PRO TAPER PRESENTS MXA’S MID-WEEK REPORT BY DARYL ECKLUND
FACEBOOK PHOTO OF THE WEEK
Real men where pink. Well, not to much anymore, but in the 80’s it was a big trend. The hot pink Fox Limited Edition Instinct boot bring back a taste of old retro style.
Here is some proof that pink was the hip color once upon a time when Jeremy McGrath was an MXA test rider.
THE MXA FUNNIES
LANDON CURRIER NOW DOING MX MOTOCROSS CAMPS
Champions are born when one triumphs on account of great suffering. This is something that Justin Hoeft has faced, at the young age of 17. There are no words for what Justin has gone through in the last month with losing his little brother in a fatal racing crash. Just swinging a leg back over a dirt bike after such an experience is a feat in itself. The world comes to a screeching halt with such an experience. Losing a loved one makes you look at life a little differently deciphering what is truly important in life. But the heart can move mountains when it is a lost loved one guiding its way. Justin’s heart said win.
Justin’s first race back was a big amateur national at Glen Helen, where the best of the best from around the country come to race. Although it was probably one of the most emotional experiences in his life, Justin dug deep to take home the championship.
Although horrific events in life are saddening, these experiences can also bring out the very best in people. They get stronger and more determined to break down any barriers accomplishing whatever they set their mind to.
Justin, take the fire inside and don’t look back, it will take you to the stars. It will make you the champion that you and your brother dreamed of being since the day you first swung a leg over a motorcycle. Good luck in your endeavor Justin. You now have an angel guiding your way. Rest in peace Tyler Hoeft.
MXA EXCLUSIVE: ANTHONY RODRIGUEZ AT MILLSAPS TRAINING FACILITY
DREAM JOBS: STEVE LAMSON, STAR YAMAHA TEAM MANAGER
STARTING POINT: My parents bought me a dirt bike at ten years old and I stated racing. With my parents backing I was able to turn pro. I rode pro from 1989 to 2005 coming away with two outdoor titles. I did motocross schools for a year, then started as a team manager in 2007 for MDK. Since then a floated around to a few other team, but I found a home at Star Racing.
THE JOB: At Star Racing we have a great crew. I do everything from scheduling flights to going to the track with our riders. I feel my experience beings a lot to the team and our young riders.The best part about my job is after putting in all the hard work is to see our riders on the podium. I am fortunate to be working with guys like Brad Hoffman (crew chief), Jeremy Coker, the dedicated mechanics and everyone else involved that makes this team a championship contender.
TORC RACING REACTION SHIFTER
TRAVIS PASTRANA OVER ROTATES A DOUBLE BACK-FLIP
Ryan:“The team and I worked so hard to get to this point,” remarked Dungey on the podium. There are hardly words to explain how good this feels. There were a lot of ups and downs along the way, but my team stood behind me through it all and provided me the best bike. I am so excited for this championship but am looking forward to the next goal. We aren’t done yet.”
THE FIRST WIN TASTES THE SWEETEST
Cole Seely talks about his first 450 Supercross win: “I’ve been having so much fun on the bike and I think that showed tonight. “If you asked me if I would have a win at Anaheim 1 or Phoenix, I would have probably told you no. But I feel like the past few races it’s been at my fingertips and I finally was able to capitalize. It feels amazing.”
These are the three AMA National motocross champions in 1976: (1) Kent Howerton, 500cc; (2) Bob Hannah, 125cc; (3) Tony Distefano, 250cc. All lined up in numerical order on their Open class bikes by ace photog Jim Gianatsis.