Two time AMA Supercross Champion James Stewart and Joe Gibbs Racing MX Team up for 2012 Monster Energy Supercross Championship

Two time AMA Supercross Champion James Stewart and Joe Gibbs Racing MX Team up for 2012 Monster Energy Supercross Championship

Courtesy Feld Motorsports: In arguably the biggest move in the off season, James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., signed a five year agreement with the Toyota/Yamaha/JGR MX team. Stewart will make his debut on the Joe Gibbs Racing machine January 7, 2012, at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., when the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, begins.

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James Stewart

Stewart, a two-time Supercross Class champion, and former AMA Motocross Champion, has created mainstream headway for the sport of supercross since turning professional in 2002, becoming the first-ever African American to win a major motorsports title. The highly-publicized move to the Gibbs team garnered national media coverage, including the front page of USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and ESPN’s Sports Center, to name a few, for the 25-year-old phenom.

The winner of 42 Supercross Class main events, Stewart suggested he will eventually make the transition to four wheels under the Joe Gibbs Racing banner. However, he hasn’t lost sight of becoming supercross’ all-time winningest rider, a title currently held by seven-time Supercross Class champion Jeremy McGrath, who boasts 72 wins.

Stewart told USA Today: “My No. 1 focus is get to 73 wins, and after that, we can hit NASCAR full force. We are definitely making steps to hopefully battling with Junior (Dale Earnhardt) and (Jimmie) Johnson. I am looking forward to it as another challenge in life. The cool part is maybe I have a chance to be great in two different sports.”

Currently 31 wins away from breaking McGrath’s record, Stewart, whose known as one of the fastest riders on the planet, has only been beat six times in a race that he did not crash. However, he possesses a 92% career win/crash rate, and through his first four seasons, he literally won, or crashed. It wasn’t until his fifth season that a competitor was able to beat Stewart in a race that he didn’t crash. Stewart may be his own biggest competitor, but this year’s field is stacked with nine different Supercross Class winners, a stat that’s never been part of this 38-year tradition.

The Gibbs family has long been synonymous with winning, having captured three NASCAR titles and three NFL Super Bowl championships. It’s been four years since Joe Gibbs Racing MX was established, debuting on the Monster Energy Supercross circuit, and this year, Team President Coy Gibbs is ready to get his family another coveted trophy.

Gibbs stated, “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.” (The Joe Gibbs Racing team also has a multi time Supercross class main event winner, number 18, Davi Millsaps.)

The 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, season gets underway in just a matter of weeks, from Angel Stadium on Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday, January 7.

Photo Feature: 1st Annual Riders Above Dirt FMX Competition

Photo Feature: 1st Annual Riders Above Dirt FMX Competition


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Pala Raceway held the first ever Riders Above Dirt FMX competition prior to the R.A.D. Awards show. If you are a Facebook Fan of, then you’ve already seen a few of our shots from Sunday’s competition. If that wasn’t enough then you’ve come to the right place, cause we have more FMX photos from Sunday.

Check out the our photo gallery from the FMX competition:

Final Results from the Pro Am Class:

  1. Justine Ayers
  2. Bryce Hudson
  3. Jeff Griffin

Final Results from the Amateur Class:

  1. Luke Dollin
  2. Billy Knott
  3. Dereck Beckering

Three-Time AMA Arenacross Series Champion Josh Demuth Announces Retirement from Competition

Demuth Departs Following a Legacy That’s Earned Him 96-Career Wins and Runner Up on All-Time Win List

Fresh off the heels of the fourth round of the 2012 AMA Arenacross Series season from Wilkes Barre, Pa., three-time champion Josh Demuth has announced that he will retire from the sport in which he has achieved so much success. The Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by Maxxis rider currently sits fourth in the Arenacross Class standings, and posted seventh and sixth-place finishes following two nights of action two weekends ago from Wilkes Barre’s Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

As a competitor in the AMA Arenacross Series for over a decade, Demuth has become one of the most prolific riders in the history of the sport. The Texas native from North Richland Hills won back-to-back titles in 2002 and 2003, ending the five-year reign of Buddy Antunez. He continued to compete in various other series, including Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, before returning to the AMA Arenacross Series full time in 2009.

With a renewed drive to win a championship, Demuth posted two victories en route to a third-place result in the Arenacross Class standings. The following season in 2010, his first with Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki, Demuth battled bar-to-bar with teammate Tyler Bowers throughout the season. Following a season-ending injury to Bowers, Demuth continued to push, fending off his third teammate, Chad Johnson, over the final month of the season to claim a third AMA Arenacross Series championship. The six wins marked one of Demuth’s most dominant years, and solidified him as one of the best ever in the sport, along with Antunez and Dennis Hawthorne, the only other riders to ever win more than two titles.

