Saturday
Nov042017

Nagl to TM

 

TM Racing is very pleased to announce its come back to MXGP. In fact, the Team will take part in the Motocross World Championship Top Class.

The MXGP gathers all the best riders worldwide, as well as all European and World manufacturers. It was 2015 when we last saw TM RACING facing a MXGP with Davide Guarneri, who classified 18th in the overall Championship standings.

The past two years, the Italian Factory based in Pesaro, focused on young racers battling it out in the MX2. Their decision rewarded them with excellent results achieved by Samuele Bernardini. This year the racer won the second heat of the Indonesian Grand Prix, finishing second overall at the end of the GP. Now it is about time to go back to the Top Class and to do so TM RACING decided to enlist MAX NAGL.

The German rider is going to race using a machinery, which is the evolution of the prototype used in 2015. There are going to be several updates in terms of engine, frame and suspensions. The MX 450 FI we will see next year at the MXGP World Championship is going to undergo a constant progress throughout the whole season.

The aim is the continuous development, race after race, in order to have a machinery, which perfectly suits the German rider. His ideal bike.

Marco Ricciardi Team Manager:

“Engaging Max in our Team is a great honor. I have a great opinion of Max, talking from a technical point of view and especially for his professionalism and honesty demonstrated for so many years in the paddock. This is the reason why I think he is the right rider for our come back to the Top Class. To tell you the truth, I’m very proud of being part of this evolution and important project for TM RACING.

The World Championship enjoys great health; however, some manufacturers even bigger than ours decided to shut down their Teams in MX2 while one definitely retired from racing. On the other hand, TM RACING decided to work its way up and go back to MXGP! Now we have to work hard to provide Max with the best bike ever so that he could stay at the top of the standings. Furthermore, we will do our best to bring Samuele back to the goals and levels achieved at the beginning of the season. I’ve no doubts Samu will be able to recover after the bad accident which affected his season.”

Max Nagl:

“I’m very happy to be part of TM RACING FACTORY TEAM. I feel so inspired! TM RACING FACTORY TEAM is a different reality; the team is smaller compared to others and this fits with me. I can’t wait to start developing the new MX 450FI machinery, as well as working side by side with such a highly motivated Team.”

Friday
Nov032017

Hixpania Prologue to Walker

: Robert Lynn / Future7Media

Jonny Walker kick starts the Hixpania Hard Enduro with victory in Friday night´s prologue.

Packed to capacity, the spectators were treated to some close fought racing as Walker rode home for the win over Billy Bolt and Alfredo Gomez in the Aguilar de Campoo town square.

The super enduro style prologue in Hixpania saw Jonny taking the win in the 10 minutes plus two lap race.

“That was such a cool race,” told Walker. “The lap was really short so there was plenty of overtaking and action.

“I led off the start but Billy, Alfredo and Graham were right there and we banged bars for most of the race.

“It was a cool way to start off Hixpania and I´m looking forward to tomorrow.”

IMG 20171103 WA0003

Photo credit: Robert Lynn / Future7Media

The super enduro style track set up by the organisers delivered a good spectacle for the crowd that gathered in Aguilar de Campoo’s main square.

Spectators were treated to three finals with the Knight Pro super final capping the evening off.

IMG 20171103 WA0009

Photo credit: Robert Lynn / Future7Media

After a timed run to select the top 20 riders to take part in the superfinal, Billy Bolt and Eloi Salsench looked like the guys to beat taking first and second respectively.

Fast away Walker took the lead in the matrix zone immediately after the start and managed to hold off Bolt´s continuous attacks throughout the intense race.

IMG 20171103 WA0004

Photo credit: Robert Lynn / Future7Media

 

Alfredo Gomez had to fight his way through the pack and after putting some solid laps, he claimed the final spot on the podium.

For Saturday, riders will tackle the Campoo Xtreme, an approximately 40-kilometre loop around the lake ridden three times.

