MOTOCROSS ACTION MID-WEEK REPORT
By John Basherÿ
Before you start digging into this Mid-Week Report, a happy welcome and holiday wishes to you and yours. Don’t drink too much egg nog (especially if it’s spiked). Hopefully you can get out and do something moto related. If not, do the next best thing. Go sledding! Just be careful using too much non-caloric, silicon- based kitchen lubricant on the bottom of that old flying saucer. Don’t believe me? Ask Clark W. Griswold. And lock the door if cousin Eddie pulls his Winnebago of love curbside.
MXA’S PHOTOS OF THE WEEK
The 2010 Supercross season is right around the corner. It’s only 17 days away, to be exact. Team managers are already losing sleep, riders are getting in those last minute laps, and the Monster girls are…wait a second, what do Monster girls actually do besides dance provocatively and make mothers cover their children’s eyes?
Anyway, the point I’m trying to make is that there isn’t much time before Anaheim 1 is upon us. Recently I took a trip to the Supercross test tracks and found Ryan Villopoto, Nick Wey, Jake Weimer, Blake Wharton, Kevin Windham, Brett Metcalfe, Trey Canard, and Justin Barcia preparing for the big dance.
Remember Justin Barcia’s wild style outdoors? Well, he’s transferring it over to Supercross. The 17-year-old Supercross rookie has tons of speed, talent, and doesn’t look the least bit timid on a Supercross track. Look out! Expect Barcia to race 250 East.
In his third year on the pro scene, Trey Canard is aiming to return to his championship form. The best bet is that he will race 250 West.
While waiting for the next photo shoot segment, (from left to right) Kevin Windham, Trey Canard, Brett Metcalfe, and Justin Barcia talk about what presents they’re going to buy for each other for the holidays.
Completely healed from a blown knee, Ryan Villopoto looked fast around the Kawasaki test track. He will be a title contender in 2010.
Jake Weimer doesn’t dazzle with crazy style, but he is extremely quick and is a prime candidate for a 250 Supercross title. My guess is that he will race 250 West.
Nick Wey is part of the new TiLube/Brown Motorsports Kawasaki team. He continues to hang out with buddy Ryan Villopoto. This is a good thing.
After a 250 East win in his rookie season, Blake Wharton hopes to become a title contender in 2010. He will most likely ride 250 East.
Kevin Windham is back for another year. Off-season talks had him switching teams, but K-Dub will remain on the Geico/Honda team. Never count Windham out.
ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST: GOERKE OUT FOR A WHILE
[Press Release] MotoConcepts Yamaha is saddened to announce 450 rider Matt Goerke crashed today in a technical rhythm section while training for the upcoming 2010 Supercross series. Matt sustained a broken right lower leg and will have surgery in the next twenty-four hours. His recovery time has not yet been determined.
“This is very unfortunate for Matt and the team,” said MotoConcepts Yamaha Team Manager Michael Young. “Matt has been training very hard and was looking forward to the start of the 2010 season. We all wish Matt a speedy recovery and his YZ450F will be waiting for his healthy return.”ÿ
Testing and training continues for the other members of MotoConcepts Yamaha as they prepare for the Supercross series. Dan Reardon (450), Jeff Alessi (250w), Travis Baker (250W), Ryan Sipes (250E), and Vince Friese (250E) complete the 2010 team.
MXA MINI-VIEW: JOSH HANSEN
Josh Hansen has been a knucklehead for far too long. He knows it. I know it. So does everyone else. He wasted his talent away when he took the wrong path upon reaching stardom. Hansen spent his paychecks on fast cars and a lifestyle that he could only sustain if he won. Fortunately, Josh didn’t win. Why make such a cruel statement? Because Josh knows that if he had won then he would have continued down a bad path and by now could be in serious trouble. However, Hansen struggled and learned from his mistakes.
