It’s new, and it’s coming in the fall of 2013. The American International Motorcycle Expo. AIME

It’s new, and it’s coming in the fall of 2013. The American International Motorcycle Expo. AIME

On Tuesday, January 17, at the 14th floor Sky Room, overlooking the harbor of Long Beach, California, an announcement was made. There will be a new, motorcycling expo to help manufacturers, press, consumers, dealers, retailers and more in North America. It’s name – AIME – American International Motorcycling Expo.

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Larry Little

Larry Little was the first speaker. He is the new VP and GM of the motorcycle group of Marketplace Events. He explained that Marketplace Events is the parent company of AIME.

Next to speak was Tom Baugh, CEO of Marketplace Events. He explained about Marketplace Events, such as they are the largest producer of consumer home shows, with 31 events, and 14 offices in North America.

Tom also said they did a lot of research, asked a lot of tough questions – and decided this was the proper time to invest heavily in the motorcycling industry.

One of Marketplace Events’ philosophies is ‘not to chase the last dollar, but the best dollar’. And that they may ‘own’ the events, but the goal is to be a good steward for all involved.

Larry Little then continued to say that much of the industry needs a platform that creates energy, enthusiasm and excitement for all. They believe they can create that with the four “E’s”: Energize, Excite, Efficient, Effective.

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AIME will be run annually, starting in the fall of 2013, at a time and location to be announced.

Below is their Mission Statement, and much more info.

The Marketplace Events mission statement is simple: To create uniquely vibrant marketplaces that connects enthusiasts with experts, products and services in dynamic face-to-face environments.

Marketplace Events (MPE) was formed in July 2008, formerly operating as London- based dmg::events’ North American home show division.

The company produces 31 consumer shows annually in 21 markets that collectively attract 14,000 exhibitors, 1 million attendees and another 1 million unique web visitors annually.

From 14 offices, the 100-person staff produces some of the most successful and longest- running consumer shows in North America, including market leading home shows in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., Orlando, Minneapolis, Salt Lake City, Indianapolis, Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver – some of which have endured for more than 50 years – as well as more recent launches and acquisitions in markets such as Denver, Cleveland and Dallas, which is produced in partnership with Dallas Cowboys Stadium.

In addition to the brand’s core of home shows, its management team’s success and deep experience in launching new and innovative show concepts across different market segments, such as food, medical, powersports, advertising, craft, hobby and more, is unmatched.

In 2012, Marketplace Events will launch WIRED Live, a consumer technology event to be held in Washington, D.C., in partnership with WIRED magazine, a Conde Nast Publication. Set to take place this November, the event will be a consumer technology exposition like none other, bringing together companies and products from all aspects of life in an immersive, exciting show environment that allows early adapters and WIRED enthusiasts to see, try, buy and influence the future development of products that impact how we live, work and play.

Marketplace Events is the industry innovator. Fall shows, online ticketing, VIP premiums, video analysis, a national spokesperson, on-site renewals, direct-response marketing, guaranteed attendee satisfaction, even something as basic as payment by credit card; all of these were introduced to the consumer show industry by MPE’s management team.

Despite that, the company is still conceptualizing the next revolution of consumer show operations.

The next step in Marketplace Events’ innovative direction is the newly-announced venture into the motorcycle marketplace. The American International Motorcycle Expo (AIME) will debut in Fall 2013, with the purpose to serve as the catalyst to bring together the entire two-wheel industry in a single arena that creates a grand stage for motorcycling in the U.S. and North America, while delivering an efficient and energetic market-timed expo platform for B2B and B2C in the motorcycle industry.

AIME is a trade and consumer show for the motorcycle industry, timed to align with the annual reveal of new motorcycles, aftermarket products, safety equipment, and accessories to the press, motorcycle dealers, and consumers. It is intended to create a greater efficiency for the industry to conduct business with retailers, promote new product to the press and consumers, while creating a heightened interest for motorcycling as both sport and as a viable, green transportation alternative.

Simply put, the American International Motorcycle Expo is the single most important show of its type in the North American market and will have international impact within the motorcycling community.

MPE’s business has developed a leveragable infrastructure across North America that includes a highly-capable management team, an integrated marketing capability, and state-of-the-art operating systems. This infrastructure results in superior customer service and consumer shows.

Despite the worst economy and housing market since the Great Depression, Marketplace Events’ marketing team has increased paid attendance and its show teams have increased exhibit space sales for two consecutive years.

MPE’s culture is to produce the market-leading event, or not to produce the event at all. It is in the Marketplace Events DNA.

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Tom Baugh


DC Shoes: 3rd Annual Moto Team Ride Day

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The DC Moto Team came together for some fun for the 3rd Annual DC Ride Day and Poker Tournament at Pala Raceway and Casino on December 2011. The video highlights the 2 day event that was captured using 2 RED Epic cameras.

