FASTHOUSE PRESENTS MXA’S MID-WEEK REPORT BY DARYL ECKLUND

May 27, 2014
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HOPE EVERYONE HAD A GREAT MEMORIAL WEEKEND, I KNOW WE DID_7147978

FACEBOOK PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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This photo of Dean Wilson might be a bit too graphic for some viewers, but I wanted post it just to show how much these riders put on the line. This sport will eat you up and spit you out in a blink of an eye.

MISSED THE RACES THIS WEEKEND? DON’T WORRY WE GOT YOU COVERED

GLEN HELEN 250 MOTO 1

GLEN HELEN 250 MOTO 2

GLEN HELEN 450 MOTO 1

 GLEN HELEN 450 MOTO 2

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THE HYPE OF GLEN HELEN IS OVER. HERE IS THE AFTERMATH

JEREMY MARTIN

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The man of the weekend, Jeremy Martin. He shocked everyone with his dominating style over the stacked field. How did he do it? A prime combination of fitness, will for redemption, mental focus, and a great bike.

CHRISTOPHE POURCEL

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Pre-Glen Helen, Christophe was all the hype. He even pulled off the fastest lap times in practice. But after his lackluster performance with a 6th overall the hype has faded going into Hangtown. This was also his first gate drop in a number of years. After he gets all the cobwebs out he will creep closer and closer to the top of the box. Christophe might be happy to lose the attention and buzz.

JAMES STEWART

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For the opening round I put my money on James to take the win. I just can’t help but remember his dominating 24-0 season. His lack of bike setup and mistakes cost him a podium spot. In this picture James goes off the track running into the fence giving the fans a close up.

JASON ANDERSON

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Jason’s unique style was working well for him as he had to come from behind with bad starts. Unfortunately, he had a DNF in the second moto with bike problems. This could have derailed his championship hopes.

JOSH GRANT

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What a great surprise to see the local Glen Helen hero Josh Grant get the first moto win. Although he made a lot of mistakes the final few laps, he kept his composure with Ken Roczen breathing down his neck. The second moto he could not catch a break coming from last to 15th for a fifth overall. Grant has the fitness and bike to be a constant treat.

THE ORANGE BRIGADE

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With Ken Roczen and Ryan Dungey going one and two for the day, the boys in orange are going to be a force to be reckoned with for the rest of the season. They both looked flawless both motos. Ryan made an aggressive pass in the final turns of the second moto to take the victory from Kenny.

DIFFICULTY: PRO LEVEL ONLY

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The Glen Helen track separated the men from the boys. The combination of deep ruts, huge braking bumps and big elevation changes kept everyone on their toes.

COLE SEELY

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Cole has never been known as a great outdoor rider. Since he has pointed out of the 250 class for 2015, Cole needs to prove himself in both Supercross and the Outdoors to insure himself a 450 deal. He had a good consistent ride, going 4-4 for 3rd overall.

THE FANS

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There were over 20,000 spectators in attendance at the Glen Helen National. It brought out all different breeds of people. This guys obviously is a Fox super fan. Hopefully Fox doesn’t change their logo.

CHAD REED

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Although Chad is back he is still not 100%. He was just testing the waters to see what he can endure. Chad’s results will improve race to race.

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EVERYONE HAS THEIR OFF DAYS

Daryl Ecklund slingshots off the track only to find himself in a hole full of tumbleweeds.

Daryl Ecklund slingshots off the track only to find himself in a hole full of tumbleweeds.

 

After I had been training hard getting ready for the Glen Helen National I had a nasty spill which resulted to an injured knee. After being off the bike for two months I thought I was ready to get back on the bike and back to work. John Basher and myself work as a team. We are like two peas in a pod. He gets the best angles and shots just about every time. Just as long as I am on top of my game. Two months off, no big deal. Right?

John and I got up at the crack dawn in order to get good light to test a Husqvarna TC250. While John was setting up his flashes, I was on the track warming up as usual. But this time my body was not loosening up. My body was stiff, reflexes were off and it looked as if it was my first day on the job.

No style points here. Ecklund tries to get her laid over in a sandy berm but has no luck. This shot proves that time off the bike cramps your style.

No style points here. Ecklund tries to get her laid over in a sandy berm but has no luck. This shot proves that time off the bike cramps your style.

