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Typically this time of year gets a little slower in the moto news department. FMX is all but shuttered for the season with the exception of Nuclear Cowboyz rehearsals. Moto has riders recovering from off season surgeries, seating in to new teams at private test facilities and getting fit for 2012. Add in Thanksgiving this week and everyone is going under the radar.
Not Bryce Hudson though. The FMX upstart has been flying high and the industry is taking notice. I just talked to him this morning and he told me about the new deal he just inked with One Industries. “They said they saw some footage of me, heard good things and we put a deal together” says Bryce who rides a KTM 250SX and just snatched up a KTM 350 four stroker for FMX. “It’s a gear deal but they also do 661 and Sunline so I am getting some parts support and grpahics too”. Bryce has really started to make waves in the last half of the 2011 season and that played a key part in getting this deal . Look for more from Bryce later this week.
In Europe FMX is still in full swing with Night of the Jumps just finishing up a stop in Ostrava, Austria this past weekend. Javier Villegas, who leads the series points with 156 leaving going into Poland this weekend, finished second to Remi Bizouard who now sits second in points with 135. Remi used an old school Sideshow to Side Saddle Lander and some new trickery in the One Hand Hart Attack Flip to beat Javi by ten points on the night. There are three rounds remaining and the title is not won yet. You would be surprised who does not know this, but Europeans don’t celebrate Thanksgiving Day so they do FMX instead. The Night of the Jumps rolls into Poland for two nights this weekend then to the final stop on December 17th in Bulgaria.
Chad Reed won his first race weekend after ten weeks off in Genoa, Italy Supercross this past weekend. The Honda mounted Two-Two Motorsports owner/operator beat out Team Geico Honda’s Justin Barcia who has been pocketing some nice holiday spending money overseas this fall.
The Baja 1000 was this weekend closing out the Score International Off Road Racing Series for 2011 too. The Pro Bike class was tight on the podium with the finishers within about 16 minutes of each other-which is pretty tight considering 650+ miles and 14 and some change hours racing!
1. Kendall Norman, Santa Barbara, Calif./Quinn Cody, Los Olivos, Calif./Logan Holladay, Buellton, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 14:14:25 (49.51 mph) (Class 22)
2. Shane Esposito, Lake Elsinore, Calif./Robby Bell, Menifee, Calif./Steve Hengeveld, Flagstaff, Ariz./Bobby Garrison, Hesperia, Calif./David Pearson, Panaca, Nev., Kawasaki, KX450F, 14:24:55 (48.91 mph) (Class 22)
3. Colton Udall, San Clemente, Calif./David Kamo, Caldwell, Idaho/Timmy Weigand, Valencia, Calif., Honda CRF450X, 14:31:10 (48.56 mph) (Class 22)
On the industry side of the house: Skullcandy, maker of bitchen’ gifts for your ears is suing a company who is infringing on the Skullcandy logo. Read more here.