MOTOCROSS ACTION’S MID-WEEK REPORT: (07/27/10)

MOTOCROSS ACTION’S MID-WEEK REPORT
By The MXA wrecking crew

2010 MTA WORLD VET MX CHAMPIONSHIPS ENTRIES AVAILABLE ON-LINE NOW

The 26th Annual MTA World Vet Motocross Championships isn’t until November 5-6, but you can pre-enter now at www.glenhelen.com. There are four days of riding during the World Vet wekend (with two days of racing). There is a Thursday practice from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, a Friday practice from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday races. The entry fee is %40 per class (Pre-entry) and $45 post entry. Entry and race information can be found at one of the following links:

SATURDAY ENTRIES:
www.glenhelen.com/m_signupProcess.asp?getRaceInfo=true&eventID=1338

SUNDAY ENTRIES:
www.glenhelen.com/m_signupProcess.asp?getRaceInfo=true&eventID=1339 

MXA MINI-VIEW: COLE SEELY

roy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil Honda rider Cole Seely has been busy preparing for the “Speed and Style” competition at the Summer X Games this weekend in Los Angeles. What is Speed and Style? It’s a mix of Supercross (speed) and freestyle ramps (style). RIders earn points by going as fast as they can around the track, but they are also judged by the tricks that they do off of the ramps. Seely got the invitation to compete not only because of his Supercross skills, but because he is also a pretty good ramp rider. Other professional riders competing include Max Anstie, Wil Hahn, Josh Hansen, Josh Hill (since out with a broken femur), and Kevin Johnson (note: these names listed on ESPN’s website and might not be completely accurate). We caught up with Cole to find out his chances of winning gold on Sunday.

MXA: What are you doing to prepare for Speed and Style?
Cole: I have been hitting ramps and training with my freestyle buddy, Lance Coury. He has been showing me the way of a freestyle rider. He gives me guidelines on easier ways to learn tricks. For a few years now I have been hitting ramps, but I never took it seriously until I got the invitation to compete in the X Games.

What tricks do you have up your sleeve?
I have a seat grab, which is pretty basic. I also have seat grab indian airs and lazy boys. I have tried to learn kiss of deaths, but those are very scary. I don’t know if I’m going to be doing those or not at X.


Seely says that he’s ready for Speed and Style. It will be a change of scenery for him after racing eight Nationals.

How does Troy Lee feel about you cutting your plastics up and turning your CRF250 into a freestyle bike?
[Laughter] I don’t think that he’s too bummed about it. With the way that the Honda plastic styling is, it really doesn’t require much cutting to get the bike freestyle ready. I didn’t cut out any of the logo area, so nobody should be upset. I’m even able to keep my number on the side panels.

Do you like your odds of winning?
I do like my odds. Out of every other racer in the field I have probably spent the most time hitting ramps. I have always screwed on ramps with Lance, even just doing whips. I talked to Max Anstie on the line at Millville, and he said that he was just going to do whips for his tricks. The freestyle part of it will hurt some of the riders.

Have you made any major adjustments to the bike that you will be riding in the X Games, or are you basically riding your Supercross bike?
I use my Supercross settings, but on a production set of forks instead of the oversized forks. That setup seems to work pretty well in the X Games training sessions that I have done.


Does Seely like his odds of winning at the X Games? You betcha.

How important is it, not only for you to compete in X Games, but also to your team and sponsors?
It’s a really big deal. Winning an X Games medal is pretty honorable. It would be sick to get a medal. I’m going to take the event seriously and treat it like every time I line up to the gate.

Speed and Style is going to be split between six freestyle riders and six racers, with a single elimination format. In the final, the top freestyle rider will compete against the top racer. Who has the upper hand in this event?
It depends. Anything can happen. A few freestyle riders, like Mat Rebeaud and Jeremy Stenberg, are really fast if they don’t crash. It will be a pretty close outcome. The freestyle guys have flips under their belts, so they will be a notch above in the finals. Regardless, it should be a pretty exciting event.

In past Speed and Style events guys have resorted to taking each other out. How good are you at taking people out?
[Laughter] We’ll find out I guess, won’t we?

HONDA CRF150 SPEC RACE AT LAST TWO NATIONALS: IT PAYS $2000 TO WIN IT!

Honda is guaranteed to win at least two more Nationals this year.

Honda will sponsor two special support races at the final two rounds the AMA 250/450 Nationals (at Steel City and Pala). Called the “Honda CRF150 Cup,” AMA Amateur Super-Mini rules will be applied. Riders between the age of 12 to 16 will be eligible and must have an AMA membership. The only legal motorcycles for this race are 2007 or newer Honda CRF150 four-strokes with a maximum wheel size of 19″ (front and 16″ (rear). Only 30 riders will be accepted for each round.

