PRO TAPER PRESENTS MXA’S MID-WEEK REPORT BY JOHN BASHER
Rider: Trent Pugmire
Location: Glen Helen
Date: May 29, 2014
Bike: 2008 Honda CRF450
Photographer: John Basher
Camera: Canon EOS-1D Mark III
Lens: 300mm f/2.8 IS 2
Focal length: 300mm
Exposure: 1/1250 sec.
MXA VIDEO: PROJECT SUZUKI RM125 TWO-STROKE
BLUE BUFFALO/SLATER SKINS/YAMAHA RACE TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT
The BLUE Buffalo / Slater Skins / Yamaha Race Team proudly announces the addition of Larry Brooks as 2016 Race Team Manager.
Born close to the epicenter of American motorcycle racing industry in Southern California, Larry began riding and racing at a very young age. His inherent competitive nature had him winning races and championships while still in the amatuer phases of his career. That quickly translated into a successful racing career when he turned professional in 1985 winning three “125 Supercross Main Events” in his Rookie Year, then claiming the “Under 21 World Champion” title in his first full year as a pro. Larry earned “Rookie of the Year” honors the year following. He then continued on to claim several wins, championships, and “Top Privateer” rider titles over the course of nearly a decade. His success as a rider and desire to win eventually transferred, as he became one of the youngest and most successful team managers in the sport. Larry has been fortunate to work with some of the most talented and decorated racers in the history of Supercross and Motocross.
“I’m excited to get back to the races and begin helping to build the BLUE Buffalo/Slater Skins program into a top tier race team and I really think we’re going to surprise people with our results with a young, talented group of riders.” – Larry Brooks (BLUE Buffalo Race Team Manager)
“We are very excited to have the leadership and experience that Larry Brooks brings to our Blue Buffalo Racing Team. With the great marketing success we had in our first year of racing, this year should be even better. The Team has a group of guys that have a real passion for winning and we look forward to a very successful year.” – Dave Petrie (President / BLUE Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research)
“We have a long history of working with Larry here at Yamaha. He helped guide two different Yamaha supported teams to a total of five Supercross Championships, and will surely be a huge asset to this young, developing team. No doubt the learning curve will steepen quickly by the time the 250 Eastern Region Supercross season gets going!” – Mike Guerra (Racing Department Manager / Yamaha, USA)
“We are very excited to have Larry Brooks join our race team. Larry brings his knowledge of Five Supercross Championships managing riders like McGrath, Stewart, and Reed all on Yamaha and a 125 Outdoor National Championship with Grant Langston. Larry’s no nonsense approach is exactly what we need to take our team to a higher level.” – John Slater (BLUE Buffalo / Slater Skins Race Team Owner)
“Larry Brooks’ relentlessness is the purity in all of us who do this with a life’s passion. He’ll be vital to our program’s growth in 2016 and beyond.” – Tyler King (BLUE Buffalo / Slater Skins Marketing Director)
About Blue Buffalo
Blue Buffalo, located in Wilton, CT, is the nation’s leading natural pet food company, and provides natural dog food, natural cat food and treats under its BLUE Life Protection Formula, BLUE Wilderness, BLUE Basics and BLUE Freedom lines. Paying tribute to its founding mission, the company, through the Blue Buffalo Foundation for Cancer Research, is also a leading sponsor of pet cancer awareness and of critical studies of pet cancer, health, treatment and nutrition at top veterinary medical schools across the United States. For more information about Blue Buffalo, visit the company’s website at www.BlueBuffalo.com.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: DANIEL BAKER
“Getting back on a yellow bike was a little awkward at first, but now I really enjoy it. I’ve been on the Suzuki almost three weeks now, and although at this point we are not overly concerned about lap times, mine have been pretty good. At the track I am just trying to be solid, put in laps, and learn. I really don’t want to be some wild rookie when I start racing Supercross.”
Click here to read the full interview.
A TRIP TO THE GOAT FARM
Now in its fourth year, Camp Carmichael is a special three-day event for the top 24 contingency-earning Suzuki racers. Ricky Carmichael opens up his farm–the same facility Ricky used to win most of his 15 AMA titles–to the lucky few. On top of that, RC personally works with each individual in an effort to improve their cornering technique and riding skills. That’s like Michael Jordan teaching you how to shoot fade away jumpers at his backyard court.
Camp Carmichael is a treat for the 12 big bike (250/450) and 12 mini cycle Suzuki racers, because Ricky pulls out all the stops to ensure that everyone is getting the most out of the rare experience. The first day’s riding session was cancelled due to inclement weather, but that didn’t dissuade Carmichael from hanging out and fielding myriad questions from the group. He answered questions ranging from arm pump (believe it or not, RC suffered through arm pump his whole career), to riding versus training (Ricky recommends that between the two, a person should choose riding over training), to various training programs (Carmichael admitted that Aldon Baker’s program worked for him, but that it didn’t work for Ken Roczen), to riding with a purpose (Ricky calls practice laps where you ride around at 80 percent “junk laps”). It was refreshing to hear Ricky speak freely. The question and answer session alone was worth the trip for the Suzuki amateur racers, who ventured from as far as Kansas and New Hampshire.
