Birthdays from December 17 to December 23

December 17: Eight-time GNCC Champion Barry Hawk is one of the most versatile riders to ever race in the woods, notching seven-straight Grand National Cross Country titles on ATVs before switching over to bikes, and then winning another title there! Hawk has also proven to be the toughest challenger for European GNCC imports Juha Salminen and David Knight, taking several wins against them and finishing second in the Can-Am GNCC series for the last three seasons.

December 17: One Industries' Danny Dobey

December 17: Racer Productions Graphic Designer Heather Moebus

December 17: For 2008, Tommy Hahn has moved on to the new Xtreme Team Green to contest in the Lites class. Hahn has shown a lot of potential with his smooth riding style and many expect him to be a top runner this coming year. And Tommy has a new rival to worry about: younger brother Wil turned pro after Loretta Lynn’s last year and will be matched up with Tom in the West Region!

December 18: Longtime privateer Tim Weigand

December 18: FMX Rider Regan Sieg

December 18: DeCal Works' Cory Ellis

December 18: Smith Optic's Fritz Roth

December 18: Avid Racer X reader Anna Kimball

December 19: This year, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Austin Stroupe showed a lot of speed and consistency at the last few nationals. He racked up a pair of second-place moto finishes in the first two pro races of his career. If he can keep it on two-wheels, he will be a threat to win some races or even a title in 2008. As it stands, he’s the hottest prospect out of North Carolina since Damon Bradshaw turned pro 20 years ago.

December 19: Twin Air’s Patrick Benner

December 19: EVS Sport's Marketing/PR Coordinator Melissa Hubbard

December 20: I’ve known Tim Coombs since I was 14 years old. His claim to fame is winning the 1988 Blackwater 100 on a CR500 with no bark busters, motocross suspension, and his red, white, and blue Gear Racewear outfit. And believe me, he won’t let you forget it!  But the only problem is, every year his win gets bigger and bigger. First, he won it by seven minutes, then, it went to 15, and now, it’s right around 20 minutes. I guess as the years go by you’re allowed to add a sweet victory like the notorious Blackwater 100.

December 20: Final Lap Amateur Motocross Magazine's Mike "Sir Smiley" Ryer

December 21: Over the past couple of years, James Stewart has made going to the races an unbelievable experience for the fans. Whether it’s his fierce battles with Ricky Carmichael, his dominating performance this year in AMA Supercross, or just watching him ride his Kawasaki to the absolute limits, “Bubbalicious” is the most exciting rider in the world right now. 2008 could be a year that he shows his true potential as a racer.

December 21: Longtime privateer Jesse Casillas

December 21: District 5 MX Rider Representative Ken Fisher

December 21:'s Rich Eggett

December 21: 2007 Trials Inc Advance class champion, Steve Berry

December 23: One of the most extraordinary guys in the industry has to be former Parts Unlimited boss Jeff Fox. He took his family-run company to a whole new level in the last 15 years, then he announced his retirement earlier this year. He supported races and racers on every level, and remains a true enthusiast for all types of motorcycle racing.  

December 23: In 2008, Will Hahn will be riding for the Lucas Oils/Star Racing team.

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