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  1. Chris Cooksey

    The Anaheim you didn't see on TV

    The Anaheim you didn't see on TV Final Coverage of Anaheim 1; I'm going to focus on giving you the inside scoop on some information you watched but didn't get the full story (like when I asked Millsaps if he was sick, and everyone ran with). Starting with the 450 main where it ended before it began for Trey Canard. Sounds like he did some serious damage to his shoulder in a practice crash that caught up to him right before the main, where he left the starting line up 30 seconds before the gate dropped and after completing the hot lap. With that said seems weird that he was able to snatch the last spot in the LCQs about 30 minutes prior, sending Pourcel home. Not sure where his season goes from here, but it doesn't look good. Chad Reed pulled out early in the Main after smashing his water pump on Westin Peick. If we know anything about Westin we know to go around him not through him! Mike Alessi suffered a horrific looking crash over the triple, he came up short and hit as hard as I have seen anyone hit… ever. After coming up short he appeared to lose consciousness while rolling into the next corner. Very scary, but I checked with the team after and they said Mike would be alright. They were also troubleshooting what failed on his bike ultimately causing the crash. Finally, Roczen put the entire field on notice while Dungey lagged behind by 13 seconds but only lost 3 points. In the 250 class Mcelrath was a surprise winner, not too many people picked him to win. Meanwhile back in the pack Bradly Taft crashed early and came back to fight hard for 13th, look for good things from this kid. Justin Hill faded real quick after taking out his rookie teammate Forkner in the whoops. After the race was over Forkner lingered in the rider spectator area with his body language showing his anger. My guess is the PC rig just got really uncomfortable. A few more random notes; looks like Vince Friese has a new enemy in Nick Schmidt as they did their best Bradshaw vs Matiasevich imitation for 17th and 18th. Tyler Enticknap had a spectacular crash in the LCQ that looked like he dove in a pond (puddle from the rain). Josh Hansen quit with a lap to go in the 250 LCQ while in 8th place, not sure why but it looked like he didn't want to be there. Can't wait to see what round 2 brings! Click here to view the wiki
  2. Chris Cooksey

    A1 first practice report:

    A1 1St practice/qualifying report: Due to the rain, free practice was cancelled which forced the riders into an urgent situation; use this session to learn the track. If something happens during the session, they quickly became a spectator. The track was covered during the rain which caused lime on jump faces making it a dusty session. Ken Roczen was so good, and definitely the fastest with ease. Trey took a serious crash in the rhythm section, but is alright. Dean Wilson looked good and hit a triple triple that I didn't see anyone else hit, although lap time didn't show him any love. For me the real action was in the 450 B practice where Jimmy Albertson, Nick Schmidt and Adam Enticknap all looked fast. My co-worker at WPS Kyle Gills had a huge crash, but re-mounted and turned in some good lap times. This track is tricky, it looked like perfect grip but had hidden slick spots where water either leaked onto or wasn't covered the last couple days. When the night moisture rolls in, watch for guys to lose their front wheels quite a bit. In the 250 class Plessinger had the fastest time, but Justin Hill looked more consistent. If I had to bet right now he would be my favorite. In the 250 B session Fly Racing Rookie Bradley Taft looked smooth and fast. His time would have put him right around the 10th spot in the A session and he seems to have more in the tank. Get him on your Fantasy teams. CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE DISCUSSION View attachment: IMG_8712.JPG View attachment: IMG_8557.JPG
  3. Bryan Bosch

    KTM Launches 2015 Supercross Team!

