Kickstart

With an off weekend between Budds Creek and Red Bud, it’s a little quiet around the office. Our resident art wizard, Luis Rodriguez, is putting the finishing touches on issue 51 of TWMX. Unfortunately, he’s doing it without the watchful eyes of Swap, who took a pretty big digger at Glen Helen late last week. As Donn posted on a couple message boards, “Basically, I highsided in one of the two bowl corners in the middle of the track and got flicked like a booger. Landed on my right shoulder. Broke my right collarbone and three ribs. One of the busted ribs punctured my right lung, but I only had a 5% loss of volume. Having punctured and collapsed my left lung at Glen Helen nine years ago, I could tell that it wasn’t as serious and I checked out against “medical advice.” The lung will heal itself…my wife had to keep an eye on me last night to make sure it didn’t deflate more¿”

While talking to our hospital-phobic Editor during the weekend, he mentioned such injury-related adventures as choking on a drink of water, and then coughing. If you’ve ever had broken ribs, you know how “fun” that is. Anyway, Swap spent the weekend strapped to the couch, and is back at the doc’s today to see how he’s doing. If you want to send him get well wishes, medical advice, or jokes to ease those aching ribs (hehehe) you can send them to donn.maeda@time4.com.

Just got word from the guys at DMXS that they’ll be offering live streaming video of their shows, and they’re already planning theme nights to take advantage of the added visual elements. For those of you who remember the early days of DMXS, we can think of a theme or two we’d like to see repeated¿

The second weekend of the Mammoth MX went off last weekend, and as usual, it provided plenty of action during a break in the National schedule. Besides the scenery and chance to ride a truly bitchen track, Mammoth adds an additional challenge¿that it all happens at around 8,000 feet in elevation, which makes it a great test for tuners, who deal with jetting and carb adjustments, and for the aerobic capacity of the riders.

Scott Parkinson of panicrev.org sent us this report and photos.

Brilliantly lit bright blue skies, snow-capped mountains, and a beautiful, well-groomed motocross track weaving up and down the mountainside through the forest of looming, green pine trees describe the scene at Mammoth. But who can focus on all that beauty with tons of roost, the clanging of bars, and competition at a fevered pitch on the Mammoth MX track? It would be next to impossible to find a more perfect track and more perfect conditions than there were this week at Mammoth. It provided for lots of family fun and great racing.

The strongest man to ever throw a leg over a dirt bike might be Timmy Weigand. After pulling the holeshot in Sunday¿s main at Mammoth over the rest of the field which included Jeremy McGrath, Daniel Sani, Michael Lapaglia, Jeff Ward, and FMX rider Cary Hart, Tim was leading the charging pack though the fastest part of the Mammoth track. Unfortunately, he was devoured by an unexpected bump in the straightaway just before the final turn of the first lap. The impact was jarring and tossed Weigand. As Weigand¿s CRF450 cartwheeled out of control, he rag-dolled down the track. EMTs were immediately by Weigand¿s side and carried the 26-year-old off the track. Many said that this was the hardest crash they have ever seen. You could see the concern on everyone¿s faces; everyone was soon uplifted as they watched in disbelief as Weigand got up and walked back to his box van.

It was too bad that Weigand went down; it looked as though he had something for MC. He had proven in the Open Pro class that he could run MC¿s pace and challenge theormer supercross champ, gluing himself to MC¿s back tire for the majority of the main event on Friday.

Speaking of MC, he had an extremely successful trip to the mountain. McGrath always seems to do well on the beautiful Mammoth track, and ot only did he sweep all his motos in last week¿s vet races, but he also captured all of the motos he entered this week. 

Although Kyle Partridge suffered a head injury in Southern California at Cahuilla Creek MX Park while practicing on June 7th, he was on hand and practicing here at Mammoth. He is still waiting for a doctor¿s release before he begins racing again. He is hoping to be released this week and be ready to race at Red Bud.

Anxious to see the 2006 MX gear?  There were a number of companies debuting their 2006 gear at Mammoth, including Troy Lee Designs, Simpson, and Thor. Timmy Wiegand and Jeff Ward were displaying gear for TLD while Jeremy McGrath wore Thor¿s new line.

Drew Gosselaar, Chris¿s younger brother, had a monster weekend on his mini and supermini. Sadly, his transition onto the 125 didn¿t go very smoothly. Early in his first 125 qualifier, Gosselaar went down hard, launching his body and bike across the race track. To Gosselaar’s disbelief he got up and realized that a finger had been severed from one of his hands.

Dominating every race he entered, Ryan Villopoto owned the Mammoth MX track.  He took every moto in the 125 schoolboy and the 125 pro classes.  Due to a lingering shoulder injury, Villopoto made the wise decision of not competing in the 250cc pro class. This was disappointing for the fans because he seemed to have the speed to battle with McGrath, but it looks like this one will be left unsettled ¿ for now.

Tarah Gieger was a woman on a mission in Mammoth. She went 1-1 in the women¿s pro class, dominating both her motos. Also showing flashes of brilliance was Sherri Cruse. She is most definately someone to keep an eye on.

Sunday Results:

250 Pro

  1. Jeremy McGrath
  2. Daniel Sani
  3. Michael Lapaglia

Saturday Results:

125 Pro:

  1. Ryan Villopoto
  2. Tim Weigand
  3. Michael Lapaglia
  4. Daniel Sani
  5. Jeremy Chaussee

Friday Results

Women’s Pro

  1. Tarah Gieger (1-1)
  2. Sherri Cruse (2-2)
  3. Sheena Patterson (3-4)
  4. Alisa Nix (5-3)
  5. Kaide Garrett (4-5)

Open Pro

  1. Jeremy McGrath (1-1)
  2. Michael Lapaglia (2-3)
  3. Michael Sleeter (3-4)
  4. Tim Weigand (6-2)
  5. Caleb Gosselaar (5-5)

We just received a copy of the first episode of this year’s Reality of Speed. which will be seen Speed Channel, following NASCAR This Morning. If you want an inside look at the Team Samsung Wireless riders, crew and management, it’s definitely worth a look. The first episode includes preparation for the 2005 season, and while viewing is sometimes ironic while watching dialog with team members that have moved to other teams ‘n such, the shows are well put together. They also aren’t required to split time between the MX and NASCAR team like they did last season. All in all, they’re worth watching, and a pretty good way to see what it’s like on the inside of a major team.

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