The loop will increase with difficulty per lap. A total of 60 riders qualify through to the main event.

IMG 20171103 WA0006

Photo credit: Robert Lynn / Future7Media

With riders completing the prologue lap in about 25 seconds, and over 25 laps completed in the main race, keeping track on the final standings proved tough.

Friday
Nov032017

Boise Endurocross Up For Grabs

211302 Cody Webb 4

Photo credit: Tanner Yeager

The 2017 AMA Endurocross championship heads to the Ford Idaho Centre in Nampa, west of the city of Boise, for the sixth and penultimate round of the series.

FMF KTM Factory rider, Cody Webb will come into the Boise event as favourite, but anything can happen in EnduroCross. Colton Haaker, the defending EnduroCross champion, is still suffering from injury and is not expected to participate but there is a long list of riders eager to challenge Webb.

Twenty-year-old Trystan Hart has stepped up this season and earned three podiums in five events. The Canadian challenged Webb at the most recent round in Scottsdale and wants to earn his first win.

Kyle Redmond has earned several podiums over the years and he too, is looking for a win. Ty Tremaine, the three-time Junior EnduroCross champion, still only twenty-one years old, finished third in the championship in 2017 and looks poised to challenge Webb as well.

GasGas backed Noah Kepple, another twenty-one-year-old, also shows amazing skills that could earn him a top spot. Cooper Abbott, son of off-road motorcycle racing legend Destry Abbott, is quickly becoming one of the stars of EnduroCross.

There will certainly be plenty of action in the pro class as well as the other classes, Amateur, Vet, Women and TrialsCross.

211313 Kacy Martinez 6

Photo credit: Tanner Yeager

The Boise EnduroCross will also include one of the Friday night Destry Abbott, DA8 training sessions on the track. The two-hour EnduroCross training session is very hands on with several of the top pro riders assisting Destry in providing instruction on how to tackle the obstacles.

The session is open to all riders (even those not competing at the Boise event). For the $100 entry fee, you will learn how to tackle the difficult obstacles found on tough trails and EnduroCross tracks. This will be limited to the first 20 entries so sign up quickly to hold your spot.

211315 Scottsdale AZ

Photo credit: Tanner Yeager

EnduroCross includes a class for everyone with the Amateur, Vet, TrialsCross, Women’s and Super EnduroCross (Pro) classes. And for 2017, there is an Amateur B Main, which allows more riders to make it into the night show. If you want to give it a shot yourself, now is the time to sign up.

 

Thursday
Nov022017

A Sad Day...Tom White Passes

RIP TOM WHITE | MOTORCYCLE INDUSTRY ICON PASSES AT 68
 

November 2, 2017

Tom White, famed motorcycle racer, business owner, philanthropist, and historian, has passed away after a courageous battle against cancer. He was 68.

Tom was raised near the ocean in Huntington Beach, California, where he grew up surfing before discovering his life-long passion: motorcycles. He soon found his niche in flat track racing, eventually earning national number 80 as a professional.

Tom’s last ride. 

In 1976, White founded Tom White’s Cycle Specialties, which would later become White Brothers Cycle Specialties when White partnered with his twin brother, Dan. Over the next 25 years, White Brothers would grow into a nearly $40 million-a-year company that employed nearly 200 employees at its peak. White sold White Brothers in 2000, and turned his attention towards restoring and collecting vintage motocross bikes.

Over the next decade, White’s collection grew to over 170 motorcycles, including a variety of unique models from brands such as Husqvarna, CZ, Maico, Bultaco, BSA, and others. White believed his efforts were but one piece of a greater industry initiative to ensure the history and legacy of motorcycle racing in the United States remained intact and relevant for future generations of racers and fans.

Tom was loved be many.

White’s Early Years of Motocross Museum, located on his family’s private property in Orange County, California, is not open to the public, but it has played host to motorcycle industry events including product launches, professional racing media gatherings, as well as numerous charity fundraising efforts.

