In front of a packed crowd for the 4th of July race weekend, Ken Roczen gets his first moto win en route to a 2nd Overall at the Redbud National.
Ken Roczen got a good jump in Moto 1, but a down rider in turn two would briefly hold him up, keeping him just outside the top 10. By the end of lap one, he had worked his way into the top 5 with his eyes set on the leaders. He continued his charge, moving into second behind Eli Tomac. It appeared he would cruise to a 2nd place finish, but with just three laps remaining, his persistence would pay off. A mechanical issue for Tomac would hand the lead over to Ken, and he would capture his first victory since his hand injury in Supercross.
Moto 2 would see Ken get out to a good start; he would end up running at the front of the pack for the entire moto. His pace was the best it has been all year, battling with Marvin Musquin for the lead for most of the moto. Ken would eventually settle into a nice pace, holding 2nd place into the late stages of the moto. On the last lap, he would come under fire from Justin Barcia. Barcia would make a tough pass on Ken with just a few turns to the finish, pushing #94 back to 3rd, and netting him a 2nd overall on the day.
The Monster Kawasaki Pro Circuit team would come into the weekend fielding 3 riders: Austin Forkner, Joey Savatgy, and the returning Garrett Marchbanks - back from a knee injury suffered this year.
Austin Forkner and Joey Savatgy got out to good starts in Moto 1, running in the top 5 early. Austin would quickly push his way to 2nd running just behind Aaron Plessinger, and a battle between the two would ensue. Austin would eventually take the lead, but it would be short-lived. Aaron, looking to take the lead back, took the inside while Austin went to the outside. The two lines would come together, the riders collided, and Austin would go down. He was shaken up and took a while to remount. Plessinger would go on to take the win. Savatgy had a great moto going until a crash pushed him back to a 17th place finish. Marchbanks would put in a consistent ride finishing 6th.
Moto 2 would see Austin and Joey get out to good starts - Austin running in the top 3 for much of the moto. Austin would battle with Alex Martin over 2nd place for a good portion of the race. A good pass would see him take 2nd and hold it to the finish. Joey would put in a good ride finishing 5th in Moto 2. Austin would end the day with a 7th overall, Joey and Garrett would end the day out of the top 10.
Now we take one week off before continuing, July 21st for the Spring Creek National in Millville, MN.
Another weekend of racing is in the books. The halfway point of the 12-round series saw the world’s best line up at the only true sand track on the schedule - the legendary Southwick MX 338. It was a wild day of racing with rough riding conditions, several lead changes and dramatic late crashes.
Ken Roczen continues to build his strength and speed. Still nursing a hand injury from Supercross, he has been working during the outdoor season to make progress on his entire program.
Ken got out to a great start in Moto 1, knifing his way through a seam and taking the lead after the first turn. He would lead the early stages but would eventually surrender the lead to Barcia, and end the moto in 5th.
It was much of the same for #94 in Moto 2. He would get off to a great start in the early laps – as he has done all season. He would battle in the top 5 for the entire moto, eventually finishing 5th and taking 5th overall for the day.
Moto 1 looked like Shane McElrath's to win, as he started to gap the field early. However, Austin Forkner kept pushing, working his way into second. Lap by lap, he would eat into McElrath’s lead. Eventually, reeling him in and making the pass for the lead. Austin then held off a late charge from Alex Martin and Aaron Plessinger to take the first moto win. Joey Savatgy suffered a crash mid-way through Moto 1 and finished 32nd.
Austin and Joey both had excellent starts in Moto 2. Austin took the lead early - going from 3rd to 1st in a single straightaway - and kept a blistering pace for most of the moto. However, late in the moto, he would come under pressure from Alex Martin. As the two riders battled for the lead, Alex would go for an aggressive pass and the two riders would come together with both going down. Austin had the wind knocked out of him and would stay down for a while. He would eventually get up and finish the moto in 20th. Joey put in a good ride finishing 5th
The 2018 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship now heads to Redbud for Independence Day weekend!
This past weekend the National Motocross series made its way to Tennessee. The riders would line up at the Muddy Creek track to do battle in what many thought would be a mudder. Heavy rains the week leading up to the event had teams and riders fearing the worst for Saturday racing. As it turned out, the rains let up giving track builders time to get the facility dialed for the big show.
Ken Roczen got out to a good start in the first moto, working his way to first and leading several laps in the early stages of the race. He would eventually finish 3rd in Moto 1.
In Moto 2, Ken got out to another good start. Once again, he would take the lead and stay at the front for the early stages of the race, eventually finishing 4th. With moto finishes of 3-4, he ended up 4th overall for the day.
Garrett Marchbanks suffered a knee injury at last weeks round. He would sit out Muddy Creek, hoping to make his return at Southwick. That left team riders Joey Savatgy and Austin Forkner to battle the rest of the 250 field in Tennessee.
