Friday
Dec082017

Late Moto Fade...Conditioning or Arm Pump?

The other day I was at the track listening to a couple of young guys explain to each other why they keep fading back in the last few laps. They were both using the classic moto excuse, the one we have all used at least once...ARM PUMP! Guys have been trying to eliminate arm pump for years with everything from drugs to the surgeon's knife. There is a bertter way, take a look at the 4Arm Strong device.

Arm pump is not only an ailment that causes poor performance, it is also extremely dangerous in an already risky sport/activity. Many motocross/motorcycle racers spend thousands of dollars on a motorcycle, kit, boots, helmet, etc. only to sit on the side of the track waiting for their forearms to loosen up. 

Thursday
Dec072017

A Look Back At TwoTwo Motosports

Rewind: Era of TwoTwo Motorsports

Reflecting upon Reed's privately-run team between 2011 and 2015.

Australia’s Chad Reed has done it all. The guy is always making moves and leaving his own unique mark on the sport each year. For 2018 Reed has indicated he is reverting to a personal program, Team CR22, aboard Husqvarna equipment and at a much smaller scale than his previous TwoTwo Motorsports multi-million dollar program.

So for this latest edition of Rewind, MotoOnline.com.au will take a look back at Reed’s impressive 2011-2015 run with his own private team and look at some of the most memorable moments throughout this time.

Following an already long and successful career as a full-time factory racer in America, Australia’s Reed found himself in a unique situation heading into the 2011 US racing season. Creating TwoTwo Motorsports from scratch, Reed built a world-class private team in order to go racing and also enlisted the services of some of the most highly-rated technicians in the sport.

Aboard a Honda CRF450R with support from Pro Circuit, the former multi-time champion rode to a super impressive second-place finish in the 2011 Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship behind Ryan Villopoto. Reed was right there just four points behind the factory Kawasaki rider as he claimed victory in a nail-biting final main event of the year – it was an amazing effort from both Reed and his all-new team.

Image: Simon Cudby.

The 2011 Pro Motocross season saw the Aussie continue his strong form as he led the premier class points chase by 16 points over Villopoto at Millville’s seventh round of the series. Unfortunately everyone remembers that event clearly as the 2009 series champion was seen flying through the air in spectacular fashion as he led the field aboard his now factory-supported Honda.

This was a defining moment for Reed’s 2011 motocross campaign as he never quite recovered from the scary incident. With the incident being dubbed the ‘Chadapult’, Reed had stunned much of the public with his crash and somehow walked away without any serious injuries. This moment, although an unfortunate one, was certainly one of the most memorable from Reed’s time at the helm of TwoTwo Motorsports.

The following season all eyes were on Reed as he entered his second year with TwoTwo Motorsports – he was ready to take home that supercross title and many believed he had a strong chance following his impressive debut in 2011. Unfortunately it would all go wrong at the Dallas round when he was ejected from the bike while sitting second in points to arch-rival Villopoto.

Reed sustained multiple injuries in the crash and saw his title run come to a screeching halt with two broken ribs, a broken T6, a torn ACL and fractured tibia and fibula making up the long injury list. It was an unfortunate way to see the in-form Aussie go out, but it was clear that he wasn’t done yet and would be back for more in the coming seasons.

Fast-forward to 2014 and Reed revealed an all-new look for TwoTwo Motorsports as he made the switch to Kawasaki following a challenging 2013 season with a new Honda CRF450R model. This supercross season proved magical for Reed and his entire crew as he rode to one of the most emotional main event victories of his career inside Anaheim’s Angel Stadium in California.

A fan in the stands that very night, the vibe was electric inside the stadium as Reed rode his Kawasaki KX450F through the field in impressive fashion to claim victory to the delight of the crowd. Reed sliced through the field passing the best in the sport to capture the main event victory, it was something truly special to witness and one of those moments when the Australian was absolutely unbeatable.

Image: Simon Cudby.

