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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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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.

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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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)

Justin Hill Takes Over Points Lead in Oakland

Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki Justin Hill Takes Over Points Lead in Oakland

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Oakland, Calif. (February 5, 2017) – Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Justin Hill claimed his third straight victory of the season, bringing Pro Circuit’s win record to 251. With the win, Hill took over the championship point’s lead and the coveted red plate. Teammate Austin Forkner was forced to retire from the race early after an opening lap crash.

Hill had all the cards stacked against him in Oakland, but he wasn’t going to let sickness or a treacherous track keep him from his third-straight win. He started the day with the fastest lap time in qualifying and then went on to take second in his heat race. In the main event, he avoided a second turn pileup and pushed his way to the front, leading wire-to-wire. It wasn’t without drama as he had gone down late in the race but had enough of a gap to keep the lead and go on to win.

“Tonight was crazy because the track was really rutted and if you lost focus for a second you could go off the track,” said Hill. “I was sick all week and didn’t ride. My team was great. They gave me the confidence I needed to get through this tough day.”

Forkner started showing his speed in qualifying where he placed sixth. Once the night show started, he overcame a tough heat race where he went off the track early but came back to finish fifth. He shot out to an awesome start in the main event, but ultimately went down and was unable to continue, scoring him 22nd for the evening.

“Today wasn’t easy,” said Forkner. “I struggled to find my groove and get a clean lap in. Once I made it through the heat race in one piece, I made a mistake in the main and it ended my race. I have to take the good with the bad and just move on. We’ll go to Texas and give it another shot before the break.”

250SX Class Main Event Results
Justin Hill (Kawasaki)
Martin Davalos (Husqvarna)
Shane McElrath (KTM)
James Decotis (Honda)
Phil Nicoletti (Suzuki)
Aaron Plessinger (Yamaha)
Kyle Chisholm (Honda)
Justin Starling (Husqvarna)
Noah Mcconahy (Yamaha)
Heath Harrison (Yamaha)
22. Austin Forkner (Kawasaki)

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.

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.

Ryan Dungey and Shane McElrath Continue Their Podium Streaks

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Ryan Dungey and Shane McElrath Continue Their Podium Streaks in Oakland

Round 5 – AMA Supercross Championship – February 4, 2017

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OAKLAND, Calif. – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team’s Ryan Dungey continues to lead the way in the 450SX Championship after capturing his fifth consecutive podium of the season on Saturday. With a 2nd place finish in the Main Event, Dungey remains the only rider in the premier class to appear on the podium at each of the five rounds of the AMA Supercross Championship. Additionally, Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Shane McElrath earned his fifth consecutive podium finish of the season, where he remains the only 250SX West rider to hold a podium position throughout the first five rounds.

It was a tough start to the evening for McElrath, who failed to immediately qualify into the Main Event after getting tangled with another rider in the heat race. McElrath was able to bounce back in the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ), where he led a majority of the race to claim an easy transfer position into the Main Event.

In 450SX Heat 1, Marvin Musquin put his Red Bull KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into a 2nd place position on the opening lap. From there, Musquin maintained a solid position where he ultimately finished 2nd place en route to the Main Event.

Dungey grabbed a top-five start in 450SX Heat 2, where he climbed his way into a transfer position around the halfway point. However, Dungey dropped back one position in the final laps to ultimately finish 5th place, where he was forced to line up in the semi-final.

In 450SX Semi 2, Dungey jumped into the lead position by lap two. From there, Dungey put forth a dominant performance to capture the win and a transfer position to the Main Event.

450SX Main Event
Just short of grabbing the official holeshot, Dungey powered his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into the lead on the opening lap as he established a good pace early on. Dungey charged ahead to lead the first 16 laps of the Main Event before Eli Tomac made his move into the lead on lap 17. From there, Dungey pushed hard in an attempt to reclaim the lead but in the end he finished a close 2nd.

