The Weekly Feed: July 14, 2015
BLAST FROM THE PAST
Bob Hannah, circa 1979. The Hurricane was at the top of his game, dominating the ’78 season on a production YZ and then carried superb form and fitness into the season. This guy rates as one of my favorites racers ever. Outspoken, nasty, practiced in the hills where I still ride and he was a local hero. He still a friend, albeit a bit crusty, a little nasty and still outspoken.
This class has been riddled with injuries (Villopoto, Cairoli, Nagl, Desalle) and now has a new victor in Rockstar Energy Suzuki Europe’s Glenn Coldenhoff. He claimed his first two Fox Holeshots of the season and his first race win, which he combined with a second place finish for his first ever MXGP overall. Amazingly, the kid known as The Hoff is the first MXGP round winner for Suzuki this year despite the brand tenting two of the most distinguished riders in MXGP, Kevin Strijbos and Clement Desalle.
But the ongoing story is the speed in which Yamaha Factory Racing Yamalube’s Romain Febvre is maturing as a rider in MXGP. In race one it looked as though the red plate holder was down and out after being taken down at turn one. If that wasn’t bad enough, the Frenchman’s bike took forever to start, so he lost thirty seconds right off the bat. Where a lot of riders might have thrown in the towel, Febvre just put his head down and started peeling off laps as fast as he could. Despite being in traffic for the entire race, he set the fastest lap time and managed to finish in an impressive eighth. In addition to that remarkable effort, race two saw him take the lead on turn three and blitz everyone for his seventh race win and seventh consecutive podium finish of the season
Tony Cairoli had a very difficult day on Saturday and said he was experiencing so much pain in his injured hand, he did at times doubt that he would be able to ride on Sunday. He said later that pain-killing injections helped him through the two motos on Sunday, even though he had not been able to ride in the qualification. “The start is very important here and I knew I would be able to get a good start even from the outside gate positions. I was second at the start in the first race and finished fourth. I tried to see this in a different way because my contender for the title was in the back of the field. It was a positive race because we got some points, and for sure we didn’t expect this yesterday. The track was bumpier in the second moto and my start wasn’t quite as good as in the first. I was nine or ten at the start but I had a super first lap and I was already third at the end of it. Then I just tried to hold on and challenge Coldenhoff for second. This cost me a lot of energy but it was positive to finish the second race also in fourth place and I am pretty happy about that.”
SNEAK PEAK AT THOR MX 2016 GEAR
JCR’S CHRIS BACH RACES WORLD ENDURO CHAMPIONSHIP
“EWC races start with a Super Test. This was absolutely insane! USA friends: Imagine building a backyard motocross track, but without the proper tools. Keep it short, add in some massive rock piles, concrete tubes, about 10,000 screaming fans, a man in the crowd with a chainsaw, air horns, and then have the whole thing announced by the guy who announces soccer (football) on Spanish TV. Factor in some crazy, close racing and you have yourself an EWC Super Test.” — Chris Bach
Here is the link to read the whole thing. https://www.enduro21.com/index.php/component/k2/item/2991-bachs-belgian-blog
THIS BIKE COULD BE IN YOUR GARAGE VERY SOON !!!!
LUCAS MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP ODDS AND ENDS
450 Class-After waiting one week short of six years between overall victories, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Autotrader.com/Toyota/Yamaha effort now has back-to-back wins with Justin Barcia. All three of its riders – Barcia, Weston Peick and Phil Nicoletti – all continue to hold spots inside the top 10 in points as well, each boasting at least one moto podium finish.
-The 450 Class has four different winners through its first seven rounds – Eli Tomac, Ryan Dungey, Ken Roczen and Justin Barcia. Of this group only Roczen, the defending series champion, has yet to earn multiple wins.
-Tomac, Dungey and Barcia each sit tied for the class lead in wins with two apiece.
-Dungey is still the only rider in the 450 Class to earn every championship point for his brand in the manufacturer standings.
-Dungey has finished on the podium in 12 of 14 motos this season and has just one finish outside the top 10.
-Despite having twice as many Motosport.com Holeshot Awards as anyone else in the class with six, Barcia still has a higher starting average (5.2) than leader Dungey (4.3). At RedBud Barcia became the first rider this season to sweep the holeshots in both motos.
