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MXA MID-WEEK REPORT: Checking In With Andrew Short, Alex Martin Goes Off-Road, New Products, You & Pastrana, The Jeff Ward File

August 8, 2009
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MOTOCROSS ACTION MID-WEEK REPORT
By: Zapÿ
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PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Winning -ÿwhat it’s all about!ÿ
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MXA PRESS RELEASE: SMOOTH IND. ROCKSTAR BINDER
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The Rockstar Makita Suzuki 3 ring binder is a key ingredient to keeping organized at school. Included inside the custom Rockstar Makita Suzuki team inspired 3 ring binder are 2 coordinating folders, a pencil pouch and a sticker sheet featuring many of the teams sponsor logos. Take it to school, take it to work and most importantly be proud to represent your favorite team and your favorite sport.ÿPrice:ÿ$16.95. For more info, check in with Smooth Industries.
MXA MINI-VIEW: CHECKING IN WITH ANDREW SHORT
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MXA: So what have you been doing since the last race I Washougal…been down in Texas the whole time?
Andrew:
Oh no, after Washougal I had some health issues to deal with so I went down to Florida to see some doctors and get some tests done. For the last few races I’ve been suffering from something that has flu-like symptoms, without the throwing up part, but it was making it really hard to race so I went looking for some answers.ÿ Getting my health back is my main priority right now.
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MXA: So did you get a handle on it?
Andrew:
I can’t say that I’m cured, but just knowing what’s going on has been a big improvement. I’ve been working with Jeff Spencer and if it really wasn’t for him I’d probably still be searching for a clue. I didn’t know if I was over training or what, but with Jeff, he keeps everything so managed that we were able to track my fitness and workouts to know that that wasn’t the problem.
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MXA: With only four races left in the series, what are your goals in finishing out the season?
Andrew: I think I should be able to race well.ÿ Except for practicing some starts and working on some corners, I’ve been off the bike and not putting in my usual amount of laps so the time off will hurt. I hope that the base I have already built through the year will help. I have a good group of people around me who are helping me get through everything and that makes a big difference.

MXA: Last year you were the top overall points champion and this year, despite not getting any wins, you were running second in the Nationalÿ series to Chad ? how hard has it been knowing what you’re capable of and how popular you are and not being able to ride at the level expected of you?
Andrew: I gotta tell you, it hasn’t been fun at all, but it’s what I’ve had to deal with. I wake up everyday and remind myself how blessed I am to be doing this. I know I’m struggling right ow, but these are the moments that determine what you’re made of, so I try hard to make sure that it doesn’t effect my confidence.ÿ There are a lot of injuries out there so I know that there’s no one out there with perfect conditions. ÿ
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MXA: Has there been anything that’s surprised you so far this season?
Andrew:
I’d say Josh Grant has been the biggest surprise. He’s been showing amazing speed and not only has he been fast, but consistent too.ÿ There have been a lot of surprises in the 250 class as well. It’s been really entertaining to watch some of those guys working hard and trying to define their capabilities. Canard & Barcia have been impressive. Barcia is crazy and the way he moves all over his bike has been good to watch. I think Trey Canard definitely would’ve been challenging Dungey and Pourcel if he hadn’t gotten hurt.
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MXA PRESS RELEASE:ÿ SCOTT 2010 GEAR PREVIEW
Frech from the Canidae/Motosport team, check out whatÿScott USA has in store for the 2010 season.
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MXA PRESS RELEASE:ÿ EVS, TRAVIS PASTRANAÿ& YOU
EVS Sports and Tucker Rocky Distributing are proud to announce the EVS On Location with Travis Pastrana & Nitro Circus Contest.ÿ This once in a lifetime opportunity will grant three lucky winners the chance to become the next Nitro Circus star. You’ve all seen the hit MTV show, and now here’s your chance to score big and have a chance to hang out with Travis and his insane crew.
All you have to do is purchase any EVS product from a participating dealership (click on link below to find a dealer near you), enter the contest and then you’re in the running to win the ultimate Travis Pastrana experience. It’s really that simple!

