World MX Suzuki team bosses speak out on 2011, MX, Supercross

World MX Suzuki team bosses speak out on 2011, MX, Supercross

In the MX1 class, Suzuki’s World Motocross effort in the MX Grand Prix series is headed by former racer Sylvain Geboers. In the MX2 class, Suzuki’s World Motocross effort is run by Thomas Ramsbacher.



Here is what each had to say on various topics regarding the World Motocross and Supercross scene, before the GP of Brazil, which is this coming weekend.

Sylvain Geboers

How do you feel about the season so far?



So far we have reached a target. Both riders are in the top five of the standings and Clement Desalle is second, where I believe he can finish the season. That is what we could have expected of him in his first year with us and that was also the plan – it would have been difficult to be Champion right from the start. Steve recovered from his injury from last year and has ridden well but lost control a few times and through the crashes he has picked up some injuries and has had to race through them.



Regarding the motorcycles, the riders are happy with the bike and so are we. We have not found any weaknesses and any improvement we have managed between the wintertime and now have been accepted by both riders. We now face Brazil and the final races but for me so-far-so-good. I really feel that Clement has everything to become a World Champion. He makes a schedule for himself and does not want to burn himself out. He is focused on 2011 already and will start working this year to go for the title in 2011.



And what about development on the 2010 RM-Z450WS?



We were pleased with the changes and they were not big steps. Don’t forget we needed to work with the two meter max sound test and that required effort to get the bike to fit the new regulation. We have worked a lot to be safe but unfortunately the whole paddock is not following the rules and the FIM is not controlling it precisely, but will be doing so in the future. The performance of the bike is still very good and that’s why the reaction of the riders has always been positive. I cannot think of anything I would improve right now, except perhaps to give the riders yet more confidence in the motorcycle and we are heading in that direction with our development.



How do you feel about the direction of the FIM World MX Championship?



We are happy with the proposal and outline for the future that have been set out, such as having the first and final race in Europe, 15 races and two overseas for 2011. It is important that we can have a program to work towards, so we know the intention will be three overseas in 2012 and four the following year. We know in advance and we can work towards that.



Will there be any changes to the team for 2011?



We have been able to balance our needs with some excellent support from Teka Group and Rockstar Energy but that does not mean we suddenly have much more budget to run a third rider for example. For 2011 we have the contract for Desalle and for the second rider we have to wait until the end of August to get the confirmation of support from Suzuki which is virtually the most important piece. I think everything will be OK. We will be happy to continue with two riders for 2011 and also focus on the two riders in MX2. The main difference for us regarding 2011 is that we have a rider (Clement Desalle) who is interested in the USA and wants to find out how he can perform there. It could be that at the beginning of the winter we have to go overseas to practice some Supercross and see how Clement can handle it.



Will it be difficult to divide responsibilities between AMA Supercross and World MX Championship?



We are only talking about a few Supercross races. Clement doesn’t want to do the full series yet. I believe Desalle just wants to see how he can get on against the Americans. As for Ken Roczen, he is in a similar situation, pending any change in the AMA age rule, and there might be more flexibility for him to contest more races of the AMA West Coast Lites.



The team is now a major operation with a lot of staff, increased technical expertise and areas such as hospitality and marketing taken care of. How do you feel about that?



It is not easy but we have extra people now as part of the set-up and concentrating on specific areas. We have it under control and I’m convinced this is the way to go if we want to stay in this field and remain as a leading team with riders going for the World Championship.



If we want top partners then we need to give them publicity and a degree of comfort at the race. Even if the hospitality, marketing and other responsibilities mean a load on the shoulders of many, I am happy we are heading in this direction and we have it covered. We are not here to get rich. We are here for the sport and to do the best we can for our partners. My target has been to always get people working/racing in the best possible way, to have the best tools to do the job and get the results. Unfortunately by the actual world economical recession we can’t look too far ahead – we all need to plan carefully year by year.

Thomas Ramsbacher

How do you feel about 2010 so far?



We have had unbelievable moments and then other days where we have seen tears in the eyes of the rider. If we look back to Spain and Portugal they were emotional moments where we lost something but we grew in character, and I mean everyone on the team. It has been a good season for us so far where we have seen our riders develop, and our work together continues to evolve.



What about the RM-Z250s in 2011?



It was awesome what Suzuki of Japan, together with our technical group, around Jens Johansson, was able to do this year. We were one of the first top MX2 teams to start the season with fuel injection and it was a big learning experience at the beginning, but now in the middle of the year I think we can say we are 100% competitive and we have the top bikes in the category. The RM-Z250 has progressed a lot from our work in the winter.



What do you think about the FIM World MX Championship?



