Video: KTM’s World Motocross Team introduction … with an added surprise

KTM is a big company, they take racing very seriously and their results prove it. All the Motocross World Titles are held by KTM: MX1 Tony Cairoli, MX2 Marvin Musquin, and Women’s MX Steffi Laier.

The video shows more of what KTM’s racing efforts are all about. They are like a big family. We hope you enjoy the video, and you’ll also see a few words from many of the ‘family’ to World MX 2 Champion Marvin Musquin and his girlfriend Mathilde, who have moved to the USA to race supercross and motocross for KTM.

This video stars Jill, Pit Beirer, Stefan Everts, Valentina, Tony Cairoli, Ken Roczen, Jeremy van Horebeek, Claudio, Max Nagl, Jeffrey Herlings, Tania, and more! Hope you enjoy it and have learned a little bit more about KTM.

2011 FIM World Motocross – Round 2 – Holland – Qualifying

2011 FIM World Motocross – Round 2 – Holland – Qualifying

Round 2 of the 2011 FIM World Motocross Championships – the MX Grand Prix of The Netherlands! Warm weather and the traditional sand of Holland await – today is Sunday’s Qualifying Races, with the Grand Prix being run tomorrow on Easter Monday. “Hometown” rider Jeffrey Herlings has won the MX2 Qualifying race, and KTM Red Bull Teka teammate Max Nagl of Germany has won the MX1 Qualifying race.

You can watch all the MX GP’s, including this race in the Netherlands, the Studio “Life-Style” Shows, the Qualifying Races, the upcoming US Grand Prix of Motocross at Glen Helen, and the Motocross of Nations – all with the new MX GP VOD!


The beautiful track EuroCircuit is set in a wooded parkland near Valkenswaard, Holland. This place is historic in the world of motocross racing, with it’s years of tradition, and unique track – unrelenting deep, dark sand.

Another story line of the weekend – the extremely warm weather. Close to 90 degrees all week. The wooded parkland of the EuroCircuit, along with the beautiful surrounding area, is completely jammed with thousands of people camping with their families to attend the World Championship of Motocross on Easter Weekend.

In timed practice for MX2, ‘hometown’ racer Jeffrey Herlings had the quickest lap time – 1 minute 50 seconds. German Ken Roczen was next at 1 minute 51 seconds. Then England’s Tommy Searle, American Zach Osborne, Frenchman Gautier Paulin, and Brit Max Anstie.

In the MX1 class, New Zealander Ben Townley made his return to racing for Kawasaki. In the first timed practice, it was Russian Evgeny Bobryshev on Factory Honda on top with 1 minute 53 seconds. Then Rui Goncalves, also on World Honda MX, Tanel Leok riding a TM! Tony Cairoli was fourth, and fifth teammate Max Nagl, then David Philippaerts. Steven Frossard was eighth. Clement Desalle 14th, Townley 17th. But of course none of that really matters – what matter is conserving energy in the heat on this brutal circuit, and then doing well in the Qualifying Race.

In the MX2 Qualifying Race, it was Jeffrey Herlings with a nice win in front of the home crowd – he led basically the entire 20 minute plus two lap race. Series points leader Ken Roczen, also KTM mounted, finished second, and Max Anstie in his rookie season of Grand Prix racing finished third. It’s Max’s birthday tomorrow too – he’ll turn 18.

Jeffrey said of his win “I’m very comfortable riding in the sand. I’ve been riding on it since I was five, and (since I’m almost 17 now) I have been doing it for almost 12 years. But I also want to make the same results whether I’m in Holland or France or Italy.”

In the MX1 Qualifying Race, it was Max Nagl with the holeshot, but then Steven Frossard made the pass. Steve lead much of the race, but Max re-took the lead courtesy of some misfortune on Steve’s part (a crash). Max wins, Honda boys Evgeny ‘Bobby’ Bobryshev and Rui Goncalves finished second and third.

World MX1 Motocross Champion Tony Cairoli had a poor start, but made one of his patented charges thru the pack, passing many riders to finish fourth. David Philippaerts rounded out the top five. Clement Desalle was sixth. Steven Frossard ended up 13th.

