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Round one of the EnduroCross series began like no other. In the mid summer heat of the south fireworks ran out across the sky. Could this of happened? Young gun and SRT racing supported Kenda tire Lou's crab shack supported rider Mason Ottersberg in the 2016 EnduroCross series performed flawlessly, excelling beyond expectations to stand on the top step of the podium for round one of Eight.
We asked Ottersberg about his breakout performance in Atlanta, and he then began rambling and thanking his sponsors with hashtag this, and that and "couldn't of done it without # that", it was never ending.
We then asked Mason@flyracing@SRT@Kendatire@DA8@flexx@Acerbis@Scott@Stillwellperformance@FMFracing@Hammer@Lou'scrabshack about the off season training and prep, and he looked at us and said "Dude,don't you follow my Instagram feed bro"?, which then lead to him grabbing his phone and showing us ten different Youtube video's cut to Metallica and kept saying "check this one out". By the time we were done looking at Instagram, twitter, myspace, and tinder and "you see this one bro?" the mechanics had washed the bikes, dropped the tents, and packed the van's and were ready to head out to south Dakota.
Then my alarm went off. Wow, that was the craziest dream I've ever had about racing or what? Did that really happen? It's the dream that keeps me coming back for more every round. The one where one of these young dedicated guys or gals, has a break out performance. We're gonna see alot of this this year. Follow here for the satirical version as the season unfolds. Head over to Dirt Rider for the real deal. Over the last three days of culling through images I'm just super psyched to see many of the returning athlete's, better stronger and faster. This guy Ottersberg, he's one of them.
All joking aside, Ottersberg had a breakout weekend, he's strong, had good prep in the off season, and is on his way up.
If you want to read my actual race report, go here to http://www.dirtrider.com/atlanta-endurocross-race-report-2016 Dirt Rider magazine, I'm just gonna use this space to haze my friends.
Good luck this year Mason, dream big, and Taddy could be at your back before you know it.
I'm rooting @MM93official @VR460fficial and Sam Lowes. Who the hell is Sam Lowes?
On the eve of greatest annual race on two wheels I was sitting here wondering how i'm going to watch it? Who was going to win it, and what the world would make of it. I have only shot Mark Marquez a few times in the states, and each of those from behind the lines, but even through the fence, his line was crisp, smooth, and untouchable. He road with class and respect, he came to America to begin all that, and from there he took it and ran with it. He changed the game, MotoGP pilots had to adjust, or they had to move on.
Let's take nothing away from Danny Pedrosa. Pedrosa road without color, he road a great race in Italy IMO, and if he only had gotten past.... but that's racing. Lot's went down this year, lot's of challenges leading up to the championship and lots of heated riding. Is this season the calm before the storm, it's all good for Dorna, views are being had, money is flowing in. I was psyched to see Pedrosa bump bars in italy. just glad Marquez didn't take him to the ground.
The championship is decided and VR46 or MM93 were not on the top step of that in this season's champion. It would have been the world's greatest rides in history, but I did not see that happening. It did happen for VR46. They said it was gonna be cooler on Sunday to bad they only meant for tire setup.Grip is gold in MotoGP. It;s the key to pace. Not everyone likes heavy grip and not everyone likes to float at 200 mph.
Rossi is like Muhammad Ali, he will be remembered as the greatest of all time. You can argue who was the greatest, but only longevity crowns true champions and Rossi ain't done. Like Kenny Roberts,Taddy Blazusiak with the Geico series , or James Stewart with Supercross, it ain't over till it's over. Great champions stand the test of time. MM93 changed the game when he made his first turn at circuit of the America's . By the time the checkered flag came out he stood on the top box, and everyone said "Oh Shit".
The teams all adjusted to a new style of executing to the simple thing called the turn. Eventually the best in the world figure it out, it's called film. It's called engineering, it's called budgets. Reviewing timing, lean angle, braking, tire setup, analyzing everything they could from this kid that just kicked their butt. You can slice it any way you want it, but on Marc Marquez's first race at Circuit of the Americas he changed the game. That would not last forever though. Just like any sport it takes teams, and MotoGP was gaining new momentum and Repsol were now in the lead with a new kid and a new hope for DORNA the MotoGP parent company. He had hit the top of the desk with the best in the world, and philosophically he laid it out, "come get me".
