PRO TAPER PRESENTS MXA’S MID-WEEK REPORT BY JOHN BASHER
PHOTO OF THE WEEK
It must be lonely for Ryan Villopoto, the only American in the MXGP 450 Class, to race across the pond. Thus far his GP experience has been a roller coaster. He struggled in Qatar, won the Thailand round, was off the gas in Argentina, and then had too much throttle in Italy. Here he’s being pursued by current 450 points leader, Clement Desalle (25). Look at the size of that crowd! Photo courtesy of KRT Kawasaki.
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RACING AROUND THE WORLD: QUICK NEWS REPORTS
These are the headlines making waves in the motocross community
Ryan Villopoto’s foray into MXGP took a drastic turn for the worse this past weekend in Arco di Trento, Italy, when he looped out while running third in the second moto. Villopoto could not remount his KRT Kawasaki SR450, resulting in a 30th place finish. He now sits 47 points back of the surprise points leader, Max Nagl. Take a look below to watch the events that led to Ryan’s ultimate demise.
DUNGEY DOES SEVEN
Wrapping up the 2015 Monster Energy Supercross title in Houston didn’t make Ryan Dungey complacent behind the bars. Dungey won his seventh Supercross race of the year this past weekend in Santa Clara. The win moved him up the list of all-time Supercross winners to 21, as Dungey passed Jeff Ward for sole position of eighth. Who’s Ryan’s next target? Bob Hannah, at 28 wins.
2015 – 7 wins (Anaheim 3, Dallas, Atlanta 2, Daytona, Indianapolis, St. Louis, Santa Clara)
2014 – 1 win (Indianapolis)
2013 – 2 wins (Anaheim 3, Minneapolis)
2012 – 4 wins (Phoenix, Atlanta, Salt Lake City, Las Vegas)
2011 – 1 win (Toronto)
2010 – 6 wins (Anaheim 2, Atlanta, Dallas, St. Louis, Las Vegas)
The only races that Ryan Dungey hasn’t won a 450 Supercross during his career (that are on the current schedule) are: Anaheim 1, Oakland, San Diego, Detroit, Houston and East Rutherford.
With two 450 Supercross titles and 21 wins to his credit, it’s fair to surmise that Dungey has earned a ton of money in win bonuses. Here’s a general estimate:
Two 450 Supercross Championships = $2 million ($1 million for each title from the manufacturer)
21 Supercross main event wins = $2.1 million ($100,000 for each win from the manufacturer)
Total = $4.1 million over the course of six seasons
* These figures do not include bonus money from Feld Motorsports or bonuses from his other sponsors (gear, goggles, Red Bull, etc.).
Despite rumors matriculating around the Internet regarding news of James Stewart’s appeal, nothing has been announced yet. Stewart, suspended until August 11th, met with a panel of three judges to dispute the suspension in the hopes of being able to contest the 2015 Lucas Oil AMA Nationals. With Hangtown only 24 days away, a speedy announcement regarding Stewart’s chances of racing would seem forthcoming. Only it hasn’t. James Stewart is still suspended until August and, as it currently stands, he will only be able to race the final two Nationals of the series (Utah and Indiana).
In this case, no news is bad news for the Stewart camp. Who knows, maybe Bubba had already been informed that his appeal has essentially fallen on deaf ears and he must serve the entire sixteen month suspension. I say this because the idea of James releasing information that does nothing to help his cause would be counterproductive. Then again, the FIM was very late in announcing the initial suspension (a mere 17 days before the Anaheim Supercross opener). It’s possible that a decision hasn’t been made yet. No one is talking if it has.
How is this going to play out? History has not been kind to PED offenders, and given that James Stewart is the biggest name to get caught, it’s not unrealistic to think that he will be made an example of. Expect James to serve the full sixteen-month suspension. Then again, alphabet organizations have folded from public outcry and pressure from motorcycle manufacturers in the past.
MILLSAPS WITHOUT A HOME
Everything you need to know, aside from the reason why Davi Millsaps was let go from Monster Energy Kawasaki, is here. Is there any truth to Kawasaki finding something in Millsaps’ locker inside the semi? Time will tell.
MARVIN’S MOVING ON UP
Marvin Musquin is a two-time MXGP 250 World Champion. He has won 250 Nationals and Supercross races. All well and good, but the one title that has been evading the Frenchman is the 250 Supercross crown. “Movin Marv” came oh-so-close two years ago to winning the 250 East, but a more consistent Wil Hahn captured the title. Three measly points were the difference that year. Now, as the 250 East heads into the final points-paying round in East Rutherford, Musquin has a comfortable 20-point cushion. All he needs to do is finish 16th or better and the elusive title is his.
Through seven rounds Marvin has finished 1-2-1-1-1-2-1. The only other rider with a shot at the 250 East is defending Champion, Justin Bogle. The Geico Honda rider has scored finishes of 2-3-3-2-2-1-4. Normally those results would be good enough to keep the number one plate, but Musquin is on a different level this year. If Musquin does the deed it will be KTM’s third consecutive year of winning a 250 regional Supercross series (Jason Anderson won the 250 West last year and Ken Roczen claimed the 250 West in 2013).
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FANT MAN’S SANTA CLARA PHOTOS
Our video guy, Travis Fant, was at the Santa Clara round this weekend. This is what he saw.
INDUSTRY HAPPENING: BE THERE OR BE SQUARE
Tonight! Wednesday, April 22, at 6:00 p.m. at Malcolm’s shop in Riverside. Seating is limited — to reserve a seat go to www.malcolmsmith.com
FREESTYLE NEWS: JOSH SHEEHAN IS GOING FOR THE TRIPLE
Press release: On Tuesday, April 28, champion freestyle motocross rider Josh Sheehan will aim for the record books by attempting the biggest and most dangerous trick in the history of action sports – the world’s first-ever triple backflip on a motocross bike. This attempt will take place at Nitro Circus (www.nitrocircus.com) founder Travis Pastrana’s “Pastranaland” complex and is weather dependent; there will be a five-day window of opportunity for this world first attempt.
In order to complete the triple backflip successfully, Sheehan will need to reach a speed of 55 mph on a 200-pound bike as he travels up a massive 37-foot tall takeoff ramp. The ramp will be positioned at a staggering 81-degree angle and once airborne, Sheehan will reach a height of approximately 80 feet as he completes and lands on the 60-foot tall dirt landing ramp.
PILFERED PIXELS: PHOTOS STOLEN FROM THE TRASH
Over the course of every magazine issue I shoot thousands of photos. Only so many images make the cut of being included in the print edition. It’s sad that we can’t find room to publish more photos, but MXA is a magazine built around words rather than pretty pictures.
Instead of throwing photos in the trash, I figured that the Mid-Week Report would be as good of a place as any to show our loyal readers what didn’t make the grade. I stole these photos from the dumpster. Below are a few snaps that I am particularly fond of from the upcoming July 2015 issue, highlighted be a bevy of two-stroke project bikes. Take a look.
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