Monday Kickstart: Hangtown Style

This week’s story and photos by Donn Maeda

What a weekend! The 35th Annual Hangtown Motocross Classic was a real barn burner: perfect weather, a large crowd, great racing and two sentimental wins made this year’s race one of the best ever. The Dirt Diggers report that well over 25,000 fans showed up to watch this year’s running on the Prairie City OHV Park course.

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As someone who was on hand at the 2001 Washougal National, I couldn’t help but have a sensation of déjà  vu as Kevin Windham raced away with the first 250cc moto win, leaving Ricky Carmichael powerless as he clicked off lap after perfect lap. If there was ever anyone who looked smooth and natural on a big four-stroke, it’s definitely K-Dub. The former West Coast 125cc Supercross Champion and the big 450 were a match made in heaven. As announcer Erv Braun so eloquently put it, “Windham looked more like he was surfing around the track than riding…”

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Sadly, a double-moto sweep just wasn’t in the cards for Windham. After grabbing another holeshot in moto two, Windham was caught off guard by a hard-charging Chad Reed in a tricky downhill section of the course. Now under pressure, K-Dub struck back on the opening lap but lost his front end in an off-camber corner and went down. A couple laps later, he dropped his bike again, this time in a rutted right hander. Undaunted, Windham remounted and raced back from outside the top 20 and up to sixth at the finish. “it didn’t work out the way I wanted it to today,” said Windham. “But I’ll tell you what — that first moto win felt great. I am also really glad that I was the guy who put an end to Ricky’s win streak. I’ve been testing with him in preparation for the Nationals, and I knew that I had it in me to win. Now all I have to do it put two good motos together.”

With Windham out of the way early in race two, Ricky Carmichael quickly picked off race leader Chad Reed and pulled away with the moto and overall win. In doing so, RC tied Jeremy McGrath for first in the all-time win list for motocross and Supercross. At Hangtown, the boys at Fox Racing hand made a butt patch for RC’s pants that read “88 wins.” We can’t wait to see what shows up on his hindside next week in Mt. Morris…

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Team Sobe Suzuki’s Sebastien Tortelli blistered the clocks during Saturday’s Hangtown practice sessions, consistently setting the fastest lap times aboard his Tony Berlutti-tuned RM250. When it came race time, however, Tortelli could only muster a sixth in the first moto. He dropped out of race two with a blown crank seal.

After a disappointing outing at Glen Helen last weekend, Team Mach 1 Yamaha’s Nick Wey opted to switch back to his more familiar two-stroke Yamaha YZ250. The choice proved to be a good one, as Nyk looked much more at home aboard his 250, even though he finished a distant eighth in the first moto. Wey was running strong in moto two, but was forced to retire with a flat tire.

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If you’re been a loyal reader of TransWorld Motocross, you should be familiar with our phrase “stone spray sandwich.” Apparently, Chad Reed and Brock Sellards aren’t big fans of the roost associated with outdoor motocross, especially when combined with the relatively open face ports of their Thor SVR helmets. At Hatown, Reed ran a prototype SVR accessory that will soon be available from Thor, Sellards opted for a duct tape version that was hand-crafted by his Boost Mobile/Yamaha/Troy Racing team manager Phil Alderton.

Team Yamaha’s David Vuillemin struggled again at Hangtown aboard his big Yamaha YZ450F. In the first moto, Cobra was running strong but a crash left him with a badly broken — and leaking — radiator. Knowing well that the engine wouldn’t last through the entire moto, DV pulled off and watched the remainder of the moto from the mechanic’s area. David finished ninth in the second moto, but dropped out of the top 10 in points and will have to qualify at next week’s race at Mt. Morris. “I am still getting used to the 450,” said Vuillemin. “So I guess each chance to get on the track to race it is good.” Ah, the optimism… Check out Vuillemin’s web site at www.dv12.com.

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We know that it’s only Monday, but we are so stoked for Ryan Hughes that we decided to offer this celebratory wallpaper before our normal Wallpaper Wednesday installment. Earlier today, our friends at Racer X posted an excellent interview with Ryno, scored only hours after his Hangtown win. Our favorite quote? “I was riding as hard as I could. I felt like I was going to throw up in my helmet or shit my pants every lap.” Check out the interview at www.racerxill.com/051903_Monday_Ryno2.cfm.

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Round two of the Women’s Motocross League Championship Series was held on Sunday in conjunction with the AMA Pro National, and German rider Steffi Laier swept both motos, keeping her perfect 2003 record intact. The KTM rider scored a runaway win in moto one, but suffered a poor start in moto two and was forced to come from behind to score a last-lap pass on race leader Sarah Whitmore, who ended the day second overall. Another German rider finished third, Kawasaki rider Alex Haupt.

