After a stellar 12 year international career that yielded a MX2 World Motocross title in 2004, an AMA Supercross Lites East Coast title in 2007 and countless national titles, Carlton Dry Honda Racing’s Ben Townley has confirmed he will retire from full time racing effective immediately.
Townley’s remarkable journey saw him leave his home country of New Zealand to take on the world at just 16 years of age. He spent five years in Europe and after claiming the MX2 world title in 2004, he finished third in the coveted MX1 World Championship the following year.
In 2007 he moved on to America to take on the best Supercross racers in the world and in a clear display of discipline and dedication, he won the Supercross Lites East Coast title in his first year of AMA competition.
While Townley will retire from full time racing he will continue to work with the Carlton Dry Honda Team.
“This decision hasn’t come easy,” Townley said. “I am yet to finish a full season in five years due to injuries and unfortunately they have taken their toll. I love racing, it has been my life for 22 years however I have a wife and two beautiful young sons to consider. While I am retiring from full-time competition, I will still ride and race at selected events. My reputation and integrity are of the utmost importance to my family and I. I told my team that I can’t deliver the championships I promised them injured, and after this last fall I realised I needed to take time off to fully recover. Although I am retiring from full time competition I am not walking away from the sport. I love motocross and understand and accept that we can get injured. I am only 28 and I believe I have a lot I can give the team and the sport. I will remain with Carlton Dry Honda Racing and will be working closely with the team’s riders in an effort to deliver them a championship. I might not be twisting the throttle personally, however I believe I can aide in other ways” Townley concluded.
Supportive of Townley’s decision Tony Hinton from Honda Motorcycles wished him well for the future.
“Obviously the timing of this announcement is not ideal,” Hinton said. “However Honda has complete respect and understanding for Ben’s decision. Of course Ben’s priority must be his health and the well being of his family at this time and Honda wishes him all the best for the coming months.”
Carlton Dry Honda Racing team owner Yarrive Konsky, a former racer who has dealt with many injuries, understands all too well the impact they can have.
“Ben is a remarkable rider, a caring husband and father. The effort he puts into his racing is outstanding and his input in the team’s structure over the past year has made a huge difference. In fact since he joined the team we have won two championships. Ben will continue to remain involved with the team, he is not quitting the sport, he is not leaving the team and he is not turning his back on his fans or sponsors. Motocross is full of life lessons. It can teach you about failure, joy, disappointment, excitement, winning and losing as well as about maturity, teamwork, humility and selflessness. Nowhere is that more evident than in what I have experienced with Ben Townley” Konsky added.
Another great video in Rockstar Energy Suzuki’s “Beyond the Finish Line”. It’s episode 5 with interviews and behind the scenes footage of Davi Millsaps, Ryan Sipes, Blake Wharton, Nico Izzi, Daniel Baker and Jason Anderson. There’s also a prize giveaway to win a signed Anderson helmet.
Beyond the Finish Line follows the Rockstar Energy Racing team on and off the track as they take on the 2013 moto season. Get a behind the scenes look at what it takes to be the best and the perks that come with it. Episodes will be dropping every two weeks starting in January and running through the entire supercross and motocross seasons. Subscribe to the Rockstar channel to see each new episode as they drop.
The 2013 FIM World Motocross Championship series returns to Europe after the first two rounds in Qatar and Thailand. And it’s one of Europe traditional race tracks – the Eurocircuit of Valkenswaard, Holland (The Netherlands).
Sign that shows you going from Belgium into Holland (The Netherlands)
The Valkenswaard track is also traditional Dutch racing surface – sand. So the track will definitely get rougher and bumpier as the weekend progresses. With Easter weekend being a big holiday in Europe, this race has one distinct difference – practice and qualifying are on Sunday, and the Grand Prix is on Monday.
Two other changes are new here for 2013. First, the new ‘SkyBox’. The SkyBox is a multi level structure behind the starting gate, and include the podium right in the center, and elevated. Very nice. The SkyBox is the new waiting zone for the riders and the second floor will let the VIP spectators to see the start from a unique perspective, as well as the podium, which is integrated in the SkyBox structure. The other change – the starting area has changed this year, and the circuit itself is being run in the opposite direction of years past.
