Round 3: 2010 Australasian Supercross – Launceston – Aurora Stadium

Justin Brayton wins Australasian Supercross in Launceston



American supercross racers Justin Brayton, Josh Hansen and Kevin Windham once again claimed all three podium positions in round three of the Monster Energy Super X in Launceston via the always exciting ‘Survival’ final format.



The Survival format was raced over four, seven lap sprints with the bottom five riders eliminated after each race. It created incredibly exciting racing because series front runners knew the smallest incident could have caused them to be eliminated early and therefore miss out on valuable championship points.


Eventual race winner Muscle Milk / Toyota JGRMX’s Justin Brayton made it clear he wanted to leave Australia with a win and raced with determination all day entering the finals with the fastest qualifying time. He won three of the four finals with Monster Energy / Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Josh Hansen the only rider to take a win off him in the third race. Hansen once again claimed second place overall and Geico Powersports Cougar Honda’s Kevin Windham came third.



CDR Rockstar Yamaha’s Jay Marmont and Rockstar Motul Suzuki’s Jake Moss joined the USA contingent in the final sprint. Moss hit his best form of the series and had the fastest lap time of the night, but had an unfortunate fall on the first corner, which put him out of contention and fifth overall. A consistent Marmont finished fourth.



Josh Hansen still leads the overall points standing with the departing Brayton in second and Marmont third.



Justin Brayton (USA) “I am excited to go out on top, but it’s a little bittersweet because I would like to stay and race the whole series. I have had such a good time here in Australia and I really hope I can come back and compete here again next year. I really want to thank the team at Super X for bringing me out here and for putting on such good events as well as Craig Dack and his team for making me feel right at home.”



Josh Hansen (USA) “I had fun racing tonight. The format was definitely different to what I am used to but I felt good racing and was happy with how I rode. I have been sick all week so I am glad I was able to pull it out of the bag and do well. The bike was good and once again I just want to thank Monster and Kawasaki for making it possible to be racing here.”



Kevin Windham (USA) “That was a tough race for me and I found the format really tricky. I was really tired at the end and trying to catch my breath to get out there and race. It would have been great to get another win, but I have really enjoyed my time here in Australia. Big thanks to Cougar Honda for all the help they have given me.”



It was a battle between the JDR Motorex KTM and Rockstar Motul Suzuki team riders in the Lites Double Header final, which was raced over two, 12 lap races with Lawson Bopping taking the overall win, PJ Larsen second and Matt Moss, who had a big crash in qualifying and injured his knee – third.



JDR Motorex KTM’s Ryan Marmont took the first holeshot with team mate Larsen hot on his heels and taking over on lap four to lead for the whole race. Marmont went down on a berm leaving Rockstar Motul Suzuki team mates, Bopping and Moss, in a close challenge for second and third, but Bopping held on for second.



Marmont grabbed the second holeshot too and sped out to a good lead, but Bopping was closing on him and the pressure eventually caused Marmont to crash on the last turn allowing Bopping to pass for the win.



Moss still maintains the championship lead ahead of Larsen in second and Marmont third.



In the exhibition races Windham won the Super X Eliminator Challenge taking home the $1,000 cash prize and the USA team won the first ever Super X International Relay Challenge. Team USA was made up of Windham, Hansen, Brayton, Alessi and Larsen and Team Australia was Jay Marmont, Cougar Bourbon Thor Honda’s Daniel Reardon, JDR Motorex KTM’s Tye Simmonds and the Moss twins.



Matt Moss got the Aussies off to a great lead in the first race over Larsen then tapped in Simmonds who maintained the lead by holding off Alessi. Brayton and Marmont were up next with Brayton unable to gain enough ground. Hansen and Jake Moss followed with Moss maintaining the lead. Reardon and Windham finished off the race changing the lead numerous times, but after a small slip up from Reardon on the rhythm section, Windham passed him and took the win for the US.



Defending Australasian Supercross Series Champion, and two time AMA Supercross Series Champion Chad Reed did not compete. There are lots of rumors going about regarding Chad, and what’s going on with him. The most ‘reliable’ rumor is he is back in the USA, testing and talking with different teams about securing a ride in America for 2011.



Dylan Long was the dominant winner once again in the Michelin Development Series. Jacob Wright was second and Jake Emanuelli third.



The Australasian Supercross series now has a week off before round four in Auckland, New Zealand on Saturday

November 13.



