Mullins Wins Rad Dad Enduro, Red Bull Hare Scrambles Live Broadcast, GPR Big 6 Grand Prix Series, MTA Two-stroke World Championship MX and A GoPro That Swivels! - The Weekly Dirt: April 9, 2014

By the DR Staff

Welcome to Weekly Dirt, your place on the Internet for off-road news from around the world. This week we look back on this weekend’s Rad Dad National Enduro in Tennessee, and we also delve the details of Red Bull’s plans to stream this year’s Red Bull Hare Scrambles live on the Internet. Also, Mark Kariya fills us in on this weekend’s GPR Big 6 Grand Prix Series and MTA Two-stroke World Championship MX races. There’s plenty to talk about, so let’s get going.

Charlie Mullins Strikes Again

Charlie Mullins made it three wins in a row in the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series. Photo By Shan Moore
Mike Brown rode the Rad Dad enduro and finished 15th. Photo By Shan Moore
Russell Bobbitt brought his crutches and cheered on his Husqvarna teammates. Photo by Shan Moore

Charlie Mullins is on a hot streak. The FMF/KTM rider just logged his third win in as many races in the 2014 Kenda AMA National Enduro Series with a hard-fought win at this weekend’s Rad Dad Enduro in Tennessee. Win number three wasn’t quite as easy as the previous two, however, as N-FAB Am Pro Yamaha’s Brad Bakken and AirGroup Racing’s Nick Fahringer kept “Hot Rod” on his toes all day, and after six tests and almost 60 miles of racing, Mullins took the win by just 25 seconds over Bakken, with Fahringer taking third just seven seconds behind Bakken.

Since the race was in Tennessee, Mike Brown made the short drive from his home in eastern Tennessee and rode his factory FE350 Husky to a 15th place, which was a respectable finish for someone who doesn’t specialize in that genre of off-road racing. Mike told me he wanted to get some seat time in on his new bike and just was looking to “race”! I did an interview with Mike that will be online Thursday in our “Dropping In On” segment.

While we’re on the topic of national enduros, I’ve been meaning to mention something about former GNCC champion Fred Andrews, who is doing a great job heading up KR4’s “Arrive-n-Ride” program, which is basically like the Team Gus privateer Program in Supercross. KR4 takes your bike to the races and provides riding gear, tires, parts, fuel and transportation of the bike, race prep, a mechanic and hospitality at the track.

One of Freddy’s riders is Shane Hufford, and this kid has really had some good rides this year, including a very nice fourth place finish at the Texas round last month.

If you think you might be interested, check out the website at www.kr4performance.com or email fandrews@kr4performance.com.

Russell Bobbitt was at the Rad Dad too, cheering on his Husqvarna Factory teammates from the sidelines. Russell broke his kneecap and tore some tendons in his left knee at the opening round of the enduro series and will be out of commission for a few months, but he told me that therapy is coming along just fine and that he’s even been riding a bike, although he says his good leg does all the work and the injured one is just along for the ride… Russell’s a great dude and we wish him a speedy recovery so he can get back in the mix!

Watch the 2014 The Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble Live

You can watch the Erzberg Rodeo live on the internet at RedBull.com. Photo from the Red Bull Photofiles.

If you can't attend this year's Red Bull Hare Scrambles, and how many of us can? Then the next best thing is to watch it on the Internet. Red Bull will once again produce another live-broadcast of the worldwide unique race at ServusTV and redbull.com. According to Red Bull, the 6-hour live-broadcast on Sunday, June 1st, will utilize 18 live-cameras, 20 camera locations, 12000 meters of glass fiber cable, a cable traverse of 1000 meter length, phantom high-speed footage and live-footage from a helicopter-cam. GoPro helmet cams mounted on many of the top-riders will transmit breathtaking footage right from the middle of the action during the race. Whew, now that's a production!

The Red Bull Hare Scramble is both the highlight and Grand Finale of the Erzbergrodeo. The 4-hour long dirtbike race is regarded as the biggest and toughest single-day race in World Xtreme Enduro sports. Even some of the world's elite motorcycle off-road riders fail because of the extremely difficult and ruthless track design, which is at the same time the main reason for the highly international and exclusive starting grid.

The Red Bull Hare Scramble 2014 LIVE-broadcast on ServusTV: Sunday, June 1st from 11:00 a.m. to 6:15 p.m. Red Bull Hare Scramble 2014 LIVE-stream: www.redbull.com/erzbergrodeo.

Rory Mead Help

Rory Mead suffered a spinal cord injury and needs our help. Photo Courtesy GNCC Racing

If you haven’t already heard, GNCC XC2 points leader Rory Mead suffered a devastating injury when he ran off the trail at the Steele Creek GNCC and struck a tree. The resulting impact produced severe fractures with the C5 and C6 vertebrae in his neck.

The following information was issued last week by his sponsor, Shane Watts.

