Welcome to Weekly Dirt, your place on the Internet for off-road news. This week we take a look at last week’s Ponca City Amateur MX finals, a cool new GoPro app, a Baja Trail Rider, Sanz Says and More, so let’s get to it!
Top Amateurs Shine At Ponca City MX
The Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships is underway this week at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee, however leading up to the Tennessee event, hoards of amateur racers made a beeline down I-40 en route to last week’s Ponca City Amateur MX Championships at historic Jack Blevins Motocross Park in Ponca City, Oklahoma. The annual Ponca City event, now in its 38th year, has been the home (up until last year) of the Grand National Amateur Championships, which was sanctioned and organized by the National Motocross Association (NMA). However, due to a contract dispute between the NMA and the Ponca City track owners, last year the NMA moved its series finals to a venue 100 miles away in Moore, Oklahoma.
Wanting to continue the tradition, the AMBUCS decided put on their own Ponca City finals and many of the top amateurs made the event on their way to Loretta’s.
One of this year’s big winners at Ponca was Matt Bisceglia. The Amsoil Factory Connection Honda swept all 12 of his motos, utilizing great starts to win championships in the 450 Pro Sport, 450 A, 250 A, and 250 Pro Sport classes.
“I’ve been getting good starts all week, and that’s been the key,” said Bisceglia. “I’ve just been riding safe and smart and getting ready for Loretta’s next week.”
Look for Bisceglia to make his pro debut the week after Loretta Lynn’s at Unadilla.
Had it not been for a crash in the second moto of the 51 (7-8) Stock division, Jett Reynolds may easily have swept all 12 of his motos, too. However, the Bakersfield, California rider, still claimed in the 51 (4-8) Mod, 51 (4-8) Stock, 51 (7-8) Mod, and 51 (7-8) stock divisions on his Cobra.
“I got a bad start and then there were four of us right together and someone crashed by the bridge and the rest of us ran into him,” said Reynolds. “Other than that, I’ve had a pretty good week.”
Haiden Deegan, the son of free-styler Brian Deegan, took championships in the 51 (4-6) Mod and 51 (4-6) Stock classes. The Cobra rider claimed two wins, three seconds and a third in his motos en route to the titles.
Orange Brigade KTM rider Luke Purther won the Supermini 2 (13-16) division with two firsts and a second, meanwhile, his teammate, Jordan Bailey, claimed the title in the 85 (12-14) Mod title and in the 85 (12-14) Stock class.
Horton Racing Suzuki riders Cody Williams and Henry Miller turned in some good battles during the week, with Miller taking the Open Amateur Non-Pro title over Williams, while Williams topped Miller to win the College B/C (16-24) division. Miller also claimed the Schoolboy 2 (13-16) B/C championship with a 1-3-1 moto tally.
Other title winners included Yamaha rider Kaitlyn Morrow, who swept all six of her motos to win the Women (14+) B/C and Women’s Open titles; Yamaha rider Hunter Sayles who went 2-3-1 to capture the Supermini 1 (12-15) championship; and Shelby Peterson (Yam) who won all three motos to clinch the Supermini 1 (12-16) B/C title.
New Go Pro App Available
The GoPro is quickly becoming standard equipment for off-roaders everywhere, and he’s something of interest for GoPro-ers everywhere. GoPro officially released the a new version of its app for iOS® and Android® devices. The new GoPro App allows people to use their mobile device to view and share photos and videos stored on their HERO3 and HERO2* cameras via email, text, Instagram™, Twitter®, Facebook® and more.
It’s also possible to use your smartphone or tablet as a remote control for your GoPro. With the ability to change any camera setting, start/stop recording, monitor battery and storage levels, and more, the new GoPro App gives your mobile device complete control. Live image preview lets you see what your GoPro sees even when the camera is out of reach, making framing shots easy.
The GoPro App also makes it easy to view your GoPro photos and videos while you are on the go. Check out your last run on the ride back up the chairlift. Watch your best wave once you’re back on the beach. With the GoPro App you can wirelessly watch footage stored on your GoPro camera using your mobile device. Additionally, you can browse and delete content on your camera’s memory card, freeing up space for more great footage.
