Motocross star Ronnie Renner to attempt to break ‘highest air’ world record at Red Bull High Rise, S

Motocross star Ronnie Renner to attempt to break ‘highest air’ world record at Red Bull High Rise, S

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Chicago’s renowned skyscrapers will share the sky with motocross superstar Ronnie Renner on Saturday, July 25. The Windy City will watch as Renner attempts to break his own Guinness World Record for the highest air ever attained on a motorcycle at Red Bull High Rise. He will go sky-high at Butler Field prior to Chicago’s annual Venetian Night, adding a new spin to an old tradition.

Renner is a respected freestyle motocross veteran whose credentials include a gold medal in Step-Up at the 2007 Summer X Games and the Step-Up world record. He set his original quarterpipe big air world record by jumping an amazing 59 feet, 2 inches in July, 2008. In 2009, he will attempt to beat this record by launching sky-high onto a massive custom-built steel landing ramp measuring 64 feet wide and 30 feet tall.

Why Chicago? Why not? “While I was thrilled with being able to set the initial world record last year, I know I can push myself to achieve a better height, and Chicago is one of the best places to be in the summer” said Renner. “Plus it added another component to my training regimen – I need to train my stomach to prepare for Chicago cuisine; especially the deep dish pizza!”

Renner has been training at the exclusive Red Bull Compound in Southern California in preparation for his big night on a modular quarterpipe built specifically for him. The Compound is a one-of-a-kind training facility that Red Bull provides its athletes to equip them with the support they need in order to achieve their wildest dreams.

(to see video of the Red Bull Training compound, you can visit this link)

Welcome to the world of Red Bull: Renner’s jump completes yet another amazing chapter of world-firsts, following the record-shattering performances of fellow motocross sensation Robbie Maddison and BMX star Kevin Robinson. Maddison jumped the length of a football field in front of thousands on New Year’s Eve 2007, clearing 322 feet in Las Vegas. Last June, Robinson soared 27 feet above the lip of a huge quarterpipe (54 feet above the ground) in New York’s Central Park to set the BMX big air world record.

Venetian Night: Presented by the City of Chicago, the 52nd Annual Venetian Night is expected to draw more than half a million people to the lakefront. In addition to Renner’s world record attempt, the evening kicks off at 7:45 pm with the Chicago Fire Department’s Air/Sea Rescue re-enactment. Immediately following at 8:15 pm the boat parade begins, culminating with a spectacular fireworks display at 9:00 pm People of all ages begin to stake out spots along the lakefront in the early morning to ensure a good view of this popular event. Admission to the event is free.

Red Bull High Rise is free and open to the public. Renner’s world record attempts will take place from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at Butler Field. Parking is limited – it is recommended to walk, bike, or the CTA. For CTA information, visit or call 1-888-YOUR-CTA.

For more information about the event, visit

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Tony Cairoli, Motocross World Championship points leader, talks about his MXGP win!

Tony Cairoli, Motocross World Championship points leader, talks about his MXGP win!

Tony Cairoli is the former MX2 World Motocross Champion, and currently leading the MX1 World Motocross Series. Tony is from Italy, and rides for Yamaha Red Bull De Carli, number 222. Below are Tony’s own words after his MXGP victory in Latvia, to extend his points lead in attempting to become the 2009 MX1 World Motocross Champion!

You can access a lot more ‘Tony’ too!

There is the ‘Tony Cairoli Official FaceBook Club‘,

and Tony’s own website

Motocross Grand Prix, Kegums, Latvia

This weekend we had to make our first trip to Latvia. We flew to Riga on Friday, and arrived at the track around 1pm in the afternoon.

The first thing I did when I arrived was to check out the track. I could see that there were a few good places to pass, so I was already happy! 🙂

Saturday I made some good lap-times, and my feelings about this new track were very good. In Saturday’s Qualification Heat I had a good start, but a few riders struggled a bit in the first corner, so I came out around tenth position. When I found my rhythm. I was able to make some good laps, and passed a few riders.

When I wanted to make a pass on Desalle, he kicked me off the track and I crashed!. I really didn’t expect he would do such a move on me, especially on Saturday.

But it happened and I crashed.

As I tried to catch back up a few places, I crashed again with a lapped rider – on the last lap! Two times I feel is not my mistake, but this is racing!

