THE WEEKLY FEED; AUGUST 19, 2015

BLAST FROM THE PAST

This turned into an FMF Back in the Day. Donnie Emler has always been one of the drivers of American made performance and his early FMF teams were the catalyst to aftermarket supported race teams. Today   every single Factory Race Team  uses and endorses some form of aftermarket power. Congrats Big D! You were and still are the man.

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FMF’s Package Racer showcased their Porcupine Head, Team colored downpipe, Mikuni carb and Uncle Donnie’s port job that had racers like Marty Smith choosing his products over factory parts.

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Danny LaPorte was a full Factory Suzuki rider while Warren Reid was Team Honda, but powered by FMF. Now Danny is all FMF and is Big Don’s Son in law!
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Team Honda’s Marty Smith, number one and an FMF guy!

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VEGAS TO RENO

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Max Eddy had a fantastic day, riding all 550 miles of the 2015 Vegas to Reno solo, and taking home a very impressive third place overall finish. | photo credit: Mark Kariya

Vegas to Reno, 2015 is in the books. Casey Folks and Best in the Desert have done an amazing job of keeping the last of the great point-to-point desert races alive.This race is undergoing a renewed surge of interest and participation from the motorcycle world, with about 100 entries this year. Most of them are riding solo. Forty-one year old Shane Esposito proved he’s still as fast in the desert as pretty much anyone by winning this year. His partner was 37-year old Francisco Arredondo. Number one-plate holder Ricky Brabec was sidelined with injury, but his partner Max Eddy rode by himself to keep the points chase alive. He led most of the race, but was eventually passed by Espo and the Purvines Racing team, led by Nick Burson. Interesting failures were the Ty Davis/Dalton Shirey team and the Dirt Bike Magazine team of Troy Vanscourt, both of which broke down after about 5 miles.
1 Francisco Arredondo (37) Lake Elsinore, CA, Shane Esposito (41) Menifee, CA
Nick Burson (30) Henderson, NV, Axel Pearson (22) Pioche, NV
Ricky Brabec (24) Hesperia, CA, Max Eddy Jr (32) Barstow, CA
Justin Morgan (25) El Cajon, CA
Clayton Hengeveld (17) Flagstaff, AZ, Thomas Harris (17) Torrance, CA
Jeff Hancock (33) Scottsdale, AZ, Matt Hancock (21) Tempe, AZ
Ricky Dahlberg (20) Reno, NV, Kyle Townsend (22) Sparks, NV, Adam Thissen (32) Reno, NV
Jeremy Gray (28) Barstow, CA, Robbie Cockrell (36) Lenwood, CA, 8 Q66
Chris Brown (32) Las Vegas, NV, Gabe Guerin (42) Las Vegas, NV
10 Steve Luly (49) Belgrade, MT, Mark Weirich (46) Bozeman, MT, Wesley Luly (20) Belgrade, MT
11 Trent Kendall (36) Glendale, AZ, Conrad Funke (39) Tucson, AZ
12 Darrel Collins (43) Yreka, CA
13 Chad Thornton (44) Farmington, NM, Alan Cameron (44) Reno, NV
14 Bret Zaro (46) Buford, GA, Casey Nelson (44) Buford, GA
15 Ronald Ezra Clapp (38) Amherstburg, ON, Canada Bradley Robert Dixon (37) Cottom, ON, Canada Barry L. Anglemyer (36) Chandler, AZ
16 Stephen Trujillo (25) Ely, NV, Aaron Trujillo (22) Ely, NV, 16 X11 106 Yamaha Jimmy “Toolbox” Oleson
17 Donald Stanley (23) San Clemente, CA
18 Donald Stanley (23) San Clemente, CA
19 Michael Skurkis (38) Henderson, NV, KTM
20 Tim Fitzpatrick (50) Yerington, NV, Joshua Fitzpatrick (25) Yerington, NV, Drew Chattin (16) Sun Valley, NV
21 Michael Burrows (30) Gilman City, MO, Bryan Hulsey (44) Washington, MO

 

 

ROCZEN OUT FOR DES NATIONS

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Ken Roczen, who played a major role that helped lead the Germans to the 2012 Motocross of Nations title at Lommel, announced at round eleven of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross in Utah Saturday that he will undergo back surgery immediately following the season and will not compete at the event—a devastating blow to Team Germany.

“I’m actually getting back surgery on August 31 from before Hangtown, so I just want to get that done,” he said.

We overheard that he needs some down time and this helps pave the way. Our sources say KR wanted to race at the des Nations…bad. Sounds like his camp  pushed him to back things down and think about the Supercross season.

COOPER WEBB, BOB HANNAH INCARNATE?

Cooper is in your face, says whats on his mind and doesn’t back away from anybody or anything. He’s either loathed or loved but one thing is for certain, he is the real deal. According to our key insiders Webb’s superiors prowess mated to his outdoor speed and tenacity make him the top prospect as the rider who will make the biggest impact in the next five years.

