Motocross racing – Seminole Tribe Motocross Wed, 23 Nov 2022 14:00:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Motocross racing – Seminole Tribe Motocross 32 32 Monster Energy’s UNLEASHED Podcast Welcomes Moto X Phenomenon Axell “Slay” Hodges Wed, 23 Nov 2022 14:00:00 +0000

Monster Energy is proud to welcome the freestyle motocross innovator and 12-time X Games medalist Axel Hodges of Encinitas, California on episode 45 of the sports and pop culture podcast UNLEASHED with The Goofy and Danny.

CORONA, Calif., November 23, 2022 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Step inside the mind of the most creative and progressive motocross athlete on the planet! Monster Energy is proud to welcome the freestyle motocross innovator and 12-time X Games medalist Axel Hodges of Encinitas, California on episode 45 of the sports and pop culture podcast UNLEASHED with The Goofy and Danny.

Recorded inside Monster Energy Headquarters at Corona, Californiathe special episode was originally broadcast live on the Twitch platform on November 18. Starting today, fans can listen to the official recording of Episode 45 of UNLEASHED on all major platforms, including Spotify, itunesand Youtube.
Episode 45 also features special guest Ash “Dirt Shark” Hodges, Axell’s brother and creative collaborator, as well as their father, Philip Hodges.

In the episode, the 26-year-old shares his creative process behind record-breaking jumps and groundbreaking tricks. “I’ve always done a bit of snowboarding and skateboarding. I had a lot of friends who skate who were better than me and had good style. I never really had that in skateboarding, so it is where I kind of wanted to skate on my dirt bike and smooth and have a good style. So skating and all that helped a lot on the way I ride my dirt bike,” Hodges said on UNLEASHED.

Axel Hodges is a motocross rider who needs no introduction. Despite his young age, Hodges already holds twelve X Games medals, including four gold. The prodigy not only dominates competitions such as Best Whip and High Air, but raises the bar with innovative freestyle tricks recorded in viral videos. His “Slayground” trilogy of motocross videos has garnered over 14 million combined views…and counting. In the episode, Hodges dives deep into the high-stakes world of competitive freestyle motocross at the highest level.

Hear ‘Slay’ tell the full story in a conversation with the two podcast hosts, Australian action sports personality Luke “The Goofy” Trembath and professional snowboarder Danny Cass in episode 45 of UNLEASHED. Also joining the interview is famed painter, model and UFC Octagon girl Britney Palmer brings background questions and information to the episode. Tune in to the right here.

Raised in a motocross family, Hodges was introduced to dirt bikes at a young age. Initially, the native of Southern California pursues a running career. “I wanted to be a motocross racer and I thought that was the only way when I was a kid. Like, you gotta race! And I didn’t want to do freestyle when I was younger.” But eventually, his freestyle tricks would catch Hodges’ worldwide attention: “I raced from 14 to 18, then I filmed the first video for ‘Slayground’. That’s when that I got out of racing and into freeriding and social media,” Hodges said.

While making his mark in motocross competitions such as the X Games, Hodges discovered the power of social media platforms to document his limit-pushing tricks in his own online videos. “I never thought I could call what I do my job, just posting videos and riding my bike. Just making stuff up on a regular basis,” Hodges said on UNLEASHED.

Fast forward to today and the “Slayground” video series – filmed with his brother and filmmaker Ash Hodges – has generated over 14 million views on YouTube. “I started the ‘Slayground’ series in 2015 at my parents’ house in Encinitas“, Hodges said. “It was my first video and what I did every day. I was driving in my backyard and asked my brother to film a sick line running through my parents’ house and that’s where the ‘Slayground’ was born.”

In 2020, Hodges took the dream to the next level by building his own 40-acre “Slayground” facility in Ramona, California, as a practice and filming location for the third installment of the video series. “That’s what we did through Covid. We bought property and built and tweaked all the jumps until we got it and then we shot the video,” Hodges said.

For X Games 2021 and 2022, Hodges has opened up his legendary “Slayground” compound for competition in five Moto X competitions as well as BMX Dirt. As well as hosting the sport’s global elite, Hodges also bagged a gold and two silver medals at the X Games 2022, taking his tally in the world’s biggest competition to 12 medals.

