FEATURES THE LARGEST FREESTYLE MOTOCROSS COURSE EVER
How do you improve on the largest freestyle motocross course in history? Make it even bigger and badder, of course! Red Bull X-Fighters will do just that as it
returns to Southern California for its U.S. stop at Glen Helen Raceway on Saturday, May 11.
Last year’s visit to Glen Helen produced one of the most talked about
events ever in the sport of freestyle motocross, and at the center of that
conversation was the course itself. Unlike most Red Bull X-Fighters events,
which are often nestled into iconic locations such as Red Square in Moscow or
next to the Pyramids in Cairo, Glen Helen Raceway provided space to really
spread out. The result was a truly massive course that dwarfed the footprint at
previous Red Bull X-Fighters events.
And how do you improve on near-perfection? Ask the riders and spectators for feedback, and listen to what they say. As massive as the 2012 course was, the 2013 course will increase in size, with more dirt, more features and more action. There will also be increased use of the existing hillside, which provided for some of the most exciting tricks in 2012, including the massive backflip step-ups landed by American riders Wes Agee and eventual winner Todd Potter. The step-up will grow to two stages (adding an additional jump) that will take the riders more than six stories above the main course arena. These additional uphill and downhill options will result in the biggest transfer jump in the history of freestyle motocross.
To mimic the freeriding style that Southern California is known for, look for less traditional tabletops and more natural freeride terrain jumps. And on top of all that dirt, there will be six metal take off ramps, two super kicker-style metal ramps, a metal quarter pipe take off, a unique 40-foot-long rainbow rail and the return of the 80-foot-long bowl-curved wall ride (a 2012 fan favorite), all making for near-unlimited riding options. In addition, spectators will be closer to the action, with the seating areas moved in from last year.
“We’re pumped to be back at Glen Helen for the 2013 Red Bull X-Fighters,” said Dane Herron, Chief Course Designer. “We built the ultimate freestyle course last year and are prepared to up the ante this year. The plan is to mimic a freeride park that will really challenge the riders to show some progressive tricks. If you like freeriding, you won’t want to miss this year’s event.”
Twelve of the world’s best freestyle motocross riders will gear up to take on the colossal FMX playground on Saturday, May 11 at 1 p.m. PT at Glen Helen Raceway. The series kicked off its six-city world tour in Mexico City, where 38,000 spectators packed into the Plaza de Toros, the world’s larges bullfighting arena, to watch Tomas Pages of France take first place.
The series now continues to Dubai on April 12, and following the return to
Glen Helen on May 11, the riders will travel to Osaka (June
1), Madrid (July 19) and finish the season in Pretoria (August 31).
To purchase tickets, visit the series website at www.redbullxfighters.com
and go to the Glen Helen event page, where the ticket link is located.
There are two ticket options available: General Admission $15
– includes access to: standing room only, vendor row and the pit area. Please note this may require walking on steep, uneven terrain. Grandstand Seating $25
access to vendor row and the pit area and a reserved spot to sit in the
Grandstands. Each Grandstand section is open seating. Spectators will be able to
choose their Grandstand section based on ticket availability.
New Zealand’s Levi Sherwood will be looking to defend his 2012 Red Bull
X-Fighters World Tour championship title after prevailing against Thomas Pages
of France in the most riveting battle in the 12-year history of the event
series. Sherwood, 21, was the youngest champion in the history of Red Bull
X-Fighters in 2012, winning three of the five stops but needing a victory in the
season finale in Sydney, Australia against his hard-charging rival Pages. The
Frenchman turned the world of FMX on its head in the second half of the season
with a breathtaking array of new tricks that pushed the sport to the next level.
Pages finished a close second, just 20 points behind Sherwood’s 335 points,
while the 2011 champion, Dany Torres of Spain, was third. Pages is off to
a good start in 2013, having won the kick-off event in Mexico City.
