Thomas Sipes Retires, Mullins Wins Powerline GNCC, AirGroup Bounty Offered! – The Weekly Dirt: October sixteen, 2013 – Inside the Weekly Dirt, Ryan Sipes retires, Mullins is victorious the Powerline GNCC, Cross Timbers National Enduro in Oklahoma plus much more.

By the DR Staff

Welcome to Weekly Dirt, your place on the Internet for rough-road news from around the world. This week Thomas Sipes retires, Mullins wins the particular Powerline GNCC and there’s a lot of money up for grabs at this weekend’s Cross Timbers National Enduro in Oklahoma. There are plenty to talk about, so let’s get to it.


Brand new Honda And KTM Battle Within Morocco Rally

The #20 is Kurt Caselli’s brand-new works KTM 450 Rally at tech for the OiLibya Rally of Morocco. He says it’s quite a bit different than the previous generation, with the design emphasis being a more compact, easy-to-ride yet faster overall package. As you can see from the little bit visible underneath the new bodywork, the frame is nothing like a 450 XC-F and bears a closer resemblance to the 690 R. Photo Courtesy F. Rophe/KTM Images

The #20 is Kurt Caselli’s brand-new works KTM 400 Rally at tech for the OiLibya Rally of Morocco. He says it’s quite a bit different than the previous generation, using the design emphasis being a more compact, easy-to-ride yet faster overall package. As you can see from the little bit visible underneath the new bodywork, the frame is nothing like a 450 XC-F and has a closer resemblance to the 690 R. Photo Courtesy F. Rophe/KTM Images

Here’s a studio shot of the older version. Photo Courtesy H. Mitterbauer/KTM Images

Here’s a studio shot of the older version. Photo Politeness H. Mitterbauer/KTM Images

After winning stage two, Portugal’s Paulo “Speedy” Goncalves moved into the overall lead, just 17 seconds ahead of stage one winner Joan Barreda. That gives the new Honda CRF450 Rally a 1-2 in the standings over KTM’s new 450 Rally with Marc Coma lying third, one minute and 41 seconds back of the leader with four stages to go. Photo Courtesy Team HRC

After successful stage two, Portugal’s Paulo “Speedy” Goncalves moved into the overall lead, just 17 seconds ahead of stage 1 winner Joan Barreda. That gives the newest Honda CRF450 Rally a 1-2 in the standings over KTM’s new 450 Rally with Marc Coma lying third, one minute and 41 seconds back of the leader with four stages to go. Photo Politeness Team HRC

Remember the new Honda CRF450 Move we showed you last week? Immediately after getting that photo, we obtained word of KTM’s new move machine, with both slated to make their own worldwide competition debuts at the OiLibya Rally of Morocco that began on Monday.

The new KTM 450 Rally is shorter, lighter in weight, more nimble and faster compared to its predecessor, according to Kurt Caselli who’s ridden both the previous version and the new one: “It seems more like a regular 450. ”

So which is the better move bike?

We’ll reserve judgement, but the Honda did impressively well on the first day in Morocco with all five machines in the top seven, Team HRC’s Joan “Bang Bang” Barreda winning the particular sandy stage by just over 3 minutes on Red Bull KTM Factory Rally Team’s Marc Coma. Paolo Goncalves made it a Ford 1-3. (The four new KTMs went 2-5-12-17. )

As for Caselli, he fared okay, but the tricky navigation bit your pet and he ended up missing a waypoint. Originally credited with a 10th-place complete for the stage, the organizers docked him 20 minutes, dropping your pet to 17th.

A rockier second stage saw the newest Honda out front yet again, this time around Goncalves leading the way over Coma while Sam Sunderland recovered from a minor navigation error early on to claim third for the day on another Group HRC machine. However , the new Ford of Helder Rodrigues–who started the day in fourth position–quit with an electrical gremlin less than 10 miles from your finish.

Caselli enjoyed a much better day, finishing eighth for that stage and moving up to 14th overall.

