The rumors have been circulating for quite a while now, and it's time to announce that the rumors are absolutely true! James will be competing this coming Saturday, July 10th at Red Bull Flugtag Miami aboard the most bizarre YZ450F you've ever seen! What in the world is Flugtag, you might ask? Red Bull Flugtag challenges teams of everyday people to build homemade, human-powered flying machines and pilot them off a 30-foot high deck in hopes of achieving flight! Flugtag may mean "flying day" in German, but all these crafts ultimately splash into the waters below. They are judged not only on their flight's distance, but creativity and showmanship, as well.
"I'm excited to compete at Red Bull Flugtag because my craft is awesome and the guys building it are super-smart and have really gotten into it," said James. "But I'm a bit nervous about pushing it off a 30-foot drop!"
To help challenge the flight record that currently stands at 155 feet, James enlisted the engineering help of Randy Yoho to modify his Yami, and the human rocket power of good friends Anthony Paggio and Eric Sorby to help get him off the ground...and into the water.
Check out a quick video of james and his funky flying machin posted by Vurb Moto at http://www.vurbmoto.com/theatre/797/james-stewart-miami-flutag/
For more info on the Red Bull Flugtag events, go to http://www.redbullflugtagusa.com.
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Feld Motor Sports announced today the 2011 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, schedule that kicks off January 8 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., and concludes at Las Vegas' Sam Boyd Stadium on May 7. Monster Energy Supercross will showcase the world's premier indoor off-road motorcycle racing championship at some of the world's most prominent stadiums in 2011, including two new events.
Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles will host its first-ever Monster Energy Supercross race January 22, which is the tour's third race. Monster Energy Supercross will maintain its tradition in Anaheim while expanding into Los Angeles' Dodger Stadium. From Los Angeles, Monster Energy Supercross will head to Oak-Alameda City Stadium in Oakland, Calif., for the first time since 1984 on January 29.
"The 2011 Monster Energy Supercross schedule, which includes two new venues, sets the stage for next year and we will continue to assemble several key enhancements to build this brand and the sport of supercross," said Kenneth Feld, Chairman and CEO, Feld Entertainment. "We are excited to showcase the inaugural Monster Energy Supercross races at the legendary Dodgers Stadium and return to Oakland's Oak-Alameda City Stadium."
"Year after year, the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, is very exciting, captive and unpredictable," said FIM President Vito Ippolito. "Who would have thought that Ryan Dungey would win the title in his first year of participation? Supercross is an excellent showcase for FIM motor sports and the number of its fans grows every year, as their appetite to see Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship events go worldwide. This is also the FIM's wish. We know Feld Motor Sports is working hard on that for the future and we are pleased to see that the 2011 calendar counts another 17 events."
"Since the early 1970s, AMA Supercross has provided the stage, and the best motorcycle racers in the world have delivered the talent, to create one of the most exciting championship series on two wheels," said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. "The AMA is very pleased to continue working with our promotional partner, Feld Motor Sports, to deliver both a level playing field and high-octane thrills to hundreds of thousands of fans across the United States."
Reigning Monster Energy Supercross champion Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., will defend his championship in 2011 after becoming the youngest rider in history to be crowned AMA Supercross class champion.
"Anaheim 1 is probably the biggest and most anticipated race we have in our sport, but I like San Francisco, Atlanta, St. Louis, and Indy because they are better suited to my style," said Dungey. "The crowds are big in all of those cities, the towns are cool and the tracks are great, but I am a racer, so I am ready to go wherever they line us up at. I have to prepare for a long season that is 17 races in 18 weeks; it is grueling on your body and mind. I experienced that last year and know a little more now what to expect. And with the return of James (Stewart), Chad (Reed), and Ryan (Villopoto), it should be a good one that hopefully goes down to the wire."
2011 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, Schedule
Date / Venue / City
January 8 Angel Stadium (Anaheim, Calif.)
January 15 Chase Field (Phoenix)
January 22 Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles)
January 29 Oak-Alameda City Stadium (Oakland)
February 5 Angel Stadium (Anaheim, Calif.)
February 12 Reliant Stadium (Houston)
February 19 Qualcomm Stadium (San Diego)
February 26 Georgia Dome (Atlanta)
March 5 Daytona Int'l Speedway (Daytona, Fla.*)
March 12 Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis)
March 19 Jacksonville Municipal Stadium (Jacksonville, Fla.)
