Monday Kickstart: Bercy, Michael Byrne, Etnies Two Wheel Tour, Arenacross Results and More…

By Josh Allen and Brendan Lutes

Motocross was all over the world this weekend. Bercy Supercross in France; AMA Arenacross in New York; Bookoo in Oregon; and an Etnies-led excursion in the California, Nevada and Arizona desert. Plus, back home in SoCal, Rockstar/WBR/Suzuki officially unveiled their 2007 Supercross/Motocross team. To get updated on everything that’s going on in the moto-world, read-on for results from all the racing, a quick interview with Michael Byrne, and more…

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BERCY

Unfortunately, crashes and bike problems held back a number of the many top U.S. riders that were in France this weekend for the Bercy-Paris Supercross. However, David Vuillemin continued to carry the speed he showed at the U.S. Open a few weeks ago, and Christophe Pourcel lived up to the growing expectations surrounding him as the two battled several times during the three nights of racing. In the end, Pourcel walked away as the “King of Bercy.”

Other notable performances included a podium finish by Jason Lawrence in the main event on night two; a second place main event and fifth place overall finish for Justin Brayton; fourth place overall for Eric Sorby; and a second place main event by Josh Grant in the final night of racing.

King of Bercy Results (Main even finishes in parenthesis)
1. Christophe Pourcel (1-2-5)
2. Pierre Alexandre Renet (3-4-3)
3. David Vuillemin (15-1-1)
4. Eric Sorby (4-10-4)
5. Justin Brayton (2-5-12)
6. Benjamin Coisy (16-6-6)
7. Josh Grant (13-14-2)
8. Sebastien Pourcel (16-9-8)
9. Marvin Musquin (7-17-9)
10. Marco Dube (6-11-6)
11. Jason Lawrence (14-3-16)
12. Antonio Cairoli (9-13-13)
13. Mike Alessi (5-16-14)
14. Nicolas Aubin (16-7-16)
15. Daniel Reardon (11-12-16)

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TEAM ROCKSTAR/WBR/SUZUKI

Team Rockstar/WBR/Suzuki hosted a team introduction last week at Yoshimura’s R&D facility in Chino, CA, to officially debut their new rider lineup and team members. Regular Kickstart readers already know the team will be made up of four veteran riders: Troy Adams, Kelly Smith and Andrew McFarlane in the Lites class; and Michael Byrne will compete in the Supercross class and then switch to Lites for the Outdoors.

Team Owner, Brad Williams is happy with the new team lineup from top to bottom; “Troy rode for us back in 2003 and got our first podium for us, so that was cool, and now he’s back this year again. We’ve known Kelly Smith for a while and it’s good to have him here. McFarland, I mean, to see the start he had this year at Hangtown, I knew we had to try to do something to pull him onto this team. And when the deal worked out with Michael Byrne, what more could you ask for? He’s a real solid rider.” Williams went on to explain that while he is excited about the team, he is trying not to set undue expectations or pressures, “I’d love to be up on the podium, and I think we’ll get up on the podium, but I’m a little apprehensive to make predictions. I think good things are going to happen for this team, and I think next year is going to be even better.”

Rockstar—who sponsored the now disbanded Rockstar/Suzuki/Bill’s Pipes team last year—has moved all of their sponsorship efforts to the WBR/Suzuki team. Rockstar’s Mike Kelso was on-hand for the team debut, and made it clear that the energy drink manufacturer is excited about the new team; “I’d rather leave the talking to the racing, but I’m telling you right now, you guys will be surprised. Last year we didn’t know what we were doing and kind of stepped into it too fast. This year we’ve aligned ourselves with the right people. Brad [BRACKET “Williams”], is the man; Yosh[BRACKET “imura”], you don’t en need to say anything about them; and Suzuki has given us the support that we need to win. Rockstar is just humbled and excited to be here.”

Michael Byrne is definitely one of the biggest stars on the team, as he made the move from the Factory Kawasaki team to join the new Suzuki-supported lineup with Rockstar/WBR. We caught up with Byrner to find out more about his big move…

Hi Michael. Can you tell us more about the switch from a factory ride to a factory-support team?

