MOTOCROSS ACTION’S WEEKEND NEW ROUND-UP: STUFF HAPPENS ALL THE TIME

June 30, 2014
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JAMES STEWART’S SECOND MOTO CRASH AT MUDDY CREEK

MUDDY CREEK AMA NATIONAL RESULTS

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450 Class:
1. Ken Roczen…KTM……………..(2-1)
2. Ryan Dungey…KTM……………(1-2)
3. Eli Tomac…Hon…………………(3-3)
4. Trey Canard…Hon…………..… (4-4)
5. Andrew Short…KTM……………(6-8)
6. Weston Peick…Suz……………..(10-5)
7. Brett Metcalfe…Kaw…………….(9-7)
8. James Stewart…Suz……………(5-10)
9. Josh Grant…Yam……………… (11-6)
10. Justin Brayton…Yam…………(8-15)
Other notables: 11. Malcolm Stewart; 12. Kyle Vhisholm; 13. Chad Reed; 18. Fredrik Noren; 19. Killy Rusk.

250 Class:
1. Cooper Webb… Yam…………….(2-1)
2. Blake Baggett…Kaw…………….(1-3)
3. Justin Bogle….Hon…………….. (4-2)
4. Christophe Pourcel…Yam……. (3-4)
5. Marvin Musquin…KTM………. (5-5)
6. Cole Seely…Hon…………………..(6-8)
7. Jeremy Martin…Yam…………… (10-6)
8. Jessy Nelson…Hon……………….(7-10)
9. Dean Wilson…Kaw……………….(14-7)
10. Kyle Cunningham…Hon……….(8-13)
Other notables: 11. Anthony Rodriquez; 13. Alex Martin; 14. Jason Anderson; 15. Justin Hill; 16. Zach Bell.

THE INFAMOUS “DID YOU SEE BEHIND YOU” QUESTION WITH COOPER WEBB

SWAN HILL AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL RESULTS

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450 Class:
1. Kade Mosig………….65
2. Kirk Gibbs…………..62
3. Matt Moss……………58
4. Jake Moss……………55
5. Adam Monea………..52
6. Billy Mackenzie……50
7. Jacob Wright……….46
8. Brock Winston……..45
9. Lewis Woods………..43
10. Sam Martin………..43
Other notables: 12. Jay Marmont; 13. James Booth Elliott; 15. Ford Dale; 16. Hayden Mellross; 17. Rhys Carter.

250 Class:
1. Nathan Crawford…….67
2. Luke Arbon……………67
3. Luke Clout…………….58
4. Hamish Harwood…..54
5. Jay Wilson…………….51
6. Errol Willis……………51
7. Kale Makeham……….47
8. Josh Cachia…………..44
9. Kayne Lamont……….44
10. Caleb Ward…………..41
Other notables: 11. Dylan Long; 12. Brenden Harrison; 17. Luke Wilson; 19. Matt van Slooten; 20. Geran Stapleton.

STIJBOS BEATS HERLINGS AT KESTER BELGIAN CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

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Open Class:
1. Kevin Strijbos………………1-1
2. Jeffrey Herlings…………..3-2
3. Jeremy van Horebeek….2-3
4. Romain Febrve……………4-4
5. Petar Petrov………………..7-5
6. Ken DeDycker……………..5-7
7. Marvin Van Daele……….12-8
8. Steve Ramon………………11-10
9. Kristof Salaets…………….9-13
10. Andy Truyts………………15-9
Other notables: 11. Jose Butron; 13. Davide Guarneri; 14. Marc DeReuver; 19. Gordon Crockard.

MAX NAGL WINS ADAC MASTERS IN GERMANY

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450 Class:
1. Max Nagl……………………….1-1
2. David Philippaerts…………2-2
3. Dennis Ullrich……………….3-3
4. Martin Michek……………….4-5
5. Jeremy Seewer……………….6-4
6. Marcus Schiffer………………5-6
7. Pascal Rauchenecker………7-12
8. Gregory Aranda……………..12-7
9. Boris Maillard……………….11-10
10. Angus Hedecker…………..10-12
Other notables: 12. Sebastien Pourcel; 13. Matthias Walkner; 15 Christian Brocket; 17. Florent Richier.