    MURRIETA, CA – December 11, 2014 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – KTM Motorsports was excited to officially kick off the Supercross season at the team launch held in Murrieta, California (USA) yesterday with the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team, alongside satellite teams BTO Sports and Troy Lee Designs, whom unveiled the 2015 Factory Edition SX machines that have been specifically produced for the Supercross championship. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s new team members Justin Hill and Dean Wilson with Roger De Coster Red Bull KTM Factory Racing For 2015 Ryan Dungey will once again contest the KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition under the watchful eye of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team Manager Roger De Coster, together with his new teammate Dean Wilson. Dungey was the 2014 runner-up in both the Supercross and Motocross championships, while Scottish-ace Wilson, whom has enjoyed various successes in the lower-capacity series, steps up to the 450SX class full-time whilst joining the KTM factory team. In the 250SX division Marvin Musquin, who won the 250 class at the first ever Red Bull Straight Rhythm race in October, will be looking to build on his strong performances at the end of the motocross outdoor season, in which he finished fourth overall after missing the entire 2014 Supercross championship with injury. The Frenchman certainly has his eyes set on the main prize in the East Coast series, and is joined by Justin Hill, who will race the West Coast series and is seen as a big potential for the future after some promising performances this season. Hill took a career-first Supercross win in 2014 and five podium finishes in the Supercross West 250 series, as well as the win at the Las Vegas East/West shootout. BTO Sports Team owner/manager Forrest Butler with his riders Justin Brayton and Andrew Short BTO Sports KTM Also contesting KTM factory machinery once again is the BTO Sports KTM team with the ultra-experienced and ever popular Andrew Short, who is signed up to race another season aboard the BTO Sports bike along with new teammate, second place finisher during his debut event with the team at the Red Bull Straight Rhythm race, Justin Brayton. Both riders will contest KTM 450 SX-F Factory Edition machinery. Troy Lee Designs joins KTM with Shane McElrath, Jessy Nelson and Darryn Durham Troy Lee Designs Joining the KTM family for 2015, as announced earlier this year, is the Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Red Bull/KTM Team, which is now an official KTM 250 SX-F Factory bike entry for Supercross and Motocross. The incredibly experienced Troy Lee Designs team has many years of history in the sport, and has signed up Jessy Nelson, Shane McElrath and Darryn Durham to contest the Supercross series. The team is certainly looking forward to racing in collaboration with KTM and has been busy in the off-season making the switch to orange machinery. With the new hotly contested indoor series beginning in Anaheim on January 3rd, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team and the officially supported teams were also pleased to present the 2015 Factory Edition models, which have been specifically designed with the READY TO RACE mantrain mind for the new Supercross season. The bike has numerous changes over the standard model, both visually and within the set-up of the machine, and a limited number are available to purchase in the USA. The Factory Edition models’ main features revolve around enhanced mass centralization, overall weight reduction and improved performance with various engine and chassis revisions. Roger De Coster (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team Manager): “It’s been great to present the new Factory Edition bike, which has various revisions over the standard model ready for the Supercross season and so far the feedback from the riders has been really promising. Everybody has worked hard on the development aspect with a lot of input from our team with special attention for SX, as well as from the World Championship team and with the KTM R&D department to create an all-round strong package in both capacities. Within the Red Bull KTM Factory team we have two new riders that have a lot of potential we hope to extract, while Ryan (Dungey) and Marvin (Musquin) are also revitalised for 2015. It’s also great to have Troy Lee onboard with KTM, and we expect for this relationship to evolve over the next few years; they are certainly keeping us busy and this is an exciting prospect for us. We’re also happy to continue our work with BTO Sports, as Andrew (Short) plays a pivotal role in development, and Justin (Brayton) who looks very happy to be back with KTM. It’s going to be a competitive series as usual, but we are looking for ward togetting started in the New Year.”
  4. Privateers and the Stewart's: Seven Deuce Deuce, Ronnie Mac and more… With Anaheim 1 only a few days away, let's jump right in with some breaking news. Malcom Stewart; he is OUT! There is no concrete reason, only mentions about him not being ready. Despite what everyone is saying about James Stewart, he will NOT be racing at all this season. James is currently in no shape to race, and I hope he calls it a career even if an opportunity becomes available. He has had too many concussions and I personally don't want to see him take any more punishment. And finally, Justin Barcia in coming into the season with an unreported wrist injury sustained during training. As far as privateers to watch keep your eyes on my favorite guys, the Enticknap brothers. Adam and Tyler have been grinding it out at Castillo Ranch within an earshot of Roczen. Watch Tyler, this is his season to make the jump from making night shows to riding main events. Adam has been in quite a few main events and after riding the Australian SX series for Honda I look for him to be a regular main event participant, after the first few events (need a few Factory guys to have issues). I don't expect any more than 1 or 2 privateers in the first couple main events. But as every series progresses we lose a few Factory riders and the Enticknap brothers will be there ready to sneak in through the Semi or LCQ. Jimmy Albertson is back on a 450 where I believe he belongs. This season he only has to worry about himself and his program since Motorcycle Superstore pulled the rug out from under his 250 team. He has the speed to bump some Factory guys from the main events, nobody does better on the bubble than Jimmy. Look for some “air wheelies” across the finish line from the guy who plays Ronnie Mac in the LCQ’s. (According to GBowman: Kyle is now on a 250, see comments) Next is another casualty of the Motorcycle Superstore rug pulling incident, Kyle Cunningham. Kyle is riding a Husqvarna and when his confidence is high he can ride with the top dogs. He has a 4th place finish in the 450 class at Las Vegas when he rode for Vali Yamaha. Like most riders, Kyle struggles with confidence. If he makes main events early he could be a real pain for riders, specifically Josh Grant and Mike Alessi. Team Tedder’s