Photo Feature: 2012 Indy Supercross

Photo Feature: 2012 Indy Supercross

Ben Townley to contest 2012 AMA Pro Motocross Championship with TwoTwo Motorsports

Ben Townley to contest 2012 AMA Pro Motocross Championship with TwoTwo Motorsports

TwoTwo Motorsports is pleased to announce the signing of former world champion and multiple AMA race winner Ben Townley to contest its 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship campaign.

With team owner and rider Chad Reed sidelined as he recovers from his AMA Supercross injury, the team sought a rider that could race competitively at the head of the 450 class while assisting in the ongoing development of the Honda CRF450 motorcycle.

“Prior to the Supercross season I had been speaking to Ben about racing competitively in the US again, and we’d spoken about the possibility of running a bike built by Mitch Payton from our truck for selected rounds. After the injury, surgery and the initial realisation that I would be sidelined from competition for some time, I needed to consider the team’s ongoing development and if there was a rider that could step in and be competitive in the role,” said Reed.

“We believe in Ben’s talent and work ethic, and combined with the great crew we have at TwoTwo Motorsports, I feel we have the formula to not only represent our sponsors but also challenge, win races and compete for the number 1 plate. I’m excited and I know the whole team is looking forward to getting back racing and supporting Ben. The decision was made in consultation with various parties and sponsors, with Reed remaining committed to providing the most value possible to those that have supported his newly-established team. Our core sponsors – Bel-Ray, Honda Motorcycles, Shift, Etnies, Skullcandy and Fox – have stood behind us from the beginning and have been a big part of our success on and off track,” Reed continued.

“We’re not just going racing to have a presence at the events, we strongly believe Ben is a rider that can challenge for race wins and we will give Ben every opportunity at success and getting the Honda on the podium. He will have the same factory support that I did and we will begin testing in the coming weeks to ensure he is comfortable and prepared for the series. I would like to thank Honda Australia’s Tony Hinton and Yarrive Konsky for allowing Ben to pursue this opportunity.”

Townley looks forward to maximizing the opportunity with TwoTwo Motorsports.

“I’m really looking forward to racing the AMA Motocross Championship with TwoTwo Motorsports,” said Townley. “It’s an incredible opportunity and one I will be grabbing with both hands. I can’t wait to work with the team to race and further develop the bike throughout the season. I also need to thank the Carlton Dry Honda Thor Racing team for supporting me with this opportunity,” Townley added.

The twelve-round Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship begins at Hangtown in Sacramento on May 19.

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James Stewart Indy Supercross Injury Update

James Stewart suffered a concussion in his heat race at the Indy Supercross and was unable to continue. Below is a statement issued from the Stewart camp. Get well soon Bubba…

“I just wanted to personally take the time to check in with you all after this weekend’s race. Over the past few weekends we as a team have been working really well and built up some solid momentum that carried us straight into Indianapolis. The practice sessions were good. We were able to go fast and the team and I were really excited to get out there and race. But unfortunately it didn’t play out the way we expected it to and I was unable to finish out the night.

As for right now, I’m heading in for further checks and after that we’ll reevaluate this weekend’s race in Toronto. We’ll keep you all in the loop as this goes, but right now I wanted to thank all of you for the support. To my fans, my team, my sponsors, my family, my friends; everyone out there that’s been supporting me; THANK YOU. I’ve seen a lot of posts online, been reading through the well wishes and everything else. And it’s really cool to see you guys looking out for us riders.”

Thank you

– James Stewart #7   

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Pro Circuit Boys Move Up in Points at 2012 Indy Supercross

Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis played host to Monster Energy Supercross this past Saturday, and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Darryn Durham, Blake Baggett, and Broc Tickle were on hand to contribute to a historical night of racing.

Durham had one of the best nights of his career. He ripped a holeshot in the first Supercross Lites East Heat Race, and the Pennsylvania native continued to deliver as the laps rolled on. He held strong and, despite an end-of-race challenge by the current series point leader, finished first at the checkered flag.


 

The Supercross Lites East Main proved to be one of the most interesting races in the history of Monster Energy Supercross. Racing was well underway by the fifth lap, until a crash caused the red flag to be waved,  and forced a restart. Not only were we witness to a red flag and a restart but, for the first time ever, the race was restarted in a single-file staggered line. AMA rules are particular when it comes to restarting a race after three laps, and the riders were forced into a single-file line according to the position they were in when the race was red-flagged.

 

Things got going again after the restart, and Durham was back in action. He quickly made passes and put himself in the third-place position. He moved into the second spot after a mistake from the race leader, and held strong for the remainder of the race. He finished in the runner-up spot, earning the third podium of his career.

Baggett finished just off the podium in fourth, and is looking to get back on the box this Saturday in Toronto. His top-five finish bumped him up to fourth overall in the Supercross Lites East point standings.

Tickle had another top-ten night in the Supercross Class at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday. He put on a hard charge after a mid-pack start, and fought his way up to eighth by the time the checkered flag waved. He now sits 11th overall in the Supercross Class point standings.

