The Dutch MX season has started. After 18.000 liter of rain water were pumped off the track and the "Dirtwurx" crew of Mr. Van Vijfeijken himself spent numerous hours working on the track, the three-hour team race was a go. In zero degree (centigrade) weather and some snow/hale showers, the race wasn't for the wussies.
A "Le Mans" style start saw Jarno Verhorevoort (Team Universal MX) holeshot the race with a sweet wheelie. Dennis Verbruggen (Team Van Gerwen) followed in hot pursuit and took over after a few laps. The Paul's Boutique team had a bad start with Jan-Willem Koppenens leaving the start grid in last place but soon caught a couple of riders before passing on the arm band to team mate Paul de Jong.
HARO's Warwick Stevenson spent 6 weeks teaching a girl how to ride a BMX bike for an MTV show called MADE. The result was that the spoiled unathlethic girl could barely make it around the track without crashing. It was actually good to show that BMX racing isn't that easy, even if you have personal training from the current UCI World Champion. Warwick received over 1000 E-mails via his website after the MTV Made show was broadcasted and enjoyed the time working with MTV.
MTV also liked working with The Warlock and they're going to film an episode of MTV Cribs at Warwick's place soon. Time to clean up the house and stock that fridge!
For Immediate ReleaseTHE UCI BMX SUPERCROSS WORLD CUP FEATURED IN INAUGURAL DEW ACTION SPORTS TOUR
UCI and the Dew Action Sports Tour announce the inclusion of the UCI BMX Supercross as a specialty competition at the Tour’s fourth event, Sept 8-11 2005 at the HP Pavilion, San Jose, CA USA.
â€œWe are very excited to be able to include the UCI BMX Supercross in the highly anticipated and prestigious 2005 Dew Action Sports Tourâ€?, said Johan Lindstrom, UCI BMX Sports Coordinator.
If you're not into the MX thing, don't click on this. If you are, enjoy some photo's I shot in San Francisco, check the results and enjoy the notes that PR manager Denny Hartwig sent over.Three in a Row for Suzuki’s Carmichael
Laninovich Takes Home First Win in San Francisco
SAN FRANCISCO (January 29, 2005) - Suzuki’s Ricky Carmichael, of Havana, Fla., won his third consecutive THQ World Supercross GP/THQ AMA Supercross Series race in front of 38,744 fans at SBC Park. Honda’s Billy Laninovich, of Lake Elsinore, Calif., won his first 125cc Western Regional THQ AMA Supercross Series race.
Supercross action with hobby rider Bart de Jong
The Suzuki Crossover Challenge is a race of Athletes from different sports mixed with Celebrities that takes place during an actual Supercross event. For the 2005 season the race took place at the SBC stadium in San Francisco, California. Instead of riding RM 125 bikes, this year the Crossover Challenge was raced on DRZ 110 mini bikes. I managed to score a ride but was so unprepared it wasn't even funny. On top of that I dislocated my shoulder the week before riding some BMX at the Bellflower track. It took a "whatever it takes" effort to make it to the evening program. With 38.770 people in the stands, it was on, but for how long?
The BMX indoor race in Tours, France is one of Europe's biggest races every year. The event took place last weekend and the results are right here:
Pro Open Saturday Night:
1- Allier Thomas
2- Prokop Michal
3- Baltzersen Henrik
4- Day Mike
5- Fouilleul Thierry
Lots of BMX-ers showed up to watch round 2 of the THQ AMA Supercross in Anaheim. Among the 40.000 people were Robert de Wilde, Randy Stumphauser, Big E, Robbie and Ane Morales and Danny Hubbard to name a few.
With Bubba Stewart and Travis Pastrana out with injuries it left the battle for first in the 250cc class to Ricky Carmichael, Kevin WIndham and Chad Reed. RC got the holeshot with Reed in hot pursuit. Windham was coming from 18th place but rode strong and finished 3rd when the checkered flag was waved. Reed bobbled in the rhythm section and crashed and this is where RC took off. Check here for the other results.
The ABA season traditionally starts with the race in Reno. It's a bit of a drive from So-Cal. I did the trip twice. Once with Pete Delewski in the WD-40 GT box van (1996). We stopped at some trails on the way up and after the Silver Nationals we went snowboarding with Gary Ellis where Pete broke his wrist and still drove all the way back to Santa Ana. The other time was in the S&M van (1995) with 9 people in a white van driving through a snow storm with no windshield wipers. Both adventurous trips with good memories. Todd Lyons was leading the ABA double A Pro standings after the race in Reno in 1995. Let's see who's leading now.
Lierop is a small village in the South of Holland with a big motocross heart. It's got 1500 inhabitants and 569 of them volunteered to work at the MXoN to make it a success.
Even with no team USA present (but we spotted Bubba) it was a great race. To be honest I wasn't sure if team Holland would make it through qualifying on Saturday. Turns out that the Dutch team climbed on the podium on Sunday which surprised everyone.