ZAP’S SAN DIEGO SUPERCROSS PRELUDE
WHAT’S UP WITH KEN?
Following the San Diego Supercross KTM’s Ken Roczen will juggle both U.S. racing and the World Championship as he will meet up with his European mechanic in Murrieta, California, to begin testing for the GP motocross series in Europe. While getting his feet wet with some outdoor riding he will continue to train in Supercross racing to return in the big bike class aboard the KTM 350 SX-F at the Daytona Supercross.
“I have always wanted to race at the Daytona track,” commented Roczen. “I had a lot of fun racing the 350SXF at Houston and wanted to get one more ride in before I left for Europe.”
Immediately following the Daytona Supercross, Roczen will fly to Europe where he will remain until the start of the MX2 World Championship in April. Roczen will begin the series in Europe before returning in mid-April for the last few rounds of the West SX 250 Championship.
For the latest news on Roczen please visit KTM USA or follow Roczen on his twitter at @kenroczen94.
LEGEND & HEROES HONORS BILL SILVERTHORN AT SAN DIEGO SUPERCROSS
Two-time Baja 500 winner, Bill Silverthorn, will be honored on the Monster Energy stage this Saturday night for his years of racing, contributions to the motorcycle industry and accomplishments racing off-road motorsports.
Bill started racing in 1965 down in San Diego’s District 38 area in Desert, TT, and Scrambles. He won three district titles during this time in 1966, 1967 and 1968.
Edison Dye brought the very first Husqvarnas to the US in 1966. Bill received one and Malcolm Smith the other. Ready to take the next step, his hard work paid off and he was selected as one of two riders to represent the United States in the European GP Series in 1968. This was the first American team to compete in Europe. In the fall of 1968, Edison Dye brought several of the top European riders to the US for the first Inter-Am Series. Bill was considered a top American during this time, finishing in the top five at several rounds. In addition to competing in International venues, Bill won many Southern California championships.
In addition to Bill’s early years of motorcycle racing, Bill is mostly known for his achievements while racing in several Baja events. In 1970, Bill teamed up with Gene Fetty to win the Baja 500 overall. In 1971, he took second in the Baja 1000, but secured the #1 plate again in the Baja 500 in 1972 and second place in the Mint 400 the same year.
Bill bought a Suzuki dealership in 1977 and managed to build a successful business while staying in the industry for 25 years. The dealership grew to four major brands to include Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha and KTM. In early 2000, Bill started vintage/post-vintage motocross racing and has thoroughly enjoyed the sport while winning several National titles to include 3 AHRMA VMX titles in the 60+ Expert VMX & PVMA and the Historic Expert Class in 2005. In 2006, Bill was AHRMA’s 50+ & 60+ VMX Expert Champion. The 2007 racing season saw a second place for Mr. Silverthorn in the 50+ Expert VMX class and another first in the 60+ Expert VMX division. For more info heads to Legends & Heroes.
THE BIG QUESTION…
For a time, it looked like Josh Grant and Trey Canard, the ying & yang of Team Honda, could be a formidable pair on the Supercross and National circuit. Unfortunately, Grant pulled up injured and will now be out until midway through the National series – which leads to the big question: Who will Honda hire to take Grant’s place under the factory tent?
MIKE BELL REMEMBERS HIS WIN AT THE FIRST-EVER SAN DIEGO SUPERCROSS:
“In 1980 the San Diego round was held in the October and I had already wrapped up the Supercross title that year. I remember asking Mike Goodwin the promoter for 100 tickets because I wanted to invite all my friends and family to come and celebrate with me. He kinda balked at that so we settled on 50. It was cool to be at a new stadium and I remember it was a perimeter track with good dirt. There was a tough rhythm section ? something you could ride a minicycle through today ? and a whoop section that they ended up calling the “Bell Bumps” because I got through it pretty easy with my long legs. The track got pretty rutted?all I remember was having a race with Donnie Cantaloupi and Chuck Sun. I battled with Chuck for a few laps then pulled away for the win. That was a good way to end the year after winning the Supercross title!”
To watch the 1980 race as it happened (with one of the most inaccurate announcers ever), head to San Diego Supercross.
WINS BY BRAND IN SAN DIEGO
* Jeremy McGrath has five wins in San Diego. McGrath and James Stewart have both won both classes in San Diego.
* Honda won 10 of 11 races in San Diego from 1985 to 1996
* San Diego hosted the opening race of the supercross championship in 1985
* Suzuki has never won in San Diego, Ryan Dungey can change this Saturday night
* Honda has had five event sweeps in San Diego and Yamaha has had two
Current Kawasaki team boss Mike Fisher in action back in the day.
* In 1991 Mike Fisher, who is now the Team Manager for Monster Energy Kawasaki, finished fourth at three races, giving KTM their best-ever Supercross class finish.
* Andrew Short earned a season-best fifth place in Houston on his KTM
* At the ninth race of the 1992 season, there were three KTM motorcycles in the top 20: Mike Fisher, Keith Johnson, Mark Musselman.
* In Houston, there were three KTM motorcycles in the top 10: Andrew Short, Ken Roczen, and Mike Alessi.
* Chad Reed earned his sixth consecutive top-10 finish.
* Ryan Villopoto regained the points lead with a third-place finish.
* In 66 career starts, James Stewart has finished out of the top 10 four times. He finished 15th in Houston.
* For the first time since the 15th race of the 2009 season, Honda swept a Supercross event, winning the premier class and Supercross 250cc class.
250 WEST STARTS FOR SAN DEIGO SUPERCROSS
* The first race was held on January 26, 1985, and Todd Campbell (#415) won on a Kawasaki, marking the inaugural Supercross 125cc class race
* This will be the 24th time the gate will drop for a Supercross 125/250F class race in San Diego
2450 WEST WINS BY BRAND IN SAN DEIGO
Josh Hansen (100) leads the 250 West points but is riding injured.
PRIVATEERS ON PARADE
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