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February 10, 2008

FERRY BACK ON THE BOX IN ANAHEIM

Filed under: Moto — Karol @ 10:28 pm

FERRY BACK ON THE BOX IN ANAHEIM

Irvine, Calif. (February 4, 2008) – Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Timmy Ferry returned to the podium at the third and final event at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif. The veteran rider has been showing speed all year and this weekend he avoided trouble to finish third. The podium finish keeps Ferry third in the season standings. Ferry’s new teammate Travis Preston finished 15th. In the AMA Supercross Lites class, it was a double podium for the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team as Austin Stroupe grabbed the holeshot and finished second with Brett Metcalfe finishing third.

Monster Energy Kawasaki Under the Tent

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Ferry rode to his second podium of the season after coming out of the gate in fourth. On the technical track which suited the veteran’s style, he got into a good rhythm and set consistent lap times throughout the main event.

“It’s great to be back on the podium,” said Ferry. “I had a solid start considering I had the 15th or 16th gate pick. I’ve got those crashes behind me and every time I haven’t crashed I’ve been on the podium so I know my speeds there. It feels so good to just go out and practice, jump the jumps and race the track. That is something we really haven’t had this year. Even Phoenix was really hard, slippery and tight. This felt like a real supercross track and I felt at home. Actually riding and pushing. Not being able to make a rhythm section, then getting it the next time and making up a lot of time felt good.”
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With the first turn being made of sand, Ferry knew it was a place where he could make up ground, but also a place where you could lose time.

“I’m from Florida and I like sand so the first turn was nice to see,” said Ferry. “The sand has always treated me well. I liked it and in practice it was really good and they had to smooth it out for the starts, otherwise the berm would have been awesome and we could have really railed it.”
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With just a little time between Preston signing with the team and racing, he showed his potential, making the main event through his heat race.

“It was a good night for me,” said Preston. “My first race and not having much time on the bike, I started well in the heat but faded back to ninth. Each race I got better and better, I’m learning the bike so I’m looking forward to going to San Diego.”
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Friday at Angel Stadium was Preston’s first day of school as he met his Monster Energy Team as well as the media.
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Preston came into the event with only two days of hard riding on the factory bike and he was worried how he would hold up in the 20-lap main event.

“Race pace and practice pace are completely different,” said Preston. “It was fun to be battling with the guys out there. I was dicing with guys in the beginning but halfway through I was just wore down so I changed my riding style and doing some things different and I think that helped. I’m going to be pretty sore tomorrow, I’m going to go for a bicycle ride in the morning and then I’m going to sit on the couch the rest of the day.”
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Stroupe returned to the podium at Anaheim after finishing fifth one week ago. The 17-year-old nailed the holeshot in both his heat and the main event and avoided mistakes for a runner-up finish.

“I got an awesome start and I just rode as hard as I could and as fast as I could,” said Stroupe. “I’m not in the best shape right now but every weekend I’m getting better. Right before I went out for the race Mitch (Payton, team owner) told me to believe in myself. I did that and gave it all I had but it just wasn’t enough to get a win tonight.”
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Metcalfe also rode a smart race coming off the starting line fifth. The Australian rider picked his way up to third, keeping pace with Stroupe to earn his second consecutive podium finish. With his third podium of the season, Metcalfe sits fourth in the points standings.

“I had just an average start, but I was able to work my way up a couple of spots to finish third,” said Metcalfe. “The track was technical and kind of tough. It was more like an outdoor track with all the ruts in the sand section so I really enjoyed it. It took me a couple of laps to make up some spots because there were just a few places to make a pass. I’m happy with my finish because it is good for the championship.”
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With a NASCAR test at California Speedway earlier in the week, some of the drivers came out to Angel Stadium to hang out with the Monster Energy Kawasaki team. Carl Edwards and Juan Pablo Montoya both spent time in the pits and for Edwards, he was able to trade training stories with Ferry because both athletes have the same trainer. While he was in the team’s transporter, Edward’s checked all of the office supplies to make sure they were from his sponsor Office Depot. Before Edwards left for an appearance at the Super Bowl he talked about how impressed he was by supercross.

