KTM 350……Kan The Mistake.

For Supercross that is. This has been a hot issue in the last year and despite KTM’s best efforts to put positive spins on such a radical change things are not panning out. I think the signs were there early, but some false hope with Alessi at Hangtown and the dominance of the two at Glen Helen a week later, a track with some of the biggest hills in the world. Then Cairoli wins the MX1 Championship making things seem like they might just be ok. Enter Mike Alessi. In what was considered no doubt a less than fantastic reunion Mike almost jumped ship. All the way up until the start of the 2010 outdoor season there were rumors abound that Mike was going to land at MotoConcepts or possibly Europe. After a bombardment of odd and interesting press releases and statements things got interesting. Pit Beirer, head of race direction globally for KTM, will be paraphrased into something like Mike is an excuse maker and is not a rider they can work with. In a pre-season race where Mike was scheduled to race, he sat out, prompting that response from his boss. Mike went home and that was the source of the rumors.

Fast forward now to the fall of this year and the kickoff of SuperX in Australia. For me this was the moment I started thinking this year might be tough. Mike was pretty much getting spanked down there and despite his obvious lack of confidence I am sure he is more capable. Now a couple things to consider before we move on. One the argument the Cairoli won isn’t usable. The guidelines in regards to modifications is seriously skewed and the bikes cannot be compared. Second and I know this is always an area of contention, but the US circuit is no doubt a larger challenge. And last we have the “I have seen guys on 250f’s come through the pack”. To me this is apples and oranges. I am not going to in depth, but of course riding a bigger bike is harder and can be seriously altered by the conditions of an event and it’s topography.

Then there was the whole off season show. First they announce the swooping of “The Man” DeCoster and then the signing of Andrew Short. Quite a few top names were rumored to have tested the bike including Pourcel and Reed. When neither guy choose the KTM when I think KTM would pay the money each would want, or at least closer than the next suiter, I could tell it was not good. Now I know the bike is early in it’s development, but KTM has been developing a SX class bike for 10 years with no success. They have had some of the top riders in the sport yet they really show no real SX class success in the states.

Andrew Short unfortunately will become the scape goat for KTM fans this year. I don’t say Mike because he has been the beating horse for years and to be honest I don’t think people are expecting much these days. Short has ridden ok, but his results have been very a miss. Andrew and Mike are usually around each other time wise on the track, but Short makes the most of it in the main. When I went back and looked at the results and point standings the guys ahead of him were Stewart, Villipoto, Canard, Reed, Dungey. That is not bad company and if you remove the guys from the mix who were out last year things look much different for KTM and Short.

So when I say can the mistake I don’t mean the bike itself, but I mean more in lines of the philosophy of developing a MX1 SX competitive machine. For years it was about the linkage and that has been erased. There was the management issues and the revolving door affect that reminded many of the Raiders organization. With out hesitation I can say if anyone can do it it will be DeCoster. The question remains will KTM give him the freedom to do it. For those of you who don’t know the power struggles that go on between race departments, divisions and philosophy’s that it is difficult to think things will change. Between all the brass they have in this company between DeCoster, Everts, Pit, Kini, Pierer himself and an endless number of second tier guys amongst Europe and the US. Then there is the US vs. Euro thing and trust me it is there. Hell there was always a California vs. Ohio thing going on and probably still is to this day.

With the company in position to financially attack the market it is vital that the strike while the iron is hot. The motorcycle industry is in peril and who ever help take it through to the end may benefit much to the way Honda did when they rose to dominance in the US. Next year I expect KTM to step up big again and with guys like Ken Roczen and Marvin Musquin in the waiting I think things look promising. These riders have grown up in the European mentality, but probably now more than ever are better prepared to make the transition and succeed where many others before them have failed.


Josh Grant Injury Update – January 18, 2011

Josh Grant Injury Update – January 18, 2011

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American Honda announced today that American Honda Racing rider Josh Grant will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee tomorrow as a result of an injury sustained while racing round two of the 2011 AMA Supercross Championship in Phoenix over the weekend. With the full support of American Honda and his American Honda Racing teammates, Josh is expected make a full recovery and preliminary estimates indicate a return to racing in a few weeks.

“Obviously I’m bummed about getting hurt early in the season but I’m also pretty excited because early test results indicate that the injury appears to only be minor at this stage,” said Grant. “I’ve received tons of support from everyone at Honda and I should to back racing in no time.”

About Honda

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ESPN X GAMES 17: July 28 – 31 – Los Angeles

ESPN X GAMES 17: July 28 – 31 – Los Angeles

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ESPN X GAMES 17

JULY 28 – 31, 2011

WHAT: Event dates for X Games 17

WHEN: July 28 – 31, 2011

WHERE: Los Angeles, California

DETAILS

The ESPN X Games, the premier action sports event in the world, will be held July 28-31, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Specific competition venues and event schedule will be announced at a later date.

The X Games features athletes from across the globe competing for medals and prize money in the following sports: skateboarding, motocross, BMX and rally car racing. X Games 17 will be covered live on ESPN’s family of networks as well as across ESPN’s many digital media assets including ESPN.com/action, XGames.com and ESPN3.com.

