THE WEEKLY FEED: APRIL 20, 2016

BLAST FROM THE PAST

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Ake Jonsson was perhaps the Webb boys (myself and Mike) biggest hero and most influential racer. In 1974 I was a Maico guy and Ake’s reign in 1972  set him apart from my early hero Bengt Aberg and Adolf Weil. When Ake switched to Yamaha in 1973 his Maico forked YZ Monoshock fueled Mike’s and my passion for emulating the star. Mike’s 1974 YZ250 was painted up just like the factory Euro YZ’s and while Ake never won a world championship, his style and domination during the 1972 Trans Am’s made him our cult hero.

 

FROM THE OTHER SIDE
 Rob Mitchell Films, LLC announces today the release of the full-length off-road racing film, From The Other Side. The film is also as much about off-road racing itself as it is about the racers who compete in the sport. Off-road tests man and machine against the unknown; the terrain, the trails, and the courses are constantly evolving. They are a unique breed of warrior; on the track, they are fiercely competitive, but when the racing is over, they are family. They bond together over incredible stories from behind the bars. Through struggles, pain, and injuries, off-road racers persevere. Constantly continuing to push forward and never losing that love of simply riding. This is the story, From the Other Side
From The Other Side features off-road pros and amateurs including Charlie Mullins, Brad Bakken, Jason Thomas, Evan Smith, Jesse Ansley, Lucas Statom, Chris Douglas, Dustin Simpson, TJ Snow, and others, as well as racing action from the GNCC, National Enduro, and Full Gas Sprint Enduro series.

 

Scenes from St. Louis Supercross

photos by Tyler Johnson

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Factory Kawasaki has had little to cheer about this year.

 

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The Soaring Eagle Jimmy Johnson RCH Suzuki squad continues to perform, their laurels highlighted by Roczen who is the only man who can stay in Dungey’s shadow.

 

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Chad Reed recently started his 200th Supecross. His goal is the all-time record.
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Mike Alessi continues to improve while James Stewart struggles. Alessia won this heat race, Stewart went backwards and then got pummeled by Weston Peick. He failed to finish…again.

 

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Marvin Musquin returned to action following a crash related wrist injury. He looked strong, but struggled in the main.

 

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Aaron Plessinger is the real deal! Already considered to be the best mud/rut rider in the Lites, he followed his first win with a 2nd in St. Louis. He’s now one point off the championship lead!

 

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Malcolm Stewart will hold onto the red plate, but he struggled in St. Louis. Aggro on the starts (left carnage behind him) weird crashes and overall a bad racing day swallowed his big points lead. Pressure is a tough pill to down.

 

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Jeremy Martin is the bounce back kid. His results run the gamete of bad to great, St. Louis proved to be a winner as great starts let him show off of his prowess.

 

KLIM to host Cow Tag Off Road Ride
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For the second consecutive year KLIM will hosting the Cow Tag Off Road Ride. This unique off-road event gives riders the opportunity to spend a day riding amazing single-track trails and support Motorized Trail Advocacy Groups. The event will be held on June 25th at Kelly Canyon Ski Resort just a few miles from KLIM’s Idaho headquarters. In addition to the great riding, raffle prizes, pro rider appearances and great food one lucky rider will win a brand new BETA 300RR Race Edition.
 
“Keeping trails open to motorized use is something all of us KLIM care deeply about. Our first Cow Tag event was a huge success and raised a lot of money and awareness for trail advocacy organizations. Building on what we learned last year the 2016 Cow Tag will be even better” said KLIM Marketing Director John Summers.
 
The Cow Tag is a one-day event will put riders on the Big Hole Mountain trail system, guided by maps and GPS tracks, in search for valuable Cow Tags. Individual riders will be challenged to collect as many or the most challenging (depending on your strategy) Cow Tags as possible for valuable raffle tickets. Those tickets will be used to enter for prize drawings at the end of the event. There will be a separate nationwide drawing for the Beta 300RR Race Edition that will be presented by National Endurocross rider Max Gerston.

The event will kick off on Friday evening with an Open House at KLIM’s headquarters in Rigby, riders will pick up their welcome packet and get the opportunity to tour the new facility. Riders not able to make it on Friday can check-in the next morning from 7:30 to 8:30 am at Kelly Canyon Ski Resort, breakfast will be also be provided. The ride will begin at 9:00 am and riders will have to be back at the staging area by 5:00 pm. Dinner will be served at 6:30 pm while prizes are distributed and the BETA 300 RR Race Edition is given away.
 
The event is limited to 250 riders and spots are filling up quickly, to enter visit https://www.klim.com/cow-tag-registration and riders who can’t make it to the actual event can still enter to win the BETA at www.sharetrails.org/cowtag
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PRODUCT EXTRAVAGNZA

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ODDS AND ENDS

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While this isn’t your’s truly, it is my little brother and he’s showing off a case of old man arms. Thin skin has us wearing jackets even in summer conditions to protects our forearms.

A HONDA TRAIL 90 ADVENTURE BIKE?

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When we are adventure riding, we like everything to be prepared perfectly in advance. We start with a machine that is perfection on wheels. Otherwise we don’t head off to lands unknown. Englishman Ed March claims he started that way. His Honda C90 – basically a European road-going model like the Honda Trail 90 – began as a 1400-mile mint condition bike that had been parked indoors for its whole life. But that was before he rode it from Malaysia back to England traversing India and Iran among a host of other countries. Rather than rest up, he headed out for a trip through the Artic Circle in the winter. Next up was a trip from Alaska to South America. He rode across Alaska in summer, then across Canada in the winter and across the U.S. on the Trans America Trail last summer and fall. Now he is in California making final preparations for heading down south. To see his adventures or buy his videos go to https://www.facebook.com/c90adventures/

A DAY WITH GRAHAM JARVIS- ENDURO LIVE 

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Check out the pics of Graham Jarvis that we found at Endurolive.com. They are bloody wicked. Garry Barnes snapped them and they are worth the price of admission.

 

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From the depths of madness my good friend Jerry Bernardo designed some of the best t-shirts I’ve had the luxury to sweat out.

 

WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY

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Ah life is grand! I have both of my daughters slammed in a gear bag. This is circa 1996.
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My first ISDE, Sweden 1990. I raced a heavily modified DRZ400 and the only thing that would have helped during this incredibly tough event was to removed the bars and stick them on a RMX250 2-stroke. I totally blew it as the event was long, arduous and 8-hour days ended up destroying myself and  the machine. Actually for me it was the most fit I have ever been but the terrain in Sweden is nothing but rock and roots and was brutal.  I’m very glad I participated, but it kicked my butt!

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