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Feb 19, 2017

Monster Energy® Kawasaki Victorious in the Home the Vikings

Foothill Ranch, CA (February 19, 2017) – Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac earned a dominant win at Round 7 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As the gate dropped for the 450SX Class Main Event Tomac exited Turn 1 in third with teammate Grant in fifth. Before the first lap was over Tomac raced the No. 3 KX™450F into second with Grant following suit in fourth. Tomac began applying pressure to the leader and with 18 minutes remaining made a clean pass for the lead. Shortly after, Grant made a mistake and was relegated to 12th place. Tomac used the remaining laps to set the fastest lap of the race and the win at the first ever Monster Energy Supercross at U.S. Bank Stadium with teammate Grant in 14th."The night could not have gone better," said Tomac. "I qualified on pole again and earned two great starts in my heat and the main. I got into a grove and made my way to the front. Once I got there I just rode my own race, it was all about being smooth and consistent. Great win and valuable points, bring on Atlanta!""Tonight went really well," said Grant. "After taking a week off to heal a fractured thumb, I rode twice this week and felt nearly 100%. I started off the night well by qualifying straight out of my heat and backed it up with another great start in the main. Unfortunately, I went down twice and ended up 14th. Overall a really good night to build off."Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki kicked off the 250SX East Region Championship with Joey Savatgy taking the win and the championship points leader red plate. Savatgy set the pace for the night early on by earning the win in 250 Heat 1 with teammate Adam Cianciarulo taking second place. In the 250SX Class Main Event, Savatgy rounded the first turn in fourth with Cianciarulo inside the top ten. Savatgy quickly put the No. 17 KX™250F into second place while Cianciarulo began working his way towards the front. Savatgy began taking time out of the leader and with seven minutes remaining made a clean pass for the lead with Cianciarulo racing his way into fifth. As the checkers flew Savatgy earned his first win of 2017 with Cianciarulo crossing the line in fifth place."We have had some time away from racing but all things considered we felt pretty good today," said Savatgy. "I felt like we struggled a bit but we earned the win and I am focused on the championship this year. We gained a lot of momentum and now we just have to keep it rolling next weekend." "I feel really good coming into the season," said Cianciarulo. "I've done a lot of laps to prepare and I did what I wanted tonight. My goal was to keep it on two wheels, keep safe and be in it for the long haul. I believe I can be up front and be a championship contender which is definitely my goal, but I need to be patient and I think I'll be there at the end."

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Feb 13, 2017

Monster KRT Dominates at Lacapelle

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeMonster KRT Dominates at LacapelleClément Desalle won two races out of three and Jordi Tixier was on the podium each time for the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team in their final pre-GP warm-up race at Lacapelle Marival in France.One week after their season debut at Hawkstone Park, and just a few days before sending the material to Doha for the first Grand Prix of the season, the team entered the French event to finalize its preparation for the MXGP FIM World Championship. Both Clément and Jordi felt comfortable on the natural layout, and posted the first and fourth fastest lap times in the morning before they clinched the holeshot in each of their three races! Clément got the first holeshot and dominated the 20 minutes plus 2 laps race, while Jordi Tixier forced his way from an initial third to finish second. The next holeshot was for Jordi, who led the race for five laps and finished second, while Clément clinched the overall victory, another 1-2 for the team. The Super final, featuring the fastest riders from both the MX1 and MX2 classes, was another good race for the KRT boys; Clément got the holeshot followed by Jordi, and the 450 Kawasaki's ended the final race of the day in first and third position. The bikes will be shipped to Qatar this Wednesday, while the team staff will fly to Doha one week later for the first of the nineteen rounds of the world series.Clement Desalle: "It was a good weekend with good starts which was important even if we didn't have the same metal plates which we'll have for the GPs now. I really enjoyed this track, I had a good feeling all day long and won two races so that's positive. I was sick this week and that's always annoying as the start of the season is approaching, but today I felt OK and that's important. Of course after what happened in Valence last year during a pre-season race I didn't want to take any risks. The goal was to have a good feeling with the bike and have fun today; we changed some settings on the bike during the weekend and now I feel ready for the GPs."Jordi Tixier: "Last week I was not really lucky in the UK but with a second position in the last race I showed that I had a good speed in the sand. Here in Lacapelle I had a good feeling, the track was rough but we show that we did some good work this winter when Clement and I started in front in all the three races. I'm just disappointed with the last race as I rode two stiff but we're feeling confident before going to Qatar as we raced for podiums in both Hawkstone and Lacapelle. The season will be long, but I feel ready as we were able to work hard this winter, without any physical trouble, and the team also did a great job on the bikes."

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Feb 12, 2017

Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Makes it a Texas 2-Step in Arlington

Foothill Ranch, CA (February 12, 2017) – The Monster Energy Kawasaki team pulled into AT&T Stadium for Round 6 of the 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship season with Eli Tomac focused on the championship. Tomac started the day as the fastest qualifier, and followed up with a dominant win in Semi Race 2. At the start of the 450SX Main Event Tomac rounded the first turn inside the top ten and began working his way through the field. As the race heated up, Tomac worked his way into third position. While in third, his front brake locked up, and as a result Tomac went down and was forced to pull into the mechanic's area for repairs. Tomac reentered the race and fought until the end. As the checkers flew, Tomac scored valuable Monster Energy Supercross Championship points, earning 15th place. "We started off really well today," said Tomac. "We had some trouble in our heat but recovered strong in our semi. In the main my start after the red flag was much better. I felt pretty strong until my front end issue. I knew that recovering as best as possible could be key at the end of the championship, so I dug deep and fought all the way to the end. It's a long season and we still have a lot of laps left."During intermission, Kawasaki presented a $20,000 donation to the Road 2 Recovery Foundation, helping grow their injured rider endowment. The donation was funded by some of the proceeds from the sale of a Ninja H2™ Carbon motorcycle. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teammates Justin Hill and Austin Forkner earned a 1-2 finish, with Hill earning his fourth straight victory and Forkner claiming the best finish of his Monster Energy Supercross career in second. Hill put the competition on notice with the fastest time in qualifying and earned the win in 250SX Class Heat Race 2 with Forkner crossing the line in third. The No. 46 of Hill carried the series points leader red number plate into the 250SX Class Main Event and as the gate fell Hill and Forkner rounded Turn 1 in fourth and fifth respectively. Hill quickly pushed towards the front and began to settle into second with Forkner in tow. With three minutes remaining Hill began to close the gap on the leader with Forkner closing the gap to Hill. In the closing laps the leader went off the racetrack, Hill and Forkner both capitalized and took the checkered flag in first and second place respectively. "Today was awesome," said Hill. "Fastest qualifier, won my heat after a great battle with Austin and capped it off with a victory in the Main Event. My start was pretty solid, I worked my way up through the field and unfortunately the leader had bike issues, but I was there to capitalize and I'm happy with another win. Four in a row and the red plate going into the break feels good!""I had a lot of fun today," said Forkner. "I was pumped to leave the west coast races behind and race on some dirt I'm used to. I trained in Oklahoma all week and had some fun before heading to Texas for this weekend. I'm obviously stoked on my best supercross finish yet, and now I get to take some time off before heading to Seattle."

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Feb 5, 2017

Monster Energy® Kawasaki Continues Domination in Oakland

Coming off of a season first win, Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac came into Oakland Alameda County Coliseum prepared to repeat his incredible performance. Tomac showed a hint of what was to come with a dominant win in Semi 1. As the gate fell for the 450SX Main Event, Tomac exited Turn 1 in eighth place. He knew he had to pass quickly to catch the leaders and that's exactly what he did. While the completion appeared to be riding to survive the challenging race track, Tomac began attacking the track at a blistering pace, creating unique racing lines and rhythm combinations that allowed him to quickly close the gap to the race leader. With two laps to go, Tomac's No. 3 KX™450F made the pass for the lead and ignited the Oakland fans. Tomac went on to win by 10 seconds, making it two wins in a row for Monster Energy Kawasaki. This marks the first back-to-back win of Tomac's 450 Supercross career and elevates the Colorado native to second in the points standings. Josh Grant was unable to compete, due to a crash in practice earlier in the day."Today was very hot and cold," said Tomac. "It took me all day to really dial the track in and I truly believe the semi was my saving grace. It allowed me to perfect my lines and get a good idea of how the track was going to deteriorate in the Main Event. I was feeling loose in the main, which allowed me to perfect my rhythm in the dragon-back section after the finish line. Overall, it was a good night and let's keep the ball rolling.""Tonight was all about minimizing your mistakes and capitalizing on others'," said Eli Tomac's Mechanic, Brian Kranz. "We ran down the points leader, passed and gapped him. It feels great."The No. 46 Monster Energy/ Pro Circuit/ Kawasaki KX™250F of Justin Hill not only picked up a second consecutive win last weekend, but also scored Pro Circuit's 250th AMA win. Carrying that momentum, Hill began his night with a second place finish in the first 250SX Heat Race, while teammate Austin Forkner showcased his supercross skill with a fifth place finish after crashing in Turn 1 at the start of the race. When the gate dropped on the 250SX Main Event, it was Forkner coming around in second place, before coming up short in the rhythm section and going down in front of the entire field. Hill would make it through the carnage and before the end of Lap 1 had raced into the lead. Hill quickly began to pull away, building up to an eight second lead before hitting some debris in a rutted corner and going down. Luckily, the large gap allowed him time to remount and remain out front. Hill regrouped and went on to win his third consecutive Main Event and is the 250SX Class points leader. Forkner pulled out of the race after his first lap crash. "Tonight was exhausting," said Hill. "After being sick all week, I wasn't feeling 100% coming into the weekend, but I stayed positive and I was determined to win. My attitude this year has been strong and I'm not allowing anything to bother me. If anything, I'm using everything, good or bad, as fuel to motivate me.""Today wasn't easy," said Forkner. "I struggled to find my groove and get a clean lap in. Once I made it through the heat race in one piece, I made another mistake in the main and it ended my race. I have to take the good with the bad and just move on. There's always next week."

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Feb 5, 2017

Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Faith Sweeps in Louisville

Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by AP Designs kicked Saturday evening off on the right foot with Gavin Faith and Gared Steinke transferring out of their Heat Races in second and third consecutively, while teammate Travis Sewell won the Last Chance Qualifier.Before the Main Events were underway, the defending AMSOIL Arenacross Champion, Faith raced to his fourth consecutive Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Head-2-Head Challenge victory.Faith carried that momentum into the first 250AX Class Main Event by securing the holeshot and never looking back, going on to claim his first win of the night. Steinke started back in ninth place, but quickly raced his KX™250F into fifth place by Lap 6 where he'd remain until the checkers. Sewell went on to finish 11th. When the gate dropped on 250AX Main Event 2, Faith exited Turn 1 in second. The fans received their fair share of entertainment as Faith kept the pressure on the leader for eight long laps before diving to the inside of a corner and taking over the lead. Faith would finish 1-1 to capture his second overall of the season. Steinke raced to an impressive fifth overall (5-5) and Sewell finished 11th, with a score of 11-7."Everything came together tonight," said Faith. "We're five rounds in now and I'm really beginning to feel my groove and hit my marks. The whole team has been working hard on getting my bike set up perfect for each and every round and I'm stoked to be able to show them it's all worth it.""It was another great night," said Steinke. "We made a few small changes after qualifying that made a huge difference in my heat. I got decent starts all night and felt I rode strong and consistent through both mains. I'm stoked to finish top-5." "We made lots of improvements tonight," said Sewell. "I'm continuing to improve each and every week. I know my fitness is there, I just need to back it up with better starts. It's a long season and I've got lots of time to grow."

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Jan 29, 2017

Monster Energy® Kawasaki Untouchable in Phoenix

Monster Energy Kawasaki riders Eli Tomac and Josh Grant came into Round 4 of the AMA Monster Energy Supercross, an FIM World Championship looking for the win. It wasn't long before the No. 3 machine was looking comfortable underneath the dome, qualifying four-tenths of a second off the leader. Tomac would grab the 450 Heat Race 1 holeshot and lead every lap to capture his second heat race victory of the season, while his teammate Grant finished fourth to advance into the Main Event. At the start of the 450 main, Tomac took his second holeshot of the night and quickly began stretching out his lead over the field. At the halfway mark, Tomac had stretched his lead to over 10 seconds on the field and wouldn't stop there, as his lead reached 18 seconds at one point. Tomac rode his KX™450F flawlessly to his first Monster Energy Supercross victory of the year while teammate Grant took the checkered flag in 12th."We came into this weekend feeling really positive," said Tomac. "We changed a lot in the week leading up to the weekend, both on the bike and myself. I wasn't impressed with the results I was getting, so we needed a change and it worked. After tonight's performance, I truly feel like I'm back to my normal self and I can't wait for next weekend.""There are a lot of positives to take out of last night," said Grant. "My KX™450F got me great starts all night again, putting me in a great position early in the race. I'm getting stronger and building off every weekend. It's a long season and I'm looking forward to every time I get on the bike." Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Justin Hill looked to carry the momentum from his win at Angel Stadium into Round 4 in Glendale, Arizona. After qualifying on pole, Hill went on to win his heat and teammate Austin Forkner backed him up with a second place finish. When the gate dropped on the 250 Main Event, rookie Forkner grabbed the holeshot aboard his KX™250F with Hill rounding Turn 1 in fourth. Forkner held the lead for five minutes before slipping back into third. Hill began clicking off the laps, slowly inching up on the leader until he was within striking distance. With two laps remaining, Hill blitzed the whoop section and pushed the leader wide to take over the position. He would go on to win his second consecutive Main Event of the season and a historic 250th supercross/motocross win for Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki. Forkner held on to get his first professional Monster Energy Supercross podium with a third place."I pushed hard and around the halfway mark," said Hill. "I knew I was inching up on the leader, I was hitting my marks and riding well. My mechanic was doing really well at getting me my times and keeping me up on where I was at. I dropped the lead down to about four seconds and then the leader tangled with a couple lappers and I reeled up on him and I thought, this is it, I'm going to do it! Even after the race I was talking with my family and still couldn't believe I did that. I did it, it was so cool!""The race was good," said Forkner. "I rode a lot better than I have been, more consistent and didn't make mistakes. I was really confident in my starts, back to back weekends I've earned both holeshots in the heat and main. With starts like that I knew I was going to be up there and thought if someone gets by I just need to relax, figure out what they're doing better than me and use it to be better. I knew I needed to not make mistakes like I did in the heat where I cased the triple trying to pass someone back. I tried to ride smooth and fast, I'm really happy with how I opened the race and I held the lead for a few laps which is definitely the best I've done so far."

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Jan 29, 2017

Faith Captures Third Podium Finish in Nashville

Fresh off a win, Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy®/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by AP Designs rider Gavin Faith kicked off Round 4 by qualifying on pole with a 24.185 second lap time followed by his third RMATV/MC Head 2 Head Challenge win of the season. Faith carried that momentum into the first 250AX Class Main Event by securing the holeshot. He would be pressured for the lead until the closing laps and on Lap 13 slipped into second, where he'd remain until the checkered flag.Gared Steinke, who stepped up to replace the injured Jacob Hayes for the team this weekend, finished an impressive sixth place while teammate Travis Sewell finished 11th.The start of the second 250AX Class Main Event saw Faith round Turn 1 in fifth, Steinke seventh and Sewell 10th. On Lap 4, Faith made the move into fourth place where he'd stay for the remainder of the race, going 2-4 for second overall on the night. Steinke rode great to put his KX™250F up into the top-5 with a fifth-place finish putting him sixth overall. Sewell went on to finish 13th in the second Main Event to earn 11-13 for 12th overall. "A lot of positives to take out of tonight," said Faith. "We started off on the right foot, with a great qualifying time and another Head 2 Head win. I got a great jump in the first main and lead nearly every lap until I made a small mistake with two laps to go and lost the lead. Overall we're making progress and remain second in points.""I had a great time tonight" said Steinke. "I had two great starts and felt strong all night. My goal was to finish in the top five, so a sixth place isn't a bad start. I can't thank Team Babbitt's enough for this opportunity." "We're continuing to improve every weekend," said Sewell. "We seemed to be a little off our mark all night but I'm feeling healthy and looking forward to next weekend."

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Jan 22, 2017

Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Rider Justin Hill Wins Anaheim 2

Foothill Ranch, CA (January 22, 2017) – The Monster Energy Kawasaki team of Josh Grant and Eli Tomac arrived in Anaheim, California for the second time in 2017 for Round 3 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship. Tomac began the night show as the fastest qualifier and a third place finish in the first heat while teammate Grant advanced to the main through Semi 2. As the 450 Main Event started, Grant rounded Turn 1 in fourth with Tomac in tenth. Grant continued racing for fourth position while Tomac began moving forward through the pack. Throughout the 20-minute Main Event Tomac and Grant battled for position, with Grant eventually finishing a season best of sixth and Tomac taking the checkered flag in eighth."I'm obviously happy with this race," said Grant. "I had a great start and it felt really good being able to run up front. If I can continue to get out of the gate like that I'll be able to run up at the front for the whole race. Later in the race the lines developed a bit and that made it hard to make passes. I made a small mistake that cost me some, but overall I'm happy. I will keep pushing to do better and build on this solid result.""The day started off strong," said Tomac. "I was fastest in the afternoon, I qualified for the main out of my heat and was ready to compete. My jump off the line was strong but I was pushed around and had to settle in mid pack. I had a hard time getting my rhythm today. I made a few passes but it wasn't where we're supposed to be. I know we should be up front, we will get back to work and keep fighting for the top of the podium." Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rolled into Angels Stadium with Justin Hill and Austin Forkner ready to race for the win. Forkner started the night off by taking the first heat win of his career in Heat 1 while Hill qualified for the main with a third place finish in Heat 2. Achieving yet another career first, Forkner grabbed the holeshot of the 250 Main Event aboard his KX™250F with Hill rounding Turn 1 fourth. The racing stayed tense with Hill battling for position and taking the lead by the end of the first lap while Forkner slipped to fourth. At the front of the field Hill proceeded to click off consistently fast times, opening up a gap of over five seconds before taking the win. Forkner earned the best result of his career with a fourth place at the line."The weekend ended great," said Hill. "It's funny because I started the day feeling off, but when the main comes around and there's points on the line, it's go time. I let it all hang out on the track and I was able to do it confidently. When I took over the lead I didn't expect to get it at that time, it came faster than I thought and I just went with it. I'm excited about the rest of the season and about right now.""I was charging pretty hard in the first lap," said Forkner. "I was stood up a couple times and then made a mistake in the whoops and went back to fourth. Most of the race all happened in the first couple laps for me. If I was able to get the first few laps clean I would have had a better result. After I started riding smoother, I was able to match the pace of the riders in front of me and I feel really confident moving forward."

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Jan 22, 2017

Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/AMSOIL Kawasaki Rider Gavin Faith Wins in Baltimore

Foothill Ranch, CA (January 22, 2017) – Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by AP Designs rolled into Royal Farms Arena chasing their first win of the 2017 AMSOIL Arenacross season.NIGHT ONEDefending AMSOIL Arenacross Champion Gavin Faith started off the evening with his second consecutive Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Head 2 Head Challenge. In the first Main Event Faith exited Turn 1 in third and quickly raced his way into second. Teammate Travis Sewell started outside the top ten and began clicking off consistent laps throughout the main. As the main raced on, Faith began to reduce the gap to the leader and by the end had closed the gap to only a couple bike lengths. Faith took second place at the checkers with Sewell in 11th. As the gate dropped for the second main Faith rounded the first turn in fourth and quickly moved into third with Sewell just outside the top ten. Faith pushed throughout the main but late in the race made a mistake and dropped to fifth. Faith took second overall with a 2-5 and Sewell finished 12th with a pair of 11th place finishes.NIGHT TWO Faith earned the holeshot at the start of the first Main Event with Sewell rounding Turn 1 sixth. Faith began to distance himself from the field while Sewell pushed forward. Sewell raced into fifth by Lap 2 and fourth by Lap 5. Faith eventually gained over four seconds on the field and took his first win of the season while Sewell took the checkered flag in fourth. As the field roared out of the gate for the second main, Faith rounded the first turn in second with Sewell in seventh. By the second lap, Faith raced his KX™250F into the lead and never looked back. Sewell began clicking off consistent laps while Faith began to open a gap on the field. As the checkers flew, Faith claimed back-to-back wins, earning the overall for Night Two with Sewell earning sixth with a 4-7 on the night."I had a really good weekend," said Faith. "Friday was pretty solid, I ended up second overall but I rode a bit tight and was still searching for my setup. Saturday however was great! I left the gate really strong and felt great on the bike in both mains. The suspension changes we made from Friday to Saturday were definitely the right way to go. Once I was out front I had all the confidence I needed and just rode my own race.""I feel like we're getting to where we need to be," said Sewell. "We made some big suspension changes going into the night show and right away I noticed how much of an improvement it was. I have tons of confidence now and am excited for the next race."

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Jan 16, 2017

Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/AMSOIL Kawasaki Rider Faith Wins Head 2 Head Challenge in Grand Rapids

Foothill Ranch, CA (January 16, 2017) – Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan played host to Round 2 of the 2017 AMSOIL Arenacross Championship as the Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by AP Designs focused on building momentum for the season. Reigning champion Gavin Faith started the night fast, taking top honors in the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Head 2 Head Challenge. At the gate drop for Main Event 1 Jacob Hayes earned the holeshot with Faith running near the front and Travis Sewell inside the top ten. In the second turn, Faith was involved in an incident and went down, rejoining the action in 15th. At the front of the pack, Hayes opened up a four second gap on the field until a crash on Lap 11 forced him to retire from competition for the remainder of the event. Faith worked his way forward until the checkers, earning eighth place with Sewell retiring from competition on Lap 9.In the second main Faith earned the holeshot but would quickly fall to second. On Lap 2 Sewell would retire from competition and two laps later Faith went down, remounting in 12th. Faith continued to battle throughout the main eventually finishing 11th. Faith leaves Van Andel Arena with a 9th overall (8-11), Sewell credited with 15th (16-15) and Hayes 16th (15-16). "The day began really strong," said Faith. "I started the night with a Head 2 Head win and felt good for the mains. In the first main I started well, but ended up going down pretty early and had to work hard to salvage some points. Unfortunately the second main was a similar story. We'll go back home and put in the work like we always do, I'll be back up front in no time."

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Jan 15, 2017

Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Rider Justin Hill Podiums at Petco Park

Foothill Ranch, CA (January 15, 2017) – Round 2 of the 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship kicked off with a military appreciation celebration at Petco Park in San Diego, California. Eli Tomac and Josh Grant prepared to race aboard their KX™450F motorcycles adorned in special camouflage graphics in support of the military. Tomac started off the night finishing second in 450 Heat 1 while Grant transferred to the Main Event finishing second in 450 Semi 1. As the gate fell for the 450 main Tomac rounded Turn 1 in fifth with Grant in 15th. Tomac fell back to eighth but immediately raced back up to fifth within the first thee minutes. At the halfway mark Tomac passed for fourth with Grant racing towards the top ten in 11th. As the race ran on, Tomac dropped back to sixth where he would remain until the checkers, with teammate Grant finishing 11th."The day started off well," said Tomac. "I had a great start in Heat 1 and lead for the majority of the race. My jump out of the gate in the main was great but I let off early and came around Turn 1 inside the top 10. I quickly made my way into the top five but just hit a wall around the halfway mark and lost my momentum. Overall we learned a lot tonight and it's only the second race, lots more to come.""The weekend isn't exactly what we wanted, but there are still a lot of positives to take out of it," said Grant. "I went down in the first heat but bounced back with a solid second in my semi. In the Main Event I started 15th and worked hard to get up to 11th, which is really all the track would allow for. It was really difficult for anyone to make up a ton of time on this track."Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki teammates Austin Forkner and Justin Hill arrived in San Diego looking to build momentum off last weekend's results. Hill started off the weekend doing exactly that, entering the night show as the fastest qualifier and winning 250 Heat 2 with his stablemate Forkner also advancing to the main event in third. As the gate dropped for the 250 main, Forkner rounded the first turn in fifth with Hill in seventh. Forkner wasted no time battling for fourth, his rookie status not keeping him from racing hard against the veterans. Hill spent the first four minutes racing up to Forkner before making the pass on his teammate. Shortly after, both Hill and Forkner moved into fourth and fifth respectively. With seven minutes remaining Forkner dropped to sixth. As the clock counted down and with just over three minutes remaining, the battle at the front heated up with Hill racing hard and taking third place. As the clock dipped below the one-minute mark, Forkner reclaimed fifth place and Hill took over second place. As the white flag flew, the race intensified to the end with Hill crossing the line a close second and Forkner rounding out the top five in fifth. "The day was definitely an improvement," said Hill. "My KX™250F was fastest though qualifying and I won my heat. I didn't get a great start in the main but pushed for the entire race and earned second. It feels great to be back on the podium and after tonight, I know I can win.""We got a lot faster as the day went on," said Forkner. "A few changes to the bike throughout the day lead to being able to loosen up and ride better. In the heat we got the holeshot and raced really hard for third. In the Main Event we had a great start but tangled with another rider and dropped back to eighth. I felt a little tight but made some solid passes and overall rode well. The lap times were competitive and we're making progress, so we are happy so far."

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Jan 8, 2017

Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy®/AMSOIL Kawasaki Kicks-Off 2017 on the Podium

Foothill Ranch, CA (January 8, 2017) – U.S. Bank Arena played host to the first race of the 2017 AMSOIL Arenacross Championship in Cincinnati, Ohio where Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki presented by AP Designs was set to defend its championship. As the first Main Event was underway, reigning champion Gavin Faith quickly raced his KX™250F into third on Lap 1. Teammate Jacob Hayes was glued to Faith's rear wheel in fourth and continued to pressure for the podium. Faith quickly passed his way into second but was faced with a gap to the leader that he was not able to overcome, crossing the line second, followed by Hayes in third. During qualifying, the newest team member, Travis Sewell, was involved in an incident where he and another rider collided, forcing him out of the race. With last gate pick for the Last Chance Qualifier, Sewell rode hard but missed out on a qualifying position by inches.At the gate drop of the second Main Event, Faith rounded Turn 1 in fourth and by the second lap had raced into third. Hayes started at the front of the pack but was taken out by another rider in the second turn and remounted at the back of the field. Hayes spent the rest of the moto pushing towards the front and was able to race his way into seventh by the checkered flag. In the closing laps of the race Faith was on the rear wheel of the second place rider and on Lap 11 was able to make the pass. Faith ended the night second overall (2-2) with Hayes earning fifth overall (3-7). "I started off the night exactly where I wanted to be, qualifying first," said Faith. "My shoulder is still healing from my surgery so I haven't had much time on the bike heading into the season. Despite that I felt really good on bike, I just need my fitness to come back to where it needs to be. This is only the first round so I can play it a bit conservative and focus on the championship.""It feels great to be back racing," said Hayes. "I know I'm capable of more but I haven't been behind a starting gate since June so this is a good base to start the championship with. I'm looking forward to getting back into the swing of things and I can't wait for Round 2!"

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Jan 8, 2017

Monster Energy® Kawasaki Finishes Strong at Season Opener

Foothill Ranch, CA (January 8, 2017) – Monster Energy Kawasaki came into the 2017 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship season opener in Anaheim, California feeling strong and rejuvenated. Eli Tomac came out swinging, picking up where he left off from the Monster Energy Cup by winning his heat race in impressive fashion. At the gate drop of the Main Event, the hard charging Kawasaki rider found himself third coming out of Turn 1. Tomac would race in the lead pack throughout the 20 minute, plus one lap Main Event, taking fifth at the checkers."The day started off great", said Tomac. "Qualifying second calmed my nerves and allowed me to enter the night show with a level head. The main started off well but around the halfway point my arms tightened up and I began slipping back a bit. We'll come back swinging at Round 2.His teammate Josh Grant took the long way to the Main Event, with a win in the Last Chance Qualifier. A poor gate selection in the Main Event saw Grant start 11th and quickly put his KX™450F inside the top-10. Grant rode consistently strong laps to finish ninth. "My day didn't quite go as planned after having to qualify out of the Last Chance Qualifier," said Grant. It is always so hard to concentrate at A1 because I've got the added pressure of all my family and friends here watching. I'm looking forward to moving on to next week and having everything settle down a bit."Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki arrived at Angel Stadium for The start of the Monster Energy Supercross 250SX Western Region season with Justin Hill retuning to the team and Austin Forkner making his supercross debut. Forkner and Hill transferred to the Main Event through 250 Heat 1 with a second and third respectively. As the gate dropped on the first race of the season, Forkner rounded the Turn 1 in 10th with Hill just behind him. By the time the duo finished their first lap Forkner was eighth and Hill ninth. The two moved their way through the pack as they pushed each other forward, until the battle came into the whoops and Forkner went down to the ground. Forkner would remount in 16th and waste no time charging back towards the front. Hill continued moving forward to fifth place where he would remain until the checkers. With 10 minutes remaining Forkner had raced back into the top 10, and with 30 seconds left he made back to back passes, earning an 8th place finish in his debut. "I felt really good all day," said Hill. "My practice times were pretty good and qualifying went well, but at the end of the day I still have some work to do. I need to improve my fitness and to make my riding more fluid so it's easier to race at the pace I'm capable of. It's difficult when I know I have the speed and the bike to be at the front but I come home fifth. I'll take this as motivation, go home and put the work in.""My first Monster Energy Supercross went pretty well," said Forkner. "I crossed the line second in my heat which was good experience for me. In the main I didn't get the start I wanted but was moving forward pretty quickly. A few laps in I was passed in the whoops and had to let off to avoid a collision, which put me in the dirt. I got up, got back in the race and worked my way forward. I threw down the fastest lap of the race and was right on pace with the leaders until the checkers, so all in all I'm pretty happy with my performance."

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Dec 15, 2016

Kawasaki and Ryan Villopoto Extend Relationship into 2017

Foothill Ranch, CA (December 13, 2016) – Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. is announcing a continued relationship with Ryan Villopoto. Villopoto joined the Kawasaki family at the age of 14 as a member of Monster Energy® Kawasaki Team Green. He spent his entire professional career, highlighted by 10 AMA Supercross and Motocross Championships, competing aboard Kawasaki KX™ motorcycles. Villopoto, who has an outstanding fan base and social media following, continues as a Kawasaki Racing Influencer, expressing his passion for Kawasaki Team Green, professional racing and Kawasaki products through his own social media channels, at select events and in several "Science of Supercross" segments in the Supercross television broadcast."It means a lot to me to be able to continue working with Kawasaki," said Villopoto. "I've been with them for a long time and being around everyone is like being with family. Now that my racing career is over I've been able to go out and ride other Kawasaki products and I can't wait to get on some dual-sport rides and on the new stand-up Jet Ski next spring!" "We've been working with Ryan since he was a teenager and I'm happy we are able to extend our commitment with him," said Kawasaki Vice President of Marketing Chris Brull. "As a four-time Monster Energy AMA Supercross Champion, he has built one of the largest and most loyal fan bases in our industry, and his influence in the industry is why we are continuing to build our relationship."

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Dec 14, 2016

Monster Energy Kawasaki Announces 2017 Racing Teams

Foothill Ranch, CA (December 14, 2016) – Monster Energy® Kawasaki will continue its championship winning ways with two-time champion Eli Tomac and returning in a full-time role, Josh Grant. After being crowned the 2012 250cc Monster Energy Supercross West Region Champion and 2013 250cc AMA Pro Motocross Champion, Tomac has added several 450 class supercross and motocross race wins to his impressive resume. Tomac now looks to put his KX™450F up on the top spot of the podium in 2017. Grant, beginning his ninth year in the premier class compliments the team with incredible talent and multiple motocross and supercross wins. Grant looks to continue his winning ways and battle his teammate for the championship. The Monster Energy Kawasaki racing team has been the most dominant supercross and motocross team in the last decade with a combined eight AMA titles."Our entire Monster Energy Kawasaki team is ready for the demands of the upcoming season," said Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Manager Dan Fahie. "Preparation has been going great for both our riders heading into the 2017 season and we could not be happier with the progress the entire team has made during the off season." 2016 marked a big change in Tomac's career as he made the switch to Monster Energy Kawasaki. He earned four podiums and a win at Daytona, finishing the supercross season fourth overall. Tomac stepped up his game for the AMA Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship season, finishing on the podium eight times and capturing wins at Southwick and Washougal. He would finish second overall in the Pro Motocross Championship. Tomac went on to earn dominant back to back MXGP wins in Charlotte and Glen Helen, and claimed the prestigious 2016 Monster Energy Cup.Josh Grant joined Monster Energy Kawasaki at Round 11 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship, after Wil Hahn was injured earlier in the season. Grant would ride strong and consistent for the remaining seven races, gaining momentum for outdoors. Unfortunately, an injury held Grant back from riding to his full potential outdoors and was forced to retire from the motocross season at Round 4 after scoring as high as sixth overall at Glen Helen.The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki racing team has their sights set on the top step of the podium for 2017 with a four-man squad. Joey Savatgy and Adam Cianciarulo return for their third and fourth year on the team, respectively. Following an impressive rookie Pro Motocross season, Austin Forkner makes his Monster Energy Supercross debut with Justin Hill rounding out the impressive roster. The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team is one of the winningest supercross and motocross teams in history with 29 AMA titles."We are looking forward to starting the 2017 season at full strength," said Mitch Payton, Pro Circuit owner. "I know every one of our riders is capable of winning races and I expect nothing but the best from them every weekend."The Monster Energy Supercross season begins at Angels Stadium in Anaheim, California on Saturday, January 7 and runs through the season finale on May 6 at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas.

