Tyler Bowers Brings Momentum into Hometown Race as 2012 AMA Arenacross Series Debuts from Lexington’s Rupp Arena

A new winner stood atop the podium last Friday night as Team Faith KTM’s Kelly Smith became the fourth different rider to claim victory during the 2012 AMA Arenacross Series. The veteran rider’s triumph helped kick off two nights of action for the inaugural Cedar Park race, but by the end of the weekend, it was Babbitt’s Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by Maxxis’ Tyler Bowers who left Texas with all the momentum.

Bowers, the reigning AMA Arenacross Series Champion and current Arenacross Class points leader, grabbed his ninth win of the season on Saturday to close out the weekend and extend his advantage to 16 points over FMF Power/Poynt TUF Honda’s Jeff Gibson. Now, the championship heads to another new venue, Lexington, Ky., and Rupp Arena, for one night of action this Saturday, February 4.

Bowers experienced a rare falter on the first evening of competition last weekend, but despite being forced to work his way through a talented field of riders, he still salvaged a third-place finish, losing just two points to Gibson, who finished second.

The following night, Bowers bounced back in resounding fashion, taking the holeshot and leading wire-to-wire to still walk away from Cedar Park with a point in his favor towards the championship after Gibson posted another runner-up effort.

The AMA Arenacross Series enters its final month of competition this weekend inside Rupp Arena. The state of Kentucky is no stranger to the sport of Arenacross, and with Bowers’ hometown of Danville a mere 35 miles from Lexington, fans are sure to come out in droves to support their tremendously successful local star.

As the premier class title fight continues to soldier on, a champion will be crowned on Saturday night in the Eastern Regional Arenacross Lites Championship, which will host its 2012 season finale inside Rupp Arena. Motostar Kawasaki’s Michael McDade has established himself as the favorite heading into the weekend, by virtue of consistent efforts and one victory, throughout the course of the nine main events.

McDade currently holds a 17-point lead over Dragon Racing Fuels/AG Motorsports KTM’s Michael Willard, the winningest rider in the Eastern Region.

The AMA Arenacross Series will make its debut from Rupp Arena on Saturday, February 4, with opening ceremonies beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour 2012 – Highlighted by a Return to the USA

Series to Visit Southern California, the Birthplace of Motocross

The world’s best freestyle motocross riders will take to the air again in front of huge crowds at some of the most iconic locations when the Red Bull X-Fighters kicks off its six stop 2012 world tour on April 13 in Dubai. The planet’s premiere freestyle motocross competition features six events on four continents. The series will make a stop in America, as the sport will return to its roots in Southern California, at Glen Helen in San Bernardino, to pay homage to what has become a truly international sport.

Breathtaking jumps on motorcycles flying across the floor of dynamic venues, gravity-defying acrobatics in front of frenzied crowds and some of the most exciting rivalries in sports will once again be the essential ingredients of the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour. The riders will return to Dubai, Madrid and Sydney to battle for championship points. They will also take their high-flying act new locations Glen Helen, Istanbul and Munich in this, the series’ 12th season.

Dany Torres will be looking to defend his championship after dethroning 2010 champion, American star Nate Adams. The Spaniard launched a thrilling come-from-behind pursuit of the title with an exhilarating victory in front of 23,000 hometown fans in Madrid midway through last season. He knows he will also face a run for his money from returning riders including Andre Villa of Norway, who had a hot hand through the early stages of the season before getting knocked out of the championship by injury after a spectacular crash and ending up third behind Torres and Adams.

Sydney winner Josh Sheehan, who aced a pair of double backflips in front of his Aussie home crowd, distance jumping world record holder Robbie Maddison and the “Rubber Kid,” Levi Sherwood of New Zealand are also among the top contenders for the 2012 title. More than 230,000 fans witnessed the incredible Red Bull X-Fighters action last year.

“The Red Bull X-Fighters is the most important championship with the best riders in the world,” said Torres. “There may be surprises with any of the riders.”

Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour 2012:

April 13 – Dubai (UAE)

May 12 – Glen Helen, Calif. (USA)

June 16 – Istanbul (TUR)

July 20 – Madrid (ESP)

August 11 – Munich (GER)

October 6 – Sydney (AUS)

TLD Mobile App Now Available through iTunes

TLD Mobile App Now Available through iTunes

Troy Lee Designs and PixelMags are proud to announce the brand new TLD Mobile App now available through Apple’s iTunes Store! This free mobile application provides Troy Lee Designs’ fans and customers the opportunity to interact with TLD in a whole new way by delivering our catalog experience to your mobile device.