For his biggest moment of mainstream fame, Hodges attempted to set the 2019 Guinness Book long-distance jump record for the ‘Evel Live 2’ event – hitting the ramp at 106 miles per hour – but suffered a fatal accident during practice. “I did 396 feet from ramp to ramp, but the next day I went there and ended up going down about 400 feet. I don’t really know if I hold the record or not. All that I know, I’ve gone quite far on my bike, and I’m happy with it.”

As a next challenge, Hodges has her eyes on more video projects. “I have a couple of things I want to check out,” the Moto X phenom said on UNLEASHED. But let’s hear it from “Slay” itself! Visit the landing page to access episode 45 of UNLEASHED featuring the Goofy and Danny podcast featuring a motocross pioneer Axel Hodges.

Episodes of UNLEASHED are filmed on a special set inside Studio M at Monster Energy’s headquarters in Corona, California. The podcast is hosted by the dynamic duo of Australian action sports personalities Luke “The Goofy” Trembath and professional snowboarder Danny Cass. Known for their deep roots in action sports culture, the two starred in the beloved cult TV show “The Adventures of Danny and the Goofy” on Fuel TV for five action-packed seasons in the early 1990s. 2010. Both hosts have walked the walk as professional snowboarders and have the interview skills to find common ground with guests from all walks of life – sports and pop culture. Always watch out for new episodes that come out every two weeks on Mondays.

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Obituary: Frank D. Mathews – Wed, 16 Nov 2022 06:01:01 +0000

Frank D. Mathews

SIDNEY – Frank D. Mathews, 57, of Sidney died in Augusta on November 8, 2022.

He was born in Augusta on October 23, 1965, the son of Manfred and Maxine (McFarland) Mathews. After graduating from Messalonskee High School Class of 1984, Frank went to school for hard work. He was an expert applicator for several years with the family business, MA Mathews Siding and Windows. He then went into the woods and became a CLP Certified Master Forester for over 30 years. Frank was a true steward of the forest who took great pride in making the land he worked beautiful.

Frank had many varied interests that ranged from his motocross racing years to taking Noah skiing in the winter and going “upta camp” in the summer. He was a longtime member of the Sidney Masonic Lodge. Frank was a strong man of faith who served as a deacon at Sidney Second Baptist Church for a time. Along with his wife Lisa, they found a home and a loving extended family at Kennebec Valley Baptist Church in Waterville.

Frank has shown incredible strength, resilience and faith over the past five years, proving to the medical community that he had a fire inside him that burned brighter than any cancer. He was a champion who quietly and humbly endured and overcame great odds while continuing to grow in his faith.

Frank was predeceased by his beloved mother, Maxine Mathews in 2010.

Frank is survived by his wife, Lisa of Sidney; his son, Noah of Sydney; and her bonus children, Desiree Libold of Benton and Cody Emery of Knoxville, Tennessee. Frank is also survived by his father, Manfred Mathews (Jackie Wright) of Vassalboro; his sisters Linda (Raymond) Breton of Chelsea and Lisa (Russell) Willett of Oakham, Mass., his brothers Mark Mathews of Readfield, Michael (Peggy) Mathews of Carmel and Dale (Crystal) Breton of Sidney. Also, his many nieces and nephews.

Even if he wasn’t perfect, he was perfect for us…until we met again.

Visiting hours will be 6-8 p.m. on Friday, November 18 at the Wheeler Funeral Home, 26 Church St. in Oakland. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 19 at the Kennebec Valley Baptist Church, 91 Marston Rd. in Waterville.

Arrangements are entrusted to Wheeler’s Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Oakland, where condolences may be shared with the family on the obituary page of the website at

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MFJ Superbike Championship becomes first motorcycle event to use 100% renewable ETS racing fuel Thu, 10 Nov 2022 18:33:24 +0000

ETS Racing Fuels, a leading fuel development partner for the racing industry and an HCS Group brand, has been selected by the Japanese Motorcycle Federation (MFJ) to supply its 100% sustainable fuel Renewablaze NIHON R100 for all racing bikes from season 2023. .

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The MFJ Superbike Championship is the first-ever motorcycle championship series in the world to introduce fully renewable gasoline leading the transformation of the motorsports industry towards more sustainable fuel solutions.

ETS Renewablaze NIHON R100 is a true innovation in racing fuel. It contains exclusive renewable components that significantly reduce CO2 emissions while meeting the high performance criteria demanded by today’s modern engines. The fuel meets the required JIS K2202:2012-Premium(E) specification and can be used as an instant solution.

