Monday Kickstart:
Silly Season Updates and More…

With most of the off-season races out of the way, the motocross industry is taking some time to heal up from last weekend in Vegas and start preparing for the 2007 Supercross season. Although there weren’t any major races this past week, there’s still plenty going on in our sport. Here are a few updates to keep you “in the know”…

Speaking of the upcoming Supercross season, don’t forget that the opening round of the World Supercross series kicks off in Toronto, Canada, on December second. In recent years, more and more of the top riders have started racing the World rounds, and this year should see the same turnout. Here’s a quick run down of the 2007 schedule:

  • December 2, 2006 Toronto, ON Rogers Centre
  • December 9, 2006 Vancouver, B.C. B.C. Place Stadium
  • January 6, 2007 Anaheim, CA Angel Stadium
  • January 13, 2007 Phoenix, AZ Chase Field
  • January 20, 2007 Anaheim, CA Angel Stadium
  • January 27, 2007 San Francisco, CA SBC Park
  • February 3, 2007 Anaheim, CA Angel Stadium
  • February 10, 2007 Houston, Texas Reliant Stadium
  • February 17, 2007 San Diego, CA Qualcomm Stadium
  • February 24, 2007 Atlanta, GA Georgia Dome
  • March 3, 2007 St. Louis, MO Edward Jones Dome
  • March 9, 2007 Daytona Beach, FL Daytona Intl Speedway
  • March 17, 2007 Orlando, FL Citrus Bowl
  • March 24, 2007 Indianapolis, IN RCA Dome
  • March 31, 2007 Irving, TX Texas Stadium
  • April 21, 2007 Detroit, MI Ford Field
  • April 28, 2207 Seattle, WA Qwest Field
  • May 5, 2007 Las Vegas, NV Sam Boyd Stadium

Unless you’ve somehow managed to avoid every motocross message board on the Internet this weekend, you already know that Davi Millsaps broke his femur while practicing at the Millsaps Training Facility on Friday. Word is, Davi has undergone surgery to repair the break, but there’s no word yet as to how long of a recovery time Millsaps is looking at. Given his third place results in the Motocross class outdoors this year, we know that Davi and his fans were looking forward to seeing him make a strong showing in Supercross this season. As of now, just how much—if at all—he’ll be able to race is not yet certain. Honda has not made any formal announcements as of yet, but the theories about whom—if anyone—they will get to ride Supercross aboard a Factory CRF450R are already flying. As soon as we hear anything about Davi’s progress and/or Honda’s plans, we’ll let you know. For now, here’s hoping for a speedy recover for Millsaps!

In silly season change of team news, Travis Preston was finally able to put together a ride to contest the 2007 season after sweating it out for the past couple months. In his final event as a factory Honda rider at Glen Helen, “Presto” went out in style, as he piloted his CRF450R to a third place overall finish. His performance at the season-ending race gave him the points needed to close the series in fifth overall for the second year in a row. Though elated to collect his first-ever Motocross class podium, TP left Glen Helen with a bittersweet taste in his mouth. Despite his awesome performance, the always-witty SoCal native was left without a ride for the 2007 season, and the prospects seemed grim as all of the factory teams were already with full rosters. After budgets were analyzed and the dust settled from the ’06 season, however, a solid ride finally presented itself. Preston will rejoin the team that supported him along the way to his 2002 125cc West Coast Supercross Championship—Sobe/Samsung Mobile/Honda. Preston will ride a CRF450R and will join Kevin Windham as the second and final Supercross-class rider on the team. The big difference between the two riders, however, is that Preston will likely not receive the same level of support from the factory. In fact, TP’s be may even be eligible for privateer money and awards, as it’s not in Honda’s budget to supply him with any works parts. With a Pro Circuit motor and Factory Connection suspension, Travis is still optimistic that his bike will be plenty good enough to compete. “I am really excited, Presto told us last week. “I know everybody on the team really well, and they’re all great people. Mitch at Pro Circuit builds amazing motors, and I know that Ziggy at Factory Connection will supply me with the best possible suspension, so I think my bike will be really good. Plus, I should be eligible for the privateer money as well, so that’s cool, too. Preston will wear No Fear gear like the rest of the Sobe team, but he’ll be able to maintain his current helmet, boot, and goggle sponsors.

