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July 16, 2014

Jim's Photo of the Week: July 16, 2014

You know summer has arrived in northern Nevada when every berm at the track looks like it's getting drier by the minute. Fortunately in this case, Justin Lydick (rider) and Jim Huebner (photographer) were able to take advantage of the situation, with the result being this excellent photo from last week's Exit 28 practice.

To see more of Jim's documentation of berms being unceremoniously destroyed, click on the photo below.

 

July 07, 2014

Thor MX riders at Mammoth

If you didn't make it to The Mountain this year, this clip from Thor offers a nice slice of the action.

July 02, 2014

Progression

Sometime in the winter of 1994, I opened a copy of Cycle News and had my mind blown. The black-and-white picture on the page was of reigning supercross champion Jeremy McGrath, and he was hanging off his bike in midair over a triple. The caption explained that this was intentional (answering my first question) and that it was called a nac nac, a move MC had adapted from the BMX world to celebrate his supercross wins.

My 12-year-old brain couldn't quite handle how cool this was.

It's hard to believe that that happened 20 years ago. Or, it would be hard to believe if we weren't witnessing midair moves like this today:

Freestyle MX slips beneath my radar a lot nowadays, but when I see how far these guys are pushing things, I sure hope they're bringing home commensurate paychecks.

By the way, if the time machine concept ever comes to fruition, I need to somehow ensure that footage like this never appears before the 12-year-old version of me. I'm pretty sure I would have had a stroke if I saw this.

June 25, 2014

Leonard "Butch" Stillmock Memorial Ride Day

Scott Stillmock

Story and photo by Cliff Kump

Fernley International Raceway, as it's affectionately called with a hint of sarcasm by some veteran racers of the track, this weekend hosted a memorial ride day for Leonard "Butch" Stillmock, father of two of the greatest sandmaster shredders of the Fernley track, Scott Stillmock (shown right) and Sven "Butch" Stillmock, and former WMX national winner, Sedanna Stillmock.

"It's been a great day. This is how my dad would've wanted us to celebrate his life," Scott Stillmock said. I couldn't agree more. The mood was positive and an estimated 75 people attended. People told stories, mingled, caught up with old friends and enjoyed a buffet-style pot luck.

The track was watered and prepped, and at one point, most of the Stillmock family was out on the track, showing the sand skills that mark their racing-bred bloodline.

Motocross and great results run deep in the Stillmock family. Scott earned national number 10 while racing the four-stroke nationals in the late 1990's. He also earned a top-six finish aboard his XR600 at the Glen Helen round while racing against the likes of Shaun Kalos, Ty Davis, Spud Walters and Mike Healey. Daughter Sedanna Stillmock finished first overall at the 1997 Glen Helen WMX national and fourth overall at the series' next round. Sven Stillmock finished in the top 40 at the 1990 Hangtown motocross national in the 250cc class.

Legacy is important and at this get-together, you could tell that Butch was revered and loved by many, many people. Local 775 motocross is a giant family, and this memorial reinforced that, even in the face of adversity, the family can come together to put on a great event.

"I love this," said Cassi Bussick, honorary member of the Stillmock family. "It's great to see everyone out here and the legacy that the Stillmock family has built over the years."

In a way, we are all part of the Stillmock family, as they represent all that is great about motocross in the 775.

June 13, 2014

Race report: Fernley, June 8, 2014

Story by Cliff Kump

Widely well-received track changes and warm temperatures marked the last round of the SMRA Spring Series and third round of the Club MX775 Battle Born 150 Series last weekend at Fernley. The race offered riders two opportunities to earn points, as it counted toward the series tallies for both sanctioning bodies.

This was a three-day event, with 16 motos total, and it garnered more than 250 entries for Sunday's race and great turnouts for the practices on Friday and Saturday. On Saturday evening, the desert winds in Fernley blew down the scoring tower for the transponder system, but the moto scores still came through without much of a hitch thanks to the back-up hand-scoring system. The Club MX775 team of Ty Erquiaga and Jeramiah Brown battled through a few issues besides the scoring tower, including an accident involving 85cc pilot Colton English. We wish Colton well!