 

The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki boys now make their way across the border to Canada for the next round of Monster Energy Supercross, which will be held at the Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario this Saturday, March 24. Durham sits in second overall in the Supercross Lites East Region, with 98 points. Teammate, Baggett, moves up to fourth overall, with 80 points. Tickle jumps from 13th to 11th overall in the Supercross Class, with 95 points.


Rockstar Energy Racing Teams Capture First Victory of 2012 Supercross Season

Rockstar Energy Racing Teams Capture First Victory of 2012 Supercross Season

Rockstar’s Blake Wharton wins Supercross Lites & Metcalfe cards first heat win of 450 career at Indy

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The Rockstar Energy Racing teams tasted victory in Indianapolis, and it was sweet! Rockstar Energy Racing’s Blake Wharton gave the Rockstar Energy Racing teams their first Supercross Lites main event win of the season at round 11 of the 2012 AMA/FIM Supercross Series at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday night.

Not only did Wharton capture his and the team’s first Supercross Lites victory of the season, the charismatic rider also put a halt to another racer’s winning streak in the process. En route to victory, Wharton grabbed the holeshot in his six-lap heat race and finished second before going onto the 15-lap main event and bringing home the win.

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“It feels good to get the win,” said Wharton. “It’s been a while since I’ve won, but I never stopped thinking I could. I know it’s not easy to win, but at the same time, what we’re doing during the week, we’re doing to win. I happened to win tonight, but it’s so tough with the competition because everyone’s so fast. But this weekend, I won it, and I just want to go into next weekend and carry this over. Toronto should be good, I like going to Canada.”

Unfortunately, Rockstar Energy Racing teammate Hunter Hewitt suffered some bad luck in his heat race. In the first turn, Hewitt got tangled up with some other riders and went down. As a result, he did not race the main event.

“I want to congratulate my teammate Blake and the whole Rockstar Energy Racing team,” said Hewitt. “They won their first race and that’s really cool. I felt like I rode good in my heat race and practices, but I just had bad luck. I got hit from behind in my first heat and went down, and then I went to the LCQ but couldn’t pull it together. I rode good, but I’ve got to work on my starts. Now, we’re off to Toronto next weekend, and I’m looking forward to that.”

Also in Supercross Lites, Star Valli Yamaha’s Kyle Peters struggled but pulled through in the end. The young rookie carded a ninth-place finish in his heat race and transferred to the main, where he finished 12th. Meanwhile, Star Valli Yamaha teammate Kyle Cunningham finished eighth in his heat race, but crashed out of the main and was taken for medical evaluation.

“It was a rough race in Indy,” said Peters. “The track was really gnarly and I tried to get through it the best I could. My goal is to just keep pushing and working on improving, and I know I’ll get there. Now I’m looking forward to Toronto and hopefully getting a better result there.”

In the Supercross class, Rockstar’s Brett Metcalfe enjoyed the best ride of his season so far. The Australian holeshot his eight-lap heat race, then held on to the lead to take his first-ever Supercross-class heat race victory. In the 20-lap main, Metcalfe continued to ride aggressively and battled for a podium position for the entire race, running as high as second before finishing fourth.

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“We came in with a different approach with bike setup this weekend,” said Metcalfe. “We got great starts and qualified the best we have all year. In the heat race, we ripped the holeshot and it felt awesome to get out there in front. I was able to hold on and get my first heat win of my 450 career, and that was a big achievement for me. In the main, I got another good start and I was able to charge through and get up to second. Then I dropped back a few positions because I got tired holding everybody off. I’m looking forward to carrying this on to Toronto next weekend.”

Star Valli Yamaha’s Nico Izzi is also racing the Supercross class, but only on the East Coast, because officially he’s campaigning West Coast Supercross Lites. But in the Supercross class at Indy, Izzi had an excellent showing, finishing fourth in his heat race and 10th in the main.

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“It was a good night here in Indy,” said Izzi. “I had a solid heat and got fourth, and then a solid main. I was running in seventh when I fell on about the 12th lap. My goal was to come in and get a top 10 and I did that, even with the fall. This is the ‘big boy’ class, I was just going out there to get experience. I had fun and I’m ready to move on to Toronto.”

Also in the Supercross class, Star Valli Yamaha’s Bobby Kiniry continued to improve his overall performance and picked up his best results of the season. Kiniry finished his heat race in eighth and brought home 13th in the main event.

“I had a decent night overall,” said Kiniry. “I felt quite a bit faster today, and I kept it off the ground when a lot of people were laying it down. Now, I’m just looking forward to Toronto. That’s really my home race because it’s so close to where I’m from in New York, and I’ve got a lot of family and friends coming out. So I’m looking forward to having a good week and some good racing next weekend.”

Also, Rockstar’s Nick Wey crashed hard on the first lap of his Supercross heat race and was unable to participate in the rest of the night’s racing, although he plans to race at Toronto. Finally, Star Valli Yamaha’s Ryan Morais and Austin Stroupe remain out due to injury.

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The next event for the Rockstar Energy Racing teams is the 12th round of the 2012 AMA/FIM Supercross Championship on Saturday, March 24th, at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


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