125 East Champion Branden Jesseman injures thumb

125 East Champion Branden Jesseman injures thumb

Team Sobe Suzuki rider Branden Jesseman, who just wrapped up the 2003 125 East title on April 5th, is out of action with an injured thumb.



Branden fell while practicing in SoCal for the upcoming National MX series. He suffered torn ligaments in the thumb area, is flying back to Pennsylvania, and will have surgery to repair the ligaments on Tuesday. He could be out of action as long as three months.





RJ





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Sand storm

Sand storm





100% sand



Photos by The Factory Spectator – Steve ‘Showtime’ Bruhn



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Craig Anderson, from Australia, won his first 125 National

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Ando

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Anderson leads fellow Aussie Michael Byrne

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Mike Brown rails

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Michael ‘Burner’ Byrne chases Ando

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Podium for the top two 125 riders of the day

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Ricky Carmichael won both 250 motos. He makes it look easy. It’s not.

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John Dowd. A Southwick legend

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Tim Ferry

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Another Southwick legend, and former National Champion, Doug Henry

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Ryan Hughes. Broke a bone in his leg, still raced both motos

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Grant Langston

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Mike LaRocco

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Ezra Lusk

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Nate Ramsey

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Chad Reed

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Brock Sellards

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David Vuillemin

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Kevin Windham

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125’s coming out of the first corner

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125’s start. Why is Steve Boniface #55 not wearing goggles?

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250’s enter the first corner

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250’s exit the first corner



Was it really just two years ago?

Was it really just two years ago?







Ricky Carmichael and Kawasaki dethroned Jeremy McGrath for the supercross title





Ernesto Fonseca beat Rodrig Thain for the 125 west series





Travis Pastrana beat Nate Ramsey in the east





Carmichael won the 250 outdoors





Mike Brown was the 125 outdoor champ after a season-long battle with Grant Langston





Was it really just two years ago???

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250 Supercross



1. Ricky Carmichael – 392

2. Jeremy McGrath – 328

3. Mike LaRocco – 285

4. Kevin Windham – 260

5. Ezra Lusk – 254

6. Tim Ferry – 221

7. Stephane Roncada – 165

8. David Vuillemin – 154

9. Michael Byrne – 143

10. Sebastien Tortelli – 139





125 West



1. Ernesto Fonseca – 168

2. Rodrig Thain – 139

3. Justin Buckelew – 137

4. Grant Langston – 131

5. Ivan Tedesco – 128

6. Danny Smith – 92

7. Travis Preston – 88

8. David Pingree – 87

9. Greg Schnell – 80

10. Jason McCormick – 69





125 East



1. Travis Pastrana – 154

2. Nate Ramsey – 146

3. Mike Brown – 135

4. Nick Wey – 123

5. Tallon Vohland – 86

6. TIE: K. Smith, Sellards – 82

8. Travis Elliot – 71

9. Matt Walker – 69

10. Ben Riddle – 65





250 MX



1. Ricky Carmichael – 490

2. Kevin Windham – 482

3. Tim Ferry – 439

4. Mike LaRocco – 411

5. David Vuillemin – 346

6. Sebastien Tortelli – 339

7. John Dowd – 326

8. Stephane Roncada – 305

9. Kyle Lewis – 228

10. Robbie Reynard – 227





125 MX



1. Mike Brown – 458

2. Grant Langston – 444

3. Ernesto Fonseca – 335

4. Larry Ward – 332

5. Brock Sellards – 312

6. Travis Pastrana – 311

7. Nate Ramsey – 249

8. Rodrig Thain – 223

9. Branden Jesseman – 207

10. Scott Sheak – 201





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L – R, McGrath, Carmichael, LaRocco

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Mike Brown

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Ricky Carmichael

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I’ll take that please. Thank you very much.

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Tim Ferry leads a 250 main

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Ernesto Fonseca

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Jeremy’s last supercross win in Anaheim

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Jeremy McGrath

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Grant Langston leads Mike Brown at Unadilla

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Mike LaRocco

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Ezra Lusk rode for team Honda

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The all-time winningest supercross rider – Jeremy

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Travis Pastrana left, Nate Ramsey right

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199 is Travis Pastrana

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So is this

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Nate Ramsey

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Nate Ramsey v.2

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Ricky Carmichael won. A lot

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Rodrig Thain rode for Suzuki

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DV. Was 934, now 12

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Kevin Windham (Suzuki) leads Ricky Carmichael (Kawasaki)



A day some in the industry feared?

A day some in the industry feared?





Some in the industry were fearful – how would CBS portray our sport?



Many were concerned that CBS would portray the sport negatively. (A TV news segment years ago helped in the demise of three wheeled ATV’s.)



I can tell you this – CBS has invested a lot of time and money in truly trying to find out what makes the sport tick. They’ve talked with a lot of people (including me). Some refused comment out of fear, but my experience with them was nothing but great.



Chris Martin is one of the show’s producers, and a tremendous person. He has done his research on the sport. I asked him to explain a bit about the 60 Minutes II program:



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Chris: Typically, in putting together a segment like this for 60 Minutes II, it will involve extensive research, pre-interviews, and logistical scheduling to figure out the best way to tell a story that will be compelling, interesting, informative, and balanced.



There is quite a team of people that work on any given segment, including a Producer, an Associate Producer, and a Correspondent. There are numerous other people involved too, including Senior staff, technicians, Directors, and Editors. We all work together to assemble the finished product that goes on television.



With ‘Breaking News’ stories, we can get a segment on the air with only a limited number of hours of to work it. Or, we can work on a story for many months. It depends on the subject matter, the scope of the research, travel schedules, etc. etc. Each story is different, and takes a different amount of time. In the end, it goes on the air when the boss says it’s ready.



The 60 Minutes II show pulls in about 10.5 million viewers for each episode. Also, the show is available overseas through various network partners around the world.



I was personally surprised by the growth and excitement that supercross has enjoyed in recent years. I was also very taken by the personalities and people that live and breathe this sport everyday. After meeting icons of the sport like Jeremy McGrath, Ricky Carmichael, and you, I came away with an appreciation of the athleticism and mental focus it takes to be a champion.



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We’ll let you know when there is a ‘confirmed’ time and date for the TV program here on the site.



In the meantime, here are a few photos below from the interview I did with Jim Stewart of CBS News for the show. Jim is excellent. He’s a pro at broadcasting and news telling. I was nervous, I wanted so much to represent the sport and the people behind it well.



I hope you enjoy the ‘behind the scenes’ photos,





RJ





To see the letter I sent to Jim Stewart after our interview, you can visit this link.





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Producer Chris Martin in the black sweater

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Getting ready …

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You’ll like this panorama shot – it’s where the interview was done

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Jim is a pro. He’s one of the best in the industry.

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Jim Stewart

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Rick getting asked the tough questions

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Reverse angle

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RJ getting a little make-up before the shoot



Fun with photos, fill in the caption v.10

Fun with photos, fill in the caption v.10





Put your bone-headed comments for these three photos in the message boards. Come up with something good, or we’ll put more of them in here.



It’s “Fill in the caption, version 10!”



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Fotos: Steve Bruhn & his trusty Nikon or Canon or Kodak or Sony or Hasselblad.

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Grant Langston, Mike Brown, and others are …

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Check out #55 Steve Boniface!

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Ryan Hughes hurt his leg. It got taped up. He’s on the line to race. We know you have a good one for this!



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