December 15: Red Bull KTM Factory rider Nathan Kanney finished fourth overall in the GNCC series this year. He was also a member of the American Trophy Team that finished third overall at the ISDE in Greece.
December 15: Privateer Doug DeHaan
December 15:Brian Swink was on fire after winning the 125 Eastern Region Supercross Championships in ’91 and ’92. Jeremy McGrath was dominating on the west coast at that time, and it looked like those two would be battling for years to come. Unfortunately, injuries got the best of Swink, and one of the most talented riders of the generation faded away.
December 16: Cassidy Anderson won the 2006 AMA Supermoto Lites National Championship as a member of the Troy Lee Design’s Red Bull Honda team.
December 17: Eight-time GNCC Champion
Barry Hawk is one of the most versatile riders to ever race in the woods. He notched seven-straight Grand National Cross Country titles on ATV’s before switching over to bikes, and then won another title there!
December 17: One Industries’ Danny Dobey
December 17: Racer Productions Graphic Designer Heather Moebus
December 17: In 2008, Tommy Hahn raced a 250F for the newly formed Xtreme Team Green. Hahn has a lot of potential and a smooth riding style and could be a top runner this coming year.
December 17: OssaPlanet.com Keith Lynas
December 18: Longtime privateer Tim Weigand
December 18: DeCal Works’ Cory Ellis
December 18: Smith Optic’s Fritz Roth
December 18: Avid Racer X reader Anna Kimball
December 19: Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Austin Stroupe showed a lot of speed in 2008 and won two races. If he can keep it on two wheels he will be a threat to win a championship in 2009. Stroupe is the hottest prospect out of North Carolina since Damon Bradshaw turned pro 20 years ago.
December 19: EVS Sport’s Marketing/PR Coordinator Melissa Hubbard
December 20: I’ve known Timmy Coombs since I was 14 years old. His claim to fame is winning the 1988 Blackwater 100 on a CR 500 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! The thing is, Timmy’s win gets bigger and bigger every year. First, he won by seven minutes, then, it was 15, and now it seems he was right around 20 minutes ahead of second place. I guess as the years go by you’re allowed to add to a sweet victory like the notorious Blackwater 100.
December 20:Final Lap Amateur Motocross Magazine’s Mike “Sir Smiley” Ryer
December 21: As a fan favorite since he turned pro, James Stewart needs no introduction. After his fierce battles with Ricky Carmichael, his dominating performance this year in the outdoors, and just because of what he can make his bike do, “Bubbalicious” is the most exciting rider in the world. Stewart has made the switch to L&M Racing and has already won the U.S. Open and Bercy for his new team.