By the DR Staff
Welcome to Weekly Dirt, your place on the Internet for off-road news from around the world. This week we check out an update to KR4’s Arrive-n-Ride program, we talk to Adam Cianciarulo about his supercross win this weekend, and we take a look at last weekend’s Hell’s Gate Hard Enduro in Italy. There’s plenty to talk about, so let’s get to it.
Adam Cianciarulo On Arlington Supercross
Adam Cianciarulo became the first person since Trey Canard did the deed in 2008 to win his Supercross debut. He also led a Kawasaki sweep of the podium when he topped his Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki teammates Blake Baggett and Martin Davalos in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, at the opening round of the East 250 SX Regional Series. I spoke to AC46 after the race to find out what he thought of his win.
Talk about the start of the race, you seemed to get the jump on everyone.
I got the holeshot and then Martin [Davalos] got by me right away, then he started pulling away, I mean the guy has been riding great during the week. I had Blake [Baggett] right behind me, and I was thinking I was going to have to put in perfect laps in order to stay ahead of him. Then Martin went down and I got to a point to where I was thinking, ‘Oh my god, I’m going to win a supercross.’ And I had to put that out of my head and hit my marks and that’s what I did.
At one point Baggett got around you. Tell is about what was going on.
Baggett got by me and I had to run it back in on him in the whoops. It was clean racing between us all night. It was just full willpower from there. I came in a little bit sick, and it was all willpower. I kept watching the laps, watching the laps go by, just looking for the finish.
How do you feel about your first win?
It’s unbelievable, It doesn’t even feel real, it feels like I’m dreaming. I didn’t expect this at all. I mean, I was having some good weeks coming into this, and then everything went perfect. Both holeshots, I can’t even believe it.
This weekend, Cianciarulo will try to duplicate his performance in the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.
KR4 Performance Arrive-n-Ride Revised Pricing
If you plan on racing any of the Kenda AMA National Enduro rounds this year and you’re wondering how to get your bike to the races then you need to know about the KR4 “Arrive-n-Ride” program and that KR4 Performance has announced revised pricing for the 2014 NEPG season. KR4 has substantially lowered the cost of the 2014 Arrive-n-Ride Programs and added some grass-roots packages that will allow KR4 to assist racers on almost any budget. Here’s the scoop:
With our top-level packages, KR4 provides riding gear, tires, parts, fuel and transportation of the bike, race prep, a mechanic and hospitality at the track. We also provides pit support at the open checks on race day, leaving virtually nothing for the racer to do but show up and ride! You can ride your own bike, or there is the opportunity to lease a fully tricked-out KR4 machine. This option works especially well for those riders who may not have the means to prep a bike, load the trailer, and hit the road to each round. It also allows the serious racer a couple extra days of riding and training at home instead of working on bikes.
Bike Transportation Packages
Do you already have your own personal bike dialed in and you just need to get it from race to race? KR4 Performance is here to help! For a very reasonable fee, KR4 will deliver your bike to the event without any hassle. Once you get to the event, just pick your bike up from the KR4 tent and enjoy the rest of your race weekend with you own pit crew. On Sunday afternoon, return your bike to KR4 on your way out and leave the rest to us.
With these two choices and every option in between, KR4 completely caters to your unique requirements. If you need help getting to a single event or have dreams of doing an entire season like a factory star, KR4 is the solution!
Cost by the Numbers
All-inclusive packages: optional bike lease, riding gear, tires, parts, fuel and transportation of the bike, race prep, a mechanic, fuel man/spotter and hospitality at the track. Starting at $550 per event.
Bike Transportation Packages: Includes transportation of your motorcycle (prepped by you) to and from the event. Limited mechanical support or hospitality provided. Starting at $250 per event.
Graham Jarvis Tops Hell’s Gate, Again!
Graham Jarvis recorded an unprecedented fourth Hell’s Gate victory this past weekend at the season opening Hard Enduro event of the year in Italy. The factory Husqvarna rider completed five perfect laps to become the most successful rider in the event’s history.
British KTM rider Jonny Walker claimed a comfortable win in the morning’s qualifying enduro to set himself up perfectly for the all-important main event. Recording the fastest time in two of the qualifying event’s four special tests, the KTM rider took the win finishing ahead of Jarvis and factory Beta rider Cody Webb.
Grabbing an all-important holeshot at the start of the five-lap main event, Walker tried to break away from the pack. But in making numerous small mistakes on the opening lap he allowed Jarvis to take the lead.
Though the final two laps of the race took place in near total darkness, Jarvis successfully scaled the near impossible climb up the final Hell’s Peak to claim the win.