It just didn’t work out with Kawasaki, and Suzuki gave me the opportunity. Suzuki is a great manufacturer and they’ve done a lot in the last few years, especially since Ricky came along. It gives me a good opportunity to start fresh and just have something new and exciting. Everything here is new for me, I haven’t ridden a Suzuki since like ’97. I’m excited about it. There’s a lot of good people involved in this team with Yoshimura, RG3 and WBR. There’s a lot of potential there and I think we just all need to work really hard. I think we’ve got a little bit of a point to prove, I know I do. I think everything’s gonna work out just fine.

Although this is a Lites team, because of AMA rules you’ll be competing in the Supercross class, is that right?

I’ve ridden the 450 for the last three years, so it actually would have been harder to move back to the 250 and start from scratch again. I am definitely more comfortable on the 450. It actually didn’t work out in my favor to good as far as some good opportunities were missed, as far as riding the 250F. But like I said, I’m really thankful to Suzuki for giving me the opportunity.

You mentioned during the press conference earlier that you’ll be riding the 250F in the Outdoors?

Yeah, I think that’s what the initial plan was. I guess we’ll find out once that gets close. Right now were obviously just focusing on the 450 in Supercross. The plan for Outdoors was to ride the 250F, but we’ll see what happens.

There have been all kinds of rumors floating around the Internet about reasons why you left Kawasaki. Can you comment any more about what happened there?

Obviously they wanted something new too, and they thought Timmy was a better fit for the team. I mean there are a lot of rumors saying it was money and things like that, but obviously rumors are going to happen. They [BRACKET “Kawasaki”] thought that Timmy was a better fit for the job. I was a little disappointed for sure because I thought that I had a pretty good Supercross season. But I guess that’s they way it goes, and I’ll just start fresh with Suzuki and go on from there. Like I said, it’s new and exciting for me.

And finally Michael, what are your goals for this Supercross season?

My goals are the same no matter what team I’m on, I want to do the best that I can. I want to finish the season in the top five, for sure…my goal is to try and get podiums next year as well. I got one this year, so I know that I can do it, and I know that if we all work hard that’s a decent goal.

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While we were getting a little seat time ourselves on Friday at Lake Elsinore MX Park, we couldn’t help but notice Makita Suzuki teammates Ivan Tedesco and Ryan Dungey out on LEMP’s Supercross track. Tedesco was continuing with his usual practice regimen, throwing down some impressive laps aboard his RM-Z250. Unfortunately Dungey wasn’t riding as he was recovering from a small cold. Ryan did say he’d be back on the bike come Monday, and that he is feeling very comfortable with his Supercross preparations.

Watching trackside we also noticed Alex Ewing, who we’re used to seeing working on the Samsung/Mobile/Honda of Kevin Windham. Not seeing the #14 Honda on the track, we asked Alex what was up? A-wing told us he started working for Tedesco after the U.S. Open, helping him with his practice bikes, practice regimen and all the other stuff that goes into off-season preparation. Alex said he’s really enjoying the new gig.

For more photos click the link to the far right.

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ETNIES TWO WHEEL TOUR

We were lucky enough to tag along with the Two Wheel Tour sponsored by Etnies, Rockstar Energy Drink, and Boost Mobile, and to say it was an adventure would be quite an understatement. The trip was five days long and covered a lot of ground, as the group of riders—Todd Potter, Trigger Gumm, Seth Enslow, and Derek Garland—and Etnies representatives traveled on Harley Davidsons from Marina Del Ray—where they picked up their Harleys—to Ocotillo Wells, Laughlin, Camron, the Grand Canyon, and finally Las Vegas. Here’s a quick little rundown on where everyone went each day.

The first day was spent riding with Potter, Garland, and Brian Deegan at Ocotillo Wells. Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg also made an appearance, but unfortunately he couldn’t ride since he was still recovering from his horrendous crash at the Dew Tour. From there, the tour moved onto Laughlin, Nevada, for a night. The next day, it wound through the Grand Canyon, but due to the cold weather and danger of Elk crossing the road, the decision was made to stay the night there. The next morning, everyone awoke and rode to an epic little-known riding area in Cameron, Arizona, where Potter and Garland threw down over some insane jumps. After a little riding, the group packed up, rode back through the Grand Canyon and onto Vegas for the final night. On Thursday afternoon, everyone woke up and headed home.

