Michele Pirro, winner of the final Moto2 race of the 2011 season in Valencia, has been chosen ride the San Carlo Honda Gresini CRT machine which sports a FTR chassis and Honda CBR 1000R engine. Read more.
Tickets Available at www.AlliSports.com
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (December 5, 2011) – MX Sports Pro Racing and Alli Sports are pleased to announce that advance tickets for the 2012 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship are now on sale and available for purchase at www.allisports.com. Additionally, today marks Moto Monday, where fans can find Special Holiday Pricing and discounts for all 12 championship events by ordering today.
The on-track excitement of the 2012 season kicks off on Saturday, May 19, with the Hangtown Motocross Classic-the traditional opener for the most prestigious and competitive motocross series in the world-and continues throughout the summer months, including such legendary stops as High Point Raceway, RedBud, Washougal, Unadilla, Southwick and more. The series will conclude on September 8 in Southern California, where the 2012 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Champions will be crowned.
Fans all over the nation will have a chance to see Ryan Villopoto defend his 450 Class title against a superb field of challengers that includes former champions Ryan Dungey, Chad Reed and James Stewart, plus many more. In the 250 Class, it will be Dean Wilson wearing the #1 plate against a star-studded field that now includes homegrown talent like Blake Baggett, Justin Barcia and Eli Tomac, as well as top international stars like Marvin Musquin, Ken Roczen and more. At eight selected rounds, fans will be treated to the added bonus of Women’s Motocross, featuring multi-time champions Ashley Fiolek and Jessica Patterson, plus a fast-growing field of young competitors.
Ticket info for every round of the 2012 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship can be found at www.allisports.com. Fans won’t want to miss the chance to take advantage of Moto Monday and the special early-bird ticket sales!
For additional information please visit AlliSports.com/motocross plus “like” the American Motocross Facebook page and “follow” @americanmx on Twitter for exclusive content and additional information on the latest Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship action.
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MX Sports Pro Racing manages and produces the world’s most prestigious motocross series – the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship. The industry leader in off road powersport event production and management, its mission is to showcase the sport of professional motocross competition at events throughout the United States. Through its various racing properties, partnerships and affiliates, MX Sports Pro Racing organizes events for thousands of action sports athletes each year and attracts millions of motorsports spectators. Visit www.mxsportsproracing.com.
AlliSports, is an action sports lifestyle brand whose mission is to connect fans with athletes and brands through best in class events, media, and authentic branded products. AlliSports includes: the Dew Tour, Winter Dew Tour, Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship and the Gatorade Free Flow Tour; Alli Media which creates, produces, and distributes original content; Alli RideShop an online retailer carrying top skate and BMX consumer products; and Alli MotoShop an online retailer carrying top moto consumer products. AlliSports is owned by NBC Sports. More information can be found at www.allisports.com.
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Lucas Oil is a worldwide leader in the production of oils, lubricants and additives. Based in Corona, Calif., Lucas Oil Products is one of the fastest-growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry, featuring a premium line of oils, lubricants and problem-solving performance additives. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas Oil Products has established itself as the top-selling additive line in the American truck-stop industry. Lucas Oil is involved in an array of motorsports sponsorships, including the “Official Motor Oil of the AMA Pro Motocross Championship.” Visit www.LucasOil.com.
AMA Pro Racing
AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing sanctioning body in the United States, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. From its Daytona Beach headquarters, the organization sanctions professional motorcycle racing competition, which includes, AMA Pro Motocross, AMA Pro Road Racing, and AMA Pro Flat Track. Visit www.amaproracing.com.
NBC Sports Group
When the Comcast-NBCUniversal transaction was completed in January of 2011, the broad reach and storied history of NBC Sports united with Comcast’s 24/7 ability to super-serve fans to create the NBC Sports Group. The new sports media company consists of an array of broadcast television, cable television and digital sports assets, including NBC Sports & Olympics, Golf Channel, Versus, 11 SportNets (regional sports networks) and their respective websites. Together, the new combined assets of the NBC Sports Group possess an unparalleled collection of television rights agreements, partnering with some of the most prestigious sports properties in the world: the Olympics, NFL, NHL, PGA TOUR, PGA of America, USGA, IndyCar, Wimbledon, French Open, Tour de France and Kentucky Derby.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) and event promoter North American Action Sports (NAAS) have announced a new date and venue for the 2012 AMA Ice Race Grand Championships, which will crown the AMA’s first amateur champions of the year. The amateur championship event will take place Feb. 4-5 at the Sugarbush Golf and Country Club with racing to take place on Potters Lake in Davison, Mich.
“Motorcycle competition is as diverse as it is exciting, and that is no more apparent than at the AMA Ice Race Grand Championships,” said AMA Director of Racing Joe Bromley. “We’re looking forward to once again working with NAAS to provide a national-championship program to this country’s top ice racers.”
