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Kramer Announces $15,995 HKR Evo2 S For 2023

A fantastic track bike, now at a more affordable price.

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Kramer Motorcycles USA is proud to announce the return of the Kramer HKR Evo2 S model to its 2023 lineup of race-proven motorcycles – now with a reduced price tag of $15,995 MSRP.

This new pricing makes the 2023 Kramer HKR Evo2 S the perfect solution for track enthusiasts who want a turnkey track bike straight from the factory or a no-hassle way onto the starting grid of their local motorcycle club race.

The new Kramer HKR Evo2 S is also the answer for those racers who have been looking for the right platform to build their own championship-winning machine, as the Evo2 S offers a potent starting point for a custom racing motorcycle.

“The Kramer HKR Evo2 S is a great platform for all skill levels,” explained Kramer Motorcycles USA CEO Joe Karvonen. “New racers and track day riders will be astounded by the value that the Kramer HKR Evo2 S provides against the latest crop of new Lightweight motorcycles, while championship contenders can benefit from using the Evo2 S as a starting point for a bespoke racing package.

Equipped with KTM’s venerable LC4 690cc, single-cylinder motor, the Kramer HKR Evo2 S makes 80hp at the crank, and boasts a ready-to-win curb weight of 285 lbs.

The 2023 Kramer HKR Evo2 S sets itself apart from the R-spec model by featuring a single 320mm brake disc on the front wheel, adjustable suspension, and cast aluminum wheels.

The chassis retains its acclaimed chromium-molybdenum steel-trellis tube design, with a self-supporting plastic fuel cell that serves as the bike’s tail section.

“The Kramer HKR Evo2 R will always be our ‘no compromises’ turnkey race bike for riders who are fighting for race wins and championship victories,” added Karvonen. “But with the Kramer HKR Evo2 S, we wanted to offer a more affordable way to get on a Kramer, without sacrificing too much of the Lightweight performance that’s become associated with the Kramer name.”

Kramer Motorcycles USA is currently taking reservations on the 2023 Kramer HKR Evo2 S. Interested riders should contact Kramer Motorcycles USA at 701-367-2258 or [email protected] for ordering information.

Visit KramerMotorcyclesUSA.com for more specifications, photos, and details.


Details on the 2023 Kramer HKR Evo2 S:

The 2023 Krämer HKR Evo2 S comes standard with everything you need to be competitive on the track. The S spec features an 80hp KTM 690cc LC4, race-focused chassis, tunable suspension, selectable engine mapping, and advanced braking systems.

It slots into the entry-level position of the Kramer Motorcycles lineup, offering a more affordable alternative to the high-spec Kramer HKR Evo2 R motorcycle.

Key points of difference between the S and R models are the brakes, wheels, and suspension, while the bikes share the same chassis, engine, and bodywork.

Evo2 S

Evo2 R

Horsepower (crank)

80hp

80hp

Weight (wet)

285 lbs

276 lbs

Front Brakes

Single Caliper / Rotor: Brembo M50 / 320mm

Dual Caliper / Rotor: Brembo Stylema / 290mm

Suspension

Compression & Rebound

Fully Adjustable

Wheels

Cast / 5.0” Rear

Forged Dymag / 5.5” Rear

Frame: The chromium-molybdenum steel frame at the core of the Kramer HKR Evo2 S is responsible for the handling and durability of these motorcycles. This superior material outperforms aluminum, and is significantly less susceptible to cracking or breaking under the stresses of racing. The unique trellis design provides great stiffness, yet flexes where it is needed, and gives the rider unmatched feedback.

Tail section: The tail section of the Kramer HKR Evo2 S doubles as the bike’s fuel tank, and is made of XPE plastic. It holds 3.17 gallons of fuel, and comes standard in a clear plastic finish. This multi-use approach reduces weight and makes for a more compact package.

Body work: The fiberglass body work on the HKR Evo2 s is extremely lightweight, but does not sacrifice durability. All mounting and high-stress points are reinforced with carbon/Kevlar. And by replacing the traditional gas tank with the airbox, the bike’s overall weight is reduced, with the center of gravity optimized for the track.

Suspension: The front suspension uses 43mm WP forks, which have adjustable compression and rebound damping. The rear has a WP shock absorber with a KMC link system that has an adjustable ride height. The aluminum swingarm uses a rigid underbraced design configuration.

Brakes: The Evo2 S is fitted with a single Brembo M50 four-piston caliper, with a 320mm Motomaster rotor. Meanwhile, the rear brake uses a 220mm Motomaster rotor and with a super-lightweight Formula two-piston caliper.

Engine: Sourced from Austria, stock KTM LC4 690 engines are used on the Kramer HKR Evo2 S, with some added Kramer ingenuity bolted onto them. The venerable single-cylinder engine is built with a high-flow cylinder head, ultralight piston, and high-strength connecting rod, which is fed through a high-flow intake system designed and built by Kramer Motorcycles. As a result, the power band is a thousand rpm wider over a standard LC4 motor, and provides even more uniform power delivery, especially in the mid to high rev range.

Balance Shaft: The 2023 Kramer HKR Evo2 S uses the latest LC4 engine generation, which boasts a bonus balancer shaft that reduces the annoying vibrations typically present in large thumpers.

It should be noted to readers that the Kramer HKR Evo2 S is a race motorcycle designed only for competition-use. It cannot be used on public roads or highways, nor can it be registered to be street-legal.

 





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MV Agusta and KTM AG Complete Recapitalization

Building on previous news, MV Agusta and KTM AG have gotten even cozier. 

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MV AGUSTA MOTOR S.p.A. AND KTM AG COMPLETE AN IMPORTANT RECAPITALISATION FOR SUSTAINED GROWTH

Varese, November 16, 2022 – MV Agusta Motor S.p.A. announced a capital increase of 30 M€ on the part of the company’s shareholders and KTM AG, ahead of the extraordinary shareholders’ meeting that took place yesterday, November 15th, 2022. During the meeting, the new shareholder, KTM AG, a company of PIERER Mobility AG, who now holds a 25.1% stake in the company’s equity, was officially introduced. MV Agusta’s new board of directors now also includes two members of KTM’s senior management team.

Timur Sardarov, CEO of MV Agusta Motor S.p.A. stated: “I am excited about this important agreement, and delighted to welcome KTM AG, Europe’s leading powered two-wheeler manufacturer, into the MV Agusta family. Driven by our shared vision of excellence, the principal goals of our alliance will be the consolidation of our core business and the production of high- performance motorcycles in the premium segment. I am confident that the agreement will strengthen our brand in a complex and challenging marketplace”.

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New Colors and Graphics for 2023 KTM 690 SMC R and Enduro R

KTM‘s 693cc thumper is still going strong, with the 690 SMC R supermoto and Enduro R dual sport returning with new colors for 2023.

The progenitor of Husqvarna’s 701 Supermoto and 701 Enduro, as well as GasGas’ SM 700 and ES 700, the KTM 690s continue the tradition of the LC4 engine. For 2023, the SMC R sports a blue and orange look while the Enduro R’s orange graphics take inspiration from KTM’s competition bikes.

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2023 KTM LC4 Range – Owning Every Avenue OWNING EVERY AVENUE

The KTM 690 ENDURO R and KTM 690 SMC R have been the class-toppers in their respective disciplines for over a decade. For 2023, that trend continues in typical KTM fashion, fueled by a true READY TO RACE package and KTM North America, Inc. is pleased to announce details on the dynamic duo.

At the heart of both the KTM 690 ENDURO R and KTM 690 SMC R, lies the most powerful production single-cylinder engine available. With over 30 years of consistent development, the KTM LC4 has steadily morphed from a 553 cc race-spec engine in 1987 to the fully-fledged 693 cc machine it is today.

Not only has the LC4 stood the test of time, but it essentially created a segment unto itself. This has proven to be the ideal baseline for the KTM 690 range, paving the way for two of the most dominant motorcycles to leave the Mattighofen factory.

Having been the go-to dual-sport machine for many years, the KTM 690 ENDURO R receives updated aesthetics for 2023, taking its styling cues from the competition-Enduro range. Now an even more astute enduro weapon, the KTM 690 ENDURO R offers no compromises when tackling hard enduro-type terrain and easy fast-flowing trails.

Not to be outdone, the utterly ballistic KTM 690 SMC R brings an all-new blue and orange adornment to the fray, boosting its overall racing appeal. Built to be thrashed around twisty mountain roads and tear around racetracks by adrenaline-hunting canyon carvers and rear-wheel sliders, the KTM 690 SMC R has been the undisputed supermoto king for nearly as long as the wheelies it pulls off.

Both LC4 machines benefit from Cornering ABS, which allows riders to use full braking power even at big lean angles, traction control, and two ride modes. An optional Offroad ABS (just add a dongle) on the KTM 690 ENDURO R reduces ABS intervention on the front wheel and completely disables ABS on the rear, allowing riders to lock up the rear when they need to slide the rear into a tight turn or drag the brake down a technical descent. Supermoto ABS mirrors this feature on the KTM 690 SMC R, which quite literally pulls out all the stops. When activated, ABS is also reduced on the front wheel and completely disabled on the rear, allowing for big drifts into corners and tire-smoking powerslides out of the apex.

In READY TO RACE form, the added availability of dedicated KTM PowerWear and KTM PowerParts have been designed to allow for the highest levels of performance, protection and mobility to get the most out of your LC4 machines.

The latest generation of KTM 690 ENDURO R and KTM 690 SMC R models will be available at authorized KTM dealers from November onward. For more information on KTM’s full model range, visit www.ktm.com.
















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2022 Sonora Rally: Special Stage 5

Enjoy coverage from the 2022 Sonora Rally from our friends at WestX1000.

