Monday Kickstart – Oct 24th 2011

What’s happening in moto? More like, what isn’t happening in moto… Alright, that’s pretty lame, but in all seriousness, the off-season generally offers some drama and storylines. James Stewart, for instance, will be formally announcing his plans tomorrow. It isn’t exactly LeBron’s Decision, but then again, the NBA is locked out, and come January, the gates will be dropping in Angel Stadium. So take that, mainstream team sports! Anywho, the next few pages should offer up some tidbits of insider info, some Q&As, and some other awesomeness you don’t even know about…yet. So read on.

Our December issue is headed to the printer this week, and you can expect 2011 TransWorld SLAM Champion Justin Bogle to grace the front cover. This will be the last time you see Bogle - or any of the Geico Honda riders, for that matter - outfitted like this, as there are big changes on the horizon for the powerful race team. In an attempt to gain more predominant logo placement, Geico will privately manufacture riding gear for team riders Justin Barcia, Eli Tomac, Justin Bogle and Wil Hahn, with the help of Jeff Surwall, previously of No Fear fame. The team is said to be returning to Shoei for helmets and Gaerne for boots. No word on who will supply team goggles just yet. Could this be the new trend for race teams with huge title sponsors?
Our December issue is headed to the printer this week, and you can expect 2011 TransWorld SLAM Champion Justin Bogle to grace the front cover. This will be the last time you see Bogle - or any of the Geico Honda riders, for that matter - outfitted like this, as there are big changes on the horizon for the powerful race team. In an attempt to gain more predominant logo placement, it is said that Geico will privately manufacture riding gear for team riders Justin Barcia, Eli Tomac, Justin Bogle and Wil Hahn, quite possibly with the help of Jeff Surwall, previously of No Fear fame. The team is said to be returning to Shoei for helmets and Gaerne for boots. No word on who will supply team goggles just yet. Could this be the new trend for race teams with huge title sponsors?
Last Friday, Fox Racing's Marketing Communications Director Warren Johnson invited TransWorld Motocross to join him for a private ride day at Central California's Zaca Station MX Park. The facility is amazing, and winds up and down the hills of a private ranch in wine country. Ultimately, Fos rented the track to shoot photos and video of their rider Ken Roczen, who just landed in the United States early last week.
Last Friday, Fox Racing's Marketing Communications Director Warren Johnson invited TransWorld Motocross to join him for a private ride day at Central California's Zaca Station MX Park. The facility is amazing, and winds up and down the hills of a private ranch in wine country. Ultimately, Fox rented the track to shoot photos and video of their rider Ken Roczen, who just landed in the United States early last week.

KTM Red Bull's Ken Roczen is excited to be back in America, this time for a full season in 2012. After competing in most of the 2011 Western Regional Supercross Lites Championship - and winning the Las Vegas Series finale - Roczen returned to Europe, where he handily won the MX2 World Championship. Kenny is one of the friendliest and most outgoing European transplants, and he's sure to have a great AMA career.
KTM Red Bull's Ken Roczen is excited to be back in America, this time for a full season in 2012. After competing in most of the 2011 Western Regional Supercross Lites Championship - and winning the Las Vegas Series finale - Roczen returned to Europe, where he handily won the MX2 World Championship. Kenny is one of the friendliest and most outgoing European transplants, and he's sure to have a great AMA career.
Roczen earned number 70, thanks to his Supercross-class showings aboard a KTM 350SX-F last year at Houston and Daytona. Due to the AMA rule that requires riders to run their earned number, Roczen cannot keep the 194 that he ran last year. "People are telling me that 70 is good because it was also Ricky Carmichael's rookie number, but I prefer to make my own history, and my history has always been with number 94 or even 194 like I used last year in Supercross," said Roczen. "I guess maybe I will choose 94 as my AMA permanent number if I win a championship in 2012. That is a good motivator!"
Roczen earned number 70, thanks to his two points-paying Supercross-class showings aboard a KTM 350SX-F last year at Houston and Daytona. Due to the AMA rule that requires riders to run their earned number, Roczen cannot keep the 194 that he ran last year. "People are telling me that 70 is good because it was also Ricky Carmichael's rookie number, but I prefer to make my own history, and my history has always been with number 94 or even 194 like I used last year in Supercross," said Roczen. "I guess maybe I will choose 94 as my AMA permanent number if I win a championship in 2012. That is a good motivator!"
In addition to his traditional Red Bull "can" paint job, Roczen also had this cooler, more stylized lid with him.
In addition to his traditional Red Bull "can" paint job, Roczen also had this cooler, more stylized lid with him.

