JDR Motorsports Announces J-Star Motors as New Title Sponsor

JDR Motorsports announced today that J-Star Motors has signed on as the title sponsor of its U.S. based 2011 Supercross and Motocross Team.

JDR Motorsports formed its first professional team in 2008 with the signing of former World Vice-Champion Andrew McFarlane. After great results in the 2009 season, KTM Motorsports welcomed JDR to the family and has been a supporter of the team ever since. The JDR Motorsports team won the 2010 Australian Motocross Lites Championship earlier this year with American rider PJ Larsen. The team also is in contention for the Australian Super X Lites Championship pending an appeal.

For 2011, JDR will be running a 5-rider Australian team and a 2-rider North American team. J-Star Motors has signed on to sponsor the U.S based team supporting American rider PJ Larsen in the AMA East Supercross Lites and AMA Motocross 250cc class and Australian rider Tye Simmonds aboard his KTM 350 SX-F in the AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross competition.

J-Star Motors is a successful high-end used car dealership in Anaheim Hills, CA. J-Star Motors is comprised of a staff of motorcycle enthusiasts, and therefore, has a large motocross racing clientele. The owner of J-Star Motors, Jared Merrell, loves the sport of motocross and jumped at the opportunity to get involved deeper into the sport of motorcycling racing.

‘I couldn’t be happier to sign on with the JDR Motorsports Team. I have always wanted to support a racing team and was waiting for the right opportunity. My long-standing relationship with Team Manager Nathan Ramsey and the success the team has had the past year in Australia has given me the confidence and provided the opportunity for us to come aboard as the title sponsor. We are incredibly thrilled with the decision to sign on with JDR and look forward to the opening round,” said Merrell.

Ramsey mentioned, “It is great to work with Jared as I have known him for over 10 years and feel incredibly comfortable having his company as our title sponsor. J-Star is a very popular company within the motocross industry and we feel it is a perfect fit for the direction we want to take the team. I can’t wait to get the year rolling.”

“Bringing J-Star Motors on board as a title sponsor is the next exciting step in JDR Motorsports transition to the U.S.,” commented Jay Rynenberg, owner of JDR Motorsports. “J-Star Motors is focused on their public image and so are we. It is great to know they have the faith in our team to help push the J-Star Motors brand. They have a nice range of trucks for motocross riders and even high-end sports cars. We greatly appreciate them coming aboard to support our team and the motorcycle industry in these trying economic times.”

The JDR/J-Star/KTM team will make its premier at the opening round of the AMA Supercross Series on January 8, 2011 in Anaheim, CA. For more information on the team please visit the team website at: www.jdrmotorsports.com.au.

Josh Grant Aiming to Stay Healthy for the 2011 Monster Energy Supercross Championship

After sitting out the 2010 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, season as well as the last three rounds of the 2010 AMA Motocross championship, Josh Grant is back from injury with a game plan to stage an assault on the top ranks.

Prior to the start of the opening race of the 2010 Monster Energy Supercross season, Grant was plagued with a season-ending injury affecting his right shoulder. Though he did make an attempt to race in the main event during the opening race of the championship at Angel Stadium, the pain he sustained was enough to remove him from the race as well as the remainder of the season.

“Sitting out last year was tough because I felt so ready to race,” said Grant. “My laps, fitness and speed were all there until I crashed.”

Fully recovered from his earlier injury, Grant showed no signs of fatigue during the 2010 AMA Motocross season. However, with three races left, Grant crashed during a practice session, severely injuring his left shoulder. This injury sent him back to the sidelines for the remainder of the summer.

“My main goals this year are to put in good finishes, stay healthy and be consistent the whole series,” said Grant. “Once I get to that point, I know I can do well. I feel with the backing of my new team it will be a fun year.”

For 2011, Grant will be joining Trey Canard at American Honda under the direction of Team Manager Erik Kehoe. This will be Grant’s first time competing on a Honda CRF450; however, it will not be the first time he has raced for a Honda team. Throughout Grant’s four-year run in the AMA Supercross Lites class, he battled on a Honda, registering a total of three wins and eight podium finishes.

