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U.S. Stop of World’s Premier FMX Series to Encourage Progression
SANTA MONICA, CA – How do you improve on the largest freestyle motocross course in history? Make it even bigger and badder, of course! Red Bull X-Fighters will do just that as it returns to Southern California for its U.S. stop at Glen Helen Raceway on Saturday, May 11.
Last year’s visit to Glen Helen produced one of the most talked about events ever in the sport of freestyle motocross, and at the center of that conversation was the course itself. Unlike most Red Bull X-Fighters events, which are often nestled into iconic locations such as Red Square in Moscow or next to the Pyramids in Cairo, Glen Helen Raceway provided space to really spread out. The result was a truly massive course that dwarfed the footprint at previous Red Bull X-Fighters events.
And how do you improve on near-perfection? Ask the riders and spectators for feedback, and listen to what they say. As massive as the 2012 course was, the 2013 course will increase in size, with more dirt, more features and more action. There will also be increased use of the existing hillside, which provided for some of the most exciting tricks in 2012, including the massive back-flip step-ups landed by American riders Wes Agee and eventual winner Todd Potter. The step-up will grow to two stages (adding an additional jump) that will take the riders more than six stories above the main course arena. These additional uphill and downhill options will result in the biggest transfer jump in the history of freestyle motocross.
To mimic the free-riding style that Southern California is known for, look for less traditional tabletops and more natural free-ride terrain jumps. And on top of all that dirt, there will be six metal take off ramps, two super kicker-style metal ramps, a metal quarter pipe take off, a unique 40-foot-long rainbow rail and the return of the 80-foot-long bowl-curved wall ride (a 2012 fan favorite), all making for near-unlimited riding options. In addition, spectators will be closer to the action, with the seating areas moved in from last year.
“We’re pumped to be back at Glen Helen for the 2013 Red Bull X-Fighters,” said Dane Herron, Chief Course Designer. “We built the ultimate freestyle course last year and are prepared to up the ante this year. The plan is to mimic a free-ride park that will really challenge the riders to show some progressive tricks. If you like free-riding, you won’t want to miss this year’s event.”
Twelve of the world’s best freestyle motocross riders will gear up to take on the colossal FMX playground on Saturday, May 11 at 1 p.m. PT at Glen Helen Raceway. The series kicked off its six-city world tour in Mexico City, where 38,000 spectators packed into the Plaza de Toros, the world’s largest bullfighting arena, to watch Tomas Pages of France take first place. The series now continues to Dubai on April 12, and following the return to Glen Helen on May 11, the riders will travel to Osaka (June 1), Madrid (July 19) and finish the season in Pretoria (August 31).
To purchase tickets, visit the series website at www.redbullxfighters.com and go to the Glen Helen event page, where the ticket link is located. There are two ticket options available:
General Admission $15 – includes access to: standing room only, vendor row and the pit area. Please note this may require walking on steep, uneven terrain.
Grandstand Seating $25 – includes access to vendor row and the pit area and a reserved spot to sit in the Grandstands. Each Grandstand section is open seating. Spectators will be able to choose their Grandstand section based on ticket availability.
New Zealand’s Levi Sherwood will be looking to defend his 2012 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour championship title after prevailing against Thomas Pages of France in the most riveting battle in the 12-year history of the event series. Sherwood, 21, was the youngest champion in the history of Red Bull X-Fighters in 2012, winning three of the five stops but needing a victory in the season finale in Sydney, Australia against his hard-charging rival Pages. The Frenchman turned the world of FMX on its head in the second half of the season with a breathtaking array of new tricks that pushed the sport to the next level. Pages finished a close second, just 20 points behind Sherwood’s 335 points, while the 2011 champion, Dany Torres of Spain, was third. Pages is off to a good start in 2013, having won the kick-off event in Mexico City.