You can watch any and all of this race, and all the MX GPs, and Motocross of Nations with the new MX GP VOD (Video on Demand) system. Just sign up, and then choose your plan, such as the Season Pass, which gives you access to all. New! 2011 World MX1 and MX2 GP Motocrosss – watch it live or VOD!

The Grand Prix, two 40 minute plus two laps race for each class, is tomorrow (Monday). To see the results from Monday’s Grand Prix, you’ll want to visit this link.

Click on thumbnail to view larger photos. You’ll see Max Anstie number 99 on Kawasaki in MX2, Suzuki’s Clement Desalle preparing his starting area, a street sign leading you to the GP circuit in the woods, Rui Goncalves of Honda, two photos of Dutch teen sensation Jeffrey Herlings, Jill & Georgia, lucky winner of a Jeffrey Herlings Leatt brace in between Jeffrey and Lenny, the start line area of MX1, MX1 winner Max Nagl, Ken Roczen before his race, World MX1 Champion Tony Cairoli chats it up with ‘Bobby’ Bobryshev, Ken Roczen & Tony Cairoli, Ben Townley 101 on Kawasaki, and the traditional sand of Holland.

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MX1 Qualifying Heat Race

1. Max Nagl

2. Evgeny Bobryshev

3. Rui Goncavles HON
4. Tony Cairoli

5. D. Philippaerts

6. Clement Desalle

7. K de Dycker

8. M de Reuver

9. Steve Ramon SUZ
10. Shaun Simpson

11. A. Boissiere YAM
12. Jon Barragan KAW
13. Steve Frossard YAM
14. Tanel Leok TM
15. Martin Barr KTM
MX1 Point Standings (after 1 rd)

Clement Desalle 47
Steve Frossard 47
Jon Barragan 35
Max Nagl 35
Rui Goncalves 29
E Bobryshev 27
K Strijbos 26
D Guarneri 26
Tony Cairoli 25
D Philippaerts 25
Xavier Boog 23
Steve Ramon 20
Tony Boissiere 14
Shaun Simpson 13
Tanel Leok 12
MX2 Qualifying Heat Race
1. Jeffrey Herlings

2. Ken Roczen KTM
3. Max Anstie KAW
4. Gautier Paulin YAM
5. Tommy Searle

6. Arnaud Tonus

7. Harri Kullas YAM
8. Joel Roelants KTM
9. A J O Butron KTM
10. Zach Osborne

11. Nic Aubin
12. N. Larsen

13. Jordi Tixier KTM
14. N. Triest

15. P Rauchenecker KTM
MX2 Points Standings (after 1 rd)

Ken Roczen 50
Tommy Searle 44
Jeffrey Herlings 36
Gautier Paulin 34
Zach Osborne 32
J van Horebeek 31
Arnaud Tonus 31
Max Anstie 28
Nic Aubin 24
J Roelants 19
C Charlier 18
Harri Kullas 18
Mat. Karro 15
G Coldenhoff 14
Lupino, Tixier 11

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Ken Roczen and Tony Cairoli do the ‘Tony Cairoli Show’!

How do I know when to repair, replace or rebuild my top end?

Knowing when to replace, repair or rebuild the top end on your dirt bike or motocross bike can save you hundreds of dollars.

How do I know when to repair, replace or rebuild my top end?

See my previous post on how to check your piston, cylinder here

I love starting in the middle, so let’s look at what I should have asked you to check first.

Replacing these parts before they break can save you hundreds of dollars if the top end fails and damages the bottom end.

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Yes that is a hunk of rod hanging out of the filter and yes this is(was) my bike.

Nice picture of what we want to avoid eh?  Wouldn’t you love to avoid that kind of costly repair?

How are you going to do that, avoid such a costly repair?

Easy simple compression or leak down test.

We will cover the two strokes first, because it’s the simplest to test.

When you bike is new or do this now!!  Give your bike a compression test, and write down the number.

This will be the baseline, when this number goes down more that 10% we rebuild the top end.

But, I’m not sure what the condition of my top end is now?

Perform this simple test:

  1. Take a  compression test reading.
  2. Put a small amount of two-stroke oil in through the spark plug hole(don’t add any dirt too please).
  3. Allow it to set for 10-15 minutes.
  4. Take a compression reading, did it go up more than 5-7%,  if so you need a rebuild.

