BRING IT ON:
FACCIOTTI, KLATT AND J-MEDAGLIA ARE READY TO RACE!
Tuesday May 29, 2012. St-Bruno, QC – In only four days, the gate drops in Nanaimo, BC for another season of the CMRC Canadian Motocross Nationals and KTM’s factory racers can’t wait to start rubbin’ paint!
Since 2005, KTM Canada has been a major player at the Nationals, winning motos and two MX2 championships. Now, after signing on Canada’s two fastest MX1 racers, major sponsors Red Bull and Fox Racing (and Royal Distributing enters their 8th year with the team!) and hiring famed engine builder, Andrew McLean, KTM takes their race program to an all new level.
“This is definitely the biggest year of racing yet for KTM Canada,” says KTM Canada Racing Manager, Andy White. “We’re making a serious push for both titles, especially MX1, and we’ve done everything we can to fight for it. Our sponsors have stepped up like never before; Colton, Dusty and Jeremy have trained their butts off down south and our technicians made sure that every single detail is covered on the bikes. The competition is stronger than ever in both classes, and I expect fans are going to see a great show at every round.”
After months of training, testing and mentally preparing themselves for the enduring nine round, 18 moto series, KTM’s Colton Facciotti, Dusty Klatt and Jeremy Medaglia are ready to go for this Sunday’s opening round at the slick and tricky Wastelands track.
After taking some time off to let injuries heal, Facciotti spent February and March at the Georgia Practice Facility (GPF) getting comfortable on his new 450 SX-F. Despite the time off, JSR noted that Colton looks as strong as ever and you couldn’t even tell he had switched bikes
Already loving the power and handling of his 450 SX-F, Colton has worked with Factory Connection’s Mike Haist to dial in the suspension just right. The colour may have changed, but expect the same old calm, cool and super smooth Facciotti in Nanaimo.
The racing hasn’t even started yet, and already 2012 is turning into a big year for Klatt; last month he and his girlfriend welcomed a brand new baby boy into their family. That’s right—the “Campbell River Crusher” is the proud new papa of a healthy baby boy, Aaro. While Colton and Jeremy spent their spring in Georgia, Dusty remained on the West Coast, spinning laps on the tracks of Southern California. Considering his quiet demeanor, it’s no surprise that Klatt’s kept pretty quiet this spring. However, those who have watched him ride his new KTM, are predicting big things from the two-time MX1 champ.
Entering his third year on Orange, Medaglia is determined to match his speed and aggression with consistency. The kid has been pushing so hard with his training that JSR had to drag Jeremy back to Canada and have him relax (just a little) before the nationals begin. “I am really excited about my 2012 250 SX-F race bike!,” says Medaglia. “I have had lots of testing and my mechanic, Steph LeBlanc, has put in so much time to build me the best race bike I’ve ever had!”
Like last year, KTM’s factory racers have the “King of Canadian Motocrss,” Jean-Sebastien Roy, in their corner. He’s been a huge asset in regards to bike set-up, training programs and ensuring the riders have what they need to chase championships. “This year is exciting for many reasons,” adds JSR. “Canadian fans will see their #1 and #2 riders on a different brand of bike for the first time since 2007; the competition is stronger than ever and Jeremy Medaglia is healthy and more ready than ever!”
To stay up on the latest news from the KTM Red Bull Royal Distributing Fox Racing Team, please follow KTM on Twitter (@ktmcanadamx) or visit Facebook and www.ktmcanada.com.
See you at the races!
KTM CANADA would like to thank the following sponsors for their support in 2012:
Red Bull, Royal Distributing, Fox, Dunlop, FMF, Factory Connection, DID, Talon, DUBYA, DT1 Filters, VP Racing Fuels, Acerbis, Cometic Gaskets, T.M. Designworks, Matrix, Motorex, Renthal, GoPro, Shorai Batteries, Mechanix Wear, Magnum, Hinson, All Balls, Four Werx Carbon, Podium Grafix, CL Brakes, SteadyMate, Ride Engineering, Nihilo, and IMS.
Shorai supports many small teams and individual riders all over the world. For more information about sponsorship, please contact us. Shorai Inc., located in Sunnyvale, CA, is a distributor of lithium iron based motorcycle batteries. The company was founded in 2010 by technology executive, David J. Radford, and corporate marketing and distribution executive, Kevin Riley. Further information regarding the company can be found atwww.shoraipower.com
After a long winter in the workshop, and a late spring Team Taurus finally rebuilt their ALPHA-12. And, it was ready to shine on the Varano Circuit. One of the key aspects the team wanted to focus on was weight reduction. Shorai is proud to to have the Taurus Team pick our lithium motorcycle batteries to power their vintage machines. With their stringent criteria for weight reduction the Shorai lithium-iron motorcycle battery is a perfect fit. With massive weight savings over a traditional lead acid battery the choice was obvious.
The team recently returned from Cartagena, and they did well. The forecast called for rain, and the weather man actually got it right. During qualifying the team clocked the third fastest lap time. With the start of the race the team battled to second. As the track started to dry out and traction was improving, misfortune struck, and during the last few laps the rotor ignition decided to check out of the race before the checker flag was dropped. The team didn’t let this minor setback get them down, they are still very positive about the race. The team has finally started to get the bike dialed in and it shows. The team actually shaved 2 seconds off of their fastest lap time at this track.