Dungey: “The track was pretty tough – there were some spots where we were a little uncomfortable out there but a track like that brings out the rider and the talent. You have to really put it all together. We went for it in the beginning and opened up a nice little lead, which is good. I could gauge where Eli was and I saw that he was doing that rhythm lane. All and all it was a good night, I’m really happy with it. Just a couple of spots that I was losing time on the track so I’m happy with that. It’s not like it’s a bike thing, we’ll go to work this week and try to get better just like we do every week. Considering where we started out we made really good progress today so I’m really happy with it.”

Musquin didn’t get the best jump off the line as he checked in just inside the top-ten on the opening lap. Musquin immediately began climbing his way through the pack until a crash sent him back to the 17th place position just before the halfway point. Musquin was able to rebound, where he ultimately made his way back up to 9th.

250SX West Main Event
McElrath got off to a great start aboard his KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION as he jumped into the 3rd place position on the opening lap. McElrath engaged in a battle for the 3rd place position for a majority of the race where he ultimately prevailed to earn his fifth consecutive podium finish with 3rd place.

McElrath: “It’s actually a big relief [to not be leading the points chase]. This is the first time I’ve had all the pressure off of myself. It’s been a tough five races and it seems like it’s only gotten tougher having the target on my back, so we’re one point down now and I couldn’t be more relieved. It’s something where I can settle down now. That’s been my biggest thing – trying to understand how to deal with it. I’m here and I’m thankful that I’m safe. I’m ready for next weekend and ready to put up a fight going into the break.”

Next Event: Round 6 – Arlington, Texas – February 11, 2017

450SX Main Event Results
1. Eli Tomac
2. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
3. Cooper Webb
4. Jason Anderson
5. Cole Seely
6. Davi Millsaps (KTM)
7. Blake Baggett (KTM)
8. Chad Reed
9. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
10. Dean Wilson

450SX Championship Standings
1. Ryan Dungey (111)
2. Eli Tomac (94)
3. Marvin Musquin (86)
4. Cole Seely (85)
5. Davi Millsaps (70)

250SX West Main Event Results
1. Justin Hill
2. Martin Davalos
3. Shane McElrath (KTM)
4. Jimmy Decotis
5. Phil Nicoletti

250SX West Championship Standings
1. Justin Hill (113)
2. Shane McElrath (112)
3. Aaron Plessinger (97)
4. Martin Davalos (92)
5. Jimmy Decotis (73)

American Flat Track and Öhlins USA Renew Partnership for 2017

American Flat Track and Öhlins USA renew partnership for 2017

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FlatTrack

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 1, 2017) – American Flat Track proudly announces a renewed partnership with Öhlins USA for the 2017 race season. A global leader in motorsport suspension technology, Öhlins USA returns for a second year to give competitors in the premier AFT Twins class the opportunity to vie for the “Öhlins Fastest Lap Award” at each of the 18 rounds on the schedule.

“Öhlins is one of the most respected and recognizable brands in motorcycle sport,” said Michael Lock, CEO of American Flat Track. “We’re proud to have them return for another year as a partner of American Flat Track and thank them for their continued support.”

Öhlins USA will have a presence at select rounds to support riders utilizing their products, and will give fans an opportunity to check out their signature gold product lines.

“Öhlins USA, along with all the guys back at Öhlins AB Racing in Sweden, are absolutely pumped to be back involved with American Flat Track for a second year,” said Doug Shaw, President of Öhlins USA. “This is hardcore, ‘roots’ racing at its best and we just love it. This series also gives us a great platform to continue to develop our products and we appreciate all the folks at American Flat Track for this opportunity.”

The Swedish brand has a long history in motorcycle racing as one of the top-tier suppliers of suspensions in the world, and is eager to return for another season in Pro Flat Track racing. Last year, Öhlins created a custom rear shock called the ILX36 designed for the unique demands of American Flat Track.

For more information about Öhlins USA and the ILX36, please visit their website at http://www.ohlinsusa.com/.