In the first moto of the day, the 250cc Beginner class, Jacob Likes and Mason McCombs battled it out, with Likes coming out on top. Likes backed up his first-moto performance by the taking the win and the overall in the second moto. Brandon Jacober, a Reno KTM/Nevada Motorcycle Specialties rider, took a sixth in the first moto and a 13th in the second moto for eighth overall.

"I crashed and ended up last during my second moto, but got back up and charged as hard as I could until the end of the moto and finished OK," Jacober said. Jacober has been riding about six months and looks to be ready to move up the ranks very soon.

Jeff Simas took the victory in all three classes he competed in, channeling his inner Chris Fillmore on the fast, sweeping Fernley track. In the 30+ Expert class, Simas battled with 30+ Intermediate Kile Fye and 450cc Intermediate Collin McHaney before eventually getting past Fye and winning his class.

Take a ride with Simas around Fernley in the clip below.

"I thought the track was good," Simas said. "The layout is awesome. I really like it today."

Dean Wilcox, showing his signature smooth riding style on his Big Valley Honda-backed CRF450R, finished 1-1 to take the win in the 450cc Pro class. Dean said he liked the track and that its conditions stayed nice -- unusually nice.

"I like the layout," Wilcox said. "It has a few more jumps and it helps you stay busy. It was fast, as usual, and you can go to the outside, just rail it. I think it’s a blast. Awesome."

Colin McHaney was clearly on a different level compared to the rest of the field in his race, winning handily in the first 250cc Pro moto. But McHaney encountered some problems late in moto two and just barely made it across the line before Jeff Simas on his Tech One Designs/Troy Lee/Focus Apparel/Virus International/Mika Metals/X-brand/DT-1-backed KTM 450SX-F.

"I know he's a lot faster than all of us," Simas said. "I was catching him, so I didn't know if he had a bike problem at first, but it didn't look like it. During the last lap, he was checking up, looking over his shoulder at me, then barely crossed the finish line in front of me."

In the mini and pee-wee classes, Chase Cannizzaro showed why he is the talk of the town in the 50cc Junior and 65cc Beginner classes, taking a hard-fought overall win in the 50cc Junior class over Sam McCord and getting the job done with another win in the 65cc Beginner class. In doing so, Chase also clinched both the SMRA 50cc Junior class and 65cc Beginner Spring Series championships in his first year racing both classes concurrently. Chase is already a two-time SMRA 50cc champion, making this his third-in-a-row 50cc title.

Gage Wilcox, nephew of 30+ winner Dean Wilcox, showed that some of that family speed has rubbed off on him, winning the 65cc Intermediate contest, but not before him and Demetre Proutsos threw down with some intense battling. Proutsos showed him that the local boys can still stand tough, winning moto one before finishing second in moto two for second overall.

Nakana Domingo did the deed in the 65cc Open class, taking the win with 1-1 scores in a smooth and consistent performance. Ryder Tomaselli, Zade White, Rogen Hill and Nathan Riipi all mixed it up for the 50cc Beginner class win, with Tomaselli coming out on top via 2-1 moto scores.

Saer White battled with Kile Fye in the first 30+ Intermediate race, taking second. But White knew he had to get the moto win in race two to get the overall and achieve an even more important goal.

"I have to win the second moto in order for me to win the series," White said between motos. And he did just that, attacking the sandbox with urgency and claiming a series title in the process.

Patrick Griffith, 30+ Junior third-place finisher, said that the track was very good and that he enjoyed the layout, but he wasn't too happy with his riding. Griffith, a new dad, had to make sure he was home to do his fatherly duties later that evening, so he rode smart, had fun and made it home to take care of baby.

