The Shorai sponsored Cornergrass/Husaberg Team is having a great start to their racing season. Below is the latest release provided by the team. The entire Cornergrass team is equipped with Shorai LFX Batteries.
Wardlow AB: Victoria Hett of Vernon, BC, ventured to Odessa Washington where she challenged the ladies class in an event of over 1500 riders. The Desert 100 began in 1969 and has grown into an event of over 3000 people.
After some testing to adjust her Valley Motosports Husaberg TE 250 to the faster speeds of the desert, Victoria gated in the top 10 out of nearly 800 riders on the line. After working her way through the pack, her luck nearly took a turn for the worse, high siding off of a hidden rock in the silt. After regaining her composure, Victoria pushed herself back into a comfortable pace and took the victory in the Ladies Class. Taking the win by over six half minutes, this victory was redemption after running in 1st place last year and running out of gas less than 10 miles from the finish!
This is Victoria’s third podium in three events and her first win of the season. Her efforts would not be possible without the support of these sponsors: Husaberg Canada, Valley Moto Sports, Gamma Sales, Husaberg Canada, Valley Moto Sports, Gamma Sales, FLY Racing, Dragon Goggles, Emperor Racing, Atlas Brace Technologies, ProMoto Billet, FMF, Warp 9, Dunlop Tires, TM DesignWorks, SIDI, USWE Sports, Shorai Batteries, Matrix Concepts, RynoPower Sports Supplements, Fasst Company, Motorex, Advanced Pavement Technologies, HiTech Bracing, PG Graphics, Riders Edge Suspension, Rekluse Canada, and Twin Air.
Victoria’s next event will be the PNWMA’s Big Kahuna VI in Kamloops BC, April 21, 2013.
Congratulations to Team Faith one of the newest teams we are sponsoring for the 2013 season. Below is their latest race report.
From Brian O’Rourke the team President:
Team Faith had a better night of racing on Saturday night in Worcester Massachusetts on the AMA Amsoil Arenacross series when it was LIVE on SPEED! Both Kelly Smith and Jeff Gibson had good heat races finishing second and third respectively. Both guys then qualified for the head to head bracket racing, which is new this season. In the first bracket they had to race each other! Gibby came out on top and went all the way to the finals with defending AX Champ Tyler Bowers. In the 2 lap sprint Gibby got the win and was also awarded one point towards the Overall and the Championship. In the Main Event #1, Gibby rode hard and strong to finish fourth and Kelly finished fifth. Unfortunately with the new format on Arenacross, the entire field was inverted for the Main Event #2 putting both guys on the back row for the start. Gibby came back to get an eighth place finish. Kelly had a harder time finishing 14th. Gibby finished fourth overall and Kelly finished 11th overall for the night. In the championship points Jeff Gibson sits 6th and Kelly Smith is tied for 8th.
Ministry was VERY strong for the opening round of AX as we had the honor of partnering with a great band called Jones Unleashed. They not only did worship for us as a team in our rig whenever we had a moment, but they also lead worship both nights for Team faith devotionals and even got the opportunity to play for the Track Party in front of thousands of fans!
I’m really proud of all our guys this season including newbie Jeff Gibson and his Dad Dan Gibson who will be overseeing Jeff’s bike for us as well. We have a strong team – mentally, physically and spiritually!
Valerie Thompson will be making an appearance at the upcoming Long Beach IMS show, and we are real excited to have her stop by the Shorai stand and sign autographs for her fans. Below is the official announcement Valerie put out earlier today.
5-Time Land Speed Motorcycle Record Holder Valerie Thompson to Appear at Long Beach International Motorcycle Show December 7-9
Valerie Thompson to appear at Long Beach IMS as guest of BMW Motorrad USA and Shorai Battery for Photo & Autograph Sessions
(Long Beach, CA) – December 3, 2012 – Valerie Thompson, owner/driver of Valerie Thompson Racing (VTR), will display her record setting BMW S 1000 RR race bike and host autograph sessions at the BMW Motorrad USA booth at the upcoming International Motorcycle Show (IMS) in Long Beach December 7-9. She will also make appearances at the Shorai Battery display in the Market Place area of the show.
