Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey Wins the 2010 AMA Motocross Championship

Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey Wins the 2010 AMA Motocross Championship

  • Ryan Dungey clinched the AMA Pro Motocross title at Southwick, making it the second title of his phenomenal rookie year in the 450 class.
  • Dungey wrapped up the championship with two races left in the series, thanks to the massive points lead Dungey built by his monumental winning streak of nine overall races in a row.
  • Dungey has been on a Suzuki throughout his amateur and pro career, and has now won four titles in two years aboard Suzuki dirt bikes: 2009 AMA Supercross Western Regional Lites Championship, 2009 AMA 250 Motocross Championship, 2010 AMA Supercross Championship, and now the 2010 AMA Pro Motocross Championship.
  • Dungey has been named as the captain for the U.S. team competing in the Motocross of Nations in September. He won his event last year, securing the win for Team USA in 2009.

Brea, Calif. – August 30, 2010 – History has been made. Ryan Dungey is the 2010 AMA Pro Motocross Champion, securing his second title of the year this weekend at Southwick MX in Massachusetts. The 20-year-old rookie has gained enough points in the series with his complete domination of the 450 motocross class to take home the trophy with two races still left on the schedule. Dungey claimed the 2010 AMA Supercross title in May, making him the youngest rookie racer ever to do so, and now has added the Pro Motocross championship to his list of accomplishments, making him the only rookie ever to clinch both titles. Dungey has been unstoppable on his Suzuki fuel-injected RM-Z450 and has taken home the win in the past nine races in a row and won 16 out of 20 motos.

“What Ryan has done, no one has ever done before including McGrath, Stewart, Carmichael,” Team Manager Roger DeCoster said. “No one has ever won both the Supercross and a National Championship back to back as a rookie. It’s pretty impressive. Sometimes, because Ryan is such a subdued nice guy, you don’t really realize what a big thing that he has done. I expect more and more perfection, but you look back and see that he is doing things that no one has ever done before – it’s pretty impressive.”

Dungey went into Southwick focused on racing his best race, like always. He lined up at the gate determined to give his best performance on the sandy, technical track in Massachusetts, and at the start of moto 1, Dungey started near the front of the pack. He moved into second place and stayed there most of the race. During the last lap, Dungey was battling for the lead when the opportunity to move up presented itself. Dungey and his RM-Z450 took the lead with less than a lap to go and took the win.

With the championship in view, Dungey lined up for moto 2 focused on finishing strong again. Dungey moved into the lead early in the race and by the time the checkered flag flew, he was more than 24 seconds ahead of second place. Dungey clinched the title by ending the day 151 points ahead of second place with only two races left on the schedule.

“This feels great,” Dungey said after the race. “It’s a lot of hard work and a lot of long weeks in the off season to prepare for this, but its all the better when you pull it off and win the championship. It’s not all me, everyone on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki team put in 110 percent into everything they do and that’s all I could ever ask. We work well together and enjoy working together at the same time. It makes it fun.”

“The Suzuki family is ecstatic to add this championship to our trophy case,” Rod Lopusnak, Suzuki’s National Sales Manager for the Motorcycle Division, said. “Looking back at the last year, it is hard to find one word other than ‘Champion’ to express what Ryan, the RM-Z450, and Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki have accomplished in their rookie season!”

“Congratulations to Ryan Dungey for his awesome, record-breaking rookie season!” Yoshimura R&D of America Vice President Don Sakakura said. “Ryan’s courage, superior skills, and diligent conditioning were instrumental in his dominating motocross season, accomplishments which Ryan will surely cherish for a lifetime. His Suzuki RM-Z450 performed flawlessly all season long, and we must offer sincere appreciation to the Suzuki engineering team abroad, as well Roger DeCoster and his team of race technicians.”

“It’s been a perfect season; probably a season we will remember for the rest of our lives,” DeCoster said. “It’s never happened before – a rookie has never won back to back championships. Ryan has done it.”

Dungey has made history winning a total of four national titles in the past two years. Ryan won two titles in 2009, the AMA Supercross Western Regional Lites and the 250 Motocross championships, both on the RM-Z250, as well as being the hero of Team USA at the Motocross of Nations in Italy. Now with the 2010 Supercross and the Motocross title in his possession, Dungey was named the captain of Team USA and hopes to keep the Motocross of Nations championship in the U.S.

