Superbike Changing Format
In an effort to make things more exciting, the governing body for WorldSBK (the Superbike Commission) has announced some interesting changes to the race format. It’s quite complicated, and I’m honestly not sure how any fan (casual or hardcore) will be able to follow it. I’m all for changes, and Lord knows we could use some in dirt bike racing, but this is kind of baffling. The Superpole session, which runs on Saturday morning, will continue to set the grid for Race 1. This is where it gets complicated. Moto Matters has a good breakdown of it all.
The biggest change is also the most surprising and the least comprehensible. There is to be a major shake up in the way the grid for the second World Superbike race is set. The Superpole session run on Saturday morning will continue to set the grid for Race 1. The grid for Race 2, however, will be partially set by the results of Race 1, using a slightly complex formula.
The first three rows of the grid for Race 2 will be filled by the riders who finished in 1st through 9th place in Race 1. They will not, however, line up in their finishing order. The riders who finished in 4th, 5th, and 6th in Race 1 will start Race 2 from 1st, 2nd, and 3rd on the grid. The riders who finished in 7th, 8th, and 9th will start from 4th, 5th, and 6th.
The riders who finished on the podium, however, will line up on the third row of the grid in reverse order. This means that the winner will line up in 9th, the rider who finished 2nd will start in 8th, and the rider who finished in 3rd will start the race from 7th on the grid.
Read more about the changes here.
Burton Goes To South Park
Burton Snowboards has collaborated with South Park, Comedy Central’s hit animated series, to create a custom line of snowboards, beanies, gloves, and more. South Park’s stars—Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny—are also represented in the line. Check out more at Burton.
Ken Block, Top Gear
Ken Block, co-founder of DC Shoes and star of the highly-popular Gymkhana videos, recently went on the new Top Gear show and drove around with current motocross fan and former Friends star, Matt LeBlanc. Apparently the segment was fairly short, so this week the BBC decided to release an extended director’s cut which is just over 10 minutes of AWESOMENESS. The duo tours London in Block’s Hoonicorn Mustang and it’s amazing.
If you thought I was lying about LeBlanc being a moto fan, you’d be mistaken. Check out this interview we did with him at Anaheim 1 last year.
Nah, I’m Good
Toby Price Doc
Red Bull TV recently released their documentary on Toby Price. “Paying the Price” looks at the life of the off-road racer who earlier this year won the Dakar Rally, becoming the first Australian to win the event and the first rider to win in just his second attempt. If you don’t know the story of Price, he’s lucky to be walking—rather less winning the world’s toughest off-road race—after breaking his C6, C7, and T1 vertebrae in a crash in April 2013. The film runs just over 37 minutes, but it’s well worth a watch. Check it out on RedBull.tv.
Jokers and Pastrana
This is about a month old now, but still worth shining some light on. Impractical Jokers, a hidden-camera-practical joke reality series which airs on TruTV, and is legit funny, recently teamed up with Travis Pastrana and Nitro Circus for an episode. They visited Pastranaland to do some riding, and well, things went a little sideways.
Q ended up with some broken ribs and nerve damage from the crash. The show also visited the Nitro Circus tour and … well, just see for yourself.
You can read more about it on Nitrocircus.com.
Kyle Wester recently broke the world record for fastest speed ever recorded on a skateboard when he hit a blistering 89.41 miles per hour!!!!!! Santa Cruz Skateboards captured the incredible feat, which took place in Colorado.
Now This Makes Winter Look Appealing
Rossi Wins Monza
Valentino Rossi, a nine-time MotoGP Champion, captured his fifth Monza Rally Show victory at the 37th running of the event. Rossi and co-driver Carlo Cassina defeated WRC star Daniel Sordo (Hyundai) by 18.4-seconds after an hour and a half of competition, spread over 10 stages. Rossi drove an M-Sport prepared Ford Fiesta.