Riders from around the world converge on Las Vegas for MiniMotoSX
The GEICO Mini Moto SX, fueled by Monster Energy and presented by Freegun Underwear has become the unofficial World Championship of Mini Bike racing. A quick look at the results from 2012 uncovers riders from France, Italy, Japan, Australia and the United States took podium positions. You can expect riders to again travel from around the world to be in Las Vegas for the tenth annual MiniMotoSX on Sunday, May 5th, the day after the Monster Energy Supercross finals take place just down the road.
“The international participants add to the fun of MiniMotoSX” said Mike Karsting, Vice President of events at Source Interlink. “You can see a lot of flags in the stands and some unique bikes that are imported for this event.”
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.
Make your plans to stick around in Vegas during the Monster Energy AMA Supercross weekend to get on the track yourself and race for an AMA #1 plate. You can find race entry and event info at www.minimotosx.com. Ticket information
KTM is excited to congratulate its amateur MX / SX racing champions that won a combined 45 titles over the four week amateur racing extravaganza that took place during the month of March 2013. The four-week stint of amateur racing launched at the Millcreek Spring Championship then headed to sunny Florida for the Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross event. From there the KTM amateur racing truck headed to Texas for the final two events: Oak Hill International GNC and the James Stewart Freestone Spring Championship.
KTM would like to congratulate the KTM champions from all four events:
Millcreek Spring Championship:
51 (7-8) Stock – Caden Braswell 65 (7-9) Stock – Gage Linville 65 (7-9) Mod – Gage Linville 65 (7-11) Open – Gage Linville 65 (10-11) Mod – Max Miller 65 (10-11) Stock – Max Miller 85 (9-11) Mod – Jalek Swoll 85 (9-13) Jr. Mini – Enzo Lopes Open Amateur 2-stroke 14 plus – Derek Johnson 50 plus – Todd Alix
Daytona Amateur Supercross Championship:
50 4-6 Stock – Daxton Bennick 65 7-9 – Colby Gatlin 65 10-11 – Ty Masterpool 65 Unlimited (7-11) – Ty Masterpool 85 7-11 – Grant Harlan 85 9-13 – Jordan Bailey Mini Sr (12-15) – Enzo Lopes Two-Stroke Plus 16 – Alexander Frye Schoolboy 1 (12-16) – Alexander Frye Schoolboy 2 (13-16) – Donny Brown 450 B – Donny Brown
Oak Hill International GNC Championship:
65 (7-9) Mod – Gage Linville 65 (7-9) Stock Gage Linville 65 (10-11) Mod – Aiden Tijero 65 (10-11) Stock – Max Miller 65 (7-11) Open – Gage Linville 85 (7-11) Mod – Parker Mashburn 85 (7-11) Stock – Jalek Swoll 85 (7-16) Open – Mitchell Falk 85 (12-13) Stock – Mitchell Falk 85 (14-16) Mod – Luke Purther 250 Intermediate Mod – Chase Bell 250 Intermediate Stock – Chase Bell 250 Novice Stock – Bergan Evans
Freestone Spring Championship:
51 (7-8) Stock – Matthew LeBlanc 65 (7-9) Stock – Gage Linville 65 (7-9) Mod – Gage Linville 65 (10-12) Stock – Max Miller 65 (10-12) Mod – Max Miller 65 (7-12) Open – Max Miller 85 (12-14) Stock – Cameron Cannon 85 (9-13) Open – Brock Papi 250 C Stock – Luc Santos 250 B Stock – Chase Bell 450 C Stock – Ethan Stout 25+ A – Michael Sleeter 30+ – Michael Sleeter
Congrats to all KTM champions, but also to each KTM rider that participated in one of these amateur racing events. The next stop for the KTM trackside support vehicle will be the World Mini Grand Prix on April 8-13, 2013 in Mesquite, NV. A special thanks goes out to the KTM Amateur Racing and Orange Brigade Sponsors for helping to make each event a success: Skullcandy, FMF, DC Shoes, One Industries, Motorex, Dunlop, Vertex, Motion Pro, ODI Grips, Champion Tool Storage, DT-1 Airfilters, Full Spectrum Batteries, Renthal, Dubya, talon, Nihilo, Moto Tassinari, Hinson, Light Speed, Acerbis, DID, Cometic and Pivot Works
Houston has a rich history of supercross. The first AMA supercross was held there in 1974 at the AstroDome. The winner was Pierre Karsmakers. Supercross has come a long way since then …
Our Houston preview starts with where the series left off – Round 12 in Toronto. Defending Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series Champion Ryan Villopoto won his fourth Main Event in a row, his seventh of the season, and the 31st of his career. He is also aiming to win his third Supercross Championship in a row. A very rare feat.
