    3. Justin Barcia, Greenville, Fla., Yamaha (42)
    4. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda (36)
    5. Weston Peick, Menifee, Calif., Suzuki (36)
    6. Justin Brayton, Mint Hill, N.C., Honda (33)
    7. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., KTM (30) 
    8. Joshua Grant, Wildomar, Calif., Kawasaki (28)
    9. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrance, Calif., KTM (27)
    10. Marvin Musquin, Clermont, Fla., KTM (26)
     
    Western Regional 250SX Class Results
    1. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha 
    2. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki 
    3. Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda 
    4. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM 
    5. Christian Craig, Orange, Calif. Honda
    6. Mitchell Oldenburg, Alvord, Texas, Yamaha 
    7. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna, Fla., Kawasaki 
    8. Bradley Taft, Nixa, Missouri, Yamaha 
    9. Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Yamaha 
    10. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Suzuki 
     
    Western Regional 250SX Class Championship Standings
    1. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (49)
    2. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM (45)
    3. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki (42)
    4. Adam Cianciarulo, New Smyrna, Fla., Kawasaki (37)
    5. Chase Sexton, Clermont, Fla., Honda (36)
    6. Christian Craig, Orange, Calif. Honda (36)
    7. Mitchell Oldenburg, Alvord, Texas, Yamaha (34)
    8. Justin Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Suzuki (29)
    9. Bradley Taft, Nixa, Missouri, Yamaha (27)
    10. Kyle Chisholm, Valrico, Fla., Yamaha (27)
     
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    About Feld Entertainment
    Feld Entertainment® is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that uplift the human spirit and bring people together. Properties include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live!, Sesame Street Live! and Marvel Universe LIVE! Across the brand portfolio, Feld Entertainment has entertained millions of families in more than 75 countries and on six continents. Visit feldentertainment.com for more information.
     
    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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  20. Courtesy of Feld Entertainment

    Heath Harrison wins Lites East Class Main Event
     
    Worcester, Mass., (January 14, 2018) - In front of a packed house at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, two-time 250SX AMSOIL Arenacross defending champion, Gavin Faith, captured his second-consecutive victory at Round 2 of 2018 AMSOIL Arenacross, the most intense indoor professional motorcycle racing on the planet, on January 13.

    Faith dominated the first 250AX Main Event with his teammate Jacob Hayes coming in second. The Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Head 2 Head Challenge winner, Chris Blose, rounded out the podium. In the second Main Event, Faith grabbed the holeshot again and the 15-lap race turned out to be a carbon copy of the first with Faith taking a convincing victory again ahead of Hayes and Blose.
     
    Gavin Faith captures his second-consecutive AMSOIL Arenacross victory at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts on January 13.

    In the Lites East Class Main Event, Heath Harrison pulled the holeshot and led wire-to-wire to win his first overall of the 2018 season.
     
    AMSOIL Arenacross 250AX Class Main Event Results:
    1. Gavin Faith, Duncombe, Iowa, Kawasaki (1-1)
    2. Jacob Hayes, Greensboro, North Carolina, Kawasaki (2-2)
    3. Chris Blose, Phoenix, Arizona, Honda (3-3)
    4. Kyle Bitterman, West Pelzer, South Carolina, Kawasaki (4-5)
    5. Michael Mosiman, Sebastopol, California, Husqvarna (5-10)
    6. TJ Albright, Mount Marion, New York, KTM (6-11)
    7. Gared Steinke, Woodland, California, Kawasaki (8-7)
    8. Shane Sewell, Westville, Indiana, Kawasaki (7-8)
    9. Daniel Herrlein, Bethesda, Ohio, KTM (10-4)
    10. Jacob Williamson, Swartz Creek, Michigan, Kawasaki (9-6)
     