“I’ve ridden dirt bikes enough to know these guys are spectacular,” said Edwards

Along with the NASCAR stars, the team welcomed guests from NBC’s Deal or No Deal along with Hollywood stars Corbin Bleu from High School Musical and a starlet from the motion picture Saw II.
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Preston wasn’t the only new face under the tent as Monster Energy Kawasaki off-road rider Damon Huffman and his number 10 Kawasaki KX™450F thrilled the crowd by taking a few laps during the opening ceremonies.
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Before the race Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Bones Bacon received special recognition from sponsor Mechanix Wear. Bacon received only the fourth Motocross Mechanic Lifetime Achievement Award from Mechanix Wear honoring his career in the industry.

MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI TABS TRAVIS PRESTON TO COMPLETE 2008 SUPERCROSS SEASON

Filed under: Moto — Karol @ 10:28 pm

MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI TABS TRAVIS PRESTON TO COMPLETE 2008 SUPERCROSS SEASON

Irvine, Calif. – Monster Energy Kawasaki announced today that Travis Preston will finish out the 2008 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship season on a factory Kawasaki KX™450F. Preston joins the team as James Stewart recovers from a knee injury.

“This is a great opportunity,” said Preston. “Monster Energy Kawasaki is one of the best supercross teams and I’m proud to be a part of it. I’ve been riding and preparing as much as I could since I received the call from Mike Fisher (Team Manager). It is tough to get up to speed so quickly but I think we’ll be in good shape.”

Preston enjoyed three top-five finishes last year including a season’s best finish of fourth at both Anaheim 1 and Phoenix. A shoulder injury limited him to just nine events. Since turning pro in 1995, Preston won the Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites championship in 2002.

“Travis is going to be a great asset for our team,” said Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Manager Mike Fisher. “He has a lot of experience and when we knew James would miss the rest of the supercross series, Travis was the first rider we contacted. After seeing him ride this week, I knew he would be our rider.”

Preston will join Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Timmy Ferry. Ferry is currently third in the supercross points standings.

MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI’S METCALFE EARNS SECOND PODIUM IN SAN FRANCISCO

Filed under: Moto — Karol @ 10:28 pm

MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI’S METCALFE EARNS SECOND PODIUM IN SAN FRANCISCO

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Brett Metcalfe earned his second podium in three races finishing third at AT&T Park in San Francisco. Early in the evening Metcalfe won his first heat race of the season. He was joined on the podium by Motosport Xtreme Kawasaki rider Tommy Hahn, who turned in his best ride of the season finishing second after claiming the holeshot in the main event. Metcalfe’s teammate Austin Stroupe had an eventful night of racing as he made up nine spots in his heat race to finish second. In the main event he took the early lead, but went off track in the slippery conditions. Stroupe recovered and went on to the finish fifth, marking his third top five in four events.

In the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship main event, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Timmy Ferry nailed the holeshot and grabbed a big lead coming out of the first turn. Ferry rode steadily in fifth place until he had a hard crash, sending his bike into the other lane. Ferry quickly got up and continued riding to finish tenth. Ferry now sits third in the championship standings.

Monster Energy Kawasaki Under the Tent

Xtreme Finish

Motosport Xtreme Kawasaki’s Hahn had a good night starting with his heat race where he finished third. In the main he sprinted out to the holeshot and ran near the front, passing Metcalfe on the last lap to finish second and earn his first podium of the year.

“We were running well early in the season,” said Hahn. “I’m happy to be on the podium. It was tough out there but I just stayed on it and kept my head in it all race. We had a good heat race and I’m happy to get a good result.”

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Another Podium

Metcalfe got out of the starting gate well and was running second on the third lap when he went down in the sloppy conditions while trying to pass for the lead. The Australian quickly recovered and rode back into contention. As the shortened race came to a close, Metcalfe was once again in the runner-up spot but he was passed on the last lap pushing him to a third place finish, his second podium in the last three races.

“I got a good start in the main,” said Metcalfe. “It was difficult and I was making my way to the front. I was aggressive and tried to take the lead in a turn and went down. I got up and rode back to the front.”

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Comeback Kid

For Stroupe the main event was definitely a show as the 17-year-old rider battled the tricky conditions throughout the race. After getting a clean start and taking the early lead, he went off the track but kept his Kawasaki KX™250F upright and rejoined the field. As the conditions worsened Stroupe continued to have a yo-yo type race of moving up and falling back. At the end he was on the upswing again, finishing fifth.

“I had a really good start and was riding well,” said Stroupe. “But I went off the track on the first lap. I got back on and was passing for second when I went off again. It was difficult out there, the track was really bad. Finishing fifth was good but we should have been much better. Hopefully it will be dry next week and we can continue to run up front.”

