By the DR Staff
Welcome to Weekly Dirt, your place on the Internet for off-road news from around the world. This week we take a look at a number of injuries heading into the 2014 Supercross season. Plus, the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series will be paying a purse to the AA class. We also check out the fantasy Supercross league offered by Rocky Mountain ATV/MX, and we have a look at the new off-road online digital magazine called Trials & Enduro News. There’s plenty to talk about, so let’s get to it.
$2,500 Purse & Reserved Rows for Expert-AA Class
Good news for AA class riders at the upcoming 2014 Kenda AMA National Enduro Series, the National Enduro Promotions Group has just announced a $2500 total purse and reserved rows that the new Expert-AA class riders.
Here are the details:
Expert-AA class is for regionally ranked AA off-road riders and for riders who finished 16-25 overall in the previous year’s AMA/NEPG National Enduro Championship Series. If a rider is eligible and is going to ride the 40+ or older age class they are not required to ride the Expert-AA class.
Each round of the series will have a top 3 pay out in the Expert-AA class of 1st ($100), 2nd ($75), 3rd ($50).
The top 5 in the Expert-AA class at each round will have a reserved row of 36-40 at the next round. (1st 36B, 2nd 37B, 3rd 38B, 4th 39B, 5th 40B).
In the event that a rider in the Expert-AA class places in the top 10 overall at an event or are in the top 15 overall in the series points per supplemental rule (program 17), they will ride on that reserved row at the next event instead of their Expert-AA row.
Knight Wins SuperEnduro of Poland
David Knight grabbed a big win at round two of the FIM SuperEnduro World Championship this past Sunday in the Atlas Arena in Lodz, Poland, beating out hometown favorite Taddy Blazusiak after finishing first, sixth and second in the three races.
Blazusiak was the heavy favorite at his home country race, but a crash in the first race put the factory KTM rider at the back of the pack, opening the door for Knight to take the win.
Both Knight and Blazusiak started from the back row in the second race, thanks to the controversial reverse start. Coming from 16th, Knight kept calm and pushed hard to the very end, finishing sixth, while Blazusiak struggled after crashing on more than one occasion, and ultimately claimed an eighth place result.
In the third race, Blazusiak, who started up front this time, battled with Mathias Bellino for a couple of laps before breaking away for the race win. Knight started the race in third, and with his main rival finishing behind him in the first two finals, the Sherco rider was in the perfect position to take the overall win. Using his head he rode sensibly and moved into second where he stayed out of danger and rode well to take the runners up spot and more importantly, win the Grand Prix overall. Knighter’s win closes the gap in the championship chase, however, Blazusiak still maintains his maintains lead in the 2014 SuperEnduro title chase on his factory KTM.
“What can I say, I didn’t expect to win, especially at Taddy’s home race but in this sport anything can happen,” said Knight.
“It was so important to get a good start and I struggled a little with that today but I rode well and it paid off.”
Results – FIM SuperEnduro World Championship, Rnd2
Overall Classification:?1. David Knight (Sherco) 48pts; 2. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 44pts; 3. Dani Gibert (Husaberg) 39pts; 4. Mathias Bellino (Husqvarna) 37pts; 5. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) 37pts…
Championship Standings: 1. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 107pts; 2. David Knight (Sherco) 93pts; 3. Dani Gibert (Husaberg) 80pts; 4. Alfredo Gomez (Husqvarna) 74pts; 5. Jonny Walker (KTM) 68pts…
Monster Energy Supercross and Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Fantasy Supercross
Here’s some cool news if you’re into fantasy sports. Monster Energy Supercross and Rocky Mountain ATV/MC are hosting a fantasy supercross challenge for the 2014 season, hosted by Rocky Mountain ATV/MC. And there will be prizes available for the winning!
According to the PR, it’s designed in a way that appeals to both the hardcore followers and casual fans, Rocky Mountain ATV/MC’s fantasy challenge for Monster Energy Supercross will provide an exciting method to compare race predictions with friends as well as compete for top prizes among all participants.
Prizes will be awarded to winners on a weekly basis for the best predictions for each race, and grand prizes will be awarded in May to the winners who made the best overall predictions for the duration of the season.
There are plenty of great prizes, including a 2014 Kawasaki KX(tm)450F or KX(tm)250F, custom built and race prepped by Pro Circuit to your specifications, complete with airfare and hotel. And that’s just the beginning. Many more prizes are available from Thor, Alpinestars, Monster Energy, Motion Pro, DC, Dunlop, GoPro and others.