MAXXIS BRITISH ACU SKELTER BANK NATIONAL RESULTS

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450 Class:
1. Tommy Searle……………………1-1-1
2. Shaun Simpson………………….2-2-2
3. Loic Rombaut……………………4-9-4
4. Graeme Irwin……………………3-5-10
5. Alex Snow………………………….5-7-6
6. Nathan Watson…………………12-10-3
7. Gert Krestinov…………………..6-8-9
8. Luke Hawkins……………………7-15-6
9. Pritt Ratsep……………………….9-11-8
10.  Jamie Law……………………..10-14-12
Other notables: 12. Jake Nicholls; 13. Kristian Whatley; 14. Brad Anderson; 19. Elliott Banks-Browne.

250 Class:
1. Matiss Karro…………………4-3-1
2. Mel Pocock…………………..3-4-2
3. Steven Lenoir………………..2-2-6
4. Adam Sterry………………….5-5-4
5. Max Anstie……………………1-1-29
6. Steven Clarke………………..7-8-5
7. Neville Bradshaw……………6-29-3
8. Michael Eccles………………10-9-11
9. James Harrison…………….11-13-8
10. Matt Bayliss………………..16-10-7
Other notables: 12. Bryan Mackenzie; 14. Ben Watson; 16. Jordan Brooker; 21. Jack Brunell.

ELI TOMAC’S MUDDY CREEK SUCCESS STORY

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Eli Tomac’s return to racing was a success .

In his first outdoor 450 National of 2014 Geico Honda’s Eli Tomac set fast time with a 1:57.34 and then went out and led the first moto for most of the way before settling for third. He then came back to finish third in moto two for, what else, third overall. It was a great performance by a guy who came off the couch for the third time this season.

HERLINGS TO STAY IN 250 CLASS, BUT VACATION AT UNADILLA

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WOMEN’S NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP REUNION & RACE SEPT. 6-7

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For more info go to www.facebook.com/events/573042682817428

REM’S FIFTH OF JULY RACE…ON, WHAT ELSE, JULY 5TH

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For more info go to www.remsatmx.com

WHO’S WHO IN THE AMA NATIONAL ZOO: HEADING TO RED BUD

2014HighPoint142104Ryan Dungey (5) won round one and has been in the hunt ever since, but no cigar.

DATE………..TRACK………..450………………..250
May 24………Glen Helen……….Ryan Dungey……….Jeremy Martin
May 31………Hangtown…………Ken Roczen………….Jeremy Martin
June 7……….Thunder Valley….Ken Roczen………….Blake Baggett
June 14………Mt. Morris……….James Stewart………Blake Baggett
June 28………Muddy Creek…..Ken Roczen…………..Cooper Webb
July 5…………Red Bud………….
July 12……….Budds Creek…….
July 19……….Millville…………..
July 26……….Washougal………
Aug. 9…………Unadilla…………
Aug. 16……….Indiana…………..
Aug. 23………..Miller …………..
450 Points Leader: Ken Roczen
250 Points Leader: Jeremy Martin

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN THE WORLD OF MOTOCROSS?

UDDEVALLANext week’s Grand Prix is in Uddevalla, Sweden.

July 5…….…Red Bud 250/450 National………………..Buchanan, MI
July 5-6……AMA Supermoto Series……………………..Denver, CO
July 6…….…FIM 250/450 Grand Prix………………..…Sweden
July 6…….…300 Two-Stroke Series………………………Sweden
July 13…..…Australian 250/450 National………………Connondale, Qld
July 13……..WORC Offroad Series…………………………Cedar Ridge, UT
July 13…..…World Sidecarcross…………….………………Belgium
July 18-23…NMA Grand National Championship.….Oklahoma City, OK

STEVE MCQUEEN”S PORSCHE 917 FROM “LE MANS”

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The connection to motocross is nebulous, except for the fact that this 1969 Porsche 917 was driven by Steve McQueen in the 1971 movie “Le Mans.” Other cars, with a Steve McQueen and “Le Mans” connection, have been auctioned off in the past for $1.375 million and $11 million—and they weren’t stars of the film like this Gulf-livery Porsche 917. This car will be auctioned off at Pebble Beach by Gooding & Company on August 16-17, 2014. There is no asking price, but bring $15 million just to be in the game.

