2015 in review

Posted: December 31, 2015 in Uncategorized

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It’s been 14 years since a British rider, Jamie Dobb captured our last World title after a titanic struggle against injury claiming the 125cc World Title for KTM, after the glory years of Graham Noyce, Neil Hudson and Dave Thorpe though-out the 70’s and 80’s.

However one British artist, Rob Kinsey has made his way to the top in the world of Motocross art ¬†through hard work and determination. Rob’s work adorns the walls of Youthstream’s Geneva Headquarters, CEO Stefan Pierer’s office at KTM Austria and is in high demand from clients such as Honda Europe, KTM and many team owners and private collectors worldwide, but just how did the 58 year old Brit. rise to the top?

 Rob, you seem to have been around motocross for many years in different roles, how did it all start?

Our family¬†moved up from Crewe Cheshire in 1968, when my parents bought a garage just north of Kendal, Cumbria. My uncle Jack gave me his old DOT 197cc bike and my dad, Fred, who had worked at Rolls Royce in the design dept. explained how to get it going. After that we¬†started schoolboy scrambling, racing against Noycey and Neil Hudson and progressed up in to the adults, racing Montesa’s for Paul Ludlam M/c. I then got a good deal on a Maico 440cc in 1978 and had a great year winning Yorkshire GN, second in supports at Hants Grand International at Matchams etc.

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Rob Kinsey leading Don Brockbank, Hutton Conyers, Ripon, 1978

During this time I was studying Technical Illustration at Blackpool Art College, learning all aspects of art and how to do cutaway illustrations of engines, parts diagrams etc. These were drawn by hand using ellipse templates, Rotring technical pens etc  All of my college projects were motocross based and I approached TMX News, whose editor Bill Lawless gave me my first break, publishing a series of 3 centre page drawings of Graham Noyce, Neil Hudson and trials rider Nigel Birkett.

Illustation of Graham Noyce and his Honda in TMX News

Illustration of Graham Noyce and his Honda in TMX News

How come you didn’t continue with TMX News?

Back then the print industry was heavily unionised and I¬†wasn’t a member of the N.U.J.(National Union of Journalists). ¬† The in-house graphic designer at TMX complained to Bill Lawless who didn’t want to upset the apple-cart at their offices in Morecambe.

What did you do after graduating?:

I worked for a couple of studio’s in Manchester, but soon became tired of doing repetitous parts illustrations, for companies like David Brown Tractors, so I moved into sales of¬†art materials, then onto Dunlop Motorcycle tyres and also several bicycle companies such as Muddy Fox and Dawes.

Were you still involved in motocross?:

Yes, after a brilliant holiday to California and seeing Supercross in San Diego for the first time , I came back and formed my own company Stadium Motorsports Promotions Ltd. I was also in contact with US Supercross founder Mike Goodwin and arranged meetings for us at Wembley Stadium and also represented Goodwin and his Stadium Motorsports Corp at the 1984 FIM Congress in Munich. We were awarded 2 rounds of the inaugural World Supercross Series in 1985, The Rodil Cup at WembleyStadium, London and the La Coliseum.

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L/R: Mike Goodwin, John Davis of Wembley, Rob Kinsey and John Garner Controller of sport Wembley Stadium.

What happened to the Wembley event?:

We had contracts all signed with Stadium and backing for many of Goodwin’s US sponsors, Coca Cola, Wrangler and Honda, but it all fell apart when the ACU demanded a ¬£10,000 sanction fee for Wembley. Goodwin’s exact words were: Fcuk that!, I can get LA Coliseum or Anaheim permit from the AMA for $2,000 US dollars and I know I will get 20 to 30,000 paying fans. ¬†On the way back to drop Mike off at Heathrow airport, he offered me a good deal on his Supercross footage, so I formed Stadium Video Europe ltd, and had 7 great years distributing Supercross, AMA Motocross nationals and Rick Johnson instructional VHS videos throughout UK and Europe. Eventually the fledgling sports TV companies, such as Eurosport, BSkyB started buying up coverage, curtailing the home video market.

What next:?

In 1988 I started ¬†Moto Travel organising package tours to Motocross des Nations and our big event was the Bercy Supercross in Paris. The first year we took 350 British fans to the event with 6 coaches and also chartered an aircraft for a VIP package. Looking back these were great times and I made ¬£39,000 profit from that one event, a lot of money back then! ¬†The second year we did the Paris event again trips to Namur and also the USA Experience Tour, 2 weeks in California with 25 guys taking in the Superbowl of Motocross and USGP. ¬†We had some great years but the 80’s recession and downturn in the economy hit ticket sales.

