Tortelli knee injury – send him a message

Tortelli knee injury – send him a message

As you might know, Seb Tortelli injured his knee last Saturday at Mt. Morris. It’s the same knee he injured earlier in the year. He will need surgery, and will be out of action for at least six months.

It’s a tough blow for him, especially since he had just returned to racing a few weeks ago.

You can send him a get well message though. Your kind wishes from all over the world can make a difference!

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A new future for World MX? (Youthstream to take on motocross)

A new future for World MX? (Youthstream to take on motocross)

The official announcement from the FIM (Federation Internationale Motocycliste, based in Switzerland) that they have chosen Youthstream to be the company to manage the FIM Motocross World Championship rights has been made.

President of the FIM’s CMS division, Wolfgang Srb, said, “I am delighted about the return of Mr. Giuseppe Luongo to the FIM Motocross World Championship. He has been a very professional partner in the past and I am very optimistic for the cooperation FIM/CMS and Youthstream in the years to come. We will work very hard, together with our partners from the riders and teams, the manufacturers, the Federations as well as the organizers, for a great future of World Motocross.”

Stefan Pierer, Chairman of the Motocross Manufactures Association (MXMA), said, “First of all the MXMA is glad that the FIM was able to present the new promoter of the “FIM Motocross World Championship” in time to get prepared for the upcoming season.

“Mr. Luongo is a highly experienced promoter who has a deep insight to our sport. Due to his involvement, we believe there will be an increase of the popularity of the Motocross World Championship, and a fruitful cooperation between riders, manufacturers and local promoters in the upcoming future.”

“We also would like to take this as an opportunity to express our thanks to DORNA Off-Road, the company that has done a great job over the past few years. The transfer of experience and knowledge from Road Racing and especially their close cooperation with the MXMA ended up in a deep involvement of the manufacturers and precise technical regulations.”

“I am very happy about the come back of Mr. Luongo to the management of Motocross,” was the statement from the 6 time Motocross World Champion Stefan Everts, “Because in the past he made many big steps forward for the sport. As he has had 2 years to look from outside this sport and to understand the necessary things that need changing to make more steps ahead. I am sure he is the right person to arrange the problems of Motocross, he is a businessman with a heart 100% for Motocross, and this is what everybody wants.”

Giuseppe Luongo, President of Youthstream says “From experience, we thoroughly understand how valuable it is to discuss and listen to ideas from all those involved – Federations, Riders, Teams, Manufacturers, Organizers, Fans and Press.”

Mr. Luongo stated that after discussions with FIM, MXMA and other parties, the following details are imperative:

1. To offer more rights and freedom to the Organizers for their own advertising, hospitality, stands, National TV rights and to produce their own Grand Prix passes.

2. To open the paddock to the fans.

3. To return to the traditional system of two races per class.

4. To make the race programme longer and more attractive for the spectators. Saturday – all the practises, one 125cc race and one 650cc race. Sunday – the two races of MXGP and the second race of 125cc and 650cc.

5. To have the last race on Sunday finish at 17h00, this will allow more people to be able to come to the event.

6. To make a delayed TV programme of 1 hour, that is broadcasted about 3 or 4 hours after the race at prime time (21h00), this will enable us to create a programme concentrated on the excitement and show of the event. We will use portable cameras for the special shots and a camera on-board which will record images. Naturally, at the end of the race we will have the news on satellite.

7. To come back to the old system of Motocross Des Nations, of bringing all the biggest National teams and fans for the greatest Motocross race of the year.

8. To make a calendar for a true World Championship including many different countries with overseas Grand Prix – to achieve this, the costs of organizing an overseas Grand Prix will be reduced.

9. Maintain the respect we have for the FIM, the Jury-system and of course continue with dialogue and partnership with the FMN, MXMA and all the other partners.

10. All the necessary services will be continued; time keeping with transponder and split time, electricity, water and sound system in the paddock, hospitality, press office, permanent passes, track designer, pit lane with all it’s services, internet, and more.

“To stay out of Motocross and be far from the every day involvement for 2 years has given me the possibility to look at things more objectively” continues Luongo. “I can see the good and the less good that we did with Action Group in the past, and I can see what has happened in Motocross in the past two years. Clearly, the professionalism, television and technology that is in Motocross today was brought by AGI (Action Group International) and at that time it was necessary to make the big step forward because if we did not make these strong efforts, we could never know it’s true potential. Now, after the efforts of, first, AGI, then after Dorna off-road (the biggest and most professional company in the motorcycling sport), we distinctly see the possibilities of this sport. We have to aim to keep all the good, use the most recent technology and for the sporting and relationship side, take a step back toward the more traditional times – I believe with these compromises it will be the best solution for everybody and Motocross will run like a dream. Just as a reminder these are the steps taken from 1997 by AGI permitting Motocross to have a higher level”:

“1. A clean paddock with hard ground with washing areas, electricity, water taps and services.

2. Hospitality for FIM, guests, Press, Teams and VIP.

3. Time keeping with transponders and split timing with live script for TV, Internet and monitors.

4. Sound system for public and paddock.

5. Live television production (12 cameras), with live, news and magazine programmes broadcasted throughout the world. In 2000 we produced 51 hours live, and we also had an agreement with EBU for the news and live programmes to be on the satellite.