The next AMA Pro Motocross race takes place at Steel City in Delmont, PA, on September 4th. Dungey, despite having clinched the title, will be focused on battling for the lead there.

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Ryan Dungey battled during the entire first moto and took over the lead on the final lap to the take the win.

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Dungey took the lead in the second moto and then put more than 24 seconds between him and the rest of the pack, taking the win again.

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With his 1-1 moto finishes, Dungey took his ninth overall victory in a row.

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Ryan Dungey clinched the 2010 AMA Pro Motocross Championship on Saturday at Southwick, his second title of 2010, making him one of the most prolific rookies ever.

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Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s Tommy Hahn Podiums at Southwick National

Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s Tommy Hahn Podiums at Southwick National

  • Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s Tommy Hahn took second place in moto 1, scoring his second podium finish of the season. Tommy went on to take eighth overall.
  • Former Rockstar Energy Suzuki Xtreme Amateur racer Ian Trettel made his professional debut aboard a Rockstar Energy Suzuki RM-Z250, and raced to an impressive top-15 finish.
  • Austin Howell, another former Suzuki Amateur racer, broke into the top 20 in the premiere class in moto 2.

Southwick, MA – August 30, 2010 – Rockstar Energy Suzuki rider Tommy Hahn put in a hard charge in Saturday’s Southwick National during the 450 race, taking home a season-best second place in moto 1. Hahn has shown he has the speed and the talent to run up front numerous times this season, but the first race at Southwick was the biggest payoff that Hahn has seen since the start of the Outdoor season. His teammates Ian Trettel and Austin Howell also put together solid performances for the Rockstar Energy team, filling in for injured riders.

The notoriously difficult track at Southwick’s Moto-X 338 didn’t seem to faze Tommy as he raced moto 1. Hahn got a great start thanks to the power of his RM-Z450, and quickly put a gap between himself and the rest of the field. Tommy maintained that gap for the rest of the race, and finished second. Hahn put in another strong performance in moto 2, charging from a mid-pack start to sixth place in just five laps. On his fifth lap, Tommy was the fastest man on the track and turned in the third-fastest lap of the race. Hahn looked like he was on track to take another podium finish, but sand at Moto-X 338 took its toll on his bike’s clutch and he was forced to drop back. “We didn’t compensate enough for the sandy conditions,” said team manager Bill Keefe. Tommy ended the day in eighth overall, and though he was disappointed with the final results, he is determined to podium again at Steel City.

Austin Howell, a Suzuki Amateur racer who has recently moved up to race in the AMA Motocross series, also battled in the 450 class. In moto 2, Austin broke into the top 20 despite suffering clutch adjustment issues similar to the ones that plagued his teammate. Both Austin and Tommy will be fighting to improve their results next weekend.

In the 250 class, Ian Trettel made his professional debut aboard the Rockstar Energy Suzuki RM-Z250. It may have been his first race with the pros, but Ian mixed it up with the best of them and put in some fast laps. “I wasn’t sure what to expect in moto 1,” said Trettel. “It was my first time riding at Southwick, so I went in with an open mind and just focused on putting in some fast laps.” Ian went on to take 17th in moto one.

Moto 2 saw a determined Trettel battling at the front of the pack. “I got a better start in moto 2, and was focused on staying at the front.” Trettel fought hard throughout the moto, but around the 25-minute mark the exhausting track began to wear on him. Despite the fatigue, Trettel finished in the top ten to take 14th overall. “I’m happy with how my first race went, but I’m determined to do better at Steel City.”

The next round of the 2010 AMA Pro Motocross Championship will take place on September 4th in Delmont, PA, at Steel City Raceway.

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Tommy Hahn was impressive in moto 1, finishing second, but an issue prevented him from finishing moto 2.

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Hahn made his way to the podium after the first moto to take his second-place trophy. Hahn was smooth and fast throughout the entire race.

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Ian Trettel moved up from the amateur ranks to try out the 250 class at Southwick. He finished in the top 10 in the second moto and took 14th overall for the day.

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Austin Howell broke into the top 20 in moto 2 of the 450-class race on Saturday and finished 25th overall for the day.

