MOTOCROSS ACTION’S MID-WEEK REPORT BY JOHN BASHER (9/25/13)
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
This is the best that our 2014 KTM 125SX will ever look, because after today we’re going to run it through the wringer, all the while giggling like prepubescent girls going to a nail salon sporting new clothes from the Gap whilst wearing flavored lip gloss and then taking selfies in the front row at a Justin Bieber concert. Teeheehee!
YOUR GUIDE TO THIS WEEKEND’S MOTOCROSS DES NATIONAS
There are 41 teams, equating to 123 riders, slated to contest the 2013 edition of the Motocross des Nations in Teutschenthal, Germany, this weekend. It’s exciting to hear that CBS Sports is going to televise the historic event (for more information, click here). While there’s no replacement for being pressed up against the fence and seeing the stars of motocross battle it out for the Chamberlain Trophy, watching it on television is the next best thing.
As you know, Team USA went on a 13-year win streak, from 1981 through 1993, but hit a road block in the form of Great Britain. In the past eight years Team USA has won seven times, only losing in the gnarly sand of the Netherlands last year. The track in Teutschenthal, Germany, is mostly hard pack with sizable jumps?perfect for Ryan Dungey, Eli Tomac and Justin Barcia. To me it’s obvious that USA is the top contender to knock of Team Germany for top bragging rights, because we don’t have a weak rider in the field. The only stronger team we would have had is if Ryan Villopoto could have gone over to Europe. Even so, the trio of Americans should be firing on all cylinders.
The three moto format, with only one bad moto being dropped, can be troubling. The years that Team USA has won the riders really didn’t need to throw out a bad moto. However, apparently when Lady Luck is not on the red, white and blue’s side then it gets ugly. Crashes were often the culprit, thanks to adverse conditions and unfamiliar tracks. I believe that Team USA will quickly adapt to the Teutschenthal track.
WHO HAS A SHOT AT WINNING?
My money is on Ryan Dungey and Team USA.
Aside from the United States, I realistically only consider Germany, Belgium, Italy, France and Great Britain in the hunt based on team riders and past performance. France would have been extraordinary if they tapped Marvin Musquin for the team, but instead they went with Christophe Charlier. Even so, France has a solid team. The defending winners, Germany, have Ken Roczen and Max Nagl, but a weak link in Dennis Ullrich. Belgium has a strong contingent (Ken De Dycker, Jeremy Van Horebeek and Clement Desalle), and aside from France I foresee them as being the toughest competition for Team USA. The dark horse would have to be Great Britain, with Tommy Searle, Jake Nicholls and Shaun Simpson.
WHO CAN WIN THE 450 CLASS?
Is Tony Cairoli going to win the 450 Class again?
Italy has the mighty Tony Cairoli, who should be thinking about beating out Ryan Dungey, Gautier Paulin (France), Tommy Searle (Great Britain), Max Nagl (Germany), Ken De Dycker (Belgium), Brett Metcalfe (Australia) and Evgeny Bobryshev (Russia) for top honors in the 450 class.
WHO CAN WIN THE 250 CLASS?
Expect a knock-down drag-out battle between Eli Tomac (above) and Ken Roczen (below) for pride and honor.
It’s going to be the Eli Tomac vs. Ken Roczen showdown, round 22 (12 Nationals and 9 Supercross races). Roczen won the 250 West and Tomac won the 250 Nationals. This race is for bragging rights before both step up to the 450 class.
The other challengers for the 250 class in Germany are Jeremy Van Horebeek, Alessandro Lupino (Italy), Jordi Tixier (France), Jake Nicholls (Great Britain), Harri Kullas (Finland), Jose Butron (Spain), Alex Martin (Puerto Rico by way of Minnesota), and Jeremy Medaglia (Canada).
WHO CAN WIN THE OPEN CLASS?
Expect a Clement Desalle (above) versus Justin Barcia showdown for the MX3 (Open) Class plate.
