Troy Lee Designs Race Team announces new sponsorship with Adidas

Troy Lee Designs Race Team announces new sponsorship with Adidas

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TLD Race Team announces new sponsor

Adidas and Troy Lee Designs announce a partnership agreement between Adidas Action Sports and the motocross icon.

This partnership begins with the Troy Lee motocross teams wearing Adidas footwear.

Troy Lee had this to say about the new partnership, “Adidas has been around since 1948. They have a lot of heart and soul and a long history in sports. Adidas wins gold medals in the Olympics and Troy Lee Designs wins gold medals in the X-Games, so the fit seems perfect to me.”


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Last year sometime I wrote about the possibility of Yamaha not fielding a team for the upcoming season and what type of ripple effect that might have on the sport. What I failed to do around that same time was to look who was next in line. I have been hearing for the last two years that Suzuki (Japan) has been consolidating and down sizing at a rapid pace.  But what is putting Suzuki in this position and is there a high possibility that Suzuki will quickly follow Yamaha right out of the “Official” racing business.

Now we know they have officially farmed out there 250 factory effort to Bill Keefe manager of the Rockstar/Canidae team. They are loaded with rookies and set to tackle the 2011 season so not all is bad. Yet in other parts of the world Suzuki lost prised talent Ken Roczen, to what is now considered the premier team to be on,  and their USA stronghold of Roger DeCoster fades into the past. What will become of Ryan Dungey and is it possible that the cost of having such long term and near perfect seasons could have crippled the company globally?

The facts are between KW’s fat cat deal, RC winning everything, CR grabbing the outdoor title, RD dominating for a year and a half and suddenly Suzuki could be reaching down to nothing but lint. So now you have to stop and think is there a trend here? Well let’s take Yamaha who was our first full time vacancy of last year. Reed did pretty well, YoT won quite a few championships, then before that was MC and Henry winning, Dowd and Windham before that. Seems to me that there easy is a pretty easy correlation between the two.

On the other side of the pond most of the Road Racing efforts are going through some pretty major changes. Their MotoGP program has been just a disaster. Suzuki has blown through their expensive allotment of engines for the season while both riders have rode injured in one way shape or form to mediocre results. Their world Superbike team just released their top talent out a year early while the Batta run team confirms they will only have one rider for next year. Suzuki is contracted to Dorna and really have no out when it comes to following Kawasaki right out of MotoGP.

Yoshimura’s name is closely related with  many of the teams world wide and management of racing could find it’s way in their hands in no time. Tom Webb, the offroad manager, is penciled in to take over and Dungey is rumored to be signed, but who really knows. If they were willing to give up Haslam in WSBK, Spies in MotoGP, Roczen in GP’s, then why not give up Dungey. If Dungey does what he is hired to do and he has a guarantee on paper, then you have some counters in the Suzuki basement who are pulling the emergency chute and hoping for a soft landing.

Hopefully I am wrong and the company comes back strong, but it has to make you nervous. Thor is a company who is the middle of some big changes and with those changes you know Parts Unlimited is going through some things as well. This could be one of the biggest supporters of our sport’s future and one to keep an eye on if things continue in the direction they are.

 


American Suzuki Honors 2010 Champions and Looks Forward to 2011 Supercross Season

American Suzuki Honors 2010 Champions and Looks Forward to 2011 Supercross Season

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American Suzuki Motor Corporation is to present its five Suzuki champions of the 2010 AMA race season with custom commemorative awards honouring their achievements.

The custom, hand-built awards are being presented to Ryan Dungey, the 2010 AMA Supercross and Motocross Champion, Josh Strang, the 2010 GNCC Bike XC1 Champion, Chris Borich, the 2010 GNCC ATV XC1 Champion, Josh Creamer, the 2010 AMA ATV Motocross Champion and Martin Cardenas, the 2010 AMA Daytona Sportbike Champion.

“We’re ecstatic with the results these great Champions were able to accomplish in 2010,” said Suzuki Manager of Communications Steve Bortolamedi. “It is a testament to the hard work and will of the riders and teams as well as the power and performance of Suzuki Motorcycles and ATVs.

