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Super X Under Way
Round 1 of the Australian Super X series got underway last weekend in Melbourne despite torrential downpours down under. The Super X series started to take flight in America two years ago when many of America's top riders, including Chad Reed, began using the series as preparation for the upcoming Monster Energy AMA Supercross series. While some of the bigger names decided to sit the 2012 series out, promoters were still able to pack the gate with large list of noteworthy athletes.
Despite harsh weather conditions, early favorites Tye Simmonds (Pro Open) and Matt Moss (Pro Lites) were able to seal up wins. Billy Mackenzie and Ryan Marmont were able to keep things close in the Pro Open class and should be able to steal some race wins from Simmonds throughout the five round series. As for the Pro Lites class, Luke Styke and Brendan Harrison were able to steal podium spots with exemplary rides in the mud.
Round 2 kicks off this weekend at the WIN Sports and Entertainment Center in Wollongong. Look for favorites Jay Marmont and Jake Moss to bounce back from disappointing performances in the Pro Open class and for Matt Moss to repeat as the winner in the Pro Lites class.
Also be sure and check back in tomorrow for a full Looking Forward breakdown for Round 2.
Pro Open Results and Standings:
1. Tye SIMMONDS - JDR Motorex KTM 25
2. Billy MACKENZIE - Monster Energy Kawasaki 22
3. Ryan MARMONT - JDR Motorex KTM 20
4. Cheyne BOYD - Carlton Dry Thor Honda Racing 18
5. Dan MCCOY - Team Motul Pirelli Suzuki 16
6. Michael PHILLIPS - Carlton Dry Thor Honda Racing 15
7. Todd WATERS - Carlton Dry Thor Honda Racing 14
8. Jay MARMONT - CDR Rockstar Yamaha 13
9. Daniel REARDON - JDR Motorex KTM 11
10. Jake MOSS - CDR Rockstar Yamaha 12
Pro Lites Results and Standings:
1. Matt MOSS - JDR Motorex KTM 25
2. Luke STYKE - Serco Yamaha 22
3. Brendan HARRISON - JDR Motorex KTM 20
4. Josh CACHIA - JDR Motorex KTM 18
5. Dean FERRIS - Monster Energy Kawasaki 16
6. Steven CLARKE - Team Motul Pirelli Suzuki 15
7. Adam MONEA - Team 07 Axis Motorsport 14
8. Kirk GIBBS - Serco Yamaha 13
9. Robbie MARSHALL - Yamaha 12
10. Casey TURNER - Suzuki 11
Zach Bell Debuts Factory Connection Honda at Vurb Classic
Zach Bell was recently announced as Geico Factory Connection Honda's newest addition to the team when he showed off his Supercross skills at the Monster Energy Cup a few weeks ago. Bell shined in Las Vegas with 1-4 finishes for fourth overall, but was noticeably disappointed in his second moto performance. Bell made the trip from Vegas to Reynolds, GA for Round 2 of the Vurb Classic last weekend as a heavy favorite in the 250 Pro classes. As fate would have it, Bell went on to sweep all four motos on Saturday and Sunday despite heavy pressure from Georgia native, Grant Ransdell. Bell will be looked upon to lead the pro class into Loretta's this year where he hopes to seal up two more national titles for the Amsoil Factory Connection squad before turning pro at Unadilla. Until then, Bell will be preparing for his annual assault on the Thor Winter National Olympics (Mini O's) in Florida next month, where he plans on competing in his first amateur national since signing with the team.
Barcia Looks to Repeat as King of Bercy
We've all seen what Justin Barcia is capable of doing on a 450. He shined outdoors as the final five rounds of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championships with a host of podium finishes while he filled in for the injured, Trey Canard. Now he'll try to do the same indoors as he prepares to defend his title as the King of Bercy.
Having won the title in 2010, Barcia is the favorite coming in, but he'll have his hands full with a host of international supercross talent if he wishes to do so. American riders, Kyle Chisholm, Eli Tomac, Jake Weimer and Mike Alessi will join GP superstars Arnaud Tonus, Tommy Searle and Fabien Izoird to try and take down the King this weekend in Bercy. Be sure and check back in next week for a full list of results and tomorrow for a more in depth Looking Forward blog.
SUPERCROSS DE BERCY
1 Justin BARCIA (USA - Honda Geico)
7 Arnaud TONUS (CH - Yamaha Bike-It)
11 Kyle CHISHOLM (USA - Yamaha Moto Concepts)
14 Kevin WINDHAM (USA - Honda Geico)
19 Eli TOMAC (USA - Honda Geico)
20 Gregory ARANDA (F- Kawasaki Rockstar Bud Racing)
100 Tommy SEARLE (GB-Kawasaki CLS)
32 Jake WEIMER (USA - Kawasaki Monster)
120 CÚdric SOUBEYRAS (F - Honda MB Racing)
800 Mike ALESSI (USA - Suzuki)
871 Fabien IZOIRD (F- Suzuki Import Cross)
911 Jordi TIXIER (F- KTM Red Bull)
Arenacross Kicks off This Weekend in Des Moines, Iowa
It may seem a bit early for the 2011/2012 Arenacross tour to be kicking off but the world's best arena riders will be gearing up for the first round of the series in Des Moines, Iowa this weekend on October 29-30.
Patrick Massie (2011 East Lites Champion) and Chad Cook (2011 West Lites Champion) will be looking to defend their championships this season, as will the 2011 Premiere class champion, Tyler Bowers. Bowers dominated in 2011 with 10 total wins on the season, including an eight race win streak. He went on to compete in the final three rounds of the AMA series, but decided to come back and defend his Arenacross title rather than commit to a full season in Supercross.
See below for all the details for the opening round of the AMA Arenacross Series and be sure to log onto arenacross.com for more info.
Des Moines, IA - October 29 - October 30, 2011
AMA Arenacross Series
Saturday & Sunday
October 29 - Professional Racing
October 30 - Amateur Racing
Saturday - 7:00PM
Sunday - 10:00AM
Saturday - 6:30PM
Sunday - 8:00AM
Ticket Prices - Professional Racing
Front Row - $50
Gold Circle - $25
100/200 Level - $20 Adults / $7 Kids (Ages 2-12)
300 Level - $15 Adults / $7 Kids (Ages 2-12)
Additional Fees May Apply
Ticket Prices - Amateur Day
Adult Seats - $15
Kids Seats (Ages 2-12) - $7
Additional Fees May Apply