THE WEEKLY FEED: DANNY LAPORTE IN THE DAY, JOSH STRANG THROUGH THE YEARS

CAPTURED: Danny Laporte

America’s first two World motocross champions were Brad Lackey and Danny Laporte. Laporte, from the South Bay in Southern California raced for Factory Yamaha and surprised the European world with his tenacity, a penchant for sand tracks (courtesy of his training in the California desert) and his fitness. Danny started racing at the Nation level in 1975 for American Suzuki. He was a player in the Marty Smith/Bob Hannah 125 era, made the switch to the Open class in 1979 and won the championship. Danny raced for Honda (under Roger DeCoster) in 1981 with his big results coming in the American domination of the Trophy and Motocross des Nations in Germany. Danny wanted to race in Europe and Heikki Mikkola helped him secure a ride with Yamaha. He battled hard with Georges Jobe, winning five races and taking the World Championship.

NEWS

KTM DOMINATES NATIONAL ENDURO SERIES

Steward Baylor

KTM riders swept the overall podium once again on Sunday for the tenth and final round of the 2018 AMA National Enduro Series in Stanton, Alabama.  Tely Energy Racing/KTM’s Grant Baylor won the day, but it was his brother Steward who grabbed his third National Enduro title. FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Josh Toth completed the all-KTM podium with a hard-fought second-place finish.

Steward had a phenomenal year finishing on the podium at every single round in the 9-race series. KTM dominated the series taking the top four overall positions (Steward Baylor, Josh Toth, Grant Baylor and Ben Kelley) and 23 out of a possible 27 podiums places!

Josh Toth
Grant Baylor

 

BUILD YOUR OWN BETA 2019

Beta recognizes that not all riders have the same needs. Our BYOB program is designed for riders that want a bike built for them! They have created a custom build program that allows the Beta owner to build his or her new ride the way it should be . . . for them!

Start by selecting the model then going through the different sections including wheels, tires, suspension, chassis, and engine parts. After your Beta has been built, you will be provided with a quote as well as the opportunity to begin the build process with a $500.00 refundable deposit.

In the suspension, chassis and engine add-ons the list of available products/mods is substantial. Sachs Fork Springs for 2-Stroke, 1”lowering kit, 2” lowering kit, Suspension Upgrade Race Edition Support Kit, RR 2-Stroke Rear Springs, Ohlins RXF Fork Kit, Ohlins TTX46 Shock, Cooling Fan Kit, FMF Gnarly Exhaust Pipe, Rekluse Radius X Auto Clutch, Samco Radiator Hoses, Beta Power Valve Adjuster, plus numerous wheel and gearing options are just ‘some’ of the options.

After your Beta has been ordered, you will be contacted by our BYOB specialists at Beta USA to make sure all of the final details of the build are addressed. They will put you in touch with an authorized Beta dealer. In about 30-45 days, your new Beta will be delivered to the Beta dealership of your choice with all of the accessories you ordered installed by Beta along with a personalized ownership plate installed on your frame. Your Beta dealer will insure your new Beta is serviced up and ready to go.

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KTM REVEALS NEWLY-DEVELOPED KTM SX-E 5 ELECTRIC-MINICYCLE AT EICMA

The newly developed KTM SX-E 5 is the next step in KTM’s line-up. The KTM SX-E 5 is based on the incredibly popular 2-stroke KTM 50 SX with a high-end chassis powered by an electric motor. The mission was clear: to create an ultra-competitive machine that is also easy to ride, even for pure beginners.

 The KTM SX-E 5 enjoys the advantage of zero emissions, low noise and minimal maintenance, which makes it ideal for youngsters looking to make the first step into the world of motorcycling and thanks to its dynamic design, it is ideal for the growing rider with its adjustable seat height.

 The KTM PowerPack can provide more than two hours of riding for a beginner – or 25 minutes for the faster junior racers – and with its external worldwide charger, full power is restored in approximately one hour. It will be available in North American dealerships in fall 2019.

 

BOISE ENDUROCROSS WOMEN’S FINALE

Photos/copy Diahann Tanke

In Boise KTM’s Kacy Martinez-Coy took the win and the championship. In the first two laps Kacy Martinez-Coy and Shelby Turner battled side by side. Kacy Martinez-Coy was able to take the lead after trouble in the wood Pit.  Turner passed Martinez back and the two battled for the win. In the end it was  Kacy Martinez-Coy on the top step of the podium holding the number one plate. Turner finished in second with Beta’s Morgan Tanke in third.

