Saturday
Feb172018

Tomac Wins Texas, Barcia Hurt!

450 RAPID RESULTS | 2018 ARLINGTON SUPERCROSS (DALLAS)

 Eli Tomac

Eli Tomac wins his third 450 Supercross main event of the year. It has been a rough yer for Eli, but when he is healthy is winning races. Points leader, Jason Anderson was consistent and steady with a forth place finish. Jason has more than a full race lead at 28 points. 

450SX ARLINGTON SUPERCROSS MAIN EVENT RESULTS 

  1. Eli Tomac (Kaw)
  2. Marvin Musquin (KTM)
  3. Blake Baggett (KTM)
  4. Jason Anderson (Hus)
  5. Cole Seely (Hon)
  6. Cooper Webb (Yam)
  7. Weston Peick (Suz)
  8. Dean Wilson (Hus)
  9. Broc Tickle (KTM)
  10. Justin Brayton (Hon)
  11. Malcolm Stewart (Suz)
  12. Vince Friese (Hon)
  13. Kyle Chisholm (Yam)
  14. Benny Bloss (KTM)
  15. Chad Reed (Hus)
  16. Tyler Bowers (Kaw)
  17. Ben Lamay (Hon)
  18. Cole Martinez (Hus)
  19. Kyle Cunningham (Suz)
  20. Austin Politelli (Hon)
  21. Aj Catanzaro (Kaw)
  22. Henry Miller (Suz)
Saturday
Feb172018

Cody Webb Wins 2018 Malaga SuperEnduro

 

The SuperEnduro battle in Malaga raged with crashes, all-action riding and another win for Cody Webb in the 2018 Championship.

With racing just about as exciting as SuperEnduro gets, things were “a little crazy out there” said eventual overall winner Cody Webb.

Webb took the overall win in Malaga but not before some close and at times aggressive racing in the tight Malaga arena: "I finished the final race with a hole in my radiator, my bars were completely bent and I had half a grip missing on the throttle side, but I still managed to do enough to get the overall win. It was a crazy night, that's for sure, but I never gave up, and it feels great to have won.”

 

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Photo Credit: Andrea Bellus
Race One

Billy Bolt initially led from Mani Lettenbichler with a trio of KTMs chasing down the lead.

After Bolt made a mistake Webb, Walker and Blazusiak took turns to swap the lead with some aggressive overtakes. It was a case of where to look next as the 11 lap race unfolded with everyone taking turns to crash and lead.

At the finish it was Walker who took the win to get some valuable points, with Webb and Blazusiak third.

Race Two

The second Prestige race of the night looked set to unfold with a bit less drama until Blazusiak got a bit whiskey and actually ended up under the stands – luckily with no serious injuries.

The race got a little cleaner after Taddy’s departure by not much as again Cody and Walker traded places, this time with Colton Haaker very much in the mix.

Cody eventally ran out the winner from Haaker a close-run second. A mistake late on from Walker allowed Bolt through to take third.

 

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Photo Credit: Robert Lynn
Race Three

Taddy made amends in race three with a win after a monster crash at turn one involving half the field. When the dust had settled it was Webb and Haaker were the ones left tangled and dead last. Walker had fared little better.

Blazusiak benefitted and ran out the race winner but not without some pressure from the Husky boys Bolt and Alfredo Gomez. Gomez eventally worked his way forwards, largely by keeping things clean and not crashing, to take a popular second in front of the Spanish crowd. Billy Bolt was third.

 
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Photo Credit: Robert Lynn

Championship standings

The SuperEnduro World Championship is definitely swinging towards Cody Webb at the half way stage.

Webb has 155 points from Blazusiak on 131 points in second.

Billy Bolt is closing in after another podium overall place in his rookie year – he now has 124 points. Colton Haaker sits on 114 points with Jonny Walker and Alfredo Gomez tied on 105.

 

Saturday
Feb172018

Roczen News

Ken Roczen - Bad News

Posted on February 17, 2018

HRC rider Ken Roczen had bad news yesterday when he went to get his injured hand repaired. He will be out for possibly two months. HRC released a statement on his operation and recovery time.

"On Friday, Ken Roczen underwent successful surgery at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, CO, to repair injuries sustained during his crash in San Diego. Unfortunately, the damage was more extensive than originally diagnosed. During surgery, Dr. Viola cleaned up a chip at the base of the thumb and hook of hamate, repaired the fractured second metacarpal with a plate and screws, and also repaired torn ligaments. The initial prognosis is six to eight weeks, but Roczen will be reevaluated throughout his recovery. He will still attend multiple races and dealer appearances throughout the remainder of the season. Everyone at Honda wishes you a speedy recovery and can't wait to have you back out there."

