Chris Blose [47]

Chris Blose [47]

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Chris Blose
DoB: 12/13/1987
Height: 5’8″
Weight: 170 lbs
Residence: Phoenix, AZ
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
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Chris Blose’s Biography

Hailing from Phoenix, Arizona Chris Blose started riding a dirt bike at the young age of three. For Blose, hopping on a bike was not a surprise as racing has always been a family sport. His dad raced professionally, his uncle rode for factory Kawasaki, and his older brother Michael was a top amatuer rider with 20+ titles. It’s no wonder dirt riding came so naturally to Blose, but he also had some big shoes to fill. Although Chris had not been a top amateur inthe tanks before turning pro at the age of sixteen, that did not deter him from proving himself on the track. And it wasn’t long before he did just that.

His breakout year came in 2099 as a fill-in rider on the Troy Lee Designs team. He finished an impresive 5th overall in the AMA Supercross Lites West Championship and began to get noticed by fans, teams and his peers. In 2010 Blose joined Hart & Huntington and moved to the premier Supercross class. He finished 13th overall, a remarkable feat considering he rode with a broken wrist all season. With all his natural skill and his determination to prove himself in the big leagues, there is no doubt he will be one to watch.

Chris Blose’s Career Highlights

2009

Supercross West Lites – 5th overall points

Chris Blose Media Gallery

Yoshimura-Backed Teams Show Strong Performances in Phoenix

Yoshimura-Backed Teams Show Strong Performances in Phoenix

Yoshimura-backed teams all showed strong performances once again in front of another sell-out crowd during the second round of the 2011 AMA/FIM Supercross Championship season Saturday night in Phoenix, AZ. The Rockstar Makita Suzuki, Rockstar Energy Suzuki, and Honda racing teams all showed the performance advantage of Yoshimura products with their strong results.

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Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey piloted his Yoshimura-equipped Suzuki RM-Z450 to a fifth-place finish. Teammate Brett Metcalfe rode a strong race on his Suzuki as well, scoring an eighth-place finish in the 20-lap main event.

“We didn’t have the best of days, but I’m proud of the entire Rockstar Makita Suzuki team,” said Dungey. “We are in this together, whether they be good nights or those that don’t get you a win. The track was real tricky tonight, with slick spots all over the place. It wasn’t a track you could really push forward on. It was like we were riding on marbles in some turns. We are going right back to work this week. I’m looking forward to LA.”

“Practices went pretty good,” said Metcalfe. “I went into the heat race and got a bad start, but I was feeling pretty good and put in some good laps on my Suzuki. But then I missed a triple and lost my rhythm; ended up falling and got tight. So that was disappointing. My Rockstar Makita Suzuki team was able to make some changes to the bike that really helped me in the main. I didn’t get a good start, but I was able to ride much more solid and my Suzuki was working really well. I’m happy with another eighth-place and we’ll continue to make little improvements and get better as we go along. I’m really looking forward to next week at Dodger Stadium – I think it’s going to be a real exciting venue.”

Yoshimura-Backed Teams Show Strong Performances in Phoenix - Photo 2 of 3American Honda Racing’s Trey Canard recorded his first podium result of the season in Phoenix. Competing in his first full supercross season for the factory Honda squad, Canard raced his Yoshimura-equipped Honda CRF450R® to a third-place finish.

After finishing fifth in his heat race, Canard got away to a mid-pack start in the main and worked his way up to the number three spot by lap seven, where he remained until the race’s end, keeping both Chad Reed and defending champ Ryan Dungey at bay. “I’m really happy to score a podium finish so early in the season, but I’m not necessarily happy with the way I rode tonight,” said Canard. “There were a couple of sections that I just didn’t nail and with the level of talent in this competition, I can’t be messing sections up. The American Honda Racing team had my bike dialed in and my lap times were pretty good. I’m sure that as the season goes on and as I gain more experience in the supercross class, I will improve.”

Honda Racing’s Josh Grant was laying down solid laps on his Yoshimura-equipped CRF450R in his heat race when he was struck hard by another rider and went down. Determined to continue, Grant rejoined the competition but had to pull out to seek medical attention for an injured leg. “I’m bummed about getting hurt tonight,” said Grant. “I had my knee evaluated by the trackside Asterisk medical crew and x-rays showed it wasn’t broken so that’s good. I’ll have it checked by my doctor at home this week and take it from there.”

