Welcome to the first Kickstart of November. The past week has been eventful in motocross, to say the least, as it was revealed that the Jeff Ward Racing operation would close its doors after just one season, leaving Dean Wilson, and to an extent Kyle Chisholm, without a ride when A1 is two months away. What will happen next? No one is quite sure, as the rumors range from the team continuing in another fashion with co-owner Mike Kranyak to the two riders signing deals quickly with other racing outfits. Stay tuned for more on this.
This weekend also marked the start of off-season Supercross racing in Europe, as the Genoa Supercross took place with Justin Brayton, Eli Tomac, Christophe Pourcel, Gautier Paulin, and more racing in the small Italian stadium. Tomac and Brayton exchanged moto wins, and Brayton took the OA with the second moto victory. Gautier Paulin would round off the podium with 4-3 scores while Pourcel suffered from mechanical issues on his now-privateer KTM and finished at the tail of the field.
What else has gone on? It appears that the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team will enter the new season more banged up than ever, as now both Blake Baggett and new signee Justin Hill have suffered injuries to their wrists and arms, while Darryn Durham deals with an Achilles tendon injury. Though other teams and riders may be currently overcoming issues, this is uncharacteristic for the PC squad. One can only imagine what Mitch Payton has planned to right the ship.
Last week, the East Coast was pummeled by Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy, which wiped out numerous areas of seaside towns and left NYC flooded, among other issues. To help aid the the billons of dollars in damage and the mounting costs of running the Red Cross, Troy Lee Designs has put three helmets up for auction at eBay. Ridden in and signed by and Cole Seely, Christian Criag, and Jessy Nelson, they will fetch an impressive amount of money to help those affected by the storm.
If dropping that kind of coin is out of your means, pitch in what you can at the Red Cross’ website.