Josh Demuth is the 2003 AMA Arenacross Champion

PICKERINGTON, Ohio: Josh Demuth wrapped up his second-straight AMA National Arenacross Championship by winning all four main events this past weekend, March 21- 22, in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Demuth, age 23, from Fort Worth, Texas, now has 27 wins on his Shogun Yamaha’s with eight main events remaining, and has a good shot at topping the Arenacross record of 28 wins in a single season set by Buddy Antunez two years ago. Demuth had to show his talent in both the 125 and 250 class, since in Arenacross both classes count towards a single national championship. The AMA National Arenacross Series wraps up with rounds in Sacramento, California, on Feb. 28 – March 2, and the season finale on March 7-8, in Denver.

Antunez is now locked in a great battle for second in the series with Tommy Hofmaster. Hofmaster, who is Demuth’s teammate, has a two-point advantage over Antunez with two events (eight races) remaining.

“It feels great to get this second championship,” said Demuth, who also wrapped up the series title before the final event last season. “I know a lot of people maybe thought last year’s title was a fluke, but I knew that I had the support behind me to win this thing again. It’s a real team effort and I want to especially thank Yamaha for backing us all the way.”

Demuth is the eighth rider to win the AMA National Arenacross title since the series began in 1986 and only the fourth rider in series history to win back-to-back Arenacross championships. The AMA National Arenacross Series runs in 14 cities and kicked off in Des Moines, Iowa, in November.

Courtesy AMA Pro-Racing


American Honda announces 2003 racing contingencies

American Honda’s Motorcycle Division will have a total of 6.9 million dollars up for grabs in racing contingencies this year.

This includes over 600 events across the USA, and will include Road Racing, Supercross, Motocross and Dirt Track series.

“It’s the most aggressive program we’ve ever had” says Ray Blank, Vice President of American Honda, “with pay outs at over 600 events nationwide, it makes more sense than ever to race a Honda.”

Payouts will be credited to the Red Rider Rewards card, the industry’s only contingency debit card. Racers can use the Red Rider Rewards card anywhere Visa is accepted.

For complete details on events included, eligibility and payout schedules please visit Honda’s web-site at this link.

KTM breaks ground on new West Coast facility

KTM breaks ground on new West Coast facility

KTM SportMotorcycle broke ground on their new Temecula, CA western headquarters facility.

In attendance were Vice Presidents Scot Harden, Selvaraj Narayana, Motorsports Marketing Manager Ron Heben, Business Development Manager John Zolikoff, Red Bull/KTM Team Manager Larry Brooks, and a host of KTM West employees. Also on hand were the Mayor of Temecula Jeff Stone, MX hero Jeremy McGrath, The Austrian Trade Commissioner, TV/video hero Dan Walsh and KTM advertising hero Scott Cox. In typical KTM fashion, a huge spread of gourmet foods and champagne toast capped off the event.

This new facility will include an on site supercross track, and should be ready for completion in October 2003.

Courtesy Resource Marketing, and The SX/MX Media Guru

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PointXCamp’s new Motocross Training Program

PointXCamp’s new Motocross Training Program

Aguanga CA February 10, 2003: PointXCamp has developed its new Motocross Program for 2003 and beyond in parternship with 7-time AMA Champion Rick Johnson.

The programs will span a wide variety of off road motorcycling, including a complete Motocross Training curriculum for beginner, expert, pro, or mini. This curriculum will focus on skills including jumps, corners, starts, picking lines, body positioning, mental conditioning, physical training, bike maintenance, and more.

Students will be presented with complete training materials and the ability to record improvements and set new goals based on Rick Johnson’s proven training methods. Additionally, Rick and PointXCamp will provide specific training programs for serious amateurs looking to prepare for national events at strategic dates throughout the year. Finally, the program will provide a unique introduction to off-road motorcycling for true beginners in the safest and most effective environment possible.

“This combination will provide a unique experience for anyone who wants to improve their motocross skills or introduce themselves to this exciting sport. PointXCamp chose Rick Johnson as our partner for this effort based on his overwhelming success as a professional athlete, his proven skills as an instructor for all ages and skill levels, and his vast understanding of the off road motorcycle community. We at PointXCamp are certain Rick will not only uphold the philosophies and quality benchmarks we have developed, but will help us continue to improve them as well.” Stated Jason Pennington, co-owner of PointXCamp.

“I have been attracted to the PointXCamp project from the beginning. I met with the owners and staff involved very early on in the project and expressed my interest in being involved, and I am thrilled that the timing and opportunity was finally realized. PointXCamp provides a necessary component to effective training and allows each visitor to focus on improving themselves and their skills, while at the same time creating an environment where kids can be kids, meet new friends, and take advantage of all that a camp facility like PointX has to offer.” Says Rick Johnson. “I have witnessed the kind of dedication and attention to detail that PointXCamp has committed themselves to firsthand. I sent my kids to camp before I agreed to this partnership and they had a blast. I couldn’t have come up with a better evaluation if I tried” he continues.

“This partnership will allow us to create a program never before seen in the motocross community.” Adds Randy Cole, co-owner of PointXCamp. He continues by saying “Rick Johnson brings with him a skill level and experience that is unsurpassed, and he understands what we believe the PointXCamp experience stands for. This group will present the most comprehensive Motocross training camp in the U.S.”

Training visitors will bring their bike and gear and PointXCamp will provide housing, food, skate boarding, BMX, wake boarding, paint ball, and a list of other recreational activities. Additionally, PointXCamp will offer fresh bikes and gear for campers who don’t have equipment or choose not to bring their own.

PointXCamp is the leading Action Sports Training Camp in Southern California. Situated on over 260 acres just outside of Los Angeles and San Diego, PointX has the perfect climate and landscape. The campus features over 75,000 square feet of skate park as well as acres of BMX dirt trails, ABA Sanctioned BMX Track and a 5-acre lake. Other amenities include a swimming pool, video production lab, paint ball course and multiple PlayStation 2 video arcades.

To learn more about Point X Camp, visit this link.

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BMX backflip into the foam!

Rick Johnson & American Suzuki team up

Rick Johnson & American Suzuki team up

Rick Johnson has joined with American Suzuki in four major capacities, thru the year 2005.

RJ will help Suzuki as a race team consultant, primarily their 125 team riders. He will continue to assist Seb Tortelli, and will help Stephane Roncada in a limited capacity as well.

Also, the Rick Johnson School of Champions will feature Suzuki’s support across the board. That includes a multiple DVD instructional series to be completed later this year.

Additionally, Rick will assist Suzuki in the development of young talent, seeking out the stars of tommorow today.

Finally, Rick will be the ‘right hand man’ of Roger De Coster, Ian Harrison, and Ray Tetherton of American Suzuki. That includes helping in many areas, including testing.

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