On the lites side, Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s Ryan Morais had a strong ride on his Yoshimura-equipped Suzuki RM-Z250 in the 15-lap lites main event, finishing third. Teammate Martin Davalos finished ninth on his Suzuki.

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“Practice started out a little slow, but I felt better than last week,” said Morais. “The Rockstar Energy Suzuki team made a few changes to my bike for the main event and I got a great start, almost the hole-shot, and put myself in a good position, being really consistent, and tried not to make any mistakes because I know the track was really slick. I tried to be patient and let the race come to me. I ended up third. I’m happy. Hopefully this week leading up to LA I’ll be able to ride more and just put more time on my Suzuki, and I think I’ll be a lot better next weekend.”

“I felt great on my Suzuki in practice,” said Davalos. “I had a good heat race and felt like I was riding really well. In the main event, I just made a little mistake and it put me behind. I felt like I could have won. It was very disappointing, after a good practice and a great heat race, to have the problem in the main and end up ninth. Definitely something to take back home and work on, and come back to LA and try to win the race.”

The next stop of the 2011 AMA/FIM Supercross Championship for the Yoshimura-backed teams is Saturday, January 22nd, at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CA.

Photos courtesy: Yoshimura, Jake Klingensmith & Simon Cudby

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AMA Arenacross Series Riders Head to Dayton’s Nutter Center This Weekend

AMA Arenacross Series Riders Head to Dayton’s Nutter Center This Weekend

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With Two Wins, Gibson Carrying Momentum into Round Three

Through two races of the 2011 AMA Arenacross Series, the story remains the same as TUF Honda’s Jeff Gibson holds the distinction as the only race winner in the Arenacross class this season. This weekend, the 2009 AMA Arenacross Series Champion leads his rivals into Dayton, Ohio and the Ervin J. Nutter Center, a longtime staple of the sport.

Last weekend from Kansas City’s Kemper Arena, Gibson’s path to the checkered flag wasn’t routine thanks to a tough challenge from Babbitt’s Monster Energy/TiLUBE Kawasaki presented by Maxxis’ Tyler Bowers. Through the first 15 laps of the 25-lap main event, Bowers held a strong grasp on the top spot only to fall and give up what looked to be his first win of the season.

Despite the fall, Bowers was able to secure a fourth-place finish, but thanks to his second win through the first two rounds, Gibson is quickly making a strong bid for his second title. Also coming on strong with impressive performances in Kansas City was Foremost Insurance/Spinechillers/HondaofFairfield.com’s Nathan Skaggs and Babbitt’s Monster Energy/TiLUBE Kawasaki’s Chad Johnson, who finished in second and third, respectively. The pair’s efforts helped move Johnson into second in the championship standings while Skaggs currently sits fourth.

“You really never know who’s going to win when the gate drops,” said Miss Arenacross Lindsey Scheltema. “It may seem as if Gibson has the field covered based on his back-to-back wins, but if you look at the competition on the track, you can see how close everyone really is in speed.”

The deep roster of highly-talented riders in the AMA Arenacross Series has lead to the potential of high parity in the Arenacross class. While several of the sport’s biggest names have already established themselves, many others are still working on getting acclimated to the 2011 championship and once they find the rhythm, the competition is sure to heat up.

While the Arenacross class continues to generate excitement and grab headlines, the Arenacross Lites Eastern Regional Championship is also producing intense on-track action of its own, showcasing a stellar opening round that saw a first-time winner in Adam Gulley take the race win.

On Saturday night, the avid and dedicated arenacross fan base of Ohio will witness the first of two rounds in the Buckeye state in three weeks.

Advance tickets are available for this weekend’s Dayton Arenacross at the Nutter Center Box Office, Ticketmaster charge by phone and ticketmaster.com. Tickets cost $2 more the day of the race.

Arenacross Class Points (After Race 2 of 19)

  1. Jeff Gibson, Blacklick, Ohio, Honda – 50
  2. Chad Johnson, Rhinelander, Wis., Kawasaki – 40
  3. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki – 40
  4. Nathan Skaggs, Chillicothe, Ohio, Honda – 38
  5. Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Honda – 34
  6. Gray Davenport, Lehi, Utah, Kawasaki – 27
  7. Dave Ginolfi, Lake Hopatlong, N.J., Suzuki – 24
  8. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, Honda – 24
  9. Cole Siebler, Emmett, Idaho, Honda – 23
  10. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki – 20
  11. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., Yamaha – 20

Arenacross Lites Class Eastern Regional Points (After Race 1 of 10)

