Welcome to the first Kickstart of November. The past week has been eventful in motocross, to say the least, as it was revealed that the Jeff Ward Racing operation would close its doors after just one season, leaving Dean Wilson, and to an extent Kyle Chisholm, without a ride when A1 is two months away. What will happen next? No one is quite sure, as the rumors range from the team continuing in another fashion with co-owner Mike Kranyak to the two riders signing deals quickly with other racing outfits. Stay tuned for more on this.
This weekend also marked the start of off-season Supercross racing in Europe, as the Genoa Supercross took place with Justin Brayton, Eli Tomac, Christophe Pourcel, Gautier Paulin, and more racing in the small Italian stadium. Tomac and Brayton exchanged moto wins, and Brayton took the OA with the second moto victory. Gautier Paulin would round off the podium with 4-3 scores while Pourcel suffered from mechanical issues on his now-privateer KTM and finished at the tail of the field.
What else has gone on? It appears that the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team will enter the new season more banged up than ever, as now both Blake Baggett and new signee Justin Hill have suffered injuries to their wrists and arms, while Darryn Durham deals with an Achilles tendon injury. Though other teams and riders may be currently overcoming issues, this is uncharacteristic for the PC squad. One can only imagine what Mitch Payton has planned to right the ship.
Last week, the East Coast was pummeled by Hurricane/Superstorm Sandy, which wiped out numerous areas of seaside towns and left NYC flooded, among other issues. To help aid the the billons of dollars in damage and the mounting costs of running the Red Cross, Troy Lee Designs has put three helmets up for auction at eBay. Ridden in and signed by and Cole Seely, Christian Criag, and Jessy Nelson, they will fetch an impressive amount of money to help those affected by the storm.
If dropping that kind of coin is out of your means, pitch in what you can at the Red Cross’ website.
Catching Up With Darryn Durham
By Brendan Lutes
Photos by Chris Kinman
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki's Darryn Durham has had a rough year in 2012. Right after getting his first-ever win at the New Orleans round of the East Coast Lites SX series, a crash while testing for outdoors sidelined him with a shoulder injury. Then, only weeks after returning to the track, another crash left him with a cut Achilles tendon and on the sidelines for a few more months. With this in mind, we decided to find out how things have been for Durham and what his plans are for next year.
You recently had just started back riding after a shoulder injury, crashed again, and got injured.
Yeah I had been riding for not even two weeks. But it was more just playing around riding than anything. I was still working on getting my shoulder strong and I ended up having another dumb injury that has set me back a little bit. Now I'm just trying to recover and get healthy.
Looking back a little, what exactly happened to your shoulder?
I was out testing for outdoors during the week before Vegas. It was really windy that day at Comp Edge, and I just got blown over a jump, crashed really had, and endoed. It was a pretty ugly crash. I tore my shoulder up, had surgery to get it fixed, and it put me out for the entire summer. Since then, I've just been trying to get it strong and ready for next year.
What was your second most recent injury?
I hurt my Achilles tendon. It was kind of a weird injury. It wasn't really a stretch or tear; it was more of a cut. They sewed it back up and I'm actually putting some weight on it now. I also started physical therapy and I'm hoping to get back on the bike in December some time.
Going further back, you got your first win in Supercross at New Orleans and had to have had some confidence going into the outdoors.
Supercross went really well. I was super consistent, which a lot of people thought that I could never be consistent. I was riding well and got my first win at New Orleans. That was actually the last time that I even raced. After that, I was just testing for outdoors, and I was really confident that I was going to go into outdoors and do really good. One freak crash kind of changed it all. It's all good, though, I'm just going to heal up and focus back on next year.
Are you back on the Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki team again next year?
Yeah, I'm going to be back with Pro Circuit. I resigned and will be back next year and the following year as well, depending on if I get bumped to the 450 class.
So you have the possibility of pointing out of the 250 class this next year?
Yeah, if I were to win the championship, I would get pointed out--kind of like what happened to Tickle.
Mitch Payton usually makes the decision on what coast his riders are going to be on at the last minute, but do you have any idea which coast you might be on next year?
It's kind of too early to say, especially with all the other riders on the team. It's just going to come down to who's more prepared. The PC team has a few injuries on it right now, but I think it's better that injuries happen now--if they're going to happen--that way the team isn't screwed for the West Coast. We all have a chance to heal up and possibly be ready for any coast.
The start of the season is still a couple months away, but what are some of your goals for next year?
I really just want to get back out there and race again. It feels like it has been so long for me and I've never really been off for this long. Hopefully I can pick up where I left off. I want to keep trying to win races, make a run for the title, and be consistent. I guess anything short of that, I wouldn't be fully pleased with myself, so I'm going for it.
RYAN HUGHES WINS MTA VET WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Photos by Cole King
Fast old dudes from around the globe converged on the legendary Glen Helen Raceway Park this weekend for the MTA Vet World Championships. The action on the track was intense as always, and the spectators lined the gate for the always-exciting 30-Plus Pro class. Won last year by Ryan Hughes aboard a borrowed Honda, this year’s field included the defending champ on a new Suzuki that he built especially for the race, plus surprise entrants Ivan Tedesco and Travis Preston, plus regular front-runners Doug Dubach and Mike Sleeter. In the end, Hughes successfully defended his championship with 3-1 finishes, topping Tedesco’s 2-2 and Preston’s 3-1. Dubach was fifth behind KTM’s Mike Sleeter, but he also trounced the field in the 40-Plus Pro class to earn his 20th Vet World Championship title…
1. Ryan Hughes (Suz)
2. Ivan Tedesco (Kaw)
3. Travis Preston (Yam)
4. Mike Sleeter (KTM)
5. Doug Dubach (Yam)
6. Chris Keefer (Hon)
7. Dennis Stapleton (Kaw)
8. Mark Tilley (Kaw)
9. Beau Baron (Hon)
10. Scotty Trimble (Suz)
Go to the next page for a photo gallery from t he MTA Vet World Championships!
Photos by Cole King
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SEMA Show 2012
Each year, the biggest manufacturers in the automotive world descend on the massive floor space of the Las Vegas Convention Center for the SEMA Show. Those involved in the industry get the chance to see the latest products for every style car imaginable, from tuners to lifted trucks to classic American hot rods. In the past few years, the motocross influence has increased more and more, as moto and cars (actually, it is more like trucks) go hand in hand. We scored a pass for this year’s show and immediately started forming a plan to get rich and buy at least one flawless custom ride.
House Call: Lucas Oil/MAVTV Studios
Last week we gave you a glimpse of the production lines at the Corona offices of Lucas Oil. Not only does the building create 20% of the product line, it is also the home of the Lucas Oil/MAVTV Studios. What is MAVTV? Find out more now…