BLAST FROM THE PAST
On the motocross scene there has been an ongoing buzz that James and Malcolm Stewart will hook up on a Go Pro, Red Bull backed Honda effort.
JGR, not happy with Yamaha’s decision to field their own factory effort will run Yosh Suzukis next year.
Ryan Villopoto is bored and coming out of retirement. It’s also rumored that there are big bucks trying to coax him back into being a full time racer.
NOT A RUMOR…
Glen Helen will not get next year’s Motocross of Nations. This was probably preempted by the miserable fan base that showed for the GP and the fact that they are a business, and buying into the MXoN takes a big check and the number one return is tickets. No spectators means no $.
REST IN PEACE: CHUCK “FEETS” MINERT (1931-2016)
If you get the chance go over to Motocross Actions website and read Jody’s editorial on the passing of Chuck “Feets’ Minert. It’s well worth it!
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THE B TEAM MIRACLE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, PLEASE.
FULLERTON, CALIF. (September 22, 2016) – A new documentary film about America’s first Motocross des Nations (MXdN) victory in 1981 will begin shooting this week in Maggiora, Italy during the 2016 Monster Energy Motocross Of Nations Presented by Fiat. The film titled “1981” will be produced and directed by Todd Huffman, acclaimed creator of The Motocross Files TV series and 2014’s PENTON: The John Penton Story.
In 1981 it looked as though America would not have a team attending the annual MXdN event, often referred to as “The Olympics of Motocross”. Not until American Honda team managers Roger DeCoster and Dave Arnold were approached by Motocross Action Magazine editor Dick Miller, to send American Honda’s team riders Danny LaPorte, Donnie Hansen, Chuck Sun and Johnny O’Mara. In previous attempts the US had never won the MXdN and popular opinion held that this squad “America wasn’t sending their best.” LaPorte, Hansen, Sun and O’Mara were dubbed “The B Team” but their shocking 1981 victory proved the naysayers wrong and established their version of “The Miracle on Ice.”
1981 tells the story through the eyes of the racers, managers, mechanics, competitors, spectators, fans and the media as it has never been told before. Using interviews, archival film and reenactments, 1981 is the story that motocross fans have been waiting to see on the big screen.
“Since I have been telling motocross stories on TV and in our films, this story has always risen to the top as one that needs it’s own voice,” said Huffman. “I’m looking forward to finally bringing it to fans around everywhere who love motocross and celebrate the underdogs.”
1981 is supported initially by Bel-Ray Lubricants as a sponsor brand who was a key partner in the original 1981 Team USA success in Europe and has continued to support motorized competition to this day.
“Bel-Ray has a long history in supporting important championships and this 1981 event was particularly special because of our involvement with that team and those riders,” said Bel-Ray’s Marketing Director, Karl Locascio. “It will be great to celebrate their story again.”
Director Huffman is using the 2016 Motocross of Nations event in Maggiora, Italy to begin filming as a tribute to the 30th anniversary of America’s “Dream Team” win at the same location in the 1986 Motocross des Nations. Team members Ricky Johnson, David Bailey and Johnny O’Mara will be in Maggiora for 30th anniversary ceremonies. Film production will continue through 2017 with an anticipated release theatrically in 2018.
There are opportunities for other sponsor brands to join Bel-Ray in becoming part of the 1981 film project for branding, dealer activation, social media content, etc.
I clipped this out of Cycle News in November of 2001. Second behind TC at a National Enduro wasn’t half bad. On the uglier side, dag that was a LONG time ago!
WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY