Mulisha Nation Ready to Dominate L.A. Again at X Games 17

Mulisha Nation Ready to Dominate L.A. Again at X Games 17

Seven Metal Mulisha athletes will compete for gold in in multiple FMX disciplines, rally and BMX at Staples Center

Following last year’s 10 team medals, the Metal Mulisha is once again bringing its full arsenal to Los Angeles for X Games 17, from July 28 -31. This year, all events will take place in and around place Staples Center, where Mulisha will look to increase its tally of more than 50 medals since 1999.

This year, Metal Mulisha will have seven athletes competing in six events, including Best Trick, Step Up, Best Whip, Rally and BMX. Among the top storylines as Mulisha prepares to continue its long run of success on action sports’ biggest stage:

  • ‘The General’ Brian Deegan will look to improve on his silver medal in Super Rally with a brand-new custom Ford Fiesta, which features a black, red and white Metal Mulisha tiger shark design. The much anticipated Rally Racing events will take place in Lot 7, outside of Staples Center, on Saturday, July 30th and Sunday, July 31st. Earlier in the week, Deegan will also compete in Step up on Thursday, July 28th.  
  • Todd Potter will have the busiest week of any Mulisha team rider, competing in Best Whip, where he aims to capture a fourth consecutive gold medal, Speed & Style for the first time in his career, and Step Up.
  • Looking to make a big impact on American audiences, Australia’s Jackson ‘Jacko’ Strong, has been preparing to land the first-ever front flip in competition during this year’s Best Trick event. In 2010, Mulisha rider and fellow Aussie Cam Sinclair won gold with a double backflip, an honor he’s looking to repeat in 2011.
  • The Mulisha team will be missing another one of its family members during X17. Fan favorite and X Games 16 veteran Jeff ‘Ox’ Kargola passed away in April from injuries sustained while riding in Baja, Mexico. Ox will be honored with a tribute video prior to the Step Up competition on Thursday, July 28th. Metal Mulisha riders and fans will also be wearing memorial Ox tees, which are available at www.metalmulisha.com, benefitting the Jeff ‘Ox’ Kargola Fund.
  • Japanese rider and fan favorite Taka Higashino is riding for his home country this year, which experienced a devastating earthquake and tsunami in March. Taka has been active in recovery efforts for Japan relief, specifically with the local freestyle moto community. In April, Mulisha created a special Taka t-shirt to benefit the Banzai Fund and Red Cross.
  • X Games veteran Ronnie Faisst, bronze-medal winner in last year’s dramatic Speed & Style final, is looking to increase his medal count, shortly after breaking his femur on the Nuclear Cowboyz tour.
  • Brandon Dosch, gold medalist in BMX Dirt on the 2010 Dew Tour, will look to have the same success at BMX Park, which kicks off on Thursday, July 28th at the L.A. Live Event Deck.

“X Games is our time in the national spotlight and we’re always looking forward to putting on a show for the country,” said Metal Mulisha rider and Marketing Director, Ryan Hagy. “The Mulisha Nation will be out in full force all week, supporting our riders across FMX, Rally and BMX.”

Mulisha Nation fans can get up-close-and-personal with team riders, who will be signing autographs from Thursday through Sunday, both at the Ford Tent and X Fest in L.A. Live. The brand has also partnered with Ford for an ‘I Win! You Win! competition,’ where a Mulisha gold medal will win one fan a Mulisha-wrapped Ford Fiesta.

“We have a mix of young riders competing this year, along with some vets like myself, Potter and Faisst, which will give fans a chance to see the current and future crop of the Mulisha family,” said Mulisha founder Brian Deegan. “With a new rally car and more practice time on the track, this is the most confident I’ve been going into an X Games.”

For more info on Metal Mulisha riders, news and X Games appearances, visit www.metalmulisha.com 

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Metal Mulisha Rider Lineup and Schedule – X Games 17

Best Trick

Taka Higashino JAPAN

Cameron Sinclair AUS

Jackson ‘Jacko’ Strong AUS

Speed & Style

Todd Potter USA

Ronnie Faisst USA

Step Up

Brian Deegan USA

Todd Potter USA

Rally

Brian Deegan USA

Rallycross

Brian Deegan USA

Best Whip

Todd Potter USA

BMX Freestyle Park

Brandon Dosch USA

Thursday, July 28

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. BMX Park Elimination

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Moto Step-Up Final

5:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Moto X Best Whip

6:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Moto X Best Trick

Friday, July 29

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Moto X Freestyle, Round 1

5:45 p.m. – 6:15 p.m. Moto X Freestyle Final // STAPLES Center

Saturday, July 30

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. BMX Park, Round 1// Event Deck, L.A. Live

