Motorcyclists to attempt to break records at AMA Land Speed Grand Championship Registration to race at Bonneville still open

20170811bonnevillePICKERINGTON, Ohio — The world’s fastest motorcycle racers will have their chance to set national and world records at the Bonneville Salt Flats during the AMA Land Speed Grand Championship in Wendover, Utah, Aug. 26-31.

“Racing on the Bonneville Salt Flats is the pinnacle of land-speed racing,” said AMA Track Racing Manager Ken Saillant. “Not only do competitors race against others in their class for AMA National No. 1 plates, they also compete to set new world records.”

The Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials, the AMA Land Speed Grand Championship, is the premier motorcycle land-speed racing event in the world. This AMA-sanctioned event, which also includes Fédération Internationale de Motocylisme recognition, offers competitors the opportunity to collect AMA national and FIM world records aboard machines from 50cc mini-bikes to 3,000cc streamliners.

Racers have until Aug. 18 to register for the event online at While participants can register the day of the event, those who sign up online before the event will receive a special discount.

For more information or question about the event, email or visit

Alumi Craft Racers Shine At Rainbow Desert Enduro

Rainbow, Victoria Australia

Alumi Craft racers Chris Browning and Justin Watt finished 2nd and 3rd overall at the final round of the Australian Off Road Championship held in the historic township of Rainbow in north western Victoria. The Victorian Off Road Racing Association put together a demanding course at the first time event that included a good combination of fast straights, technical sections through the trees, and desert tracks with natural jumps and whoops. The rains brought muddy conditions that added to the challenge.

Alumi Craft, Chris Browning, Australia Off Road, Class 1, Off Road Racing

Browning took 2nd place overall racing against a slew of higher horsepower Pro Buggies and Extreme trucks. His solid performance also earned him the Prolite Buggy class, season long points championship.

Alumi Craft, Chris Browning, AORC, Rainbow Desert Enduro

The rains over two days made it a slippery event,” said Browning, “It might have given us a little advantage over the heavier trucks. The first laps on Sunday were very slippery. We caught a truck ahead of us that showered us in mud. We decided it was a good time to stop for fuel.”

Competitors are given time off the clock to stop for fuel, but any work done on the cars has to take place in the pits with the clock running. Their decision to stop when they did allowed them to clean their face shields, and get back out in a better position on the track. Once it was clear ahead, they quickly moved up several spots.

Alumi Craft, Chris Browning, Australian Off Road Championship

“Once we got back out, we got a good run, and made up time,” Browning continued, “The track dried out and the surface got quite good. You still had to be attentive with the throttle so you wouldn’t end up in the trees, but our lap times continued to go down. Our first lap was a 53:20 and by the end of the day we were running 45:53. It was a really good event for a first time event. The track had a lot of variety.”

Justin Watt was driving a brand new Alumi Craft Extreme 2WD truck owned by Ivan Albins. Justin had 80 miles of testing on the truck in Ocotillo Wells, California before shipping it to Australia, and there was not a bit of mud anywhere. There Rainbow course did have one thing in common with Ocotillo Wells, plenty of whoops.

Justin Albins, Alumi Craft Trophy Truck, Australian Off Road Championship. Off Road Racing

“It was a rough course; rougher than the Finke race,” said Albins, “We put it to a good test. The Alumi Craft truck was flawless; it’s a great combination. After driving buggies for years, the truck is like a lounge chair, but with excellent handling. It was our first race so we would have been happy just to finish. When you get up on the podium, it’s great!

Justin Watt, Rainbow Desert Enduro. Alumi Craft Trophy Truck

Desert racing is so demanding on the vehicles and the drivers. It’s hard work but we have a lot of fun. I rang John Cooley as soon as we crossed the finish line on the first day to let him know how we did. The next day I knew it was Sunday in the states so I didn’t want to bother him but he called me. They are really great people, the best we’ve ever worked with. I’m sure Justin would tell you all about how well he likes the truck but he is working the night shift. There is another race coming up in a couple weeks. It’s 16 hours away but if we have enough time to get the truck ready, we might race it there.”

Justin Watt, Alumi Craft Trophy Truck, BFGoodrich Tires, FOX, Australian Trophy Truck, AORC

At the Rainbow Desert Enduro, Chris Browning’s consistent speed earned him a podium and a Prolite points championship. Justin Watt put his truck on the box, right out of the box. These Alumi Craft racers proved the performance, versatility, and superior construction provided by their meticulously crafted vehicles. Whether you are racing in the desert, prerunning, competing on the track, or playing in the sand, Alumi Craft is committed to providing you with a competitive, safe and reliable vehicle that exceeds your expectations. If you demand the best, give Alumi Craft a call at 619-596-9841 or go to: to find out more about our race products and services.