    AMSOIL Arenacross AX Lites East Class Main Event Results:
    1. Heath Harrison, Silverhill, Alabama, Honda
    2. Garrett Marchbanks, Coalville, Utah, Kawasaki
    3. Isaac Teasdale, Robbinsville, North Carolina, Kawasaki
    4. Dillon Cloyed, Papillion, Nebraska, Yamaha
    5. Hunter Hilton, Youngsville, Louisiana, Husqvarna
    6. Jordan Bailey, Orlando, Florida, Husqvarna
    7. Jared Lesher, Ball Ground, Georgia, Honda
    8. Josh Mosiman, Menifee, California, Husqvarna
    9. Luke Neese, Jamestown, North Carolina, Yamaha         
    10. TJ Albright, Mount Marion, New York, KTM   
        
    AMSOIL Arenacross highlights - Photos
     
    AMSOIL Arenacross post-race interview with 250AX overall winner - Video
      
    The 2018 AMSOIL Arenacross season returns to Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania for Round 3 on January 20To purchase tickets for AMSOIL Arenacross, visit Arenacross.com. Follow the sport on its social channels: 
    About Feld Entertainment
    Feld Entertainment® is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that uplift the human spirit and bring people together. Properties include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live!, Sesame Street Live! and Marvel Universe LIVE! Across the brand portfolio, Feld Entertainment has entertained millions of families in more than 75 countries and on six continents. Visit feldentertainment.com for more information.
     
    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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  21. Courtesy of  Yamaha

    Cypress, CA – January 11, 2018 - Round 2 of the 2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship is this Saturday at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. The Monster Energy/Knich/Yamaha Factory Racing team–with riders Cooper Webb (#2) and Justin Barcia (#51) aboard their all-new, factory-prepared YZ450F machines–are ready to send it onto the podium.
    Cooper said, "I'm looking forward to Houston. I got the first-race jitters out of the way at Anaheim, and I know what I need to improve on. I won my first championship in Houston, so that city and NRG Stadium bring back good memories for me. It should be a good one this weekend!"
    "I'm very excited to be racing in Houston this weekend," commented last week's third-place finisher Justin. "NRG Stadium is an incredible venue, and the dirt is always interesting there. Sometimes, it's really tacky and, other times, it can be hard pack, so that should make the racing fun. I had an awesome race last weekend at A1, and I look forward to backing it up this weekend in Texas!"
    Meet The bLU cRU Supercross Riders
    On Friday night, January 5, from 6 to 7 PM, stop by Wild West Motoplex at 22515 Katy Freeway in Katy. Cooper and Justin will be on hand to meet fans, sign autographs, and give away posters.
    Other Yamaha bLU cRU Supercross riders who will be at Wild West Motoplex include:
    – Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star/Yamaha Racing's Aaron Plessinger, Mitchell Oldenburg, and Justin Cooper
    – CycleTrader/Rock River/Yamaha's Bradley Taft and Alex Ray
    – 51FIFTY Energy Drink/Yamaha's Kyle Chisholm and Hayden Mellross
    Meet Cooper Webb And Justin Barcia Again On Saturday
    Stop by the Monster Energy/Knich/Yamaha Factory Racing team transporter on Saturday afternoon from 2:30 to 3:30 PM (subject to change due to scheduling). Cooper and Justin will be there to meet you and sign autographs, and the Monster Energy Girls will be there, as well.
    Enter To Win A Cooper Webb Factory Team Replica 2018 Yamaha YZ450F And More!
    While visiting the Monster Energy/Knich/Yamaha Factory Racing Team transporter, be sure to enter the "2018 Team Replica Yamaha YZ450F Sweepstakes."
    – FIRST PRIZE: A replica of Cooper Webb's #2 2018 Yamaha YZ450F decked out in full Monster Energy/Knich/Yamaha Factory Racing team livery
    – SECOND PRIZE: Five (5) KMC Side-by-Side Wheels, five (5) EFX MotoHammer UTV Tires, and one (1) Installation Kit
    – THIRD PRIZE: One (1) Knich Brigade Wake Surfboard, one (1) Knich Brigade Wake Surfboard Carry Bag, one (1) set of Knich Fins, one (1) pair of Knich Athletic Socks, one (1) Knich Shirt, and one (1) Knich Knomad Membership
    Look for the Yamaha Financial Services Brand Ambassadors at the Monster Energy/Knich/Yamaha Factory Racing team transporter, and ask them to enter your name in the "2018 Team Replica Yamaha YZ450F Sweepstakes." No purchase necessary to enter or win. All names collected will be automatically entered in a random drawing. A First Prize Winner, Second Prize Winner, and Third Prize Winner will be selected from among all eligible and qualified entries on June 1, 2018. Sweepstakes ends on 5/11/18 at 11:59 PM.
    No purchase is necessary to win. For Official Sweepstakes Rules and more information, please visit: http://www.yzsweeps.com
    For more Yamaha racing news, results, photos, and videos, visit http://www.YamahaMotorsports.com/Racing
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  22. Courtesy of Kawasaki



