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  1. ALTA motors dirt bikes enroute to Erzberg stollen from rest stop in England. The victim is a good bloke that provides a lot of stoke for life on a bike.
  2. doniton2

    offroad the Gut Buster 24.

    anybody running the gut buster 24 this weekend? It looks to be a good ol mud race. http://www.thegutbuster24.com
  3. filterx

    offroad ISDE 2018

    34 Days and what ever in Beautiful Chile http://www.fim-isde.com/home/
  4. I will press on

    offroad 2018 Battle of the Goats

    Guys, you may or may not have heard of this race. If not, check it out. If you have, check out this preview of what is to come in 2 weeks. Thanks, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_G_rjM-62A&feature=youtu.be
  5. Countdown to Erzberg: 34 Days, 1 Hour, 18 Minutes. Any predictions on who is gonna win the 2018 Hard Enduro title? Will the old master prevail yet again, or will one of the new up-and-comers finally break through? Is Cody going to contest the whole series, and can he get into the mix for the title? Will Walker or Gomez come back strong? What do you think guys?
  6. Hi there, Sorry if this is a silly question but I have just fitted a dg ehaust to my 74 cr125 and just wondered if any one elses is quite tight to frame and sump plug? If i push the front of the pipe against the springs (side to side) it can hit the frame and touch the sump plug. Is this right? Any advice or pics really appreciated. Thanks Kirk (uk)
  7. Hello CRF450R Owners, Bailey here with Baja Designs. We recognize ThumperTalk as one of the go-to sources for information on the CRF450R and we receive emails daily regarding the best inexpensive light setup or purchasing the B1K setup ran by Ox Motorsports. We would like this thread to be a General Discussion area for members and guests to discuss Dual Sport Kits (DSK), Lights, and Lighting Acessories based upon stock and modified charging systems. Please Post up if you have any questions or comments CRF450R related! www.bajadesigns.com
  8. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Rider Starts his Quest to Defend Cross-Country Rallies World Championship March 15, 2018 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Pablo Quintanilla will re-start his 2018 international rally racing campaign on March 24 to 29 at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge in the United Arab Emirates. Working hard towards returning to full competitive fitness following a foot injury sustained during the closing stages of the Dakar Rally, Pablo’s teammate Andrew Short is expected to join the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing squad at the 2018 Merzouga Rally in mid-April. With the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge playing host to the opening round of the 2018 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, the event in the UAE will see Pablo Quintanilla begin the defence of his FIM Cross-Country World Championship title. Securing eighth overall at the 2018 Dakar Rally in January, the Chilean rally star is already looking forward to a solid return to racing aboard his FR 450 Rally machine. Successfully wrapping up his debut participation at the prestigious Dakar Rally with a top 20 result, Andrew Short has been recuperating from a fractured tibia and fibula on his lower right leg. Resuming his training sessions in the middle of March, the American has his eyes set on making a return to racing at the Merzouga Rally on April 15/20, in the dunes of Morocco. Celebrating its 28th edition in 2018, the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge is a six-stage-long rally taking place in the southern part of the United Arab Emirates. Kicking off with the traditional Super Special Stage on Saturday, March 24, the event will continue with five more days of racing in the Liwa Desert before competitors reach the finish line inside the Yas Marina circuit on March 29, 2018. Pablo Quintanilla: “Abu Dhabi will be our first race after the Dakar and I’m really looking forward to it. It’d be good to start the season carrying the #1 plate on my Husqvarna as the reigning champion. With it being the first race for the new season, it is important for everybody. My goal is to get a good race pace from the beginning in order to be inside the group of leading riders. The season will be long and my plan is to continue improving my pace as the racing goes on. I want to get back my racing speed and also remain strong throughout the event in Abu Dhabi. Taking place in deep sandy dunes, the Desert Challenge is always a tough event and it is also highly probable that we will have to race in high temperatures. It’s going to be a challenge but I’m looking forward to it.” Husqvarna Motorcycles. Tradition on two wheels since 1903. Husqvarna Motorcycles are widely known and respected in the off-road world for a heritage of competition and numerous motocross and enduro world championships. Originally founded in Sweden in 1903, Husqvarna Motorcycles have been designed and manufactured in Mattighofen, Austria since 2013. Rockstar Energy Drink Rockstar Energy Drink is designed for those who lead active lifestyles – from Athletes to Rockstars. Available in over 20 flavors at convenience and grocery outlets in over 30 countries, Rockstar supports the Rockstar lifestyle across the globe through Action Sports, Motor Sports, and Live Music. For more information visit: www.RockstarEnergy.com Source: Husqvarna Motorcycles GmbH
  9. Graham Jarvis faces his challengers in the WESS, including Jonny Walker and Alfredo Gómez, while Kirsten Landman and Sandra Gómez hunt glory in the women's race. Legend Taddy Błażusiak will also be making an appearance in the Enduro 2018 season.
