AMA Superbike regular Tom Kipp being interviewed by Glenn Billings for Prime Sports Network after he won the $2000 bonus for being the first four-stoke finisher in the overall results at the season finale of the WERA Formula USA Series at Road Atlanta in November of 1991. Kipp was up against the Yamaha YZR500 GP bikes ridden by Rich Oliver and Robbie Petersen on the Marlboro Roberts squad. Kipp was impressed with the competition in F-USA. “I really thought I was going to come and clean house here,” Kipp admitted. “I had been watching the series and thought I might even be able to beat the GP bikes. I wasn’t so surprised at how fast those guys were, but I was surprised by guys like (Mike) Harth, (Kurt) Hall and (Chuck) Graves. These guys are really riding hard and I hadn’t given them credit for that.” Formula USA was the first motorcycle road race series to receive national TV coverage for its full season of races.
DENVER, Colo. (August 7, 2012) – M1 PowerSports and The New Orleans Hotel Collection announced today a partnership naming the company as the Official Recommended Hotel Partner of the Triumph Big Kahuna New Orleans presented by Dunlop Tire and LeoVince. The October 5 – 7, 2012 race weekend marks the first professional event scheduled at NOLA Motorsports Park and will bring the 2012 GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing season to a close. Teams, riders and fans should look no further when hotel hunting this fall, as The New Orleans Hotel Collection is the preferred hotel choice of M1 PowerSports and the company is offering Big Kahuna discounts at any of their seven outstanding hotel properties in the Greater New Orleans area.
“The New Orleans Hotel Collection is a remarkable company and we’re proud to have them as our preferred hotel choice for the Triumph Big Kahuna New Orleans,” said Cameron Gray, CEO of M1 PowerSports. “At M1 PowerSports, we surround ourselves with only the best partners and The New Orleans Hotel Collection fits right in. All of their properties are high quality and have great locations and for the value, their prices simply can’t be beat.”
The New Orleans Hotel Collection is an exceptional collection of upscale hotels, restaurants, bars and lounges that capture the essence of New Orleans charm. Guests only need to stay a minimum of three nights to enjoy special rates for this event at any of the New Orleans Hotel Collection properties. To obtain rate information and make reservations, please visit http://www.neworleanshotelcollection.com/big-kahuna/.
“Our working partnership with the Big Kahuna motorcycle race is what the New Orleans Hotel Collection was made for,” said Marc Becker, Area Director of Sales & Marketing for The New Orleans Hotel Collection. “Providing comfortable, splendidly original hotels to those attending the Big Kahuna event is an excellent way for us to showcase the city and the event together with M1 PowerSports and NOLA Motorsports Park!”
The company manages a collection of properties including:
- Audubon Cottages
- Bourbon Orleans Hotel
- Crowne Plaza Hotel New Orleans Airport
- Dauphine Orleans Hotel
- Hotel Le Marais
- Hotel Mazarin
- Wyndham Riverfront New Orleans
- 7 on Fulton
- Roux on Orleans
- Patrick’s Bar Vin
- The Landing
- Bourbon Oh!
- May Baily’s Place
- Vive! Bar and Lounge
In addition to the marketing efforts and Big Kahuna discounts, The New Orleans Hotel Collection is also supporting the New Orleans VIP Getaway, a sweepstakes held by M1 PowerSports in conjunction with Motorcycle-Superstore.com, AMA Pro Racing and NOLA Motorsports Park. One lucky fan and a guest will get the chance to attend the Triumph Big Kahuna New Orleans in style and at no cost, staying in one of the luxurious Hotel Collection properties in the French Quarter.
There are two rounds of the Triumph Big Kahuna Triple Crown remaining in 2012. For tickets and information about the Triumph Big Kahuna Miami, scheduled for September 21 – 23, 2012 at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla., visit http://www.m1powersports.com/big-kahuna-miami/. For tickets and information about the Triumph Big Kahuna New Orleans, scheduled for October 5 – 7, 2012 as the first professional motorsports event at NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans, La., visit http://www.m1powersports.com/big-kahuna-new-orleans/.
About the New Orleans Hotel Collection: The New Orleans Hotel Collection is a group of seven fine hotels in the New Orleans metropolitan region owned by local investors. Comprised of the Bourbon Orleans, Dauphine Orleans, Hotel Mazarin, Wyndham Riverfront, Audubon Cottages, Crowne Plaza New Orleans Airport and Hotel Le Marais, these are boutique and small upscale meeting hotels in prime locations throughout the city. For more information, visit the New Orleans Hotel Collection website at www.neworleanshotelcollection.com.