    Foothill Ranch, CA — Kawasaki Team Green™ is pleased to announce its 2018 racing contingency program. Kawasaki continues to raise the bar in support of amateur and professional racing with nearly nine million dollars up for grabs, including the largest offer of any manufacturer in AMA Pro Motocross. Racers competing in road racing, flat track, motocross and off-road can earn their share of the payout by heading to www.KawasakiSalesReward.com to enroll. Once enrolled, racers will receive a Kawasaki Sales Reward MasterCard® that can be used at Kawasaki dealerships or anywhere MasterCard is accepted. Contingency is available at nearly 500 races for the 2018 season.
    “Team Green is proud to have a competitive contingency program that covers motocross, off-road, road race and flat track for Kawasaki racers on our KX™ and Ninja® models,” Team Green Manager Ryan Holliday said. “Last year we saw Kawasaki racers in all disciplines achieve great results, and we’re happy to reward them with the benefits of our program. For 2018, we’re pleased to offer our Kawasaki racers nearly nine million dollars for select race event finishes.”
    Enrolled racers who earn contingency will enjoy:
    • Kawasaki Contingency Rewards MasterCard can be used wherever MasterCard is accepted.
    • Contingency funds credited when results are approved.
    • Online account balance and account tracking (24 hours).
    • Easy profile updates.
    • ATM Access (Pro riders only).
    • Toll-Free customer service support at 1-866-535-2544.
    All existing Kawasaki Contingency racers must re-activate their contingency account each racing year. More information is available online at https://www.kawasaki.com/racing/team-green/contingency.
    Please also check with your local Kawasaki dealer for available Kawasaki genuine race kit parts and Kawasaki dealer race support programs.
    2018 Kawasaki Team Green Support Schedule:
    DATEEVENTLOCATION
    January 13-14AMA BIG 6 GPAdelanto, CA
    January 13-14Florida Winter Am SeriesEcheconnee, GA
    January 21Amateur SXAnaheim, CA
    February 3-4WORCSLas Vegas, NV
    February 10-11Loretta Lynn Area QualifierBuckeye, AZ
    February 10-11Florida Winter Am SeriesGainesville, FL
    February 24-25GNCCUnion, SC
    February 24-25Road To MammothRiverside, CA
    March 3-4AMA BIG 6 GPSan Bernardino, CA
    March 4Amateur SXAtlanta, GA
    March 11-12RCSXDaytona Beach, FL
    March 20-24Freestone  Spring ChampionshipWortham, TX
    April 7-8GNCCMorganton, NC
    April 11-15California ClassicPala, CA
    April 14-15Loretta Lynn Area QualifierWellston, OK
    April 21-22Loretta Lynn Area QualifierDecatur, TX
    April 21-22Loretta Lynn Area QualifierSeward, PA
    May 5-6WORCSPrimm, NV
    May 10-12Junior MotoXGuthrie, OK
    May 25-27Glen Helen MX Amateur DaySan Bernardino, CA
    May 26-27Loretta Lynn Regional QualifierBlountville, TN
    June 2-3Loretta Lynn Regional QualifierRancho Cordova, CA
    June 2-3Loretta Lynn Regional QualifierJacksonville, FL
    June 9-10Loretta Lynn Regional QualifierPonca City, OK
    June 9-10Loretta Lynn Regional QualifierSutherlin, VA
    June 16-17Loretta Lynn Regional QualifierMillville, MN
    June 15-25Mammoth MXMammoth Lakes, CA
    June 24-25GNCCShowshoe, WV
    July 14-15TN State ChampionshipBlountville, TN
    July 30-August 4AMA Amateur NationalHurricane Mills, TN
    August 25-26National Hare & HoundPanaca, NV
    August 26Ironman MX Amateur DayCrawfordsville, IN
    August 31-September 2Baja BrawlMillington, MI
    September 15-16WORCSSan Bernardino, CA
    October 6-7WORCSMesquite, NV
    October 12-14Top Gun ShowdownBlountville, TN
    October 13Monster Energy CupLas Vegas, NV
    October 18-21MotoPlayground RacePonca City, OK
    October 19-21Kawasaki Race of ChampionsEnglishtown, NJ
    October 27-28GNCCCrawfordsville, IN
    November 2-4Transworld Mini MajorRiverside, CA
    November 3-4Good Time Pro-AmPell City, AL
    November 19-25Winter OlympicsGainesville, FL