OPEN top ten results:



1. Justin BRAYTON – Muscle Milk / Toyota JGRMX: 25

2. Josh HANSEN – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki: 22

3. Kevin Windham – Geico Powersports Team Honda: 20

4. Jay MARMONT – CDR Rockstar Yamaha: 18

5. Jake MOSS – Team Rockstar Motul Suzuki: 16

6. Daniel REARDON – Cougar Bourbon Honda Thor Racing: 15

7. Tye SIMMONDS – JDR Motorex KTM: 14

8. Todd WATERS – Cougar Bourbon Thor Honda: 13

9. Mike ALESSI – JDR Motorex KTM: 12

10. Craig ANDERSON – Berry Sweet / Pro Grip / Talon / RHK / Forma: 11



OPEN Top ten championship standings:



1. Josh HANSEN – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki: 130

2. Justin BRAYTON – Muscle Milk / Toyota JGRMX: 121

3. Jay MARMONT – CDR Rockstar Yamaha: 106

4. Kevin Windham – Geico Powersports Team Honda: 95

5. Daniel REARDON – Cougar Bourbon Honda Thor Racing: 92

6. Tye SIMMONDS – JDR Motorex KTM: 82

7. Todd WATERS – Cougar Bourbon Thor Honda: 78

8. Daniel McCOY – Coastal KTM Motorex Team: 71

9. Jake MOSS – Team Rockstar Motul Suzuki: 66

10. Lewis WOODS – Top Gear KTM: 66



LITES results:



1. Lawson BOPPING – Team Rockstar Motul Suzuki: 22, 25 TOTAL 47

2. P J LARSEN – JDR Motorex KTM: 25, 18 TOTAL 43

3. Matt MOSS – Team Rockstar Motul Suzuki: 20, 22 TOTAL 42

4. Robbie MARSHALL – Yamaha: 13, 20 TOTAL 33

5. Ryan MARMONT – JDR Motorex KTM: 15, 16, TOTAL 31



LITES championship standings:



1. Matt MOSS – Team Rockstar Motul Suzuki: 157

2. P J LARSEN – JDR Motorex KTM: 140

3. Ryan MARMONT – JDR Motorex KTM: 118

4. Lawson BOPPING – Team Rockstar Motul Suzuki: 105

5. Cody MACKIE – Kawasaki Racing Team Cool Air Conditioning: 98



Michelin Development Series Results:



1. Dylan LONG – KTM / Thor / Motorex / Michelin / One Industries: 25

2. Jacob WRIGHT – Honda Jnr Development Team: 22

3. Jake EMANUELLI – Doyle & Shields Yamaha Bairnsdale / Fox: 20



Michelin Development Series championship standings:



1. Dylan LONG – KTM / Thor / Motorex / Michelin / One Industries: 75

2. Jake EMANUELLI – Doyle & Shields Yamaha Bairnsdale / Fox: 58

3. Jacob WRIGHT – Honda Jnr Development Team: 57

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Monster Energy Super X takes over the island state this weekend

Monster Energy Super X takes over the island state this weekend

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Aurora Stadium in Launceston has been transformed from an AFL ground into a supercross track for round three of the 2010 Monster Energy Super X Championship this Saturday October 30.

Once again a huge lineup of international and Australian supercross riders will take to the track and battle it out for all-important championship points.

Geico Powersports Cougar Honda’s Kevin Windham (USA), who extended his trip to Australia to compete in the Tasmanian round this weekend, has enjoyed seeing the sights of Sydney this week, but is ready to race and is aiming for another solid win and performance in his final race of the series.

“I have had the best week and love Australia and I am so glad I was able to extend my trip to fit in another race before returning home. It’s going to be really competitive racing this weekend and it would be great to leave with two wins.”

Current championship leader Josh Hansen (USA) riding for the Monster Energy / Pro Circuit Kawasaki team, will be doing his best to prevent Windham making it two from two and is hoping to go one better than his second place finish last week.

“The competition has been really good and I am having a lot of fun racing. I came here to win and that is what I plan on doing tomorrow night.”

It is also the last round of the series for Muscle Milk / Toyota / JGRMX’s Justin Brayton (USA) who enters the round in second overall.

“My plan was to be leading the championship when I headed back to the US on Sunday, but I am just short of Josh [Hansen] in overall points. Kevin [Windham], Josh [Hansen] and I were all really close last week so I am sure it will be like that again this week.”

The highest placed Australian rider in the championship, CDR Rockstar Yamaha’s Jay Marmont, who is third overall, is keen for a repeat of last year’s Tasmanian performance when he won the opening round of the championship.

“It’s great to be back in Tasmania. I had my second Super X win here last year so there are good memories for me here. I am feeling really focused this week and the track is looking great so hopefully the weather holds out and we can put on a good show for the fans.”

This weekend will see a Super X first with the introduction of the International Relay Challenge – Australia versus America. The teams will be made up of the top four Open riders and one top Lites rider. Riders will go head to head over two laps and once they pass the finish, hand their bike to their mechanic and run to tag the next team member who will need to get on his bike, start it and race.

The Open class will race off in the Survival format in the main event final, which splits the race across four, six lap races. After every six laps the last five competitors will be eliminated until five riders are left in one decisive six lap sprint.

