MOTOCROSS ACTION’S MID-WEEK REPORT BY JOHN BASHER (12/12/12)
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
The man, the apprentice and, KTM hopes, the machine that will pilot the Austrian company to its first 450 Supercross title. Behold the 2013 KTM 450SXF Factory Edition. KTM will sell 555 of the bike in the U.S. and 150 units in Europe.
MXA VIDEO INTERVIEW: ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION WITH DECOSTER & DUNGEY
Duane Brown and his brothers, of the famed BBR Motorsports in Washington, met with an inventor of an offroad product a few months ago as part of the History Channel’s “Invention USA” show. I don’t want to let the cat out of the bag, but it’s a very unique invention. Make sure to check out the show on Wednesday evening (check your local listings for the air time). Click on the image above to visit the “Invention USA” website.
MINI-VIEW: TRENT PUGMIRE
Motocross giveth, and motocross taketh away. On many occasions the sport does both. This can be said for Trent Pugmire’s ascension up the racing ladder. An amateur sensation out of Simi Valley, California, Pugmire was on the fast track to the professional ranks. Then he got hurt. Then hurt again. And hurt once more, which took the wind out of his sails. After stepping away from racing for two years, the 22-year-old is coming back with a vengeance.
This past week my good friend Bob Rathkamp, of Gaerne boots, asked if I was in need of a test rider. My ears perked up when Bob suggested that Trent Pugmire was available. Trent has incredibly good style on a bike. It doesn’t hurt that he’s blazing fast. So I invited him out to test ride a DR.D 2013 Honda CRF450 and a Cylinder Works 2013 KTM 365F. It turns out that Pugmire is also a good test rider and a nice kid.
MXA: What’s your story?
Trent: I got into motocross because my dad and uncle rode bikes when they were younger. I started riding out in the desert every Thanksgiving. Then we started going out to LACR in Palmdale, California, and I started to progress. When I was 10 years old we got hooked up with Team Green Kawasaki. From there we did the amateur circuit, started meeting more people, and going after the dream I guess you could say.
You were a hot shoe prospect as an amateur, but then it seemed like you fell off the map. What happened?
I had a lot of injuries. I was always consistent during my amateur career. I always seemed to finish inside the top five. I won titles in the 80 class and Intermediate class. Then in 2006 I dislocated my shoulder. In 2008 I destroyed my collarbone. And in 2010 I blew out my knee. I was tired of getting hurt and knew that I needed a break from racing so that I could clear my head and get healthy.
Trent digs a trench on the DR.D 2013 Honda CRF450 test bike at Glen Helen.
At that point what did you do with your life?
I found a regular job and went to college as a full-time student at Moorpark Community College. I wanted to get a degree and find a normal job.
What career did you pursue?
I was majoring in Criminology, because I wanted to work for the Los Angeles Police Department. I was going through my general education courses, but then I switched my major to Sociology, because that’s what my credits were emphasizing. I’m still working on my college degree. I took the last two semesters off so that I could get back into riding, but I’m going back to school next semester. I only have five more classes before I complete my Associates degree. Then I’ll work towards getting my BA in Sociology.
Is there too much stress placed on amateur racers?
It’s tough. At an age when you’re trying to move up to the next level and get a ride, but something happens such as getting injured, that can change everything. I had dedicated so much of my time to racing motocross that I didn’t know much else to do if things didn’t work out. At a young age it’s hard to handle all of the pressure. You just want to be a kid, hang out with your friends, and do normal things. Instead you’re constantly riding and working towards a singular goal, and it can take a toll.
When you turned away from motocross racing didn’t seem to let things get you down. You went to college and tried to move on. Did time away from racing provide clarity?
Yes, I think that it did. I realized that there were other things out there that interested me, and things that I could pursue and do well at. Then again, I missed the freedom of riding my dirt bike and the competitiveness of racing. I discovered that if I don’t do well in racing then it’s really all on me, whereas at a normal job I found that other people were telling me what to do. I prefer my independence.
Pugmire can whip for days.
Was it difficult adjusting to a lifestyle other than that of a motocross racer?