You can check out a few photos from the trip on the right-hand side of the page. But if you want the entire story, pick of an upcoming issue of TransWorld Motocross, where you will find a full rundown of the mayhem that went down over the course of the five days.

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As many of you heard on DMXS Radio this week, Wonder Warthog Racing is rolling out their Internship Program that will provide support to several select privateer riders, offering them some of the support and resources normally found only on factory and factory-support teams, including transportation, mechanical support, PR, and training with Ryan Hughes. The riders selected to the WWR Internship Program include Jimmy Albertson, Ryan Abrigo, and Kyle Tobin.

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Before we wrap up this edition of Monday Kickstart, here are results from the Arenacross racing action that went down this weekend:

Toyota AMA Arenacross — Albany, NY
As the AMA press release said, the racing in Albany was “Old School” as Robbie Reynard and John Dowd battled it out, with Reynard taking the Main Event win on the first night. This week the Toyota AMA Arenacross series will be in Reno, NV on November 17-19.

Arenacross Results – Friday
1.Robbie Reynard
2.John Dowd
3.Chad Johnson
4.Greg Schnell
5.Justin Buckelew

Arenacross Lites Results – Friday
1.Jim Neese
2.Cory Green
3.Phillip Nicoletti
4.Braden Barne
5.Kevin Hoge

Arenacross Results — Saturday
1.Kevin Johnson
2.Danny Smith
3.Jim Neese
4.John Dowd
5.Robbie Reynard

Arenacross Lites Results — Saturday
1.Robbie Smith
2.Jim Neese
3.Patrick Boyle
4.Ryan Poulter
5.Chad Cook

Toyota AMA Arenacross Championship Points Standings
1. Danny Smith (1) 76 points
2. Robbie Reynard (2) 66
3. Chad Johnson 62
4. Greg Schnell 60
5. Kevi for Tedesco after the U.S. Open, helping him with his practice bikes, practice regimen and all the other stuff that goes into off-season preparation. Alex said he’s really enjoying the new gig.

For more photos click the link to the far right.

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ETNIES TWO WHEEL TOUR

We were lucky enough to tag along with the Two Wheel Tour sponsored by Etnies, Rockstar Energy Drink, and Boost Mobile, and to say it was an adventure would be quite an understatement. The trip was five days long and covered a lot of ground, as the group of riders—Todd Potter, Trigger Gumm, Seth Enslow, and Derek Garland—and Etnies representatives traveled on Harley Davidsons from Marina Del Ray—where they picked up their Harleys—to Ocotillo Wells, Laughlin, Camron, the Grand Canyon, and finally Las Vegas. Here’s a quick little rundown on where everyone went each day.

The first day was spent riding with Potter, Garland, and Brian Deegan at Ocotillo Wells. Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg also made an appearance, but unfortunately he couldn’t ride since he was still recovering from his horrendous crash at the Dew Tour. From there, the tour moved onto Laughlin, Nevada, for a night. The next day, it wound through the Grand Canyon, but due to the cold weather and danger of Elk crossing the road, the decision was made to stay the night there. The next morning, everyone awoke and rode to an epic little-known riding area in Cameron, Arizona, where Potter and Garland threw down over some insane jumps. After a little riding, the group packed up, rode back through the Grand Canyon and onto Vegas for the final night. On Thursday afternoon, everyone woke up and headed home.

You can check out a few photos from the trip on the right-hand side of the page. But if you want the entire story, pick of an upcoming issue of TransWorld Motocross, where you will find a full rundown of the mayhem that went down over the course of the five days.

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As many of you heard on DMXS Radio this week, Wonder Warthog Racing is rolling out their Internship Program that will provide support to several select privateer riders, offering them some of the support and resources normally found only on factory and factory-support teams, including transportation, mechanical support, PR, and training with Ryan Hughes. The riders selected to the WWR Internship Program include Jimmy Albertson, Ryan Abrigo, and Kyle Tobin.

