By the DR Staff
Welcome to Weekly Dirt, your place on the Internet for off-road news from around the world. This week we have lots of rally news, including the Baja Rally, and the adventure Rally Sierra Edition: One Night Stand. Also, the Monster Energy Cup will be live on FOX Sports 2, and Johnny Aubert signs with Beta. There’s plenty to talk about, so let’s get to it.
Grider Grabs Baja Rally Win Plus Other Baja And Rally News
With Kurt Caselli on the Red Bull KTM Factory Rally Team, American interest in rally racing should only rise.
With that in mind, rally fan Scotty Bloom held what he dubbed the first rally-raid/navigational type of racing in Baja over the weekend and it seemed to get good reviews from participants.
Dakar racer and former Baja champ Quinn Cody–currently without a ride–borrowed a bike, slapped on a big tank and some rally instruments then dominated most of the event.
Unfortunately, the engine let go with maybe 10 miles to go and he could only sit and watch as the rest of the field went past with Andy Grider (a former Dakar racer himself who now concentrates on truck racing) emerging the winner of the inaugural event over TV commentator Cameron Steele and Enduro360.com’s Chilly White.
Speaking of Caselli, right after Six Days, he flew to Spain to stay a bit with his new teammate Marc Coma before they headed to Morocco for a team photo shoot ahead of next week’s OiLibya rally.
Johnny Campbell Racing Honda’s Timmy Weigand ran his record to five wins in the featured AMA West Coast Grand Prix race at round six of the AMA D-37 Big 6 Grand Prix Series, the Viewfinders GP in Ridgecrest, California. He trailed hometown favorite Ryan Abbatoye at first, but took the lead on hour into it and finished in front, though Abbatoye kept within a few seconds the entire way on his Kawasaki. Justin Seeds rounded out the top three on another KX450F.
On the other side of the country, Husaberg’s Russell Bobbitt wrapped up the Parts Unlimited Off-road Motorcycle and ATV Nationals championship when he won round eight, the FMF Racing National near Council Bluffs, Iowa, a new venue. Kole Henslee and and Pro 2 winner Tucker Smith rounded out the top three.
With his fourth consecutive victory and sixth over the season so far, Bobbitt replaces the still out-of-action and five-time champ Paul Whibley as number one with one round remaining–the always fun Moose Run.
More on last week’s 2014 SCORE scheduling came right after we’d written last week’s “Weekly Dirt” and it’s a substantial change. Rather than running two organizations–HDRA in the U.S. and SCORE for races south of the border–owner Roger Norman decided to consolidate and blend the two into simply SCORE. In addition to SCORE’s San Felipe 250, Baja 500 and Baja 1000, there will be three SCORE races in the U.S. that will comprise the inaugural SCORE World Desert Championship.
For the first time in many years, bikes and ATVs will compete in SCORE races on American soil beginning with round two of the 2014 series, the Imperial Valley 250 in Plaster City, California, on April 25-27. (Round one will be the 28th Tecate/SCORE San Felipe 250 on February 27-March 2.) The 46th Tecate/SCORE Baja 500 will be round three on June 5-8 followed by the 3rd SCORE Reno 500 on July 24-27.
Round five is still being determined, but it will take place in Southern California and be a short course-style event. The finale will, of course, be the 47th Tecate/SCORE Baja 1000 and next year’s race will be a peninsula run on November 12-16.
Only the five best results will count towards the SCORE World Desert Championship, with participation in the 1000 mandatory.
“Mexican races are the cornerstone of SCORE and it will be a tremendous benefit to our sport to introduce one super series that will help bring the sport and SCORE to an entire new level,” Norman said.—Mark Kariya
Denver EnduroCross Preview
Hey, if you’re in the Denver area, don’t forget about this weekend’s GEICO AMA EnduroCross events, fueled by Monster Energy and presented by Lucas Oil race in National Western Complex. The title is coming down to the wire with KTM’s Mike Brown having won two of the three events so far in 2013 and holds a narrow seven point lead over Taddy Blazusiak. The is Saturday, October 12th and Brown and Blazusiak will resume their battle for the championship.
Brown and Monster Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert just completed the International Six Days Enduro in Italy on Saturday and helped the American team take the runner up position to equal the best ever finish for an American team at the prestigious event. Robert was the top American overall finisher and is a close third in the GEICO EnduroCross championship chase so these are just two of the great riders that you can have the opportunity to meet in person as the pit area is open for FREE all day. The top riders, which also include Geoff Aaron, Colton Haaker, Cory Graffunder, Kyle Redmond and Cody Webb will also do an autograph session on the show concourse at 6:00 pm. The arena is also open for free for the daytime qualifiers but you will need a ticket for the main event actions so get your tickets now!
Johnny Aubert To Beta
Speaking of the recent Six Days, two-time World Enduro champion Johnny Aubert, who was part of the winning French World Trophy Team, will be a part of the Beta factory race team for 2014, according to factory sources. Aubert will compete in the World Enduro Championship aboard his Factory-prepped Beta 450 RR.
Aubert explains why he switched brands, “I took time to think about the various alternatives which were proposed to me,” explains Johnny. “I had a very good feeling with Lapo Bianchi, BETA MOTOR CEO, a passionate who has great ambitions for his Brand and Fabrizio Dini, Team Manager, who is both an old friend and teammate. I am happy to bring them my experience and help BETA to prove their racing competitiveness!”
The Frenchman will help with the development of the entire off road range along with teammate Luis Correia.
Monster Energy Cup To Be Televised Live On FOX Sports 2
If you can’t make next weekend’s Monster Energy Cup at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas, Feld Motor Sports has announced that the race will air live on the recently launched FOX Sports 2 on October 19 at 9:00 p.m. ET. Fans will enjoy 3.5 hours of live coverage as the biggest names in the sport battle it out for $1 million. The following day, FOX Sports 1 will re-air the entire race at 1:00 p.m. ET.
Adventure Rally Sierra Edition: The One Night Stand
If you don’t have time to commit to doing a complete Adventure Rally – Sierra Edition? We understand and don’t want you to miss all the fun. Announcing The One-Night Stand. Your chance to check out the vendors and few of the Adventure Rally challenges as well as join the closing party for the Adventure Rally – Sierra Edition. Please register if you plan to attend. If you do not register we cannot guarantee any of the following services.
To register, follow this link: http://www.cycleworld.com/adventure-rally-sierra-edition-the-one-night-stand/
Denver Using Electric Police Motorcycles
According to an article in the Denver Post, the Denver Police force is experimenting with electric motorcycles for its force. The motorcycle is an Enertia Plus LE, built by Brammo Inc. in Ashland, Oregon. The company is loaning one of its motorcycles to the Denver force to see if it is suitable for police work.
Here is a link to the story: http://www.denverpost.com/ci_21657360/fort-collins-police-test-all-electric-motorcycle —Shan Moore
That’s all for this week, be sure to check in next week for more news from the off-road world.