<![CDATA[Rockstar Energy RSS Feed]]> http://rockstarenergy.com/rss.xml Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:20:05 -0700 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:20:04 -0700 Zend_Feed en-us http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[ Goerke claims overall win at Deschambault in MX1 Maffenbeier second overall in MX2]]> http://rockstarenergy.com/company/news/goerke-claims-overall-win-at-deschambault-in-mx1-maffenbeier-second-overall-in-mx2 Matt Goerke and Shawn Maffenbeier were on top of their game at Round 7 of the Rockstar Energy Drink Motocross Nationals in Deschambault, QC on Sunday. Goerke, with hard fought for 2-1 moto finishes, grabbed the overall win, extending his lead in the MX1 title hunt to 22 points. Maffenbeier recorded second overall in MX2 on the strength of 5-2 results. It was Maffenbeier’s second consecutive second overall finish; he currently sits fourth on the MX2 points scoreboard.

 

Although some rain fell on Deschambault in the morning during qualifiers, the track, Motocross Deschambault, held up nicely all day and by early afternoon sunshine had replaced the grey skies.  With temperatures that reached a high of only 23°C, it was perfect racing weather compared to a week ago at a hot and humid Sand Del Lee in Ontario.

 

The battle for MX1 supremacy continued in Deschambault with the top three contenders, Goerke, Brett Metcalfe, and Colton Facciotti providing most of the upfront action. Cole Thompson, who sits fourth in the current points ranking, kept things interesting by staying in the mix, taking home fourth overall on the day on the strength of 4-3 motos. 

 

Goerke’s Rockstar Energy OTSFF Yamaha MX1 teammate Bobby Kiniry logged another solid weekend with 6-6 moto finishes, which gave him sixth overall on the day. Thanks to his consistent riding all afternoon, the New Yorker strengthened his hold on sixth in the current points ranking.

 

Goerke nailed the first moto holeshot aboard his explosive YZ450F directly ahead of Kyle Swanson, Thompson, Facciotti and Tyler Medaglia. Despite the blistering pace Goerke was laying down up front the main chase group stuck with him till past the halfway point of the moto. Around that time Facciotti stuck a pass on Thompson for second. In short order, Metcalfe, who had started in eighth place, relegated Thompson to fourth.

 

With less than two laps to go, Goerke, who had finally put some eight seconds on Facciotti by the end of lap 10, got caught up in heavy lapper traffic. This turn of events worked to the advantage of Facciotti, who was able to grab the lead and take the moto win. Metcalfe was also able to capitalize on the lappers situation and drag-raced Goerke to the checkered flag. Goerke prevailed, however, with Metcalfe crossing the finish line in Goerke’s rear wheel.

 

Facciotti snared the second moto holeshot with Thompson, Goerke, Metcalfe and Medaglia following in close proximity into turn one. By the halfway point of the moto Facciotti had a four-second lead on Metcalfe, who had passed Thompson on lap five. Goerke, who also stuck a pass on Thompson on the same lap, stayed on the gas to keep the two frontrunners in his crosshairs. On lap 10, with a rerun of lapper traffic in the mix, Facciotti and Metcalfe connected, which resulted in the defending champ going down.

 

This time it was Goerke’s turn to benefit from lapper chaos. He managed to deftly navigate past the lappers, a downed Facciotti, and a regrouping Metcalfe, to take the lead. At this point of the race Goerke was on his way to the moto victory and overall win of the day. Metcalfe finished second a few bike lengths back, with Thompson cementing the podium positions in third. Facciotti, who had remounted in fifth, finished there behind fourth-running Medaglia.

 

“It was a crazy day all around. Winning never seems easy, even when you have a big lead, because anything can happen and it’s not over until you cross the finish line. But I’ll remember Deschambault as one of the toughest races of the season,” Goerke said. “I had to fight for every inch of ground with Brett and Colt, who have no intention of just handing me a win anymore than I do when I’m chasing them. The lappers obviously played a key role in both moto finishes. But that’s part and parcel of motocross and it’s something you know you have to deal with.”

 

Meanwhile, Kiniry got fairly decent starts in both motos; both times inside the top 10. In the first moto, he found himself around eighth place, which he parlayed into sixth by the halfway point on the physically and technically demanding Deschambault track. In moto two, he dove into turn one in sixth place and held that position until the end.

 

“I didn’t quite get the starts I wanted and was off the pace with the guys I should have been. But I took it for what it was and focused on clicking off some decent laps and not lose position or take myself out and try to catch back up to where I was. It’s really about the points now and with six motos left there’s still quite a few to be collected,” Kiniry said.

 

In MX2 action, defending champ Kaven Benoit nailed the first moto holeshot to lead the race wire to wire. Shawn Maffenbeier started around eighth place but quickly piloted his YZ250 into the top five. By lap six he was holding down fourth and stayed there until the closing laps, when a relentless Dylan Wright managed to stick a pass on him. In a bid to repass him, Maffenbeier went down but recovered within seconds to not lose anymore positions, crossing the finish line in fifth.

 

Benoit snared the second moto holeshot in front of a home province crowd, followed by Jesse Pettis, Brad Nauditt, and Maffenbeier. Maffenbeier, intent on redeeming himself, wasted no time sticking a pass on Nauditt and Pettis to install himself in second place by the end of the first lap. With Benoit already enjoying a hefty lead, Maffenbeier pinned the throttle, to which Benoit replied in kind. Maffenbeier would hold down second and was never threatened for position by third running Jeremy Medaglia. The frenzied pace he and Benoit were hammering down saw Maffenbeier gap Medaglia by some 15 seconds, a cushion he enjoyed from about the halfway point of the moto till the finish line.

 

“I didn’t ride the greatest in the first moto, just kind of trying to find my groove, and I made a few mistakes that ended up costing me a top three finish. I knew I had to correct that situation in the second moto and I was able to do that and salvage a second overall out of the deal,” Maffenbeier said.

 

Overall Results – Round 7

 

MX1

 

1. Matt Goerke (Yam) 2-1

2. Brett Metcalfe (Kaw) 3-2  

3. Colton Facciotti (Honda) 1-5                    

4. Cole Thompson (KTM) 4-3                     

5. Tyler Medaglia (Husq) 5-4                          

6. Bobby Kiniry (Yam) 6-6  

7. Tim Tremblay (Yam) 9-7

8. Kyle Swanson (Yam) 8-8

9. Kyle Keast (Hon) 10-11    

10. Dylan Schmoke (KTM) 14-9

 

MX2

 

1. Kaven Benoit (KTM) 1-1  

2. Shawn Maffenbeier (Yam) 5-2

3. Blake Savage (Yam) 3-4   

4 Jimmy Decotis (Yam) 2-6                          

5. Dylan Wright (Yam) 4-5

6. Jesse Pettis (Yam) 8-7

7. Brad Nauditt (Yam) 7-9

8. Cole Martinez (Kaw) 6-12

9. Liam O’Farrell (KTM) 9-10

10. Dustin Creson (Yam) 10-14

 

 

 

 

 

 

MX1 points after 7 of 10 rounds                            

1. Matt Goerke                      378 pts

2. Brett Metcalfe                    356     
3. Colton Facciotti                  349     
4. Cole Thompson                  312     
5. Tyler Medaglia                   303     
6. Bobby Kiniry                     269     

7. Cade Clason                        227     
8. Kyle Keast                          222

9. Teddy Maier                       209     
10. Dylan Schmoke                 176

 

MX2 points after 7 of 10 rounds

 

1. Kaven Benoit                      397 pts

2. Jimmy Decotis                    334  

3. Jeremy Medaglia                 318

4. Shawn Maffenbeier         280

5. Blake Savage                       277 

6. Dylan Wright                      271

7. Morgan Burger                    241  

8. Brad Nauditt                       227

9. Jesse Pettis                         198

10. Dustin Creson                   170

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Tue, 28 Jul 2015 06:02:52 -0700
<![CDATA[Wins all around for Rockstar Energy Polaris Racing at CSRA season opener in Sault Ste. Marie]]> http://rockstarenergy.com/company/news/wins-all-around-for-rockstar-energy-polaris-racing-at-csra-season-opener-in-sault-ste-marie Team Rockstar Energy Polaris Racing enjoyed a successful weekend of snowcross racing as the 2014/2015 Rockstar Energy Drink CSRA season kicked off at Searchmont Ski Resort in Sault Ste. Marie, ON. All three of the team’s drivers stayed consistent over the two days of handlebar banging action, ensuring a bounty of championship points were chalked up on the scoreboard.