Though Accuracy Concepts Kawasaki’s Robby Bell already had the championship locked up, he added a fourth collection victory at the finale of the Rugged Mountain ATV/MC World Off-Road Championship Series (WORCS) in Primm, The state of nevada. Early leader Bobby Garrison wound up a close second on his Moose Race Kawasaki while RPM Racing KTM’s Justin Jones–who holeshot and brought the first lap–claimed third. Coincidentally, they will finished in that order in last series points, Bell at 202, Garrison with 170 and Jones totaling 165.

Creature Energy Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert is looking at a lot of air miles as the year winds down and he doesn’t. He posted the best score of most Americans at the ISDE in Italia just over a week ago, of course , then implemented that with a third-place finish with round four of the GEICO AMA EnduroCross Series in Denver. This week, he’s in Ecuador for an severe enduro and when he returns in a few days, it’s off to Seattle intended for round five of the EnduroCross with round six two weeks later in Boise. It’s then time to change modes again as he joins the particular THR Motorsports/Monster Energy/Precision Concepts team for the Baja 1000 before the EnduroCross finale in Vegas the 7 days after that!

Though he doesn’t have a racing contract yet for 2014, David Kamo knows he’ll be hitting at least a couple races next year–in Japan! He’s been invited to compete in the couple of cross-country races there onboard factory-massaged Hondas on consecutive weekends at the end of February. (That means he’d be unable to race the San Felipe 250, the opening round from the SCORE Desert World Championship, of course. )


Ryan Sipes Announces Retirement

After 10 years of professional supercross and motocross, Ryan Sipes, pictured above at this year’s ISDE in Italy, has announced his retirement from SX/MX. Photo By Shan Moore

After 10 years of professional supercross and motocross, Ryan Sipes, pictured above at this year’s ISDE in Italy, has announced his retirement from SX/MX. Photo By Shan Moore

After 10 years of supercross and motocross racing, Ryan Sipes announced his retirement this week. The Rock-star Energy Racing-back rider from Kentucky has two Lites Supercross is victorious to his credit and most recently competed in the ISDE in Sardinia, Italy, where he won the C3 class. While in Italy, Sipes hinted at going into off-road racing, and said in a statement that he is “excited about what the future holds intended for him. ”

The following is Sipes’ statement:

I have decided to retire from full time professional supercross and motocross. God has blessed me these past 10 years, racing the best bikers in the world, riding the best bikes, over the best tracks, in the best series’, in front of the best fans on earth, and getting to know a lot of great people in the moto community. We made some great memories, and that’s something that may stick with me forever. It’s been a good run, but its time with this old hillbilly to step aside and be with his family. I still love riding and racing, and am will surely miss lining up with Anaheim in January and Hangtown in May, but my priorities are in home now. The full schedule is just not in the cards for me anymore. That’s not to say I won’t do SOME racing…once a racer, always a speed. I am excited for what the long term holds for me. Over the years I have worked with some really great people, without whom I wouldn’t have had the success I experienced.

We wish Ryan luck in whatever he decides to do.


Mullins Wins Powerline GNCC

Charlie Mullins moved to within two points of the series points lead with a big win at the Powerline GNCC. Photo By Ken Hill/Courtesy GNCC Racing

Charlie Mullins moved to within two factors of the series points lead with a big win at the Powerline GNCC. Photo By Ken Hill/Courtesy GNCC Racing

Kailub Russell was riding a five-race win streak coming into the Ohio race. Photo By Ken Hill/Courtesy GNCC Racing

Kailub Russell was traveling a five-race win streak coming into the Ohio race. Photo By Ken Hill/Courtesy GNCC Racing

FAR Husqvarna’s Andrew Delong grabbed his third-straight win in the XC2 division. Photo By Ken Hill/Courtesy GNCC Racing

CONSIDERABLY Husqvarna’s Andrew Delong grabbed his third-straight win in the XC2 division. Photo By Ken Hill/Courtesy GNCC Racing

Charlie Mullins worked his way back directly into title contention and put an end to Kailub Russell’s five-race winning ability at this weekend’s ITP Powerline Recreation area GNCC in St . Clairsville, Kansas. Coming into the race, Russell held a seven-point lead over his FMF/KTM teammate, but with his earn, Mullins drew to within two points of Russell with 1 round remaining.

