Villopoto Debuts 2012 Kawasaki at Unadilla MX

Honda’s Justin Barcia moved up to the 450 cc class for Round 9 of the AMA Pro MX Championship over weekend. The nineteen year old New York native finished third overall in his debut race. Photo courtesy of powersports.honda.com. Since 1970, motocross racing fans have been traveling to the mid-state Leatherneck region of New York State for one of AMA’s oldest outdoor motocross events. This year was no exception as fans lined the fence three-deep for the start of the first moto of the 450 cc class. After the disappointment of not winning the Lucas Oil AMA Championship round at his home track in Washougal, Ryan Villopoto gave himself an early birthday present by winning both motos at the Unadilla National. In his first ever professional race on the big bikes, Honda’s...

January 30, 2015
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Spark Plugs Make Great Fishing Lure Retrievers

= Spark plugs make great (and cheap) fishing lure retrievers. Going fishing? Well, if you’ve got a used spark plug sitting in your tool box, you may want to drop it in your tackle box on your way out the door. That’s because car spark plugs make great fishing lure retrievers. Old-school fishermen have used this trick for decades, but the idea went mainstream with the onset of urban fishing holes, where young, hip city denizens gather to cast lines and compare catches. Photos of these events certainly are not the stuff of Field & Stream photo spreads. Fishing spots often are small bodies of water surrounded by chain link fencing with razor wire, rusting metal beams and concrete slabs jutting out of the surface. But the camaraderie of anglers everywhere is just as strong...

January 30, 2015
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E3 Spark Plugs Has the Cure for the Adrenaline Junkie: Ford’s Octane Academy!

You know you wanna drive it! E3 Spark Plugs racing fans are rushing to sign up for the Ford Octane Academy and the chance to show up a few of today's top racers. You’ve called plenty of races from your sofa or from the stands. Now, E3 Spark Plugs racing fans have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to hang with the big boys and take in the view of the tracks from behind the steering wheel.  Power up your video camera and ready your audition for Ford’s Octane Academy. Never heard of it? Octane Academy is an all-new action sports program that pairs the gutsiest young race fans out there with four of today’s top racers: Vaughn Gittin, Jr., Ken Block, Tanner Faust and Brian Deegan. Chosen participants will attend four fantasy weekend camps designed and run by the pros,...

January 30, 2015
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Indian Motorcycles Celebrates 110 Years at Sturgis Rally

Vintage Indian motorcycles (like the one above) will be parked adjacent to the Indian Motorcycle Display for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally on Aug. 8th thru Aug. 14th. Indian motorcycles have played a major role in the colorful history of the famed Sturgis Rally. The company recently announced their plans for this year’s 71st annual Sturgis motorcycle rally to be held August 8th through August 14th in Sturgis, South Dakota. For over seven decades, since the first “Black Hills Classic” racing event was first run in 1938, Indian motorcycles have been a featured attraction of the annual rally. Festival organizers expect over 500,000 motorcycle enthusiasts and families will attend in 2011. In addition to the traditional Sturgis activities, Indian Motorcycle has invited...

January 30, 2015
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E3 Motorcycle Fans Head to the 71st Annual Sturgis Rally

Over a half of million motorcycle enthusiasts are expected to travel to the Black Hills of South Dakota for the 71st Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. For over seven decades, motorcycle enthusiasts and E3 Spark Plugs racing fans have made the annual trek to Sturgis, South Dakota, for what is arguably the largest bike rally held in the United States. Both the Sturgis Rally and Daytona Bike Week typically draw several hundred thousand bikers to their respective venues with a reported 750,000-plus having attended the Sturgis event in 2000. This year over half a million motorcycle riders and their families are expected to migrate to the Black Hills for the official week of festivities from August 8th through August 14th. Since the initial rally in 1938, which featured a single motorcycle...