A software update is required for HERO3 and HD HERO2 cameras to use the new version of the GoPro App. All editions of the HERO3 camera (White, Silver, and Black editions) and HD HERO2 cameras support the Control, View, and Share features of the GoPro App. To learn more about the GoPro App and to check device compatibility please visit: http://gopro.com/software-app/gopro-app
Don’t forget to download it and give it a whirl!
GoPro App: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVf6LRFI740
GoPro App Tutorial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJhrIyJfc9s.
Leroy Winters Memorial International Six Days Trial (ISDT) Reunion Ride
The 2013 Leroy Winters Memorial International Six Days Trial (ISDT) Reunion Ride presented by the Pathfinders Motorcycle Club of Connecticut will be held on August 24th and 25th in the Berkshires Hills of Massachusetts. This event will mark the 40th Anniversary of the first U.S. ISDT (1973-2013) held in Dalton, Massachusetts and the 100th Anniversary of the first ISDT held in 1913 at Carlisle, England.
The start of the 2013 ISDT Reunion Ride will be at the Hoellerich Family’s Ayrhill Farm, 192 Henry Wood Road, Adams, MA with a 9:00AM Key time on both days.
Sign-up is by pre-entry only with a 250 rider limit and a cutoff date of August 19th. The event flyer and event registration form are available for download at http://www.pathfindersmc.org/docs/2013ISDTRRFlyer.pdf and http://www.pathfindersmc.org/docs/2013ISDTRREntryForm.pdf . The current entry roster is available at http://www.pathfindersmc.org/events/pages/isdtrr2013.php
The course will be approximately 60 miles on Saturday and 35 miles on Sunday. Varied terrain will include trails, woods roads, dirt roads, and tar. Some trails used were also used in the 1973 ISDT. There will be a grass track special test both days as well as a final motocross on Sunday. ISDT Reunion Ride Sunday Loop Preview: http://youtu.be/O2FF6uLsObU
For addition information or questions about the 2013 Leroy Winters Memorial ISDT Reunion Ride, contact Trail Boss Steve Erickson at firstname.lastname@example.org (preferred) or 203-417-7795 5-9PM EST.
The State Line Riders Motorcycle Club will also be hosting: “Legend’s Back Road Tour” August 24-25, 2013. Start Location is the same as the 2013 ISDT Reunion Ride. See the ISDT Reunion Ride entry form for event information. Come ride dirt and back roads in the beautiful Berkshires. Spectator spots for the ISDT Reunion Ride and lunch stop on the route. For addition information or questions about the “Legend’s Back Road Tour” contact http://www.statelineriders.org.
2013 Arenacross Schedule Announced
The 2014 AMSOIL Arenacross schedule is out and it includes a few new stops, including cities like Nampa, Idaho, and Hidalgo, Texas, as well as some of the country’s most popular tourist destinations like Reno, Nev., Albuquerque, N.M., and Salt Lake City.
2014 AMSOIL Arenacross Series, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross, kicks off on Friday, January 3, with two nights of racing from Worcester, Mass., and the DCU Center. From there, the championship travels throughout the country, across 11 additional states before crowning a 2014 champion. Tickets will be available to the general public on Friday, August 9. Cross Club® Members, Inside Dirt Subscribers and past AMSOIL Arenacross ticket purchasers will be able to capitalize on an exclusive opportunity to purchase tickets starting Tuesday, July 30. For more information and to become a Cross Club member for free, visit http://www.arenacross.com/CrossClub/.
On the heels of a groundbreaking season in 2013, AMSOIL Arenacross is set to once again leave its mark on 2014 with a championship battle that is sure to last all the way to the final lap in Salt Lake City. With one of the most intense race formats in all of motorsports, AMSOIL Arenacross will bring its competition to fans across the country with two main events during each night of action, head-to-head bracket racing, and the dramatic Race to the Championship, a playoff-inspired showdown to crown the champion.
