Tuesday
Nov072017

Maybe a New Indiana Track

Dubois County 4H Fairgrounds could get motocross track


The Dubois County 4H Fairgrounds could be adding a mile-and-a-half motocross racetrack in time for the 2018 race season.

Vincennes-based Outlaw MX LLC., has plans to build the track on the 4H Fairgrounds if the 4H Council approves moving forward with a contract. Outlaw MX operates a track at the Knox County Fairgrounds already and would like to expand to Dubois County and build a larger track. The larger track could help them build the race popularity and attract national racers to Dubois County.

The track would be located in the northeast portion of a field the council leases to a local farmer. The field is on the northwest side of the fairgrounds.

According to 4H Council president Tammy Neukam, the field is used for hay but that area isn’t very productive. It isn’t used during the fair and has been identified as a good location for the track.

Per the contract, Outlaw MX will build the track which will be fenced in. During races, they will utilize the council’s bleachers. Neukam said they would likely have races one to two times a month during the season from March to October.

Outlaw MX will lease the track from the 4H Council for $600 per event and also pay for practice sessions. The track will not be open to the public and events will not occur during the 4H Fair, nor anytime livestock is at the fairgrounds.

Neukam said the County Park Board was in favor of the 4H Council’s plan and felt it would bring campers into the campground during events.

Neukam appeared before the Dubois County Commissioners Monday morning to notify them of the potential project. The commissioners were in support of the addition but request the council meet with the neighbors to the northwest of the track to hear any concerns they have.

“I would like to hear from these residents before you move forward,” Commissioner Elmer Brames said.

4H Council vice president Ed Boeglin told the commissioners that a meeting would be organized to hear from neighbors in the next two weeks before the contract with Outlaw MX was formalized. In regards to noise, Boeglin felt that the treeline between the neighborhood and the track would help with the noise. He estimated that the closest home to the track was about 700 to 750 feet from the track.

“We have a couple personal friends that live beside the Bicknell track and when we spoke to them, they said at first they heard them, but now they don’t hear it anymore,” Neukam said.

She added that according to the contract with Outlaw MX, races would occur between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. on the weekend. She added that since they won’t have lights on the track, races cannot occur after dark.

Commissioner Nick Hostetter added that he felt the main concern would be the noise but admitted he would appreciate the new offering in the county since he has children that enjoy the sport. He pointed out that it would give children something else to do.

According to Boeglin, the majority of the riders are between four and 18-years-old; not many racers are adults. He said that at least a dozen racers in Dubois County head to Bicknell where Outlaw MX operates events at the Knox County Fairgrounds.

“This is good, clean fun,” agreed Boeglin. “It’s a controlled environment.”

He added that Outlaw MX would have an ambulance available during races and have offered to contract with St. Anthony first responders to be at the events.

Besides bringing in money for the fairgrounds, Outlaw MX has suggested that 4H leaders or clubs could provide concessions at the races to raise money.

The contract includes a clause that if either party decides to cancel, Outlaw MX must return the land to its original state within 120 days.

“I would like the neighbors to at least give it a try knowing we can cancel the contract,” Brames said.

If approved construction on the track will begin nearly immediately, but races aren’t expected to occur until next year.

Monday
Nov062017

2017 WORLD VET MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP

Congrats to long time racer Steve Machado for his victory at this year's World Vet.

 

 

Steve  Machado used a 2-1 to defeat reigning champ Jim O’Neal in the Over-70 Pro class.

OVER-70 EXPERT CLASS
1. Steve Machado (Yam)…2-1
2. Jim O’Neal (Hus)…1-3
3. Claes Elmgrei (Hus)…4-2
4. Bart Kellogg (KTM)…3-4
5. Ernie Cabral (Other)…5-5
6. Gary Anderson (Hon)…6-6

 

 

 

Monday
Nov062017

Tom White | Memorial Ride Day

November 11th Glen Helen Raceway

 

TOM WHITE | A MOTORCYCLE LIFE

Glen Helen Raceway has partnered with the White family to honor motorcycle industry icon Tom White with a memorial ride day and life celebration on Saturday, November 11, 2017. Tom White passed away peacefully in his home in Orange County, California, on November 2, 2017.

Glen Helen Raceway will be open on Saturday, November 11, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Glen Helen staff and the White family will honor Tom's life in a trackside ceremony at 11:00 am. The White family invites all friends and motocross enthusiasts to attend Tom's memorial ride day. All entry fees will be waived in Tom's honor, but the White family will accept donations to the Early Years of Motocross, which will be distributed among several of Tom's favorite charitable organizations.

"Tom loved Glen Helen Raceway, both the facility itself and its incredible staff," says the White family. "Whether it was announcing the REM Series races every weekend, organizing the World Vet Motocross Championship, or working with track owner Bud Feldkamp to procure the AMA National or USGP event, Tom's second home was that race track. Our family thanks the owner and operators of Glen Helen for honoring him with a wonderful day of riding to celebrate his life and the motorcycle community he loved so dearly."