-Injuries have forced all three Factory Honda riders Cole Seely, Trey Canard and Eli Tomac – to the sidelines. Fill-in rider Freddie Noren has performed well in their absence, earning his career-best finish at RedBud in seventh overall, one day before his wedding. He is now the highest standing Honda rider in the 450 Class championship in 10th.
-Despite having five overall wins between them, Red Bull KTM teammates Ryan Dungey and Marvin Musquin have yet to win on the same day in 2015. They swept victories during the winter FIM/AMA Supercross season on six different occasions.
-Five of the six competing manufacturers are represented inside the top 10 in the 450 Class standings. Kawasaki’s highest standing rider, Wil Hahn, currently sits 14th.
-Hahn has earned back-to-back Battery Tender Ricky Carmichael Hard Charger Awards.
-Despite not having raced for seven motos, Eli Tomac still has the most laps led in the 450 Class.
Manufacturer Point Standings (highest finishing rider)
KTM – 303
Suzuki – 282
Yamaha – 261
Honda – 248
Husqvarna – 242
Kawasaki – 159
450 Class Championship Standings
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., KTM, 303
Ken Roczen, Germany, Suzuki, 259
Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha, 240
Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Suzuki, 212
Jason Anderson, Edgewood, N.M., Husqvarna, 197
Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Suzuki, 190
Christophe Pourcel, France, Husqvarna, 186
Weston Peick, Wildomar, Calif., Yamaha, 171
Phil Nicoletti, Cohocton, N.Y., Yamaha, 151
Fredrik Noren, Sweden, Honda, 132
Overall Wins: Eli Tomac – 2, Ryan Dungey – 2, Justin Barcia – 2, Ken Roczen – 1
Moto Wins: Eli Tomac – 5, Ryan Dungey – 5, Ken Roczen – 2, Justin Barcia – 2
Overall Wins by Brand: Honda – 2, KTM – 2, Yamaha – 2, Suzuki – 1
Bud Light Fastest Qualifiers (total): Eli Tomac – 2 , Ryan Dungey – 2 , Christophe Pourcel – 2 , Ken Roczen – 1
Bud Light Fastest Qualifiers by Track- Hangtown – Eli Tomac: Glen Helen, Ken Roczen: Thunder Valley, Eli Tomac: Muddy Creek, Ryan Dungey: High Point – Christophe Pourcel: Budds Creek, RedBud: Ryan Dungey
Laps led (total): Eli Tomac – 76, Ryan Dungey – 63, Ken Roczen – 44, Justin Barcia – 42, Phil Nicoletti – 3, Christophe Pourcel – 2
Podium Finishes by Moto (total) : Ryan Dungey – 12, Ken Roczen – 9, Eli Tomac – 5, Justin Barcia – 5, Jason Anderson – 3, Blake Baggett – 3, Christophe Pourcel – 3, Weston Peick – 1, Phil Nicoletti – 1
Overall Podium Finishes (total): Ryan Dungey – 6, Ken Roczen – 4, Jason Anderson – 3, Eli Tomac – 2, Blake Baggett – 2, Justin Barcia – 1
Motosport.com Holeshot Award Winners (total): Justin Barcia – 6, Ryan Dungey – 3, Eli Tomac – 2, Christophe Pourcel – 1, Ken Roczen – 1, Cole Seely – 1
-Jeremy Martin is the only rider in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship to finish inside the top 10 in every moto this season.
-The 250 Class points lead has switched hands between Martin and Marvin Musquin on four different occasions. Neither rider has carried the red number plate for more than two consecutive rounds.
-Martin and Musquin have led over 70% of the laps run in 2015, and have won all but one moto thus far.
-Both Martin and Musquin have two 1-1 sweeps to their credit this season.
-All but one manufacturer, Suzuki, is represented inside the top 10 of the 250 Class standings. Suzuki has just one championship point to its credit thus far in 2015.
-With Christian Craig’s first ever moto podium finish at RedBud, a total of 12 different riders have now earned a podium finish in 2015.Craig has the highest single moto finish of any Honda rider this season. He sits just 15 points outside the top 10 in the 250 Class standings, despite only racing five rounds this summer.