In addition to his role as a motorcycle historian, White discovered another passion over the past few decades: announcing motorcycle races. White became the announcer of the weekly REM motocross series at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California, one of his greatest joys. In 2017, White was honored with a monument along Glen Helen’s Walk of Fame. White also served as the announcer for many professional races throughout the United States, reveling in the thrill of all disciplines of motorcycle racing.

In 2014, White was inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame. And in 2018, White is due to receive the prestigious Dick Hammer lifetime achievement award from the Southern California Trailblazers Motorcycle Club.

 

Tom in his hey-day.

“While we mourn the loss of an incredible human being, we also celebrate his life, his achievements, his passion for motorcycles, and his love of friends and family,” says the White family. “We hope that Tom’s life story serves as inspiration to everyone that fierce determination and good will can yield a life extraordinarily well lived.”

Tom White passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by his family, along several of his favorite motorcycles. He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren, dear friends, and motorcycle enthusiasts around the world.

White will be honored in a memorial service to be announced at a future date.

Wednesday
Nov012017

A MOTOCROSS STORY OF BRAVERY AND GENEROSITY

Tuesday
Oct312017

Crashes plague Nick Schmidt in South Australia

 



It was a tough weekend for Wilson Coolair Motul Factory Suzuki’s Nick Schmidt and Luke Wilson, with bad luck at Round three of the Australian Supercross Championship at Virginia in South Australia proving costly.

With both riders making solid progress at the team’s recent outing in Melbourne, the pair headed in to the weekend looking to better their performances, however both Wilson and Schmidt suffered one of the most difficult outings of the season.

Schmidt who has consistently been one of the fastest SX1 riders in the field since his arrival from the USA suffered one of the biggest crashes of the weekend on Saturday night.

After qualifying in an impressive fourth position, Schmidt was confident ahead of his first race of the evening. Unfortunately, a first lap crash which saw him go down hard placed him in sixth at the conclusion of the race, but despite being battered and bruised Schmidt took to the line for the final and salvaged a tenth place at the conclusion of the round.

“The weekend started off really well – I was fast all day and I just made a stupid mistake in the heat race and hurt my knee a bit,” Schmidt explained.

“It was a massive crash that I had, but I knew that I could ride better than I could walk so in the main I gave it my all. I had a good jump but I got hit by another rider and went down so I had to get back up and I eventually got back to tenth.

“Although it doesn’t look great on paper, there were a lot of positives to take from the weekend. We certainly have the speed so now it’s about putting it all together. I’ll have a couple of days off to let the body rest and then and come out even stronger in Sydney.”

 


Luke Wilson was unable to line up for the nights SX1 main event. - Credit: Aaryn MInerds
 

Unfortunately, fellow SX1 teammate Wilson did not line up for the main event in South Australia on Saturday night.

 

Tuesday
Oct312017

Cody Webb Extends Points Lead with Fourth Straight Win

 

 

 Cody Webb Extends Points Lead with Fourth Straight Win

SCOTTSDALE, AZ. – Cody Webb kept his hot streak alive, taking his fourth straight win at the Law Tigers Scottsdale EnduroCross. The FMF KTM rider had a perfect night, winning the qualifier, bracket race and main event for maximum points. Trystan Hart put in another solid ride for his second consecutive runner up finish on his SRT Husqvarna. FMF Maxxis KTM’s Ty Tremaine rounded out the podium.

Webb took the win in the Super EnduroCross gate pick qualifier to get the night show started off right. His only problem was that he smashed his fingers on a course marker and was concerned about how that might affect his grip as the night wore on. The SRT Racing backed trio of Kyle Redmond, Cory Graffunder and Hart finished second, third and fourth respectively. In addition to the main event gate picks, this race sets the match ups for the bracket races.

The top 12 riders face off in the single lap brackets races and the crowd was treated to a great show in the second round when Hart beat Webb to the first turn and the two battled all the way to the finish with Webb making contact to push Hart out and take the win. That put Webb in the final against Redmond and Webb, again, took the win for his second bonus point of the evening.

