Monday
Aug212017

Herlings to Ride AMA Indiana National?

Jeffrey Herlings in USA

 

Red Bull KTM Factory rider Jeffrey Herlings flies to America tomorrow, as we mentioned in our exclusive interview with the Dutchman a week or so ago. Last night the MX2 world champion mentioned on his social media pages that he has a surprise for the motocross public. Could it be he is racing the last round of the AMA Nationals in Indiana?

“What’s up guys? Today was a bit unfortunate, we wanted to go three overall wins in a row but it didn’t quite happen. Obviously, I have some interesting news most likely, it’s not 100% sure yet but if it will happen many motocross fans will happy”.

We have tried calling “The Bullet”, with no luck, and hopefully we will have more news later.

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Monday
Aug212017

Zach's Ready for MXoN

Zach Osborne interview – Champ

 

Supercross and motocross are not the kind of sports that produce a lot of comeback stories, especially not at the level of Rockstar / Husqvarna’s Zach Osborne who has comeback from complete obscurity in the US to becoming a double champion in 2017. Zach turned pro way back in 2006. By 2008, he was considered an amateur superstar bust, and no top tier teams in America thought he had the potential needed for a decent development contract. Instead of letting other people define his worth, Zach bet on himself and took the best job he could find, boarding a plane to Europe to contest the MX2 World Championship.

Zach rose to the occasion in Europe, winning a GP MX2 overall in Turkey, scoring many MX2 podiums and adding the title British National MX Champion to his resume. Even with that, the Abingdon, Virginia native still had aspirations for success at home, so he returned to American SX in 2012 with his British-based Bike-It Cosworth / Yamaha team to race four SX races. Four main events and two podium finishes later, he was getting calls from the teams that had shunned him four years prior. When it was all said and done, Zach returned to the US full time on the factory GEICO / Honda team in 2013 and his second US career was officially underway.

Flashes of brilliance followed up with a myriad of injuries was the theme of Zach’s first few years back in the US. After a two-year injury-riddled stint with GEICO / Honda, Zach joined the Rockstar / Husqvarna team in 2015 and things really started to come together. He grabbed his first national win in 2016 and, during the offseason, added the last missing piece: trainer Aldon Baker and the riders at the Baker’s Factory in Clermont, Florida.

After spending a full offseason with Aldon training him and Ryan Dungey, Jason Anderson and Marvin Musquin pushing him, Zach showed up for the 2017 Monster Energy SX season with the full package. In 2017, Zach won his first ever 250SX main event, his first ever Regional 250SX Championship, and last weekend at Budds Creek, he capped off a dream year with the 2017 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross 250MX Championship. It has been an incredible journey to witness and cover, and after the champagne was sprayed, MotoXAddicts’ Chase Yocom caught up with a very excited Zach to talk about it.

Zach, 8-1 on the day and you got the job done with the Championship. What’s going through your mind right now. You won the Eastern Regional 250SX Supercross Championship and now the 250 AMA Motocross Championship. What a year.

It’s unreal. Like I said in the press conference, there were some personal challenges this season and things to overcome, but all in all, it’s been an incredible year and something that I’ve very much enjoyed. It’s a year that I’ll remember forever. It’s a dream season if there ever was such a thing.

Coming into Budds Creek, you have a history with it. It went from you getting the name “Snack Pack” here when you faded from 1st to 18th early in your career to you getting your first win here last year then clinching your first ever MX championship here today. Can we finally close the door on that whole ordeal? (laughs)

I hope so. It’s been a long time coming to come here and win a title and, last year, my first overall victory. It’s an amazing feeling and something that won’t kick in for a couple of days.

You didn’t make it easy on yourself, especially in that first moto with the crash in the first turn. What happened there?

That was tough. I had that gate picked out for a couple of weeks now if I could get it through qualifying. It was something that I felt really good about, but I got in a little melee there in the corner and was down with a couple of guys. That was that.

It was like, if you got the jump there, you were going to be good, but if you didn’t, you were potentially getting pinched.

I think in years past, they’ve maybe been one more gate to the right—where we line up—and it was just a little too far in there. I just got stuck inside and that was that.

In the second moto—I’m not sure if you knew it while you were racing—there was some smoke coming off your bike. It looked like it was your clutch.

I had no clue. Definitely sometimes when I’m not riding great and fluid, I smoke the clutch a little bit. It’s something we’ve dealt with a little bit this year. I didn’t know it, so I wasn’t really worried about it.

Next weekend, we head to Ironman and you’re staying on the 250. I heard you mention in the press conference that you were going to potentially race the 450 there if you had the title clinched and were racing the 450 at MXoN, so Ironman next weekend and then MXoN. You’re not doing the USGP, correct?

