Kickstart Corner is a moto blog edited by Chris Worden.
"when I was a Budds Creek I couldn't find a rockstar energy drink anywhere. I found a track worker with a headset...but he couldn't help me...so...I settled for the next best thing....!!"
Motocross is a sport rich with history, and now is the perfect chance to own a piece with the Leatt Charity Auction to benefit the RiderDown Foundation. Leatt prepared three custom neck braces to protect Team USA at the Motocross of Nations where Ryan Dungey, Trey Canard and Andrew Short defended our national pride with a victory in Lakewood, Colorado. These three neck braces, still dirty from battle and drenched in glory, are autographed by each rider and available for purchase through the Leatt Charity Auction hosted on MotorcycleUSA.com
As five-time defending champions, Team USA had the honor of sporting the top three numbers, Ryan Dungey #1, Trey Canard #2 and Andrew Short #3. All three men put on a true demonstration of the American spirit with hard work and determination to bring home the Chamberlain Trophy for a sixth consecutive time. The race is won, but now you have the opportunity to participate in another American tradition by supporting our fallen comrades. Proceeds from the auction go directly to RiderDown.org, the leader in assistance for riders and families dealing with medical expenses.
"Leatt is very happy to be supporting the RiderDown Foundation," says Leatt Brand Manager, Jason McCune. "Injuries are a reality of this sport and we have to recognize the need to help those who have been hurt. Riderdown.org makes this a reality for many people and their families who need assistance with medical bills and other related issues. Not only can you own the brace that our MXoN champions participated in, but you can also help make a difference in the lives of many people."
Safety is a top concern for all motorcyclists and Leatt is on the forefront of neck brace development. It's no wonder Team USA relies on them to stay healthy. Leatt created one-off custom graphics for the MXoN, featuring "2010 Team USA Motocross of Nations" with personalized names, numbers and the Stars and Stripes.
"I'm very excited that we can partner with Leatt for this wonderful auction," says RiderDown Foundation's Bruce Vermeulen. "Motocross of Nations is the pinnacle of our sport, and I'm ecstatic that memorabilia from Team USA is supporting our cause. Winning in such dramatic fashion on our home soil makes this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and the riders are extremely generous to let us have these priceless items. I just can't believe it."
The auction begins Oct. 22 and closes Nov. 1, so visit the Leatt Charity Auction on MotorcycleUSA.com for a chance to bid on each brace.
With a six-point deficit in the championship chase, Dietrich went into the WORCS finale in Mesquite, Nev. with a chance to win the title. The race shaped up to be the best of the season with four lead changes in the first five laps, but bad luck at the end of the race brought Dietrich into the pits with a broken shifter. He didn't give up and went out for the final two laps to finish 14th. We chatted with him after the race to see his outlook on the whole situation, how he's going to approach next year after coming so close to the championship, and if he is in favor of the changes coming to WORCS for 2011.
Tell me about your thoughts coming into this weekend. You had a chance for the title.
Coming into the weekend I just wanted to kill it. I wanted to get out front and see what would happen. I wanted to let the race come to me. It was out of my hands a little bit because the deficit was six points. I just wanted to ride well and hopefully have a little luck on my side. That's how I came into it.
What were you thinking after you broke your shifter?
It was kind of my breaking point really. The race was really cat-and-mouse the whole time, people were moving around a lot. We were all in the right places where we needed to be. About halfway through, I thought it might be possible because Kurt was back and there were plenty of people up front mixing it up. We pitted and everyone moved around a lot in those two laps. From there I tried to put a charge on since I had dropped back a little bit. I was ready to go for it. I think I started riding a little over my head trying to make up time and started to make mistakes. When I went down in that corner and broke my shifter, I knew exactly what had happened because I felt my foot blow right through it (the shifter). I had shifted down to first gear for the corner so I was stuck in first in order to get back to the pit. I was bummed at that point. I was pinning it into the pits, but I knew I had lost the championship. I had about a quarter-lap to think about what had happened. I gave it my all, but I didn't get that luck I needed. If anything it was the opposite.
You've been close to championships before. How do you approach the loss? Does it motivate you for next year?
I think in the past I've let the loss of a championship eat me up a bit. It feels different this year. I do still dwell a little on what I could have done differently. That last lap when I rode around I was thinking about the days that could have added up to the points I needed. But this year I do have a sense of excitement for racing next year. I'm looking forward to the new format and wanting to win. Losing does add motivation and I'm ready for another championship.
