AMA National Motocross Photos, commentary by Stewart & Townley

Press the play button below to listen to James Stewart, and then Ben Townley:

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James Stewart comments on his double race victory from Round 1 of AMA National Motocross, and Ben Townley talks about his day as well.

Below you’ll see tons of photos: The first four photos are of Jason Lawrence, including him getting the holeshot in moto 1 and going on to the moto win. The next two photos are of second overall and defending National Motocross Lites Champion Ryan Villopoto 1. Next is Trey Canard 48, Jason Lawrence 338, Ryan Villopoto thru the sand, overall Motocross Lites winner Austin Stroupe 51, Jason Lawrence, and Ryan Dungey 28 thru the same sand turn, Lawrence showing nice form thru a corner, my three new best friends (especially the girl with the auburn hair!), 4 photos of the Motocross Lites podium with Stroupe, Villopoto, and Lawrence. Ben Townley 101 on the Honda. Michael Byrne 26 on the Suzuki. James Stewart 7, Mike Alessi 800 taking a ‘tear-off’ off of his googles, Davi Millsaps 118, James Stewart 7 jumping, Mike Alessi jumping, Davi Millsaps jumping, Stewart 7 thru a sand corner, Tim Ferry 15, Josh Summey 24, James Stewart on the 450 podium – photo says it all! Mike Alessi 800 with race technician Mike Gosselaar, Michael Byrne 26, Trey Canard 48 thru sand corner, Tim Ferry 15, Nico Izzi 341, defending National Motocross Champion Grant Langston could not ride … but his championship bike was in the pits, Andrew McFarlane and Ryan Villopoto checking out the start area, Brett Metcalfe 123 waiting to head out for first practice, Brett thru a sand corner, and then practicing starts, Davi Millsaps 118 with a nice roost, Davi talking with his race technician. How did my three best friends get their photo in here again? James Stewart out front and leading. Supercross Champion Chad Reed was there to watch the action, James Stewart talking with Broc Glover, three photos of Stewart, including a one hander as he clears a ‘tear-off’ from his googles, Austin Stroupe 51 and Ryan Villopoto on the gate for the first 250 Motocross Lites race, two more photos of Stroupe, Metcalfe 123 leading Stroupe 51 in the first moto, Stroupe 51 leading Dungey 28 in the first moto, Ryan Villopoto practicing starts, Ivan Tedesco 9, Ben Townley 101 looking good in the first moto, pulled over in the second moto. Mike Alessi 800 cornering, East Supercross Champ Trey Canard 48, Ryan Dungey 28, Tim Ferry doing a nice roost in a right hand corner, Jason Lawrence leading first moto, Matt Lemoine 52 in sand, two photos of Andrew Short 29, four photos of Ryan Villopoto 1, DV 12 – David Vuillemin 12, Jake Weimer 30 went ‘old school’ – very nice! And Weimer leads Villopoto in the first moto.

To see the results from Round 1, you can visit this link.

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Kawasaki Renews As ‘Presenting Sponsor’ of WMA Nationals

The Women’s Motocross Association (WMA) announced that Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) has renewed its position as the presenting sponsor of the AMA/WMA Women’s National Motocross Championship series for 2008. The six-race championship events get underway beginning this weekend (May 31 and June 1) at the famous Hangtown Classic course near Sacramento CA.

This sponsorship represents the third consecutive season that the Irvine CA based motorcycle marketer has been the presenting sponsor. The company will also be supporting several WMA professional racers as they pursue the 2008 championship title. Among the riders receiving KMC support are Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green’s Elizabeth Bash (#33), Meika Cornelius (#905), and Tatum Silk (#224).

Jan Plessner, KMC’s public relations manager, said, “Kawasaki has been a longtime supporter of women in motorcycling, and we are committed to seeing those who have the talent to race professionally are given the opportunity to achieve their goals. And since a growing number of our customers are women who love all types of off-road riding, the WMA series is a great way to keep up with the best of the best. It’s so inspirational too.”