In addition to having reknowned photographer Simon "Deez Nutz" Cudby and videographer extraordinaire Cliff Talley "Wacker" on hand, the guys at Fox hired a helicopter filming crew to help gather some great footage for their 2012 product videos. The blade-span of the remote-controlled bird was about five-feet across, and it almost sounded like a full-sized chopper when it was overhead. We can't wait to see the videos!
In addition to having reknowned photographer Simon "Deez Nutz" Cudby and videographer extraordinaire Cliff Talley "Wacker" on hand, the guys at Fox hired a helicopter filming crew to help gather some great footage for their 2012 product videos. The blade-span of the remote-controlled bird was about five-feet across, and it almost sounded like a full-sized chopper when it was overhead. We can't wait to see the videos!
One of the main products that Fox was gathering photos and video of was the new Instinct MX boot. The boot was competition tested throughout most of 2011 on the feet of Roczen, Ryan Dungey, and the entire Geico Honda team. The Instinct features a bootie-free, single-hinged design, and is definitely one of the most technical boots we've encountered. Fox Racing's Mark Finley was on hand to give us the lowdown on the boot, but more importantly...give us a set to try ourselves!
One of the main products that Fox was gathering photos and video of was the new Instinct MX boot. The boot was competition tested throughout most of 2011 on the feet of Roczen and the entire Geico Honda team. The Instinct is definitely one of the most technical boots we've encountered. Fox Racing's Mark Finley was on hand to give us the lowdown on the boot, but more importantly...give us a set to try ourselves!
The Instinct boot that you've likely seen in competition testing was lightly camoflaged with an all-black color scheme, sans and obvious logos. The production versions will be available in black/white, white/black, and a couple more colorful combinations, like this red/white pair that Roczen rode in. We spent the entire day riding in ours, and were impressed with the Instinct's immediate comfort level. Within a lap or two, we were both comfortable and confident in the feel of the boot, and there was literally no break-in time. Support is excellent, in spite of the boot's out-of-the-box flexibility, and the Duratac rubber sole and inner calf panels provide great feel and traction on the pegs and against the bike. Stay tuned for a full test in the January issue of TransWorld Motocross.
The Instinct boot that you've likely seen in competition testing was lightly camoflaged with an all-black color scheme, sans and obvious logos. We spent the entire day riding in ours, and were impressed with the Instinct's immediate comfort level. Within a lap or two, we were both comfortable and confident in the feel of the boot, and there was literally no break-in time. Support is excellent, in spite of the boot's out-of-the-box flexibility, and the rubber sole and inner calf panels provide great feel and traction on the pegs and against the bike. Stay tuned for a full test in the January issue of TransWorld Motocross.
Kenny's father, Heiko Klepka, was on hand at the shoot, capturing a ton of footage for Roczen's twitter feed, @kenroczen94. Are you a follower?
Kenny's father, Heiko Klepka, was on hand at the shoot, capturing a ton of footage for Roczen's twitter feed, @kenroczen94. Are you a follower?
Here's a shot of Roczen and the helicopter camera in action. Friday was Kenny's first day on a bike in five weeks, as he hadn't ridden since the MXoN. Roczen will start some preliminary Supercross testing later this week,
Here's a shot of Roczen and the helicopter camera in action. Friday was Kenny's first day on a bike in five weeks, as he hadn't ridden since the MXoN. Roczen will start some preliminary Supercross testing later this week.

Check out some of the action from Zaca Station MX Park last Friday, as well as a quick interview with Ken Roczen.