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Oct 16, 2016

Tomac, Robertson and Kawasaki Win 2016 Monster Energy Cup

Foothill Ranch, CA (October 16, 2016) – Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Nevada played host to the 2016 Monster Energy® Cup, one of the most anticipated races of the year. Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac lined up his KX™ 450F behind the starting gate for the first Main Event of the night. As the gate dropped, Tomac pushed his way into third as he crossed the holeshot stripe. One lap later Tomac accelerated out of Turn 1 on the back wheel, took the faster line through the rhythm section and claimed second place. He quickly opened a gap on third and settled into second where he would take the checkered flag.As the second moto began, the No. 3 of Tomac led the field down from the top of the stadium and into Turn 1, but crossing the line in third. Tomac wasted no time pushing his way into second and was focused on the leader. With four laps to go, Tomac was able to capitalize on a mistake by the leader and take over first place. Tomac fulfilled his once per race obligation to the Joker Lane with two laps to go and cruised home to a win in the second Main Event. The start of the third and final moto saw Tomac's lowest score put him in a prime position to claim the overall, until he rounded the first turn in 11th. By the start of the second lap, Tomac had moved into 10th and continued to focus on moving to the front. One lap later he had raced up into seventh and quickly followed that up with a pass for sixth. At the halfway mark, Tomac continued to battle for position, racing the No. 3 KX450F into the top five and back into the contention for the Monster Energy Cup crown. With four laps remaining Tomac made the pass for fourth and immediately followed it up with a pass for third. On the penultimate lap Tomac moved into the lead but had not yet taken the Joker Lane. On the final lap of the race he entered the Joker Lane and upon exit was back into a heated battle for second. The battle relegated Tomac to fourth, which would be good enough to take the 2016 Monster Energy Cup Championship! "It was a pretty typical Monster Energy Cup, filled with excitement," said Tomac. "In the third moto especially, I was buried on the start and really had my work cut out for me. I couldn't tell who was ahead of me at times, I knew was in a great spot to win but had to keep track of my competitors. On the last couple laps I had to put my head down and go to battle. I made it up to where I needed to be, got the job done and took the win!"In the Supermini Class, second place qualifier Stilez Robertson lined up and as the gate dropped for the first race, Robertson grabbed the holeshot and set the pace out front for Lap 1. The No. 325 of Robertson remained out front until halfway through the second lap when Seth Hammaker pulled off an aggressive inside move, taking over the lead on his KX™ 100. For the remaining laps the two Kawasaki riders stayed out front and would cross the line with Hammaker taking the win and Robertson in second. At the start of the second race Robertson exited Turn 1 in third and within moments made the pass for second. On Lap 3 Robertson made an aggressive move for the lead in the middle of a heated three-way battle. At the beginning of the third lap, Robertson was passed and then immediately countered and reclaimed the lead. With one lap remaining Robertson opened up a gap on second, rode a clean and consistent final lap and claimed the Race 2 win and the fifth Supermini Class Championship in six years. "When you jump back into the stadium it's amazing," said Robertson. "You can hear all the fans go nuts and it makes the Monster Energy Cup absolutely incredible. In the race I knew there were a few places I was fast and a few places I needed to be faster. When it came down to it I got out front and was able to run my own race to take home the win. Winning the Monster Energy Cup Supermini Championship is huge for me and Team Green Kawasaki, I couldn't be happier right now." For the Amateur All-Stars Class Garrett Marchbanks qualified in fifth position and for the Race 1 gate drop he rounded the first turn in ninth. Marchbanks set off towards the front and within the first lap had passed his way into sixth. On Lap 3 Marchbanks made a mistake and was relegated to seventh place where he would remain until the final lap, charging into sixth before taking the checkered flag. At the start of the second moto Marchbanks crossed the line out of Turn 1 in 11th. Mayhem near the front made for a hazardous first lap that allowed Marchbanks to move into eighth place. He continued to move forward throughout the race and with two laps to go had raced his way into sixth. Moments before the start of the final lap Marchbanks moved into fifth and immediately followed it up with a pass for fourth, where he would stay until the checkers flew. With 6-4 race finishes, Marchbanks claimed a third overall in the Amateur All-Stars class.

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Oct 10, 2016

Kawasaki Third in SMX Manufacturers’ Cup

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeKawasaki Third in SMX Manufacturers' CupThe Kawasaki team of Jordi Tixier, Tommy Searle and Vsevolod Brylyakov finished a magnificent third in the inaugural Monster Energy SMX Riders' and Manufacturers' Cup at the Veltins Arena in Germany.After losing the services of Clement Desalle because of his injury at the US GP last month Kawasaki was not amongst the pre-race favorites for success but each of the green riders displayed great spirit in this new venture, a team event in which riders rode not only for personal honor but also for the manufacturers in a similar fashion to the famous event for national teams. Added interest came from the fact that the race was run in a stadium but with obstacles and track layout more reminiscent of an outdoor event than the American Supercross racing usually associated with racing in the confines of a soccer stadium.Jordi Tixier of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team showed impressive form throughout the event. A crash early in the first moto cost him several places, but he responded soundly to recover to eighth place at the checkered flag and followed up with a strong ride from eighth place on lap one to finish fourth in race two. He rounded off a fine evening by battling near the front throughout the third moto to again finish fourth; after combining the scores of the three races Jordi was classified fifth best individual overall.Tommy Searle of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki held a strong sixth place, even advancing to fifth at one stage, for most of the opening race but the Englishman had been sick all week and found himself pushed back to ninth at the checkered flag as the sickness drained his body. A solid ride in race two saw him advance from an early eleventh place to finish eighth, and he once again gave his all in the final moto for eleventh place after an incident on lap two had pushed him back temporarily to eighteenth. He was reward for his efforts with eighth best individual performance.DRT teammate Vsevolod Brylyakov had the task of contesting the MX2 class on a KX250 on the powerhouse track which heavily favored the 450s. The Russian was involved in a three rider pile-up at the start of the opening race but he persevered all evening to provide the seventh score which clinched third overall in the manufacturers' classification for Kawasaki.Filip Neugebauer, the Czech rider who races in Germany for the Pfeil Kawasaki team, also performed admirably in his role as team joker and he raced to an impressive fourteenth in the final moto after taking eighteenth place in each of the first two races.Jordi Tixier: "I had a lot of fun today; it was a good day and it's great to be back on the podium. It was teamwork; maybe nobody expected to see us on the podium but here we are as everyone did a good job. In the first moto I had a little crash and finish eighth. The second was really good even if my rhythm was not good enough during the first few laps and the last one was even better. I got a very good start, it's been a long time since I raced at the front. I started training on Supercross tracks two weeks ago and it helped me tonight; I gave everything I could and it's great to put Kawasaki on the box."Tommy Searle: "I didn't know what to expect, and overall it was an enjoying day. I'm really happy to finish the season on the podium with my teammates; it's nice to end the season on a high. Jordi was really good in the third race and that helped us to reach the podium. I came here a little bit sick, and I struggled to breathe in the stadium but I did my best. It was a nice event, congratulations to the team staff and special thanks to Steve Guttridge for his words of wisdom."Vsevolod Brylyakov: "It wasn't easy to race on this track with a 250 against the 450s, but it was a good experience to race an indoor and I learnt a lot today. It didn't go so well with a big crash at the start of the first race, but the second moto was much better and helped the team to be on the podium. For sure I'm happy, even if this weekend didn't go as expected. The guys did a great job; it's amazing and I'm really happy to finish the season like this on the podium."Filip Neugebauer: "The first two races were tough for me, as I had troubles with my clutch in the first race and then in the second one I bent my shift level after three laps and had to ride in second gear all race. Finally, I was able to show what I can do in the last race, and finished fourteenth which is good for me. I'm happy for this opportunity to represent Kawasaki in such a major event."Steve Guttridge, Kawasaki Motors Europe Racing Manager: "It was an awesome day; the team really worked well together. As I said this morning during the first press conference, maybe we were really the underdogs but finally we finished the season on the podium. It was fantastic to finish the season on a high note; all the riders rode well and it's a good motivation for everyone to prepare for next season."

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Oct 1, 2016

New line up for Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeNew line up for Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2The Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team is already working hard to prepare for next season, and they will line up again with three riders in the FIM MX2 World Championship.With injuries to their three riders during the past year, the team had a tough season after a promising start with Grand Prix podiums, a European series win and a GP win just before Dylan Ferrandis was injured. As Dylan moves to USA, the team has built a new line up alongside Petar Petrov, who will enter his third season with the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2; it will be his final MX2 campaign as he will turn 23 next year. Alongside the experienced Bulgarian, who started racing the GPs six years ago, the team has reached agreement with two young talented riders: Britain's Adam Sterry (20 years old) and French teenager Stephen Rubini (17 years old).On the podium of the EMX250 in 2015, Adam Sterry moved to the MX2 world series this season, but unfortunately was injured during the opening round in Qatar. Scoring regular top ten results after his comeback, he ended the season by winning the British MX2 title and will soon start testing on Kawasaki machinery. Stephen Rubini will have to wait a few more weeks, as the talented Frenchman is still recovering from a wrist injury which ended his season. Before this incident, Stephen was the most successful rider in the EMX125 series, working closely with former Kawasaki world champion Michael Maschio.The team will not only have new riders next season, but also new staff members as Michael Maschio and French technician Fred Lavergne joined Jean Jacques Luisetti at the new workshop, located in southern France. Fred has already been working for several weeks on the development of the new KX250F Kawasaki, while Michael will take care of the riders' training programme during the week and will follow all the races as sport manager.Adam Sterry: "It's special to join a factory team such as Kawasaki, and it will be my first time on green bikes. Every weekend I saw the results from the team, and when I got their offer I had no questions about the team and knew that it would be good. It's a dream team, and that's been a dream since I was a kid! To get this opportunity is really special; finally my hard work is paying off and I can't wait to ride the Kawasaki."Stephen Rubini: "I'm so happy to move to MX2 GP next year, and to reach this agreement with Monster Energy Kawasaki. I had a good season in the European 125, and I couldn't miss the opportunity to move straight to the world championship even if the level is much higher than in the European series. I've been working with Michael Maschio for several months; he will be alongside us next season and I will have all the tools to get good results."Petar Petrov: "A few days ago I started doing some exercises and cycling, of course slowly at first as I follow the advices of my doctor. I will visit him in two weeks, and of course my goal is to be back riding and testing as soon as possible. But we all know that it normally takes three months to recover from a shoulder injury, so I will be really happy if I can start riding at the beginning of November.."Jean Jacques Luisetti (Team owner): "I'm really pleased to welcome to the team two young riders who have already shown their potential this season. Stephen was impressive in the 125 European series, and Adam got some strong results during his first GP season and also in UK where he claimed the title; I'm sure that with the experience of Petar we have a very strong and promising line-up. The team just moved to southern France in a brand new workshop, where I will be on site most of the time as I want to be regularly with my staff. I was working that way in my previous business and it was successful. Of course I'm also very pleased to have Fred Lavergne as technical manager and Michael Maschio as sport manager back in the team. We have known each other for many years and I'm sure that 2017 will be a successful season; thanks to Kawasaki, Monster Energy and all our sponsors for their great support through the years."Michael Maschio (Sport manager): "I was back this year alongside Stephen Rubini in the sport, and during the season we started talking with Jean Jacques about the future. I always had a great relationship with him, and I will soon start working part time for the team as sport manager for the riders. I will also help the team to develop the bikes, as I never stopped training and it's great to be back in the Kawasaki family where I spent most of my career."

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Sep 26, 2016

Arnaud Tonus Second in Class at the Nations

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeArnaud Tonus Second in Class at the NationsArnaud Tonus took his Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki to second overall in the Open class of the FIM Motocross of Nations at Maggiora in Italy and led the Swiss national team to sixth place.The Swiss rider had already impressed with fourth place in the qualifying race on Saturday to earn a good choice of start gate for the main program of the event for teams of three riders nominated by their national federations on Sunday. An excellent start in his first ride saw him hold down second place for two laps and eventually come home a close fourth, just two seconds away from second. Finding it more difficult to settle into a rhythm in his second ride after starting in the pack he eventually crossed the line eighth overall but third in class to secure second place overall in his class.Tommy Searle of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki had also qualified fourth in the MXGP class, but had selflessly surrendered his team's best start gate to his younger teammate in search of a twin spearhead result. Sadly the plan backfired as another rider stopped in his path on the opening lap and his bike was damaged in the resultant collision. Rebounding in his second ride Tommy held a secure fourth place until the final corner of the race when a French rider made a desperate attack and the Englishman, not wishing to interfere with the destiny of the team trophy, showed typical British fair play.DRT Kawasaki teammate Vsevolod Brylyakov was racing for the first time since June and, despite showing great speed on his KX250F, he was inevitably a little rusty at the starts and his results suffered accordingly. He made a string of impressive passes on both his MX2 colleagues and a number of 450cc-mounted rivals to finish twenty-first and nineteenth for ninth overall in the MX2 class.Arnaud Tonus: "It was a good weekend for me, my second race on a 450. In the first race I got a good start and even though I had some arm pump I still managed to finish in fourth position; our bike was probably too aggressive for this kind of track, but the schedule for this special race is too tight to do much testing. In my second race my start was not as good; I found a good rhythm for fifteen minutes but then it was more difficult as I'm not used to the 450 and haven't raced in Europe for two years. I really enjoyed racing on the 450; it suits my riding pretty well and I'm happy with my second position overall in the Open class this weekend."Tommy Searle: "Luck just wasn't on my side in the first race. I surrendered our team's best gate to my teammate so I was in the pack, but on the first lap some guy just stopped dead at the bottom of a hill and I hit him flat out. The bars were bent and I banged my right forearm so I couldn't attack. I timed my start perfectly in the second race and could race top four easily all moto. Febvre dived inside me at the last corner and I could have stopped him, but our team had a pretty unhappy weekend and he was going for the Nations so it would have been unfair to block him."Vsevolod Brylyakov: "I was quite good on the track, but never got a good start this weekend. I know the bike is good, but I didn't race for a few months due to my injury and my feeling was not so good for the start; that's a point we need to work this winter. I made a lot of passes in both races, but it was not really easy against the 450s so you had to change lines, to do something different to make the passes stick. I'm pretty happy to finish in the top ten of the MX2 class for my comeback race; I showed that I'm back in good shape. I never stopped working physically during my recovery period and the team was pretty happy with my results today even if I was expecting better."

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Sep 21, 2016

Tommy Searle British Champion

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeTommy Searle British ChampionTommy Searle claimed the first national title of his professional career in Great Britain last weekend, winning the MX1 British title in the final round at Foxhill on his Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki.Returning this season to Kawasaki, the brand which brought him to the World Championship in 2005 and offered him many of his best MX2 results, Tommy had one of his best season in the MXGP world championship and also contested the British Championship for the first time in nearly a decade. After winning three races, including the previous two rounds, Tommy was leading defending champion Shaun Simpson by eight points in the series before coming to Foxhill. In both races he just rode his own races to twice finish runner-up, which was enough to secure this title after a very consistent season. Winner of seven motos and finishing a total of fourteen races on the podium, he gave the Monster Energy Dixon Racing Team its first title since the team joined Kawasaki last year. Both now have a strong base to chase even better results next season as Tommy will remain the leader of the British squad. He will line-up this weekend in Maggiora (Italy), as a member of the British team at the 70th Motocross of Nations.Tommy Searle: "I knew what I needed to do; two seconds is what I had to get and that's what I got. Steve's helped me throughout the year and it's good to be able to repay the favor to Steve and Kawasaki. I'm really happy to have come away with the championship; I've finished 2nd in the World 3 times in MX2 plus 2nd in the MX2 British, but this is the first time I have raced a full British Championship season since 2007 so it's great to have got the job done today. It's been a tough championship battling with Shaun and Jake and I feel I have benefited from racing the series; we have learned a lot with the bike so hats off to the team and sponsors who all play an equal role in enabling me to win." Steve Dixon (Team Manager): "What can I say, we came here to do a job and Tommy got the exact result we needed to take the British Championship for Kawasaki, their first since 2007 and Tommy's first adult championship. A special thanks to his mechanic Jordan and his training mechanic and suspension technician Keatsy plus everyone else working under the DRT awning - or from afar. None of this would have been possible without Kawasaki, Monster Energy and all our great and very loyal sponsors and friends who help week in week out."

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Sep 12, 2016

Tomac Sweeps MXGP U.S. Rounds

Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac arrived at Glen Helen Raceway ready to pick up right where he left off and sweep both United States rounds of the 2016 FIM Motocross World Championships. Tomac didn't disappoint as he went 1-1 for his second straight MXGP overall win.At the gate drop of Moto 1 on Sunday afternoon, Tomac rounded the first turn in 12th. Before they had reached the green flag on Lap 1, he was in eighth place. Tomac was creating new lines around the track, whipping the bike in spectacular fashion and passing riders like they were standing still. By the end of Lap 5, he was in second place and applying pressure for the lead. With 12-minutes remaining in the moto Tomac launched his way into the lead on his Monster Energy Kawasaki and disappeared into the distance, winning Moto 1 by over 15 seconds. At the start of the final race of the year for the 2016 FIM Motocross World Championship, Tomac came across the line in 13th at the end of Lap 1. The green No. 3 machine quickly began making his way through the competition. Incredibly, by the end of Lap 5, he had positioned himself in third and after diminishing a nine second gap, Tomac moved passed the World Champion for second place. Shortly after, Tomac took over the lead and never looked back, winning the second moto by a margin of 16 seconds. Going 1-1 for first overall. "I had a lot of fun these past two weeks racing the GP's," said Tomac. "I didn't quite make it easy for myself today with my poor starts, but luckily we were on a wide track like Glen Helen, where even if you do get a bad start you can still find lines to pass. Overall, both my motorcycle and I felt comfortable all weekend and I was able to ride to my full potential for a full 30 minutes. I really enjoyed racing these last two GP events and I look forward to racing more in the future." Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki entered Glen Helen with a fresh set of riders, including Chris Alldredge, third place finisher from the Charlotte Motor Speedway MXGP round Austin Forkner and Swiss rider, Arnaud Tonus making his debut on the KX™450F. As the gate dropped on MX2 Moto 1, Forkner sat third before being pushed to fourth before the end on Lap 1. The top four separated themselves from the rest of the competition quickly, setting a pace only a few MXGP class riders were racing at. By the halfway point, Forkner made the pass for third where he'd stay for the remainder of the race, while Alldredge finished an impressive eighth place. Forkner started the second moto inside the Top-5 again before crashing on the opening lap. After remounting his KX™250F, Forkner was 30 seconds down from the leader in 17th. The rookie began riding up through the field, passing rider after rider and before long was in 10th. Unfortunately, with under five-minutes remaining in the moto Forkner would crash again forcing him to retire from the race. Alldredge finished 11th after an early moto crash. Making his 450 class debut, teammate Tonus rode impressive all day in the sweltering heat to finish 13-7 for ninth overall. "Not quite the way I wanted to end my season," said Forkner. "I rode really well in my qualifier and managed to get another good start in Moto 1 where I finished on the box. I pushed it too hard in the last moto and ended up on the ground twice. I wish I could have ended my first year on a better note, but overall this season has been amazing and I've had a blast racing these last two MXGP's against the World Champion.""Today went well for me," said Tonus. "I wasn't quite sure how I'd do on the KX450, but after the qualifying race on Saturday, I felt very confident in my speed. I got two really good starts today and I felt I rode really well for the entire moto. I gave it everything I had today and I am happy with ninth overall. It was a lot of fun lining up alongside all of my old friends and competitors from Europe. Hopefully we can carry this momentum into 2017."

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Sep 4, 2016

Monster Energy Kawasaki Rider Eli Tomac Checks Out in Charlotte

Foothill Ranch, CA (September 4, 2016) – Monster Energy® Kawasaki arrived at Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend for the first U.S. round of the 2016 FIM Motocross World Championship, the Monster Energy MXGP of Americas. Weather delays stopped all activities for Friday but on Saturday the action began with Eli Tomac qualifying fastest. The Moto 1 gate drop saw Tomac second through Turn 1, followed immediately by a battle for the lead. Before the end of the first lap, the No. 3 KX™450F of Tomac took the lead and started to pull away. Tomac would continue to stretch his lead to over 16 seconds by the halfway mark, and as the sun fell below the stadium grandstands, he would take the checkered flag with a 25 second margin of victory.At the gate drop of Moto 2, Tomac rounded the first turn in fifth. Within three corners Tomac passed into fourth and three minutes later made the pass for third. Tomac began taking new lines and flowing through rhythm sections with impressive speed as he pressured for second and eight minutes into the moto Tomac raced his No. 3 Kawasaki into second. With 18 minutes remaining in the moto the leader went down, Tomac moved into the lead and immediately began opening a gap. For the remainder of the race Tomac was the class of the field, opening up another impressive lead and taking the checkers with another first place and the overall win at the penultimate round of the 2016 FIM Motocross World Championship. "We started the day well," said Tomac. "I had really good practices and got in some clean laps. In the first moto the sun was in my eyes pretty bad in certain sections of the track which was a bit difficult to deal with. I washed the front end out and had a little tip over and then nearly made the same mistake the next lap, it was a bit of a wake up call for me to get it together. The second moto I had to work for the lead a bit more and the lights make the dirt a bit difficult to read at times, but all in all I had a really good time. It's great to race against new competition and to see what the world scene has to offer."Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki showed up in Charlotte with riders Adam Cianciarulo and Austin Forkner. The pair ended qualifying fastest of the field with nearly identical lap times, only seven one-thousandths of a second apart, with Forkner taking top honors and Cianciarulo in second. As the gate fell for Moto 1 it was Cianciarulo with the holeshot and Forkner immediately behind. Cianciarulo was involved in an incident in Turn 2 and retired from the race. Back at the front, Forkner kept his head down and began pulling away from the field. Ten minutes into the moto, Forkner had slightly gapped himself from the pack. With just over 11 minutes remaining in the moto, Forkner made a small mistake around a right hand corner and went down. He was able to remount but was relegated to third before rejoining the action. The No. 214 of Forkner would ride consistent for the remainder of the first moto and take the checkered flag in third. As Forkner lined up for the start of Moto 2, Charlotte Motor Speedway was under the lights, but it made no difference as Forkner once again rounded the first turn in second. It was fellow American Darian Sanayei aboard the Bud Racing Kawasaki KX™250F who took the holeshot. He would quickly fall under pressure from Forkner, who would pass Sanayei for the lead before the end of Lap 1. Nearly five minutes into the moto, Forkner had already opened up a gap of over two seconds on the field and continued to press the pace. At the halfway mark, Forkner remained in control of the race with a 6 second gap over second. As the battle behind him heated up, Forkner made a small mistake and gave up the lead with three laps to go. On the final lap Forkner found himself in a back and forth battle for second, finally gaining the advantage and second place in Moto 2. Earning 3-2 moto finishes on the day, Forkner completed his first ever FIM Motocross World Championship MX2 class with a third overall finish. "I surprised myself by having the fastest lap time in qualifying," said Forkner. "In the first moto I was out front for a while and came under pressure. I made a small mistake and gave the win away unfortunately. In the second moto I spent the first 20 minutes with a comfortable lead and then they started to reel me in inch by inch. At that point I just left it all out on the track and I was honestly spent after the second moto. It was a tough race but I'm really happy I ended up on the box. I was pretty comfortable racing in this because the format is similar to what we normally run, but the style of riding is so different. At the beginning of the motos the U.S. racers tend to go for it harder than the MXGP guys do, and they tend to go harder at the end. At the end of the day I battled with a U.S. champion and a world champion, it was a great experience and I'm leaving with a trophy!"

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Sep 1, 2016

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Rider Austin Forkner Earns 2016 AMA Pro Motocross 250 Class Rookie of the Year

Foothill Ranch, CA (August 30, 2016) – In his first season in AMA Pro Motocross Monster Energy®/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Austin Forkner impressed the motocross world with six moto podiums, including two moto wins and consistent riding throughout the season. At the season finale in Indiana, Forkner not only earned the first overall win of his career, but shortly after was named the 2016 AMA Pro Motocross 250 Class Rookie of the Year, finishing fourth overall in the final standings with 376 points."This year went really well," said Forkner. "Finishing out my rookie season fourth in points is pretty cool and I think I surprised a lot of people. I came into this season without any goals and not knowing where I'd stand against the best in the world. That quickly changed as I began to finish in the top-10, top-five and before long was battling for podiums and wins. I knew I had the speed, I just needed to improve my starts to give myself a chance. Once I figured that out, everything began to fall into place and you could see my results improve with four consecutive podiums and two wins. Overall, this year was a lot of fun and I am honored to be Rookie of the Year."In 2011, Forkner joined Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green™ and since then has earned four AMA Amateur National Championships at Loretta Lynn's, 48 amateur national wins and was the 2015 AMA Amateur MX Rider of the Year.

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Aug 28, 2016

Livia Lancelot 2016 WMX World Champion

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeLivia Lancelot 2016 WMX World ChampionLivia Lancelot clinched the FIM WMX World Motocross Championship for Kawasaki today at Assen in northern Netherlands; after 2008 it is the second world title in green for the Team 114 girl.The 28 year old from France started the weekend quietly to earn fifth choice of gate at the start, but her immaculately prepared Kawasaki KX250F got her to the first corner with the leaders while her sole remaining rival for the title fell on the opening lap. Determined not to take any risks Livia made no attempt to stay with the race leaders, and the inevitable nervous tension as the world title came closer led to her making many mistakes on the tortuous sandy track; she eventually came under pressure from behind, surrendering third place as a lapped rider got in her way. Although faster on many sections of the track she could not make a pass stick to regain third place and her title rival, a Dutch girl, closed onto her rear wheel in a desperate attempt to keep the destiny of the championship open. Eventually the Dutch girl touched Livia's bike from behind, but justice was seen to be done as Livia maintained control of her Kawasaki and her rival fell. They were again close on the final lap, but Livia, in the knowledge that the title was secure if she stayed in front, remained cool to the finish to be greeted by her team, family and friends as 2016 FIM women's world motocross champion.Livia Lancelot: "I got the job done, but this race was terrible! I got a good start, but Fontanesi passed me and after one lap I saw that I couldn't follow Duncan and Fontanesi. I was so tense that I had the feeling that the bike was not running well, but in fact the bike was perfect and I was making so many mistakes. I knew that Van de Ven had a crash at the start, but I also realized that she would come back as I was riding so bad. I was third when I made a mistake behind a lapper; Papenmeier passed me and after that I couldn't keep a good rhythm; I was faster than her in some sections, but couldn't make a move. Van de Ven came back behind me and tried to pass me; I knew what she could do after what happened in Mantova, and in fact she crashed! But she was again behind me on the last lap; I knew that it would be tough but I never gave up as I wanted to secure the title today. I wanted to have a quiet night, and as I finished in front of her I secured the world title for the second time in my career, always with Kawasaki. I've been working hard for ten years now, and it was even harder this year as some young girls coming to the world Championship are really fast, but I knew that all my experience would help me, and today I got the reward for all these years of investment."

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Aug 28, 2016

Clement Desalle Wins in the Netherlands

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeClement Desalle Wins in the NetherlandsClement Desalle and the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team celebrated their first victory of a difficult season in the Dutch round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship at Assen.An arm injury just a few weeks before the opening GP in February had made the Belgian's introduction to Kawasaki difficult during the early months of the season, but rider and team have been scoring increasingly impressive results in recent GPs and the victory in the tortuous Dutch sand was the culmination. The track, built with soft beach-like sand on top of the famous road race track, was in perfect condition on Saturday as Clement coasted to fourth fastest time in practice and second place in the qualification race, but storms throughout the night and Sunday morning sought for extremely heavy track conditions during the first GP moto. Desalle soon took control of third place and advanced to second on lap three, but the race leader, who had taken many risks during the opening laps, was too far away. The track had dried considerably before race two but was still rugged and after a tempestuous five-way battle for the lead Clement crossed the line in second place to secure the overall GP victory. It was Clement's first victory aboard Kawasaki and his first victory for two years; despite the early season disappointments he is now eighth in the championship standings, just five points behind seventh with two rounds of the 18 GP series remaining.Teammate Jordi Tixier also maintained his progress after sitting out the first half of the season following an operation. The Frenchman took fifth place in qualification and fought doggedly in the lower leaderboard placing in the opening GP moto to convert a ninth placed start to eighth at the checkered flag. He had less joy at the awkward first turn in race two to emerge fifteenth after another rider hit his right foot, but he again showed character to advance to eighth before a small crash cost him two positions late in the moto.Track conditions inevitably made a good start imperative and Tommy Searle of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki had little luck in conditions which resembled an enduro in race one as he had to settle for thirteenth place after starting fifteenth. A great start in more favorable track conditions in race two saw him hold an early third place before he was hit by another rider and had to ride forcefully from the back of the pack to eleventh. Narrowly missing the top ten overall the Englishman is now twelfth in the championship standings.Clement Desalle: "It feels good to be back on the top step of the podium again after two years. We've been working all season for this. I started the year with everything new - new bike, new tires, new suspension - and then I got the injury at the worst possible time just before the first GP, but the whole team has been working hard and we have found a good base for me on all surfaces. I was second in each moto today, but I was the best rider overall on the day. After the rain in the night the first moto was all about staying on two wheels, and in race two I had to resist pressure from Coldenhoff right to the end of race; it was not easy with the lappers but I kept focused to the finish. I enjoyed the victory today and to win in sand made it even sweeter; for sure that is a surprise to some people but I am actually good in sand. I am back and now I want to win every race I start."Jordi Tixier: "I had a good feeling with the track on Saturday during the qualifying race, but today it was not the same track after the heavy showers ! I was pretty happy with my riding in the first race, and an eighth position was not so bad in these conditions. The track was better for the second moto, but in the first corner another rider hit my right foot; it was really painful, but after ten minutes I had less pain and could gain some positions to come back to eighth. It's just a shame that I crashed later, and lost two places again. The medical examination didn't reveal any fracture but my ankle remains painful after the race."Tommy Searle: "The results could have been a lot better, but I felt good all weekend. In the first race I got a bad start and just managed to finish the race thirteenth as we struggled a little bit, just like everybody else, with overheating in the heavy track conditions. I had a great start in race two and was third when someone hit me from behind and then I had to come back from last to eleventh. It was not bad but it could have been better. I now have a good feeling in the sand and quite enjoyed riding on this track on Saturday; conditions were tough for the first moto today, but they made a lot of improvements for the second race."

