Supercross 2011: Red Bull KTM Supercross Class

Supercross 2011: Red Bull KTM Supercross Class

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For the 2011 Supercross and Motocross season, Red Bull KTM made a significant change in the offseason when they announced the hiring of Roger De Coster as Team Manager. Known simply as “The Man,” Roger brings his many years of experience to KTM, not only with his five world championships, but also as a team manager. As the team manager of Rockstar Makita Suzuki, Roger led Ryan Dungey to both the 2010 AMA Supercross championship and the AMA Motocross Championship in Dungey’s rookie season on the 450. De Coster ended the year as team manager of Team USA in the Motocross of Nations, in which USA took home first place with the team of Ryan Dungey, Trey Canard and Andrew Short.

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Shortly after helping Team USA win its 6th consecutive Motocross of Nations, Red Bull KTM announced the signing of Andrew Short to the team. Andrew brings his years of experience to a team that is making big moves in 2011 and beyond. At the 2010 supercross in San Diego, ‘Shorty’ crashed in the main event and missed most of the remainder of the season due to a foot injury. Andrew came back towards the end of the series and finished the supercross season 12th in the points standing.

Short was able to bounce back from his injury as he went into the AMA Motocross National series. After a slow start to begin the outdoor series, Andrew was able to get on the podium six times, and ended the season strong with a 3rd overall finish in the points standing. He reunites with his Motocross of Nations Team USA manager, Roger De Coster, to team up with Mike Alessi.

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In 2011, Mike Alessi makes his return to supercross, after sitting out the 2010 season to focus on the outdoor national series, where he finished 5th in the overall points standings. In that same season, when the FIM World Motocross Championships came to Glen Helen, Mike finished in second place right behind World Motocross Champion Antonio Cairoli. The last season Mike raced in the AMA Supercross series was in 2009, where he rode for Rockstar Makita Suzuki and was managed by Roger De Coster. Known for his fast starts out of the gate, Mike will be in his second year with KTM, once again with Roger as his team manager.

The 2010 World Motocross Champion, Tony Cairoli, will most likely make his AMA Supercross debut in 2011. He plans to race in 2 of the 17 rounds this season. Which 2 rounds has yet to be determined.

Andrew Short practicing at Cahuilla

All 3 riders will be riding the 2011 KTM 350 SX-F. Each bike is fine tuned for this level of racing, and they are also fine tuned specifically for each rider – primarily to make him more comfortable racing the machine.


  • Engine type: Single cylinder, 4-stroke
  • Displacement: 349.7 cc
  • Bore x stroke: 88/57.5 mm
  • Compression ratio: 13.5:1
  • Starter: Electric starter/12V 3 Ah
  • Transmission: 5 gears
  • Carburetor: Keihin EFI, throttle body 42 mm
  • Control: 4 V/DOHC with finger followers
  • Lubrication: Pressure lubrication with 2 oil pumps
  • Engine lubrication: Motorex, SAE 10W50
  • Primary drive: 24:73
  • Final drive: 14:50
  • Cooling: Liquid cooled
  • Clutch: Wet multi-disc clutch, operated hydraulically
  • Ignition: Keihin EMS


  • Frame: Central double-cradle-type 25CrMo4
  • Subframe: Aluminium
  • Handlebar: Renthal, Aluminium Ø 28/22 mm (1.10/0.87″)
  • Front suspension: WP USD Ø 48 mm (1.89″)
  • Rear suspension: WP-Monoshock with linkage
  • Suspension travel front/rear: 300/330 mm
  • Brakes, front/rear: Disc brakes 260/220 mm (10.24/8.66″)
  • Rims, front/rear: 1.60 x 21″; 2.15 x 19″ Excel
  • Tires, front/rear: 80/100-21″; 110/90-19″
  • Chain: 5/8 x 1/4″
  • Main silencer: Aluminium
  • Steering head angle: 63.5°
  • Wheel base: 1495±10 mm
  • Ground clearance (unloaded): 375 mm
  • Seat height: 992 mm
  • Tank capacity: approx. 7.5 liters
  • Weight (no fuel): approx. 103.9 kg

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All photos by Garth Milan. Courtesy of KTM.

