Ivan Tedesco Reunites with Monster Energy / Pro Circuit / Kawasaki

Ivan Tedesco Reunites with Monster Energy / Pro Circuit / Kawasaki

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Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki is excited to welcome a familiar face back to the team. Ivan Tedesco, who earned an AMA 250 Pro Motocross Championship for Mitch Payton’s iconic team in 2005, will jump back on a KX250F this summer to battle a new breed of young guns. Tedesco brings with him the experience and credentials of back-to-back Supercross Lites West Championships in 2004 and 2005, a 2005 AMA 250 Pro Motocross Championship, and a 2005 Motocross des Nations victory with Team USA – all aboard a Mitch Payton machine. He is excited about reuniting with the legendary organization, and is planning on making an impact upon his arrival.

“I’m really pumped to join the team again seven years later,” said Tedesco. “I’m hoping to have a lot of fun this summer and get some good results. Ultimately, the goal is to be a factor in the title hunt by the end of the series. Working with Mitch and Bones again on the 250 is going to be really cool. I feel right at home here.”

Tedesco joins new teammates Dean Wilson, Blake Baggett, and Broc Tickle as they embark on the 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, which will host its opening round May 19 at the Hangtown Motocross Classic in Sacramento, Calif. Wilson will be defending his 2011 250 Championship Title, while Baggett and the rest of the class chomp at the bit for a chance to contest his campaign. After getting his feet wet on the big bike during the 2012 Monster Energy Supercross season, Tickle will represent the team in the 450 class. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team member Darryn Durham will soon undergo surgery due to a shoulder injury sustained while testing for the upcoming outdoor season. He will be recuperating for the next several weeks, at which time his injury will be re-evaluated. The team will make another announcement about his recovery at that time.


Led by duo of SX champions, GEICO Honda team ready for outdoor action

It’s a new season but the same mindset for GEICO Honda riders Justin Barcia, Eli Tomac, Justin Bogle and Wil Hahn as they head west for the start of the Lucas Oil AMA Motorcross Championships this Saturday at the historic Hangtown Nationals.

The team is trading in the fireworks and bright lights of Supercross for Motocross’ grueling afternoons under the sun, and SX Lites West champion Tomac says he can’t wait to get started.

“I very much looking forward to Hangtown,” Tomac said. “I got a win there in 2010 in my first race as a pro. Last year wasn’t as good, but it was still a fourth place finish. I think after the success the team had in Supercross, we’re all going to be dialed in right from the start. It’s going to be a really fun outdoor season.”

SX Lites East Champion Barcia said he’s itching to tackle the 12-race motocross season at 100 percent health for the first time in two years.

“I’m looking forward to it definitely,” Barcia said. “I’m glad to be completely healthy going into a Motocross season because that hasn’t happened in a while. Myself and the rest of the team had such a good year in Supercross and we want to be able to back it up during the outdoor season. We want to show everyone that we’re all-around riders.”

For Hahn and Bogle, the new season means they can put the ups and downs of their individual indoor campaigns aside and get a fresh start.

“It’s nice to have a clean slate,” said Hahn, who reached the podium in the SX finale. “I’ve got some momentum on my side right now. I feel good after doing the three rounds on the 450 in Supercross and the final two rounds on my 250. I’m just looking to continue the progress I’ve been making every day on the track. Right now I’m enjoying things more than I ever have. It’s a good feeling and I want to keep moving with it.”

Bogle said he’s excited to get back to the part of the sport he loves most.

“It’s a chance to turn things around,” Bogle said. “I’m ready to get out there, ride hard and get good finishes. I like motocross more than Supercross, so I’ve been having a lot more fun in training during the week.”

Hahn said the team practices preparing for outdoor season have been intense, but fun.

“For the past few weeks, we’ve been really working well as a team,” Hahn said. “The four of us have been real tight with everything. We’ve all put in a lot of work to get the bikes and ourselves ready to race. We’ve been pushing each other on and off the track. We’ve got two champions in Justin and Eli, and Bogle is awesome in the outdoors. It’s great to push each other so intensely but still have friendly moments when we’re done.”