Tetsuo Suzuki, President of the Japan Motorcyclists Federation, says: “The global mobility industry is moving towards carbon neutrality, and motorsport is also committed to achieving this goal. Together with four Japanese manufacturers, we have decided to introduce a 100% non-fossil fuel to world motorcycle racing for the first time. Motorsport must become a sustainable sport to be socially accepted. I’m very proud to be working with ETS Racing Fuels to reach a milestone. »

Dr. Bruno Philippon, Senior Vice President Business Unit Mobility, says: “As a strong partner to the motorsport industry and a pioneer in fuel development, we are committed to supporting the motor racing industry on its journey to becoming more sustainable. We are delighted to partner with MFJ to demonstrate our proprietary technologies contributing to more sustainable mobility.

Hiroki Kawamoto, ETS Racing Fuel Manager for Japan, proudly states, “We are very honored to introduce our advanced fuel technology to motorcycle racing in Japan. And we are also proud that our renewable fuel has been selected by the MFJ Superbike Championship, Japan’s top road racing category, which demands advanced technologies along with quality stability and conscientious delivery supports. Our goal is to continuously support the growth of the entire Japanese racing industry in terms of sustainability. We are very happy to be a reliable partner of MFJ.

Yann Labia, ETS Racing Fuels Global Manager, says, “ETS Racing Fuels has long been regarded as synonymous with cutting-edge performance in the global motorcycle industry. Our numerous world championship titles in categories such as Motocross, Superbike, Supersport and Moto GP are proof of ETS’s support to its customers. We are very pleased to add another innovation with Renewablaze R100, our fully sustainable fuel alternatives. I commend MFJ and all of the motorcycle manufacturers involved for their strong commitment to helping the industry reduce its carbon footprint.

AHRMA Releases 2023 Road Racing Schedule – Roadracing World Magazine Fri, 04 Nov 2022 23:20:45 +0000

AHRMA Announces 2023 Road Race Schedule

(November 4, 2022, Knoxville, TN) – The American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) 2023 Bridgestone Tires National Historic Cup Roadracing Series will take place over 10 weekends at various racetracks across the United States.

“We’ll have a track for everyone in 2023,” said Brian Larrabure, Chairman of the AHRMA Board of Directors, “from the internationally acclaimed venues you’ll see on TV, to fun and challenging regional tracks, the racing with AHRMA will highlight all types of bikes and all kinds of tracks.

The season kicks off Feb. 16 with a track day and full weekend of competition at Roebling Road Raceway in Bloomingdale, GA and concludes Oct. 8 at the 18th Annual Barber Vintage Festival in Birmingham, AL.

Right in the middle of the season, AHRMA will return to an iconic venue. Monterey’s third annual AHRMA Classic MotoFest™ brings the AHRMA brand of modern and alternative bikes and sidecars to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca the weekend of July 14. The event will also include vintage observed trials, vintage and post-vintage motocross as well as vintage flat track.

Bridgestone Tires returns as sponsor of the 2023 AHRMA National Historic Cup Roadracing Series. “Without Bridgestone, many of us would not have competition tires for our classic bikes,” said Larrabure. “And their generous support off the track also makes our season possible.”

Mark your calendar now for some of the best classic motorcycle racing events in the world with AHRMA.

2023 Bridgestone Tires AHRMA National Historic Cup Road Race Series Schedule*

2/16-19 Roebling Road Raceway; Bloomingdale’s, Georgia

3/17-19 Carolina Motorsports Park; Kershaw, South Carolina

5/26-28 Heartland Motorsports Park; Topeka, KS

6/2-4 Motorsports Park Hastings; Hastings, NE

6/23-25 ​​New Jersey Motorsports Park; Millville, New Jersey

7/14-16 WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (AHRMA Classic MotoFest™); Monterey, California

7/28-30 TBD

8/4-6 Blackhawk Farms Racetrack; South Beloit, IL

9/8-10 Talladega Grand Prix Circuit; Munford, AL

10/5-8 Barber Motorsports Park; Birmingham, AL

*Provisional timetable as of 04/11/2022

About AHRMA:

The American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association (AHRMA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to racing on fantastic classics and true vintages as well as a wide range of modern motorcycles. With approximately 3,300 members, AHRMA is the largest vintage racing group in North America and one of the largest in the world. The association has grown steadily over the years, reflecting the growing interest in classic bicycles.

