Flashback 2010 Motocross of Nations Thunder Valley MX in Colorado

Flashback 2010 Motocross of Nations Thunder Valley MX in Colorado

How many of you remember the 2010 Motocross of Nations? Here below is my article and video recap from the 2010 event. Don’t forget, Supercross.com will be your 2011 MX of Nations ‘center’! You can watch the event live, from France, Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18, including Team USA (Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto, MX Champion Ryan Dungey, Pro-Circuit Kawasaki racer Blake Baggett, managed by legendary Roger De Coster).

The week of the 2010 MX of Nations was hectic to say the least. For most anyone involved in working at the event, it was a combination of a lot of work, but also a true labor of love – motocross.

I was lucky enough to attend, and help co-host the TV program with my friend Lisa. Maybe someday I can tell you what we go thru to make the TV programs … but that would have to be another story for another day. : )

I did want to share with my family and friends, and fans of Supercross.com, what the Motocross of Nations is all about. And what I learned – it’s impossible! You just have to go – there is so much to experience, and the cool thing is – everyone gets to experience something different. You get to see and experience things that I don’t. I get to experience and see things that you don’t.

I asked my friend, mentor, and work colleague Lex to help me put together a video that tries to show what the Motocross of Nations is all about. I learned a lot about video editing, and putting this all together!

This is my ‘Motocross of Nations’ video. I hope you enjoy it.


p.s. I would like to thank everyone involved in helping me for Motocross of Nations, especially Youthstream, Lisa, and Lex. And next year – the Motocross of Nations will be in France – in September! Hope to see you there!

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Me and Lisa

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KTM takes on the world

KTM takes on the world

What can you say about KTM? They are dominating the World Motocross Championship scene. Last year Steffi Laier of Germany won the WMX World Championship. France’s Marvin Musquin won the 250 MX2 World Championship. And Italy’s Tony Cairoli won the MX 1 World Motocross Championship.

KTM is looking very strong to once again claim all three major World MX Titles.

This year, Steffi Laier has already clinched the Women’s World MX title. Kenny Roczen could win his first MX2 World Championship, possibly at the next MX GP round in Germany. And Tony Cairoli could win his fifth world motocross championship title at the next round in Germany as well. All race for the KTM Red Bull Teka team.

In North America, KTM has embarked on a plan to use a similar formula for success as when they, headed by Pit Beirer and Stefan Everts, decided to tackle the world MX championships in a new way a few years ago.

One of the first things KTM did in implementing their plans for North American Supercross and Motocross was hire Roger De Coster as Racing Team Manager. They also brought over current MX2 World Motocross Champion Marvin Musquin from France to race AMA Supercross and AMA MX.

For year two (2012), I’m sure they have more plans for North America.

This past weekend was the British Grand Prix of Motocross. KTM once again won both the MX 2 class ( Ken Roczen ) and MX 1 class ( Tony Cairoli ).

KTM’s press release simply and clearly states the obvious – right now they are the dominant player in World Championship Motocross …

KTM Press Release:

MX1 – Tony Cairoli of the Red Bull Teka KTM Factory Racing team fully capitalized on a second chance in the second MX1 moto in the British GP and converted a holeshot to moto victory to add enough points to his third place from the first race to take the day’s honors at Matterley Basin.

The Italian is now close to retaining his world championship title in his second season with the KTM factory team, with a commanding 82 point lead and 100 only up for grabs.

All indications were that Matterley Basin was not going to be Cairoli’s day. He got bumped at the start of the race, and then after several laps he made a mistake, went off the track and almost picked up some of the notorious green fencing that lines the course. He came back from 11th to third at the checkered flag.

Cairoli was around seventh at the start of the second race but again made another mistake, crashed and found himself back in 15th. Then the race was red flagged after a nasty crash between Billy Mackenzie and Tanel Leok. (According to FIM rules, the race was completely re-started after a 30 minute break.) This time Tony got away cleanly by grabbing the holeshot and the lead. From that point on he was not challenged for the top spot as he took full advantage of his second chance to pick up the most points possible.

The rough and rutted conditions also made it a hard day’s ride for teammate Max Nagl who has been plagued with a back injury. But the German rider still managed to finish fourth overall with a 5-5 result and is now fourth place overall in the season’s standings, and still with a chance to finish on the podium at the season’s end.

Cairoli now has the possibility of securing the title for KTM in the next round in Gaildorf, Germany in the second to last GP of the season. KTM also has an attractive 62-point lead in the MX1 Manufacturers standings.

Tony Cairoli: “This was a good weekend for me and I managed to win the GP. It was quite a different track because it is wide and there were a lot of lines. Everyone likes it here and so do I. Its one of my favorites this season so far. I am just happy to win this GP. Now we only need a few more points to take the title in Gaildorf so I am very happy things are going so well for us.”

Max Nagl: The riding went really well for me today although it could be even better. But today I had bad starts and I always had to come from the back of the field and that costs a lot of energy and hard work. I managed to come back from 20th place to fifth in the first race and I also didn’t have a good start in the second race. But in the restart it was a bit better and I got up to fifth. Then (Carlos) Campano (of Spain) was pushing hard behind me and I had to keep blocking him so that I could hold on to fifth place for overall fourth. Now I have the chance to finish in the top three in the championship and that would be really nice for me.”

