Spokane, WA – After a crash last year at Washougal for the final rounds of Quadcross Northwest left Trevor Oestreich with news of a heart condition previously undiagnosed, Trevor was expected to never be able to do physical activities again. After extensive doctor visits and finally flying to New Jersey to see a specialist, Trevor Oestreich has been cleared to race the opening rounds of Quadcross Northwest next weekend. “I am very happy,” Trevor said by phone, “Especially going from zero racing last year to some riding and now getting back to racing! I just have to take it easier than before.” For Trevor, that means dropping down from the ProAm class and just competing in the Production A class.
On Wednesday, March 18th, around 6pm, we got the word that we had a donation for the fuel to get us from Portland, OR to the first round of the AMA ATV Motocross Championship in Lizella, GA. We scrambled to load up, headed out of the driveway at 10pm, and made it to the track in Georgia early Saturday morning the day of racing. We were all tired from the non stop driving (except gas and potty breaks) for 56 hrs.
That whole morning was RUSH RUSH RUSH to sign up, get transponders, find out when our practice was, unload the bikes, get geared up, and hustle over to our THREE lap practice. Apprently that is all you get on Saturday, and Sunday you get two laps. The track is a sand track so by practice #3 the track was already extremely beat up with ruts swing arm deep. The minis could hardly make it through the things. They even had to do bits of track work before each of the mini motos.
Giant Weekend Coming to Glen Helen! This weekend brings a full slate of action to the world-famous Glen Helen Raceway! Thursday will host the usual open practice day at “The Glen,” followed by a special Quad/UTV practice day on Friday, March 20th, from 9am to 1pm. This special practice session is to help racers prepare for Round 2 of the QuadX Series. The STI QuadX & UTV Racing Series resumes Saturday, March 21st with a full slate of ATP Pro, Amateur and Youth classes, as well as Pro, Unlimited and Sportsman UTV classes. For more information and entries, visit glenhelen.com! … Read more…
2015 GNCC Race Report The Maxxis General Washington, GA ~ It’s amazing what a week can do. Round 1 may have given us a much needed break from old man winter with a little sun, sand, and racing, but round 2 made sure to remind us that in GNCC racing…..be prepared for anything! Mud was the order of the day at this year’s running of The General presented by Maxxis. While this track isn’t known for it’s extreme elevation changes or intense rock gardens, it is known for it’s red Georgia clay, and when you combine that clay with a fair amount of rain, then … Read more…
Racing action from Round 1 of the GNCC series!
Palatka, FL ~ Welcome back everyone!! It’s a new year, a new season, and another positive step forward for this race team. Let’s get right to it by putting down the snow shovels and heading south to the sunshine state. Round 1 of the Grand National Cross Country series brings us back to a venue that the old school GNCC racers may remember, a 6,000 acre working cattle and timber plantation known as the Rodman Plantation. The terrain here is similar to other Florida tracks we have seen in recent years which means the track conditions will get rough very quickly. Another variable racers need to pay attention to is temperature. Going from 30 degrees and snowing to 70+ degrees and sunny sounds like heaven but it can quickly take you down if you’re not aware. They don’t call this America’s Toughest Sport for nothing!!
Peoria, AZ – Maxxis/H&M Motorsports’ Beau Baron continued his onslaught in the Pro ATV class at round three of the 2015 Rocky Mountain MC World Off-Road Championship Series Presented by Maxxis and Dirt Wheels with his third consecutive win, while his teammate David Haagsma joined him on the podium in second and LMR Racing’s Robbie Mitchell claimed third.
AMA National Hare and Hound Association Round 2 Checkers 2015
Barstow, CA 2/22/2015- Man, I was excited to see this new venue, only racing NHHA for a few years; I never had the chance to race in Barstow. It hosts some of the gnarliest terrain on the west coast with multiple “SCORE” roads, very rocky and not a lot of places to pass on the virgin parts of the course. I had the “Rat Rod” prepped and ready for battle in the high California desert. I had the engine redone after the first race along with changing my Elka Suspension around a bit. The quad was amazing! As a Massachusetts native would say “My Moto Xperts/Hot Cams/Hot Rod/Cylinder Works/Vertex Piston TRX engine is a rippa!” I also, have to thank Jay at Impact Solutions for dialing in my Elkas, they worked really hard for me to make them the best they can be. Did some shock tuning with Alex and James Ortiz out at their house had a lot of laughs and got my quad working great.
