Steffi Laier Earns 3rd at Hangtown

Steffi Laier Earns 3rd at Hangtown

Red Bull/Teka/KTM rider Steffi Laier earned 3rd overall at the opening round of the Women’s Motocross Series held at Hangtown Raceway.

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Laier was consistent throughout the day qualifying third fastest in both timed practice sessions. Her 3rd place qualifying times earned her the third gate pick at the start of moto number one.

When the gate dropped, Laier got off to a decent start rounding the first turn in 5th place. She quickly caught and passed two of the riders to place her KTM 250 SX-F into a podium position. She maintained the 3rd place spot through the end of the moto.

In the second moto she got off to a much better start and rounded the first corner in 2nd position. When the leader, Jessica Patterson, went down early, Laier was able to move into the lead. Laier led the remainder of the first lap. She continued to lead for the next lap while excited fans cheered on the three-way battle between Laier, Patterson and Ashley Fiolek.

Laier made a mistake at the halfway point of the moto and came too far outside off a jump and lost her position to Patterson and later to Fiolek. She fell back to 3rd but remained strong to the end of the race and was able to finish 3rd overall for the day.

“It feels good to be back in the U.S. This is the first time I have raced Hangtown in about ten years. The track was very rough today and my arm gave me a little trouble at the end of the moto from a practice crash injury earlier in the week. Overall I was glad to get on the podium here and will now return to Europe to pursue the Women’s MXGP Championship,” commented Laier.

JDR/J-Star/KTM Team Race Report – Hangtown MX

JDR/J-Star/KTM Team Race Report – Hangtown MX

JDR/J-Star/KTM rider Tye Simmonds had a decent showing at his first-ever U.S. AMA Pro Motocross Championship Series race finishing 16th overall.

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The opening round of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship Series took place at Hangtown Raceway. Simmonds qualifying times were not as decent as he expected, qualifying 28th fastest into moto one. Despite his poor gate pick for the moto, Simmonds was able to come around the first corner in 12th position.

“I was able to get a pretty nice start in the first moto and was very close to the top ten as we rounded the first corner. The start is key in every race and starting better than I typically do really helped me in the first moto score,” remarked Simmonds.

Simmonds moved up to 11th on the second lap and maintained that position for the majority of the race. With only three laps to go he lost one position to Ricky Dietrich before crossing the finish line in 12th overall.

The second moto was a bit tougher for the Australian as he rounded the first lap in 19th place. He passed one rider for 18th on lap two but then struggled to find his pace in the moto.

“I was riding really tight the first few laps and wasn’t able to get into a good rhythm,” stated Simmonds. He eventually got into his comfort zone around the halfway point at which time he picked off two more riders and moved into his finishing position of 16th overall. His 12-16 moto scores earned him 16th overall for the day.

“My overall goal is to be inside the top ten. I think this is a realistic goal for me in my first race season. I am really looking forward to Texas as I know my conditioning should come into play at that round and hopefully I inch closer to a top ten result.”

Next Event: Freestone MX – May 28, 2011

Kevin Windham lifts GEICO teammates in outdoor opener

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – GEICO Honda rider Kevin Windham had no plans to ride in the 2011 Lucas Oil Motorcross Series but that all changed when he received a phone call from the Factory Honda team asking him to fill-in for former teammate Trey Canard.

“I don’t know where it came from but I just found this desire in me to come out here and race,” Windham said.

The decision was a good one as, despite an accident that caused internal injuries just two weeks ago in the Supercross finale in Vegas, Windham rode to a fourth-place overall finish at Saturday’s Hangtown event.

“I wasn’t sure what to expect especially after my crash in Vegas,” Windham said after recording a sixth-place and a fourth-place finish in the day’s two motos. “I didn’t get any time to prepare for outdoors because I had to be off the bike waiting for some internal bleeding to stop but I feel like today was a success.

“We came out here kind of winging it. We just gave it our all and went for it. I’d say we did pretty well, all things considered. I’m happy being fourth overall.