Due to poor weather on Thursday, the big bikes and mini cycles were forced to ride on Friday. Don’t think for a second that both groups were shoved together. Nope. Ricky has a strict rule about keeping big bikes and 85cc bikes separate. With the help of Ricky’s mom, Jeannie, the Carmichaels rotated between groups. Ricky would work on one section of the track, while his mom was across the track coaching the other group. After 45 minutes the two would switch. The system worked well, because riders learned from the 15-time Champ, but also the person who harped on Ricky when he was still racing. Naturally, Ricky joked about working with his mom, saying at one point, “I’d love for you guys to ride some free laps, but I don’t think ‘Meannie’ would like that.” He followed that statement up with his signature cackle, a sound so southern-twang that it’s hard not to laugh along with him. Then again, Ricky is a funny guy. He knows when to lighten the mood with a joke, but he mixes that laid-back attitude with an honesty that is impactful for those smart enough to listen.
Case in point, during one riding exercise Ricky nearly lost his mind. Carmichael explained how to hold the inside line going up a tricky right-hand rise. Then he watched as the big bike riders disobeyed his instructions, pushing the berm out to the edge of the corner. RC grew more and more angry as each rider moved the pristine dirt to the outside. Once he had seen enough Ricky threw his hands up in the air and started yelling. The riders stopped what they were doing and rolled over to the scene of the crime. Fuming mad, Carmichael said something along the lines of, “What are you guys doing? You’re blowing out the corner! I was going to let you keep going and watch you guys ride straight off the side of the track. Come on now!” I laughed under my breath, because at that point I was shooting photos and not riding. Besides, I had taken a licking in the previous session when Ricky yelled at me for knocking over cones he set around the track. I still hear Carmichael’s voice screaming, “Basher! You’re a cone killer! Stop knocking over my cones and pay attention.” I’ll never look at a traffic cone the same way again.
As the sun started to dip below the pine trees that lined Carmichael’s riding facility, he ushered everyone over to the starting area. Ricky explained the do’s and don’ts of starting technique (both feet should be on the ground, your feet should be just in front of the footpegs, your weight should be forward). He lined six riders up at a time and dropped the gate. It was a good exercise for everyone, particularly the mini bike kids.
The sun emitting a fading glow in the sky, riders went back to the pit area following a successful day. They had ridden around a pristine and challenging track with Ricky Carmichael. They learned valuable riding techniques and gained insight on nutrition and training. Most of all, they had an experience of a lifetime.
Special thanks to Tim Olson and Suzanne Miller from American Suzuki, JH Leale, and the Carmichael family for the exceptional time. To learn more about Suzuki’s contingency program you can click here, or click here to sign up if you’re already a Suzuki owner. If you’re really click-happy, point your mouse here to see more photos from the Camp Carmichael class of 2015.
PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: AXO L.E. TONY CAIROLI GEAR
AXO is proud to bring you a new addition to the 2016 Motion gear line with two limited edition Tony Cairoli gear sets! The eight-time motocross world champion had his hand in designing these variations of the Motion gear. Cairoli likes to have a role in designing gear and getting his ideas and concepts on the products he wears. These new sets are the result of his creativity and AXO’s experience. Both versions of the new gear are fully vented and primarily white, one with bright orange accents and the other with light blue.
This is AXO’s second release of four that will be introduced throughout 2016 to always keep you in the newest and freshest gear!
The Motion gear is available to purchase through all major AXO retailers. Jerseys come in sizes S-XXL and pants in sizes 28-44. Visit www.axo.com to order.
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A LOOK AROUND CARMICHAEL’S FARM
While attending Suzuki Camp Carmichael, I snooped around Ricky’s garage and surrounding buildings. Here’s what I found.
It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to discern that Carmichael cares very little about trophies and knick-knacks at his farm. These old front number plates were randomly tacked to a shop board through the years. They fight for space among deer antlers.
The Carmichael farm is located an hour north of Tallahassee in Cairo, Georgia.
A picture is worth a thousand words. Note the old race helmets, one of which came from his car racing days. How about that $100,000 bonus check that’s about to fall off the wall?
Here’s a funny story. On Friday while wandering the premises I heard a goat bleating. It turns out that Ricky has a pet goat. Naturally I asked Ricky if he got the goat after people started calling him the Greatest of All-Time (GOAT). He said that he got the goat after purchasing the farm. There you have it, folks. Ricky had a goat before he was given the nickname. Ain’t that something?
Carmichael rode quite a few laps during his training camp. He had a built-up RM-Z450, but it wasn’t like what Broc Tickle and Ken Roczen will run in 2016.
HUGE RIDE ENGINEERING SUPER SAVINGS SALE
Ride Engineering, the leader in aftermarket performance products, is excited to release their huge holiday savings program. This Thursday through Monday, Ride Engineering parts and accessories will be marked down 25%; just enter the code black-25 at check out.
