Welcome to the Weekly Dirt, the place to go each week to get the lowdown skinny on the off-road scene. This week we have a mixed bag of news from various sources, so buckle up your Leatt and let’s get down to business!
Check these out: A friend of mine floated over some photos and a link to a new electric bike that looks a LOT like a real motorcycle! The company is EVDrive, and you can read all about them here: http://bit.ly/wbYBUv. Apparently, the batteries are a non-swap, fast-charging setup and the motor produces a claimed 33HP at the rear wheel. This is supposedly only an engineering prototype test platform, but the basic model is quite interesting and we’re curious to learn more about these machines in the future.On the Monster Energy Supercross front, things really started to heat up this past weekend in Anaheim: Ryan Villopoto has proven that if he gets a start, he is the man to beat. Chad Reed fought through illness to put in a solid finish, while James Stewart hit the dirt hard and still made the podium. And you can’t forget about Ryan Dungey, Justin Brayton, Andrew Short and a host of other riders who seem to be finding their groove as the championship progresses. To get more analysis on each race, be sure to check out www.grindtv.com/weekly as the Dirt Rider crew discusses the latest happenings from the SX scene.
Finally, check out this photo of Supercross legend Damon Huffman….in uniform! Huff Daddy is a man of the law now, working full time for the LAPD. He is still a huge fan of SX-and Marvin Musquin-but the new career has allowed him to stay active while challenging himself in new ways. If you ever get pulled over by this guy, be sure to mention what an awesome racer he is!That’s it for this week, ride safe and we’ll see you at the track! -Chris DenisonFor all you mini bike riders and racers, the ninth annual GEICO MiniMotoSX, Fueled by Monster Energy will take place during the Monster Energy Supercross finals weekend in Las Vegas. On Sunday May 6th, you can slap on your finest gear and hit the track inside the Orleans Arena. This is the largest Mini Bike race in the world and over 300 plus will be on hand to stuff and block pass their way to winning an AMA number 1 plate. CHP’s Willie Browning dominated the Expert classes in 2011 and pocketed $9,000. Not bad for riding a little kids bike.With eight adult classes, three youth classes and a Women’s class, there is no excuse for not racing. Entries are open now and you can make it a complete Supercross weekend in Vegas by going to the EnduroCross on Friday at the Orleans, Supercross on Saturday and MiniMotoSX on Sunday! www.minimotosx.com.
KTM superstar Taddy Blazusiak brought fifteen months of racing to a close by clinching the 2012 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship. Competing inside the Palau Sant Jordi stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Blazusiak showed the European indoor enduro scene what was up by winning two of the night’s three SuperEnduro finals. By finishing third in the second race, it ensured Blazusiak remained the overall winner for the evening, something he’s achieved at each round of the 2012 SuperEnduro series.”Winning the 2012 SuperEnduro World Championship has capped off an incredible 15 months of racing for me,” said Blazusiak. “Tonight I knew that if I could win the first SuperEnduro final then that would secure the championship. I focused really hard on the start and knew that getting the holeshot would be crucial in winning the race. Thankfully, I did just that and I tried to race as hard as I could on a clear track to open up an advantage. I managed to open up a small lead and avoid any trouble to win the race and the championship. The team works so hard to ensure that I have the perfect setup to do my job and I’m delighted to reward them with this championship and also the 2011 AMA EnduroCross title. Now I’ll take a break for a few weeks and have some fun before getting ready for the AMA EnduroCross season that begins in May.”2012 FIM SuperEnduro World Championship – Final standings
1. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM) 174
2. Jonny Walker (KTM) 120
3. Joakim Ljunggren (Husaberg) 108
4. Alex Salvini (Husqvarna) 94
5. Ivan Cervantes (Gas Gas) 89-Adam Booth
It was announced this week that Josh Strang will be riding the first few GNCC rounds starting in March with the help of RidePG.com/Genuine Dirt Racer/WP Racing USA. After Suzuki folded its off-road team a the end of last year, the 2010 GNCC champ, who suffered a broken leg at the final GNCC round in Tennessee, signed on to race the WORCS series with Mike Hulbert’s FMF/KTM/RPM Racing. The WP team, headed by Bart Hayes, will tend to Strang’s East Coast efforts, while RPM’s Mike Hurlbert will handle the chores in the West. “Although the WORCS series will be my primary focus, I’m excited to be riding some of the GNCC rounds this year with the help of RidePG.com/Genuine Dirt Racer/WP Racing,” said Strang. “Right now I’m still working on getting the strength back in my leg, but hopefully I will be good to go by the time the opener rolls around.” -Shan MooreGet socially engaged with us! To convey our love to the sport and help you get through those boring office days, we’ll be sending our instagram followers a moto photo of the day. Warning: It may make you want to ride even more. That’s not all folks, we’re on facebook (search: Dirt Rider Magazine) and twitter @dirtridermag too! Don’t just putt around, get on the gas and come hang with us. -Lindsey Lovell
If you are a smart rider and bring your iPhone on long trail rides then you should definitely have it protected. If it breaks in a crash, then what good is it going to do you when you need to reach out for help? We just recently got an order of some pretty darn sturdy Rokbed cases from Rokform. The dark grey plastic looking case is actually re-enforced polycarbonate and the blue case is constructed of 6061 T-6 Aluminum so we know these phone-saving protective pieces are tough. They even look stylish at the same time.Here is a cool video to show you what Rokform is all about. www.bit.ly/w4mUIZWord is that King of the Motos is going to be a full on survival race including roughly 65 miles of “Best in the Desert” type racing and a little over 10 miles of energy sapping rocks. With a course this tough, something tells us not all are going to finish due to possible bike malfunction and physical exhaustion. We hope you can make it out to the event to see the action for yourself and if not, Dirt Rider will be present covering the event, so stay tuned to www.dirtrider.com for a full race report.In the mean time, wonder on over to Destry’s Facebook page and take a peek at the bike he’ll be racing this coming Thursday. Does he have what it takes to be the King? http://on.fb.me/xwQ3gv2012 King of the Motos Rider List:
Fox may have just come out with their all-new and super comfortable Instinct boot, but don’t be blinded by that light because you can’t really wear motocross boots around all day long. Well, you typically wouldn’t do that but we aren’t stopping you. These shoes are fresh on the market. Check out this cool photo of the Fox Motion-Atmis shoe in Dirt Rider‘s garage. Head over to www.foxracing.com if you are a serious buyer. -Chris GreenThat’s all for this week. Check back in next Wednesday for the latest scoop from the world of off-road.