Monday Kickstart: Supermoto-compatible

Well, this isn’t exactly the Monday Kickstart we’d expected to be dishing up. After a two-week break, and last week’s Red Bud national, it looked like we were heading into a solid string of consecutive race weekends. Unfortunately Mother Nature had other ideas. Rumors started flying early last week (while we were working on last week’s Kickstart, actually) about the national scheduled for last weekend at Kenworthy’s Motocross Park being in jeopardy due to flooding. Sure enough, after being rescheduled for Sept. 6th and 7th, Troy will host the series finale, instead of the normal Steel City venue.

It’s only a guess, but we’d bet that there were a few folks at the AMA Pro Racing offices who were excited about the race being rescheduled. Why? Certainly not for the headaches it caused, but because it focused more attention on the inaugural race of the Extreme Dual Sport…er, we mean the 2003 AMA Red Bull Supermoto Championship.

The Supermoto series has been well-hyped, with a variety of talent showing interest. Road racers (Kevin Schwantz and Scott Russell), MXers (Jeremy McGrath, Jeff Ward, and Kurt Nicoll), freestylers (Kenny Bartram, Mike Metzger, Mike Cinqmars and Travis Pastrana) all expressed interest in racing it. While not all of them made the transition from the entry list to actually racing, there was still a lot of talent on hand.

Here’s a few photos of the premier Red Bull Supermoto class to check out, courtesy of Garcia Vega.

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From observers on the scene, it sounds like the Troy Lee team, with Jeremy McGrath and Jeff Ward, had the right combination of power, tires and gearing had things dialed in, and only MX GP veteran Kurt Nicoll could keep the TLD duo from sweeping the top two spots. Wardy took the win over Kurt by a mere 0.630. That ensured that the podium was swept by guys with MX backgrounds.

Here are the results.

Red Bull Supermoto Championship
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca – Monterey, CA

  1. Jeff Ward Honda 450
  2. Kurt Nicoll KTM 450 SX
  3. Jeremy McGrath Honda CRF450R
  4. Alexandre Thiebault Honda CRF 450R
  5. Steven Drew Honda CRF450R
  6. Joe Kopp KTM 450 SX
  7. Mark Avard KTM 450 SX
  8. Fabien Rolland Yamaha 450YZ
  9. Mike Metzger Honda CRF450R
  10. Mark Burkhart Yamaha YZ450F
  11. Christopher Fillmore KTM 450 SX
  12. Matt Burton Yamaha YZ450F
  13. Nick Daniels Honda CRF450R
  14. Casey Yarrow Honda CRF450R
  15. Larry Pegram KTM 450 SX
  16. Dustin Nelson Yamaha YZ450F
  17. Richard Alexander Jr Honda CRF450R
  18. Gary Trachy Honda CRF450R
  19. Mark Cernicky Honda CRF450R
  20. Aaron Howe Honda CRF450R
  21. Doug Chandler KTM 450 SX KTM
  22. David Deveau Honda CRF450R
  23. Bruce Hanlon Honda CRF450R
  24. Glen Schnable Jr. Yamaha YZ450F
  25. Mike Cingmars
  26. Mike Smith Yamaha YZ450F
  27. Chris Carr Suz DR
  28. Andy Harrington Honda CRF450R

Kurt Nicoll came back to win the KTM Supermoto Unlimited class over Joe Kopp, and Christopher Fillmore.

KTM Supermoto Unlimited

  1. Kurt Nicoll KTM
  2. Joe Kopp KTM
  3. Christopher Fillmore KTM
  4. Steven Drew Honda XR 650
  5. Leonardo Bagnis Vertemati 570
  6. Gary Trachy Honda 500
  7. Larry Pegram KTM
  8. Casey Yarrow KTM 525
  9. Mickey Dymond KTM
  10. Josh Chisum KTM 525 SX
  11. Doug Chandler KTM
  12. Benjamin Carlson KTM
  13. Phil Gee Vertemati 570
  14. Chuck McCarty KTM 525SX
  15. Mark Cernicky KTM 525
  16. Chuck Sun KTM 660 KTM
  17. Tyler Sandell Yamaha WR 505
  18. Darrick Lucchesi Vertemati 600
  19. Jeff Harrington Vertemati 570
  20. Jeff Matiasevich Kaw KX 500
  21. Al Salaverria KTM 525 SX
  22. Erik Schaffer Honda XR 650
  23. Craig Jones KTM
  24. Rick Pearce Honda
  25. Kenny Bartram KTM
  26. Mike Foster Vertemati 570
  27. Mark Avard Husaberg FS 650
  28. Mike Krynock KTM 525

There was also a micro version of the racing, with the Honda Red Riders Jr. Supermoto Challenge. Mike Alessi won that one after his brother Jeff grabbed the holeshot and led the first four laps. After passing for the lead, Mike crashed with five laps to go, but reeled in Bobby Fong and made a pass on the last lap to take the win. Jeff Alessi had also slid out and remounted to move from seventh back to third by the end of the race.

If you’re into that sort of thing (not that there’s anything wrong with it), we’d suggest checking out www.amaproracing.com.

The bummer news for the weekend was that Troy Lee went down hard during one of his races on Saturday, scoring an ambulance ride in the process, but he was back at the track on Sunday.

The U.S. team has been absent from the Motocross des Nations for the last two years…will it be three in a row? The first year’s absence was due to the attack on the World Trade Center on 9/11. Last year it was the fiasco the cancelled MXdN at Comp Park in San Jacinto, CA. So that brings us to this year. Apparently Ricky Carmichael is ready to go, but isn’t the driving force behind the team. Roger DeCoster is ready to step up and act in his usual role as Team Manager…the only thing missing is a driving force on the AMA Pro Racing side.

