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MOTOCROSS ACTION WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: CAN HE DO IT?

July 30, 2014
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GAUTIER PAULIN’S BIG AIR SAND JUMPS AT LOMMEL

THIS WEEKEND’S TOP FIVES FROM AROUND THE WORLD

topfivegrandprixWhich ones made the top five? Kevin Strijbos (22), Jeremy van Horebeek (89), Tony Cairoli (222), Shaun Simpson (24), Ken DeDycker (9), Gautier Paulin (21) and Marc De Reuver (14).

BELGIAN 450 GRAND PRIX: LOMMEL, BELGIUM
1. Antonio Cairoli (KTM)……………….1-1
2. Ken DeDycker (KTM)……………….4-2
3. Shaun Simpson (KTM)………………3-3
4. Gautier Paulin (Kaw)…………………2-4
5. Kevin Strijbos (Suz)…………………..5-8

BELGIAN 250 GRAND PRIX: LOMMEL, BELGIUM
1. Max Anstie (Yam)…………………..1-2
2. Jordi Tixier (KTM)…………………..3-1
3. Dylan Ferrandis (Kaw)……………2-3
4. Romain Febvre (Hus)……………..4-4
5. Tim Gajser (Hon)……………………8-6

ALL-JAPAN 450 NATIONAL: FUJISAWA
1. Akira Narita (Hon)…………………1-2
2. Yu Hirata (Yam)…………………….2-3
3. Makoto Ogata (Hon)………………6-1
4. Yoshi Atsuta (Sus)………………….3-4
5. Hiroaki Arai (Kaw)…………………5-5

ALL-JAPAN 250 NATIONAL: FUJISAWA
1. Jun’ya Takenaka (Suz)……………2-1
2. Toshiki Tomita (Hon)…………….1-4
3. Nozomu Yasuhara (Yam)………..4-3
4. Takeshi Katsuya (Kaw)……………6-2
5. Shin’ichi Inque (Kaw)…………..…3-5

GRAND PRIX OF ESTONIA SIDECARCROSS: KIVIOLI, ESTONIA
1. Ben Adriaenssen / Ben van den Bogaart…………1-2
2. Etienne Bax / Kaspars Stupelis…………………….3-1
3. Jan Henrickx / Elvijs Mucenieks……………………2-3
4. Stuart Brown / Josh Chamberlain…………………5-4
5. Jason Van Daele / Tim Smeuninx…………………4-5

AUSTRALIAN 450 NATIONAL: RAYMOND TERRACE
1. Matt Moss……………..1-1-2
2. Jacob Wright…………..2-7-1
3. Billy Mackenzie……….3-2-8
4. Kirk Gibbs……………….4-6-4
5. Kade Mosig…………….5-4-5

AUSTRALIAN 250 NATIONAL: RAYMOND TERRACE
1. Luke Arbon……………..9-1-2
2. Kale Makeham………..2-4-4
3. Jay Wilson………………7-2-3
4. Luke Clout……………….3-11-1
5. Hamish Harwood……..5-6-9

CANADIAN 450 NATIONAL: RIVERGLADE          
1. Mike Alessi (Suz)………………1-1
2. Colton Facciotti (Hon)…….. 2-2
3. Bobby Kiniry (Yam)………… 3-5
4. Kyle Chisholm (Yam)……….5-4
5. Josh Hill (Kaw)………………..8-3

CANADIAN 450 NATIONAL: RIVERGLADE          
1. Vince Friese (Hon)……………..2-2
2. Kaven Benoit (KTM)………….1-4
3. Jesse Wentland (Yam)……….6-1
4. Shawn Maffenbeier (Yam)…. 3-3
5. Topher Ingalls (KTM)…………4-5

STORM WATCH 2014: THIS WAS THE WEEKEND THAT WAS

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JORDI TIXIER: Ever since Jeffrey Herlings broke his leg, the countdown has begun as to whether Jordi Tixier can catch injured Jeffrey in 250 Grand Prix points (contingent on whether Herlings can recover enough to race the final round on September 14 in Mexico). Herlings said that he didn’t expect Tixier to rise to the occasion, but rise he has. Tixier has cut Herlings’ lead down from 154 points to 57 points (with 100 points left). Originally Tixier had to make the top three in every moto to catch Herlings in the points chase. Now, Tixier only has to stay in the top five (or any combination that equals 29 points on the day). Tixier earned 43 points in the Czech Republic two weeks ago and 45 points this weekend in Belgium.