No, no USGP because I would have to race the 450 there [you have to be 23 or under to race MX], and I’m just not quite prepared. Next weekend at Indiana, I’ll hopefully ride with the #1 plate and maybe with my Team USA gear or something like that. That would be really cool. I’m looking forward to it, and I’ll try to get another win.

MXoN coming up. There was obviously the whole fiasco with some 450 guys turning down the invitation, but you’re a guy that’s super excited about this. What are your expectations for the race?

High! I think realistically we have a chance to win. I think if all the cards fall right, we can win. There have been plenty of teams… We are not a B team by any means. I’m a national champion and I feel like my chances are good against any 250 rider in the world. Not being cocky, but more or less just saying. I feel like we can go there and do some damage.

Yeah, I don’t think people realize that. Thomas Covington is over there right now—you have a ton of experience over there—and Cole Seely is the only one that really doesn’t have any GP experience. Having you two there to give him pointers will definitely help.

I believe Cole is going to be just fine. I think it was a good choice, and he’s a solid guy. He travels well. He went to Japan last year. I think his game will be on top form. For all three of us, it’s a dream, not a task, so we’re going to give it our best nonetheless.

Thanks for the time, Zach, and congratulations on the title. Good luck next weekend. Hopefully we’ll talk to you then, but if not, good luck at des Nations.

No problem. Thank you.

Monday
Aug212017

Haaker & Webb taking it to a new level in endurocross

2017 Endurocross Round 1: Las Vegas (Cody Webb VS Colton Haaker)

Monday
Aug212017

Honda Wins Vegas-Reno

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Photo credit: Kato

Honda Racing's Joan Barreda and Ricky Brabec have taken the top honours with a one-two victory in the 21st edition of one of the United States’ most prestigious races - the Vegas to Reno.

After triumphing in the 2017 Baja Aragon in July, Joan Barreda once again turned on the winning style, this time at the V2R held this weekend in the Nevada desert. Alongside fellow Honda Team member Ricky Brabec (USA), the Honda CRF450 RALLYs dominated throughout the longest off-road race in the United States.

Barreda and Brabec were outstanding in the 539-miles race (864 kilometres). Setting a blistering pace from the very start in Las Vegas, the duo were soon in the lead and it was pedal-to-the-metal all the way to the finish-line in Reno, where the pair arrived with a lengthy advantage over rivals. All this despite a spill for Ricky Brabec just after the race’s halfway point. The team had been supported throughout by Johnny Campbell with assistance from JCR-Honda.

Both riders came through the tough test with flying colours, as they once again add their names to the honours list. Joan Barreda was victorious last year while Brabec won the 2014 edition. The Spanish rider finished with a total time of 8:56′.

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Photo credit: Kato

 

"We are very pleased with this win at the Vegas to Reno," told Barreda. "It's my second race of the season where we clinched the victory; so that’s mission accomplished. I wish to thank Johnny Campbell and the whole team for all the support, not just here in the race, but for all the facilities we have had all year round, in the testing and for the quality navigation-filled stages.

"I'm already focusing on the next race, the Ruta 40, a very different race with a lot of navigation. So far we have prioritized sprint races, to build speed, and now we are starting with the navigation, which might be a bit trickier in the beginning, but that’s what we’ve planned and we hope that everything works out well."

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Photo credit: Kato

 

Results

1. Brabec, Barreda - Honda, 08:56’22.892
2. Argubright, Shirey - Husqvarna, 09:12’13.810
3. Cooper, Pearson - Honda, 09:43’11.649
4. Spaise, Damon - Yamaha, 09:51’35.332
5. Stevens, Schlapia - Husqvarna, 09:56’22.633
6. Brittner, Tichenor - KTM, 10:00’05.521

 

Tuesday
Aug082017

AMA Motocross Horizon Award 

Nicky Hayden AMA Motocross Horizon Award Goes To Justin Cooper

Justin Cooper receiving the Nicky Hayden AMA Motocross Horizon Award. Photo courtesy of American Motorcyclist Association (AMA).

35 AMA National Championships awarded at AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship

Nicky Hayden Horizon Award and Racers of the Year announced

PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- Thirty-five AMA National Championships were awarded, and four racers were recognized for their impressive performances, when racing concluded at the 2017 Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship that took place July 31 - Aug. 5 at Loretta Lynn's Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tenn.

Thirty riders took home the 35 AMA National No. 1 plates, with five of those riders securing two AMA National Championships apiece.