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Amanda On-Site: Ryan Dungey 2010 AMA Motocross Champion

Amanda On-Site: Ryan Dungey 2010 AMA Motocross Champion

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Ryan Dungey has left his mark on American Supercross and Motocross for 2010, winning both the premiere 450 Supercross title earlier this year and clinching the AMA 450 Motocross Nationals championship last Saturday in Southwick, Massachusetts, with two rounds remaining in the series.

Ryan will also captain Team USA at the upcoming Motocross of Nations at Thunder Valley just outside of Denver in Lakewood, CO on September 25 & 26. Ryan’s team-mates will be Andrew Short & Trey Canard. Team Manager will be Roger De Coster.

Ryan has had an amazing season. A dream season. First winning the Supercross Championship, and now winning the 450 Motocross Championship. I got to talk with Ryan right after he clinched the 450 MX championship on his Suzuki, and here is what he had to say:

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Amanda: Ryan, congratulations on winning the 2010 AMA 450 Motocross Championship. I can tell you are happy, relaxed, and you’ve accomplished another goal in life. What does it take to win championships like this?

Ryan Dungey: It really takes a full time commitment, a 7-days-a-week commitment, from a lot of people.

It’s not just me on the track. I do my training and riding and all the things I can do to make myself mentally and physically the best I can be. I want to be as ready as possible when I show up to the track. I do my ‘homework’ during the week, and try to come out on the weekends and wins races.

That’s our goal as an entire team – to win races and championships. But remember, there really is an entire team in winning championships. Let’s just start with support – there is Suzuki, Rockstar, Makita and there is huge support from my family too. There is a lot that goes on, and to have a great family like I have behind me is great. A big help.

What else does it take? It’s almost hard to put into words. It takes a lot of sacrifice. Again, by so many people. It’s an all around team effort – you’ve got your inner circle, your team, your family. And then I have to do all the things required of me to be the best I can on the motorcycle.

When you have all these facets working well and spot on, everything seems to click just a bit easier on race day.

We all try now not to settle for second best. No matter how much you accomplish, it seems like it’s never enough (as far as racing and championships). We have to keep pushing for more.

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You already won the 450 Supercross title earlier this year, now the 450 MX Championship – what’s the difference in how you feel about the two?

Obviously Supercross is important. Bigger cities, stadiums, more fans.

Motocross is important, too. For MX, I’m still based in Florida, and things have just gone very smoothly this season. Very mellow.

For motocross, it’s good to be back in Florida for training. It’s hot and humid. We usually start work around 10, 10:30am. Around 1 or 2 o’clock, it really starts to warm up. It’ll get up into the 90’s during the day, with high humidity. We’ll usually get a thunderstorm late afternoon and that cools things down a bit. But we’ll finish with our training around 2 – at the peak of the heat. The first few weeks were tough – you have to get used to it – it’s so hot and humid, but your body gets a little adapted as time goes by, and it gets better.

As far as winning this outdoor title – it’s been a long road. We started this season back in January. This feels good though (winning this championship.) We’ve always had the mindset of just taking one race at a time, trying to win, and then the championship is the bigger goal.

I was studying some video of you from 2007 and 2008. Obviously back then you were a professional, on Team Suzuki, and had top speed. You’ve won these two big, big championships now this year. What’s the difference between now and then?

There are a lot of changes in a professional racer’s career. Physically. Mentally. Emotionally. When I came into the pro ranks … everything was new. You come from being an amateur to being a professional. It’s actually a very big difference.

And as I said, when you turn pro, everything is new and different. It’s a big change.

Then I remember when I won my first supercross as a pro. It was a great accomplishment. It was a big goal of mine. It was a stepping stone to move onto another goal in my career. That’s when I realized that so much comes about in racing professionally – the training, the preparation, the pressure, the money, so many things you have to deal with that you’ve never dealt with before. So many different things come into your life. I think most people would be surprised. It’s not just racing on the weekends!

It can become overwhelming at first. I know it was for me. But as the years go on, you learn. And try to keep learning. You figure some things out. You learn what works for you best.

For me now, I just try to keep learning, and apply that to the future, and years to come too. As you achieve success, you also learn to not settle for your own ‘second best’. You keep pushing. Improving. Getting better. Doing the right things.

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You know as well as anyone that the Motocross of Nations is coming up in late September. You are the ‘captain’ of the team for USA. Do you feel any pressure, or extra pressure with not only being the captain, and it being in the USA, but also being the defending champions?

