JCR Pulls Out Of Baja, Bell To SX, Arrive-n-Ride Goes National Enduro, Plessinger Talks AX Win! – The Weekly Dirt: January 15, 2014

From the DR Staff

Joyful New Year and welcome to Every week Dirt, your place on the Internet for off-road news from around the world. This week Indicate Kariya brings us an update within the JCR situation, we talk to Aaron Plessinger, and an update on Zach Bell. There’s plenty to speak about, so let’s get going.


Bell Out For Anaheim Two

Zach Bell broke his collarbone in practice at the Phoenix Supercross. Photo By Shan Moore

Zach Bell broke his collarbone in practice on the Phoenix Supercross. Photo By Shan Moore

The particular Phoenix round of the Monster Power AMA Supercross series was a bummer for Zach Bell, who went down early in practice and broke his collarbone in three places. The particular GEICO Honda rider underwent surgery on Sunday and is expected to miss the entire Western Region Supercross time of year.


KR4 Performance Arrive-n-Ride Coming To National Enduro

Ian Blythe will be riding a KTM with the KTM KR4 Performance Arrive-n-Ride program in 2014 national enduros. Photo By Shan Moore

Ian Blythe is going to be riding a KTM with the KTM KR4 Performance Arrive-n-Ride program within 2014 national enduros. Photo By Shan Moore

KR4 Performance is taking its Arrive-n-Ride program to the National Enduro Championship series in 2014 and Colorado’s Ian Blythe and Idaho’s Jubal Brown are the first 2 riders signed up. Blythe will be contending in the Pro division on a KTM 350XCF for the KR4 Arrive-n-Ride National Enduro Team, and Brown will contest the Open A division aboard Honda equipment. Both cyclists will be contesting the entire 10 circular season.

Right now, KR4 is looking for more participants. The KR4 Arrive-n-Ride Program gives you or your racer a true “factory ride! ” We handle the logistics and take all of the hassle out of getting to the races; your bike can be expertly prepped, your gear is clean and waiting, and our competent trackside crew is ready to give you the give you support need to perform at your best. All you have to to do is fly in and race!


Stewart’s Cover

James Stewart’s Bell helmet reflects his passion for golf. Photo By Shan Moore

James Stewart’s Bell helmet reflects his passion for golf. Photo By Shan Moore

You might have noticed a familiar logo design on the back of James Stewart’s Bell helmet at one of the first 2 rounds of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series. If you look carefully, you will see his last name is written in the same script and style as the iconic Titleist Golf logo design. The helmet was painted by Troy Lee and also sports ball “dimples” across the back.


Plessinger Aiming For Supercross With AX Win

Aaron Plessinger took the overall win last Saturday at the Baltimore round of the AMSOIL Arenacross Series. Photo Courtesy Shift One Photography

Aaron Plessinger took the overall earn last Saturday at the Baltimore circular of the AMSOIL Arenacross Series. Photo Courtesy Shift One Photography

Former amateur outstanding and GNCC competitor Aaron Plessinger (yes, the son of Scott Plessinger), took a surprise win only at that past weekend’s round of the the particular 2014 AMSOIL Arenacross Series, featuring Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross, in Baltimore, Maryland.

In his first-ever Pro Arenacross race, the MyPlash/Star Racing Yamaha-backed driver won the first main event on Fri, beating some of the top AX cyclists in the business. Plessinger finished fourth within the second main event, giving him 3rd overall. On Saturday, the Atlanta rider went 4-1 in the 2 main events to take the overall earn.

“It surprised me for sure, ” said Plessinger. “I was going in there thinking a highly regarded seven or top five would be good, but then to win it was a big surprise, I was really stoked. ”

Plessinger will ride this weekend’s race two a lot more round (Louisville, Kentucky and Greensboro, North Carolina) so he can get his pro card for Supercross.


MX For Children Supercross Makeover

Feld Motor Sports and MX pertaining to Children has announced the MX for Children Supercross Dream Space Makeover, a new charity event pertaining to 2014 that will coincide with the Seattle stop of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Tournament, on April 12. This collaborative effort between Feld Motor Sports and MX for Children will enhance the quality of life for a chronically sick child who is also a fan associated with Monster Energy Supercross. One kid will be selected to receive a complete bedroom makeover themed with Monster Power Supercross scenes and paraphernalia.

