FRIDAY WRAP-UP 8-26-2016

COBRA, 2017

Cobra just sent us photos and specs for the company’s line-up of minis. This is an amazing company that changed the mini-racing world. Cobra got its start in 1993, and is a legitimate American motorcycle manufacturer, based out of Hillsdale, Michigan. These guys have won over 300 National titles in the last 10 years. For 2017, everything is new! It makes us wish we were eight years old again.  The big news here is that the Venom motor that came out mid-year in the Factory Works Edition is now available across the board on all the 50s. There are four of them. The P3 and the Junior have 10-inch wheels, while the Senior and the FWE are on top of the food chain in mini racing.  The new FWE is updated further with a new cylinder, lighter wheels and a coated exhaust system.  and the 65 got a bunch of changes too. All Cobras have the new Pro Taper Micro Handlebar with a reduced diameter in the grip area. Mark Tilley has two boys who are already looking at these photos and drooling.

COBRA CX50P3: $3598
COBRA CX50 JR: $3998
COBRA CX50SR: $4198
COBRA FWE: $5198
COBRA CX65: $5298

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TKO

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Cody Webb at the Tennessee Knock Out. Photos: Cameron Baird, Red Bull.

The Tennessee Knock Out was held last weekend. This is one of those events that we’re excited about, but no one on staff really wants to try. We don’t care if Cody Webb makes it look easy; we’ve ridden with him and know he’s not human. In fact, he lapped most of the field twice. The only rider who stayed close (if less than two laps is close) was South African Wade Young, riding a Sherco. Young might have matched Webb more closely if he didn’t break a clutch perch early in the final round. He was lapped when he was making repairs. In the end, each of the podium finishers completed a different number of laps; Webb with eight, Young with seven and Kyle Redmond with six.

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Wade Young might have been up front with Webb if not for a broken clutch perch.
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Rainfall made a normally difficult event even tougher.
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Kyle Redmond is America’s second-most accomplished extreme Enduro rider, with a number of finishes in Erzberg, a win in the Last Dog Standing and now a podium in the TKO.

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ENDUROCROSS IS HERE

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Just about when all the other racing venues have wrapped everything up, we have the first EnduroCross of the year. Duluth, Georgia will host the kick-off round this weekend. Some of the riders will still be licking their wounds from last week’s Tennessee Knock Out. But the whole series will probably come down to a showdown between 2015 champion Cody Webb and World SuperEnduro champ Colton Haaker.

2016 AMA EnduroCross Championship Schedule
August 27, 2016  –  Duluth, Georgia  –  Infinite Energy Center
September 3, 2016  –  Brandon, South Dakota  –  Badlands Motor Speedway
September 10, 2016  –  Salt Lake City, Utah  –  Vivint Smart Home Arena
September 24, 2016  –  Scottsdale, Arizona  –  WestWorld – Intl Off-Road & UTV Expo
October 1, 2016  –  Denver, Colorado  –  National Western Events Center
October 22, 2016  –  Everett, Washington  –  XFINITY Arena
November 5, 2016  –  Nampa, Idaho  –  Ford Idaho Center
November 18-19, 2016  –  Ontario, California  –  Citizens Business Bank Arena

THE ATACAMA RALLY

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Ricky Brabec on day four of the rally.

The Atacama Rally started this week in Chile, and Southern Californian Ricky Brabec is there, representing HRC Honda. The big favorites in the event are Chilean native Pablo Quinanilla, who rides for the Rockstar Husqvarna, and Dakar winner Toby Price of Red Bull KTM. So far, Brabek is playing his usual game, riding patiently and seeing what happens. In the past, he has often been the top rider for HRC as his teammate Paulo Goncalves and Kevin Benavides go faster and burn out in one way or another. After stage four, Brabec sits in sixth overall with Price leading the race.

Brabec : “Today was one of the toughest days that we have had so far. It wasn’t very good until the last fifty kilometres as there was a waypoint every two kilometres. For me it was a really difficult stage. I made a mistake, got a bit confused and did a couple of circles before getting back on the right path. But I made it back safely and I’m ready to go tomorrow. Let’s see how things work out.”

NORTHWEST CHALLENGE

Dallas Nybold leads Robb Mesecher in the Vintage 250 Expert class. Photo, Mark Hector.
Dallas Nybold leads Robb Mesecher in the Vintage 250 Expert class. Photo, Mark Hector.

Robb Mesecher is Dirt Bike’s Advertising Manager and a former District 37 number-one plate holder. Last weekend he went up to Washougal, Washington to ride the Northwest Challenge, which is one of the biggest vintage motorcycle meets in the world. Robb is a little obsessive, and lately he’s been focusing on ancient Husqvarnas with maniacal focus. At Washougal, he raced a borrowed 1974 Husky 250 Mag and a 1982 Husky 500CR, both arranged by Terry Williams. He hoped to take delivery of a spectacular 360CR Cheater built by Williams, but it wasn’t quite ready. This bike is the ultimate short-travel racer, with little pieces of various Husqvarna models mixed together in a way that would give hardcore AHRMA devotees nightmares. The NWC is a little less strict and all proceeds go a SHARE, a nonprofit charity for under privileged kids.

Terry Williams shows off the vintage hybrid he built for Robb.
Terry Williams shows off the vintage hybrid he built for Robb.

The event itself was spectacular, with over 500 entries in a two-day orgy of all things not-new. The older bikes raced on a grass track while the newer ones were on the National track.

THE LAST NATIONAL

See you next week,

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Ron Lawson

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