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  23. Courtesy of AMA 

    Supermoto National Championship

    Six rounds slated for April through September

    PICKERINGTON, OH – January 10, 2018 – The 2018 AMA Supermoto National Championship Series features six rounds of action beginning April 14 in Boise, Idaho, giving professional and amateur racers the chance to demonstrate their skills on both dirt and pavement.
    “Supermoto is an exciting form of motorcycle racing, for competitors and spectators,” said AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant. “We look forward to some excellent racing in some great venues in the United States and Canada this year.”
    Supermoto is a mixture of street-style racing and motocross in which racers compete on a track that combines dirt and pavement and includes jumps and sliding through turns. Track venues can range from football stadiums to closed-course streets to parking lots.
    The series, sanctioned by the AMA and promoted by DRT Racing Inc., crowns professional and amateur champions and features four classes: the Pro Open class, the Pro Lites class, the Amateur National class and the Sportsman class.
    “We are honored to have this opportunity in bringing supermoto to the people for the next three years,” said Alex Mock, president of DRT Racing Inc.
    The series also is sanctioned by FIM North America as the FIM NA Supermoto Continental Championship.
    “FIM North America is very pleased to continue its association with DRT Racing Inc. in the promotion of the FIM NA Supermoto Continental Championship,” said Marilynn Bastedo, president of FIM North America. “We are especially glad that a round will take place in each of the two FIM NA member countries, encouraging participation by Canadian riders, as well as Americans.”
    For more information about the AMA Supermoto National Championship Series, visit the promoter’s website: www.drtracinginc.com or visit www.amasupermotonational.com.

    2018 AMA Supermoto National Championship Series Schedule

    Round 1: April 14: Boise, Idaho: Expo Idaho (Season opener with motorcycle show)
    Round 2: May 13: Tucson, Ariz.: Musselman Honda Circuit (4th Annual Military Appreciation Race)
    Round 3: June 8: Austin, Texas: Travis County Expo Center (23rd Anniversary Republic of Texas Rally)
    Round 4: June 9: Austin, Texas: Travis County Expo Center
    Round 5: Aug. 3-5: Quebec, Canada: GP3R Trois-Rivières (3rd Annual GP3R w/ FIA World Rallycross)
    Round 6: Sept. 8: Sturgis, S.D.: Downtown Sturgis (6th Annual Streets of Sturgis Supermoto)

    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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  24. Courtesy of Husqvarna Motorcycles

    PABLO QUINTANILLA INSIDE THE TOP 10 AS DAKAR HEADS FOR THE HIGH ALTITUDES OF BOLIVIA
    Enjoying a stellar start to his 2018 Dakar Rally adventure, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Pablo Quintanilla made the best of a demanding stage five of the event on Wednesday. Battling his way through a minor technical issue, the two-time Cross-Country Rallies World champion is currently placed ninth in the provisional overall standings with nine more stages still to be contested. 

