June 5, 2013
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    Ahhh?Muddy Creek. Undulations and awesome foliage. Epic! Photo by John Basher


    Last week my cell phone dinged with a text message alert. It was from Drew Gosselaar, a member of the famed Gosselaar family. Drew and I have been good acquaintances for a while now, so we talk every now and then. It didn’t surprise me to hear from the youngest of the Gosselaar boys. What did shock me was the cell phone pictures that he sent over. The pixelated images showed a destroyed trailer with motocross equipment strewn about. Without further ado, here’s what happened to poor Drew. Please help the poor kid out!

MXA: So, what happened? You sent me some crazy cell phone photos of a trailer ripped apart.
Drew: We were driving from Colorado to Tennessee. We were coming through Illinois and we were coming up a hill, and there was a semi, and then we went down a descent. There were rock walls on each side of the road, and then there was another semi. We tried to pass one of them, but the wind?maybe it was from the semi trucks gusting against the rock walls?caused our vehicle and trailer to swap. The next thing we know we lose control of the vehicle. It sent our truck, with trailer, sideways. We braced ourselves for the crash, and I thought that we were going to die. Somehow our trailer popped off and started rolling. It was midnight, so I couldn’t really see. The trailer shot across the freeway. Luckily that happened, because there was a semi behind us and I thought that we were going to get t-boned. I jumped out of the truck when we stopped, ran across the freeway, and saw all of my stuff scattered across a hundred yards. My bikes went through the walls of the trailer. My toolbox went flying, and I lost my parts. My race bike had actually been taken apart before we drove, so the cylinder and head got wrecked. My engine was full of dirt and splintered wood. It was a fiasco. About 90 percent of my stuff was jacked.

What’s the value on all your possessions that were destroyed?
The value, with the bikes and trailer, was well over $50,000.

Yet you still showed up and raced Muddy Creek. How ever did you do it?
Honestly, I don’t know. The night of the crash I gathered as much stuff as I could and put it in my buddy’s truck. While I was grabbing things the tow truck company told us to put the rest of my things in the back of the destroyed trailer and that I could pick everything up in the morning. It was the only thing I could do. My brother, who lives in Georgia, was going to meet me that night, but it was going to take him seven hours to get to the crash site. So I decided to put my things in the trailer and have everything put in the tow yard. I woke up the next morning and went to the tow yard, where they made me pay almost $3000 to get my stuff out of the yard. I couldn’t believe it. I had to pay $300 to rent a U-Haul. I got my stuff from the tow yard, put it in the U-Haul, and drove down to Georgia so that I could keep it at my brother’s house. I dropped off the U-Haul, and then drove to Mississippi and met with my mechanic’s family. They gave me a little box trailer, and I drove back to Georgia. I loaded up everything I owned in the box trailer and headed to Tennessee to race Muddy Creek. I still don’t know how I did it. The whole week, from Monday to Saturday, I got about 15 hours of sleep. I don’t even know how I qualified for the race.

You managed to put it in the show, which was your third straight 250 National where you qualified.
At Colorado the week before would have been good if I didn’t have bike problems. I was riding well, but things happen. Then to have something so terrible happen and not be able to train, ride or sleep but still qualify is nuts.

I was really surprised to see you back in action, because I hadn’t seen you much at the local SoCal tracks leading up to Hangtown.
I didn’t have any riding before I showed up to Hangtown. I was hoping to race myself into shape as the series progressed, but to have my trailer and all its contents get destroyed and then spend my race money on getting back on my feet has been demoralizing.

What’s your plan from here on out?
I’m going to High Point this week. I stayed in Bristol and I will ride with Mike Brown the next few days. I’ll try to get in as much riding and training in and not move around much in order to save money. Hopefully I can pick up some sponsors so that I can race the whole series. I originally had the funding to do the Nationals, but I lost it when I lost the trailer. The worst part about it was that after it all happened, my mechanic told me not to worry because we had insurance. Well he called the insurance company in the morning, and they told him that we only had liability, so that they wouldn’t be able do anything for us. So now when I get home to California I have to figure out a way to pay for the trailer.

