There was a dinner party for Giuseppe Luongo’s 30th anniversary as an event promoter Saturday, June 15, in Italy. Actually, it was more than a party. It was a celebration!
Giuseppe Luongo is the President of Youthstream – the company which organizes, among other properties, the FIM World Motocross Championships, including the Motocross of Nations.
At the top of the circuit (yes, believe it or not) is an outstanding restaurant and VIP area that overlooks the entire facility. Not only was there a tremendous dinner, there was entertainment. There were dignitaries. There were presents and surprises. There was even an amazing fireworks display to conclude the evening!
L – R: Stefan Everts, Ursula & Giuseppe Luongo, Jean-Michel Bayle, Alex Puzar, and Rob Kinsey
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Youthstream provided the following info: During the Grand Prix of Italy at Maggiora on Saturday night of June 15, around 250 people related to the world of motocross joined Youthstream’s President Mr Giuseppe Luongo to celebrate his 30th Anniversary as an event promoter. Maggiora was the perfect venue for such a celebration, as it was in this track where Mr. Luongo had the turning point in his professional career when he organized the 1986 FIM Motocross of Nations.
Mr. Luongo commented “Time has gone really fast, but it is full of emotions … I still remember when I started my career, and when I see now how much everything has changed in these 30 years … it is unbelievable. We have organized events like the Masters of Motocross, the Motocross of Nations, Grand Prix events … it’s a dream come true, especially when you see the evolution of the sport. I am very proud when I see venues with outstanding infrastructure like the ones at the Grand Prix of Brazil, and Doha, Qatar, and great race tracks like Maggiora and Matterley Basin. I’m also delighted to see that every year we have younger and younger fans coming to the races. When I see this progress, I realize that this time was very well invested. I really hope to continue with this evolution, and bring the sport worldwide and to the main TV broadcasters. We have riders coming from every continent participating in the World Championship. My goal has always been to make motocross better and bigger, and it will remain my main goal until the day I decide to retire, but I hope there are still many years to come.”
Mr. Luongo was born on 9th April 1960 in the South of Italy, in Latronico, and he used to play football in his free time, but since his sister gave him a Fantic Motor 50cc Motocross bike for Christmas when he was 15, Mr. Luongo has always been spiritually connected with motocross. He still remembers his first ever motocross race as a rider and of course he will never forget the first race he organized in 1983 in Ponte Egola, Italy. The young passionate entrepreneur succeeded in gathering together the best motocross riders of that time and about 20,000 people witness such unique event.
The feedback of that race was so positive that Mr. Luongo decided to turn his passion into a professional career by creating his own company, GLO. From there he organized the Masters of Motocross, the SuperMotocross in Italy, he was also in charge of all the International Motocross events organized in Italy, and 1986 became the turning point in his professional career when he organized the successful Motocross of Nations won by the American “Dream Team” of David Bailey, Rick Johnson and Johnny O’Mara in Maggiora, Italy.
It was such a successful race that Mr. Luongo received international recognition from National Motorcycling Federations, riders, sponsors, the media and fans. Mr. Luongo’s following step was bringing motocross to the main TV stations for the first time ever. Together with FMI he also created the Internazionali d’Italia and in 1987 organized 25 events, one being El Charro Stadium Cross de Paris, one of the best that year.
1988 was an important year for Giuseppe, as it was the year his son David, who is now involved in the management of Youthstream, was born. At the same time the Masters of Motocross series went from four to six events, and involved large TV coverage. The year after Mr. Luongo created the Supercup – an evolution of Internazionali d’Italia – and he also created the Bieffe Suzuki factory team which took part in the 125 Motocross World Championship. Dave Strijbos, Pedro Tragter, Donny Schmidt and Stefan Everts were some of the riders who rode for Mr. Luongo’s team. In 1991 that team won it’s first 125 World Championship title with Schmidt. The year after the very young Everts claimed his first ever world title wearing the colors of Bieffe Suzuki team.
In 1995 Mr. Luongo organized the FIM Motocross of Nations in Slovakia. The year after, Mr Luongo signed a contract with the FIM to manage the TV rights of the FIM Motocross World Championship and it was the first time in the history of the sport that the series had a complete TV Coverage of the entire GP events. During the years that followed, Mr. Luongo signed the contract with the FIM to manage both the Supercross and Motocross World Championships.
In 1999 Mr. Luongo had the idea of organizing the successful FIM Awards in Monte Carlo at the Hotel de Paris, which would be organized again in 2003 in Dubai.
From 2001 the Motocross and Supercross businesses were managed by Dorna.