Reigning three-time AMSOIL Arenacross Champion Tyler Bowers will return in 2014 to defend his Arenacross Class crown, with his sights set on becoming just the third rider in history to win four consecutive titles. Bowers enjoyed a dream season in 2013, overcoming a potentially heartbreaking injury late in the season to not only capture the AMSOIL Arenacross Championship, but then make history by becoming the first rider to win a Main Event in both AMSOIL Arenacross and Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, in a single season.
Five-time Monster Energy Supercross Champion Ricky Carmichael will once again be an integral part of AMSOIL Arenacross and the Road to Supercross. The Road to Supercross program requires all amateur riders to hone their skills at AMSOIL Arenacross before making their transition to Monster Energy Supercross.
“The competition in AMSOIL Arenacross is already at an all-time high as everyone is laying it on the line each week for a shot at the title, but now with the Road to Supercross I bet we reach even higher levels with the nation’s fastest up-and-coming riders making their way through the championship” said Carmichael. “I’m really excited to see some of these rising stars go head-to-head against Tyler Bowers and the rest of the Arenacross veterans. The mix of raw speed from the young riders and experience from the veterans will result in incredible racing.
“I’m definitely not going to miss a chance at being a part of the 2014 season,” Carmichael continued. “The Greensboro and Tulsa rounds are already on my calendar, and I’m looking forward to attending additional races to meet the fans and sign some autographs.”
Below is the 2014 AMSOIL Arenacross schedule:
Date Venue City
Jan. 3-5 DCU Center Worcester, Mass.
Jan. 10-12 1st Mariner Arena Baltimore
Jan. 18-19 Freedom Hall Louisville, Ky.
Jan. 25-26 Greensboro Coliseum Greensboro, N.C.
Jan. 31-Feb. 2 U.S. Cellular Arena Milwaukee, Wis.
Feb. 7-9 Sleep Train Arena Sacramento, Calif.
Feb. 14-16 Idaho Center Nampa, Idaho
Feb. 21-23 Livestock Events Center Reno, Nev.
Mar. 1-2 BOK Center Tulsa, Okla.
Mar. 7-9 Tingley Coliseum Albuquerque, N.M.
Mar. 14-16 State Farm Arena Hidalgo, Texas
Mar. 29-30 EnergySolutions Arena Salt Lake City
For more information on the 2014 AMSOIL Arenacross season, log on to www.Arenacross.com.
Giant Loop® Donates Motorcycle Saddlebags to Support Local Racing, Group Rides
Giant Loop has produced a special limited edition MEDIC version of its top-selling MoJavi Saddlebag, with high-visibility yellow construction and graphics to immediately identify designated medical support riders. The MEDIC MoJavi Saddlebags are available free of charge to qualifying volunteers and event organizers.
“This is one small way we can give something back to our motorcycling community and the many volunteers who help make racing and group riding events possible,” says Harold Olaf Cecil, Giant Loop owner and co-founder. “We hope these bags make medical support riders’ jobs a little bit easier by providing a place to carry essential gear and supplies on virtually any motorcycle.”
To request a MEDIC MoJavi Saddlebag, medical support volunteers and organizers can email email@example.com or call Cecil at 971-832-3164. Events of 50 or more riders qualify, as well as individual volunteers who work two or more events per year. Quantities are limited, and saddlebags will be awarded on a first-come-first-served basis to qualifying requests.
MoJavi Saddlebags and the entire Giant Loop adventure motorcycle gear collection are available from international distributors, as well as from a network of dealers throughout the USA. Giant Loop designs and tests products in Bend, Oregon and manufactures everything in the USA. For all the details, go to www.giantloopmoto.com.
Continuing its growth as a powerful global tire brand, CST is thrilled to announce the launch of an all-new, innovative global website! The new CST website features a responsive design, allowing customers to seamlessly find the tire that best suits their passion, because CST is “Where passion meets the ground.”
“We’re very excited to launch this new and improved website. A lot of hard work went into producing a website that our customers will find helpful, informative and interactive,” CST Marketing Specialist Nate Hamilton said of the new website launch.
A new tire-finder application is one of many improvements that will make it even easier for a customer to find the exact tire they are seeking. Customers can filter through options including application, tire size, bead type, terrain, ply rating and tread depth to aid in their search.