I think a clear direction and decision was reached with Youthstream about the overseas GPs which were always the biggest hits to the budget. To have a plan for the next three years is useful and we look forward to it.



Has Ken Roczen done what you expected him to do this year?



Ken Roczen has 100% fulfilled the goals we expected of him. He raced last year on enthusiasm and every result was great, even something in the top 10 made us happy but he made steps, such as the first moto win and first GP win. Through the winter we sat down, talked and we knew he would face a lot more pressure as one of the main guys. From that moment he put pressure on himself to be World Champion but for us if he could make the top three then that will already achieve a big target for us. So we are totally on track at the moment. With the new bike and the ups-and-downs we have had this year, to still be on course for what we want is ideal.



Ken has developed physically, mentally and also on the track …



That’s right. Ken started to work on his physical preparation one year ago and the result was evident from the winter. He became bigger, more muscular and I believe it is not as easy for him to play with the bike as one year ago as he did as a ‘kid’. He is more of a racer now.



He has changed from being a boy into a young man but do you think he copes well with all the extra attention?



He is very professional but of course he is 16 years old and the girls come around at most GPs wanting some attention! The fans are not the only ones, the journalists want quotes and reactions and are now looking for any faults or mistakes from a person who before was a cute kid that could do no wrong. Luckily he makes his own life as stress free as he wants and he lives normally as a teenager away from a motocross circuit.



Arnaud has many good attributes; the ability, personality, support of the family and very stylish on the bike …



We were talking about him just the other week and we said that not for one minute since we signed the contract with Arnaud did we regret bringing him on-board. He is somebody who loves to do his job and he is a pleasure to work with, and see the care, attention and passion he brings to all aspects.



Are you happy with team’s growth, profile and the closer link with Japan through GRP?



Yes I think it was a logical development. When we started in 2008 we needed to grow and since that first season we have fulfilled our targets together with our backers. We needed to make steps each year and that has been done and the connection with Japan was an important one that has come along. For 2011 our goal as a team will be to use our experience from this year with the bikes, be prepared earlier, continue working with our riders and be competitive right from the start. The attention on Ken this year has been another learning phase for us because nobody has cared about our riders before! We could work in a quiet corner. There has been a lot of hype around Ken but also Arnaud because he has established himself as one of the top guys in MX2.

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Six Things We Learned at the Unadilla National Motocross

Six Things We Learned at the Unadilla National Motocross

Round Nine of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship Series went down at Unadilla Valley Sports Center in New Berlin, New York, on Saturday. There were a lot of good battles, some new faces and the return of an old face. Here is a look at six things we learned at the track on Saturday:

  1. Ryan Dungey Continues to Dominate the 450 MX Class

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    won his eighth straight overall at Unadilla. His points lead over Andrew Short, second place in the series, is an almost insurmountable 111 points after Saturday. Ryan won both motos and made the passes for the lead about halfway through in each, as has become his custom. View the results from Unadilla.
  2. James Stewart is Still Fast

    Stewart posted the fastest lap times in both practice sessions, and stayed near the front in the first moto. He looked a bit out of control at times, but probably could use some more conditioning work. He retired from the second moto for unexplained reasons, but there is no denying that he still has the speed to be a force in the 2011 Supercross season.
  3. The Battle is On for the 250cc Championship

    With points leader Christophe Pourcel crashing hard and not scoring any points in the first moto and Trey Canard going on to win, the points gap between the two was cut to just thirteen. Canard gave three of those points back to Pourcel in moto two. With the championship now seeming a little more attainable for Canard, we can expect to see good battles and great racing during the last three rounds. That will be six motos, with a possible 150 points max.
  4. The Future stars in the Premiere 450 Class of Supercross & Motocross are Here Now

    Trey Canard and Christophe Pourcel will both be racing in the 450 class next season. Their domination of the 250 class outdoors, Pourcel’s second championship in 250 East Supercross, and Canard’s strong showing earlier in the Supercross season on the 450 show that. We also have younger riders that will probably some day move up in class as well.



    Along with Pourcel and Canard, you have ‘kids’ like Dean Wilson, Justin Barcia, Blake Wharton, and Eli Tomac – all of these guys are putting on a show in the 250 class each event. With the top two (Pourcel and Canard) moving up in class next season, you can bet it’s going to be a dogfight between the ‘kids’ in the 250 class for 2011.
  5. The MX Panda is Fast Too

    Rockstar Teka Suzuki World Motocross Grand Prix contender Clement Desalle, from Belgium, currently number two in the points chase for the premiere MX 1 World Championship, rode well – two 2nd place moto finishes for 2nd overall behind Dungey. Clement raced the previous week in the Czech Republic, came to the USA to race in an event ‘for fun’, on different machinery that he normally races on, and trounced the rest of the field. Now he’s off to Brazil for the next race of the GP season. Three countries on three different continents in two weeks. He’ll be part of Team Belgium for the Motocross of Nations (along with Steve Ramon and Jeremy van Horebeek).
  6. The MXoN Team is Set for the USA