Volunteers will work to design and build the Monster Energy Supercross-themed bedroom before the stop at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field.

The selected child will be interviewed by local media during the week prior to Seattle Supercross (April 7) and will be offered an opportunity to participate in MX for Children’s Inside Line Experience. MX pertaining to Children and Feld Motor Sports believe this effort will bring joy and excitement into the life of the sick child in the Seattle area.

MX for Children’s Inside Line Experience is a Creature Energy Supercross exclusive with a unique, multi-day behind the scenes look at the sport. The particular Dream Room Makeover recipient will participate in a “Meet and Greet” with top Monster Energy Supercross racers in a private, informal atmosphere for autographs and pictures. On race day, the selected child will tour factory rigs, walk the particular Monster Energy Supercross track and enjoy the race with great seats! —Shan Moore


Dakar Update, JCR Honda Calls It Quits Within Baja

KTM technicians turn their attention to Dakar leader Marc Coma’s bike after winning stage nine and maintaining an overall lead of nearly 40 minutes as he seeks his fourth Dakar triumph. Photo By M. Managnii/KTM Images

KTM technicians turn their focus on Dakar leader Marc Coma’s bike after winning stage nine and maintaining an overall lead of nearly 40 minutes as he seeks his fourth Dakar triumph. Photo By M. Managnii/KTM Images

The Dakar Rally tale took an abrupt change the day time after completing the first marathon phase and immediately throwing competitors in to the longest stage of the race. Group HRC’s Joan Barreda ran straight into navigation difficulties which cost your pet plenty of time and, thus, the business lead he’d had since the outset with Red Bull KTM’s Marc Coma deciphering the tricky route best and taking control of the race by almost an hour.

Barreda chipped away in the following days as what’s being hailed as the most difficult edition of the race entered its second week. Nevertheless , that much time is too much to anticipate to make up unless the leader incurs a major problem as the days wind right down to this weekend’s finish.

The race has seen the first stage win by a Sherco, and female rider Laia Sanz associated with Spain continues to impress aboard one of the pre-production CRF450 Rally customer editions. The ninth stage saw the girl finish a more-than-impressive ninth general among the bikes!

Paul Johnson remains the lone United states in the race. He hadn’t finished stage nine as this was being written, but he was classified 81st overall after stage eight, completing 67th for the day.

Big news in Baja sees the particular Johnny Campbell Racing Honda team calling it quits after a hugely successful run in Mexico that’s seen them accumulate more benefits than any manufacturer, including the last 17 Baja 1000 victories in a row.

The official JCR press release provided no real description, but theories include SCORE doubling the number of events in the series (stretching some race team budgets beyond the breaking point, apparently) and lack of insurance.

THR Motorsports/Monster Energy/Precision Concepts Kawasaki’s energy quickly followed suit with the FMF/Bonanza Plumbing KTM team yet to produce an announcement one way or the additional.

So what’s in the future for JCR?

Based on a press release a couple hours right after we banged out the words above, JCR will usher in a brand new era for Honda in the GNCCs, picking Chris Bach as its driver and the CRF450R as his bike.

No word yet on another rider to either augment Bach in XC1 Pro or as an XC2 Pro Am existence.

It will mark United states Honda’s return to the series that Scott Summers seemed to make his own in the ‘90s as he introduced a new level of professionalism and defied conventional wisdom by riding the seemingly overweight and undersprung XR600R to five championships.

If you’re interested in racing one or more rounds of the GNCCs or AMA Rekluse National Enduro Championship Series, Presented by Moose Racing, DirtWise Academy now provides a “Ready to Race” bike leasing program. For $600 per occasion, the client gets a KTM that’s race-prepped and ready to go; pit support is also included. All the prospective racer needs to do is pay the particular race entry fee and have his riding gear. A private one-on-one, all-day skills-improvement session with DirtWise instructor Jason Thomas two days before the race is available for an extra fee.

To learn more about the DirtWise offer, e-mail dirtwise@shanewatts. com, visit http://shanewatts.com/store-3/#!/~/category/id=8389269&offset=0&sort=normal or call 234-567-1329. —Mark Kariya

That’s all for this week, make sure to check in next week for more news in the off-road world.


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