Each season brings a fresh start, new faces, and new champions, all we have to do now, is wait for the tires to warm up. I'm going to go play golf.
Idaho's potatoes are big so are the logs in Boise. As the gate dropped for another technical main in Idaho everyone was waiting to see who would make the turn to the monster first problem. A big feature showing the pride of Idaho's lumber industry, and who emerged but Wild Wally Palmer who is no stranger to hole shots in his career, but the Jersey boy and his two wheel Christini got ahead of all of them in the start of Boise. Webb was right on his tail and the best of the rest where in short tow. Palmer would hold off Webb for a while and then get caught up, leaving him scrambling for his machine as the field past. As quick as it began it was over for Wally in Boise's Main.
Cody Webb had been battling the reigning champ Taddy Blazusiak for the better part of the season. Webb had won the opener in put himself back on the top of the box in Salt Lake, and had not been off the box all season. He was the most consistent man going into Boise, and he could feel the lead in his bones and the potential for his first Geico Championship. Out of the championship with a midseason injury in 2013 he was carrying momentum all year since returning. If he could bang this one out he had one more race to put Taddy in the rear view mirror. Not an easy task considering Blazusiak is the winningest Series rider in history.
Taddy had his challenges in 2014, but he was still the man to beat in 2014. He won at X-Games, again in Atlanta, but was off the box in Vegas ,Sac, Everett and now in Boise he was in need of this win. Unfortunately that did not happen for him in what would be his final season in America.
Haaker had won in Sac and Denver and been on the box several times but complications in SLC left him with a fifth and that can't happen if you want to win this series, the points just drop too drastically as you roll down the charts. Haaker would battle hard in Boise and almost bring them all back except for one, and it was the one that counted most.
As these 4 battled to win the night the rest of the top ten were in a battle for points in their own war. Graffunder, Gerston, Aaron and Brown were back and forth. Seems funny that rolling into Boise this year that last years top ten is still at it. Brownie seems to have a solid buffer going into the second to the last round in 2015. It's almost like deja-vous minus Taddy.
Heading into Boise 2015 Webb seems to be pretty comfortable with 11 points on Haaker going in. He needs to ride smart and conservative, and hopefully in front of Haaker. The RPM Racing rider is the most consistent finisher with the points lead going into Boise. Webb and Haaker are tied on wins with 3 each. Colton Haaker is on his heels. If Haaker has a plan going into Boise, it's gotta be to win, and Cody has to be back two spots for him to get close enough for him to shrink that points lead going into the Ontario final. Brownie seems to have 3rd wrapped up, but I can't see him getting up to Haaker. Brown just needs to hold it together in Boise and Ontario and that would be a great season finish for Mike.
The race for fourth is looking to be a good one. Redmond has 5 points on Graffunder, who has 3 on Gerston. I would be watching this battle in Boise. These are the real boy's on the bubble in the Geico series, so close all of them, I just can't pick a favorite. I want Redmond to maintain, I want Graffunder to have a redo on Denver, and how can you not root for the Cowboy. Their all great competitors.
There are my three picks for battles to watch, Webb vs. Haaker, Redmond/Graffunder/Gerston, and "The Young Guns of the Geico". Will Haaker catch Webb, Will Gerston catch Graffunder, Will Graffunder get Redmond? Those are the races in my opinion. Wait, what about Taylor Robert? He just racing for the "W". It's good to see him back in the mix and on the box every week since Sacramento, even with missing half the season he is in 8th place in points. You can bet he's going to upset that battle for fourth in front of him. If you want to look at the other race I feel will be exciting in Boise check out "Young Guns" below. Those kids are smoking.
See you in Ontario.
Just two rounds left in the Geico Endurocross and headed into Boise, the front is set for the Geico series. Webb has 11 points on Haaker, and Brown seems to be comfortably sandwiched for an end of the season podium. Those podium spots seem to be pretty secure, but as you roll down the roster past the front runners, working through the top ten, you get to the "Young Guns of The Geico".
In order to be in this category, you need to be under 23. Hey, if it's good enough for the FIM, it's good enough for me. The boys on the bubble, as a friend said to me, are those with support from proven results, but not yet consistently on the top of the leaderboard. They are quietly moving their way up with respect and hard work. Let's take a look at a few in the hunt as we head into Boise and see who is working their way to the top.
