Last week, Fox’s Warren Johnson invited us to sit in on a media-training day for their Honda-mounted pro and amateur riders. In attendance were Tommy Hahn, Daniel Sani, and Kyle Partridge; as well as young up-and-coming amateurs Wil Hahn, Sean Borkenhagen and Andrew Silverstein. The event was co-hosted by Fox and Deluge at the K1 Speed go-kart facility in Irvine, CA. After the media training was done, the riders had a chance to cut loose and bust out some laps on the indoor kart track. For most of the riders, it was clear their MX skills translated well to the kart track, but Kyle Partridge in particular took quickly to the four-wheel racing; Partridge won the friendly competition between the riders and Fox staff by laying down the fastest times of the night. Hopefully, Kyle can carry his blazing go-kart speed right into Anaheim One.
Twenty-time AMA National winner Mike Bell shared tips and ideas to help the young racers prepare themselves for the media onslaughts and interview requests typical at the professional racing level, and seen more and more at the top amateur races. As members of the media ourselves, we particularly appreciated suggestions like “remain approachable and willing to talk to the press.” We will be running all of Mike’s tips in tomorrow’s Tuesday Tip. If you have aspirations of standing on the podium one day, be sure to check it out so you will be prepared to handle the paparazzi.
As we mentioned, Deluge Sport co-hosted the festivities along with Fox. A relative newcomer to our sport, Deluge is setting itself apart in the sea of energy drinks by focusing on a more sport-minded drink that can actually be downed between motos. Deluge has stepped up as a sponsor for the riders at the Fox media training, including Honda’s new factory lites pilot, Tommy Hahn. When we talked with Tommy between kart races to ask about his new sponsor and his preparations for Anaheim one, he told us Deluge is one of his biggest sponsors; “yeah, they’re right there with Honda and Fox, supporting me big time.”
Everyone here at the TWMX Headquarters was fortunate to have a visit on Friday from DVS Shoes’ head moto guy, Dano Legere. We sat down with Dano for the better part of our day to watch all the videos submitted for the DVS Moto Mouth Contest, and let’s just say we were impressed with how far people went in their attempts to win the DVS tricked-out 2006 Honda CR250R. Entries included everything from videos you could barely see that were seemingly shot in a closet, to highlight reels featuring custom-built miniature Supercross tracks. The DVS Judges are in the process of selecting the winner, so be sure to check back on Thursday for a video featuring highlights from the top entries, and come back next week to see the winner!
The final round of the TWMX Masters of Mini pit bike race series went down last weekend. The MoM ringleader, TWMX‘s Dave Olcott, sent us this race report from the final showdown…
Saturday, December 9th the final event of the 2006 TransWorld Masters of Mini Series was held in the new Windsor, CT indoor stadium Mototown USA. And all 330,000 square feet were needed to hold the record-breaking attendance on hand.
179 racers making up 376 entries raced until 10 minutes past midnight in front of over 600 paying spectators. Riders drove in from Illinois, Canada and even as far away as Florida to throw down against the regulars from New England and the Mid Atlantic. Every one of the eight classes offered had qualifiers. In fact, four of the eight classes had three heat races and two LCQs each just to wean down to the 20-rider main event.
Some members of the professional mountain bike community showed up at Masters of Mini to add some crossover flare. Sponsored Athlete Aaron Chasee, who is a top pro for Cannondale, was on hand and brought pro mountain bike buddies Lars Tribus (a sponsored BBR rider and also a champion in Masters World Downhill) and Kyle Ebbett (who took 2nd in the Poor Boy class), also a street and park mountain bike pro.
The two classes that had the best battles all night were without question the Modified and Unlimited classes. With the trip to the Mini Moto SX in Las Vegas on the line, no one was holding back. Code Madore had won two events so far this season and needed a third or better to lock down the championship, but an ankle injury in practice severely hampered his chances. In the end, Thomas Healey got the win he needed, but more importantly Madore got fourth and lost the championship by a mere two points. Even with all the pain, Madore still rode like a champion and never gave up. Healey showed respect for his rival and after the race came over to congratulate him on a well-fought, series-long battle.
In the Unlimited class it was a bit different but not a bit less exciting. Although Todd Chrusciel had the series on lockdown and was already assured a trip to the Mini Moto SX in Vegas, pride was on the line as he was yet undefeated in the premier class. Mike Leavitt got the holeshot and didn’t look back for almost two laps, but by lap four he bobbled and Tony Lorusso was there to capitalize. But when Lorusso—Mr. Consistency—had his own very uncharacteristic bobble, the #76 bike of Chrusciel was there to reel in the slack, take over the first position and hold on for the win.
Big props to Thomas Healy and Todd Chrusciel for winning the Series Overall titles in the Modified (10 88cc class) and the Unlimited (12 111cc+ class), respectively, which secured their trip to the biggest event in pit bike racing—the Mini Moto SX at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas this May.
Check out the full Race Report for complete results and more photos, and stay tuned to transworldmx.com for more info on the 2007 Masters of Mini tour coming to the Northeast late summer ’07.
Some other quick notes from the world of motocross…
Wonder Warthog Racing has picked up MDK as a new title sponsor for the privateer support programs this year. As Steve Bauer discussed on DMXS Radio, “MDK has stepped up; they’re our title sponsor and they’re also going to do motors for all of our guys.” As we reported last week, it appears the MDK Motors are already helping out the WWR Interns; Jimmy Albertson piloted an MDK-powered Yamaha to sixth place in his first-ever Supercross race in Vancouver.
With a seventh-place finish in the Vancouver Lites main event, top WORCS series racer Bobby Garrison has shown that his speed on the GP-style WORCS tracks translates well to Supercross racing. Hopefully we’ll see more of Bobby during SX this year.
We want to give a quick shout out to Josh Lichtle. A buddy of Josh’s sent us an email that his ride fell through for the upcoming Supercross season. Reach Josh at email@example.com.
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