About Alumi Craft
Alumi Craft is the premier race car chassis manufacturer in the off road industry. Crafting cars from lengths of 4130 Chromoly tubing is our specialty. We offer a variety of vehicles to accommodate the professional off road racer to the recreational driver. Since 2004, Alumi Craft racers have earned countless wins, four prestigious Lucas Oil Challenge Cup champions and twenty-five points championships; nine short course and fifteen in desert. Darryl Smith 4X, Rob MacCachren 2X, Luke McMillin 2X, CJ Greaves 2X, Gunnar Peterson 2X, Luke Johnson, Raphael Navarro IV, John Fitzgerald, Andrew McClelland, Andrew Meyers, Roger Starkey, Mitchell DeJong, Mike Porter, Randy Minnier, Cameron Steele, Matt Cullen, Chuck Cheek, Darren Hardesty, Darren Hardesty Jr. and owner John Cooley have all won championships behind the wheel of an Alumi Craft race car.


Over 350 Race Teams Expected to Take On Best In The Desert’s General Tire “Vegas to Reno” Presented by FOX


With just a week to go before the green flag drops on “The Longest Off-Road Race In The United States”, 346 race teams have already signed up to participate in this year’s epic running. The General Tire “Vegas to Reno” Presented by FOX long distance off-road desert race continues to be one of the most popular events on Best In The Desert’s schedule, drawing homeland and international racers in all classes of Cars, Trucks, UTVs, Motorcycles and Quads. From high-dollar race teams to individual privateers, “Vegas to Reno” is one of those adventures of a lifetime that is marked on everyone’s calendar.

Operations Manager Donald Jackson had this to say about the great turnout for the race so far, “I am ecstatic with the entry approaching 350 vehicles. With 47 Trick Trucks and another record breaking 88 UTVs for ‘Vegas to Reno”, I couldn’t be happier with the early entry numbers. Speaking of numbers, we are presenting some of the best course sections ever compiled for Vegas to Reno in 2017. We have some sections that have not been raced on since 2007 and have not just 1, but 4 mountain passes that we traverse at over 8,000 feet. We have pulled out all the stops for this year’s event and I am so excited for the 21st annual running of “Vegas to Reno”.”

Currently sitting at second in Trick Truck points, Steve Olliges hopes to gain ground on points leader Jason Voss at “Vegas to Reno”.
For 21 years, Best In The Desert has been promoting an off-road desert race over 500-miles long from Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, to Northern Nevada, Reno. “Vegas to Reno” was the favorite of Best In The Desert founder Casey Folks as it marked his first race where he included car, truck and quad race vehicle classes to the already established motorcycle classes. The General Tire “Vegas to Reno” presented by FOX is a fantastic race that has everything a racer could dream about; from high elevations of the mountains to vehicle swallowing washes of the dusty desert floor and 100-mile per hour dry lakebeds. In fact, racers will even be crossing over parts of the famous “Pony Express” route. “Vegas to Reno” features every kind of challenging terrain imaginable. Few sports require so much of an athlete – physically, intellectually and emotionally as “Vegas to Reno”. Just to finish this incredible race provides tremendous personal satisfaction and sense of accomplishment.
A record number of 88 UTVs have already signed up for this year’s General Tire “Vegas to Reno” presented by FOX.

Construction is taking place on Highway 95 between Pit 7, Millers and Pit 9. Redlich. Pit crews can expect a 30-minute delay, possibly longer due to race traffic. It is a 55 MPH Speed Zone and Esmeralda County Sheriff’s office will be out in force on the lookout for speeding violators. 300 speeding tickets were given out just last week. The Pit 8 layout will be different than in the Pit book. There is a revised version available on the BITD website. There will be no access for trailers or motorhomes. 4 wheel drive vehicles are suggested to get into Pit 8. The Nevada DOT is asking racers to only use Pit 8 for emergencies, or if your vehicle cannot make the distance between Pit 7 & 9. Pit Crews; please think first, don’t rush, stay safe, and use extreme caution through this stretch of road before attempting to pass a vehicle.
The anticipation is building and the race vehicles are getting their final prep and being dialed in. The General Tire “Vegas to Reno” Presented by FOX is just about to launch. Once again it’s time to present “The Longest Off-Road Race In The United States”.

