This past week had a rather hurried feel to it, as many riders tapered down their regimens to remain fresh for Anaheim I, and to also travel to wherever home may be for the holidays.
The week did not pass without incident, however, as reports spread through cyberspace that Red Bull KTM’s Ken Roczen suffered a wrist injury at Lake Elsinore on Friday. Roczen quickly shot down the rumor, posted this photo to Twitter, and headed to Buffalo Wild Wings. Check out the video by Idiotboyz to see the German title contender at speed from the day of the incident.
Butler Brothers/ BTO Sports Suzuki rider Michael Byrne was not as fortunate, as the likeable Aussie had a stock hub break in a whoop section, sending him over the bars. The resulting injury included a broken C6 vertebra and busted nose.
Heal up quickly, Byrner.
Check out some photos from the Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda team photo shoot from last week.
RED BULL: NEW YEAR. NO LIMITS.
THE COUNTDOWN HAS BEGUN
Robbie Maddison and Levi LaVallee to attempt incredible side-by-side distance jump over 300-foot water gap
On New Year's Eve, live from San Diego on ESPN at 11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT
Santa Monica, Calif. (December 26, 2011) – Testing is complete. The ramp installation has begun at the event site. The motorcycle and snowmobile are tuned and ready. Robbie Maddison and Levi LaVallee got to spend time at home with their families and enjoy the holidays. Now it’s back to business and the task at hand – breaking the world record for motorcycle and snowmobile distance jumping at Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. The event will air live from San Diego, Calif., on Saturday, December 31 at approximately 11 p.m. ET / 8 p.m. PT on ESPN, ESPNHD and ESPN3, immediately following the Chick-Fil-A Bowl.
LaVallee, a 28-year-old native of Longville, Minn., will jump his snowmobile alongside Maddison, a 30-year-old Aussie now living in Temecula, Calif., who will pilot his motorcycle as both athletes simultaneously jump over 300 feet of water from the North park to the South park at the Embarcadero Marina Park in the downtown area of San Diego Bay. LaVallee will attempt to break his own record of 361 feet and Maddison will be aiming to eclipse the current record of 391 feet.
On-site viewing will be free to spectators at both parks. Gates will open to the public at 6 p.m. PT.
"The big one is right around the corner now," said Maddison. "My bike has been totally dismantled and reassembled, Joe Gibbs Racing rebuilt my engine and all the final parts and adjustments are about done. I’m excited for Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. A new world record is the perfect way to start a new year!"
"I'm thrilled because we finished testing and everything went really well and ended on a positive note," said LaVallee. "So I'm ready, a bit nervous, but extremely excited for Saturday night."
Maddison boasts an accomplished freestyle motocross career, with an X Games silver medal in 2010 in Moto X Best Trick and two wins on the Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour (Calgary 2009 and Madrid 2010). He also has a successful history of record-breaking achievements and globally captivating feats. Among them are backflipping across the Tower Bridge in London and clearing the Corinth Canal in Greece, to go with his previous New Year's Eve successes, beginning in 2007 when he jumped his motorcycle 322 feet over a football field in Las Vegas and followed it up in 2008 by jumping onto - and off - the 96-foot-tall Arc De Triomphe at Paris Las Vegas.
LaVallee is a seven-time Winter X Games medalist (four golds) and champion snocross racer. He has fully recovered from a crash while training for the same event last year, just hours after shattering the world record with a leap of 361 feet on a snowmobile. He is widely known for becoming the first person to double backflip a snowmobile in 2009 at Winter X Games. Despite the temperate climate in San Diego, have no fear; LaVallee will use artificial turf on his run-up path, which will provide the necessary grip for his snowmobile's track to ensure maximum speed as he hits the take-off ramp.
Red Bull's annual New Year's Eve celebration highlights extraordinary athletes pushing their physical, mental and technical limits to break boundaries and records. Leading up to their big night, LaVallee and Maddison have worked with Red Bull's athlete performance experts, physicists and engineers, in addition to their core teams, in an effort to get the most out of their bodies and machines. Valuable information has been attained with the goal of integration into future technological development.