Reed then went on to capture a wire-to-wire main event victory again at Anaheim 3, this time keeping Ken Roczen behind him for the entire 20-lap main event. Reed was on fire aboard his new Kawasaki and looking very sharp, but that all came to an end once again at San Diego when he hit the back of Roczen’s KTM in the whoops and suffered a broken scapula, collarbone and T1.

It was a devastating blow for Reed and yet another season that would slip away for the veteran of the sport due to injury. But as always, Reed was determined to bounce back and he returned in 2015 for what would end up being TwoTwo Motorsports’ final season as a team touring the American racing circuit.

Reed returned in 2015, again Kawasaki-mounted, and although it wasn’t an entirely successful supercross series, he captured an impressive main event win inside the Georgia Dome. Reed’s flag-to-flag victory meant he had recorded at least one main event victory each year in the past 11 seasons. That’s one impressive statistic!

Following the 2015 season, Reed would announce that TwoTwo Motorsports was shutting its doors and he returned to factory Yamaha in 2016. What Reed had created and achieved with TwoTwo Motorsports from 2011-2015 was incredibly impressive and something many of us would be able to understand from a distance.

Building the team from nothing, taking on a selection of the best technicians in the sport, capturing multiple victories both in and outdoors and gaining factory support along the way – that’s really something else. He even brought in second riders to the team such as Dean Wilson and Josh Grant, there wasn’t much that Reed didn’t do in his time at TwoTwo Motorsports.

Although Reed is returning with his own smaller program in 2018, we expect to see special things continuing to come out of the TwoTwo’s corner – it may be at a smaller scale, but the guy never fails to impress.

Tuesday
Dec052017

Always5 Teaser

Ryan Dungey will no doubt go down in Supercross and motocross history as one of the all-time greats. He will also be remembered as a champion with one of the best stories of rising to success that the sport has seen. From his humble beginnings in Minnesota to his audition with Roger Decoster and factory Suzuki to the first-time successes he brought KTM and all of the iconic races in-between, Fox Racing took a look back at it all. Through firsthand accounts from friends, family, industry personnel, competitors, and of course, Ryan himself, ALWAY5 will go in-depth to cover Dungey’s career.

The official release date is December 12th, 2017, so be sure to stay tuned over the next week and get ready to take a look back on Ryan Dungey’s historic career.

From Fox Racing…

“My career has been way better than anything I could’ve dreamed of. When I was a kid, I just wanted to race dirt bikes.” – Ryan Dungey

Tuesday
Dec052017

Yamaha Prepares for 2018 Dakar

 

Yamaha head into next year’s Dakar Rally with a strong four-rider team aiming to fight for a podium result in South America.

The Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team of Adrien Van Beveren, Xavier de Soultrait, Franco Caimi and Rodney Faggotter are all-set for the most demanding challenge on the annual rally calendar — the 2018 Dakar Rally held this year in Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. 

In what's expected to be the toughest Dakar in recent years, the Yamaha Racing quartet will be proudly carrying a special Ténéré 700 World Raid livery on their WR450F Rally machines.

Under the guidance of team director Alexandre Kowalski, team manager José Leloir and highly-experienced sport manager Jordi Arcarons, the quartet of Yamaha riders head to South America looking to improve on last year's highly positive performances. 

Their ultimate goal is to challenge for the podium and successfully complete the hugely demanding event.

 

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Following a stellar performance in 2017, which saw him end his Dakar Rally adventure fourth and less than one-minute behind a potential podium result, Adrien Van Beveren is looking to finish even higher in 2018. 

Building his speed following injury early on during the 2017 season, the Frenchman is now at the top of his game and ready to do battle in South America.

Making a strong statement throughout 2017 following his Merzouga Rally victory and top three result at the Desafio Ruta 40, Xavier de Soultrait has demonstrated he has what it takes to battle on equal terms with the rally elite. 

Completing more than 20,000km of racing during the 2017 season, the Frenchman will be a strong asset for the Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team at the upcoming Dakar.

