MX ADVENTURES: High Point 2009, 250 Motocross class

MX ADVENTURES: High Point 2009, 250 Motocross class

I love a great adventure, and motocross racing can really take you on some amazing journeys. The traveling, hotels, restaurants, rental cars, the race track, the friends … and then you have your online, printed mapped directions to guide you to your destination!

However, that’s not always the case! Watch out! Some of those online maps can lead you to a quiet road in the middle of some amazing place … but the hotel you planned on seeing might not be there! (Note to self and y’all – always call ahead and verify the directions!)

After a nice scenic view of the local area, I was ready to find my hotel and catch up on some grub, lost sleep, the Lakers … and get ready for the weekends race!

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Round 4 of the AMA Lucas Oil Motocross Nationals took place in the great state of Pennsylvania. Nestled in a grassy patch of land called Mount Morris – the area is truly beautiful. The road to get to the race track was very small and it seemed as if I was driving into the back lots of some homes, but the road continued to wind and weave and I saw more homes with large porches and rocking chairs – just like something out of a Norman Rockwell painting.

All my driving was finally rewarded as the scenery opened up to hillsides of big grassy hills and meadows, and in the distance I could see High Point Raceway.

Deep in the tree lined cities of Pennsylvania, in a little town called Mount Morris, this hidden oasis was alive and thriving with people ready for motocross, and I was ready to check out this sweet track. The ‘weatherman’ talked about possible rain and thunderstorms, which meant we might see some mud racing …. but it certainly didn’t seem the case as I walked the track.

Both 250 Moto’s were high intensity and all the action was easy to see from a variety of viewpoints. Moto 1 was led by Christophe Pourcel – from holeshot to the checkered flag; you would never guess that this guy’s been struggling with abdominal pains the past few weeks.

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Trey Canard started Moto 1 in ninth place, but quickly made up time and moved his way up to second place by lap seven. Making passes on guys and keeping the gas on, Trey did pull the fastest lap time of the moto, but it was no match for the leader, who had a nice gap over the rest of the field.

Another racer with a challenge in Moto one was Ryan Dungey. He started back in 13th place and was forced to battle through some tough situations, but dug deep and made some significant passes to finish third in the moto.

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Starting off in fourth and finishing Moto1 in fourth counts as a good race to me, but I am sure Tommy Searle is getting eager for a podium finish. Tommy definitely looked comfortable out on the track, and his effort appeared seamless when he was racing especially up and down the steep grades of the race track.

Those last few spots in the top 20 of any moto are especially hard fought and the guys who gut it out and race like it’s for first place are the heart of motocross. Everyone’s been there one time or another, mid-pack in a class of 40 participants, determined to prove your abilities and skills. Example: #144 Alex Martin battle to 17th place; 475 Kyle Regal of Kemp, Texas followed right behind in 18th, #24 Brett Metcalfe was 19th and the 719 of Vince Freise was 20th.

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One of the most important pieces of protection in motocross riding and racing are your goggles – imagine all that roost from the other bikes shooting in your face! Just ask Ryan Clark – ouch!

After an hour break, the 250 riders returned to the gate for Moto 2, and I took my place on a grassy area of Mount Morris. Soon, a barrage of riders fly past me, flinging dirt high in the air, while the extreme sounds of 40 dirt bikes create an impressive earth shaking rattle for me and my camera lenses!

It was Trey Canard who had the lead and his biggest competitors were in his roost, one of which was the guy in 2nd place, Christophe Pourcel.. Each lap it was the same, Trey and Christophe both rode with great speed and agility with Trey leading the race and Christophe right there in second, patiently waiting to make his move.

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After an impressive 13 laps in first and with only two laps left to go, Trey’s charge for the win took a radical turn in a split-second mistake – Trey flying over his handlebars pounding straight to the ground. Trey didn’t make it back into the race, but he did get up and make his way to the medic unit to get his injured arm examined. (Broken!)

It was then with nearly two laps to the checkered flag that Christophe Pourcel would benefit from Trey’s unfortunate crash. Of course, Christophe had Ryan Dungey just a few bike lengths behind him, so those last few laps around Pourcel really had to stay focused to the finish – and that’s just what he did. Christophe cruised to another first place finish to take the overall 250 win with a 1-1 sweep, and he not only won the purse money, but also the money for Round 1 of Monster Energy Triple Crown.

Ryan Dungey was quick to battle for a place on the podium. Ryan spent most of the race in a strong third place but with that hard crash by the leader, Ryan quickly turned a third into second, giving him second overall for the day. Unfortunately Ryan Dungey would now loose his point’s leads and red background number plate to the day’s winner.

Justin Barcia was back to earning points at Mount Morris – he rode smooth and looked like he was back in his element even though he lost two positions to Tommy Searle and Ryan Dungey at the end. Finishing the day sixth overall is a step in the right direction though!

