etnies Arenacross riders Darcy Lange and Jeff Northrop are on a roll! This past weekends Hampton, Virginia Arenacross round turned into another Pirelli / Darcy Lange lovefest, as defending champion Lange and his Pirelli-mounted Richmond Kawasaki won all four of the weekendҒs main events. (Lange and Pirelli even won the Dash For Cash both nights.) Jeff Northrup, Langes Richmond Kawasaki teammate, kept his grip on 2nd place in the championship point standings, carding two 4th place finishes in FridayҒs 250cc main and Saturdays 125cc main, capping his weekend with a 2nd place behind Lange in SaturdayҒs 250cc final. Lange leads the series with 306 points, Northrup follows with 226.
Timmy Ferry came out for a couple days to test a bit and do a photo shoot for Yamaha at the test track. He has been training and is excited to get back into racing after a injury put him out for almost all of the 2004 season.
Chad Reed is home in Australia with his new wife. He'll be coming back here to the U.S. soon to get back to work. Chad is fresh off a win at the U.S. Open in Vegas for the second year in a row and is the defending 250cc AMA Champion. Chad, Tim Ferry, Travis Preston and Mike LaRocco are the etnies riders who will be chasing the AMA Supercross championship title for etnies in 2005.
Mike LaRocco, who has been a favorite rider of mine ever since I got back into riding around 1990, is a new addition to the etnies team for 2005! After 16 years of professional racing, Amsoil Chaparral Honda's Mike LaRocco, or The Rock, as he's been called, has a career any rider could envy. He can boast of two AMA National titles, a World Supercross championship, and a U.S. Open Supercross title. He ranks 15th on the AMA's list of combined wins, with a total of 27 race victories.
Brian Deegan's new etnies/Mulisha shoe is officially released this week! Deegan is stoked on the shoe and is getting ready to head up to Aspen once again for the Winter X Games in January. Last year, Brian had a bad crash in which he broke both of his wrists and his left femur.
Twitch just finished 2nd at the natural terrain contest out in Glamis and Ocotillo during Halloween week. He is the first rider to do a natural terrain backflip. Look for a sequence in Racer X and TransWorld Motocross soon. Go buy them both!
Trigger Gumm and Seth Enslow are going to Australia sometime at the beginning of 2005 to do two world record jumps.