MOTOCROSS AND SUPERCROSS 2022

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Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
Gears Up for Landmark 50th Anniversary Season

MX Sports Pro Racing Unveils Commemorative Logo for Summer Campaign

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (January 12, 2022) – With the turn of the new year, preparations are formally underway for the landmark 50th Anniversary of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. In conjunction with each respective Nationals event organizer, the sanctioning body at AMA Pro Racing, and longtime series title sponsor Lucas Oil, MX Sports Pro Racing will celebrate the storied legacy of the world’s most prestigious off-road motorcycle racing series, beginning with the introduction of a new commemorative logo for the 2022 season.

“After two years of challenges to successfully implement a championship calendar we are incredibly eager for the season that lies ahead this summer. We’ll have an opportunity to properly celebrate the 50th anniversary of this storied championship and pay homage to the individuals and venues who helped elevate American motocross to the forefront of the sport on a global scale,” said Davey Coombs, President of MX Sports Pro Racing. “We also want to use this season as an opportunity to recognize the entities that have played an integral role in our ability to build on this indelible legacy over the past 14 years since MX Sports Pro Racing was awarded the role of series organizers.”

The 2022 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship logo serves as a symbol of five decades showcasing the world’s finest motocross talent, hallmarked by a laurel wreath consisting of 50 leaves surrounding the anniversary numeral and the series’ longevity (1972-2022). Additionally, gold now compliments the series’ foundational blue colorway in an embrace of the “golden anniversary” of the 2022 season. The Lucas Oil branding provides a prominent accent piece featuring the company’s familiar red colorway along with four stars that serve as a nod to America’s role in elevating the sport through its most distinguished championship.

When the series was first introduced in 1972 it formalized a permanent, stand-alone national championship for homegrown talent to showcase their prowess under the banner of the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA). It didn’t take long for the Pro Motocross Championship to evolve into a true global competition between domestic and international athletes, and for the past 50 years it has brought the best riders from six continents to the United States in a quest for success and stardom, competing on the most hallowed grounds in all of motocross.The 2022 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will mark the 50th anniversary
of the world’s most prestigious off-road motorcycle racing series.

Photo: Align MediaFittingly, the 50th anniversary will serve as the most prominent representation of the global influence of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship as a pair of international riders will carry the number one plate in both the 450 Class and 250 Class for the first time in history. Frenchman Dylan Ferrandis is just the third European rider ever in the 450 Class to serve as reigning champion, while Australian Jett Lawrence enters uncharted territory as the first defending titleholder in the 250 Class from the “Land Down Under.”

While most of the attention deservedly centers on the talent-rich collection of athletes preparing to embark on the grueling 24-moto journey this summer, many of the venues that will compose the 2022 schedule have been fixtures of the heritage of American motocross over the past half century. Whether it’s New York’s legendary Unadilla MX or California’s storied Hangtown Classic, both of which predate the Pro Motocross Championship, Michigan’s renowned RedBud MX, Massachusetts infamous The Wick 338, or Pennsylvania’s iconic High Point Raceway, these tracks have played an equally pivotal role in the ascension of American motocross as the hundreds of riders who have stood on the podium since that inaugural 1972 season. It’s a rare juxtaposition that makes the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship one of motorsports’ most distinguished competitions.Historic venues, like New York’s legendary Unadilla MX, will be celebrated
as they extend their legacies during the landmark 2022 season.

Photo: Align MediaThe 50th Anniversary of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will kick off over Memorial Day Weekend, on May 28, for the proverbial start of the summer and will travel throughout the country to the sport’s most high-profile venues for 12 captivating rounds, concluding on September 3 during Labor Day Weekend.For information about the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, please visit ProMotocross.com and be sure to follow all of the Pro Motocross social media channels for exclusive content and additional information on the latest news:

Now available for download for both Apple and Android devices is the official Pro Motocross App. Fans of American motocross can have access to the world’s most prestigious off-road motorcycle racing series right at their fingertips on their mobile devices. Developed by AMA Pro Racing, the Pro Motocross App provides users with the most important information surrounding the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, from series news to schedule and ticket information, as well as broadcast schedule details and live timing & scoring. Download it now via the App Store or Google Play.
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The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, features the world’s fastest outdoor motocross racers, competing aboard homologated bikes from one of seven competing manufacturers on a collection of the roughest, toughest tracks on the planet. Racing takes place each Saturday afternoon, with competition divided into two classes: one for 250cc machines, and one for 450cc machines. MX Sports Pro Racing, the industry leader in off-road powersports event production, manages the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship. The title sponsor is Lucas Oil, a leading producer of premium oils, greases, and problem solving additives, all made in America. More information can be found at www.ProMotocross.com.Lucas Oil Products, Inc.
Lucas Oil Products was founded by Forrest and Charlotte Lucas with the simple philosophy of producing only the best line of lubricants and additives available anywhere. Since its inception, Lucas has steadfastly adhered to this corporate objective. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas has established itself as the top selling additive line in the United States. Additionally, Lucas Oil offers a premium line of motor oils, greases, fuel treatments, industrial lubricants, and problem-solving additives to help firmly establish Lucas Oil as a prominent figure in the marketplace. For more information, visit www.LucasOil.com.

Supercross Video Pass to offer Extensive International Streaming of the 2022 Season 2022 Race Day Live Talent Announced Coverage of the 2022 Supercross Season Begins Saturday, Jan. 8, with the Opening Round in Anaheim, CaliforniaELLENTON, Fla. – December 28, 2021 – For the sixth consecutive season, the Supercross Video Pass returns for international streaming of the 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship. The Supercross Video Pass offers fans live and on-demand access to all 17 rounds of the 3-hour Monster Energy Supercross broadcast, and for the fourth consecutive season, will exclusively include Race Day Live and Qualifying coverage from all 17 rounds. Supercross Video Pass season subscribers can enjoy all the live, adrenaline-filled action plus receive access to over 800 plus hours of archived races dating back to 2010. The Supercross Video Pass App, available for free on IOS (Apple Store/AppleTV Store), Android (Google Play Store), Amazon Fire and now on Roku, allows for viewing on the big screen or mobile device for on-the-go access of every round.  Supercross Video Pass is exclusive to subscribers that live outside of the United States and costs $129.99 (USD) for the full season. Please visit www.supercrosslive.tv/viewplans to purchase. 2022 season subscription package includes:

  • 17 Live and on-demand rounds of the 2022 Monster Energy Supercross Season
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  • Special Presentations including 2022 Supercross Preview Show

Domestically, NBC Sports and Peacock will offer the off-road motorcycle racing community extensive live Supercross coverage. Peacock will serve as a one-stop shop for all Monster Energy Supercross fans, offering comprehensive live coverage and on-demand replays of its 2022 season, including Supercross qualifiers and races. Monster Energy Supercross is part of NBC Sports and Peacock’s robust motorsports programming throughout 2022, spanning NASCAR, INDYCAR, IMSA, and more. In addition to motorsports, Peacock’s expansive sports programming features live sports coverage including Sunday Night Football, Peacock Sunday Night Football Final, and Premier League. Upcoming events streaming on Peacock include Super Bowl LVI and the Winter Olympics. Peacock Originals streaming now includeLost Speedways, hosted by Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Golden: The Journey of USA’s Elite Gymnasts, and Michael Phelps: Medals Memories and More. Peacock also offers daily sports programming on the NBC Sports channel which streams Peacock OriginalBrother from Another and staples like The Dan Patrick Show, Pro Football Talk Live,andThe Rich Eisen Show.

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The 2022 Race Day Live team will feature the return of hosts, Daniel Blair and Dan Hubbard, as they break down practice and qualifying and set the stage for the night show. 