Well Amanda, I did learn something from you – it’s only the third time the event has been held in the USA in it’s 60-plus year history!

Going into any Motocross des Nations, there is pressure. What I try to do is make it like any other race – I want to go there and do the best job possible. So, really it’s both. It’s different and unique and pressure packed, but we try to go in as competitors and make it like any other race with our preparation.

I’ll tell you what’s really cool about this. It’s in our home country. We have our own country’s fans on hand. You have your whole country behind you! I was at Budds Creek in 2007 (last time the event was held in the USA) and I got a glimpse of it, and it’s pretty darn amazing. I don’t know if any rider, especially winning in his home country, can put it into words.

If we do our homework and preparation, do all we can to be the best we can, and ride like we are capable, we’ll be in a great situation. It’s great to have your country behind you, but it’s also a great honor to represent your country. We’ve got Roger (De Coster) and Mitch (Payton) and a long list of other people behind us and helping. We have a lot of knowledge and experience behind us. I know for me, last year in Italy at the Nations, that was a big help.

With Andrew (Short) and Trey (Canard) coming on board, we’ve got a solid team. I think we can get the job done. We’ll prepare like any other race, work hard, try to enjoy the experience as much as possible, and try to get the job done for Team USA.

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You have sponsors of the team (Suzuki, Rockstar, Makita, etc), and you have personal sponsors (Nike, Target, etc). It’s a business. Maybe a part of the business that casual supercross and motocross fans don’t know about. Do sponsors ever dictate things that you have to do on or off the motorcycle?

I probably would describe it as a ‘two-way street’. Your sponsors are definitely behind you and support you. And they know what comes first – racing. But let’s say you want to do something fun on a rare day off – like snowboarding or another sport for fun – it’s tough. You don’t want to take the chance of doing something stupid or getting hurt. I don’t think any of them would like that.

What’s cool is that really the sponsors are behind you, and they want what’s best for you. We all want the same goal – To win. With winning comes some good things for sponsors. It gets the bike out there. It gets the sponsors names out there. It gets everyone’s logo out there. We want to give everyone their props!

How about time commitment. How much of a time commitment comes with having those sponsors and advertisers?

Along with everyone’s support, and them being behind you, there comes … let’s say with Suzuki – we do some autograph signing sessions. We do that more for the fans. It’s good for us, it’s good for the fans.

With others, you could say we get pulled in different directions, but I like it. I’ve never been one to ‘lay low’ at the house. I’ve been keeping busy. We do a lot of appearances, “meet and greet” with company CEO’s, it’s actually pretty cool.

One thing we can always count on, whether it’s life, or motorcycle racing – there is always change. Change is constant. Looking at the changes both supercross and motocross have made over the decades, the sport is now truly global. So, if we can look into a ‘crystal ball’, and see where the sport is going in five or ten years, what do you see, whether good or bad?

I’m probably like most people – sometimes change is good. There are times to move on. Sometimes things get stale. I don’t think I control any big changes in the industry or sport, so it’s not something I look at closely. However, if there are changes, I hope they are all for the betterment of the sport.

Flying (as much as a professional racer does) is tough, but if we had to do a race once a year in Asia, then let’s do it. (Editor’s note – does anyone remember all the big supercross races that used to be held in Japan during the American off-season, so the top supercross racers could perform in the home country of the Japanese manufacturers?)

There will always be something new. There will always be change. I think we’ll need to look at those as new challenges and new opportunities. It could turn out to be really cool for us riders, and for the fans. But the main thing is to have change for the better. For everyone, whether inside the industry or outside the industry. I think change can be good.

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You are the ‘boss’ on the entire sport. King Ryan. You get to make all the decisions. Whatever you like or don’t like – make the change. Or would you keep it the same?

I think we have enough races during the year. For Supercross, I’d like to see us race in more places … more fun and or unique places. The entire Supercross Series is great. We travel to big cities primarily. That’s good. None of us have time to see much in the cities, but I like the travel, and I like going to all the races. But I also like the idea of going to new places. New York is a good example. That would be a great place to have a Supercross event.

