BREAKING NEWS! THIS WEEK IN LEFTOVER PRESS RELEASES
Suomy press release: Suomy Helmets is now accepting applications for the 2017 rider support season. Suomy has a long history of being involved in motorcycle racing. Through its participation in MX GP, World Superbike and Moto GP (and numerous other series) they have shown their commitment to the sport. Suomy’s number one objective is to provide the rider with the safest, lightest weight and best looking helmet on the course. Being part of the Suomy team means that you will stand out of the crowd with their award winning graphics, but ride with confidence knowing that you are wearing one of the most respected brands in the world. Sign up today! All online applications will be processed through the Hookit athlete support platform at www.hookit.com/Suomy. If the computer is not your thing, you can mail your application to address listed below.
Suomy Rider Support
13275 Paxton Street
Arleta, CA 91331
REC MX YAMAHA BILLET CLUTCH CABLE GUIDE
REC MX press release: The REC MX Yamaha billet clutch cable guide features a stiffer design reduces the flex from the stock steel guide for better clutch feel. It is lighter than the OEM steel guide thanks to 3D CAD designing. Built from CNC-machined 7075 T6 aluminum, it is available in black, red or blue anodizing. It has a laser marked logo to look sharp and for longevity. The REC MX cable guide its 2014 to 2016 YZ450Fs, 2014 to 2016 YZ250Fs and 2015 to 2016 Yamaha YZ250FXs. The retail price is $38.95.For more info go to www.rec-mx.com
Millennium press release: Millennium Technologies, the leader in Advanced Engine Solutions, is proud to announce M-Spec. Developed over 20 years of racing experience, M-Spec is the world’s largest offering of big bore kits, CNC 4-stroke cylinder head ports, and 2-stroke performance services for all disciplines of powersports vehicles. Leading Millennium Technologies’ M-Spec development is Tom Morgan. Considered one of the best engine builders in the country, Tom has won five AMA National MX Championships and is a five-time AMA Mechanic of the year winner. Tom works in house at Millennium Technologies developing new M-Spec Kits, refining existing packages, and working with our racing partners.
Millennium Technologies is constantly working with our racing partners like KWS Motorsports, Jared Mees Racing, Ron Hamp Cycle, Cycle Trader/Rock River Yamaha, Kyle Chaney Racing, and our own Millennium Technologies/KWR Superbike team to develop new M-Spec Engine Kits. Through these partners, we are able to develop and test solutions with a large sample size and real-time results. “Racing is in our DNA at Millennium Technologies. For the last 20 years we have worked with race teams both big and small to develop solutions for their engine programs” said Millennium Technologies Owner Chris Hackl. “We very happy to be able to offer all of that performance experience to our customers.” Learn more about all of our M-Spec Performance Products and Services for Motocross, Flat Track, ATV, UTV, and Sportbike Applications at www.millennium-tech.net.
MOTOVAN/MTA NAME EXCLUSIVE SIX2 DISTRIBUTOR
Motovan/MTA press release: is pleased to announce the exclusive distribution of SIX2 original carbon sportswear. For the ﬁrst time since its launch, SIXS under garments will be available in the North American market. SIX2 has been a leader in the technical under garment industry across Europe for many years. Their patented technologies allows for a comfortable riding experience by protecting your skin from excessive perspiration. The technical fabric consists of a unique carbon ﬁbre weave which has the ability to remove the perspiration from your skin and bring it to its quick drying surface. This ensures that cold and dampness remain far from your skin and reduces fatigue while eliminating unpleasant odors.
SIX2 original carbon underwear technical garments have been developed for assisting athletes in reaching top performance while also contributing to top comfort. All products are 100-percent designed and produced in Italy, which guarantees a consistent high-quality product. ‘’I am convinced that the North American powersports enthusiasts will embrace the premium qualities of our product and unique characteristics that make SIX2 product a must have for any person who rides,’’ mentions Dr. Paolo Mosti – OEM and export manager at SIX2. The 2017 SIXS original carbon sportswear line up will be available this fall at powersports dealers throughout North America. Please visit www.six2.biz for more information on SIX2 product offering.