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TOMMY SEARLE: Tommy suffered a thumb injury. Skipped the Belgian GP at Lommel. The GP’s take a four-week break before going to Brazil on September 7, so he should recover enough to finish out the season. Tommy is currently 12th in 450 GP points.

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TREY CANARD: Trey has renewed his Team Honda contract for the 2015 and 2016 seasons. It is assumed that he will be joined by current Troy Lee Designs rider Cole Seely at factory Honda.

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DAVID PHILIPPAERTS: The former 450 World Champion broke his ankle in the Czech Republic and tried to race this weekend at Lommel. He only did three laps of practice before pulling out of the race.  His ankle will probably recover in time for the MXDN, but if it doesn’t, Tony Cairoli will have to move back to the 450 class (he was going to ride the 250 class, while Philippaerts and Davide Guarneri raced the 450s). Italy’s weak link has always been the 250 class, so if Philippaerts can’t race, then they will have to draft Alessandro Lupino (who has been sitting out with a knee injury).

R.J. HAMPSHIRE: The rider to leave Loretta Lynn’s with the most wins and an immediate seat at Geico Honda for the Unadilla National is R.J. Hampshire. Hampshire swept all six motos in the Pro Sport and 250 A Expert classes.

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KEN ROCZEN: The Euros are in a tizzy because of a rumor that Ken Roczen may not race the MXDN —although he loves to represent Germany. No reason is given for why they think Roczen won’t be on the team, but hint at Visa issues with the U.S. Government (which seems unlikely given how long he has been racing in America) or bikes issues because of his switch to Suzuki (although KTM said that they will support him as a courtesy).

ELIMINATED: With only 150 points up for grabs from the remaining three AMA Nationals (Unadilla, Indiana and Utah), any rider who is more than 150 points behind has been eliminated from a title shot. In the 450 class that means that only Roczen, Dungey and Canard are still in the running. Metcalfe, Stewart, Grant, Short, Peick, Tomac, and Reed are out. In the 250 class there are still seven riders with a mathematical shot at the title. They are Jeremy Martin, Cooper Webb, Blake Baggett, Marvin Musquin, Justin Bogle, Christophe Pourcel and Jason Anderson. But, Martin has a 43-point lead over his closest rival.

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CLEMENT DESALLE: Clement Desalle is rehabbing a long-term scaphoid injury on his left wrist and will not race any more GP’s in 2014 and will not be on the Belgian team at the MXDN in September.

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DAVY POOTJES: With Jordi Tixier leaving Team KTM, whether he wins the 250 World Championship or not, he will be replaced by Davy Pootjes and/or Pauls Jonass. Jeffrey Herlings says that it would be great to have two Dutch riders on the same team (Jonass is Latvian). Pootjes is 16, but just underwent shoulder surgery (much like the kind that Adam Cianciarulo had during the Supercross season).

BRUCE BARNES: Bruce Barnes, brother of Washougal announcer Brian Barnes, Washougal track worker and long-time racer, suffered serious injuries when he was hit by Jaryd McNeil’s cartwheel bike. McNeil visited Barnes in the hospital after the race. Bruce suffered a broken pelvis, ribs and back. Click here to contribute to the Bruce Barnes Medical Fund to help him and his family through what will be a tough time www.gofundme.com/ca0f28

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JULIEN LIEBER: Rockstar Suzuki factory rider Julien Lieber is now just Julien Lieber. No reason was given for his unexpected departure from the Suzuki team. Lieber raced at Lommel on a KTM and will finish out the 250 GP season (Brazil and Mexico) for the Standing Construct KTM team. Julien Lieber is the most likely addition to the Belgian MXDN team (because of Desalle’s injury).

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TYLA RATTRAY: Tyla was back from injury (again) and raced for the IceOne Husqvarna team at Lommel. He finished 9th overall and is 17th overall in the 450 standings after missing 8 of 15 races so far in 2014.

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LUCKY DOGS: Thanks to the number of injured riders and the small turnouts for the 450 GPs a slew of relatively unheralded (or former MX3) riders are being inserted into the show. At Lommel those riders included Milko Potisek (France), Priit Ratsep (Estonia), Gert Krestinov (Estonia), Kornel Nemeth (Hungary), Lukasz Lonka (Poland) and Klemen Gercar (Slovenia). The best of bunch was Gert Krestinov (above) who went 12-15 for 14th. Even with these fill-in riders, there were only 23 riders in the 450 class at Lommel.

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JOEL ROELANTS: Joel was paralyzed in a crash earlier this season and has been going through rehab, but he wants to invite everyone to come to a fund raiser, not for him but to support the organization “To Walk Again. The event will be held on August 23. It is a walk or cycle event from Joel hometown of Grobbendonk to Scherpenheuval. Donations are 5 euros ($6.75). Learn more at https://www.facebook.com/staystrongcharity

WINDING DOWN! THESE ARE NEW 2014 CHAMPIONS (WITH MORE TO COME)

Every season comes to an end—some sooner than others. Here is a quick list of Championships that are already done and over.

FINAL AMA 450 SUPERCROSS POINTS STANDINGS

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Ryan Villopoto.

(After 17 of 17 rounds)
1. Ryan Villopoto………….368
2. Ryan Dungey……………304
3. Ken Roczen………………285
4. James Stewart………….272
5. Justin Barcia,……………250
6. Andrew Short……………218
7. Justin Brayton………….196
8. Josh Hill…………………..159
9. Broc Tickle………………..126
10. Mike Alessi……………..123

FINAL 2014 AMA 250 EAST POINTS STANDINGS

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Justin Bogle.

(After 9 of 9 rounds)
1. Justin Bogle………………..188
2. Martin Davalos……………149
3. Vince Friese………………..131
4. Kyle Cunningham………..127
5. Adam Cianciarulo…………120
6. Blake Baggett………………120
7. Jimmy Decotis……………..106
8. Alex Martin…………………100
9. Matt Biscelgia……………….98
10. Jeremy Martin…………….96

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Jason Anderson.

FINAL 2014 AMA 250 WEST POINTS STANDINGS

(After 9 of 9 rounds)
1. Jason Anderson………193
2. Cole Seely………………188
3. Dean Wilson…………..163
4. Justin Hill………………159
5. Cooper Webb………….143
6. Malcolm Stewart…….137
7. Jessy Nelson…………..115
8. Zach Osborne…………114
9. Shane McElrath………109
10. Jake Canada…………..83

FINAL 2014 WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

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1. Sean Collier……………………..Yam
2. Colton Udall…………………….Hon
3. Doug Dubach…………………..Yam
4. Brad Nauditt……………………Hon
5. Dennis Stapleton……………..Yam
6. Kyle Fry………………………….Hon
7. Jeremy McCool………………..Yam
8. Justin Jones……………………KTM
9. Preston Tilford………………..Yam
10. Chris See……………………….Yam

FINAL 2014 ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS

(After 12 of 12 races)
1. Tyler Bowers………………191
2. Jacob Hayes………………166
3. Zach Ames…………………157
4. Kyle Regal…………………149
5. Cory Green………………..131
6. Willy Browning………….121
7. Travis Sewell……………..121
8. Gared Steinke……………118
9. Mike McDade…………….116
10. Colt Nichols…………….106

FINAL 2014 FIM WOMEN’S WORLD POINTS STANDINGS

(After 6 of 6 races)
1. Chiara Fontanesi…………….255
2. Meghan Rutledge……………250
3. Livia Lancelot………………….232
4. Steffi Laier………………………212
5. Nancy van De Ven…………..182
6. Larissa Pappenmeier……….172
7. Natalie Kane……………………151
8. Anne Borchers………………..145
9. Marianne Veenstra…………..127
10.  Francesca Nocera………….115

FINAL EURO 125 TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS

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Davy Pootjes (46) got hurt and drifted from the points lead to third for the year behind Brian Hsu and Alvin Ostlund

(After 7 or 7 races)
1. Brian Hsu…………………….268
2. Alvin Ostlund……………….252
3. Davy Pootjes……………….216
4. David Herbreteau…………181
5. Tomass Sileika…………….177
6. Joakim Furbetta……………168
7. Dan Houzet………………….123
8. Max Engelen………………..115
8. Michael Ivanov……………..102
10. Cyril Genot………………….97

FINAL EURO 300 TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS

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Samuele Bernardini.

