The 5 Spot – Off-Season Update – by AMA Supercross and Motocross Champion Ryan Dungey

The 5 Spot – Off-Season Update – by AMA Supercross and Motocross Champion Ryan Dungey

The 5 Spot - Off-Season Update - by AMA Supercross and Motocross Champion Ryan Dungey - Photo 1 of 1The thought of a few months of downtime is always something I look forward to when the season comes to an end, but by the time Christmas is here, I’m blown away by how fast the time passed and how busy I’ve managed to be despite not racing.

Although I haven’t been able to spend as much time back home in Minnesota with my family as I’d like, I’ve still enjoyed the experiences I’ve had since October. First and foremost, I want to express my gratitude to both Racer X and Transworld for naming me their Rider of the Year. It’s an incredible honor to be recognized by two of the biggest motocross magazines in the world and to be selected as Rider of the Year for the second time leaves me speechless.

It was a great year through all the highs and lows. I learned a lot as a rider and as an individual and I’ve reached a point in my life that I feel like I truly understand what it takes to be a champion. A lot of that wouldn’t be possible without the undying support of my family, friends, Rockstar/Makita Suzuki team and all you fans out there. Your supportive voices at the races help keep me at the top of my game each and every lap.

Believe it or not, the 2011 season is right around the corner. I’ve been putting a lot of work in over the last few weeks and we even had a team test session and photo shoot not too long ago down in Tallahassee. It was a good chance to get the team together and get everyone on the same page with Mike Webb leading the way.

The bike felt great and it was great to catch up with the gang. I miss being around all those guys and I honestly don’t think the season can come soon enough. The addition of Mike has been a huge asset to the team so far. Although it’s only been a short amount of time, he’s done exceptionally well and I really enjoy working with him. I feel like we are starting right where we left off even with some new faces which bodes well for the season ahead.

With the amount of testing we’ve already been able to do, I think we’ve managed to make the RMZ-450 an even better bike than it already was. I couldn’t imagine feeling more confident in my racing machine, but I’m really excited.

Finally, thanks to Target, I celebrated my 21st birthday in style just a couple weeks ago. I’ve had a long and enjoyable relationship with them as a pro and they continued to impress me by providing a memorable night with some of the most important people in my life and a lot of good friends right in my home state of Minnesota.

It was a blast and I was superpumped to see a lot of faces that I usually only have the privilege of seeing during the season. Special thanks to everyone at Target for giving me the perfect birthday experience. I couldn’t have asked for a better introduction to adulthood.

That’s all for now, but you’ll be hearing from me soon. I can’t wait to see you all at the races.

Have a wonderful Christmas and a safe New Year!


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RED BULL: NEW YEAR. NO LIMITS. Levi LaVallee Injury Necessitates Event Cancellation

Levi LaVallee was injured on Tuesday, December 14, while practicing in Southern California for his planned world record snowmobile distance jump at this year’s Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. event, set to take place in San Diego on December 31 and telecast on ESPN. LaVallee was immediately transported to a local hospital where he is in stable condition and is expected to make a full recovery. As a result of this incident, however, it has been decided that Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. will be cancelled this year.

The safety of Red Bull’s world-class athletes is paramount, and all precautions were taken during LaVallee’s testing sessions to ensure he could perform in the safest-possible setting.

Leading up to the event, LaVallee, 28, from Longville, MN, worked with athlete performance experts, aerodynamics experts and engineers, in addition to his core team, in an effort to get the most out of his body and snowmobile. During testing, LaVallee jumped an astounding 361 feet, eclipsing the existing record by 60 feet. This jump will be submitted for world record certification.

LaVallee has had a very successful career in several snowmobile disciplines. A snocross racer for more than 15 years, he took up freestyle in 2007, and at Winter X Games 12 in 2008, he won the gold medal in the Freestyle and Speed & Style events and was named Athlete of the Games. In 2009, he won the Pro Stock Snocross championship and came thisclose to landing the first-ever snowmobile double backflip at Winter X 13, garnering global media attention. Earlier this year, at Winter X 14, he took gold in the newly-created Snowmobile Knock Out event, his seventh Winter X Games medal.

LaVallee was to be the fourth athlete to star in Red Bull’s annual New Year’s Eve celebration on ESPN, which highlights extraordinary athletes pushing their physical, mental and technical limits to break boundaries and records. Robbie Maddison jumped his motorcycle 322 feet over a football field in Las Vegas in 2007 and followed it up in 2008 by jumping onto and off of the 96-foot-tall Arc De Triomphe at Paris Las Vegas. Also in 2008, Rhys Millen backflipped an off-road truck. Last year, Travis Pastrana jumped his rally car 269 feet over water, landing on a barge in Long Beach’s Rainbow Harbor.

American Motorcyclist Association welcomes promoting partner for AMA Racing Dirt Track Grand Championships

American Motorcyclist Association welcomes promoting partner for AMA Racing Dirt Track Grand Championships

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The American Motorcyclist Association is pleased to announce a new promoting partner for the AMA Racing Dirt Track Grand Championships. North America Action Sports (NAAS) will promote and operate the 2011 championship event July 25-31 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in Du Quoin, Ill.

“The three legs of a successful event are sanctioning, operations and promotions,” said AMA Director of Racing Joe Bromley. “As the largest amateur motorsports sanctioning body in the United States, the AMA historically seeks strong promoting partners to ensure our events are the best they can be. We are confident that this new partnership with North America Action Sports, an experienced leader in event promotion, will pay big dividends for racers and fans at the AMA Racing Dirt Track Grand Championships.”

