MOTOCROSS ACTION’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: THEY SAID THAT IT COULDN’T GET BETTER AFTER REED DROPPED OUT, BUT THEY WERE WRONG

February 23, 2014
Comments off
134 Views
facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditmailfacebooktwittergoogle_plusredditmail


                            
IF THIS WAS WWF WRESTLING MIKE ALESSI WOULD BE THE VILLAIN, BUT IT ISN’T, BUT HE IS IN RC’S EYES


                            
ATLANTA SUPERCROSS RESULTS: K-ROC AND MARTIN (PRONOUNCED MAR-TEEN)

Ken Roczen won Atlanta and moved to within 9 points of Ryan Villopoto.  
Photo: KTM

ATLANTA SUPERCROSS RESULTS: 450 CLASS
1. Ken Roczen (KTM)
2. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
3. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
4. Wil Hahn (Hon)
5. Justin Brayton (Yam)
6. Mike Alessi (Suz)
7. Broc Tickle (Suz)
8. Weston Peick (Suz)
9. Josh Grant (Yam)
10. Andrew Short (KTM)

ATLANTA SUPERCROSS RESULTS: 250 EAST
1. Martin Davalos (Kaw)
2. Adam Cianciarulo (Kaw)
3. Justin Bogle (Hon)
4. Blake Wharton (Hon)
5. Blake Baggett (Kaw)
6. Vince Friese (Hon)
7. Jimmy Decotis (Hon)
8. Cole Thompson (KTM)
9. Matt Lemoine (Kaw)
10. Michael Oldenburg (KTM)

MARTIN DAVALOS POST-RACE INTERVIEW: WOULDN’T HIS HOMETOWN RACE BE IN QUITO, ECUADOR?

CURRENT AMA 450 SUPERCROSS POINTS STANDINGS
(After 8 of 17 rounds)
1. Ryan Villopoto………166
2. Ken Roczen…………157
4. James Stewart……..140
5. Ryan Dungey………..136
5. Justin Brayton……….130
6. Chad Reed…………..111   
7. Justin Barcia…………109
8. Andrew Short………..94
9. Wil Hahn……………….83
10. Broc Tickle…………..77

CURRENT AMA 250 EAST SUPERCROSS POINTS STANDINGS
(After 2 of 9 rounds)
1. Adam Cianciarulo…….47
2. Martin Davalos…………45
3. Blake Baggett…………..38
4. Justin Bogle……………..36
5. Vince Friese……………33
6. Blake Wharton…………32
7. Cole Thompson……….28
8. Kyle Cunningham……..22
9. Mitchell Oldenburg…….22
10. Jimmy Decotis……….20

                           
K-DUB’S ATLANTA PRE-RACE TRANSFER JUMP FROM THE NOSE BLEED SEATS

                            
USED IT, ABUSED IT, TESTED IT: THINK TECHNOLOGIES LITE SEAT FOAM

    
The factory teams have been using these ultra-light seats for several years. Now they are available to the public. Kudos to Think.

VERDICT: Our stock 2014 KTM seat foam weighed 1 pound. The Think KTM seat foam weighed 3 ounces. The Think foam was 13 ounces lighter. You read that right! Although Think Lite foam is expensive at $260?it is cheap when compared to how much it would cost in titanium bolts to save that much weight.

DIGITS: $259.95 (seat foam and two Ti seat bolts), $289.98 (with hump), $49.99 (Think seat cover), $349.95 (carbon fiber seat base)?www.thinktechnology.us or (949) 444-4916.

                            
NEW PRESIDENT OF KAWASAKI USA NAMED ? OLD PRESIDENT GETS KICKED UPSTAIRS


Masa Nakagawa (right) shaking hands with Giuseppe Luongo (left) back in 2006. Photo: Youthstream

KawasakI USA has announced that Masafumi Nakagawa will succeed Takeshi Teranishi as president of the company, effective April 1, 2014. Nakagawa, who spent six years at KMC’s Irvine headquarters in the late 1990s, will transition to his new position while Teranishi assumes the presidency of Kawasaki Motors Corporation Japan.

                             
CHAD HAS SHOULDER SURGERY: OUT OF SUPERCROSS FOR 2014

Chad’s hospital portrait.

