THE WEEKLY ROUND UP 4/29/16

WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

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Here’s a shot from Ron Lawson’s archive of local So Cal action from the late ’70s with three riders who are important parts of today’s dirt bike scene. In front is Matt Tedder, who now runs team Tedder. Behind him is Paul Thede, who was a pro rider and had a company called ST Racing in the days before he founded Race Tech. Behind them, and quite possibly about to pass them both, is Andy Jefferson, who is now the man who makes it all happen at Husqvarna North America. Ron was a local track photographer in those days, selling back and white prints for $2 a pop.

WORCS RETURNS TO MESQUITE, NEVADA 
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This round at Mesquite MX is Motorcycle and ATVs ONLY!  (No SxS’s)
  • This is the first time WORCS has been back to Mesquite MX in four years! The track is under new ownership and looking awesome!
  • There is VIP camping with electrical hookups available on a limited basis. These spots will be available through Mesquite MX, NOT WORCS. Please contact Debbie Oakley 570-267-6990 to reserve one of these VIP spots.
  • Host Hotel: Virgin River Hotel and Casino
    Call 877-438-2929 and use code 16VRMX for the discounted rate or Book online.
  • And don’t forget, if you still have questions, all the rest of the general information: gate/registration hours, sign up, etc. is available on the Round 7 track page on the WORCS Racing website.

2017 DAKAR ROUTE ANNOUNCED

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Edition 39 of the Dakar (2 – 14 January 2017) will be contested in three countries. Following Paraguay, which will make its debut on the Dakar route, will be a long stay in Bolivia before the rally moves on to the mixed terrains of its most loyal South American host country, Argentina.

Dakar will welcome, in 2017, a 29th host country. Paraguay’s capital city Asunción will have the honour of hosting the start for the hundreds of vehicles expected. Paraguay has already gotten a taste of rally-raid action with the Desafío Guaraní. But now it will experience the thrill of the big send off and the delight of getting to offer its encouragements to the competitors for this 9,000km journey, half of which will consist of unprecedented routes and tracks.

Following a short detour into Argentina, the rally will head towards Bolivia, for the fourth consecutive year, with a much more in depth exploration of its different regions. With five stages in Bolivia, the riders and crews will face off for example on the shores of Lake Titicaca, and will enjoy the rest day (at nearly 4,000 metres above sea level) in the highest altitude capital city in the world, La Paz.

The second week will take on an Argentinean accent of twists and turns and contrasts in terrain. This will be the ninth visit by the Dakar to Argentina. The unwavering loyalty of the country’s supporters will, once again, help riders and crews reach the ultimate objective of their adventure. The third capital city on the 2017 route, Buenos Aires will host the finish of the rally for the fifth time.

NEW LOCATION FOR GNCC

MORGANTOWN, W.Va (April 28, 2016) – The 2016 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Series presented by Maxxis, an AMA National Championship, returns to the Palmetto State this weekend, April 30 and May 1, for the Inaugural CST Tires Camp Coker Bullet GNCC to be held at the popular Moree’s Sportsman’s Preserve in Society Hill, South Carolina. The newest addition on the 13-round GNCC circuit is no stranger to racing due to the fact that many motocross races were once held on the property. However, since then the racing facility has been closed, meaning this weekend is the only time that ATVs and dirt bikes will be on the property, making this a truly special event.

FMF/KTM Factory Racing’s Kailub Russell and Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing/Bel-Ray’s Josh Strang come into this weekend currently tied for first in the points championship standings. Both racers have found themselves on the center step of the box twice the season, but Russell recently had a standout performance at the last round and will look to use that momentum to repeat his success this Sunday. The three-time and defending champion has had a rocky start to the beginning of his season, but seems to have reached a turning point.

“I’m really excited for this round,” said Russell. “We’ve never been there before so no one knows what to expect, but I hear it’s kind of sandy, and the racing should be pretty tight because the trails will be all-new and fresh.”

Kailub Russell is looking to earn his third straight win and take over the championship points lead.Photo: Ken HillKailub Russell is looking to earn his third straight win and take over the championship points lead.
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This weekend marks the first time that an off-road race has been held at the facility which will put the entire XC1 Pro class on an equal playing field. Strang, the 2010 National Champion, is known for his ability to quickly adjust to unfamiliar racing surfaces. Strang took home the win at the Inaugural Maxxis Cannonball GNCC earlier this year and will strive to do the same this weekend while he continues his quest for the National Championship.

“The last track was pretty fast, and I’m expecting this weekend to be a little more technical,” said Strang. “Overall I think it will be good to experience a new track and see what it has to offer.”

FIRST NEW GAS GAS ENDURO BIKE PRODUCED

 

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Two weeks after the first trial Gas Gas TXT 300 Racing saw the light in Salt, and following the production plan guidelines announced in the beginning of the year by its top executives, Gas Gas has celebrated today the manufacture of Gas Gas EC 300 Racing, its first Enduro unit that comes off of its totally renovated assembly line.

It is a very special day for the brand and for the human capital that have made the resumption of activities possible at Gas Gas, which is already fully functional with its manufacture of new Trial and Enduro models.

The new Gas Gas EC 300 Racing is backed by maximum quality in each and every one of its components, which have been subjected to a rigorous and strict quality control before going to market. It is a powerful, agile and lightweight motorcycle destined for off-road lovers, and in particular, those passionate about two-stroke engines.

Gas Gas expects to produce 1.000 units of its new Enduro range through out the year. After beginning the production of the new Gas Gas EC 300 Racing, the company has announced that it will start its distribution as of next week to gradually satisfy the demand of its unconditional legion of clients around the world.

 

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