Monday Kickstart:
Binghamton, 2006.

This weekend, the racers on the AMA National Motocross Championship circuit dodged a bullet of sorts. While heavy rainfall fell through most of Saturday afternoon and evening, the weather turned out to be almost perfect on Sunday and ideal track conditions greeted the competitors at Broome Tioga Sports Complex.

First of all, we’ve got to congratulate Makita Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael on wrapping up his 10th AMA National Championship with five motos left in the season. Since debuting as a chubby freckle-faced kid in 1997 and earning the AMA 125cc National Championship in his first try, RC has never lost an outdoor motocross championship battle. Though many expected Kawasaki’s James Stewart to step up to the plate and dethrone RC in his last year of full-time competition, the G.O.A.T. proved once again that betting against him is a losing proposition. “I’ve got to give it up to Ricky, said Stewart. “Racing against him has been a highlight of my career, and he is definitely a great champion.

Saturday’s practice sessions at Binghamton were relatively dry for the pros, but the skies opened up and really dumped on the track, just in time for round 5 of the AMA/WMA National Motocross Championship Series. Team Moto XXX’s Jessica Patterson scored her third win of the series, topping Richardson’s RV teammates Tarah Gieger and Sarah Whitmore. Because of the sloppy conditions, the race was shortened to just one 20-minute moto. You can check out the full race report, plus a photo gallery of WMA action, right HERE.

Insurance hassles, plus the recent cancellation of many international flights due to the recent terror alert, forced WMA series points leader Katherine Prumm of New Zealand to miss the penultimate round of the championship. This left the door wide open for Patterson to take over the series points lead and with it a large advantage going into the series finale. According to the WMA’s Miki Keller, Prumm plans to be at the Steel City series finale in two weeks.

Jessica Patterson’s win was her second in a row, and the victory more than made up for the 10-point penalty she was issued by the WMA for punching rival Tarah Gieger and later ghost riding her machine into her, following the first moto at Washougal. You can check out the press release regarding the first-ever WMA girl fight HERE, and Patterson’s official apology letter HERE.

Having read Patterson’s release, the always-casual Tarah Gieger told us, “Oh yeah? Well give me a few days and I will put my side of the story down. All I did was sit there! (Laughs) After a little joking around between Gieger and Swap, it looks like the speedy Puerto Rican will soon join the www.transworldmx.com team, contributing a semi-regular guest racer column alongside our other fast female buddy, Ashley Fiolek. To check out the first two Ashley’s Sidekick columns, click here: 07-19-06 and 08-09-06.

Sadly, the other fast New Zealander in the WMA Series, Tania Satchwell, was on hand at Binghamton as a spectator. Definitely one of the fastest girls on the circuit, the former WMA National Champion has struggled with crashes, bad luck and even a mechanical failure and a disqualification for receiving outside assistance. Two weeks ago, Satchy sufred a broken wrist in a practice crash at Competitive Edge MX Park in SoCal, and will miss the remainder of the WMA series. “For now, I’m concentrating on staying in shape, healing up and getting ready for the Cycle Ranch race in Texas over the Thanksgiving weekend, she said. Get well soon, T!

One last bit about the GLOM (Glamourous Ladies of Motocross? Sorry girls, only kidding!); after the podium ceremonies one lucky fan who stood at the fence cheering for Sarah Whitmore found himself suddenly the proud new owner of a pretty cool souvenir: Sarah’s third-place trophy. After the last winner’s circle photo was snapped, Whitmore tossed her trophy to the crowd, causing several of the male spectators to lunge forward and break through the wood fence. Only minutes later, Gieger made the guy’s day even better with a nice cold champagne shower. Lucky!

Have you ever seen something that just didn’t seem to make sense? We did a double take when we spotted the factory Yamaha YZ250F of new team recruit Josh Hill getting a thorough wash down after the muddy Saturday practice sessions. Though we’ve never heard of washing a bike in the rain under a canopy, who are we to question the specialized techniques of factory mechanics?

