11/01/11 08:22:58 AM Contributed by: JoJmoto Views:: 352
Hendersonville, North Carolina: Öhlins USA is proud to announce the signing of Les Smith to Team Öhlins USA, for the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross and Lucas Oil AMA Motocross series. Smith will be competing in the Lites class on a Honda CRF250. A 21-year-old native of York, South Carolina, Smith is a three-time amateur champion at Loretta Lynn’s and will now be racing on the Öhlins gold and running number 46, under the leadership of Team Öhlins USA manger, Grant Langston.
About joining the team, Smith said, “They look to have a really good program so I’m excited to be a part of it. Last year I had five top ten finishes in the SX Lites class, and I hope to improve on that. To stay in shape I practice four to five days a week. I’ve got a brand new Supercross track I’m using today. Plus, I’m focusing on my overall fitness this year as well. I have a local trainer helping me out so I’m putting in over time.”
Smith, who’s been riding since he was four-years-old and racing since he was six, added, “My father rode when he was younger and he got me a dirt bike for Christmas. After that a neighbor suggested I start racing, so we all went racing. My first races were at a super-sandy track and my dad pretty much was pushing me around the track all day. I was ready to go home but then a guy told us if I did one more race I’d get a trophy. So I did. I still have that trophy at my bedside. It says, ‘Participant.’
“As I got older I started really enjoying it. Both my dad, Marty, and my mom, Sue Ellen, were involved. Racing became what our family does. Every weekend we go to the track.”
Motocross champion Grant Langston, Team Manager of Team Öhlins USA, said, “I’ve been in touch with Les for a while and he’s a definite player. He’s serious and has a great attitude and it all shows in how he rides. So we’re looking forward to an exciting year with him. There’s a lot of potential in what we’re doing combined with his riding abilities.”
Öhlins USA Off Road Manager, Stacey Berger, said, “We’re excited to have Les signed. It took a little time to get everything sorted but once he rode a bike with our suspension I think the decision was easy for him to make. We look forward to big things from him this year.”
Öhlins USA distributes and services the world’s leading performance suspension for automobiles, motorcycles, ATVs, and snowmobiles. Öhlins develops its proprietary and innovative suspension components at the highest levels of racing from open-wheel car racing, to Moto GP, to off-road competition on two and four wheels. Öhlins USA also provides training for service centers and dealers. www.Ohlinsusa.com.
The AMA Arenacross Series is ready to return to the track, kicking off its 2012 season on Saturday night, October 29, from Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. Following one of the most impressive single-season performances in series history, Babbitt's Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by Maxxis' Tyler Bowers is ready to defend his Arenacross class title against a talented field of challengers.
10/25/11 08:06:30 AM Contributed by: JoJmoto Views:: 336
HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (October 25, 2011) – James “Bubba” Stewart has signed a multi-year contract to race with the motocross division of Joe Gibbs Racing, JGRMX. Additionally, JGRMX has extended its relationship with Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. racing exclusively Yamaha motorcycles through 2014.
Stewart, who began racing at the age of four, is one of the most decorated riders in motocross history.. He won the first of a record breaking 11 amateur national championships by age six. Turning professional in 2002 he would win the Lites AMA Motocross Championship in his rookie year. After claiming another Lites AMA Motocross title and two Lites AMA Supercross Championships he moved up to the premier class for the 2005 season. Stewart has since won two AMA Supercross titles and an AMA Motocross Championship (winning every moto in the process), becoming the first African American to win a major motorsports championship. He will debut with the Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX Team at the opening round of the 2012 AMA Supercross Championship on Jan. 7, 2012 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, Calif.
“I am excited about joining the Gibbs racing family,” said Stewart. “My goal in Supercross is to pass Jeremy McGrath’s record of 72 Supercross wins. I am more than half way there and look forward to realizing that dream during my time with JGR. I have also had an interest in car racing and we are going to explore my potential in that sport through the NASCAR side of the operation.”
“When we started the Supercross team in 2008 we had a building phase and a championship phase. We spent the past four years learning the sport and the equipment and now we are ready to compete at the highest level with an accomplished and talented athlete like James Stewart along with our founding partners Toyota and Yamaha,” said JGRMX President Coy Gibbs. “James will also have the opportunity to explore his interest in racing some of the four-wheel vehicles we have around here as well.”
“We are proud of what Coy and the motocross team has accomplished and landing a talent like James is certainly a huge step up for our program,” stated Joe Gibbs. “We are looking forward to being a serious championship contender in 2012.”
10/19/11 08:08:00 AM Contributed by: JoJmoto Views:: 491
Round 2 of the Vurb Moto Classic is this weekend October 21-23.
The race will be held at Silver Dollar MX in Reynalds, Ga. Information can be obtained at www.RPMSportsOnline.com
This event always proves to be a huge race with a ton of great talent! If you get the chace to go and watch, its a must see. I forsee this race becoming a mini AM Natinonal before long! Click on the title for full details!--->
DUNLOP is making their first appearance at the SUZUKI Top Gun Showdown as the DUNLOP Amateur support semi will be on hand for the weekend.
The 24th annual SUZUKI TOP GUN SHOWDOWN will be at Muddy Creek Raceway October 14-15-16.
This event is the “MAIN EVENT” for the 2011 Thor Mega Series presented by DUNLOP. DUNLOP has been a long time supporter of the Mega Series and Victory Sports events. They are providing a free supper Friday
Night for everyone at the event.
Joining DUNLOP supporting the event will be support rigs from FMF, Kawasaki, Moto Tees, Suzuki, Barr’s Competition, Moto Tees, Neeley KTM, and Chapman Performance.
This event is an AMA Pro-Am event that pays advancement points for up and coming riders looking to earn their pro license. This event was named in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED Magazine as one of “Tennessee’s Top Sporting Events”.
There will be 40 different classes of racers, pee wees to the pros competing Saturday and then again in Sunday’s “MAIN EVENT”. Saturday is a regular Thor Mega Series race then Sunday is the “Top Gun Showdown” with all classes racing for double points.
Muddy Creek Raceway – Exit #63 off I-81 and follow the signs 3 miles.
Saturday & Sunday = Racing at 9:00am - - RAIN or SHINE.
er's statement is below. We'll follow up as any additional news breaks.
"I’d like to respond to yesterday’s rumors, and confirm that my 18-year relationship with Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. did indeed reach its end Monday morning. Although it may seem a surprise to some, for myself and those that have worked closely with me throughout the year, this unfortunate news was anticipated and expected.
This past year has been the most challenging of my career, as well as the most rewarding. The 2011 SX and MX seasons ultimately produced what our team had set out to accomplish since the beginning of my term as the racing team manager at Kawasaki. The achievements of our racing team were second to none this year, and I feel honored to have been an integral part of making history in the motorcycle industry.
I am proud and thankful to have been given the opportunity to manage a team of passionate, dedicated people, that stood by each other, myself, and what mattered to us all in the end.
I wish the Kawasaki racing team, it’s colleagues, sponsors, and notably, Ryan Villopoto and Jake Weimer, all the greatest of achievements in 2012 and beyond."