2022 Illinois “The Race” Cross Country Championship Results Tue, 01 Nov 2022 23:30:23 +0000

| November 1, 2022

It was a perfect day for motorcycle racing in Fenton, Illinois over the weekend of October 29-30 for the 47th running of the classic off-road event now simply known as The Race. , aka Illinois Cross Country Championship.

Jhak Walker, 16, took the overall victory at “The Race” in Fenton, Illinois.

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About 250 runners participated over the two days of racing for the race which was once referred to as “America’s Tuffest Race”. Sunday’s main race was a 35-mile loop through fields, woods, streams and logs in the area surrounding The Bike Barn in Fenton. Since the loop was a bit shorter than in previous years, it was decided that the pro band should do three laps instead of the traditional two circuits on this challenging compilation of some of the toughest tracks Bill Gusse could string together. It just wouldn’t be fair if the race wasn’t over 100 miles.

A shotgun blast just after 10:00 a.m. sent the front row on its way. After soaring over a giant expanse of freshly harvested cornfields, riders dropped into the woods for a challenging combination of everything from narrow track, creek crossings and fields to an obstacle affectionately referred to simply as “the log.” This log has been an obstacle for many seasoned veteran riders, and the Pro group would cross it three times. Just after 3:00 p.m., the GasGas 350 ridden by Jhak Walker completed the final loop through the motocross track to take the overall victory.

Walker, from the Springfield, Illinois area, rode his brother’s GasGas and beat many seasoned off-road racers. “It was a really nice win,” said the 16-year-old. “I’m super pumped to do it. It was really good. I just carried on well. I did my best and came with it to win.

“I got off to a really good start,” he added. “I was probably top three in the woods. So me, Tanner [Whipple]foal [Zuidema]Easton [Morgan] and TJ [Nees] were all together the first round. In the second round, it was me and Tanner. And then I was leading, I tipped over and Tanner passed me. I followed him and we did most of the second lap together. About a quarter of the third round he lost his head [pipe]. Then I brought it home for the win.

Walker said he was happy to follow Tanner Whipple for much of the race. “I think it was a lot better to follow him,” Walker said, “because he’s got a lot better with the line picks. I liked following him, and he’s so fluid.

“I had a great day,” Whipple said. “I had fun all day. I put myself in a good position. I had 30-45 seconds on Jhak. It was then time to move on to the final round. Then we started and it happened. My pipe came off. I made the mistake of thinking my race was over. I didn’t think I could cross Rock Creek without destroying the bike. I also turned around and tried to catch [the pipe], and I realized that it was quite warm. Then I came back and pulled out my phone, called [my dad] to see if I could cross Rock Creek. He told me to go.

Tanner Whipple at the 2022 Illinois Cross Country Championship
Tanner Whipple made it a race but was a bit short at the end and had to settle for second overall.

Losing precious time and admittedly a bit of confidence, Whipple persevered with his injured Kawasaki. “I’m just pretty disappointed,” he said. “I should have continued instead of thinking my day was over. Overall it was a good day. Jhak rode absolutely amazing. Even if I had a header he still could have had me.

Local racer Easton Morgan completed the podium aboard his family-supported Fly Racing G2 KTM. Morgan had a bit of a rocky start and a weird mid-race event, but overall he was happy with his third-place finish.

“It was pretty tough,” Morgan said. “I kind of screwed up from the start. I didn’t put myself in a very good position leaving the barn, and just tried to catch up on that first lap. About three quarters into the course I caught Walker and Whipple.

After catching the lead pair, Morgan thought his bike had exploded when it came to a stop in a field. “I don’t know how it happened,” he said. “Near the barn, my gas went out. So, crossing the field, he just died. I thought I had it locked. I looked around me and saw that the gas had cut off. I activated it, but by the time I figured that out, I was pretty far behind. I never really saw them again.

Morgan also wanted to thank the father of a local rider who helped him out of a tight spot near the end of the race. “I would like to thank Kris Nees for pulling me out of the last creek crossing at the turkey farm,” Morgan said. “I buried it pretty badly, so thanks to Kris.”

Easton Morgan at the 2022 Illinois Cross Country Championship
Easton Morgan filled the podium.