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By downloading the free app, you can browse TLD’s world-class selection of motocross and bicycle products including helmets, jerseys and gloves, premium protection, as well as a wide selection of high-end casual wear. Throughout the new TLD app are links to exclusive Troy Lee Designs video content, athlete vids, pics and bios, as well as exciting product news!

The newest Troy Lee Designs product catalogs will immediately become available within this progressive app therefore keeping consumers and fans alike continually updated.

Go to the iTunes App Store on your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch and download the free app today!

“We at PixelMags are very excited about this new partnership,” said Ryan Marquis, COO and Founder of PixelMags. “This will allow fans of Troy Lee Designs to have better access to the products they love.”

“This is very exciting for us,” says Troy Lee, Founder/Owner of TLD. “The team at PixelMags is helping us take advantage of some incredible technology. This is just the beginning.”

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Tyla Rattray Injury Ends 2012 Supercross Season

Tyla Rattray Injury Ends 2012 Supercross Season

Tyla Rattray sustained a severe concussion and a small fracture of the C7 vertebrae during his heat race at the Oakland Supercross. Here is the official press release:

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Tyla Rattray was injured during his heat race at the Oakland round of the Monster Energy Supercross. Rattray was unable to race the remainder of the evening due to his injury.

Upon further evaluation by his physician, it has been determined that Rattray suffered a concussion and a fracture to his C7 vertebrae. He will be recuperating for the next few weeks, at which time his injuries will be re-evaluated. The team will make another announcement about his recovery at that time.

“I’m really bummed out about my injury,” said Rattray,  “but I’m very thankful that it didn’t end up worse. I just want to thank everyone for their tremendous support. Hopefully I’ll be back soon.”

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Honda Riders Chad Reed and Eli Tomac Lead Points Chase After Round Four of 2012 Supercross Series

Round four of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship series took place this weekend in Oakland, CA. The Oakland Coliseum, which usually serves as home to the Oakland Raiders and Oakland A’s, was filled Saturday night with thousands of Supercross enthusiasts. It was another great week for Honda, with GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac winning the Lites class for a second week in a row. In the Supercross final, TwoTwo Motorsports rider Chad Reed also was on the podium for a third time this season, placing second.

Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Justin Brayton came into Oakland looking for redemption after a tough round three in Los Angeles, and he looked fast throughout qualifying and the heat races. Unfortunately, when the gate dropped for the main Brayton got off to a mid-pack start heading into the first turn. The remainder of the 20 laps was spent in an admirable charge through the pack, which eventually netted him ninth place. Reed fared better in the main as he got the holeshot and led the pack for almost half the race until being passed by another rider. He continued to fight hard and rode a very solid race to finish second.

“The starts are so important,” said Reed. “Hopefully we can keep building on these last couple weeks, keep getting the starts and accumulating those points.” The CRF450R Honda rider is now tied for the points lead and will be running red plates going into Anaheim 2.

Andrew Short also had an impressive ride Saturday night aboard his Supercross.com/Honda CRF450R, putting together 20 consistent laps to finish in fifth place. GEICO Honda rider Kevin Windham showed impressive speed with a fourth place overall qualifying time in practice. He also put together a solid main by finishing in sixth place, right behind Short.

“The night was good, it was a nice rebound for me after Dodger Stadium,” said Windham. “I spent most of the week focusing on trying to come out and get my job done after last weekend. I saw the whole thing with Trey and it was really difficult for me. It felt like I had a good heat and great times during the day and I am pleased with my finish but I am really looking to get GEICO Honda on the podium.”

For the second week in a row the night belonged to GEICO Honda’s Lites rider Eli Tomac. Heat two was stacked full of Honda riders with Cole Seely of Troy Lee Designs/ Lucas Oil/ Honda finishing in first, Tomac in second and Billy Laninovich in third. In the main event Tomac got a third-place start, followed by Seely in fourth. Tomac made his way to the front of the pack by lap three and after that he was untouchable, laying down incredible lap times. He quickly pulled away and took the checkered flag, making him the first rider in the 2012 season to win back-to-back races. He will be running the red leader’s number plates once again in Anaheim. “After the front two guys made some pretty big mistakes, I wanted to make sure I stayed consistent once out front,” said Tomac. “I didn’t do anything crazy and was able to ride a solid race. I am excited, the red backgrounds look good on a Honda.” Seely finished in 11th position after crashing in the beginning of the race and restarting almost last. His Troy Lee Designs teammate Travis Baker had a great ride, finishing sixth in the main.

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