When all is said and done, three winners will win an all expenses paid trip (courtesy of EVS) to hang out on location with the Nitro Circus crew (including, but not limited to, Travis Pastrana, Andy Bell, Jolene Van Vugt, Jim DeChamp, Erik Roner, “Streetbike” Tommy, Jeremy Rawle, Gregg Godfrey, Hubert Rowland and Scott Palmer).ÿ This once in a lifetime trip will be topped off with the chance to go absolutely crazy with the Nitro Circus crew…who knows what could happen when you’re with this special group of people! For complete details, check out EVS Sports.

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MXA DISCOVERY: THIRTY YEARS LATER….

“Hi – You ran my picture on the picture of the week inÿMid-Week Report ….I took that shot in 1977 on an epic trip my best friend Doug Evans and I made from Washington state to So. Cal to ride race the big tracks. That was a timeless shot of my period 1969 Chevy Van and our new Suzuki RM125B and ’77 Husky 125 in tow. Indian Dunes was just amazing and seeing that photo gave me fantastic, great memories, thanks for that! I raced from 1972 – ’92 then discovered vintage racing in ’95 and have been having the time of my life racing vintage since ’99. Pentons and Ossas in the ’74 and older RM and CR in the ’75 and up stuff…modern is 2004 KTM200SX.
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I’ve been a motocross racer and fanatic since 1971. As a kid we used to go to the Jr. high library when the new Dirt Bike and MXA would come out and read them cover to cover or “borrow them” to take home. I’ve been a Washington state rider to this day if it is muddy I am tough!! I once got to meet and befriend Jim Pomeroy through vintage racing and that is something I will always treasure, he was the nicest guy I ever met! I also attended about every Trans-AMA round in Puyalup, WA.ÿfrom ’71 or ’72 through to 1978 saw all the legends and local heros Jim and Ron Pomeroy, Buck Murphy, and Rick McCaffery…..great memories there. Went to the 2007 MXdN and that was one of the greatest weekend in ages, what an epic track, event, and team USA show. Villapoto ? our Washingotn boy was staggeringly fast!!ÿThanks for you great magazine and rich history intertwined on the sport we love.” Terry Gates. For more on Terry, Click Here.
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IN CASE YOU NEED MORE VINTAGE
There’s another cool vintage MX site out there, this one run by Mike and among his many classic MX bikes for sale is this Jeff Ward FMFSuzuki race bike. Jeff Ward – FMF Suzuki? As a matter of fact, befofre he became an eight time National champ riding for Kawasaki, Jeff bridged the gap from his mini-bike days to full-size bikes aboard a Yamaha and Suzuki racing the CMC circuit.ÿIn fact, I’ll never forget standing trackside at Saddleback one day watching Wardy get smoked so badly in one of his rookie big bike outings that I figured he would never be able to duplicate his minicycle success on a big bike…..
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MXA PHOTO ALBUM: SPEAKING OF JEFF WARD
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Jeff and his dad Jack at his side on the start line at Saddleback circa 1978.
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A rare photo of Jeff Ward as a Yamaha support rider years before Kawasaki came calling.
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Who would’ve guessed that when Jeff (left) and his Honda SL-70 lined up next to Gene Woods that over three decades later he would still be racing and winning National titles. Wardy rules!
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Wardy took some time out from racing to wear an MXA jersey and help test a new ’79 Suzuki RM125.
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MXA MINI-VIEW: ALEX MARTIN GOES OFF-ROAD

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MXA: You raced a National Enduro last week and finished secondÿ – what’s up with your new career as an off-road racer?
Alex:
Well, it was an off-weekend from the Nationals and the race was held here at our family’sÿtrack at Millville. Iÿ figured it would be some fun extra curricular activity, but also a good way to get some training in. I just used my practice bike which has about 150 hours on it and is already pretty roached so I didn’t figure a two hour woods race would do much more damage to it.