  10. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Rally Star Earns Third Overalll at the 2018 Edition of the Event in Morocco April 20, 2018 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Determined to wrap up his week-long adventure in Morocco on a high, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Pablo Quintanilla has topped the fifth and final stage of the Merzouga Rally to secure a solid third overall in the event’s final overall standings. Continuing to make progress Andrew Short has claimed a spot inside the top 10 in the overall. Featuring a mass, motocross-styled start in the dunes of the Merzouga Desert, the fifth and final stage of the event saw Pablo Quintanilla put in a dominant performance. Posting the fastest time for the day, the Chilean rally star solidified his strong third position in the overall standings. Putting in his best individual stage performance Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Andrew Short crossed the line in eighth position. Wrapping up the Merzouga Rally 10th in the overall, the American is content with the progress he made during the week in Morocco. The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team will return to action at the third round of the 2018 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, the Atacama Rally in Chile on August 11/19. Pablo Quintanilla: “Today was a really fun stage. We had the motocross start and it was good to battle with the guys from start to finish. I got off to a good start but five or six kilometres into the stage I had a small crash that dropped me back a few positions. Then I had to push until the end and 10km before the finish I got the lead back and was the first to cross the finish line. It felt really nice to win a stage that way. Overall, I’m satisfied with my third position in the overall. This was a tough race with tricky navigation and to be on the podium is always good. We continue to gather experience and look ahead in the races to come.” Andrew Short: “I really enjoyed this week in Morocco. Especially this last day was really fun, bringing back memories from my days racing motocross. Before the flag dropped the nerves were there and I was maybe a bit late off the start. It was a good experience racing alongside the fastest guys in the dunes and being able to see their pace. The adrenaline kicked in and I had some really good fun. Overall, the week has been great for me. I enjoy the atmosphere in rally racing and I feel I am improving, getting closer to the top guys. I might still have a long way to go but I understand it needs to be done step-by-step. This week was a positive step in the right direction.” 2018 Merzouga Rally – Stage 5 Provisional Classification 1. Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) 38:12 2. Kevin Benavides (Honda) 38:15 3. Toby Price (KTM) 38:18 4. Lorenzo Santolino (Sherco) 38:36 5. Joan Barreda (Honda) 38:38 6. Ignacio Cornejo (Honda) 38:54 … 8. Andrew Short (Husqvarna) 38:56 2018 Merzouga Rally – Final Overall Classification [Provisional] 1. Joan Barreda (Honda) 13:28:19 2. Kevin Benavides (Honda) 13:34:29 3. Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) 13:39:44 4. Franco Caimi (Yamaha) 13:47:08 5. Ricky Brabec (Honda) 13:48:23 6. Toby Price (KTM) 13:49:23 … 10. Andrew Short (Husqvarna) 14:29:44 Husqvarna Motorcycles. Tradition on two wheels since 1903. Husqvarna Motorcycles are widely known and respected in the off-road world for a heritage of competition and numerous motocross and enduro world championships. Originally founded in Sweden in 1903, Husqvarna Motorcycles have been designed and manufactured in Mattighofen, Austria since 2013. Rockstar Energy Drink Rockstar Energy Drink is designed for those who lead active lifestyles – from Athletes to Rockstars. Available in over 20 flavors at convenience and grocery outlets in over 30 countries, Rockstar supports the Rockstar lifestyle across the globe through Action Sports, Motor Sports, and Live Music. For more information visit: www.RockstarEnergy.com Source: Husqvarna Motorcycles GmbH
  11. Private22

    offroad Graham Jarvis starter

    Has anybody noticed how fast the starter motor sounds on all the pro's at the extreme races?
