MOTOCROSS ACTION’S MID-WEEK REPORT BY JOHN BASHER (7/24/13)

July 24, 2013
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PHOTO OF THE WEEK

    Do you think the Geico Honda guys have some power under the hood? That’s Wil Hahn (19), Justin Bogle (34), Zach Osborne (338) and Eli Tomac (17) starting up front in the second moto at Washougal, with Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen (94) trying to break up the Honda party.

TEN DO’S AND DON’T’S OF MOTOCROSS
By Daryl Ecklund


This guy doesn’t need to worry about abiding by rule #2. His bike is shot.

1. Do check out the track before you pin it off a jump that has changed.
2. Don’t tell everyone you blew up your bike before first checking your gas.
3. Do wash your gear after every ride, or at least your socks.
4. Don’t brag about how fast you are, because you never know who is listening.
5. Do call the track to make sure they are open before you show up and no one is there.
6. Don’t say you do whips when only your butt does.
7. Do check your bolts before something falls off.
8. Don’t be that guy that didn’t bring gas, food, or water to the track.
9. Do warm up before you ride so you don’t pull a hammy.
10. Don’t let your goggle strap hang around your neck.
BONUS! Don’t shine a laser pointer in a rider’s eyes!

MINI-VIEW: ADAM CIANCIARULO

    For the past eight or so years I’ve heard Adam Cianciarulo’s name a lot. Long been labeled as “The next big thing,” Adam was supposed to set the racing world on fire by immediately knocking off the established front runners and establishing his dominance. Only it didn’t happen. Cianciarulo came down with salmonella poisoning in the days leading up to his Hangtown debut. As a result, the young Pro Circuit/Kawasaki phenom missed the first four Nationals.
    He joined the party at Budds Creek and has scored points in every moto since. Although Cianciarulo has yet to sniff the podium, that’s not such a bad thing. The weight of success can be great, and Adam is taking it all in stride. I caught up with the friendly kid after finishing 10th overall at Washougal.

MXA: Adam, you seem to be getting stronger every week after suffering from salmonella poisoning in late May. How gnarly was your sickness?
Adam: It took a lot out of me; a lot more out than I thought it would I sat around the house and laid in bed. I had no idea how much getting salmonella poisoning would take from me. Then when I got back on the bike and started practicing I thought that I was in pretty good shape. It was a different story once I showed up and raced. I figured out how bad the sickness was when I showed up and raced against the best guys in the world. The intensity got me at Budds Creek, and pretty much all of the other rounds. The same thing happened in the second moto at Washougal. I can’t go the distance. I have tended to pace myself throughout the moto, which is a problem, and it’s something that I decided not to do in the first moto at Washougal. I went out and gave it everything I had. I wanted to show speed and potential. I came through some guys and finished sixth. That’s not a fantastic result, but it’s closer to where I need to be. Obviously the second moto I didn’t have much left. The salmonella poisoning sapped all of the endurance I had worked for to go Pro. Since the time I jumped on a big bike I had all intentions of turning Pro at Hangtown, so I had to start the whole process over. I’m racing myself into shape as the Nationals go on.

You mentioned how you pulled the trigger in the first moto at Washougal, starting in 12th and then moving up to sixth by the end. At any point in that moto did you hit the wall?
In the first moto I started feeling it in the last two laps, but I was still fine. I knew in between motos that things weren’t going to work out that great for me, because I was so tired. Still, I went out and gave it everything I had. I don’t regret that. I’d rather go 6-16 than 11-13 all day long. I want to show people that I’m not a joke out there. Even though it was an embarrassing second moto, I was happy to balance it out with a good first moto.

I don’t think anybody would think that you’re a joke?
I don’t know, man! After my first few Nationals I know that people were starting to wonder.

You’ve been labeled as “The next big thing” for so long. Has the pressure gotten to you now that you’re in the big leagues?
No, I knew coming in that people wouldn’t be satisfied unless I was battling with Eli Tomac for the win. I try not to pay attention to what people say. If people think that I should be up front and that it’s a disappointment if I’m not, then it’s awesome that they have that much faith in me. I’ve been fortunate enough to have a great career up until this point, and I’m happy that people have high expectations of me. I think I should be up front, too, just not right now.

