Supercross.com’s Fan Guide to Supercross 2011: Toronto, Canada

We provide direct links to the things we think you’ll find interesting and helpful on Supercross.com, as the 2011 Monster Energy Supercross comes to the Rogers Centre, in Toronto, Canada for Round 12 of the AMA Supercross Series!

See the results, points and more from last week’s crazy race in Jacksonville, and where Honda’s Trey Canard won. The top five in points are now tightly bunched together! In the Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Class GEICO Honda’s Justin Barcia, and leads that championship chase.

And, you’ll be able to get all the results, points, photos and story of tonight’s race in Toronto here

But first, info courtesy Feld Motor Sports:

Series points leader Ryan Villopoto “I was really disappointed with how things went in Jacksonville. I have been feeling really good and it didn’t show. Everyone has bad days and I’m really glad I got out of there healthy. My focus remains the same and I just want to get back out there so I can make up the points I lost.”



James Stewart says about last weekend in Jacksonville “I was really hoping to pull this one out. It was my home state, I’m familiar with the tracks, all my fans were there cheering me on and it’s just really disappointing for me, my team, my sponsors and my fans. It’s all about Toronto and the rest of the season now.”



Jacksonville winner Trey Canard “Opening the main, I was really excited about my start, which has been my downfall this year. I thought the first 12 laps were solid, I rode really well. Late in the race, I switched up my line in the whoops and it was definitely not working which made me run up into a few lappers and lose momentum. Reed really closed up on me at the end and I felt the pressure. He passed me at one point, but something clicked and I charged right back to the front. The last two laps I rode good and did what I needed to do to take the win.”



In the Eastern Regional Supercross Lites Class championship, there have been four different winners in five races. GEICO Honda’s Justin Barcia kicked off the night by taking an early lead with GEICO Honda teammate Blake Wharton and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson trailing closely. Barcia carried this lead for all 15 laps to earn his fourth career win in the Supercross Lites class. Finishing second and third were Wilson and DNA Shred Stix/Star Yamaha’s Ryan Sipes, respectively.



“I knew I was going to have a good day early on,” said Barcia. “It was rough in the middle of the day and I tweaked my wrist a bit. It wasn’t a pretty win that’s for sure, but I’m just glad to get out of here safe.”



Last year, Monster Energy Supercross only visit outside the United States was a resounding success as 42,083 devoted Canadian fans packed into Toronto’s Rogers Centre for the 10th race of the season. Villopoto raced to his fifth win of the year, while Justin Barcia captured the first Lites class win of his career.



The first AMA Supercross race held in Toronto was December 4, 2004 when Ricky Carmichael won on a Honda. When Toronto became a regular part of the Monster Energy Supercross schedule on March 29, 2008, Chad Reed won on a Yamaha. James Stewart is the only two-time Supercross class winner in Toronto.

Past Toronto winners Supercross Class: March 13, 2010: Ryan Villopoto, March 28, 2009: James Stewart, March 29, 2008: Chad Reed, December 2, 2006: Chad Reed, December 3, 2005: James Stewart, December 4, 2004: Ricky Carmichael



Past Toronto winners Supercross Lites Class: March 13, 2010: Justin Barcia, March 28, 2009: Christophe Pourcel, March 29, 2008 Shaun Skinner, December 2, 2006: Martin Davalos, December 3, 2005: Davi Millsaps, December 4, 2004: Nate Ramsey



Tickets are available at the Rogers Centre Box Office, all Ticketmaster retail locations, or charge by phone at 416.870.8000. Practice and qualifying begins at 12:30 p.m., and the main event begins at 7:00 p.m. Gold level tickets: $40; Extreme tickets: $25; Treadhead tickets: $15; Pizza Pizza Kids tickets: $15.



SPEED will broadcast the AMA Supercross class at 12:00 p.m. EST/9:00 a.m. PST and the AMA Supercross Lites class at 6:00 p.m. EST/3:00 p.m. PST on March 27, 2011.



Supercross Laps Lead this season so far: James Stewart 72, Ryan Villopoto 67, Chad Reed 33, Trey Canard 33, Kevin Windham 10, Ivan Tedesco 3, Ryan Dungey 1, Brett Metcalfe 1



Supercross Lites Class Laps Lead this season so far: Josh Hansen 34, Justin Barcia 28, Broc Tickle 22, Blake Baggett 22, Eli Tomac 18, Cole Seely 15, Blake Wharton 11, Ryan Sipes 8, Dean Wilson 6, Ken Roczen 1


Quick links on Supercross.com:


Justin Barcia video miniview

Here is a short video interview with Justin Barcia, as he talks about his strengths on and off the bike, what is was like to race and become the “King of Bercy” Paris Supercross, and advice for young kids on becoming a professional motorcycle rider.

Justin is leading the 2011 AMA East Regional Supercross Championship, as the series heads to Toronto this weekend. Get results for all the AMA Supercross events.

Check out Justin Barcia’s Rider Profile on Supercross.com

Leave a message there for him too, maybe he’ll see it : )


40th Annual World Mini Grand Prix

40th Annual World Mini Grand Prix

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The 40th Annual World Mini Grand Prix will be presented in Mesquite, Nevada, April 11th through April 17th on an all new track layout. There is no qualifying for this great annual motocross event and no limit to number of classes riders can enter.

GIANT PRO PURSE


In addition to the $20,000 plus in contingencies that the factories are offering the pros, NMA awards a $6,000.00 purse to the pros which covers all six classes available.  The World Mini Grand Prix has always been the “showcase” for the up and coming pros beginning with Jeff Ward and up through McGrath, Windham, Carmichael, Pastrana, Stewart, Dungey and Villapoto.