TransWorld Motocross stopped by Ryan Villopoto's SoCal home last Monday to shoot some photos for our 2011 Rider of the Year feature. With the Supercross Championship, 450 National Championship, Motocross of Nations Championship, and Monster Energy Cup wins to his credit, it'd be hard to select any other rider as our Racer of the Year. On Tuesday, Rv and his new wife, Kristen, departed on a two-week honeymoon to Tahiti.
TransWorld Motocross stopped by Ryan Villopoto's SoCal home last Monday to shoot some photos for our 2011 Rider of the Year feature. With the Supercross Championship, 450 National Championship, Motocross of Nations Championship, and Monster Energy Cup wins to his credit, it'd be hard to select any other rider as our Racer of the Year. On Tuesday, Rv and his new wife, Kristen, departed on a two-week honeymoon to Tahiti.
Word on the streets is that Pro Circuit exhausts will be back on the Monster Energy Kawasaki's of Ryan Villopoto and Jake Weimer, come Anaheim 1. RV's wrench Mike Williamson would neither confirm or deny it, and would only say, "We're currently testing..."
Word on the streets is that Pro Circuit exhausts will be back on the Monster Energy Kawasaki's of Ryan Villopoto and Jake Weimer, come Anaheim 1. RV's wrench Mike Williamson would neither confirm or deny it, and would only say, "We're currently testing..."
"It's been a long season," said Villopoto. "Im really looking forward to this vacation. Kristen and I postponed our honeymoon so I could do the Monster Energy Cup." When we asked RV about the performance of the 2012 KX450F at the MEC, and how it compared to its feel outdoors, RV replied, "It was good, obviously, but I think that the advantages of the new 2012 bike were more apparent outdoors. The 2011 bike worked well in Supercross this year, but it was outdoors that I struggled with it. Obviously, it works great in Supercross already, and I am sure it will get even better with testing before Anaheim." If RV's speed at the Monster Energy Cup was any indication, it could be a very long season for the competition in 2012.
"It's been a long season," said Villopoto. "I'm really looking forward to this vacation. Kristen and I postponed our honeymoon so I could do the Monster Energy Cup." When we asked RV about the performance of the 2012 KX450F at the MEC, and how it compared to its feel outdoors, RV replied, "It was good, obviously, but I think that the advantages of the new 2012 bike were more apparent outdoors. The 2011 bike worked well in Supercross this year, but it was outdoors that I struggled with it. Obviously, it works great in Supercross already, and I am sure it will get even better with testing before Anaheim." If RV's speed at the Monster Energy Cup was any indication, it could be a very long season for the competition in 2012.

Our friend Masahiro Ito, former mechanic for Jason Lawrence and Grant Langston, sent us these shots of the works Honda RC450Rs, campaigned at this weekend's All Japan National MX, at Sugo Raceland. Look closely, and you'll notice that the header pipe now exits the right side of the cylinder, wraps around the left side of the engine, and routes through the frame so that the muffler can still be mounted on the right side of the bike.
Our friend Masahiro Ito, former mechanic for Jason Lawrence and Grant Langston, sent us these shots of the works Honda RC450Rs, campaigned at this weekend's All Japan National MX, at Sugo Raceland. Look closely, and you'll notice that the header pipe now exits the right side of the cylinder, wraps around the left side of the engine, and routes through the frame so that the muffler can still be mounted on the right side of the bike.
The bizarre routing allows a longer overall exhaust system, which provides more tunability. At casual glance, it looks as if the chassis and bodywork has been mildly modified to accept the new engine. Note the airbox boot now shows through on the right side of the bike. As is always the case with the exotic machines campaigned in the All Japan MX Series, there is a very good chance that this Honda is a sneek peek at what's to come in 2013. Other rumbling we've heard are that the 2013 Yamaha YZ250F will finally be EFI equipped, and that the 2013 KX250F will recieve chassis and bodywork updates, much like this year's KX450F.
The bizarre routing allows a longer overall exhaust system, which provides more tunability. At casual glance, it looks as if the chassis and bodywork has been mildly modified to accept the new engine. Note the airbox boot now shows through on the right side of the bike. As is always the case with the exotic machines campaigned in the All Japan MX Series, there is a very good chance that this Honda is a sneek peek at what's to come in 2013. Other rumbling we've heard are that the 2013 Yamaha YZ250F will finally be EFI equipped, and that the 2013 KX250F will recieve chassis and bodywork updates, much like this year's KX450F.
Check out this cool Red Bull window sticker we spotted at our local Mobil gas station. WMX Champion Ashley Fiolek is everywhere! A happy belated birthday to our former columnist, too! Fiolek turned 21 on Saturday. (And we can only imagine how wild that celebration was!)
Check out this cool Red Bull window sticker we spotted at our local Mobil gas station. WMX Champion Ashley Fiolek is everywhere! A happy belated birthday to our former columnist, too! Fiolek turned 21 on Saturday. (And we can only imagine how wild that celebration was!)