Team Boo Koo Honda’s Josh Demuth continues to turn in some impressive outdoor rides in the AMA Motocross Nationals aboard his CRF450R. The multi-time Arenacross Champion has proven to have the skills to run with the big boys outdoors, and has had several respectable finishes. What makes Josh really stand out in the pits, however, is his impressive collection of tattoos. With our resident tattoo junkie Big Girth on staff, Swap is used to seeing lots of ink around the office, but “The Sheriff seems to have just a few more pieces. Time to step it up, Garth!

Fresh off his impressive runner-up finish at Millville, one would think that Team MotoworldRacing.com’s David Vuillemin would have been more excited about the muddy conditions at Broome Tioga. Not so! Last week, DV12 posted the weather report on Mototalk with the comment, “It sucks, we are all going to get lapped again… Lame!

Swap also caught up with Villy at Racetown 395 during the Fire and Police MX David Bailey Benefit, and you can check out that video interview HERE. And speaking of the DB benefit, big props go out to both the Racetown crew and the Fire Police MX gang for putting together the shindig. We caught up with Ed Wilson from Fire Police MX to get the final tallies from day. In the end, 200 riders, and another 100 spectators, showed up to support the motocross icon, and over $8600 was raised to help him with his recent onslaught of medical expenses. DV12, Chris Gosselaar and Travis Preston were also on hand for the event, and Maeda also caught up with Mr. T for a fun video that you can check out HERE.

We’d like to interrupt this week’s edition of Monday Kickstart to thank our pals Kevin and Dottie Windham for their hospitality. See, a couple weeks ago, The Assignment’s Taylor Congdon and TWMX’s very own Garth Milan invaded the Windham homestead for several days; Congdon shooting video for TWMX‘s next DVD release 6IX, and Big Girth shooting for an upcoming interview in the print magazine. Since he’s been back, Garth hasn’t stopped talking about the trip; how cool the Windhams were and how awesome their Mississippi property was. Or perhaps that was Garth’s way of distracting Swap as he turned in a receipt for a $750 dollar sushi dinner… Just kidding, K-Dub, and seriously, thanks for the time!

In our never-ending quest to obtain a souvenir donut from the fastest neck donut wearer on the planet, Davi Millsaps, we questioned the factory Honda rider at breakfast Saturday morning about his special mud preparation techniques. “You know how you put a big chunk of foam on top of your helmet to keep mud from packing up? said Swap to Millsaps. “Would you have to do the same to the donut, so it doesn’t pack mud and make your helmet weigh 50 pounds? Disgusted with our fearless leader’s ignorance, Millsaps chuffed and said, “Fool! What do you think the donut is made of? It’s foam! Why put foam on foam? And with that, he ate the last of his cereal and left. He did, suggest however, that he might have a spare donut inside the semi. Such a tease, that Millsaps!

During the second Saturday practice session, Davi Millsaps wore what turned out to be the OLN Helmet Camera, but we originally mistook it for some sort of electric, battery powered neck donut. Imagine our disappointment when Davi told us that it was only the helmet cam equipment. Hey, a guy can wish, can’t he?

Former 125cc National Champion and all-around good guy Steve Lamson was on hand at Broome Tioga. No, not in order to earn some points to maintain eligibility for his permanent number 6, but to check things out at Nick Wey’s MDK Motorsports camp. “Starting next year, I’ve been hired to be the team manager over at MDK, said Lamson. “I just came to get a feel for everything. And no, I am definitely not going to try to race. I did that at my hometown race, Hangtown! I’m excited about this opportunity, and though the travel is still always the big downer, I am looking forward to being on the circuit again.

Binghamton marked the return of Makita Suzuki’s Ivan Tedesco, and the 2005 TransWorld Motocross Racer of the Yepenses. DV12, Chris Gosselaar and Travis Preston were also on hand for the event, and Maeda also caught up with Mr. T for a fun video that you can check out HERE.