 

On Saturday, Hayden, who is gunning for his eighth Pro Open National title this season, grabbed second place at the checkered flag in his first heat. He came out swinging in the second heat to take the win. A mediocre start in the final saw Hayden pour on the gas to manoeuvre his Polaris IQ 600 into a second place finish by the end of the race, just ahead of his teammate Dylan Hall, who finished third.

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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 08:25:53 -0700
<![CDATA[Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Hangtown MX Race Report]]> http://rockstarenergy.com/company/news/rockstar-energy-husqvarna-hangtown-mx-race-report
In previous years Anderson has been more comfortable racing on Supercross tracks than he was outdoors. This was in large part to his size. Being bigger than almost everyone else in the 250 class poses an immediate disadvantage on the mx tracks with large, horsepower robbing uphills and deep, foot peg dragging ruts. For the first time, Jason was extremely eager to go outside and play his hand on the bigger bike. It was pretty clear after one round that his starts will be better on the 450 which isn't necessarily a surprise, but he appeared more comfortable throughout the entire day. JA was also one of very few riders to hit the massive Fly 150 jump in both motos. At the end of the day he finished 3rd overall in his debut. A stellar start to his 2015 MX campaign.

Jason Anderson: "My weekend was good. Had a good first moto with a 3rd then the 2nd moto I felt pretty good but my arms got tired a little bit. Still got the podium though which was really cool. My first outdoor on the 450 so I'm pretty happy about that. This is one of the roughest tracks of the year but you just gotta go out there and get through it and be on the box."

Christophe Pourcel had a commendable return to racing and should hold his head high going into round 2 with a lot to build off of. Pourcel dabbled a bit in the 450 class in US motocross a few years ago, but this marks his first real opportunity for success in the premiere class after signing just a few short weeks ago with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing. Christophe was probably the biggest question mark entering the series. As expected, he posted some fast qualifying times in practice but the real mystery was how well he'd do when the gate dropped. In the first moto he motored on to a very solid 5th place finish. His second outing did not go as well but it was good enough to secure 8th overall. After nearly a year completely away from racing, that is quite a good start considering the level of competition he's joining. The near future looks bright for CP and the team.

Christophe Pourcel: "Today was ok, it was my first race back so it's tough after not being out there for so long. My speed was there for a top 5. Top 10 is the goal for Bobby [Hewitt] and myself for the first few races. We got that today but we're still trying to get me more comfortable with the team and the bike. I think after few races we will have a pretty good setup. I got bad starts this weekend and rode a little tight in the second moto so it could have been a lot better but I don't wanna just go out and crash in the first race either.  Everything is new but the team has been amazing and really nice working with me so we will get everything worked out. I can only get better now and keep working on my fitness which is much better already than it was last year. I just need to fix some things, rebound next weekend and try to be in the top 5."

Zach Osborne's first moto was kind of wash. One he would like to go back and do again. However; his second moto was one of the more impressive rides of the weekend. The track appeared to have more lines and options than a rider could ever hope for but passing did not seem to be a common occurrence. For the majority of the day in the 250 class it was like a freight train as everyone just played follow the leader. It was evident that the fast lines were simply too much of an advantage over the alternate ones. In Zach's second time out, he managed to solve the problem and actually move forward. He started quite a ways back but consistently picked off position after position all the way up to 5th. If he had one more lap, it would not have been shocking for him to move into a podium position as he was all over the two guys in front of him.

Zach Osborne: "The first moto was not very good today at all for the situation I'm in. I got a bad start, pumped up and fell. It was pretty much a complete disaster honestly. Really not what I was looking for considering how hard I've been training. I felt like I was on par for a podium. I turned it around in the second moto. I had a decent start, not great but I was able to work my way up to 5th right behind 4th and 3rd. I can definitely take some positives from the second moto. I got my bike setup much better than it was in the first and now I can carry a little bit of momentum from that into Glen Helen."

Zach Bell was another guy who was making passes but unfortunately they were further back in the pack. Normally a consistently good starter, he just didn't nail them down at Hangtown. Zach is still not quite 100% after his practice crash before returning at Vegas Supercross though so the good news is that he will enter round two healthy and stronger than he was this past weekend. Bell's starts will certainly be better on the very long straightaway at Glen Helen and the odds are that his overall day will improve vastly as well.

Zach Bell: "The day started off good with 5th in first practice, second practice just couldn't get a clear lap in. First Moto I got a horrible start and worked my way up to 13 and had a bad crash on the last lap. 2nd Moto got a decent start and the second turn I got cleaned out and ran over and was dead last and came back to 19th. It was a rough day but I'm still healthy so we will move on to the next!"

Next weekend the series moves to Glen Helen and the last race of the year in California. Anderson rides well at the San Bernardino track and will try to start a podium streak. Pourcel will continue to improve and look to work his way into a top 5 overall. Osborne will not be satisfied unless he gets on the podium which he is fully capable of. Bell has nowhere to go but up as he gets closer to being back to full health and starting much closer to the front of the pack.]]>
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 08:25:52 -0700
<![CDATA[Jeremy Martin Podiums Again in Daytona]]> http://rockstarenergy.com/company/news/jeremy-martin-podiums-again-in-daytona Mon, 27 Jul 2015 08:25:52 -0700 <![CDATA[Jeremy Martin Victorious at Round 1]]> http://rockstarenergy.com/company/news/jeremy-martin-victorious-at-round-1 Mon, 27 Jul 2015 08:25:52 -0700 <![CDATA[Milestone First Podium for Seewer at Argentina MX2]]> http://rockstarenergy.com/company/news/milestone-first-podium-for-seewer-at-argentina-mx2
The Grand Prix of Argentina throbbed and heaved with 30,000 spectators excitedly packed into the confines of the new racing circuit near Villa La Angostura and Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe’s Jeremy Seewer scored a memorable third position overall in the MX2 class for what was the third round of 18 in the 2015 FIM Motocross World Championship.

In just his second GP season, and first as a full-time professional, Seewer took the RM-Z250 to fifth position in both today’s motos to walk the final step of the podium and spray GP champagne for the first time. Team-mate Glenn Coldenhoff made good progress on his RM-Z450 in the MXGP category with 10th overall and a season-best classification of eighth in the second race.

Dark, sandy volcanic earth provided a difficult test at the freshly-built track. While the layout was quick and jumpy, the ground was a mix of shifting bumps and a solid base that meant traction varied. The course was hard to judge through the various sections but the facility was undoubtedly world championship-class and fans lined the fences and packed into the enclosures that flanked the corners for the best view.

