The Weekly Feed; January 6, 2016

BLAST FROM THE PAST

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Terry Cunningham was synonymous with Husqvarna off-road racing. TC went on to win 4 National Enduro Championships (’82, ’84, ’85 & ’86), 6 ISDE Gold Medals (and 1 Silver Medal for good measure), as well as being a member of the 1982 ISDE team that finished second overall in the world, and was twice named AMA Amateur Athlete of the year in addition to collecting countless National wins during his storied career.

 

DAKAR PICS AND PANS

If you talk to anyone in the industry the Dakar Rally is the one race where technology is on the rise and the racing is full blown gnarly with weather, terrain and the unknown hammering teams, riders and the promoters with a sledge hammer the size of a Nissan Rogue. Here’s a smattering of pics that we’ve procured from the South America event.

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Factory Husqvarna came out of the hole smoking’! Faria powered his FR 450 Rally bike through the short 11km timed special in just six minutes 27 seconds to share the fastest time with Spain’s Joan Barreda
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Joan Barreda, Factory Honda. The Spaniard’s career began in motocross, where after demonstrating both talent and speed, was selected by the Spanish Federation to compete in the 125cc World Championship, before a serious injury kept the rider out of the competition for a long spell. After a stint in enduro he moved on to rally. He is considered to be one of the stars of the sport  and after the third day at the Rally Dakar 2016: the stage through the mountainous Jujuy area ended Joan Barreda back at the top of the general standings.
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American Ricky Brabec has to put in his dues and will mainly run as an aide to his more established teammates on the Factory Honda team.
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Photo drones are now part of the landscape in every aspect of racing.
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Antoine Meo – top Red Bull KTM rider in Stage 3
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After some top riders gleaned time penalties, Kevin Benavides became the official winner of Stage 3

 

KTM OFF-ROAD FOR 2016

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KTM Motorsports is excited to announce the 2016 FMF KTM Factory Racing Team which includes: Taylor Robert, Cody Webb, Kacy Martinez, Charlie Mullins, Kailub Russell, Russell Bobbitt and Ivan Ramirez.

Robert and Webb will both race the FIM SuperEnduro Series. After the SuperEnduro Series, Robert will switch over to the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team in Europe and compete in the FIM Enduro World Championship under the technical support and management of Fabio Farioli. Webb, the newest member of the factory team and the reigning AMA EnduroCross Champion, will stay in the states and defend his title in that series.

Martinez and Mullins will both race in the GNCC and AMA National Enduro Series. Martinez won the WXC GNCC Championship in 2016 and also won the only National Enduro race she competed in. She is looking forward to defending her GNCC title and working toward a new goal of competing in the National Enduro Series and securing a championship this season. Mullins, who was recovering from injury for the 2015 season, is back and healthy for 2016. He will return to the GNCC and National Enduro Series where he has won championships in the past and is hoping to battle for the title once again.

Russell, named Dirt Bike Magazine Rider of the Year and  the reigning GNCC and National Enduro Series Champion, will compete in the GNCC Series only for 2016. Russell injured his knee at the 2015 ISDE event and will not be recovered in time to make the first round of the National Enduro Series. Since he would miss the opening event, the team has decided to have him not participate for 2016 and focus on just the GNCC races.

Bobbitt, the 4-time AMA National Enduro Champion, will return to that series to go after his fifth title. Bobbitt was a top contender mid-year last season but had a back injury cause him difficulty near the end of the season. He is now recovered and looking forward to adding more wins to his belt.

Ramirez won his first-ever AMA National Hare & Hound Championship in 2016. He will return to compete in that series and work toward defending that title.

The factory team, managed by Antti Kallonen, will continue to have FMF as the title sponsor. “FMF has been a solid supporter of our factory off-road team for many years,” stated Kallonen. The team has picked up two additional partnerships for 2016 with the new support of Red Bull and Troy Lee Designs. Red Bull has come onboard as part of their global racing contract to sponsor KTM factory teams worldwide while Troy Lee Designs will be the new gear sponsor that each factory rider will use. All remaining sponsors from the previous year will remain the same.

 

SOBOBA TRAIL RIDE IS COMING!!

This is one of the best trail rides in Southern California, especially so when it’s wet. If you can manage it commit  you’ll be rewarded with incredible challenging trail and a memory that will last a life time.

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Social Media buzz (some notable shots and quotes from my favs)

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  • joshstrang@husqvarna.aus to cross or not to cross?! One last ride with Dad and Lachy before I head off back stateside. So much rain here but makes for some awesome riding! 
    This one was a little deep though ?Can’t believe how fun the #fe501 is to ride on the trails and on the road! #buyone

 

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kenroczen94Ma biiishhh is shined up and ready for A1. she likes to be treated rough ? thanks

 

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crtwotwoRace bikes starting to feel like mine again ?

 

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foxracingFox Racing proudly announces today a multi-year sponsorship of Team Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki, supporting riders @ChrisAlldredge35@versacesavatgy37@AdamCianciarulo,  @TylerBowers and @ArnaudTonus

 

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  • fmflildHeading into the week like ✊?✊?. Classic throwback @fmf73 photo of Bobby Kline ripping Indian Dunes. Thanks for the share @dg533 ? Mark Kiel #fmfvintage

 

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  • cmullins112Got a nice welcome back to woods racing today…

 

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Take a look at the behind-the-scenes footage of the 2016 Red Bull KTM Factory Team photo shoot as Ryan Dungey, Marvin Musquin and Dean Wilson prepare for the upcoming season.

 

Laugh-In

I shot this sequence of my buddy Alan Randt (he of Enduro Engineering and NEPG fame) at a fun event we did a handful of years ago in Ohio. Mr. Randt was positive that he could navigate this log move. He failed miserably. In his defense, even Cory Buttrick who was with us thought it was a no-win move.

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WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY

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This is the final moto at the John Zink 4-day Qualifier in 1991. I had a killer moto with my buddy Sean Hieberger, actually landed in a hole and dislocated my shoulder and then had it pop back in. I qualified to race the ISDE in Czecho later that year and had to use a Jeff Spencer tape job to keep it from popping out during the race. Got a Silver and was freakin’ pumped!

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