MOTOCROSS ACTION WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: IF YOU AREN’T TOO TIRED FROM STAYING UP ALL NIGHT WAITING FOR MOTO 2 TO AIR

May 21, 2012
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BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX: FIRST 250 MOTO RESULTS

It is a mudder in Brazil.                                                                                  
Photo: Honda World MX

BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX: FINAL 250 RESULTS
1. Tommy Searle…1-1
2. Christophe Charlier…2-5
3. Jose Butron…8-2
4. Jeremy van Horebeek…3-6
5. Max Anstie…4-7
6. Joel Roelants…5-4
7. Jeffrey Herlings…12-3
8. Jake Nicholls…7-10
8. Alessandro Lupino…11-8
10. Harri Kullas…10-9
Other notables: 11. Jordi Tixier; 12.Glen Coldenhoff; 13. Dylan Ferrandis; 16. Michael Leib; 19. Nikolaj Larsen.

250 POINTS STANDINGS
(After 5 of 16 races)
1. Jeffrey Herlings…223
2. Tommy Searle…203
3. Jeremy van Horebeek…189
4. Joel Roelants…118
5. Max Anstie…137    
Other notables: 6. Jordi Tixier…128; 7. Jake Nicholls…120; 8. Dylan Ferrandis…107; 10. Harri Kullas…99; 14. Michael Leib…69.

BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX: FINAL 450 RESULTS
1. Christophe Pourcel…1-4
2. David Philippaerts…2-6
3. Kevin Strijbos…5-3
4. Gautier Paulin…3-5
5. Rui Goncalves..4-8.
6. Xavier Boog…16-1
7. Clement Desalle…13-2
8. Tony Cairoli…8-9
9. Evgeny Bobryshev…9-10
10. Shaun Simpson…7-12
Other notables: 11. Ken DeDycker; 12. Jonathan Barragan; 13. Matiss Karro; 16. Dean Ferris; 19. Antonio Balbi; 22. Sebastien Pourcel; 27. Adam Chatfield.
 
450 POINTS STANDINGS
(After 5 of 16 races)

1. Tony Cairoli…203
2. Clement Desalle…179
3. Christophe Pourcel…172
4. Gautier Paulin…170
5. Ken DeDycker…154
Other notables: 6. David Philippaerts; 7. Kevin Strijbos; 8. Xavier Boog; 9. Rui Goncalves; 10. Tanel Leok; 17. Steven Frossard; 18. Sebastien Pourcel.

(Brazilian news: On news that won’t make the cash-strapped GP teams too happy, Youthstream has begun hinting that it has extended the GP of Brazil’s contract for four more years, signed a deal to bring the poorly financed MX3 series to Brazil in 2013, want to make the FIM Women’s Motocross World Championship come to Brazil also and are adding a second MX1/MX2 GP round to make two Brazilian GPs in the same year. Plus, Luongo has promised Brazil the Motocross des Nations in 2015. Good for Brazil, we doubt that the GP teams, Women or MX3 riders think so. Luongo is dancing fast to try to erase the memory of Mexico from the riders and teams minds. This foreign adventure of Luongo’s, in search of sanction fees, is going to cost the riders a lot… especially since Luongo doesn’t pay purse money, travel money or start money.

JUST HOW MUDDY WAS THE BRAZILIAN GRAND PRIX? SEE THE EVIDENCE… IT IS VERY RED

WHAT IT’S LIKE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PACK AT THE HANGTOWN NATIONAL…COURTESY OF GARETH SWANEPOEL


THE BEST AMA NATIONAL 250/450 NATIONAL RACE PREDICTION EVER

“You want my Hangtown prediction? Here it is. They’ll hold the race, someone will win and then you’ll want my predictions for next week’s race…which are, they’ll hold the race, someone will win and then…..” A quote from someone who doesn’t want to be quoted, but you know him.

HANGTOWN 250/450 RESULTS:

Bubba and Dungey.                                                                             
Photo: Hoppenworld

450 CLASS
1. James Stewart…1-1
2. Ryan Dungey…3-2
3. Mike Alessi …7-3
4. Andrew Short…5-4
5. Brett Metcalfe…4-5
6. Broc Tickle…6-7
7. Davi Millsaps…2-14
8. Jake Weimer…10-6
9. Josh Grant…9-8
10. Nico Izzi…11-10
11. Kyle Chisholm…13-9
12. Bobby Kiniry…12-13
13. Jimmy Albertson…17-12
14. Tommy Hahn …8-27
15. Matt Lemoine…19-11
16. Vince Friese..15-18
17. Sean Collier…14-24
18. Ryan Sipes…25-15
19. Justin Brayton…24-16
20. Nick Wey…16-36
Other notables:  21. Kyle Regal; 22. Michale Byrne; 26. Billy Laninovich; 27. Justin Sipes; 29. Austin Howell; 30. Sean Borkenhagen; 39. Ryan Hughes.