TOM WHITE MEMORIAL & RIDE DAY
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 11TH, 2017
GLEN HELEN RACEWAY
SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA

Monday
Nov062017

REMEMBERING TOM WHITE BY JODY WEISEL

 

November 3, 2017
GODSPEED! TOM WHITE (1949-2017)

GODSPEED! TOM WHITE (1949-2017).

By Jody Weisel

All of us have friends and acquaintances, but motorcycle friendships are intense — bonds as intense as soldiers in a war zone and as close as a secret society. Men who race together, trail ride on the weekends or share riding stories in the garage have a connection that is forged by fire —albeit ignited by the spark of an old Champion plug. Tom White was special to me…very special. We raced together through the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s — right up to a couple of weeks ago. We were in the same class for most of our racing lives, except for the time when he was a dirt tracker and I was a road racer. We both found our true calling when we switched to motocross. He was called to motocross because a severely broken arm led him away from dirt track. I became a motocrosser because I wanted to race every week — not just five weekends a year.

Tom (8) racing at Golden Gate Field back in 1974.

Tom (8) racing at Golden Gate Field back in 1974.

Tom turned his job at Orange County Cycles into a launch pad for his own business. And he brought his brother Dan with him to form White Brothers Cycle Specialties. Since Tom, Dan and I knew each other from Saddleback, it was only natural that his business (motorcycle parts) and mine (motorcycle magazines) would bind us together. We were both attracted by the fact that we wanted to make motocross better for the guy in the pits. And Tom understood what that meant that better than almost anyone in the motorcycle industry.

Tom White (80) leads his buddies George Kohler (66) and Lars Larsson (80) at REM.

Tom White (80) leads his buddies George Kohler (66) and Lars Larsson (80) at REM.

Way before there was even a whiff of a Yamaha YZ400 on the horizon, the White Brothers were the kings of four-stroke parts. The White Brothers made every conceivable item that the crude four-strokes of the 1970s and 1980s could use. Tom built one-off four-stroke concept bikes, sponsored a four-stroke-only team and eventually threw the might of the White Brothers into founding the World Four-Stroke Championship. He put up the purse, organized the races and even acted as the announcer — all of this at a time when no motocross racer took four-strokes seriously. And he did the same thing with the World Vet Motocross Championship— which is celebrating its 33rd year on the weekend of his death. Plus, when Glen Helen and MX Sports had a falling out that led to Glen Helen pulling out of the AMA Nationals, Tom worked tirelessly behind the scenes to get both parties back together again. Whenever a charity needed a place to hold a fundraiser, Tom always offered his spectacular motorcycle museum as the venue—and was always the largest donor at the event. Tom’s favorite charity was the High Hopes Brain Injury Foundation, where he tirelessly gave his time and money to help fund rehab programs for people with brain trauma. Tom raised and donated millions of dollars.

Tom White is honored on the Glen Helen Walk of fame.

Tom White is honored on the Glen Helen Walk of fame.

Don’t hold it against him, but Tom was rich. But he used his wealth for the good of the sport — he contributed to the AMA Hall of Fame Museum, paid the greats of the motocross to come to events that benefited the sport and made sure that when it came to hosting an event that no expense was spared.

When Tom White got a chanee to ride a dirt track again he jumped at it, He even brought former AMA Supercross Mechanic of the Year Alan Olson with him to do the wrenching. Photo: Scott Wilson

Although I hung out with the mega-rich Tom White, he always made me feel like he was hanging out with me. But, mostly I knew the hard-working, non-stop, not-so-rich Tom White (before he sold his company for millions). The money didn’t really change him and sometimes it brought him back to reality. When he made his first big money at the White Brothers he bought himself a Ferrari. He was so proud of it that he decided to drive it to the shop the first week. The engine caught on fire on the Garden Grove Freeway and it would have burned to the ground if a guy in a pickup truck hadn’t stopped to throw dirt on the fire. Tom finally joined in, but said that it pained him to no end to throw dirt on his prize possession.

Tom White got to wear his old Maley steels shoe one last time when he blasted around on the latest greatest Indian FTR750 at Perris Auto Speedway before the 2017 American Flat Track Finals. Photo: Glenn Moore

And pain was second nature to Tom. I remember the hours we spent in the water talking while waiting for a set to roll in. He would tell me about the financial end of the motorcycle business, the horror of the accident that left Tom’s son Brad severely disabled. Always a successful businessman, what Tom loved most was working side-by-side with his twin brother Dan. Oh, they had their quarrels, as all brothers do, but one day it went off the chart and Dan refused to speak to Tom. From that day on there were no White Brothers at the White Brothers. I’m sure that on his death bed Tom wished that Dan would have been by his side.

Tom White and Jody Weisel in happier times (at the 2017 REM Awards ceremony),

Tom White and Jody Weisel in happier times (at the 2017 REM Awards ceremony).