You’ve had a string of really bad luck. Between the injuries and now this, things have been looking bleak for you for a while now. How do you keep moving forward?
I don’t know. The last National I raced was in 2010. Since that time I’ve had seven or eight surgeries. In the last 20 months I’ve had seven weeks of riding. It’s tough, but my goal coming into this year was to make it through the first couple of rounds and qualify. I didn’t care how I did once I made it into the main. Then as the season moved on I would be in better shape and finish inside the top 20 without a problem. I was going to ride and train during the week, and I was on that path until this last week.

How can people reach out and help Drew Gosselaar?
If people are interested I’m starting a PayPal account. People can also reach me at, or they can contact me by phone at (661) 476-1605. That’s the only thing I can do right now on the road. I wish the AMA paid a little bit more for making the mains.

Yeah, that’d be nice. Well hopefully people can come to your aid and help out.
I hope so. I really appreciate it. In the last week I’ve spent probably $5000. The trailer I was using I was also sleeping in it. Now I need a hotel room every night. That drains the bank account!

Good luck, Drew.
Thanks, John. I appreciate it.


By Daryl Ecklund

    I have spent the last 20 years learning about how to go fast on a dirt bike. It wasn’t until I was about 14 years old when I learned what the word “training” meant. I was excited to learn that something other than riding your dirt bike could help you win races. I was already obsessed with riding, and I instantly became obsessed with training. But I didn’t know where to start. My first pass down the health and fitness section at Barnes & Noble was intimidating. So much information, so many books. I picked up a Lance Armstrong Fitness book since I already knew he was a bad dude?and I wanted to become a bad dude also. This book was the beginning of the end. I read that book from cover to cover, followed the instructions on point, only to find out the next fitness book I read told me I should be training differently.
    I have tried everything under the sun as far as training, dieting, supplements, riding technique, and much more that will make you laugh at the fact that someone would even try such a thing. I turned into an information junkie. Yet I felt that the more I read and the more I learned, the less I actually knew. After my National career ended prematurely with injuries, I went to college and became a trainer for other riders?in hopes to lessening the confusion for them.
    The fact of the matter is, do what you is right for you. Take all information with a gain of salt. If you want to become a better rider, focus on riding and make everything else supplemental. Learning how to take care of you body will benefit you the most for riding?as riding over the years takes a toll on your body. I’m a living witness with arthritis in my joints, my back almost fused together, nine knee surgeries, arm pump surgery, carpal tunnel surgery, tons of broken bones and a few others that my concussions have allowed me to forgot about. I can look back now and know that if I just took care of my body better and not beat it into the ground all the time I would have prevented many of my injuries. A few simple things will go a long way.

(1) Eat lean meats, fruits, vegetables, and legumes along with lots of water.

(2) Learn how to stretch and develop good posture.

(3) Google what a foam roller is, get one and learn how to use it. You will thank me later.

(4) Develop tree trucks for legs and abs of steel.

(5) No curls for the girls unless you enjoy the feeling of arm pump.

(6) Research how to do Romanian Dead lifts and squats correctly?these exercise will drastically improve your riding technique.                                                                                             
    Have fun riding your dirt bike and take care of you body every day. It’s the only one you will get so don’t wait until its too late.


More banners and less stakes, please.