  12. January 7, 2019 Motor Sports Newswire Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Rider within Striking Distance of the Top of the Leaderboard after Opening Day of Racing in Peru January 7, 2019 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Making a strong start to the 2019 Dakar Rally, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Pablo Quintanilla has secured a runner-up result on the opening stage from Lima to Pisco. Demonstrating good speed on his FR 450 Rally machine, Andrew Short got close to the top 10 by finishing 13th on Monday’s stage. Putting in a stellar performance in the dunes of Peru on Monday, Pablo Quintanilla was less than two minutes behind the winner of the opening stage. Kicking off his two-week long adventure in positive fashion, the Chilean rally star is aiming for equally strong performances in the demanding stages that lie ahead. Making light work of a demanding stage one, Pablo’s Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing team partner Andrew Short posted the 13th best time in the day’s timed special. Andrew is currently less than two minutes behind the top 10 in the provisional overall standings. The 2019 Dakar Rally continues on Tuesday with the second of 10 stages. Featuring a total distance of more than 500km, stage two includes a demanding 342km long timed special. Pablo Quintanilla: “I felt really good on the bike today. It wasn’t an easy stage. There were some sandy dunes, some dusty parts and some tricky navigation. I was pushing from the start and I felt confident all the way through the stage. It’s good to start this race with a second place and it gives me extra confidence for the rest of the rally. Today we had many waypoints to cross and many direction changes. It was good to get things started with the first stage. This year I am feeling very confident and I am enjoying the race a lot. The bike is running great and I am looking forward to the coming stages.” Andrew Short: “I’m really happy with my performance today. Compared to last year, I am a lot more confident and I feel more familiar with the terrain and with racing at high speeds. I was a little bit nervous before the start, but it all went well and I could do my own race today. In rally racing you never know when it gets tricky, so it’s nice to be prepared for anything that’s thrown at you. Overall, I had a good feeling today. There were some dusty parts today in the special test and it got very windy close to the end. Hopefully I can continue to improve my pace as the race goes on and I can get closer to the top 10 in the overall standings.” 2019 Dakar Rally – Stage 1 Provisional Classification 1. Joan Barreda (Honda) 00:57:36 2. Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) 00:59:10 3. Ricky Brabec (Honda) 01:00:28 4. Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) 01:00:31 5. Sam Sunderland (KTM) 01:00:32 6. Toby Price (KTM) 01:00:44 … 13. Andrew Short (Husqvarna) 01:04:29 Husqvarna Motorcycles North America, Inc. Husqvarna has continued to expand its professional race team to compete in AMA Supercross, AMA Pro Motocross, AMA National Enduro, GNCC, AMA EnduroCross, and AMA National Hare & Hound championships. Husqvarna team riders are competing aboard Husqvarna FC 450, FC 350, FC 250, FE 350, TC 250 and TE 300 models. Rockstar Energy Drink Rockstar Energy Drink is designed for those who lead active lifestyles – from Athletes to Rockstars. Available in over 20 flavors at convenience and grocery outlets in over 30 countries, Rockstar supports the Rockstar lifestyle across the globe through Action Sports, Motor Sports, and Live Music. For more information visit: www.RockstarEnergy.com Source: Husqvarna Motorcycles GmbH
  13. Hi Guys, wanted to begin riding dirt bikes but im not sure what to buy? Im 165 pounds 5"6 and have only rode quads before im not sure what dirtbike to buy. I was in between getting a crf150r or a 250 4 stroke bike i was told that 250 4 strokes are mostly just for the track and that they are difficult to maintain and valves could give me problems. i want to use them mainly for the woods but once in a while hit some jumps. If you guys could give me some recommendations on what to buy that would be great.
  14. BShondeck

    colorado Riding Clinic

    Hey everyone this is Bryce Shondeck, my brother Cole and I are both professional motocross and off-road racers who have been teaching riding lessons and instructing clinics. The next clinic is November 17th in Fountain, CO. It’s at the Fountain Creek Riding Trails area where they race offroad races throughout the year. There is some open riding area as well as single track. We will be focusing on techniques that apply from moto to offroad and really trying to break down your riding and turn you into a more confident, better overall rider. Some of the things we will go over is body positioning, braking, cornering (sitting and standing), handling bumps and more. We have some some fun skills and drills that we’ll have you do that’ll test yourself and you’ll learn from. Fountain Creek is a great place to ride at in general and it serves very well for instructing clinics and teaching. Date: November 17th Time: 10am-2pm Location: Fountain, CO - Fountain Creek Riding Trails (I will message your directions) Cost: $100 - that covers the $10 track entrance fee, drinks, snacks, and I’ve put together a grab-bag with some gifts and coupons from our sponsors as well as some take home reading material to review. Call or message either one of us for more information or to reserve your spot. Bryce (719) 499-2686 Cole (719) 425-5256 bshondeck@gmail.com