It was very difficult, and I never got out of race mode. Racing was always in the back of my mind. I saw that guys I grew up racing with having success on the professional level?guys like Trey Canard, Nico Izzi and Blake Baggett?it made me miss racing. I realized that I can be successful in this sport. If they can do it, then so can I. I ran their pace when I was younger, so maybe I can do it now. I just want to really go after a career in racing and not have any regrets once I get older as to whether I missed a big opportunity to try again.
What are your plans for 2013?
There is something that came up, and I might be able to race Supercross. I probably won’t be able to do the first two rounds, but possibly by the third round of the 250 West series. I’m definitely going to race the outdoors and do as many of those events as I can. If Supercross doesn’t happen then I’m going to compete in a few of the WORCS events to help with training and get some exposure.
What benefits do you bring to a team?
I’m self-motivated. I’ve never had someone who has needed to tell me to ride and train. I love riding, and it’s all I want to do. It’s what my life is based around. I’m also a pretty personable guy. I’m easy to talk to and get along with. I also adapt quickly to situations.
How about adapting to different bikes? Now that you’ve had the opportunity to test ride a few different bikes for MXA, is that difficult to switch brands?
It was really fun, actually. I have experience swapping bikes. When I was younger I tested for Kawasaki and also Honda. We would have to compare a Honda CR85 to a Yamaha or a Suzuki. I’m familiar with getting on different bikes and having to adjust to the different suspension, brakes and powerband.
Does it make you jealous seeing the success of the guys that you grew up racing with?
I am jealous a little bit, but I think it’s great that they have really found a place in racing. They have worked hard to get where they are, so of course they deserve it. Maybe I should have stuck with racing instead of letting the injuries bother me so much, but it is what it is. It’s cool to see the generation that I grew up racing against having so much success and taking things to the next level.
But you’re coming back. Trent Pugmire will be making news.
That’s right! I’m coming back. I’m going to try the best that I can. I still have potential and talent. I’m not that old, and I can still do great things in the sport.
Good luck to you, Trent.
NEW MXA LIDS FROM TAGGER DESIGNS!
Arai in MXA colors.
MXA has long been known by our custom-painted helmets. It wasn’t until 1994 that we started using day-glo orange exclusively. Through the years we’ve experimented with using glitter in the paint, as well as the tail fin (remember that?) and even a few designs (look at the latest Fox and Fly MXA lids). We believe that people recognize us by our orange helmets, so we don’t mess with a proven advertising tactic. However, after seeing the great paint jobs done by Tagger Designs (check out the helmets of Ryan Villopoto and Justin Brayton), we asked Tag Gasparian (owner of Tagger) to paint us up a few lids.
Shoei in wilder MXA colors.
We only asked that Tag follow the traditional route with our Arai helmet, while he could go wild with Dennis Stapleton’s Shoei as long as the primary color was orange. Check out the results. We’re extremely impressed with Tag’s work. Although these two helmets are one-off designs that are a definite exception to the MXA standards, we’re going to wear them proudly. For more information on Tagger Designs, visit www.taggerdesign.com.
VIDEO ALERT! MXA SPENDS THE DAY WITH THE PRO CIRCUIT BOYS
ANOTHER VIDEO! BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE P.C. TEAM PHOTO SHOOT
AMA 250/450 NATIONAL TRAVEL STATISTICS
I fancy myself a statistics guy. Numbers often tell the story. So when MX Sports announced that Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, would be a new stop on the Lucas Oil National Series, I couldn’t help but wonder. I’ve never been to Miller Motorsports Park, but from what I’ve seen from their website photos (click here to check them out) the place makes Lake Elsinore look mountainous. I won’t knock MX Sports’ decision to race at Miller (yet), because the National is still months away, but I had to question whether the schedule change would benefit the teams.