Justin Barcia will be seeking revenge after he flopped in the sand last year. He’ll square off against Clement Desalle (Belgium), David Philippaerts (Italy), Christophe Charlier (France), Tanel Leok (Estonia), Shaun Simpson (Great Britain) and Cody Cooper (New Zealand). I believe that Barcia will have the easiest time handling his competition, although Desalle could play the spoiler.
WHO’S MISSING FROM THE MXDN?
Jeffrey Herlings, the Dutch sand master, is out of this year’s running of the MXDN due to a bum shoulder. He’ll be missed.
Aside from Ryan Villopoto, who would have been on the team if not for requiring ankle surgery, the other big name is Jeffrey Herlings. The pride of the Netherlands, Herlings was absolutely flying last year at his home race. Although he’s not as good on hard pack, he’s still a sight to behold. Unfortunately a bum shoulder will keep him out of this year’s running of the MXDN.
WHAT ARE MY PREDICTIONS FOR THE OVERALL?
Here goes nothing:
1. United States
5. Great Britain
To see the entire list of the field, click here.
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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: WHAT WOULD YOU DO WITH A DIRT BIKE IN AN ABANDONED WATER PARK?
ANOTHER DAY IN THE LIFE OF A TEST RIDER: 2014 KTM POWERWEAR INTRO
By Daryl Ecklund
For some, Monday is a tough day. Getting back to the daily grind after a relaxing weekend can sometimes be mentally fatiguing. Lucky for me my Mondays are just like my weekends?fun and productive. My typical day would be going out to the track, testing a few products, doing a few motos, typing a few articles, and then going off to the gym.
This last Monday was no different. I was invited out to Milestone Moto Park for the 2014 KTM Powerwear introduction. As John had baby duty and Jody was in the office, we invited long-time MXA test rider Dennis Stapleton to join the fun. We arrived at 9 a.m. and met with KTM press extraordinaire, Tom Moen. He is the pubic relations manager for KTM, and we deal with him on a weekly basis. Tom is the go-to guy for all our technical questions about the KTM models. It’s often fun to try and pry top secret information out of him regarding what’s going on behind KTM’s closed doors. He always does a good job of keeping his lips sealed.
Tom is the middle man to the KTM Powerwear line as he introduced us to the Powerwear products line manager Janna McGee. Janna took Dennis and I through the line of products that KTM offers and I have to say, KTM makes just about everything! And not just motorcycle related. They have everything from orange KTM toasters to dog bowls. Do they sell? According to Janna they fly off the shelves! Janna buttered us up by hooking us up with our own set of personalized KTM gear to test out on the track.
We geared up in our fresh swag and then hit the track. As I was riding I saw some unknown KTM riders just laying it down. As these riders creeped up on me I tried to twist the throttle a little more each lap to keep them behind me. Thank goodness for having their names on their jerseys! When they went past me I backed off the gas in relief. Low and behold, both Jason Anderson and Tyla Rattray, who recently made the move to the orange brigade, were out doing some testing. Top riders don’t bother me if they fly by. It’s the no-name riders that get under my skin?I will do just about anything to keep them behind me, even if it is just practice.
While Tyla was riding a KTM 450SXF, he has signed with Husqvarna to race the Grand Prix series in 2014. But since KTM bought out Husky, as of right now his Husky is just going to be a disguised KTM. Remember the two-stroke Husabergs that were KTM’s with a different color and reshaped plastic? Same kind of deal.
After we did a few motos, we had some food and drinks that KTM provided for us. We chatted about all of the new additions to the Powerwear line, did some bench racing and by that time we had to hit the road. Tom was also nice enough to bring us out a fresh 2014 KTM 125SX for MXA to test. I loaded the two-smoker up and along I went. It was another successful Monday was in the books.
