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MOTOCROSS ACTION’S SUNDAY NEWS ROUND-UP: WHAT YOU MISSED WHILE YOU WERE OFF HAVING FUN ON YOUR BIKE

June 16, 2013
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SUZUKI TO RETURN TO MOTOGP, BUT NOT THIS YEAR AND NOT NEXT YEAR…MAYBE 2015

Suzuki is working on a 1000cc inline four for the 2015 MotoGP series.

Press release: After two years suspension since 2012, Suzuki Motor Corporation has organised its test team to undergo more practical running tests at its advanced development stage and will participate in the official joint testing to be held at the Catalunya circuit in Spain. Through continuing running tests at the circuits inside and outside Japan for further development and refinement, Suzuki Motor Corporation will participate again in MotoGP racing from 2015. Suzuki Motor Corporation will feed back advanced technology to be derived through MotoGP racing activity to develop further attractive production models. The outline of testing team and racing machine to be developed are as follows:

Chief members of Europe testing team in 2013:
    Team manager: Davide Brivio
    Development rider: Randy de Puniet

                                        
WHAT BILLY MACKENZIE HAD TO SAY ABOUT HIS FILL-IN RIDE AT THE ITALIAN GP

Billy MacKenzie got the call Down Under in Australia and flew to Italy to fill in Steven Frossard (183). Mackenzie went 16-14 for 15th overall.

“Basically all I want to say is that I did not treat this race as a comeback or an appearance with something to prove. I was just really happy to be offered the chance to ride the factory Yamaha, which is something I looked up to my whole career watching Stefan Everts win titles. It was cool to ride Maggiora and the fans were crazy. The team were really great and did everything I asked of them. I changed way too many parts and got a bit confused trying to find a set-up that I wanted but that was entirely my fault. It is amazing to see how quickly and efficiently the Rinaldi crew work from the inside and it is obvious to see why the Dack and Rinaldi teams work so closely in a tight knit unit. I’m really happy to have experienced today and I’ll carry on racing in Australia as long as I’m competitive. I’m really enjoying it over there. I feel that my speed at that level is faster than what I showed today and I’m a bit embarrassed with the first moto. I tried my hardest in the second and did my best to put it up there but I crashed twice on the first lap and there was no coming back from that.” Moto Magazine.

                                         
DAVID PHILIPPAERTS BREAKS FALL IN MAGGIORA WITH HIS FACE..TRIED TO RACE ON SUNDAY

Former 450 World Champion David Philippaerts had a bad crash in qualifying for Sunday’s Italian GP at Maggiora, but was cleared by the doctors to race, but pulled out of the first moto on Sunday and called it a day.

                                         
KTM EXTENDS STEFAN EVERTS CONTRACT FOR ANOTHER THREE YEARS

Pit Beirer, Head of KTM Motorsports, announced that the KTM Racing Department has extended the factory management contract with Stefan Everts for another three seasons. Everts, a 10-time World Champion, is part of a trio of KTM managers who have had their contacts extended. The other two are Claudio de Carli, MX1 team manager, and Roger DeCoster, KTM Team USA manager.

Pit Beier said, “We have achieved a great deal in recent seasons and our three team managers have played a major role in this success. It is a pleasure for me to announce that Stefan will be with us for another three seasons. With him, Claudio and Roger we have leaders of exceptional skills and we will be able to continue working on building the quality of our factory teams.”

                                         
DOUBLE HEADERS! 2013 AUSTRALIAN SUPERCROSS SERIES SCHEDULE RELEASED

The opening two rounds of the 2013 series will be held alongside the sixth round of the 2013 Australian Superbike Championships at Hidden Valley, Northern Territories, before heading to Mt. Gambier in South Australia three weeks later for the third round. One week later, the series will make its way to Phillip Island in Victoria for rounds four and five to be held alongside the MotoGP. The finale will take place in Toowoomba, Queensland, four weeks later.

2013 AUSTRALIAN SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
September 14……Darwin, NT
September 15……Darwin, NT
October 12………..Mt. Gambier, SA
October 19………..Phillip Island, Vic
October 20………..Phillip Island, Vic
November 16…….Toowoomba, Qld

                                         
TAKE A LAP OF MAGGIORA WITH TONY CAIROLI

                                         
RYAN DUNGEY TO MATCH $50,000 IN DONATIONS TO THE ST. JUDE’S CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL

As part of his sponsorship of the MN Major bicycle ride, Ryan Dungey has vowed to match, dollar for dollar, the first $50,000 in contributions made to the St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is one of the world’s premier pediatric cancer research centers and St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatments that are not covered by insurance. If you would like to help Ryan Dungey by helping children go to: https://waystohelp.stjude.org/sjVPortal/public/displayUserPage.do;jsessionid=Q15FR6QbX13kLFCzVMH1921cSxLGLCbbnGYcczygP4VYx8JPylfP!-1962323623!221841464?programId=1652&eventId=355471&sectionStyle=subMenuTwo&userId=985933

The MN Major River-to-River bicycle ride is on July 28 in Woodbury, Minnesota.