  1. Adam Gulley, Jonesburg, Mo., Kawasaki – 25
  2. Patrick Massie, Washington Court, Ohio, Honda – 22
  3. Kyle White, Freeport, Ill., Honda – 20
  4. Austin Coon, Spencer, W.V., Honda – 18
  5. Hunter Clements, Welton, Mo., Honda – 16
  6. Tyler Sehr, Belleville, Ill., Honda – 15
  7. Shane Gailey, Fort Dodge, Iowa, Honda – 14
  8. Kyle Hussey, Moscow Mills, Mo., Kawasaki – 13
  9. Jason Hussey, Moscow Mills, Mo., Kawasaki – 12

New for 2011! Live timing and scoring from each round of the AMA Arenacross Series. To follow the intense racing action live, log onto www.Arenacross.com. For all media requests, please contact Brandon Short at [email protected] or 949-365-5750.

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Tyla Rattray Maintains Joint Third in AMA Supercross Standings After Phoenix Problems

Tyla Rattray Maintains Joint Third in AMA Supercross Standings After Phoenix Problems

If there were any armchair critics that may have ventured the opinion that Tyla Rattray would be out of his league at top level US supercross, those mouths were very effectively sewn shut when the South African piloted his Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki to a podium finish on his first outing. It was indeed a debut to crow about. Tyla being Tyla, however, he allowed himself only the faintest glimmer of celebration before it was back to full focus mode again for the second round of the series at the Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Supercross style seems second nature to Tyla Rattray. Pic: Frank Hoppen.

Since this is his debut supercross season, each new venue is new to Tyla, and he has to make optimum use of the practice sessions to familiarize himself with the track. This much was clear during the qualifying session, and the South African posted only the 8th fastest lap time during the combined sessions. Qualifying results are however not the be all and end all of Tyla’s race day performance, and he has carved himself a fine reputation as a rider that generally improves as the day goes along. The qualifying heat drove the point home with some clarity. Tyla manipulated his machine to the front early in the race and was never under serious threat of relinquishing his lead. Keeping a cool head abut him, he rode to his first ever supercross qualifying heat victory, another notch to carve in the racing career bedpost.

All the good work of the qualifying heat was undone to a large extent at the start of the evening’s final, when Tyla experienced some problems off the start that plunged him down to ninth position as the pack first streamed pas the timing beam. He set his sights on the front and moved ahead steadily. At half race distance, he was in fourth position and lurking with intent, ready to claim his second podium in as many races. Unfortunately, some mishaps near the death cost him two positions, and he crossed the line in sixth position.

Tyla was naturally not a picture of elation after his result, since it caused him to lose tough with his teammates who occupy the first two positions in the championship respectively. As it is, he maintains a joint third position, on equal points with Cole Seely who has taken up the slack from the rear. He is a picture of square-jawed determination going into the third round of the series at Dodger Stadium next weekend.

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The sell-out crowd got their money’s worth with close racing.

Results

Supercross Lites Class Western Regional Results: Phoenix

  1. Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo., Kawasaki
  2. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Kawasaki
  3. Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki
  4. Cole Seely, Corona, Calif., Honda
  5. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda
  6. Tyla Rattray, Wildomar, Calif., Kawasaki
  7. Jimmy Decotis, Peabody, Mass., Honda
  8. Travis Baker, Temecula, Calif., Honda
  9. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., Suzuki
  10. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha

Supercross Lites Class Western Regional Season Standings

  1. Josh Hansen, Elbert, Colo., Kawasaki – 50
  2. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Kawasaki – 44
  3. Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki – 35
  4. Tyla Rattray, Wildomar, Calif., Kawasaki – 35
  5. Cole Seely, Corona, Calif., Honda – 34
  6. Martin Davalos, Cairo, Ga., Suzuki – 30
  7. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda – 27
  8. Travis Baker, Temecula, Calif., Honda – 26
  9. Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha – 19
  10. Ben Evans, Garden City, Idaho, Kawasaki – 18
  11. Nick Paluzzi, Riverside, Calif., Yamaha – 18


Travis Pastrana’s NASCAR Launch

Travis Pastrana’s NASCAR Launch

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Travis Pastrana’s NASCAR Launch

Come see the unveiling of Travis Pastrana’s 2011 NASCAR and Motocross bike, followed by an FMX Demo with Travis Pastrana and Nate Adams.

When:

6-8 PM Friday January 21st, 2011

Where:

Chick Hearn Ct. (By the Staples Center)

1111 South Figueroa St.

Los Angeles, CA 90015


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