Demonstrating impressive speed in his first event aboard the WR450F Rally, team rookie Franco Caimi wrapped up the 2017 Merzouga Rally with an impressive third place overall result. 

Winning stages and continuing to improve during the season, the young Argentinean will be pushing for stage victories at the 2018 Dakar Rally while gaining further rally racing experience.

 

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The Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team is completed by Rodney Faggoter. Entering his second Dakar Rally aboard WR450F Rally machinery, the Australian is looking to make the most of his experience and mechanical aptitude to assist the team and get as close to the top five as possible.

Honouring the imminent return of one of the most successful motorcycles ever, the team's four WR450F Rally machines will be proudly wearing the Ténéré 700 World Raid name and graphics throughout the 2018 Dakar Rally.

Yamaha Italy supported Alessandro Botturi and highly experienced racer Camelia Liparoti will further strengthen the brand's presence at the 2018 Dakar Rally. 

With Botturi entering his seventh Dakar Rally next January, Liparoti will make a debut appearance in the SSV class in Yamaha's YXZ1000R side-by-side machine.

Including seven 100% off-piste stages and five stages at an altitude of more than 3,000 meters, this 40th edition of the Dakar Rally is expected to be one of the most demanding in recent history. 

Kicking off in Lima, Peru on January 6, 2018, competitors will have to contest 4,500km of timed special plus another 4,500km of liaison sections on their way towards the finish line. 

The big finish of the 2018 Dakar Rally will take place in Córdoba, Argentina on January 20.

 

 

Monday
Dec042017

Red Bull Rampage...Always Insane!

 

Monday
Dec042017

Why A 2 Stroke...Ricky Shows Why!

 

 

Ricky Carmichael rips his 2005 RM250 two stroke through the sand and woods. This bike is the last 2 stroke to win an AMA professional title. A huge thank you to Ricky, JH, the Berg family, and everyone who made this possible!!

Monday
Dec042017

Indoor MX Park

 

Sydney Indoor MotoX Park approved by Blacktown City Council

Construction expected to begin at Eastern Creek early in the new year.

 

Australia’s first indoor motocross facility, Sydney Indoor MotoX Park, has been approved by Blacktown City Council, with construction expected to begin early in the new year.

The venue will be constructed within the confines of Eastern Creek International Karting Raceway, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this month and will change its name to Sydney Premier Karting Park.

After a lengthy process to present its plans to council, Sydney Indoor MotoX Park owners Mattew and Barbara Bartolo are thrilled with the news that council has approved Western Sydney’s newest tourist attraction.

“We’ve had a lot of support from riders and the industry of course all keen to know when we’re going to be built and operational, but it was a long process and we had to get it right,” explained Mattew Bartolo. “We wanted to ensure we had every piece of information council needed before submitting the application and in the initial phase for a speedy approval. It is an unbelievable feeling to get the development application passed unopposed and a testament to my consultants’ determination to get it correct first time around.”

He is confident that the final Construction Certificate can be presented before the end of the year, along with awarding tenders and then construction can take place early in the new year.

Bartolo is importing the air-filled dome that will cover the facility from the United States, where its development will be finalised in the coming weeks. Once it is in Australia, it will be assembled on site at Eastern Creek before being elevated over the site.

The Sydney Indoor MotoX Park will encompass multi-million dollar upgrades to the karting facility’s outer grounds to allow for race team transporters and trailers to visit the facility.

“We can’t thank Garry and Sandy Holt from Eastern Creek Karting Raceway enough for their help, they have gone above and beyond for us,” Bartolo added. “Their support has been invaluable, along with several people at Blacktown City Council and key members of our family and team that have worked closely with us to ensure everything we needed to get this across the line was correct.

“The path is cleared now for the dream to become a reality for local, social and professional riders to now have their own state of the art complex in Sydney. The enthusiasm for Sydney Indoor MotoX Park from when we first mentioned the project through the launch and application phase has been quite overwhelming. It is a project that the whole dirt bike industry can be part of and utilise year round and we want everyone to embrace it.”