Tom was surrounded by people who loved him. His family, his friends, his grand kids, his former employees and his loyal racing buddies will all miss Tom. But I don’t feel any sorrow for Tom White. I Ioved the guy and will continue to until the day I die. But, Tom White lived a full life, even if it was cut short. He got bang for his buck — he was a Grand National dirt tracker, successful businessman, World Vet Champion, museum owner, AMA Hall of Famer, husband, father, philanthropist and one heck of a guy. He has done it all in the sport.

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Tom (left) and Dan (right) with the bike they sponsored Brad Lackey on for the ABC-TV Superbikers race.

However, six months ago, while getting ready to go to a motocross race at Glen Helen, Tom White felt a pain in his stomach. Thinking it was indigestion, he kept on working on his bike. The pain persisted so much that Tom decided not to race. After a couple days of his stomach aching, Tom went to his doctor, who poked and prodded and decided that maybe it was an ulcer. What followed was a series of endoscopes, MRIs, PETscans and Barium swallows. Ulcers were ruled out after the endoscopy. The MRI showed nothing wrong. Finally, the doctor ordered a PETscan. The finding? Cancer in his intestines that had spread to his liver and lungs.

Tom White at Ascot 41 years ago.

Tom White at Ascot 41 years ago.

tomwhitetriumphThe man and his museum.

When he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he called me on his way back from the doctor’s office. He said, “If I only have six months to live, I want to live them to the fullest. I’d rather have four months on my motorcycle than six months in bed.” He laid out his grand plan to me. He wanted to race his KTM 450SXF with his buddies at REM. He wanted to see his new granddaughter born to son Mikey and wife Parisa. He wanted to ride the Indian FTR flat track racer that he had bought to get back in touch with his roots. He wanted to ensure that his motorcycle museum would continue to exist and he wanted to help other people in his last days.

Tom White at his last Glen Helen REM race.

I’m proud to call Tom White a friend. He was genuine, outgoing and totally involved. Even though he could have lived the life of a country squire, he was the busiest retired guy I’ve ever seen. When you called to see what he was doing, he’d reel off a list of board meetings he had to attend, flights to far off cities for business he was taking and races that he had volunteered to announce (almost always for free). But I’m mostly proud of Tom because in his dying days, when others would have taken to their beds,  he raced his KTM 450SXF between chemo treatments, did four laps of an AMA Grand National dirt track on his new Indian 750FTR, held his granddaughter in his arms and bought a rare vintage bike for his museum (even though he would never get to enjoy it). I’m sad that my dear friend of 45 years is gone, but I’m glad that he got to go on his terms. I know that he wishes the same for all of us.

 

 

THE MXA INTERVIEW: TOM WHITE

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MXA: When did you start riding/racing motorcycles? As soon as my brother Dan was old enough for a drivers permit he purchased his first motorcycle, a 1965 Yamaha 80.ÿMy surfer friends and I had a lot of fun picking on him, accusing him of becoming a rebel and a future Hells Angel. Right about the same time, a friend let me take a ride around the block on his Honda 50…well, almost around the block as I couldn’t figure out how to slow the thing down for a corner and crashed into a parked Cadillac. After paying $65.00 in damage later, my parents decided that I didn’t have the necessary coordination to ride a motorcycle..ÿ

In my senior year of high school I was gainfully employed as a bus boy at a restaurant and I purchased my first motorcycle, a ’67 Yamaha 100cc Trailmaster. We had a big dirt pit near our house in Huntington Beach and my brother taught me how to ride off-road. Later that year, Dan and I attended the Anaheim Motorcycle Show and I laid eyes on the most significant motorcycle in my life to this date…the brand new Yamaha DT1. I immediately ordered one from my local dealer – Rustan Motorcycle Sales and a long four months later, the first DT1 arrived in the dealership. Rustan made me wait an additional two weeks (the longest two weeks of my life) so customers could come in and check out this exciting new motorcycle. It wasn’t much longer, that I installed the GYT kit (Genuine Yamaha Tuning) that increased the power by 50% and entered my first race at Huntington Beach Cycle Park. The event was a TT Scrambles. They had watered the track before my heat race and I crashed three times on the first lap. Well, you stick with anything long enough and in a few years I was National #80 racing Miles, Half-Miles and TT’s against riders like Mert Lawwill and Kenny Roberts aboard a Harley Davidson XR750.

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Tom and his DT-1.

MXA: When did you start White Brothers?  Though racing is a lot more lucrative these days, the fact remains that only a few riders make enough money to support a proper race program. I worked at Orange County Cycle, the number one motocross dealership on the West Coast and Dan worked for the Kawasaki factory in tech services. The skills we learned were applied to our racing effort and by also surrounding ourselves with the top performance specialists like Kenny Harmon, Jerry Branch, and John Connelly we were able to be competitive against the best riders.

