MOTOCROSS ACTION MID-WEEK REPORT
Rider: Adam Cianciarulo
Bike: 2019 Pro Circuit Kawasaki KX250
Location: Denver, Colorado Supercross
Photographer: Brian Converse
TWO-STROKE SPOTLIGHT: DOUG DUBACH’S 1983 YAMAHA YZ100
Back in the day, racetracks were filled with 100cc bikes, with everything from Novice to Pro classes. That time has long since passed, but 100cc two-strokes still have a place in racing, thanks to the Marty Tripes 100cc Works Revenge Series. The rules are rather basic: the engine must be 100cc (bored no more than 2mm over); no water cooling; the frame must be from 1983 or earlier. However, the frame can be modified or made from hand. Other than those few mini moto laws it’s fair game for anything under the sun. Doug Dubach, with the help from his friends, crafted a ridiculously cool 1983 Yamaha YZ100.
The engine is stuffed with a Wiseco piston, REM-coated gearbox, Barnett clutch, Moto Tassinari reeds and 34mm Keihin PWK carburetor. A gusseted frame, CRF450 footpeg mounts, IMS pegs and an aluminum Yamaha IT175 swingarm are also on the YZ100 conversion. In my eyes the coolest parts on the bike are the hand molded carbon fiber gas tank, number plates, chain guide and airbox cover. What can I say, I’m a sucker for carbon fiber.
Dubach’s 1983 Yamaha YZ100 was a blast to ride. You had to fight the urge of hitting the brakes for fear of slowing momentum, because the engine isn’t a modern pony pusher. It was no surprise that Doug Dubach could fly around the track on his YZ100, just as long as the hills weren’t too steep. Watching “The Doctor” tear around on 36 year old bike was like traveling back in time.
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FORGOTTEN BIKES: KELLY SMITH’S 2004 YAMAHA OF TROY YZ250F
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HONDA CR-E PROTOTYPE CLOSE UP SHOTS
THEY SAID IT | 2019 DENVER SUPERCROSS
Cole Seely: “I’m bummed with how tonight ended, considering how well it started. We’ve been making steady progress and I’ve had some good rides the past couple weeks, so I was hoping to build on that. My heat race was great but the main event was a different story. My start wasn’t good and then I just had multiple incidents, going down once and then coming together with Alex Ray and getting his foot peg in my front wheel. I could hear and kind of see the broken spokes but I didn’t know how many were actually broken, so I didn’t want to risk it. I pulled in and they changed it so I could at least go out and finish—not how I wanted to end the night but we’re moving forward.”
Ken Roczen: “Today was a struggle. I felt off all day. Qualifying didn’t go great, then I got bad starts in both races, and I just ran out of steam in the main event. I’m trying to get my body back to 100% but it’s been a challenge so I’m really looking forward to a weekend off. I’ve been fighting fatigue and trying to figure out what’s going on for a while now, so it’s been hard to come to the races feeling the way I have been. The elevation today definitely didn’t help either. I know once I’m able to get this fixed and get some consistency in my program, I’ll be in a good position to start winning. Hopefully I can come back and finish the last two races strong.”
Jimmy Decotis: “Denver was a fun weekend! We had some snow during the practice sessions, which was actually pretty cool and different to be riding in those conditions. I felt like I was back home in New England. When the night show came around, the weather was awesome. I started with a second in my heat race and rode well. I had a good start in the main event, but I struggled to keep the lead pace. The track was very hard pack and challenging. Thanks to Buddy Antunez and Jeremy Albrecht for keeping my spirits high. I’m really hard on myself, so it’s nice to have a support team to keep me positive. I’m looking to end the season strong at Las Vegas.”
Justin Hill: “I’m ultimately proud of my effort coming into Denver. I put in a lot of work to get my lower back moving. I’m definitely riding in a lot of pain, but I’m getting through it. I feel like I will be better for that, as soon as I’m back to 100 percent health!”