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A gnarly braking bump at the bottom of one of Hangtown’s downhills claimed two of the WML’s top competitors. After grabbing a huge holeshot, Kawasaki’s Jessica Patterson led the charge and looked set to score her first moto win of the year, but she endoed violently when her front wheel got swallowed up by the hole. Patterson was knocked unconscious momentarily, and elected to sit the rest of the day out.

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Only three laps after Patterson’s demise, AGP Racing’s Tania Satchwell fell victim to the same braking bumps and suffered a broken collarbone. In pain, Satchwell stayed to cheer her teammate Sarah Whitmore on the side of the track before heading to the Asterisk Mobile Medic Unit for evaluation. That’s one tough chick…

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A few months ago, we saw designs for a new under-the-jersey roost guard taped on the walls in the design department at Thor Racing and at Hangtown, we spotted Team Chevy Trucks Kawasaki rider Ezra Lusk wearing a working version of the protector. Designed to fit more like a T-shirt than a strap-on protector, the Quandrant Roost Guard features a full mesh back that doesn’t cut into your skin like a set of straps can. Lusk reports that it is the most comfortable protector he has ever worn, and that it can be washed right alongside the rest of your riding gear. Expect it to hit dealership floors in coming months.

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Last week, TransWorld Motocross visited Perris Raceway for a Wednesday afternoon practice session. Seems that half of the factory riders in America had the same idea: Ricky Carmichael, Nathan Ramsey, Ernesto Fonseca, David Vuillemin and Chad Reed were all on hand for some mid-week practice. The current layout of the Ron Turner-built track is the best we’ve seen it in years: fun and challenging, yet safe for lesser skilled riders like ourselves.

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Oh yeah, also on hand at Perris Raceway last Wednesday was former 125, 250 and Supercross Champion Jeff Emig. Fro Daddy looked right at home as he battled with Fonseca, but he reported at Hangtown that, “I was pretty damn sore on Thursday morning!” Here’s a token photo of Fro Daddy, shot especially for Shyla_D and JP$, who requested a shirtless shot of Mr. Emig.

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A freestyle career for David Vuillemin? We spotted the Cobra busting out freestyle moves like these over one of Perris Raceway’s many double jumps. Hmm…. And what might this trick be called? A bar hump?

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YOU WRITE THE CAPTION!

Swap snapped off this shot of K-Dub after he won Hangtown’s first moto and brought RC’s win streak to an end. Check out RC’s expression in the background: it’s the best! Come up with your best caption and post it, along with your e-mail address, on the TWMX message board (see link at the bottom of this page) and the author of the best caption will win one of K-Dub’s No Fear jerseys!

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Jeremy Gee of M2R grabbed us at Hangtown and told us to be sure and check out the new Langston Replica M2R that LL Cool G himself was wearing. Designed by Alex Paul at AP Designs, the new replica is plenty trick looking and should be available in a couple months. We can’t be sure if the umbrella girl is more enthralled by Langston’s good looks and charm, or his flashy new helmet…

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With Sobe Suzuki’s Travis Pastrana out for the remainder of the series with a blown-out knee, his mechanic Lee McCollum must be feeling like the Maytag Repairman. “I’ve been relegated to handing out Travis Pastrana stickers,” joked our favorite neighbor.

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We’re not sure, but we’re guessing that Timmy Ferry rented Rocky III this week…

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Team Sobe Suzuki’s Matthieu Lalloz crashed hard during practice at Hangtown and suffered a concussion, according to his wrench Tim McAdams. He should be back in action for next weekend’s race at Mt. Morris. Better known as Tool Time, McAdams has been a staple in Suzuki’s race support effort for years now.

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Have you heard? Bob Harvell is hosting a Mammoth warm-up race at his awesome Cahuilla Creek MX Park facility in Anza, California. Click to check out the flyer!

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In parting, we’d like to congratulate Bell Helmets on hiring our good buddy Darin Motoda as the official Race Support Technician. Here, Darin-san tunes up the helmet of MotoWorldRacing.com’s Andrew Short in between motos at Hangtown. We know that he’ll do a spectacular job, too. How do we know? Having ridden with him for years, we know that there is no one who has cleaned more mud off the facemask of his helmet than our boy Darin. A stone spray sandwich connoisseur, if you would…

Jamie Little checked in this morning (after scoring a second-place finish in downhill aboard her Foes bike at the NORBA National at Big Bear, California)…

MotoX at the first Global X Games was quite unique in that two athletes and one alternate competed from six regions; USA, South America, Europe, Canada, Asia and Australia. Nate Adams and Kenny Bartram represented the U.S.A. They actually showed the other riders around the course and told them which gear to be in at certain times, as well as speeds and how to jump off the ramps and do the big gaps.

