MOTOCROSS ACTION’S MID-WEEK REPORT BY JOHN BASHER (3/20/13)

March 20, 2013
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PHOTO OF THE WEEK: PART 1

    Check out this cool back shot that freelance photographer Scott Mallonee took at the Indianapolis Supercross. That’s a lot of dirt being displaced at one time.

MINI-VIEW: WESTON PEICK
By Jim Kimball


    In many minds Weston Peick is about the most passionate man racing AMA Supercross. Although he does get some help along the way, the privateer from Wildomar, California, is largely spending his own money to make it through the 2013 series. Frequently known for his go-for-broke style, Weston never gives up. Now 14th in Supercross points, we caught up with Weston in Indianapolis where he finished tenth ? just ahead of Suzuki factory supported riders Broc Tickle and Josh Hill.

MXA: Weston, we need to first talk about that LCQ at Daytona. That may have been the best race within a race that we have seen so far this season.
I had some bike problems in my heat race, so unfortunately I had to go to the Last Chance Qualifier. So I had the very last gate pick, which was on the far outside gate. I still got a pretty good start, and I think that I was in fourth on the first lap. Then I made some passes and caught up to (Bobby) Kiniry, and we started having some battles, going back and forth. It was about that time that I started to have some clutch problems, and he got back on me that last lap. So, it was pretty close then, and a very crazy finish.

Then the cameras caught you back in the pits when you kicked your bike; although I think that may be a pretty normal reaction.
Yeah, I was pretty heated because I didn’t think that I made it in [the main]. It was just a heat of the moment thing where I kicked the bike. I probably shouldn’t have done that, but I did. I felt kind of bad about it and later thought that I should issue an apology.

You have some good people helping you out, but when are you going to get on a factory-supported team?
You know, I have decided to just go out and do the best that I can do week in and week out. Hopefully this next year I can land a really good ride, and that’s what I am shooting for. Hopefully my year will be the one for a good ride.

I’m not sure if you have seen this first hand at the races, but I know a lot more people that have become big fans of yours.
I’ve definitely been paying attention. I think that this year my fan base has picked up tremendously, and I feel like I have a lot more followers. It’s been great to have so many supporters and they really help me feed off that. Their support truly does help me keep going and racing. It’s been very cool!

Will you be racing the Nationals?
As of now, no. I don’t have anything lined up for outdoors. Hopefully something will come up. Maybe a privateer satellite team that could help me with expenses and get me to the races will come along.      

WORKS CONNECTION TEAMS UP WITH HINSON

     Press release: Works Connection is proud to announce they are now stocking Hinson Billetproof Clutch Components. “The addition of Hinson to our product line stems from an idea that includes a shift to carrying a broader base of high quality products and Hinson is a great example of that. We’re excited to offer Hinson products for our customers ordering convenience with a well stocked inventory of the line in our Cameron Park warehouse” states owner Eric Phipps. Now available: Complete Clutch Kits/Covers/Baskets/Inner Hubs/Pressure Plates/Fiber/Steel and Spring kits.

WOMEN’S PERSPECTIVE: THOUGHTS ON INDY

The combination baffles me, but somehow my wife makes it work.