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Aug 28, 2016

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Austin Forkner Earns First Career Win

Foothill Ranch, CA (August 28, 2016) – The final round of the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Series took place at Ironman Raceway in Crawfordsville, Indiana this weekend. Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac showed up prepared to end the season on a high note around the mud filled racetrack. As the Moto 1 gate fell, Tomac rounded Turn 1 in sixth. The No. 3 Kawasaki started working towards the front. In the midst of a battle for third place, Tomac earned the position and shortly after went down, dropping back to fourth. Tomac put in a hard charge late in the race and was able to close the gap to third place. In the closing moments Tomac made the pass for the final podium position, taking the checkers in third.At the start of Moto 2 Tomac began in sixth and immediately started taking time out of the leaders. Nine minutes into the moto, Tomac had secured a top five position. It wouldn't take long for the No. 3 Kawasaki to catch up to fourth and after a great battle would secure the position. The momentum continued and at the halfway mark Tomac had secured third position. Although Tomac was able to close the gap to second, he would cross the line in third. The 3-3 on the day earned Tomac a third overall. "I was a little ways back on the start but made my way up to third pretty quickly," said Tomac. "After I made the pass, I made a mistake and had to start all over again. Luckily I was able to reel him in and make the pass, but the track was really tough. The lines and the ruts were changing every lap, they were really deep and it was hard just keeping your feet on the pegs. Most of the problems from the day stem from my starts, otherwise I feel I rode how I should have."Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki was ready to battle for final series points as they arrived at Ironman Raceway, with a full team roster of Austin Forkner, Adam Cianciarulo, Joey Savatgy, Chris Alldredge and Arnaud Tonus. The 250MX class was the first moto of the day and the track was soaked from a morning rain storm. As the gate dropped, rookie Forkner earned the holeshot with Savatgy fourth, Tonus sixth and Cianciarulo 10th. At the end of Lap 1 the No. 214 of Forkner had started to break away with Savatgy fourth, Cianciarulo fifth, Tonus sixth, while Alldredge was involved in an incident relegating him back from 23rd. With 20 minutes remaining, Forkner increased his lead at the front while Savatgy moved up into third position with Tonus fifth and Cianciarulo sixth. Moments later Savatgy raced his No. 37 KX™250F into second, making it a Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki 1-2. With five minutes remaining, Forkner and Savatgy remained first and second, Tonus fifth and Cianciarulo seventh. As the checkers flew, it was Forkner taking the win by 22 seconds over teammate Savatgy in second, Tonus in fourth, Cianciarulo in sixth and Alldredge coming back from his early moto incident to finish 19th.For Moto 2 the track was looking much better and as the gate dropped it was Forkner in second followed immediately by Savatgy and Cianciarulo with Tonus in eighth. Moments later Tonus was involved in an incident and forced off the track, while Forkner, Savatgy and Cianciarulo all battled for position. Forkner would win the battle to the placing his No. 214 in the lead. 10 minutes into the moto, Forkner remained out front with Cianciarulo, Savatgy and Tonus in fourth, sixth and 19th respectively. With five minutes plus 2 laps remaining, Forkner came up short on a jump and crashed as his front wheel became stuck in the mud, relegating the Moto 1 winner to second. At the same time, Cianciarulo sat fifth followed immediately by Savatgy, while Alldredge broke into the top 10 and Tonus climbed back up to 13th, after an early moto incident. Moments later Forkner slipped back into third, focusing on the overall result rather than risking a battle for second in the moto. After the checkers flew it was the rookie Forkner closing out the 2016 season with 1-3 moto finishes, earning his first career overall win. Cianciarulo's 6-5 earned a sixth overall followed by Tonus in seventh (4-9), Savatgy's 2-34 earned him ninth overall and Alldredge's 18-11 earned 16th overall. "Today was a really good day," said Forkner. "Practice started off really muddy, with very deep ruts, but I ended up qualifying well. In the first moto I earned the holeshot and told myself not to look back no matter what. I finally did about 20 minutes in and there was no one behind me at all. My mechanic kept me updated with everything throughout the end of the moto and I was able to cruise home for the win. In the second moto I earned the holeshot again, settled in and kept it out front for at least 20 minutes. After the finish line I jumped wrong and landed in a really soft hole, cross rutted and tucked the front. Luckily I didn't stall the bike, but my bars were bent and I had a bunch of sweat in my eyes from going down. Another rider got by me so I slipped to third, but that, with my Moto 1 win, earned first overall, the first one of my career. I'm fourth in points, two moto wins and five podiums in my rookie season, I'm really happy and can't wait for next year.""This was my best race of the year," said Tonus. "My speed and the way I rode, I'm really happy with today. At the end of the first moto I felt great and made a late moto pass. In the second moto unfortunately I went down early on and started basically last. It was a hard ride but I pushed really hard and crossed the line in ninth, which I'm happy with. The shoulder injury from Monster Energy Supercross held me back a bit early on but no excuses and I ended the season well.""It was another good day," said Cianciarulo. "I had a good bit of confidence from the last round and felt strong. I've had good speed and my body is catching up and I'm getting back to where I belong. My goal for the year was to get through all the motos and I did that, now I'm working towards keeping my speed at every round. I've got what it takes to win I just need it every weekend."

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Aug 21, 2016

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Rookie Austin Forkner Captures his Fourth Podium

The Monster Energy® Kawasaki team came to Mechanicsville, Maryland for the second last round of the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship held at Budds Creek Motocross Park. Fresh off a podium, Eli Tomac set the second fastest time in qualifying. When the gate dropped for Moto 1, Tomac swung around Turn 1 in sixth position before coming together with another rider and going down. Tomac had his work ahead of him as he crossed the line on Lap 2 in 39th position. Tomac began setting lap times comparable with the race leader and by the halfway point of the race, he was 13th, passing 27 riders in 15 minutes. Tomac continued to crank out fast lap times all the way up until the checkered flag flew, crossing the finish line in sixth, passing a total of 33 riders.Tomac came around Lap 1 in sixth position at the start of the second moto and wasted no time passing his way up into a podium spot. Ten minutes into the race and Tomac had his Kawasaki KX™450F in the No. 2 position and rode smooth and consistent for the remainder of the race to finish second in the moto and fourth overall with 6-2 moto finishes. Tomac has now officially locked up second place in the championship standings with one round remaining. "Today had its ups and downs," said Tomac. "My first moto started off ok until I made a mistake and tangled with another rider. We both went down and by the time I remounted I was basically last. I spent the rest of the moto with my head down doing damage control. Those situations are never what you want, but once you're in it, you just have to do the best with what you've got. The second moto obviously went much better. I'm upset I didn't make the overall podium but to lock up second in the championship is a good feeling."Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki arrived at Budds Creek rejuvenated and eager to put the KX™250F back on the podium. At the Moto 1 gate drop it was the No. 44 of Adam Cianciarulo grabbing the holeshot with teammates Joey Savatgy and Austin Forkner in fourth and fifth. By the halfway point, Savatgy battled hard to put his Kawasaki into third place, while Forkner followed to move into fourth and Tonus raced into the eighth position. Unfortunately, Cianciarulo would go down while leading, slipping back into second place. At the end of the 30 minute plus two lap race, Cianciarulo held on to finish second, Savatgy third, Forkner fifth and Tonus moved up to finish seventh. Chris Alldredge made his return after an injury sustained in supercross to finish 12th. The start of Moto 2 was all about Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki as Cianciarulo, Savatgy and Forkner came railing around Turn 1 in first, second and third. After capturing his second holeshot of the day, Cianciarulo lead for ten minutes before being passed by teammate Forkner for the lead. Forkner led up to the 20 minute mark before sliding back into second, where he would remain until the checkered flag, finishing 5-2 for third overall and his fourth overall podium of the season. Cianciarulo held on to finish fifth for fourth overall (2-5). After starting second, Savatgy began slowly fading back in the field and by the end of the race, crossed the line in 34th for ninth overall (2-34). Tonus started seventh and passed his way up into fourth early in the moto before fading back and finishing 17th for 11th overall (7-17). Teammate Chris Alldredge had a great first race back, finishing 10th overall (12-11). "I started up front with my teammates," said Forkner. "Just paced them for the first half of the race before they began to pull away from me. I knew I had a decent gap behind me so I decided to relax and save some energy for the second moto, because it was so hot. I started in third once again behind my teammates, but made sure to charge right away and get by them as soon as I could.""Today was definitely a step in the right direction," said Cianciarulo. "Got two great starts today, which led to my best moto finish of the year - with a second place finish in the first moto. It felt great to finally break through and get up on the podium again.""Today started off really well," said Savatgy. "I got a great start in Moto 1 and felt like I could fight for the win, but a few little mistakes kept me from achieving that. Another awesome start in Moto 2 had me right up there with my teammates in the early stages of the race. It was really hot today and I think we all got tired out there. I'm happy with my first moto performance and I am looking forward to the final round next week." "Today went well for my first race back," said Alldredge. "After being off the bike for 16 weeks, I think a top-10 finish overall isn't too bad. I have a long way to go before I'm back at race pace, but I believe we started off on the right foot today." "My starts were on point all day today," said Tonus. "I ran upfront in both motos and made great passes. I feel I've been improving all season and it's nice to get another top-10 finish."

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Aug 14, 2016

Tomac and Forkner Podium at Unadilla

Foothill Ranch, CA (August 14, 2016) – The Monster Energy® Kawasaki team rolled into New Berlin, New York for Round 10 of the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship held at Unadilla Raceway refreshed after the two week break. At the start of 450 Moto 1 it was Eli Tomac on his KX™450F earning the holeshot and immediately battling for position. Tomac made a small miscalculation and ended up third but would immediately strike back and take second position. The No. 3 Monster Energy Kawasaki rider would remain in second place until the checkers at the end of the first moto.At the start of the second moto, Tomac rounded the first turn in 10th and set off towards the front. By the halfway mark in the race Tomac had already pushed into fourth position and continued to bridge the gap to the front. With 11 minutes remaining Tomac put the No. 3 machine into third and soon battled for second. Tomac would eventually settle into third where he would remain until the checkers. His 2-3 finishes earned him a third overall on the weekend. "This weekend had it's ups and downs," said Tomac. "The first moto I rode pretty well but unfortunately couldn't hang with the leader. I did what I could and brought it home second. In the second moto I didn't get the start I needed, in this stacked field you have to be at the front right out of the gate to be at the front when the checkers fly. A third overall isn't what we want though, time to go home, do the homework and put the Monster Energy Kawasaki back on top of the podium."Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki arrived at Unadilla well rested and ready to compete for the win. At the Moto 1 gate drop it was rookie Austin Forkner with the holeshot followed closely by Joey Savatgy in second with Adam Cianciarulo in third and Arnaud Tonus close behind. Unfortunately, on Lap 2 there was a red flag, causing a full restart and sending the entire field back to the starting gate. After the second gate drop it was Cianciarulo with the holeshot, Tonus in third, and Savatgy in fourth while Forkner, who was held up by a downed rider, was relegated to the back of the field. At the halfway mark Cianciarulo moved back into second while Tonus and Savatgy remained third and fourth respectively with Forkner working his way into 10th. Within moments Savatgy would make a move for third and began working towards the leaders and with 10 minutes remaining Savatgy put the No. 37 into second. With two laps remaining Savatgy entered into a heated battle for second while Cianciarulo and Tonus sat fourth and fifth respectively with Forkner lapping in 10th. At the checkers Savatgy fought hard to keep second position, with Cianciarulo fourth, Forkner in seventh and some last lap issues forced the No. 66 of Tonus back to 16th. At the start of the second moto it was Forkner earning redemption and the holeshot, followed immediately by Savatgy in second, with Cianciarulo in fifth. Shortly after the start Savatgy cross rutted off a jump, was forced off the track and relegated to third. Five minutes into the moto, Forkner remained out front with Savatgy third and Cianciarulo in eighth. Seven minutes into the moto Savatgy would have issues, pushing the No. 37 back to 17th and finally removing himself from competition with misfortune affecting the No. 44 of Cianciarulo as well, lapping in 26th position before pulling out of competition. With 10 minutes remaining Forkner, the only remaining Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider in competition, had a strong lead aboard his KX™250F. With just over six minutes remaining Forkner made a small mistake and gave up the lead, settling into second with a comfortable gap to third. Shortly after, the second red flag of the day would be waved, stopping competition and giving Austin Forkner 7-2 for third overall, Savatgy's 2-32 earned a 10th overall, Cianciarulo went 4-33 for 11th overall and Tonus going 16th-38 for 20th overall. "On the first start I earned the holeshot and held the lead until the red flag," said Forkner. "On the restart I was in a rut behind another rider that went down and was held up pretty bad. I pushed all the way to the end, passed a couple guys on the final lap and finished seventh. In the second moto I had an amazing start and lead the race for almost the whole moto. I was passed towards the end of the moto and immediately afterwards they red flagged the race. Had I known that was going to happen I would have sent it to keep first, but you live and learn. The track was really tough today and the conditions were even worse, but I managed to have solid results and I'm looking forward to the next one."

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Aug 8, 2016

Petar Petrov Moves up to Seventh in the World

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropePetar Petrov Moves up to Seventh in the WorldPetar Petrov continued to move up in the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship standings as he advanced from eighth to seventh after the fifteenth of eighteen rounds at Frauenfeld in Switzerland.The Bulgarian started the weekend well when he posted seventh place in the timed practice, but a series of crashes during the qualification race left him with a poor choice of start gate for both GP motos. Nevertheless, he battled hard in the first moto to advance from an initial sixteenth to finish ninth and had every prospect of advancing into the top ten in race two as he quickly moved forward but a fall as he tried to make a pass for tenth cost him five places and he had to be satisfied with twelfth place at the chequered flag. His efforts were rewarded however as he moved up the championship standings to seventh and has his eyes on sixth at the next round.Teammate Dylan Ferrandis appeared to be favourite to win his second GP in fifteenth days as he topped free practice by nearly two and a half seconds, but the Frenchman was the victim of a freak accident, which has ended his GP season. Whilst on a fast lap during the timed practice session another rider unexpectedly changed his line to touch Dylan's front wheel, forcing him to crash heavily. His right forearm was broken in the crash and after initial diagnosis at the race track he was transported to Lyon where he underwent immediate surgery in the night by Professor Pascal Rastoucher, a leading specialist for arm and hand injuries who takes care of many leading French rugby players.Petar Petrov: "I struggled with the track all weekend and never felt comfortable. I spent more time on the ground than on my bike as I had so many crashes ! The timed practice on Saturday was OK with a seventh position, but then in the qualifying race I crashed three times; I tried to find the rhythm for today but this morning the feeling again was not so good. My first start was not so bad from the outside gate; I started sixteenth and moved forward to finish ninth with a better feeling for the track and a good speed. My second start was better and I was running tenth but I went down when I tried to make a pass and lost my rhythm; it was difficult to come back after that as it was not easy to pass. Now we'll work to prepare for Assen, and be back where we should be."Dylan Ferrandis: "I had a good feeling with the track in the practice sessions, and got the pole pretty easily in the free practice session. Then in the timed practice period I started a fast lap but on the finish jump another rider changed his line and hit my front wheel. It was impossible to avoid the crash, and unfortunately when I was on the ground I already knew that my right arm was broken."

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Aug 8, 2016

Double Win for Darian Sanayei in Switzerland

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeDouble Win for Darian Sanayei in SwitzerlandBud Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki's Darian Sanayei finished runner-up in the FIM European EMX250 Motocross Championship after a double victory in the final round at Frauenfeld in Switzerland.The American teenager showed an immediate liking for the new track on the outskirts of the town in northern Switzerland as he posted fastest time in qualification and he confirmed this form on both races, leading the first moto from start to finish to win by twenty three seconds and taking the lead on lap two of the second race to again win by more than twenty seconds. It was a fitting farewell to Darian's career in the European Championship; he will now contest the final two MX2 GPs of the season in the USA in September and become a full-time MX2 GP rider in 2017.Darian Sanayei: "It was a pretty good weekend for me, even I was afraid to have a muddy race when it rained on Thursday and Friday night. The track was really muddy for the qualifying practice early on Saturday, but I was able to post the fastest lap time. I got the holeshot in the first moto and won the race by twenty three seconds; in the second one I missed the holeshot but moved to second straight away and then took the lead after two laps to gain another moto win. It's a good way to end the season; my goal this season was to get a top three and I finished the series in second position. Now I will go back to America, and will prepare for the two US GP where I will race for Monster Energy Bud Racing Kawasaki."

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Aug 8, 2016

Tommy Searle Sixth in Switzerland

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeTommy Searle Sixth in SwitzerlandTommy Searle of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki finished sixth overall in the Swiss round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship on a brand new track at Frauenfeld.The Englishman had looked solid throughout training and immediately swept into the top six in race one as he continues to make advances at the starts. The tight nature of the competition at the sharp end of racing in MXGP meant that he was unable to move further upfield even though the racing was close and Tommy eventually dropped just one place in the final two laps to fellow Kawasaki rider Jordi Tixier. The racing was even closer in the second moto as Searle started fifth and lost just one place to the current world champion in a race in which just four seconds separated him from third place. Sixth overall in the GP, Tommy retains twelfth place in the points standings.Jordi Tixier of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team took an immediate liking to the Swiss track as he posted third place in the first practice session but he found himself in tight traffic throughout the opening GP moto, starting seventh and finishing sixth in a closely-fought race despite setting the second fastest lap time of the race. Race two followed a similar pattern as he advanced from tenth on lap one to seventh at the chequered flag, the combination of the two moto results giving him seventh overall in the GP.Teammate Clement Desalle set fifth fastest time in both practice sessions and was the early leader of the qualifying race before eventually coming home a safe third to promise much for race day but his starts in the GP motos were not quite as good and Clement had to settle for third in the opening moto after a solid ride from an initial fifth which also took him to second. The Belgian had every prospect of a podium finish but another rider hit his rear wheel on the opening lap of the race and, unable to remount his bike until the entire field had passed, he completed the opening lap twenty-fifth. A further incident with another rider after he had recovered to seventeenth cost him two places again and he had to be satisfied with sixteenth at the close. Clement remains ninth in the championship standings.Tommy Searle: "Sixth overall today in Switzerland and I enjoyed the track and the races, for my best weekend of the year. A couple of decent starts made life easier; it was close in the second moto and I was just a couple of seconds away from third place but I just couldn't make the passes I needed, and also did a mistake. Thanks to the team for working so hard these last few weeks. I feel I'm strong at the moment, nothing goes wrong and the team is really focus on me so we can do some improvements."Jordi Tixier: "I'm a little bit frustrated by the final result, as I had a great feeling with this track this weekend and posted some good results in the practice session, but I struggled at the starts and we all know that it's impossible to get a good result without a good start. I was between tenth and fifteenth each time; we need to work with the team to find solutions as it's the part of the puzzle that is missing at the moment to get top five results. I had good lap times in the races; I posted the second fastest lap in the first race, and as I have no more pain or troubles with my wrist I remain confident for the rest of the season. It was a great event with many fans, a good promotion for our sport."Clement Desalle: "I had a good qualifying race on Saturday; I was leading for a few laps and then Cairoli and Gajser passed me but third was ok for the gate pick. Today my starts were average, but in the first race I was able to come back to third, not so far from second place. It was a good race and I knew that the podium was possible, but soon after the second start another rider slid out in a corner and hit my front wheel. I crashed, and was unable to take my bike straight away after as it happened at an unsighted place for the other riders and it was dangerous. I lost a lot of time, I lost my rhythm, but I was back from twenty-seventh to seventeenth when another rider again hit my front wheel so I could only salvage a few points in this race."

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Aug 1, 2016

Podium for Petar Petrov in Belgium

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropePodium for Petar Petrov in BelgiumPetar Petrov raced to his first podium of the season for the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team in the Belgian round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship in the sandy wastelands of Lommel.The Bulgarian, who lives locally and practices almost every week in the deep sand, immediately showed his intentions when he posted third fastest time in both practice sessions and raced to an impressive second place in the qualifying race. After gating fifth he needed just five laps to force his way to the front and looked in command but the pressure of leading a GP moto for the first time took its toll and he had to eventually settle for second place. Unfortunately Petar hurt his shoulder early in race two as the brutal track conditions claimed many victims but he gritted his teeth to finish sixth, sufficient to ensure a third place podium finish in the overall GP result. Petar is now eighth in the championship, just one point behind seventh.Teammate Dylan Ferrandis was also prominent all weekend but two crashes restricted him to sixth in the qualifying race. In the opening GP moto he took an immediate lead but rode sensibly to avoid exhaustion in the tiring conditions and led for a total of five laps in three stints before the clutch cried enough. Dylan's second start was not so good, but he persevered to make advances nearly every lap until he had reached third place on lap seven; unfortunately the two leaders were out of sight so he had to settle for this position to the finish, but the first moto difficulties meant that he was only ninth overall in the GP classification. Nevertheless he retains fifth in the championship standings and is now only twenty-five points away from third.Petar Petrov: "We finally got this podium, but it was a tough day. I felt good all weekend. In the first race I had a good start, pushed really hard and got the lead for two laps; it was great to lead the race but that was also a new experience for me. In the second moto my start was not quite as good, and then I hurt my shoulder; the track was really brutal. In the last few laps I pushed again as Paturel was not far behind me; I knew that if he passed me the podium was gone so I had to push and we manage to get it ! Now I'm focused on the Swiss GP next weekend."Dylan Ferrandis: "I raced here in Lommel a couple of times, but it has never been so hard ! We struggled as with so many classes the track was already rough before our first practice session but I did my best on both days. During the qualifying race I crashed twice but got a sixth which was OK for the races; I got the holeshot in the first race and led the race but I never used too much energy as I knew that it would be a long day. I was leading the race but after fifteen minutes I started to have some troubles with the clutch and had to retire. My second start was not so good; I came back to third but Seewer and Anstie were gone."

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Aug 1, 2016

Fourth Place Moto for Clement Desalle in Belgium

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeFourth Place Moto for Clement Desalle in BelgiumClement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team claimed a fourth placed moto finish in the Belgian round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship at Lommel.The Belgian already showed his speed during qualifying as he raced to fourth place and he battled relentlessly throughout the first GP moto to pass the defending world champion for fourth place on the final lap. A podium seemed on the cards as he quickly moved to fourth place again and was closing dramatically on third until he made a mistake and crashed. Sadly the front brake was damaged in the incident and the handicap restricted him to tenth at the chequered flag. Eighth overall in the GP, Clement is now ninth in the series standings but he is only four points behind eighth and a further fifteen behind seventh.Tommy Searle and Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki have made tremendous advances with bike set-up to suit the English rider and, after a solid ninth place in the qualifying race he almost holeshot the first GP moto and ran at the front until issues forced his withdrawal from the race. Tommy battled for leaderboard placings all moto in race two to eventually cross the finish line ninth. He is now twelfth in the championship standings.A crash at the start of the qualifying race made the weekend difficult for Jordi Tixier, but he persevered to earn thirteenth gate pick, only to suffer more crashes in both GP motos. Jordi was challenging for a top ten position in the first race until a crash pushed him back to twenty-fourth but he continued to battle to recover to twelfth at the finish. Race two was again difficult as he started thirtieth and a further crash restricted him to twentieth at the chequered flag. Jordi is now seventeenth in the series standings.Clement Desalle: "On Saturday I qualified in fourth position, which was OK for the gate pick here. My start in the first race was not too bad, and I got a good rhythm and was able to take fourth position with a good feeling on this track. My second start was even better, and after a few corners I was fifth; I passed Nagl for fourth position and was close to Van Horebeek when I did a mistake and crashed. My front brake was damaged in the crash and then it was more difficult to keep a good rhythm. For sure I'm disappointed as a podium was possible this weekend, but that's racing. The track was too bumpy this year, and I didn't had so much fun riding here."Tommy Searle: "I got some good starts this weekend. We made a lot of improvements on the bike; little things make a big difference. Sand is always difficult for me, and due to injuries I didn't race so much in the sand this season but I came here a few weeks ago and also last week to practice on sandy tracks. My goal was to get top ten results all weekend; unfortunately we had some issues in the first race, but in the second one I managed to finish ninth and overall it was a pretty good weekend except the DNF."Jordi Tixier: "I had too many crashes to be happy with my weekend; I spent my time in both races passing other riders. I had the speed to get some good results, but in the MXGP class it's always tough to come back when you start so far back or if you crash early in the race. My first race was not so bad to come from last to twelfth, but the second one was really difficult with two crashes."

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Jul 25, 2016

Clement Desalle Fourth in Czech Republic

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeClement Desalle Fourth in Czech RepublicClement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team swept to an impressive fourth place in the Czech round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship at Loket, close to the German border.The elegant Belgian, whose early season form was dramatically affected by serious injury, continues to rebuild towards his best form and already showed good speed as he raced to third place in the qualification race, but he then faced a tough ride up the leaderboard after emerging from the initial sort-out in eighth place; maintaining a podium pace to the end of the moto, he eventually crossed the line fifth. He was even more impressive in race two to take over fourth place on the sixth lap and relentlessly chase the leaders to the checkered flag. Despite his early season losses Clement is now ninth in the series points standings, just four points away from eighth.Teammate Jordi Tixier also showed good speed all weekend. This was emphasized when he posted second fastest time in the practice session, but a lack of fortune in the always tricky opening turn at Loket meant that he was forced to charge through the pack in each race. He advanced strongly from tenth to seventh in the opening GP moto before conceding one place three laps from the end and was even stronger in race two as he advanced from tenth to finish sixth. This earnt sixth overall in the GP.Tommy Searle of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki made it three green machines in the top eight as he too overcame disappointing starts to move through the pack. In the first race he advanced from eleventh to ninth and in race two advanced from an initial twelfth to again take the checkered flag ninth. Eighth overall in the GP Tommy is now closing in on the series top ten and is only twelve points behind tenth.Clement Desalle: "It's easy to explain how my weekend went; I had some bad starts, and then made many passes to come back in the top five with a third in the qualifying race, then a fifth and a fourth position in the GP motos. In the first race I made some good moves in the first corners to come back into the top ten, and never stop pushing to get a fifth at the end of the race. My start was a little bit better in the second race and I recovered to fourth to finish just off the podium. The final result is not so bad considering my position in the first corner. We did some testing during the summer break and I feel some improvements in the settings; I also know that I can continue to make more progress. Next weekend will be my home GP; it will be nice to see the fans, although it would be nice to go to some other place, even if I like riding in the sand."Jordi Tixier: "I'm happy to get this good result; it shows that we're doing a good job. I had a very good result in the timed practice period with a second position, so the speed is there even if I made some mistakes in the qualifying race. I never started in the top fifteen today and we need to work on that point, but then I was able to come back to eighth and sixth. In the first moto I couldn't keep the rhythm in the last ten minutes and lost one position, but in the second race I was stronger; for sure the track was slippery after the rain, but here it's not such a problem when it's raining. Now we'll move to Belgium; we've already been working with the team to prepare the bike for the sand."Tommy Searle: "We had no real break in the past month with the British championship races, and it's been a long season as we're now moving to Belgium. This weekend was a solid one for me with two top ten results, ninth in both races and qualification after a sixth position in the timed practice period. The starts were not too bad; I got good jumps out of the gate but in the first corner it was not easy to find the way. We all did the best we could and it's been a while since I had such a consistent weekend. I made some good passes, an d that's never easy on this track; sometimes for sure I could pass sooner but the racing was very close and overall it was a good weekend.

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Jul 24, 2016

Monster Energy Kawasaki Rider Eli Tomac Wins Washougal

Foothill Ranch, CA (July 24, 2016) – The Monster Energy® Kawasaki team of Eli Tomac and Tyler Bowers arrived in Washougal, Washington for Round 9 of the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season prepared to race for the podium. Tomac started the day off on the right foot, riding his KX™450F to the top of the field in qualifying. On the first lap of 450 Moto 1 Tomac crossed the line in sixth with teammate Bowers in 13th. Tomac immediately began working towards the front and on the second lap was able to make the pass for fifth and follow it up with another pass for fourth. Within the next five minutes Tomac made yet another pass for third while Bowers raced his No. 53 KX450F into 12th. Tomac would remain third until the closing minutes of the moto, when he was able to race the No. 3 Monster Energy Kawasaki into second, where he would remain until the checkers while teammate Bowers crossed the line in 12th.At the start of the second 450 moto, Tomac exited Turn 1 in fourth, immediately zeroing in on the leaders and within a few corners had taken third. On Lap 2, Tomac blew by second place, around the outside of a turn, inheriting the position and now focusing on the leader. Meanwhile teammate Bowers fought for position inside the top ten. Eight minutes into the moto, Tomac caught up to the leader, made a clean pass and took the lead, immediately gapping the field. With five minutes remaining in the moto Tomac continued to set the pace at the front with an 8.7 second gap to second place, with Bowers racing in 13th. At the checkers it would be Tomac placing the Monster Energy Kawasaki KX450F first, finishing 2-1 and winning the overall, with Bowers finishing 12-12 for 11th overall."Today felt great to finally win on a real track," said Tomac. "It took me a while to get going in the first moto and by the time I got my grove and was in second, the leader had checked out. Second moto was all around better, I believe. I got off to a better start, charged to the front quicker and made the pass for the lead relatively early. It feels great to win on a normal track and continue to move forward with the team.""Today went really well," said Bowers. "The Kawasaki boys and I got some great work done during the week and came into this weekend feeling good. From the first practice to the last lap of the second moto I felt way better on the bike and I believed it showed as I went 12-12 for 11th overall. I'm really looking forward to breaking into the top-10."The four rider team of Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rolled into Washougal MX park looking to own the podium with Joey Savatgy, Austin Forkner, Arnaud Tonus, and Adam Cianciarulo. At the gate drop for 250 Moto 1, Savatgy rounded the first turn in third with Tonus and Cianciarulo in 10th and 13th respectively with Forkner in 22nd. Five minutes into the moto Tonus and Cianciarulo had raced their KX™250F motorcycles towards the front with Tonus seventh and Cianciarulo breaking into the top ten. After another five minutes the No. 44 of Cianciarulo had climbed into sixth, while Tonus sat eighth and Forkner raced his way up into 13th. With ten minutes remaining Savatgy continued to battle for the lead while Forkner continued to push forward, now in 11th. When the two-lap board was displayed, Savatgy crossed the line in second, with Cianciarulo sixth followed closely by Tonus in seventh and Forkner in 10th. The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team would remain in that order until the checkers. At the start of Moto 2 Savatgy came out of Turn 1 in second with Forkner close behind. Savatgy immediately attempted an aggressive pass for the lead, allowing the rookie Forkner to sneak by into the lead leaving Savatgy in second while Cianciarulo raced for position in fifth. Moments later Savatgy would tangle with another rider and stall his motorcycle, pushing Cianciarulo off the track in the process and allowing Forkner a breakaway lead as one of the few riders not slowed down by the incident. At the end of Lap 1 Forkner crossed the line in first, Cianciarulo in seventh, Tonus 14th and Savatgy 23rd. With five minutes of the moto in the rear view mirror, the No. 214 of Forkner remained out front with the rest of his teammates moving forward, Cianciarulo now in fifth, Tonus 11th and Savatgy 21st. At the halfway mark, Forkner remained the race leader in first with Cianciarulo and Tonus eighth and ninth respectively and Savatgy in 15th. When the two-lap board was shown, Forkner had stretched his lead up to over eight seconds with Cianciarulo and Tonus up to sixth and eighth respectively and Savatgy crossing the line in 11th. At the checkered flag, the rookie Forkner earned the first Pro Motocross moto win of his career, finishing 10-1 on the day for second overall. Savatgy's 2-11 earned fourth overall with Cianciarulo's 6-7 earning sixth overall and Tonus' 7-8 earning eight overall on the day. "Today was awesome," said Forkner. "I spun off the start in Moto 1 which hurt us going into the first turn, but I did what I could and climbed my way back up inside the top-10. I knew my speed was there in Moto 1, but I just needed a start. So I adjusted a few things for the second moto and got off to a much better start. When my teammate left the door open for me to pass him and the leader, I took it and the next thing I knew I couldn't hear anyone behind me, so I began to sprint as hard as I could to get away. I basically just rode as smooth and consistent as I could to maintain my lead and sure enough it worked and came home with the win. I was so happy that I was screaming in my helmet the entire last lap.""Today was good," said Cianciarulo. "I was really gelling with the track all day and the team had the bike working awesome. Overall, today was by far my best ride of the year so far, which feels great going into the two week break.""Today wasn't bad," said Tonus. "Besides my poor starts, I made a lot of strong passes all day and my intensity was high all moto which is an improvement for me, which feels nice. I just need to keep building on each weekend.""Today started off really well," said Savatgy. "After practice I felt the most confident on the bike I've felt all season. The first moto was good, even though I should have made the pass for the lead a few times but didn't want to take the risk in falling down. I got off to another great start in the second moto until I tangled with another rider. Unfortunately, the incident bent a lot of parts on the bike in which hurt my overall performance. I'm stoked to leave in one piece and looking forward in having a nice long break."

