Monday Kickstart: MiniMoto and SX Finals Part 2

Here’s Part Two. Dive in…

Like the gas, there must be something in the water over at the Team Yamaha semi. David Vuillemin and his wife Erica are expecting a second child! ¿We figured that with all of the traveling that we do, it would be good to have our kids close in age because there will be plenty of times when all they will have are each other,¿ said E. ¿David doesn¿t want to be an old father, and he also wants to be able to enjoy life when it comes time to retire.¿ When we asked if they were gonna cheat and find out what it is, Erica replied, ¿David is one of those guys who can¿t stand to not know. If you have a birthday present for him, he will bug you and bug you until he finds out what it is. He hates surprises!¿ Congrats, guys.

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The Vuillemin¿s aren¿t the only Yamaha teamsters who are expecting: Tim and Evie Ferry are expecting as well; their baby is due in November. ¿We¿re both really excited,¿ said Evie. ¿Timmy and I weren¿t really trying ¿ it just happened and we¿re thrilled.¿ Ah, so that¿s what you do when you have a busted hand¿ Congratulations!

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Deep, dark secrets exposed: When Swap snapped off the above photo of the Ferrys with his new pocket-sized digital camera, he commented on how it often makes the subjects look very tan. ¿Yes!¿ exclaimed Timmy, as he grabbed the camera to see the image. Evie then whispered, ¿Timmy is all about being tan. He lays out all the time. Heck, he even goes to the tanning salon!¿ If there are any tanning salon owners who would like to sponsor Red Dog, send an e mail to donn.maeda@time4.com and we¿ll pass the info along!

Though Chad Reed wouldn¿t hint as to where he¿ll end up for 2005 yet, he did confirm that he has secured a personal sponsorship with Dodge Trucks. Reedy already has a Ram that he tows behind his motor coach, and at Las Vegas, it was freshly pimped-out by our friend Miles Kovacs at DUB Magazine. ¿We lowered it and hooked it up with rims and tires for Reed,¿ said Kovacs, an avid motocrosser himself. ¿We¿ve got a big Chad Reed feature planned in an upcoming issue, so check it out.¿ DUB did a big feature with Jeremy McGrath a couple years ago, and its cool to see the stars of our sport getting play in non-moto magazines. Check out their site at www.dubmagazine.com.

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Last week, we got some e-mail requests for photos of Chad Reed¿s long-time girlfriend, Ellie. Since our motto around here is ¿ask and ye shall receive,¿ Swap set out to get a shot of her but found that she was quite reluctant at first. Eventually, she gave in and even posed on her beau¿s bike for us. Enjoy! (Sorry, but out of respect for the new champ, a wallpaper-sized version will NOT be available on Wednesday!)

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This weekend, we spotted Josh Hansen hanging out in the Red Bull/KTM pits, but Boost Mobile/Yamaha/Troy Racing team manager Jeff ¿Iron¿ Montgomery was quick to squash any rumors about Lil¿ Hany leaving the squad for ¿05. ¿There is absolutely no way we¿d let Lil¿ Hany go,¿ said Iron. ¿The kid is absoluly on fire, and we know that great things lie ahead for him. We¿ll do whatever it takes to keep him in our semi.¿ Hansen himself was mum about the subject, but as you can see in the photo above, he does like the new mag!

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Elsewhere in this installment of Monday Kickstart you¿ll find photos and information about the one-off Hard Rock Casino sponsorship of the Amsoil Honda team, as well as the bright purple theme that adorned the bikes and riding gear. Though 250cc class riders Mike LaRocco and Kevin Windham didn¿t wear special purple riding gear, their bikes did feature the purple painted plastic and one-off N-Style graphics. In the current issue of TransWorld Motocross, Swap composed a career-retrospective feature with the help of The Rock himself, and during the time that they spent going though old photos together, we pointed out that Mike has been subjected to an above-average level of purple riding gear throughout his career. At Las Vegas, we shared a laugh with LaRocco about his inability to get away from the horrendous color.

Speaking of Mike LaRocco, we phoned the ¿half-timer¿ up to see if he wanted to go riding with us this Wednesday, but his cell phone was turned off and he wasn¿t answering his home line. Looks like The Rock has already started his well-deserved vacation for the rest of the year! We¿re scheduled to meet up with the LaRoccos sometime this summer for a Thursday Theater video tour of their new Corona, California, estate. Having been there already, we can say that it will be one hell of a tour, too!

