Thursday, January 30, 2014

World Motocross Set To Air On CBS Sports Network

Youthstream, the promoters of the Motocross World Championship, announced today that this year’s motocross GPs will air on CBS Sports Network in the U.S. and Canada.

CBS Sports Network will showcase the GP Series as part of its CBS Sports Spectacular programming, according to Youthstream.

The Grand Prix Series will air on a same-day basis, starting with the opening round in Qatar on March 1.

The Monster Energy Motocross of Nations also has been confirmed to return on CBS Sports Network, Youthstream says. This year’s event will be held in Latvia at the Kegums circuit on September 28.

The agreement also provides television exposure to the World FIM Junior Motocross Championship, according to Youthstream. That event will be held on August 10 in Belgium.

“The partnership with CBS Sports Network represents a new milestone in the prestigious history of the FIM MXGP championship,” said Mario Marini, Youthstream’s Director of Corporate Relations. “With the recent upgrade across the entire branding and image of the MXGP series, with unparalleled coverage around the world, we add now this massive exposure in North America to fully serve the U.S. and Canadian audience and industry.”

Friday, January 17, 2014

40 Yeas for Supercross This Saturday

The second Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, race at Angel Stadium this Saturday will serve as the official “40th Anniversary Celebration Race.”
To kick the weekend off, several past champions will join Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey and Ken Roczen at the pre-race press conference and take part in a Q&A session that looks back at the 40 years of racing at Angel Stadium. 
On race day, fans can take part in a meet and greet at the Monster Energy Supercross 40th Anniversary Legends and Heroes display in the pit area, where iconic bikes and retro memorabilia will be on display. During opening ceremonies, all 22 Monster Energy Supercross champions will be presented a commemorative helmet before being introduced to the crowd during opening ceremonies.

The race track will be a replica of the 2001 Anaheim season opener, which marked the passing of the torch from seven-time 450SX Class Champion Jeremy McGrath to Ricky Carmichael, who went on to win five championships and sits second on the all-time win list. These two great champions will take a hot lap on the iconic track during opening ceremonies.
Many of the current teams and riders of Monster Energy Supercross are also expected to get into the throwback spirit of the 40th anniversary celebration, and fans are encouraged to embrace the commemorative theme.
“Supercross was a very important part of my racing experience,” said Pierre Karsmakers, the first-ever supercross champion. “I was fortunate enough to be a part of an emerging sport in its early years. My generation is so impressed by the new generation of riders and of course the development of the bikes. As the first AMA Supercross Champion, I have great respect to be honored with such remarkable riders at the 40th anniversary celebration”
“It is an honor to be among these 22 deserving champions of Monster Energy Supercross,” said Ryan Villopoto, the reigning three-time 450SX Class Champion who rides for Monster Energy Kawasaki. “I am especially excited to race at this 40th-anniversary event and to see the legends of the sport honored in front of a huge crowd. The second race at Anaheim is going to be a great race, and I am also looking forward to seeing everyone in the pits wearing their retro gear.”
“The 2014 season marks a special milestone for the sport as we celebrate its 40th anniversary,” said Todd Jendro, vice president of two-wheel operations, Feld Motor Sports. “We wanted to pay tribute to the heritage of the sport by hosting a commemorative race that reflects on Monster Energy Supercross’ remarkable evolution and expansion into the mainstream. For the first-time ever, we will have all 22 supercross champions on hand at Angel Stadium.” There should be a great turnout tomorrow night as a lot of hype is being generated for the retro bikes and past champions.  

