08/17/11 07:39:16 AM Contributed by: JoJmoto Views:: 360
KTM Motorsports is saddened to announce that Red Bull/KTM Factory rider Andrew Short was injured during a crash while testing and will sit out the remainder of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship Series.
Short, currently sitting 6th overall in the 450 Motocross class point standings, was testing in California earlier today. The team reported that testing went smoothly for the first half of the day and Short was riding exceptionally well considering the rough track conditions.
In the late afternoon he suffered a crash and was immediately transported to the hospital. After careful evaluation by his doctors it was determined that he has broken both elbows and his left wrist. Due to his injury, Short will sit out the rest of the season with an estimated eight week recovery period.
“It is unfortunate for Andrew that this accident has happened. The entire team is deeply disappointed that he is injured so close to the season end. Short was just doing his job today, and unfortunately, this is part of the sport. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to have him back on the bike soon,” remarked Red Bull/KTM Team Manager Roger DeCoster.
The 2011 AMA Loretta Lynn's National's are over with. There were a lot of upsets, crashes, injuries and some really happy kids who won titles that have never won before.
We have put together a list of all the Southeast riders from the surrounding States who made it to the big show. We would like to congratulate all of them no matter what place they finished because just making it to this even is an achivement! So here it is... check it out!
In a victory for families who enjoy responsible motorized recreation, President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill to allow the sale of kids' off-highway vehicles (OHVs) to continue, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) reports.
On Aug. 12, Obama signed into law H.R. 2715, introduced by Reps. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.) and G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.). The measure exempts kids' OHVs from the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) of 2008, known as the lead law.
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 (ATVs), that contained more than a specified amount of lead in any accessible part that might be ingested.
H.R. 2715 cleared the House by a 421-2 vote on Aug. 1 just before lawmakers went into their summer recess, and earned Senate approval by unanimous consent the same day.
The new law is a victory that is the result of nearly three years of intensive efforts by the AMA and its partner organization, the All-Terrain Vehicle Association (ATVA), their members and millions of advocates of responsible OHV recreation.
"Federal legislators deserve a lot of thanks for their tireless efforts, especially U.S. Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.), U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and all the other lawmakers who supported an exemption," said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. "Hundreds of thousands of parents, kids and motorcycling club members responded to AMA calls for action to contact their elected officials and their efforts, along with all those volunteers who circulated petitions and took other actions, brought this issue to the attention of Congress and turned the tide in our favor.
"I'm sure that those letters, emails and telephone calls to Congress had a major impact in convincing lawmakers to exempt OHVs from the lead law," Dingman said. "I'm also convinced that the AMA Family Capitol Hill Climb held on May 26 played a major role, since it put a human face on the issue by showing lawmakers the kids and families who are suffering because of the CPSIA.
"I want to thank Racer X magazine, Doublin Gap Motocross Park, Mason Dixon Riding Association 6 and 7, Tomahawk MX Park, the Middle Atlantic Motocross Association, Budds Creek Motocross Park, High Point Raceway, and advocates such as the Yentzer family and Moto-Patriot Nancy Sabater, who brought youngsters to Washington, D.C., for the AMA Family Capitol Hill Climb to lobby their lawmakers," he said.
Dingman also thanked other organizations and individuals that worked diligently on the effort, including the Motorcycle Industry Council and Specialty Vehicle Institute of America, which represent the motorcycle and ATV industries; the motorcycle enthusiast and trade media; Sean Hilbert, president of Cobra Motorcycles, which makes kids' dirtbikes; the Coombs family and Tim Cotter of MX Sports, which has conducted the famed AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship featuring thousands of promising young riders for the past 30 years, and Kirk "Hardtail" Willard, president of the Motorcycle Riders Foundation.
"I want to extend a very special thanks to Malcolm Smith, a member of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame, who brought a lot of attention to the unfairness of the lead law when he hosted a media event at Malcolm Smith Motorsports and sold some youth OHVs as a symbolic gesture to protest the law," Dingman said.
The AMA has been at the forefront of the fight to exclude child-sized motorcycles and ATVs from the CPSIA since early 2009. The association has participated in news events to focus media attention on the issue, lobbied on Capitol Hill, and organized campaigns to encourage riders and parents to contact their federal lawmakers and key decision-makers to exempt kids' OHVs from the CPSIA.
As a result, every single member of Congress, as well as members of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), has received powerful statements from members of the AMA and ATVA.
Aimed at children's toys, the CPSIA ensnared kids' dirtbikes and ATVs because trace levels of lead can be found in parts such as batteries and brake calipers. Other children's products were also affected by the CPSIA, such as books, clothes and microscopes.
The CPSC, which is responsible for implementing the CPSIA, delayed enforcement of certain parts of the law until the end of this year, granting a reprieve for child-sized dirtbikes and ATVs. That gave those concerned about the law time to change it before the reprieve ended.
