Joey Savatgy Keeps Win Streak Alive in Minneapolis

Joey Savatgy Keeps Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Win Streak Alive in Minneapolis

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JoeySavatgy

Minneapolis (February 18, 2017) – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy kept a personal and team win streak alive as he claimed the first victory of the 2017 Eastern Regional 250SX Championship inside U.S. Bank Stadium. While Savatgy extended the Pro Circuit win streak to five, he also continued his win streak started at the final race in Las Vegas last season. Teammate Adam Cianciarulo overcame a tough start to finish fifth.

Savatgy was just edged out for the top spot in qualifying, but had no problem claiming his first heat race win of the season. In the main event, Savatgy got a great start and settled in behind the leader on the opening laps. Just before halfway, he was able to get by the leader and bring home another win for the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki team.

“It was a tight track that was a bit tricky,” said Savatgy. “I just tried to stay close to the leader and was able to get around him. We have some stuff we can work on this week and I’m really looking forward to the race this weekend in Atlanta.”

In his first supercross race back since 2014, Cianciarulo was ready to shake off the cobwebs and prove his speed on the track. He qualified fourth overall and finished just behind his teammate in the heat race for second. Once the main event kicked off, Cianciarulo had a bit of work to do after a mid-pack start but he was up to the challenge and made passes all the way up fifth.

“I think I rode pretty tight since it has been a few years I’ve been behind a supercross starting gate,” said Cianciarulo. “I think my confidence is there and happy that we got some good points out of my first race back as we head to Atlanta.”

To find out more about Pro Circuit products, visit www.procircuit.com. Don’t forget to follow the Pro Circuit race team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the handle @pcraceteam.

250SX Class Main Event Results
Joey Savatgy (Kawasaki)
Jordon Smith (KTM)
Zach Osborne (Husqvarna)
RJ Hampshire (Honda)
Adam Cianciarulo (Kawasaki)
Dylan Ferrandis (Yamaha)
Anthony Rodriguez (Yamaha)
Luke Renzland (Yamaha)
Kyle Peters (Suzuki)
Colt Nichols (Yamaha)

About Pro Circuit
Based in Corona, Calif., Pro Circuit Products, Inc. is a leader in off-road motorcycle and ATV exhausts and aftermarket performance parts. Started in 1978, Pro Circuit is the go to shop for recreational riders and professionals for everything from suspension work to complete engine packages and everything in between.

Created by former desert racer Mitch Payton, Pro Circuit proves its products and services week-in and week-out through its tagline “We Race.” Every product that dons the Pro Circuit stamp stems from the legendary Pro Circuit race team. A staple in the professional paddock, Pro Circuit Racing has earned 29 AMA championships and more than 250 race wins in more than 30 years of competition.

American Honda Motor Corp. Returns to MotoAmerica

A New Weapon in the fight for MotoAmerica Superbike Supremacy

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RoadRaceFactory

Torrance, CA – In the belly of the American Honda Motor Corporation (AHM), the stage is set for the biggest change in the team’s history.  Media and AHM employees are anticipating the formal announcement of perhaps the worst kept secret in the paddock.  The news that awaits clearly isn’t that the team will be using Honda Groms to maneuver through the pits, or that big beautiful red generators will be powering team equipment.  No. While those things are true, the big news that has gathered the crowd is the formal announcement and introduction of the 2017 Genuine Broaster Chicken / RoadRace Factory’s newest partner and supplier of race weaponry.  American Honda Motor Corp.

For the 2017 MotoAmerica Superbike Season, the team will be piloting the highly anticipated and completely redesigned Honda CBR1000RR.  AHM and the team have reached a multi-year deal that will see the team take on the lead role in the continued development of the latest generation of the CBR family.  In what is expected to be a steep learning curve, the coalition of Broaster Chicken, Honda, and RoadRace Factory are fully committed to providing the sport a much needed injection of diversity and enthusiasm.  To that end, all major principals were on hand for the event.

Last season saw the entrance of a new team sponsor, Genuine Broaster Chicken.  While the 2016 season was nothing short of a challenge that tested the determination of all involved, the good folks at Genuine Broaster Chicken stood by the team.  During the off-season, Jay Cipra (President and CEO – Broaster Company) negotiated a larger deal with team principal Danny Walker.  This new deal was a clear show of confidence in the team and its ability to run more than just a competitive effort.  Genuine Broaster Chicken has doubled down on their sponsorship of the team and has helped create a team structure that will allow more resources to be available to Jake Gagne and the 32 Crew.

For Honda’s part, they have committed to a multi-year technical deal.  To be clear, this is not a full factory effort by Honda.  This a technical support deal that will supply the team with bikes and technical guidance while helping to bring Honda back to American Superbike Racing.  AHM has fully committed to this new partnership, as evidenced by the location of the introduction, and are just as eager to showcase the new CBR for the American fans.  It has been a long time since AHM has provided this level of support in American road racing.  They felt that now was a great time to reenter the paddock due to the strength of MotoAmerica’s popularity and the organization of the Genuine Broaster Chicken team.