(After 7 of 7 rounds)
1. Samuele Bernardini………………325
2. Marco Maddii………………………..281
3. Lewis Gregory………………………276
4. Kenny Vandueren…………………176
5. Stephane Watel…………………….173
4. Michele Cencioni…………………..158
6. Txomin Arana ………………………143
8. Bence Szvoboda……………………106
9. Jean Loup Lepan……………………101
10. Toms Macuks……………………….94

FINAL 2014 AMA NATIONAL AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS

450A: Luke Renzland (Yam)
250A: R.J. Hampshire (Hon)
Pro Sport: R.J. Hampshire (Hon)
Over-25: Ricky Renner (KTM)
Over-30: Chad Murphy (Kaw)
Over-35: Robbie Reynard (Yam)
Over-40: John Grewe (Kaw)
Over-45: John Grewe (Kaw)
Over-50: Earl May (Kaw)
Two-Stroke: Carlen Gardner (Yam)
College: Stone Elder (Hon)
85cc: Garrett Marchbanks (Kaw)
Women: Mackenzie Tricker (Yam)
To see complete AMA National Amateur Championship results go to  http://lorettas.tracksideresults.com/class.asp

TEAM USA: THE UNOFFICIAL MXA SELECTION PROCESS

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Roger DeCoster promises to announce the riders selected for Team USA at the Unadilla National next weekend. However, now that Ryan Dungey has decided that he will be able to make time to race the MXDN (even though he is getting married, going on a honeymoon and prepping for the Monster Cup), we’ll just announce our own team—and save you eight days of waiting. And, this is the team you would would pick yourself. So, we are pretty sure that it is the one Roger will pick also. Thus, if it was us doing the selecting, the team would be Ryan Dungey (450), Eli Tomac (450) and Jeremy Martin (250). Case closed. Trey Canard should be the alternate because motocross is an uncertain sport and the MXDN isn’t until September 28

KTM PREPARES FOR THE FUTURE WITH POOTJES & JONASS

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KTM is thinking ahead to the day when Jeffrey Herlings moves out of the 250 GPs — this week they signed 125 two-stroke hero Dutchman Davy Pootjes, 16, and Latvian Pauls Jonass, 17, to long-term contracts. Both Pootjes and Jonass got five-year deals. As to whether they both will move directly to the KTM factory GP team or be sent to the EMX 250 series for more experience remains to be seen—but with Jordi Tixier leaving KTM after this season, there will be an opening next to Herlings on the 250 GP starting line. Sadly, Pootjes dislocated his shoulder a couple days after signing his new KTM contract.

INVASION OF THE FREESTYLERS

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Jaryd McNeil’s bike (974) cartwheels into track worker Bruce Barnes.
Photos by Dan Alamangos

With an abundance of  public relations work, freestylers Jaryd McNeil and Brett Cue both bombarded the interweb with news of their plans to race the Washougal AMA National. And both of them did show up, but neither had a good day. Brett Cue wasn’t fast enough to qualify — finishing 52nd in timed qualifying, Cue did a 2:28, but needed at least a 2:23 to make the main (the fastest qualifier, Ryan Dungey, did a 2:13). Then, Brett finished 16th in the Last Chance moto and was done for the day. Australian Jaryd McNeil did qualify for the 250 National, but unfortunately crashed and had his bike cartwheel into track worker Bruce Barnes, brother of Washougal announcer Brian Barnes. McNeil wasn’t hurt and remounted for a 29-23 day (not that far out of earning a National point), but Barnes suffered seriously injuries and was Life Flighted out of the track. McNeil visited Barnes in the hospital after the race. Thankfully, Bruce will recover from his broken pelvis, ribs and back. Click here to contribute to the Bruce Barnes Medical Fund to help him and his family through what will be a tough time www.gofundme.com/ca0f28