Thompson set 3 new land speed records this year with her Martech Services Company sponsored BMW S 1000 RR. She also became a charter member of the “Mojave Magnum 200 MPH Club” after running a top speed of 209.5 mph at the event in June. Thompson holds three land speed records in East Coast Timing Associations (ECTA) events and two records at the Bonneville Salt Flats BUB Speed Trials.
Based on Thompson’s successful racing results, BMW Motorrad USA will partner with VTR for the 2013 racing season through the BMW Motorrad HP Race Parts program. “Over the past few days, Mark Ledesma at GO AZ Motorcycles of Scottsdale has been installing new BMW Motorrad HP Race Parts to my DoubleR. We can’t wait to dyno the bike with the new equipment. I’m looking forward to promoting the HP Race Parts program, my first choice when it comes to performance enhancing equipment for my race bike. I’m confident we’ll see a dramatic performance improvement,” said Thompson.
Valerie Thompson Background
Thompson is a five-time land speed record holder and owner/driver of the Valerie Thompson Land Speed Racing Motorcycle Team. She has also competed in the All Harley Drag Racing Association & National Hot Rod Association drag racing series.
Valerie Thompson Racing sponsors include: Martech Services Company – maker of quality air breathing systems, CTEK Battery Chargers, La-Man Corporation, TROON Enterprises, Stay Fast Custom Clothing Company, BMW Motorrad HP Race Parts, GO AZ Motorcycles of Scottsdale, Metro Auto Auction, JEGS, Vortex Racing, Worldwide Bearings, Stand Up Photos, Hyperpro Performance Suspension Products, and Shorai Battery.
International Motorcycle Show (IMS) Background
The International Motorcycle Show is one America’s largest motorcycle trade shows series connecting consumers, dealers, retailers, custom builders, OEM’s, and motorcycle parts/accessories suppliers. The event is organized by Advanstar, the largest producer of trade shows and conventions for the powersports industry worldwide, including the Dealernews International Powersports Dealer Expo and the Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows®. It also publishes the leading trade magazines Dealernews, which covers all aspects of motorcycle and powersports retailing.
Wardlow, AB: This past weekend was the final weekend of the AMA Geico EnduroCross series in Las Vegas. Ben Rego has had a stellar year, winning the Canadian Enduro E3 Championship, riding the X Games and finishing 3rd overall in the Canadian Off Road Championships. It was obvious that the snow bound, Kitimatt BC resident wanted to ride his Husaberg TE 300 after not riding for 2 months.
Ben’s Friday night qualifiers went well as he won both Open Amateur and Pro qualifier. Both races gave Ben the chance to get rid of his cob webs.
Saturday, Ben continued to push hard after a poor start in the Open Amateur main, passing into the lead by the end of the first lap. During his second lap, Ben posted the fastest lap of the heat by 2 seconds. On the last corner of the last lap, disaster struck when Ben was forced to an unfamiliar line by lappers and he became stuck in the rocks. In an panicked effort to push his bike out and maintain his lead, Ben accidently launched his bike into the air! He quickly recovered, collecting his bike and crossing the finish line in second place just seconds behind the winner.
Immediately following his Open Am main, Ben went straight to the start line for Pro qualifying, which did not go well for him so quickly after last race.
Also, competing in the Night race, Ben raced without a headlight in the darkened arena to finish 6th.
Ben is proud to be supported by: Husaberg Canada, A&E Racing, Dunlop, FMF, Omega Transport, FLY, Dragon, Shorai Lithium Batteries, UFA, SIDI, Warp 9, PG Graphics, ProMoto Billet, ProAction Suspension West, Kermaxx, T.M. DesignWorks, Motonation, Gamma Sales, Royal Distributing and ViSalus.
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Shorai sponsors the fastest female on two wheels and she is headed to Ohio to break her own record.
Valerie Thompson Returns to Ohio For Throttle Nation Top Speed Challenge To Break Her Own Record
Three-Time Motorcycle Land Speed Record Holder Prepared for New Records At Final Ohio ECTA Event
(Scottsdale, AZ) – Valerie Thompson, owner/driver of Valerie Thompson Racing (VTR), will return to Southern Ohio to attempt breaking her own land speed record of 197.46 mph in the PP-1000 Production motorcycle class posted earlier this year at the East Coast Timing Association’s (ECTA) Ohio Mile event at Airborne Park in Wilmington Ohio during the Throttle Nation Top Speed Challenge event September 29 -30.