I’m all for helping the sport out, so whatever we can do to make it bigger and better, and to grow, I’m all for it. I’d like to see a little more ‘fun’ involved. Maybe something where it’s not necessarily racing, but something for two days for the fans to come out and watch something and have fun. Maybe some sort of formatting change of the entire program. I’m open to new ideas for sure. Let’s not only show the fans how much fun this is, but let’s make it fun for them! Whatever that might be to make that happen.

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You work with Ricky Carmichael sometimes. What has Ricky added to your arsenal of racing professionally that you didn’t have before? Is there anything where you went “Aha!” and had a big revelation?

Since I moved to Florida, and being able to work with Ricky, I’ve been very fortunate. In 2006 I turned pro. Roger De Coster and Ricky Carmichael were associated with the Suzuki team, and they can certainly be considered the two best ever in this sport. When you are able to work with people like that … I’m really, really blessed and thankful.

Ricky was a guy that I looked up since I was a kid. Now being in Florida, and getting to know him besides being team-mates, he just has so much knowledge. He’s won so many races and championship! He knows how to win championships, which is what it’s all about at this level now. I get to see what goes on inside a champion. I get to see what he’s done and what he does.

Growing up, what inspired me was Ricky’s motivation. He’s totally driven. And he worked really hard to develop that drive and motivation. Really hard. Having a work ethic like that doesn’t come naturally.

It’s great when he can come out to the track now. He’s got car racing going on, and he’s really busy. But when he is out there – it’s amazing. It’s not necessarily anything really big, but a bunch of little things that add up. Not many people can see all the little things that go on out there on the track, but with him it’s amazing. He’s a great friend and person too.

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I’ve been lucky enough to do TV work all over the world. I love and the work we do here. I’ve interviewed a lot of different people. I’ve been very lucky and blessed and love what I do. I know you feel the same.

So many younger riders, so many of the privateers, and so many others that I talk to want what you have – the top factory ride. I know it’s not once you get the factory ride, it’s a “piece of cake”. There is some pressure. And now all of next year you’ll have that number 1 plate on your bike, and that number 1 on the back of your jersey. What’s it like being in that top position?

When I was growing up, and a guy on the outside looking in, I definitely thought it was just once you made it, then it was ‘big time’. Easy. Fun. Glamour. Your with a factory ride. Your stylin’. All good.

I can tell you now though, being in this position, it’s not all you think it is! When you are a little kid, you think it’s going to be great. But at this level, whether you put it on yourself, or you let others put it on you, there is a tremendous amount of responsibility and pressure.

For me, I’m always putting pressure on myself to perform well. Of course your team wants you to perform well too. Your sponsors want you to perform. Again, the way we’ve gone about it as a team is to take each race, be as prepared and consistent as possible, and see what comes.

Going back to when I was a kid, I raced sometimes six times in a year. Now, at this level, we are racing big time races at least 30 times per year. Each race has it’s own goal – being prepared, being consistent, and trying to win.

Not only all that, but at this level, with the pressure and back to back weekends of racing, there is definitely ‘wear and tear’ – physically, mentally … you get pulled in so many different directions with all the responsibilities. It can be a tough schedule at times – flying here at a certain time, being at a location at a certain time. It’s not just time on the bike.

I think I’ve learned to grow every year, and be able to take on more every year. Of course there are certain times where you get stressed out, but that’s when you have to realize what you do for a living … you get to do something you love for a living. So when I get stressed, I just try to stop and slow down and think about what I get to do, and how fortunate we all are that get to do this – something we love. I get to go race a dirt bike! And it’s fun!

Sometimes those outside things get going so fast, you really don’t have time to think, and you can get a little scatter-brained. But I also look at some of the hard things involved, and realize those are some of the things you need to go thru to improve. It makes you grow. It makes you a stronger person. And I still get to do something I love for a living – race dirt bikes!

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You have so many fans on They write us and say “More Ryan Dungey!” “Interview Ryan Dungey!” “More photos of Ryan Dungey!” And we get all kinds of people that write and want personal messages from you … I’m sure you get it everywhere you go.

What do you want to communicate to all those fans?

First I’d like to thank everyone. I appreciate that you are behind me, and with me thru all that I go thru – the good and the bad over the years. It’s so cool to see all the fans everywhere I go. I wish I could do more for them, but at the races, it’s tough sometimes, because that’s our ‘work’ environment. We have a job to do.

But I am so thankful to all the fans. It’s neat, and I really want them to know that, and that I appreciate them.