FACTORY CONTINGENCIES


Over $200,000 is being offered by the six major motorcycle factories for the various classes.  World championship trophies will be awarded in each of the amateur classes.

CLASSES FOR ALL


In addition to all the motorcycle classes, both stock and modified for all levels of ability, there are five pee wee classes, in addition to the 65cc and 85cc classes offered based on age groups. College Student 18-25 years has been added to this year’s classes.

Gates will open at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, April 11 allowing the motor homes, vans, trucks and displays into the park.  Post entries will be taken between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday only for those who have not mailed in their entries.

Practice for all classes will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday and run through conclusion. Racing will begin Wednesday morning at 8:00 a.m. and will continue starting at 8:00 a.m. every day.  With the all new track facility and the outstanding contingencies, prizes and awards, this year’s World Mini Grand Prix promises to be the premier event of 2011.  No advance events or practice is scheduled for the all new track which will make it equal competition for all.

For more information call 951-587-9805.


Rui Goncalves on his ‘Red Return’

Rui Goncalves on his ‘Red Return’

The Honda World Motocross are in action once more this weekend as the team contest their last competitive meeting before the MX1 World Championship begins in Sevlievo, Bulgaria on the 9-10 April.

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Racing in the 4th and final round of the Italian Championship in Odolo, Rui Goncalves and Evgeny Bobryshev will be looking to build momentum which they can carry into the start of their 2011 world championship campaign.

Evgeny Bobryshev is familiar with the Honda CRF450R, having ridden for the CAS Honda team in 2010. Bobby (as he is known in the paddock) has carried his impressive form from last season into his pre-season preparations, which included an excellent overall win in Faenza last week.

For Rui Goncalves, joining the Honda World Motocross team represents a return to the manufacturer with which he raced in the early part of his career.  Although Rui has ridden 450s in the past, this season will be the first time he has ridden 450cc machinery for an entire championship campaign at MX1 World Championship level.

We caught up with Rui to find out his thoughts on coming back to Honda, his feelings towards his new team mate, Evgeny Bobryshev, and how he is making the transition to the 450.

You rode with Honda in the early part of your career, how do you feel about returning?


It is good to be back with Honda, it really feels like in many ways I am coming home.  I competed in many national championship races from 1997-2000 in Portugal with Honda and had a great deal of success. I developed a good relationship with Honda Portugal and when I came back to the manufacturer, most of the original people who supported my career were still working for Honda Portugal, so it was almost like I never left.

Have you developed a good connection with the team since joining the official Honda outfit for 2011?


I have known Paolo Martin (Team Owner) for many years, so I have a good relationship with him. I made a race appearance for the team in 2001, so I also know a few of the original team members. Lorenzo Resta (Team Manager) was not there in 2001 but since joining the team full time I have developed a close relationship with him also. There is a good atmosphere within the team, so I feel comfortable in this working environment.

How have you been adapting to riding the 450, having previously ridden a 250 and then 350?


I have raced with a 450 before but never a full championship and the last Honda I rode wasn’t even a 4-stroke! So there have been a lot of elements to adapt to. The main difference is power delivery, the 450 has more torque and a more linear power curve. The 350 you had to ride hard and with a lot of RPM but the 450 is easier to ride smoothly, using the torque and punching out of corners. Also the Aluminium frame of the Honda provides a different feel. It is a very strong package all round.

The Honda is regarded as one of the lightest bikes in its class. What effect does this have on handling?


The CRF is very manoeuvrable and agile and it terms of feel it does not really feel any heavier or bigger than the 350 I rode last year. The 350 looked light because it was all about keeping your corner speed high and maintaining momentum but the 450 can be ridden in a different way, using the power a lot more and taking alternative lines.  The chassis of the Honda is really sweet and the Showa suspension is working really well also.

What do you think about your team mate Evgeny?


Before we came together in the Honda World Motocross team I did not really know Evgeny at all but he is a really good guy and fun to work with. He showed a lot of good form last year and I think that we will push each other hard throughout this season. We as a team are always looking to improve and everyone in the team shares the same philosophy. This is what helps create the energised and motivated working atmosphere of the team and makes it a fun place to come and do your job.


Derek Costella Set To Defend MiniMotoSX Titles

Derek Costella Set To Defend MiniMotoSX Titles

Multi time champion will be back and armed with his BBR Mini’s!

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Derek Costella has won more MiniMotoSX main events than any other rider. In fact, he is one of the few people in the world that can say that he out dueled Jeremy McGrath in a stadium motorcycle race but that is exactly what he did to get his first MMSX main event win in 2006. Costella will be back at the 2011 GEICO MiniMotoSX, presented by Monster Energy and Braaap USA looking for more AMA number one plates.

The Las Vegas native is a regular on the Thrillbillies, which airs on Fuel TV and he has been training to compete in this years X-Games Speed & Style and Best Whip competitions. But all of these other activities are not going to take away from his MiniMotoSX preparations. “I will be riding for BBR at MiniMoto and we’ve changed a lot of things with the BBR bike for the better and we are pumped for the race at South Point,” stated Costella. As the defending champion in the 10-inch Expert class as well as the winner of the inaugural MiniMotoSX World Final in 2010, the Monster Energy backed rider will certainly have a target on his back. You can count on plenty of riders to step up and challenge Costella in the expert classes and with 15 separate classes for Amateurs, Youth, Women and Vet riders, the night is full of action.

Make your plans now to head out to Vegas for Monster Energy AMA Supercross weekend a little early so you can race for an AMA #1 plate or catch the Friday night show. You can find race entry and event info at www.minimotosx.com and the new South Point Hotel host has ticket and room packages available at www.southpointeventscenter.com/events/11-minimotosx.php. 


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