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How did you get back into artwork?:

I’d been a sales manager for various bicycle and motorcycle companies, but became burnt out of the constant pressure to sell more, lonely hotel rooms, driving, mountains of reports, 70 hour working weeks etc. Recently re-married I discussed it with my wife Jo and decided to go back to my artwork and see if I could resurrect my career? ¬†At the last minute I decided to drive down to the 2006 MXDN at Matterley Basin, Winchester, blagged my way in the press room and saw this exhibition of paintings by a French artist, the press, industry were all raving about! I thought,” I can do better than those” and encouraged by my old friend Davey Coombs I did two paintings of Jim Pomeroy and “Holeshot Unadilla”, featuring Chuck Sun. RacerX featured these on their website and named me “Artist of the Year” in their year end annual awards. The phone started ringing and several orders came in overnight from the USA.

Anthony Sutton of Dirt Bike Rider also gave us some great publicity at the International Dirt Bike Show.

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“Holeshot Unadilla” print featuring Chuck Sun #24.

We then set a target of the 2007 Motocross des Nations at Budds Creek, Maryland USA to launch Rob Kinsey Art, creating a body of original paintings and also limited edition giclee prints to exhibit.

Working flat out all summer, Rob created a body of work to exhibit as well as Limited Edition Giclee prints and enlisted the help of old friend Davey Coombs. We flew all the originals and prints out to RacerX offices in Morgantown, West Virginia and enlisted services of a local framer to frame several prints. My first exhibition was at the British MXGP at Donington Park, where Youthstream had agreed to display my work in the Press Office. I also had Chuck Sun flying in to race the Vets championship for CAS Honda. We got the paintings all displayed but there were problems with Chuck’s licence and entry. Rob was sat in Giuseppe Luongo’s office’s when he got a call from the hospital to say his mother Bet had died suddenly. The Ward Sister said there was nothing that would happen until after the bank holiday weekend, so stay at Donington and do the exhibition, it’s what your mum ¬†would have wanted!

Paintings on display in Donington Press Office.

Paintings on display in Donnington Press Office.

Shocked with the news, Chuck Sun and friends rallied around and Rob made many great contacts that weekend and after organising the funeral, flew out to Washington DC, to visit the capital and meet up with his old friend Davey Coombs at RacerX offices in Morgantown, West Virginia, where he had shipped all his paintings and print stock.

Parking their hired motorhome up in RacerX carpark, Rob and Jo were given the tour to meet everyone and Davey gave him the keys to his Mercedes, saying he didn’t need it for rest of week, so go enjoy the sights of West Virginia. Customs import delays on paintings were sorted out, exhibition stand built¬†and onward to Budds Creek Maryland for the 2007 Motocross of Nations.

Rob and Jo were then invited to a reception at the Belgian Embassy in Washington DC, to present Team Belgium to the world’s press and for Rob to present Roger DeCoster with one of his paintings.

Roger DeCoster painting presentation at Belgian Embassy.

Roger DeCoster painting presentation at Belgian Embassy.

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Artist Rob Kinsey and Roger discuss the painting on the lawn of the Belgian Embassy, Washington DC.

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Jo Kinsey attends to customers at the Budds Creek MXoN exhibition stand.

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Display of painting’s used for opening titles of RacerX video show each night of their MXoN coverage.

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We hosted Danny Maggo Chandler on our stand, selling his video’s and enabling him to meet his many fans!

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Jo Kinsey, Jeff Castina, Rob Kinsey and Chuck Sun enjoy the warm humid weather at Budds Creek.

The Budds Creek MXoN event was a great success, selling many prints and original paintings, launching Rob Kinsey Art into America, a big thanks to Davey Coombs and promoter Jonathon Beasley for all their help in making this happen!

The profile of Rob Kinsey Art now changed to more commissioned work of original art and less on the print sales. KTM Austria commissioned a painting of Tyla Rattrey to celebrate his 2008 MX2 World championship, presented at the Donnington Park MXoN in the Red Bull Hospitality suite.

