2012 AMA Arenacross Series Kicks Off This Saturday from Des Moines’ Wells Fargo Arena

Bowers Leads the Way into 12-Race Championship

The AMA Arenacross Series is ready to return to the track, kicking off its 2012 season on Saturday night, October 29, from Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. Following one of the most impressive single-season performances in series history, Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by Maxxis’ Tyler Bowers is ready to defend his Arenacross class title against a talented field of challengers.

Two of Bowers’ toughest competitors in the championship will flank him under the Babbitt’s tent. Both Chad Johnson and Josh Demuth are former series champions, and have been fixtures in the title fight in recent years. Johnson is coming off a third-place finish in the 2011 season, while Demuth will return to action for the first time since his title-winning 2010 season, fully healed from a broken wrist that eliminated him from competition last year.

“I’m excited to be back with Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki,” said Johnson. “We have a lot of good things going on with the team, and we’ve been doing a lot of testing. I’m excited to get back to Arenacross and seeing everyone. I think it’s going to be a really good year. The racing will be great for the fans, and we wouldn’t be able to do this without them.”

In addition to the trio of riders from the Babbitt’s Kawasaki stable, FMF Energy/Poynt TUF Honda’s duo of Jeff Gibson and Cole Siebler are expected to be in the mix. Both riders claimed victories in 2010, and Gibson’s championship-winning experience from 2009 is a valuable asset to both riders’ efforts this season.

“I’ve been working really hard this offseason to get ready to defend my title,” said Bowers. “Last year was huge for me, and to be healthy for an entire season has helped me be even more prepared. I’m excited to get the season started, and I know that the competition is going to be tough.”

While much of the preseason attention is being given to the five riders that make up to Babbitt’s Kawasaki and TUF Honda squads, a long list of experienced riders are ready for the challenge as well. The veteran duo of Kevin Johnson and Kelly Smith will lead Team Faith/FLY Racing/Pilot/Flying J KTM into action, while Airide KTM will bring Daniel Blair into the fold. Additionally, familiar names like Nathan Skaggs, Zach Ames, Gray Davenport, Willy Browning, and Cory Green will also look to throw their names into the title mix.

While the world’s best Arenacross riders engage in bar-to-bar action over the course of 12 rounds, which will total in 19 races, the up-and-coming riders that compile the Arenacross Lites class will also grab the spotlight throughout the season. Beginning on Saturday night in Des Moines, the Western Regional Championship will host six rounds en route to determining a champion. In the Eastern Regional Championship, five rounds of competition will lead to a titleholder. New faces rising to the front of the field are a consistent trademark in the Arenacross Lites class, which saw a pair of new names, in Chad Cook and Patrick Massie, stand above the rest last season.

No matter how things play out over the course of the next four months, it is sure to be exciting. The AMA Arenacross Series is one of the most unique forms of racing on the planet and the close, bar-banging competition is guaranteed to produce fireworks. It all kicks off in just a few days from Des Moines’ Wells Fargo Arena, Saturday, October 29, starting at 8:00 p.m. ET.

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Babbitt’s Successful Three-Rider Lineup Returns for 2012 AMA Arenacross Series

Team Adds Rising Star and X Games Gold Medalist Vicki Golden in Arenacross Lites

Over the last two seasons of AMA Arenacross Series competition, one team has successfully established itself as a powerhouse. Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by Maxxis has captured back-to-back AMA Arenacross Series Championships with Josh Demuth (2010) and Tyler Bowers (2011). For 2012, the three-rider lineup of Demuth, Bowers, and two-time champion Chad Johnson, which has competed for the title the last two seasons, returns for even more success. Additionally, Babbitt’s will add groundbreaking female rider Vicki Golden to its start-studded lineup in an effort to capture Arenacross Lites hardware.

“We are excited for the upcoming AMA Arenacross Series season,” said Babbitt’s Team Manager Denny Bartz. “We feel we have a strong team with a lineup of riders that have prepared themselves for 2012. With the change back to 250F’s for all classes, our riders have dropped 15-20 pounds in weight, to prepare for the smaller bike size.”

Since signing the Arenacross class trio two years ago, the Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki team has broken through as the team to beat in the series, following several years as a perennial contender. Demuth’s impressive run to the 2010 title was complimented by the team’s historic sweep of the championship podium, while Bowers capped off two of the most statistically-successful seasons of competition with his inaugural title back in March.