In 1975, I decided to start my own business. The name was Tom White Cycle Specialties and I had hoped to sell the products that I had designed at OCC and still continue racing dirt track. That hope was dashed just after I signed the lease for the building when I hit a guy head on at Saddleback Park and fractured my already plated arm. Dan immediately came to the rescue, working with me at night on the few jobs that we had and by the end of 1975, Dan decided to leave Kawasaki and we became White Brothers.

White Brothers, what a ride over the next 25 years that featured the happiest and saddest parts of my life. The happy stuff was being involved with riders like Bob Hannah, Marty Moates, Brad Lackey, Scott Parker, Chris Carr and Scott Russell. I enjoyed working with some really great employees, customers, and vendors in an industry that you are passionate about. Possibly the best part to this date, is having access and friendships with many of my heroes. The sad stuff was having very little time for your family, my son’s tragic accident, my brother’s leaving the company, and losing touch with so many people that helped grow White Brothers.

tomwhite42rAdelanto1973Tom sliding sideways on his Triumph in 1973.

MXA: So when did things really change for you and the company?  They say timing is everything in life and in January of 2000 I was approached by a representative of a San Francisco venture capital firm that wanted to form a motorcycle group. As I mentioned, my son Brad had been tragically brain injured in 1997 when he rode his mini bike into a chain used to block a parking lot and crushed his larynx. At 18 years of age, he became 100% disabled and now required full-time care. My wife and I had brought him home and hired nurses to help us in our home seven days a week. Then, Dan decided to pursue his love for bicycles and left the company at about the same time. After 25 years in the motorcycle business, I was ready to work on my surfing, focus on my new passion of building a first class museum, and start spending more time with my family and friends.

MXA: Tom, what the heck happened to White Brothers? White Brothers was the first company to be purchased by the venture capital firm that would later include eight companies and as a group would be called Motorsport Aftermarket Group (MAG). At the time of the acquisition, we had 165 employees, a warehouse in Yorba Linda, California, a warehouse in Louisville, Kentucky and two small manufacturing facilities. Only 15% of our revenue came from products that we manufactured, another 20% came from products that we had exclusive agreements on, and the remaining 65% was products that we distributed for vendors like Pro Circuit, FMF, and Boyesen Engineering. I felt that we were very good at seeking out the best performance products and making them available to our dealers quicker than the bigger distributors like Parts Unlimited and Tucker Rocky.

Initially, after the acquisition we automated the warehouse and ramped up this business model that focused on manufacturing and distribution. It is my belief that as the Motorsport Aftermarket Group grew with manufacturing segment champions, like Vance and Hines, Performance Machine, and Renthal, that White Brothers as a distributor who competed against the big distributors, was detrimental to the group. The decision was made for White Brothers to focus on manufacturing and proprietary products. Unfortunately, this would prove to be a very tough road to be successful and profitable at. I feel bad that so many good people lost their jobs and that the acquisition wasn’t successful for MAG.

tomwhitebradTom bought a Russian-made Ural sidecar so that he could take his paralyzed son Brad riding with him.

MXA: What go you started collecting bikes? During the White Brothers years I started collecting early motocross bikes, first was a Greeves that I planned to restore with the help of my young son Brad. Though I had never raced Greeves I just loved the look…so agricultural! We did manage to get it apart, but we soon realized it was more fun to ride them than work on them, so a friend – Denny Berg completed the restoration. Soon, a Triumph Metisse and a Wheelsmith Maico, restored by Vintage Iron was added to the collection. By the early 90’s I had somewhat of a focus for the collections. The focus was bikes that were important in the early years of American motocross.

tomwhitemeusumsnoopyWith a combined square footage of 10,000 feet, Tom’s “Early Years of Motocross” museum is a thing of beauty. On the property there is a motocross museum, dirt track/enduro museum and Tom’s personal collection.

MXA: You also played a big role in promoting the sports history with the Vet World Championships.  By 1997, the White Brothers World Veteran MX Championships (founded in 1985) had grown to be a huge event and Bud Feldkamp and I decided to honor a person each year that we felt had made the largest contribution to American motocross. The first year we honored Roger DeCoster, a huge contributor to the growth in America and in 1998 it was the dynamic Rick Johnson. Two weeks before the 1999 event, I still hadn’t decided who we would honor. While driving home from Glen Helen, I reflected on a story my friend Lars Larsson shared at the Vintage Iron Vintage World Championship Banquet the year before. Lars shared how just a couple days before, he and Bengt Aberg decided to visit the man who brought them and the sport of motocross to America. He went on to share that the man, Edison Dye was overtaken with emotion on seeing Bengt and Lars and also mentioned that Mr. Dye had not been to a motocross event in over 20 years.

TomEdisonDyeTom showing Edison Dye the stories about him after he came out of a 30-year exile.