Joey and Austin struggled at the start of Moto 1. They would complete the first lap at the tail end of the top 15. However, by the end, both riders would work their way into the top 10. Austin would finish 5th with Joey right behind him in 6th.
Moto 2 was much of the same for the Monster Kawasaki Pro Circuit riders. They would have to work their way through the pack for the entire moto. Joey would eventually finish 6th with Austin coming home in 8th. This would match their overall finishes on the day.
Next up for the series is the famed Southwick sand track.
The Industry Hills Expo Center – thirty minutes outside of Los Angeles, CA - played host to the Fox Stampede. We were incredibly proud to be the presenting sponsor, but much more than that – we were just excited to see some racing. We weren’t disappointed.
Flat-track racing is one of the most exciting sports you’ll ever be part of. The greatest challenge, successfully sliding a 300-pound bike around a 180-degree turn at top speed – all while looking for slip-second openings to make a pass. Race classes ranged from minis, tank shift, vintage singles to open twins, ladies, hooligans and more. It was loud, fast, and rowdy.
The Fox crew, family, and friends were there for all the action. In the pits, the event team handed out Fox pins and pennants and even raffled out a full gear set. The grandstands were packed with "Fox Heads" cheering their faces off. And on the track, we were represented by Frankie Garcia #24, Ricky Rinauro #249 and Fox friend and Atwyld founder, Anya Violet. The crowds were excited, the competition was intense, and the action was relentless. Still, the event was just pure fun.
This past weekend marked the 4th round of the MX National series. The Fox teams came to Pennsylvania ready to do battle at the famed High Point Raceway.
Heading into the weekend at High Point, Ken Roczen was coming off his best result of the year in Colorado, finishing 2nd to Eli Tomac - he continues to build strength and speed as he recovers from a hand injury suffered during the 2018 Supercross series. This momentum would carry over to High Point as he posted the 5th fastest time in qualifying.
Ken got a good jump out of the gate in Moto 1. But, as the field entered turn one, he collided with a group of riders and went down. When the dust settled, he found himself in the back of the pack and would have to mount an epic charge through the field to finish 7th.
The Honda rider would get the holeshot in Moto 2. And he would battle Eli Tomac in the opening stages of the first lap, trading the lead several times. Ken would continue to put in a strong ride, finishing Moto 2 in 3rd place. Moto results of 7-3 would see Ken end the day 4th overall.
Monster Kawasaki Pro Circuit riders Joey Savatgy, Garrett Marchbanks and Austin Forkner put in great rides in the qualifying session finishing 4th, 6th, and 8th.
As Moto 1 got underway, Austin Forkner and Joey Savatgy got out to good starts, finishing the first lap in the top 10. Garrett Marchbanks was mid-pack and working his way through the field. Austin and Joey would continue to work their way to the front, eventually finishing 4th and 6th. Garret ended up twisting his knee and nursing his way to the finish - he would not line up for the start of Moto 2 due to his knee injury.
Austin got out to a great start in Moto 2, battling at the front of the pack for much of the moto. He would eventually finish 2nd, fighting off a hard-charging Dylan Ferrandis on the last lap, and end the day 2nd overall. Savatgy would have a big crash forcing him to pull out of Moto 2.
From day one, Fox has created products with intention and purpose. Every year, for every season, through every weekend ride, our goal remains the same: create great products that elevate performance and forge unforgettable experiences. To that aim, we’re excited to announce our 2018 campaign, “Made For”. The campaign aligns Fox’s Motocross, Mountain Bike and Lifestyle segments with a universal message across all platforms and channels.
“Fox’s products have been purpose-built since the brand’s inception in 1974. This campaign really celebrates the fact that everything we do - from the products we make to the athletes and events we support and the culture we create - is Made For Motocross, Made For Mountain Bike and Made For This Life that surrounds our sports.” – Jeff Taylor, Senior Vice President, Fox Racing.
Since 1974, Fox has had a passion for 2 wheels and the lifestyle that comes with it. The experiences, competition, innovation and camaraderie keep us pushing for that next adventure. Whether it’s a motocross track, trails deep in the forest or riding the lift at the local bike park, this is what we are Made For.
GET OUT THERE AND DO WHAT YOU’RE MADE FOR: Follow us on: @foxracing, @foxmoto, @foxmtb, @foxwomens and share your “Made For” moments with #MadeForSince74 + #MadeForMotocross #MadeForMTB and/or #MadeForThisLife
GEICO HONDA RIDER CHRISTIAN CRAIG TO WEAR FOX RACEWEAR
On the dawn of the 2018 motocross series, Christian Craig finds himself on the factory Honda CRF450R via Geico Honda. The premier bike supported by the best team in the industry. Christian’s path has been far from ordinary. A broken back suffered in a practice crash in 2009 forced him to miss the entire 2010 season. Numerous injuries throughout his 5-year professional career saw Christian make the tough decision to retire from racing in 2013. He would check back into reality, get a regular 9 to 5 job, and slowly try to come to grips with life after racing. However, his racing spirit wouldn't let him stay away for long. He would be pulled back to the sport he grew up in and become a fill-in rider for Geico Honda in 2015. Fast forward to 2018 Motocross, Christian finds himself on a great team and in Fox racewear.
