MXA’S SATURDAY NEWS ROUND-UP: THIS IS MOTOCROSS…ON SATURDAY DEC. 31

December 31, 2011
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RUMORS ENDED! WHAT IT COSTS TO RIDE AT LAKE ELSINORE

There has been lots of palaver about what it costs to ride at the new Elsinore track. Here are the answers from the Elsinore web site.
    One-day: $40 (non-member)
    Membership: $45 (plus first ride free)
    One day: $25 (member)

THE McBROOKS HONDA TEAM MAKES IT OFFICIAL

Larry Brooks, Andrew Short and Jeremy McGrath.

The Larry Brooks/Jeremy McGrath team has finally broken cover with their official press launch. With Andrew Short in the saddle the new team, which everyone assumed would be sponsored by the San Manuel Indian Casino that previously financed Larry Brooks’ previw L&M team, will have Supercross.com as its title sponsor for 2012. This is not the first paoring of Brooks and McGrath, together they won the coveted AMA Supercross Series Championship in 1998, 1999, and 2000 (with Larry as the team manager and Jeremy as the rider). Andrew Short said, “Teaming with Larry and Jeremy was the best place for me to go. They are very dedicated, and with Honda I know I’m getting a good group of people behind the team as well. I’m looking forward to racing in 2012, being back on Honda, and with all the support we have, I believe together we can reach a new level in the sport.”

In addition to Supercross.com, American Honda, FMF, DID, GoPro, DC Shoes, Nudge, ODI Grips, Cycra Plastic, Motul Oil, Mattrex, 1.7 Cleaning Supply, XPC, VP Fuels, Vortex Sprockets, Champion Storage, Ironclad, Twin Air, Dubya, Dunlop Tires, Aero Motorsports and Angry Bikes will be supporting the team.

MEET THE STARS AT MALCOLM’S ON WEDNESDAY

You must sign-up early to get a wrist band by emailing to rsvp@malcolmsmith.com
When: Thursday January 5, 2012
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Where:
Malcolm Smith Motorsports
7599 Indiana Ave
2nd floor Mezzanine
Riverside, CA 92504

METAL MULISHA TO MAKE VALLI/STAR/ROCKSTAR YAMAHA INTO VALLI/STAR/METAL MULISHA/ROCKSTAR YAMAHA

There is no room left on the jersey for any more logos.

Metal Mulisha will revisit its roots in Supercross and Motocross with an agreement to become the official casual sponsor for the Valli/Star/Rockstar/ Supercross/Motocross team. As part of the agreement, the team will be seen with the Metal Mulisha logo on their helmets, jerseys and bikes. Led by top riders such as Ryan Sipes, Kyle Cunningham, Austin Stroupe, Gareth Swanepoel, Nico Izzi, Ryan Morris and Kyle Peters, the team will be competing at all 2012 events on the AMA Supercross and Motocross tours.

ATLAS BRACE TECHNOLOGIES SIGNS JAKE WEIMER

Jake will wear the new Atlas neck brace.

Atlas Brace Technologies has signed Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer. “The Atlas Brace is so comfortable, it feels like it’s floating,” said Jake. After sitting out the bulk of 2011 with an injury, Jake is ready to return strong and be a front-runner throughout the 2012 Supercross and Outdoor season.

THINGS GET WORSE IN MOTO GP

Get out the eraser?Petronas is gone.

Every couple weeks there is bad news from the Moto GP circuit?mostly related to the slump in motorcycle sales. Last week the bad news came to the Yamaha MotoGP team. After losing Fiat as a title sponsor last year, the Yamaha road race team got the majoroty of its sppnsorship money in 2011 from Malaysian petroleum giant Petronas. Now, Petronas will end its sponsorship package before the 2012 season starts. The cost of MotoGP racing will now fall largely on the Yamaha factories shoulders?which drove Suzuki out of MotoGP this season.

THE FARM MX TRACK OWNER ARRESTED FOR ARSON IN INDIANOLA, IOWA

The Farm MX gets some unwanted publicity.

According to Des Moines Channel 13 news, Indianola race track owner David Brommel was arrested on arson charges. The Farm MX owner, Brommel, is accused of burning down the former DHS building in Knoxville, Iowa, on Christmas day, and authorities are looking into whether he torched the DHS office building in Warren County earlier this month. The motive, according to authorities, was that the DHS took away two of his children after he was arrested on drug charges last month.

THIS WEEK’S WOUNDED & WAITING LIST

You can see the crack in the X-ray on the top of Roczen’s wrist.

With the start of the AMA Supercross series only one week away, three riders bit the dust last week…and will have to heal up before returning to action.