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Before we wrap up this edition of Monday Kickstart, here are results from the Arenacross racing action that went down this weekend:

Toyota AMA Arenacross — Albany, NY
As the AMA press release said, the racing in Albany was “Old School” as Robbie Reynard and John Dowd battled it out, with Reynard taking the Main Event win on the first night. This week the Toyota AMA Arenacross series will be in Reno, NV on November 17-19.

Arenacross Results – Friday
1.Robbie Reynard
2.John Dowd
3.Chad Johnson
4.Greg Schnell
5.Justin Buckelew

Arenacross Lites Results – Friday
1.Jim Neese
2.Cory Green
3.Phillip Nicoletti
4.Braden Barne
5.Kevin Hoge

Arenacross Results — Saturday
1.Kevin Johnson
2.Danny Smith
3.Jim Neese
4.John Dowd
5.Robbie Reynard

Arenacross Lites Results — Saturday
1.Robbie Smith
2.Jim Neese
3.Patrick Boyle
4.Ryan Poulter
5.Chad Cook

Toyota AMA Arenacross Championship Points Standings
1. Danny Smith (1) 76 points
2. Robbie Reynard (2) 66
3. Chad Johnson 62
4. Greg Schnell 60
5. Kevin Johnson (1) 58
6. Justin Buckelew 55
7. Matt Barnes 53
8. Teddy Maier 50
9. Keith Johnson 50
10. John Dowd 40

BooKoo Arenacross Series — Salem, OR
The other major Arenacross series also had racing scheduled this weekend. Round two of the BooKoo Arenacross series took place in Salem, OR. The next stop on the BooKoo series is November 17-19 in Yakima, WA.

250 Pro Results – Friday
1. Jimmy Nelson
2. Darcy Lange
3. Riley Kurosky
4. Jeff Northrop
5. Tiger Lacey

450 Pro Results — Friday
1. Jimmy Nelson
2. Tyler Bowers
3. Colt Humphrey
4. Josh Woods
5. Jeff Northrop

250 Pro Results — Saturday
1. Darcy Lange
2. Jeff Northrop
3. Brad Ripple
4. Tyler Bowers
5. Michael Blose

450 Pro Results — Saturday
1. Darcy Lange
2. Tyler Bowers
3. Jimmy Nelson
4. Tiger Lacey
5. Brad Ripple

BooKoo Arenacross Championship Point Standings
1. Darcy Lange (149)
2. Michael Blose (107)
3. Jeff Northrop (106)
4. Jimmy Nelson (95)
5. Josh Woods (93)
6. Tyler Bowers (92)
7. Tiger Lacey (90)
8. Tom Hofmaster (71)
9. Brad Ripple (68)
10. Zach Ames (67)

Kevin Johnson (1) 58
6. Justin Buckelew 55
7. Matt Barnes 53
8. Teddy Maier 50
9. Keith Johnson 50
10. John Dowd 40

BooKoo Arenacross Series — Salem, OR
The other major Arenacross series also had racing scheduled this weekend. Round two of the BooKoo Arenacross series took place in Salem, OR. The next stop on the BooKoo series is November 17-19 in Yakima, WA.

250 Pro Results – Friday
1. Jimmy Nelson
2. Darcy Lange
3. Riley Kurosky
4. Jeff Northrop
5. Tiger Lacey

450 Pro Results — Friday
1. Jimmy Nelson
2. Tyler Bowers
3. Colt Humphrey
4. Josh Woods
5. Jeff Northrop

250 Pro Results — Saturday
1. Darcy Lange
2. Jeff Northrop
3. Brad Ripple
4. Tyler Bowers
5. Michael Blose

450 Pro Results — Saturday
1. Darcy Lange
2. Tyler Bowers
3. Jimmy Nelson
4. Tiger Lacey
5. Brad Ripple

BooKoo Arenacross Championship Point Standings
1. Darcy Lange (149)
2. Michael Blose (107)
3. Jeff Northrop (106)
4. Jimmy Nelson (95)
5. Josh Woods (93)
6. Tyler Bowers (92)
7. Tiger Lacey (90)
8. Tom Hofmaster (71)
9. Brad Ripple (68)
10. Zach Ames (67)