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MOTOCROSS ACTION’S FRIDAY NEWS ROUND-UP: ROCZEN TO STAY PUT, METCALFE JOINS HIS MENTOR, MUSCLE MILK FOR SALE & SUZUKI’S PULLS THE XTRIGGER

October 31, 2013
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KTM’S PIT BEIER ON THE K-ROC RUMORS


Ken Roczen.

Ken Roczen has been the subject of rumors that he was trying to leave the KTM team and when he canceled his plas to race the Genova Supercross this weekend and Paris Supercross next weekend, the conjecture got more heated. KTM sports director Pit Beirer answered the questions of mx-pure when he said:

“When Kenny lost the AMA outdoor title to an amazingly strong Eli Tomac a lot was going on in his head. He was unhappy with the world, unhappy with the team, the bike and himself. I think the Nations was the turning point again as he rode such a strong race, and when I saw him last week at the Monster Cup in Vegas he was happy again. He has seen his potential on the 450 and seen that he is not missing much to be a front runner. With this is mind he has decided to uproot his house in California and move to Florida where he can work with Aldon Baker, the trainer who took Ricky Carmichael and Ryan Villopoto to the very top.

“He has also signed up with the Wasserman management group and it is clear that other teams are interested in him, but Ken has a contract with KTM until the end of 2014 and is currently training on the KTM which we have shipped out to Florida for him. It’s a pity that he will not be able to race Genova and Bercy, but with the change of class, move to Florida and his link to Aldon he has to set priorities, and he has recognized that his main priority is to be ready for A1 in January.”

                                        
JOHN DESOTO TO BE HONORED AT THE WORLD VET BY ROGER DECOSTER, BRAD LACKEY AND RICK JOHNSON

Roger DeCoster, Brad Lackey, and Rick Johnson will join MC’s Hal Sanguinetti and Tom White for the presentation of the Edison Dye Motocross Lifetime Achievement Award to John DeSoto this Sunday at the 29th annual World Veteran Motocross Championship at Glen Helen Raceway. Autograph session will follow the 12:30 presentation and all AMA MHOF members and Edison Dye Lifetime Achievement Award winners will join in the signing. Only 100 autograph sheets by artist Mark Borzak will be offered for the signing.

                                        
WHAT ARE YOU DOING  AFTER THANKSGIVING? YOU COULD SPEND THE DAY IN THE DIRT

For more info go to www.dayinthedirt.com

                                        
THE METCALFE BROTHERS JOIN FORCES WITH THEIR OLD MENTOR FOR AN AUSSIE RIDING SCHOOL

Mr. Motocross: Stephan Gall.

Brett Metcalfe, Stephan Gall and Shane Metcalfe will hold a two-day riding school for Juniors up to 85cc on November 2 for 125cc-plus Juniors/Seniors on  November 3. Former Australian Pro Shane Metcalfe, from the Yamaha Australian Institute of Motocross, is excited to operate alongside his brother and Aussie legend Gall. “We are hosting two one-day riding schools with Brett, myself and Stephen Gall. Brett added some great input last time he was here and all riders looked up to him. He spent a lot of the time on and off the track with all the riders and they all loved it. Brett and I attended our first riding school under Stephen Gall back in 1997 so its awesome we will all be working together.” For more info go to www.shanemetcalfe.com.

                                        
HELP A CHILD, MEET A FIREMAN AND RACE A COP AT THE CHRISTMAS GRAND PRIX

For more info go to www.firepolicemx.com

                                        
MUSCLE MILK ON THE BLOCK

Justin Barcia, a fan and Muscle Milk shirt.

CytoSport, which makes Evolve, Cytomax and Muscle Milk have signed with the Credit Suisse banking group to find a buyer for the company. Reports say they are looking for $500 million?base don annual sales $300 million. CytoSport was founded by a father and son team, Greg and Michael Pickett and introduced protein-based Muscle Milk in 2000. Most motocrossers known Muscle Milk as the sponsor of the Joe Gibbs team two years ago and currently the Honda factory team.

                                        
HOG HEAVEN, JWTF & COUNTY LINE TO HOST BIG THREE RACE SERIES STARTING THIS WEEKEND

Jimmy Weinert Training Facility (JWTF) will host round two of the 1st Annual $48,000.00 Pro Purse 2013 Waffle House Open Pro Shootout. The 3 race series stops first at Hog Heaven MX on November 1st, 2nd and 3rd and continues on to JWTF on November 8th, 9th and 10th. The third and final round of the series will be held at County Line MX on November 15th, 16th and 17th. The series will also hold a $10,000.00 (Visa Card) Amateur Purse and a 150% payout in 35+ Vet Class. The series champion for both the 250A and 450A will receive $1,500.00 on top of their individual moto winnings. All races will be held rain or shine with an organized practice the Friday of each race weekend. For more info go to www.jwtfmx.com

                                        
MOTO-GATE IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR RIDER SPONSORSHIP FOR 2014

 
Innovator’s of the Moto-Gate is proud to announce they are accepting applications through www.hookit.com/brands/motogate/ and www.mxsponsor.com/companies/moto-gate. Moto-Gate originated in 2005 and then launched tie-down, the Moto-Gate mini and utility work gloves. Moto-Gate is looking forward to helping young riders become part of their team. For more info on Mot-Gate products go to www.moto-gate.com.

