Herlings and History

Posted on March 13, 2018


Speaking to Jeffrey Herlings after his GP victory in Argentina a little over a week ago, he mentioned the pressure of riding at the second round of the MXGP championship, at home in Valkenswaard, carrying the red plate, as leader of the MXGP championship standings.

Pressure is something Herlings seems to deal with well of late. His come from behind victory in Argentina, after crashing out of the Saturday qualification race while chasing defending champion Antonio Cairoli, and then losing the opening moto to Cairoli on Sunday, you could easily think he was a beaten man in round one. Well, think again.

Herlings has matured a lot in the last couple of years and he will need to as coming into Valkenswaard he will be going for history. Going for something never done in the sport history.

With GP victories at the euro circuit in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, he has seven victories in the sand of Valkenswaard.

Roger De Coster was the King of Namur in the 1970’s, winning at the famous circuit a magnificent seven times, those being in 1969, 70, 71, 72, 74, 75 and 76. As for every single Belgian rider Namur was a circuit that ran through his veins.

Just as De Coster owned Namur in the 1970s it was 10 times World Motocross Champion Stefan Everts who dominated at the Citadelle in the 2000’s. The King of Grand Prix Motocross never lost a GP at Namur, winning seven Grand Prix’s (equalling De Costers record) and also the individual overall at the 2000 MXdN (making him the most successful rider to ever race Namur).

Everts made his debut at the circuit in 1998 when he was a wild card rider at the 500cc Grand Prix. While Joel Smets was considered the boss of the big bore class Everts totally dominated everyone, going 1-1 and winning his first ever 500cc GP.

His 10th World Motocross Championship was also won at Namur (2006), as was his 50th Grand Prix victory in 2001, a victory that he shared with his uncle Pierre (who would later that year pass away from cancer). It seemed like every time Everts raced at Namur something special happened. In 2003 he would win both the 125cc and MXGP classes at Namur and then added wins in 2004, 2005 and finally in 2006, his final visit to Namur and his 99th GP win.

So, when Herlings lines up on the start gate for this years Valkenswaard GP, he will be going for GP win number eight. No rider in the history of the sport has won eight Grand Prix’s at the one circuit. He will also be going for his 69th Grand Prix victory, that in itself an amazing achievement, but Herlings loves making history, so be prepared for something special this weekend.



Kauai MX Suffers Vandals


Vandals deface, damage popular Kauai motocross facility

( Image: Devin Parado ) 

The Wailua Motocross Track sits on 18 acres of county land on the east edge of Kauai. Over the weekend, vandals had a field day.

"They covered this big tree with toilet paper," said Devin Parado of the Kauai Motocross Associaiton.

They toilet papered trees and structures and painted profanities on the walls of the tool shed and office tower.

The criminals splattered paint everywhere.

"It pretty much sucks," motocross rider Darrell Dabin said.

He and his son David discovered the damage Sunday morning.

"My son was opening the gate. He noticed some vandalism and three to four older teenage kids in the area, and they ran," Dabin said.

The culprits ruined shirts sold for fundraising and destroyed race gear including course flags. announcement boards. paperwork and rider forms. 

"They actually broke the hinge off the door," Parado said, showing the entrance to the tool shed.

The motocross course is okay but the non-profit that oversees it will have to come up with about 41,000 to fix everything.

"It's like someone breaking into your home. That's kinda the feeling we have down here," Parado said.

The track has some gates but anyone can get on the property from the beach. Dozens of riders ride motocross there, from kids to seniors citizens.

"It's our only track," Dabin said. "Everybody hates to see it getting run down that way."

"You can see the door itself is spray painted and paint splattered on it," Parado said.

This is the second crime at the Wailua Motocross Track. Last year, burglars broke into the buildings.

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Bulgaria MXGP Gets Big Government $upport

The Cabinet Allocated BGN 1.66 Million for the World Motocross Championship

Bulgaria: The Cabinet Allocated BGN 1.66 Million for the World Motocross Championship


The government has allocated 1 662 455 leva to the Motorcycling Federation to hold rounds of the World and European motocross championship in Sevlievo, which are at the end of August. This was done with a decree approving additional expenses in the budget of the Ministry of Youth and Sport, which for the third time does not finance motor sports in Bulgaria. The document was published in the State Gazette.

"These motocross championships are among the most prestigious competitions in the world. The performance of the sporting event will establish the reputation of the Republic of Bulgaria among the world sports community, will have a positive impact on the development and popularization of the Bulgarian sport and the opportunities of the Bulgarian athletes for the show, "the Council of Ministers stated in its motives.

The funds of BGN 1.66 million will be paid for the license to conduct the World and European rounds of motocross championship in Bulgaria, Bogdan Nikolov, president of the Bulgarian Motocross Federation, told Mediapool.


