Motocross racing – Seminole Tribe Motocross Wed, 03 Aug 2022 19:07:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Motocross racing – Seminole Tribe Motocross 32 32 Walton Raceway Set to Host 2022 TransCan Grand Nationals Wed, 03 Aug 2022 19:07:00 +0000

Walton Raceway will host thousands of motocross riders and fans next week.

The 2022 Grand National Championships returns to “Motocross Town” in Walton August 10-14, with all of the top amateur racers from across Canada competing, along with a roster of pro riders for Pro Day. It will be GNC’s 30th anniversary on the track, and many pro teams and sponsors will be on hand looking for the next great Canadian motocross riders to sign deals.

Fans unable to attend the event can catch the action live on FoxSports Live, and many motocross industry media will be at the event, including RacerX, Directmotocross.comInside Motocross, MXP Magazine, Pulpmx, Motocross Canada and many more.

Walton Raceway owner/operator Brett Lee says the event is still a major draw for motocross fans and, of course, riders looking to impress teams.

“We had a great crop of fans, with a truly unreal representation from across the country. I know of one class in particular, the super-minis, which are children aged 12 to 16, we have 15 of them from Alberta alone. So it’s a really super strong national representation at this event.

After the amateur event, Sunday’s pro day will feature the final round of the Canadian Triple Crown series, where Lee says some famous names will be vying for the title.

“We have Dylan Wright racing for his third national title, and he’s working on a perfect season. Coming to challenge him, we have US national champion Zach Osborne. He’s a Supercross champion, high profile, and it’s really going bring out a lot of grassroots fans who know and follow the sport.

Wright was once an amateur rider who caught the eye of pro teams and sponsors at this event, alongside other riders like Ryder McNabb, who also competed in Grand National Championships. Lee notes that he is very proud of the stature of the event and what Walton Raceway means to the sport, especially when so many racers have the opportunity to turn pro after racing at the event.

“Yeah, it’s funny, you know, as people of Huron County, we don’t really think of ourselves as a place where national careers are launched, but, yes, every kid who wins a title national here ends up landing a factory tour in Canada, maybe even further.

The official release for this year’s event states that “industry representatives from Fox Canada, True North Motorsports, Country Corners, Battlefield Cat Rental, Hawkins Electrical, Auburn Hills, GasGas Canada, Husqvarna Canada, KTM Canada, Pirelli, Honda Canada, Yamaha Canada, Canadian Kawasaki, Parts Canada, Thor, Alpinestars, Wiseco Performance, Compound 138, Southwest Marine, Lynn Hoy’s, MX101, GopherDunes, Wrighty’s Kawasaki, MB1 Suspension, MX101 FXR Yamaha, Honda GDR FOX Racing, MCR Suspension, Parts Canada THOR Kawasaki, Fox Racing, Atlas Brace, Forma Boots, FXR Racing, Motovan and many more will be on hand to watch and search for Canada’s next motocross star.

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]]> Good at A Bit of Everything Mon, 01 Aug 2022 16:21:04 +0000

The all-electric 2022 Zero FX is a jack-of-all-trades. While I’m not a fan of that oft-repeated phrase, the addition I’ve heard recently adds something that I think makes it work: a jack-of-all-trades, a master of none, but still better than a master of one. This is because I think we lose sight of the overall ability when we talk about all masters of one.

Think of all the one trick ponies available today. You have the Aston Martin Valkyrie, the Ducati Panigale Superleggera V4, the Alpinestars GP Pro Race Suit v2, Barrett’s MRAD, a Red Dragon, a B2 Spirit, or a pair of Christian Louboutin. They’re all fantastic, and you’d be hard-pressed to find anything better suited to their intended tasks. But take them outside of those limits, and they just won’t work. The Zero FX is just the opposite and better for it.

Do you want to run on a single track and crawl over rocks? The Zero is ready, although knobby tires would be beneficial. How about blazing mountain roads, dropping a knee and scratching the kickstand and foot pegs? “Let’s go!” says the Zero, but it won’t be as exciting as a sport bike. Do you need to just cruise around town and skip the sidewalks? Yes and yes, but battery life will be a consideration.

It may not have a specific discipline, but the scope of what it is capable of is far better than any specialized weapon.