The AMA Hangtown Classic event this weekend–which has been a stalwart on the men’s circuit for decades–will feature a WMA moto on the prime Sunday schedule.

SPEED Channel will produce a television highlights package featuring WMA Pro Racing that will be shown as part of its motocross coverage. The initial feature will be included in Speed’s Motocross Lites show, June 15, at 5:00 p.m. EDT.

Additional support for the 2008 WMA Championship series is provided by Honda Riders Club of America, Dunlop Tires, Alpinestars, the Original Pink Box, Thor MX Gear, Drill Tech Drilling and Shoring, Team Powermadd, Polisport, and ZLT Racing.

For additional information on WMA, please visit www.wmaracing.com


The First National Motocross of the year has come & gone …

The First National Motocross of the year has come & gone …

And I had a blast!

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My race weekend started off on Saturday. Saturday everyone arrives at the track early, gets their credentials and working passes, and just gets accustomed to a new series and surroundings. I got to Glen Helen around 10 am.




My first surprise – parking at a National Motocross is a bit different that parking at a supercross! I had to do a little ‘off-roading’ in my car, driving thru dirt, holes, bushes … and ended up parking on a hill at about a 45 degree angle!




Next surprise – it’s then about a 3/4 mile walk to the track. Always good when you are toting around computers and cameras and equipment : )




So, I went to the ‘big white tent’ (NPG Will Call) to pick up my new credential. The people there were very helpful and I was ready to head to the track.




(One caveat though … for some co-worker of mine at Supercross.com – who ever sent NPG the goofy picture of me that is now printed on my credential for the entire year – you should be fired! That’s not funny! If I find out who it was, you are in BIG trouble!)




After walking into the pits, I went around to say hello to a few familiar faces, and to ask around about the health conditions of some riders that have been out with injury. It was good to see James Stewart back and 100%. Grant Langston (the defending National Motocross champion) is still out unfortunately (broken collarbone). Mike Alessi is back and 100%. Josh Grant and Ryan Morais still haven’t gotten clearance from their doctors to get back on their race bikes yet.




Monster had a neat new viewing area that they debuted for the first time this weekend. It was multiple stories in height, the bottom story was a dark cool lounge area, and the top floor was an open area with tables and shade for you to watch the action on the track. In my opinion, it was the best place to watch from!




Once Saturday practice sessions were over, we saw Jason Lawrence with the fastest 250 Lites lap time, and James Stewart with the fastest 450 Motocross lap time. And they both seemed to be having a lot of fun doing it!




Sunday I got to the track around 9am, and the line to get into the track area was crazy! The line was about 1 mile of backed up cars. I had to park even farther from the track, even arriving 4 hours before the first race! And yes, I had to do more ‘off-roading’ in my car – I think I got up to about 50mph, hit a huge bump, and lost control a little bit … but just a touch more throttle and I roosted my car right into a perfect parking spot! However, the parking security crew was not to happy with my driving skills … and issued me a very stern warning: “That was awesome! We wish everyone would park their cars that quickly!”




Now I began the long walk to the track … but it didn’t bother me, it just made my more excited for the day to get started!




Opening ceremonies began at 12:30. First moto went off at 1pm … and Jason Lawrence completely dominated it! I think a lot people were a bit surprised at that – as they thought of him more as a ‘supercross’ specialist compared to being strong outdoors. He did however finish 5th in the second moto, and you could tell he was hurting. When asked about it after the race he said he was having stomach problems from eating a little bit too much. (I don’t think he will let that happen next weekend!)




The 250 Lites guys put on the best racing action of the day. There were a lot of battles among second, third, fourth and fifth. Austin Strouple won the overall, with Ryan Villopoto second, and J-Law third overall.



To see all the results and photos from Glen Helen – please visit this link.