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 trioval 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.

KTM Factory Racing Team Achieves Double-Podium at Phoenix SX

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team Maintains Championship Points Lead With a Double-Podium at Phoenix SX

Round 4 – AMA Supercross Championship – January 29, 2017

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PHOENIX – Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team’s Ryan Dungey kept his podium streak alive on Saturday as he rode to a solid 3rd place finish at Round 4 of the 2017 AMA Supercross Championship in Phoenix. Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Shane McElrath bounced back from a visit to the Last Chance Qualifier (LCQ) to capture a 2nd place finish in the 250SX West division. Both Dungey and McElrath maintain the championship points lead in their respective classes after four rounds of racing.

In 450SX Heat 1, Marvin Musquin put his Red Bull KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into a top five position off the start where he pushed his way into the top three by the third lap. After an all-out battle with Cooper Webb, Musquin was able to make his podium position stick as he cleanly transferred to the Main Event.

Dungey lined up in 450SX Heat 2, where he powered his Red Bull KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into 5th place off the start. Dungey made his move into 4th around the halfway point of the six-lap heat race as he finished strong to capture a transfer position into the Main Event.

450SX Main Event
The Main Event was full of action as the top five riders battled it out for a podium position all race long. Dungey began just inside the top five as he rounded the opening lap in the 4th place position, with Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/WPS/KTM’s Davi Millsaps in 5th. Dungey eventually caught the battle for 2nd where he made the pass on Justin Brayton to inherit 3rd. From there, Dungey set his sights on catching Cole Seely for the 2nd place position.

Dungey eventually made his move around Seely just after the halfway point and the duo battled back and forth throughout the next few sections of the track. However, a hard-charging Chad Reed blazed past both riders through the rhythm section leaving Dungey to fall back into the 3rd place position once again.

Despite every effort to catch the leaders, Dungey wasn’t able to make up enough time to catch Reed for the 2nd place position. With a steady string of podium finishes through the first four rounds, Dungey maintains the 450SX championship points leader by a 15-point margin over his teammate Musquin.

Dungey: “After I got up to 3rd I set my sights on trying to make the pass on Seely and then I was able to, which was good. In the sand he came back and took the position back and then we go into the next corner and Seely slid so I was boxed in down that whole rhythm and there came Chad – he was riding good. Once Chad got by I tried to tow in behind him – I knew I was losing a lot of time in that one rhythm lane but overall just trying to tow in with him. I really wanted to make a late charge at the end but I wasn’t able to, those guys were riding good tonight.”

Musquin didn’t get a favorable start in the Main Event as he came around for the opening lap in 13th place. Musquin continued to push throughout the 20-lap race where he ultimately climbed back to an 8th place finish for the day.

After four rounds, Musquin sits only 15 points back for 2nd place position in the 450SX championship point standings.

250SX West Main Event
McElrath was able to lead 11 of the 16 Main Event laps aboard his KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION. McElrath put himself into a favorable position from the beginning as he remained inside the top three at all times. While battling for the lead position late in the race, McElrath chose to maintain his composure and capture the 2nd place position where he remains in command of the 250SX West points lead after four rounds of racing.

McElrath: “We overcame a lot of adversity today. I had been riding a little cautious and wanted to have that fire again. That race should have been mine, but you do need to be careful when you come up on lappers and aren’t sure what they are going to do. I’m thankful we’re safe after going down in the heat race.”

