Welcome to The Weekly Dirt, the place to go each Wednesday to catch up on the latest happenings in the realm of off-road motorcycling. Today we have Super Enduro From Poland, Endurocross Goes Global, TKO Dates Announced, and National Motocross News!
EnduroCross Goes Global
The AMA EnduroCross Series has announced it will be going global in 2013, teaming with ESPN’s X-Games for four rounds in Europe and South America! This is huge news for off-road fans and it’s huge for the success of Endurocross.
Just think of all the exposure that EnduroCross got with the televised coverage of Enduro X during this year’s X-Games, and then multiply that times four for 2013. That’s a lot of exposure for the sport, and off-road racing in general!
This week, the series promoters announced the 2013 global schedule. Following the great success of Enduro X at the last two Los Angeles X Games, ESPN has been working on plans to take some of the top EnduroCross riders to participate at three new international locations; Foz, Brazil; Barcelona, Spain; and Munich, Germany. The three events will feature both men’s and women’s classes. A select number of AMA EnduroCross Championship riders will be invited to travel to those events and compete with the best riders from each of those continents.
According to Eric Peronnard, the creator of EnduroCross, this will be a tremendous undertaking, but it will be well worth it.
“It’s going to be a giant travelling circus,” says Peronnard. “X-Games is chartering two 747 cargo plans to carry equipment, track markers, scoring equipment, and up to 50 motorcycles (including free-style bikes) to each of the global rounds. This is going to be a major production and with this plan, we’re going to be able to show off our sport to a lot more people in these other countries and around the world.”
To clarify, these X-Games rounds will be standalone events and will not count towards the U.S. championship, at least for 2013. And at least a half dozen riders from each select market (Brazil, Germany and Spain), along with several top international riders, will be invited to participate, as well, to fill out the grids at each round.
Peronnard adds that the appeal of EnduroCross is that there’s a lot going on. “It’s like the difference between watching road race and Supercross, there is so much more going on,” he says. “Bringing all of these natural obstacles into an indoor setting provides an incredible challenge for the riders, which guarantees there will be plenty of action and a really good time for the fans. It becomes busier and more challenging with each lap.”
“EnduroCross is eight years old and we’re a very solid series already,” adds Peronnard. “Some folks are calling us the premiere off-road series, but I would say we are one of them. There’s no questions we’re “on the podium” as far as off-road series. And the riders on this series, they are very good at what they do, and that has been extremely rewarding. It makes me smile when I think about it.”
2013 X Games Enduro X Schedule
Location Date Arena / Additional Information
Foz do Iquacu, Brazil April 18-21, 2013 Foz do Iquacu
Barcelona, Spain May 16-19, 2013 Barcelona Olympic Stadium
Munich, Germany June 27-30, 2013 Olympiastadion
Los Angeles, USA August 1-4, 2013 Staples Center
Taddy Tops Super Enduro Opener In Poland
Local hero Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) got the defense of his FIM SuperEnduro World Championship off to the best start possible with victory at round one in Lodz, Poland.
Despite racing with torn ligaments in his right shoulder following a serious practice crash just eight days before the opening round, Blazusiak secured a hard fought win in front of his home fans. Uncertain if he would be able to race due to his injuries, Blazusiak incredibly managed to not only complete a full night’s racing but ended it as the overall event winner having claimed two wins and a runner-up result.
Getting his night off to an unexpectedly good start, Blazusiak topped the qualifying heat race ahead of newly signed Honda rider David Knight and Husaberg’s Joakim Ljunggren. Importantly giving him first pick of the gate for two of the three finals, Blazusiak made the most of his inside starting position and claimed the holeshot in the first and third finals. Going on to lead each and every lap of both races, Blazusiak claimed two important wins. In the night’s second final, which featured a reversed start order, Blazusiak got caught up in traffic during the opening lap, which allowed eventual race winner Jonny Walker to open up a sizeable lead. Settling for third behind Walker and Knight, Blazusiak was able to capitalise on a mistake by Knight during the closing stages of the race and claimed the runner-up position to go 1-2-1 for the night and take home a six-point lead at the head of the 2013 Superenduro World Championship.
“The night before the race I seriously didn’t think I was going to be able to compete because of the torn ligaments in my shoulder,” said Blazusiak. “I had to have so much strapping on my shoulder, arm, even around my stomach, that I couldn’t lift it to clean my teeth before the race, but without it my collarbone would have been sticking up and my shoulder dropped. Adrenaline, added to the strapping, well, it’s amazing what you can do – I still can’t believe I managed to win the race. I was struggling during practice so we added some more strapping and I just decided to go for it in the qualifying race. Despite everything the night’s been amazing. The crash last Friday when I damaged my shoulder was probably the biggest I’ve ever had, and put my racing here in so much doubt. I don’t think I’ve ever been as focused on getting good starts as I was here. I knew that if I could get out front early on I would make things so much easier for myself, and that’s pretty much what I did in two of the finals. The second race, with the reverse start, was tough. I was in third, and happy to finish third, when Knight had a problem and I moved up one position. I certainly couldn’t have asked for more.”
