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Livingston, CA. (February 13, 2017)- The 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha Team had two YZ250F's back on the track as Hayden Mellross returned from injury to join Noah McConahy (filling in for Tyler Bowers) for the last round of the 250 West Coast SX before the long break, at the incredible AT&T Stadium in Arlington Supercross.

Tyler Bowers, sidelined with a broken femur continues to support the team attending Dealer and Pit autograph signings and, importantly, coaching the other 51FIFTY racers. "I'd rather be racing but being sidelined is helping me in a way where I can watch lines develop and study other riders," explains Bowers. "I watch practice and qualifiers and feel by communicating improvement points to the guys it reinforces that information and am becoming more knowledgeable myself."

With "Coach Bowers" on their side, Mellross and McConahy took to the track for their qualifying sessions. The 51FIFTY boys clocked in 9th and 12th respectively on the Texas terrain.

McConahy on the #59 Yamaha lined up for Heat #1, and rocketed out of the gate with the leaders. He battled for position with previous race winners, maintaining 3rd for most of the race eventually crossing the finish line in 4th place, giving him a coveted gate pick for the main event. In only his 2nd race on the Yamaha, the 4th in the Heat was a career best.

Heat #2 saw the Australian, Mellross back in action after a few weeks off due to a hand injury. On the track he looked as if he hadn't taken any time off the bike passing through the pack after a lackluster start. The #64 diced through the field locking down a transfer position in 8th position.

When the gates dropped for the 250 main event, both 51FIFTY Yamaha riders raced toward the first turn. While Mellross made it through clean, McConahy got pinched and crashed after clipping a tuff block with his front wheel. Hayden would charge his way through the pack and settle into a solid 9th place position for the majority of the race, while teammate Noah was forced to work his way up from dead last. McConahy would leave it all out on the track even laying it down in the last turn in a last stitch effort for a top 10 finish. The 51FIFTY Yamaha racers crossed the line with Mellross in 9th, and McConahy in 11th.

"It's great to be back at the races and pick up where I left off," commented Mellross after the race. "I've been off the bike for a few weeks but felt strong most of the night. The track was challenging but our bike was on point and felt overall it was a decent result. I was a bit fatigued toward the end of the race, from not being able to train, but overall it was a solid ride and another Top 10."

"My confidence continues to grow and the whole team has really helped me get comfortable these last two weeks," mentioned McConahy. "I made it difficult on myself in the Main, hit the deck a few times, was in 20th at one point, but just focused on passing the rider in front of me. I put down some of my fastest times of the night and then did try one last aggressive pass on Chiz to try and get inside the Top 10."

The West Coast Supercross season will take a break as the season moves to the East Coast region. Follow the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha Team on social media to stay in touch with the latest news and team photos.

51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha is aided by support of our great sponsors including Yamaha, Allied Packaging, Carlos Vieira Racing, bLU cRU, Bolt Hardware, Costa Rica Unlimited, Cometic Gaskets, Company West, Cycra, Crank Works, DeCal Works, Dunlop, DT1, Evans Cooling, Fox, FMF, Galfer, Hinson Clutch Components, Hot Cams, IMS Products, Matrix, Mechanix Wear, ODI, Pivot Works, Powerlift, Push Marketing Agency, Race for Autism, RK Excel, SDI, Sunstar, Shift, TM Designworks, Twisted Development, Works Connection, Vertex Pistons, Vortex Ignitions, VP Fuels, and Xtrig.

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Everything race fans need to know about the 3rd Annual Winter Showdown coming this weekend to Kern County Raceway is right here!

THE FAN GUIDE TO THE WINTER SHOWDOWN

The 3rd Annual Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway in Bakersfield, California on February 10th and 11th. The weekend’s main event is Saturday, February 11th with the $30,000 to win, “SPEARS Manufacturing Winter Showdown 250” for Super Late Models. The weekend begins on Friday night, February 10th at the paved half-mile with the “51 FIFTY Energy Drink Opening Night”, featuring the “Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse Fast 12” and the “Race for Autism Qualifying Races.”

Make the Most of the Winter Showdown Weekend: February 8, 9, 10, 11, 2017

WEDNESDAY
• Super Late Model Registration, Parking and Optional Tech Day 10:30am to 4:30pm.

THURSDAY
• Tech inspection for the Super Late Models will take place starting at 9:30am, with the cars hitting the track for the first time at 12:00pm and concluding at 4:30pm.
• The “Winter Showdown Kick Off Party” at the Buck Owen’s Crystal Palace (2800 Buck Owens Blvd) presented by “Visit Bakersfield” on Thursday evening starting at 7pm. As part of the evening, the Top 10 in the 2016 SPEARS Southwest Tour Series will be honored, including Three-Time SPEARS Southwest Tour Series Champion, Derek Thorn.