MXA’S FAIL SAFE FLAT TIRE SOLUTION

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Over the past two races the MXA wrecking crew has suffered three flat tires. Surprisingly, all three have been on KTMs. When we pulled the tubes out of the flat tires we were surprised to find that the Dunlop-shod KTM’s come with Pirelli tubes. Very lightweight Pirelli tubes. We love to save weight as much as the next guy, but throwing away motos isn’t worth it to us. In the past we would have mounted Dunlop Heavy Duty tubes, but these tubes have always been hard to get — and they are even harder to get now, but we found a more economical alternative. Our solution is to switch the Pirelli tubes out for STI Heavy Duty tubes. STI has opened up the pipeline with three all-new heavy-duty tubes (two of them so heavy duty that we would never run them in a motocross bike). STI makes a 2mm thick Heavy Duty tube (which is what the MXA wrecking crew uses on its test bikes), a 3mm thick Extreme Duty tube that is best suited to offroad bikes, desert bikes and adventure bikes and finally they make a 4mm thick Ultra Heavy Duty tube for Rally bikes and big four-stroke adventure bikes. Best of all, the STI Heavy Duty tube is cheaper than most regular tubes. www.stitireandwheel.com.

JUSTIN, ZACH & PAUL MAKE THE 2014 ISDE TEAM

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Justin Jones.

Justin Jones, the son of four-time 250 National Champion Gary Jones, has been named to the Junior Trophy Team for the 2014 International Six-Day Enduro (ISDE). The Junior team is for riders under 23 years old. It includes Steward Baylor, Grant Baylor and Trevor Bolinger.

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Geico Honda’s Zach Osborne, who has been sitting out the AMA Nationals with an injury, has been named to the World Trophy Team. Zach will be joined by Mike Brown, Thad Duvall, Charlie Mullins, Taylor Robert and Kailub Russell.

paulkrausePaul Krause.

The U.S. ISDE Senior Team will be Jeff Fredette, Brian Storrie and Paul Krause. The 2014 ISDE starts on November 3 and will be held in San Juan, Argentina.

DEFINITELY NOT MOTOCROSS, BUT YOU WILL WANT TO SEE IT ANYWAY

USED IT, ABUSED IT, TESTED IT: HJC RPHA-X HELMET

Until the RPHA-X, HJC’s most expensive offroad helmet retailed for $145. Not any more! The RPHA (Revolutionary Performance Helmet Advantage) is a matrix of carbon fiber, aramid, fiberglass and organic non-woven fabric that retails for $349.95. With the RPHA series, HJC cut the weight to 2.93 pounds.

VERDICT: HJC achieved their goals with the RPHA-X. (1) It is light. (2) It it offers premium features. (3) It uses high-tech construction techniques. (4) It meets the mid-line price target. (5) It is viable option for a motocross racer. $349.99 (solid white), $354.99 (matte black), $359.99 (graphics). (562) 407-2186 or www.hjchelmets.com.

THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAY: MIKE BELL TURNS 57


July 31…Blake Wharton 1991


Aug. 1…Broc Hepler 1986
Aug. 1…Frankie Latham
Aug. 1…Vince Arimitsu


Aug. 4…Mike Gosselaar


Aug. 4…Jay Marmont 1983


Aug. 5…Andy Jefferson 1961


Aug. 5…Eric Geboers
Aug. 7…Todd Jendro
Aug. 7…Scott Myers 1968


Aug. 7…Max Nagl 1987
Aug. 7…Jeff Willoh


Aug. 8…Mike Bell 1957
Aug. 8…Kyle Bentley

YAMAHA BLU CRU PROGRAM EXPANDS & WANTS TO PAY YOU $500

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Now all Yamaha Blu Cru members who purchase a new 2013, 2014 or 2015 YZ or WR before May 31, 2015 are eligible for up to a $500 racer credit. To receive the credit, racers simply fill out the online claim form at www.yamahabLUcRU.com and wait for the credit to be directly deposited on their Blu Cru debit card. Yamaha is excited to announce that official Blu Cru apparel is now available for purchase at www.bLUcRUswag.com. Sweetening up the pot on Yamaha accessories, members will be eligible for a 10% rebate on GYTR Performance Parts and Accessory purchased between Oct 16, 2014 and November 30, 2015.

Back for 2015 is Blu Cru’s Trackside Support program. The program has been enhanced with more local and regional events being supported by the onsite presence of Thousand Oaks Powersports, Triangle Cycle or Rock River Powersports. For more information and updates on the Blu Cru program make sure you visit www.yamahabLUcRU.com.