I like Josh Hansen. He has always been friendly to me. What impresses me the most about the affable rider is that I can tell him straight to his face what I wrote above. In fact, I have several times. He listens to the criticism, he responds, and we move on. So when I called for an interview and informed him that the questions wouldn’t be about cupcakes and butterflies, he didn’t waver. It takes guts to admit mistakes, and Josh Hansen can do just that.ÿ
Josh Hansen knows a thing or two about throwing a whip. Now the question is, can he win?
MXA: Josh, how did the Pro Circuit/Kawasaki deal come about?
Josh: After the X Games I was talking with Mitch [Payton] about a possible deal. Really though, Monster Energy stepped up and wanted to keep me around. Mitch wanted to help me, but Monster really had a lot to do with the deal. They were into giving me a great opportunity to be on the team. It has worked out really well.
MXA: You must have a great relationship with Monster, considering that they’re helping you so much with the Pro Circuit/Kawasaki deal.
Josh: Yeah, Monster has been rad. They are one of the coolest sponsors that I have. I started working with them right before the X Games. All of the people over there are very cool and they seem to believe in me.
MXA: What I don’t get is that you come off the couch, throw on some gear, and go win the X Games Supercross race. You’re like an X Games-only racer. Why do you so well there?
Josh: I don’t know, really. I always seem to have fun there, and when I’m having fun on a dirt bike I seem to ride well. The last few years I haven’t been having fun racing, other than at the X Games. I’ve had issues and my head hasn’t been in the right spot. When I am in the right mindset and I have a good positive attitude I feel like I can win. That’s what I’ve done the last couple of years at the X Games. Also, I feel that I shine at the technical tracks, and that’s how the tracks have been. The X Games is exciting to me and there’s always a challenge.
MXA: Is that the big thing for you? You have to be having fun on a bike and be in the right mindset in order to do well?
Josh: Yeah, I have to be in a good mindset. My life went a little bit haywire there for a little bit. Motocross is a sport where you have to be mentally strong, and I didn’t have all of the pieces of the puzzle. Obviously it showed. It’s all about having the right lifestyle and getting everything mentally put together. That makes a big difference, and that’s what I’ve been working on. I’m trying to get all of the pieces of the puzzle put together so that I can be solid this year. I have great people around me, which is crucial.
The Pro Circuit/Kawasaki guys say that Hansen is back on the right path and is going extremely fast around the Kawasaki test track.
MXA: You have a reputation for being a party animal. You also haven’t lived up to your potential. How are you trying to change?
Josh: I never really had a big issue partying. I guess that’s everyone’s assumption when someone doesn’t do well racing. Things fell apart on me. I don’t know. I don’t want to let Mitch down and now I really respect the people that I’m working with. I didn’t feel that way before. I always thought that being with people that I fit in with would be good enough, but that’s not the case. Working with Mitch and the entire team, they expect to win. I respect that, and I can’t ever get lazy. I want to get better and better, and I believe that I’m capable of winning. It’s a good change to be surrounded by winners, and it has helped put me in the right frame of mind.ÿ
MXA: You no longer have the bling and the cars. Instead of driving a Ferrari you commute in a small truck that has a bent front bumper and probably doesn’t even have air conditioning. Where’s the Josh Hansen of old?
Josh: [Laughter] I’m going back to my roots. I made about $40,000 from winning the X Games Supercross race, and Mitch told me that I should go buy a truck. He probably thought that I was going to go buy a brand new truck, but instead I bought a beater and saved the rest of the money. I’m sick of spending lots of money on cars. I’ve done stupid stuff, and I know that. As much money as I made, I should have been smart enough to save it. I could be retired right now, which is sad to say, because I spent my money the wrong way. We all have our life experiences and I went down the wrong road. I just don’t give a crap anymore about all the bling and the cars. I can’t take my sweet cars with me after I die. What I can take with me is the satisfaction of winning a championship. I want to have money in the bank and provide for my family when the time comes, not for cars and other things. It’s time to grow up sometime, and I’ve realized that.ÿÿ
Josh earned National number 96 for 2010, but he chose to stick with #100.
MXA: I find it refreshing that you fess up to your mistakes, talking candidly about them, and trying to grow as a person.
