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ZAP’S DODGER STADIUM SUPERCROSS PRELUDE: DON DRYSDALE WOULD BE VERY PROUD

January 17, 2011
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Dodger Stadium when it is being used for something other than Supercross.

For months the motorcycle industry has been abuzz about the AMA Supercross series headed to Dodger Stadium this weekend. The baseball stadium is located just a few miles up the Harbor Freeway from the Los Angeles Coliseum where, of course, Supercross was born back in 1972. Curiously, there’s doesn’t seem to be any of the usual trepidation that is usually felt when the motocross community visits downtown L.A., but maybe that’s because the stadium is located next door to the Los Angeles Police Academy.


Located conveniently off Highway 5 in Griffith Park, for anyone interested hitting some local tourist attractions before or after the race, the stadium is also within stones throw of three historical/cultural sites: Olvera Street, Chinatown and the grand, downtown train station. Within just a few hours you can easily take in a walking tour of the area and come away enjoying a full tourist experience.


Philippe’s Diner.

Of course, as biased as I am for all things Mexican food, my vote for a great place to get lunch would be Philippes’s Diner. This is a pure working class eatery that has been serving up their world famous and awesome French dipped sandwiches since 1908 (and in it’s current location since 1951). Honestly, this place is worth a visit. Located at: 1001 North Alameda Street or call (213) 628-3781If however, you desire a beef taco and to get your photo taken on a mule painted like zebra or to brighten your Supercross experience with a gold-leafed sombrero, then Olvera Street is the place you need to go.

DODGER STADIUM SUPERCROSS STATS:

* The race will have next day coverage on CBS 12:00 p.m. EST.

* This is the first time the gate will drop in Dodger Stadium for a Monster Energy Supercross race.

* Dodger Stadium is the 40th new venue to host a Monster Energy Supercross event.

* The last new city to host a Monster Energy Supercross races was Jacksonville, Florida, in 2009

* This will be the 122nd time the gate will drop in the state of California for a Monster Energy Supercross race

SUPERCROSS WIN BY BRANDS (AT NEW VENUES ONLY)
Honda: 16
Yamaha: 10
Kawasaki: 8
Suzuki: 2
Can-Am: 2 (Jimmy Ellis)
Bultaco: 1 (Pomeroy)

MXA MINI-VIEW: BROC TICKLE

Broc’s 2009 season started off in a bad way.

MXA:  Broc, you’re career has definitely been on a upward swing since 2009 when you left A1 with a broken jaw. You won a Supercross last year, and now you’ve been a runner-up twice so far this year. What’s the jump to the Pro Circuit team meant for you?
Broc:
It’s been significant. Everything about this team is about winning, I mean, look at all the number one plates on the wall. This is the team that everybody wants to be on so I’m really happy to be here. My goal is to be on the 450 in two years and I think this team provides me the best opportunity to get strong results to make a successful jump to get on a strong team. I just need to be smart and keep doing what I’m supposed to do.

MXA: What do you think has been the biggest change in your approach to racing over the years?
Broc:
I’ve matured and look at everything differently now. I just think I’m being smarter about everything now. I definitely wouldn’t have been ready to ride for Pro Circuit when I was 16. It was good to get my feet wet with the other teams I rode for. They were good teams, but the Pro Circuit team is not for kids learning their way ? the expectations are high here.

MXA: What advice would you give an up and coming Broc Tickle?
Broc:
Let it all come to you and be smart about what you do. Also, don’t over-train. I think I did that myself in 2009. I got two podiums that year and I wanted so much more that I kept riding and training harder, but I started feeling tired on the weekends when I was supposed to be fresh to race.  That’s one area where I’ve gotten smarter. The bottom line is that if you want to get better, you have to be confident and comfortable with what you’re doing. Be smart and the good finishes should come to you.

PRIVATEERS ON PARADE
Not every rider gets a press agent, masseuse, Girl Friday, agent and manager. Meet some regular folk found in the back forty of the Supercross pits.