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Riding the Wave

Racers Find their Rhythm on the Final Sonora Rally Stage  

The wind was on today, skimming across the Altar’s sand sheets with unadulterated freedom, not an object in sight large enough to obstruct its path and slow it down. Khaki-colored granules pelted the skin like a thousand needles pricking in unison. But it kept the heat down, and so a gale was welcomed by everyone. Out of five strenuous days of competition, the final day is supposed to be the easiest (they say). But with a wide-ranging pool of talent, the Special ended with mixed reviews. If the dunes are a familiar place, the course felt comfortable, dare we say, enjoyable. But any anxiety someone could experience in the waves, humps or faces can exponentially grow into a taxing escapade if those emotions are put in check. Even so, if a pilot doesn’t know how to read the terrain properly, they would be ill-fated to an exhausting slog through the Sonoran desert.

Sharp ridges are drawn into “S” shapes against the horizon slithered away as racers cut blazing trails across their paths, disturbing the tranquil environment. This was no truer for anyone more than Skyler Howes #1. He flew over these massive ripples in the earth like the all-star he is, proving his worth to the Husqvarna Factory Racing team. A Waypoint waiting at the end of a CAP heading, Howes charged through the HP sections without notes, tracks or even a road to direct his trajectory. Just full speed over peaks and valleys, like the wind, unobstructed and free. He won this day without contest, fulfilling his personal goals of finishing First in every stage and securing the overall victory – fresh on the heels of his Triumph at the Rallye du Maroc.

“Obviously, Sonora [Rally] holds a special place [in my heart]. This was my first rally, kind of my start into the sport and why I was able to go to the Dakar for the first time. Now, we’re here as a factory racer, and I’m happy to have chalked up another win. This is my second win at Sonora, so I’m super happy for this, and I’m glad the team allowed me to be here and race this because it was incredibly good training. And just super fun to be here. I had a great time. I’m happy for my team and for my crew who came down to help out. This was really fun, not easy. It was obviously a tough five days, but we made it through clean so I’m super happy.” – Skyler Howes #1, Husqvarna Factory Racing

While he seemed invincible all week at the 2022 Sonora Rally, presented by Method Race Wheels, Howes wasn’t the only unstoppable athlete in the field from the front of the pack to the back. Success isn’t always determined by the accolades at the end but instead by the gravity of those burdens carried to the finish line on the shoulders of each racer. David Black #31 left the couch and began riding off-road just over a year ago. Inspired by his lifelong love of the Dakar Rally, he chose to turn his sedentary life around and pursue a (seemingly) impossible dream. The first day in the dunes, he dropped his bike “at least 25 times.” At the end of the stage, three blocks from the bivouac, he ran out of gas and had to push his motorbike to Timing & Scoring. And the final special was not any easier. Perhaps his off-bike moments may have reduced, but the obstacles were no less daunting, no less tiring. But if a man’s value should be measured by his heart, over ephemeral accomplishments, then Black left Sonora a champion.

The Rookies took the brunt of it, but they weren’t the only battle-worn soldiers in the field. Veteran to rally raid, passionate enthusiast and former volunteer of this event, Willem Avenant #25 had recovered from a broken leg earlier this year and was eager to jump back in the saddle. Already competing in two other races prior to his arrival in Hermosillo, under the Freedom Rally Racing umbrella. All things were going as planned for the South African (who had invited his friend and countryman Yugandhar Prasad Jasti #26 to join in the fun) this week, when at SS4, he endured some mechanical issues relating to his clutch. With the FRR coming through and managing to bring him to the Starting line for the finale, Avenant was hopeful for a clean break, and unfortunately, that’s exactly what he received. Suffering a crash which ultimately broke his collarbone. An abrupt end to an amazing run, it was a bittersweet goodbye to beloved friends, course and competition. But there wasn’t a grumble or a word of complaint from him at the ceremony. Instead, he was enjoying the little time he had left with a community he cared for and set his focus on the future.

Two days of true Dakar-style dunes in a row, with two fairly different scenes at Timing & Scoring. Back in El Golfo, people staggered and limped through the bivouac – bruised and beaten but content. However, in the closed street just outside of the Araiza Hotel in San Luis Rio Colorado, vehicles pulled into the avenue and settled under the Polaris arch to shake Race Director Darren Skilton’s hand, receive a Finisher medal and sip a specially brewed Sonora Rally cerveza. And while bruises were still present among the group, they were eclipsed by huge bright smiles. Organizers credit their ability to satisfy all the participants’ needs and wants to the many partners involved, like Method Race Wheels, Polaris, Yokohama, Motul and Aventura Travel. But they point to the grassroots racers and resident pros who’ve inadvertently built this competition from the ground up as the key to their recent venture into the World Rally Raid Championship (W2RC) – an FIA/FIM sanctioned series kicking off with the Dakar. At Awards, Skilton was adamant to assure his guests that they are the core of the event. That he had no intention of squeezing them out in favor of the inevitable elite crowd attending this new round in the W2RC on April 22nd – 28th, 2023. And that the Sonora Rally would continue to incubate the budding rally raid community in North America to the best of their ability. And it was those individuals who stood atop each podium Saturday afternoon.

Jordan Huibregtse #18 traveled all the way from Indiana to Sonora for another time hoping only to finish the competition. And what he takes away from his second navigation race (ever) with a First Place Trophy in the Malle Moto class. An undertaking already challenging under normal circumstances. But to win a race in the most difficult class that exists in the roadbook world was an exceptional end to his journey. With limited supplies available to him, no mechanics at his aid, no team to cheer him on, Huibregtse was charged with conquering a Goliath and came out a hero. Positions Two and Three received $500 and $750, but Malle Moto sponsor Motul gifted Jordan with $1,000, further incentive to continue his path to greatness.

“I raced last year, and unfortunately, I blew my engine up on the last day. I was 50km from the end of the last stage, and the engine just locked up, dropping a valve. So, I was determined to come back and get a finish, get a good clean run in. I can’t be happier. This is as much as I could have hoped for. I was in a good spot to conserve my bike, conserve my body, today. Rode a safe race and brought it home, so really, really happy with the results. Something I’ll remember most are the dunes and just pushing through it. I struggle in the dunes, so to me, the beautiful scenery combined with how much suffering that scenery can put you through. But digging deep within yourself, and really finding that strength you need to keep going, keep pushing.” – Jordan Huibregtse #18, Privateer in Motos

Another well-deserved award was given to American Rally Original rider, David Pearson #3, whose free entry to Dakar will likely be a bit of financial relief to the team as a whole. And it was just in time, as the five men – Pearson, Kyle McCoy #8, Mo Hart #9 and two who weren’t present, Jim Pearson and Paul Neff – prepare to leave for Saudi Arabia at the end of December. Their effort isn’t for themselves alone. It’s to represent the US as they attempt to break startling records taking every bike across the last finish in January among the Originals by Motul (Malle Moto) category. A feat not yet achieved by even one American, let alone a band of them. As the last opportunity to train before packing up and shipping off to the Middle East, the guys put their all into the Sonora Rally, and it seems to have paid off.

“Darren does a phenomenal job at these races. He really puts a good organization together and it was awesome this year. We did two big dune days in Stage Four and Five. It was demanding. I’ve been pushing hard all year to get onto the Dakar ticket, and if all goes well, I won the Road to Dakar today. So that’s coming off 16 days of racing between the Qatar** Rally, the Baja Rally and Sonora, so I’m very appreciative. We have a hell of a team, the American Rally Originals; We’re all going to the Dakar. We’re going to break a record being some of the first Americans to ever finish in the Originals by Motul (Malle moto) class in the Dakar in its 45-year run. Let’s go ARO. A huge thanks to KLIM for all my gear, and Giant Loop and Seat Concepts; everybody just put all the and support in so we’re just super excited. My wife has been awesome. ” – David Pearson #3, American Rally Originals

Hard work is a necessary component of a roadbook rally, yes. But to finish strong, especially at your first event, takes talent. Did we mention that Kevin DeJongh #21 rode in on a borrowed 16-year-old Honda CRF450X at the behest of his buddy Skyler? Because this is crucial information considering he nabbed Second Seed behind his “Husky” friend. Comrade of the pair, Brendan Crow #35 also displayed his skills on-track rounding out the podium in Motos. They shared a common goal: to finish. And when it was all said and done, the duo also shared a similar outcome. One which they are interested in repeating in the Spring, no doubt.

“This was my first navigation rally. It was fun; it was long. I’m pretty tired. Just learned that I have a bit of motion sickness in the dunes, which was not ideal the last two days. But other than that, it was a lot of fun – something new and cool to do, and I hope I can do more in the future.” – Kevin DeJongh #21, Privateer in Motos

This win was more of an underdog story. A privateer native to Sonora who is up against a woman at the top of her game – and her sport. Daniel Gonzalez #55 is a figurehead at the Sonora Rally, volunteering and aiding the event since its inception several years ago. He’s always been involved and donated his time generously to help the organizers succeed to the best of their ability. And October 17th – 22nd, he stood up to the plate to bat for an outfield hit and landed a home run. With his partner Jorge Hernandez, the Polaris Mexico crew colored the course red, green and white after a grueling fight for disqualified entrant, Polaris Factory RZR’s Sara Price #51, and a more steadfast one for side-by-side #55. They don’t just bring this win home, they keep the trophy on Sonoran soil.

“We had made our plan just the night before Special Stage Four to run at a medium pace, drive safe and go Waypoint to Waypoint without losing time and ended up winning. So, at the hotel, we scanned our Polaris Turbo R from A to Z to make sure no harm was done and have it ready for Stage Five. After doing a full Inspection the RZR, everything was still in excellent shape, and the only change we did was put the larger tires back on, air them down – even using the same Gates G-Force Redline belt – then wished for a clean day. We did not know if it would be two or three UTVs in the field that next day. If something were to go wrong, we could still easily lose the rally. We decided to make a solid plan to not risk more than needed knowing more dunes were on the way to the finish line. The plan was to take our time, keep a safe pace and keep our eyes open because, this race being in the backyard of my hometown, I’ve seen it all when it comes to Dune Riding. In a blink of an eye, accidents happen. All we had to do was complete the Stage. We arrived at the start line and noticed only two of the three UTVs ready to go. Ours and our great new friends from Pennsylvania, Brock Harper and Steve Geist #52, Sarah Price was not able to get her car running again after the incident the day before.