Josh: It’s not easy to talk about my mistakes, and I’m embarrassed about them. I think that someday I would like to write a book, because it would blow people’s minds to truly learn about the road that I was going down. I know that I have the talent, and I also know that I have wasted it for too long. I’m just trying to be positive, although it’s hard not to think about the negatives.
MXA: Did you have any thoughts about racing the 450 class?
Josh: I really do want to ride a 450. I think that I ride a 450 really well, but the decision was up to Kawasaki as to what class I should race this year. They wanted to put me on a 250. Hopefully I can do well enough so that I can go out and do some 450 races as well.
MXA: Thanks for your time, Josh.
Josh: No problem. Thank you!
MXA RIDE DAY OUT-TAKES: MAYBE WE’LL INVITE YOU NEXT YEAR
MXA’s annual ride day went off without a hitch this past Tuesday at Glen Helen, and while it was a breezy and cool, the few hundred industry folks that showed up to ride had a great time. Notable fast guys were Mike Alessi (without the KTM 350, although he said that he absolutely loves the bike), Kyle Summers, Greg Herbold, Ron Lechien, Robby Bell, Landon Currier, Doug Dubach, Eli Tomac, Chuck Sun and many more. There was one rider injured, and our thoughts go out to Scotty from Leatt. The poor kid swapped coming down the massive Mt. Saint Helen hill and broke his femur. Heal up!
Below are a few photos from the day.
Mike Alessi was his fast usual self, although he tried to use a downed rider as the backside of a double at one point and went down. Alessi, and his man-made landing, were fine.
Amateur Suzuki rider Landon Currier, third gear pinned.
You can call Doug Dubach fast, but don’t call him old. Okay, you can call him old. Everyone should hope to be as fast as Doug when they are in their 40’s (or were in their 40’s).
Thor’s Victor “Slasher” Sheldon is the king on a stand-up jet ski, but he also knows a thing or two about riding a motocross bike. He and freestyle rider/stuntman extraordinaire Robbie Maddison came out to put in some laps.
Thanks to a rainstorm a few days before the event, the Glen Helen dirt was like chocolate cake. The saturated track forced the Glen Helen crew to get creative and work hard in order to make it perfect. Just off the track the crew dug out a big pit, which became a wall ride for Dennis Stapleton (front) and John Minert (54).
OVER-70 WORLD CHAMPION JIMMY REDWINE INJURED
Jimmy Redwine won the Over-70 class over Feets Minert at the MTA World Vet Championships in November.
Kingfisher, Oklahoma’s Jimmy Redwine, who won the Over-70 World Vet Championship at Glen Helen two months ago, was injured at Reynard Raceway in Oklahoma this past weekend. Jimmy Redwine actually broke the C2 vertabra in his neck completely in half, but got in his truck and drove home.
Only after he complained about a stiff neck did he decided to let his son take him to the hospital for X-rays. The doctors were amazed that the 70-year-old could have walked away from the crash, let alone load his bike up and drive home.
Jimmy underwent surgery and will fully recover to be just as good as he was when he as 69.
WHOOP DREAMS: MORE LIKE WHOOP NIGHTMARES…
Can you imagine shifting up to fourth or fifth gear, wheeling into a set of Supercross whoops, and skimming the tops? I can’t. I’ve tried to go fast through Supercross whoops before and nearly ripped my arms out of their sockets. While this picture shows the beauty of the rock hard three foot tall obstacles, there’s nothing fun about Supercross whoops. On a related note, if you ever get the chance to watch Trey Canard goon ride through a whoop section you’ll end up on the floor laughing so hard that you won’t be able to breathe.
ANAHEIM 1 SEATING CHART: LOOK FOR A SEAT BEFORE YOU BUY ONE
In an ongoing effort to keep you out of the nose bleeds seats, the MXA gang wants to show you every seat in Anaheim Stadium (and its relationship to the starting line, finish line and whoops sections). Look before you buy.