Cooper’s insolence didn’t just rupture, its been brewing!

 

 

RACER OF THE WEEK

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Cody Webb hands down! Coming off of foot surgery and into the toughest off-road race in America, the TKO where he boxes early with perhaps the world’s best extreme racer Jonny Walker until he finally pulled away for another huge Tennessee Knockout Win!

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AMA EnduroCross racer Colton Haaker and the VX-35 Krush White/Black helmet.

 

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The Rally is a lightweight mesh and leather motorcycle glove designed for adventure, dual sport and off-road riding. A mesh upper with a TPU knuckle protector allows for abundant airflow, while the goatskin palm provides abrasion protection should a dirt nap or pavement inspection be encountered. Index finger and thumb have the addition of Touch Tec material for use with touch screen devices.

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EXTREME STUFF

Erzberg is one of those events that just keeps giving. The 2015 Hare Scrambles, which was held in June, was just featured on NBC over the weekend, and it was a great show. Check your DVR to see if you have it. It was probably the only four-way tie in the history of motorcycle racing. The course was so difficult that Jonny Walker, Alfredo Gomez, Andreas Lettenbichler and Graham Jarvis had to help each other to get to the finish, all saying it was impossible otherwise. In the on-going contest to see who can put on the toughest race in the world, the Erzberg promoters seem to have captured the lead. Here in the U.S., the Kenda Tennessee Knockout and the Prairie Dogs Last Dog Standing both had their toughest events ever this year.  Cody Webb just smiles like they were no big deal.

A KTM GAS GAS?

We still haven’t heard the disposition of the Gas Gas factory. Last month, about a week after it was announced that the factory in Girona, Spain would close, a KTM delegation traveled there for a meeting. Stefan Pierer himself was in that meeting. The rumor is that KTM wanted to buy the trials bike portion of the business. The Spanish labor union was skeptical and hung the now-famous signs that said “KTM, this is not your home.” There hasn’t been any comment on the results of that meeting, but we’re hopeful that Gas Gas can bounce back. This week we placed our 2016 Two-stroke Buyer’s Guide on line and for the first time in years, we had no new Gas Gases. In the meantime, we just got photos of the new Cobra minis. We’re amazed and impressed with these guys, who still make the best products in their market, right here in the U.S. Check them out in the Buyer’s Guide.

 

ron & peteLast week we had an alignment of the stars. There were two major press introductions at the same time. Mark Tilley attended the unveiling of the Kawasaki KX450F at High-point Raceway while Ron Lawson went to Budd’s Creek for Husqvarna’s MX line. Ron still has a bunch of broken fingers from a motocross crash at Glen Helen, so he brought Pete Murray with him to do the riding. Ron wasn’t happy about the arrangement, but he and Pete did cause some concern at the White House. Mark hammed it up for the official Kawasaki press video, below. He’s seen with some very shady characters.

FATHER AND SON: Destry and Cooper Abbott

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This was at the first Endurocross round of the year in Daytona, Florida. It was a very proud moment for me when Cooper made his first Pro main event!!! I also made the main that night and it was pretty cool to have both of us out there racing at the top level together! This also earned him a spot into X Games!

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KTM’S MINOR LEAGUE PROGRAM-STEPPING INTO THE BIG LEAGUES

GOD SPEED BOB HERSHEY

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I didn’t know Bob that well but he had a big impact on myself and brother Mike. We watched him relentlessly at Bay Mare and Muntz, speed shifting his Mid Valley CZ and battling with Randy Berkley, Jim Wilson, O’Neal, Jon Miller and Mark Cook in the early days of moto. Rest in peace ‘Candyman’.

WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY

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1975: Yamaha MX400, Dunes, Shadow Glen. I was in my full Ake Jonsson mode really wanting to love my 400, but feeling like it was girthy, vibrated with passion and barfed hard rather than accelerated smoothly. This was even more upsetting since Maico’s were killing it locally once people copied Willie Bauer’s factory machine and moved up the shocks. I found the set of Maico forks in Cycle News, Mike Chamberlain from Mike’s Racing Center machined up steering races so the fork would fit and I took a hammer to the tank so that the forks would clear on full lock. Pretty primitive stuff here. The front fender is a Hoss (Tony D ran them), the bars were Andre and Terry Bilton’s dad built my seat up. Larry Shoemaker worked on the shock, I had been running a White Brothers Snail pipe though it honestly it shortened an already brief powerband and naturally, dressing properly was also crucial. Daytona boots (Adolf Weil wore them), Hallman leathers, Bel Ray jersey, Bell RT, Jofa and Carrerra 98 goggles. I think at this point I was going gloveless since arm pump plagued me and I always blamed the gloves. I still do. Hey, you have to have an excuse…

Thanks to Mark Kiel for the pic!

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