About M1 PowerSports, formerly M1 Entertainment: A Denver-based company, M1 PowerSports has been working in motorsports for over 16 years. Originally spawned from Daniels Corporation under the name FAST, the fledgling company was heavily involved in television production for car and motorcycle racing. With the birth of Speedvision, FAST morphed into Race Promotion Management (RPM) and is now operating as M1 PowerSports with many of the same staff still in place. We still sell advertising for Speed, sell merchandise under the brand Moto 1 and promote our own events, keeping us busy year-round! For more information, please call 303-377-3278 or email email@example.com.
AURORA, Ill. (August 7, 2012) – Feld Motor Sports® is pleased to announce that the search for Miss Monster Energy Cup begins Wednesday, August 8. One lucky participant will receive an all-expense paid trip to the Monster Energy Cup on October 20 at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium to serve as the spokesmodel for this lucrative race.
The search for Miss Monster Energy Cup will start with 25 randomly selected girls across the nation. Participants will be required to submit several photos and a brief bio. The winner will receive an exclusive prize pack, which includes airfare, hotel accommodations, Monster Energy Cup merchandise and more. See official rules for details.
Miss Monster Energy Cup will be responsible for hoisting the 30-second board prior to each race, meeting the world’s top riders at the winner’s circle and interviewing riders, fans and industry personnel. Fans will have a chance to meet Miss Monster Energy Cup throughout the day in the pits and around the stadium.
The summer-long search will start with 25 hopefuls and will be narrowed down to three finalists in the final weeks of the search. The lucky winner will be selected in September.
To participate in the search for Miss Monster Energy Cup, female candidates must submit an application form and several photos by August 22.
Fans will have a chance to vote for the next Miss Monster Energy Cup starting Thursday, August 23. Voting information can be found at www.monsterenergycup.com/missmecup/ and www.facebook/VegasMECup.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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®
Feld Motor Sports®, Inc. is the world leader in specialized arena and stadium-based motor sports entertainment. Feld Motor Sports, Inc. productions include Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMA Arenacross Series, Nuclear Cowboyz®, and IHRA® Nitro Jam®. Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is a division of Feld Entertainment, the world’s largest producer of live family entertainment. For more information on Feld Entertainment, visit www.feldentertainment.com.
PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association and the organizing team for the sixth AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conference would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the participants, speakers, vendors, sponsors and volunteers of the four-day event that concluded Sunday, July 29, in Carson City, Nev.
“This was another fantastic gathering of women motorcyclists,” said AMA Board of Directors Vice Chairwoman Maggie McNally. “I am awe-stuck by these women and their inspiring stories. They represent the most exciting development in motorcycling over the last decade.”
Conference organizer Tigra Tsujikawa agreed: “Women came from all over the country to attend this conference, and many have been coming to this event for years. Simply put, we could not have done this without the support of Rob Dingman and the AMA, all of our sponsors and vendors, the companies who provided demo rides and those who rode, in some cases thousands of miles, to be here.
“Carson City and nearby Virginia City really rolled out the welcome mat for us,” she added.
Tsujikawa also noted some other special participants.
“Special thanks go out to our emcee, Jessica Prokup, whose ever-present passion for motorcycling rang through her every word,” Tsujikawa said. “We also thank those who shared their inspiring stories with us at our Friday and Saturday evening celebrations: Brigitte Zufferey of the FIM Commission for Women in Motorcycling, AMA Motorcyclist of the Year Nancy Sabater, AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famers Cris Sommer-Simmons [class of 2003] and Sue Fish [class of 2012] and our special guest Mary McGee. Mary had everyone on the edge of their seats as she recounted her phenomenal tales as a woman motorcyclist and racer in the 60s and 70s, and she continues to compete–and win–today.
“Finally, we want to express our deep appreciation to the other members of our Executive Council — Sarah Schilke and Liz Jansen — who worked for months with Maggie McNally and me in planning every aspect of the conference,” she said.
The conference featured a full slate of seminars on topics ranging from safely pushing past your limits, to eating healthy on the road, to selecting the right helmet and gear, to becoming an advocate for the motorcycle lifestyle. Additional classes were offered in precision cornering, dirtbike training and accident scene management.
Conference attendees enjoyed a red carpet welcome from Carson City officials, with an opening ceremony that included Mayor Robert Crowell proclaiming the week of July 23-29, 2012, as AMA International Women & Motorcycling Week. The backdrop of the Sierra Nevada mountains also provided the perfect riding opportunity, with plenty of sunshine, temperatures in the high 80s and low humidity.
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.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 7, 2012) – Following a short trip up the coast from Sacramento, Calif., the Castle Rock TT ended AMA Pro Flat Track’s first West Coast swing of 2012 and signaled the end of the first half of the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com and Lucas Oil.
The night was a big “homecoming” for Sammy Halbert (Fredericktown Yamaha) along with several other series regulars, but it was Halbert, who had started his motorcycle racing career on the slick little TT, who came out on top.
