Ricky Carmichael Breaks Down the Monster Energy Cup Track at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas

Feld Motor Sports® caught up with 15-time AMA National Champion and designer of last year’s Monster Energy Cup track to discuss his thoughts on designing this year’s track for the second-annual Monster Energy Cup at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium on October 20.

“I would like to take a couple laps on this year’s Monster Energy Cup track,” said Carmichael. “I would like to ride the product that I had a hand in developing.”

To watch Carmichael’s thoughts on the Monster Energy Cup, watch the video below.

The unique track will consist of supercross/motocross terrain and will have a tremendous motocross-style influence, making it unlike any other stadium race in the world. This track will be the perfect blend of supercross and motocross and created into the ultimate battleground. The Monster Energy Cup posts a $250,000 purse with the winner walking away with a $100,000 check, and for the “first time ever” $1 million will be paid to a rider that wins all three main events.


RJ Says – Andrew Short’s first Supercross win

What a great win for Andrew Short last weekend at the Seattle Supercross – his first ever AMA Supercross win!

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Fermo, Italy to host the third MXGP of the 2012 season

The beautiful and emblematic track of Fermo, located at the Adriatic coast in Italy, will host the third Grand Prix of the FIM Motocross World Championship and the second round of the UEM EMX125 series. Antonio Cairoli, Jeffrey Herlings and Tim Gajser are landing in Italy determined to keep the red plate on their bikes by giving their best in the traditional hard pack motocross track of Fermo.

Good racing is assured in both MX1 and MX2 classes, as there are several contenders to fight for the overall victory this weekend. In the MX1 class, Antonio Cairoli will ride home this weekend after having missed his home GP in the previous two years, but Gautier Paulin, winner of the Bulgarian GP last weekend, obtained his maiden victory in the MX1 class last year in Fermo, so both of them are the clear favourites to be at the top.

In the MX2 class the duel will be between current leader of the series Jeffrey Herlings and Bulgarian GP winner, Tommy Searle. However, his teammate Joel Roelants also proved in Sevlievo that his riding skills on the hard pack have improved significantly.

Last weekend in Bulgaria the young motocross talents took part in the first round of the UEM EMX125, and Tim Gajser dominated both heats with authority. However, Davide Bonini rides at home this weekend and he will be extra motivated to do well in front of his crowd, and Jorge Zaragoza, who had to fight from the back of the pack last weekend in Sevlievo to finish third, might also be able to battle for the victory this weekend.

MX1

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Cairoli arrives in Italy as the leader of the series with nine points difference over his closest pursuer Gautier Paulin. For Cairoli it is very special coming to Fermo this weekend, not only because he will be riding home, but also because he had missed the Grand Prix of Italy the previous two years. The Italian has been working a lot on hard pack this week in order to do his best to hand his home crowd the so expected overall victory of their Italian hero.

Second in the point standings is Kawasaki Racing Team’s Paulin, who is also one of the favourites to be on the top of the rostrum on Sunday. The French has admitted that he feels better than ever and a proof of that is the GP victory obtained in Sevlievo last weekend. Besides, last year Paulin won the Italian GP on the 450cc on his first attempt in the main class, so he is quite confident for the weekend.

Rockstar Energy Suzuki World’s Desalle missed the podium last weekend, but he is still third in the point standings. The Belgian crashed in the second heat of the Bulgarian GP and now he has a slightly sore ankle, but it will not be an obstacle to fight among the top riders to claim the overall victory.

The fourth position of the FIM MX1 World Championship is for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s De Dycker, who is just four points behind Desalle. De Dycker has been the big surprise of the season so far on his new KTM machine and being able to obtain very solid results in the previous GP. In fact, the Belgian impressed the entire paddock last weekend when he was battling against Cairoli and Desalle for the third position during the second heat.

Christophe Pourcel was second last weekend in Sevlievo, result which made him claim the fifth position of the point standings. Last year, the CP377 Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit rider was on the second step of the podium, so Fermo it’s a track that suits the French rider and it might be the weekend where Pourcel claims his first overall victory of the season.

Strijbos is in the sixth position of the championship, followed by Boog and Simpson. Home rider Philippaerts is looking forward to this weekend, as he was touched by bad lack in Bulgaria, he crashed in the second heat and he could only finish seventh overall.