250 CLASS
1. Blake Baggett…1-1
2. Justin Barcia…3-2
3. Ken Rozen…2-3
4. Ivan Tedesco…6-5
5. Eli Tomac…4-10
6. Jason Anderson…8-9
7. Kyle Cunningham…9-8
8. Martin Davalos…14-4
9. Marvin Musquin…5-14
10. Wil Hahn…7-13
11. Jake Canada..10-111
12. Blake Wharton…16-6
13. Travis Baker…15-12
14. Gareth Swanepoel…12-15
15. Justin Bogle…21-7
16. Jessy Nelson…13-17
17. Kyle Peters…11-30
18. Hunter Hewitt…17-16
19. AJ Catanzaro…18-18
20. Shane Sewell…19-19
Other notables: 21. Alex Martin; 22. Killy Rusky; 24. Scott Champion; 26. Malcolm Stewart; 36. Dean Wilson; 37, Phillip Nicoletti; 39. Preston Tilford.

WMX CLASS
1. Jessica Patterson…2-2
2. Ashley Fiolek…1-5
3. Tarah Gieger…3-3
4. Meghan Rutledge…8-1
5. Sayaka Kaneshiro…5-4
6. Kasie Creson…6-6
7. Mariana Balbi…7-8
8. Sara Pettersson…11-9
9. Lindsey Palmer…10-11
10. Hailey Larson…9-13
Other notables: 11. Jackie Strong; 12. Sara Price; 14. Alexah Pearson; 18. Sarah Whitmore; 20. Jackie Ives.

TAKE A LAP OF HANGTOWN WITH STEWIE DURNG PRESS DAY


PHOTO OF THE WEEK… BUT THE GP RIDERS WISH IT WAS THE PHOTO OF LAST WEEK


This is the Honda Grand Prix of Brazil race track in Beto Carrero, Brazil. It is in sharp contrast to last week’s Mexican Grand Prix. The Brazilian track is very pretty, but is essentially an outdoor Supercross track. It has a lot of the Daytona Supercross vibe to it.

ROUND FIVE OF THE AUSSIE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FALLS TO AN AUSSIE

Surprisingly, Todd Waters became the first Australian to win a round of the 2012 Australian National Championship when he won round five at Murray Bridge in South Australia. Waters went 1-1-2. British National Champion Brad Anderson was second with a 5-2-1. Tye Simmonds went 5-2-4 for third. Points leader Josh Coppins ended the day in sixth.Coppins went 3-6 in the first two motos, but was involved in a crash with Jake Moss in moto three.

RESULTS: 450 CLASS
1. Todd Waters
2. Brad Anderson
3. Tye Simmonds
4. Lawson Bopping
5. Cody Cooper
6. Josh Coppins
7. Daniel Reardon
8. Daniel McCoy
9. Dean Porter
10. Jay Marmont
Other notables: 11. Gordon Crockard; 14. Calle Aspegren; 15. Beau Ralston; 19. Aden de Jager;
23. Luke Wilson

RESULTS: 250 CLASS
1. Josh Cachia
2. Cheyne Boyd
3. Ford Dale
4. Justin McDonald
5. Luke Styke
6. Scott Columb
7. Lewis Woods
8. Kade Mosig
9. Errol Willis
10. Nick Murray
Other notables: 11. Kirk Gibbs; 13. Luke Arbon; 15. Corey Lucas; 18. Tristen Cachia; 25. Damon Hill.

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN MX3 RESULTS…IF SO, YOU ARE AMONG THE MINORITY.. HERE IS ROUND FOUR FROM ITALY

Matthias Walkner on the 2013 KTM 450SXF.

1. Matthias Walkner…2-1
2. Michael Staufer…1-4
3. Gunter Schmidinger…3-2
4. Matevz Irt…5-3
5. Martin Michek…6-5
6. Stijn Verstrepen…10-6
7. Klemen Gercar…4-13
8. Petr Bartos…8-10
9. Antti Pyrhonen…12-7
10. Ludvig Soderberg…13-9
Other notables: 12. Alessandro D’Angelo; 14. Dimitry Parshin; 33. Luca Fontanesi; 37. Ceriel Klein Kromhof.

