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  1. Courtesy of MicroBilt/PRBC



    KENNESAW, Ga., Aug 22, 2017 / Nestled just outside of our Nation’s Capital in Mechanicsville, Maryland is Budds Creek Motocross Park – home to the GEICO Budds Creek National and Round 11 of the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. Initially there was concern that weather would once again wreck havoc on race day – as it rained heavily at the track on Friday evening, flooding much of the paddock area. Even though the paddock was turned into sloppy and muddy mush, the track faired surprisingly well considering all the rain that fell. When race day rolled around, there was no threat of rain or thunderstorms in sight. However, in place of the rain, the temperatures soared and humidity levels were excessive as well. Proper hydration and recovery would be essential to a successful day of racing for MicroBilt PRBC Yoshimura Suzuki Racing. This round of racing brought with it a change to our team lineup, with the #645 of Cheyenne Harmon making the switch from the 450 class to the 250 class, while the #606 of Ronnie Stewart maintained his position as the team’s 450 rider.

    This week, it would be the 450 riders who took to the dirt first. Thanks to some great track prep by the Budds Creek team, the riders didn’t have to navigate mud and slop the way we initially anticipated. The track was a bit wet still, however, for the first practice, which led to most riders finding their fastest lap time during the second practice session, Ronnie Stewart included. Ronnie qualified in 23rd – a great gate pick position heading into the afternoon motos. Cheyenne Harmon, in his 250 class debut with the team, immediately looked comfortable on the RMZ 250 and quickly found his flow amongst the incredibly competitive class of riders. Cheyenne would qualify in 33rd, making it his second-ever National that he qualified for in a direct transfer position. Having both riders earn their gate picks directly from qualifying practice gave them extra time to rest and recover before the motos, allowing their core body temperatures to cool down in the extreme heat.

    Budds Creek features an unusual left-hand start and plenty of off-camber turns to challenge the riders. In the first Moto, Ronnie Stewart landed toward the back of the pack off the start, but that didn’t keep him from charging hard the entire 30-minute + 2 lap moto. He would make some decisive passes that would ultimately score him in 25th at the finish. When the gate dropped on the first 250 moto, many riders found themselves tangled in a first turn carnage pileup, but not Cheyenne Harmon. Cheyenne was able to navigate around the traffic jam and keep it on two wheels. The 250 class has been, arguably, even more competitive than the 450 class this season with at least the top 15 guys fairly evenly matched each and every week. Entering into this class, especially during Budds Creek, was particularly challenging because there was a good chance a champion would be crowned. Harmon navigated the competitive class quite well and finished the first moto in 33rd.

    As the second motos approached, a slight breeze rolled in as a welcome relief to the extreme temperatures we had experienced much of the day thus far. Where previously the extreme heat and humidity took a toll on Stewart – as it does on so many of the riders – Ronnie was able to tackle both motos with heart and dedication, despite the challenging conditions. He would go on to finish the moto in 20th place, earning another valuable point in the series. Stewart’s 25-20 score on the day put him in 24th place overall. In the final moto of the day, Cheyenne Harmon was once again ready to battle in the highly competitive 250 class. Harmon was scored in 31st off the start, where he settled in and remained for the entirety of the moto, finishing in 31st and improving his finishing position by two places. By scoring 33-31, Cheyenne would finish with 33rd overall.

    There is only one round remaining in the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series, but that still leaves plenty of time for epic on-track battles in both classes. We look forward to finishing out the year on a high note and hopefully some season-best finishes. Join us as MicroBilt PRBC Yoshimura Racing heads to Crawfordsville, Indiana for the conclusion of the 2017 Pro Motocross season.

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  2. Courtesy of Team Suzuki Press Office


    Team Suzuki Press Office – August 22.

    Justin Bogle (RCH Yoshimura Suzuki) – 1st
    Matt Bisceglia (RCH Yoshimura Suzuki) – 8th
    Weston Peick (JGR Autotrader Suzuki) – 6th
    Phil Nicoletti (JGR Autotrader Suzuki) – 13th 



    RCH Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Justin Bogle collected his first career AMA Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship victory riding the team’s RM-Z450 at the weekend’s Budds Creek National in America. 

    Bogle was consistent with a 1-3 finish at the 11th round and led the way and dominated the first moto. He said: “It’s an incredible feeling to get a win. This was my first podium on a 450 and to make it a win is awesome. I drilled my starts in both motos and came out top-three each time. The pressure was there with lappers. Lappers were so tough. They did an incredible job with the track after the conditions we had on Friday with all the rain. It was one line so that made it kind of tough. I have to give a shout out to the whole RCH/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory team. It’s an incredible group of guys. I love those guys. It feels like my rookie year. I’m learning so much. It was a beautiful day to get out there and lead some laps. I’m so thankful for everyone who has been helping me out. Jeannie (Carmichael), RC (RCH team co-owner Ricky Carmichael), everybody back at the Farm. My trainer, my management team, everyone who has helped me reach this point.” 

    Bogle, who moved to Tallahassee, Florida earlier this year to re-tool his training and riding programs, was a staple at the front of the field in both motos and never raced deeper than third in the running order. His win also marked the first chequered flag for the defending 450 Class champions this season and first since Ken Roczen closed-out last year with a 1-1 finish at the Ironman National. 

    Bogle’s RCH teammate Matt Bisceglia had a career day of his own by collecting both premier 450 Class Holeshot Awards and logging a 6-10 finish to bring his RM-Z450 home eighth in the final rundown. 

    “I had a very good day at Budds Creek,” commented Bisceglia. “Practice and qualifying were both very smooth and I ripped both holeshots. I was really happy with how everything went. My Suzuki RM-Z450 was absolutely putting the power to the ground. I didn’t loop-out at all this weekend and I went 6-10 to finish eighth overall. It was a big step in the right direction and I’m really happy with my progress. I’m excited about the last round at Ironman this weekend. I’ll come in strong and be ready to go.” 

    The curtain rings down on 2017 Saturday afternoon when the teams and riders of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship visit Crawfordsville, for the 12th and final race of the year. 

    JGR AUTOTRADER SUZUKI: 

    Weston Peick took his Suzuki RM-Z450 to eighth place in the first moto, then switched-up his lines for the second moto and for sixth. His 8-6 moto scores netted him sixth overall and he sits eighth in the standings with one round to go. 

    Phil Nicoletti continued to get used to the race pace after being out for the better part of a year. Nicoletti’s 14-12 scores resulted in a 13th place overall finish. 

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  3. CEO’s of Harley-Davidson and Polaris to Offer Keynote Addresses

    IRVINE, Calif. (August 18, 2017) - The future of the powersports industry lies with new riders, and how to develop these new riders is a tough yet intriguing challenge the industry must face together. To help address that challenge, AIMExpo presented by Nationwide (AIMExpo) invites dealers, media and all industry attendees to the show’s opening program, where leaders of iconic American manufacturers Harley-Davidson Motor Company and Polaris Industries will share their ideas. The Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) also will reveal a key initiative toward this goal.

    AIMExpo presented by Nationwide will kickstart four days of industry business with “The Future Starts Here” on September 21 at 8:30 a.m. in the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio. Opening ceremonies will feature keynote speeches from Scott Wine, CEO of Polaris, and Matt Levatich, President and CEO of Harley-Davidson. The two industry leaders will explore the challenges and opportunities for motorcycling and powersports’ future as we approach the millennium’s third decade.

    “The work must begin now to present a powersports riding opportunity that captures the emotion and imagination of the first ride experience to the next generations in America,” said Tim Buche, CEO of the MIC, which produces AIMExpo. “The moment has arrived for everyone in this great industry to have a role in building the road to our future, and we’re excited to welcome the leaders of legacy American brands Harley-Davidson and Polaris to America’s premier show as we define the way forward.”

    AIMExpo presented by Nationwide is where all the industry’s stakeholders – dealers, manufacturers, aftermarket and media – converge to share not only what products and services will be part of the business in 2018, but also to address shaping the state of the business beyond 2018 and into the future. 

    “Plotting the path ahead and addressing the real challenges of our collective business starts with coming together,” said MIC Events VP and general manager Larry Little. “There will not be a better opportunity for the industry to meet face-to-face and discuss these issues than AIMExpo presented by Nationwide this September in Columbus.”

    The opening program begins at 8:30 a.m. and is open to all exhibitors and trade visitors with a trade credential. Doors to the showfloor will open to trade visitors at 10:00 a.m. following the program.

    Stay tuned to the AIMExpoUSA.com website and keep up to date on exciting news as it happens by visiting AIMExpo’s social media pages. “Like” American International Motorcycle Expo presented by Nationwide on Facebook, and “Follow” on Twitter or Instagram: @AIMExpo. 


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  5. Courtesy of Husqvarna Motorcycles

    ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING RIDER FINISHES ON THE MXGP PODIUM FOR THE SEVENTH TIME IN 2017
    Securing a podium result for the second week in succession, Gautier Paulin claimed third overall at a challenging MXGP of Sweden. Collecting 40 valuable points the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider is now just four points behind the provisional runner-up spot in the 2017 MXGP Motocross World Championship standings. 

    Remaining fast and consistent despite changing conditions at the historic Uddevalla track, Gautier wrapped up the GP with two third place results. The FC 450 mounted rider collected equal points with runner-up Romain Febvre but had to settle for third overall due to Febvre’s better result in moto two. 

    Max Anstie was faced with a mountain to climb in each of the two motos following disappointing starts. Collecting 13-8 results he earned 11th overall at the GP of Sweden. 

    Luck wasn’t with Max Nagl’s in either of the MXGP final motos. Racing as high as fifth in moto one, Romain Febvre crashed in front of him causing Nagl to fall and in the process breaking his front bake lever, forcing him to retire. In a similar scenario in moto two, the German was racing in fourth before another rider landing on his back. Quickly picking himself up Nagl finished the race in 15th place. 

    The GP of Sweden proved to be the most successful of Conrad Meswe’s career to date. Blisteringly fast aboard his FC 250 the young Brit got fourth in MX2 moto one and then eighth in moto two to wrap up the GP fourth overall in the 250cc class. 

    For Mewse’s Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing teammate Thomas Covington, the highlight of the Swedish GP was an impressive second moto victory. Taken down by another rider crashing in front of him in moto one, the American had to settle for 16th at the finish. Getting valuable points from his second moto victory Thomas earned fifth overall at the GP. 

    Working hard during the weekend to improve on his speed, Thomas Kjer-Olsen collected 9-4 results for sixth overall in the MX2 class. 

    The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team will return to action at round 17 of the 2017 FIM Motocross World Championship in Jacksonville, USA on September 1/2. 

    Gautier Paulin“We had a good weekend in Sweden. With the rain falling on Saturday and Sunday morning we were faced with changing track conditions. It took some time for me to get a good feeling but once this happened I was able to get a good speed and keep that throughout both motos. In the opening moto I got off to a good start and after making some mid race passes I managed to get third. Then in the second moto I lost some time right after the gate dropped, but my bike was so good that I could remain inside the top five going into the first corner. It was tough to remain fast on this track and you had to rely a lot on a good technique. I pushed hard for another third-place result and I was happy to earn one more podium result.” 

    Max Anstie“I felt I had the speed to battle for the top five this weekend but things didn’t actually work our way. Not getting a great result in qualifying made my life a lot harder for the final motos. In moto one I started outside the top 20 and had to push hard to passes. I really feel I did my best and ended up finishing in 13th place. Going into the second moto I was feeling good on the bike despite changing conditions in the track. My start wasn’t perfect again so had to battle my way through the pack again. Coming home in eighth was a positive result, it made me feel good considering my bad start. Overall, I’m pleased with my speed here in Sweden and I’m looking forward to the coming GP in the States.” 

    Max Nagl“I really like the Uddevalla track and I had a really good feeling coming into this GP. Unfortunately, luck wasn’t on our side this weekend. Getting fourth in the qualifying race I had a good starting position for the final motos. In moto one my start was great and I was racing in fifth position until Romain Febvre crashed in front of me. Hitting the ground hard my front brake lever broke so I had to pull in. Then in moto two I got another good start and was racing in fourth until I felt another rider landing in my back. We went down and when I got back into the race I was last. None of these incidents were really my fault. I’m hoping for some better luck in the coming GP in the US.” 

    Conrad Mewse“I’m really happy with getting fourth overall in Sweden. It’s the best overall result of my career in MX2 and it’s the best reward for all the hard work we’ve been putting in. Following my good fifth place result in qualifying I got off to a good start in the opening moto and was running in third for the first corners. After a few laps things cleared out and I could focus on myself. I rode my own moto and came home in fourth place. Then in moto two my start wasn’t that good. I started the race outside the top 10 and slowly got myself up to eighth at the finish line making a few good passes along the way. I’m now hoping we can continue this momentum going into the last part of the series.” 

    Thomas Covington“It’s been a tough GP for me so I’m satisfied I managed to turn things around and get the victory in the final moto. Following a crash in the qualifying moto I didn’t have a great starting position. In moto one I got a good start but a few laps into the race another rider crashed in front of me. I got back up and started charging but then again I made a mistake coming off the track. Eventually I crossed the line in 16th place. For moto two I decided to make a few changes. I had a different plan for the start and it worked out pretty well. Spending the first half of the race battling for the top three, I could see that my speed was good compared to the riders in front. Putting myself in second five laps before the end I saw that Jeremy Seewer had a steady pace. I decided to go for it and on the jump before the last corner I stayed on the gas and managed to make the pass for the win. We’re now heading to the US and I can’t wait to race on my home soil.” 

    Thomas Kjer-Olsen“I’m satisfied with my performance in the second race. In the opening moto I didn’t manage to get a good feeling. I was struggling to remain fast so I had to settle for a ninth-place result at the chequered flag. I decided to approach moto two with a completely different mind-set and that worked out quite well. Starting outside the top 10 I made a few good passes. I was feeling good on my bike so managed to get fourth at the line for sixth overall at the GP. We take the positives from this second moto and move on to the next round in the US."