  1. Jhak Walker (GG)
  2. Tanner Whipple (Kaw)
  3. Easton Morgan (KTM)
  4. Colton Zuidema (KTM)
  5. TJ Nees (KTM)
  6. Tommy Fortune Jr. (KTM)
  7. Tyson Emery (yam)
  8. Bryan Johnson (Kaw)
  9. Jarrett Ruchotzke (KTM)
  10. Adam Bonneur (yam)

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Kurt Caselli Foundation Partners with USMCA to Offer Free Beginner’s Motocross Skills Course Sat, 29 Oct 2022 20:48:57 +0000

Press release | October 29, 2022

The Kurt Caselli Foundation has partnered with the USMCA to offer a free beginner’s motocross class on December 3 during the 10th Annual Kurt Caselli Ride Day at Fox Raceway in Pala, CA.

The following is a press release from KCF…

Murrieta, CA (October 27, 2022) – The Kurt Caselli Foundation is thrilled to announce the partnership with the US Motorcycle Coaching Association (“USMCA”) to offer a free motocross skills course for new and beginners with certified motorcycle coaches. . The USMCA Beginner Skills Class sessions will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, 2022 during the 10th Annual Kurt Caselli Ride Day at Fox Raceway in Pala, Calif., and are open to all ages.

For more information and to receive an invitation to classes with limited availability, interested individuals should submit their information to Participating riders must bring their own motorcycle or Stacyc bicycle. There is no additional charge for this beginner skills class other than the Kurt Caselli Ride day registration fee for anyone over 12 years old. Children 12 and under enjoy free entry to the event. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Kurt Caselli Foundation nonprofit organization and fund various safety initiatives and scholarships in 2023 and beyond. Tickets and event details can be found at

“We are thrilled to announce our return to Kurt Caselli Ride Day. Last year was a huge success; we saw many riders improve their skills on their bikes and gain confidence to ride a track in a more sure they wouldn’t have before this skills class,” said USMCA executive director Lindsey Scheltema. KCF president Donny Emler Jr. agrees: “The beginner skills course with USMCA-certified trainers brings a new level of safety to our annual fundraising event.Runners learn basic skills before hitting the track.


About the US Motorcycle Coaching Association (USMCA)

The USMCA is an association where motorcyclists and parents can connect with motorcycle coaches they can trust through the network, All USMCA certified trainers are required to adhere to a code of conduct, pass a background check, and hold certifications in abuse prevention, CPR/first aid, concussion protocol, disease-causing training by heat and cardiac arrest. For more information about the USMCA or to become a USMCA Certified Coach, visit

About the Kurt Caselli Foundation
Protecting and supporting the lives of off-road riders

The Kurt Caselli Foundation was established in 2013. The goal of the foundation is the safety of motorcyclists and racers in the dirt motorcycle industry. While we understand the elements of danger inherent in this industry, we aim to help minimize this danger to the best of our ability. The foundation has a three-part mission that encompasses safety precautions for runners before, during and after a racing career. Read more on

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Leum Oehlhof and Noah Viney announce new amateur motocross offerings Wed, 26 Oct 2022 18:02:24 +0000

Noah Viney has officially signed with SLAM LIFE Racing (SLR) Honda. Viney has raced an SLR Honda-backed machine for the past year with his own sponsors, but has now joined the SLAM LIFE RACING Honda-backed Monster Energy/Sketchers/Fly Racing team. After competing on a supermini in 2021, Viney jumped straight to a 250F for 2022. Former pro rider Ryan Hughes has been coaching Viney lately.

Viney officially finished 35-39 at Fox Raceway 1 National in May on his professional debut, which was hampered by a shoulder injury early in the first race of the season. He then returned to the amateur scene, finishing 16-27-17 for 18th overall in the 250 Pro Sport. At Fox Raceway 2 National MX Sports Pro Racing Scouting Moto Combine, Viney finished 1-1 for first place overall.

Viney and Parker Ross (fresh off a Kawasaki) will race the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Futures program and other major amateur championships. The team announced that Viney and Ross will also compete in several off-road races at the end of the 2022 season.

Welcome to all of you Slammers and Slammettes!! Today is a special day because we say hello, hello, how are you, to Parker Ross @parkerross12 and Noah Viney @noahviney43 the two will get into action and traction in the upcoming 2023 season with Supercross Futures and Amateur Motocross. Both of these riders will also be dipping their bars into a bit of off-roading with us these final rounds of 2022.

PS We are also delighted to soon announce the arrival of new sponsors on the @slam_life_ @honda_racing_us @monster energy @skechers @flyracingusa crew!