                                         
MEMORIES! ANCIENT ARTIFACTS OF THE WAY WE WERE

We knew that Danny LaPorte was the 1982 World Champion, but we missed the part where he was in the 101st Airborne Division.

                                         
YOUR CONGRESSMAN OUGHT TO CARE THIS MUCH ABOUT YOUR RIGHT TO RIDE


                                         
TUNING TIPS FOR BROC TICKLE FROM RICKY CARMICHAEL

                                         
MXA’S YZ450F INTRO VIDEO

                                         
MXA’S YZ450F INTRO VIDEO

                                         
JEAN-MICHELE VERSUS JEFF STANTON: THE RIVALRY RENEWS…ONLY AT A SLOWER SPEED


JMB during his road racing days.

Jean-Michel Bayle and Jeff Stanton will race against each other again that Vet MX des Nations at Farleigh Castle on September 13-15. Stanton and Bayle were Honda teammates, but not friends. Their rivalry spilled over into bad blood back in the early 1990s. Bayle will ride for the French team with Fredric Bolley, Yves Demaria and Jacky Vimond.


Jacky Vimond.


Jeff Stanton.

Meanwhile, Jeff Stanton, Guy Cooper and Doug Dubach are the American team. For more info go to www.vetsmxdn2013.co.uk

                                         
CATCHING UP WITH TRAVIS PASTRANA AND HIS BUSY LIFE

                                         
THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAY BOYS

June 15…Julien Lieber 1994
June 15…Willy Browning

June 16…Jimmy Albertson 1988
June 16…Greg Berg

June 16…Grant Langston 1982
June 17…Arnaud Tonus 1991
June 18…Jeff Stanton 1968

June 18…Nick Wey 1980
June 18…Malcolm Stewart
June 19…Jason Thomas 1979
 
June 20…Ken De Dycker 1984
June 20…Chuck Carrothers 1978

June 20…Josh Grant 1986


                                         
OUR FAVORITE RUSSIAN GOES TO MAGGIORA ? “I HOPE IT’S NOT AN OLD SCHOOL TRACK”

                                         
THIS IS ONE ANGRY PRESS RELEASE!

In the future, just fire the rider and leave it at, “We wish him well.”

No reason to embarrass the rider or the team, but you have to read some outtakes from this GP team’s official press release about releasing a rider from his contract:

“Despite claiming that he had been maintaining a full training routine, he could not complete riding sessions of more than 15 or 20 minutes at a time.”

“Not long after, the team had to endure regular complaints from the rider. The co-operation became more worse when [the rider] was asking for more unattainable things.”

“It was not long before that it came to the team’s attention that the rider was negotiating for a spot in another team, where he could earn slightly more.”

“When matters go away in such an unpleasant manner, however, the time has come to reconsider [the team’s] further participation in the sport. The team will complete the season…and reconsider its position at the end of the season.”

                                         
WHAT’S LEFT OF THE 2013 RACING SEASON: BE THERE OR BE SQUARE


2013 AMA 250/450 NATIONAL MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
June 22…Budds Creek, MD
June 29…Southwick, MA
July 6…Red Bud, MI
July 20…Washougal, WA
July 27…Millville, MN
August 10…Unadilla, NY
August 17…Tooele, UT
August 24…Lake Elsinore, CA

2013 250/450 WORLD MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
June 30…Sweden
July 7…Latvia
July 14…Finland
July 28…Germany
August 4…Czech Republic
August 18…Belgium
August 25…Great Britain
September 8…Holland

2013 FIM MX3 MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
July 7…Croatia
July 21…Ukraine
Aug 4…Brazil   
August 25…Great Britain    
September 1…Czech Republic    
September 8…Slovakia    

2013 WMX WOMEN’S NATIONAL MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
June 29…Southwick, MA

2013 FIM WOMEN’S WORLD MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
July 7……Croatia   
August 25…Great Britain    
September 1…Czech Republic    
September 8…Slovakia    

2013 FIM SIDECAR MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
June 23…Belgium
July 7…France
July 21…Germany
August 4…Estonia
August 11…Latvia
August 18…Switzerland
September 8…France
September 15…Germany
September 22…Belgium

2013 AUSTRALIAN MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
July 14…Appin, NSW
July 28…Hervey Bay, QLD
August 11…Swan Hill, VIC
August 25…Toowoomba, QLD
September 1…Coolum, QLD

2013 WORLD OFFROAD CHAMPIONSHIP (WORCS) SERIES
July 12-14…Pala, CA
August 9-11…Glen Helen, CA
September 20-22… Honey Lake, CA
October 11-13…Taft, CA

2013 AMA VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE DAYS
July 19-21, 2013…Lexington, OH

2013 NMA GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
July 21-26…Norman, OK

2013 LORETTA LYNN AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
July 29-Aug. 3, 2013…Hurricane Mills, TN

2013 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
September 29, 2013…Teutschenthal, Germany

2013 WORLD VETERAN MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
November 2-3, 2013…Glen Helen, CA

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