Monday Kickstart : A Day in the Dirt 15

The 15th running of A Day in the Dirt took place this past weekend at Glen Helen Raceway, and the SoCal masses descended on the massive area for three days of riding and partying. “The Fastest Party in Town” is a favorite of the TWMX staff, as we look forward to the event all year. If you missed this year’s running or are one of the many longing to compete in a future round, scan the next few pages and prepare for next year.

Select racers, such as our edit staff and others, received these custom painted Troy Lee Designs SE3 helmets to compete in. Each helmet was personalized with the rider's number painted on top.

Because A Day in the Dirt began as a film industry race, there was no shortage of amazing recording equipment on hand. We may need to call this guy for a video soon.

As the owner of Vintage Iron, you should expect noting but the most iconic bikes from Rick Doughty. He took to the track aboard a spotless replica mid-80s Honda 250.

This vintage Bultaco is probably too nice to take out on the track, but that doesn't stop the faithful from wringing them out a few times a year.

Though a few things are not from the same era as the Yamaha (Sidi boots, new Scott goggles modified with a Scott facemask, Race Tech suspension), this photo is too rad not to share.

You have to appreciate the enthusiasm of the Nordic battle garb. ADITD brings out creativity seldom seen (or needed) at a track.

So, we back the vintage scene, with its throwback gear, classic bikes, and unique style, but we draw the line at helmets. Racing an old Husky? Then an open-faced helmet is a must, but keep it in this century. The old lid is best kept on the shelf.

Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda's latest amateur recruit Justin Hoeft is a machine. The SoCal teen handled a bike damn near twice his age with ease in the vintage class.

We are all aware and jealous of McGrath's blazing speed on a bike, but there is no need for him to show off his skills like this.

A Day in the Dirt is Swapmoto's favorite event of the year. Our fearless leader spends the weeks leading up to the race knocking out laps at the year's venue and working on his race bike. Things like his holeshot in the Stunt GP are the payoff.

The massive plot of land that Glen Helen covers allowed for a track unlike any other we have seen. Motocross elements, WORCS fire roads, and asphalt sections are all covered in the over five-minute laps.

This year marked our own Jordan Powell's first ADITD.

Hoeft was at home aboard his standard 250F, as this massive holeshot shows.

As Answer Racing's Marketing Manager, Pat Lopez has a stockpile of threads to choose from. Aside from ex-racers turned executives, P-Lo is one of the industry's quicker riders.

Axell Hodges is a lucky teenager. With a Loretta Lynn's amateur title and Jeremy McGrath as a coach/training partner, the amount of talk surrounding his career his earned. He and MC took second in Saturday's team race.

Although he is the mechanic to Chad Reed, Lars Lindstrom is still one of the fastest people in the paddock. We wonder how many of the leftovers from TwoTwo Motorsports land on LL's 450…

This early 90s Peak Honda MC replica is one of the best looking vintage bikes in the pits.

Friday's racing included the So Cal Reunion Race, where vets like our own Forest Hayashi and others from Carlsbad Raceway, Saddleback, and Indian Dunes met up to relive the glory days.

Friday also included the first annual FMF Two-Stroke Revival. Turnout for the premix burning class was impressive and we have noticed a surge in two-strokes at the local tracks. Is this a sign of things to come?

We are proud of our boy John Simanovich for leading his group in the Two-Stroke Revival, but buddy, if you want to keep advertisements from Lil' D (73) and FMF in the book, you need to let them win.

Sean Collier ripped around Glen Helen on his KX500, taking the Pro division over McGrath in the Two-Stroke class.

McGrath pulled his 94 Factory Honda CR250 out of storage for Friday's Two-Stroke race. We have featured the iconic era of bikes piloted by MC both in print and online. Want to see more? Copy and paste into your search bar.

FMF should open a trophy business on the side, as their Two-Stroke Revival awards were some of the sickest we have ever seen.

New school meets old school.

Former pro snowboarder Shaun Palmer and his vintage Yamaha hit the track on Saturday. Palmer and Glen Helen have a history of sorts, as it was the site of his one-time run at professional motocross racing.

Swap gave Dirt Bike Magazine's Mark Tilley his classic KTM to contest Saturday's Vintage moto. Seeing as the bike did not catch fire like its last time on the track, Tilley faired much better than our boss did.

Carson Mumford is one of the many SoCal amateurs that stay on the West Coast for ADITD rather than compete in the Mini O's. Even though winning a class does not add a major championship like it does in Florida, some are beginning to see ADITD as a major event on the amateur calendar.

In true GP fashion, the motos begin with live engine, hand on the helmet starts. You see an incredibly amount of ways racers will try to buck the system on the start, such as bowing their head closer to the handlebars for a shorter distance.

ADITD has made classes for the younger racers like Robbie Wageman to line up for. From the standard GP to the Wild Child Team Race, the youthful riders take to the track for the same amount of time as their elders.

Conner Mullenix capped off an impressive year, which included the Orange Brigade rider claiming numerous amateur national championships and becoming the face of FMF Octane Junkies line, with a solid run at A Day in the Dirt. With Adam Cianciarulo out of the mini ranks, expect to see more names come up in amateur discussions.

Dubbed "The Fastest Party in Town," the race brings out the competitive urge in every one, like our Managing Editor, Chris Kinman. Skinny and Swap put in their share of laps at GH leading up to the event, in addition to Kinman's editing in the official A Day In The Dirt video trailer.

