MXA MID-WEEK REPORT
In his new Fox gear, Rockstar/Makita Suzuki's Ryan Dungey took an uncontested win in Phoenix. The big question now is whether Ryan can once and for all get J-Law out of his mind and exploit his current points advantage for the title. Photo by: Jake Klingensmith
MXA PRESS RELEASE: Supercross Live Returns
The announcing team of Jason Weigandt and Jim Holley will be making their return to the announcing booth so that Monster Energy Supercross fans will once again be able to listen to their enthusiastic Supercross LIVE! Based on numerous factors including the outstanding feedback and input received from thousands of race fans worldwide over the past 10 days, Feld Motor Sports is making Supercross LIVE! available for a season package or for a individual race pay-per-listen downloads.
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MXA MINI-VIEW: Buddy Morgan - The Curse Word Heard Around The World
Before he got his job working for Robbie Maddison, Buddy Morgan did the deed for the Peak Pro Circuit team. Buddy now lives in Arizona and dropped by the Phoenix Supercross to say hi to his old friends.
MXA: Buddy, what was the deal with your cursing going live during the TV coverage of Robbie Maddison jump in Las Vegas?
Buddy: It's simple really. I wasn't supposed to be miked-up! It was a costly mistake though. I had to pay a $7000 fine!
MXA: Tell us about the jump and how you got the gig.
Buddy: I've been working as the mechanic for quite a few of the freestyle guys for a few years now and keeping their bikes running. Now I'm hooked up with Robbie full-time and it's really cool. He's over in London now making plans to jump part of the London Bridge. As for the Vegas jump, it was great, but it was also the worst experience of my life. It was 27 days of preparing and the jump was just so gnarly, it was really hard on everybody.
Brian Swink in action back in the day.
MXA: Before you wrenched for the jumpers, you were also a mechanic on the National circuit. Best memories of those days?
Buddy: Yes. I wrenched for Goat Breker and Mitch Payton at Pro Circuit. See that # 1 plate (pointing to the Pro Circuit truck door festooned with # 1 plates) that one ifor Brian Swink winning the 125 East Coast title in 1991 is mine - that's when I worked for him. Winning both motos at the Mt. Morris National that year was also really cool.
MXA: What was the deal with you wearing the helmet at the 1987 Unadilla GP?
Buddy: I really wanted to go to the USGP at Unadilla, but couldn't afford it. Goat Breker said that he'd pay my way if I wore one of his helmets for the entire weekend - and not just at the race, I had to wear it on the plane ride, in bed at dinner and all the way back. That was pretty funny?
MXA SUPERCROSS TEAM SPOTLIGHT: TROY RACING YAMAHA
From the ashes of last year's factory-backed Yamaha of Troy team comes the 2009 Troy Yamaha team of Jason Lawrence and Nick Wey (although given the constant hype surrounding Jason, you're forgiven if you'd forgotten about Wey). No longer on the receiving end of any official Yamaha factory support, the team has an impressive list of co-sponsors and two riders capable of running up front.
For all intents & purposes, the Troy Yamaha squad is all about Jason Lawrence. Full of personality and passion, some fans love him, while the riders (except Dungey) recognize his talent and find his humor infectious. After failing to qualify for the 250 West main in Phoenix, Jason needs to play it safe and avoid the crashes while at the same time having to turn it on to gain back valuable points in the short eight-race 250 West series.
The 2009 season is make or break for Nick Wey. He's made lots of money and he's had both factory and powerful satellite team rides with not much to show over the years. Nick currently sits in 13th in the Supercross standings.
It's a curious thing that the current "wild child" of the sport has one of the more sedate looking packages, but J-Law's Monster/Boost/Troy/AM/PM Yamaha YZ250F race bike has a clean and purposeful look to it.
Acerbis plastic, Enzo suspension, Dunlop tires, Braking rotors.
Factory Yamaha fork clamps, ARC clutch lever, ProTaper handlebars and grips.
ProTaper sprocket, RK chain, Excel rims, factory Kayaba rear shock, GYTR footpegs, LightSpeed chain guide, One Industries graphics and seat cover. The team has their transmission service and and some engine support done by Chad Sanner at Eleven10 Mods (see below).
LightSpeed carbon skid plates, FMF Exhaust, CP Pistons, Filtron air filter and, ironically, for the team that has do distanced itself from the factory (and/or vice-versa) they run a GYTR clutch.
Besides their different gear (Nick runs MSR) Nick Wey's YZ450F is set up almost identical to Jason's bike, but with a few minor tweaks.
When we asked Enzo's Ross Maeda about the adjustable remote reservoir for the piggyback reservoir on Nick Wey's KYB shock, he said that if he told us he would have to kill us! However, after he took the time to explain how the complex system worked we wanted to kill ourselves! The system is not ready for production, but if you want to find out about it, Click Here.
MXA MINI-VIEW: Chad Sanner - The Best Of Both Worlds
MXA: Chad, we noticed Jason & Nick running Eleven10 stickers on their motors, can you tell us about your company?