    Results – FIM Motocross World Championship, Round 16 

    MXGP - Overall 
    1. Tim Gajser (Honda), 47pts; 2. Romain Febvre (Yamaha) 40; 3. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna) 40… 11. Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 21; 12. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 17… 17. Max Nagl (Husqvarna) 6… 19. Harri Kullas (Husqvarna) 5… 23. Rui Goncalves (Husqvarna) 3; 24. Jernej Irt (Husqvarna) 2 

    MXGP - Race 1 
    1. Tim Gajser (Honda) 17 laps, 34:57.413; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 35:06.699; 3. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna) 35:09.714… 13. Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 35:54.964; 14. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 36:09.987… 18. Rui Goncalves (Husqvarna) 36:22.198… 21. Jernej Irt (Husqvarna) 36:57.249 

    MXGP - Race 2 
    1. Romain Febvre (Yamaha) 18 laps, 35:40.541; 2. Tim Gajser (Honda) 35:44.943; 3. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna) 35:53.551… 8. Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 36:19.527… 11. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 36:26.041… 15. Max Nagl (Husqvarna) 36:53.054; 16. Harri Kullas (Husqvarna) 36:54.822… 19. Jernej Irt (Husqvarna) 37:36.866 

    MX2 - Overall 
    1. Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki) 44pts; 2. Jorge Prado (KTM) 41; 3. Pauls Jonass (KTM) 40; 4. Conrad Mewse (Husqvarna) 31; 5. Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 30; 6. Thomas Kjer-Olsen (Husqvarna) 30… 18. Brian Hsu (Husqvarna) 8… 21. Henry Jacobi (Husqvarna) 1 

    MX2 - Race 1 
    1. Jorge Prado (KTM) 17 laps, 34:43.460; 2. Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki) 34:45.283; 3. Pauls Jonass (KTM) 35:12.253; 4. Conrad Mewse (Husqvarna) 35:14.295… 9. Thomas Kjer-Olsen (Husqvarna) 35:26.857… 16. Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 35:45.262… 19. Brian Hsu (Husqvarna) 35:56.019… 21. Henry Jacobi (Husqvarna) 35:58.734… 24. Danne Karlsson (Husqvarna) 36:36.749… 26. Lars van Berkel (Husqvarna) 16 laps, 34:48.708 

    MX2 - Race 2 
    1. Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 17 laps, 34:06.609; 2. Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki) 34:06.664; 3. Pauls Jonass (KTM) 34:28.244; 4. Thomas Kjer-Olsen (Husqvarna) 34:29.381… 8. Conrad Mewse (Husqvarna) 34:42.521… 15. Brian Hsu (Husqvarna) 35:08.031… 20. Henry Jacobi (Husqvarna) 35:24.516… 24. Lars van Berkel (Husqvarna) 36:00.804… 28. Danne Karlsson (Husqvarna) 16 laps, 34:39.385; 29. Giuseppe Tropepe (Husqvarna) 34:53.918 

    Championship Standings (After Round 16) 

    MXGP 
    1. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 631pts; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 530; 3. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna) 526… 8. Max Nagl (Husqvarna) 364… 12. Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 328… 14. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 184… 19. Rui Goncalves (Husqvarna) 108… 24. Harri Kullas (Husqvarna) 40… 33. Evgeny Mikhaylov (Husqvarna) 10… 35. Yentel Martens (Husqvarna) 6… 37. Jernej Irt (Husqvarna) 5… 49. Sven Van der Mierden (Husqvarna) 2 

    MX2 
    1. Pauls Jonass (KTM) 669pts; 2. Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki) 624; 3. Benoit Paturel (Yamaha) 504; 4. Thomas Kjer-Olsen (Husqvarna) 497… 6. Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 417… 15. Conrad Mewse (Husqvarna) 192; 20. Iker Larranaga (Husqvarna) 105; 21. Brian Hsu (Husqvarna) 97; 22. Henry Jacobi (Husqvarna) 88… 30. Lars van Berkel (Husqvarna) 42… 33. Giuseppe Tropepe (Husqvarna) 30… 37. Caleb Ward (Husqvarna) 14; 38. Karel Kutsar (Husqvarna) 14… 48. Ivan Petrov (Husqvarna) 1… 52. Aaron Tanti (Husqvarna) 1

  6. Courtesy of Team Suzuki Press Office

    Team Suzuki Press Office – August 20.

    Arminas Jasikonis – 10-9 for 9th
    Kevin Strijbos – 31-13 for 16th 






    Arminas Jasikonis put his RM-Z450WS inside the top 10 at the MXGP of Sweden, on what was a strange day at the Uddevalla track. Rain showers and bursts of sunshine meant that the riders never knew what conditions they’d be facing when they lined up at the gate but Jasikonis fought hard in both his motos to get a ninth overall and a little confidence boost before the trip to America. Kevin Strijbos also put in a hard-charge in the second moto to come home in 13th, after a nasty incident in the first moto meant that he wasn’t even sure he’d be lining up. 

    “It’s been a struggle all weekend with my riding but it turned out quite good today actually”, said Jasikonis. “My riding was much better, and I was making good passes despite getting stuck behind Jeremy van Horebeek. I couldn’t make the pass and I made mistakes when I was changing the lines, which allowed Antonio Cairoli and Romain Febvre to pass me and that’s why I finished in 10th place. The second moto I rode even better, I didn’t have the best start but after a couple of laps I made some good passes again and got into sixth place. Everyone was there, not too far in front but a few silly mistakes dropped me back from that unfortunately. My riding was good though, I was happy with that, and now we are going to build upon that to prepare myself for the USA, and take another step forward.” 

    For Strijbos, it was disappointment to get his first moto cut short, but he showed real guts in the second race to line-up and still put in the third fastest lap of the race on his RM-Z450WS. “In the first moto I didn’t get the best start and then in the first lap I just stuck out my left leg and it got caught in the rut and I ran over my leg with my own footpeg. I twisted it really badly and it was really painful. I couldn’t stand on it, and it was throbbing in my boot and if it does that I know it’s not good. I even thought it could be broken so I pulled into the pits and got my boots off. I put some ice on it, took some painkillers and taped it up. It was still painful to walk but I wanted to try for the second moto still and it actually felt better when I put my boot on again. Unfortunately I got a similar start in race two and in the beginning my mobility was limited but it gradually got better and I put in some good laps. I think I had the third fastest laptime in the second race so that shows I have the speed, I just need to get better starts. Now we’re going to go back and find something for America, so people can see my true potential on the track.” 

    Team Manager Stefan Everts said: “Kevin hurt his ankle in the first moto and didn’t get the best starts in both motos and at this level it’s tough to come and battle the top 15 with any sort of injury. For AJ, in both races he came though the pack really well and I think in the first moto it was possible to get a top six finish. Unfortunately he dropped it at one point. The second moto was almost the exact same scenario, he came through well before dropping it again. It’s the small mistakes which he needs to work on but speed-wise he is performing well and I’m really happy with that. He came away with a 10th and a ninth so it is still positive but we can always aim for more.” 

    MXGP Moto 1: 1. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), 34:57.413; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:09.286; 3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:12.301; 4. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:17.530; 5. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:19.141; 6. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:20.596; 7. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:22.919; 8. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:25.946; 9. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:27.326; 10. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Suzuki World MXGP), +0:29.405; 31. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki World MXGP), -16 lap(s). 

    MXGP Moto 2: 1. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), 35:40.541; 2. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:04.402; 3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:13.010; 4. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:16.251; 5. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:18.148; 6. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:21.519; 7. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:35.840; 8. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:38.986; 9. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Suzuki World MXGP), +0:40.499; 10. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:44.403; 11. Tanel Leok (EST, Husqvarna), +0:45.500; 12. Tommy Searle (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:46.602; 13. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki World MXGP), +0:48.925

    MXGP Overall: 1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 47 points; 2. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 40 p.; 3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 40 p.; 4. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 36 p.; 5. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 32 p.; 6. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 29 p.; 7. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 26 p.; 8. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 24 p.; 9. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Suzuki World MXGP), 23 p.; 10. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 22 p.; 16. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki World MXGP), 8 p.

    MXGP Points Standings: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 631 points; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 530 p.; 3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 526 p.; 4. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 519 p.; 5. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 453 p.; 6. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 441 p.; 7. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 377 p.; 8. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 364 p.; 9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 352 p.; 10. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 344 p.; 11. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 328 p.; 12. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 328 p.; 13. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Suzuki World MXGP), 283 p.; 14. Tanel Leok (EST, HUS), 184 p.; 15. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, HON), 164 p.; 16. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki World MXGP), 149 p. 


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  7. Courtesy of FXR

    Winnipeg, MB - FXR Racing is pleased to announce the arrival of the 2018 MX Collection, launching August 18, 2017. FXR has a passion for creating a higher standard in high-performance motocross racewear. Through extensive research, development, and testing in actual races and months of working hand in hand with our team riders on every detail, FXR has produced the FXR 2018 MX Collection; the lightest, most comfortable high-performance motocross gear on the market.
    For more information FXRRacing.com/moto.

    REVO COLLECTION

    The Revo line is FXR’s premium gear. Putting the rider first, with a focus on ergonomic fit and ultra-light weight performance. The Revo moto pants and jersey will deliver on the finish line.
    The Revo Pant offers an industry-leading fit and performance. The fit is created by our tailored approach and innovative 4-way stretch poly/span lightweight fabric panels. The Revo pant incorporates a pre-shaped leg construction with ultra-lightweight fabrics to offer the ultimate balance of comfort and performance.
    The Revo Jersey is a slim fit lightweight polyester-spandex mesh for superior airflow and comfort, along with proprietary moisture-wicking yarns that provide quick-dry performance

    MISSION COLLECTION

    The Mission line is FXR’s mid-level gear line. With a focus on performance fit and durability, the Mission moto pants and jersey will give you what you are looking for.
    The Mission Pant offers the best balance between fit and durability. The Mission pant incorporates tough 900D fabric construction with lightweight 600D fabric to offer the best comfort and mobility.
    The Mission Jersey combines a lightweight polyester-spandex mesh with polyester knit for the best balance in comfort and airflow with an athletic fit.

    CLUTCH MX PRIME COLLECTION

    The Clutch line is FXR’s entry-level gear line. With performance and value in mind. The construction and colorways are made to appeal to a wide variety of riders.
    The Clutch Pant offers great durability and allows you to standout on the track. With strategically placed stretch panels, giving you maximum mobility.
    The Clutch Jersey is a high-performance polyester birdseye knit with a classic fit.

    CLUTCH RETRO COLLECTION

    The Clutch Retro line is FXR’s entry-level gear line with a classic twist. This gear has your performance and value in mind. The construction and colorways are made to appeal to a wide variety of riders.

    REVO OFF-ROAD COLLECTION

    The Revo Off-road line takes our industries leading fit and performance and brings it into the off-road market. Using our tested lightweight performance fabrics with an ultra-clean design.
    Using the same tailored approach from our REVO pant. The innovative 4-way stretch poly/span lightweight fabric thigh panels and the 600D fabric leg construction. This gives you the benefits of ultra-lightweight and durable all in one.
    The Revo Off-road Jersey is a slim fit, lightweight polyester-spandex mesh for superior airflow and comfort, along with proprietary moisture-wicking yarns that provide quick-dry performance.



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  8. Courtesy of Team Suzuki Press Office


    Team Suzuki Press Office – August 20.

    Jeremy Seewer – 2-2 for 1st
    Hunter Lawrence – 12-6 for 9th
    Zach Pichon – 30-31 for 32nd 



    Jeremy Seewer battled hard in both motos as he took his fifth MX2 GP at the MXGP of Sweden. On a day where the weather conditions were constantly changing, the Uddevalla track provided a real test for all the riders, but Seewer coped the best and topped the scores with 44pts. 

    Behind him, Hunter Lawrence also showed everyone how to ride the track, running in second place in the second moto, just behind Seewer as the Suzuki RM-Z250s were in first and second position. In the end, the Australian came home in sixth place, but it was further confirmation of just how talented the young Australian is. Zach Pichon also proved he can run with the MX2 guys, putting in two solid motos, showing good speed and battling hard on what was his MX2 debut. 

    For Seewer though, it was an overall that he thoroughly deserved, despite the disappointment of not being able to take a moto win. He then gave his thoughts on the performance: “In the first moto I got a decent start and made my way to third position, where I then made a small mistake. That only cost me a few seconds, but it would prove crucial in the end as I came home in second, really close to Jorge Prado in first. And then in the second moto I got a really good start with the KTM duo up front. I made the passes happen and moved into the lead really quickly. I had my team mate Lawrence on my back in second place, in between me and Thomas Covington who was riding really well. I did my best all the race, I made a few mistakes near the end and of course I’m frustrated he passed me on that last corner but he was just on another level on those last couple of laps. It was frustrating on one side but I’m really happy to have got my fifth GP win this year, which is awesome for everyone in the Suzuki World MX2 team. I’m just enjoying racing so much at the moment and I’m having a lot of fun. The championship is important and it won’t be easy with just three to go, but we shall see how it goes.” 

    The end result wasn’t quite a good representation of how Lawrence rode, but ninth overall is still impressive for the MX2 rookie: “The first moto was difficult”, said Lawrence. “I got an ok start, around 15th but on the fifth corner another rider ran into the back of me and I crashed and had to start from last. I passed a lot of riders and got back to 12th but it wasn’t great to have to do that. In the second moto I got a very good start in the top five or six. I moved into second quickly but Covington was on my rear and putting pressure on me. I took a line a bit too rushed and came off just before the wall jump. It was the worst place to crash on the track and it took a bit to get going. I fought hard to come home in sixth, it just could have been better. A lot of positives though, riding is good, speed is good both motos, I just needed to put it all together.”

    On his debut, nothing was really expected from Pichon, but it was still good to see three RM-Z250s out on the track and fighting hard. Afterwards the young Frenchman summed up his first ever MX2 event: “In the first moto I got an ok start, around 20th and was feeling good in the first 20 minutes. I was pushing hard and having some good battles. The last 10 minutes were difficult though, I made some mistakes and didn’t have a good rhythm on the track and lost some places. In the second moto I didn’t get off to the best start but I passed a lot of riders around the first corner and I think I was pretty close to the top 10. I was riding ok, but then I had a big crash on the table-top, nearly going over the bars. It was a good experience though, the results weren’t there, but overall it was ok for the first GP and I had fun.” 

    Stefan Everts was obviously happy to have another win for the team, and was especially delighted when the two RM-Z250s were up front in that second moto. “Jeremy had a good weekend, all weekend he was riding well and he felt really good. Sweden is a tough track, it’s a tough track and not one you can have a lot of fun on. He got everything dialled in really quickly and the riding was good. He had a good start and moved into second in that first moto. Unfortunately, he dropped it and ended up losing by a close distance to Prado. I think if he hadn’t dropped it he could have won the race. In the second moto the start was good, along with Hunter and after a couple of laps they was first and second and it was a dream scenario for everyone in the Suzuki World team. Unfortunately, Hunter made his mistake and then Jeremy got passed just before the finish line. We still took the overall win, so we have to be happy and glad for that, but it was a pity for that to happen right at the end. The gap at the top got four points smaller so we’re going to keep on trying and keep on pushing until the very end. For Hunter, he finally got a good start after analysing and studying everything and he was running up front. He was pushing Jeremy and one of the fastest guys out there. It was a very positive second moto and he proved he has the speed.”

    With three rounds left, Seewer still has his sights set on over-turning the deficit at the top of the MX2 Championship and hopes to get another win for the Suzuki World team when the series resumes in the USA on September 2nd. 

    MX2 Moto 1:
     1. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 34:43.460; 2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki World MX2), +0:01.823; 3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:28.793; 4. Conrad Mewse (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:30.835; 5. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), +0:38.535; 6. Darian Sanayei (USA, Kawasaki), +0:39.396; 7. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:40.303; 8. Ben Watson (GBR, KTM), +0:42.035; 9. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:43.397; 10. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), +0:46.421; 11. Michele Cervellin (ITA, Honda), +0:47.334; 12. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki World MX2), +0:48.500; 30. Zachary Pichon (FRA, Suzuki World MX2), -1 lap(s). 

    MX2 Moto 2: 1. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), 34:06.609; 2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki World MX2), +0:00.055; 3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:21.635; 4. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:22.772; 5. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), +0:24.457; 6. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki World MX2), +0:24.811; 7. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:25.192; 8. Conrad Mewse (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:35.912; 9. Darian Sanayei (USA, Kawasaki), +0:38.203; 10. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), +0:44.945; 31. Zachary Pichon (FRA, Suzuki World MX2), -1 lap(s).