MX 2 – Ken Roczen was in a class of his own at Matterley Basin near Winchester in the UK to take the British GP with two clear wins from gate drop to checkered flag. Roczen was untouchable in both motos to log his 18th moto win of the season and his eighth MX GP victory.

The German teenager now needs only four points to take the championship title. With the next GP at home in Galldorf, he certainly will receive a huge ovation from the German fans. After Sunday’s race, KTM has also already secured the MX2 manufacturer’s title for 2011. It would be Roczen’s first career world title in MX2, and with the Red Bull Teka KTM Factory racing.

What was a storybook ride for Roczen was less successful for his teammate Jeffrey Herlings. Jeffrey finished with a 7-3 result on Sunday, but a mistake in the final lap knocked the Dutch teenager from second to third in the moto and bumped him off third place and the podium. With Herlings, as Roczen’s only rival for the title, sacrificing 24 points to Ken on Sunday, this now makes his teammate a substantial favorite for the MX2 title. Jeffrey admitted later that he had some stomach problems and that it had been a disappointing weekend for him.

Jeremy van Horebeck, the third member of the KTM factory team, who was riding with a virus infection this weekend, stayed with the front-runners in the first moto but eventually finished sixth, but totally drained of energy. He finished out of the points in race two. Another unlucky KTM rider in Matterley Basin was Joel Roelants of Belgium, who finished third in race one, was also up near the front in the first half of race two, but dropped back and did not make any points. It was also a good ride for HM Plant KTM UK rider Jake Nichols, who finished sixth overall.

Ken Roczen: “In the first race I checked out the lines a bit to see what would be the perfect position for me and I made up some good points on Jeffrey. Then I got the holeshot again in the second race, even though it was hard because the track had started to get rough. But I was able to do it pretty good to finish first again. Now I have a solid gap in the championship standings and it was another great weekend for me.”

Jeffrey Herlings: “The weekend already started bad for me Saturday when I had a crash in the qualifying. I had quite a good start in the first race today but somehow I just didn’t have the speed. The bike was perfect but I was missing a bit of confidence and I just couldn’t catch the others. Then I almost took the holeshot in the second race but right from the start I didn’t feel well. I expected much more from this weekend.”

Jeremy van Horebeek: “My starts were perfect. I was twice second, which is very good and the bike was awesome. I tried to push right from the beginning in the first heat but I had to slow down because I started to feel pain in my recently injured shoulder and I finished sixth. I got away well also in the second moto and I managed to even do a few laps in third and fourth place then I felt no power in my shoulder and decided to pull out because I didn’t want to take any risks.”

Results from the Grand Prix of Great Britain are here

Watch Tony, Ken, Jeffrey, Max, Jeremy, and Marvin battle at the upcoming Motocross of Nations – live on Supercross.com.

Tony will be racing for Team Italy, Ken for Germany, Jeffrey for Netherlands, Max for Germany, Jeremy for Belgium, Marvin for ‘home team’ France. Roger De Coster will be there captaining Team USA. And Stefan and Pit will be there as well.

Will there be an AMA Supercross Series title in KTM’s future? Time will tell … as I mentioned, for year two (2012) of a multi-year plan, I’m sure KTM has more in store for North America.


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Kenny Roczen with holeshot in MX GP of Britain


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Jeffrey Herlings, Dutchman in Britain!

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Tony Cairoli, TC 222, going for a fifth world championship!

USA Junior Motocross Team congratulated on 2011 FIM World MX Championships by American Motorcyclist Association

The AMA congratulates the Junior Motocross Team from the USA for its world title at the 2011 FIM Junior Motocross World Championships in Cingoli, Italy, on August 13 – 14. Teams from Great Britain and Italy finished second and third.

In addition to the team title, USA racer Joey Savatgy earned the individual world MX championship in the 125cc class at the event.

Savatgy, who is supported by Rockstar Energy Suzuki, was joined on the team by Yamaha amateur support rider Chris Alldredge from Powell Butte, OR, in the 125cc class, Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green riders Mark Worth from Queen Creek, AZ, and Chase Bell from Cairo, GA, in the 85cc class, and Gabriel Jairala from San Antonio, Texas, and Derek Drake from San Luis Obispo, CA, competing in the 65cc class on KTM 65s.

Other U.S. riders were Rockstar Suzuki Josh Mosiman from Sebastopol, CA, and Red Bull/Yamaha sponsored Matt Bisceglia from Weatherford, Texas, both in the 125cc class. In the 85cc class were Rockstar Suzuki rider Michael Mosiman from Sebastopol, CA, and Suzuki rider Tyler Rosa from Perris, CA.

The title race went down to the closing moments of the final 125cc moto, which Savatgy won despite suffering a flat tire with four laps to go.