General Tire “Vegas to Reno” Presented by FOX Schedule of Events:
Wednesday – August 16
8:30 AM to 10;30 AM
Registration for Time Trials for Classes 1400 & 1500 Only
Houston Ballroom, Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel

10:45 AM Staging for Escorted Lap – 11:30 AM Escorted Lap Starts 
Time Trials for Class 1400 & Class 1500
Time Trials will start immediately after the escorted lap

7:00 PM 
Welcome Party
Garage Bar, Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel

Thursday – August 17
8:00 AM to 4:30 PM 
Drivers/Riders Registration
Dallas Ballroom, Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel

8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Contingency Inspection and Technical Inspection for All Race Vehicles
Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel – Parking Lot

5:30 PM 
MANDATORY Drivers/Riders/Pit Crew Meeting
Dallas Ballroom, Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel

7:00 PM
Pre Race Party – Live Performance by Crown Avenue
South Padre Showroom, Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel

Friday – August 18
5:15 AM
Motorcycle / Quad Staging

5:45 AM
1st Professional Motorcycle Leaves the Start Line

8:45 AM
Car / Truck / UTV Staging

9:30 AM 
1st Professional Car / Truck / UTV Leaves the Start Line

Saturday – August 19
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Host Bar & Hors d’oeuvres (7-8) – Sponsored by the Nugget Hotel Casino
General Tire “Vegas to Reno” Awards Presentation
Ballroom B, Nugget Casino Hotel
(Racer’s and/or support crew’s armbands required to enter area)

9:00 PM
After Race Party
Game-On Sports Bar, Nugget Casino Hotel

Follow the action of the Lucas Oil Production Studios broadcasts of Best In The Desert events on the NBC Sports Network and MAVTV.

The all-new Panchito 044™

CB Performance (originally Claude’s Buggies) of Farmersville, California is a high performance Aircooled VW parts manufacturer and distributor. We create everything from CNC Ported Cylinder Heads to fuel injection systems dedicated for the Aircooled VW, all the way down to imported OEM parts.

One of our most recent additions to our Cylinder Head lineup is the Panchito 044™!

The all-new Panchito 044™ has dyno proven, horsepower making, ports cast right in. These port designs are race proven winners with years of use in engines around the globe. Countless hours were spent on our Superflow™ 600 flow bench designing the intake and exhaust ports. Our goals were to achieve the highest port velocity and air flow through a 40mm x 35.5mm size valve. The 40mm intake port has an extremely small port volume of 62cc and flows an incredible 162 CFM and over 300 ft. per second port velocity, right off the shelf! The 35.5mm exhaust port has a reduced bowl size and increased short turn radius creating phenomenal port velocity. This higher port velocity allows for improved low end and mid-range performance without sacrificing top end power.

The Panchito 044™ is designed to incorporate bore sizes from 85.5mm to 94mm. With the added combustion chamber material we can machine your Panchito 044™ heads to the depths necessary for high compression applications.

As an option the Panchito 044™ can be purchased with a CNC machined combustion chamber in bore sizes of 92mm and 94mm. The larger 61cc CNC’d chamber pushes the intake flow numbers to an amazing 171 CFM through a 40mm intake valve! See our website at

KICKER® and SSV Works® Collaborate to Release Audio Packages for Polaris® RZR®

STILLWATER, USA – KICKER® Performance Audio and SSV Works® (Oxnard, Calif.) have collaborated to create, and now announce, a pair of complete audio packages, custom-made for the Polaris® RZR® S 900, 1000 and XP Turbo. The packages, labeled as “Phase 5” and “Phase 3” solutions with model numbers PRZ35 (MSRP $2,299.95) and PRZ33 (MSRP $1,899.95), are now available for purchase by consumers.

Compatible with both two- and four-seat models, the kits include a receiver, a pair of compact amplifiers, coaxial speakers, a subwoofer and vehicle-specific enclosures, all components weather-proof for outdoor use. A custom, under-dash radio processor/amplifier bracket is also included, as is all mounting hardware and pre-terminated wiring harnesses with quick-connects.

KICKER’s motivation for collaborating with SSV Works was to create audio solutions for the ever-expanding Powersports market. The KICKER PRZ33 three-speaker and KICKER PRZ35 five-speaker systems are the initial joint effort into combining the two brands’ product lines into a single, complete package.

“Powersports customers want a complete solution,” said KICKER Powersports manager Bryan Grace. “The number-one company for UTV aftermarket audio enclosures is SSV Works. They were the first to do it, and they are the best at it. It was a perfect fit.”

The custom, SSV Works under-dash bracket holds two pre-tuned KICKER Powersports amplifiers:  a compact, PX-Series 500-watt subwoofer amp and a 4-channel amp (75wX4) for the midrange drivers. Each system is controlled by an SSV Works MRB3 AM/FM/Bluetooth® receiver, with custom bracket and charging USB/AUX inputs. The kits also include an AM/FM antenna and all mounting hardware.