“Josh’s accomplishments speak for themselves,” said Todd Jendro, senior director of two-wheel operations, Feld Motor Sports. “He’s one of the riders who helped make this sport what it is today and he’s been a fan favorite for many years. We’ll definitely miss him out on the track, but there is no doubt he’s leaving as a legend.”

“Since coming on board at Babbitt’s back in 2009, it’s been a pleasure to work with Josh,” said Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki Team Manager Denny Bartz. “Our relationship with him goes back several years when he competed for us in the mid-2000’s, and through it all, he’s been one of the best riders I’ve ever had the pleasure of working with. We hate to see him go, but absolutely respect his decision. He’s earned it.”

At 32 years of age, Demuth is one of the oldest riders competing in the AMA Arenacross Series. However, he still has what it takes to compete with riders a decade younger, knocking on the door for the win throughout each of the nine main events so far this season. While there is no doubt still some fire in Demuth’s tank, he felt like now was the time to walk away from the sport he loves for good.

“Over years I’ve been beat up with a lot of injuries,” said Demuth. “It came to a point where I was struggling to get out of bed and race to where I thought I was capable. I was doing all I could (on the track) and couldn’t win. I felt like it was a good time to walk away before I ride over my head and get hurt.

“Arenacross has been a home for me,” he added. “I’ve been blessed to ride and perform as well as I have. I found a good little niche and it paid off. I got to set some records and make a great career for myself. I had some ups and downs, but I’ve had a chance to win a championship with my father. I dreamt of being a champion as a kid and I was able to do it, and make my dreams come true. It’s gotten to the point where you never want to give up something you feel passionately for, and I tried to ride it out as long as I could, but your body and others things take their toll. I’m happy with how things have turned out.”

Demuth’s legacy within the world of the AMA Arenacross Series will never be in doubt, as he arguably served as the face of the sport in leading it into the new millennium. Fortunately for Demuth, he was able to share that with a lot of others.

“I want to thank all my fans, my family my friends and everyone that’s supported me, whether I was hurt or riding well. I’m so thankful for everyone who was there for me – all my sponsors and those people who have helped me achieve so much success. They, along with the fans, made my career what it is, and they know who they are. I’ve gone longer than a lot of other riders out there, and it’s hard to swallow at the end of the day. You never want to quit something you’ve done your whole life, but I’m happy with my decision. I’ve got a good job lined up with some friends and they ride dirt bikes, so I’ll still enjoy riding. I’m going to keep at it, but I’ll just be taking care of my family in a different way now. I’m looking forward to everything the future has to bring.”

The AMA Arenacross Series continues the 2012 season in just a few weeks from Grand Rapids, Mich., and Van Andel Arena. The fifth round of the season will take place on Friday, January 6, and Saturday, January 7, with two nights of high-octane competition.

FMF explains how they make exhuast pipes

FMF explains how they make exhuast pipes

FMF, also known as the Flying Machine Factory, gave us a tour of their racing facility. Their facility, which is over 90,000 square feet in size, is where they make their world famous exhuast pipes, both two-stroke and four-stroke.

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Danny Laporte and Donnie Elmer show us how FMF pipes made

You’ll be surprised on what goes into making an exhaust pipe! And did you know it takes five times longer to make a four-stroke mx exhaust pipe compared to making a two-stroke pipe?

Here at “Big D’s Garage”, or sometimes called “The Vault”, Donny Emler Jr. and 1981 250 World Motocross Champion Danny LaPorte show us the 411 on FMF and how they make their pipes. Flying Machine Factory exhaust pipes are used on bikes worldwide, like the one ridden by 2011 AMA Supercross Champion Ryan Villopoto!

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FMF Megabomb pipes

The Three Coolest Things at The Kini Shop

The Three Coolest Things at The Kini Shop

Ever heard of Heinz Kinigadner? Many people call him “Kini”. If there was a “King” of Austria, he might be it.

Heinz won two World Motocross Championships racing for KTM in the 80’s. Since retiring from MX racing, he does many things – he runs the spinal cord injury research entity called Wings for Life, and started a race shop called “The Kini Shop” in Zillertal, Austria.

The Kini Shop is a KTM dealership, and much more! Here, Isabell, who really is the ‘boss’ at The Kini Shop (and Heinz’ daughter), tells us the three coolest things about the shop! Isabell, like her dad, has a great personality, and lives life to the fullest.

Thanks Isabell!


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