 

John knows me best when it comes to my riding. He knows what I am capable of and if I am on my “A” game. This day he saw me at my worst. But the nice guy John is, he encouraged me on. He could see the pain and frustration on my face. I am humble enough to say that my first day back on the job I officially gooned out. I tried to return to my awesome job too soon.

For now, I hang my boots up, sit back a bit longer, let my knee heal and watch the  fill-in MXA test riders do my job. It is a hard pill to swallow, but I know soon enough the peas will be back in the pod where they belong.

2014 RACE TECH SUSPENSION SEMINAR DATES ANNOUNCED

RT_E2_Logo copyPress Release: Race Tech’s Paul Thede, co-author of the Motorcycle Suspension Bible, will host four classes on cutting edge suspension theory and practice.  Starting November 1st, students may choose to attend one-of, or all the classes offered; including, Suspension Theory, Track Day Testing, Shop Skills, and the Advanced Class; hosted in Corona, CA.  The Suspension Seminars will return to Australia, hosted at Shock Treatment starting November 15th.*

Paul Thede has an extensive technical background, with over 40 years of professional racing and tuning experience to go along with his Summa Cum Laude in Mechanical Engineering from California Polytechnic University.  He has also been the owner/president of industry-leading Race Tech Suspension since 1984.

Thede is prepared to share his know-how at the Race Tech Technical Edge Seminar to benefit those interested in increasing their knowledge and earning power.  If you are a race team tuner, dad, mechanic, or just someone who wishes to know the ‘why’ behind the ‘what’, this seminar is a must-attend. www.racetech.com

Suspension Theory Class
Tuition: $609 (Enrollment package discount available)

Track Day Testing Class*
Tuition: $375

Shop Skills Class
Tuition: $559 (Enrollment package discount available)
Prerequisite:  Suspension Theory Class

Advanced Class
Tuition: $559 (Enrollment package discount available)
Prerequisite:  Suspension Theory Class
– There is no Track Day Testing Class for the seminars at Shock Treatment in Australia

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JUSTIN HILL CRASH

FITNESS TIP OF THE WEEK: GET LEAN BY DRINKING WATER43712103

Lose excess body weight by drinking water regularly. How? Your body is a very efficient  machine. If you fall short of drinking the recommended 8-10 cups of water daily, your body will retain excess water weight. On the other hand, when your body is being hydrated on a regular basis it will start to release the extra water storage as it knows it will get replenished often. Your body is smarter than you think.

WHAT NOT TO DO ON A DIRT BIKE

DT-1 MX PARK OFFERS FREE PRO RIDE DAY

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Press Release: DT-1 MX PARK will be hosting a free Pro only practice from 9:00-12:00 Thursday May 29th. For riders located in So Cal we are conveniently located on the way to Hangtown 2 minutes off Highway 99, 2300 W. Paige Ave Tulare CA 93291. Brett Metcalf is already confirmed to be there. www.dt1mxpark.com

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Chad's mechanic putting the pieces of the puzzle  together creating a 22 racing machine.

Chad’s mechanic putting the pieces of the puzzle together creating a 22 racing machine.

Justin Hill takes a digger at he was trying to ride with a front flat. It eventually got the best of him.

Justin Hill takes a digger as he was trying to ride with a front flat. It eventually got the best of him.

Josh Hanson has some of the best style out there. Wish he was racing.

Josh Hanson has some of the best style out there. Wish he was racing.

Deano spent the weekend in the hospital from the huge gash he put in his leg from his crash at Glen Helen.

Deano spent the weekend in the hospital from a huge gash he got on his leg from his crash at Glen Helen.

Jason Anderson representing the new Husqvarna swag.

Jason Anderson representing the new 2015 Husqvarna swag in a mirror.

Bam Bam has he pilot's license.  Here he is flying around Cali with a few buddies.

Bam Bam has his pilot’s license. Here he is flying around Cali with a few buddies.

 

Troy Lee has came along way from his racing days. In this photos are a collection of helmet that form a photo of Troy Lee himself.

Troy Lee has came along way from his racing days. In this photo are a collection of custom Troy Lee helmets that form a photo of Troy Lee himself. Heal up Buddy!

 

 

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