The SSV Works glove-box subwoofer enclosure (patent pending) completely replaces the factory RZR glove box and is loaded with a KICKER CompRT® 10-inch, thin-mount subwoofer. SSV Works marine-grade fiberglass enclosures are formed to fit the contours of the RZR.

The foot-well enclosures are mounted high on the kick panel to allow for maximum foot room, while the cage-mounted, rear speaker pods (PRZ35 only) mount behind the seats. Both enclosures house the included KICKER 6.5-inch, KM-Series coaxial speakers, featuring UV-treated polypropylene cones and titanium tweeters, locking terminal covers and an integrated moisture draining system to ensure excellent sound quality and long life.

KICKER Performance Audio products, a division of Stillwater Designs and Audio, Inc.®, are available for the mobile and home audio aftermarket at authorized retailers worldwide, and also as Original Equipment for automobile manufacturers. Consumers seeking more information on KICKER or Livin’ Loud® may call the Consumer Information Line at 1-800-256-5425 or visit the brand website at Follow KICKER socially at,,, or

SSV Works is a registered trademark of Side-By-Side Vehicle Works.

Polaris and RZR are registered trademarks of Polaris Industries, Inc.

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2017 SCORE World Desert Championship moving north as the TIJUANA 21st SCORE DESERT CHALLENGE



September 22-24

New race dates, multi-year agreement brings  split-format, multi-lap SCORE Baja race as motos, quads, race on Friday and cars, trucks, UTVs race first half on Saturday, second  half on Sunday; more complete details will be available at


    ENSENADA, Baja California, Mexico — Moving to the largest city on the Baja California peninsula, SCORE International has announced that Round 3 of the four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship will be the special- split format, multi-lap Tijuana 21st SCORE Desert Challenge, replacing the originally scheduled Rosarito Beach race.

Entering into a multi-year agreement with the City of Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico, the unique-format race will be held Sept. 22-24 with the spectator-friendly start/finish line and pit area located on the southeast outskirts of Tijuana in the popular Casian Ranch area.

With just four months remaining before the historic 50th anniversary race of the iconic SCORE Baja 1000, the City of Tijuana and the Tijuana tourism groups have stepped up and offered SCORE a strong, multi-year contract that moves the race from nearby Rosarito Beach, where it was held last year. Motorcycles, quads and a group of car classes will race in split heats on Friday with the remaining car and truck classes running the first half of their race on Saturday and final half on Sunday.

“We appreciate all that Rosarito Beach did to launch the Baja version of the popular SCORE Desert Challenge, but as they were unable to host this year’s race, we are extremely pleased that the City of Tijuana, which has significantly more resources, is able to welcome this popular SCORE racing event,” comments Roger Norman, SCORE President/CEO. In addition, “Located close to the U.S. Border at San Diego, it will also provide an easier access and departure from the race, making attending and/or participating in this event even easier than the other race events in our SCORE World Desert Championship.”

Tijuana is one of the five largest and fastest-growing metropolitan areas in all of Mexico. The city has also experienced tremendous growth in recent years, attracting investments by electronics, aerospace and medical tourism firms and is also regarded as one of the top cuisine destinations in the world, including craft beer production.

Tijuana has also recorded its best hotel occupancy rate in the last 15 years and has attracted additional hotel chains like City Express, Holiday Inn and the Hyatt Hotels among others.

SCORE is also working closely with the Tijuana Hotel Association to secure room blocks for race teams, sponsors, media and the SCORE staff at five-star accommodations in the city.

SCORE officials have also indicated that these race dates, one week later than originally scheduled, will allow supporting teams and manufacturers to focus clearly on one-event rather than extending resources because of competing trade and consumer shows on the previous race dates.


The SCORE Journal, launched in 2015, is published as 12 monthly online digital magazines, which includes four print editions that are available as the SCORE race programs at the four events that comprise the SCORE World Desert Championship along with another print edition for the annual SCORE Awards Night.

The SCORE Journal Monthly Digital Magazine features exclusive editorial, enhanced race action videos, expanded and interactive race coverage, interactive product reviews, insider interviews with drivers, tech stories, driver and team profiles, race narratives and analysis, exclusive long and short form video programming, race results, updated stats, studio photography, class overviews, unmatched access to SCORE’s historical archives and much, much more.


The SCORE Journal features a Spanish language edition of the magazine on the SCORE website. Spanish-speaking individuals represent nearly 20% of the SCORE Journal unique reader base. The link may be viewed on the menu of the SCORE Journal Magazine tab on the SCORE Website. The Spanish language version of the SCORE Journal will be posted within the week of the traditional version.


The four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship in Baja California, Mexico along with the SEMA SCORE Baja 1000 Experience/SCORE Baja 1000 Qualifying in Las Vegas will all air on El Rey Network in the United States. International distribution is by way of syndication.