Since taking control of the Nationals, MX Sports has made mention to the idea that they would like the schedule tweaked to shorten mileage and drive time for team semis as they crisscross about the country. To be honest, it sounded like hog wash when it was revealed that Miller Motorsports Park was replacing Steel City. So I sat down, did some rough math (thanks to Mapquest and a few research websites), and found out the following information:
2013 NATIONAL SCHEDULE
Distance from (miles/hours):
Hangtown to Thunder Valley – 1188 miles…17:30 hrs
Thunder Valley to Bristol – 1500 miles…22 hrs
Bristol to High Point – 327 miles…5:15 hrs
High Point to Budds Creek – 270 miles…4:45 hrs
Budds Creek to Southwick – 400 miles…8 hrs
Southwick to Red Bud – 840 miles…14 hrs
Red Bud to Washougal – 2180 miles…33 hrs
Washougal to Spring Creek – 1795 miles…27 hrs
Spring Creek to Unadilla – 1140 miles…18:30 hrs
Unadilla to Tooele – 2200 miles…33 hrs
Tooele to Lake Elsinore – 672 miles…10:15 hrs
Total mileage: 12,512 miles
Total time: 193 hours, 15 minutes
Total amount of fuel needed (at 5.5 mpg): 2275 gallons
Predicted cost of fuel ($4.03/gallon average): $9168.25
2012 NATIONAL SCHEDULE
Distance from (miles/hours):
Hangtown to Freestone – 1811 miles…27:15 hrs
Freestone to Thunder Valley – 874 miles…14 hrs
Thunder Valley to High Point – 1475 miles…22:30 hrs
High Point to Budds Creek – 270 miles…4:45 hrs
Budds Creek to Red Bud – 667 miles…11 hrs
Red Bud to Millville – 450 miles…7:45 hrs
Millville to Washougal – 1801 miles…27 hrs
Washougal to Southwick – 3000 miles…45:45 hrs
Southwick to Unadilla – 191 miles…3:30 hrs
Unadilla to Steel City – 375 miles…6:45 hrs
Steel City to Lake Elsinore – 2452 miles…37 hrs
Total mileage: 13,366 miles
Total time: 207 hours, 30 minutes
Total amount of fuel needed (at 5.5 mpg): 2430 gallons
Predicted cost of fuel ($4.03/gallon average): $9792.90
PREDICTED TRAVEL COSTS
On average, the standard 5th wheel semi loaded and ready to go racing averages around 5.5 miles per gallon of diesel fuel. The current U.S. average price for a gallon of diesel fuel is $4.03. In 2012, the National series spanned roughly 13,366 miles. That equates to 2430 gallons of diesel fuel burned, which cost $9792.90. To compare, the 2013 National series will cover 12,512 miles (854 miles less than this year). That equates to 2275 gallons of diesel fuel burned (a difference of 155 gallons), which will cost $9168.25 (a difference of $624.65). In terms of time, drivers should be traveling 14-1/2 hours less (207:30 in 2012 compared to 193:15 for 2013).
What does all of this mean? MX Sports found a way to add a new National to the circuit while cutting drive time, mileage and expenses for team semi trucks. I commend MX Sports for their commitment to changing things. Having said that, I’m skeptical about the move to Utah. Let’s hope that it works out.
ANAHEIM 1: THE PROMO FILM TO GET YOU PUMPED UP…DO YOU REALLY NEED TO BE PUMPED UP?
TEAM FOX RIDERS GO TO HAWAII
Press release: Fox held their 4th annual Hawaiian event in Oahu on Saturday 12/8 and Sunday, 12/9. This year’s Mauka to Makai weekend saw MX Team Riders Ricky Carmichael, Jeff Emig and Ken Roczen host a day of riding at the Kahuku Motocross Park. The picturesque track is located on the North shore of the island. The following day was spent at Waimanalo Beach Park with Keanu Asing and other Fox Surf Athletes. The goal was to increase water safety awareness. Both events were open to the public and the locals were stoked to spend quality personal time with all of the Fox Team Athletes that were in attendance.
Check out the images below for a recap of both days events. Aloha from Fox!
Ricky Carmichael and Jeff Emig.
Kahuku motocross park.
Jeff Emig checks out the Hawaiian scenery.
Kahuku motocross park.
Waimanalo Beach Park.
Keanu Asing – Fox Surf Athlete.
Waimanalo Beach Park.
CHAMP FACTORY ANNOUNCES WINTER TRAINING CAMPS
Champ Factory, with the support of KTM North America, is excited to announce its winter training camps. These unique camps, offered from January through February 2013, allow riders to experience what it feels like to be a factory rider for a week. Champ Factory trainer, Sebastien Tortelli, has put together the ultimate training camp package to help provide professional level instruction to upcoming riders while also providing them the chance to experience VIP status at a southern California Supercross round.
