Escasa 1000, Liverpool SuperEnduro, Roof associated with Africa! – The Weekly Grime: November 20, 2013 – Within the Weekly Dirt, we recap the Baja 1000, SuperEnduro & Roofing of Africa Previews.

By the DR Staff

Welcome to Weekly Dirt, your house on the Internet for off-road news from around the world. This week we recap the Baja 1000, and take a look at this weekend’s SuperEnduro opener in Gatwick, England, as well as the Roof of The african continent. There’s plenty to talk about, so let us get to it.


Escasa 1000—The Other Story

JCR Honda’s David Kamo holds a slim 21-second lead over Ivan Ramirez just over 700 miles into the Baja 1000. Despite a crash by teammate Colton Udall less than 100 miles from the finish, the Honda team would win its 17th consecutive 1000. Photo By Mark Kariya

JCR Honda’s Brian Kamo holds a slim 21-second lead over Ivan Ramirez approximately 700 miles into the Baja 1000. Despite a crash by teammate Colton Udall less than 100 miles through the finish, the Honda team would certainly win its 17th consecutive 1000. Photo By Mark Kariya

Shane Esposito and teammates Francisco Arredondo/Ryan Dudek/Chris Haines/Scott Myers/Brian Pinard led Class 30 from the moment the green flag flew on Thursday night to the finish the next evening, finishing third bike overall. Photo By Mark Kariya

Shane Esposito and teammates Francisco Arredondo/Ryan Dudek/Chris Haines/Scott Myers/Brian Pinard led Class 30 from the moment the green flag flew on Thursday night to the finish the next evening, finishing third bike general. Photo By Mark Kariya

Alexander Smith beings his long journey. In a race with heavy attrition, he survived best to win the inaugural SCORE Ironman class. In fact, he was the only finisher out of nine starters in the class, though his time of 27:04:50 bested that of more than a few teams. Photo By Mark Kariya

Alexander Smith beings his long journey. In a race with heavy attrition, he survived best to win the inaugural SCORE Ironman class. In fact , he was the just finisher out of nine starters within the class, though his time of 27: 04: 50 bested that of more than a few teams. Photo By Mark Kariya

By now, everybody should know the tragic news regarding Kurt Caselli’s death at the 46th Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, but there was plenty of good racing before that.

The first-ever night start demanded a complete rethink in strategy, for starters. The most likely contenders for the win–defending race a string champs Johnny Campbell Racing/Rockstar Energy/Lucas Oil Honda, FMF/Bonanza Plumbing KTM and THR Motorsports/Monster Energy/Precision Principles Kawasaki–would have to do without air support for about seven hours.

There was also the matter of being qualified for starting position, another very first for SCORE when it comes to the bicycles and ATVs. Instead of random sketching for start order, the fastest qualifier earned the first start implemented in order by the next quickest.

That, of course , suited Caselli perfectly, and he blitzed it as though it were an ISDE particular test. JCR’s Colton Udall was only two seconds back, nevertheless , with THR’s David Pearson 12 seconds behind Udall in 3rd. Class 30 standout Shane Esposito completed qualifying nine seconds back again of that for the fourth spot with Class 22 hopeful Justin Morgan fifth, another six seconds within arrears.

Fog started rolling into Ensenada early on competition night last Thursday, a fairly normal occurrence in the seaside city, so it wasn’t surprising to see Caselli spin and rewrite and go sideways when he or she dropped the clutch on the slick Boulevard Costero blacktop where SCORE’s start/finish area is located.

From the outset, the darkness plus lack of helicopters keeping watch over didn’t seem to keep the leading opportunities from pushing the pace, which, predictably, led to a few bobbles. The Kawasaki ran out of fuel, making Pearson to push it within the sand until a spectator showed up and siphoned enough gas to get him to get to the next pit. That will put them quite a way behind within third with the race now between KTM and Honda.

Udall took a huge chunk from the night section yet he still managed to reel in and pass Kendall Norman who’d taken the KTM shortly before the infamous San Felipe whoops area. But there was no running away and only a few minutes separated the two teams as they raced towards the south end from the course and daylight near Este Crucero.

“Our strategy for the racers and the team is definitely, we don’t need to win this in the first 250 miles at nighttime, ” JCR Honda’s Johnny Campbell said a few hours before the start. “We just need to be in it, then when this gets light, we’ve still obtained a Baja 500 to competition, ” he laughed.

