THE WEEK’S ROUND UP 4-22-2016

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SWM TO AMERICA

SWM is a classic motorcycle name, especially in the trials community, but we haven’t seen much of it in the U.S. The company has been resurrected and now makes its home in Varese, Italy at the factory that formerly produced Husqvarna. That factory was only a few years old when the Husky brand was purchased by KTM and moved to Austria. Investors obtained most of the Italian-made Husqvarna tooling and went back into production. We recently got to ride the 500 dual-sport and fount it to be classic Husky. The new importer will be the Scalvini pipe importer:

Motoman Distributing
Oak Hills, CA, USA.
Ph 760-949-0941
Fx 760-280-8600

 

JAMES STEWART OUT FOR REMAINING SUPERCROSS EVENTS

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Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s James Stewart will sit out the final three rounds of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross season to focus on preparing for the start of the 2016 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, which kicks off on Saturday, May 21 at the Hangtown Motocross Classic in Sacramento, California. “James has a hairline fracture in his ankle and he aggravated his back injury from his Daytona crash last week in St. Louis,” said Yoshimura Suzuki team manager Mike Webb. “Clearly, he needs time to heal up and get ready for Hangtown.” Stewart has been battling injury most of the Supercross season. Despite his setbacks he’s shown flashes of his characteristic speed. Stewart said even though everything in him wants to be at the final Supercross rounds, he recognizes it’s the best decision. “I want to be out there racing,” Stewart explained. “My fans and sponsors are important to me, but ultimately I need to focus on getting completely healed up and be solid and ready to go the next time I roll up to the starting gate at Hangtown.” Teammate Blake Baggett, also battling nagging injuries through a tough season, is slated to race the final three rounds of the Supercross series, including this Saturday’s race at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Stewart will be on hand at next weekend’s round at Met Life Stadium to meet the fans and sign autographs as well as appear on Friday, April 29th at The Motorcycle Mall, 655 Washington Avenue, Belleville, NJ from 6-7pm.

BRABEC TO RIDE MERZOUGA RALLY FOR HRC

The Merzouga Rally is part of the Dakar Series and is gaining in stature to the point where it will soon rival Dakar itself. It will be held May 21 to 27 in Morocco, and has Marc Coma acting as Sporting Director: “This rally will be the first phase to pass for someone who wants to do the Dakar. Our ambition is to allow young motorcycle riders the chance to get started, on a rally adapted to their abilities and at the same time make them face the real rally-raid difficulties: navigation and endurance. The interest for the Europeans and Africans is also the affordability of this event. And you can take part in the Merzouga Rally with an enduro bike. For the Dakar, this rally will be a benchmark for evaluating the technical and physical level of the riders. Those who finish the Merzouga will be able enter the Dakar.”

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American Ricky Brabec will be there, riding for the HRC Honda team and hoping to better his ninth-place finish in Dakar. Brabec is considered one of the young guns in the world Rally scene and is recieving quite a bit of attention in Europe.

QUINN CODY WINS SONORA RALLY; RAMIREZ EARNS A PLACE IN DAKAR

Quinn Cody was the top man in the Sonora Rally, an event held in Baja California on April 3rd – 7th. The event is held in the dune area between the U.S. border and the Sea of Cortez, and is run strictly off road-book navigation. It’s no surprise that Cody would know that type of riding inside out, and he used his experience to mentor young riders who were pursuing the prize of a free entry to the Dakar rally itself. Cody wasn’t pursuing that himself, but Ivan Ramirez was. He finished second overall and earned a spot in next January’s big race. Mar

RESULTS, SONORA RALLY

1 1 Quinn Cody
2 2 Ivan Ramirez
3 4 Mark Samuels
4 28 Mike Johnson
5 7 Lyndon Poskitt
6 17 Carlos Gracida
7 5 Ned Suesse
8 8 Petr Vlcek
9 24 Daniel Bartolucci
10 13 Ken Wortman

The World Rally event currently underway is the Sealine Rally, held in Qatar. Currently, Sam Sunderland leads. After yesterday’s third stage , the riders have now completed over 1400kilometres, of which 930 kilometres were timed stages. The race conditions are very exhausting and the riders have to keep a steady pace in the constant heat. This morning at the departure of the special, several riders announced their withdrawal, citing previous injuries sustained in the race. The race will conclude Saturday.

SEALINE RESULTS AFTER THREE STAGES

1. Sam Sunderland (GBR), KTM, 10:58:38
2. Pablo Quintanilla (CHI), Husqvarna, 10:58:38, +00:00
3. Juan Carlos Salvatierra (BOL), KTM, 11:19:36; +:20:58

 

DOUG HENRY HONORED

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April 20, 2016 – Manlius NY:  Supercross and motocross racing champion Doug Henry will be honored by The Legends and Heroes 2016 Supercross Moto Museum Tour when it visits Boston’s Gillette Stadium for Rd. 15 of the Monster Energy Supercross series.

Doug Henry was born in 1969 in Milford, CT. During his much celebrated racing career Doug Henry captured a combined total of 25 pro Supercross and motocross wins and four AMA Supercross and national motocross championship titles. Competing throughout the 1990s, he is most remembered for leading a revolution as the sport’s first prominent rider to race a 4-stroke powered bike in pro competition. By every measure Doug was a true pioneer swimming against the tide every time he lined up to race. He ignored conventional wisdom by competing in an arena totally dominated by 2-strokes, Doug is remembered today as a key step to the modern 4-strokes that dominate motorcycle racing worldwide.

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Henry won the 1997 Supercross season finale at Las Vegas racing a prototype Yamaha YZM 400 thus making him the first rider in the sport’s history to do so on a 4-stroke. Doug’s victory that night changed forever the face of Supercross and motocross by opening an entirely new chapter for 4-stroke engine design into the next generation of moto.

One season later in 1998 Doug became the first 4-stroke rider in history to win an AMA national motocross title. From that event forward the AMA Motocross Championship racing would become the almost exclusive domain of 4-stroke powered machines. After retiring from motocross full-time, Henry went on to become one of the leading Supermoto riders in the world.

While competing in a Supermoto race in 2007, Doug broke his back and suffered partial paralysis from the waist down. The racer in him is still very much alive and Doug undauntedly continues to ride and compete aboard Yamaha motorcycles. Prior to Saturday’s Supercross event at Foxboro, he will ride his specially designed Yamaha YZ450F a parade lap around the stadium. Concluding his lap, Doug will be presented the Legends and Heroes Award by his friend, 6-time AMA champion Broc Glover on the Monster Energy Supercross podium Saturday evening.

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CLASSIC DEWHURST

Here’s a classic moment from the UK, courtesy of David Dewhurst–who is another classic from the UK. Dick Clayton and his Greeves over Manty’s leap at Cadwell Park during a BBC Scrambles event.

Kelly Owen (left) and Tom White
Kelly Owen (left) and Tom White

KELLY OWEN PASSES

Kelly Owen was a pro rider who turned into a dedicated keeper of motorcycle history. His private museum in Walnut, California holds over 70 pristine motorcycles. He passed away this week after suffering a stroke at the age of 58.

From his website https://owencollection.com/ “I rode in the late 60’s and began my racing career in 1970 at age 13 aboard a Penton 100 Berkshire. I remember looking down the starting line and seeing all of the brands you see in this collection. I rode through the mid ’70s as a young pro who had some success, but couldn’t make a living at racing. I am proud, however, to say that I was able to live the life most young guys dream of. I raced at all of the great tracks and even the Superbowl of Motocross in 1974 and 1975 at the LA Coliseum.”

The Owen Collection
The Owen Collection

 

 

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