Unadilla Rocks!

Unadilla Rocks!

The pictures tell the story

by Steve Bruhn

from Round 7 of AMA MX at Unadilla Valley Sports Center in upstate New York

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Champagne time

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Grassy starting area

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250’s attack the first corner

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Craig ‘Ando’ Anderson

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Mike Brown leads the 125 series by one point

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Michael Byrne

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This photo sums up US MX

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Ricky Carmichael – 250 National Champion

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Nice. RC’s Honda CR 250

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John Dowd

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Tim Ferry takes time to adjust in mid-air

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Ernesto Fonseca

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This is Branden Jesseman. Notice the handlebar area

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Team KTM riders battle for position

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Grant Langston is running second in points behind Brown in the 125’s

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Mike LaRocco and Kyle Lewis drag race into the next corner

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Mike LaRocco

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Ezra Lusk

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Brett Metcalfe

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Chad Reed and David Vuillmin up one of Unadilla’s hills

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Chad Reed

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SR 21 sighting

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Stephane Roncada #21

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Brock Sellards

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Andrew Short

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Eric Sorby

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James Stewart

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James popularity knows no bounds

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Bubba is creating a buzz wherever he goes these days

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a broken front brake didn’t matter – two moto wins

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Heath Voss

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David Vuillemin

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Nick Wey

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This is Kevin Windham. Looks great on his CR 450 F

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Windham won the 250 overall at Unadilla

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K-Dub has created a lot of buzz too with his inspired riding in ’03

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KTM becomes the first

KTM becomes the first

The new ‘SX’ line-up for KTM in 2004: 85, 125, 200, and 250 two-strokes, and 450 and 525 four-strokes.

On Tuesday, July 15, KTM invited us out to the Cahuilla Motocross Park in Southern California to check out their new bikes. A beautiful, hilly, and sandy track, although the weather was incredibly hot, over 100 degrees.

What’s new on these bikes? We’ll let KTM’s Scot Harden explain:

Scot: “The biggest areas of development for us on the 2004 models is the chassis, and suspension. A lot of work has been done on with regards to R & D, both in Austria and here in the US. Of course, there are a lot of other upgrades as well, including styling, body work and rear sub-frames. The motors received additional work as well. But we can sum up 2004 in two words: chassis and suspension. How can the public learn about these new bikes? Word of mouth is still the best source of information. Dealerships are a great source of info as well, and they have all the literature there for you to read. You can visit our web-site http://www.ktmusa.com. The site will have all the latest info in the second week of August. And, you can obviously learn about the bikes thru the press and various publications, such as the traditional print publications, and electronic media like Supercross.com.”

But wait … there’s more! KTM also announced another first – the first ever USA factory team for the Dakar Rallye. Most likely it will be the 950cc V-Twin machines (see photos below). Three riders, including off-road legends Paul Krause and Larry Roseler, along with a third rider to be named later. And YOU could be that third rider!

According to KTM, “Team member number three has yet to be chosen. In fact, we will conduct an unprecedented, nationwide search for the third rider, though it’s not a contest you’re going to see on TV. Instead, the search for the third rider will be determined based on his or her off-road racing background, capability to make good decisions despite enormous fatigue, adaptability to foreign circumstances and ability to project a positive image for America and the team”. You can check out KTM’s web-site to learn more.

Expect to see a lot more orange in ’04.

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SX 85

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The 200 SX. Light like a 125, power like a 250

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250 SX

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450 four-stroke

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The 525

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525 motor

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Jimmy Lewis checks out the 950 V-Twin Dakar Rallye bike

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950cc’s. GPS. Fairings. Multiple gas tanks. Paris-to-Dakar 2004!

