Georgia GNCC, AMA West Hare Scrambles, Stewart Talks Detroit Win, Concho Enduro Preview, WORCS Round #3, and a Look At The 2014 Yamaha Extremely Tenere! – The Weekly Dust: March 19, 2014

By the DR Staff

Welcome to Weekly Dirt, your place on the Internet for off-road news through around the world. This week we check in for the General GNCC, the AMA Western Hare Scrambles, round three from the WORCS series, and James Stewart talks about tying Ricky Carmichael intended for second on the all-time supercross is victorious list. We also take a look at this weekend’s national enduro in Tx. There’s plenty to talk about, so let us get going.


James Stewart Talks About His Supercross Win In Detroit

James Stewart walking on track

James Stewart claimed his third win of the season and tied Ricky Carmichael for second for the all-time Supercross wins list. Picture By Shan Moore

James Stewart finally cast off the bad luck that’s been plaguing your pet the last few weeks and came aside with a big win at this weekend’s Monster Energy AMA Supercross in Detroit’s Ford Field. The win was the Yoshimura Suzuki rider’s third of the year and the 48th associated with his career win, tying your pet with Ricky Carmichael for second on the all-time supercross wins listing behind Jeremy McGrath.

“I had a great night, ” said Stewart. “I was able to get a victory and we didn’t have any kind of weird situations. This is the first time all of us haven’t been down on the first lap in three races and it seems good. I really felt like we improved and better all day, and then in the main event, we really nailed it. It had been great to tie a legend like Ricky Carmichael for second on the all-time wins list and now we’ll come back for Toronto and see what we can do up there. ”

Not wanting to go down on the first lap again, Stewart took it easy on the initial lap.

“On the beginning, I got a great jump and then I believe I checked up too much entering the first corner, ” said Stewart. “Guys were going down and after a person hit the deck on the initial lap for the last three weeks, my guys were telling me to stay upright on the first lap and am might be alright. I did that and it worked out for us. ”

With the slippery conditions the tracks have been presenting the riders using year, most of the teams have been struggling to find a good setup, which Stewart confesses is the key to success.

“The last two weeks I think all of us kind of missed the setup for your main event, ” said Stewart. “And this week we kind of struggled earlier, and I told the guys we gotta get it, and we made some modifications and we got it right for the main event. ”

The success also moved Stewart back up to third in the overall championship points, although he’s still 49 highlights of first.

“A win always helps the inspiration and we’ve got six weeks remaining and I’ll see if I can get second in the points and break this tie with Ricky then we’ll get ready for outdoors, ” mentioned Stewart. “My season has been pretty solid so far and I feel I am riding the best I’ve ever ridden, it just sucks to type of run into bad luck. This shows basically can get a good start I can win competitions. ”


Charlie Mullins Looking To Carry Momentum Into Tx

Mullins riding across wooden bridge

Right after dominating the opening round from the Kenda AMA National Enduro Collection in South Carolina, Charlie Mullins is certainly hoping to take another win this weekend in Texas. Photo Simply by Shan Moore

Charlie Mullins is hoping to start a string of victories in the 2014 Kenda AMA National Enduro Collection just like he did last year whenever he won eight of the 10 rounds on the schedule en route to last year’s title. After winning the particular 2014 series opener in South Carolina at the start of this month, the FMF/KTM rider will now carry that energy into round two of the series in Blackwell, Texas, where he’ll try to extend his points lead in the series standings at the Concho National Enduro, and take home a large chunk of the $3000 Pro Handbag offered by Enduro Engineering.

The Concho Enduro is a pretty cool venue, as far as off-road race is concerned. It’s held at a unique venue in that its located on the picturesque 5000-acre private exotic animal ranch, where you can see long car horn sheep, Giraffe, Bison, and other rare animals, wandering around the ranch.

As far as the conditions, the particular course will be fast, dry and slick, and last year’s champion Andrew DeLong will be looking to repeat that performance on his new factory Husqvarna, although he will have to deal with Mullins and a few other go-fasters like Round One runner-up Jesse Groemm, who claimed a test win on his Maxxis/KLIM/DirtWise KTM at the Sandlapper.

You can not rule out Steward Baylor, either, the particular FMF/KTM rider spent all of this past year recovering from a wrist injury but nevertheless finished third in South Carolina in his first big race back. In Texas, he’ll be looking to improve on that finsh. Meanwhile, eight-time Nationwide Enduro Champ Mike Lafferty will be gunning for a top spot as well, and was running a solid third at the series opener when he or she lost track of the course and gave up considerable time finding his method. The FMF/KTM rider ended the afternoon in fourth and you can be sure “Junior” will settle for nothing less than a podium in Texas.