Pretty easy huh?

For all the four stroke guys read this.

That link will cover everything you need to know about doing the leakdown test and how to make a cost effective leak down tester.

We’ll cover what I should have done to prevent that failure.

And don’t forget the bottom end.  I did the top end on this bike just 5-10 hours of use before the above picture was taken.


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Preview: Motocross Grand Prix of Holland

Preview: Motocross Grand Prix of Holland

It’s Round 2 of the 2011 FIM World Motocross Championships, at the famous sand track of Valkenswaard. MX GP of Holland!

The track at Valkenswaard is a typical Dutch track – sand, sand, and more sand. The track becomes very rough as the day goes on, as the bumps get bigger and bigger.

One thing that can come with a race in Holland or Belgium, especially during this time of the year, is rain. However, all week the weather has been warm and dry, and that is the forecast for this weekend’s event!

Remember, the actual GP is going to be run Easter Monday, which is a big holiday in most of Western Europe., thru the power of Youthstream, is offering you a PPV and VOD system where you can watch the MX GP of Holland.

If you buy a Season Pass, you’ll be able to watch all the World MX GP events, include the US MX Grand Prix at Glen Helen Raceway, and prestigious Monster Energy Motocross of Nations.

Click here for the MX GP VOD including Live Race Coverage

Next, From Youthstream, here is more about this GP: It’s round 2 of the 2011 FIM Motocross World Championships, with Clement Desalle and Ken Roczen being the Championship leaders of the MX1 and MX2 classes respectively. The Grand Prix of the Netherlands will take place on Sunday 24th April with the qualifying races and on Easter Monday with the Grand Prix races.

Clement Desalle got the red plate in Sevlievo, but he was tight in points with Steven Frossard. While the third step of the podium was for Jonathan Barragan, who finished with the same points as German Max Nagl. MX1 riders showed how fit they are and how much they have trained during the wintertime, so a thrilling Championship is guaranteed this season.

German young talent Ken Roczen dominated the whole Grand Prix in Sevlievo, but Jeffrey Herlings rides home this weekend and he already proved last year how fast he can be on the sand. Tommy Searle was very consistent during the weekend in Bulgaria, finishing second overall on his comeback to the FIM MX2 World Championship.

Valkenswaard will also host the first round of the FIM Veterans World Cup, as well as the first appearance of the UEM EMX2 class, which initially counts with 107 entry riders.

MX1 class: Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1’s Clement Desalle left Sevlievo victorious after finishing at the top of the rostrum on his first appearance of the season. Last year, the Belgian could not take part in the second race of the Dutch Grand Prix as he dislocated his right shoulder during race one, so the current red plate holder will have to prove his talent on the sand this weekend in Valkenswaard.

The big surprise of the Grand Prix of Bulgaria was Monster Energy Yamaha’s Steven Frossard, after obtaining the second overall position on his debut in the MX1 class. Last year he finished third overall, so he might obtain his maiden MX1 Grand Prix victory in front of the Dutch crowd.

Third was Kawasaki Racing’s Jonathan Barragan, who proved to himself, his team and his fans that he is fully fit again to fight for the first positions of the MX1 Championship. The Spaniard could not take part on last year’s Dutch Grand Prix due to an injury on his hip, so he will do his best to show his riding skills on the sand this weekend.

German Max Nagl did an outstanding first race in Sevlievo, but his sixth position in the second moto made him be out of the podium with the same points as Barragan. Nagl finished fifth last year in Valkenswaard, so he is now focused on improving such position on his new 350cc KTM.

Rui Goncalves rounded the top five in Sevlievo after a very consistent weekend with his new Honda World Motocross team.

2010 FIM MX1 World Champion Antonio Cairoli finished ninth at the Grand Prix of Bulgaria. The Italian twisted his left knee during the first heat, so he might not be fully fit to repeat his last year’s overall victory in Valkenswaard.

2010 MX1 PODIUM: 1. Antonio Cairoli, 2. Steve Ramon, 3. David Philippaerts

MX2: Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing’s Ken Roczen arrives in Valkenswaard being the clear dominant of the MX2 class. However, the German will race in Jeffrey Herlings’ soil, and he knows that it will be difficult to improve his last year’s overall second place.