The AMA Ice Race Grand Championships feature classes for riders from 4 years old to 50-plus competing on bikes that range from lightly modified off-road machines to full-on, purpose-built ice racers. Riders will battle for AMA national No. 1 plates in a number of classes. The top riders at the event also will compete for the AMA Ice Racer of the Year award, given to the most impressive rider on the ice, while the youth riders will chase the honor of AMA Youth Rider of the Year.
“Everyone at NAAS is looking forward to one of our most exciting events of the year,” said Patrick Grzebinski of NAAS, which is known for mixing family fun with the racing atmosphere. “Last year, everyone had a great time, and the racing was spectacular. We can’t wait for Feb. 4-5 when we can kick off the 2012 racing season in style.”
A rain-out date is schedule for the following weekend in case weather doesn’t cooperate with the original Feb. 4-5 date.
“While the racers are the reason for the AMA Ice Race Grand Championships, this family event truly has something for everyone,” Grzebinski said. “The Sugarbush Golf and Country Club provides the perfect location to combine racing with casual fun and dining.”
To learn more about the event go to www.bajamx.com or call the NAAS office at (989) 871-3356.
About the American Motorcyclist Association
Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists’ interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through its support of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the AMA preserves the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, please visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com.
by Tracy Hagen
Statistically, who had the best starts in MotoGP this year? The answer may surprise you.
To find out, I have compared the qualifying order from each race against the running order at the first timing beacon after the start of the race. The first timing beacon is located roughly one-fourth of a lap from the Start line. Typically this point is between Turns 3 and 4 of a race track, but this depends on the design of the race track and other factors. I would prefer a timing beacon at the exit of the first turn, but this will do.
The comparison goes like this: if a rider qualified fifth but was running third at the first beacon, I gave him two points for the two positions he gained. This calculated for all riders and all races, except the Malaysian GP. That race, of course, was canceled following Marco Simoncelli’s fatal crash on the second lap and no official timing and scoring data was released to the MotoGP website.
First, a summary of qualifying.
In 2011 there’s no question that Casey Stoner ruled qualifying. Stoner was on pole in 12 of the 18 races, and on the front row in all but one race (Stoner qualified fourth at Estoril).
The remaining six pole positions were spread equally between Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa, and Simoncelli. Pedrosa missed three qualifying sessions in 2011, Lorenzo missed two, and, obviously, Simoncelli missed the final event. Given these absences I’d give the tie-breaker to Pedrosa as the second-best qualifier in MotoGP in 2011.
The riders that were most often on the front row were Stoner, Lorenzo, and Pedrosa.
The riders most often on the second row were Simoncelli, Ben Spies, and Andrea Dovisioso.
The riders most often on the third row were Colin Edwards, Nicky Hayden, Alvaro Bautista, and Valentino Rossi.
The riders most often on the fourth row were Cal Crutchlow, Hector Barbera, Randy De Puniet, and Hiroshi Aoyama.
Karel Abraham and Loris Capirossi were most often on the fifth row, while Toni Elias was most often on the sixth row. Abraham, however, once qualified on the second row, at Silverstone.
The wildcard riders, without exception, qualified at the bottom of the order.
Now we will take a look at running orders at the first timing beacon. Here, the results are not as lopsided as they were in qualifying.
There were three riders – Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa, and Jorge Lorenzo – that led through the first timing beacon a total of five times in 2011. Ben Spies led the other two times (the results from the Malaysian round are not included due to the timing data being unreleased).
As far as riders that converted pole position into a holeshot, Stoner was successful five times. Lorenzo was successful twice and Pedrosa once.
Recall that Toni Elias had the futility award in qualifying amongst the regular riders? Not so at the first timing beacon, as Elias was consistently ahead of other riders. Karel Abraham was usually the last of the full-time riders at the first beacon.
In our last segment we take a look at how many positions were gained or lost from the start to the first timing beacon.
On this metric we have a tie for top honors with Josh Hayes and Katsuyuki Nakasaga with an average of six positions gained at the start of a race. Of course, there’s a few “yeah, but” remarks to go with this statistic. They only raced one event, and at that event four riders crashed in the first turn (and who knows how many others checked up to avoid crashing themselves).
Of the full time riders, Toni Elias had the best starts. It’s easy to dismiss this as a consequence of starting from the last row. Nonetheless, in three events in 2011 Elias made up nine positions – three rows of riders – at the start of the race. On average, Elias passed more than four riders on every start.
Among the factory riders, the one with the best starts was Nicky Hayden. On average Hayden made up 1.5 positions at each start.
Casey Stoner, with 12 pole positions, had an average loss of 0.7 positions at the start. Stoner’s worst starts only cost him two positions – not bad.
Among the factory riders, the one with the worst starts was Ben Spies. On average Spies lost 2.2 positions on each start. Spies had one race where he gained two positions (Aragon), though in that race Andrea Dovisioso crashed in the second turn.