50 Years of Pro Motocross 2011 Even though this year was much of the same as the last, with another Ryan winning both championships (this time it was Villopoto) 2011 packed a lot more action into the season than the results let on.
Bench Racing Ammo Green Day So much anticipation for all of these brands, but by the end of the night, the Kawasaki boys had painted the town green.
5 Minutes With... Mitch Payton What a night for Pro Circuit’s Mitch Payton this past Saturday at Anaheim Stadium as his team went 1-2-3 in the 250 class. It was a fantastic way to start the year for the powerhouse Southern California house of horsepower and one that I’m sure Mitch and his entire team put a lot of work into to make sure it happened. The team just shows up, year after year since 1991, and no matter who’s on the bike, the rider performs
Observations Anaheim 1 The first race of the 2011 season kicked off and the first of what is 29 races (17 SX and 12 MX) has started. The series kicked off at the traditional Angel Stadium at Anaheim (can you imagine kicking the SX series anywhere else? Remember when they went to Orlando? What was that all about?) and we were set for some exciting racing.
Racer X Redux Anaheim 1 With all of this hype for the first round of Monster Energy Supercross, we expected to see the battle to end all battles at Anaheim 1. We didn’t get it. Each main event featured just one pass for the lead. But that’s a good thing—just more questions to answer for the next race.
Between the Motos Kevin Crowther The goal of Feld, FIM, and AMA is working together to see what we can do to grow the sport.
The Moment Anaheim 1 There are decisive moments in every race—the holeshot, the pass for the lead, the big crash—that are easy to follow. Other moments are less obvious in their meaning, ones where the bigger picture is exposed or where an underlying story plays out, giving us a glimpse of something more detailed. This is one of those moments.
5 Minutes With... Ryan Dungey "To wear the number-one plate is an honor, and something you work so hard for. But at the end of the day, it’s just a number on your bike."
450 Words Marking Reed This year, there are so many fast guys with frontrunner speed that nest week Villopoto could just as easily get a bad start and finish fifth, with Chad Reed taking home the win.
Monday Conversation with...Ryan Villopoto "That was the first time I had lined up on the gate since St. Louis, and the last time I raced, I ended up in the hospital for three weeks."
Supercross Viewing Party Photos Did you have a supercross viewing party for A1? We want to see pics! Send us a photo of you and your A1 party setup. Just send to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pick our favorites and run them in the magazine.
Racer X Race Report Anaheim 1 The best part is, the uncertainty continues into the next week, because without seeing Villopoto, Dungey and Stewart truly battle, it’s impossible to predict what comes next.
PartsTV Anaheim 1 The debut episode of PartsTV presented by Thor joins host Jason Weigandt and Steve Matthes for an in-depth look into all of the action leading up to the gate drop in Anaheim. Tonights broadcast features interviews with Ryan Villopoto, Kevin Windham, Mitch Payton, reigning SX champion Ryan Dungey and more.
Jimmy Albertson Injury Update Jimmy Albertson has been ruled out for tonight. Albertson crashed in practice and suffered a broken leg. Stay tuned to Racer X for more details to come.
Austin Stroupe Update CORONA, Calif., – Valli Motorsports Rockstar/Yamaha Team rider Austin Stroupe will ride practice tonight at Angel Stadium of Anaheim during the opening round of the 2011 AMA Supercross Championship and then he and the team will determine if he is ready to race.
Mobile Live Timing and Scoring On a mobile device? Get live timing and scoring here: http://live.amasupercross.com/m/
Ezra Lusk To Train JGR Rider Davi Millsaps For 2011 Supercross Season David Pingree is reporting that former 1994 Eastern Regional AMA Supercross Lites class champion and 1999 Anaheim 1 winner, Ezra Lusk will be training Joe Gibbs Racing rider Davi Millsaps for the entire 2011 supercross season. Lusk will be attending every race this year in hopes of helping Millsaps reach his full potential in 2011. “I think Davi needs some direction and I hope to keep him for making some of the mistakes I made,” said Lusk. Keep tuned to Racer X for more breaking news.