"It is with great pride and confidence that I say the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship was a huge success," AMA Motocross Manager Kip Bigelow said. "We would like to congratulate the 30 newly crowned AMA National Champions, as well as all of the talented racers who showcased their skills in the country's most prestigious amateur motocross event."

Justin Cooper of Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., was honored with the Nicky Hayden AMA Motocross Horizon Award after claiming the AMA National Championship for both classes he competed in -- Open Pro Sport and 250 A -- aboard his Rock River bLU cRU Yamaha.

The Nicky Hayden AMA Motocross Horizon Award recognizes the rider best prepared for the professional ranks, based on their attitude, enthusiasm and past performances as an amateur. The award recently was renamed in honor of 2002 AMA Superbike Champion and 2006 FIM MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden, who passed away in May and was the inaugural winner of the AMA Horizon Award in 1997.

Based on his two AMA National Championships in the Junior (25+) and Senior (40+) classes, Mike Brown, Bluff City, Tenn., was named AMA Vet/Senior Racer of the Year. Brown swept both classes on his Rockstar Husqvarna, taking first in all six motos he competed in.

Fox Racing's Ty Masterpool of Paradise, Texas, was the recipient of the AMA Youth Racer of the Year, winning AMA National Championships in the Supermini 1 (12-15) and Supermini 2 (13-16) classes aboard his TM.

AMA Amateur Racer of the Year was Garrett Marchbanks of Coalville, Utah, who won two AMA National Championships aboard his Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green machine. Marchbanks took all three moto wins in the Schoolboy 2 (12-17) class and finished with a second and two firsts for the overall in the 250 B class.

"The success of this event would not be possible without the support and partnership we share with MX Sports," AMA Racing Director Kevin Crowther said. "Each year, the MX Sports team does an exceptional job of organizing the event and making it an outstanding experience for AMA members."

Crowther also thanked all of the AMA staff and volunteers who played a critical part in the overall success of the event.

Open Pro Sport - Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.

125 C - Jeffrey Chambers, Punta Gorda, Fla.

250 A - Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.

250 B - Garrett Marchbanks, Coalville, Utah

250 B Limited - Derek Drake, Sand Luis Obispo, Calif.

250 C - Stockton Stinebaugh, Caddo Mills, Texas

250 C Limited - Stockton Stinebaugh, Caddo Mills, Texas

250 C Jr. (12-17) Limited - Rene Rodriguez, Layton, Utah

450 B - Brock Papi, Groveland, Fla.

450 B Limited - Ezra Hastings, Aurora, Ind.

450 C - Wesley Allen, Fairfax, S.C.

College (18-24) - Tanner Basso, Alpine, Calif.

Junior (25+) - Mike Brown, Bluff City, Tenn.

Vet (30+) - Taylor Painter, Cleburne, Texas

Senior (40+) - Mike Brown, Bluff City, Tenn.

Senior (45+) - Jay Wagner, Warsaw, Ind.

Masters (50+) - John Grewe, Rockford, Mich.

51cc (4-6) Special LTD - Roxyn Rinehart, Anniston, Ala.

Monday
Aug072017

Breakthrough 33 – The Braxton McGee Story ● Episode 4

His rookie year in XC2 GNCC racing may not have gotten off to the start he would have liked, but that doesn’t mean Braxton McGee is ready to give up in the slightest. After recovering from an injury incurred at the opening round, Braxton is back on the bike, training—and even more

 

Sunday
Aug062017

Italy Announces 2017 Motocross of Nations Team

 

 

 

Italy announced their squad for the Motocross of Nations today at the MXGP of Belgium.

Representing the Italians in MXGP will be current MXGP points leader Antonio Cairoli. Alessandro Lupino will contest the Open Class with Michele Cervellin competing in MX2.

Italy finished fifth overall in the event in 2016 with a team of Cairoli, Cervellin and Samuele Bernardini.

Friday
Jul282017

Donnie Hansen Motocross Academy - Washougal

Donnie Hansen Motocross Academy  

  

 

 

Come out and learn from the

Legend Donnie “Holeshot” Hansen

 

 

 

 

WHEN: SATURDAY AUGUST 5-6th

WHERE: FAMOUS WASHOUGAL MX PARK

SCHOOLS ARE LIMITED SO DON’T WAIT SIGN UP NOW!!!

https://donniehansen.com/events/event/two-day-schools-washougal-mx-park/

CALL NOW (719) 495-2624

The Donnie Hansen Motocross Academy is a motocross riding school that teaches techniques and skills to all levels and ages whether they are racers or just want to improve their riding skills. 

For every rider who signs up they will receive a free Matrix Umbrella

 

 

 

Thursday
Jul272017

RCH Folds The Tent

Suzuki and RCH Conclude Partnership

 by: Chase Stallo