New Fox Lineup, Tedesco Retires, Trials Promo Video, 2015 AX Routine and Much More! – The Weekly Grime: July 30, 2014

By the DR Staff

Welcome to Weekly Dirt, your home on the Internet for off-road news from around the world. This week Kato brings us the low down in the big OMA race at Sturgis this past weekend which was won by KTM’s Taylor Robert. We also have some words from Ivan Tedesco who announced his retirement from racing last week. The particular 2015 AX schedule was introduced recently, plus we have a put peek at a promo video showcasing Cody Webb that will be running in upcoming AMA Endurocross races promoting the sport of trials. First upward, however , our fearless leader, Philip Denison, gives a look at some of the new gear from Fox. There’s a lot to go over, so let’s get going.


2015 Fox Lineup

Perris may not have a big tower or a shiny triangle of a museum, but the motocross track is nothing to scoff at. With great dirt, fun jumps, and big ruts, the legendary racecourse provided an outstanding venue for the working media and dealers to give the new Fox gear a go. Photo By Chris Denison

Perris may not have a big tower or a gleaming triangle of a museum, but the motocross track is nothing to scoff at. With great dirt, enjoyable jumps, and big ruts, the legendary racecourse provided an outstanding place for the working media and dealers to give the new Fox gear a try. Photo By Chris Denison

Unfortunately, this is all that we can show you of the new Fox MX lineup. The gear is currently being kept a secret, but we’ll be able to give you a solid look in the next few days. For now, we can definitely say that the colorways are diverse, with styles ranging from bright and bold to clean and subtle. Expect a number of technical changes, as well as some surprises in the head and foot protective areas. Photo By Chris Denison

Regrettably, this is all that we can show you of the new Fox MX lineup. Kit is currently being kept a secret, but we’ll be able to give you a strong look in the next few days. For now, we can definitely say that the colorways are diverse, with styles ranging from brilliant and bold to clean and subtle. Expect a number of technical changes, in addition to some surprises in the head plus foot protective areas. Photo Simply by Chris Denison

Fox’s Global Category Director for Moto, Mark Finley, talks through some of the latest changes to the new lineup. As with all Fox products, the 2015 line takes multiple cues from the racing needs of Fox’s top sponsored athletes, with racers like Ken Roczen and Ryan Dungey giving the gear their approval before it goes out to dealers. Photo By Chris Denison

Fox’s Global Classification Director for Moto, Mark Finley, talks through some of the latest modifications to the new lineup. As with almost all Fox products, the 2015 collection takes multiple cues from the racing needs of Fox’s top subsidized athletes, with racers like Tobey maguire Roczen and Ryan Dungey providing the gear their approval before this goes out to dealers. Photo Simply by Chris Denison

What would a night in Perris be without some authentic French crepes? The thin pancakes may not have made us any faster on the track, but they incited plenty of Talladega Nights jokes! Photo By Chris Denison

What would the night in Perris be without having some authentic French crepes? The particular thin pancakes may not have made us any faster on the track, but they incited plenty of Talladega Nights comedies! Photo By Chris Denison

Just as new bicycle season is moving at full speed, the 2015 gear outlines are starting to be unveiled from the different apparel manufactures. This week, the team at Fox invited the media out to Southern California’s famed Perris Raceway for a first look at some of the latest gear. While we are sworn to secrecy until this Friday, we can tell you that the new strings are absolutely awesome. With a flawlessly prepped track, new gear, plus plenty of time to spin laps, the ride day was an epic first taste of what Sibel has in store for 2015.

Check back next week for a full look at the new gear line. —Chris Denison


Hot Sauce Retires

Ivan Tedesco announced his retirement from racing last week. Photo Courtesy RCH/Cudby

Ivan Tedesco announced his retirement from racing last week. Photo Courtesy RCH/Cudby

After 15 years of racing professional, Ivan “Hot Sauce” Tedesco says he’s hanging this and retiring from racing.

Tedesco was the 2004 125cc West Coast Supercross Champion (winning seven of eight races that year). He repeated as 2005 125cc West Coast SX champ and was also the 125cc Outdoor National Champion in 2005.

“ It has been a roller coaster since I started racing pro at the end of 1999 at Millville, ” said Tedesco. “ I have had a lot of success… and a lot of failure. However , the one thing I can do is to walk away from this deal knowing I provided it my all every time I got on my motorcycle. In the end that’ s all you can ask of a person — give it your all. ”

Perhaps the high watermark of Tedesco’s career is his role on the Motocross of Nations winning teams, as Team USA beat the best in the world in 2005, 2006 and again in 2009!

