THE WEEKLY FEED: SPRINT ENDURO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP • INCREDIBLE HARD ENDURO VIDEO • YAMAHA IT 200 BITD
BLAST FROM THE PAST
Mike Webb testing a 1985 Yamaha IT200 for Dirt Bike magazine. This was shot at Indian Dunes (Wolf’s FM2 Nikon) in the Santa Clara river and was in the early stages of the editors using fill flash for outdoor action. The machine was new, the engine moved from the 175 size to a full 200. This was done with a longer stroke, which made for better bottom power which proved crucial on the small bore machine. A new frame had the steering head mounted 20mm rearward than the 175, and a 20mm longer swingarm which equaled the same wheelbase, but with a more forward weight bias which dramatically improved the steering. It sold for $1749.00
SPRINT ENDURO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
By Shan Moore
The Sprint Enduro World championships, a 3-day event held at High Voltage Raceway on the Pennsylvania/West Virginia State Line featured top sprint racers in the world, including 2016 Individual Overall ISDE Champion Taylor Robert, former World Enduro Champion Jack Edmondson and Pro 2 rider Jay Baxendale of the UK. They showed up to battle it out in a format that included four runs daily on two tests (a beautiful grass track and a rugged enduro test) over the three-day Labor Day weekend.
After three days of racing FMF/KTM Factory Racing’s KTM’s Johnny Girroir emerged the winner, topping FXR/KTM’s Layne Michael by just 15 seconds after completing 24 tests. FMF/KTM Factory racer Dante Oliveira kicked off the event by taking a six-second win over Girroir in the opening cross test. Michael was five seconds back in third, with Enduro Engineering/GasGas’ Josh Toth another second back. The battle for the win between these four riders would last all three days.
Dante went on to win two of the final three cross tests on day one but lost time to his competitors in the enduro tests, while Girroir made up the difference with dominating wins in three of the four enduro tests to pull out the day-one win by five seconds over a fast and consistent Michael, winner of the second cross test. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Craig DeLong was a consistent third for the day, with Dante, Toth (who won the final Enduro test), and FMF/KTM Factory racer Mateo Oliveira rounding out the top six to complete the first-day results. The UK’s Jack Edmondson (Tely Racing KTM) was the top Pro 2 rider in 11th overall, while first in the Pro-Am class went to Magna1 Husqvarna’s Jason Tino in eighth overall.
Though he won just two tests on day two (Sunday), Girroir remained on top of the standings, while Michael and Dante Oliveira showed their prowess on the cross test, with each winning two of the four for the day. Dante was also consistently one of the fastest on the cross test (in fact, he posted the fastest times of the weekend) but fell in the second cross test.
Day three would see Dante win all four cross tests, although a crash in the first enduro test cost him nearly two minutes. Michael also topped Girroir in all four cross tests, however, Girroir would make up the difference in the enduro test, ending the three days with a 15-second advantage over Michael with Toth in third.
- Johnny Girroir (KTM) 2. Layne Michael (GG) 3. Josh Toth (GG) 4. Craig DeLong (Hsq) 5. Ryder Lafferty (GG)
6. Dante Oliveira (KTM) 7. Trevor Bollinger (Hsq) 8. Mateo Oliveira (KTM) 9. Taylor Robert (KTM) 10. Jack Edmondson (KTM)
Danny LaPorte racing a very stock looking YZ250 at the 1984 Paris Supercross. After winning the 250 World Championship in 1982, he lost out to his friend Georges Jobe in 1983, moved up to the open class in 1984, but struggled with his equipment. The Paris Supercross was an invitational and many ‘American’ riders had to borrow machines to compete. The French magazine Moto Vert and Moto Revue often times lent their test bikes out to star racers for the event. How many times do you see a World Champion running a stock pipe?
Red Bull Outliers race recap- typically killer stuff from Red Bull!
This is from Spenser Wilton and documents his weekend at the Red Bull Outliers Hard Enduro. It has Spenser moving through the Prologue and into the main event which featured zero traction and mongo hills. Good job Spenser!
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WOLF: BACK IN THE DAY
Here we are up in Gorman, CA- testing the new 1984 Honda XR500R. This was a much improved machine, it had lost some suet, had improved Showa suspension, a dual carb setup to improve and smooth the power and had a radial 4-valve combustion chamber for enhanced compression. The power was tractable and strong, starting was still an issue (at least for a guy who had only spent 4-stroke time on his CB160) and despite the diet, it was still a beefy sucker to manhandle slamming the scales at just under 300 pounds. At the time I was racing a 1983 CR480 in District 37 Enduros and loved it!