Thursday, July 31, 2014

Trey Canard Re-Signs With Honda

Trey Canard has inked a two-year deal with American Honda that will see the Oklahoman on the factory Honda CRF450R in the 2015 and 2016 AMA Supercross and 450 Pro Motocross Championships.
“I’m so excited to continue my long relationship with Honda for another two years,” Canard said. “The company, the team and everyone involved is really motivated about racing, and we’re all pushing hard and doing our best. I’ll continue to always give my best effort over these next two years, and we’re shooting for wins and championships. The enthusiasm around Honda right now is a really good thing that I’m excited to be a part of, and I think 2015 is going to be a great year for us.”
After sitting out the entire 2014 AMA Supercross series while recovering from a broken arm, Canard has made a notable comeback this summer in AMA Pro Motocross, regularly finishing on the podium. With three rounds remaining, he currently sits third in the 450cc championship point standings.
“We are very much looking forward to having Trey back with Honda for two more years,” said Ray Conway, Director of Racing at American Honda. “He has been with the company for his entire professional career, and he is a joy to work with. His performance this season, particularly in the Pro Motocross Championship, demonstrates his potential, and we’re expecting even better things from him in 2015 and ’16.”
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This is great news for Honda and Canard.  As one of the most likeable riders racing today and from coming back SO MANY times from injury….Here’s to you!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Motocross: James Stewart To Skip Washougal National

James Stewart will not compete in tomorrow’s National MX at Washougal.
The Yoshimura Suzuki Team announced today, Friday, July 26, that James Stewart will not be participating in tomorrow’s Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship at Washougal MX Park in Washougal, Washington. The team cites health reasons for his withdrawal but did not reveal any specific information about his health issues.
Last week at the Millville National, Stewart fell in the first moto but came up through pack to finish out the race in seventh. After lining up for the second moto, Stewart retreated back to the pits saying that he felt dizzy.
Stewart is expected to return to action at the next round at Unadilla in New Berlin, New York, on August 9.
 "It's been a tough few weeks," said Yoshimura Suzuki Team Manager Mike Webb. "Since James' sweep at High Point we've been dealt a good bit of bad luck. Add to that his retirement from the second moto last week for health reasons, we feel it's best to sit out Washougal. That will give us an extra weekend to rest up and get ready to come back strong at Unadilla."
Stewart is currently fourth in the 450-class points standings. He is four points ahead of Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Brett Metcalfe and 76 points behind third place Trey Canard (Honda Muscle Milk).

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Motocross: Chad Reed And Dunlop Part Ways

Chad Reed’s TwoTwo Motorsports and Dunlop have agreed to mutually end their partnership, which will allow Reed’s team to expand their relationship with its title sponsor, Discount Tire. Dunlop had been the official race tire of Chad Reed and TwoTwo Motorsports for the past four years.
 “I’m very thankful for the support Dunlop has shown TwoTwo Motorsports and myself since 2010,” said Reed. “Over the past four years, I have had the privilege to watch Dunlop develop cutting-edge products for my team and the industry. As an independent team owner I am forced to make hard decisions. I would sincerely like to extend my gratitude to the entire Dunlop team and wish them nothing but success moving forward. We are excited for the future of TwoTwo Motorsports and the impact we continue to make on the industry.”
According to Dunlop, Reed will finish out the season without Dunlop support. The speculation is that Reed will switch to Pirelli through TwoTwo Motorsports' title sponsor, Discount Tires, and the move is motivated by the need to secure sponsorship money.
“Dunlop always encourages the expansion of our sport, especially in the case of a sponsor from outside the motorcycle industry who has the ability to put motorcycle racing in front of a larger audience,” said Mike Buckley, senior vice president of sales, marketing and R&D. “Chad is a great competitor, and we wish him well for the 2014 season.”
Reed currently sits ninth overall in the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Series with a highest finish of seventh at RedBud, however, the Aussie off-road star won two rounds of this year’s Supercross series and was having one of his best years in a while when he went down with a broken collarbone in San Diego.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

U.S. House bill congratulates AMA on 90th anniversary


A bi-partisan bill before the U.S. House of Representatives congratulates and commends the American Motorcyclist Association on its 90th anniversary as the nation’s premier advocate for motorcyclists and the motorcycle lifestyle.
Introduced by U.S. Reps. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio), Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio), and Timothy Walz (D-Minn.) — and cosponsored by Reps. Collin Peterson (D-Minn.), Tim Walberg (R-Mich.), Tim Griffin (R-Ark.), Andy Harris (R-Md.) and Reid Ribble (R-Wis.) — H.R. 650 calls the AMA’s membership “the world’s largest and most dedicated group of motorcycle enthusiasts.”
“We are honored that the House of Representatives recognizes the important role the AMA plays in defending the rights of motorcyclists on the road, on the trails and on the tracks,” said Wayne Allard, AMA vice president for government relations. “Our organization has been – and remains – at the forefront of political and legislative efforts to ensure that motorcyclists’ freedoms are protected and expanded.”
Founded in 1924, the AMA is the premier advocate for the motorcycling community, representing the interests of millions of American on- and off-highway motorcyclists and all-terrain-vehicle riders. The AMA’s mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling.
Through member clubs, promoters, and partners, the AMA also sanctions about 2,600 events annually, including 1,845 competition events.
The AMA’s headquarters, in Pickerington, Ohio, is home to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, which honors those who have contributed to the history of motorcycling through political activism, culture, and sport, and which preserves the heritage of motorcycling for future generations.
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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

CORINNA SCHUMACHER RETURNS TO PUBLIC WITH ENCOURAGING NEWS

Corinna Schumacher, seen here with husband Michael at the 2011 Formula 1 race in Abu Dhabi, made her first public appearance in six months earlier this week. (Photo: Getty Images)

Corinna Schumacher has delivered an encouraging message about the progress of her injured husband.
Now out of his long coma, F1 legend Michael Schumacher was transferred from intensive care in Grenoble to a Swiss rehabilitation clinic three weeks ago.

No official updates have been provided since then, but his wife Corinna buoyed hopes this week when she appeared happy and beaming in a series of photos.

According to the Mirror, during her first public appearance in months, Mrs. Schumacher “laughed and joked” as she attended a horse riding event in Switzerland.

Now, a quote has emerged in the German women’s magazine Neue Post that adds to the feeling of optimism about seven-time world champion Schumacher’s future.


“Moving forwards,” said Corinna when asked about her husband’s progress. “Slowly, of course, but at least we go forward.”

Posted by GMM Newswire