Rory had no feeling or movement from essentially the arm pit/nipple region and down as expected with a C5/6 injury, (although I heard second-hand reports that he is starting to get feeling in his toes, although that is unconfirmed). He has limited use of his arms, but no awareness of his three outside fingers, again as commonly found with this injury.

To help offset the extensive medical expenses incurred with a serious spinal cord injury the following fundraising efforts are in place to help Rory Mead during this difficult time.

Firstly there is a direct donation option set up by Rory's Ohio-based riding partner, Pro Supercross racer Levi Kilbarger, through the GoFundMe organization. There has been an overwhelming level of support shown so far as the total donation amount to date nears $20,000.

The link to the Rory Mead donation account is: http://www.gofundme.com/7y8o0g.

And Now For Something Totally Different

The GoSwivel allows you to take awesome GoPro video. Photo By Shan Moore

I was at a local motocross track the other day and I noticed some guys playing around with some GoPros and it turns out they have just started a new business that makes accessories for GoPros in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which is not far from where I live. The guys were totally cool, and they are even motorcycle people (one was even a trials rider). The name of their company is Killer Shot and one of the things they make is the “Go Swivel”, which is a bar that mounts on the top of your helmet and pivots so it gets different angles of you while you are riding and I’ve attached a video from one of a local racer using it. They made other accessories that work well for shooting dirt bike riding. I put some of the info from their website below and also a link to the video captured from the GoSwivel for all you GoPro-ers out there.

The KillerShot™ GoSwivel™ is a helmet mount for GoPro® HERO® cameras that feels like having a personal videographer following you around. The 26-inch counterbalanced arm allows the user to position a GoPro camera on one end. By having a counterbalanced design, the GoSwivel knows exactly where to be to catch the most action-packed shots. The GoSwivel can also be locked into position for a fixed perspective. Installation takes less than five minutes and requires no additional tools. The device is crafted from strong, lightweight carbon fiber. To find out more about the GoSwivel, visit KillerShot at www.killershot.com. —Shan Moore

Colton Udall's 1-2 Weekend

Colton Udall visited the Big 6 winner’s circle for the first time since last year, coming out on top at the Hilltoppers Wild West GP for the biggest chunk of the $2000 purse plus one of the Hilltoppers’ unique replica saw-off shotgun trophies. The next day, he went 2-5 for second overall at the MTA Two-stroke World Championship MX. Photo By Mark Kariya
The day after a disappointing DNF in the WCGP feature race, Evan Kelly (H1) came back with a dominating ride in Heavyweight Expert. Junior Delgado (H155) was third in class and seventh overall while Nick Burson (H657) finished second. Photo By Mark Kariya
Morgan Crawford (G1) got off to a good start in the second row of the Vet race. He ran down the Vet Heavyweight Experts who started on the first row and won overall on his 250. Photo By Mark Kariya

WFOx Motorsports hasn’t been around long, but the new team enjoyed a most successful weekend when founder and lead rider Colton Udall scored a 1-2 over the two days.

First up: round three of the AMA District 37/GPR Big 6 Grand Prix Series and the $2000 AMA West Coast Grand Prix Series feature race on Saturday afternoon. Put on by the Hilltoppers Motorcycle Club at its facility near Twentynine Palms, California, it’s acknowledged as the fastest course of the series, which suited multi-time Baja winner Udall just fine.

Organizing the team and all that it takes to run the program has consumed most of his time so he hasn’t raced much this year, but now that he’s got most of the pieces in place, expect to see him around more.

And if he puts in rides like he did Saturday, he’ll be pretty easy to spot since he’ll be near the front of the pack.

“I’m getting back into that racing shape and racing feel,” he said.

After chasing fast-starting Senior-class racer Gordon Ward and round-two winner Eric Yorba in the early laps, Udall made his move just after the halfway mark in the 90-minute feature event and stayed out front from there, winning in his first series appearance this season. FMF/RPM Racing/Bonanza Plumbing KTM’s Yorba hung on for second while THR Motorsports/Monster Energy/Precision Concepts Kawasaki’s Ricky Brabec stayed in the mix the whole way and earned another podium trip with his third-place finish.

The next day, Udall gave his CRF450X a rest and broke out am aluminum-framed CR250R for the MTA Two-stroke World Championship MX at Glen Helen Raceway Park in San Bernardino, California.

Bonanza Plumbing KTM’s Justin Jones appeared to be headed for an unbeatable 1-1 in the Open Pro division, but his 250 SX lost spark on the last lap. He could only watch his 30-second lead evaporate as he pushed his dead machine to the finish line where he was credited with 13th in the moto and eighth overall.

Yamaha-mounted Sean Collier's 3-1 gave him the overall and biggest share of the $2500 L.A. Sleeve Open Pro purse followed by Udall at 2-5 and the ageless Doug Dubach's 6-2. —Mark Kariya

That’s all for this week, be sure to check in next week for more news from the off-road world.