Demuth, a three-time AMA Arenacross Series Champion, returns to action after being forced to sit out the entire 2011 season with an injury. The missed opportunity to defend his crown is something that has sat on the veteran’s mind for the last year, and he’ll look to show he hasn’t lost a step this winter. With such a successful resume, it likely won’t take long for Demuth to get back into his groove.

A look at the results sheets over the past two seasons will reveal the dominance that Bowers has held on the AMA Arenacross Series since returning to the discipline in late 2009, following solid years in Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship. After a heartbreaking injury cost him the 2010 AMA Arenacross Series title, Bowers came back to take care of some unfinished business last season, winning 12 races en route to the title. He’ll look to stay ahead of the field throughout the 2012 season.

Johnson is embarking on his fourth season as a member of the Babbitt’s squad. Following his last title in 2008, Johnson has been a consistent threat to grab a third premier class championship. In his time at Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki, Johnson has posted five wins, to go along with championship finishes of fourth, second, and third, respectively. With his pair of teammates sure to bring the pressure, Johnson is looking for big things this upcoming season.

Last year, Golden became the darling of the AMA Arenacross Series, and one of the biggest stories in the sport of motocross. Her breakthrough outing at January’s Denver Arenacross will forever be etched in the history books, and after nearly a full season of AMA Arenacross Series experience under her belt, Golden was prepared for an assault on the Arenacross Lites title. Unfortunately, in preparation for the upcoming season, Golden suffered an injury that will likely sideline her through the first four rounds. However, come the New Year, expect Golden to be back out on the track, going bat-to-bar with her male counterparts.

“I have always been supportive of the entire women’s motocross scene,” added Bartz. “Miki Keller asked me if I would be interested in bringing Vicki on board, and while we weren’t able to pull it together last season, we started earlier this time around and everything worked out. I think Vicki has a lot of courage to compete in this series. While her injury will surely be a bit of a setback, I hope her determination gets her the results she’s looking for once she returns.”


Yamaha expands Joe Gibbs Racing partnership, James Stewart joins JGR Supercross / Motocross Racing Team

Yamaha expands Joe Gibbs Racing partnership, James Stewart joins JGR Supercross / Motocross Racing Team

Updated 5:15pm Pacific Time: Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA is pleased to announce the expansion of our relationship with Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) through a new contract that will see the highly successful team race YZ450Fs for at least the next three seasons. And in addition, the Joe Gibbs Racing team has signed multi-time AMA Supercross and Motocross Champion James Stewart. Just added below – audio of the phone conference call, as James talks about teaming up with Joe Gibbs Racing Team.

“Yamaha’s relationship with JGR has been a very positive one and we were very happy when they chose the YZ450F as their bike when they started the team in 2008”, said Yamaha Motor Co. Racing Division Manager, Keith McCarty, “and now with a long term contract the YZ450F and Yamaha will play an even bigger part in the team’s future”.

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The signing of Motocross / Supercross star James Stewart to the JGR Family has everyone at Yamaha very excited about James continuing to be a member of the extended Yamaha Family. James’ proven championship capabilities on the YZ450F along with JGR’s industry leading Motorsports Racing operations will lead to an exciting combination in 2012.

“Joining our long term partnership with Yamaha along with the signing of James Stewart and the 2012 YZ450F at our disposal there is nothing holding us back from achieving all of our goals for 2012”, said Coy Gibbs about his team’s outlook on the 2012 season.

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Bonus! Just added! Phone Conference call with Team JGR including Dave Evans, Coy Gibbs, Coach (Mr. Joe) Gibbs, and of course, James Stewart!

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And, here is the official press release from Joe Gibbs Racing: James “Bubba” Stewart has signed a multi-year contract to race with the motocross division of Joe Gibbs Racing, JGRMX. Additionally, JGRMX has extended its relationship with Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. racing exclusively Yamaha motorcycles through 2014.

Stewart, who began racing at the age of four, is one of the most decorated riders in motocross history. He won the first of a record breaking 11 amateur national championships by age six. Turning professional in 2004 he would win the Lites AMA Motocross Championship in his rookie year. After claiming another Lites AMA Motocross title and two Lites AMA Supercross Championships he moved up to the premier class for the 2005 season. Stewart has since won two AMA Supercross titles and an AMA Motocross Championship (winning every moto in the process), becoming the first African-American to win a major motorsports championship.

He will debut with the Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX Team at the opening round of the 2012 AMA Supercross Championship on Jan. 7, 2012 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, Calif. (2012 AMA Supercross Series Schedule)

 

“I am excited about joining the Gibbs racing family,” said Stewart. “My goal in Supercross is to pass Jeremy McGrath’s record of 72 Supercross wins. I am more than half way there and look forward to realizing that dream during my time with JGR. I have also had an interest in car racing and we are going to explore my potential in that sport through the NASCAR side of the operation.”