TransWorld Motocross¿ resident pro test rider Michael Young just phoned in to let us know that he has accepted a position with Sponsorhouse.com as the Event and Athlete Marketing Director. ¿It¿s awesome,¿ said Young. ¿I will be attending all of the major amateur nationals and regional events, but best of all, they want me to keep racing and testing!¿ Congratulations, Nutz. If you are a racer at any level, do us a favor and check out www.sponsorhouse.com.

Chad Reed¿s mechanic Darrin ¿Rookie¿ Sorenson was on the same flight to Las Vegas as Swap, and he was careful not to wrinkle his suit that he brought along for the season-ending Supercross Banquet. ¿Man, I must have slept a total of only five hours this week,¿ he said. ¿I am so stressed out about this weekend, I can¿t even tell you.¿ Obviously, things worked out just fine for Chad and Rookie, and we¿re sure that they¿ll both be catching up on some sleep this week before getting ready for the May 15 Hangtown National.

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On Sunday, Darrin Sorenson was honored as the Mechanic of the Year at the awards banquet. Other awards given were as follows: Transport Driver ¿ Team Yamaha¿s Pat Muras; 100% Award ¿ Tyler Evans; Team Manager ¿ Dave Osterman; Walker Garrison Lifetime Achievement ¿ George Ellis; Team of the Year ¿ Amsoil/Factory Connection.

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And last, but certainly not least, the Road 2 Recovery Humanitarian of the Year Award went to our very own Steve Bauer and Scot Kandel, for their efforts in the Wonder Warthog privateer support program. In his acceptance speech, Bauer quipped, ¿Last year, when TFS came back to my house with the Humanitarian of the Year award, I told him that they would give that thing to any fat bastard. Well, I guess that now I am living proof of that!¿ Congrats, SDB and WW ¿ you guys deserve it.

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During the daytime practice sessions, Chad Reed wore some different looking Thor riding gear. Though it was still the mandatory blue and white, it did feature a bandana-print theme in the blue-colored panels. A quick call down to the Thor offices revealed that the stuff is set for production in 2005 as the limited edition Reed Replica gear. In the staging area for practice, we overheard Nick Wey warning Reed, ¿You¿d better be careful wearing that stuff in L.A. ¿ the Bloods will come and get you!¿ For those not acquainted with the gangs of SoCal, the Crips wear blue bandanas to symbolize their affiliation, and the Bloods wear red ones. We, however, don¿t think that Reedy has anything to worry about!

We spotted Suzuki¿s Nick Wey warming up in the pits on a Santa Cruz mountain bike with its rear wheel propped up on a wind trainer. ¿They picked me up at the start of the year,¿ said NYK. ¿I¿ve been training on them and having a lot of fun. Mountain biking is one of the best ways to cross train, because it is a great cardio workout, and it keeps your riding skills sharp.¿

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During the post-race press conference, Chad Reed was asked if he will run the number-one plate in 2005. To our dismay, he replied, ¿I¿m not sure. I guess I have about six months to make that decision, don¿t I?¿ We don¿t know about you, but we miss seeing champions run their rightful digit and hope that Chad elects to sport the number-one plate with pride. As far as his right to choose a new permanent single-digit number, Reed hinted that he likes number 2, as it was the number of his childhood idol Jeremy McGrath.

Team Suzuki¿s Travis Pastrana is the latest rider to discover the extraordinary traction offered by Stomp Grip traction pads. Over the years, TP has literally covered his bike with black skateboard grip tape, but starting at the Daytona Supercross in March, he¿s been running the raised-nipple stick-ons. The testing staff of TWMX has long been big fans of the stuff, and are shocked that it¿s taken Travis this long to start running it. For more info check out www.stompdesign.com.

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Ever since his big deal with Tommy Hilfiger failed to materialize, privateer Tyler Evans has been running graphics with ¿Your Logo Here¿ printed on the radiator shrouds. In Las Vegas, however, his bike was adorned with Primm Collection logos. ¿We wanted to sponsor Tyler for our hometown race,¿ said MX collector Greg Primm, pictured here with Vintage Iron¿s Rick Doughty and Evans. ¿Tyler is a hard worker and I saw what his graphics said, so I figured, `Why not?¿¿ Sadly, Evans¿ bike blew up in spectacular fashion in the main event, spewing smoke and steam everywhere.