Tommy Searle from CLS Monster Energy Kawasaki Pro Circuit team left Sevlievo with very good feelings on his comeback to the series. The British talent is ready to race again in the sand after his two years stay in the USA.

The third overall position in Bulgaria was for Red Bull Teka KTM Factory rider Jeffrey Herlings, who plays home this weekend in Valkenswaard. The 16-year-old rider obtained his maiden Grand Prix victory last year in Valkenswaard on his debut in the MX2 class, so the Dutch is ready to repeat his performance in front of his crowd.

Monster Energy Yamaha’s Gautier Paulin missed the podium in Sevlievo, but he proved that his fitness and his riding have improved notoriously. The French rider could not take part in last year’s race in Valkenswaard due to an injury, so he might be the big surprise of the weekend.

American Zach Osborne completed the top five of the first Grand Prix of the season and he is now determined to improve his 11th overall position obtained last year in Valkenswaard.

2010 MX2 PODIUM: 1. Jeffrey Herlings, 2. Ken Roczen, 3. Steven Frossard

VETERANS: The first round of the FIM Veterans World Cup will be hosted this weekend in Valkenswaard. 2010 Wold Champion Mats Nilsson is committed to repeat his overall victory in Valkenswaard, but he will have to test his talent with other 42 riders, including runner up of the 2010 season Pascal Bal and third in the championship Erwin Hendrickx.

UEM EMX2: The UEM EMX2 Championship is also starting this weekend in Valkenswaard with up to 107 entry riders. On Sunday, they will all have to fight for a place for Monday’s races, where only 40 riders will be able to fight for the overall victory.

TIMETABLE: Sunday: VMX Free Practice 7:20; EMX2 Free + Qualifying Time Practice Group A 7:55; EMX2 Free + Qualifying Time Practice Group B 8:35; MX2 Free Practice 9:30; MX1 Free Practice 10:15; VMX Time Practice 11:00; EMX2 Qualifying Race Group A 12:10; EMX2 Qualifying Race Group B 12:45; MX2 Pre-Qualifying Practice 13:15; MX1-Pre Qualifying Practice 14:00; VMX Race 1 15:10; MX2 Qualifying Race 16:10; MX1 Qualifying Race 17:00; EMX2 Last Chance Qualifying Practice 17:45; VMX Race 2 18:40; EMX2 B-Final 19:20.

Monday: EMX2 Warm up 8:30; MX2 Warm up 9:00; MX1 Warm up 9:30; EMX2 Race 1 10:20; MX2 Grand Prix Race 1 12:10; MX1 Grand Prix Race 1 13:10; EMX2 Race 2 14:10; MX2 Grand Prix Race 2 15:03; MX1 Grand Prix race 2 16:03.

Next, interviews with Ken Roczen and Steven Frossard from MXLarge

Ken Roczen interview: Red Bull KTM Factory rider, 16 year old Ken Roczen showed last weekend that he is going to be tough to beat in the 2011 FIM World MX2 Championship after running away with the opening round of the series last weekend in Sevlievo, Bulgaria.

MXlarge: Ken, did you have any idea how you might perform before coming into the opening round?

Roczen: I actually had no idea. I didn’t see the other guys riding and Supercross is a different World, plus it’s (SX) not endurance, it’s just really short bursts, so I didn’t know how it would be. I was hoping for the best, but didn’t expect to win so easily.

I can’t rest on that, because they will get stronger and stronger, but so will I. I just want to do my best every weekend and try not to crash, less mistakes.

MXlarge: On Saturday you looked like you were cruising, was that the case?

Roczen: I don’t know, everybody is riding 100%, I mean everyone is saying that I am riding slowly and not pushing, but I was riding alone without pressure and coming into a battle I want to shift into another year and go faster. So we will see when that happens.

MXlarge: Your style seems smoother – did you change some things in your riding style?

Roczen: I don’t know about that. Scrubbing is still my style, and those Supercross tracks get pretty rough and when there are big ruts in the take off’s it is hard to scrub. I still feel I am riding the style I did last year, I might be wrong, but I am trying to.

MXlarge: Did anything surprise you this weekend, or anyone?

Roczen: Nobody surprised me, I won these motos by a bit (good distance), but actually nothing surprised me.