Rosanna Grzebinski, who along with her husband, Patrick, Grzebinski owns NAAS, says the company is excited about expanding its involvement into dirt-track competition.

“We are thrilled to be working with the AMA on the 2011 AMA Racing Dirt Track Grand Championships at the beautiful Du Quoin State Fairgrounds,” Grzebinski said. “Our first goal is to have a smooth transition with this popular and historic event. We also intend to work hard to expand the popularity of dirt-track and encourage racers from other disciplines to get involved in the sport. We look forward to working with this fantastic group of people at their amazing facility!”

NAAS also promotes the AMA Racing Ice Race Grand Championships, which recently went live with online registration at, and is a sister company to Baja Acres MX, a major motocross track and promoter near Flint, Mich.

The AMA Racing Dirt Track Grand Championships crown champions based on their accumulated points in all four dirt-track disciplines throughout the event. The top riders compete for the AMA Dirt Track Horizon Award, which honors the amateur racer poised for success on the pro level. Racers field traditional dirt-trackers and the latest DTX-machinery. DTX bikes are a fast-growing segment of dirt-track racing. They begin as showroom-fresh motocross bikes that are then fitted with dirt-track tires, suspension and other modifications.

The event features competition in half-mile, short-track, TT and Mile racing. The indoor short-track facility is one of the finest in the nation, while the Du Quoin Magic Mile is one of the most historic mile courses in the world.

For more information about dirt-track racing, see the Racing section of

About the American Motorcyclist Association

Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists’ interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through its support of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the AMA preserves the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, please visit

Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour 2011 Announcement

Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour 2011 Announcement

Beginning in April 2011, the best FMX riders in the world will fight for the coveted title at the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour taking place over six events on four continents. This year’s new locations are set in the UAE and Australia for the season’s finale as well as returns to Spain, Italy, Brazil and Poland.

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“If you need to win one series in order to gain immortality, then it is definitely this one,” stressed Nate Adams after the season final in 2010. Adams, who captured the title without winning a single event but by showing great consistency, looked back on the five-event season which included 770 jumps, 524 flips and nearly 55,000 feet travelled through air by the world’s top riders.

But 2011 will hold yet another challenge for the current champion and his competitors. The series will kick off in United Arab Emirates on April 15. Events in Brazil (May 28), Italy (June 24), Spain (July 15) and Poland (August 6) will follow, before the World Tour will finish in Australia (September 17) for the first time in its ten-year history. Andre Villa, who was only five points behind the champion during the past season and contender for the runner-up spot, explained: ‘The slightest mistake is enough and the chance to win the title is gone.’

Beginning in 2001, the Red Bull X-Fighters set new standards on an international level. Since then, top stars in the scene have queued up for starting places at this event and rookies like Levis Sherwood (NZL) were brought to light with the help of this series. Red Bull X-Fighters take place at locations where you would never expect world-class motorsports. The World Tour stops at the most famous cities and historic sites around the world. Adams (USA), Robbie Maddison (AUS), Villa (NOR), Mat Rebeaud (SUI), Dany Torres (ESP), Levi Sherwood (NZL) and many more have fascinated hundreds of thousands of fans at large bullfighting arenas in Mexico City and Spain (Valencia and Madrid), at the Sphinx of Giza, Red Square in Moscow and The Fort Worth Stockyards, as well as in the Brazilian metropolis of Rio de Janeiro and in the Eternal City of Rome.

The Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour 2011 Calendar:

  • UAE April 15
  • Brazil May 28
  • Italy June 24
  • Spain July 15
  • Poland August 6
  • Australia September 17

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All images credit: Red Bull Photofiles

2010 Bike GNCC Awards Banquet

2010 Bike GNCC Awards Banquet

GNCC Specialty Awards Presented on an Emotional GNCC Banquet Night

Accolades abounded at the 2010 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Banquets, which took place on December 10 ATV) and 11 (bikes) at Lakeview Resort in Morgantown, WV. Over 1200 racers, fans and family members attended the banquets.

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Photo By: Andrew Fredrickson

On the bike side, new GNCC Champion Josh Strang collected the most awards, not only a number-one plate, trophy, medallion and diamond-encrusted GNCC Championship ring, but also the Sportsmanship Award for helping his competitors during tough times. The 22-year-old Australian also collected the Rider of the Year Award.

“I think everyone has the dream of becoming a champion one day, it’s just amazing to me that I was able to do it,” said Strang.

Perhaps the biggest ovation went to eight-time GNCC Champion Barry Hawk, who announced his retirement, and was then presented with the GNCC Lifetime Achievement Award. A special tribute video in his honor brought the crowd to its feet.

Open A Champion Jordan Ashburn collected Amateur Rider of the Year honors, and Layne Michael won the Youth Rider of the Year Award. XC1 Rookie Chris Bach won Most Improved. Al Chuppa, who had a heart attack after the GNCC opener in Florida but later returned to race later in the season, won the Bad *** Award. Cody Gerhard and his family won the Good Samaritan Award for putting together a variety of fundraisers throughout the year.

Team Pinncale Performance, a family pit crew from Maryland, won the Rough and Ready Pit Crew Award. Dave “Hollywood” Cripe, mechanic for XC2 Champion Kailub Russell, won the Sport Ambassador Award.

West Virginia won the State Championship trophy after producing five GNCC Championships. won Sponsor of the Year for backing the $50,000 Snowshoe GNCC purse, and the popular new website took the Award of Media excellence.

The GNCC series also presented tear drop awards in memoriam of racing family members who passed during the year, including Richard Clarke, Jessica Lojak and Eyvind Boyesen.

The 2011 Can-Am Series kicks off on March 5-8 with the Westgate River Ranch GNCC.

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

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