None of the other riders except for Australia had competed at that levon Turner-built track is the best we’ve seen it in years: fun and challenging, yet safe for lesser skilled riders like ourselves.

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Oh yeah, also on hand at Perris Raceway last Wednesday was former 125, 250 and Supercross Champion Jeff Emig. Fro Daddy looked right at home as he battled with Fonseca, but he reported at Hangtown that, “I was pretty damn sore on Thursday morning!” Here’s a token photo of Fro Daddy, shot especially for Shyla_D and JP$, who requested a shirtless shot of Mr. Emig.

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A freestyle career for David Vuillemin? We spotted the Cobra busting out freestyle moves like these over one of Perris Raceway’s many double jumps. Hmm…. And what might this trick be called? A bar hump?

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YOU WRITE THE CAPTION!

Swap snapped off this shot of K-Dub after he won Hangtown’s first moto and brought RC’s win streak to an end. Check out RC’s expression in the background: it’s the best! Come up with your best caption and post it, along with your e-mail address, on the TWMX message board (see link at the bottom of this page) and the author of the best caption will win one of K-Dub’s No Fear jerseys!

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Jeremy Gee of M2R grabbed us at Hangtown and told us to be sure and check out the new Langston Replica M2R that LL Cool G himself was wearing. Designed by Alex Paul at AP Designs, the new replica is plenty trick looking and should be available in a couple months. We can’t be sure if the umbrella girl is more enthralled by Langston’s good looks and charm, or his flashy new helmet…

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With Sobe Suzuki’s Travis Pastrana out for the remainder of the series with a blown-out knee, his mechanic Lee McCollum must be feeling like the Maytag Repairman. “I’ve been relegated to handing out Travis Pastrana stickers,” joked our favorite neighbor.

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We’re not sure, but we’re guessing that Timmy Ferry rented Rocky III this week…

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Team Sobe Suzuki’s Matthieu Lalloz crashed hard during practice at Hangtown and suffered a concussion, according to his wrench Tim McAdams. He should be back in action for next weekend’s race at Mt. Morris. Better known as Tool Time, McAdams has been a staple in Suzuki’s race support effort for years now.

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Have you heard? Bob Harvell is hosting a Mammoth warm-up race at his awesome Cahuilla Creek MX Park facility in Anza, California. Click to check out the flyer!

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In parting, we’d like to congratulate Bell Helmets on hiring our good buddy Darin Motoda as the official Race Support Technician. Here, Darin-san tunes up the helmet of MotoWorldRacing.com’s Andrew Short in between motos at Hangtown. We know that he’ll do a spectacular job, too. How do we know? Having ridden with him for years, we know that there is no one who has cleaned more mud off the facemask of his helmet than our boy Darin. A stone spray sandwich connoisseur, if you would…

Jamie Little checked in this morning (after scoring a second-place finish in downhill aboard her Foes bike at the NORBA National at Big Bear, California)…

MotoX at the first Global X Games was quite unique in that two athletes and one alternate competed from six regions; USA, South America, Europe, Canada, Asia and Australia. Nate Adams and Kenny Bartram represented the U.S.A. They actually showed the other riders around the course and told them which gear to be in at certain times, as well as speeds and how to jump off the ramps and do the big gaps.

None of the other riders except for Australia had competed at that level before. Heading into the MotoX event, USA was tied for third overall after two other events. With USA going 1-2, they took USA to the top of the leader board.

Both USA riders did backflips and scored in the 90’s with very clean runs. It was very cool seeing riders from regions like Asia coming to compete. The language barrier was in effect and all of the riders had unique styles. I was the roving reporter as always, and the MotoX runs aired Sat. on ABC and will air throughout the week on ESPN and ESPN2 along with the other sports. There will be a highlight show of Global X Games on ABC next Sat.

The Global X Games included summer and winter sports. The winter sports were going on simultaneously in Whistler, B.C., Canada, while the summer sports were in San Antonio, Texas.

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Thanks for reading. The end.

level before. Heading into the MotoX event, USA was tied for third overall after two other events. With USA going 1-2, they took USA to the top of the leader board.

Both USA riders did backflips and scored in the 90’s with very clean runs. It was very cool seeing riders from regions like Asia coming to compete. The language barrier was in effect and all of the riders had unique styles. I was the roving reporter as always, and the MotoX runs aired Sat. on ABC and will air throughout the week on ESPN and ESPN2 along with the other sports. There will be a highlight show of Global X Games on ABC next Sat.

The Global X Games included summer and winter sports. The winter sports were going on simultaneously in Whistler, B.C., Canada, while the summer sports were in San Antonio, Texas.

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Thanks for reading. The end.