Chad: I was a team mechanic for Yamaha of Troy and Factory Conection, but I decided to start something on my own so I started this up just a couple of years ago.
MXA: You were actually a racer before you were a mechanic?
Chad: Yeah, I've been racing since I was about four years old. I raced Pro from 1996 - '99, but quit in the fall of '99 when I suffered a spinal cord injury practicing for the 2000 Supercross season. I raced a lot of Nationals, but never made the points position. I actually started racing again two years ago and raced at ten Nationals, but didn't make the program. In 2008 I did four Nationals and qualified for both Mt. Morris and Budd's Creek. I was really happy to be riding so well again after about five years off and it felt pretty strange to be out there in seeded practice with the factory guys!
MXA: So what about Eleven10 - where did that name come from?
Chad: That's actually a funny story. I'd always thought that Enzo was the coolest company name because it seemed so random. When I asked (company founder) Ross Maeda about the name I couldn't believe where he got it...it was totally random. So I started thinking about names because I didn't want to use my own name...one night I got home from the shop really late and when I fell on the couch I looked up at the clock and it was 11:10 and I thought that was a cool name and could make a cool logo.
MXA: Tell us about what you do for the team and what do you offer to the public?
Chad: I do some work on the heads, valve seats and transmission service. Since I'm back here in Pennsylvania the team does all the engine assembly and they have their own motor mod guy. Basically the same things I do for the team is what I do for a lot of my own customers. In fact, I could do a lot more for the team in terms of performance mods, but they don't use them because they're just too expensive. Things like using different connecting rods and ceramic bearings would make a difference in performance, but they don't make sense for the team to spend the extra money when the engine gets broken down and parts replaced each week. The thing about the four strokes is that so many people don't know how they should run. I walk around the races and so many of the bikes sound horrible. All that popping and bogging and a lot guys think that's just how a four stroke is supposed to run, but of course it's not. I'd say for the majority of people out there a basic carb set-up would help their performance more than anything.
CHECK OUT THE BUTLER BROS.
Here's a look at the DNA Energy/BTO team's 2009 photo gallery. Click Here.
PHOENIX SUPERCROSS OUTTAKES: Bunny Ears & Old Heroes
J-Law will never a miss an opportunity to needle Ryan Dungey. From his taunting him as his (One Industries) "teammate" at A1, to giving the Suzuki rider a set of bunny ears in Phoenix, J-Law is all about the mental psyche.
QUOTE: "No, there isn't." Jason Lawrence when asked if there was any end to his tomfoolery.
But in the end, Dungey had the last laugh in Phoenix when he lapped J-Law in the qualifier after the Yamaha rider got tangled up on the first lap.
If a Martian was to land at A3 and find Trey Canard sitting at 21st in the 250 West points, he'd probably figure that the Geico Powersports Honda rider was not deserving of the ride he has. But that Martian would be wrong. While Canard has been blazing fast in practice, the 2008 East Coast champ has been suffering the worst kind of luck in the races. Sure, we all know that you make your own luck, but if just a little luck went his way, the visiting Martian would find Canard where he rightly belongs - fighting for the West Coast title in the top five overall.
In Phoenix Trey found the worst kind of spotlight with a horrific crash in his qualifier that will no doubt be used as T.V. marketing fodder for the Supercross series for the next few years. Luckily for Trey his new Shoei VT-1 and Leatt brace helped him get up and walk off the track.
Troy Adams was running some extra head gear in the form of the Speed Channel helmet cam.
Over at the Kawasaki pits the team was running these very trick & very customized trash cans.
MDK/Muscle Milk/KTM rider Justin Brayton had the best finish of his Supercross career with an impressive second place finish in the 250 West. Unfortunately, long-time team manager (and former National Champ) Steve Lamson has recently left KTM for the newly formed Moto Concepts team. Justin wanted to be sure he gave "Lammy" some credit.
Yamaha's go-to fill-in rider, Sean Hamblin, was in Phoenix for his first race as Broc Hepler's replacement rider. Sean missed making the Main by a single postion in the LCQ.
QUOTE: "Did you see the new One ad with Dungey? It reads, "The one and only"...I guess what they really meant was the one and only...plus Lawrence!" Annonymous comment on the One Ind./Dungey & Lawrence/Fox debacle.
MXA MINI-VIEW: Chappy Blose
Long before Chris & Michael Blose showed up on the National scene, their uncle Chappy and father Bobby (along with Lenny Geiger, Shaun Kalos and Carlos Serrano) were the pride and joy of Arizona's motocross scene. Chappy quit racing in 1984 to start a fire sprinkler business, but he can still be found riding in the desert aboard a KTM 300EXC.
Chappy crashes at the bottom of Banzai Hill at Saddleback (breaking his leg in the process) while Danny "Magoo" Chandler flies by.
MXA: Can you tell readers about your racing background?