AirGroup Racing’s Nick Fahringer, who was second overall in last year’s series, will be looking to get back on the podium after barely missing it in South Carolina. Last year, Fahringer logged eight podiums and is one of the most consistent from the top 10.

Brad Bakken is a Virginia Hare Scrambles champ and excels on fast programs, so look for the Am Professional Yamaha rider to be near the the top of results on his YZ250F.

Be sure to check back here next week to see photos and results from the Concho Enduro.


Kailub Russell Wins Muddy GNCC In Georgia

Russell covered in mud

Kailub Russell came out on top of a muddy race in Georgia at round two of the GNCC series. Picture Courtesy Ken Hill/GNCC

Heavy rainfall saturated Aonia Pass MX Park in Washington, Georgia, creating extreme conditions intended for round two of the 2014 AMSOIL Grand National Cross Country Series, making the afternoon race to be reduced to two hours. Reigning champ Kailub Russell emerged victorious right after battling it out for the overall lead with defending XC2 Pro Lites Champion Grant Baylor in the last moments of the race.

Russell wasn’ t out front side for much of the race, however the Factory/FMF/KTM rider pulled it together in the end to secure the overall win and gain thirty points towards the championship chase. It wasn’ t without a fight from his KTM teammate and XC2 Pro Lites driver Grant Baylor, however , who rapidly joined the overall battle on altered time. Since the second row takes off approximately one minute behind the XC1 Class, perhaps Baylor had an advantage in making his way through the group.

Despite a valiant effort from the second row, Give Baylor missed the overall victory simply by only four seconds after time adjustment.

AmPro Yamaha’s Jordan Ashburn finished the race in third, with Rocky Hill ATV/MC’ s Josh Strang in fourth AmPro Yamaha’s Paul Whibley in fifth. Series points chief Charlie Mullins suffered problems within the mud and finished the race in sixth.

It had been a tough fay for both the Factory Husqvarna ride of Andrew Delong and RideMPS. com/AMSOIL/Honda’ s Thad DuVall, as both riders experienced mechanised issues early in the race. DuVall was able to complete one of five laps, while Delong’ s day has been over before the first lap has been complete.


Bell Helmets Hooks Up With Hookit

In an effort to broaden its ongoing reference to the core amateur riding local community, Bell Helmets is extending the program to include Hookit, providing the online service provider an increased level of management obligation over its ongoing motocross hobbyist sponsorship program.

Hookit will emphasize critical rider education regarding the importance of helmet design and ultimately helmet safety. Hookit will give you amateur athletes with a direct link with Bell and the opportunity to be subsidized by the brand and enjoy unique advantages and access to Bell’s premium moto and off-road helmet, the Moto-9, among other Bell products. With regard to sponsorship opportunities, riders are questioned to submit their resumes to Hookit, at which point they will be evaluated and ranked, prior to being presented to Bell.

The Hookit marketing platform provides solutions intended for brands looking to extend their achieve through loyalty programs and sportsman management programs. Brands can connect directly with their target customers, prize their biggest influencers, and provide special offers, pro-forms or incentives.

View the Hookit program right here: hookit. com/bellhelmets/

See Bell’s lineup of helmet offerings right here: bellhelmets. com


Second Annual King of the Hill Hard Enduro

riders with smoking bikes

The second annual King of the Slope Hard Enduro was a tough 1, to say the least. Photo Courtesy Marek Vincik / Paul Mos – ZonaEnduro. ro

Muddy, tricky and getting lost. That’s just how one competitor described the second release of the King of the Hill Hard Enduro in Romania. You can check it out for yourself in this video through ZonaEnduro. ro. http://youtu.be/Z3Dr3ls_6Vk

—Shan Moore


2014 Extremely Tenere

right side view of Yamaha Super Tenere

Meet the 2014 Super Tenere. Picture Courtesy Yamaha

right side view of Super Tenere ES

Here’s a look at the particular 2014 Super Tenere ES. Picture Courtesy Yamaha

The latest release to the 2014 Yamaha line-up is the slightly changed Extremely Tenere and Super Tenere SERA. Exterior enhancements include LED-style turn signals and a multi-function meter which is claimed to be easier to read and operate. Yamaha also added the navigation mount bar, making it easier for riders to bring along their GPS.

Another added function is cruise control, joining the particular already standard ABS and Yamaha’s fly-by-wire YCC-T throttle. The two throttle maps (Drive Mode) were tweaked to have greater disparity between the ‘T’ and ‘S’ settings.

Yamaha also reshaped the windscreen and it can now be adjusted in four different positions, without the need of a tool. The handlebar position is now pulled back 10mm closer to the rider and moved up 10mm.

