New Schedule Set For 2011 Daytona 200 (Bike) Week, including Supercross

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Daytona 200 Week schedule will feature a new look in 2011 with adjustments in dates for its two premier events – the Daytona 200 AMA Pro Racing motorcycle race and the Daytona Supercross.

The Daytona Supercross, the birthplace of Supercross in the United States and the longest continuous Supercross event in America since 1971, will now kick off the Daytona 200 Week schedule on Saturday night, March 5.

The most historic, demanding and challenging Supercross event of the year, which has recently featured star riders such as Ryan Villopoto, James Stewart, Chad Reed, Kevin Windham and Andrew Short, previously served as the finale to the Daytona 200 Week motorcycle schedule.

The second annual Ricky Carmichael Amateur Supercross event will be scheduled for Sunday, March 6 with the Ricky Carmichael University set for Monday, March 7.

The Daytona 200, America’s most historic motorcycle race, will be the finale to Daytona 200 Week on Saturday, March 12. Previously held on the Friday night of the second weekend of racing, the kick-off event to the AMA Pro Racing Daytona SportBike schedule will return to a daytime race in 2011.

“Moving the Daytona 200 and Daytona Supercross to stand-alone weekends will further allow us to grow both events as well as the remainder of the March motorcycle schedule” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III said. “This new-look schedule gives motorcycle fans a better opportunity to enjoy all the different racing events that are showcased at the ‘World Center of Racing.'”

Other significant changes to the Daytona 200 Week schedule include:

  • The AMA Pro Superbike and Supersport doubleheader will be staged on Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12
  • The AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series, which features riders aboard specially modified Harley-Davidson XR1200 motorcycles
  • The AMA Pro Flat Track events at the Daytona Flat Track are scheduled for Thursday, March, 10 and Friday, March 11
  • The Amateur Flat Track events are set for Sunday, March, 6 – Tuesday, March 8

“We are once again delighted to be returning to Daytona for our season opening races” said David Atlas, Chief Operation Officer of AMA Pro Racing. “The historic significance of the Daytona International Speedway to the sport of motorcycle racing is well known and we are pleased that the full spectrum of AMA Pro Racing will be on display. The realignment of the events will showcase all of AMA Pro Racing’s stars in road racing, Supercross and flat track and will provide fans a fantastic opportunity to see their heroes performing at the highest levels at the ‘World Center of Racing'”.

The Championship Cup Series (CCS) races that were traditionally held on the first weekend of Daytona 200 Week will be scheduled during the Speedway’s Fall Cycle Scene events in October, 2011. American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association events, also traditionally held during Daytona 200 Week, will now be scheduled during Fall Cycle Scene. Tickets for the Daytona 200 Week events are on sale now. For ticket information, call 1-800-PITSHOP or visit www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com


Deegan and Twitch on Top as Mulisha Flexes Its Muscle  at Lucas Oil Off-Road Series

Deegan and Twitch on Top as Mulisha Flexes Its Muscle at Lucas Oil Off-Road Series

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Deegan recovers to win Pro-Lite Unlimited, Twitch takes first in Super Lite at Surprise, AZ

Irvine, Calif. (September 29, 2010) – Team Metal Mulisha dealt the competition a 1-2 punch this past weekend, taking home wins in both the Pro-Lite Unlimited and Super Lite classes at the Lucas Oil off-Road Series event in Surprise, AZ. Mulisha founder and pioneer Brian Deegan overcame some early troubles to take the checkered flag in the Pro-Lite Unlimited class on Sunday, while Jeremy ‘Twitch’ Stenberg was victorious in the Super Lite class on Sunday, one day after finishing 3rd.

Although Deegan was not able to finish in Saturday’s Round 11 due to motor problems, he rebounded during Round 12 on Sunday. Driving his #38 Rockstar/Etnies Ford, Deegan quickly moved up from 4th to 2nd after two competitors were tangled in turn five, then sped past Marty Hart on the final lap to take a dramatic win. With the victory, Deegan climbed to the top step of the podium for the first time since Round 2.

