MOTOCROSS ACTION’S MID-WEEK REPORT (02/15/12)
By John Basher
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
I’ve heard Adam Cianciarulo’s name for, oh, I don’t know, probably the last eight years (keep in mind that Adam is 14 years old). There’s been a serious buzz around this kid for a very long time, and for good reason. This past week I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with Cianciarulo while at Racetown. He’s a really cool kid with exceptional public speaking skills. Oh, and he’s pretty good on a dirt bike, too. Here’s a photo of him ripping up some SoCal soil. If you haven’t seen our video with Adam, click here.
HERNING SUPERCROSS RESULTS
MXA test rider Dennis Stapleton was at it again, traveling around the world and racing anywhere that he possibly could. This past weekend he raced the Herning Supercross in Denmark, along with fellow American Tiger Lacey. In the end it was a blast from the past, Joaquim Rodrigues, or “J-Rod” as he was known when he raced in the U.S., that took the crown.
Joaquim Rodrigues was the big winner.
Mickael Musquin raced several AMA Supercross races last year. He was in Herning.
Rodrigues (center) celebrates.
All photos by: Mikkel Wendelboe/MX-IndeX.dk
Special thanks to Honda Sweden
HERNING FRIDAY MAIN EVENT
1. Joaquim Rodrigues (Portugal-Honda)
2. Florent Richier (France-Kawasaki)
3. Kasper Lynggard (Denmark-Kawasaki)
4. Tiger Lacey (USA-Kawasaki)
5. Thomas Ramette (France-Suzuki)
6. Fabien Izoird (France-Yamaha)
7. Khounsith Vongsana (France-Suzuki)
8. Michael Musquin (France-Honda)
9. Nicolai M. Hansen (Denmark-Suzuki) dnf
10. Dennis Ullrich (Germany-KTM)
11. Rasmus K. J?rgensen (Denmark-Suzuki) dnf
12. Rasmus Sjberg (Sweden-Honda) dnf
13. Romain Berthome (France-Suzuki) dnf
HERNING SATURDAY MAIN EVENT
1. Joaquim Rodrigues (Honda)
2. Florent Richier (Kawasaki)
3. Yohan Lafont (Yamaha)
4. Fabien Izoird (Yamaha)
5. Dennis Ullrich (KTM)
6. Nicolai M. Hansen (Suzuki)
7. Jurgen Wybo (Kawasaki)
8. Khounsith Vongsana (Suzuki)
9. Dano Aulseybrook (Suzuki)
10. Ludovic Macler (Yamaha)
11. Jack Brunell (Kawasaki)
12. Kasper Lynggard (Kawasaki)
KING OF HERNING 2012
1. Joaquim Rodrigues (Portugal-Honda) 50 pts
2. Florent Richier (France-Kawasaki) 44
3. Fabien Izoird (France-Yamaha) 33
4. Kasper Lynggard (Denmark-Kawasaki) 29
5. Dennis Ullrich (Germany-KTM) 28
6. Khounsith Vongsana (France-Suzuki) 27
7. Yohan Lafont (France-Yamaha) 20
8. Tiger Lacey (USA-Kawasaki) 18
9. Thomas Ramette (France-Suzuki)
10. Nicolai M. Hansen (Denmark-Suzuki) 16
11. Jurgen Wybo (Belgium-Kawasaki) 15
12. Michael Musquin (France-Honda) 14
13. Dano Aulseybrook (USA-Suzuki) 13
14. Ludovic Macler (France-Yamaha) 12
15. Jack Brunell (Great Britain-Kawasaki) 11
16. Rasmus K. J?rgensen (Denmark-Suzuki) 10
17. Rasmus Sjberg (Sweden-Honda) 0
18. Romain Berthome (France-Suzuki) 0
MINI-VIEW: BLAKE BAGGETT
Now in his third professional season, Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Blake Baggett is ready stamp his name in the AMA record books as the 250 East Coast Supercross Champion. Blake has many miles to go before he can celebrate, however, because all roads lead through Justin Barcia (the defending champion), Ken Roczen (the flashy German sensation), and a slew of talented 250 racers. I caught up with Baggett on the eve of the first East round to find out what he’s been doing to prepare for eight straight races over the course of two months.
MXA: Blake, are you ready to go this weekend?
Blake: Yeah, I’m definitely excited. I’m ready to get the racing underway. It has been a long offseason. The last time I raced was at the Motocross des Nations, and that race was beyond crazy! I’m happy to get back into Supercross and race against guys that have the same engine size under them. Things felt a little unfair at the MXDN [laughter].