2022 Zero FX ZF7.2 Specifications

  • base price: $11,995
  • Powertrain: Z-Force 75-5 passive air-cooled, high efficiency, radial flux, interior permanent magnet, brushless motor (7.2 kWh)
  • Conduct: Belt
  • Powerful: 46
  • Couple: 78 lb-ft
  • Brakes: Bosch J-Juan twin-piston floating caliper, 240 x 4.5mm disc (front) | J-Juan single piston floating caliper, 240 x 4.5 mm disc (rear)
  • Suspension: Showa 41 mm adjustable inverted forks (front) | 40mm Showa piston, piggyback reservoir shock (rear)
  • Seat height: 34.7 inches
  • Tires: Pirelli Scorpion MT90 AT
  • Unloaded weight: 289 pounds
  • Interval: 60 to 90 miles (somewhere in between for real world conditions)
  • Quick setting: A fantastic all-rounder.
  • Score: 8/10

Founded in 2006 by ex-NASA engineer Neil Saiki, Zero’s (get it?) has made a name for itself in the motorcycle industry. In addition to the FX, it also makes a handful of sport and naked electric motorcycles, with the FX occupying the lightweight dual-sport/motocross portion of the company’s lineup.

The most talked about electric vehicle statistic is, of course, range. The Zero is pretty average. Factory specs say the 7.2 kWh battery (there’s a cheaper 3.6 kWh option) is good for 91 mpge city, 39 highway (at 70 mph) and 54 combined. Actual miles are between 60 and 80 per charge, which is comparable to motorcycles of similar size and weight (Husqvarna Vitpilen 401, Honda CRF450). I consistently got around 70-80 miles per charge, although I’m not exactly a nimble test rider.

If you live somewhere near fun roads and trails or can load it into the bed of a truck like a dirt bike – as I’ve done a few times – you have more than enough autonomy to have fun. That said, it was hard for me to see its license plate and not feel like a turkey loading it into the back of a pickup truck.

Loading the FX is easy, even if it takes some time. Zero dropped the FX with the standard 120-volt charging cord, and it was slow to fully charge. I really didn’t feel too bothered by its slower grip as I often ride in the afternoon and leave it charging overnight. An optional fast charger is available for an additional $640 and cuts charging time in half. I would buy it just to start having fun again sooner.

Zero’s FX is designed to be a dual-sport motorcycle, which means it’s supposed to be able to have fun on both pavement and dirt. The company’s engineers had to listen to Tay Money, because he understood the assignment.

I like it. Jonathan Klein

As for appearance, there is not much to say as an electric motorcycle. It looks like a nice dirt bike. The only giveaway, aside from the lack of exhaust and noise, are the golden engine fins between the frame of the bike. I will say its lightweight design is interesting and I’m not sure that’s the route I would go for, but it’s certainly eye-catching.

The FX comes with Showa adjustable forks (8.6 inches of travel) combined with a Showa adjustable shock (8.9 inches of travel) in the rear. I don’t know how they did it, but the damping and rebound are perfectly tuned for either discipline. On the trails, the shock absorbs large rocks and rutted paths, reducing the strain felt in the arms and legs. And while it’s softer than some on pavement, it doesn’t feel spongy like some ADVs, likely helped by its featherweight 289 pounds. You can easily follow all your sportbike friends, even those who have Ducati Streetfighters.

The bike’s brushless motor, which develops 46 horsepower and 78 pound-feet of torque through a belt drive, contributes to the FX’s capabilities. An optional chain drive is available for better off-road durability and is a necessity if you’re going to use it as a true dual-sport. At low and high revs, it’s a delight and extremely manageable. You have nanometer precision in its throttle delivery. Just above the low-end entry, however, there’s that swell of torque that can startle you if you’re not careful. There’s also no traction control, so when running on trails, you might end up in the dirt at some point. You get used to it, but a more linear powerband would be beneficial.

Twisted. Jacques Richmond

The brakes are managed by Bosch and the bike comes with ABS. Front bite is strong but not too grippy, while you can slide the rear brakes to keep you upright and in line downhill in the dirt.

The Zero’s front and rear brakes are also regenerative, but they’re not as aggressive as some car-based systems. They feel closer to the Porsche Taycan than the more pedal-oriented BMW i3. Regenerative braking is tuned to be more aggressive in the bike’s Eco mode, and less in Sport, but is fully adjustable in the bike’s custom setting via its app.

Running through canyons or on tree-lined trails in complete silence is both eerie and truly charming. You can hear the rustle of leaves swaying in the wind and better feel what the bike is doing under you. There is no noise or vibration interference, and this silence allows you to choose your lines perfectly. Also makes it easier to set up jumps.