-The Martin brothers – Alex and Jeremy – and Matt Bisceglia have passed more riders per moto in 2015 than any other Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship competitors.
Overall Wins: Jeremy Martin – 4, Marvin Musquin – 3Moto Wins: Marvin Musquin – 7, Jeremy Martin – 6, Alex Martin – 1 Overall Wins by Brand: Yamaha – 4, KTM – 3
Laps Led (total): Marvin Musquin – 96, Jeremy Martin – 71, Cooper Webb – 16, Alex Martin – 14, Christian Craig – 8, Adam Cianciarulo – 9, Aaron Plessinger – 7, Jessy Nelson – 6, Justin Bogle – 1, Zach Osborne – 1, RJ Hampshire – 1
Podium Finishes by Moto (total): Marvin Musquin – 9, Jeremy Martin – 9, Zach Osborne – 6, Jessy Nelson – 3, Joey Savatgy – 3 , Alex Martin – 3 , Adam Cianciarulo – 3, Cooper Webb – 2 , Christian Craig – 1, Shane McElrath – 1, Chris Alldredge – 1, Justin Hill – 1
Overall Podium Finishes (total): Marvin Musquin – 5, Jeremy Martin – 5, Zach Osborne – 3, Jessy Nelson – 2, Cooper Webb – 1, Joey Savatgy – 1, Alex Martin – 1, Adam Cianciarulo – 1, Justin Hill – 1, Chris Alldredge – 1
Motosport.com Holeshot Award Winners (total): Marvin Musquin – 3, Jeremy Martin – 2, Jessy Nelson – 2, Joey Savatgy – 1 , Christian Craig – 1, Matt Bisceglia – 1, Justin Bogle – 1, Zach Osborne – 1, Adam Cianciarulo – 1, Justin Starling – 1
NATIONAL OHV GROUP SUPPORTS NORTHERN CALIFORNIA MONUMENT
The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC), a national trail based recreation group, supports President Obama’s designation today of the Berryessa Snow Mountain Region as a National Monument. BRC has worked in partnership with Tuleyome, a regional conservation group based in Woodland, California, Congressman Mike Thompson and Senator Barbara Boxer to assure the protection of the region’s many natural resources and the recreational interest of the off road vehicle community. It has been an innovative, strong partnership between interest groups that have been adversaries in the past. BRC believes we have grown beyond those differences and have charted a new future starting with the trust and actions taken together on this project.
Don Amador, Western Representative for the BlueRibbon Coalition, states, “I believe this particular instance creates a unique opportunity to create a ‘win-win’ Monument that will embody the principles espoused by even the staunchest opponents of Presidential authority. This proposal has been formed with meaningful input from diverse local stakeholders, and is supported by them. I believe this monument designation will improve economic opportunities for the local economies; increase coordination between federal agencies; provide well-managed recreation opportunities including casual and permitted off road vehicle activity on designated roads, trails and areas; safeguard the area’s natural beauty, sensitive areas, wildlife and rare plants; and ensure the continued use and enjoyment of these lands for future generations,” With members in all 50 states, BRC is focused on building enthusiast involvement with organizational efforts through membership, outreach, education and collaboration among recreationists.1-800-BLUERIB – www.BlueRibbonCoalition.Org.
KTM’S MARC COMA RETIRES
On the occasion of the retirement of one of the world’s most distinguished rally riders, KTM Factory Racing wishes to extend very sincere thanks to Marc Coma for thirteen years of sporting dedication. KTM Motorsports Director Pit Beirer said Coma would always be a friend of KTM and a member of the KTM international family.
Coma ends his career after 13 years of competitive racing on KTM, five Dakar victories and six world titles.
“We thank Marc for many wonderful years with KTM. We are happy and proud that he finishes his active career at the very pinnacle of racing and we wish him ongoing success in the next stage of his career. We are naturally very pleased that he will stay with rally sport and that we will continue to have contact with him. Marc will always be a friend of KTM and he will always belong to the KTM Family,” Pit Beirer said.