We are certainly very excited about this new partnership and we can’t wait to see you all at COTA for Round 1 of the 2017 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship!

Jake Gagne – #32 

“I’m really very excited to have American Honda Motor Corp, come on-board with us for the next few seasons. I can’t wait to get testing the new CBR1000RR.  I haven’t even thrown a leg over this beauty yet, so I’m pumped to get testing and learn this bike.  I’m also stoked that Genuine Broaster Chicken has come out with such an incredible show of support for myself and the team.  I feel fortunate to have this opportunity and I can’t wait for COTA to get here to show everyone what this new team can do.”

Jay CipraBroaster Company 

“I’m very excited to be a part of Danny Walker race team and the RoadRace Factory.  I’m looking forward to the ongoing partnership that we have renewed for this year. Last year was our first introduction to the RoadRace Factory although we have been involved in racing for about 5 years, we liked the style in which Danny Walker ran the team and it was a great experience for us and it’s something that we look forward to carrying on this year and potentially further.  I think that with the addition of Honda this season we’re looking at some very exciting things for the future of the Broaster Company and for Jake.

Mike SnyderSenior Manager of Marketing for Powersports American Honda  

“We are happy to be technical support sponsors for Danny Walker and the Genuine Broaster Chicken / Honda team.  We will be providing motorcycle support, technical support and parts from HRC (Honda Racing Corporation).  We feel that this new partnership can bring a new level of competition to the series.  MotoAmerica has been doing a great job of bringing back American Road Racing and we’re happy to be back in the premier class.”

Danny Walker –  Team Principal 

“The RoadRace Factory is obviously super excited with the relationship that we formed last year with the Genuine Broaster Chicken folks when we attempted to run the superbike class for the first time.  We learned quickly that it was really tough to run a bike and be competitive without some manufacturer support.  To be a part of American Honda getting back into American road racing is an awesome deal and I couldn’t be prouder of this.  We know we are starting at the bottom but we have a lot of torque and hopefully we’ll get there.  We have a multi year deal with American Honda Motor Corp so we have a little bit of time to work up to the highest levels.  But I know my guys and I know Jake and they are going to be working their rear’s off to make this bike a contender from round one.”

Mike Doughty Named General Manager of Motorcycle Operations for Yamaha Motorsports Group

Mike Doughty Named General Manager of Motorcycle Operations for Yamaha Motorsports Group

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MikeDoughty

Cypress, CA – February 13, 2017 – Yamaha Motor U.S. President Terry Okawa recently announced the promotion of Mr. Mike Doughty to the position of General Manager of Motorcycle Operations for Yamaha’s Motorsports Group. Mike will assume the responsibilities of Dennis McNeal, long time manager of the motorcycle group, who recently retired.

Doughty has been with Yamaha for 27 years and most recently held the position of Regional Business Manager for the South Region.

“I am truly excited about this opportunity at what I consider a pivotal time for the motorcycle industry,” said Mike Doughty. “Yamaha has, without a doubt, the best lineup of products in the industry and I believe the future looks very bright indeed for our Yamaha dealers!”

Shortly after assuming his new role, Mike announced a restructuring of the motorcycle operations team to better prepare this segment of Yamaha’s business for success into the future.

Derek Brooks, who was previously responsible for all motorcycle product planning operations, has been promoted to the new position of Motorcycle Product Line Manager, and will oversee both new model product planning and marketing.

Chris Peterman, who held responsibilities for national area marketing pertaining to all Yamaha motorsports products, has joined the Motorcycle Group and will oversee wholesale promotions in the newly created Wholesale Operations Manager postion.
David Schaufler, a long-time Yamaha Motorsports District Manager in the South Region, also joined the Motorcycle Group as the Off-Road Motorcycle Media Relations Manager. This addition will allow Marcus DeMichele, who previoulsly held responsibilities for all motorcycle media relations activities, to focus on the street segment and several upcoming very important new model introductions as the Street Motorcycle Media Relations Manager.

Philip Lash, formerly Yamaha’s Off-Road Motorcycle Product Planning Manager, has been promoted to Senior Motorcycle Product Planning Manager. Philip will focus on all motorcycle products playing a key role in assisting both Marcus DeMichele and David Schaufler in all media relations activities.

Martin Vivanco, currently the Motorcycle Retail Programs Manager, has been promoted and will have his area of responsibilites expanded to assist the motorcycle operations team with an important focus on key new product launches and their retail success.
For more information on all Yamaha motorsports models–including features, specifications, photos, and videos–visit http://www.YamahaMotorsports.com and “YamahaMotorUSA” on your favorite social media site.

Red Bull KTM Riders Musquin and Dungey Podium at Minneapolis SX

Red Bull KTM Riders Musquin and Dungey Podium at Minneapolis SX

Round 7 – AMA Supercross Championship – February 18, 2017

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KTM

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – The AMA Supercross Championship made its return to Minneapolis for the first time since 2013, where it took place inside the newly built U.S. Bank Stadium. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Marvin Musquin led the team’s efforts on Saturday night with a solid 2nd place finish, while his teammate, Ryan Dungey, earned a 3rd place finish at Round 7 to maintain his points lead in the 450SX Championship. Additionally, Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Jordon Smith captured an impressive 2nd place finish at the opening round of the 250SX East Championship.