We’d like to interrupt this week’s edition of Monday Kickstart to thank our pals Kevin and Dottie Windham for their hospitality. See, a couple weeks ago, The Assignment’s Taylor Congdon and TWMX’s very own Garth Milan invaded the Windham homestead for several days; Congdon shooting video for TWMX‘s next DVD release 6IX, and Big Girth shooting for an upcoming interview in the print magazine. Since he’s been back, Garth hasn’t stopped talking about the trip; how cool the Windhams were and how awesome their Mississippi property was. Or perhaps that was Garth’s way of distracting Swap as he turned in a receipt for a $750 dollar sushi dinner… Just kidding, K-Dub, and seriously, thanks for the time!

In our never-ending quest to obtain a souvenir donut from the fastest neck donut wearer on the planet, Davi Millsaps, we questioned the factory Honda rider at breakfast Saturday morning about his special mud preparation techniques. “You know how you put a big chunk of foam on top of your helmet to keep mud from packing up? said Swap to Millsaps. “Would you have to do the same to the donut, so it doesn’t pack mud and make your helmet weigh 50 pounds? Disgusted with our fearless leader’s ignorance, Millsaps chuffed and said, “Fool! What do you think the donut is made of? It’s foam! Why put foam on foam? And with that, he ate the last of his cereal and left. He did, suggest however, that he might have a spare donut inside the semi. Such a tease, that Millsaps!

During the second Saturday practice session, Davi Millsaps wore what turned out to be the OLN Helmet Camera, but we originally mistook it for some sort of electric, battery powered neck donut. Imagine our disappointment when Davi told us that it was only the helmet cam equipment. Hey, a guy can wish, can’t he?

Former 125cc National Champion and all-around good guy Steve Lamson was on hand at Broome Tioga. No, not in order to earn some points to maintain eligibility for his permanent number 6, but to check things out at Nick Wey’s MDK Motorsports camp. “Starting next year, I’ve been hired to be the team manager over at MDK, said Lamson. “I just came to get a feel for everything. And no, I am definitely not going to try to race. I did that at my hometown race, Hangtown! I’m excited about this opportunity, and though the travel is still always the big downer, I am looking forward to being on the circuit again.

Binghamton marked the return of Makita Suzuki’s Ivan Tedesco, and the 2005 TransWorld Motocross Racer of the Year turned in 7-10 moto finishes for 10th overall. “I have been off the bike so long, that I just had the gnarliest arm pump all day long, said Tedesco, of his first-ever Motocross National. “You can do all you can to stay in shape while you’re injured, but you still lose a lot when it comes to comfort on the bike. All of the calluses fell of my hands and I have been blistering up and getting arm pump since I got back on the bike. Tedesco was obviously not pleased with his inaugural Motocross class showing, and hopes to break into the top five before the end of the season. We’re betting that the Sauce will do it, easily.

We spotted a set of aftermarket engine mounts on the Suzuki RM-Z450 of Rockstar Energy/Bill’s Pipes/Suzuki’s Ryan Mills. Made of billet aluminum and anodized red, we asked Milly’s mechanic Ed Longacre about them and he filled us in. “We’ve been running them for three races now, he said. “In testing, Ryan felt that they allowed the chassis of the RM-Z450 to flex a little bit more, which means a more forgiving, plush ride. I like them also, because they allow a little more air to flow around the motor. And with these big four-strokes, more air is a good thing. The mounts are made by Devol Racing. Check out www.devolracing.com for more information.

While hanging out in the Samsung Mobile/Sobe/Honda pits, chatting with our buddy Naveen about the best curry restaurants in the Inland Empire, we wondered what he was doing as he pierced a piece of foam repeatedly with zip ties. When we asked him if he was reenacting something out of his high school physics class, he laughed and showed us what it was really for. With the wet weather on Saturday, Naveen was simply making sure that no mud would get packed in between the shift lever and engine cases on his rider, Josh Grant‘s, Honda CRF250R.

When the skies opened up and rain began to fall on Saturday, we stopped by the Kawasaki pits to see if Mike Williamson and Jeremy Albrecht were busting out the team’s full arsenal of mud riding parts. Sure enough, Williamson was already bolting up the solid brake rotors onto Michael Byrne’s bike, and J-Bona already had all of the foam-covered parts—skid plates, engine case guards and radiator louvers—in staging. There’ s no such thing as being over-prepared, right guys?