Friday
Feb162018

Matthes on Millsaps!

A Matthes Report: Davi Millsaps

Insight from Davi Millsaps

Feb 15th, 2018 · 7 min read

Just as we talked about here last week, Monster Energy Knich Yamaha’s Davi Millsaps was forced to announce his retirement from the sport having never raced for the team after suffering a bad pre-season crash. Millsaps had a great career, was eighth all time in 450SX starts, won 450SX main events, a 250SX title and had a ton of podiums. We had Davi on the PulpMX Show this past Monday to talk about his great career and why he had to retire.

MX Vice: A pre-season crash riding for the Monster Yamaha team that maybe you undersold to me a little bit and some other people but it sounds pretty serious, huh? Like you told me Saturday night, doctors are not going to clear you. Unfortunately, Davi, the choice was not yours really, huh?

Davi Millsaps: I don’t know when you had talked to me after my crash. If I undersold it, it was due to the fact of me not knowing. In all fairness I guess, A-Ray [Alex Ray] had brought me coffee in the hospital. I don’t remember him bringing me coffee. People were calling me the same day that I had crashed and texting me and I was telling them I am on my way to the track. I was going riding and whatnot.

I didn’t think I was in the hospital, but when I went back and met with the neurologist for my check-up, or whatever you want to call it, he basically sat down with me and he said that there is no way for me to continue to do what I’m doing and risk any kind of impact again to that aspect. Just how much bleeding I had around my brain. I had a significant bleed in the middle of my brain. My vision is still messed up. There is still a lot of symptoms I have that go along with the post-concussion syndrome or whatever you want to call it. It’s the first time that I have ever had anything like this. I hit my head really, really, really hard. Really hard.

A pre-season concussion has forced Davi Millsaps into retirement (Monster Energy Media/Octopi)

Even a lot of people that I know that are obviously really good friends of mine have seen a lot of concussions in their days and they are like, we have never seen a concussion affect someone like it affected you. So, in all reality, for how much damage I did at the time, I should not be where I am at right now. That was a big reason why the doctors couldn’t release me. They just couldn't put the liability on themselves. Go race again, then if I just fall over and hit my head and then I’m never the same.

Ideally it’s not the way anybody wants to go out, being told you cannot race dirt bikes anymore. On the other hand, maybe you got a bit lucky even. I’d rather go out by the doctors telling me that I can’t go back versus not knowing anything.

How did you crash? Did anybody tell you what happened? Obviously you do not remember it, I’m sure.

No, I don’t remember. From what I understand, there are obviously different stories all the way around, but it was basically just a jump on, jump across and then jump off. Table top over single. Somehow I smashed my head into the table-top single. I don’t remember. I know I was in my twenty-lap moto and that basically I had one turn left and I would have had seventeen. I had three laps to go. It sucked too, because I just had got done testing and my bike was the best that it had been. It was pretty fantastic and I was looking forward to continuing that streak. Can’t do anything about it now. It is what it is.

Millsaps greeted the fans during opening ceremonies in San Diego (Monster Energy Media/Octopi)

You had a lot of great accomplishments in your career. Like you said, unfortunately it had to end on this note. Yes, it did not end perfectly, but, man, ninety-nine out of one hundred riders would take your career in a heartbeat, so that is something to think about.

I appreciate that, especially coming from you. Getting nice comments from Ezra (Lusk), Jimmy Button, [Jeremy] McGrath and [Ricky] Carmichael. Even Carmichael texted me telling me that I need to be pumped for everything I have done. No, I wasn’t the greatest of all time. No, I didn’t win a 450F championship. The way I look at it is I was one of the biggest names in the sport all fourteen years of my professional career. To me that is an accomplishment in its own. Having fans that stuck behind me even from amateurs and even my family.

My wife and two kids and being able to have the kids at the races and stuff like that at the end of my career. I think the hardest part for me is just the fact of saying goodbye. People telling me all over Instagram all week and to my face and everything that I’ve been an inspiration, I’m their hero and they are sad to see me go. That to me is probably one of the hardest.

When I told Dane that I wasn’t going to race anymore and he literally just instantly started bawling. Instantly. That was tough. He was like, “I love watching you race, Dad," is what he told me. That got tough. But I think for me it would have been tougher hitting my head again and not knowing him.