IF MX3 ISN’T YOUR CUP OF TEA, HOW ABOUT EURO WOMEN ON BIKES (PAIRED WITH MX3)?
1. Chiara Fontanesi…1-1
2. Francesca Nocera…2-1
3. Jonanna Miller, Joanna…7-3
4. Matianne Veenstra…4-6
5. Britt van der Wekken…5-5
6. Justine Charroux…8-4
7. Anne Borchers…9-7
8. Sophia Paull…11-10
9. Natalie Kane…3-23
10. Kimberly Braam…14-11

KYLE REGAL TALKS ABOUT REPLACING JAMES STEWART AT JGR, WITHOUT EVER MENTIONING BUBBA

HANGTOWN TV SCHEDULE… ALL TIMES EASTERN

TROY LEE DESIGNS CALLS UP JESSY NELSON

Jessy Nelson becomes one of a horde of fill-in riders this season. The Troy Lee team already added Billy Laninovich last week to help cover the injured Christian Craig and Cole Seely.

Originally Jessy Nelson was supposed to join the Troy Lee Design AMA National team after Loretta Lynn’s, but TLD andJessy feel that he is ready now…and he will race the 2012 outdoor season. Plus Nelson is signed for the 2013 season and has an option for 2014.

“We’ve had him out doing some motos and riding with the other guys,” said teams manager Tyler Keefe. “We started thinking about him doing the Nationals with us back then. We talked with Jessy about it and at first he wanted to think about it a little. After weighing his options he made the call to start his pro career this weekend at Hangtown.” Nelson will be running the #136 bike this weekend in Sacramento at what is technically his home track.

WORCS RACING HEADS TO RACETOWN THIS WEEKEND ? FRIDAY, SATURDAY & SUNDAY

Here’s all the need-to-know info:
    Location: Race Town 395, Adelanto, CA
    Website: www.racetown395.com
    Elevation: 4000 Feet
    Directions: The track is located on the West side of Hwy 395 just north of Adelanto, Ca. Track will be lighted at night and clearly visible from the road as it sets right next to the road.
    Practice Hours: 10-3pm Friday Open Practice $25 per bike
    Track Entry Fee: $20 weekend pass, $10 Sunday, Youth 12 and under $10 Weekend pass
    Sign Up Hours: Fri 11 a.m to 5 p.m., Sat 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun 7 a.m.to 3:30 p.m.
    Camping: $10 per night

For more info visit www.worcsracing.com or www.racetown395.com.

JEFF EMIG’S HANGTOWN WARM-UP VIDEO: WHO’S WHO? WHO’S HEALTHY? WHO’S MISSING?

IT WASN’T A SECRET, BUT NOW IT IS OFFICIAL: HOT SAUCE TO PRO CIRCUIT 250 TEAM

Ivan.

Press release: Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki is excited to welcome a familiar face back to the team. Ivan Tedesco, who earned an AMA 250 Pro Motocross Championship for Mitch Payton’s iconic team in 2005, will jump back on a KX250F this summer to battle a new breed of young guns. Tedesco brings with him the experience and credentials of back-to-back Supercross Lites West Championships in 2004 and 2005, a 2005 AMA 250 Pro Motocross Championship, and a 2005 Motocross des Nations victory with Team USA ? all aboard a Mitch Payton machine. He is excited about reuniting with the legendary organization, and is planning on making an impact upon his arrival.
 
“I’m really pumped to join the team again seven years later,” said Tedesco. “I’m hoping to have a lot of fun this summer and get some good results. Ultimately, the goal is to be a factor in the title hunt by the end of the series. Working with Mitch and Bones again on the 250 is going to be really cool. I feel right at home here.”
 
Tedesco joins new teammates Dean Wilson, Blake Baggett, and Broc Tickle as they embark on the 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, which will host its opening round May 19 at the Hangtown Motocross Classic in Sacramento, Calif. Wilson will be defending his 2011 250 Championship Title, while Baggett and the rest of the class chomp at the bit for a chance to contest his campaign. After getting his feet wet on the big bike during the 2012 Monster Energy Supercross season, Tickle will represent the team in the 450 class. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team member Darryn Durham will soon undergo surgery due to a shoulder injury sustained while testing for the upcoming outdoor season. He will be recuperating for the next several weeks, at which time his injury will be re-evaluated. The team will make another announcement about his recovery at that time.


WHAT HAVE THEY DONE TO OUR RACETRACK? RED BULL X-FIGHTER HIGHLIGHTS FROM HIGH ABOVE GLEN HELEN’S REM TRACK…NEXT WEEK IT WILL BE A MOTOCROSS TRACK AGAIN (UNTIL THEN, REM WILL BE ON THE USGP TRACK THIS SATURDAY)

THIS GUY HAS THE WORLD’S GREATEST JOB…AND ALL HE WANTS TO DO IS GET BACK TO RACING BIKES WITH HIS FRIENDS

Former Pro Circuit Husqvarna rider Ernie Becker at the office.