In the end, I was able to finish seventh in my qualification heat on Saturday.

On Sunday, in my first heat I had a pretty bad start … I came thru the first lap around 11th, knowing I had still a long way to go. We still had the entire heat to race! (35 minutes plus two laps). So, slowly I could make up some time and make some passes, and near the end of the heat I was in second position, behind Desalle.

I didn’t know if it was still possible to catch him, but I never gave up. I went for it, and on the last lap I was right at his back wheel and I tried to pass him before the finish, … but I came short by about one meter.

I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t pass him, but I also know I came away some good points for the championship, so I was OK with the second position.

In the second heat, I started in top ten, and I knew I had to hurry a bit and get going towards the front, because I didn’t want the same situation as the first heat. (Both in Germany with Max, and here with Desalle, in the first heats I arrived too late!)

I found some really nice lines, and every lap I was able to make up a lot of ground on the rest of the riders, so I was able to make my way to the front – I passed Desalle for the lead, and eventually won the second heat!

My finishes of second and first made me the winner of the GP in Latvia! I was really happy, winning here on this track, the very first time we have raced here.

I will be traveling from Latvia to Sweden this week, but before that, we are going to race a small race in the backyard of my teammate Tanel Leok, who will organise a friendly race on Tuesday.

It was a nice weekend, a nice track, a great event, and the crowd was great!

Thanks! See you next week! (for the Swedish Grand Prix of Motocross)

Tony 222

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Don’t forget, you can access more ‘Tony’!

There is the ‘
Tony Cairoli Official FaceBook Club

Tony’s own website

And has a Rider Profile on Tony as well here

Broc Hepler out for motocross season due to injuries suffered at Las Vegas Supercross

Broc Hepler out for motocross season due to injuries suffered at Las Vegas Supercross

During practice at the Supercross Finale in Las Vegas, Yamaha Factory 450 Rider Broc Hepler sustained a head injury when one of his competitors suffered a mechanical failure and ran into him after a long, fast straight away. At that time, the extent of the head injury was unknown. After careful consideration by both Broc’s doctors and Yamaha personnel, it has been decided that rather then rush his recovery to return for a few AMA Outdoor Nationals, Broc will instead use that time for additional healing.

“I’m not 100% OK yet, so I haven’t been training or riding and with it already this late into the season it’s pretty pointless to try and make a comeback since I’m already so far behind the eight ball. With my past experiences regarding concussions I know they are very serious and I want to take plenty of time coming back so that I don’t have any long term repercussions” said Broc Hepler.

“It is really hard to watch a rider of Broc Hepler’s talent and work ethic struggle with this injury. We fully respect and understand Broc’s desire to take the necessary precautions to return to 100%” said Racing Team Manager Jim Perry.

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Memorable Bar-to-Bar AMA Women’s Motocross Class Action from Freestone on Versus Network, Wednesday,

Last week, viewers of the Women’s Motocross Class of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship on Versus saw Jessica Patterson stake her claim as a title threat to Ashley Fiolek. Tomorrow, the two rivals engage in battle once again on the Versus Network at 6 pm ET.

Despite missing out on the second moto, Honda Red Bull Racing’s Fiolek still captured the overall and took the momentum into Texas. Patterson proved she can run with her factory-supported counterpart and the two provide one of the most memorable finishes in Women’s Motocross history at Freestone Raceway.

Lucas Oil TV hosts Jim Holthus and Dave Arnold will handle the play-by-play while Keli Snyder provides all the breaking news trackside.

To see the results from all the women’s AMA races, you’ll want to visit this link:

Super X to take Supercross to a whole new level in 2009

Super X to take Supercross to a whole new level in 2009

Super X to take Supercross to a whole new level in 2009

In 2008 the sport of Supercross received a massive shake up with the introduction of Super X, the new Australasian Supercross Championship. A total of 90,000 people packed stadiums across Australia to see the races live and an incredible four million viewers watched the series live on television.

Australia has never seen a Supercross series like it with a combination of exciting new race formats, full sized US tracks, international Supercross legends including dual Australian world champion Chad Reed, and live television coverage of every round, which is a first for any Supercross series in the world.