“Being back on a Honda is going to help out tremendously,” mentioned Grant. “Since my amateur years, I have always ridden a Honda, so I’m excited to be back on one!”

Grant enters his third season in the premier AMA Supercross class and his seventh year as a pro rider. Since his AMA Supercross debut in 2005, Grant has three top-five overall finishes, and a career total of five wins and nine additional podium finishes. During Grant’s rookie year in the premier AMA Supercross class, an opening race win opened the door to one of his strongest supercross class seasons, finishing fourth overall.

“I think it’s going be tough with all the new guys out there, but it will make for some exciting races for sure,” exclaimed Grant. “So, I just need to be on top of my game every weekend.”

The 2011 Monster Energy Supercross season kicks off January 8 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif.

About Feld Motor Sports

Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is the world leader in specialized arena and stadium-based motor sports entertainment. Feld Motor Sports, Inc. productions include Monster Jam, Monster Energy Supercross, AMA Arenacross Series, Nuclear Cowboyz, and IHRA Nitro Jam. Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is a division of Feld Entertainment, the world’s largest producer of live family entertainment. For more information on Feld Entertainment, visit www.feldentertainment.com.

PowerBar® to fuel Team Vilolation1.com/Shea Racing/ Travisa/National Switchgear supercross team

PowerBar® to fuel Team Vilolation1.com/Shea Racing/ Travisa/National Switchgear supercross team

Racing team will be part of the PowerBar Team Elite program

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PowerBar® has a national program for athletes who represent its core values of excelling in their sport through proper nutrition and preparation – it’s called PowerBar Team Elite. Since pro motocross racers are some of the fittest athletes in the world who invest a great deal in training and expend massive energy, PowerBar is a perfect complement to this sport. Team Violation1.com/Shea Racing/Travisa/National Switchgear powered by Munn Racing KTM is proud to announce that PowerBar will fuel its six athletes for the entire 2011 AMA Monster Energy® Supercross.

PowerBar, through the Team Elite program, will supply its energy nutrition products to Team Violation1.com/Shea Racing/Travisa/National Switchgear as part of the athletes’ training and practice regimen during the week and fuel them on race day. PowerBar’s well-known Performance® energy bars, ProteinPlus(TM) energy bars, PowerBar energy gels, and a new drink that will be launched in 2011 will be supplied to team athletes. The athletes will have access to PowerBar training resources including nutritionists who will offer counseling during the season, as needed.

PowerBar has been part of the Shea Racing program for three consecutive seasons. The team is happy to have them on board again supporting a massive expansion to field six Lites riders in both the east and west regions of AMA Supercross.

“PowerBar provides the optimal nutrition and energy resource to fuel our riders for an entire night of AMA Supercross racing,” said Tim Shea, team manager. “We are honored to be associated with such a powerful brand and to have access to their products and resources. PowerBar has been with us almost since the beginning and now they will receive significantly more exposure via our six riders and large pit area with semi transporter. PowerBar will provide the nutritional energy combination that goes well with our Eleven 10 Mods/DR.D/Enzo Suspension KTM 250 SX-F race bikes that will be optimally-tuned.”

To learn more about the PowerBar Team Elite program, visit www.powerbar.com.

Team Violation1.com/Shea Racing/Travisa/National Switchgear powered by Munn Racing KTM will make its debut at the 2011 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series opener on Saturday, January 8 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, California. Make sure to be there to see the West Region Lites team riders fueled by PowerBar running in the night program on their orange KTM 250SX-F race bikes. Keep posted to the team at www.sheamoto.com.

About Team Violation1.com/Shea Racing/Travisa/National Switchgear powered by Munn Racing KTM

