Monday Kickstart : December 10th, 2012

With the coming season just weeks away, racers and teams are preparing their final settings. After a long day of testing, the tracks across Southern California are hammered.

There are only three weekends to go until the melee begins. Though each coming year is touted as, before they happen even, “The Most Stacked Line Up Ever,” we have to think that this year will live up to that title. We have not heard of any injuries or major setbacks regarding any rider, 450 or 250, and we know that everyone has upped the already blistering pace more. Feld released the trailer for the 2013 Monster Energy Supercross Championship, and it certainly gets us ready for the start of a new year.

On Friday night, our inbox were hit with an after hours email and a link to a GoPro video of a full lap from atop James Stewart’s Bell helmet. We posted it on the main page without haste, but it is worth a second look. Oh, and for those of you with fancy TVs, and it is 3D capable.

There are more than a few riders who have still not announced where they will land for 2013. One of those is Josh Hansen. Rumor is that Hansen has becoming working on striking a Supercross only deal, using the infrastructure of the former L&M/JWR operations. Would make sense, as we saw a Kawasaki 450 in the bed of his graffiti covered truck on the 15 last week. Hansen told us on Saturday that an announcement should come later this week.

MISSING: Chad Gores 2012 Honda CRF250 Supercross bike and van. Both were stolen in Costa Mesa, CA

This will pertain to those of you in Southern California, but on Friday night Chad Gores’ van and 2013 race bike were stolen near his Costa Mesa home. The bike has Showa A kit suspension, complete titanium bolt kit, Tokyomods race engine with white valve cover, white ignition cover and Hinson clutch cover. Black excel rims with hard anodized mag hubs. Pro circuit red triple clamps, pro taper bars and rental intel levers. The plastic kit is all red with a Milwaukee graphics kit. Red and black seat pleated seat cover. The van is a awhite Chevrolet cargo with California Coast Plumbers graphics on the sides and back. It had polished 8 spoke 20″ wheels.

The white engine head, ignition, and valve cover will be the obvious markings of the bike, as they standout. If you have any information, Gores can be contacted at