http://rockstarenergy.com/rss.xml <![CDATA[Rockstar Energy RSS Feed]]> 2016-06-29T23:41:53-07:00 2016-06-29T23:41:53-07:00 Zend_Feed http://rockstarenergy.com/company/news/third-overall-for-metcalfe-penalty-for-goerke-at-round-2-in-nanaimo <![CDATA[Third overall for Metcalfe – Penalty for Goerke at Round 2 in Nanaimo]]> 2016-06-27T11:01:53-07:00 Round 2 of the Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals stayed in beautiful British Columbia this past weekend, with the action unfolding at Wastelands Moto Park in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. With mostly overcast skies and a high of 19°C, weather conditions were much more rider-friendly in Nanaimo compared to one week earlier in Kamloops, where the thermometer hit 34°C under a blazing sun.

 

For Team Rockstar Energy OTSFF Yamaha it looked like it was going to be another banner weekend, with both its MX1 riders finishing top-five. But a rules infraction by Goerke turned the overall results upside down.

 

Goerke, who had battled hard to finish third in the first moto, was later penalized along with moto winner Davi Millsaps for jumping while the race was under a Red Cross caution flag. The penalty translated into Goerke and Millsaps being docked 10 positions, putting Goerke into 13th place and Millsaps into 11th.

 

“It was a bummer deal all the way around. Brett rolled the jump as required by the flag. Matt inadvertently jumped it in the heat of battle chasing Davi. It was one of those weekends when racing got in the way of having a good day for Matt. But for Brett the penalty worked to his advantage. Let’s just say it was a character building weekend and hopefully we’ll take something away from it that’s positive and get back into things in Calgary,” team manager Stu Robinson noted.

 

Goerke rebounded in the second moto, despite still dealing with a blistered hand, to snare fourth at the finish line behind his teammate Metcalfe, which gave the defending champion sixth overall on the day.

 

Metcalfe, meanwhile, who had finished the first moto in fifth place, moved up two positions due to the penalties incurred by Goerke and Millsaps. With his third place finish in moto two, Metcalfe snared third overall on the day, claiming his first podium of the season.

 

Although Metcalfe nailed the first moto holeshot aboard his blitzing YZ450F, he only briefly held the lead before being passed by Davi Millsaps. Goerke got off to a third place start, which he kept for seven laps, sticking to within a few seconds of his teammate.

 

On lap 7, Metcalfe made an error that saw him wipe out on the hard-pack Wastelands track. He was able to remount quickly enough to get back into the fray in fifth place, where he remained for the rest of the moto.  

 

Metcalfe’s get-off meant that Goerke inherited second place, which he maintained until the closing laps, charging hard to connect with Millsaps. Unfortunately, on the final lap, Goerke was cut off by a lapped rider. The lapper then crashed in front of Goerke, who was unable to avoid hitting the downed bike, losing second place to Mike Alessi.

 

With third place now a best case scenario, Goerke remounted within seconds, knowing that Colton Facciotti was within striking distance. With only a fraction of a second to spare over Facciotti, Goerke poured on the gas and kept the multi-time champion behind him all the way to the checkered flag. At the end of the day, however, Goerke’s efforts had proved in vain, when it was announced by CMRC officials that he would be docked 10 positions.

 

The second moto holeshot again proved to be in control of Metcalfe with Goerke, Facciotti, and Millsaps following him into turn one – in that order. Facciotti grabbed the lead from Metcalfe before the end of lap 1, only to lose it to Millsaps on lap 2. 

 

Metcalfe, who was relegated to third after being passed by Millsaps, stayed there the rest of the moto while Goerke found himself holding down fourth from the end of lap 1 till the checkered flag. Although Goerke tried reeling in Metcalfe, he was never able to gain enough ground on his teammate to set up a pass.

 

“Although points are points and it doesn’t really matter how you get them as long as you’re racing clean, no rider rejoices in getting them because the competition DNF’d or lost position because of a penalty. You want to beat them for those points,” Metcalfe said. “One thing is for sure, I felt a lot more comfortable out there today than last weekend. My bike was awesome and fast. The two holeshots I got bears that out. Matt’s misfortune thickens the plot without a doubt, and with eight rounds left everything is still up for grabs.”

 

As the second moto wound down Goerke’s main focus ended up holding on to fourth, keeping a determined Mike Alessi behind him, which he managed to do without too much difficulty. When the checkered flag was waved, Goerke counted a comfortable five seconds ahead of fifth place finishing Alessi.

 

“It was a bit of a frustrating day for me with the flag incident. I should have noticed it, but when you’ve got your head down and you’re focused on your racing you sometimes tend to miss these things. It was the right call by the officials and it’s something I had to live with. If nothing else, I’m even more inspired to get back on the podium at the next round,” Goerke said.

 

The Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals continue on Sunday, June 19th at Wild Rose MX Park in Calgary, Alberta.