Mulisha teammates Twitch and Jeff ‘Ox’ Kargola battled it out all weekend in the Super Lite class. Following his impressive 3rd place in Round 11, one place ahead of Ox, Twitch was gunning for a Sunday win. Sharing the front row with Ox to start the race, Twitch eventually took control in what was the final contest of the weekend. Ox got out to an early lead, with Twitch running second in his #88 Rockstar/Maxxis Tires truck, before passing Ox wide in turn four to take the lead for good.

“I’m proud of the Mulisha team this past weekend – it’s awesome to see our guys dominate in a few different race classes,” said Deegan. “Fortunately, I raced well and got a few breaks on Sunday to take the flag, which definitely made up for my engine issues in Round 11. Twitch and Ox are neck-in-neck, those guys are really progressing as drivers.”

The Lucas Oil Series heads to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for Rounds 13 and 14, with racing on Saturday and Sunday, November 6-7. For more information on Mulisha athletes and news, visit the Metal Mulisha Facebook page or www.metalmulisha.com.

RESULTS: Lucas Oil Off-Road Series – Surprise, AZ

Pro Lite Unlimited Class, Round 12 (Sunday)

1st Brian Deegan

2nd Chris Brandt

3rd Marty Hart

Super Lite Class, Round 12 (Sunday)

1st Jeremy ‘Twitch’ Stenberg

2nd CJ Greaves

3rd RJ Anderson

Super Lite Class, Round 11 (Saturday)

1st Brandon Ward

2nd Chad George

3rd Jeremy ‘Twitch’ Stenberg

4th Jeff ‘Ox’ Kargola

About Metal Mulisha

Known for winning gold medals, breaking world records, and turning industry tradition upside down through the sport of freestyle motocross, pro riders Brian Deegan and Larry Linkogle launched Metal Mulisha Clothing in 1999. What began as a group of friends riding dirt bikes in Metal Mulisha gear and competing to see who could do the best tricks has grown into one of the most recognized and respected brands in action sports. Metal Mulisha speaks the language of nonconformity with distinctive apparel that includes graphic tees, jerseys, boardshorts, fleece, tanks, denim and accessories; and encourages guys and girls to “join the domination.”

Today, the Metal Mulisha lifestyle continues to expand, launching product collaborations with major brands like Rock Star Energy and Etnies, and introducing new product categories each year. With strong distribution in the U.S., Canada, and Australia, Metal Mulisha can be found at over 2000 retailers worldwide. For more information, check out www.metalmulisha.com.


2011 Motocross of Nations to be held in France

2011 Motocross of Nations to be held in France

The Motocross of Nations, annually the biggest & most prestigious motocross event in the world, will be held in 2011 on the last weekend in September, at the race circuit in Saint Jean d’Angely, France.

FIM President Vito Ippolito, Youthstream President Giuseppe Luongo, Motoclub Angerien President Jean-Marie Boissonnot and FIM/CMS President Dr. Wolfgang Srb confirmed that Saint Jean d’Angely, France, will be the venue for the 2011 Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations at the recently completed Motocross of Nations, held last weekend in the USA, and won the Team USA (Manager 5-time World Motocross Champion, and new KTM Race Manager USA Roger De Coster, 2010 AMA Supercross & Motocross Chamion Ryan Dungey, 2010 AMA 250 MX Lites Champion Trey Canard, and Andrew Short).

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L – R: Dr. Wolfgang Srb – President FIM/CMS, FIM President Vito
Ippolito, Motoclub Angerien President Jean Marie Boissonnot, Youthstream President Giuseppe Luongo.

Having hosted a French Grand Prix this year and several other times in the past, Saint Jean d’Angely has been a classic in the FIM Motocross World Championships. It has always hosted massive crowds, literally from all over the world. France has been a country that has contributed greatly in the growth of the sport, regularly hosting Grand Prix events, as well as Motocross of Nations, the last one in 2000, at St. Jean.

