We have been pinned for the past few weeks in order to get this year’s TransWorld SLAM up to standards, but now that all is said and done, we are more than happy with the outcome. Didn’t make it to Lake Elsinore this Saturday? Check out these shots and see what you missed.
It was that time of year again in SoCal, when we at TWMX take over one track for a day of riding and racing. This year we headed to Lake Elsinore Motorsports Park for our biggest SLAM yet.
If you do not know the story behind the rise of the Troy Lee dynasty, be sure to grab our November issue. Inside, Troy recalls just how and why the brand has grown and what may be in store for the future. TL still rips, by the way.
With Donn and Lutes out of the Industry Cup due to injury (feel better Lutes!), Jordan Powell and ad reps John Simanovich and Dominic Gaytan had to hold it down. To keep morale high, Swap left each of them a reminder on their bar pads.
The woes continue for Nate Adams, who was competing in the Industry Cup for his brand, DEFT Family. In the second moto, Patchy's "good" shoulder dislocated and needed the medics to pop it back into place.
KTM USA also got into the mix on Friday's Ind. Cup. With a stacked roster, including Jade Dungey and Hunter Falk, they were competitive from the get-go.
For three years now the Tretta/Motoda Cup has been the symbol for the fastest team in the moto industry. After Friday's race, the trophy will head back to the Corona Sports Group lobby, as MSR bested the competition over the three motos. Word is that the TMC will be going on a few adventures this year, ala the Stanley Cup.
We have to give it up for the guys at O'Neal. Racing on a 1989 Honda CR250 could not have been easy, but they got it done. And looked damn good doing it.
Even though they were docked for "creative lines" and Rich Taylor was used as traction in the first turn, the MTA/EKS Brand Goggle team pulled off third place. RT was looking rough after the second moto, and rightly so. Taking a Honda to the body could not have felt good.
After the TMC and Skullcandy headphones were awarded to MSR, it was time for a celebration that continued into the night. This year's Industry Cup podium was rounded out by MTA/EKS Brand in third and FMF Racing in second. Lil' D is promising redemption in 2013, as FMF as finished second place all three years the event has taken place.
When the team manager spot for MSR opened up, Nick Wey jumped in and coached the team like a Denzel Washington movie character. NYK may have found his calling when it is time to hang up his boots.
With the day's riding complete, everyone crowded around for some Farmer John sausages and cold bevys.
We gave our November cover star, Megan Belet, 300 posters to sign and give away at Saturday's SLAM. Within a short time, they were gone and she was on her way to a Formula Drift race.
Yamaha and Motoventures took over Lake Elsinore's mini track and taught the next generation the basics of riding. With bikes and gear provided, there was a steady flow of new riders going in and out of the track.
Fans were treated to two freestyle demos at the Rockstar Energy Metal Mulisha compound, courtesy of Robby Bell, Jimmy Fitzpatrick, and Derek Garland. What would a moto event be without FMX?
Answer Racing showed up with cases of blank white t's, a few cans of spray paint, and cardboard stencils for fans to create their own "ANSR" shirts. Best believe we made our own…
John Burr Cycles brought out a good chunk of their inventory to sell at cut prices to the masses at the SLAM.
Ana Cheri brought a certain level of "amazing" to our weekend. We promise she will show up more in the coming pages.
With its highlighter yellow and blue accents, Ryan Hughes' custom painted Fox V4 was hard not to run off with. But then we remembered it was Ryno's and that he would probably chase us down and smear us across the parking lot for it.
Coming off his summer of money and solid run at the Lake Elsinore National, Austin Politelli was on the gate for the SLAM Pro race. Paired with Justin Bogle in the first round, Politelli's day ended rather quickly, but not before the SoCal youngster blazed a few quick laps.
Christian Craig showed up with his 2013 number and laid waste to the track in timed qualifying, where he posted a 1:06.1 lap time. His luck would end in the first race when he stalled his Honda and Deitrich blasted away. It’s a shame, because the purple/yellow gear would have made a sick cover.
In the combined practice/qualifying session, Mike Sleeter's KTM tossed a chain. With no quick time on the charts or a second chance to redeem himself, Sleeter's day was over.
Nate Hawley of DC Shoes wins this week's Cool Dad Award.
It had been some time since Ricky Dietrich had raced, but when the chance to race the SLAM came up, he pulled together his resources and made a bid for the five G's. He has only thrown his leg over the bike a handful of time over the past year, but his pace on Saturday showed that once you have "it," you never really lose it.
Matt Goerke committed to the event before taking delivery of a new Bulter Brothers/BTO Sports KTM, but he was on point come race day. Had it not been for tweaked handlebars after the contact and crash with Ryan Hughes, Goerke could have been a threat in the later rounds.