Screenshot of sick jump. Jonathan Klein

With no clutch or rev counter, you’re free to focus on the fundamentals and concentrate on the road ahead of you more than you would on a gas-powered motorcycle. (And honestly, I didn’t miss the shifter or shifter, other than grabbing it a few times at first.) This makes the Zero a great tool for beginners and seasoned riders alike. When I went riding with a friend who was a stuntman, he said to me, “I love following you on this thing because your lines are impeccable. I can just stick to your cock, and it’s so much better than mine if I was riding solo.

That same focus goes for dirt, too, as I could pick my lines through gnarly trails without fear of stalling an engine. And that’s with Pirelli Scorpion MT90 dual-sport tires, not knobby tires like on the Multistrada V4 S or CRF450RX. The trails weren’t Erzberg or Romaniacs courses, but for something with such road-focused tires, the Zero should have been more of a fish out of water.

And in a stroke of bad luck/good luck, I had the opportunity to experience the ease of maintenance of the Zero. During an outing, I dived to walk trails. But before I could reach the promised land, a two-inch screw found the rear tire. I was only a few minutes from home, so I limped back to safety, but the screw meant a new tube and that meant removing the rear wheel.

Very easy. Jonathan Klein

The disassembly included a single bolt, and because you’re working with a belt drive instead of a chain, removing the wheel took five minutes. My local store threw in a new tube in the time it took Alli, the kids, and me to grab some snow cones. Getting the tire back on the bike took another 10 minutes, tops. I also broke the Zero’s belt. Luckily I wasn’t on a distant trail with no reception or beacon and my friend, Jake, was with me who then called his partner to pick us up. A new belt is the same process as above, so no sweat. Get the chain kit.

However, there are a few master issues of nothing to point out. The handlebars are too low for my six-foot-four frame when standing on dirt. An inch longer set would make it look better. The front fairing does an admirable job of deflecting wind away from your chest, but the shape of this bike is a glorified dirt bike, so wind protection isn’t much of a thing. There is also the matter of taking a passenger for a ride. Can’t really do it unless they are under 5 as the seats are tight.

There is also a security issue that I encountered. The Zero needs an audible chime to remind you that the bike is still on after you fall.

Using the bike’s throttle to help me, I lost my footing while loading the FX into the back of my truck and dropped it. (It happens!) But when I went to pick it up I grabbed the throttle thinking it was off, twisted it, burned out the back of the truck and I pinned my middle finger to the wall of the bed. I’m fine, but a simple chime would greatly reduce the risk of the whiskey speeding up.

Zero has priced the FX ZF7.2 at $11,995, which includes the company’s standard two-year motorcycle warranty, as well as a five-year/unlimited-mileage power unit warranty and the standard socket. I don’t think that price is unreasonable. You get a fun and simple Swiss army knife of an electric motorcycle. It’s a recipe, and the Zero’s fit and finish is as good as any other motorcycle manufacturer.

I think I fall within Zero FX’s target demographic. I’m not super bothered having to load it into the back of my truck. I also have access to nearby canyon roads and miles of dirt trails that ease range anxiety. And I greatly appreciate the silence and user-friendliness of electric vehicles.

But this bike can easily be used by just about anyone. And everyone who uses it will have a blast, no matter what terrain you decide to enjoy it on. It also made something like trail riding, an event usually punctuated by the sound of a loud two-stroke, all the more enjoyable. I hope to see more makers parrot Zero’s capabilities soon.

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MLS Ticker: DC United add Ochoa, Revs loan Altidore to Liga MX, and more Sat, 30 Jul 2022 14:55:00 +0000

David Ochoa’s MLS career has stalled, but a move to the Eastern Conference could be the spark the Mexico international keeper needs to get back on track.

Ochoa joined DC United on a permanent transfer from Real Salt Lake, joining the Eastern Conference club in exchange for $75,000 in 2023 General Allocation Money (GAM). His contract with DC United will continue for the rest of the 2022 season, and if he signs a new contract for 2023, RSL will receive an additional $300,000 in total GAM between the next two years.

RSL also holds a 25% selling fee, should DC United permanently transfer Ochoa out of MLS.

“David is an extremely talented and competitive goaltender,” said Dave Kasper, President of Soccer Operations. “We believe he has the ability to make an immediate impact for us this season, and someone we see as a viable option for us in the longer term as we assess the goalkeeper position beyond of 2022.”

Ochoa signed a Homegrown contract with Real Salt Lake in November 2018 to lead USL affiliate Real Monarchs to the 2019 USL Championship title. Ochoa has made 45 MLS league appearances since making his professional debut in November 2020, recording six blank sheets.

A former U.S. national youth team player, Ochoa has since shifted his international allegiance to Mexico, featuring twice for El Tri’s U21 team. His move to DC United gives new head coach Wayne Rooney a young goalkeeper, with veteran Bill Hamid ruled out through injury.

