Monday, September 29, 2014

2014 Motocross Of Nations Race Results

The 2014 Motocross of Nations is now complete, as the weekend’s three motos were run on the very rough and challenging Zelta Zirgs circuit in Riga, Latvia.   France has won in dominating fashion ahead of the Belgians, with the Americans rounding out the podium.

As with every running of the MXoN, plenty of unforeseen issues played a part in the overall scores by riders and nations, with an unlikely winner taking home top honors and the Chamberlain Trophy by a massive margin. At the start Alexandr Tonkov ushered the field into the first turn, but the Russian rider had quick company in Gautier Paulin. The French rider slipped from fourth place to second place in the early laps, and began a fevered pursuit of the Husqvarna-mounted Russian. The pace set pace the two riders on the ever-changing track was impressive and had both at the limits of their skill levels at times, with mistakes striking both at different times. Paulin made a number of pass attempts in the same section of track, and finally one all-out run through the lane helped the Kawasaki rider take the lead.

Once Paulin passed Tonkov, the Russian came under attack from Ryan Dungey. The American rider passed German Max Nagl to take third place, and then spent the rest of the moto pursuing Tonkov. A mistake by Tonkov in a tight corner while navigating through lapped traffic allowed Dungey the chance to slip by, but the time spent dueling with Tonkov allowed Paulin to pull away with the moto win.

Fellow America Jeremy Martin entered the day with broken bones in his right foot, and the injury obviously affected the MX2 rider through the motos. A late-gate pick forced Martin to an outside gate and he began the moto deep in the running order. He spent the duration of the eighteen-lap race fighting for position, and climbed to an eventual eleventh place finish.

Antonio Cairoli of Italy and Jeremy van Horebeek of Belgium carved through the pack simultaneously, and the pair rad as high as sixth and seventh place midway through the moto. Cairoli’s rise came to an abrupt end, however, as he was pitched off of the motorcycle in a fast area of the course. After limping off of the course with an apparent knee injury, the Italian withdrew from the moto. The Belgian, meanwhile, continued on to a fourth place finish.

Great Britain’s Tommy Searle and Shaun Simpson were in prime positions midway through the moto, but engine issues plagued Simpson’s KTM and forced the MXGP rider to coax his motorcycle the finish. The English MX2 rider carried the team for the moto, finishing just between Glenn Coldenhoff of the Netherlands and Dylan Ferrandis of France in the top-ten. These three were the only MX2 riders to crack the top-ten in moto one, with a pass by Ferrandis coming in the final lap.

  For just the second time in history, Team France took top honors in the Motocross of Nations and did so with strong performances by all three of its riders.  The French trio finished every moto inside the top 10 and were led by top-man Paulin, who won both the MXGP/MX2 and MXGP/Open motos.  This consistency carried the team to their second overall victory in the event’s history.

Belgium’s Kevin Strijbos was the other moto winner; he topped the MX2/Open moto.  The Belgium's rode well and and at times looked as if they could take home the trophy but that would not be the case.  Team USA put in some good rides both Eli Tomac (6-3) and Ryan Dungey (2-11), but first-lap crashes that put them back in the field pretty much ruined their hopes for the overall team win

The final results were as follows:
France: 17 points
Belgium: 27 points
USA: 33 points
Great Britain: 33 points
Germany: 72 points
Italy: 73 points
Switzerland: 74 points
Russia: 75 points
Estonia: 77 points
Netherlands: 80 points

Friday, September 19, 2014


SANTA MONICA, CA (September 19, 2014) – Following last week’s announcement of eight riders for the Open Class, Red Bull Straight Rhythm presented by Dodge Dart today announced the first eight riders to compete in its 250cc Class. The eight new names complete half of the total bracket, which will square off in the head-to-head motocross competition on Saturday, Oct. 4 at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, Calif., for a $100,000 purse.
Filling out the first half of the 250cc Class are Marvin Musquin, Justin Hill, Zach Bell, Jessy Nelson, Nico Izzi, Darryn Durham, Jordan Smith, and Ryan Surratt. The inaugural event will feature 32-riders facing off in a bracketed single-elimination format, racing on a 1/2 mile-long, “unwound” track. By removing the turns, riders must focus exclusively on reading the terrain and correctly judging their speed for precise distance and control. Tickets are available for $20 at
The remainder of participating riders will be announced in the days leading up to the event.
Red Bull Straight Rhythm will also air on NBC on Saturday, December 20 at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT as part of the Red Bull Signature Series, a collection of the most progressive action sports events in the world. For more information, please visit
Auto Club Raceway at Pomona is the oldest and most well known venue on the NHRA drag racing series circuit. Built in 1951, it was opened as a way to encourage street racers to compete safely, and was built through the combined efforts of the Pomona Valley Timing Association, Pomona Police Chief Ralph Parker and the Los Angeles County Fairgrounds. In 1992, Auto Club Raceway entered the final phases of a $4.5-million modernization project, which included the installation of permanent grandstand seats that can accommodate up to 40,000 fans.
The Red Bull Signature Series is a collection of the most progressive action sports events in the world, featuring some of Red Bull’s top properties including Frozen Rush, Joyride, Dreamline, Rampage and Straight Rhythm. Red Bull Media House and Alli Sports, a division of the NBC Sports Group, showcase the most progressive and innovative snowboarding, mountain biking, freestyle motocross, ice cross downhill, skiing and BMX events, on custom courses from the inspiration of the athletes themselves. For more information, please visit Be sure to follow the Red Bull Signature Series on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Justin Hill Inks Deal with Red Bull KTM