Chronicle Archive | LA Coliseum Sun, 23 Oct 2022 19:00:34 +0000

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The 2023 SuperMotocross World Champion will be crowned at the place most supercross fans recognize as the birthplace of supercross, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. It was here that the first supercross race (although it was just called indoor motocross back then) was held in 1972 in front of around 30,000 MX fans. A 16-year-old kid from San Diego took the win on a Yamaha, going 2-2-2 in the race’s three-run format. Marty Tripes beat some of the best runners in the world that night, from the United States and Europe, including New York’s Jimmy Weinert and world champion Torsten Hallman and future world champion Hakan Andersson, both of Sweden.

The LA Coliseum has hosted several historic supercross moments.

Although dubbed the Superbowl of motocross, the race, held again in 1973 (Tripes also won but this time on a Honda), spawned what is now the AMA Supercross Championship, which began in 1974 as a multi-racing series. The LA Coliseum has hosted several Supercross championship races over the years. Most of them happened in the 1980s. The last AMA Supercross race hosted by the LA Coliseum took place on January 21, 1998. Many historic races have been held at this iconic stadium since that first race in 1972, but the last held here in 1998 is arguably among the top 10 in sports history.

There was a lot of hype leading up to the 1998 Los Angeles race for several good reasons. First, it was the opening round of the Supercross series, and you know how it is. Just being the opener alone is usually enough. But Jeremy McGrath’s debut on the Yamaha Chaparral after his one-year stint with the factory Suzuki team soured, added to the buzz, and he had to hand over the number one plate to Jeff Emig after a four-year championship run.

Doug Henry was back on the Yamaha YZ400F four-stroke, but this time it was a production-based bike. We all wanted to see how he would fare after winning the last Supercross race in Las Vegas the year before on the factory four-stroke.

Ezra Lusk was making his Honda debut on the factory team, and Larry Ward was back aboard a factory Suzuki after a previous fallout with the team. Emig wore the number one plate for the first time and on a completely redesigned, factory-supported Kawasaki KX250.

And many international riders were on the entry list to make things even spicier. South African Greg Albertyn, Japanese Takeshi Koikeda, Frenchmen Mikael Pichon, Frédéric Bolley and Sébastien Tortelli were all eager to leave. Even Valentino Rossi was among the approximately 62,000 fans who came to watch.

And then you had the rain that poured over Southern California courtesy of the “Pineapple Express” that took Friday’s activities to the race site and made the long track a muddy, rutted and technical challenge. for Saturday night’s race.

When the main event finally happened, it seemed to be Henry’s race. He put all that four-stroke power on the wet ground, grabbed the holeshot, and then led the next 19 of the 20-lap race. Yes, Henry came within a lap of winning the race.

Seemingly out of nowhere, French Grand Prix rider Sebastien Tortelli caught and passed Henry on the final lap for a surprising victory. And it wasn’t until about five laps from the end that the announcers even mentioned Tortelli’s name as a possible race winner. Supposedly, the race had to be re-aired for TV later because announcers thought Tortelli was a lapper. But Tortelli was no prowler; in fact, he was doing a few laps himself en route to the surprising victory in his very first attempt at a Supercross race.

Sébastien Tortelli won the last supercross race held at the LA Coliseum in 1998.

Tortelli was indeed the fastest driver on the track that night. He started the race in, at best, 12e place, then he gradually worked his way up through the talent-filled peloton to take the win.

“It’s my first race and my first win in the United States, and I didn’t expect to do so well,” Tortelli said. Cycle News. “I was trying my best to catch every runner, and it happened.”

As for Henry, things only got worse for the popular driver after Tortelli passed him. Moments after the pass, Henry had a small start, but he struggled to start his scorching four-stroke. He finished 10e for the night.

It would be the first and last Supercross victory of Tortelli’s career. The Frenchman was only due to race the first seven rounds of the Supercross series that year (98) before returning to Europe for the GPs, where he enjoyed great success. He beat Stefan Everts in the last race to win the 250cc MX World Championship. Tortelli returned to the United States full-time in 1999 with Honda (1999-2002) and Suzuki (2003-2005). Tortelli officially retired at the end of 2006 after a final stint in GP aboard a KTM.

