Friday
Jun302017

We're On Vacation...Enjoy the 4th!

Thursday
Jun292017

LaRocco's Leap 2.0!

RedBud’s LaRocco’s Leap gets a 25th year makeover

 

The granddaddy of all pro motocross jumps in America – RedBud’s LaRocco’s Leap – gets a 25th year makeover

RedBud’s Tim Ritchie & crew rebuild a replica of the iconic/massive jump, adjacent to the original “Leap” in front of the new grandstands

The most famous dirt bike jump in the world – RedBud’s awe-inspiring LaRocco’s Leap – celebrating its 25th anniversary this summer, has been recreated adjacent to the original Leap, making for improved motocross spectator sight lines and increased lap times for the annual July 4th weekend AMA MX National at the legendary southwestern Michigan motocross track.

Every bit as big as the original 125-plus foot LaRocco’s Leap (created by Tim Ritchie and Mike LaRocco back in 1992), LaRocco’s Leap 2.0 was built just a matter of feet away in an adjacent lane to the original jump – the specs and geometry that created the incredible lift off the granddaddy of all marquee jumps on the MX Nationals circuit being precisely the same.

“LaRocco’s Leap 2.0 is an exact replica of the original,” said RedBud’s Tim Ritchie. “It’s about 80 feet to the south, running uphill on the same pitch with the same lip. And there’s a considerably deeper landing area on the backside.”

Added Mike LaRocco: “Tim and his crew obviously did a great job with it. The take-off is pretty much exact, and the landing is longer and steeper. The S-turn leading into it will be interesting, a lot tougher than in the past. I think the 450s can do it from the inside lane, depending on how rough it gets. With multiple lines going the guy up front will definitely have the advantage, but that’ll also allow for more passing opportunities.”

Ritchie said the main reasoning behind the reconstruction of LaRocco’s Leap was twofold: Allow room for new grandstands, and add some lap time and interest to the north side of the track. Racers will negotiate a new S-turn in the area of the lead-up to the old Leap, banking off a sweeping right hander before rocketing up the face of LaRocco’s 2.0 – making for two thrilling hits for the fans watching the race from either side of the valley.

“You want it to remain racy,” added Ritchie. “Somebody takes the inside line and doesn’t do it, while the guy behind him takes a chance on the high line – and clears it, makes the pass – now that’s racing.”

In addition to the new LaRocco’s 2.0, fans this weekend will notice a marked improvement in the grandstands along the side of the famed jump. Gone – via tornado – are the old wooden grandstands and in their place is a considerably larger set of brand new aluminum grandstands, anchored to a massive concrete pad, with a spectacular view.

Action gets underway tomorrow at 1 p.m. with press day at RedBud. Stay tuned to @redbudmx for a real time report!

For more information on RedBud MX and the upcoming Rockford Fosgate RedBud MX National, round six of the 2017 Lucas Oil Motocross Championship, please visit: www.redbudmx.com

Photo credit: Stephan LeGrand

RedBud supports the sport of motocross and has since 1973! For 44 years the region’s most prestigious amateur events and Round Six of the AMA Lucas Oil Motocross Championship have rolled through the beautiful rolling hills of southwestern Michigan. A state with an affinity for off-road recreational vehicle use, RedBud owns the bragging rights to the highest attended U.S. motocross race year after year. Just the right soil mix, lots of passing and the BIGGEST jump on the circuit (LaRocco’s Leap), the track provides for some terribly exciting motocross racing … definitely a top motocross destination in a region that loves its motorsports!

 
Wednesday
Jun282017

MXA INTERVIEW: JGRMX’S WESTON PEICK 

 

June 28, 2017
Weston Peick came up the hard way. He wasn't a minicycle sensation that was transferred directly to a factory team. He worked his way through the ranks. He is a working class hero.

Weston Peick came up the hard way. He wasn’t a minicycle sensation that was transferred directly to a factory team. He worked his way through the ranks. He is a working class hero.

By Jim Kimball

It’s unfortunate but true; but if JGR circa 2017 did not have bad luck they would have no luck at all. It’s not one person’s fault, and no finger pointing can be done, it is just the the way it happens. Injuries have sidelined every team rider in 2017. Still, the friendly crew from North Carolina, has been positive and hopeful. Team manager Jeremy Albrecht is upbeat in his belief that better days are coming. And now, midway through the AMA Nationals, it just be that some good karma is finally coming their way. After a disappointing Mt. Morris race where both premier riders Justin Barcia, and Weston Peick suffered additional injuries, both rebounded with their best finishes of the series at Muddy Creek. With a couple of decent starts, Barcia and Peick set the tone for some muh needed positive results. Barcia finished 6th overall while racing much of a moto with a front flat tire, while Peick just so narrowly missed making the podium with a solid fourth.

WESTON, YOU STARTED THE AMA NATIONALS BARELY RECOVERED FROM YOUR BROKEN WRIST, BUT YOU HAVE BEEN RIDING GREAT. I knew coming into the Outdoor Series that I was not going to be 100%, with only having three months recovery from my wrist break. It was a deal where I had to workmy way back into shape, and see how my wrist would feel. And you know, it has been all right. At times there has been a lot of pain, and some of the races are rougher than others, but for the most part it has been going somewhat decent—ex etp at Mt. Morris. I was feeling good there, but I had a second moto crash where I jammed my wrist, and messed it up again. Coming into Muddy Creek I had to take the week off from doing a lot of heavy stuff. I was able to ride a little bit, but I just focused on going to therapy and getting my wrist worked on most of the week. Other than that, it has been up and down. I feel better some weekends than others. It is just back to trying to figure out what works, and what does not work with the wrist injury.