USED IT, ABUSED IT, TESTED IT: KITE/EXCEL WHEELSET BY DUBYA

Kite’s billet aluminum, anodized hubs are manufactured in Mandello Del Lario, Italy. Dubya is also the Talon hub importer which gives them two price ranges. We laced our Kite hubs up to Excel A60 rims, which are 15 percent stronger than Excel’s Signature Series rims, but would have been just as happy with DID STX rims (which cost the same). Kite stainless steel, double-butted spokes tied the pieces together.

VERDICT: Kite wheels are used by Ryan Dungey, James Stewart, Ken Roczen, Davi Millsaps and Antonio Cairoli and the hubs are available in red, black, blue, green and orange, for both full-size bikes and minibikes. The spokes can be order in the same colors. These aren’t just Xeroxed billet components, Kite’s weight, options, colors, sponsored riders and price make them a major player in the wheel world. The prices vary based on your rim and spoke choices. www.dubyausa.com or (714) 279-0200.

WHO’S WHO IN THE AMA NATIONAL ZOO: HEADING TO UNADILLA

flyinTomacEli Tomac (3) missed the first four AMA 450 Nationals, but is already in the top ten in points. The best Eli can hope for is to get to fifth place by season’s end.

DATE………..TRACK……….…..450………………..250
May 24………Glen Helen…………Ryan Dungey…………Jeremy Martin
May 31………Hangtown………..…Ken Roczen……………Jeremy Martin
June 7……….Thunder Valley……Ken Roczen……………Blake Baggett
June 14………Mt. Morris………….James Stewart…….…Blake Baggett
June 28………Muddy Creek……..Ken Roczen……………Cooper Webb
July 5…………Red Bud…………….Ken Roczen…………..Jeremy Martin
July 12……….Budds Creek……….Ryan Dungey……..….Blake Baggett
July 19……….Millville………………Eli Tomac……………..Jeremy Martin
July 26……….Washougal…………Ryan Dungey……..….Marvin Musquin
Aug. 9…………Unadilla…………
Aug. 16……….Indiana…………..
Aug. 23………..Miller …………..
450 Points Leader: Ken Roczen (+14)
250 Points Leader: Jeremy Martin (+43)

450 AMA NATIONAL POINTS STANDINGS: HEADING TO UNADILLA

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(After 9 of 12 races)
1. Ken Roczen……………..407
2. Ryan Dungey…………..393
3. Trey Canard…………….330
4. Brett Metcalfe………….256
5. James Stewart………….226
6. Josh Grant……………….218
7. Andrew Short……………218
8. Weston Peick……………217
9. Eli Tomac…………………212
10. Chad Reed………………156

250 AMA NATIONAL POINTS STANDINGS: HEADING TO UNADILLA

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(After 9 of 12 races)
1. Jeremy Martin……………377
2. Cooper Webb……………..334
3. Blake Baggett……………..323
4. Marvin Musquin…………291
5. Justin Bogle……………….274
6. Christophe Pourcel……..274
7. Jason Anderson………….236
8. Cole Seely…………………..212
9. Jessy Nelson……………….185
10. Alex Martin……………….150

REM SUMMER SERIES #4 ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 9

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WHO’S FIRST TO THE FIRST TURN THE MOST TIMES

POurcelholeshotChristophe Pourcel has the most holeshots in the 250 Nationals by a large margin.

450 CLASS
1. Ryan Dungey……………5
2. Justin Brayton…………3
3. Josh Grant………………2
3. Chad Reed………………2
5. Ken Roczen…………….2
5. Eli Tomac……………….2
7. Jake Weimer…………..1
7. Trey Canard……………1

250 CLASS
1. Christophe Pourcel….7
2. Zach Bell………………..3
2. Justin Bogle……………3
4. Jeremy Martin………..2
5. Jessy Nelson……………1
5. Matt Bisceglia………….1
5. Joey Savatgy……………1

CLEMENT DESALLE’S GP SEASON IS OVER EARLY

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Clement Desalle said after pulling out of the Czech Republic Grand Prix, “I need time off to get this wrist fixed. There are three main ways to let a scaphoid heal and I want to try to avoid an operation. It turns out I had a small fracture after the crash in Maggiora, but it was not seen in the scans and I rode and won a week later in Germany. I had another check after Teutschenthal and that was when the damage was found and I could not believe it. Then I had the big crash in Sweden. My wrist has been painful since Italy so I suspected something was wrong and it has stopped me riding and training how I want; I could feel that in the first moto (in the Czech Replublic) when my condition was not good enough. The solution now is to stop riding and get better. I don’t know how long it will take at the moment but I cannot imagine finishing the season.”

