Youthstream & MediaZone to broadcast FIM Motocross & Supermoto World Championships Online

Youthstream is the organization that manages the exclusive television,
marketing and promotional worldwide rights of FIM Motocross &
Supercross World Championships. MediaZone is the company that provides
global online broadcasting, and specializes in sports, entertainment
and international programming, via both subscription and pay-per-view.



Racing fans will be able to watch the 2006 FIM Motocross World
Championship Series, and the 2006 FIM Supermoto World Championship
Series live and on-demand exclusively on The Moto Channel on MediaZone http://moto.mediazone.com



Live action begins April 2 with the Grand Prix of Flanders, direct from Zolder at 10:00 GMT/6:00 EDT.



Building on the success of the 2005 season, Youthstream has expanded
its relationship with MediaZone to provide complete live motocross and
supermoto coverage online. Fans worldwide can tune in to live racing
with English commentary via high-quality streams, or watch streams or
downloads at their leisure with pause and rewind capabilities just
hours after each race. The Moto Channel is offered in multiple
languages to cater to different audiences around the world.



For the annual subscription price of $49.99, racing fans can watch over
100 hours of live and on-demand racing. This special introductory price
for The Moto Channel is available until May 1. The subscription offers
viewers all of the live races from the 2006 FIM Motocross and Supermoto
World Championships, archives from the 2005 season, plus full 52 minute
highlight shows of every 2005 race. The Moto Channel is devoted to
serving world-class motorcycle programming to fans around the globe.



“We’re delighted to expand our relationship with Youthstream,” said
Resa Lee, Director of Content, MediaZone. “It’s great to work with such
a reputable, well-established organization like YouthStream to take
these premier-level international motorcycle races to new audiences
through our online broadcasting network.”



The 2006 World Motocross series includes 16 races, beginning with the
Grand Prix of Flanders and wrapping up on September 24 with the
Motocross of Nations at Matterley Basin in Great Britain. The 2006
Supermoto series runs from April 30 to November 5, comprised of 8
regular races plus the Supermoto of Nations in Belfast, Ireland on
October 1. All events are available via The Moto Channel on MediaZone.

2006 World Motocross Grand Prix Television Coverage

Largest and most complete television package ever in motorcycling. Bravo!



Information below courtesy Youthstream, mediapress, and FIM





For each FIM Motocross Grand Prix, Youthstream produces a 4 hour live
production of the 4 Races (2x MX1 and 2x MX2). A 52 minute highlight
program is produced by Youthstream and is ready for broadcast on
Tuesday after each event. The 3 minutes of News is available for
broadcast immediately after the Grand Prix.



The Live Coverage is shown in all European countries, Asia and Oceania.
The Highlight program will be broadcasted in the 3 previously mentioned
continents and in addition America and Africa. Coverage totals 71
countries with Live programme and 119 countries with the Highlights.





LIVE IN EUROPE



Eurosport2

Europe

MX1 and MXON

SportItalia

Italy

MX2 and MXON

AB Moteurs

Europe

MX1, MX2 and MXON

VRT

Belgium

MX1 and MXON

TV3

Spain

GP of Spain

RTP

Portugal

GP of Portugal

BNT

Bulgaria

GP of Bulgaria

RTL TV1

Belgium

GP of Belgium





LIVE IN ASIA / AFRICA / OCEANIA



Eurosport World

Asia / Oceania

MX1 and MXON

Gaora

Japan

GP of Japan

Dubai Sports Channel

Middle East

MX1, MX2 and MXON

Supersport

South Africa

GP of South Africa





52 MINUTE HIGHLIGHT PROGRAMME IN EUROPE



AB Moteurs

Europe

SportItalia

Italy

Sport TV

Portugal

Teledeporte

Spain

VRT

Belgium

Extreme Sports Channel

Europe

Channel 5 Latvia

Latvia

FIVE

Great Britain





52 MINUTE HIGHLIGHT PROGRAMME IN ASIA



Gaora

Japan

FOX Sport

Middle East

Sport 5

Israel





52 MINUTE HIGHLIGHT PROGRAMME IN AFRICA



Supersport

Africa

FOX Sport

North Africa

BTV

Botswana





52 MINUTE HIGHLIGHT PROGRAMME IN OCEANIA



FOX Sport

Australia

TVNZ

New Zealand

SKY Sport NZ

New Zealand





52 MINUTE HIGHLIGHT PROGRAMME IN AMERICA



Speed Channel

USA

Canada

Mexico

Caribbean

American Force Network

All US Army bases

Bandsports

Brazil

EL Garage

Argentina





NEWS IN:



EBU

Europe

SNTV

World wide





The FIM Motocross World Championship season starts on the 2nd of April
with the Kärcher Grand Prix of Flanders in Zolder (Belgium).



Youthstream is the company that manages the exclusive television,
marketing and promotional worldwide rights of the FIM SuperMoto World
Championship, the FIM Motocross World Championship, the FIM Motocross
Of Nations, the UEM Motocross European Championship, the UEM SuperMoto
European Championship and the FIM Snowcross World Cup.

