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Haaker Lands First Punch to take EnduroCross Opener

Cycle News Staff
August 20, 2017 4 pm

2017 Las Vegas EnduroCross Results.

Las Vegas is known for boxing and Rockstar Husqvarna backed Colton Haaker landed a few knockdown blows on FMF KTM’s Cody Webb to take the win at the opening round of the 2017 AMA EnduroCross series. A new race format pitted the top riders against each other three times during the evening racing and Haaker managed to come out on top in all three to take maximum points on the night. Webb started the day setting the fastest lap time during the afternoon hot laps and appeared to be the fastest rider all night but ended up on the ground due to contact with Haaker twice and had to settle for second. With six races remaining, EnduroCross should prove to be an exciting series to follow.

Colton Haaker 2017 Las Vegas EnduroCross resultsColton Haaker came out on top of a few altercations with Cody Webb to take the 2017 Las Vegas EnduroCross win.

The race for third was nearly as exciting as the race for the win. Twenty-year-old Trystan Hart, the revelation of last year’s EnduroCross series outdueled his SRT Offroad teammate, Kyle Redmond to take his first ever podium.

A new race format for the Super EnduroCross (Pro class) automatically places the top eight riders into the evening heat race (round one uses last season’s points) but all the other riders have to earn a spot via a daytime qualifier. Those riders that qualified during the daytime then face off in the first race of the night with the top five joining the top eight seated riders in a gate pick qualifying race. Beta’s Ty Cullins and fellow young gun Cooper Abbott on the Purvines, DA8 Yamaha topped GasGas backed Geoff Aaron, Yamaha mounted Eric Rhoten and Quinn Wentzel rode his Husqvarna to fifth to move forward for his first ever EnduroCross main event.

This put all the top riders in the qualifier and this would be the first time that Haaker and Webb would clash. As the two battled for the lead, Haaker put a hard block pass on Webb and knocked him to the ground. Haaker went on to win while Webb recovered for second but was clearly unhappy about the contact. The crowd booed Haaker, who brushed it off on the podium by stating, “Either you’re going to hate or love but either way you’re going to be talking about it so it’s all good”. Redmond finished third in the qualifier to serve notice that he is ready to compete for podiums in 2017.

The new bracket racing round groups the top 12 riders into single lap head to head battles until the final two riders face off. As expected, Haaker and Webb moved through to the end and put on another exciting fight with Haaker coming out on top and earning a single bonus point for the evening.

When the gate dropped for the main event, it was Webb in front and Haaker quickly made a few moves to get into second. The top two riders rode in unison until lap eight of fourteen when Webb was the first to take the No Joke lane. This allowed Haaker to take the lead and he tried to open a gap but Webb closed back in and briefly took the lead before Haaker passed him back in the rock pile and then the two made contact with Webb once again going down. This allowed Haaker to open a ten second gap but he still waited until the final lap to take the No Joke lane but safely took the win. Webb finished twelve seconds back in second.

“They dropped the gate about four seconds earlier than I expected and I got caught way off guard. I came into the first turn not in first unlike I did in every other race tonight,” said Haaker.”  “My starts were on point for every race except the main. I moved into second quickly and started pacing Cody and he took the joker lane at about the midway point and I knew I needed to get a gap going. Unfortunately, I made a major mistake and, even though the track wasn’t as technical as some, Cody made a mistake, too. So, if two of the best riders in the world make mistakes it seems it was pretty hard, actually. I caught back up to Cody after my mistake and he left the door open a bit and somehow my foot went into his front wheel and he went down. I didn’t mean to put my foot in there, obviously. From there, all I could think about was hitting the joker lane. I did it on the last lap and got the win.”

“The main event wasn’t ideal but I’ve never been known to enjoy the faster tracks and this was probably the easiest track EnduroCross has ever had. I felt really great tonight and led for a bit. My plan was to have Colton lead with the pressure of taking the joker lane and I was just going to hunt him down and when we had to take the joker lane I would take advantage of it. But he got ahead of me when I made a mistake, then he crashed and I passed him momentarily and eventually he moved over on me and his foot peg or something got stuck in my wheel and I couldn’t hold the bike up. I went down, killed the motor, knocked my lever down too far and by that point it was too late in the race to recover. My confidence feels great. I wasn’t pumped on the track when I walked it and I’m looking forward to the rest of the series.”