6. Service for Press (press office with responsible, modem, fax and many telephone lines).

7. Internet and web site with live results.

8. The pit lane had monitors with live TV and time keeping.

9. More structures to welcome the public (toilets, signalling, security, etc).

10. A professional podium with tent for interviews for TV and Press.

11. The permanent pass system for Teams, Riders, Press, VIP, etc (free of charge).

12. The professional way to prepare the circuits with a circuit responsible to manage all the maintenance.

13. A Rider’s autograph session for the public.

14. A staff that was always kind and at the disposal of Teams, Press, FIM and spectators to manage the event and to listen and give answers to everybody.

15. The support of the “Mobile Sport Ambulanz”.

16. Promotion of Motocross all year around the World with Press, TV, video games, exposition shows, etc.

17. A calendar with 16 races and, over the years, the FIM Motocross World Championship visited Brazil, USA, Indonesia, Australia, Venezuela.

Mr. Luongo concludes “Youthstream has a strong respect in the FIM leadership and the secret of Youthstream’s success is the belief in partnership, to work professionally with passion and maintain a healthy dialogue and respect for all the partners. It’s highly motivated and professional staff will manage both FIM World Championships – Motocross as well as S1 SuperMoto – in the best possible way. It is obvious that it is necessary to create business because there are around 70 families who live with the work created directly from Youthstream, and around 500 families who live with the money brought from SuperMoto and Motocross. But, our respect for business comes after our respect for the safety and of the value of the sports that we manage.

Because of the strong FIM and FIM Motocross Commission (CMS), this product has a true value, they give a balance of all the different interests. It is clear the FIM is the owner of the building, and the promoters are merely tenants who rent for some years, we have to act on the rules made by the owner.

The races before the AGI and DOR period did not have anything resembling this, many of the races were organized on a similar level as some local Championships. I still remember the first 10 minutes of every race we had on Eurosport in 1996 – the people could not believe it. It is important to remember the development this sport has made over a reasonably short time, but unfortunately, we also do not have the same market as road racing or the following of football, F1 or cycling. This is the reality and not to disappoint, we have to be realistic, work with this and give truly our best – then Motocross will flourish along with all the parties involved and we will reach the highest level possible for this sport.”

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James ‘Bubba’ Stewart injury update

James ‘Bubba’ Stewart injury update

James was injured at Saturday’s supercross in Las Vegas. If you saw the race in person or on TV, you saw that he hit the ground hard.

The results of that crash? Broken collarbone, sore ribs, and a concussion. Most of us are familiar with soreness and broken bones. But concussions are not as well known.

James is already recovering nicely. He attended the after-season supercross banquet on Sunday, and was in great spirits. This guy is a class act too.

You can send a message to James and his family right here in our message boards. I know’ll they will see and read them.

Here’s hoping the defending 125 National Champion and 125 West supercross champion gets better soon.


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World MX GP – Round 3 – Germany

Grand Prix of Europe, Talkessel circuit, Teutschenthal

650 Results:

Joel Smets – KTM

Javier Garcia Vico – KTM

Cedric Melotte – HON

Stuart Flockhart – HON

Bernd Eckenbach – KTM

125 Results:

Marc DeReurver – KTM

Mickael Maschio – KAW

Andrea Bartolini – YAM

Stee Ramon – KTM

Tyla Rattray – KTM

Motocross Grand Prix Results:

Mickael Pichon – SUZ

Gordon Crockard – HON

Joel Smets – KTM

Stefan Everts – YAM

Marnicq Bervoets – YAM

Motocross Grand Prix Point Standings:

Mickael Pichon – 75

Joel Smets – 64

Stefan Everts – 50

Courtesy Adam Wheeler/MX Press, DORNA Off-Road

AMA Pro Racing announces SuperMoto: Laguna Seca, July 11 – 13

AMA Pro Racing announces SuperMoto: Laguna Seca, July 11 – 13

AMA Pro Racing will have their inaugural ‘Red Bull Supermoto’ event in conjunction with the U.S. Superbike championship at the legendary Mazda Raceway in Laguna Seca CA July 11-13. Don Canet has designed a world-class track situated in the open area between turns 2 and 5 of the main road course. It’s a central location with nice viewing areas.

“Our objective was to locate the supermoto track in such a manner that fans had convenient access and could easily view all of the supermoto and road races,” says Cameron Gray of Race Promotion Management, the event promoter. “By placing the track where we did, we’re offering fans an entirely new component to their race weekend. The supermoto race program complements the AMA and World Superbike schedule so fans won’t miss any action. Also, spectators can now visit the manufacturer displays and view the AMA Red Bull Supermoto races all in the same general location.” The supermoto track will be adjacent to the main display grounds, a popular area at the Mazda Raceway facility.

The track is planned to be approximately .6 miles long and features a 70/30 pavement-to-dirt ratio. It also features several jumps including a 30′ double step-down, table top jump.

“Finding a suitable on-site course area for this event has presented a formidable challenge,” said Canet. “We’ve made the most of the space we have to work with and feel confident that the riders and fans will find the layout very exciting.” The main straight of the supermoto track utilizes pavement that was part of the original Laguna Seca layout along with a mix of tight turns that will place a premium on braking. “While there just isn’t room enough for a sweeping road course element, we’re certain to see plenty of back-it-in, burn-it-out action,” assures Canet. “If I see big grins on the faces of fans and riders, I’ve done my job as a track builder.”

In addition to riders that have already announced their participation (Chris Carr, Mike Metzger, Scott Russell, Kevin Schwantz) several other top-level riders have expressed their intention to race the series. Included on this list are current AMA Superbike racer Eric Bostrom & AMA Motocross/Supercross legend and Indy car driver Jeff Ward.

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