January 30, 2015
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Pro Circuit Sweeps the Lites Class at Washougal MX

DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing Yamaha rider Kyle Cunningham has finished fourth overall in last three Lucas Oil AMA Pro MX 250cc championship races behind Pro Circuit's dynamic trio. Photo courtesy of www.yamaha-motor.com. The Monster Energy 250cc Kawasaki team dominated the podium once again at Round 8 of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro MX Championship last weekend in Washougal, WA. Geico Honda’s Justin Barcia led the Lites class through turn one of the first moto ahead of Pro Circuit’s Blake Baggett and DNA Shred Stix/Star Racing Yamaha’s Ryan Sipes. El Chupacabra wasted little time and quickly passed Barcia for the lead but Sipes, who was fastest of day in qualifying, would take the lead away before the close of lap one. Series points leader, Dean Wilson, had a bad start,...

January 30, 2015
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Villopoto Shakes Up the Championship at Washougal

Bret Metcalfe seems to be regaining his 2010 AMA Championship pace with a podium finish at Washougal MX Park over the weekend in Round 8 of the 2011 Lucas Oil sponsored series. Photo courtesy of mx.rockstar69.com. After Ryan Dungey won his hometown national last weekend at Millville’s Spring Creek MX National, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto hoped to keep the streak going at Round 8 of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro MX Championship at Washougal MX Park. Villopoto (a native of Poulsbo, Washington) has never won at his home track but served notice early in the day when he pulled the holeshot in Moto 1 ahead of his 450cc rivals Dungey aboard the Rockstar Makita Suzuki and the factory Honda of Trey Canard. TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed seemed to be a tick off the...

January 30, 2015
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Chad Reed Flies High – Literally – at Millville

Chad Reed's Millville crash, which sent him flying more than 30 feet high, is one Motocross and E3 Spark Plugs racing fans will be talking about for a long time. Photo by Steve Cox. E3 Motorcycle Spark Plug fans have lined the fences as TwoTwo Motorsport’s Chad Reed has been flying high all season. The Honda rider was literally without a ride for 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro MX National Championship when he decided to start his own race team. Since that time, Reed has proven that he is the rider to beat in the 450cc class. At the Spring Creek MX national, Reed grabbed an early lead in Moto One ahead of Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey, Honda’s Trey Canard and KTM rider Mike Alessi. Canard would have an impressive fifth place finish in his first outdoor national of...

January 30, 2015
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Only 30 Days Left to Enter the 2011 E3 Spark Plugs BIGFOOT 4×4 Sweepstakes!

There is only one more month to enter the 2011 E3 Spark Plugs BIGFOOT 4×4 Sweepstakes! One lucky winner will be offered an opportunity to ride along with a professional BIGFOOT driver in the E3 BIGFOOT Monster Truck, and he/she and a guest will have a chance to be VIP’s for the weekend at the 2011 4-Wheel Jamboree in Indianapolis, Indiana September 16th-18th. The sweepstakes will be promoted throughout the year from January 1, 2011 through August 19, 2011 on Stacey David’s GearZ syndicated on Speed channel, at the Monster Nationals Events, and the Lucas Oil/E3 Spark Plug Dyno Challenge events. Not only will the winner be a part of the crew for the racing portion of the show, but also get to meet Bob Chandler, inventor and owner of BIGFOOT, and Stacey David, producer...

January 30, 2015
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E3 Motorcycle Spark Plugs Salutes Alex Martin

Local favorite Alex Martin finished an impressive fifth overall at Spring Creek MX for Round 7 of the 250cc Lucas Oil AMA Pro-MX Championship at Millville, MN. Photo courtesy of www.racerxonline.com. When mom and dad build a professional motorcycle track in your back yard, the world assumes you would have a distinct advantage when the Lucas Oil AMA Pro-MX Championship comes to town. Over the weekend, 250cc privateer Honda rider Alex Martin used his local knowledge of the track he grew up riding on to finish 7th and 5th respectively aboard his Eleven 10 Mods Honda for a fifth overall in Round 7 of Lite’s national championship. Although Martin agrees that he has a fondness for the sandy Millville soil at Spring Creek MX, the Minnesota native doesn’t really live there...

January 30, 2015
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