For those of you that are young, remember to have fun, and enjoy it. That’s key when you are young, because you can never get that time back. If your dream is to become a professional, I still say have fun and enjoy it, because that’s what can take you the furthest in your dreams.

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2011 AMA Arenacross Series Features 14-Race Schedule

2011 AMA Arenacross Series Features 14-Race Schedule

Three-Time Champion Josh Demuth Defends Title Against World’s Best Arenacross Racers

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Feld Motor Sports announced today the 2011 AMA Arenacross Series schedule, which includes 14 stops, begins at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla., January 8 and concludes at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa on April 9.

The 2011 AMA Arenacross Series schedule includes a new stop at the Verizon Arena in Little Rock, Ark., and welcomes back four cities, each of which have previously hosted AMA Arenacross Series races in the past, including Toledo, Ohio (February 4-6), Wichita, Kan. (March 4-6), Greenville, S.C. (March 12-13), and Rockford, Ill. (April 1-3).

Central Arkansas Verizon Arena (formerly Alltel Arena) will make its AMA Arenacross Series debut on March 26 for the 12th race of the 14 race season. Since its inception in 1999, the 18,000 seat multi-purpose arena located just off the Arkansas River is host to the Arkansas Diamonds of the Indoor Football League and accommodates NCAA basketball tournaments, concerts, rodeos, and auto racing events.

“The 2011 season should prove to be one of the most competitive in the history of the AMA Arenacross Series,” stated Jayme Dalsing, director of Arenacross, Feld Motor Sports.” “With the return of three-time champion Josh Demuth defending his title and 19 year old Arenacross phenom Tyler Bowers looking for redemption, we are expecting a season packed with excitement.”

Following a several year hiatus, Toledo and Wichita will welcome the series back with newly constructed state-of-the-art venues to house the racing action. Opening its doors in winter of 2010, Wichita’s Intrust Bank Arena, has the largest indoor seating capacity in Kansas, and is home to the Wichita Thunder CHL ice hockey team. Toledo’s Huntington Center, which opened fall of 2009, is the nation’s first energy and environmentally efficient (LEED certified) sports arena and is home to the Toledo Walleye ECHL ice hockey team.

As part of excitement for the 2011 season, Des Moines Wells Fargo Arena, home of the traditional season opener, will now host the final race of the series, where a new champion will be crowned.

Reigning AMA Arenacross Series champion Demuth will stage his title defense amid a pool of young, fresh talent ready to steal his crown. Demuth raced a notable 2010 season, winning six races and earning an additional nine podium finishes. The Babbitt’s Kawasaki squad equipped with Demuth, Bowers, and Chad Johnson lead the field with a combined total of 18 wins. Bowers lead the field with nine race wins, but due to a late season injury, was forced to sit out the last two races. Despite the injury, Bowers was third place in the season standings, trailing teammates Johnson and Demuth, respectively.

“I’m going to defend my title just like I have in the past” said Demuth. “There’s always going to be a rider or two that makes you push it to the limits. My teammates Tyler [Bowers] and Chad [Johnson] are those riders. Having two great riders like Chad and Tyler as your teammates creates a pretty serious rivalry in the truck, but it’s very healthy and much needed to keep us on our toes all year long. My plan is to stick with what I have learned in the past in order to get me through another arenacross season. From the fans to the friends, arenacross racing has always been my favorite. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone again soon.”

“I’ve already got my program in line and I’m not by any means going to take it easy on the competition this year,” stated Bowers.” “I came so close to winning the title last year, I’m pretty upset, so I’m coming into the season hungrier than ever. It felt great to have a good team behind me last season. I felt nothing but support and dedication from them. I’ve worked hard this summer, and the time I spent sidelined has motivated me for the year to come. Like I said before, I’m hungrier than ever.”