All three Red Bull KTM factory riders were seeded into 450SX Heat 1 but it was Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/WPS/KTM’s Davi Millsaps who shot out to the front on the opening lap. Dungey powered his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into the 2nd place position early on where he set his sights on Millsaps out front. Trey Canard tucked his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into a top-four position off the start where he quickly made his way into 3rd behind Dungey.

Dungey and Millsaps battled it out for the lead position but in the end it was Millsaps who took the heat race win, with Dungey in a close 2nd. Canard held strong to capture a 3rd place transfer position into the Main Event.

Musquin got hit from behind by another rider on the opening lap, causing him to go down and fall back to 17th place. Despite a valiant effort to come back and finish 7th in the race, Musquin was forced to enter the semi-final. There, Musquin dominated the race to earn a decent gate pick for the Main Event.

450SX Main Event
Millsaps powered his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION to a great start once again, with Dungey and Musquin inside the top six on the opening lap. Dungey quickly moved into the 2nd place position behind Eli Tomac, while Musquin climbed his way into 3rd around lap five. Throughout the 26-lap Main Event Musquin continued to increase the pressure on Dungey and with only a few laps to go Musquin made the move on his teammate to take over the 2nd place position.

Musquin put on a charge to catch up to within six seconds of Tomac out front, where he was able to pull a gap on Dungey to ultimately finish 15 seconds ahead for 2nd place.

Musquin: “The day started off rough – I got hit from behind in the heat race and went down. I was trying to go through safe but it didn’t work out. Thankfully we won the semi and get a decent gate pick that was the goal. It actually was not that bad going to the semi because you get to do more laps and learn more of the track. In the Main Event I was able to make some good passes in the beginning but they [Tomac and Dungey] had a good gap on me and I was trying to put on the charge. I thought it was going to be tough to catch those guys. Obviously Ryan made a mistake but the lappers were really tough out there and the sand section was difficult but I felt like I did good through there. After winning last weekend and then to back it up with a 2nd place tonight is pretty awesome.”

Dungey, who made a mistake early in the race that could have cost him a podium finish, earned a solid 3rd place finish to claim his sixth podium finish of the season.

Dungey: “I definitely had a close call there at the beginning. That section was tricky all day, it sent me into a dive but luckily I saved it and I was able to jump off the side of the track. I had a good charge with Eli at the beginning but he was riding really well and he was able to break away. I made a couple mistakes and then there was Marvin – when he passed me, I saw some of his lines and they were good.”

Dungey added: “It’s good to be back home and to have Minneapolis back on the stop. It’s cool that these people in Minnesota were able to get a taste of Supercross once again and it’s good for the sport.”

Canard didn’t get the best start, where he came around the opening lap in 13th place. The Oklahoma native was able to climb his way inside the top ten through the first half of the race where he ultimately finished 8th place in the Main Event.

250SX East Main Event
The 250SX East Championship kicked off on Saturday and Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Jordon Smith got off to a great start with a 2nd place finish in the class. Smith jumped out of the gate to assume the early lead aboard his KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION where he maintained the lead through the first half of the race. Smith eventually dropped to the 2nd place position where he nailed down a podium finish in the opening round of the East division.

Jordon Smith: “I knew I had to get a good start out there, the track was really one lined and I knew it was going to be tough to pass. I got a really good start and just tried to hit my lines and stay clear of the lappers, it was pretty tough out there with all the ruts and stuff. Overall it was a good race and I’m glad to get out of here with a good finish.”

Next Event: Round 8 – Atlanta, Ga. – February 25, 2017

450SX Main Event Results
1. Eli Tomac
2. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
3. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
4. Jason Anderson
5. Cole Seely
6. Davi Millsaps (KTM)
7. Broc Tickle
8. Trey Canard (KTM)
9. Blake Baggett (KTM)
10. Mike Alessi

450SX Championship Standings
1. Ryan Dungey (149)
2. Marvin Musquin (133)
3. Eli Tomac (125)
4. Cole Seely (123)
5. Jason Anderson (103)

250SX East Main Event Results
1. Joey Savatgy
2. Jordon Smith (KTM)
3. Zach Osborne
4. RJ Hampshire
5. Adam Cianciarulo

250SX East Championship Standings
1. Joey Savatgy (25)
2. Jordon Smith (22)
3. Zach Osborne (20)
4. RJ Hampshire (18)
5. Adam Cianciarulo (16)

American Flat Track Names Husqvarna Motorcycles as Official Motorcycle of AFT Singles

American Flat Track names Husqvarna Motorcycles as Official Motorcycle of AFT Singles
Husqvarna Motorcycles posts largest contingency package in series history for the Singles class

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FlatTrack

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 16, 2017) – American Flat Track is proud to announce a new partnership naming Husqvarna Motorcycles as the Official Motorcycle of AFT Singles for the 2017 season. To show support for American Flat Track’s class for up-and-coming talent, Husqvarna Motorcycles is posting the largest contingency in the history of the Singles class in the amount of $88,700.