_DSC74JGR's switch to Suzuki was not too difficult for Weston, as he had been a fill-in rider for the Suzuki team in the past. He's comfortable on the RM-Z450.70_Weston Peick

JGR’s switch to Suzuki was not too difficult for Weston, as he had been a fill-in rider for the Suzuki team in the past. He’s comfortable on the RM-Z450.

DID YOU EVER THINK ABOUT SITTING IT OUT UNTIL YOU WERE 100% ? WHY HAVE DID YOU RETURN THIS SOON? There are a lot of riders that would have just sat out and waited another five, or six weeks until the wrist was 100% healed. But, for myself, it is one of those situations where I only made three Supercross races, and I was not about to miss the beginning of the outdoor series. I knew that if I were healthy enough to ride and be able to finish, I would race. I explained that to the team and told them that it might not be pretty, but you will have a bike on the track, and you will get top 12 results. They are fine with that and they know that I always try my hardest, and it is how it had to be.

HOW DOES IT FEEL? Every doctor I talked to said that it was not going to get any better until I let it rest, and have time to heal. So obviously when I land on it and jam it, it flares up really bad. It gets a lot of swelling, where it creates a lot of pain and stuff. It is just one of those things where you try to get lucky and not land on it really hard or crash. You know, with the wrist injury, it will not really be 100% until the off-season comes around  and I can actually give it another two months to heal.

Riding injured is dangerous, but if the JGR guys didn't ride injured, there wouldn't be be anyone on the track. Between Peick, Barcia, Nicoletti and Biscelgia, they have missed as many races as they have made.

Riding injured is dangerous, but if the JGR guys didn’t ride injured, there wouldn’t be anyone on the track. Between Peick, Barcia, Nicoletti and Biscelgia, they have missed as many races as they have made.

STILL THOSE FIRST COUPLE OF ROUNDS, YOU HAD SOME VERY CREDIBLE FINISHES IN SPITE OF YOUR WRIST. Hangtown was kind of tough for me. I was maybe riding at 60%. I did not know what my wrist was going to do, and I did not know how it was going to last for two motos. So I just took it easy, and after the weekend, I had a little more energy to push forward. With Glen Helen being a hometown track, and also one of my favorite tracks, I was able to push a little harder, and I was more comfortable. I ended up fifth there, and then going into Colorado, where I am not a big fan of that track, I was more of less just trying to not crash. I just wanted to get through the day there, and that is what I did in Colorado. So that was kind of a crappy result for me, but going into it, I was expecting that. Obviously for me it is very important for every single week to get stronger. As long as I am not overdoing it, and not reinjuring it, I can get through the pain. Right now I just have to play it by ear.

NO ONE CAN BELIEVE ALL THE INJURIES THAT JGR HAS ENDURED THIS YEAR. It has been a terrible year for injuries. Every rider that signed with the team has been hurt this year. It sucks for the team and sponsors, and that is why I had to make a decision to start early with the Nationals. I want to get results for the sponsors and have them get what they paid for. It is one of those difficult decisions that you have to make as a rider.

_DSC7470_Weston PeickJGRMX is on a one-year deal with Suzuki for 2017, but it things are looking up for the association in the future.

DID THE SWITCH FROM YAMAHA TO SUZUKI PLAY A PART IN ALL OF THIS? Obviously with the injuries happening, and then switching brands at the last minute last year, there have been many changes to get adjusted too. There has been a lot of new stuff with testing, development, and just going through all the motions of trying new parts. It is kind of “go out and do this” and “try this and hopefully it works”. It is a learning experience, but I think switching to Suzuki was a good option for the team, and kind of a fresh start. I think everybody likes dealing with Suzuki, and it has been a good change. I think JGR Suzuki will definitely continue the relationship from here on out. With having Suzuki as a new sponsor, it is obviously important to try to be out here racing, and support the brand as much as we can, even when we are injured. It all adds up for next year, and trying to make things better.

WE HAVE TO IMAGINE THAT THE TEAM IS HAPPY WITH YOUR RACING? So far my results have been good considering the time that I have had back on the bike. I only had four weeks on the bike before the AMA National started, so the results I am getting are definitely on the right track. I am not happy with my results, but I can’t be too mad about them considering my injury. Every week we are finding better settings, making changes to the bike, and making it better. It just comes to a point where once I am 100%, I can start putting in more work on the bike, and my fitness can be back to where it should be. Hopefully, in the last fouror five races, we could see some podiums and being able to run up front and not have wrist issues.

Weston Peick

WHY DO YOU THINK SO MANY DIFFERENT RIDERS HAVE BEEN WINNING THIS SUMMER? This year we have had so many different winners, and it is actually better for the sport. On top of that, everybody is going so fast these days; it is not just those dominant three riders that can win. Now, there can be eight riders on the track that can win a moto. Everybody is fast, everybody is training hard and all the teams are putting in as much effort as they can—even for their second-tier rider because everybody can win.

WHAT ARE THE KEYS TO WINNING IN 2017? It all comes down to if it the riders favorite track, or if they get a good start. If you are put in the right position, where you can start up front and attack in the first half a moto, then there should not be a problem getting on the podium. We have seen it numerous times this year with Bogle winning, and even Baggett coming from the back to the front, that anything can happen. In short, if you get a good start, you can win.

