World MX Grand Prix – Round 13 – ITALY

Circuit Castiglione Del Lago



The 500 title is still up for grabs. It will be decided at the last round in Austria. Stefan Everts leads Joel Smets by 23 points. Smets won today’s 500 GP, Everts was second. Newly crowned 250 World Champion Mickael Pichon won the 250 GP today, and Ken Gundersen won in the 125’s.







500 Grand Prix Results:



1. Joel Smets – KTM

2. Stefan Everts – YAM

3. Jonny Lindhe – HUS

4. Marnicq Bervoets – YAM

5. Francisco Garcia Vico – KTM









500 Point Standings:



1. Stefan Everts – 271

2. Joel Smets – 248

3. Marnicq Bervoets – 195

4. Francisco Garcia Vico – 127

5. Jonny Lindhe – 98









250 Grand Prix Results:



1. Mickael Pichon – SUZ

2. Chad Reed – KAW

3. Claudio Federici – YAM

4. Pit Beirer – YAM

5. Gordon Crockard – HON









250 Point Standings:



1. Mickael Pichon – 268

2. Gordon Crockard – 166

3. Chad Reed – 154

4. Claudio Federici – 141

5. Frederic Bolley – 119









125 Grand Prix Results:



1. Ken Gundersen – KTM

2. Erik Eggens – KTM

3. Thomas Traversini – KTM

4. Alessandro Puzar – HUS

5. Marco Annimento – KTM









125 Point Standings:



1. James Dobb – 228

2. Steve Ramon – 166

3. Ken Gundersen – 151

4. Erik Eggens – 146

5. Luigi Seguy – 141

Kawasaki signs Lusk, announces 2002 racing teams

Kawasaki signs Lusk, announces 2002 racing teams

Kawasaki has announced their riders for the 2002 AMA/EA Sports Supercross Series and AMA/Chevy Trucks U.S. Series for its two teams: Team Chevy Trucks/Kawasaki and Team Kawasaki/Pro Circuit/SplitFire.





They have added Ezra Lusk and James Stewart. Ricky Carmichael will leave to ride with Honda.





Lusk, who is 25 years old, began his racing career Team Green. Stephane Roncada, who is 21 years old, will start his second season on the 250 as well.





The 125 riders will be National Champion Mike Brown, Shae Bentley, Bobby Bonds, and newcomer James Stewart.





Bruce Stjernstrom, Kawasaki’s Director of Professional Racing says “Next year’s team is one of the best teams we’ve ever assembled in our 30 years of racing. We’ve put ourselves in an outstanding position to challenge for championships in both supercross and motocross.”





Ricky Carmichael will be leaving Kawasaki after 14 years.





Stjernstrom continues “Parting company with Ricky after such a lengthy relationship is like saying good-bye to a close family member, and in fact that pretty much sums up the way we’ve worked together over the last 14 years. He and his parents have been regular fixtures at Kawasaki racing activities for a long time. But, as in all professional racing endeavors, change is part of the landscape and we only wish him well. Kawasaki has played a significant role in Ricky’s championship process. We’ve just defended the 250 AMA Motocross Championship and we accomplished what we set out to accomplish – sweeping both the 250 supercross and motocross championships. Ricky is a unique young man who will be missed both professionally and personally by the many he worked with at Kawasaki through the years, and his name will be proudly recognized by Kawasaki racing fans alongside those of other motocross champions who went before him, such as Jeff Ward, Jeff Emig, Mike Kiedrowski, Mike LaRocco, Jim Weinert, and Brad Lackey.”









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Ezra Lusk going green for ’02


World MX Grand Prix – Round 12 – NETHERLANDS

Lierop circuit. 125 champ James Dobb out with sore neck, victory to Erik Eggens. 250 class win goes to Chad Reed, champ Mickael Pichon second. Joel Smets wins 500 class, Stefan Everts out with ignition problems. 500’s down to wire with two races to go.







