While the rest of the motorcycle world rests,
in America, what could be deemed our biggest
series is set to take off in less than a month.
And one of the biggest surprise’s of this pre season
isn’t traction control, or mandatory drug testing for
well, everyone, or they are gonna run 2 strokes
even up with the 4 strokes.
Nope. None of the above.
The shocker this week, is Ken Roczen.
He was Hondas main guy for the last 5 or 6 years.
The guy who came back from an arm injury that made
Marquez’s shoulder thing look like a hangnail.
The guy that pretty much told Honda to shove it,
with a year and millions left on his contract.
Rumor had him going to Kawasaki. He went out and bought
a Honda, a Yamaha, a Kawasaki and a Suzuki,
just to see what he liked the most.
Then it was him going to Yamaha.
Then it was back to Honda, on a satellite team,
because, well, everyone knows, once Big Red cans you, you ain’t never going back there.
Mystery Man had everyone guessing.
So many were, to put it mildly, surprised when it was announced yesterday that he’s going with a bike that hasn’t really changed in like, maybe a decade.
No electric fuel pump, no backward motor,
no firebrand or whatever engine.
Heck, if you look closely at the pic you will see a remnant of the past. The only bike out there that has it.
Like a suicide clutch, or a tank for the auto lube 2 stroke oil,
something that maybe 10 years from now the vast majority won’t know how to use.
Is he just milking it, or has he just had enough of big factory, who knows.
One thing for sure, if he pulls this one off, and wins the brass ring, heck, that would be a Rocky kind of deal.
You got me intrigued.
I’m so far out of the motocross scene that the only thing I can tell anyone about the bikes is they are tall and fast.
I like to watch it when it’s on RV when I happen to be in front of it.
I think it’s mainly on the cable channels that I don’t have.
Ya, it's such a hassle trying to watch.
I usually just wait till the next day and do the u tube thing.
A month out.
Eli Tomac,#3, has to be the favorite on the works Yamaha.
Kawasaki Factory has the space cadet Jason Anderson, #21.
Honda has Chase Sexton, #23, who's shown flashes of champion speed, but just can't seem to get it together.
KTM, sticking with the Frenchman Marvin Musquin. #25.
GasGas is giving another shot to the longhair Justin Barcia, #51.
These are argueably the top riders in each factory effort.
I just go to YouTube and type in AMA Supercross.
During the season there will be a few guys putting stuff the day after.
A lot of stuff I write about is just picked up on other places.
CycleNews, Racerx is so big I don’t go there. But they have it. Coombs owns Racerx and runs the outdoors, along with GNCC Nationals.
Supercross has the main series, the 450s which go national with the 250s broken into East and west
Tomac shows he’s the guy.
Riding the red plate, reserved for whoever is leading in points that weekend, shows a bit of old school running the #1, instead of his AMA issued #3.
Good to see someone doing that for a change.
Hondas top guy Sexton, I’m not gonna say chokes again, but, o wella, chokes again.
Kickstart Kenny has a good round, Malcom Stewart, Bubbas younger brother almost wins his first one but is lucky to get out of there walking. #2 Webb, shows what 6 months of training can do after a dismal 2022.
Thanks for the overview and Bubba's World. I watched a few minutes of it, and I bet the entire thing is worth the time.
The riding gear seems like form-fit Spandex. Seems to jar my equilibrium.
The gear, it's his company. Seven. That was his AMA number they gave him when he hit it really big, in the 450s.
Actually, imho, he was his very best as a younger guy, teens, early 20s, on the 125. He went undeafeated a season on factory Kawasaki using #259. That's a very select group, to go undefeated in the Nationalsi. I think it was 17-0. That year was the year he made so much money it enabled him and his family to buy a compound in Central Florida. It was there they made their home, built practice tracks and really went after the big bucks in the 450 class.
It's a great story really.
His dad, Big James, was an amatuer Motocross racer back in the 70s/80s.
Only thing was, according to his son Bubba, he sucked at it.
But he loved it, and learned the ins and outs the industry.
And when big Big James got married, had 2 kids, James and Malcom, he started building
Before Bubba was 4 he was racing.
They traveled from the beginning, always hitting the bigger and bigger races.
Always on a shoestring, running beat equipment, living in cheap motels, scraping just for gas money to keep it going.
And treating it like a business. Big James became a strong owner/manager/agent, and figured out how to deal with dealerships, sponsors and the factories. And took no prisoners in that regard.
Bubba has talked about how it was kinda weird, things like Christmas and good meals
we're a given to other racers and friends he knew, but to them as a family, well, they struggled.
But, with Big James as the manager/owner, his wife as the backbone of the family, and the talent and dedication Bubba delivered, they were able to make a living racing Motocross.
Malcom, he was more a regular kid that like fishing and doing what kids do. It's only been lately that Malcom has really gone after it.
Bubba, it was like a 9 to 5 job from the git go.