Welcome to this week’s edition of Monday Kickstart. As you will see over the coming pages, there is no such thing as an “off-season” for our sport. With riders making changes, events taking place around the world, and the need to always stay up on one’s game, the days between the final round of the Nationals and the first round of Supercross are just as busy as the rest of the year.
Last week, numerous stories flooded the web, as Broc Tickle confirmed he will be on Hart & Huntington Suzuki with a simple Instagram photo, ONE Industries extended their contract with Justin Brayton, and Adam Cianciarulo made his career plan for the coming year clear (B class at Mini O’s, A class for spring amateur nationals through Loretta’s, but a pro debut at Hangtown is possible.)
The AMA also released the official number list for 2013, ending the speculation on who would take which numbers. Starting some Internet chatter was Blake Baggett’s pick of the now-open number four, which was given a brief hiatus following Ricky Carmichael’s retirement. The full list can be seen here…
Making up this week’s Kick is a recap of the day we spent with Rockstar Suzuki’s Davi Millsaps, in only his fourth day on the bike. Also new to the team this year will be FMF Racing exhausts, replacing Yoshimura.
While Swap was in Florida a few weeks back, he grabbed shots of Chad Reed’s 2013 Honda CRF450R and sat down with Kyle Chisholm for a “Coffee With…” interview.
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Davi Millsaps has officially joined the Rockstar Energy Drink/Suzuki team as its sole 450 class racer. TransWorld Motocross was invited to the Suzuki track last week to watch DM18 put his new ride through it’s paces.After we finished up with photos, we sat down with Millsaps to talk about his new ride…
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Swap caught up with Jeff Ward Racing’s Kyle Chisholm a couple weeks ago when he was at Chad Reed’s Compound 22 filming for Kickstart 4: The Final Chapter. While they were waiting for the track to be watered, they sat down for a casual conversation.
TwoTwo Motorsports’ Chad Reed has been busy getting back into the swing of things after spending a few months on the sidelines due to injuries. In addition to getting back up to speed, he’s also been getting used to the all-new 2013 Honda CRF450R. “I love the bike,” said Reed. “My initial impressions of it weren’t 100% positive, but that was because I didn’t get to start with a stock bike and see what every modification and works part did to the performance of the bike. Because of time constraints and a lack of bikes, the first bike I got to ride was set up for guys like Jeremy McGrath and Justin Barcia. I obviously prefer a much different setup, as I grew to love the bike more and more as I set it up for me.”From the top of the Suzuki test track, we spotted Troy Lee Designs/Lucas Oil/Honda’s Christian Craig spinning some laps down below. So, we pulled out our spy cam and filmed a couple laps.
This weekend, TransWorld Motocross will take over Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park for the annual TW SLAM Festival. The day, which is free to all, offers open practice on two fully prepped tracks, a vendors row, Metal Mulisha freestyle demos, and maybe most importantly, the SLAM Pro race. In the three years that we have held the event, Dean Wilson, Wil Hahn, and Justin Bogle have all taken top honors, but until now none have come back to reclaim their status as winner. That will change this weekend, as Bogle will catch a flight and battle the field for the SLAM belt, purse money, and December cover.
You'll be in town this coming weekend to defend your SLAM title...
Yeah! I wasn't sure if I was going to be doing it or not, because I don't think they have ever had anyone try to come back and repeat. I wasn't sure what was going on and I ended up talking to Donn, and he was cool about it and told me that I could possibly be the first repeat winner. I took the opportunity and I am excited to come back. Last year was a lot of fun.
Will you be riding the 250 or the 450?
Definitely riding the 450. I really like riding them, so any chance that I get I will hop on to one.
Will this be the only race you do over the off-season, or are you in for Monster Cup?
As of right now, it is looking like it probably is about it, but you never know.
How big of a career milestone was it to get the cover last year?
It was huge, because I had been pro for only a couple of weeks and ended up getting it.
Have you taken a break from the bike since Lake Elsinore or have you kept on it?
I laid low for a little bit but I am back in on it, training and having fun. I'm trying to ride the 450 a little bit more, just to get ready for the race and to work my way back into it.
How has it been to be in Oklahoma?
I've been back here since the outdoors started. California is cool for Supercross, but I like Oklahoma and I like to be home. I've been here training with Robbie (Reynard).
After your first full season as a pro, as you making any changes to your program or will it stay the same?
I'm not too sure right now, but I am working on a few things. I am definitely still working with Robbie and am still with GEICO and everything, but other than that, we will see.
Some of your competition this weekend will be Christian Criag, Ricky Dietrich, and Ryan Hughes. What will it be like to race against that diverse of a field?
It will be cool, because it is always good to have the competition for a race like this. It keeps it interesting and fun. I have raced against all of those guys before, like "Ryno" at Mammoth last year, so it will be a good time.
How is it to race against him?
It is good. You definitely don't know what to expect, but he can still pin it.
Is there room for another cover, SLAM belt, and the prize money back home?
I always have room for a fresh SLAM belt and a cover on the wall. For the money, I really don't have anything in mind right now but I am sure I can figure something out.
The Red Bull X-Fighters Freestyle Motocross world tour wrapped its 2012 season on Cockatoo Island in Sydney, Australia this past weekend, with Levi Sherwood taking his third win of the year and the championship, as well. Sherwood outlasted his main rival Thomas Pages, who went down while going for “The Volt” body varial, and Josh Sheehan, a rider who has the double backflip has a part of his run.