Here is a press release I completed for the powersports industry coolant manufacturer Engine Ice announcing their 2018 supercross teams. (Disclaimer – I am the COO of the company).
Here is the full release.
Engine Ice Hi-Performance Products Announces 2018 Supercross Team Support
Top Racers and Teams Rely on Engine Ice to Keep Them Cool in Competition
Merritt Island, FL January 11, 2018, Engine Ice Hi-Performance Coolant, the premier choice for powersports coolant and antifreeze, is pleased to announce their list of professional racing teams competing in the Monster Energy Supercross Series that are supported by and rely on Engine Ice to perform.
Leading the list is the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC – WPS – KTM team. Engine Ice has supported the Forrest Butler owned team since the very beginning and is very proud of the long-standing relationship. Joining the Rocky Mountain team with Engine Ice supports are the newly formed H.E.P. Motorsports team, TPJ Racing, Traders Racing and TiLube Motorsports as well as a list of individual privateer racers and teams competing in supercross.
“Supercross racing is the most visible form of racing we compete in. Man and machine flying through the air on technical tracks with zero room for error” said Engine Ice president Dave Kimmey. “When the slightest error could be catastrophic these athletes need to have confidence in their machines and Engine Ice provides that confidence. Even in the tight confines of a stadium where airflow is minimal, Engine Ice provides consistent power and performance without fail during the entire event. This allows the riders to focus on racing and not worry about their machine.”
Privateer or factory there are many athletes that reply on Engine Ice. Some of the Engine Ice supported teams competing in the 2018 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series include:
Team Rocky Mountain ATV/MC – WPS – KTM
Blake Baggett – 450SX
Benny Bloss – 450SX
Dakota Alix – 250SX
Anthony Rodriguez – 250SX
Kyle Cunningham – 450SX
Henry Miller – 450SX
Dustin Pipes – 450SX
Talon Lafountaine – 250SX
John Short – 450SX
Dylan Merriam – 450SX
Ben Lamay – 450SX
Chad Cook – 450SX
James Milson – 450SX
Team TXS Productions
Michael Akaydin – 450SX
Beginning, January 6th at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, CA the series heads all over the country with returning stops in Houston, Tampa, and Foxborough as it makes its way to the finale in Las Vegas on May 5th. With 17 rounds in 18 weeks, success in the series takes grit and determination, something that all of Engine Ice’s athletes possess.
2018 Monster Energy Supercross Series Schedule
January 6th | Angel Stadium | Anaheim, California
January 13th | NRG Stadium | Houston, Texas
January 20th | Angel Stadium | Anaheim, California
January 27th | University of Phoenix Stadium | Glendale, Arizona
February 3rd | Oakland Alameda Coliseum | Oakland, California
February 10th | Petco Park | San Diego, California
February 17th | AT&T Stadium | Arlington, Texas
February 24th | Raymond James Stadium | Tampa, Florida
March 3rd | Mercedes-Benz Stadium | Atlanta, Georgia
March 10th | Daytona International Speedway | Daytona Beach, Florida
March 17th | The Dome at America’s Center | St. Louis, Missouri
March 24th | Lucas Oil Stadium | Indianapolis, Indiana
April 7th | CenturyLink Field | Seattle, Washington
April 14th | U.S. Bank Stadium | Minneapolis, Minnesota
April 21st | Gillette Stadium | Foxborough, Massachusetts
April 28th | Rice-Eccles Stadium | Salt Lake City, Utah
May 5th | Sam Boyd Stadium | Las Vegas, Nevada
Follow Engine Ice online and on their social media accounts to keep up with the successes for each of these and other Engine Ice athletes throughout the season.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/EngineIceCoolant
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/EngineIce
Twitter – https://twitter.com/EngineIce
Engine Ice Hi-Performance Coolant is biodegradable, phosphate free, non-toxic, and typically reduces operating race temperatures, effectively keeping boil-over temperatures to 256°F or less and freeze-up protection to -26° F. Factory or privateer, highly modified or stock, all machines benefit from using Engine Ice
In an announcement made public last week Suzuki Motor Corporation confirmed that they were pulling out of MXGP and All Japan Motocross activities. Now, this may come as a surprise to many but the rumor has been floating around out there the last couple of month.