The winner will receive $2000 from Honda contingency (second $1000, third $500, fourth $450, fifth $400, sixth $350…down to $100 for tenth). It will be a one-moto format (15-minutes). The entry fee is $50. Mechanics passes for gate admission, paddock and signal area access are $40 (one per rider). Guest passes can be purchased at event for $40 (for Gate Admission and Paddock Access(Limited to four per rider).

For more information, including registration forms and the official rules, please visit www.mxsportsproracing.com and click on Honda CRF 150 Cup, located under the “Schedule tab,” or please e-mail crf150cup@mxsports.com.

HONDA TO SEND JAPANESE STAR TO RACE THE 450 GP’S

Yu Hirata is headed for the sand of Lommel.

Japanese rider Yu Hirata (25), from the Dream Honda RT team in the All-Japan National Motocross Championships, will get his chance at GP glory at the Belgian and Czech GPs. The Martin Honda team will support Hirata in his quest to score 450 (MX1) points.


Hirata is currently fifth the All-Japan National Championships.

      Hirata is currently fifth in the All-Japan 450 series and said, “I want to try racng the Grand Prix because I like to challenge myself and push my limits. Of course I would love to compete in the World Championships full-time next year if the opportunity was there, but for now I am just concentrating on proving myself and showing what I can do. My main aim is really to learn and to experience. Hopefully what I learn can help me develop as a rider and become stronger. I would like to say thank you to all of the team for giving me this opportunity and I hope I can repay them with good results in the next two Grand Prix.”

MINI-VIEW: PRO CIRCUIT’S MAIN MAN IN THE GP’S, STEVEN FROSSARD

Steven Frossard may not be as well known as Pro Circuit teammates Christophe Pourcel, Tyla Rattray, Dean Wilson and Jake Weimer, but he’s getting there (on another continent).

Steven Frossard rides for the Pro Circuit team, but not in the AMA Nationals; He’s their man in the 250 World Championships. Three weeks ago Steven Frossard won his first ever 250 GP (and paradoxically, he is getting ready to race the final five 250 GPs of his life, because when he turned 23 this month, he aged out of the European 250 class and will be forced to move into the MX1 class next year).

MXA:You won your first 250 GP in your 50th GP start?
Steven: I was waiting for this win a long time, but it didn’t come earlier. I missed several opportunities this season, for example in Portugal when I broke my handle bar in the qualifying race or in Spain when I crashed at the start of race two. But I knew that I could do it and never gave up, it was a great moment for me and for team CLS who supported me since I started racing the GP’s. I know that some riders such as Roczen or Herlings didn’t wait so long to win a GP, but like Christophe Pourcel these guys are phenomenal and that’s another story!


Frossard celebrates his first 250 GP win in Sweden.

How did you celebrate your victory?
We just went to the restaurant with the team members in Sweden, and then I had a French Elite round so there was no real time to rest. I just went for a couple of days at home, but now I’m back in the Netherlands to train and prepare the next GPs. I’m now second in the standings, tight with Roczen, and there’s still a chance to win the championship.

How do you feel this season?
Physically I’ve never been so fit. Mentally I’m confident, I always said since the beginning of the season that I was able to race with the fastest riders of this class and I proved it.

Mitch Payton entrusted his bikes to Team CLS/Pro Circuit head man Harry Nolte.

You’ve been in the top four in the last three GPs. How did that come about?
In the past I never got good results during the first GPs, so this year my goal was to ride safe and score points at the beginning of the season. I have finished all the motos this year where last year I had 11 DNFs. In the first part of the season we had to adapt the bike to the World Championship noise rules, and it took us some time; the Pro Circuit Kawasaki is different than my previous bikes, I had also to get used to the power at the start. During the week we don’t practice with our GP bikes, but now our training bikes are pretty similar.

There are two sand races in the last five rounds, how do you prepare them?
I’m training in the sand with Kees van der Ven. I learned a lot from Kees, and also by watching Jeffrey Herlings ride in the sand.  The fact that I have a great bike also help me a lot in the sand, you need a powerful engine to be competitive there.


A Frossard holeshot.

