MOTOCROSS ACTION’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: DUNGEY BEATS CAIROLI IN WEIRD SPANISH RACE ? ON HIS EUROPEAN VACATION TOUR
RYAN DUNGEY WINS SATURDAY’S “GIVE ME FIVE” RACE IN MADRID
In what may be the least anticipated event of the year, with the least pre-race hype and no interest outside of Spain, the Red Bull “Give Me Five” race was held Saturday night in Madrid.
Billed, by Red Bull, as a chance for American Ryan Dungey to get revenge on Tony Cairoli for last week’s MXDN loss?it could be assumed that it did achieve that?if one race of any kind determines who the best was. But with limited competition and a strange format?the best you can say is that Dungey won and Cairoli lost.
Ryan Dungey with the trophy and bride-to-be Lindsay Siegle.
With only 10 riders signed up to race the Red Bull sponsored “Give Me Five” race held in Spain at the Circuito Motocross Madrid en Valdemorillo (and one of the 10, Adrian Garrido, was a local Spanish wild card rider) the Red Bull exhibition event was strange to say the least. Originally it was slated for 15 big name international riders?but it was reduced to 10 (9 actually). The 9 were Dungey, Cairoli, Roczen, Ferrandis, Tixier, Butron, Teillet and Barragan.
After two semi-finals, won by Ryan Dungey and Tony Cairoli, they were joined by Ken Roczen, Dylan Ferrandis and Marvin Musquin in the ultimate five-lap, five-man race?which was won by Ryan Dungey in front of a top five that was rounded out by Tony Cairoli (2nd), Marvin Musquin (3rd), Dyland Ferrandis (4th) and Ken Roczen (5th).
CONGRATS TO THE HAPPY COUPLE
The soon-to-be Lindsay Dungey shows off the rock after the Barcelona proposal.
ALL-JAPAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: THE CLOSEST SERIES EVER
Yohei Kojima has one race left and only a 5 points lead in the All-Japan 450 National Championship.
After the 8th of 9 rounds, the Japanese National Motocross Championships the points chase is as close as imaginable. In the 450 class, Yohei Kojima leads by 5 slim points over Makoto Ogata, 11 points over Yu Hirata and 12 over Akira Narita. The 250 class is equally close with Toshiki Tomita holding a slim 6 point lead on Jun’ya Takenaka and 19 points on Kei Yamamoto.
SAITAMA RESULTS: 450 CLASS
1. Akira Narita…………Hon
2. Hiroaki Arai………….Kaw
3. Yoshi Arsuta………….Suz
4. Makoto Ogata………..Hon
5. Yu Hirata……………….Yam
6. Yui Hoshino…………..Hon
7. Yohei Kojima………….Suz
8. Kazumasa Masuda…Hon
9. Yutaka Hoshino……..Kaw
10. Koh’ichi Fukaya…….Hon
SAITAMA RESULTS: 250 CLASS
1. Kei Yamamoto…………Hon
2. Toshiki Tomita…………Hon
3. Jun’ya Takenaka………Kaw
4. Daiki Baba……………….Hon
5. Nozomu Yasuhara……Yam
6. Yusuke Kondoh……….Hon
7. Ryo Satoh……………….Hon
8. Kouhei Ueda……………Suz
9. Masami Tanaka……….Hon
10. Kohta Murakami……..Hon
ALL-JAPAN 450 NATIONAL POINTS STANDINGS
(After 8 of 9 rounds)
1. Yohei Kojima………..310
2. Makoto Ogata ………305
3. Yu Hirata………………299
4. Akira Narita…………..298
5. Yoshitaka Atsuta…..272
6. Yutaka Hoshino……..215
7. Takase Tanaka………187
8. Takuya Mihara……….182
9. Koh’ichi Fukaya………..182
10. Yutaka Hoshino……..178
ALL-JAPAN 250 NATIONAL POINTS STANDINGS
(After 8 of 9 rounds)
1. Toshiki Tomita………..320
2. Jun’ya Takenaka…….314
3. Kei Yamamoto……….301
4. Ryo Satoh………………197
5. Shin’ichi Inoue………..190
6. Masami Tanaka………177
7. Kouhei Ogawa………..175
8. Nozomu Yasuhara…..173
9. Yusuke Watanabe…..171
10. Jun Suda……………..170
BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS FALL TO KRISTIAN WHATLEY AND ELLIOTT BANKS-BROWN
The names Whately and Banks go way back in British motocross history (as in Jeremy Whateley and John Banks), but for 2013 the names get a boost in the record books as Kristian Whately won the BritIsh 450 title and Elliott Banks-Brown took the 250 crown.
