THE YEAR IN REVIEW

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The struggles of Eli Tomac this year made for reams of copy on all  of the moto blogs. Although he was still coming back from the reconstruction of his shoulders, a lot was expected because of his previous insane speed and domination on the Honda. Eli never showed the same speed or daring as he did on the Honda, the team struggled heavily with set up the entire indoor season. Eli’s forks were off his bike every weekend many times between each session. He had originally brought his own suspension guy with him from Geico but after repeated struggles, Kawi canned the guy and went with there own suspension tech, still the results didn’t come. Also Eli was still plagued by his lack of starts, with the speed of the top 5 and bad starts, the outcome was set. It would take till late summer for Eli to come to grips with the Kawi.

 

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Justin Barcia was a surprise and yet he wasn’t, he clearly had lost trust in his bike and although there were flashes of his former prowess,  he had way too many “Oh Crap” moments and he soon became unwilling to send it. Following the outdoors his JGR team made the switch to Suzuki, a full Yoshimura works bike and a platform that Justin pushed for. He wanted a machine that exuded the qualities that he needed, handling and proper power. While  Suzuki seems to be floating in cobwebs, the machine has proven to be one of the best racers made. Justin’s great finish at Bercy following very little time on the yellow bike shows that he will once again be a contender. A happy Barcia is a dangerous Barcia and he will become the number one Suzuki rider that is capable of podiums and wins. It will make for a very unique relationship between RCH and JGR.

 

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While Supercross is antiseptic and televised in a timely fashion, the rough and tumble world of Outdoors deals more with the elements, speed, drastic track evolution and of course the fans! How can you not love it? Photo Tyler Johnson

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The new buzz word in the motorcycle world, are ‘Scramblers’. Wow, reminds us of riding in fields on a Honda 160 with Snuff er Nots!

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Thad Duvall not only took home a championship at the Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro series, the unique racing format was a boon to our ISDE riders who ended up winning the Trophy Team competition for the first time ever!

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