Dakota Tedder has a smooth style that works well with the 450, if he stays healthy and doesn't drop to the 250 class in the East he will find his groove on the 450. The field thins out by the time the series goes east and that is where he could potentially start being a mainstay in main events. Nick Schmidt will be a mainstay battling for the 4th or 5th spot in Semi’s and LCQ’s. He is a guy who Factory riders fear in qualifying, he proved in Germany he can beat anyone in a short race. Other guys to throw in the mix for main events, given the right circumstance; Cade Clason, Alex Ray, Austin Politelli, Dustin Pipes and Jeff Alessi. For the sake of racing I hope Jeff Alessi doesn't make the main, he has no interest on racing the full twenty minutes. I refer to it as “pulling a Kyle Partridge,” or being a rolling spectator during the main event. Look for my analysis, interviews and more from the 2017 Monster Energy Supercross series. CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE DISCUSSION In case you missed it: Part III http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/1211840-monster-energy-supercross-preview-2017-part-3-the-rest/ Part II cont. http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/1211034-2017-monster-energy-preview-the-pack-part-2-continued…/ Part II http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/1210240-supercross-preview-2017-part-2-the-pack/ Part 1 http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/1209621-supercross-preview-2017-part-1-championship-contenders/
  5. Don't know where Fry is...... Don't expect any special picks from Mongo other than maybe a pile of beer cans. But here you go. Let the shit talking begin!
  6. This year is exceptionally exciting as more top riders changed teams or bikes than any other year in recent memory. As I continue my breakdown of riders in “The Pack” I will admit math was never my specialty, and it doesn't take a genius to see I have almost 20 riders featured as top 10 contenders. Bad math calculations or not, some heavy hitters will be on the outside looking in this season. Blake Baggett, from what I hear, has been the fastest KTM during the offseason. Yes, faster than Dungey and Marvin! He seems to enjoy his new bike. I don't think this will translate to a title contender or even winning races, but I do think he will give other riders in 4th through 10th trouble. Also, don't be afraid to add him to your fantasy SX lineup at A1 as I imagine he will have a good handicap and might end up being a double pointer (using Motocross Fantasy). Baggett is my breakout pick for 2017, and yes he wears Fly Racing gear! Davi Millsaps, another Fly rider, will be entering his second year with the Butler Brothers KTM Team. He will be fast, but with extended main events he will also need focus on his fitness. Davi lost a kidney in 2010 and while I am not a doctor it seems like he is sick more than other riders. If he has his health dialed in he could easily be a podium contender, so if you have a cold or the flu please avoid Davi!! Next on my list is Malcom Stewart, while I have no idea what or who he will be riding for, I am sure he will not back down or give an inch. Malcom believes he is a top guy and will not be bullied by veterans like Barcia (Barcia slammed him hard in Geneva, but Malcom gave it right back). If I knew his program I would love to say he could contend for podiums. All I know is if he lines up, it will be exciting. Dean Wilson has been plagued with injuries during his 450 career and has not produced the results expected from him. This left him searching for a team during the off season. Nothing has been officially announced, but it looks like he will be with Factory Yamaha. I expect him to be inside the top 10 and finish ahead of many riders who got the rides he was looking for. This is a career defining year for Deano, if he gets hurt or has poor results this could be the end of his shot at big time racing. One of the most controversial riders on the list is Justin Barcia. While he is still with the JGR Team, they have switched to Suzuki’s. Rumor has it they took less money to ride the yellow bike due to lack of support from Factory Yamaha, along with Factory Yamaha stealing Cooper Webb. Barcia has looked less than spectacular during the offseason races at Geneva and Lille (Bercy). I heard he looked great at the JGR test track but his results were below average which I normally use as a gauge to determine how he will ride this year. During the WPS/Alpinestar launch he told me a story about literally having to break out of the hospital a couple years ago after he crashed and Tomac landed on his head. He laughed while telling the story but I got the feeling he never wants to see the inside of a hospital overseas again. This leads me to believe he rode smart and conservative (other than trying to kill Mookie with a block pass). Also Brayton is really fast on tight tracks, Marvin had a full Factory bike and Mookie had nothing to lose and everything to prove. Barcia will be a 5th to 10th place guy unless he has a breakout ride and gets confidence. The other JGR 450 rider, who also happens to wear Fly Racing gear, is Westin and by default I am pulling for him. He will be top 5 and have a few shots at podiums. Last year his season was derailed after beating the hell out of Friese at A1. Neither Westin nor the team, admitted anything about a hand injury from punching Friese’s helmet but as an avid MMA fan I don't see how those punches didn’t cause a hand injury. I think he tried riding through the injury and never got back to the speed he showed in 2015. As a Fly Rider I would love to see him get up and fight (not literally) at the front and a podium spot. He is familiar with the Suzuki, as he rode one a few years ago and they haven't exactly changed much, so I don't expect any trouble adapting to the yellow bike. Justin Bogle is debuting on the RCH Suzuki team that came dangerously close to folding. I don’t think much of Bogle as a 450 rider, so I don't expect anything from him. Maybe some hole shots and a few cool whips with leg swag but he will be lucky to finish inside the top ten. I don't understand why his services were so coveted during the offseason. He did overplay his hand and barely ended up having a ride at all. Cool whips as he wins a couple semi’s but that will be his biggest highlight. This is it for the pack, all these riders have major team support except Stewart. I don't want to call this the most stacked field ever, because Feld says that every year, but if most of these riders stay healthy…Damn! Next up is outside the top ten, riders who hope to make Main events. CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE DISCUSSION In case you missed it: Part II http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/1210240-supercross-preview-2017-part-2-the-pack/ Part 1 http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/1209621-supercross-preview-2017-part-1-championship-contenders/