RACE TECH ENGINE SERVICES
For over 30 years Race Tech has been a trusted leader in the hi-performance world of the motorcycle industry specializing in suspension, but what many may not know is Race Tech started as an engine company. When the pieces to the puzzle came together again in 2015, Race Tech has set out to return to the world of providing engine machining and services to builders and tuners around the globe.
Much like Paul Thede, the owner of Race Tech who started as an engine tuner; the same is true for Race Tech’s Head of Research and Development, Rob Brown. A former championship winning engine tuner who picked up suspension based on customer demands, Rob has a rich history and passion for building high-quality, reliable engines. In order to do that, they had to have the right staff in place to perform at the highest level on all their projects. Andrew Flores brings a great reputation as a top-notch engine builder to work alongside Paul and Rob without taking focus away from the suspension program.
Race Tech’s Engine Services department is open for business. With a variety of options backed by flow-bench and dyno data, services also come with a spec-sheet and a 100% guarantee. Whether you are looking for maintenance or a hi-performance engine, Race Tech has services available to meet your needs and budget. Dealer and Center pricing is available.
For inquiries or a quote, please contact Sydney Ruge, Race Tech’s Service Manager at [email protected] or 951.279.6655 ext. 2.
HOW TO OIL YOUR AIR FILTER!
This comes to you from the Twin Air folks and has some goods tips, of course caboosed by a little selling of the Twin Air product line.
PRODUCTS: AN ECLECTIC BUSHEL OF DIRT BIKE GOODS
M80 RACE TOOL BOXES
Lightweight, high quality steel construction tool boxes with heavy-duty hardware and hinges. The three, four, and eight drawer models come complete with the BOLT or CLASH team style graphics. Each style is available in six color ways and may be customized with your name and number. This is the same version toolbox team Geico Honda, JGR, and RCH are currently using in the outdoor nationals racing season.
3 Drawer – M $139.95
4 Drawer – $299.95
8 Drawer – $349.95
PRO TAPER MICROBAR HANDLEBAR KIT
NIHILO CONCEPTS JET BOX
Nihilo Concepts has come up with an innovative way to store and protect your jets keeping them right at your fingertips for easy access. The Jet Box is designed to hold main jets on one end and pilot Jets on the other in pre tapped holes. The pilot jets are counter sunk so they fit flush and are kept away from dirt damage and the main jet compartment has protective tabs that keep them out of harm’s way.
On the topside we have created a see through sliding door compartment for all your needles, clips and other small items. The bottom is equipped with two strong magnets that allow you to stick the entire set up to the lid of your toolbox or anyplace you want.
LINK FOR VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=11&v=K72nqdzLnls
HJC INTRODUCES ALL-NEW OFF-ROAD HELMETS FOR 2015
La Habra, CA: HJC is proud to introduce, the CS-MX 2 off-road helmet and CL-XY 2 youth off-road helmet, that target recreational riding enthusiasts. By combining feature-rich helmet designs along with remarkable value, HJC helps make off-road fun easily accessible for virtually every family. In addition, HJC’s popular off-road CL-X7 helmet line now adds another two great graphics packages for a new, fresh look.
These new helmets will be available immediately, with prices beginning at $94.99 for the CS-MX 2, $89.99 for the CL-XY 2 and $149.99 for the newest CL-X7 models, $154.99 for CL-X7 Plus: 3XL-5XL .
PIT BULL HYBRID ANCHOR SYSTEM
Pit Bull’s new Hybrid Anchor System secures motorcycles, ATVs, toolboxes and other precious cargo with quick-release tie-down rings secured by floor mounts that have a load rating of 6000 pounds. Installing in minutes, their floor mounts are nearly flush when the anchors are removed. Each kit contains one tie-down anchor and a mount kit. Additional floor mounts are available separately.
Hybrid Anchor System: $36.95; additional mount kit: $7.95
PRO CIRCUIT HITCH COVER
This tasty plug-in product is made from high-quality plastic; the bright yellow and white Pro Circuit globe design stands out in traffic and lets you show off your Pro Circuit pride while cruising the highways and let’s you battle traffic in style. She sells for $12.95
Millennium Technologies is focused on being the world’s best cylinder repair, re-plate, and overbore service provider. This NSC process is so superb to factory plating that Millennium Technologies is often used by professional race teams all over the world to re-plate brand new OEM cylinders. Along with the proprietary re-plating process Millennium Technologies repairs damaged cylinders, port 2-stroke cylinders, service power valves, overbore cylinders, and keeps a huge inventory of repaired cylinders in stock for quick exchange.