Within Ohio, on a hard-packed and messy 12-mile track, Mullins prevailed right after three hours of grueling race, beating Russell by almost two minutes to the checkered flag. John Whibley, who won the $250 All Balls Racing Holeshot Honor, finished third on his AmPro Yamaha, with RockyMoutain ATV/MC’s Josh Strang and Am Pro Yamaha’s Michael jordan Ashburn rounding out the top five.

Brad Bakken will be among the riders going for the $5000 AirGroup Bounty this coming weekend at the Cross Timbers National Enduro in Oklahoma. Photo By Ken Hill/Courtesy GNCC Racing

Brad Bakken will be among the riders going for the particular $5000 AirGroup Bounty this coming weekend at the Cross Timbers National Enduro in Oklahoma. Photo By Ken Hill/Courtesy GNCC Racing

This weekend’s Combination Tombers National Enduro in Thunder, Oklahoma, will be the last chance intended for someone to win the $5, 000 Airgroup Bounty by winning many six tests.

Charlie Mullins already has wrapped in the championship so he will be taking out all of the stops for the extra cash, and Russell Bobbitt is coming away from wrapping up the OMA championship.

Jesse Groemm and Toby Delong have momentum from their podium finishes at the Black Coal, and Nick Fahringer is coming away from a strong showing at the ISDE.

However , if one rider wins five tests and a “spoiler” wins one test and wrecks his payday, then the spoiler will get $1, 000 for their efforts.

For more info on the Cross Timbers National Enduro or on the Rekluse AMA National Enduro Series you can visit www.nationalenduro.com. —Shan Moore


Keefer On The Loose In the Denver EX

Dirt Rider’s Kris Keefer attacks the rock section at the Denver EnduroCross. Photo by Shan Moore.

Dirt Rider’s Kris Keefer attacks the rock section at the Denver EnduroCross. Photo by Shan Moore.

Last Saturday night I had the chance to competition my third ever AMA GEICO EnduroCross in Denver, Colorado. Whilst I’m a motocross guy at heart I grew up racing off-road and I’ve always loved and respectable the sport. I ended up qualifying intended for both Amateur and Expert night shows (yes you can race both) and was pleased on the riding (even though I certainly not practice EnduroCross). Testing takes up most of my time and most of that is on a motocross track lately, so I can’t complain about my surface finishes. I ended up getting fourth in the Amateur Main Event and had a being qualified spot in the Expert Heat competition to go to the Main until a crash remaining me in the back of the pack. The reason behind me writing this is not to talk about myself however , it’s to talk about how much enjoyable racing and watching EnduroCross is really. Coming from that motocross background I was referring to, I couldn’t help observe how different it is than moto, especially with the family atmosphere and camaraderie with all of the riders. I n no particular order here are 3 reasons why you should either go competition an EnduroCross or take the as well as watch one.

1 . You can actually race inside an arena! Great is it that you can race in front of thousands of people under the lights? EnduroCross has many classes for your ability. Over the age of 35 and want to race some old dudes? Sure they have that! Are you an amateur and want to test your skill more than some rocks and logs? Certain they have that too! Are you a woman who all chews up men and spits all of them out when you go trail ride? You can race too! Support classes are probably the most exciting races on any given night at an EnduroCross. Oh yeah, I nearly forgot. They even have a studies class for all you non-dabbing fans out there!

2 . Strolling the pits. It’s free to go in the pits and talk with your favorite rider. These riders are not only gnarly on dirt bikes they are really down to earth and approachable people. Our son is a super fan of all the EnduroCross riders and they all take time to say hello to each and every one of the fans.

3. There are no guarantees in EnduroCross. You could have the lead of seven seconds and your cruising to the win and…Bam! It is erased. I know this from encounter! I was leading my qualifier by a comfortable margin and it was eliminated because the woodpile ate me survive. There is always action going on somewhere over the track. To me this racing much more exciting to watch than a Supercross. Indeed, I said it! —Kris Keefer

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


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