MOTOCROSS ACTION’S MID-WEEK REPORT: (01/15/12)
MXA INTERVIEW: COLE SEELY
How to win? “McDonalds drive-throughs and a lot of couch time.”
Before getting his Troy Lee Designs gig (and an exclusive contract to ride the bikes), Cole Seely was known to don an orange helmet and throw down some crazy whips for MXA’s cameras. The MXA gang likes to see Cole do well at the races, and you can’t get a better start to the season than getting the “W” and maximum points at the first round. We called Cole to get his perspective on how he did it.
MXA: Can you give us a rundown of the off season? How did you prepare for Supercross?
Cole: My off-season was filled with McDonalds drive-throughs and a lot of couch time [laughter]. No, I put my work in just like any other off-season, maybe just a little more this year than previous years. I spent a little more time road biking and all that. I tried to stay focused, keep my goals in sight, but also have fun along the way.
What new with the team for 2012?
We got a couple new sponsors for this year, but most of them are the same. The title sponsors are still Lucas Oils, Honda and Troy Lee. Fender Guitars hopped on board. A sponsor who was on board last year, but has become a bigger part of the team this year is Addias. We have the same staff?Travis Baker got a new mechanic and that’s about it.
Does being used to the atmosphere help you focus on the racing?
Yeah, that’s why I chose to sign on to the team for another two years, because I felt comfortable with my team manager Tyler Keefe, my mechanic Rich Simmons and because those guys know me as well as they do. It’s a comforting feeling from my standpoint, getting to work with these guys, it’s like a big family.
Seely only managed a fourth in his A1 heat, but he had the fastest heat lap time.
How did you qualify, and what were your thoughts going into the night show at A1?
I was a little nervous, because it’s the start of a new season. Nobody knows who is going to be fast, or where they are at as far as speed. Going into practice I was a little nervous because I never practice quite as good as I race. I was excited to get out of practice sitting second. It was a pretty big thing for me. It was definitely a confidence booster going into the night.
What happened in you heat race?
It went okay. I got kind of a bad start, about ninth or tenth or something, and I came up to fourth by the end of the race. I actually felt really comfortable on the bike and felt like I had good speed. I had the fastest lap time in the heats, so that was obviously a confidence booster for me. And I made some passes on some pretty fast guys, so I was pumped coming out of the heat race.
What were the highlights of the main event from under your helmet?
Well, obviously getting the win sticks out. I got a decent start. I was back, like in the heat race, but I was able to race to the second turn a little bit better. I was able to find little openings in the first two turns that got me into a fifth or sixth place start. Right away I passed two guys and that put me into fourth. I tried to look ahead and figure out what lines the guys in front of me were taking and work off that. I tried to put a charge on early, pretty much just to get it over with. I didn’t want to spend too much time behind anybody and let whoever was behind me catch me. I just tried to get my passes out of the way so I could focus on riding solid lines throughout the race and not make any mistakes.
It was a pretty unreal feeling, riding that last lap knowing that all I had to do was one more solid lap and I would win the season opener. It was a little bit more than I expected. I really just wanted to put myself in a good position for the season. Winning is the best position you can be in, so I’m looking forward to the season even more now.
Seely will be with the TLD team for the next two seasons, looking for more of the above.
Have you taken a look at the Phoenix layout? Do you like the dirt there?
I haven’t looked at it yet. I don’t like to look at the track until Friday, because I don’t want to think about it through the whole week. I just want to focus on putting in my work first and then take a look at them. I find that sometimes, if you look at them too early, you stress out about a certain section, wondering how it’s going to be. But when you get there it’s way different than you pictured. I’m a pretty laid-back person and rider, so I like to just go with the flow of things. When I see the track I’ll definitely know what to expect, instead of looking on paper and trying to guess.
Is the dirt different at Phoenix?