In attendance were Jeremy McGrath, Nate Adams, Adam Cianciarulo, Josh Hill, Jeffery Herlings, Carson Mumford, Robbie Maddison, Andre Villa, Jolene Van Vugt, Hunter Hewitt, Blake Wharton, Justin Hill, Tyler Bereman, Jason Anderson, Chris Plouffe, Matt Moss, PJ Larsen, and Malcolm Stewart, to name a few. All these moto icons together in one location made for an epic shoot, and gives a little preview of what’s in store for DC Moto 2012.

*Be sure to watch in 1080p!


RJ Says: Phoenix Supercross 2012 thoughts, Los Angeles Supercross preview

RJ Says: Phoenix Supercross 2012 thoughts, Los Angeles Supercross preview

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First off, I want to congratulate KTM, Roger De Coster, and Ryan Dungey for KTM’s first Supercross Class main event win. It’s huge. I know of all the work they have done in the past few years in developing winning machines, teams, and more. Look at what they did with Stefan Everts and Pit Beirer in developing the 350 SX model – two world championships so far with Antonio Cairoli.

KTM in America has been working on the new 450 that Ryan races. It’s a new effort, on a new bike. For Ryan Dungey, his win last Saturday in Phoenix goes a long way in many areas, but I feel the most important is that it adds confidence to the team and Ryan.

I wasn’t at the race in Phoenix, and I wasn’t able to watch it. I was just going off of the Twitter feed and emails and texts from my friends on what was going on.

My biggest concern on the season so far? James Stewart. It seems as though he is having the same problems as last season and even Round 1 in Anaheim. Another question, what is he going to do to get his consistency and confidence back? I don’t have the answer, but I guarantee that James and his team are doing all they can to turn the situation around.

At this point, just two races in, I think Ryan Villopoto is the man to beat, and it is his championship to lose. If he can remain consistent and fast, he’s still the guy to beat. He’s got it all going on right now – he is fit. He has confidence. He is fast. He has a good bike. Many times when a rider breaks thru with his first major Supercross championship, the next year he’s even stronger. A rider is usually better physically, and mentally – and confidence is a big component of success at this level.

Going into Los Angeles and Dodger Stadium this weekend … I’m excited about the race. This is the second year for this round, and I think it’s a cool venue with a lot of history when it comes to the Dodgers. I think everyone in California is excited and it should be a sellout.

I’m more excited about this Supercross season than I have been in a long time and I think it’s shaping up nicely. Everyone seems healthy, a lot of guys are fast, and there have been two different winners in two rounds. A fan can’t ask for anything more.

In L.A. you are going to see a Ryan Dungey with more confidence, and a Ryan Villopoto that wants to regain the top spot. Justin Brayton, James Stewart, and Chad Reed will all be trying to get to that top spot as well. Right now it’s shaping up to be the Ryan and Ryan show, but Chad, James, Brayton, Trey Canard, Andrew Short, Kevin Windham, and the rest of the field will need to figure out what it takes to beat those guys.

Thanks for reading my column and sharing it with your friends.

RJ


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Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson Answers Back with a Win at 2012 Phoenix Supercross

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson Answers Back with a Win at 2012 Phoenix Supercross

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After an action-packed night of racing, Monster Energy / Pro Circuit / Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson took home his first win of the season in the AMA Supercross Lites Western Region at Round 2 of the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series, an FIM World Championship at Chase Field in Phoenix, Ariz. Wilson’s teammate Tyla Rattray grabbed the holeshot on his way to a third-place finish. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer had the ride of his life, winning his heat race and scoring his first ever supercross class podium, finishing in second place. Ryan Villopoto put together an amazing main event performance, fighting his way back from last all the way to third, and left Phoenix in a tie for the series points lead. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Broc Tickle missed the supercross class main event after crashing in his heat race and finishing third in the last chance qualifier (LCQ).

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Man on a Mission

Wilson started off the night strong laying down the fastest qualifying practice time in the lites class aboard his Kawasaki KX(TM)250F. He went on to win his heat race and headed into the main event confident he had what it took to come out on top. When the gate dropped in the main, Wilson got a good jump off the start and pulled into third. As the top three riders came out of the first corner and into a rhythm section, Wilson found an opening and quickly moved out front. By the sixth lap, Wilson had a four-second lead and continued to ride smooth and consistent until the finish.

“It felt brilliant taking the win tonight,” said Wilson. “I was able to get into the lead early and had a nice, clear track for most of the race. I just focused on putting down clean laps. I felt like I had really good lines out there and was really working on controlling my breathing. This win really means a lot because last weekend at Anaheim I felt like I should have won, but I just made some mistakes that cost me. I know I have what it takes to win, but now I know what I need to do to make that happen.”