    A Southeast motocross track finally joined the National fray. Perhaps you remember Gatorback, Florida. The last time the National circus hit the land of sunshine and muggy weather was 15 years ago. Since that time the motocross landscape has changed, quite literally. Troy is gone, as is Binghampton and Glen Helen. Pala came and went, as did Freestone. Thunder Valley joined the calendar in 2005 (and was a night National at one point). This year two new tracks join the fray?Muddy Creek in Tennessee and Miller Motorsports Park in Utah. Muddy Creek, tucked nicely in a corner of TN, was highly anticipated.
    Why? For starters, it’s a new National. It’s also located in the Southeast. New digs, classic track (Muddy Creek has been around for decades), very cool promoter (Sam Gammon is a motocross fanatic), and an area starved for a National created the perfect storm.
    Only Muddy Creek wasn’t perfect. Then again, what race is? I had high expectations for Muddy Creek, and generally they were met. However, as is common, the inaugural National had it’s share of teething problems. The local staff seemed overwhelmed at times. There wasn’t a pit lane for riders to make their way to the starting gate without wading through the crowd. The first turn was too narrow (although I was glad to see that it was a rear-brake-friendly left-hand turn). A few of the flaggers were atrocious (just ask Trey Canard or Robby Marshall). Getting a rental car through the main gate was sketchy (I hope the rental car agency doesn’t check the oil pan of the Kia I nearly marooned). The track was too narrow in some spots.
    However, compared to the Muddy Creek track I rode in 2008, this was an entirely different facility. It was impressive in stature, the track was challenging (props to Mark Barnett), the pits were expansive, and the fans showed up in droves. If you missed the Muddy Creek National this year for fear of the traffic, poor track or bad racing, then make sure you go next year. It’s well worth it.
    Now a note on this silly track cutting debacle. It has quickly become a hot topic in AMA motocross. Why? Because it seems that now, more than ever before, riders are cutting the track. It’s a problem that needs to be fixed. And if you believe that those yellow stakes that outline the edge of the track will prevent riders from veering off course, then I’ll be happy to sell you oceanfront property in Arizona. Ignorance isn’t bliss in this case.
    Here’s the thing. Riders can easily swap out of control off the track, regain composure once they hit the smooth UTV medical lane, wick up the throttle, return to the track at their discretion and not lose any places. It’s the brilliant choice if faced with the option of keeping your place or slowing down and staying on the track but dropping a few positions. It’s what I would do. Guess what? That’s what has been happening. And it’s almost caused those on the side of the track to get harpooned by a rider flying through the infield. Ryan Villopoto nearly tagged a flagger at Thunder Valley just as Mike Alessi almost ran me over at Muddy Creek. I was standing a good 20 feet away from the track. Figure that one out.
    Now for a solution. The yellow stakes aren’t doing squat. They are there for aesthetic reasons not functional ones?and they aren’t very aesthetic. They’re merely a reminder for riders to stay on the track (and obviously they’re not getting the memo). Talking to the riders or even fining a few of them just passes the buck?it is up to the track designers and promoters to make cheating harder to do?not pleading with the riders. Attack the problem on two fronts?with the riders and with the track. Track cutting will always take place if the track designers make it easy to do. Why not use repeater banner around EVERY corner and in areas where riders might cheat? Why not put repeater banners at oblique angles from the yellow stakes towards the perimeter fence to make road racing expeditions have to slow down? Why not install hay bale walls at the entrance and exit of the corners to keep the riders legally on the track? These simple things, could end the problem by this weekend. It’s a guarantee that a rider will do everything in his power to avoid sucking up a track banner in his rear wheel, clipping a hay bale on the entrance of a turn or having to stop to navigate through a wellpositioned repeater banner on the access road. Guess what? He will stay on the track instead of charging wide open through the infield. He will be forced to slow down, too. Sure, he might lose a few positions, but that’s the way it should be for riders who leave the racing surface. You never hear a line judge at the Wimbledon tennis tournament say, “Well, he was going so fast that he couldn’t avoid stepping out of bounds, so let’s let the point count.” Racers shouldn’t be allowed to cut the track, leave the track for extended periods or benefit from misjudging the track’s boundaries. What a concept!


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Muddy Creek handed out some very cool trophies. Good luck getting this thing on a plane!

Cooper Webb’s Yamaha gets pumped up.

Very trick factory Honda gas tank on Chad Reed’s bike.

That’s Oscar Wirdeman photo bombing my shot.

GP regular Kevin Strijbos is a nice guy. He also did quite well on his two-week National tour.

Ryan Villopoto’s mechanic, Mike Williamson, cheers on his rider.

Photographic evidence that the Muddy Creek track was very hardpack under the nice loam. It was slippery.

Ken Roczen wonders how big the waves are in SoCal.

That’s Clement Desalle (left) and Kevin Strijbos.

A candid shot of N-Fab/TiLube owner/team manager Allan Brown.

That’s never a good sign.

There was a “Mad” Mike Jones sighting!

How many RD’s are there in the RB lid?

The Rockstar Energy Racing team took care of Desalle and Strijbos.

Ryan Villopoto’s SR450 gets tuned by…a computer? Ah, the digital age.

Nick Wey flies the Mafia Moto Crew flag and goes it alone outdoors.

By Robby Bell

The Bobcat, before battling the killer bee.