Wham, it hit me! We need to find Edison Dye and bring him out to our event to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award. With so little time before the event, I called both Roger DeCoster and Malcolm Smith. Their response to honoring Edison was overwhelming, the respect and admiration they had for this man and their willingness to help in the presentation pushed me on. I was also aided by the only person in motorcycling that had visited Edison over the years, Frans Munsters, the owner of Twin Air Filters. He gave me the contact information for Edison and when I called him Edison was in Arizona, but Edison’s daughter Shirley was eager to help and allowed me to spend an afternoon reviewing boxes of pictures and other memorabilia that was in total disarray. Unbelievable! The pictures, the letters – they told the story! This man was truly the father of motocross in America and the motorcycling people needed to be reminded!

The event was a huge success! We brought Edison on to the track in a limo and he was joined in the presentation by Roger DeCoster, Malcolm Smith, Lars Larson, Joe Parkhurst and Feets Minert. Edison was very emotional on receiving this long overdue credit for his huge contribution to motocross. For me, I now had a real focus for my collection. It was going to be about Edison Dye and the “Early Years of Motocross” in America.

Edison Dye Award in 99Malcolm Smith (with microphone), Roger DeCoster (rear center), Feets Minert (rear left) and Edison Dye at his Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony. All of these men were part of the Edison Dye legacy.

MXA: What is your favorite bike of all time? It probably doesn’t surprise you that the 1968 Yamaha 250cc DT1 is my all-time favorite bike. The DT1 wasn’t a great street bike, nor was it a great dirt bike or race bike, but it was way ahead of anything else as a true dual-sport bike. At the same time as the introduction, Yamaha also sold the GYT kit that gave the bike competitive power for scrambles and/or motocross. The DT1 would ultimately evolve into the 1974 YZ250A, which at the time, was arguably the best motocross bike available. I still remember how it felt riding that bike.

MXA: What is it about the old bikes that you admire so much? All of the major brands of motocross machines are quite similar and each one is just fabulous to ride and race. In having said that, change the color of plastic and you can’t tell one brand from another from a distance. This isn’t a bad thing, but for me, it makes me appreciate the early years of motocross machines so much more as collector bikes. In the early ’60s and ’70s, every manufacturer had a different idea on what features would make their machine most competitive and attractive to customers. Take a close look at these early machines, each brand is unique with lots of chrome, aluminum, fiberglass, and very different frames and suspensions. The Husqvarna’s are beautiful, the Maico’s are ugly, and the Greeves look like farm equipment. Just looking at them takes older riders like myself back to the feeling I experienced when I first rode them, although I have no desire to ride or race them again! They weren’t much good when they were brand new and they are horrible when compared to the new machines! When the 2018 bikes came out, I couldn’t wait to get off my vintage ’17 and it’s exciting every year to see how the factories have improved their machines.

TorstenHallmanTWMaynardGunnar Lindstrom 2000 World VetTom White (right) with Torsten Hallman at Torsten’s awards ceremony. In the background is Tom’s old boss at Orange County Cycle Bob Maynard and Gunnar Lindstrom.

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE BIKES IN THE MUSEUM? It probably doesn’t surprise you that the 1968 Yamaha 250cc DT1 is my all-time favorite bike. The DT1 wasn’t a great street bike, nor was it a great dirt bike or race bike, but it was way ahead of anything else as a true dual-sport bike. I have favorites after the DT1. Most notaably, a few year ago one of my closest friends spent 9 months building an exact replica of the bike I won my only AMA National Championship event on at the Castle Rock TT in 1972. The bike is a Redline 650 Triumph and is exact in every detail. This machine will always be my favorite race bike. The 1961 Lito 500 MX is among my loves, next to my 1959 Monark 500 MX and 1976 Puch Twin Carb 250.

I’m always surprised by how fast the collection grows. I currently have 170 motorcycles. There are 110 historic motocross machines displayed in the main museum, 17 flat-track and enduro machines in the new mini-museum, and the remainder are in storage or inside my house.

tomwhitehuskytwinThe Husqvarna 500 Twin Baja Invader. The only one in the world.

WHAT BIKE IS RAREST AND MOST VALUABLE? One of the only bikes in my collection that actually wasn’t a production bike is my 1969 Husqvarna 500cc twin cylinder Baja Invader. It was the third and last prototype built by the Husky factory. It was shipped to the USA so that Gunnar Nilsson and J. N. Roberts could race it in the Baja 1000. Though they won the race, the 500cc twin never went into production as it was deemed too powerful and expensive for motocross. This is the only one left in the world. I estimate the value in the six figures.

AS A MAN WHO COLLECTS OLD MOTORCYCLES, WHAT DO YOU THINK OF NEW ONES? I consider the modern motocross machine to be a tool. Any of us, if we have the money; could buy a competitive bike right off the dealers showroom floor. These machines have been refined again and again over the last 40 years to the point where the rider usually breaks before the bike. All of the major brands of motocross machines are so similar that you can’t tell one brand from another at a distance. This isn’t a bad thing, but in the early ’60s and ’70s, every manufacturer had a different idea on what made their machine competitive. Each brand was unique and very different from the others. Just looking at them takes older riders, like myself, back to the feeling I experienced when I first rode them. Having said that, I have no desire to ride or race them again! When the new bikes come out, I can’t wait to get off last year’s model.

