AURORA, Ill. (May 21, 2012) – Feld Motor Sports® announced today that Brett Metcalfe, of Murrieta, Calif., will race in the Monster Energy Cup at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium on October 20.
During the inaugural Monster Energy Cup, Metcalfe was third overall, finishing an impressive 4-3-3.
“Last year at the Monster Energy Cup was awesome,” said Metcalfe. “It was a fun event for the fans and really competitive for the racers. The three Main Event format was definitely a challenge for us. Instead of one good start you needed three good ones, so it was certainly tough. I’m looking forward to racing for a million bucks this October.”
The Australian-born racer first joined the American ranks in 2003. He has competed in seven Supercross Lites Class seasons, earning six podium and 13 top-5 finishes with a career-best third-overall. In 2011, Metcalfe moved up to the Supercross Class in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, but a mid-season injury cut his debut short. Metcalfe returned for the 2012 season and competed in all 17-races, finishing eighth-overall.
The 2012 Monster Energy Cup features an all-new track design inspired by five-time Supercross Class Champion Ricky Carmichael. The Carmichael-inspired track design will consist of supercross and motocross obstacles unlike any other racetrack design in the world. More than 200’ of the track will be built into the grandstands, and the riders exit the stadium and race through the Monster Energy Fan Zone outside of the stadium and through the pit area before they catapult back into the stadium. The Monster Energy Cup posts a $250,000 purse with the winner walking away with a $100,000 check, and any rider that wins all three Main Events will take home $1 million.
For more information on the Monster Energy Cup, log on to www.SupercrossOnline.com. For all media requests, please contact Denny Hartwig email@example.com or 630-566-6305. To follow the Monster Energy Cup on Facebook and Twitter, log on to www.Facebook.com/VegasMECup and www.Twitter.com/VegasMECup.
Tickets for the 2012 Monster Energy Cup can be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office, UNLVtickets outlets, online at www.UNLVtickets.com, www.MonsterEnergyCup.com, or by phone at (702) 739-FANS. Tickets will be available at the Sam Boyd Stadium Box Office on the day of the event only.
About Feld Motor Sports®
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I clearly remember this motorcycle from the 1991 WERA Grand National Final. It’s Ron McGill and his gnarly little Honda Hawk. WERA’s D Superbike class was dominated that year by Yamaha FZ400s and the occasional leftover Yamaha RZ350, but at Road Atlanta McGill showed up with this fire-breathing Hawk and upset the apple cart. McGill played it cool for the first half of the race, following leader Bryan Hanson’s FZR400. In the final laps McGill quit playing around and passed Hanson and pulled away to a convincing victory. Hanson was not pleased and filed a protest on McGill’s Honda. McGill was setting off for the AMA Pro Twins race at Miami the next weekend and didn’t want to tear down his bike, so he forfeited the championship to Hanson. I think enough time has passed. Maybe Ron can tell us if his mean-sounding Hawk was actually legal.
by Tracy Hagen
Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo won the dramatic French MotoGP race on Sunday and lifted himself back to the top of the points chase following a flawless ride in miserably wet conditions. The former world champion started from the second row of the grid but controlled the race by the mid-point of the first lap and was never challenged by fellow riders or the slippery racing surface over the duration of the race. The Spaniard left Le Mans with 90 championship points and an 8 point lead of current world champion Casey Stoner.
Indeed, Lorenzo’s lead was large enough that the television broadcast focused on the suspenseful race for second. Pole sitter Dani Pedrosa held second over the opening lap, but his Repsol Honda teammate Stioner cleanly passed Pedrosa on the second lap.
On the third lap Valentino Rossi surged past Pedrosa on the Ducati while braking for a left turn. The Italian was every bit of his old self at Le Mans and, in fact, set the fastest lap of the race after the rain subsided.
Pedrosa, however, was now shark bait at this point for the Monster Yamahas of Andrea Dovisioso and Cal Crutchlow, with rookie rider Stefan Bradl on a non-factory Honda joining in on the action.
Dovisioso wasted no time in passing his former Repsol Honda teammate on lap 4, nor did Crutchlow. Pedrosa then spent the next dozen or so laps fighting back Bradl.
Laps 5 through11 saw less than two seconds covering the four-rider race for second. Crutchlow passed Dovi on lap 10. On lap 13 Crutchlow passed Rossi going into the chicane, which slowed the pair down enough to allow Dovisioso to pass both of them.
On lap 15 Rossi shot past Crutchlow on a short straight. By this point the rain was letting up and Rossi and found a rhythm that was taking him back to the front.
On lap 19 Crutchlow slid off the track and his bike, but was soon back in the race in eighth place and not much worse for wear. Before the lap was over Rossi moved in front of Dovisioso for third place.