The Lake Elsinore Extreme Motorsports Park is set to open to the public in early November. Once a hugely popular facility in SoCal, Lake Elsinore Motocross Park closed down a few years ago, but it being completely rebuilt and relaunched by a group of investors. Reknowned track builder Marc Peters is behind the controls of the dozers. www.lakeelsinoreextremepark.com
The Lake Elsinore Extreme Motorsports Park is set to open to the public in early November. Once a hugely popular facility in SoCal, Lake Elsinore Motocross Park closed down a few years ago, but it being completely rebuilt and relaunched by a group of investors. Reknowned track builder Marc Peters is behind the controls of the dozers. www.lakeelsinoreextremepark.com

Part-time TransWorld Motocross test rider and full-time KTM Orange Brigade Captain Mike Sleeter visited the facility and filmed the helmet cam video that you’ll find below. Here’s a quick report on the facility from Sleet Dawg.

At one point in time Lake Elsinore MX park would gather more riders then any other track in the world on a single weekend. Was it the economy taking a dump or bad management but the likable track with mountains for jumps and hard pack soil was gone a few years later.

Track builder Mark peters known for building some of the best tracks in world has linked up with some investors and have resurrected the Lake Elsinore motocross in to what is now called the Lake Elsinore extreme park. Upon arrival to the Lake Elsinore extreme park the first thing you will notice is that the old washboard road has been capped with some solid soil and along with a high quality fence to protect the track from some SoCal bandits breaking in after hours.

The new owners have flattened the old track and started over with a new layout that I rode today. This track in the film I assume will be the new vet track but will host a few local races until there Grand Opening in December. The layout is really fun and the prep was phenomenal. The jumps were fun and the corner set up was some what important so it did separate the riders. The crew has hauled in some new soil that the crowd really seemed to enjoy.  A big help is the planting of quite a few trees for shade that look to have irrigation to them to keep them from frying in the SoCal lake bed. Taking a closer look at the facility with out asking questions there were mountains and excavators where the Main track was at one time. Looking at this I assume Mark Peter is going to recap the entire facility  with a design build so that there won’t be severe flooding on the tracks when it rained. The old track had no plan when it came to flood control so you could race Jet Skis many weeks of the year if you would like.

Overall I think this going to be a great track and another feather in the cap for Southern California riders. I had a great time today and the potential of the Lake Elsinore Extreme park looks good.

By Brendan Lutes

Team Hart & Huntington/Dodge's Ivan Tedesco had a disappointing year in 2011. Yes, he did have some great rides in the highly competitive Supercross class, but for most of the season, he was forced to ride through the nagging pain of injuries until ultimately withdrawing from the series with two rounds remaining. Now after six months off the bike to repair a torn ACL and Labrum in his hip, Hot Sauce is back riding with his sights set on Anaheim I next January. We caught up with him while he drove to the Kawasaki test track.

Tedesco says after only four days back on the bike, he's feeling pretty good.
Tedesco says after only four days back on the bike, he's feeling pretty good.

Let's start off by talking about last season. You had some good rides, but ultimately ended the season with an injury. Overall, how did it go for you?

Last year's off-season went really well, and coming into the season, I felt that I was the most prepared that I've been in a long time. But I was maybe a little over-excited, or trying too hard, and I just crashed. I had little injuries all year long, but it was towards the end that I tore my ACL and tore up my hip. After that, I had to pull out of the series to get it all fixed.

Was it difficult struggling through those injuries during the season?