Another useful feature new to CSTtires.com is the “Find a Dealer” option that appears when you click on a tire. This addition to the website will give CST customers the information necessary to find distributors who carry the tire they are looking for.
CST has worked hard to produce a new, user-friendly website that will provide our customers with enhanced opportunities to learn about CST products and where to find them, plus all the news and happenings at CST. Check it out for yourself at www.CSTtires.com! —Shan Moore
Baja Trail Ride Raises $32,000 For Orphanage
Poor Destry Abbott. If you didn’t know better, you’d pity him as he wandered around the parking lot filled with more than 50 dirt bikes and looked for his KX450F.
He wasn’t drunk or hung over. And no, it hadn’t been stolen.
Destry was the victim of a well executed Baja prank.
Unnamed parties had toiled long and hard, exchanging the fenders and shrouds with another rider’s CRF450X and adding red duct tape and a few stickers to the formerly green machine.
Voila! Destry’s bike looked like one of the dozens of Hondas on the Fifth Annual Baja Beach Bash trail ride hosted by the Desert Assassins and Johnny Campbell Racing Honda.
“That was hilarious!” Abbott conceded. “Looking back, there were so many signs and stuff that I didn’t pick up on. They were trying to get me out there earlier to check my tire pressure and stuff, and I was running mousses so I was like, ‘No worries.’
“I guess I walked by the bike a couple times, but there was no way I would’ve thought that was my bike!”
He continued, “When I walked over to ‘my’ bike, all of my green plastic was on a Honda. At first I was like, ‘Oh man, these guys played a joke on me.’ It was pretty good.
“Then I’m like, ‘Wow, they changed my bars and other things’ and I’m like, ‘Hey, this is a Honda motor–this ain’t my bike!’
“Then they said, ‘You’ve got to find your bike!’
“I needed hints because it took me a while!”
He concluded, “It was the best practical joke that’s been pulled on me. I got a great laugh out of it. It was a LOT of work they put in; it was one I need to pay back!”
While Baja is probably best known among dirt-riding aficionados for the three off-road races SCORE holds there each year, it’s also the destination of choice for countless trail riders who simply want to enjoy both its diversity of terrain and post-ride entertainment–hijinks apparently high on that list.
There are several organized Baja trail rides, but the Baja Beach Bash is different because it’s also a fundraiser, the beneficiary being the Rancho Santa Marta Orphanage in San Vicente, and it’s open to pretty much anyone, not just the stars of the sport–who nonetheless pepper its ranks liberally. Besides Johnny Campbell and fellow organizer/TV announcer Cameron Steele, this year’s crew included such high-profile personalities as Abbott, Quinn Cody, Cody Webb, Timmy Weigand and X Games winner Laia Sanz from Spain as well as a number of everyday novices and weekend warriors. (By the way, Sanz schooled EVERYONE–male or female–by demonstrating her world-class trials prowess on her borrowed JCR Honda.)
But the four-day/three-night ride was about having fun no matter what your ability, plus raising money for the orphanage. In that, the event was hugely successful as the group presented a check for $32,000 to the facility.
As Abbott reported, “It was a cool adventure. Most of it was single-track, [but] we had some jeep roads. A couple nights we stayed on the beach.
“The pranks and the jokes and everything that goes on, it made it eventful and a really good time!”
He promised, “I’m going back next year–for revenge and for another good time!”
As luck would have it, she was in the area, having been a house guest of Johnny Campbell and his family for the past few weeks. He’d met her at the Dakar Rally this year where the 12-time Women’s Trial World Champion demonstrated her versatility by finishing first woman in her third consecutive Dakar despite an abbreviated training window due to three surgeries for a toe injury suffered in an Italian enduro. (By the way, she won the Women’s Enduro World Championship in 2012, making last year a hugely successful as well as hugely busy season. “It was nice, a great season,” she admits, immediately pointing out, “It was very difficult. It was crazy; I cannot do [three series] every year because physically, it’s so hard and it’s bad for the [potential for] injuries so you have to find a compromise.”)