Ken Roczen: The current 250 World Champion broke his wrist and will now move to the 250 East series for team KTM

Michael Byrne: The Aussie cracked the C6 vertebra in his neck while going through the whoops at Chad Reed’s Florida test track. He will miss several rounds of the 450 class

P.J. Larsen: Larsen crashed and broke his hand. The JDR KTM rider will try to heal up in time to for the February 18th 250 East opener in Dallas.

Jimmy Decotis: The Geico Honda rider crashed at Milestone and, in his own words, “jacked up my feet.” Decotis’ broken ankle (or ankles) will force him to move to the 250 East.

DNA SIGNS WITH JEFF WARD RACING FOR 2012

Jeff Ward Racing (JWR) riders Josh Grant and Kyle Chisholm will be sponsored by DNA Energy Drink, DNA Shred Stix and DNA Beef Jerky for the 2012 AMA Supercross and Motocross season. “DNA Energy Drink is a perfect fit for us,” said Jeff Ward, co-owner of Jeff Ward Racing. “Our brands complement each other well as we both share a passion and desire to win races and championships. We look forward to getting the season started and continue upon the winning foundation that Mike Kranyak has built for our team.”

BELGIUM GOVERNMENT TO FINANCE THE MXDN IN 2012

Everyone in Europe thinks that moving the MXDN to the sand at Lommel will stop the American juggernaut, but history doesn’t support that idea.

According to Britain’s Moto: “News has filtered through that the wonderful Belgium government will fund the 2012 Motocross of Nations which is going to be held at the deep sand circuit of Lommel. Sources close to the event are suggesting they will finance the event to the tune of 250,000 euros (about $325,000), amazing news for Lommel and great news for Youthstream. With that amount of finance on offer the government are requesting to be involved with communication and PR of the race which is set for September 30th 2012.”

Do we see a new Lamborghini in Giuseppe Luongo’s garage? On a side note, the last time the MXDN or Trophee des Nations was held at Lommel?Team USA won with Donnie Hansen, Chuck Sun, Johnny O’Mara and Danny LaPorte.

DAVE THORPE IS BACK WITH HONDA

Team manager and former 500 World Champion Dave Thorpe has returned to Honda with two new British-based Honda race teams. Team number one is the Buildbase Honda Race Team. The riders on this team are Jordan Booker,Ryan Houghton and Nicolas Aubin. The Buildbase team will race the British Nationals, Red Bull series and selected GP’s. The second team is the Phoenix Tools Honda Race Team, which will race local, regional and national British events. It is made up of Maarten Cremers, Jackson Evans and Ben Dennison. Thorpe and Buildbase (a Home Depot-style company) were previously at the CCM team.

ROBBIE MADDISON CASHES IN ON THE BIG JUMP

Three new sponsors in one week…what was up?

The money in freestyle isn’t what it once so, so the most enterprising jumpers have to maximize their exposure. With Robbie Maddison getting max exposure for his New Year’s Eve jump, he was busy signing deals. Maddison did set a record, but didn’t make it to 400 feet (at least not on TV). New press releases were spun out leading up to the jump. Here are some examples:

Arnette: Arnette is hyped to announce that FMX innovator, Robbie Maddison, is joining the family as the latest member of its freestyle motocross team. Known for blowing minds with body varials and massive airs, Maddo will be wearing the new Arnette Series 3MX goggle as he attempts to break the motorcycle distance jump record of 391 feet across San Diego Bay during “Red Bull: New Year. No Limits.”

Kite: Australian FMX star Robbie “Maddo” Maddison will be using Kite/D.I.D wheelsets and a Brembo braking system from Dubya USA in his spectacular New Year’s Eve jump at the Embarcadero Marina Park in the downtown area of San Diego Bay.

Skullcandy: If there’s one thing that exemplifies the Skullcandy brand, it’s a born rebel. The no-holds-barred, boldly-go-where-no-man-has-gone-before pioneering attitude is central to the Skullcandy philosophy, and we’ve tended to attract like-minded individuals along the way. That’s why we are so stoked to welcome an FMX icon to the team: Robbie “Maddo” Maddison.

NICKY HAYDEN EATS DIRT?TASTES JUST LIKE ASPHALT

Nicky Hayden will now have less time to get ready for the 2012 MotoGP season.

Nicky Hayden’s 2012 MotoGP season got off on the wrong foot when he reportedly broken his left scapula and fractured two ribs at an indoor dirt track in Owensboro, Kentucky. The Ducati Corse rider was riding for the first time since breaking his scaphoid at the Valencian GP on November 6th.

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