CATCHING UP WITH DR. BUD ON THIS CIRCUMNAVIGATION OF AUSTRALIA
The last time we heard from Grand Prix, X-Fighters, WORCS, AMA National and Glen Helen promoter Dr. Bud Feldkamp he was halfway around Australis on his 31-day adventure with son Buddy. Today we got an email from Dr. Bud.
“Well, it has been a few days since we have had a chance to send an update. Since leaving Darwin, we have been in the real outback where email was not possible. These past four days have been quite and adventure. We have experienced a large lightning storm which started brush fires only feet from the highway, we have had to bum gas from a dirt bike, weedeater, and leaf blower (thanks to the Easter holiday closing many roadhouses and gas stations). But through all of the adversity, we have covered a lot of miles (we have averaged about 750 miles a day) and created a lot of memories. Enjoy the photos!”
Borrowing gas from a WR?
Borrowing gas from a leaf blower?
Borrowing gas from a weed whacker?
THE BIG JUMP AT VALKENSWAARD…YOU GOTTA WATCH 50 SECONDS OF PEOPLE NOT JUMPING IT…WHICH GIVES YOU AN IDEA OF HOW TOUGH IT WAS
DUNLOP INTRODUCES ALL-NEW SAND TIRE: THE GEOMAX MX11
According to Dunlop, the Dunlop Geomax MX11 sand tyre is a substantial step-up in the competition for a soft terrain tire, especially for cornering and straight-line traction.”This innovative new tire excels in sandy conditions with improved stability on uneven surfaces and a top-level performance in all key areas. The cross-shaped blocks on the front of the MX11F tire boost angular force resistance and extend the life of the tire, along with its other features, which offer better stability and traction. The MX11 tire is now available in 80/100-21 front and 110/90-19 rear sizes.” More information about Dunlop’s products can be found by logging onto: www.dunlopmotorcycle.eu
KEN DE DYCKER TALKS ABOUT HIS LAST-MINUTE SWITCH TO KTM
Euro-speak is so cool and much better that American home-schooled speak. “Not good feeling,” “100 % in between my ears,” “Happy-based,” “So strong bike,” “Everything what’s new,” “There’s not much parts already.”
JEREMY MCGRATH’S POKER PARTY AT PECHANGA
TAKE A LAP AROUND THE THURSDAY’S GLEN HELEN TRACK ON A PRO CIRCUIT KX250F WITH DARRYN DURHAM
GOLDENTYRE COMES TO AMERICA
Goldentrye has opened the Goldentyre USA offices. Led by former Women World, USA, and Italian motocross champion Stefy Bau, Goldentyre USA office aims to help establish the brand in all different disciplines in the US market.
Stefy Bau said, “I believe that Goldentyre has all the potential to be successful in the US. It’s a vibrant brand and it listens to the riders demand, but what’s important is that they can come up with the product desired in a considerable limited amount of time. In my opinion, this is what’s going to make the difference here. With a demanding and constantly evolving market, I feel Goldentyre has the magic formula to establish and adapt itself in the ever competitive US territory.”
Marco Cavallini, owner of Goldentyre, said: “From the beginning, our ultimate target market has been the US as it being an important step for our overall growth. We feel we are now ready to introduce to the US our world-wide recognized products. We understand a presence in the US can be challenging, but that same challenge is what motivates us to continue creating better products. We will do everything possible to satisfy the US market and demand.”
For more information in regards to Goldentyre USA, go to GoldenTyreUSA.com.
DUBYA’S TALON WHEELSETS NOW AVAILABLE FROM MOTOSPORT.COM
Dubya USA has announced that their Talon Factory wheelsets and sprockets are now available through motorcycle parts, accessories and apparel giant MotoSport.com.
“We’re excited to be carrying the Talon brand again,” said MotoSport.com’s MX/ATV Product Manager Greg Burnett. “Talon is one of the leading brands in wheel components, and we’re happy to be able to offer their products to our customers again.”
Dubya’s Talon Factory Wheelsets offer riders the quality and performance of a factory ride at a price that won’t break the bank. Each Talon Factory Wheelset begins with a Talon billet aluminum hub, which is then laced to a Talon Factory rim with high-quality stainless steel spokes and nipples. For more information about Dubya USA’s products, visit their website at www.dubyausa.com.