If you don’t think that winning is in the cards right now, then what are your expectations for the remaining rounds?
I want to be fast. I want to give it everything I have until I can’t go anymore, like I did at Washougal. I didn’t have anything left before the second moto started. Maybe at Millville I’ll five laps in me for the second moto. I’m taking baby steps and showing speed.

How challenging is it to learn a new National track?
It’s very difficult. Compared to amateur racing, where you have three 20-minute sessions of practice and you’re not racing for gate pick, racing the Nationals is intense. You have two laps of practice and then you’re supposed to throw down a fantastic time. As you can see from my qualifying results it’s tough to do! My results have, for the most part, been 10th through 15th. It’s not so much the obstacles, but connecting the track together and getting used to the Pro lines and how they’ll change.

Changing subjects, you really stay up on social media. You’ve been known to post some pretty funny photos in Instagram. Do you like connecting with your fans?
Yes, I enjoy it. I like connecting with people. I get to post behind the scenes stuff on Instagram that people can’t see on TV. I think people find that interesting. I also like reading the comments, even if some of them are really weird. There are some special people out there [laughter]. It’s fun for the most part. I don’t post selfies usually, but I like taking photos and putting them on Instagram. I think that Instagram is taking over Twitter.

Thanks for your time, Adam.
Thanks, John.

CRASH OF THE WEEK: VINCE FRIESE GOES BIG AT ‘SHOUGAL

FITNESS TIP OF THE WEEK: PAY NOW, COMPLAIN LATER
By Daryl Ecklund

    Investing in a fitness trainer is always a good idea. Just make sure that you find a trainer that is properly certified and specializes in your specific goals. Now here is the kicker. I want to challenge you to pay up front for all of your training sessions. We all work hard for our money, and we don’t want to see that hard earned cash go to waste. Pay up front and the chances of you going to every session and reaching your goals are almost certain. You might complain on the way to the gym, but you’ll thank me later.

Note: If you don’t have a money tree in your backyard then this might not be a good tip for you.

MINI-VIEW: RICKY CARMICHAEL
Co-Owner, RCH Racing


A GREAT SECOND MOTO LAST WEEKEND FOR BROC TICKLE AT WASHOUGAL WHEN HE FINISHED FIFTH. HIS RACE START AND APPROACH TO THE FIRST COUPLE OF TURNS REALLY MADE THE DIFFERENCE:
All year long everybody has been wondering what’s up with Broc. What he did in the second moto (at Washougal) is why he got the job. It’s been frustrating to know what he’s capable of and the one thing that’s been his Achilles’ heel (race starts) this season, he nailed one and got a great moto. He committed to a line, pinned the throttle and stayed in it. It’s that simple. No matter what you do or how hard you work, if you don’t have a great race start, it’s never going to be good. You can’t give up the track position.


Broc Tickle (above) is starting to find some confidence.

BROC TALKED ABOUT HOW MUCH TIME HE’S SPENDING DOWN AT YOUR FARM AND WORKING WITH JEANIE (CARMICHAEL).
For sure. He’s putting in the time down on the farm and you’re starting to see some results. Broc has gained a lot of experience from training here. I think the workload has been more than he’s use to, which helps late in the race. Learning how to be more specific about certain things on the race track has been a focus. Endurance work, corner work, race starts, a lot has been thrown at him and he’s committed to work as hard as he can every day.

TALK ABOUT SPRING CREEK: WHAT ARE SOME OF ITS UNIQUE CHARACTERISTICS? WHAT KIND OF RACING SHOULD WE EXPECT ON SATURDAY?
Spring Creek is a great race track. I think Broc is going to be really good. It has a tendency to get really hot up there in Minnesota this time of year. It takes a lot of strength to run fast. They have all sorts of obstacles and really good dirt. They also have some sand and some really big whoop sections, rolling sand whoops. It’s just a great race track that has all the elements a racer wants ? a lot like RedBud. We’re looking for the same from (Broc) Tickle this weekend. We know that he can do it. Last weekend (Round 8 at Washougal) was a breath of fresh air for everyone, especially Broc. We’ll see how it plays out.

MEET THE RED BULL KTM RIDERS AT CYCLE CITY IN ROCHESTER, MN ON FRIDAY!

