It’s never too early to start looking forward to summer, and if you live in the Lone Star State, Oklahoma, or anywhere in that part of the country, it’s time to start planning to be at the Freestone National in Wortham, Texas, on the weekend of June 5-7. Tickets are now on sale for Round 3 (June 6) of the 2009 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship at Freestone County Raceway. Go to www.FreestoneMX.com to make your plans today to attend. A lot of changes are in store for 2009, so please read below to get yourself up to speed.
The Freestone National will host three days of racing. The biggest change is the national itself: Every national round of the AMA Motocross Championship will host practice, qualifying and the full motos for all classes on Saturday. The AMA Amateur Day event will now be all in one day on Sunday (June 7). For the Freestone national weekend, the gates open on Friday (June 5) at noon for campers. That same night will be the finale of the 10th Annual North Texas Night Series and Round 2 of the Big Texas Summer Series. Then on Saturday the Pros hit the track. The gates will open on Saturday at 7 a.m. with the Pit Party starting at 9 a.m. Once practice and qualifying are complete, opening ceremonies will start at 12:30 p.m. with the first moto’s beginning at 1 p.m. Returning in 2009 will be the Pro women, which means a rematch of Ashley Fiolek vs. Jessica Patterson, which many called last summer’s “race of the year!” The amateurs will complete the weekend on the same national track on Sunday, June 7 for the AMA Amateur Day.
incredible article on the 1970 Trans-AMA Series with great photos.
Here’s another fascinating account of the opening round of the precursor to our AMA National Motocross Series, the Summer Inter-AM of 1972, held in Boise, Idaho, and won by Gary Jones.
Let me hand it off here to the rest of the guys, starting with Ping:
I stayed an extra day in Salt Lake City and went skiing with a few buddies at Snowbird Ski Resort. Andy Bell, Tyler Keefe and a few others were in our crew and we bumped into some of the Cernic’s Kawasaki gang as well. It was a good time. Even though the bikes ran like crap in the SLC elevation, the mid-winter ski conditions were enough to get my vote for a return to Utah. See you next year.
I got this from a friend this week:
Do you remember when Mike Brown won his 125 MX title in 2001? He was battling KTM rider Grant Langston at the time and the points were close all the way to the end. At one of the final rounds the KTM team manager gave team orders for all KTM riders to take out Mike Brown if given the chance. Steve Boniface actually sat out a round because he refused to follow those orders. They literally took the wheels off his bike.
Follow me here. In 2005, Ivan Tedesco won the 250F MX championship but not before a strange debacle with Mike Alessi at the final round. That’s where Alessi almost blew Ivan out of his boots in a corner and then proceeded to stand on his bike so he couldn’t get going.
Last weekend Kyle Chisholm pulled a move that was totally out of character for the once-thought-of-as-friendly Floridian. Regardless of what any press releases say, Kyle was rolling around the track and then jumped in right behind James as he went by, cutting Chad Reed off and forcing him to the outside of the track. Then he rocketed down the next section and almost punted Chad off the track. It was obvious what was going on. It was very obvious.
The common denominator from all those seasons? Larry Brooks was the team manager for each of the offending riders. Maybe Kyle isn’t the one that deserves the fine.
Here’s one viewer’s take on last weekend’s incident.
That is definitely an interesting point. I think Larry is a great guy, and I know he is very passionate about winning races and championships. I don’t know what he tells his guys behind closed doors and we will probably never know what was said. One thing is for sure, though: Kyle looks like an idiot after what he did last weekend. I don’t care whose teammate you are, you don’t get in the middle of a title fight like that. The most telling piece of evidence here, and I haven’t seen a photo of it yet, is Kyle’s pit board that allegedly said “Good job” the lap after the incident. I didn’t see it, but I’ve spoken to several people who did. Again, if a photo of that surfaces, it will be very telling.
Dan Reardon isn’t racing this weekend in Las Vegas. The GEICO Honda team hasn’t been “super pumped” on his results lately, so they parked him for the finale. Dan will be on a 450 outdoors, and he is flying. Look for Reardo to turn things around starting at Glen Helen.