“We are looking forward to returning to Wilmington for the “Throttle Nation Top Speed Challenge’ with the goal of breaking our own record of 197.46 mph set during the Ohio Mile event held here in June,” said Thompson. “Setting new records in Ohio means a great deal to me since it is the home state of two of my loyal sponsors, CTEK Battery Chargers and JEGS, in addition to being headquarters of the American Motorcycle Association,” added Thompson.
Thompson’s Martech Services Company sponsored S1000 RR Superbike, is reportedly the world’s fastest production land speed BMW motorcycle after recording a top speed of 209.5 mph on a 1.5-mile race course at the Mojave Magnum competition earlier this year. “Wilmington has become one of my favorite racing venues due to their excellent track surface and the quality of service provided by all the ECTA volunteers who make it possible for us to race safely. I’ve also become a big fan of Graeter’s Ice Cream and Cincinnati style chili, so all of us on the team love returning to Ohio for this event,” said Thompson.
The long-standing competition was re-named the “Ohio Mile” when the event was moved from Maxton North Carolina to Wilmington Ohio when the Airborne Park facility became available earlier this year.
Valerie Thompson Background
Thompson is a three-time land speed record holder and owner/driver of the Valerie Thompson Land Speed Racing Motorcycle Team. She competed in the All Harley Drag Racing Association & National Hot Rod Association drag racing series and was recently selected to pilot the North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger designed to eclipse the 512 mph female world land speed record set in 1976. If successful, Thompson will be crowned the “World’s Fastest Female.”
Valerie Thompson Racing sponsors include: Martech Services Company – maker of quality air breathing systems, CTEK Battery Chargers, JEGS, La-Man Corporation, Troon Enterprises, Stay Fast Custom Clothing Company, GO AZ Motorcycles of Scottsdale, Metro Auto Auction, Vortex Racing, Worldwide Bearings, Stand Up Photos, Hyperpro Performance Suspension Products, Shorai Lithium Batteries, and ZipFizz Healthy Energy Drink.
Shorai sponsored rider Shane “Moose” Cuthberson wins at the Crowsnest Cross Country.
Wardlow AB: Shane Cuthbertson ( Airdrie AB ) has been on a roll, winning his last three events. This past Labor Day long weekend, Shane and his TE300 put the beat down on his competition on what is traditionally the toughest off road race in the Alberta Dirt Riders Calendar.
The Crowsnest Cross Country has been the masterpiece of David French and has survived forest fires, fire bans and many
events ran with snow cover and blizzards at higher elevations. This year, special efforts were made to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of this event. The course had three loops, all returning to race camp for refueling, and taking riders up into high altitude, classic Rocky Mountain single track.
After 3hrs and 47 minutes of pushing hard, Shane crossed the finish line victorious, ahead of KTM rider Jack Sawatski, who kept Shane honest for much of the race.
Shane would like to thank the following for their continued support: Husaberg Canada,Shorai Battery A&E Racing and Marine, GoldenTyre, FMF, Omega Transport, Rebel Energy Services, FLY, Dragon, UFA, SIDI, Warp 9, PG Graphics, ProMoto Billet, ProAction Suspension West, Kermaxx, T.M. DesignWorks, Motonation, Gamma Sales, Royal Distributing and ViSalus
Shorai sponsored KTM factory Team podium at the close of the season. Klatt, Medaglia and Benoit finish year strong.
St-Bruno, QC – Hard to believe that it’s over already, but the 9th and final round of the CMRC Motocross Nationals took place last Sunday at Walton Raceway in Southwestern Ontario. Unlike last year’s race, which was destroyed by a heavy rainstorm, Walton 2012 was near perfection; the track was in great shape, fence lines were littered with fans and best of all, the sun was shining!