With the event marking Knight’s international debut aboard Honda machinery the Manx rider ended the night more than happy with his speed, showing that despite only occasional indoor enduro outings in recent years he’s still more than capable of challenging for race wins.
“I’ve had a good night really,” said Knight. “It was great to get the fastest lap during qualifying but the best thing was that I really enjoyed myself and I felt like my speed was really good. The first race went well, and to start with a second place result was good. But the reverse order for the start of the second final made things difficult. I got pushed wide and lost some time early on, which made for a busy few laps. I should have finished second but I got a track banner caught in my wheel near the end of the race, which dropped me to third. The third final was going well. I wasn’t too far from the lead, just trying to stay as close as I could in case Taddy made a mistake. Then I got stuck behind two fallen riders and had nowhere to go in the rocks. That dropped me to fifth. It was a disappointing way to end the night but I can take away a lot of positives. I’ve still not been off a Superenduro podium, so that’s good. I just need a little more time on the bike in race situations and I’m sure I can be event stronger. I’m made up with the way things have gone really.”
FIM SuperEnduro World Championship – Round 1, Poland
1. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 07:59.641; 2. David Knight (Honda) 08:05.435; 3. Jonny Walker (KTM) 08:08.574; 4. Alfredo Gomez (Husaberg) 08:09.408; 5. Kornel Nemeth (KTM) 08:27.036
1. Jonny Walker (KTM) 08:02.556; 2. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 08:08.198; 3. David Knight (Honda) 08:16.821; 4. Kornel Nemeth (KTM) 08:18.431; 5. Thomas Oldrati (Husaberg) 08:20.014
1. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 07:50.300; 2. Jonny Walker (KTM) 08:00.663; 3. Alfredo Gomez (Husaberg) 08:02.140; 4. Joakim Ljunggren (Husaberg) 08:05.418; 5. David Knight (Honda) 08:06.936
FIM SuperEnduro World Championship – Championship Standings
1. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 57points; 2. Jonny Walker (KTM) 51; 3. David Knight (Honda) 41…
2013 KENDA Tennessee Knockout Extreme Enduro Date Confirmed
The KENDA Tennessee Knockout, Fueled by Monster Energy, has quickly become one of the top off road motorcycle events in the country. The event will be back at the Trials Training Center on August 17-18, 2013.
Tennessee’s Mike Brown has built on his legendary reputation for toughness by winning the first two TKO events. The 2012 win was particularly difficult as rain added to the difficulty and made one waterfall section nearly impossible for even the best riders in the world. “If it gets any tougher than that, then I don’t want to do it again” Brown joked afterwards. You can expect that Brown will indeed be back to go for his third consecutive win and take the biggest chunk of the $10,000 pro purse.
The large purse and challenging conditions has attracted some of the top off road motorcycle racers in the world and you can expect that again in 2013. Cody Webb, the 2012 EnduroCross Championship runner up has finished second the KENDA Tennessee Knockout the last two years as well and wants to win bad. Four time National Enduro Champion, Russell Bobbitt finished third at his first attempt at the TKO in 2012 and likely learned a lot about how to challenge for the win.
Paul Whibley, the 2009 and 2012 GNCC Champion has competed in the TKO the past two seasons as well as Husqvarna’s Kyle Redmond and Colton Haaker. So you can expect these top riders to be among the likely competitors in 2013.
The top off-road racers from around the world will be invited to compete and amateur riders can race on Saturday with the top finishers earning the opportunity to move on to the Sunday Expert Knockout rounds. On Sunday, the riders will compete in a very tough and spectator friendly four round format.
Check out this video for highlights of the 2012 event:
For more information about the 2011 Kenda Tennessee Knockout, fueled by Monster Energy, please visit: http://tennesseeknockoutenduro.com/
Trey Canard film, REvival 41
Here’s a cool link to the upcoming Trey Canard film, REvival 41:
Miller Motorsports Park Announced As Newest Venue for 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship
MX Sports Pro Racing announced this week that the state-of-the-art Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, will become the 11th stop on the 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, on Saturday August 17.