  7. The fourth installment of my 2017 Supercross Preview is all about the riders who will finish outside the top ten, or simply “the rest.” Now, I am sure most of their team managers would fiercely disagree with me but simple calculations, along with a stacked pack of riders inside the top 10, says some big names will be outside the top ten looking in. Let's start with the crafty one, Christoph Pourcel. It seems crazy to put a guy who will probably be top five every week during the afternoon timed qualifiers outside the top ten, Pourcel is definitely a riddle. Pourcel has the raw talent to be a title contender but also has lingering digestive issues from his accident in 2007 which significantly cripples his endurance. He is near the end of his career and appears unwilling to push or challenge his limits. With the timed main events his cardio, or lack of cardio, isn’t going to help his cause. As much as I want to see him realize his talent and fight inside the top 5 during main events I don't think he is willing to take the necessary risks. For a guy whose doctor gave a 70% chance of permanent paralysis in 2007 I don't blame him. Broc Tickle is a solid qualifier out of semis and might win an LCQ or two. His strong cardio compliments the longer main events this year getting him a few top ten finishes. Still, I look for him to be a 10th through 15th place guy on most nights. He is a solid guy who RCH counts on making the Main at each round, but unless quite a few guys drop out with injury I don't see him being a consistent top ten guy. Next is Josh Grant and I hope I don't get in trouble for this, as JG is wearing Fly this season! I haven't seen anything from Josh Grant since his first stint with JGR to make me think he can be a front runner. He is extremely talented, but also on his last shot with a Factory team and a steady paycheck. I see him making main events, but my expectations for him after that are not high. He will cash the checks as long as he can, then move on to the next chapter in his life. Mike Alessi will do what Mike Alessi does best, holeshot and road block his way into main events. He will score points but I expect him to hover around the 10th through 15th spots. Mike has never been the fastest Supercross rider but his starts and excellent cardio will get him into mains and keep him inside the top 15. Vince Friese had quite a bit of hype behind him heading into 2016 but his incident with Westin at A1 ( ) derailed his momentum. After the incident his confidence was stripped away, and every track incident since has been dissected under a microscope. He rode timid and lost the aggression he had in the past. Other riders sensed this and made aggressive moves without fear of retaliation. My final burning question; how does Tommy Hahn have support in 2017 when riders like Malcom, Weimer, and James still have none? I know the answer is complex, but just saying! Tommy Hahn, really!? He is not fast, he is fragile and he has questionable cardio. Sorry, but I don't get this signing. Steve Matthes once said Martin Davalos held team owners at gunpoint for contracts. This signing needs to be investigated because I suspect somebody was held at gunpoint. I believe Dean or Malcom will have his bike by the time the series goes east. Next up are privateers, the heart and soul of our sport, our working class heroes! CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE DISCUSSION In case you missed it: Part II cont. http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/1211034-2017-monster-energy-preview-the-pack-part-2-continued%E2%80%A6/ Part II http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/1210240-supercross-preview-2017-part-2-the-pack/ Part 1 http://www.thumpertalk.com/topic/1209621-supercross-preview-2017-part-1-championship-contenders/
  8. MENTOR, Ohio (April 17, 2018) – Wiseco’s Jeremy Martin wowed the hometown crowd and collected his second consecutive Eastern Regional 250SX Class win in Saturday night’s Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, in Minneapolis. Despite the blizzard-like conditions outside, Martin, a native of Millville, Minn., was red hot inside U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings. The rider of the Wiseco-sponsored No. 6 GEICO/AMSOIL/Factory Connection Honda CRF250R was second-quickest in both qualifying sessions, serving notice to the competition that he’d be a formidable opponent when the gate dropped on the third and final triple crown race of the season. The Triple Crown is new for the 2018 season, and features a three-race showdown where both the 250SX Class and premier 450SX Class competes in three main events. Each triple crown event features Olympic-style scoring where the rider with the lowest point tally at the end of the night collects the overall win. Martin gave his detractors plenty to chew on by turning in a stellar 3-3-1 performance, while picking up back-to-back Eastern Regional 250 SX wins. “I just kept grinding and kept working,” explained Martin. “We got the bike a lot better. We’re figuring some stuff out and it’s really been showing. It gets a little frustrating when hear people being critical. A lot of people say I can’t ride supercross, but all I got to say is ‘you can put that in your pipe and smoke it.'" The spirited effort propelled Martin to third in Eastern Regional points, where he trails point leader Zach Osborne by 16 markers with two races left to decide the title. Beyond the series implications, Saturday night’s win was even more special because it came in front of Martin’s Minnesota faithful. “I was pretty excited to win the home race,” said Martin. “To win in front of the hometown crowd, I was going a little nuts after the race. It’s an opportunity of a lifetime to be able to race here in Minneapolis and to get the win was unreal. I wear earplugs when I moto, but I could hear the crowd through the earplugs and over my dirt bike, so I was like, ‘my God, it was loud.’” Meanwhile, across the paddock in the 450SX Class pits, Team Honda HRC’s Christian Craig wrestled with a less-than-easy night. Still, the rider if the No. 32 CRF450R stayed the course and improved in each of the three main events, forging a workman-like 14-10-7 effort, to be credited with a ninth-place finish at night’s end. “We had a tough night, honestly,” commented Craig. “All day I struggled with my breathing and I’m not sure why because that hasn’t happened to me before. I was able to put a fast time down for practice, but in the main events, I struggled and kept having to remind myself to breath, which was spiking my heart rate. I almost felt like my body was shutting down. The first race was the worst after my crash. I got better with it through the night, luckily, but still nowhere near happy. I was able to push through my own battles and finish ninth overall. It’s been a hard couple weekends, but I’ll get through it. I’m going to focus on a lot of things this week and come back fresh next weekend in Foxboro.” Monster Energy AMA Supercross returns to Foxboro, Mass., this weekend after a one-year absence as the series visits Gillette Stadium and the home of the New England Patriots. The 15th of 17 races on the 2018 Monster Energy Supercross calendar will be televised live on network TV Saturday, April 21 on FOX beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 1 p.m. Pacific.
  9. Chris Cooksey