The world-renowned Nitro Circus crew has left the building, so to speak, and Mesquite, Nevada, will never be the same. The masterminds behind
Mesquite Off-Road Weekend were Nitro Circus Co-Founder Gregg Godfrey, Edge PowerSports Founder Bryan Green, and Eureka Casino Resort COO Andre Carrier who created a memorable and successful weekend anchored by the Nitro Circus: Beyond Pro event which combined freestyle motocross (FMX) and EnduroCross into one race for the first time in history. Godfrey and Green developed the never-seen-before racing format, and motocross and FMX legend Cowboy Kenny Bartram won the inaugural race which featured such other big-time racers as 2012 X-Games Gold Medalist Mike Brown, 2013 King
of the Motos
Champion Cody Webb, and EnduroCross young gun Ryan Sandoval.
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“Absolute chaos and pandemonium is the best way to describe it
which is honestly really typical for Nitro Circus-type stuff,” said Bartram,
who has more than 50 FMX event and motocross victories in his career. “Just
adding the freestyle ramp to an EnduroCross race is something that has never
been done and never been heard of so it was kind of awkward. And then when the UTVs and ATVs were added, it made for absolute chaos. But it was great and it made for a great show. It was kind of cool and it made it way more dangerous, but I have been saying for a long time that if it’s not dangerous, it’s probably not going to be much fun.”
The Nitro Circus: Beyond Pro race was one of many highlights of Mesquite Off-Road Weekend that brought thousands of Off-Road fans and enthusiasts to Mesquite, Nevada, which is located 77 miles north of Las Vegas. Another major highlight came on Friday Night when Tanner Godfrey broke the world record for a Utility Terrain Vehicle jump. He flew 105 feet in a Wildcat 1000 by Arctic Cat. About 2,000 fans lined the jump site and watched as Godfrey and his co-pilot (Aaron “Wheels” Fotheringham of Nitro Circus fame) flew over a lighted Eureka Casino Resort sign and into history. The weekend also included guided trail rides which were open to the public, and hundreds enjoyed the five different routes that took participants all over the stunning southwest desert which surrounds Mesquite. Also being enjoyed by the fans was the PowerSports Expo Plaza where vendors offered food, drink, memorabilia, contests, the Red Neck Rodeo, and much more.
“I think it was explosive,” said Nitro Circus Co-Founder Gregg Godfrey about the overall success and vibe of Mesquite Off-Road Weekend. “That’s the word that comes to mind to describe the entire Mesquite Off-Road Weekend. It was a well-rounded, explosive fireworks show with off-road vehicles thrown into the mix.” For more information visit www.MesquiteOffRoad.com
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As many as 10 national motocross champions were able to take home
the prestigious AMA national No. 1 plate this month thanks to the defeat one
year ago of the "lead law" that banned the sale of kid's dirtbikes, the American Motorcyclist Association reports.
The 10 young riders under the age of 12 earned their awards at
the 2012 AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships held July 30 to Aug. 4 at Loretta Lynn's Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.
Cobra Motorcycles, which makes kids' competition motocross machines, saw a lot of that success. Cobra President Sean Hilbert said that his riders' titles wouldn't have happened without the defeat of the lead law.
"It is very clear that we would not have been at Loretta Lynn's without the lead law victory," Hilbert said. "The success was made that much sweeter due to the categorical exemption of motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles that made it possible, and obviously the AMA played a big role in that."
For Cobra, 2012 was a bright spot for another reason: the company's first AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship in the 65cc class.
Utah's Pierce Brown won a 65cc AMA national title
for Cobra, which has been a longtime 50cc-class powerhouse. Brown won all three motos to sweep the 65 (7-9) Stock class.
"We introduced that model in the early part of 2012, and within a few months, we had a national championship under our belts," Hilbert said. "We're extremely proud of that accomplishment."
One year ago today -- on Aug. 12, 2011 -- signed into
law H.R. 2715 to exempt kids' off-highway vehicles from the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008, known as the lead law.
"There were three things that came together to defeat the lead law," Hilbert said.
"One was the fact that as a community, motorcyclists rallied together in a way
that I've never seen on any single issue. Another was the AMA staff in
Washington, D.C. They really knew how to navigate the waters of federal
government, and who to see and how to see them. The third was the role of
companies like Cobra and MX Sports -- strong local businesses that were able to demonstrate very clearly how the law was going to impact local economies."