Huge outdoor venues were packed to capacity and culminated in a crowd of 20,000 people at QSAC in Brisbane for the series decider.


In 2009 Super X will be back bigger and better with more new race formats, the greatest ever Supercross rider, Jeremy McGrath, competing at several rounds, Australian world Supercross champion, Chad Reed, back to defend his title and amazing new venues including a race in New Zealand.

The New Zealand Open of Supercross will see the best riders from Australia and New Zealand, including two time World Supercross and defending Super X champion Chad Reed, battle it out in the all important penultimate round of the championship.

NZ Supercross star, and greatest supercross rider ever, Ben Townley is confirmed to take on Chad Reed, Australia’s dual world Supercross champion at the event.

Townley is one of New Zealand’s most successful Supercross and Motocross exports with 12 national titles and a number of top level achievements in Europe and America, including winning the MX2 FIM Motocross World championship and the 2007 AMA SX 250cc class East Coast Championship, which is part of the top Supercross competition in the world.

“I was so pumped when I heard Super X was coming to New Zealand” said Townley. “It is a world class event that has the Supercross community around the world talking. The tracks are on par with those in the US and its great NZ fans will get to experience the excitement and action that a huge Supercross event can deliver. Having a massive home crowd behind me is going to be amazing and it is what I will need to take the fight to Reed. This will be a New Zealand verse Australia battle and I can’t wait to go for it.”

Australian born Chad Reed is the most successful Supercross rider to ever come out of Australasia, and has not raced in New Zealand since becoming world champion for the first time in 2003. “I am really pumped for the Hamilton round of Super X and to race in NZ. It will be the biggest Supercross event the country has ever seen and I know fans will love it. There has never been a full US designed track built in NZ and Super X tracks are on par with anything I have ever raced on in the US” said Reed. “The NZ round will be a great opportunity for rival countries to go head to head at a world class event.”

In 2009 the most exciting and popular race formats will return to Super X as well as all new formats that will test riders and their differing strengths. There will also be an exciting and unique exhibition race to add to the entertainment for fans at every round. 

Survival, Triple Challenge, Quadruple Challenge, Round Robin and the Double Header will all feature as a final format in the Open class. This year the 250cc class will also race several events over the new formats.

The incredibly exciting survival format as the name suggests is an all-out battle for survival through four five lap races with a lung busting two minute rest in between. The bottom five are eliminated each time in this format, until only five are left to fight it out. This format made its worldwide debut in Parramatta last year and brought the crowd of 17,000 to their feet with the most cut-throat Supercross racing Australia has ever seen.

The Triple Challenge will see 20 riders fight it out in three separate races of six laps with points gained in each race that go toward their final tally for the round.

Four, five lap races make up the Quadruple challenge and the Round Robin format will consist of multiple races with the highest point scores reaching the final. The double Header consists of two, ten lap races.

The promoter of Super X, Michael Porra, said the different formats were a massive success in 2008 because they are much shorter and faster than the traditional 20 lap races, which resulted in closer racing with absolutely no room for error.

“The exciting new formats in Super X provide a way for every good rider to have a chance of winning on his day. This made for extremely competitive racing because every rider on the track believed they had a chance and went for it. This competitiveness will only get stronger every year, which is great news for Supercross fans.”

All of the Australian riders who competed last year will return to the championship in 2009 as well as more international and top Australian riders who compete in the US to be announced over the coming months.

Fox Sports will once again cover every race live and Network Ten will run a one hour highlights package the weekend after each round. Tracks will be custom designed and built for each venue by internationally renowned American track designer, Jason Baker, and will incorporate many new challenges for riders.

Rounds of Super X will extend into Asia in coming years and the series is scheduled to allow top riders from around the world to compete in the championship.

Tickets go on sale Monday June 29. For more information visit

  • October 17 – Tasmania – Aurora Stadium, Launceston
  • October 24 – Victoria – Skilled Stadium, Geelong
  • October 31 – Western Australia – Burswood Dome, Perth
  • November 7 – Canberra – Canberra Stadium
  • November 14 – New South Wales – Parramatta Stadium
  • November 21 – New Zealand – Waikato Stadium
  • December 5 – Queensland – QSAC stadium, Brisbane

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Action from 2008’s Australasian Supercross Series, with Chad Reed #22


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