BLAST FROM THE PAST
Eric Crippa, working at the time for the Ken Howerton always pushed the boundaires of saneness and thinking out of the box. He’s measuring knob height with a dial indicator in his constant search for an edge!
MALCOLM SMITH BOOK SIGNING: THURSDAY!
|Saturday, September 19|
|10:45 a.m.||MX2 Free Practice|
|11:15 a.m.||MXGP Free Practice|
|1:00 p.m.||MX2 Timed Practice|
|1:35 p.m.||MXGP Timed Practice|
|3:00 p.m.||MX2 Qualifying Race|
|4:00 p.m.||MXGP Qualifying Race|
|Sunday, September 20|
|10:20 a.m.||MX2 Warm Up|
|10:40 a.m.||MXGP Warm Up|
|12:00 p.m.||MX2 Race 1|
|1:00 p.m.||MXGP Race 1|
|3:00 p.m.||MX2 Race 2|
|4:00 p.m.||MXGP Race 2|
Overnight storms made the conditions extremely tough and technical here at the circuit of Leon for the penultimate round of the FIM Motocross World Championship. The saturated dirt, which is a mix of clay and soil, became very thick and sticky, which kept the riders on their toes as they were faced with the challenge of riding fast but smart.
Consistency wasn’t a problem for Yamaha Factory Racing Yamalube’s Romain Febvre who waxed everyone today for a perfect fifty point score, his fourth this season. Meanwhile American racer Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Thomas Covington was the break out star in MX2 after hitting two milestones with his first ever race win and MX2 grand prix overall.
What better way to head into your home grand prix than as the most recent round winner? Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Thomas Covington hit a couple of milestones today and proved just how versatile he is with a solid ride in race one for fourth, which he followed up with his first ever race win in race two and overall victory. “I am beyond stoked. I didn’t even know I had the overall win until I walked up to the podium and I had to ask where I should stand. It is an amazing feeling.”
Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Pauls Jonass, mentored by the greatest of all time Stefan Everts, had the craziest weekend. Just when it looked as though the title challenger had hooked a gear, with his race 1 win and 9 point gain on the red plate holder Gajser, it all turned sour when he crashed crossing the Fox Holeshot line (but still took it) and then again a lap later in spectacular style when he was catapulted off his bike. Even though the Latvian lessened his chances of claiming the 2015 FIM Motocross MX2 World Championship title, he can count himself lucky that he walked away from such an enormous crash unscathed.
MX2 Race 1 Top Ten: 1. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 35:48.318; 2. Max Anstie (GBR, Kawasaki), +0:04.477; 3. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:26.170; 4. Thomas Covington (USA, Kawasaki), +0:32.672; 5. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:34.821; 6. Harri Kullas (FIN, Husqvarna), -1 lap(s); 7. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), -1 lap(s); 8. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), -1 lap(s); 9. Brent Van doninck (BEL, Yamaha), -2 lap(s); 10. Valentin Guillod (SUI, Yamaha), -2 lap(s).
MX2 Race 2 Top Ten: 1. Thomas Covington (USA, Kawasaki), 34:34.352; 2. Tim Gajser (SLO, Honda), +0:06.836; 3. Julien Lieber (BEL, Yamaha), +0:22.502; 4. Valentin Guillod (SUI, Yamaha), +0:24.846; 5. Benoit Paturel (FRA, Yamaha), +0:25.601; 6. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), +0:45.919; 7. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, Suzuki), +1:03.913; 8. Harri Kullas (FIN, Husqvarna), +1:14.447; 9. Ivo Monticelli (ITA, KTM), +1:46.917; 10. Samuele Bernardini (ITA, TM), +2:00.450.
MX2 Overall Top Ten: 1. Thomas Covington (USA, KAW), 43 points; 2. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 38 p.; 3. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 36 p.; 4. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 33 p.; 5. Max Anstie (GBR, KAW), 32 p.; 6. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 29 p.; 7. Calvin Vlaanderen (NED, KTM), 29 p.; 8. Harri Kullas (FIN, HUS), 28 p.; 9. Julien Lieber (BEL, YAM), 27 p.; 10. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 27 p.