MXA: So it’s your first off-road race and you ended up almost winning it!
Alex:
Yeah, it was really cool to race with Paul Whibley for the whole race since he’s the series leader and has won a bunch of the races so far this year. I can tell you that afterwards I came away from it with some really sore hands because the race was so long. It was also about the only time that I ever ride up in the woods that surround our house so that was fun too.
MXA: What was your game plan going into the race?
Alex:
Like I said it was really a chance to get some good training in, butÿ my goal was to try and stay with the leaders. The track was made up of most of the motocross track with about eight miles of woods riding. I got a terrible start, but moved into second pretty quick right after the whoop section. My plan was to stay behind Whibley and not let him push me, but I ended up passing him and leading because he wasn’t doing all the jumps on the MX course.ÿ You get the white flag at 1:55, but we came throughÿ just before that so we had to do two laps which made the race almost two hours and thirty minutes long. Unlike most riders, I had to stop for gas twice and after we went back and forth for the whole race I just let it go when we went into the woods on the last lap.
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MXA: Back to your full-time job, how’s life as a Pro motocross rider in your rookie year?
Alex:
All in all, things are going good, but most important of all, I’m having fun. I’ve had a few first turn crashes and my bike blew up once which has hurt, but I’m currently 18th overall. I got 13th at Washougal and 11thÿ here at Spring Creek when I got to ride Trey Canard’s bike. The Wonder Warthog guys have been taking my bike to the races for me and that’s really helped a lot. After the Nationals, I got hoked up with Jim Holley to do a Supercross in Sweden. I’ve never been to Europe before so I’m looking forward to using my passport. As far as the future, I’ve just started making all the calls to see what programs might be open. We’ll see, but first I need to ride good and focus on these last four Nationals.

MXA: How about the sponsors who are helping you out?
Alex:
Spring Creek MX, Ti-Lube, Storm Lake Honda, Dunlop, Factory Connection, RK Excel, Twin Air, Fusion Grafix, Scott, Fly, Gaerne, Renthal, ESR Mods, UFO,ÿAsterik.
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MXA PRESS RELEASE: Rockwell Time & Ashley Take Gold At X Games
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Rockwell Time wants to congratulate Ashley Fiolek for taking the gold at the Super X event at this years X Games.ÿAfter missing last year’s X Games due to a crash at the Red Bull Compound just days before the event, Ashley was on a mission this year.ÿJessica Patterson took the lead early in the race but could not hold off the hard charging Fiolek and gave up the lead on the last lap.ÿ Ashley took the win and put her Honda Red Bull Racing CRF250 on top of the podium.ÿBe sure to check out Ashley rockin’ her Rockwell piece at Southwick on August 29th for Round 7 of the WMA Pro Motocross Championships.ÿ
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You can check out more of Ashley and all of Rockwell’s watches at: www.rockwelltime.com. Enter the promo code “DIAL” to receive a solid discount on all watches and apparel!
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MXA PRESS RELEASE: WARREN REID IS SERVING UP CONES
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Former factory Honda/Suzuki/Kawasaki rider Warren Reid has just opened a new ice cream shopÿabout 30 miles northÿof Atlanta, so if you’ve got a hankering for a cone and in you’reÿin the neighborhood, be sure to check outÿtheÿIce Cream Social:
5910 Bethelview Rd
Cumming, GA
1/2 mile north of GA 400 at exit 13

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MXA PRESS RELEASE: CYCRA SPONSORSHIPS
Cycra is now accepting sponsorship applications for the 2010 season. If you are interested in being sponsored by Cycra, please visit theÿCycra site and click on the RIDER SUPPORT button.
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MXA QUERY: WHAT ABOUT SUZUKI CITY?
With the recent news that Suzuki City Matt Goerke was the getting the cal-up to the factory Yamaha squad this weekend, we wondered what his previous sponsor, Suzuki City,ÿhad to say about it all. The following is what we got from Michael the team director.
“Well, we are extremely proud of Matt being offered a shot. He is an extremelyÿtalented rider, that is why we signed him to begin with.ÿ Also it means that the team is doing its job when (once again) the factory teams want one ofÿ our riders. Last year after a successful season with Cody, he got the chance toÿ ride for JGR. Hopefully Matt can make the most of this opportunity. We wish himÿ the best. As far as the rest of the season, we will see. Jarred Browne really has been ridingÿextremely well and is improving every time he gets on the bike. We helped him out a bit last year. He was hurt early but stepped in to fill in for Matt when he broke his legÿ We have some big things in the works for next year.”ÿ
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SPEAKING OF NEW RIDES – OR NOT
The rumor on the street is that Gibb’s Yamaha rider Cody Cooper will be out – possibly replaced by Justin Brayton. We also heard that last year he turned down a two year deal from the team thinking his start would raise higher following the 2009 season. For a guy with no Supercross skills, and who suffered from aÿcrash filled outdoor season, this was probably not the best career move.
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