Monthly Archives: March 2012

Meet Tyler Villopoto

Cast under the enormous shadow of his superstar older brother, most had never heard of this stylish up-and-coming racer. Recently Tyler Villopoto has found more confidence, speed and drive to push forth in his dreams of becoming a professional motocross racer. Check out this short video from Crazy Money Productions of Tyler talking about his family life, his new team and his goals for the future.

 

World News: Zach Osborne Injured

Is it just me, or does 2012 have the unfortunate theme of reminding us that you can never bet on the sport?

Reported by a British publication, American rider Zach Osborne was involved in a practice crash early this morning injuring his collarbone, wrist and ribs. This horrible incident could possibly make it so Osborne will not compete in the first round of the world GP series hindering his chances at the World Championship.

Osborne has looked better than ever coming off a couple podium-finishes in the West Coast Supercross Lites series, and was an American favorite to contend for the World Championship.

We wish Osborne a speedy recovery and wish him luck in the World Championships.

Urban Offroad

Though this is a primarily Supercross and Motocross based blog, I am a huge offroad fan. I found this video this morning on the twostrokemotocross Facebook page  and felt the need to post this amazing video. Enjoy!

 

Townley to TwoTwo

Big news from Chad Reed’s TwoTwo Motorsports released last night confirming that New Zealand’s Ben Townley will join the team for the 2012 AMA Motocross Nationals.

Though there are mixed feelings from various fans and journalists, I am personally excited. Townley has an amazing amount of speed and the talent to battle up front for the championship like he did in 2007 against reigning Motocross champion Ryan Villopoto.

Originally signed by Factory Honda for a 450 ride after his Lites career, consistent injuries made it so fans could never see Townley’s full potential on the bike. Townley will be riding the same bike as Chad (Reed) for the outdoors, putting the talented outdoor specialist once again aboard a factory Honda.

 

 

Here is the official press release

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What the…. Indianapolis Lites Main Event

On March 17, 2012 Supercross fans experienced a first in Supercross history; a very weird yet exciting first.

After an amazing start, KTM’s Ken Roczen took an early lead. A poor jump off the gate would leave undefeated points leader, Justin Barcia, back in 8th place and it looked as if Roczen would have the race in the bag until a little some unfortunate luck had struck.

On lap 5 the race was red flagged due to a painful crash by Star Valli Yamaha’s Kyle Cunningham. The restart was extremely unfortunate for Ken Roczen who was going for his first win of the season, and especially weird for rides and fans.

According to the AMA rulebook, if a race is red flagged after 3 laps then the restart will happen with a staggered start according to the position where the rider was during the red flag. This was a first in Supercross history, excited for both riders and fans and seemed to be a lucky break for Justin Barcia who found this as his second chance to win the main event.

Right off the start, Barcia began to make moves but because of the style of start Roczen looked to have been running away again with the lead. Roczen would make a huge mistake sending his bike into the air without a pilot and saying goodbye to his hopes of winning.

Rockstar Suzuki’s Blake Wharton would take over the lead and never look back. It would be not only Suzuki’s first win of the season, but also Wharton’s first win since 2009. Bam Bam Barcia has been stopped but he is still winning the war, holding a commanding lead over the field in championship points.

Next week the series moves North of the border to Toronto, Canada. Will Roczen get his win redemption? Can Wharton repeat? Or will Barcia prove that last week was just a hiccup in his 2012 domination?

 

Practice Time With Weeck And Canada

After an impressive showing as a privateer racer at last year’s Outdoor National series stop in Washougal, Washington, Tommy Weeck had the industry talking. The seemingly unkown rider was signed to the Motoconcepts team for the 2012 East Coast Lites Championship.

Injuries have held the Washington native back from his full potential, but he is thinking positively and looking to improve his results.

Here is a clip of Weeck talking about the traitorous Daytona Supercross along side his increasingly successful teammate, Jake Canada, as well as a little Supercross riding from the teammates.

 

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