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Coming into the second stop of the Rockstar Energy Triple Crown Series in Calgary, Alberta, Honda Canada/GDR/Fox Racing MX1 rider Colton Facciotti held the red plate signifying the series points lead and MX2 team rider Dylan Wright was anxious to make a statement after a disappointing first round.
Both team riders put in strong races during night 1 of the double-header. Colton Facciotti and Dylan Wright both won their qualifiers and followed it up with an exciting battle over the Clash for Cash. Facciotti eventually over-took Wright for the win and the extra Triple Crown points. Facciotti went on to finish 3rd in the MX1 Main Event and Wright went on to finish 2nd in the MX2 Main Event proving that he has contender speed.
Rolling into night 2 of the Double-header, the race adrenaline levels were high and Colton Facciotti looked confident riding into the top MX1 qualifying spot. Dylan Wright was setting fast laps during the MX2 qualifiers, but crashed hard landing on his shoulder and was questionable for the Main Event. Wright was forced to ride it out on the sidelines to collect any MX2 series points he could. During the MX1 Main Event, Facciotti didn’t back down and raced for the win but could only finish in 2nd place moving him backwards one spot to second overall in the Triple Crown.
The next Rockstar Energy Triple Crown Series AX event resumes April 7th in Sarnia, Ontario.
MX2 AX Tour Overall Points:
1st – Shawn Maffenbeier – 90
2nd – Ryan Lockhart – 69
3rd – Marco Cannella – 62
4th – Tanner Ward – 60
5th – Dylan Wright - 58
MX1 AX Tour Overall Points:
1st – Cole Thompson – 96
2nd – Colton Facciotti – 89
3rd – Tyler Medaglia – 75
4th – Matt Goerke – 68
5th – Dillan Epstein – 63
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The 10th round of the 2018 SX series saw the riders tackle the infield of the famed Daytona Motor Speedway. Known as the toughest and longest track of the season, the riders had their work cut out for them.
Daytona marked the 4th round of the east coast 250 series. Coming off of two wins in a row, Fox Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider, Austin Forkner was coming into Daytona just 2 points out of the series lead.
Austin started strong, posting the fastest time in both timed qualifying sessions during the day.
Heat race 2 saw Fox Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki riders, Martin Davalos and Austin Forker lined up on the gate. Both riders were off to good starts and finished the heat in second and third.
As the main event started, both riders got good starts coming out of the first turn near the front of the pack. Martin rode a solid race ending the night in 5th. Austin had the speed to stay at the front of the pack finishing 3rd for the night. The strong finish from Austin has him tied for the series points lead as they head to St. Louis next weekend.
Chad Reed is still searching for the right bike setup and riding into shape after a preseason injury. He was able to qualify directly to the main from the heat race. Chad put in another consistent ride in the main event with a 12th place finish.
Photos: Octopi Media: Ryne Swanberg/Garth Milan
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Rockstar Energy Triple Crown – AX Tour Round 1
The highly anticipated start of the Rockstar Energy Triple Crown Series kicked off last weekend in Abottsford, BC. With $100,000 up for grabs at the end of the Triple Crown Series and the AX portion being the first gate drops of the season, the fans were treated to some exciting bar banging racing!
MX2 rider, Dylan Wright qualified in first place but would succumb to the traitorous track conditions during the Main Event and was unable to finish the race.
MX1 rider, Colton Facciotti qualified in second place and carried that momentum into the Main Event. Facciotti received the Royal Distributing Holeshot award and lead every lap on his way to the victory making him the early front runner for the 100k Triple Crown prize money.
Round 2/3 of the AX Tour will be a double header event in Calgary Alberta on March 16th & 17th.
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Arlington, TX - Supercross Race Recap
Dallas was the first round of the much anticipated east coast 250 series.
The day started great with Fox Monster Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider Martin Davalos setting the faster qualifying time and Austin Forkner setting the 8th fastest time.