The following years were other important years for Mr. Luongo; not only he did meet his wife Ursula, but he also created Youthstream with Mr. Luigi Zompetti, Mr. Eric Sevenet, Mr. Philippe Rahmani and Mr. Nikos Gounaris. With Youthstream they started by promoting the FIM SuperMoto World Championship in 2002, and at the end of 2003 Youthstream signed a new contract with the FIM for the promotion of the FIM Motocross World Championship.
Since then Youthstream has been improving the series season after season and in 2005, and after many difficult years for the Motocross of Nations, this famous event made a huge come-back in Ernée, France.
In 2011 Mr. Luongo, with Youthstream, created MX-LIFE.TV, a new LIVE streaming and video on demand (VOD) platform to broadcast the FIM Motocross World Championship worldwide.
The following year Mr. Luongo created a new event called the MXGP Festival, having more than 300 riders divided in 10 different classes racing during the same weekend: MX1, MX2, MX3, WMX, Veterans, Amateurs, 65cc, 85cc, 125cc and 250cc. The event took place in Matterley Basin, UK, and the parade lap with all the riders headed by Dave Thorpe was a moment that will last in the memory of everyone that was there.
2012 was also the year that Youthstream made a step forward in the TV production, broadcasting the Monster Energy FIM Motocross of Nations, which took place in Lommel, Belgium, in High Definition and using the latest technology such as Super Slo-Mo, GoPro cameras, Cable Cams and drones. Thanks to such improvements important TV broadcasters like Aljazeera and FOX are broadcasting the complete FIM Motocross World Championship in 2013.
In 2013 the FIM Motocross World Championship celebrated the first ever night Grand Prix under the floodlights of the brand new MX Losail track in Qatar, and a week after the Motocross World Championship went to Thailand for the first time. Returning back to Europe Youthstream presented the new ‘Skybox’ to the Motocross world.
This year this unique businessman, full of passion and who has brought professionalism and value to motocross, is celebrating his 30th anniversary as a promoter and he guarantees significant improvements are still to come in the near future.
AMA Motocross returns to Budds Creek MX in Maryland. Ryan Dungey scores 450 class win … Blake Baggett takes 250 class win
In 250 Qualifying, the quickest lap was turned in by Eli Tomac – 1 minute 59.92 seconds. Blake Baggett next – 1:59:93! Marvin Musquin 1:59:98! Only 6/100ths of a second separate those three! Kenny Roczen fourth – 2:00:59, Jason Anderson, Cooper Webb, Jeremy Martin, Zach Osborne, Darryn Durham, and Wil Hahn is his return to racing 10th – 2:02:04. 85 riders attempting to qualify.
In 450 Qualifying, the quickest lap is turned in by James Stewart – 1 minute 58 seconds. of is Ryan Dungey next – 1:59:37, Trey Canard 1:59:74, Josh Grant 2 minutes even, Justin Barcia 2:00, Ryan Villopoto 2:00, Justin Brayton, Mike Alessi, Tyla Rattray and Ryan Sipes round out the top ten. 79 riders attempting to qualify.
450 Moto 1 – warm and sunny as this first moto of the day starts. The early leader – Mike Alessi. But just a few corners into this 30 minute plus 2 lap race – series points leader Ryan Villopoto on the number 2 Monster Energy Kawasaki has the lead.
Three laps into this race it’s Villopoto leading, Ryan Dungey into second, Mike Alessi third. Then Ryan Sipes, Justin Barcia, Justin Brayton, Trey Canard, Andrew Short, Jake Weimer, and Tyla Rattray top ten. Chad Reed is 11th, James Stewart 15th.
At the halfway point, it’s the top two in the class running first and second – Ryan Villopoto leading, Ryan Dungey second. Can Dungey attack?
On lap 13, Dungey comes around slowly – definitely not at race speed. He’s 43 seconds behind leader Villopoto. Mike Alessi is third, Justin Barcia up to fourth. Then it’s Ryan Sipes, Trey Canard, Justin Brayton, Jake Weimer, Malcolm Stewart, Andrew Short, James Stewart, Broc Tickle, Chad Reed, and Josh Grant 14th.
Ryan Villopoto makes it look easy in winning this 17 lap race. Another moto win for RV2. Ryan Dungey, even after his crash on lap 13, finishes second. Then Alessi, Barcia, Sipes, Canard, Brayton, Weimer, M Stewart, Broc Tickle, J Stewart, Andrew Short, and Chad Reed 13th.
250 Moto 1 – Adam Cianciarulo will make his Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship debut today. The much heralded amateur champion had planned to compete in the entire championship, until he had salmonella poisoning right before the opening round at Hangtown.
