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O`Neal und Monster schließen Lizenzvertrag ab 

CORONA, Calif. - Die Monster Beverage Company gab heute bekannt, dass sie in einen beschränkten, nichtexklusiven Lizenzvertrag mit O`NEAL eingetreten ist, um Markenprodukte von Monster Energy gezielt der Motocross und der Offroadgemeinschaft zu präsentieren. Die neuen Monster Energy Angebote schließen Tim Ferry und Fred Andrews Replica Rennbekleidung ein. Die Replica-Artikel werden Trikots, Hosen, Handschuhe, Jacken und Helme sein.

"Seit fast 40 Jahren war O`NEAL Racing ein super Standbein im Motocross und im ganzen Offroadbereich gewesen" sagte Vipe Desai, Marketingdirektor der Monster Beverage Company, "mit solch einer Kultmarke wie O`NEAL Racing vereinigt zu werden, ist für die Monster Beverage Company enorm wichtig und wir freuen uns auf weitere gute Zusammenarbeit."

Monster Energy’s International Motocross Recap





- O'Neal - Monster Energy

Week 1 @ Valkenswaard, Netherlands, sees four Monster Energy-backed
MXGP racers in the top ten, along with a Euopean MX2 win @ Talaverna
de la Reina, Spain

CORONA, Calif., (April 7, 2008) – Monster Energy has stepped up its
international presence in professional motocross, this year more than
doubling its sponsorship efforts with teams based out of Europe
competing in the MX1 class on the FIM Motocross World Championship
circuit, as well as the FIM European MX2 Championship.

FIM Motocross World Championships: At the 2008 season opener at
Valkenswaard, Netherlands, Monster Energy was pumped to have four of
its racers place in the top ten in the premier MX1 class. Monster
Energy was led by Billy Mackenzie (Monster Energy/CAS Honda) who just
missed the overall MX1 class podium, placing 4th overall (10-2, 33
points). Also placing in the MX1 class top ten at Valkenswaard were
Monster Energy/Yamaha’s David Philippaerts in 5th overall (4-6, 33
points), Josh Coppins in 6th place (6-7, 29 points). Team GPKR’s
Kevin Strijbos would finish in 9th place overall (21 points).


Coppins: “All in all this has been a pretty good weekend under the
circumstances. Qualifying went well with 8th place. My starts were
good in both motos however I went a bit wide in the first one and slid
out in the second but was up there. This weekend was just damage
control really and I rode the best I could within the pain, trying not
to damage the foot at all. I haven’t been able to do the work to be
best prepared for this race. I am quite happy with the result which is
a relief after what I have gone through in the last two weeks. I’m
sitting in 6th overall now whereas two weeks ago I was looking at the
bones sticking out of my toes so I’m happy with the position I am in.
I have the stitches removed from my toes tomorrow and then I plan to
get some more time on the bike later in the week. We’ll head to
France for some guaranteed better weather and hopefully with that time
in the saddle I’ll be able to build back some strength for Spain and
aim to be strong in Portugal.”

Philippaerts: "I have to say that I am happy. For my first GP I had
good speed and also a nice feeling on the bike. The first moto was not
great because I made some small mistakes and was quite nervous but I
was glad to see that I could go at the front. In one corner I almost
crashed and was completely off the side of the bike; that caused me to
lose a lot of time. I pushed hard again but had a problem with my
goggles and that was a hassle with the sand. It was because of this I
hit with Josh. I wanted to go on the outside but I ran out of room. It
was not something I meant to do and just one of those racing
incidents. I wanted third position but Pyrhonen blocked me and I lost
speed, so Ramon passed me starting the last lap. I was frustrated by
this but after I calmed down I was actually content because my goal
had been top five and I had taken fourth. In the second heat I started
well but lost a lot of positions by getting blocked in the second
corner. I came up behind Josh and it took a lot of energy to pass him.
I was being extra careful because I did not want to touch again. When
I got through I was physically finished. I am happy with the points I
took this weekend. I am not far from second place and the championship
has started quite well for me."

Strijbos: “The conditions were very different to last weekend and on
this wet sand I didn’t feel comfortable on the bike. We worked on the
suspension last week but my main problem here came from the engine. We
are late in our testing program but we now have two weeks to prepare
the following round of the championship.”

MXGP Results

MX1 Moto1: 1. Ken De Dycker (Suz); 2. Max Nagl (KTM); 3. Steve Ramon
(Suz); 4. David Philippaerts (Yam); 5. Manuel Priem (Kaw); 6. Josh
Coppins (Yam); 7. Kevin Strijbos (Kaw); 8. Marc De Reuver (Hon); 9.
Kornel Nemeth (KTM); 10. Billy Mackenzie (Hon)

MX1 Moto2: 1. Ken De Dycker (Suz); 2. Billy Mackenzie (Honda); 3.
Jonathan Barragan (KTM); 4. Steve Ramon (Suzuki); 5. Max Nagl (KTM);
6. David Philippaerts (Yamaha); 7. Josh Coppins (Yamaha); 8. Manuel
Priem (Kaw); 9. Kornel Nemeth (KTM); 10. Aigar Leok (Yamaha)

O/A: 1. Ken De Dycker (50pts); 2. Steve Ramon (38pts); 3. Max Nagl
(38pts); 4. Billy Mackenzie (33pts); 5. David Philippaerts (33pts); 6.
Josh Coppins (29pts); 7. Manuel Priem (29pts); 8. Kornel Nemeth
(24pts); 9. Kevin Strijbos (21pts); 10. Jonathan Barragan (20pts)

Also, Jose Butron of the Yamaha-Gariboldi Racing Team went 2-1 to
capture the opening round of the FIM European MX2 Championship in
Talavera de la Reina, Spain, this past weekend. Said Butron: "I`m very
happy for this victory, for myself, for the team and for my fans. In
the first race after a bad start I finished second, but in the second
race I wanted to win and I felt very strong and with a good start
everything was much easier for me. The Championship has fourteen races
and I will try to collect as many points as possible on each event and
we`ll see at the end of the season."

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