El Rey Network is a 24-hour, English-language lifestyle network targeting “Strivers,” viewers who hold strong core beliefs about the importance of family, independence, hard work, craftsmanship, and legacy.

Founded by maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, and curated by Rodriguez and his artistic collective, the network features action-packed programming, relatable heroes and aspirational stories that embrace today’s America. El Rey’s slate is anchored by signature series including the original drama “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” the one-on-one interview program “El Rey Network Presents: The Director’s Chair,” and “Lucha Underground,” a lucha libre wrestling series produced by Mark Burnett.

El Rey Network’s lineup also showcases a wide range of iconic feature films and television series including genre, action, and sci-fi/ horror. El Rey Network LLC is jointly owned by Robert Rodriguez and FactoryMade Ventures, with a minority stake held by Univision Networks & Studios, Inc.

El Rey Network is available in 45 million homes across the country through cable and OTT providers and via satellite on DirecTV Channel 341 and Dish Network Channel 253. For more information on how to watch El Rey visit


Showcasing the overall and SCORE Trophy Truck victory by Andy McMillin, the one-hour in-depth coverage show on the 49th SCORE Baja 500 will premier on Sunday, August 6 at 2 p.m. Pacific Time on the El Rey Network.


From award-winning documentary filmmaker Dana Brown, Dust2Glory has chronicled each of the four races in the 2016 SCORE World Desert Championship. Brown’s original Dusty to Glory, released in 2005, became an iconic classic showcasing the legendary SCORE Baja 1000. D2G, which began shooting at the 2015 SCORE Baja 1000, continued up close and personal coverage capturing the robust racers in their amazing adventures in Mexico’s majestic Baja California peninsula through all four spectacular 2016 races. Dust2Glory is scheduled for release later this year.


The four-race 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship and for the second time all four are being held in Baja California, Mexico. Here is the complete 2017 SCORE World Desert Championship schedule:

  • 31st SCORE San Felipe 250, March 30-April 2, San Felipe, Mexico
  • 49th SCORE Baja 500, June 1-4, Ensenada Mexico
  • Tijuana 21stSCORE Desert Challenge, Sept. 22-24, Tijuana, Mexico
  • 50th SCORE Baja 1000, Nov.14-18, Ensenada, Mexico to La Paz, Mexico


Official SCORE Sponsors: BFGoodrich Tires-Official Tire, Monster Energy-Official Energy Drink, King Shocks-Official Shock Absorber, RACELINE Wheels-Official Wheel, Axial R/C-Official R/C Vehicle, El Rey Network-Official Television Partner, Wide Open Excursions-Official Arrive and Drive Company, Crystal Bay Casino-Official Casino.

SCORE Official Partners: PCI Race Radios, 4 Wheel Parts, The Satellite Phone Store, Satellite Del Norte, Instant Mexico Auto Insurance, CETTO Vineyards.

Additional SCORE Associate Partners: Proturismo Ensenada, Baja California Secretary of Tourism, Baja California Sur State Government, Baja California Sur Secretary of Tourism, Mexicali Ayuntamiento, COTUCO Mexicali/San Felipe, Cruz Roja Mexicana, Corporate Helicopters, McKenzie’s Performance Products, Advanced Color Graphics.

For more information regarding SCORE, visit the official website of the SCORE World Desert Championship at

AMA Hall of Famer Bill Baird passes away

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — AMA Hall of Famer Bill Baird passed away early Wednesday, July 12, as a result of injuries he sustained from a previous fall. He was 88.

Mr. Baird was the leading AMA National Enduro Rider from the mid-1950s to the late 1960s and won seven consecutive national enduro championships during that time. He was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999.

“We extend our heartfelt sympathies to the Baird family. It’s a sad day for the American Motorcyclist Association and for motorcycling,” AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman said. “Bill Baird, with his wife, Millie, was a strong supporter of the AMA and played a key role in getting the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation started.”

Screen Shot 2017-07-14 at 5.02.21 PMIn addition to being a top competitor, Mr. Baird was also a key figure in the AMA, serving on the Board of Trustees for 21 years and being one of the driving forces behind the formation of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum through his activities for the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation.

Mr. Baird also was an avid motorcycle collector. Several of his machines have been displayed at the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum.

Visitation is scheduled for July 21, with the funeral July 22. McDonald Funeral Home in Sterling, Ill., is handling arrangements.