The Lites class final format will be the Double Header, which is contested over two, eight lap races. The Michelin Development series will once again be three, five lap races.

Gates to the event open at 4pm, with the main event to start at 6:30pm and finish at 9:30pm.

All rounds of the Monster Energy Super X series will once again be televised live on Fox Sports. Round three in Launceston will air on Fox Sports 3 from 7:30pm.

Monster Energy Super X series schedule:

Date / Location / Venue

October 16 – Newcastle – Energy Australia Stadium

October 23 – Canberra – Canberra Stadium

October 30 – Launceston – Aurora Stadium

November 13 – Auckland – North Harbour Stadium

November 20 – Dunedin – Carisbrook Stadium

November 27 – Sydney – Parramatta Stadium

December 4 – Brisbane – QSAC


A Day in the Dirt Motocross Grand Prix

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It’s that time of year again… The fastest party in town is happening all over again! The 13th Annual A Day in the Dirt Grand Prix, Thanksgiving weekend (November 26-28) at Pala Raceway in Pala, CA is where it all goes down. With three days of non-stop action there’s something for everyone!

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Friday is the Troy Lee Happy Hour practice session benefitting the Steve McQueen Memorial Fund, and new for this year, the SoCal Reunion Race at high noon. Saturday and Sunday features events like the Stunt Team Race, the Pro/AM GP, the Moto-A-Gogo, and the Coup de Grace survival race.

If you would like to race or just hang out, go to www.adayinthedirt.com to get all the info you need, including directions, accommodations, and Race Entry form.

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Monster Energy Supercross ‘Pink’ Theme Back for Anaheim 2 Race to Promote Breast Cancer Awareness

Monster Energy Supercross ‘Pink’ Theme Back for Anaheim 2 Race to Promote Breast Cancer Awareness

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Monster Energy Supercross Partners Up With Komen for the Cure To Fight Breast Cancer

Feld Motor Sports announced today Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, will host the second-annual breast cancer awareness race at Anaheim’s Angel Stadium Saturday, February 5. Contributions will go to the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure 60-mile walk.

In an effort to raise awareness, Monster Energy Supercross will take on the ‘pink’ theme that is synonymous with Breast Cancer Awareness at Anaheim’s Angel Stadium. Last year, the race was well received by not only the entire industry, but the fans as well.

“Last year’s inaugural pink race to support breast cancer awareness was a huge success, and we want to build off of that success in 2011” said Dave Prater, director of supercross, Feld Motor Sports?. “We hope to generate unparalleled support from the fans and industry to make a stand against breast cancer.”

Breast cancer affects one in eight women in the U.S. and breast cancer knows no boundaries, be it age, gender, socio-economic status or, more broadly, the state of the economy. Monster Energy Supercross fans recognize the need for continued support of charitable causes as both a broad effort and for personal reasons alike.

Working with Feld Motor Sports, Shasta Johnson, who is a survivor and Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure Team Captain, will join thousands of other dedicated men and women for the San Diego Breast Cancer 3-Day to raise awareness and funds for the fight against breast cancer. The three-day, 60-mile walk benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure requires months of physical and financial preparation, challenge and triumph.

“Last year’s race surpassed all my expectations. I can’t wait to see what the teams, riders and fans do this year,” said Johnson. “To have the opportunity to continue the fight against breast cancer with Monster Energy Supercross, Feld Motor Sports and the greatest fans in the world is an amazing honor.”


Supercross in Los Angeles: Feld Motor Sports and Dodger Stadium to make it happen

Supercross in Los Angeles: Feld Motor Sports and Dodger Stadium to make it happen

Supercross comes back to Los Angeles.

In 2011, the AMA Supercross Series, officially known as the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series, an FIM World Championship, returns to the Los Angeles market. And the venue? Historic Dodger Stadium, thanks to the efforts of Feld Motor Sports and Dodger Stadium management.

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This will be the first time a supercross race has ever been held at Dodger Stadium, which is primarily a baseball stadium. Feld Motor Sports, the organizers of the 2011 Supercross Series, gave the media an inside look at some of what goes on behind the scenes to put on a supercross race. It was also a look behind the scenes of historic Dodger Stadium.

Feld and Dodger Stadium management began communicating about this race over one year ago, so this event is already one year in the making.

Dodger’s CRO Michael Young, who rides and is a big fan of supercross, spoke at the podium about the thrill he experienced at the first supercross he ever attended. Mr. Young volunteered to be a flagman at the 1984 AMA Supercross at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. He was excited! He was going to see a supercross up close! But, as he soon learned, a flag man spends most of him time with his back to the action, instead of looking and listening for any incidents to wave the yellow flag.

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Mr. Young was presented with a 2011 commemorative supercross jersey, and promises to watch this race in a good viewing area!