Swap represented TWMX at this weekend’s Second Annual Brett Downey Safety Foundation Golf Tournament. The tournament—held at Menifee Lakes Country Club—helps to raise money for the foundation, whose mission it is to increase safety awareness of riders, parents, track owners, and promoters. One of the biggest accomplishments of the Brett Downey Safety Foundation has been the development of safety guidelines that include having adequate numbers of flaggers, enforcing safety gear and providing EMTs during practice and races. Tracks that meet the foundation’s guidelines will have “Safety First” signs posted at their facility. You can see a list of tracks that have met the guidelines, here: http://www.mxsafety38.org/news/0015.htm

Yesterday morning, the Red Bull crew loaded up a bunch of motor homes and trailers to head into the Southern California desert for the third running of the only freeriding competition on natural terrain. The Red Bull Ride to the Hills competition takes things back to the roots of freestyle motocross, as riders take to the hills without any ramps, track crews or spectator bleachers, and try to put down the best freestyle runs. In 2004, the first Ride to the Hills competition—organized by Doug Parsons and Jay Schweitzer—took place in Jackpot Ranch, California and was won by Parsons. In 2005, Dustin Miller walked away the champ. This year, a whole new format is being implemented in which the riders will break into three groups and spend a day scouting out lines in the chosen terrain. Once lines are selected, all the riders will ride each of the lines chosen by the three groups. Afterwards, the riders will view video of the riding to determine the winner. The overall winner is determined by a combination of results in two distinctly different riding areas/terrains. The event takes place this week, from October 22-27, and TWMX Photo Editor Garth Milan is on the road with the Red Bull crew to bring back photos and updates each day. Be sure to stay tuned to transworldmx.com all week for more info.

In somewhat-moto-related-news, Travis Pastrana and his Subaru teammate, Christian Edstrom, secured the 2006 Rally America Championship by building on their huge season points lead at the Lake Superior rally race in Michigan this weekend. At just 23-years-old, the win makes Pastrana the youngest American rally champion in history. Ken Block—driver of the #43 car, also on the Subaru Rally Team—is the founder of DC Shoes, one of Pastrana’s sponsors. Block took the overall win in Lake Superior this weekend.

TransWorld Motocross and DVS Shoes have teamed-up to bring you the DVS Moto Mouth Contest that will give away a brand new 2006 Honda CR250R, complete with a cool set of DVS Shoe Company graphics and a laundry list of aftermarket parts. To win the bike, contestants must send in a VHS tape or DVD of themselves making their best two-stroke or four-stroke dirt bike sounds using only their mouth. To help give you some inspiration, we chased DVS’s Dano Legere, around the pits at the US Open as he put riders, fans, and industry folks on the spot, asking for their best dirt bike impressions. Check it out, by clicking: HERE. Visit www.transworldmotocross.com/mx/contest for rules and entry info.

Finally, to help hold you over until AMA racing gets back underway in December, the annual Sheffield Supercross takes place this weekend on October 28th in England. With a track built by Dirt Wurx, and appearances from David Vuillemin, Mike Alessi, Billy Mackenzie, and Jason Thomas, the event should make for a good preview race. Check out www.fswx.com for more info.

sed DVS’s Dano Legere, around the pits at the US Open as he put riders, fans, and industry folks on the spot, asking for their best dirt bike impressions. Check it out, by clicking: HERE. Visit www.transworldmotocross.com/mx/contest for rules and entry info.

Finally, to help hold you over until AMA racing gets back underway in December, the annual Sheffield Supercross takes place this weekend on October 28th in England. With a track built by Dirt Wurx, and appearances from David Vuillemin, Mike Alessi, Billy Mackenzie, and Jason Thomas, the event should make for a good preview race. Check out www.fswx.com for more info.