5 Minutes With… Grant and Millsaps Josh Grant and Davi Millsaps have essentially traded teams, with one moving from a Honda to a Yamaha, and the other doing the opposite. Grant came through Honda’s amateur program before landing a pro deal on the Factory Connection Honda squad (known today as GEICO Powersports Honda). But when it came time to find a 450 ride for 2009, he went with Joe Gibbs Racing and Yamaha. After two seasons with that team--a great one in 2009 and a bad one in 2010—Grant is back on Honda, this time with the full factory squad, American Honda Racing.
Thor Racer Center - Live Timing & Updates Getting ready for Anaheim 1? Be sure to check out our brand new Race Center sponsored by Thor, where you can find everything from the local weather, to all the latest news from A1
5 Minutes With… Ken Roczen Hard to believe that there’s been a buzz building for over a year around German Ken Roczen, since he’s still only 16-years-old. But the kid has been winning GPs since he was 15, and just waiting for the AMA pro age minimum to either drop back down to 16 so he could race supercross. The age limit has dropped, and Roczen is here—ready to race in the stadiums before heading back home for the GPs in the spring.
Team Milestone at A1 This Weekend In our on going effort to help out the guys that help us stay in business, Milestone is proud to present our two riders for the 2011 Supercross season. After his best supercross season yet, Tanner Reidman is making the jump up to the premiere 450 class with a full head of steam. Racing since age 5, Tanner is by far one of the smoothest riders on the circuit.
Racer X Films Nike, A Night With Champions Nike 6.0 hosted a late night style talk show with Ryan Dungey and James Stewart
Racerhead #1 Welcome to the first Racerhead of 2011, brought to you on a brand new and improved Racer X Online. As you probably noticed, we did some work on the site in the last few months, and while we spun the wheel a little coming out of the gate on some browsers, our digitals are really hooking up now, and I hope you’re enjoying our even deeper commitment to bringing you not only the best motocross magazine in the world, but also the best website.
5 Minutes With... Brett Metcalfe I’m carrying the confidence, and the belief in myself. I feel like I won a race at Southwick.
Same Faces, New Places Silly season is wrapped up and we’ve seen some major switches inside the AMA Supercross paddock. Here’s a brief glimpse at who’s riding what in 2011.
Anaheim Press Day Action Gallery Action images from press day for the Anaheim Supercross by Simon Cudby
One Industries Thursday Rev Up True Grit Hello, everyone, and welcome to the Rev Up. Ah, yes, it’s that time of year again. Time to get the smoke wagon rolling for 2011. All of the cannons are loaded and there is no better fuse to set them off than the Anaheim Supercross.
Monster Energy Supercross Notes Package Anaheim 1 Supercross Class Stats: Anaheim The first race was held on December 4, 1976, and Marty Smith won on a Honda This race marks the 54th time the gate will drop for a Supercross class race in Anaheim This will be the first time that Angel Stadium will not host three stops of Monster Energy Supercross Anaheim holds the record for most Supercross class races
Bench Racing Ammo The Perfect Storm? Welcome to our first installment of Motorex’s Bench Racing Ammo for the 2011 season. With Anaheim 1 only two days away, it only makes sense to bench race about the big season kick off.
Jimmy Albertson To Contest AMA Superccross Jimmy Albertson will be contesting the 2011 AMA SX on a MERGE RACING prepared Donnell’s Honda. Co-team manager Gregg Albertson and Jimmy has put together an impressive privateer effort in a mere couple weeks. The older Albertson brother also handles other duties as mechanic, coach, logistics, and transport driver. Albertson has made the choice of the 2011Honda CRF450 to make his AMA Supercross debut in the premier class at Anaheim 1. Returning from a year racing the World GP’s, Jimmy will be sporting #108 for 2011 after earning National #34 before going overseas.
Still Stewart’s Show? Maybe our expectations were too high in the first place. When James Stewart first burst onto the pro scene, the sport wanted him to put it on his back and launch it straight into the mainstream. The exploits of Jeremy McGrath, Ricky Carmichael and Travis Pastrana had pulled in fans from all angles, and just when so many new eyes were checking things out, Stewart, the most perfect package of all, hit the big time.