RMFantasySX is open for registration at no cost to participants. The fantasy challenge is hosted at www.RMFantasySX.com. The site will fully launch December 29, and participants may begin making their predictions for the first Monster Energy Supercross event at that time. All predictions for that event must be made by 10:00pm EST on January 4, 2014, the date of the first race. Participants who miss a deadline for any particular race will still be able to make predictions for subsequent races, and they will still be eligible for prizes awarded from the results of those events. Only a participant’s top 15 picks will be counted, so a bad round won’t have a negative effect.
Persons interested in participating in RMFantasySX may currently register and will be notified when the full site launches December 29.
Musquin Among Many To Bow To Injury
Joining the ranks of the walking wounded, which now includes Joey Savatgy, Trey Canard, and Justin Bogle, is Marvin Musquin, who is the latest to suffer an injury which will see him miss at least the East Coast Lites opener in Dallas.
According to a Red Bull KTM press release, Musquin suffered the injury while practicing late last week at the KTM supercross test track.
The Red Bull KTM rider sustained a torn ACL in what at first seemed to be a minor injury when he put his foot down in a turn. However, after consulting his doctor scans showed he had actually torn his ACL and he will undergo surgery in France later this week to have it repaired. The surgery will keep him from racing the start of the East Coast Supercross 250SX series as he originally intended.
“This is an unfortunate injury, but we know Marvin will do the all steps necessary to recover as quickly as possible and come back when he is 100 percent,” commented Red Bull KTM Factory Team Manager Roger DeCoster.
Hardcore Trials and National Enduro Coverage
Visit Trials and Enduro News by clicking here: http://joom.ag/4XEX
If you’re a hardcore MotoTrial or national enduro enthusiast, then be sure to check out the new monthly digital online magazine, Trials and Enduro News, which is now available online at the website www.tandenews.com. The digital eMag is free of charge and it will cover Trials events from all over the world, plus it will also focus in on the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series, including coverage of the support classes. On the website, you can also sign up for free email alerts notifying you when each new issue is available. -Shan Moore
Caselli Named SCORE’s Person Of The Year
Kurt Caselli received another accolade when he posthumously received SCORE’s Person of the Year award on Saturday night at the SCORE year-end banquet, having received the most votes in an online poll. In addition, voters chose KTM as Motorcycle Manufacturer of the Year for the second year in a row. Timmy Weigand of the Johnny Campbell Racing/Rockstar Energy/Lucas Oil Honda team received recognition as one of SCORE’s three overall title winners for his Class 22 and overall motorcycle championships.
Husqvarna will officially release its 2014 off-road racing team line-up on Thursday, December 19, and quell the numerous rumors about who’ll be Husky-mounted next year.
Several behind-the-scenes changes took place recently in the National Hare & Hound Association, the body that runs the series. Chris and Patty Blais, who started the organization credited with the rebirth of the AMA’s desert racing series, are stepping aside in order to focus more on running their business–Blais Racing Services–and their ever-growing team of KTM-mounted desert racers.
Stepping in to steer the organization–at least for the time being–are Steve Argubright (Jacob’s father), Erek Kudla and Ryan Sanders. For more info, check the revamped Web site: www.nationalhareandhound.com. The 10-round schedule for 2014 is there, the first round being the Desert Motorcycle Club’s race at Lucerne Valley, California, on January 25-26. Five rounds are in California, three are in Nevada, and Idaho and Utah get one each.
Best in the Desert will once again kick off the desert racing season with its traditional opener in Parker, Arizona, the THR Motorsports Parker 250. The five-round BITD American Off-Road Racing Series ends with the Henderson 250 in December. See www.BITD.com for more info.
SCORE’s announcement that its Desert Racing Series will be comprised of six races (three traditional ones in Baja plus three on this side of the border) is old news, of course. But the latest from SCORE is a new class structure for bikes, eliminating Classes 21 and 20. Under consideration are a simple Open Pro class for bikes 401cc and up, Limited Pro (up to 400cc with no sleeving down), the Ironman Pro division that made its debut at the 1000 and Sportsman Motorcycle for any engine displacement. The age classes (30, 40, 50 and 60) will remain as is. SCORE’s schedule and other info are available at www.SCORE-International.com. -Shan Moore
That’s all for this week, be sure to check in next week for more news from the off-road world.