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Baggett Victorious, Tickle Grabs Podium at Budds Creek MX

June 18th, 2012 RK EXCEL No comments

The fifth round of the 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, held this past weekend at the Budds Creek National in Mechanicsville, Md., was a shining moment for the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team. Blake Baggett earned his second overall victory of the season and leads the 250 class by 13 points, Broc Tickle finished a career-best second-overall in the 450 class and is now sixth overall in 450 point standings, and Ivan Tedesco held on to his top-ten spot in 250 point standings despite a crash at the start of the second moto.

Baggett Earns His Second Win of the Season
Victory was on Baggett’s radar at Budds Creek, and it seemed as if nothing was going to stop him in that endeavor. Never one to succumb to a bad start, he put on his signature charge in moto one and rallied from the back of the pack all the way up to second. He again made his way up to the second-place spot in moto two, and overcame a nine-second deficit to make the pass for the lead and pull away with the win. The 2-1 finish gave him the overall and he currently sits 13 points ahead of second-place in 250 point standings.

Tickle Hauls and Earns a Career-Best Second Overall
Tickle got a taste of the 450 podium two weeks ago at Thunder Valley and has been on the hunt for seconds ever since. His hard work paid off at Budds Creek in the form of a 2-2 finish, giving him second overall on the day. He now sits sixth overall in 450 point standings, and is inching his way up the ladder as each round passes.

Tedesco Pushes Through
Tedesco had a tough weekend. After an eighth-place finish in moto one, a crash at the start of the second moto caused a DNF. He finished 14th at Budds Creek, but is still top-ten overall and is currently ninth in 250 point standings.

Short Break Before RedBud MX
The 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship now takes a two-week break before starting up again at the sixth round of the series, which will be held at the RedBud National on July 7 in Buchanan, Mich.

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JDR/J-Star/KTM Race Report – Budds Creek MX

June 18th, 2012 RK EXCEL No comments

Mechanicsville, MD – JDR/J-Star/KTM rider Malcolm Stewart earned 16th overall after bouncing back from a last place result in the first moto to an 11th place finish in the second moto in the 250 Motocross class at the fifth round of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship held at Budds Creek MX Park.

Stewart and his teammate Matt Moss both had bad luck in the first moto. Moss was credited with 36th after a crash and Stewart, unfortunately, was placed in last position after crashing multiple times in the first moto.

Both riders regrouped and put together decent second motos. Stewart did suffer one crash after the first corner off the start but was able to quickly recover. He was determined to make up some time and he began passing riders immediately to quickly move into the top twenty. By the end of the race he had passed nearly three-quarters of the field to move up to 11th place by the moto end. His combined moto scores earned him 16th overall for the day. Stewart’s teammate, Moss, also had a more impressive second moto and was able to finish 17th.

“Both of our riders struggled a little bit today with some crashes,” commented JDR/J-Star/KTM Team Manager Nathan Ramsey. “However, we also saw some good speed from both of them and are confident that both riders will continue to improve this season and work toward claiming their career best finishes.”

Next Event: Red Bud – July 7, 2012

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Bobbitt Earns 2nd at Inyan Kara National Enduro

June 18th, 2012 RK EXCEL No comments

Upton, WY – Factory FMF/KTM rider Russell Bobbitt earned an impressive 2nd place overall result at the sixth round of the AMA National Enduro Series put together by the Inyan Kara Motorcycle Club.

The course conditions were quite dusty given the dry weather and created a problem for many riders as they fell upon lappers late in the tests. Luckily, Bobbitt was able to avoid many of them in the first three special tests where he finished with a top three lap time each test.

“I was happy to get good test scores in the first three tests but wish I could have picked up a few more seconds. I feel like I lost a lot of time in those first sections and that is what kept me from challenging for the win,” remarked Bobbitt.

Bobbitt only fell outside of the top three in special tests scores once throughout the day during the 4th test; however, his test score was still strong enough to keep in the podium hunt. In the fifth test Bobbitt picked up the pace and put together an impressive ride in the most challenging test of the day to finish with the 2nd fastest time. Heading to the sixth test, only 1 second separated Bobbitt from Nick Fahringer whom he was battling for 2nd position. Bobbitt laid the hammer down and turned the fastest time in the final section to claim the runner-up spot on the podium.