The Frenchman had great success in the United States but, as mentioned, never won another Supercross race or an AMA title. He finished second to Jeremy McGrath in the Supercross Championship in 2000 and won four outdoor national races in total. Nagging injuries plagued him throughout his racing career in the United States

The Colosseum hosted another historic race that took place six years earlier. This time was the last round of the series in 1992, and Damon Bradshaw entered the race with a six-point lead over two-time Supercross champion Jeff Stanton. Six points seemed comfortable for Bradshaw, as he had won nine previous Supercross races against Stanton’s two and was clearly the faster of the two riders at the time. The race, which was delayed a month due to the Rodney King Riots, took place during the day in July, and Stanton did what he had to do: win the race. Bradshaw only had to finish third to win the title. A seemingly simple thing for him to do. At one point, Bradshaw was holding that position and looking like a shoo-in for his first SX title until the unthinkable happened – he started backing off for no apparent reason. The large crowd was amazed. He finished fifth, handing over the title to a delighted Stanton. Bradshaw, who was coming off a knee injury, never blamed the knee discoloration. Instead, he told Cycle News: “It wasn’t something physical, just mental. I was too focused on the track, riding tight and just sinking into the ground.

Bradshaw was just 19 at the time, and fans believed he would bounce back, learn from it, and many championships would follow. But Bradshaw never looked like the same rider after that 1992 race at the Coliseum and would end his premier class career without a title.

So, will there be more drama next year when the SuperMotocross World Championship brings “indoor motocross” racing back to the LA Coliseum? Guess we’ll have to wait and see, but either way, it’ll be great to see the sport’s top stars return to the birthplace of supercross and hit the peristyles once again.NC

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Road 2 Recovery encourages fans to get involved in philanthropy and ‘carry your support like a pro’ this holiday season Thu, 20 Oct 2022 18:28:17 +0000

Receive an exclusive “Athletes Helping Athletes” t-shirt with a $25 donation

MORGANTOWN, West Virginia – October 20, 2022 – (Motor Sports News Wire) – In partnership with MX Sports Pro Racing, the Route 2 Recovery Foundation (R2R), the official charity of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship, encourages racing fans around the world to join in their philanthropy this holiday season and participate in the “Wear your support like a pro”initiative. For a one-time donation of $25, supporters will receive an exclusive, commemorative t-shirt emblazoned with the “Athletes Helping Athletes” mantra that defines R2R and its efforts to provide financial assistance to runners in need.

“The overwhelming generosity of the motocross community has defined Road 2 Recovery’s ability to provide essential support to our athletes during some of the most difficult times in their lives. The selflessness of our fans never ceases to amaze us,” said said Lori Armistead, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Road 2 Recovery “The ‘Wear Your Support Like a Pro’ initiative is a gesture of appreciation for the contributions we have received, providing donors with a memento they can wear proudly and encourage others to get involved. Giving back makes our fans feel good!”

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A $25 donation to the “Wear You Support Like a Pro” initiative will provide an exclusive commemorative t-shirt.

Funds raised through “Wear Your Support Like a Pro” will allow R2R to continue to benefit athletes in the industry, including through programs like the R2R Mental Health Initiative, which is operated in partnership with Loma Linda University Behavioral Health. “Athletes Helping Athletes” t-shirts are available in all sizes and can be obtained through online donations at or by SMS R2RShirt at 44321 from a mobile device.

“You would be hard pressed to find an organization that has given more to the welfare of our athletes than Road 2 Recovery,” said Roy Janson of MX Sports Pro Racing. “They have helped get runners back on their feet for years and continue to develop meaningful new ways to provide much-needed support to the industry, from medical aid to mental and behavioral health. They have become a standard bearer within the motocross community, and we are privileged to have Road 2 Recovery as the official non-profit organization of American motocross.

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The official Pro Motocross app is now available for download for Apple and Android devices. American motocross fans can have access to the world’s most prestigious off-road motorcycle racing series right at their fingertips on their mobile devices. Developed by AMA Pro Racing, the Pro Motocross app provides users with the most important information regarding the AMA Pro Motocross Championship, from series news to schedule and ticket information, as well as broadcast schedule details and the timing and live scores. Download it now via the App store Where google play.

AMA Pro Motocross Championship

The AMA Pro Motocross Championship features the world’s fastest outdoor motocross racers, competing aboard homologated bikes from one of seven competing manufacturers on a collection of the roughest and toughest tracks in the world. planet. Racing takes place every Saturday afternoon, with competition split into two classes: one for 250cc machines and one for 450cc machines. MX Sports Pro Racing, the industry leader in producing off-road motorsports events, operates the AMA Pro Motocross Championship, while sanctioning comes from AMA Pro Racing.