Photos by Daryl Ecklund, Kyoshi Becker, Brain Converse, JGR

Wednesday
Jun282017

Canadian Nationals

Pourcel and Thompason Win at Rd 4 of Canadian MX Nationals

Under blue skies and sunshine, the fourth and final stop in Western Canada of the 2017 CMRC sanctioned Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals presented by Motovan took place this past weekend at the Moto Valley Raceway in Regina, Saskatchewan. The Moto Valley track was in great condition after being freshly tilled as riders found their way around the loamy, but hard based, fast race track, with its big floating jumps and high-speed drops. Moto Valley Raceway gave us the longest lap times of the series, and the first turn was changed back to a long high speed straight into a sweeping right hand turn instead of the tight right hand 180-degree turn from last year.

MX1

After failing to finish on the podium for the first time this season in last weekend’s second moto, Rockstar Husqvarna’s Christophe Pourcel came out flying in Round 4 and took the fastest qualifier position on the last lap of practice. Pourcel got a good start in the first moto and led the race on the opening lap before being passed by Matt Goerke on Lap 2 and settling into second for the entire moto. Christophe posted the fastest lap of Moto 1 and was right behind eventual race winner Goerke the entire race, close enough to strike at any time but far enough not to eat any roost. Pourcel got another good start in Moto 2 and by lap 11 worked his way into second place, again behind Goerke, and with just a couple of corners left in the race Christophe was handed a gift when Goerke’s chain derailed. Pourcel’s 2-1 moto finishes gave him the overall for the day, his third of the season, and he is now tied for the series lead with Goerke.

Monster Energy Alpinestars Kawasaki’s Mike Alessi is starting to look more like his old self and was 3rd overall in Regina.

Monster Energy Alpinestars Kawasaki’s Mike Alessi is starting to look more like his old self and ended his podium drought with impressive 3-2 finishes in Regina to grab second overall. Alessi qualified fourth and had a decent start in the first moto, finishing the opening lap in sixth before making a few good passes to finish the moto in third. Mike grabbed the holeshot in the second moto and led most of the race before being passed by Goerke and Pourcel, then also benefited from Goerke’s chain derailment to finish second. Mike was all smiles on the podium and talked about how he is getting his “endurance and intensity” back after coming into the season underprepared because of injuries.

Although he must be happy to be leaving Regina with the red plate still on his motorcycle, Rockstar Energy OTSFF Yamaha’s Matt Goerke’s chain derailment with only a couple of corners remaining in Moto 2 put an end to an otherwise perfect day. Goerke made some passes early in the first moto, took the lead on Lap 2 and rode a flawless race to take the win. In Moto 2, Matt got another good start and passed Alessi for the lead on the tenth lap, and looked like he was going to make it a sweep and extend his points lead in the series. His chain coming off pushed him back to sixth, and on the podium, he said that he was lucky it went back on so that he could finish and minimize the damage. Matt will enter the next round tied for the series lead with Pourcel to a Gopher Dunes Racetrack where he has been unbeatable.

Rockstar Energy OTSFF Yamaha’s Matt Goerke’s chain derailment put an end to an otherwise perfect day.

Royal Distributing Motovan Piller’s Race Team’s Tyler Medaglia continued his strong performances in the west and was the second fastest qualifier in Regina. He backed that up by pulling the holeshot in the first moto but then went down on the opening lap when he and Goerke went for the same rut in a corner. After going down and being outside of the top 20, Medaglia rode a brilliant race and came back to finish fourth. Tyler was fourth again in the second moto, putting him fourth overall in Round 4, and said on the podium,” I really love the long starts, and I had the pace today to run with the leaders.”

Starting the day as the third fastest qualifier, Nut Up Industries Kawasaki’s Dillan Epstein ran in fourth place during the opening laps of Moto 1 before making a few mistakes and falling a couple of times. Epstein finished the first moto in eleventh, and in Moto 2 was close to the back of the pack on the opening lap before coming all the way back to third. Dillan’s second moto performance was spectacular and he posted the fastest lap of the moto. On the podium at the end of the day Dillan was very emotional and said he was shocked when he found out he had finished third in the second moto.

Rounding out the top ten were Royal Distributing Motovan Piller’s Team’s Kyle Chisholm in sixth with 8-5 moto finishes, Redemption Racing’s Cade Clason seventh overall after going 6-7, Honda Canada GDR Fox Racing’s Colton Facciotti in eighth place after finishing 5-8, Rockstar Energy OTSFF Yamaha’s Tim Tremblay’s 9-9 scores put him ninth overall, and Yamaha Canada Cycle Works’ Keylan Meston in tenth after finishing 7-11.

KTM Canada Thor Racing’s Cole Thompson was a perfect 1-1 at the Moto Valley Raceway in Regina.

MX2

KTM Canada Thor Racing’s Cole Thompson’s quest to win back to back Championships got a strong boost this weekend after he swept both motos and led all but three laps on the day. Thompson was the fastest qualifier and inherited the lead on Lap 4 of the opening moto after both Jacob Hayes and Shawn Maffenbeier went down. In the second moto, Cole put in his best performance of the year, led wire to wire, and did something he had not done yet this season, pull away from Maffenbeier. On the podium Cole said, “This is a great way to go into the east and I am going into the break ready to fight for six more rounds.” Tommy Gun picked up his second win of the season, kept his podium streak alive, and extended his points lead in the series.