MXlarge: You won by big distances and if it remains like this you are going to need to really work hard on your concentration aren’t you?

Roczen: This is the worst thing you can do – you need to know your body well. I read in Stefan Everts book, I read you need to choose between getting lazy and getting tired, sometimes when you have a big gap you can get lazy and when the back markers come you can make big mistakes.

MXlarge: And after the next round of the FIM World Championship you head back to America to race some more Supercross races, how difficult is that to keep your goal in order for the World Championship? That seems like it would be difficult to do both.

Roczen: Exactly, but I think it’s a good mix, keeping the Supercross thing in my schedule. Everyone said it will help me in outdoors also.

MXlarge: How was the track, it looked really fast and not that rough? How did it compare to last year?

Roczen: It got rough in the second race, compared to last year I don’t really remember the difference. I know the Saturday it was really fast.

MXlarge: You are very popular with the press, seems like everyone wants to speak to you. How difficult is that to keep all the media happy?

Roczen: I mean, press is normal and I knew when coming here the guys would go crazy, but that is normal and I expected that, and if I was in your position if there is an interview you have to do, you have to do it, and I know it’s something I have to do also.

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Steve Frossard

Steven Frossard interview: Monster Energy Yamaha Factory rider Steven Frossard shocked the Motocross World as he nearly pulled of a victory in the World MX1 Championship race.

Starting with the Saturday qualification race Frossard looked at home on the super fast and dusty circuit. Victory on Saturday gave him pole position for Sunday’s races and he didn’t waste any time putting his black Yamaha at the front of the pack.

Q: Saturday you also rode really well. Can you tell me about your Saturday race?

Frossard: It was a little bit easy in two of the races, but when you take a good start it’s easy to have a good race, especially on a circuit like this one. I was second early in the qualification race and then I was able to pass for first, and I stayed there. I made a break from the second placed rider and I stayed focused and won the qualification race easy. At the end I slowed down, I just wanted to win, didn’t matter by how far.

Q: Steven, can you explain your Sunday races for us?

Frossard: The first moto I was strong and my start was perfect. I was able to get a win and that really gave me a lot of confidence for the second moto. I feel very good on the bike, it’s a really strong bike and I think for both heats it was good for me. In the second moto my start was not good I was in sixth and I came through the field and passed Clement (Desalle) for the lead, then I made a mistake and I was back in third. My condition was good and I came back to second and in the last lap I did a small mistake and I finished second. I wanted to win so bad I pushed really, really hard and that is maybe why I made some mistakes. I am not surprised about this result, my preparation has been good.

Q: You moved to the MX1 class and many people expected you to race the MX1 class earlier because you are such a big rider. Why didn’t you move to the MX1 class earlier?

Frossard: My feeling is very good, I have ridden the 450 before, but I wanted to be World Champion in the MX2 class first, but in my head I knew I had the speed in this class. I think if I take a good start in Valkenswaard and I can follow a good rider, then I can be fast in the start.

Q: I remember last year your starts were not that good, what has happened to make you so strong out of the start this year?

Frossard: In the Italian Championships earlier in the season I did some good starts and that seems to remain good for me. I had trouble with starts in 2010, but now with my Yamaha I am really starting at the front a lot, it makes my riding and confidence much better.

Q: I remember you winning a race in Bulgaria back in your MX2 days. What is it about you and this circuit?

Frossard: I have always done well at the Sevlievo circuit, three years ago I won a moto and last year I finished in third place overall, so it’s a place and I enjoy riding here. Maybe a little like the French tracks, very fast and you have to keep your concentration all the time.

Q: Did you have a goal coming into the season, maybe what position you want to finish in the Championship?

Frossard: I would like to finish top three, I think that is good, I am in my first year and I need to learn the bigger class and all the riders. If I can be around third place at the end of the season I will be happy about that.

Q: Next up we have Valkenswaard and its sand. French are not known for their sand skills. How can you do in round two?

Frossard: We will see (he said with a smile) I have improved in my sand skills and I think I can do well if I get a good start. I need to follow some of the faster riders, but riding MX1 in the sand is a lot different than riding in the MX2 class. My bike has a lot of power. I haven’t ridden much in the sand and I am sure I am better on the 450 than I was on the 250.

