Friday, January 25, 2013

Interesting Side-Car

Every now and then I get a photo of something that really makes you think “what were you thinking”? This is one of those, to be honest something I never would have thought of doing.  I wonder if the wheels on the little case even came off, if not this is a great photo for product reliability.
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Thursday, January 24, 2013

L&Mc Racing To Conclude Racing For The 2013 Season

L&Mc Racing will close its doors immediately and according to the press release their lone rider, Andrew Short, has already signed with a new team. Which team it is remains unclear.

(January 24, 2012) - L&Mc Racing, LLC will regrettably commence team racing operations for the 2013 season, immediately, as the result of circumstances beyond the team’s control.

L&Mc Racing principals, 7-time Supercross champion Jeremy McGrath and Team Manager, Larry Brooks, as well as their rider Andrew Short, are committed to running a program with the utmost level of professionalism however, recent unforeseen events outside of the team’s control have prevented that from occurring.

Larry Brooks and Jeremy McGrath wish their friend and colleague Andrew Short, the best of success in 2013 as he continues on with his career. According to McGrath, “We did our best to keep Andrew out on the track but forces out of our control dictated that we conclude the season much earlier than we anticipated or planned. Andrew is a class act and we wish him success throughout the rest of the season and beyond with his new team.” Added Larry Brooks, “Andrew has proven himself to be a great rider over the years, and my hope is that 2013 be no different for him.”

Jeremy McGrath and Larry Brooks wish to thank the current L&Mc Racing sponsors, Chaparral, Honda, WPS, Bel Ray, MMI, FMF, ODI, Talon, Dubya, Matrix, and Ironclad for their tireless support, exceptional loyalty and unwavering commitment to the L&Mc Race Team.
Article from TransWorld Motocross

There is no word on what team Andrew Short as signed with at this time.

I hope this is not a trend that we will see in our sport, it is great to see private teams come in and actually have good riders that can win races.  I wish Andrew luck and hope this change does not slow him down.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Racing innovator Bill Simpson tackles football concussions with new helmet

Bill Simpson was a long time finding the National Football League, but it finding him might change football.
The former California drag racer, Indianapolis 500 driver and motorsports safety innovator has created a football helmet that he and others believe could revolutionize the sport. Simpson knows this because he knows what he's talking about when it comes to making safer helmets. Researchers believe it because they have seen data charts.

“Most helmets succeed at distributing force over a large area, but [Simpon's helmets] actually absorb the energy and dissipate the force more effectively,” said Eric Nauman, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University. “The results are impressive.”

Read entire article at Autoweek.

The Kevin Windham Retirement

It was a surprise, but then again it wasn't. GEICO Honda's Kevin Windham announced his retirement from racing on Saturday night at the second of three Anaheim Supercross events at Angel Stadium, the legend ending a 19-year career with 19 wins and more than 200 Supercross starts on his storied resume.

Windham had wanted to stretch his career through the 2014 Supercross season, but he said after a crash in Houston that ended his 2012 season and a spill and concussion at the Monster Energy Cup last October that the dangers of the sport weighed too heavy on his mind.

"I would love nothing more than to ride forever," Windham said. "To the fans of Supercross, this might seem to be a hasty decision, but I've been talking to a lot of people for a lot of months. I thought I would be able to come into the season and ride myself out of that funk and that mental hurdle I was having to overcome. With every passing lap - be it at the test track, my home track, or the stadium - it became more and more difficult to ride with the clarity I needed to be safe, fast, and successful.

"The common comment from the people I've spoken to was that if you aren't riding with clarity, you are asking your fears to come upon you. It wasn't the storyline I wanted to write or the final chapter I envisioned, but it became obvious, and we'll try and figure out what's next."

GEICO Honda team manager Mike LaRocco, who is first in Supercross career starts, said he saw the first signs of Windham seriously mulling retirement starting at the first race of the season.

"He was kind of coming to the races stressing about things that guys don't normally stress about," LaRocco said. "I knew at that time that when you think that way, it's the beginning of the end. He was worrying about things he shouldn't be worrying about, especially considering his experience and talent. Having been there [myself], you just can't get it out of your head. So when you are comfortable with what you've done and what you have, it's hard taking that risk."

Windham's last win came in Salt Lake City in 2010, the second of back-to-back victories he had for GEICO Honda that season.

"The whole GEICO Honda program along with sponsors MSR and DVS, their support has been great," Windham said. "I'm in a good place with a good team. My team and sponsors are behind me with this decision, and I hope the 40,000 people in the stands tonight will be, too."

The 34-year-old, who had become a universal fan favorite over the last few years, said that connection with the sport's loyal following will be what he misses the most about racing.

"The fans of Supercross have been amazing to me," Windham said. "Those trophies aren't made of anything, and they'll just sit there and collect dust. When you have people who come up and share their favorite moments that you gave them, it's a huge part of why I stuck around as long as I did. It means something to them, and in turn those memories mean something to me."

Windham said he plans on spending time with his wife, Dottie, and children, Madelyn, Annabelle, Elizabeth, and Kevin Jr. However, he doesn't plan to wander too far from the sport that's been such a large part of his life.

"I've been racing motorcycles for 31 years now, and I expect I'll keep riding on some level," Windham said. "I'll ride with my son, who wants to start to ride right now. I want to help all my kids do everything they want to do. I don't know what I'm going to do next. My Planet Fitness clubs are doing great, and I've got a great family.

"When I was 16 years old, I felt like I was losing my weekends because of racing. It didn't take me long to realize that my weekends were already being spent with my family - my racing family. We'll find that next chapter, and I don't think it will be too far away from where I'm at right now."

Complete article from Cycle News.

Friday, January 18, 2013

A2 Round 3 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series

Anaheim 2, Round 3 of the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series, who will win?  With 2 different winners do you think either Millsaps or Barcia can repeat or maybe it is time for Villopoto or Dungey to take center stage.  Personally I would not mind Dungey or Canard walking away with the victory but time will tell.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Davi Millsaps Pulls Off Anaheim SX Surprise

Thirty six months and 46 races later, Davi Millsaps is a winner again, the Rockstar Suzuki rider surprising nearly everyone in attendance by winning the opening round of the AMA Monster Energy Supercross Series tonight at Angel Stadium.

Millsaps led the first 16 laps of the main event, but then lost the lead to Muscle Milk Honda's Trey Canard on the 17th lap. With two laps to go, Canard looked to have a remarkable win in the bag - just a year after suffering what many thought would be a career-ending back injury at Dodger Stadium. But Millsaps had come too far to not give it his best effort in the closing laps. As he started the 19th lap, Millsaps trailed Canard by .688 of a second, but he was on a charge. He put a pass on the Oklahoman halfway through the lap and when Canard very nearly crashed while trying to defend his position, Millsaps was free and clear. He would win by 2.2 seconds.

Davi competed using the Bell Moto 9 .  Great first race for Davi and the sport, this sets the pace for a great season and lets see what the big 5 can do now. I have to say I really thought Davi would settle for second once Trey passed him but I was wrong, really fun race to watch.

Friday, January 4, 2013

A1 Press Day - Villopoto, Reed, Stewart, Dungey, Barcia, Canard

Hear what the big boys had to say at the press day held in the lead up to Anaheim 1, January 5. Are you going to be watching?