Having his best performance this season, Redemption Racing KTM’s Josh Osby finished 2-3 for second overall and moved up to second in the series standings. After qualifying in fifth, Osby held off a hard charging Dylan Wright in the first moto and said, “I just wanted to ride safe, consistent laps after guys were going down everywhere.” Josh rode most of Moto 2 alone in third after a few of his biggest competitors failed to start the second moto, and expressed again how he is looking forward to the series moving east and racing in soil conditions he feels more comfortable with.

Honda Canada GDR Fox Racing’s Dylan Wright had his best weekend this season, and his 3-4 moto scores earned him third overall on the day. Wright’s start in the first moto wasn’t great but he had to be very satisfied with the passes he made on route to finishing third. In the second moto, Dylan again had to make up positions after the start and was only able to move up to fourth. On the podium, a smiling Dylan said, “I was feeling decently comfy out there. I finally pulled it together this weekend and built a lot of confidence today.”

Redemption Racing KTM’s Josh Osby finished 2-3 for second overall and moved up to second in the series standings.

This season, Nut Up Industries Kawasaki’s Ryan Surratt has been the holeshot specialist in the MX2 class after pulling one at every round so far. This weekend Surratt got both holeshots and earned the Royal Distributing Triple Crown and a nice cheque for his efforts. Ryan finished 5-5 for fourth overall on the day and said he decided to play it safe on a track that was very technical and a little “sketchy,” as he described it.

Rounding out the top 5 was Canadian Jonah Brittons from Prince George, British Columbia aboard his RTR Performance KTM. Brittons’ best finish this season was a nineteenth prior to his breakout ride this weekend where he turned a pair of good starts into 6-6 career best finishes. Jonah rode consistent laps and made no mistakes on route to his fifth overall finish, and will surely gain confidence with this result as the series heads east.

MX101 FXR Yamaha Team’s Shawn Maffenbeier, racing in his home province of Saskatchewan, was surely looking to finish better than sixteenth in the first moto after qualifying third earlier in the day. After falling in the first moto while running in second position on Lap 4, he got his boot caught in his brake pedal, and by the time he could get it untangled found himself at the back of the pack. He did post the fastest lap of Moto 1 on route to his sixteenth-place finish. In the second moto, Maffenbeier again posted the fastest lap but had to watch as Cole Thompson pulled away; he settled for second. Shawn has been very fast this season but has also made a lot of small mistakes, and it seems that this weekend they caught up to him. He falls to third in the series standings and has a lot of ground to make up on Thompson if he wants to win the title this year.

Honda Canada GDR Fox Racing’s Dylan Wright had his best weekend this season with 3-4 moto scores for third overall.

Monster Energy Alpinestars Kawasaki Team’s Jacob Hayes was the second fastest qualifier in the morning and was leading the first moto before disaster struck on Lap 4 when he went over the bars when he missed the step up triple jump and went down hard. Hayes’ day ended there and early reports say he has a broken ankle.

MX101 FXR Yamaha Team’s Jess Pettis had a strong first moto finish in fourth but did not line up for the second moto still feeling the effects of a big crash he took last weekend.

The weather has been good for the first four rounds of the series in the west, and we hope it will continue for Round 5 at Gopher Dunes, as the series moves east to Ontario following next weekend’s break. After a weekend off, Round 5 of the CMRC sanctioned Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals presented by Motovan will take place on Sunday, July 9th at Gopher Dunes Raceway in Courtland, Ontario. Eastern Canadian fans will finally get the opportunity to see their heroes in person. If you haven’t already purchased your tickets you can buy them online easily at www.mxnationals.ca/tickets. If you are in another part of the country and are unable to attend the race, you can see all the action live by downloading the free Conx2share app or logging on to www.conx2share.com and live stream every moto on either your mobile phone or computer.

MX1 Round 4 – Moto Valley Raceway, Regina, Saskatchewan

1. Christophe Pourcel (Hus) 2-1
2. Mike Alessi (Kaw) 3-2
3. Matt Goerke (Yam) 1-6
4. Tyler Medaglia (Hon) 4-4
5. Dillan Epstein (Kaw) 11-3
6. Kyle Chisholm (Hon) 8-5
7. Cade Clason (KTM) 6-7
8. Colton Facciotti (Hon) 5-8
9. Tim Tremblay (Yam) 9-9
10. Keylan Meston (Yam) 7-11

 

MX2 Round 4 – Moto Valley Raceway, Regina, Saskatchewan

1. Cole Thompson (KTM) 1-1
2. Josh Osby (KTM) 2-3
3. Dylan Wright (Hon) 3-4
4. Ryan Surratt (Kaw) 5-5
5. Jonah Brittons (KTM) 6-6
6. Shawn Maffenbeier (Yam) 16-2
7. Christopher Fortier (Yam) 8-7
8. Davey Fraser (Hus) 7-8
9. Jared Petruska (Yam) 12-9
10. Kein Denzler (Yam) 9-12

Wednesday
Jun282017

MXGP

Gajser – Looking for Victory

 

HRC rider Tim Gajser heads to Portugal this weekend to try and regain the form that made him one of the most feared men in the sport in 2015 and 2016. Injuries have slowed his progress in recent weeks, but the 2015 MX2 champion, and 2016 MXGP champion will want to join Antonio Cairoli and Jeffrey Herlings in the battle for GP victories.

Having not raced at the Agueda circuit for some time, the Slovenian will look for the same type of facility that he enjoyed five years ago when he last visited Portugal.

“I last raced in Portugal in 2012 when I was riding the 125 so I know how the ground is there but I am not sure if they are going to change the track that much or not. From what I remember It is a really nice track, I like that it is technical. I am going to have some time on the bike this week before heading into the race which will be helpful in getting me back on track. The hard work starts again now, I can see I am not on the same fitness level as I was before and I want to get back there as quickly as possible.”

