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You Tell ‘EM, Melon! – Vol. 1

Welcome, MX775 readers, to my first installment of "You Tell 'Em, Melon!". Every few weeks, I will be spouting off about the races, news and other assorted crap that comes across my computer desk. Of course, I will also be waxing satirical, but really, how does the old saying go: "behind every joke is a nugget of truth"? Yeah.   First, lets talk about the absolute butt-whipping Eli Tomac put on #thediesel and the rest of the field. Eli said in interviews that he felt loose and could put the bike wherever he deemed. He didn't say "loose as a Goose" (shout out to my boy, Goose Trammel, you crazy mo fo!), but he did put more wax on the field that you did on your snowboard when it snowed last week in the mountains, bro. He looked like my old rival, Bad Billy Robinson on his Hurricane. Bad Billy used to get the best of me, but in the end, we were just good old friends racing because we loved it. That really has nothing to do with what happened last weekend, in moto 2 at Hangtown, but it's a cool way to feign inspiration, you know just by acting like...

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775 Icon – Robert Hansen

If you're a 775 local, you no doubt recognize the name, "ArenOcross". This flagship annual event was the areas premiere race featuring big name pro riders, a huge amateur day and great times catching up with old friends. Most people may remember the most recent event as a successful event which attracted many pro riders with some great racing. What most people DO NOT know, was the behind the scenes drama unfolding as Feld (the promoters of the Amsoil Arenocros series) decided to launch a ticket promotion aimed at negatively impacting our beloved ArenOcross, an event aiming for a fresh start and once again locally owned by its founder and subject of this months MX775 Icon story, Robert Hansen.   Robert Hansen, the originator of ArenOcross, eventually, parlayed the event into an entire west coast series, eventually being bought out by Pace and now is owned by the Feld group. Now with the Arenacross series under the Feld Groups' ownership, it has taken on a much more prestigious place in the racing world. It is now, not only a legitimate professional championship, it is also the cornerstone of, "Ricky Carmichaels Road to Supercross", which mandates that all rookies who want to race pro supercross, must score points in the Arenacross series...

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NMS and the Martinmaas’ – the FIRST family of Reno Motocross

When you walk into Reno KTM - Nevada Motorcycle Specialties, you immediately notice the small, independent family feel that brings most people to motocross and motorcycling in the first place; employees greet you and Dee is the first one to say hey. Its the kind of thing that really is a drawing point for the moto industry. It smells like a bike shop. Nothing is super fancy, but if you need it, Reno KTM has it. They also have what matters: Family... I had the opportunity to interview Mark and Dee Martinmaas as this was an opportunity to chat with them and learn a lot of new things. Let me tell you, I learned a lot.  Multitudes of stories, videos and profiles have been done on Reno KTM, which is not why I wanted to do this interview. I wanted to hear about who they ARE, the core of the reasons for what they do. You would be surprised by what they said. During our chat, I learned that Mark and his siblings were 13 kids deep. I also found out that they originate from South Dakota and their father was an inventor. His father wanted to move close to a coast,...

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Detroit track proves difficult, with many crashes and injuries, but workers still below crash per race quota

The Supercross track in Detroit last night, proved to be a bit of a throwback, with many difficult jump options, un-even flow and even a chicane into the stands, which turned back the clock to the Los Angeles coliseum era of supercross. The track also proved to be a throwback, causing many crashes and even a few major injuries to riders, as the track designers ramped up the difficulty.   Nick Gnarly, the on-floor track superintendent, said this about the track, "We designed it to be difficult. Ryan Dungey, of all people, has been dominant and we really want to promote parity in the series, so we really had to increase how hard it was for the riders to navigate. As the on-floor contact for DirtWurx and Feld, I believe we did a great job."   Trey Canard, Jason Anderson, Weston Peick and Jake Weimer were just a few of the riders to really get bit by the track, with Trey Canard and Weimer both suffering injuries. Weston just put a giant crater in the berm where he landed and carried his bike on his shoulders back to the pits. Anderson did his best Mulisha impression and tried to land a can't-can't while scrubbing...

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