Cody Webb 2017 Las Vegas EnduroCross ResultsKTM’s Cody Webb set the fastest hot lap time and appeared to be faster than Haaker but ended up on the ground twice on the night and had to settle for second at the 2017 Las Vegas EnduroCross.

In the battle for the final podium spot, Hart and Redmond finished less than a second apart after battling wheel to wheel the entire race. Hart held the position at the start before Redmond moved by only to be re-passed for the final podium spot.

“For sure my good start was so key to the race for me. I had a good gate pick and the track wasn’t super hard but it was super-fast and you couldn’t make a mistake and that made for some really tight racing between Kyle (Redmond) and myself for the entire time. It was super tiring even though the track wasn’t too hard. You had to be on it the entire time (and) that it was really intense. I worked hard for this and now that I’m up here it doesn’t feel real. Everybody always says that, but the last lap I thought, ‘This is it!’ Last year I was fourth in Boise and I felt like I threw third away a little. Now, it feels great to get it.”

Trystan Hart 2017 Las Vegas EnduroCross ResultsTwenty year old SRT Offroad backed Trystan Hart earned his first ever EnduroCross podium with a third in Las Vagas.

Beta’s Max Gerston took fifth ahead of RPM KTM’s Ty Tremaine in sixth. SRT’s Cory Graffunder was seventh and Cooper Abbot took the important eighth place position that will put him directly into the night show at the next round. Joan Pau Segura made the long trip from Spain and finished ninth on his GasGas ahead of fellow GasGas rider Noah Kepple in tenth.

2017 Las Vegas EnduroCross main event results

  1. Colton Haaker, Husqvarna
  2. Cody Webb, KTM
  3. Trystan Hart, Husqvarna
  4. Kyle Redmond, Husqvarna
  5. Max Gerston, Beta
  6. Ty Tremaine, KTM
  7. Cory Graffunder, Husqvarna
  8. Cooper Abbott, Yamaha
  9. Joan Pau Segura, GasGas
  10. Noah Kepple, GasGas
  11. Eric Rhoten, Yamaha
  12. Geoff Aaron, GasGas
  13. Ty Cullins, Beta
  14. Quinn Wentzel, Husqvarna
  15. Spenser Wilton, Honda

There was a strong field of women riders and the main event proved to be one of the most exciting of the evening with the lead changing several times among the top five riders. Canada’s Shelby Turner, the defending Women’s EnduroCross champion passed Australia’s Tayla Jones on the final lap to take an exciting win. Jones crashed out of the lead and FMF KTM’s Kacy Martinez also snuck by for second while Jones recovered for third. Tarah Geiger and Morgan Tanke rounded out the top five.

2017 Las Vegas EnduroCross women's podium.Canada’s Shelby Turner, the 2016 AMA EnduroCross champion made a last lap pass on Australia’s Tayla Jones to take the Las Vegas EnduroCross Women’s main event win. Kacy Martinez also passed Jones to take second but Jones recovered for third.

The next round of EnduroCross will be a first-time event inside the Reno – Sparks Livestock Events Center on September 23rd.

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2017 German WorldSBK and WorldSSP Sunday Results

Gordon Ritchie
August 20, 2017 12 pm
WorldSBK: Double Delight for Davies and Ducati WorldSBKDavies (7) was dominant in Deutschland, taking a memorable double win for Ducati.

Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) overcame a third row grid position to pass even championship leader Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) and early leader Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) to win his second Lausitzring race in 24 hours.

Davies, well over two seconds up on the chasing Rea after 21 laps, closed up ground to Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) in the championship race, as his fellow third row starter Sykes finished fourth, and 14 seconds down, on his main rival for what appears to be second place now – barring disaster for Rea, who grew his overall championship lead ahead of Sykes once more.

Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) made a strong finish for fifth, winning fight between Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse), Lorenzo Savadori (Milwaukee Aprilia) and Jordi Torres (Althea BMW Racing Team).

Markus Reiterberger (Van Zon Remeha BMW) was ninth and Xavi Fores (Barni Racing Ducati) won a battle with Michael van der Mark (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) for tenth.

In the championship, Rea has 381 points, Sykes 311 and Davies 276.

WorldSSP: Morias Wins a Chaotic Race in Germany WorldSBKMorias (32) was awarded the victory after the race was red-flagged when Caricasulo (64) crashed out, taking his teammate Mahias (fourth rider in the picture) with him.

A red flag near the end of the WorldSSP race ensured that the win would go to first time WorldSSP victor and Saturday Superpole man, Sheridan Morais (Kallio Race System Yamaha).

A late pass from Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) on Federico Caricasulo (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team) saw the Italian rider run out wide, try to get back on line and fall, his bike coming across the circuit to take out his team-mate Lucas Mahias (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team).

The red flag came out to stop the race and the result was taken back one lap, which placed long time race leader Sheridan Morais (Kallio Race System Yamaha) as the race winner, from Sofuoglu and Mahias.

Caricasulo did not get back to pitlane with his bike in enough time to be classed a finisher, and he was taken to the medical centre for checks.

Jules Cluzel (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda), part of a five-man leading group, was finally ranked fourth, some eight seconds ahead of the fifth-place rider Niki Tuuli (Kallio Race System Yamaha).

Lorenzo Zanetti (Team Factory Vamag MV Agusta) was sixth and Kyle Smith (GEMAR Balloons – Team Lorini Honda) seventh.

Aussie rider Anthony West (EAB West Racing Yamaha) was a popular eighth on his self-entered Yamaha.

In the championship, Mahias has 121 points, Sofuoglu 120 and Morais 101.

Patrick Jacobsen (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) and Gino Rea (Team GO ELEVEN Kawasaki) retired.

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2017 Budds Creek 450 MX Results

Steve Cox
August 20, 2017 1 am

2017 Budds Creek 450 MX Results: Coming into the penultimate round of the 2017 Lucas Oil/AMA 450cc Pro Motocross Championships at Maryland’s Budds Creek Raceway, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac was on a slide. Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin had won the previous six motos in succession, and Tomac had gone 2-5-2-2-10-5 during the same stretch.

It definitely wasn’t the same Eli Tomac that we had seen at round one, and in the middle of the series, and his points lead had dwindled as a result. Not dangerously so, but it had dwindled. As the series headed to its finale, the question was whether Tomac would be riding to “not lose” or riding to win.

In moto one, RCH Suzuki’s Matt Bisceglia grabbed yet another holeshot over Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Martin Davalos, and Bisceglia’s teammate Justin Bogle. Davalos took the lead over the finish-line jump a couple of turns into the race and looked to be setting sail out front while Bogle took over second in front of Honda’s Cole Seely.

Tomac found himself midpack off the start, pinballing between racers at the exit of turn one, and rounded lap one in 12th, while his closest title rival Blake Baggett (Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KTM) sat sixth with Musquin right behind him.

2017 Budds Creek 450 MX Results 2017 Budds Creek 450 MX ResultsJustin Bogle scored his first-ever AMA National overall victory – and podium, in either class – with a 1-3 showing at Budds Creek. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROB KOY

After pulling away in the early laps, Davalos ran into trouble on lap four and handed the lead to Bogle, who did his best to sprint away from the field just as he had done in moto one at Colorado earlier in the series. Behind them, Musquin was on the move, grabbing fourth on lap six, then chasing down Seely for third, and then Davalos for second with a handful of laps remaining. However, Musquin came up just short of Bogle at the finish, and Bogle landed his second moto victory of the year – and his career – with less than a second in hand over Musquin. Davalos hung on for a distant third in front of Seely, Baggett, Bisceglia (with his best result of the year), and Tomac in seventh, continuing his run of poor finishes.