  15. Top riders from major off-road events earn free entry to SundayKnockout Rounds Sequatchie, TN (June 1, 2017) – The seventh annual KENDA AMA Tennessee Knockout, presented by Moose Racing and SRT will take place on August 12-13, 2017 at the Trials Training Center. The TKO has gained a reputation as one of the premier off-road motorcycle races in the US and has attracted some of the World’s top racers to try to take the win. Despite stiff competition, FMF KTM Factory Racing backed Cody Webb has dominated the TKO for the last four years. In 2016, he topped South African Wade Young and in 2015, he won an epic battle with the UK’s Johnny Walker. Webb and Young are both expected to be back along with several of the world’s top off-road riders that have earned an invite directly into the Sunday Knockout rounds. They will all be gunning for a piece of the $10,000 purse. The event will again feature a Red Bull TV feature show, adding to the prestige of taking the win. The KENDA AMA Tennessee Knockout uses a unique four round Knockout race format that is challenging for the riders and entertaining for the fans. The amazing Trials Training Center facility allows for easy access to the race action. The top five finishers at the previous TKO events have included riders from EnduroCross, World Extreme Enduro, Trials, National Enduro, GNCC, WORCS and even the Enduro World Championship. So it is a great mix of backgrounds facing off on an extremely challenging course with a large purse on the line. Pre-qualified riders get a free entry into the Sunday program. These riders earn an invite based top results in several major US or International off-road motorcycle race events. On Saturday, those riders that did not already earn an invite can challenge themselves on the course with the top finishers earning their own invite to the Sunday Knockout rounds. The following riders have earned invites for the 2017 KENDA Tennessee Knockout. Cody Webb Wade Young Colton Haaker Kyle Redmond Cory Graffunder Max Gerston Steward Baylor Mike Brown Noah Kepple Ben Kelly Graham Jarvis Quinn Wentzel Cory Buttrick Mitch Carvolth Alfredo Gomez Josh Strang Nick Klapec Mario Roman Wally Palmer Grant Baylor Ty Tremaine Travis Bollinger Russell Bobbitt Kailub Russell Marc Freixa Pat Smage Nick Fahringer Trystan Hart Thad DuVall Andrew Putt Jonny Walker Jordan Ashburn Alexander Niederer Ty Cullins Billy Bolt Logan Bolopue Pascal Rauchenecker Craig DeLong Taddy Blazusiak Wyatt Hart Ricky Brabec Jesse Groemm Robby Bell Ricky Russell Karl Davis Jr. Manuel Lettenbichler Paul Bolton Jacob Argubright Drew Higgins Dalton Shirey Daniel Blanc-Gonnet Tyler Kinkade Layne Michael Eric Rhoten Ryan Smith Nick Fahringer Justin Wallis Samuel Fastle Eloi Salsench Hiroshi Takahashi Taku Izumi Mike McGinnis JoJo Bowden Jobel Coronado Chris Satterfield Casey Satterfield Will Presson Cooper Abbott Taylor Robert Drew Fortner Destry Abbott Ryan Sipes Ian Blyth Philipp Scholz Kevin Dupuis Joseph Wasson Ryder Lafferty Justin Seeds Josh Rooken-Smith Hunter Neurwirth Josh Toth Gary Sutherlin Dylan Macritchie Blayne Thompson Rannar Uusna Geoff Aaron Tegan Temple Zach Love Ronnie Commo Chance Baker American Cody Webb (center) took the 2016 KENDA Tennessee Knockout win over South Africa's Wade Young (left) and Kyle Redmond (right). All three are planning to be back to compete again in 2017 along with a long list of top off-road racers. Photo: Future7Media. Riders try to negotiate one of the difficult waterfall sections during the 2016 TKO. Photo: Future7Media. Check out the 2016 Red Bull TV Tennessee Knockout Show here: https://www.redbull.tv/video/AP-1QAU6F7C92111/recap-slick-and-muddy?playlist=AP-1QAU6F7C92111 2016 Highlights For more information about the Kenda Tennessee Knockout, presented by Moose Racing and SRT, please visit: http://tennesseeknockoutenduro.com/ For general information please contact: Catherine.Bedley@trialstrainingcenter.com or Alison@trialstrainingcenter.com. For Expert rider race information please contact: Eric@ericperonnard.com For Sponsorship information please contact: Sean.Finley@digitalthrottle.com
  16. Hey guys, I am really needing some good advice here from anybody who has ever owned or rebuilt classic Yamaha 2 strokes (1989 - 1994). I live in South Africa, and bought a little farm thumper while on holiday this past weekend. It was advertised as a DT175 which is a bike that is easy to get parts for down here. It has been cosmetically customized and looks pretty darn cool... and lets face it, all the old classic Yamaha 2T engines look the same at a glance! So I genuinely thought it was a naked DT. The bike had no papers, and was used purely for the farmer to putt around on his farm. The only things needing attention was the stator cover which had snapped in half - this was visibly noticeable, and a little leak from a badly resealed gasket (both generally easy and cheap to fix here). The bike was still running and idling fine, started first kick, and I had a little ride around the farm before loading the bike up onto my pickup and heading off, thinking I could fix this thing up nicely in no time for next to nothing, and have what we call down in SA "a nuwe speelgoed" (A new plaything) for the weekends when I am not riding my beloved and reliable DRZ400SM. SO, I get home and decide to contact our local Yamaha branch, out of interest, to find out the history of the bike before I start fiddling (Don't ask me why I did not do this all before I bought the bike - It was a spur of the moment purchase, and was sold to me for dirt cheap!). I send off the VIN and engine number. Comes back, and this little freakin' turd turns out to be a 1989 TDR180!! WHAT. But now I am stuck as we do not really have TDR's down here - and I have never even seen one myself. Long story short - What alternative could I use as a stator cover? Do any other old Yamaha 2T model stator covers fit the TDR or share similar engine parts? Ordering from Ebay is so expensive thanks to my country being in junk status due to a junk president. So the shipping costs more than the actual item does, and our customs is a joke too. Yamaha has also advised me that this stator cover has been discontinued. I have put up local ads looking for parts, contacted FB 2T groups, and local shops. Nothing for TDR's has come back yet. Any advice or sharing of experience is welcome!