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Building Steam

Since Weimer climbed aboard the 2012 Kawasaki KX(TM)450F he has been showing steady improvement. In his heat race, he got a great jump off the start and quickly moved into the lead. He held onto the lead until the checkered flag to earn his first-ever supercross class heat win. Weimer advanced to the main event with more confidence than ever and was determined to claim a spot on the podium. In the main event he got a great start and quickly moved into second. He laid down 20 smooth and fast laps, concentrating on one of his season’s goals, to earn a podium finish. His impressive performance netted the first supercross main event podium of his career.

“Tonight felt awesome,” said Weimer. “It’s been a long time since I stood on the podium. I have been working so hard to get up there, it feels so good to have it finally pay off. There are still a lot of rounds left, and I still have a lot of work to do, but this was an awesome night for me and the Monster Energy Kawasaki team. I really liked the layout of the track; there was a good mix of elements, but nothing too crazy. I just focused on throttle control, connecting sections, being smooth and clicking down laps. My new race bike is dialed, it’s got plenty of power and handles awesome, so I’m feeling really positive going into the next round.”

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Dropping the Hammer

Villopoto clocked the fastest lap time during qualifying practice and was confident he knew what it was going to take to win on the hardpacked, slick surface. In the main event, he got a mid-pack start and was setting up a pass when another rider went down right in front of him, causing him to crash. When he picked up his bike he was sitting in 18th place, with 19 laps to go. He charged through the field on a mission, picking off rider after rider, moving closer to the front with each lap. On the final lap, Villopoto did the seemingly impossible, and made the push past third in the final few turns of the race to secure a spot on the podium.

“It was a tough night,” said Villopoto. “I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Davi (Milsaps) went down in the sand right in front of me and I got tangled up with him. I knew I had the speed, and really felt my bike was on, but it took a lot of work moving through the field to finish third. I ran into a little bad luck tonight, but overall I feel good about the ride. It was still a bummer though because I felt the win was pretty close before I went down. I’m looking forward to getting back to Dodger Stadium where I won last year.”

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Coming Out Swinging

Although Rattray came to Phoenix feeling a little under the weather, he put together some impressive races and even threw down the fastest lap time in the first lites qualifying practice. In the main event, Rattray rocketed to the holeshot, but lost a couple spots in the first rhythm section. After the first lap, he rode smooth and consistent to finish the night in third place. With two podium finishes already under his belt this season, Rattray currently sits on top of the points standings.

“I’m happy with my performance so far this season,” said Rattray. “I was feeling good on the track all day and my mechanic really had my bike tuned perfect for this track. I got a good gate choice for the main and got a great jump off the start. I nailed the holeshot but over-jumped the triple and that’s when (Marvin) Musquin and Dean (Wilson) went by me. Other than that mistake I felt like I rode really solid the rest of the race.”

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Working Out the Bugs

Reigning 2011 AMA Supercross Lites Western Region Champion Tickle is still getting adjusted to the 450cc bike since his move up to the supercross class. In the first qualifying practice, Tickle was 10th fastest, but could not seem to string together consistent laps in the evening program. In his heat race, Tickle finished 17th and was forced to the LCQ. In the LCQ, Tickle got a mid-pack start and moved into third by the final lap. He tried to make a pass for second, but ran out of laps before the finish and wasn’t able to transfer to the main.

“Tonight I was struggling to find a consistent line,” said Tickle. “I kept over jumping and felt my timing was really off. I just didn’t put it together tonight. I’ve been working hard like everyone else on the team so it’s pretty disappointing to not make the main. I’ve just got to keep working hard. I’m going to get back on my feet and try to redeem myself next weekend.”

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Impressive Performances

While seeing Weimer on the podium at the end of the night may have been a surprise to some, the Monster Energy Kawasaki team expected it. Weimer has looked impressive all winter and his hard work during the off-season paid dividends in Phoenix. Though Weimer’s ride was impressive, his teammate Villopoto may have outshined him on the night as he passed 14 riders in the main event to keep hold on the series points lead.

“It was a great night for Kawasaki,” said Team Manager Dan Fahie. “Considering there are six spots on the podium and Kawasaki riders took four of them, it really goes to show the strength and depth of our team. The proof was there on the podium for everyone to see. It’s no secret Jake has been improving. He’s really been doing a great job, working hard, and it’s showing. Ryan’s performance really speaks for itself. Going from 18th to third is absolutely outstanding. He was moving through the field really fast, but was also safe and in control while getting it done. It was an outstanding effort by both of our riders.”

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Desert Son

Chase Field in Phoenix has always been good to Weimer and this year was no different for the Idaho-born rider. Weimer earned his first professional win at the stadium in 2008, claiming victory in the supercross lites class one week after failing to qualify for the main event in the season opener. He repeated the fete in 2010. After four races in Phoenix, Weimer has an average finish of second.

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Dodger Stadium

Next week the teams head to Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Calif., for Round 3 of the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series, an FIM World Championship.

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