And two-time FIM World MX2 Motocross Champion (2009, 2010) Marvin Musquin, originally from France, won his third 250 East SX Main event in a row, putting him within six points of that series points leader Wil Hahn.
What can we expect in Houston this year? How about something dramatic? Not saying it’s going to happen – but usually there is one race for the 450 class each year where things go incredibly different than any other race. Could that happen in Houston? Maybe. Then again, it could be we see the top guys battling for the top positions …
SPEED TV will broadcast the event live starting at 8:30 p.m. EDT.
Regarding the last event in Toronto, Ryan Villopoto had this to say “It was unbelievable. Davi Millsaps is riding really well and he was riding exceptionally well in Toronto. I got around him with about halfway to go in the Main Event and I was able to get a little bit of a gap. Everybody up here on the podium is unbelievable and it shows how fast we really are when we run a pace like that on a track that was so difficult.”
And Davi Millsaps, who is just 12 points behind Villopoto in the points chase, said this after Toronto “It was definitely a good race. I got off to a pretty good start and I just tried to ride my own race as much as I could. I made a lot of mistakes here and there and throughout the first half of the race. Ryan Villopoto eventually got by me and I did the best I could to keep up and do whatever I could to hang in there.”
250 East series points leader Wil Hahn has this to say “I’m looking forward to getting back to starting races the way I did earlier in the year. The wins will come from good starts. I’ve been fast enough to win all year long, but my starts just haven’t been there the last couple of races. It’s been an amazing run so far. I’ve had the kind you year I dreamed about having when I was growing up and talking with my older brother Tommy or with my friends who also rode. I know the year is far from over and there’s a lot that still needs to be done. I want to get more wins and take it all the way to the end and finish off this championship for GEICO Honda.”
Hahn’s GEICO Honda teammate Zach Bell injured his shoulder last time out and will be held out for the remainder of the Supercross season as a precaution.
Marvin Musquin said right after his win in Toronto “Today my confidence wasn’t so much there because I had a crash in practice. But I really need to thank the team, because they are better than me and helped push me tonight. It was a tough day. I had a great start in the Main Event and it’s such a good feeling when you’re hurting because you don’t know what’s going to happen. It was great.”
Notes & Stats courtesy Feld Motorsports
450 SX Class: Houston Stats · The first race was on March 15, 1974, and Pierre Karsmakers won on a Yamaha · This will be the 47th time the gate will drop for a 450SX Class race in Houston · Houston, along with Daytona, are the only two original markets from the 1974 championship and have never missed a year of action · In 1977, Houston became the second market to host a double-header race · In 1978 and 1979, Bob Hannah swept both double-header races · In 1981 and 1982 Mark Barnett became the second rider to sweep the double-header races in back-to-back seasons · Jeff Ward won four consecutive races in Houston from ’85-’88 · KTM has never won in Houston, can Ryan Dungey change this?