Millennium Technologies has also been long recognized as the leader in 2-Stroke engine services.
Millennium Technologies website: www.mt-llc.com
BLACKDOG CYCLE WORKS ADV PRODS
Enduristan New Product Blast
Is excited to announce more outstandingly innovative products from Enduristan in Switzerland. Product development has been in full swing creating amazing new gear with new features, all of which is waterproof.
And remember, if you’re in the northern Idaho area this summer, please drop us a line. We’d love to see you.
Kurt & Martha
Check out this video they shot at the EICMA Show in Italy. It offers a nice overview of all their products.
Red interior color, integrated magnetic patch, silicone bit holders, dozens of tool loops, made of waterproof material, integrated pull strap, zippered pouch in addition to providing a great work surface makes this tool roll stand above all others.
Enduristan Small Parts Organizer
On many trips riders are always were looking for ways to get all the small items inside their tank bags and panniers under control like chargers for electronic gear, smart phones, tablets, GPS and cameras.
MONSOON3 SOFT BAGS
The Enduristan Monsoon3 soft saddlebags are totally waterproof, easy to access and easy to take on/off the bike. With the interior stiffener, the bags keep their shape, even when empty.
TRAIL TIP – ADD LIFESTRAW WATER FILTER TO YOUR BACKPACK
Thanks to Don Amador
LifeStraw Added to QWR Backpack
As the long hot days of summer approach, QWR wants to encourage OHVers and Adventure Bike riders to stay hydrated when out in the backcountry. Access to clean drinking water becomes critically important when you are on a long ride and the temperatures soar into the upper 90s and 100s.
Typical Stream – But is the Water Safe to Drink?
Along with our trusty bottle of water purification tablets, QWR recently added a LifeStraw to our backpack as extra insurance against running out of clean water to drink when on a trail ride or backcountry adventure. It was field tested on a recent trail ride where there was a stream available as a water source. The LifeStraw is practically weightless and does not take up much room in the backpack.
Drawing water through the straw is pretty straightforward. The water tastes good and could help save the day if you get caught in a heat wave. QWR encourages riders to make sure they have some way to obtain clean water and adding an affordable lightweight drinking system to your pack seems to make a lot of sense.
Have a great summer on the trail!
RIDE LIKE THE TOP ATHLETES IN OFF-ROAD
Feld Motor Sports and JGRMX team up with Make-A-Wish
Feld Motor Sports® and the Autotrader/Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX race team, featuring Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, standout Justin Barcia have teamed up with Make-A-Wish to give 5-year-old supercross fan, Austin Coleman, his wish of riding his dirt bike with professional racers tomorrow.
Austin, diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, loves riding dirt bikes. He began riding at 3, and even has a track in his backyard. When asked what he wanted for his wish, he had only one thing in mind, to ride with a professional rider.
Austin will get to spend the day with Barcia, receiving a tour of the Joe Gibbs Racing Sprint Cup and supercross shops before heading out to the private JGRMX supercross test facility where he will have a chance to ride with Barcia. In addition to having a day with the team, the Autotrader/Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX team in conjunction with FLY Racing and Factory Effex will outfit Austin in custom riding gear and team graphics to round out the once-in-a-lifetime experience.
“This is an awesome opportunity for us to make Austin’s wish come true,” said Coy Gibbs, team owner, Autotrader/Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX. “Justin Barcia, who resides near our shop much of the time jumped at the opportunity to spend the day with Austin when the opportunity was presented to him.”
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true has positive impacts on the health of children. Visit Make-A-Wish at wish.org to learn more.
WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY
This was 1990 at the Idaho City Qualifier. I had broken my leg at the end of ’89 and had some fairly serious hardware installed right in the knee joint. I could barely bend my leg and one or two hard days killed me. I wanted badly to qualify for the ISDE and realized right here that I just didn’t have it. Shortly thereafter I had the bolts removed, trained hard and made the ISDE team in 1991.
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