“The first race was great. I got the holeshot and held the lead for a while. I know I have the bike and pretty soon I’ll get the legs to be able to hold onto the lead.”

Windham’s GEICO Honda teammate in the Lites class, Eli Tomac, was really  looking forward to the switch from Supercross to Motocross and his performance Saturday proved he was ready. The defending event champ earned a third-place finish in the first moto and a fourth-place result in the second, landing him fourth in the overall rankings.

“It wasn’t a great day but we did okay,” Tomac said. “Finishing third and fourth isn’t a bad way to start the season. Of course I was looking to win but it wasn’t in the cards for me today. I just need to get faster and ride harder next time.”

The switch from Supercross to Motocross puts a lot of extra physical demands on the riders and it really showed in the heat of Northern California.

“I wasn’t terribly worn out but the second moto was a struggle,” Tomac said. “Honestly, I just wasn’t riding to my full potential and I’m not sure why. I need to ride my best every race and today I didn’t.”

Fellow GEICO Honda Lites rider Justin Barcia, the newly-crowned Supercross Lites East champion, tried to carry the momentum from his championship to the outdoor season opener, and he looked sharp at times, but a crash in the second moto out a damper on his day.

“I was really looking forward to Hangtown,” Barcia said. “It’s a totally different style of racing than Supercross but I was ready for the change.”

Barcia was second quickest in practice and ran a solid race in the first moto, collecting a sixth-place finish. In the second moto he got the holeshot and led the first three laps before crashing out.

“Today was tough,” Barcia said. “Definitely not what we expected but I’m not going to let this get me down. I’m going to get to work so I can make sure I’m up on the podium next weekend.”

The second round of the 2011 AMA Lucas Oil Outdoor Nationals takes place Saturday, May 28, in Wortham, Texas.

2011 FIM World Motocross – Round 4 – Brazil – Qualifying

2011 FIM World Motocross – Round 4 – Brazil – Qualifying

FIM World Motocross Championships – Round 4 Brazil! Ken Roczen leads MX 2 championship points, and Clement Desalle leads MX 1 Championship series. In today’s Qualifying Races, Kenny Roczen wins in MX2, David Philippaerts wins in MX1.


Before we get to what happened today, and the photos below, some interesting news. The news out of Brazil, where they love and are very passionate about their motor sports, is that the MX GP tomorrow is ‘sold out’. We’ve never heard of that happening before at a motocross race, so, chances are there will be tens of thousands of spectators for the 2011 Motocross Grand Prix of Brazil! (And you can watch the race here on –

We have the text here courtesy of Youthstream, and photos courtesy of Fernando and Ricardo Bianco.

The Honda Grand Prix of Brazil started today in Indaiatuba with the Qualifying races of MX1 and MX2. Monster Energy Yamaha’s David Philippaerts won his first Lovemytime Pole Position Award in MX1, while Ken Roczen obtained his fourth one in MX2.

Philippaerts, by winning his first MX1 qualifying race of the season, will be the first one to choose the starting grid position tomorrow. Second was Steven Frossard and third Antonio Cairoli. Clement Desalle crashed several times and finished 12th.

In the MX2, Ken Roczen dominated once again from beginning to end and obtained his fourth Lovemytime pole position award. His team-mate Jeffrey Herlings finished second, and third was Gautier Paulin. Tommy Searle was disqualified for accepting outside assistance.

MX1 – Monster Energy Yamaha’s David Philippaerts had an excellent start and managed to pass his team-mate Steven Frossard on lap five. Philippaerts also won the qualifying race in Campo Grande last year and he admitted he feels really comfortable at the track.

Second was his team-mate Steven Frossard, who after taking the holeshot could not keep the lead, but stayed in second the rest of the race. The Frenchman was focused on his riding and he is determined to go for the overall win tomorrow and improve his fourth position in the championship point standings.

Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX1’s Antonio Cairoli crashed on the opening lap and had to push up from eighth position. The Italian was a bit disappointed for the mistake he made, but he is confident for tomorrow, as he had good speed and feels very well physically.