Aside from the indoor tracks designed by an international track builder, Sydney Indoor MotoX Park will feature spectator seating, a cafe, merchandise and trade areas and a mezzanine area that can be used by spectators or turned into a corporate presentation area. It will operate seven days per week from 7:00am to 10:00pm and will be climate controlled throughout the year.

Soaring 28 metres (nine storeys) high adjacent to the M4 Motorway, it is going to be quite a sight in Western Sydney and will become a destination for motorcyclists around Australia and the world. Hire bikes will be available for hire or riders can bring their own and it is open to riders of every age and skill bracket.

Based around recreational riders, Sydney Indoor MotoX Park aims to develop opportunities for junior training days along with engaging bike shops within the drive area to utilise it for customer and manufacturer events, along with bootcamps for young riders and those looking to improve their skills.

More information about Sydney Indoor MotoX Park can be found at www.sydneyindoormotox.com.au and www.facebook.com/sydneyindoormotox.

Sunday
Dec032017

Geneve SX – Report

Marvin On Top!

 

Red Bull KTM’s Marvin Musquin cannot be stopped in the build-up to the 2018 AMA Supercross series. Using his KTM 450 SX-F the French star owned both evenings of the well-attended Geneva Supercross at the Palexpo last weekend to be crowned ‘King of Geneva’ for the fourth time.
#25 triumphed on Friday night and then took advantage of slip by training partner Jason Anderson to win Saturday’s Main Event across a tight and rough layout by almost five seconds.

After victory in Las Vegas, the Red Bull Straight Rhythm, the Paris Supercross and now the last major dirt bike racing fixture of 2017, the 27 year old will enter the new supercross campaign in good form and confidence.

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Jason Anderson claimed the runner-up position on both nights of racing. Finishing a close second on Friday’s opening final, Anderson repeated his performance during Saturday’s race, missing out on the win by less than three seconds.

Fresh from his overall win at the Aus-X Open Supercross in Australia at the beginning of November, Jason Anderson brought his winning pace to Europe and the 2017 Geneva Supercross in Switzerland. After qualifying fourth on Friday, he went on to win his heat race from fellow American, Justin Brayton. Going into the SX Open final, Anderson held the lead for the first two laps but was then passed by eventual winner, Marvin Musquin. The pair battled for top honours throughout the race with the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna rider finishing as runner-up at the flag, trailing the winner by only four seconds.

Saturday also went well for Anderson as he won his semi-final. A great start from the gate in the final gave the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna rider the holeshot and the race lead during the first few laps. Setting a good pace at the front, Jason and second-placed Marvin Musquin soon started to gap the rest of the field. Unfortunately, a small mistake on a slower part of the track resulted in Anderson dropping his bike and losing the lead. Despite remounting and fighting hard to catch Musquin, there wasn’t enough time left and Anderson crossed the line as runner-up, just two-and-a-half seconds from the win.

Marvin Musquin: “The goal was to come here and win like I did in Paris two weeks ago and also here last year. I knew coming in with Jason and Justin Brayton there would be some good racing. The track was pretty good; a really nice whoops section and a couple of nice rhythm sections and the split section was pretty cool. It got beaten up with the soft dirt and it became choppy and rutted and was technical. On Friday Jason and I had an intense battle: it could have been dirty but we kept it clean! At the end I was able to make the pass stick and beat him straight-up. A different story on Saturday because he had the better start and we were going for it and pushing hard. My aim was to put pressure on him and to see what would happen with that pressure. He made it easy for me by making a mistake and going down, after that I just managed the gap. It is great to win here four times in a row.”