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Kurt Busch ends full-time Cup career, Reddick to make early switch to 23XI Sat, 15 Oct 2022 18:51:45 +0000

Kurt Busch made it official Saturday morning in his hometown that he will not be racing full-time in the NASCAR Cup Series in 2023.

“This NASCAR Village is my home and I love it here,” read a statement on Busch’s Twitter page, which he also read in the Las Vegas media center. “28 years ago, I stood in this area of ​​the desert and took a glamorous photo with my first racing car, which I built with my father and my family. Racing is all I love. I have ever known. My passion, my ethics and my perseverance have helped me achieve all the dreams a child can dream of.

“There is no one reason why or one person or one circumstance that made a bigger difference than another. He took everything and everyone. That said, I know I’m not 100% in my ability to go out and race at the highest level in the NASCAR Cup Series. They are the best of the best riders and lately I haven’t been feeling my best.

“The doctors came to the conclusion that it was best for me to ‘shut it down’ for this season. Although I have made solid gains since working with the top specialists and the Toyota Performance Center team, I I’m still not 100% and I’m still not cleared to compete.

“As I continue to focus on my health and work to be cleared, I will be stepping away from full-time NASCAR Cup Series competition in 2023. My long-term health is the #1 priority, and I don’t feel that committed to competing for a championship next year is in my best interest or in the best interest of the team.

Busch, the 2004 series champion, suffered a concussion in a qualifying crash at Pocono Raceway in July. He hasn’t raced since.

Tyler Reddick was released early from Richard Childress Racing and will drive the No. 45 at 23XI Racing next season. Reddick was expected to join the organization in 2024.

“I have truly enjoyed working with 23XI and this team of wonderful professionals and appreciate the support they have shown me over the past few months,” Busch continued. “I will continue to work with this group with the wisdom and knowledge gained from the PhD. I won in this garage. We are building something special here and I look forward to continuing to work with Bubba [Wallace] off-road as well as Tyler Reddick, who will join the team next year to drive the #45 Toyota.

Busch will continue to work for 23XI alongside Bubba Wallace (L) and new recruit Tyler Reddick (Rusty Jarrett/NKP/Motorsport Images)

“I will continue to be a brand ambassador with Monster Energy, which is my family. Our brotherhood and sisterhood of athletes are the best of the best. Monster Energy and I have been together for over a decade and have traveled the world to the conquest of a “club lifestyle”.

“Toyota and TRD are also part of my future. They embraced me like a long lost brother, and I am grateful for that support. We will continue to go places together.

A statement from Toyota Racing Development President David Wilson read: “Kurt’s decision to retire from full-time NASCAR Cup Series competition next year is certainly not something that was expected. when we started the season together and celebrated in victory lane at Kansas Speedway earlier this year. .

“Unfortunate circumstances led Kurt to a difficult decision, but we know he will continue to contribute to the overall program at Toyota, TRD and 23XI Racing. He brings a huge amount of knowledge and championship experience to his team. and other Toyota competitors. We are here to support Kurt in this new chapter of his career and we look forward to continuing to work alongside him.

Busch joined 23XI Racing this season in a second car for the organization. A win at Kansas Speedway was the second for the organization and first qualified Busch for the playoffs – what would have been 23XI Racing’s first playoff appearance – but he pulled out knowing he couldn’t. wasn’t going to be able to compete. .

Busch’s Cup Series career began in 2000 with Jack Roush. In 23 years, other owners Busch has driven for are Roger Penske, Tony Stewart and Chip Ganassi.

In 776 starts, Busch has 34 career wins.

“And to all NASCAR fans, I can’t thank you enough for your support throughout the journey this year and all years,” Busch said. “Your grades and words of encouragement have meant a lot to me. I have also been blessed throughout my career to race with so many great teams, teammates and sponsors. All those people I have encountered along the way have made the trip so far even more special.

“I am still competitive, passionate and want to continue to perform according to my core values ​​and give back to a community that has been my life since I left Las Vegas to pursue a career as a professional pilot over 22 years ago. Next year my racing contributions might look a little different, but I will continue to give my best to the sport. And, if I’m allowed, maybe you’ll see me at some races.