Jul 23

Mickey Thompson’s ‘68 Streamliner Returns To Bonneville

Photo Credit: THOMPSONLSR

Photo Credit: THOMPSONLSR

Danny Thompson, son of late motorsports innovator and entrepreneur Mickey Thompson, has launched a Kickstarter fundraising campaign to return his father’s 1968 streamliner, Challenger II, to the salt course at Bonneville with the intention of breaking the piston-driven world land speed record. Accomplishing that feat requires a speed of at least 450 mph, something Danny believes is possible with upgrades and improvements he and his team have been making to the original vehicle over the past two years.

“My dad was the first American to go over 400mph in a car, but he didn’t get the record. We’re going to fix that. The Challenger II had the potential in 1968, and it has the potential today.” – Danny Thompson

Jul 21

Villopoto Gets First Home-Track Win

Photo Credit: Monster Energy

Photo Credit: Monster Energy

Heading into Round 8 of the 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, Poulsbo native Ryan Villopoto carried a winless record in his home state of Washington. On Saturday, Villopoto went head-to-head with this season’s biggest rival, Ryan Dungey, where he captured his first ever overall victory at Washougal for the 33rd Annual Peterson CAT Washougal National.

Perhaps Villopoto’s 450 Class victory was a personal milestone for the 2011 450 Class Champion, but it also served as an end to Dungey’s five-year win streak at Washougal. Villopoto and Dungey split moto wins for the day, providing an exciting afternoon of racing at the championship’s only stop in the Pacific Northwest.

Jul 17

Villopoto Seeks First Home Motocross Win

For the first time since the opening round of the season, the 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, will make its return to the Pacific Time Zone on Saturday, July 20, with its annual visit to Washougal, Wash., for the Peterson CAT Washougal National for Round 8 of the 12-race series.

Photo Credit: Simon Cudby

Photo Credit: Simon Cudby

Washington native Ryan Villopoto looks to extend his points lead in the 450 Class by capturing his first ever Lucas Oil Pro Motocross win in front of his hometown crowd on Saturday. In four entries to the Washougal event, Villopoto is currently winless at his home track. The Monster Energy Kawasaki rider currently holds 11 moto victories-the most of the season-while leading the way with four overall wins through the first seven rounds of the championship.

Jul 9

Savatgy Injury Update

Photo Credit: Simon Cudby

Photo Credit: Simon Cudby

FMF/Orange Brigade/KTM rider Joey Savatgy is on his way to recovery after sustaining a broken wrist at the sixth round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship Series held at Budds Creek two weeks ago.

Since the injury suffered in the second practice session of the event, Savatgy has had a screw placed in his wrist to help the injury heal. He will return to his doctor in two weeks to evaluate the injury and get a more accurate estimate of his return to the series.

“Joey has had an amazing rookie season so far,” commented FMF/Orange Brigade/KTM Team Coordinator James Coy. “He won AMA Supercross Rookie of the Year, and most recently was battling inside the top five at the outdoor nationals before his injury. It is unfortunate that this injury occurred in the halfway mark of the season, but we will be here to support him upon his return. He has shown great potential and we will help him get back to racing as soon as he is cleared by his doctor to return to the track.”