    Supercross Preview 2017 Part 2: The Pack

    Supercross Preview 2017 Part 2: The Pack In Part 1 of my Monster Energy Supercross preview I broke down the guys who are contenders for the championship title. In Part 2: The Pack, I’m going to break down the guys who can win races and podium, but won’t put it together for the entire season. I’m talking about; Cole Seely, Jason Anderson, Chad Reed, Cooper Webb, and Trey Canard. Starting with Cole Seely, now I did take some grief from my buddy Mike Sidner (former Honda Race Team employee) for not considering Cole as a title contender. If Seely steps up and happens to be in contention for the title I wouldn't be shocked, but he has never won a major championship. While he shows speed, wins races and at times is poetry on a dirt bike, for whatever his reasons he can’t stay consistent. I have no reason to believe 2017 will be any different and expect Seely to contend for race wins here and there, hovering between 3rd and 6th all year. Next I am going back to the Bakery with Jason Anderson. He has proven he can run with absolutely anyone in the world but showed a lack of maturity during his 450 career. While he wins races, he also has a tendency to get involved in stupid race or practice antics ( , https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=aRHvHG3vTP8). Even though all the blame doesn’t fall on Anderson, he will need to learn how to rise above the drama if he wants to win a 450 title. He is also coming off a serious head injury sustained at the MX of Nations. This year he might win a race or two but with his track enemies and the drama he finds himself in, I expect him to finish between 5th and 10th in the points standings. Now to a guy who wins races, including multiple titles; Chad Reed! The worst thing his competitors can do is let him hang around till the end of races. In the history of Supercross no rider has been better at closing the deal than Chad. He has an incredible belief in himself and never misses a chance to win with a few laps remaining, but Father Time is undefeated and is catching up to Mr. Reed. This year though, I look for Reed to be the top Yamaha rider and a consistent podium finisher. Cooper Webb is the most hyped rider coming into this season with Yamaha so high on this kid that they stole him from their former satellite team JGR (which was the straw that broke the back and forced JGR to switch to Suzuki). Many people are calling Webb “Beast from the East 2.” Unlike Damon Bradshaw, Webb won't win during his rookie 450 season. Webb will have the speed to win races but I don't think he will. The Yamaha 450 is a tough bike to ride and is not forgiving, just ask the guys at JGR. While he will lead laps, he won't be able to bully the competition like he did in the 250 class. I look for a few podiums, but mostly 5th – 10th place finishes unless a few title contenders have issues. This year is very important for Webb’s career he needs to gain experience while surviving an entire 16 race series. Dungey may retire in the next few years, but if Webb wants to be “the guy” he will have to close the gap between himself and the other title contenders. He needs this season to find out exactly where he is and what it takes to be the best Supercross rider in the world. Trey Canard, I have a hard time being objective when analyzing him. Full disclosure, he is our flagship rider at Fly Racing (owned by WPS, my employer). With Andrew Short retiring we are looking for Trey to pick up the slack. Trey left Honda, where he has spent his entire professional career. I was surprised to see him sign with KTM because early off season rumors had him signing with Kawasaki. I was told KTM’s (Roger DeCoster) decision to choose Trey as their third rider was based on Aldon Baker’s analysis. They looked at film from his years at Factory Connection Honda and analyzed his riding style changes resulting from multiple major injuries sustained during his 450 career. Aldon told Roger he could fix him and on his advice they took a chance. Meanwhile nobody informed Dungey of the plan. Dungey was less than thrilled with this idea as he already has Marvin Musquin and Jason Anderson on his heels. Rumor has it that Dungey vetoed the idea of training alongside Trey. Dungey told Aldon if a rider was needed to fulfill his partnership with KTM and Husqvarna then he should get a 250 rider. As a fan I want to put Trey as a title contender but looking at him objectively I see him as a 3rd to 8th place guy, as long as he can keep it on two wheels and stay healthy. I would be thrilled to be wrong with my analysis but I haven't seen or heard anything to make me think any different… And I looked hard! With so many riders in “the pack” more will be discussed in the next preview. What riders do you think will make it? CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE DISCUSSION
  10. (Connor recently won the gold medal in Rio in the 2016 Summer Olympics in BMX racing and is widely considered “the fastest man on the planet” in the BMX world). Connor: I want to preface this by saying I have never ridden a motorcycle bigger than an 85cc. I have no idea what it is like going through whoops, and I barely even know how to shift out of first gear. What I do know is high level competition. I know what it feels like to be under the bright lights. I know what it feels like to have expectations, pressure, and a group of people relying on you to perform. I know what it feels like to succeed at the highest level of sport and I know what it feels like to completely fall apart at the highest level of sport. BMX racing is not motocross, and while there are many differences there are also many similarities. I believe this gives me a unique perspective and insight into what these riders go through. Me: How does Eli bounce back from a tough fade to 5th? Eli is a guy who is known for having outstanding fitness, was this nerves or is his fitness in question? Connor: Looking at Eli and him getting arm pump, I have to believe the symptom resulted from his mental state and not due to being unfit or unprepared. I have a hard time believing he showed up to A1 not in fantastic shape. He didn’t do too many offseason races and has been healthy all year. He was ready, prepared, and fit. After winning his heat race and knowing he had the speed to win, if he put it all out on the table, he may have got a bit anxious. It has been a long time since he lined up in a Supercross gate (minus Daytona) and realistically knew he had a very good chance to win. That is a tough position to be in for any athlete. Combined with being the main rider for the main series title sponsor in a contract year with anything short of a championship, a failure and….yikes. I can feel that pressure from here. What happens then when you are nervous and anxious? Your heart rate goes up and your muscles get tense. Eli did not show up unprepared. I think that first round nerves and anxiety are the only logical explanation for what we saw out of ET3 on the weekend. The other person who suffered from arm pump this weekend? Cooper Webb, who also had very good reason to be anxious. With that said, Eli did a fantastic job of not losing too many points at A1. With 16 rounds left and only 9 points down, he is very much alive in this title chase. I believe Eli to be one of the fittest guys out there, and now he knows he has the speed and he has definitely improved his start. He will be more relaxed next week and I don’t think we will see this mistake happen again. I look for him to bounce back and land on the podium in San Diego. Don’t forget, Eli had the second fastest lap of the day. Me: If you were Dungey, how would you respond to the brash attitude of Ken Roczen? Do you think Ken is going over the top or is he just confident? Connor: In regards to Dungey I was actually very impressed with him and think the rest of the field should be on notice that the champ is not just going to give the title away. Ryan was fantastic in Anaheim and other than Roczen, was clearly the class of the field. If he is this good in round 1, you know the champ is only going to continue to get better. It is extremely likely that RD1 will land on 17 podiums this year, meaning if you want to take his title you will need to win… A LOT. I don’t know if Ryan really cares about Ken’s brashness to be honest. I think Ryan has the incredible quality of being able to block everything out and just focus on himself. Ken can be “the McGregor” of SX/MX and it’s not going to change Ryan as a person or in his approach to racing. I don’t think anyone is capable of getting a rise out of Ryan. Ryan will continue to work hard, mind his own business, and do his thing. Ryan never gets too overexcited in victory or too down on himself in defeat. He remains in the same emotional range and that is what has allowed him to be so consistent. Being so even-keeled, mentally stable, and controlling his emotions so well off the track has led to him being one of the most consistent riders in the history of the sport on the track. Is Ken being brash? Yes. Does everyone like it? No. Some people do, some don’t. What needs to be remembered is that sport is entertainment and Kenny is doing just that, he is entertaining. Look at the most successful MMA fighters, boxers, and football players. Guys like Tyson, McGregor, Mayweather, Ali, Deon Sanders…these guys entertained. You either wanted to see them win or you wanted to see them get smashed, either way you tuned in to watch. Ken is adding a spark to a group of politically correct riders who won’t say their true feelings publicly. As a rider, I wouldn’t do this because as soon as you’re not winning it can backfire, and I prefer to let my riding do the talking, but as a fan I absolutely love it. Ken needs to make sure he doesn’t try to “make a statement” every weekend. Overriding leads to mistakes and if 95% of your best is enough to win, that’s all that needs to be on display. Me: Was Mcelrath on your radar coming into A1? With this being his first win, will he be a title contender, and what would you tell him? Connor: To be honest I did not have Shane McElrath on my radar to contend for the win in Anaheim. After practice when Jeremy Martin won by a full second I had penciled him in for the win. This is a great early season reminder that practice and racing are two completely different animals. McElrath rode flawlessly, and deserved the win. The question now is, where does he go from here? Does he show up at the test track Monday with the same intensity and hunger he had before winning? Or does he think he’s “made it” and is already a title contender. If he and the people around him handle his victory properly, enjoy it for a day then move on to business as usual, he will be in contention for the title, especially with Forkner dropping so many points in Anaheim. Me: How do you feel about James Stewart announcing he will race this season? Would you advise him to retire? Does anyone have the right to tell a pro athlete when to quit? Connor: James Stewart is not retiring and that is great news for any fan. Whether you like him or not there is no disputing his talent and it will be nice to see him line up in the gate. I don’t think anyone truly knows when it is time for an athlete to retire other than themselves. When an athlete can look in the mirror and honestly say, “I have given this sport everything I want to give it, and there is nothing left in the tank.” Then it is time for them to retire. Not everyone gets that fairy tale ending and often athletes are forced to retire due to losing contracts or from injury. For JS7 to be able to say “I’m not done yet” is a great thing for him personally. I hope he is able to put the finishing touches on his career and not feel like he left anything in the tank. Without factory equipment though, I don’t know if he will be much of a contender for anything other than longest autograph line and most haters. This is my thoughts on the weekend. It has been fun for me to analyze the athlete’s unique personalities and circumstances rather than just looking at the statistics and the riding. Let me know your thoughts or any questions in the comments and you can follow me on Instagram/Twitter/Facebook @ConnorFields11 CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE DISCUSSION
  11. Chris Cooksey