Next Event: Round 5 – Oakland, Calif. – February 4, 2017

450SX Main Event Results
1. Eli Tomac
2. Chad Reed
3. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
4. Cole Seely
5. Davi Millsaps (KTM)
6. Justin Brayton
7. Blake Baggett (KTM)
8. Cooper Webb
9. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
10. Jason Anderson

450SX Championship Standings
1. Ryan Dungey (89)
2. Marvin Musquin (74)
3. Eli Tomac (69)
4. Cole Seely (69)
5. Davi Millsaps (55)

250SX West Main Event Results
1. Justin Hill
2. Shane McElrath (KTM)
3. Austin Forkner
4. Aaron Plessinger
5. Martin Davalos

250SX West Championship Standings
1. Shane McElrath (92)
2. Justin Hill (88)
3. Aaron Plessinger (82)
4. Martin Davalos (70)
5. Austin Forker (67)

Harley-Davidson Factory Team Primed for Flat Track Battle

Harley-Davidson Factory Team primed for Flat Track battle
Team of Coolbeth, Johnson and Robinson revealed live during ESPN X Games

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MILWAUKEE (January 28, 2017) – It’s a flat track triple threat. The Harley-Davidson® Factory Flat Track Racing Team will unleash a three-rider squad in 2017. Former AMA Pro Grand National champions Kenny Coolbeth Jr. and Jake Johnson and young flat track star Brandon Robinson will race in the legendary Factory Team leathers.

The team was announced today during a live interview with Coolbeth, Johnson and Robinson during ABC network coverage of ESPN’s X Games Aspen.

Gunning for the checkered flag aboard the fierce Harley-Davidson XG750R competition motorcycle, the formidable trio of ace racers will chase a championship on the American Flat Track (AFT) series and fight to medal in the Harley-Davidson Flat Track Racing event at ESPN’s X Games Minneapolis. The American Flat Track racing season opens during Daytona Bike Week at the March 16 DAYTONA TT on a new circuit featuring a jump to be constructed inside Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.

“This edition of the Harley Factory Team will bring unmatched savvy and experience to the track,” said Harley-Davidson Vice President and Managing Director U.S. Mike Kennedy. “With a combined 59 Grand National wins and five AMA Pro Grand National championships, this line-up of riders knows what it takes to do battle with the lead pack and will be a force aboard our new Harley-Davidson XG750R Factory Racing bikes. If you are in Daytona for Bike Week, ride to the race and see the Factory Team in action on this exciting new TT track.”

The Harley Factory Team will field a fleet of Harley XG750R bikes for Coolbeth, Johnson and Robinson. With a custom chassis purpose-built for flat track racing, the XG750R flat tracker is powered by a race-modified, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 750cc Revolution X™ V-Twin engine originally engineered for the Harley-Davidson Street® 750, a motorcycle designed for maximum urban maneuverability with rebellious Dark Custom™ attitude. The Revolution X engine is assembled at Harley-Davidson Vehicle and Powertrain Operations in Kansas City, Missouri.

“I’m excited to be one of the riders helping to push the XG750R to the front of the field,” said Robinson. “I’m sure I’ll be battling with Kenny and Jake to see who can make history and score the first win aboard the new bike. I’ve learned a lot racing against them. Now we’re working together to bring home a championship for Harley-Davidson.”

The race-modified Revolution X engine and a racing frame for the XG750R were developed in collaboration with Vance & Hines Motorsports. The XG750R flat tracker motorcycle is not a production model. The 750cc XG Revolution X V-Twin engine is for sale through Harley-Davidson dealers today and can be modified for racing use by aspiring dealers and privateers.

Kenny Coolbeth Jr.
A three-time AMA Pro Grand National champion (2006-2008), the veteran Coolbeth has won 36 times in the Grand National Championship, more than any active racer in the series. Coolbeth claimed three consecutive titles while racing for the Harley-Davidson Factory Team from 2006 to 2013. Aboard the Zanotti Racing Harley-Davidson XR750 in 2016, Coolbeth won at the Springfield Mile and finished seventh in points. He was named the Rookie of the Year in 1994 and won his first Grand National race in 2002. Coolbeth is 39 years old and lives in Center Hill, Fla.