The Young Guns are an incredibly talented group following the Geico series. I'm going to focus on who I feel are the top performers on points. But make no mistake - there are others and they are coming. To me, the Young Guns are some of the most exciting racers to watch within the series because you see them growing stronger, getting more focused, and they are completely dedicated to the hard work of being a pro.
Banging out laps at home tracks after school or work, sometimes still in high school or getting ready to head to college, these Young Guns in other parts of the world in other sports called Espoirs (the hopeful ones, or young up-and-comers). Sometimes striving to maintain as professional endurocross racers and get a 4.0 GPA can have its challenges. With the likes of Taylor Robert, Cody Webb, and Colton Haaker in front of them, they have some solid competitors and role models to look up to. Some, who have been on the same train before.
At 20 years old at the end of the month, RPM Racing's Ty Tremaine is very familiar with the top step of the podium. At 6'4 he's not a small guy, He turned pro in 2013 and in 2014 he finished in the top ten in the series. In 2015, he was the FIM Junior SuperEnduro World Champion. Tremaine is currently in 7th in points.
Noah Kepple at 19 bangs bars with his buddy Cooper Abbott and together those two are locked in battle. Just eight points ahead of his partner in crime Cooper Abbott at 13th and 14th in season points. They are both being coached by Destry Abbott, who is currently in a top ten finisher battle with Kevin Rookstool. These two teenagers, barely out of braces, possess some incredible technical skill for their age. And with DA8 training centers helping in their development, these two are only climbing higher. It's a close battle with two rounds left, and you can bet they both are looking for the bro trophy come Ontario.
At 17, the Kawasaki-backed rider Cooper Abbott has been competing for several years now in the Geico series, hitting the pro ranks full time in 2015 and already climbing through the top 20. Coop comes from one of the great desert racing families in American history. It's uncommon to not see three generations of Abbotts traveling the country together with Grandad driving the bus. Mentored by his father, Destry, the love these two display on and off the field is something to aspire to in a father, son, coach relationship. You can't help but yell "Go Coop", when he rolls by. This young gun has a solid foundation and as he gets stronger to match his already solid skill, it won't be long before he is within the top ten at the end of the season.
Abbott and Kepple had better keep their focus on because the seven times national youth trials champion Ty Cullins at 16 years oldis just six points back of the battle between the two. Currently 15th in points, Cullens was just out of the top ten in Everett. Cullens won his first national in trials at age 6, and he's been banging out national trophies ever since. These kids are really stirring up the pot and banging bars with seasoned pros twice their age.
Next, I hope to look at "The Climbers, " those guys in the system with the strongest growth curve in finishes this season. One of those guys is Topar Racing's Mitch Carvolth, who was banging around in the mid twenties early season and due to an injury, he didn't show in Vegas. But by his return in Denver, he finished 13th and then in Everett 15th. I don't know what the Steve Hatch racing coach has been eating in his down time, but he'd better not stop. Whatever it is, it's working. See you in Boise!
With 3 rounds left, the front is set. Webb with a 141 leads Haaker by a mere 5 points Haakers after Haakers banger of a comeback in Denver. Brown is in the lead with a comfortable margin for third in the series, However this is not unattainable for battling Redmond with a 112 to 93 spread. Graffunder and Gerston not far back with 85 and 82 respectively. Who's on first, and what's on second is pretty straight forward. Hoping we see some more tight racing in the great not so white north this weekend. Here is what we saw at Denver.
Brown Would win the heat from start to finish showing his dominance and skill.
The womens race in the Geico is HOT! with that capital key locked and loaded. Gutish from RPM Race team has 10 points on Pechout who lost the most this week when she was in a tie last week with a 90 to 90 with Gutish who has 115 in series points. Gomez still with a serious injury climbs into the gate every week. This girl is tough as nails, and she is still in the hunt with a 104 leaving the Mile High city.