“I really like this race and I tend to do well at this event. I am happy to be on the podium and glad I could get that last section win. That section is where I was able to win the race last year so I am glad I was able to use my speed in that section to my advantage again to help secure my 2nd place finish,” reported Bobbitt.

Bobbitt’s 2nd place finish improves his position in the overall point standings. He now sits in 3rd place overall in the championship points.

Series point leader, Steward Baylor, returned to racing this weekend after having wrist surgery only a few weeks back. Despite having some pain from his wrist, he was able to finish inside the top five. His 5th place finish allowed him to maintain his points lead heading to the next round.

Next Event: July 29, 2012 – Cross Fork, PA

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Blazusiak Captures First AMA EnduroCross Victory

June 11th, 2012 RK EXCEL No comments

June 9, 2012

Blazusiak Captures First AMA EnduroCross Victory of the Season

SACRAMENTO, California – Red Bull/KTM rider Taddy Blazusiak claimed his fist win of the 2012 AMA EnduroCross Series at the second round of the circuit held at Power Balance Pavilion. His teammate, Factory FMF/KTM rider Mike Brown, also put in a good ride to secure 5th overall for the night.

In his heat race, from an inside gate, Blazusiak jumped out front quickly to take the holeshot. Blazusiak led all six laps of his heat race to easily transfer to the main event.

Brown also had a great start to his heat taking the early lead after the first corner. Unfortunately, Brown suffered a crash on the second lap but was able to recover without losing the lead. He continued to pull ahead until a small mistake on the next lap cost him the lead. He was able to hang on to 2nd place to take the final transfer spot to the main event.

In the main event, Blazusiak was off to what seemed to be an undesirable start in 8th place before making substantial progress to pass into 3rd by the second corner. Blazusiak battled with Destry Abbott for the next two laps before passing him on lap three to take over the runner-up position. Blazusiak then set to work on the lead ride of Kevin Rookstool. Blazusiak was able to make a smooth pass to takeover the lead on lap four. From there, he began to stretch his lead for the remaining laps. At the conclusion of the race, Blazusiak crossed the finish over 10 seconds ahead of the 2nd place ride to claim his first victory of the season.

Meanwhile, Brown had put together an impressive race to climb from a near last place start to pass into 5th by the halfway point. Brown and Cory Graffunder put together a great battle at the end of the race to get the crowd on their feet. At the end of the race, Brown was able to finish 5th overall.

Now two rounds into the series, Blazusiak holds a 10 point lead in the series standings. “I am very happy to win this race,” commented Blazusiak. “I really liked the track and the racing was fun. I want to extend my thanks to the entire KTM crew. I am looking forward to working with them over the next few weeks to prepare for the Summer X-Games.”

KTM had a great showing in the Women’s class with 8 of the 12 riders on orange. Factory FMF/KTM rider Maria Forsberg got the holeshot in the main to take the early lead. A crash in the rock turn caused her to lose two spots to KTM riders Louise Forsley and Chantelle Bykerk. Forsberg was held up by lappers stuck in the matrix on the final lap and was unable to make a charge back to the lead. Forsley went on to take the win followed by Bykerk and Forsberg.

Next Race: Summer X-Games: Los Angeles, CA – July 1, 2012

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JDR/J-Star/KTM Race Report – High Point

June 11th, 2012 RK EXCEL No comments

June 10, 2012

JDR/J-Star/KTM Race Report – High Point Raceway

MT. MORRIS, Pennsylvania – JDR/J-Star/ KTM rider Matt Moss makes his return to racing and his teammate, Malcolm Stewart, has a run of bad luck at the fourth round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series at High Point Raceway.

Both riders had decent qualifying times during the morning practice sessions and earned gate picks inside the top twenty; Stewart 12th and Moss 20th.

Stewart was hungry for a podium after his 6th place and season best finish the prior weekend at Thunder Valley MX Park. The gate dropped at the start of moto one and Stewart had a top ten start; he was up to 8th by the end of the first lap. He turned on the gas and got around Ivan Tedesco and Eli Tomac to hold down 5th at the end of lap 3. Stewart was on the move and passed the 4th place rider of Alex Martin and began pressuring the 3rd place rider of Will Hahn. Unfortunately, a crash while passing Hahn for 3rd would keep Stewart from finishing the race.