Mr. Baird’s AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame profile may be viewed at

Sammy Halbert, Jared Mees And Brad Baker Prove Their Mettle With Medal Sweep For TCX @ X Games

Sammy Halbert won the X Games Minneapolis Flat Track Gold medal followed by Silver medal winner Jared Mees (left) and Bronze medalist Brad Baker (right). Photo: Andrea Wilson

July 14, 2017 – The rivalry between Harley and Indian has been heating up on the flat track scene all season, but it came to a boil in Minneapolis during the X Games Harley-Davidson Flat Track Race. When the dust settled, it was Slamming Sammy Halbert taking his first X Games Gold medal, last year’s Gold medalist Jared Mees was second and Brad “The Bullet” Baker bagged the bronze. However, TCX was the real winner as every medalist opted for the gold standard of TCX at X Games.

All three racers went to the Mall of America track with something to prove on the 1/3 mile bullring! “Last year my #1 goal was was to win X Games gold… nothing has changed,” said defending champ Mees. In his X Games debut in 2015, Mees was seconds from winning gold when he tossed a chain on the final lap. “To achieve my goal last year after what happened in 2015 was a dream come true.”

Apparently Slamming Sammy missed the memo.

Sammy Halmert grabs the 20-lap X Games main event win and Gold medal.
Photo: Andrea Wilson

The 2015 Silver medalist, Halbert came to X Games Milwaukee with a chip on his shoulder after finishing a disappointing 12th at X Games Austin in 2016. He was not to be denied! Halbert was fastest in practice, fastest in qualifying and absolutely dominated the first heat race, with a half a lap lead over Mees (7.154 seconds).

It was more of the same in the 20-lap main event. Mees had the holeshot, but Sammy slammed his way past by lap 4 and ran away with the win lapping his way up through the field on his old school XR750 Harley-Davidson.

“So stoked to get the Gold,” said the Xstatic Halbert after dominating the X Games Harley-Davidson Flat Track 20-lap main event. “We we’re really good as soon as we unloaded from the truck… the bike was so solid from the word go.” He admitted he was trying not to think about the medal during the race. “I was trying to hit my marks out there, but it is going to be a fun weekend celebrating. I couldn’t be happier!”

A last lap blitz put Brad Baker onto the box, and gave Indian second and third on the evening. This was Baker’s third consecutive X Games Bronze medal. “I’m going to have to step up my game at X,” he joked. “Hats off to Sammy, we had nothing for him tonight.”

Slammin’ Sammy, Jammin’ Jared and The Bullet all put their stamp on Summer X decisively. Although they disagree on the track all three relied on TCX Boots to get up on the podium! From cutting-edge design, premium fit and comfort and unique features like Torsion and Double-Flex Control, the TCX podium sweep reiterates the brand’s “Focus On Boots” message. “Of course we had to add some Italian-style to our proven design,” says TCX R&D head Marco Poloni. “While we may have made a concession to the style-conscious X Games fans, it is still the performance that counts.”

For all their differences Sammy, Jared and Brad have something in common: Their TCX boots. See your local dealer for the boots that proved their mettle by sweep the X Games medals or get more details at:

Brad Baker snuck right in at the finish to take the X Games Bronze.
Photo: Andrea Wilson
Jared Mees placed second and went home with X Games Silver.
Photo: Andrea Wilson

Remembering John Farmer

John Farmer racing CALVMX Flat Track. Photo by Judd Neves

A soldier of perseverance and the American way of life, this was John Farmer. Southern California Flat Track Association 2016 Bomber class Novice Champion, John Farmer had the heart and zeal to live strong and do his part to ensure others did too.

John Farmer (13), with a good start in an inter-class 2016 Bomber heat.

John passed away on October 11th, 2016. Born on December 13, 1960, John Philip Farmer, was a lifelong resident of San Diego’s South Bay city of Chula Vista, graduating from Hilltop High School in 1978. While growing up in the South Bay, John was an expert boatman taking many ski trips to Salton Sea, as well as an escapade or a hundred, on the waters near Chula Vista Marina and beyond in San Diego Bay.

Fishing with his good buddy Ken Shilling while in their teens, they were caught out in the murky waters near dusk, paddling in with water skis after the engine lost it’s roar. Continuing through the darkening night, they eventually made their way back to the launch ramp, add one to teen invincibility. John always owned boats throughout his life, never losing his love of the water.

Wrenches for hands, he went on to race Bomber Stock cars in his early twenties, at tracks like the long past South Bay Speedway also known as Speedway 117. Gaining his dirt biking experience starting with the three wheel Honda ATC he was often found at the riding mecca near the legendary Palm Avenue, which were part of his back yard. An area that inter-connected with other areas of San Diego county, largely developed or closed off at this point, it is now part of a bygone era of San Diego riding.

Ken Shilling (26B) and John Farmer (13), going into turn one in a 2016 heat race.

