MOTOCROSS ACTION’S MID-WEEK REPORT BY DARYL ECKLUND

April 29, 2014
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How many people can say they can do this on a dirt bike?

How many people can say they can do this on a dirt bike?

ROUND 16 EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY ON THE TUBE

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250 East Main Event

 NEXT UP, VEGAS!

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RIDE THE DREAM

Check out www.kurtcaselli.com

Check out www.kurtcaselli.com

Kurt Caselli was a dreamer. He dreamed of becoming an offroad superstar as an adolescent, and never looked back. Kurt’s legacy will live on. The people he touched with his giving attitude and the motivation he instilled in so many will live on forever.I have been lucky enough to share 25 years side by side with Kurt. Getting to know him on a deep personal level. As Kurt touched many lives, Red Tide pictures wanted to be able to touch many more with Kurt legacy through a video called Ride the Dream 66.

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Red Bull went all out for the event.

Last week was the premier of the video at Red Bull headquarters in Santa Monica. It was a small get together of mainly friends and family. Kurt’s aura was felt all around with the people that knew him best being all in one room. When the curtain rolled up, all the chatter came to a halt as all eyes focused on the screen.

From left to right Daryl Ecklund, Carolyn Caselli, Bobby Stephen, Nancy Caselli, Sara White.

From left to right Daryl Ecklund, Carolyn Caselli, Bobby Steffan, Nancy Caselli, Sara White.

The film captured Kurt’s life through childhood to the legend he had become. Red Tide pictures could not have done a better job bringing Kurt back to life. The video is now available for download on iTunes. A portion of the proceeds go to the Kurt Caselli foundation. Make sure to check it out and take a look at what the Caselli foundation is all about and how you can help. Go to www.kurtcaselli.com to learn about an American Hero.

 ADAM CIANCIARULO’S WEEKEND IN NEW YORK

 NAMURA KAWASAKI KX250F TOP END KIT

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Press release: Specifications – Fitting 2010-2014 Kawasaki KX250F. Namura delivers everything you need at a price that can’t be beat. With everything we make meticulously crafted to OEM specifications, you can be sure your new equipment will be a perfect fit.  Namura Top End Repair Kits include a piston, top end gasket, and a bearing if required, all at a special price. Visit your local dealer or check us out at www.namura.com for information on where to purchase. Starting at $182.93

US MILITARY STEALTH HYBRID DIRT BIKE

THIS WEEK WITH THE MXA WRECKING CREW

Daryl Ecklund built a full blown KTM 125SX race bike for the two-stroke National but got hurt before he got a chance to ride it.  The Wrecking crew took it for a test spin today, and boy was it fun!

Daryl Ecklund built a full blown KTM 125SX race bike for the MTA Two-Stroke World Championships, but got hurt before he got a chance to ride it. The wrecking crew took it for a test spin this week, and boy did it rip!

MXA test rider Tye Hames gets low for John Basher's camera.

MXA test rider Tye Hames gets low on Ecklund’s KTM 125SX for John Basher’s camera. When Daryl got hurt he had to suffer the pain of the rest of the MXA gang riding his bike.

We also got our hands on a retro big bore YZ250F. It was bored out to a 270 and lots of bolt-on power. Full test coming soon in an upcoming issue.

We also got our hands on a retro-looking big bore YZ250F. It was bored out to a 270 with lots of bolt-on power. Full test coming soon in an upcoming issue.

Our test riders had a lot of fun on the powerful big bore. Most riders said they were able to pull a gear higher and lug the bike around like a 450.

Our test riders had a lot of fun on the powerful big bore. Most riders said they were able to pull a gear higher and lug the bike around like a 450.

WIN 2015 TROY LEE DESIGNS GEAR

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Press release: The 2015 TLD GP Air line will officially launch this weekend at Las Vegas Supercross with the debut of two new designs: Galaxy and Cheetah! How would you like to get your hands on one of these new gear sets before they are released to the public?! For the first time ever, we are giving our fans that very chance! To enter, just follow the link below now though Las Vegas Supercross, and sign up for the raffle! Winners will randomly be chosen, emailed directly, and announced on the giveaway page on Monday, May 5! ENTER NOW! www.troyleedesigns.com/gp-air/giveaway

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FMF Racing’s own Rich Kearns getting taking his bag of tricks to the next level.