Jorge, my Navigator said: ‘Daniel, this stage is like the Sunday drives you take all the time. We’ve got this. Then, he started singing “We Are the Champions” by Queen, followed by some rousing Banda music. It was such an amazing experience for both, but in my case, winning this event in my country, my state and, most importantly, my hometown of San Luis Rio Colorado left me speechless. We had so much support, including my good friend Poncho with whom I had started the Geek Racing Team. And a very special guest, my son Dany. He has learned so much about these machines from watching and helping me work on the machines at GR UTV Powersports, plus he has a talent all his own, which makes me proud to watch. Huge thanks to Darren and the team for creating this event. And to Polaris Mexico for giving us this opportunity in the first place!” – Daniel Gonzalez #55, Polaris Mexico

What can you say about an event that’s provided adventure, sport and access to the world of rally to North American communities in a way no one else ever has? For just shy of a decade, the Sonora Rally has served up a platter of killer routes, rally towers, and a gateway to the Dakar, among many (many) other things. As a race approaching the event horizon, it’s important for the event to maintain its soul. To give back what it gets and remember where it started. That is what Darren’s has set his sights on. Much like the racers who attend this intimate, he’s steely-eyed and focused on a very specific outcome. One which honors its past but welcomes a different sort of future. Possibly more refined. Definitely with more international recognition and respect. Soon to have a larger presence of the global circuit in Mexico, with rally aristocracy shoulder-to-shoulder with the locals.

“We appreciate all of the volunteers, the racers and all of our sponsors who have brought us to this point, through a long tiring week. I’m just excited for the future of North American rally raid and just looking forward to having new competitors and an international field come and share the joy that is Sonora to do something unique and special. So, I just wanted to thank everybody, really and just enjoy that this year the rally was great. It was well organized, everything was done on time, the roadbooks were good, and I think the competitors really enjoyed it. We’re getting started on the next one already.” – Darren Skilton, Sonora Rally Race Director

Thank you to everyone who has supported this event by participating, volunteering or even just watching as the Sonora Rally traversed the Mexican state just south of Arizona. It couldn’t be possible without people’s continual friendship. To learn more, visit: https://sonorarally.com/ Or, follow the fun on Instagram @sonorarally & @aventura.eventos.

KEY NOTES

Ø El Golfo to San Luis Rio Colorado; Liaison > 25 km & Special > 123 km

Ø San Luis Rio Colorado is a border town adjacent to San Luis, Arizona and Baja California to the west. It’s the fourth largest community in the state, despite being quite young (awarded city status in 1958) in comparison to other Sonoran cities all with roots dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries. The city is one of the gateways to the impressive Gran Desierto de Altar. It was also once an important inland port for steamers traveling the Colorado from the Gulf of California. But since the early 1900s, the Colorado has been completely or nearly completely drained for irrigation. The once-formidable Colorado is usually dry or a small stream.

Ø In the morning the Altar dunes were a bit moist and cold, giving riders (and drivers) a solid surface to circumnavigate for a while. This helped the group shorten the gap between them on-course. While Skyler Howes #1 maintained a solid distance away from the other strongest riders, they managed to stay on his tail – relatively – throughout the day. While the motos all made a great show of the final roadbook route, Howes still managed to put almost two hours behind himself and friend Kevin DeJongh #21 who nabbed a remarkable Second Overall placement in his very first rally raid.

Ø This iteration of the Sonora Rally hosted teams from all over North America and the world. Dedicated racers and enthusiasts willing to travel hundreds to thousands of miles just to reach the starting line in Hermosillo. UTV #52, Brock Harper and Steve Geist, brought their team all the way from Pennsylvania, and they weren’t the only representation from the eastern side of the United States. John Henson #11 ventured from Georgia with a friend he convinced to fall in love with rally. Jordan Huibregtse #18 made a trip to his second year at the rally from Indiana. And much of the Freedom Rally Racing team home bases out of Kansas. But the borders are broader than that.

Of course, the Canadians made a big showing – as they usually did before the pandemic – this year: Matthew Glade #13, Jordan Reed #14, Grant Cousar #16, Rick Hatswell #23, Etienne Gelinas #29, David Beggs, #32 and Anthony Bonello #36. But it goes a bit further. Friends from all over the world have a presence at the competition. Olof Sundstrom #22 jumped the pond from Sweden. Plenty of Mexican locals like Patrick Reyes Morrison #7, Daniel Gonzalez and Jorge Hernandez #55 made their presence known. And to round it out, the furthest traveled racers came all the way from South Africa: Willem Avenant #25 and Yugandhar Prasad Jasti #26. If nothing else, this displays the sincere international recognition which Sonora Rally is given, and graciously accepts.

Ø The big announcement this week has marked a milestone for Sonora Rally and the North American off-road racing community as a whole. But many in the US and Canada, and even Mexico, don’t quite understand the significance of this achievement. The World Rally-Raid Championship (officially abbreviated as W2RC) was created by the Amaury Sport Organization (ASO) and co-sanctioned by the FIA (Federation Internationale de L’Autombile) and FIM (Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme) to offer a global rally raid series culminating in international titles for the four-wheeled and two-wheeled categories. As of 2022, this series replaced both the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies and FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship as the top echelon of the sport of rally raid. The ASO will serve as series promoter for a period of five years, and they recently (as we all know) inducted two new events to their calendar: the Andalucía Rally in Spain and, of course, the Sonora Rally in Mexico.

QUOTES:

Anthony Bonello #36, REV’IT!: “Today was awesome. It felt longer than any other stage, even though I was still having tons of fun. But I kissed my roadbook here after the backside of a dune. Just a big camel grass hump and it was fresh sand just two feet left of the track…I wasn’t going fast, but I just got eaten and spat out. Thankfully, I was ok. Just a fat lip. A Little check-up – motivation to just finish. Don’t be silly. And so, we’re here! I realize now, finishing is not easy, so I’m just happy to be here. Amazing event with such good people from the top guys like Skyler who are super humble to the guys that are here just finishing, like Yuga and David Black, those guys, just so much determination and heart. Really, really cool. Very happy. I’m probably only going to have one chance to win anything in a rally, so I’ll take the Enduro class gladly before they (apparently) put me into the next category. If I make Top Ten with everybody, I’ll be really proud. [He took 9th.]”

Ace Nilson #5, Privateer in Motos: “Today was a good day. I tried to just be smooth, not make any navigation errors, try to avoid crashing, which I only did a couple times, so it was good. Overall, a great route. There were a few penalties which I wish I could reverse, but that’s okay. That’s what rally is all about. We overcame a lot of obstacles to get here and to finish and given the attrition rate this year, we’re really happy to be here at the finish. One step closer to Dakar 2023, which is our ultimate goal. So, we’ll keep training, continuing to get in better shape. We ship out in December, so there’s a little bit more fundraising to do between now and then to be ready to go. We have T-shirts available to help raise money, just hit me up on Instagram or Facebook, and I’d be happy to send you one.”

Brendan Crow, #55 Privateer in Motos: “I’m honestly surprised I made it here, and then to even finish Third is even better. I’m just happy with that. I really enjoyed it this week, it was a lot of fun. Honestly, I’m a little speechless. I’m just happy that I made it here all in one piece. Had a good ride today, pretty smooth, just tried to take it easy, not doing anything stupid and throw it away (or anything like that). I didn’t have any navigation issues – fell over once quickly but nothing major. After my crash on Thursday, I’ve been on a lot of Tylenol and Advil trying to make it through the day, and it worked out. Luckily, the dunes (as hard as they are) were relatively smooth, versus rough, so it was easy. I could sit down a lot. Take a lot of the stress off my arms, which was really helpful. I’d love to come race Sonora again and I’d love to do more rallies, but it’s not cheap, so if I can find some support, we’ll see what we can do! But I’d love to do more. Sonora is close to California, so I definitely think I’ll come back here.”

Patrick Reyes Morrison #7: We made it to the end, thanks to Sebastian [Olarte #28]. Unfortunately, he didn’t finish, but graciously lent me half of his bike…We put my front forks, navigation tower and made it to the end, so I’m very, very grateful. [Sebastian: And I’m grateful to [Patrick] because thanks to him, a little piece of me made it to the finish. So he made it for both of us.]

TOP FIVE STAGE RESULTS

MOTO PRO

  1. #1 Skyler Howes (USA), Husqvarna Factory Racing – 1:47:30
  2. #21 Kevin DeJongh (USA), Privateer – 2:05:41
  3. #35 Brendan Crow (CAN), Privateer – 2:13:32
  4. #14 Jordan Reed (USA), Privateer – 2:19:20
  5. #6 Nathan Rafferty (USA), Freedom Rally Racing – 2:23:09

MALLE MOTO

  1. #8 Kyle McCoy (AUS), American Rally Originals – 2:20:40
  2. #18 Jordan Huibregtse (USA), Privateer – 2:21:14
  3. #3 David Pearson (USA), American Rally Originals – 2:31:54
  4. #34 Brett Fox (USA), REV’IT! – 3:25:17
  5. #22 2 Olof Sundstrom (SWE), Privateer – 6:39:06

MOTO ENDURO

  1. #36 Anthony Bonello (CAN), REV’IT! – 2:25:54
  2. #5 Morrison Hart (USA), American Rally Originals – 2:52:00
  3. #17 Clayton Zimmerman (USA), Freedom Rally Racing – 2:53:10
  4. #27 Patrick De Chastonay (USA), Privateer – 2:55:50
  5. #11 John Henson (USA), Privateer – 3:00:53

UTV MODIFIED

  1. #55 Daniel Gonzalez (MEX) and Jorge Hernandez (MEX), Privateer – 3:16:21
  2. #52 Brock Harper (USA) and Steve Geist (USA), Privateer – 5:16:39

TOP FIVE GENERAL STANDINGS

MOTORCYCLE

  1. #1 Skyler Howes (USA), Husqvarna Factory Racing – 13:36:30
  2. #21 Kevin DeJongh (USA), Privateer – 15:17:33
  3. #35 Brendan Crow (USA), Privateer – 15:57:03
  4. #18 Jordan Huibregtse (USA), Privateer – 16:10:37
  5. #8 Kyle McCoy (USA), American Rally Originals – 16:47:15