“Husqvarna is a brand with a rich heritage in off-road racing and we are delighted to welcome them as a partner to the newly-launched American Flat Track Singles class,” said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. “The 450cc single-cylinder class is a breeding ground for tomorrow’s household names in Pro Flat Track and, with Husqvarna’s help, we are taking the sport to a whole new generation.”

“Husqvarna Motorcycles is proud to support such an iconic motorcycle racing platform. We are excited to engage with the Flat Track audience as we recognize the unique parallels between the Flat Track community and the Husqvarna brand’s inclusive nature and pioneering spirit,” said Jenna Parker, Husqvarna Motorcycles Marketing Manager. “Husqvarna’s 450cc single-cylinder platform is the perfect pioneer in this restructured class of Pro Flat Track competition.”

Husqvarna Motorcycles has set a new contingency benchmark for the class. In addition to the $4,650 available at all 18 rounds for riders competing on the Husqvarna FC 450 in the AFT Singles class, there is also a year-end bonus pool of $5,000 up for grabs for riders that finish the Championship in the top-three aboard Husqvarna machinery.

AFT Singles riders competing on a 2015 or newer Husqvarna FC 450 can follow the company’s outlined Contingency Program to be eligible for the following per-race contingency payout:

  • 1st:       $1,500
  • 2nd:      $1,000
  • 3rd:      $750
  • 4th:       $500
  • 5th:       $250
  • 6th:       $200
  • 7th:       $150
  • 8th:       $100
  • 9th:       $100
  • 10th:     $100

For more information about Husqvarna Motorcycles, please visit their website at http://www.husqvarna-motorcycles.com/us/.

American Flat Track will kick off the 2017 season during Daytona’s Bike Week festivities on Thursday, March 16 with the all-new DAYTONA TT, built inside the tri-oval at Daytona International Speedway. The DAYTONA TT will mark the dawning of a new era for America’s most historic form of motorcycle racing, and the “World Center of Racing” will serve as the first battleground for the great American war between Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycles in 2017. Tickets for the DAYTONA TT are now on sale and can be purchased at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com.

How to Watch:
NBCSN and FansChoice.tv are the official homes for coverage of American Flat Track events. All 18 rounds, from the season-opening DAYTONA TT to the American Flat Track Finals in Southern California, will air in one-hour, tape-delayed telecasts on Thursday nights throughout the summer and fall on NBCSN, while FansChoice.tv provides live streaming coverage of American Flat Track events. FansChoice.tv also provides coverage of IMSA’s development and single-make series, and NASCAR’s touring and weekly series. Catch all the action at http://www.nbcsports.com/ and http://www.FansChoice.tv.

About American Flat Track:
American Flat Track is the world’s premier dirt track motorcycle racing series and one of the longest-running championships in the history of motorsports. Sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing in Daytona Beach, Fla., the series is highly regarded as the most competitive form of dirt track motorcycle racing on the globe. For more information on American Flat Track, please visit http://www.americanflattrack.com, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, live stream the events at FansChoice.tv and catch all the American Flat Track racing action on NBCSN.

Husqvarna Motorcycles. Pioneering Since 1903:
From their very first motorcycle in 1903, Husqvarna Motorcycles has built a pioneering tradition through a series of visionary street and off-road motorcycle innovations that profoundly shaped both the history and future evolution of motorcycling. A premium quality look and feel is the minimum standard on every Husqvarna motorcycle. The Husqvarna brand was born in Sweden and is defined by its proud Swedish heritage, attitude and design influence. Originally founded in Sweden in 1903, Husqvarna Motorcycles have been designed and manufactured in Mattighofen, Austria since 2013.

World of Speed Launches Road Race Motorcycles Exhibit

World of Speed Launches Road Race Motorcycles Exhibit
New display celebrates decades of road-racing motorcycles from around the globe

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WoSLogo

WILSONVILLE, Ore. (Feb. 15, 2017) – World of Speed, an educational and interactive motorsports museum, unveiled its new Road Race Motorcycles Exhibit on February 4. Since racing has never been a strictly four-wheeled affair, the exhibit celebrates road-racing bikes along with the stories of their designers and riders.

“If you have a thrill for speed, you’re going to love this exhibit,” said Ron Huegli, curator for World of Speed. “From the early postwar years to modern superbikes, we have some of the finest racing motorcycles from around the world. The exhibit offers an opportunity to learn their backstories and the evolution of these two-wheeled speed machines.”

Motorcycles featured in the exhibit include:

  • Parilla 250
  • Honda CB450 CR
  • Suzuki GSXR 750R Limited
  • Honda RC30
  • Ducati 888 SPO
  • Ducati Desmosedici RR
  • Matchless G80 Honda RC30

About World of Speed
The World of Speed is an educational museum featuring historic racecars, boats, and motorcycles that tell the story of motorsports culture. Through interactive exhibits and hands-on activities, World of Speed offers visitors a behind-the­scenes view of the racing world. It encompasses many aspects of motorsports, including drag racing, road racing, land-speed racing, motorcycle racing, open wheel racing, NASCAR, and hydroplanes. The museum is funded by income from sponsorships, foundations, admissions, corporate and individual memberships, and from events held at the museum. World of Speed is a 501(C)(3) public charity.