We offer a wide variety of products for your ride including triple clamps, bar mounts, oversized brake caliper kits, linkage arms, and much much more. Our products are trusted by some of the world’s fastest racers on the track and the trails. Teams like Smartop Motoconcepts Racing, and AmPro Off-Road Yamaha help test and develop Ride products in the toughest conditions possible.
These deals wont last long, and will only be around while supplies last. For more information about Ride Engineering, visit our website, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, or give us a call at (800) 805 – 1516.
YANKS WIN 27TH TRANSBORGARO
Glover, Matiasevich and Reynard soar in the exciting event dedicated to motocross from the 1970s, 80s and 90s
Story and photos by Massimo Zanzani
It was yet another success for the exciting event dedicated to the old stars of motocross. The event is organized by nonprofits Bruno Morselli and Pino Mangano, who for almost 30 years have held the Transborgaro. It’s a place for old riders to compete, but also share in special memories formed by vintage artifacts, mechanics and those in the motocross industry. The Transborgaro is a very exciting and extraordinary event.
The Transborgaro attracted many European champions this year. A fierce team of U.S. racers, led by Brad Lackey, took control of the three big classes.
In the class reserved for the champions of the 1970s, Broc Glover took his Yamaha to the top. He rode with precision and raw speed to impose his will on former World Champion, Danny Laporte, as well as the evergreen Peter Miccheli and Chuck Sun.
The U.S. doubled their success when Jeff “Chicken” Matiasevich took victory in the 1980s class. The former daredevil rode with confidence, prevailing over a strong contingent of European stars. He bested the likes of Vincent Bosi, Massimo Contini and the Swede Jorgen Nilsson. The gritty Stefano Cardellini preceded the Finnish former official Cagiva rider, Pekka Vehkonen.
Robbie Reynard wrapped up the American sweep in double-moto victories in the 1990s class. He left behind Danish great, Brian Jorgensen, as well as former multi-time AMA Champion, Jeff Stanton. Many will remember Stanton as being Jean-Michel Bayle’s toughest rival. Miska Altonnen finished just off the podium, followed by Cristian Ravaglia, Alex Puzar, the feisty road racer Andrea Dovizioso, and Mickael Maschio.
Puzar took the top step of the podium in the Family Cup, alongside cousin Andrea Quaglia. The duo bested Franck and Deny Philippaerts, followed by the Ravaglia brothers. Overall, it was a sensational weekend for world motocross.
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
The MXA wrecking crew is a pampered lot, but even I was surprised when Suzuki wheeled out a brand-new 2016 RM-Z450 off the showroom floor and let me ride it at Camp Carmichael. Whenever we get the latest bikes they have already been broken in and put through several heat cycles. To throw a leg over a fresh RM-Z450 was an added bonus in riding with (okay, more like on the same track as) Ricky Carmichael. Note Carmichael’s National-caliber circuit and Supercross track in the background.
BREAKDOWN: COLE SEELY’S 2016 HRC HONDA CRF450R
Suspension: Works Kayaba
Front Number Plate: Cycra
Fuel: VP Racing
Graphics: Throttle Jockey
Air Filter: Twin Air
Rims: D.I.D. DirtStar ST-X
Footpegs: Factory Honda
Radiator Braces: Works Connection
Chemicals: Pro Honda
Shrouds: Carbon fiber extensions
Handlebars: Renthal Fatbar
Grips: Renthal half-waffle
Triple Clamps: Factory Honda
Fasteners: Factory Honda titanium
DAY IN THE DIRT McQUEEN RAFFLE
Who’s wall will this “Stay Cool” painting end up hanging on? Get in the game and purchase a raffle ticket at Red Bull Day In The Dirt 18 this weekend! Jean Diver and Evans Powersport collaborated on this painting of the King of Cool himself, Steve McQueen! The painting will be on display in the Glen Helen Hall of Fame building all weekend and raffled off on Saturday night at Day In The Dirt. Go by the Evans Powersport booth to enter! $5 for each ticket or 5 tickets for $20. All proceeds will go to the KC66 Foundation. Will YOUR name be pulled?
ANDREANI SUSPENSION ACADEMY A SUCCESS
Press release: More than thirty participants including people from Russia, Taiwan, Greece, Dubai and Slovakia, attended the last 2015 course at the Suspension World Academy, held in English language by Andreani Group for motorcycle’s sector workers from all over the world.
Held in the exclusive hall provided of bidirectional telemetry simulator and a maxi screen connected to the technical devices, the course dedicated to technicians, mechanics and sector workers, was two days long. First day was dedicated to maintenance, overhauling and tuning of all the brands of suspension for street bikes. Second day was dedicated to off-road suspension, deepening the needs of racing department.
Before going into practical topics, the Andreani Group technicians, the same ones that support the riders in all categories championships, have approached several topics regarding the theory and chassis setting, and gave various examples of intervention on forks and shock absorbers.