The short start straight made for a hectic first turn and Webb came away with the lead. He was closely followed by Hart and those two had a race of their own for the win. Hart kept Webb honest for most of the main but started to lose touch and ultimately finished nineteen seconds behind Webb. For Webb, it was his fourth straight win and he opened a large lead in the championship due to Colton Haaker missing the Scottsdale event due to injury. For Hart, this was his third podium in five races and he took over second from the absent Haaker.

The battle for third was intense as Redmond held the spot early but he was passed by a charging Tremaine on lap three. Tremaine finished lap one in seventh, so his podium finish was an impressive result. Redmond held on for fourth and Graffunder put in a good ride to round out the top five.  

Spain’s Joan Pau Segura rode his GasGas to sixth position. Fellow GasGas rider, Noah Kepple, moved to seventh after completing lap one in eleventh position. A broken foot peg in the qualifier race put him on row two for the main event. Beta’s Max Gerston and Ty Cullins finished in eighth and ninth. Cooper Abbott rounded out the top ten on his Purvines DA8 Yamaha.

Eric Rhoten, Spenser Wilton, Wally Palmer, Quinn Wentzel and Geoff Aaron rounded out the main event finishers in 11th to 15th respectively.

Cody Webb:

Regarding Colton Haaker missing this race and likely the rest of the season, Webb had this to say. “No, I still want to charge hard and it is a bummer Colton could not be here because we were putting on a good show for the fans.” He continued by saying, “In the main, I really wanted to sprint right away but then Hart kept holding the gap the same, so everyone is stepping it up.”

Tuesday
Oct312017

Chad Reed Update

 

Chad Reed Injury Update

 

Chad Reed underwent surgery this week to repair two fractures in his ankle (talus) sustained at Red Bull Straight Rhythm last weekend, he announced in an Instagram post. Despite the setback, Reed, who has yet to officially announce his plans for 2018, said his goal remains the same—to be ready for Anaheim 1.

Reed was expected to compete alongside Ryan Villopoto in the Two-Stroke Class at the one-off event, but wasn’t able to race after sustaining an injury to his ankle. Gared Steinke went on to win the event over Ronnie Mac.

In his post, Reed said he’ll be unable to race the upcoming AUS-X Open in his home country Australia, but will be in attendance. 

"I've been slow on the unfortunate news in respect to @ausxopen The one race on my calendar I look forward to most is the Sydney @ausxopen This years race was always going to have its challenges but nothing I wasn't up for Unfortunately my slight over jump last week resulted in two fractures to my ankle (talus) I saw my specialist and the best chance at a healthy fast recovery was to do surgery So unfortunately I won't be able to compete in ?? in two weeks time BUT I'll make the trip down to see as many fans as possible As for 2018, The goal remains the same! A1"

The 35-year-old spent last year with factory Yamaha, but will not return to the team in 2018. He told our Steve Matthes prior to Straight Rhythm that he’ll likely put together his own deal for next year.

"Yeah, there’s a chance that I don’t race, which is something that would suck, but it is what it is. I put myself in this position. I only want to ride probably two bikes for two teams. You definitely put yourself in a small window. That’s kind of where I’m at. If I’m honest, the new Honda is nice. The Husky I like a lot. So, there’s a chance that something could come together. I think the whole TwoTwo Motorsports concept has failed. I think I made it clear that that’s not an option. There’s a chance that I could go alone and do something, but it won’t be along the lines of how I did it before at all. It will be very, very different. I want to race. If I’m honest, out of all the bikes that I’ve rode and I’ve rode them all, the Husky, I really enjoy it. It’s fun. I like it. It’s light. It seems like it could be a really good race bike. Watching on the weekend the top five bikes being all the same makes me think that they’ve got something figured out. Definitely riding it makes me feel that I could achieve what I want to achieve out of it. So, we’ll see."