For more information, please visit: www.worldofspeed.org

Movistar Yamaha Leads Second Day of Phillip Island Testing

MOVISTAR YAMAHA LEADS SECOND DAY OF PHILLIP ISLAND TESTING

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Maverick

After a successful first outing around the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit yesterday, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi were back on the track today to continue their preparations for the 2017 MotoGP season.

PHILLIP ISLAND MOTOGP TEST
Phillip Island, Australia – 16th February 2017

TEST

18:00 LOCAL TIME GMT+11,  AIR 30°C / TRACK 39°C,  SUNNY / HUMIDITY 32%

1st –  MAVERICK VIÑALES,  1’28.847 / 80 LAPS

8th – VALENTINO ROSSI,  1’29.674 / 70 LAPS

Phillip Island (Australia), 16th February 2017

Today the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team seamlessly picked up where they left off yesterday in Australia. Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi made the most of the sunny weather conditions on the second day of the Phillip Island MotoGP Official Test. The pair worked on their race pace and compared chassis, ending the day in first and eighth place respectively in the timesheets.

Viñales kept up his impressive form today, showing he is also a force to be reckoned with at the flowing and fast Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Just over an hour into the session he became the first rider to drop into the 1‘28s, setting a 1‘28.847s on lap 21.

With his time-attack out of the way, he used the remaining time of today‘s eight-hour session to work on the race pace. The young Spaniard posted several series of consecutive 1‘29s laps to underline his protagonist status. He completed a total of 80 laps, all the while remaining unchallenged at the top of the timesheets and left the track this evening as the fastest man, with a comfortable 0.462s lead over his closest rival.

Teammate Rossi also got his head down today to take the development of his YZR-M1 another step further. He spent the morning session getting a feel for the track and soon worked his way up to fifth place before he moved on to trying new Michelin tyres.

The Doctor completed 43 laps before lunch, but it wasn‘t all work and no play. After his morning stints, the Italian celebrated his 38th birthday at the Phillip Island track with his crew and a birthday cake.

Back on track in the afternoon, the Doctor completed another 27 laps as he crossed various items off his testing schedule. Whilst trying new bike modifications he was unable to improve on his time from this morning. His best lap, a 1‘29.674s, earned him eighth place in the timesheets, 0.827s behind his teammate.

MASSIMO MEREGALLITEAM DIRECTOR

“It was a positive second day of testing for us. We used this session to work mainly on the chassis to make comparisons and try different settings. We also tried a new front fork with both riders and two new tyres for Michelin. Even if we didn‘t do a race simulation, we completed a lot of laps on used tyres. Today Maverick was more comfortable on his bike compared to yesterday and he has been able to post laps under the 1‘29s mark and set the fastest lap of 1‘28.847s. He followed this up with an impressive pace that he kept going throughout the day. Valentino had a good start this morning and set his best lap. He continued this competitive pace in the morning, but in the afternoon he faced some difficulties, trying different settings that didn‘t give the expected results. We have been able to do almost everything on our scheduled testing programme, so tomorrow will be our race simulation day for both riders.”

MAVERICK VIÑALES

“Today we focused a lot on the race pace and honestly we did a great job, we made a big step compared to yesterday. I‘m feeling more comfortable on the track and I‘m getting more grip from the tyres. I think we did a good job today, but we still have some work to do. We need to choose which chassis we like and decide on a few other things. We still have a lot of laps ahead of us. For sure I was trying to go faster at the end of the session today, but in sector three and four there was a lot of wind so I couldn‘t beat the lap time I set this morning, but I‘m happy anyway. I‘ve been fast with both chassis and all the time I‘m riding 1‘29-low and 1‘29-medium. Like I said, we‘ve made a big step today and we‘ll try to make another step tomorrow.”

VALENTINO ROSSI

“It was a difficult day for us, especially in the afternoon. This morning was not so bad. We tried some different tyres but we especially focused on the pace and it was quite good. This afternoon we had some important tests to do, try a long run and modify something on the bike, but unfortunately it didn‘t work well and I wasn‘t fast enough. It looks like we followed the wrong direction, so after the interviews we‘ll go back to the box to try to understand better for tomorrow and we hope that we can improve. Being in Phillip Island with the good weather and riding the M1 all day is always difficult, because it‘s hard work, but it‘s also a great pleasure, so I think this is a good birthday gift.”

Kacy Martinez Finishes 2nd at Round 2 of AMA National Hare & Hound Championship

Kacy Martinez Finishes 2nd at Round 2 of AMA National Hare & Hound Championship

Round 2 – AMA National Hare & Hound – February 12, 2017

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KacyMartinez

ALAMOGORDO, N.M. – Round 2 of the AMA National Hare & Hound Series took place on Sunday in Alamogordo, New Mexico where FMF KTM Factory Racing Team’s Kacy Martinez finished 2nd place after an intense three-hour battle with KTM-mounted rider Britney Gallegos.