Left to right – Daniel Blair and Dan Hubbard. Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment, Inc. New in 2022, Feld Entertainment is excited to introduce the addition of Kristen Beat and Joseph Allen to the Race Day Live team. Both Beat and Allen bring a wide array of talent to the program after spending years behind the microphone and camera on some of the largest stages in live sports and entertainment. 

Left to right – Kristen Beat and Joseph Allen. Photographs courtesy of Kristen Beat and Joseph Allen. 
For the past five years, Beat has served as a field reporter on both Fox Sports and NBC Sports, and has covered college football, the NHL, the Monster Energy Cup, and the AMA Arenacross series. Beat is currently a backstage correspondent for CMT, and the primary field reporter for the American Flat Track series and EnduroCross series. Allen grew up racing amateur Motocross and Arenacross but gained national notoriety through singing and songwriting which landed him on what might be the world’s toughest talent show – America’s Got Talent, ultimately receiving a Golden Buzzer from his performance. From touring the country and selling music worldwide, to appearing on NBC, MTV, the Ellen Show, People Magazine and USA Today, Allen now brings his charismatic energy to the set of Race Day Live.

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NEWS REPORT Wednesday, Dec 22nd 2021

Evans: Back in the mix

Unfortunately for Team HRC’s Mitch Evans, 2021 was a complete write-off in terms of racing, as the young Australian was side-lined with a lingering wrist issue. It was meant that instead of lining up alongside former world champion Tim Gajser in the MXGP championship, he was back in Australia recovering and preparing himself as best he could for a return in the 2022 campaign.

With next year fast-approaching, and a start-date of February 20th on the horizon, we caught up with the #43 to see what he was up to now and how he was progressing after one of the toughest years in his career.

Where are you, and what have you been up to recently?
I’m currently in the south-west of France. I’ve finally moved here, after almost two years of looking for a place. I’m pretty happy to be back in the area, after staying here when I joined Livia’s (Honda 114 Motorsports) team in 2019. I’m setting up the house and just trying to get into a routine again. I’ve been riding and there are a lot of good tracks around here, a lot of physically demanding tracks, so I’ve been enjoying it a lot. Its good to be back in Europe building a base for next year.

How are you feeling, physically and mentally?
At the moment I’m feeling really good. I’ve been working a lot on my mental state when off the bike, so I’m in a good head-space right now. I’m trying to enjoy everything and be grateful, and trying to make the most of every day. Physically, I’m in a good position. Fitness-wise I’m a little bit limited by my wrist but it is getting better each time I’m on the bike so I’m going to keep working hard and it’ll be 100% before I know it.

How difficult has it been, missing a whole year of racing?
It’s been really difficult to miss a whole year of racing. 2021 hasn’t really happened for me, it has just been a blur and it’s been really difficult to sit out and watch. 13 months is by far the longest I’ve had off the bike, and even before that, I had a break of about four months, so it feels like it’s been a really long time since I raced. Thankfully though, you never forget how to ride a bike, you just lose the fitness and intensity, which has never taken me very long to get back so I’m looking forward to that.

What did you do in that year off?
I travelled back and forth to Australia a couple of times, spending around a month in hotel quarantine so that wasn’t too much fun. But being in Australia, I was able to catch up with friends and just go on a bit of a personal development journey. I found out a lot about myself, and it was a bit of an eye-opener for me. It was the first time I had to look outside of motocross to try and find fulfilment and even then, I wasn’t able to, because motocross has been such a big part of my life up until this point. This really brought into focus what was important and has given me some fresh motivation for next season.

Were you able to keep training to any degree?
During the time-off, I was still able to train; cycling, running, rowing but after every surgery I wasn’t able to use my wrist for about six weeks in the gym but I was able to keep my legs, core and right-side of my body fit. I still have a big imbalance in muscle-mass as it’s been difficult to keep my left-side as strong but that is the goal now to get everything equal. I am glad I was able to do some things though as that helped get me through a lot of time in these 13 months.

Were you able to watch the 2021 MXGP season?
I was able to watch the 2021 MXGP season. It was difficult to watch as the second moto would normally start after midnight in Australia so most of time I’d have to try and watch second motos in the morning or catch highlights, but I wanted to support Tim and Team HRC and he did such an excellent job throughout the year. It was tough though, to see all the action because I knew I should have been out there, so I didn’t watch as much as I normally would have. It was a very challenging season with a lot of high-intensity action, and was that another reason I struggled to view it because I felt deep down that I could have been up there with those front guys and battling, so to be sitting at home and seeing it on the laptop, I’m sure people can imagine how hard that is. I believe if I have a good winter, and I’m 100% healthy I can battle with those guys on any given day and that’s what I’m looking forward to trying to prove.

What are your plans for this 2022 pre-season?
My plans are to stay in France as long as I can to get ready here. Now that I’ve got my base setup here, I’ve got really good tracks, I’ve got a really programme so I’m hoping to do most of my work here. I’ll go to Sardinia at some stage with the team, for testing and do the Italian Championship races and then come back to France and finish off before the start of the season. I haven’t really looked at the calendar as at the moment, the important thing is taking it taking day by day and getting better each time I ride.

What are your goals for the start of the 2022 MXGP season?
My goals for next year are consistent top 10 performances. I want good starts, good motos and slowly getting back into the race rhythm. By the time of the first MXGP gate drop it will be about 15 or 16 months away so I’m sure people can appreciate that nerves will be a little higher than normal and I don’t want to set the bar too high in terms of results. I just want to play it smart and build as the year goes on.

What do you have hoped to achieve by the end of the season, in a perfect world?
In a perfect world, I’d hope to have achieved a couple of overall podiums and a couple of wins at the end of the year. Just being a top guy every weekend. If my wrist is pain-free, I know I can be that guy so it’s all going to come down to my wrist as the rest of my body is perfect. I’m in a better mental state than I have been in my life so I can’t wait to get started. I’d also like to thank the members of Team HRC for sticking with me and checking-in and seeing how I’m doing. It hasn’t been easy with this injury and travel and the global restrictions that have been in place so it was good to get their support throughout.

DIGA PROCROSS TO FIELD KTMS FOR 2022 WITH THOMAS KJER OLSEN AND LIAM EVERTS IN THE RANKS

2021 MXGP news

DIGA Procross KTM will run KTM SX-F race technology in both the MXGP and MX2 classes of the 2022 FIM Motocross World Championship with a fresh rider line-up. The German squad welcome Grand Prix winner Thomas Kjer Olsen and Grand Prix rookie Liam Everts into their Cologne-based operation.

The bond between the ambitious DIGA Procross team and the KTM racing department has existed since 2018 as the outfit helped develop a number of riders and Grand Prix talent. Justin Amian’s unit will now steer KTM’s advanced SX-F motocross machinery – with factory backing – but they will also harbor the competitive objectives of Thomas Kjer Olsen in the MXGP class and newcomer Liam Everts in MX2. Olsen enters only his second term in MXGP after claiming victories, podiums and three top-three classifications in a successful MX2 tenure. The 24-year-old Dane is looking to progress his career in 2022 after showing sufficient speed to become a top ten regular in 2021. Next year’s calendar will see #19 race the KTM 450 SX-F for the first time for what will also be DIGA Procross’ maiden appearance in the category. Liam Everts makes the step into Grand Prix competition for his first full year at world championship level. The 17-year-old Belgian has been carving his name into the foundations of the sport thanks to excellent technique and bags of potential. He showed enough promise through the EMX125 and EMX250 European Championships (with podium appearances in both divisions) – as well as debuting for his country at the 2021 Motocross of Nations – to earn his MX2 berth with the KTM 250 SX-F.