“Winning back-to-back team world MX championships is an unbelievable accomplishment that requires a tremendous amount of effort from everybody involved,” said AMA Motocross Manager Kip Bigelow, referring to the 2010 title the team won in France. “The riders represented the United States with honor, and I am so proud of each one of them. This accomplishment could not have happened without the support from our sponsors: Cernics Racing, Dunlop Tires, Monster Energy Team Green Kawasaki, Yamaha Motor Corporation, KTM and Bonamigo Suzuki.”

“Obviously the event was a success for our team. The goal was to win, and we accomplished that. Each rider played a part in the team’s victory, and it was great to see everyone work together for a common goal. It was fun to be a part of this, and hopefully the riders will have great memories of this experience” said US Team Manager Ryan Holliday, Kawasaki Team Green’s motocross supervisor.

Bell finished second in the 85cc class with a 3-1 moto score, just losing out on the overall to Latavia’s Pauls Jonass. Another notable ride was put in by 65cc rider Jairala, Bigelow said. Jairala struggled with poor starts but remained focused on the team title, finishing 9-16 in his motos and 10th overall.

“After track watering during intermission, all the 65cc riders found the conditions less than perfect. Jairala came into the mechanic’s area with his goggles full of mud. He pulled back onto the track in 35th place with just 10 minutes to go, and it all seemed lost for the U.S. team. If it weren’t for Jairala’s fierce competitiveness and his ability to move past 19 riders by the end of the race, we wouldn’t have made it to the podium” Bigelow said.

As for Savatgy he made it clear that he won’t forget his world MX championship anytime soon. The Thomasville, GA, rider was thrilled with both his individual accomplishment and the team effort that brought home the world title.

“Winning the world motocross championship was a big deal, and if I could explain feelings I would, but it is probably one of the most memorable wins of my amateur career. The feeling when I crossed that finish line and knew I had won was amazing, a loss for words. Especially knowing that I just rode the last four laps with a rear flat, I never in a million years would of guessed that I could ride four laps with a flat tire and still be able to win the overall” Savatgy said.

“Of course, we had a great team, and everyone put in an amazing effort, an effort in which was good enough for the team overall,” he added. “The competition over there, like the year before, was stacked. There were so many fast kids, and to come out on top is a good feeling.”

Courtesy AMA

You will be able to watch the 2011 Motocross of Nations from France, live on Supercross.comhttp://www.supercros.com/mx-gp-vod

(You can also get a free, official Nations event t-shirt mailed to you, if you purchase the live video package.)

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Australasian Supercross Series 2011 Schedule

Officially known as the Monster Energy Super X Series, G. A. S. (Global Action Sports) has released the 2011 schedule:

  • October 22 – Melbourne Knights Stadium, Melbourne
  • October 29 – WIN Stadium, Wollongong
  • November 5 – Campbelltown Stadium, Campbelltown
  • November 12 – Maitland Oval, Maitland
  • November 19 – North Ipswich Stadium, Ipswich

More info when available

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Playing in the Southwick Sand at Front of GEICO Honda Rider’s Minds

With summer winding down, people across America are taking the opportunity to play in the sand one last time before fall arrives. The riders of the GEICO Honda team are no different. However, instead of surf and sandcastles, it will be the sandy whoops and tabletops of Moto-X 338 and this Saturday’s Southwick National on the schedule of the GEICO Honda team.

“It’s a one-of-a-kind track on the circuit,” said GEICO Honda 250 rider Eli Tomac. “I like it. I think it suits my style pretty well. I’ve been riding in the sand my whole life.”

The team is coming off a weekend in New York that saw its riders score podium finishes in each class. Tomac was third last time out, which included a second-place finish in the second moto at Unadilla.

“When the bike has podium potential you don’t have to worry about getting kicked around on the track,” Tomac said. “If I get some good starts in Southwick, I like my chances.” Tomac is fifth in the 250cc points with three races left on the schedule. He’s still got a chance to move into fourth before the season ends. Tomac trails Kyle Cunningham by 25 points.

Justin Barcia was also third in his debut on an American Honda 450 bike. He said he’s eager to learn and turn in more good finishes on the bigger bike before the year is out. “I’ve raced at Southwick many times and it’s one of my favorite places on the circuit,” Barcia said. “There are some good sand tracks down in Florida where I’ve been able to practice up at. The 450 will definitely pull through in the sand. I’m used to holding the 250 wide open. It’s going to be a different experience and a lot of fun.”

Jimmy Decotis, who returned from injury in Unadilla, will be racing at his home track. “I was a little rusty and nervous at Unadilla,” Decotis said. “But I’m comfortable at this track and once I get some more motos under my belt, I’ll be good.”

Newcomer Justin Bogle gained valuable experience in his pro debut at Unadilla and he is counting on building on that race this time out. “I’ve never been to Southwick, but there are a couple of sand tracks back home,” Bogle said. “I’m going to hit those up quite a bit before racing there. Hopefully I’ll be able to come out and do good. I’m going to put my head down and try and work the rookie jitters out.”

Practice gets under way at 8:30 a.m. EDT on Saturday with opening ceremonies under way at 12:40 p.m. FUEL TV will air the first motos in 450 and 250 starting at 1 p.m. EDT. SPEED TV will air the second and decisive motos in each class starting at 10 p.m. EDT.


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