The past few years John had been racing motocross with CALVMX and in 2016 put his hat in the SCFTA and CALVMX flat track series. Purchasing a Chaney framed Yamaha TT500 from S&S Off Road publisher, Steve Kukla, he went to the sliding side. John completed eight rounds at SCFTA before he graced the pearly gates, winning one round and placing second in five rounds. He was posthumously awarded the Bomber Novice title at the SCFTA awards ceremony.

John was also an avid Harley Davidson rider, earning his biker stripes on a 2002 adventure with Shilling by his side. Sizzling summer heat beating down, the riders headed out on the big slab of Interstate 805 out of Chula Vista, destination, Sturgis, South Dakota. An enduring fourteen hundred mile ride ahead, give or take a few miles, the modern day vikings had some hard riding to do. The destination is just a goal, what lies between is the adventure to a true traveler.

John Farmer, on the roll in 2002 before the extension cord saga.

New to riding Harley’s and navigating the concrete path mired with crazy cagers, John caught on quickly as they powered their big Harleys on. First pit stop, Las Vegas, Nevada, and time for some refreshment, relaxation, and sightseeing. Laying down the bed rolls they quickly went to enjoying the atmosphere of the city, and paying for it the next morning. Alas, they were to meet other scooter tramps, and that they did, cranking it up in the morning the group had grown to seven riders, and back to the slab they go.

If there was a Harley having a bad day, John knew he could get it going with duct tape and a bit of mechanical how to, and back on the road they would go. After being joined by the other riders, they soon found themselves engaging in steel horse resuscitation, again and again and again. One of the riders from the joining group was having a bit of an issue with his bike, which he had just finished putting together before beginning the journey, not a good deal for such a long scoot, but it happens. As Sturgis neared and the stops to fix the ailing Harley increased, John and Ken needed to move on. They said their good byes and fast tracked it to the event with about 100 miles to go.

The first Friday in August opened the 2002 Sturgis Rally, with the reportedly over 500,000 riders showing up during the event which always ends on the second Sunday in August. The rally transforms the quiet town that normally has a population around 6500, into a plethora of bikes, people, food, and lots of cool beverages, the latter was forefront on the minds of John and Ken.

Break time for John and the scooters, on their 2002 Sturgis run.

Coming into the crowds they made their way to the Full Throttle Saloon, before it became famous with its own reality show seven years later. The two brothers-in-arms arrived and ordered up some frosty ones. After enjoying the chaos for about a day, they received news that Ken’s mom was ailing in Phoenix, Arizona. Time to roll.

John fired up his Heritage Custom to say bye on the fly, with Shilling twisting the gas on his customized 1994 Heritage Softail. The road lay ready for the trip to Mom’s house and Sturgis became history. Taking the route through Wyoming, Colorado, and then Utah where they spent the night, everything seemed on the mark with less than 500 miles to go to Phoenix. Groceries down their necks, with the heat coming on, they set out in tandem the following morning. Motoring into northern Arizona territory Ken’s sled started doing the sputter and gag routine, but as the engine seemed to lose all spark in the rural expanse, they found a watering hole. In a beer bench huddle the two figured out that Ken had an electrical issue, voltage regulator to be exact and not a replacement part in sight.

No worries. Finding a small hardware store they came up with the idea to connect an extension cord from John’s battery to Ken’s and see if that would work. Presto, the sickly sled came to life as if to bellow, “what’s the problem, let’s get it on,” and get it on they did.

Running down pavement with the wire stretched out between the two bikes, their umbilical cord of electrical deliverance got the job done. Eventually finding a shop, they repaired Ken’s steed and onward they went.

Just as in the story above, so John’s life adventures went, he always found a way to get the job done, as evidenced by his over eighteen years of working for the Chula Vista Elementary Transportation Department, eventually heading the department.

John was a loving husband, son and brother to his family. As a friend he was second to none, he was caring and compassionate and would help anyone. He was an ace mechanic, a restorer of classic cars, San Diego Bay fisherman and boatman, flat tracker and motocrosser.

The legendary Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd says it well in one line of their 1974 rock classic Free Bird: “If I leave here tomorrow, would you still remember me?”

John is and always will be. Godspeed Sir.

By Rodney Rutherford


Rolling Wheels Half-Mile – Elbridge, NY – July 8, 2017

The 2017 American Flat Track season returned to racing in front of a sold-out crowd in Eldridge, NY, and Bell Helmets’ Jared Mees had a perfect night of racing, leading the main event wire-to-wire. This race marked Mees’ 25th overall career victory as he put his Rogers Racing Indian Scout on top of the podium for the 5th time this season. “My team means the world to me. They never stop – just like me. We work extremely hard… you’ve definitely got to put in the hard work. We were good out of the box. From the first lap in practice to the last lap in the Main Event, I feel like we were the dominant guy and it showed.”

