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.