“Our results speak for themselves as Suzuki motorcycles and ATVs have been dominant in many categories since their introduction. Suzuki’s DNA, the GSX-R Sportbike, has completely dominated the AMA Superbike Championship series for well over the past decade. The Suzuki RM-Z450 was the first four-stroke AMA Supercross Champion, as well as the first fuel-injected AMA Supercross and Motocross Championship motorcycle. The RM-Z450 also holds the honours of having the most AMA Motocross titles and by far the most AMA Motocross wins of any 450 four-stroke motorcycle. Our Suzuki QuadRacer R450 has dominated the AMA ATV Motocross Championship scoring titles for the last three years in a row. The potent and reliable Suzuki QuadRacer has also dominated and claimed the last two GNCC ATV XC1 Championships as well.”

Suzuki is serious about racing and for 2011 its commitment is stronger than ever: It all starts on January 8th when the gate drops on the 2011 AMA Supercross season in Anaheim, California. The Rockstar Makita Suzuki team will be ready to dominate with returning AMA Supercross and Motocross Champion Ryan Dungey. Dungey will be joined by new team mate Brett Metcalfe and both will be competing aboard a pair of Yoshimura-equipped 2011 Suzuki RM-Z450s. The Rockstar Energy Suzuki Team will be representing Suzuki in the AMA Supercross Lites class for 2011. Competing aboard the all-new 2011 Suzuki RM-Z250 for the 2011 Rockstar Energy Suzuki Team will be Martin Davalos, Ryan Morais, Ian Trettel and Jason Anderson. In the off-road arena, the FMF Makita Suzuki team will be back in force competing in the 2011 GNCC Bike XC1 Championship with returning champion Josh Strang aboard his 2011 Suzuki RM-Z450.

In road racing, the Rockstar Makita Yoshimura Suzuki team will be in full force, competing in the 2011 AMA American Superbike Championship with a pair of Yoshimura-prepared 2011 Suzuki GSX-R1000s ridden by returning riders Tommy Hayden and Blake Young. Also campaigning the GSX-R1000 will be the Michael Jordan Motorsports team with Ben Bostrom aboard the Jordan Suzuki and Roger Lee Hayden on the National Guard Jordan Suzuki. Competing with the all-new 2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 in the Daytona Sportbike class will be the M4 Suzuki team with 2010 Daytona Sportbike Champion Martin Cardenas and the GEICO Powersports RMR Suzuki team with Danny Eslick. M4 Suzuki will also compete in the Superbike class with Chris Ulrich. Rounding out the Suzuki road race effort in the Daytona Sportbike class will be the Vesrah Suzuki team with returning rider Cory West also piloting the new Suzuki GSX-R600.

“We’ve been fortunate to have quality, competitive product, strong results and great sponsors to build such a strong and dominant race program,” said Suzuki Motorcycle and ATV National Sales Manager Rod Lopusnak. “Our goal is to maintain this position and continue this success in 2011 and beyond.”

In 2011, American Suzuki will continue to offer racers at all levels their industry-leading support and contingency programs. More information can be found at www.suzukicycles.com.


Supercross 2011: Kyle Regal discusses move to L & M Racing Yamaha

Supercross 2011: Kyle Regal discusses move to L & M Racing Yamaha

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Moving up from the Lites class to the full time 17 rounds in the premier 450 Supercross class is a big step for any racer. Making it a double whammy, Kyle Regal is also going from Privateer Status to a full Factory Sam Manuel L & M Yamaha ride.

Kyle rode a few 450 Supercross rounds last season, when he wasn’t racing in the Supercross East Coast Lites, but it was this summer Kyle really gained momentum on the 450, finishing ninth in the series final standings.

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Angela: Kyle, we are a few weeks until the beginning of the 2011 Supercross season, how is this last month leading up to the new season going for you?

Kyle Regal: I got on a new bike and team, the Sam Manuel Yamaha Team, so I have been very busy training, testing, and just getting the bike dialed in and putting the needed time into my program, on and off the track.

A great team to get a ride with, with Larry Brooks as Team Manager – how does it feel?