Seewer was on the pace of the top-five in MX2 from Saturday and ran to a solid sixth position in the qualification heat. Adapting to the irregular ground but enjoying a course that provided line choice and passing opportunities, the Swiss chased Julien Lieber for most of the first moto on Sunday and equalled his best GP finish with fifth place by the time of the chequered flag. In the second race he was set for a top-four result after trailing eventual winner Dylan Ferrandis for many laps but just could not withhold the challenge from Tim Gajser in the final two circulations and again ranked fifth. The points’ tally of 32 from both sprints was enough for Seewer and the team to start celebrating. After his disappointment with illness and heat exhaustion in Thailand three weeks ago this was a positive re-entry to the upper section of the standings for ‘#91’.

Glenn Coldenhoff is almost back to full fitness after recovering from his broken toes – an injury he re-aggravated in Thailand – and drilled the RM-Z450 to a scorecard of 14-8 in only his third MXGP event. The premier class rookie needed the first moto to get in sync with the bumps and demands of the Neuquen terrain but was much more positive and reactive in the second race and benefitted from a brighter first lap nearer the head of the pack. The former MX2 Grand Prix winner circulated with Romain Febvre and then with Gautier Paulin and his eighth place was a smile-inducing forward step in his MXGP class education.

Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe will next be on international duty at Arco di Trento in northern Italy on April 18-19th for the Grand Prix of Trentino.

Jeremy Seewer:

“This is not such a big surprise to me because I have worked my whole life to be at the top of this sport. I knew at the beginning of the season that my speed is good, but I just had some bad luck in Thailand. I put that event ‘into the past’ and focused on my practice…and now I am on the podium. It is an amazing feeling to be up here for the first time. I did two solid races and two fifth positions are not normally enough for the podium, but on tracks like this it is important to be consistent and not make mistakes because a few guys had some big crashes here today.”

Glenn Coldenhoff:

“I feel quite good about today. I was actually struggling a little bit in the first moto with not such a great start. I rode to 10th place, but I was way too tight and got tired in my shoulders. I had to slow down a little bit and finished 14th. I had a good jump out of the gate in the second moto but shifted a little too early. I think it could have been a holeshot otherwise. I was really happy with my riding. The track got rougher and the speed dropped and this was better for me. The track wasn’t really sandy: It was just rough! The bottom was hard and there were a lot of ‘kickers’ on the jumps. I was consistent in the second moto and I’m happy with my eighth place.”
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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 08:25:52 -0700
<![CDATA[Desalle MXGP Series Points Leader after Thai Podium]]> http://rockstarenergy.com/company/news/desalle-mxgp-series-points-leader-after-thai-podium
The second round of 18 in the 2015 FIM Motocross World Championship was tough but extremely positive for Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP’s Clement Desalle who took his works RM-Z450 to second place overall at Nakhonchaisri for the Thai stop on the schedule.

With his second podium in a row the Belgian also now heads the MXGP standings by nine points over Antonio Cairoli. Team-mate Kevin Strijbos rode to fifth place in front of 24,000 spectators.

Sweltering humidity and temperatures hitting the high 30s were typical hallmarks of the third Grand Prix of Thailand and the inland setting of the Thailand Circuit (60km west of Bangkok and a contrast to the previous venue of Si Racha close to the coastal town of Pattaya). The new MXGP course was largely flat and compact and therefore filled with a variety of features that ensured copious air-time for the bikes and riders.

Desalle opened the weekend brightly with the fastest lap in Timed Practice and a decent performance in the Qualification Heat on Saturday to secure second choice in the gate. Two lively starts continued the momentum on Sunday. He had no answer to Ryan Villopoto’s speed in the first race and cruised to second place, trying to conserve as much energy as possible in the intense heat. In the second moto he was able to harry Cairoli in the formative stages and when it was not possible to catch the Sicilian - Desalle also had a problem with his goggles when a stone hit the lens and knocked some dirt inside - defended his margin over Villopoto and was virtually faultless. From the first four motos of the year he has yet to finish lower than second.

Strijbos felt an improvement with his right wrist compared to the discomfort he suffered in Qatar last week. The Belgian took to the gate in 13th after an eventful qualification on Saturday. In the first moto he was able to circulate as high as third after Tyla Rattray and Gautier Paulin collided and eventually crossed the finish line in sixth. His start was a little lacklustre in the second race and he rode well to push into the top five. The ‘#22’ is now seventh in the standings and 12 points from Gautier Paulin.

After a busy couple of weeks that have involved two International meetings and trips to Qatar and Thailand, the factory team can now return to Lommel in Belgium and de-brief. The crates will need to be packed again however after a swift turnaround of material. The Grand Prix of Argentina is two weeks away but the long travel to South America means thoughts have to swiftly turn towards Neuquen.

Clement Desalle:

“Yesterday when I did my first lap of the track here I was quite surprised by it but then it became better and better. My starts were better today and that's a positive thing. Two strong results and that’s important because my goal for the moment is to be like that every moto. I’m happy with my feeling on the bike and the control I have. I am trying to enjoy myself as much as possible because I know that is when the results come. We will do some testing now and I’m excited about the chance to get a bit better in small areas. It is great to have the red plate for the first time since 2013. The bike will look nice in Argentina!”

Kevin Strijbos:

“It was OK today. I wasn’t great out of the gate in the first race but I turned inside and came out well, in sixth or something. I got up to fifth and then Tyla and Paulin came together which let me get to third. I tried to push but felt straight away that the pace was too fast. So I slowed down a bit. I had a lot of trouble with the heat and I saw others struggling and crashing. Sixth was OK. In the second moto I was better out of the gate but still not good enough and I again went for the inside and it didn't work out as well. My riding was pretty good and I came up to fifth; the top five was not too bad. Considering my wrist and being unable to train I think I can be happy. We definitely need to be better though and we have two weeks now before Argentina.”

MXGP Moto1: 1. Ryan Villopoto (USA, Kawasaki), 34:09.149; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki), +0:10.536; 3. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:23.931; 4. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +0:28.213; 5. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), +0:34.893; 6. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki), +0:40.874; 7. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), +0:49.471; 8. Tyla Rattray (RSA, Kawasaki), +1:08.958; 9. Todd Waters (AUS, Husqvarna), +1:20.819; 10. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +1:40.905; 11. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), +1:47.533; 12. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), -1 lap(s); 13. Jose Butron (ESP, KTM), -1 lap(s); 14. Rui Goncalves (POR, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s); 15. Davide Guarneri (ITA, TM), -1 lap(s). 16. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), -1 lap(s);

MXGP Moto2: 1. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 29:10.216; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki), +0:09.756; 3. Ryan Villopoto (USA, Kawasaki), +0:22.788; 4. Romain Febvre (FRA, Yamaha), +0:51.327; 5. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki), +0:59.278; 6. Gautier Paulin (FRA, Honda), +1:03.006; 7. Todd Waters (AUS, Husqvarna), +1:05.485; 8. Tyla Rattray (RSA, Kawasaki), +1:16.036; 9. Dean Ferris (AUS, Husqvarna), +1:18.208; 10. David Philippaerts (ITA, Yamaha), +1:19.321; 11. Maximilian Nagl (GER, Husqvarna), +1:22.915; 12. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, Honda), +1:28.771; 13. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), +1:44.164.

