Who turned the winter on? Racerhead is coming to you from a coffee shop on the road here in West Virginia, but I’m wishing it were from somewhere with a fireplace. It’s been a busy week, and I was mostly out in Southern California, but it was cold there too. What gives?
I did not make it to the Rockstar Energy Drink U.S. Open, as it was just a little too close to my last big trip to Italy for the Red Bull Motocross of Nations, though I did stop by Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki… Wow, that’s a lot of energy. I wasn’t at the Weston Beach Race in England either, which sounds like it just may have had the largest start-stretch pileup in the history of motorcycle racing (I hope everyone is okay over there).
I did hear that today will be a big day with possibly a decision or two made on who will be racing what in 2010, so I am going to sit back like everyone else and see.
But the most fantastic rumor of the week I heard was that Kevin Windham might end up as the second rider at L&M Racing. Now I just know Larry Brooks is going to call later, but that is what I heard out there on the mean streets of SoCal.
And I won’t miss tomorrow’s U.S. Open highlights show and preview of 2010 on CBS tomorrow, which starts at 1:30 p.m. EST. That’s just enough time to watch some SX and then head to the football game!
Where was I? Oh yeah, the racing on Saturday night was great – so many crashes, take-outs, and unexpected charges through the pack. Sure, Stewie ran away with it both nights, but on the second night, he had to work for it a little bit when Ryan Villopoto
sped off while James dealt with the very fast Dan Reardon
. It was a great debut for the 2010 YZ450F, and if all the hype about that bike is correct, then we may see James really blow our wigs back this coming supercross season.
You can read my Observations column for more dirt on that race, and let me just say again, I felt sorry for Heath Voss
all weekend long. I was just laughing (sorry, Heath) about that with another guy who was there and we remarked that we’ve never really seen a guy get punted so many times in a weekend. Heath did his share of that as well, but most times he was the guy getting it, not dishing it out.
Guess what: Josh Hansen
doesn’t like me. I suppose he read my column from the race where I basically wondered how he got that ride when there are so many other racers out there that need something. Just because I’m putting that question down in writing doesn’t mean that I’m the bad guy; it’s just that there are lots of guys out there who have done more yet have less right now—nothing, in many cases.
Now, having said that, I hope Josh does well, and I’ll be the first guy to write when he has a good race and shows speed. There’s nothing personal with Hanny, but the spotlight’s on him again. He’s on one of the best teams, the equipment is great and, once again, it’s on him to prove me and so many others wrong.
The mechanics’ challenge at the Open was an event that hit close to the heart, and I applaud Feld for trying some new things to make it exciting. I just wish the teams had stuck to the “spirit” of the rules and not tried to look for any possible advantage that they could get by running some sort of setup that they would never race with. Oh well, I guess that’s why these guys are in the racing world in the first place: because they’re so competitive!
So the next race on the calendar is the Bercy Supercross in Paris from October 30 through November 1. This is the longest-running supercross in Europe and is always a good time for the riders and fans alike. I was checking out some tickets, and you can still get some pretty cheap ones! If you’ve never seen 15,000 French fans drunk on warm beers, blowing airhorns and freaking out, I suggest you check it out.
Some of the American riders have yet to be determined for the race, but James Stewart
is in, and some of the other names tossed in there include Nick Wey, Josh Hill, Ezra Lusk, Jason Thomas, Grant Langston, Dean Wilson
, and Blake Baggett
Speaking of Lusk, I spoke to him this morning about the race, as somehow I got roped into helping to reach out to guys to gently prod them into making a decision. I mean, the race is only two weeks away! Yogi seemed open to the idea and maybe the comeback will continue. No word on an official comeback to supercross but Ezra did tell me after the Open that he would know something in a couple of weeks.
Check out pulpmx.com
once you’re done reading everything here on Racer X. Have a good day, I’m out.
Time for Ping:
SkullCandy is working on a new Arenacross series
in the Salt Lake City area. If you live anywhere near there and you usually park your bike for the winter months, you might want to hold off for a while.
Last weekend I was in Mettet, Belgium, for what has become one of the biggest yearly motorcycle races in Europe. It is called the Proximus Superbikers, and it very closely resembles the original Superbikers event that Gavin Trippe
promoted here decades ago at Carlsbad Raceway. It is a multifaceted event that brings in the best Supermoto riders in the world as well as some of the biggest stars of motocross and road racing in Europe.