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Jul 24, 2016

Dramatic Double for Dylan Ferrandis

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeDramatic Double for Dylan FerrandisDylan Ferrandis swept to a dramatic double win for the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team in the Czech round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship at Loket in the north-west of the country.The Frenchman had dominated practice and only surrendered victory in qualification to a rude attack by an overzealous rival, but he rebounded to win both GP motos in varying weather conditions. Quickly taking the lead in race one, run in dry conditions, he quickly established a comfortable advantage over the chasers to sweep home unchallenged. Dylan then showed his resilience as light rain made the race surface treacherous in race two. Initially fifth, he maintained his composure to take over the lead on the ninth of nineteen laps and resisted another stiff attack three laps from the end to again cross the line an unchallenged victor. The maximum scoreline has now lifted Dylan, who was forced to sit out four GPs earlier in the year through injury, to fifth in the series standings just one point behind fourth, with five GPs remaining.Teammate Petar Petrov completed an excellent day for Kawasaki by finishing fifth overall after two solid rides out of the pack on a track where overtaking is generally difficult; the Bulgarian showed vividly his tenacious character as he made his final pass in each moto on the very last lap. He raced from eleventh to sixth in race one, and from thirteenth to seventh in race two and has now reestablished himself firmly back into eighth place in the series.Vsevolod Brylyakov of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki did not attend the Czech GP after recently cracking a bone in his right foot whilst practicing.Dylan Ferrandis: "In the first moto I was second behind Jonass but he crashed, and I was able to make the gap with my rivals to win this moto; I just tried to save some energy for the second moto and that was necessary as my start was not as good as the first one. I had to fight with the guys to come back to the front of the pack; it was a nice battle even if this race was tough with the rain as we lost some traction. At the end of the moto Max Anstie was pushing really hard; he tried to make a move but finally crashed. That's racing! Of course it was a good weekend with two moto wins. Everyone in the team is happy and we are all rewarded for the hard work we have put in since the beginning of the season. But there is no time to celebrate this win; next weekend we have the most difficult race in the world with the GP at Lommel, and we'll move to Belgium on Monday to prepare for this race."Petar Petrov: "It' been a while since I had a consistent weekend and that's good to get a fifth overall here in Loket. During the summer break we did a lot of good work on the bike, and I also had time to recover from my injuries so we came here in better condition. We're building up, injuries and everything are coming better and I felt good this weekend; when you have a few rounds without the results you expect it's never easy to find back the confidence again but we did just that and we are top five again, where we were at the beginning of the season. It's a positive weekend; we'll continue to work and I know that Lommel could be a good opportunity for me to do even better."

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Jul 21, 2016

Another French title for Livia Lancelot

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeAnother French title for Livia LancelotOnce more Livia Lancelot had a perfect weekend in Iffendic, home of the penultimate round of the French women championship. Winner of both races Livia collected her sixth national title, and remains unbeaten in France since 2014 as she won all the rounds that she entered during the past three seasons! Racing alongside the French Elite series in Iffendic, the Women never raced this season in France with so much public and among so many top riders. As usual Livia was the fastest in the timed practice period, and then she got two perfect starts with two holeshot. It was an easy double win, with the fastest lap time in both races, and with this double win Livia secured the French title before the final round. She can now fully focused on the last two round of the Women World Championship, Switzerland on August 7th and Netherlands on August 28th.Livia Lancelot: "Another title for me, for sure my goal this season is the World title but it was great to get this French one now, so I can go to the last GP's in better conditions. In the first heat I had no troubles, then in the second one I start to think too much to the title and it was a good training as I had to focus immediately on my riding as I didn't want to make any mistake on the track. This title is of course very nice for me but also to all our partners who are behind us. Now I'm fully focused on the GP of Switzerland, as my goal is to score as many points as possible to increase the gap in the series with my rivals before the last GP in the Netherlands. After Mantova I had to take some holidays as my knee was swollen; now I feel much better and I can train normally, that's the most important."

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Jul 18, 2016

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac Races to Another Podium Finish

Irvine, CA (July 18, 2016) – Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac was fresh off of his first win of the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross season and was looking for a repeat this weekend. Tomac's KX™450F launched him out of the gate in Moto 1, propelling him around the first turn and into the lead by Turn 2. Tomac led for the first 10 minutes of Moto 1 before settling into second for the remainder of the moto. Teammate Tyler Bowers rode strong to finish 18th. Moto 2 saw Tomac start outside the top-10 but quickly began slicing through the competition. Ten minutes into the race he had charged his way up into third where he would remain for the remainder of the moto. Tomac finished 2-3 for third overall while Bowers went 18-17 for 18th overall."Today went well," said Tomac. "Our lap times in qualifying were good and we got off to a great start in Moto 1, where I was able to jump into the lead early. I made a small mistake at the bottom of the hill which allowed second place to sneak by. I tried to fight back but made a few more mistakes, so I turned it down a bit to ride smoother. I didn't get as good of a start in Moto 2 and by the time I worked my way into third, the leaders had already ran away with it. We'll continue to work during the week and try and go for the win again next weekend." "This weekend was good," said Bowers. "I'm getting more and more comfortable on the bike each week I'm on it. My fitness was better this weekend as I was able to charge harder the first few laps and then again near the end, but most importantly, I'm just really having fun racing again and can't thank the team enough for giving me this great opportunity." Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki kicked off the day on the right foot as Joey Savatgy set the fastest pace in timed practice to qualify on pole. When the gate dropped for Moto 1, Savatgy launched out of the gate on his KX™250F and swung around Turn 1 inside the top five. The battle for the lead between four riders lasted a grueling 10 minutes before they would spread out and all find their pace. Savatgy rode smooth and consistent to a fourth place finish. Coming off his career best finish last week in Southwick, teammate Austin Forkner came into Round 8 feeling more confident than ever. Forkner started Moto 1 inside the top-10 and never stopped charging as he battled his way up into fifth briefly before finishing an impressive sixth, with teammates Adam Cianciarulo and Arnaud Tonus in seventh and eighth. Cianciarulo wasted no time charging to the front in Moto 2 as he took over the lead by Turn 5 and set the pace for five laps until sliding back into third, behind teammate Savatgy. With three minutes remaining, Savatgy stalled the bike in a deep rut, losing two positions and dropping back into fourth. At the end of the long 30-minutes plus two, Savatgy finished fifth (4-5) for fourth overall, while Cianciarulo finished eighth (7-8) for sixth overall. Tonus rode smooth and consistent all weekend to finish 8-9 for seventh overall, but unfortunately after a Lap 1 tip-over, Forkner started 22nd and battled hard back to 11th until another crash on the last lap dropped him back to 17th, going 6-17 for 13th overall. "Today didn't quite go our way," said Savatgy. "The first moto started off well with a good start but we couldn't quite catch the leaders. The second moto was better as I was able to make my way up to second until I stalled the bike. We'll go back and do our homework and come out swinging at Washougal." "The day started off really well after qualifying fourth," said Forkner. "I got off to a pretty good start in Moto 1 inside the top-10 and eventually made my way briefly into fifth before getting passed back and finishing sixth. Second moto, I got off to another great start but went down on Lap 2 and fell all the way back to 22nd. I fought my way back up into 11th before crashing in the rollers on the last lap, but was able to salvage a 17th place.""Today was a step in the right direction," said Cianciarulo. "I got off to a decent start in Moto 1, was able to charge the whole moto and made a few passes near the end to finish 7th. In Moto 2, I was top-5 around turn-1 and made a few quick passes to get into the lead early. I was able to charge and lead for about 10-minutes which felt awesome to be back upfront again. I'm looking forward to next week." "Today was good," said Tonus. "Every week I'm feeling faster and stronger and I believe it's showing on the race track. I had two great starts and rode strong all moto to finish seventh overall. It's nice to see that all the work I've been putting in over the years is beginning to pay

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Jul 10, 2016

Monster Energy Kawasaki's Eli Tomac Sweeps Southwick

After a three-year hiatus, the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship headed back to the sandbox of Southwick, Massachusetts. For four decades Southwick held a special place in American motocross with its sand based track producing great races throughout the years. Race day began with Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac qualifying second with a lap of 2:02:99. When the gate dropped for Moto 1 and the 40 riders came barreling through the sand into the first turn, Tomac sat 10th. The Colorado native, wasted no time powering his KX™450F through the field and by the end of Lap-1 had passed his way into the top five. Within another two laps he had reeled in the leader and began applying pressure for the lead. By half-way, he had taken over the lead and checked out. Within one lap, Tomac had pulled a six and half second lead, by the next lap, it was up to a ten and half second lead, and when the checkers finally flew, the No. 3 machine had pulled a 20+ second gap on second place to win his first moto of the season. Teammate Tyler Bowers had a slow start to the day having to qualify through the 450 consolation race. As a result, Bowers had a poor gate pick for Moto 1. and the he was unfortunately caught up in a first turn pile up. Bowers rode strong for 35 minutes and passed nearly half of the field to finish 17th.In Moto 2, Tomac came charging around Turn-1 inside the top-5 and by the end of the lap he had worked his way into second place. Once again, the two riders atop the points would battle through the sugary sand of "The Wick." For 15 minutes the gap between the two rarely exceeded one second, however, Tomac had finally eaten enough roost and made a pass for the lead by railing an outside berm, the long way around. A tip-over with five laps to go pushed Tomac back into second, but it wouldn't last long as he would bounce back and re-pass for the lead two corners later. The Colorado native went 1-1 for his first overall of the season while teammate Bowers went 17-14 for 15th overall. "It feels great to win again," said Tomac. "We've been working so hard as a team to improve every weekend and to see it pay off feels good. The track conditions were really rough today, so it really came down to maintaining momentum and riding as smooth as possible through the bumps. Overall I am pumped to be back on top. This is only the beginning." "Fortunately, I was able to win the consolation race," said Bowers "I was caught up in a first turn pileup at the start of Moto 1. I charged as hard as I could to get back up inside the top 20 to salvage some points. Got a great start in Moto 2 and just rode my own race and had fun. I'm looking forward on improving next week." Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki arrived at Southwick determined to regain the points leading red number plate which they lost last weekand upon the conclusion of qualifying they seemed poised to do just that. Rookie Austin Forkner displayed his raw talent yet again this weekend as he set the fastest time in qualifying, followed by his teammate Joey Savatgy. Moto 1 saw the Arnaud Tonus showcase his smooth and flowing in the sand. Tonus ran fifth for 25 minutes until moving into third with four minutes to go and achieving his second ever AMA 250 motocross podium finish. Forkner brought home another top-5 finish, while teammates Adam Cianciarulo finished ninth and Joey Savatgy 10th. Moto 2 saw Forkner nearly grab his second holeshot of the season, working hard all race to stay on pace with the race leader. At the checkers Forkner crossed the line second, for his career best finish and first overall podium with a 5-2 for third overall. Teammate Tonus was looking at a 3-4 moto tally, to tie teammate Forkner for third overall, until a crash with three-laps remaining dropped him back to eighth for sixth overall, still a season best. Savatgy went 10-11 for 9th overall while Cianciarulo finished 9-19 for 14th overall. "Today was really good," said Forkner. "After setting the fastest lap in qualifying, I got two decent starts in both motos and charged as hard as I could. I was absolutely "sending it" in Moto 2 and it felt great to battle for the lead with the points leader. I feel great with how I performed today and am looking forward in continuing to learn and grow.""Today was step in the right direction," said Tonus. "I felt really comfortable on the bike and rode strong all day. After all the struggle I went through, it feels great to perform at 100% again for myself and the team.""Today was tough," said Cianciarulo. "The track conditions got the best of me today. I felt like I rode well and my lines were good but it didn't show in the results. We're still taking each race one at a time and trying to improve. We'll come back swinging next weekend." "The day started off well after qualifying second," said Savatgy. "Ran up front in the second moto for a bit and made a few strong passes and felt I had the pace to win before going down. I was able to salvage points today and am still in the championship hunt. It's a long series and anything can happen."

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Jul 4, 2016

Monster Energy Kawasaki Rider Tomac Earns Second at RedBud National

Irvine, CA (July 4, 2016) – Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider of Eli Tomac was joined by Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Tyler Bowers aboard the KX™450F for Round 6 of the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in Buchanan. Michigan. As part of an Independence Day tradition, the RedBud National marked the halfway point of the season. At the gate drop of Moto 1 Tomac came around the first turn in seventh and by the end of the first lap had raced up to third while Bowers sat 16th. With seventeen minutes remaining Tomac made the move into second place and started making up time on the leader with Bowers holding strong in 16th. After working the entire moto moving towards the leader, with two laps remaining Tomac stalled the bike and lost most of the time he gained. At the checkers Tomac crossed the line in second with Bowers finishing his first 450 moto in 16th.At the start of Moto 2 Tomac screamed out of the gate rounding Turn 1 in second, and before the first lap was over put the No. 3 KX450F into the lead. At the end of Lap 1 Tomac led his first lap of 2016 with Bowers crossing the line in 13th. On the second lap Tomac made a small mistake and was unable to triple Larocco's Leap, relegating him back to second. At the halfway point Tomac remained in second, well clear of third, as Bowers ran 16th. When the checkers flew it was Tomac going 2-2 for second overall and Bowers' 16-20 earned a 20th overall. "I was searching a bit during the motos today," said Tomac. "I didn't have my best jump out of the gate and was pushed around a bit on the first lap. I managed to play a bit of catch up to earn second place. From that point I did all I could to reel in the leader, but close to the end I stalled the bike and it almost cost me second. In the second moto I had a great start but I was passed and from that point out the leader was just on another level. Last week we fought for the win and next week we'll be back there.""I'm really happy to be out here racing motos and even more for the Monster Energy Kawasaki team," said Bowers. "I am still working on myself and getting to where I need to be, but I finished both motos strong and I'll be even better next week at Southwick."The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team of Adam Cianciarulo, Arnaud Tonus, Austin Forkner and 250 series points leader Joey Savatgy lined up behind the gate at the RedBud National prepared to stake claim in the winner's circle. Race day started off with Cianciarulo earning fastest qualifier for a second consecutive weekend. At the gate drop for Moto 1 it was the rookie Forkner earning the first holeshot of his career, with Savatgy in sixth, Cianciarulo in eighth and Tonus in 21st. Forkner would swap the lead a few times on Lap-1 while Savatgy pushed his way into third position. Five minutes into the moto Savatgy made the pass on Forkner for second place, while Cianciarulo sat eighth and Tonus 15th. At the halfway mark Savatgy remained engaged in a battle for the lead with Forkner third, Cianciarulo eighth and Tonus 13th. With just over seven minutes remaining Savatgy closed the gap to the lead to just over one second, while Forkner was pushed wide and relegated to fifth, Cianciarulo sat ninth with Tonus moving his way up to 11th. The last lap of the moto became an all-out battle for the lead but at the checkers it would be Savatgy second, Forkner and Cianciarulo sixth and seventh respectively and Tonus would bring it home in 11th. In 250 Moto 2 Savatgy wasted no time at all jumping into the lead with Cianciarulo in eighth, Tonus in ninth and Forkner in 15th. Less than five minutes into the moto Savatgy made a mistake and went down, dropping back to fifth. At the halfway mark Savatgy ran fifth, with Tonus and Cianciarulo in eighth and ninth respectively while Forkner ran in 14th. With seven minutes remaining in the moto Savatgy made an error that resulted in a dramatic crash, pushing the No. 37 back to 19th place. After a brief stop in the pits to address the handlebars on his bike, Savatgy showed his true grit by rejoining the competition in 21st. When the two lap board came out Tonus and Cianciarulo sat sixth and seventh respectively, Forkner had worked his way up to 10th, with Savatgy up into 19th place. At the end of the day Cianciarulo's 7-8 earned a sixth overall, Savatgy would fight back with all he had earning seventh overall with a 2-16, Forkner brought it home for eighth overall with a 6-10 on the day and Tonus would go 11-6 for ninth overall."I spent the time off working on my entire program as I have all season long," said Savatgy. "In the first moto I was close to taking the win towards the end and tried to make a charge but it didn't happen for me this time. The track is really loamy so the smallest mistake takes a big chunk of time from you. Overall it was a good moto but I'm here to win. "The weekend was a step in the right direction," said Cianciarulo. "I've had good starts and been going fast lately but a few errors have hindered my results a bit. I was the fastest in qualifying again which is always good for my confidence and the motos were all about focusing on riding my race. I'm a little upset with my starts but this was a really good building week heading to Southwick.""This was my best weekend so far," said Tonus. "Every weekend has been better than the last and I felt really good in the second moto today. I'm very happy with how I rode, I just need a little work on the starts and I'll be at the front where I belong. There's still work to be done but we're moving in the right direction.""In the first moto I earned the first holeshot of my pro career which was great," said Forkner. "I ran up front for a little bit and fought hard for the lead. The first 20-25 minutes I was in third, unfortunately towards the end of the race I was pushed wide and passed by two riders at once and I ended up bringing it home in sixth. In the second moto I struggled a little at the beginning of the race and it held me back. I still came back for 10th so I'm pretty happy with that. I'll be working on my consistency and getting rid of a few mistakes and I'll be up front and show these guys what I've got."

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Jun 27, 2016

Tomac and Savatgy Podium at Muddy Creek

Irvine, CA (June 26, 2016) – Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac arrived at Muddy Creek in Blountville, Tennessee for Round 5 of the 2016 AMA Pro Motocross Championship prepared to battle for the win. Tomac started off the weekend by qualifying in second and ready to take on the field. The Moto 1 gate drop saw the No. 3 KX™450F cross the line inside the top ten. Tomac quickly began working his way through the field and by the end of Lap 4 had worked his way into third. Just after the halfway point Tomac took the advantage from a heated battle and moved into second place, where he would remain until the checkers.In Moto 2 it was more of the same, Tomac started inside the top ten but wasted no time cutting through pack. On Lap 2 he had passed his way into fourth and then third, and by Lap 3 Tomac was in second. In the remaining laps Tomac played cat and mouse with the leader, nearly taking the lead at times, however, coming up just short of the win at the finish. When the dust settled, Tomac's 2-2 moto finishes earned him a second place overall. "The track started off pretty soft and wet, making a pretty slick racetrack," said Tomac. "The conditions made practice a bit difficult but the track came around quite well by the afternoon. Muddy Creek is a little tight, which makes it a bit of an effort to get past lapped riders, but overall it was a good day. In the second moto I did everything I could to push towards the end, I nailed a few more lines and was really close to the end goal. 2-2 is a good result and we're going to continue to build off this momentum."The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team of Joey Savatgy, Adam Cianciarulo, Arnaud Tonus and Austin Forkner came to Muddy Creek with Savatgy in control of the series point lead. Cianciarulo came out swinging with the fastest qualifying time of the 250 and 450 classes. He quickly backed that up with a holeshot followed closely by Savatgy. On Lap 3 Cianciarulo lost the front end and was relegated to third before remounting while Forkner and Tonus were 12th and 16th respectively. Near the halfway mark Savatgy would put his No. 37 KX™250F into the lead followed quickly by Cianciarulo moving into second. Unfortunately, Cianciarulo made another mistake and this time would rejoin the race in seventh. With two laps remaining Savatgy remained out front with Forkner moving his way up to 10th, Cianciarulo in 11th and Tonus in 12th where they would remain until the checkers. In Moto 2 Savatgy came out of the gate in third, Cianciarulo 5th, Tonus sixth and Forkner in ninth. Five minutes into the moto Savatgy tucked the front end, going down and losing a few positions while Cianciarulo sat fourth, Tonus remained in sixth and Forkner moved his way into seventh. Cianciarulo was involved in a hard crash in the early stages of the race, but never one to give up, the No. 44 charged on until the finish, crossing the line in 22nd. After a charge towards the front Savatgy was involved in another tip-over, relegating the No. 37 back outside the top ten. Savatgy would continue to press forward throughout the moto, eventually bringing it home in seventh, with Tonus in eighth and the rookie Forkner in an impressive fourth. Savatgy's 1-7 would earn a second overall and keep the series points lead, with Forkner going 10-4 for seventh, Tonus' 12-8 earned him a 10th and the 11-22 of Cianciarulo placed him 16th overall. "My first moto was great and I'm very happy with the result," said Savatgy. "In the second moto I made a couple minor mistakes that ended up costing me more than I'd like. I tipped it over two times and both times I spent a lot of energy trying to make sure I didn't stall the bike. The couple minor mistakes I made need to stop in order to keep the championship with the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team, I know it's something we can do and with a 1-7 on today a second place is good. We know what to do, now it's time to go home and get it done so we can come out at RedBud swinging.""This weekend was another good race," said Forkner. "I didn't feel as strong as I would have liked in the first moto due to a poor start, but my lap times were pretty good. In the second moto I got off to a much better start and was able to ride my own race. I brought it home in the second moto for a fourth and I'm just going to keep building on these results. I'm looking forward to RedBud!""After my start it took a lot to get up through the pack in Moto 1," said Tonus. "It took a little while to get a rhythm but I'm pretty happy with the 12th all things considered. In the second moto I had a great start and had my best moto of 2016. My speed was there, I spent some time with the leaders and I'm going to keep building off this momentum.""Being fastest in qualifying was great," said Cianciarulo. "In the first moto I had the holeshot and was able to lead a few laps. The speed, the confidence and all the other pieces are coming into place and it feels good. In the second moto I was taken out pretty bad by another rider and fought as hard as I could for the rest of the race. I ended up 11-22 on the day for 16th, which isn't what we wanted, but I didn't give up today and I'm proud of that."

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Jun 27, 2016

Another podium for Dylan Ferrandis in Italy

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeAnother podium for Dylan Ferrandis in ItalyDylan Ferrandis of the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team swept to yet another podium in the twelfth round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship at Mantova in northern Italy.The Frenchman started strongly in the event, run in stifling heat, as he led the Qualifying race for most of the distance until a lapped rider forced him to crash, and he displayed great speed throughout both GP motos to clinch third overall despite a number of incidents. Twice he moved forward quickly to fourth and fifth places in the opening GP moto before crashes cost him several positions each time, but he continued to force the pace despite the heat and was finally rewarded with third position on the final lap. Dylan was one of the victims of a clearly defective start gate in race two, but officials declined to order a restart and he had to battle his way through almost the entire field to finish sixth. He has now advanced to sixth in the series standings despite being forced to miss four rounds earlier in the year.Teammate Petar Petrov had a difficult weekend after a crash in qualifying which left him with a poor gate choice and a bang on the head, which undoubtedly affected his chances on race day. He was soon eliminated in the opening moto but recovered bravely from sixteenth in race two to complete the top ten at the checkered flag. Petar is now eighth in the series standings.Vsevolod Brylyakov of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki was returning to racing after missing the British GP and simply lacked any luck. The Russian crashed in the qualifying race and again at the start of the opening GP moto, being forced to withdraw mid-moto after a rapid advance into the points positions. Determined to make amends in race two he pushed forward into the top six until the extreme weather conditions took their toll in the closing laps and he dropped back to eleventh. Vsevolod is now tenth in the points standings.Dylan Ferrandis: "I was happy with my results on Saturday even though I crashed while leading, as a lapper didn't move. But Sunday was not as good, and it is difficult to understand why. In the first moto my start was average but I had a good first lap and passed Herlings, but then I crashed twice; I came back and passed Pootjes but he took me out! I was happy to come back to third. In the second race the gate moved but didn't fall and I hit it, so I was late into the first corner. I passed almost the entire field to finish sixth; I had good lines and was one of the fastest riders on the track to get this overall podium."Petar Petrov: "This weekend was not really good with the results, but we learnt a lot so I want to take the positives away with me. That will be important for the rest of the season; now we have one month off and we know what we have to do to be stronger in Loket and the following GPs. I had such a bad gate after my big crash during the qualifying race that it was impossible to get decent starts; I wasn't even sure to race as I had crashed on my head. I'm really looking forward to the rest of the season now."Vsevolod Brylyakov: "I came back from injuries with a lot of expectations, but this weekend didn't go as I would have like. I have not been able to do much during the last few weeks as I was recovering from injuries but the weekend went wrong from the word go with a crash in the qualifying race. In the first moto I crashed at the start, came back in the points but then had to pull out. In the second race I had a better start and got as high as sixth but with this heat it was impossible to keep the rhythm; the last ten minutes were very difficult for me with the heat and I lost several positions. I'm not really happy but it is what it is, now we have three weeks to come back stronger."

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Jun 27, 2016

Clement Desalle on the Podium in Italy

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeClement Desalle on the Podium in ItalyClement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team took a giant step in his recovery from pre-season injury when he finished third overall in the GP of Lombardy at Mantova in northern Italy.The 27 year old Belgian had persevered through injury during the early rounds of the series and has been consistently building his speed during the last month as he shrugs off the early season handicap. A collision at the first corner of the qualification race meant that he had a poor choice of gate for the GP motos but the gritty Belgian dug deep to move up the leaderboard through the first moto, run in stifling heat, to cross the liner second, less than five seconds down on the race-long leader. Race two proved more difficult but he persevered from a seventh placed start to snatch fourth by half distance and secure third overall in the GP, the twelfth of eighteen GPs on the schedule in FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship. Clement is now tenth in the series standings.Teammate Jordi Tixier, rarely at home in extremely hot weather, displayed great resolve to make the best out of the situation and he was rewarded with eleventh overall from eleventh and tenth placed moto finishes. He showed particularly great spirit in race two when he maintained his position to the finish despite stomach cramps during the final ten minutes. Jordi is now nineteenth in the series despite missing seven of the twelve rounds to date.Tommy Searle of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki had a most unfortunate weekend. After posting fourth fastest time in practice he was eliminated from the qualifying race in a first turn crash involving several riders and the resultant poor choice of start gate inevitably made it difficult for him on race day. Twice he fought through the pack to cross the line twelfth and fourteenth, but was devastated to find himself unjustly disqualified from the first moto for alleged "course-cutting" when another rider had forced him off the track. Tommy is now twelfth in the points standings.Clement Desalle: "It's a first step to get this podium result; I have been waiting for it for a few weeks! The weekend didn't start so well on Saturday, but with the team we were able to do better today, and that's good to get this podium before the summer break. This weekend I got two decent starts and that makes life easier. It was not an easy weekend with the heat and such a rough track, but I never gave up to get this podium. We have three free weeks before Loket; we'll continue to work with the team to be even better in the next races. We know what we have to do for that."Jordi Tixier: "Everyone knows that when the temperatures are so high I have troubles with my body, so we worked on that and today I'm pretty happy with the results. Saturday was really good with a seventh position in the qualifying race, but in the first race I had a bad rhythm for the entire race. Then I had a bad start in the second moto, and I also had stomach cramps in the last ten minutes so I just tried to survive. We continue to work and learn each weekend; now we have three weekends to prepare the next GPs."Tommy Searle: " It was a terrible GP for me, again a tough weekend. In the qualifying race I got caught up in a crash at the start and the bike was damaged so I was forced to retire and got a bad gate for the races. In the first race I managed to come back to twelfth, but they disqualified me. Another rider took me out of the track; I came back on the track and clearly didn't take any advantage but they wouldn't listen to me. I was disappointed, especially as it's never easy to come back from nearly last to twelfth in these conditions. Then the second start was similar, and I had to come back from last to fourteenth. I am always fast on the track, but it never transform into good results so far."

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Jun 27, 2016

Livia Lancelot Extends WMX Series Lead

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeLivia Lancelot Extends WMX Series LeadLivia Lancelot of Team One One Four Kawasaki extended her lead to 24 points in the FIM World WMX Motocross Championship with a resolute performance in the GP of Lombardy at Mantova in northern Italy.The French girl's hopes of another victory suffered a blow on the second lap of racing when a rival forced her to crash, but she bravely defied a headache and a sore left knee to move forward from fifth to finish third, a result which consolidated her points lead. She battled for victory throughout race two and got alongside the race leader on several occasions but could not quite make the final move; in the closing laps she sensibly accepted settled for a safe second place rather than risk aggravating her knee injury and she now takes a twenty-four point advantage to the final two rounds of the series.Livia Lancelot: "It was tough weekend as another rider hit me during the first race on Saturday and I crashed; I had a headache and my left knee was sore, so I slept badly on Saturday night. But finally I got a second position in the second race, and leave Mantova with a bigger gap as I now lead the series by twenty-four points. I wanted to win here. I like this track, but even if I was faster in the second race I couldn't pass the leader; in fact I was afraid to aggravate my knee injury, and didn't push too hard. It was better to ensure good points rather than risk losing some; I don't want to think too much at the standings, my goal is always to win races all the way to the end of the season."

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Jun 21, 2016

Top Ten for Jordi Tixier and Clement Desalle

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeTop Ten for Jordi Tixier and Clement DesalleBoth Jordi Tixier and Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team finished top ten in the British round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship at Matterley Basin in southern England.It was Tixier's fourth race back from injury and he continues to show increased speed each race. After posting eleventh place in the timed practice session and the qualifying race on Saturday the Frenchman made further advances on post his best two results to date on race day with ninth in race one and sixth in race two. The combined results gave him eighth overall in the GP and he has advanced to nineteenth in the series standings despite missing the first seven rounds.It was a mixed weekend for Desalle. The Belgian had set second fastest time in timed practice but was denied a better placing than seventh in the qualifying race after being squeezed out at the first turn. The first GP moto was a disappointment after a first lap crash but Clement rode with great determination to recover from thirty-second place on the opening lap to grab four points for seventeenth place and he carried the speed on into the second moto when, after starting fifth, he crossed the line an impressive fourth. Ninth overall in the Grand Prix, he is now twelfth in the series standings.Tommy Searle of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki had qualified eighth in his home GP and eventually took that same position in the opening GP moto after advancing strongly from eleventh on a track where passing was proving difficult for many riders. He again made rapid advances in race two to hold down seventh before problems with his vision in the incessant rain forced him back to sixteenth. He is now eleventh in the points standings.Jordi Tixier: "It was a great weekend for me; I was happy with my results and my rhythm. On Saturday I did my best qualifying race; I finished eleventh but I was really close to the top five. In the first moto I got a ninth and did even better in the next one; my start was great, but in the second corner I got a stone in my goggles and damaged them. I didn't want to throw them away as it was raining; finally I had to do it but I had a good rhythm and could keep my sixth place. It's nice to see that we are working well with the team; now we'll move to Holland to prepare for Mantova next weekend."Clement Desalle: "It's a good feeling to end the weekend with a top five result, especially after the first race where I didn't get what I could expect. I had a bad start and then during the first lap I jumped on a mound of earth and did a superman! I didn't crash but my adrenalin was up; I lost my rhythm and even crashed later in this lap. I was last, as long way back, and recovered to seventeenth so for sure it was good to get a fourth position in the next race. I had a better start around fifth or sixth, and then came through to fourth; I tried to catch a podium, but Paulin had also a good rhythm. We continue to work with the team; this year many things are new as I race with a new bike, new suspension, new tires and we must find the best settings for me. But I feel the improvements, and that's good for the future."Tommy Searle: "It was nice to race my home GP, to see so many fans and try to spend some time with them as they gave us amazing support. It's been a really good weekend, but it's a shame that the rain came for the second race. I was happy with the first race, then in the second one I had some good laps but then the rain was so bad that I had troubles with my goggles; I slowed down too much as I didn't want to take them off, but I should have throw them away… In the first race I had a good speed, I know I can do it and I just hope that I make it happen soon."

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Jun 19, 2016

Dylan Ferrandis Second in Great Britain

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeDylan Ferrandis Second in Great BritainDylan Ferrandis of the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team raced to second place in the British round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship at Matterley Basin in southern England.The Frenchman posted top three times in each of the practice sessions and was only narrowly defeated in the qualification race to give confidence for the GP motos, but in each moto his main rival and championship leader was able to establish a significant lead before Dylan could take over second place so it was not possible to battle for the victory as had been anticipated. However the two second places have enable the Frenchman to advance to sixth place in the championship standings with every chance to move to fourth in the upcoming rounds despite having missed four rounds earlier in the season.Teammate Petar Petrov had also shown good speed in the qualification race as he battled with the championship leader all race to finish seventh but various issues restricted his scoring on race day to a single ninth place in race one before he was forced to withdraw from racing after just a single lap of race two. Petar is now ninth in the series standings but is now fully fit again and is optimistic that he will be able to move back up the standings in the coming rounds.Dylan Ferrandis: "It was great to be back on the podium as I missed it at the last two GPs. I had a good feeling with the track this weekend; here it was possible to make the difference with the other riders. It's just a shame that my starts were not better as I would like to race with Jeffrey; in both races the gap to him was too great by the time I came to second. We came here after some testing sessions with the team, working mainly on the suspension; on Saturday we made some more changes on the settings, and today the bike was great."Petar Petrov: "It was bad weekend, not so much to say as we had some technical issues. I had my best Saturday for some time to qualify in seventh position after fighting with Jeffrey (Herlings) for most of the race. Today in the first moto we had some small issues but I was able to finish the race, but in the second one I had a bad start and was forced to retire on the second lap. Again I had the speed, but that's also racing and now we don't think anymore about the championship but just try to do well in each GP."

