Kevin Windham to Race Additional Motocross Events

Kevin Windham to Race Additional Motocross Events

Courtesy American Honda Racing announced today that Kevin Windham will continue competing in the 2011 AMA Motocross Championship with the factory Honda team at select events. Windham had originally planned to complete his fill-in role after the return of Josh Grant at the Budds Creek National last weekend, but after posting solid results, including a strong fourth-place finish last weekend, Windham has decided to race additional rounds of the AMA Motocross series. Teammate Trey Canard has just begun training and riding once more, and is working on making his return to racing as soon as possible.

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“I’ve had a great time riding Motocross this season,” said Windham. “It’s been so much fun, I’m going to race at least a few more rounds. The fans have played a big role in my decision. The crowd support at each race has been kind of overwhelming. I can hear them cheering me on all around the track and so many people come by the transporter to see me and talk with me that I’m just amazed. I’m really enjoying the racing and everything else at the track, and I feel like I have good momentum going into Colorado after finishing just shy of the podium last weekend at Budds Creek.”

American Honda Racing Team Manager Erik Kehoe supports Windham’s decision to continue racing Motocross. “It’s great to see Kevin having so much fun racing,” said Kehoe. “He loves interacting with fans and the fans love coming to see him and talk with him. He’s got an incredible fan base all around the country. And even though he’s concentrated on riding Supercross only for the past several years, Kevin has put in a number of impressive outdoor rides in 2011. It’s been a good run, and I’m excited to see how all this plays out.”

Invited Riders for 2011 X Games Enduro X

World class field of riders set to fight for Gold!

A World Class field of riders have been invited for the first ever X Games Enduro X event. Poland’s Taddy Blazusiak is the two time defending GEICO AMA EnduroCross Champion and he will be the heavy favorite; but the opportunity for X Games gold has attracted a long list of riders that will be sure to give him a challenge. American Geoff Aaron has been the biggest thorn in Blazusiak’s side the past few years and he will be armed with a new GEICO Honda. Ricky Dietrich won the 2008 EnduroCross championship and has now shifted his focus to the Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Championship, so it will be interesting to see if he can use what he has learned to take gold. And then you have a few young guns in Lucas Oil backed Colton Haaker and Zip Ty Husqvarna’s Cory Graffunder that are sure to mix things up. Frenchman Antoin Meo, the World Enduro Champion and Monster Energy Husqvarna rider that is also currently leading the World Enduro Championship points will be joined by Germany’s Andreas Lettenbichler. Lettenbichler, who was the 2009 Romaniacs Extreme Enduro winner, will also try to take the gold back to Europe.

You can bet it will be a stacked field fighting for the podium positions at the Staples Center. Below is the list of riders expected to compete.

Rider Comments Country Team/Bike
Taddy Blazusiak 2009 and 2010 GEICO EnduroCross Champion

2009 and 2010 FIM World Indoor Enduro Champion

Winner of some of the world’s toughest “Extreme Enduro” events
Poland Team KTM
Geoff Aaron 10 Time AMA Trials Champion

2009 and 2010 AMA EnduroCross championship runner-up

2x EnduroCross main event winner
Ricky Dietrich 2008 EnduroCross Champion

2007 WORCS Champion

Currently racing AMA Motocross Championship
USA Vali Motorsports Yamaha
Mike Brown 2009 WORCS Champion

2001 AMA 125 Motocross Champion
Colton Haaker 2009 and 2010 GEICO EnduroCross Junior Champion (Expert class riders 21 and under) USA Team Lucas Oil KTM
Kurt Caselli Multi time top American at International Six Days Enduro (ISDE)

2006 and 2010 WORCS Champion
Cody Webb 2010 AMA Trials Champion

3rd place at 2010 EnduroCross final in Vegas
USA Team Beta
Destry Abbott 5x AMA Hare & Hound Champion USA Monster Energy Kawasaki
Justin Soule 3rd in 2010 GEICO EnduroCross Championship USA Monster Energy Kawasaki
Kendal Norman Multi time Baja 1000 and Baja 500 Champion

2010 AMA Hare & Hound Champion
Cory Graffunder Canadian Off Road Champion

4th in 2010 GEICO EnduroCross Championship
Canada Zip Ty Husqvarna
Andreas Lettenbichler 2009 Romaniacs Extreme Enduro Winner

Multi time German Off Road champion
Germany Husqvarna
Antoine Meo 2010 E1 World Enduro Champion France Husqvarna
Joachim Lundgren 2010 World Indoor Enduro 1 Championship runner up Sweden Husaberg
Bobby Prochnau Multi time Canadian Off Road Champion Canada KTM
Ivan Ramirez Multi time Mexican Off Road Champion Mexico KTM
Kyle Redmond 5th in 2010 GEICO EnduroCross Championship USA GEICO Honda
Gary Sutherlin 6th in 2010 GEICO EnduroCross Championship USA Kawasaki
Kevin Rookstool 8th in 2010 GEICO EnduroCross Championship USA KTM
Jamie Lanza 11th in 2010 GEICO EnduroCross Championship