Justin Amian, DIGA Procross Team Manager: “We are happy and proud to officially represent KTM in theFIM Motocross World Championship from 2022.With Liam Everts we have a young, hungry and very talented athlete in our team,and we will try to support hisprogressas much as possible.With Thomas Kjer Olsen wewill starta new chapter in the premier class in 2022. Thomas has personally developed a lot in his 2021 MXGP rookie season and has shown greatpace, which gives us the confidence thathe will one day be at the frontof the toughest series on the planet. Our team iseager for great results and we will do everything in our power to get better and better every day.I would like to thank Pit Beirer and Robert Jonas for the confidence they have shown in us and for the opportunity to represent KTMat the highest level.”

Robert Jonas, VP of Motorsports Offroad: “With the fit of Thomas, Liam and the DIGA Procross team we are able to create an exciting effort for 2022 and the future. It’s an understatement to say we have high hopes for both riders in their classes and their stories and goals. We know Justin and rest of the DIGA crew will help them on the way and also push the KTM brand very hard. We’re already looking forward to seeing them on track.”

SX Global secures FIM Supercross World Championship

The Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), the global governing body of motorcycle racing – today announced that SX Global has been selected, a highly credentialed Australian company, to manage and promote the FIM Supercross World Championship over the coming decade.

SX Global will develop and manage a new international series commencing in 2022. This is the first time an FIM World Championship has been conducted by an Australian based company. It is a fitting confirmation for a country with a deep history of success and extraordinary moments in professional motorsports, on two wheels.

Jorge Viegas – FIM President said: “After a strong and fruitful relationship over the last two decades between FIM, Feld Entertainment and AMA, it is now time to start a new journey to ensure a bright future for Supercross. In order to support the growth and commercial viability of the series, the FIM believes that SX Global has the expertise and the ability to deliver a first class FIM Supercross World Championship. The new series will offer exciting races thanks to the passion and extended experience of the SX Global team, with a plan that will gradually expand the Championship to new countries and territories across the world.”

SX Global brings together the creators of the AUS-X Open Supercross Adam Bailey and Ryan Sanderson, alongside Tony Cochrane, the founding chairman and driving force behind the creation, development and growth of the V8 Supercars Championship in Australia.  Adam and Ryan share deep experience in Supercross, having created and hosted a number of highly successful FIM Oceania Championship events since 2015.
Complementing this highly experienced team will be one of the world’s leading financial powerhouses with an established track record of investment in global sport properties, to be announced when SX Global officially unveils its plans for the 2022 FIM Supercross World Championship along with confirmation of new partnerships early in the new year.

With a wealth of global motorsports experience, SX Global is an exciting organization to truly take world Supercross to new heights on behalf of the FIM.  Utilizing this experience, the new entity SX Global is now preparing to bring Supercross to a world class global level as the promoter of the FIM Supercross World Championship and reach out to the millions of supercross fans around the globe.

Tony Cochrane – President SX Global added: “It’s been a tremendous journey over the past five months to bring our team together with some of the most experienced people in all facets of motorsports now coordinating a sharp focus on Supercross and its global expansion. We would very much like to thank the FIM for their strong support of our vision and plan and in particular its President, Jorge Viegas, who has shown great leadership in working to bring this together in such a short timeframe. Fans have been demanding world class Supercross in so many countries – it’s a special day for all of those fans and at the end of the day, fans are our No. 1 consideration.”

Further details on both the FIM World Championship and SX Global will be announced in January 2022.

STACYC INC. PARTNERS WITH MONSTER ENERGY AMA SUPERCROSS TO SHARE THE LOVE OF RIDING


STACYC’s Mission is to create and deliver products and experiences that help kids develop sooner and empower them to define their own ride.Ft. Worth, Texas – December, 20 2021 – STACYC Inc., is excited to announce for the 3rd year in a row, its partnership with Monster Energy AMA Supercross, again this year, as the Official Electric Balance Bike for kids. We will be sponsoring the STACYC Live segment, where Little Rippers from all over will be submitting videos in hopes of having their video aired live and on the big screen. Each round of Supercross 2022 will feature a different weekly submission. After all the submissions have been collected, STACYC will select two Grand Prize Winners who will win airfare and accommodations to the Salt Lake City Finale, Round 17 on May 7th, 2022, where they will get a coveted spot on the starting line for a chance at being the 2022 STACYC Holeshot Challenge Winner! Check out the Contest Page and Rules here for more on how to enter!

Starting line of the STACYC Holeshot Challenge – Photo Credit: Feld Entertainment Inc.
“Our program with STACYC has been a fantastic platform to engage with our young fans at an early age. We look forward to partnering with STACYC again during the 2022 season.” – Dave Prater, Senior Director of Operations – Two Wheel, Feld Motor Sports “Our partnership with Monster Energy Supercross and the Holeshot Challenge race are both back for 2022. This year, we will be showcasing fan submissions of Little Ripper’s on-air, weekly during the ‘STACYC Live’ portion of Supercross. Out of those submissions, the STACYC Team will pick two lucky kiddos to race in the Holeshot Challenge in Salt Lake City. Sharing the love of riding with participants and fans at Supercross each year, is something our whole team always looks forward to and we are excited to kick it off in Anaheim!” – Matt Schumann, VP of Marketing, STACYC Inc.
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A Paris, le 20 décembre 2021

X-TRIAL DES NATIONS 2022 :
COMPOSITION DE L’ÉQUIPE DE FRANCE

La Fédération Française de Motocyclisme a le plaisir de lever le voile sur l’Équipe de France qui portera nos couleurs lors de la prochaine édition du X-Trial des Nations qui se déroulera à Nice (06) le 14 janvier 2022. Nos Bleus auront à cœur de défendre leur rang, lors de la dernière épreuve du X-Trial des Nations, l’Équipe de France avait terminé 2ème. La Fédération Française de Motocyclisme exprime son plein et entier soutien à notre Equipe de France qui défendra les couleurs nationales.


ÉQUIPE DE FRANCE DE TRIAL
Benoît BINCAZ
Alexandre FERRER

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Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team Aiming High At 2022 Dakar Rally

Following on from a highly rewarding season of racing in the 2021 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, the Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team is now ready to take on the 2022 Dakar Rally. With all three riders, Adrien Van Beveren, Ross Branch, and Andrew Short confident and approaching the event with a strong focus on success, the trio will head out into the desert on January 1, 2022, to begin the 44th edition of the toughest rally raid in the world.

Scheduled to cover 8,375 kilometres, the Dakar Rally begins with its traditional prologue ahead of 12 physically demanding stages. Besides a mid-race rest day where riders and teams can regroup ahead of the final six days of racing, the Dakar Rally will once again provide a variety of challenging terrain to ensure a relentless test for all riders and their machinery with the eventual winner declared on January 14 in Jeddah.

Leading the Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team into the desert at the 2022 Dakar Rally is Adrien Van Beveren. With his impressive second place finish in the 2021 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship still fresh in his mind, the Frenchman used the entire series as part of his preparations for the 2022 Dakar. Rounding out his highly positive season with three stage wins and a second-place overall result at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge in November, Van Beveren is feeling fit, strong, and is undoubtedly back to his very best.

For Ross Branch, 2021 was something of a learning year in what was only his first full season of rally racing. Demonstrating his capabilities with an impressive win at Rally Kazakhstan, the Botswana native posted impressive stage finishes at all rounds of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship with a few unfortunate incidents hampering his overall results. Undeterred and with a renewed focus, Ross looks to harness his raw speed to successfully reach the Dakar finish line on January 14.

Lining up with his sights set on securing his best ever result at the Dakar Rally is the third and final Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team rider, Andrew Short. With the American knowing the importance of safely completing each and every stage, as well as how chaotic the first few days of the Dakar can be, the 39-year-old is fully focused on achieving his goal.

