Even though Roger De Coster, Team Manager of the Red Bull KTM Factory Teams in the USA, had a valid contract through to the end of the year, the course for the future was settled a few days ago when his cooperation with the factory team was extended to 2016!
Pit Beirer, Head of KTM Motorsport engaged Roger De Coster, five-times Motocross World Champion from Belgium in 2011 to manage the company’s US factory team. One year later De Coster brought his protégé Ryan Dungey into Red Bull KTM lineup. The team celebrated its first victory, and KTM’s first in the big class of the Supercross World Championships in the second race of the season at Phoenix. The year concluded with an impressive performance and title victory by Dungey in the US Motocross Championship.
Pit Beirer, KTM Head of Motorsports: “Roger had a valid contract from KTM but it was the wish on both sides to extend it before it was due to secure stability in the coming years. The contracts with all other team members were also extended as well as new infrastructure, workshops and team truck.”
Roger De Coster, Red Bull KTM Factory Team Manager: “The job continues to be fun for me and to work with KTM is very refreshing. It’s easy to get things done, decisions are made quickly and I can have a lot of influence on the team and the bike. It is our goal to fight for the title in both Supercross and Motocross – ideally in the future also with two factory riders per class.”
The name Roger De Coster stands for the sport of Motocross and his nickname “The Man” is no coincidence. He made a huge influence with his smooth and controlled riding style and his dedication to very hard training at the height of his racing career. He established himself as one of the best motocross riders of all time with his five World MX Championship titles. De Coster went on to end his racing career in the Grand Prix of Luxembourg 1980 with his usual victory.
After this, De Coster spent a lot of time in the USA and proved to be just as successful as a team manager as he was in his active career. KTM is proud that a legend of the quality of Roger De Coster has become part of the KTM family!
Roger De Coster with riders Ken Roczen (94), Marvin Musquin (25), and Ryan Dungey (5)
Over the past 45 years, The Mammoth Motocross has built one of the most successful motocross racing programs in the western United States. For 2013, the popular venue joins the AMA amateur motocross schedule and will feature the AMA King of the West title.
“We’re excited to partner with such a well-established and professional promoter,” said AMA Vice President of Operations Jeff Massey. “AMA-sanctioned events are the gold standard for motorcycle and ATV competition and recreation in the United States, and we’re looking forward to working with The Mammoth Motocross to enhance an already excellent program and contribute to showcasing and boosting the prestige of the outstanding athletes who call this series home.”
The June 21-30 finale, Monster Energy Mammoth Motocross, features three distinct schedules tailored to Vet riders, mini riders and displacement classes for full-sized bikes. The finale takes place at one of the country’s most scenic motocross tracks, located in Mammoth Lakes, Calif., on the eastern slopes of the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
The six-race “Road to Mammoth” qualifier series includes races in Hesperia, Calif.; Porterville, Calif.; Turlock, Calif.; Riverside, Calif.; Reno, Nev.; and Perris, Calif. Racers’ four best finishes in the qualifiers will earn points toward the AMA King of the West title. Riders who win the AMA King of the West title in their class will receive first gate pick at the Mammoth Motocross finale.
“We’re very excited to join the ranks of AMA-chartered promoters and to do our part to support the country’s leading advocate for the right to ride and race,” said Mammoth Motocross Race Director Mike Colbert. “In addition, we were at the point where we needed help keeping track of today’s fastest amateur riders. An AMA sanction allows us to do that as well as take advantage of the AMA Amateur Competition Rulebook and align some of our rules to make them more consistent with today’s classes, but while retaining key elements that make motocross racing at Mammoth unique.”
For additional event info, detailed schedules, rules and information about AMA membership and racer license options available for the series, riders should go to www.mammothmotocross.com.
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The largest Mini Bike race in the world celebrates tenth anniversary …
The tenth annual GEICO MiniMotoSX, Fueled by Monster Energy will take place during the Monster Energy Supercross finals weekend in Las Vegas. On Sunday May 5th, you can put your own gear on and hit the track inside the Orleans Arena. This is the largest Mini Bike race in the world and you can expect over 300 riders to compete for AMA number 1 plates and the largest purse in Mini Bike racing. There is a $3,000 purse on the line for each of the two expert main events and an additional $3,000 for the World Final.
“Racing Mini Bikes is a lot of fun and I am proud of the fact that we have created the largest Mini Bike race in the world and made it to year ten” said Eric Peronnard, the co-creator of MiniMotoSX. “Mini Bike racing is not as popular as it was a few years ago so I am not sure we will make it to eleven but we will build another great track and hope to remind everybody just how much fun it is to race Mini Bikes and generate enough excitement to keep going for the future”.