ALPINESTARS BECOMES MAIN PARTNER OF MOBILE MEDICAL CENTER
Alpinestars press release: Alpinestars, world leader in performance safety technology for motocross racers, has become the main partner of the Mobile Medical Center for AMA Pro Supercross and Motocross. Building on its long established operation, the Alpinestars Mobile Medical Center provides essential medical intervention and support for all the riders and members of the paddock throughout every race meeting in the AMA Pro Supercross and Motocross Championships. This is carried on with a full team of physicians and facilities for emergency treatment and regular health care requirements. Equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for diagnosis and treatment of injuries and ailments, the Alpinestars Mobile Medical Center’s trailer is headed by Tom Carson and Dr. John ‘Doc’ Bodnar, together with their team of doctors and medical staff, providing an essential role in rider safety.
The Alpinestars Mobile Medical Center trailer will attend all rounds of the AMA Pro Championship races across the United States in 2017 and beyond. The medical team and staff who run this vital medical resource will be visible in their dedicated Alpinestars apparel, conceived to reflect the nature of their essential skills and their contribution to the welfare of all the riders, team members and staff around the Paddock.
For Alpinestars, as the world’s premier high performance protection, footwear and apparel company, with a history of technical development for motocross racers stretching back over 50 years, this agreement is a natural fit. Cutting edge product research and innovation, focussed on MX and off-road racing is undertaken in the company facilities in California and Northern Italy all day, every day by a highly specialist team of designers, developers and bio-mechanical engineers. Motocross racers all over the world rely on Alpinestars to keep them safe and enjoy their riding to the limit and the Alpinestars Mobile Medical Center will complement that endeavour at every round of AMA Pro racing.
KURT NICOLL JOINS FORCES WITH ALTA MOTORS FOR ENDUROCROSS
Alta press release: Kurt Nicoll, will be competing in Round 4 of the 2016 EnduroCross series on a Redshift MX electric powered machine. This is a first for Kurt, for Alta and for the EnduroCross series. Alta started working with Nicoll a few months back to develop the Redshift for EnduroCross competition, and they have been thrilled with the results. After countless hours on the Redshift, Nicoll said, “I’ve seen a lot of companies try to make an electric dirt bike before, but Alta is the first one to make a proper full size dirt bike, and it’s the real deal. The chassis feels just like the bikes I’ve been riding all my life, but with smooth manageable power delivery that will prove to be a weapon on the track.”
With 13 GP wins, seven British titles and two AMA supermoto championships under his belt, Kurt Nicoll has demonstrated time and again that he is one of the most dominant veteran riders in the field today. If you can’t make the event, keep an eye on our social channels as we’ll be sure to share the results from Arizona as soon as we have them. And if you want to see the broadcast, the race will air on CBS Sports October 13th, at 8:00 p.m.
AMERICAN HONDA SIGNS KEN ROCZEN TO MULTI-YEAR CONTRACT
Honda press release: American Honda Motor. Co. is proud to announce the highly anticipated signing of two-time AMA Pro Motocross Champion Ken Roczen to a three-year agreement with Team Honda HRC. The young German rider will pilot the all-new 2017 CRF450R alongside new teammate Cole Seely in the AMA Supercross and AMA Motocross series. Honda has released a special video to celebrate the announcement.
Roczen already has a long list of accomplishments to his name, including the 2014 and 2016 AMA Pro Motocross 450MX Championships and nine premier-class AMA Supercross victories. Aboard 250cc equipment, he earned the 2013 250SX West title, and prior to coming to the U.S. to race full-time, he won the 2011 MX2 World Championship. Roczen is confident in his ability to build on that success, and he has Honda’s full support and commitment.
“I’m really excited to be a part of Team Honda HRC,” Roczen said. “I’m always looking to improve myself, as well as my surroundings, team and equipment, which is why I decided to make a switch. I want to have the upper hand on every other rider out there, and I think I have that with Honda. Things are still new, but I’m feeling amazing and blown away by the bike and the atmosphere of the team. I think that when any rider makes a switch to a new team, he doesn’t fully know what to expect, so having such a smooth transition so far has been great.