WHAT CAN JEFFREY HERLINGS DO TO SALVAGE HIS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP?

Herling12758Jeffrey Herlings can still win the 2014 250 title, but it may require him to race in Mexico.

Jeffrey Herlings was on his way to one of the easiest 250 World Championship victories in history. Although he missed round one to injury, he won every other Grand Prix and built up a 154 point lead with four races left. Then, disaster struck Herlings. He broke his leg at a charity race with four races left on the schedule. Depending on how the rehab for his broken femur goes, Jeffrey Herlings has four options to win the 2014 FIM 250 World Championship.

(1) STRATEGY ONE: SIT TIGHT

Strategy One is simple—stay at home, heal up and leave the outcome to the fates. If Jeffrey’s leg doesn’t heal quickly, then there is little he can do but hope that his current 57-point lead over Jordi Tixier will hold up over the next two GPS. However,  given that Tixier has scored an average of 43 points over the last two weekends—the hope for Strategy One is fading fast.

Tixier88sdJordi Tixier can win the title—if he can earn 29 points a weekend over the final two GPs. Tixier helped his cause by winning in Czecho and finishing second in Belgium.

(2) STRATEGY TWO: PRAY FOR BAD LUCK FOR TIXIER

Strategy Two is identical to Strategy One, but it puts all the burden on Jordi Tixier. If Jordi Tixier has a couple bad motos out of the final four motos, Herlings might not have to show up at the final race in Mexico because he will win the title with the points he currently has. This strategy the leaves the title hopes of both riders up to Tixier—not Herlings. Bad things do happen. Husqvarna rider Romain Febvre was still mathematically in the points when Herlings got hurt, but he has been eliminated since then.

Tonus05 Arnaud Tonus (200), who was second in the points chase early in the season, most likely would have been the 2014 250 World Champion (after Herlings got hurt), but Tonus got hurt first.

(3) STRATEGY THREE: BUY A TICKET TO MEXICO AND HOPE NO ONE SHOWS UP

Strategy Three is Herling’s last ditch effort (and it is based on the current sad state of GP motocross). Given the poor rider turnouts for the 2014 GP series (there are just over 25 riders showing up and much less expected at the final two fly-aways), Jeffrey Herlings could hope to rehab his broken femur from now until the final race on September 14 in Mexico (and he has already sent out Instagram photos of himself riding an exercise bike). Then, show up in Mexico and try to earn enough points to derail Tixier. Based on the fact that everyone who shows up in Mexico will probably earn points this could work for Herlings. That gives Herlings six weeks to recover enough to ride his bike—and he doesn’t have to ride it fast. This is Herlings’ bail out plan (but it has ramifications for his health in the long run).

(4) STRATEGY FOUR: TEAM TACTICS

Strategy Four would require team tactics. KTM could move Tony Cairoli to the 250 class in Mexico if he clinches his 450 World Championship in Brazil (which is highly likely since he has a 81 point lead right now). As a former 250 World Champion, Cairoli could take points away from Tixier (and KTM could justify it because they could claim that Tony needs practice before racing the 250 class at the MXDN). KTM could also send Marvin Musquin and Jason Anderson to Mexico from America. But, there is a hitch in this plan. Tixier is a factory KTM rider. Why would KTM care who wins the 250 Title as long as it is a KTM rider. They probably don’t — but Jordi Tixier will not be at KTM for 2015. Thus, if Jordi Tixier wins the Championship he could take his number one plate to another team.

There are two GPs left —Brazil on September 7 and Mexico on September 14.

CURRENT 250 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS

(After 15 of 17 races)
1. Jefffrey Herlings……………….594
2. Jordi Tixier………………………537
3. Romain Febvre………………..489
4. Dylan Ferrandis………………..467
5. Tim Gajser……………………….448
6. Arnaud Tonus…………………..389
7. Valentin Guillod………………..379
8. Aleksandr Tonkov……………..363
9. Jose Butron………………………337
10. Jeremy Seewer……………….301

 

 

Photos: Geico Honda, Dan Alamangos, John Basher, Honda Kawasaki Racing, Suzuki Racing, Ray Archer, KTM, Debbi Tamietti

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