Miller Motorsports Park will construct a permanent purpose-built, national-caliber, motocross circuit in the infield of its road-racing course to host the Utah National. The proximity of Salt Lake City will be very popular with teams and fans, and the ability to use the paddock garages, grandstands and suites at Miller Motorsports Park will be a first for Lucas Oil Pro Motocross.
“The Utah National is going to be a milestone event for the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship,” said Davey Coombs, President of MX Sports Pro Racing. “Miller Motorsports Park is an amazing facility, with incredible amenities that our teams and fans will love, in a market where action sports are everywhere. It is a different sort of venue than we are accustomed to visiting, but it is ideal in light of the rapid growth our series is enjoying. We think it’s a perfect fit and we can’t wait to show the great fans in Utah what the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship is all about.”
2013 will be the first time in 40 years that a National has been held in the state of Utah. In addition to bringing great economic impact to the state and community, the Utah National will provide fans in a new area of the country the opportunity to witness the world’s best motocross athletes compete for the prestigious title of Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Champion. Miller Motorsports Park is a world-renowned race center hosting prestigious racing and motorsports events throughout the year. As the newest partner with Lucas Oil Pro Motocross, Miller Motorsports Park will bring a new perspective to the 2013 series
AMA Pro Racing Announces Pro Flat Track Schedule
If you’re into Dirt Track racing, the AMA Pro Racing recently announced 14 confirmed events on the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track schedule. In addition to the events listed below, AMA Pro Racing plans to make announcements on three additional events in the near future.
All of the AMA Pro Flat Track events in 2013 will once again feature non-stop entertainment and thrilling motorcycle racing action from the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com and AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles classes. Of the confirmed events announced today, Harley-Davidson Insurance GNC Expert Singles will compete at four of the rounds, broken down into two Short Tracks and two Tourist Trophies, while the mighty Expert Twins will contest the remaining 10 rounds, consisting of five Half-Mile and five Mile tracks. Fans can also expect to watch as the sport’s finest up-and-coming talent battle for fame and glory in Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles races.
2013 AMA Pro Flat Track Schedule:
DAYTONA Flat Track I
DAYTONA Flat Track Daytona Beach, Fla.
DAYTONA Flat Track II
DAYTONA Flat Track Daytona Beach, Fla.
San Joaquin County Fairgrounds, Stockton, Calif.
Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ill.
Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, Ohio
Hagerstown Speedway, Md.
Grays Harbor Raceway
Grays Harbor, Elma, Wash.
Cal Expo, Sacramento, Calif.
Castle Rock TT
Castle Rock Race Park, Castle Rock Wash.
PMC Race Park, Peoria, Ill.
Indiana State Fairground, Indianapolis, Ind.
Springfield Mile II
Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, Ill.
Santa Rosa Mile
Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, Calif.
Flat Track Season Finale
LA County Fairplex, Pomona, Calif.
For more info on Dirt Track check out www.amaproracing.com. – Shan Moore
Pearsons Sixth In World Championship
Besides racing dirt bikes, David Pearson is passionate about hunting–so much so that he competes in coyote hunting contests with younger brother Dallin Lee.
And while they’ve enjoyed success on the local level, they’d never had the chance to go head to head against the best until last weekend’s World Coyote Calling Championships in Elko, Nevada.
“I missed a contest [in order to race the finale in Best in the Desert],” THR Motorsports/Monster Energy/Precision Concepts Kawasaki’s David Pearson said. But his schedule worked out so that they could compete in the World Championship.
“The entry fee is, like, $300 and there’s 100 teams. First place will pay [about] $25,000 so it’ll be pretty intense.”
The Pearsons left for the contest last Monday and scouted areas through last Wednesday, followed by sign-ups on Thursday. “The contest starts Friday morning, and you hunt anywhere you want,” he explained. “You can only hunt during the daytime, then we take Friday night off and hunt most of the day Saturday and check in up at Elko at three o’clock in the afternoon.
“It’s pretty much my second love in life.”
He continued, “There’s a lot of really, really good teams out there; there’s teams from Kansas, Maine–there’s teams from everywhere flying in to do this so it’s basically like the Olympics of coyote calling.
“We’ve done good in local contests before, but this is a bigger race. This is like going from a [local] MRAN (Motorcycle Racing Association of Nevada) race to, like, a supercross. The competition’s going to be steep.
“We’re going to do a lot of scouting and spend a lot of money on fuel. We’ll probably be into it about two grand just in fuel and hotel rooms and stuff by the time we’re done, but we’re excited about it.”
And the Pearsons did a good job for their first time against the best, finishing sixth with 11 coyotes bagged–and missing three or four more shots that would’ve put them in contention. The winners checked in with 16. Next year’s contest returns to Nevada so with more experience, the Pearsons expect to do even better. – Mark Kariya
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