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As is always the case for the series finale at Las Vegas, riders showed up with plenty of one-off equipment commemorating the special event. White Brothers produced these custom end caps for the riders that run their four-stroke exhaust systems. Pictured is Kevin Windham¿s muffler, with the laser-etched dice stopping at one and four. What really looked odd, however, was Heath Voss¿ two and eight! Have you ever seen an eight-sided die? Not us!

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Speaking of Mach 1 Yamaha¿s Heath Voss, the likable Texas resident wrapped up the SXGP World Championship by simply qualifying for the main, making it mathematically impossible for series rival Damon Huffman to beat him. Having seen Heath struggle in the mud at Seville, then with set-up issues on his big Yamaha YZ450F stateside, it was pretty cool to see him emerge with the championship number-one plate. A big congratulations to Heath and his mechanic Tom Wallace.

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Shameless product plug of the week: Did you know that SXGP World Champion Heath Voss the blue-colored panels. A quick call down to the Thor offices revealed that the stuff is set for production in 2005 as the limited edition Reed Replica gear. In the staging area for practice, we overheard Nick Wey warning Reed, ¿You¿d better be careful wearing that stuff in L.A. ¿ the Bloods will come and get you!¿ For those not acquainted with the gangs of SoCal, the Crips wear blue bandanas to symbolize their affiliation, and the Bloods wear red ones. We, however, don¿t think that Reedy has anything to worry about!

We spotted Suzuki¿s Nick Wey warming up in the pits on a Santa Cruz mountain bike with its rear wheel propped up on a wind trainer. ¿They picked me up at the start of the year,¿ said NYK. ¿I¿ve been training on them and having a lot of fun. Mountain biking is one of the best ways to cross train, because it is a great cardio workout, and it keeps your riding skills sharp.¿

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During the post-race press conference, Chad Reed was asked if he will run the number-one plate in 2005. To our dismay, he replied, ¿I¿m not sure. I guess I have about six months to make that decision, don¿t I?¿ We don¿t know about you, but we miss seeing champions run their rightful digit and hope that Chad elects to sport the number-one plate with pride. As far as his right to choose a new permanent single-digit number, Reed hinted that he likes number 2, as it was the number of his childhood idol Jeremy McGrath.

Team Suzuki¿s Travis Pastrana is the latest rider to discover the extraordinary traction offered by Stomp Grip traction pads. Over the years, TP has literally covered his bike with black skateboard grip tape, but starting at the Daytona Supercross in March, he¿s been running the raised-nipple stick-ons. The testing staff of TWMX has long been big fans of the stuff, and are shocked that it¿s taken Travis this long to start running it. For more info check out www.stompdesign.com.

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Ever since his big deal with Tommy Hilfiger failed to materialize, privateer Tyler Evans has been running graphics with ¿Your Logo Here¿ printed on the radiator shrouds. In Las Vegas, however, his bike was adorned with Primm Collection logos. ¿We wanted to sponsor Tyler for our hometown race,¿ said MX collector Greg Primm, pictured here with Vintage Iron¿s Rick Doughty and Evans. ¿Tyler is a hard worker and I saw what his graphics said, so I figured, `Why not?¿¿ Sadly, Evans¿ bike blew up in spectacular fashion in the main event, spewing smoke and steam everywhere.

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As is always the case for the series finale at Las Vegas, riders showed up with plenty of one-off equipment commemorating the special event. White Brothers produced these custom end caps for the riders that run their four-stroke exhaust systems. Pictured is Kevin Windham¿s muffler, with the laser-etched dice stopping at one and four. What really looked odd, however, was Heath Voss¿ two and eight! Have you ever seen an eight-sided die? Not us!

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Speaking of Mach 1 Yamaha¿s Heath Voss, the likable Texas resident wrapped up the SXGP World Championship by simply qualifying for the main, making it mathematically impossible for series rival Damon Huffman to beat him. Having seen Heath struggle in the mud at Seville, then with set-up issues on his big Yamaha YZ450F stateside, it was pretty cool to see him emerge with the championship number-one plate. A big congratulations to Heath and his mechanic Tom Wallace.

