World’s Top Super-Mini Class Riders to Race at 2012 Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas

Feld Motor Sports® announced today that 22 of the world’s top 12-15 year-old Super-Mini Class racers will compete at the 2012 Monster Energy Cup at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium on October 20. As the defending Super-Mini Class Champion, Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo, of Port Orange, Fla., will automatically receive one of the 22 starting positions.

The 22 promoter’s-choice riders will represent the next generation of racers as they compete on the world’s biggest stage with 3.5 hours of live television coverage. Consisting of two, five-lap Main Events, the Super-Mini Class is a proving ground for aspiring amateurs to showcase their talent on a world-class stage.

“The Monster Energy Cup provides some of the top amateur riders a great opportunity to race on a big league stage,” said Ryan Holiday, motocross supervisor, Team Green Kawasaki. “The experience is great and it’s now an event that our team looks forward to each year. Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green was very fortunate to win both classes last year with Justin Hill and Adam Cianciarulo, so we will be looking to do the same this year.”

During last year’s Super-Mini Class Main Event, Cianciarulo swept both races en route to becoming the inaugural Monster Energy Cup’s Super-Mini Champion. Cianciarulo opened the first Super-Mini race with the holeshot and extended his lead with every lap. KTM’s Cooper Webb, of Newport, N.C., moved into second place on lap three after passing Kawasaki’s Blake Green, of Corona, Calif. Webb held on for second and Green finished third.

Cianciarulo started the second Super-Mini Main Event the same way he did the first one, leading wire-to-wire to earn the overall win. Webb worked his way through the field and into second place, where he would finish. Green finished third.

“It was an awesome race,” said Cianciarulo from the stage last year. “I got a good start, and tried to hold it. I had to make sure not to leave the inside open and not make any mistakes out there. I never thought I would win, especially on a track designed by the two guys that got me here.”

The remaining 21 promoter’s-choice riders will be announced shortly.

2011 Super-Mini Class Results

  1. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (1-1)
  2. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., KTM (2-2)
  3. Blake Green, Corona, Calif., Kawasaki (3-3)
  4. Bradford Young, Delray Beach, Fla., Kawasaki (5- 4)
  5. Mark Worth, Queen Creek, Ariz., Kawasaki (6-6)
  6. Ashton Hayes, Rockford, Mich., Suzuki (7-8)
  7. Justin Hoeft, Castaic, Calif., Suzuki (12-7)
  8. Shelby Peterson, Fort Worth, Texas, Kawasaki (10-10)
  9. Chase Marquier, Newcastle, Okla., Suzuki (9-12)
  10. Andrew Pierce, Huffman, Texas, Kawasaki (4-18)

The 2012 Monster Energy Cup features an all-new track design inspired by five-time Supercross Class Champion Ricky Carmichael. The Carmichael-inspired track design will consist of supercross and motocross obstacles unlike any other racetrack design in the world. More than 200′ of the track will be built into the grandstands, and the riders exit the stadium and race through the Monster Energy Fan Zone outside of the stadium and through the pit area before they catapult back into the stadium. The Monster Energy Cup posts a $250,000 purse with the winner walking away with a $100,000 check, and any rider that wins all three Main Events will take home $1 million.

Rock River Yamaha/Moto Star Race Report: Hangtown 2012

The 41st annual Hangtown Classic saw the Rock River Yamaha/Moto Star crew show up for the opener in what was a weekend full of headlines throughout the industry and a great way to kick off the AMA Nationals season.

Ryan “Ryno” Hughes was back in action on the ultra-potent YZF450 with fans lining up to get a peek at him and his ride. Ryno looked great as the day started and showed he can still throw down enough speed to be in the mix while qualifying 18th. Hughes used his Ryno Power conditioning and training he teaches day to day to make it in the show. Unfortunately plenty of other  riders were left scratching their heads why they did not qualify. Ryan had a get off early in the 1st moto which sent him back to the pits and where he called it a day but all our hats are off to him for showing up and qualifying at the ripe age of 39.

Ben LaMay was happy to be back outdoors and showed some great speed on his YZF450 qualifying 19th. Putting power to the ground with his Moto Star branding and a Rock River Powersports program that is top notch, LaMay earned valuable championship points with his top twenty 1st moto and looks to build on that as he sets his sights on Freestone!

