The clock is ticking til Anaheim One and teams are locking down to prepare for the new year. We are just over a month away from the start of another race season, and not to sound cliche, but this is setting up to be the biggest year of the sport yet. Things are still unconfirmed regarding numerous riders and teams, but last week it was announced that Yamaha will support two new teams and confirmed Travis Baker’s addition to Valli Yamaha. After years as a privateer effort aboard Hondas, the Eleven10 Mods crew have become included in Yamaha’s satellite program with Alex Martin as their lone rider. Industry veterans Brian Berry and Kenny Germain have put together the Velocity3 Racing Team for Kyle Chisholm and Bobby Kiniry’s runs at the Supercross season. Phil Nicoletti will also have Yamaha support as he competes the full 2013 season for N-Fab/Ti-Lube Racing. Jessica Patterson also will return to Yamaha after a brief absence from the brand.
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Rockstar Energy Photo Shoot
By Brendan Lutes
Don’t forget to click through the photos below for more from the epic trip.
6D Helmet Intro
A few weeks back we caught a glimpse at an all-new helmet Wil Hahn was sporting at a local track. Initial information about the helmet was close guarded and we were only the name, “6D.” After weeks of waiting, we headed to the introduction at the GEICO Honda race shop in Corona, CA, where Founders Bob Weber and Robert Reisinger unveiled the new technology.
The 6D’s design introduces a new concept in helmet technology, dubbed “ODS” (Omni-Directional Suspension), which are small rubber bumpers placed between two pieces of standard EPS foam. Using EPS foam, the standard material in helmets, manufacturers are forced to decided between soft foam for slow-speed crashes, or hard foam for high-speed get-offs. Picking one over the other lessens the helmet’s protection in the other realm. This is where the ODS system comes into play. The rubber pieces absorb low velocity impacts by compressing then expanding, allowing the helmet to dissipate the energy. In the case of a high velocity impact, the rubber bumpers will slow the energy before compressing into the EPS liner, which will absorb the violent power. In private tests fielded by 6D, the design reduces the g-forces on the head by 38-percent, a massive number when it comes to the brain.
The 6D ATR-1 is the first release from the brand, but they are already in the process of crafting a youth version of the ATR-1, a closed-face on-road motorcycle helmet, and lines for numerous cycling disciplines.
6D Helmet Intro at Factory Connection in Corona, California.
Kickstart 4: The Final Chapter – Review on ProMotoTalk.com
Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past week or so, you should know that Kickstart 4: The Final Chapter, hit iTunes last week. And thus far, the feedback we’ve gotten from readers via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, has been overwhelmingly positive. Thank you!
Dan Dunes at ProMotoTalk.com wrote a great review last week…
The latest release in the Kickstart series, Kickstart 4: The Final Chapter produced by Donn Maeda from Transword Motocross, finally arrived on iTunes yesterday, and after watching it my only complaint was the time it took to download. Once I finally got the video downloaded, I got to watch fifty-nine minutes of the best moto-movie I have seen in a while. With a cast that features Chad Reed, Trey Canard, Cole Seely, Wil Hahn, Marvin Musquin, Eli Tomac, Robbie Maddison, Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg, Justin Bogle and the infamous Mr. Ronnie Mac, it’s hard to go wrong, but in my opinion, Maeda hit it out of the park with this one.
Final Round of the Muscle Milk TWMX Race Series Fall Cup Rescheduled
A low pressure system moved over Southern California late last week and brought much needed showers to locale. While we were stoked for the rain and December feel, it forced us to call off the final round of the Muscle Milk TWMX Race Series at Glen Helen. Saturday went off without issue and hundreds of riders showed up to battle in the muck, but rain hammered the track overnight and forced us to pull the plug.
Fear not, loyal racers, as we have rescheduled the race to take place SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15TH. All titles will be up for grabs as the final motos of the year blast off the gate, and at the end of the day we will present the 2012 Yamaha YZ450F to one lucky winner. You must be present to win.
This also gives racers incentive to make a weekend out of the race, as our first annual Holiday GP will be run on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16TH. All details of the TWMX Holiday GP are available here.