Monday Kickstart : December 10th, 2012

With the coming season just weeks away, racers and teams are preparing their final settings. After a long day of testing, the tracks across Southern California are hammered.

There are only three weekends to go until the melee begins. Though each coming year is touted as, before they happen even, “The Most Stacked Line Up Ever,” we have to think that this year will live up to that title. We have not heard of any injuries or major setbacks regarding any rider, 450 or 250, and we know that everyone has upped the already blistering pace more. Feld released the trailer for the 2013 Monster Energy Supercross Championship, and it certainly gets us ready for the start of a new year.

On Friday night, our inbox were hit with an after hours email and a link to a GoPro video of a full lap from atop James Stewart’s Bell helmet. We posted it on the main page without haste, but it is worth a second look. Oh, and for those of you with fancy TVs, and it is 3D capable.

There are more than a few riders who have still not announced where they will land for 2013. One of those is Josh Hansen. Rumor is that Hansen has becoming working on striking a Supercross only deal, using the infrastructure of the former L&M/JWR operations. Would make sense, as we saw a Kawasaki 450 in the bed of his graffiti covered truck on the 15 last week. Hansen told us on Saturday that an announcement should come later this week.

MISSING: Chad Gores 2012 Honda CRF250 Supercross bike and van. Both were stolen in Costa Mesa, CA

This will pertain to those of you in Southern California, but on Friday night Chad Gores’ van and 2013 race bike were stolen near his Costa Mesa home. The bike has Showa A kit suspension, complete titanium bolt kit, Tokyomods race engine with white valve cover, white ignition cover and Hinson clutch cover. Black excel rims with hard anodized mag hubs. Pro circuit red triple clamps, pro taper bars and rental intel levers. The plastic kit is all red with a Milwaukee graphics kit. Red and black seat pleated seat cover. The van is a awhite Chevrolet cargo with California Coast Plumbers graphics on the sides and back. It had polished 8 spoke 20" wheels.

The white engine head, ignition, and valve cover will be the obvious markings of the bike, as they standout. If you have any information, Gores can be contacted at Chad@californiacoastplumbers.com 

DBK AM FMX Contest

If motocross on the amateur level is difficult to get in to, then FMX should be considered damn near impossible. Outside of Southern California, you could probably count the amount of “true” FMX riding areas, complete with multiple ramps, on one hand. Amateur riders around the country are clamoring to get into the professional or demo circuit and this is something that Jeremy Stenberg has realized. For the second year, he and the rest of the DBK/MDP Block organized a full contest for the next generation to follow in their footsteps. Riders from around the country headed to Lucas Oil Motocross Park and were met with a top-notch course. After seeing what went down on Saturday, we must say that the next set of riders will push the sport even further.

For the second year in a row, Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg put on an amateur Freestyle Motocross contest. Last year, the event was held at Pala Raceway, but for this year it was moved to Lucas Oil MX Park (formerly Starwest). For Twitch, the event was a way for him to give back to the sport he loves and help the younger generation fulfill their dreams of FMX stardom.

The course at the event was safe yet still provided riders the opportunity to hit professionally built FMX jumps. There were three hits throughout the course, varying in distance. There was even one dirt jump.

There were a lot of industry people who showed up to support the DBK contest, including former factory racer Mike Healy. A few years ago, Healy fell on hard times with drug addition and spent some time in jail, but has come out the other side a better person for it. It was great seeing him out there.

Nate Adams is on the mend from a shoulder injury and surgery, but the road to recovery is going well. Adams should be out of the sling soon and starting therapy, which will have him fresh for the 2013 contest season. While on the mend, he has managed the day to day operations of DEFT Family even more and watched the launch of the new collab line with DC Shoes. The line, including T’s, hats, and a shoe, is up for sale on DC’s website.

Media attendance was high at the Am contest. Here, ESPN’s Cliff Talley (right) and Chris Tedesco (left) clown around between riders.

One question we tend to hear from FMX fans is “Where is Colin Morrison?” In the early 2000s, “Scummy” and “Twitch” were inseparable and have a full DVD for proof. In recent years, Morrison’s name has fallen out of the riding spotlight, but with a role in the feature length film “BRO” and a new clothing line, he is still highly involved in the sport.

The riders were judged by top pros including Twitch, Nate Adams, Ronnie Renner, and Larry Linkogle. Here, Twitch takes in the action. The final scores included trick difficulty, extension, and use of course.

“Wait, wait… Check out my sweet pink pen.” Renner is always up for clowning around.

Between the semi finals and finals for the Ams and Pro-Ams, there was a pro demo that included the likes of Twitch, Blake “Bilko” Williams, Destin Cantrell, Jimmy Fitzpatrick, Bobby Lee, Wes Agee, and many more. Here, Bilko stretches out a double Nac for the crowd.

It was truly impressive seeing the level that some of the amateur riders were at. One rider even pulled off a Volt (Body Varial) in two runs before crashing while attempting the trick in his third run.

You certainly wouldn’t expect to see a Volt at an amateur contest, but that’s exactly what Davi Jones pulled off in two of his runs. In the third run, he crashed hard trying to land the trick again. Thankfully he immediately got back up and was able to walk away from the crash. Will the next time we see him be at X Games? Only time will tell.

Bobby Lee took a hard hit when he went down during the pro demo. After gathering himself up, he was laughing with his buddies about it and back riding for the remainder of the demo.

Proceeds from last year’s contest bought a custom Dodge Sprinter van for the Chris Ackerman Foundation, which supports the former Metal Mulisha rider. For those of you unaware of the story, Ackerman was paralyzed while on a filming trip at the Dumont Dunes. It has been a long road since the incident, but his friends from the sport have never left his side.

The 12 rider “Am” class was narrowed to 8 for the final rounds. After landing two body varials in qualifying, Davi Jones was seated at the top of the order.

The DBK/MDP Block Amateur contest has grown an impressive amount in just two years. Numerous brands, such as etnies, Famous Stars and Straps, Monster Energy, Shift, ethika, and DEFT Family lined the vendor row and made sure no one left the event empty handed.

Cal Vallone’s consistent and error-free run was the key to his AM division win. The 21-year old Temecula “Wine Country” resident also grabbed the Best Whip win over Brian McCarty with massive look backs. He went home $1400 richer for his day at the office.

Keep your eyes on Justin Ayres. His three runs made the trip from Oregon worthwhile, as he took the win in the final round over Jeff Griffin.

Cash and giant checks were awarded to the top-three in both the Am and Pro-Am classes. And yes, they were all stoked to get the money. Many riders commented, “Now I have gas money to get home.”

RESULTS

Amateur Division

1. Cal Vallone
2. Billy Kohut
3. Taylor Woods

Pro-Am Division

1. Justin Ayres
2. Jeff Griffin
3. Brian McCarty

Best Whip

Cal Vallone

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Long Beach IMS Motorcycle Show 2012

Our Motocross Sales Manager, Forrest Hayashi, gets around. His Instagram is filled with late-night shots of LA’s best food and he can be seen at nearly every motorcycle function that stops in California. On Friday night, he hit the Long Beach IMS Motorcycle Show with his camera in hand and collected shots for this gallery.

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