Adrien Van Beveren

“I’ve just completed my final training sessions ahead of the Dakar and I’m feeling really strong and ready for the race. The whole of 2021 has been great for me. Round by round in the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship I had a solid strategy of being consistent and minimising mistakes. I was able to execute my plan perfectly and end the season as vice world champion, which I was really pleased about for both myself and the team. To avoid some unnecessary pressure, I’m looking at the Dakar as just another race and a continuation of my progress throughout the last year. For sure it is a huge race that everyone in rally focuses on, but I will take it day by day, stage by stage, and apply the same mindset that took me to success in this year’s world championship.”

Ross Branch

“This year has flown by, and Dakar is now just around the corner. I’m really excited for it. A fresh start, new stages, and I think it’s going to be a really good race. During the last year the team have been working super-hard and this is really motivating as a rider to see as it just inspires me to put everything that I have into my training and preparation. My goal for the race is to finish each stage. It sounds modest but it’s such a long and wild race where anything can happen. Staying trouble free will be so important and now with my experience from racing all year in 2021, I’m in a really good place mentally ahead of the Dakar. I’ve got a great team behind me, and everything is in place for a successful race. I can’t wait to get started.”

Andrew Short

“I’m really looking forward to Dakar 2022 and it’ll actually be my fifth time racing the event. For this one I want to beat my best finish of sixth and to do that it’s super important to finish every stage safely. Each year I seem to experience some kind of problem early in the race so my focus will be on getting through week one without any major issues, then I’ll have the option to ramp things up in week two if I need to. Overall, you never really know how this race will go but I’ll be doing everything in my power to ensure the best result possible and have no regrets when the race comes to an end.”

Alexandre Kowalski – Yamaha Europe Off-Road Racing Manager

“Entering Dakar 2022 is an exciting time for the team following a whole year of continuous hard work from the mechanics and technicians, and of course the riders who have achieved so much in 2021. Behind the scenes we have developed the bike so much and it has been put to the test throughout the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship. With Ross winning in Kazakhstan and Adrien ending the season as vice world champion, it clearly proves that we are heading in the right direction. Because of the success this year the team spirit is really high, and this is really important at such a long race like the Dakar. Anything can happen at this event, but I know the riders have all worked so hard to build up and prepare themselves in the best possible way. Now, we can look forward to the Dakar with confidence and I have a strong belief that it will be a successful race for the riders and the team as a whole.”

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Welcome ALessandro Lupino for the 2022 season

Welcome ALessandro Lupino for the 2022 season

 

The Beta Team SdmCorse is please to welcome ALessandro Lupino who in the 2022 season officially joins the Beta motor family in the motocross project by partecipating to the next MXGP World Championship.

Daniele Marchese: “We are really happy with Alessandro’s arrival, he is a very appreciated boy in the paddock, during the 2021 season he proved to be a top rider of the MXGP class and thanks to his experience in the World Championship we are sure he will be able to collect excellent results and he will contribute to the growth of the Motocross project”

Welcome ALessandro Lupino for the 2022 season

Benvenuto Alessandro Lupino per la stagione 2022 Campionato del Mondo MXGP Gp della Lombardia

Il Team Beta SdmCorse è lieto di dare il benvenuto ad Alessandro Lupino che dalla stagione 2022 entra ufficialmente a far parte della famiglia Beta motor nel progetto Motocross partecipando al prossimo Mondiale MXGP.

Daniele Marchese: “siamo davvero felici dell’arrivo di Alessandro, è un ragazzo molto apprezzato nel paddock del Mondiale , nella stagione 2021 ha dimostrato di essere un top rider della classe MXGP e grazie alla sua esperienza nel Mondiale siamo sicuri che riuscirà a raccogliere ottimi risultati e contribuirà alla crescita del progetto Motocross.“ 

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HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING SET FOR DAKAR RALLY 2022

LUCIANO BENAVIDES AND SKYLER HOWES TO RIDE NEW HUSQVARNA FR 450 RALLY IN GRUELLING 12-STAGE EVENT

Luciano Benavides and Skyler Howes will represent Husqvarna Factory Racing at the world’s toughest off-road motorcycle race – the Dakar Rally – with the two-man team set to compete on the new FR 450 Rally.

With just over two weeks to go before the biggest rally event of the year, Husqvarna Factory Racing are all set to take on the iconic event, held in Saudi Arabia for the third successive year. Armed with the latest edition of the Husqvarna FR 450 Rally, Benavides and Howes hope to start their 2022 seasons strongly with top results at the Dakar Rally.

Crashing out of the 2021 Dakar on stage nine, Luciano Benavides was forced to spend the start of his 2021 season recovering from an injury to his shoulder. Determined to get back on the bike and back racing as soon as possible, the young Argentinian returned to competition at the first round of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship in Kazakhstan, where he claimed an impressive sixth place overall.

A solid seventh-place result at the Silk Way Rally further increased Benavides’ confidence and he was able to carry that momentum into the Rallye du Maroc where his consistency enabled him to secure another top-six finish. Now, heading into the 2022 Dakar, Luciano is back to full fitness and feels more motivated than ever to secure his best result at the legendary event.

Signing for the Husqvarna factory in April, Skyler Howes competed in his first international event for the team just over one month later at Rally Kazakhstan. The likeable American immediately impressed, converting his speed and enthusiasm into two stage wins.

Gelling well with the team and with the bike, Howes continued to deliver strong performances for the rest of the world championship season, mixing it with the more established racers while also gaining valuable experience along the way. Securing fifth place and finishing as the top privateer at the 2021 Dakar, Skyler is now looking forward to competing at the event for the first time as a fully supported factory rider and will be hoping to make the best use of his excellent navigational skills on the technical terrain while fighting for a top result.

Marking the first round of the 2022 FIM World Rally-Raid Championship and awarding extra points due to its classification as an FIM Marathon Rally, the 44th edition of the Dakar is building up to be more important than ever. Covering 12 stages from January 1 to January 14, and totalling close to 8,000 kilometres, the race promises to provide the ultimate test of endurance, speed, and navigation as it travels through the Saudi desert.

Luciano Benavides:“2021 has been a long, tough year for me. It started well with the Dakar where I had good speed, but then my crash forced me out of the event. It took a lot of rest and training to get my shoulder up to strength, but thankfully I was able to get back on the bike quite early on and begin to build my pace again. The first couple of world championship rounds went ok at Kazakhstan and Silk Way, I was able to slowly build my confidence, but I knew I was a little bit off the pace. We spent a lot of time in the middle of the year developing the new bike and then when we rode it in Morocco it was definitely a big step forward for me. Not only did the bike perform really well, but it also helped me and my confidence – I felt comfortable straight away and from that the speed came more easily. The team have done an incredible job – many hours working and testing and I’m pleased with the result. Now, looking ahead to the next Dakar I’m happy with where I am both mentally and physically, and with my speed. The bike and the team are working really good right now, so I believe we have an excellent package for Dakar and will be able to fight for strong results. For sure, it’s going to be tough as always, but this will be my fifth Dakar and I think I’m better prepared than ever.”

Skyler Howes:“The year has gone really well for me – it’s been my first season as a factory racer and that has made a huge difference, it’s been great to just focus on my racing, which I feel is reflected in my results. Going into the Dakar in January, I’m definitely more prepared than I ever have been, but at the same time my goals remain the same – give it my all, stay safe, but try to come out the other side with the very best result possible. The Dakar is tough, and you can pretty much guarantee you’re going to have difficult days. The key is to keep looking forward and focus on that final result – that’s what keeps me going and keeps me motivated. The new bike we have been developing throughout the year has been another massive improvement for me. In years past, I’ve just turned up at the Dakar and often ridden a bike for the first time at that event. Now, I’ve been given the chance to not only spend a lot more time on that bike, but also have a massive input into its development. That’s had the effect that I feel really at home on the new FR 450 Rally and I’m looking forward to taking it to Dakar. At the end of the day, I’ll be happy if I give it my all and have fun, hopefully the final result will reflect that too.”