Next, courtesy of Suzuki Racing: Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MX1 will see Clement Desalle wearing the red plate as FIM MX1 Motocross World Championship leader when the series reconvenes this coming weekend at Valkenswaard for the Grand Prix of the Netherlands.

Round two of 15 means the Belgian team will make the short trip to the venue close to Eindhoven with Desalle looking for his second victory in a row and the team searching their first triumph in the dark shallow sand since 2008.

The Bulgarian Grand Prix winner two weeks ago has unfinished business at the technical course on his works RM-Z450; having fallen in the opening stages of the 2010 edition and suffering a dislocation of his shoulder. It was one of only four occasions in his maiden term with Suzuki that he failed to make the podium.

“You know, last year was last year; this weekend is a whole new event even if it is the same track,” the 21 year old said. “I am feeling good and felt comfortable in the sand at Mons last weekend. I was a bit sick for a few days but I have been following my usual programme of training this week. I hate the question about having a goal for a particular race or weekend. For me the goal is always the same and that’s to do my best, whether that means a win, podium or somewhere else; then that is what I will take.”

Steve Ramon was runner-up last year and also scored a third position at the 2007 Grand Prix at Valkenswaard. Despite his excellent ability in the sand – he won the prestigious Le Touquet beach race earlier this year – he knows fully-well the perils and difficulty of the service, as it was a crash at the Dutch course in 2009 that saw him suffer a fractured neck. The Belgian was able to make some decent inroads towards an effective suspension set-up with his ride to fourth place overall in the Mons sand last weekend for the opening round of the Flemish national series.

“I was feeling sick after Bulgaria but it was good to go to Mons and get some heats done in the sand and also work with the bike a little bit,” he said. “We had a good weekend at Valkenswaard in 2010, so something similar on Monday will be the target to aim for. I think the track will be a bit easier for me compared to Bulgaria and we just need to come through Sunday well and then make sure of some decent starts for the motos.”

Valkenswaard has a long history as part of the FIM Motocross World Championship that stretches back to the 1970s. Modifications to the site – that also houses a popular Rallycross layout – have included a shortening and reversal of the track in recent years. After the hard-pack of Sevlievo two weeks ago, the Grand Prix riders will have to employ a different side to their technique to conquer the sand that will get rougher and more varied as the weekend wears on.

Courtesy Honda World Motocross: The sand of Valkenswaard awaits the Honda World Motocross Team: This weekend the Honda World Motocross Team and riders Rui Gonçalves and Evgeny Bobryshev are back in action for the second MX1 Grand Prix of the season in Valkenswaard, Netherlands (24-25 April).

Looking to build on the solid foundations laid down in the season opener two weeks ago, Gonçalves and Bobryshev will be aiming to go a few better than the respective 5th and 6th place overall finishes achieved in Bulgaria and have their sights on podium positions at the famous Dutch track, located just outside of Eindhoven.

The sand of Valkenswaard is steeped in racing history and has been a regular fixture on the World Championship Grand Prix calendar for many years. It is favoured territory for Rui Gonçalves, having won there in the MX2 class in 2009, on his way to 2nd in the championship overall. However Rui’s 2010 Valkenswaard GP was marred by a recovering shoulder injury. A now fully fit Gonçalves will be out to prove what he can do on the 450cc machine.

Bobryshev is also partial to the sand, living and training for the most part of the year in the surrounding area of Valkenswaard and only a few miles from the track itself. An overall position of 7th in 2010 is an indication of what can be achieved by the powerful Russian but the new slimmed-down and fitter Bobryshev should pose a more potent threat this year.?

Evgeny Bobryshev, Honda World Motocross, “Valkenswaard is my kind of track, I really like it there and had good results last year even though I was not really that fit. My conditioning is a lot better now than it was at this stage last season. I have been training a lot in the sand, doing lots of simulation motos and even doing hour-long endurance runs as part of my preparation. It is also a really convenient GP for me as I live only 5 mins away from the track. This helps me over the race weekend; simple things like spending the night in my own bed.”