With an all-new RMZ450 for 2018, this announcement seems to come at an odd time. For most OEM’s racing is a large portion of their marketing of the brand. Not only for the specific models but for the brand as a whole. In the old days “Win on Sunday and sell on Monday” was a common marketing plan to get the brand out there, with this action what kind of marketing effort will the OEM put on the new machine in the global market? Without a presence in international racing will they instead rely on the success of the newly announced JGR racing effort to market the machine?
The other question will be in the development of a new RMZ250 and the continued development of the RMZ450. Traditionally the MXGP and All Japan series both allowed for a manufacturer to test and develop new technology away from the United States racing restrictions.
Suzuki Motor Corporation did something very similar several years ago when they got out of MotoGP to allow themselves time to regroup and then return to competition.
I guess time will tell if this is a similar move or a step away from racing.
Read the complete Suzuki announcement below.
SUZUKI MOTOR CORPORATION – MXGP AND ALL JAPAN MX STATEMENT
Suzuki Motor Corporation has decided to suspend the FIM World MXGP Championship and All Japan Motocross activities from 2018.
Suzuki Motor Corporation, having reviewed its Motorcycle operations to focus on the core business functions and restructuring of our motorcycle business, concluded to suspend the MXGP activities from 2018.
Suzuki will continue to produce RM-Z250 and 450 series and support those customers the entire world.
Suzuki expresses its great appreciation to sponsors and fans around the world for their strong support to its activities. The company will continue to provide valued products for its customers by utilizing the experiences earned through the Racing activities.
The 2017 Monster Energy Supercross series kicks off under the lights of Angels Stadium in Anaheim on Saturday night and for the only time this season all of the riders will be on even ground.
Anaheim is always a little bit different and it’s been said you can’t win the championship at Anaheim, you certainly can lose it. With 17 rounds in 18 weeks culminating in Las Vegas in May the Supercross Championship is the crowing jewel in every motocross racers career.
The riders have been testing and training for the last couple of months with the hopes that all of this work will pay off Saturday night with a win. Championships come with consistent finishes so riders will need to avoid chances and risks all while trying to score the maximum points each Saturday night. And it certainly doesn’t hurt if your name is Ryan. A Ryan has won the 450 Supercross championship since 2010.
I pick Jason Anderson to repeat his 2016 victory on Saturday night and Ryan Dungey to claim his 4th SX championship at the final round in Las Vegas this May.
So who’s your pick to win the championship in 2017?
This afternoon Feld Motorsports announced that ticket sales for the 2017 Monster Energy Supercross series began. (Press Release Here) 17 rounds in 18 weeks all across the country, Monster Energy Supercross is for sure something to be seen in person.
The question here is, are you going to any? For those in the Northeast, Met Life is still on the schedule, but Gilette in Foxboro isn’t. Salt Lake City and Minnesota are back, and so is Seattle.
I’ve been fortunate to attend quite a few events over the last couple of years and have to say, even if the racing sometimes isn’t exciting the events as a whole sure are. Here are my top 5 locations on this schedule and why.
- Anaheim 1 – Enough said. The first race of the season. New bikes, new teams, and everyone start off equal. Plus it’s in January, and it’s really nice to escape the Northeast winter and put on shorts for the day. Take a couple of extra days and check out the “moto” sites of Southern California like Pro Circuit, Troy Lee Designs, and Chaparral.
- Seattle – Probably my favorite city on the circuit. Stay in Pioneer Square and walk to Pikes Market during the day on Friday and walk to the Supercross on Saturday. A great time in a great place, pack a slicker just in case.
- Met Life – This one is a given. I can be home the night of the race. The local Northeast crowd went without a race for so long. This is a must attend for anyone within a 2-3 hour drive.
- Atlanta – I don’t know what it is about Atlanta. Maybe it’s the clay or the stadium itself, but this race always delivers excitement. It a short flight or 13-hour drive from NJ but always worth the trip.
- Dallas – The house that Jerry built is really something to behold. It’s amazing and a location you should put on your list.
Perhaps you might make a long weekend out of it and check one out.What are your top 5?
Here is a recent race report I wrote wrapping up the 2014 Supercross series.