MX2 Championship Top Ten: 1. Tim Gajser (SLO, HON), 556 points; 2. Pauls Jonass (LAT, KTM), 538 p.; 3. Max Anstie (GBR, KAW), 506 p.; 4. Valentin Guillod (SUI, YAM), 475 p.; 5. Jeremy Seewer (SUI, SUZ), 467 p.; 6. Jeffrey Herlings (NED, KTM), 423 p.; 7. Julien Lieber (BEL, YAM), 418 p.; 8. Jordi Tixier (FRA, KAW), 393 p.; 9. Benoit Paturel (FRA, YAM), 356 p.; 10. Petar Petrov (BUL, KAW), 304 p.
PAUL JONASS GOES BIG…In a not so good way
FROM SLAVENS RACING, WHERE THEY’D RATHER RIDE THAN WORK!
The 2016 KTM 250/350/450SXF/XCF/SX125/150/15.5 Factory Edition & 2016 Husqvarna FC250/350/450 models have a new frame and radiator design that create a huge design challenge for mounting radiator guards. Machining wizard Bad Bud at Bullet Proof Designs was up to the challenge. His latest creation, the new AXXIS Radiator Guards are not only durable with excellent protection for vulnerable radiators, they are a machined piece of art created from a solid piece of billet aluminum with a 4 axis CNC mill. It took 3 months to develop the new design that will have the competitors scratching their head for years to come.
Unmatched protection, extremely durable and a lifetime warranty. Absolutely the BEST!
Currently available in polished. Colors will be available in 30 days
2015 Dakar In-The-Boot Pant by KLIM
The Dakar In-The-Boot (ITB) pant from KLIM® is the answer for traditional moto-pant wearing riders who have been asking for a more durable, functional off-road option. The Dakar ITB Pant features full CORDURA® main-body construction and the best controlled ventilation system available via zippered thigh vents and hamstring exhaust ports. It also gives off-road riders the convenience of zippered thigh pockets, 3M Scotchlite™ industrial grade reflective materials and new, thicker and more water resistant leather inner knees. $189.99 retail- $149.99 SALE
The Dakar semi-ventilated lightweight jersey is the ultimate partner to the Dakar series of off-road pants. With a comfortable-yet-durable main body and intelligently placed mesh underarm and cuff panels, the Dakar Jersey regulates overheating with ease. Great all around jersey performance in an nonrestrictive fit, the Dakar Jersey simply works. $54.99 retail-$43.99 SALE
THE POWER LIFT
Gotta tell ya this baby is the cat’s caboose of bike stands. It’ll lift up to 440 pounds, is good for 125-150 lifts per charge (in the rechargeable 18-volt lithium battery), allows you to roll-on and roll-off (no lifting!) and weighs very little. This means that it’s not only a great garage bike stand, but the perfect tool for the track. They’re not cheap at $349.95 but for guys with a deep wallet and have lifted bikes onto stands thousands of times, the Power Lift is a game changer.
FASTWAY LINKAGE GUARD
Fastway, by Pro Moto Billet, proudly announces the Adjustable Linkage Guard for the new KTM Off-Road and MX bikes.
The Adjustable Linkage Guard has 2 features that set it apart from anything else on the market. We teamed up with the suspension experts at Stillwell Performance to design a product that replaces the linkage arm with a protective guard and an adjustable suspension link.
The Fastway Linkage Guard comes with 2 rear insertable bearing sleeves that allow for 4 ranges of adjustability. Simply remove and replace the rear bearing sleeve, and you can add up to 2mm of length to you linkage arm. This range of adjustability helps improve front end control, cornering speed, and traction to the rear wheel.
Don’t subject your expensive suspension to rocks and debris. The Fastway Adjustable Linkage Guard provides protection and performance for your KTM racer.
Fastway’s Adjustable Linkage Guard can be purchased at dealerships nationwide or on-line at www.promotobillet.com for $299.95.
TROY LEE GOES ADVENTURE
TLD Designs, long known as for its cutting edge moto gear coupled with Troy’s innate painting abilities have gone off-road with a new line of adventure/off-road gear. They’ll be offering the Adventure Radius Jersey, the Adventure Hydro Pant, the Radius Pant, the Adventure Transfer Vest, the Ranger Hip Pack and the Adventure Hydro Jacket. They held the intro up at Mammoth Lakes and the Dirt Bike staff got to shred the pumice while getting first hand knowledge about the TLD Adventure lineup. Here’s a quickie look at the gear:
TM MOTORCYCLES HAND BUILT 450CC RALLY BIKE
We don’t have much information but we do know TM Racing USA is now making this machine available to the general public. Yes that means YOU can buy it ! contact www.tmracing-usa.com for more information. Ask for Ralph.