It’s number 25, Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin with the lead! At the end of the first lap of this race, the running order is Marvin Musquin first, Wil Hahn second, Joey Savatgy third, Adam Cianciarulo, Jason Anderson, Darryn Durham, Cole Seely, Blake Baggett … Ken Roczen is tenth, and Eli Tomac 14th.
Five laps into this race, it’s Marvin Musquin with the lead. And teammate Kenny Roczen has rocketed into second! Jason Anderson third. Wil Hahn fourth.
At the halfway point, the top ten: Marvin Musquin by over 5 seconds on Ken Roczen, Blake Baggett into third, Jason Anderson, Wil Hahn, Joey Savatgy, Eli Tomac, Kyle Cunningham, Cole Seely, and Justin Hill. Adam C is 12th.
Lap 15 – Blake Baggett has put on a charge and moved past Kenny Roczen. Just a few corners later, he’s passed Marvin Musquin and taken over the lead! The running order – Baggett, Musquin, Roczen, Anderson, Tomac, Hahn, Cunningham.
Blake Baggett has finally won a moto! He does it in great style – coming from behind, charging and turning his quickest laps at the end of the race. Baggett wins this 17 lap race. Marvin Musquin takes second place, Kenny Roczen third. Then Jason Anderson, Eli Tomac, Wil Hahn, Kyle Cunningham, Joey Savatgy, Jeremy Martin, and Justin Hill 10th. Adam C takes 14th in his first professional AMA Motocross.
450 Moto 2 – it’s Ryan Dungey with the lead! At the end of lap one it’s Dungey first, followed by Mike Alessi, Andrew Short, Justin Brayton, Chad Reed, Ryan Villopoto, James Stewart, Phil Nicoletti, Malcolm Stewart and Ryan Sipes.
At the end of lap two, it’s Dungey, Alessi, Short, Brayton, Villopoto top five.
Lap five, Ryan Villopoto has gone past Mike Alessi and into second place. It’s going to come down to a battle between Dungey and Villopoto for the moto win and the overall. Dungey leads Villopoto right now by 15 seconds …
The running order is Dungey, Villopoto, M Alessi, A Short, James Stewart, Malcolm Stewart, Justin Brayton, Trey Canard, Phil Nicoletti and Ryan Sipes. Reed 14th, Justin Barcia 17th.
12 laps into this race, it’s Dungey leading Villopoto by almost 20 seconds. In third place – it’s Malcolm Stewart on the Lucas Oil Troy Lee Honda! Fourth is Trey Canard, then Phil Nicoletti, Andrew Short, James Stewart, Justin Brayton, Broc Tickle and Jake Weimer.
This race will also go 17 laps. And the winner of the moto is Ryan Dungey! He also scores the overall victory today. (Both Dungey and Villopoto have 47 points each, but Dungey gets the overall win based on a better second moto performance.) The top ten in this race – Dungey, Villopoto, Malcolm Stewart, Trey Canard, Broc Tickle, Phil Nicoletti, Justin Brayton, Justin Barcia, Andrew Short, and Jake Weimer. Chad Reed 12th, James Stewart 13th, Mike Alessi 34th (crashed). Results below.
250 Moto 2 – Wil Hahn number 19 on the GEICO Honda with the holeshot. But as they come around at the end of the first lap, it’s Darryn Durham leading, Blake Baggett second, Wil Hahn third, Cole Seely, Joey Savatgy, Kyle Cunningham, Ken Roczen, Marvin Musquin, Jason Anderson, Justin Bogle … Tomac 13th, Adam Cianciarulo 37th.
It’s two Pro Circuit boys up front – Darryn Durham & Blake Baggett. And Baggett is closing in on his teammate …
Meanwhile … Eli Tomac has passed both Marvin Musquin and Ken Roczen. The running order right now on lap 7: Durham, Baggett, Hahn, Cole Seely, Eli Tomac, Kyle Cunningham, Ken Roczen, Marvin Musquin …
A lot of riders are having good rides in this moto … Durham up front, Wil Hahn in his first ride back from injury, Baggett … but on lap 11 Eli Tomac has done something great – he’s passed both Baggett and Durham and taken over the lead! It’s Tomac, Baggett now into second, Durham third, Wil Hahn fourth, Kenny Roczen fifth, Marvin Musquin sixth.
This moto win is going to go to Eli Tomac! What a ride! Second position in this moto, and the overall winner on the day – Blake Baggett!
The top ten in this moto – Tomac, Baggett, Durham, Zach Osborne another person with a great moto climb up to fourth, Wil Hahn, Ken Roczen, Marvin Musquin, Justin Bogle, Kyle Cunningham, and Justin Hill. Adam C. 17th. Results below.