The teams couldn’t have been a lot more evenly matched, and they tossed the lead back and forth many times both at night and as the sun came up again. KTM’s Caselli, Norman, Mike Dark brown and Ivan Ramirez couldn’t wring the steady Honda trio associated with Udall, David Kamo and Mark Samuels. (Rider of Record Timmy Weigand had crashed while pre-running and Team Owner Johnny Campbell needed to do some juggling of staff to come up with a viable plan since Weigand was only able to ride the last few hundred yards at the finish in order to earn points, SCORE rules stipulating the RoR must possibly start or finish the competition to get points. )

Caselli got on for the last leg of less than 100 mls with the physical lead, Udall working second, though Caselli was not able to complete the race, Honda successful the race for the 17th amount of time in a row and 24th period overall. As testament to the severity of the course, the speed average the winners averaged was lower-than-usual 47. 8 miles per hour after completing the 883 miles in eighteen hours, 29 minutes and 14 seconds.

Despite the energy issue and Bell later a crash hard enough to take him out of basically the final yards to the finish–similar in order to Weigand and something that forced an on-the-fly juggling that included getting the injured Steve Hengeveld to sagging out of their helicopter and trip the pretzeled KX450F over one hundred miles of unfamiliar and unpleasant race course to the next rider alter. That the Bell/Hengeveld/Pearson/Ricky Brabec/Taylor Robert group still claimed second validates the concept “hang in there! ”

The Esposito/Francisco Arredondo/Ryan Dudek/Chris Haines/Scott Myers/Brian Pinard team led Class 30 from start to finish within an uneventful run to third overall.

In other news, the Components Unlimited Off-road Motorcycle and ATV (OMA) Nationals round in Sturgis, South Dakota, next year is a go! Though there isn’t much flexibility in scheduling due to the annual easy riding bike rally in the summer, OMA staff is attempting to work out a conflict with the AMA National Enduro Series. And to pick up interest for Pros, there’ll be considered a $10, 000 purse! —Mark Kariya


R. I. P. Ryan Longstreth

Ryan Longstreth

We are deeply saddened to report the passing of Ryan Longstreth, Cycra’s longtime brand manager and buddy to many in the industry, as the result of a street bike accident on Sunday November 16th in Ohio. Ryan collided with an animal that was crossing the road along the highway. He was 38 years old and had been involved in the motocross industry for nearly twenty years. Longstreth is survived by his wife Harmony and his daughter Morgan.

“I have known Ryan for many years as he would come out to California with Michael Willard and stay at my house. I got to know Ryan during this time and he was so interested in the sport of motocross. He was always looking out for his friends and am remember specifically he always took the time to talk to everyone that came up to him. He was a great man and a great friend”. —Kris Keefer


Rocky Mountain ATV/MC Announces Ticket to Ride Giveaway at the AMSOIL GNCC Honours Banquet

Rocky Hill ATV/MC is offering a unique (and fairly cool! ) giveaway to be awarded the upcoming GNCC racing 2013 Awards Banquet. It’s called the Window of Ride giveaway and it will be awarded at random from a pool of qualified riders. This includes the top 10 riders in each PM class along with select upper-level AM classes. For the Friday banquet, it also includes the XC1, XC2 and XC3 UTV classes. Two winners will be selected each night for a total of four winners. Each will be invited to create along a guest for a special riding excursion with the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC crew. Winners from the Friday banquet (ATV) will enjoy traversing the slick rock trails of Moab, Utah in UTVs. Winners from the Sunday banquet (motorcycle) will navigate the San Rafael Swell in southern Utah. Winners must be present in their respective banquet in order to earn.
The Window of Ride giveaway is definitely sure be an exciting event plus enhance the GNCC experience for all involved.


Taddy Blazusiak Tops SuperEnduro Opener

Taddy Blazusiak kicked off the FIM SuperEnduro Series off with a win. Photo Courtesy Jonty Edmunds/Red Bull Images

Taddy Blazusiak kicked from the FIM SuperEnduro Series off using a win. Photo Courtesy Jonty Edmunds/Red Bull Images

Taddy Blazusiak swept all three main events en route to a perfect start to his title defense at the starting round of the 2014 FIM SuperEnduro World Championships in Liverpool, Britain. The KTM Enduro Factory Team rider also topped the Super Pole qualification session at the start from the event, completing his domination from the race, which was held before a packed house in Echo Market.

Fresh off his victory at the penultimate round from the AMA EnduroCross series in Boise, Idaho, Blazusiak secured first choose for the start and took an internal gate position for Final #1. The KTM rider then grabbed the all-important holeshot before pulling away to a comfortable start-to-finish triumph.

With the start purchase reversed for Final #2, the defending champion opted to start on the outside of the second row. Finding a obvious piece of track, Blazusiak immediately worked his way inside the top three. Hunting down race leader Dani Gibert, Blazusiak made a pass stick on the next-to-last lap to take his second win of the evening.

Taking the holeshot in the 3rd and final race of the evening, Blazusiak avoided trouble and reduced his way to a third victory. Securing maximum points – including an extra three points for topping the Super Pole – Blazusiak left Liverpool with an 18-point advantage over his nearest rival.