FMF Racing’s own Rich Kearns taking his bag of tricks to the next level.

Travis Pastrana jumping some big hits on a Timbersled Mountain Horse. The MXA Wrecking crew got to ride these not to long ago. And take our word for it, Travis makes jumping these very easy.

Travis Pastrana is jumping some big hits on a Timbersled Mountain Horse. The MXA Wrecking crew got to ride these not to long ago. And take our word for it, Travis makes jumping these snow machines look very easy.

JS7 taking a picture with some fans.

JS7 taking a picture with some fans.

Aluminum frame YZ250 two-stroke? Yep, but only if they would put it in production.

A YZ250F aluminum frame with a YZ250 two-stroke engine? Yep, but only if they would put it in production.

 Cartoon drawing of McGrath is his “Showtime” days throwing down a Nac-Nac.Cartoon drawing of McGrath is his “Showtime” days throwing down a Nac-Nac.

Cartoon drawing of McGrath is his “Showtime” days throwing down a Nac-Nac.

Looks like we will be seeing Chad Reed lining up at the Nationals!

Looks like we will be seeing Chad Reed lining up at the Nationals!

Dean Wilson (left) Darryn Durham (right) comparing their best Superman attempt.

Dean Wilson (left) Darryn Durham, (right) comparing their best Superman attempt.

MOTION PRO ERGO SPOKE WRENCHES

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Press release:Unique combination wrench design has 3-sided open end and semi-closed end

  • Use open end for quick adjustment of spoke nipples and semi-closed end for those hard to turn nipples that require more torque
  • Specially designed ergonomic handle allows larger turning radius and excellent grip and feel
  • Polished finish with laser engraved logo and size markings
  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Patented design

For more information on the complete Motion Pro product line please visit www.MotionPro.com

MY TWO CENTS: RYAN VILLOPOTO GETTING HEAT

If you haven’t already seen the interview between Jeremy McGrath and Ryan Villopoto last Saturday before the 16th round in East Rutherford, New Jersey, now is your chance to do so . There has been a lot of negative talk about this video due to Ryan’s comments that he is not having fun riding anymore and that he is “over it.” It’s easy to be critical of someone else’s life, but never judge someone until you have been in their shoes. I will admit, Ryan doesn’t have a charismatic personality. And getting him to crack a smile is like pulling teeth, but that’s not what he is here to do. His focus is to win races–which he does very well. As a professional racer myself, I know what I had to sacrifice and the amount of work that has to be put in just be competitive. It is a 24 hour job. How you ask? Tyler Bowers (multi time Arenacross Champion and now Chad Reed’s fill in rider for Vegas) said it best in an Instagram post that is posted below.

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Everyone reading this loves riding dirt bikes, and so does Ryan. There just comes a time when you do any one thing enough it gets monotonous. Then you have the risk involved. Just one crash can cost you everything. This is stressful! Getting on a dirt bike everyday thinking about when your number is hard work in itself.

Ryan hold the number one plate for another year.

Ryan hold the number one plate for another year.

Bottom line is, Ryan Villopoto has an awesome job. All of us would like to be making the big bucks and retiring before the age of 30! But what would you be willing to sacrifice? Your family? Friends? Sleep? Delicious food? I could not have any more resect for what Ryan has accomplished. Congrats Ryan on your fourth straight AMA Supercross title. I am rooting for you to get your fifth.

MXA FITNESS TIP: RELIEVE THOSE ACHY MUSCLES

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After a grueling workout, there’s a good chance you’re going to be feeling some serious soreness. Relieve post-fitness aches by submerging your lower body in a cold bath. Add ice to get to the right temperature from 45 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Submerge yourself for 10 to 15 minutes. Also hot/cold  therapy is very effective. Same cold bath but have a hot shower ready top jump into. Do three minute sessions from jumping from hot to cold and repeat five times. This will aid in flushing the toxins from your body that were produced when exercising. Many top athletes use these techniques to help reduce soreness after training sessions. The ice cold water is tough to get accustomed to, but the results are worth it!

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