Mees is also leading the championship point series.

Jared Mees and his Indian Scout not only took the overall win at the Rolling Wheels Half-Mile, but also grabbed the cover of this week’s Cycle News. For a direct link to the complete article, simply click on the image above.
Round 7 –  Red Bull Southwick National – Southwick, MA – July 8, 2017

Southwick is known as one of the toughest tracks on the circuit, and Bell Helmets’ Eli Tomac proved, without question, he is the toughest guy in the series. Tomac easily won both motos to take the overall win. “We only have one really good sand track during the year and that is here at Southwick,” said Tomac. “It seems most guys either love or hate this track, but I’m a big fan of it and enjoy coming here. I think we’re in a good spot, points wise. We’re not really fighting anything on the motorcycle and it’s nice to head into the off weekend on a good note.”

Cooper Webb also had his best performance of the year at the “Wick,” placing his factory Yamaha on the podium in the first moto and finishing 5th in the second moto – taking 4th overall on the day.

In the 250 Class, Dylan Ferrandis posted 1/2 moto finishes to take 2nd overall on the day. Ferrandis is now 4th overall in the championship points. Seven of the top ten 250 class athletes rely on the Bell Moto-9 Flex helmet.

Eli Tomac went 1/1 on the day, dominating the 450 Class.
Cooper Webb had the fourth fastest qualifying time and posted his best results to date, landing on the podium in third in Moto One and getting 5th in Moto Two for 4th overall on the day.
Dylan Ferrandis won the first moto and followed up with a 2nd in Moto Two for 2nd overall.
Joey Savatgy posted 7/5 moto finishes for 6th overall on the day.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca – Monterey, CA – July 9, 2017

This weekend, the MotoAmerica race series shared the Laguna Seca track with the World Superbike series and put on a great show for the large, enthusiastic crowd.

Bell Helmets’ Mathew Scholtz posted the best results in the Superstock 1000 class by winning both his races. Scholtz now holds a solid lead in the series points. Both Cameron Beaubier and Josh Herrin were on the podium as well in the ultra competitive Superbike class. Beaubier finished 3rd on Saturday and Herrin finished 3rd on Sunday.
Mathew Scholtz won both races over the weekend and is in control of the championship points race in the Superstock 1000 class.
Cameron Beaubier finished 3rd overall on Saturday.
Round 9  – The Wiseco John Penton GNCC – Millfield, OH – July 9, 2017

After leading the XC1 Pro Class for most of the race, Bell Helmets’ Kailub Russell suffered another mechanical issue on the last lap and eventually finished 3rd overall. Russell is still leading the points series with four rounds remaining.

Layne Michael put his Bell Moto-9 Flex on top of the podium in the XC2 250 Pro Class. Bell’s Craig DeLong filled out the podium with a 3rd place finish.

Tayla Jones continued to dominate the WXC division by taking her 8th overall win on the season. Mackenzie Tricker placed 3rd.

Layne Michael and Craig DeLong placed their Moto-9 Flex helmets on the podium in the XC2 250 class at Round 9 of the GNCC series.
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Josh Herrin put his Meen Motorsports Yamaha Superbike on the podium this weekend at Laguna Seca.
Not only is Jared Mees leading the point series in American Flat Track – but he is also a new daddy.
Bell Helmets’ Jake Gagne posted a 15th place finish in both Saturday and Sunday races at the World Superbike round this weekend at Laguna Seca – scoring his first WSB points.
Brooke Cosner took top honors in the Women’s Pro Class at the Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro Series. 
Tayla Jones did it again! Another overall win in the WXC division at this weekend’s Wiseco John Penton GNCC.
Bell Helmets returns as the Official Helmet of the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship which takes place annually at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee.

Over 22,000 racers from across the globe attempt to qualify for the AMA Amateur National. With only 1,446 gate positions available, the event has earned the title of the world’s most prestigious amateur motocross race. The race will follow a three-moto format, taking place July 31 through August 5. Bell Helmets will also continue their support of the holeshot awards. With a total of 102 gate drops scheduled for 2017 at the Ranch, Bell will have $10,200 in gift certificates up for grabs the week of the national.

“Bell Helmets is excited to return as the official helmet of the Rocky Mountain ATV/MC AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship,” said Rob Salcedo, MX Marketing Director for Bell Helmets. “As in the past, Bell will be on-site with our display unit and will be providing the $100 Gift Certificate Holeshot Award for every individual moto. Loretta Lynn’s is the premier amateur motocross in the world and Bell Helmets is proud to continue our relationship with this event.”