ONE GALLON REFILLS OF 1.7 CLEANING SOLUTIONS
1.7 Cleaning Solutions is used by some of the top professional and amateur racing teams worldwide and is pleased to announce that the following formulas are now available in 1 gallon refill containers. These include:
Formula 1 – Wash/Degreaser is a concentrate that was developed exclusively to clean motorcycle plastic, rubber, and metals, leaving the bike refreshed and new looking.
Formula 3 – Plastic/Rubber Conditioner gives plastics, seats, and tires a new bike look without making pieces slippery.
Formula 4 – Hard Parts Dressing is great for engines, pipes, and suspension giving parts a shiny new bike look while dispersing water.
Formula 8 – Tire Changing Lube makes it easy to change tires without pinching tubes then dries to a tacky surface, creating a non-slip bead.
For more info visit www.1pt7.com
KTM SALES REACH 80,000 UNITS & BAJAJ RAISES STAKE IN KTM TO 47%
Bajaj, India’s second-largest motorcycle manufacturer, has bought another 6.3% of KTM, according to the Economic Times. That gives Baja a little over 47% of KTM stock. It was an open market transaction, which means that Bajaj bought the shares from the key stake holders.
KTM president Stefan Pierer and Rudolf Knuenz hold more than a 51% stake in the company. Rajiv Bajaj said, “We do not want to be the majority stakeholder as to convey the perception of exclusivity and premiumness.” Even as the market for motorcycles in Europe and USA shrank by 5%, KTM successfully managed to increase sales by 13.4%. In 2011 KTM produced 81,200 bikes. Bajaj made 11,000 out of 81,000 bikes that KTM sold in 2011. During the first two months of 2012, KTM edged past BMW as the largest selling brand in Europe
MXA MINI-VIEW: STEVEN FROSSARD IS READY FOR MONDAY’S GRAND PRIX OF HOLLAND
Steven Frossard heads to Valkenswaard as one of three challengers with a chance of cracking Antonio Cairoli’s dominance in the 450 World Championships.
The 24-year-old Frenchman is starting his second year as a 450 GP rider for the Monster Energy Yamaha team. Here Frossard chats about his pre-season build-up to the Easter Monday Grand Prix at the Valkenswaard track, near Eindhoven, Holland.
Did you make any changes to your program over the winter?
Steven: Nothing major. I’m working again with Willy Linden and I follow his training plan. I’m really happy to work with him. Last year my shape was not bad at all so there are no variations to the program. I think this year my level is a bit higher.
What did you change on your Yamaha YZ450F for this year?
(Laughs) When this question first came up from the team I joked ?an electric starter’! I think my goal was to get the Yamaha to be even easier to race in terms of the power delivery. The guys came up with some adjustments that made the YZ450F feel even better than last year. I was very pleased with how that happened. It was in the corners mainly. The bike could feel aggressive and was too strong for me, so now it is perfect and feels even more agile. We also worked with GET on the electronics over the last month and their GPA system it is pretty complicated, but the system helps me with my riding. I feel more traction and it provides confidence.
The team switched to Akrapovic this year, how do the new pipes feel?
During the first tests it didn’t feel that different but then they produced another pipe for me and now I really notice it. The team have worked to prepare a bike that is a very good all-rounder: at the start, corners, across whatever ground and we’ve done well with that job. I think I have a good bike for Grand Prix and if anything we will only need little mods from now on.
The first Grand Prix will be in the sand?do you like sand tracks?
I like the sand now and I feel much better across this type of ground compared to even last year. It is something I have been working on and I think with the better feeling I have on the bike I will be able to show it. Valkenswaard is not like Lommel though. It can be very hard in places and is a bit weird. The next two races will be on hard-pack but it is not an issue for me the change in terrain.
Last year was your first year in the 450 class. Now, they say you are a title contender. How does that feel?
It is not a problem. I ride for fun and prefer to stay focused race by race. This is one of the things I learned from my first year in MX1. At the beginning of the season I was just looking at the next GP on the calendar and then towards the last few I was looking more at the points. And was making more mistakes. What I have to do for 2012 is focus at the actual races themselves because sometimes I was too hungry for the top step. I wouldn’t start so well and would see Cairoli in front and would push too much and be too aggressive, leading to mistakes. I need to be a bit cooler.
Was that your big lesson from your rookie season?
Yes. I looked at Cairoli and he was very cool at times and knew when the odds were against him and that fifth or sixth was the best he could do that day. Desalle was also like this.
At the end of the season, after the Motocross des Nations, there is the motocross/supercross hybrid Monster Energy Cup in Las Vegas. Would you go to that race?