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Downpour

As heavy rains moved in the supercross main event was slated to start and no one got out of the gate better than Ferry. After the first corner, Ferry and his Kawasaki KX™450F were clear of the entire field. With the rain coming down and the track quickly deteriorating, Ferry rode cautiously sliding back to the fifth position. Midway through the race he saw an opportunity to move up a spot but a spectacular crash in the rhythm section sent his bike across the other lane. Ferry quickly got back on and rode to a hard-earned tenth-place finish.

“I got the holeshot, it was my best start by far” said Ferry. “It feels good to be out front all alone, especially in a mud race but I guess I rode a little too conservative after the start. I was getting more aggressive as the laps went on and I think I just cross rutted and hit a tuff block on my crash. I was happy my bike started right away, that usually doesn’t happen in a mud race.”

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Down and Dirty

With torrential rains falling all week in San Francisco, the track at AT&T Park was muddy all the way around. To help in the sloppy conditions, Ferry’s mechanic Dana Wiggins along with the Monster Energy Kawasaki team added grip tape to the bikes frame and plastics. They also changed to a modified seat cover that provides extra grip as well. To help keep the engine cool, the team went to bigger radiators and also lined the engine and radiators with foam to keep the mud from sticking. The preparation paid off as Ferry completed practice, the heat race and the main event with no mechanical problems.

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Short Time

Practice for the San Francisco event was cut short to accommodate for the conditions. The riders were given only 10 minutes instead of the regular 30 minutes of practice. In the AMA Supercross Lites class Metcalfe and Stroupe both showed speed as Metcalfe finished third quickest and Stroupe fifth. After a few orientation laps both riders were able to jump both triples and found their way through some treacherous mud areas. In the AMA Supercross class, Ferry posted the fourth fastest lap at the end of the session.

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Mud Pit

After receiving more than two-and-half inches of rain on Friday, the layout at AT&T Park was very muddy once the tarps were removed for practice. The crews from Dirt Wurx (track builders) and Live Nation did their best to counteract the torrential rains, keeping the track covered until just before the delayed practice started at 4:30 p.m. Though the track was anything but pristine, their efforts paid off.

“It’s not that bad out there,” said Metcalfe following the track walk. “There’s going to be a lot of ruts and it will be slippery, but we should be able to put on a good show.”

MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI PREPARING FOR TWO SUPERCROSS RIDERS

Filed under: Moto — Karol @ 10:27 pm

MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI PREPARING FOR TWO SUPERCROSS RIDERS

Irvine, Calif. — Following the injury to Monster Energy Kawasaki rider James Stewart, the team is preparing to add a substitute rider for the remainder of the 2008 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship.

The team is currently evaluating a number of riders and is expected to make a decision prior to the Anaheim 3 on Feb. 2. Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Timmy Ferry will race without a teammate this weekend in San Francisco after Stewart’s injury ended his supercross season.

“We are a racing team and we always want to compete in the spirit of the sport,” said Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Manager Mike Fisher. “Timmy is a great rider and we will continue to give him support on the track with a teammate. Right now we are looking at our options and are hoping to make an announcement soon.”

Round 4 of the Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM Championship will take place on Saturday with television coverage scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 27 at 12:00 pm ET, on CBS Sports and CBS HD. The race will be the first supercross event broadcast in high-definition on CBS.

MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI MAKES SOLID START AT WORCS SEASON OPENER

Filed under: Moto — Karol @ 10:27 pm

MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI MAKES SOLID START AT WORCS SEASON OPENER

Irvine, Calif. – Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Damon Huffman earned fourth place at Speedworld MX Park in Surprise, Ariz. in only his second-ever WORCS race. Privateer Kawasaki rider Bobby Bonds finished second in the Pro class, while Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green™ rider Taylor Robert took the Pro 2 class win. Teammate Ryan Abbatoye rounded out the podium in third.

After receiving last gate pick in the pre-race draw, Huffman came out strong and worked his way through the pack to place his Kawasaki KX™450F inside the top-five. Teammate Destry Abbott rode through intense arm-pump to finish with a noteworthy eighth place, while Ricky Dietrich rounded out the top 10.

In the competitive Pro 2 class, Robert worked to stay close to the front and was able to pass for the lead on the last lap. Abbatoye also came from behind to earn third place after starting in eighth. Teammate Josh Morros rode with a mission after coming into the pits to completely replace his rear brakes on the second lap. Once on the track, he turned out the third-fastest lap time and finished fourth.