ATTENTION DENNIS STAPLETON! ALL-NEW 2010 MX3 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
MXA’s Dennis Stapleton is the only MX3 rider that we know. He spend several month in Europe last year racing and did the Denmark round of the MX3 World Championships (finishing 14th). So, we have included the 2010 MX3 schedule for Dennis’ benefit. Oh by the way, the MX3 class is the old 500 Grand Prix class with a 470cc lower limit and no upper displacement limit. And, in the strange sanctioning body way of doing things, even though the lower cc limit is 470cc, you can race a 450cc bike if you want.
2010 FIM WORLD MX3 (470+) CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES
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Aprilÿ 4 ÿÿ ÿÿ ÿ ÿ ÿ ÿÿ Cortelha ÿÿ ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ ÿÿ Portugal
Aprilÿ 11ÿÿÿ ÿÿ ÿ ÿ ÿÿ Castelnau de Levisÿÿ ÿÿ ÿ France
May 2 ÿÿ ÿÿ ÿ ÿ ÿ ÿ ÿ La Rioja ÿÿ ÿÿÿÿ ÿ ÿ ÿÿ ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Argentina
May 9ÿÿÿ ÿÿ ÿ ÿ ÿ ÿ ÿ Laguna Carenÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Chile
May 23 ÿÿ ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Troyan ÿ ÿÿ ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Bulgaria
May 30ÿÿÿ ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Kozani ÿ ÿÿÿ ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Greece
June 13 ÿÿ ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Holice ÿ ÿ ÿ ÿ ÿ ÿ ÿ ÿÿ ÿ ÿ ÿ ÿÿÿ Czech Republic
June 20 ÿÿ ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Senkvice ÿ ÿ ÿÿ ÿÿ ÿÿ ÿÿÿÿ ÿÿÿÿ Slovakia
July 4 ÿÿ ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ La Baneza ÿÿ ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Spain
July 11 ÿÿ ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Orehova Vasÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Slovenia
Aug. 1ÿÿÿ ÿÿÿ ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Schwedtÿÿ ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ ÿ ÿÿ Germany
Aug. 22 ÿÿ ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Vantaa ÿÿ ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Finland
Aug. 29 ÿÿ ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Randers ÿÿ ÿÿ ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Denmark
Sept. 5ÿÿÿ ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Geneva ÿÿ ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Switzerland
65 AND 85 ARENACROSS RIDERS WILL HEAD TO LAS VEGAS SUPERCROSS
ÿ[Press Release]ÿ As part of the newly announced Amateur National Arenacross Championships (ANAC) that commence on Sunday, May 9, 2010 in Las Vegas at Sam Boyd Stadium, Feld Motor Sports? will showcase the main events of the 65cc (7-11) and 85cc (9-11) classes on Saturday, May 8 before the night program of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, finals. The capacity crowd packed into Sam Boyd Stadium will bear witness to the future stars in each highly-competitive class.
For years, the AMA Arenacross Series has showcased the 7-11 year olds of the 65cc class at each race on the schedule. Adding the 65cc and 85cc AMA Arenacross classes to the Monster Energy Supercross finals in Las Vegas will provide these top amateur racers professional level experience and give the fans a glimpse of tomorrow’s stars. This year the 85cc racers will also enjoy the experience of competing at the culminating Monster Energy Supercross finals.
“The 65cc and 85cc races during the AMA Arenacross Series season often produce some of best racing of the weekend,” said AMA Arenacross Series Director Jayme Dalsing. “Now that these kids get a chance to race in front of a huge crowd at a supercross race it says a lot about the caliber of the racing and the talent of the competitors. What makes it even more exciting is that for the first time ever, the AMA will recognize the winners of these two races in May as National Champions, awarding the youngsters with a coveted number one plate.”
As the 12-race AMA Arenacross Series season travels throughout the country from January through March, the 65cc and 85cc races across five regions will determine who lines up on the gates in May. The top four riders from each class in each region will stamp their ticket to the showdown in Vegas for a pair of 20-rider main events. The 2010 AMA Arenacross Series kicks-off in Grand Rapids, Mich., January 8-10 from Van Andel Arena. Tickets are on sale now at the Van Andel Arena box office and www.ticketmaster.com.