    MX2 Overall: 1. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki World MX2), 44 points; 2. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 41 p.; 3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 40 p.; 4. Conrad Mewse (GBR, HUS), 31 p.; 5. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 30 p.; 6. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 30 p.; 7. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 28 p.; 8. Darian Sanayei (USA, KAW), 27 p.; 9. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki World MX2), 24 p.; 10. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 23 p.; 32. Zachary Pichon (FRA, Suzuki World MX2), 0 p.

    MX2 Points Standings: 1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 669 points; 2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki World MX2), 624 p.; 3. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 504 p.; 4. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 497 p.; 5. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 436 p.; 6. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 417 p.; 7. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 392 p.; 8. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 331 p.; 9. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki World MX2), 284 p.; 10. Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 273 p. 


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  9. Courtesy of EVS

    RANCHO DOMINGUEZ, CA – EVS Sports, the industry leader in motocross and street bike protective gear, is proud to add Magnus Jureen to the EVS Team of Brand Managers.
    EVS Sports is excited to announce the newest member of our team, Mr. Magnus Jureen. Magnus comes to EVS with an extensive background in the action sports industry, most recently having worked as a Direct Business Manager for FOX Racing in the Nordic territory. In this new role, Magnus will provide sales and marketing support to EVS dealers in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. He will work as an EVS advocate for consumers, dealers, distributor reps and the industry as a whole.
    With years of experience in the industry, Magnus is a welcome asset to the EVS team. Before his most recent job with Fox, Magnus worked for ONE Industries and even spent time as an EVS Sports distributor from 2003-2010. Magnus’ understanding of sales, marketing and the industry as a whole will be a welcome addition to the EVS Team.
    Magnus has a true passion for the moto industry and can often be found tearing up local tracks on his KX450F during his down time. He currently resides in Sweden with his wife and two kids. Magnus is eager to get to work in his new role with EVS and looks forward to helping promote the EVS message of safety throughout the European market.
    When asked about his new position with EVS Sports, Magnus had this to say, “When the opportunity to rejoin EVS came, it was a no brainer. I get the chance to come back to the group of people I started my career with; it’s a dream come true!” Todd Lentz, Director of Global Sales and Marketing at EVS, echoed those thoughts saying, “We are extremely excited to welcome Magnus to the EVS Team! Magnus knows the industry and what it takes to be successful. His knowledge of the EVS product line is second to none; we look forward to many years of success with Magnus in this role.”

    About EVS Sports

    Founded in 1985, EVS Sports continues to be the leading innovator of Motocross and Street bike protective gear. Originally established as a motocross specific knee brace manufacturer, it all started with the AMX-5. What started out as one knee brace has evolved into an extensive line of knees braces, neck supports, helmets, chest/back protection and a long list of protective gear to keep riders safe on the track or the street. For more information on EVS Sports, please visit www.EVS-sports.com; or find us on Facebook.com/evssportsInstagram.com/evssports and Twitter.com/evssport.

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  10. Courtesy of MX Sports

    Osborne Clinches Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 250 Class Championship at Budds Creek, Gives Husqvarna First Motocross TitleBogle Captures First 450 Class Win, While Cianciarulo Secures First 250 Class Victory
    MECHANICSVILLE, MD. (August 19, 2017) - The first of two 2017 championships were handed out on Saturday afternoon at Budds Creek Motocross Park, as the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, made its annual visit to Southern Maryland for the GEICO Motorcycle Budds Creek National. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Zach Osborne entered the penultimate round of the season with an opportunity to clinch his first career title, and he successfully hoisted the Gary Jones Cup for the 250 Class following a runner-up effort at the same track where he broke through for his maiden victory one year prior. His championship-winning effort also provided the first motocross title for the Husqvarna brand.

    The day of firsts continued in the battle for victory for each respective class. An unpredictable afternoon of competition in the 450 Class saw RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing's Justin Bogle rely on unmatched consistency to emerge with his first career overall win, while Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Adam Cianciarulo broke through for his debut victory in the 250 Class.
    Osborne is the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 250 Class Champion, clinching the Gary Jones Cup at Budds Creek.
    Osborne is the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross 250 Class Champion, clinching the Gary Jones Cup at Budds Creek.
    - MX Sports Pro Racing / Rich Shepherd
    As the opening 450 Class moto roared down the start straight it was RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing's Matt Bisceglia who came away with the Motosport.com Holeshot, with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Martin Davalos and Bogle in tow. Davalos and Bogle quickly took control of the top two positions on the opening lap, shifting Bisceglia back to third. Championship points leader Eli Tomac found himself outside the top-10 in 12th on the opening lap aboard his Monster Energy Kawasaki machine, chasing both Team Red Bull KTM Factory Racing's Marvin Musquin and RMATV/MC-WPS-KTM's Blake Baggett, his primary rivals in the title fight.

    Davalos and Bogle set a quick pace at the front of the field and started to distance themselves from the competition, while Team Honda HRC's Cole Seely battled his way past Bisceglia into third. On Lap 3, Davalos bobbled, which allowed Bogle to take advantage and move into the race lead. With a clear track ahead, Bogle dropped the hammer as Davalos gave chase. However, the 450 Class rookie began to lose touch with the Suzuki rider.

    With Bogle continued to push hard at the front of the 40-rider field, Davalos asserted himself into second, but all eyes were on Musquin, who was clocking the fastest laps of the race in an attempt to track down the leaders after starting seventh. On Lap 9, the Frenchman, winner of three straight entering Budds Creek, closed in on Seely and applied pressure on Seely for third, eventually making the pass stick before the end of the lap. Musquin's surge forward continued as he soon moved onto the rear fender of Davalos for second, successfully taking over the runner-up spot on Lap 12.

    As the 30-minute-plus-two-lap moto began to reach its final stages, Bogle found himself under attack from Musquin, who erased a double-digit deficit in the closing minutes to put himself in a position to win his seventh consecutive moto. Lapped traffic aided Musquin's efforts to close in on Bogle, but the Suzuki rider was able to pick up his pace and fend off the attack. Mere bike lengths separated the two over the course of the final two laps.

    In the end, Bogle held on to take the checkered flag and capture his second moto win of the season by less than a second over Musquin. Third went to Davalos, who earned his third moto podium of the season. Seely was fourth, with Baggett in fifth and Tomac fighting his way through the field to finish seventh.
    Bogle broke through in the 450 Class for his first career victory, which was also his podium debut.
    Bogle broke through in the 450 Class for his first career victory, which was also his podium debut.
    - MX Sports Pro Racing / Rich Shepherd
    When the gate dropped for Moto 2, it was Bisceglia who once again put his Suzuki out front, sweeping the Motosport.com Holeshots for the day just ahead of Bogle and Baggett. At the beginning of the opening lap, the freight train of Bogle, Baggett, and Autotrader/Monster Energy/Suzuki/JGRMX's Weston Peick all made their way around Bisceglia to control the assume control of the top three positions.

    With another clear track ahead of him, Bogle attempt to breakaway yet again, however, Baggett battled hard to keep him within striking distance. Tomac, who started fifth, was the fastest rider on the track early on, which allowed him to make his way around Peick to take over third on Lap 3. As this occurred, Baggett began to hit his stride and closed onto the rear fender of Bogle before making the pass stick for the lead on Lap 4.

    Baggett pushed hard once out front, but Bogle maintained the deficit while Tomac continued his push to catch the leaders. Tomac took advantage of an incredible drive through the track's rollers and made the pass on Bogle for second as they crossed the finish to start Lap 5. Tomac's relentless pursuit of the lead wasn't done yet, as he forced his way around Baggett to seize control of the race lead on Lap 6.

    Tomac appeared unstoppable as he immediately broke away from the competition, however, a big mistake on Lap 7 allowed Baggett and Bogle to close back in. As Baggett gave chase he too made a mistake that sent him off of the track and left Bogle on his rear fender in the fight for second.

    Tomac successfully pulled away from the competition yet again to take his ninth moto win of the season, with a 7.4 second advantage over Baggett in second. Bogle fought hard until the final lap to finish third. After an eighth-place start, Musquin was unable to factor into the battle at the front of the field and was forced to settle for fourth.
    Musquin saw his three-race winning streak come to an end with a runner-up finish.
    Musquin saw his three-race winning streak come to an end with a runner-up finish.
    - MX Sports Pro Racing / Rich Shepherd
    Bogle's consistency, combined with the weight of a moto win, guided him to his first overall victory in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship (1-3) in his 21st start in the premier class. He became the 67th different 450 Class winner in series history. It was also Bogle's first career 450 Class podium, with his previous best result of fourth coming at Round 3 from Thunder Valley, where he took his first ever moto win.

    "It was an incredible feeling to get a win," said Bogle. "This is my first career podium in the 450 Class and to make it a win is pretty unreal. My starts were awesome today and that was really important since the track was very difficult to make passes on. I've been putting in a lot of work this summer and its been frustrating when the results aren't there every week. Today the hard work paid off, and I'm looking forward to carrying the momentum into our final round."

    Bogle's triumph was also the first for RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing team this season. The Ricky Carmichael and Carey Hart led effort is the defending 450 Class Champions following Ken Roczen's dominant season last summer and recently announced they will cease operations at the conclusion of the season.

    Musquin's 2-4 moto scores ended his winning streak, but still were good enough for second overall. Tomac rebounded from a tough first moto to grab the final spot on the podium in third (7-1).

    "I was starting to lose my mind before the second moto today," said Tomac. "I had three motos in a row that were really difficult and I found out that going into protective and safe mode is not the way to go. I got bumped around on the start in the first moto today and a seventh was all that I was able to make happen. In the second moto I finally felt like I got myself together and regrouped, which was a relief to put myself back on top. Hopefully we can go get this thing done [clinch the championshio] next weekend."

    Tomac's lead in the 450 Class standing entering next weekend's final round sits at 28-points over Baggett, who finished fourth overall (5-2), while Musquin sits third, just two points behind Baggett and 30 markers back from Tomac. The Kawasaki rider will need to earn at least 22 points at the final round in order to clinch his first premier class title, which could be accomplished with a runner-up finish or better in the opening moto.
    Tomac's third-place finish puts him in reach of his first 450 Class title next weekend.
    Tomac's third-place finish puts him in reach of his first 450 Class title next weekend.
    - MX Sports Pro Racing / Rich Shepherd
    The first 250 Class moto saw Cianciarulo race to his third Motosport.com Holeshot of the season, just ahead of the GEICO Honda duo of Jeremy Martin and RJ Hampshire. Osborne's hopes of clinching the title were almost dashed instantly after he found himself on the ground, involved in a major first turn pileup that include several riders. The Husqvarna rider was fortunate to avoid damage and reentered the race, ultimately credited with 26th at the completion of the opening lap.

    As has been the case several times in his career, Cianciarulo displayed incredible speed out front and opened a small cushion on Martin, who was being stalked by his teammate. On Lap 7, the Honda duo's continued pursuit allowed them to close the gap on Cianciarulo. However, each time Martin got close enough to mount a challenge Cianciarulo would respond by stretching his lead back out again.

    The lone representative of the legendary Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki effort refused to surrender the lead, and was able to pick up the pace on Lap 10 an pull away from both Martin and Hampshire. Cianciarulo continued to extend his lead over the next several laps, while Hampshire remained within striking distance of Martin.

    Cianciarulo led wire-to-wire to break through for the first moto win of his career, crossing the finish 6.2 seconds ahead of Martin in second. Hampshire finished in a close third for his second moto podium of the season. Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM's Shane McElrath was fourth, followed by Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha's Aaron Plessinger in fifth. Osborne put forth an impressively resilient ride to finish eighth.
    Cianciarulo broke through for a long-awaited first career win in the 250 Class.
    Cianciarulo broke through for a long-awaited first career win in the 250 Class.
    - MX Sports Pro Racing / Rich Shepherd
    When the 250 Class field powered down the start straight for Moto 2 it was Martin who grabbed his class-leading seventh Motosport.com Holeshot of the season, narrowly edging out McElrath and Osborne. McElrath was able to make his way by Martin early, bringing Osborne along with him into second by the end of the opening lap. Cianciarulo started just behind the lead trio in fourth.

    McElrath looked comfortable running a strong pace at the front of the field and kept Osborne at bay, while Martin pushed hard just behind the leaders as Cianciarulo gave chase. As the race wore on, the Husqvarna of Osborne began to inch closer to McElrath's KTM and by Lap 5 the lead pair were separated by just bike lengths.

    On Lap 7, Osborne made an aggressive move just before the finish line to block McElrath and take possession of the top spot and control his own championship destiny. On the same lap, Martin made a mistake that sent him to the ground and allowed Cianciarulo to move into third. Cianciarulo continued to move forward and eventually made the move on McElrath to take over second on Lap 12.

    Once out front, Osborne went unchallenged and took the checkered flag to capture his class-leading eighth moto win of the season, 1.7 seconds ahead of Cianciarulo, and become 250 Class Champion. McElrath rode well to take his second moto podium finish of the season in third.
    Osborne's second moto win and runner-up finish clinched the 250 Class title.
    Osborne's second moto win and runner-up finish clinched the 250 Class title.
    - MX Sports Pro Racing / Rich Shepherd
    Cianciarulo's 2-1 moto scores awarded him with a long awaited first overall victory, which came in his 37th career start in a career that dates back to 2013. He's the 81stdifferent winner in 250 Class history and had just one overall podium finish to his credit during the 2015 season.

    "[A win] has been a long time coming, and this is a massive relief," said Cianciarulo. "It was a struggle for me the past couple of weeks and really easy for me to get down on myself since I was so close to a win and blew it a couple of times. In the first moto today I told myself that I would rather pass out from trying so hard before I was willing to let someone pass me. I felt so much weight lifted off of my shoulders when I crossed the line for the win in that first moto. It's taken me longer than I expected to get here with all of my injuries, but in the end it's made it more rewarding and I'm so glad that I never gave up." 

    Osborne battled through adversity to finish second overall (8-1), while McElrath rounded out the podium in third (4-3).

    Osborne's championship gives him a sweep of 250 Class titles in 2017, three months after claiming his first AMA Supercross 250SX Eastern Regional title in May. He's the 28th different champion in 250 Class history, and made his pro debut during the 2006 season. It's also the first ever Lucas Oil Pro Motocross title for Husqvarna, which was a part of the inaugural championship back in 1972.

    "This season has been challenging for a few different reasons, and it gave me cold chills when I passed by the mechanics area on the final lap with the team cheering," said Osborne. "The first moto today was tough with going down on the start and I was forced to battle through the field, which seems like it's been a common thing for me this season. I felt good in the second moto and really comfortable once I got into the lead, so I just raced it like it was any other race. It's ironic that I captured my first career win here at Budds Creek last year and now my championship. This is definitely a track that I love."

    Martin's fourth-place finish (2-6) also clinched the runner-up spot in the championship standings, while Cianciarulo's victory vaulted him from seventh to third. He holds a six-point lead over teammate Joey Savatgy, who was forced to miss the race following an injury in practice.

