Sunday
Feb192017

JARVIS WINS HELL’S GATE 2017

 

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING’S GRAHAM JARVIS WINS HELL’S GATE 2017

February 19, 2017

JARVIS SECURES A FIFTH VICTORY AT THE ITALIAN EXTREME CLASSIS
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Graham Jarvis has cemented his place in the Hell’s Gate record books by claiming a fifth event win. Earning a hard-fought victory at the 2017 edition of the one-day Tuscan race, the recent Ales Trem winner finished more than four minutes ahead of his closest challenger at the end of the three-hour main race. Graham’s team-mate Billy Bolt ran as high as fifth in the main event, finishing the race despite an issue with his rear brake.

Putting his name at the top of the results at the end of the morning’s qualifying race Jarvis showed that he meant business in Italy. Quick off the start in the main event Graham’s time out front was short lived as Wade Young set the early pace. Never far from his South African rival, when Wade suffered a small technical issue Graham hit the front and never looked back.

Leading at the two-hour mark from Travis Teasdale, Graham steadily extended his lead as darkness fell. Maintaining his impressive pace during the final hour of the race Jarvis earned a well-deserved fifth Hell’s Gate victory, topping the podium ahead of Teasdale and Young.

Billy Bolt’s first ever Hell’s Gate outing was a largely positive one. Fifth in the morning’s qualifying race he found himself stuck behind a number of riders on the opening climb in the main race, just meters from the start. Battling his way to fifth at the end of the first hour of racing, soon after his refuelling stop he damaged his rear brake. Hampering his progress during the second half of the race Billy nevertheless reached the finish.

Graham Jarvis: “It’s been a great event for me. Winning the morning qualifying race was a bit of a surprise. I just made sure I didn’t make any mistakes and that was good enough to get the win. In the main race I got a good start but dropped behind Wade Young, who was running a really strong pace. He had some kind of a problem then, which allowed me to get ahead. I just kept a steady pace going then and things worked out great. There was a lot more man-made sections this year, which isn’t really my things. But to get a fifth Hell’s Gate win is great.”

Billy Bolt: “Generally, I’m pleased with the way things went for me. I didn’t get a great start in the main race and lost some time stuck behind riders in one of the early rocky climbs. I settled into quite a good rhythm then and was really enjoying things. About half way through the race I had an issue with my rear brake, so I rode the second half of the race only using my front brake. I think I clipped a rock. That was pretty hard on some of the down hills. I couldn’t push like I wanted then and just made sure I got to the finish. I learned a lot and enjoyed my first time at Hell’s Gate.”

Results – Hell’s Gate 2017

1. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna) 3:08:23 (14 laps)
2. Travis Teasdale (KTM) 3:12:34 (14 laps)
3. Wade Young (Sherco) 3:13:42; (14 laps)
4. Mario Roman (Sherco) 3:17:01 (14 laps)
5. Philipp Bertl (Beta) (13 laps)

Saturday
Feb182017

Hell's Gate 2016 - Highlights

The iconic Hell’s Gate Hard Enduro takes place this weekend. Twelve months ago we witnessed Wade Young take down Graham Jarvis for victory, will 2017 deliver similar results?

Hell’s Gate 2017 Metzeler has some flavour of revenge. The epilogue of 2016 edition, in fact, has been severely impacted by the surprise of Wade Young, the young, strong South African, arrived in Italy even before his license… to kill, has stunned the entire history of the extreme bursting into Fasola’s Competition with an irresistible force. 

No time to get his usually wrecker rhythm, and Graham Jarvis, winner of four consecutive editions from 2011 to 2014, found himself in the unusual position of pursuer. The exciting Wade Young‘s “ride” has ended, after three hours of spectacular hell, at the last gate of Hell’s Gate Metzeler 2016, in the arms of the frenzy public for bringing baptism to a new King of Enduro Extreme.

