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Old 01-21-2013, 07:42 PM   #76
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I missed the 450's, thinking I could watch them on Fuel instead of stupid CBS... Oops!! Guess I wait till next week to see the 450's.

On a more positive note, YEAH TOMAC!!!
Not deffending CBS, their broadcasting of the 450's last year was horrible but it actually wasn't too bad this time. Ralph and Jeff did the announcing and brought a bit of "Speed" atmosphere to it. Both heats were broadcast whole, very short LCQ hilite, short history on Windham and the main. One more time for CBS this weekend and back to Speed! Looking forward to the racing...only thing I got to keep me going in this frigid north
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:33 AM   #77
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Ditto on the thanks to KW! Having just "retired" from MX myself after a gnarly crash and being unable to find my comfort zone again, I can totally relate (to the degree that I crashed on an 80 footer as opposed to what KDub did) and congratulate him on a fantastic career!

Thumbs down to Speed, listing the Lites at 11 only to show them at 10. My recording had the last 10 seconds, announcing the winner, then switching to truck racing. Arg. Thumbs up to Eli, Villo and Trey! Great racing!
I agree with the Merfman on the recording. I did see it later on Fuel and it was so grainy, looked like a "C" porno.
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Old 01-22-2013, 08:53 AM   #78
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I missed the 450's, thinking I could watch them on Fuel instead of stupid CBS... Oops!! Guess I wait till next week to see the 450's.

On a more positive note, YEAH TOMAC!!!
Most of the mains and such are usually on youtube the day after the event.
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Old 01-23-2013, 03:49 PM   #79
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Predictions for Oakland?

I think RV is back, watch out as he wins again!
RV
Canard
Milsaps

Looks like Stewart and Barcia will have a tough road ahead after last week, I predict Stewart bails out of the series in a couple of weeks, he'll get surgery, miss the entire outdoors, come back for SX in 2014, go about 3 rounds before he gets hurt again...I really think he's done.
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:09 PM   #80
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I have to agree, I think Stewart's championship days are over...maybe even his career!

Barcia my have trouble in this coming race if he's a nose breather!

Predictions:

Canard
Villipoto
Reed
Barcia
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:17 PM   #81
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[QUOTE=Merfman;20540149]Ditto on the thanks to KW! Having just "retired" from MX myself after a gnarly crash and being unable to find my comfort zone again, I can totally relate (to the degree that I crashed on an 80 footer as opposed to what KDub did) and congratulate him on a fantastic career!

I'm wondering what it may take to "Cool My Jets"

I can plan to ride cautiously, always in control but when the motor is running and we're riding I don't seem to remember that plan anymore....Can you share with us what happened on your "Big One" that "Cooled Your Jets" as a long term expert rider? Sorry, "Gnarly" is way too brief, details pls.
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Old 01-24-2013, 07:27 AM   #82
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Ditto on the thanks to KW! Having just "retired" from MX myself after a gnarly crash and being unable to find my comfort zone again, I can totally relate (to the degree that I crashed on an 80 footer as opposed to what KDub did) and congratulate him on a fantastic career!

I'm wondering what it may take to "Cool My Jets"

I can plan to ride cautiously, always in control but when the motor is running and we're riding I don't seem to remember that plan anymore....Can you share with us what happened on your "Big One" that "Cooled Your Jets" as a long term expert rider? Sorry, "Gnarly" is way too brief, details pls.
I still ride/race the occasional offroad event but I'm retired from MX. I loved racing MX and I always rode in control. I've never been one to pin it and see what happens, everything was always controlled. I raced the Weds series at Aztec for quite a few years. IMHO, MX is one of those sports where I need to be 100%, 100% of the time. If I went out and tried to ride 80%, I found my timing would be messed-up and I'd do something stupid. Doing something stupid in MX usually resulted in pain. My big one came in the second lap of practice for a Weds night race. I'd always roll the big jumps on the first lap, in case something changed since my last ride. On the second lap, I shifted up and rolled on the throttle to hit the finish line jump. Last time I stepped it off it was around 85'. Unsure why, but I shifted into neutral on the face of the jump and remember things from a 3rd person POV from that time forward. I was at the apex of the jump, around 15' in the air, doing around 40-45MPH when I stepped over the bars to avoid being driven into the landing area by a 225 pound CRF. I thought, this is gonna hurt. I cleared the jump, landed on my feet in the landing area (making the descent a total of around 20' or so and total distance traveled around 85 feet) and as I was rolling down the track sliding on my back, (slow motion kinda thing) feet above my head, watching the bike cartwheel above me, I thought "hmmm, that wasn't so bad" and then got collected up by the bike. I lay in the landing area another 30 seconds or so before I could gather the will to crawl off the track so I didn't get pounded by another rider.

I didn't break any bones, remarkably but lemme say, hitting the deck that hard at 53 hurts lots more than it did at even 45. I spent the next year fighting an IT band injury that hurt worse than a broken bone. For a couple of months, I couldn't understand why I had the 3rd person memory of the crash. Then the cobwebs cleared and I realized I'd banged my head hard, again. Visual inspection of my helmet verified a hard lick on the right side. I spent the next year trying to quiet the little voice that said "you were lucky to walk away this time" ( I broke my neck in 1994 when hit by a falling tree, in a race) A trip to the Nationals at TV last year was the final straw for me... as I watched the guys hit jumps I'd done many times before, I cringed at each takeoff/landing and realized I'd probably never be comfortable on the track again. Going back to my 80% comment, I decided right there that I was done. I'm 55, my wife works in a home business, we're really into traveling/diving (which is seriously curtailed by broken bones) and I've had 6 concussions that I can remember. It was just time for me to call it a career and find something else to do. I miss it, but I'm really enjoying not being hurt and beat up constantly. And I'm loving riding my Tenere'

You'll know when it's your time, if you're honest with yourself. If I've learned nothing in the last 55 years, I've learned to listen to that little voice. It's right more often than not.