    Rumors had been circulating for several days about the three riders that the United States would send to Motocross of Nations next month. The rumors were laid to rest and the team announced Saturday by Team Manager Roger De Coster and AMA Director of Racing Joe Bromley. Team Captain Ryan Dungey will ride the MX1 (450cc, 4-stroke) class, Trey Canard will ride the MX2 (250cc, 4-stroke) class and Andrew Short will ride the MX3 (Open) class at Thunder Valley MX Park in Colorado. The MXoN is September 25-26. Team USA will be looking for their 21st victory at the classic event.

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Sneak Peek: In God’s Hands Launches with Spring 2011 Collections, by Lauren Lusk

Sneak Peek: In God’s Hands Launches with Spring 2011 Collections, by Lauren Lusk

Introducing In God’s Hands, a righteous fashion brand launching with Spring 2011 men’s and women’s collections under La Jolla Group. Signature edgy designs with a spiritual touch, In God’s Hands was established by Lauren Lusk in loving memory of her late husband, freestyle motocross star, Jeremy Lusk.

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In God’s Hands Launches with Spring 2011 Collections

In God’s Hands (IGH) is a spiritually powerful fashion collection inspired by the endless pursuit of hope and eternal happiness. Created by Lauren Lusk, IGH honors the memory of her late husband and freestyle motocross legend, Jeremy Lusk, whose life was tragically cut short in 2009.

Utilizing quality fabrics, rock-n-roll details and hand drawn tattoo-inspired artwork, IGH debuts with just under 30 styles for men and women including t-shirts, tanks, fleece and hats. The collection will be available at various specialty retailers and boutiques around Southern California, and is expanding nationwide later next year.

In support of the brand’s mission to encourage all to promote faith, hope and love, a portion of sales of every garment will be donated to select charities across the United States.

I wanted to create a special clothing brand that would represent strength, courage, and hope – and serve as a living tribute to Jeremy’s loving spirit.

The enduring mission of IGH is to inspire and impact people through faith and fashion, no matter where they’re from or what beliefs they rock.

– Lauren Lusk

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JL59 Ride Day Tuesday 8.24.10 at Glen Helen

JL59 Ride Day Tuesday 8.24.10 at Glen Helen

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The first JL59 Ride Day brought to you by PanicREV/Forgiven Energy/Rocket Exhaust/On Track as we join together and celebrate the life of Jeagher LaFountaine. Jeagher was a top amateur racer who passed away in May of this year. The purpose of this ride day is to celebrate and honor the life of Jeagher LaFountaine and to pull together to support the entire LaFountaine family. Moreover, all proceeds from this event with go to the LaFountaine family!

The day will also feature a BBQ brought to you by No Fear, auction items, a raffle, and event t-shirts & merchandise.

Event Date: Tuesday August 24th, 2010

Event Location: Glen Helen Raceway

Event Time: 9am-3pm

Cost: $10.00 per rider/spectators are free

Event Schedule:

9:00am – Gates Open

10:30am – Memorial Lap

11:30am – BBQ brought to you by No Fear

1:30pm – Silent Auction closes

3:00pm – End

We would like to give a huge thank you to the following companies for sponsoring the JL59 Ride Day:

PanicREV, Forgiven Energy, Rocket Exhaust, On Track Schmidt Performance, No Fear, Factory Backing, Deft Family, Glen Helen, 617 Photography, Truth, SRH, MSR, Answer, Pro Taper, Factory Effex, Pro Circuit, Will Topete, and Performance Screen Printing.


Comments from former Supercross & Motocross Champion James Stewart regarding Unadilla National MX and the upcoming Motocross of Nations

These are the words of James Stewart:

As many of you already know, last weekend marked my return to racing after wayyyy too long off the track, thanks to a broken wrist I suffered in the beginning of the Supercross series. After nearly eight months off, I decided to return for the last four Nationals. This decision was based on a few reasons, first and foremost was my own desire to race again, along with the fact that I owed it to both my fans and my sponsors to come back after spending so much time on the injured list this year.

But the other main reason I chose to come back for the last four, beginning with Unadilla, was because of a discussion I had with the decision makers for Team USA in Colorado this year regarding the Red Bull Motocross of Nations. At the time, I was told that if I was to make my recovery, begin testing, and get back to racing by Unadilla, that I would be given a spot (or at least a shot at a spot) for the final team. Being on the MXoN team in the past has been one of the greatest experiences of my entire career, so after they told me I had a shot, my team and I were excited, and began to get ready to race outdoors!

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