So, we arranged to meet her at an X Games training session early this week in Perris, California, where Johnny Campbell Racing Honda EnduroCross star Colton Haaker is based. A little background on her: She’s from Barcelona, is 27, started riding when she was four and began competing in observed trials at age six. While her father is an engineer who enjoyed riding, he was not a competitor. Her mother is a secretary and her only sibling is an older brother who rode when younger but prefers other sports. She’s also big into car rallies and has driven in several: “I like cars a lot!”
Laia Sanz, however, is all about riding motorcycles in the dirt and that’s what brought her to California for the first time (she’s competed in World trials rounds back east a few times)–a place that reminds her more of home than anywhere else she’s been.
It’s been a whirlwind few weeks. First on the schedule was the ESPY Awards in downtown Los Angeles where she’d been nominated for Best Female Action Sports Athlete, though surfer Stephanie Gilmore took that one. After that, Campbell decided to have her tag along on the Bash, riding Timmy Weigand’s CRF450X Baja pre-runner. This weekend will, of course, be Enduro X at the X Games in Los Angeles.
This is the first year Sanz has ridden EnduroCross-type races and she credits her trials background for her two wins out of the three rounds so far, saying, “It gives you more technique so maybe [riding an EnduroCross course] is easier, but I’m not good on jumps. But I think in many places it helps you a lot.”
As hard as it is to believe, Sanz says she never even practiced for Enduro X before her first race at X Games Brazil, due mostly to lack of facilities.
“I have one [practice track] one hour and a half from my home,” she confides, “and I went [there] three times before Munich [where I got the silver medal], but I usually train more [on] enduro [courses].”
Between Dakar and X Games, Sanz has enjoyed quite a bit of publicity all over the world. “Dakar in Europe is very important and popular,” she points out. “In Europe, maybe it’s still more [popular] than X Games, but X Games are getting more [attention all the time] because we have X Games in Barcelona now so now everybody [there] knows X Games.
“For sure, it’s a big change [to the media I’ve received before in trials and enduro] since I’m riding in X Games and Dakar.”
But Sanz realizes that it might be best to stick with only one type of racing in the future if she seeks more championships.
“I think it’s not good [to chase championships in different disciplines] because you cannot improve a lot in one thing,” she insists. “If you want to improve, you have to be focused on something. When I was doing trials and enduro, it was so difficult; I was not good as before in trials and not good in enduro because you cannot train [well for both]. Trials takes you five hours on the bike every day; it’s very difficult.”
Ofd the Baja Beach Bash where she won the admiration of everyone almost from the first mile, Sanz says the Mexican terrain actually seemed fairly familiar: “I have been in [the] Dakar and [the terrain in Baja] was quite similar, especially to Argentina–so nice and fun! It was a really nice experience and also the people [who ride] just for fun and everybody was so good and nice people. It was so, so fun! Thank you [co-organizer] Cameron [Steele] and Johnny because it was really fun.”
Her favorite part? The sand dunes along the beach. “At home we don’t have dunes so we only do dunes in Dakar so I like [dunes] a lot–I enjoy riding on the dunes.”
Being on a just-for-fun trail ride with a big group was another new experience for Sanz because, well, Europe has nowhere near the amount of open land available to ride. “In Europe it’s difficult [to put something like the Beach Bash together] because usually something like that can happen [only] in Morocco because it’s more like Mexico [there]–you can go everywhere,” she explains. “But in Europe, it’s more like [California]–you have tracks, but maybe you cannot go [with] 60 bikes on the trail because somebody complains.”
Gee, where have we heard that before?
Between now and Sunday, Sanz will be focused on getting her Eric Siraton-prepped CRF280R into the main and going for a third gold medal, though she’ll face strong challenges in Munich gold medalist Maria Forsberg Hahn, Canada’s Chantelle Bykerk and Louise Forsley, American teenager Rachel Gutish, Sanz’s countrywoman Sandra Gomez Centero and a number of other very talented women. After that, Sanz plans to spend a week sightseeing more with her longtime boyfriend who just arrived.—Mark Kariya
That’s all for this week, be sure to check in next week for more news from the off-road world.