Practice for the Hangtown National gets under way at 8:30 a.m. PDT on Saturday with Opening ceremonies slated for 12:40 p.m. FUEL TV will air the first motos starting at 4 p.m. EDT and the NBC Sports Network will air the second motos starting Sunday at 12:30 a.m. EDT.


“Be the Match” Bone Marrow Drive

“Be the Match” Bone Marrow Drive

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Today was the second bone marrow drive for Jeremy McGrath‘s wife Kim at the Monster Energy Headquarters in Corona, CA. Kim was recently diagnosed with “Leukemia Cutis”, which is Leukemia of the skin and will likely undergo a bone marrow transplant soon. Jeremy has taken to social media outlets in an effort to get more people registered as donors. The event was filled with friends and fans of the Motocross industry that were all willing to help “be the one to save a life.” Joining the registry is a simple, and painless process – we truly have the power to save lives!

View the gallery from the “Be the Match” Bone Marrow Drive:

Please consider learning more about it and becoming a bone marrow donor by visiting www.bethematch.com

 

Our thoughts and best wishes go to the McGrath family during this time.


GEICO Honda team signs rising star Zach Bell through 2014

Known across the sport for finding and nurturing some of the best up-and-coming talent in motocross, the GEICO Honda team has signed rising motocross star Zach Bell through the 2014 season.

Bell has been tearing up the amateur ranks as part of the group’s developmental program. He’s now committed to joining the team later this summer following his final amateur race at the prestigious Loretta Lynn’s AMA National Motocross Championship.

“It’s an awesome deal for me,” Bell said. “Everybody wants to be a part of these big factory teams, and I did everything I could do to earn a spot. I’ve worked hard, run to the best of my abilities and kept my head in it and it all paid off when GEICO Honda gave me a call and we made a deal. It’s an incredible opportunity for me. I’m trying hard to win every race for this team, training as hard as I can every day. I even went out to California and did some testing with the team. Everyone from the shop was really helpful and the other riders were super cool to me. It was a great introduction.”

GEICO Honda team manager Mike LaRocco said that despite nursing a wrist injury, Bell looked good when he was thrown into the mix against his stable of champion riders.

“His speed is really good,” LaRocco said. “We had him do part of a moto with our guys and he fit right in. I’m looking forward to life after this year’s Loretta Lynns and seeing what he can do.”

Bell said he enjoyed his first taste of riding a powerful GEICO Honda CRF250 and is looking forward to competing without restrictions.

“The Hondas are amazing,” Bell said. “The Factory Connection suspensions are the best out there and the motors are unbelievably fast. I don’t think anyone else has a bike like I’m riding right now, and I can’t thank them enough.”

LaRocco said he’s looking forward to the opportunity to work with Bell on a regular basis.

“I’ve not been able to see him race a whole lot, but he seems like he’s mature for his age,” LaRocco said. “I’m hoping that translates to a minimal amount of growing pains once he gets out here and starts racing on the professional level.”

The GEICO Honda team kicks off the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship season this weekend at the Hangtown National in Sacramento, Calif. Bell will make his pro debut at the Moto-X 338 National, which takes place August 11 in Southwick, Mass.


World Honda MX: Beto Carrero, Brazil MX1 GP – Video Preview

After a long trip from Mexico to Brazil the Honda World Motocross team is looking forward to round five of the MX1 World Championship this weekend at the Beto Carrero track, which is a new home to the Brazilian Grand Prix this year. We’d like to offer you a video preview with information from riders Evgeny Bobryshev and Rui Gonçalves along with the Honda World Motocross team manager Lorenzo Resta.

Round five of the World MX1 Championship takes place in Beto Carrero, Brazil. Both Rui Gonçalves and Evgeny Bobryshev will be looking for strong results aboard their factory CRF 450R machines at this new Grand Prix race.


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