2017 Budds Creek 450 MX Results 2017 Budds Creek 450 MX ResultsMarvin Musquin’s moto-win streak ended at six, but he still went 2-4 for second overall. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROB KOY

Bisceglia again grabbed the holeshot to start moto two, and again it was Bogle who led the early laps, this time in front of Baggett, AutoTrader/JGR Suzuki’s Weston Peick, Davalos’s teammate Dean Wilson, Tomac, Bisceglia, Seely, Musquin, Monster Energy/Yamalube/Chaparral Yamaha’s Cooper Webb, and Davalos.

Bogle held fast to the lead for the first few laps before Baggett found his way by, and then Baggett attempted to get away, but by then, Tomac – the old Tomac – was up to third. Tomac made quick work of Bogle, then did the same with Baggett before he took off with what seemed like an easy moto victory – his first since Southwick, four rounds earlier.

2017 Budds Creek 450 MX Results 2017 Budds Creek 450 MX ResultsEli Tomac continued to struggle in the first moto at Budds Creek, finishing seventh, but in moto two, he looked like the Eli from earlier in the series, dominating the moto. His 7-1 was good for third overall. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROB KOY

Baggett hung on for second, and Bogle held on for third, securing his first-ever National MX overall victory, and podium, with a 1-3 score. Behind Bogle came Musquin in fourth, then Wilson, Peick, Webb, Seely and the rest of the field.

With one round remaining now, Tomac holds a 28-point lead over Baggett, and 30 over Musquin, which means that no matter what, if Tomac can manage to finish inside the top 10 in both motos in Crawfordsville, Indiana, next Saturday, he will be the new 450cc National Motocross Champion.

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2017 Budds Creek 250 MX Results

Steve Cox
August 20, 2017 12 am

2017 Budds Creek 250 MX Results: When Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Zach Osborne returned to the United States to race a few years ago, after five years abroad, it’s likely he hoped and dreamed that he would eventually fulfill his destiny of becoming a champion, but if you asked anybody (maybe even Zach) about the odds of such a thing, they probably wouldn’t have been fantastic.

However, here we are. After overcoming just about everything a racer can overcome in a single series, Osborne rounds out his AMA season with a 250cc Eastern Regional Supercross Championship (following his first-ever 250cc SX wins) and now the 250cc National Motocross Championship (following his first-ever moto victories).

2017 Budds Creek 250 MX Results 2017 Budds Creek 250 MX ResultsZach Osborne clinched his first-ever AMA National Championship at Budds Creek. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROB KOY

Coming into the day of racing at Budds Creek, for round 11 of the 12-round Lucas Oil/AMA 250cc Motocross Championship, Osborne mathematically needed to score 37 points to clinch the title if GEICO Honda’s Jeremy Martin were to go out and win both motos. Osborne scored 38, but they didn’t come easy.

In the first moto, Osborne was taken out heading into turn one when Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Dylan Ferrandis clipped TLD/Red Bull KTM’s Shane McElrath’s rear wheel and went down, causing Steven Clarke’s KTM to rebound up and slam Osborne in the back.

Osborne got up near the back of the pack and raced forward throughout the moto to finish a solid 8th at the line

2017 Budds Creek 250 MX Results 2017 Budds Creek 250 MX ResultsAdam Cianciarulo went 1-2 to win his first-ever AMA National overall. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROB KOY

Out front, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Adam Cianciarulo snatched the holeshot and put in some blazing laps to pull out a small gap, which grew with every passing lap over Martin and his teammate RJ Hampshire.

At the finish, Cianciarulo held over six seconds in hand to win his first-ever AMA National moto over Martin, Hampshire, TLD/Red Bull KTM’s Shame McElrath, Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha’s Aaron Plessinger, AutoTrader/JGR Suzuki’s Kyle Cunningham, Plessinger’s teammate Colt Nichols, Osborne, Martin’s teammate Chase Sexton (who was down in turn one with Osborne), and McElrath’s rookie teammate Sean Cantrell.

