Monday Kickstart:
A Little Bit of Everything

Another summer has come to an end, and with it the AMA Outdoor National Motocross series has also seen its last weekend for the year. Ricky Carmichael has taken home another title—his tenth—and a rookie came out on top of the Lites class in the young Ryan Villopoto. Way back in May it looked like James Stewart might give Ricky a run for his money, and Alessi might take home the championship he so badly wants, as they both took first place in their respective classes at the season opener at Hangtown. However, several serious crashes would keep James out of title contention, and Alessi would falter in the last few rounds, giving way to the impressive charge of Villopoto.

Sometimes at the end of the season we are left feeling emptiness in our devoted motocross hearts as we wait for the start of Supercross. The good news, however, is there is plenty of racing action between now and December. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s coming up:

Motocross of Nations
When: September 23-24
Where: Matterly Basin, Winchester, Hampshire, Great Britain
More info: www.mxofnations.com
We have to admit, we still have a hard time calling it Motocross of Nations, having referred to it as the Motocross des Nations for so many years. Despite the name change, the MXoN (yes, we did just make up that new acronym) promises to have plenty of excitement, and has certainly already delivered in the drama department. As we’ve already chronicled in enough detail over the past week, RC hurt his shoulder in the first moto at Glen Helen, leaving his ability to race in England later this week questionable. Due to the short notice and limited availability of factory bikes, Team USA made the decision to bring Ivan Tedesco as an alternate, should Ricky be unable to race. Click HERE to read the AMA press release on this decision, and go HERE to see Ivan Tedesco’s response to some of the Internet skeptics that have questioned the move.

Team USA will be attempting to repeat their success from last year to take the Motocross of Nations title, and they stand a very good chance at doing just that. Ryan Cooley and Garth Milan will be our European correspondents in the field at the MXoN, bringing back the blow-by-blow on the racing action, and of course plenty of photos for those of us stuck here at home unable to go.

Jeremy McGrath Invitational
When: October 6-7
Where: The Home Depot Center, Carson, California
More info: www.jeremymcgrathinvitational.com
What happens when the King of Supercross decides to hold his own race? People show up. The McGrath Invitational is a one-of-a-kind Supercross race that will feature head-to-head elimination races between a number of top riders, and a $500,000 purse. We have to admit, we are all a bit curious to see how this unique format will play out.

The U.S. Open
When: October 13-15
Where: The MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada
More info: www.ussx.com
Okay, be honest. Have you ever asked yourself, ‘What the heck is the U.S. Open?’ Wondering where it fits in the Motocross and Supercross landscape? The main ingredients in the U.S. Open include: motocross (okay, it’s really Arenacross in this case), the sports top riders, and a huge prize purse. Oh, and did we mention that it all happens in Las Vegas? What more do you need to know?

Somewhat ironically, the U.S. Open, held each year at the MGM Grand hotel in Las vegas, is an iitational race. Last year’s winner was Ricky Carmichael, and he’ll be back to defend his title against the likes of James Stewart, Kevin Windham, Nick Wey and other top pros. The U.S. Open weekend also hosts the Toyota Amateur Arenacross World Finals.

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As you know, David Bailey has experienced serious health complications that will require aggressive medical treatment and surgery to treat. Over the past several weeks, David and his friends have turned to the motocross community for the support—both emotional and financial—needed to get through this difficult time. On September 11th, the Full Circle Foundation coordinated a daylong benefit event—The David Bailey All-Star Extravaganza—to raise money to help the motocross icon.

The day started at Cahuilla Creek MX where David Vuillemin, Mike Alessi and other pros held motocross training clinics for a select group of Bailey supporters who sold out the limited tickets well in advance. Later that evening, motocross fans, David Bailey supporters, industry insisders and pros descended on Pole Position Raceway for a live benefit auction. The only thing more impressive than the amazing list of MX memorabilia donated for auction, was the money raised as bidders aggressively battled to take home everything from Johnny O’Mara’s 1986 Team USA des Nations helmet—which fetched several thousand dollars—to a BBR David Bailey Replica CRF50, and over thirty other items. The bidding was exciting, particularly when Jackie Short started bidding on the 1975 Honda XR75. She didn’t end up the winning bidder, but she definitely gave it her best shot.

At the end of the night we spoke with Full Circle Foundation founder, Donald Flaner, to see if the day was a success. Don was excited to tell us that it was a tremendous success, as enough money was raised to ensure David would receive the surgery and medical care he needs. It is impressive to see how the motocross community can pull together and help out someone in need. Get well soon, David!

Click the link on the far right of this page for photos from the auction!

For more photos click the link to the far right.

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We were lucky enough to have a visit this week from recent WMA Steel City winner, Sarah Whitmore. Sarah hung out at the TWMX offices and even mixed it up with Swap out on the track at Competitive Edge. Be sure to check out the video of Sarah and Donn battling it out by clicking the link on the right side of this screen.

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In other news, David Vuillemin announced his plans for 2007 on his website, www.dv12.com. As it turns out, DV has signed a two-year deal with the MDK/Honda team that will keep him racing in the U.S. through at least 2008. When we asked David about staying in the U.S. and riding for MDK he said, “It was important for me to race with a good team, so I’m very happy about the deal. There were rumors Vuillemin might return to Europe to race. “I definitely still feel like I can be competitive, and Europe would have been a good choice for me, but I was glad to get the MDK deal done and be able race here in the U.S. this year, said DV.

Vuillemin is not the only one changing teams for 2007. Other changes include Broc Hepler and Grant Langston going to the Factory Yamaha team. Of course Chad Reed will be running on the L&M Racing team next year, and he’ll be joined by Nathan Ramsey. We also know that both Mike Alessi and Andrew Short will be graduating from the Lites class to racing on the big bikes in 2007. Stay tuned to transworldmx.com for more news on team and rider changes.

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Last week, TWMX Photo Editor Garth Milan made the long trip to Spain to cover the Red Bull X Fighters freestyle contest, where Travis Pastrana came out on top. The X Fighters contest has quickly become a favorite event among FMX professionals because of the overwhelming fan response.

If you missed them, click HERE to check out the FMX Report and photos from the event. Plus, to see even more coverage from X Fighters, click HERE for videos of the competition, brought to TWMX readers by Freecaster.

m. Of course Chad Reed will be running on the L&M Racing team next year, and he’ll be joined by Nathan Ramsey. We also know that both Mike Alessi and Andrew Short will be graduating from the Lites class to racing on the big bikes in 2007. Stay tuned to transworldmx.com for more news on team and rider changes.

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Last week, TWMX Photo Editor Garth Milan made the long trip to Spain to cover the Red Bull X Fighters freestyle contest, where Travis Pastrana came out on top. The X Fighters contest has quickly become a favorite event among FMX professionals because of the overwhelming fan response.

If you missed them, click HERE to check out the FMX Report and photos from the event. Plus, to see even more coverage from X Fighters, click HERE for videos of the competition, brought to TWMX readers by Freecaster.