I missed the last two rounds because of them. I tore my ACL at the Toronto Supercross, finished that race, and then I raced two rounds on the torn ACL. Then at St. Louis, I tore the Labrum in my hip. After that, I was riding on both those injuries at Seattle, but I just couldn't do it anymore—it was just too much pain. I decided to go get everything fixed and here we are six months later with a full summer worth of rehab to get myself back to where I need to be.

Tedesco ran at the front of the pack during the first half of the 2011 Monster Energy Supercross series.
Tedesco ran at the front of the pack during the first half of the 2011 Monster Energy Supercross series.

It was your first year on Hart & Huntington. How was the team for you?

The team was good. Last year, they had Dodge come aboard, it was my first year on the team, and I was super stoked with being back on Kawasaki and Mitch at Pro Circuit doing the bike. The bike was definitely capable of going out there and winning races. I feel the same about this year. I feel like I'm on a good team, I have the best equipment, and I just need to go out there and have a better year than I did last year.

So now you're back riding, but how have your knee and hip been feeling so far?

Actually, everything is going really well. I got surgery on my knee and hip right after the Vegas Supercross [back in May], so it's been about six months that I've been off the bike and I just started riding again last week. It's been going a lot better than I was expecting. I'm just going to kind of be building back up from now until Anaheim I and get back to where I'm supposed to be.

Did you go straight back into riding Supercross or have you been slowly getting back into it?

The first two days I just went to Starwest and Perris—just some local tracks around here in California. Then the other two days I went back to the Supercross track. I was actually a lot better at Supercross than I was outdoors. For whatever I reason I just felt comfortable. That's what I'm doing anyways—racing Supercross—so that's where I'm at now.

Hart & Huntington will begin testing the new 2012 KX450F in the coming weeks.
Hart & Huntington will begin testing the new 2012 KX450F in the coming weeks. For now, IT is still riding the 2011 race bike pictured here.

Have you ridden the new 2012 KX450F yet?

I'm still on my '11 right now and the team is still working on the '12. Since I just started riding last week, I just jumped on my race bike from last year so everything was the same. We're going to slowly start riding the '12, do some testing, and do it the right way.

Even before you got injured, was the team planning on doing any outdoor races, or was that not in the plans all along?

No, we're Supercross only and weren't planning on doing any outdoors anyways, and I really only missed two races that I was supposed to do because of the injuries. Who knows, though, maybe we'll come out this next summer for a couple races or maybe we won't. We'll just have to see.

So looking ahead at the next few months before Anaheim I, what are your plans?

Yeah, I'm just going to hit it hard. I have about two months to prepare and every day I'm just going to do the best I can. Two months goes by quick, so I'm going to do everything I can to prepare. I'm looking forward to it; it's going to be fun. We're doing the same thing and have two new sponsors coming aboard for the team, so I'm happy.

The Metal Mulisha is hard at work wrapping up shooting for their new movie Black Friday. We’ve featured a few of the trips on the site here, but their latest filming trip took the crew to Australia where they filmed at Jacko Strong’s compound. MM’s Shane Ruiz sent us over some photos from the trip, but for the full report, click the link below.

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Look for Black Friday to be out soon!
Look for Black Friday to be out soon!

Jacko's compound is huge.
Jacko's compound is huge.

Wes Agee, Todd Potter, Jimmy Fitzpatrick, and Jacko Strong relax between sessions.
Wes Agee, Todd Potter, Jimmy Fitzpatrick, and Jacko Strong relax between sessions.

Casey McPerry sent us this really cool video featuring Gatorz rider Jarryd McNeil during the Best Whip contest at the Las Vegas stop of the Dew Tour. Check it out, you definitely won’t be disappointed.

Gatorz: Jarryd McNeil Las Vegas Dew Tour from Casey McPerry on Vimeo.

Catching Up With Nick Paluzzi
By: Jordan Powell

Photos: Brendan Lutes

After his first full rookie season, Nick Paluzzi is heading into the 2012 season without a ride, but that’s not stopping him from accomplishing his goals. After competing in the 2011 Monster Energy Cup on a TransWorld Motocross test bike, Paluzzi headed to Finland three days after for another race, where he place second. We caught up with Nick to see what it was like to race in overseas, as well as his future plans.

