Braapp Up Report 7/26/2011
This week I am writing from the road as I am on tour with the Boost Mobile Freestylemx.com Worldwide Tour presented by Monster Energy announcing shows. In fact I am sitting in front of the bus at a really creepy truck stop in south Indianapolis and am outside because there is some great people watching going on out here and if I ever wanted to start smoking crack, I could get a loser startup kit right here in the lot!
The tour is here because of the Pastranathon coming up this weekend. In case you have been sleeping in your gear bag all summer, Travis Pastrana has a busy weekend coming up. We’ve gone through this, but it is hectic so let’s do it again. Thursday has Travis in Best Trick, Friday he does FMX, he then flies overnitro to Indianapolis for a.m. practice in the Nationwide Series Boost Mobile/Samsung Toyota Camry, qualifying in the afternoon, racing late afternoon then overnighter back to Los Angeles for Sundays Rally racing at X-Games.
If you are coming to see Travis in Indy, stop by the Boost Mobile Freestyle Moto setup and see what we built just for him- a huge trailer wrapped and air conditioned to carry all the Boost Nascar show stuff and for us all to sign autographs out of. Oh- and of course we will be jumping dirt bikes with Beau Bamburg, Jim McNeil, John Distler and James Carter. Travis is scheduled to sign at our setup around 3pm on Saturday so get there early.
We had some epic Lucas Oil AMA Motocross in Washougal, Washington last weekend and I got to catch a lot of it, but we lost satellite reception in the tour bus for a while. I have said it before and will surely say it again-this is the best season of moto we have had in ages! Take the 450 class for example: There are still three riders within nine points of each other, all have had bad weekends, and all have shown some serious grit when it comes down to it. None of these three have quit and none of them will until the end. Ryan Villopoto was in his home state and went for the overall early with 1-2 finishes but was beat to it by the other Ryan (Dungey) who went 2-1 for the overall and now sits only one point behind RV at 340. Chad Reed raced after his spectacular get-off and charge back last weekend but could only muster a 7-4 in both motos but still got 4th overall and sits at 332 points in third. A week off this weekend will help all the riders ease the pains accumulated over the last 7 months for that final push to the end and the championship.
250 racing is just as tight this year too. The top three riders are teammates for Pro Circuit Kawasaki and only 18 points separates first from third. Blake Baggett took the overall this weekend with a 3-1 to put him third in points behind Tyla Rattray for 328 and 333 respectively. Dean Wilson overcame difficulty in the first moto where he finished fifth to win moto two. This gave him 3rd on the weekend and he still holds the points lead with 346, just thirteen points over Tyla. This one is definitely not over yet. Even though these guys are on the same team, they will fight rough for a championship and I am pretty sure team owner Mitch Payton would not have it any other way.
Onto some FMX and the Freestylemx.com tour. We just did a show in Manassas, Virginia over the weekend (which if you like to follow us on Twitter would explain why I updated maybe twice!) for the Youth for Tomorrow group that was founded with Joe Gibbs help (yes the Redskins, NASCAR, SX/MX team guy) and ran in tandem with the Youth for Tomorrow 150 Nascar Celebrity Race. It was a good time even if the heat index put us at 112 degrees, but the riders all did awesome and it was good to have Rich Kearns back at a show-it’s been awhile. Rich looked good but James Carter beat him during the Best Whip and Trick crowd judged event. James pulled a KOD Flip (which are getting pretty damn big on our mobile setup) and his signature Turn Down-Look Back Whip and just blew everyone away. Since we were set up on the drag strip, the riders gave a surprise drag race to the fans after the last show with big John Distler winning on his CRF450. It was a long drive up to Indy with all the hills and construction so we stopped at a truck stop somewhere in West Virginia and found a topless bar across the street. If you ever went to a strip club in the late 80’s or early 90’s and want to relive that- I know the place!!
That is all for this week’s Braapp Up- look for my X-Games 17 preview and picks tomorrow. I think I have come up with some surprises!!
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