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Man, what a busy month it’s been so far! May started out with a bang as we launched the brand-new www.dirtrider.com site, a massive task that even more smoothly than we had hoped. Once the new site was up, the DR crew beat feet to Nevada for the final round of the Monster Energy Supercross Championship, the first round of the GEICO/ AMA EnduroCross series, the Best In The Desert Silver State 300 and the MiniMotoSX. After a busy two weeks in the office working on our upcoming print redesign, we’re finally ready for our next adventure: The FMF Hangtown Motocross Classic.
As the first round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, Hangtown is a favorite stop among the Dirt Rider staff. Each year, we make a pilgrimage up to the track to compete in the amateur classes, hang out with the Dirt Diggers MC and watch a full day of action-packed racing. Sadly, we’ll be missing the WORCS race up at Racetown 395, but few rounds are more fun to attend in person than Hangtown. Plus, we’ve got a few trucks full of two-strokes loaded up…. chances are if you see a 125 or 250 out there during the Crossover race, it’ll have a DR guy on board!
To read a preview of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, check out this story that Scott Hoffman posted recently over at our sister site: http://www.motocross.com/features/44th-hangtown-motocross-classic-set-to-kick-off-2012-lucas-oil-pro-motocross-championship/
As you may have noticed, the 2013 KTMs have been introduced, and there are some fun developments both on the MX and off-road fronts. An all-new 250 SX-F, revised four-stroke frames and a fresh SOHC engine for the 450 SX-F are just some of the major highlights from the orange brand. If you missed the story, click here: http://www.dirtrider.com/features/sneak-peek-2013-ktm-models/ -Chris Denison
This past weekend saw the first running of the Limestone 100, a new stop for the 2012 Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Series, held near Springfield, Indiana. FMF/KTM’s Kailub Russell continues to steamroll that series and claimed his fourth win of the 13-round schedule – the dude is on a major roll! Second went to the ever-consistent Paul Whibley, while Whibley’s Am Pro/FMF/Yamaha teammate Jordan Ashburn claimed his first-ever podium in third, which is great news for Yamaha. Defending series champ Charlie Mullins continues to struggle with bike problems and finished 11th after running with the lead pack early in the race. The rumor is that it was an electrical problem that plagued Mullins this time.
In the XC2 class, Pennsylvania’s Andrew DeLong got his first-ever XC2 class win in Indiana, as the F.A.R Husqvarna rider passed Stu Baylor early in the race and held on to the finish. Baylor experienced bike problems on the final lap when he ran out of gas, thus ending his unbeaten streak in the XC2 class. This class could turn out to be a real barn burner with DeLong coming on strong after missing the first few rounds due to a broken collarbone.
There is bad news concerning another GNCC star, Cory Buttrick, who wrenched his knee at the Cajun Enduro the week before last. According to his father, Cory tore the ACL in his knee and also suffered stress fractures to both is tibia and his fibula. The doctors are giving the stress fractures a week or two to heal before they go in and do surgery to repair the ACL. Buttrick has had more than his share of bad luck over the past few years, and this is particularly frustrating since he had won a round of the national enduro series and was sitting second in points when this happened. -Shan Moore
Cruising the Internet for James Stewart photos, videos and news? There is plenty about Stewart right now on his new Suzuki, and perhaps this one interview with BJ Smith is the most revealing interview about his time with and departure from Joe Gibbs Racing MX – http://espn.go.com/action/fmx/story/_/id/7925278/james-stewart-explains-why-left-joe-gibbs-racing-motocross -Pete Peterson
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