Yeah! If I am healthy and don’t have any problems then I will go for sure. It will be fun and I’d like to try a race like this.
ONE LAST LOOK AT THE 2012 WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIPS…AND WINNER MICHAEL LEIB (170)
TOMMY SEARLE: BUSINESSMAN, ENTREPENEUR & GRAND PRIX RACER
If you are ever driving down the A500 near Liverpool Road in Stroke on Trent, Staffordshire, England, pull off and visit Tommy Searle’s PureMX store. In partnership with Jayne Wheatley and Steve Marshall, Searle joins a very small list of active racers who have invested in the sport itself…as opposed to tax exempt municipal bonds. If you can’t get to the store then go to www.puremx.co.uk to take a look at it.
SEE IT HERE: THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO MEET KTM’S 250 GRAND PRIX RIDERS?HERLINGS, VAN HOREBEEK & TIXIER BEFORE MONDAY’S FIRST GP
EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT CYLINDER WORKS BIG-BORE KITS
THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAY BOYS
April 7…Jay Mitrowitz
April 8…Tom White
April 8…Dan White
April 8…Jason Lawrence
April 14…Buddy Antunez
April 14…Chris Brown
LET’S ALL PULL TOGETHER TO SAVE A RIDING AREA: MAKE BEAUMONT HILLS, CALIFORNIA, A LEGAL OHV PARK
All you gotta do is click on the link and fill out the petition
VALKENSWAARD GP PREVIEW: BOBBY, RUI & LORENZO DISCUSS TEAM HONDA’S CHANCES AT THE FIRST GP
MOTOGP RACER DANI PEDROSA CHEATS…NOT ON HIS BIKE, BUT ON HIS BOAT
Dani Pedrosa?sailing on calmer waters.
In one of the stranger stories from this week’s motorcycle world?Honda Repsol road racer Dani Pedrosa was arrested in Spain recently for cheating on his Yachtsman Exam (a test you have to take before you can operate a boat in Spanish waters). Pedrosa, who confessed, was among a group of 21 people taking the test who were either using ear pieces or having someone else take the test in their name. Pedrosa’s apology, after his arrest, stated, “You can either ignore or learn from mistakes and I have learned from this one. I would like to publicly apologize to my followers and all those who have shown faith in me.” Pedrosa’s first MotoGP is this weekend in Qatar. Honda’s position is that Pedrosa’s arrest is a “a personal issue.”
BACKFLIP ON AN ELECTRIC BIKE! WEREN’T THEY AFRAID THAT WHEN IT WAS UPSIDE DOWN THAT THE POLARITY WOULD BE REVERSED?
CAHUILLA CREEK AUTISM AWARENESS RIDE DAY ON APRIL 15
BRUCE PENHALL’S SON CONNOR KILLED IN CALTRANS ACCIDENT
Godspeed Connor. Photo: Facebook
According to KTLA news: An investigation is underway after a worker for Caltrans was struck and killed by a suspected drunk driver on the 10 Freeway in Baldwin Park. The victim has been identified as 21-year-old Connor Penhall, of Corona, who was working as a subcontractor with Caltrans.
Penhall was also a motorcycle racer, who had been involved in the sport since 2003. He was the son of well-known film and television actor and World Speedway champion Bruce Penhall, who was at the scene Thursday morning. The accident happened around 11:35 p.m. on the westbound 10 Freeway at Francisquito Avenue, according to the CHP.
YOU’VE SEEN HONDA’S & KTM’S PRESEASON VIDEOS AND TALKED WITH YAMAHA’S STEVEN FROSSARD, NOW SEE THE KAWASAKI GP TEAM
MXA PRODUCT INTRO: MOOSE RADIATOR HOSE KIT
Moose Racing introduces its Radiator Hose Kit. Each hose is hand wrapped and is 100 percent visually inspected, and with European grade high-temperature silicone, it is guaranteed to 365 degrees Fahrenheit. The smooth flow and improved insulation promotes radiator efficiency and improves engine cooling. The single molded Y-pieces hose eliminates the need to re-use OEM three-way fitting, which reduces weight and eliminates leak points. The kit contains the hoses and necessary clamps and starts and $71.95. For more info go to www.mooseracing.com.
ONE LAST LOOK AT THE “RUCK OUT”…FIRST YOU GOTTA OWN A RUCKUS
THEY CALL IT A FLYING CAR, BUT IT’S REALLY A TRIKE THAT TURNS INTO HIGH-TECH GYROCOPTER