March 26 Rogers Centre (Toronto, ON)
April 2 Cowboys Stadium (Arlington, Texas)
April 9 Edward Jones Dome (St. Louis)
April 16 Qwest Field (Seattle)
April 30 Rice-Eccles Stadium (Salt Lake City)
May 7 Sam Boyd Stadium (Las Vegas)
Heading into the halfway point of the season, the 2010 Monster Energy/AMA Supercross Series has become a war of the Ryans. Points leader and winner of three main events so far this season is the rookie, Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki's Ryan Dungey. In the driver's seat, Dungey's a proven champion in the sport and currently enjoys a 20 point lead over the other Ryan, Villopoto, who's also a multi-time champion on his Monster Energy Kawasakis and is coming on strong as the marches towards it's inevitable conclusion.
The success of the Ryans is somewhat bittersweet, as this season's Supercross series premier class is depleted by the early season injuries of the sport's top two stars -- James Stewart and Chad Reed. Both multi-time champs, their absence has opened up the series to a host of other riders, igniting fires under a few, and allowing future superstars like Villopoto and Dungey to shine in their own light instead of riding in the shadow of Stewart and Reed. As the season has progressed, the Ryans have consistently been a notch above the remainder of the 20-rider field, rarely finishing outside of the top 5 in the first 8 rounds of the 17 race championship chase.
Last weekend's race, held within the infield of Daytona International Speedway, was representative of several other rounds where the winner was determined by which of the two Ryans got out front first, stayed out front to the finish. At Daytona it was Villopoto's turn. The week prior in Atlanta, it was Dungey's. The pace they set out front is just enough faster than the remaining 18 riders that, if they get out front, they are able to maintain a several second advantage to the finish line.
As far as the series goes, with a 20 point lead, Ryan Dungey is certainly in the driver's seat. The points payout difference for each round between first and second place is 3 points and, with 8 rounds to go, it will be a tall order for Ryan Villopoto to make up the deficit without everything going his way. That, and more than a little bad luck for Dungey. Adding to the uncertainty is just when exactly the two missing superstars of Reed and Stewart will rejoin the fray, as they'll certainly be in the mix up at the front of the pack from the moment they set a tire on the track. Teamwork may become a factor as well, since Villopoto will have Reed in his corner on the Monster Energy Kawasaki factory-backed effort, although Reed and Dungey were teammates last year on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki squad. How Stewart plays into this is anyone's guess, although many pundits predict he'll be out front of the battle for 2nd, and there are only two points between positions behind the top two.
This weekend, the Supercross class war resumes in the tour's only international stop - the Rogers Centre in downtown Toronto, Canada. Both Villopoto and Dungey are at the top of their games; they're injury free, racing at full capacity and, with it unlikely that any of the other riders have the speed to get between them, there will be a point gap heading into the next round of either 23 or 17 points. After that, it's anyone's guess as the return of the overlords will certainly have an effect.
The Monster Energy/AMA Supercross Series isn't only about the premier class, though, as the Supercross Lites division is also loaded with solid racing every weekend. While there isn't a battle for the points like there is in the Supercross class this season, the racing on the smaller displacement machines is often more intense and much less predictable than it has been in the sport's premier group. Divided up into regional championships - East and West - the East is heading into it's 4th of 8 rounds in Toronto, and the leader of this class is clear. France's Christophe Pourcel, aboard his Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki KX250F is the cream of the crop. As the defending champion of last season's East regional championship, Pourcel is as superior to his competitors as the Ryans are in the premier class. In fact, Pourcel has been able to run faster lap times on his 250cc machine on occasion than his counterparts on their 450cc rides. Making the fights for the remaining podium spots interesting is a slew of rookies fresh out of the amateur ranks. Pourcel's teammate, Canadian rider Dean Wilson, finished on the final step of the podium in 3rd at Daytona last weekend. He finished just ahead of rival Blake Baggett, riding a Suzuki RMZ250 sponsored by Canidae pet foods and Rockstar Energy Drinks. One spot ahead of Wilson and 2nd place at Daytona (in fact, 2nd place at each round so far) is Rockstar Makita Suzuki's Austin Stroupe, who was also Pourcel's teammate last season on the Pro Circuit squad. Even though the top finisher for the remainder of the East region seems to be a foregone conclusion (Pourcel), the battles involving the entire top 5 have always made for some close and exciting racing.
This weekend's race in Toronto will be broadcast LIVE on SPEED TV this Saturday, March 13, at 7:30PM EST. Check back here at Grindtv.com/moto for the latest photos and race reports.
After an epic premier one week ago, round two of the 2010 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, season didn't disappoint as Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki's Ryan Dungey, of Belle Plaine, Minn., won his first career AMA Supercross class victory en route to taking the points lead. Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Jake Weimer, of Rupert, Idaho, captured his second straight AMA Supercross Lites Western Regional victory.