2011 AMA Arenacross Series Schedule

Date City Venue

  • January 8-9 Tulsa, Okla. BOK Center
  • January 15-16 Kansas City, Mo. Kemper Center
  • January 22-23 Dayton, Ohio Ervin J. Nutter Center
  • January 28-30 Denver, Colo. Denver Coliseum
  • February 4-6 Toledo, Ohio Huntington Center
  • February 11-13 TBA
  • February 18-20 Reno, Nev. Livestock Event Center
  • February 26-27 Sacramento, Calif. Arco Arena
  • March 4-6 Wichita, Kan. Intrust Bank Arena
  • March 12-13 Greenville, S.C. Bi-Lo Center
  • March 18-20 Council Bluffs, Iowa Mid-America Center
  • March 26-27 Little Rock, Ark. Verizon Wireless Arena
  • April 1-3 Rockford, Ill Metro Center
  • April 9-10 Des Moines, Iowa Wells Fargo Arena

Two moto wins, two overall podium finishes for GEICO Powersports Honda

SOUTHWICK, Mass. Riders from the GEICO Powersports Honda team won both of the 250cc motos on Saturday at the Moto-X 338 National, and secured two of the three podium spots.

Trey Canard won the first moto of the day and finished third overall. Justin Barcia won moto No. 2 and was second overall to Tyla Rattray, who finished second in both motos and ended with a better combined finish. Barcia said conquering the shifting sands of Southwick was a real challenge.

“I got a great start in that second moto, got the lead fast and kind of checked out,” said Barcia who finished fourth in the first moto of the day. “It felt pretty awesome. I wish I would have got the overall win today, but second shows that we’re getting there.

“This is the hardest track we race on all year. The bumps and the holes I almost lost it so bad in the second moto. The sand moves and the lappers crash and blow out the turns, so it’s different every lap.”

For Canard, his seventh podium finish of the season represented a mixed bag on the day. In the second moto, Canard fell after he touched wheels with Dean Wilson. While he rallied to finish ninth in that race, Canard’s streak of four consecutive event wins was broken.

“You expect a lot of crazy stuff to happen here at this track,” Canard said. “That second moto wasn’t a good one, but it wasn’t a disaster, either. I came out of there healthy.

“I saw Rattray coming the last four or five laps of that first moto. I kind of made some mistakes, but pulled it together at the end. I probably had my best three laps of the day the last three laps of that moto.

A bright spot for Canard was that he shaved three points off of Christophe Pourcel’s lead in the 250 class. Canard trails by 13 points with two events worth 100 points total left in the season.

“It was a good day,” Canard said. “I felt like I struggled all day. But for it being so difficult on me and coming out the way I did, I feel fortunate.”

Rookie Eli Tomac had another strong day, finishing seventh overall after finishes of sixth and seventh at Moto-X 338.

“Today was a solid day for me,” Tomac said. “Once again starts got me. There are a ton of really fast guys out there. But I’m definitely back to my old self again and it feels good to be back. I’m pretty close to the top guys’ pace and I’m making it through the motos without dropping off.”

It was a day full of struggles for GEICO Powersports Honda’s fourth 250 rider, Blake Wharton, who finished 11th overall after finishes of 14th and 12th. The team’s 450cc rider Brett Metcalfe seemed destined for a career day before being buried in an avalanche of bad luck. Metcalfe used a gutsy move at the start of the first moto to win the hole shot and check out to a big lead. Metcalfe was only challenged by Ryan Dungey, who wrapped up the 450 title on Saturday. But disaster struck on the last half of the last lap when Metcalfe’s bike ran out of gas.

“I was determined to win today and was going to do everything in my power to get make it happen,” said Metcalfe who was credited with a 14th place finish in the first moto. “I was extremely close, but I ran out of gas with five corners left in the race. That’s just the way racing goes sometimes.

“I was proud of the way I rode that moto.”

The second moto went from bad to worse. Metcalfe got caught up in a pileup during the start then fell off two more times trying to avoid collisions with other riders. He battled back to finish seventh in the second moto and ninth on the day.

There was a ray of sunshine in an otherwise gloomy day for Metcalfe. The man Metcalfe is chasing for second place, Andrew Short, had a more miserable day than Metcalfe. Short now holds a three point lead over Metcalfe for second place.

“I got lucky there, I guess,” Metcalfe said. “We both had a rough day. My average day just ended up being better than Shorty’s terrible day. The competition for second is going to go down to the wire.”

Kevin Windham, who is a GEICO Powersports Honda regular during Supercross season and is filling in on the Red Bull Honda team for outdoors, finished fifth overall on Saturday with moto finishes of seventh and fifth.

The GEICO Powersports Honda team is right back at it on Sept. 4 at the Steel City National outside Pittsburgh.


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