 

MX1 Overall Results: Round 2 – Nanaimo, BC

 

1. Colton Facciotti (Honda) 2-2
2. Mike Alessi (Kawasaki) 1-5
3. Brett Metcalfe (Yamaha) 3-3

4. Davi Millsaps (KTM) 11-1

5. Cade Clason (KTM) 4-8

6. Matt Goerke (Yamaha) 13-4
7. Keylon Meston (Yamaha) 9-9
8. Austin Kouba (Kawasaki) 7-12
9. Morgan Burger (Yamaha) 6-14
10. Kyle Swanson (Yamaha) 8-13

 

Points Standing After 2 of 10 Rounds

 

 1. Colton Facciotti     106 pts
 2. Davi Millsaps        102
 3. Mike Alessi             94

 4. Brett Metcalfe        92

 5. Matt Goerke          91

 6. Cade Clason             76

 7. Tyler Medaglia        64 
 8. Keylon Meston       64
 9. Kaven Benoit           62
10. Austin Kouba         61

 

The Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals continue on Sunday, June 19, 2016 at Wild Rose MX Park in Calgary, Alberta.

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http://rockstarenergy.com/company/news/goerke-and-metcalfe-tied-in-points-after-final-western-round <![CDATA[Goerke and Metcalfe tied in points after final western round]]> 2016-06-27T11:01:42-07:00  

Team Rockstar Energy OTSFF Yamaha’s Matt Goerke and Brett Metcalfe continued their quest to build on their top-five MX1 points standings at Round 4 of the Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals in Regina, SK this past Sunday.

 

When all was said and done, the teammates found themselves sharing fourth place in the current standings. Both riders landed on the podium in Regina: Goerke scoring third in moto one – Metcalfe doing the same in moto two. At the end of the day Goerke took to the overall podium in third place on the strength of 3-4 motos while Metcalfe settled for fourth overall, thanks to 6-3 moto results.

 

The final round of the western leg of the championship, held at Moto Valley Raceway, some 15 minutes from the province’s capital, was run in tepid temperatures that hovered around the mid-teens, wind gusts of up to 35km/h, and intermittent rain. All in all it was an ideal race day, with the track being dust free but never muddy, and relatively cool weather.

 

The start of moto one saw Goerke holding down second place behind Davi Millsaps as the freight train shot into the first turn. Metcalfe, a victim of a first turn pileup, was faced with a catch-up race on the technically demanding Moto Valley track. After remounting in 19th place, Metcalfe poured on the gas, picking off rider after rider to make his way into the top-10 within three laps. The Australian kept his head down and methodically clawed his way forward to eventually greet the checkered flag in sixth place.

 

Goerke, meanwhile, made an error on lap 3 that caused him to lose second place to Kaven Benoit, who had been stalking Goerke since the start of the race. Although he pulled out all the stops to retake second, Goerke spent most of the moto keeping a tenacious Mike Alessi at bay. By the end of the moto the Florida native had put enough real estate between himself and Alessi, however, to comfortably record third place at the finish line.

 

When the gate dropped for moto two, Goerke and Metcalfe put their YZ450Fs through the paces to both snag a top-five start. Metcalfe rounded turn one in fourth place, Goerke in fifth. For the next six laps the frontrunners held their positions until Kaven Benoit – riding in third – was relegated to the sidelines with a bike issue. This allowed Metcalfe to take over third while Goerke moved into fourth.

 

A blistering pace by the top-five, which included Millsaps, Alessi, Metcalfe, Goerke and Colton Facciotti – in that order – left the rest of the pack to fend for themselves, many of them succumbing to being lapped. By the midpoint of the moto the frontrunners more or less settled into their own groove, with enough space between them to rule out any serious challenges for position.

 

“It was another positive weekend for us, ending up on the podium in both motos and with an overall podium. With four rounds behind us, we’re where we need to be in the points, and that’s top-five. We’re not too far off first, second and third, and we got six rounds left to challenge for those positions. We’ve got two weeks to regroup and we’re eagerly anticipating the start of the eastern rounds at Gopher Dunes,” team manager Stu Robinson said.  

 

The Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals continue after a two week break in the schedule on Sunday, July 10th, 2016, to kick off the eastern leg of the title hunt at Gopher Dunes in Courtland, Ontario.

 

MX1 Overall Results: Round 4 – Regina, SK

 

 1. Davi Millsaps (KTM) 1-1 

 2. Mike Alessi (Kawasaki) 4-2

 3. Matt Goerke (Yamaha) 3-4

 4. Brett Metcalfe (Yamaha) 6-3

 5. Colton Facciotti (Honda) 5-5 

 6. Vince Friese (Kawasaki) 7-6

 7. Tyler Medaglia (Husqvarna) 9-7

 8. Cade Clason (KTM) 8-8

 9. Kaven Benoit (KTM) 2-DNF

10. Morgan Burger (Yamaha) 13-9

MX1 Points Standing After 4 of 10 Rounds

 

 1. Davi Millsaps        222 pts
 2. Mike Alessi           198
 3. Colton Facciotti     188

 4. Matt Goerke         182 (-40) 

 4. Brett Metcalfe      182 (-40)

 6. Cade Clason           146

 7. Tyler Medaglia      137   
 8. Kaven Benoit         133
 9. Morgan Burger       119  
10. Keylan Meston     119 

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