Even after both Hughes and Goerke hit the ground in the first turn, their battle raged on until the final flag. Goerke was not pleased with the incident, as his fevered sprint after his aggressor showed.
We hold up our promises.
Hughes and Justin Bogle met in the semi-finals, and it was all business between the two racers while they waited on the line. Bogle got the jump and early lead, which ended the race almost as quickly as it started.
Lucas Mirtl, a co-owner of the Jeff Ward Racing operation, called Kyle Chisholm the night before the SLAM and said to be ready to race on Saturday. Chizz cancelled his golfing plans and got up to the final round, where he finished a close second to Bogle. KC will race this weekend's Monster Cup for JWR, but after that his contract options are in the air.
This is what happens when you win.
To promote their new Vapor line, ONE Industries invited 10 riders to the SLAM and had them test their old gear and the new lightweight products back-to-back.
Every racer we talked to said that the new jersey, pant, and glove made it feel like they were riding in almost nothing.
Unit pretty much brought out their office for their display on vendors row. Check back in just a few for a few house call at their San Clemente HQ.
Arnette switched up the basics of cornhole with their logo and offered those skilled enough to get a beanbag through the small hole. It was much harder than it looked.
For months, Swap has had a pair of mystery black bars on his 450, which turned out to be the early versions of ODI's newest product. The bars are no longer reserved for just editors, as ODI is now taking preorders.
MagnaFlow loves moto and moto loves them back. Their setup at the SLAM was unrivaled and they topped it off with a full custom exhaust giveaway to one lucky winner.
You'll never huck the massive spotlight transfers or even do a nose wheelie like Kevin Windham, but the dudes at Pro Taper let you comes as close as you'll get with their photo booth.
We talked with Fox Racing's Warren Johnson for hours last Thursday at Fox's Irivne offices, and the interview from the day will come out tomorrow. One of the biggest points of Fox's product line is the Instinct boot, as their display of prototypes showed Saturday.
We frequented the Hooters' booth on Saturday, as the girls were willing assistants in the "#wheresanton" scavenger hunt we ran on Instagram.
The basis for the scavenger hunt was simple: our Online Editor would hide a product somewhere on vendors row then Instagram shot of its location. First to find whatever we put out, including Skullcandy headphones, FMF apparel, and MEC tickets, took home the prize. This guy was one of the many to rake in the prizes.
Maxima Racing Oils and John Burr Cycles offered free oil changes to anyone that came by the booth with their bikes. This alone was worth the price of admission. Wait, admission was free, too. So, this was better than free? We're confused, but simply put, this kicked ass.
With a table full of sizes to pick from, riders could swap their lid for a demo of the Bell Moto9.
The recent release of Moto9's includes the new carbon offering. In the sunlight, the weave looked like art.
After a period of silence, Bill's Pipes is back to making noise. The Corona-based exhaust brand has complete systems for both two and four-strokes, and may be working with a race team for 2013.
If you left the SLAM empty handed, it is no one's fault but your own. Nearly every vendor had giveaways or raffles for product, such as this brand-new ALS helmet JT Racing had up for grabs.
Exhaust for the duals on Honda's CRF450R are hitting the marketplace, and all look remarkably trick. Here are the FMF units that MC helped put through the paces.
It's no secret that the moto world loves Mandingo Pickles, the Owasso, Michigan, company owned by "Big Nasty's" family, but shipping them cross-country is a pricy affair. Well, we on the West Coast are lucky as numerous small stores in Orange County now stock the slices.
Deft Family is about to blow up. Come spring, they will have a line with DC Shoes, a fresh line of apparel, and are expected to be in mass retailers nationwide. We are thinking about cashing in our 401k's and buying in. Nate, any room left on the board of directors?
With Wey out of Supercross and his dill empire growing, Big Nasty is at a crossroads. But no matter what happens, we want one of those sweatshirts.
It's a "J" and an "E."
Every time the MSR team hit the track, they were decked in fresh gear complete with number ones. Makes sense, since they are a gear brand, but damn boys.
DRD has a set of all-carbon NS-4 cans ready for the CRF450R.
Few races allow guys like Emig and Troy Lee the chance to line-up, and we are glad to be one of them.
Mike Fisher is the man behind Mandingo Pickles’ West Coast expansion. Cases of the jars ship cross-country and the former team manager handles distribution in CA.
The guys from LoudMouth MX made the trek all the way from Florida to take part in this year’s SLAM Fest.
Our Sales Manager Forrest Hayashi was armed with a camera of his own and wandered the facility for even more photos.