  17. I've been rebuilding/restoring an XR650R for some years now (after toasting the motor in 2013). Sent the motor off to be rebuilt, had a local shop rebuild my forks and shock, and took care of most everything else myself. As of a couple months ago I had almost everything assembled and ready to run. As a final check before adding fluids to the bike, I decided to stick my boroscope into cylinder and take a look. The results were concerning. These boroscope pics looked so gnarly that I pulled the head off the motor to get a more thorough look. To say that I'm concerned is an understatement. I have pics of the motor internals pre-rebuild, and can confirm that this is definitely a new piston and replated cylinder. I also have all the old parts from the motor, so it does have a new cam, connecting rod, valves, and basically everything else I expected to have replaced. The builder "ran the motor briefly to confirm everything ran alright" and then shipped it back to me. I reached out to him with these pics and he said, The piston looks like this because he had it machined from 12:1 to 11:1 compression. The streaks on the cylinder wall are normal for one that isn't broken in yet. Regarding the valve impacts in the piston head: "My concern is that something may have passed through the cylinder. How does it run?" I've never run this motor. I can feel these streaks in the cylinder wall with my fingernail. Did he re-use a piston from some other motor? Is this dude jerking my chain or is this motor fine to run? He's a fairly well-known builder in the XR community and was recommended to me by guys in the (now-gone) XR650R forum.
  18. Michael Axel Klose

    2017 ENDURO: Yamaha XT 250

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_vcw9ddV9Y
  19. Charmlessgamer

    yamaha dt125 dirt bike project?

    I saw a motorbike online that I liked the look of...It was a Yamaha DT125 MK2 with racing reeds, handguards, ect (picture below). I am thinking about doing something similar to take around a dirt track. There aren't many, but there are a few cheap DT125's in my area. I am also on a very small budget so this may be an on going project over the next few months or so, depending on how cheap I can get the bike for. The bike will only be used every 2/3 weeks when I take it to a dirt track, so I don't want to do too much to it, or spend too much money any way. What are your thoughts on this project? Do you think I should go ahead and do it? I am roughly 5' 11" but only 110 lbs, so do you think this bike would be too big, or too heavy for me? I just liked the idea of turning a road legal bike in to a trail type bike! Thanks
  20. This current fad of people going all ga-ga over KTM motorcyles is hilarious. Over priced, under engineered 'fashion' statement motorcycles are duping people left and right into this fake engineering game. Iv'e seen this same thing before with cars: Mercedes, Audi, Porsche, Maserati, Ferrari, Fiat, Lamborghit, etc, etc. Create a really stunning 'hook' of a machine, that everyone wants to own, then sell enough to figure out how to keep them from blowing up, and falling apart, hopefully by the next model year or two. Oh, don't get me wrong....Mercedes does make some really great cars. But MOST of the cars they make are not so hot. They are poorly designed, over priced, and un-reliable. Same with the other euro manufactuers. Fiat make several really great cars, like the 500. But all the rest are just garbage commerce. This is EXACTLY what KTM is doing. Throw 15 different models on the market, all based on old technology, but with shiny billet parts, or ultra-impressive specs, and see what happens. KTM is providing their customers with sub-standard quality and engineering on dozens of levels, selling it as 'high-tech' and then ignoring all the issues with oil starvation, throttle bodies, frames, triple clamps, shock mounts, CDI's, bars, brakes, rims, hubs, all failing, braking wearing out extremely fast, or in the case of motor internals, make them to such terrible tolerances that you cannot change broken parts with new parts, unless you buy the matching case it was machined to. I have never seen or experienced such CRAP sold as a premium brand in my life, accept Audi in the 90's and Maico in the 80's. I've owned (2) 2012 KTM's that both failed on several levels, that the KTM factory, KTM usa and my dealer could not resolve. I even had KTM USA tell me 'that's just the way it is with new bikes sometimes. We don't have an answer to your problem, sorry". My dealer was so frustrated that they now refuse to work on any KTM that has been modifed in the suspension, electronics, or motor, period, even out of warranty. They also will not replace any internal motor parts below the piston without replacing the entire motor, no exceptions. Yeah I know: ..... " My KTM is great, I've never had a problem with it" . Well good for you. You are in the 50% that actually get a 'good' one. Did you know that until recently (2010) KTM would and did make as many as 6 different gasket sets for one model of motor, depending on what portion of the year it was made? They actually look up gasket kits by serial number, because the factory produced a motor with so many flaws and failures that they had to upgrade the motor in the production line 6 times in one year....rather than just get it right and then push it on the general public. I talked to an KTM partially sponsered Enduro team at a D36 race in 2012 about KTM reliability, and this is what they told me: " Oh, we get 50-75 hours out of the factory motor, no problem. They run great, most of the time. Not quite as long as the Yamaha we used to run, but they are Ok. The real problem comes when we try to rebuild them. We cannot get a rebuilt motor to last 1/2 as long as a new one, because there are so many parts in the KTM motors that are stressed at 100% from day one, that the whole motor, not just the top end, wears out very fast". We try not to rebuild the motors, we just sell off the whole bike and start over with a new one." Hopefully, honest, non-Germanic companies like Beta and Sherco will take some of KTM's market share away. Long die KTM.