It’s your last season in the 250 class, are you ready to move on to a 450?
At the moment I’m focused on the 250 class, that’s the most important for me. I’m confident for the 450 challenge. I raced the 450 at last year’s Motocross des Nations, so everyone knows what I can do in this class, even if I didn’t practice so much on a 450 before this race. I will not have any disadvantage with my size and weight in this class, and I like being on the 450. I will have to leave Team CLS/Pro Circuit as they are only racing the 250 GPs. We have been working together since 2007 and it’s like a second family for me. I was happy to offer them a GP win in Sweden, and hope to give them even better for the rest of my final season in MX2.

THE RUSSIANS WIN THE 2010 WORLD MOTO BALL CHAMPIONSHIP: WHERE WAS TEAM USA?

Moto Ball is essentially soccer on bikes.

The Russian team won the 2010 World Moto Ball Championship. The five-day event took place at courses in Pinks and Luminets, Belarus. Belarus is in Eastern Europe and is bordered by Russia, Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia. The capital is Minsk. It was once part of the Soviet Union, but declared independence in 1991.


Although Moto Ball can be played on grass, the World Championships (since no one else in the world plays this game), but in Belarus they compete on asphalt with Supermoto tires.

In 1964 a European Cup was was offered for the first time and 25 years ago, it became a European Championship. Originally, Belgium, Bulgaria, Great Britain, France, Netherlands, Spain, USSR and Germany were among the participating countries. Then, due to politics, the number of countries actively involved was reduced to France, Germany, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Netherlands and other Eastern bloc countries.

Moto Ball can be played on asphalt, hard court or grass. The dimensions are those of a soccer field. The goal is 22 feet x 8 feet. There is an 18 foot circle in front of the goal which may not be left by the goalkeeper or entered by a player. The ball is made from leather and and weighs two pounds. The motorcycles use 250cc engines. The playing time is four 20 minutes quarters. Moto Ball clubs are pure amateur teams.


The local Belarus team was the crowd favorite.

The 2010 Finals were won by the Russian team over the local Belarus team. After two exciting matches, Russia took Belarus by a score of 11 to 3. This is the 12th time the Russian have won the title. France defeated Germany 6 to 2 in the Bronze Medal round. The top eight countries were Russia, Belarus, France, Germany, Ukraine, Lithuania, Netherlands and Azerbaijan.

COOL KTM STUFF THAT YOU CAN’T GET IN THE USA
KTM offers a wide range of KTM gear, accessories and hop-up parts through their Power Parts catalog, but some of the stuff that they sell to their European customers they don’t offer to the USA contingent. Here is a quick look at some cool, but unobtainable, KTM parts.

This KTM toaster is only offered in Europe and doesn’t work without an adapter in the USA.

What good is toast without a cup of coffee (and a matching saucer).

If you want iced coffee with your toast, you would probably want to cool it down with ice cubes in the shape of the KTM logo.

Maybe breakfast isn’t your cup of tea. Then how about a juicy steak branded with KTM’s special steak branding iron (unless you own a herd of cattle).


If the little one isn’t ready for a KTM 150SX or even a pedal bike, you can get him a KTM training bike?it’s best to start them young.

NO FEAR TO HAVE A SALE ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 7 (IF YOU ARE IN CARLSBAD)

CARPETBAGGING AMERICAN WINS AUSTRALIAN 250 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: CONGRATS TO P.J. LARSEN

When he had the opportunity, P.J. came home and raced in the USA (like here at Anaheim Stadium).

American P.J. Larsen has won the 2010 Australian Rockstar Energy Motocross Nationals title in the 250 class. It is Larsen’s first Australian Motocross Championship after he took an offer to move to Australia when nothing opened up for him in the USA (he was a Canidae Kawasaki rider in 2009). It was a smart move. “It means a lot to me to win this title after getting the opportunity to come and do a season in Australia with the JDR Motorsports Motorex KTM team,” said P.J. “I’m glad that we could come out with the championship. The whole team has been working really hard because we wanted to win the title for Andrew (Mcfarlane)?the whole goal was to go and do our best, make Andrew proud, and I think that we did a good job of it.”


P.J. celebrating in Oz.                photo: KTM Australia

AUSTRALIAN 250 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS:
1. P.J. Larsen…535
2. Kirk Gibbs…470
3. Ford Dale…413
4. Ryan Marmont…387
5. Lawson Bopping…380
6. Cody Mackie…332
7. Michael Phillips…296
8. Luke Styke…291
9. Kade Mosig…289
10. Luke George…258

LACR TO CLOSE IN SEPTEMBER: WHAT A SHAME


According to the Barbacovi family, Los Angeles County Raceway in Palmdale, California, will close at the end of September, 2010. On the LACR website it says: “Sadly, it has happened. Granite Construction has opted not to renew our sub-lease, meaning LACR will officially close the end of September. We are still putting together the September schedule and it will be up shortly.”