Every time I’ve raceds there, for the past three years, it starts off pretty tacky and wet, but by the main events it has a hard-packed base with a little bit of loose sand on top. Not a deep sand, but a light sand. It does get pretty slippery. I’m comfortable on it though, because that’s how a lot of the test tracks end up being.
Are you confident that you can keep the momentum going?
Yes I am. I put in all my work. Coming out of A1 with a win through all the chaos is a huge confidence booster. I’m really happy with my program and I’m just going to try to keep the ball rolling.
AIRSHOW PILOT DOUG JARDINE’S MXA-SPONSORED SBACH 342 AEROBATIC PLANE
Doug will be flying an air show this weekend at Cable Airport in Ontario, California. Look for the MXA decals on the ailerons. Photo: Victor Archer
Glen Helen regulars are familiar with Doug Jardine because he races there whenever his busy air show schedule permits…and if you’ve ever been to the Glen Helen AMA National or USGP you’ve see Doug Jardine at work…where he flies the opening ceremony aerobatic air show. Doug just signed a deal to fly the new Sbach 342 Thunderbolt (pronounced S- Bach). He previously flew a Russian-built Sukhoi.
With a 450 degree per second roll rate and light weight it is capable of maneuvers never seen before. A benefit to the Sbach is its ability to be disassembled quickly for transport to European shows. Another big plus is that it is a two-seater compared to his single-seat Sukhoi, which means he can share his performance with sponsors and fans.
KREFT MOTO KTM 250SX/300XC POWER DIAL
The Kreft Power Dial replaces the stock KTM power valve adjuster in just a few minutes.
Without using any tools, the KTM 250Sx and 300XC power valves can be fine tuned by flipping up the handle and giving the Power Dial a tiny little twist.
The Kreft Moto Power Dial is a simple bolt-on replacement for the stock KTM two-stroke power valve adjuster that allow rider to adjust the powervalve in 5 seconds with no tools! Thanks to the Kreft Power Dial’s design a rider can fine tune the opening and closing of the KTM power valve in seconds. Best of all, the $89.95 Power Dial fits KTM 250/300 two-strokes from 1998 to 2012. For more info go www.kreftmoto.com or call (970) 403-2715.
WANT TO BUY A WORKS BIKE FROM 30 YEARS AGO? $28,000
This is Dave Thorpe’s 1981 Kawasaki SR500. Dave Thorpe raced this bike during the European GP season and was Kawasaki’s only works GP rider in 1981. This is a Factory “works” ride. Features include a sand cast magnesium motor, billet aluminum wheels, Billet magnesium and aluminum triples trees, aluminum hand-formed fuel tank, factory suspension, swingarm and frame. Titanium fasteners and much more. If you’ve got $28 large, it’s waiting for you on eBay.
WANT TO BUY AN “ALMOST” WORKS BIKE FROM LAST YEAR…GOT $20,5000
Chad Reed’s team is selling his 2011 Las Vegas Supercross race bike. It comes equipped with Showa A-kit race suspension (with custom billet wide axle lugs made especially for Chad). Plus, 20mm Pro Circuit triple clamps,Talon carbon fiber hubs, 270mm Braking front rotor, black powder-coated frame, Pro Circuit titanium race pipe, LightSpeed carbon fiber (disk guard, chain guide, chain guard and rear master cylinder guard) and GET programmable ECU. Best of all, it comes with a full-race Pro Circuit engine (camshaft, titanium valves, titanium keepers, valve springs, D.L.C. coated buckets, high-compression piston, ported and flowed cylinder head, anodized engine plug kit, Hinson clutch basket, inner hub and pressure plate and clutch cover. Serious enquires only. It is on eBay or you can email Dave Ostermann at [email protected]
TROY LEE DESIGN/DUBYA USA “GET TO KNOW THE TEAM” GIVEAWAY
The 2012 Supercross Season is underway, and TLD and team sponsor Dubya USA are joining forces to give TLD Race Team fans the chance to win some great goodies with the ‘Get to Know the Team’ Giveaway! In order to be eligible to win, you must first go to Dubya USA’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/DubyaUSA?ref=ts) and “Like” them.
