Supercross Is Here: Oakley’s Motocross Superstars Poised to Battle For Glory in 2012, Heritage Charges On

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2011 was nothing short of absolutely epic in Supercross.

In one of the closest, most hotly contested, sheer battles in the sport’s illustrious history, the field’s most prominent riders throttled into stadium after stadium, head-to-head in the standings…fighting for every advantage until the explosive finale in Las Vegas. And of course, Oakley emerged as the Champion yet again – continuing its deep roots and heritage in motocross.

Taking out 2010 rookie Champion and fellow Oakley Star Ryan Dungey (RD), Ryan Villopoto (RV) rocketed to the Title, closing out a three-way dogfight going into Vegas with RD and Chad Reed.

And with that, a season filled with drama, intrigue and insane story lines came to a close.

2012 will be no less tantalizing.

Factory Movement
The off-season was nowhere near quiet – as buzz and chatter continued with the sport’s top riders hinting at team changes.

Oakley’s Team Speed Demons were center stage.

Watching his glorious 2010 title slip away last season, Dungey considered some major changes. And they happened.

Returning to his old team manager at KTM, Dungey parted ways with Suzuki for a fresh start in 2012.

And while Villopoto, young and hungry to defend his title, stayed at Kawasaki after a dominating year (winning both the Supercross and AMA Motocross Crowns), fellow Oakley Superstar James “Bubba” Stewart – who is fighting to regain his “swagger” and legitimacy in Championship conversations in the sport – made a bold move to NASCAR-famed Joe Gibbs Racing (Motocross Arm).

With some characteristically dominating victories last season at several stops, the former champion’s erratic riding kept him from title hopes down the line. But with hopes of a more consistent, steady year with a new team, look for Bubba to come flying into the year with a vengeance and the will to prove himself (and some options to try out NASCAR racing with his team’s affiliation).

Oakley Team Action
Cruising into the New Year, Oakley’s partnership with particular teams will continue – while a new team will take the Big O on board.

The Geico Powersports Honda Team (Factory ConnectIon) – which races in the Lite’s division – will find a new look with Oakley’s aura and presence during the season.

Meanwhile, Troy Lee Racing will continue its partnership with the O – as well as expand its collaboration with a bigger Troy Lee Signature Series product line, available for Oakley fans worldwide this season.

But most importantly, the rockin’ Signature Series Goggle lines from RV, RD and Bubba will continue to inspire motocross riders far and wide as their heroes display the advanced performance technologies employed by Oakley’s equipment.

Heritage
With Oakley’s roots in motocross (and its first-ever product in history: the Oakley Grip in 1975, followed by performance goggles), its heritage still shines on the course.

With Champions like Ryan Villopoto, Ryan Dungey, Bubba – and contending rippers like Davi Millsaps and more – the New Year will more-than-definitely display the continued prominence of Oakley in the Motocross World.

Supercross is here!

First Stop: This Saturday, January 7 at Anaheim Stadium (Anaheim 1)! Be there!