Saddle Up!!

Well unless you live under your tool bench, and you have no internet in your shop you know that legendary FMX rider Jim McNeil passed away while riding on November 6th, 2011.  Yesterday was his funeral service here is Phoenix, Arizona and I wanted to thank all the people who came out to celebrate Jim’s life and accomplishments.  This wasn’t a “celebrity” event that the funeral goer’s attended because it was the place to be.  Nearly everyone who came was there because Jim had affected them in some way, and many more of you were there in spirit-so thanks. 


But the title of today’s article is referring to getting back on the horse that bucked you off and giving it hell again-so that is what we do.  Lots of stuff going on for the off season I got to say.  Baja 1000 is this weekend, the silly season of Supercross and Motocross is on like Donkey Kong and manufacturers are starting to roll out the new goodies just in time for old St. Nick to come berm blasting your chimney this year. Out of the gate and shifting into second….

First a quick shout to our mates on the gate over at Leyba has assembled a formidable army of scribes that have been getting some coverage of late, the latest being the “Official, official” retirement of Greg Hartman after his big get off in China last year.  Hate to see Greg stop riding, but I am pretty sure we have not seen the last of Greg.  Peep that here EXPN

Heading over the AMA land and the upcoming Super and Moto Cross seasons, looks like all the major players have a seat and will spend the holidays getting fat, working it off, getting fat again, working it off, getting the bike ready then its Anaheim and the Supercross opener on January 7th.  You can head over to SILLY and read what they know and then make your preliminary picks for the year.

 My take on a few of the choices?  Monster Energy Kawasaki is the one to beat.  They are on known equipment, with known riders, with current Numero Uno’s on a couple bikes under the tent- with health and a little luck-champions again.  Who is going to challenge them?  Indoors will be Chad Reed on the Two-Two Motorsports team and he will be on the red bikes again-so most of his prep will be physical and mental.  Trey Canard is back on the Honda factory effort and should be quick too.  Struggling in 2012?  KTM-I love the great pumpkins, owned a couple once, but even with Ryan Dungey on board, wins will be few and far between this year.  I hope I eat my words because Dungey has finally started to grow on me as a rider, but this year will be a development year for him.  If anyone can put the KTM on the top of the box next Miss Supercross this year it will be the hardest working man in MX.  James Stewart will struggle.  Many say he will be fine going back to a familiar ride in the Yamaha, but this time it is with a new team (Joe Gibbs Racing-JGR) and after a whole year off.  We’ll see!


Red Bull is up to the end of year hi-jinx again- here is a vid to get you all hot and bothered for New Years NO LIMITS.

The Baja 1000 takes place this weekend in Mexico and caps the 2011 SCORE season.  Our own Marc Burnett is running in Class 6 and is in line to snag the class championship in his Monster Energy-General Tire Ford and will solo drive the entire distance with a freshly broken collarbone.  Good luck Buddy!  On the bikes Kendall Norman, Santa Barbara, California and Quinn Cody, Buellton, California on the No. 1x JCR Honda Racing Honda CRF450X will attempt to defend their overall from last year. 

That’s about all for now- keep up to date with the motorsports players on our Twitter feed @freestylemx where we sort through the crap to bring you the best.




-Cory Stem

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