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Alright, so Nick, what’s been going on since the outdoors?

Well, I’ve just been trying to find a ride for the 2012 Supercross and outdoor series. Other than that, I was invited to do a race out in Finland right after the Monster Energy Cup, and that was pretty fun. Racing 250s against 450s was a little hard, but it was a lot of fun.

Talk about that race. How did it go for you?

Well, the first night was a little hard. The track was pretty soft, and I was unaware that the 250s and 450s were all in the same class. So, I had to race against the bigger bikes on my 250. The first night I crashed and had some struggles. So, I didn’t end up doing so well. The second night, though, was a lot better. I had some troubles with my starts in both my heat and main, but it all worked out. In the heat, I ended up winning that, and then I worked my way all the way up to second place in the main.

Was that a different experience racing overseas?

Yeah, it was my first time racing overseas, and I was really excited to go there. The track over in Finland was a lot different than the tracks over here in the States. It was really tight and soft. But, it was a good because it allowed me to grow as a rider, and it gave me the experience for those type of track conditions.

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So, how did that all work out? Did they invite you over there and supply you with a bike?

Yeah. Chris Plouffe, Jason Thomas, Weston Peick, and I all flew out, and they had bikes waiting there for us. All I brought was my own handlebars because I wasn’t really sure what to bring, other than that. But, I realized once I got there that I should have brought more parts. Besides that, the bike was brand new, and it was really good!

Was it like a culture shock going over there?

It definitely was between the jet lag, time change, and being in a different country. There were night when I was going to sleep at five in the afternoon and waking up at four in the morning [laughs].

Before you left for Finland, you raced in the Monster Energy Cup. How was that?

It was really good. I actually raced the Monster Energy Cup on a borrowed bike from Transworld, so I guess you can say I was Team Transworld [laughs]. I did pretty good and had fun racing against some of the best guys in our sport. Starts went pretty well for me, and I had some good results in my heat and semi races.

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You also took a huge fall in practice, right?

Yeah, I came off the huge table to single jump sideways, and I hit the ground pretty hard. I ended up landing on a haybale, and I hit my head pretty good. But, it wasn’t anything too major, but it did affect me a little bit in the night show. Oh well, though. It was still fun.

Other than that, you’re still looking for something for 2012?

We’re still looking. I’m just going to go home and ride and train as much as I can. That way, if anything comes up I’ll be as ready as I can be.Catching Up With Shane Trittler
By Jordan Powell

After a short hiatus, Shane Trittler has brought the Race Around the Lake back to Castaic, California, and we’re only a few days away from the annual race. We gave the man behind it all a call to see what has been going on.

So Shane, we’re coming into the final week before the BTO Sports Race Around The Lake; how is everything coming?

Really good. This is the sixth Race Around The Lake, and this is the first time that we’re ahead of schedule, so that’s awesome.

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Have you guys had the chance to start building the motocross section of it yet?

We actually have started to work on it this morning. We had to wait until the Love Ride was over because they were using that whole area for overflow parking. But now that we have the free and clear, Brian Staben brought out a fleet of tractors, and we’re getting the ball rolling on that.

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Last time we were out there, you had the tree section all dialed in and you were working on getting the beach section worked out. Has there been a lot more section put together?

Yeah, we finished the GP course that’s across the street from the motocross track. So, that’s all dialed in. Yesterday, we finished the tunnels that go underneath the road. With those, it will make things easier for the water trucks to get across, without actually getting on the track. Now all that’s left to do is to stake off and hay bale the whole park section. So, it should be fun!

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Have you been getting any sleep, or has this been a 24/7 effort [laughs]?

No, not at all! I haven’t, and I’m not kidding [laughs]. Our crew has been working really hard over here to make sure that everyone has fun, and that the Race Around The Lake becomes a race that families can do for years to come.

So, is it too late to sign up, or can people send in their entries?

Online pre-entries go until Tuesday, but after that, you can still do post-entries. So, if you want to save money and get a better starting spot, you still have until tomorrow to do a pre-entry. To check it out, go to BTORaceAroundTheLake.com.

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