POPULARITY OF X GAMES

X Games 16 coverage was viewed by 35.4 million people in the U.S. during the four-day event, which includes all live and repeat X Games 16 telecasts. Outside the United States, X Games 16 was delivered to more than 382 million homes and was broadcast live to 175 countries and territories, including Africa, Asia, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Caribbean, Europe, Israel, Latin America, Mexico, Middle East and New Zealand. The X Games 16 total attendance was 138,525 – an increase of 24% from 2009. Spectators for the previous year totaled 111,200. Total hours consumed on ESPN3.com, ESPN’s 24/7 sports broadband network, during X Games 16 was up 238% compared to the prior year. Through two weeks of X Games 16 coverage (July 25-August 7), ESPN.com/Action generated over 1.3 million visits and nearly 2 million video starts, up 30% and 27%, respectively. Additionally, page views on the mobile web site were up 36% compared to the same time period last year. The X Games Channel on YouTube also had its most-trafficked week ever, with Saturday alone (July 31) registering a record nearly half-million video views.


Violation1.com/Shea Racing/Travisa/National Switchgear’s Casey Hinson gets his Munn Racing KTM 250SX-F in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Phoenix Lites main event

Hinson makes improvement while teammate Austin Howell sits out race due to injury

The cobwebs were worked out after the season opener as the second round of Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM Championship, was held at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona this past Saturday, January 15. Team Violation1.com/Shea Racing/Travisa/National Switchgear’s Casey Hinson took his “Ready to Race” Munn Racing KTM 250SX-F to the West Region Lites main event, finishing in 16th place, after a stellar performance in his heat race.

The AMA Supercross series traveled from Anaheim, California to Phoenix as Shea Racing made the trek in its new semi rig. The track was in superb condition with a few tricky sections. The capacity crowd saw a performance that will be ingrained in their memory for life.

Hinson qualified for the night program on his number 149 KTM and was put into Lites heat race number one. His teammate Austin Howell did not compete due to a wrist injury suffered at the opening round. When the gate dropped, Hinson catapulted his Eleven 10 Mods/DR.D KTM 250SX-F to the front of the pack with the holeshot. Hinson rode hard and smooth as he battled with other riders near the front, gaining valuable experience. When the checkers flew, he finished in eighth place with a direct transfer to the main event.

In the 250cc Lites main event Team Violation1.com/Shea Racing/Travisa/National Switchgear’s Hinson was one of 20 riders on the gate. He got another good start and battled on his Enzo Suspension-tuned KTM 250SX-F in front of the screaming crowd. At the end of the 15-lap race, Hinson finished in 16th place on a privateer race bike, proving that he and the team can be competitive. He is now in the AMA Supercross West Region Lites point standings at 19th place.

“The entire team is really proud of Casey and his breakthrough performance,” said Tim Shea, team manager. “The long hours and preparation we did over the last few months is now showing results. It’s exciting to see one of our riders and a great guy like Casey be in a televised AMA Supercross Lites main event. We want to thank all our sponsors for supporting us because there is no way we can do this without you. It’s a long series and we will continue to learn and improve.”

Shea continued, “Austin will return next week to race and Casey is on his game. We could not be happier right now to head to the first AMA Supercross ever held at Dodger Stadium. We are honored to be a part of making history.”

Team Violation1.com/Shea Racing/Travisa/National Switchgear, powered by Munn Racing KTM, will head to round three of Monster Energy AMA Supercross on Saturday, January 22, 2011 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California. This is the first AMA Supercross ever at the stadium and the first one in Los Angeles in several years. Fans attend the event to see the team’s West Region Lites racers #61 Austin Howell and #149 Casey Hinson competing in the night program in their FLY Racing gear and on DeCal Works-emblazoned KTM 250SX-F race bikes. During the pit party stop by the cannot-miss team’s purple and yellow semi hauler to meet the riders and the Violation Goggles girls. Keep posted to the team at www.sheamoto.com.

About Team Violation1.com/Shea Racing/Travisa/National Switchgear powered by Munn Racing KTM

Shea Racing, led by Tim Shea, places emphasis on involving action sports fans in the team through pit parties and charity events which it has done the past four years while participating in professional motocross races. In its third season in the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series, the team has expanded, with factory KTM support through Munn Racing, with five Lites riders: Austin Howell #61 (West), Tevin Tapia #70 (East), Ricky Renner #94 (East), Vernon McKiddie #129 (East), and Casey Hinson #149 (West). The 2011 AMA Supercross team is made possible by the Violation Brand (www.violation1.com), National Switchgear (www.nationalswitchgear.com), Travisa (www.travisa.com), Munn Racing (www.munnracing.com), KTM Sportmotorcycles (www.ktmusa.com), FLY Racing, Power Bar Team Elite, DeCal Works, Dubach Racing Development (DR.D), Maxima Oils, Engine Ice, DT-1 Filters, ActionSportsTV.com, Matrix Concepts, ODI Grips, Outlaw Products, SuperSprox, IRIS Chains, Renegade Fuels, Enzo Suspension, Eleven 10 Mods, Lightspeed, TCX Boots, Stomp Designs, Moto Public Relations, Dunlop Tires, and River Valley Motocross Park. Its community partner is the James Marshall Project. Visit www.sheamoto.com to learn more.


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