After last year's unfortunate cancellation, this will be the fourth Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. event in the last five years. In 2008, the year Maddison went up and off the Arc de Triomphe, Rhys Millen backflipped an off-road truck. In 2009, Travis Pastrana jumped his rally car a staggering 269 feet over water, landing on a barge in Long Beach's Rainbow Harbor.
Mystik Lubricants, title sponsor of LaVallee's race team, is excited to partner with Red Bull in showing support for Levi during his quest to break his distance jump record in San Diego on New Year's Eve.
For Red Bull: New Year. No Limits. event details and videos, visit www.redbullnewyearnolimits.com.
Catching Up With Kenny Watson
TransWorld Motocross stopped by the Hart and Huntington race shop in Las Vegas to chat with team manager Kenny Watson about the team…
The Milestone MX Park Supercross has hosted a ton of top talent lately. We cut up this raw video of KTM Red Bull’s Ken Roczen doing work on his Kelly Lumgair-tuned 250SX-F.
Catching Up With Wil Hahn
By Jordan Powell
We're only two short weeks away from the start of the 2012 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series! One rider that missed the whole Supercross season for 2011 is Geico Honda's Wil Hahn. It might have been a rough year for Wil as injuries have kept him from competing during almost all of the races this year, but he's ready to get back into the swing of things for 2012. In fact, we've been watching him at the local Supercross tracks over here in Southern California, and Wilbur is looking really comfortable and fast on his Honda. He's excited, and he's looking forward to the start of the season. So, we gave him a quick call to see what he's been up to, and how everything has been going.
What's up, Wil? How was Christmas for you?
Christmas was good! My birthday and Christmas is all around the same time, so I pretty much just enjoyed hanging out with my family.
Did you stay here in Southern California, or did you go back to Texas?
No. I grabbed a late flight out of Cali on the 22nd, and I just flew back to California today. It was only a few days with my family, but it was stilly really nice to get some time in with them before I had to fly back and get ready for Supercross.
Yeah, how has Supercross testing been going for you?
Unreal. You know, we have the same plan as last year, and I just hope that everything goes well. During the offseason, I got to focus on getting better after all of my injuries, and it's been good. So, I'm getting back into the swing of things, and we've been testing a lot out in Southern California. Really, I can't complain. We made the bike a lot better than it was last year, and last year's bike was so comfortable and made me happy as it was. So, it's hard to not be even more excited going into the first round.
I think that it's been showing too because we've been watching you at the local Supercross tracks, and you look like you're having a lot of fun out there.
Exactly. I think I'm in a good spot right now, and I can't complain. The team has been awesome, and they've stood behind me the whole time, even though I only raced three times this year. So, that's good to have such a great team supporting me. Plus, I've been testing a lot with all of my teammates, and I think that it's been helping us all out a lot by doing that.
Has it been fun having a friend like Justin Bogle on the team with you, too?
Yeah, it's been good. We've been giving each other enough crap for being like a family [laughs]. It's always good to have a close friend like that because we're able to help each other out. Plus, Bogle has a sick style, and I think he's going to turn a lot of heads in his rookie season. I think the whole team is going to turn a lot of heads, to tell the truth. [Justin] Barcia is in a good spot and is riding really well, Eli [Tomac] is riding phenomenal, and [Jimmy] Decotis is riding really well. K-Dub is riding really well, too, but I don't think people need to be reminded of that [laughs]. So, I think the five of us are going to surprise people once the season starts.
That has to be crazy to be a part of a team with that caliber. It's probably good for you guys because you guys can feed off of each other, and push yourself to go even faster. Is that what you think?
Yeah, it's been good. We've been doing race days together, and we've been helping each other as much as we can.
Are you getting excited for the start of the season? Are those butterflies hitting you yet?
Yeah a little bit because it's been a while since I've raced my dirt bike! I'm happy about it though, and I just can't wait to get back into the stadium.