Matt Goerke Injured Advance, NC - TiLUBE Racing team rider Matt Goerke is scheduled for surgery on his ankle after an unfortunate injury while preparing for the opening round of the AMA Supercross series at Anaheim 1. Goerke's doctor said it should be a speedy recovery, however Goerke will be forced to sit out a least the first three rounds. TiLUBE Racing is currently looking for a replacement rider to race alongside Matt Boni until Goerke is able to compete.
Anaheim Morning Photo Gallery Some photos by Simon cudby from this morning before the A1 press conference
10 Things To Watch For At Anaheim 1 Finally, it's time for the 2011 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship to get started. This Saturday marks the beginning of a brand new season of racing for the world's fastest riders, and you can watch it in person at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California, or you can tune it to SPEED TV's live coverage of the entire program. The show begins at 10 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. locally. Here are ten things to watch for at Anaheim.
5 Minutes With... Mike Fisher Wednesday afternoon around 5:00 p.m., Mike Fisher and a group of mechanics stand outside the Kawasaki race shop in Irvine, California, and listen in on the #2 bike Ryan Villopoto will ride Saturday night in the opening round of the 2011 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series. A mechanic deftly revs the engine and all sounds well.
Chad Reed's TwoTwo Motorsports Team Set For Supercross debut Dual AMA/World Supercross Champion, Australia’s Chad Reed will enter a new phase of his career this weekend, pulling up to the start gates at Anaheim’s Angel Stadium as a team owner and lead racer.
Yamaha Autograph Signing at Performance Motorsports Tomorrow Performance Motorsports Yamaha in San Juan Capistrano, CA is hosting the Yamaha Supercross Team’s only Orange County appearance this Friday, January 7th for the opening round at Anaheim 1. With Special Guest Johnny O’mara , 1983 AMA 125cc National Motocross and 1984 AMA Supercross Series Champion
Can Eli Tomac Win His First Supercross? In 2009, Factory Connection’s Rick Zielfelder signed longtime Suzuki support rider Eli Tomac to his team, putting the Colorado resident on Hondas for his final year as an amateur, his professional debut, and beyond. “Ziggy” has had some really good success with his young recruits over the years—see Trey Canard and Justin Barcia—but can he keep the momentum rolling?
Hayah Racing LLC Announces Formation of the Truth MX/MB1/FLY/PanicREV Team Murrieta, CA - It’s a new year for a new team: HAYAH Racing LLC is proud to announce the formation of the Truth MX / MB1 / FLY / PanicREV Team. Focusing on the lites west coast series for 2011, the team will be fielding two riders:
Emig/Cudby/Matthes on DMXS Radio Tonight Feld Motosports announced the sport’s most ambitious television broadcast schedule ever for the 2011 Monster Energy AMA Supercross championship. The races will be seen on both SPEED and CBS Sports again this season, including seven rounds aired live. Jeff Emig will be in the booth for the entire series and will join us tonight for the final off-season bench racing session before the gate drops this weekend at Anaheim.
250 West Preview The list of winners in the 450 class is staggering. There are fifteen guys that know how to win races! The 250 class is a completely different story and that's what makes it such an awesome class to watch. Looking through the west coast entry list I can only come up with two guys that have won supercross races: Josh Hansen and Broc Tickle. That definitely gives those two guys an advantage going into the opener, but lets have a look at the guys they are going to have to fight with for the top step of the podium this year.
Dan Reardon Injured JDR/J-Star/KTM rider Dan Reardon will sit out the opening round of the AMA Supercross Series this weekend after being sidelined from a practice crash last Sunday.
Chad Reed - The Gamble What makes a champion tick? What makes a person rise up above everyone else to be the best in the world at something, be it checkers, chess or supercross racing? We’ve all seen the most talented one, the one who had it come easy but could not reach the heights many had predicted. We’ve established that to be a hero in anything, you cannot just rely on talent alone, you have to have a drive to be the best, a desire to put in the work and just the right amount of cockiness and arrogance to know that you can’t be beaten. These things make up the cocktail of a champion.
