The 2011 Supercross season is still 10 days from the opening race in Anaheim, but it claimed it’s first victim today. The 2010 West Supercross Lites Champion, Jake Weimer, broke his arm while practicing for the opener. He will undergo surgery later today to repair the break. No timetable has been established for his return and discussions on a replacement rider have yet to be held. Stay tuned to Supercross.com for the latest information on Weimer’s injury and all other Supercross news.
As the 2011 AMA Arenacross Series season approaches, Feld Motor Sports announces that for the first time ever, all 14 rounds of the world’s most intimate form of racing will feature live timing and scoring. Fans of the series simply need to log onto Arenacross.com, the official website of the AMA Arenacross Series, for all the results and the latest from the track.
Initially made popular through Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, the live timing and scoring feature is a revolutionary advancement for the compact excitement of the arena-based AMA Arenacross Series.
“The addition of live timing and scoring on Arenacross.com is a huge step for the sport,” said AMA Arenacross Series Director Jayme Dalsing. “There is a very dedicated fan base of arenacross fans all over the country and in years past, there was a significant delay to get information on who won. Now, everyone will know what takes place as it happens.”
Throughout each of the 19 nights of intense, bar-to-bar action, practice times, heat race lineups and results in addition to the all-important final standings from the main events of both the AMA Arenacross and AMA Arenacross Lites classes will be at fans’ fingertips.
The 2011 AMA Arenacross Series season kicks off on January 8 from the BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. The reigning champion Babbitt’s Monster Energy/TiLube Kawasaki team returns as a formidable force to defend the 2010 title while veteran teams like Spinechillers Racing and Triple Effect Kawasaki aim to dethrone them.
For more information on the 2011 AMA Arenacross Series, log on to www.Arenacross.com.
I am sure there are a lot of varied opinions on this topic.Ã‚Â I am equally as sure that though the opinions on which film is the best vary, there is a consensus that the same film maker made the films. The Motocross Files is produced by Pipeline Digital Media. PDM does a fantastic job of documenting the history of the sport. They have produced documentaries on such Motocross greats as Roger DeCoster, David Bailey and Brad Lackey. Their latest endeavor, I believe, is the finest film ever produced on the sport of motocross.
The 1980 USGP at Carlsbad raceway is one of the most memorable events in American motocross history. Marty Moates came out of obscurity, racing in his lone World Grand Prix event, to capture the checkered flag in both motos to give the United States their first ever overall victory at the legendary raceway. I really do not think the significance of the event can be overstated. Remember, this is 1980. National pride in sports ran very deep for people across the globe. It was only a few months earlier that we heard Al Michaels shouting, “Do you believe in miracles!?” as the American hockey team took down the vaunted Russians to advance to the Gold Medal game. They were huge underdogs. They could not be beaten. Kind of like theÃ‚Â eventual World Champion Andre Malherbe and “Bad Brad” Lackey. Especially for some nobody who would only race this one Grand Prix.
Todd Huffman and his team have made an incredible film. If you have not had the opportunity to watch it, make some time to do so. The DVD includes the full-length documentary on the race, the original ABC Wide World of Sports coverage,Ã‚Â a short feature on the memorial lap in Moates’ honor at the USGP in 2010 held at Glen Helen raceway and, of course, some deleted scenes. Listening to the old two-smokers and watching an American overcome a wreck in both motos to get a win at a race dominated by Europeans brought back wave after wave of nostalgia. I could almost smell the mixed gas. I found myself cheering Marty on as if the outcome were in doubt. It made me thankful that I was introduced to this great sport at an early age. It made me thankful that I am a part of it today.
See you at the races!
Racer Productions, producers of the Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series, announce the schedule for the 13-round 2011 GNCC racing tour. While the dates for the events were announced previously, the series locations are now available, including the announcement of several new facilities.
The Indy 100 GNCC in Gosport, Indiana joins the tour for the first time on May 14-15, and the Rock Run GNCC in Altoona, Pennsylvania debuts on May 28-29. The location for one other GNCC round, on September 24-25, will be announced shortly. GNCC officials are currently exploring venues in the Northern Pennsylvania or Western New York region.
“We’re excited to head to these new locations, as well as our existing tracks,” says GNCC Trail Boss Jeff Russell. “Indiana and Pennsylvania have a long history in this series and we expect plenty of fans to come and cheer the racers, and plenty of racers to enjoy these new tracks.”