Moving onto next year, the format is going to change for the WORCS weekend. The proposed plan is to have two races per weekend that are one hour plus one lap (versus one two-hour race). What are your thoughts on I'm really excited for the changes. I'm glad they are making it different. It will be good for the series. I think it will bring some more attention to it. It could possibly attract more motocross riders. The series already brings in a decent amount of motocrossers and i think the format will only help make it a bigger attraction for the series. I think you will see more guys with true talent at the front. When we get on the line now, we are thinking about not pushing too hard in the first lap because we still have another hour and 45 minutes left. Now we won't have to hold a reserve and I think people will hang it out a little more than normal. I think it could feel equivalent to a 30 minute moto on a motocross track because our tracks are longer and we go for less laps. I think it will suit me really well and I'm really looking forward to it.
Being an off-road rider, you don't see much off-season. WORCS starts in January and EnduroCross ends in November. Do you ever want to have more of an off-season or are you glad to keep rolling with your training program?
To tell you the truth, sometimes I wish we had a little more of an off-season. It would be nice to take a solid two weeks off but with the time frame we have you can't really do that. There definitely isn't any time for us to take a break with EnduroCross ending in November and we jump immediately into testing for WORCS. It is nice to stay in my routine and stay focused. It is a lot easier to stay in the routine and focus on the next year rather than having to build again. Even though it may be easier to do that, I still kind of wish there was a little more down time to not get burnt out.
So do you have any plans during the off-season?
Well last year I took some time off to have nose surgery. I really needed it and it has really helped me. This year more than ever I want to take a long weekend and get refreshed for the new year. I may just buy some last-minute tickets to Hawaii and just take an extended weekend after EnduroCross. I've never taken a vacation in my life that hasn't revolved around racing. I've thankful to have been to many countries around the world, but it was always for racing. This year I'm going to do something, not sure what, but I want to do something that can pull me away for just a few days. I think it will be very beneficial.
While most manufacturers are scaling back on features in a challenged marketplace Smith Optics is taking the opposite tact. For 2011, Smith is implementing sweeping changes to their moto goggle line adding immense amounts of value to a majority of their moto products, bringing great deals to customers with every purchase.
Now most Smith moto goggles will come with the above Roll Offs system with film and visor, a protective goggle storage bag as well as in-lens tear off posts and a Clear anti-fog treated Lexan lens.
Going forward at no extra cost, EVERY Smith Optics moto goggle with a Suggested Retail Price of $25 and up will now come standard with features reserved typically for only the upper end of any brand's MX product line.
No Extra Cost Included Features:
• Roll Offs system and film
• Anti-fog treated Clear Lexan lens
• Multi-layer face foam
• In-lens tear off posts
• Protective goggle storage bag
This amounts to an average added value of over $40 per goggle and the bevy of features anyone would want from their MX goggle purchase. Models which are a part of this new pricing structure are the Intake Sweat-X ($60-$65), the entire Fuel V.2 lineup ($40-$65), Fuel V.1 ($25), and the Option OTG and Turbo models ($40-$125). Also covered is the Smith x Hart and Huntington ($65) collaborative product offering.
"In developing our 2011 goggle line we wanted to exceed the needs and wants of our customer base, giving them amazing product features at affordable price points with a ton of value-added bonuses. Now every consumer taking advantage of our new lineup will be able to experience our unmatched value and performance all made in the USA and backed by Smith's true lifetime warranty," said Smith Optics general manager-MX Division, Mark Phares.
Manufactured in Salt Lake City, Utah, Smith Optics is one of only a handful of goggle brands manufactured and assembled in the United States. Like all Smith products, the Smith Optics moto goggle line is backed by Smith's True Lifetime Warranty.
Smith goggles like the Signature Pastrana Intake Sweat-X (above) will come with the gamut of performance and experience enhancing features at no extra cost.
For more information, check out www.smithoptics.com.
PREVIEW: RICKY CARMICHAEL (NO. 4 MONSTER ENERGY CHEVROLET)
VENUE: TALLADEGA SUPERSPEEDWAY (2.66-MILE TRI-OVAL)
CIRCUIT: NASCAR CAMPING WORLD TRUCK SERIES (RACE 22 of 25)
EVENT: MOUNTAIN DEW 250 FUELED BY FRED'S (94 LAPS, 250.4 MILES)
DATE: OCTOBER 30, 2010
CARMICHAEL AT TALLADEGA: Ricky Carmichael as made three previous starts at Talladega Superspeedway - twice in the ARCA Series and once in the Camping World Truck Series. In his 2008 ARCA race, he started ninth and finished 30th, and earlier this year he started 14th and finished 31st. His only NCWTS start came in 2009, when he began the race in the 15th-position and finished in 20th.
