AA Pro Greg Romero has agreed to fill in the now vacant position on Team Haro. Greg Romero, a highly decorated BMX racer, agreed to fill in for his good friend, and fellow racer Jason Richardson while he is out with his recent femur injury. Speaking with Richardson yesterday about the decision he commented "I'm grateful for the fact that there's no issue with Haro supporting me while I am down...which also proves that there is no place better for me in BMX. My decision to pick Greg as my replacement was backed up by many reasons, but our mutual respect for one another and his ability to compliment the existing Haro team seemed to be the two that stood out in my mind. I'm very thankful that Greg (somewhat) put his personal BMX career on hold to help out me and my Haro teammates."
You might feel that this is not the right place for a Supercross report but the similarities to BMX are there and I like it. If you don't, skip this. Anyway, after arriving at LAX late on Friday night it was off to the Amp'd mobile Supercross in San Diego's Qualcomm Stadium on Saturday morning in the Avis rental. I met up with the Dutch Special Forces skydive team in the pits and drank a NoFear energy drink or two to keep hydrated. We skipped the MX scene to check in on Mission Beach for an hour or two and then headed back to the stadium in time for the first qualifying race. The track looked awesome and it was great to see the riders taking care of it. The first long straight lead to a 180 flat first turn followed by a section with doubles and a triple. Left 90 degree turn to another triple (that not everyone jumped) to a 180 left turn in front of the Industry/rider seating where we were sitting. The next triple basically went around the corner followed by a tabletop more jumps and a 180 right turn that had a little bank in it.
Aneta Hladikova, Elite Woman from Czech Republic, broke her wrist at round 5 of the European Indoor Championship in Zwolle, Holland. While leading she hit a jump with her front wheel and landed on her wrist. In 2 weeks Aneta may get plates in her wrist to reconstruct the complicated fracture.
Aneta had just signed a 3 year contract with the ONE KENDA BMX racing team. She’s a former World Champion and is the 2005 European number 2 and World number 4 in 20” Elite Women.
We hope Aneta will recover soon and can get back to what she loves most: BMX.
Guthrie, Oklahoma Formula Elite riders dR Donny Robinson and Amanda Geving made the trek to Guthrie, Oklahoma for the ABA’s Sooner Nationals this past weekend. All-in-all it was a successful weekend for Factory Formula with Geving and Robinson putting up some great numbers when all was said and done.
dR’s luggage made it in time this weekend so he was suited up and ready to go for Pro practice Friday evening. There were a lot of crashes this weekend in the Pro ranks taking out Jason Richardson, Bubba Harris, Mike Moeller and Danny Caluag to name a few. BUT, for the first weekend in a while, dR wasn’t one of them and stayed on his bike, and when that happens, you know Donny will definitely be found on the podium.
Round 3 of the 2006 ABA Pro series was held this past weekend at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma. With what may have been the best ABA built track in years, the Sooner Nationals made for some intense racing action. Unfortunately, with a technical and jump filled track, there are crashes and injuries. Jason Richardson was a victim of a major injury this weekend, as he landed on a rider who was unable to jump the 2nd set of doubles in the Pro section, causing Jason to have a major crash and break his femur. We wish Jason a speedy Recovery and hope to see him and Brandon Meadows back on the race track as soon as possible. Randy Stumpfhauser and Kyle Bennett were both in Guthrie and here is how they finished up:
The third stop on the ABA Pro Series tour touch down this weekend at the Sooner Nationals in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Once again there were BIG Pro rider counts, a excellent track and big, big money on the line, the racing was nothing short of spectacular. By the end of the weekend the ABA PRO ranks had some new faces on top of the PRO podium in Women, Vet, Cruiser, A and AA classes. Here’s quick look at the weekend.
Women Pro was won by KRYSTAL HIME on Saturday taking her second win of the season. While Redline’s KIMBERLY HAYASHI took her turn on top the PRO podium with her third win this season on Sunday.
AA PRO is really starting to heat up and it’s still early in the season. The Sooner National is the third round of the ABA PRO Series events, and we have already see five different winners. How’s that for excitement?
The final round of the European BMX indoor series took place in Zwolle, The Netherlands over the weekend. The track actually had big and steep berms and the jumps were decent too for a temporary track. In Junior Men, Martijn Scherpen (Netherlands) doubled while in Elite men it was Holland's Raymon van de Biezen who won on Saturday. Manuel de Vecchi (Italy) scored most points in Elite men with a 2nd on Saturday and a win on Sunday.
Junior men 1. Martijn Scherpen 2. Jordy v/d Heijden 3. Roy v/d Berg
Breaking a femur is no joke. Just ask Brandon Meadows who recently snapped his for the second time. New victim to the injury list is HARO's AA pro Jason Richardson who crashed badly at the ABA Sooner National in Guthrie and broke the big bone.
J-Rich was choppered to the hospital where his rehab starts. It might be a while before Jason starts pedaling again and we wish him a speedy recovery.
The NBL RM59 Tropical challenge race is taking place in Puerto Rico this weekend. A whole bunch of BMX pros made it over to race and hang out. Robert de Wilde won 3 out of 4 classes. Congrats Afro Bob!
Elite Men: 1 Robert de Wilde 2 Donny Robinson 3 Kyle Bennett 4 Mike Day 5 Bubba Harris 6 Jason Rogers 7 Henrik Baltzersen 8 Randy Stumpfhauser
ABA is proud to announce the return of the original ABA National Event web-casting. ABA was the first to bring this service to BMX racing and it’s back in full force. Best of all, it’s FREE!!!!!!! To better serve the BMX racing community, ABA will now be broadcasting all U.S. National Series events at 6pm on Fridays, 11am on Saturdays and 8am on Sundays, beginning with the Sooner Nationals, February 3-5th. All times are relative to the events time zone. Log onto www.ababmx.com the day of the event to catch all the race action!