450SX Class Champions Title(s) Year(s)
Jeremy McGrath          7         ’93; ’94; ’95; ’96; ’98; ’99; ‘00
Ricky Carmichael          5         ’01; ’02; ’03; ’05; ‘06
Bob Hannah                  3         ’77; ’78; ‘79
Jeff Stanton                  3         ’89; ’90; ‘92
Ryan Villopoto                  3         ’11; ’12; ‘13
Jeff Ward                          2          ’85; ‘87
Chad Reed                  2         ’04; ‘08
Rick Johnson                  2         ’86; ‘88
James Stewart                  2         ’07; ‘09
Pierre Karsmakers          1         ‘74
Jim Ellis                          1       ‘75
Jim Weinert                  1         ‘76
Mike Bell                          1         ‘80
Mark Barnett                  1         ‘81
Donnie Hansen                  1         ‘82
David Bailey                  1         ‘83
Johnny O’Mara          1             ‘84
J.M. Bayle                  1             ‘91
Jeff Emig                          1         ‘97
Ryan Dungey                  1         ‘10


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

JCR/Honda Heading to the GNCC Off-Road Motorcycle Series

For Immediate Release, January 14, 2014

San Clemente, CA:

JCR/Honda is excited to announce a multiyear partnership with American Honda to compete in the United States largest and most prestigious Off-Road racing series, the Grand National Cross Country series known as the GNCC. With this bold move from American Honda the statement is clear that it is moving forward in Off-Road motorcycle racing here in the US.

"I am ecstatic for this opportunity with JCR/Honda. American Honda and JCR have such a rich and successful heritage in racing together and words can't describe how thankful and excited I am for this opportunity to go GNCC Racing in 2014 as a part of their continuing Off-Road racing efforts." -- Chris Bach

"I am very excited for the new direction and new challenges. I have always admired GNCC's, from the professionalism of the series directors, the extraordinary attendance at each round, the high levels of media exposure, the teams and racers. With Honda's renewed interest in the series, it shows the value and prestige of America's largest Off-Road racing series. I am also excited to announce that we recently signed 2013 #3 GNCC rider Chris Bach. Chris is a fast, young talent with a lot of maturity and is a very methodical racer that fits our program perfectly. We have already begun working with him and are committed to building a successful program.  One of the energizing points for me is the opportunity to race in a new atmosphere with new fans at some great venues. I have no doubt that this will be an amazing year. We will be racing the 2014 Honda CRF450R and our goal is to be on the podium and show the GNCC world the capability, durability, handling and performance of the Honda brand." -- Johnny Campbell



Monday, January 13, 2014

Johnny Campbell Racing, Inc (JCR) Is Officially Announcing Its Withdrawal From SCORE International Baja Racing For 2014

San Clemente, CA: Johnny Campbell Racing, Inc (JCR) the most dominate motorcycle Off-Road racing team to compete in Baja, Mexico, is officially announcing its withdrawal from SCORE International Baja racing for 2014.
Honda has enjoyed participating in Baja competition for over 51 years. Within Honda’s rich Baja racing history racers like Dave Ekins, Al Baker, Bruce Ogilvie, Chuck Miller, Johnny Campbell, Steve Hengeveld, Robby Bell, Kendall Norman, Quinn Cody, Colton Udall, Timmy Weigand and others have amassed over 23 victories in the most grueling Off-Road race in the world. Johnny’s personal record of 11-Overall wins plus 6 as a team owner and manager total an astounding 17-consecutive Baja 1000 victories for Honda, a record that is likely to never be equaled. The JCR/Honda team will be taking on a new set of exciting challenges that will be announced in the near future.
“With so much success over the past two decades of Baja motorcycle racing, the time has come for us to search out new opportunities and a new set of goals. JCR/Honda has had an amazing experience working with SCORE International and an even better experience living the Baja dream. The extraordinary fans, the great sponsors and supporters all have made this lifestyle a gift I truly cherish.
I have been honored to carry on the legacy of my great mentor – the late Bruce Ogilvie – who’s passion for Baja and this program has been carried on through the spirit of this team. The biggest thing that has made JCR and Honda so successful in Baja racing is the JCR/Honda race support crews, they are the backbone of this program. Without the selfless sacrifices of the pit captains and crews we would be nowhere. If just one crew person is not in the right place at the right time, the wins and championships would not have been obtainable. I sincerely thank each and everyone who has stood hand in hand with myself and the JCR/Honda team through the decades of dominance. Our new direction will be announced shortly. I have no doubt this will be an amazing year.”
With absolute respect to all,
Johnny Campbell

Article from Dirt Rider

Monday, January 6, 2014

JAMES STEWART RE-SIGNS WITH BELL HELMETS

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA, January 4, 2014 – Bell Helmets announced legendary motocross champion James “Bubba” Stewart will continue to wear the Bell Moto-9 Carbon throughout the 2014 and 2015 Supercross and Motocross seasons. Stewart’s decision to stay with Bell reinforces the reality that when safety and success are at stake, top professionals choose Bell Helmets.

