Tuesday, October 21, 2014

2015 Monster Energy Supercross TV Schedule Announced

AURORA, Ill. – Feld Motor Sports® and FOX Sports announced today the 2015 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, television schedule that includes 17 live races, headlined by the first-ever live FOX network broadcast from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., on Saturday, April 25.
The 2015 Monster Energy Supercross season opens Saturday, Jan. 3, in Anaheim, Calif., with the first of 12 live races on FOX Sports 1. Three races currently are scheduled to air live on FOX Sports 2, with all races available live through the FOX Sports GO app, which will provide live streaming of every Monster Energy Supercross race.
“The 2015 Monster Energy Supercross television package on FOX Sports is a testament to the network’s strengthening commitment to help grow the Monster Energy Supercross brand,” said Ken Hudgens, COO, Feld Motor Sports. “The 2015 television package is the strongest ever and signifies a major milestone with the first ever live airing on FOX Broadcast Network.  The riders, teams, manufacturers, sponsors, and entire sport will be elevated by the live network broadcast on FOX.  This is a major announcement that is great for everyone involved, including the broad viewing audience.”
A key change to the races in 2015 will be the start time for all races (except East Rutherford). Each race will start 30 minutes earlier, at 7:00pm local race time, with the afternoon pit parties also starting 30 minutes earlier at Noon local race time.  This is a better race time, and television time, for Monster Energy Supercross fans, including those on the east coast.
Monster Energy Supercross’ international television footprint, which reached over 100 countries in 2014, will be announced soon and will once again include live television in Australia, among others.  All in, there has never been more live television, more viewers, or more global broadcast hours for Monster Energy Supercross.
“Monster Energy Supercross offers some of the most intense on-track action in all of motor sports and we believe we have put together a very strong television package for 2015,” said Patrick Crakes, FOX Sports SVP of Programming, Scheduling and Content Strategy.
The FOX Sports broadcast team of Ralph Sheheen, Jeff Emig and Jenny Taft returns in 2015, with guest analyst appearances from five-time Monster Energy Supercross Champion Ricky Carmichael.
Additional television announcements surrounding the 2015 Monster Energy Supercross seasons will be coming shortly. 2015 Monster Energy Supercross television schedule (all times ET and subject to change):

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Bell Moto-9 Flex Off-Road Helmet


Bell Helmets has introduced the Moto-9 Flex – its newest motocross helmet offering a radical advancement in managing energy across the wide array of impact scenarios common with off-road motorcycling. At the heart of the Moto-9 Flex is Bell’s exclusive “progressive layering” technology – a system of three unique protective materials, each designed to address specific impact velocities while simultaneously working in harmony to deliver Bell’s most comprehensive level of protection available today.
 
With helmet manufacturers recently touting innovations for specific scenarios, such as low speed or rotational impacts, Bell has created a helmet that effectively addresses various possible scenario, including high, medium or low speed, or rotational impacts. In off-road racing, where a bevy of impact scenarios are possible, it seemed only logical for Bell to develop a helmet that effectively addresses many potential impacts. 
 
Together with the Advanced Concepts Group at BRG Sports, Bell discovered Expanded Polyolefin (EPO), which actually works in tandem with the often used Expanded Polypropylene (EPP) and Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) layering systems. EPO is a soft and flexible low-density polymer that, when placed between the EPP and EPS layers, dampens low-threshold impacts.
 
By combining these three materials at varying densities Bell has created an energy management system that excels in low, mid, and high-speed impacts. Along with the three potential impact speeds, Bell has addressed rotational energy management by engineering a “slip zone” within the Moto-9 Flex impact liner. The “slip zone” allows for subtle movement between the inner layers and works to reduce rotational energy transfer from angular impacts. 
 
Bell also addressed head comfort with the Moto-9 Flex, with its “Adaptive Fit” system containing a segmented construction in the EPO layer, which conforms to a rider’s head for a better fit and more predictable energy management. To further improve comfort, Bell included its top-of-the-line Velocity Flow Ventilation system, which offers maximum helmet ventilation and temperature control.
 
Moto-9 Flex technologies include a lightweight composite carbon shell, a velocity flow ventilation system for maximum cooling, a fully adjustable Flying Bridge Visor with air intake vents, and QuickFlip visor screws for easy adjustment even with gloves on.

The helmet will be available for purchase in Jan. 2015 @ www.thehelmeman.com and shipment should arrive in March 2015.

Certification: Snell M2015, DOT  Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL
 

Retails for $599.95.  

Monday, October 6, 2014

RYAN VILLOPOTO TO RACE 2015 ISDE?

Transmoto‘s close friends at Enduro21 have reported that Ryan Villopoto is seriously (nah, like, seriously) considering racing the 2015 International Six Days Enduro in Slovakia… Here’s what they’re saying:
Enduro21 has learned that Ryan Villopoto is seriously considering racing the 2015 ISDE in Slovakia. Already set to be in Europe next year, it’s understood that he will take a little time out from his motocross commitments to race the Six Days…
“It’s an event Ryan would do well at,” commented Brian, a man with a name similar to Ryan. “He’s an awesome ruts rider, and most people are expecting there’ll be lots of ruts in Slovakia. He’ll be awesome – a real surprise package given the right machinery.”
The bike the-most-awesomest-rider-of-nearly-all-time will race is not yet known. But speculation is rife that it’ll either be a mid-90s Jeff Fredett’s KDX or something else, most likely fitted with Bark Busters and an auto-clutch.
Believed to be super-pumped about the prospect of visiting Slovakia next September, sorcerers close to the rider that’s won lots of indoor races lately believe that he’ll have the 2015 MXGP title wrapped up and will be free to follow his heart and race in the woods.
“There won’t be any clashes with other races, even if Ryan hasn’t managed to win the MXGP title by then. Ryan’s a big deal, he knows people, knows people who know people, and has people who know people. A championship schedule is never really fixed, I’m sure things will get switched up to allow Ryan to race the six days.”
As is often the case, no sooner had Enduro21 learned about Villopoto’s plans to race Six Days, the conspiracy theorists were already busy doing the math, putting two and two together and coming up with completely crazy nonsense.
“Everything Ryan has planned for 2015 – the move to Europe, racing the Six Days, it’s all about Dakar. It’s just amazing no one can see that. It’s so f**king obvious,” commented someone who reads the internet. “If Ryan can get his head around fries with mayonnaise while in Europe then he’s as good as ready for Dakar. Everyone knows the culinary challenges the event throws up are way harder to deal with than any other aspect of the event.
“He’s super adaptable so no one doubts that by January 2016 he’ll be ready for spit-roast Alpaca, or whatever the hell it is they eat in the Dakar bivouac every night. The ISDE is simply about adjusting to a bike with a light on the front of it, just like his Dakar machine will have…”
Stay tuned for further developments (or don’t).
By Transmoto