Friday, November 22, 2013

Tyler "King Scrub" Villopoto signs up for Arenacross!

Tyler Villopoto – younger brother of AMA SX champion Ryan – has signed with Oakleaf Kawasaki to race the 2014 Arenacross championship.

The 23-year-old American is a smooth operator indoors and finished second overall in the 250cc class on the opening night of the 2012 Bercy SX before crashing out the following evening.

“I'm extremely excited to have signed a deal with the Oakleaf Kawasaki team to ride the Arenacross series in 2014,” says Tyler. “Coming to the UK will be a new experience and I plan on being a top competitor in the series.”

This season Tyler’s contested the MX2 class of the 2013 Canadian Nationals for Monster Energy Leading Edge Kawasaki and has been drafted in to race for Somerset-based Oakleaf alongside Arenacross #3 Jack Brunell by team boss Shaun Anthony.

“We’re really pleased to sign Tyler for the Arenacross,” says Shaun. “He's a fast rider and a perfect partner for Jack. He's got experience of the Kawasaki which doubles our chances of putting Oakleaf Kawasaki on the top step and makes winning the series a realistic aim.

“As a team we’re excited to be racing the Arenacross tour. The series was outstanding in 2013 and 2014 is going to be even better and we look forward to the packed arenas, amazing atmosphere and everyone getting behind the Oakleaf Kawasaki team. We would like to thank Kawasaki and all our sponsors for this opportunity – see you in Belfast in January!”

For series promoter e22 Sports the news that yet another top-flight rider has signed up is further confirmation that in just its second season Arenacross is heading in the right direction.

“It’s massive news that Tyler Villopoto has confirmed to race the Arenacross tour here in the UK,” says Matt Bates, Managing Director of e22 Sports, “and I can't thank Shaun and the Oakleaf Kawasaki team enough for the effort they have put in to bring this together. I also believe this is just the start of the great news as teams start to release their riders for the series.”

The seven-round 2014 Arenacross series kicks off with a double-header at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast, on January 17/18 before travelling to the LG Arena, Birmingham (January 25), the Echo Arena, Liverpool (February 2), the Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle (February 9) and the Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield (February 15). The series signs off at London’s Wembley Arena on March 1.

For more information, to buy tickets and to keep up-to-date with the latest signings go to

Thursday, October 24, 2013


The German tyre brand will fit the new Honda CRF450 RALLY of riders Helder Rodrigues, Sam Sunderland and Javier Pizzolito with KAROO™ Extreme prototype tyres in sizes- 90/90-21 front and 140/80-18 rear

 Munich (Germany), 14 October 2013 – Metzeler has been chosen by Team HRC Rally, the Honda works motorcycle rally team, as tyre supplier and technical partner to face the toughest raids and rally competitions in the world, among them the 2014 edition of the prestigious Dakar.

The new Honda CRF450 RALLY of the riders Helder Rodrigues, Sam Sunderland and Javier Pizzolito will be fitted with KAROO™ Extreme prototype tyres in sizes- 90/90-21 front and 140/80-18 rear. The product used in the competitions in which Team HRC Rally will take part, the Metzeler KAROO™ Extreme, is a prototype tyre not available for sale because it is specifically developed for competitions in collaboration with Team HRC Rally and will be used in different competitions, including the challenging Dakar. With the name KAROO™ Extreme the goal was to emphasize two important aspects behind the development of this product that combines the heritage and experience of the KAROO™ in enduro on/off use and the "extreme" experience of Metzeler in the international enduro competitions with the MCE 6 Days Extreme, the 22 times Enduro World Championship winner tyre.