Qualifying set the tone going in the night event with Austin Forkner taking the win in the first heat race and Davalos taking the win in heat 2. Both riders put in dominating performances.
As the main event started, Davalos had a great jump and looked to be in line for the holeshot heading into the first turn. As the riders started to brake for left hander, Martin was hit from behind causing a chaotic first turn crash. Davalos was thrown across the track taking several riders with him along the way. Luckily, he was not seriously hurt and will be ready to race at Tampa.
Austin Forkner was able to miss the first turn carnage and start the main near the front of the pack. A mid race collision with Zack Osbourne put Austin on the ground. Austin remounted and charged through the pack, and eventually finishing 7th.
Unfortunately, the Dallas Supercorss marked the first round that Ken Roczen had to sit out with a hand injury he sustained at the San Diego round last week. Ken had surgery to repair his hand on Friday. Surgery went well with Ken already starting therapy this week. No timeline on his return just yet.
Dallas also marked Chad Reed’s 227th main event start. A number that tied him for all time SX starts with Mike LaRocco. Chad looks to take the all-time starts lead with his 228th start in Tampa this coming weekend.
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Both Fox Monster Pro-Circuit Kawasaki riders Joey Savatgy and Adam Cianciarulo debuted our military inspired San Diego 180 SE kits for the San Diego race.
Once again, Joey and Adam got off to great starts in the main event. Joey with the holeshot and Adam in third. Adam quickly worked his way past Justin Hill to get into second, with his sights set on Savatgy in the lead. Adam put some great laps together to close in on Joey and make his move for the lead in the right hander, just before the triple.
Justin Hill was also on the move, passing Joey for seond and setting his sights on Adam in first. The two had a great battle for the lead with Justin eventually taking the win.
Adam finished second with Joey in fourth. Both riders making up points on points leader Aaron Plessinger who finshed 7th.
The west coast guys take a break now as the east coast will kick their season off in Dallas this weekend.
Round 6 of the AMA Supercross series brought the riders to San Diego. Ken Roczen paid homage to the armed forces with a set of custom Camo Preest Flexair Racwear. Ken’s gear may have been the highlight of his night.
As the main event statrted, Ken got tangled with a couple riders going in to the first turn and went down. As he picked himself up and started to work his was through the pack he became engaged in a heated battle with Cooper Webb… Both riders not wiling to give an inch. The final move came with Ken getting more traction than he anticipated, trying to dive under Copper in a left hand turn. His bike rocketed out of his grasp and into Webb. The ensuing crash had Ken’s right arm get caught in the swingarm and rear wheel of Webb’s bike, injuring his hand and bringing his night of racing to an end.
Ken will most likely miss a couple of rounds with a hand injury. We are hoping for a speedy recovery and hope to see Ken back to racing soon.
Photos: Ryne Swanberg/Garth Milan of Octopi Media
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Fox had another strong showing from Monster Pro-Circuit Kawasaki rider Joey Savatgy. Joey got out of the gate strong, running second for the majority of the race. The closing laps saw Joey slip back to third as Justin Hill was able to pass for second. Joey fought back to pass Justin and land in 2nd place on the podium for the night, and retain his second position in the point standings.
Adam Cianciarulo had a tough start in the main event, going off the track in the first turn. Adam battled his way through the pack to finish in 7th, leaving Oakland 4th in the championship points standings.
In what turned out to be one of the best races to date, Ken Roczen came so close to capturing his first win of the season at Oakland SX.
The track turned out to be the most demanding and technical we have seen this year. Ken got off to a great start, behind his teammate Cole Seely. For a moment, it looked like it was going to be a factory Honda sweep of the top two podium spots. Seely ended up going down in one of the technical rhythm sections with Ken taking over the lead. Ken put in great ride to hold the lead for the majority of the race. As the race came to its closing stages, points leader Jason Anderson was on the move, closing to within striking distance with two laps to go.