  21. Twenty-one riders selected through AMA Qualifiers and by committee PICKERINGTON, OH – June 4, 2018 (Motor Sports Newswire) – Twenty-one riders have been named to the Club teams that will represent the United States in the 2018 FIM International Six Days Enduro in Vina Del Mar, Chile, Nov. 12-17. Qualification for the Club teams involved two, three-round series, with western races in Arizona, California and Idaho and eastern races in Florida, Michigan and Virginia. The top seven riders, plus one senior rider, in each series qualified for the ISDE Club teams. Additional Club team riders were chosen by the U.S. ISDE Committee, based on their series participation and individual event results. “I’m very happy with the 2018 U.S. ISDE Club team qualifiers and picks this season, with a great cross section of the best riders from the entire country,” said AMA Off-Road Racing Manager Erek Kudla. “We did very well in Chile last time the event was held there, in 2007, with Kurt Caselli becoming the first American to lead a day. The U.S. Women’s Trophy Team took the win that year, so we’re looking forward to another great year in South America.” The qualifying riders will be organized into teams, which will be announced as the event gets closer. The Club teams join the U.S. World Trophy Team, the U.S. Junior World Trophy Team and the U.S. Women’s World Trophy Team for the ISDE competition. The World Trophy teams were announced May 30. From the West Riders who qualified in western states events are Ty Tremaine, of Gardnerville, Nev.; Jake “JT” Baker, of Shingle Springs, Calif.; Kendall Norman, of El Cajon, Calif.; Ryan Smith, of Pinon Hills, Calif.; Ryan Kudla, of Upland, Calif.; A. Jared Schlapia, of Nampa, Idaho; and Dante Oliveira, of Hollister, Calif. In the E4 40+ Class, multi-time gold medalist and five-time AMA National Hare and Hound Champion Destry Abbott, of Peoria, Ariz., joins the team. From the East Riders qualifying from the eastern states competitions are Tyler Vore, Porter, Ind.; James King, of Hot Springs, Ark.; A.J. Lehr, of San Carlos, Calif.; P. Trent Whisenant, of Hoover, Ala.; Drew Lehr, of San Carlos, Calif.; and Talon Soenksen, of Fife Lake, Mich. “ISDE has been a dream of mine for a very long time,” said first-time qualifier James King. “And it’s an honor and a privilege to represent my sport and our great country overseas. I’m going to give it my all alongside my teammates.” In the E4 40+ Class, Jayson Densley, of Fairfield, Utah, won every round he entered, qualifying him to join the team. Committee selections The U.S. ISDE Committee selected Adam Froman, of Crestwood, Ky.; Travis Coy, of Pleasanton, Calif.; Colton Wilkes, of Poland, Ind.; Nicholas O’Bryant, of Chillicothe, Ohio; and Cooper Abbott, of Peoria, Ariz. Joining the E4 team for his 15th ISDE is Brian Storrie, of McKinney, Texas. About the American Motorcyclist Association Founded in 1924, the AMA is a not-for-profit member-based association whose mission is to promote the motorcycle lifestyle and protect the future of motorcycling. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights and event sanctioning organization, the AMA advocates for riders’ interests at all levels of government and sanctions thousands of competition and recreational events every year. The AMA also provides money-saving discounts on products and services for its members. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in Pickerington, Ohio, the AMA honors the heroes and heritage of motorcycling. For more information, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com. Not a member? Join the AMA today. Source: American Motorcyclist Association
  22. KTM FACTORY RACING READY FOR WORLD ENDURO SUPER SERIES Enduro Announcement Red Bull KTM Factory Racing are excited to officially unveil their four-rider line-up for this year’s inaugural World Enduro Super Series. Hard enduro specialists Taddy Blazusiak, and Jonny Walker will be joined by classic enduro experts Josep Garcia and Nathan Watson. FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Cody Webb also joins the team. The World Enduro Super Series combines a mix of hard enduro, classic enduro as well as cross-country and beach racing events in a seven-round series run over the course of 2018. WESS offers a new challenge to the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team and will provide a true test of skill, stamina and adaptability. Opening with the Extreme XL Lagares hard enduro in Portugal on May 11-13, each of KTM’s five official riders will bring their own unique skills set to the new series. All hoping to excel in their specialist events, in the races in which they have less experience the focus is very much on rising to new challenges. Only at the climax of the season will the ‘Ultimate Enduro Champion’ be crowned. Multiple world champion Taddy Blazusiak cites the WESS as the main reason for his return to competition. The Erzbergrodeo winner sees the WESS as a stand-out title he’d like to add to his already glowing CV. Taddy narrowly missed out on claiming a seventh world title at the final round of the 2018 SuperEnduro World Championship and is more fired up than ever to win the World Enduro Super Series. Taddy Blazusiak: “I believe the WESS is what enduro needs at the minute to progress as a sport. I am really excited about the championship and I am really looking forward to the start of it. To be honest, I like every single event on the calendar. They are all unique and very special and from the first to the last race I think it is going to be really good fun. Part of the biggest challenge is going from the SuperEnduro series straight into the outdoor races and then having to adapt to all the different