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Jun 19, 2016

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Rider Joey Savatgy Tightens his Grip on Championship

Irvine, CA (June 19, 2016) – As the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series headed east for Round 4 of the 2016 season, it brought with it changes in weather and dirt. However, it was Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac with the biggest change, as the No. 3 KX™450F machine rocketed out of gate in Moto 1, nearly grabbing the holeshot. Tomac quickly positioned himself in second and began applying pressure to the leader, until a mistake on Lap 4 relegated Tomac to sixth place. He began his charge back up towards the front but would run out of time and finish sixth. After a crash in the opening laps, teammate Josh Grant was unable to continue competing and was forced to retire from the weekend.Moto 2 saw another great start by Tomac, inside the top-5. He wasted no time riding his KX450F up to the rear-wheel of the leader, where he began applying pressure for the lead. He and the leader separated themselves from the field immediately by pushing a pace no other rider could match. After 35 long minutes, Tomac would finish second in Moto 2, combined with his 6th place finish in Moto 1, earning a fourth overall for the day. "It was a good ride for me today," said Tomac. "The first moto cost me but we made up for it in the second. We practiced starts for the last two weeks straight and I believe it showed today with two great starts. If I keep that up and stay up on two wheels, we should be looking good for the rest of year." Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki 250MX points leader Joey Savatgy entered Round 4 with the red background number plate, signifying the series points leader, looking to extend his points lead in the 250 Championship. When the gate dropped for Moto 1, all four of Pro Circuit's KX™250F mounted riders rounded the first corner inside the top-10. Savatgy began working quickly by passing his way into fifth early. At the fifteen-minute mark, the Pennsylvania dirt would reach up and pull the Kawasaki rider to the ground. Savatgy remounted and put a charge on to pass his way all the way back up to fourth position. The rookie, Austin Forkner had another outstanding race, moving his way through the field to finish Moto 1 in fifth, while teammates Arnaud Tonus and Adam Cianciarulo crossed the line in eighth and tenth respectively. The start of the Moto 2 saw both Cianciarulo and Savatgy up front in first and second. Savatgy followed Cianciarulo closely for 10-minutes until sliding into the lead on Lap-5. There was no stopping Savatgy as he would go 4-1 for first overall, while Forkner rode his way up into eighth after an early crash for fifth overall (5-8). Cianciarulo finished 10th (10-11) overall and Tonus 12th (8-11)."It was great weekend," said Savatgy. "Moto 1 was a little tough on all of us, as the track was super rough and the ruts were deep. We made a few good changes in between motos and came out on top at the end of Moto 2." "First moto was good aside from my faulty gate," said Forkner. "The track was extremely rough, so I decided to sit back, ride smart and let everyone else make mistakes which allowed me to finish fifth. I started the second moto dead last after colliding with another ride but rode back up to eighth. Overall, we learned a lot this weekend and I believe I belong up front.""Each weekend we're improving," said Cianciarulo. "I unfortunately hit the gate in the first moto which made things a little more difficult but made up for it in the second moto by pulling the holeshot which was a nice confidence booster. I believe I rode a smart race this weekend and overall I'm grateful to even be back out here racing.""I felt really good on the track today," said Tonus. "I didn't quite get the jump in Moto 1, but was able to finish inside the top-10, which felt good. At the start of the second moto someone hit me and I went off the track where my bike and I were stuck for a few minutes. I know I'm capable of more and am looking forward to Muddy Creek."

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Jun 6, 2016

Clement Desalle Fifth in France

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeClement Desalle Fifth in FranceClement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team finished fifth overall in the tenth round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship at Saint Jean D'Angely in western France.The Belgian immediately found good speed around the hillside track to post second fastest time in timed practice and followed this up by leading the qualifying race for three laps before finishing fourth, but his starts were not so good on race day and he found himself charging up the leaderboard in both races. In race one he quickly moved from eighth to sixth before a couple of small errors cost him two places later in the race. He rode strongly in race two to finish fourth after starting in eleventh position. Despite riding the early rounds of the series with injuries and missing two more the Belgian has now advanced to thirteenth in the series standings.Teammate Jordi Tixier enjoyed his best GP since his return from injury and was classified ninth overall from tenth and eleventh places in the two motos. He started eleventh in the first moto, advancing one place to finish tenth, and followed this with a fine second race in which he battled for fifth place for several laps before the lack of race practice forced him to slacken his pace to finish eleventh.Tommy Searle of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki moved forward quickly from fourteenth to eleventh in race one before issues with as damaged brake line forced his retirement, and the Englishman was again well to the fore in race two as he advanced to fifth before making a couple of mistakes. Recovering into the top six after remounting eleventh, he again encountered issues with the rear brake in the closing laps but persevered to finish ninth. He is now eleventh in the series points standings.Clement Desalle: "Saturday started pretty well. I surprised myself with the second position in the timed practice period and then I led the qualifying race for several laps. It was good mentally, but I had a bad line in one section and lost three positions there. Anyway fourth was a good gate for the GP races; in the first race my start was not so good but I came back sixth before two mistakes dropped me back to eighth; I wasn't so happy with my riding and we changed some settings for the second race. My start was even worse than the first one and I was eleventh after one lap but I had some good lines and came back fourth which is not so bad; the rhythm is really high now in MXGP and if you are not in the top five at the start it's tough to get on the podium."Jordi Tixier: "It was much better this weekend than in Spain, with some good starts and that's helpful to get better results ! My second start was the best of the weekend, and it was great to race for several laps with Nagl, Clement and Guillod; I pushed really hard to stay with this group, but in the last part of the race I didn't have enough energy to keep this speed. I had such a long period without riding that I need some more time to recover, but the feeling is good and I know that in a few weeks I will be faster and stronger. I'm back in the top ten and that was a first goal, now I will take one day off to recover and then we'll move in the Netherlands to train with the team."Tommy Searle: "Four laps into the first race the rear brake line was damaged and I couldn't stop at the bottom of a hill so I crashed. I thought it was a stone at first but when it happened again I realised what had happened. I tried to continue but it was just too dangerous to ride a track like this with no rear brake so I had to stop. I got a good start in the second race but I made a small mistake which dropped me from fifth to eleventh. I got back to sixth again before I had more problems with the rear brake again; there were only two laps to the finish this time so I carried on to finish ninth. I hope for better luck in my home GP two weeks from now."

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Jun 6, 2016

Dylan Ferrandis Fifth in his Home GP

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeDylan Ferrandis Fifth in his Home GPDylan Ferrandis of the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team finished fifth in the tenth round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship at St Jean D'Angely in western France.The home country rider dominated both practice sessions and charged to second place in the qualification race but suffered misfortune at the hectic start of both GP motos and was twice forced to race through from the back of the pack to finish sixth and seventh. These two scores gave him fifth overall in the GP and the Frenchman is now seventh in the series point standings. Teammate Petar Petrov was classified tenth in the Grand Prix after a weekend full of incidents. After qualifying eleventh the Bulgarian battled his way forward from thirteenth to cross the line ninth in the first moto but was penalized five places as his bike failed the post-race noise test after the silencer was damaged during the race. He finished eighth after starting twelfth in the second race. Petar is now sixth in the series points standings.Vsevolod Brylyakov of the Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki team was unfortunate to suffer a twisted ankle during the first free practice but the Russian bravely fought through the weekend and was rewarded in race two with a ninth placed finish after charging from fifteenth place on lap one. His first race soon came to an end as another rider rode into his foot; the impact was so great that the engine casings were damaged, thus causing his inevitable retirement. The Russian is now tenth in the series standings.Dylan Ferrandis: "I'm disappointed with the results, I had two very bad starts as I was last in the first corner. I couldn't get good starts on this ground, and then I had to fight for the entire thirty-five minutes to come back in the top eight. I had no fun riding on this track, and everything seems to go wrong at the moment as I'm still waiting for my knee braces and equipment as the airplane company lost my luggage from Spain. Now we have two weeks to recover before Matterley; let's hope that they will do a good track preparation."Petar Petrov: "I don't know how it happened but in the first moto I lost the silencer and then the bike had less power. I still finished ninth but I got a penalty of five places so I was classified fourteen. In the second moto I had a decent start and finally I felt comfortable with my shoulder and thumb and I could push to finish eighth. It's not that good, but it's a good way to start building up for top five results again. I learnt a lot about my shoulder and my thumb this weekend; I have now the confidence and the feeling I was missing last weekend and we have now two weeks to prepare for the UK."Vsevolod Brylyakov: "The GP didn't start so well for me as on the sixth lap of practice I slipped and made a big crash; I was lucky not to have any back injury, but I twisted my ankle and I had some pain all weekend. The doctor let me ride, and it wasn't easy to qualify but I got the fourteenth gate for the races. In the first moto I was around ninth place when another rider hit me. He rode straight into my foot and I crashed; there was a hole in my engine so I had to retire. I didn't get a good start in the second race but I was able to finish ninth; I think that was not so bad to score a top ten riding just with one leg! Now I will have all the treatment I need during the next two weeks to prepare the next round."

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Jun 6, 2016

Livia Lancelot second in France

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeLivia Lancelot second in FranceLivia Lancelot overcame misfortune to retain the leadership of the FIM World WMX Women's Motocross Championship after finishing second in her home GP at Saint Jean D'Angely in western France.The Team One One Four Kawasaki owner-rider was confident of success in front of her home country fans after posting fast times in practice but the opening moto on Saturday evening quickly became a torture as a stone jammed her front brake mechanism just a few corners into the race and she frustratingly had to follow the two leaders as she came to terms with the handicap. Forced to find new lines she was never quite able to make the pass and then disaster struck three laps from the finish when a lapped rider cut across her path and, unable to brake effectively, she crashed and lost a position to finish fourth. In the second race on Sunday morning Livia quickly moved to second place and four laps from the end of the race she took the lead despite stiff resistance from her closest rival in the championship. Livia now leads the series by seven points with three rounds remaining.Livia Lancelot: "For sure it's nice to be on the podium, but it's not what I was expecting. I was so disappointed after the first race; it was tough to accept this incident. I was unlucky. I got a stone in my front brake after a few corners and I had to do all the race without a front brake. The race was long, I had to find new lines and I came back behind the two leaders but in one of the last few laps a lapper changed her line and I couldn't brake so I crashed. That's racing, let's hope that I will not have any more troubles this year ! The second race was nearly perfect, I got a good start and when I came second I looked for some different lines and I took the lead to win this race. I keep the red plate and that's important; now it seems that my main rival for the championship will be Nancy. The goal will be to take some good points in Mantova and Switzerland before the last round in the sand of Assen."

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Jun 6, 2016

Darian Sanayei Double Winner in France

Press release provided by Kawasaki EuropeDarian Sanayei Double Winner in FranceDarian Sanayei scored an emphatic double victory for Bud Racing Monster Energy Kawasaki in the French round of the FIM European MX250 Motocross Championship at St Jean D'Angely.The young American, faced with the need to learn a new circuit at every round, qualified eighth and made a solid start to the opening moto in third position before quickly taking the lead on lap three and moving relentlessly away from his chasers for a nine second victory. Another good start in race two saw him initially second before taking the lead already on the opening lap for another convincing win, again nine seconds clear of his closest rival. The fifty point maximum score for his first ever series victory has seen Darian advance to second in the series standings.Teammate Nicolas Dercourt also made his best result of the series so far when he took fourth overall from 4-6 moto finishes, missing the podium by just one point. The French youngster twice had to charge up the leaderboard from moderate starts; in the first moto he advanced from eighth to fourth and in the second race he converted an initial eleventh into sixth place. Nicolas is now eighth in the series standings.Darian Sanayei: "It was good. The track was really nice, just some stones, so my goal was to take some good starts so I wouldn't get too much stones in my face. I was third at the start of the first race and I had some difficulties with my clutch but with the track conditions that wasn't such a problem; it just made me ride smoother. I nearly got the holeshot in the second moto. I was second and took the lead at the second or third corner; after that I just tried to ride my own race, to stay strong and make a gap to my rivals. I rode this track a few weeks ago and, even if the conditions were totally different, I think that helped me to get a good qualifying result. I'm used to discovering new tracks, but at least I knew the track layout here, and it will be similar in the UK as I raced there last year. It was awesome to hear the national anthem; it was my goal to win some races here in Europe this season."Nicolas Dercourt: "It was a good weekend for me, as I got my best overall result of the year with a fourth position overall. I had the eleventh gate pick but missed a good start in the first race; I rode a good opening lap to move to eighth, and then found a good rhythm to advance to fourth at the finish. My second moto was pretty similar, as I moved forward from eleventh to sixth and just missed the podium by one point."

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Jun 5, 2016

Savatgy Wins Thunder Valley and Leaves with Points Lead While Tomac Podiums

Irvine, CA (June 5, 2016) - The Monster Energy® Kawasaki team of Eli Tomac and Josh Grant arrived in Lakewood, Colorado this weekend for Round 3 of the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series. Colorado native, Tomac started the day fastest in qualifying, looking poised and ready to race for the podium. At the start of Moto 1 Grant rounded the first turn in eighth while Tomac came around in 21st. At the halfway mark Grant raced his KX™450F to an impressive third place with Tomac moving up into the eighth place position. With three laps to go Grant and Tomac were split by only one rider, sitting in fourth and sixth respectively. On the next lap Tomac made the pass for fifth where he would remain until the checkers with teammate Grant finishing Moto 1 in an impressive fourth.Grant launched out of the gate with an impressive start in Moto 2, rounding in the first turn in fourth while Tomac went off track at the end of Lap 1 and rejoined the field in 19th. After ten minutes of racing Tomac had already diced his way into seventh. Just after the halfway mark Grant and Tomac found each other on the racetrack and they battled for third, with Tomac taking the advantage and sighting in on second. Only a few minutes later Tomac pulled the trigger and made the pass for second where he would remain until the checkers. Tomac's performance of 5-2 earned him third overall while Grant finished sixth overall (4-5)."Today didn't quite go as planned," said Tomac. "We started the day on top with the fastest time in qualifying but when it came time to race our starts weren't where we want them to be. I managed to find smooth lines and stay on two wheels all day to finish on the podium for the third straight week, so I'll take that and move to the next round focused on the main goal of the top step of the podium.""The weekend was really good," said Grant. "I always like coming to Colorado, it's one of my favorite places. The track, especially the ruts, were really gnarly this weekend and it made for some interesting racing. I'm happy with how I've been riding the last couple weeks and this weekend was more of the same. I made a few minor mistakes that held me back a bit but overall I'm really happy and I'm looking forward to the next one."The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team of Joey Savatgy, Adam Cianciarulo, Austin Forkner and Arnaud Tonus arrived at Thunder Valley Motocross looking to continue to fight for the podium and points lead. At the start of Moto 1 Savatgy and Forkner rounded the first turn in sixth and eighth respectively. Five minutes into the moto Forkner was involved in an incident and was relegated to 31st. Shortly after Savatgy moved into fourth place and began pressuring for the podium. With 22 minutes remaining the No. 37 raced his way into third while Cianciarulo moved into 11th. Savatgy continued to race a blistering pace, closing the gap to the lead duo and applying pressure and with 17 minutes to go made a clean pass around the outside to move into second. He wasted no time catching up to the leader and made the pass for the lead. With moments to go Savatgy made a mistake and went down, moving back to second place. Cianciarulo took the white flag in sixth with Forkner racing up to 17th and Tonus 18th, where they would remain until the checkers. Savatgy rode an impressive last lap to hold off an attack and cross the line in second. At the gate drop of the second 250 moto Cianciarulo put his KX™250F out front earning the holeshot followed closely by Savatgy in second, Forkner in sixth and Tonus rounding out the top ten. Savatgy quickly put the No. 37 into the lead looking to put some distance on the rest of the field. Seven minutes into the moto Cianciarulo made a mistake, went down and retired from the race. The rookie Forkner continued to impress and with 17 minutes remaining took the advantage from a great battle and put the No. 214 into fifth place. At the checkers Savatgy reclaimed the top of the podium and took the overall win with a 2-1. Forkner earned ninth overall with a 17-4, Tonus 13th with 18-9 and Cianciarulo ended the weekend 14th with a 6-38."The weekend was great," said Savatgy. "In the first moto my start wasn't exactly what I wanted but I was able to get my speed where I think it should be, made some passes and got out front. Once I started to pull away a little I made a mistake and went down, remounted and brought it home for second. As for Moto 2, it went exactly how I wanted. I rode smart, my KX250F was perfect and I'm really happy with the results for the day and the championship.""The first moto I had a good start," said Forkner. "Unfortunately the track was really slick in one particular corner and I tucked the front. When I remounted three other riders hit me, one after the other. By the time I finally rejoined the race I was nearly last and spent the whole moto climbing my way back up and finished 17th. In the second moto I had another good start and around halfway I started to feel really good. I passed my way into fifth and continued to push forward. I gave it my all for the second half and on the last lap I made another pass crossed the line fourth and ninth overall.""I rode a little tight in practice," said Tonus. "In the first moto I was a able to ride better but tangled up with Forkner in the early stages of the race and unfortunately rejoined pretty far back. I did the best I could, found my rhythm towards the end and raced my way into 17th. In the second moto I had a good start, spent most of the race able to do good laps and to focus on riding my own race. I'm feeling a lot better, I'm happy with my results today and I'm looking forward to the next one."

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May 29, 2016

Solid Podium Finish for Monster Energy Kawasaki Rider Eli Tomac

Irvine, CA (May 29, 2016) – The Monster Energy® Kawasaki team of Eli Tomac and Josh Grant finished strong after a day of slow starts at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California this weekend for Round 2 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.At the start of Moto 1 fast qualifier Tomac crossed the line on Lap 1 in seventh with Grant in 15th. After five minutes Tomac had already moved into fifth position with Grant pushing forward into 10th. Ten minutes into the moto Grant had raced his way into ninth and Tomac up into fourth. Moments later the No. 3 made an impressive pass for third by railing the outside of a wide left handed berm earning the final podium position while Grant was able to cross the line in sixth. The start of Moto 2 saw the No. 33 of Grant finishing the first lap in 11th with Tomac crossing the line in 14th. Five minutes into the moto Grant and Tomac latched together while they race towards the front, now in eighth and ninth respectively. With just over 20 minutes remaining the Kawasaki duo had worked up to sixth and seventh, this time with Tomac the frontrunner of the two. Just past the halfway mark Tomac placed his KX™450F on the inside of fourth place, took the position and began working on the final podium position. With eight minutes remaining he did just that with a strong pass through a rhythm section, followed by an inside line through the next right hander. Following suit Grant would make a pass late in the moto to move into sixth. At the checkers Tomac earned another podium position with a third place finish (3-3) and Grant's 6-6 saw him end the day at his home track in sixth. "The weekend went well," said Tomac. "Practice started really well taking pole position. In the first moto I had a decent start and raced my way into third. In the second moto we made some small changes and it was an improvement. The score sheet said the same thing but I felt a lot more comfortable on my KX450F and I'm excited to bring that confidence and setup to Colorado next weekend.""Glen Helen went really well," said Grant. "This is my local track and I always love it here. The track was pretty beat up today and it suited my well. I'm really happy that I was able to come away with a 6-6 for sixth overall, and I've put myself in a good position in the championship heading into Colorado next weekend."Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rolled into Glen Helen Raceway looking to capitalize on the momentum earned at Round 1 of the Pro Motocross series. Joey Savatgy and his teammates Arnaud Tonus, Adam Cianciarulo and rookie Austin Forkner looked fast in qualifying with Forkner fastest in second practice and second overall. Forkner maintained that speed after the gate drop of Moto 1, sitting in fifth place at the end of Lap 1, with Cianciarulo in seventh and points leader Savatgy working towards the front from 16th. After 10 minutes the No. 214 of Forkner had moved his way into fourth place and by the half-way mark Cianciarulo and Tonus sat eighth and ninth respectively. With ten minutes remaining Forkner had raced his KX™250F into podium position while Savatgy continued making passes in 12th. At the checkers Forkner claimed the final podium position of third in the third moto of his professional career, while Savatgy climbed his way to an impressive ninth with Tonus in 10th and Cianciarulo in 11th.At the start of Moto 2 Forkner again had a solid start, coming around Turn 1 in fourth with Savatgy close behind in eighth. By the end of the first lap Forkner was third, Savatgy ninth with Tonus and Cianciarulo in 14th and 15th respectively. With 18 minutes remaining Forkner continues to impress as he moved up to second, Savatgy up to eighth and Cianciarulo working up into 11th position. With just over 10 minutes remaining Forkner made a mistake, crashing at the top of the hill and relegating the No. 214 to sixth while Savatgy and Cianciarulo continued to push towards the front in seventh and 10th respectively. Forkner showed grit by giving it all he had and making a final pass before the checkers, ending the weekend in fourth overall with 3-5 moto finishes. Savatgy's 9-7 earned the No. 37 seventh overall, Cianciarulo left Glen Helen with an 11th overall (11-14) with Tonus just behind in 12th (10-15)."We're improving," said Cianciarulo. "Our starts improved a lot today and I felt strong for all 30 minutes in both motos. We're continuing to look forward and build on each race.""I felt way better this weekend," said Tonus. "Overall from the first practice to the end of the second moto I felt good. It's such a relief to finally see improvements in myself and the bike." "Today was great," said Forkner. "Practice went really well. When it came to the motos, I had two great starts and my first podium. In the second moto I felt much faster and was catching the lead group until I went down and finally ended fourth. Overall, to be beat by two, two-time champions isn't bad at all... I learned a lot today and I'm looking forward to Colorado.""Today didn't quite go our way," said Savatgy. "We started the day off on the right foot by qualifying well but couldn't quite get my starts dialed in, which hurt us in the long run. It's a long season and this is only one race of many, so I'm looking forward to rebuilding and heading to Colorado."

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May 29, 2016

Moto podium for Clement Desalle in Spain

Press release provided courtesy of Kawasaki EuropeMoto podium for Clement Desalle in SpainClement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team raced to third place in the opening moto of the Spanish round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship at Talavera de la Reina.The stylish Belgian was making his return to racing after recent injuries and deliberately eased his way back through qualification but he used the power of his KX450F-SR to immediately take over third place in the opening GP moto at the hillside track to finish just eleven seconds behind the winner. After another good start in race two he surrendered a few positions through the first few corners but fought back defiantly to finish the race in sixth position. The combined results of both motos saw him narrowly miss the overall GP podium but his 35 points haul was his best to date this season and augurs well for the second half of the season.Tommy Searle of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki shrugged off recent knee injuries to join Desalle in the top ten of the first race after a solid ride from thirteenth on lap one, but the Englishman collided with another rider on the opening lap of race two and was unable to continue.Desalle's KRT teammate Jordi Tixier had a frustrating weekend. After taking eleventh place in qualification he never settled on race day and could only finish fifteenth and thirteenth.Clement Desalle: "It's great to be back in the first three! For sure I missed the overall podium by a few points but it's been some time since I finished one race in the top three. It's a good comeback; my feeling with the bike was better this weekend but we still need to work as I didn't spent so much time on it since February due to my injuries. Today the start was so important that you couldn't afford to miss it; the first one was good, but at the second one I lost a few positions through the first few corners. Since Latvia at the start of the month I've only been able to train four times but I felt ready to come here and to actually race is the best training you can have. Now we'll continue to work with the team; I want to get more and more podium results."Tommy Searle: "This week was the first time I've been able to practice since I hurt my meniscus and my knee five weeks ago as I needed to let them recover, but coming here I didn't felt good and I struggled all weekend. In the second race I got a better start in tenth or eleventh but then I hit another rider in a downhill and crashed and hit my head again, same as two weeks ago. Things seem to go wrong at the moment; I'm trying to do my best and I think a lot of problems come from the starts. We changed a little bit on the bike snd I think we found something that will help, so we stay positive."Jordi Tixier: "A weekend to forget for me; I never had a good feeling with the track and struggled in both races. It's difficult to accept that, as I nearly won the MX2 GP here last year, but we'll continue to work and will try to get better results next weekend in France."

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May 29, 2016

A Second Place for Dylan Ferrandis in Spain

Press release provided courtesy of Kawasaki EuropeA Second Place for Dylan Ferrandis in SpainDylan Ferrandis of the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team just missed the overall podium in the Spanish round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship after finishing second in the first moto.The French youngster scored an impressive victory in qualification but he never felt completely comfortable at the hillside Talavera de la Reina track where he had suffered a season-ending knee injury last year. Constantly changing track conditions as heavy showers rolled across the region on Saturday and Sunday was blessed with sunshine made it difficult to find optimal bike settings and Dylan settled for a secure second place in the opening moto after taking yet another holeshot aboard his KX250F-SR. The front brake was damaged at the start of race two when he was hit by another rider and, after quickly advancing from tenth to sixth, he had to battle his way up the leaderboard a second time after a crash. He eventually finished the moto fifth to narrowly miss the overall GP podium but has now advanced to ninth in the series points standings despite missing four GPs earlier in the season.Vsevolod Brylyakov of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki held a confident fifth place until he crashed on the final lap of qualification and the resultant poorer gate pick made it difficult to repeat the performance on race day. Initially thirteenth in race one he moved forward to ninth at the finish but a crash at the second corner of race two restricted him to eighteenth at the chequered flag. The Russian is now tenth in the series standings.Petar Petrov's recent misfortune continued in Spain. Even though he was still nursing a painful thumb injury the Bulgarian posted top five times in both practice sessions, but a collision at the second corner of the qualifying race left him chasing through from the back of the field. Yet more misfortune awaited the teammate of Ferrandis as he crashed after recovering to nineteenth and dislocated a shoulder. Bravely defying the pain he battled his way from eighteenth to tenth in race one before issues forced his retirement and a small crash as he held down twelfth in race two meant another recovery from seventeenth to thirteenth. He retains sixth place in the series standings.Dylan Ferrandis: "It was a tough weekend on a track where I have some bad memories after my knee injury here last year. It was very difficult to find the best settings for the bike, as the weather and the track conditions were continually changing on both Saturday and Sunday. In the first race I had some difficulty with the front fork settings and couldn't keep the lead; I didn't want to take risks as I got some arm pump so I just concentrated on securing my second position. We made some changes for the second race and the feeling was better, but I got a bad start and in the first corner another rider hit me and damaged my front brake; I was back to sixth behind Tonkov when I lost the front wheel and crashed, and then recovered to fifth. I had a better feeling in the second race, but I'm frustrated that I just missed the podium."Vsevolod Brylyakov: "Saturday started pretty good for me, as I got a good start in the qualifying race and was fourth for most of the race, but I crashed on the last lap. I was disappointed, but I knew that I had the speed and could expect similar results on Sunday. But Sunday didn't go to plan; my gate pick was bad and I was thirteenth at the start to finish ninth which was not so bad. But the second moto went completely wrong; I crashed in the second corner and could only get back to eighteenth. I never felt comfortable and every time I tried to push it got worse. I'm not really happy with the result but all of my team is supporting me; we're working hard to get the best of my riding and I'm sure that better results will follow."Petar Petrov: "The luck is not really on my side at the moment. in Germany I broke my finger and had to ride with a lot of pain in Italy, so I came here with no practice as my thumb needed to recover. It was still sore but on Saturday I was feeling really good and posted top five results in the practice sessions but then in the qualification race I crashed with a couple of guys in the second corner. From that moment my weekend went wrong; I had a second crash later and dislocated my shoulder, so I had to ride with a lot of pain today. When it happened on Saturday I thought that the season was finished, but I still tried and it went OK even if I had the worst gate pick. I had pulled through to tenth when we had some issues with the bike in race one, then in the second moto I was twelfth when I had a small crash."

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May 22, 2016

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Rider Joey Savatgy Handles the Competition at Hangtown

Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac picked up right where he left off last season, setting the fastest time in qualifying for Round 1 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series at the Hangtown MX Classic. At the start of Moto 1, it was teammate Josh Grant with the jump on his Kawasaki KX™450F coming around Turn 1 in eighth place while Tomac came around in 12th. After 10 short minutes, Tomac had passed his way into seventh place and began putting pressure on the top-five. Five minutes later, when the halfway flag started waving, Tomac had positioned himself inside the top-five, where he would battle for a podium spot. Towards the end of the race Tomac had raced his way into third and was battling to keep the positon. At the checkered flag Tomac took fourth, while Grant rode to a solid eight place.Grant earned another great top-five start in Moto 2 with Tomac rounding Turn 1 in eighth. Tomac again would waste no time moving forward and within a few laps the No. 3 Kawasaki rider had made his way into fourth where he would stay for the remainder of the race. Tomac raced his way to an impressive third overall (4-4) with teammate Grant finishing eighth overall (8-8). Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rolled into Round 1 of the 2016 Pro Motocross season with the full roster of Joey Savatgy, Adam Cianciarulo, Arnaud Tonus and rookie Austin Forkner ready to compete for the top step of the podium. The team wasted no time jumping out front in timed practice as Savatgy, Cianciarulo and Forkner qualified first, second and fourth respectively. When the gate dropped for Moto 1, Savatgy on his Kawasaki KX™250F grabbing the holeshot, while the rookie Forkner sat eighth, Tonus was in 15th while Cianciarulo, who had an incident on Lap 1, crossed the line in 21st. At the 15-minute mark of Moto 1, Cianciarulo had made his way up into 12th place passing a total of nine riders by halfway, as the skies opened and the rain began pouring down. There was no stopping Savatgy as he rode flawlessly to his first moto victory with teammates Cianciarulo and Forkner finishing just outside of the top-10 in 12th and 13th while Tonus settled for 22nd. Moto 2 would see two different starts as a red flag caused a 10-minute delay and a complete restart. The restart would turn out to be beneficial for Savatgy and Forkner as they came around Turn 1 in second and third respectively. Forkner would battle inside the top-three for 20 minutes until a collision with another rider resulted in him going off track and falling back to seventh. Savatgy would wait until the five-minute mark to make his move for the lead, going 1-1 for first overall, with Forkner taking home an eighth overall (13-7) in his pro debut. Teammates Cianciarulo and Tonus finished a strong 13th (12-11) and 18th overall (22-15). "Overall, today went well," said Tomac. "I was feeling really good after timed practice and heading into Moto 1 with first gate pick. My starts weren't on point today as I started both motos mid-pack and had to work my way up through the field, but we learned a lot today and fourth place is a start that I can work with." "Today was good," said Grant. "Felt good to get out here and ride two strong and consistent races. I feel like I've got more to offer but for it being the first round, I'm okay with leaving here in eighth. Looking forward to Glen Helen next weekend." "I couldn't have asked for a better day," said Savatgy. "Qualified fastest and went 1-1 for first overall. In Moto 1, I made things easy on myself by pulling a holeshot and leading every lap. Got another good start in the second moto and waited until the 25-minute mark to make my move for the lead and took it home to the checkered flag." "First moto I rode really tight in the first half of the race but near the end was able to calm my nerves and make a few passes to finish 13th, said Forkner. "On the restart of Moto 2, my Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki launched me out of the gate and I came around turn one inside the top-five. I rode really strong for the first 20-25 minutes by pacing the leaders. After deciding to back it down, I crashed and ended the moto in eighth, but that's definitely something I can build on. We learned a lot today and I had a blast.""In the first moto I crashed on the opening lap which set me back," said Cianciarulo. "From there it was all about salvaging a decent position. The second moto was better and I felt I rode well. Overall, I'm happy to have gotten through Round 1 safely and I'm looking forward to improve throughout the year. This is just a starting point.""Coming into Hangtown, I hadn't been able to ride or train as much as I've wanted to due to my shoulder I injured in supercross," said Tonus. "It's getting stronger every time I ride and our goal was to leave Hangtown with solid finishes and I believe that's what we did, so I'm happy with how today went.

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May 18, 2016

Kawasaki Congratulates Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki

Irvine, CA (May 17, 2016) – Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. would like to congratulate Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki on sweeping the top three positions in the AMSOIL Arenacross championship standings. Based in Muskegon, Michigan, Babbitt's became a Kawasaki dealer in 1981 and in the 35 years since, has become a cherished part of the Kawasaki family. 11 years ago Babbitt's started a race team by taking advantage of the Kawasaki Team Green™ KX Racer Support Program. Since then they have become an Arenacross powerhouse, earning eight championships."Eddie Babbitt and Team Manager Denny Bartz have always been a pleasure to work with," said Team Green Supervisor Ryan Holliday. "They're dedicated to the AMA Arenacross series and the results speak for themselves. The team is a prime example of what we look for in a partner to represent Kawasaki's racing efforts. In addition to the countless race wins and championships, the team now plays a critical role in the advancement of Team Green riders in the Road to Supercross program.""It's been great working with Kawasaki over the years," said Team Manager Denny Bartz. "We started with them in 2006 and 2007 competing in the BooKoo Arenacross series. Then in 2008 we competed in the AMA National Arenacross series now known as AMA AMSOIL Arenacross. It's been awesome to work with such a great company, starting with the Team Green program and working up to the Pro Kawasaki team. Our focus now is to have a professional and championship caliber race team and I feel we've been able to provide that for our riders. 11 years with Kawasaki in the books and many more to come."