    The 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will crown a 450 Class Champion next Saturday with the final round of the season from Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana, on August 26th. First motos of the Christi Hubler Chevrolet Ironman National can be seen live on MAVTV at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET. Broadcast coverage of the second motos will air via tape delay on NBC Sports Network at 2 p.m. PT / 5 p.m. ET.
    McElrath made his first trip to the podium this season in third.
    McElrath made his first trip to the podium this season in third.
    - MX Sports Pro Racing / Jeff Kardas
    Results
    Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
    GEICO Motorcycle Budds Creek National
    Budds Creek Motocross Park - Mechanicsville, Maryland
    August 19, 2017 
    450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
    1. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Suzuki (1-3)
    2. Marvin Musquin, La Reole, France, KTM (2-4)
    3. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (7-1)
    4. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (5-2)
    5. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda (4-8)
    6. Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki (8-6)
    7. Cooper Webb, Morehead City, N.C., Yamaha (9-7)
    8. Matt Bisceglia, Tualatin, Ore., Suzuki (6-10)
    9. Christian Craig, Corona, Calif., Honda (10-9)
    10. Dean Wilson, Glasgow, Scotland, Husqvarna (16-5)
    450 Class Championship Standings
    1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki - 439
    2. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM - 411
    3. Marvin Musquin, La Reole, France, KTM - 409
    4. Dean Wilson, Glasgow, Scotland, Husqvarna - 320
    5. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda - 294
    6. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Suzuki - 286
    7. Martin Davalos, Quito, Ecuador, Husqvarna - 263
    8. Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki - 241
    9. Cooper Webb, Morehead City, N.C., Yamaha - 237
    10. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna - 216
    250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
    1. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (1-2)
    2. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (8-1)
    3. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM (4-3)
    4. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (2-6)
    5. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (5-4)
    6. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda (3-7)
    7. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha (7-5)
    8. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (9-9)
    9. Kyle Cunningham, Willow Park, Texas, Suzuki (6-12)
    10. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Yamaha (11-10)
    250 Class Championship Standings
    1. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna - 451
    2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda - 387
    3. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki - 330
    4. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki - 324
    5. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha - 319
    6. Dylan Ferrandis, Avignon, France, Yamaha - 305
    7. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., KTM - 296
    8. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha - 265
    9. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Yamaha - 250
    10. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM - 248 
    For information about the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, please visit ProMotocross.com and be sure to follow all of the Pro Motocross social media channels for exclusive content and additional information on the latest news:
    Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
    The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, features the world's fastest outdoor motocross racers, racing aboard the best bikes each factory offers, on the roughest, toughest tracks in the world. The 12-rounds series begins at Hangtown in May and ends at Indiana's Ironman Raceway in August. It includes stops at the premier motocross racing facilities in America, with events in California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Washington, New York and Indiana. The pro riders race on Saturday afternoon, with competition divided into two classes: one for 250cc machines, and one for 450cc machines. The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship is managed by MX Sports Pro Racing, the industry leader in off-road power sports event production. The series is televised on NBC, NBCSN and MAVTV and streamed live on NBC Sports GoldSeries partners include Lucas Oil (series title sponsor), Red Bull, WPS, Fly Racing, GEICO Motorcycle, MotoSport.com, Garmin, 100%, KTM, FMF, Deltran Battery Tender, Pirelli, Suzuki, Husqvarna, Pivot Works, Vertex, Alpinestars, KMC Wheels, MotionPro, VP Racing Fuels, Acerbis and Racer X.  More information can be found at www.ProMotocross.com.  




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  11. Courtesy of Husqvarna Motorcycles

    The Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, NV marked the start of the 7 round EnduroCross Series for 2017 and with it, an all new format greeted defending champ, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Colton Haaker. Fans now get to witness the skills of the top seeded ‘Super EnduroCross’ riders a minimum of three times on the night including the all new and very exciting ‘Bracket Race’ segment. Colton Haaker wasted no time, coming into the opener fit and ready, and left holding onto his red #1 plate after scoring max points over the nights racing.

    Super EnduroCross Qualifier

    Colton Haaker pulled the holeshot in the Super EnduroCross Qualifier and looked strong. Cody Webb was putting pressure on him and made a pass on the second lap before Haaker made a pass stick shortly after, right before the water hole to retake the lead. He held strong to claim the win and move on to the main event.

    Super EnduroCross Bracket Race

    Haaker won his first bracket race, took an easy win in his second bracket race, and had an exciting win in the final bracket race to take the extra championship point.

    Super EnduroCross Main

    Haaker was second at the start of the Super EnduroCross Main and was on the move. He inched closer to leader Cody Webb lap after lap and made the pass for lead while Webb took the no-joke lane in the eighth lap, but went back to second the following lap after a mistake. He came back with a vengeance and made the pass for the lead again on the ninth lap and pulled away claiming the first Super EnduroCross victory of the season.

    “I’m stoked to start the season on a solid note,” said Haaker. “Defending a title is difficult but I’ve been preparing to win - not defend. Taking maximum points tonight couldn’t make me any happier. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season!"

    The next EnduroCross event takes place on September 23 in Reno, Nevada.

    Las Vegas Super EnduroCross Results
    1. Colton Haaker – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
    2. Cody Webb
    3. Trystan Hart
    4. Kyle Redmond
    5. Max Gerston
    6. Ty Tremaine
    7. Cory Graffunder
    8. Cooper Abbott
    9. Joan Pau Segura Verdaguer
    10. Noah Kapple
    11. Eric Rhoten
    12. Geoff Aaron
    13. Ty Cullins
    14. Quinn Wentzel
    15. Spenser Wilton



     
  12. Courtesy of Team Suzuki Press Office


    Team Suzuki Press Office – August 16.

    Justin Bogle (RCH Yoshimura Suzuki) - 7th
    Matt Bisceglia (RCH Yoshimura Suzuki) - 14th
    Weston Peick (JGR Autotrader Suzuki) - 13th
    Phil Nicoletti (JGR Autotrader Suzuki) - 16th.




    Despite the rain, mud, gruelling conditions and a two-plus hour delay, RCH/ Yoshimura/ Suzuki Factory Racing riders Justin Bogle and Matt Bisceglia turned-in gritty performances in less-than-ideal conditions in the weekend’s Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Unadilla National at Unadilla Motocross Park in America. 

    Situated in central New York at a track where inclement weather is always part of the conversation, Unadilla lived up to its reputation as one of the most challenging venues on the 12-race schedule. 

    The starting gate dropped on the first premier 450 Class moto of the afternoon and Bisceglia snared the Holeshot Award by leading the 40-rider field around the first corner with Bogle in tow. 

    The RCH duo led the way for the first lap until Bogle and Bisceglia yielded their respective positions to eventual overall winner Marvin Musquin. 

    Bogle’s Suzuki RM-Z450 was a fixture in the top four throughout the first moto but Bisceglia’s time at the front of the field was short lived: He lost the bars on his machine with 20 minutes remaining and was back to the pits before the chequered flag came down. Bogle went on to finish fourth while Bisceglia was saddled with a 38th-place finish. 

    Much like it has in the past, weather became a key storyline when thunderstorms moved through, forcing AMA officials to declare the first moto official at the 27-minute mark and delaying the start of the second for over two hours. 

    With darkness looming and more storms approaching, race officials shortened the length of the second moto to 20 minutes, plus one lap. 

    The gate eventually fell on the second and final 450 Class moto shortly before 6pm local time and Bisceglia made-up for his trials in the first race by rounding the first corner eighth in the running order. Bogle struggled out of the gate, falling back to deep in the field but never quit and made forward progress as the race wore on. 

    Bisceglia remained a staple inside the top eight for the rest of the moto while Bogle steadily gained ground and in the end, Bisceglia came home seventh while Bogle rallied from the challenging start to finish 10th. 

    Bogle’s solid 4-10 showing was enough for a respectable seventh-place overall finish at Round 10 while his team-mate’s 38-7 effort translated into 14th overall. 

    “It was a tough day out there but I feel pretty good with seventh overall,” said Bogle, who holds down seventh in the points. “Unadilla is a tough place and it definitely lived up to its reputation. The bike was really good all day and we got out of there with a top 10. There’s two races left so hopefully we can keep building some momentum and move up a spot or two in points before the year is over.” 

    “All in all, I’m happy with my day at Unadilla,” added Bisceglia. “I ended up ripping a good start in the first moto and drilled the holeshot. I led a couple laps, which was awesome. I haven’t led in while so that was really big for me. I was going up the hill before the big U-Turn and I gave the bike a handful of that Suzuki power and ended up on my butt. I looped it out up the hill and spent the next two laps trying to start my bike so I ended up with a DNF. Second moto, I started way outside but somehow ripped a good start. That race was all about survival. I finished seventh so I’m happy to get a single-digit finish. On to Budds Creek. I want to get a couple more top 10s, some single-digit finishes next weekend and I’ll be stoked.” 

    JGR Autotrader Suzuki

    Phil Nicoletti made his return to racing after a six-month hiatus due to injury. The New Yorker rode a consistent first moto in 12th. Then the skies opened up, leaving a deluge. A first turn crash, followed by a pit stop, left Nicoletti mired in the pack. The #37 dug deep and sliced through the field to 18th place. His 12-18 moto scores left him in 16th by day’s end. 

    Weston Peick was charging forward in the first moto - a good sign that “The Viking” is gradually overcoming his wrist injury from Supercross. The SoCal native struggled in the treacherous second moto conditions, saying “The second moto was a blood bath. Growing up in California really showed my true mud skills…not!” Peick’s 6-20 moto scores placed him 13th overall. 

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  13. Courtesy of MX Sports



    Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship and GEICO Team Up in Support of the Military at Budds Creek NationalA Total of 150 Tickets Donated to Veterans and Active Military for VIP Experience
    MORGANTOWN, W. Va. (August 16, 2017) - The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, and GEICO have joined forces to provide free tickets and a VIP experience for all military personnel and their families at this Saturday's GEICO Motorcycle Budds Creek National, the penultimate round of the 2017 season.

    Sitting just a short drive from Washington, D.C., Joint Base Andrews, and other military installations throughout the region, Budds Creek Motocross Park provides an ideal setting for the world's most prestigious off-road motorcycle racing championship. The event honors and recognizes the sacrifices of our service veterans, active-duty service members, and their families. Through an initiative with VetTix.org and GEICO, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship has donated 150 tickets to members of the military in advance of Saturday's race. All armed service personnel, veterans, and their families attending the race will be provided with a VIP experience at the GEICO Military Hospitality tent, which features a premier viewing of the action on the track and complimentary food and refreshments.


    GEICO has always been a strong supporter of the military, and its continued partnership with the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship provides a platform to create this initiative in one of the most unique settings in sports. In addition, the championship's extended partnership with the Veterans Ticket Foundation (VetTix) ensures members of the military have a chance to see the world's fastest riders in action at every event across the country.

    The GEICO Motorcycle Budds Creek National commences this Saturday, August 19, with practice and qualifying rounds beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET. Motos for both the 450 Class and 250 Class kick off at 1 p.m. ET. Broadcast coverage from Budds Creek begins on MAVTV with live coverage of the opening motos at 1 p.m. ET, followed by live coverage of the final 450 Class moto on NBC at 3 p.m. ET. The final 250 Class moto will air via tape delay on NBC Sports Network at 7 p.m. ET. Additionally, all the action from Budds Creek, including final practice, can be seen as it unfolds on NBC Sports Gold, with live, commercial-free coverage (subscription required).

    All armed service personnel, veterans, and their families attending the GEICO Motorcycle Budds Creek National will be provided with a VIP experience at the GEICO Military Hospitality tent.
    All armed service personnel, veterans, and their families attending the GEICO Motorcycle Budds Creek National will be provided with a VIP experience at the GEICO Military Hospitality tent.
    - MX Sports Pro Racing

    For information about the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, please visit ProMotocross.com and be sure to follow all of the Pro Motocross social media channels for exclusive content and additional information on the latest news:
    Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
    The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, features the world's fastest outdoor motocross racers, racing aboard the best bikes each factory offers, on the roughest, toughest tracks in the world. The 12-rounds series begins at Hangtown in May and ends at Indiana's Ironman Raceway in August. It includes stops at the premier motocross racing facilities in America, with events in California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Washington, New York and Indiana. The pro riders race on Saturday afternoon, with competition divided into two classes: one for 250cc machines, and one for 450cc machines. The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship is managed by MX Sports Pro Racing, the industry leader in off-road power sports event production. The series is televised on NBC, NBCSN and MAVTV and streamed live on NBC Sports GoldSeries partners include Lucas Oil (series title sponsor), Red Bull, WPS, Fly Racing, GEICO Motorcycle, MotoSport.com, Garmin, 100%, KTM, FMF, Deltran Battery Tender, Pirelli, Suzuki, Husqvarna, Pivot Works, Vertex, Alpinestars, KMC Wheels, MotionPro, VP Racing Fuels, Acerbis and Racer X.  More information can be found at www.ProMotocross.com.  
    About GEICO
    GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company) is a member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies and is the second-largest private passenger auto insurance company in the United States. GEICO, which was founded in 1936, provides millions of auto insurance quotes to U.S. drivers annually. The company is pleased to serve more than 15 million private passenger customers, insuring more than 24 million vehicles (auto & cycle).    

    Using GEICO's online service center, policyholders can purchase policies, make policy changes, report claims and print insurance ID cards. Policyholders can also connect to GEICO through the GEICO App, reach a representative over the phone or visit a GEICO local agent.        

    GEICO also provides insurance quotes on motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), boats, travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). Coverage for life, homes, and apartments is written by non-affiliated insurance companies and is secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. Commercial auto insurance and personal umbrella protection are also available. For more information, go to www.geico.com.




