Troy Lee Designs / Lucas Oil / Honda Team Fights for Points in Maryland

Troy Lee Designs / Lucas Oil / Honda Team Fights for Points in Maryland

Mechanicsville, MD – It was a rough weekend for the TLD boys in the muggy sunshine of Maryland this weekend. Bad starts hampered the whole crew, which is unusual since they are typically up front in turn one. Still, all of the riders battled through poor starts and adversity to take some points home with them.

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Christian Craig has been a machine when it comes to the starts this year but it just wasn’t happening for him at Budds Creek. Still, Craig rode with smarts and consistency and put together 13-12 moto scores for 12th overall on the day.

“This start is pretty unfair and if you didn’t get a really good qualifying time it was hard to get out of the first turn in good position,” said Craig of the biased first turn. “I had a decent qualifying time but it didn’t put me close enough to the inside to get the start I needed. Once I got going I felt like I rode okay, it’s just hard to make up time on the guys in the top ten because everyone is so fast. Hopefully I can get better starts next weekend.”

The 250 riders had an even rougher time of it. Travis Baker started the day off with an 11th in moto one, putting himself in good position for a top ten overall. In the second moto, however, Travis suffered a fluke mechanical failure and would not finish the moto. It was a tough way to end the weekend for the hard working Baker.

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Cole Seely struggled with his starts all weekend. He was unable to move up the way he needed to and his results reflected that. In the second moto he stalled his bike while making his way forward and the lost time would cost him many positions. By the time he got going again, Cole was tired and could only muster a 25th, netting him 19th overall on the day. It was a difficult day for the two-time supercross winner.

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The team will take this week and use it to regroup before heading to the mountains of Colorado for the next round. With better starts and a commitment to improve their results the team will definitely see better scores at Thunder Valley. Be sure to come by and visit the team if you plan on attending the Colorado national.

Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki Grabs a Third and Sixth Overall at Budds Creek Motocross

Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki Grabs a Third and Sixth Overall at Budds Creek Motocross

Reigning champion, Ryan Dungey, goes two–two for a third-place overall

Mechanicsville, MD – Team Rockstar Makita Suzuki riders showed their strength, consistency, and the power of their Yoshimura-equipped Suzuki RM-Z450s during the fifth round of the 2011 AMA Pro Motocross Championships at the Budds Creek National in Mechanicsville, MD on Saturday. rryan-dungey rode strong and consistent, claiming second place in both motos and ending the day with a third-place overall. Teammate Brett Metcalfe worked through the pack in both motos to grab a couple of sixths and scored a sixth-place overall finish for the day.

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Photo by Simon Cudby

Dungey started the day showing off the speed of his Suzuki by scoring the fastest time in the morning timed practices by over a second. The Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider had a great start in moto one that put him into the front group. Dungey powered his RM-Z from fourth to second over the first few laps and then the reigning champion put his head down and chased after the leader. Dungey was able to catch the leader in the closing laps but was unable to make the pass. Moto two went about the same for the Suzuki rider, with a good start that slotted him quickly into second. Dungey pushed his RM-Z450 hard for the remaining 12 laps but fell just a little short of passing for the lead and came away with a second-place moto finish and third overall for the day. Dungey sits third in the championship points race.

“It was another good, solid weekend,” said Dungey. “We got off to really good starts on my RM-Z today and I was able to get second in both motos. I lost some time in the beginning of the first moto, but I was able to make that up and get up there and almost get the win. I got another good start in the second moto and got up into second and battled for the number one position for the rest of the moto but just couldn’t make the pass. It was tough. The track was really one-lined. Overall, my Rockstar Makita Suzuki felt great and we were solid throughout the day. We just gotta keep moving forward and plugging away. We’ve got Lakewood coming up and I’m really looking forward to it. Last year we were able to get a win there in the AMA Pro MX Championship race as well as the MX Des Nations. It’s always a great track.”

Teammate Brett Metcalfe started the day with the fourth fastest time in the morning practices, which was his best qualifying effort of the season. The Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider suffered a bad start in the first moto but was able to work his RM-Z through the field to capture a sixth-place finish. In moto two, Metcalfe had another tough start but was able to quickly get into sixth which is where he finished, giving him a sixth-place overall for the day. Metcalfe sits solidly in fifth in the championship points.