Everybody can race as there are eight adult classes and three youth classes as well as a Women’s class. And new for 2013, Electric bikes are eligible to compete in the appropriate classes based on wheel size and wheelbase. For the fourth year, the MiniMotoSX will conclude with the World Final race that pits the top three finishers from the Expert & Youth classes plus the Women’s champion to take on the International Champions for bragging rights and cash. This event is a great time for racers and spectators and for most; this is the closest you can ever get to racing a Supercross. Entries are open now and you can make it a complete Supercross weekend in Vegas.
In celebration of the 10th anniversary MiniMotoSX, we will provide each rider that has competed in at least one class during the previous nine events one free entry!
You can get the complete rules here: MiniMotoSX Rules
Entries forms are available here: MiniMotoSX Entry Form
Who do you want to see from the Oakland Supercross? RV? Reedy? Dungey? K-roc? Tomac? Crashes? Stewart? Bam-Bam? Canard? Seely? All that and more below! (Read all about the race, see more photos, results, and points.)
Here are the photos! 46 of them! Click on the thumbnail to view the larger images!
RV (Ryan Villopoto 1) holeshots main event – Oakland Supercross 2013
Four big things took place in Oakland for Round 4 of the 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series.
1. Ryan Villopto won his second race in a row, leading all 20 laps, and right now is probably the most feared rider on the track.
Ryan “This was a good win for us. My guys on the Monster Energy Kawasaki team made a few minor changes to the bike today and they paid off tonight. Everything is starting to come together for us right now.”
When an athlete in an sport is performing at an elite level, they make what they do look easy. Ryan made racing supercross look easy Saturday night in Oakland. Although third in the point standings, he’s only 8 points behind leader Davi Millsaps. Watch out. Davi Millsaps is leading the point standings, and Trey Canard is second … but watch out for Ryan.
2. The crash. Hard to say exactly who did what to whom. But ‘the crash’ … Which involved a lot of riders in the second corner of the first lap of the 450 main, did damage to a lot of riders. In one way or another, it hindered a lot of riders – some more than others. Ryan Dungey, Trey Canard, Andrew Short, Josh Grant, Justin Brayton, James Stewart, Chad Reed.
It basically ruined James Stewart’s night – as he pulled off the track. James said afterwards “I felt fast all day and my knee was feeling better. In the heat race I got a mid-pack start, but I worked my way into second. We made a couple of changes to the RM-Z450 in between the heat races and the main event, and it just felt good; the track felt better and I felt better. I was actually really looking forward to racing tonight. I got a bad start in the main but made some great passes in the first turn and whoop section. Then in that second corner, a rider got out of control and cut another guy off and they pile-drove me pretty good and I hurt my knee again. Eventually I got up and went to jump the triple and landed, and my throttle was stuck. It was one of those races. I have to give it up to the Yoshimura Suzuki team though and all the fans for their support. I’m disappointed but right now it’s all about just being here. The real reason I’m still here racing is because I love doing it. Whether I’m winning or finishing 16th every week, I’ll still be here because I love racing.”
The same applies to Chad Reed. Chad did get up and going again from the crash – and battled back to finish 12th.
Former Supercross Champions Dungey, Stewart, and Reed have yet to win a race …
3. Eli Tomac crashed. Twice. And loses his points lead. Not a good night for the defending West Champion. Crashes hurt, especially in a short series such as the East and West Regional series. Eli knows this. He said afterwards “It was a frustrating night, for sure. I’m now 15 points behind. I didn’t get the kind of start that I wanted and wound up getting in a big pile-up. I was able to get back up from that but a little while later I lost it in the whoops. The competition in this class is so close that you can’t afford to have bad nights like this. I need to go back and focus on my starts for next week. It’s a bump in the road, but there still time to come back and get the red plate back.”
4. Ken Roczen won the 250 West SX Main, and has taken over the points lead. Ken is a former MX 2 World Motocross Champion, and now races for the RedBull KTM team in America. You can’t meet a nicer guy. And a more talented rider. Now with the points lead, Ken has a leg-up on winning his first title in America. Ken says “I almost lost the race when I made a mistake on that finish line jump. Luckily, I was able to stay on the bike and I was able to quickly recover and get back in the race. I’m super happy. I didn’t have the best start, and there was a lot of bar banging at the start. The crew worked great, I’m fit, and charged hard. I’m super happy!”
Look for a giant photo feature on the Oakland race coming later this week. And look for the Anaheim 3 Supercross Preview coming Friday afternoon.
To see all the details of this past Oakland race, click here
The crash at Oakland 2013 – Canard, Short, Stewart, Reed, Dungey, and more!
Eli Tomac’s motorcycle – 250 Main Event Oakland 2013
Ken Roczen one hander over the finish line – Oakland 2013