Meanwhile, his teammate, Moss, was off to a mid-pack start and came through lap 1 in 15th. He was passed by two riders at the midpoint, but was able to get back around them on lap 9. With four laps to go, Moss made another mistake costing him three positions and putting him back to 18th. Moss stayed in position in the final laps and finished 18th in moto one.

At the start of moto two, Stewart grabbed a respectable 12th place start and started pushing his way to the front. On lap two he went down while trying to make an aggressive pass and again was unable to finish the moto.

The returning Moss found himself a little behind at the start of the second moto rounding out the first lap in 29th. He put his head down and swiftly moved through five riders by lap 2. He rode consistently and was able to pick up 2 positions every lap to sit 16th by the halfway mark. Although he was unable to hold off one rider behind him, Moss moved back to 17th on lap 10 and remained there for the duration of the race. His 18-17 moto finishes would give him 17th overall for the day in the 250 Motocross class. Moss earned 7 points to find himself 24th in the series points after only one race.

“Malcolm was riding really fast,” commented JDR/J-Star/KTM Team Manager Nathan Ramsey. “He was passing into 3rd in the first moto when he crashed. Matt was riding pretty tight, but its OK for the first race back. I know he will do better at the next one”.

Next Race: Budds Creek Motocross Park, Mechanicsville, MD – June 16, 2012

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Kurt Caselli Injury Update

June 6th, 2012 RK EXCEL No comments

June 6, 2012

Kurt Caselli Injury Update

MURRIETA, California – After recovering from a shoulder injury he sustained in May, Factory FMF/KTM rider Kurt Caselli announced he will be taking the rest of the summer off to have minor arthroscopic knee surgery to repair his meniscus.

“My shoulder is getting better, but the summer is the best time to take a few weeks off to fix the tear in my meniscus. I’m bummed to be missing X-Games, but I look forward to getting back to racing after the summer break,” commented Caselli.

Caselli plans to return to his regular racing schedule at the conclusion of the summer break.

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May 8th, 2012 RK EXCEL No comments

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (May 8, 2012) – A sold out crowd filled Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas for the 17th and final round of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series this past weekend. Nick Wey, Chris Blose and Justin Sipes of the Insurance team arrived heathy and ready to put in one last top finish.

The design of Sam Boyd Stadium allows for changes to be made to the traditional supercross track layout, presenting riders and fans with longer lap times, an outside-the-stadium start and high speeds. The afternoon’s qualifing session went well for the team with Wey securing seventh place, Blose in 20th and Sipes in 21st.

Blose was the lone team rider in the first heat race and with a good start and steady laps; he qualified directly to the main event. The second heat race also went according to plan as both Sipes and Wey qualified directly to the main event. This marked the second time in only three attempts that the Insurance team would have all three riders lined up for the main event.

The trio of Wey, Blose and Sipes were ready to let it all hang out and see what they could do in the final Supercross race of the season. With the pack roaring into the stadium at over 50 mph, all three riders were positioned toward the back of the pack. Fortunately, the extended lap times afforded the riders a little extra time to improve their positions. At the half way mark, they were running in 13th (Wey), 14th (Blose) and 15th (Sipes). When the checkered flag waved, Wey had worked his way up to 10th position, Sipes had moved up to 12th and Blose up to 13th.

“I had some good speed out there and I think that showed with my seventh place qualifying position,” said Wey. “My starts have been a little off all season and while I worked hard to improve them, I never got them to where I wanted them to be. But another top 10 is always good. I know what to work on for 2013 and hope to be able to continue to build the great team we have here.”

“Transferring straight to the main event was exactly what I was looking for tonight,” said Sipes. “I felt good in the heat race but in the main I wasn’t able to get a good flow going. All-in-all I’m happy with a 12th place finish tonight and 20th overall in the points.”

“I really like this race and after my result here last year I had pretty high expectations,” said Blose. “I felt like I rode well in the main, just did not get the start I was looking for. This season was tough but I’m glad the team stuck by me all year. I can’t thank them enough.”

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Wilson & Baggett Rack Up Podium Finishes

May 8th, 2012 RK EXCEL No comments

CORONA, Calif., (May 8, 2012) – The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki race team rolled into Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas this past weekend for this year’s final round of Monster Energy Supercross. The action-packed night saw Dean Wilson, Blake Baggett and Broc Tickle take to the track for the final time this year in their respective classes, and also pitted Supercross Lites riders from both coasts against each other for the Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout.

