Dungey Out for 6 Weeks – What does that do to the championship chase?

Dungey Out for 6 Weeks – What does that do to the championship chase?

Dungey out for 6-8 weeks. The news hit the motocross community with a thud on Tuesday night. Mr Consistency, the Diesel himself, Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey would be forced to miss several rounds of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross series as a result of an injury suffered in Colorado last weekend.

Ryan Dungey, Budd's Creek 2014. Photo by Scott Lukaitis

Ryan Dungey, Budd’s Creek 2014. Photo by Scott Lukaitis

The injury, a cracked C6 vertebra will require 6-8 weeks of recovery, effectively ending Dungey’s 2016 outdoor season. At the minimum Dungey would miss Mt Morris (PA), Blountville (TN), Red Bud (MI) and Southwick (MA). Add Millville (MN) and Washougal (WA) if he rests the full 8 weeks.

What does this mean for the title chase? Well for 1 thing, RCH/Soaring Eagle/ Jimmie Johns’s Suzuki rider Ken Roczen effectively has a 29 pointy lead over now 3rd place Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac going into the next round in Pennsylvania. More importantly Dungey was the only rider on the same level as Roczen during the first 6 motos of the season. Can Tomac step up and challenge Roczen and close the gap in the points chase?

Or will it be someone else stepping up and challenging Roczen’s championship hopes. The Honda duo of Trey Canard and Cole Seely are 4th and 5th. Canard is 46 points back and Seely is 54 points back after the first 3 rounds. Can they challenge Roczen consistently enough?

Ken Roczen. Scott Lukaitis Photo

Ken Roczen. Scott Lukaitis Photo

One thing for sure this title is now Roczen’s to lose and the way he’s been riding the first 6 motos of the season, I don’t see that happening.

Either way it’s going to be an interesting summer on the national tour.

Press Release from Motocross Press

Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Nationals Wrap-Up – Glen Helen

Round 2 of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Nationals took place this weekend at the famous Glen Helen raceway in San Bernardino, CA. Big hills, big crashes and a surprising turn of events made for another interesting day of racing.

Once again I wasn’t there. I saw most of the first motos online at www.promotocross and then tuned in on NBCSN for the second moto.

Here are the results.

450MX

  • Ryan Dungey (1-2) First Overall – Red Bull KTM
  • Ken Roczen (4-1) Second Overall – RCH/Jimmie Johns/ Soaring Eagle Suzuki
  • Eli Tomac (3-3) Third Overall – Monster Energy Kawasaki

My prediction going in was Roczen, Dungey and Jason Anderson, 1-2-3. Well, if not for a small part malfunction on Roczen’s RCH Suzuki I would have been close. The airfork failure of Roczen took the first moto win away from him. He bravely held on the last couple of laps, jumping only the small jumps, to salvage a 4th place finish and the points lead. Roczen, rebounded to win the second moto. I was off by 1 place with Anderson as the 2-5 motos netted Anderson the 4th overall spot. Trey Canard rounded out the top 5.

250MX

  • Alex Martin (2-2) First Overall
  • Jeremy Martin (4-1) Second Overall
  • Cooper Webb (1-4) Third Overall

The 250 class will prove to be very exciting all year long. After a dominant performance just a week ago at Hangtown, Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Joey Savatgy could only salvage a 9-7 for 7th overall. He went from having a 15 point lead to a 3 point deficit and 3rd place in the standings. My prediction of Martin, Savatgy and Webb was off. Alex, not Jeremy, Martin won the overall, and get this he’s now the points leader. On the podium he was joined by his brother Jeremy Martin and teammate Cooper Webb rounded out the top 3. A Star Racing Yamaha sweep made Bobby Reagan very happy. His guys filled 4 of the top 5  at Glen Helen and in the series points standings as well. Great job to the entire team.

Here are a couple of things I took away from the race.

Glen Helen is gnarly. Just ask Anthony Rodriguez and check out this crazy video of his bike cartwheeling down the hill.

Gared Steinke is crazy. Out there on a Husqvarna 125 hucking the big jumps. Vurb Moto Video

The racing so far this year has been great and I look forward to seeing what happens at Colorado this weekend.