    It seems no Baja trip is complete without at least a one good stories to bring back to share with family and friends, so here is one of my adventures from the week.
    My first day of prerunning was Saturday and it was a pretty uneventful day (usually a good thing). As I’m changing back into casual attire and eating a little food, my dad (the Bobcat) is doing a little maintenance on my bike before we load up and head for the hotel. He’s doing his best to change the air filter, but he’s under relentless attack from what we both thought was an overly-aggressive horse-fly, and pretty soon frustration is leading him to start flailing his arms at it, even attempting homicide by swatting at it with a rag. I’m a few feet away laughing at the battle between the Bobcat and super-fly, thinking to myself that if you just leave it alone it’ll lose interest.
    I was wrong. It turned out that what we both thought was an angry mega-fly was actually some kind of ultra-aggressive bee (maybe one of those “Africanized” bees you hear of occasionally on the news) and my strategy of leaving it be, not flailing my arms about, made me a sitting duck.
    After realizing my father a worthy adversary, the bee shifted its attention to me and a moment later it landed on my face, just below my bottom lip, sinking its stinger in. The pain was immediate, as was the realization that I should have punched it in the face instead of letting it land on me, but the Bobcat was quick to get the stinger out of my skin and I was left to brood over my mistake.

 In the following minutes I noticed an itching sensation was rapidly developing all over my body. I couldn’t stand it

    In the following minutes I noticed an itching sensation was rapidly developing all over my body. I couldn’t stand it, I was pacing back and forth, itching my head, my ears, my arms, and that’s when I noticed the large red hives developing all over my body. Oh crap, I think I’m having an allergic reaction. Luckily I keep some Benadryl in the van and I took one, then looked at my hive-covered skin and swallowed a second for good measure.
    The feeling I was beginning to experience was horrible; my itchiness was subsiding, but suddenly I was feeling sick, the blood in my body felt like it was rushing, and I felt like I may pass out. I soon started to break out in a sweat and my vision was going white and fuzzy. I took to the fetal position.
    As I’m in agony, inside the van on the floor in the back in the fetal position, I hear my dad screaming obscenities at the bee. He has seen my situation and was hurrying to finish the bike so he can load it and get us in to town in case I need help, but the bee (or possibly one of it’s friends) won’t leave him alone. Finally in a desperate act to avoid getting stung, my dad takes off running down the road to get away from the bee. This happened three different times.

I’m in the fetal position, covered in sweat, in the middle of the van, hyperventilating and praying for the agony to stop.

    Let me paint the picture again for you: I’m in the fetal position, covered in sweat, in the middle of the van, hyperventilating and praying for the agony to stop. Meanwhile my dad is having a battle of epic proportions with a solitary bee as he’s trying to finish and load the bike, and now he’s doing hot laps up and down the road in an effort to allude this killer insect. Our situation would make for quite the comic strip.
    Finally my dad was able to finish the bike and begin to load it up. The faint feeling I was experiencing was beginning to pass, but a thick knot in the middle of my chest that was giving me the sensation that I needed to throw up replaced it. For five minutes I fought this sensation and finally, just as my dad jumps in the driver seat, ready to leave the war zone, I have to jump out and proceed to throw up three times; it was a quality vomit. After sitting there for a minute, coming to terms with the fact that I had just puked all over my bare feet, I noticed the knot in my chest was subsiding and I felt a little better. I cleaned my feet off, rolled into the van and we took off for town. I was improving, but my skin was still pretty red and a little bumpy so I took one more Benadryl and just focused on breathing through it. Luckily the worst was over.

I was wiped out from the mixture of the adrenaline high and the Benadryl low

    By the time we made it into town I felt okay. I was wiped out from the mixture of the adrenaline high and the Benadryl low, but I was able to go to dinner and eat, and by the end of the night I was feeling more or less normal. The next morning I awoke to see that my lower jaw and cheek had swollen, giving me the appearance of a chubby bunny, and my skin was still pink, but I did a bit of riding by that evening and I felt totally back to normal.
    It was a heck of an experience having an allergic reaction; I’ve had a minor one before to a bug bite, but this was some kind of scary. Needless to say I’m going to be a bit more proactive in my defense from now on. I’ve been researching his vulnerabilities and the next time I come face to face with agro-bee, I’ll be ready.
    Or you’ll see me sprinting through the desert, flailing my arms above my head?

Robby Bell



RC’s team rider, Broc Tickle.