Kawasaki Racing Team’s Xavier Boog started from the third position, but Italian Cairoli overtook him with just two laps to go. However, Boog is very confident for tomorrow’s races.

Steve Ramon from Rockstar Energy World MX1 completed the top five after starting from an initial eleventh position. Ramon still has some pain in his neck after a crash in Glen Helen, but he’s expected to compete at near 100% for the GP.

Current leader of the MX1 class Clement Desalle started at the front in the qualifying race, but crashed several times and could only finish 12th.

Max Nagl did not feel very comfortable in the Brazilian track and could only finish ninth in the pre-qualifying practice and eleventh in the qualifying race.

Evgeny Bobryshev, third overall in Glen Helen, managed to ride third in third at the beginning of the race, but he made many mistakes and he finished 17th.

Carlos Campano was fourth in the opening lap and rode at the front until he crashed and dropped several positions. Campano finished 15th, followed by home rider Antonio Jorge Balbi.

MX1 Qualifying Race

  1. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha)
  2. Steven Frossard (FRA, Yamaha)
  3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM)
  4. Xavier Boog (FRA, Kawasaki)
  5. Steve Ramon (BEL, Suzuki)
  6. Ken de Dycker (BEL, Honda)
  7. Anthony Boissiere (FRA, Yamaha)
  8. Jonathan Barragan (ESP, Kawasaki)
  9. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Suzuki)
  10. Rui Goncalves (POR, Honda)

MX2 – Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing MX2’s Ken Roczen dominated the entire MX2 qualifying race, finishing almost 19 seconds ahead of teammate Jeffrey Herlings. Ken is leading the point standings as well, has two out of three GP wins this season, and is on a roll this season so far.

Jeffrey Herlings had a good start, but Tommy Searle had better speed, making the pass. Herlings was riding right after Searle, when the Brit made a mistake and Herlings took over second position until the checkered flag.

Monster Energy Yamaha’s Gautier Paulin did one of his best races of the season, finishing third. Tomorrow he will have the chance to choose a good gate for the start and he might be able to obtain his first podium of the season.

Zach Osborne from Bike-it Cosworth Wild Wolf Yamaha started eighth, but he managed to overtake some riders and finish fourth. After the bittersweet weekend in Glen Helen, a podium would be a great boost for the American rider to regain some confidence.

Completing the top five was Arnaud Tonus. The Swiss rider missed the podium last year in Brazil, so this fifth position in the qualifying race might help him to be on the rostrum this weekend in Indaiatuba.

Tommy Searle was defending his second position from the likes of Herlings, when he made a mistake and crashed. While trying to start the bike, Searle received outside assistance and was disqualified from the race. The British rider will be the last one to choose the gate for tomorrow’s races, so he might have some problems to ride among the leaders of the race.

The best Brazilian rider at the MX2 qualifying race was Jean Ramos with a 12th final position.

MX2 Qualifying Race

  1. Ken Roczen (GER, KTM)
  2. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM)
  3. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Yamaha)
  4. Zachary Osborne (USA, Yamaha)
  5. Arnaud Tonus (SUI, Yamaha)
  6. Max Anstie (GBR, Kawasaki)
  7. Christophe Charlier (FRA, Yamaha)
  8. Harri Kullas (FIN, Yamaha)
  9. Joel Roelants (BEL, KTM)
  10. Pascal Rauchenecker (AUT, KTM)

So, it should be quite a battle tomorrow in Brazil for the Grand Prix. You can watch in online …

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    Kenny Roczen

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    Jeffrey Herlings

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    David Philippaerts

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    Steven Frossard

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    Tommy Searle

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    Tony Cairoli

    2011 AMA Women’s Motocross – Round 1 – Hangtown/Sacramento

    2011 AMA Women’s Motocross – Round 1 – Hangtown/Sacramento

    Round 1 of the 2011 Women’s AMA National Motocross Championships at Hangtown! And guess who is here racing? FIM World Motocross Champion Steffi Laier for KTM! The overall on the day – Jessica Patterson, Ashley Fiolek, and Stephanie Laier! Patterson sweeps both motos!

