H&H teams up with the Monster X Tour

Central Point, OR (December 13, 2013) – Monster X Tour and HART & HUNTINGTON would like to announce a power house move to bring together two of the most iconic names in the Motorsport’s Industry with the unveiling of the all new HART & HUNTINGTON CA Kid Monster Truck.

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Monster X Entertainment Danny Torgerson CEO

“Over the past few years, the Monster X Tour has been one of the most aggressive in the monster truck industry and is looking to make 2014 the BIGGEST-BADDEST year yet. We feel adding the partnership with HART & HUNTINGTON we will bring you the ultimate fan experience!”

Hart and Huntington Director Of Marketing Jay Mangold

“Hart and Huntington is super excited to be apart of the Monster X Tour for 2014! With our ever evolving Supercross team and Off-Road programs this relationship gives our FMX athletes a platform to showcase their talents year round. In addition, having our very own Monster Tuck has been something our company has always been interested in and it was awesome to see that category finally added to the H&H family by teaming up with the California Kid. We cant wait for all the exciting action and marketing benefits this relationship possesses and look forward to its growth for years to come”.

Go to www.monsterxtour.com for city and locations to see H&H CA Kid Monster Truck!

Supercross LIVE! 2014 Dianna Dahlgren with Broc Tickle

Tickets to Monster Energy Supercross in East Rutherford now available here: http://www.supercrossonline.com/Event

Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, is the world’s premier indoor motocross circuit, comprised of 17 races of heart-stopping action in some of the largest venues in North America. Every week, the best riders from across the globe, like former champions Ryan Villopoto, James Stewart, Chad Reed and Ryan Dungey seek to outrace each other on the sport’s most challenging courses. Featuring tight corners, fast straightaways, challenging rhythm sections, and vertigo-inducing jumps, these tracks pack excitement into every inch of dirt. Get your 2014 Monster Energy Supercross tickets today! More info: http://www.SupercrossOnline.com

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Freestyle Specific: Inside Lance Coury’s FMX RM-Z450

No longer do the riders just cut their side panels and shave their seats; today’s Freestyle motocross bikes are built specifically for FMX. Now, trick specific flip levers are installed, steering stabilizers, and exact gearing and suspension settings make up a modern FMX machine. We recently got to take a closer look at Lance Coury’s Hart & Huntington/Dodge/RCH/Suzuki RM-Z450. Not only does it have numerous modifications for FMX, but it also shares quite a few similarities with the Supercross machines of Broc Tickle and Josh Hill. It’s also featured in the January issue of TransWorld Motocross, so don’t forget to pick up a copy for even more info on the bike.

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Coury’s bike is customized for his needs right down to the gearing. Coury gears his shorter than stock so he can leave it in second for jumps and not worry about over-jumping. The engine is also massaged by the engine gurus at Yoshimura to provide more low to midrange punch.

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Phil Perry is in charge of assembling Lance’s bikes and keeping them in tip-top shape.

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This is one example of a trick-specific modification. The extra shifter tip that is attached to the counter shaft sprocket guard is used during no-handed flips and Nac-Nac flips. Lance uses it to lock his foot under so he stays attached to the bike.

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Just about every single FMX rider runs a steering stabilizer. Lance equips his with a quick-adjust knob so he can change the setting on the fly depending on his tricks.

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Sharp footpegs are extremely important for FMX riders. A sharp footpeg helps to keep the rider locked to his bike when performing tricks. Lance clearly likes his to be razor sharp.

Disappointing End For Josh Hill’s Australian Season

Disappointing End To Australian Season For Josh Hill and Hart and Huntington/ InsureMyRide /DPH, Suzuki Race Team

Josh Hill and his Hart and Huntington, InsureMyRide, DPH Motorsports backed Suzuki team have endured a disappointing end to their 2013 Australian Supercross Championship season after Josh Hill was taken out of Toowoomba’s main event on the third lap while in a championship winning position.

Heading into the final round, Hill had a five point lead over nearest rival Matt Moss, with Matt’s twin brother Jake a further two points behind in third place and was confident he could do what was needed to take home the number one plate after qualifying second fastest, just one tenth behind Matt Moss.

Hill continued to show his pace in his heat race, winning by a comfortable five seconds over Brett Metcalfe and reigning Australian Supercross champion Jay Marmont who was a further three seconds behind.

After an altercation with Jake Moss earlier in the day, Hill knew things could get heated as he lined up right in-between the Moss brothers for the night’s main event.

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When the gates dropped, Hill rounded the corner buried deep in the pack, however the rider who has re-signed for the RCH Factory Suzuki team in the United States, blitzed through the whoops and emerged from the second corner in 5th place, before quickly making his way through to 3rd place right behind race leaders Matt and Jake by the end of the opening lap.

With two corners to go at the end of lap two, Hill made a clean pass on Jake for second position and was ready to chase down race leader Matt. However as he landed on the down ramp of the finish line jump and proceeded to take the natural race line tight around the inside of the first turn , he was hit on the left rear of his bike, causing a crash that would end his night and dash his championship hopes.

