Apparently, Tiger Woods was in some sort of car crash last week and it made national news. Then global news. Then even motocross news (one of his 12-and-counting conquests was a pit promo-chick at one point). Tiger-the-cheetah has been God’s gift to talk show hosts, bartenders and classroom clowns. But when I mentioned here last week, some of our more motocross-centric readers took offense to it, like, What the hell does that have to do with moto? It’s a golf story, right?
Sure it is. And the golf world is reporting on it. In some ways they circled the wagons to protect Tiger—that’s what enthusiastic, endemic publications will do for their athletes—but now the truth to the matters is going beyond punch lines about three-irons, seven-under Tiger, and playing through.
In motocross, we as media folks also do some wagon-circling from time to time. When an athlete is arrested, it usually just leaks out slowly, maybe a message-board post or a Twitter tweet now. But then when you do break a story—as our own Bryan Stealey found out when he broke the news about one former freestyle rider getting arrested for driving a rental truck full of marijuana: Adoptante called him and read him the riot act, explaining that he was set up and did not know that he was delivery this nefarious cargo.
I bring this up because there are a few stories about to drop in the motocross world—a much smaller world than golf—that will have us scratching our heads on whether to report on it as is or not. For instance, the details of Mike Cinqmars’ sudden death last night in Southern California are still not available, but when they do emerge, they likely will not paint a pretty picture. Like former MXer Mike Healey, Cinqmars had demons he was battling, and the downward spiral he was on him landed in jail last year. Nor is the news pretty about the unfortunate end of a marriage for a motocross star, though it’s nowhere near as tragic as that of Cinqmars.
My point is, when we mentioned Tiger Woods last week, we did not realize how much of a joke it was, nor how tragic it would become for his career. But while this column should be about motocross, it’s also about life in general, and sometimes life isn’t pretty.
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German MXer Philipp Klakow wants to race in the U.S. in 2010, but needs some help. Here’s an email he sent us today:
“Hey guys, my name is Philipp Klakow. I’m 20 and from Germany. At the moment I ride the German SX series for the Honda Meyer team, along with Marsack, Evans, Siebler and Johnson. My dream for 2010 is to compete in the first two races of the AMA MX Nationals, but I need some help with bike rental and sign up for the races and I hoped that you guys can maybe give some good advice. Where can I rent a motocross bike in California? I would prefer Kawasakis. A 250F or 450, doesn’t matter. Or do you know of any teams that I can ask to help me out with a bike? Normally I ride the German ADAC MX Masters and I’ve qualified for every race. I have an FIM international license. Where can I sign up for Glen Helen
If anyone can help Phil with a bike, drop him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Oklahoma Racer X reader Charles Hadley sent us this:
“It looks like Robbie Reynard has decided to go into the promoting business and provide another great place to sling dirt on the weekends. The track used to be Sooner State motocross park but the owners decided to call it quits. These same owners were once the proud owners of the famed Motorcycle Raceways, or as it was well known as “59th and Douglas” by the motocross community. Your own Andy Bowyer will remember this track very well as he battled Robbie and several over fast Okies there over the years. I hope Robbie does it right and this track is successful in every way. He’s partnered up with Roger Tate, who now runs our only local race facility here in OKC, and I hope Robbie’s years of racing experience and Roger’s years of track administration will go hand and hand and all of us here will enjoy a lot of great racing and events. Check out their site at ReynardRaceway.com
Glenn McGovern sent over this note about holeshot devices and a recent press release:
Kevin Maret, inventor of the pin-style holeshot device, holder of U.S. Patent No. U.S. 7,051,852 B2 announced Kevin Maret and KTM North America, Inc. USA in Ohio and KTM Sportmotorcycle AG of Austria have entered into a non-exclusive licensing agreement for past and future KTM holeshot devices manufactured by KTM in Europe and distributed in the U.S. KTM after extensive research acknowledged the validity of the Kevin Maret patent and signed a non-exclusive licensing agreement. A U.S. Patent Office provisional patent was issued to Maret on July 26, 2002. Kevin Maret has been manufacturing his own “Tamer Holeshot Hook Up” holeshot devices with his patent number on the devices.
Maret stated: “For years I have put certain manufacturers on notice of the infringement of my patent and offered non-exclusive licensing agreements, but have been ignored to date, except by KTM and a few others that have recently ceased infringing. I intend to vigorously enforce the patent against any infringing party. KTM has done the right thing, and others should do so or face treble damages for patent infringement.”
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Still looking for a Christmas present for that MX enthusiast in your family? If so, here’s a radio controlled dirt bike
that you may want to check out.
Lastly, here’s some funny and unfortunate magazine business
. It goes back to what I was saying at the beginning: Sometimes, things don’t turn out the way you plan, and the closing picture isn’t pretty….
Thanks for reading Racerhead, see you at the races.