Kacy Martinez Coy “In morning practice I was feeling super good on the track and along with the heat race. I came into the night show like any other race but a bit more all or nothing attitude. I knew if I could get through the firewood pit clean every lap I was set! The first two laps Shelby and I were going at It! Side by side through the firewood pit and I was able to get out first! I had a little gap but with one mistake at the end of the next lap she had passed me again. I was able to make the pass going through the matrix and from there I was determined to get to the finish first, I had two more clean laps and took the checkers! I couldn’t be more happy with the championship it’s been a tough one for me to get and I put in a lot of work this year!”

 

 

Shelby Turner “Awesome final round. Battled hard with Kacy all race but couldn’t get I done in the end. Still happy to take home 2nd overall in the series.
Morgan Tanke “I was feeling a lot better going into the last race of the season. My ankle still wasn’t 100% but it felt so much better than it did the previous race. The track was really fun but still technical and difficult. I was 3rd off the start and rode a smooth race. I was able to keep the pace up with the top 2 riders and finished out 3rd.”

 

JOSH STRANG-THROUGH THE YEARS

Josh Strang has been one of the most successful off-road racers in America since 2007 when he came to the states from his Australia home. He signed early with Suzuki Off-road and raced yellow until 2011. Josh has raced green, orange, blue and the HQV white winning numerous events and several championships. He is leaving Husky for a new Kawasaki ride in 2019. Here’s a look at Josh through the years.

First year GNCC series, 2007. Finished 8th

 

Josh, 2008, Factory Suzuki – GNCC series. finished third behind teammates Paul Whibley and Charlie Mullins

 

2009, Unadilla GNCC. Josh won 5 times and finished 2nd in the series.

 

Josh won the GNCC title racing Suzuki’s in 2010 winning five times.

 

Holding the #1 plate, Josh finished 3rd in the GNCC series 2011

 

Josh switched to the RPM KTM team in 2012 and raced the WORCS series. He was coming off a leg break, finished 7th in the series that Taylor Robert won.

 

Strang went back to the GNCC series racing for Kawasaki. He ended up 4th for the year.

 

In 2014 Strang raced for Yamaha and had a strong year finishing 2nd in the GNCC series

 

Josh was signed by the Factory Rockstar Husky squad and raced both the National enduro series and the GNCCs. He finished 3rd in the GNCC in a three win season.

 

In 2016 he won three times in the GNCC series, finishing second behind Kailub Russell.

 

2017 was a Sprint Enduro/GNCC year. His GNCC results had him finishing in 10th.

 

2018 was a strong year for Strang, he won the Sprint series title and finished 6th in the GNCCs.


SOCIAL DISTORTION

Billy Grossi

 

The late great Tim Hart
Mike Webb testing an early off-road KTM for Dirt Bike Mag

 

GEAR BAG

 

 BULLET PROOF DESIGNS 2019 YAMAHA RADIATOR GUARDS

Bullet Proof Designs new radiator guards for the new 2019 models including the highly anticipated YZ450FX. Machined from solid 6061-T6 billet aluminum in the USA, the lightweight guards mount to the frame for superior frontal and side protection of the radiators to prevent unbearable damages when riding through the toughest terrain. A ribbed design paired with a lower bowl protector provides unparalleled protection from the inevitable rock flying through the air as you race across the desert or the lone branch poking through the brush waiting to penetrate the radiators. Offered with a lifetime warranty to ensure confidence in the rider, the Radiator Guards are available in Silver, Black, and Blue incorporating both style and protection! $214.00

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PRO CIRCUIT 2019 YZ 85 PIPE

For years Pro Circuit has been building championship-winning two-stroke pipes and silencers for some of the fastest mini racers on the planet. Their pipes and silencers offer noticeable performance and horsepower gains across the entire RPM range. Your little one will be pumped with the performance of his or her new YZ85 model! It’s $241.95 for the expansion chamber (Works or Platinum) and $134.95 for the 304 Factory Sound silencer.

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WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY

Back in the day I got the dual sport bug from my buddy Mark “Mental” Mangold. We both owned Honda XR600s, got them plated and on this day we rode them from the Antelope Valley where we lived, to a desert enduro. We raced the event and then made the trek home on our race bikes. Big fun and at the time, a stellar motorcycle.

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