2017 Budds Creek 250 MX Results 2017 Budds Creek 250 MX ResultsShane McElrath got his first overall podium of the season with a 4-3 score. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ROB KOY

Martin grabbed the holeshot to start moto two, but was quickly passed by McElrath through the rollers, who took over the lead while Osborne fought his way around Martin later on the opening lap. As the race neared halfway, Osborne used a great move to steal away McElrath’s line through the rollers and assume the lead, while McElrath seemed comfortable in second. It was around this time that Martin crashed out of third, handing the spot to moto-one winner Cianciarulo.

Over the ensuing laps, Cianciarulo came under pressure from Plessinger and his teammate Nichols and picked up the pace, already with the overall in-hand, but he went after McElrath, and made the move in the rollers for second with a handful of laps remaining.

At the line, it was Osborne, securing his first-ever AMA National Championship, followed by Cianciarulo, who secured his first-ever AMA National overall victory with his 1-2 moto scores (which was good for his team, which lost its only other healthy rider, Joey Savatgy, in a practice fall). Then came McElrath, Plessinger, Nichols, Martin, Hampshire, Plessinger’s rookie teammate Justin Cooper, and Sexton (who hit the gate at the start of the moto).

Osborne’s 8-1 was good for second overall (and the title), while McElrath ended the day third with a 4-3.

The series now heads to its final round in Indiana next Saturday before Osborne sets out to represent Team USA at the Motocross of Nations in England next month.

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2017 German WorldSBK Race One and WorldSSP Superpole Results

Gordon Ritchie
August 19, 2017 12 pm
Chaz Davies Makes A Winning WorldSBK Season Restart WorldSBKDavies was dominant for his 25th career WorldSBK victory.

Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) secured the first win of the Lausitz WorldSBK weekend – and the first after the summer break –despite starting sixth off the grid. A pass on early leader Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) saw him hit the front after two laps and stay there all the way to the end, despite the constant close attentions of eventual second place Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team).

Sykes could not make any inroads to the final top two near the end, despite taking the new lap record of 1:36.918 on lap six.

Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) started well but finished 16 seconds off the podium in fourth place, and was almost caught by the ever-impressive Leon Camier (MV Agusta Reparto Corse), who finished fifth. Camier was in the middle of a close three rider group that was completed by Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) in sixth place.

Front row starter Lorenzo Savadori (Milwaukee Aprilia) placed seventh, well ahead of an all Spanish fight between Xavi Fores (Barni Racing Ducati) and Jordi Torres (Althea BMW Racing Team), which went the way of the Ducati rider over the line.

The promising Friday of Eugene Laverty (Milwaukee Aprilia) turned into tenth place on Saturday.

Local rider Stefan Bradl (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team) missed the race due to a left elbow injury, suffered on Friday.

WorldSSP: Morais Heads The Pack WorldSBKMorais shredded to his first ever pole in Germany.

Sheridan Morais (Kallio Race System Yamaha) secured his first ever WorldSSP pole position with the fastest Superpole lap of Saturday at the Lausitzring. He was joined on the front row by his team-mate Niki Tuuli (Kallio Race System Yamaha), who placed third. It was a Yamaha clean sweep of the top three places after works rider Federico Caricasulo (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team) earned second.

The first non-R6 rider was the fastest man on Friday, Jules Cluzel (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda), fourth, with the highly unusual sight of Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) not on the front row but one place behind Cluzel in fifth. Yet another Yamaha rider, championship leader Lucas Mahias (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team) was sixth.

The three cylinder machines were led by British runner Luke Stapleford (Profile Racing Triumph), with the replacement for Roby Rolfo, Lorenzo Zanetti (Team Factory Vamag MV Agusta) eighth and the front three rows being completed by Spanish-based UK rider, Kyle Smith (GEMAR Balloons – Team Lorini Honda).

Gino Rea (Team GO ELEVEN Kawasaki) was 12th, and Anthony West (EAB West Racing Yamaha), 13th.

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2017 German WorldSBK and WorldSSP Friday Results

Gordon Ritchie
August 18, 2017 6 pm
WorldSBK: Sykes Fastest Despite Friday Fall WorldSBKSykes still ended up on top after an uncharacteristic crash.