The story did not go in store. Not yet. It was still summer when Graham Jarvis asked for the date of Hell’s Gate Metzeler 2017, “providing” formally and prematurely his presence. It was clear that defeat, that the British star player attributed at least in part to the surprise, has not been settled, not in the most peaceful quaint of Sport. Jarvis’ preliminary request sounded very clear notes of the purpose of “revenge” which, however, animates the most gripping stories of sports.

Jarvis and Young were confronted in other, few occasions during the past season, but it’s to Hell’s Gate Metzeler 2017 that the two Extreme Champions will take such measures, this time no longer distracted by new and unforeseen factors. It is the promise of the duel, the great challenge of revenge, or better yet the ” vengeance ” and with it the essential leit motif of a memorable edition (as well as all of the previous 13) of the larger, key event of Extreme Enduro.

But the comparison is not “isolated” to the duel between the last two winners of Hell’s Gate Metzeler. The great action of the 14th edition of Fasola’s Extreme Race takes shape rapidly, filling the arena of the battlefield in a flash. The 120 seats are occupied, the right to a starring role in the arena of the Gladiators of Extreme was booked. After Wade Young has picked up the gauntlet thrown by Graham Jarvis, the other classified of the 2016 edition rushed to animate the “billboard


Wednesday
Feb152017

Breakthrough 33 : The Braxton McGee Story | Episode 3 

In Episode 3, Braxton puts the finishing touches on his pre-season training in preparation for his GNCC XC2 pro class debut on March 5th. The GNCC series kicks off in Union, South Carolina at Big Buck Farm and Braxton will line-up for the first time on row number two as part of the XC2 Pro Class.

“Breakthrough 33: The Braxton McGee Story” is a multi-part series where FLY Racing attempts to answer the question: What does it take to make the move from the amateur to pro ranks in GNCC racing? How much hard work, dedication, and teamwork is required for an emerging offroad racer and his family to make the transition from amateur to the XC2 pro class in the 2017 GNCC series?
Tuesday
Feb142017

Cody Webb Is the USA's Leading Hard Enduro Light

Cody Webb

This rider isn't going to stop until he's cracked Europe's elite events. Find out how he'll do it.
By Lluís Llurba & Pablo Bueno on 14 February 2017

There's no doubting the raw talent of Cody Webb in Hard Enduro, where the American has mixed it up with the finest talents on more than one occasion.

The likes of Graham Jarvis, Jonny Walker, Alfredo Gómez and Wade Young are all well aware of who Webb is and what he's capable of, even if his greatest achievements to date have come in his native U.S. 

Webb is considered one of the finest specialists in the AMA EnduroCross Championship and at the X Games. He divulged his secrets to us, letting us in on how he's mastering the toughest of disciplines in Hard Enduro.

Watch the video below and get the inside track on his riding setup.

 

 Webb loves riding, pure and simple, and doesn't pass up an opportunity to get out on his enduro machine. One example is his ride around Donner Ski Ranch's pistes, along with Taylor Robert, to demonstrate his skills and check out some challenging terrain.

In last year's Red Bull Hare Scramble — widely considered the toughest and most demanding race on the Hard Enduro calendar — Webb showed that despite being an event novice, his technical abilities and pure speed were of a superior quality. It showed in the final results, as he astounded everyone with an unexpected second-place finish, a result that felt more like a victory to him.

"I'm the first American on the podium here,” said Webb at the time. “It's an honor to represent my country in Hard Enduro in this way."

Webb has really excelled in the Red Bull Tennessee Knockout, a Hard Enduro event that's quickly established itself as the leading extreme enduro race in the U.S.

"I know how to adapt to difficult terrain," he says. "That helps me make very few errors."

Tuesday
Feb142017

Science of Supercross | Episode 14 (Factory Transport) | Engineered by Kawasaki 

Monday
Feb132017

Old versus New – MXGP

 MXGP 2017

The closer we get to the start of the 2017 MXGP championship, set for the Losail circuit on the outskirts of Doha, in Qatar, the more the veterans of the MXGP class look a lot more than just competitive.