For more infromation, call (661) 272-8889 or visit www.crcmx.com.

ZAP’S SCHWAG CONTEST RESULTS:

First of all, sorry for the delay in posting the contest results. I’ve been off the MWR beat while I was across the pond at the Tour de France. Second of all…wow…I can’t say how impressed I am with all of you motocross history buffs. I thought for sure I would have stumped the crowd with that photo, especially since when I walked the photo around the pits at the USGP at Glen Helen almost all of the industry old-timers were couldn’t guess who it was. And who in fact was it & who was the Moose gear winner? Read on to find out.

* Danny Laporte. 500 National and 250 World Champ (won world championship the same year Lackey did). He would have had another championship except for the “Let Brock Bye” pit board. Also, did the Paris/Dakar race. The last I heard he was working with FMF.
Mike Taylor

*The rider on the picture is Danny Laporte. I also bought, as a kid, the special issues of MXA Trans-Am and Motocross Champions. Later, in 1978, when I was an Exchange student at Whittier, California, I bought my first MXA magazine in the USA – the february issue that had Roger on the cover! I still race today at the age of 48 and have a 2010 KTM 450SXF – purchased after MXA 450 comparison. My name is Marcio Vargas, I am a Geologist with a Master Degree on Regional Geology and I work for the Brazilian National Congress.
Marcio

* Danny LaPorte. Ladies loved him, the guys wanted to be him (He was the MXA cover-boy in a Super-man outfit!). Super-fast, super-humble, super-nice, missed being the first American World Champion by two weeks (To Brad) but was America’s first 250 WorldChampion. Hell, Bob Hannah even liked him (He never had to ‘Let him bye’).
Scott Spiwak


*The rider is Danny Laporte. What made him great was that he was cool, and hauled ass on a bike. Oh yeah, He beat Glover except for that ” Let Brock Bye ” thing and whipping up on the Euros with Lackey in 82.
Paul Mundt

* I think that would be Danny La Porte and he IS the first American World Champion…and all-around good guy.
Steve Chandler former CMC 125/250/500 Jr/Int   (#41m)…Saddleback local, and only occassionally  “ZAPPED”  you had to work to get past me buddy!

* Danny LaPorte. What made him great… I really liked his riding style… Replica of Roger DeCoster and I had the pleasure of racing against him at the CMC Golden State Races….. One time he won and I finished second place of the old Husky 125 at the current Hangtown track.. Back then it was called Mcgills..not sure why. Give the swag to somebody who really needs it not some guy with the “DREAM JOB” !
Neezer
 
* The rider is, it is Danny LaPorte in ’76 getting ready for the Florida Winter Series. This is the cover shot for the June issue. What made him great, and famous are a number of things:

*1982 250 World Champion, first American to win the 250 title, and it came one week before B.Lackey won his 500 title.
*Winner of the Paris to Dakar event
*Has won many different off-road Desert races.
*Was in contention for the 125 title in ’77 with Hannah, and Broc Glover, and which is why Keith McCarty had the sign out for Hannah “Let Brock bye”, so LaPorte could not win the championship that year *Won numerous 500 Nationals *Was put of the winning team in 1982, for the MX Des Nations, along with his other Honda Teamates.

Are these enough things that Danny is famous for, along with having an edition of the MX Files done on Danny. Oh, by the way, he is also the product developer for FMF currently. He also was the team manager for their 125 FMF team back in the early 90’s.
Rick Conley

* The rider (#352) is Danny LaPorte. What made him great?? That is a long, long answer.
Super friendly guy, great racer, pioneer on the first U.S. winning MXdN team, world champ (missed being the first by like a week), national champ, Rally racer, etc. I could go on, but I think you get the point!!
Duff P.S. As a former MX racer turned cycling (both road and mtb) fanatic, I love the cycling cross over!! Keep up the good work.