    I wasn’t sitting in the seats chowing down popcorn inside the beautiful Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis this weekend, so I only saw what everyone else that watched the live broadcast on Speed saw. I tuned in for the three-hour coverage, as did my super-pregnant-about-to-give-birth-right-now wife, Hope. In recent weeks she has come to enjoy watching Supercross on the tube. That’s all fine and dandy with me, because she offers a fresh and rather unique perspective on the racing.
    Being the wife of an avid motocross racer and active member in the industry, one might think that Hope knows the ins and outs of the sport. Not quite. She knows enough to hold an intelligent conversation about motocross with any casual fan, but she’s not diehard. I’m thankful for that, since I like separation between church and state. Most of my day is spent riding, writing, shooting or talking about motocross. It doesn’t need to continue when I get home.
    Hope is familiar with most of the racers. She has met a number of them at the tracks, but my wife absolutely does not care one iota about how fast they are or who they are. She just smiles and nods while the rider and I blab on and on about everything and nothing. Hope is a trooper.
    On Saturday night I was on the couch, my eyes glued to the television. Hope quietly sat next to me playing on her phone (undoubtedly browsing Pinterest I’d assume), looking up to watch the race action every so often. And, out of nowhere, she would make hilarious remarks about riders and what they were doing. Here’s an example, with my notes in brackets:
    Hope: “There’s that number 42 guy again [Vince Friese]. I remember him from last weekend [Daytona]. He’s a dirty rider. And look, there he goes taking another guy out [Gavin Faith]. Can’t someone yell at him and tell him to stop riding like that?”
    Here’s another:
    Me: “So, who do you think is going to win the 450 main event?”
    Hope: “The green guy, obviously [Ryan Villopoto]. The green guy won last weekend, and since my favorite color is green, it seems logical. The green guy will definitely win.” And she was right.
    And another:
    Me: “Who do you think will win the 250 main event?”
    Hope: “Oh, gosh, I don’t know. I have a feeling that the red guy [Wil Hahn] will win.”
    Me: “Why didn’t you pick Dean Wilson?”
    Hope: “Who’s that?”
    Me: “The green guy. You like green.”
    Hope: “Nah, the red guy is going to win.”
    Then, later on in the race, my wife looks up from her phone, squints at the television and smiles.
    Hope: “Ha! Look at that! I told you that the red guy would win.”
    Me: “Dear, that’s Marvin Musquin. He’s riding a KTM.”
    Hope: “Well, the bike looks red to me.”
    To which I laughed hysterically. Right or wrong, I was just happy that my wife was watching the race with me.  

MTA TWO-STROKE WARM-UP RACE MOVED TO GLEN HELEN FOR THIS SATURDAY, MARCH 23
   Round two of the three-race MTA Two-Stroke series, which culminates in the 2013 World Two-Strokes Championship on April 7, has been moved from Racetown 395 to Glen Helen. Round two will be held this Saturday on the GP track at Glen Helen. It is an excellent chance to wring out your smoker and get in a practice race before the big one in two weeks. For more info go to www.glenhelen.com



SMOOTH INDUSTRIES MX ACTIVITY RUG

    Press release: Kids love playing with their toy motocross bikes and using the New Ray team haulers to carry their favorite riders bikes around the yard, maybe to a different track they built a few feet away. But what happens on the raining days, or at night when they still feel like racing their friends or brother/sister? You roll out the MX Activity Rug which features a motocross track with a start and finish line, jumps, whoops and even a pit area. It is constructed of durable Polyester yarn, is approximately 6mm thick to provide enough cushion for the knees during the extra-long moto’s and includes a gel-foam backing to help prevent sliding when things really start to get crazy on the last few laps.
    The MX Activity Rug is a great addition to any MX themed bedroom or playroom and is sure to provide hours of fun for your little Moto enthusiast. The MX Activity Rug measures 3′ x 5′. To maximize life of your MX Activity Rug, vacuum weekly and blot spots as quickly as possible with a white cloth; then spot treat. Do not machine wash. Do not bleach. Price: $39.95. Contact: For more information, visit www.smoothindustries.com

RIDE WITH RV IN INDY: SEE HIM SCRUB DIRTY AT 1:52

WHY ARE PAST CHAMPIONS MAKING ROOKIE MISTAKES?
By Daryl Ecklund


Photo by Scott Mallonee

    This 450 Supercross season has been nothing but unexpected craziness. In the 450 main this past weekend there were 10 past champions lining up for the gate. That’s just under half the field who, at one time or another, donned the number one plate! Out of these ten, not one of them has been able to keep it together without making rookie mistakes. It’s hard for me, as a spectator, to complain. The whole series has been pure entertainment. What’s going on inside? I just thought at least one of the established Champions would be able to keep his composure throughout the series.
    Just a few races ago I thought Davi Millsaps was going to pull the 450 title off. It looked as if he had all the tools necessary to get the job done. However, a knee injury has hindered his performances the past few races. He is riding at less than 100 percent?the amount needed to keep riders like James Stewart, Ryan Dungey and Ryan Villopoto at bay. Millsaps showed good speed in the beginning laps. After getting pushed around by Villopoto and Dungey he settled in for a third place finish. Then, on the last lap he pulled a rookie move, falling over in a corner after the finish line. He let Stewart, and two valuable points, by.
    I still consider James Stewart the fastest man on the planet, but also the king of rookie moves this season. In Indy he was riding great, starting to pull away from the field in the main event, and had a simple stall on lap seven. A gift from Millsaps gave him third.
    Are these rookie mistakes due to the heightened pressure from all the stiff competition? To me it appears that all of the riders have lacked confidence throughout the season. Right now Villopoto is a man on a mission. He’s making things happen and has a 9-point lead with six races to go. However, he didn’t look like the same rider in Anaheim and Phoenix that he does now. Will Ryan continue on his roll? I would need a crystal ball to see into the future, but with confidence comes assuredness. Oh, and a depart from making rookie mistakes.  

