Braaap Up Report

Word up!  What a weird week with some highs and lows!  Triumph and tragedy, but that is the world we live in and moto always has reflected real life due to the passion of its fans and competitors.

Let’s start low and work our way up.  The tenth of May is the the day Jeff OX Kargola’s life will be celebrated and we will say our farewells to him as he passes to the next stage.  EXPN and Tes Sewell did a fantastic job of eugoogilizing (pointless Zoolander reference-but hey…) OX and if you missed it hit up our Facebook page for the link.  In case you aren’t in the know we go under the name -Freestylemx.  Good work Tes!

Upcoming Shows!!  We are headed up to Porterville, California for a three day demo featuring Matt Buyten, James Carter and John Distler.  There will be three demos a day and autographs with free autograph cards to every fan that shows up!  Lots of giveaways too!  Hit up www.portervillefair.com to see more!

The week after that we head up to Victorville, California for a high desert good time at the San Bernardino County Fair with a ten rider full contest.  Also going to have best trick and best whip comps as well.  The above riders will be there and so will Metal Mulisha mashers Garland and Danielson, The Real Deal Jim McNeil, Robert Distler, Kenny Bell and the whip master- Myles Richmond!  Lots of stuff planned for the day of the contest (May 20th) and the day before so stay tuned to the local radio stations for more info!  www.sbcfair.com is the place.  You know what to do!

Just got word that a regular on the Boost Mobile Freestylemx.com Worldwide Tour presented by Monster Energy, Beau Bamburg from Gresham, Oregon, is going to the X-Fighters in Brazil at the end of the month.   So stoked for Beau as he is one of those riders that sits quietly then tears your face off with his riding skills.  We wanted him for our gigs in Charlotte at the end of the month, but we will have to settle with watching him on the internet feed.  Stay tuned to our FB page and our Twitter (@freestylemtor) for a link to that when I get it.  Other notables that we will be cheering on are Javier Villegas, Nate Adams (who got his start on this tour years ago) and Adam Jones.  Should be a good one and we are stoked!

Speaking of Javier Villegas- the transplanted Chilean has been realing shredding the last year.  I personally have not had the opportunity to work with him since 2009, but I keep up on everyone’s skills and there is lots of buzz surrounding his name.  He is heading to Europe a week prior to X-Fighters to compete in the fourth round of Night of the Jumps.  Javi sits just two points behind leader Remi Bizouard for the overall!  next round is in Sweden and I know we have some readers over there- so make sure you meet this guy- he is super chill (Chillean?) and I can’t wait to do some work with him this summer!

Well we can’t stop the press without tweaking on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series.  2011 has been the best year of racing in all classes that I can remember in a long time.  The SX and West Lites classes both came down to the final main and the East Lites had mathmatical spoilers too.

In the East Lites- Justin Barcia used consistency and speed to win the title from Dean Wilson who had a couple of stumbles throughout the year.  I think Wilson is one to watch come outdoor season though.  But he will have tons of pressure from Eli Tomac who finished second overall in the West, losing that title to Brock Tickle by only six points.  Tickle on the Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki battled all season long with not only rookie Tomac, but his own teammate Josh Hansen.  Hansen rode through the pain of a busted up paw for the last few rounds, but even so- I still think the top three would have been the same and maybe even in the same order.  Outdoors is gonna be good for the small bikes this year with these guys and add in Ken Roczen (my choice for the O/A)!

The Supercross class was a nail biter to the end.  You had four of the sports fastest riders until the end.  And it would have been five if Canard remained healthy.  Rounding out the top four was James Stewart who struggled this year.  He lost his long time team manager to who knows what, had the pressure of a comeback, got arrested for being an idiot and he took more soil samples this year than he has since his rookie season. Still- at the end he was only 37 points out of the lead.  2010 #1 plate holder, Ryan Dungey on the Suzuki had his work cut out for him. All the guys who were hurt last year (which some say handed him the title) were not hurt and were all fast.  But he held pretty tough as a second year rider in the class and still managed to take third with a ten point deficit to the winner of this years title.  Not sure what he’ll do outdoors this year.

Second overall on the year went to a guy whom many wrote off after the break, and who did not have a ride as of last October.  So that guy, Chad Reed of Australia, starts his own team, buys a couple Hondas and does “okay” on the first few rounds.  In fact- not many thought he six would be fighting for the SX title at the end and he proved them all wrong (including me).  Chad running the familiar number “two-two” finished number two to the old number two.  When your eyes uncross- keep reading.  The winner this year was my pick in December and at times, it looked like it may not happen.  Ryan Villopoto on the Monster Energy Kawasaki team took his KX450F to the title and will wear the number one plate in 2012.  He showed the grit that he has always had and I think he will be a contender for a long time-indoors and outdoors.  He won the SX title by a mere four points over Reed in what will go down as one of the best AMA Supercross seasons EVER!

Hey- before I wrap this up- have you gone to www.smpusa.com to check out the new clothes?  If not you really should.  Send your comments to info@smpusa.com and if you want some free stickers send a self addressed stamped envelope to:

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Peace and swingarm bearing grease!-Cory

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