* Danny LaPorte 1979 500 National Champ. 250 world champ. Paris to Dakar winner. MXA dubbed heartthrob of Yucca Valley. All around nice guy
Pete Noneman

* Great job on the Mid-Week Report. I love the Moto/Tour de France connection stuff. #352 is Danny LaPorte. What made (still makes) him great is his determination and kind hearted personality. It’s a strange combination but to me he’s always been one of the toughest competitors as well as one of nicest guys in the sport. During our era, it was to the death on the track but off the track Danny was one of my favorite guys to hang with. Go figure!
Mike Bell

* This is easy…I hope I’m not too late…It’s Danny Laporte, I could write an essay on what made him special to MX…History wise, he was robbed of the 125 National Championship in the infamous “Let Brock Bye” scandal, in 1977. He was also the 2nd American after Brad Lackey to win a World MX title (250cc) not to mention the 1979 500 national championship. He was also on the 1977 USA Team that won the Trophee Des Nations title. If I’m fortunate to win, please send my prize to (win or lose I love the old school coverage, thanks).
John Cather

* Danny LaPorte – Won the 1982  250cc World Championship
Danny (born December 3, 1957) was one of the top American motocross racers in the 1970s and 1980s. He was the first American to win a 250cc motocross world championship. Born in Los Angeles, California, LaPorte began riding in the early 1960s when the sport of motocross enjoyed a period of explosive growth. He began racing professionally when he turned 16 and by 1976 he was offered a job with the Suzuki factory racing team In 1979, LaPorte won the AMA 500cc national championship for Suzuki. He was part of the victorious American Motocross des Nations team in 1981, marking the first time an American team had won the prestigious event.

Seeking new challenges, LaPorte decided to compete at the world championship level in 1982 riding for the Yamaha factory racing team. In his first attempt, he claimed the FIM 250cc motocross world championship against the heavily-favored Georges Job‚.
Returning to America, LaPorte began to compete in desert racing and won the famous Baja 1000 three times as a member of the Kawasaki racing team.[3] In the 1990s, he competed in international rally events, winning a stage and finishing second overall in the 1992 Paris-Dakar Rally. He also is the winner of 1991 Pharaohs rally in Egypt. In 2000, he was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. He was inducted again in 2003, this time as a member of the victorious 1981 Motocross des Nations team.
Adam Tappe

* Rider # 352 is Danny LaPorte.  What made him great, besides his racing ability, was his attitude.  After the “Let Brock Bye” incident he seemed to take in in stride.  I’m sure he was bummed at the time but he didn’t carry a grudge or remain bitter.  He moved on, eventually becoming 250 World Champion as well as racing off-road rally events.  A great career. Keep up the good work and say hi to that geezer you work for.
Mike Fowler

* That’s Danny Laporte on the #352 Suzuki (125?). Might have won 125 Nationals but for the “Let Brock Bye” incident, but rebounded and won 500 Nats in ’79. Was on first USA team to win MXDN and later won the 250 GP title in ’82 on a Yamaha. Think he won Baja after he left moto, too. All-around great rider! Saw him race here at Waggaman in the New Orleans National.
Mark LaForet

* Its Danny LePorte and he won the 1979 500cc Mx championship for them Suzuki. He went to Europe and won the 1982 250cc world mx championship on a Yamaha. At the last race he even went off the track and kept his composure and reentered the track to finish ahead of George Jobe in the points to become the first American to when an mx world championship. Brad Lackey did the same thing in the 500cc class, but it was a few weeks later so Danny is the FIRST.

In 1977 he was in the running for the 125cc mx championship and at the last race, Keith McCarthy  put up a sign for Bob Hannah, who was leading, to “Let Brock Bye”refering to Broc Glover who was running second and if he won the race he would tie Danny in points and win the championship by winning the most races. And thats what happened.

He was also a member of the first winning Mx of Nations team for the US in 1981. Any one of these would make Danny great, not to mention all of them.

I met Danny at the 1984 500cc World MX race in Schwanenstadt, Austria. I don’t remember how he finished but the season didn’t go well for him and he dropped out and returned to the US. I think he started racing the Paris to Dakar rally after that.
Peter Burd

* That’s danny laport..looks like coco beach florida 1977 florida winter series.. also GP champ and good guy,
James Hunnel

* The rider is Danny LaPorte and many things made him great from the way he treated fans to his toughness on the track to his ability to win mx championships in the U.S. and in Europe. winning the 250cc world chanpionship in 1982 on his first try to being a successful off-road racer. the guy just loved riding and racing dirt bikes and still does to this day.
Kevin


As all of you correctly guessed, it was indeed Danny LaPorte. And I can agree with all of you who cited Danny as one of the nicest guys around. He is and yes, he still does R&D/marketing work for FMF. Danny had a good laugh when I showed him the photo and when I asked for the story behind it (like why he was wearing some Team Yamaha Hallman leathers on his factory Suzuki), he said he was just goofing off for the lens of famed MX shooter Jim Gianatsis down in Florida before the ’76 Florida Winter Series kicked-off.

As for the randomly chosen winner who scores a sweet bag of Moose schwag, that would be Rick Conley. Thanks to all for playing and stay tuned for more schwag contests in the future.

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