RIDER: Joshua Jackson

HOMETOWN: Bellingham, WA. SPONSORS: Lifestyle Honda/Thor/Renthal/MotoStar

RIDER: Weston Peick

HOMETOWN: Wildomar, CA. SPONSORS: FMF/Hinson/Schmidt Suspension/Roost MX/Fly/Dunlop

RIDER: Gregory Crater

HOMETOWN: Renton, WA. SPONSORS: UFO/EVO/Leo Vince/Smith/Pro Wheel/Fusion/KW/SDG

RIDER: Myles Tedder

HOMETOWN: Surfside, CA. SPONSORS: Monster Energy, Kawasaki, Pro Circuit, DecalWorks

RIDER: Topher Ingalls

HOMETOWN: Templeton, CA. SPONSORS: ExpertsExchange/FlyRacing/180Decals/FMFRacing 

RIDER: Jake Anstett

HOMETOWN:Port Angeles, WA. SPONSORS: Kaige Racing/Moto Concepts/Devol/FLY


RIDER:
Parker Anthony

HOMETOWN: Americus, GA.  SPONSORS: Capital Cycle/Spectro Oil/FOX/BPM Racing

RICKY DIETRICH FINALLY MAKES THE SWITCH

Ricky plans to go full-time motocross this year.

The Valli Motorsports/ Rockstar Yamaha team just announced that they signed of off-road hero Ricky Dietrich for the upcoming Lucas Oil AMA motocross series. Dietrich, an accomplished champion in the WORCS off-road series, filled in under the factory Kawasaki tent a few years ago and had some great results in scoring some top fives and a lot of top ten’s at the Nationals. Ricky has always been somewhat conflicted about his career aspirations; his off-road racing paid the bills, but he yearned to race motocross. Now is his chance.

“It’s a great signing for us and Valli Yamaha has always been into the off-road side of things. So the chance to give RD a shot at a full-time motocross ride on great equipment was an opportunity that we couldn’t turn down” says Valli team manager Jon Mitcheff.

“I’m excited for this chance to have a shot at the entire series” says Dietrich “I got a little taste a few years ago and I feel like I’ve done accomplished a lot in the WORCS series. I want to thank all my old sponsors for all that they have done for me over there and I’m pumped for the future this summer.”

Ricky just texted me and said he’ll be at this weekend’s Supercross so look for an interview with him on Saturday from the pits at Dodger Stadium.

Valli Team Sponsors: Rockstar Energy Drink, GYTR, Yamalube, Valli Construction, Dunlop, N-Style, Hammerhead Designs, Pro Taper, DT1 Air filters, Pro Circuit, Braking, Light Speed, ARC Levers, Mechanix Wear, FactionMX, Excel Rims, Vortex Ignitions. VP Race Fuel, Cycra Plastic.

RYAN DUNGEY’S NEW ‘DOO FOR SATURDAY NIGHT
    Ryan tweeted that he was going to to buzz “it all off” for this week’s race. He even included before and after photos.
   
Before.                                    After.

TODAY’S AUTOGRAPH SIGNINGS
Yamaha Riders (Stewart, Regal, Brayton, Millsaps, Wey, Stroupe, Chisholm, Friese and Hahn) will be signing at Bert’s Mega Mall on Friday, January 21st from 5:00 to 8:00pm

Kawasaki Riders (Villopoto, Tickle, Rattray and Hansen) will be signing at Mission Motorsports on Friday, January 21st from 6:00 to 7:00pm

TAKE THIS LIST WITH YOU TO DODGER STADIUM: 2011 AMA NATIONAL SUPERCROSS & MOTOCROSS NUMBERS

Who are numbers 247, 50 and 24? Find out below.