Matt Piva of Skullcandy held down the fort for the headphone brand in his Answer/SC collab gear. We spotted a few pairs of custom ADITD Aviator headphones as well.

Trent Pugmire is a familiar face at any motocross event in Southern California, including our own Muscle Milk TWMX Race Series. Knowing the tracks as well as he does, Pugmire was able to take win in the 450 Pro/Am GP.

FMF and the Emler family's love of motocross is unparalleled by anyone else in the sport. At almost every event they support or participate in, Donny Emler Jr. and the crew are excited as anyone to be there.

The fact that anyone is able to line up in the morning after the previous night's festivities is something we have tried to wrap our heads around for years.

Almost everything at A Day in the Dirt is drenched in tradition. Even the female staff always rock a matching vintage look. This year, we saw the cafe racer look and a blue and yellow flattrack racer uniform.

The big Talledega sweeper welcomed each racer onto the race track. Although gates aren’t used for the Grand Prix, much of the Glen Helen start straight into the giant banked turn was still utilized.

Troy Lee is as much a staple of A Day in the Dirt as the racing itself. Troy rarely misses an opportunity to line up for a battle, and this race definitely keeps him coming back each year, as a participant and a title sponsor.

When Showtime wasn’t on the track or prepping a bike, he was taking time to sign autographs and mingle with the legions of fans that idolize him. Still the King.

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki 2013 Team Lineup

Blake Baggett will lead the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki team in 2013, which will include Martin Davalos, Darryn Durham, Dean Wilson, Tyla Rattray, and Justin Hill.

CORONA, Calif., (November 21, 2012) – Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki is excited to both welcome back familiar faces and inject new blood into its legendary and championship-winning program.

Martin Davalos and Justin Hill will be the newest faces under the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki tent in 2013, and will join Blake Baggett, Darryn Durham, Tyla Rattray and Dean Wilson in the hunt for the 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross and Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championships.

The Champ
Fresh off helping earn bronze for Team USA at the 2012 Motocross of Nations held in Belgium, Baggett brings the momentum of the 2012 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross 250 Class Championship into the 2013 season. Baggett made history during the motocross season by holding on to the 250 class points lead for 11 consecutive rounds. He finished fourth in the 2012 Monster Energy Supercross Lites (now dubbed 250SX) East Championship and will enter his fourth season as a pro, making him an integral member of the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team.

The Joker
Darryn Durham will also be returning in 2013. The Pennsylvania native, who earned a career-first supercross win with Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki at the New Orleans round of the 2012 Monster Energy Supercross season, is excited to return with the team. Durham's fun and outgoing personality is a great addition to the group and always brings excitement to the track.

"I'm excited to be part of the team," said Durham. "Everyone works their butt off to win. I look forward to going racing again and trying to bring home a championship!"

The Veteran
Hailing from Ecuador, Martin Davalos is a new addition to the team, but brings with him the experience of competing in the 250 class. This may be his last year in the class, so he is focused on making this his best year to date.

"I'm pretty excited to be part of the team," said Davalos. "This is a great opportunity for me, and probably my last chance in this class, so I have to make it count. I'm very thankful that I've been given the opportunity, and I'm looking forward to the start of the season."

The Rookie
This will be Justin Hill's very first year in the pro ranks. He is ready to move up to the big league after a successful amateur career that was molded by the legendary Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green amateur motocross program. Hill's goal of competing with the professionals has finally come to fruition, as he will make his pro debut in 2013 with Monster Energy/ Pro Circuit/ Kawasaki.
"I'm excited to be part of the winningest team in moto history," said Hill. "I'm confident that I will learn a lot from everyone in my transition from amateur to professional."

A New Dynasty
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki is well known for its dominance in the 250 class, but 2012 marked a historical year for the team as they fielded their first 450 class rider. The team will continue its presence in the class with the return of Dean Wilson and Tyla Rattray in 2013. Wilson, the 2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross 250 Class Champion, and Rattray have both seen success with the team, and are excited to be part of a new chapter in Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's legendary program. Both will compete in the 250SX class during the 2013 Monster Energy Supercross series, and will move up to the 450 class for the 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship series in the hopes of starting a new tradition of dominance to complement the team's already illustrious history.

The Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team will make its 2013 debut during the opening round of the 2013 Monster Energy Supercross Series, which will be held Saturday, January 5, at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif.

Update On Jantz Grodzicki

Grodzicki, a San Diego County teen, was a competitor at our Muscle Milk TWMX Race Series. Due to the severity of his injuries, it was determined that he would be unable to survive and was taken off of life support. RIP 96

The cruelty of motocross once again became apparent at last week’s 41st Annual Thor Motocross Winter Olympics, as 250 Intermediate racer Jantz Grodzicki suffered a massive crash and critical injuries. While details of Friday’s wreck are murky, the injuries are clear: a severed spinal cord near the base of the skull and severe brain trama. Grodzicki was pronounced brain dead before being life flighted out of Gatorback Raceway and then placed on life support at a nearby hospital with little to no chance of survival. The next morning, he was able to respond to commands using his eyes and eyebrows, but Monday brought heartbreaking news. Due to the injuries, Grodzicki would be unable to survive without life support and his family was forced to make the decision to take their young son off of the machinery. Jantz Grodzicki passed away early Monday morning. Our thoughts are with his family and friends in these tough times, and we will post details to the numerous benefits that are sure to arise in the coming weeks.