MXA’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: THE TIMES THEY ARE A’CHANGIN’

August 10, 2014
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IT MAY BE A MOUNTAIN BIKE, BUT IT’S STILL IMPRESSIVE

RANDOM RACING NEWS

champreed141Chad Reed pulled out of the first moto at Unadilla after crashing and landing on his right shoulder. He didn’t race the second moto and is on the doubtful list for next week…and we are pretty sure that he doesn’t want to go to Miller Motorsports Park in Utah under any circumstances.

kavenbenoitThe Canadian Motocross des Nations team will be Mike Alessi, Jeff Alessi and Josh Hill. Just kidding. It will be a fairly strong squad led by Colton Facciotti, Kaven Benoit (above) and Tyler Medaglia.

Herlings_MXGPbritIf Jeffrey Herlings can heal up fast enough to race in Mexico at the final GP on September 14, then he could lead the Dutch team at the MXDN on September 28. Without Herlings the Dutch might be forced to go into the European Championship series to find a replacement rider (or maybe even 16-year-old Davey Pootjes). Glenn Coldenhoff and Marc De Reuver, especially after DeReuver’s good showing at Lommel, are their two best choices after Herlings.

DESALLEFRANCR1405The Belgian MXDN team has some issues.  Clement Desalle says that he probably won’t heal up in time to race at the MXDN. Ken DeDycker is planning on having surgery, so he is out. The Belgian team is currently Kevin Strijbos and Jeremy van Horebeek. Those are two very strong contenders, but where will Belgium find a 250 class rider? Maybe Julien Lieber.

Roczen_Washougal_2014Ken Roczen may not be on the German MXDN team. He is switching to Suzuki for next year and could stay in America to get some testing done before the Monster Cup in October. Ken wouldn’t pass up the MXDN unless it was imperative—so lets assume he’ll work it out

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The weird Red Bull Straight Rhythm race, in Pomona, is the week after the MXDN and the Monster Cup, in Las Vegas, is two weeks later. Those events pay big bucks and don’t require much in the way of traveling. Thus many riders are focusing on ending their 2014 racing season by paying lots of taxes.

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

RoczenWashWhen Ryan Dungey won the first moto at Unadilla and Eli Tomac split them for second and fourth in moto two—Ken Roczen (94) lost half of his 14 point lead with two races to go .

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……….…..Ryan Dungey……..….Christophe Pourcel
Aug. 16……….Indiana…………..
Aug. 23………..Miller …………..
450 Points Leader: Ken Roczen (+7)
250 Points Leader: Jeremy Martin (+66)

THE TOP TEN 450 RIDER’S AVERAGE PLACING

T_peickWeston Peick is one of only 12 riders to have raced all 20 motos this season, although he failed to score points in two motos. Only four riders have scored points in every moto (Roczen, Dungey, Canard and Metcalfe), while Andrew Short, Fredrik Noren and Ben Lamay have scored in 19 of 20 motos.

Rider                             average place          average points per moto
1. Ken Roczen……………….Second place………..(22.35 points)
2. Ryan Dungey……………Second place………..(22.00 points)
3. Trey Canard……………..Fourth place…………(18.65 points)
4. Brett Metcalfe……………Eighth place………..(14.00 points)
5. Eli Tomac…………………Third place…………..(21.00 points)
6. Andrew Short……………Ninth place………….(12.3 points)
7. Weston Peick…………….Ninth place………….(12.00 points)
8. James Stewart…………..Seventh place……….(14.12 points)
9. Josh Grant………………..Ninth place………….(13.6 points)
10. Fredrik Noren………….Thirteenth place…..(7.95 points)

450 AMA NATIONAL POINTS STANDINGS: HEADING TO INDIANA

STEWARTb66cStewie skipped both Washougal and Unadilla and fell to 8th in points behind Weston Peick.

(After 10 of 12 races)
1. Ken Roczen………………447
2. Ryan Dungey……………440
3. Trey Canard………………373
4. Brett Metcalfe……………280
5. Eli Tomac………………….252
6. Andrew Short…………….247
7. Weston Peick……………..244
8. James Stewart……………226
9. Josh Grant…………………218
10. Fredrik Noren…………..159

250 AMA NATIONAL POINTS STANDINGS: HEADING TO INDIANA

martinGHJeremy Martin has a 66 point lead over new second place rider Blake Baggett (after Cooper Weeb DNF’ed a moto at Unadilla).