For more information on the AMA Arenacross Series log on to www.arenacross.com.
JOSH COPPINS TALKS ABOUT HIS CHANCES ON THE APRILIA V-TWIN
Josh Coppins to Aprilia.
Josh Coppins was fired from Team Yamaha at the end of this last GP season and signed a deal to race for the Aprilia team in 2010. He doesn’t sound too pumped.
“The bike I have with the new team is excellent on some courses and not so good on others. I’m hoping we will win a couple of races and take the team to a new level, but as for a world title, my chances of winning that are gone. The team, in the past few years, has gone for older riders that are at the end of their career, but I’m still competitive so hopefully we’ll be able to get a result,” Coppins said.
ON THE TUBE: CBS SPORTS TO AIR 2010 SUPERCROSS PREVIEW SHOW
[Press Release] Feld Motor Sports announced today that CBS Sports will air a one-hour season preview of the 2010 Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, Saturday, December 26 at 2:30 p.m. EST.
“This is a great way to showcase the 2010 Monster Energy Supercross championship to a network audience,” said Todd Jendro, senior director of operations, Feld Motor Sports. “Last year’s racing was epic and with the emergence of guys like Ryan Villopoto, Josh Grant and Ryan Dungey, we have an amazing season in store and CBS Sports will capture it all December 26 at 2:30 EST. CBS Sports will take an in-depth look at the defending AMA Supercross champion James Stewart’s quest to earn his third career championship while holding off rival Chad Reed and a host of up-and-coming riders that are eager to steal Stewart’s thunder. After an 11-win season in 2010, Stewart returns to the San Manuel Yamaha team in pursuit of excellence.
Former two-time AMA Supercross class champion Reed will switch from the Factory Suzuki team to the Monster Energy Kawasaki team. A three-time race winner in 2009, Reed chased Stewart down to the final stop of the season at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium in what is considered the greatest season in the sport’s history. Within the one-hour show, Reed gives fans a unique perspective on his 2010 campaign. Reed joins AMA Supercross class sophomore Ryan Villopoto under the Monster Energy Kawasaki tent. Villopoto earned two victories in 2009 and is the only rider in history to beat Stewart in a race that he did not crash.
After winning the Anaheim 1 race last year, Josh Grant earned valuable experience in the premier class and will be prepared for battle when the gate drops on the 2010 season January 9. Moving up from the AMA Supercross Lites class is Ryan Dungey who successfully captured the Western Regional title last year. Dungey raced in select AMA Supercross class races in 2008, finishing as high as second at the Minneapolis stop.
MXA PRESS RELEASE: GRAVITY SLASHERS FREESTYLE MOTOCROSS TOUR ANNOUNCED
[Press Release] Feld Motor Sports announced today the inaugural Gravity Slashers Freestyle Motocross tour, kicking off in Charlotte, N.C. on January 2, 2010 and concluding in Cleveland, Ohio on March 6, 2010. The 15-stop tour will feature some of the world’s best freestyle motocross pros as they attempt to one-up each other with gravity-defying tricks. The sport is freestyle motocross and with Gravity Slashing tricks like Cliffhangers, Sterilizers, Tsunamis, and Hart Attacks, fans are sure to be on the edge of their seats all night! These feats may sound like accidents waiting to happen, but in reality, they are some of the most astounding aerial acrobatics you’ll ever see.
In freestyle motocross, the name of the game is “anything goes” in this adrenaline-filled contest staged in mid-air. Riders launch their bikes off ramps that propel them towards the rafters, performing mind-bending acrobatic moves as they soar through the arena airspace. The only way to properly experience this spine-tingling sport is from the very edge of your seat as these daredevils fly high overhead.