FRIDAY
• Lucas Oil Modifieds will move onto the Kern County Raceway grounds at 10:30am and will see three practice sessions, with the first one at 1:30pm.
• The Super Late Models will have one practice session from 12:00pm-1:30pm.
• Super Late Model Qualifying will take place starting at 6:30pm.
After Opening Ceremonies or the “51 FIFTY Energy Drink Opening Night” at 7:30pm, the Lucas Oil Modifieds will put on a show for the fans with “Spray Nine Top Nine of 2016”. The Top 10 drivers from the 2016 Lucas Oil Modifeds, will battle it for nine laps. Then its back to the Super Late Models with the “Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse Fast 12”, featuring the fastest 12 drivers from qualifying racing for the top 12 starting positions for Saturday’s SPEARS Manufacturing Winter Showdown 250. The night will finish off with the “Race for Autism - Qualifying Races”.
• Spectator Gates 5:30pm - Opening Ceremonies at 7:30pm.
• Adult General Admission $15, Youth (6-15) General Admission $10, Kids 5 & under Free. Reserved Seating $20.

SATURDAY
The main event of the weekend will be the Saturday evening, $30,000 to win, “SPEARS Manufacturing Winter Showdown 250” for Super Late Models. The racing will begin with Super Late Model Last Chance Race” at 3:10pm, where teams will be racing for the final three starting positions in the SPEARS Manufacturing Winter Showdown 250. After opening ceremonies at 5:00pm, the Lucas Oil Modifieds main event will kick things off with the “Spray Nine 50”. Then its final event of the 2017 Winter Showdown, the $30,000 to win “SPEARS Manufacturing 250”.
• Spectator Gates 3pm, Showdown Last Chance Race 3:10pm, the 2017 Winter Showdown Opening Ceremonies 5:00pm.
• Adult General Admission $25, Youth (6-15) General Admission $15, Kids 5 & under Free. Reserved Seating $30.

OTHER FAN INFO

• A limited amount of “Rowdy Roundup” with Kyle Busch ticket packages are available for fans to purchase. This special ticket will allow fans to attend a meet and greet with Busch on Saturday afternoon before the race, get his autograph and have their picture taken with him. If you are interested contact Kern County Raceway at 661-835-1264.
• Detailed Winter Showdown schedule: go to www.SRLSouthwestTour.com
• RACE TICKETS will be available at the Front Gate each day, or online at http://www.kernraceway.com/2017-winter-showdown-tickets
• There are a limited number of suites available for the Winter Showdown. If you are interested in renting a suite for the event, please contact the SPEARS Southwest Tour Series office at 661-679-4681.
• Trackside and General RV parking is available all Winter Showdown weekend; contact Kern County Raceway at 661-835-1264 for details.
• Race fans can enjoy practice each day and re-enter at the appropriate gate time.
• Host Hotels - http://www.srlsouthwesttour.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/2017-Winter-Showdown-Host-Hotels.pdf
• For more information on Bakersfield during your stay, go to: www.VisitBakersfield.com


The Third Annual Winter Showdown is presented by:
SPEARS Manufacturing - 51 FIFTY Energy Drink – VisitBakersfield.com
S.A. Camp Pump & Drilling - KUZZ AM55 / FM107.9 - KBAK 29/KBFX 58
Race For Autism - Spray Nine - Hoosier Racing Tire - Motor City GMC
Lucas Oil - Pinnacle Peak Steakhouse in Colton & San Dimas
SUNOCO Race Fuels - Speed51.com

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Livingston, CA. (February 6, 2017)- Noah McConahy flew the flag this weekend for the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha Team as both Tyler Bowers and Hayden Mellross were sidelined with injury.

Mother Nature played her part as light showers sprinkled the already damp track. A soft, technical layout made for tough conditions in the opening qualifying sessions and the situation wasn't any easier for Noah with only two (2) prior rides on the YZ250F. Tyler Bowers was on hand during the day and was a positive voice for Noah, along with Team Manager Craig Monty, studying film and track lines.

The #59 Yamaha lined up for heat #1, kicking off the action for the night. Dunlop Tires gave Noah some much needed traction off the line and into the first turn. He ran a consistent 5th place in much of the heat race, battling riders and ruts throughout the entirety of the track. McConahy crossed the line in 6th place and secured his direct spot/transfer into the main.

With Noah's momentum building throughout the day, the newest member of the 51FIFTY team was ready to shine in the night show. A good jump out of the gate set him up for some quick passes until a massive pile up formed in the second turn. McConahy looked for a way out but was stuck in the chaos as riders crashed around him. Eventually, he worked his way out of the pack and began his ascent through the field. A tall order, from back in 19th, but he picked off riders in quick succession. Noah improved his speed and positions as the track deteriorated and when the checkered flag flew, McConahy crossed the line for his career best finish in 9th place.