Former WORCS Pro 2 Champion
USA Zip Ty Husqvarna
Rory Sullivan 12th in 2010 GEICO EnduroCross Championship USA Kawasaki
Matt Oppen 13th in 2010 GEICO EnduroCross Championship USA Kawasaki
Jacob Argubright 15th in 2010 GEICO EnduroCross Championship USA Kawasaki
Wally Palmer 16th in 2010 GEICO EnduroCross Championship USA GEICO Honda
Keith Sweeten 17th in 2010 GEICO EnduroCross Championship USA KTM
Ryan Rodgers 19th in 2010 GEICO EnduroCross Championship USA GEICO Honda
Corey Floyd 21st in 2010 GEICO EnduroCross Championship USA Kawasaki
Ryan Sandoval 22nd in 2010 GEICO EnduroCross Championship USA Zip Ty Husqvarna
Taylor Robert Top WORCS Championship competitor USA Monster Energy Kawasaki
Eric Sorby Former top Motocross racer France TBD

Tickets for X Games 17 will be available for purchase June 23 at all Ticketmaster locations and the box office at STAPLES Center.

2011 GEICO AMA EnduroCross Schedule

Location  |  Date  |  Arena / Additional Information

Los Angeles, CA  |  July 31, 2011  |  Staples Center     (Expert only during X-Games)

Everett, WA  |  August 13, 2011  |  Comcast Arena

Indianapolis, IN  |  August 26, 2011  |  Pepsi Coliseum    (Friday during MotoGP weekend)

Ontario, CA  |  September 17, 2011  |  Citizens Bank Arena

Denver, CO  |  October 1, 2011  |  National Western Complex

Boise, ID  |  October 22, 2011  |  Idaho Center

Las Vegas, NV  |  November 19, 2011  |  Orleans Arena      (Double Main event)

EnduroCross tracks incorporate various elements of extreme off road racing into a supercross-style setting, including rocks, boulders, logs, sand, mud, a water-hole…and even a few special obstacles like giant tires thrown in!  Known as the “toughest racing on two wheels,” this indoor off road racing will certainly keep you on your feet. Don’t miss your chance to see GEICO AMA EnduroCross “Live”. ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC will combine to telecast 25 hours of live X Games 17 competition, which will include Enduro X. For the six remaining EnduroCross events, be sure to log-on to for local air dates/times for the Lucas Motorsports Hour on the Versus network. 

Matrix Concepts Wins Twice This Weekend

Matrix Concepts Wins Twice This Weekend

Matrix Concepts rider Chad Reed of Two Two Motorsports wins Buds Creek along with Matrix Concepts riders Ryan Villopoto, Ryan Dungey and Kevin Windham rounding out the top 4 positions.

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Matrix Concepts rider Ryan Hughes takes the over all win in the Vet Pro Class at Mammoth MX along with Matrix Concepts rider Jeremy McGrath of Factory Honda finishing second overall.

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Suzuki’s Daniel McCoy Closes Down MX Points Gap

Suzuki’s Daniel McCoy Closes Down MX Points Gap

Rockstar Motul Suzuki’s Daniel McCoy has narrowed the gap on second place to only 20 points after the sixth round of the Australian National Motocross Championship at Coonabarabran’s Goanna Tracks complex.

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In what was a challenging weekend, McCoy battled to eighth place overall, with a 11-6-8-9 result. Although not at his best, the result was still enough to close down the points gap on second-placed Kirk Gibbs.

In the premier Pro Open class, Rockstar Motul Suzuki’s Cody Cooper also recorded an eighth-placed overall result with a 9-7-9-9 scorecard. Suzuki’s open class charger struggled with the dry, hard-pack terrain but he remains confident coming into the Albury round, having taken the win there in 2010.

Jay Foreman, Team Rockstar Motul Suzuki Team Manager, “I am disappointed with the results after winning both classes at Toowoomba. But Daniel is now closer to second place in the points standing, which sets him up for a real Championship challenge at Albury.

“Not Cody’s best weekend, but looking forward, his best result in 2010 was at Albury and Moree and we know he can win at Coolum, so we are confident he will put the RM-Z on the box in the coming rounds.”

Pro Open Results:

1. Jay Marmont

2. Dean Ferris

3. Josh Coppins

4. Billy Mackenzie

5. Lawson Bopping (Suzuki RM-Z450)

6. Michael Phillips

7. Cheyne Boyd

8. Cody Cooper (Suzuki RM-Z450)

9. Todd Waters

10. Daniel Reardon

Pro Open Championship Standings:

1. Dean Ferris 461

2. Billy Mackenzie 448

3. Josh Coppins 429

4. Jay Marmont 407

5. Cheyne Boyd 384

6. Michael Phillips 348

7. Lawson Bopping 323

8. Cody Cooper 263

9. Louis Calvin 227

10. Ryan Marmont 206

Pro Lites Results:

1. Phil Nicoletti

2. Jake Moss

3. Matt Moss

4. Justin McDonald

5. Kade Mosig

6. Brenden Harrison

7. Cody Mackie

8. Daniel McCoy (Suzuki RM-Z250)

9. Josh Cachia

10. Kirk Gibbs

Pro Lites Championship Standings:

1. Matt Moss 419

2. Kirk Gibbs 365

3. Daniel McCoy 345

4. Brenden Harrison 344

5. Phil Nicoletti 339

6. Josh Cachia 312

7. Justin McDonald 302

8. Cody Mackie 294

9. Kade Mosig 292

10. Luke Styke 273

Chad Reed Continues to Impress as Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship Prepares To Go Mile High at Thunder Valley

With Two Wins to His Credit, Tyla Rattray Leads the Way in the 250 Class

Another exciting weekend of action resulted in TwoTwo Motorsports/Bel-Ray Racing’s Chad Reed adding to his overall win total for the 2011 season. The Australian rider has won three of the first four rounds of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship, and currently occupies the lead in the 450 Class standings. This weekend, Reed, and 250 Class points leader Tyla Rattray, lead the world’s best riders into Thunder Valley MX Park in Lakewood, Colo., for Saturday’s Toyota Trucks Thunder Valley National.

Throughout the first month of action this summer, three riders have asserted themselves as the leaders of the pack in the 450 Class. Reed, along with Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto and Rockstar/Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey, have won every moto thus far and each week, this trio has engaged in intense battles for the overall victory.

Last weekend from Budds Creek MX Park, Reed took a strategic approach to his third win of the year. After losing touch of both Villopoto and Dungey in the opening moto, Reed put himself in position to win Moto 2, controlling what he’s capable of, and letting the points play out. At each of the first three rounds, Reed won the final moto of the day, and that trend continued at Budds Creek. Despite a hard charge from Dungey throughout the moto, Reed crossed the finish line first and, in turn, overtook Villopoto, who won Moto 1 and tied Reed in points for the day, in the tiebreaker for the top spot overall.

It’s been an impressive start to the season for Reed, and now he leads the 450 Class field into a venue at which he’s never won before. He currently holds a 15-point lead over Villopoto, and a 28-point lead over Dungey in the championship standings. Reed’s rivals’ hope their past success at Thunder Valley gives them an edge, as each rider has stood atop the podium at the Colorado facility.

The story of the 250 Class continues to be headlined by the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team. Through four rounds and eight motos, three of Mitch Payton’s riders – Tyla Rattray, Dean Wilson and Blake Baggett – are the only athletes to grab a victory. Wilson and Baggett share three moto wins apiece, while Rattray boasts two of his own. In the overall win category, both Rattray and Baggett share two each, and currently, all three riders occupy the top three in the 250 Class standings.

At Budds Creek, Wilson got off to a fast start, winning the opening moto for the third time in 2011. However, in Moto 2, Rattray took charge, grabbing the lead early and never looking back. Wilson was able to secure his third overall runner-up effort of the season, overcoming a tough start in the final moto, and sits four points behind his teammate in the standings. As for Baggett, adversity struck the sophomore rider in both motos, and his pair of seventh-place finishes landed him seventh overall.

Since becoming part of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship in 2005, Thunder Valley MX Park has become one of the most anticipated stops on the entire schedule. As the lone national event in the Rocky Mountain region, fans come in droves from throughout the Midwest for the chance to watch the world’s best riders in action. With its mile-high elevation and sprawling layout, Thunder Valley presents one of the most unique challenges for both the riders and their teams. The thin mountain air robs bikes of power while also testing a rider’s endurance. It is a one-of-a-kind combination that is only found at Thunder Valley and each year, it is a storyline in the outcome of the race.

Last year at Thunder Valley, Dungey broke through for his first-career win at the facility, posting 2-1 moto scores. In the 250 Class, then-Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Christophe Pourcel swept the day’s motos for his second overall victory of the 2010 season.

This weekend, Dungey enters the race as the only return winner in the 450 Class at Thunder Valley. While Reed and Villopoto, a two-time winner at the track in the 250 Class, lead the way as challengers, several additional front-runners, like Muscle Milk/Toyota/JGR’s Davi Millsaps and Red Bull KTM’s Mike Alessi, will look to put themselves in the mix. Also, Colorado native Andrew Short will be in search of his first podium performance of 2011 for Red Bull KTM at his hometown track.

The Women’s Motocross Championship also returns to action this weekend, following a two-round break. American Honda’s Ashley Fiolek leads the WMX standings through two rounds of competition, while DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing Yamaha’s Jessica Patterson sits just eight points out of the lead. Patterson will seek to defend her victory at Thunder Valley one year ago, while Fiolek will be in search for her second win in Colorado.

The on-track action for the Toyota Trucks Thunder Valley National begins this Saturday at 10:30 a.m. EST with practice and qualifying. Opening ceremonies begin at 2:30 p.m. EST with motos kicking off at 3 p.m. EST.


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