THE WEEKLY FEED: POMEROY BACK IN THE DAY, RIP TO TWO HEROES

BLAST FROM THE PAST: JIM POMEROY TEAM HONDA

Jim Pomeroy was a true American MX hero when he accepted a contract from Bultaco for factory support to race a few selected events. In a sport dominated by Europeans, Pomeroy stunned the planet with a humongous win at the 1973 Spanish Gran Prix. Jim raced for Bultaco until 1976, then switched to the Honda powerhouse American effort in 1977. He finished second to Bob Hannah in the ’77 Supercross series, finished third in the 250 Nationals (behind Tony Distefano and Marty Smith) and became the first American to ever win a moto in the 500 class at the USGP at Carlsbad. We lost Jim in a car accident in 2006.

 

NEWS

AMA WESTERN HARE SCRAMBLES: ROUND SIX- RICKY RUSSELL DOMINATES!
Photos and edit courtesy of the infamous Mark Kariya

Ricky Russell had just finished fourth at the GNCC Snowshoe event and then drove 40-hours to race in his native Washington state at the 3rd Annual Toasted Hare Scrambles put on by the Mt. Baker Motorcycle Club. It was round six of the Kenda/SRT AMA West Hare Scrambles Championship.

Ricky Russell drove 40 hours from the Snowshoe GNCC in West Virginia to Washington, but it was for a friend’s wedding. When told the AMA West Hare Scramble was the day after the wedding, he signed up and proceeded to own the race, leading comfortably from start to finish at his old stomping grounds.
After getting his career-first AMA WHS win in Bellingham two years ago en route to the series championship, Max Gerston has relied on four-strokes. This time, however, he chose a 300 RR two-stroke and finished second, though he admitted Russell was untouchable on the day. Still, Gerston added three more points to his series lead over Joe Wasson.
Like Gerston, Wasson also chose to ride a 300 RR but didn’t have his suspension dialed in as well and fought the bike, though he still claimed third—not bad for a desert racer and current AMA H&H points leader.

 

HUSQVARNA’S ADVANCED 450CC SUPERMOTO  FS 450

Husqvarna Motorcycles are pleased to announce the release of the MY20 FS 450 – the only OEM produced, single-cylinder competition supermoto machine available on the market. Featuring a compact 63 hp engine combined with a lightweight frame and modern bodywork, the FS 450 delivers  inspired handling and incredible overall on-track performance, continuing Husqvarna Motorcycles’ long and successful involvement in the supermoto sector.

The perfect combination of power and agility, the FS 450’s SOHC engine features electric start and gives riders a plentiful and responsive supply of power, delivered through a PANKL Racing Systems 5-speed gearbox. It features a compact cylinder head design, which positions the engine’s camshaft closer to the bike’s center of gravity, ensures quality handling and high-speed maneuverability. Carefully engineered levels of frame flex ensure excellent rider feedback and straight-line stability.

The FS 450’s functional bodywork delivers ergonomics that allow for superior comfort and control, ensuring increased rider performance over longer periods of time. WP XACT front forks guarantee easy adjustment and confidence inspiring front-end grip and stability, together with a WP rear shock that offers 266 mm of travel. Enabling balanced and powerful braking, a 4-piston radially mounted Brembo calliper and pump work in conjunction with a 310 mm disc to deliver exceptional front wheel stopping performance. A single piston calliper and a 220 mm disc are mounted at the rear.  Finished with premium components, CNC machined triple clamps, Alpina wheels and Bridgestone tires, a carbon fiber composite subframe and a Magura hydraulic clutch ensure the FS 450 delivers unrivaled, top-level supermoto performance.

BETA 125 RR-S AND  XTRAINER’S AVAILABLE WITH A LOWER SEAT HEIGHT

Beta USA is now offering two of their most popular models to be ordered with a lower seat height. The 125 RR-S and Xtrainer are now available to order at all USA Beta dealers with the optional 2″ lowering kit installed. The standard height models are still available as well. Beta USA president, Tim Pilg comments, “We offer lowering kits for all models through our www.betasuspension.comhttp://www.betasuspension.com website however we determined that these two models needed to be available at any time to our buyers so we are pre-building them here at our facilities with the kits already installed so our dealers can stock them or special order them without any delay. These kits are great for all riders that are in the 5’3 – 5’7″ range.”

The bikes retail for $400.00 more than the standard model and are now in stock for delivery to all Beta USA dealers.

For a complete range of Beta motorcycles, go to www.betausa.com

 

JUST A BOSS SHOT

Just loved this shot that Brian Scheffer snapped from the Pala National. Brian has worked  for us at several nationals and always comes back with gold.

 

SOCIAL DISTORTION

Four-time Pikes Peak International Hill Climb winner Carlin Dunne is being mourned by the motorsport world after the 36-year-old was killed in a crash at the iconic Colorado race on Sunday. Dunne was defending his title at the 97th edition of the race — crashed his 2019 Ducati Streetfighter V4 Prototype bike less than a quarter of a mile from the finish line. Having been crowned the motorcycle winner in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2018, Dunne had achieved legendary status at the Pikes Peak race. Carlin was an avid off-roader, stunt man and loved the movie industry.

 

 

 

This release came from the trialsguru.wordpress.com . Marland Whaley (1958 – 2019) It is with great sadness that we report the sudden passing of five time American trials champion, Marland Whaley, aged 60 years. The former Honda and Montesa factory rider was 9th in the 1979 World Trials Championship, his highest placing in the series. Born in San Diego, California on 3rd July 1958, he won the ‘Trial De Espania’ in the USA which eventually brought him to the attention of the mighty Honda concern for which he campaigned their experimental RTL series four-stroke machines. Whaley was AMA national champion 1975-77 on Honda and 1979-80 on Montesa. After retiring from motorcycle trials, he took up cross country mountain bike riding, a sport in which he also excelled. It is believed he suffered a cardiac arrest at his home in Montana.

 

 

 

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WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY

This is one of my favorite shots ever. I was back behind the office with Adam Booth and was playing in the Santa Clarita river on my KTM 300 (maybe 2010?) and he captured this with Magic Mountain looming the background. And like many things California, we’re not allowed in there any longer…

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