Here’s a rundown of the latest MLS news:

Revolution loans Altidore to Puebla in Liga MX

Jozy Altidore’s time with the New England Revolution hasn’t gone to plan and the American striker will now travel to Mexico to try and earn some regular playing time ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Altidore has joined Puebla in Liga MX on loan for the remainder of 2022, the Revolution announced on Friday. The 32-year-old joined the Revolution in February but only made four starts and scored one goal for the Bruce Arena side.

Altidore, a longtime striker for the United States men’s national team, earned 115 caps for his country, tallying 42 goals. For his MLS career, Altidore has totaled 78 goals and 25 assists in 193 regular season games.

Gustavo Bou and Giacomo Vrioni have been the headliners of the Revolution’s attacking front this season, particularly after Adam Buksa’s transfer earlier this summer. Attacking midfielder Carles Gil is also one of the best in his position in MLS, with four goals and 11 assists in the league this season.

Austin FC add striker DP Rigoni

Austin FC added a new face to their forward squad on Friday, acquiring Emiliano Rigoni from Brazilian Serie A club São Paulo.

Rigoni, 29, joins Austin FC on a Designated Player contract, signing until the 2024 MLS season with options in 2025 and 2026. He will take an international spot in Josh Wolff’s squad and take the place of Cecilio Dominguez, who mutually parted ways with the club earlier in July.

Rigoni started his professional career with Club Atlético Belgrano in his native Argentina in 2013, before also playing for Independiente. Rigoni played alongside Austin FC midfielder Sebastián Driussi during his spell with Russian club Zenit Saint Petersburg, helping the club win three league championships, a Russian Cup and a Russian Super Cup. Russia from 2019 to 21.

“We are very happy to welcome Emiliano and his family to Austin,” said Austin FC sporting director Claudio Reyna. “He’s a winger with a lot of quality and experience in some of the best leagues in the world. His ability suits our style of play perfectly.”

Austin FC remains in contention for the top spot in the Western Conference this season.

Minnesota United signs Lod to extend contract

Robin Lod has been a key part of Minnesota United’s 2022 season so far and the Finland international was rewarded with a new multi-year deal on Friday.

Lod has signed a new three-year contract with a club option, the Loons announced on Friday. The 29-year-old joined the Loons in July 2019 and has tallied 22 goals and 12 assists in 75 regular season appearances for Adrian Heath’s side.

“I can’t add much to what I’ve said in the past – he’s a consummate professional, an incredibly intelligent footballer,” head coach Adrian Heath said in a statement. “Wherever we play him on the pitch, he contributes in a positive way. Pound for pound, he could be one of the best signings we’ve made since we’ve been in Minnesota.

Lod has won 58 caps for his native Finland, tallying five goals in his international career.

The Loons are on a seven-match unbeaten streak in all competitions, racking up five wins in their last six league games.

Quick hits:

  • Former New York Red Bulls goalkeeper David Jensen has joined Turkish club Istanbulspor on a permanent deal. Jensen, 30, made 11 appearances for the Red Bulls after moving from FC Utrecht.

Columbia County BMX races put local riders in national spotlight Thu, 28 Jul 2022 23:05:00 +0000

COLUMBIA COUNTY. (WRDW/WAGT) – Bicycle Moto Cross, otherwise known as BMX racing and not to be confused with motocross racing, is a popular sport for children.

We have a track right here in Columbia County. We caught up with the trail operator to find out how you and the whole family can get involved.

“You’re lost in everything you’re doing, and that’s the best feeling ever,” Cannon Joyner said.

This 16 year old from Edgefield County consistently outperforms runners in our area and is nationally ranked.

“I have to keep working. I have to keep going faster and keep working harder and harder to be able to rise and be the number one rider,” he said.

Joyner is grateful because runners like him have a place to run.

Chris Pittman runs the BMX Blanchard Woods. He says this place is for everyone and he invites you to try it for free.

“It’s a good thing because it’s really someone my age, older, and even two- and three-year-olds come running with us,” Pittman said.

It takes experience, and the happy people of Pittman can come here for it.

“We have loaner bikes, so they can actually get a bike from us, a helmet from us, and come here and try it out,” he said.

The track is located at Blanchard Woods Park in Columbia County. They train on Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Your first time is free.

“Believe me, any age can do it. If I can come here and race the track, and some of these younger kids can come here and race the track. I know everyone else can too,” Pittman said.

