THE WEEKLY FEED: HEIKKI MIKKOLA BITD • KING OF THE MOTOS HARD ENDURO VIDEO ‘MUST SEE!’• KTM 300XC PROJECT

BLAST FROM THE PAST: HEIKKI MIKKOLA

When the Husqvarna factory was cutting their racing budget and after winning them two 500cc World Championships and a 250 World Championship Heikki had a big decision to make. He tested for several teams (including Puch) and eventually signed with Yamaha. He knew that he’d need a strong team  to compete against Suzuki. He won ’77 500cc World Championship with 12 victories (DeCoster was second) and followed this in 1978 with a dominant season winning his 5th World Championship (Brad Lackey finished second). Of note, Heikki went on to manage the Factory Yamaha effort when Danny LaPorte won his World Championship in 1982.

 

NEWS

GNCC Kicks off, Girroir back after recent surgery; Kelley back after missing most of ’22

Johnny Girroir: “I got an awesome start, the 350 XC-F just took off – it’s an awesome bike! I was feeling good even though I haven’t ridden for four weeks and had surgery 18 days ago… I know what I’m capable of and that my speed’s there, so it will be a long season and I’m looking forward to going again.”

 

Ben Kelley: “I was riding really good and I’m pumped – not sure how I pulled this one off! I wasn’t sure if I’d be out here, but wanted to give it a go and, luckily, I’ve done a lot of these races and know what I’m getting myself into. I didn’t have the best start, but picked my way through the pack and had an awesome battle with Ricky [Russell]. Stew played a good race, by the time I caught him I had nothing left in the tank and he pulled away, but I’m speechless, for sure.”

TIM GAJSER BREAKS FEMUR AT INTERNATIONAL RACE

Team HRC’s Tim Gajser had a crash in the second moto at the Italian International Championship. After taking second in the first moto, Tim crashed and  broke his right femur and will now have an operation to repair the injury. The 5-time World Champion was using the International race as a warm-up for the 2023 MXGP series.

 

MORE 2-STROKE MAGIC!

Our good buddy The Realtor, Brian Palmer has finished up his KTM 300 XC build. A long time 4-stroke advocate, BP switched sides and the new TBI XC300 has been a life changer on the trail. Here’s a gander at his boat, more to come as he gets more trail time on the machine.

BP has fit his KTM 300XC with a bevy of focused goods. Enduro Engineering protection, Raptor Ti Pegs, FMF Gnarly pipe, Turbine Core silencer, Seat Concepts Comfort saddle, Molecule skid plate, Fasst Flexx bars, Acerbis black plastic, Throttle Syndicate Fasthouse graphics, Crosslinked Components swingarm guards, BulletProof guards, Nihilo lever sleeves and separate start and kill buttons, and a Rekluse Core EXP ‘auto’ clutch. More coming down the line.

 

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WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY

The date, 1983. We were always big Yamaha afficinados but the ’82 490 left us wanting. It pinged, was soft, heavy and made reasonable power up top but was hard to control.  The ’83 had improved suspension, still pinged like a big dog but had an improved powerband.  Unfortunately, it had the dramatically wicked Honda CR480 as competition.
Clipper and Wolf, shot by the Hunk. Paul was Suzuki RM500 mounted and Webb sliding in his shadow on the YZ.

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