HISTORY LESSON: FAILED DRUG TESTS BY MOTOCROSSERS AREN’T NEW

Andrea_BartoliniAndrea Bartolini won the 1995 500 World Championship for Yamaha, but was in the news in August of 2001.

Here is a news blurb from the MXA website back in 2001:

Grand Prix racers Andrea Bartolini and Gert-Jan Van Doorn recently failed GP drug tests. Bartolini’s sampled contained steroids, while van Doorn tested high for amphetamines.

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Gert-Jan Van Doorn (21) was suspended from racing for 18 months, while Andrea Bartolini got a six month ban. Both rider’s were fined, lost points and had to pay the FIM hearing costs.

According to the FIM, “The sample of Mr. Bartolini contains a concentration of 45 ng/ml of nandrolone (anabolic steroid), and the one of Mr. Van Doorn contains amfepramone (stimulant, derivative of amphetamine). Both products are sanctioned by Art. 10.3, Prohibited Classes of Substances. Mr. Bartolini asked for a counter-test with the B sample, which confirmed the results of the A sample (45.1 ng/ml). Mr. Van Doorn did not ask for a counter-test. Both cases will be judged within a few days by the International Jury, who is entitled either to take a decision or refer the case to the International Disciplinary Court.”

AND THIS FROM AUGUST 5, 2002

JOSHCOPPINS2007Josh Coppins fought the law and the law lost…sort of.

“New Zealand GP rider Josh Coppins has been found not guilty of a doping charge. He tested six times over the limit for the stimulant pseudo-ephedrine after the Austrian Grand Prix on June 9 and gave up the right for a second test.

“At a court hearing before three judges in Switzerland, Coppins was handed a three-month suspended ban — which will be enforced if he tests positive in the next 12 months. Coppins, 25, was found to have been negligent in taking a hay fever tablet containing a banned substance, pseudo-ephedrine. Coppins will lose the 20 points and prize money for his third placing in the Austrian race. Coppins said, “I recognize that I’ve been found guilty of negligence and that’s fair enough; the judges said to me they realize a thing like this can happen, but the important thing is that I’ve been found not guilty of doping and I believe my name is cleared.”

THE FAA EXPLAINS ITS DRONE PHOTOGRAPHY RULES

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In light of assertions that Amazon might start delivering package by drones, the Federal Aviation Administration has released a “Notice of Interpretation” regarding its rules on the use of model aircraft, RC helicopters, quad-copters, UAVs and drones (or any device used or designed to fly in the air). All of this is covered in section 336 of the FAA Reform Act of 2012. For the sport of motocross, this relates to the heli-cam video footage that is so popular in today’s video world.

The FAA regulates model aircraft because they can pose a hazard to general, commercial and military flights—not to mention people on the ground. Thus the rules are as follows:

(1) All of these aircraft, whether big small, helicopter or RC plane, must always be flown within line of sight of the operator. Binoculars, night vision goggles, on board “first-person” viewing systems or spotters are not allowed to circumvent this rule.

(2) All aerial operations are restricted to below 400 above the ground.

(3) The aircraft is limited to not more than 55 pounds (unless flight tested and certified). That is interpreted as 55 pounds total at takeoff.

(4) The aircraft cannot be flown within five (5) miles of an airport without reporting to the airport operator or air traffic control tower with prior notification.