    Defining moments of 2017

    Every year there are moments we look back on and point to as the moments that led us to the end results. A2 was full of these moments, I am going to play fortune teller and point out a few defining moments of this year, most of which happened last night. Ken Roczen and the horrific crash! Nobody wants to see that, whether you cheer for or against a guy, nobody wants to see that. During the broadcast you could feel the mood change from excitement to shock. I can't imagine how Ralph and Jeff feel having to talk about guys battling for 7th and 8th while Roczen lay on the track with his left arm at a 45 degree angle. That was his obvious injury, but a hit like that will clearly have a laundry list of less obvious injuries(concussion, shoulder dislocation, etc…).. This is the moment we will look back at as when the 2017 Championship became Ryan Dungey’s. Jason Anderson also had a moment that will define his future. Anderson is extremely talented and has shown raw speed and talent, but unfortunately immaturity. Being disqualified and forced to watch the Main event on a night when he could have put himself in title contention is a dose of reality he needs. When a guy is constantly having issues with other riders, sooner or later they need to look in the mirror(this goes for Friese too). Anderson will come back and win some races this year, but giving 25 points to Dungey is a death sentence when it comes to Championship talk. On the bright side some pressure is relieved when points are not a focus and winning races becomes the only goal. Don't be surprised if he wins next week in Arizona. As far as the actual incident with Friese, I have seen way worse and the reaction was not equal to the incident. If you choose to ride that way, don't lose your mind when you get a taste of you own medicine. Give the same respect you want to get back, and always assume Friese is looking to clean you out. The worst infraction I saw was the way race official John Gallagher did or didn't inform him of the DQ. An official should not be doing an interview before informing a rider and his team of the punishment. This is embarrassing for the sport and shows Gallagher’s self righteous agenda. It's time to remove him from a position of power, his track record is not good. An official or referee is not part of the show and should not be doing interviews, honestly fans shouldn't even know his/her name. If he was doing a good job we wouldn't. The only time anyone notices you is when you screw up, and Mr. Gallagher screwed up big! Time for a change in power. Eli Tomac, his defining moment came at A1 when he got arm pump. Supercross is a sport that takes a tremendous self belief, if you have any doubts about your bike, training or the competition they will surely surface on track. Had he not gotten arm pump at A1 and kept pressure on Roczen we would be talking about him and Dungey now battling for title. Instead we are waiting for Daytona and the outdoors and wondering if this is his last year on the Kawasaki. In the 250 class Justin Hill served notice that his confidence and conditioning are where they need to be. Mcelrath is a feel good story and will be there if Hill has any issues, but this Championship is Hill’s to lose. Hill came into the series not very far removed from an injury and has raced his way into shape. The only downside for Hill is by winning the championship he will be forced into the 450 class, but that is a debate for another time. What do you think will be remembered as defining moments thus far and how do you feel about John Gallagher?
  12. I posted this on another thread earlier but would like more people's opinions on what would motivate you to buy an electric motocross bike or not buy one. Please read my post before replying if you have the time I've been following and watching these EV (electric vehicle) Motorcycle companies the last few years and I must say I am more than impressed with what is being accomplished, especially in the Road Racing world. The charge times have now gotten as low as 30 minutes (you can even charge these off of a portable or mounted solar panel fixture on the roof of your trailer) and range has improved as much as up to 200 miles per charge on acompetitive sport bike (see Lightning Motorcycles LS 218 model and Brammo, Mission Motorcycles). While the EV MX bike is not quite a total reality to the open market TODAY, it will be in coming months. Currently the there are few "Motocross" styled EV bikes out there from Zero Motorcycles, Quantya EVO1/2, and the lately popular KTM Freeride E. Now I've seen all these in action and have read through countless reviews and though they are all incredible electric motorcycles that are created for the dirt, they don't quite hit the mark when it comes to becoming the next best mx bike to go the fastest around a track on. They are all fun and serve a great purpose to a wide audience of enthusiasts and trail riders but the motocross track racing individual would feel disadvantaged on the starting gate lined up next to the latest 250f's at this point in time. This is why I've had my focus on a silicon valley based EV Motocross bike company called BRD Motorcycles. Their sole mission is to create an EV MX/SM bike that can compete DIRECTLY with the 250f competitive motocross/supermotard bikes today. Here's a quick pic: Now this was their 2012 prototype that claimed some very competitive specs in 2012. Since then, they have completely re-designed the battery packs and power delivery process with some very unique proprietary designs. Here's a quick overview of the TCO of their MX version vs a CRF250R (same as the sm version but for mx) KEEP IN MIND this was the circa 2012 Prototype model and since then improvements have been made. Now I know some of you do your own maintenance and such but take this at face value and understand that these vehicles require less overall maintenance and as time progresses the cost to manufacturer to build these "simpler" motors will decrease as well, bringing the cost down to you. Look at the spec'd performance from 2012 on the BRD Redshift MX and Redshift SM Now considering these specs from the 2012 Prototype model, and the information you can find on updates made in the BRD garage:http://www.faster-fa...lectric-motors/ the actual expected 2014 models should have increased RANGE by 2/3s and DECREASED time to charge. Here are a few links to some of their 2012 released Promotional snid bits out at Club Moto and in the Santa Cruz hills. Club Moto Prototype Ride: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NRllNmeRbRI Private Track Prototype: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsURzdqaTtI Some things to note as an MX dude myself... - EV Mx bikes produce more than competitive HP/TQ while maintaining a perfectly flat and always deliverable TQ curve - There are NO emissions restrictions to deal with (in CA this is HUGE for new model bikes) - Electric motors are by for the most simply designed and least maintenance requiring power units and with technology now making batteries light enough to be competitive weight wise it's time to produce this bike! - A 40+ hp, 25+ tq, 0 emissions, track ready MX EV bike weighing in at around 227lbs (from what I've gathered on recent battery weight savings) sounds pretty AWESOME to me. I love the doors that this will open up in our industry and sport and if you disagree I respect that, but ask that you do your research before condemning them. I used to (and still do) LOVE 2 strokes, but found that it was easier to go faster on 4 strokes, then I found that it was even easier to go faster with an EFI four stroke, and if I follow this trend of always looking to go faster on my dirtbike then it seems inevitably I will be pounding laps on my BRD Redshift MX EV bike soon! Going fast is what puts a smile on my face and if I can go faster on a BRD Redshift MX than on my EFI thumper than I'm sure as hell going to jump in and try it out! Thanks for reading and I would love to see your opinions or maybe corrections if I may have noted something incorrectly here. In the meantime I'll be rippin my green sticker 2002 CR250 and fillin up with my $14/gallon VP fuel and $17/Liter mix - Shelby
  13. Bryan Bosch

