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. I’ll be on the road every weekend bringing you the straight skinny from trenches with a tinge of Oklahoma twang – heavy on the racing and light on the fluff.
Charlie Mullins put it all together at the Lone Star National Enduro in Kalgary, Texas, to claim his first win of the year in the 2011 Rekluse/AMA National Enduro Series. The FMF/KTM rider took advantage of a late retirement by Michael Lafferty and then used a strong final push to overtake Lafferty’s factory Husaberg teammate Nick Fahringer to get the win. FMF/KTM teammates Cory Buttrick and Russell Bobbitt were third and fourth, while Gas Gas rider Cole Kirkpatrick rounded out the top five.
Husqvarna scored big at the opening round of the 2011 Maxxis World Championship opener in Spain when Husqvarna CH Racing Monster Energy teammates Juha Salminen and Antoine Meo claimed wins in their respective classes. Salminen, who is looking for his eighth WEC title, rode a 250 four-stroke to a double victory in the E2 class, while Meo won the E1 division. KTM had a tough weekend as double E2 champ Johnny Aubert dropped out of both days with electrical issues, Taddy Blazusiak dropped out of Sunday’s round when he injured his thumb, and David Knight dropped out of the running in the E3 class when he wrenched his pelvis when he twisted his leg in a deep rut on Saturday.
Current US National Trials Champion Cody Webb dominated the field and won his fourth El Trial in convincing fashion. The American Beta sponsored took the win in the Saturday prologue with a clean ride and then finished off the field with a stellar ride in the Sunday final. Last year’s winner Keith Wineland came from Colorado to defend his title but had to settle for second. Eric Storz, son of famed tuner Steve Storz came home a strong third. For forty-one years the Southern California Trials Association has promoted ETdE, which is considered one of Americas’ most prestigious trials events.