500 Results:



1. Joel Smets – KTM

2. Marnicq Bervoets – YAM

3. Francisco Garcia Vico – KTM

4. Joakim Karlsson – HON

5. Shayne King – KTM







500 Point Standings:



1. Stefan Everts – 251

2. Joel Smets – 223

3. Marnicq Bervoets – 182

4. Francisco Garcia Vico – 116

5. Johnny Lindhe – 82







250 Results:



1. Chad Reed – KAW

2. Mickael Pichon – SUZ

3. J. P. Vehvilainen – HON

4. Frederic Bolley – HON

5. Johnny Aubert – YAM







250 Point Standings:



1. Mickael Pichon – 268

2. Gordon Crockard – 166

3. Chad Reed – 154

4. Claudio Federici – 141

5. Frederic Bolley – 119







125 Results:



1. Erik Eggens – KTM

2. Ken Gundersen – KTM

3. Mark DeReuver – YAM

4. Steve Ramon – KAW

5. Sven Breugelmans – YAM







125 Point Standings:



1. James Dobb – 228

2. Steve Ramon – 161

3. Luigi Seguy – 132

4. TIE: Erik Eggens, Ken Gundersen – 126

MotoworldRacing.com signs with Suzuki, new riders for 2002

Colorado Springs CO – Motoworld Racing.com announced signing with American Suzuki Motor Corporation for the 2002 AMA/EA Sports Supercross Series and AMA/Chevy Trucks US Motocross Series. They have also signed Justin Buckelew, Ben Riddle, Andrew Short and resigned Damon Huffman for 2002. The team additionally signed agreements under which they will be using RG3 Suspension and Bill’s Pipes exclusively in 2002.



“We are very excited about the opportunity to work with Suzuki because they are really behind us for next year. With the help of Suzuki, Bills Pipes and RG3, we are confident that we will be on the best equipment possible. We are also very honored to have the chance to work with the riders we have signed. The combination of our riders and sponsors create exciting possibilities for next season. All in all it looks like 2002 will be a great year for us,” said Team Owner/Manager Paul Lindsey.



Justin Buckelew, from Albuquerque, New Mexico, has a shot at a 125 title, coming off a third place finish in this season’s 125 West class. Ben Riddle, from Campbellsville, Kentucky, a former multiple AMA Amateur National title winner at Loretta Lynn’s will be entering his second year as a pro. Andrew Short, from Colorado Springs, Colorado, won the 125 Pro/Sport class at the 2001 AMA Amateur National Championships at Loretta Lynn’s. At 19, Short is one of the nation’s premier up-and-coming young riders. Damon Huffman, from Valencia, California, has a solid professional racing resume that includes two 250 AMA Supercross wins, two AMA US Motocross Championship wins and a win at the inaugural US Open. While riding for Suzuki, Huffman was also the 1994 and 1995 125 West Supercross Champion. He finished the 2001 Supercross season as the top privateer, 11th in the overall points standings.



MotoworldRacing.com also announced creation of the new position of “Crew Chief” and has retained the services of Ed Lonacre, to fill the position. Lonacre served as Damon Huffman’s mechanic in 2001.



“We are excited about Ed tackling the heavy responsibilities that come with being a crew chief, working hand in hand with Suzuki, and our other sponsors to make sure that we have the best bikes out there,” said Paul Lindsay who will continue as Motoworld.comRacing Team Owner/Team Manager.



“With the new team sponsors, we leave behind some old friends. We have thoroughly enjoyed our relationship with Yamaha, and it was a difficult decision for us to make,” Lindsey said. He added. “I have personally developed relationships with FMF, Varner Motorsports, and Enzo Racing and those were also very difficult decisions. We sincerely thank them for all of their help over the years.”



MotoworldRacing.com released Greg Schnell from the second year of his contract allowing him to pursue an opportunity with Yamaha of Troy to continue to ride the YZ 250F four-stroke.



“There are no hard feelings on either side of this mutual departure, and we wish him the best of luck next year,” said Lindsey.

World MX Grand Prix – Round 11 – GERMANY

James Dobb and Mickael Pichon win their first ever World Motocross Championships at Gaildorf!





Dobb clinched the 125 championship for KTM by finishing fourth today. Pichon clinched the 250 championship for Suzuki by winning the Grand Prix today. Joel Smets won the 500 Grand Prix.







125 Grand Prix



1. Luigi Seguy – YAM

2. Steve Ramon – KAW

3. Alessio Chiodi – YAM

4. James Dobb – KTM

5. Ken Gundersen – KTM







125 Point Standings:



1. James Dobb – 228 (world champion)

2. Steve Ramon – 148

3. Luigi Seguy – 129

4. Ken Gundersen – 106

5. Alessio Chiodi – 104







250 Grand Prix



1. Mickael Pichon – SUZ

2. Chad Reed – KAW

3. Josh Coppins – SUZ

4. Yves DeMaria – YAM

5. Johnny Aubert – YAM







250 Point Standings:



1. Mickael Pichon – 248 (world champion)

2. Gordon Crockard – 156

3. Claudio Federici – 132

4. Chad Reed – 129

5. Josh Coppins – 110







500 Grand Prix:



1. Joel Smets – KTM

2. Andrea Bartolini – HUS

3. Stefan Everts – YAM

4. Peter Johansson – KTM

5. Jonny Lindhe – HUS







500 Point Standings:



1. Stefan Everts – 251

2. Joel Smets – 198

3. Marnicq Bervoets – 162

4. Francisco Garcia Vico – 100

5. Andrew McFarlane – 79



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