His teammate Frossard, who could not take part in the Bulgarian GP as he injured his knee during the qualifying race, will enter the Italian GP after having been operated earlier this week.

2011 MX1 Podium in Fermo

1. Gautier Paulin

2. Christophe Pourcel

3. Jonathan Barragán

2011 MX1 POLEMAN: Gautier Paulin

MX2

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Herlings missed the overall victory last weekend in Bulgaria, but he is landing in Italy with confidence, as he claimed the overall victory last year in Fermo. However, Herlings is aware of the fact that Searle will be very strong this weekend, as he had already proved in Sevlievo last weekend.

Team Floride Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit’s Searle is second in the point standings, seven points behind Herlings, so his result in Fermo might be decisive to close up the gap with the leader. The British rider obtained the overall victory last weekend in Sevlievo, which has given him extra motivation to face the Italian round this weekend.

His teammate Roelants is just two points behind Searle and last weekend in Sevleivo obtained his first race victory of the season. The Belgian rider has improved significantly his riding skills on the hard pack and, although he does not feel like one of the favourites to fight for the Title, he might be able to be on the top step of the podium.

Other Belgian Van Horebeek is fourth in the MX2 Championship; the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing has ridden four solid motos so far and he is looking forward to racing this weekend in Fermo. Last year Van Horebeek was not able to take part in the Italian GP, as he was nursing a shoulder injury, so he will have to adapt himself quickly to the hard track of Fermo if he wants to fight for a podium finish this weekend.

The Honda Gariboldi Esta’s Anstie is at the moment completing the top five in the point standings, but he can easily move up if he rides as he did last weekend in Sevlievo. Anstie is finding himself at ease with his new Honda machine and GP by GP he is improving his performance.

Lupino, who is tenth in the championship, is riding home this weekend, so he is focused in doing well in front of his home crowd. While Christophe Charlier will enter the Italian Grand Prix this weekend, after having had an injury on his foot and having missed the first two round of the series.

The presence of Valentin Teillet at the Italian GP is still doubtful due to the heavy crash he suffered last weekend in Bulgaria during the first heat of the GP.

2011 MX2 Podium in Fermo

1. Jeffrey Herlings

2. Tommy Searle

3. Max Anstie

2011 MX2 POLEMAN: Tommy Searle

TIMETABLE

Saturday: EMX125 Free + Qualifying Time Practice Group A 7:55; EMX125 Free + Qualifying Time Practice Group B 8:35; MX2 Free Practice 9:30; MX1 Free Practice 10:15; EMX125 Qualifying Race Group A 11:15; EMX125 Qualifying Race Group B 12:00; MX2 Pre-Qualifying Practice 13:15; MX1-Pre Qualifying Practice 14:00; EMX125 Last Chance Qualifying Practice 15:00; MX2 Qualifying Race 16:10; MX1 Qualifying Race 17:00; EMX125 B-Final 17:50; EMX125 Race 18:40.

Sunday: EMX125 Warm up 8:30; MX2 Warm up 9:00; MX1 Warm up 9:30; EMX125 Race 2 10:15; MX2 Grand Prix Race 1 12:10; MX1 Grand Prix Race 1 13:10; MX2 Grand Prix Race 2 15:03; MX1 Grand Prix race 2 16:03.


Dunlop to Provide Trackside Support at the 2012 AMA Amatuer National Arenacross Championships

Feld Motor Sports® announced today that Dunlop will provide trackside support for the 2012 AMA Amateur National Arenacross Championships on May 6 at Las Vegas’ South Point Casino, where the world’s top amateur arenacross racers will converge for a chance to take home the coveted AMA #1 plate.

Dunlop will provide access to a wide variety of arenacross/supercross-specific tires from their Geomax line up at the AMA Amateur National Arenacross Championships. Based out of Dunlop’s support rig, two full-time technicians will be on hand to assist riders with the same support that top Monster Energy Supercross racers like defending champion Ryan Villopoto and his teammate Jake Weimer receive.

“This is a huge benefit to the riders competing in this year’s AMA Amateur National Arenacross Championships,” said Mike Muye, Director of Arenacross, Feld Motor Sports. “Dunlop’s commitment to providing trackside support to the world’s top amateur riders further elevates the status of this prestigious race.”