12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. BMX Park, Round 1// Event Deck, L.A. Live

1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Rally Car Racing Final// Lot 7

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Moto X Speed and Style Final// STAPLES Center

Sunday, July 31

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. RallyCross Final // Lot 7

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. BMX Street, Round 1 and Final// Event Deck, L.A. Live

6:15 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Moto X Enduro, Round 1 and Last Chance Qualifier// STAPLES Center

7:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Moto X Enduro, Final// STAPLES Center

Metal Mulisha autograph signings:

Thursday, July 28th: 11:00AM-12:00PM @ Ford Tent (L.A. Live)

Friday, July 29th: 1-2PM @ Ford Tent (L.A. Live)

Friday, July 29th: 3:15-3:45 @ X Fest

Saturday, July 30th: 1-2PM @ Ford Tent (L.A. Live)

Friday, July 29th: 1-2PM @ X Fest


Set Back for Dean Ferris

Dean Ferris has endured a tough day at the pen ultimate round of the Australian National Championship as a hard crash in moto 3 put the youngster out for two motos, losing him the championship lead which he has held since round 4.

The day couldn’t have started better for Ferris as he posted pole position yet again, and headed into moto 1 with a solid lead over the competition.

As the gate dropped for the opening moto it was the 111 Kawasaki of Ferris that ripped the hole-shot, powering out to an early lead. 8 laps in Ferris was looking strong yet again, until a tricky rut caught him out and took him down. Quickly re-mounting Ferris set chase on Coppins and Marmont, but in the end had to settle for 3rd.

In moto 2 Ferris grabbed another good start, this time in second place behind 2010 champ Marmont as the field rounded out the opening lap. Marmont was on the gas, and as Ferris battled to find a good rhythm, a hard pushing Coppins slipped past. Doing his best to maintain a strong score of points Ferris crossed the line with another 3rd position.

Looking to make amends in the 3rd moto Ferris pulled out yet another hole-shot, but a mistake on the opening lap would see Ferris stall the machine, leaving him to fight back through the competition. Coming though the field fast disaster struck as Ferris lost the front end and hit the floor hard. The determined youngster was in a lot of pain and had to be carried off by the medical crew, putting an end to his day.

Although coughing up blood and suffering a hand injury, initial checks suggest that Dean Ferris suffered no major injuries, however further medical tests will be carried out today to confirm this.

In speaking to Dean last night he was naturally down beat, and concerned about his hand, but was still hopeful and focused on fighting for the title at the final round this coming weekend.

Dean Ferris says, “It sucks. I’m so disappointed. I was coming into a fast turn and the front end washed out. I pinned it to try and save it but got cross rutted and ended up getting slammed into the ground. I knew if I got up and made the last race that I still had a chance to get points and save the round but the pain was so great and I had to go to hospital. I’m still coughing up blood today (Monday) but it’s getting better. My hand is pretty sore and I’ll see a specialist tomorrow to sort it out. I’m focussed on Coolum this weekend and will do everything I need to win this Championship.”

Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Manager Troy Carroll says, “It was obviously a disappointing day for the whole team today. We just have to go to Coolum and win as many races as we can. We’ve been backed into a corner, watch us come out swinging!”


Red Bull/KTM 450 Riders Finish Top Ten at Washougal Motocross

Red Bull/KTM 450 Riders Finish Top Ten at Washougal Motocross

Red Bull/KTM Factory riders Mike Alessi and Andrew Short finished inside the top ten at the eighth round of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship held at Washougal Motocross Park.

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Alessi started decently in the first moto before suffering a crash in the second turn. By the time he crossed the finish line at the end of lap one, he was sitting in 30th place. Meanwhile, his teammate, Short, got a great start and was sitting in 5th place. By lap two Alessi had already passed seven riders, he passed four more on lap three and three more on lap four. Now sitting in 16th, he quickly began to close on fellow KTM riders Tye Simmonds and Kevin Rookstool. Alessi was able to make the pass on both riders to move into 14th. He continued to push and made three more passes by the halfway point to move into 11th. He closed in on Jimmy Albertson for 10th and made the pass into the top ten on lap twelve and one lap later passed Byrne for 9th. He maintained his pace and finished a hard fought 9th overall at the end of moto one. Short battled inside the top five throughout the entire moto and put in one of his most impressive motos this season to finish 5th.

In moto two, Alessi and Short both had great starts well within the top ten. Unfortunately, the race was red flagged on the first lap after Trey Canard crashed and broke his femur. The race restarted, and Short was able to garner another good start coming around the first corner in 7th. Alessi had worse luck and came around the first corner mid-pack. Still on the first lap, Short was racing in 7th position when he spun out and fell back to 11th. He spent the next laps breaking back into the top ten and eventually found himself in a long battle for 8th position with Jake Weimer. Short eventually got around him and was holding 8th place on the last lap when he stalled his bike and dropped back two positions. He finished the moto in 10th place. Alessi put together another solid come from behind charge and worked from his mid-pack start back to 6th in the second moto.