MXGP Overall result: 1. Ryan Villopoto (USA, KAW), 45 points; 2. Clement Desalle (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki), 44 p.; 3. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 41 p.; 4. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 38 p.; 5. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki), 31 p.; 6. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 29 p.; 7. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 28 p.; 8. Todd Waters (AUS, HUS), 26 p.; 9. Tyla Rattray (RSA, KAW), 26 p.; 10. David Philippaerts (ITA, YAM), 20 p.; 11. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 20 p.; 12. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 17 p.; 13. Dean Ferris (AUS, HUS), 13 p.; 14. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), 13 p.

MXGP Championship Standings (after 2 of 18 rounds): 1. Clement Desalle (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki), 88 points; 2. Antonio Cairoli (ITA, KTM), 79 p.; 3. Maximilian Nagl (GER, HUS), 78 p.; 4. Ryan Villopoto (USA, KAW), 70 p.; 5. Romain Febvre (FRA, YAM), 67 p.; 6. Gautier Paulin (FRA, HON), 67 p.; 7. Kevin Strijbos (BEL, Rockstar Energy Suzuki), 55 p.; 8. Evgeny Bobryshev (RUS, HON), 45 p.; 9. Todd Waters (AUS, HUS), 40 p.; 10. Shaun Simpson (GBR, KTM), 38 p.; 11. Tyla Rattray (RSA, KAW), 35 p.; 12. Jeremy Van Horebeek (BEL, YAM), 32 p.; 13. David Philippaerts (ITA, YAM), 31 p.; 14. Davide Guarneri (ITA, TM), 28 p.; 15. Glenn Coldenhoff (NED, Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe), 27 p.
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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 08:25:51 -0700
<![CDATA[Desalle Takes Red Plate with Thai Podium]]> http://rockstarenergy.com/company/news/desalle-takes-red-plate-with-thai-podium
“Yesterday when I did my first lap of the track here I was quite surprised by it but then it became better and better. My starts were better today and that's a positive thing. Two strong results and that’s important because my goal for the moment is to be like that every moto. I’m happy with my feeling on the bike and the control I have. I am trying to enjoy myself as much as possible because I know that is when the results come. We will do some testing now and I’m excited about the chance to get a bit better in small areas. It is great to have the red plate for the first time since 2013. The bike will look nice in Argentina!”
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<![CDATA[Jason Anderson on the Podium at Hangtown]]> http://rockstarenergy.com/company/news/jason-anderson-on-the-podium-at-hangtown Mon, 27 Jul 2015 08:25:51 -0700 <![CDATA[Desalle Wins Mantova Starcross Int'l MX]]> http://rockstarenergy.com/company/news/desalle-wins-mantova-starcross-intl-mx
Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP rider Clement Desalle won all three races at Sunday’s Mantova Starcross International motocross in Italy.

The 25-year-old Belgian, coming back from a wrist injury, showed that he's on the pace for the 2015 MXGP season opener next weekend in Doha, Qatar – and following his second position at the Hawkstone Park and a double-race victory in the Valence Internationals in the UK and France over the past two weekends.

Today’s event, in northern Italy, was run as a three-heat format where MXGP and MX2 classes raced together. Desalle and his RM-Z450 were quickest out of the gate all weekend, taking first position from the start and leading from start-to-finish, followed by Evgeny Bobryshev (Honda).

Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe's Jeremy Seewer and Junior World 125cc Champion Brian Hsu had to work their Suzuki RM-Z250s hard on the sandy track. Although slightly out-powered by the 450s, Seewer managed to gain places which led him to the podium with second overall thanks to 9-4-9 positions.

Team-mate Hsu was coming to terms with the speed and power of the RM-Z250 and a strong fifth-placed finish on Saturday's qualifying race proved difficult to repeat in Sunday's events with several small errors slowing him down. His end result of 30-26-13 gave him 15th overall in the MX2 ranking.

Desalle's Suzuki MXGP team-mate Glenn Coldenhoff had to skip this race due to two broken big toes (outer knuckle), sustained during a practice session; and Kevin Strijbos opted to sit-out the race on doctors' advice, to allow additional rest for the tendonitis in his wrist.

The team now heads-back to its Belgian headquarters to do final preparations for the first Grand Prix on February 28th. All riders, including Strijbos and Coldenhoff are scheduled to set-off to the event on Wednesday to acclimatize to the hot and humid conditions.

MX1 Overall : 1. Clement Desalle (Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP) 75pts. 2. Evgeny Bobryshev (Honda) 66pts. 3. Ceriel Klein Kromhoff (KTM) 55pts. 4. Kristian Whatley (Honda) 54pts. 5. Gert Krestinov (Honda) 48pts.

MX2 Overall: 1. Jordi Tixier (Kawasaki) 72pts. 2. Jeremy Seewer (Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe) 63 pts. 3. Brian Rogers (KTM) 58pts. 4. Jens Getteman (Honda) 53pts. 5. Robert Just (KTM) 39pts. 15. Brian Hsu (Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe) 23pts.]]>
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<![CDATA[Desalle 5th Straight Podium in Valkenswaard]]> http://rockstarenergy.com/company/news/desalle-5th-straight-podium-in-valkenswaard
“Being on the podium today is OK. I was disappointed about my crash yesterday. I knew it would be a difficult weekend so I am proud of this podium and it feels like quite a while since I had one in the sand. It gives me some confidence and shows that my condition is good. It is really important to be on the podium every week and it keeps you high in the standings. The year is still young and now we are coming up to some really good tracks and I hope we will have some good racing.”]]>
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<![CDATA[Desalle Holds Red Plate After Argentina Tie]]> http://rockstarenergy.com/company/news/desalle-holds-red-plate-after-argentina-tie
Rockstar Energy Suzuki World MXGP’s Clement Desalle claimed his first chequered flag of the season and tied on points for overall victory on his factory RM-Z450 in front of 30,000 excited spectators for the first Grand Prix of Argentina in 20 years.

The third round of 18 in the FIM Motocross World Championship took place today in the depths of the Neuquen region, Patagonia and to an eager audience drawn from the country and nearby neighbouring Chile.

A brand new circuit, a short distance outside of the town of Villa La Angostura, provided a fast and tricky proposition. The fine and sandy consistency of the soil was bumpy in places but the hard base of the surface posed problems for traction. Some riders opted for conventional tyre tread while others selected a sand ‘scoop’ profile for better grip. Desalle, MXGP series leader coming into the weekend and therefore running red number plates on the RM-Z, was one that varied with the Pirelli options.

The Belgian clocked the fastest lap in Timed Practice on Saturday and after a mistake in the Qualification Heat managed fourth place for the start gate on Sunday. The two 30 minutes and two-lap motos took place in cooler and cloudier conditions. In the first sprint, Desalle was perfect and led from the exit of the first corner until the chequered flag. He weathered some late pressure from Antonio Cairoli and didn't make any mistakes until the finish. The second race seemed to be heading in the same direction as Desalle led the first six laps but his speed was no match for Max Nagl and then Cairoli on this occasion. A couple of errors reduced his chances of re-passing the World Champion and he classified third. With a 1-3 score, ‘#25’ totalled the same points as Nagl, but the German walked the top-step courtesy of the second moto ranking.

Thanks to a third consecutive podium finish and a streak of six results where his worst finish has been a third place, Desalle continues his hot spell of form and has a 10-point advantage at the top of the MXGP standings.

Team-mate Kevin Strijbos missed the Grand Prix after surgery on his right wrist last Wednesday. The Belgian is hoping to be back for round four in three weeks.

The Grand Prix of Trentino, taking place for the third successive year at the compact Arco di Trento circuit, will happen on April 19th.