Overall, it was a good day of racing that continued the storied tradition of Fernley motocross, with a large turnout and lots of smiles. Racer Layne Kolbet summed up the spirit of the race in asking, “Have I told you how much I like to ride my dirt cycle lately?”

June 02, 2014

More Fernley racing this weekend

If you need more Fernley sand before summer hits, this weekend's event -- round three of the Club MX775 Battle Born Series and the final round of the SMRA Spring Series -- should be good for what ails you. Click on the flyer below for more details.

 

May 21, 2014

Win Hangtown Classic tickets on mx775.com!

Get your trivia hats on, because here comes a cool promotion from the Club MX775 crew:

HEY EVERYONE - STARTING TONIGHT MAY 21st, CLUB MX775 WILL POST A DAILY MOTO RELATED QUESTION AT 8PM AND GIVE AWAY 4 TICKETS PER DAY TO THE FIRST PERSON WHO ANSWERS THE QUESTION CORRECTLY - 4 TICKETS WILL BE GIVEN AWAY NIGHTLY UNTIL FRIDAY MORNING MAY 30 - THE HANGTOWN MOTOCROSS CLASSIC IS SATURDAY MAY 31ST - FOR DETAILS AND RULES OF THE GIVEAWAY SEE THE THREAD IN THE GENERAL BOARD.
 
FOR MORE INFO ON THE HANGTOWN MOTOCROSS CLASSIC PLEASE LOG ON TO: WWW.HANGTOWNMX.COM

 

May 13, 2014

Important! Stead cancelled this weekend

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  CLUB MX775 & EXIT 28 SOLVE THE SCHEDULING CONFLICT

- STEAD MX IS OFFICIALLY CANCELLED

- THE SMRA SPRING SERIES FINALE AND BATTLE BORN 150 SERIES RND 3 WILL NOW BE JUNE 6-8 AT THE FERNLEY MX TRACK.

In the interest of the racers here in the 775, CLUB MX775 & Exit 28 have reached an agreement and this weekends’ CLUB MX775 STEAD MX race will cancel so racers are not forced to choose between STEAD MX and the unique RCH based promotion taking place at Exit 28 this weekend. 

After lengthy discussions with Tim O’Brien of Exit 28 we feel hopeful that scheduling conflicts such as this can be avoided in future. Club MX775 looks forward to seeing everyone at Fernley MX June 6-8 and a bright future for the Nevada moto scene.

Enjoy the weekend ahead.

Sincerely,


Club MX775

 

April 30, 2014

Go time

When I saw the title "Darryn Durham 2014 outdoor testing" and then the first minute of the video was him essentially throwing whips in the hills, I got a little nervous on his behalf. In case no one has noticed, the Pro Circuit/Monster Kawasaki tends to expect a lot from its riders -- I was a little shocked they kept Justin Hill after his lackluster season last year -- and it will probably take a lot more than those stylish, backward-facing whips to keep that kind of support for another year.

Fortunately, Durham starts shredding some proper outdoor terrain in the second half of the video, which helped worry me less about his fate. Here's hoping it's enough to keep that PC ride. When you fail to win on one of those bikes, it doesn't fill other teams with confidence that you'll be able to succeed on their machines.

April 23, 2014

Glen Helen California Classic

Let's face it: Supercross is about to wrap up -- one could argue it's about wrapped up in the 450cc class as it is -- so it seems like a good time to start thinking about the long, hot summer that lies ahead for the racers contesting the outdoor nationals.

This video isn't of the nationals -- it's from the California Classic amateur national -- but the footage is from Glen Helen, the track that will host the first outdoor national of the summer, and it should get you excited for the moment the gate drops for the world's best at this historic circuit.

Other fun moments in the video: Brian Deegan cleaning out his son's pee-wee on the starting line by holding the rear wheel of the ground and twisting the throttle (I can still remember my dad doing this for me way back when), and the #199 kid who is absolutely flying at the 2:32 mark. Look out for that kid in a few years.