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  14. Courtesy of GNCC Racing


    Congratulations to GNCC Racers in 36th Annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MCAMA Amateur National Motocross ChampionshipGNCC Riders Excel in America's Premier Amateur Motocross Race
    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (August 16, 2017) - Racer Productions is pleased to congratulate six participants of the AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) series presented by Maxxis, an AMA National Championship, on their impressive performances at the 36th Annual Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship. The world's largest and most prestigious amateur motocross race took place July 31 through August 5 at the historic Loretta Lynn Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.
    Korie Steede is no stranger to the AMA Amateur National, and managed to earn her best career finish yet in 2017. After finishing inside the top five during her first two motos (5-4), Steede earned a big win in the third moto to place third overall. Steede also qualified in the Supermini 2 (13-16) class, but two unfortunate DNF's and a 27th place finish slated her 41st overall.
    Korie Steede stop atop of the Girls (11-16) podium after the third moto and finished an impressive third overall.
    Korie Steede stop atop of the Girls (11-16) podium after the third moto and finished an impressive third overall.
    - Derek Garcia
    Mason Raynor is having a standout performance in the Micro XC (8-9) class, currently sitting in the runner-up position in the GNCC points championship, but the North Carolina native also found success at The Ranch where he finished in the top-twenty in the 51cc (7-8) Limited class. 
    Former full-time XC1 Pro rider Garrett Edmisten competed in the ultra-competitive Vet 30+ class where he lined up against some of the biggest names in vet racing like Taylor Painter, Andrew Matusek and Justin Kelly. After finishing second in the nation last year, Edmisten backed it up with the fourth overall position this year - where he never finished outside the top-five.
    Chris Venditti, XC2 250 Pro racer, returned to The Ranch after a five-year hiatus in the 250 B and 450 B divisions. Venditti placed 26th in 250 B, but his crowning achievement was recovering from a DNF in the first 450 B moto to finish out the week 11-12 for 22nd overall. Venditti competed against a familiar face in the 450 B class, Cole Kirchoff, who finished a notable 17th (23-20-17).
    XC2 250 Pro competitor Chris Venditti returned the
    XC2 250 Pro competitor Chris Venditti returned the "The Ranch" after a five-year hiatus, and scored 22nd overall in 450 B and 26th in 250 B.
    - Ken Hill
    The 2015 125 B/C GNCC National Champion, Hayden Vancuren, shifted his focus to motocross this season qualifying in 250 C and 250 C Jr. Limited (12-16). Unfortunately, Vancuren's week was cut short and he was unable to compete after the first 250 C race. 
    Shelby Rolen, WXC and WMX competitor, returned to her grassroots of motocross and participated in the final round of the Onsia Sound Art Women's Motocross Championship, which was held in conjunction with the AMA Amateur National. Rolen scored a 4-3 moto tally, for third overall. Her impressive finish also vaulted her into the runner-up position in the overall championship standings.
    RacerTV.com provided over 46 hours of LIVE race coverage throughout the week, resulting in nearly 270,000 live views during race week. The archived footage is now available for viewing HERE. In addition, two one-hour cable television shows will air on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) later this fall on Saturday, November 11 at 2:30 p.m.and Saturday, December 23 at 3:00 p.m. EST. Each show will re-air once with the first on Wednesday, November 15 at 2:20 p.m., and the second on Wednesday, December 27 at 3:00 p.m. EST. Complete results from the 2017 National Championship can be found HERE.
    Mason Raynor proved he's an up-and-coming star not only in GNCC Racing, but also in motocross with a top-twenty finish in the 51cc (7-8) Limited class. 
    Mason Raynor proved he's an up-and-coming star not only in GNCC Racing, but also in motocross with a top-twenty finish in the 51cc (7-8) Limited class. 
    - Ken Hill
    To seek additional information on the AMA Amateur National, visit the event's official website at www.mxsports.com or call (304) 284-0101. Stay up-to-date with Loretta Lynn MX's FacebookTwitter and Instagram for exclusive content and to catch the latest news.
    The 2017 AMSOIL GNCC Series resumes in under just one month with the Parts Unlimited Unadilla GNCC in New Berlin, New York on September 9 and 10.
    For more information on the GNCC series, visit the official website at www.gnccracing.com or call (304) 284-0084. Join the conversation on the series Facebook page, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and be sure to always hashtag #GNCC.
    About GNCC Racing:
    The AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series presented by Maxxis is America's premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1975, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Cross-country racing is one of the most physically demanding sports in the world. The grueling three-hour GNCC races lead as many as 2,400 riders through tracks ranging in length from eight to 12 miles. With varied terrain, including hills, woods, mud, dirt, rocks and motocross sections, GNCC events are tests of both survival and speed. The series draws talent from all over the U.S., Central America, South America, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. GNCC Racing is televised weekly on NBC Sports and RacerTV.com. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.
    About the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship
    The Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship is the world's largest and most prestigious amateur motocross racing program. The national qualifying program consists of 57 Area Qualifiers (February through May) and 13 Regional Championships (May through June), hosted at select motocross facilities across the country. The qualifying system culminates in the National Final (first week in August) hosted annually since 1982 at the home of country music star Loretta Lynn in Hurricane Mills, Tenn. Nearly 22,000 racers attempt to qualify in 35 classes for the 1,446 available positions at the National. Christened "The World's Greatest Motocross Vacation", the National event serves as a launch pad for some of the biggest names in professional motocross and supercross, including Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart, Ryan Villopoto, and Ryan Dungey. The national program is produced by MX Sports, Inc., a West Virginia-based race production company and sanctioned by AMA. For more information, please visit www.mxsports.com
    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. Not a member? Join the AMA today: www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join.


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  15. Courtesy of Microbilt/PRBC


    After Round 9 of the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series in Washougal, Washington, most riders enjoyed their final weekend off from racing before hitting the final three rounds of the season. For Ronnie Stewart, however, he made the trek from West Coast to East Coast a bit earlier in order to ride in his home state of New Jersey. Cheyenne Harmon spent the week training in his home state of Texas and the two riders converged in New Berlin, Ney York for Round 10 of the Pro Motocross series at the storied Unadilla MX. As the longest continuously running Pro Motocross facility in the United States, Unadilla has earned the accolades of being one of the most renowned and beloved motocross facilities in the country. With memorable sections like the “Gravity Cavity”, “Screw U” and the Unadilla Sky Shot, it’s no wonder that Unadilla MX is one of the most anticipated events in the series each year. This year, spectators were bestowed with great racing in every condition imaginable. What started out as an incredibly well prepped and extremely fast track in practice, morphed into the muddiest slop fest that we’ve seen in recent years. By the end of the day, riders were not only racing each other but the treacherous conditions as well.

    Round 10 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series brought with it exceptional conditions in practice, along with a list of 80 riders who attempted to qualify in the 450 class. With only 36 direct transfer spots available and 40 riders in each of the qualifying sessions, a mistake-free and fast hot lap would be imperative in order to qualify for the afternoon motos at Unadilla. At only his second race back since his injury at High Point, Cheyenne Harmon is working diligently at rebuilding his physical strength and mental focus in order to resume racing at his highest ability. His valiant effort led him to earn a qualifying position of 43rd. Teammate Ronnie Stewart was able to log a time of 2:12.444 and a qualifying position of 17th – less than six seconds off top qualifier Christian Craig. Stewart’s 17th place in qualifying afforded him some extra rest time before the motos, whereas Harmon would have an opportunity to get some more laps on the track during the 450 Consolation Race. With 38 riders on the gate for the LCQ and only four laps of racing, a good start paired with some good luck would be your best chance at that golden ticket transfer position. Harmon launched off the gate, but found himself in the middle of the pack at the first turn – and with only four laps to make moves, the task at hand becomes exponentially more challenging. Cheyenne fought a hard battle the entire race and his lap times were easily on par with the leaders, but ultimately finished the consolation race in 11th and would have to skip the motos this week.

    Seventeen was the lucky number of the day for the #606 of Ronnie Stewart. During Moto 1, the track went from prepped and fast to the start of the absolute mud fest in a matter of moments. About 20 minutes into the Moto, it started to rain, and then pour, and then hail – rapidly changing the track conditions. As riders ran out of tear-offs and lightning quickly entered the immediate vicinity of the race track, the race was Red-Flagged and scored at 25:48.545 into the race in the interest of safety for both the riders and spectators alike. But the ever-evolving conditions didn’t stop Stewart from logging a 17th place finish in the first Moto 1. After Moto 1 began the waiting game as conditions went from bad to sunny to worse and back again. In moto, we know that almost nothing will stop a race – that exception being lightning in close proximity to the track. By the time the electrical portion of the storm had passed and the torrential rains subsided, nearly two and half hours had passed before the 250 class even got to line up for Moto 2. This weather pattern gave way to an unusually extended period of rest for the 450 riders before their second moto, which proved to be beneficial for many, including Stewart. As the gate dropped on Moto 2, Ronnie launched into a 9th place start on a motocross track, practically turned jet-ski course. Where the sloppiest sludge mudder proved to be a force to be reckoned with for some riders, Stewart managed to remain consistent throughout the entire moto. He would finish Moto 2, also in 17th place for a 18th place finish overall – matching his season-best finish that was earned at High Point during Round 4 of the series. 

    It’s hard to believe, but the season is rapidly drawing to a close with only two round of racing remaining. MicroBilt PRBC Yoshimura Suzuki looks forward to putting our best effort forward in order to finish out the season strong! Join us as we head to Mechanicsville, Maryland for racing just outside of our Nation’s Capital at Budds Creek. 
     
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  16. Courtesy of Husqvarna Motorcycles

    AMERICAN OFF-ROAD STAR SET TO REMAIN WITH ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING
    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thad Duvall has extended his contact for another two years with the off-road racing team. Duvall has had a successful first season with the team aboard his FX 350. He is currently leading in points in the AMA National Enduro Series and sits in a close second place in the GNCC Racing Series. 

    Thad Duvall“I am really excited to be given the opportunity, once again, to work with such an awesome company and team for two more years. I feel that the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team have helped me to showcase my best talents. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for me.” 

    Tim Weigand – Rockastar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Off-road Team Manager“Thad is a huge part of our Rockstar Energy Husqvarna off-road family and we are happy to continue this partnership. He puts forth a lot of hard work and determination into the race program. It has been awesome to see his true potential show this year and I look forward to seeing him race with us for the next two seasons.”



     
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  18. Courtesy of Husqvarna Motorcycles

    ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING RIDER WILL TAKE TIME TO PROPERLY RECOVER FROM RECENT SURGERY
    Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson will sit out the final two rounds of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship as he recovers from a recent surgery.
    Following several weeks of racing in pain, Jason and the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racingteam decided it was best for the FC 450 rider to sit out the remaining races and take care of pre-existing injuries
    Anderson, who injured his foot at the 2016 Motocross of Nations in Italy, had hardware removed, which results in him withdrawing from the last two rounds in order to heal up 100% and resume training for the 2018 AMA Supercross season.

  19. Courtesy of Team Suzuki Press Office


    Team Suzuki Press Office – August 13.

    Kevin Strijbos – 14-13 for 14th
    Arminas Jasikonis – 12-34 for 17th 




    Both Suzuki World MXGP riders had top 10 finishes in mind when they started today’s proceedings at the MXGP of Switzerland, but due to some bad luck and some unfortunate incidents, Kevin Strijbos and Arminas Jasikonis came up just short on their expectations. Jasikonis actually posted the second fastest lap of the first moto but due to the tricky nature of the Frauenfeld track, it wasn’t enough to propel him inside the top 10. Then in the second moto, there was a nasty collision between Arnaud Tonus and Jasikonis, after the Swiss rider crashed on the landing of a blind jump, with the RM-450WS rider having no chance to avoid the impact. 

    “It wasn’t a great weekend for me, with one DNF again,” said the young Lithuanian. “The first race start wasn’t too bad but I messed up the second turn and dropped a few places. Then a lap of two later I crashed and it was really hard to pass guys to make up those positions again. With five minutes to go I started to pass some guys and made some fast laps and that’s a good positive from the weekend, to have the second fastest lap on my RM-Z450WS. In the second moto I was around 12th when I hit Tonus as he stood up after a crash. The flag marshal wasn’t there because it happened so fast, so I hit him and crashed myself which bent the bike and meant I had to pull off. I feel sorry for him, it was a complete accident and I hope he’s ok. Now I’m just going to practice some more this week as the rib injury feels better, so we’ll see how it goes as I get ready for Sweden, another new track that I’m really looking forward to.” 

    After yesterday’s good performance, Strijbos hoped for a little bit better placings, but on what was a scorching Sunday, the Frauenfeld track made passing extremely difficult as the 450 machines were so equally matched. “In the first moto I got a good jump, but I shut off the throttle too quickly around the first turn as I wanted to cut in tight instead of railing around the edge a bit more. It was a mistake on my part but afterwards my riding was ok. It wasn’t bad and it wasn’t very good like yesterday, just ok really. The speed was there with the rest of the field, from sixth to 14th we were in a train, before they started to gap me a little bit at the end. In the second moto I blew the start completely and I was dead last and came back to 13th behind Max Anstie, who came second in race one, but then I spent the whole moto behind him. Again my speed was comparable with guys in the top 10, I just couldn’t make the passes to get there. It’s a shame really that I just couldn’t get those top 10 finishes that I think I could have achieved.” 

    General Manager Stefan Everts echoed those sentiments in what was a difficult weekend for both his riders. “For Kevin it has been a tough weekend, he showed some good riding skills but his starts weren’t great and that made it tough to move through the field. He just got stuck behind riders a bit too much but he’s getting back to speed after his injury and that’s positive. AJ also had bad starts and made some mistakes but his race speed was good and he could have easily got a top 10 with better starts to the motos. It’s also good that he didn’t complain about his ribs and now hopefully we can work with him in midweek, rather than just going race to race.” 

    With both riders looking to line-up at the Belgian race in Keiheuval on Tuesday, they should have everything dialled-in for next weekend when the World Motocross Championships returns to Sweden after a one-year absence.

    MXGP Moto 1: 1. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha), 34:40.671; 2. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:00.882; 3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:01.419; 4. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:08.563; 5. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:23.095; 6. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), +0:31.501; 7. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:33.556; 8. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:38.368; 9. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:40.735; 10. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:41.371; 11. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Honda), +0:44.815; 12. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Suzuki World MXGP), +0:45.070; 13. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:47.019; 14. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki World MXGP), +0:48.146.

    MXGP Moto 2: 1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 34:26.611; 2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:04.557; 3. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:07.625; 4. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:11.381; 5. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:23.231; 6. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, Yamaha), +0:31.183; 7. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:44.703; 8. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +0:52.004; 9. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), +0:53.997; 10. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, Honda), +0:55.213; 11. Clement Desalle (BEL, Kawasaki), +0:58.258; 12. Max Anstie (GBR, Husqvarna), +1:01.150; 13. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki World MXGP), +1:05.585; 34. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Suzuki World MXGP), -14 lap(s). 

    MXGP Overall:
     1. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 40 points; 2. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 40 p.; 3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 38 p.; 4. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 36 p.; 5. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 31 p.; 6. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 30 p.; 7. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 28 p.; 8. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 25 p.; 9. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 25 p.; 10. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 22 p. 14. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki World MXGP), 15 p.; 17. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, Suzuki World MXGP), 9 p.

    MXGP Points Standings: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 605 points; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 508 p.; 3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HUS), 486 p.; 4. Clement Desalle (BEL, KAW), 483 p.; 5. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 406 p.; 6. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 401 p.; 7. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 358 p.; 8. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 348 p.; 9. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, YAM), 328 p.; 10. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 320 p.; 11. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, KTM), 320 p.; 12. Max Anstie (GBR, HUS), 307 p.; 13. Arminas Jasikonis (LTU, SUZ), 260 p.; 14. Tanel Leok (EST, HUS), 167 p.; 15. Alessandro Lupino (ITA, HON), 155 p.; 16. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, SUZ), 141 p. 


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  20. Courtesy of Team Suzuki Press Office

    Team Suzuki Press Office – August 13.

    Jeremy Seewer – 1-5 for 2nd
    Hunter Lawrence – 32-7 for 13th
    Zach Pichon – 15-39 for 21st (EMX250) 




    Jeremy Seewer gave it everything he had to bring the 30,000 Swiss supporters the overall victory they all desperately wanted. However, after winning the first MX2 moto of the MXGP of Switzerland, a crash in the first turn of race two robbed him of any chance of getting on the first step of the podium and instead he had to settle for runner-up spot again, just like 2016. 

    It was still a great performance by the #91 who overtook everyone except the top four on a track that was proving extremely difficult to pass on. Hunter Lawrence also showed his passing skills as he worked his way through the pack in both motos, finishing with a seventh in race two after being involved in the same incident as Seewer in the first turn. 