MALLE MOTO

  1. #18 Jordan Huibregtse (USA), Privateer – 16:10:37
  2. #8 Kyle McCoy (USA), American Rally Originals – 16:47:15
  3. #3 David Pearson (USA), American Rally Originals – 17:33:24
  4. #34 Brett Fox (USA), REV’IT! – 23:46:51
  5. #12 Matthew Glade (CAN), Privateer – 25:02:01

MOTO ENDURO

  1. #36 Anthony Bonello (CAN), REV’IT! – 17:34:29
  2. #27 Patrick De Chastonay (USA), Privateer – 18:16:48
  3. #17 Clayton Zimmerman (USA), Freedom Rally Racing – 19:41:32
  4. #5 Morrison Hart (USA), American Rally Originals – 19:51:15
  5. #11 John Henson (USA), Privateer – 20:08:11

UTV

  1. #55 Daniel Gonzalez (MEX) and Jorge Hernandez (MEX), Privateer – 19:05:46
  2. #52 Brock Harper (USA) and Steve Geist (USA), Privateer – 29:37:18

ROAD TO DAKAR

  1. #3 David Pearson (USA), American Rally Originals
  2. #5 Ace Nilson (USA), Privateer
  3. #9 Morrison Hart (USA), American Rally Originals
  4. #11 John Henson (USA), Privateer
  5. #23 Rick Hatswell (CAN), Privateer

DISQUALIFICATIONS

MOTORCYCLE

  1. #37 David E. Bihn (USA), Privateer, SS2 DNS
  2. #29 Etienne Gelinas (CAN), Privateer, SS3 DNS
  3. #28 Sebastian Olarte (COL), Diespro, SS3 DNF
  4. #26 Yugandhar Prasad Jasti (ZAF), Freedom Rally Racing, SS4 DNF
  5. #25 Willem Avenant (ZAF), Freedom Rally Racing, SS5 DNF

UTV MODIFIED

  1. #51 Sara Price (USA) and Sean Berriman (USA), Polaris Factory RZR, SS4 DNF

CARS NAT4

  1. #53 Luis Perocarpi (USA) and Clayton Williams (USA), Privateer, SS2 DNS
  2. #54 Larry Trim (USA) and John Koeth (USA),Privateer, SS4 DNF

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Prominent Florida ABATE Attorney Dies in Crash

Ron Smith and friend Brenda Volpe were reportedly on their way to the funeral of another friend when Smith had to brake suddenly and crashed August 20th near Holiday, FL; both suffered fatal injuries. The Tampa Bay Times reports, “It’s impossible to say whether a helmet would have prevented Smith’s and Volpe’s deaths, experts said. Smith’s autopsy report lists blunt head trauma as his cause of death and an initial report from the Hillsborough Medical Examiner’s Office also lists Volpe’s cause of death as head trauma.”

Ron Smith and Brenda Volpe (photo courtesy Gary Pruss)

Florida is one of a bunch of states that dialed back its helmet requirements in the last couple of decades, and Smith was a key proponent of that. Here’s a brief history from the National Library of Medicine:

Florida

Florida’s universal helmet law was first implemented in September 1967. For over 30 years, motorcycle rider groups led by American Bikers Aiming Toward Education (ABATE) lobbied the Florida legislature to amend the law. One argument unique to Florida and states with similar climates was that wearing a helmet in the intense heat was especially burdensome. An amendment of Florida’s universal helmet law nearly passed several times, including one occasion in 1985 when it was vetoed by Governor Bob Graham, a Democrat. The state legislature switched from Democratic to split control in 1992 and to Republican control in 1996. These political developments combined with a growing motorcycle population, involvement of ABATE in state campaigns, and changes in federal incentives created a legislative climate that was more supportive of policies focused on individual rights.

In 2000, the legislature passed and Governor Jeb Bush, a Republican, signed a bill amending Florida’s helmet policy to apply only to those riders who are either under age 21 years or without a medical benefit of at least $10 000 on their insurance policy. Governor Bush expressed his political perspective on the issue as follows:

I believe government oversteps its legitimate role when it excessively interferes with personal freedom… . Of course we could significantly reduce deaths, injuries, or health risks … through a mandate that all individuals exercise, wear sunscreen, stop smoking and learn to swim; yet we impose no such requirements.

The amendment passed despite objections from several organizations, including the AAA Auto Club and the Brain Injury Association of Florida. Florida requires special license tags for young riders to enable law enforcement to determine more easily whether an unhelmeted rider is underage. Studies have found that motorcycle registrations and fatalities increased in Florida after the universal helmet policy was amended. One evaluation estimated that in the year after the law change, rider fatalities rose 21.3% after adjusting for registrations.

Get the in-depth story from the Tampa Bay Times here, which includes this silver lining:

After the crash, the American Legion Post in Holiday implemented a handful of new safety rules, according to its rider director, Eddie Rodriguez… The post isn’t requiring helmets, though they are highly encouraged, Rodriguez said. He said the group doesn’t want to alienate those who might not want to wear them.

Even so, that rule might not be needed at this point. Riders who had previously resisted helmets have started wearing them, Rodriguez said. And on his first ride after the deaths, Rodriguez made an observation while looking at all the riders in the group.

“Every single one had a helmet on,” he said.

Our condolences to the families and friends of Mr. Smith and Ms. Volpe. We encourage all our readers and non-readers to always wear a helmet.


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2022 Sonora Rally: Special Stage 4

Enjoy coverage from the 2022 Sonora Rally from our friends at WestX1000.

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Paying the Penultimate Price

Sonora Rally Surmounts SS4, But Not Without Any Casualties  

On paper, Special Stage Four was supposed to be fairly straightforward. Low kilometers, only a few topographical transitions… Simple right? The word floating around the bivouac after much of the racers had finally passed Timing & Scoring: carnage. Vehicles scattered the Altar desert – upright, upside-down, sideways – like bugs on flypaper, struggling to free themselves of the sand and buzz away as quickly as possible. An unusual number of mechanical issues, plus the predictable number of incidents and injuries were symptoms of hot conditions, exhausted athletes and a punishing course. Add a bit of tricky notes to the equation and you have the formula for glory. And maybe a bit of pain too. But there were, and always are in rally, multiple factors affecting the circumstances for many competitors. Rookies take the brunt of the daily ass whoopings. They are often their own determinant on the course due to a lack of experience, whether that’s with the landscape, the *roadbook, management of time, machine and well-being. But this can be said for the seasoned racers as well. No one is impervious of heat stroke, fatigue and navigation errors. Even Husqvarna Factory rider Skyler Howes #1 felt challenged by the special.

“Stage Four of Sonora Rally was the big dunes day, and it’s quite physically demanding. There aren’t many places out there to get a breather. It’s either all camel grass or big dunes, which was pretty cool, and good for me for the fitness and seeing where we’re at there. And it was also pretty warm. Up to the refueling, it was a lot of hard work, you had to stay on your toes with the navigation as well, plus the temperature was warm, so it was just a lot going on. After the refueling, we switched directions in the dunes, and it became really, really fun because you could jump over a lot of stuff. Yeah, it was fun. A super fun day, but hot, demanding and physical. But relatively short, so pretty good. And I nailed the navigation today, no guessing, no circles. Just a lot of fun. And we’re looking forward to the final day tomorrow.”  Skyler Howes #1, Husqvarna Factory Racing

If the course was putting Howes to the test, no doubt, it had put most of the group through a bonafide Hero’s Quest. Many of whom lost this battle of attrition. And none by surrender. The fight today was hard. Harder than anything else at times. And while a few ultimately succumb, others reach deep for some inner strength to carry, if not drag, them across the Finish line. Even those who did endure an injury, went back to the bivy with smiles plastered on their faces. Yugi Jasti #28 has only really been riding off-road for a year. A motorcyclist for ages, when he eventually tried dirt, he found that he had a taste for it. And devoured it as often as possible at home in Johannesburg. But still, even with as much seat time he’s had in the last 365 days, the dunes are a whole other level of skill to obtain. Killing his bike just before a crest, his attempted downward turn to try again resulted in a tumble and a broken collar bone.

Meanwhile, just past the first set of dunes, Malle Moto hopeful Matt Sutherland #2 had a serious off-bike moment which left him with a lacerated groin. Compatriot Ace Nilson #5 came upon him and Jordan Huibregte who unfortunately had no first aid kit or experience to properly assist. So, Nilson dove right in. After dressing Sutherlands wound, waiting for the extraction team, it was time for Ace to continue his race. Even those who crawled back to the ASS undoubtedly picked up their vessel many times over. From the outside looking in at the bivouac, it looked post-apocalyptic. Zombies with hunched shoulders, limps and dazed look on their faces, wandered around the grounds wearing athletic tape in search of Tecates, and incident forms. But oddly enough, the “undead” still seemed pretty lively, if not excited for what’s to come.

“The day went really well. It went a lot better than I thought it would. After yesterday and even this morning, I didn’t think I would make it through the day. My shoulder was hurt pretty badly [yesterday], and I couldn’t move it at all this morning. Took a bunch of painkillers and warmed up, probably, halfway through the stage. I took the very beginning pretty easy, at this point I figured I was trying to make it to the end. Warmed up, caught a bunch of guys who were stuck on a little bit of a note that was tricky, and that got me excited. I felt like, alright, we’re good. I can do this. So I pushed a little harder from through the gas stop and finished Third today. So, from thinking I wasn’t going to ride to that, I am really happy with how it ended up.” – Brendan Crow, #35, Privateer in Motos

Some pilots actually had an altogether great experience. A flawless ride, in fact. Brendan Crow #35, who’s vying for podium in his class, overall and the Road to Dakar challenge, didn’t think he’d ride today. He’d exacerbated an old injury on SS3, iced it and still found it a bit stiff in the morning. Yet, his instinct told him to continue and see how it goes, which paid off because after warming up his body and brain a bit, Crow was able to steadily work his way to a Second-Place finish. Another promising figure is Edgar Cota #30 who survived food poisoning, which led to heat exhaustion which somehow didn’t stand in the way of a strong conclusion to an arduous special. Making his navigation debut at the Sonora Rally, he plucked the Second seed from the pod.