Ryan Villopoto painting bought by his parents

Ryan Villopoto painting bought by his parents

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Artwork on display in Team USA pits, as the Supercross organisers Feld Ent. enjoy the hospitality.

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Giuseppe Luongo and Danny Magoo Chandler with the Chamberlain Trophy at Donnington Park.

The following year at the Motocross of Nations in Franciacorta Italy, Youthstream commissioned a painting and presented it to Ricky Johnson and they also paid for Danny Chandler to attend and threw a surprise birthday party for him Saturday night.

Giuseppe Luongo presents a painting of Maggiora 1986 to American legend Ricky Johnson.

Giuseppe Luongo presents a painting of Maggiora 1986 to American legend Ricky Johnson.

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Giuseppe sings Happy Birthday to Magoo and presents a Birthday cake. Sadly this would be Danny’s last visit to the MXDN, as he passed away the following May.

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To celebrate Mikka Ahola winning the Enduro World Championship, Honda Europe commissioned this painting of the “Flying Finn”!

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The following year he defended his title and Honda Racing manager Roger Harvey wanted something different, so commissioned this illustration which we etched onto Copper plate and presented to Mikka. Sadly Ahola was to lose his life in a freak training crash month’s later.

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Honda Europe also commissioned a painting of World Supersport champion Kenan Sofuoglu.

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Presentation at Honda Europe HQ to Kenan by Robert Masterson of Honda.

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I was commissioned by Alan Bott of Pemberton Tyres to paint Nick Haskell’s original photo of Georges Jobe jumping over Andre Malherbe at the 1984 Hawkstone Park 500cc GP, as Alan was in the crowd. Once completed, Alan upon hearing of Georges battle with Leukaemia, decided to give this original to Jobe. We flew to Belgium, met up with Georges at his house in Retinne and enjoyed a great afternoon and a few Jupiler beers together!

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Roger DeCoster with a painting to celebrate his many years as Team USA manager at Lommel 2012.

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Youthstream commissioned 3 painting for Lommel, Paul Malin, tribute to Roger DeCoster and Valadimir Gudkov of Invest trade bank of Russia.

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Roger DeCoster accepts his painting at Youthstream Awards evening.

In 2012 KTM Austria won 12 World titles across Motocross, Enduro, Rallye and Road racing. I was commissioned by Pit Bierer, Head of Motorsport to create a painting to be presented to Stefan Pierer at their Christmas party at the factory in Mantighofen Austria.

KTM riders celebrate 12 World titles with CEO Stefan Pierer at the factory.

KTM riders celebrate 12 World titles with CEO Stefan Pierer at the factory.

KTM Austria 12 world championships commission.

KTM Austria 12 world championships commission.

One of Rob’s biggest commission was to celebrate Giuseppe Luongo’s 30 years of promoting Motocross, at a party at the 2013 Italian MXGP at Maggiora, Italy. The canvas was 6ft x 2ft in size.

From top left malherbe, Jobe, Vekhonen, cairoli, Bayle, Omara , Stefan Everts, Bierer, Rick Johnson, Bailey, Villopoto, Thorpe, Geboers and Puzar. Portrait is of Giuseppe & Ursula Luongo of Youthstream.

Stefan Everts, Usulla & Giuseppe Luongo, Jean Michel Bayle, Alex Puzar  and artist Rob Kinsey at 30th Birthday party.Painting from top left Malherbe, Jobe, Vekhonen, Cairoli, Bayle, Omara , Stefan Everts, Bierer, Rick Johnson, Bailey, Villopoto, Thorpe, Geboers and Puzar. Centre Portrait of Giuseppe & Ursula Luongo of Youthstream.

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Maggiora track from restaurant at top of this classic venue.

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Outdoor pool at restaurant with track behind the hedge.

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To celebrate the life of Marty Moates, film producer Todd Huffman made a film of the his 1980 USGP victory and commissioned two paintings of Moates, which were auctioned at the film premier re at Spreckels Theatre in San Diego, California.

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Tom White owner of the Early Years of Motocross Museum ¬†placed the winning bid for Marty’s painting.

In 2013 Youthstream commissioned a painting of 8 time World Champion Tony Carolli, whose father passed away that summer.

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Painting in Tony’s villa near Rome.

Looking foward to 2016, Rob is working on a collection of paintings to celebrate the 30 years between 1986 MXDN at Maggiora and the upcoming 2016 race at this classic Italian venue. A healthy commission book reflects and enviable reputation Rob has built up as one of the world’s premier motor-sport artist’s.