Monster Energy Kawasaki Under The Tent

In only his second WORCS race to date, Huffman rode steady from the back of the pack to come across the finish in fourth-place.

“I knew the start was going to be important and I ended up with 34th gate pick,” said Huffman. “The first few laps I rode a little tight but I finally settled in around the third or fourth lap. I actually felt better towards the finals laps. I tried to ride consistent after seeing a lot of people go down. I just kept plugging away towards the front and finished pretty good considering my mid-pack start.”

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Abbott had an impressive start, moving into second on the second lap. He worked through arm-pump to finish eighth.

“On the next lap I’m not sure what happened, but I just suddenly got huge arm-pump,” said Abbott. “It was to the point where I couldn’t use the clutch or front brake. At the hour mark, I pitted and backed off, but I believe I was around seventh place. My arms started to loosen up and my pace started to get better, but I still wasn’t riding loose.

“If I hadn’t gotten arm-pump, I really feel I would’ve had a good shot at the podium. I know its part of racing and a lot of guys dealt with the same problem. I’m still feeling good about my speed and everything else that goes with it.”

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In his first year as a Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green rider, Robert captured the first Pro 2 win of the year aboard his Kawasaki KX250F. His determination to make a final lap push and take the lead made it clear that he was ready to make an impression the first race of the season.

“I felt good and knew I could win because of my times the day before in the 250F A race,” said Robert. “I ended up crashing twice in the same lap that dropped me back to about sixth. I wasn’t sure if I could make up the lost time. But every time I went by my pit board it said I was catching the leader so I stuck with it.”

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Abbatoye rode a strong season opener as he got his first podium under his belt in the Pro 2 class.

“I got a really bad start but it ended up working out,” said Abbatoye. “The first couple laps were really chaotic so I decided to lay back a bit. When everyone got a little more settled, I started to move up towards the front. I made my way to fourth and after someone stalled in the endurocross section, I moved into third and kept it there.”

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Making it three Kawasaki’s in the top-five in the Pro 2 class was returning Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green rider Morros. This was Morros’ first race back after he suffered an injury last August at the WORCS round in Olympia, Wash.

With less than a lap completed, Morros came in for a complete rear brake change out, which set him back over seven minutes. At the checkered flag, he had made up close to four minutes on the leaders, while turning out the third fastest lap in the Pro 2 class.

“At the start, I blew first corner and suddenly realized I didn’t have my rear brakes,” said Morros. “I made the decision to come in on the first lap so I could use the rest of the race to push back to the front. I was really upset and I used that to motivate me to get back out there and do well.”

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The season opener saw Kawasaki place five KX™450F’s in the top-10 in the Pro class and five KX™250F’s in the Pro 2 class.

World Off Road Championship Series (WORCS)
Speedworld MX – Surprise, Ariz.
January 20, 2008

Pro Class Results
1. Kurt Caselli, Palmdale, Calif., KTM
2. BOBBY BONDS, MARICOPA, CALIF., KAWASAKI
3. Kyle Summers, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM
4. DAMON HUFFMAN, VALENCIA, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
5. Nathan Woods, Paso Robles, Calif., Suzuki
6. Robby Bell, Sun City, Calif., Honda
7. Bobby Garrison, Hesperia, Calif., Yamaha
8. DESTRY ABBOTT, PEORIA, ARIZ., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
9. BRENDEN RITZMAN, PORT ORCHARD, WASH., KAWASAKI
10. RICKY DIETRICH, WINCHESTER, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
13. JAMIE LANZA, BEAUMONT, CALIF., KAWASAKI

Pro 2 Class Results
1. TAYLOR ROBERTS, SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI TEAM GREEN
2. Nick Brozovich, Bayfield, Colo., Suzuki
3. RYAN ABBATOYE, RIDGECREST, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI TEAM GREEN
4. JOSH MORROS, SPARKS, NEV., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI TEAM GREEN
5. Brodie Humphries, St. George, Utah, Suzuki
6. Corey Floyd, Snohomish, Wash., Yamaha
7. Jonathan Davis, Marinez, Calif., Suzuki
8. RONNIE GOODWIN, LAS VEGAS, NEV., KAWASAKI
9. ROBBIE GOOLSBY, RANCHO CUCAONGO, CALIF., KAWASAKI
10. Ian Blyth, Sedalia, Calif., Yamaha