Kristian Whatley. Photo: MBO Sports Yamaha
FARLEIGH CASTLE RESULTS: 450 CLASS
1. Kristian Whatley
2. Brad Anderson
3. Gert Krestinov
4. Alex Snow
5. Nathan Parker
6. Jonathan Barragan
7. Nico Aubin
8. Scott Elderfield
9. Matiss Karro
10. Jamie Law
FARLEIGH CASTLE RESULTS: 250 CLASS
1. Elliott Banks-Browne
2. Bryan MacKenzie
3. Steven Lenoir
4. Neville Bradshaw
5. Adam Sterry
6. Martin Barr
7. Arminas Jasikonis
8. Graeme Irwin
9. Jordan Booker
10. Lewis Trickett
TEAM USA HAS ITS BEST ISDE IN 31 YEARS
America had it best finish in the ISDE World Team Trophy since 1982, when it finished second at the 88th running of the International Six Days Enduro in Sardinia, Italy. France took the overall victory, but Zach Osborne and Mike Brown both won their classes in the motocross tests on the final day. Antoine Meo was the overall winner and the E3 class winner on a KTM 300 two-stroke. The E2 class went to Australian Daniel Milner, while Christobal Guerrero won the E1 division. Taylor Robert was top American in the E2 class (5th in E2 class) with Charlie Mullins 8th and Kurt Caselli 9th in E2. Zach Osborne was 6th in E1 division with Chad Duvall in 8th. Mike Brown finished third in the E3 division.
RESULTS: WORLD TEAM TROPHY
6. Great Britain
RESULTS: JUNIOR WORLD TEAM TROPHY:
3. Great Britain
4. United States
8. Czech Republic
BYE BYE MX1, HELLO MXGP…NOW WHAT WILL ALL THE OTHER COPYCAT RACE ORGANIZATIONS DO?
The best names for motocross championships are based on their displacement. It is hard to beat the “250 World Motocross Championship,” especially when compared to the logo-speak “MX2 World Championship.” When the FIM changed the 450 class to “MX1” and the 250 class to “MX2”?it didn’t clear up anything for the fans, sponsors or media. They still had to be told that the MX1 class was for 450cc motocross bikes and the MX2 class was for 250cc bikes. The AMA, unwilling to look like they were following the FIM’s lead came up with “Motocross” (for the 450 class) and “Motocross Lites” (for the 250 class). This was so stupid that if you used these names properly, the man who won the 450 National Championship would be called the “AMA Motocross Motocross National Champion” and the 250 winner would be called the “AMA Motocross Lites Motocross Champion.”
No matter what, somebody in the audience, crowd or head office, had to eventually say the obviously dreaded 250cc and 450cc nomenclature to explain what is happening. The AMA Nationals came to their sense first, changing their class names back to 250 and 450 several years ago. Supercross dragged their feet forever, proving that they are more stubborn than smart, but eventually added 250 and 450 to their class names. “Lites” died the death it always deserved.
Now, Youthstream is dumping their MX1 name. Are they dumping it for the “450 World Championship?” Nope. They are going to call the 450 class the “MXGP” class. So what will they call the 250 class? MXGP Lite? MXGP Junior? MXGP 2.5? Nope. They are going to call it the MX2 class. Which will naturally lead to the question, if there is a MX2 class, where is the MX1 class?
REM OCTOBERCROSS ON OCTOBER 26 AT GLEN HELEN RACEWAY
For more info go to www.remsatmx.com
JAY LENO TO LEAD THE LOVE RIDE ON OCTOBER 20
Jay Leno will be the Grand Marshall of the 30th Anniversary Love Ride on October 20, 2013?the longest running single day motorcycle fundraiser in the world It iwll feature features Willie G. Davidson, Robert Patrick, Lorenzo Lamas, Peter Fonda and musICal performances by Jackson Browne, Chevy Metal and The Forest Rangers with Katey Sagal.The Love Ride kicks off with a concert at Harley-Davidson of Glendale, followed by a ride to Castaic Lake Recreation Area. Participants can register now at www.LoveRide.org for just $20. The minimum entry is only $60, which can also be paid in full during registration, with no fundraising required. Admission includes access to both the Glendale and Castaic Lake events, parking, and one opportunity ticket for a chance to win a variety of prizes, including a 2014 Harley-Davidson Road King.
NICE WORDS FROM JEFFREY HERLINGS ABOUT TOMAC
AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL MOTORCYCLE EXPO (AIMEXPO) COMING TO ORLANDO ON OCT. 16-20
At last, motorcycling’s first combined trade, consumer and media event in North America. For the first time… in the right place at the right time… the entire industry will come together for an unparalleled celebration of motorcycling, the motorcycling lifestyle and the business of motorcycling. The celebration will also feature motorcycling related products like Scooters, ATVs, and Side-by-Sides, all enjoyed by like-minded enthusiasts.