Carmichael gets his 25 points back

Ricky Carmichael, the defending AMA Supercross Champion, has had the 25
points taken away from him previously because of a fuel violation,
re-instated. Heading into this weekend’s event in Indy, the point
standings have Chad Reed leading with 171, Carmichael second with 165,
and James Stewart third with 152. Below is the official info.





Pickerington Ohio: The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and the
Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) have announced a joint
resolution to the points penalty imposed by the AMA on Ricky Carmichael
following the February 11 San Diego round of the AMA Supercross Series.



In a post-race tech inspection, the fuel in Carmichael’s motorcycle was
found to contain more lead than allowed under a standard jointly
adopted by both sanctioning bodies beginning with the 2004 racing
season.



The AMA has enforced that fuel regulation in its AMA Supercross Series
and AMA Motocross Championship for the past two years. However, this is
the first time that testing has revealed a fuel violation affecting a
competitor entered in both the AMA and FIM series, and while the fuel
standard is the same in both rule books, the two sanctioning bodies
call for different testing protocols.



The AMA initiated an investigation into the fuel requirement and
testing protocols. It then became apparent that this difference in
testing protocols would make consistent enforcement of this standard
difficult, and the two sanctioning bodies have agreed to cooperate in
the investigation, with the goal of creating a unified unleaded fuel
standard and testing protocol for the 2007 season.



Meanwhile, the AMA and the FIM jointly agreed that, because of the
disparity in testing protocols, a points penalty would be inappropriate
in this case. As a result, the AMA has rescinded the 25-point penalty imposed on Carmichael in the AMA Supercross Series standings, and the FIM has said that it
will not impose a points penalty in the World Supercross GP standings.



Both sanctioning bodies agreed, however, that a penalty is still
appropriate for this fuel violation, and the decision was made to
impose a $20,000 fine on the Suzuki team for which Carmichael rides.
The AMA and the FIM will equitably donate the fine to the Asterisk
Mobile Medical Center, which provides trackside medical support to
riders at all AMA Supercross Series/FIM World Supercross GP series and
AMA Motocross Championship events and to Riders for Health, a
humanitarian organization working in Africa for 15 years reaching
nearly 11 million people with regular health care workers riding
motorcycles.



“It was clear that the differences in testing protocols raised serious
problems for enforcement of this rule,” said Steve Whitelock, AMA
Motocross and Supercross Series manager.



“We think this is a fair and equitable resolution of a difficult
situation” said Wolfgang Srb, President of the FIM Motocross Commission.



The AMA has announced that the fuel investigation will be conducted by
the Southwest Research Institute’s Fuel and Lubricant Lab, an
independent consulting organization with nearly 60 years of experience.
It is expected that teams as well as fuel suppliers, among others, will
be interviewed in this process.





French version below …





L’American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) et la Fédération
Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) ont adopté une résolution à propos
de la pénalité de points imposée par l’AMA au pilote Ricky Carmichael
lors de l’épreuve du Championnat AMA Supercross et du Championnat du
Monde FIM de Supercross disputée le 11 février à San Diego.



Lors de l’inspection technique après la course, le carburant de la moto
de Carmichael a révélé une teneur en plomb supérieure à celle autorisée
par la norme adoptée conjointement par les deux organes dirigeants au
début de la saison 2004.



L’AMA a appliqué ce règlement sur le carburant dans ses Championnats de
Supercross et de Motocross depuis deux ans. Toutefois, c’est la
première fois qu’un contrôle révèle une infraction de la part d’un
concurrent disputant à la fois les Championnats AMA et FIM, et – alors
que la norme de carburant est la même dans les deux règlements – les
deux organes dirigeants ont établi des procédures de contrôle
différentes.



L’AMA a ouvert une enquête au sujet des exigences en matière de
carburant et à propos des méthodes de contrôle. Il est en fait apparu
que cette différence de méthodes de contrôle rendrait difficile une
application cohérente de cette norme, et les deux organes dirigeants
ont convenu de coopérer dans l’enquête afin de créer une norme de
carburant sans plomb et une méthode de contrôle uniques pour la saison
2007.



En attendant, l’AMA et la FIM s’accordent sur le fait que, du fait de
cette différence dans les méthodes de contrôle, une pénalité de points
serait inappropriée dans ce cas. Il en résulte que l’AMA a annulé le
retrait des 25 points de Carmichael dans le classement du Championnat
AMA de Supercross, et la FIM a déclaré qu’elle n’imposerait pas de
pénalité de points dans le classement du Championnat du Monde de
Supercross.



Les deux organes dirigeants sont toutefois d’accord qu’une sanction
reste nécessaire contre cette infraction à la règle de carburant, et la
décision a été prise d’infliger une amende de USD 20.000 à l’équipe
Suzuki, pour laquelle court le pilote Carmichael. L’AMA et la FIM
feront équitablement don de cette amende au Centre Médical Mobile
Asterisk, qui fournit une assistance médicale aux pilotes lors de
toutes les manifestations des Championnats AMA Supercross, Championnat
du Monde FIM de Supercross et AMA Motocross, ainsi qu’à Riders for
Health, une association humanitaire qui travaille depuis 15 ans en
Afrique fournissant une aide médicale à près de 11 millions d’individus
grâce au travail d’un personnel médicalisé à moto.



Steve Whitelock, directeur des Championnats AMA de Motocross et
Supercross, a déclaré : « Il était clair que les différences dans les
méthodes de contrôle allaient provoquer de sérieux problèmes dans
l’application de cette règle ».



« Nous pensons qu’il s’agit d’une solution juste et équitable pour une
situation difficile » a dit Wolfgang Srb, Président de la Commission de
Motocross de la FIM.



L’AMA a annoncé que l’enquête concernant le carburant serait effectuée
par le Southwest Research Institute’s Fuel and Lubricant Lab, une firme
de consultance indépendante ayant près de 60 ans d’expérience. Il est
prévu que les équipes ainsi que les fournisseurs de carburant soient,
entre autres, entendus lors de cette enquête.



Courtesty AMA & FIM

Mike LaRocco announces retirement

Mike LaRocco announces retirement

Info courtesy Denny Hartwig / Live Nation





Mike LaRocco’s 19-year professional racing career will end Saturday,
May 6, at the final round of the AMA Supercross Series in Las Vegas.
LaRocco, 35, originally from South Bend IN, began his professional
career in 1988. Mike announced his intentions today about retirement
during the pre-race press conference at Indianapolis’ RCA Dome. He said
“I’ve had a long, great career in motocross and supercross, but it’s
time to call it quits. Unless you are winning, it’s hard to keep
racing.”



This weekend LaRocco and his eight-year-old son Ryder will both be racing in their respective divisions at the RCA Dome.



Ryder, an avid motocross racer, will be racing in the KTM Junior
Supercross Challenge, a three-lap race on KTM 50’s, featuring 7-8 year
old kids held during the intermission at the races.



Mike said “Watching Ryder race this weekend is exciting for me as a
father. Although, having both of us race in one night is going to be
tough, so I hired a mechanic for him because I will have a lot going on
as well. He has been to so many supercross races and has watched the
KTM race that I think he has all of the experience he needs.”



When asked who is going to have better results on Saturday night, Ryder
said, “My dad is going to do all of my chores if I do better than him.”





Mike has:



145 top-five finishes

81 podiums

Saturday will be his 229th AMA Supercross race



Other highlights:



First AMA National Motocross win was at Millville MN

First AMA Supercross win was in Las Vegas NV

1992 – Orlando supercross winner, three 125cc motocross wins, member of the championship-winning Motocross des Nations team

1993 – Orlando supercross winner, two 500cc motocross wins, 500cc
National Motocross Champion. Also won the San Bernardino AMA 250cc round

1994 – Won seven events in the 250cc National Championship, 250cc
National Motocross Champion. Three wins in supercross, member of the
Motocross des Nations team

1998 – St. Louis supercross winner

1999 – Won one round in the AMA National Championships (Unadilla), member Motocross des nations team

2000 – FIM World Supercross Champion

2002 – Anaheim supercross winner, US Open supercross winner

2004 – Indy supercross winner









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Daytona Supercross By Honda By The Numbers

Daytona Supercross By Honda By The Numbers

Courtesy of DIS Public Relations





DAYTONA BEACH FL – The high-flying, two-wheel action of supercross
under the lights returns to Daytona International Speedway for the
Daytona Supercross by Honda on Friday, March 10. The best dirt riders
in the country including Ricky Carmichael, Chad Reed and James Stewart
visit the “World Center of Racing” to take on one of the toughest
courses on the circuit.



The 65th Daytona 200 By Honda, scheduled for Saturday, March 11 at
historic Daytona International Speedway, will feature the Formula
Xtreme Series from the American Motorcycle Association (AMA) in a
68-lap event on the Speedway’s redesigned 2.95-mile road course.



Following are some interesting numbers about the Daytona Supercross by Honda dirt course being built by DIRT WURX USA:



30+ Years of experience Rich Winkler, DIRT WURX USA founder and former
AMA professional rider has in Motocross racing, Motocross and
Supercross event production and racetrack design and construction



65 – Jumps on the track



160 – Number of dump trucks of dirt to build the course which is located on the infield tri-oval



180 – Number of man-hours to build the course



600 – Number of 2 x 9 Styrofoam blocks which will be used for safety along the course



3,520 – Tons of dirt to build the track



80,000 – Square feet of plastic to protect the course from the elements until next week’s event



For information and tickets for the Daytona Supercross by Honda and the 65th Daytona 200 by Honda, visit http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP.



Daytona International Speedway

1801 W. International Speedway Blvd.

Daytona Beach FL 32114

phone 386.947.6782







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