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Dragon Racing Fuels Announces 2011 Pro Contingency & Hole Shot Award Program

Dragon Racing Fuels is pleased to announce their 2011 contingency and hole shot award program for the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series. Contingency will be paid out at for all 17 events in 2011. The rules for this program are as follows:

  • The rider must be pre-registered in the Dragon Racing Fuels contingency program prior to the start of the event. If a rider registers after the event has started, that rider is not eligible for contingency payout until the next event on the contingency schedule.
  • Rider must pre-order a minimum of (1) 5 gallon pail of Dragon Racing Fuels for each event and place in the top five in the main event. All Dragon Racing Fuels support rider must also pre-order fuel for the event to qualify for the contingency payouts. Payouts will be mailed to the registered rider the following week.
  • Dragon Racing Fuels eligible for the contingency program are Legend Series JM6, JM01, JM Pro Series, and Tarragon 110 o2.
  • The contingency rider must display a Dragon Racing Fuels logo on each side of the shroud or tank. The rider must also display one Dragon Racing Fuels logo on either the helmet or chest protector.
  • The registered contingency rider also gives Dragon Racing Fuels the right to use any and all photos or video for advertising purposes at no charge to Dragon Racing Fuels.

The contingency will be as follows:

  • 1st place- $ 500.00
  • 2nd place-$ 440.00
  • 3rd place- $ 300.00
  • 4th place- $ 200.00
  • 5th place- $ 100.00

The Dragon Racing Fuels Hole Shot prize money is intended to give back to all riders that want to reach maximum potential using the best racing fuel on the market. Dragon Racing Fuels knows how hard you work to race at your best and that is why we will never stop working for you. The formulator of our Legend Series Fuel was quoted saying “winning is not everything, it is all there is” and that is why we will always strive to be the best.

Rules for the following program are as follows:

Hole Shot Award:

  • Heat Race: $100.00
  • Main Event: $500.00
  • Rider can register any time during the 2011 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series but will only be eligible for prize money during events following registration.
  • Rider must pre-order a minimum of (1) 5 gallon pail of Dragon Racing Fuels to be picked up at each event. All Dragon Racing Fuels support riders must also pre-order fuel for the event to be registered for the Hole Shot payouts. Payouts will be mailed the following week.
  • The rider must display a Dragon Racing Fuels logo on each side of the fuel tank. The rider may also use the Dragon logo in other locations on the motorcycle but the tank decals are required.
  • Hole Shot registered rider agrees to do their best to display and feature Dragon Racing Fuels logo in or on any promotional materials such as race team profiles, product catalogs, calendars, etc.
  • Dragon Racing Fuels may use registered rider for advertising and will also make every effort to promote rider.
  • Dragon Racing Fuel is not responsible for any injury, death, or personal property damage to Hole Shot registered rider or team.
  • Product information can be found at or 1-800-286-2500.
  • A valid email address must be listed on this contract for it to be active.

Dragon Racing Fuels is solely manufactured by Performance Products Inc. a division of Newton Oil Company Inc. based in Lafayette, Indiana. Dragon Racing Fuels can be purchased from elite distributers nationwide. Stay tuned for upcoming news from Team Dragon Racing Fuels.

Supercross 2011: Loaded Lites Class features International flair for regional championships

Supercross 2011: Loaded Lites Class features International flair for regional championships

Former World Motocross Champions and future stars join America’s best

Courtesy Feld Motor Sports

Traditionally, the AMA Supercross Lites class of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, is a stage for the young stars of the sport to showcase their talent in hopes of ultimately receiving a factory ride in the AMA Supercross class.