(After 10 of 12 races)
1. Jeremy Martin……………422
3. Blake Baggett…………….356
2. Cooper Webb……………..348
4. Marvin Musquin………….329
5. Christophe Pourcel……..321
6. Justin Bogle……………….310
7. Jason Anderson………….243
8. Cole Seely………………….225
9. Jessy Nelson………………200
10. Dean Wilson………………176

THE EURO TIZZY CONTINUES ABOUT VILLOPOTO: AMERICANS KNOW BETTER NOW

rvlargeMX Large is hot on the trail. What trail? Youthsteam’s trail.

In the past week the European press has said that Ryan Villopoto is definitely going to race the GPs, is definitely not going to race the GPs and that Luongo is banking on it (and when we say banking we mean actually going to a bank somewhere with a lot of the rider’s start, travel and purse money). Guess what? The American press has played this “will he, won’t he” game with Kawasaki leading up to the AMA Nationals. We now take everything RV related with a grain of salt. But, we firmly believe that Ryan will race in 2015 — we just plan to wait for the official announcement of where and when.

rvotorOn Track Off Road says no.

rvviceMX Vice is following the money.

rvmotoBritain’s Moto got a plausible deniability from Luongo..

THOR’S AMATEURS AT LORETTA LYNN’S DUDE RANCH

ZACH IS BACK, PLUS CHRIS ALLDREDGE MAKES TOP TEN

Osborne-GlenHelenmayZach needs to get ready for the ISDE.

Zach Osborne was back in action this weekendat Unadilla. He has been missing since Glen Helen back in May. Osborne said. “It’s been a long, tough recovery and rehab process to fix the ligament in my thumb. I’m more than ready to be back on the bike and with the Geico Honda team to race this weekend. I think two solid results in the top five would make for a successful weekend.” Unfortunately, Zach crashed in moto one and ended the day with a 38-7 score for 14th.

Meanwhile, in a battle within a battle, three Loretta Lynn National Amateur transplants raced an AMA National for the first time. R.J. Hampshire, Luke Renzland and Chris Alledredge all lined up at Unadilla in the 250 class. The bragging rights went to Pro Circuit’s Alledredge with a 13-8 for 8th, while Hampshire went 11-16 for 13th and Renzland 18-15 for 17th.

NUTS & BOLTS OF THE 30TH ANNUAL WORLD VET CHAMPIONSHIP

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It’s hard to believe that the World Vet Championship is old enough to be in the Vet class. It celebrates its 30th year at Glen Helen Raceway on November 1-2, 2014, with a new Title Sponsor, who is really its old sponsor and founding father. Dubya Wheels will be the new title sponsor (with help from MTA), but they aren’t really a new sponsor. Tom White not only sponsored the first World Vet in 1994, but actually founded the event and sponsored it for 26 years. He is back as the sponsor again—by having his daughter’s company, Dubya Wheels, become the Title Sponsor in 2014.

Here is the schedule of events for the most important Vet race in the world—start making plans now

Thursday, October 30 will feature an open practice from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Dubya World Vet Motocross Championships (Presented by MTA) will boast a National-caliber track using all of the famous Glen Helen landmarks such as Talledega, Mount St. Helen, Bud’s Creek, Yamaha Hill and the Sand Rhythm Straight. Thursday is a chance for out-of-state and out-of- country riders to get adapted to the track—while riding with AMA Nationals Pros and 16 year old kids. It’s a wild day.

Friday, October 31 offers a special practice, limited to riders who have pre-entered into the 2014 Dubya World Vet Championship. This practice runs from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. On this day the vendors will be setting up shop and the Glen Helen/Troy Lee Museum will be opened in the afternoon for a historic motocross bike show from Tom White’s “Early Years of Motocross Museum.”