Thanks for looking first reading second. I'm a photographer, I just look at the pictures. The only way to keep this train rolling is by your combined sharing. I'm not going to lie, I need to buy jet fuel in this little independant quest to cover the great show in the boulder field. Please share Boulder-moto.com and Boulder Moto on FB. The more you share the more you care. I won't be in Everett as budgets are budgets, but I hope to see them again in Boise for the second to the last stop. Thats your leader board.
Last fall when we rolled into Salt Lake City, teams and riders were a much different picture. Webb was not with RPM, Roberts was not injured, Taddy was still here, and Haaker was on a Honda. Rolling into Round 2, it's Webb's game to lose as he took Daytona, and the rest of the podium is still to be rounded out. Haaker did come in second in Daytona, and you can be sure he is going to be pushing for the win in SLC. That third step of the podium, whether 1st, 2nd or 3rd is still a question. There are many in the top end of the pro field that could make the podium theirs in 2015, so whether you're a Brown fan or Palmer people, 2015 has the potential for a lot of people's hopes this season. I hope yours is on top.
To highlight a few this week is hard because so many rode strong in the off season. Here are a few of my favs for SLC.
Mike Brown is the man, but was not on the podium at the end of the Geico endurocross season in 2014. He was battling every week and halfway through the season, led Team USA into an emotional ISDE and continues to push his career higher. What's in store for Mike Brown in 2015? That's still to be seen, but he's climbing higher!
Brown sat in the middle of the top ten consistently during the 2014 season. Every week Brownie was in the mix. That being said, Mike Brown is in a position few men have had the opportunity to be in. His skills and finesse on an endurocross course are on the next level. He's 43 years old and consistently schools guys half his age. SLC could be "Browns Town".
Mike Brown made the move to Husky in the 2014 Geico EnduroX season as the Captain of that team, but battling every weekend along with the majority of the pro field. Mike Brown delivers on course, frequently turning in the fastest hot laps, getting hole shots, and finishing in front. However, the podium was elusive in the 2014 season for Brown. I'm hoping Brown can stand on the podium once again this year, I think this weekend could be his.
Colton Haaker finished on the podium in 2014 and finished his best season ever in the Geico Endurocross. Since then, he has moved over to Husky and is running the Rockstar in blue and white. In Daytona the Husky put him into second on the podium, so he seems to have adjusted well to the setup thus far. He is hungry for that title and is a real challenge for the overall for 2015. Haaker's solid technical skills and work ethic give him a solid chance for a #1 plate at the end of the 2015 season.
If we are going to throw one more wild card out there, how can we not bring up showman Wally Palmer? He is on good form this year. If Palmer can just touch town and ride away smooth. He is a contender, but half the time, Wally is like a fuel injection program on constant wild mode. One word for Palmer...breathe. I hope to see Palmer on the podium in 2014. He certainly has the talent and is putting in the time..
Whoever you like, get out to one of these world class venues. You can start on Saturday in Salt Lake City. See you there.
It's a tight season in the Geico endurocross. The season has been in a virtual three way tie for the last few rounds. Haaker was off the box in Salt Lake City, but that does not mean he's out of it. Webb can taste it, or will Taddy continue to be the winningest racer in the Geico Endurocross history. It's kind of a coin toss, and I don't think anyone can call it yet.Read More
As I sit here thinking about what to write, I am surrounded by things I need to do, and a pile of equipment on my buddy's table that rivals my desk at the office today. 3 days until I cross the border into Baja to shoot the Baja Rally. The clock is counting down
I have been receiving lots of encouragement from friends about starting a blogroll of these adventures, and having a space to share images of these adventures. With the help of my bros Ace and Max thats what I am about to embark on. Be patient, sit back, and I will attempt to keep you entertained.
In the early 90's I began following my friends who are adventure photographers and carrying lenses and walking in footsteps.
Life hands you opportunities and this latest invite by the Baja Rally organization has been gifted to me. I wanted to shoot the inaugural event last year, but with the opportunity to go with the US team to the international six day enduro last season i just could not make the date. I have put in a lot of work over the last year to make this event work on the calendar. I am super excited about the next week of motorsports in the land above the 28th parallel.
Once I cross the border, I will have limited coverage for maybe a day, then 3 days of following some of the best two wheel navigators in open terrain in North America on my 950 which is sure to be an adventure. Needless to say, I am pretty damn excited, and now I begin. This is Bouldermoto.
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