"Everything with the bike and the team has been spot on," mentioned Noah after the race. "I've been improving every time I'm on the bike and the team has helped every step of the way. I struggled in the qualifiers but we stayed optimistic and focused on the Main. From far back in the pack, it was one of those races when I just concentrated on the next rider in front of me and did whatever I could to move forward. I'm ecstatic to land a career best in my first ride with 51FIFTY and I only expect to improve from here."

The 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha Team will have two riders next weekend in Dallas as Hayden Mellross will return to action alongside the #59 of Noah McConahy.

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Livingston, CA. (February, 2 2017)- With team riders Hayden Mellross and Tyler Bowers out with injury, 51FIFTY Energy Drink is proud to announce the addition of Noah McConahy (#59) heading into the Oakland Supercross.

With a short week, and coming off a completely different bike, Noah adapted quickly to the YZ250F with only a few days testing with the team. The likable 23 year old racer from Spokane, WA has been on the teams radar for a while and jumped at the chance to join 51FIFTY.

"This is the opportunity I've been working towards," explain Noah. "I'm extremely appreciative and feel with the team, and the race bike I rode this past week, my goal of a Top 10 is within reach. I'm getting a plane tonight, the first time I've flown to a race, and just can't wait to line up in Oakland."

"Noah's finished 13th the last two weeks in a row so he clearly has the speed. He's someone we've watched for a while and knowing his personality and work ethic, we are confident he'll represent our brand and team sponsors as a professional on and off the track," explains Team Manager, Craig Monty. "He's new to the YZ but was putting in fast laps already. Working with Dave Dye as a mechanic, someone he's known for years, should help the transition and be strong combination moving forward."

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Livingston, CA. (January 30, 2017)- It was a rough Saturday for the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha team at the Phoenix Supercross. Already down a rider with Hayden Mellross sitting out from a first turn crash at Anaheim 2, Tyler Bowers looked to lead the charge and put in a solid finish for the team.

In the first practice, Tyler was on pace with lead pack and, as he's done each round, progressed further up the board with solid lap times. Heading into the first Qualifier, Tyler jumped out front with the series leaders and was on a charge. In the difficult rhythm section, Tyler cased a triple and was thrown off the front of his bike. Tyler remounted, kick-started his YZ250F, and entered the track for another lap before pulling into the mechanics area.

"It hurt when I landed but the adrenaline was going so I tried to do a few more laps," explained Tyler Bowers. "Each time I would land off the jumps I could just feel something wasn't right."

Tyler would suffer a fracture to the right femur but is optimistic he'll return and be ready when the West Coast series resumes after the break for the Seattle SX.

51FIFTY Energy Drink motto is "Never Give Up"; expect the team to be in Oakland with one, possibly two, riders to fill the boots of Mellross and Bowers.

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Racers from all over the nation will converge on Kern County Raceway and battle it out for their piece of $150,000 up for grabs, includng $30,000 for the overall winner!

Join us for two days of top-notch racing kicking off with "51FIFTY Opening Night" on Friday, February 10th. Hope to see you there!

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Livingston, CA. (January 26, 2017)- 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha's Hayden Mellross suffered a hand injury early in the Main last weekend in Anaheim.

After a strong heat where teammates Tyler Bowers and Hayden Mellross finished 4th and 5th, Hayden was looking for another solid 250 Main. Unfortunately, coming into the first turn, Hayden was involved in pile up and went down. Mellross realized his bike and his body were too battered to continue the race.

The week prior in San Diego, the young Australian turned in his career best ride in 9th (coming from 18th) and was looking forward to carrying that momentum as the season progressed.

Due to the sustained injuries in Anaheim, Mellross will not compete this weekend in Phoenix. The entire 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha Team looks forward to having him back at the races as soon as possible.

51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha is aided by support of our great sponsors including Yamaha, Allied Packaging, Carlos Vieira Racing, bLU cRU, Bolt Hardware, Costa Rica Unlimited, Cometic Gaskets, Company West, Cycra, Crank Works, DeCal Works, Dunlop, DT1, Evans Cooling, Fox, FMF, Galfer, Hinson Clutch Components, Hot Cams, IMS Products, Matrix, Mechanix Wear, ODI, Pivot Works, Powerlift, Push Marketing Agency, Race for Autism, RK Excel, SDI, Sunstar, Shift, TM Designworks, Twisted Development, Works Connection, Vertex Pistons, Vortex Ignitions, VP Fuels, and Xtrig

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Livingston, CA. (January 23, 2017)- After rains pelted SoCal for most of the week, the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha Team came into Anaheim expecting a mudder. Thanks to the crew, the track shaped up with good conditions throughout the day.

Bowers and Mellross took to the track looking to build on the momentum they've built early this season. The 51FIFTY YZ250F's clocked in 10th (Bowers) and 12th (Mellross), giving both riders solid gate picks for the night show.