VIDEO: JOSH HANSEN SHOWS OFF HIS STYLE
Diehard motocross enthusiasts believe Josh Hansen to be an idiot. And, quite frankly, there’s some validity to that. Hanny has done some strange/dumb things in his career, most recently when he cleaned out another rider on the last turn of the last lap of the LCQ when both riders were way out of qualifying position at Anaheim 1. That was the last time race fans saw Hansen, so it’s understandable that he left a bad taste in the mouths of the people.
As Head Judge for the X Games this year, I’ve had the opportunity to travel with and hang out with Josh Hansen. I can tell you with certainty that he’s no fool. Josh is aware of his ill-devised antics. Maybe racing isn’t his thing, at least not Supercross and definitely not the Nationals. He has found a niche in X Games, where he can throw down in Best Whip and be a threat in Supercross. This video solidifies his standing as one of the smoothest and talented riders to currently throw a leg over a dirt bike.
FOR A GOOD CAUSE: AUCTIONED ITEMS TO RAISE MONEY FOR CHILDREN’S ILLNESS RESEARCH
MX for Children is pleased to announce Helmets for Hydro and More!, our 4th annual Supercross/Motocross memorabilia auction benefiting hydrocephalus research at leading Children’s Hospitals including: Toronto’s SickKids, Seattle Children’s, Utah’s Primary Children’s, Children’s Hospital of Alabama, St. Louis Children’s, Pittsburgh Children’s and Houston’s Texas Children’s Hospital. The auction begins on Sept. 24 on eBay.
Supercross stars such as Chad Reed, Ashley Fiolek, Trey Canard, Kevin Windham, and PGA Golf Tour Professional Rickie Fowler have personally signed and donated helmets and other sporting memorabilia for this auction helping to continue to raise funds for hydrocephalus research — the #1 cause of brain surgery in children which affects one million people in the United States.
”I have worked with MX for Children for multiple seasons and it has been a pleasure meeting the fans each year who raise money for such a great cause” said Trey Canard, Team Honda Muscle Milk Factory Rider. “I am happy that I am able to continue contributing to their organization by donating some of my gear for their Auction.”
MX for Children is a group of volunteers that organize fundraising events and unique experiences around the sport of Motocross and Supercross benefiting research at children’s hospitals around North America. In addition to this annual auction, MX for Children runs the Inside Line Experience pledge drive in conjunction with Supercross. All events provide a way for people who love the sport of motocross to give back to their community in a significant way.
The eBay auction commences on Sept. 24. To learn more about the auction, please visit us at www.mxforchildren.org, our Facebook page, or on twitter. On eBay, search for items for sale by “MXforChildren”. All proceeds from the auction benefit hydrocephalous research being performed at the Hydrocephalus Association. To participate in our Inside Line Experience, and the win a chance to see a Supercross race up close and personal as a VIP, please visit http://www.mxforchildren.org/inside-line-experience/
MATRIX CONCEPTS UPDATED M-SERIES TIE-DOWNS
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Line includes 5 models in all team colors.
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4. M- 1.0 Premium Tie-down – 1.0″ thick.
5. M- 1.0 Trailer / Utility Tie-down – 1.0″ thick.
See complete line at www.matrixracingproducts.com/tiedowns/
ALL BALLS BEARING RIDER SUPPORT
All Balls Racing supports riders and teams all over the world from local level amateurs to top level champions. By working closely with our riders we are able to continually stay at the forefront of product design and development. Because there is a direct link between our riders and our development facility, we are able to make quick adjustments during the R&D process and ultimately have a better product come to market. In order for us to give our full commitment to our racer support program we have some requirements in place to ensure our program works the best that it can. Below are our requirements for sponsorship.
Riders must compete at 15 events or more a season.
Riders must supply results for the previous seasons racing events.
Rider must send in monthly updates on race season.
Riders to supply pictures to use in possible advertising.
Riders must supply current racing resume.
If you fit into these criteria, please apply to join our team. All Balls Racing is looking for riders who can provide us with positive representation on and off the track. Please visit allballsracing.com.