    The last stage that was contested in the challenging Peruvian dunes, stage five of the 2018 Dakar Rally proved to be taxing for all competitors. Enjoying a steady pace for the most part of the timed special, Pablo came to a standstill just a few kilometres before the finish of the special. Using his experience Pablo was able to fix the issue with his bike and went on to cross the finish line of the special stage in 16th position. 

    Putting in another steady performance today in Peru, Pablo’s Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing teammate Andrew Short came home in 23rd position. Continuing to learn and improve as the race goes on, the US racer is currently 23rd in the rally’s provisional overall standings. 

    Tomorrow’s stage six will see competitors leave Peru as they head towards the high altitudes of Bolivia. The stage includes a timed special of 313km and a liaison section of 447km, with competitors finishing the day in the La Paz bivouac. 

    Pablo Quintanilla“It was a tough day for me today. We knew it would be a tricky day to navigate. I started the special stage really cautiously but five kilometres before the finish of the timed special I had a small technical issue that made me lose a lot of time. I am happy I managed to fix the small issue and went on to finish the stage. It was not our best day but the race still has a long way to go. Nothing is lost yet and I will keep racing and doing my best.” 

    2018 Dakar Rally – Stage 5 Provisional Classification 
    1. Joan Barreda (Honda) 03:19:42 
    2. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 03:30:08 
    3. Kevin Benavides (Honda) 03:32:02 
    4. Antoine Meo (KTM) 03:32:42 
    5. Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) 03:34:17 
    6. Xavier de Soultrait (Yamaha) 03:34:25 

    16. Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) 03:48:34
    23. Andrew Short (Husqvarna) 03:52:32 

    2018 Dakar Rally – Provisional Overall Standings After Stage 5 
    1. Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) 14:37:40 
    2. Kevin Benavides (Honda) 14:38:40 
    3. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 14:45:13 
    4. Joan Barreda (Honda) 14:45:13 
    5. Xavier de Soultrait (Yamaha) 14:45:22 
    6. Toby Price (KTM) 14:48:19
    ...
    9. Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) 14:53:52
    23. Andrew Short (Husqvarna) 15:48:51



     
  25. Courtesy of Team Suzuki Press Office

    Team Suzuki Press Office – January 10. 



    AMA 250 Eastern Regional Supercross Champion Malcolm Stewart will join the Autotrader/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing Team this weekend at the second round of the AMA/ FIM World Supercross Championship at Houston in Texas, filling-in for injured Justin Bogle. 

    The 25-year-old Haines City, Florida native will race the new RM-Z450 Suzuki on a race-by-race basis as Bogle recovers. 

    Said Stewart: “The opportunity came about on Sunday when J-Bone [Jeremy Albrecht] called and asked if I wanted to ride their factory Suzuki RM-Z450. I’ve been so busy up to this point with getting things organised to go racing on my own and that’s why I was unable to race at Anaheim. To be given this chance on a factory team is a blessing. Now I’ve been on both sides of the fence, from being a privateer to racing for a factory team. It has truly been a humbling experience, and I’m ready to give the team my full effort.” 

    Stewart – brother of former Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Rider and multi-time AMA SX and MX Champion James Stewart - has enjoyed a successful Supercross career, with three wins, 13 podiums and 24 top-five finishes, culminating with the 2016 AMA 250 East Supercross title. 

    Autotrader/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing Team Manager Albrecht, is looking forward to working with Stewart. He said: “I’m excited to see Malcolm race for us this weekend at Houston. The fans love him and he has a really good personality. I feel that Malcolm has great speed and I’m happy that he wanted to take advantage of this opportunity.” 

    Albrecht also provided insight on the duration of Stewart’s role: “Bogle is currently recovering from an off-season injury. Malcolm will fill-in until he returns, which should be several rounds. We should know more on Bogle’s status next week.” 

    The second round of the 2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series will be held at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas on Saturday, January 13th.






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