    “It was amazing how the whole weekend went,” said Seewer. “All the fans and all my friends are here, and I was just feeling so good both days, especially after the first moto victory on my RM-Z250. Then the second moto started and I was going for the holeshot and a KTM bike pulled across at the last second and I couldn’t avoid him after he cross-rutted right in front of me. There I was, dead last and the dream was gone. No more home overall. Luckily, I was fine after the crash and I put in all I had and I think it’s still an amazing job to have got fifth after that start. The track was tricky and difficult to pass on but I gave it everything. I’m still disappointed to get second overall though when I know I could have won it. I know it’s tough but I’m not going to give up and that feeling I had after the first moto will stay with me forever.”

    Lawrence also didn’t get the results that his speed deserved after getting involved in some first turn antics himself. “I didn’t get the best start in the first moto as I was expecting a bit of tyre spin on the metal mesh and it didn’t happen. On Saturday, it happened so I was prepared for it, so I had less RPMs and my body weight was further back, but then it didn’t happen which obviously meant I got a bad start. Then in the first turn I stalled it anyway. I got my head down and charged through to 11th but the track was tricky and one of the ruts ripped my feet off the pegs and had a pretty hard crash. I couldn’t finish the moto as my head and back hurt a bit but in the break, I just tried to get myself ready as best I could for moto two. Then in the first turn of race two, some guys from the inside cut across and Jeremy crashed and I was right behind and nearly ran him over, but I stopped luckily. This meant I was last again so once more I put my head down and made it made it back up to seventh. Some definite positives in terms of my race pace and I’m hoping to take that kind of speed into Sweden next weekend.”

    General Manager Stefan Everts remained positive about how events unfolded, despite the goal of a home win for Jeremy slipping through his fingers. “Jeremy had a fantastic weekend. In the first moto he had a tough battle with Benoit Paturel right up until the chequered flag, but it was a great race and great for all the Swiss fans who came to see him. In the second moto he got cut off by one of the KTM riders in the first turn and had to come from dead last but I think he rode the race of life in front of his home crowd; it just wasn’t quite enough to win the GP. Obviously it was a big disappointment not to be able to win his home GP, especially after how he rode in the first moto. But then to ride how he rode in that second race on this kind of track was incredible. Hunter had a nasty crash in moto one but he was riding ok before that happened. He’s still trying to get up to race pace after his injury, but then in race two he showed fantastic speed to come through the pack after getting caught up in the same incident as Jeremy.”

    The EMX250 class also had their second moto today but unfortunately Zach Pichon’s day was cut short after a crash on the first lap: “I had a really bad start and was maybe around 15th on the first lap when I came to the wave section and unfortunately I got kicked left and right, ending up by going over the bars with a big crash. I hit my head and neck pretty hard and the bike was completely destroyed so I had to DNF the race.” 

    So while the overall feeling is one of missed opportunities, both riders know that the speed is there and that with a bit more luck they’ll be battling up the front of the field next weekend at the MXGP of Sweden in Uddevalla, where Pichon will make his MX2 debut. 

    MX2 Moto 1: 1. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki World MX2), 35:16.002; 2. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:00.620; 3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:23.088; 4. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), +0:29.007; 5. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), +0:36.006; 6. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:39.419; 7. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), +0:41.102; 8. Michele Cervellin (ITA, Honda), +0:45.138; 9. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), +0:47.424; 10. Darian Sanayei (USA, Kawasaki), +0:50.953;32. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki World MX2), -3 lap(s).

    MX2 Moto 2: 1. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), 35:22.061; 2. Thomas Covington (USA, Husqvarna), +0:04.826; 3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), +0:10.043; 4. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), +0:12.078; 5. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki World MX2), +0:14.984; 6. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, Husqvarna), +0:26.033; 7. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki World MX2), +0:32.668; 8. Ben Watson (GBR, KTM), +0:34.746; 9. Darian Sanayei (USA, Kawasaki), +0:37.807; 10. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), +0:38.587. 

    MX2 Overall: 1. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 47 points; 2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki World MX2), 41 p.; 3. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 40 p.; 4. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 36 p.; 5. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 36 p.; 6. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 30 p.; 7. Ben Watson (GBR, KTM), 23 p.; 8. Darian Sanayei (USA, KAW), 23 p.; 9. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), 23 p.; 10. Michele Cervellin (ITA, HON), 22 p.; 11. Alvin Östlund (SWE, YAM), 16 p.; 12. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 16 p.; 13. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki World MX2), 14 p.

    MX2 Points Standings:
     1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 629 points; 2. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki World MX2), 580 p.; 3. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 476 p.; 4. Thomas Kjer Olsen (DEN, HUS), 467 p.; 5. Julien Lieber (BEL, KTM), 428 p.; 6. Thomas Covington (USA, HUS), 387 p.; 7. Jorge Prado Garcia (ESP, KTM), 351 p.; 8. Brian Bogers (NED, KTM), 308 p.; 9. Hunter Lawrence (AUS, Suzuki World MX2), 260 p.; 10. Brent Van doninck (BEL, YAM), 259 p.

    EMX250 Race 2: 1. Morgan Lesiardo (ITA, Kawasaki), 30:42.823; 2. Jed Beaton (AUS, Honda), +0:04.017; 3. Tristan Charboneau (USA, Kawasaki), +0:21.633; 4. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, Honda), +0:34.090; 5. Adrien Malaval (FRA, Husqvarna), +0:40.592; 6. Pierre Goupillon (FRA, KTM), +0:41.860; 7. Marshal Weltin (USA, Kawasaki), +0:45.906; 8. Todd Kellett (GBR, Husqvarna), +0:46.621; 9. Alberto Forato (ITA, Honda), +0:59.365; 10. Jere Haavisto (FIN, KTM), +1:09.782; 39. Zachary Pichon (FRA, Suzuki World EMX250), -14 lap(s).

    EMX250 Overall: 1. Tristan Charboneau (USA, KAW), 45 points; 2. Morgan Lesiardo (ITA, KAW), 41 p.; 3. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, HON), 33 p.; 4. Marshal Weltin (USA, KAW), 32 p.; 5. Jed Beaton (AUS, HON), 31 p.; 6. Adrien Malaval (FRA, HUS), 30 p.; 7. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, KAW), 30 p.; 8. Pierre Goupillon (FRA, KTM), 25 p.; 9. Todd Kellett (GBR, HUS), 25 p.; 10. Jere Haavisto (FIN, KTM), 22 p.; 21. Zachary Pichon (FRA, Suzuki World EMX250), 6 p.

    EMX250 Points Standings: 1. Morgan Lesiardo (ITA, KAW), 268 points; 2. Simone Furlotti (ITA, YAM), 242 p.; 3. Alberto Forato (ITA, HON), 192 p.; 4. Ruben Fernandez (ESP, KAW), 192 p.; 5. Marshal Weltin (USA, KAW), 175 p.; 6. Jago Geerts (BEL, KTM), 171 p.; 7. Ken Bengtson (SWE, YAM), 170 p.; 8. Tristan Charboneau (USA, KAW), 159 p.; 9. Mathys Boisrame (FRA, HON), 157 p.; 10. Miro Sihvonen (FIN, KTM), 126 p.; 21. Zachary Pichon (FRA, Suzuki World EMX250), 47 p

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  21. Courtesy of MX Sports

    28th Annual GEICO Motorcycle Budds Creek National Returns toMechanicsville’s Budds Creek Raceway on August 18-202017 Pro Motocross Season Continues with Full Slate
    of Entertainment and Amateur Racing 
     
    MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (August 11, 2017) – The 11th round of the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, is set to take place at the GEICO Motorcycle Budds Creek National in Mechanicsville, Maryland next Thursday, August 17 through Sunday, August 20. The 28th annual event includes a full slate of special events, amateur racing and professional competition.
    Amateur race registration kicks off on Thursday, August 17, from 6-8 p.m. EST. An AMA membership is required for both days of amateur racing. Both competitive amateur racing days on Friday and Sunday will consist of a two-moto format, and FLYday Friday race fees are $35 per class, with fees being $40 per class on Sunday.
    Simon Cudby
    The weekend begins with FLYday Friday practice with amateur racing to follow, all starting at 8:00 a.m. Specialty awards will be presented to each class winner including replica professional number plates and Fly Racing contingency. Early Entry Pit Passes to the Budds Creek National will also accompany each winner’s award, in addition to a team truck tour on Friday evening at 5 p.m.
    Children 12 and under are invited to the “Pizza Party with the Pros,” at 6 p.m. at the Super Ticket VIP Tent. It will feature an autograph signing with some of the top 250 pro riders and the lovely Lucas Oil girls, complemented by free pizza and games. 
    The Budds Creek Pit Bike National begins at 7:00 p.m. featuring the following classes: Bone Stoke 110, Pro Stock 110, Open 110 and Clutch Full-Size TTR 125/Honda 150 Air-Cooled.
    Andrew Fredrickson
    The 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship headlines the action on Saturday, August 19, at Budds Creek Raceway. With both championships still undecided, the hottest race action of the summer is set to take place on the track in both the 450cc and 250cc class divisions.
    Keep the radio tuned to MXFM 93.5 for up-to-date announcements, racing news, interviews and information throughout the weekend. For a full list of weekend event rules and regulations please click HERE.
    The second day of amateur racing will take place Sunday, August 20, in conjunction with the Mason Dixon Riding Association Bonus Points Race. Race fees are $40 per class and follows a 2-Moto format. Please see below or click HERE for the full list of amateur race classes available on FLYday Friday, August 18, and on Sunday, August 20.
    FRIDAY CLASSESSUNDAY CLASSES
    Open AOpen A
    Open BOpen B
    Open COpen C
    250 All-Star A/B250 A
    250 B250 B
    250 C250 C
    125 B/CCollege B/C (14-24)
    College B/C (14-24)Junior 25+
    Junior 25+Vet 30+
    Vet 30+Vet 30+ C
    Senior 40+Vet 35+
    Masters 50+Senior 40+
    65 (7-9)Senior 40+ B/C
    65 Open (7-11)Vet 45+
    85 (9-13)Masters 50+
    Mini Jr. (7-13)65 (7-9)
    Mini Sr. (12-15)65 Open (7-11)
    Supermini (12-16)85 (9-13)
    Schoolboy 2 (14-16)Mini Jr. (7-13)
    Women (12+)Mini Sr. (12-15)
     Supermini (12-16)
     Schoolboy 1 (12-16)
     Schoolboy 2 (14-16)
     Women 12+
     Girls (9-15)

    Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
    The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, features the world's fastest outdoor motocross racers, racing aboard the best bikes each factory offers, on the roughest, toughest tracks in the world. The 12-rounds series begins at Hangtown in May and ends at Indiana's Ironman Raceway in August. It includes stops at the premier motocross racing facilities in America, with events in California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Washington, New York and Indiana. The pro riders race on Saturday afternoon, with competition divided into two classes: one for 250cc machines, and one for 450cc machines. The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship is managed by MX Sports Pro Racing, the industry leader in off-road power sports event production. The series is televised on NBC, NBCSN and MAVTV and streamed live on NBC Sports Gold Series partners include Lucas Oil (series title sponsor), Red Bull, WPS, Fly Racing, GEICO Motorcycle, MotoSport.com, Garmin, 100%, KTM, FMF, Deltran Battery Tender, Pirelli, Suzuki, Husqvarna, Pivot Works, Vertex, Alpinestars, KMC Wheels, MotionPro, VP Racing Fuels, Acerbis and Racer X.  More information can be found at www.ProMotocross.com.  

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  22. Courtesy of Husqvarna Motorcycles

    DAVALOS 2ND, WILSON 6TH IN 450, OSBORNE 3RD IN 250
    The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team continued their double class podium run by once again landing riders on the box in both classes at Round 10 of the Pro Motocross Championship for the Unadilla National held in New Berlin, NY. Riders, team and motorcycles were put to the ultimate test when the skies opened up during 450 moto 1 and torrential rains wreaked havoc on the race track leading to a delayed and abbreviated schedule for the rest of the days racing. Facing the most difficult conditions they’ve seen all season, Martin Davalos, Zach Osborne and Dean Wilson rocketed their Husqvarna FC motorcycles off the rain soaked and mud filled start line to grab clear vision at the front of the pack and rode precise and aggressive races.

    Martin Davalos started eighth in the first 450 moto before moving back to 10th in lap two. He made a comeback and navigated into ninth in lap three. He held strong until the halfway mark before making a pass on Eli Tomac for the eighth place spot with 12 minutes to go. He rode through the rain and slick conditions to finish eighth. He got a great start in the second moto and quickly moved into second place after passing teammate Dean Wilson in the first lap. Looking good and making easy work of the difficult conditions, he pushed ahead and stalked leader Marvin Musquin. He stayed consistent the remainder of the race, kept it on two wheels, and finished an impressive second. The 8-2 finish gave him second overall on the day and puts him sixth overall in 450 rider point standings.

    “Unadilla is an awesome track,” said Davalos. “Everyone was watching the weather coming. They didn’t disc the track really deep like they normally do here because of the weather. I think it was a good call because it down poured during our first moto. It started around the third lap and there was a lot of lightning. I did my best, but the struggle with the goggles was difficult with the amount of rain we were getting. We lounged around for awhile before the second moto because we didn’t know what time we were going to go. I got a decent start and just put my head down. I stayed positive and came out with a second in that moto and it put me in second overall. I’m super proud of myself and proud of everything. I’m thankful to be where I’m at."

    Zach Osborne started outside the top 10 in the first 250 moto but charged up to fifth by the sixth lap. He made passes on Aaron Plessigner and Adam Cianciarulo right before the white flag came out and held strong to finish third. The second moto started after a 30 minute rain delay, with Osborne claiming the eighth spot off the gate. With a shortened 20 minute plus one lap format due to rain, Osborne knew he had to move through the pack quickly. He moved into seventh by the second lap and continued to battle the difficult conditions. He ran up to sixth by the fourth lap, then fifth the following lap. He held strong to fifth until the finish. The 3-5 finish gave him third overall on the day and maintains his lead in the 250 championship.

    “All in all it was a good day,” said Osborne. “It definitely could have been a little bit better, but I’m happy to come away with a podium. That second moto was high stakes, and I’m happy I got a top-five and come away with another podium. I’ve only missed one podium the entire season, so I’m just trying to keep that trend going. I hope to carry some momentum in Budds Creek—it’s a track I really enjoy and I look forward to it."

    Dean Wilson was 13th at the start of the first 450 moto and worked his way up to 10th by the halfway mark. He made the pass on Eli Tomac for ninth just in time for the red flag to be waived with two minutes to go due to severe track conditions and finished ninth. He was second at the start of the second moto and came out of the first lap in third. Still in third with 3 minutes to go, he was feeling pressure from Cooper Webb. He held strong until the white flag when Webb snuck by, putting Wilson in fourth. He kept it steady the remainder of the race to finish fourth. The 9-4 finish gave him sixth overall on the day, and he is currently fourth overall in 450 rider point standings.

    “I’m happy to walk away with some good points,” said Wilson. “I feel like my riding is probably the best it’s been this year, but it didn’t really show. We got cut short the first moto, then it started raining and was a mud moto. It was completely muddy the second moto. I’m still happy to walk away with sixth overall. It’s all good. I’m happy to move on to the next weekend and hope to have a good showing."

    The team will now make its way to the Budds Creek National next Saturday, held in Mechanicsville, MD, for the penultimate round of the series. 