AIMExpo will include OEMs, distributors, parts & accessories manufacturers, dealers, consumers and the media. Unlike any existing show in the United States, AIMExpo will serve the entire industry and is being produced by motorcyclists for motorcyclists. For more info go to www.aimexpousa.com
THE NEXT BIG RACE IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER
2013 WORLD OFFROAD CHAMPIONSHIP (WORCS) SERIES
October 11-13…..Primm, NV
2013 AUSTRALIAN SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
October 12………..Mt. Gambier, SA
October 19………..Phillip Island, Vic
October 20………..Phillip Island, Vic
November 16…….Toowoomba, Qld
2013 MONSTER ENERGY CUP
October 19…Las Vegas, NV
2013 ALL-JAPAN MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
2013 REM OCTOBERCROSS (FORMERLY THE COMMOTION BY THE OCEAN)
October 26, 2013…Glen Helen, CA
2013 JAMMER CUP
October 26-27…..Maysville, NC
2013 WORLD VETERAN MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
November 2-3, 2013…Glen Helen, CA
2013 THOR WINTER OLYMPICS (MINI O’S)
November 25-30…Gainesville, FL
WORLD VETERAN MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP ONE MONTH AWAY?NOV. 2-3
With riders coming from around the world for the annual pilgrimage to the mecca of Vet motocross ? the 2013 MTA World Vet Championship at Glen Helen promises to be bigger than ever. Past World Vet Champions include Gary Jones (who is the only rider to win titles in the Over-30, Over-40, Over-50 and Over-60 Expert ranks), Warren Reid, Rex Staten, Kent Howerton, Doug Dubach, Erik Kehoe, Rich Thorwaldson, Lars Larsson, Eyvind Boyesen, J.N.Roberts, Jeff Ward, Zoli Bereyi Sr., Thorlief Hanssen, Feets Minert, Andy Jefferson and Ryan Hughes.
You can join this list of Champions in classes from 25 to 70 (Novice, Intermediate and Expert). Plus, high paying Over-40 and Over-30 Pro classes have $4000 purses for each class. Glen Helen promises to have a new track design for the World Vet?big, long, fast and rough. For more info go to www.glenhelen.com
MEMORIES OF THE WAY WE WERE: VIVA MONTESA!
Do you remember Montesa? Kalevi Vehkonnen? The Montesa VR (Vehkonnen Replica)? Ron Nelson? What about John DeSoto? Well, even if you don’t, you can see the “Flyin’ Hawaiian” (John DeSoto) race at the 2013 World Vet Championship on November 2-3. He will also receive the Edison Dye Lifetime Achievement Award that Sunday.
YOU CAN RIDE SINGLE-TRACK IN COSTA RICA
Press release: The ultimate off-road adventure begins and ends in Costa Rica. From epic single track through lush jungles to wide open across the sands of the Pacific; whatever your skills and desires, Costa Rica Unlimited (CRU) has you covered. Open Registration Dates begin October 1 for 2014. CRU has hosted Yamaha Motors, Fly Racing, Michelin, Dirt Bike, Dirt Rider, Nitro Circus, and many others; we hope you’ll be next. Ride from ocean sunrise in the Caribbean to ocean sunset on the Pacific; ride to Arenal Volcano; ride East, North, South on out-and-backs; spend time at our mx track. It’s Unlimited! Call (714) 368-0656 or email at [email protected]
2014 FACTORY BACKING INNOVATIVE PRO SPONSORSHIP PROGRAM
Factory Backing Graphics Co. will be offering all AMA Pro MX and SX racers a great deal on all the custom graphics needs for this upcoming season. Factory Backing will offer riders graphics kits at a reduced price of $75 for an entire graphics kit that normally retails for $239.99. On top of the graphics, the rider’s graphics kit will be offered for sale on our website for only $169.99?and $50 for each kit sold will go back to the rider to help with their race expenses etc. This will be your chance to be selling your own Signature Race graphics and get paid!
How does it work? (1) The rider must run Factory Backing Graphics for the length of a one year season (SX and MX). (2) Rider must run our graphics exclusively. (In the event of rider getting on a large scale Team this contract may be terminated on our discretion). (3) The rider must run the Factory Backing logo on the bottom of shrouds, front plate bottom, rear fender and also Iridium Factory Backing front fender arches. (4) Riders will be supplied with a link to that graphics kit for promoting that kit once all the artwork is finalized. (5) Riders will be paid monthly with a sales report on sales of their personal graphics kit.
ELECTRIC BIKE ACTION: BETTER SPEED ON CLIMBS WITH LESS EFFORT THANKS TO ELECTRICITY
For more info go to www.electricbikeaction.com