“We are going to bring the same staff that service all the Monster Energy Supercross races to the 2012 AMA Amateur National Arenacross Championships,” said Brian Fleck, Manager – Off Road Technical, Dunlop Motorcycle Tires. “Our staff will be able to offer professional fitting service as well as suggestions for tire sizes, patterns and air pressures to ensure that each rider gets the best performance possible from their Dunlop tires in their attempt to win an AMA Amateur National Arenacross championship.”

For decades, Dunlop tires have set the pace in off-road racing, winning more than 117 national championships in the dirt. That includes every Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship and AMA Motocross title in 2010 and 2011. Our Geomax series of tires is the product of all this success, and better yet, the same Geomax tires that won so many pro races the past two years are available to all off road riders. Because when Dunlop develops championship winning tires for pro racers, that same expertise goes into the tires we supply to weekend riders as well.

Throughout the 2012 AMA Arenacross Series, hundreds of riders of all ages and skill levels have been competing for a shot to win an AMA national title. Over the course of the 12 rounds that compose the AMA Arenacross Series, riders have qualified from one of five different regions – North, South, East, West and Central – at the Amateur Day races that took place every Sunday following professional action. In total, 540 of the nation’s fastest amateur competitors will converge on Las Vegas, with a total of 26 riders ultimately emerging as an AMA National Champion.

Live timing and scoring from the AMA Amateur National Arenacross Championships. To follow the intense racing action live, log onto www.Arenacross.com.


Honda World Motocross team heads to home round in Italy

Honda World Motocross team heads to home round in Italy

The Honda World Motocross team is looking forward to this weekend as it makes the short journey to Fermo, Italy for its home race at round three of the MX1 World Championship.

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Although this hardpack track hasn’t reaped great rewards for the Honda World Motocross squad in the past, it’s certainly an event with extra motivation for good results this weekend with it being situated just a few hours from the team’s headquarters. Last year the Fermo race concluded the World Championship series with riders Rui Gonçalves and Evgeny Bobryshev finishing eighth and eleventh overall.

The MX1 World Championship event this weekend follows on from the Bulgarian Grand Prix just one week ago in Sevlievo, where Bobryshev battled through the pain for fifth overall and Gonçalves endured a tough weekend with ninth in race one along with a machine issue in the second moto.

24-year-old Russian racer Bobryshev is still recovering from the painful thumb injury sustained at round one in Valkenswaard, The Netherlands, which is improving day-by-day, although it has been tough to ride especially over braking bumps, hard braking areas and landings. With more rest this week he is hoping for a better opportunity to showcase his potential at Fermo aboard the Dunlop-shod factory CRF 450R. Teammate Gonçalves is also looking to improve his results, especially after having had a weekend racing on the hardpack terrain in Bulgaria.

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Rui Gonçalves #999, “This weekend is going to be similar terrain to Bulgaria on the hardpack, and it is quite fast. We did a lot of sand riding in the winter, so now we’ve had a weekend of hardpack racing under our belt, we are more prepared on the hard ground. I just need to get better starts in the races to make it easier to achieve the results I want. Physically I feel good, but it’s the starts that have mainly been letting me down, so I need to take a different approach to achieve this. Fermo is a good track and obviously it’s quite close to where the team is based, so we will want to put on a good show for the fans and get some good results.”

Evgeny Bobryshev #777, “Fermo is not the best track for me as the results haven’t been great and the feeling I have there isn’t so good; but now it’s a new year and we are more ready. We will go and do our best, like every race, but with it being close to the team I hope we can get a good result for the fans. I also hope it’s a bit cooler there than last year, as I found the heat to be a big problem at the Grand Prix in Fermo last season. For sure we’ll be trying our best and although the thumb isn’t going to be perfect, it is improving and we’ve got to concentrate on staying safe while putting as many points in the bag as possible.”

 

Lorenzo Resta: Honda World Motocross Team Manager

“Fermo is very important for us because it’s the first of probably two home GP’s we will have in Italy this year. It’s usually a really busy race with a lot of guests and support for the team. The track is not really that special for our riders, and we’ve not had brilliant results there in the past, so it will be a tough race suited to the hardpack specialists and we are aware of that going into the weekend. Bobby is still not completely injury free and this kind of ground will be hard for him, but again we will work on damage limitation to get the best results we can. With Rui, if he can improve his starts then I hope that we can have two good races from him too.”

Photos by Sarah Gutierrez


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