“Wearing a Bell has certainly provided a big confidence boost over the past four years.” said Stewart. “No other helmet company designs for protection against the full range of crash or impact scenarios that we face in motocross like Bell does. Bottom line is that Bell’s proven they will protect me best in all situations.”

Stewart, a five-time AMA Supercross Champion and three-time AMA Motocross Champion, is arguably the most accomplished active rider in the sport. He’s the second rider in history after the legendary Ricky Carmichael to complete a perfect motocross season (24 wins in 24 races) and boasts more wins in Motocross and Supercross than all but one rider in history.

A unique connection exists between Stewart and the Moto 9, as he actually had a hands-on role in the development of the original Moto 9 when first signing with Bell in 2009. In light of this history and the superior benefits of the Moto 9, the decision to extend the relationship was fairly obvious.

“There isn’t a helmet brand out there that wouldn’t want James running their helmet, and therefore, he truly has the pick of the litter,” said Pat Houlihan, Sports Marketing Manager – Bell Powersports. “It says a lot about Bell, the Moto 9 and our 60-year commitment to protection and performance innovations, that James chose to extend his relationship with us for two more years.”

"The Bell Moto-9 is one of the best and safest helmets made today", says former President of the Bell Motorcycle division and current owner of The Helmet Man, Inc.  The helmets of yesteryear were nice but nothing like the new Moto-9 Carbon!  The Untra-light Full Carbon Shell comes in at 1450 Grams making this one of the lightest helmets today.  The Exclusive Magnefusion Emergency Removal System (MERS) (cheekpads) and the Removable and washable X-Static® silver lined Extended Wear interior make getting the helmet on/off  and keeping it clean and snap.  Need to adjust the flying bridge visor no problem, the QuickFlip visor screws allow you to do this with your gloves on.  The Moto-9 Carbon comes in 6 sizes with adjustable cheekpads to get a custom fit.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher was in a stable condition on Wednesday, three days after suffering brain injuries in a skiing accident, his agent Sabine Kehm said outside the French hospital treating him.

Kehm urged journalists to respect the 44-year-old German's privacy after security guards said they intercepted a reporter disguised as a priest trying to get into Schumacher's room.

"Security got him before he came close ... I don't want to go into details of what exactly we are doing security-wise. However I can assure you there is security because we do have constant attempts from media and people to come close," she said.

Schumacher is battling for his life after slamming his head against a rock while skiing off-piste in the French resort of Meribel on Sunday.

"His condition remains stable this morning. At the moment this is good news but I don't want to go into further prospects as it is too early. He is still in an artificial coma," Kehm said at the hospital in the eastern city of Grenoble.

She added the "situation remained critical" and declined to comment on his recovery prospects. Doctors carried out an operation on Monday to alleviate the build-up of pressure in Schumacher's skull as a result of internal bleeding.

Schumacher's accident triggered an outpouring of concern among fans, former team-mates and rivals around the world. German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her shock and hopes for a recovery.

Schumacher's wife Corinna and teenage children Mick and Gina-Marie are at his bedside and he has received visits from his retired motor racing brother Ralf and close friends.

"They have the possibility to see him and be close to him so that is nice. There is always someone with him," said Kehm.

Meanwhile, his family posted a message on Schumacher's website that said "we would like to thank the people from all around the world who have expressed their sympathy and sent their best wishes for his recovery."

"We all know he is a fighter and will not give up," it said.

Schumacher, who is due to turn 45 on Friday, is the most successful Formula One driver of all times with a record 91 race victories in a career spanning more than two decades.

He left the sport last year after a less successful three-year comeback with Mercedes following an earlier retirement from Ferrari at the end of 2006.

Michael Schumacher is a retired German racing driver. Schumacher is a seven-time Formula One World Champion and is widely regarded as one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time.