 

Sunday
Nov052017

Jarvins wins in Spain

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing rider Graham Jarvis has claimed victory at the 2017 Hixpania Hard Enduro in northern Spain. Putting in one of his season’s best rides, Graham’s teammate Billy Bolt finished fourth overall.

For the second edition of the Hixpania Hard Enduro, the racing was staged over three days. Friday saw competitors battle it out on a SuperEnduro-styled course in the town square of Aguilar de Campoo. Saturday delivered a 48-kilometre enduro loop around the nearby lake to be ridden three times.

Sunday’s main event was a short 15-minute extreme loop, raced over a two-hour 30-minute duration. With points allocated per race, an overall classification of the three days determined this year’s Hixpania champion.

Getting his event off to a slow start, Jarvis placed an unusual seventh in the Friday prologue. Picking up things to end up fourth on Saturday, Graham knew only victory on the third and final day would help his chances of winning this year’s Hixpania Hard Enduro.

Last away in the Le Mans style start, he steadily began to pick riders off as the race progressed. By mid-distance he had climbed up to fourth and was beginning to find his pace. With two laps to go, Jarvis launched his attack for victory and managed to break away. With an impossible climb delivering the final sting in the tail for the race, he was the first to reach the top. In doing so he also took the overall event win.

For Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Billy Bolt, the Hixpania Hard Enduro marked his final outdoor race of 2017 and arguably his best performance of the season. Fast from the off, 19-year-old Bolt battled hard in the Friday night prologue for victory. Challenging eventual winner Jonny Walker all the way, only a very small crash at the end cost him a shot at winning. Billy eventually slipped back to third in the prologue.

Riding strong during Saturday’s race, Bolt enjoyed his fair share of the lead in the opening lap. A rear moose issue on lap two dropped him back, but fixing the issue at the service point, he regrouped strongly to claim fifth.

For Sunday’s main event, Bolt took the holeshot and led lap one. Racing hard with Alfredo Gomez during the first hour and then also Jonny Walker during the latter half of the race, Bolt held his nerve on the final climb to take second on the day and secure a strong fourth overall.

Graham Jarvis: “I honestly wasn’t expecting to win this one today. Coming into the final race, Sunday’s extreme race, I was about fourth overall in the points classification and so thought the overall win was out of reach. My plan was to just fight for the win in this race and see what happened. I was actually the last rider to reach my bike at the start and so was last away. I picked off a few riders quickly enough and to be honest it helped not leading. I could read the tracks the guys had made and managed to avoid some of their mistakes with line choices. The top four riders bunched up at about the halfway point and then with about two laps to go I got into the lead and pushed on. The final hillclimb was pretty much impossible. But luckily I got there first and was roped up. I just had to watch and see what would unfold next. Jonny Walker had a crash and dropped to fourth. We tied on points but my win was enough for victory. I’m really happy with that because Hixpania was one of the few hard enduro races I’d yet to win.”

Billy Bolt: “I’ve really enjoyed racing here at Hixpania for the first time. I would have loved to sign off on my 2017 hard enduro season with a podium result but fourth is good and I feel like I put in my best ride of the year. Friday’s prologue was a lot of fun. It was a short superenduro course in the town square. I battled all race with Jonny. Initially I finished second but then there was some confusion with the results and I dropped to third. Saturday was a bit up and down. I ran into moose trouble on lap two of three and slipped way back. But once we fixed the problem I clawed my way back to fifth. For Sunday’s extreme race, I got the holeshot and led on lap one. Alfredo was pushing hard but I was able to run his pace. We swapped positions plenty of times and in the final hour there were four of us fighting for the win. On the final climb I managed to get up to where we needed to be roped up in second place. But things got a bit hectic and ropes got tangled. I nearly lost my position but managed to drag my way across the finish line to place second in the race behind Graham.”

Results — Hixpania Hard Enduro 2017
1. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna)
2. Jonny Walker (KTM)
3. Alfredo Gomez (KTM)
4. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna)
5. Mario Roman (Sherco)

Sunday
Nov052017

Dr. D Rolls On!