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING INTRODUCE 2022 RIDER LINEUP FOR AMA SUPERCROSS AND PRO MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIPSTEAM AIMS FOR THE WIN WITH ALL-NEW HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLES 2022 ROCKSTAR EDITIONS

With the opening round of the AMA Supercross Championship just around the corner, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team is excited to announce its rider lineup for the 2022 race season, which includes a seasoned roster in both classes. Returning riders Dean Wilson, RJ Hampshire, Jalek Swoll and Stilez Robertson – along with newcomer Malcolm Stewart – are looking forward to piloting the all-new FC Rockstar Editions this season, beginning on Saturday, January 8 in Anaheim, California. Since the exciting announcement over the summer, fans across the globe have anticipated Malcolm Stewart’s debut aboard the FC 450 Rockstar Edition and the time is finally upon us. Coming off a successful supercross season in 2021, Stewart has proven himself as a contender in the premier 450 class with a podium finish and four top-five finishes last season. Now, with the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team behind him, Stewart looks to keep the momentum rolling as he prepares to attack both Supercross and Motocross for the first time since 2014.

Malcolm Stewart:“I feel really good. We’ve been doing a lot of training and we’ve got the bike really dialed in, so we’re looking forward to going into A1 and the 2022 season. It’s going to be a good year for me. I know I ended really good last year for the last couple rounds but now obviously we’re on a new team and feeling better, I like the whole vibe here. All we can do is go out there, have fun and do what we can do!” Wilson, who first came to Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing in 2017, will enter his sixth season with the team in 2022. Battling through an ongoing illness in 2021, Wilson missed quite a few races but he still managed to stay consistent and finish just outside the top-10 in the AMA Supercross Championship and he looks to build upon that foundation as he heads into 2022 healthy and ready to go.

Dean Wilson:“I’m really excited for the new season. I have another great opportunity with the team and I’m feeling really good. I’m looking for some good finishes, everything is kind of falling into place so it should be good.” 250SXThe Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team boasts an exciting lineup of seasoned 250 cc riders who are all set to contest the championship aboard the new generation FC 250 Rockstar Edition. At the helm for his third year with the team is multi-time race winner, RJ Hampshire. With an endless amount of speed and determination, Hampshire is a fierce competitor on the race track and he looks to refine his skills this season and finally land on top of the box with a number one plate.

RJ Hampshire:“I’m feeling good heading into the new season. We’ve had a good off-season so far and the bike is awesome, so we have a lot of things to look forward to. We’re starting fresh and just excited to be with the team for another year and build on what we’ve started the last couple years.” Jalek Swoll, who began his professional supercross career with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing in 2020, now enters his third season in the class. The 21-year-old had a break-out season in 2021, claiming a strong second-place at Arlington SX before rounding out the series with a top-five overall in the championship standings. He also showed flashes of brilliance outdoors, securing his first-career overall win with 1-3 moto finishes at the High Point National. For 2022, Swoll will line up in the 250SX Western division where he looks forward to a new set of challenges on the west coast.

Jalek Swoll:“I’m excited to race, going to be on a different coast than usual so that will be a different and fun learning experience. I’m looking forward to that. I think we’re in for a pretty good year. I’m just going to do what I did last year and have fun all the way through and let the results come to me.” With one full year of professional racing under his belt, Stilez Robertson will return for his sophomore season with the team. Despite an up-and-down rookie season due to injury and illness, the 19-year-old came away with a few highlights in 2021, including an impressive second-place finish at Daytona SX. He missed three of the last five rounds but still managed a respectable 13th overall in the standings. Hoping for a strong push outdoors, Robertson got off to a decent start but illness prevented him from finishing out the season. Fully recovered heading into 2022, Robertson is confident that he will stack up when the gate drops in January.

Stilez Robertson:“It was a tough off-season with the sickness but I got over it and I’m really looking forward to going racing. I’ve been putting in the work and now I’m ready to go and show everybody what we’ve been working for. I’m excited to have a good season, be up front and try to put together some good results in both supercross and outdoors.”

Stephen Westfall – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team Manager: “I feel really good heading into the 2022 season. The team is solid and we have an all-new bike for both the 450 and 250. We have a really solid base and I think we will continue to get better throughout the year. The team is working hard, we’ve got a good group down in Florida all training together and pushing each and every day. We’ll continue to improve and we’re looking forward to the results this year.”

The 2022 AMA Supercross Championship kicks off on Saturday, January 8 in Anaheim, California. Follow the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team on Instagram for behind-the-scenes race day action: @rockstarhusky #RockstarHusky #ElevatingTheSport

Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing’s 250 Team Ready for 2022

The Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing team heads into 2022 looking to reign supreme in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross 250 class divisional championships. The six-rider lineup boasts a blend of youth and experience with the reigning 250SX West Champion, Justin Cooper and 250SX East Champion, Colt Nichols, and two-time 250MX Champion, Jeremy Martin. Also returning are Christian Craig and two of the sports up-and-coming riders – Nate Thrasher and Levi Kitchen. Jensen Hendler comes on board as the team manager for the 250 team.

Cooper enters his fifth year with the team and is coming off an impressive 2021 season. After taking the 250SX West crown in Supercross, the New Yorker backed it up with a great outdoor season. He came just shy of the title in the end, but lead the way in qualifying, holeshots and scored seven moto wins and never missed the overall podium. Cooper now has his eyes set on 2022 and adding more number-one plates to his resume.

Nichols also heads into the new year with a number-one plate. The Oklahoman took the title in the Eastern regional division to make it a Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing sweep in the 250 class, becoming the first team to do so in nearly a decade. Unfortunately, an injury sidelined him with five rounds remaining in the Pro Motocross season, but Nichols is ready to return to action for year six with the team and make another championship run.

Last year, Martin returned to the team where he won his back-to-back Pro Motocross 250MX titles (2014-2015). Although injuries sidelined him for the supercross season and a few rounds of motocross, the Minnesotan showed a lot of grit and determination. Despite not being 100%, he scored six moto wins and three overall 250MX victories. With some time to return to full fitness, Martin is eager to lineup on the gate in 2022 and fight for the championship.

Craig kicked off his debut season with the team with a bang, winning the 2021 250SX East season opener in Houston. He battled for top honors with his teammate all season until a crash at the penultimate round ended his title hopes prematurely. The Californian moved over to the 450 team for the outdoor season, where he enjoyed some solid results to end the year sixth. He now shifts gears back to the Yamaha YZ250F to try and claim the coveted 250SX crown, and will return to the premier class for the 2022 Pro Motocross season.

Thrasher turned a lot of heads during his first full season in the pro ranks, taking two 250SX wins at a very physically demanding track at the Atlanta Motor Speedway tripleheader, and ended the season seventh in the points standings. Unfortunately, he too was sidelined during the outdoor season, but the young Tennessee rider is ready to return and looks to build on his impressive rookie year.

Kitchen capped off his amateur career with a pair of titles at the 2021 AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship at Loretta Lynn’s and was named the Nicky Hayden AMA Motocross Horizon Award Winner. He made his pro debut at the Pro Motocross RedBud National and showed speed straight away, scoring some solid results inside the top 10. The Washington State native is now eager to start his first full season in the pro ranks and to make his debut in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship.

The Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing 250 team would like to thank its partners for their support: Monster Energy, Yamaha Financial Services (YMFUS), Yamalube, GYTR, Thor, Parts Unlimited, Rekluse, FMF, Dunlop, Motion Pro, Works Connection, VP Fuels, Kite, Twin Air, KYB, Cycra, Alpinestars, 100%, Toyota of Escondido, Light Speed, Arc, Race Tech Titanium, Mechanix Wear, Boxo Tools, and Anti-Gravity Batteries.

Jensen Hendler – Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing 250 Team Manager

“We are very excited to get the season kicked off, as our riders are looking very good and ready to compete for the championship on both coasts. We have put a lot of work into our championship-winning program to make sure our riders and staff are ready to win!”

Justin Cooper – Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing

“I’m very excited for the 2022 season. I’ve been working really hard with the team to be my best self come race time. We’ve made the transition to Florida this year so it is nice to get on some new dirt and see where we can be better.”

Colt Nichols – Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing

“I’m excited for the season to get underway. It’s been a very productive off-season so far, and I’ve been trying to work on my weaknesses to be a better rider and translate that into the weekends. I’m looking forward to getting the ‘22 season going!”

Jeremy Martin – Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing

“I can’t wait for the new 2022 season to start! I had a rough year last year so I’m very motivated to make this coming season my best year yet.”

Christian Craig – Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing

“I’m very excited for the new season! It’s my second year with the team and I feel like I’m in a really good spot mentally and physically. I’ve had an awesome off-season riding and training in Florida, so I’m ready for it all to show on the race track!”

Nate Thrasher – Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing

“I’m really looking forward to this new season, I’ve put in a lot of hard work this off season and I’m ready to build off last year!”

Levi Kitchen – Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing

“Looking forward to this upcoming season! Really happy to be in the position I am in and I’m just going to use every weekend to learn! Made the move to Florida and that has been awesome too.”

Ferrandis, Tomac Eager for 2022 Start

Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing’s Dylan Ferrandis and Eli Tomac are ready for the highly anticipated start of the 2022 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season on January 8 in Anaheim, California. The team has been hard at work at their new facility in Cairo, Georgia, and looks to build on this year’s successful premier class debut.

Ferrandis is fresh off a stellar rookie year on the YZ450F, securing his first premier class title at the penultimate Pro Motocross round in Pala, California. The Frenchman also enjoyed a great start to his 450SX debut earlier in the year, scoring his first podium at the second Supercross round in Houston, Texas. He looks to keep that momentum rolling into the New Year and fight for another number-one plate.

In addition to Ferrandis securing the title a weekend early, Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. earned Manufacturer of the Year honors, and the Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing Team was named Team of the Year. The series also awarded Jeremy Coker Team Manager of the Year and the 450 Mechanic of the Year went to Ferrandis’ mechanic, Alex Campbell.

Joining the team for 2022, Tomac is eager for that first gate drop aboard the Yamaha YF450F at the series opener at the Angel Stadium of Anaheim. The Coloradan is a proven title contender, adding the 2020 Monster Energy AMA Supercross 450SX Championship to his resume after his impressive three-peat (2017-2019) in the Pro Motocross 450MX Championship. He is also the winningest rider currently active in the premier class and aims to reclaim the throne in 2022.

The Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing team would like to thank its partners for their support: Monster Energy, Yamaha Financial Services (YMFUS), Yamalube, GYTR, Thor, Parts Unlimited, Rekluse, FMF, Dunlop, Motion Pro, Works Connection, VP Fuels, Kite, Twin Air, KYB, Cycra, Pro Taper, Excel, Vortex EK, Vortex ECU, and D’Cor.

Jeremy Coker – Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing 450 Team Manager

“This off-season has been one that I will never forget. We moved the team across the country and have a new addition with Eli, so it’s been a lot of long hours to prepare for the season, but it’s very exciting. Dylan and Eli have been working very hard and look amazing. Hard work pays off, and we saw that last year. I think 2022 looks to be even better!”

Dylan Ferrandis – Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing

“Our off-season has been going great. We have been working really hard on and off the bike. We still have one month left to prepare for the 2022 Supercross season, but I’m pretty excited for my second season on the 450 and can’t wait for A1!”

 Eli Tomac – Monster Energy Star Yamaha Racing

“December riding at the Star Racing facility in Florida alongside my teammates has been great preparation. We’ve all been pushing for the next level and are ready to go for the 2022 Supercross season!

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REMEMBERING RENE: WORDS, THOUGHTS AND STORIES FROM HIS TEAM2021 MXGP

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing pay homage to the spirit and personality of their much-loved young motocross star, Rene Hofer, that tragically passed away in a skiing incident in Austria last week.

Rene Hofer was on the edge of FIM Motocross World Championship greatness. In 2021, at the age of 19 and in his second season (and maiden ‘full’ campaign in the MX2 class), Hofer already became the first Austrian to win a Grand Prix in the principal categories since 1987. His victory at the Grand Prix of Pietramurata was one of two podium finishes on the way to an encouraging 6th in the final standings. Hofer climbed into MX2 at the beginning of 2020. He had made his way through the ranks thanks to an early connection with the factory, earning European and World Junior titles with 85 SX equipment. The racer from Linz was front-running the 2018 EMX125 European Championship until a season-ending crash put him to the sidelines. He recovered and continued to show promise with a series of top five results in EMX250 in 2019 and was fast-tracked into MX2 for 2020. 

Rene rose to the challenge of Grand Prix immediately with a 2nd place moto finish in Great Britain for his debut as part of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing line-up. He managed two more top five classifications in the next two rounds before the Covid-19 pandemic delayed the schedule. Upon the return to action for the triple header in Latvia during the summer of 2020, Rene suffered a left shoulder injury that levered the rookie out of contention for the rest of the year and after just four Grands Prix in ‘orange’ colors.

2021 was his breakthrough term and the platform for vast progress in terms of his fitness, his confidence, his racecraft and experience. He posted 30 top ten scores from 36 motos in the longest season of his fledgling career and added the prestigious honor of winning the MX2 class for Team Austria at the 74th Motocross of Nations in Italy at the end of September. Together with teammate Tom Vialle he was expected to be tussling right at the top of MX2 in 2022. “Now I know what it is like to be a Pro motocross athlete at this level!” he smiled at the end of the championship in mid-November. “It’s quite a nice feeling to be together with the team the whole year. We got off to a bit of a slow start and in the middle of the season I was still struggling from the lack of racing in 2020. The last few GPs were great. I had a few Pole Positions, a few podiums and a GP win. For sure it brought me a bit closer to the goal and was a confidence booster. I have shown what I can do…” Rene is survived by a close and loving family: father Reinhard, mother Karin and sister Nadine.

Pit Beirer, KTM Motorsports Director:“In sport and life there are many ups-and-downs and some moments that are hard to accept. Losing Rene – who was such a young and appreciated member of our team and our family – in this way is almost unbelievable. All our hearts are with the Hofer family. Rene was a kid that pushed and pushed to get to where he was. He was a guy that lived to be part of the Red Bull KTM team but knew that reaching MX2 was just the start. The way he worked and the way he dedicated his life to racing even before he reached 20 years of age is an example to anybody. Rene, we will miss you.”

Dirk Gruebel, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, Team Manager: “Rene came into the team with some pressure that none of the other guys had to deal with. He was a big hope for Austria. It is a testament to him that, even at his young age, he never really showed the weight of that expectation. He was so young and was in a big successful team surrounded by champions but it never fazed him. Many people have talked about his personality and it’s exactly what we found: a fun-loving, happy kid that was excited to be in his position but also deadly serious about working and moving forwards as a rider and a professional. He also had a brilliant family around him with just the right support. Rene was at the beginning of his career and had already progressed so much in only his first proper season with us. He is gone way-too soon and has left a large hole in our team and our lives.”


