Now here’s Steve Cox
This week, Kawasaki held the intro for their 2010 Kawasaki KX450F, and a video and full write-up will be up later today and tomorrow, but suffice it to say that the bike, at least on the track we were on, is truly awesome. We were out a Pala
, which is a new, sandy track south of Temecula, and to demonstrate how good the bike is, I think I fractured my scaphoid (getting an X ray today, I hope) on the second lap of riding, and I was still able to take some Advil, put some ice on my left wrist, borrow some athletic tape from Cycle News’ Jean Turner, and then ride the rest of the day, doing all of the jumps and going at a reasonable clip even though I could only really hold on with one hand and couldn’t use the clutch.
You know a bike is good when you can ride it basically one-handed and still go pretty fast, and the Kawasaki is that good. More details later.
The only other thing I have to add today is about Josh Hansen
. Just like Jason Lawrence
, the truth is that despite all of Josh’s problems he’s had the last few years, he has always been a nice guy who was usually pretty easy to like. He’s nice, he’s fun to be around, and he’s funny.
However, things get out of hand sometimes. Last year at this time, I remember talking to Hansen after his win at the X Games, and he was adamant about how he was changing his ways and things were going to get better, and he knew what he did wrong, etc. Unfortunately, he still went out and had more of the problems resurface during the supercross championship. And this year at X, his story was the same, so on one hand that makes me (and others) skeptical about how realistic he’s being with himself. But on the other hand, a lot of us know what it’s like to truly want to change, and even to know what to do in order to change, but then be unable to actually pull it off on the first try. I know I was that way with my “weight problem” (yes, I just did finger quotes on my end like Chris Farley in Tommy Boy). I knew what to do to fix it, but it doesn’t all come together right away sometimes. A lot of other top riders have run into similar situations and made it out the other side. So I’ll say this: I honestly think that Josh Hansen
is and was genuine when he made these comments about wanting and needing to change, but I think now is the time when he’ll actually do it. If he can get on a top team for 2010, I truly believe he’s going to do some damage.
Of course, I’ve been wrong before…
And before some of you internet folks go nuts about how he has had “too many chances already” and other such hater-talk, this sport isn’t about how many chances you get, it’s about how fast you can go and what kind of results you can put in. Josh Hansen
can put in great results. The only real question is whether or not he actually will.
Here’s some odds and ends.
In a reverse Ricky Dietrich
type of move, Current 250cc pro MX’er 144 Alex Martin
raced the OMA off road race last weekend at Spring Creek Park in Millville
, MN. The gnarly course laid out by Bill Gusse gave the racers all they could handle and Alex Martin
gave Whibley all he could handle as the 2 swapped the lead several times prior to Whibley making a last lap pass that stuck. Martin finished second behind Whibley. Considering that Whibley is touted as one of the top three or four best off-roaders in the world, that says something for Martins performance. In talking to Alex at the end of the race he said that once Whilbley got around him on the last lap his raw and sore hands just wouldn’t take any more abuse. “Cardio wise I feel good and felt good during the race, my hands are very raw and sore at this point.” Not bad for a motocross guy racing in the woods without a Quickfill gas tanks or bark busters on an old worn out 2008 practice bike.
has apparently filed a suit against KTM. tcannon521 of the VitalMX messageboard accidentally stumbled across this court filing
Finally, Jennifer Clingan is a 17-year-old female motocross racer from Florida. She publishes a small magazine for Dade City Raceway and she recently was featured on a local news station in Tampa for their Athlete of the Week. Click here
to check it out.
So that’s it for this unusually short Racerhead. Thanks for reading. We’ll see you at the races.