SUNDAY DUBYA WORLD VET MX CHAMPIONSHIP - 11/5/2017
GLEN HELEN RACEWAY
50+ PRO - Overall Finish Positions  View Laptimes    
Overall Nbr   Name Moto 1 Moto 2
 1st   #15  Yamaha  DOUG DUBACH
 TUSTIN, CA 
1st 1st
 2nd   #2  KTM  KURT NICOLL
 TEMECULA, CA 
2nd 2nd
 3rd   #181  Honda  KEITH BOWEN
 BEVENTON, MI 
3rd 4th
 4th   #70  Kawasaki  JOHN GREWE
 ROCKFORD, MI 
5th 3rd
 5th   #4  Kawasaki  RON LECHIEN
 LAKESIDE,  
4th 5th
 6th   #83  Suzuki  KEVIN FOLEY
 VILLA, CA 
7th 6th
 7th   #7  Yamaha  PETE MURRAY
 LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA 
6th 7th
 8th   #852  Suzuki  KEVIN BARDA
 VICTORVILLE, CA 
8th 8th
 9th   #326  ALS  ED FOEDISH
 SCOTTSDALE, AZ 
11th 9th
 10th   #461  Yamaha  STEVE MACHADO JR
 DUBLIN, CA 
9th 11th
 11th   #115b  Husqvarna  JEFF WATTS
 SANTA CRUZ, CA 
13th 10th
 12th   #737  Kawasaki  LOREN POCHIROWSKI
 LAKE FOREST, CA 
14th 13th
 13th   #599  Honda  BRYAN SCHRITTER
 ORTH OGDEN, UT 
12th 15th
 14th   #96  Husqvarna  ROBERT REISINGER
 NEWHALL, CA 
10th 17th
 15th   #975  KTM  ROSS STYLE
 NEWCASTLE, CA 
17th 14th
 16th   #278  Kawasaki  GLENN CARMODY
 BLUFFDALE, UT 
18th 16th
 17th   #23  Honda  JAYSON CROTTEAU
 CHANDLER, AZ 
16th 18th
 18th   #12  KTM  KENNETH SMITH
 SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT 
15th 19th
 19th   #29b  Suzuki  TIM TYNAN
 GEORGETOWN, CA 
DNF 12th
 DNF   #23x  Honda  PHIL DOWELL
 JOHN BURR, CA 
DNF DNF
 DNF   #2x  KTM  LUTHER FRENCH
 CHERRY VALLEY, CA 
DNF DNF
 DNF   #18  Yamaha  ED G HEACOX
 SO CAL, CA 
DNF DNF
 DNF   #130  Honda  ISAO IDA
 SAITAMA, JAPAN,  
DNF DNF
 DNF   #10  Yamaha  JON ORTNER
 SANTA BARBARA, CA 
DNF DNF
Sunday
Nov052017

Brown Wins World Vet

SATURDAY DUBYA WORLD VET MX CHAMPIONSHIPS - 11/4/2017
GLEN HELEN RACEWAY
40+ PRO - Overall Finish Positions  View Laptimes 
   
Overall Nbr   Name Moto 1 Moto 2
 1st   #3  Husqvarna  MIKE BROWN
 BLUFF CITY, TN 
1st 1st
 2nd   #15  Yamaha  DOUG DUBACH
 TUSTIN, CA 
2nd 2nd
 3rd   #88  Yamaha  KENJIRO TSUJI
 CHATSWORTH, CA 
4th 3rd
 4th   #2  KTM  KURT NICOLL
 TEMECULA, CA 
3rd 4th
 5th   #70  Kawasaki  JOHN GREWE
 ROCKFORD, MI 
5th 5th
 6th   #97  Kawasaki  JEREMY CHAUSSEE
 LANCASTER, CA 
7th 6th
 7th   #9  Kawasaki  BRIAN WHEELER
 GLOS, ENGLAND,  
8th 7th
 8th   #25  Honda  TODD DEHOOP
 HUDSONVILLE, MI 
6th 9th
 9th   #940  Kawasaki  MATT KARLSEN
 SACHSE, TX 
9th 8th
 10th   #74  Kawasaki  JULIAN CERNY
 CALGARY, AB 
11th 10th
 11th   #607  Yamaha  ROGER SVENSSON
  
10th 12th
 12th   #413  Suzuki  TODD MITCHELL
 MURRIETA, CA 
13th 11th
 13th   #285  Kawasaki  ROBB FLOTH
 KUNA, ID 
12th 15th
 14th   #445  KTM  MARC DIONNE
 QUEBEC,  
15th 13th
 15th   #l7  KTM  PASHA AFOHAR
 ENCINO, CA 
  28th
 16th   #3x  Kawasaki  RONNY HERLITSCHKE
 GERMANY,  
16th 14th
 17th   #9x  Yamaha  SHAWN WYNNE
 LOMPOC, CA 
14th 17th
 18th   #801  Suzuki  GUY GIROUX
 QUEBEC,  
18th 16th
 19th   #19  Yamaha  AARON HUNT
 AUSTRALIA,  
17th 18th
 20th   #99  Honda  STALE BJORDAL
 OSLO, NORWAY,  
19th 19th
 21st   #326  ALS  ED FOEDISH
 SCOTTSDALE, AZ 
20th 20th
 22nd   #200  Yamaha  JIMMY PARDUE
 APPLE VALLEY, CA 
21st 21st
 23rd   #29b  Suzuki  TIM TYNAN
 GEORGETOWN, CA 
25th 22nd
 24th   #224  KTM  FRED POULIN
 QUEBEC, QB 
24th 23rd
 25th   #284  KTM  STEVE DREWLO
 BISMARK, ND 
23rd 24th
 26th   #73  TM  RALF SCHMIDT
 BANNING, CA 
22nd 30th
 27th   #861  Honda  DAVID CINCOTTA
 APPLE VALLEY, CA 
27th 26th
 28th   #46  KTM  ALEXANDRE LANGEVIN
 QUEBEC,  
30th 25th
 29th   #866  Kawasaki  BILLY VAN VUGT
 ONTARIO,  
28th 27th
 30th   #23  Honda  JAYSON CROTTEAU
 CHANDLER, AZ 
29th 29th
 31st   #138  Honda  GWIDAEL BUCHON
 LOS ANGELES,  
26th DNF
 32nd   #111  KTM  JEFF MATIASEVICH
 CORONA, CA 
32nd 31st
 33rd   #138x  Yamaha  BOBBY JONES
 SCOTTSDALE,  
31st 32nd
Saturday
Nov042017