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Everything you need to know about Grasstrack Racing Tue, 26 Jul 2022 16:49:12 +0000

It’s just after World War I in sunny England, and you really want to go motorcycle racing. In modern times, this kind of thrilling activity is pretty well supported in most Western countries, but back then, things weren’t so developed when it came to going fast at motorbike. Of course, you can just do it on a public road and pray you don’t get slashed by the cops or have an unfortunate encounter with a rare but still very solid automobile. What if you wanted it to stay legal? Then what ?

Now, if there’s one thing England usually have plenty of, it’s grass. An English summer seen from above is greener than an explosion in a Kawasaki factory. And as if this were before the era of purpose-built motorcycle racing tracks (except perhaps for a few open-minded motor racing establishments), you think that race your bike in a large grassy field is as good an idea as any. Congratulations, you have just invented track racing.

Grow grass (for racing)

Grasstrack became an official racing genre when the Auto Cycle Union in Britain banned racing on public roads in 1925. Spoilsports. Passionate motorcycle racers like mustard therefore turned to private grass fields and in 1927 the Whitgift Club held the first recognized grasstrack meeting on a former golf course near Croydon. Is it just me, or does tearing up an old golf course on a bunch of loud, fast bikes sound like an incredible idea?

Modern sidecar track racing; look closely to see the two-man teams. Pictures via:

So, like a whole series of motorcycle racing, grasstrack was to emerge from the sheer will and bloody determination of early 20th century motorcyclists to go fast and put themselves and their machines in mortal danger. The number of modern, bitumen-free racing genres that have emerged from this need is mind-boggling: besides grasstrack, you can also count speedway, flat track, trial racing, scrambling, motocross, enduro , ice racing and hill climbing. All from the simple question of whether you could go as fast off-road as on one.

Budding modern British solo motorcycle racing
Modern single-player racing. Picture via Wikimedia Commons.

Who is your dad?

Informally, you could probably argue very strongly for track racing to be considered the origin of all off-road circuit racing; mainly due to the informal nature of its accommodation needs. With nothing more than an open field and a few basic markers planted in the turf, runners in the 1920s staged events between local protagonists. Of course, those in the know will probably tell you that “scrambling” racing was done before WW1, but since it was more of a point-to-point business, grasstrack and its “circuit” approach to going fast seem to be at ground zero.

    an old grasstrack racing motorcycle
Like a speedway bike, but with suspension…sometimes. Picture viaExif bike.

The genre’s popularity took off in the 1920s, and before long things started to pick up. The counter-clockwise tracks took on a kidney-shaped appearance in order to give riders right-hand turns to contend with, and there were also tracks that were intentionally laid out on gently rolling terrain to give to the runners a little more challenge. And since the races were mostly held on farms and in fields, the events were seasonal – as the grass (and sometimes hay) they raced on was in perfect condition for speed immediately after the farmers had spent their harvesters on it.

A 1965 Elstar track racing motorcycle
A beautiful Elstar 350cc ’65 with JAP engine. Picture viaThe National Motor Museum of the United Kingdom.

The same but different

Now, there are clearly a bunch of similarities between grasstrack and speedway racing. Surely it’s pretty much the same thing, except a bit of cow food, isn’t it? Well no. And while they clearly share common roots (pun intended entirely), trail bikes differ significantly from speedway bikes. Yes, they share looks to some degree, but speedway bikes have no suspension and only one speed. Grasstrack bikes have front and rear shocks (of course) and a two-speed gearbox. They also operate in different displacement classes.

    a 1970s photo of a grasstrack sidecar motorcycle race in the UK
1970s grasstrack sidecars. Image via Bill Riley.

According to online sources, modern Grasstrack racing has three solo classes at 250cc, 350cc and 500cc as well as three sidecar classes; a 500cc and 1000cc left-handed (turning left) and a 1000cc right-handed (turning right). And if you’re wondering how exciting a one-liter bike with two people on it and flat out on the grass is, the answer is a “very, very exciting”.

a photo of a 1970s UK solo motorcycle race
Lawn racing from the 1970s. Image via Bill Riley.

Turn around

Somewhat quizzically for such a niche sport, you’ll find that British sidecar motorcycle variants come in both left-handed and right-handed configurations. Sports history explains this rather eccentric event as being the result of continental Europeans racing into the sport and some cross-Channel pollination. Indeed, the European sport of “Long Track racing” is more or less identical to Grasstrack (except for a few espressos and croissants).

A program of grasstrack motorcycle racing from 1957
A track racing program from 1957. Image via Dave Riley.