                                        
THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAY BOYS: THE BABY FACE ASSASSIN WILL BE 38
Nov. 1…Ryan Terlecki 1978


Nov. 2…Jordi Tixier 1992


Nov. 3…Ben Evans 1989


Nov. 4…Damon Huffman 1975
Nov. 4…Paul Lindsey
Nov. 4…Greg Fox
Nov. 7…Shane Watts 1972


Nov. 8…Dave Strijbos


Nov. 8…Weston Peick 1990


Nov. 8…Tyla Rattray 1985

                                        
ARE YOU READY FOR THE 2015 RM-Z? THE ELECTRIC VERSION

The Suzuzki Extrigger concept bike has an electric motor housed inside an aluminum frame. It comes with an inverted front fork as well as front and rear disc brakes. Most uniquely,  on the front and back sides of Extrigger, luminescence devices equipped with visible light communications technology transmit information through blinking lights. By capturing the blinking lights via the “picapicamera” app on a smartphone, users receive a message in the form of a speech bubble image. These images can be saved as pictures, and also shared between users who download “picapicamera.”                                      

                                        
WHAT’S NEXT ON THE RACE CALENDAR? THE LAST GASPS OF 2013


2013 WORLD VETERAN MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
    November 2-3………….Glen Helen, CA
PARIS SUPERCROSS
    November 8-9………….Paris, France
2013 AUSTRALIAN SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
    November 16…………..Toowoomba, Qld
2013 THOR WINTER OLYMPICS (MINI O’S)
    November 25-30……….Gainesville, FL
2013 DAY IN THE DIRT 16
    November 29-Dec. 1…Glen Helen, CA

                                        
DO YOU PLAN AHEAD? THE 2014 RACE SCHEDULES

2014 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
January 4…………..Anaheim, CA
January 11…………Phoenix, AZ
January 18……….. Anaheim, CA
January 25…………Oakland, CA
February 1…………Anaheim, CA
February 8…………San Diego, CA
February 15……….Arlington, TX
February 22……….Atlanta, GA
March 1……………..Indianapolis, IN
March 8……………..Daytona Beach, FL
March 15……………Detroit, MI
March 22……………Toronto, CAN
March 29……………St. Louis, MO
April 5……………….Houston, TX
April 12……………..Seattle, WA
April 26……………..East Rutherford, NJ
May 3………………..Las Vegas, NV

2014 AMSOIL ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
January 3-5……………………Worcester, MA
January 10-12…………………Baltimore, MD
January 18-19…………………Louisville, KY
January 25-26…………………Greensboro, NC
January 31-Feb. 2……………Milwaukee, WI
February 7-9……………………Sacramento, CA
February 14-16………………..Nampa, ID
February 21-23……………….Reno, NV
March 1-2……………………….Tulsa, OK
March 7-9………………………..Albuquerque, NM
March 14-16…………………….Hidalgo, TX
March 29-30 ……………………Salt Lake City, UT

2014 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
March 30…………Broadford, Vic
April 13…………..Appin, NSW
April 27…………..Wonthaggi, Vic
May 18…………….Murray Bridge, SA
May 25…………….Waneroo, WA
June 29…………….Conondale, QLD
July 13…………….Swan Hill, VIC
August 3………….Raymond Terrace, NSW
August 24…………Gladstone, QLD
August 31…………Coolum, QLD

2014 WORLD MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
March 1……Qatar (Women support)
March 9…….Thailand
March 30….Brazil
April 13…….Italy (Women & 125 support)
April 20…….TBA (250EMX & 300 two-strokes)
May 4………Holland (Women, 125 & 150 support)
May 11……..TBA (250EMX & 300 two-strokes)
May 25……..England (250EMX & 300 two-strokes)
June 1………France (Women & 125 support)
June 15…….Italy (250EMX & 300 two-strokes)
June 22…….Germany (Women, 125  & 150 support)
July 6……….Sweden (Vets, 250EMX & 300 two-strokes)
July 13……..Finland (65, 85, 250EMX & 300 two-strokes)
July 27………Czech Republic (Women, 125  & 150 support).
August 3……Belgium (125, 250EMX & 300 two-strokes)
August 17…Ukraine (125 & 250 EMX)
Sept. 7………Brazil (was originally schedued on August 31)
Sept.  15……Mexico (was originally schedued on September 7)

2014 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
September 28….Kegums, Latvia

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