“We are proud to introduce the Gravity Slashers tour and continue Feld Motor Sports’ longstanding tradition of world class freestyle motocross competition,” said Todd Jendro, senior director of operations, Feld Motor Sports. “These riders push the limits of reality and thousands of fans all over the country will have the chance to witness the action up close throughout the winter season.”
Gravity Slashers, this action-packed event, will be invading an arena near you so be sure to check your local box office or Ticketmaster outlets. Keep track of all the news on www.GravitySlashers.com
2010 GRAVITY SLASHERS TOUR SCHEDULE
Date/sÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Day/sÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ City, Stateÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Venueÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ
Jan 2, 2010ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Satÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Charlotte, NCÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Time Warner Cable Arena
Jan 8-9, 2010ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Fri/Satÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Portland, MEÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Cumberland Civic Center
Jan 15-16, 2010 ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Fri/Satÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Pensacola, FLÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Pensacola Civic Center
Jan 16, 2010ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Satÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Portland, ORÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Rose Garden
Jan 22-23, 2010 ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Fri/Satÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Bridgeport, CTÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Arena at Harbor Yard
Jan 30-31, 2010 ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Fri/Satÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Salt Lake City, UTÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Energy Solutions Arena
Jan 30, 2010ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Satÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Greensboro, NCÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Greensboro Coliseum
Feb 5-6, 2010ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Fri/Satÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Wichita, KSÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Intrust Bank Arena
Feb 12-13, 2010ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Fri/Satÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Little Rock, ARÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Verizon Arena
Feb 19-20, 2010ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Fri/Satÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Toledo, OHÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Lucas County Arena
Feb 19-20, 2010ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Fri/Satÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Sacramento, CAÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Arco Arena
Feb 26-27, 2010ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Fri/Satÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Moline, ILÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ I Wireless Center
Feb 27, 2010ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Satÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Phoenix, AZÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ US Airways Center
Mar 5-6, 2010ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Fri/Satÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Wilkes-Barre, PAÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza
Mar 6, 2010ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Satÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Cleveland, OHÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Quicken Loans Arena
2010 GRAVITY SLASHERS ATHLETES
Ben Veynaÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ (Las Vegas, NV)
Derek Burlewÿÿÿÿ (Cliffwood Beach, NJ)
Derek Cookÿÿÿÿÿÿ (Clinton, OK)
Drake McElroyÿ (Fernley, NV)
Dustin Nowakÿÿÿ (Mammoth Lakes, CA)
Greg Hartmanÿÿÿ (Greencastle, PA)
Heath Frisbyÿÿÿÿ (Boise, ID)
J.J. Romansÿÿÿÿ (Flagstaff, AZ)
Jack Roweÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ (Chicago, IL)
Jeff Banksÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ (Campbell River, B.C.)
John Distlerÿÿÿÿÿ (Gilbert, AZ)
Julian Dusseauÿ (Humbolt County, CA)
Justin Stoltzfus (Philadelphia, PA)
Keith Sayersÿÿÿÿ (Butte, MT)
Nick Dunneÿÿÿÿÿÿ (Redding, CA)
Rich Kearnsÿÿÿÿÿ (Prospect, CT)
Sean Nielsenÿÿÿÿ (Gunnison, UT)
Shawn Connors (Dorset, VT)
Vince Morganÿÿÿ (St. Johns, AZ)
THE DAVE CHASE MEMORIAL: JANUARY 10, 2010
Well known (and loved) racer and mechanic Dave Chase died suddenly last month. The Team Honda engineer was a mainstay in the desert, at Pro Circuit and, most recently, at Team Honda. Dave Chase’s family has planned a celebration of Dave’s life on Sunday, January 10, 2010 in Irvine, CA. Please visit www.davechasemx.com for more information.
HUSQVARNA IS RETURNING TO AMA RACING: BUT NOT MOTOCROSS (MAYBE NEXT YEAR)
The enduro version of the TC250 four-stroke motocross bike is the TCX250.