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One rider on the gas, moving and passing guys left and right was Blake Wharton. He started lap one mid-pack, but made strong and strategic passes on each lap, and in the last few laps of the race he maneuvered past Broc Tickle, Darryn Durham, and Brett Metcalfe for a 6th place finish; not a podium finish, but definitely nice.

Tommy Searle finally got the grand views from the podium at High Point Raceway via his third overall finish. It looks as if Tommy is finding his footing in the AMA Motocross Nationals, and we are bound to see more as he learns his way around the series.

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Fourth overall on the day, South African Tyla Rattray. Tyla rode two strong races; Moto one fifth, Moto two fourth.

Matt Lemoine has his best weekend yet in the series. Moto one Matt finished strong in seventh place, but in Moto two Lemoine had to dig deep after getting a bad start – 26th, and moving up to 11th by the checkered flag. Matt Lemoine finished 8th overall at High Point.

Round 4 of the Motocross Nationals was a great day of racing; the crowd was awesome, the track was great, and thankfully we didn’t have any rain. Sweet!

And the big winner on the day in the 250 class at the AMA National Motocross at High Point – Christophe Pourcel!

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You can view Christophe’s rider profile on here

To see all the results, points, and photos from the AMA Motocross round in Mt. Morris, you can visit this link

Round 9 – FIM World Motocross – Germany – June 21, 2009

Round 9 – FIM World Motocross – Germany – June 21, 2009

Antonio Cairoli victorious in Germany! Extends World Motocross Championship points lead! ‘Hometown’ hero Ken Roczen, only 15 years old take MX2 Grand Prix overall victory! Includes video highlights!

MX1 Results
1. A Cairoli 2/1 YAM
2. Max Nagl 1/3 KTM
3. K de Dycker 7/2 SUZ
4. D Philippaerts 4/4 YAM
5. Josh Coppins 3/5 YAM
6. Clem Desalle HON
7. Tanel Leok YAM
8. Mickael Pichon HON
9. Aigar Leok TM
10. D Vuillemin KAW
11. M. Priem APR
12. J. Bill APR
13. L Leonce APR
14. Tom Church CCM
15. G Aranda KAW
MX1 Points

Antonio Cairoli 338
D Philippaerts 297
Max Nagl 293
Josh Coppins 274
Clem Desalle 268
K de Dycker 264
Tanel Leok 252
J Barragan 215
A Leok 139
D Vuillemin 137
G Swanepoel 130
B Mackenzie 103
Steve Ramon 100
M. Priem 95
G Aranda 91
MX2 Results
1. Ken Roczen 2/2 SUZ
2. S Frossard 1/5 KAW
3. M Musquin 6/1 KTM
4. Gautier Paulin 5/3 KAW
5. R Goncalves 7/4 KTM
6. D Guarneri YAM
7. Nic Aubin YAM
8. M. Schiffer KTM
9. X. Boog SUZ
10. J v Horebeek KTM
11. M Monni YAM
12. J. Nicholls KTM
13. D Verbruggen HON
14. A Boissiere
15. Petr Smitka KTM
MX2 Points

Marvin Musquin 324
Gautier Paulin 286
Davide Guarneri 264
R Goncalves 254
S Frossard 246
X Boog 197
Nic Aubin 187
Ken Roczen 164
M Monni 153
J v Horebeek 147
Joel Roelants 116
A Boissiere 115
L Larrieu 115
M. Schiffer 113
A Tonus 108

Teutschenthal – Talkessel Circuit

It’s the German Grand Prix of Motocross! And the MX1 win belongs to the World Motocross Championship points leader – Mr. Tony Cairoli!

Max Nagl is the ‘hometown’ favorite here in Germany, and he rode strong after an early season wrist injury – he finished second overall today. And Suzuki’s Ken de Dycker has regained his form as well, finishing third overall. will have Tony Cairoli’s own words about the race coming tomorrow in his column.

In MX2, another ‘hometown’ favorite has got to be Ken Roczen. Surprisingly, it’s been reported that Ken is only 15 years old! And his first MX2 Motocross Grand Prix was a few days after he turned 15 years of age – the GP of Portugal earlier this season. Ken won the MX2 Motocross Grand Prix of Germany today! He is the youngest winner ever of a Motocross Grand Prix! And Marvin Musquin maintains his championship points lead as the series head to it’s next event – the Latvian Grand Prix of Motocross – next weekend!

Ken Roczen said “I don’t know what to say; this is amazing for me. After my first two GPs I saw that the podium was possible. I always do my best and I hoped for a podium here, with a bit of luck, but didn’t expect the win. Musquin was going fast but I thought I could pass him. Towards the end I knew that second place would give the overall so I rode safe. All the attention has come quickly and it isn’t always easy to give people what they want but I try to do what I can!”