After Moto 2, the 2015 MXoN was a two way battle between defending champions France and America, who were eager to repeat the success of Team USA at Ernee in 2005, when Ricky Carmichael, Kevin Windham and Ivan Tedesco won and started a win streak for America.

Inside the pits, team managers and staff were trying to work out the overall team scores which had France and America tied going into the all deciding final moto.

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The Monster girls took up their positions in front of the gate, whilst riders and mechanics prepared themselves.

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Start of Moto 3

Start of Moto 3, Sweden’s Filip Bengtson scores the Fox holeshot, chased by #67 ben Townley, #42 dean Ferris, #22 Evgeny Bobryshev and #3 Romain Febvre, #13 Max Nagel , #15 Dennis Ullrich and #7 Justin Barcia.

Mid-pack starts by both Justin Barcia and Jeremy Martin meant they would have to dig deep and pass many riders if they were to win!

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Ben Townley was on fire all weekend.

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Evgeny Bobryeshev #22 and Sweden’s Filip Bengtson #31 battle for their countries.

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Belgium’s Jeremy van Horebeek.

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#12 Dean Wilson Team GB chases #7 Justin Barcia.

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It didn’t take long before France’s Romain Febvre stormed into the lead!

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Australia’s Dean Ferris rode well and also confirmed he will be racing in Australia next season for Craid Dack’s team.

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Captain America Justin Barcia on his way through the pack.

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Febvre in front of his noisy and adoring home crowd.

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Ben Townley kept leader Romain Febvre on his toes.

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Ben Townley demonstrates how deep some of those ruts were!

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Portugal’s Hugo Basaula.

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Gautier Paulin was racing with a knee injury but still did enough for Team France to retain the Chamberlain Trophy.

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Scotland’s Dean Wilson rode well for Team GB and combined with Shaun Simpson’s results, all they would have needed was a decent result from injured Max Anstie to knock Belgium off the podium.

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Suzuki’s MXGP winner Glen Coldenhoff in one of his last rides before he joins the factory KTM Team for 2016.

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Romain Febvre winning both his moto’s topped what has been an incredible year for the young Frenchman.

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Can’t say enough about how well New Zealand’s Ben Townley rode, coming out of retirement to challenge for the win.

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Gautier Paulin, stylish as ever!

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If Justin Barcia #7 had managed to catch and pass #3 Gautier Paulin, the Chamberlain trophy would have been heading back stateside again!

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Cooper Webb rode really well for an MXoN rookie, just not quick enough to beat arch rival’s Team France on home soil.

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Barcia closes in on Paulin but couldn’t make the pass to snatch a Team USA victory.

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The French crowd light up resue flares to celebrate a historic victory

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Security guards quickly erect a fence to keep back the podium crowds. The noise was deafening.

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Team USA manager Roger DeCoster reflects what might have been…………………..

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At least Roger knew a short cut to make it up onto the Skybox podium in time.

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Jeremy Martin and staff struggle to find a way up to the podium.

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French legend JMB, Jean Michel Bayle congratulates Musquin and Paulin.

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Team France and manager atop the podium whilst Cooper Webb reflects what might have been………………..

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…..and the crowd went crazy, chain saws , flares and flags of all nations!

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Team France, deserved winners and retained the Chamberlain Trophy once more!

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The French crowd sing their National anthem!

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Ryan Villopoto checking out the crazy crowd.

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Champagne time…………………..

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As the media get their shot’s the crowd noise and excitement was intense!

So ended another great Motocross of Nations and the home crowd went home happy. Well done to all the riders, mechanics, organisers, FIM and Youthstream for producing such a great event you have to witness in person soon.

Roll on Maggiora 2016!……………..can’t wait to see how the Italian Tifosi celebrate this great event, the 30th anniversary of Team USA’s Dream team of David Bailey, Rick Johnson and Johnny O’Mara epic win back in 1986!

So with 1 moto down and Team USA firmly in the driving seat, it was time to check out the action inside the Team USA rig.