    2015 Monster Energy Cup Animated Track Map

    LAS VEGAS, NV – September 9, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Monster Energy® AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, is the premier off-road motorcycle racing circuit in the world, produced inside the world’s most elite stadiums. Monster Energy® Supercross tracks are man-made inside the stadium. Some of the sport’s marquee names include Ryan Dungey, Ken Roczen, Eli Tomac, Trey Canard, Jason Anderson, Chad Reed, David Millsaps and former supercross greats Jeremy McGrath and Ricky Carmichael. Regarded as the king of action sports, supercross has been described as one of the most physically demanding sports.
  14. Chris Cooksey

    The Anaheim you didn't see on TV

    The Anaheim you didn't see on TV Final Coverage of Anaheim 1; I'm going to focus on giving you the inside scoop on some information you watched but didn't get the full story (like when I asked Millsaps if he was sick, and everyone ran with). Starting with the 450 main where it ended before it began for Trey Canard. Sounds like he did some serious damage to his shoulder in a practice crash that caught up to him right before the main, where he left the starting line up 30 seconds before the gate dropped and after completing the hot lap. With that said seems weird that he was able to snatch the last spot in the LCQs about 30 minutes prior, sending Pourcel home. Not sure where his season goes from here, but it doesn't look good. Chad Reed pulled out early in the Main after smashing his water pump on Westin Peick. If we know anything about Westin we know to go around him not through him! Mike Alessi suffered a horrific looking crash over the triple, he came up short and hit as hard as I have seen anyone hit… ever. After coming up short he appeared to lose consciousness while rolling into the next corner. Very scary, but I checked with the team after and they said Mike would be alright. They were also troubleshooting what failed on his bike ultimately causing the crash. Finally, Roczen put the entire field on notice while Dungey lagged behind by 13 seconds but only lost 3 points. In the 250 class Mcelrath was a surprise winner, not too many people picked him to win. Meanwhile back in the pack Bradly Taft crashed early and came back to fight hard for 13th, look for good things from this kid. Justin Hill faded real quick after taking out his rookie teammate Forkner in the whoops. After the race was over Forkner lingered in the rider spectator area with his body language showing his anger. My guess is the PC rig just got really uncomfortable. A few more random notes; looks like Vince Friese has a new enemy in Nick Schmidt as they did their best Bradshaw vs Matiasevich imitation for 17th and 18th. Tyler Enticknap had a spectacular crash in the LCQ that looked like he dove in a pond (puddle from the rain). Josh Hansen quit with a lap to go in the 250 LCQ while in 8th place, not sure why but it looked like he didn't want to be there. Can't wait to see what round 2 brings!
  15. Just got back from an awesome experience with the guys from Costa Rica Unlimited ( www.costaricaunlimited.com ). I did the full package with for 6 days, 5 nights, and 3 full days of riding. The house where my group stayed was incredible and the staff was super knowledgeable and friendly. The package was reasonably priced considering the liability those guys deal with, but they supply the bike and the fuel as well. I had no bike issues, I rode a wr450f that was prepped and ready to go. The riding was incredible! Green trails all over, and their mx track was super fun too! On the non-riding days there was plenty to do like surfing, ziplining, or hike around the beautiful surrounding areas. Not trying to be a salesman, but it was definitely a fun adventure, and a lot different from the typical tropical get away. I highly recommend checking them out if you're interested in a fun and exciting vacation.
  16. HI all happy new year first off i have been tasked with an amazing job , i am a civil engineer and i have been ask to design a motocross track . my concerns are guidelines for jumps, - is there a safety factor for the angle to the hight ratio? also the best ratio of soils to have great traction, drainage and durability. is river silt a good contender for this.
  17. Round 1 of the 2017 Monster Energy Supercross series is set to kick off on January 7th, here is what we know. Supercross in 2017 is stacked deep with contenders in the 450 class. For this preview I will break the riders into three groups; Championship Contenders, The Pack, and Outside The Top 10. 2017 will be the year Ken Roczen figures how to put it all together in Supercross and win the championship. He has shown us flashes especially when pushing Dungey, even when Dungey looked unbeatable. Roczen left the RCH Suzuki team in favor of Factory Honda which seemed at first like a weird move to make since he dominated the outdoors series on the Suzuki. The thing about this is his deal with Honda was signed before outdoors had started. Ken had past issues with the Suzuki and the team in 2015, but appeared to have those problems resolved. I spoke with an insider at RCH who told me it was all about that money. With the amount of money Honda is paying Ken I think he would have agreed to ride an XR 650! He signed the deal without even riding the bike, yeah they gave him that much money. And while Justin Barcia continues to claim he is the bigger baller on Instagram Roczen’s contract is something Barcia will never see in his career, plus he is overpaid at JGR. Will Ken overcome the same growing pains he experienced when he left KTM after winning the 2014 outdoor title? He definitely showed us at Monster Cup that he is fast, and his crash was a fluke. I expect he will be dominant this season and bring Honda their first title since the Ricky Carmichael days. Marvin Musquin will be Roczen’s toughest competitor this season. Marvin will win races, that’s a fact, but until he figures out how to blast through the whoops like Roczen, Tomac and Dungey he will only be a threat to win on tracks with small whoop sections. His smooth style will make him untouchable on some tracks and cost him time on others. He will win races this year, but unless something sidelines Roczen I don't see him challenging for a title. Ryan Dungey will do what the “Diesel” does best; podium everyone to death and grab a few wins when things are going his way. I don’t see him having the blazing speed of Roczen and Musquin on a week in and week out basis. Dungey is older and returning from his first major injury as a professional (fractured vertebrae). I think he will finish strong, but unless the stars align he doesn’t have a chance without the speed he showed last year. Eli Tomac is a riddle, sometimes he looks like the fastest man on earth but he hasn't figured out how to translate that speed in 450 Supercross. The Tomac camp thought switching to the Kawasaki would fix the issue, but it hasn't been the fairy tale they hoped. In fairness, he did enter last season with very little testing and still recovering from double shoulder surgery. 2017 is a big year for Eli, if he doesn't do something great his star could fade into the Justin Barcia and Trey Canard category. The first few rounds will let us know if he can translate his outdoor speed indoors. Eli has a lot of pressure from Kawasaki this year, as their second rider is Josh Grant who will be lucky to crack the top 10. Eli will have to balance the pressure of being Kawasaki’s only hope and rise to the occasion. Stay tuned, we will be bringing more info on riders and any news leading up to A1. Next: Part 2 The pack Tell us your 2017 SX predictions...CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE DISCUSSION
  18. poldies4