First, from Honda World Motocross: Russian rider Evgeny Bobryshev #777 says “I was really disappointed about losing so many points at Round 2 in Thailand, and if I had finished where I was before crashing, I would have been top five in the championship. Anyway, I can’t do anything and I have to forget about it, as well as the big disaster with the weather there – I just couldn’t handle the hot temperature there. I was a little bit injured after the second race crash in Thailand, and I damaged muscles in my ribs, as well as some ligament strain in my ankle. I had to use painkillers for the Dutch International races the past couple weeks, but now I feel good and back to full strength. The first week home after Thailand I had time off the bike to recover and just did physical training with some cycling. The first Dutch championship race was in the sand and I won both motos, which has shown that things have come better. I’ve been practicing with the bike and running to increase the training and at the second Dutch race there was more competition. It was good, as I won there too on similar terrain to this next race, so it’s been good training. I feel happy and I know they are changing the track direction at Valkenswaard, which will be interesting, as it’s been many years since they did this. The track is quite fast and I like it, especially as the ground is sandy, but not so deep. I prefer the fast flowing tracks without too many tight turns and there is always a good atmosphere at this event, so I am looking forward to it. It will be good to have the team back together and we will do our best.”
Next, Max Nagl #12 “The start of the season was certainly tough but for me, but now and I’m only looking forward. After coming back from Thailand I spent a week in Germany and I couldn’t do any training with the strong antibiotics I was taking, but once my stomach was recovered, I could start riding a little. I had lost 4kg in Thailand, so it was good to get the food intake back on track and make a good recovery. But it has lost us more valuable riding time. When I did get back on the bike it was difficult in the beginning, and we raced the Dutch championship, but I wasn’t happy with our setting or how I felt. This week we’ve done some suspension testing with Showa and we’ve made some big improvements, so I am really happy and looking forward to Valkenswaard. It won’t be easy though, as I’ve missed so much riding since the start of the year and I can really feel it. My main goal is to get good starts and stay with the front guys as long as possible, although the realistic goal for results is to be in the top 10. My hand is much better now and almost normal, so we’ve just got to see what is possible and go from there.”
Max Anstie rocks the number 14 Rockstar Suzuki
Here is a quote from Rockstar Suzuki MX2 rider Max Anstie: “I grew up racing the Dutch Championship so I feel really at home on the Valkenswaard track. I heard it’s going back the old way around so that will be a nice change. We have made some great improvements since coming back from Thailand. Our whole package from suspension to engine is working really well now. I just want to keep what we have in a box and open it up on race day. I’m just ‘gonna go race and let things unfold as they do. “I’m ‘gonna go play in the sand!”
Everyone rides bicycles in Holland!
At 4pm local time, Monster Energy had a nice get together for the media with all their riders … and others.
The 2013 Monster Energy Yamaha team members
After that, Monster Energy Yamaha introduced all their 2013 team members. Again, a very nice presentation.
Coverage of the race will start tomorrow with practice and Qualifying heats here on Supercross.com.
Steven Frossard and Monster Girls. No caption needed really.
And Monster Energy Supercross Finals Broadcast on SPEED Wins Telly Award
Feld Motor Sports has announced that the National Television of Arts and Sciences (NATAS), in the category of Outstanding Live Events Turnaround, has nominated the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, broadcast from Salt Lake City’s Rice-Eccles Stadium (2012) on CBS in this year’s 34th Annual Sports Emmy® Awards. Additionally, the 2012 broadcast of the Monster Energy Supercross finals from Las Vegas on SPEED won a prestigious Telly Award.
More than 170 nominees were announced in 34 categories, including Outstanding Live Sports Special, Live Series, Sports Documentary, Studio Show, Promotional Announcements, Play-by-Play, Personality and Studio Analyst. The Awards will be given out at the prestigious Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center located in the Time Warner Center on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 in New York.
Also nominated in the category of Outstanding Live Events Turnaround were: Down the Stretch (The Honda Classic); Games of the Olympiad; Inside the Headsets (28th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series All-Star Race); USA Pro Challenge (The Race of Truth).
At last year’s race from Salt Lake City, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey captured his third Monster Energy Supercross win of the season at Rice-Eccles Stadium in front of 40,548 fans.
“This is a milestone for Monster Energy Supercross’ expanding television package,” said Ken Hudgens, COO, Feld Motor Sports. “It’s a true testament to the production value of the television we are producing and that the bar is being raised on supercross production.”
“It is gratifying to see all the hard work from our extraordinary crew pay off,” said Michael Prince, vice president of tactical marketing, Feld Motor Sports. “It is an honor to have the Las Vegas broadcast win a Telly Award.”