Seems like summer time is supposed to be kind of quiet around the moto world, but there sure seems to be a lot happening. Some of it you may have heard already and some may be news to you. So here are a few of my thoughts and observations:
Caselli Wins Washington WORCS– It may seem like business as usual, but Kurt is looking really strong lately. Traditionally Dietrich has been really strong in his home state and teammate Brown is no slouch either. Good for Kurt. I saw a picture this morning that had me scratching my head; there was a kick starter on the side of his bike (his KTM 450xcf is electric only). Then I realized that he had switched, along with Brown, to a 250f for this race.
Cody Webb Wins Trials Championship – I just met Cody a couple of weeks ago atthe firstNational EnduroCross round. He was showing some really good potential there, we talked about some of the things he needed to get done to ride at the top level, mostly about bike set up on his GasGas EC250. Now that he has wrapped up his first national trials championship, I expect he will get down to business in the EnduroCross series, so watch for him at the Oklahoma round in a couple of weeks.
GasGas Changes Distributors (again)- So the rumor is true that former Husaberg brand manager Clay Stuckey and his father have become the new importers for the GasGas line of offroad bikes. I have lost count of how many importers this makes in the last decade (and I have worked for two of them). I hope Clay can find some success here. The bikes are good, they just need some really strong sales and parts support behind them. I wish them the best and hope to ride one of the new bikes sometime in the near future. I don’t know what this will mean for Cody Webb, he will need support for the EnduroCross series.
Jimmy Jarrett – Did you hear this story about him getting hit and run by a car while out training on his bicycle? Crazy stuff, I hope he is doing well. I see he did race the OMA round this weekend. Jimmy is in for the ISDE on the trophy team. He has been one of the strongest supporters of the program for a number of years now and it is great that he will get the chance to ride again. If you see him, get him to tell you one of the stories about the Six Days in Chile in 2007, he has a couple of good ones.
Am-Pro Yamaha – I would love to be a fly on the wall over at that shop. Charlie Mullins has been tearing things up this year. When was the last time someone was so strong in both GNCC and National Enduro? What you may have missed is that he has been doing it on a 2009 YZ450. Meanwhile Paul Whibley, who won practically everything last year on the Kawasaki, has struggled through almost the entire first half of the season for both GNCC and OMA. Now he has just won two OMA races in a row. What is the difference? Well he started the year riding a WR450 and obviously was not getting along with it all that well. Apparently the team just got the okay a couple of weeks ago to start development on the 2010 YZ450. Sure enough, making the bike switch brought two wins right away. As you can imagine, making a bike switch midyear probably was not the original game plan, more of a plan B.
Husky – I spoke briefly with JC from MotorcycleUSA who got to ride the new bikes in Italy last week. He was pretty impressed with the new BMW/Husky Hybrid. He did say that the moto version didn’t feel very racy for an mx’er. Look for his report on that site soon.
Adventure Riding to Alaska – Isn’t that on just about everyone’s bucket list? My friends Kurt and Martha Forget of Black Dog Cycle Works, left yesterday from Sandpoint Idaho on their way to the great white north. You can follow their trip blog here: http://bdcw-travel.blogspot.com/2010/07/alaska-bound.html
BMW to Dakar – So I finally found some information on David Fretigne’s Dakar plans this year. The bike will be based on the production BMW 450x, not the new Husky. It will now be called the GS 450 Rally. He will be riding on the Speedbrain team who competed on similar bikes last year.
Sherco – I found some cool pics of new Sherco bikes. I am not really up to speed on them, but it looks like the 250/300 four stroke is their own motor and the 450/510 is probably a KTM RFS motor with fuel injection. Do they sell these anywhere in the US? I know they started a couple of years ago, but I have not seen anything for quite a while. How I would love to have a RFS with fuel injection!