“It’s been an incredible start to the SuperEnduro championship for me, ” mentioned Blazusiak. “Winning all three races and also topping the Super Pole has been better than I expected. In practice I was worried about my results when i struggled to find a good setup. The course was very technical and hard to find a good line on. I knew my starts would be vitally important and tonight they didn’t let me down. I holeshot the first and final races and once out front I had been pretty comfortable setting the speed. In Final #2 I in some way managed to find a few clear outlines and get to the front of the group. I got into the lead with regarding two laps to go and was able to win. Overall, I’m really happy with how I rode tonight. ”

Second overall went to recently signed Sherco rider David Knight, who finished second, fifth plus second in the three races. Knighter led briefly during the opening main event, after passing Blazusiak for the lead. However , the Polish rider was quick to regain the lead, while Knight held on to get second.

Third general went to factory Husaberg rider Dani Ginert, who went third, second, seventh in the three races.

Meanwhile, fourth was Alfredo Gomez, who made his first appearance ride aboard the new Husqvarna a solid one. Recently returned from his busy schedule of Hard Enduro, the Spaniard felt a little underprepared but quickly got up to speed. Fourteenth in qualification, Gomez rapidly improved to place fifth in Final #1. Benefitting from a front row start for Final #2, the Bel-Ray Husqvarna Enduro Factory rider ended it in third. Fifth within the third and final race from the night ensured Gomez fourth general at round one.

American Cody Webb was fifth, by virtue of a fourth within the first main and a pair of sixth place finishes in the next two races.

2013 Gatwick SuperEnduro Results:
1 . Taddy Blazusiak (1-1-1)
2 . David Knight (2-5-2)
3 or more. Daniel Gibert (3-2-7)
four. Alfred Gomez (5-3-5)
five. Cody Webb (4-6-6)


Graham Jarvis Wins Roof Associated with Africa

Graham Jarvis took the Roof of Africa win this weekend. Photo Courtesy Enduro World Magazine SA

Graham Jarvis took the Roof associated with Africa win this weekend. Photo Courtesy Enduro World Magazine SA

With the three-day race hit by heavy rain on days two and three, it was Graham Jarvis that greatest mastered the treacherous conditions to consider the victory at the Roof associated with Africa in Lesotho, South Africa.

On 1 it was Jarvis’ teammate Altus De Wet that claimed an early lead in the event. Topping the traditional ‘Round the Houses’ prologue and then edging out there Jarvis by 13 seconds within the afternoon time trial, De Damp looked favorite to challenge the Brit for victory.

But with day two bringing rain, Jarvis soon forged ahead in the Husqvarna FE 250 as De Wet unfortunately ran into difficulty. However , with navigation proving difficult, the Brit narrowly missed out on a GPS route marker and was penalised three minutes.

Entering the third and final time of the race Jarvis got off to a determined start. Revelling within the incredibly muddy and slippery situations, he delivered a master class of Hard Enduro riding.

Catching and passing early race leader Chris Birch as they entered the Mokopu Pass climb, Jarvis was already 25 minutes clear of his rival as they reached the summit. Continuing his unrelenting speed – despite the heavy rain – he crossed the finish line on Bushman’s Pass with an incredible 59-minute margin of victory.

After a promising start to day one, De Wet ran into trouble throughout the final two days of competition plus slipped back to seventh.

Results – 2013 Roofing of Africa Hard Enduro
1 . Graham Jarvis (Bel Ray Husqvarna Extreme) 13: 56: 00; 2 . Chris Birch (KTM) 14: 54: 55; 3. Scott Bouverie (KTM) 15: 32: forty-nine; 4. Blake Gutzeit (Sherco) fifteen: 38: 34; 5. Ben Hemingway (Beta) 15: 57: 54; six. Kenny Gilbert (Yamaha) 16: twenty two: 37; 7. Altus De Damp (Husqvarna) 16: 43: 54.


David Knight Confirmed With this Weekend’s EnduroCross Series Finale

David Knight will fall into line in Las Vegas to compete within the GEICO AMA EnduroCross Finals, fueled by Monster Energy on Sunday, on November 23rd riding a Sherco for Sherco Offroad ALL OF US. The last time Knight competed within an AMA EnduroCross was the 2007 Las Vegas finals and although he clinched the championship that night, he or she was somewhat overshadowed by an EnduroCross first timer named Taddy Blazusiak. Knight was the 2005 plus 2007 EnduroCross Champion.

If you’re not able to make the race in person, you will be able to catch all of the activity via a live online broadcast. EnduroCross fans will be able to access the displays via the www.EnduroCross.com or the Motor Trend YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/MotorTrend?feature=watch. The racing activity will start at 8: 00 EVENING PST.

You can follow the live timing plus scoring at this link: http://endurocross.tracksideresults.com/liveresults.asp

For more information, please visit www.EnduroCross.com. —Shan Moore

That is all for this week, be sure to check in next week for more news from the rough-road world.


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