Saturday, November 1 brings racing to the World Vet Motocross event. The highlight of  Saturday is the Over-40 Pro Championship. There will be support classes for Novice, Intermediate and Expert racers in age groups 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 55, 60 and Over-70. Over-30 Women will also have a class. It should be noted that the only Official World Championship class on Saturday is for the Over-40 Pros —for everyone else it is a chance to work out the kinks before the big day on Sunday

Sunday, November 2 is the official World Veteran Motocross Championships day. All the same classes that ran on Saturday will race on Sunday—only this time it is for all the marbles. The exception is that the Over-40 Pro class (who named their Champion on Saturday) will be replaced by the Over-30 Pros and a $4000 purse! Last year Travis Preston won the crown and has already confirmed that he intends to defend it vigorously in 2014.

Sunday at noon the Edison Dye Motocross Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented for the 17th time. Initiated to honor individuals who have made a positive contribution to our sport the award has been received by Edison Dye, Roger DeCoster, Jeff Ward, Joel Robert, Torsten Hallman, Bruce Brown and John DeSoto (among others). This year the 2014 Edison Dye Motocross Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to AMA Hall of Famer, Catalina Grand Prix winner and the man who has raced the more motocross races than anyone on the planet — 83-year-old BSA factory rider Chuck “Feets” Minert.

Nuts and Bolts of the World Vet: Pre-entries are open from August 1 to October 30. The cost is $40 for the first class and $30 for a second class. Post-entries will begin on Friday November 1, and are $50. The Over-30 and Over-40 Pro Class entry fee is $50, pre or post. Practices on both races days (Saturday and Sunday) will begin at 7:30 a.m. Rider can ride in their age appropriate class and are then eligible to move down one skill level for every ten years (for example, an Over-50 Expert can race the Over-40 Intermediate class). Scoring will be by transponder and you must bring your driver’s license to sign-up to prove that you are the right age before transponders will be handed out. No driver’s license—no race. This goes for both pre-entered riders, who must check in, or post entries. For more info or to pre-enter go to www.glenhelen.com

THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAYS: DOES JOHN DOWD STILL COUNT BIRTHDAYS?

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Aug. 8…Mike Bell 1957
Aug. 8…Kyle Bentley
Aug. 9…Aigar Leok 1985


Aug. 10…John Dowd 1965
Aug. 10…Jack Phinn
Aug. 11…Jonathon Shimp 1982
Aug. 11…Josh Licthle 1987


Aug. 11…Tyla Rattray 1985


Aug. 12…Steffy Laier 1985


Aug. 12…Ivan Tedesco 1981
Aug. 13…Denny Stephenson 1970


Aug. 13…Ryan Villopoto 1988
Aug. 13…Kevin Strijbos 1985


Aug. 14…Jim Weinert 1951
Aug. 14…Brian Mason
Aug. 14…Terje Hansen

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OLD SWEDISH GP RIDERS NEVER DIE, THEY JUST KEEP ON RACING

LARSLARSSONJANEINAROXELMARKLars Larsson and Jan Einar Oxelmark.

When it’s summer time in Sweden all the old Grand Prix riders come out to play. Lars Larsson (left) and Jan Einar Oxelmark (right) are not the right age to race in Sweden’s Over-50 class (given that they are about two decades too old for that class), but they went 6th (Oxelmark) and 10th (Larsson) against those young whipper snappers. Both will be at the World Vet Championship at Glen Helen on November 2. Lars will be seeking his fourth World Championship title (he has one in the Over-60s and two in the Over-70s), while Jan Einar will be looking for revenge against current Over-60 World Champion Gary Jones (who he finished second to last year). We like their choice of sponsors.

2013swedesSeven Swedes and a Jokester. The man on the far right is not Swedish, but he can still dream.

At last year’s World Vet Championship all of the Swedish riders line up for a group portrait, but it wasn’t until the photo was taken that they realized that Spanish rider Kim Sunol had slipped into the photo as a joke. They threw him out and had the photo reshot.

WHO’S FIRST TO THE FIRST TURN THE MOST TIMES

POurcelholeshotChristophe Pourcel has holeshots 9 out of 20 starts in the 250 Nationals this season.

450 CLASS
1. Ryan Dungey……………5
2. Justin Brayton…………5
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……9
2. Zach Bell………………….3
2. Justin Bogle……………..3
4. Jeremy Martin………….2
5. Jessy Nelson…………….1
5. Matt Bisceglia…………..1
5. Joey Savatgy…………….1

 

Photos by Geico Honda, John Basher, Dan Alamangos, KTM, Suzuki, James Lissmore, Ray Archer, John Ker

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