While we have all spent the winter talking about Herlings, Gajser and Febvre, it’s been Cairoli, Van Horebeek, Nagl and Desalle who have walked away with victories in the pre-season races in Italy, England and France.

While this might not totally wipe out the thought of the new breed continuing to do what they did in 2015 and 2016, it does bring the veterans back into the equation, and for the sport of motocross, that’s an awesome thing.

What we do know is Antonio Cairoli looks to be back to his best. From six moto he’s won five and finished second in the other. His speed and timing looks like the rider who more or less dominated from 2005 until 2014, and picked up eight world motocross championships. More titles in the same type of period than any rider in the history of the sport.

For us that questioned him, we should have known better. I know I had written him off on more than one occasion and for that I am truly sorry. The Sicilian deserves to be given the benefit of doubt when he tells us he is just struggling with injury, and I am sure if he doesn’t come out and win in Qatar, we will all be waiting for his Italian International form to resurface.

What we don’t know is where Jeffrey Herlings sits in all of this. His massive crash on the weekend came at the time he has just made a brilliant pass on both HRC riders Evgeny Bobryshev and Tim Gajser, and it didn’t look like a crash that was from over-riding, but just bad luck.

Herlings showed at the MXoN and SMX Cup he can ride a 450 better than anyone, but he has also shown moments where he seems to lose concentration and from what we saw on the weekend, that doesn’t end well. I still believe he should be placed as the favourite for the 2017 title, but I’ve been wrong enough times in the past.

The biggest surprise from the pre-season has been the lack of form of world MXGP champion Tim Gajser, who hasn’t really shown any of the form from 2015 and 2016, although with a new bike, he might just be coming to terms with the whole set-up. He is a rider who has shocked us on several occasions, from his first GP victory over Jeffrey Herlings in Trento, when he beat the MX2 in a head to head battle, to his MX2  title victory, his Qatar MXGP victory in 2016 and then of course taking the title at the end of the season, so we can never count the Slovenian out.

What it does all mean is that that opening round in Qatar in around 11 days’ time is going to be all that more exciting, and for the sport of motocross, everyone is a winner.

Monday
Feb132017

In Any Language The Question Is Why?

The Bassella Race is Spain’s biggest enduro and for 2017 they built one bad ass extreme enduro course. Xavi Leon avoids the carnage and chaos to show us how it’s done…

Thursday
Feb092017

CZ World Championship

Tuesday
Feb072017

WORCS Round 2 Primm, NV

TAYLOR ROBERT WORCS Racing KTM 450 XC F 1200

FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Taylor Robert claimed his second-straight victory in the World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS) on Sunday for Round 2 of the 11-round series in Primm, Nevada. 

Robert was able to keep his KTM out front from start-to-finish as he led all nine laps of the two-hour race. Beginning with a 10-second lead on the opening lap, Robert continued to stretch his lead over the course of the race, where he finished almost two minutes ahead of the second place rider Gary Sutherlin.

“The race was awesome,” told Robert. “We had perfect weather and the track conditions were good – it was really fast and rough. I had a good start and quickly got into the lead. “I tried to check out and just focus on riding my own race all the way to the checkers.”

In the Pro 2 class, KTM-mounted rider Logan Chambers earned his second consecutive win to extend his early points lead in the class. FMF/Maxxis/RPM KTM Racing Team’s Dante Oliveira put in an impressive come-from-behind performance to claim second after an early pit stop put him in dead last on the opening lap.

KTM-mounted Austin Serpa earned his first victory of the season in the Pro 2 Lites class, where he now sits one-point ahead in the early championship standings. 

Next Event: Round 3 – Taft, California – February 17-19, 2017

 

Tuesday
Feb072017

Matrix Now Accepting Team Rider Resumes

Matrix Concepts | 1.7 Cleaning Solutions & NEXT Components

 Now Accepting Team Rider Resumes