Ricky: Yep. It was a little more positive last weekend. We have a goal every weekend. Anything above fifth (place) is like a win with the depth of the series and anything outside of the top-10, we’re not doing our job. Moto-wise, we didn’t achieve that. Overall, the end result was an improvement and we achieved our goal for the week. I’m pleased that we made steps in the right direction ? we still have a lot of work to do. I think after talking to Broc last weekend, we’re going to change some things with his practices to try and get better.

The focus this week is intensity. After watching my first outdoor national of the year in-person last weekend, we have two goals: We have to work on intensity and bring it as hard as you can every lap. The second is the race start. We took some video of Broc’s race start and we saw where we could be better and we’ll work on it.

The Ryans ? Villopoto and Dungy ? those two guys are just making it happen. They have the fitness part down and they want to succeed. Their desire to succeed is awesome. It was good to see (Justin) Barcia ride well. He had a good race at Muddy Creek. I think he needs to get the fitness level up a little bit. He was in a great position to win the overall and just ran out of steam at the end.

The biggest thing is you have to stay hydrated. It doesn’t start on race day. From Tuesday to Saturday, you have to keep your fluids up. While you’re riding during the week you’re burning calories, sweating, using more fluids. You have to replenish yourself. You’re preparing your body for the weekend so when you get to the track, you’re hydrated and ready to go the distance.

For the outdoor series training, the races are a little bit longer so endurance is really important. Your cardio needs to be better for the long race. You maybe dial your intensity down a bit during the week and focus on endurance more. Different guys ride different programs during the week, but you have to focus on endurance.

I won’t ever discredit a rider but one thing is for sure and that is the motocross field is just stacked this season. You have so many good riders ? all the heavy hitters that you didn’t have last season. You didn’t have Ryan Villopoto. You didn’t have Justin Barcia. You didn’t have Trey Canard. You didn’t have Chad Reed. You didn’t have James Stewart after the third round. There are four or five positions that are taking up spots this year. Just like Supercross, if you take those four or five guys out of the equation you’re riding fifth. It’s third-grade math. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out. The competition is incredible in the outdoor series this season. You have to be able to answer the call when the phone rings.


Photos by Predrag Vuckovic

    Press release: Hometown hero Taka Higashino of Japan won the first Red Bull X-Fighters event of his career, upsetting World Tour leader Tom Pages of France in a thrilling final in front of Osaka Castle watched by 11,000 fans as the world’s most prestigious freestyle motorcross series made its eagerly awaited debut in East Asia.  American Adam Jones took third place in Osaka.  The event marked the fourth stop of the six-round 2013 Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour, which has now produced four different winners in four events. Pages still leads the overall Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour heading to the next stop in Madrid next month.
    On an evening that put a spotlight on Japanese traditions, Higashino had the excited crowd behind him every jump of the way through the quarter-finals to the semi-finals and into the final against Pages. After dominating the Qualifying on Friday, the Frenchman was the hot favorite to win the main event, where the riders leaped up to 100 feet in distance and 50 feet high while performing gravity-defying tricks. But the 28-year-old Japanese ace had the run of his life. Higashino grew up just 15 minutes away from the breathtaking venue next to the majestic Osaka Castle in the Nishinomaru Garden. He left his hometown of Osaka seven years ago for the FMX hotbed of California. He became an instant legend in Japan on Saturday.

    “I can’t believe it,” Higashino said after winning the nail-biting final against Pages by a score of 3-2. “Tom and I had a great final. I didn’t think that I had won. It is an honor win here.” Pages had another spectacular run and won the Swatch Best Move award for his crowd-pleasing Double Nac Indian Whip. He also aced the Flair, the Volt and the Special Flip. It was a disappointing night for defending World Tour champion Levi Sherwood of New Zealand and 2011 champion Dany Torres of Spain ? both were unceremoniously eliminated in the quarter-finals. More info at

    Results: 1. Taka Higashino (JPN), 2. Tom Pages (FRA), 3. Adam Jones (USA), 4. Rob Adelberg (AUS), 5. Levi Sherwood (NZL), 6. Dany Torres (ESP), 7. Javier Villegas (CHL), 8. David Rinaldo (FRA), 9. Josh Sheehan, (AUS) 10. Daisuke Suzuki (JPN)


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