R.I.P. Jesse Masterpool
Here’s Steve Cox:
Many of us have had the experience with some government entity where the harder you tried to make something happen, the more resistance you ran into. That seems to be what’s going on in Canada right now with Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson. Perhaps Dean can head back to Scotland and find an easier way back to the U.S. through there. Either way, his loss is our loss as race fans.
You know how a lot of the time, the guy with the bike problem on the line ends up with the holeshot? I’m going to go ahead and predict a Dean Wilson win in his first race back after an ordeal like this.
Rumors were circulating about whether or not Grant Langston was going to come back for supercross this year or just wait for the outdoors, but when I talked to him this week, he indicated that he’d love to come back for the last couple of supercrosses but that it all depends on how fast he heals up from his brutal crash at Daytona. He doesn’t want to come back too quickly and risk making things worse.
Jason Weigandt pretty much covered everything there is to know from the Dallas SX in his Racer X ReduX column, but here are 5 things to watch for in Jacksonville from the Weege:
1. The RD/RV battle again.
One of these weeks the twenty-lap main event duel has to happen, and hopefully when it materializes, they will be an equal match. Last weekend they hooked up in a heat race and Dungey just walked away.
2. Nearing some rest for the weary.
The only weekend without a race is seven days away. But before then, riders like Christophe Pourcel will have to deal with some pain again. Last week we learned CP has bad ribs, so he will have to add “fighter” to nicknames like “crafty.”
3. The Waterfront.
Maybe Jacksonville isn’t on your glitz and glamour list like Vegas, but everyone was impressed with the waterfront area when SX made a J-Ville stop last year. Not a bad place to be at all.
4. Blowing the roof off of the place.
Besides Daytona, this is the only east SX without a roof overhead (sure was good to have one in Dallas!) The weekend forecast looks pretty good, but there’s an old saying in Florida “If you don’t like the weather, just wait twenty minutes.” Spotty showers are always a possibility. Check the weather here.
5. Can Stroupe regroup?
While rookies Barcia and Baggett have won the last two races, Austin Stroupe has closed the points gap on Pourcel. But had he won those races, he would be in the lead himself. With CP ailing, it’s now or never to make a push.
Here’s Nick McCabe:
This week KTM released a solid prototype and further information about their new electric dirt bike. There are a number of electric dirt bikes (and street bikes) currently on the market, but what seems particularly interesting is the marketing angle KTM is taking. One of the very first points they made in the PR was “a chance for a new off-road sport.” Basically, they are pitching this bike as a solution for those who live in urban areas and have noise issues with the existing internal combustion two- and four-stroke motorcycles.
There is no shortage of companies (Zero, Quantya, Mission Motors, Brammo, Vetrex) chasing success on the electric motorcycle market, but KTM is the first to actively focus on a unique marketing angle for the usage of these machines. The main challenge for these unique products (be it a dirt or street versions) is having a practical battery life. KTM is claiming that theirs makes for one hour of battery time, which is more than a normal tank of gas.
There is a real race for each of these companies to develop the battery technology, as once the battery life becomes a non-issue it can then be transferred over to automobiles, which could eventually do to cars what the four-stroke did to the two-stroke if the world of off road dirt bikes - but that is still a very long way off. One fun fact to keep in mind: Honda, Suzuki, and BMW were motorcycle manufacturers long before they ventured into automobiles, and KTM, with their unique Xbow vehicle, is no stranger to taking chances.