Jeffrey Herlings, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing teammate: “Devastating news. Rene was a wonderful kid, so respectful and nice. I’ve seen him smile after a Grand Prix win and I’ve seen him smile after a 15th place finish; he was always one of the happiest members of the team and that makes it even harder that he’s gone. I had huge respect for him as a rider and more as a human being. I liked the kid so much. This is a tough pill to swallow. I heard the news just before I went on stage at the FIM Awards and I had tears in my eyes. It must be so difficult for his family and my heart goes out to them. It is very sad for the whole motocross community that a talent like Rene has passed away.”

Robert Jonas, KTM VP of Motorsport Offroad:“It is hard to describe how much we will miss Rene and how this news has impacted our team and the whole of the company. We knew each other a long time. As a hobby I used to run a little junior team. We called it ‘Youngblood Racing’ and we tried to support young Austrians on their way up in motocross. Rene joined us when he was 11. I was trying to help with my experience in racing and with training advice and Rene was asking how to prepare as a motocross Pro, so I invited him to do a fitness test at my house and wrote a training schedule for him. It was a 14 hour per week endurance program combined with core stabilization exercises, stretching and also included recovery: I explained to him that it was a training plan for an adult rider and asked him to just try a few small things, get a feeling for training and give me feedback in about six weeks’ time. So, after those six weeks, Rene came back to me with a training report, he had done every single unit listed and asked me: “what’s next?”. I have never seen such determination from a 11-year-old kid before and at that moment I recognized – knowing already about his riding skills – that this kid was something special. Rene was a very hard worker and nothing would be more important than his racing and training. He worked his way up to the very top and on his way he inspired many young national and international riders. Rene was an exceptional kid. I am so grateful for his friendship.”

Didi Lacher, Trainer, Mentor and friend“It was a privilege for me to work with Rene for six years. In that time, he became a good friend as well as being a hungry young kid that was so determined to be successful in MXGP. He was a very good motocross rider but, more importantly, he had a very warm character. In the last few days it has been possible to see just how many people he reached. Whether it was through his friendliness, his passion for what he was doing, his smile or his openness, Rene was a guy that many people liked and that is quite a rare thing. It is so very sad that he has gone just when his life and his story was starting but I think his family can take a small comfort that they had raised such a strong and positive young man. I will miss him.”


Valentina Ragni, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, Team Co-Ordinator“Rene was a boy that everybody loved because he was always happy, with that sweet, happy face. He had a contagious smile. For me the riders are almost like my own kids and Rene was the youngest. He was very warm and we joked around a lot. He was a cool kid. I remember a couple of months ago he turned up to a race with curly hair and I joked he was my ‘Ricciolino’ because of the style. At the Grand Prix in Arco di Trento he said to me “Vale, I have a surprise for you…” and showed me this Ricciolino Butt Patch he had especially made for the Italian race. He gave me the riding pants and signed them to ‘Ricciolina’. It was a lovely and exclusive present and just summed him up. It was special when he did it and now, sadly, it is ten times more special. I remember also at the last race of the year in Mantova. Jeffrey [Herlings] was tied on points for the championship and before the start of the last moto I was standing to the side of the gate alone, as I usually do. It was a very tense and nervous time. Someone came up and hugged me from behind. It was Rene, and he started shouting for his teammate. It was another moment where I was very thankful and very impressed by who he was and what he was like. He really bonded with the team this year and I have some great memories from when we’d all stay in hotels and locations between back-to-back races. They will stay with me.”

Joel Smets, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, Motocross Racing Sports Director: “Losing Rene this way is such a big loss to the team, the sport of motocross and, of course, all his family and people that knew him. He was a kid that was mature beyond his years, and he had a long and promising career ahead of him. I remember Rene as being very calculated with everything. He was not a guy that made impulsive moves or took crazy risks. For example, when we went BMXing I would ask him to try an obstacle and he would only do it when he was 110% sure! To see what happened to him makes it twice as sad and twice as unfair. I still cannot believe that I won’t see him when we go training.”


Tom Vialle, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing teammate: “It’s tough and difficult to accept that Rene has gone. We were teammates for two years and were very close: I think 90% of my training time was also with him. Almost every day at the gym. In 2021 we spent a lot of time together, travelling to races also. We had fun, we went to the cinema, out to restaurants. We are all pretty close in our team so this has been a really difficult time. I have a lot of memories with Rene and they were all good and I think that also says a lot about what a good guy he was.”

Adam Wheeler, journalist:“’There’s an Austrian kid coming up, riding a KTM; had better interview him…’ this was the reasoning to sit down and speak with Rene in 2018. Even at that tender age it was possible to detect a youngster that was incredibly level-headed and focused. All those steps through European Championship races were just stones on the path to where he wanted to be and where he knew he could be. Rene didn’t rocket into Red Bull KTM in the same way that names like ‘Musquin’, ‘Herlings’, ‘Roczen’, ‘Jonass’, ‘Prado’ and ‘Vialle’ had done but he did everything he had to do as a factory rider in such a short time: listen, learn, work and evolve. I wrote personal press releases for him in 2021 and to look at those texts now and see the results climb from his first feeling back in MX2 after that tough 2020 to the heights of the Motocross of Nations, the podium in Germany, the win, Pole Positions and establishment at the front of the MX2 pack was heart-warming and exciting. He was erudite, funny and a pleasure to talk to. His passing still doesn’t seem real. A big loss to the sport and to the team.”

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FOUR-RIDER RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING TEAM IS READY TO RACE 2022 SEASON ON ALL-NEW KTM FACTORY EDITION MODELSSupercross Announcement

A solid four-rider Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team is set to enter the 2022 AMA Supercross Championship aboard the radically new KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION and KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION models. With only a month to go before the start of the series, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team came together in Murrieta, California to celebrate the launch of the new generation machines that all riders will pilot throughout the season.

Cooper Webb, Marvin Musquin and Aaron Plessinger will officially debut the all-new KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION at the Anaheim SX opener on January 8, 2022, while Max Vohland is set to race the KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION in the 250SX class.

Webb, the reigning 450SX Champion, will proudly display the #1 plate aboard his new bike as he sets out to defend his title for the second time. The 26-year-old had an exceptional supercross season in 2021, sweeping half of the Main Events for a total of eight victories. He followed this up with a consistent performance in the AMA Pro Motocross Championship, finishing fourth overall, and now his focus is set on bringing home back-to-back titles in supercross.

Cooper Webb:“I’m really excited for the upcoming series. It’ll be great defending the number one plate again, we worked hard last year to get the championship. We have a brand new bike this year and that is great. We’ve also been having fun with the new team dynamic and having Aaron [Plessinger] on the team. I’ve been teammates with him before, so it’s been great to reunite and have a three-man team on the 450, with Max on the 250. I’m looking forward to it.”

Returning for his 12th season with Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, Musquin will be among Webb’s toughest competitors as the French rider looks to earn a title of his own with a supercross-only focus in 2022. Musquin had his fair share of battles coming back from injury last season, but he managed to finish strong with 1-2 results at the final two rounds. Following his dominating performance at the Paris Supercross in November, the Frenchman will look to build upon strong momentum when the gate drops in the U.S. in January.

Marvin Musquin:“It’s always exciting to go for a new season, especially this year with a new bike. It is something that I was looking forward to – we have made progress and we’re still learning to be even better, so it’s super exciting. We are going into my 12th year with Red Bull KTM here in America. It’s very special and I’m always super honored to be a part of the Red Bull KTM family and to go for one more year and achieve great things. It’s going to be a very strong team for this new season!”