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May 16, 2016

Moto Win for Dylan Ferrandis in Italy

Dylan Ferrandis swept to a superb moto victory for the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team at the GP of Trentino, eighth round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship.It was only the third race back in action after injury for the 21 year old Frenchman and he showed devastating speed to take a clearcut victory in qualification and then take another holeshot aboard his KX250F-SR to lead the opening GP moto from start to finish as he inflicted the first defeat of the year on the series leader. The two riders battled wheel to wheel through the closing laps but Dylan maintained his composure to win by just over a second as the duo outdistanced the remainder of the field by more than thirty seconds. A wheelie coming out of the gate cost Dylan any chance of another holeshot, but he showed great determination to battle from outside the top ten to finish third, a placing which assured him of second overall in the GP. Despite missing half of the races so far through injury Dylan has already moved into the series top ten and can expect to make further advances in the forthcoming races.Vsevolod Brylyakov of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki maintained his record of scoring a top ten finish in every GP this year as he raced to seventh overall from consistent 9-8 moto finishes. Unfortunately the enthusiastic Russian had not earnt a top ten start gate pick during qualification, but he persevered through both GP motos to advance from outside the top ten on lap one for his final results. He now holds eighth place in the series standings.Petar Petrov of the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team bravely decided to contest the GP despite the pain from a recent thumb injury and his persistence and determination paid off as he maintained his sixth place in the series standings with two tough rides from nineteenth to fourteenth in the opening race and from fourteenth to ninth in race two.Dylan Ferrandis: "As I have said since my comeback I'm taking it step by step, so for sure I'm happy with this second podium in a row. The track wasn't easy on Saturday with the rain, and today also it was rough so I'm happy to get a podium on a track that I don't really like. In the qualifying race and again today in the first race it was great to get a holeshot; it helped me to choose my lines and keep the pace. I had a great battle with Jeffrey in the first moto; I think that's good for everyone to see close racing. The second race wasn't as good. I did a wheelie out of the gate and lost everything there; I was outside the top ten but I recovered to third. It was tough to pass and I used a lot of energy to come back to third behind Jonass. I'm happy that my shoulder is not painful and I feel improvements every weekend; we are doing a good job with the team and it will be good to have one weekend without any race as it will help us to work and test."Vsevolod Brylyakov: "I again had two consistent races; on Saturday we struggled a little bit with the track and the settings but today was better. The track was difficult; there was only one line on Saturday and there was no place to go if you wanted to pass someone. Today the track was much better, more space to pass but it was all about the start and mine were not so good. I had a good ride in both motos, got another top eight result, but I want more and we have to go forward, forward, forward. I need to practice my starts; that's something we have to work on to get better results and other podiums. We have a small break now so I will fly back to Russia to check my body and neck, have some blood test to be sure that everything is OK and keep working."Petar Petrov: "It was a tough weekend due to my thumb injury; the doctor wasn't sure if I could race so I took the responsibility on myself and came here. I'm disappointed with the result but, considering the circumstances, that's not so bad as it was difficult to pass on this track. In the first moto I had to fight through the pack, but my second start was a little better and I finished ninth. Now the goal is to be fit as soon as possible; normally the doctor told me I would need between two and three weeks to recover from the injury but that was before I raced here. We have two weeks to rest and work and prepare for Spain; I hope to be where I belong there."

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May 16, 2016

Jordi Tixier Just Misses Top Ten on Comeback

Jordi Tixier of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team narrowly missed the top ten on his return from injury at the GP of Trentino, eighth round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship.The Frenchman, a former MX2 world champion, was making his debut in the premier MXGP world championship class after complications with a wrist injury sustained in August last year had delayed his return to action. He quickly settled into a rhythm to post thirteenth place in timed training and repeat that position in the qualifying race. He battled just outside the top ten in the opening GP moto to again finish thirteenth and advanced to eleventh place in race two to complete a highly satisfactory comeback to racing.Tommy Searle of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki again showed great speed during timed practice to post second fastest time, but the Englishman continues to experience difficulties at the race starts. After qualifying twelfth he was handicapped by other riders falling in his path at the start of the opening GP moto but raced hard to advance from twenty-seventh on the opening lap to twelfth at the finish. He was eliminated from race two after a crash.Jordi Tixier: "It was great to come back and race after eight months far away from the race tracks; we improved all weekend long and finished near the top ten in the second race so I'm happy. The track was not easy for a comeback; I have only been able to train for a few weeks and now I know what I have to do before the next GPs. The most important things are that I had no pain in my wrist, didn't crash and scored points in both motos. My starts were mid-pack; in the MXGP class it's sure that the start is much more important than in the MX2 and we'll work on that. It's good to have two weeks before the next GP in Spain; it will give us more time to work and continue to test the bike."Tommy Searle: "I proved again that I'm as fast as anyone with second in timed practice, but I just can't get a start. And when you're stuck in the pack you're always going to touch with someone at the first turn. I passed more people than anyone to get back to twelfth in the first race."

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May 8, 2016

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Rider Joey Savatgy Wins East/West Final - Tomac Scores Third Straight Podium

Irvine, CA (May 8, 2016) – Las Vegas played host to the final race of the 2016 Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship season. Monster Energy Kawasaki riders Eli Tomac and Josh Grant prepared to leave it all out on the track in the rain soaked Sam Boyd Stadium. In 450 Heat 1 Grant earned a transfer to the Main Event with a fourth place finish while Tomac crossed the line third in 450 heat 2. After the final gate drop of the 2016 season, Tomac rounded Turn 1 in fifth with Grant in eighth. Before the end of the first lap Tomac had raced up into third, then went down and dropped back to ninth, but immediately put his head down and started working towards the front. In no time at all Tomac had cut through the group of riders in front of him and put his KX™450F back in a podium position. With two laps to go, while running in seventh, Grant was involved in an incident relegating him back to 11th place where he would remain until the checkers. Tomac continued to take time out of the leader until the end, crossing the line in third and earning his fifth podium of the 2016 season. "The conditions changed here in Las Vegas more than I've ever seen," said Tomac. "We started the day with a track that flowed really well and was in great condition. Then the rain started and we missed the second practice. The Night Show became an absolute mudder and one of the most challenging Monster Energy Supercross races of my career. I'm fortunate to get out of here with a third and I'm really excited to leave the season with a few podiums and some momentum for next year.""It was definitely an interesting weekend," said Grant. "With all the rain and how everything played out. I'm honestly excited to get that race done and now that the last Monster Energy Supercross is over I'd like to really thank the Monster Energy Kawasaki team for allowing me to come out and compete. I'll be building on the weekend off and bringing that speed into Hangtown and the rest of outdoors."Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki headed to Las Vegas for the final race of the 2016 Monster Energy Supercross season for a 250 East vs. West combined points race with Joey Savatgy leading the four man Kawasaki team of Chris Alldredge, Tyler Bowers and Gannon Audette. Heat Race 1 in the 250 class saw fast qualifier Savatgy gaining momentum by taking his seventh heat win of the season with teammate Alldredge crossing the line in second. In Heat Race 2 East competitors Bowers and Audette earned their tickets to the main by crossing the line fourth and seventh respectively. Savatgy showed his speed and determination from the word go, taking the holeshot with Alldredge close behind in second. At the end of Lap 1 Savatgy was setting the pace out front with Alldredge in fourth, Bowers sixth and Audette in ninth. Bowers and Audette fought through the mud and worked through the pack to cross the line in fourth and fifth respectively by the end of Lap 4. The race track continued to deteriorate throughout the main as Savatgy continued to control from the front and with two laps to go, Savatgy had a 20 second lead over the rest of the field. At the conclusion of the 12 lap Main Event it was Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki's Savatgy aboard the KX™250F taking his third win of the season, Audette in fifth and Bowers in seventh. Alldredge was involved in a last-lap incident. "This is what it's all about," said Savatgy. "I work hard during the week and I work hard all year, to end the season like this is great. We were fast in the dry and we got it done in the wet. It hurts that we lost the title but in the same breath we made a statement and ended the year very strong. I'll be here next year battling for the title.""My day started out really well," said Bowers. "I'm a bit of a mud rider so I was happy about the rain. In the heat and didn't get the start I wanted, but I made some good moves and ended up fourth. In the main I had inside gate, which had a great rut to the turn and then it all let go and I went right into the tough blocks. I raced my way up to fourth until the whoops ended up biting back. I got back up and was able to make a few more passes before the checkers and brought it home for seventh.""I qualified the best I have all season in Las Vegas," said Audette, "which gave me a good gate pick for the heat. I had a good start and transferred to the main with a seventh place finish. The Main Event was messy as it was still pouring rain for the entire 12 laps. My goal was to keep it on two wheels and finish in the top five which is exactly what I did. I'm happy to finish off the year with another great finish for the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team."Tomac rode Las Vegas in custom gear with gold highlights and Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A 50th Anniversary logo to help celebrate Kawasaki's 50 years in the United States.

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May 8, 2016

Tommy Searle Eleventh in Germany

Tommy Searle of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki raced to thirteenth and ninth placed finishes in the seventh round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship at Teutschenthal in Germany.The English rider once again proved his raw speed as he sped to third fastest time during the timed training session and he held a comfortable fifth place for three laps of the qualification race until a riding error pushed him downfield with the consequent poor choice of starting position for both points-scoring races. Completing the first lap of race one in thirtieth position Tommy posted lap times identical to the leaderboard riders on his way to thirteenth position at the chequered flag. After a better start in race two he converted eleventh place on lap one to ninth at the finish and is now eleventh in the series standings, just nine points shy of ninth.Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team completed only two laps during the opening practice session before deciding that the shoulder injury sustained one week earlier in Latvia was too painful to endure a full weekend of racing. Teammate Jordi Tixier has now been riding again for three weeks and expects to return to GP action in the near future.Tommy Searle: "I posted some fast laps during the practice sessions, and then got a good start in the qualifying race but made a mistake in a corner after a few laps and couldn't pick the bike up as I've had pain in my knee and meniscus from a previous crash. I couldn't ride like my true self but I keep trying to do my best and stay positive. We've not had much luck in recent weeks but the speed is there and if we keep going and going the results will come soon."François Lemariey (KRT team manager): "It was tough weekend for us as Clement couldn't ride. He had to rest all week after his crash at Kegums; nothing is broken but it's still painful and he did not have enough strength to ride. He made a test during the free practice session and we decided together that it was better not to race; he needs to be strong enough before riding so we'll review the situation next week. Jordi has been riding again for three weeks and he will be soon back to the GPs."

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May 8, 2016

Dylan Ferrandis Second in Germany

Just one week after his return to racing Dylan Ferrandis of the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team finished second in the German round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship.The French 21 years old had only limited opportunities to practice during the week before the race as he inevitably felt some pain in the shoulder following his comeback race in Latvia so he sensibly took it relatively easy during qualification at the Teutschenthal track near Halle to earn fifth choice of gate for the two GP races. He showed the power of the KX250F-SR to holeshot the opening moto and lead for six laps before crossing the finishing line a clear second to the current series leader. Another good start in race two saw Dylan hold second place for eleven laps and lead for two laps before easing his pace in the closing stages to ensure a safe third place finish. The combination of the two moto results gave him second overall in the GP and he has moved back to within twelve points of the series top ten despite missing four of the seven GPs to date due to his injury.Vsevolod Brylyakov of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki showed good speed in the practice sessions to post the eighth fastest time, but a blameless crash in the qualifying race left him with fifteenth choice of gate for the GP motos. Initially eleventh in the opening moto the Russian advanced to ninth by the finish and followed this up with a strong ride from thirteenth to eighth in race two for seventh overall in the GP. He now holds eighth place in the championship standings.Petar Petrov of the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team suffered a thumb injury during the timed practice session on Saturday and he raced in great pain for the remainder of the weekend. Nevertheless he raced bravely from nineteenth to thirteenth in the opening GP moto and from twenty-third to eleventh in race two to maintain his championship challenge; despite dropping two places in the championship standings he is only three points from fourth and should be ready to regain lost ground next weekend in Italy.Dylan Ferrandis: "It was a good weekend, even if I'm not yet at my best level. After Latvia I was unable to do any activities for two days, but hopefully I will feel better tonight and we'll be able to do some testing this week. Due to my injury we had no time to test on hard tracks before coming here, and all weekend long we worked with the team on the settings of the bike. I got two holeshots this weekend and narrowly missed the third one, and then did good races but never took any risks. I wasn't confident on Saturday but today was better and now I just need some more weeks to be back at my best level."Vsevolod Brylyakov: "The track was very difficult with deep ruts, but at the same time it was technical; to be honest I never felt really comfortable on it, but it was OK. The qualifying race wasn't easy; I got a bad start and then crashed on a triple jump when I hit the back wheel of another rider. I had to fight back, but it was pretty difficult to pass and I only had the fifteenth gate for the GP races. Ninth and eighth in the races wasn't too bad, and I'm quite happy with these consistent races after the bad luck I suffered in Latvia. I'm building up again, got two strong finishes and now we need to continue testing and improve my riding."Petar Petrov: "Even though I didn't crash I hurt my thumb pretty bad during the timed practice sessions and in the qualified race it was painful. This morning I didn't know if I could race as the thumb was swollen so I had an injection before the race; it was not too bad at the beginning, but then it was really bad by the end of the first race. I just tried to salvage some points. After the race I had to put a lot of ice on it and for the second moto I didn't take so much painkillers as I felt dizzy and couldn't focus the way I wanted. Now I go back home to recover before Italy; I managed to get some good points and that's part of the sport."

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May 8, 2016

Livia Lancelot Rules the World

Livia Lancelot defied a rib injury to take over the lead of the FIM Women's World Motocross Championship with two overwhelming victories aboard her Team 114 Kawasaki at Teutschenthal in Germany.The French girl had broken one rib in a training crash fifteen days earlier and was content to ease herself into the weekend with third fastest time in practice before scoring clearcut victories in both points-scoring races. Confident of her speed and the performance of her KX250F Kawasaki, she did not start strongly in either twenty-five minute race but moved forward methodically to take the lead three laps from the end of the opening moto and four laps from the end of race two before controlling the remainder of each race from the front. The maximum 50 point scoreline from the weekend in Germany sees Livia move into an eleven point series lead after three races of the seven round series which will continue next month in her native France.Livia Lancelot: "I'm so happy to win both races and get the red plate, but for sure I need to work on my starts even though I get good ones when I train. Today in the second race I was only twelfth in the first corner but came back fast behind van de Ven and Laier; I had very good lines and rode smoothly so I passed both of them to win the race. I wanted to win the GP, especially here as I like this track and it will be great to go to the French GP next month with the red plate. I don't want to think about the championship, I just want to win races; last year I was thinking too much about the title and in the end I lost it."

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May 8, 2016

Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki and the KX250F Claim the Top Three Spots in Arenacross Championship

Irvine, CA (May 7, 2016) – The 2016 AMSOIL Arenacross season came to an exciting conclusion in the Orleans Arena Saturday night, with Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy®/AMSOIL Kawasaki riders Gavin Faith, Chris Blose and Jacob Hayes finishing first, second and third respectively in the series championship standings. All three riders put in amazing rides in both Main Events as they swept the podium for the overall on the night. Despite winning both main events, Blose was unable to take the championship from his teammate Faith who finished second in both races. The championship podium sweep marks the sixth Arenacross title in seven years for Kawasaki and the KX™250F.In Main Event 1 Blose was strongest out of the gate, followed closely by Faith in second with Hayes in fourth. On Lap 2 Faith put in the fastest lap of the race while on a charge for the lead, but would think better of it and settle in for second. With five laps to go Hayes stuck his pass and moved into the final podium position. The running order of the top three would remain unchanged until the checkers for a Kawasaki podium sweep. In the second main the fans watched as Blose was bravest on the brakes yet again, crossing the line on Lap 1 in first, with Faith in third and teammate Hayes in seventh. After five laps Faith moved himself into second place where he would remain until the checkers, while Hayes started ticking off passes. When the dust settled on Main Event 2 it was déjà vu on the podium with Blose, Faith and Hayes finishing first, second and third respectively. This result earned Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki a one, two, three sweep of each Main Event, the Las Vegas event overall win and one, two, three sweep of the AMSOIL Arenacross Championship!"It was a pretty nerve-racking day for me," said Faith. "It was the most pressure I've had in my career but I feel I handled it pretty well. In both mains I had good starts on my KX250F and ran up front, I finished behind Blose but I knew I didn't need to pass him to win the championship so I settled in and rode smart. It feels absolutely incredible to walk away with the No. 1 plate!" "It was an interesting day for the final round of AMSOIL Arenacross," said Hayes. "Practice started out a bit rough for me because we've been chasing our tail a bit trying to get my suspension dialed in. After practice I went back to my practice setup that I was running earlier in the year and immediately felt comfortable and was able to ride like myself. My team went one, two, three in both main events and in the overall championship. I ended up third in the series but I feel like I've matured and learned a lot this year. I was on a tear in the middle of the season with a 20-point lead until an injury kept me out for a couple races. Even with the races I missed I have the most Main Event wins out of anyone so I'm proud of how my season went." "Practice for me didn't go exactly as planned," said Blose, "but I came back and won the Head 2 Head Challenge and both Main Events. I'm bummed about ending the season second but it was really close to the win and I ended on a high note with tonight's results. I said I was going to let it all hang out tonight and that's exactly what I did, all I can do now is look forward to next year."

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May 6, 2016

Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki Prepares to Take Home the Arenacross Championship

Irvine, CA (May 6, 2016) – The 2016 AMSOIL Arenacross season has been packed with racing action, culminating with the Race to the Championship this weekend in the Orleans Arena of Las Vegas, Nevada. The Babbitt's/Monster Energy®/AMSOIL Kawasaki team of Gavin Faith, Chris Blose and Jacob Hayes have been a consistent threat for the podium and race wins all season long and are looking to capitalize this weekend with a championship. Faith currently sits atop the standings with an eight-point lead over Blose with Hayes in third, leaving the door open for a one, two, three in the overall championship."I'm really excited about Las Vegas this weekend," said Faith. "The last two weeks of training at the Carmichael farm went really well and I'm feeling good. This weekend I expect myself to do what I've been doing all year, get good starts, run up front and stay out of trouble. I have an eight-point lead so as long I'm smart hopefully I can come away with the tittle for my Babbitt's/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki team at the end of the night!""I'm looking forward to Las Vegas this Friday night," said Blose. "I'm eight points down, but it is Las Vegas and anything can happen. I plan on getting out front and hoping a little luck falls my way to get the championship, then I'll to run to the casino to put it all on RED!""I just want to go out with a bang and end the final round on a high" said Hayes. "It's been a tough Race to the Championship for me so I want to get out there and show everyone I'm the fastest guy."

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May 1, 2016

Monster Energy Kawasaki Rider Eli Tomac Earns Second Consecutive Podium

Irvine, CA (May 1, 2016) – With only two rounds remaining in the 2016 Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship season, the Monster Energy Kawasaki team arrived at MetLife Stadium ready for another visit to the podium. Eli Tomac transferred to the Main Event with a third in the second semi while Josh Grant transferred to the main with another win in the 450 Semi. At the gate drop of the Main Event Tomac rounded the first turn in seventh as teammate Grant was pushed wide and immediately began pressing forwards. After 10 laps of aggressive riding, Tomac moved into fifth place and continued charging toward the front. With four laps to go he made a pass for fourth and moments later put the No. 3 KX™450F in second place where he would remain until the checkers. Teammate Grant eventually crossed the line in 16th."I can really say I like it here," said Tomac. "I've had three podiums here in the past three years with my second place tonight. I had a really good day in practice, then my heat and semi didn't go exactly how I wanted but I still felt good heading into the Main Event. In the main I had to make a lot of passes in the first 10 laps but was eventually able to make a push for second. I did some exploring here and there for the right lines and ways around other riders, but I felt strong and am really happy with my result." "My day wasn't bad," said Grant. "I struggled a little bit with practice and then going into the main I didn't have the start I wanted. The track was very hard to pass on tonight and I got stuck in a groove, made a couple mistakes but bounced back the best I could. I was able to make a few passes and finally finished 16th. Back to work and looking forward to next weekend!"Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders Gannon Audette and Tyler Bowers spent the past week preparing for this weekend in East Rutherford and showed up to MetLife Stadium confident. Audette made his way to the Main Event through a seventh place in the first heat, while Bowers transferred with a second place in the 250 Heat 2. In the Main Event, Bowers came around Turn 1 in third with teammate Audette in 13th. At the halfway point Audette had raced his way into ninth place while Bowers was in a battle for the podium. By the time the checkers flew Bowers crossed the line in fifth with Audette earning a seventh place. "My start wasn't what it typically is," said Audette. "I was able to make some good passes throughout the race though and ended up bringing it home for a seventh. I'm looking forward to next weekend and capping off the Supercross season on a good note.""My day went pretty well," said Bowers. "I went into the main with confidence after a good heat race. I had a pretty good start and tried to just tick off smooth and consistent laps. I'm really looking forward to Las Vegas next weekend, the combined race with East and West Coast is going to be a blast!"

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May 1, 2016

Petar Petrov fourth in the world

Petar Petrov of the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team moved to fourth place in the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship standings after narrowly missing the podium at Kegums in Latvia.After qualifying seventh the Bulgarian's hopes of success were dealt a blow on race day as he was involved in a crash at the first corner of the opening moto and had to defiantly battle his way through the pack, passing rival after rival to eventually finish sixth. A more fortunate start in race two saw Petar react quickly to ride inside a heap of crashed riders and nearly secure the holeshot; fifth on the opening lap, he advanced to fourth place on lap five and finished in that position to secure fourth overall in the GP and move up to the same position in the series standings.Teammate Dylan Ferrandis returned to race action after a seven week injury absence to impress with his resilience. Despite his lack of race practice the Frenchman swept to fifth place in qualification and added a sensible ride to fifth in the opening GP moto. An unfortunate incident at the start of race two left him trailing the pack in the early laps but a determined drive through the pack once again earnt him a top six moto finish and secured fifth overall in the GP. Despite missing four of the first six GPs through injury Dylan holds fifteenth in the standings a third of the way through the series.Vsevolod Brylyakov of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki once again showed the speed which had taken him onto the podium two weeks previously in Mexico, but the Russian's results sheet was spoilt by a series of crashes after he had posted fourth fastest time in the timed practice. Several collisions pushed him back to nineteenth in qualification and a heavy crash in the opening GP moto cost him a lap and put him out of the points-scoring positions after an early advance to twelfth. Race two followed a similar pattern, but he fought back to secure a tenth placed finish. He is now eighth in the championship standings.Petar Petrov: "We got a fourth overall which is not so bad, even if I think that I could have finished second in the second race. There was a crash in the first corner but I went inside and nearly holeshot the race. In the first race I crashed at the start and had to work to come back to sixth. It's frustrating to finish fourth or fifth in the GPs; I've just missed podiums and now it's time to get on the box. We'll go in Germany with a lot of confidence; everything is very good, we're consistent and we didn't make any mistakes. The track was very bumpy in the second moto, so it was quite easy to make mistakes but I rode smooth. We're now fourth in the standings and that's good. We'll work hard again this week to prepare for Germany; I really like the track."Dylan Ferrandis: "It was a tough weekend. On Saturday we worked on the setup of the bike as we had no possibilities to do this during the last two months. Sunday was not so bad; my starts were not so good but in the first moto I rode smooth and got a fifth. I was a little too optimistic in the first corner and crashed, but I did my best to come back from last to sixth. After two months without riding I feel tired at the end of a tough weekend, but I have no regrets; we know that this track is very rough, but it was my decision to come here. The first race after a break is always difficult; I'm sure that next weekend will be better."Vsevolod Brylyakov: "I'm very disappointed with my weekend; it was a rough one even if I posted good results during the practice session on Saturday. I had a few crashes in the qualifying race; they were not really my fault but that meant I had a bad gate pick for the GP races. I felt nervous too; it was a kind of home GP for me as it's not far from home so my parents and friends were there and I think I burned myself out and made too many mistakes. I had a big crash in the first race, but the second race was better even though I crashed again. I'm not very happy with the results, but we'll work as we know where we can be and for sure I prefer hard tracks to sandy ones."

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May 1, 2016

Tommy Searle Overcomes Misfortune

Tommy Searle defied a series of unfortunate incidents to post a ninth placed finish for Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki in the second moto of the Latvian round of the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship.The English rider went to the start of the qualification race at the rugged Kegums track full of anticipation after posting the second fastest time in each of the practice sessions, but within yards of the start two other riders collided and one of the machines bounced into his path. The inevitable poor starting place meant that he had no chance of a good start in either GP moto, but he battled valiantly to finish ninth in moto two after damage to the bike had eliminated him from tenth place in race one. He is now eleventh in the championship standings.Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team was even more unfortunate as the errors of other put him out of contention on the opening lap of each GP moto after a solid ninth place in qualification. A number of neighbouring riders at the gate anticipated the start in the opening GP moto and the Belgian inevitably flinched also in the tense atmosphere of the start. His front wheel was stuck in the gate for several seconds, and once free he faced a long hard chase to finish eighteenth. In race two another rider crashed into him on the opening lap; he fortunately avoided serious injury but was forced to retire from the race and is now thirteenth in the championship standings.Tommy Searle: "I proved once again when I posted second fastest time in every practice that I am as fast as anyone out there, but I just don't have any luck. At the start of the qualification race two other riders collided right in front of me and one of them crashed into me so I only had twenty-fourth choice of gate. The first corner here is really hectic and my bike must have got damaged; I was having to make adjustments from the first lap but I still managed to move forward from fifteenth to tenth before the bike stopped. I was feeling my injuries from a crash last week during the second race, so I rode a steady race to finish ninth." Clement Desalle: "It was a tough weekend, and I was pretty unlucky in both races. On Saturday I qualified in ninth position, which gave me a decent gate but at the start of the first race the gate didn't drop so fast and some riders anticipated the start. I followed them and was blocked behind my gate; it took me so much time to get free that I could only come back to eighteenth. The second race was even worse; there was a crash during the opening lap just before a jump and somebody hit me from behind when I braked. I was forced to retire and feel pretty sore but the medical examinations have revealed no broken bones."

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Apr 25, 2016

Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Gavin Faith Sweeps and Extends Points Lead

Irvine, CA (April 25, 2016) – The three-man squad of Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki continued to prove they are a force to be reckoned with in AMSOIL Arenacross this weekend at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa. Riders Jacob Hayes and Chris Blose earned podium finishes throughout the weekend but it was Gavin Faith on top, cementing his points lead and once again taking sole possession of the red number plate. The Race to the Championship remains close with Faith out front leading teammate Blose by one point and Hayes close behind in third.NIGHT ONEBlose started out in control, winning the Head 2 Head Challenge and taking the additional championship point that comes along with it. In Main Event 1 Faith and Blose jumped out of the gate in second and third respectively, where they would remain for the entire 15 laps. Teammate Hayes made a few tough passes early on, but on Lap 9 was involved in an incident. Remounting in 13th, Hayes was able to make one final pass before the checkers, finishing 12th. In the second main, Blose rounded Turn 1 in second with Faith in fourth and Hayes pushing forward from sixth. Faith began ticking off passes on Lap 3, making the move for third and aiming in on Blose in second. On Lap 9 the tension erupted when Faith made a move on Blose, who immediately fought back. The battle would end with Faith taking the position and immediately begin taking time out of the leader. The gap proved to be too big for the handful of laps that remained, but Faith's 2-2 for the night proved to be enough for the overall victory, narrowly beating Blose in second with Hayes recovering from Main Event 1 for seventh overall (12-4).NIGHT TWOThis time it was Faith taking early control of the racing, narrowly beating out Blose in the Head 2 Head Challenge for the win and the additional championship point. However, in the first Main Event, it was Hayes with something to prove, taking the win in commanding fashion, leading all 15 laps along the way. Faith, who positioned himself in the lead early on Lap 1, was caught in another battle with teammate Blose, resulting in both riders going down on the first lap. Remounting in seventh, Faith began his charge to the front, making passes on Laps 2, 5, 8 and 11 on his way to a third place finish. Blose rejoined the race in 14th and was able to work his way back up to eighth before the checkers flew. In the second main Faith grabbed the holeshot and never looked back, taking a flag to flag victory. Blose rounded Turn 1 behind Faith and despite plenty of speed and consistency, would have to settle for second. Teammate Hayes rounded out the podium in third making it a Kawasaki KX™250F clean sweep and taking the three top spots in the Race to the Championship. Faith was crowned with the overall win (3-1) while Hayes redeemed himself with a 1-3 for second overall with Blose ending the night in fourth (8-2). "After lots and lots of changes to the suspension settings we found a place I was comfortable enough to race on," said Hayes. "I really started feeling like myself as the night went on Saturday and took the first main win which was good for me. In the second main, I started fifth and made some quick passes to get up to my teammates and just rode hard. I almost got Blose on the last lap but ended the night 1-3 for second overall. Not bad considering what we went through during the day." "Night One started off well," said Faith. "Being the fast qualifier in the morning and then my heat race went really well. In the first main I ended up third so Blose and I were tied again after he won the extra point in the Head 2 Head Challenge. In the second main I pulled the trigger early and got by him for the overall, so I was leading by one point going into Night Two. I qualified second, won my heat and won the Head 2 Head so the night started off really well. In the first main things got pretty crazy, I came around Turn 1 in third and passed for the lead in the whoops. The very next corner Blose dove up the inside and we ended up both going down. Luckily I was able to pick my bike up quickly and make some good passes, saving a ton of points. In the second main I earned the holeshot and lead wire to wire, taking the win and the overall. What else can I say, it was an awesome weekend for me." "The weekend had mixed results," said Blose. "Night One started off well with a Head 2 Head win and second overall, so the championship was still really close going into the second night. Then on Night Two I overcooked it a bit into a corner trying to pass for the lead and ended up going down. When I remounted I was in 14th so I knew I had my work cut out for me. All I could do at that point was focus on making as many passes as possible to salvage championship points. For the last two rounds I'm just going to take it race by race and leave it all out on the track."

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Apr 25, 2016

Petar Petrov Third in the Netherlands

Petar Petrov of the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team raced onto the podium in the second round of the Dutch Masters of Motocross in preparation for seven GPs in the next nine weekends.With so many Grand Prix riders based in the Netherlands or Belgium, the Dutch Masters of Motocross is a highly attractive national series, particularly in view of the fact that several rounds of the World Championship are organised on sandy circuits. Petar Petrov rode two consistent races to earn third overall at the circuit of Mill just one week prior the GP of Latvia. The Bulgarian rider is now third in the standings, just two points from the second position with three more rounds to go.Petar Petrov: "It was a good warm-up race before Latvia, and my speed was good in the Dutch sand. In the timed practice session I got the third position, and my start in the first moto was quite good; I felt pretty good in the sand to come back from seventh to third but by the time I got to third Anstie was too far away to try to catch him. In the second moto my start was not quite so good, around tenth, but I pushed hard and I got to fifth really quickly but once I got there it was not so easy to keep pushing. Overall I felt OK, but I was not yet at my best as I felt like I was still struggling with the jet lag from all the trips we made in the last few weeks."

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Apr 23, 2016

Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac Finishes Second in Foxborough

Irvine, CA (April 23, 2016) - Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship, made its way to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts for Round 15 of the 2016 season. The Monster Energy Kawasaki team of Eli Tomac and Josh Grant arrived ready to perform after a week of hard work at the test track. In Heat Race 2, Tomac raced his way into a transfer spot by the halfway point, eventually taking the checkers in fourth. In the first semi Grant rode his KX™450F to a commanding win, leading from flag to flag. In the 450 Main Event, Grant carved around the first turn in second with teammate Tomac closely behind. Before the first lap was over Tomac put the No. 3 Kawasaki KX450F in third and sighted in on the front. On Lap 4 Tomac would make a clean, aggressive pass for second and spent the remaining laps putting a gap of over 16 seconds on third place. Teammate Grant rode through some issues later in the race and would eventually cross the line in 11th."This was the first race at Gillette Stadium and I ended it on the podium," said Tomac. "I rode like myself in the Main Event, made a few good moves in the first couple of laps and got in the mix early. I felt really good on the track and was able to do a few rhythms different than anyone else which really helped early on. After the halfway mark I had to settle in a bit but overall it was a huge improvement and I'm really happy.""The weekend went well," said Grant. "I struggled a little early on because of the mud, but the rain cleared up and the track was good for the races. I won my semi which is always good and gave me some momentum heading into the Main Event. I had another great start in the main that put me in a good position to mix it up early on. I couldn't quite find my groove and it cost me early on, but I was able to settle into seventh. Near the end of the race I made a mistake in the whoops and it cost me a few spots. Overall, I'm really happy with the progress I'm making, I'm looking forward to the last two rounds and then heading outdoors."The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team of Tyler Bowers and Gannon Audette headed to Gillette Stadium with their sights set on the podium. The Kawasaki duo started the day in Foxborough with Audette qualifying in sixth out 250 Heat Race 1, while Bowers controlled the second heat from the front on the way to his third heat race win of the season. In the Main Event Bowers and Audette rounded the first turn in fifth and seventh respectively, with Bowers quickly passing his way into third. A small mistake by Audette wouldn't hold him back for long, working his way back up to eighth by the halfway mark. Audette continued to push forward and took the checkers in seventh with teammate Bowers one position ahead in sixth. "The weekend started off with a really muddy practice," said Audette. "I qualified sixth, my best of the year, but then in the heat finished sixth, so I didn't have the best gate pick moving forward. My start was a little bit off in the main so I knew I had my work cut out for me. I put my head down, made some passes and ended up in a pretty lonely seventh, where I stayed until the checkers. There's two races left and I'm looking forward to improving for the next one!""The weekend started off with a bit of rain and mud," said Bowers. "Practice went well for me, then in the heat I lead from start to finish which was great for my confidence. In the main I had another great start from the very inside gate and came out third. I've spent the last few races getting caught up in the mayhem of the first five laps and it costs me later on, so I really tried to ride my own race today. I ended up sixth overall, which I know I'm better than, but I didn't have the same issues I normally do so my confidence is up and I'm looking forward to the next race."