Tuesday
Oct312017

Muddy Gotland Grand National

Gundersen

Photo credit: Kalle Lundstedt / racemagazine.se

Kjetil Gundersen has won the 2017 edition of the Gotland Grand National cross-country race – one of the toughest in the history of the event.

The Gotland race, if you haven’t heard of it before is the largest dirt bike event in Sweden, if not the world.

Held on the Swedish island of Gotland itself, which lies in the Baltic Sea, East of the country, the event attracts thousands of riders. The combined entry for 2017 totalled 3144 competitors – it really is huge.

Conditions are often tough, but the 2017 edition proved to be one of the most extreme ever. During the day of the race, the rain did not stop – turning the two-point-two-mile course into a wet, slippery mess.

The course is a mixture of fast tracks over limestone and clay based terrain, but with the rain and the passage of thousands of riders, this simply turned to slop.

Brownie holeshot

Photo credit: Kalle Lundstedt / racemagazine.se

Husqvarna’s Mike Brown turned up to race the event, unfortunately his suspension and exhaust did not. Luckily Husqvarna Scandinavia put a bike together for Brown and he made the start. The American actually took the holeshot, and was racing for a top-five position when he was forced to retire from too much mud in his eyes – a problem shared by a lot of riders.

Last year’s winner, KTM’s Kenneth Gunderson was aiming for his second win when a crash whilst leading and further mechanical issues caused him to retire.

The ‘King of Gotland’ 48-year-old Mats Nilsson, an eight-time winner of the event, took the lead on the second lap and looked set to increase his tally of wins. A crash and time lost in the mud holes eventually cost Nilsson the win, but the Swede battled on to finish a creditable third.

“This is probably the happiest I’ve been over a third-place finish”, told Nilsson after the race.

GGN2

Photo credit: Kalle Lundstedt / racemagazine.se

The fight for the win went down to two riders, Albin Elowson - who finished third in this year’s Enduro Junior world championship, and Kjetil Gunderson – younger brother of last year’s Gotland winner, Kenneth.

The pair fought closely throughout the race, but it was ultimately a mistake by Elowson that cost him a chance of victory.

“I almost forgot I had to enter the pits to refuel,” admitted Elowson. “When I changed my line in the mud I hit a deep hole and got stuck. The bike was deep, deep in the mud, I had to dig for it with my hands and probably lost more than two minutes.”

Albin Elowson

Photo credit: Kalle Lundstedt / racemagazine.se

Kjetil Gunderson was then free to take the win, his first at the event. The Norwegian was over the moon with his result.

“This is something I’ve dreamed about for a long time,” smiled Gunderson. “This year I’ve been working towards the Gotland Grand National since early summer. I rode the Six Days with the Norwegian Team, but for me it actually preparation for Gotland.

“I’ve been here so many times, I’ve seen my brother win four times and I’ve been in the lead myself a couple of times. This time I got it all together. It’s probably the biggest win in my career.”

Podium

Photo credit: Kalle Lundstedt / racemagazine.se

Fourth place went to Rikard Hansson, son of Peter Hansson with Kevin Olsen completing the top-five.

In the women’s category, Martina Reimander took the win, her sister Emilia was second with Emelie Borg Nilsson third.

Women Podium

Photo credit: Kalle Lundstedt / racemagazine.se

Results

  1. Kjetil Gunderson (NOR)
  2. Albin Elowson (SWE)
  3. Mats Nilsson (SWE)
  4. Rikard Hansson (SWE)
  5. Kevin Olsen (SWE)
Tuesday
Oct312017

GNCC 2017 Season Final

Ricky Russell start

Photo credit: Ken Hill

FMF/KTM Factory Racing’s Kailub Russell has taken the win at the final round of the 2017 AMA GNCC series, held in Crawfordsville, Indiana.

