THE WEEKLY FEED: CARLSBAD USGP, VIDS GALORE, INSPIRATIONAL PICS

BLAST FROM THE PAST: CARLSBAD USGP 1973

One of the most iconic motocross shots ever! It was the first USGP ever, Willie Bauer and his Maico were fit with ‘moved up’ shocks giving them more rear wheel travel and Suzuki’s Roger DeCoster, the reigning 1972 World Champion struggled with a Suzuki that was heavier (a new FIM rule pushed the weight limit to 209 lb. and Suzuki was forced to add 30-pounds to their already developed ’73 GP machines). The long travel Maico machines handled the concrete conditions at Carlsbad far better than the hard hitting and out of balance works RN73 Suzuki. DeCoster won the championship in a season long battle with Bauer, and the world of motocross machines was forever changed with the long travel Maico’s and Monoshock Yamaha equipment.

NEWS, VIEWS AND RANTS

Taddy Blazusiak to Compete in 2019 AMA EnduroCross Championship

KTM has confirmed that Taddy Blazusiak will be back in the USA to compete in the 2019 AMA EnduroCross championship. He will be filling in for FMF KTM’s Cody Webb, who is recovering from a knee injury. The series will kick off in less than two weeks in Prescott Valley, Arizona.

Blazusiak, the five-time AMA EnduroCross champion last competed in the full series in 2014 before a short “retirement”. He made a comeback in 2016 but that season ended early due to an injury. Blazusiak has continued to compete in the FIM Super Enduro championship in Europe and has won several races and been in contention for the championship the last couple of seasons.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Blazusiak will be racing a 2020 KTM 350 EXC-F as the brand’s sole factory racer. Recently finishing fourth-overall at his first-ever Red Bull Romaniacs, ‘the world’s toughest hard enduro rally,’ Blazusiak appears to be on form to compete for the AMA EnduroCross championship.

The three-round 2019 series will kick off on August 24th in Prescott Valley, Arizona.

 

Taddy Blazusiak was virtually unstopable in AMA EnduroCross from 2009 to 2013, winning five championships. He has 31 career AMA EnduroCross wins, more than any other rider. The Polish rider will be back for another run at the title in 2019.

 

 

JUST COOL

Adam Cianciaruluo at last weeks Unadilla National. The ruts were incredibly horrifying.

 

This Pro Circuit ad featuring Ricky Johnson uses few words, but hammered home their mission statement.

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GEAR BAG

FXR 2020 MX GEAR LAUNCH

The 2020 Helium line delivers a slim, lightweight, ventilated platform.The Helium line is constructed with premium materials and processes allowing the rider to feel planted on the bike without sacrificing mobility.

 

Known for its industry-leading comfort, the Revo line receives additional updates for 2020.Refinements to the motion chassis knee design and extra material in key locations enhance knee durability and on bike grip.

 

The all-new Podium line combines performance, durability, and rider comfort for every type of rider. Using 4-way stretch fabric intergraded with 600D construction gives you the performance and function without breaking the bank.
For the hottest conditions, and the toughest motos, Podium Air provides the best air-flow and ventilation utilizing breathable mesh fabric with integrated stretch panels.

WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY

This is the Parc Ferme at the 1990 Swedish ISDE at the end of day 1. My DRZ350 had issues all day with a bog, flame out and no idle mode. Day one was long and tough, 165-miles of nearly all trail and I knew that I had to fix the issue if I wanted to finish the 6-day event. I’m taking off the carburetor prior to impound and to be honest, was in full panic. Charles Halcomb is with me, Dale Stegall (Randy Hawkins mechanic) is watching closely as they coach me as I disassemble the carb. We were certain that it had dirt clogging a jet. I left it dangling as I had to impound, and would button it up in the morning 10-minute work time. In the end I had not gotten the float bowl on correctly, and it wouldn’t start. On day two of my first ISDE I took the carb back off, put it back together correctly and started the day 18-minutes late. After that the machine behaved wonderfully…until the final special test on day 5.

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