    Red Bull KTM Factory Team riders Ryan Dungey, Marvin Musquin and Ken Roczen will be signing autographs prior to the Spring Creek National this Friday at Cycle City in Rochester, MN.
    The autograph signing will take place at KTM dealership Cycle City from 6:00pm to 7:00pm on Friday, July 26th. The dealership is located at 5600 Highway 63, Rochester, MN 55904. For more information, call (507) 288-1084 or visit www.cyclecityrochester.com.

MINI-VIEW: WESTON PEICK

    “Why doesn’t Weston have a ride?” is one of the most asked questions in the pro pits and on message boards these days. Often beating his factory counterparts, Weston Peick is known for his fierce determination on the track. Not seen at a outdoor National since Lakewood, we caught up with the Wildomar, California, native after finishing Washougal with 8-14 moto scores for 11th overall.  

By Jim Kimball

Weston, we haven’t seen you at a National since Lakewood. What’s been going on?
Well, I really don’t have the money to do the entire outdoor National series, so I have just been doing local fair races and at least making some money doing that.  You know, it has been pretty frustrating not being able to do the entire series, but that’s just how it is in the sport right now. There’s not much money. All the rides are taken, and we just need to keep doing what we’ve been doing, running our own program and hoping that next year something good happens.  

Are you still able to race with enough local competition that it keeps you sharp for the Nationals?
I still do my normal program every week of 30-minute motos so nothing has really changed there. The only real thing that I am lacking is gate time, which is why I have been trying to do as many local races as possible. It’s important to get into that “charging mode” that you often cannot experience unless you are racing. So, it hasn’t really affected me too badly. I train for it so when I do get to race it all comes back pretty naturally.  

You’ve been in the Washougal area for a little while now, right?
Yeah, I came up here about a week ago and did a big local race, and then did one  (P.I.R. Thursday Night race, which Weston won) a few nights ago. I made a couple thousand bucks the past week and a half, so it’s been good for me. I just want to keep doing as many of these types of races as I can to keep making a little money to keep going.

What are your plans after Washougal?
I’m just going to keep training and riding until the Utah race comes up. Then I’ll do that race, and the last one at Lake Elsinore. My hope is that something comes up for the rest of the season, and then next year.

I know it’s early, but has anyone talked to you about 2014 Supercross yet?
No one has really released any rides yet, except for a couple of the top guys. But once after another month goes by I believe there will be more things being finalized . If not I somewhat have a back-up plan put together. It’s still a work in progress though.  

Can you share any details about your “back-up plan”?
No, I’d rather not say anything right now, as it’s still in the works, and in case it doesn’t happen.

Wrapping up, do you have a goal in mind as to where you want to be finishing in the last couple Nationals?
Top five. At least a top five moto, but I really want to get in a top five overall. That’s the goal, Jim! I really feel that I need to keep working hard, and hope that a top five finish will turn some heads.

MXA VIDEO: JARRYD McNEIL GOES OFF

TECHNIQUE TIP OF THE WEEK: AVOID THE DUCK-FOOTED BLUES
By Daryl Ecklund


Ken Roczen displays perfect toes-in technique. A duck he is not.

    Most people stand, walk, and even squat duck-footed. When living your daily life this way, then jumping on a dirt bike, automatically your feet will face outward. This is normally not an issue if your feet slightly face outward when going about your daily life, but when it comes to riding this will lead to a number of problems.
    Try this out. Face your feet outward and do a squat. Where do your knee go? Out! The same thing happens when you ride. Your feet and knees face out, which creates a space in between your bike and your legs. This allows for the bike to move side-to-side very easily. This can create a swooping motion, which nine times out of ten leaves you on the ground. This also makes you death grip the bike, since you’re unable to grip it with your legs, which leads to the dreadful arm pump. You will feel an immediate difference in the whoops by keeping your feet and legs in nice and tight against the bike.
    The easiest way to cure this is to become aware. Be aware of the way you walk and stand. Try to keep your feet facing straight ahead as much as possible. This will then correspond directly when you get on the bike. Keeping your feet  in when riding takes a lot of practice, but it will keep you off your head and give you more confidence to get to the next level of speed you have been looking for.