After that, it was the move to the 450cc class. “ We made the decision to go over to Suzuki to become teammates with Ricky Carmichael. We learned so much from RC. I am thankful for his friendship, the opportunity to teach with him and the help his parents have always given myself. They treated me like as well as did everything they could to help. My spouse and i a successful rookie Supercross season completing fourth behind Carmichael, Stewart plus Reed. ”

However a lot of heartache came after 7 years that initial success within the 450 class, primarily due to damage. While Ivan enjoyed proving the pundits wrong, the time has lastly come to call it a career almost 14 years to the day.

“ It’ s never easy to quit something you’ ve done for such a long time, but the time has come where racing just isn’ t the same as this used to be, ” says Tedesco. “ I always told myself when the time comes that I’ m not really competitive anymore; I need to walk away; that time is now. ”

However he won’ t be heading too far away from the RCH Soaring Eagle pits as he will continue to test the Suzuki’s and help have the bikes ready for the team’ h future riders.

“ I have nothing to be bummed regarding, ” says Tedesco. “ I could say I have never given lower than 100% and have enjoyed proving people wrong. I’ m grateful for that opportunities I have been given and the relationships I have made. I love dirt bicycles and racing and look forward to finding my new career within the sports activity because this is what I love to do. ”

“ Thank you to my fans, who have always had my back and motivated me to keep heading! I hope to see you all on the races soon, ” says Tedesco.


AMA Arenacross Announces 2015 Schedule

Can Tyler Bowers win a fifth AX title in 2015? Photo Courtesy Feld Motorsports

Can Tyler Bowers earn a fifth AX title in 2015? Photo Courtesy Feld Motorsports

Feld Electric motor Sports recently announced its timetable for the 2015 AMSOIL Arenacross, showcasing Ricky Carmichael’s Road to Supercross and for the first-time ever, the championship will finish up in Las Vegas, on Friday, May 1, in South Point Arena, the same weekend break as the Monster Energy Supercross Finals and the AMSOIL AMA Amateur Nationwide Arenacross Championships.

In the mean time, the series will kick off upon January 10 at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, another first time for the series.

In addition to the first-ever AMSOIL Arenacross stops in Cincinnati and Las Vegas, the tour will make its debut at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla., the Landers Center in Southaven, Miss., and the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.

On top of all the action on Friday plus Saturday at AMSOIL Arenacross, Sundays will feature 29 race lessons for amateurs of all ages and ability levels. Amateurs racing on Weekend will be competing for a chance to race in Las Vegas, where they could become an AMA National Champion.

Tickets will be on-sale to the general public on September 9.

Date(s) Venue Town

Jan. 10-11 ALL OF US Bank Arena Cincinnati

January. 16- 18 Van Andel Stadium Grand Rapids, Mich.

January. 23-25 World Arena Colorado Springs, Colo.

Jan. 31- Feb. one Bridgestone Arena Nashville, Tenn.

Feb. 6-8 Mohegan Sun Stadium Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Feb. 21-22 Tampa Bay Times Forum Tampa, Fla.

Feb. 28- Mar. 1 Sprint Center Kansas Town, Mo.

Mar. 6-8 Mid-America Center Council Bluffs, Iowa

Mar. 13-15 Landers Center Southaven, Miss.

Mar. 21-22 Smoothie King Center New Orleans, Una.

Mar. 28-29 Frank Erwin Center Austin, Texas

Apr 11-12 Spokane Arena Spokane, Wash.

April 18-19 Tacoma Dome Tacoma, Wash.

April 25-26 Save Mart Center Fresno, Calif.

May 1-3 South Point Arena Las Vegas

For more information on the 2015 AMSOIL Arenacross season, and to purchase tickets, log on to www.Arenacross.com. For all media requests, please contact Brandon Short brandon@nextlevelsportsinc. com or even 949-365-5750.


Cody Webb Trials Promo Video

 

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Covering things up for me, here’s a cool video clip shot by yours truly plus edited by Daniel Engle that is promoting the virtues of cross-training on a trials bike. It features current AMA EnduroCross points chief Cody Webb talking about his trials background and how he attributes his success in Endurocross to the strategies and basics he learned whilst growing up on a trials bike. For anyone that didn’t know, Cody was your 2010 US National MotoTrials champ and he really never rode the “real” off-road bike until just a couple of years ago. Coming from a sport that is relatively slow in nature (trials) the dude got fast in a hurry! —Shan Moore


Robert Reaps $5000 Incentive At OMA’s Buffalo Run In Sturgis

Taylor Robert used the Rekluse Buffalo Run to break in his ISDE bike and ended up winning both motos in his OMA debut. Photo By Mark Kariya