Jake Johnson
Jake Johnson won consecutive AMA Pro Grand National Championships (2010-2011) on Zanotti Racing Harley-Davidson XR750 motorcycles and has won 20 times in the Grand National Championship since moving up to the top pro class in 2002. In 2016 Johnson won on the Daytona short track and was fourth in the season standings. Johnson won the AMA Pro Singles class championship in 2006 and 2008 and was Rookie of the Year in 2002. Johnson is 32 years old and lives in Coatesville, Pa.

Brandon Robinson
Brandon Robinson enjoyed a break-out season in 2013 with seven top-five finishes and three victories, including a sweep of both races on the Springfield Mile. In 2016, Robinson piloted the Kennedy Racing Harley-Davidson XR750 to his fourth career victory with a win on the Lima half-mile, notched two additional podium results and finished third in the point standings. As an amateur, Robinson won the AMA Twins Expert class championship in 2008. Robinson is 26 years old and lives in Oxford, Pa.

Entering its 64th consecutive season, American Flat Track is the most historic form of American motorcycle racing. The re-vamped 2017 American Flat Track series features 18 rounds of racing headlined by powerful, twin-cylinder motorcycles in the AFT Twins class.

The Harley-Davidson Factory Flat Track Racing Team is proudly partnered with Vance & Hines Motorsports.

About Harley-Davidson Motor Company:
Since 1903, Harley-Davidson Motor Company has fulfilled dreams of personal freedom with cruiser, touring and custom motorcycles, riding experiences and events, and a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, general merchandise, riding gear and apparel. For more information, visit www.h-d.com.

Next Up:
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 trioval 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 curtain-raiser for the 2017 American Flat Track season. 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, visit 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.

Ryan Dungey Leads Team to a 1-2 Finish at Anaheim II

Ryan Dungey Leads Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team to a 1-2 Finish at Anaheim II

Round 3 – AMA Supercross Championship – January 22, 2017

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ANAHEIM, Calif. – Back-to-back reigning 450SX Champion Ryan Dungey earned his first victory of the season on Saturday as he led the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team to an impressive 1-2 finish at Round 3 of the AMA Supercross Championship in Anaheim. His teammate, Marvin Musquin, finished only two seconds back for 2nd, capturing his third consecutive podium finish this season. Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Shane McElrath maintained his points lead with a 3rd place finish in the 250SX West division.

It was a rough start to the evening for the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 riders as both Dungey and Musquin were forced to enter the semi-final race after experiencing bad luck in the heat races. Musquin lined up in 450SX Heat 1 where he jumped into a 3rd place position on the opening lap. However, on lap three Musquin got caught up in another rider’s crash and went down, ultimately running out of time to make a qualifying position from the heat race.

Dungey didn’t experience any better luck as he went down on the opening lap of 450SX Heat 2. As a result of the crash, Dungey was unable to continue on due to a problem with his throttle body harness.

Both Musquin and Dungey were seeded into 450SX Semi 1 amongst a full slate of heavy-hitters in the class. Musquin got off to a good start, eventually making his way into the lead on lap two. From there, Musquin held a strong pace to capture the Semi 1 win. Dungey got off to a mid-pack start but the defending champion climbed his way up to ultimately finish 3rd en route to the Main Event.

450SX Main Event

Despite 13th gate pick for the Main Event, Dungey was able to get a great jump out of the gate to battle for the holeshot and assume the early lead aboard his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION.  Musquin didn’t get the best jump but he settled into the 5th place position on the opening lap.

Musquin immediately began picking off riders where he put himself into 3rd place around the halfway point. Musquin was then able to get around Cole Seely for the 2nd place position where he set his sights on his teammate Dungey out front. Dungey put forth a solid performance throughout the 22-lap Main Event, where he earned his first victory of the 2017 season at Round 3, thus taking over the championship points lead in the class.

Dungey: “I’m thankful to get this win earlier in the season rather than later. Tonight was testing for me – first the throttle broke in the heat race and then my start in the semi wasn’t too great but we were able to end the night on a good note. The Main E vent was tricky, the track was nasty but I’m surprised with the rain that it was as good as it was. There were a bunch of kickers so I was just focused on hitting my lines and marks. Overall, with all the adversity we faced I’m glad we could come away with the win tonight – it was a hard-earned one!”