Stefan Everts, Mickael Pichon, Josh Coppins
, and Frederic Bolley
were among the Euro motocross royalty in attendance. I went over with Jeff Ward, Micky Dymond, Mark Burkhart,
and several other American riders. The event was amazing and you’ll be able to read about it in a feature story I’m writing for an upcoming issue of Racer X Illustrated
is back on a bike! No, he isn’t racing motocross either. Damon joined the Peterson family at a hillclimb event in Idaho recently. I didn’t hear how he did but I’ll bet he’s a fan of that sport now.
Today could be a pivotal day in the silly season. Mitch Payton
has been holding things up by not selecting his last rider. He currently has Tyla, Weimer,
finished, which leaves room for one more guy (Hansen is an additional rider who will be on a 450). He’s been talking to four different riders, and as of last night, he was still undecided about who he would select. The problem is that none of those four riders will do anything else until they know that they don’t have a ride with Mitch. Payton assured me that he would have his answer by this afternoon. Look for a breaking news piece as we learn more.
And then look for the rest of the riders to find a home quickly so they don’t get left without a ride.
And if you get really, really bored this weekend, listen to the anniversary podcast
Mr. Matthes did with me earlier in the week--it’ll probably get us both in trouble! Though probably not the vitriol being hurled DC’s way after his DMXS discussion earlier in this week.
sent in a picture of his most recent work
Using Steve Giberson’s photo of Canard from High Point, Mount Morris, I completed the drawing of the 2008 East Coast Lites Supercross Champion on the 16th of August 2009 after working on it for 2 weeks, with an estimated time of around 25 hours spent all together from start to finish.
I contacted Trey who kindly signed it and was really impressed with the amount of detail involved, and said it will be something he will have framed up forever.
Good news if you have DirectTV. Racer X
reader Manny Cordero
sent us an email saying: “I just found out channel Altitude #681 on DirecTV will be broadcasting the 2009 Motocross of Nations on October 21 at 1:00 am ET. Set your DVRs for some great racing.”
More good news, this coming from Tom Chandler
I was unfortunate enough to have two of my personal bikes stolen as well as bikes belonging to other individuals. Due to Racer X and other sites helping to get the word out, all of the bikes were recovered. Many thanks to the entire moto community for the help. I received calls from all across the country regarding the Racer X posting. Again, thank you. It never ceases to amaze me how tight our sport is in regards to us watching out for each other. Thanks to the Richland City Police Department for their work that resulted in putting some scumbags in jail.
If you haven’t already, make sure you check out www.eastmx.com
, which is owned and maintained by our friend Jace Wade
. Jace has been shooting photos and video in East Coast motocross circles for years, and he’s as die-hard as it gets. Swing on over and check out his videos—he’s got some really cool stuff.
Want to check out what a Monster Energy store
could look like in the future?
Or how about an Xtreme Convenience Store
Check this page
out. It’s is full of digital version of the So. California Motocross Newspaper
editions from 1974 and ’75.
Reader Terry Cusack sent over this crazy YouTube clip
Want an instant collector’s item? We have a stack of Chad Reed
#22 Suzuki number-plate stickers that we’re mailing out. To claim yours just send a self-addressed stamped envelope to:
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sent us some info and photos from the Brazilian Supercross this past weekend, where Roberto Castro
topped Antonio Balbi
for the win. “A poor track suited more for 85s than 450s, on a borrowed bike, and Balbi’s error was forced as Roberto was right on him, coming hard. But Brazilians love Brazilians. It was a real nice payday for Latin America, though.”
We got this update from Mark Turner
Just to let you know it has been decided that there will be no re-running of the Weston Beach race. From what I can gather, the medical services were unable to cover the re-running of the event at such short notice. One of the riders still remains in the hospital in critical condition, and it goes without saying that we all wish him a speedy recovery. I have also enclosed one of my shots of the start just to show how bad the conditions were.
And finally, there is this sad note we received:
One of our MX brothers (along with seven others) lost his life in Afghanistan on October 3 in an attack on his base in Nuristan province. Stephan Mace was the son of Potomac Vintage Riders member and AHRMA racer Larry Mace. His father posted the following about his death.
“Thanks to everyone for prayers and thoughts regarding Stephan’s loss of life in Afghanistan, October 3rd. Only a few of you knew him well, but he lived life to the fullest in everything he did. He started racing at the age of seven, along with Chris at the age of four. After finishing seventh at the Mini O’s in Florida after only riding a year and a half against the
likes of Millsaps, Lawrence, Hackley, Renner and Wages, he decided to pursue other sports. He loved to fish and hunt and even went on three safaris to South Africa. He will be buried at Arlington national cemetery on October 19 at 10:00 a.m. We have asked for any donations go towards the Healing Waters @ www.projecthealingwaters.org.”