The plan for 2011 is for Saint Jean d’Angely first hosting a French MX1/MX2 Grand Prix to fine tune their facilities, and then the Motocross of Nations later in the year.

FIM President Vito Ippolito said: “We would like to announce the next FIM Motocross of Nations that will take place in St. Jean d’Angely, France, with event Organizer Jean Marie Boissonnot. We all look forward to this event as another great success for the sport.”

Youthstream President Giuseppe Luongo continued: “We are very glad to go back to France and especially to Saint Jean d’Angely, because it was actually the first venue which fully believed in our project and invested a lot to make our dream become a reality.”

Motoclub Angerien President Jean Marie Boissonnot added: “We know that we have a lot of things to do, but we are not scared at all. We know that we can count on the support of Youthstream, FIM and also the French Motorcycling Federation, so we are confident that we will have a good event in 2011 at Saint Jean d’Angely.”

Dr. Wolfgang Srb, FIM/CMS President, ended: “Saint Jean d’Angely is one of the traditional tracks in our calendar and the Grand Prix will help them fine tune the venue itself ahead of the year’s biggest event. I have to admit that we are all looking forward to the next FIM Motocross of Nations in France.”

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Suzuki next on the sick list?

Last year sometime I wrote about the possibility of Yamaha not fielding a team for the upcoming season and what type of ripple effect that might have on the sport. What I failed to do around that same time was to look who was next in line. I have been hearing for the last two years that Suzuki (Japan) has been consolidating and down sizing at a rapid pace. But what is putting Suzuki in this position and is there a high possibility that Suzuki will quickly follow Yamaha right out of the “Official” racing business.

Now we know they have officially farmed out there 250 factory effort to Bill Keefe manager of the Rockstar/Canidae team. They are loaded with rookies and set to tackle the 2011 season so not all is bad. Yet in other parts of the world Suzuki lost prised talent Ken Roczen, to what is now considered the premier team to be on, and their USA stronghold of Roger DeCoster fades into the past. What will become of Ryan Dungey and is it possible that the cost of having such long term and near perfect seasons could have crippled the company globally?

The facts are between KW’s fat cat deal, RC winning everything, CR grabbing the outdoor title, RD dominating for a year and a half and suddenly Suzuki could be reaching down to nothing but lint. So now you have to stop and think is there a trend here? Well let’s take Yamaha who was our first full time vacancy of last year. Reed did pretty well, YoT won quite a few championships, then before that was MC and Henry winning, Dowd and Windham before that. Seems to me that there easy is a pretty easy correlation between the two.

On the other side of the pond most of the Road Racing efforts are going through some pretty major changes. Their MotoGP program has been just a disaster. Suzuki has blown through their expensive allotment of engines for the season while both riders have rode injured in one way shape or form to mediocre results. Their world Superbike team just released their top talent out a year early while the Batta run team confirms they will only have one rider for next year. Suzuki is contracted to Dorna and really have no out when it comes to following Kawasaki right out of MotoGP.

Yoshimura’s name is closely related with many of the teams world wide and management of racing could find it’s way in their hands in no time. Tom Webb, the offroad manager, is penciled in to take over and Dungey is rumored to be signed, but who really knows. If they were willing to give up Haslam in WSBK, Spies in MotoGP, Roczen in GP’s, then why not give up Dungey. If Dungey does what he is hired to do and he has a guarantee on paper, then you have some counters in the Suzuki basement who are pulling the emergency chute and hoping for a soft landing.

Hopefully I am wrong and the company comes back strong, but it has to make you nervous. Thor is a company who is the middle of some big changes and with those changes you know Parts Unlimited is going through some things as well. This could be one of the biggest supporters of our sport’s future and one to keep an eye on if things continue in the direction they are.


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