Complete Details Of 2018 Trans Am Vet Classic

Info For This Year's Vet Race



As we were preparing for the Mini Major in 2017 our team brought up the concept of doing a specialized race just for the Vets, similar to what we were doing for the minis. With that, we consulted with the world famous Glen Helen about building a unique track and creating a schedule with side events that would cater to the 25+ racers and riders and from the start this event would be all about having fun with friends. It’s great to have interest from top former pros like Jeremy McGrath and Ryan Villopoto filling the gates for this event, but there are classes for everyone with age brackets every five years and skill level breakdowns for Beginner, Novice, Intermediate, Expert and Pro. Your race age will be determined by your age on December 31st, 2018, so make sure and sign up for the correct class! This event isn’t just about trophies, as it’s a reason to get all your toys out and camp for a weekend with family and friends, all bench racing over the best of times in the past and creating new stories for the future.

Now the Trans Am is less than two weeks away and we want to share all the details with you that you will need to know to make it a great weekend. There is something for the whole family at the 2018 Trans Am Vet Classic, so don’t hold back from bringing out the kids just because it’s a Vet race.

Don’t forget to pre-register and save $5 per class by CLICKING HERE. Come to terms with all the emotions of racing the Trans Am and check out this fun story by TransWorld’s Mike Emery as he prepares for the race. Read below for the calendar of events for this year’s Trans Am!

Thursday, March 22nd

Open practice on the Trans Am layout for all riders will be available for normal practice fee of $30. Track open from 9 AM – 2 PM.

Friday, March 23rd

Pull in day and practice! Gates open at 8 AM. Everyone that comes through the gate will pay $30 for the weekend and this includes the practice fee. Camping for the weekend is $20 per RV. The PeeWee track open for practice.

Friday will include a split practice limited to Trans Am Vet Classic racers, running from 11 AM – 3 PM. Come to signup area to see the practice schedule.

4 PM – 6 PM | Alta Motors Barrel Race! Take a free demo on an Alta Motors MX or MXR through the three barrel course layout. The fastest times will go to a final head-to-head format and riders will battle for an insane trophy. This will have to be seen to be believed, but guaranteed to be a good time for riders and spectators.

Saturday, March 24th

Sight lap begins at 8 AM for the first ten motos. There will be a sight lap determined by the race order of the 10 motos, so when we get to race number nine, motos 11-20 will take their sight lap, and before moto 19 we will break for a sight lap for motos 21-30. This is a three-moto format weekend, so we will go as far into the schedule as we can on Saturday.

REM racing happens almost every Saturday at Glen Helen, so bring out the kids and sign up in their 50, 65, 85 and 150F classes! Check out http://www.remsatmx.com for details, times and classes. After the REM races conclude the track will be available for open practice.

10 AM – 3 PM | Free Demos are available on Alta Motors MX and MXR models on the Stadiumcross track! The layout will be mellowed for a broad range of skill levels, but give Alta a ride during the downtime between motos. It’s a unique experience riding without a clutch and feeling that electric torque that everyone should check out.

12 PM – 3 PM | Bring your bike over to the Trans Am podium and take a photo with a Transworld Motocross Pin-up girl!

3 PM – 8 PM | Hanger 24 presents the Trans AM SX party! Supercross will be visiting Indianapolis and this will be the first East vs. West Shootout of the year! Come to the barn near the starting gate and get free food courtesy of Wienerschnitzel! For those over 21 years old, add a frosty cold Hanger 24 beer if you are done racing for the day. After racing the party will continue with live music late into the night.

7 PM – 9 PM | Troy Lee Designs and Transworld Motocross are inviting a select few to participate in a unique event Saturday night that has stirred the emotions of the MX Legend, Troy Lee. Dubbed the Troy Lee Designs Great Escape at the Trans Am, there will be up to 40 riders on the gate riders on the gate, all of which will be a part of a two or three-rider team. This will run on a unique track built along the hills of Glen Helen and teams of Father & Son or Friends & Amigos will trade places lap after lap after lap on a freshly prepped circuit. Bring your headlights, because this could go into the dark hours of the evening! You will be able to spectate with friends watching the racers headlights through the hills of Glen Helen and the always chaotic team rider switch right in front of the SX Party! Don’t miss this event.

Sunday, March 25th

The final day of racing will follow the same schedule as Saturday. The first sight lap will run at 8 AM, with additional sight laps every 10 motos until the schedule is completed.

10 AM – 3 PM | Alta Motors will be doing demos once again on the Stadiumcross track!

The REM Track and PeeWee track will be open for riders of all ages and bike sizes to practice on.

Our whole purpose for doing this Vet Classic format is to get more of our friends out to the races. As we get older, have kids and take on more responsibilities we drift apart from acquaintances. This is a weekend to bring back the best of times and have some fun like we used to. We look forward to seeing you there! Thanks to all our partners supporting this event and Vet racing. 51FIFTY Energy Drink, Alta Motors, MTA Distributing, Troy Lee Designs, Wiseco, Sprinter, Walters Mercedes Benz of Riverside, Wienerschnitzel, Hanger 24, FMF and Nature’s Bakery.