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Members of the US Press get the lowdown

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Tom from KTM explains about these new bikes to the assembled media reps

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The SX/MX Media Guru was on hand to capture it all for UnderGround TV

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Fancy editors ‘working’

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G. Langston was on hand

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G. Langston v.2

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L – R Larry Roseler, Paul Krause, Scot Harden, and the 950 V-twin

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KTM’s Scot Harden

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Tom says “The flywheel has 15 grams of added weight … “

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Tasty vittles were served for breakfast and lunch



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To see the results from any of the races, visit this link

Photos by Steve Bruhn, Frank Hoppen, Kinney Jones, Bill Q

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The cream of the 250 class so far

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Start of a 250 race

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Fans got to see former World and National Champion Greg Albertyn race at Glen Helen

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Aussie Craig Anderson was a surprise winner in Southwick

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Anderson holds off Grant Langston in a corner

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Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Mike Brown is heading towards his second 125 championship

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Ricky Carmichael MDRE (most dominant rider ever)

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Ricky sets a record every time he wins a race

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John Dowd is from Mass, rides a KTM

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Tim Ferry is from Florida, rides for Yamaha

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Chad Reed, Ricky Carmichael, and Kevin Windham attempt to shower someone with champagne. Or put out a fire somewhere

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Ernesto Fonseca is originally from Costa Rica, rides for Honda

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Fans got the chance to see former National Champion Doug Henry race at Southwick

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Ryan Hughes is chasing the 125 championship for KTM after sitting out last year. And he’s riding with a broken leg.

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Branden Jesseman returned to racing at round six in Michigan. He rides for Suzuki, and is the 2003 125 East Supercross Champion

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Branden Jesseman

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Michael Byrne (Australia) leads Grant Langston (South Africa)

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Mike LaRocco has been racing Nationals since 1988

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Kyle Lewis

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Brett Metcalfe is riding for KTM in the 125 class

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Travis Pastrana rode the first round in San Bernardino. He stopped racing for the remainder of the year because of knee injury. Will he be back in 2004?

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Nate Ramsey

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Chad Reed has moved up to the 250 class this year, running third in points

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Stephane Roncada rides for Suzuki. He’s been in both the 250 and 125 classes

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Brock Sellards rides for the Yamaha of Troy team

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Andrew Short rides for the Motoworld Suzuki team

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This is Kelly Smith

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Eric Sorby rides for the Pro Circuit Kawasaki team

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This is James Stewart, Kawasaki’s 125 team rider. Defending 125 champion

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Stewart missed the first four rounds, but has won round 5 and 6

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Ivan Tedesco asks for directions to ‘that motocross race’

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This is Jason Thomas

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Former World Champ Seb Tortelli is in South Africa now, resting from his second knee surgery this year

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David Vuillemin is under there somewhere. He rides for Yamaha on a 450 four-stroke

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Larry Ward. Larry’s been racing the nationals since 1987

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Nick Wey rides for Mach I Yamaha

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Kevin Windham – a breath of fresh air. He’s returning to racing after a year off – second in the 250 points

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A few fans got to see former National Champion Rick Johnson ride Saturday practice at Hangtown. He was doing the helmet camera for TV

Tentative 2004 World Motocross (and SuperMoto) Calendars

Tentative 2004 World Motocross (and SuperMoto) Calendars

“I am proud to be able to announce in such a short time an excellent Motocross calendar” says Giuseppe Luongo, President of Youthstream. Mr. Luongo continues “After a long time of not having any overseas events, we have an overseas race in Dubai and it is possible we will have another as we are in negotiation with 3 other countries. I am delighted to be bringing World MX back to England, as they have always been such great supporters.”

“The S1 calendar confirms the previewed great evolution of the FIM SuperMoto World Championship. Starting in 2004, we will also have a SuperMoto Des Nations, and I am confident of the participation of many European teams along with other countries like Australia, USA and South Africa.”