(5) The aircraft must be flown strictly for hobby or recreational use. This means that you can shoot video from a drone or RC aircraft for your own pleasure (and even put it on YouTube or Vimeo), but “flights that are in furtherance of a business, or incidental to a person’s business, would not be a hobby or recreation flight.” Thus, companies cannot use the model aircraft footage to sell products, promote their business or enhance their image in the business community. Nor, can a model aircraft operator receive money for a remote controlled video. The FAA does have a policy to give companies or individuals the right to make money from model aircraft flights, but to date, only two models (the Scan Eagle and Aerovironment’s Puma) have been certified for commercial use, and they are authorized to fly only in the Arctic.

What does it mean? To the ordinary hobbyist, absolutely nothing. For those who make money from drone-camera flights, it means that the threat of government action does exist (and there have been fines as great as $10,000 levied against real estate companies that use drone photography to help sell houses). This matter is under review in both the courts and at the FAA—but don’t hold your breath. It should be noted that renting a full-size helicopter and pilot to shoot aerial footage is completely legal.

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS THE MXA’S WRECKING CREW?

denniswaterbufDennis Stapleton arrived home on Friday from a two-week race tour of Singapore, the Philippines and China. He had first class transportation while overseas.

cycrayzJohn Basher and Daryl Ecklund spent the week in North Carolina—including considerable time at the Joe Gibbs Racing facility testing this Cycra/JGR Yamaha YZ450F.

darylncMXA’s Daryl Ecklund got home from North Carolina on Friday and is already in Sweden for the 2015 Husqvarna intro.

weekejwJody Weisel didn’t go to China, North Carolina or Sweden, because someone had to stay home and work. Work for the MXA guys is going riding…and that doesn’t always mean on a water buffalo.

CHINESE BIKE RACES AT ISLE OF MAN: FIRST NEW BRAND SINCE 1957

cfmotoiomttGary Anderson on the CFMoto at the 2014 Isle of Man TT.

Chinese manufacturer CFMoto has become the first Chinese manufactured bike to finish the Isle of Man TT race and the first new manufacturer to enter the competition since 1957. Gary Johnson did a 114 mph average speed on  CFMoto 650NK and Callum Laidlaw did 106mph on a 650NK with a stock engine. “Putting a Chinese manufactured machine against Japanese and European giants has certainly caused a stir and it shows the strength of conviction we have in its reliability, and performance capabilities,” said team spokesperson Henry Maplethorpe. But, the arrival of the Chinese brand in 2014 harks back to 1959 when Honda arrived at the Isle of Man to the laughter of the European faithful. This is where they started to make a name for themselves.

THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAY BOYS: KURT WOULD HAVE BEEN 31

June 29…Marty Tripes 1956
June 29…Fred Andrews 1965
June 29…Bob Haro


June 29…Ford Dale 1988
June 29…Mat Rebeaud 1982


June 30…Doug Dubach 1963


June 30…Kurt Caselli 1983
June 30…Roy Janson


July 3……Steve Stackable
July 3……Paul Carpenter 1981


July 4……Billy Mackenzie 1984
July 4……Mark Phares


July 4……Dean Ferris 1990

ARE YOU READY TO GET YOUR GROOVE ON…IN BARCELONA

xavibaritimoImagine a gig where you ride in the daytime and play dance music at night in some of Barcelona’s hottest night spots.

Spain’s most celebrated motorcycle racing/disco DJ Xavi “Fever” Costa has been spinning his special mix of funk and disco music at the Baritimo Lounge at Maremagnum in the Moll d’Espanya in Barcelona.

XAVIoXavi at his part-time job. His full-time job is as a motorcycle racer.

Xavi Costa has raced in England, Holland, Belgium, Spain and the United States, but you have be in Barcelona to hear his brand of funky music. If you can’t make it to the Baritimo Lounge in Barcelona, you can see Xavi at the Glen Helen World Vet Championships on November 1-2, 2014, as part of the Spanish National team.

 

Photos: Yamaha, John Basher, Debbi Tamietti, John Ker, Mathieu Heurtault, Gooding & Company, Geico Honda, CFMoto, Honda

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