The American Motorcyclist Association honored the accomplishments of hundreds of AMA champions from all motorcycle racing disciplines on Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Aladdin Event & Conference Center in Columbus, Ohio. The banquet celebrated the 2012 racing season and announced the recipients of a number of special awards that recognize the best of the best.
Speaking at the banquet, AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman thanked all AMA competitors for their contributions to the sport of motorcycling and congratulated them on an unforgettable year.
"You are here tonight because you are among the best motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle racers in the country," Dingman said. "Through your hard work and dedication, motorcycle and ATV racing has become one of the most exciting and entertaining pastimes in America. AMA racing and recreational events are special because we accommodate riders from a wide range of skills and abilities, making motorcycling the greatest family sport on the planet."
Round three of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship series returned to Angel Stadium of Anaheim in sunny Southern California for the second time this season. Honda riders enjoyed the limelight once more with Team Honda Muscle Milk’s Trey Canard finishing in second place, putting him within 3 points of the series leader. Last weeks winner Justin Barcia crashed early in the main event and was unable to finish the race. Muscle Milk-sponsored GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac nailed down his third consecutive victory in the 250 Supercross class, while fan favorite Kevin Windham shocked the industry and his many fans by announcing his retirement during the opening ceremonies, ending his 19th pro season.
Round three of the Monster Energy Supercross series went very well for the Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda squad. All three riders had flashes of brilliance at times, and team leader Cole Seely led much of the main event before finishing third.
The first heat race looked good for holeshot artist Jessy Nelson. After another one of his patented starts he slid into the second position and looked to be holding it comfortably. But a mistimed jump in a rhythm section sent him to the ground, and ultimately to the LCQ.
As a reminder, online registration ends tomorrow, Tuesday, January 22nd at 11pm for Round 3 of the AMA Texas Winter Series at Underground MX Park in Kemp, Texas on January 26th and 27th.
For those riders desiring extra track time before the race weekend, Underground MX Park will be conducting practice during the week. Friday practice riders along with racers registering for the weekend will receive FREE Underground annual memberships.
Round 3 at UGMX is also your only chance to get behind the starting gates before the Loretta Lynn Area qualifier coming on March 9th-10th at Underground. Save $5 per entry by registering online. Also save an additional $5 for each additional entry online or at the park. Click the link to get registered now - https://secure.tracksideonlineresults.com/ugmxpark/index.asp
Everyone appreciates racing motocross in Texas so certainly we all love Supercross as well. Starting today, Monday, January 21, 2013, Freestone Raceway will start giving away a pair of tickets to every Supercross round (omitting Daytona) for the entire remaining series. These tickets are not some $10 nose bleed either.
How to win you ask? Simply go to the Freestone Facebook page, "LIKE" the page and post a picture of yourself riding. Don't start until the week you want tickets (see below). In other words, each Monday starting at 10am, the contest will begin. NOTE: If you post before the contest begins, you photo will not be accepted.
Round two of the west coast supercross series blasted off Saturday night in the cold desert of Phoenix, Arizona. The track was a mix of slick, hard pack soil and soft, rutty turns. It made for a very technical course and the Troy Lee Designs riders were up for the challenge.
One Industries riders were once again out in force at round two of the Monster Energy Supercross Series at Phoenix, AZ., on Saturday night.
Rockstar Energy/ Motosport.com’s Davi Millsaps finished third in the main event in front of a massive crowd at Chase Field. With his finish and his big win at Anaheim one week earlier, Millsaps still holds down the points lead and will carry the leaders red number plate in A2 this coming weekend. “I wasn’t really feeling it today, but walking away with third for the night was good,” Millsaps commented of his result. “I didn’t think I’d be leading the points after two rounds or be on the podium twice, but hopefully we just keep the ball rolling.”
January 25-27, 2013
Glen Helen Raceway
The 956 Invitational was developed to provide the ultimate platform for the World's top amateurs to showcase their talents against the best of the best.
With close to 25 years of amateur racing experience and 15 years of working on the front lines of American Suzuki and Kawasaki's Team Green amateur race programs, Cole Gress has managed the World’s best young athletes and helped mold the World’s greatest Amateur events.
Partnered with Jerry Masterpool, 30 plus years experience in professional multi-sport, Olympic coach, training all over the world, Japan, Asia, Europe, Eastern block countries as well as his home in America. Jerry has spent the last 15 years engrossed in the world of amateur motocross and has built tracks and trained some of the elite amateur and pro racers. Combine his vast experience in the highly competitive world of Alpine racing and motocross with his deep passion for building a safe and ultra competitive amateur race course yields a revolutionary event. Through the passing of Jesse, his oldest son, bought the MX community together, this event is about bringing community together.
Glen Helen Raceway is a World Class circuit that provides a challenging outdoor style track with elevation changes and unique obstacles that separate it from other facilities.
In the frigid air of the desert in Phoenix, Ariz., Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto fought to his first podium of the season at Round 2 of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship at Chase Field on Saturday. Villopoto started the night with a third-place finish in his heat race to transfer to the main event. When the gate dropped for the main, Villopoto was battling his way to the front before sliding out in a corner. Destined for the podium, he quickly remounted his KX™450F and fought to take second place. Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Jake Weimer rode consistent to sixth place. In the 250SX class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Martin Davalos recovered from a spectacular crash in his heat race to finish on the podium in third. Teammate Tyla Rattray recovered from a first lap incident to finish 12th. Blake Baggett injured his wrist last week in Anaheim and after trying to ride in practice, decided not to race.
The AMA Vintage Dirt Track National Championship Series kicks off its 2013 season on March 9 in Savannah, Ga. The popular series features period-correct vintage dirt-track motorcycles and exciting handlebar-to-handlebar racing action.
"The American Motorcyclist Association has a long and rich history in dirt-track racing, dating to the original factory Class-A competition in the 1920s," said AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant. "When the Class-C production-based format made its debut, the sport's popularity grew, laying the foundation for modern competition. We're excited to continue paying tribute to our past with this series, and we're looking forward to another action-packed season of racing for our amateur competitors."