After a 20-year absense from the National Enduro Series, Husqvarna will field an offroad team. The team will be managed by Husqvarna national sales and marketing manager, and AMA Hall of Famer, Scot Harden. A three-time International Six Days Enduro medalist and two-time Baja 1000 winner, Harden will lend his experience as the team’s crew chief and will oversee Husqvarna’s Enduro effort, while also taking over the GNCC and EnduroCross programs which began with the 2009 season.
“After reentering the racing arena in 2009, Husqvarna is focused on improving its results and competing for championships in 2010,” says Harden. “We have a very talented team with the right combination of youth and experience to drive the program forward. We look forward to competing throughout the year to reestablish Husqvarna as the leader in off-road racing.”
GLENN KEARNEY: Australian rider Glenn Kearney will compete for Husqvarna in the 2010 AMA GNCC and National Enduro series. Kearney raced for Husqvarna in the 2009 GNCC series, finishing eighth overall while winning the SETRA Little Brown Jug on a TC250. For 2010, Kearney will ride a Husqvarna TXC250. Glenn Kearney will ride the TCX250 in Husqvarna’s return to AMA National Enduro racing.
BOBBY GARRISON: Former WORCS Champion Bobby Garrison has signed on to compete in the WORCS series and other west coast off-road races on a Husqvarna TC450. Garrison will also compete in AMA District 37 Big 6 Grand Prix events.
CORY GRAFFUNDER: Cory Graffunder will represent Husqvarana’s EnduroCross program, competing in the MA and World EnduroCross series, as well as Hell’s Gate and other extreme events on a TC250 or WR300.
NICK BURSON: Reigning U.S. Desert Racing #1 plate holder Nick Burson defend his title on a Desert Master TXC450, while also competing in the AMA National Hare & Hound, D-37 Desert and Big 6 series
A FLASHBACK PHOTO OF A FATHER AND SON: WHO ARE THEY?
Can you guess who this father and son racing team are? Would you have guessed that it was Valentino Rossi and his road racer father Graziano?
WORLD MINI GRAND PRIX LEAVES VEGAS: MOVES TO MESQUITE, NEVADA, IN 2010
The 39th Annual NMA World MIni Grand Prix is moving 65 miles north on I-15 to Mesquite, Nevada.ÿ The Mesquite MX Park is an excellent location with great terrain, dirt and facilities and will be highlighted by a new special World Mini Grand Prix motocross course.
There will be ample parking at the track for camping, vendors and sponsors.ÿ For those who do not stay at the facility, the city of Mesquite offers lodging at major hotel-casino properties as well as a dozen or more local motels at very reasonable rates. For more info go to www.nma.com
A BIKE BRAND WE THOUGHT WAS DEAD: MALAGUTI ?S NEW XTM
2010 Malaguti XTM50.
Don’t get too excited, because even when Malaguti was a name that American racers recognized, it was only for small two-stroke engines. And times haven’t changed. Although Malaguti has specialized in scooters for the last 40 years, they are do make a two-stroke offroad bike called the Malaguti XTM. But, there is a catch. The Malaguti XTM has a 50cc engine.
Malaguti rear suspension.
The Malaguti XTM50 has 36 mm telescopic forks and no-link rear suspension. They are equipped with a six-peed transmission. The frame is a twin-beam stainless steel structure with 240 mm disc brakes. The rear disc measures 220 mm. The engine has a bore and stroke of 40.3 x 39 mm and uses a 16mm Dell’Orto PHBN16 carb.
SUZUKI’S AMATEUR TEAM FOR 2010
Suzuki has announced the riders on its Rockstar Makita Suzuki Amateur Team. The RM85 riders are Sean Cantrell, Jake Masterpool, Tristan Miller, Michael Mosiman, Rookie White, Alexander Frye, Steven Gretchen Jordon Smith and Jace Owen. Big bike riders will be riders will be Bryce Stewart, J. Savatgy, Jeremy Martin, Gannon Audette, Austin Howell and Nick Paluzzi.
Happy Holidays from everyone at Motocross Action! And if you get a Red Ryder BB gun please don’t shoot your eye out.