The #52 and #64 would be pitted against each other in the first heat of the night. Good starts courtesy of their Twisted Development-tuned Yamaha power plant put both 51FIFTY riders up front early as they battled for 4th position in the first race of the night. The TV crews took note of the intense racing, granting each rider solid coverage for fans at home. The 51FIFTY racers would cross the line together with Bowers in 4th and Mellross in 5th.

Both 51FIFTY Yamaha machines lined up for the 250 Main looking to build on their early season momentum. The gates dropped and the 22 riders funneled into the tight first corner, cutting off Mellross' line as Bowers snuck past on the inside. With no where to go, Hayden's front wheel was knocked out from under him and other bikes slammed into him from the back. With the bike battered and the rider bruised, the #64 was forced to retire.

"Each week my heat races have been going really well, and I'm showing these guys that I can run up front," remarked Mellross after the race. "Unfortunately, in the main, we collided and I went down hard on my hand and my bike was pretty bent. The hand is damaged somewhat but Ill be at Phoenix next weekend."

As the race raged on, it was Bowers flying the flag for the 51FIFTY Yamaha Team. He used his veteran experience to click off consistent laps while battling inside the top 10. Bowers had battles early and late in the race, riding solid throughout to finish in 8th.

"I''m not where I want to be but at least have been building momentum each week," mentioned Bowers. "I worked more on sprints this week and it showed in qualifying and my heat. In the main, I was practically by myself for much of the race so I just tried to focus on consistent lap times. 8th is better but know I'll keep improving."

51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha is aided by support of our great sponsors including Yamaha, Allied Packaging, Carlos Vieira Racing, bLU cRU, Bolt Hardware, Costa Rica Unlimited, Cometic Gaskets, Company West, Cycra, Crank Works, DeCal Works, Dunlop, DT1, Evans Cooling, Fox, FMF, Galfer, Hinson Clutch Components, Hot Cams, IMS Products, Matrix, Mechanix Wear, ODI, Pivot Works, Powerlift, Push Marketing Agency, Race for Autism, RK Excel, SDI, Sunstar, Shift, TM Designworks, Twisted Development, Works Connection, Vertex Pistons, Vortex Ignitions, VP Fuels, and Xtrig.

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Livingston, CA. (January 17, 2017)- The 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha Team rolled into San Diego on Military Appreciation weekend decked out with patriotic themed DeCal Works camo graphics and Shift Racing themed red and blue gear. Even mother nature smiled in honor with sunshine after a week of rain in California.

With practice cancelled the day prior, it was straight into two timed qualifiers. Mellross and Bowers set respectable times and felt solid throughout each session recording times of 11th and 12th fastest. It was back to the pits to relax and also participate with the fans in the 51FIFTY #LiveTheMadness Experience interactive zone before heading out for the night show.

The #64 of Mellross lined up for the first heat of the night with a solid gate pick from his qualifying time. He started up front and immediately began mixing it up with seasoned vets. The valiant Australian didn't back down from a challenge but an aggressive block pass from a Nut-ty* rider would leave him on the ground. Unfazed, Hayden remounted and easily qualified in 6th position.

Heat 2 would see the #52 of Bowers ride calm, cool, and collected for the 5 minutes plus one lap. Tyler used his smooth riding technique to figure out the developing track, and executed smart lines for a 5th place finish and direct transfer to the Main.

Both 51FIFTY Yamaha machines lined up for the 250 main event with their sights set on improved finishes from the season opener. When the gates dropped, the pack bottled up inside the first corner, leaving little room for movement. Hayden #64 got slammed off the track and was forced to find a safe place to re-enter in 19th place. Bowers on the other hand used his veteran experience to push towards the front.

Tyler Bowers would continue to battle for positions inside the top 10 eventually settling into a solid pace for most of the race. Hayden charged from the back making passes on multiple riders and near the end of the race, both 51FIFTY Yamaha riders found each other jockeying for positions! When the checkered flag waved, Mellross crossed the line in 9th, and Bowers in 11th.

"I definitely had more juice in the tank this weekend," remarked Bowers. "I rode well in the heats and showed what I had for a few laps in the main when I was battling with some of those guys. Just need to work on holding that intensity and there's no reason I can't run up front like that. Definitely a good weekend to build on along with a lot of positives we can take into this coming week."

"Mate, I feel good after that one," said Mellross after the race. "All day the bike was working great and I put together some solid laps in qualifying and was pushing myself in the heat. I didn't back down and ended up hitting the deck, but it's no big deal. A bit of a bummer being bumped off in the main, but I was happy with how I rode all the way until the end. I didn't give up and was able to put in a career-best 9th."

Look for the 51FIFTY Energy Drink Yamaha riders next weekend on Saturday night at Anaheim II as well as Friday during the Supercross Press Day (12-2pm).

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