Video from Walton:
Going into Walton, KTM’s factory racers each had their own goal, but all shared the same desire to end their season on top. It was an interesting weekend in both classes, and wrapped up with Orange on the podium in every moto. Flip through James Lissimore’s images to see what went down at the final round in Walton….
CHAMPAGNE SUPERNOVA: Dusty Klatt may not have had a great first half in 2012, but the KTM rider put together a string of podiums (and a win!) in his final five races to finish third overall in MX1. With the nationals over, Klatt now begins preparing for the annual Montreal Supercross on September 29.
BLACK MAGIC: The Walton track has a love/hate relationship with racers. This year most were digging the new track changes and well watered and dark black terra firma. It looked perfect on Sunday morning! (Although, if you don’t like deep, endless ruts, you may not enjoy the course in the afternoon. It gets pretty nasty!) KTM’s Jeremy Medaglia took advantage of prime early morning conditions to lay down the fastest qualifying time in MX2, earning him the first gate pick.
FELICITATIONS, KAVEN BENOIT ! The fast French Canadian ended his season on the highest note, winning the final MX2 moto. In moto one, he couldn’t quite match the pace of his KTM colleagues, Medaglia and Dakota Alix (a fast amateur rider from the US) and finished fifth. Benoit rebounded well in moto two, though, taking off early and building a comfortable lead by the finish. A 4-1 gave Benoit second overall on the day.
HURRY, THEY’RE COMING FAST! Every year a new crop of fast, young talent emerges into the pro ranks, especially in the US. Red Bull rider Dakota Alix (back) and his father Todd (right) made the drive to Walton for Dakota’s first pro race.
KTM Rider Coach, Jean-Sebastien Roy, was also at Walton, offering advice and support to all of KTM’s racers.
Alix showed good speed in the first MX2 moto, running the leaders’ pace early on before settling into third. Unfortunately, a mechanical issue in moto two kept Alix from finishing. Hopefully we see this friendly American back in Canada next year, he’s got skills!
REAL MEN WEAR PINK: Klatt models one of Fox’s new 2013 colourways.
Dusty Klatt’s goal going into Walton was to leave it all on the line. Having already sewn up third-place in the MX1 championship, the KTM Red Bull Royal Distributing Fox Racing rider had nothing to lose. Early in moto one, Klatt was stuck in a three-way battle for second and was searching everywhere for a line to pass. Not wanting the leader to get away, Klatt tried sneaking in a wheel on third-place but slid out. After slowly getting up, Klatt would come from seventh to third by moto’s end.
In moto two, Klatt came around the first corner in second and quickly moved into the lead. Despite losing the lead on lap five, the KTM rider kept pushing hard all moto and kept the leader within sight until the checkers. Klatt’s 3-2 gave him second overall on the day.
LITTLE LION HEART: Jeremy Medaglia did exactly what he needed to do in moto one at Walton: he holeshot and won! That effort helped to shorten the points’ gap to 16, but the KTM rider still needed a little luck in the next race to get the title … but luck wasn’t on Medaglia’s side, as he fell twice before finishing fourth in the final moto.
Even though he finished second instead of first in MX2, Medaglia still rode like a champion throughout the whole series; he worked harder than anyone off the track, finished on the podium in 8 out of 9 races (winning two of them!) and kept the title chase going until the very last moto. Great ride, Jeremy!
Dakota Alix enjoying his first pro podium interview.
Despite missing the first four rounds due to injury, Benoit still finished the season 6th overall in MX2.
Klatt’s mechanic, Adam Turner, installed his rider’s new 2013 national number. (#1 would be better, but the #3 looks pretty sharp too. Let’s hope Mike Brown is cool with it, ha!)
IT’S ALL ABOUT THE FANS: A big hanks to everyone who came out and cheered on KTM’s racers at this year’s Canadian Motocross Nationals! See you at the Montreal Supercross!
KTM CANADA WISHES TO THANK ALL OF OUR TEAM SPONSORS FOR THEIR GENEROUS SUPPORT! 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, Custom Decals,Galfer, CP Pistons, R&R Automation and IMS.