Of course last weekend he made his return to the MXGP scene, and claimed a very strong qualification result.

“I was actually quite satisfied (with my qualification), quite happy with how today went because I haven’t been able to train in the sand since I raced at Kegums. I just came here and thought I would give it my best shot. I was a bit stiff today as it has been such a long time since I rode in the sand but then I began feeling better and better with every lap. I had a good start in the qualification race and I got fifth overall. I was really looking forward to racing Sunday.”

Sunday was always going to be tough. Down on training due to his injury, the hot conditions made his life a nightmare, but still he showed some signs of the Tim Gajser we all know.

“Coming to Italy, I knew would be tough this weekend because I haven’t had any training on a sand track and I also haven’t been able to physically train either. Today was the fourth time on the bike since my injury. I am a little bit disappointed with finishing 10th and 11th today. In the first race, I know I had good speed and I was riding in-front but then I pushed a little bit too much and lost all my energy. I didn’t finish the race the same way I had been riding. In the second race, I then crashed twice and I did come back but still it is not where I need to finish. Now I need to get fit and get back to where I know I should be.”

Now into Agueda and the red clay of one of the nicest circuits on the calendar.

Bavo Swijgers images

Wednesday
Jun282017

The 2018 Yamaha YZ450F With Cooper Webb And Romain Febvre 

bLU cRU's Cooper Webb and Romain Febvre shake-down an early development version of the all-new 2018 Yamaha YZ450F and give their impressions about the power, handling and key features of the new YZ which includes electric start, exclusive power tuner smartphone app, new engine, new frame, new slim design and the industry's best suspension. http://yamaha.us/YYZ450F

Wednesday
Jun282017

Jonny Walker takes on Erzbergrodeo 2017 

 

Sunday
Jun252017

Tomac wins in USA

The fifth round of the 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, hosted the fifth annual Tennessee National in the picturesque valleys of Muddy Creek Raceway, which marks the championship’s only stop in the Southeast. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac ended an unexpected hiatus from the overall podium to capture his second 450 Class victory of the season, his first since the season opener at Hangtown. In the 250 Class, Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Aaron Plessinger emerged with his first victory of the season, and the second of his young career.

Tomac put his Kawasaki back atop the overall podium for the second time in 2017.Photo: MX Sports Pro Racing / Jeff KardasTomac put his Kawasaki back atop the overall podium for the second time in 2017.
Photo: MX Sports Pro Racing / Jeff Kardas

As the opening 450 Class moto roared into the first turn, it was AutoTrader/Monster Energy/Suzuki/JGRMX’s Justin Barcia who led the 40-rider field to capture the Motosport.com Holeshot, followed by Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider Jason Anderson and RCH/Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Justin Bogle. There was no shortage of action on the opening lap as Barcia and Anderson battled each other aggressively, passing each other several times for the lead. When the field stormed past the finish for the first time it was Anderson, Barcia, Bogle, AutoTrader/Monster Energy/Suzuki/JGRMX rider Weston Peick and Team Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Trey Canard, who made his first start of the 2017 season, completing the top five.

While Anderson set a fast pace at the front of the field the battle for second and third began to intensify as Bogle, Peick, and RCH/Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Broc Tickle went bar-to-bar. Tomac circulated the opening lap just inside of the top-10, but was a man on a mission as he carved his way towards the front. Tomac quickly found himself sniffing a podium position, moving onto the rear fender of Bogle and eventually blasting his way past the Suzuki rider for third on Lap 5. Tomac continued to drop the hammer as he lowered his lap times and set his sights on Barcia for second.

Anderson was riding flawlessly in the lead and used his best ride of the season to build a large cushion on his nearest competitor. On Lap 7, Tomac closed in on Barcia and wasted no time as he motored by to overtake the early race leader for second. RMATV/MC/WPS/KTM’s Blake Baggett, who entered the day holding the red plate as the points leader for the first time in his career, got off to a slow start. However, in typical “El Cupacabra” fashion, he gained momentum with each lap of the moto. Baggett would set up Barcia and hold his KTM wide open to sweep around the outside for second on Lap 11. A small tip over cost Baggett time on Lap 15, but he remounted without losing any positions.

As the checkered flag waved it was Anderson who slowed late and cruised to his second moto win of the season, just 4.5 seconds ahead of Tomac in second. Baggett rode well to come from behind and round out the podium in third. Team Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin, who entered the race second in points, was buried mid-pack on the opening lap and charged to seventh at the finish.

Anderson just missed out on his first career 450 Class win.Photo: MX Sports Pro Racing / Jeff KardasAnderson just missed out on his first career 450 Class win.
Photo: MX Sports Pro Racing / Jeff Kardas

Bogle powered his Suzuki down the start straight to take the Motosport.com Holeshot in Moto 2, followed by Canard, Tomac, Peick and Anderson, while Baggett found himself on the ground at the tail end of the field in 38th. A crash by Bogle on the opening lap cost the early race leader several positions and allowed Tomac to inherit the number one spot. By the completion of the opening lap, Tomac held a commanding lead over Canard and Anderson.

Just as Anderson looked to have full control of third, he made a bobble that allowed both Bogle and Peick to slip back around on Lap 2. Anderson was quick to regain his composure and mounted another charge, passing Bogle to move back into third on Lap 3. Just a few corners later, Anderson would muscle his way into second with an incredible pass on Canard. On Lap 5, Bogle hounded Canard and eventually made the pass stick towards the end of the lap for third.