Halbert returned home with a Castle Rock GNC winning streak alive, the track was the site of his first GNC win in 2007 and last year’s race. No GNC races were held at Castle Rock in 2008, ’09 and ’10.
Good starts were the key to success at the Mount St. Helens Race Park. That’s exactly what Sammy Halbert got on his Yamaha YZ450F.
“We pulled some great holeshots in the Dash for Cash and main event. It feels so good to win again in front of the hometown crowd,” said Halbert. “It’s a big boost in the arm for our program. It feels awesome to win it on the new Yamaha. I was riding my 2012 fuel injected Yamaha 450 and it was working great.”
When the 18 rider field hit turn one for the 25-lap national, Halbert was in the lead, but just as quickly, the red lights flashed on when Brandon Robinson (Action Motorsports) and Mikey Rush (Machette Energy Drinks) tangled in turn two. Both would make the restart, but Robinson pulled off seven laps into the race.
While the restart did not affect Halbert, current AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship points leader Jared Mees (Montgomeryville Cycle / National Cycle) benefited greatly from it. Mees had been mired in about sixth place on the first start, but came out right on Halbert’s rear wheel the second time around.
“That was most of the race, but you still had to put it together,” said Halbert. “You had to go fast and get on the straightaway good. It was really tricky getting onto the front stretch. If you messed up right there, someone could definitely get a wheel on you and make a pass. I had to make a pass in the heat race there. Luckily I kept it smooth and didn’t make any big mistakes for the win.”
Mees was charging hard, as he had defending Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Champion Jake Johnson (Zanotti Racing) breathing down his neck.
“When I settled down, I started making some good corners. I had a really good line coming into one with that tight left,” said Mees. “I was making huge gains there. I was right there and he (Halbert) went into that tight three and got a hold of a hay bale with his foot. It flung out and I came around and smacked right into it. I about went over the bars.”
A couple times it sounded like he maybe wasn’t right on me, but I never looked back,” said Halbert. “I just assumed he was there and kept my head down and rode as hard as I could. It was a little bit of a moment when I hit the hay bales and the next lap around there was hay all over the track. I was a little scared to go through it, but everything was fine.”
Johnson’s race turned somewhat boring as he lost contact with the leaders.
“It was all about the start tonight. I came off third and just kind of stayed there,” said Johnson. “Sammy, Jared and me just all kind of stayed even for about the first half of the race.”
“Once Jared got away from me, I saw he was putting a charge on Sammy. There was nothing I could do. I was just on survival mode,” said Johnson. “It was getting pretty slick. I was just trying to keep it on two wheels and not throw it away.”
Sammy Halbert’s older brother Jethro was also enjoying the home cooking and recorded his best Grand National finish of 2012, a fourth. “I really thought I could hang with the top-three guys, but I started fading a little bit,” said Halbert.
“I don’t think I quite had the motor of those guys. It was a good, fun race. Jimmy Wood’s / Southland Fabricating bike was working really good. The track was a little bit follow the leader and I’m just glad I got off with a decent start. I’m happy with a top-five. With about five laps to go I started having an issue through the sweeper and Stevie Bonsey, Joe Kopp and JD Beach got right on my back, but I held them off.”
Their little war brought them up to challenge Jethro but he was able to withstand the onslaught, all four finished within a second. Beach was able to make the biggest move coming from an 11th on lap one to finish fifth over Bonsey and temporarily un-retired Joe Kopp.
“I just got an ok start. I got in line with everybody and just tried to work my way forward,” said Beach. “When people would slip up, I was trying to sneak by them and not leave too much room on the inside for the guys behind me to do it. I ended up fifth so it wasn’t too bad. I was trying to get Jethro at the end. I think if I maybe had one or two more laps, I could have. I just wasn’t close enough, soon enough.”
“The starting line is probably 50% of the battle. It’s a follow the leader track,” said Bonsey. “If you can make a pass here, you can pass anywhere. We got in that group and we kind of stuck where we were at. Bryan Smith slipped up so I got under him. I was chasing down Jethro the whole time. Every lap I would get a little more loose as my tire was going away. I came into the left hander after the jump and threw it sideways and I knew that somebody was going under me. I felt somebody behind me. JD got under me and I thought, oh man. They are so fast, if you give them an inch they will take it. It was a good race. We came up here not expecting much. I’ve been doing all my own stuff right now. I’m happy with sixth.”
Crowd favorite, Joe Kopp made a one-time return to the series as it came to his “home” track.
“I got a pretty good start from the third row in the main event. It was hard to pass. I was just kind of following guys. I was seeing who I was following and picking one of them,” said Kopp. “I guess after you get away for a while, the hardest part of coming back is turn one on the first lap, turn one and turn two. All I wanted to do was get to the race, the green flag. It is just that turn one off the start is just crazy. Let’s just do a rolling start. Later, I had a pretty good rhythm going with JD and Bonsey. I didn’t know how far we were working up, but we kept getting a couple here and there. I thought I got like eleventh, I’ll take seventh.”
