THE WEEKLY FEED: BOB HANNAH, THE BRINGER OF STORMS

CAPTURED

Bob Hannah was coming off a magical year in 1976, first gaining a factory Yamaha ride after his Florida Winter-AMA results and then shocking the motocross planet when blitzed through the pack at the tough Hangtown track to overtake Marty Smith who had holeshot the race and was penciled in as a certain winner. Hannah went on to dominate the 125 Nationals and win his first title. In 1977 things looked really positive for the Hurricane. He stomped to a series win in the Florida Winter Nationals, and then took the championship in the Supercross series, a title he would win for three consecutive years. But his 125-title defense was hampered by up and down results and mechanical issues that really kept him from staying within touch of Danny LaPorte and Broc Glover. Yamaha asked (ordered?) Bob to help Broc win the title and on the last lap at San Antonio National he got the infamous order to “Let Brock Bye”. Glover ended up winning the title.

TESTING

KTM 300 XC-W TPI: We’ve been hitting the trails testing KTM’s new fuel-injected 300. The machine has an incredibly versatile band of power, making immediate roll-on power that mates to a good middle. It allows you to short shift and make traction in tough terrain.

A nice snotty water fall is tamed by the 300. The fuel-injected machine makes broad power with a strong bottom end. The suspension is super plush and the combo makes for a bike that likes technical trail.
The 300 TPI runs super clean, may be a little lean in the mid-range but it still likes to torque up trails that require a meaty powerband that will make traction.
The new X-Plor fork craves rocky terrain, being plush and very smooth. It’s sprung a little light for bigger riders. The rear PDS too is excellent in technical conditions and without linkage gives good clearance in obstacle laden trail.

TKO SNAPS

Kenny King and Diahann Tanke shot us (clever!) over some excellent photos from last weeks TKO Extreme race. This is considered to be the toughest event of its ilk in the U.S. Cody Webb won it for 6th time in spite of strong competition and his coming off an injury and only riding for a week prior to the event.

 

Sherco brought over one of the biggest names in Extreme Enduro, Mario Roman placed third for his second year in a row. Diahann Tanke photo

 

Colton Haaker was happy to finish this years event with a fifth place in the final, bad luck has plagued him in the past and this was his best finish at the event. Kenny King photo

 

Fresh off his Battle Of The Goats win, Jordan Ashburn had some momentum coming into TKO but would only finish eighth in the final. Kenny King photo

 

Benjamin Herrera came all the way from Chile to race America’s biggest Hard Enduro. Kenny King photo

 

Trystan Hart finished sixth in the final, the Canadian drove all the way there from BC, the privateer rode well against the factory boys. Kenny King photo

 

Lars Enockl was the top Gas Gas finisher with a seventh. Kenny King photo

 

Sherco’s other international star Wade Young rode well all day, he said he made a mistake in the final and was unable to recover physically, Wade would finish just off the podium in forth. Kenny King photo

 

NEWS

 

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The 2018 AMA EnduroCross series is kicking off this weekend in Prescott Valley, Arizona. FMF KTM’s Cody Webb, the defending champion will be back to defend his number one plate and Rockstar Husqvarna’s Colton Haaker, the 2016 champion, will likely be his primary challenger. Between them, they have won the last three AMA EnduroCross championships and last two FIM Super Enduro World championships, so they are arguably the two best indoor off-road racers in the world. There is a strong contingent of veteran and young talent aiming to upset that dominance. SRT-Husqvarna’s Trystan Hart proved a quick study last year as he had several podium finishes, won the Junior Championship for riders twenty-one and under and finished second to Webb in the title chase. And multi-time Junior Champion Ty Tremaine finished third in the championship for the second year in a row and will now be competing on an Alta Redshift MX Electric bike. Other youngsters to watch include GasGas backed Noah Kepple, who has had several top-five finishes and Cooper Abbott, who finished the season in the top ten in 2017 and has joined the RPM KTM team for 2018.Kyle Redmond has multiple podium finishes to his credit and wants to get his first win. Beta USA has two strong contenders with Max Gerston and Mason Ottersberg flying the Italian brand colors. And the ageless Geoff Aaron, a multi-time main event winner will be back for another year on his GasGas. And Wild Wally Palmer is always a crowd favorite no matter where he finishes. There will be a few tweaks to the evening racing format to keep things exciting. The pro class will go back to two heats (each with a bonus point on the line) and a single LCQ qualification process and the riders will now be required to use the “No Joke Lane” one time during the heat and LCQ rather than just during the main event. The head-to-head bracket racing will be back, now with just the top 8 riders, to determine the first gate pick and earn a bonus championship point.

 

SOCIAL DISTORTION

 

ROGER DECOSTER ON A BULTACO 125 SHERPA?

 

 

 

 

WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY

The Swedish ISDE in 1990. It was day four and the route mirrored day three, as I remember about 150-miles. It was brutal the first time through, all-night rain made it slick and pretty much survival for me. I remember starting around nine in the morning and getting into Parc Ferme and it was nearly dark. At this point I was still looking good and the modified DR350 was strong.

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