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  1. NASA RALLYMOTO™ REVVING UP FOR 2007 Sandblast Rally inaugural event for rally bike program Cheraw, SC (January 2, 2007) – The word among the motorcycle community is beginning to buzz about the National Auto Sport Association’s (NASA) RallyMoto™ Program leading up to its inaugural event, the 2007 Sandblast Rally. RallyMoto™, NASA’s brand of cross-country motorcycle rallying is to run in conjunction with selected events in 2007 in its well-established national automobile stage rally program. RallyMoto™ is similar to "Rally Raid," which is considered by many to be the toughest motorcycle sport in existence. In essence, the riders have to navigate around an extended course interspersed with timed, full speed sections called "special stages" or "special tests". The route between each special stage is known as a "liaison section" and is run at normal road speeds (several terms originate from French, as many of the International events, notably the Dakar Rally, are run by French organizations). The Sandblast Rally, infamous for its vehicle swallowing sand on certain sections that has stranded more than one rally car in the past, promises to be a challenge for the bikes as well. “Sandblast is about the closest you can get to Dakar style racing in the Eastern United States,” stated Anders Green, organizer of the Sandblast event, “It’s got both deep sand and fast sections, and I guarantee that the bikers will be worn out after their 200 plus mile day on their machines.” The RallyMoto™ portion of the event is already attracting significant interest, including the Team Max BMW team being led by Max Stratton running at least three BMW R1200 HP2s in the above 650 cc class, as well as Andrew Fekete on an Adventurer’s Workshop sponsored KTM, and Jim Goodlett on an ESSCAPE.com sponsored KTM LC4 640 Enduro. While shaping up to be a BMW versus KTM battle in the middle and large bore classes, the 250-450 cc class appears to be the province of Suzuki, with a pair of DR400s already slated for entry. “We are looking forward to running the bikes,” continued Green, “It will be interesting how the event finishes out, as it is unclear which classes will have the best advantage given the conditions of the rally. However, anyway you slice it, it will be a challenge for all the competitors, and surely will be a great start to what we envision will be a new, different and extreme series of events for the bike community as well as for the automobile rally community in the United States.” More information on the Sandblast Rally, including a RallyMoto™ FAQ, can be found at www.sandblastrally.com. More information on NASA’s RallyMoto™ program, including rules, can be found at www.nasarallysport.com. Contact: Wilson von Kessler wilson@nasarallysport.com (423) 265-2020
  2. wvonkessler

    what track is this?

    That is Tunnel Hill MX. http://www.hometownmotocross.com/htmxtrackdata/gatracks/gatunnelhilltrk.html There's another area outside of Resca a little further south on I-75.
  3. wvonkessler

    NASA Rallymoto Program Announced

    Bikes are run in a separate run group. Bikes and cars are never on the same special test at the same time, for exactly the reason you bring up. Here's a former thread, with more specifics: http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=318075&highlight=interested+type+event
  4. Folks: We at NASA are very grateful for your feedback on this program. Following is the press release that was issued on the program today: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE NASA RALLY SPORT ANNOUCES RALLYMOTO PROGRAM FOR MOTORCYCLES Rally bikes to compete at selected events in 2006, full national schedule in 2007 Knoxville, TN (January 31, 2006) – NASA Rally Sport officials today announced inclusion of motorcycles in selected automobile rally events for 2006, with intent to present a full national schedule for the bikes in 2007. Cross-country motorcycle rallying, sometimes referred to as “Rally Raid,” is considered by many to be the toughest motorcycle sport in existence. In essence, the sport is similar to automobile stage rallying in that the riders have to navigate around an extended course interspersed with timed sections called “special stages” or “special tests”. The route between each special stage is known as a “liaison section” (several terms originate from French, as many of the International events, notably the Dakar Rally, are run by French organizations). NASA Rally Sport, the stage rallying sanctioning arm of the National Auto Sport Association, already sanctions automobile stage rallies throughout the United States, and coordinates the United States Rally Championship with the United States Auto Club (USAC). “With a full schedule of automobile events already, including the United States Rally Championship, it seemed to be a no-brainer to add the bikes to our events,” stated John Shirley, a principal in NASA Rally Sport, “Just like with automobile rallies, we saw a competition area that had not been developed in the United States, but has tremendous participation at an international level. Since our national event infrastructure is already in place, we should be able to bring the bikes online relatively quickly and seamlessly.” “The plan is to have the bikes compete at the Olympus International Rally in Washington State in May, and selected other events this year as a prologue. If the prologue events are a success, and we have no reason to believe that they will not be based upon research and feedback from the biking community, the intent is to present a full United States Rallymoto Championship national level series in 2007 with events on both the east and west coast,” added Steve McQuaid, organizer of the Olympus event, “we’re very excited about this expansion of our events, and think it’s a winner for all involved, competitors, organizers, and the sport overall.” More information on NASA Rally Sport is available at www.nasarallysport.com. CONTACT: Wilson von Kessler NASA Rally Sport (423) 265-2020 wilson@nasarallysport.com
  5. wvonkessler

    Would you compete in this type of event?

    Thanks for all the replies! And please continue with your feedback. I'll update you all as things progress. I can reply to specific questions at wilson -at- nasarallysport -dot- com Regards, Wilson
  6. wvonkessler

    Racing Motards on real roads?

    Please see my thread at: http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=318075 Thanks, Wilson von Kessler
  7. Please see my thread: http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=318075 Thanks, Wilson von Kessler
  8. wvonkessler

    Would you compete in this type of event?

    We've got events all over the US, from New York State to West Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina, etc. and on out west. No crotch rockets. The asphalt can be rough and bumpy in places. The roads are very twisty. Average speed for our cars on the special tests run from about 45-55 on the gravel events, to about 60-65 on the asphalt events. The types of surfaces usually are not mixed by event, it will either be all gravel, or all asphalt. Regards, Wilson
  9. I am involved with a group that puts on automobile stage rallies in the United States. They are similar to Reliability Enduros. Vehicles start one at a time on one-minute intervals, and follow a prescribed route which covers public road sections (known as transit or liaison sections) and closed road sections where the vehicles run full-out at speed (known as special stages or special tests). You may have seen coverage of these events on Speed TV, which shows the World Rally Championship events. Total miles covered in these events range from around 250 with 70 special test miles for a one day event up to around 600 with 150 special test miles for a three day event. The majority of these events are run on gravel roads. Some are run on asphalt. The bikes would have to be street-legal and licensed because of the liaison sections. A stab at classing would be up to 250cc, up to 450cc, up to 650cc, and above 650cc, in both stock and modified form. Bikes would be run separately from the cars in their own group due to safety reasons. A roll book would be provided. GPS would not be needed. Would you be interested in running this type of event? On gravel only? On asphalt with a SM bike? Thanks in advance for your replies. Sincerely, Wilson von Kessler