Hell’s Gate Final Results
1. Graham Jarvis (Hsq)
2. Jonny Walker (KTM)
3. Cody Webb (Bet)
4. Andreas Lettenbichler (KTM)
5. Diego Nicoletti (Suz)
KoM Fail Video
While we’re on the subject of extreme off-road races, here’s a video of Wally Palmer destroying himself over and over at King of Motos.
AMSOIL Arenacross TV Package
Feld Motor Sports announced this week that fans will have the opportunity to watch the 2014 season of AMSOIL Arenacross, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross on FOX Sports 1 thanks to a groundbreaking television package.
Beginning on Sunday, February 16, AMSOIL Arenacross will be featured on its new home with the opening round of the season from Worcester, Mass., and the DCU Center at 11 a.m. ET. The second broadcast from Baltimore, Md., and Baltimore Arena will air on Sunday, March 2, at Noon ET and will begin an 11-week span of telecasts from each remaining round of the championship every Sunday thereafter.
Rory Mead Takes SORCS Cross Country Win
Here’s quickie update on a local race that is a warm up for a few of the GNCC racers. Maxxis/KLiM/DirtWise KTM’s Rory Mead took the win at round four of the SORCS Cross Country series, held in perfect conditions at Perry, Georgia, this past Sunday.
Having just returned to the US from his native New Zealand, Mead was feeling good about the outcome of his first race for 2014.
“The first few laps I felt a little sluggish due to some lingering jet lag,” said Mead. “For the final half of the race I started to feel good and just rode a steady pace, which was enough to stay up front and snag the win. I’m really focused on being fully prepared to go win this year’s XC2 Championship at the GNCCs, so with these final few weeks of fine tuning my program I’ll be totally ready come early March to continue this win streak!”
Yamaha off-roader Ricky Russell finished second while Maxxis/KLiM/DirtWise KTM’s Jason Thomas was third. —Shan Moore
Jacob Argubright Ahead Again At AMA West Hare Scrambles
Jacob Argubright rebounded from his disappointing DNF at round two of the AMA/SRT Hare & Hound National Championship Series to win the Ninth Annual Picacho Creek Challenge near Paicines, California, round two of the AMA West Hare Scrambles Championship Series.
NorCal’s Justin Bonita ended up second while Johnny Campbell Racing Honda’s Colton Haaker made a non-EnduroCross appearance and showed he can still go well in natural terrain by finishing third ahead of Gary Sutherlin and Ross Neely.
That makes two wins in two hare scrambles outings for Argubright, though he reportedly isn’t giving up on his hare & hound aspirations. For inspiration, all he has to do is look back to the 2012 season where the late Kurt Caselli broke his shoulder in a crash at round five in Utah (chalking up a DNF) and missed round six two weeks later. Despite those two fat zeroes in the points chart, Caselli dominated the rest of the series to win the second of his two hare & hound championships, proving that, while difficult, it’s doable.
It’s looking less and less likely that KTM will be racing the San Felipe 250 on March 1. In fact, when asked if he and Ivan Ramirez were racing, newest FMF/KTM Factory Off-road Racing Team recruit Taylor Robert declared, “We are not racing San Felipe. I am actually down in Argentina for a beach race this weekend.”
The San Felipe course is very different than years past and should be less beat-up, running a northward, clockwise loop of 274 miles. Class 22 (Open Pro) remains the premier division for bikes, though it’s drawn just three entries as of Monday afternoon. Of those, defending SCORE motorcycle champ Colton Udall (who has fellow Baja 1000 winner Mark Samuels as his teammate) and Ricky Brabec (partnered with Max Eddy, Jr.) are the two most notable teams.
Last week, of course, SCORE removed one race–the Reno 500–from its World Desert Championship schedule, SCORE owner Roger Norman citing “…several mitigating circumstances that would not be able to be resolved in time to guarantee the overall quality event that is necessary for SCORE International.” That leaves San Felipe, the Baja 500 and the Baja 1000 plus two races in Southern California still on the slate.
Looking ahead a little to a different type of Baja race–one with more of an emphasis on fun–NORRA’s Mexican 1000 rally announced it has more than 110 pre-entered for its four-day, 1200-plus-mile event that runs from May 10-14, starting in Ensenada and finishing in San Jose Del Cabo.
On three of the four days, bikes and ATVs will run a separate course from the trucks and buggies. Emphasizing the event’s tagline “the happiest race on earth,” most of the classes are for older machines, though modern ones are also welcome. Most of the interest, however, appears to center on the classics that folks drag out like the 1971 Honda SL350 that John Graves has entered in Vintage Lites (250cc two-stroke/400cc four-stroke), Pre-1994 as well as the 2013 Triumph Tiger 800 XC that Matt Sanders listed for Modern Open (GPS Allowed).
For more information, go to www.norra.com. —Mark Kariya
That’s all for this week, be sure to check in next week for more news from the off-road world.