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“I won my heat race and had worked my way back to second after about a fifth place start in the main event and felt great,” Hill explained. “I had just made a clean pass into second place and was ready to go after Matt Moss, then Jake Moss decided to come from inside of the bales marking the track and cleaned me out.

“It was disappointing end to the season being taken out by what was a cheap shot by Jake Moss,” the American added.

“I was hit pretty hard and it took some time to pick myself up from underneath the bike. I was a little dazed and confused and by the time I got to my feet it was all over and there was nothing really left to race for, the championship was over!

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“Obviously I was disappointed by the way it played out but I wanted to stay professional and not drop to that level and cause a fight and some carry on. I wanted to head back to the U.S healthy and with my reputation in tact and focus on my ride with the RCH team, which I have been able to do despite being taken out!

The resulted DNF recorded by Hill left him in third place in the overall championship standings, pending the results of an official protest regarding the incident at the conclusion of the race.

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Despite the premature end to his championship campaign, Hill has continued to stay positive in the days following and could not thank both his team and his supporters enough for the positive experiences he has had while in Australia over the past couple of months and is now turning his attention to the 2014 American season and spending more time testing and getting ready for A1 on the 4th of January.

“I am looking forward to getting back to the U.S, I head home Wednesday morning and will get back into some testing with my RCH Suzuki team and focusing on A1. We did a little testing between the last two rounds of the Australian title and things were progressing well, it will be good to get home.” Hill stated.

“My time in Australia has been great, I have enjoyed all the support from the fans my team over here and especially the people I have been staying with while over here. The Australian crowd have been good to me and certainly given me a lot of support.

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“Hopefully I will be able to come back and win the Australian title next year, and win the title we should have had for myself and the team.”

Hart and Huntington team owner Kale Wallis could not be more proud of the way Hill handled himself all season long after a tough start to the series and is looking forward to working along side Hill again next season.

“I’m very thankful to have worked with such professional athlete this year. Josh made everything easy for everyone who worked with him and I look forward in working with him again next year.” Wallis stated.

“I would also like to thank all of our sponsors involved InsureMyRide, Suzuki Australia, Contour, DPH Motorsports, Shell Oils, Kalguard, Dunlop, Sidchrome, Talon, RHK, Ringmaster Images, Exotic Graphix, Kickstart Industries, Rockwell, Shift, FOX, Uni Filter, Hinson, Pro Circuit, BCP, Polisport, AXIS Motorsports, Matrix Concepts, BEAM Designs, VORTEX, Works Connection.

“Also a special thanks to Kenny Watson from RCH, Luke Smith from InsureMyRide, Jarrod Pyne, Dale Hocking and Lewis Croft, and good luck to Josh in the AMA next year,” he concluded.

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Hitting Ramps with Garrett Ahlf

If there was an award for the “Hardest Working Rider in FMX”, Bakersfield’s Garrett Ahlf would definitely be on that voting ballot. When it comes to FMX, has been up, he has been down, and now…he is back up again. Garrett Ahlf has paid his dues and deserves every opportunity he has been given. And now with a steady gig on the FreestyleMX.com Tour and a handful of solid sponsors, Garrett Ahlf is riding stronger than ever.

We caught up with our old buddy to talk bikes, babies, and being back on tour…

Garrett Ahlf, how the heck are you?

Good man just wrapping up a busy tour season this year that started off earlier than ever with Keith Sayers and the Evolution of Extreme up in Canada “eh”. Now I am pumped to have some weekends off . It’s nice to be spending time with the family and to be at home learning some new tricks.

You’ve been staying busy even off your bike, how is being a Dad going for you?

Being a Dad is awesome, but…being a Dad with a tour schedule sucks especially when I go straight back to work when I get home from being on the road. I was able to make it home for my first father’s day this year where I got to be present to hear my son say “DADA” for the first time which I was super happy I did not miss.

Do you feeling like having your son has changed you as a rider at all?

Not necessarily, I keep the same mindset as always. I normally do what I’m comfortable with during tour season to make it through safe and sound. Once I get a couple months off during winter is when I try to step it up as in trying new tricks or whatever. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t more scared now trying new tricks as I want to be around for my wife and kid [laughs].

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You have spent a lot of time on the Freestylemx.com Tour the last couple years. Tell us a little but about the tour and what an average day on tour looks like…

The tour is probably the most recognized tour in the USA. Each bus usually consists of 3 riders, a Driver and Tour hands that helps with set up and tear down. This year I toured with Brian McCarty and John Distler. Big Dis actually drove the bus, set up and tore down AND rode the shows. Hats off to him because he work’s his ASS off. Days off are usually just trying to stay busy, what I like to do is write e-mails to sponsors to let them know how shows went and how many people were there and send photos when fans capture them at the events. On show days we get to the venue find out where we are riding set up and do the first show which is normally our warm up/practice. Each day we have normally had 3 shows and after the final show, there is usually a celebration for safe shows!

