MXA’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE THERE TO BE THERE

May 25, 2014
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GLEN HELEN IMAGES: FOUR YEARS OF WAITING

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This Mark Chilson photo of the Glen Helen’s “Velodrome Turn” doesn’t show how steeply it was banked. It is steeper, higher and tighter than the Talladega first turn. The 180-degree corner was a popular place to pass.

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Ryan Dungey (5) and Ken Roczen (94) lead the pack through the 45-degree banked Talladega first turn. Justin Barcia (51) is third, with Phil Nicoletti (38) fourth and Two-Stroke World Champion Sean Collier (207) fifth. Collier was KTM 450SXF mounted.

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The Glen Helen podium was a fun place to be as the riders celebrated with their guitar trophies.

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The crowd congratulates Ken Roczen as he rides along the grandstands. Roczen went 2-2. Behind him, Ryan Dungey, took home the glory with a 3-1.

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Debbi Tamietti shot this sequence of  Matt Biscelgia (96) and Anthony Rodriquez whipping it over the Triple Step-Up—although it didn’t jump up to the REM side of the track as in the past, the reduced Triple Step-Up still featured major air time.

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This is the Muddy Straight. For some reason, both Justin Barcia and Andrew Short broke their chains in moto one when landing from the Wall Jump that Ken Roczen is landing from here. The chains were two different brands.

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Glen Helen trucked in hundreds of loads of river sand and put it five feet deep down the white towel straight. Geico’s Zach Bell (71) tries to move it a few feet north for Mark Chilson’s camera.

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We ran into Flyin’ Mike Brown of Indian Minicycle fame at the Glen Helen National. Mike had a photo of  JoJo Keller (51), Danny “Magoo” Chandler (314) and himself (47) on the starting line of an AMA National back in the 1980s.

THE INJURED LIST FROM GH

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Jason Anderson did not get hurt at Glen Helen, but something did.

The loss of Ryan Villopoto (knee), Justin Brayton (wrist), Broc Tickle (everything), Martin Davalos (leg), Adam Cianciarulo (shoulder) and Eli Tomac (collarbone) were major blows to American motocross, so with Glen Helen being the opening round of the 2014 AMA Nationals—it was important to be there and to get out healthy. Here is who didn’t.

Davi Millsaps: He was there, but he wasn’t racing. He will make his debut at a later date.

Mike Alessi: Mike was there on Friday, but got food poisoning (the new Epstein-Barr of the motocross world) and was too sick to race on Sunday. Yes, he did eat in a seafood restaurant on Friday night. He likes to live life on the edge.

Anthony Rodriguez: Through no fault of his own, the Venezuelan was swept up in a crash on the way to Talladega in moto two and suffered a concussion. He won’t be back until he can pass the concussion test.

Dean Wilson: A late crash with only two laps to go left Dean on the side of the track with a bad cut to his left leg (from his footpeg).  Dean will be out of action for a couple races.

Darryn Durham: The often injured Durham didn’t make it to Glen Helen as he crashed in preparation. Darryn has suffered lots of injuries since his debut in 2009, but 2014 has been a total wash for the Pro Circuit rider.

Jason Anderson’s engine: Although many people think Jason Anderson crashed in the nearly vertical Finger Turn, in fact, it was his engine that expired—as for Jason he sat down on a Tuff Block and watched the races.

GLEN HELEN NATIONAL 450 RESULTS

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Weston Peick finished 5-13 as a fill-in at RCH Suzuki.

1. Ryan Dungey……….3-1
2. Ken Roczen…………2-2
3. Trey Canard…………7-3
4. Brett Metcalfe……….4-5
5. Josh Grant……………1-15
6. James Stewart……..6-6
7. Malcolm Stewart…..8-8
8. Jake Weimer………..10-7
9. Weston Peick……….5-13
10.Chad Reed…………..9-10
Other notables: 11. Ivan Tedesco; 3. Justin Barcia; 14. Kyle Chisholm; 16. Sean Collier; 19. Fredrik Noren; 23. Andrew Short.

GLEN HELEN NATIONAL 250 RESULTS

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Blake Baggett is a notoriously slow starter, but expect him to pick up the pace as the 250 season progresses.

1. Jeremy Martin………….1-1
2. Cooper Webb………….2-2
3. Cole Seely………………4-4
4. Blake Baggett…………..8-3
5. Christophe Pourcel…..7-5
6. Justin Bogle……………..5-9
7. Matt Bisceglia…………..11-7
8. Marvin Musquin………..10-8
9. Jessy Nelson…………..15-6
10. Jason Anderson………3-31
Other notables: 11. Kyle Cunningham; 12. Dean Wilson; 13. Valentin Teillet; 15. Zach Osborne; 19. Justin Hill; 20. Zach Bell.