Shea Racing, led by Tim Shea, places emphasis on involving action sports fans in the team through pit parties and charity events which it has done the past four years while participating in professional motocross races. In its third season in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series, the team has expanded, with factory KTM support through Munn Racing, with six Lites riders: Austin Howell #61 (West), Tevin Tapia #70 (East), Ricky Renner #94 (East), Casey Hinson #149 (West), Vernon McKiddie #129 (East) and Jason Langford, Jr. #804 (West). The 2011 AMA Supercross team is made possible by the Violation Brand (www.violation1.com), National Switchgear (www.nationalswitchgear.com), Travisa (www.travisa.com), Munn Racing (www.munnracing.com), KTM Sportmotorcycles (www.ktmusa.com), FLY Racing, Power Bar Team Elite, DeCal Works, Dubach Racing Development (DR.D), Maxima Oils, Engine Ice, DT-1 Filters, ActionSportsTV.com, Matrix Concepts, ODI Grips, Outlaw Products, SuperSprox, IRIS Chains, Renegade Fuels, Enzo Suspension, Eleven 10 Mods, Lightspeed, TCX Boots, Moto Public Relations, Dunlop Tires, and River Valley Motocross Park. Its community partner is the James Marshall Project. Visit www.sheamoto.com to learn more.

Second annual Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross Championship on March 6 & 7

MX Sports, producers of the AMA Amateur Motocross Championships, is pleased to announce that the second annual Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross Championship will take 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 Supercross and MX Champion and friends.

“We were thrilled to hold an amateur race on the storied grounds of Daytona this year, and we’re going to make next 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 their nearly 30 years of experience operating the AMA Amateur Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn Ranch. The 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 Supercross and MX 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.

Area Qualifiers are first step to 2011 AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship

The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), in partnership with MX Sports, is pleased to announce the 2011 Area Qualifiers that will be the first step to the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at the Loretta Lynn Ranch on Aug. 1-6.

“MX Sports does a great job organizing and running the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, from the Area Qualifiers to the Regionals to the final at the Loretta Lynn Ranch,” said AMA Director of Racing Joe Bromley. “We’re excited to see the finishing touches put on one of 2011’s most anticipated schedules.”

The Area Qualifiers determine the fields for the seven Regional Championships, which were announced in early December. The full schedule is included below.

“It’s every amateur motocross racer’s dream to win at Loretta Lynn’s,” said AMA Motocross Manager Kip Bigelow. “No matter who you are — returning superstar or a first-time racer — that dream begins at the Area Qualifiers. We wish all our racers good luck during the 2011 season.”

The AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship includes classes for riders from 4 years old to 50-plus on a range of motorcycles, including 50cc minibikes to state-of-the-art highly modified 450cc motocross machines.

The AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship, produced by MX Sports, is the premier amateur motocross event in the country. Nearly every professional racer competing in the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship earned his way to the pro ranks through the AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at the Loretta Lynn Ranch.