Even more surprising is the persistence of the sport to survive. No doubt largely due to its economic nature and lack of infrastructure needs, it continues to this day in the UK, COVID be damned. UK sports websites show a plethora of events scheduled for 2022, including nine (yes, nine) races hosted by the Auto Cycle Union in July 2022 alone. And to think that until a few minutes ago, the vast majority of people reading this article wouldn’t have had a clue that the sport even existed. And you call yourself motorcycle fans!

    Vintage grasstrack motorcycle races in Australia
Vintage grasstrack racing in Australia. Picture via

Cheap but not so easy

Personally, I like the idea of ​​running on grass. As someone who has never ridden a motorcycle in a real honest event the idea of ​​grass being slightly forgiving both in terms of traction and collision I think a 250cc racer might be something that wouldn’t take too much toll – financially or physically – on my old man bones.

At least that has been what I thought until I watched some of the videos like the one below. Having a softness on super soft and very lush British grass is one thing. But the prospect of being run over by a fully loaded 1000cc grasstrack sidecar monster with two pie and pint loving English gentlemen is quite another.

If your appetite is whetted enough, you can find plenty of Grasstrack and Long Track races on Youtube. Watch out, it’s really addictive stuff.

SunLive – Full throttle racing, a test of nerves and skill Sun, 24 Jul 2022 19:00:00 +0000

If you can imagine superbike racing on a grass track, you’ll have no trouble imagining what it might be like at the annual New Zealand TT Motocross National Championships near Timaru on the weekend of the 27th and 28th. august.

Riders of all different dirt bike codes – including a few road racers too – are expected to flock to the course at 227 Munro Road, Pareora, just south of Timaru, for the 2022 edition of the popular TT National Championships.

TT racing resembles superbike racing on dirt rather than asphalt – the racing is off-road and the competitors use dirt bikes, but, unlike motocross, there are no steep hills or ramps. launch skyward to slow things down.

The entry list for the two-day Fabtech-sponsored event is likely to include the stars of motocross, cross-country, enduro and even road racing and supermoto, and they will reach blistering speeds as ‘they will pursue national glory.

Running on the grassland track will undoubtedly push athletes to their limits, especially when the mostly flat grassland paddock gets progressively more rugged after each run.

With riders nearly equal in the power stakes, it will be the individuals who start the fastest, accelerate the earliest, and brake the latest who will benefit the most.

“We are grateful to the South Canterbury Motorcycle Club for agreeing to host the TT Nationals,” said Lindsey Heileson, motocross steward for Motorcycling New Zealand.

“We’re thrilled to have so many riders supporting this event. It’s been a great two days. Camping is available at the track, so it’s more of a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. It’s nice to be able to offer a field motocross meeting more natural to MNZ members.

“This event caters to a wide variety of motorcycle codes and a wide range of competitors. It should be a great show.”

Inglewood’s Renny Johnston was notable winning the premier MX1 ​​class when the TT Nationals were held at Taupiri, north of Hamilton last season, while Te Aroha’s Luke van der Lee was unbeaten in the MX2 class.

Auckland’s Damon Nield was unstoppable in the senior 125cc class and the enduro class as well, while Hamilton’s Mikayla Rowe dominated the senior women’s class.

Ticayla Manson of Rotorua narrowly won the Junior Women 12-16 150cc and 250cc classes last year, while Ruby Leach of Waimauku also narrowly won the Junior Women 8-16 85cc and 150cc classes.

New Plymouth’s Mitch Rowe was nearly unstoppable in the Over-45 Veteran and Classic Pre-1996 bike class last year.

Other class winners last year were Jack Carmichael of Te Awamutu (junior 14-16, 250cc); Waihi’s Luke Maitland (junior 12-16, 125cc); Hamilton’s Carson Mackie (junior 12-16, 85cc); Connor Cavaney of Wairoa (mini 65cc) and Adam Bockett of Helensville (mini 50cc).

Some of those same individuals, along with many other talented riders, could expect to be contenders for Timaru this time around as well.

With races for 10 separate championship classes over the two days, as well as support classes and mini-classes taking place, the term ‘flat track’ can be a little misleading, as the track has to be rough and rutted from here late Sunday afternoon, when rider fitness will play as much of a role in the results as the riders’ bravery, skill or power advantage.

Access to the track is via Pooke Road, Pareora, Timaru (signposted from the Caltex Pareora Fuel stop on State Highway 1). Closing of registrations on August 17 at 5 p.m.

-By Andy McGechan,

Stilez Robertson out for remainder of 2022 AMA Pro Motocross Championship Fri, 22 Jul 2022 21:28:54 +0000


MURRIETA, Calif. – July, 2022 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team has confirmed that team rider Stilez Robertson will miss the remainder of the 2022 AMA Pro Motocross Championship due to an ankle injury. suffered on the second moto of the Spring Creek National last weekend.