Wilson was on a mission to rebound from last week’s DNF in Salt Lake City. He was on the attack as he navigated through the field after a bad start in the Supercross Lites West Region Main Event. He began picking riders off one-by-one, and eventually finished in the second-place spot after a hard-fought race. He ends the series second overall in the Supercross Lites West Region point standings.

Baggett jumped off to a good start in the Supercross Lites East Region Main Event, and found himself in a podium position early in the race. He held strong to finish third, and caps off his season in fourth overall in the Supercross Lites East Region point standings.

Wilson and Baggett were looking to dominate in the Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout, but both were plagued with mid-pack starts that prevented them from making an impact. Both riders are now eager to embark on the upcoming 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series, and are looking forward to a competitive season.

Tickle finishes his season ninth overall in the Supercross Class point standings. He started the night off strong by finishing fourth in his heat race. In the Main Event, he navigated into top-ten territory early, but encountered some bad luck near the end of the race and finished in the 11th place position.

Teammates Tyla Rattray and Darryn Durham sat the night out due to injuries sustained earlier in the season. Durham finishes fifth overall in the Supercross Lites East Region, while Rattray ends up 15th overall in the Supercross Lites West Region after completing only three rounds.

After closing the books on 17 rounds of Monster Energy Supercross action, the team now focuses on the upcoming 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series, which kicks off Saturday May 19 at the Hangtown National in Sacramento, Calif.

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Kurt Caselli Injury Update

May 7th, 2012 RK EXCEL No comments

Murrieta, CA – Factory FMF/KTM rider Kurt Caselli received further evaluation on his injury sustained over the weekend at the Jericho, UT Hare & Hound to determine that he has a third degree collarbone AC separation.

Caselli was injured during a crash while leading the Hare & Hound and first reports thought he broke a collarbone. Caselli started rehab this morning and is expected to return to racing in two weeks.

“If the rehabilitation goes as planned, Caselli should be able to make a full return for the next Hare & Hound race and begin pre-running for the SCORE/Baja 500 immediately after. However, we will reevaluate after the next Hare & Hound race to ensure Caselli is in good health before moving forward with the SCORE/Baja 500 preparations,” commented Factory FMF/KTM Team Manager Antti Kallonen.

Despite a DNF at this past weekends Hare & Hound, Caselli still maintains the lead in the overall point standings and is looking forward to returning to the racing action for the next event on May 19, 2012.

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Boylor 4 for 5 in National Enduro

May 7th, 2012 RK EXCEL No comments

S. BAYLOR 4 for 5 in National Enduro Overall Wins; G. BAYLOR Continues 250A Win Streak…
5-6-12, AMA/Rekluse National Enduro Series Round 5, “Cajun Classic,” Forest Hill, Louisiana

After seventy-three miles of hot and humid Louisiana racing, Steward Baylor comes away with yet another Overall Win at the Cajun Classic, Round 5 of the AMA/Rekluse National Enduro Series, held in Forest Hill, Louisiana. The KTM/WP USA/Ride PG/Fly Racing/Leatt backed rider won the opening test before a technical difficulty in Test 2 caused him to lose some time where he was temporarily edged out by eight-time Champion Michael Lafferty. Baylor returned to competitive speed in the middle tests, and then hammered down on Test 5 to regain the lead. After a soak in an ice-filled cooler and a gear change at the Test 5 Reset, the 17-yr-old laid down a sprint in the last section of the race that earned him a 33 second lead over Lafferty. In 5 races, Baylor has 4 Overall Wins, and a 32 point lead over 2nd place in Series Points Standings.
Younger brother Grant continued his 250A win streak with his 5th consecutive win of the season. Grant continues to lead the Overall A/Top Amateur Points in the Series for the year.
This week, the brothers return home to South Carolina where they will first celebrate Grant’s 15th Birthday (today,) followed by preparation for this weekend’s GNCC Round 6 in Indiana this Sunday, where the reigning XC2 ProLites Champion [Steward] has swept the class for a 45-point lead after five rounds. Grant defends the 2011 250A Title paired with the Top Amateur Title, and maintains the 2012 points lead for both. Grant continues to be the only amateur rider inside the GNCC Series Top 20 for the year.

Cycle News Article Titled: New-Kid Baylor Wins Again; Steward Baylor Jr.’s Making the Vets Nervous… pp 91-96
Most recent GNCC article, Cycle News pp 80-85

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