Following two seasons at Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki Justin Hill has signed with Red Bull KTM. The team announced the deal today, and says it is for the 2015 250 SX West Region series and the 250 Class in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross.
Here is the official statement from the team:
Murrieta, CA – The Red Bull KTM Factory Team is excited to announce it has signed Justin Hill to race the 250 SX West Supercross Series and the Lucas Oil Pro 250 Motocross Championship for the 2015 season.
Hill hails from the state of Oregon where he lived throughout his amateur motocross career. It was at a young age that Hill became recognized as an upcoming star after securing multiple amateur motocross titles which led to a factory ride in his rookie season in 2013. During that season he earned two top five finishes in the 250 SX West Supercross Series.
In 2014, Hill landed on the podium five times in the 250 SX West Supercross Series. His first professional career win was at the San Diego Supercross. He also took a win at the Las Vegas East/West Shootout. Hill was sitting inside the top ten in points in the 250 Motocross class earlier this season before a shoulder injury sidelined him at Millville forcing him to sit out the remainder of the series.
“Obviously Justin’s improvement in the past year caught our eye,” stated Red Bull KTM Factory Team Manager Roger De Coster. “We saw him take two wins in the Supercross series and saw a lot of potential in his outdoor results as well. We are excited to have him join our team this season and feel he will complement our other rider, Marvin Musquin, very well giving the Red Bull KTM Team a competitive rider on each coast in the Supercross series.”
Hill was equally excited about signing with Red Bull KTM, stating, “I’m really happy to get the opportunity to join the Red Bull KTM Factory Team and work with Team Manager Roger De Coster. I’ve always been a big fan of Roger and what he has accomplished throughout his career. I’m looking at this as a fresh start with an exciting brand and an opportunity to join a race-focused company which is a perfect fit for me.” 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Travis Pastrana To Race In Red Bull Straight Rhythm

Former 125cc Motocross and Supercross Champion Travis Pastrana will compete in the Red Bull Straight Rhythm motocross event scheduled for October 4 at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California, according to event sponsor Red Bull.
Pastrana will have a busy month as he is also set to compete in the Red Bull Global Rallycross, September 19-21, at the port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, California.
“Either of these events are enough to get me excited, but the notion of taking them both on, just weeks apart, is exactly the kind of challenge I salivate over,” said Pastrana. “I love racing Rallycross, and I’m really pumped up for the totally new format of Red Bull Straight Rhythm.”
Pastrana’s participation in Red Bull Straight Rhythm will mark the first motocross event he has competed in since taking a five-year hiatus from the sport to focus on four-wheel racing.
 “Most people who know me know that it’s really tough for me to turn my back on a new challenge, and when I heard about the new head-to-head format of Red Bull Straight Rhythm, I instantly felt that tug on my heart to get into the mix,” said Pastrana. “A one-of-a-kind format demands a one-of-a-kind machine, and my team and I are bringing some seriously heavy artillery to the party in Pomona.”
 The buzz around Pastrana’s return came when he released a video on his Instagram account featuring a 500cc two-stroke bike he had specifically built to race at Red Bull Straight Rhythm. While traditional Supercross races allow for only 250cc and 450cc classes, this event instead has a 250cc class and an open class. When Pastrana got wind of the freedom from traditional engine size restraints in the open class, he decided to build the 500.
By Cycle News Staff 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Troy Lee Designs Announces New Multi-Year Deal with KTM Motorsports

Troy Lee Designs (TLD) announces a multi-year deal with KTM Motorsports which will see the Troy Lee Designs / Lucas Oil / Red Bull / KTM team riders compete in both the 2015 AMA Supercross Series as well as the 2015 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship aboard
Red Bull / KTM supported motorcycles.
Jessy Nelson

Structured as a multi-year alliance, the cooperative effort will include both the factory supported Troy Lee Designs / Lucas Oil / Red Bull / KTM race team in addition to creating a newly defined infrastructure that will partner the successful KTM initiated Orange Brigade amateur program into the TLD operation. The mission of the initiative will be to create a world class structure which will bring talented young motocross racers into the KTM program, and in doing so, provide them with all of the technical assistance and professional guidance needed to help them achieve their goals in the sport, be they amateur national titles or AMA Pro Racing Number One plates.
Jessy Nelson
"I can't even put into words how excited we are to be teaming up with KTM," says Troy Lee of the new racing collaboration. “We dream big over here at TLD, and in order to get to where we want to be, we needed a company that not only lives and breathes, and most importantly, believes in racing, but also one that has the infrastructure and equipment to help us reach our immediate, near and long term goals in the sport. More than any other company in modern history, KTM has proven to the motocross world that they are here to win and they will do absolutely anything that it takes to make that happen. To my way of seeing things, KTM takes a racing stance of 'we need to race and race to win, then we’ll worry about selling motorcycles later.' That’s just amazing to me and a philosophy both I and my employees want to be a part of. First and foremost, Troy Lee Designs is a racing company and the attitude KTM displays will motivate all of us to go above and beyond in our mission to become the planet’s elite program for developing young talent into The World’s Fastest Racers.”
Added Jon-Erik Burleson, President of KTM North America, of the comprehensive TLD amateur and professional racing cooperative: "For the past four years we have been building a program to start with our Orange Brigade kids at an early stage and bring them all the way through our program to the professional level. By adding the TLD program, we can finally say all of the core components are there. They have a proven 250 program and a keen interest in farming from our already strong amateur program. Add to that the amazingly creative brand of Troy Lee Designs and we not only get a racing program, but a great collaboration of our two brands that will be really exciting to see develop over the next few years."

Furthermore, the new partnership between Troy Lee Designs and Red Bull / KTM will see the world famous TLD design firm and paint shop collaborating on a spectrum of new and innovative projects and products which will blend the style and creativity TLD is globally recognized for, with the world class, competition-proven racing equipment design, built and refined by KTM.

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