By this point Rossi was now setting lap times much better than second-place Stoner. Stoner’s advantage was less than four seconds at the end of lap 20, with eight laps left to go.
By the end of lap 23 Rossi and Dovisioso were on the rear wheel of Stoner and neither had no interest in waiting to make a move. Stoner was held up by Yonny Hernandez for several corners, increasing the tension. Unfortunately, Dovisioso fell after pushing his front tire more than it was willing to give.
On the penultimate lap Rossi passed Stoner going into the chicane, ran wide, and Stoner took the position back. At the end of the lap Rossi made a similar move with a similar result.
On the final lap Rossi passed Stoner for the third and final time. The lap probably felt like an eternity for Rossi, but Stoner never mounted a counter-attack. Rossi’s second place came a year after his only podium finish for Ducati.
In the CRT superbike division, James Ellison topped the class and turned his year around after three frustrating races and nearly losing his MotoGP CRT ride.
Finally, as in most wet-weather races, there were plenty of “what is he doing?” moments in this race. Two happened right at the start: Randy De Puniet crashed at the start, on the grid, having barely moved an inch. Ben Spies nearly did the same but saved it, legs flailing about while the rest of the field (other than De Puniet) roared away. Spies later pitted to clean his visor and lost his chance to score points. The Texan left Le Mans last in the points standings for prototype class riders and with few excuses.
Next race: Catalunya, June 3.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame member and noted designer Craig Vetter — whose contributions to motorcycling range from the iconic Windjammer fairings and the Triumph X-75 Hurricane to the Mystery Ship limited-production high-performance motorcycles and a number of high-profile motorcycle fuel-economy contests — will be honored as this year’s grand marshal at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days featuring Rockers and Mods, July 20-22, at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
Vetter has been a member of the American Motorcyclist Association and a designer since 1965, and his varied background gives him a unique alliance to both the Rockers and Mods motorcycle subcultures. His design projects over the years have involved café racers — the motorcycles of choice for Rockers — and scooters, which are favored by Mods.
“AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days has become the high point of my summer,” Vetter said. “Rockers and Mods will be fun for me since I raced my Rickman Café bike to victory in AMA competitions in the 1970s. And my current favorite ride is a scooter, though many Mods would probably not recognize my fuel-economy streamliner as a scooter, at least not at first glance.”
Vetter’s Rickman, now on permanent display at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, is one of the finest original examples of an American café racer of the era. That machine will be on display at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, along with a Triumph Hurricane, Mystery Ship No. 1 and various classic Vetter fairings. Featured too, will be some of the new streamliners, fresh from Vetter’s Fuel Economy Challenge on Friday, July 20.
Celebrating his 70th birthday at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, Vetter will tell some of his many stories from his storied design career. As grand marshal, he will lead special laps around the sprawling Mid-Ohio roadracing track. Fans will have plenty of access to meet the motorcycling legend, including special autograph signings.
“Craig Vetter was a man ahead of his time back in the day — and he remains that way today,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “If you ride a faired motorcycle today, there’s a very good chance that its design reflects the inspiration of Craig Vetter, and his recent focus on motorcycle fuel economy runs demonstrates how prescient his events were in the ’80s. It will be an honor to provide attendees at this year’s AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days with an up-close-and-personal experience with a living legend of motorcycling.”
AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days is a fundraiser for the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. It features classic motorcycles and scooters of all makes and styles, and honors the riders who made them famous. Activities include the AMA Racing Vintage Grand Championships, which include amateur national championship roadracing, motocross, hare scrambles, trials and dirt track; North America’s largest motorcycle swap meet; bike shows and awards; stunt shows; demo rides of current production bikes; an AMA Life Member breakfast; and seminars on a number of topics by noted motorcycling experts.
In addition to perusing the swap meet, which is Vetter’s favorite place to cruise, enthusiasts who are swap meet vendors also can camp for free in their swap meet space. If you have some vintage parts, bikes or memorabilia that you would like to sell while immersing yourself in the AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days experience, be sure to submit a swap meet vendor application, available at www.AMAVintageMotorcycleDays.com > Vendor and Swap Meet Info.
Making plans now to attend reaps big dividends for AMA members, who, for a limited time, can purchase a weekend pass for $35, a $10 savings off the regular advance rate, and a one-day pass for $20, a $5 savings off the regular advance rate. The AMA member discount is in addition to the regular $10 savings on advance ticket purchases, and there is no service charge for AMA members when purchasing through the AMA.
AMA member pricing, available through May 28, is only available by calling the AMA directly at (800) AMA-JOIN (262-5646). Non-AMA members can buy tickets directly from www.MidOhio.com.
For updates about events and activities, as well as information about past AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, visit www.AMAVintageMotorcycleDays.com.
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 the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the AMA honors the heroes and the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, please visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com.