I bet you have good vibes flowing into Dallas, since it’s where you won your first Supercross race two years ago.
Oh yeah! Dallas two years ago was the place where I had my first press day and also won my first race, and we have press day there this week, too. Hopefully that leads to good things. It all comes down to how the night is going.
What kind of expectations do you have going into Dallas?
I want to be inside the top three. I’ll be disappointed if I’m not there. The number one goal is to win and do the best that I can. Going into round one everyone is blind. I haven’t seen my opponents and I don’t know what to expect, other than that they will be fast. I’m looking forward to getting the first race underway. It would be nice to get a win on Saturday, because that will help set the stage for the rest of the series. Winning the first race will make the second race easier.
Pro Circuit team owner Mitch Payton is famous for not telling his team riders what coast they will ride until the bitter end. When did you find out that you were riding East, and were you surprised?
I found on Friday night before Anaheim 1. He said that I would probably be riding East, but that anything could happen. Mitch likes to wait until the last minute. I was ready to race West if he wanted me to, but I kind of had it in my mind that I would be racing East. The time off has just given me a few more weeks to perfect some things and work on little stuff. All of the major work was done by Anaheim 1, so I spent the time since then getting everything really dialed.
What areas did you try to work on?
The whoops. The whoops is the section that a Supercross race is won or lost in. The start, the whoops and the corners are the biggest areas of concern, but if you can go really fast through the whoops then it helps a ton. Everyone is probably going to do the same thing through the rhythm sections. Other than that, hopefully every track offers the opportunity to make passes. At some of the tracks it’s hard to pass if you get a bad start. However, if you’re super fast in the whoops then you can pass multiple guys at one time.
What have you thought of the racing on the West?
They didn’t even put whoops in until round five! It’s hard to say about the racing. The tracks are fast. For sure the guys are fast. I’ve ridden with my teammates out at the test track, and they are going good. Then again, you never really know, because practice is always different than racing.
There are several serious heavy hitters on the East coast.
Yeah, I’m sure there will be a few knockdown drag-out races [laughter]. It will be fun. I expect good racing, because the competition is stiff. They got rid of one of the worst Supercross races, which is Jacksonville, so I’m happy about that. I never really liked Jacksonville at all. We get to go to a new race in New Orleans, and I’m looking forward to that. No one really has a home field advantage there. I expect the Dallas dirt to be pretty hard packed if it’s the typical Dallas dirt. Atlanta and Houston will have tacky dirt. It’s cool that I’m riding East, because I already know all of the tracks.
It sounds like you’re prepared for war.
Yeah, we’ll go get ?em. I’ve done all of my homework. Now it’s time to go take the test.
A NOTE ON GOPRO HELMET FOOTAGE
GoPro figured out how anyone could at least imagine riding like James Stewart. Props to them!
The biggest signing of the offseason wasn’t Ryan Dungey to KTM or James Stewart to JGR, although Bubba is involved in what has become the result of the most popular signing of 2012. I can’t say for certain how many people rejoiced when they heard the news that Stewart inked a deal to wear a GoPro camera throughout the 2012 season, but fans are glad now. Why? James Stewart is a human highlight reel. He wins, he soars, and he crashes with regularity.
Every week the fine folks at GoPro have released a video clip of Stewart’s main event fiasco. It’s amazing to see James dissect the field on his way to the front, but it’s equally astonishing to watch first-hand as Stewart finds the tuff blocks.
I’m not a fan of seeing riders crash, especially when they are blazing through the whoops. However, GoPro deserves a standing ovation for signing James Stewart to run their point-of-view video camera.
KTM/FMF MOTOCROSS FAN EXPERIENCE – JOIN NOW!
KTM and FMF have again partnered together with MX Sports Pro Racing to bring KTM Motocross fans the ultimate viewing experience – The “KTM/FMF Motocross Fan Experience”. The events will take place this summer and in conjunction with three rounds of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship Series.
The KTM/FMF Motocross Fan Experience, which sold out at three venues last year, is a KTM exclusive trackside seating area and all-day VIP access offered to KTM fans and owners. The events will take place at the Hangtown Motocross Classic (5/19/12), Unadilla (8/18/12) and Steel City (9/1/12). Tickets are now available for purchase.