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Apr 18, 2016

Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki’s Gavin Faith and Chris Blose Tie for Points Lead

Irvine, CA (April 16, 2016) – Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki riders Gavin Faith, Chris Blose and Jacob Hayes rolled into the Tacoma Dome this weekend as AMSOIL Arenacross reached the halfway point of the Race to the Championship. When the dust settled in Tacoma, Washington it was Faith with the overall victory, moving the Kawasaki rider to the top of the overall championship standings, in a tie with teammate Blose at 126 points.In the first Main Event Hayes was the bravest on the brakes, grabbing the holeshot and immediately swapping positions with teammate Blose with Faith following closely behind in third. Hayes remained out front until he collided with a downed rider on Lap 4, handing the lead to Blose with Faith still in tow. Hayes would remount in fifth where he would remain until the checkers. Blose was under pressure from Faith for the remainder of the race but never cracked, as the pair would finish first and second respectively. In Main Event 2, Hayes rounded the first turn in second with Faith and Blose on his heels. Blose quickly raced by Faith until Lap 2, when an error in the rhythm section handed third back to Faith, where he would remain until the checkers. Blose remounted towards the back of the field and quickly started making passes, eventually crossing the line in seventh. Hayes settled into second waiting for the right chance to strike. That chance came with two laps to go as Hayes made the pass for the lead and on the last lap put down a pace no one could match, taking the victory by three seconds. Blose would end the night 1-7 for fifth overall, with Hayes in second (5-1) and Faith taking the overall win (2-3). "I started second in Main Event 1 and immediately passed for the lead," said Hayes. "I started to pull away when a lapper crashed in front of me, putting me in the dirt. I remounted, charged as fast as I could and ended up fifth. In the second main I came around Turn 1 in second, ran down the leader and made the pass for the win with two laps to go. I'm looking forward to better luck at the next one.""I had a great weekend in Tacoma," said Faith. "I started off by qualifying third, then raced to a second in my heat. For Main Event 1 I started third and crossed the line in second just behind Blose. In the second main I came out of the gate third again and knew if I held that position I would have the overall win. All I had to do from that point was ride smart which I did and my 2-3 was good for the overall!""The night started off really well," said Blose. "I had a great first main, coming away with the win. In the second main I was pushing towards the front until a mistake in the rhythm section stopped my momentum. I remounted and pushed as hard as I could and managed a seventh. Not the result I wanted but I'm still tied for the points lead and looking forward to the next round."

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Apr 18, 2016

First Career Podium for “Seva” Brylyakov in Mexico

Vsevolod "Seva" Brylyakov of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki raced to the first GP podium result of his young career when he finished third in the Mexican round of the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship.The young Russian established the base for this excellent result when he earnt a good starting position by finishing fourth in the qualification race, and he immediately raced into the leaderboard group in the opening GP moto. Initially fifth he made continual advances during the race to cross the finishing line second, headed only by the current series leader. Unfortunately he lost an initial seventh place in race two when he nervously crashed on the second lap, but the enthusiastic 20 year old battled valiantly to the chequered flag to finish sixth after remounting outside the top ten. The effort, coupled with his earlier second place, gave "Seva" third overall in the GP and has hoisted him to seventh place in the series standings. Petar Petrov of the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team never felt comfortable all weekend on the awkward track, but nevertheless he showed great resolve to earn sixth overall in the GP to maintain his fifth place in the championship standings. Initially ninth in the opening moto, he advanced to sixth by the finish and backed this up with an eighth place finish in race two from ninth on lap one.Vsevolod Brylyakov: "I feel amazing with this first podium in my career; it's just great that it happens now! In the first moto I got a good start and was consistent; I was following Seewer and finally passed him and pulled away. It was good to score a second place in the first moto, but it also made me nervous for the second one! I had another good start but then it was a nightmare as I crashed and thought that I had lost any chance to be on the podium. But I just tried again to do my best, rode smoothly and when I saw that Jonass also crashed I thought there was maybe a chance for me to finally get this podium. I continued to push, caught a few guys and my mechanics helped me on the board to know what was happening. I can't believe that I got this podium; my thanks to Steve Dixon, Monster Energy, Kawasaki, my teammate Tommy Searle, all our sponsors and Cosworth who did a great job - the engine is unbelievable good!"Petar Petrov: "On Saturday I had quite a good feeling with the track, but they worked on it and today it was one of the most difficult races I ever had. In the first moto I was struggling and the second moto was even worse. The track was becoming really dry and I made mistakes every time I pushed so I just tried to save as many points as possible. Everyone in the team is working really hard but this time I was not at my best. We must keep the positive; I was consistent in both races to finish sixth overall. Anyway it's better than last year at this track; I finished both races this time and we'll continue to work before we travel to Latvia. That track is one of my favourites so we'll go there to show what we can do after two difficult weekends for us."

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Apr 16, 2016

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Gannon Audette Scores Another Top Five

Irvine, CA (April 16, 2016) – The Monster Energy® Kawasaki team of Eli Tomac and Josh Grant passed through the famous St. Louis Gateway Arch on their way to The Dome at America's Center for Round 14 of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship. Grant showed his speed early in the night by battling his way to a third place finish in 450 Heat 1. Tomac, who was fastest during morning qualifying, transferred to the Main Event from the second heat with a fourth place finish. Looking towards the main, Grant's best start of the season saw him rounding the first turn in fourth. Tomac hit a tough block on the inside of Turn 1 on the start, but remounted quickly and immediately began pushing towards the front. Grant kept the laps smooth and consistent to cross the finish line in sixth but he was penalized by race officials for not heeding a red cross flag, moving the No. 33 to an eighth place finish. Tomac showed his true heart by passing 15 riders on his way to a seventh place finish."This weekend definitely had its ups and downs," said Tomac. "I was fastest in qualifying and came out of my heat race in fourth. For the main I had a really good start until someone hit me from behind, pushing me into a tough block and bending my shifter. From that point on I put my head down and did as much as I could.""My weekend was awesome," said Grant "I really like the day format, I've never done one before and it was a unique experience. I qualified directly from the heat race again which is always a plus. As for the main, I'm still adjusting to the pace up at the front of the pack but I'm really happy with my sixth place. I'm looking forward to Foxboro and another chance to keep moving forward."The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team of Tyler Bowers and Gannon Audette rolled into St. Louis looking to capitalize on the momentum built from Audette's podium finish in Indianapolis. Audette and Bowers transferred into the Main Event with a pair of fourth place finishes in their qualifying heats. In the Main Event, Audette shot his KX™250F off the line, crossing the hole shot stripe in second while teammate Bowers was trapped behind a first turn pileup. Still on the first lap, Audette tangled with a tough block while trying to avoid another rider, tipping over and relegating the No. 61 to sixth as Bowers started pressing towards the front. By the halfway mark Audette and Bowers had raced their way through the field to fourth and fifth respectively. The racing action continued until the checkers, with Audette earning another top five finish (fifth) and Bowers crossing the line in ninth. "My weekend started pretty good," said Bowers. "Early in the day I was in the top three, my Kawasaki felt really good, and I sorted out a few minor issues in my heat. The big pileup in the first turn of the main completely stopped me and straight off I knew I had my work cut out for me. I put my head down and started clicking off passes. Unfortunately the hard push at the beginning of the race gave me arm pump towards the end and I wasn't able to finish where I feel I belong. Time to put it behind us and look towards next weekend.""It was another good weekend," said Audette. "We made progress in practice and went into the night show eighth fastest. Learned a bit more in my heat where I finished fourth. In the main I had another great start in second until a rider passed me and then almost immediately stalled in my line. While avoiding him I caught a tough block and ended up with a minor tip over. From there I just tried to put my laps together and came home with a fifth. Overall I feel it was a good weekend, not quite the podium I wanted but it's hard to complain about a top five. I'd like to give a special thanks to the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team for this incredible opportunity, I'm really looking forward to Foxboro next weekend."

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Apr 12, 2016

Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL/Kawasaki Leaves Salinas Top-3 in Points

Irvine, CA (April 11, 2016) – The AMSOIL Arenacross series was back in California this weekend as the Race to the Championship made its way to its first open-air venue at Salinas Sports Complex in Salinas, California. A weekend of rain in California's central coast ultimately condensed each Main Event from 15 laps to 12 and in the end produced intense action on the track. Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy®/AMSOIL/Kawasaki riders Gavin Faith and Chris Blose lined up beside one another to face off in the Head 2 Head Challenge for the third consecutive weekend. Faith would come out victorious, earning a bonus championship point heading into the Main Events.When the gate dropped for Main Event 1, it was Faith on his KX™250F out front, with teammate Blose in tow. There was no catching the No. 3 Kawasaki as Faith built up a comfortable eight second lead to ride home to an impressive victory, while Jacob Hayes rode a strong race to battle his way from 10th to fifth. At the start of Main Event 2, Faith and Blose swung around Turn 1 in second and fourth respectively. Faith wasted no time in getting his Kawasaki into first and by Lap 4 Blose would follow his teammate to a podium position. Faith looked to be on his way to another victory, until a mistake in the rhythm section put the Kawasaki rider on the ground, handing off the lead and the overall. At the checkered flag Blose captured second with teammate Hayes in third, while Faith would cross the line in fifth. When all the dust settled, Blose managed to hold onto the Race to the Championship points lead by three markers over his fellow teammates Faith in second and Hayes in third. "Salinas was the first outdoor venue and of course it rains all day," said Blose. "The track was super muddy and technical in practice, but we ended up third. In my heat, I had a few great battles and qualified second. I knew starts would be key in the main and luckily I nailed the first one and came around third, made a quick pass into second and stayed there the entire race. In Main Event 2, I got off to a fourth place and once again made a quick pass into third before my teammate went down, allowing me to slide into second place. Overall, it was a great weekend, extending my points lead and coming out healthy from a crazy race track. Bring on Tacoma!" "This weekend was a lot of fun," said Faith. "I came out and won my heat, the Head 2 Head and Main Event 1. I was feeling good and comfortable but while leading the second main I got caught up with a few lapped riders and went down in the rhythm section. I went 1-5 for fifth overall, which was good after crashing." "It was an interesting weekend," said Hayes. "It rained nonstop on race day which made the track conditions very tricky. My starts weren't quite on point this weekend but I made a lot of early passes and was able to salvage a lot of points finishing third overall. I'm looking forward to Tacoma."

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Apr 11, 2016

Petar Petrov Advances to Fifth in the World

Petar Petrov of the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team advanced to fifth in the FIM World MX2 Motocross Championship after finishing fifth overall in the GP of Patagonia at Neuquen.The Bulgarian, a technical rider, did not immediately feel comfortable on the high-speed track in the foothills of the Andes, but in typical gritty he knuckled down to the task in hand to eventually come away with his best overall result of the season, a result which has also lifted him one place in the series standings to fifth. The muscular rider started outside the top ten in each GP moto but battled relentlessly to finish sixth and eighth, a combination which gave him fifth overall for the weekend.Vsevolod Brylyakov of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki equaled his best result of the series so far as he put concern about domestic matters back home out of his mind to ride two error-free races to eighth and seventh for sixth overall in the GP. This also lifted him two places to eighth in the series standings. The young Russian also made his best starts of the season to travel confidently to Mexico for the fifth round of the series next weekend.Petar Petrov: "I battled all weekend long, but finally I got my best result of the year with a fifth overall in the GP and fifth position in the championship! On Saturday I didn't feel comfortable on the track but we worked on the settings and found solutions; this track was really fast and I'm never as comfortable when it's not so technical. But I had to deal with it, so there are a lot of positive points to take out of the weekend. I know that I have to work on the starts and the first ten minutes; we need to fix that for the next GPs. In both motos I passed several riders in the second half of the races; it's frustrating as with better starts I could have been on the podium. But it's a long season, it's important to be consistent and apart from one DNF we have been consistent so far."Vsevolod Brylyakov: "With another top six result the team is pretty happy and I'm also glad to be consistent since the beginning of the season; we're improving step by step. This weekend wasn't really easy for me as I had some problems back home; I had to fly back to Russia before coming here and it was quite difficult mentally. I had no time to do good training and, considering these conditions, I'm happy with the result, so I'm looking forward to Mexico. My starts were the best of the season so far, twice in the top ten and then I did my best. I was struggling with the track; I wasn't so fast but didn't make any mistakes, that was the key to scoring good points."

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Apr 11, 2016

Clement Desalle Back in the Top Ten

Clement Desalle raced the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team KX450-SR back into the FIM World MXGP Motocross Championship top ten at Neuquen/Argentina as he recovers from his early season injuries.The Belgian, who has bravely defied the pain of a fractured forearm through the first three rounds of the world championship, displayed great speed during the practice sessions as he consistently posted top six laps, and he continued this form through the early laps of both GP motos as he confidently held down fourth and seventh places during the first laps of the two races. Inevitably the shortage of bike time was to take it toll during the closing laps of each race and Clement sensibly slowed his pace to finish an injury-free seventh and eleventh. This gave him tenth overall on the day and has lifted him to fifteenth in the series standings.Tommy Searle of the Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki team was also a front runner during the practice sessions and his lap times during the first GP moto were similar to the eventual GP winner, but the Englishman encountered difficulties with his starts in both points-scoring races to finish ninth in the opening moto before a crash, which left blood pouring from his nose and spells of dizziness, caused him to withdraw from race two. Despite this setback he remains tenth in the world standings as the series heads to Leon in Mexico for round five next weekend.Clement Desalle: "I had some good lap times in the practice session, but in the qualifying race Bobryshev crashed just in front of me and I couldn't avoid him; I had to come back from last to ninth. Today I had a good start in the first race and was in the top five, but after fifteen minutes I could feel the effect of not being able to ride my bike so much since my accident and I had to slow down. I finished seventh; for sure I'd like better results but I don't want to take stupid risks as I'm still recovering. The second race was similar with a good rhythm in the first laps, but then I lost some positions. I know that soon I will be able to train normally; for sure it's always difficult to wait as I want to win races and score podiums."Tommy Searle: "This weekend was disappointing for me, I felt good when I came here as I like the track and the area but I just don't seem to be able to get a start at the moment. My lap times are as good as the leaderboard men, even in traffic, but I am using all my energy to catch up to them at the moment. I crashed on my own in the second race. It was a stupid mistake and I hit my nose. I tried to carry on but I was a little dizzy and making more mistakes; I had blood in my goggles and couldn't see with the sun so it was better to stop. I will be OK for next weekend in Mexico."

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Apr 10, 2016

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Gannon Audette Captures his First Podium in Indianapolis

Irvine, CA (April 9, 2016) - Saturday night played host to Round 13 of the Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, and FIM Championship in Indianapolis. The Night Show wasn't one to miss as Monster Energy Kawasaki riders Eli Tomac and Josh Grant both qualified straight out of their Heat Races and set their sights on the Main Event. Tomac would rocket out of the gate on his KX™450F at the start of the Main Event, coming around Lap 1 in third. Tomac began putting in strong and consistent laps all but solidifying third place, until a lapper caused Tomac to check up on the face of a jump, resulting in a minor crash. Tomac remounted inside the top ten and at the checkers would cross the line in ninth with his fellow Kawasaki teammate Grant in 12th."You always have to expect the soft dirt and ruts in Indy," said Tomac. "My heat race went well, as I qualified straight into the Main Event. I got off to a great start in the main and had second for a bit until I settled into third. With just a few laps to go I came up on a couple lapped riders and had to check up before a double and ended up crashing.""Tonight's track might have been the most technical I've raced in my entire career," said Grant. "I was pumped to make it straight out of my Heat Race and into the Main Event. I got off to a good start in the main and after a few crazy opening laps, I settled down and rode my own race. I was able to pass a lot of riders in the second half of the race and finish 12th. Looking forward to climbing into the top-10 next weekend."Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders Tyler Bowers and the team's newest rider Gannnon Audette started their nights out well as both Kawasaki's punched their ticket to the 250 Main Event, qualifying third and seventh respectively. When the gate dropped for the Main Event, it was the No. 61 of Audette on his KX™250F grabbing the holeshot and leading the opening lap. Audette would fade back to fifth as the laps ticked off, but the fire would reignite in the Kawasaki rider as he caught back up to fourth and began knocking on the door of a podium position. On the final lap, Audette raced his way into third and put his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki KX250F up on the podium. While teammate Bowers would ride smooth and consistent to an eighth place finish. "Today was awesome," said Audette. "The track was really fun tonight and I finished seventh in my Heat Race. I ended up starting pretty far outside of the gate but my Kawasaki hooked up great and I ended up getting the holeshot. I put in 15 solid laps and ended up with a podium. It was an awesome weekend." "Indy is always a technical track where you have to accept the deep ruts," said Bowers. "My heat race went great with a third place finish and I was looking forward to the main event. Unfortunately, I spun off the gate and came around Turn 1 near the back of the pack. I put my head down and began making passes and came home with an eighth place. I'm Looking forward on improving next week."

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Apr 4, 2016

Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL/Kawasaki Chris Blose Sweeps Ontario

Irvine, CA (April 4, 2016) – The AMSOIL Arenacross series was back in action this weekend as the Race to the Championship officially began at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy®/AMSOIL/Kawasaki picked up where they left off, taking the overall win on both nights.NIGHT ONEIn Main Event 1 Chris Blose jumped out to an early lead in the championship by taking his third win of the season on his KX™250F after a back and forth battle with teammate Gavin Faith. Faith would round out the podium in third while teammate Jacob Hayes crossed the line in sixth. In Main Event 2 Blose and Faith rounded Turn 1 in second and third respectively, where they would remain until the checkers. Hayes would push throughout the race, making multiple passes until he was finally halted by Faith and crossing the line in fourth. Blose's 1-2 results combined with the additional point for winning the Head 2 Head Challenge would give him the overall win, while Faith's 3-3 would earn him a second overall and Hayes would finish fifth overall with a 6-4 on the night. NIGHT TWOTeam Babbitt's riders Hayes, Blose and Faith got off to a great start Saturday night as all three Kawasaki riders qualified in the top three into the Main Events. When the gate dropped for Main Event 1, it was the No. 3 machine of Faith grabbing the holeshot with Hayes fourth and Blose in tow. Faith rode to a commanding win, leading every lap, while teammates Hayes and Blose rounded out the podium in second and third respectively. Main Event 2 saw Blose rounding Turn 1 in third while Faith and Hayes sat outside the top-five. Blose made the pass into second where he would remain until the checkered flag. The crowed were on their feet until the very last lap as the two Kawasaki riders Faith and Hayes were banging bars up until the checkered flag, with Faith edging out his teammate Hayes for the final spot on the podium. Blose would finish 3-2, taking the overall win again, while Faith's 1-3 ended him in second and Hayes in fourth with a score of 2-4."Ontario was great," said Blose. "I ended up claiming the overall both nights. First night I ended up winning my heat, head to head and the overall. Night two went just as well as night one. Luckily my head to head win gave me the extra point and the overall.""I had a really good weekend with second overall both nights," said Faith. "I rode a little tight on Friday but felt a lot better on Saturday and my starts were on point all weekend thanks to my KX250F. We just need to carry this momentum into next weekend." "I was a little off this weekend," said Hayes. "Although, we stayed in the battle every lap thanks to team having my bike dialed. I'm looking forward to nex

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Apr 3, 2016

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Joey Savatgy Earns his Fifth Podium of the Season

Irvine, CA (February 28, 2016) - The Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship, made its way back to the West Coast for Round 12 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California. After taking pole position in afternoon qualifying, Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac headed into the night show with the speed and confidence to be on the top of the podium. Both Tomac and teammate Josh Grant qualified out of the semi final races with Tomac finishing runner up in Semi 1 and Grant taking the win in Semi 2. In the Main Event, Tomac and Grant would round Turn 1 in 14th and 18th respectively. By the half-way point Tomac had raced his way into the top 10 and would eventually work his way up to a final seventh place. Grant, who tangled with another rider early in the Main Event, carved his way through the pack and finished a hard earned 12th."We started off the weekend great after qualifying fastest in timed practice," said Tomac. "My starts were what really hurt me tonight as both in my heat and in the Main Event I started outside the top-10. I know my speed is there which is a good feeling, we just need to keep working and moving forward for the next five rounds." "This weekend was good and I felt like I brought a different intensity," said Grant. "I felt comfortable on the bike due to some changes made at the test track over the week and it paid off. I won Semi 2, which felt great, and I'm happy with the way I rode. In the Main Event I crossed bars with another rider and made a mistake before the first four laps were over. I came back to finish 12th and felt a lot more comfortable in the middle and later laps in the race. The track was very technical and difficult, so I'm happy that I was able to come from behind to finish where I did."Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki wasted no time in getting to the lead Saturday night as the riders competing for the West Region championship returned to the track. Joey Savatgy and teammate Chris Alldredge came around Turn 1 in first and second respectively for Heat Race 1. Savatgy rode smooth and consistent to a Heat Race win with Alldredge coming home in fourth. When the gate dropped for the 250 West Championship Main Event, Savatgy rounded out Lap 1 in eighth place and quickly began his charge to the front. By Lap 5, Savatgy had moved into fifth and began battling for a podium position. Despite being held up by a couple lappers, Savatgy crossed the line in third, while teammate Alldredge finished 14th. Savatgy heads into the final round of the 250 West Championship in second overall and within striking distance of the points leader. "The Main Event, all-in-all it was good," said Savatgy. "After a rough start I tried to put in a solid 15 laps. We moved our way forward and in the middle I started to catch the two riders ahead of me and really closed the gap. Unfortunately, a couple of lappers held me up and it didn't help my push towards the front. I'm leaving Santa Clara on my own two feet and scored some good championship points. Now it's time to keep the ball rolling, keep pushing and come out swinging at Las Vegas.""I qualified fourth out of my Heat Race today, which I was happy with," said Alldredge. "The Main Event did not go how I wanted it to, but my crash from practice this morning left me sore. It was difficult to keep my normal pace with everything that happened, but I pushed as hard as I was able to. It's not the result I wanted, but I'll keep after it and come back strong at the next round."

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Apr 2, 2016

Jordi Tixier Prepares his Comeback

Jordi Tixier has been given medical clearance to start riding his factory KX450F-SR Kawasaki within the next two weeks following successful surgery on the wrist he broke at Mantova last year.The Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team rider attended the Grand Prix of Europe last weekend, and spent time with the staff of his new team after being forced to postpone his MXGP debut. It was the first public appearance of Jordi for a long time, and he also spent time with the fans and members of the media who sought updated news. But Jordi, who has been wearing a wrist plaster since his most recent surgery, still had to wait a few more days to learn his immediate future. On Wednesday he visited Professor Christophe Mathoulin, a leading European hand surgeon who undertook the second surgery in February, and got the 'green light' to start his recuperation. According to Professor Mathoulin the ligament has now knitted together again and Jordi can restart his normal physical training as a prelude to getting back on the bike mid-April. Then, depending on the feeling he has on his Kawasaki, he will plan his racing comeback together with the team in the near future.Jordi Tixier: "I didn't really know what to expect when I visited my doctor on Wednesday, and I was very surprised when he told me that I could start sporting activity immediately and be back on a bike in two weeks time ! I was not expecting such good news after eight months of double surgery and recovery with a plaster on my wrist. It has been difficult to accept even if we know how tough our sport can be, but of course I have now a very strong motivation. The medical examination revealed that the ligament is repaired, and the bones are now in place; I just took of the plaster this week so now I need to work on my wrist mobility. Physically I never stopped working in a sport centre so I am fit, it's just a question of strength in my wrist. The plan is to start riding on soft tracks mid-April, and depending of the feeling and the pain then we'll decide with the team when I will be back racing. It was good to be in Valkenswaard last weekend; for sure it's never nice to have to watch the races but I was happy to meet the team members and spend some time with them, our sponsors, the fans and the press. I haven't riden my bike for several weeks so it's difficult to know what to expect from my first races, especially in a new class, but I'm confident."

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Mar 29, 2016

A Podium Result for Petar Petrov

Petar Petrov of the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team lost his chance of an overall podium place at the MX2 Motocross GP of Europe when another rider crashed into him in a tight tussle. The Bulgarian had shown his liking for the sandy Eurocircuit track on the outskirts of the Dutch town of Valkenswaard, close to the Belgian border, as he advanced up the leadboard to finish fifth in the qualifying race, thus earning a choice gate pick from which he was able to launch an immediate assault on the podium positions.After holding a challenging third all moto his intended late assault on second was spoilt when he was hindered by backmarkers but a creditable third position remained secure to the chequered flag. Advancing strongly from tenth to seventh in the second race, Petar was unfortunate enough to collide with a wayward rival midway through the moto, the resultant pit stop forcing him out of the points-scoring positions in twenty-third position. Despite this unfortunate incident as he homed in on an overall podium finish Petar remains sixth in the series standings and is in a strong position to push forward two positions during the upcoming GPs in Latin America.Vsevolod Brylyakov of the Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki team anticipated making further advances in his burgeoning career after ever more impressive performances during the opening GPs of the year in Asia, but ever changing weather conditions caused havoc with bike settings for the young team. After qualifying eleventh Seva had a tough first moto as he started midfield in sixteenth position before advancing to an eventual twelfth. In the second race the Russian moved with great determination to convert another sixteenth placed start into a ninth placed finish. The combined results gave him eighth overall in the GP and have seen him advance to tenth in the series standings.Petar Petrov: "In the first moto I had a really good start and I was in third, following Jonass closely all the moto. The plan was to push in the last laps to pass him but I lost time behind lappers and didn't want to take any risks after that. My second start was not bad but not too good either; I was around tenth, made my way to fourth and was fighting with Seewer and Tonkov when we came together in a downhill and I went down. That was not good and the bike was damaged when another rider hit me; I had to go in the pits and probably lost a podium result. We'll keep on working; everything we're doing is good, and we'll now focus on the next GP."Vsevolod Brylyakov: "This weekend was not the best one and didn't bring me the results I could expect, but again I'm in the top ten overall with an eighth position and that's not so bad on such a track. I was struggling a little all weekend; we worked on the suspension settings to have a better feeling but with the showers the track changed a lot. In the first moto the track was really wet, like a swimming pool in some places; it was tough with the muddy goggles, I crashed early in the race and wasn't very happy. In the second moto I was more consistent, didn't crashed and finished ninth. I just need to put everything together to get better results, and we'll train hard to prepare for the next rounds."

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Mar 21, 2016

Monster Energy Kawasaki Rider Eli Tomac Captures his Eighth Top-Five Finish of the Year

IRVINE, CA (March 21, 2016) – Eli Tomac was joined by Josh Grant as the Monster Energy® Kawasaki team entered Round 11 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship, held in the "Motor City" of Detroit. Tomac started off the night with a second place finish in Heat 1, while Grant had the opportunity to turn a few extra laps, qualifying out of Semi 1. After the gate drop of the Main Event, Tomac and Grant started off mid-pack and immediately began moving forward. Consistent laps and smooth lines allowed Tomac to race his way into fifth place at the finish. While working towards the front, Grant was involved in a mid-air collision with another rider. Fortunately Grant was able to remount his KX™450F and continue moving forward, eventually crossing the line in 12th. "Today started off really well with two great qualifying sessions," said Tomac. "I went on to finish second in my heat and felt confident heading into the Main Event. In the Main Event, I started mid-pack and made some early passes to get into the top five. Overall, Detroit went well and I'm happy with where we ended." "My day went really well," said Grant. "I qualified well and put myself in a good position for the heat. I made a little mistake, ended up going into the Semi and qualified into the Main Event from there. I didn't have the start I wanted but was able to make some good passes and I'm happy with how it ended up. My goal was to finish strong and have a successful day, unfortunately another rider took me down, but all things considered I feel I accomplished my goal. I'm looking forward to spending time on the bike with the team, through the weekend off and coming back strong for Santa Clara."Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders Tyler Bowers & Arnaud Tonus continue to improve every weekend. Both riders qualified out of Heat 1 as Bowers took a commanding win with teammate Tonus close behind. When the gate dropped at the start of the 250 Main Event, it was Tonus who rounded Turn 1 out front on his KX™250F. The rider out of Switzerland would lead the field for five strong laps until a mistake in the whoops on Lap 6 resulted in a DNF. Bowers, who was taken down by another rider in Turn 1, began carving through the competition on his Kawasaki and by Lap 9 had passed 17 competitors. At the checkered flag, Bowers rode to an incredible fourth place finish, a season best."My day in Detroit was pretty good," said Bowers. "My Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki worked really well straight off, allowing me to set quick times early on in the sessions and qualify in a great spot. I won my second Heat Race this year, which is another step forward for me. Unfortunately I was tied up with another rider in Turn 1, but was able to charge through, ride my race and keep on my lines. Next thing I knew I was in fourth and could see third right ahead of me. I'm really happy with my fourth place finish and I'm looking forward to coming back from the break!"

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Mar 21, 2016

Monster Energy Kawasaki Rider Eli Tomac Captures his Eighth Top-Five Finish of the Year

IRVINE, CA (March 21, 2016) – Eli Tomac was joined by Josh Grant as the Monster Energy® Kawasaki team entered Round 11 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship, held in the "Motor City" of Detroit. Tomac started off the night with a second place finish in Heat 1, while Grant had the opportunity to turn a few extra laps, qualifying out of Semi 1. After the gate drop of the Main Event, Tomac and Grant started off mid-pack and immediately began moving forward. Consistent laps and smooth lines allowed Tomac to race his way into fifth place at the finish. While working towards the front, Grant was involved in a mid-air collision with another rider. Fortunately Grant was able to remount his KX™450F and continue moving forward, eventually crossing the line in 12th. "Today started off really well with two great qualifying sessions," said Tomac. "I went on to finish second in my heat and felt confident heading into the Main Event. In the Main Event, I started mid-pack and made some early passes to get into the top five. Overall, Detroit went well and I'm happy with where we ended." "My day went really well," said Grant. "I qualified well and put myself in a good position for the heat. I made a little mistake, ended up going into the Semi and qualified into the Main Event from there. I didn't have the start I wanted but was able to make some good passes and I'm happy with how it ended up. My goal was to finish strong and have a successful day, unfortunately another rider took me down, but all things considered I feel I accomplished my goal. I'm looking forward to spending time on the bike with the team, through the weekend off and coming back strong for Santa Clara."Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders Tyler Bowers & Arnaud Tonus continue to improve every weekend. Both riders qualified out of Heat 1 as Bowers took a commanding win with teammate Tonus close behind. When the gate dropped at the start of the 250 Main Event, it was Tonus who rounded Turn 1 out front on his KX™250F. The rider out of Switzerland would lead the field for five strong laps until a mistake in the whoops on Lap 6 resulted in a DNF. Bowers, who was taken down by another rider in Turn 1, began carving through the competition on his Kawasaki and by Lap 9 had passed 17 competitors. At the checkered flag, Bowers rode to an incredible fourth place finish, a season best."My day in Detroit was pretty good," said Bowers. "My Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki worked really well straight off, allowing me to set quick times early on in the sessions and qualify in a great spot. I won my second Heat Race this year, which is another step forward for me. Unfortunately I was tied up with another rider in Turn 1, but was able to charge through, ride my race and keep on my lines. Next thing I knew I was in fourth and could see third right ahead of me. I'm really happy with my fourth place finish and I'm looking forward to coming back from the break!"