Big changes like this are great opportunities to make a statement, and I think doing an awesome video to announce something so special and big is really unique, especially to our industry. I’m excited that Honda was on board with the idea. Other sports do things like this, but it’s kind of a first for someone in the motocross industry. Most of the inspiration came from my buddy Ken Block, who always puts out killer videos. I talked to Honda about it and they were super stoked. Everyone worked hard to get it done, and the finished product is great.”
Team Manager Dan Betley said he is pleased to welcome Roczen to Team Honda HRC. “I’m extremely happy to have a rider of Ken’s abilities and accomplishments become a part of our program, and I’m glad we can finally officially share this announcement with our fans. Ken has proven time and again that he has what it takes to consistently win races and run up front, and I’m confident in his ability to continue doing that aboard the new CRF450R. Together with his teammate Cole Seely, we have what I consider to be one of the strongest two-rider teams heading into 2017.”
1981 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS DOCUMENTARY PRODUCTION UNDERWAY IN MAGGIORA, ITALY
PDM TV press release: A new documentary film about America’s first Motocross des Nations (MXdN) victory in 1981 will begin shooting this week in Maggiora, Italy during the 2016 Monster Energy Motocross Of Nations Presented by Fiat. The film titled “1981” will be produced and directed by Todd Huffman, acclaimed creator of The Motocross Files TV series and 2014’s “: The John Penton Story.”
In 1981 it looked as though America would not have a team attending the annual MXdN event, often referred to as “The Olympics of Motocross”. Not until American Honda team managers Roger DeCoster and Dave Arnold were approached by Motocross Action Magazine editor Dick Miller, to send American Honda’s team riders Danny LaPorte, Donnie Hansen, Chuck Sun and Johnny O’Mara. In previous attempts the US had never won the MXdN and popular opinion held that this squad “America wasn’t sending their best.” LaPorte, Hansen, Sun and O’Mara were dubbed “The B Team” but their shocking 1981 victory proved the naysayers wrong and established their version of “The Miracle on Ice.”
1981 tells the story through the eyes of the racers, managers, mechanics, competitors, spectators, fans and the media as it has never been told before. Using interviews, archival film and reenactments, 1981 is the story that motocross fans have been waiting to see on the big screen. “Since I have been telling motocross stories on TV and in our films, this story has always risen to the top as one that needs it’s own voice,” said Huffman. “I’m looking forward to finally bringing it to fans around everywhere who love motocross and celebrate the underdogs.”
1981 is supported initially by Bel-Ray Lubricants as a sponsor brand who was a key partner in the original 1981 Team USA success in Europe and has continued to support motorized competition to this day. “Bel-Ray has a long history in supporting important championships and this 1981 event was particularly special because of our involvement with that team and those riders,” said Bel-Ray’s Marketing Director, Karl Locascio. “It will be great to celebrate their story again.”
Director Huffman is using the 2016 Motocross of Nations event in Maggiora, Italy to begin filming as a tribute to the 30th anniversary of America’s “Dream Team” win at the same location in the 1986 Motocross des Nations. Team members Ricky Johnson, David Bailey and Johnny O’Mara will be in Maggiora for 30th anniversary ceremonies. Film production will continue through 2017 with an anticipated release theatrically in 2018.
NEW ANDREANI SUSPENSION COURSE
Andreani Group press release: Andreani Group, specialist in suspension setting, organizes a new course that will be held on November 7th and 8th 2016 at the Italian headquarters, based just a few kilometers far from the Misano Adriatico road race track. The course, in English language, is dedicated to professional mechanics who want to improve and update their knowledge about street and off-road set up suspension. During the two-days course there will be theoretical, but also practical sessions, so that participants can personally try techniques and tools, including Andreani Group special machines, like the vacuum pump, the spring tester and so on. They will also learn how to rebuild, tuning and adjust setting for all the most known brands of forks and shocks.