RC on the 2-stroke

 

Saturday
Nov042017

Nagl to TM

 

TM Racing is very pleased to announce its come back to MXGP. In fact, the Team will take part in the Motocross World Championship Top Class.

The MXGP gathers all the best riders worldwide, as well as all European and World manufacturers. It was 2015 when we last saw TM RACING facing a MXGP with Davide Guarneri, who classified 18th in the overall Championship standings.

The past two years, the Italian Factory based in Pesaro, focused on young racers battling it out in the MX2. Their decision rewarded them with excellent results achieved by Samuele Bernardini. This year the racer won the second heat of the Indonesian Grand Prix, finishing second overall at the end of the GP. Now it is about time to go back to the Top Class and to do so TM RACING decided to enlist MAX NAGL.

The German rider is going to race using a machinery, which is the evolution of the prototype used in 2015. There are going to be several updates in terms of engine, frame and suspensions. The MX 450 FI we will see next year at the MXGP World Championship is going to undergo a constant progress throughout the whole season.

The aim is the continuous development, race after race, in order to have a machinery, which perfectly suits the German rider. His ideal bike.

Marco Ricciardi Team Manager:

“Engaging Max in our Team is a great honor. I have a great opinion of Max, talking from a technical point of view and especially for his professionalism and honesty demonstrated for so many years in the paddock. This is the reason why I think he is the right rider for our come back to the Top Class. To tell you the truth, I’m very proud of being part of this evolution and important project for TM RACING.

The World Championship enjoys great health; however, some manufacturers even bigger than ours decided to shut down their Teams in MX2 while one definitely retired from racing. On the other hand, TM RACING decided to work its way up and go back to MXGP! Now we have to work hard to provide Max with the best bike ever so that he could stay at the top of the standings. Furthermore, we will do our best to bring Samuele back to the goals and levels achieved at the beginning of the season. I’ve no doubts Samu will be able to recover after the bad accident which affected his season.”

Max Nagl:

“I’m very happy to be part of TM RACING FACTORY TEAM. I feel so inspired! TM RACING FACTORY TEAM is a different reality; the team is smaller compared to others and this fits with me. I can’t wait to start developing the new MX 450FI machinery, as well as working side by side with such a highly motivated Team.”

Friday
Nov032017

Hixpania Prologue to Walker

: Robert Lynn / Future7Media

Jonny Walker kick starts the Hixpania Hard Enduro with victory in Friday night´s prologue.

Packed to capacity, the spectators were treated to some close fought racing as Walker rode home for the win over Billy Bolt and Alfredo Gomez in the Aguilar de Campoo town square.

The super enduro style prologue in Hixpania saw Jonny taking the win in the 10 minutes plus two lap race.

“That was such a cool race,” told Walker. “The lap was really short so there was plenty of overtaking and action.

“I led off the start but Billy, Alfredo and Graham were right there and we banged bars for most of the race.

“It was a cool way to start off Hixpania and I´m looking forward to tomorrow.”

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Photo credit: Robert Lynn / Future7Media

The super enduro style track set up by the organisers delivered a good spectacle for the crowd that gathered in Aguilar de Campoo’s main square.

Spectators were treated to three finals with the Knight Pro super final capping the evening off.

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After a timed run to select the top 20 riders to take part in the superfinal, Billy Bolt and Eloi Salsench looked like the guys to beat taking first and second respectively.

Fast away Walker took the lead in the matrix zone immediately after the start and managed to hold off Bolt´s continuous attacks throughout the intense race.

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Alfredo Gomez had to fight his way through the pack and after putting some solid laps, he claimed the final spot on the podium.

For Saturday, riders will tackle the Campoo Xtreme, an approximately 40-kilometre loop around the lake ridden three times.

The loop will increase with difficulty per lap. A total of 60 riders qualify through to the main event.

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With riders completing the prologue lap in about 25 seconds, and over 25 laps completed in the main race, keeping track on the final standings proved tough.

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