I ended up driving down by myself to pick up some race fuel from RSI and my main man Jay Young of Team True Racing delivering it to Skyler and I. That was a huge help to both of our programs so thanks to them. I had to stop several times on the way as I was having some stomach issues early on, I felt like Harry Dunn (Dumb and Dumber) when Lloyd pours him some “superlax”….Haha! I had finally made it to the race site and settled in. My girlfriend
Rachel and her dad showed up shortly after. We got everything ready and rode a couple times to give the quads a shake down. I did some minor changes to the shocks and they were better than ever. I was Dungey pumped!
With the 2015 racing season rapidly approaching, all eyes are on March 10, 2015, where the best ATV riders from around the country will compete at the Daytona SX track during bike week. To add to the excitement, this historic race is also the opening round for 2015. Sharing the top notch supercross track with the dirt bikes will provide a great opportunity for the sport to grow, and also provide us with some great racing. A Race to Watch by Austin Rohr There is no doubt that many have Chad Wienen picked for the win and rightfully so. Three consecutive titles … Read more…
Get trained by Daytona SX winner and multi-time champion John Natalie at EMF Days this April in Burley, ID. April 4th and 5th there will be racing, open practices for quads, SxS, and bikes, movies, food, camping and a John Natalie riding school. Bikes are welcome to attend the event, and bike classes will be added as necessary. The Natalie class will take place Friday April 3rd, registration for all ages/skill levels below. Space is limited!
Edico Usak is one of the Canadian kids that blew the doors off the B class in the first year on 450s. He and fellow Canadian Hunter Friesen (interviewed here) had a pivotal year of learning on the big bike and now they are ready to jump up into A and the ProAm class and cement themselves there among veteran riders. We asked Edico a few questions about his upcoming race season. Here is what he had to say:
Going into the new season, what kind of expectations do you have for yourself this year? Going into the 2015 season my expectations are to try my hardest and do my best. I have trained very hard this off season and got myself into really good shape and feel ready to take on the challenge of Production A and ProAm.
Reflecting on last year’s racing, what did you focus on most for the off-season in order to improve for 2015? Last year was a really good year and a learning year being it the first on my 450. I focused this off season on my strength in the gym a lot. I felt like last year my stamina was great but the new, bigger machine was a lot more for me to handle. I didn’t feel like I would get out of breath tired, I just felt like I would get physically tired and felt like if I was a bit stronger it would help a lot. That’s what I focused on a lot this off season.
Mooresville, NC (2/20/15)
JRi Shocks is pleased to offer the first factory replacement shocks for the all new Polaris Slingshot. After receiving a number of complaints about the harsh ride and the limited adjustability of the factory shocks, Wisconsin based Alpha Powersport approached JRi about providing a solution.
The factory Slingshot shocks are a twin tube design that provide no preload adjustment and are non adjustable. JRi’s monotube, gas charged shocks greatly improve ride comfort and offer ride height adjustment in addition to 60 clicks of damping adjustment, allowing the user to customize the ride to their comfort and driving style. For a firmer ride, simply turn the adjuster knob in the “+” direction; for a softer ride turn it in the “-“direction. Ride height can also be adjusted but the user must first loosen the lock ring on top of the preload collar, then tighten or loosen the collar to achieve the desired ride height.
The JRi Slingshot shocks were actually adapted from JRi’s popular single adjustable shocks, already in use on numerous street and custom applications. “We have an extensive background in developing shocks for motorcycles and pro touring vehicles, including vehicles like the Ariel Atom which is similar to the Slingshot,” said Steve Jessup, JRi’s design engineer. “We were able to develop a baseline setup from this project and combine it with feedback received from dedicated Slingshot enthusiasts like the folks at Alpha Powersport, and come up with a solution that works well for the Slingshot.”
About JRi Shocks
Makers of high performance, high precision shock absorbers, JRi Shocks draws upon over 100 years of collective experience in shock absorber design and engineering. Since opening their doors in 2007, JRi Shocks has seen success in nearly every form of motorsports from NASCAR and IndyCar to drag racing, short track, road racing and offroad. JRi’s race proven suspension designs are a tested and proven solution for peak performance on both the street and the track.