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“It was a pretty positive day for me,” said Metcalfe. “I went six-six for sixth overall and there were some positives and negatives, but overall I felt pretty good. The negative side of the day was bad starts in both motos. I really felt if I could have had better starts, I could have been running up front and at least challenging for a podium. I had my best qualifying result of the year today with a fourth. My Rockstar Makita Suzuki is working great and the team has been doing a great job getting me more comfortable out there. I think that’s why I was able to qualify faster. I’m happy and feel that was my best riding of the season. We need to go home and work this week on starts and give myself a chance to run up front. I’m looking forward to Lakewood. It’s a track I’ve done well at in the past. And I think it is a track that suits me. I’m hoping to go there and put my Suzuki up on the podium where I know it can be.”

The Rockstar Makita Suzuki team’s next event is the fifth round of the 2011 AMA Pro Motocross Championship on Saturday, June 25th, at the Thunder Valley National in Lakewood, CO. You can meet the Rockstar Makita Suzuki riders on Friday, June 24th, from 5 to 6 PM, at Fay Myers Motorcycle World, 9700 East Arapahoe Road, Greenwood Village, CO.

Mike Alessi Earns 5th at Budds Creek Motocross

Mike Alessi Earns 5th at Budds Creek Motocross

Red Bull/KTM Factory rider Mike Alessi earned 5th overall after scoring two back to back 5th place finishes at the fourth round of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship Series held at Budds Creek MX Park in Mechanicsville, MD.

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Alessi earned his trademark start as he pulled the holeshot at the beginning of the first moto. He led for the first four laps before he was passed by Ryan Villopoto. Alessi rode a solid pace for the first moto to finish 5th overall at the end of the 30 minute plus two lap race. “I am still struggling with my endurance since returning from my Hangtown crash,” remarked Alessi. “I am making progress each time I ride but I definitely still need more time on the bike to get up to consistent podium speed.”

Alessi repeated his great start in the second moto. This time he missed the holeshot but moved into the lead by the second corner and led for the first two laps. He hung on for 5th a second time to earn 5th overall for the day.

On the 350 SX-F was Alessi’s teammate, Andrew Short, who matched his best overall finish of the season with a 9th place result. Short was running in 6th in the first moto before a crash set him back to 13th. He charged forward and climbed back into the top ten to finish 9th that moto just a bike length behind the 8th place bike of Josh Grant. In the second moto he got a decent start and put his bike in the top ten early and moved up to 8th near the moto end.

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The most impressive story of the day was FMF/KTM rider Mike Brown. The former 125cc National Motocross Champion showed up at Budds Creek to earn a few more points toward keeping his national number. Mission accomplished. Brown went 12-13 for the day to add 17 points to his championship point’s total which put him over the 25 point minimum a former champion must earn to retain their number. That means Brown fans everywhere will get to see him carry the #3 plate for another season.

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Next Event: Thunder Valley – Lakewood, CO – June 25, 2011

2012 Motocross of Nations to be in Belgium

2012 Motocross of Nations to be in Belgium

La Baneza, Spain: It was announced at today’s Spanish Grand Prix of Motocross that the 2012 Motocross of Nations, the world’s most prestigious motocross race, will be held in Lommel, Belgium.

Belgium has the richest history of any country in World MX, having produced more World Champions than any other country. And one of the organizers at Lommel, 5-time World Motocross Champion Eric Geboers, who is also the Suzuki World MX Team Manager.

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Official statement from Youthstream Media:

Mr. Giuseppe Luongo, President of Youthstream, and Mr. Eric Geboers, representing GP Limburg, signed a contract for the 2012 Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations to be held in Lommel, Belgium, in September 2012. The date will be announced by the FIM when they publish the provisional 2012 FIM Motocross World Championship calendar.

2011 FIM World Motocross – Round 7 – Spain

2011 FIM World Motocross – Round 7 – Spain

KTM, Tony Cairoli, and Ken Roczen dominate Round 7 of the FIM World Motocross Grand Prix series at La Baneza, Spain. Roczen takes over MX 2 series points lead, Desalle leads Cairoli by one point in MX 1 series.