With each ticket purchase fans will receive:
Race day admission pass
All-day pit access pass
Access to KTM exclusive trackside seating area with Live Timing Screens
Special Autograph Signing with KTM Factory Riders
Post-race Track Walk with explanation of the various elements of the racetrack led by Red Bull/KTM Team Coordinator Casey Lytle
KTM/FMF event T-shirt
“KTM and FMF were determined to bring fans a pass that lets them live the day in a life of a factory team rider or member. This pass gives you everything ? all day admission and pit access plus great seating. Not to mention a free BBQ lunch! This opportunity is too good to pass up,” commented KTM President Jon-Erik Burleson.
A package of this type typically runs for over a $200 value. KTM has partnered with MX Sports to subsidize the tickets for KTM fans and owners and will be offering tickets for only $90.00. A very limited amount of tickets are available per event.
For tickets please register on www.ktmorangeevents.com.
See you at the races!
THREE QUESTIONS WITH JMB
I spotted Jean-Michel Bayle signing autographs and hanging out in the Anaheim 2 pits as the guest on the Legends and Heroes tour. Bayle was nice enough to take time out of his schedule to answer a few questions.
MXA: JMB, what have you been up to lately?
JMB: These days I’m having fun. I race sailboats a little bit. As a racer I want to keep in shape.
What do you think about the French riders that have come over to the U.S. recently and competed?
Marvin Musquin is doing very good. He’s young, and he could have a very good career here. Christophe Pourcel got two championships, but it wasn’t very nice to see him fighting so hard with people. I think Musquin is going to be a very good French rider over here.
Where did you get your smooth style from?
I got my smooth style from David Bailey. I always watched video tape of him riding, so I tried to emulate him. Actually my first favorite rider was Malcolm Smith. I saw video of him when I was really young, and then David Bailey came along.
DUBYA USA ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF DUBYA CANADA
Dubya USA, the exclusive importer of Talon and Kite products in North America, has announced their expansion into the Canadian market with Dubya Canada. Dubya Canada will offer Canadian customers the same great products found in the Dubya USA catalog, and will ship all orders from their new warehouse in Edmonton, Alberta.
“Our Canadian customers have played a big role in the success of our business,” said Dubya USA founder Kristin White Anderson. “We decided to start Dubya Canada so that we could better serve our customers in Canada, and make it easier for them to get the parts and service they want.”
Dubya supplies some of the top off-road racing teams around the world, including Rockstar Yamaha Canada and Factory KTM Canada, with high performance wheelsets and braking systems from top brands like Talon, Kite, D.I.D, Excel, Galfer and Brembo. They also offer premium pre-made and custom wheelsets that are hand laced by their staff of experienced wheel builders in their shop in Orange, California.
For more information about Dubya and its products, visit www.dubyausa.com, or the new www.dubya.ca. To place an order, please contact Dubya at [email protected], or call them at 877-77-DUBYA. For the latest news and updates, like Dubya on facebook at www.facebook.com/dubyausa, or follow them on twitter at www.twitter.com/dubyausa.
ARAI ADDS NEW “PRIDE” GRAPHIC TO 2012 DIRT HELMET LINE
Among the new graphic designs Arai has introduced in its 2012 VX-Pro3 dirt-helmet line is the “Pride” that features unusual typographic and visual variations on the Arai logo. It is available now, in three different colorways: Black, Blue, and Orange. All three can be seen together at AraiAmericas.com/vxpro3.
Most of the Pro3’s features and innovations point to the Arai family’s philosophy and three generations of emphasis on rider safety above all. First is Arai’s groundbreaking (and now copied) Emergency-Release Cheek Pad system created to allow easier access to an unresponsive rider. The helmet’s shell is rounded instead of ridged, which, along with the rounded (instead of pointed) chinbar, amplify Arai’s belief that rounder, smoother surfaces have less chance of digging in and twisting in a spill than those with “exaggerated ridges and creases.” The company also believes the smooth shell surface helps it do its main job better: quickly and smoothly dissipating impact energy.
Arai says ventilation is another key benefit of the VX-Pro3. Its top-mount diffuser technology is borrowed from Arai’s high-speed road racing helmet. The diffuser’s large ventilation ducts utilize low-pressure areas behind the vent to draw strong airflow through the entire helmet, even at moderate speeds on tighter tracks. The “radical” peak design actually scavenges and forces more air into the forehead vent ports for improved cooling.
Arai’s VX-Pro3 comes in sizes XS to XXL. Suggested retails range from $549.95 for solids, to $679.95 for the new “Pride” and other graphic designs. For complete information and the location of your nearest Arai retailer, log onto www.AraiAmericas.com/vxpro3.