What ensued was an epic battle to the finish. Ken and Jason swapped the lead several times in the last two laps, coming down to the last rhythm section where Ken made a small mistake that allowed Jason to pass for the win.
Ken’s great ride moved him up to 2nd in the points standing as the series heads to San Diego.
Photos: Ryne Swanberg/Garth Milan of Octopi Media
Fox Racing is pleased to announce the agreement of a long-term partnership with IceOne Racing, with support for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team beginning in the 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship. Established in 2013 by F1 Superstar Kimi Räikkönen, the IceOne Racing program has quickly become one of the most premium teams in the MXGP Paddock – and became the official Husqvarna Factory MXGP team in 2014.
"For us partnering with FOX is the next natural step, lifting up our team level of rider safety, performance and visual appeal. We are looking forward to this journey together and we can’t wait to make our own contribution to the great heritage of FOX and Husqvarna in Motocross – great partners who belong together."– Antti Pyrhönen, IceOne Racing Team Manager.
"Fox and IceOne Racing share a relentless desire to elevate both performance and style, so this partnership is as natural as they come." – Jeff Taylor, Senior Vice President of Global Marketing, Fox Racing.
IceOne Racing will field a 3-man squad in 2018, with Gautier Paulin and Max Anstie competing in the ever stacked MXGP World Championship. Youth Rider Mikkel Haarup will graduate from the EMX125 class to the EMX250 Class. The team riders will use Fox V3 Helmets with MVRS (Magnetic Visor Release System), Instinct Boots, and both Flexair & 360 Racewear. Max Anstie and Mikkel Haarup will also take to the treacherous MXGP circuits with the all new FOX Vue Goggle.
IceOne Racing will debut on the world stage with Fox Racing on March 4th when the 2018 FIM Motocross World Championship kicks off with the MXGP of Patagonia in Neuquen, Argentina.
About IceOne Racing
Paulin is coming off an amazing season last year where he finished 3rd Overall in the MXGP World Championship and again led Team France to their 4th MX of Nations title in a row. Max Anstie had a strong showing in 2017 as a Rookie in the MXGP Class with multiple podium overall finishes, and enters his Sophomore season in the premier class for 2018 with his eye on race wins. Youth prodigy Mikkel Haarup will continue the progression of his racing career in 2018 and enters the EMX250 Class after finishing 2nd Overall in the 2017 EMX125 Championship.
Anaheim 2 marked the first round of the Triple Crown format for the 2018 Supercross series. The Triple Crown features a unique 3 main event format that would see good starts being more critical than the traditional single main event SX format. Shorter main events meant less time to come through the pack.
250 SX –
The 250 class saw both Monster Pro-Circuit Kawasaki Fox riders Joey Savatgy and Adam Cianciarulo getting great starts in all 3 main events. Savatgy would go on to win 2 of the 3 mains giving him the overall Triple Crown victory for the night. Joey’s strong performance had him leave Anaheim tied for the Championship points lead.
450 SX –
In a night where starts were critical, Ken Roczen struggled to get off the line in the first two main events. A good start and a solid ride in the third main saw Ken finish in 4th place. Ken leaves A2 in 4th place in the overall championship.
Still riding himself into race shape after a preseason injury, Chad Reed won the last chance qualifier during the day to get into the night program. Gutty rides in the 3 mains saw Chad come him in 14th overall for the night.
Photos: Ryne Swanberg/Garth Milan of Octopi Media
“Getting the widest field of vision was really critical for me. We went through several rounds of samples to get it right. I am really happy with the final product.” – Ken Roczen
“Ken really pushed the team on the Vue goggle project. His input and direct communication with our design and development team really elevated the entire process. We are very proud to see the Vue goggle come to life at A1 on Kenny.”