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Shameless product plug of the week: Did you know that SXGP World Champion Heath Voss runs an iCAT on his Yamaha YZ450? To learn more about this great-performing product, visit www.icatusa.com.

Former 125, 250 and Supercross Champion Jeff Emig was on hand at the Mini Moto races, but he didn¿t look as comfortable on the little bikes as we might have expected him to. Still, we thought we¿d run this photo for our non-fan Shyla_D, anyway.

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Do you remember Pierrick Paget? You know, David Vuillemin¿s French buddy who came and qualified for several 250cc Supercrosses last year? Well, the friendly World Championship Grand Prix contender is back, and plans to contest the Hangtown 250cc National before returning to France. Paget had an interesting story to tell us about a feature test that he did for French magazine Moto Crampons. ¿We found a 1993 Honda CR250R and fully restored it, then took it to the track to compare it to a 2004 CR250R,¿ he said. ¿The lap times were less than a couple seconds off, but the motor of the old bike was amazing! The new bikes hit so hard and force you to fight for traction, but the old bike was smooth and easy to ride. We then took it to a local race, and my results on the old bike were just about the same as they would have been if I were on a new bike.¿ Paget them reported that the hardest part of the test was actually selling off the old bike. ¿It came to me after a while, and I called up Yves DeMaria,¿ he said. ¿I asked him if he would like to purchase the bike if I decked it out in Pepsi Honda graphics, like he raced with in ¿93, and he agreed. Now, the bike is sitting in his trophy room!¿ Cool, Pierrick.

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Last week, a box from KBC Helmets showed up at the TransWorld Motocross offices, and inside it was a TK-X Combat helmet, a special military themed replica lid. In Las Vegas, we spotted Subway Honda¿s Joe Oehlhof wearing the same helmet, in honor of his brother who served in Iraq last year. For more information about the helmet, visit www.kbchelmet.com.

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Random sauce in the pits photo¿

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Our buddy Steve ¿TFS¿ Bruhn played the role of the racer and the photographer at the Friday night mini bike races, wearing a custom Wonder Warthog cape the whole time. In order to help keep the big guy comfortable and cool before his appearance in the media race, umbrella girl Michelle Stephenson volunteered to keep the Factory Spectator shaded inside the enclosed arena. Some guys have all the luck.

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TransWorld Motocross¿ senior test rider Rich Taylor was a busy guy in Las Vegas. In addition to his showings at the Friday night Mini Moto races, he also entered the 250cc class at the SX as part of his role in Supercross, The Movie. Though he was allowed to run number 7 and a fake movie name on his jersey, RT was required to qualify through the daytime qualifiers and compete in the evening program, just like everyone else. In the end, Rich missed out on the main event by one position, taking home the Racer X gas card in the process. While we found it a little ironic that a TWMX employee earned the Racer X-sponsored privateer award, we thought it was an awesome showing for our boy Taylor, who has been retired from pro racing for several years now. In hindsight, Travis Pastrana¿s withdrawal from his earned spot in the 250cc main event left only 19 riders on the starting line. Perhaps the AMA should have allowed Rich to race in the main, anyway. Oh well, things like that only happen in Hollywood, right?

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Need more schwag? Big E dropped these ProTaper Chad Reed Championship goodies on us, and told us to give them away. There’s a Pro Taper Chad Reed number 1 bar pad and t-shirt destined for one lucky winner. We’ll do a random drawing for them from the entries e-mailed to steve.giberson@time4.com. Unlike winning a Supercross title, there’s no skill required for this contest, just dumb luck.

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Though most of TWMX¿s staff was on hand in Las Vegas covering all of the action from the last round of Supercross, photo editor Garth decided to stay back in Cali and go on several photo missions in the hills before summer officially hits and the hills turn brown again.

One of the riders from one of the shoots was good ol’ Oklahoma boy Andy Jones. If you haven¿t heard of Jones just yet, you obviously don¿t follow FMX much. Andy is one of the original back flippers on the IFMA tour (and also happens to be the cover boy for their program), and Jonesy even enjoyed being the first-place points holder for a large chunk of