Archive for October 13th, 2011
AURORA, Ill. (October 13, 2011) – Feld Motor Sports® announced today that 2010 Supercross class champion Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., will make his Red Bull/KTM debut this Saturday night at inaugural Monster Energy Cup at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium.
“After testing the new KTM over the past two weeks, I am feeling confident enough to compete and am really eager to see where I stack up against the competition,” mentioned Dungey. “It’s a last minute decision to race this event but the team is behind me 100% and I am excited to make my debut on the bike.”
On October 1, it was made official that Dungey will compete aboard the KTM 450 SX-F motorcycle as part of a two-year agreement after five years under the Factory Suzuki tent. Dungey, 21, will ride under the guidance of legendary team manager Roger DeCoster, who brought Dungey into the professional ranks in 2007.
“To my surprise, Ryan was eager to race the Monster Energy Cup,” commented Red Bull/KTM Factory Team Manager Roger DeCoster. “We didn’t expect him to race after only two weeks on the bike, but he will use the event to help gauge where he stands speed-wise against the competition. It will also give the team a racing opportunity to test different set-ups with the bike prior to the opening round of the Supercross. Ryan can then take this experience to prepare his training regime this winter.”
Dungey has won every major AMA Supercross/Motocross championship and became the first rider to win the coveted Supercross class and 450cc Motocross class championship as a rookie in 2010. In the 2011 Monster Energy Supercross championship, Dungey earned one win and 12 podium finishes en route to third place overall. He has a career seven Supercross class wins and 17 podium finishes.
“I’m looking forward to riding for the new Red Bull/KTM team and working again with Roger. I am excited to start something new and am ready for the challenge. I like the way that KTM has backed Roger since he made the switch last year and I appreciate KTM’s goal of working hard to develop their race team to earn championships. I am making this switch to win races and work toward getting that championship for KTM.”
The unique hybrid track will consist of supercross/motocross terrain and will have a tremendous motocross-style influence, making it unlike any other stadium race in the world. This track will be the perfect blend of supercross and motocross combined and created into the ultimate battleground. The Monster Energy Cup posts a $250,000 purse, awarding the winner with a $100,000 check, and for the “first time ever” $1 Million will be paid to a rider that wins all three main events.
Tickets for the 2011 Monster Energy Cup can be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office, UNLVtickets outlets, online at www.UNLVtickets.com, www.MonsterEnergyCup.com, or by phone at (702) 739-FANS. Tickets will be available at the Sam Boyd Stadium Box Office on the day of the event only.
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About Feld Motor Sports®
Feld Motor Sports®, Inc. is the world leader in specialized arena and stadium-based motor sports entertainment. Feld Motor Sports, Inc. productions include Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMA Arenacross Series, Nuclear Cowboyz℠, and IHRA® Nitro Jam®. Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is a division of Feld Entertainment, the world’s largest producer of live family entertainment. For more information on Feld Entertainment, visit www.feldentertainment.com .
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is pleased to announce a new insurance program for AMA-sanctioned events that yields quality coverage and lower rates for AMA clubs and promoters, who collectively organize more than 3,000 events each year.
The program, which took effect Sept. 29, 2011, follows an effort initiated by the AMA to locate and deliver a better insurance program for its organizers. The partnership with the AMA’s new “preferred” insurance provider, Lockton Affinity, brings with it new rates that have been reduced by 10 percent compared to previous rates.
“AMA racing and recreational events are the gold standard for amateur motorcycle competition and riding in America,” said Joe Bromley, AMA director of racing and organizer services. “Our riders, clubs and promoters expect quality customer service and competitive prices, especially in today’s environment. That’s why we’re pleased to be in a position to lower costs to the clubs and promoters who sanction their events with the AMA.”
AMA clubs and promoters who hold events between Sept. 29, 2011, and Sept. 28, 2012, will receive the same great level of insurance coverage they have in the past, Bromley noted. Coverage for AMA events will still be offered by an A-plus rated insurance company, but the new program offers significant savings for organizers.
Ryan Staub, producer at Lockton Affinity, a program division of Lockton Companies LLC, said: “AMA clubs and promoters organize the best amateur motorcycle and all-terrain vehicle competition and recreational events in the world, and we’re thrilled to be working with them.”
The new 2011/2012 sanctioned-event insurance application is available for AMA Organizers to download in the Resources and Forms section of the AMA website at www.AmericanMotorcyclist.com. For more information about the updated insurance program, please contact Cherie Schlatter, AMA Organizer Services Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the American Motorcyclist Association
Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists’ interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through its support of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, the AMA preserves the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, please visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com.
KTM signaled its return to top level road racing with a new engine designed exclusively for the Moto3 category. The motor draws all on the power and experience of the company’s proven research and development expertise and experience of the KTM Racing Department. Read here.
Hendersonville, North Carolina: Öhlins USA is proud and excited to confirm motocross star Grant Langston as Team Manager for the 2012 Team Öhlins USA Supercross team.
Langston’s considerable credentials include multiple championships in World and AMA Motocross and Supercross, qualifying him as a leader with authority in the challenging realm of motocross. Championships earned by Langston include the 125 MX World Championship, both the 125 East and West AMA Supercross Lites championships, the 125 AMA Motocross Championship, the US Open Supercross, and, of course, the 2007 450 Motocross championship.
Langston will be present this weekend at the October 15, $1,000,000 Monster Energy Cup, invitation-only races, taking place at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada. There, Langston will be cheering on 2011 AMA Motocross Team Öhlins USA rider A.J. Catanzaro, whose overall season results earned him a gate at this prestigious event.
Stacey Berger, Öhlins USA Off Road Manager said, “We’re excited to have Grant coming on board. I can’t think of anyone better to take Team Öhlins USA to the next level. Grant has helped us with testing as well as working with our riders, so we know how great his work ethic is, and how much he’s going to bring to the table for the team. This is going to be a great year for us.”
Grant Langston said, “Being a team manager was a goal of mine. In planning what to do when I was done racing, this is it. It’s something I fit in well with: working with young talent, helping riders grow. I think I’ve got the personality for it. I met Stacey when I was racing because he approached me about using Öhlins suspension. We stayed in contact, last year I helped with the team’s rider training. I put out feelers about being a team manager and then this all fell into place. The timing was perfect. It’s a good group of people and I’m looking forward to committing myself to this.
For the 2012 Supercross and Outdoor seasons. Team Öhlins USA will be competing in the East AMA Supercross Lites Championship series, and the 450 class in the Outdoor Championship, with riders and sponsors to be announced soon.
Öhlins USA distributes and services the world’s leading performance suspension for automobiles, motorcycles, and ATVs. Öhlins develops its proprietary and innovative suspension components at the highest levels of racing from open-wheel car racing, to Moto GP, to off-road competition on two and four wheels. Öhlins USA also provides training for service centers and dealers. Öhlins USA can be contacted at: 828-692-4525; www.Ohlinsusa.com
Five time 500cc World Champion Mick Doohan has given his thoughts on the dominance of fellow Australian Casey Stoner and the relative performance of Valentino Rossi on the Ducati, ahead of this weekend’s Iveco Australian Grand Prix. Read his thoughts here.