MARCH 23-25, 2018


Wiseco 2 Stroke Open (All Ages 25+ | Open Displacement)
Vet Starter 30+ (Six Months Or Less Total Racing Experience)
25+ | Beginner, Novice, Intermediate, Expert
30+ | Beginner, Novice, Intermediate, Expert, Pro
35+ | Novice, Intermediate, Expert
40+ | Beginner, Novice, Intermediate, Expert, Pro.
45+ | Novice, Intermediate, Expert
50+ | Beginner, Novice, Intermediate, Expert.
55+ | Novice, Intermediate, Expert
60+ | Beginner/Novice, Intermediate, Expert
65+ Beginner/Novice, Intermediate, Expert
70+ Open
25yrs - 39yrs Beginner/Novice 250cc (2-Stroke or 4-Stroke)
25yrs - 39yrs Intermediate/Expert 250cc (2-Stroke or 4-Stroke)
40+ Beginner/Novice 250cc (2-Stroke or 4-Stroke)
40+ Intermediate/Expert 250cc (2-Stroke or 4-Stroke)
20 - 29 Women Open
30+ Women Open
Wiseco 2 Stroke Open (Open age and CC's)
Clydesdale (25+,  Rider Weight Is Minimum 220 Pounds)


Justin Jones Wins Sprint Hero Round 2

Cedar City, UT (3/11/2018) – Justin Jones won the Sprint Hero Racing Series held at Iron Mine Raceway. Jones, riding his Monster Energy Honda, beat out Cole Shondeck and Destry Abbott for the victory and took the points lead in the process. The event was the second of three being held this season.

Weather was dry on Saturday with slick and dusty conditions. Rain overnight brought the track surface around nicely on Sunday with perfect racing conditions. Jones, who finished second in the first race at Glen Helen, had to play catch up after a hard tumble during Saturday’s race. He came back on Sunday and took the win.

“On Saturday, Destry and Cole Shondeck were really going fast and I didn’t make it easy on myself,” said Jones. “I made a lot of mistakes and went down hard once. I rebounded on Sunday and conditions couldn’t have been better. We had a decent amount of rain last night and I came out on top.”

Jones enjoys the new series as it offers something for everyone. Not only does it feature 22 classes, the format also allows people of all fitness and experience levels to challenge themselves on the different tests.

“This is favorite type of racing because you have competition in your class, but you’re really racing against yourself and the clock,” said Jones. “You can really turn yourself inside out in minutes and it shows raw speed off road.”

After finishing fifth in the opener, Shondeck decided to run the whole series and was rewarded with a runner-up finish, just behind Jones. A veteran motocross racer, Shondeck said the format has helped him really come up to speed in off-road racing.

“It was an awesome weekend. The Enduro Test was super cool. The single-track section was tight and completely different than the rest of it. The GP sections were fast, but they were fun. You get a little bit of everything out here. I grew up doing motocross and I’m a little bit new to the off road stuff,” said Shondeck.


Forty-five-year-old Destry Abbott finished third on the weekend, just ahead of his son Cooper. Despite fitness levels challenged by chemotherapy, Abbott was able to put in competitive runs both days. He said the new format allows him to continue racing.

“This series is for everybody,” said Abbott. “My fitness isn’t all there. I’m still dealing with chemo and being 45 isn’t the best, so this style is really the best for me right now. You can be young or old and this is a great style of racing. This series is really going to take off. You come in, talk to your buddies and have a good time. Then you go out and do another test.”

The Sprint Hero Racing Series finishes its season at Canyon MX in Peoria, AZ. That event is scheduled for April 14-15.

Sprint Hero Racing Utah Results

1. Justin Jones

2. Cole Shondeck

3. Destry Abbott

4. Cooper Abbott

5. Steven Gibson


RV and a YZ125



OUCH! Portugal Hard Enduro

 Portuguese Hard Enduro Series round two action from Chaves is the kind of distraction we all need a little of on a Monday. It looks wet, muddy and perfect enduro riding!



Daytona Results!


  1. Justin Brayton (Hon)
  2. Eli Tomac (Kaw)
  3. Cooper Webb (Yam)
  4. Christian Craig (Hon)
  5. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
  6. Jason Anderson (Hus)
  7. Weston Peick (Suz)
  8. Dean Wilson (Hus)
  9. Blake Baggett (KTM)
  10. Broc Tickle (KTM)
  11. Benny Bloss (KTM)
  12. Chad Reed (Yam)

Yamaha Explains NIKEN LMW Ackermann Steering System

Technology Moving On!

The Yamaha NIKEN's revolutionary Leaning Multi Wheel (LMW) platform introduces a totally new concept to the world of motorcycling and takes corner carving confidence to another level


2018 Transmoto 12hour Enduro Highlights 

The best bits from the 2018 Transmoto 12-Hour at Batemans Bay, powered by KTM​. You don’t want to miss this! Get ready, because the next Transmoto 8-Hour in Bright, Victoria on April 28-29 is sneaking up fast.