KTM Press Release
Six competitors started the Moto X Step Up competition when it kicked off at 7 p.m. Thursday night. Kevin Windham was up first with the bar set at 25 feet. He cleared it and so did the following five riders. The riders repeated that action at 26 feet. It was time to raise the bar. The third round saw the bar lifted 3 feet higher now at 29 feet. Metal Mulisha freestyle rider Bryan Deegan was the first to go out unable to clear the bar. With five competitors left they raised the bar to 30 feet. Each competitor easily clears the bar. They move up to 31 feet. Kevin Windham is up first. Windham taps the bar and knocks it to the ground both times - he's out. Renner steps up, and easily clears 30 feet on his KTM two-stroke and he and the remaining riders move on. All riders clear 32 feet. The bar rises a foot again now to 33 feet. The first competitor, Matt Buyten easily clears the bar. Jeremy McGrath is up second he launches and hits the bar. He tries a final time and strikes out once more - he is out of the competition. Renner steps up, throws a huge whip and easily finesses his KTM over the bar. Ricky Carmichael clears as well.
AMA Pro Racing Press Release
Race 1 Danny Eslick (No. 9 GEICO Powersports/RMR Buell 1125R) charged from 10th on the grid straight to the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL championship lead with a strong victory he and the Richie Morris Racing team dedicated to the late Bruce Rossmeyer, who died in a motorcycle accident earlier this week. Eslick has now won six Daytona SportBike races this year and has regained the points lead for the first time since Road Atlanta, currently 18 points ahead of nearest rival Martin Cardenas (No. 36 Team M4 Suzuki GSX-R600).
Daytona International Speedway, “The World Center of Racing” and home to prestigious events with stock cars, sports cars, motorcycles and karts, will construct a quarter-mile dirt track located outside Turns 1 and 2 in the West Lot, Track President Robin Braig announced.
The project was necessitated by the City of Daytona Beach’s redevelopment plans for Municipal Stadium, which includes replacing the dirt used for the Flat Track racing events with sports turf.
Construction on the quarter-mile dirt track, which will be made up of lime rock, will start in the early fall and be completed in time for next year’s March 3-4 AMA Pro Racing Flat Track motorcycle events, which are a part of 2010 Daytona 200 Week By Honda.
Team Suzuki Press Release
The 12th round of 15 in the 2009 FIM MX1 World Championship and the first of four races left in the final six weeks of the current campaign will take place this weekend through the relentless and draining sand of Lommel in Belgium.
The Grand Prix of Limburg will be a home event for Teka Suzuki World MX1 that is based a stone's throw away from the flat and accessible course, deep in the centre of the country.
The factory crew, with their works RM-Z450s, will be back to full strength for the first time since the fourth event of the season with Steve Ramon set to rejoin Ken De Dycker after recovering from a fractured neck and negotiating two races in Belgium and Germany in the last two weeks.
De Dycker is presently sixth in the World Championship standings with a 25-point deficit to the top three. Ramon is 15th and looking to rescue some silverware before the culmination of his fourth year with team. The RM-Z450 has appeared on the podium six times in 2009 with De Dycker earning five of the trophies so far. Both Belgians will naturally count on strong support this weekend as Lommel - the circuit and town that acts as a central and unofficial training 'headquarters' for many of the top European riders in the World Championship - prepares to host its second GP after its international inauguration as a modern venue in 2008.
Supercross Champion James Stewart confirms that he will be competing in X Games 15 in Best Whip, Super X and Supermoto racing. "I'm pumped to have a chance to attend and compete," says Stewart. "I have always wanted to do the X Games, but this is the first time that it has actually worked out contract and schedule wise."
In fact just hours before showtime, Stewart and his team are hard at work in California dialing in his hybrid roadracer/dirtbike Yamaha YZ450F Supermoto race machine. "Obviously I'm at home on a supercross track, but I've never raced Supermoto before so this is all new to me. I can't wait though; it'll be a blast!" As for Best Whip, "That's in the bag," he laughs.
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