With a slightly different start procedure than usual, Martinez lined up in row three for the Women 86cc-Open A Class start, alongside other A-level classes. Martinez powered her KTM 250 XC-F to a decent start as she tucked inside to pass a few riders through the first turn.

Martinez settled into the 2nd place position on loop one, which consisted of 46 miles of terrain. At the end of the first loop, Martinez made a move to take over the lead from Gallegos as the two battled it out through the 36-mile second loop. Gallegos passed Martinez back and the two riders came through the end of loop two with a 12-second difference between them.

Loop three was a repeat of the second loop, as riders continued on the 36-mile trail. Martinez upped the pace on the final loop as she caught and passed Gallegos for the lead position. However, Gallegos reclaimed the lead with about five miles to go until the finish, as the two KTM-mounted riders came through the finish only seconds apart to claim the top two steps of the podium.

Martinez: “Of course I’m not completely satisfied with finishing 2nd but I definitely learned a lot racing through the hard-packed conditions and fast course layout, which is something I don’t have as much experience with. All-in-all I’m pretty happy and looking forward to the next round!”

FMF KTM Factory Racing Team’s Taylor Robert and Ivan Ramirez were not able to compete in Round 2. Ramirez is sitting out due to an unknown illness that drains his energy levels and Robert is recovering from surgery following an injury sustained during a racing event last Sunday, Feb. 5.

Women’s Class Results

1. Britney Gallegos – KTM
2. Kacy Martinez – KTM
3. Stephanie Woolslayer
4. Rebecca Stout – KTM

Women’s Class Championship Standings

1. Britney Gallegos (55)
2. Kacy Martinez (55)
3. Stephanie Woolslayer (35)
4. Rachel Gutish (21)
5. Rebecca Stout (18)

Marvin Musquin Captures His First-Career 450SX Victory in Arlington

Marvin Musquin Captures His First-Career 450SX Victory in Arlington

Round 6 – AMA Supercross Championship – February 11, 2017

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MarvinMusquin

ARLINGTON, Texas – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team’s Marvin Musquin rode a flawless race on Saturday to capture his first-career 450SX victory at Round 6 of the 2017 AMA Supercross Championship in Arlington, Texas. Musquin’s teammate, Ryan Dungey, finished 4th to maintain his championship points lead in the class.

KTM-mounted riders finished 1-2-3 in 450SX Heat 1 as Dungey stole the early lead in the race. Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/WPS/KTM’s Blake Baggett jumped into the 2nd place position at the beginning of the race with Musquin close in 3rd. Musquin eventually made the pass on Baggett to overtake 2nd as he charged toward his teammate Dungey in the lead. In the end, Dungey claimed the heat race victory by less than one second over Musquin, with Baggett coming in three seconds behind for 3rd.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Trey Canard made his return after missing the last four rounds due to injury. Canard lined up in 450SX Heat 2, where he got off to a mid-pack start. Canard climbed his way into a 4th place transfer position but ultimately got passed back to finish in 5th.

Canard put forth a solid performance in the semi-final race, where he transferred into the Main Event with ease after capturing 2nd place behind Eli Tomac.

450SX Main Event
The 450SX Main Event was red flagged shortly after the gate drop due to a downed rider on the track. Upon the restart, Musquin shot out of the gate aboard his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION to capture the early lead, while Canard settled into a top-five position. Meanwhile, Dungey didn’t get off to the best start as he rounded the opening lap in 13th place.

Musquin maintained his focus out front as he rode a near perfect Main Event, leading all 20 laps en route to his first-career 450SX victory.

Musquin: “I was super calm, trying to stay relaxed and not put any pressure on myself. I had a great start and worked on pacing myself and I was just doing my laps out there and it happened. The biggest thing was that I didn’t make any big mistakes and I stayed on my bike. Today I was more relaxed and I’m really happy.”

Following a mid-pack start, Dungey quickly worked his way through the pack and into the 5th place position just before the halfway point. From there, the reigning champion continued to push ahead where he fell just short of a podium position with a 4th place finish.

Dungey: “Overall it was a good night. Obviously our positioning wasn’t the best off the restart but I gave it my all to fight my way back up there. We caught a couple breaks to move into 4th and all-in-all we made up some ground in the big picture.”

Canard had a strong start to the Main Event as he maintained a top-seven position through the first five laps of the race. Unfortunately Canard experienced two crashes that ultimately dropped him outside of the top 10 running. In his first event back from injury, Canard was able to salvage 11th place for the day.

Canard: “It was really nice to be back on the bike. I actually hadn’t gotten any races under my belt until tonight so it was good to put some time out there. I felt good on the bike all day, although I’m not quite where I want to be fitness/speed wise. But I feel like the next few races we can get things to where we want them and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.”