The Monday after each West Coast Supercross, TLD will post a video on Dubya USA’s Wall of the Team TLD racers answering the prior Supercross’ 2 ‘Questions of the Week.’ To enter, comment on the video with a question you would like the TLD Team to answer. Before the next Supercross, Dubya USA will choose 2 ‘Question of the Week’ winners who will get their questions answered by the team, and 8 ‘Runner Up’ question winners.
The two ‘Question of the Week’ winners will be hooked up with prizes that will include TLD swag and Team Sticker Sets, and a Dubya USA t-shirt, sprocket and stickers! The eight ‘Runner Up’ question winners don’t go away empty handed. They will receive TLD Team Sticker Sets and Dubya USA stickers! All 10 winners will be announced on the TLD and Dubya USA Facebook pages with the Monday videos.
MXA INTERVIEW: BROC TICKLE
Tickle is Pro Circuit’s first man on a 450.
Since he pointed out of 250 Supercross, but happened to have have another year on his contract, Broc Tickle has become the very first full Pro Circuit team member to compete on the 450. We talked to Broc a couple days before A1 (and the day after he first got to swing a leg over the full-race version of his bike) to see how he had acclimated to the 450 and the new team situation. As an after-note, during the race, Brock tangled with another rider and went down. He remounted for a twelfth place finish.
Looking at the situation objectively, what do you think of pointing out? Is it a good rule?
I’m not the one makes the rules, but I think they should do an age thing, kind of like they do in the FIM. It would make it easy. You turn 23, you’re moving up. But I’m happy with the way it worked out. I’m glad I got to stay where I’m at. I’m on the best team, where everything is good. Pro Circuit has the best mechanics and the whole organization is behind you a hundred percent, and that’s what you need to win.
How about the bike?
The bike this year awesome, probably because the stock bike is so good. We have done testing and its been getting better. When I rode my race bike for the first time I was ecstatic. I’m happy with moving up now, but when I found out about pointing out I was bummed out because I wanted to defend my title and do better in the outdoors. But I’m glad it worked out, it doesn’t get any better, honestly. Hopefully I can open some eyes and maybe even make this into a team one day. I just have to put my head down and do my job and hopefully I can stay here again next year. It’s like home to meu. It doesn’t matter if it’s Wilson’s mechanic or somebody else’s mechanic, they are still there for everybody. It’s more of a team effort.
Tickle’s working with some extra ponies this season.
Why did you choose to stay on the 450 for outdoors?
We made the decision. If I’m going to race the 450 in Supercross, I might as well race it outdoors too. If it was the other way around it could be okay, but I think that racing 450 Supercross and 250 outdoors just isn’t the right way. Outdoors on a 450 would actually be better for me anyway. I’m a bigger guy, I need more power. I honestly can’t believe how good my race bike is. When I rode it for the fist time, I didn’t want to get off of it, but I finally had to. The bikes are the mechanics’ baby, so they don’t want too many revs and too much time on them.
MXA got to test ride Tickle’s 450 racehorse on the Monday after A1, so be sure to monitor upcoming issues.
What’s the game plan for Supercross?
I could definitely go faster than I am right now, but I’m riding consistent and smooth. I want to be healthy all year, so I’m going to start the season smooth and smart and my speed will get better and better as we move on. That’s my plan, to start out having fun and race with the guys that I’ve looked up to for so long, even last year. Especially with Ryan winning so much last year?that set the bar for consistency. I think that’s why he was where he was in both series. So that’s why my goal is to be there every weekend and be a hundred percent. I’ll be happy to get a bad start if I can race hard and be happy with the way I rode, instead of getting a good start but riding poorly. I want to feel good every time I get on the track.