styles of events. My ultimate goal is definitely to do all I can to win the World Enduro Super Series, that’s why I am back racing. I really believe I have a shot at it – I am going to do everything I can to make it happen.” Experienced hard enduro rider Jonny Walker is another with his eye on the WESS title. The former Erzberg winner is as at home racing on a beach as he is in extreme conditions. An excellent all-rounder, Jonny is highly-motivated ahead of the new championship start. Jonny Walker: “I’m really looking forward to the start of the World Enduro Super Series. It’s a new challenge for everybody and should make for some really good racing. To be honest, I’m not looking forward to just one race either, I’m looking forward to the full series. We have Erzberg and Romaniacs, which I have done before, but there’s also a few races like Le Trefle and the Red Bull Knock Out beach race which pose new challenges. I think to win the series, consistency will be key. I have a lot of learning to do, but my goal is to try and win as many races as possible and hopefully be in a good place come the final rounds of the series.” 2017 Enduro2 World Champion Josep Garcia has spent the off-season focusing on the WESS and the different styles of riding required to excel in the series. Previously Garcia’s training would consist solely of special test enduro and motocross practice, with hard enduro now added to the Spaniard’s calendar Josep has been spending a lot of time on his KTM 300 EXC TPI, to familiarize himself with terrain synonymous with some of the world’s toughest offroad races. Josep Garcia: “The World Enduro Super Series will be a massive new challenge for me. There are a lot of different races, sand races, extreme and classic enduro. It’s going to be a very interesting year. It will be difficult, but my goal is of course to win. I believe that with the right training and if I can gain some knowledge from my more experienced team-mates, I will be in with a chance. I really enjoy the technical riding and I have been putting a lot of work in. It will be interesting to see if it has all paid off come the first race in Portugal.” Nathan Watson’s background in motocross and beach racing sees him as one of the favorites to take the win at the final round of the WESS, the Red Bull Knock Out in the Netherlands. Similar to team-mate Garcia, it will be the hard enduros that pose the biggest challenge to the young Brit. Following two years of riding classic enduro Watson knows where his strengths lie and where he needs to concentrate his training. Nathan Watson: “I’m really excited to be a part of the World Enduro Super Series. It’s going to be a big challenge for all of us as it’s made up of so many different types of enduro. I know the extreme races will be tough for me, I have never done one before but I know what to expect. I have been doing a lot of specialist training, so hopefully it will pay off. Of course, the event I’m looking forward to the most is the final round – the Red Bull Knock Out. I love beach races, I have ridden beach races all my life so I am really confident in the sand and it has to be one of my favorite types of terrain. I think the winner of the whole series will be the rider who makes the most of his strengths, while minimizing his losses – hopefully that can be me.” FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Cody Webb recently added the 2018 SuperEnduro World Championship to his 2017 Endurocross title. On form and ready to take on the WESS challenge, the former trials rider is looking forward to contesting the different styles of events but is aware of the size of the task ahead of him. Cody Webb: “The World Enduro Super Series is a whole new thing and I’m really excited to be a part of it. It’s going to be really crazy doing all these different events, you’ve got classic enduro, extreme, beach races – it’s going to really help me branch out and widen my abilities. With the WESS, there are so many different types of riding, but fortunately riding for KTM, I have got a great choice of machinery for all the different disciplines we will ride during the series. For the extreme stuff I think I will be riding the new KTM 300 EXC TPI 2-stroke, but for the classic enduros I will probably stay on the KTM 350 EXC-F. On the beach I think I will be riding the KTM 450 EXC-F – I’m a decent sized guy so I need all the power I can get. I can’t wait to get started and hopefully by the end of the year I’ll have a chance at taking the title.” The first round of the World Enduro Super Series is Extreme XL Lagares, Portugal on May 11-13. Download hi-res images of the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team here. View the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing official WESS video on YouTube. WORLD ENDURO SUPER SERIES – 2018 SCHEDULE Round 1. Extreme XL Lagares (Portugal) May 11-13 Round 2. Erzbergrodeo (Austria) May 31-June 3 Round 3. Trefle Lozerien AMV (France) June 8-10 Round 4. Red Bull Romaniacs (Romania) July 24-28 Round 5. Red Bull 111 Megawatt (Poland) September 8-9 Round 6. Gotland Grand National (Sweden) October 26-27 Round 7. Red Bull Knock Out (The Netherlands) November 10 www.iridewess.com www.ktm.com | media.ktm.com Facebook | YouTube | Twitter | Instagram