You are still a younger guy, so are you cool with being a paid demo rider or is there still a part of you that wants to be the next big thing in contests?

I would love to get paid to train for big contests and only shoot for media coverage rather than being on a tour bus and away from family but for me its rather hard to find time and money to keep up with these guys that are doing every flip trick in the book on ramp to ramp. Even with a solid tour schedule I find it hard to get comfortable to try and “live” off a demo rider’s salary because the only way you can is to be gone ALL the time and at this time in my life I’m not too down for that.

You are a guy that I have always considered you very “sponsor-able” in the sense, you keep everything clean and you handle yourself well. That’s probably why most of your sponsors stick with you every year. So who are the companies helping you out?

Thanks man I appreciate that! My sponsors have been helping me out a lot with what I need to get it done during the year. Working on doing some media stuff for 2014 to keep me busy during the slow winter months! Big thanks to O’Neal MX, Alpinestars, Hart & Huntington, Brady at Shifty Illusions, BLUR optics, Etnies, Dunlop, BLEND designs, Moto-Gate.com, Works Connection, RAM mounts, Wyvern Motosports, UNI Air Filter, GPR Stabilizers.

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What else do you have planned for 2013?

2013 is slowing down for me but I got a couple more stops and one I’m really excited about is in my hometown. I called the marketing guy out at Kern Raceway, our brand new Asphalt Raceway track, and got him in contact with Marc Burnett from the FreestyleMX.com tour and they worked out a deal so there would be a 10 rider ramp to ramp contest going down with both buses showing up November 23rd! I’ve been practicing so I can to put on an awesome show in front of my hometown crowd. That pretty much sums up 2013 for me and with the holidays right around I’m ready to relax and hang with family.

Hart and Huntington and RCH with Fxck Cancer Unknown Ind. at MEC Ep. 6

Hart and Huntington and RCH Racing shows up big for the Vegas Monster Energy Cup with Lance Coury and Broc Tickle competing. But first, the team needs to get there— Lancy Coury heads up Interstate 15 on the F*ck Cancer awareness raising ride. It’s a huge weekend with the “Dying to Live” fundraiser, RCH autograph signings, RCH Co-Owner Ricky Carmichael’s induction into the AMA Motorcycle Hall Of Fame, and the main event—the 2013 Monster Energy Cup on RCH’s home turf in Vegas.

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Josh Hill Takes Control of ASX Championship

Josh Hill Takes Control of ASX Championship at Phillip Island.

Hart and Huntington, InsureMyRide, Suzuki racer Josh Hill has taken control of the 2013 Terex Australian Supercross Championship at the conclusion of rounds four and five of the series, held at Phillip Island, Victoria in conjunction with the Australian round of the MotoGP championship on the weekend.

Hill who came into saturday’s round four of the championship sitting fourth in the points standings, raced to a superb second place finish just in front of Brett Metcalfe after battling his way through the field twice due to a small incident while sitting in third place early in the race. His Second place finish behind fellow American Weston Peick combined with a 11th place finish for championship leader coming into the weekend, Matt Moss allowed Hill to move up to third place in the standings on Saturday evening.

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“I had a good battle with Marmont (Jay), he is a sly old racer.” Hill said about his early race battle. “I tried to come in and tap his back wheel, he knew exactly how to handle that and held up a little bit and almost made me tip over and I lost a couple of positions.

“It meant that I had to make another charge to the front and wasted some time but I was able to get around Metty late in the race for second place and scored another good result.”

Heading into Sunday’s main event with the Knowledge that new championship leader Peick was out of action after an early morning practice crash, Hill launched his Suzuki RM-Z 450 out of the gate making his way into the lead from the start of the race before dropping the hammer on the field. With a 14 second plus lead as he started the final lap of the afternoon’s main event, Hill rolled off the throttle and cruised to a comfortable win over Matt Moss and will now head into the final round of the season with a five point championship lead.

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“It was great to get the win on the second day at Phillip Island and take the championship lead, we got off to a tough start in Darwin, but we have really turned it around since then and have finished in either first or second in each race since,” Hill explained.

“The guys at the Hart and Huntington InsureMyRide Suzuki team have been going a great job and we will aim to keep it going at the last round.

“It was a good weekend at Phillip Island but to be honest I did not see much of the GP action. Everything was quite spread out and I was really just more focused on myself and what I had to do for the weekend,” Hill added.

Hill who had originally planned to stay in Australia between each round, is currently on his way back to the United States to complete some testing for the 2014 AMA Supercross championship as he finalises his plans for the American season before returning for the Toowoomba finale.

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“My original plan was to stay out here in Australia between now and Toowoomba, but I have to catch a flight back to the United States tomorrow to do some testing for next years Supercross season.” Hill concluded.

Josh Hill and will again be in action at the final round of the 2013 ASX Championship being held in Toowoomba, Queensland on the 16th of November
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