“I hope all is going well in SoCal. The new REM track looks great. I’m still at Lime Rock Raceway teaching at the Mercedes Benz AMG Driving School. Thought you might like to see my office…an AMG Mercedes Benz C63 Black Series. It’s AMG’s version of the BMW M3. See you guys on Memorial Weekend.  I look forward to going racing again. Give my best to the MXA gang.”
    Ernie Becker

TEAM HONDA’S WEEKLY GRAND PRIX UPDATE: BOBRYSHEV TELLS A TALE OF WOE ABOUT HIS BRAZILIAN GP EXPERIENCES…EXCEPT FOR THE FOOD

JIMMY WEINERT TRAINING FACILITY (JWTF) TO HOST FIRST RACE AT CRYSTAL COAST MX ON MAY 27


Jimmy Weinert Training Facility (JWTF) is pleased to announce the the first ever motocross race on the JWTF grounds. The race will be held on the newly designed “main track” of the facility where the former Crystal Coast motocross track used to reside. The track has been reversed and re-shaped to be suitable for riders of all abilities. The race will be held on Sunday, May 27, (Memorial Day Weekend) with a $2000 + 150% of entries Pro-Purse. Open practice and a pit bike race with a $500.00 purse will be held on Saturday, May 26. Call (845) 313-6590 with any questions.

LEATT RESPONDS TO THE RUMORS, MISINFORMATION AND CONJECTURE ABOUT NECK BRACES…AND TRIES TO ELEVATE THE CONVERSATION ABOUT SAFETY

GEICO HONDA SIGNS AMATEUR ZACH BELL…WILL TURN PRO ON AUGUST 11

Zach Bell.                                                                                                          
Photo: Zach Bell Facebook

The Geico Honda team has signed rising motocross star Zach Bell to a contract through the 2014 season. Bell has been tearing up the amateur ranks as part of the group’s developmental program. He’s now committed to joining the team later this summer following his final amateur race at the Loretta Lynn’s AMA National Amateur Championship. Bell should make his pro debut at Southwick on August 11, 2012

VICE VERSA MX! TARAH GIEGER, MARIANA BALBI, JESSIE WHARTON, JESSICA PATTERSON AND JACKIE IVES GET READY FOR HANGTOWN’S WMX ROUND

ANOTHER ONE BIKES THE DUST: MATT MOSS TO MISS HANGTOWN

Aussie Matt Moss.                                                
Photo: Hoppenworld

JDR KTM rider Matt Moss will skip the Hangtown 250 National because of an undisclosed, but minor, medical procedure. He will miss the first three rounds.


DANISH NATIONAL 250/450 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: NICOLAI HANSEN & RASMUS JORGENSEN DOMINATE ROUND TWO…THANKS FOR THE SUBTITLES!

THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAY BOYS: FIVE OF THESE GUYS ARE 23-YEARS-OLD THIS WEEK

May 19…Clement Desalle

May 19…Mike Alessi

May 20…Joel Roelants
May 22…Mat Lemoine
May 24…Steve Hatch

May 24…Darryn Durham
May 25…Chad Pederson
May 26…Ryan Holliday

May 27…Robbie Reynard

KYLE CHISHOLM: HOW TO TRANSITION FROM SUPERCROSS MODE TO OUTDOOR MODE

CASEY STONER TO CALL IT QUITS, EFFECTIVE AT THE END OF THE MOTOGP SEASON…SOMEHOW, WE DOUBT IT

Casey.

From MotoGP.com: Reigning MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner confirmed on Thursday that he would retire from the sport at the end of the 2012 season. The Repsol Honda rider addressed the media at the start of the official pre-event press conference for the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France, making a short statement in which he outlined the reasons behind his decision.

“After a long time thinking, a lot of time talking with my family and my wife, this has been coming for a couple of years now but at the end of this 2012 season I will be not racing in the 2013 Championship. I will be finishing my career at the end of this season in MotoGP, and go forward in different things in my life,” Stoner told the assembled press. “After so many years of doing this sport which I love, and which myself and my family made so many sacrifices for, after so many years of trying to get to where we have gotten to at this point, this sport has changed a lot and it has changed to the point where I am not enjoying it. I don’t have the passion for it and so at this time it’s better if I retire now. There are a lot of things that have disappointed me, and also a lot of things I have loved about this sport, but unfortunately the balance has gone in the wrong direction. And so, basically, we won’t be continuing any more. It would be nice if I could say I would stay one more year, but then where does it stop? So we decided to finish everything as we are now.”

Stoner, who won the 2007 MotoGP with Ducati and the 2011 crown with Honda, currently leads the 2012 standings by a single point ahead of Jorge Lorenzo heading into this weekend’s fourth round.

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