The Antoona, Pennsylvania, race will effectively replace the Somerset, Pennsylvania round that ran in 2010, as the two locations are within about 20 miles of each other. The Gosport, Indiana, race, hopes to capitalize on the popularity of the Ironman GNCC in Crawfordsville, Indiana, which is usually one of the biggest events of the year.
The series once again opens with the River Ranch GNCC in River Ranch, Florida. As part of the annual Daytona Bike Week schedule, ATVs will practice on Saturday March 5 and race on Sunday, March 6. Bikes will practice on Monday, March 7 and race on Tuesday March 8.
2011 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series Schedule
Round 1: Westgate River Ranch GNCC
River Ranch, FL
Round 2: The General GNCC
Round 3: Steele Creek GNCC
Round 4: Big Buck GNCC
Round 5: Loretta Lynn’s GNCC
April 30-May 1
Hurricane Mills, TN
Round 6: Indy 100 GNCC
Round 7: Rock Run GNCC
Round 8: Snowshoe GNCC
Round 9: The John Penton GNCC
Round 10: Unadilla, GNCC
New Berlin, NY
Round 11: TBA
Round 12: Power Line Park GNCC
St. Clairsville, OH
Round 13: The Ironman GNCC
The 2011 season will also see continued coverage of the GNCC series on Versus Network, marking the tour’s 11th season airing on cable television.
About GNCC Racing
The Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series is America’s premier off-road racing series. Founded in 1979, the 13-round championship is produced exclusively by Racer Productions. Each event is nationally televised on the Versus Network, and consists of two race days: ATVs and side-by-side machines on Saturday, and motorcycles on Sunday. The grueling three-hour races draw as many as 1,800 riders, making it the largest off-road racing series in the world. For more information, please visit www.gnccracing.com.
Second-Annual Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross Championship Entries Open December 28, 2010
Race entries are now on sale for the second-annual Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross Championship, which takes place on Sunday, March 6, at the Daytona International Speedway, following the Daytona Pro Supercross event. On Monday, March 7, Carmichael will host Ricky Carmichael University, with riding instruction from the 15-Time AMA National Champion and friends.
Race on the famous high banks of Daytona. Photo By: Simon Cudby
To access pre-entry for the race and the school, scroll to the following link:
“We were thrilled to hold an amateur race on the storied grounds of Daytona last year, and we’re going to make this year’s event even better,” says Tim Cotter, director of MX Sports. “We learned a lot at the first annual event, and we’re excited to put those lessons to work and help this event grow. With big thanks to Ricky, his family and friends, we believe this event is about to become a mainstay on the amateur circuit.”
“I’m really excited to be back for year two,” says Carmichael. “As far as racing goes, Daytona is home to me, and it’s a great feeling to give back to the sport that made me who I am today. The racing should be fun to watch, and I’m really looking forward to applying what I know to help these riders in Monday’s school. This is a supercross country, and you have to be able to ride it to succeed.”
Sunday’s race allows the top amateur riders in the world to race on the coveted Daytona Supercross track. After filling every gate position last year, this year’s event expands to run under the lights into Sunday evening, allowing more classes, more laps and more riders.
MX Sports organizes the event by utilizing nearly 30 years of experience operating the AMA Amateur Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn Ranch. The RCAMSX class structure includes classes for youth riders on 50cc bikes all the way up to vet and senior classes. The race will follow a supercross format, using heat races and last chance qualifiers to seed the field of riders into a main event in each class. Unlike the Loretta Lynn Ranch format, riders do not need to qualify at other races in order to participate in the Daytona event.
Monday’s Ricky Carmichael University marks the only U.S. riding school opportunity with the 15-time AMA National Champion. RC and his team will share exclusive riding secrets during a one-day-only Supercross camp on the Daytona track, with breakfast, lunch, instruction and plenty of riding included.
Amateur riders and their families are encouraged to come down early and camp on the Daytona infield, where hookups are available. Move in, sign up and camping begins on Saturday, March 5, so amateur families can watch the pros compete on Saturday night in the Daytona Supercross. Amateur racing takes place on Sunday, March 6, with Ricky Carmichael University commencing on Monday, March 7.
Entry is $140 for the first class and $80 dollars for additional classes. Race entry also includes a free ticket to Saturday night’s pro Daytona Supercross, a pit pass and seating on the infield side of the track, as well as your amateur supercross ticket (all totaled, a $70 dollar value). Racer family members can also purchase seating and pit passes for Saturday night’s pro race, all by visiting the pre-entry link.