Texan Gregg Abbott leads Bruce Baldus and Tray Batey in what probably is the Suzuki GSXR1100 Cup Final at the 1991 WERA Grand National Final. Abbott was running well inside the top ten in the race and then fell back. I’m not sure if he had mechanical problems, ran off the track or what, but he eventually finished 16th. That was about the only downside to Abbott’s ’91 GNF. That weekend he won the A Production Championship and then finished second to Thomas Wilson in the Formula Open class, after leading early in the race. Also visible in the photo are Dean Mizdal (No. 12) and Chris Haldane (No. 7).
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (May 25, 2012) – Round 2 of the 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, will commence tomorrow, May 26, with the Miller Electric Freestone National, presented by Yamaha. Freestone Raceway, in Wortham, Texas, will host the world’s best riders and broadcast coverage of the event will kick off at 2 p.m. Eastern with live first moto coverage of the 450 and 250 Classes, in addition to the second WMX Class moto, on FUEL TV and AlliSports.com. Additionally, the opening moto of the WMX Class will be featured on the AlliSports.com Live Stream.
Same-day coverage will continue domestically on Saturday night, with a final moto broadcast of the 450 and 250 Classes on NBC Sports Network, beginning at 11 p.m. Eastern.
Additionally, live coverage of the second motos can be seen internationally on SPEED Australia, ESPN Brazil, FUEL TV Europe, and throughout the Americas on ESPN Latin America. The chart below shows the times for SPEED Australia and ESPN Brazil.
SPEED Australia: 7:00 a.m. AEST (on May 27)
ESPN Brazil: 19:00
*Check local listings for respective air times from FUEL TV Europe and ESPN Latin America
For easier access domestically, here are FUEL TV and NBC Sports Network channels from some major television providers:
DIRECTV – Channel 618
DISH Network – Channel 398
Verizon FiOS – Channel 198
AT&T U-verse – Channel 536
NBC Sports Network
DIRECTV – Channel 603 & 604 (Alternate)
DISH Network – Channel 151
Verizon FiOS – Channel 90 & 590 (HD)
AT&T U-verse – Channel 640 & 1640 (HD)
*Check local listings for cable operators
Festivities for Saturday’s Miller Electric Freestone National begin at 9:30 a.m. Eastern, with practice and qualifying. Opening ceremonies start at 1:30 p.m. Eastern.
For fans that missed any of the action from the season-opening round at Hangtown, all four moto archives from the 450 and 250 Classes are available on AlliSports.com.
Tickets for all 12 rounds of the 2012 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship can be found at www.allisports.com.
For additional information please visit AlliSports.com/motocross also, “like” the American Motocross Facebook page, “follow” @AmericanMX on Twitter and Instagram for exclusive content and information on the latest Lucas Oil Motocross news and developments.
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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, Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, Wimbledon, French Open, Tour de France and Kentucky Derby.
FUEL TV is the only cable and satellite television network that features the exciting world of adrenaline and thrill-seeking sports including UFC, surfing, motocross, snowboarding and more. This new generation of sports provides a rich landscape of some of the most vibrant and action-packed television entertainment in the world. With more hours of UFC coverage than any other network, FUEL TV is the place to be for live fights, weigh-ins, prelims, pre- and post-fight coverage, specials and events you won’t see anywhere else. See why adrenaline sports fans call FUEL TV the channel they never turn off. FUEL TV, part of FOX Sports Media Group, was launched July 1, 2003 and is seen in more than 36 million U.S. homes and can be accessed by broadband, mobile devices and other digital platforms such as iTunes®. FUEL TV programming is available in more than 50 countries around the world with 24/7 channels operating in Australia and Europe. To subscribe to FUEL TV, call 877-4 FUEL-TV. For program times and other information, visit www.fuel.tv.
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AMA Grand National flat track racers Ricky Graham (No. 301) and Rodney Farris (No. 351) lead a group of European riders in the 1987 Daytona 200. Graham and Farris were racing as part of the SuperTeam, a group of flat track racers picked up to ride the Daytona 200 just like in the days before flat track and road racing were separated in the AMA Grand National Championship. The squad was backed by Jim France. I believe Lance Jones, Danny Walker and Dan Chivington were the other SuperTeam riders that year. In this photo coming out of the chicane Graham and Farris lead Brits Geoff Fowler (No. 617) and Roger Hurst (No. 607) and German Michael Galinski (No. 605). Fowler topped this group of riders finishing tenth.
A big Happy Birthday goes out to Miguel Duhamel tomorrow (May 26). I don’t even think he knows how old he is. The joke back in the ’90s was Miguel’s date of birth in Honda’s press kits kept going forward a year for about five or six years in a row. One year it was 1967, then ’68, then ’69 and so on. If you wanted to see a perplexed look come over Miguel’s face you could just ask him, “Quick Miguel, when’s your birthday?”
But in all seriousness, Happy Birthday Miguel from all of us out here.