The all-inclusive, week-long winter training camp includes:
One week of riding instruction from head instructor and 2-time World Motocross Champion, Sebastien Tortelli (riding will take place at fully-prepped, popular southern California tracks including: Starwest, Glen Helen, Milestone MX Park, Perris Raceway and Lake Elsinore)
Use of a 2013 KTM motorcycle (choices include: 450 SX-F, 350 SX-F, 250 SX-F, 125 SX or 65 SX ? bikes assigned on a first-come, first-served basis)
Gym training at ICON fitness, includes free-weights, spinning machines, rowers and punching bags
Transportation to the track and related activities in the Champ Factory Toy Hauler
Special visits to popular motorcycle dealers including: Chaparral Motorsports, Temecula Motorsports and Langston Raceway
An all-day pit pass and admission pass to the AMA Supercross event
Meet-and-greet with Red Bull KTM’s Ryan Dungey and Ryan DeCoster
Transportation from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) or San Diego International Airport (SAN) to the Champ Factory compound
All meals for the week of the stay
*Note: Package does not include airfare.
Participants will also receive special offers from Champ Factory partners, including: FMF Racing, JT Racing, Matrix Concepts, Motorex, Atlas, Freegun, Factory Connection, Renthal and 100% goggles.
Limited space is available so be sure to sign-up now. All interested participants can register for the training camps and receive more information on the dates and program by visiting www.champfactory.com or calling (858) 866-6107.
THE ADVENTURES OF MXA’S DENNIS STAPLETON CONTINUE…
This month Dennis traveled to St. Martin in the Caribbean to race in a tropical paradise. Life sure is tough for our MXA test rider…
“Saint Martin hopes to be a travel destination one day for families to come race and enjoy the Caribbean island. As many of the islands have races, St. Martin is pushing to be the biggest stop of all the islands. This trip for me was super low key and and I had good times with fellow American racers. Thomas Covington, Jimmy Decotis, Nick Myers, and Jessica Patterson were on hand. This is a must-experience race if you are looking for a fun and low key event. If you want to check out what is going on in St. Martin, and find out dates for the 2013 races, follow them on their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/motocross.mxdaysxm?fref=ts
Dennis Stapleton defaces a sign with a Stapo MX sticker. Good job, Dennis.
St. Martin track.
Another shot of the track.
From left: Nick Myers, Jimmy Decotis, Thomas Covington and Dennis Stapleton. Covington won the race. Photo by Matt Rice.
JOB OPPORTUNITY: FREEGUN IS HIRING REPS
Freegun Underwear continues to grow within the action sports industry and, with this growth is seeking, to add several positions across the US. Freegun Underwear is seeking motivated, experienced Sales Representatives to cover selected areas within the US. Join a growing team, with our action sports DNA, and launch Freegun into new and untapped retailers and markets. Independent Sales Reps will grow existing markets and, importantly, generate new accounts within the action sports and consumer clothing stores with a target of adding Freegun within the ?Big Box’ retailers. If you have what it takes, have a passion for action sports and sales (clothing preferred) experience, email a cover letter and resume [email protected]
REVIVAL 41 – THE TREY CANARD DOCUMENTARY
Press release: Trey Canard’s crash last season was one that most riders don’t come back from. But #41 knew he had a higher calling. When others doubted and the pain progressed, he knew he was destined to race again. REvival 41 is the story of Trey’s year-long journey from back injury to the starting gate of the 2013 Supercross season as he strives to put #41 back on top. The trailer for REvival 41 can be found at www.REvival41.com or below:
“People say that what you believe in is a fairy tale. But I don’t believe that at all…I believe that I was put on this earth to ride a motorcycle.” –Trey Canard
SIDI BOOT MOTOCROSS LINE-UP FOR 2013
Press Release: Motonation has been very busy the last few weeks securing the services of many of the top riders across the USA, no matter where they ride, what they ride or how they ride more and more pro’s cant seem to live without Sidi boots! Derek Anderson, a hard working privateer will be looking to make main events in the Supercross Lites West Coast series and top 20 finishes in the 450 class as the series moves outdoors. The JNA Racing team includes Dustin Hoffman and Broc Shoemaker. Two quality riders who deserve support ? support Motonation is proud to supply in 2013.