    Unadilla National Results

    450 CLASS OVERALL RESULTS
    1. Marvin Musquin, KTM (1-1)
    2. Martin Davalos, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing (8-2)
    3. Cole Seely, HON (3-6)
    4. Cooper Webb, YAM (7-3)
    5. Blake Baggett, KTM (2-11)
    6. Dean Wilson, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing (9-4)
    7. Justin Bogle, SUZ (4-10)
    8. Christian Craig, HON (5-9)
    9. Eli Tomac, KAW (10-5)
    10. Benny Bloss, KTM (15-8)

    250 CLASS OVERALL RESULTS
    1. Jeremy Martin, HON (2-1)
    2. Joey Savatgy, KAW (1-4)
    3. Zach Osborne, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing (3-5)
    4. Dylan Ferrandis, YAM (6-3)
    5. Justin Cooper, YAM (12-2)
    6. Adam Cianciarulo, KAW (5-8)
    7. Aaron Plessinger, YAM (4-10)
    8. RJ Hampshire, HON (8-6)
    9. Chase Sexton, HON (7-12)
    10. Kyle Cunningham, SUZ (13-7)

    450 CLASS CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
    1. Eli Tomac (400)
    2. Blake Baggett (373)
    3. Marvin Musquin (369)
    4. Dean Wilson, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing (299)
    5. Cole Seely (263)
    6. Martin Davalos, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing (243)
    7. Justin Bogle (241)
    8. Jason Anderson, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing (216)
    9. Weston Peick (213)
    10. Cooper Webb (211)

    250 CLASS CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
    1. Zach Osborne, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing (413)
    2. Jeremy Martin (350)
    3. Joey Savatgy (324)
    4. Dylan Ferrandis (299)
    5. Alex Martin (296)
    6. Aaron Plessinger (285)
    7. Adam Cianciarulo (283)
    8. Colt Nichols (235)
    9. Mitchell Harrison (229)
    10. Shane McElrath (210)


     
  23. Courtesy of Husqvarna Motorcycles


    ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING RIDER CLIMBS BACK TO THIRD IN MXGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
    Putting in two strong performances at the Frauenfeld circuit, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Gautier Paulin wrapped up round 15 of the 2017 FIM Motocross World Championship by earning a solid runner-up overall result at the MXGP of Switzerland. 

    With the rutted Swiss circuit providing few chances for passing, Paulin got off to two good starts in the final MXGP class races and remained fast and mistake-free until the end of each moto. Securing fourth in moto one before a strong runner-up result in moto two, the Frenchman found himself battling for the overall victory in Switzerland. Collecting equal points with the overall winner Jeffrey Herlings, Paulin had to settle for second overall due to Herlings’ better result in moto two. 

    Continuing to build on his speed, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Max Anstie enjoyed a season best moto result claiming a well-deserved runner-up spot in the opening MXGP race. Together with his second place finish in Saturday’s qualifying race, it was a great weekend for the MXGP class rookie. Frustratingly, unable to get a good start in the second MXGP moto Anstie finished 12th and had to settle for fifth overall at the GP. 

    Showing some good speed in both motos, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Max Nagl collected 13-7 results to earn 10th overall at the MXGP of Switzerland. 

    In the MX2 category, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Thomas Covington came close to securing a podium result in Frauenfeld. Battling through a bad start to claim seventh in moto one, the young American found himself leading moto two for a few laps. Settling for the runner-up spot in moto two, he wrapped up his weekend fourth overall at the GP. 

    Involved in some close battles in both motos, Thomas Kjer-Olsen collected a pair of sixth place results in Frauenfeld for sixth overall at the Swiss GP. 

    For Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s MX2 class rookie Conrad Mewse the GP ended with the young Brit claiming 17th overall in the 250cc class. 

    The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team will return to action at round 16 of the 2017 FIM Motocross World Championship in Uddevalla, Sweden on August 19/20. 

    Gautier Paulin“I’m really happy to be back on the podium. We had a big fight for the overall win here in Switzerland and eventually I ended up sharing the same number of points with Jeffrey Herlings. It feels good to be back up to speed and I can’t thank my team enough for all their hard work and dedication. The pace was high in both motos. I got two good starts and that was positive. It also felt great to be leading the second moto for some laps. Overall, this GP has been a big step in the right direction and I will keep pushing to take this momentum into the coming events.” 

    Max Anstie“It’s been a good weekend for me. Getting the holeshot and then going on to finish second in the qualifying race was a good confidence booster. I was feeling good on the bike so was looking forward to the final motos. Getting another great start in moto one I managed to get a good race pace right from the first laps. I spent the first half of the moto pushing hard to pass Arnaud Tonus for the lead but then decided to settle for second and save some energy for moto two. My start wasn’t bad in the second moto but another rider hit neutral in front of me in turn two so I ended up losing a lot of time. Taking the positives out of this GP I got two holeshots and a strong runner-up moto result. This is very positive for the next rounds of the championship.” 

    Max Nagl“It was hard to find a good rhythm at this circuit. The weekend started with a downpour on Saturday morning but the track dried up pretty quick. I had a good qualifying race where I finished ninth. Conditions during the final motos were different. I could not get the start I wanted and that made my life a lot harder in both motos. My jumps out of the gate were quite good but I could not keep my speed going into the first corner. My best moment came in the second moto where I found myself battling for the top eight. I made some passes and ended up getting seventh at the chequered flag.” 

    Thomas Covington“I’m really happy with my performance in moto two. With the track being one-lined in most parts, you had to push hard to stay fast. Getting a bad start in moto one I had to dig pretty deep. Making many passes I managed to get seventh at the chequered flag. Then in moto two I got off to a great start and then was able to lead the race for a couple of laps. To get second at the finish line shows that the speed is there. My pace was really good but as we were getting closer to the end of the race I felt like I was running out of energy. I might have narrowly missed the overall podium in Switzerland but we will keep working to get back on it in the coming rounds.” 

    Thomas Kjer-Olsen“Getting sixth overall is a good overall result but I was expecting more from this round. I did my best for some good results in both motos but I just couldn’t match the speed of the riders in front. The track was one-lined and it was very tough to make passes. There were some very deep ruts so it was also very physically exhausting. We’re now heading to Uddevalla in Sweden and I’m hoping for some improved results there.” 

    Conrad Mewse“It’s been an on and off weekend for me. There were times in both motos where my speed was good and I had some nice battles with the frontrunners. In the opening race I started right outside the top 10 and went on to cross the line in 14th. Then in moto two my start was not good, so I had to push hard. I was not able to get a good race pace so I had to settle for 18th at the line. We keep the positives and continue the hard work.” 

    Results – FIM Motocross World Championship, Round 15 

    MXGP - Overall 
    1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 40pts; 2. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna) 40; 3. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 38… 5. Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 31… 10. Max Nagl (Husqvarna) 22… 16. Rui Goncalves (Husqvarna) 10… 21. Jernej Irt (Husqvarna) 2 

    MXGP - Race 1 
    1. Arnaud Tonus (Yamaha) 16 laps, 34:40.671; 2. Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 34:41.553; 3. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 34:42.090; 4. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna) 34:49.234… 13. Max Nagl (Husqvarna) 35:27.690… 18. Rui Goncalves (Husqvarna) 36:13.579; 19. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 36:16.429… 22. Jernej Irt (Husqvarna) 36:48.152… 31. Nicolas Bender (Husqvarna) 15 laps, 35:44.987 

    MXGP - Race 2 
    1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 16 laps, 34:26.611; 2. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna) 34:31.168; 3. Romain Febvre (Yamaha) 34:34.236… 7. Max Nagl (Husqvarna) 35:11.314… 12. Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 35:27.761… 14. Rui Goncalves (Husqvarna) 35:35.010… 18. Jernej Irt (Husqvarna) 36:32.136… 26. Nicolas Bender (Husqvarna) 15 laps, 35:45.636… 28. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 10 laps, 23:24.789 

    MX2 - Overall 
    1. Benoit Paturel (Yamaha) 47pts; 2. Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki) 41; 3. Pauls Jonass (KTM) 40; 4. Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 36… 6. Thomas Kjer-Olsen (Husqvarna) 30… 17. Conrad Mewse (Husqvarna) 10; 18. Henry Jacobi (Husqvarna) 9; 19. Brian Hsu (Husqvarna) 9; 20. Giuseppe Tropepe (Husqvarna) 4… 24. Lars van Berkel (Husqvarna) 1 

    MX2 - Race 1 
    1. Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki) 16 laps, 35:16.002; 2. Benoit Paturel (Yamaha) 35:16.622; 3. Pauls Jonass (KTM) 35:39.090… 6. Thomas Kjer-Olsen (Husqvarna) 35:55.421; 7. Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 35:57.104… 12. Brian Hsu (Husqvarna) 36:11.356… 14. Conrad Mewse (Husqvarna) 36:22.624… 18. Henry Jacobi (Husqvarna) 37:00.496… 20. Lars van Berkel (Husqvarna) 37:33.530… 26. Giuseppe Tropepe (Husqvarna) 15 laps, 36:11.120 

    MX2 - Race 2 
    1. Benoit Paturel (Yamaha) 16 laps, 35:22.061; 2. Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 35:26.887; 3. Pauls Jonass (KTM) 35:32.104… 6. Thomas Kjer-Olsen (Husqvarna) 35:48.094… 15. Henry Jacobi (Husqvarna) 36:25.956… 17. Giuseppe Tropepe (Husqvarna) 36:33.637; 18. Conrad Mewse (Husqvarna) 36:37.265… 23. Lars van Berkel (Husqvarna) 36:59.954 

    Championship Standings (After Round 15) 

    MXGP 
    1. Antonio Cairoli (KTM) 605pts; 2. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) 508; 3. Gautier Paulin (Husqvarna) 486… 7. Max Nagl (Husqvarna) 358… 12. Max Anstie (Husqvarna) 307… 14. Tanel Leok (Husqvarna) 167… 19. Rui Goncalves (Husqvarna) 105… 24. Harri Kullas (Husqvarna) 35… 33. Evgeny Mikhaylov (Husqvarna) 10… 35. Yentel Martens (Husqvarna) 6… 44. Jernej Irt (Husqvarna) 3… 48. Sven Van der Mierden (Husqvarna) 2 

    MX2 
    1. Pauls Jonass (KTM) 629pts; 2. Jeremy Seewer (Suzuki) 580; 3. Benoit Paturel (Yamaha) 476; 4. Thomas Kjer-Olsen (Husqvarna) 467… 6. Thomas Covington (Husqvarna) 387… 16. Conrad Mewse (Husqvarna) 161; 20. Iker Larranaga (Husqvarna) 105; 21. Brian Hsu (Husqvarna) 89; 22. Henry Jacobi (Husqvarna) 87… 30. Lars van Berkel (Husqvarna) 42… 33. Giuseppe Tropepe (Husqvarna) 30… 37. Caleb Ward (Husqvarna) 14; 38. Karel Kutsar (Husqvarna) 14… 48. Ivan Petrov (Husqvarna) 1… 52. Aaron Tanti (Husqvarna) 1



  24. Courtesy of ATVMX

    Wiseco ATV Motocross Championship Results: Loretta Lynn's NationalJoel Hetrick Claims First-Ever National Title
    HURRICANE MILLS, Tenn. (August 13, 2017) - The 2017 Wiseco ATV Motocross National Championship (ATVMX) presented by CST Tires, an AMA National Championship, came down to the wire this weekend at the season finale from legendary Loretta Lynn's Ranch. Just 11 points separated the top two riders in the AMA Pro ATV standings - Maxxis/Elka/Liquid Wrench/Honda's Joel Hetrick and Wienen Motorsports/SSi Decals/Walsh Racecraft/Yamaha/Maxxis/7240's Chad Wienen - and their season-long battle came all the way down to the final checkered flag. Chasing his first-ever championship, Hetrick rose to the occasion and outdueled Wienen to capture the coveted title.
    Joel Hetrick was awarded the AMA No. 1 plate signifying his 2017 National Championship.
    Joel Hetrick was awarded the AMA No. 1 plate signifying his 2017 National Championship.
    - Ken Hill
    A sense of excitement and tension filled the air as the AMA Pro ATV field took to the track yesterday. Wienen undoubtedly felt ready for the challenge that lied ahead and responded by doing what he's done virtually all season, capturing the ATVRiders.com Top Qualifier for the fifth time and tying Hetrick for the $1,000 winner bonus of that in-season points battle.
    When the first moto got underway, Hetrick kept his holeshot trend going, and raced his way to another SSi Decals Holeshot Award. With his main challenger out front, Wienen started to play damage control almost immediately, slotting into third behind of Root River Racing/CST Tires/Pro Motorsports' Thomas Brown.
    Joel Hetrick ran a clear track, but Chad Wienen and Thomas Brown were wheel-to-wheel for the first half of Moto 1.
    Joel Hetrick ran a clear track, but Chad Wienen and Thomas Brown were wheel-to-wheel for the first half of Moto 1.
    - Ken Hill
    Despite his ability to position himself in a podium spot, Wienen found himself in a heated battle with Brown. It wasn't until the fourth lap that Wienen was able to secure the runner-up spot. Unfortunately by this time, Hetrick already had a large lead and both riders continued to ride a consistent pace through the finish.
    Entering the last moto of 2017, a new face emerged out of the first turn, GennUSA Racing's Nick Gennusa rocketed off the line to earn the final SSi Decals Holeshot Award of the season, and his first ever. Gennusa lead the way through the opening lap, but Wienen assumed the top position by the conclusion of the second lap. Hetrick had his work cut out for him, beginning the moto just inside the top five, which forced him to chase down Wienen.
    Nick Gennusa earned the second moto SSi Decals Holeshot award, and proved he will be a championship contender next season.
    Nick Gennusa earned the second moto SSi Decals Holeshot award, and proved he will be a championship contender next season.
    - Ken Hill
    Hetrick quickly moved into a podium position and applied heavy pressure to Gennusa. Gennusa held off Hetrick for the first half of the race until crashing in the infamous "Storyland" section of the track. Hetrick capitalized on Gennusa's misfortune and secured second, but couldn't catch Wienen who had a large gap on the rest of the field. Wienen cruised to victory 25 seconds ahead of Hetrick, who rode untouched in second once he surpassed Gennusa. Brown rounded out the overall podium in third.
    Wienen's 2-1 moto results allowed him to edge out Hetrick (1-2) for the overall win on the afternoon, but the win wasn't enough to top Hetrick in the overall points standings where he claimed his first National Championship after a solid season. Hetrick finished the 2017 season with a 11-point edge over Wienen in the final standings, while Brown rounded out the top three championship finishers 102 back of Hetrick. Gennusa ended the championship in fourth (-128), while JB Racing/Root River Racing's Jeffrey Rastrelli (-137) edged out Root River Racing's Josh Upperman (-171) for fifth.
    Loretta Lynn's Overall Podium: (2) Joel Hetrick, (1) Chad Wienen, (3) Thomas Brown.
    Loretta Lynn's Overall Podium: (2) Joel Hetrick, (1) Chad Wienen, (3) Thomas Brown.
    - Ken Hill
    Loretta Lynn National
    Hurricane Mills, Tennessee
    Round 11 of 12
    Saturday, August 12
    2017 AMA Pro Class Event Results:
    1. Chad Wienen (2-1)
    2. Joel Hetrick (1-2)
    3. Thomas Brown (3-3)
    4. Westley Wolfe (5-4)
    5. Nick Gennusa (4-5)
    6. Sam Rowe (7-6)
    7. Josh Upperman (6-8)
    8. Parker Wewerka (9-7)
    9. Brett Musick (8-11)
    10. Cody Janssen (11-10)
    Overall National Championship Standings:
    1. Joel Hetrick (445)
    2. Chad Wienen (434)
    3. Thomas Brown (343)
    4. Nick Gennusa (317)
    5. Jeffrey Rastrelli (308)
    6. Josh Upperman (274)
    7. Ronnie Higgerson (250)
    8. Parker Wewerka (241)
    9. Westley Wolfe (235)
    10. Sam Rowe (200)
    SSi Decals Holeshot Award Standings:
    1. Joel Hetrick (23)
    2. Nick Gennusa (2)
    3. Cole Sepesi (2)
    4. Josh Upperman (2)
    5. Sam Rowe (2)
    6. Chad Wienen (1)
    ATVriders.com Top Qualifier Award Standings:
    1. Joel Hetrick (5)
    2. Chad Wienen (5)
    For more information on the Wiseco ATV Motocross National Championship, visit the official series website at www.atvmotocross.com. Join the conversation on the series Facebook page, follow on Twitter and Instagram, and be sure to always hashtag #ATVMX.
    About the Wiseco ATV Motocross National Championship:                                                                                                  
    The Wiseco ATV Motocross National Championship presented by CST Tires, an AMA National Championship, is the nation's premier amateur and professional ATV motocross series, hosted at top motocross facilities nationwide. The 10-round series features the Nation's best racers, teams and sponsors, and is America's largest and longest-running ATV national motocross program. Since 1985, the series continues to expand and produce top talent from the amateur ranks, while premiering the professional class. For more information, please visit www.atvmotocross.com.
    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. Not a member? Join the AMA today: www.americanmotorcyclist.com/membership/join. 