Set Your DVR. Here Comes the Great Outdoors

Set Your DVR. Here Comes the Great Outdoors

This afternoon, MX Sports announced the television package for the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.  NBC Sports Group and MAVTV have combined to deliver 60 hours of TV coverage with 40 hours of live coverage and 3 of the rounds airing on NBC.

In addition to the TV coverage the motos will again be streamed online on ProMotocross.com, a method that I have to resort to (no MAVTV in my cable system).

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Take a look at the schedule below.

2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Broadcast Schedule 

GoPro Hangtown Motocross Classic

May 21 4:00 p.m. ET (LIVE) MAVTV 1st Motos (450 Class & 250 Class)

May 21 7:00 p.m. ET NBCSN 2nd Motos (450 Class & 250 Class)

May 25 2:00 a.m. ET NBCSN Highlight Show

FMF Glen Helen National

May 28 4:00 p.m. ET (LIVE) MAVTV 1st Motos (450 Class & 250 Class)

May 28 6:00 p.m. ET (LIVE) NBCSN 2nd Motos (450 Class & 250 Class)

June 3 2:00 a.m. ET NBCSN Highlight Show 

True Value Thunder Valley National

June 4 2:00 p.m. ET (LIVE) MAVTV 1st Motos (450 Class & 250 Class)

June 4 4:00 p.m. ET (LIVE) NBCSN 2nd Motos (450 Class & 250 Class)

June 9 2:00 a.m. ET NBCSN Highlight Show 

Red Bull High Point National

June 18 1:00 p.m. ET (LIVE) MAVTV 1st Motos (450 Class & 250 Class)

June 18 3:00 p.m. ET (LIVE) NBC 2nd Moto (450 Class)

June 18 4:00 p.m. ET (LIVE) NBCSN 2nd Moto (250 Class)

June 24 2:00 a.m. ET NBCSN Highlight Show

Red Bull Tennessee National

June 25 1:00 p.m. ET (LIVE) MAVTV 1st Motos (450 Class & 250 Class)

June 25 3:30 p.m. ET (LIVE) NBC 2nd Moto (450 Class)

June 25 4:30 p.m. ET (LIVE) NBCSN 2nd Moto (250 Class)

July 1 2:00 a.m. ET NBCSN Highlight Show 

RedBud National

July 2 1:00 p.m. ET (LIVE) MAVTV 1st Motos (450 Class & 250 Class)

July 2 3:00 p.m. ET (LIVE) NBCSN 2nd Motos (450 Class & 250 Class)

July 6 11:00 p.m. ET NBCSN Highlight Show 

2016 Midseason Recap Show

July 7 12:00 p.m. ET NBCSN

Red Bull Southwick National

July 9 1:00 p.m. ET (LIVE) MAVTV 1st Motos (450 Class & 250 Class)

July 9 3:30 p.m. ET (LIVE) NBC 2nd Moto (450 Class)

July 9 12:30 a.m. ET NBCSN 2nd Moto (250 Class)

July 14 11:00 p.m. ET NBCSN Highlight Show 

La Crescent Wine Spirits Spring Creek National

July 16 2:00 p.m. ET (LIVE) MAVTV 1st Motos (450 Class & 250 Class)

July 16 7:00 p.m. ET NBCSN 2nd Moto (450 Class)

July 16 11:00 p.m. ET NBCSN 2nd Moto (250 Class)

July 22 2:00 a.m. ET NBCSN Highlight Show

Washougal National

July 23 4:00 p.m. ET (LIVE) MAVTV 1st Motos (450 Class & 250 Class)

July 23 6:30 p.m. ET (LIVE) NBCSN 2nd Motos (450 Class & 250 Class)

July 29 2:00 a.m. ET NBCSN Highlight Show

Unadilla National

August 13 1:00 p.m. ET (LIVE) MAVTV 1st Motos (450 Class & 250 Class)

August 14 12:00 a.m. ET NBCSN 2nd Motos (450 Class & 250 Class)

August 25 2:00 a.m. ET NBCSN Highlight Show 

GEICO Motorcycle Budds Creek National

August 20 1:00 p.m. ET (LIVE) MAVTV 1st Motos (450 Class & 250 Class)

August 21 7:00 p.m. ET NBCSN 2nd Motos (450 Class & 250 Class)

August 26 2:00 a.m. ET NBCSN Highlight Show 

Ironman National

August 27 1:00 p.m. ET (LIVE) MAVTV 1st Motos (450 Class & 250 Class)

August 27 6:00 p.m. ET NBCSN 2nd Motos (450 Class & 250 Class)

September 1 2:00 a.m. ET NBCSN Highlight Show 

2016 Season Recap Show – 250 Class

September 15 12:00 a.m. ET NBCSN

2016 Season Recap Show – 450 Class

September 23 2:00 a.m. ET NBCSN

*All times are Eastern. 