Rui Goncalves, Honda World Motocross, “I have good memories of Valkenswaard from my victory there in 2009 in the MX2 class. I really like the layout and the soil of the track and feel comfortable in conditions like these. Last year it was the first GP I rode after coming back from my shoulder injury so this year my objectives are very different as I can tackle it fully fit. The top 10 in MX1 is so competitive at the moment, so you really need to be on your game to be in the fight for the podium positions but this is my aim for the weekend.”’s World Motocross Championships race results

We’ll have feature articles on from Saturday night with KTM, Sunday’s Qualifying Races, and, the Grand Prix on Monday!

And here is some fun ‘old’ stuff regarding the MX GP of Holland at Valkenswaard. It was Amanda’s first time doing live world wide TV of the World Motocross Championships from 2008! (Two YouTube videos)

  1. Amanda’s got another new gig! Dutch MXGP What is Amanda doing now? Where is she? Day 1 from the first round of the World Motocross Series – Valkenswaard, 2008!
  2. FIM World Motocross – Round 1 – Netherlands – recap by Amanda – 2008. Amanda cover the Dutch GP like a blanket, giving it her TV ‘treatment’! Ken de Dycker win the MX1 (450 class) while Tyla Rattray takes the MX2 class (250cc’s) over World Champion Tony Cairoli.

Click here for the entire World Motocross Grand Prix Series Schedule

And don’t forget the MX GP Video on Demand, You Can Watch Live too! You’ll see Sunday’s Life Style Show, Qualifying Races, and then the Grand Prix races on Monday! Season Pass gets your Glen Helen MX GP and Motocross of Nations!

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Ken Roczen 94, Jeffrey Herlings 84

Lucas Oil Motocross Championship Amateur Days Schedule Announced

Popular Amateur Day Racing Program Supports 2011 Lucas Oil Motocross Championship

The core of motocross in America has long been rooted in the strong amateur racing scene featuring the future stars of the sport. As American Motocross enters its 40th year of world-class competition, MX Sports Pro Racing and the National Promoters Group (NPG) announce the 2011 Amateur Days schedule that will run in conjunction with each round of this summer’s Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship.

For 12 weeks, the world’s best riders engage in battle on the track for over 60 minutes across two grueling motos each Saturday afternoon, but before and after the pros take to the track, amateurs and enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels will have their chance to be a part of the outdoor nationals. Whether it’s racing bar-to-bar, or just enjoying a Sunday ride on the track, motocross lovers from all over the country can be a part of American Motocross through the Amateur Day Program and, in some cases, will even have the chance to compete on the same hallowed ground as the stars of the sport.

“Amateur Days were some of my greatest memories with my family,” said defending Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross 450 Class Champion Ryan Dungey. “There was nothing like racing the week of a national and then watching all the riders I looked up to compete on the same track. It brought an end to a perfect week and the best part about it was that I was able to enjoy it with my mom, my dad and my brothers.”

“The family atmosphere and the bond amongst loved ones is an underlying foundational element of the Amateur Day Program,” said MX Sports Vice President Davey Coombs. “On any given weekend, hundreds of campgrounds will be set up as families come to the track together and more often that not, compete together simply out of love for the sport.”

The 2011 Amateur Day schedule kicks off on Thursday, May 19, during the opening weekend of the season at the Rockstar Energy Hangtown Motocross Classic in Rancho Cordova, Calif. From there, 11 additional weekends will give amateurs from all over the country a one-of-a-kind chance to ride, which only takes place once a year, before coming to a conclusion the weekend of September 10 from Pala, Calif.

2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship Amateur Days Schedule*

Date(s)    Track    Day(s)

May 19-20    Hangtown    Thursday, Friday

May 27-30    Freestone    Friday, Sunday, Monday

June 10-12    High Point    Friday, Sunday

June 17-18    Budds Creek    Friday, Saturday Night

June 26    Thunder Valley    Sunday

June 30 – July 3    RedBud    Thursday, Friday (Day/Night), Saturday Night, Sunday

July 14-17    Spring Creek    Thursday, Friday, Sunday

July 21-22    Washougal    Thursday, Friday

Aug 12-14    Unadilla    Friday, Sunday

Aug 28    Moto-X 338    Sunday

Sept 2-4    Steel City    Friday, Sunday

Sept 11    Pala    Sunday

*Riders should check with each specific track for specific list of classes and schedules, which are subject to change.

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