THE WEEKLY FEED: AUGUST 24, 2016

BLAST FROM THE PAST

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Brad Lackey getting air on his Fox Air equipped Husky at the 1976 Sears Point Trans Am National Motocross. Thanks to Mark Kiel for the killer pic!

 

HONDA WINS VEGAS TO RENO

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Team HRC’s Joan Barreda has scooped a fine win in the twentieth edition of America’s legendary ‘Vegas to Reno’. The Spaniard, astride the Honda CRF450 RALLY, dominated the 1000 kilometres of Nevada dust and desert which connect the two cities. 

Joan Barreda proved to be the fastest over the 644 mile ‘Vegas to Reno’ – the longest off-road race in the USA. The race, now in its twentieth year, featured no less than 342 participants. This is the second straight win for Joan Barreda after July’s Baja Aragón triumph and the fourth consecutive victory for Team HRC. The growing list includes: the Merzouga Rally in Morocco, the Desafío Ruta 40 in Argentina, Spain’s Baja Aragón and now the Vegas to Reno race in the U.S.

Joan Barreda and Michael Metge made it clear that the Honda CRF450 RALLY is a lethal weapon in the desert. The Spanish rider, starting out from third position, finished the first day’s 475 kilometre stint in second spot. Barreda continued to up the ante with an excellent performance on his maiden Nevada Desert adventure. The Team HRC rider then scorched through the 560 kilometres of dust on day two, holding the lead throughout the day and crossing the line with a 7’30” advantage over the nearest second-place rival.

Frenchman Metge favoured less well after a heavy blow to the rear wheel in the first stage made handling difficult. In addition, the rider was sanctioned with a hefty 30 minute penalty for changing the wheel. In spite of having to start from back in twentieth position on Sunday, Metge fought back through the accumulation of dust on the track to take fifth spot on the day and sixth overall.

Team HRC have spent several weeks testing in the Californian desert under the auspices of Johnny Campbell and the JCR Team, who also offered assistance throughout the Vegas to Reno race. The American expressed his satisfaction at the way the team have worked:  “We’ve worked really hard with the riders over the last few weeks, both myself and the guys from the JCR Team. We had a great time working with Joan and Mika and I hope to work with Team HRC to achieve the victory at the Dakar. I wish to thank Joan, Mika, all at Team HRC and the staff of JCR for a great job done in the Vegas to Reno 2016, achieving a great triumph for Team HRC. Many thanks also to Taichi Honda and Team HRC for placing their trust in Team JCR to help build a better programme to win the 2017 Rally Dakar”.

 

GETTIN’ THE GOODS

 

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Pro Circuit has just released our newest Launch Control for the all-new 2017 KX250F. The Pro Circuit Launch Control allows riders to compress the forks several inches while seated on the bike to allow more load on the front wheel for better starts. Putting more weight on front of the bike lessens the chance of a wheelie out of the starting gate. Pro Circuit Launch Controls feature a spring-less design that provides positive engagement and consistent release and the start trigger design helps simplify the installation of the entire kit. All Launch Controls are CNC-machined exclusively from aircraft grade aluminum and are a lightweight improvement to every racer’s bike.

 

ALTRIDER ACCESSORIES FOR HONDA AFRICA TWIN

AltRider, manufacturer of premium accessories for adventure, dual sport and street motorcycles, has launched a full line of accessories for the 2016-17 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin. Africa Twin owners can protect their new bike from impact and road debris with AltRider’s skid plate, headlight guards, radiator guards and get a look at the new rear luggage rack.

www.altrider.com

 

DUBYA KTM 1190 WHEELSET

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Dubya USA is proud to announce the addition of the KTM 1190 Adventure to their adventure wheel line up. Wheels are built with billet aluminum hubs produced by Talon Engineering in England, heavy duty stainless steel butted Bulldog spokes also produced in England, billet aluminum nipples produced in the US and either Excel or D.I.D. rims which are available in a wide range of sizes.

www.dubyausa.com

 

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NAME THE RIDER

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A slight hint here, he was John Finkelday’s Factory KTM mechanic and went on to have a passion for Italian footwear.

AS SEEN ON MY DESK

 

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Brother Mike and I outside of Mojave jumping a good sized gorge that Mental found. I honestly don’t know if I’d have the hair to do this same leap today!

WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY

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Prior to starting at Dirt Bike at the end of 1980 I was racing Can-Am’s for Andy Kolbe (and working there!) This was a new 1981 250 Qualifier that we (the mag) were testing. The shot is out of Phelan where we were testing with Can Am’s Tony Murphy. Paul Clipper captured the action.

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