MX2 results – Walton, Ontario
1. Teddy Maier 2-2
2. Kaven Benoit 4-1
3. Jeremy Medaglia 1-4
4. Jared Allison 7-5
5. Luke Vonlinger 6-6
Final MX2 Point Standings
1. Teddy Maier – 406
2. Jeremy Medaglia – 386
3. Topher Ingallas – 263
4. Jared Allison – 261
5. Brad Nauditt – 230
6. Kaven Benoit – 227
MX1 results – Walton, Ontario
1. Matt Georke 1-1
2. Dusty Klatt 3-2
3. Bobby Kiniry 4-3
4. Gavin Gracyk 2-6
5. Josh Clark 5-5
Final MX1 Point Standings
1. Matt Georke – 442
2. Bobby Kiniry – 375
3. Dusty Klatt – 316
4. Gavin Gracyk – 252
5. Tyler Villopoto – 230
Valerie Thompson To Compete at Three Bonneville Land Speed Racing Events for First Time As Team Owner & Driver
Three-Time Land Speed Record Holder Hopes to Set New Records at the Salt Flats
(Scottsdale, AZ) –August 8, 2012 – Valerie Thompson, 3-Time Land Speed Record Holder and owner/driver of the Valerie Thompson Racing Team, is set to compete at Speed Week (August 11-17) and the BUB Speed Trials (August 25-30) at the Bonneville Salt Flats.
The team also plans to compete in the September 8-11 World of Speed event, pending additional sponsorship funding. This will be Thompson’s first time competing at Speed Week and World of Speed; the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) sanctions both events.
Thompson’s first visit to the Salt Flats was in 2005 when she ran in the ‘Run-Whatcha-Brung’ class, reaching a top speed of 153.561mph. Like many first timers at Bonneville, she left with a severe case of “salt addiction.” Keith Ball hired Thompson to drive the Bikernet.com sponsored Panhead Harley-Davidson in 2006 & 2007, setting new records both years. The 2011 BUB Speed Trials was her first Bonneville competition with a BMW S1000RR with sponsorship funding from CTEK Battery Charger.
This year will be Thompson’s first time competing as both a team-owner & driver. “I am so fortunate to have support from great sponsors like Martech Services Company and CTEK. I’ve always used CTEK for my bikes since they make the smartest battery chargers in the world,” said Thompson. “I would not be able to achieve the level of performance I have this year without my sponsors, I can’t thank them enough for their loyalty and support,” added Thompson
One of Thompson’s goals since her first sojourn to Bonneville is gaining entry into the ‘Bonneville 200 MPH Club,’ which has fewer than 25 female members since it was formed in 1953. “I’ve driven the BMW to over 209 mph on a paved course, but exceeding 200 mph on salt is no easy feat, especially on just two-wheels. It would be a dream come true and a real honor to be a member of the 200 mph club at Bonneville,” stated Thompson.
Thompson is owner/driver of the Valerie Thompson Land Speed Racing Motorcycle Team. She holds two land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats and a third from the 2012 Ohio Mile. Thompson has also competed in the All Harley Drag Racing Association & National Hot Rod Association series.
Thompson’s sponsors include Martech Services Company – maker of quality air breathing products, CTEK Battery Chargers, La-Man Corporation, Troon Enterprises, Stay Fast Custom Clothing, GO AZ Motorcycles of Scottsdale, Metro Auto Auctions, Swisstrax Interlocking Flooring, JEGS, Vortex Racing, Worldwide Bearings, Stand Up Photos, AAMCO Transmissions & Total Car Care-Phoenix, Hyperpro Performance Suspension Products, Shorai Battery, and ZipFizz Healthy Energy Drink.
Dusty Klatt and Kaven Benoit take top spots in MX1 and MX2
St-Bruno, QC – Three moto wins, two overall victories and a total of six podium finishes; things couldn’t have gone much better for KTM at Round 6 of the CMRC Motocross Nationals in Ste-Julie, QC!
Well, one thing could have made KTM’s weekend sweeter, and that would be to have a healthy Colton Facciotti. Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen. After riding with a separated shoulder for five races (and still finishing on the podium in most of them), the KTM Red Bull Royal Distributing Fox Racing rider decided to call it quits in Ste-Julie. “I tried riding my qualifier, but the pain has become too much to handle and I just can’t ride to my potential,” says a disappointed Facciotti. “It’s not easy, but after discussing things with my sponsors, we’ve decided to sit out the remainder of the series, get my shoulder healed up and then begin developing our 2013 race bikes.”