Musquin captured his third podium of the season to maintain his 2nd place position in the championship point standings, where he sits only seven points behind Dungey after three rounds.

Musquin: “All I can say is ‘you gotta do what you gotta do.’ Both of us went to the semi-final but still qualified to the Main Event and proved we can still be on the podium after going to the semi. Once again at the beginning I wasn’t as good as the end but I tried to stay calm and keep up with those guys. Roczen got around me and had a big crash so after that I tried to switch up my line to stay smooth. I wasn’t too far from Ryan but he was already gone at the beginning so 2nd place wasn’t too bad for me and a really good night for Red Bull KTM.”

250SX West Main Event

McElrath powered his KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into a top-five position off the start as he battled his way through a hungry pack of front-runners. Beginning in the 4th place position, the two-time race winner engaged in a battle with Austin Forkner early on where he made the pass for 3rd place on lap five. From there, McElrath pushed ahead to maintain a solid podium position for the remainder of the race.

With two wins and a 3rd place finish behind him, McElrath continues to hold the 250SX West points lead heading into the next round.

McElrath: “Everyone was going fast and I was giving it everything I had – and tonight that was 3rd place. Coming into this championship race [with the points lead] has been a whole new thing for me. It’s something that we can’t be anything but thankful for today – we still have the red plate and the points lead. I’m looking forward to continue building, we’re still learning and we’re going to be ready to fight next weekend.”

Next Event: Round 4 – Phoenix, Arizona – January 28, 2017

450SX Main Event Results

1. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
2. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
3.Cole Seely
4. Cooper Webb
5. Weston Peick
6. Josh Grant
7. Chad Reed
8. Eli Tomac
9. Davi Millsaps (KTM)
10. Blake Baggett (KTM)

450SX Championship Standings

1. Ryan Dungey (69)
2. Marvin Musquin (62)
3. Ken Roczen (51)
4. Cole Seely (51)
5. Eli Tomac (44)

250SX West Main Event Results

1. Justin Hill
2. Aaron Plessinger
3. Shane McElrath (KTM)
4. Austin Forkner
5. Martin Davalos

250SX West Championship Standings

1. Shane McElrath (70)
2. Aaron Plessinger (64)
3. Justin Hill (63)
4. Martin Davalos (54)
5. Austin Forker (47)

KTM Factory Racing Teams Score Three Podium Finishes in San Diego

KTM Factory Racing Teams Score Three Podium Finishes in San Diego

Round 2 – AMA Supercross Championship – January 14, 2017

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SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Round 2 of the AMA Supercross Championship took place in San Diego on Saturday and it was a successful day for KTM Factory Racing teams in both the 450SX and 250SX divisions. In the premier class, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team’s Ryan Dungey made it an exciting battle to the finish to earn 2nd overall, while teammate Marvin Musquin rounded out the podium with a 3rd place finish. Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM’s Shane McElrath continued his success from the opening round to capture his second-straight victory in the 250SX class.

Dungey got off to a good start on the day as he claimed the top position in timed qualifying, which awarded him first gate pick heading into the evening’s heat races. Dungey was joined in 450SX Heat 2 by his teammate Musquin, who qualified 5th earlier in the day.

As the gate dropped for 450SX Heat 2, Dungey powered his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into a 2nd place position, with Musquin just inside the top five. While Dungey maintained a solid 2nd place position throughout the seven-lap race, Musquin powered his KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION past Chad Reed and Cooper Webb to ultimately capture a 3rd place transfer position into the Main Event.

450SX Main Event
It was a great start for KTM riders aboard the 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION as Dungey captured the holeshot, followed by Musquin and Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/WPS/KTM’s Davi Millsaps close in tow. While running in 2nd on the opening lap, Musquin had a close call where he went off the track for a brief moment and lost a position to Ken Roczen. Luckily, Musquin recovered quickly and settled into the 3rd place position early on as he set his sights on the lead duo ahead.