1…..Ryan Dungey  
1…..Trey Canard
1…..Jake Weimer
1…..Christophe Pourcel
2…..Ryan Villopoto
3…..Mike Brown
5…..Ryan Dungey (not used in 2011)
7…..James Stewart
9…..Ivan Tedesco
10…Justin Brayton
11…Kyle Chisholm
12…Tommy Hahn
13…Heath Voss
14…Kevin Windham
15…Dean Wilson
16…John Dowd
17…Justin Barcia
18…David Millsaps
19…Eli Tomac
20…Broc Tickle
21…Blake Wharton
22…Chad Reed
23…Martin Davalos
24…Brett Metcalfe
25…Ryan Sipes
26…Michael Byrne
27…Nick Wey
28…Tyla Rattray
29…Andrew Short
30…Kyle Regal
31…Wil Hahn
32…Jake Weimer
33…Josh Grant
34…Dan Reardon
35…Kyle Cunningham
36…Cole Seely
37…Darryn Durham
38…Chris Blose
39…Matt Goerke
40…Tommy Searle
41…Trey Canard  
42…Nico Izzi
43…Weston Peick
44…Les Smith
45…Vince Friese
46…Alex Martin
47…Jason Thomas
48…Matt Lemoine
49…Ben Evans
50…Matt Boni
51…Steven Clarke
52…Max Anstie
53…Jarred Browne
54…Jason Lawrence
55…Tommy Weeck
56…Phillip Nicoletti
57…Blake Baggett
58…Travis Baker
59…Matt Moss
60…Killy Rusk
61…Austin Howell
62…Robert Kiniry
63…Justin Keeney
64…Derek Anderson
65…Hunter Hewitt
66…James DeCotis
67…Travis Sewell
68…Michael Willard
69…Heath Harrison
70…Tevin Tapia
71…Ryan Morais
72…Nicholas Paluzzi
73…Topher Ingalls
74…Austin Stroupe
75…Josh Hill
76…Kyle Partridge
77…Ian Trettel
78…Sean Borkenhagen
79…Chris Johnson
80…Troy Adams
81…Robby Marshall
82…Shane Sewell
83…Shane Durham
84…Josh Demuth
85…Ryan Clark
86…Jacob Morrison
87…Drew Yenerich
88…Jeff Gibson
89…Taylor Futrell
90…Terren Odell
91…Josh Clark
92…Taylor Robert
93…Hunter Clements
94…Ricky Renner
95…Tyler Medaglia
96…Lowell Spangler
97…Kyle Summers
98…Bobby Bonds
99…Ryan Abrigo
100…Josh Hansen
101…Ben Townley
102…Chris Gosselaar
108…Jimmy Albertson
115…Robert Fitch
125…Marvin Musquin
129…Vernon McKiddle
132…Kyle Beaton
133…Myles Tedder
144…Christian Craig
149…Casey Hinson
152…Scott Champion
153…Gregory Crater
156…Jason Anderson
166…Dakota Tedder
194…Ken Roczen
201…Cameron Rodriquez
207…Sean Collier
216…Jared Boothroyd
222…Chris Howell
229…Jeff Loop
244…Ryan Zimmer
247…Teddy Parks
278…Parker Anthony
311..Jesse Kangas
314…Alex Ray
329…Chad Gores
337…Jeremy O’Driscoll
374…Cody Gilmore
377…Christophe Pourcel
387…Gareth Swanepoel
402…Josh Lajiness
409…Dillon Huddleston
415…Nicholas Schmidt
429…Richard Rinauro
447…Devon Raper
474…Jake Ansett
485…Mickael Musquin
490…Damon Smith
497…Spencer Knowles
501…Scott Wennerstrom
505…Sean Lipanovich
512…Jorge Bujanda
516…Brian Foster
520…Tony Gallo
526…Ben Lamay
533…Gannon Audette
534…Travis Freistat
536…Erick Meusling
565…Preston Mull
571…Coby Adair
575…Chappy Fiene
586…Dennis Ewing
592…Jake Canada
614…Joshua Jackson
620…Brad Nauditt
628…Joey Rossi
643…Jake Oswalt
647…Parker Eckman
652…Dustin Pipes
662…Travis Bannister
680…Ty Keenom
690…Ricky Winters
703…Ricky Yorks
705…Dylan McKee
707…Alex Millican
711…Ronnie Goodwin
722…Adam Enticknap
726…Gared Steinke
727…Rhett Urseth
732…Tye Hames
737…Tanner Reidman
750…Jared Hicks
758…Jason Potter
772…Robert Noftz
773…Walt Van Olden
793…Uta Ikegaya
795…Bruce Rutherford
800…Mike Alessi
801…Jeff Alessi
804…Jason Langford
809…Kyle Calderini
814…Bryce Vallee
815…Brandon Powell
831…Ryan Smith
854…Landon Powell
877…Maxime Lesage
879…Brandon Brady
885…Jeffrey Mann
887…Daniel Sanders
903…Antonio Balbi
918…Michael Akaydin
921…Manuel Rivas
927…P.J. Larsen
942…Tye Simmonds
943…Carlos Oros
944…Martin Garcia
952…Adam Conway
965…Travis Bright
971…Nathan Malyszek
973…Phil Klalow
976…Josh Greco
981…Sebastien Buttner
983…Ivo Monticelli
984…Rasmus Sjoberg
986…Cedric Soubeyras
995…Ryan Marmont

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