“I think it’s every rider’s dream to wear Fox I’ve actually never put the gear on until a couple of weeks ago and it was kind of surreal. The comfort and style are unlike anything else on the market and I am honored to be able to wear it this summer for outdoors.” – Christian Craig, Geico Honda
“Connecting with a rider like Christian felt like a great fit for us. His work ethic, family commitment and genuine love of racing falls right in line with our values as a brand. We are looking forward to a great outdoor season with Christian on the 450” – Chris Onstott, Global Sports Marketing Director
Christian will fill in at factory Honda on the CRF450R for the entire outdoors series. He will make his debut in Fox at the opening round of the 2018 outdoor series at Hangtown on May 19th.
2018 JR. Motocross
Motocross families from across the United States swarmed the Lazy E arena this past weekend for the 3rd annual JR. Motocross event. Nestled in Guthrie, OK the Lazy E arena is the largest horse arena in North America. The dirt inside the arena is the best dirt a motocross racer could ever imagine riding on.
A small group of the Team Fox family was on hand to do damage within this arena on Saturday night.
First rider out of the gate was Jeremy Ryan. Jeremy suffered from a massive cold a few days before the event. Even spent Thursday in the hospital he was so sick. Jeremy sucked it up and went out in his first race and placed 2nd over-all in the Supermini 2 class. Jeremy's big heart didn't stop there. Next in line was the "Jesse Cup". Jesse Cup" is a race that features the top 6 athletes from the Supermini classes. The coveted " Jesse Cup" is a race in memory of Jesse Masterpool one of the best up and coming motocross athletes that past away years ago. With the focus of a sharp shooter, Jeremy went out and lead the "Jesse Cup" race from start to finish, claiming his first ever victory at the JR. Motocross event.
Another amazing feat was Fox team athlete Jesse Flock cleaning up all 3 classes he entered with authority. Jesse never hole-shoted a single event. Rather he started mid pack and would quickly slither his way through the narrow, tight one line track. His aggressive, smooth style made the event more than exciting for the crowd on hand. Jesse collect the Schoolboy 2, Open B and the 250 B title giving him a perfect score on his motos for the weekend.
Other outstanding rides were put in by Thor Powell in the 65cc 10-11 class. Thor was able to secure the holeshot and lead the race for several laps before getting passed. Thor ended up 2nd over-all on the night. Lastly, newest Fox team athlete Grant Harlan put on an amazing show within his main events. Grant lead most of his races at the JR. Moto x only to get edged out by friend and his Fox team mate Jesse Flock.
Team Fox Results:
Jesse Flock – 250 B
Jesse Flock – Schoolboy 2 (13-16)
Jesse Flock – Open B
Jeremy Ryan – Jesse Cup
Grant Harlan - Schoolboy 2 (13-16)
Jeremy Ryan – SuperMini 2 (13-16)
Casey Cochran – 85cc (9-12)
Thor Powell – 65cc Limited (10-11)
Grant Harlan – 250 B
FOX Off-Road Athletes Taddy Blazusiak & Manuel Lettenbichler set to take on the ultimate challenge in the inaugural 2018 World Enduro Super Series
In 2018, the all-new World Enduro Super Series, aka "WESS," will aim to answer the age-old question of "Who is the best Off-Road rider in the world?" For the first time in off-road motorcycle racing history, this groundbreaking series will combine multiple racing disciplines including Hard Enduro, Classic Enduro, Cross-Country and Beach Racing into one ultimate championship. The series will take a uniformed points system to 7 of the world’s most well established and supported enduro events, maintaining the unique spirit and regulations of each race. Riders are free to compete on their preferred size of motorcycle, and entry to all events is open to both Amateur & Professional racers.
With a series of this magnitude being established, our recently retired off-road legend Taddy Blazusiak has elected to return to racing with his eyes on the WESS title. Polish born Blazusiak hung up his boots back in December of 2016, after winning his final Super Enduro on home soil in Krakow. Being the most decorated off-road rider of all time with 6 FIM Super Enduro Championships, 5 AMA EnduroCross Championships, 4 X-Games Moto-X Enduro Gold Medals, and 5 wins at the Erzberg Rodeo, Blazusiak could not just sit idly by as the WESS gets rolling in 2018. Taddy is arguably more inspired and focused than ever thanks to the new level of competition set forth by WESS, and he is a definite favorite to take the championship.