The CPSIA, which went into effect on Feb. 10, 2009, banned the making,
importing, distributing or selling of any product intended for children 12 and
under, including kids' dirtbikes and all-terrain vehicles, that contained more
than a specified amount of lead in any accessible part.
The details of
the three-year battle to exempt kid-sized dirtbikes and all-terrain vehicles
from the CPSIA - including the efforts of tens of thousands of AMA members --
can be viewed at http://www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Rights/KeepKidMotorcyclesAndATVsLegal.aspx
Racing resumed Friday at Monster Energy Mammoth Motocross with the big bikes taking to the track for the first of three days of racing in Mammoth Lakes,
Calif. Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green’s Brandy Richards took home the first title of the week by sweeping both motos in the Women’s Amateur class. Team Green’s Thomas Covington also grabbed a podium in the Schoolboy class, taking third.
Team Green Support
Not only are the Team Green riders getting busy on the track, but the technicians have also been working non-stop helping out tons of Kawasaki riders in need. Due to the altitude of Mammoth Lakes, which sits at 7950 feet above sea level, there is less oxygen in the air. For the bikes to run perfectly the air to fuel mixture needs to be tuned precisely and as a result, Team Green technicians have had an endless lineup of Kawasaki riders waiting to have their KXs tuned for optimal performance.
Though Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki mechanic Paul Perebijinos hasn’t been working at the AMA Nationals with Dean Wilson sidelined by injury, the former pro rider, turned race team mechanic got back on the bike this week to see how he stacked up in Plus 25 Non Pro. Wilson’s mechanic netted third overall with a pair of third place finishes.
Monster Energy Mammoth Motocross
Mammoth Lakes, Calif.June 29 2012
Brand Richards – Women’s Amateur
Shelby Ward – Women’s
Thomas Covington -
Paul Perebijnos – Plus 25 Non Pro
Blake Savage – Open
On the final day of racing at Monster Energy Mammoth Motocross, Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green’s Dillan Epstein went out with a bang winning the 450 Pro class. After winning his division, Epstein was determined to come home with a big bear. Epstein rocketed his KX™450F to rip the holeshot up the massive uphill climb. The moto was intense as Epstein lost the lead, but he retook it after the leader fell. Just when he looked to have checked out, Epstein fell himself and was again chasing the leader. He would regain the lead and put enough time between himself and second place that even a flat rear tire on the last lap couldn’t slow him down.
Winning in All Disciplines
Epstein’s 450 Pro championship was not the first of the weekend, as Saturday night Team Kawasaki also claimed the Pit Bike Championship which took place in the Mammoth village. The course wound through the village and made for an exciting race in front of a full crowd. Team Kawasaki consisted of Team Green mechanics Andy Smith and Shane Baxter, Dean Wilson’s mechanic Paul Perebijnos, and Kawasaki rider Tyler Sjoberg. Team
Kawasaki won the first 20-lap moto easily, but had to make some aggressive
passes in the second moto to grab the overall and be awarded the Pit Bike
Championship big bear.
Monster Energy Mammoth
Mammoth Lakes, Calif.
July 1, 2012
EPSTEIN, MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI TEAM GREEN
2. Christian Craig,
3. Steven Tokarski, Yamaha
4. BRIAN SJOGREN, KAWASAKI
BLAKE SAVAGE, KAWASAKI
Kawasaki Team Green™ Opens Racer Rebate Program for 2013 Race Season
Irvine, Calif. (July 2, 2012) - Kawasaki Team Green's Racer Rebate Support
Program is now accepting applications for the 2013 racing season. In an effort
to help racers at all levels of the sport, the program offers selected racers an
opportunity to receive an incentive package when purchasing their 2013 KX™ race bikes. To apply for the Racer Rebate Program, candidates must stop by their local Kawasaki Team Green dealer with a current, one-page resume and ask to fill out an application for the program. The dealer will then submit the application package to Kawasaki Team Green for further review. Rebates vary by model and supplies are limited so interested racers are encouraged to apply for the program as soon as possible. Applications must be submitted no later than October 31, 2012.
