Wednesday, November 27, 2013


Blame it on MX2 World Champions coming to America, or a healthy amateur system that delivers hoards of intense, talented rookies to the pro ranks every year. Blame it on the injuries that occasionally leave the 450 Class bereft of its top talent. Blame it on whatever you choose, but it won’t change the fact that the premier class has frequently played second fiddle to the smaller bikes in the thrills-per-gallon department in recent years. And with Christophe Pourcel returning to competition this summer on a 250, an already deep class is going to get even more competitive.
Rumors of the former MX2 World Champ’s return have been in play since he left the American scene after a short and ill-fated stint on a 450 with MotoConcepts in 2011. But until now they were always just that—rumors. Until now. Racer X has confirmed that Pourcel has signed a one-year deal with Valli Motorsports Yamaha to race a YZ250F in the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. He’ll be on factory equipment, and since he’s not racing supercross, it’s safe to say that he’s going to be both prepared and very familiar with the bike by the time the gate drops at Glen Helen in May. The question is, does he still have what it takes to rule the class?

Christophe Pourcel will return to Lucas Oil Pro Motocross in 2014.
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It’s a hard question to answer. The Crafty Frenchman was nearly unstoppable in 2009 and 2010. He cruised to a pair of Eastern Regional 250SX titles in those years, and would have taken home a pair of 250 National titles if it weren’t for some nasty luck. A blown engine at Southwick in the first moto and a crash in the second handed the title to Dungey in 2009, while a small crash made huge waves, thanks to the resulting dislocated shoulder, at the season finale at Pala in 2010. Trey Canard became a National Champion that day while Pourcel once again experienced heartbreak when the title was wrenched from his hands for the second year in a row.

Much has changed since then. There are new tracks on the schedule and Marvin Musquin had yet to arrive. There’s also the question of Pourcel’s speed. He had it in spades in 2009 and 2010, but will he have it in 2014? There are enough variables here to frustrate a math professor, much less a bench racer. What isn’t a variable is the fact that whether you love him or hate him, it’s going to be extremely interesting to see how he stacks up in a class full of hungry youngsters and experienced veterans. Will he come in like a wolf, or will he be thrown to them?

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Friday, November 22, 2013

More Big News From Honda For 2014

TORRANCE, CA- November 21, 2013 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – For the second time this November, Honda is bringing big news to the Powersports marketplace. And it’s really big news-literally.

“Today a motorcycling icon returns in all-new form,” said Powersports Press Manager Bill Savino. “The Valkyrie is back, but this isn’t a motorcycle that celebrates the past. This is a cruiser unlike any other for people who want to seize the future, who appreciate distinctive style, who want the kind of performance no cruiser can match. The Valkyrie redefines the term “muscle cruiser.’

The Valkyrie is an enthusiast-based motorcycle targeted at serious riders looking for a special ride that sets them apart from the crowd and also delivers performance that’s clearly a cut above the rest. True to its iconic name, the Valkyrie targets the hearts and souls of enthusiasts in a way that only Honda can.”

The Valkyrie® name is legendary, and the machine first introduced in 1996 has a hard-core following to this day. Now for 2014, the Valkyrie takes that unmistakable swagger to a whole new level.

It’s a winning formula: Take a legendary machine, strip it down to the essentials to shed pounds, wrap it in minimalist bodywork and power it with an engine that produces ground-shaking torque and an unmistakable six-cylinder howl. The core of this remarkable custom is Honda’s unique 1832cc liquid-cooled horizontally opposed six-cylinder engine that also powers the Gold Wing® and Gold Wing F6B. With an awe-inspiring power-to-weight ratio, aluminum twin-spar frame and suspension system tuned for serious riders, the Valkyrie is all about unparalleled performance and style. With a curb weight of 750 pounds, the Valkyrie is a welterweight with a heavyweight punch that also includes modern touches; LED headlight, taillight and turn signals, multi-function digital LCD instrumentation and available Anti-Lock Braking System. The Valkyrie is one totally cool ride that’s set so far apart from anything else on the market it has to be experienced to be believed. Colors: Black, Dark Red Metallic, Blue Metallic; Price: TBD; Availability: April

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Friday, November 8, 2013

MotoGP: Valencia Burgess "blindsided" by Rossi split

Valentino Rossi's long-time crew chief Jerry Burgess has said he was blindsided by his rider's decision to not renew his Yamaha MotoGP contract into 2014.

Rossi announced yesterday that he and the Australian veteran would not work together next season as he needed to try something new in order to get back on the top step more regularly.

"Clearly, it blindsided me. I was not expecting it whatsoever but I knew yesterday when Valentino invited me into his trailer that we weren't going in there for the Christmas bonus," said Burgess, speaking to Valencia.

 "I haven't made any plans for the future at this stage. My intention, obviously, was to continue next year, dependant on results and desire. Our contracts are year by year so we are at liberty to make that call. We have been four years chasing rainbows, we haven't nailed anything decent.

These are long periods in racing and it becomes more difficult. I have read many sports biographies and in many cases, top sportsmen in the latter part of his career may have a change of caddy or change of coach. This is part of that fix, this is part of trying to get Valentino back on top, to extend his career and be competitive.

 "Obviously I'm disappointed but I understand that some change was necessary and only history will determine the outcome of this adjustment. It's an adjustment to improve the package for Valentino and if this does it than it's been a success."
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Friday, November 1, 2013

AXO America Posts Over a Quarter of a Million Dollars in Supercross and Arenacross Contingency

SANTA CLARITA, CA – October 31, 2013 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – AXO America, Inc. is proud to announce contingency programs for the 2014 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series and the 2014 Amsoil Arenacross series. AXO’s contingency program is the product of our idea of giving back to our riders for their unparalleled work and support to us not only as a brand, but as a community.  In order to fulfill this opportunity, we will give our full attention and support to our Supercross and Arenacross riders including both professionals and amateurs. Racers of any age or class will be able to qualify for our contingency program.

The Monster Energy Supercross contingency program will pay out cash to all those riders that make the main event. There will also be significant championship bonuses for first through tenth place. In order to qualify for Supercross contingency racers must minimally wear AXO jersey and pants.

The Amsoil Arenacross contingency program will pay out AXO credits and additional product discounts. The AX and AX Lites classes will receive AXO credit and all of the amateur classes will receive additional AXO product discounts. In order to qualify for the AX and AX Lites classes contingency racers must minimally wear AXO jersey and pants and/or AXO boots. To qualify for the discounts in all amateur classes riders do not need to be wearing AXO, although it is encouraged. The additional discounts are provided to help those racers get into top of the line, high quality gear at little to no price.

“I am really excited to kick off this new program for 2014 season. I want to show riders that AXO is committed and dedicated to helping them reach their racing goals and these new contingency programs are going to do just that.” said Vicki Mitchell, AXO Rider Rep.

AXO is still accepting resumes for 2014 sponsorship, which will help riders become a part of this great new program. To apply for sponsorship please send a resume to If you have any further questions about the contingency programs or AXO’s rider support program please email or give us a call at (661) 257-0916.  Both contingency programs will be run through Feld Motorsports and additional information will be available to riders from Feld.

AXO Sport was established in 1978 and immediately became industry leader in footwear, clothing and protective apparel for motorcycle enthusiasts. Initially focused on the off-road, AXO quickly broadened its range of products. Today AXO provides its customers with a full set of gear from head-to-toe for street and motocross riding. AXO’s range of products is constantly evolving; new and innovative items are developed daily, to suit the needs and ever-changing tastes in the motorcycle apparel market.

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