Metal Mulisha and Taka Offer Exclusive T-Shirt to Benefit Japan Relief Efforts

Metal Mulisha and Taka Offer Exclusive T-Shirt to Benefit Japan Relief Efforts

In response to the tragedy that struck Japan six weeks ago, Metal Mulisha fan favorite and X Games standout, Taka Higashino has announced an exclusive shirt to benefit the Banzai Fund and Red Cross. The tee is available now through Mulisha’s online store at www.metalmulisha.com.

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LS Honda Racing Men Ready to Fight Back in Valkenswaard

LS Honda Racing Men Ready to Fight Back in Valkenswaard

FIM Motocross MX1 World Championship – The Netherlands

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Although the actual traveling for the second round of the MX1 World Championship is limited for LS Honda Racing’s


riders Ken De Dycker and Shaun Simpson, the road to success in the black sand won’t be any less challenging! De Dycker


and Simpson will be chasing for strong results at the traditional Dutch track just south of Eindhoven after a dismal opening


GP in Bulgaria. Both riders are keen to build on their inspired Lotto Trophy-Belgian Championship rides in Mons last week


where De Dycker won the event and Simpson came third.

While Valkenswaard has a long history of hosting epic racing (the first GP in 1974, MXoN in 1991) the upcoming race with its


main events on Monday -coinciding with Easter Monday- is somewhat of a novelty. Excellent weather conditions in the past


week and continuing for the days to come should mean that the track will be quite fast. Ironically the Valkenswaard track has


lost its deep sand association with the seasoned GP veterans over the years because the harder soil is starting to reach the


surface. In comparison to Lommel and Lierop, the track in Valkenswaard might be a bit less demanding but riders still need


to be in their best shape to tackle the Eurocircuit for two 35 minute plus-two-lap motos.

Both De Dycker and Simpson boast strong past results in Valkenswaard; Ken dominated the GP in 2008 with two wins and


Shaun scored respective 2nd and 4th overall finishes in 2009 and 2010.

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Ken De Dycker: “My two wins in Mons last week were a great boost because I had hurt my left hip, leg and back during


the first moto in Bulgaria and didn’t ride on the bike last week. The soil in Mons is pretty similar to Valkenswaard, but


obviously there’s still a big difference between the national championship and GP’s. First of all I want to be solid in and


perform better than in Sevlievo. Of course my expectations are pretty high after a good winter, me feeling strong and going


to a track that suits me so I think I should be able to challenge for a podium come Monday.”

Shaun Simpson: “I had good preparation with the Belgian Nationals, although Valkenswaard is a bit faster than what we


rode last week.For Valkenswaard I don’t want to put an aim on my result, if I can get two top-10 finishes that would be great.


That’s also what I wanted to achieve at the first GP, but it didn’t work out. I like Valkenswaard, I had a moto win in MX2 there


and hopefully it will get rough and heavy! I’m certainly looking forward to this one.”


Every Day is Earth Day on a Motorcycle

As conservation takes center stage on Earth Day 2011, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) notes the environmental benefits of commuting and traveling on a motorcycle.

“Regardless of how you use your motorcycle or scooter — commuting to work, riding down the block, across town, traveling across the country — your choice to ride instead of drive has a positive impact on the environment and results in a more enjoyable, less-congested experience for you as well as your fellow road users,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “For motorcyclists, every day is Earth Day.”

In the wake of skyrocketing gas prices, motorcyclists have emerged relatively unscathed. A typical motorcycle can provide fuel mileage that exceeds that of most fuel-efficient automobiles. Many motorcycles return more than 50 miles per gallon, and many scooters can deliver nearly twice that. In addition to using less gasoline, motorcycles require less oil and other chemicals to operate. And the recent introduction of electric motorcycles provides an added benefit for the environment.

Motorcycles take up less space than cars and trucks both during operation, and when parked. They reduce traffic congestion and, in so doing, help increase the efficiency of traffic flow on the road.

Significantly fewer raw materials are utilized to produce motorcycles and scooters compared to cars and trucks. By some measures, it requires thousands of pounds less metal and plastic per vehicle to produce a motorcycle. The environmental benefits are realized both during production, as well as at the end of the vehicle’s useful life.

Because motorcycles and scooters are so much more compact and lighter than cars and trucks, they cause far less wear and tear on the highways, reducing the cost and environmental impact of infrastructure repairs. In addition, because of their size, many more motorcycles can be transported from factory to consumer using the same or less energy.

“When you add it all up, there is no question: If everyone rode motorcycles, the planet would be a greener place,” Dingman said. “And just as important, more of us would experience the thrill and freedom that motorcycles provide. Riding is not just easy on your bank account and the planet, riding is a fun, and often a social activity that simply makes life more enjoyable.”