The night began dramatically when points leader James Stewart, of Haines City, Fla., was involved in a frightening crash during his heat race. The San Manuel Yamaha rider overcame obvious pain to compete in the last chance qualifier where he took the win and qualified for the main event. As the gates dropped, Dungey raced to his second straight SPIKE Holeshot Award, with Monster Energy Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto, of Poulsbo, Wash., and teammate Austin Stroupe, of Lincolnton, N.C., following, and never looked back leading all 20 laps of the main event.
"I'm just pumped on the nice performance (tonight)," said Dungey. "This is a big step in my career. I owe a lot of thanks to all the people supporting me. I'm glad to get this out of the way and I'll never forget it. It's early in the season and last week was tough. James was on it and I hope he's ok. It's just great to come out with a win here in round two."
Stewart found himself buried in the back of the field alongside rival Chad Reed, of Tampa, Fla., and the duo followed one another throughout the early part of the race until Reed attempted to pass the reigning champion on lap five, causing a collision and subsequent fall for both riders. Reed failed to finish for the second week in a row while Stewart soldiered home in 15th. Villopoto rode to a solid runner-up finish while San Manuel Yamaha's Josh Hill, of Yoncalla, Ore., landed in third.
As the AMA Supercross Lites class blasted out of the gates, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Josh Hansen, of Elbert, Colo., grabbed the SPIKE Holeshot Award with GEICO Powersports Honda teammates Blake Wharton, of Pilot Point, Texas, and Trey Canard, of Shawnee, Okla., following in second and third, respectively. As the field entered the section before the first triple, Hansen lost control of his bike and suffered a hard crash. Wharton assumed the lead and would hold it until lap 12 when Rockstar Energy Suzuki/Canidae's Ryan Morais, of Murrieta, Calif., made the pass with Weimer close behind. The next lap, Weimer made the pass for the win.
"I struggled a bit for some reason," said Weimer. "I got my first win (in Phoenix) and I love it here, but I always struggle in the sand (section) every year. I made some mistakes in the beginning and never thought I'd be up here. This is kind of a surprise but it's great."
Morais finished just behind in second while Wharton held on for third.
Dungey currently holds a nine-point advantage over Villopoto in the AMA Supercross standings while Weimer leads Morais by eight points in the AMA Supercross Lites Western Regional standings.
AMA Supercross Class Results: Phoenix
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki
2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki
3. Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha
4. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
5. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda
6. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda
7. Austin Stroupe, Lincolnton, N.C., Suzuki
8. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha
9. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Honda
10. Tommy Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Suzuki
AMA Supercross Class Season Standings
1. Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki, 47
2. Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki, 38
3. Josh Hill, Yoncalla, Ore., Yamaha, 35
4. Kevin Windham, Centerville, Miss., Honda, 35
5. Andrew Short, Smithville, Texas, Honda, 34
6. Ivan Tedesco, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 32
7. James Stewart, Haines City, Fla., Yamaha, 31
8. Justin Brayton, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 26
9. Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Honda, 24
10. Tommy Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Suzuki, 21
Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Results: Phoenix
1. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki
2. Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki
3. Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Honda
4. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda
5. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha
6. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda
7. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda
8. Tommy Searle, Murrieta, Calif., KTM
9. Robert Kiniry, Holland Patent, N.Y., Suzuki
10. Phil Nicoletti, Bethel, N.Y., KTM
Western Regional AMA Supercross Lites Class Season Standings
1. Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki, 50
2. Ryan Morais, Murrieta, Calif., Suzuki, 42
3. Blake Wharton, Pilot Point, Texas, Honda, 38
4. Trey Canard, Shawnee, Okla., Honda, 36
5. Wil Hahn, Decatur, Texas, Honda, 34
6. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha, 31
7. Tommy Searle, Murrieta, Calif., KTM, 27
8. Cole Seely, Newbury Park, Calif., Honda, 22
9. Robert Kiniry, Holland Patent, N.Y., Suzuki, 20
10. Jeff Alessi, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha, 19
Anaheim 1 went off this weekend without a hitch, that is of course, as long as your not Chad Reed. Stewie's got one win on the board already and the pack behind him are hot on his heels. We thought we'd take a minute to step back and snatch up a few favorite images from last weekend to brighten up that dull PC of yours. Below are 6 favorite shots from our guy-on-the-track Jeff Kardas. Enjoy, and stay tuned for Round 2 photos, highlights and race report from Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona.
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