The 450 class – it was great to see James Stewart out on the track again, and dominating. And he said he was having a lot of fun too! Mike Alessi – super strong in both motos too. The 450’s though were not as much fun to watch as far as racing ‘action’ compared to the LItes. Don’t get me wrong though! There just wasn’t a whole lot of racing action to watch near the front. The top guys in the 450 class – they were just flying – super fast! Davi Millsaps finished third in each moto behind Stewart and Alessi, and commented afterwards with his great, dry sense of humor “James is fast. What else is new? : ) I just couldn’t catch them today. I just came out of a long Supercross season, but I’m heading home tomorrow to start working on my cornering speed and more.”

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Between seeing a lot of old friends, BBQing, and a great start to the 2008 AMA National Motocross Series, I couldn’t have thought of a better way to spend my weekend!





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p.s. Next weekend I’ll be at my sister’s graduation, and the following weekend I’ll be at the French Motocross Grand Prix, where I do my TV gig. And I will find out who sent that funny photo of me …. and there will be consequences! I’ll keep you updated!

 


AMA Motocross Round 1 – Glen Helen – May 25, 2008

It’s the start of a brand-new season! AMA Motocross 2008!

The 250cc Lites class will have all the guys from East and West battling for the first time all year! 12 rounds, 24 motos – who’s going to emerge champion? You’ve got a lot of fast guys going for it – Villopoto, Canard, Lawrence, Stroupe, Dungey and more.

The 450 class is stacked: James Stewart, Ivan Tedesco, Ben Townley, Mike Alessi are all back from supercross lay-offs. Andrew Short, Davi Millsaps, and Josh Hill are hungry for their first title and can win in the 450 Motocross class. Tim Ferry is fit and ready to go.

Our predictions? We think … we think it’s going to be very unpredictable with lots of different winners and surprises all season long! Be there!

450 Motocross Results
1. James Stewart 1/1 KAW
2. Mike Alessi 2/2 SUZ
3. Davi Millsaps 3/3 HON
4. Tim Ferry 4/4 KAW
5. Ivan Tedesco 7/5 HON
6. M. Byrne 9/7 KAW
7. Scott Hamblin 8/8 HON
8. C. Cooper 14/6 SUZ
9. Nick Wey 10/10 KTM
10. J. Alessi 13/9 HON
11. A. Balbi 12/11 HON
12. S. Boniface 11/12 HON
13. Andrew Short 5/36 HON
14. Ben Townley 6/32 HON
15. B. Bonds 15/17 KAW
16. J. Browne 26/13 SUZ
17. D. Vuillemin 16/18 SUZ
18. J Summey 35/14 YAM
19. Josh Hill 34/15 YAM
20. K. Summers 22/16 KTM
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250 Lites Results
1. Austin Stroupe 2/3 KAW
2. Ryan Villopoto 5/1 KAW
3. Jason Lawrence 1/5 YAM
4. Ryan Dungey 4/2 SUZ
5. Brett Metcalfe 3/4 KAW
6. Jake Weimer 7/7 HON
7. M. Lemoine 6/9 YAM
8. Trey Cannard 14/6 HON
9. Cunningham 10/11 HON
10. T. Hahn 15/12 KAW
11. A. McFarlane 12/16 KAW
12. B. Tickle 21/8 YAM
13. Nico Izzi 8/37 SUZ
14. B. Jesseman 9/24 KAW
15. J. Moss 22/10 YAM
16. J. Brayton 17/15 KTM
17. Dan Reardon 11/23 HON
18. Matt Goerke 28/13 KTM
19. K. Chisholm 13/34 KAW
20. Wil Hahn 23/14 YAM
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Glen Helen Raceway – The Actual Race!

Saturday practice saw cold and cloudy conditions, but the track was perfect! Nice loamy, sandy, heavy soil, with big hills.

Jason Lawrence had the fastest lap time in the 250 Lites class, and James Stewart had the fastest lap times in the 450 Motocross class.

Sunday – the weather was the same – cloudy and overcast, and again, the track was perfect!

250 class: Austin Stroupe – overall winner. He rode fast and consistent both motos. He finished second and third to secure the overall. The top three in each class received special guitars as their trophies.