MUST-SEE VIDEO! “BIRTH OF A BIKE”

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: PART 2

    A mechanic’s life is tough. Not only are they under-appreciated, but they spend more time bonding with a motorcycle than having human interaction. Fortunately Honda wrench Charlie Flippen takes it all in stride. Here he wipes the sweat off his brow after wrenching on our 2013 Honda CRF250. This photo is being published because Flippen can handle the abuse he’s going to get from the Honda crew upon seeing this shot. Thanks, Charlie!

ENTER TO WIN A FAMILY PRIZE PACK FROM YAMAHA

    It’s not too late to register for the “Family Pack” sweepstakes prize Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A., is giving away at the end of the 2013 Supercross season. Worth more than $18,000 and including some of its most popular products for motorsports enthusiasts, the contest is being promoted at all 2013 Supercross events.
    The “Yamaha Supercross Sweepstakes” runs through May 2, 2013, and will award one lucky family a prize package including one of each of the following from Yamaha:
    ? YZ450F: Featuring the revolutionary rearward slanted cylinder for superior handling and cornering.
    ? Raptor 250: The only 250-class machine that can honestly call itself a sport ATV with 5-speed transmission and long-travel suspension.
    ? PW50: The bike that started many professional riders’ careers.
    ? EF2000iS: A powerful, portable, quiet and lightweight generator at 44 pounds.
    ? A $2,500 Yamaha genuine accessories coupon.
    ? For complete rules, dates and entry forms please go to: www.yamahayz.com

MINI-VIEW: JEREMY MARTIN
By Jim Kimball

    While AMA Supercross rookie Jeremy Martin may have had some ups and downs so far in the 250 East Supercross class, he does hold the rookie honors high with a podium at Daytona where the MyPlash, Metal Mulisha, Rockstar, Star Racing Yamaha rider took a solid third. While fellow Supercross rookies Zach Bell and Justin Hill are also in the 250 East series, 19-year-old Martin sees everyone on the gate as his main rivals. If you somewhat recognize Jeremy’s last name, it could be because of his dad, John, or his brother, Alex, who also races professionally. Not only that, the Martin family owns Spring Creek Raceway in Millville, Minnesota. Meet Jeremy Martin.
   
MXA: Jeremy, let’s begin with your podium at Daytona. Awesome ride!
Jeremy: Yeah, thank you!  I think that everyone can agree that Daytona is the roughest Supercross track of the year, and to be able to come from around mid-pack and move my way forward the whole time was awesome. To eventually work my way into a podium position and see the points leader Wil Hahn right there in front of me was a big confidence booster.  

Did your riding experience from Millville help you at Daytona?
I think it helped somewhat. As soon as I got on the track I felt comfortable on the soil. Training at the Carmichael Farm, with the dirt they have there also helped, so I felt at home right away. I was just really comfortable there at Daytona.
 
Let’s go back to some of the other Supercross rounds. Aside from a couple bad races you have done very well.
I’ve probably had some true ups and downs, but I do feel that I’ve been progressing every weekend. I keep seeing gains in my racing, so I’m really happy with the way things are going. By the end of this series I want to get a win! I hope to have a solid rookie year, and then really put it together next year.

In spite of all your amateur motocross success, I would have to imagine that you don’t really have a lot of Supercross experience.
Yeah, that’s true. I have not ridden much Supercross at all.  I may have ridden a track here or there, but never with Supercross suspension. It’s one thing to get all the rhythm sections and jumps down, but it’s another thing to charge that every lap. It’s tough to be fast every lap, and be consistent with it. I’ve ridden outdoors all my life, and I have one heck of an outdoor track in my back yard, but Supercross has been all new to me, and I’m still learning.

