Supermoto for a day

Supermoto for a day





Supermoto is mostly pavement, some dirt, big bikes, lots of stars. It’s fun!



This was round 5 of the AMA/Red Bull Supermoto series, held at Irwindale Speedway in southern California. It was quite a scene: lots of people, lots of name riders, a great Supermoto track, OLN television, industry folks, live bands, skateboarding, freestyle mx, and a raffle that benefited victims of the recent fires in the area.



Doug Henry, a former national motocross champion, won his first ever Supermoto!



The Supermoto Unlimited (over 500cc) was won by German KTM rider Jurgen Kunzel.



Thanks to the following for making our first Supermoto experience a pleasurable one:



Supermoto West, Shane Trittler and Randy Commans



AMA Pro Racing, Michele, Dean, and Launi



Resource Marketing, Scott Cox



Umbrella Girls USA, Natalie, Kelly, and Kristy



OLN TV, Alex



Supermoto results:

  1. Doug Henry YAM
  2. Jurgen Kunzel KTM
  3. Mike Metzger HON
  4. Ben Carlson KTM
  5. Ben Bostrum HON
  6. Joe Kopp KTM
  7. Mark Avard SUZ
  8. Larry Pegram KTM
  9. Josh Chisum HON
  10. Mark Burkhart YAM

Supermoto Unlimited results:

  1. Jurgen Kunzel KTM
  2. Joe Kopp KTM
  3. Ben Carlson KTM
  4. Steve Drew HON
  5. Chris Fillmore KTM
  6. Leonardo Bagnis VER
  7. Ryan Hughes KTM
  8. Micky Dymond KTM
  9. Mark Avard KTM
  10. Gary Trachy KTM


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Tires are kept warm for the best traction

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This is Michele, Dean, and Launi: AMA Supermoto Registration

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Bill Berroth dominated the scooter division

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This is the bike of Bostrum – Honda is just getting into Supermoto

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Jeff ‘Chicken’ Matiasevich

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Go Henry! (Doug Henry)

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Mike Metzger, Micky Dymond

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KTM is big on Supermoto

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Mike Metzger

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A big raffle benefited fire victims

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Inside the media center upstairs

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The track is within a few miles of fire ravaged areas. Luckily, the first precipitation in over 6 months has helped

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Chuck Sun does Supermoto – another national mx champion

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Overview of the track from the media center upstairs

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Inside the TV production truck

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These beautiful ladies are from Umbrella Girls USA – Kristy, Natalie, and Kelly

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Jeff Ward – another national mx champ – has made a nice transition into Supermoto

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This is Jurgen Kunzel

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Chris Filmore

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Jeff Ward

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That’s what we’re talking about!

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Micky Dymond – another former mx champion

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Supermoto podium

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Troy Lee of Troy Lee

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Fly on the wall

Fly on the wall









RJ wasn’t returning my calls or e-mails. Finally, I got ahold of him. He said “I don’t have much going on today, and my day is basically open. Meet me, we can hang out, and talk about business.”



I drove up the 15 to meet Rick at the Suzuki supercross testing track at 8am. I was excited – we could finally get together and get some business stuff done. As I pulled into the facility, I noticed Rick was working with Nick Wey and Brian Gray.



Click on thumbnails to see what I saw the rest of the day.



Around 5pm I headed back home. At the end of the day I had logged 466 miles. We didn’t get much real work done, but I did get to be a ‘fly on the wall’ for a few hours.



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Rick and Nick Wey at the Suzuki track

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Rick and Brian Gray

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Suzuki test track – keep out

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Honda’s test track is very close by. Is this spying?

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And Yamaha’s test track is nearby too

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And, KTM has their test track in the same area

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After the test track, we drove to lunch at the World Famous Seven Oaks deli

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Then we hit the road to drive over to Troy Lee’s. That’s Brian Gray’s rig

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This is the front of Troy Lee’s new building

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Troy Lee’s place is still getting organized. As soon as we walked in, RJ noticed the leathers of Kenny Roberts, Mert Lawill, and Gary Nixon.

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A few of Shaun Palmer’s bikes at Troy Lee’s

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Troy Lee could open a museum with all the memorabilia he has. Here’s Jeff Stanton’s gear, circa 1993

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TLD custom paints lots of helmets

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This is where the helmets get painted inside TLD

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Ricky Carmichael’s helmet in the process of it’s painting

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TLD has Jeremy McGrath’s championship winning 1991 125 Pro-Circuit bike

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Here’s the actual paint inside TLD

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Brock Sellard’s helmet in the painting process

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James Stewart’s helmet getting ready for paint

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This is a concept vehicle Troy Lee Designs is working on for Hyundai

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Painting of Jeff Ward inside Troy Lee Designs new building

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Next we drove over to one of Rick’s offices. It’s where he stores most of his motorcycles

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Lot of memorabilia in Rick’s garage too. Vintage Oakley poster

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His garage

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More RJ memorabilia on the walls – the Honda days were good

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Rick on Yamaha in 1985

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Rick on his Yamaha 1982



US Open

US Open





Chad Reed wins the 6th running of the US Open. He finished runner-up on Friday night, and won the main on Saturday night.