Press release courtesy of the AMA and RacerXonline
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Blountville, TN. (July 5, 2011) – Every year, the second weekend of July, riders from over 20 states find their way to Northeast Tennessee for the Tennessee State Motocross Championship. This year it’s July 8-9-10 at Muddy Creek Raceway for the 27th annual KAWASAKI Team Green TENNESSEE State MX Championship.
Josh Licthle, 23, died early Monday morning after complications from heat stroke sustained during the 450 class Moto 1 race on Saturday at the 2011 Rockstar Energy RedBud National in Michigan, the sixth stop of the AMA Lucas Oil Motocross Championship.
Licthle tangled with Ryan Villopoto and Tommy Hahn in the first turn of Lap 1, but recovered and was making his way up in the pack before collapsing on his bike on turn 18 of the 10th and final lap. Licthle got up and tried to restart his bike, but fell again and began going into heat-related seizures. He was treated by the track doctor and on-site EMTs before being taken to nearby Saint Joseph's Medical Center.
"He was doing really good, running some laptimes right there with the best of them, right there with Ryan Villopoto and Davi Millsaps, and he was really going for it," said Bill Licthle, Josh's older brother. "He got overheated, basically, and by the last laps he was practically passing out on the bike. He just wouldn't quit. That was Josh: He just had so much heart and he wanted to be back competing at this level so bad that he wouldn't have quit for anything."
Temperatures in the area were in the low 90s during the race, not uncommonly high for summer motorsports events, but physical overheating is an inherent danger of the sport. Doctors induced a coma to attempt to stabilize Licthle's core body temperature, according to his brother, and he appeared to have been stabilized by Sunday night. Despite apparent progress, Licthle died around 2 a.m. Monday morning, surrounded by family and loved ones. "My parents really supported him through every stage of his racing career, and they're just devastated now," said Bill.
Licthle, a former amateur champion, saw his pro career stopped short after a severe ankle injury in 2006 and had been trying to stage a comeback over the last several years, racing partial East Coast Supercross seasons in 2009 and 2010. He qualified for this weekend's Red Bud National in 30th place out of a 40-rider field.
"My brother and I both started racing when we were like three years old," said Bill. "This was his life, but after than ankle injury he lost all his sponsorships and had to start over from scratch. It was a real struggle for him. Josh was an amazing athlete -- he was the fastest guy on the track here in Michigan, for sure -- and he was a champion in all aspects. He'd won a bunch of amateur championships and just never let go of the dream of making it as a pro racer. That's what got him, unfortunately: He just wouldn't quit."
"MX Sports and the entire motocross community sends its condolences to the family," said Roy Janson, a spokesman for the event's promoter.
The beginning of my blog starts at the end of our road trip to the fabulous Budds Creek Motocross Park in Mechanicsville, MD. A trip like this leaves you with memories that last a lifetime. Being able to witness some of the fastest riders in the world, all on one track, all with one goal is an opportunity I would advise anyone to jump to when given the chance.
The whole trip began roughly around 8am on Friday morning June 17, 2011. The crew piled into our F150 and departed on the nine-hour adventure up to Amish country and the place we would call home for the weekend. With this being my first National, I had no idea what my future held, however, I knew that it was going to be an awesome weekend hands down. For those who have never been before, let me tell you, the ride is very easy and totally worth it. We made it up in great time, even after hitting some stand still in Richmond for about an hour due to some construction issues. Other than that we stayed on cruise control most of the way up!
06/17/11 07:26:19 AM Contributed by: JoJmoto Views:: 578
San Clemente, CA (June 15, 2011) — GEICO has been involved with EnduroCross since it expanded into a multi race series in 2007 and has helped pave the way for growth ever since. For 2011, the GEICO AMA EnduroCross series presented by Lucas Oil will be a part of the X Games for the first time and then the regular series will kick off in Everett Washington, which hosted a sellout crowd during the first visit to the Pacific Northwest last year. In 2011, fans in Southern California will get to witness EnduroCross at the beautiful Citizens Business Bank Arena in September and then the off-road friendly state of Idaho will have their first ever EnduroCross event at the Idaho Center in Boise.
"Motorcycling is extremely popular in California and Idaho so it is great to see EnduroCross expand into these hotbeds of the market", stated Eric Vaden, Powersports Marketing Planner for GEICO. Vaden continued by saying that "You need to see an EnduroCross in person to really appreciate the whole experience. It's incredibly challenging for the riders and a ton of fun for the whole family."
Tickets for all six EnduroCross events are already on sale and since several events regularly sell out, now is the time to make sure you have a seat. Here is the direct link to the ticket section of the site: www.endurocross.com/buy-tickets. Tickets for X Games 17 will be available for purchase June 23 at all Ticketmaster locations and the box office at STAPLES Center.