What are some of the highlights for you when you look back? Obviously, you got the 250SX East title and 450SX wins.

Everyone keeps asking me that. What are the highlights? It’s a tough question. I look back at all my wins and I’m just like, it’s not just my wins. It’s the battles that I had, even for second or third or coming up through the pack. Yes, I had great outdoor moments too in my life, believe it or not. At Thunder Valley when I passed James [Stewart] – that was a big thing for me. I beat him, and he was unbeatable back then. Things like that. Winning the East/West Shootout on a bike that I should not have been winning on. Obviously, winning a championship and celebrating it and having Carlos ride with me a whole lap on my bike, stuff like that. Then Anaheim 1 obviously and my first 450F win at Atlanta, being in my home state.

Millsaps has another opening-ceremonies appearance scheduled for Atlanta (Monster Energy Media/Octopi)

What are some regrets you have or what is something you would do differently? Looking back on things, what do you wish you would have done?

I wish I could have done a lot more, for sure, in the sport. That is a tough question. I wish there were times where I actually got it together, stuck it out and put more effort into everything in a certain era to where if I would have kept going in that route I think things would have been a lot different. But, then again, everything is what it is. I can’t, “I need to go back and change this." No. It’s just, yeah, I wish I would have won something and wish I would have done more, but I’m twenty-nine years old and I had a twenty-seven year basically racing career in dirt bikes. I had a fourteen-year professional career.

I won races. I have got a lot of podiums. I got a lot of heat race wins. I had one hundred and fifty-one starts. My goal was two hundred, but obviously that got ripped from me as well. I had the second-longest supercross streak in history. There are only a few of us that have ever won on the one hundredth start in supercross that we all did, but I was the only one to win on my one hundredth consecutive, which is kind of cool. I’ve been the runner-up two times in a row on two different brands, I’m the only one to do that. Those are not really like championships, but it’s something cool for me.

But, as far as what I wish I would have done and stuff like that, I wish I would have raced a lot more outdoors. I do like them. I wish I would have went to Canada for outdoors a lot more. That is the truth. I actually did have a lot of fun up there. Not even for winning, just the atmosphere was cool.

It is one of those things where maybe I wish I would have hired Ezra a lot sooner or even back when I had that falling out with my mom and all that stuff. Ricky stepped in and was helping and I kind of went a different direction. That to me, maybe I should have stuck in his direction. There ae so many ifs and buts, but I had fun. I had fun in my fourteen years. I’m looking forward to the next chapter, whatever that may be.

Interview: Steve Matthes | Lead Image: Monster Energy Media/Octopi

Friday
Feb162018

Justin Barcia interview

Friday
Feb162018

2018 Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series Highlights

Ryan Sipes takes the overall win at round one of the 2018 KENDA Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series opener presented by PRI Powersports Insurance. Defending champion Steward Baylor was 2nd with Josh Strang taking 3rd in the gnarly sandy conditions at Moccasin Creek Off-Road Park in Blackshear, GA.

Friday
Feb162018

Mike Reefman looking to reclaim World Vet Title

 

Victorian vet race Mike Reefman is set to return to the Dubya World Veterans Championship at Glen Helen Raceway in California USA on 3rd and 4th of November.

The Peter Stevens Motorcycles backed rider is on a mission to reclaim the 45+ expert veterans title which he won in 2015 and 2016, he didn’t compete in 2017. Reefman a former top-level racer in Australia won the Victorian 45+ veterans in 2017 and currently has the #1v plate in Victoria and wants the #1v plate back at the World Veterans championship in 2018.

“I am training every chance I get at the moment," Reefman said, "My first goal is to compete and hopefully retain the Victorian veterans title and then in November compete and try to win the Dubya World Veterans again. It is an expensive race to organise and a long way from home.

"I have a load of great supporters, but always on the lookout for more. Currently, Peter Stevens Motorcycle have supplied me a 2018 Yamaha YZ450 which is a fantastic bike, their support has been invaluable.

"I will be heading over in late October to get acclimatised and hopefully have some more success," Reefman concluded.  The 2 day Dubya World Veterans Championship attracts many of the Worlds best former pros, who compete in 8 classes, with the likes of Mike Brown, Doug Dubach (The winningest World Vet Ever), Kurt Nicol, Former top Motocross and Supercross star Ryan Hughes and even our own Brett Metcalfe.