    AMA has JS7's back

    Interesting.... http://www.vitalmx.com/features/The-AMA-Comes-to-James-Stewarts-Defense,3667?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=spotlight#.VJJUxd6Kf4s.twitter
  19. Jeremy Martin Leads the Charge for Wiseco Riders at Daytona Supercross Christian Craig Turns in Career Best in 450 Competition MENTOR, Ohio (March 13, 2018) – Jeremy Martin showed the way for Wiseco-sponsored riders in Saturday night’s Monster Energy Daytona Supercross presented by Honda. In a season marred by bad luck and misfortune, Martin put together a near flawless ride to earn his first Eastern Regional 250SX Class podium finish of the season. Martin qualified eighth for the division’s annual visit to the World Center of Racing, finished fourth in his heat race, and came home second in the 250SX main event, missing his first win of the year by less than a second. “It’s Daytona, a real man’s track.” said Martin who sits fourth in points. “It was the toughest race of the year as far as fitness. I had to slow down a little bit, halfway through the main. I was getting close to (race winner) Jordon (Smith) and I was starting to think about where I could make a move on him, then I made some mistakes and he got away from me. Couldn’t quite get close again, but it’s good. We’re on the podium and in contention for wins again. That’s something I haven’t been able to say in supercross in a while. We want to get wins and now we know it’s coming.” Martin’s podium was a bright spot, but the rest of the event was rough for the GEICO Honda/Factory Connection squad. RJ Hampshire crashed hard in his heat race and had to be transported to a local hospital. He injured his back and ribs, but shoulder pain left him with the most concern. “I felt good on the bike all day,” said Hampshire via his Instagram account. “Had some pretty good speed and my foot just slid off hitting my shifter in those rollers during that heat race. After seeing the pictures from the crash I’m very thankful I didn’t take a shot to my head. I have some fractures in my T3/T4 in my back and ribs. Also have some damage to my lungs which is why I’ll be spending a couple nights in the hospital. I’ll be getting some more checkups this week on the shoulder also.” Cameron McAdoo, the third member of the team, was unable to compete at Daytona after being sidelined with a hand injury two races ago in Atlanta. Across the paddock, in the premier 450SX Class, Christian Craig got the call to fill in for Team Honda HRC. With the team’s regular riders Ken Roczen and Cole Seely out with injuries, it was up to Craig to carry the load for the factory team, and the upstart rider didn’t disappoint. The San Diego native was solid in both qualifying sessions, won his heat race and snagged the holeshot in the division’s main event. After relinquishing the lead to eventual winner Justin Brayton, Craig continued to show he was up for the challenge. The 26-year-old rider raced for second and third for most of the 20-minute-plus-one-lap feature before losing one more spot in the late goings to bring his No. 32 Honda CRF450R home fourth in the final rundown. “I had a great week testing with the team,” commented Craig. “They came down to Florida right after Atlanta and I feel like we really improved. Just getting more time on the bike and getting more comfortable was huge. I started off race day feeling really good. My qualifying position didn’t really show it, but overall I was happy with my riding. It’s all about having fun out there, and man, that’s what I did tonight. I was up front in the heat race, fell to third, but then the two guys in front took each other out so I ended up winning. You can call it luck or whatever, but I just put myself in a good position to capitalize on people’s mistakes." “I had a good gate pick and some confidence going into the main. I grabbed the holeshot and led for almost the first lap, but [Justin] Brayton got by me pretty quick. I stayed second for quite a while. I just rode my hardest and did my best. Unfortunately, a couple guys got by me so I ended up fourth. The track was so tough. This is only my second time racing Daytona and last year didn’t go well, so I really wanted to get some revenge this year. It’s better than the week before, but man, I was so close to a podium. I just need to keep putting myself in good positions and work on getting better each weekend.” Monster Energy AMA Supercross rolls on this weekend when the series visits the “Gateway to the West” for its annual race at the Dome at America’s Center in St. Louis. The 11th of 17 races on the 2018 supercross calendar will be televised live on FS1 Saturday, March 17, beginning at 8 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, 5 p.m. Pacific. -30-
  20. I am going to be putting a track into my backyard early spring and I was hoping I could see some pics of other peoples tracks to get some cool ideas. I've read all the other forums, but they are all way out dated. Thanks
  21. As stated by Transworld Motocross twitter feed. All I have to say is that it's going to be an interesting weekend to see how he mashes in the mix with the 450s.
  22. losttoof501

    Supercross Online Coverage?

    I missed Anaheim 2 450s today on CBS im watching the Lites tonight on speed, but where/when can i find the race online??? i know u can find Speed's coverage online but since the 450s were on CBS idk where to find it.
  23. dab 08 450

    Supercross Torrents for Anaheim II

    Hey guys, Does any one have a torrent for Anaheim II Cheers