Robertson, who recently earned his first career 250MX podium in Round 5, rode a wave of momentum in the second half of the series. After a hard-fought performance in the first moto, Robertson set out for redemption in Moto 2, but he found himself caught up in a multi-rider pileup early on, forcing him out of the race and causing him to suffer a surgery to repair ligaments in his ankle.

Stilez Robertson: “It sucks to end the season this way, but I’m going to go under the knife and fix those ligaments. Thank you to the team and everyone in my corner for supporting me in these times.

Nathan Ramsey – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Manager: “It’s really unfortunate that Stilez injured his ankle when he got caught up in that major pileup before the second race restart at Spring Creek. He kept improving and it looked like he was going to end the year very strong. I know he will do everything he can to come back stronger than ever when he heals.

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Heart arrhythmia doesn’t slow teen motocross racer Thu, 21 Jul 2022 02:30:49 +0000

Riley Busse is not your average teenager.

At Aztalan Cycle Club in Lake Mills, you’ll find the 15-year-old doing what he loves most: motocross.

There are high speeds and big jumps.

“Just whipping pretty big to the side is pretty fun,” said Riley Busse, a sophomore motocross racer from New Berlin West.

Motocross is Riley’s passion and livelihood.

“I appreciate it so much,” Riley said. “The track is my happy place.”

It turns out that sports is a family affair.

Riley’s dad, Karter, and mom, Jessica, both raced and held pro licenses, but watching their son on the dirt road is a different experience.

“I’m kinda white,” said Karter Busse, Riley’s father. “I’m on the fence doing oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. I’m still nervous for him, but man, he’s pretty good on a bike.”

He is sure. Recently, Riley again qualified for the Monster Energy AMA National Amateur Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Tennessee.

It is the biggest amateur motocross race in the world.

“They’re basically the top 40 kids in his class in the whole nation and actually outside of the United States,” Karter said. “It’s pretty good to have a kid who is in the top 40 runners among everyone.”

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Riley will compete in the Super Mini 1 and Super Mini 2 classes at the Ranch, and he is aiming for the title.

“I’m really focused this year and hope to be up there,” Riley said.

He has the heart of a competitor, in more ways than one.

“I was born with a false beat in my heart,” Riley said.

Riley had to deal with something other racers don’t.

“It’s definitely a little frustrating sometimes not being able to be completely normal, but at the same time, I guess it’s kind of cool that I’m different from other people,” Riley said.

He has a cardiac arrhythmia. Four procedures later, Riley has a heart monitor in her chest.

When riding motocross, he wears a chest plate for protection.

“At night I have to sleep next to some kind of little machine that I plug in, and it gets sent to the doctor what’s going on every day,” Riley said.

It’s a small price to pay if, at the end of the day, it still manages to ride.

“Honestly, I try not to think about it and put it aside and do what I do,” Riley said.

“There are times when we have to take a step back from how much he trains,” Karter said. “He doesn’t want to overdo it, so there are times when we hold back a bit, but most of the time he’s all in.”

Nothing is slowing Riley down and he hopes to get his pro license next year when he turns 16. You can see all of her highlights on her Instagram feed: @RileyBusse404

“I hope to race on TV every weekend with all the pros in the pro nationals and super cross racing,” Riley said.

An achievable goal for this motivated and wholehearted motocross phenomenon.

Riley will compete at Loretta Lynn’s Aug. 1-6.

]]> Race results: EMX2T – Macuks wins at Loket Sun, 17 Jul 2022 06:00:00 +0000

When the door fell for the first motorcycle it was Hakon Osterhagen who ripped the holeshot on his Fantic. The Norwegian looked comfortable up front but had Meico Vettik and Toms Macuks not too far behind him. Disaster struck about fifteen minutes from the end as Osterhagen had a bike problem that fell back into command.

Meico Vettik took over up front but Latvian Toms Macuks had another idea and once he saw Osterhagen in trouble he almost immediately moved up front. It looked like a comfortable win for Macuks, but with two to go, Vettik was right there! Macuks did well to retain the lead on his KTM machine.

Johannes Klein rode well to go home in third while Osterhagen moved up to sixth.

In race two, Osterhagen’s bike lasted the distance this time as he dominated the proceedings at the front of the pack. Macuks didn’t have the best of starts but fought his way to a solid second place to win the overall and the EMX2t title.

