THE WEEKLY FEED: HARD ENDURO SPECIAL, VIDEO MADNESS SALTED WITH SADNESS

BLAST FROM THE PAST: 2008 SUZUKI OFF-ROAD POWERHOUSE

In 2008 Suzuki was kicking some serious tail in the U.S. Motosports environment.  At the time  Ricky Carmichael had come off an ’07 season where he raced part time and won two Supercross events and six Nationals, Ben Spies and Mat Maladin were smoking the Superbikes. In the off-road world world their team was huge with Jimmy Jarrett handling the OMA’s, Nathan Woods was hired to take on the WORCS series and Paul Whibley Josh Strang, Charlie Mullins and Rodney Smith tackled the GNCC’s. It all came crashing to a halt a couple of years later when the world economy tanked and Suzuki never regained that level again……

 

NEWS

 

RIP Gene Romero
We lost Gene Romero, a man who rose to stardom in the eyes of the burgeoning dirt bike world from the movie ‘On Any Sunday’. Gene was 71 and his famous quote will always be remembered ” “I just gotta get third. If I don’t get third, come visit me in the hospital, I dig carnations, man”

 

GODSPEED Greg Robertson

We just saw this post on FB and are stunned. Greg Robertson was a So Cal phenom, a man who raced CZ’s when the new Elsinores were nuclear and Can Am’s when RM’s and YZ’s were dominant. Greg was always competitive and in his day battled with the top southern California racers (ie Hannah, Bell, Hansen) and won. He was our local hero and gave us all hope that we could get rise to the occasion like he did. Greg was a Mid Valley CZ/Ossa racer and a Kolbe Can-Am pilot in his prime.

 

 

 

SOCIAL DISTRACTIONS

 

 

Ake, Yamaha mounted with his Maico forks showing superior ‘euro’ form.

 

We’re pumped for our boy Destry Abbott. This man has been through hell and is one of the biggest dirt bike ‘it’s in the blood’ enthusiasts.

 

 

 

THE WORLD ENDURO SUPER SERIES KICKOFF- EXTREME LAGARES

The world’s top Extreme racers tackled the brutal Lagares WESS opening round. Sherco’s Mario Roman won the event, he was followed in by his teammate Wade Young, Manuel Lettenbichler and Graham Jarvis. Here are some IG posts and videos that showcase the event.

 

This video shows off the wicked terrain and skills required to navigate it. Wade Young at the wheel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bitta river bashing🦄

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VIDEO JUKEBOX

 

 

 

 

GEAR BAG

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WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY

Thinking about Greg Robertson got me back into my Kolbe days. Andy Kolbe was a man who embraced racing and gave me a chance to explore the off-world world. Below (far left) is my mentor Pete Smith. He is one of the toughest men I have known and was pivotal in getting me to ‘try’ enduros. For nearly 4-years we hit every enduro in the western U.S. On the far right is Crash Cano, without doubt the gnarliest guy I have ever known. He was tough, ornery, ballistically stubborn- all fueled with passion. My first encounter with Crash was meeting him as we drove (I followed Pete and Crash) to the start of the 1978 Greenhorn National enduro. About 10-miles from the high school where the event started, his right rear wheel locked up on his truck. It caught fire and I tried to flag them down as we were on the freeway. Finally Crash stopped, looked at the flames and said “you nervous white boy? We gotta an enduro to ride.” He got back in and floored it all the way to the start, with flames shooting out of the wheel well.

The Kolbe team for the 1979 Tecate 500 enduro: Randy Gauvin, Dan Quinn, Twebb and Pete Smith.

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