Jake Moss Slated to Replace Jake Weimer on Monster Energy Kawasaki We've learned from two sources that Australian Jake Moss has been given the nod to ride the Kawasaki
Twin Air Filters Announces 2011 SX/MX Teams Twin Air USA is proud to announce our 2011 SX/MX Teams. The 2010 racing season was a clean sweep for Twin Air sponsored teams. Rockstar Makita Suzuki rider Ryan Dungey won the SX and MX championships, Monster Energy / Pro Circuit Kawasaki riders won both the East and the West SX Lites titles and Geico Powersports rider Trey Canard took home the MX Lites championship. Twin Air filters are trusted by more champions than all other filter brands combined.
Anaheim Supercross Pre-Party Grows as Matrix & Scorpion Step Up Fullerton, CA - The list of celebrities and sponsors for the 2011 Monster Energy Supercross season pre-party is getting bigger as the industry is getting together to host a party for fans and friends. In addition to VIP racing greats like Broc Glover, Danny LaPorte and David Bailey coming, Eddie Cole has confirmed Matrix Concepts, makers of personalized racing stands, is all-in for the festivities. The party will take place Thursday, January 6th at 6:00 p.m. and run until about 10:30 p.m. at the OC Sports Grill across the street from Anaheim Stadium.
Team Violation1.com/Shea Racing/Travisa/National Switchgear Preps for A1 HOUSTON – An extraordinary semi hauler was loaded in Houston, Texas with well-equipped KTM 250SX-F race bikes and parts earlier this week to head to Anaheim, California for the opening round of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship. Team Violation1.com/Shea Racing/Travisa/National Switchgear will make its debut with an impressively-expanded program that includes West Region Supercross Lites riders Austin Howell and Casey Hinson.
5 Minutes With... Andrew Short One rider who is coming into the 2011 Monster Energy Supercross season with some question marks is long-time Honda rider Andrew Short. But wait, he’s not on a Honda anymore! Shorty switched over to a new color and some new CC’s at that. Riding for Red Bull KTM on the still-new and developing KTM 350SXF, Andrew isn’t picked by many to be in the front this coming weekend (well except for that one guy on the Pulpmx Show who said he will win) but perhaps he should be. Year in and year out Shorty is a podium threat no matter what class or discipline he rides. He’s a consummate professional who puts in the work and with Anaheim coming up he talks about his chances, his bike and his multi-national team.
Watch: Ken Roczen Prepares for A1 At only 16 years of age, Red Bull KTM's German motocross phenom Ken Roczen has come to the United States to challenge for the 2011 West Coast Lites Supercross title. Here, he practices just days before the season opener on January 8th in Anaheim, California.
RX Films DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing/Yamaha Check out the 2011 DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing/Yamaha team
Is 2011 Ryan Villopoto's Revenge? There’s nothing I can do to fix it or re-do it (the crash) so I don’t worry about it. It’s definitely frustrating. Kawasaki hired me to do a job and I haven’t fulfilled my end of the bargain.
Malcolm Smith Hosts Supercross Fan Appreciation Night Malcolm Smith Hosts Supercross Fan Appreciation Night
Animated Lap Around Anaheim 1 The red arrow is back, and it's smoother and more technical than ever! With the help of Monster Energy, DC Shoes and FELD Motorsports, Racer X Online is proud to present the first of this year's animated track maps, created by AhlgrenGraphics.com. Racer X Online will present tracks every week a few days before each event so that competitors and fans alike can preview what they will be seeing at each round of the 2011 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship. Without further delay, here's Anaheim 1:
First Look - Team Violation1.com Racing Semi Rig Here is a "first look" of the semi rig for Team Violation1.co Racing/Travisa/National Switchgear powered by Munn Racing KTM. The photographs were taken just prior to leaving Texas for the opening round of the 2011 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series. The transporter was originally built for Bobby Rahal's Indy Car program.