  23. September 24, 2018 Motor Sports Newswire Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Billy Bolt Finishes Third at Hawkstone Park Cross-Country in Great Britain September 24, 2018 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Continuing his recent run of good form, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Billy Bolt once again showed his class in this year’s World Enduro Super Series to claim another podium finish with third at his home round of the championship. In doing so the young Brit moves to the top of the WESS standings with two rounds remaining. Further success for the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team came from Bolt’s teammates Graham Jarvis and Alfredo Gomez who placed ninth and 10th respectively. Staged at the iconic Hawkstone Park venue the two-day event saw the 650 competitors entered kick things off with a Sprint Enduro qualification on Saturday. Utilising the legendary Motocross circuit and surrounding woodland, riders battled against the clock for position on the Motocross and Enduro special tests. Showing strong pace in the woods, Bolt put in impressive times to qualify an eventual third for Sunday’s two-and-a-half-hour Cross-Country race. Knowing the pace would be hot from the off, Bolt was quick to establish himself inside the top five of the 250 qualifiers. Using his ability to make light work of the technical climbs to his advantage, he moved himself up the leader board to place second at the mid-way point of the race. However, a couple of mistakes saw him lose some time, slipping back one position, but nevertheless he claimed a well-deserved third place result. For Graham Jarvis the Cross-Country nature of the race did not weigh in the Husqvarna rider’s favour. Determined to put on a good show for his home fans, the Erzbergrodeo winner pushed hard and despite suffering a bad start he steadily worked his way forward, gaining positions as the physical nature of the race took its toll on riders. He eventually finished in a hard-fought ninth. Also more accustomed to Hard Enduro terrain, Spaniard Alfredo Gomez had his sights set on a top-10 finish at Hawkstone. Although crashing off the start, he knew the sandy, woodland whoops would slow the field of riders as the race wore on. Feeling strong towards the end, he maintained a fast pace throughout to fight his way home for 10th. The World Enduro Super Series continues with round six at Sweden’s Gotland Grand National on October 26/27. Billy Bolt: “I knew my pace was good today but my plan was to just ride my own race and see where I finished. I knew Josep and Nathan would be fast so I wanted to stick to a steady rhythm and hopefully be not too far behind. I caught up to Nathan at one point and was a little stronger in some of the sections. I started to crash a little bit so just eased off a little and focused on claiming a safe third for the championship. The track was great, there was one rock-step that I was hitting quite hard and jumping – the crowd really loved it but then it started to get a bit gnarly, so I had to take it a little easier. The support from the fans was incredible – all the way around the track they were cheering and spurring me on. Finally, to be back on the podium and also leading the championship has capped off a great weekend’s racing.” Graham Jarvis: “I got a bit of a bad start and had to fight my way through the pack for most of the race. I’m happy with a top-10 and was getting faster towards the end of the race too – so that’s positive. I really enjoyed riding the 250 four-stroke – it’s probably the best bike around here and handles the ruts well when you get off-line. It’s always cool to ride a home race. Having the crowd cheering all the way around was a nice boost. Overall, I’m happy with how things have gone this weekend because my speed on both days was good, so that’s encouraging for the next one.” Alfredo Gomez: “That was a really tough race for me. I started well but came together with Lars Enockl in the first corner and went down. I was running close to last place and so I had to spend the race passing people right up to the end, where I fought through to 10th position. It was very physically tiring, but I am happy to get to the finish.” Results – Hawkstone Park Cross-Country, WESS Round 6 1. Josep Garcia (KTM) 15 laps, 2:30:03.444; 2. Nathan Watson (KTM) 2:31:34.016; 3. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 2:32:52.010; 4. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 2:34:39.777; 5. Jaume Betriu (KTM) 2:35:58.297; 6. Alex Snow (Honda) 2:37:39.788; 7. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) 2:40:29.096; 8. Paul Bolton (KTM) 14 laps 2:31:09.353; 9. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna) 2:31:50.623; 10. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) 2:33:26.699… World Enduro Super Series Standings (After round 6 of 😎 1. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna) 4060pts; 2. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM) 3935pts; 3. Josep Garcia (KTM) 3320pts; 4. Wade Young (Sherco) 3220pts; 5. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 2985pts; 6. Jonny Walker (KTM) 2900pts; 7. Nathan Watson (KTM) 2778pts; 8. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna) 2768pts; 9. Paul Bolton (KTM) 2752pts; 10. Lars Enockl (Gas Gas) 2076pts; Husqvarna Motorcycles. Tradition on two wheels since 1903. Husqvarna Motorcycles are widely known and respected in the off-road world for a heritage of competition and numerous motocross and enduro world championships. Originally founded in Sweden in 1903, Husqvarna Motorcycles have been designed and manufactured in Mattighofen, Austria since 2013. Rockstar Energy Drink Rockstar Energy Drink is designed for those who lead active lifestyles – from Athletes to Rockstars. Available in over 20 flavors at convenience and grocery outlets in over 30 countries, Rockstar supports the Rockstar lifestyle across the globe through Action Sports, Motor Sports, and Live Music. For more information visit: www.RockstarEnergy.com Source: Husqvarna Motorcycles GmbH
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