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Philippaerts injured; Paulin selected for Motocross of Nations

Philippaerts injured; Paulin selected for Motocross of Nations

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.

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Video: Motocross rider Robbie Maddison's insane Corinth Canal jump

Video: Motocross rider Robbie Maddison’s insane Corinth Canal jump

We’ve been hearing rumors for a while now, but it’s only recently that we were able to piece the puzzle together. We gotta say, there must be something in Red Bull that makes all of its sponsored racers do the insanest of insane things.

Ok, we’re not being serious with that, but it’s really one big coincidence, don’t you think? We all remember Travis Pastrana ringing in 2010 by jumping 269 feet off of the Long Beach Pier into a barge using his Subaru WRX STI. He’s sponsored by Red Bull, you know.

Now we have yet another Red Bull-sponsored rider, freestyle motocross extraordinaire Robbie Maddison, performing yet another one of these death-defying leaps. This time, Maddison is taking his lovely motocross bike to jump across the Corinth Canal. If you remember back at the start of 2009, the man they call "Maddo" jumped the Arc de Triomphe in Paris, so things of this nature are nothing new to this guy.

Check out the video and see how far Maddo went with his latest jump; the whole thing’s not exactly peaches and cream so you gotta give him credit for having balls of steel. Or maybe we’re just overestimating his courage. Maybe it’s all Red Bull. Drink it and you’re bound to do something crazy.

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Extreme Motocross

Extreme Motocross

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.

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Freestyle Motocross – pain is so close to…success

Freestyle Motocross – pain is so close to…success

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.

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Livia Lancelot goes to Mantova with plans of winning the feminine World MX Championship

Livia Lancelot goes to Mantova with plans of winning the feminine World MX Championship

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 despite the (...)

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Positive race debut for the 2009 Model Year Aprilia MXV 4.5

Positive race debut for the 2009 Model Year Aprilia MXV 4.5

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 (...)

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Aprilia misses the podium at the 4th round of the Italian motocross championship

Aprilia misses the podium at the 4th round of the Italian motocross championship

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 (...)

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KTM wins 7 titles at Lake Whitney Motocross National

KTM wins 7 titles at Lake Whitney Motocross National

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 the (...)

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Tyla Rattray wins MX2 class and Tommy Searle snatches victory in the super final

Tyla Rattray wins MX2 class and Tommy Searle snatches victory in the super final

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.
Simpson from Team KTM UK (...)

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KTM recruits bright spark FMX talent Petr Pilat as factory rider

KTM recruits bright spark FMX talent Petr Pilat as factory rider

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 likeable guy, he’s (...)

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The Italian Motocross Championship has begun

The Italian Motocross Championship has begun

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 (...)

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KTM's MX riders launch their 2008 season at Mantova

KTM’s MX riders launch their 2008 season at Mantova

Fresh from their winter break, KTM factory riders and riders from the new KTM supported teams are gathering in Mantova, Italy for the first pre-season event in the MX 1 & MX2 racing season.
Max Nagl of Germany is the KTM MX1 Red Bull factory rider for the 2008 season and is joined by Tyla Rattray, Tommy Searle and new recruit Rui Goncalves in the MX2 class. Also onboard KTM machines in MX 1 racing for the new KTM-supported teams will be Jonathan Barragan for the Italian-based Team (...)

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Great Britain's Tommy Searle is coming to America

Great Britain’s Tommy Searle is coming to America

The nineteen-year old from England has turned heads since his first appearance on the international stage. In 2007 alone, he earned 12 podium finishes including three race wins in the highly competitive MX2 class. Accordingly, FIM, the international body of motorcycle sports, recognized the natural skill and abilities of young Searle honoring him with the Jan de Groot Award for most promising young talent.
Searle’s career with KTM began at the end of 2006 when he signed on to contest the (...)

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KTM welcomes FIM changes in Motocross regulations

KTM welcomes FIM changes in Motocross regulations

KTM that is always "Ready to Race" has welcomed the just released changes to the FIM Regulations with company officials agreeing that they cover important areas of development that will make a positive impact on the MX racing circuits in coming years.
Stefan Pierer CEO of KTM said he viewed the new regulations as an excellent way forward for the sport of Motocross and would help to guarantee its future in a responsible 21st century context.
As well as a number of decisions (...)

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Dunlop seeks 2008 Team Dunlop riders

Dunlop seeks 2008 Team Dunlop riders

Team Dunlop, Dunlop Tire Company’s popular amateur motocross program featuring up-and-coming minibike stars, is looking for a few good youngsters. Following the program’s successful launch earlier this year at the World Mini Grand Prix races in Las Vegas, young amateur motocross racers around the country can soon throw their hat in the ring to become members of the elite Team Dunlop squad for 2008.
“We will begin our search for 2008 Team Dunlop riders at the Mini Olympics November 19-24,” (...)

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