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.
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Jimmy Albertson, the young American getting ready to embark on the Grand Prix tour, rode the last round of the Italian Championship and took sixth on the day and fifth overall in the series. “Rocky, slimy, scary were a few of the words to describe the track,” he wrote on www.jimmyalbertson.com.
The eBay Find of the Week comes from Trent Howie, who spotted a 1986 Loretta Lynn’s Amateur National race program on the virtual auction clock.
Longtime Ohio racer Chris Whitcraft is respected rider now unfortunately suffering from a back injury. Friends have put together a site to help Chris out in a very tough time. Please take a moment to visit www.helpchriswhitcraft.com.
They have also put together a Help Chris Whitcraft Bike Raffle on Sunday, May 2 at 5:00.
Event: Help Chris Whitcraft Bike Raffle
Start Time: Sunday, May 2 at 5:00pm
End Time: Sunday, May 2 at 5:10pm
Be sure to check out www.dreamtraxx.com. Jason Baker and the boys over at MADesign have posted an all new gallery page displaying the 'Dream Traxx' of some of the top riders in the sport like James Stewart, Tim Ferry, Nico Izzi, Matt Boni, BBMX, Super X Australasia, Chad Reed (Australia Track) X-Games and more. Get a first hand look at how Jason makes each track a pure work of art.
Here’s a note from reader Matt Emmott:
I live in Uxbridge Mass, and the local public motocross track was shut down by the town back in 2007. Recently, the owner has gathered enough signatures to go before the local board of selectmen on March 30 and ask that the track be allowed to re-open. When the track was open it was home to several local racers as well as stars like John Dowd and Keith Johnson.
The track is Uxbridge Motorsports Park, and I have set up a Facebook group that people can join to show their support.
For those of you in the Boise area,Todd Huffman of MX Files fame just sent over a DVD transfer of Dirt Digger stalwart Bruce Young’s archival 8mm footage from Inter-Ams and Hangtown races in NorCal back in the late '60s and early '70s. This rare footage will premiere Saturday night as part of the Racer X Vintage Inter-AM festivities being held in Boise at the famed OMC track. Free admission to the races on both days and the video will be shown throughout the evening at nearby O’Michael’s Pub and Grill at Bogus Basin and Hill Rds. in Boise. Bruce Young will be there along with JT Racing founder John Gregory and Resource Marketing’s hot new rider Chuck Sun. Door prizes from MX Files and a concert by the Blues Addicts is also part of the Saturday evening show.
And finally, the Stimilon MX Classic is, well, wow, we’re not sure. We do know it takes place at Southwick’s MX 338, and pre-entry is coming up soon. That’s all we really know about it, though this video might help.
That’s all. Thanks for reading Racerhead. See you at the races.