Ryan Villopoto, the defending National Champion finished – second overall. In the first moto, he finished fifth, but came back to win the second moto.

Jason Lawrence – third overall. Jason won the first moto, and looked great doing it. Some questioned his conditioning for the longer outdoor motos, but he smoked ’em in the first moto! In the second moto, he scored fifth, and said afterwards that he ate a bit too much between motos, and was having stomach cramps.

Ryan Dungey and Brett Metcalfe scored fourth and fifth overall, and as you can see by the point standings, all the top guys are very close after this first round of 2008.

The 450 class – James Stewart overall winner. James has been out of action since January. But he was the best rider on the track today – easily. He dominated both of his races, coming away with the maximum 50 points.

Second overall – Mike Alessi. Mike returned to racing after a layoff as well. He finished second in both motos, and looked as good as he’s ever looked on a big bike. He said afterwards he’s been working very hard, and intends to charge 100% each moto till the finish. Well done.

Third overall went to Davi Millsaps – he scored third in both motos. Tim Ferry scored fourth overall with two fourth place finishes.

Ben Townley made his return to racing, and his first race for Honda Red Bull Racing. He finished sixth in the first moto, and was looking good in the second moto, until a bike problem forced him to walk back to the pits.

The photos you can click on below are: Austin Stroupe and Ryan Villopoto on starting line, Josh Summey 24, 250 podium, Mike Alessi before first moto, Trey Canard, Josh Hill, Jason Lawrence 338 two times, Brett Metcalfe 123, Davi Millsaps 118 nice jump, Davi Millsaps nice roost, Millsaps on gate, my three new best friends, James Stewart 7 cornering, James Stewart 7 jumping, James Stewart happy to be back, James Stewart heading into a corner, James Stewart again, Austin Stroupe 51, Stroupe with his first place 250 guitar trophy on podium, Ben Townley checking out the 250 Lites race, Mike Alessi 800, Michael Byrne 26, Trey Canard 48, Ryan Dungey 28, Tim Ferry with a big roost, Jason Lawrence 338, Daniel Reardon 122, Andrew Short 29 practicing start, Ivan Tedesco 9, Ben Townley 101, Ryan Villopoto 1 three times, and Ryan Villopoto’s bike.

Click here to read Amanda’s blog about the Glen Helen Motocross.

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Click here to view a Preview Feature on the 2008 AMA National Motocross Championships.


The National Motocross series is almost here!

The National Motocross series is almost here!

Is it really time for the Nationals to begin? This year has gone by so fast!!

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The first race of the outdoor Nationals is one day away! Can you believe it? I can’t. It seems like just yesterday that we were doing the 80’s Flashback at the Anaheim 2 Supercross!

This first round of the Nationals is being held at Glen Helen Raceway, which is less then an hour drive from my home. Yessssss! No long plane flights this weekend!

One thing that’s different this year – Glen Helen is the opening round. The past few years, it’s been the final round of the series.

So, its a new season, and everyone starts with zero points. A Clean Slate! Everyone seems rejuvenated and pumped up. James Stewert is back after missing most of the supercross season, and I’m looking forward to seeing his condition, if he’s 100%, and ready to win! Also, what makes outdoor motocross even more exciting is that all the 250 Lites guys are in the same class. It’s always neat to finally see west coast guys race the east coast guys and see who is really the best. Jason Lawrence (West Coast Supercross Champ), Trey Canard (East Coast Supercross Champ), Ryan Villopoto (defending National Champion), Ryan Dungey … and so many other fast guys …. who’s going to be fastest and most consistent and …. champion at the end of August???

The weather is going to be interesting this weekend too. It’s usually very hot this time of the year here. But yesterday we had some ‘breaking news’ – flash floods, hail, and even a small tornado! It’s even raining right now (Friday afternoon) as I type this!

 
 
 
Will this years first round be a mud race? Time will tell!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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p.s. Stay tuned for one of my upcoming blogs soon – it will be video from MotoBowl!

 


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