THE WEEKLY FEED: MARCH 23, 2016

BLAST FROM THE PAST

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Jim West had all of the makings of a star. The lanky So Cal racer was at his peak in 1975 racing a Maico AW450 , equipped with Koni shocks and home made reservoirs with a removable lid (notice the wing nut holding it in place). They were filled with ice to help keep the shocks cool. We were early on in the moved up shock era and losing your shocks damping was a plague at the time. Jim ended crashing hard at the ’75 Saddleback Trans-Am and lost his life due to internal injuries suffered at the track. We lost a good one…

 

AM/PRO YAMAHA’S GRANT BAYLOR WINS NATIONAL ENDURO

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Grant Baylor claimed his second national enduro win of the season and third in a row dating back to last year after taking a come-from-behind victory at the Rekluse Knuckle Buster National Enduro in Maplesville, Alabama – round two of the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series powered by Moose Racing. The N-Fab/Am Pro Yamaha rider came on strong in the final test of the day to edge out FMF/KTM’s Russell Bobbitt for the victory.

As he usually does, Baylor got off to a slow start in the morning, posting the fifth-fastest time in the opening test of the day. However, the South Carolina rider picked up the pace starting with test number two, and by the time the sixth and final test rolled around he was sitting just five seconds down from Bobbitt. With two rounds in the books, Baylor now leads Bobbitt by 10 points in the series standings.

Despite winning two tests, Bobbitt was disappointed in the outcome, considering he was in position to take the win heading into the final test.

“I made a small mistake in test six and that cost me,” said Bobbitt. “I feel like I rode okay, but Grant just put in a fast time and knocked me out of the win. It’s disappointing to get second for the second-straight race, but we’re still in decent shape in the points and there’s still a lot of racing to go.”

Third went to Grant Baylor’s brother, Steward, who was the 2012 National Enduro Champ. The SRT/KTM rider was second fastest in the final three tests after struggling in the early tests.

Josh Strang finished fourth, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing-backed Aussie finishing 49 second behind Steward Baylor. Strang was second quickest in the second test, but was outside the top five in two of the tests, which landed him just short of the podium.

Charlie Mullins kicked off the day by winning test number one, which was encouraging, but mistakes in the second and third tests cost the Red Bull KTM rider valuable time and eventually dropped him to fifth in the final results.

“I’m kind of bummed with fifth, but this was the first race where I really felt like I was healthy in 22 months,” said Mullins. “I think I met my expectations, though, and this is a good place to build from and I want to get back on top.”

Mullins said his wrists didn’t hurt him, but they “don’t work like they used to”.

RPM Racing KTM’s Evan Smith posted his career best finish in the series with a sixth. The Pro class rookie turned in a consistent performance all day, and kept mistakes to a minimum.

Jesse Groemm, who finished third at the series opener in South Carolina, was second behind Mullins in test one, but things went downhill from there after the factory Beta rider collided with another rider in a transfer section, putting him in seventh at the end of the day.

RESULTS
1. Grant Baylor (Yam)
2. Russell Bobbitt (KTM)
3. Steward Baylor (KTM)
4. Josh Strang (Hsq)
5. Charlie Mullins (KTM)
6. Evan Smith (KTM)
7. Jesse Groemm (Bet)
8. Drew Higgins (KTM)
9. Ryder Lafferty (Hsq)
10. Nick Fahringer (Hsq

 

GREAT GO PRO VIDEO OF GRAHAM JARVIS AT HELLS GATE HARD ENDURO

The first five minutes of the this video is killer. This is textbook “How to pass” by Jarvis

 

THE 2-STROKE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS ARE THIS WEEKEND AT GLEN HELEN!!!!!

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As far as sponsors go, Jason Hopper believes he’s found an ideal partner for the motorcycle racing series he’s introduced to the US: the Full Gas Sprint Enduro series. And like the products his new sponsor makes, the title of “Official Boot” will be a perfect fit for TCX Boots.

“We are thrilled to have TCX Boots come on board as the official boot of the Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series as well as the title sponsor of the final round of the series at the Big Buck Farm in Union, SC.” Said Hooper. “Our series was founded on the idea of being unique and innovative and all of our series partners are companies who are run on a similar motto and TCX is no exception. We hope that this is just the beginning of a long partnership between TCX and FGSE and that we see more and more TCX Boots at our events throughout the season.”

“The timing for TCX Boots couldn’t be better as we’ve just unveiled our all-new lineup of off-road boots including the COMP EVO series to the US in January.” Said Tex Mawby, Director of Business Development for TCX Boots. “We were familiar with the sprint enduro format and we believe it’ll be a good way to showcase our product line to a hard core audience of racers, dealers and fans.”

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THE SONORA RALLY
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After months of planning and anticipation for North America’s premier rally-raid, a full field of competitors is making final preparations for the 2016 Sonora Rally. Taking place April 3-7, the event will feature a long list of world-class competitors all ready to tackle the challenging desert landscape of Sonora, Mexico.

Organized by rally-raid veterans Darren Skilton and Scott Whitney, next month’s Sonora Rally has attracted some of the world’s top talent to fill out an exclusive entry list capped at 40 entries. Racers from Mexico, Canada, England and America will converge on Sunday, April 3 in San Luis Rio Colorado for registration and tech inspection on a wide variety of motorcycle, UTVs and four-wheel vehicles.

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More information can be found on the Dakar Challenge page of the Sonora Rally website:
https://sonorarally.com/details/dakarchallenge.html and the official Dakar Rally website: Dakar.com

Contact Darren Skilton +1 (562) 682-2226  |  [email protected]  |   www.SonoraRally.com
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2016 Sonora Rally Schedule

Sun. April 3               Registration and Vehicle Tech
Mon. April 4              Stage 1 Race
Tues. April 5             Stage 2 Race
Wed. April 6              Stage 3 Race
Thur. April 7              Stage 4 Race and Awards

WHAT? I MADE MONEY RACING??

Found this little gem packed in a file cabinet.If you look at the results the key was to always go where the fast guys didn’t. Notice when I won at Indian Dunes, Bob Hannah won both the 250 and 500 at Valley Cycle Park, Donnie Hansen was second in the 250s and Marty Moates went 2nd in the 500 class!

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WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY

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This was a district 37 enduro in the 1984. The bike, a Husky WR400, liquid cooled, dual shocked and using the long outboard mounted Ohlins. Husky’s had started getting chunky after the slim fit and feel of the ’82 model, but I truly liked this machine, it had a great power plant, was versatile and easy on me. It was way wide at the top shock mounts, but once you got used to that ergonomic boil the strong virtues blossomed.

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