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  25. Courtesy of MX Sports


    Musquin Dominates in the Mud at Unadilla for Third Consecutive Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Victory
    Martin Emerges with Second 250 Class Win
    NEW BERLIN, NY. (August 12, 2017) - The 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, returned to action following its final break of the season for the Unadilla National from Unadilla Motocross Park. The tenth round of the season featured heavy rain and thunder storms that led to race officials shortening the second motos to 20-minutes-plus-one-lap. Red Bull KTM's Marvin Musquin raced to a perfect day and kept his win streak alive, which now sits at three. In the 250 Class GEICO Honda's Jeremy Martin emerged victorious to claim his second win of the season.
    Musquin captured his third straight 1-1 sweep for his fourth victory of the season.
    Musquin captured his third straight 1-1 sweep for his fourth victory of the season.
    - MX Sports Pro Racing / Jeff Kardas
    As the opening 450 Class moto powered down the start straight, it was RCH/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing's Matt Bisceglia who emerged with the Motosport.com Holeshot, narrowly edging out teammate Justin Bogle and HRC Honda's Christian Craig. Musquin immediately went to work and muscled his way by Craig part way through the opening lap and was under heavy pressure from RMATV/MC-WPS-KTM's Blake Baggett. At the completion of the opening lap it was Bisceglia, Bogle and Musquin who led the 40-rider field.
    On Lap 1, the battle for the lead had already began to shape up with Bisceglia riding strong out front and Bogle and Musquin just behind. Musquin blitzed his way around Bogle to takeover second and backed that up with a pass on Bisceglia for the lead just a couple of turns later. Bogle put forward his best effort to keep Musquin in sight and made the move for second as he overtook Bisceglia on Lap 2. Bisceglia continued to fight for position, but remained under heavy pressure and would surrender third to Baggett just before the start of the next lap. 
    With Musquin riding effortlessly out front, the rain began to come down, continuing to increase and make the conditions more challenging with each lap. On Lap 8, Baggett found himself turning the quickest times of the field and started nipping at the heels of race leader Musquin. The KTM duo pulled alongside one another several times, however, Musquin successfully defended each pass attempt Baggett threw at him.
    Despite the torrential downpour that ensued, Musquin and Baggett continued the bar-to-bar battle for the lead. As lightning began to touchdown nearby, race officials made the decision to call the race at the 27-minute mark instead of the traditional 30-minutes-plus-two-laps. Musquin was credited with his fifth consecutive moto win, followed by Baggett in second. HRC Honda's Cole Seely took advantage of a mistake by Bogle on the final lap to take third.
    Unadilla marked back-to-back podiums for 450 Class rookie Davalos.
    Unadilla marked back-to-back podiums for 450 Class rookie Davalos.
    - MX Sports Pro Racing / Jeff Kardas
    When the gate dropped on Moto 2 it was Musquin who led the field around the opening corner to take his fifth Motosport.com Holeshot of the season with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider Dean Wilson and Craig in tow. Following his podium finish last round, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing's Martin Davalos was on a mission and made his way around Craig and Wilson to takeover second. At the completion of the opening lap it was Musquin, Davalos, and Wilson.
    Championship contenders Baggett and Tomac started the race in sixth and eighth positions, but it wasn't long until disaster struck Baggett and forced him to pull into the mechanics area. He would rejoin the race nearly dead last. 
    At the front of the field Musquin made an attempt to break away, but Davalos refused to settle and kept the leader within sight. Just when Davalos appeared to be making a run for the lead, Musquin wicked it up to pull back out on the Husqvarna rider. Wilson continued to ride strong in third and eventually found himself under pressure from Monster Energy/Yamalube/Chaparral/Yamaha Financial Services/Yamaha Factory Racing's Cooper Webb. On Lap 7, Webb dove to the inside of Wilson to take his line away and moved into third.
    Musquin remained unchallenged during the final laps by taking the win 9.8 seconds ahead of Davalos. The final step of the podium went to Webb who rode impressive in his return from injury.
    Musquin's perfect day propelled him to his fourth career overall victory (1-1) and his moto win streak now sits at six. The strong second moto helped Davalos finish second overall (8-2) and capture his second career 450 Class podium. Seely finished third overall (6-3), resulting in his first podium of the season.
    Seely emerged with his first overall podium of the season in third (6-3).
    Seely emerged with his first overall podium of the season in third (6-3).
    - MX Sports Pro Racing / Jeff Kardas
    "The goal right now is to try and gain points each weekend," said Musquin. "Today turned out to be great for me and not so great for some others. Anything can happen on a day like today and I just have to keep doing my best and we will see what happens. My goal is to at least finish the season second in points."
    Tomac remains in control of the championship lead by 27-points despite finishing ninth overall on the day. Baggett continues to sit second, while Musquin gained valuable points on both of his rivals and now trails Baggett by just four points.
    It was an eventful day for Tomac who holds a 27-point championship advantage.
    It was an eventful day for Tomac who holds a 27-point championship advantage.
    - MX Sports Pro Racing / Jeff Kardas
    "I've been wanting to ride the big bike for almost four years and it feels so good to be up here on the podium," said Davalos. "The 450 Class is totally different than the 250's. The bike requires a lot more strength and I finally feel like I have made enough progress that I can hold on and run with the top guys for a full moto. This sport is about confidence and to run up front, be smart, and learn each weekend is what I'm trying to do. The track was gnarly today and it would have been insane if they didn't cut the races to 20-minutes."
    Martin (6) took the holeshot in Moto 2 and the overall victory (2-1) on the day.
    Martin (6) took the holeshot in Moto 2 and the overall victory (2-1) on the day.
    - MX Sports Pro Racing / Jeff Kardas
    The first 250 Class moto saw Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Adam Cianciarulo race to his second Motosport.com Holeshot of the season just ahead of teammate Joey Savatgy and Adventure Moto KTM's Steven Clarke. Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha's Aaron Plessinger made quick work of Clarke to overtake third. At the completion of the opening lap it was Cianciarulo, Savatgy, and Plessinger at the head of the field, while championship points leader Zach Osborne was listed in seventh aboard his Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Machine.
    With a clear track out front, Cianciarulo began to open a small gap as Savatgy and Plessinger battled each other. Plessinger moved onto the rear wheel of Savatgy and started to look for a way around, however, Savatgy would fend off the Yamaha rider and pick up the pace. On Lap 2, Savatgy began to reel in race leader Cianciarulo with his sights set on the number one position.
    The Kawasaki duo of Cianciarulo and Savatgy continued their blistering pace at the front of the field and started to distance themselves from their nearest competitor. GEICO Honda's Jeremy Martin began to creep into the picture on Lap 5 and moved to within striking distance of Plessinger, eventually making the pass stick for third near the end of the lap. On Lap 7, Cianciarulo made a costly mistake as he lost the front end and tipped over in a turn, allowing Savatgy to inherit the lead and moving Martin into second. Cianciarulo would remount in third.
    Savatgy clicked off consistent laps to build a comfortable lead by the halfway point of the moto, but Martin put his head down and was determined to bridge the gap that separated him from Savatgy. With the race winding down, Osborne began to hit his stride as he put in a late race charge and used an aggressive move to overtake Cianciarulo for third on Lap 14. 
    Savatgy pushed hard until the final lap and claimed his fourth moto win of the season, 3.2 seconds ahead of the hard charging Martin in second. Osborne took the final podium spot with a brilliant come-from-behind effort.
    Savatgy charged to second overall (1-4) and stood on the podium for the third straight week.
    Savatgy charged to second overall (1-4) and stood on the podium for the third straight week.
    - MX Sports Pro Racing / Rich Shepherd
    As the 250 Class launched out of the gate to start Moto 2 it was Martin who secured his class leading sixth Motosport.com Holeshot of the season, just ahead of Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha teammates Justin Cooper and Dylan Ferrandis. With vision being crucial due to the muddy conditions, Plessinger wasted no time passing Ferrandis for the third spot. When the riders completed the opening lap it was Martin, Cooper, and Plessinger out front, while Osborne got off to mediocre start in ninth.
    The wet conditions looked to be no problem for Martin as he splashed his way around out front and started to open a small lead on Cooper and Plessinger. On Lap 3, Plessinger started to pickup the pace and moved to within bike lengths of Cooper, but a small mistake watched him hit the ground and GEICO Honda's RJ Hampshire slid into third.
    Each time that Martin appeared to be increasing his lead, Cooper would mount an attack that helped him keep the gap within seconds throughout most of the race. On Lap 4, Hampshire made a bobble that allowed Ferrandis by and into third.
    Martin crossed the checkered flag to capture his fourth moto win of the season with a 4.8 second advantage on Cooper who finished second in his professional debut. Ferrandis rode well to his fourth moto podium finish of the season in third.
    Osborne sits atop the championship standings by 63-points with just two rounds remaining.
    Osborne sits atop the championship standings by 63-points with just two rounds remaining.
    - MX Sports Pro Racing / Jeff Kardas
    The 2-1 moto scores by Martin were good enough to secure his thirteenth career overall victory. Savatgy finished second (1-4) to earn his third consecutive overall podium, while Osborne rounded out the podium in third (3-5).
    "It was a complete mudder today and fortunately I was at the right place at the right time," said Martin. "I felt pretty good all day today and once the rain started to come down I just tried to go into the second moto with a positive attitude, which I think is key. I was able to tune my bike a little bit better over the last couple of weeks and I think that it definitely helped today."
    Osborne continues to hold the red plate and a commanding 63-point lead over Martin with just two rounds remaining in the championship. Savatgy's recent string of podium performance moved him into third in the standings, 26-points behind second place.
    "Today ended up being pure survival and I did my best to salvage points," said Osborne. "Starts are super important on a day like today and I just didn't have them. I was able to come through for a podium in the first moto, but the mud made it a lot tougher to make passes in the second moto. Overall I was able to make the most of it and I'm looking forward to the last two."
    The 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will continue next weekend with the penultimate round of the season at Budds Creek Motocross Park in Mechanicsville, Maryland on August 19th. First motos of the GEICO Motorcycle Budds Creek National can be seen live on MAVTV at 10 p.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET. The second 450 moto will be live on NBC at 12 p.m. PT / 3 p.m. ET, while the second 250 moto will air via tape delay on NBC Sports Network at 4 p.m. PT / 7 p.m. ET.
    Results
    Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
    Unadilla National
    Unadilla MX - New Berlin, New York
    August 12, 2017
    450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
    1. Marvin Musquin, La Reole, France, KTM (1-1)
    2. Martin Davalos, Quito, Ecuador, Husqvarna (8-2)
    3. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda (3-6)
    4. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha (7-3)
    5. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (2-11)
    6. Dean Wilson, Glasgow, Scotland, Husqvarna (9-4)
    7. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Suzuki (4-10)
    8. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda (5-9)
    9. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (10-5)
    10. Benny Bloss, Oak Grove, MO, KTM (15-8)
    450 Class Championship Standings
    1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki - 400
    2. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM - 373
    3. Marvin Musquin, La Reole, France, KTM - 369
    4. Dean Wilson, Glasgow, Scotland, Husqvarna - 299
    5. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda - 263
    6. Martin Davalos, Quito, Ecuador, Husqvarna - 243
    7. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Suzuki - 241
    8. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna - 216
    9. Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Suzuki - 213
    10. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha - 211
    250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
    1. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (2-1)
    2. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki (1-4)
    3. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (3-5)
    4. Dylan Ferrandis, Avignon, France, Yamaha (6-3)
    5. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, NY, Yamaha (12-2)
    6. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (5-6)
    7. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha (4-10)
    8. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Honda (8-7)
    9. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (7-12)
    10. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha (11-9)
    250 Class Championship Standings
    1. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna - 413
    2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda - 350
    3. Joey Savatgy, Thomasville, Ga., Kawasaki - 324
    4. Dylan Ferrandis, Avignon, France, Yamaha - 299
    5. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., KTM - 296
    6. Aaron Plessinger, Hamilton, Ohio, Yamaha - 285
    7. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki - 283
    8. Colt Nichols, Muskogee, Okla., Yamaha - 235
    9. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Yamaha - 229
    10. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., KTM - 210 
    For information about the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, please visit ProMotocross.com and be sure to follow all of the Pro Motocross social media channels for exclusive content and additional information on the latest news:
    Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
    The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, features the world's fastest outdoor motocross racers, racing aboard the best bikes each factory offers, on the roughest, toughest tracks in the world. The 12-rounds series begins at Hangtown in May and ends at Indiana's Ironman Raceway in August. It includes stops at the premier motocross racing facilities in America, with events in California, Colorado, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Michigan, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, Washington, New York and Indiana. The pro riders race on Saturday afternoon, with competition divided into two classes: one for 250cc machines, and one for 450cc machines. The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship is managed by MX Sports Pro Racing, the industry leader in off-road power sports event production. The series is televised on NBC, NBCSN and MAVTV and streamed live on NBC Sports GoldSeries partners include Lucas Oil (series title sponsor), Red Bull, WPS, Fly Racing, GEICO Motorcycle, MotoSport.com, Garmin, 100%, KTM, FMF, Deltran Battery Tender, Pirelli, Suzuki, Husqvarna, Pivot Works, Vertex, Alpinestars, KMC Wheels, MotionPro, VP Racing Fuels, Acerbis and Racer X.  More information can be found at www.ProMotocross.com.  
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