It was a bittersweet day as the 2017 series came to a close, the Ironman Raceway hosted over 2,398 riders over the course of the two-day Ironman GNCC event. At the conclusion of Sunday’s pro bike race, it was 2017 champion Kailub Russell who stood atop of the podium and earned his 47th career overall win, making him the all-time most successful GNCC bike rider.

“I’ve worked super hard up until this point, and I have a lot of people around me,” told five-time GNCC champion, Kailub Russell.

“It’s just the attitude that I bring to the race track that allows me to be so successful and never give up. To take the most wins away from Scott [Summers] is pretty awesome. I grew up watching those guys race so it’s pretty surreal.”

Kailub Russell

Photo credit: Ken Hill

XC1 Pro Race

It was N-Fab/AmPro Yamaha’s Ricky Russell who snagged the $250 All Balls Racing Holeshot Award once the race started, but Kailub Russell quickly stole the lead and headed into the woods in first. R Russell wasn’t ready to settle for second and took back the lead after K Russell made a small bobble.

After a three-round hiatus due to injury, all eyes were on Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Racing’s Thad Duvall who had worked his way into third. When the Russell duo reached Twin Hills, they were wheel-to-wheel and had a small gap on Duvall.

R Russell was the first to check into timing and scoring, with K Russell not even a second behind him. K Russell worked his way back to the front during the mid-way point of the second lap, but R Russell remained in the hunt and kept K Russell honest.

Duvall secured the second-place position on the third lap and the top-three contenders became a little more distant until the very last lap when Duvall increased his pace. Unfortunately, he couldn’t make the pass on K Russell who ended up claiming the last win of the season. This victory marked K Russell’s 47th career win, breaking Scott Summers’ all-time bike wins record.

Although he finished as the runner-up, Duvall’s comeback ride proved that he will be back in full force next year as he makes his bid for the title. R Russell rounded out the top three overall.

Thad Duvall jump

Photo credit: Ken Hill

“I’m a little disappointed in second, because I thought I had the win in me,” explained Duvall. “It took me a couple laps to get going, I was pretty timid with my wrist at first. I haven’t ridden that pace for a couple months now, but once I got going I just kind of stayed even.”

Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/ Husqvarna’s Grant Baylor had one of his best rides of the season, where he narrowly missed the podium in fourth, and Josh Strang raced his Rockstar Energy Factory Husqvarna Racing backed machine into the top five.

XC2 250 Pro Race

Indiana native and RPM/KTM’s Mike Witkowski found himself in a favourable position after the green flag waved on the XC2 250 Pro start to earn the $100 Hot Cams Holeshot Award. JCR Honda’s Austin Lee led the first two laps, until Austria’s Pascal Rauchenecker made the pass for the lead and continued leading until the chequered flag – marking his first career GNCC win.

Pascal Rauchenecker

Photo credit: Ken Hill

The 2017 class champion, Josh Toth, placed his N-Fab/AmPro Yamaha in the runner-up position, while Coastal Racing’s Craig Delong rounded out the class podium.

Jimmy Jarrett shot off the line to earn the $100 Wiseco Holeshot Award in the FMF XC3 125 Pro-Am class, but at the conclusion of the three-hour race it was Coastal Racing/Husqvarna’s Jack Edmondson standing in the middle of the box.

Chris Venditti and Rocky Mountain ATV*MC/KR4/ Husqvarna Team’s Hunter Neuwirth finished second and third.

With a 23rd overall finish, Levi Keller was awarded top amateur honours and the Open A class win. After a hard crash, Coastal Racing’s Alex Teagarden recovered to finish second overall, and Cody Barnes held the third-place position on the afternoon amateur overall podium.

*Overall National Championship Standings:

  1. Kailub Russell (320)
  2. Thad Duvall (227)
  3. Ricky Russell (220)
  4. Steward Baylor (207)
  5. Josh Toth (192)
  6. Grant Baylor (180)
  7. Trevor Bollinger (152)
  8. Craig Delong (141)
  9. Layne Michael (140)
  10. Josh Strang (130)