HOW THE FOREIGNERS DID AT ANAHEIM UNO, EINS, ANE, UN, ICHI & ONE
Marvin Musquin is the French representative to the AMA ‘s United Nations. Photo: Hoppenworld
The Australian contingent in the USA was the largest group at A1. France had Marvin Musquin and Jean Baptiste Marrone, Sweden Filip Turesson, Mexico Jorge Bujanda and Jesus Macias, Scotland Dean Wilson, Ecuador Martin Davalos, South Africa Gareth Swanepoel and Tyla Rattray, Canada Kyle Beaton, Brazil Jean Carlo Ramos and Italy Dario Marrazzo. The current batch from Australia includes Chad Reed, Brett Metcalfe, Michael Byrne (injured), Matt Moss, Ryan Marmont, Cody Mackie and Jackson Richardson.
The highest placing foreign 450 rider was Chad Reed (second in the 450 class). Brett Metcalfe was second best with an 11th and Aussie Cody Mackie was fourth in the Last Chance (LCQ). Swedish rider Filip Thuresson was 15th in the LCQ?which would equal 35th overall. Jorge Bujanda and Jesus Macias were 50th and 53rd (and did not make the night program).
The foreigners did much better in the 250 West class. Tyla Rattray (South Africa) was second, Marvin Musquin (France) was fourth, Dean Wilson (Scotland) was sixth, Matt Moss (Australia) was 11th, Ryan Marmont (Australia) was 17th, Jackson Richardson (Australia) was 18th and Martin Davalos (Ecuador) was 19th. In the Last Chance Qualfier (but not in the main event) was Gareth Swanepoel (South Africa) fourth, Jean Carlo Ramos (Brazil) 13th and Kyle Beaton (Canada) 14th. Non-qualifiers for the night program were Jean Baptiste Marrone (France) and Dario Marrazzo.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK (IF THIS WEEK WAS 33 YEAR AGO)
Don’t you miss the Cold War? When the Ruskies raced for the CCCP and used electrical tape to put numbers on their helmets. Moiseev and Kavinov demonstrate. The CCCP is gone now and no one has used electrical tape numbers in decades.
2012 HONDA MOTOCROSS CONTINGENCY PROGRAM FOR 2011-2012 CRFS
Honda has announced its contingency program for 2012. It includes AMA Supercross, AMA National, WMX Nationals, Major Amateur Nationals and a wide variety of local series.
Eligible motorcycles are 2011-2012 CRF450 and CRF250 (and 2012-only CRF150s). You must be the registered owner of the CRF. There must be a six-inch Honda logo on each side of the front fender. The bikes must be standard Honda colors. Competitors must enroll in the Red Riders Reward Program (and file an IRS W-9 form). Contingency will be paid in the form of a Red Rider Rewards Debit Card (which can be used where VISA is accepted).
Factory and support team riders are not eligible for this contingency program?they typically sign contracts with $100,000 win bonuses and $1,000,000 championships bonuses.
450 SUPERCROSS / 450 NATIONAL PAYOUTS
250 SUPERCROSS / 250 NATIONAL PAYOUTS
WMX WOMEN’S NATIONALS PAYOUTS
NMA WORLD MINI GP / NMA GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP / MINI O’s /GNC FINAL /THOR SPRING CLASSIC PAYOUTS
LORETTA LYNN AMA AMATEUR NATIONALS PAYOUTS
2012 CANADIAN MOTOCROSS NATIONALS
Date Venue City
June 3 The Wastelands Nanaimo, BC
June 9 Whispering Pines Kamloops, BC
June 17 Wild Rose Calgary, AL
June 24 Castrol Raceway Edmonton, AL
July 14 Gopher Dunes Courtland, ON
July 22 Ste-Julie Ste-Julie, QU
August 5 Riverglade Moncton, NB
August 12 Sand Del Lee Richmond, ON
August 19 Walton Walton, ON
PRESS RELEASE: TYLER BOWERS SWEEPS MICHIGAN ARENACROSS
Tyler Bowers isn’t afraid to get aggressive and that helps him excel at Arenacross.