The return from the WorldSBK championship’s summer break did not last long without major drama arriving on the scene after fastest man Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) uncharacteristically crashed out in FP2, and shortly after Alex Lowes (Pata Yamaha Official WorldSBK Team) suffered a major oil leak on his machine. Stefan Bradl (Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team) fell on the slippery track surface shortly after, with a belated red flag ending the session to allow the oil to be cleaned up. Bradl injured his elbow in his fall but did not suffer a fracture.

Before the track action could get underway again a major rainstorm wiped out any chance of a quick return to hostilities. Even long after the rain had gone away the lack of drainage in key places – and the bumpy, rippled track surface – meant that standing water in some corners and drying surfaces in other places led to a long delay before the second hour of WorldSBK free practice was completed.

Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki Racing Team) was second fastest and like his team-mate Sykes, he did not venture out on track in the damp final half hour.

The best Friday dry conditions saw Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) third quickest and Lorenzo Savadori (Milwaukee Aprilia) fourth.

An early technical scare in the morning session made it a nervous re-start to the year for Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) but he got up to fifth before the oil and rain problems intervened.

Eugene Laverty (Milwaukee Aprilia) placed sixth, with one of rider Markus Reiterberger (Van Zon Remeha BMW) back in the WorldSBK paddock after being dropped from his Althea BMW team earlier in the year. His partial IDM-spec bike got him up to seventh, one place ahead of Leon Camier’s MV Agusta Reparto Corse F4.

Jordi Torres (Althea BMW Racing Team) and Lowes completed the top ten riders who will automatically get into Superpole 2 on Saturday, whatever happens in FP3 on Saturday morning.

WorldSSP: Cluzel Quickest After Long Summer Break WorldSBKFrenchman Cluzel shot to the top of the WorldSSP time sheets.

The last competitive outing for the riders in the WorldSSP championship was in Italy, at Misano in mid-June, but as they re-convened at Lausitz in Germany today a French rider in a British team took his Japanese motorcycle to the top spot.

Jules Cluzel (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda) was the fastest rider in the combined times on Friday, ahead of Sheridan Morais (Kallio Race System Yamaha) on his private Yamaha and championship leader Lucas Mahias (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team) on the official R6.

Five-time champion Kenan Sofuoglu (Kawasaki Puccetti Racing) was fourth, and top Kawasaki rider.

Federico Caricasulo (GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team) scored fifth in the Friday rankings, with British runner Luke Stapleford (Profile Racing Triumph) sixth on his three-cylinder Daytona 675.

After rain had affected the earlier WorldSBK FP2 session so badly the track dried enough in the afternoon for some WorldSSP riders to make their best Friday time late in the day.

Niki Tuuli (Kallio Race System Yamaha) and Gino Rea (Team GO ELEVEN Kawasaki) were both at their personal best in the afternoon, in seventh and eighth places respectively.

Ninth place was secured by Hikari Okubo (CIA Landlord Insurance Honda) and the top ten rounded out by Kyle Smith (GEMAR Balloons – Team Lorini Honda). American rider Patrick Jacobsen (MV Agusta Reparto Corse) was 11th – and top MV rider on show.

Anthony West (EAB West Racing Yamaha) was 14th.

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Indian Motorcycle clinches first ever Manufacturer title in American Flat Track’s Grand National Championship

Press Release
August 18, 2017 12 pm
Shayna Texter spearheads American Honda’s efforts to claim the AFT Singles Manufacturer Championship. American Flat Track/Andrea WilsonPhoto Courtesy American Flat Track/Andrea Wilson This is a press release from American Flat Track… Daytona Beach, FL (August 17, 2017) – American Flat Track congratulates Indian Motorcycle and American Honda on their respective 2017 Manufacturer Championship victories.

The AFT Manufacturer Championships tally up the points earned by the highest-placed rider representing each manufacturer in every Main Event. The combined efforts of the Indian Wrecking Crew in AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines competition and the Honda-mounted contingent in AFT Singles have been such this season that both crowns have been clinched before the season’s end.

AFT Twins Manufacturers’ Champion Indian Motorcycle immediately proved itself to be a dominant force in its long-awaited return to the sport with its potent Indian Scout FTR750 racer. Quite simply, Indian’s 2017 campaign has been one of consistent and unrelenting excellence.