Chad’s amazing 2014 season is over as far as Supercross goes. He plans to be back for the AMA Nationals. Who will replace Chad at Two Two Motorsports? Look below.

                             
DEAN WILSON TO REPLACE CHAD REED AT INDY THIS COMING SATURDAY


Dean Wilson at Milestone getting used to Chad’s KX450F
 
Chad tried to hire Dean a couple years ago, but couldn’t get the budget from Honda. Now that he runs his own team and Pro Circuit’s Mitch Payton is largely responsible for Chad’s Kawasaki program, it is not a stretch that Mitch would lend Dean to Chad?at least until the 250 West starts back up. Chad will come to races as the team owner while he waits for his shoulder surgery to heal. Wilson will race his first-ever 450 Supercross at Indy on Saturday.

Dean said, “I know Chad pretty well and I got the phone call last Saturday after he decided that he wasn’t going to be racing. It was a pretty cool phone call to get that he wants me to race his bike! I’ve wanted to do the 450 rounds on the East coast just to keep racing because I feel like I’m riding pretty well at the moment. Mitch (Payton) and Reid (Nordin, Kawasaki race team manager) were really supportive of this move, as well as the other team sponsors. I just want to mix it up with the boys and have fun. There is no pressure so it should just be some good racing and some good experience for me.”

Why would Chad want to put a rider on his bike, when in the past he has let his bike sit? (1) Kawasaki could have asked him to, but that is unlikely because they are currently letting Jake Weimer’s bike sit. (2) Chad is friends with Dean Wilson and may want to try to give Dean a leg up in future contract negotiation when Dean is ready to go to the 450 class full-time. (3) Some sponsors have clauses in their contracts that require the bike to be on the track?regardless of who rides it. They want to see their logos at the races that they paid for. If Discount Tire has such a clause, it would require Two Two Motorsports to field a fill-in rider or face stiff monetary penalties. In the past, other teams have had to kick-back as much a $50,000 a week for every week that the team couldn’t field a full roster.

                             
SUPERCROSS FAST FACTS: 450 FAST QUALIFIERS


Ryan Villopoto has set fast time in 3 out of 7 races.

Anaheim 1… Justin Barcia
Phoenix………Ryan Villopoto
Anaheim 2….Justin Brayton
Oakland……..Ryan Villopoto
Anaheim 3….Ryan Villopoto
San Diego….James Stewart
Dallas…………Ken Roczen
Atlanta……….James Stewart

                             
MXA VIDEO: RIDING THE 2014 YAMAHA YZ250 TWO-STROKE

                             
HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLES WELCOMES STEVE LAWLER AS BRAND MANAGER


Husky hires racer Steve Lawler.

Husqvarna has named Steve Lawler as their North American brand manager. Lawler, who is a long-time veteran of the motorcycle and powersports industry, is now officially on board with Husqvarna Motorcycles North America, Inc. and will be based out of the all-new facility in Murrieta, California. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Lawler. “I think the sky is the limit to where we can go with Husqvarna, and I’m very excited to be a part of the team. I have a long history with dirt bikes?I still race to this day in events like the Vet World Championships and Mammoth Motocross. I’m looking forward bringing it all together as Brand Manager for the new Husqvarna.”

                             
SUPERCROSS FAST FACTS: 450 HOLESHOTS

Aussie Matt Moss holeshot Phoenix.

Anaheim 1….Ryan Villopoto
Phoenix………Matt Moss
Anaheim  2….Ryan Dungey
Oakland………Vince Friese
Anaheim 3…..James Stewart
San Diego……Andrew Short
Dallas………….Ryan Dungey
Atlanta…………Mike Alessi

                             
MXA VIDEO: RIDING VALENTIN TEILLET’S BUD RACING KAWASAKI KX250F SUPERCROSS BIKE

                             
THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAY BOYS

Feb. 20…Ray Tetherton


Feb. 21…Marc De Reuver 1983
Feb. 22…George Washington 1732
Feb. 22…Robert Distler
Feb. 24…Jacki Short 1984


Feb. 24…Guy Cooper 1962


Feb. 24…Scott Sheak 1974
Feb. 24…Alley Semar


Feb. 25…Craig Anderson 1978


Feb. 26…Billy Laninovich 1983


Feb. 26…Jean-Sebastian Roy 1974

                             
SUPERCROSS FAST FACTS: 450 LAST CHANCE WINNERS


Weston Peick won the Last Chance in San Diego.