Images courtesy Youthstream, Suzuki, MXLarge, and others

Video News Highlights of the Motocross Grand Prix of Germany, courtesy Youthstream

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FIM Women’s World Motocross 2009 – Round 5 – Germany

FIM Women’s World Motocross 2009 – Round 5 – Germany

Stephanie Laier takes win in FIM Women’s German Grand Prix of Motocross … also takes over World Championship points lead! Includes video highlights!

FIM Women’s World Results
1. Steph Laier 1/1 KTM
2. Larissa Papenmeier 2/3 SUZ
3. Maria Franke 4/3 KAW
4. Nathalie Kane 3/4 SUZ
5. Marielle De Mol 8/5 YAM
6. Marianne Veenstra 6/7 SUZ
7. Elin Mann 5/8 KTM
8. Anne Borchers 14/6 SUZ
9. Chiara Fontanese 11/9 YAM
10. Francesca Nocera 10/11 KTM
FIM Women’s World Points

Stephanie Laier 211
Larissa Papenmeier 190
Livia Lancelot 185
Maria Franke 179
Elin Mann 157
Nathalie Kane 154
Marianne Veenstra 140
Marielle De Mol 115
Elien De Winter 108
N van Wordragen 90

Teutschenthal – Talkessel Circuit

It’s the German Grand Prix of Motocross! And it was all Stephanie Laier, as she swept both motos in her ‘home’ Grand Prix, and has also moved in the Women’s World Motocrosss Championship points lead!

Notes: Women’s World Motocross Champion, and points leader coming into the German round, Livia Lancelot had a horrible weekend. She dislocated her shoulder in the first moto, and it out for an indefinite period of time. American Sarah Whitmore finished 11th overall today.

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Images courtesy Youthstream, Suzuki, MXLarge, and others. Video News Highlights of the Motocross Grand Prix of Germany, courtesy Youthstream

Supercross Champion James Stewart’s Red Bull Fan Ride Day

VIDEO: AMA / FIM Supercross Series Champion James Stewart, along with one of his big sponsors Red Bull Energy drink, put on a very special Ride Day in Riverside, California at Milestone Motocross.

What was special about it? Anyone could ride with James! And there were thousands on people on hand!

James took time to ride with kids, sign autographs, pose for photos, and …. he rode a Yamaha YZ 250 two-stroke!

Below here in the short little video we made from the day today.

And if you’d like to see James Stewart’s Rider Profile on, you can visit this ilnk!

And if you’d like to follow major updates via Twitter, you can use this link

Bravo to James and Red Bull!

2013 Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations – Germany!

2013 Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations – Germany!

TEUTSCHENTHAL (GERMANY), 20 June 2009 – During the 2009 FIM Motocross Grand Prix of Germany, round nine of 15 in the FIM Motocross World Championship, series promoter Youthstream and the German GP organizer MSC Teutschenthal renewed their cooperation, which will bring the Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations to Teutschenthal, Germany in 2013.

Having been among the best World Championship organizers for many years courtesy of its professionalism, passion and commitment, MSC Teutschenthal is set to continue its valuable partnership with Youthstream until 2015 concerning the organization of the popular Motocross Grand Prix of Germany.

Other news is that Youthstream and MSC Teutschenthal reached an agreement to organize the Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations in Teutschenthal’s Talkessel race track in 2013, with the event set to make its return to Germany after its latest appearance in Gaildorf in 1989 – for this occasion MSC Teutschenthal will run the Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations only.

Youthstream President Giuseppe Luongo said: “This is a great day for Motocross because it is absolutely fantastic having the Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations in Germany, the Moto Club Teutschenthal really deserves it. The Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations returns to Germany after 24 years! And this prestigious venue is one of the columns which helps keep the FIM Motocross World Championship strong. We are also delighted to be renewing the MXGP contract until 2015, showing the solidity of the partnership between Youthstream and the MSC Teutschenthal. We hope the political authorities and the ADAC continue supporting MSC Teutschenthal and this prestigious event, with the possibility of doing more than they already do. Fans around the world need to know the MXGP is in Teutschenthal every year in June and the Red Bull FIM MXoN is in Teutschenthal in September 2013.”

FIM/CMS President Dr. Wolfgang Srb continued: “I am very happy that the FIM Motocross World Championship will be organised for many more years on the traditional circuit “Talkessel” in Teutschenthal. The club “MSC Teutschenthal” has a great record of organising top-class events for many years. Joachim Jahnke and Andreas Kosbahn, together with so many members of the club, guarantee the high quality of the organization. I am also absolutely delighted that the most important Motocross event in the world, the Red Bull FIM Motocross of Nations, will be staged in 2013 in Teutschenthal. Congratulations to all who negotiated this important deal!”

MSC Teutschenthal’s Chairman Joachim Jahnke ended: “We are very happy that we can continue the long time successful partnership with Youthstream and the FIM. With this new contract, we make sure that German Motocross will have a home here in Teutschenthal, the heart of German Motocross, also in the future.”

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