Many former champions of this division like Ryan Dungey, James Stewart, Chad Reed, Ricky Carmichael, and Jeremy McGrath have all gone on to capture coveted AMA Supercross class titles and for 2011, the AMA Supercross Lites lineup is more talented than ever.

Despite the graduation of AMA Supercross Lites class champions from the last three years Christophe Pourcel, Jake Weimer, and Trey Canard, Monster Energy Supercross will welcome the return of several highly-talented competitors in addition to introducing a potent lineup of newcomers, four of which boasting impressive international credentials. In fact, a pair of new names will go into the history books as Western and Eastern Regional title holders once the season comes to an end on May 7 in Las Vegas.

Leading the way as title favorites for the upcoming season are Lites class veterans Broc Tickle and Wil Hahn. Each rider is making the move to one of the powerhouse programs in the division with Tickle joining the legendary Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team and Hahn becoming the newest member of GEICO Honda.

Additionally, fellow front-runners and former race winners Blake Baggett, Justin Barcia, Josh Hansen and Blake Wharton along with sophomore sensation Dean Wilson will be sure to throw their names in the mix.

Adding to the incredible depth of the Lites class is the debut of four international stars. While South African Tyla Rattray has competed stateside since the 2009 season, the former World MX 2 Champion will race in Monster Energy Supercross for the first time in 2011 for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki. Joining him is fellow South African Gareth Swanepoel, who becomes a full-time member of the DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing Yamaha team, as well as a pair of highly-touted up and comers racing out of the new Red Bull KTM stable in reigning two-time World Motocross of MX2 Champion Marvin Musquin, of France, and 16-year-old phenom Ken Roczen, of Germany.

With the implementation of an all-out AMA Supercross Lites class shootout at the season finale in Las Vegas, both the Western and Eastern Regional Championships will come down to the wire on the final night of competition with nine races apiece throughout the winter and spring.

Moreover, the world’s best AMA Supercross Lites rider will be determined in a head-to-head showdown between the top riders from each class to close out the evening. The 2011 AMA Supercross Lites class will be unlike ever before!

The distinction of Monster Energy Supercross being the world’s premier off-road motorcycle racing championship couldn’t be truer with such a globally diverse field of young talent and worldwide success. When the lights go out at Anaheim Stadium on January 8, it will commence the most prolific season in the history of the sport.

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Chad Reed, Two-Time Monster Energy Supercross Champion, Ready for Anaheim 1

Supercross and Motocross Champion Chad Reed is rested and ready for the Anaheim 1 Supercross to start the 2011 season

Courtesy Feld Motor Sports

The desire to win has always been a staple in Chad Reed‘s training regimen, but unlocking the potential to maximize his speed and talent has been a course of trial and error. That is until now. Heading into the 2011 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, season, Reed’s time away from the sport may be the key to success based on history.

The two-time AMA Supercross class champion reflected on his most successful seasons, 2004 and 2008, noting that time away from the rigors of professional supercross racing and training have actually helped him.

“Before the 2004 season, I dislocated my shoulder and was away from training and riding for almost seven weeks” said Reed. “That year I won 10 races and was on the podium six times. Following the 2007 season, I had the entire summer off and won the 2008 championship.”

Reed, who is third on the all-time AMA Supercross class wins list with 38, further analyzed his career path, noting that he made huge mistakes in trying to defend his championship, which he has yet to do.

“In the off-season, I have always worked hard to defend my titles, and I think that has hurt me” he added. “As I was trying to get better, I was actually hurting my progress.”

Last season, Reed was forced to withdraw from the championship due to an injury to his left hand that happened in a crash with rival James Stewart. This allowed Reed to step away from the sport and live a normal life for a few months, which included becoming a father to his son, Tate. One could make the case that the AMA Supercross class veteran has been overworked and arguably so; he’s first on the all-time consecutive start list with 116.

“I know that you have to be in it to win it” said Reed about his consistency.