Clement Desalle:

“I’m happy because it is another good and strong result…but a bit disappointed because - for sure - I wanted to win the GP. My weekend was OK. Yesterday I had good speed but I found the track a bit tricky. Sometimes the bike would react differently to what you expected but everybody had to deal with the same. I had some good starts today and I made every lap of the first moto in first place. I was concentrating a lot and was really happy. It was a little bit sandy here but also not so much, but I felt good on a track like this. Max was fast in the second moto and I made a few mistakes. I concentrated again and could start to catch Antonio in the last laps. Villopoto was also not far away. I was also blocked by a backmarker, and this tends to happen a lot at the overseas races, but I could finish the moto well.”]]>
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<![CDATA[WWA Nautique Wake Open Registration Begins! ]]> http://rockstarenergy.com/company/news/wwa-nautique-wake-open-registration-begins-1 Orlando, Florida (February 17, 2015) – The World Wakeboard Association has begun accepting registrations for the 2015 Nautique Wake Open via thewwa.com.  Serving as the season opening event for the WWA Wakeboard World Series presented by Rockstar Energy Drink and the second stop of the Nautique Wake Series, BSR Cable Park in Waco, Texas will host the 2nd annual Nautique Wake Open from April 16-18.

 

“The Nautique Wake Open is a great event to kickoff our WWA Wakeboard World Series presented Rockstar and amateur season,” said WWA President Shannon Starling. “The Wake Open has all ages, all divisions from pro to amateur and just screams that summer is here and its time to ride.”

 

The contest features all male and female amateur divisions as well Jr. Pro, Pro Women, Pro Wakeskate and Pro Men. All of the competitors will be towed exclusively by the award winning Super Air Nautique G21 and G23 allowing riders of all skill levels the opportunity to compete on the industry’s best wakes.

 

“I'm really looking forward to competing at the Nautique Wake Open,” said Team Nautique rider Josh Twelker. “The contest format is great because it brings everyone in the sport together and allows amateur riders the chance to compete on the same stage as the pros. Hands down, the Nautique Wake Series features the best contests in wakeboarding. I expect to see some great riding from all of the competitors because of the best wake in wakeboarding created by the Super Air Nautique G21 and G23.”

 

“Nautique is proud to once again pull the most elite wake series in the sport featuring a family atmosphere and the highest level of competition from amateur to pro,” stated Nautique President/CEO Bill Yeargin. “Our vision for this competitive series not only highlights the world’s best athletes but grows the sport giving every rider the opportunity to compete on a world class stage,” added Yeargin.

 

The Nautique Wake Open is one of four Nautique Wake Series events that help comprise the 9-stop Wakeboard World Series. Besides the Nautique Wake Open, the Nautique Pro Am, the Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Championships and Wakestock are all part of the Wakeboard World Series.

 

For more information and to register for the Nautique Wake Open please visit http://www.thewwa.com/wakeopen/

 

 

About Nautique

Celebrating 90 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is the owner of Nautique Boat Company, Inc., Aktion Parks, and Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Company. Nautique manufactures the highest quality, most innovative ski and wake-sports boats available worldwide and provides exceptional customer service experiences. To learn more about Nautique and its complete product line, visit www.nautique.com.

 

Find us at:

www.Facebook.com/NautiqueBoats ~ www.Twitter.com/NautiqueBoats ~  

www.Instagram.com/NautiqueBoats ~ www.YouTube.com/Nautiquesdotcom

 

 

About Rockstar

Rockstar Energy Drink is designed for those who lead active lifestyles – from Athletes to Rockstars. Available in over 25 flavors at convenience and grocery outlets in over 30 countries, Rockstar supports the Rockstar lifestyle across the globe through Action Sports, Motor Sports, and Live Music.

For more information visit:www.RockstarEnergy.com

Find us at:

http://www.Facebook.com/Rockstar  ~  www.Twitter.com/RockstarEnergy  ~  

http://www.Instagram.com/RockstarEnergy  ~  http://www.YouTube.com/Rockstar

 

 

About the WBWS

The Wakeboard World Series will offer the largest payout the sport has seen in its 26-year history with a total of $425,000 to be handed out to the men and women throughout the series. This increase is just one of many avenues that the WWA have stepped up to further legitimize wakeboarding along with an increased focus on attracting media, sponsors, and consumers. This year’s Wakeboard World Series is the largest World Series in recent years, making it the only true global wakeboard series. The 2015 Wakeboard World Series will travel to four rounds within the United States as well as Mexico, Brazil, Canada, a return to Japan, and for the first time, the WWA World Championships will be held in Portugal.

 

 

About the WWA

The World Wakeboard Association is the global leader in wake sports sanctioning. The WWA owns and operates the WWA Wakeboard World Series, WWA Wake Park World Series, WWA Wakeboard National Championships, WWA Wake Park National Championships, WWA Wakeboard World Championships, WWA Wake Park World Championships, WWA Wake Park Triple Crown, WWA Pro Card and WWA Rider Experience. With 27 affiliate countries worldwide, the WWA is a rider-formed organization dedicated to promoting and growing wake sports worldwide. It is the primary source for riders, event organizers and competitive standards. For more information on the WWA and its events, check out www.thewwa.com

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<![CDATA[World Wakeboard Association Announces the 2015 Wakeboard World Series]]> http://rockstarenergy.com/company/news/world-wakeboard-association-announces-the-2015-wakeboard-world-series Orlando, Florida (February 13, 2015) - Over 26 years, the World Wakeboard Association has established itself as the leader in wake sports around the globe. The WWA today announced that the 2015 Wakeboard World Series presented by Rockstar Energy Drink will contest nine rounds featuring the world’s best athletes, partners and locations.

 

The 2015 Wakeboard World Series is unlike anything wake sports has seen in the past including the largest payout ever offered, a women’s World Series, and includes the Nautique Wake Series, Malibu Evolution Pro Series, WWA Nationals, and the WWA Wakeboard World Championships.

 

“The WWA is taking the next step in promoting and growing the sport of wakeboarding,” said WWA President Shannon Starling. “We have always been the leader in global events and moving the sport forward. The 2015 Wakeboard World Series is now the next giant step in showcasing the very top riders on a world stage. Partners such as Rockstar Energy Drink, Nautique, Malibu, and Supra Boats have joined us and are committed to setting a new standard in wakeboarding.” 

 

The Wakeboard World Series will offer the largest payout the sport has seen in its 26-year history with a total of $425,000 to be handed out to the men and women throughout the series. This increase is just one of many avenues that the WWA have stepped up to further legitimize wakeboarding along with an increased focus on attracting media, sponsors, and consumers.

 

"The WWA is really raising the bar for 2015," said Rockstar Energy athlete Rusty Malinoski. "I’m excited to participate in the full World Series and I am aiming to be No.1 in the WWA World Rankings. The Wakeboard World Series is the largest it's been in years and with the increase in prize money, returning to Tokyo, and having the WWA World Championships in Portugal for the first time, this is set to be a breakthrough year."

 

2015 marks the first time that women will compete in the World Series. Women’s wakeboarding continues to elevate every year and now has it’s own place on the world stage. The WWA continues to be committed to all wake sports from grassroots events through to Pro.

 

"I couldn't be more excited about the WWA bringing women to the Wakeboard World Series," said Nautique team rider Meagan Ethell. "It's huge for women's wakeboarding and it puts us onto a new level with the best riders in the sport. This year is going to be awesome."

 

This year’s Wakeboard World Series is the largest World Series in recent years, making it the only true global wakeboard series. The 2015 Wakeboard World Series will travel to four rounds within the United States as well as Mexico, Brazil, Canada, a return to Japan, and for the first time, the WWA World Championships will be held in Portugal.