**All times subject to change.

2016 Outdoor Motocross Predictions – Hangtown Opener

2016 Outdoor Motocross Predictions – Hangtown Opener

The 2016 outdoor motocross season is less than a week away. Can Ryan Dungey continue his winning ways? Has Ken Roczen found the magic to take the championship he last held in 2014? What about Eli Tomac, Jason Anderson, Justin Barcia and a host of other racers ready to challenge for the championship. And that’s not even looking at the 250 series. Everyone is back to zero when the gate drops Saturday afternoon in Hangtown.

The series runs for 12 rounds between now and the end of August. 2016 marks the return of Southwick to the schedule. The “Wick” offers the racers a completely different type of track than the rest of the series and it’s date in July should make it nice an warm further testing man and machine.

The series opens in Hangtown. More specifically in Rancho Cordova, CA, a city in Northern California’s Sacramento County. 2016 marks the 48th anniversary of the event making it the oldest stop on the AMA national circuit.

For more information on Hangtown, check out MX Sports online for all of the details.

Hangtown MX Classic Info

2015 Hangtown Motocross Classic Winners

450 Class: Eli Tomac
250 Class: Jeremy Martin

Who will win this year? Here are my top 3 for each class and who I think will see it all to the end of the series this August in Indiana.

Hangtown 450

Ryan Dungey – I think Dungey will take his momentum from Las Vegas right into the outdoors with an overall victory. I don’t feel like it will be a 1-1 sweep perhaps a 2-1 for the overall.

Ken Roczen – 1-2 moto scores for second overall. Rozen’s been flying the last couple of the weeks of the supercross series and if not for a small mistake in Las Vegas I think he would have won. I think Dungey and Roczen will do battle all season long swapping wins and overall’s throughout the series.

Eli Tomac – Tomac will take his recent momentum along with the memory of his 2015 outdoor speed into a solid opening weekend finish setting up 2016 to be a very exciting year in outdoor motocross.

Hangtown 250

Jeremy Martin- 1-1 for the overall. I think Martin will be a dominant racer in the 250 class this season. It will be his final season in the class and I feel he could be the man to beat.

Aaron Plessinger-3-2 for second overall. Plessinger showed speed in supercross in 2016 and outdoors in 2015 so I think he could be the next guy on the box at Hangtown.

Zach Osborne- 2-3 for third overall. I think Osborne will be a solid top 3 racer each week, ready to pounce if the opportunity is right. Keep an eye on the #16 Husqvarna this season.

So who do I think will win each championship? What about my top 3? Here they are.

450-

  1. Dungey
  2. Roczen
  3. Tomac

250-

  1. Martin
  2. Osborne
  3. Savatgy

I’m planning on wrapping up each week following each event and adding a preview of the next week. Let me know what you think and check back in August to see how I did.

 

 

Ivan Tedesco Retires

Ivan Tedesco Retires

I read the press release this morning about Ivan Tedesco retiring from professional motocross racing. He’s made the decision to retire on his own terms and is walking away while he is still a competitive racer. I’ve had the opportunity to work with Ivan the past couple of years as part of my role at Bel-Ray. First as part of the H&H team and most recently this season as a member of both the Rockstar KTM and RCH Suzuki teams we sponsor.

He’s always been a class act, spending time with our guests and offering his personal insight on racing, the track and other small talk making our guests feel welcome. Thank you.

Ivan, good luck on the next phase of your life. Enjoy it!

Ivan Tedesco press release announcing retirement.

Ivan Tedesco Budd's Creek 2014

Ivan Tedesco Budd’s Creek 2014