“Today went really well. The first three stages were really fast, and it took me a little longer than I expected to find a good rhythm and become comfortable. On top of that, I became really sick yesterday and had to fight my way through the day. Towards the end of Stage Three, I became really dizzy and had to get treatment last night in order to be ready for today. I woke up this morning and felt a lot better. I really enjoyed today’s stage in the dunes. The more technical terrain really suited my riding style and I felt great on the bike. Finishing 2nd overall for today is a lot closer to my expectations so I will go to bed a lot happier tonight. I’m looking forward to carrying this momentum into the final stage tomorrow and have another fun day out here with everyone.” – Edgar Cota #30, Privateer in Motos

Parallels were certainly drawn by the four-wheel classes as well. A previous incident damaging their cooling system eventually closed the door on car #51 Sara Price and Sean Berriman’s chances at a victory. Even after a low-key crash, tipping on their side, the pair had lost significant time due to the mechanical problems. So, with a heavy heart, Price pulled out of the running, making UTV #55 the strongest candidate for First. Theirs was another of those perfect races. No mechanical, navigational or personal struggles stepped in the way of their clear path to the day’s podium.

“So, today was a dunes day – that’s what it’s called at the Sonora Rally when we go down the dunes, almost to San Luis [Rio Colorado] and then come back to El Golfo. It was gnarly. It was really difficult, but, I mean, me being a hometown guy, I tried to use that as an advantage. Even though it’s not the same because I have to follow Waypoints; I have to follow rules; I have to follow navigation. But we did really well. Nothing went wrong with the car. Everything went perfectly with our Pro R from Polaris. It’s an awesome car. It handled great. We planned on using different tires for this stage, and it worked perfectly. And we brought the win today for Stage Four, and yesterday, we also got the win for Stage Three, so that puts us at a really good advantage to bring home the Sonora Rally trophy.” – Daniel Gonzalez #55, Privateer in UTVs

It started near the train tracks, everything blanketed in a heavy, wet mist. As if set in a horror film, the racecourse offered a touch of gloom to an already daunting stage. The eerie quiet switches the mood from sleepy to menacing. Just out the gate, competitors endured tens of kilometers of bumpy, inconsistent ripples of sand providing both soft and hard-packed textures. With wiry bushes and camel grass spring up in every direction as yet another test of skill, focus and willpower. The final obstacle before being allowed to enter the dunes. This was, without a doubt, snake country. Snake tracks crossed over little critters and coyotes and whatever else left uncomfortably large paw prints in the ground. In the horizon, rocky giants loom over the ethereal dunes like a shadow. There’s just something about the Altar Desert that is so enchanting. The towering piles of enormous dunes, faces on which lives have been gambled. Some hit the jackpot. Most others go home losers, but they can go home. There are few, however, who risk everything and have lost the bet on life. The dunes aren’t to be messed with. They evolve and adapt and have a personality, albeit subtle. And to be a part of that, lost in the sea of ever-changing sand, is special. You could have never seen one, maybe never even heard the word “dune” before, but if you find yourself amongst them, something changes. Your soul shifts and the world and your values become something boundless. It’s inevitable. If your heart is in rally, your heart is in the dunes.

There’s one more opportunity to witness these juggernauts of the desert during Special Stage Five – the finale of the 2022 Sonora Rally presented by Method Race Wheels. To enjoy these incredible experiences for yourself, check out the Sonora Rally Facebook Page for stories, updates and inspirational posts. To learn more about the event, visit: https://sonorarally.com/. Or just follow the fun on Instagram @sonorarally & @aventura.eventos.

KEY NOTES

Ø El Golfo to El Golfo; Liaison > 30 km & Special > 153 km

Ø The finale on Saturday will take racers back through the Gran Desierto de Altar up to the border town of San Luis Rio Colorado. There, the ceremonies will kick off, glasses will be clinked, and hugs will be held for a little bit extra. But not before the competitors will face another morning in the dunes. The special is a tad shorter than SS4 at 148 kilometers – L1 15 – SS 123 – L2 10 – but not significantly enough to lighten the load. These are still the largest dunes in North America, so they don’t give way easily.

Ø The Altar Desert, or el Gran Desierto de Altar as it’s known at home, is one of a kind, boasting the largest dunes in North America, as well as the biggest continuous wilderness area within the Sonoran Desert. Resting above the northeast corner of the Sea of Cortez, the region covers about 2,200 square-miles, most of which are in Mexico’s state of Sonora. Dominated by sand, the thickness of which spans from about .62 miles to greater than 7.5 miles. “Most of the sand of the desert was delivered by the Colorado River during the Pleistocene, which flowed through present-day Gran Desierto area approx. 120,000 years ago” according to wikivoyage.

Ø Brett Fox, playfully dubbed “The Tiger King” when he first premiered his Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro on the local nav. racing scene. He began his journey while already on a journey. Much like someone we know for pioneering the ride-to-race concept, Lyndon Poskitt, Fox is taking a bike better suited for touring the world and entering (so it seems) as many races as humanly possible. Only a week before the Sonora Rally, he finished another local Mexican event, and has entered several competitions from modest to major over the last year. And he doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. His adventures have earned him a position on the REV’IT! Off-Road Ambassador team, and a respectable following on social media where he shares his trials and tribulations with anyone who’s interested in living vicariously through Brett and his Big Bike energy. The Sonora Rally School was one of the first entry points for Fox into the roadbook world, and now he’s finally able to test those newfound skill sets in real time at a race that’s considered a steppingstone to the Dakar Rally. It’s been four taxing stages, and Brett is still proving big bikes can hang with the “little” guys.

Ø There are many things which set a rally raid apart from the rest. Experiencing exotic destinations, colorful cultures, challenges for the mind, body and machine, and so much more. But of all those qualities, what is held closest to the heart for the organization is the intimacy of the community. Today was a great example of when a race becomes a struggle, and with so many rookies present, mayhem was inevitable. Yet not one competitor hesitated to give a helping hand, slowing down to check the condition of their downed opponents. One instance could have been serious, and although there was already a man on scene, Ace Nilson felt it was still necessary to stop and assess the condition of Matt Sutherland, who had ultimately suffered a laceration to his groin. Thankfully, he had just missed the artery, but it was still bleeding, filleted and needed attention. Director of the department for neurology and a lot of applicable experience at the trauma center, Nilson was able to stuff the wound, bandage it and arrest the bleeding. Sutherland ended up with 12 stitches after his visit to the hospital, and despite it all, he’s still smiling – thanks to his comrades. No one needs to stop for their fellow racers in need, or wait for a thumbs up, but everyone here understands each other. They know how difficult the race can be, and though they are competing against the clock and themselves and Mexico, they are in it together.

Ø With big dunes comes burnt clutches. A handful of riders endured some sort of clutch issue on-course. For Willem Avenant #25, this was unresolvable, and he ultimately had to call it quits. If he’s able to repair his bike in the bivouac, then he’s sure to start again on the final day. But that’s yet to be seen. Moto number 22, Olof Sundstrom who came all the way from Sweden, managed to solve his problems and continued through the rest of the stage. Mexico native, Patrick Reyes Morrison #7 finished the special on his Diespro “Frankenstein,” the rear of his 450 EXC sewn together with the front half of Stan Olarte’s recently severed KTM. He too encountered some clutch gremlins but only minor. And it seems the this has already been fixed.

QUOTES:

Brett Fox #5, Privateer in Motos: “Today was a lot of fun. The big bikes can work well in the dunes, but they will become hot. [My Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro] was definitely overheating on me a bit, so I had to pace myself and the bike to make sure the bike didn’t blow. But the big bikes work well! But there were some dunes that I couldn’t make it up; they were so high, so steep that I just had to navigate around. But for the vast majority of the dunes, if you find the right speed, cut at an angle and drop over, you can make it. If you don’t make it to the top, that’s where things go wrong because you have this big, heavy bike facing up a dune, and you then have to drag the front end down and try to lift it up while the sand is sifting underneath you…and then the bike starts sliding down the hill with the sand, that’s where you wear yourself out. So, when riding a big bike in the dunes, if you can’t make the crest of the dune, bail out. Not like off the bike but cut the dune and come back down to try again. I went every which way with that bike. I fell short of some dune. I sent it a little hard at a crest and went flying, but hey the bike was on the other side of the dune, so I was happy. But there are other times that I just knew I couldn’t make it, so I would [as mentioned] cut the crest, drop back down into the bowl and get another speed run and make it over.”

Jorge Hernandez #55, Privateer in UTVs: “It was a fun day in the sand. We were able to play with some of the best riders in the business. Bikes were fast. We caught up with several of them, had fun in the dunes, and we came back with First Place. Actually, I think we were the only car to come in with four wheels, so that’s not a bad thing to do on a Friday evening.”

Ace Nilson #5, Privateer in Motos: “I came across Matt Sutherland [in the dunes]. Jordan Huibregtse was on scene, but he didn’t have any supplies or medical training, so I told him to go on. I assessed Matt, and he had a laceration in his groin which needed to be addressed. So, we cleaned it, packed it and taped him up, then called for help. I waited until the extraction team came, and then I got back underway with my race.”

