AMERICA?S TEAM LANDS IN BRAZIL–OCT 28
The team will build bikes, plan strategy and organize pit stops for the next week. But they’ll have some fun too. ‘These guys are all having a great time,’ said America’s Team Captain Jeff Russell. ‘There’s a lot to do here, both on and off the track.’
Russell proudly reports all of the team’s bikes, parts and gear made it to Brazil in tact. Other teams, such as the powerhouse French squad, were not as fortunate. Reportedly, their crates will not arrive in customs until next Monday, which effectively eliminates them from contention. Three crates from other teams are reported to be lost at sea.
Wednesday is registration, bikes go into impound on Friday and opening ceremonies are on Saturday.
America’s Team is presented by Parts Unlimited and consists of Rodney Smith, Barry Hawk, Mike Lafferty, Ty Davis, Jason Raines and Mike Kiedrowski. These six riders will compete for the coveted World Team Trophy, which the U.S. has never won. In addition, a GNCC Club Team will compete in the three-man club team division. That squad features Randy Hawkins, Robbie Jenks and Doug Blackwell.
Fred Andrews, an original member of America’s Team who had to bow out due to injury, is also in Brazil to help the team in any way he can.
The GNCC ISDE racers received a proper send off at the season finale Ironman GNCC last weekend in Indiana. On Saturday night, Parts Unlimited and ITP Tires hosted a dinner and a minibike race, with racers and spectators donating funds to the team. Funds were also raised through the GNCC ISDE raffle, featuring products from Titan Industrial, Klotz, Maxxis, ITP, Twin Air and Moto Tees.
Parts Unlimited, Thor, Moose, Scott, Pro Circuit, FMF, Dunlop, Alpinestars, Motion Pro and Racer X Illustrated have stepped up to back America’s Team. Additional support from fans will create the most well-funded and well-organized American ISDE effort ever. For more information about supporting America’s Team, call GNCC Racing at 304-284-0084 or visit www.gnccracing.com.
The ISDE is one of the world’s oldest and most historic motorcycle events. Although the U.S. has never won an ISDE World Championship, Team USA finished sixth overall in 2001 and was presented the Watling Trophy, awarded to the country that puts forth the best effort under adverse conditions.