Motocross Calendar

March 7 – TBD

March 21 – Portugal – Agueda

March 28 – Spain – Belpuig

April 25 – Italy – TBD

May 2 – Germany – Teuschenthal

May 16 – Belgium – TBD

May 23 – Bulgaria – Sevlievo

June 6 – TBD

June 27 – Austria – TBD

July 4 – Sweden – Uddevalla

July 18 – England – TBD

August 1 – Belgium – TBD

August 8 – Luxembourg – TBD

August 29 – Germany – Gaildorf

September 12 – France – TBD

September 26 – TBD

October 3 – United Arab Emirates – Dubai

October 10 – Motocross des Nations – Holland – Lierop

SuperMoto Calendar

March 14 – Spain

April 11 – Mediterranean

April 18 – Italy

May 9 – Belgium

May 30 – TBD

June 13 – Germany

June 20 – Switzerland

July 11 – Czech Republic

August 22 – England

September 5 – Romania

September 19 – Austria

October 24 – France

October 31 – Europe

November 14 – Greece

November 28 – TBD

December 5 – SuperMoto des Nations – United Arab Emirates

Youthstream is the company that manages the exclusive television, marketing and promotional worldwide rights of the FIM SuperMoto World Championship, FIM Motocross World Championship starting in 2004, FIM Motocross Des Nations starting in 2004, and the FIM Snowcross World Cup.

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Mammoth MX, page 2

Mammoth MX, page 2

To see Part I of the Mammoth MX journal, you can visit this link

—- Thursday night, June 26th —-

The Mini’s were on the gas here the past few days – it’s amazing how fast these kids are going.

Now, the reality of the Mini-Dad is …. they are the ones who help fuel our sport. ‘Little Johnny’ has three bikes and goes racing every week. Who pays for it? Mini-Dad! These guys drive all hours of the night, work on the bikes, shell out the cash, and create some serious talent.

One of the coolest things about Mammoth is that it’s a family environment. And so many of these families have been coming here for so many years. “Motocross Mom” Gail Webb says it well: “I first started racing here 28 years ago – this place is the greatest!”

Or how about Alan – I ran into him at the track – he’s a Riverside old-timer. He told me “The family’s been coming up here for the last 15 years, we bring our fishing poles, camp out, go racing and have a great time. We love it here.”

Another Dad on hand was David Bailey. He’s with his son Sean, hanging out and keeping the bikes dialed. David last raced Mammoth in 1982.

David: “I rode 125’s, 250’s and 500’s that weekend in ’82. I won the 500’s, RJ won the 250’s and the 125’s. RJ and Donnie Hansen had a great race in the 250’s. Now, I make sure all Sean’s stuff is perfect – that’s what it’s all about for me now”.

Grant Langston, Craig Anderson, and Eric Sorby were making their way through traffic …. on the track today. Ty Davis is back for more, along with another guy named “Woods” or something, pitted under Ty’s rig. The Pro’s race this weekend.

Teen sensations Broc Hepler and Davey Milsaps will be beginning their Pro careers at Mammoth. They will be aiming for the big guys this weekend!

There is a question of Mammoth’s future. Can a wonderful environment and a great event co-exist? And can you make a difference?

This isn’t about complaining – it’s about encouraging & educating. Why do we come to Mammoth? What do we do here? Why is it important?

When tourists and riders flock to town, they enhance the local economy by renting condos, staying in hotel rooms, eating in restaurants, and the like. If the event doesn’t happen, motocross enthusiasts everywhere, and the local merchants will lose out.

If you’ve ever been to Mammoth, or have read about it, and are a fan of it, please send positive comments in favor of saving the Mammoth MX to:

Mike Schlafmann

Attn: Motocross Mammoth Ranger District

PO Box 145, 25000 Main Street

Mammoth Lakes CA 93546

Or via email at [email protected]

Thanks for taking the time to make a difference.

Look for some Pro race action here tomorrow …..or the next day. ; )

—- Monday, June 30th —-

The past three days have been warm and dry. Friday was Open, Schoolboy, and Women Pro. Saturday was 125’s, with Andrew Short winning. Sunday was 250 Pro – Grant Langston was the winner. Full results are at Mammoth’s web-site link listed below.

125 Pro

Andrew Short

Jeff Northrop

Broc Hepler

Derek Costella

Scott Sheak

Eric Sorby

Daryl Hurley


Davi Millsaps

Broc Hepler

Josh Lichtle

Kyle Chisom

Josh Grant

Michael LaPaglia

Women’s Pro

Jacqueline Hudson

Sheena Patterson

Kaide Garrett

Kelly Yancey

Jamie Pamintuan

Bonnie Warch

Open Pro

Grant Langston

Scott Sheak

Ty Davis

Rich Owens

Nathan Woods

Andrew Short

250 Pro

Grant Langston

Broc Hepler

Bob Kiniry

Rich Owens

Daryl Hurley

Scott Sheak

Jeff Northrop

I’ll have a more complete story later this afternoon, along with more photos.