Kyle: I am pretty pumped about it, and considering where I came from, it feels great to have made this move to the team. I was on the privateer Honda last season, so it is different than what I was doing, going from Privateer to a Factory team. The research and development that they have is crazy and I am just looking forward to the upcoming season and doing the best I can.

I am putting in a lot of training and over the next two weeks I am going to be putting in even more. Then I will back it down, relax and it will be great to get back and visit the family for the Christmas holiday back in Michigan. That is where I am originally from, Howell, Michigan, that is where I was born but I was raised in Fowlerville, and now I am in California. So, after a few days with the family, I will get back to my fitness program until we get to A1.

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How about your mechanic, a key person to your program, how are things ‘under the tent’?

Kyle: Chris is good guy and I am happy with my mechanic. We both like to golf, so that is cool and when it comes to everything Supercross and MX, Chris knows his job and does it well. He is a great mechanic. He has the bike running great, he knows the bike, and runs the pit board perfect, so I am excited for this new season to start.

Are you riding and training with any other guys or anyone from your team?

Kyle: Right now, I am mainly riding and testing out at the L & M track, which is directly behind the Yamaha track. But I have done some laps on the Yamaha track with all the other Yamaha teams. James Stewart has come out to the track twice and it was good to ride with him and everyone from the team. I have learned a lot in a short period of time, so I am extremely grateful.

What about your training off the bike?

Kyle: I am working with one guy Josh and he is from Gold’s Gym. He is really good and a former Marine, so he is kind of gnarly but that is exactly what I was looking for – a real tough person because the challenge is just what I need to push me in the right direction.

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Looking back at this past AMA National Motocross series, you had some good results and some not so good. How would you sum up your summer of racing?



Kyle: Yeah, this summer I had some inconsistencies, not mainly on my part but dumb stuff was happening that was out of my control. We had a couple of mechanical issues and then some stuff that should never happen, like hitting a photographer during a race. I did not score points on a few of the rounds but with some good results and a podium at Freestone and Millville, that put me in the top ten overall, so I am pretty happy about the end results.

You had a very close encounter with a photographer, where did that happen?

Kyle: That was up at Washougal and happened during our practice qualifiers. It was a total bummer because the prior weekend I was on podium at Spring Creek and then I did not even get to race Washougal.



I am sure you have a good group of people supporting you, who do you want to thank for that support?

Kyle: I want to thank those people who have been behind me since
the beginning, my parents and friends back home. And to Larry Brooks for giving me the biggest opportunity I could ever have, I am very
thankful. Sam Manuel Yamaha, Western Power Sports, Fly Racing, Arai,
Gaerne, and I have a couple of new sponsors, Spy, DC and Red Bull is
stepping up big. And to everyone else who has helped me get to this
stage in my career, I couldn’t be happier.

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2nd Annual DC Moto TF Ride Day and Invitational Poker Tournament

2nd Annual DC Moto TF Ride Day and Invitational Poker Tournament

Supercross 2011 is right around the corner! So much is going on, both publicly, but also behind the scenes. One public and noteworthy item – DC Shoes has a new three year contract with Monster Energy Supercross!

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I was invited to the 2nd Annual DC Moto TF Ride Day and Invitational Poker Tournament at Pala Raceway. It was a full day’s ‘work’ for the DC Athletes; group photos, action shots, interviews, and lots of MX riding at Pala. And there was good game of Poker to raise money for Road 2 Recovery. The list of Athletes sponsored by the DC Shoes brand is a very impressive group making this Supercross assignment unique fun for me!

Included at the event were: Jeremy McGrath, Travis Pastrana, Robbie Maddison, Nate Adams, Adam Jones, Josh Hill, Trey Canard, Jolene Van Vugt, Malcolm Stewart, Tommy Searle, Adam Cianciarulo, Zach Bell, Chase Bell, Kyle Regal, Carson Mumford, Tyler Bereman, Jason Anderson, Ian Trettle, Martin Davalos, and Ryan Morais.

Thanks to DC for inviting me, and all their help. And please enjoy a few photos of my day there!



Angela

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Josh Hill

2nd Annual DC Moto TF Ride Day and Invitational Poker Tournament - Photo 4 of 9Ryan Morais

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