David Vuillemin finished second overall. He won Friday night, followed that up with third on Saturday.



Ricky Carmichael finished third overall. (Third Friday night, second Saturday night)



Kelly Smith won the 125 class.





250 Overall:



1. Chad Reed YAM

2. David Vuillemin YAM

3. Ricky Carmichael HON

4. Mike LaRocco HON

5. Ernesto Fonseca HON

6. Josh Demuth YAM

7. Nick Wey SUZ

8. Ryan Clark YAM

9. Jason Thomas HON

10. Joe Oehlhof HON





125 Overall:



1. Kelly Smth YAM

2. Mike Brown YAM (won Saturday night)

3. Troy Adams YAM

4. Ryan Mills HON

5. Chris Gosselaar (won Friday night)



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Outside the MGM Grand

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Looking out on ‘The Strip’

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Nice number’s on LaRocco’s bike

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Nathan Ramsey’s factory motor

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Broc Hepler, Rick Johnson

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Ricky Carmichael, and a ‘Miss’ from Georgia

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David Vuillemin

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RC and Reed put on a show

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RC and Reed

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Kelly Smith

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Motocross des Nations Photos

Motocross des Nations Photos





If you’d like to see the results, please visit this link



Thanks to Matteo, Bruhnie, and Marcel

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Andrea Bartolini, Italy

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Andrew McFarlane

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Team Belgium

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Belgium has the trophy!

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Joel Robert – Belgian team manager with the mike

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Ricky Carmichael

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Carmichael and Stefan Everts put on the show

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Carmichael and Everts

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RC had fun

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USA celebrates it’s second place

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Alessio Chiodi from Italy

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Josh Coppins

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Stefan Everts

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Everts

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Everts

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Everts

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Carmichael chasing down Stefan

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RC & Stefan occupying the same line just about!

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Tim Ferry

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Tim Ferry

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Ryan Hughes

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Ryan Hughes rode a four-stroke KTM

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Ken Gundersen

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Masuda Kazumas, Japan

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Paul Cooper, Great Britain

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Carmichael, Everts, Smets

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Steve Ramon, Belgium

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Carmichael chasing Ramon

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RC having fun, part II

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Joel Smets

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Joel Smets

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Here’s a photo you don’t see very often – Legend Joel Robert talking to legend Ricky Carmichael

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USA

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USA

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Vehvilainen from Finland

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J. G. Vico from Spain



World Bragging Rights

World Bragging Rights





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Joel Smets – Belgium





October 5, 2003

Circuit Zolder

Zolder, Belgium





The 57th running of this classic event – a once per year gathering of all the top riders and teams as they compete country against country, with each nation fielding a team of three riders.





One super Finale decides it, with each country scoring it’s two best finishes. Lowest score wins! The track itself is typical of that part of Belgium – mostly flat, and very, very sandy.





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Stefan Everts – Belgium

The two main combatants: Belgium with it’s three world champions (Stefan Everts, Joel Smets, and Steve Ramon) and the USA (Ricky Carmichael, Tim Ferry, and Ryan Hughes).





As individuals, Ricky Carmichael was the winner. But this event is a team event. Belgium, with Everts finishing second, and Smets third, claims the Chamberlain Trophy, and bragging rights for the next year!





Tim Ferry had a poor start and a fall to finish ninth. Ryan Hughes had a fall and a broken chain.





28 teams competed this year. Belgium has won this event 13 times. The USA has 16 victories.





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Bike de Ferry

Results:

  • Belgium – 5
  • USA – 10
  • Finland – 16
  • New Zealand – 19
  • Great Britain – 20
  • Japan – 20
  • Ireland – 27
  • Estonia – 27
  • France – 36
  • Czech Republic – 37
  • South Africa – 38
  • Denmark – 55





Individual scoring:

  • Ricky Carmichael – USA – HON
  • Stefan Everts – BEL – YAM
  • Joel Smets – BEL – KTM
  • Gordon Crockard – IRL – HON
  • Josh Coppins, NZL – HON
  • Jussi Vehvilainen – FIN – HON
  • Paul Cooper – GB – HON
  • Akira Narita – JPN – SUZ
  • Tim Ferry – USA – YAM
  • Antti Pyrhonen – FIN – YAM





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Hello Belgium! (RC)

Special thanks to Matteo (Fearo), Steve Bruhn’s MotoNews, and DORNA Off-Road





Much more here later!


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