Thursday, January 23, 2014

2014 Troy Bayliss Classic

American flat track racer Sammy Halbert wet down to Australia to race the annual Troy Bayliss Classic race. Halbert lowsisded while battling Bayliss for the race lead. Bayliss went on to win his own race! The track is a really cool TT style flat track (minus the jump) on an oiled surface - They mix in used motor oil into the dirt. this results in a very consistent surface with great traction

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Old School Cool

Here's a cool old school flat track racing video from the 1970's. Sort of like the famous "On Any Sunday" video

Superman Double Backflip on MTB

More craziness from the Nitro Circus crew...

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Road Bike Party 2

Bicycle trials riders Martyn Ashton, Danny MacAskill and Chris Akrigg put a road bike through its paces once again. Some wild lines in here including my favorites: a full pipe loop, a loooong turning fakie nose manual, water slide rides and MacAskill's signature front flip over the yoga ball.Check out Road Bike Party 1 too.

Monday, November 18, 2013

RIP Kurt Caselli 1983-2013

Offroad racing legend Kurt Caselli past away Friday night racing the Baja 1000. It was first suspected that a man made booby trap took was the cause but this was not the case. His bike was recovered with traces of a small animal that an altercation with was deemed to have caused his crash. Never the less its a terrible situation. My thoughts and prayers go out to his fiance, family and friends. I never had the pleasure of meeting Kurt but I've been a huge fan of his and judging by the outpouring of love around the world he had an great impact on many people. The sport of motorcycling lost a great one.
I love this picture of Kurt

Here is the statement from KTM:
Kurt, part of the Factory FMF/Bonanza Plumbing/KTM team competing in this desert race, was in a leading position when he suffered a crash that resulted in severe head trauma. He died of his injuries in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico.
The team, who have now recovered Kurt's bike discovered traces on the machine that indicate he had collided with some small animal, which apparently caused the crash.
Kurt, 30, was an accomplished American offroad and desert rider but he had also made a successful transition to international rallies for the KTM Factory Team. He was admired and respected in racing circles for his skill, natural talent and exemplary sportsmanship far beyond the borders of his home country. While Kurt was one of the most popular figures on the KTM team, he was also an unmatched role model for young riders and fans.
Passionate about his sport, he had multiple consecutive championships in WORCS and National Hare and Hound racing and had been the lead rider for the USA International Six Days Enduro team for the past ten years. In January 2013, Kurt was drafted into the official KTM Rally team to ride in the Dakar Rally, replacing his friend and factory teammate Marc Coma, who was injured. Kurt’s debut ride in the 2013 Dakar Rally was impressive. He was subsequently given a permanent spot on the KTM Rally team and was preparing to contest the Dakar 2014 and the FIM World Cross Country Rallies Championship in the coming season.
Pit Beirer, Head of KTM Motorsports: “Today we lost a KTM hero in the worst possible circumstances. We are shocked and saddened by this tragic news and our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to Kurt’s family. Kurt was much more than a very talented rider; he was also an exceptional team player. He represented and lived by the values and a passion for racing that lies at the very core of KTM. Our sport has lost more than a great rider; we have also lost an excellent ambassador for offroad racing.”
Jon-Erik Burleson, President of KTM North America: ”We at KTM can't put into context the loss everyone in the motorcycling community is experiencing. Beyond his racing successes and talent as a rider, Kurt was above all else a core member of our greater off-road family that simply can't be replaced. Kurt inspired the KTM family to keep pushing the limits of racing. He was the driving force behind our renewed efforts in Baja, Hare & Hound and the International Six Days Enduro. His work ethic, attitude and graciousness will never be matched.”
Antti Kallonen, Factory FMF/KTM Team Manager: “The loss of Kurt is immense to the sport, our team and to our family. Kurt has been on KTM his entire professional career. Even in the early years he brought something special to the off-road environment by bringing a leadership role like no other. He had the uncanny ability to bring a team together for efforts big and small. Professional motorcycle racing is always considered an individual sport, but Kurt made it a team sport. Whenever there was an opportunity to lead, help, inspire, advise or coach Kurt went into it like he went into a race—completely prepared, completely confident and knowing he could win. Kurt was the most galvanizing force I’ve ever seen. Those who knew him were lucky. Those of us who got to work with him were blessed”.
Kurt Caselli will be deeply missed by the entire KTM family, his teammates, his fellow competitors and by his fans all over the world. At this time of acute sadness, the KTM management and the entire KTM international family extend their heartfelt condolences to the Caselli family.

Friday, October 18, 2013

The UNIT Skycraft Concept FMX Bike

Recently Unit, an Australian clothing company, unveiled a concept freestyle motocross bike. Unit sponsors a number of FMX riders. The idea was that of Unit co-founer Ian Everest who then contracted Triple Eight Race Engineering to build the prototype.
Ian Everest stated: “The original design brief recognized the opportunity for an ‘out of the box’ product for freestyle motocross. All other forms of motorcycle sports use purpose built machines. FMX riders have no option but to adapt and heavily modify race bikes. It made sense to explore what an FMX specific bike might look like. Being a concept motorcycle it also meant we were not constrained or restricted by production or cost requirements.

The Spec's
•    75 kilograms (165 pounds)
•    Uses existing powerplant and suspension setup typical to FMX
•    Carbon fibre monocoque frame with integrated fuel tank
•    Carbon fibre swingarm with integrated silencer
•    Ultra-slim carbon fibre bodywork
•    Grab handles integrated into carbon fibre body
•    Carbon fibre rims
•    Compact front-mounted cooling system with single radiator core
•    Custom-built titanium expansion chamber
•    Full titanium axle and bolt kit
•    Titanium shock spring
•    Front air suspension
•    Unit magnum grips (patented design)
•    Increased/adjustable turning angle

Its always cool to see new ideas come to be reality. carbon fibre is not known as the most durable material in the world but it is extremely strong for its weight. I'm thinking a few good crashes and the carbon structural components may be compromised. The open cradle motor design is interesting - I wouldn't want to be casing any jumps. Having the exhaust routed through the swing arm is also interesting considering the high stress area having high temperatures routed through a composite.
I'm looking forward to seeing what some top FMX riders can come up with on this thing!

Red Bull Rampage Video

The Red Bull Rampage big mountain mountain bike freeride contest went down last weekend. This contest is the gnarliest MTB event going. Huge drops, massive gap jumps, high speed and crazy consequences. This year didnt disappoint. It was a bummer that the wind picked up part way into 2nd runs and cut the event short. Guys who got solid first runs in were rewarded. Cam Zink did the biggest backflip drop in history but the bottom part of his run fell apart keeping him off the top spot. Check out the highlight video.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Red Bull City Trial Video

Cool short video of a cool motorcycle trials event in the streets of Manchester, UK. Looked like a head to head speed trials event where 2 riders race through 2 identical courses.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Paris Speedway Aug 23 Videos

Thanks to my parents for coming out and filming some of the races...
Here is the Expert final

And the Beginner final following me around to 4th place

Monday, August 26, 2013

H Games Supermoto Video - Team Red & Fred

9Lens dropped this video from this past weekend's H Games supermoto races in Carignan, Quebec. It features racing action from the Red & Fred racing team. I always liked this event and wished I could have made it...

Red & Fred H-Games 2013 from 9LenS on Vimeo.