Fredettes Finish The Great Race, SRT Holds Intrasquad Games

Six Days legend Jeff Fredette enjoys vintage vehicles and, of course, races them. He continued his family tradition of participating in the Hemmings Motor News Great Race in his 1933 Ford truck with son Eric in charge of navigating, which this year took them from Kirkwood, Missouri to Santa Monica, California.

Team Fredette earned $2000 for finishing eighth overall and fifth in the Expert Division after blazing more than 2000 miles through six states in nine days.

Almost immediately after that, Jeff attended AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days and rode his 1974 KX250 to first in class and second overall in the vintage hare scrambles.

The SRT off-road racing boasts a huge roster of riders from across the country and team owner Craig Thompson brought them all to the Salinas Ramblers Motorcycle Club’s private riding area near Coalinga, California, for a team photo shoot and friendly day of competition last week.

For the second annual outing, 22 of SRT’s 24 riders managed to get away—no small feat of coordination—for two days of work and then the real fun. Thompson calls it the SRT Competition Day, and it’s a day full of "special tests," eight in all, with scoring and monetary rewards at the end.

Now, not all of SRT’s riders are nationally ranked Pros and the event doesn’t differentiate between the disparate skill levels or ages of contestants; it’s every man for himself. But perhaps more important is that it’s a great team-building exercise.

To no one’s surprise, first-year SRT rider Cory Graffunder came out on top after winning the hill climb, EnduroCross, hare scrambles and TT tests for a total of 16 points. His worst finish was fifth in five laps around the circle rut.

Last year’s champ, Mark Heresco, didn’t win any tests but was runner-up in the TT for 26 points. That, however, was only good for a tie for second with fellow Pennsylvanian Mike McGinnis who tied with Graffunder for the hill climb victory and was second in three other tests. Since they tied, Thompson split prize money equally with McGinnis and Heresco taking home $300 each, Graffunder earning $600.

Jordan Brandt, who laid out the tests, and Austin Wells rounded out the top five, but all went home with smiles.

Hot on the heels of last week’s announcement that Marc Coma retired from racing, KTM issued a press release concerning the new makeup of its Red Bull KTM Factory Rally Team. Joining Sam Sunderland, Jordi Viladoms and Matthias Walkner will be Australian Toby Price.

KTM will also run a sort of B team called the KTM Rally Factory Team with Antoine Meo, Pablo Quintanilla and Laia Sanz.

In addition, Husqvarna announced that it will field an official factory rally team comprised of rally veteran Ruben Faria and enduro star Pierre-Alexandre “Pela” Renet. They’ll ride a works FR 450 Rally bike.

In addition, Husqvarna will support a satellite team, the HT Husqvarna Rally Team. Riders for that team haven’t been officially announced.

It won’t be Husqvarna’s first run at rally raid, having provided bikes and support for the Speedbrain team a few years ago when the machines were still being produced in Italy.