CARMICHAEL ON TRUCKS: Carmichael's last race came at Martinsville Speedway, where he began the race in the sixth-position and secured another top-10 by finishing in ninth. So far this season, Carmichael has scored two top-five and seven top-10 finishes.
CARMICHAEL ON COMPETING AT TALLADEGA: "The goal this weekend for me is to finish the race! I've been there three times and was involved in a wreck each time, so just making it to the end will be an accomplishment for me. It's nothing like Daytona as far as handling goes - it's just hoping you're in the right place at the right time and putting yourself in the right position to finish the race. The rest will take care of itself."
BEHIND THE WHEEL: Crew chief Doug Randolph has chosen chassis No.16 for Carmichael to pilot at Talladega. This is a brand new Leavitt chassis for Turner Motorsports and the Monster Energy team.
MEET THE DRIVER: NASCAR fans at Talladega Superspeedway will have the chance to meet Ricky Carmichael this weekend. The 2009 series Most Popular Driver will be signing autographs at the NCWTS Autograph Session on Friday from 2 - 3 pm.
RIDING WITH RICKY: The Monster Energy Chevrolet will be hosting Kangaroo convenience stores on the rear quarter panels this weekend at Talladega. Fans can sample new Monster Energy products and get a first-hand look at the Monster Energy Chevrolet when the show truck appears at the Pantry convenience store (199 Main St. in Trussville, Ala.) on Thursday from 4 - 8 pm and at the Pantry convenience store (1601 Hwy 21 South in Oxford, Ala.) on Friday from noon - 4 pm.
HIT THE POLLS! Fans only have a few more weeks to vote for the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' Most Popular Driver! Carmichael won the award last season and is hoping his fans will help him win a repeat. Go to NASCAR.com (http://www.nascar.com/news/features/2010.truck.mpd/index.html) to cast your votes today.
MONSTER MANIA: Fans can log onto www.monsterenergy.com for a chance to win race tickets, garage passes and a meet & greet with Ricky Carmichael during the 2010 season. The promotion will run throughout the remainder of the season and a winner will be awarded at each venue the Truck Series visits. Fans can always stay up to date with Ricky and the Monster Energy team via Twitter @RickyCarmichael, @MonsterEnergy and @TurnerMotorspts or online at www.rickycarmichael.com and www.teamturnermotorsports.com.
DON'T MISS A LAP: The Mountain Dew 250 will take the green flag this Saturday, October 30th at 3:30 PM Eastern. Viewers can watch the race live on SPEED. Additionally, Motor Racing Network (MRN) and Sirius XM NASCAR Radio (Channel 128) will have the live radio broadcast.
After putting in a solid 2nd place finish in the sands of Southwick, Honda Red Bull Racing's Ashley Fiolek thought it best to hop aboard a 240-plus horsepower MotoGP bike and take a ride.
Alpinestars have been running the MotoGP Two-Seater program for a few years now and offer VIPs and those willing to foot the bill (and possibly lose their lunch) the opportunity to take a ride with MotoGP legend Randy Mamola around a Grand Prix course aboard the Ducati Desmosedici MotoGP 2-seater. It's a wild, knee-dragging, hang-on-for-dear-life experience and Ashley Fiolek was lucky enough to hop aboard shortly after a weekend of racing.
"The guys Alpinestars have been asking me to do this for a while now. When I first arrived, the few of us there had to go out on the track for some lessons; the excitement was building. We watched them do one lap before climbing on back of the bike and I was like 'NO WAY!' It was so unbelievably fast!" said Ashley.
Just for perspective, the bike Ashley was about to saddle up on has nearly 8 times the horsepower of her factory Honda CRF250R, and only weighs about an additional one hundred pounds.
"Unfortunately, the helmet I had was a tad too big for my head. After the first lap the helmet slid down over my eyes and I couldn't see. I had no idea which way we were turning and I got a bit sick. When I got off the bike and everyone realized I couldn't see they wanted to get me back on with a better fitting helmet but I had to pass, 'Maybe next time!'" said Ashley. "I made my way over to the Red Bull Energy Center to hang out and watch the races. It was a pretty cool experience. Those guys are wicked fast!"
More on Ashley: www.ashleyfiolek.com