Adam Cianciarulo: “At altitude, we have to start in first and get up to second pretty quick so the start was tougher than normal for a taller guy like me. It was hard to find a clean place to pass and I didn’t want to do anything stupid. I feel like I’m always at my best when my back is against the wall. We have one more to go and I’ve had a good record in Vegas. After two weeks thinking about those races, it’s a great feeling to get this one off my chest.”
Garrett Marchbanks: “It was such an up-and-down day. I felt great in practice and then had to go to the LCQ. Then I won the LCQ and almost got the holeshot from the outside. And then I got sideways and went down pretty hard. I think the biggest bummer is that I was finally starting to feel good and confident there in the LCQ and it came out when the gate dropped. We have one more shot in Vegas to put it back in the top 10, but hopefully better than that.”
Eli Tomac: “I mean, that’s like what I dreamed of and that was by far the coolest crowd, best atmosphere. And they were so loud. It was like it was, just loud, like coming over the triple there, battling for the lead, it was the loudest thing I’ve ever even heard. It’s so special. [So very] cool.”
Dylan Ferrandis: “The track was difficult to pass on tonight and that really cost me after starting around eighth. I didn’t struggle with the altitude so much as I did with the cold. I never felt like I could get warm and it was tough. But it is how it is. It’s not the scenario we were hoping for after two very good weekends. We have a weekend off and will use that time to keep working. We will give it everything we’ve got in Las Vegas and make sure it goes down to the final lap for the championship.”
Colt Nichols: “It was a good night at the Mile High Stadium overall. I felt I had the speed to contest for the win but just didn’t execute the start. I ended up messing it up and got pushed out, so I had to come through the pack. The team really did our homework coming into this race so the bike felt awesome and I could really push through the pack. After the start I really had to work for it, but I rode like myself and I’m leaving this race happy knowing that I left it all out there on the track, which is about all I can do. It’s all good though, I’ve got a few weeks to clean it up and to come out swinging at Vegas.”
Michael Mosiman: “I was able to get off to good starts tonight and I think that’s what has really changed for me this second half of the season. To be able to get out front and lead some laps felt really good and was a huge confidence booster. It was a big-time learning experience and I was able to cherish the moment and stay relaxed throughout the race.”
Zach Osborne: “The heat race was really positive for me, I was able to get second and I felt like I had the speed to win but just wasn’t really executing. In the Main Event, I got off to a decent start and was in position to really charge for a podium but the second half of my Main I had a hard time getting back into the flow after the red cross flag came out.”
Cooper Webb: “I rode really well once I got around Joey [Savatgy], I was really good in the whoops, good on the whole track and I was able to catch Marvin and actually pass him put a little gap. I felt like I caught Eli a little bit but he was kind of riding his own race. Overall, it was a good weekend. Obviously, I want to win but it’s still good points and we’ll enjoy this off-weekend.”
Marvin Musquin: “I was not very confident going into the Main after a difficult heat race but good thing we made some changes and they helped me pull off a good start – that was the key to getting on the podium tonight. The track was very difficult with the hard surface and ground but no excuses I gave my best.”
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KTM POWERWEAR OFFROAD COLLECTION MY2020
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Within the MY2020 KTM PowerWear Offroad lineup are the Tech 10 boots – high-quality racing boots to protect riders with the very latest technology, whilst standing out on the start gate. Created with KTM by premium brand Alpinestars, the Tech 10 boot is a world class boot with a huge pedigree of racing history and development behind it. In addition, the race-proven Bell Moto9 -Flex has a new design to complement its high-end features, so you can give total commitment on every ride.
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The KTM PowerWear Offroad Collection MY2020 offers a wide range of helmets, riding gear and accessories for the orange dirtbiker, including a variety of products for junior riders. Further information can be found HERE.
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Moto Trivia answer: Mark Barnett at the Binghamton, New York 250cc national back in 1984.