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Riders respond to Bobby Hewitt exiting.

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It had been rumoured for quite a while, but Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing finally confirmed that they have parted ways with Bobby Hewitt. Hewitt managed the squad over in the United States, and had done long before it became the Husqvarna factory effort. The team actually went through four manufacturers whilst under Hewitt (Kawasaki, Suzuki, KTM and Husqvarna) – becoming a factory effort was a testament to his resilience whilst steering a privateer effort to race wins in the premier class in 2013 Monster Energy Supercross.

After more than five years of working together, it was announced today that Husqvarna Motorsports, Inc. and HRH Racing, Inc. have mutually agreed to conclude their business relationship for the remainder of the 2020 race season and beyond. 

As a result of this new agreement, HRH Racing, Inc. owner, Bobby Hewitt, will no longer serve as team manager of the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team. Husqvarna Motorsports, Inc. would like to thank Bobby Hewitt for his commitment to the race team over the past five years and wish him the best in his future endeavours.

The short and sweet statement from Husqvarna Motorsports was merely confirmation of what had been rumours long before 2020 Monster Energy Supercross concluded in Utah. Although Hewitt was not in Utah – he had already been released of his duties – the team still kept quiet on his whereabouts, in an attempt to avoid an avalanche of questions whilst tackling the task at hand. That obviously worked out quite well as Zach Osborne, Jason Anderson and Dean Wilson swept the podium at the finale.

Riders were more than just employees on Bobby Hewitt’s squad. Hewitt never turned his back on someone, even when at rock bottom, and was rewarded in the long run. Who remembers when Anderson faced horrific struggles in his rookie year as a professional, so Hewitt simply told him to sit out and return when he felt ready to contend at the highest level. A premier-class title in 2018 Monster Energy Supercross was the result of that move, and Anderson acknowledged such dedication on social media.

Just wanted to say thanks to @BBHewitt for everything he has ever done for me. I would never have had a career like I have had if it wasn’t for him. I can honestly say he wasn’t my boss he was my family. I’m sad he won’t be in our semi but I know it’s not the last time I’ll see him at the races. Thanks for the most incredible 10 years BOB! We accomplished some amazing things.”

Zach Osborne, who transformed into a two-time 250SX East champion whilst with Bobby Hewitt, also released the following statement on what a joy it was to work beneath Hewitt.

I’ve had an awesome six years working with @BBHewitt and I wouldn’t be where I am today without him and his influence on my career. He kept me on at times when he wasn’t supposed to and truly believed in me. We will all miss ‘Bob McGrath’ and his certainty of the line choices that we always (never) used. Thanks for everything Bob.

Words: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: Husqvarna/Simon Cudby

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Adam Cianciarulo Archives | Episode 1

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Adam Cianciarulo quickly rose through the ranks, dominating the amateur circuit on #TeamGreen with 11 Loretta Lynn’s AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships. ? AC claimed the title of the winningest youth rider at Loretta Lynn’s – primed for the big leagues on Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki!

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Phil Nicoletti Announces Retirement from Full-Time Racing at End of Season

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Phil Nicoletti, a veteran of 18 full seasons in professional motocross and supercross, has announced his full-time racing career will conclude at the finale of the 2024 AMA season, with the SuperMotocross World Championship (SMX) finale in September. Nicoletti currently rides for the Muc-Off/FXR/ClubMX Yamaha team in 250SX West Region division of Monster Energy AMA Supercross and will switch to the 450 class with the team for the upcoming AMA Pro Motocross Championship and the SMX Playoffs. He’ll continue to put in the work this season and try to provide more memorable moments, either good or bad, in typical “Filthy” Phil fashion.

“I actually made this decision at Anaheim 1,” says Nicoletti. “I rode press day, then I called my dad and told him, ‘It’s over.’ Just a feeling I had. Main thing, I just don’t have it in me anymore to take the chances I need to during the week. It’s not even a results thing, really. On race day adrenaline takes over and I feel like I can continue to be a fifth-to-seventh guy. But this sport is so freaking gnarly, you have to push to your limit every day even in practice. I don’t want to go search for tenths [of a second] on a random Tuesday. It used to piss me off when one of the kids went faster than me but lately, I’ve found myself not giving…a care about it on some days. I’ve loved the grind, but I always said as soon as I don’t want to do that anymore, I’m outta here.”

Nicoletti will attend press day at this weekend’s Nashville Supercross and East/West Showdown, and he’ll field any media questions there.

Phil, 35, raced a handful of pro races at the end of the 2006 and 2007 seasons, then followed that with 17 full seasons as a professional. He’s currently collected 71 total top-ten finishes in professional AMA competition. He scored fifth overall in the 2016 450 Pro Motocross Championship standings, as well as eighth in 2015 250 MX standings and sixth in 2018. In 2018, he also took an overall podium finish at his home Unadilla National. In 2019, Nicoletti ventured to Canada and scored the Rockstar Energy Triple Crown Championship, with the most combined points from Canadian Arenacross, Motocross, and Supercross. After COVID-19 cut the racing options in Canada, he returned to racing in the U.S. full time for 2022, including a return to AMA Supercross. He has since logged 11 top ten finishes in AMA Supercross despite also battling injuries and typical “bad news Phil” luck on the weekends.

Phil, always an innovator, will leave a legacy as the first rider to ever don the new “leader lights” in AMA Supercross when he led last year’s Anaheim 2 event. He also snagged a holeshot against the likes of Jett Lawrence and Cooper Webb at the second SMX event in 2023 and looks forward to trying to do that again this season. Nicoletti plans to stay around the racing scene once he retires from full-time racing but looks forward to never having to jump three-in to a rhythm section again.

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Shane McElrath – His story over Foxborough

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Shane McElrath was riding a solid main event at the AMA Supercross in Foxborough last Saturday. With still a few laps to go he collided with Malcolm Stewart and hurt his arm. Due to this he was forced to retire from the race and didn’t score points. Fortunately everything is ok for McElrath so he will be ready to ride at the next round at Nashville this weekend.

Watch his vlog over the race in Foxborough below:

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