Round three of the District 37 AMA Big 6 Grand Prix Series visited Glen Helen Raceway this past weekend, and our crew had a rad weekend, hanging out and racing on the killer GH course, which wound through the hills behind the motocross track. On Saturday, Blayne Thompson—he took the win at the first two rounds—and Trevor Stewart hit the track for the pro race with Thompson in the Pro Class and Stewart in the Pro 2 Class. After jumping out to the early lead, and overcoming a few battles, Thompson took command of the race. Unfortunately, though, a malfunction on his bike caused it to run out of gas earlier than expected, forcing him to push his bike into the pits and dropping him back to sixth where he eventually finished. As for Stewart, his race couldn’t have gone any better, and prior to him lining up, we talked him into letting us slap a GoPro on his helmet. Check out the video—and turn up the volume—but suffice it to say, he dominated the Pro 2 Class and nearly landed on the overall podium, finishing fourth aboard his YZ250 two-stroke. Also, don’t forget to check out the accompanying photos from the weekend, as Terry Cook and Tony Parks held it down in the Vet Classes, with Terry finishing an impressive second overall in the stacked 30+ Class.


Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Christophe Pourcel sustained a C3 vertebra minor injury in practice earlier this week which will require him to remain side-lined for seven to ten days. Pourcel will return to racing at the Detroit Supercross and continue to strive for the podium.  
Teammate Martin Davalos unfortunately will not race the upcoming Toronto Supercross due to personal reasons.  Davalos, who won the opening round of the 250SX East series and fought for the podium this past weekend in Daytona, has shown he is a serious contender for the title. The current red-plate holder will return for the Detroit Supercross in hopes of continuing his chase for the 250 East Supercross Championship.
The 2016 inductees into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame represent every aspect of what makes motorcycling great. The Museum was chartered back in 2001 to recognize individuals or groups who have made a long term positive impact on the motorcycle community. Arguably the most diverse -and deserving – group ever inducted into the Hall of Fame, the Class of 2016 will be honored during the annual Rally on August 10, 2016.

“Having a living off-road legend like John Penton, demonstrates that the Hall of Fame recognizes all aspects of our great sport,” says Tigra Tsujikawa of the Sturgis Museum. “Many consider John to be the godfather of the dirt bike industry and his pioneering of small, lightweight 2-strokes changed the world of off-road motorcycles.” Not to mention shaping and defining KTM to this very day. In addition to Penton, four other equally deserving inductees have been named to the Class of 2016.

The Class Of 2016

Bert Baker – V-Twin motorcycle drivetrain innovator, businessman and patriot, Bert Baker is committed to using materials, labor, creativity, know how and grit born of America.

Jerry Covington – Whether it is on TV or the cover of virtually every biker magazine in the world, it is hard to miss custom builder Jerry Covington. What does get overlooked is Covington’s behind the scenes commitment to the motorcycle community, his selfless donation of time and resources to those less fortunate through has various charity projects.

John Penton – One of the most influential figures in off-road motorcycling in the world, John Penton developed a legendary brand of motorcycles that bore his name (better known as KTM today). He also founded Hi-Point, an accessory and distribution company that had 50% of aftermarket sales in the U.S. and set the mold for modern distribution powerhouses like Parts Unlimited, Tucker Rocky and WPS.

Gary Spellman – Using motorcycle as means to further charitable causes, philanthropist Gary Spellman has been quite effective in utilizing motorcycles to raise money for charities benefiting first responders and their surviving families. He has also brought major business owners into the family of motorcyclists as well as creating the Peace, Love and Happiness Charity Ride with fellow Hall Of Famer John Paul Dejoria.

Buddy Stubbs – Talk about being born into the business, Buddy Stubbs was raised in his father’s Harley dealership in Decatur, Illinois and has spent his entire life in and around dealerships, including opening two of his own in the greater Phoenix area. This year marks his 50th year as a dealer and more significantly an ambassador to the motorcycle lifestyle.

“Come help us honor the 2016 Hall of Fame inductees,” says Tsujikawa. “The 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame 2016 Induction Breakfast will be August 10, 2016 at the Lodge at Deadwood in Deadwood, South Dakota.” Breakfast tickets are available for a $35 donation, tables of eight for $300. Tickets are available by calling the Museum at 605.347.2001 or they can be purchased online at


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The First round of the French Enduro Cup was held this past weekend for the French riders near Saint Marcel d’Ardèche. Anthony Boissiere, Fabien Planet and Jeremy Tarroux raced in the team category. This first enduro of the year allowed the riders and mechanics to get back in the groove before the major races that are held in April. The guys won the ?team? category.

For his part Wade Young competed in the opening round of the South African “xtreme” Championship which he won.

Another good report, Santolino Lorenzo won the opening round of the Enduro Championship of Portugal.

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