“Teams Green’s Racer Rebate Program was designed to help racers at the local
level,” said Reid Nordin, Kawasaki’s Senior Manager of Racing. “In addition to
Team Green’s Contingency, Trackside Support and Dealer Assist Programs, the
Racer Rebate Program is another program designed to benefit our Kawasaki family
of racers. The program provides racers an opportunity to get a break when
purchasing new KX bikes for the upcoming race season. It also gives racers an
opportunity to build relationships with their local Kawasaki dealers and become
part of the Team Green family.”
For more information, visit your local Kawasaki Team Green dealer or email
questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
To find a Kawasaki Team Green Dealer near you go to: http://www.kawasaki.com/DealerLocator/Default.aspx
Fly Racing introduces its 2013 Gear and Casual Line! We think it's the best
looking gear we've ever put out and hope you're as stoked as we are on it.
The 2013 model-year season really heats up this month with the announcement
of several all-new Hondas along with the return of a number of off-road
favorites. The power of Honda's engineering prowess has never been more
"These exciting new models really illustrate the engineering capabilities
that Honda brings to bear in all segments of the powersports market," said
Powersports Press Manager Bill Savino. "The radical CRF450R is a potent,
game-changing ride for those who are serious about 450-class motocross racing,
the CRF250R is the next step forward from the bike that won both Supercross
Lites championships in 2012, and the CRF150R race bike continues to set the pace
in its class. The all-new CRF250L and CRF110F demonstrate the power of Honda
engineering to offer exceptional value to consumers; the CRF250L is a very cool
and capable dual-sport model with strong off-road credentials, while the
introduction of the electric-start, automatic-clutch CRF110F that replaces the
CRF70F represents some out-of-the-box thinking. In addition, Honda's incredibly
popular family of small-displacement recreational off-road bikes, the CRF230F,
CRF150F, CRF100F, CRF80F and CRF50F, offers a perfect size for all beginners. Of
course, Honda has a long history of bringing innovative ideas and great values
to the market, and we'll see that again as we release even more models later
- CRF450R: Advancing the State of the Art in 450-Class Racing
2013 CRF450R, Honda elevates the level of performance for 450-class motocross
machines. This brand-new machine features a rolling chassis fully focused on
meeting the needs of today's "scrub generation" of riders by integrating an
all-new aluminum frame along with an innovative suspension package, plus a
strategically engineered short dual-muffler exhaust system that tucks in closely
to the center of mass. Designed from the get-go as a total package that would be
eminently flickable, responsive and lightweight, every element in the 2013
CRF450R chassis has been focused on attaining a low center of gravity along with
class-leading mass centralization. The new-concept KYB PSF® (Pneumatic Spring
Fork) is significantly lighter and it allows incorporation of a larger, more
sophisticated 32mm cartridge damper piston that resets traditional thinking for
front suspension performance. That's matched with a new single-shock Pro-Link®
rear suspension, plus a revised engine that churns out an awe-inspiring hit in
the low-end and midrange along with massive top-end power. There's also a new
six-spring clutch, a stouter transmission and much, much more. Bottom line: The
450 motocross machine that has become the ride of choice for many top-level AMA
Pro riders now grows even stronger for 2013. To find out more about the CRF450R,
go to http://powersports.honda.com/2013/CRF450R.aspx SRP: TBD; Availability:
- CRF250R: More Potent Than Ever
Even with winning both Supercross Lites
championships in 2012, Honda understands the never-ending need to push designs
forward to stay competitive. To that end, the new CRF250R incorporates changes
to its powerplant and suspension that help kick it up to the next level for
2013. Recalibrated fuel injection settings have given the CRF250R a bigger hit
and more response in the low-end and midrange—this in an engine already noted
for its broad powerband and an amazing, right-now power response. Superb
handling has long been the calling card of the CRF250R, and now new damping
circuitry front and rear plus new fork springs with a stiffer rate deliver
better bump absorption, improved tracking and more precise handling through
those extra-rough sections of track. In addition, new-generation Dunlop Geomax