Is there any extra competition among you and your fellow AMA Supercross rookies, Justin Hill and Zach Bell?
No, not really. Both Hill and Bell are very fast, and as you’ve seen have done well, but I need to beat everyone out there, not just the two of them. Everyone out there is riding very well, and going fast. I need to step it up to the next level and bring my “A Game” every week.

Has your older brother, Alex, been able to help you much with Supercross?
Yeah, but not only just in Supercross. Alex has been around me pretty much my whole career, and I have learned from him. I watched him grow, and if he has made any mistakes I have tried to learn from him not to make the same mistakes. He’s helped me out quite a bit, and I am really looking forward to him coming back to racing in a little bit. He just got a bike and started riding again, so I am hoping that you will see a Martin brothers battle out there soon.

Who would you like to thank?
I cannot thank the whole MyPlash, Metal Mulisha Rockstar, Star Yamaha team enough. Everyone there has had my back. Team manager Ryan Morais and team owner Bobby Regan have been great!

ARENACROSS IS OVER & BOWERS IS CHAMPION AGAIN

    Press release: The final night of Amsoil Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross, was a true showdown of the season’s top riders in the battle to claim the 2013 title. With five-time Monster Energy Supercross Champion Ricky Carmichael watching on, Team Faith/FLY Racing KTM’s Jeff Gibson outlasted his closest rivals in the Race to the Championship to claim his second overall win of the season by sweeping the Main Events. However, with a solid pair of finishes of his own in the Main Events, Babbitt’s Monster Energy/Amsoil Kawasaki presented by Maxxis rider Tyler Bowers relied on a third-place overall finish to claim his third consecutive Arenacross Class title and become the inaugural winner of the Race to the Championship. A champion was also crowned in the Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class, with BWRengines.com Honda’s Maxx Malatia capturing his first career title.

    Saturday’s opening Arenacross Class Main Event on the final night of the season provided a glimpse of what Gibson had in store. The KTM rider needed to overcome a five-point deficit in the championship standings to overcome Bowers, and did all he could to give himself the best chance at stealing the title. Gibson grabbed the holeshot and proceeded to never give it up, leading all 12 laps. Behind Gibson, Bowers positioned himself in a podium spot in third and moved past Team Faith/Fly Racing KTM’s Kelly Smith, last night’s winner, for second early in the race. Bowers followed in second, putting the pressure on Gibson in the final Main Event, while Babbitt’s Monster Energy/Amsoil Kawasaki’s Zach Ames finished third.
    Carmichael had the privilege of selecting the inversion for the final Main Event of the 2013 season and for the second night in a row selected the full 16-rider inversion. This added to the dramatic final showdown between Gibson and Bowers.
    As the gate dropped on the second Main Event, Fun Mart Cycle KTM’s Michael Willard positioned himself at the front of the field, while Gibson was inside the top five despite the last gate pick, just a few positions ahead of Ames. Bowers wasn’t much farther behind, but needed to make up ground on his closest title contender in order to maintain his points lead.
    Gibson made quick work of the riders in front of him and moved into second before the halfway point. Just a few laps later, he passed Willard for the lead. Ames followed him into second shortly thereafter. Bowers was successful in his climb through the field, but needed to make a last-lap pass on Willard in order to secure a spot on the podium.
    In the end, Gibson’s perfect night and overall victory gave him the best shot at surpassing Bowers, but he ultimately fell just three points short of the title.
    Earlier in the evening, Bowers provided an additional cushion to his points lead by winning the Head-to-Head Bracket Racing. He was awarded an additional championship point for his triumphant effort. That point proved to be a difference maker in the overall classification for the evening, helping Bowers finish second overall, just one point ahead of his teammate Ames in third.
    Bowers completed the 2013 season with a class-leading 10 overall wins, including 20 Main Event victories. He became just the third rider in AMSOIL Arenacross history to claim three consecutive championships, joining Dennis Hawthorne and Buddy Antunez.
    The Western Regional Arenacross Lites Class Championship also came to an end on Saturday night, with Malatia holding a six-point lead coming into the evening. Out of the gate, Letko KTM’s Tanner Moore grabbed the holeshot and never looked back, leading wire-to-wire in the 18-lap Main Event.  Malatia, who won on Friday night, asserted himself into second and stayed there throughout the remainder of the race, while a battle ensued for third between Moto Adventure Kawasaki’s Travis Bannister and All-Terrain Motorsports Kawasaki’s Cody Church.
     Moore won by almost 10 seconds, while Malatia secured the title with a runner-up result. Bannister outlasted Church to finish on the podium again in front of his hometown crowd.
    In the end, Malatia won the Western Regional Championship by 19 points, taking advantage of tough nights by his title contenders.