“I’m super stoked about the WESS Series, and it’s a huge inspiration for me to make my return to racing. This is the type of championship that I’ve always dreamed about, and I’ve never been more focused than I am right now. Preparations have been going great and I’m feeling really comfortable on the bike. Time to go racing!” – Taddy Blazusiak
Joining Blazusiak in the WESS is fellow FOX off-road athlete, Manuel Lettenbichler. At only 19 years old, German born Lettenbichler is surely one of the rising stars in the off-road scene. His aggressive and varied riding style will serve as a big advantage across the different categories of racing that the series will offer.
“I’m really excited going into the WESS series. It’s going to be a busy race season with lots of events ahead of us. I think it’s a big motivation for myself with all of the new races we’ll be doing, like the Red Bull Knockout beach race. It’s a good chance for me to show what I’m capable of in all of the different types of riding. I’m all fired up for Portugal as I just returned from a warm-up event in the Dominican Replublic called the Machete Hard Enduro where I took 3rd.”
See below for the full 2018 WESS Schedule:
May 11: Extreme XL Lagares, Portugal Hard Enduro
May 31: Red Bull Erzberg Rodeo, Austria Hard Enduro
June 8: Trèfle Lozérien, France Classic Enduro
July 24: Red Bull Romaniacs, Romania Hard Enduro
September 8: Red Bull 111 Megawatt, Poland Hard Enduro
October 26: Gotland Grand National, Sweden Cross-Country
November 10: Red Bull Knockout, The Netherlands Beach Race
Follow our WESS athletes on Instagram:
Taddy Blazusiak: @taddyblazusiak
Manuel Lettenbichler: @m_letti304
Las Vegas, NV - Supercross Race Recap
The Las Vegas Supercross marked the last round of the series. All three championship titles were still open.
Fox Monster Pro-Circuit riders Joey Savatgy and Adam Cianciarulo mathematically had a chance to win the West Coast 250 title coming into Vegas. Both rides put in a great qualifying session with Adam posting the fastest time and Joey finishing with the 4th best time.
Joey and Adam put in a great heat race as well with Joey taking the win with Adam finishing in 2nd.
As the main started, both riders rounded the first turn just outside the top 5. As the race wore on, Adam put in an amazing charge and worked his was to the lead. He would go on to gap the field and take his first win of the year, just missing the series championship by 2 points. Joey would finish 4th on the night.
Chad Reed would line up in the first 450 heat race of the night. Chad jumped out to a great start and would lead several laps. As a fan favorite, the crowd would erupt as Chad circled each lap. He would eventually get into a battle with Eli Tomac creating more excitement for the crowd. Chad would do his best to hold Tomac off but would give up the lead half way through the race and finish second.
In the main, Chad would put in a consistent ride and come home 11th.
Photos: Occtopi Media
Salt Lake City, UT - Supercross Race Recap
The Supercross series made its way to Salt Lake City for the second to last round.
Both Fox Monster Pro-Circuit riders Joey Savatgy and Adam Cianciarulo came into the Salk Lake City with a chance to keep their title hopes alive before the riders head to Las Vegas for the final round.
Adam and Joey put in a great qualifying session with Adam setting the fastest time and Joey setting the third best time. Adam would go on to win his heat race with Joey finishing third.
As the main started, Joey grabbed the holeshot with Adam sitting in third. Adam quickly worked his way into second and the two riders would battle for the first half of the race. Joey would eventually make a mistake in the second whoop section allowing Shane McElrath and Adam to pass him. The order would stay the same to the finish with McElrath taking the win, Adam coming home in second and Joey in third. Series points leader Aaron Plessinger would finish fourth on the night.
The riders will head to the last round in Vegas with Adam and Joey still alive in the series championship. Adam trailing the leader by thirteen points and Joey sitting twenty-two points down.
Chad Reed qualified directly into the main event with a strong sixth place in the first heat race.
Josh Hill was not able to qualify from the heat race forcing him to race the last chance qualifier. Josh got out to a good start in the LCQ, eventually taking the win and getting himself into the main.
The 450 main would see some drama unfold before the riders could even exit the first turn. Series points leader, Jason Anderson just needed to finish fourth on the night to clinch the title. As the riders entered the first turn, Anderson would tangle with Eli Tomac and go down. Anderson remounted quick and appeared to be on the charge to the front of the pack. One lap later, Anderson pulled into the pits with a damaged front wheel suffered in the first turn collision, all but ending his hopes of clinching the title in Salt Lake. His team worked to put a new wheel on the bike. Anderson would eventually rejoin the race 2 laps down. He would work his way to a seventeenth place finish on the night. His main rival in the series, Marvin Musquin would go on to win the race and head into Vegas with a chance at the title, just fourteen points behind Anderson.
Chad would put in a consistent ride finishing eleventh with Josh Hill coming home in sixteenth.
Photos: Octopi Media