 

2015 WWA Wakeboard World Series

 

1. Nautique Wake Open

April 16-18

Waco, Texas

2. Malibu Cancun Pro

April 24-26

Cancun, Mexico

3. Brazil Pro

May 15-17

Brazil

4. Nautique Pro-Am

June 11-13

Lathrop, California

5. Wakestock

August 7-9

Ontario, Canada

6. Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Championships

August 13-16

Miami, Florida

7. Malibu Tokyo Pro

August 21-23

Tokyo, Japan

8. Supra WWA Wakeboard World Championships

September 16-19

Portugal

9. Malibu Houston Pro

October 2-3

Houston, Texas

 

For more information on all nine events of the WWA Wakeboard World Series presented by Rockstar Energy Drink please visit www.thewwa.com

 

About the WWA
The World Wakeboard Association is the global leader in wake sports sanctioning. The WWA owns and operates the WWA Wakeboard World Series, WWA Wake Park World Series, WWA Wakeboard National Championships, WWA Wake Park National Championships, WWA Wakeboard World Championships, WWA Wake Park World Championships, WWA Wake Park Triple Crown, WWA Pro Card and WWA Rider Experience. With 27 affiliate countries worldwide, the WWA is a rider-formed organization dedicated to promoting and growing wake sports worldwide. It is the primary source for riders, event organizers and competitive standards. For more information on the WWA and its events, check out 
www.thewwa.com

 

About Rockstar

Rockstar Energy Drink is designed for those who lead active lifestyles – from Athletes to Rockstars. Available in over 25 flavors at convenience and grocery outlets in over 30 countries, Rockstar supports the Rockstar lifestyle across the globe through Action Sports, Motor Sports, and Live Music. For more information visit: www.RockstarEnergy.com

Find us at:

http://www.Facebook.com/Rockstar  ~  www.Twitter.com/RockstarEnergy  ~  http://www.Instagram.com/RockstarEnergy  ~  

 

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<![CDATA[Shred Town Jamboree Dates Announced!]]> http://rockstarenergy.com/company/news/shred-town-jamboree-dates-announced EVENT DATE: MAY 1ST – MAY 3RD 2015 

Athens, TX – The Shredtown Crew is proud to announce the official dates for their first ever event, the JAMBOREE, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink, Slingshot Wakeboards, Shredtown, Sesitec, and System 2.0. 

This Authentic and Original gathering will be the first of it’s kind featuring the most progressive lineup of park riders the sport has to offer. The JAMBOREE will take place in Athens, Texas at the world famous Shredtown Ranch over a period of three days. Within this time period 20 of the worlds best park riders will be pushing each others riding to new heights in the Shredtown System 2.0 park as well as a bi-level plaza. 

The mission of the JAMBOREE is to capture the incredible riding that’s sure to unfold when the top rail riders in the world gather to push themselves, and to share the entire experience online through a series of videos to be released in the week following the event. 

Chris Abadie -
 Davis Griffin -  
Andrew Adams -  Raphael Derome -  Bob Soven -
  Kevin Henshaw
 -  Nico Von Lerchenfeld 

Daniel Grant - 
 Olivier Derome -  Graeme Burress -  Kaesen Suyderhoud -  James Windsor Christopher O’Shea -  Brenton Priestley 

Dylan Miller - Dominic Hernler  - Benjamin Leclair - Steffen Vollert - Marc Rossiter - Felix Georgii - Aaron Rathy 

*WILDCARD: The Shredtown Crew has reserved 1 wildcard slot for the Jamboree in which riders will have the chance to submit a one minute edit of their best rail riding footage to wildcard@shredtown.com. Videos will be narrowed down to the top 5 entries which will then be shared online and voted on by the wakeboarding communi- ty through a click to vote format. Video submissions must be delivered no later than Wednesday April 1st to qualify for the wildcard position. 

For more info and updates on the Shredtown JAMBOREE check out www.shredtown.com/jamboree and follow @Shredtown / #shredtownjamboree.

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<![CDATA[Sean Jordan Freeski Slopestyle Open ]]> http://rockstarenergy.com/company/news/sean-jordan-freeski-slopestyle-open-1
There will be a $10,000 prize purse again this year and the winner will walk home with $5,000. Additionally, there will be a women's and groms (13-15yo) category so all are encouraged to enter!

The entry fee for the open and girls is $40 (16+) $25 for groms (13-15yo) that includes a BBQ lunch. Discounted snow passes for all competitors of $35. Online registration is now open, and space is limited to 75 skiers.

This event is proudly made possible by: UNDER ARMOUR, ROCKSTAR ENERGY, K2 SKIES and OAKLEY.

For more information and to enter, visit:

www.jfbb.com/clubs/

Club name: SJO2015
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<![CDATA[Snowcross season ends with top five overall finishes in the title hunt for Team Rockstar Energy Polaris Racing ]]> http://rockstarenergy.com/company/news/snowcross-season-ends-with-top-five-overall-finishes-in-the-title-hunt-for-team-rockstar-energy-polaris-racing With sunny, spring like temperatures that reached a high of 18° C, the closing round of the Rockstar Energy Drink CSRA Snowcross Championship – which was held this past weekend at Horseshoe Valley Resort in Barrie, ON – was a pleasant reminder that the winter of 2014/2015 is for all intents and purposes a thing of the past. Although there was still plenty of snow on the ski-slopes, some areas of the racetrack were slushy and had melt areas that resembled small ponds.

 

For team Rockstar Energy Polaris Racing’s Iain Hayden, Dylan Hall, and Jakob Rosko-Fong, the final event of the season proved to be bittersweet. All three drivers were well positioned to move up in the final points tally, but due to some racing misfortunes they finished the season where they had found themselves after the penultimate round in Kitchener two weeks ago. For defending Pro Open Champion Hayden, that meant a still noteworthy runner-up finish in the points, fourth place for his Pro Open teammate Hall, and fourth for Rosko-Fong in the Pro Lite division.

 

In Saturday’s Pro Open qualifiers, Hayden got bogged down in the first heat, thanks to a sled pile-up shortly after the start. He resumed the race at the back of the pack and gradually worked his way into a sixth place finish. Heat two saw Hayden grab second place off the start, a position he would lose, but he defended third spot all the way to the finish line. The start of the final was basically a rerun of heat two, with Hayden again nailing down a second place going into turn one. This time it was a position he called his own, finishing in second place at the checkered flag.

 

While Sunday’s qualifiers started on a positive note, the day would not end on one. In the first heat Hayden blasted off the start line to snare the holeshot and then lead the freight train all the way to the finish line. The second heat saw Hayden start in second place behind archrival in the series, Lee Butler. Although Hayden challenged Butler for the lead throughout the heat, he would have to take satisfaction with second place when the checkered was waved.

 

The final saw a super motivated Hayden nail down his second holeshot of the day. Moments later Hayden, intending to jump over a melt area, launched sideways off the jump at high speed and violently cartwheeled upon landing. Fortunately he didn’t get hit while lying on the track by any of the 14 drivers behind him and survived the crash with minor injuries. His Polaris IQ 600 sled, however, was too damaged to continue the race and Hayden’s season was prematurely over.

 

“It was definitely not the way I wanted to finish the last race of the season. But taking into account it could have been a much worse ending, I’m happy to have been able to walk away from the crash in one piece and still have enough points to grab second place in the championship,” Hayden said. “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the entire Rockstar Polaris team for their hard work this season and a tip of the hat to Lee Butler for winning the championship. He was a relentless opponent all season long.”