Anaheim 1……Kyle Partridge
Phoenix……….Vince Friese
Anaheim 2……Jimmy Albertson
Oakland……….Ivan Tedesco
Anaheim 3……Matt Moss
San Diego……Weston Peick
Dallas………….Justin Sipes
Atlanta…………Justin Sipes

                             
SAVE TIME: WATCH THE ATLANTA SUPERCROSS IN THREE MINUTES OR LESS

                             
AT A GLANCE: 2014 AMA SUPERCROSS SERIES


Dean Wilson (15) will ride the 450 class while the 250 West is on break.

Date           Venue               450                          250
Jan. 4…..Anaheim I……Ken Roczen……Jason Anderson
Jan. 11…Phoenix………Ryan Villopoto…Jason Anderson
Jan. 18…Anaheim II…..Chad Reed……..Cole Seely
Jan. 25…Oakland………Ryan Villopoto…Jason Anderson
Feb. 1…..Anaheim III….Chad Reed………Dean Wilson
Feb. 8…..San Diego…..James Stewart…Justin Hill
Feb. 15…Dallas…………James Stewart…Adam Cianciarulo
Feb. 22…Atlanta………..Ken Roczen…….Martin Davalos
Mar. 1…..Indy

Mar. 8…..Daytona
Mar. 15…Detroit
Mar. 22…Toronto
Mar. 29…St. Louis
Apr. 5…. .Houston
Apr. 12.. .Seattle
Apr. 26. ..New York
May 3……Las Vegas

450 points leader
…………..Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
250 East points leader
…..Adam Cianciarulo (Kaw)
250 West points leader
….Jason Anderson (KTM)

                             
SCIENCE FOR THE DAY: WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU WRING OUT A WET TOWEL WHILE FLOATING IN SPACE?


                             
THIS WEEK’S IMPORTANT RACES

DATE                                  EVENT
March 1-2………………..Tulsa Arenacross
March 1…………………..Qatar 250/450 GP
March 8……………………Daytona Supercross
March 7-9…………………Albuquerque Arenacross
March 9…………………..Thailand 250/450 GP


                             
THE CURRENT SUPERCROSS INJURY LIST


Chad Reed is now officially on the 2014 injury list.

      RIDER                               INJURY
    Trey Canard……………Broken arm
    Davi Millsaps…………..Knee injury
    Joey Savatgy…………..Broken wrist,collapsed lung
    Austin Howell………….Broken thumb, collapsed lung
    Marvin Musquin……….Knee injury (ACL)
    Casey Hinson………….Broken hand, facial fractures
    Broc Schmelyun………Broken legs
    Ben Lamay……………..Dislocated wrist, broken jaw
    Austin Politelli………….Broken femur
    Dillon Huddleston……..Broken thumb
    Shane Sewell…………..Broken foot
    Brett Hottel………………Broken femur
    Zach Bell…………………Broken collarbone
    Cody Gilmore…………..Broken collarbone
    Les Smith………………..Dislocated ribs
    Kevin Weisbruch……….Crushed trachea
    Ronnie Ray………………Broken leg
    Darryn Durham…………Concussion
    Zach Osborne…………..Broken collarbone
    Kyle Partridge…………..Torn ACL
    Brady Kiesel…………….Broken jaw
    Kristoffer Palm………….Broken collarbone
    Jake Weimer…………….Wrist injury
    Chad Reed……………….Shoulder/collarbone
    Justin Barcia…………….Crashed in practice at Atlanta
    Anthony Rodriquez……..Broken collarbone


                             
REMAINING AMA SUPERCROSS EVENTS: MAKE YOUR PLANS NOW


There are ten rounds left in 2014.

March 1……………..Indianapolis, IN
March 8……………..Daytona Beach, FL
March 15……………Detroit, MI
March 22……………Toronto, CAN
March 29……………St. Louis, MO
April 5……………….Houston, TX
April 12……………..Seattle, WA
April 26……………..East Rutherford, NJ
May 3………………..Las Vegas, NV


                             
PRE-SEASON PROMO FILM FOR THE FIM GRAND PRIX CHAMPIONSHIP

facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditmailfacebooktwittergoogle_plusredditmail

Comments are closed.