450 Championship Standings (After race 5 of 5)
    1. Tyler Bowers, Danville, Ky., Kawasaki ? 146
    2. Jeff Gibson, Pataskala, Ohio, KTM ? 143
    3. Zach Ames, Prospect, Ohio, Kawasaki ? 135
    4. Michael McDade, Edinburg, Pa., Kawasaki ? 112
    5. Kelly Smith, Ludington, Mich., KTM ? 108
    6. Willy Browning, Pleasantville, Ohio, KTM ? 98
    7. Daniel Blair, Lodi, Calif., Suzuki ? 88
    8. Nathan Skaggs, Chillicothe, Ohio, KTM ? 85
    9. Dave Ginolfi, Budd Lake, N.J., KTM ? 82
    10. Gared Steinke, Woodland, Calif., Kawasaki ? 69
 
Final 450 Points after top ten (After race 16 of 16)
    11. Kyle White, Freeport, Ill., Honda ? 167
    12. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, KTM ? 156
    13. Michael Willard, Newark, Ohio, KTM ? 137
    14. Tyler Villopoto, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki ? 85
    15. Robby Marshall, Stow, Mass., KTM ? 78
    16. Michael Lang, Saugerties, N.Y., Honda ? 62
    17. Maxx Malatia, Itasca, Ill., Honda ? 51
    18. Steve Roman, Apollo, Pa., Suzuki ? 46
    19. Cory Green, Nowata, Okla., Suzuki ? 41
    20.  Chad Cook, Oklahoma City, Okla., Kawasaki ? 41
 
250 West Points (After Race 8 of 8)
    1. Maxx Malatia, Itasca, Ill., Honda ? 106
    2. Kyle White, Freeport, Ill., Honda ? 87
    3. Michael Lang, Saugerties, N.Y., Honda ? 86
    4. Tanner Moore, Auburn, Kan., KTM ? 81
    5. Tyler Villopoto, Murrieta, Calif., Kawasaki ? 69
    6. Steven Mages, Sardinia, Ohio, KTM ? 56
    7. Brandon Glenn, Mesquite, Texas, Kawasaki ? 47
    8. Devin Reed, Indianola, Iowa, Honda ? 36
    9. Brian Alquist, LaGrange, Calif., Kawasaki ? 33
    10. Travis Merrill, Fowler, Ill., KTM ? 30

ATLAS BRACE REACHES PATENT VICTORY

    Press release: The whole family of Atlas Brace’s is not only unique in our eyes, but also in the eyes of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). With great excitement we are proud to announce that on March 12, 2013 the USPTO has issued Utility Patent No. 8,393,017 for the Atlas Brace. This victory marks a very exciting milestone for us, and proves that the Atlas Brace is truly a new invention, utilizing new technology that we have spent countless hours developing and refining.
    At Atlas, we pride ourselves on our unique approach to design and innovation. When the Atlas Brace project started years ago we made it our goal to create a brand new product no one had ever seen before, bringing new ideas and a different thought process to the world of neck protection, all while respecting others current Intellectual Property. As it turns out, we couldn’t be happier with how the product has evolved, and we have been overwhelmed by the response we have received from consumers all around the world who recognize the Atlas Brace as the new era in neck protection.
    A year ago, on March 27th, 2012 the USPTO issued Design Patent D656,680 for the Atlas Brace’s unique overall design and aesthetics. This Patent was a great first step for us, and proved that we had indeed created a unique invention.
    The whole family of Atlas Brace’s are quickly proving to be a leader in the world of neck protection by bringing new innovations in fit, function, comfort, and performance, all in proportional sizes for your entire family. We are very pleased to announce this great victory, and excited to know what the future brings for Atlas. We can’t wait to share our greater vision with all of you!

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