Next Event: Round 7 – Minneapolis, Minn. – February 18, 2017

450SX Main Event Results
1. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
2. Cole Seely
3. Jason Anderson
4. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
5. Dean Wilson
6. Broc Tickle
7. Jake Weimer
8. Davi Millsaps (KTM)
9. Justin Bogle
10. Malcolm Stewart
11. Trey Canard (KTM)

450SX Championship Standings
1. Ryan Dungey (129)
2. Marvin Musquin (111)
3. Cole Seely (107)
4. Eli Tomac (100)
5. Jason Anderson (85)

250SX West Main Event Results
1. Justin Hill
2. Austin Forkner
3. Aaron Plessinger
4. Jimmy Decotis
5. Dan Reardon

250SX West Championship Standings
1. Justin Hill (138)
2. Aaron Plessinger (117)
3. Shane McElrath (113)
4. Martin Davalos (106)
5. Jimmy Decotis (91)

BMW Motorrad USA Announces Pricing And Equipment Updates For Select 2017 Models

BMW Motorrad USA Announces Pricing And Equipment Updates For Select 2017 Models

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Woodcliff Lake, NJ – February 10, 2017… BMW Motorrad USA has announced pricing and equipment updates for select 2017 models, including the next two Heritage motorcycles arriving at BMW Motorrad dealerships nationwide.

The All-New 2017 BMW R nineT Racer
Racing-oriented boxer appeal (riding position, clip-ons, half-fairing)
MSRP — $ 13,295
In showrooms March 2017.
Standard Features vs. R nineT
Single seat with motorsport painted tail hump vs. double passenger seat
Painted steel tank, traditional forks, cast wheels, single tailpipe
Sport riding position:
Lower clip-on handlebars
Footrests are slightly higher, further back
Half-fairing with windscreen
Factory Options
Spoked Wheels: $500 MSRP
Aluminum Fuel Tank 1 (hand brushed aluminum with sanded weld): $950 MSRP
Aluminum Fuel Tank 2 (hand brushed aluminum with visible weld): $850 MSRP
Chrome Exhaust: $150 MSRP
Heated Grips: $250 MSRP
Anti-Theft Alarm: $395 MSRP
Automatic Stability Control: $400 MSRP
Color
Light White (w/ motorsport accent graphic) ($0)

The All-New 2017 BMW R nineT Pure
For those looking for proven technology and authentic styling at a very attractive price, this classic naked roadster is an ideal blank canvas for customization.
MSRP — $11,995
In showrooms March 2017.
Standard Features vs. R nineT
Painted single-color steel tank, traditional forks, cast wheels, single tailpipe, single speedometer
Factory Options
Spoked Wheels: $500 MSRP
Aluminum Fuel Tank 1 (hand brushed aluminum with sanded weld): $950 MSRP
Aluminum Fuel Tank 2 (hand brushed aluminum with visible weld): $850 MSRP
Chrome Exhaust: $150 MSRP
Low Suspension: $250 MSRP
Heated Grips: $250 MSRP
Anti-Theft Alarm: $395 MSRP
Automatic Stability Control: $400 MSRP
Color
Catalano Grey ($0)

2017 BMW R nineT Model Updates
For those who want the ultimate in a quintessential, classic roadster, BMW’s flagship heritage model delivers.
MSRP — $15,395
In showrooms March 2017.
Base price (MSRP) increase of $300 (from $15,095 to $15,395 MSRP) to account for additional features.
New/Enhanced Standard Features
New instrument cluster: updated electronics w/ additional OBC (on board computer) content
Front forks are now compression and rebound adjustable
New spoked wheel concept (spoke arrangement, rim base, surface).
Additional Factory Option
Automatic Stability Control: $400 MSRP
Additional Colors
Black Storm Metallic/Vintage: aluminum tail hump / hand-brushed, clear-lacquered tank: $950 MSRP
Blue Planet Metallic /Aluminum, with hand-brushed, clear-lacquered tank and tail hump: $950 MSRP

The MSRP for the 2017 BMW R nineT Scrambler is $13,000, while pricing for the BMW R nineT Urban G/S has not yet been announced.

2017 BMW R 1200 GS Model Update / GS Adventure Price Change
In conjunction with the product enhancements coming with the model update, the R 1200 GS base price increases by $200 (from $16,495 to $16,695 MSRP).
The MSRP of the R 1200 GS Adventure, will increase by $200 as well (from $18,695 to $18,895 MSRP).