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Mar 17, 2016

Successful Surgery for Dylan Ferrandis

Dylan Ferrandis of the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team underwent successful surgery last week to repair the damage to his right shoulder sustained during the FIM MX2 Motocross GP of Thailand. After finishing runner-up in the opening GP of the season in Qatar and posting the fastest lap during the timed practice session in Thailand the young Frenchman had an unfortunate crash during the qualifying race. He crashed onto his right shoulder in the waves section and was unable to contest the points-scoring races the next day; he flew back to France and, following a number of medical examinations, underwent surgery in Lyon last week. During his recuperation Dylan is working in close cooperation with his doctor as he maintains his physical condition training to ensure he will be ready to race his KX250F-SR Kawasaki competitively as soon as his doctor gives him the green light for a comeback.Dylan Ferrandis: "It's always difficult to accept an injury, especially so early in the season after such a great start to the series. I was feeling good physically after training hard this winter; maybe I felt better than at any time in my career. The bike was already very competitive, and the team was also working hard to make even more advances. Now I can only work again hard to prepare my comeback; I can't wait to get back on the bike, but I want to be fully prepared before my return to racing. For sure the crash was my fault, but sometimes I don't understand the way people build and prepare the tracks." Steve Guttridge (Kawasaki Motors Europe Racing Manager): "Such injuries can unfortunately be part of this tough sport! It's a cruel blow both for the team, who have worked so hard to provide a competitive race bike this winter, and of course for Dylan, who had already shown his speed and potential to win on the KX250F-SR in Qatar. For sure he was going to mount a strong challenge for the title this season. We believe the operation went very well; Dylan is already recovering and starting his physical training again in order to come back even stronger than before so we all wish him the best for a speedy return."Jean Jacques Luisetti (Team Owner): "Of course we are very disappointed with this injury, as we saw that Dylan was one of the fastest riders in the championship during the first GP. It's just a question of time now, but he will recover very soon. We'll focus during the coming GPs on Petar Petrov and Hunter Lawrence who have both show great potential since the beginning of the season, and we'll prepare for Dylan's comeback. Dylan will meet the fans this weekend at the Marseilles Motorcycles Exhibition that we organise in partnership with Monster Energy."

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Mar 16, 2016

Tommy Searle Takes a Sixth in Thailand

Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki's Tommy Searle shook off sickness to race to a brave sixth in intense heat of the second round of the FIM MXGP Motocross Championship at Suphan Buri in central Thailand. The British rider had been suffering with flu all week and even consulted the FIM doctor before racing, but once on track he showed tremendous spirit to consistently build his speed during the weekend. After a cautious opening he already set the seventh best time in timed practice and showed great resolve in the opening GP moto to charge from ninth to sixth as temperatures soared to around 40 degrees centigrade. Tommy again appeared capable of racing into the top six in race two, but a dislodged fuel line after he had advanced to ninth caused the Brit to stop to undertake emergency repairs, losing five places in the process. Despite the misfortune he finished the GP tenth overall and is now eighth in the series standings after two rounds.Clement Desalle of the Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team once again defied the pain from a forearm fracture sustained three weeks ago to salvage six world championship points from sixteenth and twentieth moto results. The gritty Belgian had been content to keep his racing activity to a minimum during qualification, but showed great resolve in the opening GP moto to race alongside fully-fit riders for an eventual fifteenth place, just one a half minutes behind the winner. Race two proved to be more difficult and after again holding down fifteenth place during the early laps he eventually slackened his pace in the closing laps to cross the line twentieth. Clement now has three weeks to prepare for the next round of the series at Valkenswaard in the Netherlands on Easter Monday, March 28.Tommy Searle: "I made a sixth in the first race, which was good considering I was sick when I came here to the track. In the second race I was racing ninth and was expecting to move forward, but the fuel inlet pipe came out from the tank and I got fuel in my face; I knew that if I didn't stop the bike would have run out of fuel. So I had to stop and put in back on; I lost five places but overall I guess I have to be happy to go back to Europe safe, even though it would have been better to get another top ten result. It was hot, but in the second race I was so scared with the fuel that I didn't push too hard. It was a difficult day."Clement Desalle: "I came here with the same spirit as in Qatar, and it's really not easy to race like that after so many days of hard work in winter time. But that's how it is; I came here to score a few points and I got a few more than in Qatar. It's not easy to race when it's so hot, and it was tough physically, especially in the second race, due I think to the anaesthetic. I had to be happy with five points in the first race, but in the second moto it was so difficult that I was so close to stopping four or five times…. I made two small mistakes, but the positive point is that my arm was not too painful and I know that I didn't damage it. Honestly it was tough to recover from surgery, and then to fly so far twice for these two GPs, with some jetlag too, but I have no regrets about my decision; maybe these nine points will be important later in the season. Now I need some rest, and then I will listen to my body before getting back into physical training; for sure I will not be fit for Valkenswaard, but I just hope that I will be able to ride my bike one or two times before this third round."

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Mar 16, 2016

Vsevolod Brylyakov Sixth in Thailand

Vsevolod Brylyakov of Monster Energy DRT Kawasaki raced to sixth overall in the second round of the FIM MX2 Motocross World Championship at Suphan Buri in central Thailand. In only his second race for Kawasaki the young Russian showed how quickly he has settled into the English team as he raced to seventh and ninth placings in the two 35 minute motos, each run in temperatures approaching 40 degrees centigrade. After completing the opening lap of race one thirteenth, he charged to seventh at the checkered flag and again showed tremendous speed in the second moto to recover from twentieth place after a first lap crash to cross the line ninth despite the handicap of broken spokes. The two motos earnt him sixth overall in the GP and have moved him up to tenth in the points standings after two rounds.Petar Petrov of the Monster Energy Kawasaki MX2 Racing Team qualified seventh on Saturday and then rode a strong opening GP moto to finish sixth after racing leaderboard all moto. Track conditions had changed considerably before the second moto and the Bulgarian soon found that his suspension settings were no longer ideal; nevertheless he fought all moto to advance from thirteenth to tenth at the end of the race to secure seventh in the GP. The battling ride to tenth in the second moto, combined with his top six finishes in each of the three previous motos this year, ensure that Petar holds down fifth in the series standings.Teammate Dylan Ferrandis, second in the series before racing, had a most unfortunate weekend. He showed his liking for the track by posting fastest time in timed practice and was advancing from a moderate start during the qualifying race when he got out of shape in the waves section and dislocated his right shoulder. The track medical officer put the shoulder back into place whilst the race continued and Dylan flew back to France for further investigations by his specialist in Lyon.Vsevolod Brylyakov: "It was a good weekend; I think this GP was difficult for everyone due to the conditions. I knew that I would be strong, and I found a good rhythm in all the races this weekend. In the first moto I made some mistakes and didn't start so well, but I stayed calm and posted good lap times to finish seventh which was good for my second race with Kawasaki. I knew that the second moto would be more difficult for everybody and I was looking for a top five; I had a good start but at the second corner on the second lap I went off the track into a Monster banner at high speed. I lost many positions but I was able to catch back many riders, even though I lost some spokes in a wheel later in the race and didn't jump the big tabletop anymore and I also rode safe in the waves to make sure that I finished the race. Anyway I was able to pass a couple of guys to finish ninth in the moto and sixth overall in the GP. Now I'm looking forward to the European GPs." Petar Petrov: "The heat didn't really bothered me that much; this year I felt strong physically all weekend. This track is not my favourite, but overall we have some positive and negative points to take home from this weekend; I'm quite happy with the results but in the second moto we struggled with the suspension settings. The track got really dry and we didn't have the best settings for it; it was difficult to recover after a crash but I came back to tenth to finish seventh overall. I never started a season so well; I'm fifth in the standings and I'm going back home safe so I'm pretty happy. Now I'm going back home for some training and testing sessions before Valkenswaard; everything looks good and I'm happy with the way the team is working."Dylan Ferrandis: "I was pretty confident after my pole position in the timed practice session, but my start in the qualifying race was not so good; I was fifth and didn't want to take any risks, but my rear wheel slid out in the waves and I crashed on my right shoulder. It was not really painful, and the medical staff put it back in position after twenty minutes. Now I fly back home to visit my doctor as soon as possible, we need more examinations to know what we have to do and when I can be back on the bike."

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Mar 13, 2016

Eli Tomac Scores Another Top Five in Toronto

Irvine, CA (March 13, 2016) – Eli Tomac of the Monster Energy® Kawasaki team headed to Toronto, Ontario this weekend for Round 10 of the 2016 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship. Hot off his win at Daytona, Tomac carried momentum into a dominating win in 450 Heat 1. Narrowly escaping an incident on Lap 1, Tomac pushed his way to the front early in the 450 Main Event. By the end of the night Tomac rode a smooth, consistent race to bring his Kawasaki home in fifth. "We're leaving Canada with a fifth place," said Tomac. "We had a great practice, rode really well in the heat and tried to carry that speed into the Main Event. Once the Main Event started I got my KX™450F out of the gate really well, avoided the incident on the first lap and then made the pass into the lead. From there I just didn't feel exactly how I needed to get the job done. I'm looking forward to next weekend and will build off what I learned tonight." The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team of Arnaud Tonus and Tyler Bowers headed to the Rogers Centre in Toronto, looking to continue building momentum and speed. Bowers started the night off strong by taking his first heat win of the season in commanding fashion, while Tonus transferred out of 250 Heat 1 as well. In the 250 Main Event Tonus unfortunately tangled up with another rider and ended Lap 1 in 15th, while teammate Bowers came through in fourth. Bowers raced his way into second by Lap 8 when he was unfortunately involved in an incident, re-joining competition inside the top ten. When the checker flag flew, Tonus had raced his KX™250F up to a 10th place finished while Bowers crossed the line in 11th. "Tonight was an improvement," said Bowers. "I felt really good in practice and had a good plan for the night, which paid off with a heat win. I tried to stick with the same plan and keep it smooth for the Main Event, when I decided to make my move for the lead I made a mistake and went down. I picked myself up and fought back for as many points as possible. All things considered I'm happy to have my Heat Race win, next up is the Main Event.""The weekend had its ups and downs," said Tonus. "I rode a little tight early on but started to get my rhythm later in the day. In the Main Event I was forced off track on the first lap and from that point on I had a few issues due to the crash that were holding me back. I'm looking forward to Detroit and moving forward."

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Mar 7, 2016

Team Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AMSOIL/Kawasaki Sweeps Again in Omaha

Irvine, CA (March 7, 2016) - AMSOIL Arenacross kicked off the second half of the 2016 season on Saturday with its debut from the CenturyLink Center in Omaha. Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy®/AMSOIL Kawasaki's Gavin Faith accomplished another flawless night at his hometown race, sweeping both Main Events to take his second straight overall win. With these two wins, Faith's points lead extends to 17 points in the Arenacross Class point standings.Faith had his hands full in the opening laps of Main Event 1, as the top three exchanged positions several times. Although, as the intensity increased, mistakes were on the rise and Faith was able to build a cushion and capture the win. Teammates Chris Blose and Jacob Hayes were not far behind as they both finished inside the top five with Blose in fourth and an amazing comeback by Hayes in fifth after an opening lap crash. The Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy/AMSOIL/Kawasaki's riders were off to a terrific start in Main Event 2 with all three coming around turn one 1-2-3. Faith led the field with teammate Hayes close behind and Blose in third. The three wouldn't lose sight of each other all night, maintaining a distance of under one second between one another for the majority of the race. Faith wouldn't be phased by the pressure and took his second win of the night, with a perfect (1-1). He would be joined up on the podium by both Team Babbitt's teammates with Hayes in second (5-2) and Blose in third (4-3)."This weekends race was awesome," said Faith. "I had a great battle in the Head-2-Head and ended up taking the win for an extra point. Then in Main Event 1 I had a great battle with a couple different riders and ended up taking the win. In Main Event 2 I had last gate pick but still took the holeshot and controlled the race from then on out. My (1-1) took the overall and I couldn't be happier with the weekend.""After missing a night of racing in Omaha it was a great way to get the momentum rolling again," said Hayes. "I always want a win over second, but I'll take it for my first race back. I know what needs to be done and I'm headed home to prepare myself for the next weekend.""Omaha was overall a good night," said Blose. "I finally got some momentum going after struggling the past couple weekends. In my heat race I got a decent start and made my way up to third place to finish strong. In Main Event 1, I struggled a little off the start, but I was able to capitalize on a few mistakes and get up to fourth. Main Event 2 was fun, as all three of us were up front and stayed close for the entire race. I believe my speed and fitness is there to win, I just need to put it all together."

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Mar 6, 2016

Monster Energy Kawasaki Eli Tomac Takes Pole to Checkers at Daytona Supercross

Irvine, CA (March 5, 2016) – Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac came to Round 9 in Daytona, FL feeling rejuvenated after a visit back home to Colorado during the week. It was also evident that Tomac was feeling comfortable on the unique Daytona dirt as he set the fastest qualifying lap Saturday, placing him on pole. He carried that momentum into his Heat Race, grabbing the holeshot, never looking back and taking a commanding win. He lined up behind the same gate in the Main Event, in hopes of another great start. His KX™450F would not disappoint as he accelerated into turn one bar to bar with the series points leader and quickly made moves in turn two to solidify the lead position on the opening lap. As the track deteriorated, Tomac maintained an intense pace, inching away from second place. He would stay calm and composed all 20 laps and light the candles to his first 2016 supercross win."This is something we've been working towards all season," said Tomac. "For being off the bike for as long I was, I think I was expecting too much of myself right away. Daytona is a race I've been looking forward to all year and it's an event everyone wants to win. I was feeling great all day and it showed as I qualified first, won my heat and capping it off with a Main Event win. I couldn't be happier!" Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki riders Tyler Bowers and Arnaud Tonus came into round 2 of the 250SX East Region Championship looking to build on their performance from round 1. Both Bowers and Tonus rode strong in their respective Heat Races to qualify straight into the main. At the gate drop of the Main Event, the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki KX™250F riders were inside the top 10 and fought hard to move forward as the terrain began to break down. At the checkers, Tonus would finish 6th with his teammate Bowers in 10th. "Today was a huge improvement," said Tonus. "I felt a lot better on the bike and I believe I proved that in both the Heat Race and Main Event. I was able to push for all 15-laps and made some great passes. It feels great to be able to ride like I know I can""Round 2 was an improvement," said Bowers. "We've been working hard during the week to get back to where we want to be and it's nice to see these small improvements every weekend. I'm looking forward to building on this finish next week in Canada."

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Feb 28, 2016

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Tyler Bowers Finishes Inside the Top-10 in Atlanta

Irvine, CA (February 28, 2016) - Monster Energy® Kawasaki rider Eli Tomac launched out of the gate on the Atlanta red clay in Heat Race 1 to grab the holeshot and early lead. Tomac rode smart and stayed near the front to transfer straight into the Main Event. Tomac entered the Main Event with confidence, expecting another great start on his KX™450F, however, this time he would round turn one inside the top ten. Tomac wasted no time slicing through the competition within the first few corners. An aggressive pass at the end of Lap 2 would result in Tomac going down, falling back as far as 20th. Tomac, being the warrior he is, began his charge back towards the front of competition and after 20 laps would cross the line in 11th.Unfortunately, Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Wil Hahn was taken out of competition early in the night as he was involved in a first lap crash in Heat 2. Hahn would walk away from the incident on his own power but would not compete for the rest of the night. He is currently undergoing medical evaluation."I was in a decent position at the start of the Main Event but came together with another rider in the opening laps." said Tomac. "I felt like I fought back pretty well for 10-laps, but reached a point where everyone was too far apart for me to make up enough ground. We're still making improvements and we'll continue to take it race by race."Saturday night marked the beginning of a new championship as we traveled east to Atlanta, GA for Round 1 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, and FIM Championship East Coast 250SX Series. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Tyler Bowers and Arnaud Tonus made their return in Heat 1, with Bowers getting off to a great start on his KX™250F in the top three with teammate Tonus in tow. Bowers rode strong and made an early pass to qualify second while teammate Tonus would take a dominating win in the LCQ. At the start of the Main Event, Bowers would position himself in fourth and quickly begin putting pressure on third place. Within a few laps, Bowers would capitalize on a mistake and take over third place, but when the halfway flag flew he began to make mistakes himself and quickly began slipping back into the field. After 15 long laps he would cross the line eighth place, while teammate Tonus would struggle all night on the red Atlanta clay, coming home with a 19th place finish. "I didn't quite feel comfortable all day." said Bowers. "The team and I found a suspension setting before the Main Event that I liked. Overall, it's good considering we're coming back from surgery and a year away from competition.""The heat didn't go how I wanted but I took the win in the Last Chance Qualifier," said Tonus. "In the main I climbed up to 10th but made a mistake and finished 19th. It felt really good to get back into competition and begin working towards our goal." The halftime show Saturday Night was one of a kind, as NASCAR star and former Kawasaki Team Green rider Clint Bowyer swung his leg over a KX250F for the NASCAR Holeshot Challenge. When NASCAR star Danica Patrick turned the 30-second board sideways and the gate dropped, it was Bowyer on his Kawasaki blasting out of the gate. He bravely held the throttle wide open into the first corner to win the first NASCAR holeshot challenge, but when it came time to stop, the NASCAR star went barreling into the tough blocks. Bowyer bounced right back and began dancing to celebrate his win. Bowyer was stoked to add this to his long list of wins.

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Feb 21, 2016

Eli Tomac Captures His Fifth Top Five of the Season

Irvine, CA (February 21, 2016) - The Monster Energy® Kawasaki team of Eli Tomac and Wil Hahn headed to Arlington, Texas this weekend for Round 7 of the 2016 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship. The team was poised to continue its trend of building on key milestones each week. Tomac transferred into the Main Event by taking his first trip into a semi while Hahn took his third LCQ win of the season. In the 450 Main Event, both Tomac and Hahn did not have great starts, however, by the halfway point Tomac had raced his way into fifth where he would remain until the checkers flew. Meanwhile, Hahn had an unfortunate crash while working through the field and would eventually cross the line in 15th. "Considering how the night started, my fifth tonight wasn't bad," said Tomac. "Off the start I wasn't where I'd like to be but I passed quite a few riders straight away and rounded out around seventh, then spent the rest of the race working up to fifth. I had the speed early on but couldn't quite maintain it, so I'll be working on that and I'll keep working hard heading into the next round." "I didn't have the night I wanted," said Hahn. "Qualifying was good, I actually had pretty good speed all night, really everything we've been working on was better, I just didn't ride the way I wanted to and the way I need to. We'll go back home and keep working." Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rolled into AT&T Stadium this weekend ready to perform. 250 West Points Leader Joey Savatgy set his sights on maintaining the red number plate while teammate Chris Alldredge focused on keeping the forward momentum built at San Diego II. Alldredge launched into Heat 1 by earning the holeshot and riding a smooth race to transfer directly into the Main Event. Savatgy headed into Heat 2 as the fastest 250 qualifier and carried that speed into grabbing the holeshot and through the race to take his fifth heat win of the season. Savatgy pulled into the lead of the 250 Main Event almost immediately and just as quickly tangled up with another rider in the whoops. As a result Savatgy would cross the line at the end of Lap 1 in 22nd. Never one to give up, Savatgy put his head down and began ticking off passes while teammate Alldredge began working his way into the top 10. By the time the checkers waved, Alldredge crossed the line in eighth and Savatgy battled his way through the pack to place his KX™250F in 10th. "Tonight didn't quite go as planned," said Savatgy. "We got off to a great start, winning my heat and grabbing the holeshot in the Main Event. Unfortunately I came together with another rider in the whoops and went down. I managed to get back up and made enough passes to salvage a few points though. We've got a break now, which is nice and it will give the team and I a chance to work on a few things to come back swinging." "Today went pretty well," said Alldredge. "I just couldn't put everything together how I wanted to. In the heat I pulled a really good holeshot but unfortunately dropped back a bit. I ran the pace to be up front, but made a couple mistakes the first lap. When the Main Event came around I didn't get off the line very well, but plugged away and got up to eighth. We're going to start doing some outdoor training and I'll be ready for Santa Clara in a few weeks."

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Feb 15, 2016

Team Babbitt's Jacob Hayes Becomes Winningest Rider of 2016

Irvine, CA (February 14, 2016) – Round 6 of the AMSOIL Arenacross Championship kicked off in the Legacy Arena Saturday night with Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy®/AMSOIL Kawasaki looking to extend their points lead. Jacob Hayes wasted no time in Main Event 1 positioning himself out front after making the pass for the lead at the end of Lap 1 and quickly began pulling away from teammate Chris Blose in second. When the checkers flew it was Hayes with a dominating win by over three seconds with teammate Blose in tow. At the gate drop of Main Event 2, it was Team Babbitt's riders, Hayes and Blose coming around turn one in second and third respectively. Looking like a replay of Main Event 1, it wouldn't take long before Hayes made the pass for first place and started pulling away. 15 perfect laps would allow Hayes to go (1-1) for first overall and become the winningest rider in the Arenacross Class this season, with three overall wins and eight Main Event wins. Teammate Blose would have his issues in the early laps of the main, causing him to drop outside of a podium position to fifth, going (2-5) for fifth overall. After qualifying third out of his heat race and winning the Head-to-Head battle, Team Babbitt's Gavin Faith felt confident heading into the mains. Two poor starts in the Main Events hurt his chances of being on the podium and would settle for sixth overall with a score of (6-7)."Birmingham went really well," said Blose. "I came into the weekend sick, so I knew it was going to be a struggle. I actually felt good riding, it was just hard to breathe because I was so congested. I ended up second in Main Event 1 behind Hayes and felt if I got a better start I could go for the overall win. In Main Event 2 I got out to a fourth place start and made a pass for third right away. I was closing in on second and ran over a tough block that was in the middle of the track and almost went down, losing two spots in the process. I made the pass back for fourth and was closing on third when a lap rider would not get out of the way. The flaggers didn't throw the blue flag for three laps, making it difficult to pass lapped riders, but I'm ready for redemption in Tampa!""I had a pretty rough weekend, " said Faith. "I qualified third, won the Head-to-Head race and got two bad starts in the Main Events. I struggled to come through the pack and didn't end up where I feel I belong. I'm ready to fight in Tampa.""Started off the weekend well," said Hayes. "I was fastest in qualifying practice and lined up for the heat race confident. I didn't get off the gate like I wanted to, so I had to battle my way up to third and just felt like I rode really tight. I knew I had to put my head down and handle business in the mains. I lined up sixth gate pick in Main Event 1 and rounded the first turn in second, made a quick pass to the lead and rode a solid race from there. In Main Event 2 I rounded the first turn in second again, quickly made the pass for the lead on lap two and just kept is smooth and consistent every lap."

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Feb 14, 2016

Joey Savatgy Stretches his Points Lead at Petco Park

Irvine, CA (February 14, 2016) – The third annual military appreciation Monster Energy Supercross kicked off this weekend at Petco Park in San Diego, California. Eli Tomac and Wil Hahn arrived ready to continue their forward momentum and show off some speed for our military personnel in attendance. Fast qualifier Tomac pushed hard and made a lot of smart passes in his heat to finish third after a start just inside the top 10, while Hahn transferred to the Main Event from Semi 2. Looking to the 450 Main Event, Tomac crossed the line at the end of Lap 1 in fifth with Hahn coming around in 16th. Hahn began pacing his laps and checking off riders while Tomac began to battle towards the front. After 20 laps of heated racing, Tomac would bring his Kawasaki home in sixth with teammate Hahn crossing the line in 13th. "Leading up to the night show, this has been by far the best day of the season for us," said Tomac." "I was excited to get the ball rolling in the night show and came out of the heat race in the top three which was great. Got off to a top five start and couldn't quite make my passes as quickly as I needed to and ended up finishing sixth place. Overall, the track was difficult tonight but we learned lots and are looking forward to next weekend.""Overall the day was better," said Hahn." "My speed and comfort level have improved enormously with the entire team working by my side and supporting me with what I need to succeed. I just need to continue to put in the work and the results will come." Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rolled into San Diego this weekend for the second time in the 2016 season. Joey Savatgy and Chris Alldredge took to the track in special red, white and blue gear to show their support for the U.S. military. Savatgy and Alldredge transferred straight out of Heat 1 with a second and fifth respectively. In the Main Event the pair of Kawasaki riders came out of the gate with their best combined starts of the year with Alldredge out front and Savatgy in second by the end of Lap 1. Unfortunately, after leading for two laps, Alldredge encountered issues forcing him to retire from competition for the night. Meanwhile, Savatgy raced his way into the lead and never looked back, taking the win and the points lead into Dallas."The day was a good one," said Savatgy. "I qualified second heading into the night and had a decent heat race. In the Main Event I put myself in a good position to win. Unfortunately, my teammate had his bike issue, but from there I just tried to ride my own race. I had to ride a bit defensive for a few laps because I was getting pressure from riders behind me. After a few consistent laps I was able to open up my lines and just click off the rest of the laps." "My day went really well," said Alldredge. "I started the day with the best free practice I've ever had, and went into qualifying with a good mindset. In my heat I had a great start but made a mistake and had to fight back to bring it home fifth. In the Main Event, I had a great start. I got off the line really well, lead to the first corner checked up a bit and then swung out into the lead. I felt good and was ready to put in my 15 laps until I unfortunately had a bike problem that put me out of the race. I'm really looking forward to the next race."As it was military appreciation weekend, Monster Energy Kawasaki and Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki had the opportunity to aboard the breath-taking USS Midway Museum. Eli, Wil and Chris all received a tour of the Aircraft Carrier before getting into uniform to film a special edition "Top Gun" themed video for opening ceremonies.

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Feb 8, 2016

Team Babbitt's Leaves Colorado with the Points Lead

Irvine, CA (February 8, 2016) - The AMSOIL Arenacross series headed to Colorado Springs, Colo. this weekend for its first ever triple-header event. NIGHT ONEThe action started on Thursday night with Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy®/AMSOIL Kawasaki's Gavin Faith taking home his second overall win of the season. In Main Event 1, Faith rounded the first turn in second where he would stay until the red flag on Lap 6 created a single-file restart. At the restart, Faith quickly took over the lead position, where he would remain until the checkers, claiming victory with a lead of over two seconds. Teammate Jacob Hayes put on an equally impressive race, setting off on the restart in tenth place and climbing his was up to fifth in only three laps. Hayes was determined to improve his start for Main Event 2 and after the gate drop the Kawasaki rider did just that. Hayes came around turn one in second, while teammates Chris Blose and Faith came out in fifth and eighth respectively. Hayes quickly took over the number one spot, while Faith was pushed hard to move into the top five on Lap 9. Three laps later Faith would make a pass on fellow Babbitt's rider Blose to take over the fourth place and follow it up with a last-lap pass to come home in third. Hayes claimed his series leading fifth Main Event win, earning him second overall (5-1), while Faith's (1-3) score would give him the overall win, his first of the season. Teammate Blose would come home with a (6-4), earning a fourth overall. NIGHT TWOFriday night was capped off by Team Babbitt's/Monster Energy/AMSOIL Kawasaki rider Jacob Hayes joining his Kawasaki teammates as the only multiple race winners of the 2016 season, extending his points lead in the process. At the start of the first Main Event, Hayes grabbed the holeshot with teammate Blose closely behind in second. The first turn momentum of Hayes carried him all the way to an unchallenged win, claiming victory by over five seconds. Blose would remain in second for the entire race while Faith rallied hard to come back from a ninth place start to cross the line in fourth. In Main Event 2, Hayes came out of turn one at the start in third, while Faith came out in second and quickly moved into the lead position. Blose, who started in fourth, made short work of putting his KX™250F in second before the first lap was over. One lap later, Hayes positioned himself in third, lining up yet another Team Babbitt's podium sweep. The top three would remain that way until the checkers flew, continuing the Kawasaki dominance in arenacross. Hayes would end the night (1-3) for first overall, while Blose's (2-2) and Faith's (4-1) earned second and third respectively. NIGHT THREEThe third and final night of the triple-header in Colorado Springs saw lots of excitement as Team Babbitt's riders Hayes and Faith rounded out the podium finishing 2nd and 3rd overall. In Main Event 1, Hayes and Faith had the crowd on their feet for 15 straight laps as they exchanged positions several times throughout the race. At the checkers, it was Hayes in second and Faith rounding out the podium in third, with teammate Blose in eighth. Hayes got off to another great start in Main Event 2, where he began pressuring for the win immediately and before long was right on the leader. When the white-flag flew Hayes went for the pass in the final corner and got right alongside of the leader but ran out of room at the checkered flag to finish second, going (2-2) for second overall. Teammates Faith and Blose had strong rides inside the top five, finishing third and fourth respectively. "Colorado Springs had its ups and downs," said Blose. "Thursday night was a little rough and I ended up fourth overall. The track only had one fast line and was very easy, so the start was crucial. On Friday the track conditions improved and my starts were a lot better. I ended up going (2-2) for second overall, so I was happy with that especially after the previous nights results. On Saturday I had eighth gate pick and started outside in Main Event 1. I ended up around fifth at the line on Lap 1 but got tangled up with another rider immediately after. After getting back up and going I got raced to eighth from dead last. In Main Event 2 I had eighth gate pick and started far outside. Again, got an amazing start but I was just too far outside. I started and ended fifth. Saturday night didn't go as planned but I'm ready to put the #6 on the top step of the podium this weekend in Birmingham.""I had a really solid three day weekend in Colorado," said Hayes. "I rode really smart throughout the entire event, made some good passes and had some great racing with my teammates. I'm glad to walk away safe and I'm ready for the next round.""Thursday went really well for me," said Faith. "I qualified first, won Main Event 1 and then worked my way up to third in Main Event 2 for the overall win. Friday night was a bit rough, I crashed in my heat and ended up qualifying seventh for the main. I worked up to fourth in Main Event 1 and then in Main Event 2 I grabbed the holeshot and took the win for third overall. Saturday I had good starts and went (3-3) for third overall. It's awesome to be on the podium all three nights and to get a win but we still have some things to work on moving forward. We can only get better from here."

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Feb 7, 2016

Tomac and Savatgy Podium in Phoenix

Irvine, CA (February 7, 2016) - Saturday night in Glendale, Arizona was a turning point for Monster Energy® Kawasaki's Eli Tomac, as he captured his first podium finish of the season. After a great start inside the top five, he began pushing forward and quickly making passes. By the halfway mark, Tomac had made his way into second place and started making up time on the leader. A few small mistakes in the whoops caused Tomac to lose time and eventually his second place position in the latter half of the Main Event. In the end, Tomac brought his KX™450F home in third place, a season best. Teammate Wil Hahn had another great night of racing as he qualified straight out of the semi. In the Main Event, Hahn came around Lap 1 in 12th place but wouldn't stay there for long as he began making dynamic passes to place himself inside the top ten. Hahn held on to his top ten position to match his best finish of the season."It feels great to finally get up on the podium", said Tomac. "This is exactly how we wanted to rebound after last weeks' performance. We worked really hard all week and it paid off. Overall, the day was smooth and the team and I are making steps in the right direction. It's a long season, we just need to keep riding, working hard and we'll end up where we want to.""Tonight was a huge improvement," said Hahn. "From the start of qualifying to the Main Event, we made progress all the way through the day. I can't thank Monster Energy Kawasaki enough with how patient they have been with me and for allowing me to grow. Another 10th tonight but I really felt I earned this one. Looking forward to next weekend and continuing to progress." Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Joey Savatgy rolled into Glendale, Arizona this weekend to contest Round 5 of the Monster Energy Supercross season with the series points leader's red plate aboard his KX™250F, while Chris Alldredge set his sights on stepping onto the podium. Both Savatgy and Alldredge lined up behind the gate for 250 Heat 1, with Savatgy nearly grabbing the holeshot and pushing into the lead within the first couple of turns. After a heated battle, Savatgy remained the man on top and took the Heat 1 win with Alldredge earning a transfer spot into the Main Event as well. In the Main Event Alldredge got the start he's been working towards, rounding turn one in fourth, while Savatgy followed close behind in sixth. Savatgy cut his way through the pack and by Lap 7 had worked into third place, where he would remain until the final lap. Teammate Alldredge rode hard and smart to bring his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki home in sixth. Savatgy, now tied for the points lead, looks to San Diego for another chance at the top step of the podium."Today was pretty good," said Savatgy. "We ended up qualifying second and had a pretty good heat race, where we were able to come home with another heat win. We struggled in a few key sections of the track but to come home with a podium and salvage points is great, but we want to work for another win and keep the red plate for another weekend.""My day was pretty good," said Alldredge. "I had the track dialed early in the first practice which I've been struggling with a bit. I didn't have the start I wanted in my heat but I worked my way up into third which I was really happy with, especially because I ran some good lap times, much faster than I was in practice. I finally got the start I wanted in the Main Event, unfortunately a couple guys got by me but I kept it together for sixth. Sixth is a lot closer to where I should be, and I'm going to keep working hard, and keep getting better."

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