    Hangtown – Prairie City OHV Park

    Jessica Patterson is the defending AMA Women’s National Motocross champion. Ashley Fiolek has won the championship the previous two years. And Steffi Laier is the Women’s World Championship the past two years. All three will be battling in their two motos today

    The track here at Hangtown is ‘real’ motocross. Hills, bumps, jumps, ruts, mud, dust, soft, hard.

    The first Women’s moto has Jessica Patterson out front on her Yamaha, running lap times just over 2 minutes 30 seconds. Ashley Fiolek is second, and Steffi Laier, riding the number 55 KTM is third.

    And Patterson on her Yamaha is dominating this first race, leading second place Fiolek on her Honda by over 12 seconds. Laier on KTM is third, just behind Fiolek. This seven lap race has Jessica Patterson winning! Ashley Fiolek is second, Stephanie Laier is third. Fourth thru tenth – Tarah Gieger, Vicki Golden, Alexa Pearson, J Strong, Tatum Sik, S Kaneshiro, and K Creson.

    The second moto, Jessica Patterson wins by 12 seconds over second place Ashley Fiolek, Steph Laier third again, and JP$ takes the overall victory! Ashley is second overall, and Stephanie Laier finishes third overall.

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    Women’s World Motocross Champion Steffi Laier in America

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    Ashley Fiolek is number 67 this season

    Click to view larger images. Much more coming!

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    WMX Results
    1. Jessica Patterson – YAM – 1/1
    2. Ashley Fiolek – HON – 2/2
    3. Stephanie Laier – KTM – 3/3
    4. Tarah Gieger – HON – 4/7
    5. Jacqueline Strong – KTM – 7/5
    6. Tatum Sik – YAM – 8/6
    7. Mariana Balbi – YAM – 13/4
    8. Kasie Creson – HON – 10/8
    9. Sayaka Kaneshiro – SUZ – 9/10
    10. Eliz Bash – KTM – 14/9
    11. M Markelon – YAM – 12/12
    12. K Martinez – KTM – 11/13
    13. Vicki Golden – KAW – 5/34
    14. Sara Price – KAW – 16/11
    15. Alexah Pearson – KTM – 6/30
    WMX Points
    1. Jessica Patterson – 50
    2. Ashley Fiolek – 44
    3. Stephanie Laier – 40
    4. Tarah Gieger – 32
    5. Jacqueline Strong – 30
    6. Tatum Sik – 28
    7. Mariana Balbi – 26
    8. Kasie Creson – 24
    9. Sayaka Kaneshiro – 23
    10. Eliz Bash – 19
    11. M Markelon – 18
    12. K Martinez – 18
    13. Vicki Golden – 16
    14. Sara Price – 15
    15. Alexah Pearson – 15

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    American National Champion Jessica Patterson

    Steffi Laier: I had a crash last week in Germany and hurt my hand. I went to the doctor’s, and got some antibiotics, and it was better, but today the problem and pain came back, so it hurt and definitely had a lot of arm pump. It’s hard to race 100% with arm pump.

    Ashley Fiolek: The track was pretty gnarly, but I learned a lot. And I had a lot of fun. I’ve raced with Steffi before in Europe, and I’m happy she got to come here today to race. There seems to be a lot more girls racing. Our sport is growing.

    Jessica Patterson: The track was gnarly, but that’s what we train for. I feel like I’m in better shape this year. I have a lot of confidence right now, and after last year I feel pretty good. And I’m in better condition this year. I’m super pumped so many riders have come out. I’m glad Steffi came over to keep pushing us. First moto had the holeshot. Led from there. Stayed smooth and consistent. Second moto I got the holeshot again, but I lost my front wheel and ended up crashing. Got back up, chased down Ashley and Steffi, pushed hard, put in consistent laps, and it paid off.


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