Saturday Night Racing Returns to Thunder Valley Motocross

Thunder Valley Motocross Celebrates Five Years with World’s Only Professional Motocross Night Race

After last seasons history making night race, Thunder Valley Motocross returns for another nighttime running, hosting round five of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship. The nighttime race, along with an elevation of 6,100 feet makes the track one of the most unique venues on the circuit, and a true challenge for the world’s best riders.

Without the help of lighting giant Musco, the Toyota AMA Pro Motocross National would not be possible. Last season, a remarkable seven lighting trucks were strategically placed throughout the sprawling mountainside facility to provide the necessary luminosity for the 1 mile circuit layout. For 2009, track promoter David Clabaugh has enlisted the use of an additional pair of Musco trucks to ensure that every inch of the layout is properly lit, making for ideal racing conditions.

“Competition is of the utmost importance” explained Clabaugh. “I want to be sure that there are no gaps or dimly lit areas on any portion of this track. We are now using a total of nine Musco lighting truck and I feel very confident that come Saturday, June 27, this place will be bright and the racing will be outstanding.”

The track, which is known as a great venue for the fans, has dramatically improved the viewing areas, providing more comfortable accommodations on the hillside and bringing back the popular Jumbotrons that help fans see every bit of the on-track action. An extended VIP section will provide premier viewing and amenities, making it the place to be for when the gates drop.

On Friday, June 26, Sun Enterprises, Denver’s premier motorcycle dealership, will host the Monster Energy Fan Fest. The massive warehouse will welcome several of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship’s top teams including Honda Red Bull Racing, Monster Energy Kawasaki, Jagermeister KTM, GEICO Powersports Honda and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki whose riders will be signing autographs. Fan Fest will also feature a day-long block party on Pearl St., providing an exciting preview of Saturday night’s national. Sun Enterprises is located at 877 N. Washington, Denver, CO, 80229.

Fans can check out the Dunlop support rig at each of the 12 rounds of the 2009 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship and get all the details on the premium GEOMAX and D-Series family of tires made just for the sport of motocross.

Thor, Parts Unlimited and the Outdoor National Motocross Series

Industry Leaders Provide Unmatched Sponsorship and Support of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship

For 12 Saturdays from May to September, the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship travels throughout the country as the world’s most prestigious motocross series. The best riders from all over the planet have converged on the outdoor nationals each and every year since 1972. Now, thanks to the dedication of MX Sports Pro Racing, the sport of American Motocross is reaching new heights and longtime supporters Thor and Parts Unlimited are stepping up in their role as a series sponsor, increasing their overall presence at the track to grow with the series and stay true to the slogan ‘We Support the Sport’.

About Parts Unlimited: Parts Unlimited is the world’s largest distributor of aftermarket accessories in the powersports industry and is owned by LeMans Corporation headquartered in Janesville, Wisconsin. Parts Unlimited sells to over 12,000 dealerships world wide and continues to expand its market penetration with its sister companies, Parts Canada, Parts Europe and Drag Specialties.

Parts Unlimited continues to promote racing through its campaign WE SUPPORT THE SPORT®, helping to drive consumers to dealerships, while entertaining its dealers through hospitalities at the events it


About Thor Motocross: Thor is one of the originators of motocross apparel. When Torsten Hallman made his first U.S trip to race and promote motocross in 1966, he inadvertently started to develop Thor riding gear. Thor is a hardcore, grass roots company that understands what it takes to reach the top and more importantly, how to stay there. It is one of a few companies with over 40 years experience in the motocross marketplace.

Thor, a house brand company for Parts Unlimited, combines design and marketing with superior distribution to reach it’s thousands of dealers and consumers priding ourselves on key selling features like quality, strength and performance. Thor is more than a brand. It is a lifestyle.

RJ SAYS: 19 June 2009 – The Off-Road Championship, AMA Motocross Nationals

RJ SAYS: 19 June 2009 – The Off-Road Championship, AMA Motocross Nationals

I’m at Crandon International Speedway, in Crandon, Wisconsin. As I’m talking into my audio recorder to transcribe this into my column later, it’s almost midnight here, and about 30 of us our working on the track here. It’s been a long time since I raced here, the last time being a CORR event in 1998. Crandon is a great little town – maybe about 2000 people live here. The Speedway is owned and operated by of club of local people. It’s a non-profit organization, and the club contributes a lot of any profits back into the town – they contribute to schools, the city, parks, and more.

I was here in the winter-time … I did some ice-fishing, and really got to know a lot of the people of Crandon. I was also here a few weeks ago as well – preparing the track for our TORC race this weekend. Right now, as I’m typing this, I’m in a great little cabin with my son, Luke, who will also be racing his first ever off road truck race this weekend.

I’m excited about our TORC race this weekend. It’s Round 5 & 6, Saturday and Sunday. Our TV shows, two of the so far on ABC and ESPN2, have had tremendous ratings. ABC/ESPN are extremely impressed with what TORC is doing.

AMA Motocross – Mt. Morris

450 Motocross: I apologize to anyone and everyone and especially Chad Reed for all the junk I’ve been running : ) Chad was impressive at Mt. Morris. I wasn’t aware that Chad’s been dealing with an illness. My apologies!

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Chad Reed was smooth, smart, calculated, and spot-on. 100% impressive.

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Andrew Short was second. But has Andrew plateaued? My opinion – he needs to really mix something up … change something up – drastically! He needs to break up whatever weekly and life rhythm he has – and I think then he’ll take the big step we all want to see him make towards the top.

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Ivan Tedesco – great to see Ivan running up front. Let’s see more of it!