Babbitt’s Monster Energy Amsoil Kawasaki’s Tyler Bowers dominated the competition at VanAndel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan, taking home two consecutive wins over the course of the two-day race weekend. The competition was fierce over the technical track as the top two racers in the series battled for the top of the leader board, with Bowers eventually taking over the number one spot aboard his 2012 Kawasaki KX250F. Teammate Chad Johnson put on a great performance over the weekend scoring third place on the podium Friday and grabbing fourth on Saturday.
GRAND RAPIDS ARENACROSS RESULTS
FRIDAY NIGHT: 450 CLASS:
1. Tyler Bowers…Kaw
2. Jeff Gibson…Honda
3. Chad Johnson…Kaw
4. Zach Ames…Kaw
5. Kelly Smith…KTM
6. Kevin Johnson…KTM
7. Travis Sewell…KTM
8. Nathan Skaggs…Hon
9. Brad Ripple…Hon
10. Steven Mages…Kaw
SATURDAY NIGHT: 450 CLASS:
1. Tyler Bowers…Kaw
2. Jeff Gibson…Hon
3. Zach Ames…Kaw
4. Chad Johnson…Kaw
5. Nathan Skaggs…Hon
6. Willy Browning…KTM
7. Cory Green…Suz
8. Brad Ripple…Hon
9. Kevin Johnson…KTM
10. Patrick Massie…Hon
450 POINTS STANDINGS
1. Tyler Bowers…188
2. Jeff Gibson…188
3. Chad Johnson…167
4. Kelly Smith…143
5. Josh Demuth…127
6. Zach Ames…117
7. Nathan Skaggs…115
8. Willy Browning…93
9. Travis Sewell…74
10. Cory Green…59
SCOTLAND BREAKS IN TWO: CAN’T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG (ACTUALLY WE DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY ARE FIGHTING ABOUT)
Scotland has a very active motocross community and has produced some of the very best UK racers, not the least of which is Dean Wilson, but on January 7, 2012, Scottish motocross split into two sanctioning bodies?the ACU and the SMXF. The SMXF (Scottish Motocross Federation) is the breakway group and reportedly got the support of many Scottish ACU supporters and six Scottish motocross clubs. According to the SMXF, the Scottish National Championship schedule will not change with the change in sanctioning boyd. Here are the dates.
SCOTTISH MOTOCROSS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
March 17-18 Tain
April 21-22 Duns
May 12-13 Rynie
June 16-17 Mid Argyle
June 30-July 1 Shiplaw
Sepember 8-9 Elgin
KEVIN SCHWANTZ HEADLINES BREAKFAST AT DAYTONA FUNDRAISER
Press release: The AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame is pleased to announce that 1993 World Roadracing Champion Kevin Schwantz will be the featured guest at its annual Breakfast at Daytona fundraiser, set for the Friday of Bike Week, March 16, at the Daytona 500 Club in the infield of Daytona International Speedway.
Native Texan Schwantz, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999, rocketed to prominence as one of America’s best roadracers during the mid-1980s. By the end of the decade, Schwantz had moved to international competition in the 500cc Grand Prix World Championships. He was a perennial top rider in that series and won the world championship in 1993. During his Grand Prix racing career, Schwantz racked up 25 500cc GP victories, putting him second all-time among American riders.
“While today my focus is on creating better, safer riders through the Schwantz School, my passion has always been competition at the highest level,” Schwantz said. “The Motorcycle Hall of Fame is a great institution, and it will be great to revisit stories from the past with true enthusiasts at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Breakfast at Daytona on the infield of one of the world’s most famous racetracks.”
The Breakfast at Daytona also includes a silent auction of unique items related to the Hall of Fame, and an autograph session with Schwantz and other Motorcycle Hall of Famers.
Tickets are available for $75, with all proceeds supporting the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame. For more information or to register, please call (614) 856-2222, ext. 1234, or click here.