Vettik was on track for a podium finish but found himself with a trailing scorer in the final stages of the race which saw him hit the bridge. The Estionian was clearly not happy and then hit the back marker before continuing his run! The organizers decided to disqualify him from the race for unsportsmanlike behavior.

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]]> Return of live racing July 20 STARTS AT BATAVIA DOWNS Fri, 15 Jul 2022 05:38:21 +0000

Representatives from Batavia Downs Gaming & Hotel are gearing up for a new generation of harness racing at Batavia Downs starting next Wednesday July 20e of America’s oldest lighted harness track.

The 56-night season is scheduled to run select Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays throughout the summer and fall. A full schedule with release times can be found at With a newly remodeled Clubhouse, group packages are now available and interested parties can call 585-343-3750 to book.

“We know Western New York Harness fans will be thrilled with the time and effort put into renovating the historic Clubhouse,” said Scott Kiedrowski, vice president of operations. “We look forward to entertaining racing fans this season and for years to come. Our new race management team will focus more on delivering a quality racing product with the highest integrity.

New Live Racing Director Don Hoover brings extensive horse racing experience at multiple Northeast tracks, including Saratoga Harness where he has spent the past 12 years. Originally from North Tonawanda, Don left a banking career to become a successful driver/trainer at Saratoga Raceway. He even claimed his first horse at Batavia Downs. For 15 years he drove and coached on several tracks along the east coast including Batavia Downs. He worked as assistant race secretary at Vernon Downs before becoming simulcast manager and race secretary. He then moved to Northfield Park where he ran their racing publicity department while also running the Player’s Club and taking over handicapping duties.

“We are delighted to welcome Don to our team,” said Henry Wojtaszek, President and CEO of Batavia Downs. “Never before have we had someone on our team with such a breadth of knowledge in this specialized industry. Don will bring a whole new perspective with his wealth of track experience across the country. We look forward to implementing his ideas. to provide Batavia Downs guests with the best racing experience.”

“As we welcome back racing fans, we are offering two bets that were introduced last year and have proven to be very popular,” Hoover said. “Our Pick 5 starts each night in Race 1. If no one holds a winning ticket, the money will roll over to the next night. The Super High 5 Jackpot is also back, allowing customers to predict the order exact top 5 horses in our last race on some nights.Again, if no one has a winning ticket, that money will carry over to the following night.

Wayne Teaven is the new race presenter at Batavia Downs. Wayne wanted to be a race announcer ever since he followed announcer Pete Szymanski to Buffalo Raceway in the late 80s and 90s. This self-taught announcer rose through the ranks of announcer in the mid-2010s before calling full races at Buffalo Raceway in 2016. He became the full-time announcer at Buffalo Raceway in 2017. His name is NOFA Football as well as dirt bikes, motocross and kart racing and is thrilled to be the full-time advertiser.

Assistant Race Secretary and Program Director Patty Bruno has been part of the Batavia Downs team for years. She is heavily involved in the New York Sire Stakes, serving as race secretary and program director for most New York State county fairs. A SUNY Geneseo and Nazareth College graduate, she worked as a teacher for 34 years. Having retired from a full-time job, she now uses her vast knowledge and can-do attitude to promote harness racing throughout New York State.

Another longtime member of the Batavia Downs team is Mary Bucceri, now in a new role as Administrative Assistant for Live Racing. After working in the Marketing and Food & Beverage departments, she has been involved in many on-site events, working with many local charities and organizations to raise funds through on-site events. Mary’s family has a long history in harness racing, with her parents both working in the industry. Mary will work with local groups to bring them to the newly renovated clubhouse for the next race meet.

New Track Photographer, Wendy Lowery is a newlywed who has owned and operated her own photography business for over 10 years, specializing in portrait, wedding, lifestyle and nature photography. His photos have been featured in Seneca Park (Rochester) Zoo newsletters and calendar. Wendy’s passion for equestrian photography will make her an integral part of the new Batavia Downs Live Racing team.

Missy Morris is the new Outrider from Batavia Downs. Riders often lead the post parade, but also help calm nervous horses or find them if a horse gets loose. Missy is a 3rd generation of the Stark family who raced on the Western NY circuit. She has been riding at the Meadows (Pittsburgh) racetrack and casino for 26 years. Having started while still in high school, her career saw her rise to two Breeders Crowns and 7 years at the Little Brown Jug.

“I’m pleased with the new team that has come together here at Batavia Downs,” Hoover said. “We look forward to enhancing the Live Racing product with new promotions and events for our valued guests. We hope all Harness fans from across the county will come see the newly remodeled Clubhouse or enjoy one of our days at $2 Our goal will be to provide families and fans with an affordable and fun track experience.