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“I had bad luck on the starts of both motos today,” commented Alessi. “But I felt really good on this track and was able to move forward pretty quickly. I would have liked to finish inside the top five, but overall I feel pretty happy with my results given the starts that I had today.”

Red Bull/KTM Factory rider Marvin Musquin made his return to the 250 class at Washougal after sitting out the last seven weeks recovering from injury. He had a great first moto, finishing 10th overall. “I was very happy with my first moto. My hand felt good and I didn’t feel too tired. I just tried to ride a safe race and put together a solid moto,” remarked Musquin. 

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Musquin was showing his speed again in the second moto when he moved from his 12th place start up to 9th position by the halfway point. Unfortunately, Musquin suffered a crash in the whoop section near the end of the second moto which dropped him to 18th. With only a few laps left, he was not able to make up the positions he lost and he finished 18th in that moto. His 10-18 results earned him 14th overall for the day.

Next Event: Unadilla – August 13, 2011


JDR/J-Star/KTM Race Report – Washougal MX

JDR/J-Star/KTM Race Report – Washougal MX

JDR/J-Star/KTM rider Tye Simmonds put together two consistent motos at the eighth round of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship Series held in Washougal, WA to finish 14th overall. His teammate, PJ Larsen, in only his second race back since breaking his wrist, had mixed luck at the event finishing a disappointing 22nd overall.

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Simmonds started around mid-pack both of his motos. In each race he was marked 17th as he crossed the finish line jump on the first lap. He spent the majority of both motos defending his position and didn’t make his passes until the end of each race. In both motos he was able to move into 15th near the moto end and eventually made the pass to 14th within the final few laps. His pair of 14-14 finishes placed him 14th overall for the day.

“I had a great race at Millville and was looking forward to being near the top ten at Washougal. I struggled a bit with some of the shadows on the track and couldn’t quite catch the top ten today. I know where I need to improve and I will continue to work hard during this two week break to try and get back toward the top ten at the next round,” remarked Simmonds after the race.

Simmonds 250 class teammate, Larsen, had an off-day at his second race back this season. He had a poor start in his first moto and worked his way up to 15th near the halfway point. “I was feeling really good before the halfway marker but then I began to tighten up and it caused me a few positions. My wrist actually felt good, I just need to work on my endurance more.” Larsen finished the first moto in 19th.

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In the second moto he had a much better start in 16th place on the first lap. He raced in that position for the first three laps before he washed his front end out at the top of the big up hill. He lost a lot of time from his crash and recovered near 30th place. With the remaining laps he managed to catch back up to 20th. His 19-20 moto scores earned him 2nd overall.

“This was not the race I wanted, but I am glad to finish a race. I am still trying to get my moto speed up since I was off the bike for so long. We are making progress every week and I know this break is definitely going to help me get stronger,” stated Larsen.

Next Event: Unadilla – August 13, 2011


Strong Performance for Gareth Swanepoel in Washougal

The picturesque Washougal circuit has welcomed a sellout crowd to round 8 of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross championship. DNA Shredstix/Star Racing Yamaha racer, Gareth Swanepoel, posted  an impressive 7-4 score for 5th overall in the South African’s rookie year in the Motocross Lites class.

‘Swanie’  had to get used to the hilly tree-lined track but soon posted some good qualifying times to give him a good gate pick for moto 1. He grabbed a top ten start and was haggling for positions in the opening stages of the race. Pushing hard and posting 3rd fastest lap of the race Swanepoel moved into 7th where he ended at the end of the moto.

A great start in moto 2 almost saw the South African grab the hole-shot but he was pushed out in the first turn. He quickly made his way into 3rd behind fellow South African, Tyla Rattray and championship leader Dean Wilson. Swanepoel gave chase to the Kawasaki duo and with five minutes to go, came under pressure from Blake Bagget, first moto winner. He tried all he could to fend off Baggett but the American found his way past relegating Swanepoel to 4th at the flag.

“I’m pumped with today’s result although I really wanted that podium spot in the last moto. I showed today that I can run that top pace but need to keep it for the entire moto. The more I run up front the more I’ll get used to the speed. The Yamaha YZ250F worked really well today and it was a great experience to race at Washougal. The track was quite tricky with the shadows and ruts but racing in and out of the forest makes it quite special. I didn’t expect to do well here but am pleased with how it turned out. I’m really looking forward to Unadilla. I’ve raced there before and enjoy the track so that should be an advantage.” explained Swanepoel.


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