Joining Webb and Musquin on-track for the first time is Red Bull KTM newcomer, Aaron Plessinger, aboard the #7 machine. Like his teammates, Plessinger has been hard at work in his pre-season training in high anticipation for his debut with the team at Anaheim. Claiming his first 450 podium at the 2021 Daytona SX, Plessinger delivered consistent results all season to lock in a top-five in the championship standings and the 25-year-old now has his sights set on podium contention in 2022.

Aaron Plessinger:“It’s an amazing accomplishment for me to have joined the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team. My dad used to race for KTM in GNCC, and won a couple championships, so it’s pretty special for me to get to be a part of this team. My goal is to get as many race-wins as I can and try to win these guys some more championships. My time is due and I feel like this year is going to be a really good year with two great teammates – Cooper and Marvin – I think we can really do some damage out there. The new bike is awesome. I love this thing. It’s so nimble and light, I can put it where I want it and the suspension works great on it. I think it’s going to be a really good year and I’m looking forward to it.”

Maximus Vohland continues with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team for his second season in the 250SX division. The 18-year-old missed the majority of his rookie Supercross season due to an injury sustained early on, but he came back strong for the AMA Pro Motocross Championship with a top-10 result in the 250 category. With more experience and a new KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION in his armory Vohland will aim for the podium in his first full season of supercross.

Max Vohland:“It’s been a really great off-season and I’m looking forward to 2022 with the new teammates and the new bike. It feels fresh and I’m looking forward to it. The new FACTORY EDITION has been awesome, the whole package has been great from suspension to chassis and motor-wise – we’re making steps forward every day. I only have three SX races under my belt, so I have a little bit of experience, but I think this extra time I’ve had on the bike during the off-season has really helped and I feel like a completely different rider than last year, I feel way ahead of where I was last year for this new season coming up.”

Ian Harrison, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team Manager:“The team has expanded this year with three 450 guys and Max on for his second year as a 250 rider, plus we have new bikes across the board. We’re excited about that. There’s been a lot of work and testing hours being put into the bikes here and in Austria, and we’ve made good progress with it on both sides. We’re looking forward to going racing in early January. We’ve got a good platform and the guys are happy to start the season.”

In regards to the team lineup, Harrison added, “The team dynamic is great right now. I think Aaron brings that real ‘loving-life’ style to the team, which is good. Cooper is looking happy with his new bike, he’s making good progress and I’m excited to see what he can do. I think Marvin is going to surprise us all. He’s had a good off-season and he did really well when he went to Europe to race the SX, so I think he’s going to be really good. With Max, we’re looking forward to seeing what he can do on the new bike with a clean bill of health this season. We’re excited to get things rolling here in a month.”

For more information about the new KTM 450 SX-F FACTORY EDITION and KTM 250 SX-F FACTORY EDITION models, which will be available in the United States in time for the first gate drop on January 8 in Anaheim, please click here.

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Yamaha Confirms 2022 EMX125 & EMX250 Line Up

Yamaha Motor Europe is delighted to announce that EMX250 bronze medalist Rick Elzinga will join fellow EMX250 title challengers Andrea Bonacorsi and Dave Kooiker at the Hutten Metaal Yamaha Official EMX250 team for the 2022 EMX250 European Championship campaign. Meanwhile, the MJC Yamaha Official EMX125 team has retained its current crop of young stars, Ivano van Erp, Karlis Reisulis and Ferruccio Zanchi, for the 2022 EMX125 season. 

Spearheading the effort in the MX2 feeder class, EMX250, Elzinga makes his return to the Yamaha Family after a two-year hiatus. The Dutchman demonstrated his capabilities in the 2021 EMX250 Championship with an emphatic overall victory at his home round, the first of his career. The 19-year-old went on to score another three podiums, before securing the EMX250 bronze medal with a third-place finish at the final round in Mantova, Italy. 

After winning the EMX125 Championship in 2020, Bonacorsi moved up to the highly competitive EMX250 class in 2021, joining the Hutten Metaal Yamaha Official EMX250 team. Raising the bar for the next crop of up-and-coming talents, the 18-year-old Italian completed his first full term in the 250cc category in fourth overall after proving his true potential with a pair of back-to-back race wins at two of the three rounds in Pietramurata, Italy. The rookie sensation also raced his GYTR kitted YZ250F to the podium on three further occasions and will look to add to that tally to mount a title challenge next year.  

Remaining with the Hutten Metaal set-up for a third full-season, 16-year-old Kooiker hopes to line up fit and strong in 2022, eager to inch closer to the front runners. 

In the EMX125 series, the MJC Yamaha Official EMX125 team is thrilled to continue with its trio of proven title challengers, Van Erp, Reisulis and Zanchi.

All three MJC Yamaha riders celebrated podium silverware in 2021. Van Erp emerged as one of the major title contenders with three race and round wins at EMX125 events in Germany, Spain, and Italy. After starting the 2021 season with an injury, Reisulis bounced back with a vengeance. The 16-year-old Latvian rounded out his season with two overall podiums at the final two rounds in Italy, finishing second on both occasions. Zanchi was classified second overall at the first round in Matterley Basin, while the Italian’s first full season in the series also included an impressive race victory in France.

All three riders are confident and eager to continue racing the highly competitive GYTR kitted YZ125 inside the EMX125 Championship in 2022.

Wim Hutten

Hutten Metaal Yamaha Official EMX250 Team Owner

« I am happy and proud to run Yamaha’s Official EMX250 Team for a third year in a row. For this upcoming season, we add Rick Elzinga to the team, which is exciting because we are a Dutch-based team and he is a Dutch rider, and is also close to the Hutten Metaal area. It is also nice to keep Andrea, after an excellent rookie season, and Dave who will continue with us for another year as well. We see a lot of potential in this line-up, and our team will do all we can to give them the best opportunity to show what they are able to achieve. »

Loic LeFoll

MJC Yamaha Official EMX125 Team Owner

 “I am so happy to continue working with these young riders. All three riders are very talented, which is exciting for our team, and in addition to that, they are very hard working and have great attitudes on and off the bike. I really enjoy working with riders like this, and we are already looking forward to the new season. The team is motivated, the riders are motivated, the YZ125 is a fantastic bike and we are excited for the 2022 season. « 

Thorsten Lentink

Yamaha Motor Europe MX Racing Coordinator

“We are already looking forward to the 2022 European Motocross Championship after securing a strong 2022 line up for both of our Official EMX250 and EMX125 teams. In EMX250, after an incredible rookie season with Andrea Bonacorsi finishing fourth in the EMX250 Championship, we are excited to keep Andrea onboard for another season where we hope to regularly challenge the podium. In addition, we have also retained Dave Kooiker. He has just turned 16 and is a young talent on the rise, he started the year strong and solid but ended up facing some struggles later in the season, he has shown that he is a fighter and will keep pushing forward. And finally, we are super happy to re-sign Rick Elzinga. Rick is a rider who we started a relationship with inside the MJC Yamaha Official EMX125 team a few years ago, and despite a couple of challenging seasons that were spoiled by injury, he bounced back strong in 2021 and has proven that he is a title challenger in the EMX250 class. Rick is a true talent and a real asset to the Hutten Metaal Yamaha Official EMX250 team, especially as he comes from the same area as the title sponsor, Hutten Metaal. We are really looking forward to working with these three riders and helping them reach their full potential. In the 125cc category, I am very happy that we can continue in 2022 with the exact same team. We have made a big step forward, and we have proven that we can fight for race and round wins. This year, we landed on the podium with all three of the MJC Yamaha riders, Ivano van Erp, Karlis Reisulis and Ferruccio Zanchi, and many times we had the fastest lap times. We are definitely podium contenders and very competitive, so I look forward to continuing in this direction with all three riders and the GYTR kitted YZ125.”

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