Dungey led the first seven laps of the Main Event until Roczen took over the lead just before the halfway point. Dungey didn’t back down though, as he continued to pressure Roczen for the lead position. Due to the new format of timed-races, the Main Event extended itself to 24-laps in total, which proved to be valuable for the reigning back-to-back champion as he reeled in Roczen near the end.

Heading into the final moments of the race, Dungey pulled himself to less than one second behind Roczen and the duo battled it out toward the finish. Dungey made a mistake on the final lap to ultimately allow Roczen the freedom to capture the win, where he finished 2.5 seconds back for 2nd place.

Dungey: “We started out the day nice, which was good because I felt like last weekend that wasn’t the case. It was nice to have the fastest time going into the night show and just put all of our effort into the track. In the Main Event Kenny and I were pushing the pace, I was out front first and then he got by but we had a fast pace all night. We all took the same line out there, you didn’t want to try anything different because the track was so rough. Lappers in the way made you venture off a little but I picked up on a few lines late in the race and was really happy with it. The bike setup was great tonight and I had a lot of fun. I feel like I accomplished what I wanted to coming into the weekend. I know I have to keep the focus on myself and use my experience to make it happen. We made a couple changes here and there but I was really happy in the end.”

Musquin maintained a solid 3rd place position where he captured his second-consecutive podium finish through the first two rounds.

Musquin: “I was really happy about my start in the Main Event. I was trying to be really aggressive and pass Ryan on the opening lap. I went inside and doubled – I don’t know what happened but I thought I was going to crash! I was up in the air and all I could see was the sky. I don’t know how I didn’t crash but I went off the track and jumped back on. Especially with that, I am really glad to be on the podium. It was a good race, I was trying to ride really hard and keep up the pace with those guys [Roczen and Dungey]. At the end of the race they were going really fast, I couldn’t really do more against those guys but 3rd is really good.”

250SX Main Event
McElrath didn’t get the most favorable jump off the line but he pushed his KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION into a top five position on the opening lap. The points leader played it smart in the beginning stages of the race, where he moved his way into 3rd by lap five.

From there, McElrath put on a major charge to climb his way into 2nd where he contested for the lead position in the final laps of the race. McElrath made a big charge in the final moments of the race as he pressured Martin Davalos for the lead position. McElrath eventually made a pass for the lead with two laps to go and he held on to the checkers to capture his second-straight victory and career win No. two in the 250SX division.

McElrath: “It’s unreal to explain [winning two in a row] but I try to treat the race like a practice day where we go through every scenario except with a little less intensity. I have been working really hard – spiritually, mentally and physically – and have just been in the zone. The Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull/KTM team works their butts off every week and I’m so thankful. Last week’s win could have been a fluke but tonight proved to be the real thing and I want to keep it going. The track was really demanding tonight, it was one of those things where I just had to run it in there, it’s not what I would have liked to do but that’s racing – it was for the win so I’ll take it.”

Next Event: Round 3 – Anaheim, Calif. – January 21, 2017

450SX Main Event Results
1. Ken Roczen
2. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
3. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
4. Jason Anderson
5. Cole Seely
6. Eli Tomac
7. Weston Peick
8. Davi Millsaps (KTM)
9. Chad Reed
10. Justin Bogle

450SX Championship Standings
1. Ken Roczen (50)
2. Ryan Dungey (44)
3. Marvin Musquin (40)
4. Jason Anderson (36)
5. Eli Tomac (31)

250SX Main Event Results
1. Shane McElrath (KTM)
2. Justin Hill
3. Aaron Plessinger
4. Martin Davalos
5. Austin Forkner

250SX Championship Standings
1. Shane McElrath (50)
2. Aaron Plessinger (42)
3. Justin Hill (38)
4. Martin Davalos (38)
5. Austin Forker (29)