Those interesting in coming along for the ride are encouraged to visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com > Riding > Getting Started for more information about the benefits of motorcycling.


Dreams, Sacrifice, and Success: Celebrating 30 Years of Team Green

What started out 30 years ago as an idea written on a napkin has grown into the most successful amateur race support program in the world. In 1981, Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. created the Team Green program to support Kawasaki racers at major amateur motocross events across the nation. Starting out as a couple of Kawasaki technicians in a van who traveled to races helping a few mini-cycle racers, the program has matured into a multi-million dollar program that has revolutionized the racing world. Proud to celebrate its 30 year anniversary, Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green continues its ongoing tradition of developing amateur motocross racers into today’s top professionals.

The Foundation is Set


In 1981 the Team Green program was put into motion and captained by its first team manager, Dave Jordan. It is his vision that still remains the heart and soul of Kawasaki Team Green. The program’s structure was similar to a baseball minor league farm team in order to groom future champions. It was also geared to help the people who needed it most – not the pros – but the racers who had to put up every dime out of their pocket to go racing. The bottom line was, and still is, that being a Kawasaki owner is like being part of a bigger picture; a family of fellow owners, riders, dealers and technicians spread across the country. Jordan’s goal was to make winning on a Kawasaki motorcycle something that everyone wanted to be a part of by creating a tangible sense of community.

“If we learned one thing in those early years, it was to never put pressure on an amateur racer,” said Jordan. “Just pat them on the back and tell them to have a good time. If we gave them good support and good equipment, they’d win.”

The Wheels Set in Motion


Jordan began growing Team Green by recruiting a talented roster of young riders like Billy Liles, Keith Turpin, Kyle Lewis, Scott Brown, Kyle Landrum, Hank Moree, and the Coombs brothers. By 1982 the team had already proven itself as the dominant force in American motocross racing, winning nearly fifty percent of the classes they entered in the Ponca City NMA Grand National Championships. Jordan also expanded the program to include a new enduro support program.

Branching Out


Team Green’s successful program continued to draw in more and more members from around the nation as the program continued to evolve. In 1983, the family continued to expand its horizons with the addition of Chris and Jimmy White and the three-wheel ATV support program. The new addition to Team Green was introduced with the inception of Kawasaki’s KXT250 Tecate ATV. The same year Bruce Stjernstrom was named Dave Jordan’s successor.

Girl Power


By 1985, Team Green’s amateur motocross racing program was running wide open competing regularly in Ponca City, the Mini Olympics, Lake Whitney GNC, World Mini, and Loretta Lynn’s. Mercedes Gonzales was added to the roster of Team Green’s finest, marking the team’s expansion into women’s motocross. More successful women motocross racers would soon follow including Jessica Patterson, Dee Ann Wood, Christy Sealy, and Elizabeth Bash. Girls like Kelly Yancy and Heidi Landon were also brought on-board and rounded-off the team competing in the off-road and ATV disciplines.

The Big Leagues


Team Green continued expanding throughout the motorcycle world, and by 1986 its amateur racers had already gained a reputation, proving themselves many times over. Some of the industry’s most colorful riders were already part of the amateur roster including Jeff Emig, Jeremy McGrath, and Brian Deegan. Team Green was proving to be quite good at graduating amateur riders to the pro-ranks. As a result, a new branch of Team Green would develop, the Team Green Pro Support program, which assisted amateur riders who were transitioning into the pro ranks. The first Team Green pro support riders who blasted their way to the top ranks were Ronnie Tichenor, Donny Schmit, Rodney Barr, and Tyson Vohland.

Supercharged


With Mark Johnson taking over as Team Green Manager in 1987, and the addition of an off-road rider named Larry Roeseler, the Team Green off-road program was instantly supercharged, marking the beginning of their domination in Baja and other off-road races around the world. In their first attempt, Roeseler and teammate Ted Hunnicutt captured Kawasaki’s first victory in Baja, the start of many to come. The program would see many successful off-road racers like Ty Davis, Danny LaPorte, Marty Smith, and Danny Hamel. By 1993, the off-road team had won nine-straight Baja 1000 victories and dominated most of the races they attended.

Star-Studded Roster


As Team Green continued to grow, so did the roster of racers who would later set the bar for the entire motocross industry. In 1994, Ron Heben was hired as the amateur motocross supervisor, a position in which he immediately excelled. He was considered the primary mentor for Kevin Windham, Ricky Carmichael, and James Stewart.