MX51 tires improve traction and feel, while the rear tire also shaves 0.9 pound
of unsprung weight off the rear wheel assembly for more responsive action. Such
improvements only serve to highlight the CRF250R's well-documented
championship-caliber credentials, and all this and more will help the CRF250R
retain its standing as the bike to beat on tracks all around the country in
2013. To find out more about the CRF250R, go to
http://powersports.honda.com/2013/CRF250R.aspx SRP: TBD; Availability: August
- CRF250L: New Dual-Sport Ride
With the CRF250L, Honda reintroduces the
concept of a 250-class dual-sport motorcycle. This is a machine that's more than
ready to take on some serious off-road challenges without giving up
street-riding accommodations. The compact and sophisticated liquid-cooled DOHC
249cc single-cylinder powerplant produces smooth and consistent torque at low
rpm to aid off-road work, yet the short-stroke engine also spins up excellent
high-rpm performance for the street. All through the rev range, the CRF250L
pumps out a well-balanced and very capable level of power, along with excellent
fuel economy. Its off-road-oriented chassis, which includes a long-travel 43mm
inverted fork and single-shock Pro-Link rear suspension, make it equally at home
on city streets or country trails. And with styling cues carried over from
Honda's legendary CRF® motocross bikes, the CRF250L offers the full package,
whether the day calls for low-cost transportation, a weekday commute or genuine
dual-sport adventure. To find out more about the CRF250L, go to
http://powersports.honda.com/2013/crf250l.aspx SRP: $4,499; Availability: August
- CRF110F: A New Approach for Fun
Leave it to Honda to expand the notion
of what a beginner bike should be. The popular CRF70F has long held a place of
honor among Honda's family of fun, entry-level off-road bikes, but now the
CRF110F takes over that slot in the lineup. The CRF110F features a low seat
height, modest size, and a four-speed transmission with an automatic clutch on
par with the CRF70F that it replaces. The new 110cc powerplant is tuned to meet
the needs of those new to riding, and with a new throttle-limiter feature it
offers additional tuning options to suit a variety of riders. Also, the CRF110F
gets a new, convenient electric starter. Toss in race-inspired styling evocative
of the hot new CRF450R, and you have a great new option that expands the family
of entry-level dirt bikes from Honda. To find out more about the CRF110F, go to
http://powersports.honda.com/2013/crf110f.aspx SRP: TBD; Availability: Fall
- CRF150R/RB: A Big Winner, Sized for Younger Racers
Younger racers may
be smaller in stature, but that doesn't mean they can't have a giant-sized heart
for racing—and winning. So for these younger racers, Honda designed the
CRF150R/RB as an integral part of the CRF racing lineup. This is the full-on
racing machine, with a high-output 149cc liquid-cooled four-valve four-stroke
engine with exceptional torque and drivability throughout the powerband. The
championship-caliber chassis includes race-tuned suspension components with
plenty of travel front and rear, all set to take on the toughest tracks around.
Over the years and all around the country, the CRF150R/RB has won tons of
championships at the highest levels of amateur racing. And that makes it the
proven choice for younger competitors who are ready to take their racing up to
the next level. To find out more about the CRF150R/RB, go to
http://powersports.honda.com/2013/crf150r.aspx SRP: CRF150R $4,990; CRF150RB
$5,140; Availability: July 2012
- Family Values: CRF50F, CRF80F, CRF100F, CRF150F and CRF230F
CRF110F replacing the CRF70F, the family of Honda off-road play bikes has never
looked better. The automatic-clutch-equipped CRF50F is stair-stepped right below
the automatic-clutch-equipped CRF110F, while the CRF80F and CRF100F are a step
up with increased power, taller seat heights and manual clutches. Higher up the
ladder, we have the CRF150F and CRF230F, which are just the right size to suit
older beginners and experienced adult riders equally well. Together, these six
progressively sized options in the family make it easy to find just the right
match for beginning and advancing riders. And you can rest assured that no
matter which of these six bikes fills the bill for your newbie, each one comes
fully equipped with that famous Honda quality and reliability that keeps the joy
in riding over the long run. All in all, the CRF family offers the perfect set
of options for family fun. SRP: TBD; Availability: CRF50F - Fall 2012; CRF80F,
CRF100F and CRF230F - September 2012; CRF150F - October 2012
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