THE WEEKLY FEED: MARTY MOATES BITD, DAKAR SNAPS AND WILD VIDS

BLAST FROM THE PAST

Marty Moates changed the moto game in a big way with his dominant USGP win on his LOP Yamaha in 1980, but he built a reputation as one of the tough guys of sport when his career was blossoming. Marty raced a handful of different machines from Ossa to Husky and this shot from Mark Kiel is Marty on his Mid Valley Ossa Phantom in 1976. His style was classic, his grit was off the charts. Photo Mark Kiel

 

NEWS

Graham Jarvis took the victory at the opening round of the 2019 British Extreme Enduro Championship ahead of a strong field of riders . Jonny Walker (coming back from surgery), pushed Jarvis for second overall.
Jacob Arugbright won the Best in the Desert opener at the GMZ UTV Winter Nationals Parker 250. Jacob finished almost 12 minutes ahead of the four-man team that claimed second. Coincidentally, the last time Argubright won Parker, he went on to win BITD’s Open Pro championship; that was in 2017, BTW.

 

 

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SOCIAL DISTORTION

 

Dakar has hit mainstream off-road with the brutality, the speed, the navigation and the unknown that comes with the sport. Here’s a quote about this guy from my brother Mike: “I’ve really gotten into Dakar, the event is on such an epic scale, huge shout out to our bro Danny LaPorte, as the graphic says the last American to lead the bike class, 1992, first time GPS was used. It’s one of the reasons I place Danny as the greatest all around motorcycle racer of all time…..125 National champ, 250 World champ, Baja 1000 winner, top American ISDE and his rally achievements, to me nobody comes close!!!!”

Google translated this to: As a very young boy I had planned this for a long time, because I think of more euros than hair on my head. Humm. We think it really means that if you’re an editor of a dirt bike magazine this will never be you!

 

 

 

GEAR BAG

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DEM HILLS

So what are these boys looking at?
Some big ole hills! Yee haw, with perfect dirt painting the desert-burning fuel on these monster climbs is one big rush.

WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY

This was early 1981, Sunrise Cycle Park and Dirt Bike was out race testing the new Can-Am. Honestly I believe it was a 250, but the upstairs hard drive is getting full so I could be wrong. I do remember that my arms pumped up to Stage 4 lockdown by lap two and while I was comfortable on the bike (I had been racing them in enduros for 3 years) my track speed was painfully average. My buddy Super Hunky shot the pic, he was a Sunrise track nut and we raced there frequently.

 

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