Taylor Robert used the Rekluse Zoysia grass Run to break in his ISDE bicycle and ended up winning both motos in his OMA debut. Photo Simply by Mark Kariya

He also picked up the biggest check in OMA history at the awards ceremony held in town at the Easy Riders Saloon Steakhouse. Photo By Mark Kariya

He also found the biggest check in OMA history on the awards ceremony held in town on the Easy Riders Saloon Steakhouse. Photograph By Mark Kariya

Cody Bollinger (27) stopped Mark Heresco’s Pro 2 win streak at four, the Yamaha rider going 3-1 for the class win and the $1000 accompanying it. Photo By Mark Kariya

Cody Bollinger (27) stopped Mark Heresco’s Professional 2 win streak at 4, the Yamaha rider going 3-1 for the class win and the $1000 accompanying it. Photo By Indicate Kariya

Musician/dirt rider Lyle Lovett (and His Large Band) kicked off his latest tour on the West Coast recently with a number of moto stars taking in his concerts in California. Here, Broc Glover (left) joins Lovett after the show in San Diego. (Ricky Johnson was also there.) The previous night in Saratoga, former champs Mark Blackwell and Brad Lackey were in the audience. Photo By Mark Kariya

Musician/dirt rider Lyle Lovett (and His Large Band) kicked off his latest tour on the West Coast recently with a quantity of moto stars taking in his live shows in California. Here, Broc Glover (left) joins Lovett after the display in San Diego. (Ricky Johnson was also there. ) The previous night in Saratoga, former champs Mark Blackwell and Brad Lackey were within the audience. Photo By Mark Kariya

“We did not have a race this weekend and we needed to break in our ISDE bicycle anyway so what better way to burglary a bike than in a race situation? ” Taylor Robert requested somewhat rhetorically.

While known mostly as a former WORCS champ, ISDE gold medalist plus EnduroCross star, the FMF KTM Factory Off-road Racing Team rider had never hit a circular of the Parts Unlimited Off-road Motorbike and ATV (OMA) Nationals.

With the weekend otherwise free and the lure of a $10, 1000 Pro purse (half of that going to the winner), however , Robert and mechanic Anthony DiBasilio jumped into the packed KTM Sprinter van and made the long drive to Sturgis, South Dakota, for round five of the OMA’s– the inaugural Rekluse Buffalo Run.

“We made a little road trip out of it mainly because Anthony and I are both not very active this week so we came up, went to some friends, visited Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, then hung out here [in Sturgis] with the Jarretts and Fulfers all weekend break. On the way back, we’re going to do some downhill mountain biking in Co. We just decided to make a enjoyable trip out of it and break in the bike and hit this race. ”

And were they glad they did.

Held a week before the yearly biker rally got underway, the very first OMA in the state promised to become different than previous races and not just due to the money. Held on the outskirts of town, it featured a slightly shorter course than usual (to hold spectator interest), a fast plus flowing grass track section placed in a large field encompassing the pits, and– in an OMA first– the two-moto Pro/Pro 2-only format (an hour and 15 minutes each divided by a 45-minute intermission).

Despite his unfamiliarity with the OMAs, Robert proved a fast learner, as expected. Of interest is the fact that the bike he broke in was a one-off for that E3 class, a combination of 450 SX-F rolling chassis and 500 XC-W top end, all in ISDE trim down to the FIM enduro tires.

N-Fab/Am Pro Yamaha’s John Whibley got the $100 FMF Holeshot Award in both heats, however it was impossible for him in order to fend off Robert’s attacks and he settled for second-place points– his very first loss of the year but still palatable given that he remains comfortably ahead in points, plus he took home the $2000 check for the runner-up.

Four-time series champ Jimmy Jarrett rounded out the top three in both motos as well as the overall, admitting that the double-moto format suitable him better, conceding that he’s not up to the long, grinding races now that he’s a semi-retired racer.

In the always packed Pro 2 division, SRT Rough-road KTM’s Mark Heresco also noticed his 2014 OMA win ability stopped at four. After sliding out in the first turn of moto one, he rallied back again, picking off rider after rider up to the last lap when he finally got into the lead.

Moto two was a various story, however , and he slipped in order to sixth for third overall Professional 2 . Winning for the first time and having home the $1000 was Cody Bollinger on his Lakewood Electric YZ250 with a 3-1, the two-moto format giving him a chance after damaging the brake pedal in the first race. Shane Klimek took his personal RM250 to a 2-2 second.

Next year’s Buffalo Operate is already in the works and the strategy is to run it during the 75th anniversary of the rally to try to draw in even more spectators as well as participants who’d like to see what the whole picture is like. Trust us: There’s a lot to do besides hanging out on Primary Street if you want to sightsee or explore. —Mark Kariya

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


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