Villopoto, who is also the 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series champion, has a nice lead over Dungey in the 450 points coming into Budds Creek. Justin Barcia has third place, followed by teammate Trey Canard.
Ken Roczen leads the 250 points chase, but it’s a bit closer than the 450’s – he’s got Eli Tomac and teammate Marvin Musquin very close.
Two riders will be added to the 250 mix tomorrow – 250 East Supercross Champion Wil Hahn makes his return to racing, and rookie Adam Cianciarulo makes his debut.
Hahn hasn’t been sitting out by choice. He was sidelined for the first chunk of the outdoor season after suffering a wrist injury in the Supercross finale in Las Vegas, but he is ready to pick up where he left off. He says “I was looking forward to carrying that momentum from Supercross into Motocross, but it didn’t work out for me that way. But since the surgery on my wrist, I’ve been working as hard as I can. I’ve had some good therapy to get this thing healed and get back on the bike as soon as possible. I’ve been focusing on my cardio, so I’ve logged a lot of miles on my bicycle,” Hahn said. “The main thing for me was getting back on my GEICO Honda motorcycle. After the testing I’ve done, I feel like I’ve got a strong bike.”
Teammate Eli Tomac is looking forward to having Hahn back on the track.
“It’s going to be a good thing to have Wil back and have another GEICO rider on the gate who can get between myself and Ken Roczen for points,” Tomac said. “It’ll also be fun to have everyone back in the hauler.”
Tomac, who is second in the 250cc standings (five points out of the lead), took the week between races to give his body a chance to recover following the first four events of the season.
“I took my first couple of days easy and got some rest because that’s what my body needed,” Tomac said. “I’d been going hard for quite a few weeks. I’m in good enough shape that I just needed to rest.
“If you are trying to gain fitness at this time of year, you are kind of behind the ball.”
Monster Energy / Pro Circuit / Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo will make his Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship debut. Cianciarulo had planned to compete in the entire championship until an ill-timed bout of salmonella poisoning struck the amateur champion leading up to Hangtown. After a month of recovery, Cianciarulo is ready to compete.
“It was the worst possible time to get sick,” laughed Cianciarulo. “It took a lot out of me, but sitting out the first four rounds has allowed me to get back to 100-percent and I think I’m coming into Budds Creek even more prepared than I was for Hangtown.”
The Port Orange, Fla., native joins his teammates Blake Baggett, Tyla Rattray, Martin Davalos, Darryn Durham, and Justin Hill. Defending 250 champion Baggett sits fourth overall in the 250 class championship and Rattray achieved his first 450 class podium finish at Round 4 in High Point.
“We wanted to make sure Adam was in top condition before lining up,” said Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Mitch Payton. “He has the advantage of having experienced teammates in Tyla and Blake to help him along the way and we expect him to be battling up front.”
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing – Series Statistical Report. Courtesy MX Sports
This year marks the 24th running of the Budds Creek National
In 2007, Budds Creek MX Park was the host venue for the Motocross of Nations
450 Class Stats
The first 450 Class race held at Budds Creek was May 22, 1994. Mike LaRocco won on a Kawasaki.
This will be the 20th time the gate will drop at Budds Creek for the 450 Class.
Ricky Carmichael held a perfect record at Budds Creek. In eight starts, he posted eight overall wins, winning 13 of 16 motos.
Ryan Villopoto will attempt to become the third rider to win Budds Creek in both classes.
Chad Reed is the only international rider to ever win a 450 Class overall at Budds Creek.
Honda and Suzuki have combined to win nine of the last 11 races in the 450 Class at Budds Creek between three riders – Ricky Carmichael, Chad Reed and Ryan Dungey.
Ryan Dungey went (1-1) in the 450 Class in 2012, giving the KTM brand its first win at Budds Creek.
Florida residents have won the last 12 races in the 450 Class at Budds Creek – Chad Reed (’09 & ’11), Ryan Dungey (’10), James Stewart (’08), Ricky Carmichael (’00-’07)
Wins by brand at Budds Creek: Honda – 7, Suzuki – 5, Kawasaki – 4, Yamaha – 2, KTM – 1First time winners at Budds Creek: Ezra Lusk, 1997 – Yamaha
Riders to win at Budds Creek in both classes: Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart
Overall wins: Ryan Villopoto – 3, Ryan Dungey – 1
Moto wins: Ryan Villopoto – 7, Ryan Dungey – 1
Laps led – Ryan Villopoto – 94, Justin Barcia – 23, James Stewart – 11, Ryan Dungey – 9
250 Class Stats
The first 250 Class race was held at Budds Creek on October 8, 1989. Mike Kiedrowski won on a Honda.