Video below of Team Taurus in action.
Shorai sponsors many small teams and individuall riders all over the world. For more information about sponsorship, please contact us. Shorai Inc., located in Sunnyvale, CA, is a distributor of lithium iron based motorcycle batteries. Further information regarding the company can be found atwww.shoraipower.com
The Corngrass Race team has been running our lithium motorcycle batteries in all of their race bikes for the 2012 season, and here is the latest update.
Wardlow, AB: The Alberta Dirt Rider’s Association 2012 season kicked off this past Sunday at the base of the Rocky Mountains, where Riviere’s Revenge threads through the foothills and valleys. Clint Riviere hosts the event, which is made up of a variety of man made obstacles, grass track, hillsides, tight trees and creek crossings.
“The race started with me having a DEAD last start. Then I pinned it through the dust and picked my way up into the pack.”
Provost AB’s Cole Dobovich raced as a Pro for the first time and, following a very poor start, marched his way up into the top 5. Battling dust, he managed to move into a comfortable 4th position until a mistake on a side hill late in the race. Cole’s FX 450 rolled through the finish in 5th position.
“I’m pretty pleased, had a couple bobbles, but other than that, things went well” states the 18 year old, first year Pro.
Cole would like to thank the following sponsors for their support: Husaberg Canada, A&E Racing, Dunlop, FMF, Omega Transport, Rebel Energy Services, FLY, Dragon, Shorai Battery, UFA, SIDI, Warp 9, PG Graphics, ProMoto Billet, ProAction Suspension West, Kermaxx, T.M. DesignWorks, Motonation, Gamma Sales, Royal Distributing
Follow Cole @cgrt88, on FaceBook and CGRT @cgrt96 and also on Facebook.
Cole’s next event will be the Boise Ridge Riders famous ‘Idaho 100’ June 3/3 in Idaho City, Idaho.
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When its raining, it seems like it will never end. Then spring pops up and smacks you in the face. The ritual of prepping our bikes and getting ready to ride is just a part of spring. For most riders, the ritual comprises mainly of cleaning the bike, putting gas in the tank, and checking the air and firing up the bike and rolling out.
With my luck the gas in my bike has the consistency of maple syrup and smells like varnish. Anyone ever notice the smell of really bad gas just sticks to your nose and the smell just permeates everything? Once, I get in the carb apart (hopefully I wont loose anything this time), I will have to dig out those tiny brass brushes and clean out my jets. That’s my punishment for not draining the tank (again). At least, I won’t have to worry about my battery, since its a Shorai.
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Congratulations to Manuel for his finish in Qatar. Riding his Husaberg though the desert and towards the finish line, was no easy task. The final stages of the race were intense. There was a huge dune that Manuel jumped (see video below). He became a small celebrity after that little stunt.
Later on on the stage the markers were placed in the wrong direction, wasting valuable seconds on the clock. luckily stage 4 was a breeze and Manuel cruised to a win in the junior class, finishing 16th overall in the many bikes that raced. Manuel is now 2nd in the running for the FIM Junior World Rally Championship. Manuel is still chasing the leader Laskawiec and is trailing by 17 points. It will be hard to catch up but Manuel is up to the challenge.
Shawn rode his Daytona Sportbike spec Buell 1125R this past Sunday at the Autoclub speedway to get some seat time and testing before this weekends upcoming AMA race at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma.
“We’ve have had some incredibly bad luck in the first two rounds of AMA Superbike competition, but we feel the mechanical issues are behind us now. The Crotchrocket.TV EBR1190 should be well suited for the tight and technical Infineon racetrack. The EBR1190 Superbike was still being prepped, but just turning laps on the Buel 1125R was a great warmup for Infineon. We collected some data and learned a bit about the performance of Dunlop AMA spec slicks.”
Also racing this weekend at Infineon will be Tyler Linders (#48) who races under the Team Rotobox/NEXX flag. This will be his first professional debut. So everyone attending please give him a pat on the back for this huge accomplishment. Tyler doesn’t have that much experience at Infineon, but if his 2011 record is any indication of his potential in the Supersport class, he will be the one to watch. Tyler will race on Sunday May 6th at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA.
“I was out at Auto Club Speedway testing my NEXX/Rotobox Yamaha R6 to get ready for my AMA Pro Motorcycle Superstore SuperSport debut. The bike felt great and I got used to the Dunlop tires, which I haven’t had much time on. I am ready to take on the challenge of the technical track, Infineon, and the challenge of my first Pro race. I am very excited and I can’t wait to get out on track.”
Also ,if you are in the pits visit with Brice and Paul from the James Gang / Hoban Brothers racing team! They are racing in the XR1200 series and are collecting points for the XR Showdown, which is supported by Vance & Hines and the Harley-Davidson Motor Company. Shorai will also be doing contingency payouts for competitors running our lithium motorcycle batteries.
Shorai sponsors many small teams and individual riders all over the world. For more information about sponsorship, please contact Shawn Higbee. Shorai Inc., located in Sunnyvale, CA, is a distributor of lithium iron based motorcycle batteries. Further information regarding the company can be found atwww.shoraipower.com
So who will be there this weekend? It should be a great weekend in Sonoma, have a glass of wine and watch some of the fastest riders around. See you at the races.
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