2011 AMA Amateur National Motocross Area and Regional Championship Schedule

Northeast Area Qualifiers

February 19-20: Elizabeth City, Elizabeth City, N.C.: 757-549-7012

March 12-13: Tomahawk, Hedgesville, W.Va.: 304-229-6682

March 19-20: Englishtown, Englishtown, N.J.: 732-446-7800

March 26-27: Doublin Gap, Shippensburg, Penn.: 717-249-6036

April 9-10: Area 51, Batavia, N.Y.: 585-345-7433

April 16-17: Steel City, Delmont, Penn.: 304-284-0084

May 14-15: Winchester Speed Park, Winchester, N.H.: 603-239-6406

May 21-22: Actiontown, Dillwyn, Va.: 757-549-7012

Northeast Regional

June 11-12: Broome Tioga (Youth), Richford, N.Y.: 607-849-4438

June 18-19: High Point (Amateur), Mt. Morris, Penn.: 304-284-0084

Southeast Area Qualifiers

February 26-27: MX Marion County, Reddick, Fla.: 352-591-2377

March 26-27: Iron City MX, Iron City, S.C.: 423-323-5497

April 2-3: Mill Creek, Pell City, Ala.: 205-699-8857

April 9-10: Bithlo, Orlando, Fla.: 407-568-2271

April 16-17: Hillbilly Hills, Roberta, Ga.: 205-699-8857

April 30, May 1: Windy Hills, Ellerbe, N.C.: 423-323-5497

May 7-8: Lake Sugar Tree, Axton, Va.: 757-549-7012

May 14-15: Lazy River, Chatsworth, Ga.: 706-278-1620

Southeast Regional

May 28-29: Muddy Creek (Youth), Blountville, Tenn.: 423-323-5497

June 11-12: Gatorback (Amateur), Winter Garden, Fla.: 407-473-4373

Mid-East Area Qualifiers

March 19-20: Wild Cat Creek MX, Rossville, Ind.: 765-379-2482

April 9-10: Ballance MX, Bowling Green, Ky.: 423-323-5497

April 16-17: Fast Traxx Motoplex, Nelsonville, Ohio: 740-767-3740

April 23-24: Hangtime, Akron, Ind.: 574-893-1649

April 30, May 1: Dutch Sports Park, Bloomingdale, Mich.: 269-521-7800

April 30, May 1: Crow Canyon, Uhrichsville, Ohio: 740-922-6655

May 7-8: Log Road, Bronson, Mich.: 419-636-5430

May 21-22: Horseshoe Bend, Owenton, Ky.: 423-323-5497

Mid-East Regional

June 4-5: Sunday Creek (Youth), Millfield, Ohio: 304-284-0084

June 11-12: Red Bud (Amateur), Buchanan, Mich.: 269-695-6405

North Central Area Qualifiers

March 5-6: Paradise MX, Duquoin, Ill.: 618-542-6203

March 19-20: Archview, Washington Park, Ill.: 618-781-0505

April 2-3: Lincoln Trail, Casey, Ill.: 217-932-2041

April 16-17: Thunder Ridge MX Park, Kirksville, Mo.: 660-627-1727

April 30, May 1: Motozone, Tigerton, Wis.: 920-419-2863

May 7-8: Byron Motosports Park, Byron, Ill.: 815-234-2271

May 14-15: Riverside Raceway, Winterset, Iowa: 515-266-7509

May 21-22: Little Falls Raceway, Cushing, Minn.: 320-980-5227

North Central Regional

June 18-19: Sunset Ridge (Youth), Walnut, Ill.: 920-419-2863

June 25-26: Spring Creek (Amateur), Millville, Minn.: 507-753-2779

South Central Area Qualifiers

February 26-27: Three Palms, Conroe, Texas: 936-321-8725

March 5-6: Gravity Alley, Breaux Bridge, La.: 870-342-5373

March 26-27: Reynard Racing MX, Wellston, Okla.: 405-793-1049

April 9-10: Cycle Ranch, San Antonio, Texas: 210-635-9199

April 16-17: Golden Pine, Prentiss, Miss.: 601-506-8669

April 30, May 1: Cowboy Bad Lands MX, Beaumont, Texas: 409-794-1985

May 14-15: Thunder Valley, Lakewood, Colo.: 303-697-1003

May 21-22: Tony Wynn MX, Little Rock, Ark.: 870-342-5373

South Central Regionals

June 4-5: Freestone (Youth), Wortham, Texas: 713-880-5533

June 11-12: Thunder Valley (Amateur), Lakewood, Colo.: 303-697-1003

March 19-20: Horn Rapids MX, Richland, Wash.: 509-496-2958

April 2-3: E Street, Marysville, Calif.: 530-673-5147

April 30, May 1: Honey Lake, Milford, Calif.: 530-827-2639

May 7-8: Cashe Valley, Fairview, Idaho: 801-593-1858

May 14-15: Washougal, Washougal, Wash.: 360-837-3975

May 19-22: Hangtown MX-Pro National, Rancho Cordova, Calif.: 530-673-5147

Northwest Regional

May 28-29: Washougal (Youth, Amateur), Washougal, Wash.: 360-837-3975

Southwest Area Qualifiers

February 19-20: Arizona Cycle Park, Litchfield Park, Ariz.: 623-853-0750

March 12-13: Competitive Edge, Hesperia, Calif.: 909-456-1070

March 26-27: The Ranch, Anza, Calif.: 949-678-4757

April 2-3: No Limit MX, Aztec, N.M.: 970-946-6905

April 9-10: Pala Raceway, Pala, Calif.: 888-725-2691

April 9-10: Bunker Hill, Delta, Utah: 801-540-8625

April 16-17: Quail Canyon, Gorman, Calif.: 818-700-3559

April 30, May 1: Honey Lake, Milford, Calif.: 530-827-2639

Southwest Regional

June 18-19: Competitive Edge (Youth, Amateur), Hesperia, Calif.: 909-454-1070

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