Jason Anderson: “Day one went well here in Geneva. From the first practice to the last I was just learning the whole process. I didn’t realise the first practice was timed but still managed to qualify fourth which was ok. After making a few tweaks to my bike before going into the night-race I knew I just had to get a good start and get up front to battle with the guys. It didn’t come as easily as I had thought, Brayton and Musquin were really strong and it took a little time for me to get into my rhythm. In the main I felt comfortable and it was good to be able to fight for the win.
Saturday was pretty decent – I qualified second, which was good. In my heat race I stalled on the line and fought my way right back to the front from last place. The track here in Geneva is a little tighter than I’m used to so I’ve found it quite tiring and it’s taken a little while to adapt my style. In the main I got the holeshot and tried to control the race from the front, but I knew Marvin wasn’t far behind. A couple of minutes in I dropped the bike in one of the tighter turns and lost the lead. I tried my best to get back on terms with the leader but there wasn’t enough time. I’m happy with how I rode and I’ll definitely be back to Geneva next year to fight for the win.”

 

Saturday
Dec022017

39th TransBorgaro Vet

Old Boys, Still Fast (Andras Hegyi)

 

Earlier this month, the 39th TransBorgaro Vet race was held at Borgaro Torinese, a municipality near Turin in the northeast of Italy. This vintage motocross race has become more and more famous, with several American motocross stars traveling there to compete every year. Also on hand were former motocross and enduro world champions, and other off-road big names took part in. This year TransBorgaro was held in a brand-new venue, but its scenario and schedule were the same: races in three different categories and a then family cup. 

In the '70s Class, the biggest name was the “Golden Boy” himself, six-time AMA National Motocross Champion Broc Glover. The Californian, 57 and still in race trim, was a pre-race favorite, and he did not disappoint. The field had 39 racers from the seventies, and Glover, who works for Dunlop as an off-road senior manager, won both motos. The first time out, Glover won by 10 seconds; in the second moto, he got 21 seconds ahead of everyone else. Glover debuted at the TransBorgaro in 2014 and since then he has been undefeated, taking four consecutive victories.

Another American star, 61-year-old Chuck Sun, counts as an old-timer at the TransBorgaro. The 1980 AMA 500cc National Champion finished fourth overall, with 3-5 moto finishes. 

The '80s Class had 34 racers, and the winner was Italy’s Paolo Caramello, who hails from Turin. Caramello, who raced in the 250cc Grand Prix circuit in the 1980s, took 2-1 moto finishes. The most famous member of the field was Micky Dymond, but the two-time AMA 125cc National Champion was only able to go 3-3 for third. The 52-year-old was racing with cracked ribs from just before the TransBorgaro.

The strongest field was the '90s Class, which had 39 riders, among them Americans John Dowd, Robbie Reynard, and Doug Dubach plus two Italian World Champions, Alex Puzar and David Philippaerts. The winner was the “Junk Yard Dog,” the 52-year-old Dowd, the 1998 AMA 125cc East Supercross Champion. The ageless Dowd got 1-2 moto finishes, while the 40-year-old Robbie Reynard was fourth overall, collecting 6-4 moto finishes. Dubach, Puzar, and Philippaerts had no good luck. The 54-year-old Dubach finished third in the first moto but was forced to pull off in the second because of a technical issue. The 2008 MX1 World Champion, Philippaerts had the same schedule. In the first moto, he was fourth; in the second, mechanical troubles forced him to retire. Together with his brother Deny Philippaerts, a former motocrosser who at present is an enduro rider, they won the Family Cup competition.

Two-time FIM World Champion Puzar had a disappointing day. His 49th birthday was the day of the TransBorgaro, and “Crazy Horse” wanted to win. He managed to do it in the first moto, but in the second one he fell and finished only 15th, good for sixth overall.

Danish rider Brian Jorgensen also rode and made the podium, as well as this film.

Saturday
Dec022017

A little Smack from KR

Ken Roczen – Big Talk

 

Ken Roczen isn’t liking all the attention Marvin Musquin is getting, as you can see from his comments below. Not sure I agree with Kenny, everyone has an opinion, and not everyone is correct with their opinion, but it’s still their opinion. Makes for a great A1 no matter what happens. The Euros vs the Americans, once again.