Thus far this season, Indian Motorcycle has taken 335 out of a possible 350 points in the Manufacturers’ standings, with 11 victories and three runner-up finishes in 14 races to earn its first Grand National Championship Manufacturer title.

Additionally, the trio of Jared Mees (No. 9 Indian Motorcycle Rogers Racing Scout FTR750), Bryan Smith (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750), and Brad Baker (No. 6 Indian Motorcycle Racing backed by Allstate Scout FTR750) have combined for five podiums sweeps – and on 11 occasions, at least two have stood together on the podium.

“Securing the Manufacturers’ Championship through 14 races is an unbelievable accomplishment,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Product for Indian Motorcycle. “To return to professional flat track racing after more than 60 years away from the sport and win the championship on a brand-new Scout FTR750 race bike is a testament to all the hard work from the entire Indian Motorcycle Racing team.”

Meanwhile, American Honda’s AFT Singles Manufacturer title run was assembled from the ground up by a deep and hungry pack of riders, any number of which have the potential to challenge up front on any given weekend.

AFT Singles points leader Shayna Texter (No. 52 Richie Morris Racing Honda CRF450R) spearheaded the championship on the strength of four Main Event victories.

 American Flat Track Shayna TexterShayna Texter – Photo Courtesy American Flat Track/Andrea Wilson

Brandon Price (No. 92 Brandon Price Racing backed by Parkinson Brother’s Racing/DPC Racing/Don’s Kawasaki Honda CRF450R), Parker Norris (No. 24 Goodroe Racing Honda CRF450R) and Tanner Dean (No. 138 Walrath Racing Honda CRF450R) have also stood atop the podium for Honda this season.

“We’re very pleased that Honda has earned the 2017 AFT Singles Manufacturers’ title with four rounds remaining,” said Mike Snyder, American Honda Senior Manager, Powersports Marketing. “For 2017, Honda revised its Red Rider Rewards program for American Flat Track, and there’s now no better contingency program in the Singles class. With seven of the top 10 riders in the current points standings being Honda-mounted, it’s clear that the CRF450R is the bike of choice for flat track racing. Thank you to the series organizers for the increased exposure the sport has been garnering, and to our Red Riders for representing Honda so well on dirt ovals across the country.”

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Indian Motorcycle Secures Manufacturer’s Championship at Peoria TT

Press Release
August 18, 2017 12 pm

The Indian Wrecking Crew and Scout FTR750 obtain the 2017 AFT Manufacturer’s Championship with 11 victories and 30 podiums in 14 Races.

Indian Motorcycle Secures Manufacturer's Championship at Peoria TT

This is a press release from Indian Motorcycle…

Minneapolis, MN (August 18, 2017) – After more than 60 years away from professional flat track racing, Indian Motorcycle has won the 2017 American Flat Track Manufacturer’s Championship after a second-place finish at the Peoria TT.

Indian Wrecking Crew rider Jared Mees locked in the title for Indian Motorcycle with a strong second-place finish. Teammates Bryan Smith and Brad Baker finished strong in fourth and fifth place, respectively.

“Securing the Manufacturer’s Championship through 14 races is an unbelievable accomplishment,” said Gary Gray, Vice President – Product for Indian Motorcycle. “To return to professional flat track racing after more than 60 years away from the sport and win the championship on a brand-new Scout FTR750 race bike is a testament to all the hard work from the entire Indian Motorcycle Racing team.”

American Flat Track recognizes Manufacturer Champions in each class. The manufacturer that accumulates the most points in each class over the course of a season is declared the Manufacturer Champion.  With four races remaining, and Indian ahead of the next manufacturer by more than of 100 points, Indian Motorcycle has guaranteed a Manufacturer Championship.

Aboard the Scout FTR750, the Indian Wrecking Crew have combined for 30 of the season’s 42 total podiums. Mees, the season’s point leader, holds a 41-point lead ahead of Smith, while Baker rounds out the top three in the season’s standings.  Mees and Smith have tallied 11 first-place finishes, with seven going to Mees and four to Smith.