The Andreani Group instructors are the same professional technicians who give assistance to the riders on the different tracks of World motorcycle championships. They will share their knowledge based on twenty years working side by side with factory teams and riders from all over the world. The price of the course is 488 Vat and lunch included, but is free for them that will buy the exclusive Andreani machine set.
Andreani Group headquarter is located in Italy, Strada della Romagna 361, 61121 Pesaro (PU). For more information contact Andreani Group, +39 0721 20921, [email protected]/[email protected] visit: www.andreanigroup.com/EN/trainig-equipment/home.aspx. The staff will also provide assistance for travel and accomodation near the factory.v
Sunstar press release: Sunstar will be accepting resumes for our rider support program from now through the end of November. Sunstar is the industry leader in sprockets & brake discs, supplying Japanese OEM’s for over 55 years! As a matter of fact, it is very likely that the bike you are riding now came from the factory with Sunstar sprockets and/or brake discs. Trusted by more brands than any other, Sunstar’s extensive line of sprockets, chains and engineered motorcycle products deliver superior performance for all riding and racing applications. Sunstar’s racing success is evident with being the brand of choice for the RCH Soaring Eagle/Jimmy John’s/Suzuki Factory race team this past season as Ken Roczen secured the 450 outdoor MX title! We look forward to receiving your application & building a solid 2017 support roster! Riders interested in sending a race support resume can do so via email to [email protected], standard US mail your physical resume to us directly (address below) or through the Hookit athlete support platform at www.hookit.com.
Attn: 2017 Race Support
85 S. Pioneer Blvd.
Springboro, OH 45066
HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLES LOOKING AHEAD TO 2016 MOTOCROSS OF NATIONS
Husqvarna press release: Husqvarna Motorcycles will have no fewer than eight riders competing among the 38 countries taking part in the 2016 FIM Motocross of Nations, being held this weekend at the iconic Maggiora track in Italy. Among them Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing riders Max Nagl, Max Anstie and Jason Anderson will represent Germany, Great Britain and the United States respectively.Arguably the most highly anticipated event of the season, for Husqvarna Motorcycles the FIM Motocross of Nations will see MXGP regular Max Nagl and US Supercross and Motocross racer Jason Anderson compete together for the first time in 2016. Representing team USA Anderson will contest the Open class while Nagl, who recently wrapped-up the 2016 MXGP championship third in the final series’ standings, will race in the MXGP category for Germany.
Max Nagl (Team Germany) MXGP class: “Maggiora and the Motocross of Nations is a very special combination – I think this weekend’s race is going to be one of the best. Like always I look forward to the MXoN. Personally, of course I want to do the best I can and to try and fight for a good result in the MXGP class. We will see how the German team will do. There are some strong teams this year, and some teams that maybe aren’t as strong as in other years, so there is a lot to fight for. My focus is just to try and get the best starts possible and then push hard for the best result I can.”
Max Anstie will lead Husqvarna Motorcycles in the MX2 class where he will represent Great Britain. Looking to end his time aboard 250cc 4-stroke machinery with a strong result before his switch to MXGP class competition in 2017, Anstie is focused on challenging for the MX2 class victory. Max Anstie (Team Great Britain) MX2 class: “I’m really looking forward to the Motocross of Nations. It’s such a special race and this year I think the atmosphere is going to be better than ever. Maggiora is a very unique track – I think the racing’s going to be great. With Tommy and Shaun I think Great Britain has a really good chance of a strong result. Anything can happen at the Nations, so if we all do what we know we can do, I think we might surprise a few people. Obviously, I’m looking for a good MX2 class result. I feel good so I’ll be doing all I can to help the British team and end my season on a high note.”
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Pascal Rauchenecker will return to motocross competition for only the second time this season following a year competing in the Enduro World Championship. Pascal is set to compete for Team Austria in the Open class.
Jason Anderson (Team USA) Open class: “It’s always fun to race in Europe, I’m really looking forward to the Motocross of Nations. We have a great team, so it’s going to be cool to mix it up with riders we don’t normally get to compete against. The Maggiora track is a special place and I can’t wait to ride it.”