– Mark Finley, Global Director of Communications and Consumer Insights
For more information, and to view the full range of Fox products, visit a local Fox Dealer or www.foxracing.ca
About Fox Racing
For over 4 decades, Fox Racing has been the global leader in motocross and mountain biking gear and apparel. Fox outfits the world’s best competitive action sport athletes and enthusiasts with products that combine innovation and style, rooted in the brand’s original competitive motocross spirit. The company is based in Irvine, California, with offices, retail stores, and an international roster of sponsored athletes, located around the world.
Fox Racing is excited to welcome Dean Wilson to the Fox family. Dean joins our elite team of athletes and will ride in our helmets, boots and goggles.
From overcoming multiple injuries and racing his way back to a factory ride, Dean’s commitment and dedication to the sport proves he has what it takes to be a top contender, and we are proud to support him on and off the track.
“As a brand and company known for innovation and being the best, Dean brings a considerable amount to the table. Having him on the team will energize, and elevate our program.” – Chris Onstott, Global MX Sports Marketing Director
2017 Mammoth Motocross
June 16-25th, 2017
Mammoth Lakes, California
Mammoth Motocross kicked off this past week for the 50th time in history, continuing the tradition and still the longest running motocross event in the United States. Sitting at roughly 8,000 feet of elevation, and Mammoth being at the base of their premier ski resort, an overactive winter and high snow levels left parts of the track under water just weeks before the event. After running miles pipe and pumping literally millions of gallons of water, the crew pulled it off and the event went off without a hitch.
Garrett Marchbanks was on fire this week, claiming all 3 of his classes in 250 B, SchoolBoy 2, and 250 B/C Open. Ciaran Naran in that class group as well, had consistent week with all 3 heat races on the podium. Enzo Lopes was running fast in the A class, taking 2nd place in both the 250 Pro and Open Pro. Tristan Miller also came out to Mammoth with his beast of a 500cc machine to dominate the FMF 2-Stroke race. North Carolina’s Jordan Jarvis made the drive all the way to California, not only to win the Women’s 12+ championship, but also she placed in the top 10 in the SchoolBoy 1 and 125cc b/c boys classes! The SuperMini classes were heated to say the least, Stilez Robertson collected some big bear trophies winning final motos in SuperMini 1 & 2 during the 2 mini race days! NorCal’s Jeremy Ryan also had a good week in SuperMini classes consistently on the podium, while Levi Kitchen from the NorthWest was battling with some sickness issues still managed to stay within the top 5 in SuperMini 1.65cc pilot, Enzo Temmerman, won day 2 of the 65cc (7-9), along with Preston Boespflug in the older 65cc (10-11) classes having a successful week on the podium.
Congratulations to all who came out to compete at this historic 50th annual event! Below is a list of top 3 performances by the Fox team, and link to full race results.
Photo credit: Max Mandell
Link to full results: https://2xpromotions.com/results/
Garrett Marchbanks – 250 B
Garrett Marchbanks – SchoolBoy 2 (13-17)
Garrett Marchbanks – 250 B/C Open
Stilez Robertson – SuperMini 2 (13-16) (Mini Day 1)
Stilez Robertson – SuperMini 1 (12-15) (Mini Day 2)
Tristan Miller – FMF Two Stroke
Jordan Jarvis – Women 12+
Enzo Temmerman – 65cc (7-9) (Mini day 2)
Enzo Lopes – Open Pro
Enzo Lopes – 250 Pro
Stilez Robertson – SuperMini 1 (12-15) (Mini Day 1)
Jeremy Ryan – SuperMini All-Stars
Kai Aiello – 125cc (12-16) B/C
Preston Boespflug – 65cc (10-11) (Mini Day 2)
Preston Boespflug – 65cc Open (Mini Day 1)
Jeremy Ryan – SuperMini 1 (12-15) (Mini Day 2)
Jeremy Ryan – SuperMini 2 (13-16) (Mini Day 2)
Preston Boespflug – 65cc (10-11) (Mini Day 1)
Enzo Temmerman – 65cc Open (Mini Day 1)