 

Dylan Hall, meanwhile, started the weekend with recording the holeshot in both his qualifying heats on Saturday. In the first heat, however, Hall was taken out by another driver, which resulted in a dead last remount and a tenth place finish. Heat two transpired much better for Hall, and although he was unable to hang on to first place, he was able to take second all the way to the checkered flag. In the final, Hall got off to a mediocre start that had him pour on the gas to eventually cross the finish line in sixth place.

 

On Sunday Hall experienced some technical hiccups when water off the track got into his engine intake, but he still booked 13-6 qualifying results, which were good enough to start on the front row in the final.  In the final, Hall put his IQ 600 into a third place start going into turn one. A few laps later he powered into second place, putting some distance on third, and then settled into his pace to take second position all the way to the finish line.

 

“I’m quite happy with my fourth overall in the championship, considering I encountered a few DNFs over the course of the season. Finishing no less than top five was my goal and regular podium results helped put me there. At this time I’d like to thank the team’s staff and all our sponsors for their support this season. I’m already looking forward to start this all over again in December,” Hall said.

 

Jakob Rosko-Fong’s final round saw some mixed results, but he scored enough points to secure his fourth overall in the Pro Lite Championship. In Saturday’s qualifiers he recorded impressive 1-3 finishes, only to go on and struggle to an 11th place in the final. After tangling with another driver, Rosko-Fong went from a frontrunners position to the back of the pack, and with time running out only advanced a few positions.

 

In Sunday’s Pro Lite action Rosko-Fong again did good business in his qualifiers, recording 2-4 finishes on his potent IQ 600. In the final he did what he needed to do solidify his fourth overall in the championship, taking his sled to a sixth place finish. Rosko-Fong had an extra busy day on Sunday, as he also lined up for the Pro Open races on a modified IQ 600. Although he couldn’t break the top-10 in qualifying, logging 11-12 results, he bounced back in the final to take home seventh at the finish line.

 

“Looking back on the season it wasn’t quite a perfect one, with some issues here and there, but that just motivated me to do better. The team worked hard, everyone worked hard to get me into the top five in the championship and I’m pleased that I was able to end the season with fourth overall. Thanks to everyone who helped make this possible,” Rosko-Fong said.

 

Team Rockstar Energy Polaris Racing congratulates Iain, Dylan, and Jakob for their impressive final standings in the championships and for persevering through the ups and downs that proved to be the 2014/2015 season.

 

Final Standings Pro Open

1. Lee Butler                           1,345 pts

2. Iain Hayden                       1,303

3. Stale Eggen              1,237

4. Dylan Hall                                     1,180

5. Mitchell King                      1,055

6. Ben Holmes                          904

7. Dave Joanis                           521

8. Corey Watkinson                  443

9. Devin Wilson                        387

10. Jeff Sanftenberg                  281

 

Finals Standings Pro Lite Stock

1. Jacob Gervais                      1,382 pts

2. Mitch Mc Nair                   1,280

3. Blake Taylor                       1,244

4. Jakob Rosko-Fong            1,241

5. Derek Sanftenberg               1,226

6. Yannick Boucher                 1,191

7. Tyler Billings                      1,146

8. Colton Barnett                    1,027

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<![CDATA[Trials and Tribulations in Lindsay for Hayden and Hall]]> http://rockstarenergy.com/company/news/trials-and-tribulations-in-lindsay-for-hayden-and-hall Round 3 of the Rockstar Energy Drink CSRA Canadian Snowcross Championship, which was held at the Lindsay Fairgrounds in Lindsay, ON this past weekend, saw a mix of snow and freezing drizzle add to the winter racing atmosphere as Canada’s top drivers returned to action, after a two week break in the schedule.

 

For Team Rockstar Energy Polaris Racing’s Iain Hayden and Dylan Hall, it was a weekend of trials and tribulations in the Pro Open division that left them with zero points in Saturday’s final.

 

A poor start in Hayden’s first Saturday heat left him rounding turn one at the back of the pack. By the end of the race, however, he had manoeuvred his Polaris IQ 600 into a third place finish. The second heat was Hayden’s from the get-go. A lightening fast start produced the holeshot for him and he stayed up front till the checkered was waved.

 

Although he had the No.1 gate pick for the final, Hayden missed the start and as in his first heat, he was faced with a catch-up race from the back of the pack. This time he blitzed his way into third place in no time at all and was putting his sights on second place, when a mechanical issue forced him to park his sled on the sidelines.

 

On Sunday Hayden started his first heat in fourth place, which he parlayed into a second place finish by the end of the race. The second heat start went equally well – this time Hayden rounded turn one in second place, a position he would maintain until the finish line.

 

In the final, Hayden again was on the gas coming off the start line, diving into turn one in fourth place. With a mission to make up for the disastrous final the day before, Hayden quickly clawed his way into third, then second place, and a lap or so later he had control of first. Once at the head of the pack Hayden never looked back, taking a well-deserved win in the process.

 

“It was one of those weekends when anything that could go wrong kind of did, especially on Saturday. But the team rallied and we overcame the adversity on Sunday in the best way possible, with Dylan and I grabbing the top two podium positions in the final. It doesn’t get much better than that,” Hayden said.

 

Hayden’s teammate, Hall, meanwhile, claimed top-five heat finishes on Saturday with 4-3 results, ensuring a good gate pick for the final. A quick start in the final saw Hall in the upfront mix once again. While making a pass for third in the heat of battle, Hall was cross-jumped by another driver who in the process landed on Hall’s sled. Although Hall tried to get back into the fray, an ensuing fire nixed any further attempts to resume the race.

 

In Sunday’s heats, Hall delivered 3-4 results this time around, again having a decent gate pick for the final. An on-fire Hall shot out of the gate on his IQ like a man possessed, deftly nailing the holeshot and leading the pack for the first four laps. That’s when Hayden came calling, and after a bit of cat-and-mouse he managed to stick a pass on his teammate. From that point on, Hayden and Hall were on their way to a solid 1-2 finish for the team and redemption for the DNF cards both had been dealt the day before.

 

“Saturday’s final was a huge disappointment, because I know I was looking at a podium finish, only to get taken out by another guy. My sled was running really well and had lots more to give,” Hall said. “Sunday was okay, although I would have been much happier with the win. But if you’re gonna lose it might as well be to your teammate. I was very pleased that we finished ahead of everybody else.”

 

In the Pro Lite division, Jakob Rosko-Fong also had some starting line gremlins to deal with but in Saturday’s heat races he recorded respectable 2-4 results. A back of the pack start in the final saw him bogged down for a number of laps, with an 11th place at the finish line the eventual outcome.

 

Sunday’s results proved to be more consistent for Rosko-Fong. In his heat races he hammered down 4-4 finishes while in the final he capped the top five with fifth.

 

“It seems the team had a bit of a dark cloud hanging over us on Saturday, but at least I was able to get through all three of my races without any problems to speak of.  Starts were definitely an issue for me. Sunday things got sorted out and top five results were the proof in the pudding,” Rosko-Fong said.

 

Round 4 of the Rockstar Energy Drink CSRA Canadian Snowcross Championship takes place this weekend, February 14/15, with the running of the Royal Distributing Cup in Barrie, ON.