Joey Peters was on hand running a Rock River Yamaha/Moto Star backed YZ250F and looked great in practice and had no problem making it into the starting line-up qualifying in the top of his group. Peters finished right outside of the top twenty for the day but showed the speed that looks to having him finding some great finishes later this season!

Drew Yenerich also made his first return to pro racing for the first time in a year and a half. He looked healthy and fast as he battled in the qualifier to get a shot to race the 2 enduring motos. Unfortunately, Drew did not qualify but he battled hard and looked healthy again. Look for Drew to be battling for a good spot next weekend in Freestone as he adjusts to his return in the racing circuit.

Last, but not least, Amanda Maheu made her WMX pro debut at the ripe young age of 16 and battled hard. She ran well for her first ever pro race and ended placing 7th in the second moto. Amanda showed signs of blazing speed and superb technique so look for her to be running up front next weekend aboard her powerful YZ250F.

Yoshimura Suzuki Racing Wins 2012 Season-Opening AMA Pro Motocross at Hangtown National

Yoshimura Suzuki Racing Wins 2012 Season-Opening AMA Pro Motocross at Hangtown National

Yoshimura Suzuki’s newly signed James Stewart sweeps 450 motos & teammate Brett Metcalfe cards fifth

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Team Yoshimura Suzuki Racing could not have scripted a sweeter start to the 2012 AMA Pro Motocross season if they’d tried. Returning to the motocross series for the first time since 2008, new Yoshimura Suzuki rider James Stewart raced his RM-Z450 to victory in both 450 motos to take the overall win in round one at the Hangtown National in Sacramento, CA, on Saturday afternoon. Yoshimura Suzuki’s Brett Metcalfe was right there with his new teammate, putting together two solid motos to finish the day in a very respectable fifth-place overall.

In his inaugural race on the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450, Stewart was nothing short of flawless. The first moto saw him get a great start and take the lead on the first lap. From there, Stewart slowly but surely created a gap and led all laps to take the win. In the second moto, Stewart got shuffled around a bit on the start but quickly made short work of the competition. Taking the lead, Stewart rode a calculated, efficient race, and again gapped the field while remaining in his comfort zone. Anything but victory was simply out of the question.

“I couldn’t ask for anything better,” said Stewart. “The Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 was really fast and consistent. In the first moto, I got a great start and I was in the lead on the first lap. I rode my own race, and got a good gap and was able to win that one. In the second moto, I had to work for it. I had to come around some guys… then I was able to stay there and keep the pace. As the day went on, the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 was just better and better and better. I have to give it up to the team for all their hard work. I don’t want to get over-confident, but to start off like this – knowing this is one of my worst tracks – and know we can keep building, makes it so good.”

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Likewise, Australian Metcalfe turned in a promising performance in both motos. In the first one, Metcalfe got a good start on the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 and worked his way up to second before fatigue set in and he finished fourth. In the second moto, Metcalfe again ran in a podium position before finishing fifth. At the end of the day, the Yoshimura Suzuki rider was happy to finish fifth overall. Metcalfe is in a three-way tie for third in championship points.

“I’ve been looking forward to the start of the motocross season,” said Metcalfe. “The Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 is working great and Motocross is a nice change of pace. In moto one, I got a top-five start and I was feeling strong. I made some moves early and moved up to second, but wasn’t able to finish at the same intensity level I started with. Moto two was much the same, though I didn’t have a very good start. My speed and skills on the Suzuki feel really good right now, so I was able to make passes and move through the pack. Again, I just wasn’t able to finish the moto strong. We need to work on that, because if I want to contend for wins, that’s what I’ve got to do.”

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As the Yoshimura Suzuki squad prepares for round two next weekend, both Stewart and Metcalfe are enthusiastic about the race in Texas. Stewart is particularly excited about the upcoming event because he’ll be contesting it as the series points leader and, as a result, will run the leader’s red number plate.

“Texas is going to be tough,” said Stewart. “But we have to take it week by week. I get to ride the red plate on the Suzuki and that’s pretty cool. This will be the first time I’ve ever had it, in Motocross or Supercross, so that should be pretty special.”

Added Metcalfe: “I’m looking forward to Texas. That’s always a physically demanding track, so the Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450 will work well there. We’ve got to go in confident, and after this round, get the appropriate rest and work hard this week, and come out stronger for Texas and build from there.”

Team Yoshimura Suzuki Racing’s next event is the second round of the 2012 AMA Pro Motocross Championship on Saturday, May 26th, at the Freestone National in Wortham, TX.


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