Expansion Team


By 1996, Heben was moved up to Team Green manager and Reid Nordin was hired from Kawasaki Research and Development to become the off-road supervisor. The team continued stacking up wins with Jimmy Gladis and Jeromy Buehl dominating the top-two spots in that year’s Arenacross championship. Team Green also got an upgrade with the addition of the very first state-of-the-art 18-wheeled transporter for the amateur ranks. By 1997, Team Green was proving to be an unstoppable force. Between riders Ty Davis and Jeff Emig, Kawasaki garnered eight AMA Pro national championship titles, AMA Pro Athlete of the Year, Motocross Manufacturer of the Year, and AMA Horizon and Rookie of the Year. Davis nailed the AMA National Hare & Hound and Western 4-stroke National Championships, while Emig walked away with the AMA 250cc Supercross and 250cc Motocross National Championships. The Heben era lasted until 2001, at which point Nordin took over as Team Green manager.

800 Pound Gorilla


More riders have been groomed for the professional ranks by Kawasaki’s Team Green staff than any other organization. Through the 90’s and the new millennium, talented riders have continued to join the team and put Kawasaki bikes on the podium. Riders like Ricky Carmichael, Jeremy McGrath, Jeff Emig, James Stewart, Kevin Windham, Ivan Tedesco, and Tim Ferry are Team Green graduates who have raised the bar. Our current team is constantly working to set the bar higher every day. Riders like Ryan Villopoto, Justin Soule, Blake Baggett, and Dean Wilson are the more recent Team Green graduates who are a testament to the continued success of the program.

Measure of Success


The enormous success of Team Green can be measured on many levels. From a sales standpoint, Team Green has been a huge success. It’s nearly impossible to go to any amateur motocross race and not find green bikes dominating the lineup. With an unmatched contingency program and track-side support, serious racers are always looking to go green. If success is measured by national, regional, and local race wins, then Team Green has been an enormous success. Team Green has won more amateur titles and groomed more of today’s top professionals than any other amateur motorcycle race program in history. For Team Green, the most important measure of success is, and always has been, in its ability to put smiles on young faces and help them realize their dreams.

30 Years and Counting


After 30 successful years, Team Green continues to develop champions and engender the team spirit to anyone on a Kawasaki product. Originally developed to help Kawasaki grow, the Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green program has evolved to do so much more by transforming the racing world into what it is today.


Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Confirms Presence at the 2011 Monster Energy US Grand Prix of Motocross

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Teams have confirmed their presence at the 2011 Monster Energy Grand Prix of the United States.

  • Andrew Short and Mike Alessi perform well outdoors; Alessi finished second last year at Glen Helen.
  • Antonio Cairoli and Max Nagl of the FIM World MX1 Series; Cairoli took first in last year’s USGP.
  • FIM World MX2 and AMA Lites crossovers Marvin Musquin and Ken Roczen finished first and second last year at the USGP as well as in the FIM World MX2 Championship Series.

Glen Helen Raceway is proud to announce the presence of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Teams at the 2011 Monster Energy Grand Prix of the United States. The Grand Prix, May 14-15 at America’s Playground in Southern California, will feature riders from around the world racing on Glen Helen’s legendary USGP Track.

The KTM Factory teams have confirmed that they will be present at the Monster Energy Grand Prix of the United States. The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team is comprised of Americans Andrew Short and Mike Alessi of the AMA Supercross and Motocross Series. Andrew Short, a fan-favorite known for his hard work and physical fitness, is a podium threat in both indoor and outdoor events. His teammate Mike Alessi made his mark on the Motocross world last year, finishing second in the USGP at Glen Helen and winning the opening round of the AMA Motocross Series.

The Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing Team is comprised of Antonio Cairoli and Max Nagl. Cairoli, of Italy, has held the FIM MX1 World Motocross title for two straight years. Cairoli also took the overall win last year at Glen Helen in the Grand Prix of the United States. Max Nagl finished second in 2009 and fourth in 2010 in the FIM MX1 World Motocross Championship.

Racing in both the AMA Lites class as well as the FIM World MX2 are Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin and Ken Roczen. Musquin was the FIM World MX2 champ in both 2009 and 2010. Musquin took first overall in last year’s USGP at Glen Helen. His teammate Ken Roczen is not only the youngest rider to ever win an MX2 GP event, but he is trying to improve on last year’s runner-up finish in the FIM World MX2 Championship. Roczen won both motos for the overall win in Bulgaria and took an early points lead in this year’s FIM World MX2 Championship Series.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing is full of young and energetic talent. Their presence at Glen Helen for the 2011 Monster Energy Grand Prix of the United States is exciting for all race fans. Red Bull KTM Race Director Roger De Coster is excited about his riders returning to Glen Helen this May. “[Glen Helen does] a really good job with the track. I really like the elevation changes; it’s very motocross,” De Coster said in an interview at the Seattle Supercross. “This best part is that it’s close by, and we get to see all our friends from Europe… It’s good to see the best riders from Europe against the best riders of the US” he went on to say. “We don’t get that opportunity so often.”


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