MXA Mid-Week Report: A3 Review & Post Surgery
Women’s motocross is bigger and better than ever and Shift has jumped into the fray by signing top AMA/WMA competitor Sarah Whitmore to sport their new line of women’s race gear for the 2008 season. Sarah may be new to Shift, but she’s definitely no stranger to the brand. “I have been a big fan of Shift for years and I actually won my class at Loretta Lynn’s back in 1998 in Shift gear that I bought!, said Whitmore.ÿ”When I saw that Shift was making women’s gear, I knew it would be the perfect fit!”
THE SIGHTS AT A3
The 2008 AMA /Monster Supercross champ?
Each of the last two Anaheim tracks have used sand sections which seem to be one of the more challenging track features to watch. Joe Gibb’s rider Josh Summey finished 16th.
While team coach Rick Johnson tried to point out what line to take, MDK/KTM rider Billy Laninovich preferred to show his enthusiam for the race. Somewhere between theÿcompeting interests, Billy put in his best ride of the seasonÿwith aÿ4th placeÿfinish.
Proof of how much thinking goes into bike set-up could be foundÿinside the Yamaha tent when everyone realized that it would be a dry race. Moments after this photoÿwas taken all three factory Yamaha bikes were “de-mudded” by changing their suspension settings, losing the reserve coolant bottles and replacing the higher platform footpegs that were borrowed from the Graves Supermoto team.
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?ÿIs it true that a deal has already been struck on the sale of the AMA National series with the European based Youthstream organization?
?ÿSan Francisco saw the arrival of not one, but two curvy Monster girls swaying to & fro at the start of the main events. Gee, if two are better than one, having a dozen of them out there holding up a 30 second banner would have to even better. Right?
MXA MINI-VIEW: Andy Jefferson – Post Surgery
Andy Jefferson is a former Pro MX rider who has been now a WORCS rider under the Ty Davis tentÿ for the last few years. In fact, he’s a two-time WORCS champion in the fast old guys class. Recently, Andy decided to undergo forearm pump surgery due to persistant problems with arm fatigue. We caught up with Andy after his first race back.
Andy: Horrible, but it didn’t have anything to do with my arms. The ground was frozen and I just rode horribly. I rode the RM 250 which was a prettty good bike.
MXA: So, what about the arms?
Andy: They still felt a little bit tired, kind ofÿ like feeling fatigued from lifting weights, but there was no arm pump at all. I hadn’t been putting in any hard motos yet, but I’d gone on a 180 mile trail ride a few weeks ago and felt fine. I got 40 staples in each arm. People told me it wouldn’t hurt to getthe staples pulled ojut, but it hurt like heck.
MXA: Are you glad you had the surgery?
Andy: For sure. I just wish I would’ve had it five years ago! Before I had it done my arms would last about two laps on my practice track before they would get pumped up. Now I can ride a 45 minute motos without any arm pump.ÿÿ
If you’re like us, the spate of west coast Sueprcross races just started to get our competitive juices flowing and now the AMA Sueprcross tour heads east. What to do? The solution lies in the Amgen Tour of California which starts in Northern California onÿFeb. 15ÿand winds its way downÿ the coast for a wild finale at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. You can expect to see everyone from world champion Paolo Betini to top American riders like Levi Leipheimer and George Hincapie battling it out. Our vote for a great stage to watch is the individual time trial in Solvang on Friday – awesome!
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MX Motopark Industries Inc., in association with the Pala Band of Mission Indians, today announced the development of Pala Raceway, a 240-acre motocross and off-road racing facility in Pala, CA, 30 miles north of San Diego. With more than five years of planning, engineering and biological studies, Pala Raceway has received all of the necessary permits and federal approvals for construction to commence.ÿ
Construction will take up to 6 months, and an opening date will be announced as construction nears completion. Pala Raceway will feature 12 separate professionally designed and prepped tracks, including: Main Motocross, Vet Motocross, Grand Prix Motocross, Amateur Supercross, 80cc-150cc Motocross, 50cc-65cc Mini, Adult Mini, Stadium Side x Side/UTV, Quad, Mini Quad, Professional Supercross and Super Moto tracks. In addition, the raceway will include more than 300 campsites, a clubhouse, a restaurant, a three-acre fishing pond, a BMX race track, and a bike wash for all park visitors.
Pala Raceway is located on Highway 76, approximately seven miles east of Interstate 15, and one and one-half miles east of the Pala Casino Resort Spa. The raceway is closed to the public during the construction process; public tours will be established at a later date.ÿFor more info, Click Here.ÿ