Pro Class Point Standings
1. Kurt Caselli, Palmdale, Calif., KTM, 30
2. BOBBY BONDS, MARICOPA, CALIF., KAWASAKI, 25
3. Kyle Summers, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM, 21
4. DAMON HUFFMAN, VALENCIA, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 18
5. Nathan Woods, Paso Robles, Calif., Suzuki, 16
6. Robby Bell, Sun City, Calif., Honda, 15
7. Bobby Garrison, Hesperia, Calif., Yamaha, 14
8. DESTRY ABBOTT, PEORIA, ARIZ., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 13
9. BRENDEN RITZMAN, PORT ORCHARD, WASH., KAWASAKI, 12
10. RICKY DIETRICH, WINCHESTER, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI, 11
13. JAMIE LANZA, BEAUMONT, CALIF., KAWASAKI, 8

Pro 2 Class Point Standings
1. TAYLOR ROBERTS, SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI TEAM GREEN, 30
2. Nick Brozovich, Bayfield, Colo., Suzuki, 25
3. RYAN ABBATOYE, RIDGECREST, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI TEAM GREEN, 21
4. JOSH MORROS, SPARKS, NEV., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI TEAM GREEN, 18
5. Brodie Humphries, St. George, Utah, Suzuki, 16
6. Corey Floyd, Snohomish, Wash., Yamaha, 15
7. Jonathan Davis, Martinez, Calif., Suzuki, 14
8. RONNIE GOODWIN, LAS VEGAS, NEV., KAWASAKI, 13
9. ROBBIE GOOLSBY, RANCHO CUCAONGO, CALIF., KAWASAKI, 12
10. Ian Blyth, Sedalia, Calif., Yamaha, 11

MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI’S STEWART TO UNDERGO SURGERY ON INJURED KNEE

Filed under: Moto — Karol @ 10:27 pm

MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI’S STEWART TO UNDERGO SURGERY ON INJURED KNEE

Irvine, Calif. (January 22, 2008) – Monster Energy Kawasaki’s James Stewart will undergo surgery this week to repair his injured knee. Stewart is hopeful he can return to the team in time for the AMA Motocross Championship season opener on May 25 at Glen Helen Raceway Park.

“Going in for this surgery is the right thing to do,” said Stewart. “I want to be out there racing but I owe it to Kawasaki and my fans to be able to be at my best. I’m going to start my rehab right away and work with Aldon (Baker) to be as ready as I can for the outdoor season.”

Stewart injured his knee at his home track in December while riding in preparation for the 2008 Monster Energy® Supercross, an FIM Championship.

“Obviously we want James to be at 100 percent,’ said Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Manager Mike Fisher. “We know the surgery is the best thing for James and we are looking forward to him getting back on the bike and challenging for the AMA Motocross title.”

While riding injured this season, Stewart scored his 25th career win at Chase Field and was tied for the championship lead after two events.

MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI’S STROUPE EARNS FIRST CAREER SUPERCROSS PODIUM IN ANAHEIM

Filed under: Moto — Karol @ 10:26 pm

MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI’S STROUPE EARNS FIRST CAREER SUPERCROSS PODIUM IN ANAHEIM

In only his third career start, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Austin Stroupe earned his first career podium finishing third on the 1986 throwback layout at Angel Stadium. Stroupe started off quickly earning the holeshot and leading the first seven laps. His teammate Brett Metcalfe also got a good start and held on to finish fifth in Round 3 of the AMA Western Regional Supercross Lites Championship.

In the Monster Energy® Supercross, an FIM Championship, Timmy Ferry went to the back of the field on the first lap when a rider fell in front of him, but the veteran rider rode a great race to finish sixth. James Stewart did not ride during the evening program because of an injury he suffered during his preseason training.

Monster Energy Kawasaki Under the Tent

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Austin Stroupe left Phoenix determined to get to the front of the field. Stroupe set the fourth best time on his Kawasaki KX™250F during practice and finished second in his heat race. The good starting gate pick allowed Stroupe to come out the first turn in the lead, earning a $1,000 bonus for the hole shot. Stroupe went on to lead seven of the 15 laps and crossed the finish line in third to earn his first podium.