It’s a shame that Mike Alessi was hurt the week before while practicing. He was having a phenomenal season so far.

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250 Motocross: Christophe Pourcel (as you probably know) won both motos. He’s dealing with a stomach illness as well. I think what’s helped him most is his style of riding. He line selection, and style and smoothness, help him to probably use a little less energy than other more aggressive riders. So, even with the illness that’s draining so much of his energy and hindering his second motos, this weekend he rode smoothly enough to have the energy to win both motos. Well done!

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Ryan Dungey. He’s a battler. Always there. This past weekend, he just wasn’t up to par with Pourcel. But there’s always the next event : ) I think you’ll start to see Dungey and Pourcel separate themselves from everyone else now as the series gets into full swing.

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I was bummed to see that Trey Canard crashed and broke his arm. He was really impressing me (and a lot of other people). His communication, expectations, and body language are telling us all that he feels he ‘belongs’ now. At the top. He’s exuding confidence. His speed is there, and his confidence on and off the bike show he’s taken the next step. Hopefully it’s only a little set back with the broken arm.

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If you get a chance, come on out to one of my TORC Off-Road Truck Racing Series – you can see two former supercross champions (Jeremy McGrath and myself) along with a ton of other top guys – fighting it out, and literally banging on each other in trucks. I think you’ll be impressed!



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Chad Reed – atop the podium and atop the Motocross points!

Markelo will hold the FIM MX3 World Motocross Championship and the UEM EMX2 European Motocross Champ

MARKELO (NETHERLANDS), 19 June 2009 – Markelo will hold the FIM MX3 World Motocross Championship and the UEM EMX2 European Motocross Championship this weekend

Markelo is a town in the Dutch province of Overijssel, with the population about 7000. The motoclub Ons genoegen Markelo was founded in 1932. The club has a rich history. This year they will host already 26th motocross World Championship event – this will be the 5th event for the FIM MX3 World  Motocross Championship and EMX2 European Motocross Championship. The most famous riders that has been racing in Markelo are: Eric Geboers, Sylvain Geboers, Harry Everts and Stefan Everts.

The organizer is proud to organize the big and important event, which always attracts many spectators. The track in Markelo is not typical for the Netherlands, it is hard with some sandy parts.

In the past years many spectators and fans came to support Belgian MX3 rider, World MX Champion Sven Breugelmans. It was always like his home even but this year Breugelmans will not compete in Markelo because of the injury. Many home riders will partake the event. In the MX3 World Championship two riders will have special attention of home fans – Patrick Roos from the KTM Pater Racing Team and Roy Gijsel (Kawasaki). French rider Julien Vanni (Honda) will defend first position in the Championship Classification.

Jeffrey Herlings from the JM Racing Team will be the star of the EMX2 European Championship. Although he is on the second position at the moment with 33 points behind Christophe Charlier, Herlings is the favourite on this sandy track, that is actually his home track. He has been racing in Markelo many times and he always took top result. His biggest rival Cristophe Charlier has shown he can be fast on the different type of grounds, so Herlings will need to work hard if he would like to reduce his advantage in the Championship Classification. The last important victory that Herlings took in Markelo was in the past season, when he became the EMX-85 European Champion. The EMX2 Qualifying Race will start tomorrow at 15.15 and the day will continue with the MX3 Qualifying Practice at 16.50.

American Motorcyclist Association members receive discount on Schampa apparel

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — There are times as a motorcyclist when Mother Nature is not your friend and you are confronted with rain, wind, dust, searing heat, freezing cold or worse. Thankfully, you can fight back, and one of the best reinforcements is quality gear.

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is pleased to announce that Schampa is riding to the rescue with 15 percent discounts for AMA members on all apparel purchases such as balaclavas, facemasks, neck gaiters and high-tech undergarments.

To take advantage of the favored pricing, AMA members simply enter the discount code found in the Members Area of the AMA website

“Motorcyclists are always looking for ways to extend the riding season when the weather turns cold, as well as stay both comfortable and safe during hotter summer months,” said Jim Moore, AMA director of business development. “Schampa offers a full line of products that help with both weather extremes, from their moisture-wicking Coolskin shirts to thermal gear that will keep you warm in harsh conditions.”

Schampa sells a number of products with the specific needs of motorcyclists in mind. Popular items include balaclavas and facemasks that work well under both full-face and open-face helmets. Schampa Skinny shirts, with contour cut sleeves that help reduce arm fatigue, and Schampa insulated thermals fit nicely under either mesh or cold-weather gear, and most long-sleeved shirts include optional thumbholes that ensure the sleeve will never ride up during long rides.

“AMA members range from Baja racers to long-distant touring riders, and we’re excited to extend this discount to all of them,” said Schampa Owner Andy Myers. “As motorcyclists ourselves, we’ve learned what works in apparel, and we build that knowledge into every piece of gear we make. We know you never want to stop riding, and while we can’t promise that your riding season will never end, we can promise that our gear will keep you comfortable far longer.”

The Schampa discount is just the latest in a long list of more than two dozen benefits and savings for AMA members. Another great value is free AMA Roadside Assistance for members who sign-up for automatic renewal or purchase a three-year membership. For more on the benefits of AMA membership, see and click on Member Services.

Not an AMA member? It’s easy to join and redeem this valuable offer, as well as take advantage of numerous other savings. Simply log on to, select Join/Renew in the Membership menu and follow the simple steps. AMA members receive not only a great package of benefits, they support America’s leading advocacy organization for the motorcycling lifestyle.

About the American Motorcyclist Association

Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world’s largest motorcycling organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists’ interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through its Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, the AMA preserves the heritage of motorcycling for future generations.


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