La Baneza

There was some doubt leading up to the Spanish Grand Prix as to Ken Roczen’s physical health, because he had fallen hard last week at the Portugal MX GP. And same for Tony Cairoli – his knee has not been 100% since the very first GP of the season in Bulgaria. But both left their stamp on Spain today with MX GP victories!

2011 FIM World Motocross - Round 7 - Spain - Photo 1 of 5Ken Roczen (94) takes overall MX2 win in Spain


This was Tony Cairoli’s 39th career MX GP victory. The day in Spain was very hot and sunny. The track was quite short …. lap times were around 1 minute 40 seconds, and averaged 23 laps per race. More story coming …

2011 FIM World Motocross - Round 7 - Spain - Photo 2 of 5Tony Cairoli flanked by David Philippaerts and Steven Frossard on the MX1 podium of Spain


Kenny Roczen came on strong to reclaim the ‘red plate’, which signifies the series points leader. Ken won both motos today. More story coming …

It was announced today that the 2012 Motocross of Nations will be held at the sand circuit of Lommel, Belgium, of which 5-time World Motocross Champion and Suzuki World MX Team Manager Eric Geboers is the organizer. More coming on that as well …

2011 FIM World Motocross - Round 7 - Spain - Photo 3 of 5Ken Roczen on top of the MX2 podium, with Tommy Searle on left, Gautier Paulin on right

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MX1 Grand Prix Race Results

  1. Tony Cairoii – KTM – 2/1
  2. David Philippaerts – YAM – 3/4
  3. Steven Frossard – YAM – 1/9
  4. Clement Desalle – SUZ – 4/3
  5. Max Nagl – KTM – 4/6
  6. Tanel Leok – TM – 13/2
  7. Jon Barragan – KAW – 9/5
  8. Evgeny Bobryshev – HON – 8/7
  9. Rui Goncalves – HON – 7/10
  10. Xavier Boog – KAW – 10/8
  11. Steve Ramon – SUZ
  12. Ken de Dycker – HON
  13. Anthony Boissiere – YAM
  14. Marcus Schiffer – SUZ
  15. C C Jimenez – YAM

MX2 Grand Prix Race Results

  1. Ken Roczen – KTM – 1/1
  2. Tommy Searle – KAW – 2/2
  3. Gautier Paulin – YAM – 4/3
  4. Jeffrey Herlings – KTM – 3/4
  5. Arnaud Tonus – YAM – 6/5
  6. Nic Aubin – KTM – 5/8
  7. Joel Roelants – KTM – 7/7
  8. Glenn Coldenhoff – YAM – 9/9
  9. Harri Kullas – YAM
  10. Nick Triest – KTM
  11. Jake Nicholls – KTM – 14/11
  12. Al Lupino – HUS – 13/12
  13. Zach Osborne – YAM – DNF/6
  14. Mike Kras – SUZ – 11/17
  15. Jordi Tixier – KTM – 17/13

MX1 Point Standings

  1. Clement Desalle – 285
  2. Tony Cairoli – 284
  3. Steven Frossard – 250
  4. Max Nagl – 225
  5. Evgeny Bobryshev – 204
  6. David Philippaerts – 199
  7. Rui Goncalves – 192
  8. Jon Barragan – 164
  9. Xavier Boog – 161
  10. Steve Ramon – 149
  11. K. Strijbos – 143
  12. Ken de Dycker – 137
  13. Tanel Leok – 133
  14. A Boissiere – 96
  15. Shaun Simpson – 89

MX2 Point Standings

  1. Ken Roczen – 301
  2. Jeffrey Herlings – 295
  3. Tommy Searle – 268
  4. Gautier Paulin – 234
  5. Zach Osborne – 213
  6. Arnaud Tonus – 197
  7. Max Anstie – 167
  8. Joel Roelants – 166
  9. Harri Kullas – 164
  10. Nic Aubin – 151
  11. Chris Charlier – 130
  12. G Coldenhoff – 90
  13. Jordi Tixier – 83
  14. Al Lupino – 79
  15. A B Olivia – 62

2011 FIM World Motocross - Round 7 - Spain - Photo 5 of 5Tony Cairoli (222) wins the MX1 overall in Spain

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