Husqvarna Motorcycles – 2016 FIM Motocross of Nations
No. 6 – Jason Anderson (Husqvarna) – USA Open class
No. 25 – Max Nagl (Husqvarna) – Germany MXGP class
No. 30 – Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna) – Austria Open class
No. 37 – Jesper Jönsson (Husqvarna) – Sweden MXGP class
No. 44 – Thomas Olsen (Husqvarna) –Denmark MX2 class
No. 46 – Rui Gonçalves (Husqvarna) – Portugal MXGP class
No. 53 – Max Anstie (Husqvarna) – Great Britain MX2 class
No 124 – Thomas Marini (Husqvarna_ – San Marino MXGP class
TEAM HRC RIDERS REPRESENT FRANCE AND RUSSIA AT DES NATIONS
Honda press release: Once again, both Gautier Paulin and Evgeny Bobryshev have been selected to represent their countries of France and Russia at the Motocross of Nations, riding the CRF450RW at this ‘Olympics of motocross’. Not long after finishing the 2016 MXGP season in America, those selected riders will be back in action again this weekend at the classic Maggiora track in Italy, where the atmosphere will reach fever pitch in this already motocross-crazed nation. Paulin and Team France are out to defend their title as reigning Nations winners in 2014 and 2015, where they took an emotional victory in front of a packed home crowd.
A total of 20 CRF machines will line up to do battle at Maggiora this weekend, including the three works machines of Paulin, Bobryshev and World Champion Tim Gajser, and Team Japan is an all-Honda affair, especially as it is headed by Team Manager and HRC engineer Masaki Serizawa. Leading the charge for Team Japan will also be HRC’s Japan MX superstar Akira Narita. Once again Evgeny Bobryshev will ride the all-new 2017 CRF450RW. The Motocross of Nations selects the best three riders from each participating country for a head-to-head for national pride. Action on track gets underway on Saturday 24 September for practice and qualifying, and the gates drop for the three races, pitting MXGP, MX2 and Open class riders against each other, on Sunday.
Gautier Paulin—Team France: “I have such great memories of the Nations, especially last year and Team France winning in front of all the home fans. This year we have a great team again with Benoit and Romain. We’ve been training together in Italy this week and we’re all working hard to defend our victory. I think everyone in motocross loves the Nations as it’s such a special race, and we’re all really looking forward to it. The atmosphere from last year will be hard to beat but Maggiora is such a classic track that it will be a very special event again.”
Evgeny Bobryshev—Team Russia: “It’s an honour to have been selected again for Team Russia for the Nations. I really like competing in this event because it’s so different to what we’re used to and always special with the fans and the support which makes the atmosphere so enjoyable. I’m looking forward to getting on board the 2017 CRF again too – from Charlotte and Glen Helen we learned so much about the bike and this is helping us get the best out of it race-by-race, and get a jumpstart on next season.”
Roger Harvey—HRC General Manager: “Once again both Gautier and Bobby have been selected for the Nations, as has Tim too, so we have all three works 450 riders in action for their countries this weekend. Gautier won with Team France last year at home in France, and also in 2014, so they’re the team all the others are targeting, but there are also some very strong other teams out there. That’s the thing about the Nations – any one rider can be very strong but that’s not enough – it’s about the collective strength of the team over the course of all three races on Sunday.”
TEAM SUZUKI WINS GERMAN & BELGIAN MX TITLES
Suzuki press release: Suzuki World MX2 rider Bas Vaessen won the German ADAC MX Youngster Cup Championship and Suzuki World MXGP’s Kevin Strijbos the Belgian Motocross Championship at the weekend. With heavy rain and difficult track conditions at Holzgerlingen, Germany, Vaessen had a small lead over Miro Sihoven coming into the final event. The Dutch teenager had to dig deep to secure his first ADAC Championship title. Said Vaessen: “I actually messed-up a little in the first race. My start was not so good and I was not really finding my rhythm, took a little break and then Sihoven was in front of me.” Ten minutes into the race, the organisers decided to put-out the red flag because of the very bad weather conditions, which meant the title went down to the final race.