Kopp earned the event’s MotoBatt “Hard Charger Award.” The cash award goes to the rider who advances the most positions during each expert main event.
Jeffrey Carver (Carver’s BBQ / Twigg Cycles) slipped out of a top five position to finish eighth over Brad Baker (The Brothers Powersports) and Briar Bauman (Rod Lake Racing / USC Racing) filling out the top 10. Bauman currently leads the Saddlemen Rookie of the Year points fund against rivals Mikey Avila and Mikey Martin.
Castle Rock marks the mid-point of the 2012 AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com and Lucas Oil season with eight races down and eight to go. Sammy Halbert becomes the first GNC rider to record two wins as the ultra competitive class has a large field of contenders.
Halbert’s dominate performance has allowed him to creep back into the points race despite his big get off in Springfield that left him with only one point for the day. Mees is still the man on top and a solid night only helps build his confidence.
“After fast qualifying and winning my heat, I was really looking forward to winning this race,” said Mees. “We will take second and move onto Peoria next weekend.
Jake Johnson has thus far been winless, but podium finishes have the defending Grand National Champion in second in the points.
“To come out third, it feels pretty good. We had fast heat and sat on the pole,” said Johnson. “Jared got his four points back this week. Hopefully I can take four back next week. It’s going to be tough. It’s going to be a fight to the end. We are all on our game right now. We are going to have to sit around and wait for somebody to make a mistake. I was hoping it would get a little bit easier, but it’s not looking that way. ”
GNC Race Results
GNC Expert Point Standings
Sunoco “Go the Distance” Award
1. Jeffrey Carver Jr. – 216.48 miles
2. Jethro Halbert – 214.8
3. Jared Mees – 214.2
4. Jake Johnson – 214.04
5. Bryan Smith – 207.69
AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles
The 16-lap Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles main got off to a rough start as Wyatt Maguire fell down in the right hander on consecutive starts, forcing two restarts. Fast qualifier Dominic Colindres (Frankie Morris Racing / Bozzie Customs) had claimed the hole shot on the first two starts, but his fortune ran out on the third. Jacob Lehmann (Spy Optics / Vince & Denise Holt), who was making his first professional start in flat track got the hole shot in the one that counted, while Colindres was buried in fourth.
Lehmann took full advantage and smoothly pulled clear. “I rode some Supermoto, but this is a different world,” said Lehmann. “I came here tonight just hoping to make the main. Then I won my heat and I thought I might do pretty good. I got lucky on the restart and I was just thinking please don’t red flag it again.”
The restarts also worked to help Rod Spencer Jr. (831 Paint / GP Sports). Spencer was dogging Lehmann, but he just put a good charge together. “I was just trying to get a gap on the last few laps so I could have room to breathe but Spencer just kept creeping up on me,” said Lehmann.
Spencer would finish just a half second off the win. Colindres worked on current series points leader Gerit Callies (Fun Mart Cycle Center / Rod Lake) until he was able to take over third on lap fourteen. Once in third Colindres ran down the leaders, but had little time to advance, finishing almost two seconds back.
Jake Shoemaker (Montgomeryville Cycle Center / Bob Weirbach Racing) also got by the fading Callies to finish fourth.
Despite fading at the end Callies continues to hold the Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles points standings by 12 over Ryan Wells (Weirbach Racing) who finished right on Callies’ heels to only lose one point on the night. Jake Shoemaker and Jason Isennock (Highs Dairy Stores) are tied for third another 12 points down.
Sunoco “Go the Distance” Award Standings
|1. Jake Shoemaker – 143 miles|
|2. Jason Isennock – 142|
|3. Adam Bushman – 141|
|4. Wyatt Maguire – 139|
|5. Ryan Wells – 138|
Pro Singles Race Results Pro Singles Point Standings
|1||Jacob Lehmann||16 Laps||1||Gerit Callies||107|
|2||Rodney Spencer Jr.||0.511||2||Ryan Wells||95|
|3||Dominic Colindres||1.989||3||Jake Shoemaker||83|
|4||Jake Shoemaker||3.114||4||Jason Isennock||83|
|5||Gerit Callies||5.728||5||Stephen Vanderkuur||78|
|6||Ryan Wells||5.841||6||Shayna Texter||64|
|7||Jason Isennock||7.376||7||Hunter Taylor||50|
|8||Hunter Taylor||9.014||8||Wyatt Maguire||49|
|9||Adam Bushman||9.405||9||Adam Bushman||47|
|10||Stephen Vanderkuur||9.498||10||Dominic Colindres||47|
|18||Michael Inderbitzin||15 Laps|
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