ANTONIO CAIROLI SAYS GOODBYE THE MOTOCROSS-WAY

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To honor his father, Benedetto Cairoli, who passed away last week, Tony showed up at the British Grand Prix with a patch that expressed the sentiments of the motocross community. Tony lost his mother right before the final GP of the 2011 season. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the Cairoli family.

THE MISSING MAN RETURNS TO THE GPS

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Ken De Dycker went 25-15 in England in his return to the 450 series.

Tony Cairoli’s teammate, Ken de Dycker, put in his first complete GP after a very long injury break. He raced for the firt time at Matterly basin this weekend at what was round 8 of the 17 raced 2014 season. Ken said, “Now I am able to train more. This was the first time I could ride without a brace, so that was already better. I don’t have so much power, but if I ride then its okay. My physical condition is getting better.”

WANNEROO AUSTRALIAN 450 NATIONAL RESULTS

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Ben Townley came out of retirement again to help the Honda team (for what is a one-race deal). Ben finished seventh in Wanneroo.

1. Billy Mackenzie………..95
2. Matt Moss……………….92
3. Jake Moss……………….91
3. Kirk Gibbs……………….84
5. Adam Monea……………79
6. Jacob Wright……………69
7. Ben Townley…………….68
8. Sam Martin………………66
9. Hayden Mellross……….57
10. Jay Marmont…………..57
Other notables: 11. Louis Calvin; 13. Kade Mosig; 14. Brock Winston; 15. Lewis Woods; 17. Rhys Carter.

WANNEROO AUSTRALIAN 250 NATIONAL RESULTS

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Privateer Caleb Ward shocked the 250 regulars at Wanneroo.

1. Caleb Ward…………….100
2. Luke Arbon…………….89
3. Josh Cachia…………….82
4. Jay Wilson………………76
5. Hamish Harwood…….74
6. Nathan Crawford……..68
7. Kale Makeham………….66
8. Luke Clout……………….65
9. Nick Sutherland……….62
10. Brenden Harrison……61
Other notables: 11. Geran Stapleton; 12. Ryan Marmont; 16. Wade Hunter; 18. Josh Adams; 19. Kayne Lamont.

AMA NATIONAL TELEVISION SCHEDULE: MAV, NBCSN, NBC

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BRITISH 450 GRAND PRIX RESULTS

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Tony Cairoli split moto wins with Clement Desalle in England.

1. Tony Cairoli (KTM)…………………….1-2
2. Clement Desalle (Suz)…………………4-1
3. Jeremy Van Horebeek (Yam)………3-3
4. Tyla Rattray (Hus)……………………..8-4
5. Tommy Searle (Kaw)…………………..6-5
6. Kevin Strijbos (Suz)……………………5-7
7. Shaun Simpson (KTM)………………..9-6
8. Jake Nicholls (KTM)……………………7-9
9. Steven Frossard (Kaw)………………..2-D
10. David Philippaerts (Yam)…………..11-11
Other notables: 11. Joel Roelants; 15. Xavier Boog; 16. Tanel Leok; 13. Davide Guarneri; 18. Graeme Irwin.

BRITISH 250 GRAND PRIX RESULTS

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Jeffrey Herlings.

1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM) ……………1-1
2. Arnaud Tonus (Kaw)……………….5-2
3. Tim Gajser (Hon)……………………4-3
4. Jordi Tixier (KTM)…………………..2-5
5. Romain Febvre (Hus)……………….8-4
6. Aleksandr Tonkov (Hus)…………..9-6
7. Jose Butron (KTM)………………….10-7
8. Damon Graulus KTM)……………..11-8
9. Dylan Ferrandis (Kaw)…………….7-12
10. Jeremy Seewer (Suz)……………..13-9
Other notables: 12. Valentin Guillod; 13. Max Anstie; 14. Thomas Covington; 15. Julien Lieber; 16. Luke Styke.

OUR FAVORITE RUSSIAN ISN’T THE BRITS’ FAVOURITE

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Evgeny Bobryshev—personna non grata in England.

Honda press release: “Despite following the prescribed procedure and complying with all the appropriate guidelines for foreign travel, Evgeny Bobryshev will be forced to miss the MXGP of Great Britain as he has not been issued with a visa. Bobryshev had received online confirmation that his visa application had been processed on 6 May having applied through the Embassy in the Netherlands. Yet despite sustained efforts for dialogue by Team HRC and by Bobryshev and his management, at this point in time the Russian’s visa has still not been granted.  All efforts have been made by Team HRC and Bobryshev to understand the delay and what action can be taken with the embassies, foreign consulates and relevant visa services in the UK and in Europe, but to no avail.”

 

 

Photos: Debbi Tamietti, Mark Chilson, John Basher, KTM, Ray Archer, Australian MX Nationals, Honda World MX

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