There isn’t any stadium in the world that is ‘purpose built’ just to
hold a supercross. Each and every venue presents unique challenges to
put on a motor sports event! From parking to infrastructure to
operations to even communicating with local police.

Certainly it is a big challenge to put dirt on the historic Dodger
Stadium field. The grass turf at Dodger Stadium is known as one of the
best, if not the best, surface in MLB (Major League Baseball).

So how much dirt
does it take to build a full on supercross track? For Dodger Stadium,
Feld will bring in 550 truckloads of dirt. Dirt is important! And,
believe it or not, quite expensive!

Feld Motor Sports’ Dave Prater, Director of Supercross, goes thru the process of determining whether a specific venue can hold a supercross. A natural grass stadium normally has a substantial ‘sub surface.’ It’s not only the grass, but a lot of stuff underneath, including sand and the irrigation system. Dodger Stadium in particular has a very detailed sub surface. The cost of the baseball field? 4 million dollars.

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It’s actually a challenge for both Feld and the Dodger Stadium staff in getting the field surface ready. The outcome at the end of a supercross event is that the field remains 100% intact!

From a rider’s perspective on racing at a new venue, seven time supercross race winner in the 2010 AMA Supercross Series Ryan Villopoto was on hand to speak about it. RV said the main thing as a rider coming into a new venue is the dirt. Is it tacky? It is sandy? Is it slippery? Is it hard pack? Ryan expects the dirt for the Dodger Stadium event to be just fine. On a side note Ryan mentioned that he has hired Aldon Baker as his new trainer.

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Both Dave Prater and Todd Jendro, Senior Director of Operations Feld Motor Sports, continued with informing us about how events get put together.

Putting on a supercross race at a venue they have done many times before (including: San Diego, Anaheim, Las Vegas, etc..) has become very close to ‘turn key’. The stadium staff knows them and they know the stadium staff. There is a great level of trust and the stadium staff understands that Feld knows how to put on the event as smoothly as possible.

But in coming to a new venue, such as Dodger Stadium – the entire process is brand new. And there are many, many issues to address including: pits, press, TV, the dirt, logistics, storage, scoring, parking and more.

We went into the area that is literally the ‘heart beat’ of activity on race day – The press area. Officially called “The Vin Scully Press Box” it was named after the legendary Dodgers baseball announcer Vin Scully. Questions that Dave must ask in assessing whether a venue will be suitable or not: is there enough space? Can it handle VIPs? Is there areas that will be suitable for Feld personnel offices? The Feld staff does many things from there, which includes timing, scoring, TV, spotters for safety, communications with EVERYONE, even local police to help determine traffic conditions.

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Safety is another big issue. There are three spotters up above, and they can communicate with all the staff on the ground, which includes flaggers and medical staff. The spotters act as ‘eyes in the sky’, and they are able to see things that staff on the ground might not be able to see. All combined, it makes for better safety conditions for all, especially the riders.

Regarding the actual grass and floor of the stadium, there must be a ‘balance’. The Groundskeeper wants the field to stay pristine. Yet Feld has a job to do, which is design the best supercross track possible.

There is also a safety issue which is very important in building a track. Feld has to determine which seats cannot be used by fans because of safety reasons. When configured for this upcoming supercross, Dodger Stadium will seat 51,000 people.

The Pits are actually designed and ‘built’ first with a sophisticated 3D CAD program. Some of the considerations that must be taken in designing and putting the pits together? How will the egress and ingress go? Could there be ‘walking traffic’ blockages as thousands of fans are walking thru the pits? And this design must be submitted to the Fire Marshall for approval.

The Fire Marshall has a lot of authority. It’s a very important issue that Feld must address at each event.

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Kawasaki brought one of their Team Transporter semi trucks for us to see and understand how their team and truck functions. The 18 wheel semi truck is literally a race shop on wheels – and more! It has an office and kitchen as well!

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Eric Hansen is the man responsible for the field at Dodger Stadium – The Groundskeeper. The field is ‘his baby’. For the supercross race, the grass turf will be covered for a period of time long enough to kill the grass. So what’s the solution to that? The entire sod and grass will be replaced after the race!

Eric is confident in Feld’s handling of all this, because he has talked with his peers at other stadium venues, and he knows the experience of Feld in such matters.

Feld Motor Sports puts on many events during the year. Here on Supercross.com you can see the 2011 Supercross schedule, of which they produce every event except the Daytona event.

But Feld puts on many more events than you might know!

Ever hear of Arenacross? http://www.arenacross.com

How about Nuclear Cowboyz? (it’s Freestyle Motocross, but much, much more!) http://www.nuclearcowboyz.com

How about Monster Jam? Yes, Feld produces Monster Jam events! http://www.monsterjam.com

And the Supercross race at Dodger Stadium? January 22nd, 2011. Be there!!!

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