“When we started the Supercross team in 2008 we had a building phase and a championship phase. We spent the past four years learning the sport and the equipment and now we are ready to compete at the highest level with an accomplished and talented athlete like James Stewart along with our founding partners Toyota and Yamaha,” said JGRMX President Coy Gibbs. “James will also have the opportunity to explore his interest in racing some of the four-wheel vehicles we have around here as well.”

“We are proud of what Coy and the motocross team has accomplished and landing a talent like James is certainly a huge step up for our program,” stated Joe Gibbs. “We are looking forward to being a serious championship contender in 2012.”

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Geoff Aaron Finds the Podium Again for GEICO Honda Endurocross Team

GEICO Honda rider, Geoff Aaron, charged to a third-place podium finish at Saturday’s GEICO AMA Endurocross Series event at the Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho.

“Overall I am happy to be up on the podium at a national event but it was a little crazy out there,” Aaron said. “I had some mechanical issues in the heat race and because I limped through that race it gave me a poor gate pick for the main. My start on the main was not horrible, but not perfect either. I dealt with it and tried to be smart and smooth.”

After spending about half of the Endurocross season making changes to his new GEICO Honda, the fine-tuning seems to be paying off.

“Some guys in front of me got tangled up in the main and that allowed me to pass them,” Aaron said. “Then I just tried to hang on to third. I think I rode a pretty steady race and I am happy with the changes we have made to the bikes. We changed out the cylinder to try and get some more power going and now the bikes are much more competitive.”

The 10-time National Trials Champion currently sits in third in the point standings, behind Taddy Blazusiak and Mike Brown.

“I want to finish out this series strong,” Aaron said. “It will be good to go to Vegas. It’s a double points round and I have a few weeks to prep for it so I want to be on my bike every day. I hope to win that last race.”

GEICO Honda rider Kyle Redmond rode hard and confidently through the heat race and pro semifinal, in which he earned the holeshot. He held a comfortable lead the entire race and won, wire to wire.

“I felt good going into the main but I just didn’t ride well when it counted,” Redmond said. “I not happy with my riding right now. I crashed at one point and from that I just could not work my way back through the pack. I really like that this track was hard because I think it evened up the playing field. When these tracks are technical it makes it challenging for everyone, which I like.”

GEICO rider Matt Crouch continues to experience the unique uncertainties that Endurocross racing holds. This track’s technicalities posed many challenges for the young rider.

“GEICO has been so supportive of me and I’m so thankful they are sticking with me,” Crouch said. “I feel like I rode well tonight. My practice runs today were not the best but racing the heat, the semis and the LCQ went well even though I wasn’t able to make it into the main. I got some serious points which is what I needed. I’m disappointed I didn’t make the main but still happy with my night.”

Crouch sits comfortably in the top 20 in points heading into the championship race in Las Vegas.

Fellow GEICO rider Ryan Rodger’s night was cut short due to bike mechanical difficulties.

“I raced pretty well in the heat race,” Rodgers said. “I went back to the pit after my heat race and something on my bike had broken. I couldn’t even get my bike started up again. We didn’t have the parts with us to fix the bike so that was the end of my night.”

The final race of the year takes place Nov. 19 at the Orleans Center in Las Vegas.


“MUD – FIM Motocross World Championship” – Youthstream and Black Bean Games Announce the First Official Trailer

“MUD – FIM Motocross World Championship” – Youthstream and Black Bean Games Announce the First Official Trailer

Youthstream and the leading publisher Black Bean Games announced the official name and logo of MUD – FIM Motocross World Championship, the new racing game of the 2011 FIM Motocross World Championship.

To celebrate this announcement, Youthstream and Black Bean Games also released the very first trailer that already features some real in-game footage as well as spectacular highlights. Click here to view the full trailer.

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The game is the only product to exclusively include the current MX1 and MX2 championships with all leading riders, teams and motorbikes as well as the epic 2011 Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations.

Besides the brand new game engine, 12 Grand Prix races of 2011 FIM Motocross World Championship season, the official locations and 3 huge arenas for freestyle featuring different terrain conditions promise to deliver the most challenging and fulfilling motocross gaming experience.

Developed by Milestone and published by Black Bean Games, MUD – FIM Motocross World Championship is scheduled for worldwide release in February 2012 for the current generation platforms: Xbox 360®, PlayStation®3 and PC.

For more information about the game visit www.mudthegame.com


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