Eicma Trade Show from Milan
Our good friend Enrico Pavia from our sister publication, Quad Magazine, has been stomping around Milan for the last week checking out all that is off-road at Eicma 2008. He was kind enough to pass on some of what he has seen so far. Check it out…
Word on the street is that Troy Lee will once again be fielding a Supercross team for the ‘09 season. From the sounds of it, the team will only consist two West Coast riders aboard the 2009 CRF250R. Currently, the TLD team has recruited Jimmy Albertson who, as many are aware, spent his 2008 outdoor season aboard a 450. Though Albertson will be dropping down to the little bike, he says he would rather ride the 250F for the Supercross season instead of the 450. With one spot already filled, there remains one spot still open on the team, and tryouts are being held today at the Competitive Edge Supercross track in Hesperia, California. A couple of the riders going out for the final spot on the team are Frenchman Steve Boniface and Southern California privateer Sean Borkenhagen.
Ricky James Wins Foster Grant Ironman in Florida
Ricky James, the 20-year old paraplegic from Murrieta, CA clinched the Hand-Cycle Class Championship on November 8th in the Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 Triathlon in Clearwater, Florida.
Coming off of his first-ever attempt and finish (12:44:42) of the Ford Ironman World Championship this past October 11, 2008 in Kailua-Kona, HI., Challenged Athletes Foundation’s (CAF) James was determined to not only finish the race, but take the win in the Half-Ironman Championship. At the end, Ricky was less than 2 minutes off of the course record for the hand-cycle class.
Ricky will be one of the highlighted feature stories for both races, featured on NBC Sports in December and April respectively.
Ricky was well on his way to fulfilling a childhood dream of becoming a Supercross champion, when life took a drastic turn. Three years ago, at just 16 years old, he was injured in a Motocross accident on the track at one of the largest Amateur National races in the country. The blow to his T7 vertebrae left him paralyzed from his sternum down. Today at 20, he’s deftly navigating the new terrain of his life.
Since the accident, James has not slowed down. Besides riding Motocross again, Ricky has competed in the Baja 500, was recently awarded a Silver Medal in the Summer X Games and has his sites focused on a 4-wheel racing career. In his first year of racing, Ricky has taken 9 out of 10 pole positions, won the Irwindale Speedway Championship and Rookie of the Year Award and closely trails the lead points within the overall West Coast Pro Truck series.
“The last month has been unbelievable…an opportunity to show young people that suffer from any form of disability that, with perseverance, anything is achievable”, said James. “What a great way to finish off my Triathlon career!” Ricky half-joked. “I appreciate all the hard work everyone has put into this for me. I want to thank everyone including my parents, my trainer david Bailey, my Crew, SoCal SuperTrucks, Metal Mulisha Energy Drinks, Challenged Athletes Foundation, Oakley, Alpinestars, Shoei Helmets, Motul Lubricants, ZLT, Total Power Batteries, Certified Transmissions, PPG Paints, NBC Sports and Colours Wheelchairs.””
Former 2000 West Coast Region Lites SX champion Shae Bentley gave us a call earlier this week. Shagnasty informed us that he is currently teaching motocross schools and has been keeping busy traveling with a few of his up and coming amateur kids he is working with. As many know, Bentley has been riddled with injuries and illnesses, which continue to haunt him. Thankfully, though, Shae says he is finally gaining control of Crohn’s Disease and is riding again. If you are interested in learning some information about the Shae Bentley MX School, feel free to drop him e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The guys at RG3 Suspension are in the midst of filming several different commercials, which will include the likes of Ryan Dungey, Nico Izzi, and Lance Coury, just to name a few. According to Director of Marketing, Kevin Honda, each commercial will be very dynamic and differ from the next. “Our main goal is to eventually get all of our riders together at once, both FMX and motocross, for our final commercial so that we can show off our diversity in the world of suspension,” says Honda. The first installment of the RG3 commercials will be January ’09. Keep your eyes peeled.
2009 MOTO-X World Championships Postponed
The ESPN Moto-X World Championships have been postponed for 2009. Officially, the current condition of the economy was the significant cause of the 2009 event’s cancellation. We’ll let you know when we learn more.
Stay tuned for videos on the the all-new One Industries gear, as well as an interview with Ryan Dungey…