With Colton out, it would be all up to his teammate, Dusty Klatt, to put KTM out front in MX1. The Campbell River kid has shown signs of brilliance but had yet to reach the podium in the first five races. The two-time champ always finds a good flow around the Ste-Julie track, though, and 2012 was no different. After posting the fastest MX1 qualifying time, Klatt would go on to finish 2-1 for first overall. It would mark Klatt’s first podium and KTM’s first MX1 victory
f the season.
“It feels really good to finally do it, for myself and our team,” says Klatt, who now sits third overall in the MX1 series. “The first moto was a little more work. I fell down early in the race after bumping into a downed rider and then had to work my way up through the pack. In the second moto, I got the holeshot, put my head down and gave it everything I had until the checkers.” MX2
Once again, Kaven Benoit and Jeremy Medaglia covered the MX2 podium in orange, finishing first and third overall in Ste-Julie. In moto one, KTM Red Bull Royal Distributing Fox Racing’s Medaglia led most of the race, but in the later laps, couldn’t quite match the pace of Benoit. Medaglia would eventually settle for third behind Benoit.
The second moto would be all Benoit, as the hometown hero holeshot and immediately checked out. A 2-1 on the day would give Benoit the overall win. Medaglia, meanwhile, was forced to work his fight through the field after going down in the first corner. He would go onto finish third and third overall. The Factory KTM racer wants a win real bad, but Medaglia still maintains a solid second-place in the series with three rounds to go. As we’ve seen already, anything can happen and the MX2 title chase is far from over.
“Today was a big day for KTM, especially with it being in the backyard of our corporate office,” says KTM Canada’s Race Manager, Andy White. “Dusty has been working really hard these past few weeks and we saw that today. It was an absolute pleasure watching him scrub his way to the win, and then to have Kaven and Jeremy on the podium in MX2, incredible! We are definitely sad to see Colton forced to park his bike, but there’s no other choice. The goal is to get Colton back to 100 percent and start focusing on our 2013 program.” Results –Round 6 of the CMRC Canadian Motocross Nationals
1. Dusty Klatt 2-1
2. Matt Georke 1-3
3. Bobby Kiniry 3-2
4. Tim Tremblay 5-5
5. Gavin Gracyk 4-9
The race was a four hour race, held at the world famous Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, in Belgium. The race track is very challenging, with many elevation changes, and high speed. The track has seen many changes over time as to make it safer, but it still remains a favorite of speed seekers worldwide.
The team has had many trials and tribulations, from mechanical failures to acts of God, but today wasn’t one of them.
The team has worked hard for 3 years developing and fine tuning the bike. And, it has paid off with a podium finish. Many times teams would be unhappy with a third place place, but this third place was hard earned and no easy feat.
The competition was huge. There were over 72 teams competing from all over the world. Second, in racing attendance was endurance world champion Stephane Mertens, who eventually took the first place podium position.
Now, before the race had even started the track was in less than optimal conditions due to rain. During practice we hit a wet spot and the bike went down causing a small fire. Luckily, the team was in sync and we were able to get the bike back on the track and finish practice.
Now, with things behind us, on to qualifying. After, posting consistent lap times we were able to qualify in 12th starting position.
Come race day, we were ready. The green flag dropped and it was a go. Within the first hour with Oreste piloting the Guzzi he was able to inch his way into 6th place. At the next rider change Sam was able to get into the 5th position and maintain it until the next rider change.
It was time for the last rider change, and the pit area was full of fatigued riders. Some so tired that they pitted, and never finished the race. Orestes was the final rider, and fatigue was slowly creeping in, but he was in able to get himself out of the traffic, and was able to inch a little further in the positions by getting to 4th place.
It was down to the last lap and it looked like we had secured a fourth place finish, but as luck would have it Orestes was able to make a last minute pass, and secure a THIRD PLACE FINISH!
What an exciting weekend of racing. Taurus Team would like to thank Shorai Battery for their continued support.