Indian Motorcycle Racing, backed by Allstate Insurance, has its sights set on an individual championship as American Flat Track returns to the Springfield Mile on September 3.

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DirtQuake 2017 – No Rules Racing

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August 17, 2017 4 pm

PARTNER FEATURE FROM RUSS BROWN MOTORCYCLE ATTORNEYS
BY ALICIA MARIAH ELFVING
Before jumping in to trying to describe the awesomeness that happened at last weekend’s DirtQuake USA in Castle Rock, Washington… we need to review the history of DirtQuake itself.
Dubbed “the Motorcycle Lifestyle Festival” by the DirtQuake folks themselves, they have the perfect explanation for it’s inception. “Irreverent racing is at the heart of DirtQuake. The action takes place on high-adrenaline, loose-surface oval circuits without the hassle, rules and costs usually associated with motorsport. DirtQuake is inclusive – giving riders, enthusiasts and even pro racers a unique chance to take on all comers.” Beginning in the UK, the event made it’s way to America just three years ago. Hosted by Sideburn Magazine and See See Motorcycles, it’s a big weekend long party surrounding fun races that, for $75, anyone with a safe motorcycle can participate in. Tickets cost $20 for the day/$30 for the weekend, and $20 per vehicle to camp.

Camp grounds were filled with big RVs, stylish vans, adventure trucks, and all different kinds and sizes of motorcycles were blasting around every which way. Dogs riding on the tank, kids driving golf carts, youngins riding side-by-side with their parents. Essentially a motorcycle Shangri-La, fun is being had on two wheels everywhere you look. An estimated three wheelies were popped every second that went by, smiles and laughter everywhere.

On track, riders adorned themselves with fun costumes, raced totally inappropriate motorcycles, and hammed it up for the crowd. Round five of the Superhooligan Series was fast and loud, getting cheers from the crowd as Indians and Harleys battled for podium positions. The racing classes included Dirt Tracker, Inappropriate Road Bike, Chopper, Women’s Class, Kitchen Sink (for everything else), 250 and 450. There was also some Lucha Libre style wrestling thrown in there just because.

The women’s class included our sponsored racer Leticia Cline on her Harley Street 750, and Malary Lee on a Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys sponsored Sportster. They battled it out with motocross racer, hooligan racer, and model Stephanie Pietz and gave everyone a show! Leticia banged bars with Tori of See See Motorcycles off the starting line of the final heat–having their own mini battle through the end.

Races ended at almost midnight, and the Chicken & Guns food truck was waiting for the hungry audience with free chicken and potato bowls (which by the way were beyond delicious). The shenanigans continued with a cacophony of engine sounds echoing out of a barn where folks decided they wanted their own taste of getting slideways around (much smaller) corners. And then… fireworks started going off directly overhead. They continued off and on for 15 or so minutes, cheers and engines calling out in every direction.
I’ve been to a ton of different events across America, and this was my first time at DirtQuake. I had goosebumps all day long, even through the fine layer of silty dirt that stuck to my sunscreen. It was sweaty hot for the first few hours of the day, but as the races really got going the temperature dropped to the perfect place. People shared motorcycles, food, booze, camp chairs, and fire pits. It had the closeness of a camping trip with a handful of your close friends, except there were hundreds of strangers all around. To say the least… you want to make it to next year’s DirtQuake.
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Throwback Thursday: A Legendary Quartet

Larry Lawrence
August 17, 2017 6 am
Shobert, Carr, Chandler and Parker Among All-Time Elites

Mitch Friedman Photo

Mitch Friedman happened to catch a great photo during the 1987 San Jose Mile with Bubba Shobert, Chris Carr, Doug Chandler and Scott Parker standing side by side during rider introductions.

This quartet represents four of the all-time greats of AMA Pro Racing. Between them you can count 215 AMA Grand National Championship race wins and 23 premier class national championship (Including Chandler and Shobert’s AMA Superbike titles).

To top it all off, Shobert and Chandler are owners of the fabled AMA Grand Slam, accomplished by only four riders in history (Kenny Roberts and Dick Mann being the other two).

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