Monday Kickstart – August 6, 2012

Welcome to Monday Kickstart. There may have not been a round of the MX Nationals this past weekend, but there’s still plenty to see. This page has multiple posts. Let’s get things started with a little James Stewart, the guy everyone is anxious to see back in action next weekend at Southwick! Stewart made the trip back to California to test with Yoshimura Suzuki before the final few rounds of the 2012 outdoor season. JS7 hit Elsinore on Friday, and Randy Roberts caught him clicking off laps…

With the way racers have flocked to Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park, it will just be another day at the track when the 2012 AMA Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship heads there for the final round of the year. Check out Randy Roberts’ video from last Friday of Anderson, Wharton, Millsaps, Thompson, Balbi, Tickle, Leib, and Hahn for proof.

The top amateur racers descended on Tennessee last week for the Loretta Lynn’s Amateur National and duked it out over the course of three motos per-class for the the highly sought afte honors. Congratulations to each rider who qualified for Loretta’s; that is an victory in itself.

Open Pro Sport – Jesse Wentland

250 A – Zach Bell

250 B Stock – Cooper Webb

250 B Mod – Matt Bisceglia

250 C Stock – Axell Hodges

250 C Mod – Garrett Schenpp

450 A – Zach Williams

450 B Stock – Matt Bisceglia

450 B Mod – Hector Rodriquez

450 C – Cody Herzog

Two Stroke – Mike Sleeter

College B/C (16-24) – Gregory Gehrer

Junior 25+ – Ricky Carmichael

Vet B/C 30+ – Dustin Walker

Vet 35+ – Robbie Reynard

Senior 40+ – Doug Dubach

Senior 45+ – Doug Dubach

Masters 50+ – Gary Semics

51 (4-6) Stock Limited – Codee Samples

51 (4-6) Stock Shaft Drive – Braxton Brown

51 (4-6) AMA 1 Stock – Ryder Difrancesco

51 (7-8) AMA 2 Stock – Jaiden Taylor

65 (7-9) Stock – Pierce Brown

65 (10-11) Stock – Conner Mullennix

65 (7-11) Mod – Carson Mumford

85 (9-11) Stock – Jordan Bailey

85 (9-11) Mod – Jordan Bailey

Mini Sr. (12-14) Stock – Justin Hoeft

Mini Sr. (12-14) Mod – Justin Hoeft

Supermini 1 (12-15) – Adam Cianciarulo

Supermini 2 (13-16) – Adam Cianciarulo

Schoolboy 1 (12-16) B/C – Jordan Smith

Schoolboy 2 (13-16) B/C – Troy Graffunder

Girls (12-15) – Brandy Richards

Girls (9-11) – Jazzmyn Canfield

Women (14+) – Taylor Higgins

The Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series swung back into Southern California for a weekend at Glen Helen Raceway. The track, while much longer than the Lake Elsinore round, does not feature the same massive leaps that LE has quickly become known for and is run at night to avoid the scorching August heat. We headed up on Sunday evening to catch what is turning out to be one of the fastest growing professional race series in the country.

With nine classes on the day's roster, the pit area is constantly abuzz with activity. From kid karting to the Pro 4 class, everyone hits the track at some point in the day. Got $7500 laying around that you aren't sure how to spend? Sign up for the "arrive and drive" Super Lite class. We would.

To dial in a truck for the main event is an all-day effort. Teams go to great lengths to make sure they last the grueling 15-20 laps, working on everything from tires to rear-ends to body panels.

LOORS has a vibe that is very similar to motocross, as many sponsors and racers take part in both. Rockstar, Makita, Lucas Oil, Monster, General Tire, Alpinestars make up the support end, while Jeremy McGrath, Brian Deegan, Jeremy Stenberg, Carey Hart, and Ryan Hagy strap in and race.

Just like moto, Jeremy Stenberg is easily one of the more sought-after racers in the field.

With merchandise branded with the Famous Stars And Straps "F," it's easy to pick out the Stenberg fans. They have been the majority at both rounds we have caught so far this year.

Jeremy McGrath has raced with LOORS for a handful of years, and has quickly become an ambassador to bring motocross fans into the fold. MC went 8-2 for the weekend in Pro 2 Unlimited.

Stenberg's Pro 2 Unlimited ride.

Now that he has hung his boots up, former TWMX tester Ryan Beat is part of the eBay Motors team that also supports Carey Hart.

The LOORS sprawl looked at home in the Glen Helen hills.

Just like Elsinore, the Glen Helen event was standing room only. Crowds in the Southwest flock to each round in droves.

Hardware

No matter how beat or dismantled the trucks become, the drivers will run them to the final flag. Kyle LeDuc ran his Monster Energy Pro 4 to second place, sans front end.

Privateers are just as common in short-course racing, but for racers like Eric Barron, wins come much more frequently.

Signs like this put us on edge a few times.

Off-road everything legend Cameron Steele put on a clinic in the Pro Buggy class, finishing third place after being sent to the back in the early moments of the race.

We swear that GL is everywhere.

After every main event, the track crew hits the layout with equipment and watering trucks to prep it for the next class. This is a step that keeps the track from taking rubber or becoming blown-out.

The Pro Lite class is one of the more contested divisions of the weekend. Sunday night's main drew 23 racers.

The top-five were door to door for nearly the entire race. Deegan pursued teen Bradley Morris for the win, but came up shy at the line.

Quite a few TWMX employees have RC versions of the short-course Team Associated trucks like these, as do many other racers and industry members. The RC bug runs deep in moto.

Gratuitous Rockstar girl shot.

If you get the chance to catch a LOORS race, we recommend it. It's moto meets short-track racing, and with numerous cross-over racers, events, and a good TV package, it's easy to follow.