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Columbian EnduroCross, RCH Soaring Eagle 50K Summer MX Classic, Yamaha PW50, and Much More! – The Weekly Dirt: September 3, 2014, by DR Staff

Welcome to Weekly Dirt, your place on the Internet for off-road news from around the world. This week we check out results from the EnduroCross in Columbia, the RCH Soaring Eagle 50K Summer MX Classic in Michigan, and the announcement of an electric start PW50 from Yamaha. There’s plenty to go over, so let’s get going.

Cody Webb (center) won the first race of the EnduroCross race in Columbia; however, Taylor Robert (left) won the overall. Photo Courtesy AMA EnduroCross

American EnduroCross racers traveled south to Columbia to race a special one-off EnduroCross event in Medellin’s Ivan Debedout Arena, and FMF/KTM’s Taylor Robert came away with the overall win in the first ever International EnduroCross of Medellin, Colombia, in front of Cody Webb and Kyle Redmond. Team America dominated the event from beginning to end inside the packed Medellin, Ivan Debedout Arena.

The event, produced by Manuel Mate of IMLA de Colombia with the help of sports organizer Eric Peronnard (Co-Creator of EnduroCross), was a huge success. The very hospitable Colombian people were thrilled to host the event and the racing was spectacular.

Shaffer Tracks, the team that builds the U.S. EnduroCross tracks, created a great track for racing. Although the riders said it was a little easier than a typical U.S. EnduroCross, it was enjoyable for the racers and spectators.

Team America consisted of eight of the regular EnduroCross competitors: Cody Webb, Colton Haaker, Taylor Robert, Kyle Redmond, Mike Brown, Ty Tremaine, Destry Abbott, and Max Gerston. The American riders were treated like rock stars and shared riding tips with the best Enduro riders from Colombia.

The racing included a two-moto motocross style format with the overall winner determined by the combined moto scores. Although Robert did not win either moto, he was the most consistent and took the overall win ahead of Webb and Redmond. Webb and Redmond took the moto wins and finished second and third overall respectively.

Overall Results
1. Taylor Robert (KTM)
2. Cody Webb (Bet)
3. Kyle Redmond (KTM)

Ricky Renner Wins Inaugural $50K Soaring Eagle Edge Of Summer MX Classic

Ricky Renner won the inaugural 50K RCH Soaring Eagle Summer MX Classic. Photo Courtesy Aysling

Carey Hart, Mitchell Oldenburg, Ricky Carmichael, Ricky Renner and Nick Wey pose at the Soaring Eagle Casino. Photo Courtesy Aysling

Ricky Renner claimed the top prize at the inaugural $50K Edge of Summer MX at the famed Soaring Eagle Resort & Casino, in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, this past weekend, beating out top pro riders Kyle Chisholm and Nick Wey in the process.
Chisholm passed Renner at one point in the 20-lap main event, but the Yamaha rider went down later in the race, allowing the hard-charging Renner back into the lead. Late in the race, Wey closed in on Renner, but Renner was able to hold on to the lead to get to the checkered flag first and claim top prize in the race.
“I knew the holeshot would be important,” said Renner. “I built a good lead, but Chisholm was able to reel me in and make the pass for the lead. I tucked in right behind him, but we ran into a lapper and Kyle took the high line, got some wheel spin and went down … pretty hard.”

Wey put himself at a disadvantage when he got a poor start in the final.

“I did well in the supercross portion of the track, maybe not so well in the motocross sections,” said Wey. “I wish I’d have got a better start to keep him honest, but Ricky rode excellent and certainly deserved the win tonight.”

Mitchell Oldenburb moved into third place by the end of the race, rounding out the podium in front of Jimmy Albertson and James Decotis.

In Vet Pro action it was a battle of longtime AMA Arenacross greats as Ohio’s Jeff Gibson started strong early and kept his momentum going through the hard fought 12-lap contest to top Michigan’s Kelly Smith and double 2014 Loretta Lynn’s Amateur National champ John Grewe. And in Super Mini action a couple of former Michigan-made Cobra Moto mini cycle pilots – Chase Sexton (IL) and Joey Crown (MI) – distanced themselves from the rest of the pack in a great duel that saw Sexton, the Rockwell Rocket watch winner for fastest practice lap, hold on versus a hard-charging Crown. Canada’s Tanner Ward would place 3rd in that contest.

Edge of Summer MX Pro Results
1. Ricky Renner
2. Nick Wey
3. Mitchell Oldenburg
4. Jimmy Albertson
5. James Decotis
6. Levi Kilbarger
7. Jeff Gibson
8. Travis Sewell
9. Heath Harrison
10. Josh Osby

Bisceglia Named Rookie Of The Year

Matt Bisceglia was named rider of the year by the AMA. Photo Courtesy GEICO Honda

At the end-of-the-year awards banquet after the final round of the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship in Salt Lake City, Utah, GEICO Honda’s Matt Bisceglia was named the 2014 Pro Motocross Series Rookie of the Year.

“It was really awesome to win rookie of the year,” Bisceglia said. “I actually had no idea I had won it initially because since I had been injured for the last couple races I didn’t get to go to the banquet. One of the mechanics sent me a picture of the award and told me I won it. All I could think was, ‘Oh, that’s so awesome.’

“I’m just really happy to win, especially with all the other rookies that I was running against. I had ups and downs throughout the year. I think some things could have gone a little bit better, but I have learned from my first year. I’m going to use my off-season as a time to build and work on what I have to in order to come back strong next year.”

Bisceglia is already focused on making improvements for next year.

“Next season I want to be a little bit stronger,” Bisceglia. “I started off the season in the top 10 in the first three rounds. I was pretty happy with that, but obviously I still wanted to build off of that.

Yamaha’s PW50 and TT-R Line

Yamaha Motor Corporation announced this week the launch their complete 2015 TT-R line, including the iconic PW50.

The PW50 has long been the motorcycle to introduce kids to the joys of off-road riding, and is often the launching platform for a lifetime of two-wheel fun. With its low seat height, virtually maintenance-free oil-injected 49cc two-stroke engine, automatic transmission and shaft drive, the PW50 is the perfect entry motorcycle.

Getting started on an adventure aboard a TT-R is as simple as pushing a button. Every model in the line features a convenient electric starter and aggressive YZ styling. As the rider grows so does the TT-R line, starting with the TT-R50E, which introduces riders to shifting, but utilizes a throttle stop screw to restrict speed while beginners are learning to ride. As the rider progresses they can move on to the TT-R110E with more gears, a bigger wheel size and more suspension travel. Next in line is the TT-R125LE and TT-R230, where riders are introduced to a manual clutch, a more powerful engine and a front disc brake.

With a complete line of off-road motorcycles starting with the PW50, growing through the TT-Rs and continuing on to the YZs and WRs, Yamaha has everything a family needs for their off-road adventures.—Shan Moore

That’s all for this week, be sure to check in next week for more news from the off-road world.

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