TOP FIVE STAGE RESULTS

MOTO PRO

  1. #1 Skyler Howes (USA), Husqvarna Factory Racing – 2:45:59
  2. #30 Edgar Cota (USA), Privateer – 3:20:31
  3. #35 Brendan Crow (USA), Privateer – 3:23:53
  4. #6 Nathan Rafferty (USA), Privateer – 3:28:47
  5. #21 Kevin DeJongh (USA), Privateer – 3:35:53

MALLE MOTO

  1. #8 Kyle McCoy (USA), American Rally Originals – 3:26:51
  2. #18 Jordan Huibregtse (USA), Privateer – 3:46:53
  3. #3 David Pearson (USA), American Rally Originals – 4:09:01
  4. #12 Matthew Glade (CAN), Privateer – 4:56:28
  5. #Brett Fox (USA), REV’IT! – 6:22:38

MOTO ENDURO

  1. #36 Anthony Bonello (CAN), REV’IT! – 3:35:23
  2. #27 Patrick De Chastonay (USA), Privateer – 4:09:10
  3. #11 John Henson (USA), Privateer – 4:15:04
  4. #17 Clayton Zimmerman (USA), Freedom Rally Racing – 4:32:30
  5. #5 Morrison Hart (USA), American Rally Originals – 4:36:08

UTV MODIFIED

  1. #55 Daniel Gonzalez (MEX) and Jorge Hernandez (MEX), Privateer – 3:56:27
  2. #52 Brock Harper (USA) and Steve Geist (USA), Privateer – 11:00:00
  3. #51 Sara Price (USA) and Sean Berriman (USA), Polaris Factory RZR – 13:00:00

CARS NAT4

  1. #54 Larry Trim (USA) and John Koeth (USA),Privateer – 19:05:00 

TOP FIVE GENERAL STANDINGS

MOTORCYCLE

  1. #1 Skyler Howes (USA), Husqvarna Factory Racing – 11:49:00
  2. #21 Kevin DeJongh (USA), Privateer – 13:11:52
  3. #35 Brendan Crow (USA), Privateer – 13:43:31
  4. #18 Jordan Huibregtse (USA), Privateer – 13:49:23
  5. #8 Kyle McCoy (USA), American Rally Originals – 14:26:35

UTV

  1. #55 Daniel Gonzalez (MEX) and Jorge Hernandez (MEX), Privateer – 15:49:25
  2. #52 Brock Harper (USA) and Steve Geist (USA), Privateer – 24:20:39
  3. #51 Sara Price (USA) and Sean Berriman (USA), Polaris Factory RZR – 25:11:51

CARS NAT4

  1. #54 Larry Trim (USA) and John Koeth (USA),Privateer – 63:26:00

ROAD TO DAKAR

  1. #35 Brendan Crow (USA), Privateer
  2. #3 David Pearson (USA), American Rally Originals
  3. #5 Ace Nilson (USA), Privateer
  4. #9 Morrison Hart (USA), American Rally Originals
  5. #11 Matthew Ransom (USA), Freedom Rally Racing

DISQUALIFICATIONS

MOTORCYCLE

  1. #37 David E. Bihn (USA), Privateer, SS2 DNS
  2. #29 Etienne Gelinas (CAN), Privateer, SS3 DNS
  3. #28 Sebastian Olarte (COL), Privateer, SS3 DNF
  4. #2 Matt Sutherland (AUS), Privateer, SS4 DNF
  5. #26 Yugandhar “Yugi” Jasti (ZAF), Freedom Rally Racing, SS4 DNF

CARS NAT4

#53 Luis Perocarpi (USA) and Clayton Williams (USA), Privateer, SS2 DNS

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Buy KR Jrs 1996 Yamaha YZR500 OWJ1

Looking for a safe haven for a few hundred thou? Who isn’t. We’ve found it: Kenny Roberts Jr’s last Yamaha 500cc GP bike, the one he rode just before switching to Modenas in 2007. They’re not making any more of these, and they don’t come on the market very often.

In the video, the 499cc two-stroke V-four fires right up and sounds great. Yamaha said it was good for 177 horsepower, which should be enough for casual trackday use. Heck, why not a little vintage racing? Mileage is unknown, as there is no odometer. No ABS, no steenkin’ traction control… There are a few rough edges and some patina, but all that may only add to the value of the investment. Best hurry over to Iconic Motorcycles, where there’re a lot more pics and info on the bike. Current bid is only $200,000. The auction ends Friday at 2 pm. 


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Save 20% on Motorcycle Tires Right Now on eBay

Are you in the market for a new set of tires for bike? If so, we have some very good news for you. From now through November 6, 2022, eBay.com is offering a 20% off coupon for motorcycle tires.

Taking advantage of this deal is a snap. Just click here and use the coupon code READY2RIDE at checkout. It’s that simple. You just pick out the tires you want from one of the approved sellers and when you go to checkout, add that coupon code and you will see the savings.

We will list the eligible sellers below.

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The Fine Print

To take advantage of this killer tire deal, there is a minimum purchase of $250 (excluding shipping, handling, and taxes). As well, the total discount is capped at $150. However, you can use the coupon up to two times, so you can save up to $300 total.

This deal also applies to ATV and UTV tires.

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Garmin inReach aids in 10,000 incidents

About half of those “incidents” are medical problems and injuries, another quarter are vehicle problems including being stuck, and a fair chunk involve people just being lost. In any case, Garmin’s inReach technology allows for two-way text messaging, location tracking, and critical SOS emergency response services in places where your cell phone can’t help you – on a range of handheld devices for all kinds of outdoor adventurers. Who’s number three on the list of SOS senders? Motorcyclists. 


Garmin Press Release:

inReach devices have provided SOS assistance and peace of mind on seven continents in more than 150 countries

OLATHE, Kan./October 25, 2022/PR Newswire – Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NYSE: GRMN), supported the milestone of 10,000 SOS incidents with an inReach device1. As a global leader in two-way satellite communication, Garmin offers a wide variety of handheld devices with inReach technology allowing for two-way text messaging, location tracking, and critical SOS emergency response services, providing peace of mind to individuals around the world. From family camping trips in California to mountain climbing in the European Alps, inReach users participate in a variety of adventures, and thanks to inReach, users have the security of knowing help can be a button press away.

“With Garmin inReach’s two-way communication and 24/7 staffed coordination center, help is never out of reach. We are honored to provide this potentially life-saving service and gratified to be the satellite communication device of choice for adventurers all over the world,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “Whether on the drive home from a trip or exploring the globe, having an inReach device nearby provides peace of mind that you can quickly connect with emergency coordinators, as well as friends and family.”

Insights from 10,000 SOS Incidents 

  • Garmin Response has coordinated inReach SOS incidents in more than 150 countries and on all seven continents since 2011.
  • Mountain regions such as the Pacific Crest Trail, the European Alps, and nearly all of New Zealand seem to have a high propensity for SOS incidents; however, emergencies don’t just happen in remote areas. Cities like Los Angeles, Phoenix and Aspen have all reported SOS incidents ranging from cycling to hiking.
  • No one expects to have a medical emergency or injury. However, combined these two incidents represent nearly 50% of the global SOS incidents2, highlighting the preparedness inReach provides users to meet unexpected or unforeseen events.
  • The top five activities that produced incidents include hiking/backpacking, driving, motorcycling, climbing/mountaineering, and boating.
  • Nearly one in five incidents were triggered by a good Samaritan, who purchased a device for their own peace of mind but were able to assist someone else in need.
  • The second highest number of SOS triggers (12%) comes from driving incidents, proving SOS needs don’t only occur in high-risk situations. Many driving SOS incidents involve people simply needing help while on the road and outside of cellphone service.
  • inReach incidents include a variety of unique instances including pet emergencies, unexpected natural disasters, and even reuniting a child with their parent.

How inReach SOS works with Garmin Response

Thanks to a dedicated SOS button and 100% global Iridium satellite network coverage, Garmin inReach users can quickly report an SOS should an emergency occur. Once an SOS is reported, even if no other action is taken by the user, the device sends a distress message to Garmin Response, a 24/7-staffed professional emergency response coordination center. Garmin Response will communicate with the individual in distress, their listed emergency contacts, and applicable Search & Rescue organizations and other available local resources. They will deliver a confirmation when help is on the way, provide updates on the status of the response effort, and will remain engaged until the incident is resolved.

For more complete data insights and imagery, please visit the inReach 10,000th incident blog.

“The two-way communication of inReach is so important in an emergency situation. After initiating an SOS, Garmin Response will ask questions to learn more about the incident and what appropriate first responses are needed for rescue, whether a tow-truck or helicopter,” said Sarah Kramlich, Garmin senior director of services and subscription strategy. “We are both proud and humbled to have assisted in 10,000 incidents, but this number is only part of the larger inReach story of providing peace of mind to all inReach users. The two-way communication with all inReach devices has helped countless people self-rescue in low-risk situations, where a friend or family assisting may be more appropriate than an emergency response team.”

Find your Garmin inReach 

Garmin offers a selection of inReach devices that vary in weight, display size and features, all with two-way communication and SOS capabilities.

  • For anyone such as car campers, cabin-goers or casual outdoor enthusiasts who find themselves without cell service, the inReach Messenger is an easy-interface device that provides a simple, communication-focused inReach experience.
  • For adventurers who want to travel light, the inReach Mini 2 is lightweight and compact, where size and weight of gear matters most
  • For dedicated explorers, mountaineers, and hunters, the rugged GPSMAP 66i GPS handheld and satellite communicator offers TopoActive mapping and inReach technology for backcountry activities.
  • For road warriors, the Montana 700 Series includes a full-touchscreen display, letting users quickly and easily type messages, plus a variety of mounting options for ATV, motorcycles, bikes and more.
  • For overlanding enthusiasts, the Tread XL Series is built for every part of the journey and has the mapping you need to stay on track and communication technology to stay in touch.
  • For mariners, the GPSMAP 86sci offers preloaded BlueChartg3 coastal charts in a water-resistant, floating design perfect for a day on the water.
  • Aviators can send and receive messages conveniently through their Garmin Pilot™ smart device app right from the cockpit. Garmin Pilot leverages the inReach Mini 2’s GPS positioning to drive a georeferenced aircraft position symbol on a tablet’s moving map display.

Learn more about all of Garmin’s inReach-capable devices here.