First time 450SX Class Winners: Houston – Broc Glover: 1980, Jimmy Weinert: 1976, Trey Canard: 2011
250SX Class Stats: Houston
· The first race was held on April 20, 1985, and Eddie Warren won on a Kawasaki · This will be the 29th time the gate will drop for a 250SX Class race in Houston · In 2001, Travis Preston gave Husqvarna its one and only 250SX Class win · Kevin Windham and Christophe Pourcel are the only two 250SX Class riders to win Houston in back-to-back seasons · Damon Huffman is the last Suzuki rider to win a 250 SX race in Houston. That was all the way back in 1995. Can Blake Wharton change this? · Ken Roczen gave KTM their first 250 SX Class win of the season last year in Houston
250 SX Class: Houston First Time Winners – Willie Surratt: 1986, Jeff Emig: 1990, Jimmy Gaddis: 1993, Shae Bentley: 2000, Travis Preston: 2001, Matt Walker: 2002, Austin Stroupe: 2008
450SX Class Laps Led – Ryan Villopoto: 105, Davi Millsaps: 47, James Stewart: 35, Justin Barcia: 20, Ryan Dungey: 19, Trey Canard: 7, Ken Roczen: 3, Mike Alessi: 2, Jake Weimer: 1
250SX Class Laps Led – Eli Tomac: 39, Marvin Musquin: 30, Wil Hahn: 30, Cole Seely: 21, Ken Roczen: 19, Dean Wilson: 15, Blake Wharton: 14, Martin Davalos: 7, Jason Anderson: 4
Past Winners in Houston
450 SX Class
March 31, 2012: Ryan Villopoto February 12, 2011: Trey Canard April 10, 2010: Ryan Villopoto January 24, 2009: James Stewart February 16, 2008: Kevin Windham February 10, 2007: James Stewart April 1, 2006: James Stewart April 30, 2005: James Stewart February 14, 2004: Chad Reed March 29, 2003: Chad Reed March 23, 2002: Ricky Carmichael March 24, 2001: Ricky Carmichael February 5, 2000: Jeremy McGrath March 13, 1999: Jeremy McGrath January 17, 1998: Ezra Lusk March 22, 1997: Jeff Emig March 16, 1996: Jeremy McGrath March 25, 1995: Jeremy McGrath January 22, 1994: Jeremy McGrath January 16, 1993: Damon Bradshaw January 18, 1992: Damon Bradshaw January 19, 1991: Jean-Michael Bayle February 3, 1990: Damon Bradshaw March 18, 1989: Jeff Stanton February 6, 1988: Jeff Ward February 7, 1987: Jeff Ward February 2, 1986: Jeff Ward April 20, 1985: Jeff Ward March 24, 1984: David Bailey March 19, 1983: Bob Hannah March 20, 1983: Mark Barnett March 19, 1982: Mark Barnett March 20, 1982: Mark Barnett March 13, 1981: Mark Barnett March 14, 1981: Mark Barnett March 14, 1980: Mike Bell March 15, 1980: Broc Glover March 16, 1979: Bob Hannah March 17, 1979: Bob Hannah March 17, 1978: Bob Hannah March 18, 1978: Bob Hannah March 18, 1977: Tony DiStefano March 19, 1977: Jim Ellis March 12, 1976: Jim Weinert March 14, 1975: Jim Ellis March 15, 1974: Jim Pomeroy
250 SX Class
March 31, 2012: Ken Roczen February 12, 2011: Justin Barcia April 10, 2010: Christophe Pourcel January 14, 2009: Christophe Pourcel February 16, 2008: Austin Stroupe February 10, 2007: Ryan Villopoto April 1, 2006: Davi Millsaps April 30, 2005: Andrew Short February 14, 2004: James Stewart March 29, 2003: Brock Sellards March 23, 2002: Matt Walker March 24, 2001: Travis Preston February 5, 2000: Derrick Shae Bentley March 13, 1999: Nathan Ramsey January 17, 1998: David Vuillemin March 22, 1997: Kevin Windham March 16, 1996: Kevin Windham March 25, 1995: Damon Huffman January 22, 1994: Ezra Lusk January 16, 1993: Jimmy Gaddis January 18, 1992: Brian Swink January 19, 1991: Tallon Vohland February 3, 1990: Jeff Emig March 18, 1989: Mike LaRocco February 6, 1988: Jeff Matiasevich February 7, 1987: Keith Turpin February 2, 1986: Willie Surratt April 20, 1985: Eddie Warren
James Stewart will be racing in Houston on the number 7 Suzuki