As Reed’s contract with the Monster Energy Kawasaki came to an end this fall, he was left without a job and the search wasn’t easy. After exploring the market, he decided to take a chance and form his own team, riding Honda motorcycles with support from Pro Circuit. During the time that he was unemployed, the Australian native wondered if this was a sign to call it quits.

“I’ve been around and seen a lot and thought that forming my own team would be something that was fun, new and exciting,” said Reed. “I’ve always tried to stay focused and do what I believe in, but there was something missing. It was like 80% was there and I was missing something and that was happiness. Right now I feel like I am at 100%.”

Reed began racing in the U.S. in 2003, winning the Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites class championship as a rookie and moving into the premier class the following season. As he enters his eighth season, he welcomes the challenges the 2011 season presents.

“Everyone keeps talking about how competitive this season is going to be that I feel like it’s going to be the young guys versus the old guys like James (Stewart) and I,” said Reed.

While the rivalry between James Stewart and Reed was put on the shelf in 2010, it will be a major part of the 2011 storyline.

“James and I have a lot of respect for each other and what gets in the way is we both want to win and neither of us let anything get in the way of that,” said Reed. “My job is to show up prepared and do what I do best.”

Elizabeth Bash [18]

Elizabeth Bash [18]

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D.O.B.: June 23, 1986

Residence: Lake Elsinore, CA

Birthplace: Westminster, CA

Height: 5′ 9″

Weight: 150 lbs

Bike: Honda 250F

Favorite Book: Of Mice and Men

Favorite Movie: Dumb and Dumber

Favorite Music: Country

Favorite Track: Oak Hill, Hangtown

Favorite Rider: Trey Canard

Age Started Riding: 12

Hobbies: Shopping, Soccer, Dog Park, Eating

Nickname: The Basher, Ebash


Elizabeth Bash’s Career Highlights


X Games 15 Women’s Moto X Super X – Bronze Medal

AMA Loretta Lynn’s Amateur: Hurricane Mills, TN: Women’s 14+ – 3rd overall

GNC National Finals – Oak Hill MX:  Decatur, TX: Women’s Pro – 3rd overall

Spring Classic – Lake Whitney MX:  Whitney, TX: Women’s Pro – 4th overall


AMA Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Nat: Hurricane Mills, TN: Women’s 12+ – 6rd overall

WMA Cup – Freestone County Raceway: Wortham, TX: Women’s Pro – 3rd overall


AMA/WMA Women’s Pro National Championship Points Standings:  4th overall

AMA Loretta Lynn’s Amateur Nat:  Hurricane Mills, TN: Women’s 12+ – 3rd overall

GNC National Finals – Oak Hill MX Park:  Decatur, TX: Women’s Pro – 2rd overall

Spring Classic – Lake Whitney MX:  Whitney, TX: Women’s Pro – 3th overall

Mammoth Mountain National:  Mammoth Lakes, CA: Women’s Pro – 2nd overall

AMA/WMA National – Thunder Valley:  Lakewood, CO: 3th overall

WMA Cup – Cycle Ranch:  Floresville, TX: Women’s Pro – 3rd overall


WMA Cup – Cycle Ranch:  Floresville, TX: Women’s Pro – 4rd overall

GNC National Finals – Oak Hill MX Park:  Decatur, TX: Women’s Pro – 4th overall

Spring Classic – Lake Whitney MX:  Whitney, TX: Women’s Pro – 2th overall


WMA Cup – Cycle Ranch:  Floresville, TX: Women’s Pro – 5th overall

GNC National Finals – Oak Hill MX Park:  Decatur, TX: Women’s Pro – 1st overall


AMA/WMA Pro National Championship – 4th Place Overall


WML Women’s Amateur Champion, Glen Helen

WML Women’s Amateur Champion, Hangtown

Mammoth Mountain National – Women’s Amateur Champion

Elizabeth Bash Media Gallery


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