The Dirty Thirty, a number I don't think we thought we would reach when starting the adventure that has been Seat Time. Thank you to all loyal viewers and we welcome all the newcomers. With the start of a show by Jim Holley, I would think this thing called the Internet may have some ground to stand on pretty soon!
Luckily our future is safe and in good hands now. All the under 12 year olds who were looking for some new bikes under the tree are going to find them there (as long as the economy stops plummeting). President Obama signed into law H.R. 2715 that exempt's kids' OHV's from the CPSIA of 2008, known as the lead law. This is a big deal because when our community saw what could be a halt to more than half our industry, our community rose to the challenge and made our representatives know what makes us smile. Thanks to all the kids, moms and dads who signed petitions, sent videos and gave enough effort to make this happen. It's for you that this sport will live on.
The 2011 ISDE took place this past week in the Kotka-Hamina region of Southern Finland. We could say a lot about what went on, but the videos from it tell you a lot more. The important stuff for us, Team USA World Trophy Team had all members finish and they were third overall. Kurt Caselli up'd the ante a bit more and won the E2 class. The Junior Trophy Team was a bit unfortunate in that they lost their fourth member, Coy Buttrick, on the fifth day to a seized bike. They finished 4th overall in the Junior category. The Women's USA Team had the worst luck as they had to remove themselves from competition after the 1st day due to some physical, mechanical and timing issues. Many, many riders from this ISDE are recorded saying this is their hardest ISDE to date. This should say something considering the DNF rate for this ISDE was at 28%.
A little bit closer to this part of the globe, some of our top off-road riders were trying to take Taddy Blazusiak off his Endurocross high horse. It didn't go so well for the competitors as he went straight to the main by winning his first heat race. Cody Webb and Graham Jarvis were also on a winning streak as they won their heat races and went straight to the main. Once the gate dropped for the main though, Taddy was in full swing. Mike Brown, Cody Webb, Geoff Aaron and Graham Jarvis all did their best to keep up with Taddy, but he just let his 350 ship sail. Brown and Jarvis both made more than a few mistakes which let Aaron and Webb pull away to battle for second. On his way to the win, Taddy lapped all the way up to third place. This could say a lot about what this year's EX Series is going to be like.
After a three week break, the Lucas OIl AMA National Outdoors Motocross Series picked back up with Round 9 at Unadilla in New Berlin, NY. Chad Reed was the one who seemed to need the break the most, as it didn't look like he had mentally recovered from his big wreck at Spring Creek. Ryan Villopoto and Ryan Dungey had the momentum going into the break, but waiting to see who rode the hardest after the gate dropped had yet to be seen. Both of the Ryan's came out throttle wide open, but the rough Unadilla dirt was hard on all the riders.
One rider who rode extremely well was Justin Barcia, who had stepped up to the American Honda 450 team to replace hurt-again rider Trey Canard. He had a break out performance and was one of the reasons that Dunegy couldn't get to the front to contend with the Ginger Ninja. In both motos, while Dungey was fighting to pass Barcia, the Ginger Ninja was riding away to victory. We didn't really see Reed up front the entire weekend. He does seem to still be struggling, which he will have to fix if he wants to win this thing.
On the Things to Come calendar, the WORCS Series is back after their summer break in Washougal, WA. Apparently Josh Strang made it to Washington and scored a second place there today; Kurt Caselli won. With Caselli coming off a Class win at the ISDE, watch for him to be very dominant in all his future racing endeavors. Also this weekend is Round 7 of the OMA in Winterset, Iowa. Look for Paul Whibley to be rocketing around that track.
The Outdoors is on another break this weekend and comes back for Round 10 at Southwick. Round 3 of the EX Series will be in Indianapolis, IN and another local Texas series, TORCS, will be back in racing action at Rio Bravo in Houston, TX. Racing is picking back up and series' are gonna start closing up in a few months. Hope you guys are prepared for new winners and new racing. Till then, lets finish off 2011 with a Pint Full of Awesome.
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