Tomac refused to slow down at the front of the field, continuing to add to his already impressive lead and pull away from his competitors. While Bogle pushed hard in hopes of capturing his second podium finish of the season, fellow Suzuki rider Peick caught fire and was pushing for a way around. Peick made the pass stick for third on Lap 9. Meanwhile, Baggett was putting in an inspiring come-from-behind ride that saw him storm into the top 10, then the top five, and to the shock of the field, onto Peick’s rear fender for the final podium spot. Baggett bounced his way past Peick down one of the tracks rough straightaways to overtake him for third.

When the checkered flag waved, Tomac’s dominant performance allowed him to win by more than 30-seconds for his fourth moto win of the season, and let his competitors know that he’s back in top form. Anderson held on to the runner-up spot, while Baggett came from the back of the field to finish third and salvage invaluable points in the championship.

Baggett showed his trademark grit en route to third overall to retain the points lead.Photo: MX Sports Pro Racing / Jeff KardasBaggett showed his trademark grit en route to third overall to retain the points lead.
Photo: MX Sports Pro Racing / Jeff Kardas

The 2-1 effort for Tomac was enough to clinch his second victory of the season and seventh of his 450 Class career. Anderson (1-2) ended the afternoon tied with Tomac atop the standings, but missed out on his first career 450 Class victory via the second-moto tiebreaker. Baggett (3-3) completed the overall podium in third.

“It’s been a long time coming, and it feels really good to get another win today,” said Tomac.” I had a few off weeks, some struggles, but some days are good and some days are not so good. I went home and tried to fix the bad things and come back better improved into this weekend. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season as I feel some of my best tracks are coming up.”

Baggett continues to lead the 450 Class standings, but is now just four points ahead of Tomac, who moved into in second.

“It was another tough weekend battling through the field to be up here on the podium,” said Baggett. “Ideally a holeshot or two would have made our day a lot easier today. The first moto went okay, but these guys [Eli Tomac and Jason Anderson] just out rode me and that’s the bottom line. I got hung up with Cooper [Webb] in the first turn of Moto 2 and just had to put my head down and charge through the pack the entire race in order to salvage some points and get on the podium.”

Anderson’s second place finish moved him to third in the standings, 19-points out of the championship lead. A DNF for Musquin in the final moto resulted in a 14th-place finish (7-34) and caused the Frenchman to drop from second to fourth in the standings, just one week removed from leading the championship.

Musquin endured through his worst outing of the 2017 season to finish 14th.
Photo: MX Sports Pro Racing / Jeff Kardas

The first 250 Class moto saw Plessinger lead the incredibly talented field around the opening corner to grab the Motosport.com Holeshot, with the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki duo of Adam Cianciarulo and Austin Forkner in tow. As the trio sprinted at the head of the field, Forkner had a scary moment that saw him pull off a brilliant save as he got sideways off of a jump in an attempt to pass Cianciarulo. At the completion of the first lap, it was Plessinger, Cianciarulo, Forkner, Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Alex Martin and GIECO Honda’s RJ Hampshire in the top five.

Plessinger and Cianciarulo set a blistering pace out front, matching each other’s lap times as they clicked off lap-after-lap, and began to distance themselves from the field. Forkner, who began to lose time on the race leaders, ran a strong, consistent pace as he maintained control of third. Martin and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Zach Osborne, the championship leader, clawed their way through the field and began to set their sights on Forkner for third.

As the 30-minute-plus-two-lap moto began to wind down, Plessinger refused to give an inch as he navigated the tricky conditions and started to put distance between himself and Cianciarulo. Behind them, the battle for the final podium position started to heat up, with Martin hot on the heels of Forkner, while Osborne managed to close in on both riders form fourth.

Plessinger remained unchallenged during the final laps of the race to win his first moto of the season, 4.9 seconds ahead of Cianciarulo. The final podium spot went to Forkner, who fended off the hard-charging Martin and Osborne. GEICO Honda’s Jeremy Martin, who entered the race second in points after earning his first win of the season last weekend, suffered from a first-turn crash and was able to battle his way back to 13th at the finish.

Plessinger emerged with his second career win.Photo: MX Sports Pro Racing / Jeff KardasPlessinger emerged with his second career win.
Photo: MX Sports Pro Racing / Jeff Kardas

In Moto 2, Plessinger used his razor-sharp reaction time to get the jump on his competition yet again and emerged with his second Motosport.com Holeshot of the day, narrowly edging out Forkner and Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Sean Cantrell. The first moto winner instantly attacked the rough and rutted race track, leading the opening lap as Forkner, Osborne, Alex Martin and Cantrell were in hot pursuit. Just after crossing the finish line for Lap 1, Cantrell suffered a crash over one of the jumps that would put an end to his day and force him to retire from the race.

As Plessinger was looking to repeat his first moto performance out front, Osborne was determined to challenge for the win at his home race that was littered with friends and family throughout the facility. Osborne blitzed his way around Forkner on Lap 1 to move into the runner-up position. Once into second, he immediately put his head down and started to chip away at the deficit to race leader Plessinger.

Plessinger and Osborne shadowed each other’s every move, with Osborne finding the quicker lines and searching for a way around. On Lap 6, Plessinger made a couple mistakes that dramatically slowed his momentum and altered his line, ultimately allowing Osborne to get around and take over as the new race leader. Just like in Moto 1, the final podium position was up for grabs and created an all out war as Forkner rode his heart out to hold off Alex Martin.  With the race nearing the 30-minute mark and fitness beginning to play a key factor, Forkner was under heavy pressure from the KTM rider.