 

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<![CDATA[Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Thunder Valley MX Race Report]]> http://rockstarenergy.com/company/news/rockstar-energy-husqvarna-thunder-valley-mx-race-report
The two most difficult tracks for Jason Anderson are Thunder Valley and coincidentally next weekend's Muddy Creek. Every rider has favorite tracks and places that they are not too fond of. Usually the latter are the locations they struggle most at. There will always be throw away weekend's but you have to overcome that to the best of your ability if you want to be in a championship hunt. Jason did that in his first moto but was unable solve the riddle of the ruts in moto 2. His first moto, his start was good and he held on and fought the best he could. If he wasn't surpassed in the final turn of the final lap, he would have finished 5th which is his every moto minimum goal average throughout the series. The second moto just wasn't his best. His start wasn't as good and neither was the moto. All he can do however is learn from the experience and try to apply it to the future, and next week for that matter.

Jason Anderson: "My weekend in Colorado was not the greatest. My first moto I got a good start and was running up front and ended up falling out of the top 5 on the last lap. In the 2nd moto I was trying but I just kept getting passed. You can't blame the track but I think it's the reason I wasn't riding to my full capability. I don't think I was overriding the track, I just couldn't figure it out. I felt like I was going at 20% speed even though I was trying.  I'm just going to go back this week and try and ride better next weekend and keep at it."

Christophe Pourcel is continuing along with very consistent results from one weekend to the next through the first three rounds. In fact his finishes have been so steady that he has been 8th overall every weekend, putting him in a tie for 8th in points. He is still following along the goal path set forth by himself and team owner Bobby Hewitt, but is looking for improvements soon. The plan is to be putting together top 5's by round 5 or 6 and he is not far off, but needs to find just a little more.

Christophe Pourcel: "This morning I had top 5 speed then the track got really, really rutty and was a little sketchy. The riders in front of me and behind me from 3rd or 4th place to 11th or 12th were pretty much just following each other. We're all fighting the track, it's so rough and we're all just going so slow. I think we are all surprised at how slow we are going. The tracks coming up should be better. At this point we haven't really seen any good racing and have just been following each other. It's been so rough that we don't wanna crash and there are so many ruts that are as deep as the bike. My 2nd moto start was a lot better, I was around the top 5 and I just kind of stayed in that front group trying to find my groove.  Overall it was an ok weekend, I wish I was in the top 10 in the first moto but I got a bad start and was fighting the roost and rode tight. We finished in the top 10 overall again which is the plan but sooner than later we need to improve. I'm not too far off of the guys in front of me so I'm learning and once my speed gets there it will be better racing for me."

Zach Osborne's recovery from his crash at Glen Helen was nothing short of remarkable. He dislocated his shoulder with two laps to go in the final moto after a big crash. Luckily he was able to put it back in himself quickly to avoid further damage and inflammation. Surprisingly it did not bother him much aside from a little soreness in his tricep from being stretched. Osborne has always been one to compete in many facets of motorcycle racing from Supercross and Motocross to GP's and Off-Road. Maybe his versatility helped him a lot on Lakewood's extremely technical course. He was on fire all day in both practices and each moto. His starts were much better as well and he quite simply just put it all together. Zach was able to finish on the podium in both motos and collect a 2nd overall. If the way he rode last weekend is any indicator, he could be on the podium every week through the last 9 rounds.

Zach Osborne: "Today was good. My speed was good in practice, I was 5th in the first session and 3rd in the second. In the first moto I got a decent start with a top 5 and put myself in position to end up 2nd in the moto. I've been struggling with my first motos and just struggled in general so far this year and and that finish gave me a good bit of confidence going into the second moto and it was a good feeling. I got a better start and almost pulled the holeshot coming out 2nd. I was a little slow to get going in the first couple laps and I went back to 4th or 5th, then I kicked myself into gear and went forward to 3rd where I stayed. My bike setup was good and I enjoyed today. It's been a long time since my podium at A1 and there have been a lot of struggles since then so this feels really good."

Next weekend the series heads farther east to Tennessee's Muddy Creek MX. Humidity is going to start coming into play and that in itself will begin to separate those who train the hardest. Anderson will need to get through his final tough track of the year before moving on to his favorites. He has been training in Florida so the humidity could be a benefit to him. Pourcel will continue to improve and try to work his way closer to being top 5 in both motos. Osborne carries his confidence over and will look for a repeat performance on a similarly rutted difficult track.]]>
Mon, 27 Jul 2015 08:25:47 -0700
<![CDATA[Podiums for Hayden and Rosko-Fong at Timmins National]]> http://rockstarenergy.com/company/news/podiums-for-hayden-and-rosko-fong-at-timmins-national It was a sunny and balmy minus 5°C (23°F) weekend in northern Ontario, where Round 6 of the Rockstar Energy Drink CSRA Snowcross Champion-ship was held March 7/8 on a specially constructed racetrack in the snow dump of the City of Timmins. Historically the event has attracted up to 3,000 spectators and once again a large turnout of sledding enthusiasts made their way to Timmins on both days to watch Canada’s top racers in action.

 

For Team Rockstar Energy Polaris Racing, it was another mixed bag of results weekend that didn’t necessarily reflect the level of racing produced by its drivers. Defending Pro Open Champion Iain Hayden struggled with his sled in Saturday’s heats as well as the final, claiming 5-4-4 finishes on the day. Poor starts, which saw Hayden at the back of the back each time out, proved to be the biggest challenge for him to overcome in a bid for a top-five finish.

 

The highlight of Hayden’s Timmins campaign came on Sunday, when, despite more mediocre starts, he nailed down a respectable third place in the final, after bulldozing his way through two uneventful qualifying heats in which he recorded 5-5 finishes.

 

“Coming up with the right formula that translates into podium finishes proved difficult again this weekend. I don’t know if we’re having a synergy problem of some kind or if we’re just stuck in a rut,” Hayden said. “It’s frustrating and somewhat disheartening, but in racing, like in life, sometimes you bite the bear and sometimes the bear bites you.”  

 

Hayden’s Pro Open teammate, Dylan Hall, didn’t fare much better in the deep Timmins snow. In his Saturday qualifying heats, the Ayr, Ontario native stayed top-five with 4-5 results. In the final, however, Hall would have to take satisfaction with a tepid seventh place at the checkered flag.

 

Sunday’s races again saw Hall commanding top-five positions, with his best finish, second place, recorded in heat two. In his first heat, Hall snared fourth place while in the final he crossed the finish line in fifth.

 

“At this level of racing you want to finish on the podium, or at least top-five, so when you cross the finish line in seventh you’re asking yourself ‘what’s wrong with this picture?’ It certainly wasn’t for a lack of trying, but things just didn’t quite come together and all we can do is regroup for the next round,” Hall said.

 

While Jakob Rosko-Fong got off to a tentative start to the weekend on Saturday, which still saw him claim respectable 5-2 finishes in his Pro Lite qualifying heats, and a frosty 10th place in the final, he more than redeemed himself by nailing down 1-1 results in Sunday’s heats to then mix it up with the frontrunners in the final to snare a third place podium finish.

 

“It was a tough weekend for me, as I was dealing with a flu bug and generally feeling out of sorts. Saturday I found it difficult to get into a racing mode and basically hoped just to get through the day,” Rosko-Fong said. “But after a good night’s rest, I was able to regroup on Sunday and hold my own, especially in the heats. I got good starts and everything just kind of fell into place.”  

 

Round 7 of the Rockstar Energy Drink CSRA Canadian Snowcross Championship will resume on March 28/29, in Kitchener, Ontario, after a two-week break in the schedule. Team Rockstar Energy Polaris Racing will, in the meantime, head to Sweden, where Iain Hayden and Dylan Hall will campaign the FIM Snowcross World Championship on March 21st.

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Mon, 27 Jul 2015 08:25:44 -0700