BLAST FROM THE PAST
ODE TO THE KING
Dick Burleson in his day was the toughest off-road racer on planet earth. I’m one of the lucky ones who can call him a friend and for about a 10-year window (following his 8 National Enduro titles) we rode together a lot. I learned that some athletes are not only fit with good genetics, they have smarts, an ungodly will to succeed and crave the pain needed to win. This is DB to a fault.
From 1974 to 1981, Dick Burleson won eight consecutive AMA National Enduro Championships, and he also won an amazing eight consecutive gold medals in the International Six Days Trials (now called the International Six Days Enduro).
In the Trans-AMA Motocross Series in 1970, his first season as a professional motocrosser, DB finished fourth overall and was top American in the series, earning him the title of American Motocross Champion.
In 1994, 13 years after his official retirement, Burleson decided to compete at the ISDE in Tulsa, Oklahoma. At 46, Burleson earned a silver medal and became the only American to ride in both American ISDT/Es. The AMA recognized that accomplishment by naming him Amateur Athlete of the Year for a record third time. In the late-1990s, Burleson earned both national and world titles in his age category on the mountain bikes.
EUROPE’S YAMAHA WR250
FULL GAS SPRINT ENDURO: ROUND THREE
Layne Michael won his first FGSE at the third round of the 2016 Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series in Romney, WV. The round also served as the 2016 East Coast ISDE Qualifier with Josh Toth taking the LOI overall ahead of Broc Hepler. After a six week break in racing action the KENDA Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series presented by Moose Racing, an AMA Championship, headed North from the sands of Florida to the hills and rocks of West Virginia for its third round of the series presented by Ride on Moto. The event would also serve as the East Coast AMA ISDE Qualifier for riders looking to compete on club teams at this year’s ISDE in Spain.
Two ISDE-style special tests were put together on the 600-acre Boyer Farm property; the first, a 2.5-mile flowing grass track Cross test that was called very “European” in style by many racers throughout the weekend. The second test was a 4.5 mile Enduro test that traversed up and down the many hills on the property with plenty of rocks to keep all riders on their toes.
“I knew Milner was going to be good in the Cross Test and I felt really comfortable in the Enduro Test and I knew if I could just try and manage [the time loss] from Milner in the Cross Test and try and make it up plus a little on the Enduro Test and we were able to do that,” said overall winner, Layne Michael of the Coastal Off-Road Racing Team. “I felt effortless and really smooth on the enduro test, and I didn’t make many mistakes. You don’t have a lot of weekends like that.”
- Layne Michael – Husqvarna – 1:33:17.828
- Daniel Milner – Yamaha – 1:34:01.806
- Thad DuVall – Husqvarna – 1:34:22.323
- Josh Toth – KTM – 1:35:00.162
- Cory Buttrick – KTM – 1:36:13.938
- Broc Hepler – GasGas – 1:36:33.015
- Sam Evans – Yamaha – 1:36:58.708
- Jason Klammer – KTM – 1:37:38.743
- Craig DeLong – Husqvarna – 1:37:54.423
GADGETS AND TRICKERY
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The problem ended up being the stock fuel rail, which is the piece that connects the fuel line to the injector. It had 2 bad bends in it, with changing hole sizes and sharp edged turns. It was not designed for good flow.
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