—- Wednesday morning, July 2 —-

It’s all over …. seven days of racing …. 11 days of motocross …. a little bit of snow …. a whole lotta sunshine …. 1701 entrants …. we just had the biggest Mammoth Mountain Motocrosss ever!

David Bailey, Rick Johnson, Bruce Penhall, Jeff Ward, Jeremy McGrath …. Langston, Short, Sorby, Sheak, Davis, Hurley …. Broc Hepler, Davi Millsaps, Josh Lichtle, Michael Lapaglia …. a full mix of talent from the past, present, and future!

Former 125 World Champion Grant Langston and KTM had a great Pro weekend – winning Friday’s Open class, and Sunday’s 250 Pro class. Grant lost a radiator cap in Saturday’s 125 race, and that put him out of possibly taking all three classes. But one guy who did take all three classes was Brock Harden, winning the 125, 250, and Open Jr. classes!

The Schoolboys – 12 thru 16 years of age – this is the class to watch if you want to see the future! Davi Millsaps took the school boys to school on Friday’s racing. Millsaps, Hepler, and Lichtle 1 – 2 – 3. All on Suzukis.

Andrew Short was the eventual winner of Saturday’s 125 race after a short battle with his buddy Jeff Northrop. Jeff and his Kawasaki took a well deserved second place. Broc Hepler finished a strong third in his Pro Debut at the mountain.

Riders from all over the country come to Mammoth looking to win at the longest running MX event in the USA. And possibly 2003 was the last time these racers may get to race on “The greatest track in the world” as Larry Nasten put it. Larry has been the announcer of the event for some 20 years.

Larry acted as master of ceremonies, giving a heartfelt speech before the main events on each day of racing, concerning the Mammoth MX and it’s future. “This Mountain has been roaring for 36 years, we cannot let it die” said Larry.

Larry also gave the racers and the families a chance to thank Dave and Roma McCoy, the founders of the Mammoth MX, “for all they have done in making this event the best in the world”.

On my way out I saw Lori Carlson, Mammoth Mountain Coordinator. She was very pleased with the outcome of the race. The event ran very smoothly and efficiently. Lori said “Our new format gave the racers and their families a chance to enjoy all the mountain has to offer from fishing, hiking, mountain biking, camping, all of it”.

She added “It’s not just about the race, it’s about the land. We are putting everything in place in hopes of keeping it the way it’s been for the past 36 years. I’m confident we can make it happen!”

See you next year!


The Mammoth Mountain web-site is at this link.

The Mammoth Motocross web-site is at this link.

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Riverside Old-Timer Alan enjoys fishing and racing at the Mountain

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Sean Bailey on the bike, proud Dad David Bailey

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One more photo of Jeremy McGrath from last weekend by Frank Hoppen

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Grant Langston practicing for this weekend’s Pro races

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This is Luke Johnson, oldest son of Rick

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This is Murray Miller

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Another proud Dad (RJ)

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Some folks checking out RJ’s downhill line

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Nathan Woods

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Sunday’s 250 pro main

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Daryl Hurley

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Broc Hepler, and Jeff Northrop

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Daryl Hurley leading the way

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Grant Langston – World Champion on the downhill

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Langston – Open and 250 Pro winner

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Michael LaPaglia

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Nice starting area

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Davi Millsaps

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Jeff Northrop

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Scott Sheak is in the house

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Short – 125 Pro winner

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Andrew Short

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Eric Sorby and Jeff Northrup – check out the mountain top

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Woods on the downhill

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The snow

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Big Donald Franklin

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Hepler – cool, calm, and faasstt!

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Suzuki and IRS backed Josh Lichtle

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More Josh

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Luke Johnson

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Northrop diced it up with Short and Sorby all weekend

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More Northrop

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