MINI-VIEW: MIKE BROWN

    At 41 years old, Mike Brown may just be America’s most versatile dirt bike racer. Certainly he has the right credentials with a 125 AMA National Championship, a WORCS Championship, and an X Games Endurocross gold medal to his current resume. While leading the 2013 Endurocross Championship series, Brown has also been competing in several AMA National Championship rounds?including Washougal, where we caught up with the jack of all dirt bike trades.

By Jim Kimball

MXA: Mike, talk for a minute about the outdoor Nationals that you’re doing this summer.
Mike: The first one that I did was at Budds Creek, and then I moved on to Red Bud before coming here to Washougal. They’ve been going good I guess, but this year is definitely tougher than last year. Everyone is out here racing, and no one is out injured, so the field is really stacked with good riders. The entire top 20 is filled with very fast riders. It’s tough even getting into the races, but I know that if I get a decent start I should be good for a top 20 finish. It’s really up to me to qualify well, and then get a good start.

Looking back, I recall that you were a bit more of a small bike specialist. Why are you now racing the 450?
It’s just that I ride the bigger bikes much more often now. I hardly ever go down to a 250. The 450 class is not an easier class, but the young kids in the 250 class are wilder, and go wide open. The 250 class has always been very deep, and while maybe last year there was not that depth in the 450 class, there is this year. But I just enjoy the 450 more these days; I ride it a lot in the Baja series, and other stuff so I just feel more at home on it.

Lets’ talk about the other series’ you are competing in right now?Endurocross and Baja.
Yeah, I am leading the Endurocross series now, and we are second in Baja. I’ve won the last couple Endurocross races, and then we have another one coming up at the X Games in a few weeks. Hopefully I can get that gold medal again. In Endurocross I usually choose between a 250 or a 350. KTM makes a bike for everything, so that’s pretty nice to have these options.

What is you favorite form of racing this year?
I’d probably have to say Endurocross. Winning the last couple rounds has been very good. I had never really won a lot of Endurocross  races in the past?maybe only one or two rounds. Hopefully I can keep this streak going.

What are your reasons for racing some of the outdoors? Is it primarily to keep your National number 3?  
Yeah, I’d like to keep my number 3 for another season, but it’s really just to have fun and keep racing. I’d rather keep racing than sitting at home. I really enjoy doing a couple outdoor Nationals a year. Four or five is usually enough and I’m really thankful that KTM lets me do these. So the main thing is just to keep racing. Competing against these guys has to make you faster with the offroad racing that I am doing. Again, it’s more to just keep racing than trying to keep a number.

I imagine that the X Games Endurocross win in L.A. would be very prestigious.
Yeah, for sure it is. I was talking to the guys at Thor and they said that more people than any other type of offroad motorcycle racing would see the X Games. I’ll be wearing the new 2014 stuff, as so many people will be watching. I’m doing the Supercross on Saturday night, and then the Endurocross on Sunday, so it should be good.

Are you going to fit in a family vacation this summer?
Well, I’m taking my family to Millville, and then to the X Games, so that will be our vacation?they’ll get to travel with me for a few weeks! After that we will have some Baja testing to do, and then preparing for the ISDE. Up until early November it will be racing or testing every weekend!   

Finally, do you have any definite retirement plan?
No, I am just going to keep racing as long as I am having fun and doing well. As long as KTM is sponsoring me then I’ll be racing. There is no way that I could be doing this without them. I figure that I’ll know when it’s time to stop. I could not do the whole National series, but by switching my racing up it keeps it fun.  

N-FAB/TILUBE/YAMAHA WASHOUGAL REPORT

Phil Nicoletti.