Enough with my tale of pain, Oakland SX predictions:

Eli will get another 5th place start and run down Rocsen who got a better start and is in first. Seeley will get a great start but be bettered by Eli and Ken. Finish: Tomac, Rocsen, Seeley.

Villo will get a 2 or 3rd place start, move quickly to the front, and check out. Canard will fight his way into second and I believe BamBam will snort his way into 3rd. Finish: Villo, Trey, BamBam.
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Thanks for the story Murfman, an 85 x 20 foot Superman without a working cape is impressive, but

I liked your story of knocking down a tall tree, getting hit in the head and breaking your neck a bit more.

Any chance you have videos?
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:14 PM   #84
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My best guess:

Villopoto
Bam Bam
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Old 01-27-2013, 10:02 AM   #85
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Geez, good thing I'm not betting on my predictions Reed and Stewart getting together...who would've seen that coming I think Barcia has to toughen up a bit. He ain't gonna win a championship like that! If Villipoto keeps getting those starts...he's got it! Milsaps...I'm going to have to start putting my money on him
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Old 01-27-2013, 10:23 AM   #86
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I HATE CBS!!! Not even airing here locally today... WTF?!!
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Tomac crashed lap 7 over the bars, face first in the whoops. Whacked his head and was holding his left knee. Didn't continue. Roczen took the lead with 4 to go, passing Seely. Seely second, Anderson 3rd...good show! Back to speed next weekend for the whole show
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Eli's looking pretty bullet proof in the lites! Is it too early to predict he'll sweep?
Kiss of death! Rough night for Eli. Gotta admit I'm happy for Roger D getting an impressive win from Roczen.

Great to see Dungey on the podium. But, dang! Villopoto won by almost 11 seconds!!
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Thanks for the story Murfman, an 85 x 20 foot Superman without a working cape is impressive, but

I liked your story of knocking down a tall tree, getting hit in the head and breaking your neck a bit more.

Any chance you have videos?
Making a long story short - no videos. 1994 Calamity Pass enduro. About 10 miles from first gas, I spy a bunch of spectators across a field. In trying to determine why they're there, I overcook a hard left and smack a 30' tall aspen tree with my right handguard. I regain the trail and about the time I hit second, I hear the crowd "cheer" About 1.8 seconds later I hear the loudest TWHOCK! ever and feel that funny-bone-struck feeling from my neck down as I'm limply falling off the back of my YZ250. As I lay on the ground, I realized I'd broken my neck from the buzzing feeling so I just lay there taking inventory. As I lay there, one of the spectators ran over and declared "He's ALIVE!" - WTF? Turned out the tree I hit was rotten at the base and I dislodged it, causing it to fall exactly in line with the trail. The top 6" hit me squarely in the Arai and drove my had into my shoulders like a John Henry struck spike. Broke 3 vertebrate in my neck and snapped 3 spineous processes. I didn't find out until 6 months later even tho I got checked-out the following day.


For OaklandII - Reed gets out of control in the whoops and cleans out Stewart. That seems really familiar... LOL.

Anaheim next:
450 - Villo stays on a roll, Canard won't get caught up in a Reedy-Stewart saga and Davey will take 3rd.
250 - Assuming Eli isn't hurt, he'll take 1st again, 2nd will be Rocsen and 3rd ... Seeley?
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Making a long story short - no videos. 1994 Calamity Pass enduro. About 10 miles from first gas, I spy a bunch of spectators across a field. In trying to determine why they're there, I overcook a hard left and smack a 30' tall aspen tree with my right handguard. I regain the trail and about the time I hit second, I hear the crowd "cheer" About 1.8 seconds later I hear the loudest TWHOCK! ever and feel that funny-bone-struck feeling from my neck down as I'm limply falling off the back of my YZ250. As I lay on the ground, I realized I'd broken my neck from the buzzing feeling so I just lay there taking inventory. As I lay there, one of the spectators ran over and declared "He's ALIVE!" - WTF? Turned out the tree I hit was rotten at the base and I dislodged it, causing it to fall exactly in line with the trail. The top 6" hit me squarely in the Arai and drove my had into my shoulders like a John Henry struck spike. Broke 3 vertebrate in my neck and snapped 3 spineous processes. I didn't find out until 6 months later even tho I got checked-out the following day.


For OaklandII - Reed gets out of control in the whoops and cleans out Stewart. That seems really familiar... LOL.

Anaheim next:
450 - Villo stays on a roll, Canard won't get caught up in a Reedy-Stewart saga and Davey will take 3rd.
250 - Assuming Eli isn't hurt, he'll take 1st again, 2nd will be Rocsen and 3rd ... Seeley?

Wow, that's bullsh*t luck! I thought that kind of crap only happens to me Group of spectators in one spot = danger! Glad you recovered!

Anyone hear what Barcia's problem was in this last race...aside from the fact he fell down. Web site just said he was feeling better? Sounds like Tomac is fine and good to go for the next one back in Anaheim and Stewart says he'll race til the end. Barring anymore clamities, it should be a good race...maybe everyone will settle down a bit...or not
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