The 1199cc parallel twin water cooled engine gets a slight boost of 2 horsepower and one 5 ft/lbs of torque. Giving it more get-up-and-go and adding more excitement. It will probably be available in April in two colors – Team Yamaha Blue and Matte Grey/Matte Black. The MSRP is listed at $15, 090.

2014 Extremely Tenere ES

The Super Tenere ES (a more premium model with all the same features of the base model) now comes with digital suspension and heated grips. The suspension system allows you to electronically adjust the particular performance of the suspension with a push of a button. It usese four pre-lead settings, three damping modes, and seven added damping fine-tuning settings, totaling of 84 degrees of adjustment. The heated grips function three settings. The ES is available in Matte Grey/Matte Black and its MSRP is listed at $16, 190. It will also be available in April.

SPECIFICATIONS



























Model XT1200Z
Engine Type 1199cc, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke 2-cylinder DOHC
Bore by Stroke 98. zero x 79. 5mm
Compression Ratio 11. 0: 1
Fuel Shipping Fuel Injection along with YCC-T
Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission Continuous mesh; 6-speed
Final Drive Shaft
Suspension/Front Telescopic shell, 43mm tube, adjustable preload, data compresion and rebound damping, 7. 5-in travel
Suspension/Rear Monoshock, adjustable preload and rebound damping, 7. 5-in travel
Brakes/Front Dual 310mm hydraulic disc, ABS/Unified Brake mechanism
Brakes/Rear 282mm single disc
Tires/Front 110/80R19M/C 59V
Tires/Rear 150/70R17M/C 69V
L x Watts x H 88. 8 x 38. 6 by 55. 5 in
Seat Height 33. 3 or thirty four. 3 in
Wheelbase 60. 6 in
Rake (Caster Angle) 28. 0º
Trail 5 in
Fuel Capacity 6. 0 gal
*Est. Fuel Economy 40 mpg
**Wet Bodyweight 578 lb
Color Team Yamaha Blue; Dull Grey/Matte Black

—Adam Presentation area


Gary Sutherlin Three For Three In WORCS, Bonita Bags First AMA West HS Win

Gary Sutherlin stretched his win streak to three in the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS) after first battling with fellow KTM rider Eric Yorba and afterwards with former WORCS champ Ricky Dietrich.

In the end, though, Sutherlin re-passed AE/RPM Racing KTM’s Dietrich and sped to a comfortable 34 seconds over R & D Motorsports Kawasaki-mounted Bobby Bonds, with Dietrich settling for third, another 36 seconds back right after about an hour and 45 minutes of race on the notoriously rough Lake Havasu, Arizona, course with temperatures within the low 90s. FMF/RPM Racing/Bonanza Plumbing KTM’s Justin Jones finished fourth with defending series champ Robby Bell fifth on his THR Motorsports/Monster Energy/Precision Concepts Kawasaki as he continues to recover from being landed on in Glen Helen a couple weeks ago.

Thanks to his three is victorious in a row, Sutherlin enjoys a great lead in points and, after some help now from KTM, he is decided to chase the WORCS championship instead of just fitting it in whenever he can.

Meanwhile, at The Ranch in Anza, California, FMF/Klim KTM’s Justin Bonita picked up their first win in the AMA Western Hare Scrambles Championship Series over points leader Jacob Argubright who was second for the second round inside a row. The race was concurrently round four of the hare scrambles series and round one of the Get-Xtr-Eme Motorcycle Endurance Racing Series.

Bel-Ray/FMF/Moose Husqvarna’s Argubright hopped out to a big lead at first, but Bonita chipped away and after an hour or so and a half of racing, finally obtained by for the lead. The North California native appeared far more comfortable in the tight-ish manzanita compared to wilderness specialist Argubright who longed to get more rocks. Still, second keeps your pet comfortably atop the AMA series points standings.

Two-stroke Pro winner Ryan Kudla curved on the podium on his 3 Siblings KTM followed by 250cc A winner Computer chip Stover and Vet A winner Morgan Crawford.

The Mint 400 is one of the oldest and most famous desert races in the U. S i9000., but it’s been a while since bikes have run it.

Still, that doesn’t keep former dirt riding champs through taking part in the rough and messy event south of Las Vegas.

Among the hundreds of competitors, Travis Pastrana finished fourth overall within the marquee Trick Truck division as he continues to recover from a broken leg. He was less than a minute from the podium.

Seventeen moments behind Pastrana for fifth Technique Truck and fifth overall has been Larry Roeseler, who partnered along with longtime teammate Troy Herbst in another Ford. — Indicate Kariya

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


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