Osborne held on to a 4.1 second lead and took the checkered flag for his fourth moto win of the season. Plessinger’s strong start helped him finish the moto in the runner-up position, while Forkner managed to maintain his hold of third despite the heavy pressure from Martin.

Osborne added to his points lead with a strong runner-up effort.Photo: MX Sports Pro Racing / Jeff KardasOsborne added to his points lead with a strong runner-up effort.
Photo: MX Sports Pro Racing / Jeff Kardas

Plessinger’s (1-2) moto scores were good enough to give him the overall win on the day. Osborne (4-1) used a strong second moto performance to finish second overall, his best result at his home race, while Forkner (3-3) netted two consistent moto finishes for third overall.

The win was Plessinger’s first of the season and ended a 16-race gap since his last victory at the season finale as a rookie in 2015. It was also the first overall win of the season for the Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha team, who has won four consecutive races at Muddy Creek.

“It was an awesome first moto and such a good feeling to finally grab another win,” said Plessinger. “I grabbed the holeshot and just opened a little gap and rode my own race for the win. The second moto went pretty good as well, but Zach [Osborne] was riding awesome and ended up getting around me. I just kind of brought it home for second and did what I needed to take the overall. I haven’t won a outdoor race besides Indiana and it feels good to get the monkey off my back with another win.”

Osborne retained possession of the red plate as championship leader for another week by extending his lead to 31-points over Alex Martin, who finished fifth (4-4), in the standings. Jeremy Martin’s ninth place finish (13-6) dropped him from second to third in the standings, and he now trails his brother Alex by just five points.

“I ran out of tear-offs in Moto 1 and it made it difficult trying to pass my way to the front,” said Osborne. “Fortunately, I was able to get a better start in the second moto and take the lead pretty early in the race. This four-race stretch that we’re in, I knew that the tracks suit me well, so my plan was to try and score as many points as possible for the championship.”

Forkner rounded out the 250 Class podium in third.Photo: MX Sports Pro Racing / Jeff KardasForkner rounded out the 250 Class podium in third.
Photo: MX Sports Pro Racing / Jeff Kardas

The 2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will reach the halfway point of the season next Saturday, July 1, for the sixth round from RedBud MX in Buchanan, Michigan. First motos of the Rockford Fosgate RedBud National can be seen live on MAVTV at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET, while the second motos will air Sunday, July 2, on NBCSN, at 12:00 p.m. PT / 3:00 p.m. ET.

450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (2-1)
  2. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna (1-2)
  3. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (3-3)
  4. Weston Peick, Menifee, Calif., Suzuki (4-4)
  5. Dean Wilson, Glasgow, Scotland, Husqvarna (9-7)
  6. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Suzuki (5-10)
  7. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Suzuki (12-5)
  8. Martin Davalos, Quito, Ecuador, Husqvarna (11-6)
  9. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha (9-9)
  10. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki (6-12)

450 Class Championship Standings

  1. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 195
  2. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 191
  3. Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna – 176
  4. Marvin Musquin, La Reole, France, KTM – 161
  5. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki – 139
  6. Justin Bogle, Cushing, Okla., Suzuki – 137
  7. Dean Wilson, Glasgow, Scotland, Husqvarna – 137
  8. Weston Peick, Menifee, Calif., Suzuki – 112
  9. Cooper Webb, Newport, N.C., Yamaha – 112
  10. Josh Grant, Riverside, Calif., Kawasaki – 106
Sunday
Jun252017

Cairoli Unbelievable in Italy

 

 

The legend, Antonio Cairoli of the Red Bull KTM Factory team has gone 1-1 in his home Grand Prix, to win his 81st GP of his career, but maybe one of his most impressive. The Sicilian went head to head with sand specialist Jeffrey Herlings and came out on top on both occasions.

Herlings went 2-2 for second overall, and Max Anstie was third overall with 5-3. Herlings has pushed so hard that he was physically sick after the moto, he couldn’t stand on the podium or make comments after the race.

Without a moto win from the French and Russian GP’s, the eight time world motocross champion closed many people’s mouths, and showed that maybe we are seeing the best Antonio Cairoli ever.

The 31 year old Cairoli also extended his series points lead over Clement Desalle and Gautier Paulin, as Herlings caught those two in the points race. Cairoli has 67 points over Desalle and 70 pts over Paulin. Herlings is 96 points back.

Antonio Cairoli: Yes, I was feeling great you know. I could push when Jeffrey came back. I am very happy. Thanks to everybody. We know that Jeffrey is a good sand rider we all know this, he was very fast, but the races are 35 and two laps and I am happy with this and the team made an awesome bike this year. I love the crowd here and also the KTM group. We made it again.

Max Anstie: It was awesome (to make the podium). A hot day today and the first race I hit the gate, and came back, then the second one Jeffrey passed me and I was like, wow he is riding fast, but I was able to do ok.

MXGP moto one

Cairoli won a great opening MXGP moto. The Italian legend held of the big challenge from his younger KTM team-mate Jeffrey Herlings to win. In a cat and mouse race, the two never really battled hard, but kept eachother very close, one getting the upper hand, then the other, before Cairoli showed his experience to win by a handful of seconds.

“Yes, I am very happy, it’s tough, but I have good training and I could manage. Jeffrey was faster in parts of the track, for sure after the long straight. I saw him coming and I responded when he tried to pass me. I want to win the second one.”