    The 33rd annual Peterson Cat Washougal National always brings out a huge crowd of fans to watch motocross’ finest do battle. Yet again, perfect weather and ideal track conditions welcomed the fans and the N-Fab/TiLUBE/Yamaha team of Phil Nicoletti and Chris Blose.
    Nicoletti and Blose qualified easily into the Motos via 17th and 27th positions, respectively.
    Moto 1 would not start very well for the team with both riders making contact with other racers on the first lap. They would both be forced to make up some serious ground coming back from the last two positions on the track. Nicoletti would especially have a tremendous amount of work as he spent almost 30 seconds trying to free his motorcycle from some trees before reentering the race. As the race passed the halfway mark, Nicoletti was riding well and had moved up to 18th position. Blose had to make a pit stop to repair damage from the lap one contact and was still working his way back into the race. Continuing to charge forward Nicoletti would get as high as 16th position but suffer a hard crash on the final lap. He would remount quickly and lose only two positions, crossing the finish line in 18th. Blose would continue to race hard and cross the finish line in 31st.
    Moto 2 got off to a much better start for the duo with Nicoletti battling inside the top 10 and closely followed by Blose in 12th. Unfortunately bad luck would strike Blose again on the first lap when he and Andrew Short inadvertently made contact, resulting in Blose hitting the dirt. Ahead on the track, Nicoletti was riding very well and holding down the eighth spot. At the halfway point of the Moto, Blose had worked his way up to 30th, while Nicoletti continued to work on improving his eighth place position. In the closing laps, Nicoletti went back and forth with a handful of other riders before ultimately crossing the line with a hard earned eighth place. Blose was able to improve two spots before the checkered flag flew, earning himself a 28th place finish. Even with a tough first Moto, Nicoletti’s strong second Moto earned him a respectable 14th place overall. Blose followed in 28th place overall.
    “Moto 1 was a real bummer,” said Nicoletti. “Getting stuck in the trees on lap one was frustrating after starting up front. I rode as hard as I could but had a ton of ground to make up. Then crashing on the last lap really hurt. Fortunately it was the last lap. I really wanted to pick it up in Moto 2 so I focused on a good start and clean first lap. In the end I finished eighth and that is good but I still want to do better. I will keep working hard and never give up.”
    “I had some really good starts this weekend,” said Blose. “Not sure what I have to do to catch a break. I am working super hard during the week and know my speed is there. I was working as hard as possible to get through the first few laps clean and run towards the front of the pack. But sometimes you can’t control what the people around you do and then you get knocked down. I am going to keep working hard to show everyone I’m capable of putting in some strong results.”
    The Pro Motocross Championship heads Millville, Minn. for the Red Bull Spring Creek National on Saturday, July 27th. Be sure to stop by the N-Fab/TiLUBE/Yamaha truck to show your support and to have your picture taken with Chris Blose and Phil Nicoletti from 9:00 a.m. ? 12:30 p.m. See you there!

AMATEURS GET A SHOT AT TEARING UP MILLER MOTORSPORTS PARK BEFORE THE BIG BOYS DO

Amateur motocross riders will get their first chance to ride Miller Motorsports Park’s new motocross track during an amateur practice day on Friday, August 16, 2013. (Photo courtesy Miller Motorsports Park / Jeremy Henrie)

    Miller Motorsports Park is pleased to announce the addition of an Amateur Motocross practice day prior to the inaugural Built Ford Tough Utah National, Round 11 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship.
    The amateur practice day will take place on Friday, August 16, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on the brand-new, Marc Peters-designed motocross track located in the infield of the East Road Course at the state-of-the-art Miller Motorsports Park facility. Big bikes will practice from 9:00 a.m. until noon, and the smaller bikes will practice from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. The schedule is subject to change.
    “We have had a lot of interest from amateur riders about providing access to our new motocross track,” said John Larson, general manager of Miller Motorsports Park. “We plan to have a full amateur race to accompany the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in the future, but it was unfeasible for this inaugural event. However, we can offer a practice day on the Friday, and we’re excited to have the amateur competitors get a chance to ride the new track.”
    The practice day at Miller Motorsports Park was organized in conjunction with Rocky Mountain Motocross (RMX), who will be racing on the motocross track at the adjacent Deseret Peak Complex on the same day. The schedule will allow all riders to both race the RMX event at Deseret Peak and practice on the new Miller Motorsports Park course for a full day of motocross action.
    The practice day will be open to all amateur riders on bikes 85cc and larger. The fee will be $25 for riders who register before August 14 and $35 for those who register later.
    To register for the amateur practice day, visit the registration link here.
    For information about Miller Motorsports Park, call 435-277-RACE (7223) or visit the track’s website at www.MillerMotorsportsPark.com.

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