An active satellite subscription is required for live tracking, messaging and interactive SOS capabilities. A variety of affordable annual or month-to-month airtime packages are available. Individuals with a supported device and an active subscription can purchase search and rescue (SAR) insurance plans through Garmin Response which offer financial reimbursement for qualified search and rescue related expenses3. For additional information on the 10,000th SOS incident, and to read more Saved by Garmin stories, please visit blogs.garmin.com

Engineered on the inside for life on the outside, Garmin products have revolutionized life for adventurers, athletes, and outdoor enthusiasts everywhere. Committed to developing products that enhance experiences and enrich lives, Garmin believes every day is an opportunity to innovate and a chance to beat yesterday.

For more information, visit Garmin’s virtual Newsroomemail our press team, connect with @garminoutdoor on social media, or follow our adventures at garmin.com/blog.

1Active satellite subscription required. Some jurisdictions regulate or prohibit the use of satellite communication devices. It is your responsibility to know and follow all applicable laws in the jurisdictions where the device is intended to be used.

30% and 17%, respectively

3SAR insurance is an optional benefit in addition to the emergency coordination response from Garmin Response. SAR insurance is not required for Garmin Response to coordinate a rescue response.


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2022 Sonora Rally: Special Stage 3

Enjoy coverage from the 2022 Sonora Rally from our friends at WestX1000.

Begin Press Release: 


Hitting the Apex

Small Dunes Make for Big Adventures at SS3 

Today was the longest stage of the race. With an exhaustive route transitioning into a big stretch of pavement all the way to El Golfo de Santa Clara. Luckily, this is where the loop will take place, giving teams and staff a tiny bit of relief from the constant traversing from bivouac to bivouac. But SS3 of the Sonora Rally, presented by Method Race Wheels, wasn’t over yet. And for a few unlucky participants, this was the most punishing special of them all. You could see the ridgeline of sand in the distance. Like a herd of camels walking in a procession across the horizon. Venturing closer, it only became more ominous. Like watching your executioner sharpening the axe as you walk to the gallows. Or knowing your oppressor and still handing yourself over on a platter. There are some who are at peace and prepared, others who are petrified and praying, and those who don’t know what they’re getting into altogether. The first day of dunes, albeit small and relatively short in km’s, was the boss battle of this level in the game, and if you wanted to move onto the next phase, you’d have to pass this test, however brutal.

The pied Piper of Sonora, Skyler Howes #1 continues at the head of the lineup with an extremely clean and consistent domination of the race so far. But who would be surprised? You don’t become a Husqvarna Factory rider without craving these sorts of challenges – his attitude and demeanor always positive, if not radiant, when reviewing the details of the ride. This is his favorite rally raid after all… But it’s Howes’ outlook on the sandy two track, narrow cacti lined passageways, blind crests and the waves of untouched khaki granules he has the pleasure of sailing. He’s enthusiastic because he knows this place, but most of all, he knows what he’s capable of, which is why he leads the pack, somewhat unwittingly, through parts of the course offering trickier notes to follow in the roadbook. An efficient strategy for less confident navigators that can have costly consequences in the choppy, inconsistent, super soft dunes. Where Skyler draws a path in the sand is hardly the line most should be taking, they do, because admittedly, it’s much easier to risk encountering a tougher hurdle and keep your head up than constantly pick new paths and turning your attention from the journey to the rally tower (while keeping the throttle open) trying to determine your next move.

Properly dubbed the Pied Piper of Sonora, Howes is at the head of the group, unconsciously guiding a convoy into the special to meet their fate. Whisps of dust flew into the air and floated down more gently behind them until there was enough of a gap between bikes to let it settle. Riders like Kevin DeJongh #21, Brendan Crow #35, Matt Sutherland #2 and Jordan Huibregtse #18 all know their own limits and general mastery of the motorbike. Whatever path they choose doesn’t matter because they too see the various textures of terrain as enjoyable, if not attainable, making the roadbook the real “boss” to contend with. Resulting in a street brawl for the podium, even when it seems sure at this point that the factory is going to win it. Trailing behind Skyler by 32 minutes, the formidable DeJongh is holding onto the Overall second step with a Kung-Fu grip, still dancing around Second and Third in the stage standings with Sutherland in Third (1st in the Malle Moto class), Huibregtse in Fourth (2nd in Malle) and Brendan Crow rounding out the Top Five positions in the General Classification. The latter of them nursing an old, exacerbated injury keeping him out of contention for the day. Back in the bivy, Crow iced his shoulder with a package of bacon under a palapa in hopes that the next day he’ll be able to race at possibly 80%.

“Stage Three of the Sonora Rally was another fun one. In fact, it feels like the stages are getting better and better, more and more fun. Today, we were in more twisty tracks through the cactus, more sand and a little bit more difficult navigation. After about kilometer 70, things became a bit more technical, which was nice. It made the brain think a little bit more. Overall, a super fun stage. Had to do a couple of circles out there as well, because I didn’t get my notes totally correct. But otherwise, a good stage, and made it through clean once again. Happy about that and looking forward to getting into more sand and dunes tomorrow.” – Skyler Howes #1, Husqvarna Factory Racing

As expected, there was a small pause between the front and the middle, and a bigger one at the back. But once the gates were opened, the vehicles flowed up-course steadily, if not a bit gingerly outside of the faster gang. And who can blame them? The dunes are already intimidating but considering in its sharp, choppy shape, it can become a Goliath task, drawing out every ounce it energy by the end. Making all other obstacles that much harder to surmount. One such rider had already been dealt a losing hand the prior stage. But Sebastian “Stan” Olarte #28 persevered past a (machine) impalement which led him to push his bike to the finish of SS2. Today, although he seemed strong and ready for new challenges, Olarte kicked off the big sand section with a substantial off-bike moment from – just as several had – miscalculating the abruptness of a berm. Trapped under his EXC for a moment before assistance could jog over. But he nonetheless carried on with his unbreakable spirit. Only until a new section of course made for a tad precarious to navigate.

sara price

After blowing past a gate, Olarte flipped around to find the path and make up lost time. But today was, again, quite hot. The loose earth behind him had kicked up a significant cloud, and he hadn’t realized he was being tailed. And poor Sara Price #51, was blind in his dust and couldn’t see him coming. Price, with her Navigator Sean Berriman, were horrified at the impact of their Polaris RZR with Olarte and his KTM. Terrified of what they might see, a man or a body, the pair exited the side-by-side to try and offer help. And what a relief when he stood up and quickly communicated his condition so as not to worry the Factory pros. Ultimately, Stan sustained a broken finger, but no other bodily harm. His moto, however, was severed in two and the RZR sustained damage to the cooling system. It’s these moments we truly remember that to race takes risks. And while it’s not often that a price is paid for the privilege of seeking glory, when it does occur, everyone – not just those involved – find, instead, new perspective. And hopefully, a greater appreciation for life and love.

“Today was…really wild, to say the least. We ended up having a head-on with a bike, which is super unfortunate. That’s one of the scariest things that’s ever happened to me racing. I’ve always dreaded that possibly happening, and it did today. I’m just so grateful that [Olarte] is okay, and it wasn’t worse than I had originally expected. Because it was…wild. To be honest, I’m just pumped he walked away from it. We stayed with him until he was preparing to leave. Then he hopped in the truck, and we helped with his bike and continued on. Actually, from him hitting us so hard, the car ended up taking pretty good damage to our cooling system. So we ended up overheated, the rest of the time, until we reached a spot where we could change the front radiator out, and we could continue on from there. But that definitely took a lot of time, but we made it happen ” – Sara Price #51, Polaris Factory RZR

Price and Berriman managed to bring their car to a meeting point where their team could work on the radiator. It was a quick enough fix, but nothing could make up for their time lost during the incident. Their goal now was just to reach the ASS. And they did, dropping down from the primary spot to Third in class and Second overall – making way for the Sonoran natives, Daniel Gonzalez and Jorge Hernandez in SSV #55 to take the reins. But, hey, maybe the torch would have been passed anyhow. Gonzalez and Hernandez have been very consistent in this competition, and they had a pretty solid effort in the special, finding their way through various slippery circumstances with confidence. Pilots Brock Harper and Steve Geist #52 also managed the trials respectably, but coming all the way from Pennsylvania, the two had almost zero experience in sand. So, that accomplishment was formidable already, if not a bit slower. It probably doesn’t help much for them to be switching off driving responsibilities midway through the course, but it does touch at the heart of the Sonora Rally. An intimate space built for grassroots teams to truly experience a rally raid firsthand at this level of international design. The people are the core of this event, and folks like Harper and Geist are not only the reason the Sonora Rally became what it is, but why it’ll continue its astronomical trajectory for years to come. And landing up in the rankings is just the cherry on top. Due to Price’s mishap, #55 sits at the top step, while #52 can enjoy a Second-Place finish in the stage. With quite a head start, though, #51 still maintains Second in the general classification.

“It was a great day. Had no mechanicals, no scary accidents, but definitely challenging navigation in a couple of spots. But we feel really good about it. Looking forward to the (bigger) dunes tomorrow.” – Steve Geist #52, Privateer in UTVs

Sounds in the dunes play tricks on you. The echo bouncing off the peaks and swirling around the valleys, throwing noises every which way. One bike becomes two. Engine breaking over the next mound becomes a ten-minute wait for its arrival. You hear them coming for miles but never know where from or how long it might take them to appear. It’s like Mother Nature’s fun house, constructed for max discombobulation and mayhem. A challenge in and of itself, these mountains of sand and stone and brush are for music lovers who appreciate a gas-powered symphony. But these tunes only confuse the matter more. Never knowing how close your rivals are or if they’re about to flank you from both sides. Take these sensory experiences and add hidden traps in the sand – soft and welcoming and sneaky. They caught the unsuspecting wheel more often than not today, not causing as much a danger than a nuisance. So if the tires are turning too slow, the ground will grab hold, sink the nose and twist a rider to their side. Once is doable. Twice is a pain. More than three times makes for an arduous day. And with such a large showing in the Malle Moto category, this only adds salt to the wound.

The apex has been hit, and racers are starting to exit the curve. Cornering at the 2022 Sonora Rally has already been fast, fluid and just the right kind of dangerous. And at the pace it’s been going, the road will flatten out soon enough. With only two days left in the competition, teams will need to firm up their strategies to ensure their stars will shine on the podium on Saturday. Several categories will crown a king, but at the finish line, those who made it, will leave feeling like royalty.

