David Philippaerts of Yamaha Monster Energy Motocross Team will be unable to race for the incoming 64th Motocross of Nations due to an injury he sustained while showing off raging speed during the 2nd Moto race. Apparently, Philippaerts twisted his right knee and was unable to complete the race securing a third position in the FIM MX1-GP World Championship on the factory YZ450FM. The rider immediately went back to his home in Milan for a medical check-up that revealed that, although it was not serious enough to need surgery, his knee would require adequate rest for a period of twenty days before the 2008 world champion could begin light cycling routines.
On the other hand, luck comes to Gautier Paulin as Team Yamaha chose him to represent France in the MX1 category with a YZ450FM. "While I am sorry for Christophe this is an exciting news for me and I am proud to represent France as part of a strong team. There is not much time to prepare but we are working hard now to get ready on the bike and be as fast as possible for Thunder Valley”, Paulin said.
The 2009 MX Championship has already started getting riders, motorcycles and their crews in trouble. These are by far the coolest pictures we’ve come across yet and by the small unstained blue on the front fender, we can confidently say that we’re dealing with a Yamaha dirt bike.
Apparently, as the bikes become better performing, organizers make sure that tracks are even harder to race on and that’s what the audience loves about motocross racing.
This video is a tribute to the fastest growing action/extreme sport, Freestyle Motocross. Riders shown performing and, some of them, even braking some bones are Mike Metzger, Nate Adams, Travis Pastrana, Brian Deegan, Ronnie Faisst, Jeremy Stenburg, Ronnie Renner, Dan Pastor, Doug Parsons, Drake McElroy and Chuck Carothers, just to mention a few.
If you’ve long been searching for an explication to why these guys put theirselves through this, it is very likely to find it in the content of this attachment.
Among the many promising themes planned for this weekend on the track of Mantua, there is also the appointment with the French MX pilot, Livia Lancelot. At only 20 years, the skilled Kawasaki pilot arrives for the first time in Mantua with the clear purpose of defending that much craved first place in the Women World Championship.
Italy opens its gates for this weekend’s Grand Prix and although the track is a first for Livia, she has great expectations for a weekend to remember (...) > Full story
With less than two weeks remaining before the start of the World Motocross Championship, Team Aprilia Off Road showed its hand on Monday, March 24th at the fifth round of the Italian championship: the 2009 Model Year Aprilia MXV 4.5.
It is a profoundly redesigned bike that operates around a powerful 77° V twin engine. The main difference in respect to the previous version is a more rigid yet lighter frame, including upright anterior latticework with a different diameter and material. The (...) > Full story
The first half of the Italian motocross championship has been completed and the final phase began on March 16th in Cingoli (Macerata province) at the third-to-last round on the schedule. On Saturday, the qualifying sessions took place on the difficult and tricky track in Le Marche. An optimal Cedric Melotte (Aprilia Mxv 4.5) marked the fourth-best time of the Mx1 class. It was instead a tormented round for Fabien Izoird (Aprilia Mxv 4.5), who wasn’t able to find the right balance for the (...) > Full story
KTM riders put in extraordinary rides all week long at the AMA Parts Unlimited Lake Whitney Spring Classic earning seven championships at the close of the weekend.
Two of the championships were won by KTM Factory Junior Team riders Tommy Weeck and Max Anstie. Weeck proved strong all week winning heats in both the Motocross B Modified and Motocross Lites B Modified classes. He eventually wrapped up the Motocross B Modified class when he again finished 1st in the final moto to take home (...) > Full story
Second pre-season victory for Rattray after Valence
Rattray, clearing in top form going into the 2008 season said he enjoyed the ride on the steep and unforgiving Shropshire circuit with its most famous obstacles, the deep ‘bomb hole’, the heart stopping whoop section and the ominous 1 in 3 “Hawkstone Hill”. “This is a very good circuit and I enjoyed the ride today. We had good sunny weather and it was great to get another pre-season victory,” the South African said.
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KTM, In keeping with its policy to encourage bright young talent, has signed bright spark Czech FMX rider Petr Pilat to join the stable of international class factory riders now competing for the Austrian manufacturer.
Professional, thoughtful and hard working
Pit Beirer, KTM’s Offroad Director said he expected big things from the latest recruit to the KTM factory team. "Petr is still very young and we have signed him for the 2008/2009 seasons. He’s not just a very (...) > Full story
The season has begun for team Aprilia Off Road. It happened in Tuscany at Montevarchi (Arezzo, Italy) on Sunday, February 17, at the first round of the Italian Motocross Championship. It was a much-awaited event, particularly Cedric Melotte’s official reentry into competition (atop an Aprilia MXV 4.5) after a long period of rest due to the knee injury that held him back last season. The strong Belgian rider demonstrated his recovery by coming out like a lion in both fractions (which had (...) > Full story