Cairoli led the opening MXGP moto, but Herlings has also made a good start around sixth place. First Cairoli, Paulin, Gajser, and Herlings after a few corners. This is going to be good.

Bobryshev goes down and Herlings blasts past Paulin. The Dutchman is flying and going after Cairoli.

After one lap its Cairoli, Herlings, Paulin, Gajser, Desalle, Coldenhoff, Tonus, Nagl, Butron, Jasikonis in 10th.

The two Red Bull KTM factory riders have gapped the field and are gone. Herlings closing in, but the Italian won’t be giving up quickly. Cairoli then moves a little away from Herlings in a quick lap. Cat and mouse at the moment.

Herlings clearly made up ground on Cairoli as the two put on a show for the large Italian crowd. After four laps its Cairoli, Herlings, Paulin, Coldenhoff, Gajser, Desalle, Tonus, Febvre, Nagl and Butron in 10th.

On lap five Herlings into Cairoli and looking to pass the red plate owner. A lap later and Cairoli turns up the pace and moves away again. If you ask me, Herlings is waiting, but we all know Cairoli, he can turn it up any time he likes.

After eight laps Cairoli and Herlings are now 17 seconds ahead of third placed man Paulin, followed by Gajser, Coldenhoff, Desalle, Febvre, Nagl, Anstie, and Tixier 10th.

Cairoli extended his lead on lap 12 to three and a half seconds, and the top ten was Cairoli, Herlings, Paulin, Gajser, Febvre, Coldenhoff, Desalle, Nagl, Anstie and Tixier. Gajser all over Paulin for third place, the defending world MXGP champion finding some extra speed.

Herlings suddenly finds some extra speed and closed in on Cairoli. Herlings all over Cairoli and the lead should change any time soon. Herlings might have been playing with the Italian.

Febvre also on the charge as he pulls up to Paulin. Herlings goes for a pass and Cairoli blocks him, but there is no stopping the Dutchman. Suddenly, Cairoli pulls a big lead, was the Italian actually playing with the Dutchman?

Cairoli wins it, brilliant ride by the Italian.

MXGP moto two

In the second MXGP moto, Jasikonis led from Cairoli, Anstie and Herlings, then came Nagl, Desalle, Bobryshev, Tixier, Febvre, Leok in 10th.

Herlings into third place as he passed Anstie. Jasikonis on fire in first place as Cairoli losses ground on him, and had a small lead over Herlings.

Cairoli suddenly pulled up on the leader, and Herlings was also closing in. Cairoli all over Jasikonis and make the pass on lap two. Cairoli looks very fast, but the quickest lap was Herlings in third place.

Herlings straight away onto Jasikonis, but Cairoli is pushing hard to get a big lead. Herlings passed Jasikonis and went after Cairoli.

Herlings clocking the quickest lap times, as he closes in on the leader. Right on the back wheel of Carioli now.

Cairoli and Herlings again get away from the field as these two legends put on a show for the big crowd.

Herlings went to pass Cairoli and the Italian block passed Herlings. Jasikonis is suddenly onto the two leaders. Nice ride by the Suzuki rider.

Herlings back on Cairoli, I can’t see a block pass working again. The 22 year old vs the 31 year old.

Cairoli makes a mistake and Herlings takes the lead. Cairoli looking a little ragged, but Herlings makes a mistake. Jasikonis also in the battle. Cairoli looking for a way past, but Herlings blocks the pass.

Herlings getting away a little as he looks to try and take control of the moto and the Grand Prix.

After six laps its Herlings, Cairoli, Jasikonis, Anstie, Desalle, Nagl, Bobryshev, COldenhoff, Tonus, and Febvre 10th. Paulin back in 11th place, Gajser 14th. Both riders looking tired as the circle the tough sand track.

Nine laps and Herlings lead is more than two seconds, followed by Cairoli, Jasikonis, Anstie, Desalle, Nagl, Bobryshev, Febvre, Tixier and Tonus.

Cairoli back onto Herlings as the fans go crazy. Herlings looks spent. Herlings blocking Cairoli, but the Italian looks stronger. Again Herlings stops the change by Cairoli.

Cairoli takes the leads as he takes the lead and probably the Grand Prix win. Within a few laps Cairoli had extended the lead to 24 seconds, really impressive by the king of MXGP.

After 16 laps it was Cairoli, Herlings, Anstie, Jasikonis, Nagl, Desalle, Febvre, Tonus, Lupino, and Paulin in 10th. Herlings looking tired as Anstie was closing in on him, just seven seconds back in third.

Cairoli wins it, from Herlings and Anstie.

MXGP – Championship Classification

1 222 Cairoli, A. ITA KTM 431
2 21 Paulin, G. FRA HUS 364
3 25 Desalle, C. BEL KAW 361
4 84 Herlings, J. NED KTM 335
5 243 Gajser, Tim SLO HON 282
6 461 Febvre, Romain FRA YAM 275
7 89 Van Horebeek, J. BEL YAM 261
8 12 Nagl, M. GER HUS 255
9 777 Bobryshev, E. RUS HON 245
10 4 Tonus, Arnaud SUI YAM 227
11 259 Coldenhoff, G. NED KTM 223
12 99 Anstie, Max GBR HUS 216
13 27 Jasikonis, A. LTU SUZ 187
14 24 Simpson, Shaun GBR YAM 123
15 7 Leok, Tanel EST HUS 123
16 17 Butron, Jose ESP KTM 104
17 77 Lupino, A. ITA HON 94

Saturday
Jun242017

EnduroGP Hungary 2017 - Highlights Day 1