Stay tuned to the 2022 Sonora Rally presented by Method Race Wheels all week long, from October 17th – 22nd, to watch all the excitement south of the border. To learn more, visit: https://sonorarally.com/ Or, follow the fun on Instagram @sonorarally & @aventura.eventos.

KEY NOTES

Ø Caborca to El Golfo; Liaison > 184 km & Special > 274 km

Ø The Loop stage, this route has dialed back the kilometers from what the event offered yesterday. A much more modest 183 kilometers – L1 15 – SS 153 – L2 15.

Ø What we know as El Golfo de Santa Clara has been an established pueblito since at least 1698 when “Father Kino” first came to visit. It’s evolved over the years, but the economy has always been driven by the port. Positioned at the uppermost point of the Sea of Cortez on the Sonora side, trade has dominated the town as a gateway to what is now Arizona to all the municipalities lining the sea. As a town, El Golfo came to fruition, officially, in the 1930s as various species of fishing were offered in the area. Overfishing became an issue over time but hasn’t stopped this from being the industry of choice.

Ø Like they say about motorcycling, it’s not if, it’s when. But what they leave out is how bad. Anyone who knows rally raid, understands that to achieve great feats we must take great risks. And at times, albeit very rare at an intimate event like the Sonora Rally, a more concerning incident will occur. Today was that rare occasion for Polaris Factory Pro Sara Price with Sean Berriman and privateer Diespro rider, Stan Olarte. After overcoming a demanding second stage, Olarte had been moving at a respectable pace past the first set of dunes, with Price eating his dust, little did he know. However, unaware of her presence, he had made a navigation error and moved to turn around – also blind in his own cloud – and to everyone’s terror, they faced each other head on. Luckily, Price had already backed down her pace significantly due to the lack of clear visuals, and Olarte had not been given enough time to pick up speed, so the incident, however serious, did not end paying the ultimate price. In fact, despite severe damage to his motorcycle and manageable issues with the RZR’s radiator, all involved were left virtually unharmed – Olarte only enduring a broken finger and shattered heart as he will no longer continue competing at his first rally raid. So, we hope this only gives him time to recover and come back in April to give it another college try.

QUOTES:

Anthony Bonello #36, REV’IT!: “There was a little bit of tricky nav. I kind of went cross-country, and it was either going to cost me big time or I was going to resolve it. And I did. Maybe it helped me, but we’ll see. But missed a couple of berms, a few bushes, probably a little worse for wear but avoided the cactus and stayed upright. It was fun, super fun. I saw a couple of people on the track, but most of the day, I was just by myself and riding my own flow, keeping a rhythm and trying to be smart. My goal, for sure, is to finish and stay upright and get back to my family safe and sound. And have an awesome time and learn! I’ve never done a rally, never raced a motorcycle before; I’ve ridden for a long time but never raced. For sure I’m competitive, so I didn’t want to get too excited and overdo it. So far so good. Really, really looking forward to the dunes. Hoping we can maybe do something there, but we’ll see.”

Brett Fox #34, REV’IT!: “It was hard. All three stages have been rough, but they’ve become progressively harder and harder. Today was a lot of sand and the big bike just…it doesn’t move well in tight technical sand area. So I definitely went down a few times. Had a good crash where I caught on the berm and mentally I told myself ok, eject. So, I kind of stepped up off the bike and went flying over the front end. I cleared the rally tower, picked up my plastic bits and kept on going. But it was a good day. A lot of fun and a good precursor for what tomorrow’s going to bring. Tomorrow it’s going to be hard, it’s going to hot, a lot of sand.”

Patrick Reyes Morrison, #7, Privateer in Motos: “Unfortunately, the rally gremlins found to me today. Started out great through fast roads and fast sand washes. David Pearson caught up to me at the highway, but I managed to pass him at the dune section – which was awesome – and managed to arrive at the first refueling in front of him. There, I realized the motor was sounding weird, as if the crank rod bearing was making noise, but the bike was still running well. At the second refueling (km 173), I saw my team and they checked the bike as we knew for sure there way a problem. David passed me shortly thereafter. I tried to continue nursing the bike, but it continued to become noisier, then stared to misfire. I had managed to catch up with David where he was a bit lost and continued onward until I reached the highway. Thanks to my Spot Tracker, my crew managed to follow me and intercepted me at the highway where we decided to put the bike up on the trailer due to the fact that I would not have managed to finish the day, possibly busting up my bike even more. I didn’t want to end up breaking down in the desert. We shall now try to repair it and continue tomorrow.”

Ace Nilson #5, Privateer in Motos: “Today was a legit rally day! With a 280km special and 180km liaison to end the day, the only thing missing was a 200km liaison at the start to make this a true Dakar stage… I felt really good to at the beginning of the stage, and less than a few km from the start, I came across a downed rider. A quick physical and neuro check, and I was underway again. The bike worked really well, and I was able to fight through the dust to make some moves today without taking too many risks,, keeping in mind my ultimate goal of finishing Dakar in less than 80 days! I’ve been selling shirts to help offset the many costs to even reach the bivouac in Saudi Arabia. But it’s helping me keep focused and move forward. Looking forward to the bigger dunes tomorrow… I feel prepared and couldn’t have done it without a lot of help from High Desert Adventures, Bullet Proof Diesel, Freedom Rally Racing, Gray Area KTM, Seat Concepts, Rekluse Motorsports, GoldenTyre West, MotoMinded, ICO – TowerOne, KLIM, O’Neal USA, EVS Sports”

Patrick De Chastonay #27, Privateer in Motos: “I had a really good stage. At the very beginning, I tried to reset my odometer and accidentally skipped the first Waypoint, which was a bummer. That was before I even left the starting line. And earlier on in the stage, I went a little off-track off the side of the trail and caught a big bundle of barbed wire which was sucked into the rear wheel. And I had to lay the bike over and pull that out. That took me about a minute or two at least, and then, Matthew managed to pass me later on. I had caught up to him, and then he [had a pretty hard off-bike], so I stopped for a second.”

Daniel Gonzalez, #55 Privateer in UTVs: “Well, it was really exciting. Apparently, we’re First for the UTV class, so we’re excited about that. Trying to turn up the laps between us and Sara Price. Something went wrong with her. The track was very sandy, and there were a lot of hidden dangers which were not in the notes. But I know it was due to rain in the last week. But it was tough because these were obstacles which the organization just couldn’t know about. So we had to deal with that on the fly. Besides that, it was fun. That last part, 150 kilometers of highway, is a little bit tiring. But we’re having a lot of fun.”

TOP FIVE STAGE RESULTS

MOTO PRO

  1. #1 Skyler Howes (USA), Husqvarna Factory Racing – 3:33:23

  2. #21 Kevin DeJongh (USA), Privateer – 3:46:59

  3. #14 Jordan Reed (CAN), Privateer – 4:14:11

  4. #5 Ace Nilson (USA), Privateer – 4:18:31

  5. #6 Nathan Rafferty (USA), Freedom Rally Racing – 4:22:04

MALLE MOTO

  1. #2 Matt Sutherland (AUS), Privateer – 3:57:59

  2. #18 Jordan Huibregtse (USA), Privateer – 4:12:07

  3. #8 Kyle McCoy (USA), American Rally Originals – 4:21:37

  4. #3 David Pearson (USA), American Rally Originals – 4:28:06

  5. #12 Matthew Glade (CAN), Privateer – 4:44:12

MOTO ENDURO

  1. #36 Anthony Bonello (CAN), REV’IT! – 4:38:09

  2. #11 John Henson (USA), Privateer – 4:43:45

  3. #5 Morrison Hart (USA), American Rally Originals – 4:51:42

  4. #27 Patrick De Chastonay (USA), Privateer – 4:53:54

  5. #25 Willem Avenant (ZAF), Freedom Rally Racing – 4:54:08

UTV MODIFIED

  1. #55 Daniel Gonzalez (MEX) and Jorge Hernandez (MEX), Privateer – 4:24:40

  2. #52 Brock Harper (USA) and Steve Geist (USA), Privateer – 5:03:22

  3. #51 Sara Price (USA) and Sean Berriman (USA), Polaris Factory RZR – 6:00:00

CARS NAT4

  1. #54 Larry Trim (USA) and John Koeth (USA),Privateer – 36:00:00

TOP FIVE GENERAL STANDINGS

MOTORCYCLE

  1. #1 Skyler Howes (USA), Husqvarna Factory Racing – 9:03:01

  2. #21 Kevin DeJongh (USA), Privateer – 9:35:59

  3. #2 Matt Sutherland (AUS), Privateer – 10:10:14

  4. #18 Jordan Huibregtse (USA), Privateer – 10:17:47

  5. #35 Brendan Crow (USA), Privateer – 10:19:38

UTV

  1. #55 Daniel Gonzalez (MEX) and Jorge Hernandez (MEX), Privateer – 11:52:58

  2. #51 Sara Price (USA) and Sean Berriman (USA), Polaris Factory RZR – 12:11:51

  3. #52 Brock Harper (USA) and Steve Geist (USA), Privateer – 13:20:39

CARS NAT4

  1. #54 Larry Trim (USA) and John Koeth (USA),Privateer – 44:21:00

ROAD TO DAKAR

  1. #2 Matt Sutherland (AUS), Privateer

  2. #35 Brendan Crow (USA), Privateer

  3. #3 David Pearson (USA), American Rally Originals

  4. #5 Ace Nilson (USA), Privateer

  5. #13 Matthew Ransom (USA), Freedom Rally Racing

DISQUALIFICATIONS

MOTORCYCLE

  1. #37 David E. Bihn (USA), Privateer, SS2 DNS

  2. #29 Etienne Gelinas (CAN), Privateer, SS3 DNS

  3. #28 Sebastian Olarte (COL), Diespro, SS3 DNF

CARS NAT4

  1. #53 Luis Perocarpi (USA) and Clayton Williams (USA), Privateer, SS2 DNS

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