One last thing: Has anyone else noticed how Ryan Dungey sounds just like Ricky Carmichael during interviews now? I know he’s staying down there to ride and train with him, but honestly, Ryan should come up with his own material, because interviews weren’t RC’s strong point. I swear I heard the words super pumped about fifteen times while he was on the podium. Are we such mindless sheeple that we can’t come up with other words to display our emotions? For any that is lucky enough to make the podium anytime soon, here are some gems you could use besides RC’s coined expression: happy, thrilled, stoked, elated, excited, over-the-moon, on cloud nine, delighted, ecstatic, overjoyed, tickled or jacked out of my mind. Please feel free to use any of these descriptors so you don’t sound like a bad recording of any post-race interview from 1997 to 2006. Thank you.
Maybe I’m just bitter.
Seeing as how the supercross is in my hometown, I took the opportunity to go around and visit a few of the trucks that were parked around. I got to see a lot of bikes in various states of being built, and it’s always interesting to me to see how certain things are done in the engines and chasses, but because it’s nice of the teams to let me in an hang out, I really can’t print the things I see because that would be some sort of ethical boundary crossed and would mean I’d be shunned from hanging out ever again. Anyway, in the past, I’ve been involved with these teams at the highest levels and have seen some really cool things, and hanging out all day with the mechanics kind of felt like old times. Only I got less dirty.
Which brings me to day six of Chisholmgate, and I have to say, I’m definitely in the minority with my opinion that Kyle, and Kyle alone, made a bad decision to try and race with Reedy despite being a lap down. The guys I talked to all think there was some sort of orders given out to Kyle to try and affect the championship, and they’re genuinely upset at the reactions of the team people in the mechanics’ area and Kyle’s girlfriend after the black flag had been doled out. I’m sticking to my guns because I just want to believe in lone gunmen, weather balloons, and there being no black helicopters flying around at night.
Check out the KW podcast.
Please go to www.directmotocross.com for all your Canadian moto news that’s fit to print. If you’re really bored out of your mind, go to www.pulpmx.com.
I spoke to the Big One-Five (your 1997 125 East Region Champion) and he’s healing up fine from his broken heel and starting to road bike and swim himself back into shape. Ferry also told me he’s lifting weights and is “Ferrigno huge” right now. He’s still shooting for Glen Helen, and if he makes it there, he definitely won’t be 100 percent and might only go 4-2 or 3-1 or something like that. Okay, I made that last part up.
I’m still on the trail of Alan King – I’ve got a lot of tips but nothing solid yet. A reader named George Sosnick sent me this picture of King sitting in a bulldozer at the Meadowlands years ago. This is turning into “Evel Update” DC ran in the old RXInewspapers.
What ever happened to Shaun Perolio?
Also in the retirement department, it looks like Cliff White has decided to lay the wrenches down and sail off into the sunset. The longtime Honda championship-winning mechanic has been in-house the last little while, and the man who wrenched for Bailey and Bayle, among others, is surely a behind-the-scenes legend in the sport. Interesting to note: While there are no official records kept, Cliff is tied with Mike Gosselaar for first in total championships won. Will Goose break the tie tomorrow?
Ludo Boinnard, one of the founders of One Industries, is now enjoying life as an international rally racer. Ludo was entered in the Rally of Tunisia in Africa, but then he hurt his ankle in a crash and had to go to the bivouac to be checked out. He was then transported to a hotel in Sebba, then enjoyed an airplane ride back to France to have his ankle further examined. As for the rally itself, the second part of the marathon stage was canceled because of the hard sand wind blowing on the top of the dunes.
(PHOTO It says BSA, but I am checking on the DNA)
This week until May 6, English artist Rob Kinsey is having his second solo exhibition at Dovedale gallery 25 Dig St Ashbourne, Derbyshire. This Saturday, May 2, Rob will be at the gallery from 11am till 3pm working on a live painting, organizing children’s art competitions, and showing his latest large-format work, including the Anaheim ’86 battle between David Bailey and Rick Johnson, a race people still talk about. Rob looks forward to meeting many friends old and new.
The Dovedale Gallery
25 Dig Street
MSR’s Randy Valade dropped us a line with a look at their 2010 offerings. Check it out!
Congratulations to Troy Adamitis, Jessica Young, and the whole crew involved with The Great Outdoors: The Destroyers, which won the Extremey Award this week.
Finally, I would like to say thank you on behalf of my mom, my brother and sister, and myself to Charlie Mancuso and everyone at Feld Motor Sports for continuing to honor my dad by naming the East-West Shootout after him. It means a great deal to us and we just wanted to say thank you again.
Thanks for reading Racerhead.