Admittedly, other than American pride, there’s not much incentive for them to take on the cost of sending a U.S. entourage…and it runs contrary to their current stated goal of being a for-profit entity. They also have their hands full launching the Supermoto series. Additionally, Dorna (who is in the last year of running the GP series and MXdN) isn’t at all interested in adding any incentive to entice the Americans to show up. But in our opinion, it’s still the right thing to do.

Steve “TFS” Bruhn started nudging things forward on MotoTalk letting everyone know that unless things got rolling soon, there wouldn’t be a U.S. presence on October 5th on the Zolder circuit in Belgium.

Industry support has started moving forward, with Smooth Industries working on an MXdN version of their ever-expanding line of moto lunchboxes. Dunlop has also stepped up with a donation, and a site designed to help support the team www.mxdesnations.com is also slated to be updated with new goodies that you can purchase to support the team.

In the meantime, while momentum starts building for support, which riders would help round out the U.S. effort? The current format is based around one 30-minute moto, with the best two scores from each country counting toward the overall. Could that be where James “Bubba” Stewart makes a debut on a 250? It’d be equally cool to see Tim Ferry get to represent the U.S. in something other than his role in the cool (but not truly MXdN) World Cup replacement. What about the new and improved Kevin Windham? Would he be Europe-compatible?

In the meantime, there’s a new 2004 Supercross schedule to ponder. Once again, the season will kick off in Europe before heading back to Anaheim for the domestic season-opener. Other than some date shuffling (Houston is a lot earlier in the season) it looks pretty similar to previous years.

December 6 * Europe TBA
December 13 * Europe TBA
January 3 *+ Anaheim, CA Edison International Field
January 10 *+ Phoenix, AZ Bank One Ballpark
January 17 *+ Anaheim, CA Edison International Field
January 24 *+ San Diego, CA Qualcomm Stadium
January 31 *+ Anaheim, CA Edison International Field
February 7 *+ San Francisco, CA Pacific Bell Park
February 14 *+ Houston, TX Reliant Stadium

February 21

*+ Minneapolis, MN HHH Metrodome
February 28 *+ Atlanta, GA Kevin Windham? Would he be Europe-compatible?

In the meantime, there’s a new 2004 Supercross schedule to ponder. Once again, the season will kick off in Europe before heading back to Anaheim for the domestic season-opener. Other than some date shuffling (Houston is a lot earlier in the season) it looks pretty similar to previous years.

December 6 * Europe TBA
December 13 * Europe TBA
January 3 *+ Anaheim, CA Edison International Field
January 10 *+ Phoenix, AZ Bank One Ballpark
January 17 *+ Anaheim, CA Edison International Field
January 24 *+ San Diego, CA Qualcomm Stadium
January 31 *+ Anaheim, CA Edison International Field
February 7 *+ San Francisco, CA Pacific Bell Park
February 14 *+ Houston, TX Reliant Stadium

February 21

*+ Minneapolis, MN HHH Metrodome
February 28 *+ Atlanta, GA Georgia Dome
March 6 $ Daytona Beach, FL Daytona International Speedway
March 13 *+ St. Louis, MO Edward Jones Dome
March 20 *+ Indianapolis, IN RCA Dome
April 3 *+ Pontiac, MI Silverdome
April 17 *+ Irving, TX Texas Stadium
April 24 *+ Salt Lake City, UT Rice-Eccles Stadium
May 1 *+ Las Vegas, NV Sam Boyd Stadium

* THQ World Supercross GP event

+ AMA Supercross Series event

$ Not a Clear Channel Entertainment — Motor Sports-Produced event.)

On sale dates go like this:
July 14-15: Cross Club members will have first choice of tickets. For more information and to join the Cross Club, please log on to: www.sxgp.com.

July 18-25: Fans can purchase tickets online at www.sxgp.com, www.ticketmaster.com, www.unlvtickets.com (Las Vegas only), www.tickets.com (San Francisco only).

July 26: Fans can purchase tickets at all ticket outlets.

Have you seen David Bailey back behind bars…on a shifter cart with a set of hand controls? Check out www.davidbaileymx.com. We dig the JT ALS helmet (circa the ’86 MXdN) that he’s wearing.

This week will be a busy one for www.transworldmx.com, because in addition to our regular slate of features, you can look for first impressions of the new 2004 Yamaha YZ250, and the KTM SX models.

That’s it! Be sure to check back for more updates.

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March 6 $ Daytona Beach, FL Daytona International Speedway
March 13 *+ St. Louis, MO Edward Jones Dome
March 20 *+ Indianapolis, IN RCA Dome
April 3 *+ Pontiac, MI Silverdome
April 17 *+ Irving, TX Texas Stadium
April 24 *+ Salt Lake City, UT Rice-Eccles Stadium
May 1 *+ Las Vegas, NV Sam Boyd Stadium

* THQ World Supercross GP event

+ AMA Supercross Series event

$ Not a Clear Channel Entertainment — Motor Sports-Produced event.)

On sale dates go like this:
July 14-15: Cross Club members will have first choice of tickets. For more information and to join the Cross Club, please log on to: www.sxgp.com.

July 18-25: Fans can purchase tickets online at www.sxgp.com, www.ticketmaster.com, www.unlvtickets.com (Las Vegas only), www.tickets.com (San Francisco only).

July 26: Fans can purchase tickets at all ticket outlets.

Have you seen David Bailey back behind bars…on a shifter cart with a set of hand controls? Check out www.davidbaileymx.com. We dig the JT ALS helmet (circa the ’86 MXdN) that he’s wearing.

This week will be a busy one for www.transworldmx.com, because in addition to our regular slate of features, you can look for first impressions of the new 2004 Yamaha YZ250, and the KTM SX models.

That’s it! Be sure to check back for more updates.

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