“It feels way better than last week,” said Stroupe. “I’m just excited to get going, this was kind of a shock to me. I expected to be up here soon, but this is really good. My Monster Energy KX250F got me to a great start and I just got on it and rode a good seven laps and I was happy about that. It was a good race.”
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Brett Metcalfe is coming off of a podium finish last week at Phoenix and kept the momentum rolling as he earned a top-five finish this week at Anaheim. Metcalfe battled throughout the race, running in tight traffic throughout on the challenging throwback layout.

“It was going good,” said Metcalfe. “I got an okay start and I came out around third which was a perfect setup for the race. I went backwards a little bit though, but I regrouped and rode a solid race. Overall the race was a good solid result. I enjoyed the track layout, it was kind of challenging and definitely different. It was pretty cool.”
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For Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Timmy Ferry it was like déjà vu, as for the second week in a row he was caught up in an early incident, this time sending him to the ground. After he recovered, Ferry rode a remarkable race working his way from 20th in the field to finish sixth.

“My ride was good, I felt really good and the bike was good,” said Ferry. “(Andrew) Short went down right in front of me and there was no where I could go and I just hit him. I made a good charge up but it’s two weeks in a row I think we should have been on the podium.”
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For Ferry the ride through the field helped him maintain a spot in the top five in the championship points standings. Ferry is just two points out of the third position and 10 points back of second place.

“We are still in the points race because other riders have had some troubles as well,” continued Ferry. “For me to come from last to sixth was good. I haven’t actually come through the pack that well in the last year or so. Overall it was a good result.”
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For Stewart it was a difficult day. Suffering from an injury he sustained in preseason training, Stewart was still able to set the second fastest time during practice for the throwback event at Anaheim. After the second practice, Stewart and the Monster Energy Kawasaki team felt it was best for him not to compete in the event. Stewart’s status will be evaluated early this week.

“It was a tough decision, I had a problem on December 20 and I put my foot out and hurt my knee again,” said Stewart. “I haven’t ridden during the week since then, just at the races. I’ve just been fighting it every weekend. For me, it hurts because we put so much hard work into the season and for something like this to happen isn’t good. I’m not even close to riding as good as I can. When I was riding today my knee was really unstable to the point where it was going to come out. I don’t want to get further into the season and then have to pull out and miss both the supercross and the outdoor season. The hardest part is just letting all the fans know as well as my Monster Energy Kawasaki team. It has been tough for me, trust me it wasn’t an easy decision at all and I’m really sad about it.”
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The throwback layout was the scene of one of the great supercross races back in 1986 and after racing on the difficult track, Ferry can see why the original race was so good.

“It was difficult, but it was kind of cool too,” said Ferry. “There were some good places to pass, about two or three places around the track, which is rare these days. Personally though, I didn’t really care for the ’86 track, I prefer the ones we have today.”
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With the throwback theme for the second Anaheim event, the Monster Energy Kawasaki team got into the spirit. Both riders showed their 80’s style with Stewart participating in the track walk in a 1980’s wig complete with the retro Oakley blades. During practice both Stewart and Ferry sported throwback gear, with Ferry wearing a classic cotton jersey with bright teal and pink pants. For Stewart, it was the classic red, white and blue look with a simple theme throughout his gear.
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The Pro Circuit team also celebrated another award on the podium as Stroupe’s mechanic Vince Bereni earned the MMI Top Mechanic of the race award. Bereni received a $500 bonus after being selected as mechanic of the race.
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Kawasaki fans also were treated to a history lesson as Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Norm Bigelow coordinated a classic display of Kawasaki motorcycles. Complete with classic hay bales, the display featured three championship winning bikes, all ridden by Jeff Ward.
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The 1980’s will be left in Anaheim as the championship tour heads to San Francisco’s AT&T Park for round four. Ferry is hoping he can get through the first lap clean and get back on the podium.

“I’m looking forward to it,” said Ferry. “San Francisco has some soft dirt and if the rain holds off it should be a good race. The track gets rutty and is technical, kind of like the Anaheim 2 track with the sand. That type of layout suits me well and we should get a good result.”

Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series
Angel Stadium of Anaheim – Anaheim, Calif.
January 19, 2008

AMA Supercross Results
1. Chad Reed, Tampa, Fla., Yamaha
2. Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Org., Yamaha
3. Kevin Windham, Centreville, Miss., Honda
4. Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., Suzuki
5. Ivan Tedesco, Tallahassee, Fla., Honda
6. TIMMY FERRY, LARGO, FLA., MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI
7. Nathan Ramsey, Menifee, Calif., Yamaha
8. Josh Hansen, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
9. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda
10. Charles Summey, Huntersville, N.C., Yamaha
16. JEFF GIBSON, BLACKLICK, OHIO, CERNIC’S KAWASAKI

AMA Supercross Lites Results
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki
2. Broc Hepler, Kittanning, Pa., Yamaha
3. AUSTIN STROUPE, CORONA, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI
4. Dan Reardon, Murrieta, Calif., Honda
5. BRETT METCALFE, MURIETTA, CALIF., MONSTER ENERGY/PRO CIRCUIT/KAWASAKI
6. Robert Kiniry, La Fayette, N.Y., Honda
7. Billy Lananovich, Lake Elsinore, Calif., KTM
8. Gavin Gracyk, Blissfield, Ohio, Honda
9. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
10. THOMAS HAHN, ALVORD, TEXAS, MOTOSPORT XTREME KAWASAKI
17. ANDREW MCFARLANE, MENIFEE, CALIF., MOTOSPORT XTREME KAWASAKI

MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI RIDER JAMES STEWART MISSES ANAHEIM 2

Filed under: Moto — Karol @ 10:26 pm

MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI RIDER JAMES STEWART MISSES ANAHEIM 2

Monster Energy Kawasaki rider James Stewart will miss tonight’s third round of the Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM Championship after suffering an injury to his left knee during preseason training.

“It was a tough decision to make,” said Stewart. “For me it was really difficult because as you could see during the first two races, I wasn’t racing at 100 percent. I’m going to go in for a MRI and then we will make a decision on the future. I’m just sorry for my fans, I know it is disappointing for them.”

A decision on Stewart’s health will be made after he consults with doctors this week.

“James’ is a tremendous guy and he has always been a great rider for our team,” said Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Manager Mike Fisher. “This was a very difficult decision but we feel it is the correct one. Once we know the full extent of the injury we will plan for the rest of the season.”

Stewart entered the third round of the championship tied for the points lead with one victory and a second-place finish.

February 9, 2008

H.O.G. MEMBERS WON’T “WANT TO MISS A THING”

Filed under: Moto — Karol @ 8:06 pm

H.O.G. MEMBERS WON’T “WANT TO MISS A THING”

MILWAUKEE (January 2, 2008) - Today, the Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) announced that legendary rockers Aerosmith and Kid Rock will headline its 25th Anniversary concert at Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers, on Thurs., Aug. 28, 2008. The ticketed concert caps the free day-long Club H.O.G. 25 anniversary celebration that coincides with Harley-Davidson’s 105th Anniversary events during Labor Day weekend in Milwaukee.
“Camaraderie of the open road is at the core of the H.O.G. experience, so what better way to celebrate 25 years of H.O.G. history than by riding the world’s best motorcycles to Milwaukee with thousands of your closest friends,” said Mike Keefe, vice president and general manager, Harley Owners Group. “Our event also celebrates the start of the next 25 great years of riding together with H.O.G.”

Only H.O.G. members will have the opportunity to purchase the 40,000 tickets available for the 25th Anniversary concert at Miller Park. Concert tickets go on sale Wed., March 12, 2008, at 8:00 a.m. Central Time (CT) and will be sold on a first come, first served basis, including 6,000 seats on the stadium infield. H.O.G. members can purchase as many as 25 tickets for $25.00 each exclusively via H.O.G.’s members-only Web site, www.members.hog.com.

H.O.G. was launched as the official riding club of Harley-Davidson in 1983. Today, the organization is the largest factory-sponsored motorcycle organization in the world, boasting more than one million members in 130 countries worldwide. H.O.G. members regularly celebrate the Harley-Davidson dream by riding together and participating in a variety of state, national and international rallies every year.

CELEBRATE ALL DAY AT CLUB H.O.G. 25
In addition to the ticketed evening concert featuring Aerosmith and Kid Rock, the free all day Club H.O.G. 25 on the Miller Park grounds will feature live musical entertainment and comedians, a ride-in motorcycle show with the chance to win awards, including the 7th Annual Willie G. Award, MDA fund-raising activities, performances by stunt riders and motorcycle drill teams, the H.O.G. Wall of Ink, exhibits and more. Admission to the Club H.O.G. 25 events preceding the concert is free to H.O.G. members and one guest. For more information about H.O.G. or ticket availability, visit www.hog.com.

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