This product for rally raid competitions is therefore the natural evolution of Metzeler in off-road activities. The rear tyre has been specifically developed to provide a 0 degrees steel belt together with a 4-ply carcass and a new generation of compounds featuring Metzeler’s exclusive mixing process: all these elements combined together are able to ensure excellent durability and resistance for the tyre and to offer top performance throughout the entire race. The front tyre is available in two different versions to cope with all types of soils, from those hard and rocky to those softer and with sand. Team HRC and its riders will thus be able to choose, with the help of Metzeler technicians present onsite, the best solution depending on the type of stage they have to face. The first testing ground with which Metzeler will work with the Team HRC Rally is the Rallye OiLibya du Maroc that starts today and will end on October 19. This competition will be the first important opportunity to gather feedback on the behaviour of riders and tyres with the motorcycle and prepare for the most important event, the 36th edition of the Dakar which will take place from 5 to 18 of January 2014 on the varied lands of Argentina, Bolivia and Chile. More information regarding the entire range of Metzeler racing, road and off road tyres visit and

Friday, September 13, 2013

Tony Cairoli GoPro from MXGP

More often than not we just want the biggest jumps, the loudest engines and the wildest crowds. But, sometimes, it’s nice to watch something a little slicker – something with a little panache. Well lucky for us this GoPro of Tony Cairoli’s MXGP final lap just landed and, while it might not be the most action packed run, boy does this man have some tekkers. Check it out and let us know what you think!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Inside the Outdoors

The series that reveals the real lives of MX riders continues this week with a portrait on Coleen and Davi Millsaps, one of the most successful mother/son teams in amateur history. It’s a surprisingly emotional episode, as we learn about the struggles that parents must endure when helping their child through amateur seasons that cost upwards of $100,000. We think it’s a must watch for any MX fan, if only to counter-balance the glitzy world of parties, models and photo shoots that are regularly touted on the pro circuit.

Motocross of Nations Preview

The 2013 Motocross of Nations may be a month away but things are already shaping up something fierce. Teams are slowly coming together, with host nation Germany looking particularly strong with a team that includes Ken Roczen, Max Nagal and Dennis Ullrich.

However it is the French who are being touted among the early favourites for a podium finish, with a line up that features Gautier Paulin and Jordi Tixier. Team USA were left scrabbling last week when it was announced that Ryan Villopoto would miss the event through leg surgery, but with Justin Barcia taking his spot alongside Ryan Dungey and Eli Tomac – they could well be the team to beat. Likewise the Dutch team is still struggling to fill their spots after star man Jeffrey Herlings pulled out due to a broken shoulder blade. 

With so many new stars coming through and injuries opening spots to talented youngsters, this should be a great year for the MXN. We’ll be reporting news of the course and final team line ups in coming weeks, so keep your eyes peeled like potatoes.

Video High Fives with Trey Canard

Racer X Illustrated recently caught up with Trey Canard to discuss his improvement throughout the year and the team’s mid-season bike change.

Of course, they also caught Tray shredding his backyard course and practicing race starts – which he says has made the biggest difference to his game this year. So check the video and let us know what you think!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

2013 Red Bull Pro Nationals Round 1: Landrake

All photos courtesy of Nuno Laranjeira (

Last weekend saw the first round of the 2013 Red Bull Pro Nationals in Landrake, Cornwall. In front of an audience of 4000, 300 riders competed over the weekend of April 20th and 21st. Take a look at the gallery to see what went down. You can find out more at the Red Bull Pro Nationals Site


Kristian Whatley - 1st
Milko Potisek - 2nd
Nico Aubin - 3rd

Steven Lenoir - 1st
Graeme Irwin - 2nd
Neville Bradshaw - 3rd
James Harrison - 1st

Big Wheel 85cc:
Jay Hague - 1st

Small Wheel 85cc:
Tom Grimshaw - 1st

Gary Ashley - 1st

125cc 2-Stroke Expert:
Lewis Gregory - 1st

125cc 2-Stroke Junior:
Rob Holyoake - 1st

Open 2-Stroke Expert:
Robert Hamilton - 1st

Open 2-Stroke Junior:
Chris Povey - 1st