Chappy: I raced Pro from 1979 to 19'84 and was on the National circuit for 1979 & 1980 as a Kawasaki factory rider. Jeff Ward was my teammate back then and I used to race in Southern Californa a lot. In 1981 I crashed coming down Banzai hill at SaddleBack and broke my ankle pretty bad. It took a long time to heal and after that I mostly raced locally.
MXA: Do you have a best memory of those days?
Chappy: Funny, but that would also be at Saddleback. At the 1980 National there I was having a great race with Wardy and Broc Glover. We were battling really hard and I remember all the fans leaning over the fence yelling and waving their shirts. That was a great feeling and it was a real challenge to try ad keep my composure for the whole race and not make any mistakes. I ended up fourth overall that day.
MXA: What about with Chris an Michael - what kind of advice have you given them?
Chappy: First of all I tell them to just have fun. We all know racing is a serious business, but if you're not having fun doing it, why bother? I also tell them that they either have to do it - and I mean fully dedicate themselves to racing - or not do it. Even getting to a 95% effort is a hard level to reach. But to be a winner, you have to figure out that last 5% and that's the hardest part because for that you're really talking about making up tenths and hundreths of seconds.
LANCE IS BACK
Besides A3 and some good NFL football, this weekend also brings the kick-off of Lance Armstrong's first offical (and serious) race back in the Pro peloton at The Tour Down Under. To keep track of the race and exclusive Lance reports, be sure to Click Here
all next week to see if he is still the real deal.
FOR THOSE OF YOU LOOKING TO GET IN SHAPE
MID WEEK REPORT SCHWAG CONTEST
It turns out that nobody got all the correct answers in the last MWR Schwag Contest. So, I ended up giving the nod to 14-year-old Seth Albersworth who got everything right except the Bob Hannah bonus question. For his effort, Seth wins a limited edition MXA Ride Day shirt, a pair of Mechanix Wear gloves and a copy of the Bob Hannah DVD from "The Motocross Files." Here the answers to the last contest - look for the new contest below.
1. What brand bike did Mark Blackwell win his 500cc title on?
Mark Blackwell won his 500cc title on a Husky
2. The most over-rated rider today is who? Why?
The most over rated rider today is Chad Reed, because he is too much of a girl to race the Nationals, his two Supercross titles were only won when there was minimal competition (no Ricky or James), and I remember seeing a Uni Filters ad in MXA which showed a picture of the podium, where Chad was on the second step in tears, come on, I would be happy to qualify for a Supercross, let alone finish second.
3. What factories did Bob Hannah ride for? Bonus question: What So. Cal. race shop did he ride for before his first factory ride?
Bob rode for; Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki.
4. If you could be sponsored by any clothing company, who would it be? Why?
If I could be sponsored by any clothing company I would have to chose Fly, because, in my opinion it is the most comfortable gear period.
5. How many different color combos does the Mechanix Wear Original come in?
The original glove comes it 10 colors; Yellow, red, blue, black, green, orange, purple, covert, woodland, and coyote. There is also the original plus (black), the Original 0.5 (black), the Original Vent (white, covert), the Original Grip (Black), The Original Women’s (pink camo, black), and the MRT Original (black).
HERE ARE SOME OTHER RESPONSES:
2. Ivan Tedesco has a great ride and has really not done anything.
3. DG, Suzuki tester, Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki
4. Troy Lee-keeps it real with his color schemes and he is cool and reachable,hard core moto dude.
2. Josh Hansen, he can do well at an individual race, lacks desire, work ethic, all about image.
3. Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki, bonus- local Suzuki shop.
4.Thor - High quality, good support for local shops.
2. Ivan Tedesco, ever since he pointed out of the 250 West Coast Supercross series he has rarely been competitive, despite riding for Suzuki under Roger's tutelage, or with Honda on a very good bike.
3. Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda, the local shop was Steve Hurd's on a Husky.
4. Fox, because that is my last name, all my gear would bear my name. how cool would that be!
2. Josh Hansen. He has had so many oportunities and he hasn't delivered. Teams keep giving him good rides because they believe in him, but I don't think he believes in himself.
3. Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki, bonus DG.
4. Right now I would say Fly but if I had my choice from all time it would JT Racing.
David "Burrito" Campbell
2. Ivan Tedesco - Since he's been a factory rider he hasn't done much. I really can't believe after his stint with Suzuki that Honda would sign him. He hasn't even won a moto since when?
3. Hannah rode for - Yamaha /Honda/Suzuki .. and rode for DG in So. Cal "back in the day ".
4. Answer Racing - their gear has a good look, top quality and it fits my big butt.
THIS WEEK'S SCHWAG CONTEST - WIN A PAIR OF SPY GOGGLES
The random winner of this contest will win a pair of Spy Alloy goggles (Kevin Windham edition) and a pack of tear-offs. Just answer the following questions and send them Here.
1. Who did Kevin Windham ride for before the Geico Powersports Honda?
2. The 250 West Coast SX series winner will be who? Why?
3. Is it a good idea that 250 two-strokes will be allowed to race in the 250 class at the outdoor Nationals?
4. What rider has impressed you most so far this season & why?