This will be the 24th time the gate will drop for a 250 Class race at Budds Creek.
Steve Lamson (’94-’96), James Stewart (’02-’04) and Ryan Villopoto (’06-’08) have won three races in a row at Budds Creek.
Kawasaki has won 11 of the last 12 races at Budds Creek, including the last seven straight (each by Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki).
Budds Creek has welcomed five different winners over the last five seasons in the 250 Class.
With Tyla Rattray and Dean Wilson both graduated from the 250 Class, Blake Baggett looks to be the next repeat winner-since Ryan Villopoto’s 2008 victory-at Budds Creek.
Wins by brand at Budds Creek: Kawasaki – 13, Honda – 7, Yamaha – 2, Suzuki – 1
First time winners at Budds Creek: Tallon Vohland, 1999 – Honda, Dean Wilson, 2010 – Kawasaki
Overall wins: Ken Roczen – 1, Eli Tomac – 1, Marvin Musquin – 2
Moto wins: Ken Roczen – 5, Eli Tomac – 2, Marvin Musquin – 1
Overall Wins by Brand: KTM – 3, Honda – 1
Laps led (total): Ken Roczen – 79, Eli Tomac – 33, Marvin Musquin – 20, Blake Baggett – 1, Cooper Webb – 1
Past Winners – BUDDS CREEK MX PARK – Mechanicsville, Md.
June 16, 2012 / Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, MN / KTM
June 18, 2011 / Chad Reed, Australia / Honda
June 19, 2010 / Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, MN / Suzuki
August 22, 2009 / Chad Reed, Australia / Suzuki
July 13, 2008 / James Stewart, Haines City, FL / Kawasaki
June 17, 2007 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Suzuki
June 18, 2006 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Suzuki
June 19, 2005 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Suzuki
June 20, 2004 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Honda
June 15, 2003 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Honda
June 16, 2002 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Honda
June 17, 2001 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Kawasaki
June 18, 2000 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Kawasaki
June 20, 1999 / Kevin Windham, Ethel, LA / Honda
June 21, 1998 / Doug Henry, Oxford, CT / Yamaha
June 15, 1997 / Ezra Lusk, Bainbridge, GA / Yamaha
June 16, 1996 / Jeremy McGrath, Menifee, CA / Honda
June 18, 1995 / Jeremy McGrath, Murrieta, CA / Honda
May 22, 1994 / Mike LaRocco, South Bend, IN / Kawasaki
June 16, 2012 / Blake Baggett / Grand Terrace, CA / Kawasaki
June 18, 2011 / Tyla Rattray / South Africa / Kawasaki
June 19, 2010 / Dean Wilson, Scotland / Kawasaki
August 22, 2009 / Jake Weimer, Rupert, ID / Kawasaki
July 13, 2008 / Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, WA / Kawasaki
June 17, 2007 / Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, WA / Kawasaki
June 18, 2006 / Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, WA / Kawasaki
June 19, 2005 / Michael Brown, Johnson City, TN / Honda
June 20, 2004 / James Stewart, Haines City, FL / Kawasaki
June 15, 2003 / James Stewart, Haines City, FL / Kawasaki
June 16, 2002 / James Stewart, Haines City, FL / Kawasaki
June 17, 2001 / Michael Brown, Piney Flats, TN / Kawasaki
June 18, 2000 / Stephane Roncada, France / Yamaha
June 20, 1999 / Tallon Vohland, Citrus Heights, CA / Honda
June 21, 1998 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Kawasaki
June 15, 1997 / Ricky Carmichael, Havana, FL / Kawasaki
June 16, 1996 / Steve Lamson, Pollick Pines, CA / Honda
June 18, 1995 / Steve Lamson, Pollock Pines, CA / Honda
May 22, 1994 / Steve Lamson, Pollock Pines, CA / Honda
October 4, 1992 / Jeff Emig, Highland, CA / Yamaha
October 6, 1991 / Guy Cooper, Stillwater, OK / Suzuki
October 7, 1990 / Mike Kiedrowski, Canyon Country, CA / Honda
October 8, 1989 / Mike Kiedrowski, Canyon Country, CA / Honda
October 4, 1992 / Jeff Stanton, Sherwood, MI / Honda
October 6, 1991 / Jean-Michel Bayle, France / Honda
October 7, 1990 / Jeff Stanton, Sherwood, MI / Honda
October 8, 1989 / Jean-Michel Bayle, France / Honda