2017 BMW R 1200 GS Model Updates
In showrooms March 2017.
Standard Features
Updated design/front panels
New/Enhanced Packages
Keyless Ride has been added to the Touring Package, which is also included in the Premium Package. Both packages increase by $250, with the price of the Touring Package increasing from $1,445 to $1,695 MSRP and the Premium Package increasing from $2,950 to $3,200 MSRP.
Dynamic Traction Control, Hill Start Control, and Dynamic Pro Mode (a configurable ‘user’ mode) have been added to Ride Modes Pro, which is included in The Technology Package and The Premium Package. There are no package price increases associated with these enhancements.
Style 1 (Rally) package ($600 MSRP) is now available with new color Lupin Blue Metallic. This off-road oriented package comes with a Cordoba Blue frame, gold calipers, Cross Spoke Wheels, Black Powertrain, Sport Windshield, bi- color rally seat and removes the center stand. To keep the center stand, standard windshield, and standard seat (for more passenger comfort) there is a passenger kit available.
(Exclusive) package ($350 MSRP) is now available with new color Espresso Metallic. This package comes with an Achat Grey frame, gold calipers, and Black Powertrain.
New/Enhanced Factory Options
High Comfort Seat ($50 MSRP)
Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) ($950 MSRP) has been enhanced with the latest generation technology including an automatic ride-height adjustment and automatic damper settings. The price remains the same.
Extra High Rally Seat ($50 MSRP). Only available with Style 1 (Rally) package and only if Passenger Kit is not ordered.
Dynamic Traction Control, Hill Start Control, and Dynamic Pro Mode (a configurable ‘user’ mode) have been added to Ride Modes Pro. As a result, the price has increased $50, from $400 to $450 MSRP.
Passenger Kit ($225 MSRP). Adds center stand, standard windshield, and standard seat (for more passenger comfort) when Style 1 (Rally) package is ordered.
Sport Suspension ($300 MSRP). Only available with Style 1 (Rally) package and Dynamic ESA. Not available with Low Suspension.
Sport Windshield – Only available within Style 1 (Rally) package
Off-Road Tires – Only available within Style 1 (Rally) package
Comfort Seat ($50 MSRP)
Colors
All existing colors and Special Model Triple Black have been replaced by the following colors and style packages:
Light White ($0)
Lupin Blue Metallic (only available with Style 1 (Rally) package: $600 MSRP)
Black Storm Metallic ($100 MSRP)
Espresso Metallic (only available with Style 2 (Exclusive) package: $350 MSRP)

2017 BMW S 1000 R Model Update Changes
Base price (MSRP) increase of $300 (from $13,495 to $13,795 MSRP) to account for additional features.
In showrooms February 2017.
New/Enhanced Standard Features
New Akrapovic HP titanium muffler
Redesigned side panels: more compact/dynamic
New headlight trim
Updated Engine: +5 hp = 165 hp total
Revised chassis: same main-frame tail section as the S 1000 RR
Updated instrument display

New/Enhanced Packages
Equipment enhancements result in a $100 price increase to Sport Package, which is included in the Standard Package (both increase from $850 to $950 MSRP) and the Premium Package (increases from $1,800 to $1,900 MSRP). Within these packages, Gear Shift Assist Pro replaces Gear Shift Assist, and Ride Modes Pro now includes additional features:   ABS Pro, Launch Control, Pit Lane Speed Limiter, and Dynamic Pro mode is now a configurable ‘user’ mode.
New/Revised Factory Options
Gear Shift Assist Pro replaces the Gear Shift Assist option for clutchless up/down shifts ($475 MSRP)
Ride Modes Pro now includes: ABS Pro, Launch Control, Pit Lane Speed Limiter, and Dynamic Pro mode is now a configurable ‘user’ mode (increases from $350 to $450 MSRP)
New option Forged Wheels are 5.3 lbs. lighter than standard wheels ($1,375 MSRP)
New Design Option Wheels with red accent stripe ($140 MSRP; $0 w/ color)
New ABS Pro (only available w/ Ride Modes Pro)
Colors
All existing colors have been replaced by the following colors:
Light White/Lupin Blue Metallic/Racing Red ($500 MSRP): includes Design Option Wheels.
Catalano Grey ($0 MSRP)
Racing Red / Black Storm Metallic ($150 MSRP)

2017 BMW S 1000 RR Model Update Changes
No change to base price (MSRP)
In showrooms March 2017.
New/ Revised Standard Features
Redesigned graphics: larger ‘RR’ logo
Automatic Stability Control (ASC) has been replaced by Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) which incorporates a lean-angle sensor.
Standard single seat with passenger seat cover (no passenger foot pegs)
Recommended: optional $0 passenger kit (adds passenger seat & foot pegs)
Package changes
As DTC is now standard, it is no longer included in Ride Modes Pro, which is included in Race Package, Standard Package and Premium Package (no price impact)
New/Revised Factory Options
As DTC is now standard it is no longer included in Ride Modes Pro
Design Option Wheels are no longer available as a single option, but are included at no cost with paint colors Racing Red / Light White and Light White/Lupin Blue
Metallic/Racing Red
Passenger Kit ($0) adds passenger seat with passenger foot pegs (recommended)
HP Lithium Ion Battery: 3.3 lb. weight savings (planned for 5/17 start of production)
Colors
All existing colors have been replaced by the following colors:
Light White/Lupin Blue Metallic/Racing Red ($500 MSRP): includes Design Option
Wheels (black wheels with red accent stripes).
Racing Red / Light White ($150 MSRP) includes Design Option Wheels (black wheels w/ red accent stripes)
Granite Grey Metallic/Black Storm Metallic ($150 MSRP)

BMW Group In America
BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and the Rolls-Royce brand of Motor Cars; Designworks, a strategic design consultancy in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 and X4 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 340 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 152 BMW motorcycle retailers, 124 MINI passenger car dealers, and 36 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.