THE WEEKLY FEED: BACK IN THE DAY WITH RICK JOHNSON

HISTORY LESSON

Rick Johnson, 1987. Factory Honda, writing a column for Dirt Bike (Rick’s Pit Board) and a photo model for Tim Tolleson’s camera during the November Dirt Bike issue testing of the 1988 Honda CR500R. They were down in Rick’s neighborhood- El Cajon (Palm Ave). where the terrain was rather…demanding.

 

NEWS

 

The Running of the Buls (35+ Expert) main belonged to James (23) and Dominic (17z) Monaco of Modesta, California, and they also dominated the heats.

TWO-STROKES INVADE FUJI PARK FLAT TRACK
More than 180 racers competed at the second annual Fuji Park Flat Track at the Carson City, Nevada, Fairgrounds August 19th, and one of the highlights of the night program was the Running of the Buls main. Two-strokes also dominated the Pee Wee short-track classes. Outlaw Flat Track promoted the races with sponsorship from the local McDonalds, which hosted the Women’s All-star Invitation Meet & Greet, and officiating by the California Flat Track Association.

James Monaco lays down the law on his Bultaco, and he also topped the Expert Singles and was fourth in the Pro Singles main on his lowered CRF450R.

With Bultaco making flat track bikes back in the 1970s, the Running of the Buls was the premiere vintage class (out of six) and the only one to be in the night program. Full bleachers perked up at the sound of the two-strokes and smell of the castor oil as they took to the starting line. Jordon Graham of Los Alamos, CA, got the best jump, but James Monaco put his Pursang into the lead and had to hold off his brother Dominic for the win. The Monaco brothers from Modesto, California, gapped the field and left Graham and Michael Rodriguez to fight over third. Rodriguez won the battle for the last podium spot.

Old meets new: Dominic’s Bultaco Astro gets White Power shocks and Brembo hydraulic disc brake upgrades, along with a mag front wheel.

 

Two-strokes dominated several Youth classes, with Cobra-mounted Colton Shafer (45) winning the PeeWee 4-6 and PeeWee 6-8 Heads-Up heats and mains. Paul Freeman was second to Shafer in PeeWee 6-8, and then he won the PeeWee 7-8 main after missing his heat.

 

Husqvarnas also flew around the short track with Chase Saathoff (6) topping the 65-150cc Expert and 65-110cc Heads-Up classes and Wiles Stapp topping the 100cc Mod/150cc Stock class.

 

Dirt-track and Pikes Peak International Hillclimb legend Davey Durelle brought the family to Carson City, and the Durelle Racing crew consisted of “Super Mom” Kamsey and sons Dillon and Diem. Dillon won the 65-110cc Amateurs on his #58 KX, and Diem was third in PeeWee 7-8 on his KTM. Kamsey was sixth in the Women’s Open main.

 

KTM cleaned up in 65-110cc Expert and 65-110cc Heads-Up with flying’ Kage Tadman from Salina, California, looking like a Pro.

 

OMR (OREGON MOTORCYCLE RENTAL)

We’re in Arizona from November 1st to April 1st.

Come and test yourself on a KTM or Husqvarna in sunny Arizona. With great riding areas within 30 miles of Phoenix airport you can be on the trail an hour from your arrival. Rip it up on super fun sandy washes. Awesome single track, and great equipment make this a must for your bucket list.

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GEAR BAG

 

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2108 MOOSE RACING GEAR

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VIDEO

I dug around and found several videos that are worth a peak. Cody versus Haaker, Roczen riding again, a WP fork setup, an epic Stewart, Reed and RC battle and finally what my life as a golfer looks like.

 

 

 

 

 

SOCIAL DISTORTION

 

WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY

Here’s the Wolf at the 1989 Barstow to Vegas desert race. This event horrified me as enduros were my happy place and lining up with nearly 1000 riders for a dead engine start and a launch into a high speed world quite frankly put out of my comfort zone. My buddy Dan Smith won this year on a KTM 540, and I finished, not great in the overall scheme but once things opened up the big Kawa 500 I raced was comfortable and brought me home.

 

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