THIS WAS A FULL NUKE DES NATIONS!
Ward, Stanton and Bradshaw teamed up for the Motocross of Nations in Vimmerby, Sweden, but this would turn out to be one of the toughest weekends ever for Team USA. Bradshaw had moved to the 250 class for ’90 but dropped back to a 125 for the MXdN. It didn’t go well, as Bradshaw struggled to find the pace on the smaller bike, and then crashed out of his second moto, leaving the track on a stretcher. Ward had troubles on his 500, too, blowing out a rear shock. It would come down to Stanton, riding the wheels off of his CR250 in a come-from-behind effort in the final moto to steal with win for Team USA by a single point.
REOPEN CLEAR CREEK!!!
Ask your Member of Congress to Support H.R. 1838 – LET’S REOPEN CLEAR CREEK!
|NATIONAL CALL TO ACTION!
Ask your Member of Congress to Support H.R. 1838 – LET’S REOPEN CLEAR CREEK!Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,Earlier this year, California Representatives David G. Valadao (CA-21), Sam Farr (CA-20), and Jeff Denham (CA-10) introduced H.R. 1838, the Clear Creek National Recreation Area and Conservation Act, to direct the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to reopen the 75,000 acre Clear Creek Management Area in San Benito and Fresno counties for recreational use, including access for off-road vehicles. Additionally, the legislation would protect approximately 21,000 acres of BLM land adjacent to Clear Creek as the Joaquin Rocks Wilderness.It is time for OHV recreationists from around the country to ask their Congressional Representative to sign on as a co-sponsor or supporter of this bi-partisan bill.BRC is asking our members and their networks to contact their representative and ask for their support to re-open Clear Creek. Go to BRC’s Rapid Response Center to find your congressperson. BRC has a sample letter below for your use.
Thanks in advance for your support of this effort.Don Amador
As a constituent of yours and an outdoor recreationist, I ask you to co-sponsor H.R. 1838, the Clear Creek National Recreation Area and Conservation Act.
Earlier this year, California Reps. David G. Valadao (CA-21), Sam Farr (CA-21), and Jeff Denham (CA-10) introduced H.R. 1838, the Clear Creek National Recreation Area and Conservation Act, to direct the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to reopen the 75,000 acre Clear Creek Management Area in San Benito and Fresno counties for recreational use, including access for off-road vehicles. Additionally, the legislation would protect approximately 21,000 acres of BLM land adjacent to Clear Creek as the Joaquin Rocks Wilderness.
Once considered a premier off-road vehicle recreation site, Clear Creek was temporarily closed in 2008 to the public after an Environmental Protection Agency analysis about the risk created by naturally occurring asbestos.
The bill instructs the BLM to develop a rigorous plan to minimize the risk from asbestos exposure and educate visitors about the naturally occurring asbestos. The BLM would also be required to find ways to reduce the impact of off-road vehicles to protect the area’s habitat.
“This legislation is one of the rare opportunities where all stakeholders will benefit from land designation legislation.” said Steve Koretoff, member of the BlueRibbon Coalition and the American Motorcyclists Association. “It will allow responsible motorized recreation while at the same time protecting sensitive lands and habitat. Californians look forward to being able to recreate in this unique area once again.”
Thanks in advance for your consideration of this request.
|The BlueRibbon Coalition (BRC) is a national non-profit organization that champions responsible recreation and encourages a strong conservation ethic and individual stewardship, while providing leadership in efforts to keep outdoor recreation alive and well — all sports; all trails. 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.sharetrails.or
WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY
…THINKING ABOUT THE QUICKSILVER NATIONAL
To just about every California off-roader, the Clear Creek Recreation area has offered some of the greatest enduro trails in the state. For years I rode the Quicksilver National and actually won the event before it became a National. The last time I race there was ’07 and the National Enduro proved to be a toughie once again. Let’s keep this place open! Send your letters.
THE 16s : FEATURING HUSQVARNA’s FC450
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