As all their riders, Barcia, Webb and Martin were Yamaha mounted the Team based themselves out of the Kemea Yamaha truck, beside the Alpine Stars Hospitality unit, where Team members had special wrists bands to get into the right hand side of the unit and were catered for fantastically by the Alpine Stars crew.  Whilst the mechanics worked on the bikes under the awning in full gaze of the 10 deep crowd, Team Manager Roger DeCoster and the riders gathered in a secluded high secure area behind the truck, to prepare, talk tactics, away from the constant autograph shouts from fans.

French fans interest in Team USA was incredible!

French fans interest in Team USA was incredible!

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Team USA pitted out of the Keema Yamaha factory rig.

Team USA pitted out of the Kemea Yamaha factory rig.

Ryan Villopoto dropped by to lend his support, talk statergy with all the riders. Big John in the background looks after rider safety and security, making sure riders get to where they need to be on time without hassle.

Ryan Villopoto dropped by to lend his support, talk stratergy with all the riders. Big John in the background looks after rider safety and security, making sure riders get to where they need to be on time without hassle.

Don't know whether this mechanic was on Social Media or re-mapping his riders bike?

Don’t know whether this mechanic was on Social Media or re-mapping his riders bike?

Jeremy Martin's helmet.

Jeremy Martin’s helmet.

Barcia's mechanic and RV touch base, as ace photographer Ray Archer gets to work!.

Barcia’s mechanic and RV touch base, as ace photographer Ray Archer gets to work!.

Meanwhile elsewhere, MXGP champ Romain Febvre's factory Yamaha gets cleaned up in the custom built bike wash booth's.

Meanwhile elsewhere, MXGP champ Romain Febvre’s factory Yamaha gets cleaned up in the custom built bike wash booth’s.

Announcer Francois Manigon whips the local crowd into a frenzy.

Announcer Francois Manigon whips the local crowd into a frenzy.

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Roger DeCoster works out what the Team need to score going into moto 3

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Alpine Stars crew were gracious hosts!

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Cooper Webb recovers after a great ride in moto 2.

MXoN rookie Cooper Webb really got to grips with his Yamaha YZ 450cc bike!

MXoN rookie Cooper Webb really got to grips with his Yamaha YZ 450cc bike!

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Joe Gibbs Racing manager Jeremy Albrecht, Justin Barcia and “The Man” get set for moto 3.

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Barcia’s mechanic breaks out the patriotic Team USA socks!

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In the back of the Kemea Yamaha race truck, Jeremy Martin and Johnny O’Mara and Ryan Villopoto review Martin’s great first moto ride.

Team France on their parade lap incite the crowd into a frenzy!

Team France on their parade lap incite the crowd into a frenzy!

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Cooper Webb chases Romain Febvre down the last downhill to the flag.

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Romain Febvre after pulling a tear off over the line, lap one.

Cooper Webb past the massive crowd. Team USA did great but there was a definite lack of American fans there to witness their battles.

Cooper Webb past the massive crowd. Team USA did great but there was a definite lack of American fans there to witness their battles.

Far right Doc John Bodnar  of Asterisk Medical Crew was there looking after his troops..........

Far right Doc John Bodnar of Asterisk Medical Crew was there looking after his troops……….

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Cooper Webb grabs the Fox holeshot in moto2 and for his efforts, a cheque for ‚ā¨1,000 euro’s from Fox.

Febvre was just untouchable and showed just wy he's France's leading rider and MXGP World Champion in 2015.

Febvre was just untouchable and showed just why he’s France’s leading rider and MXGP World Champion in 2015.

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A small section of the massive crowd, reported to be 80,000 over the 2 days. Flag’s of every nation!

Menawhilw back at the truck Ryan Villopoto in conversation with American mechanics. RV looked happy and relaxed, able to take in this great event without the enormous pressure as a rider!

Menawhilw back at the truck Ryan Villopoto in conversation with American mechanics. RV looked happy and relaxed, able to take in this great event without the enormous pressure as a rider!

Later on this week I’ll be posting my third and final blog on the MXoN with lot’s more exclusive photo’s, more Monster girl’s and the crazy podium celebrations! If you like what you see appreciate your comments…………………………..

Arriving early on Friday morning to collect our passes, you could already tell this 69th Edition of the Motocross of nations was going to be a big one, when the riders living area was already full and spilling over into neighbouring fields.

Entrance to Moto Club Ernee.

Entrance to Moto Club Ernee.

First view of the impressive Ernee MX circuit.

First view of the impressive Ernee MX circuit.

With a full day to get set up in the media tent, meetings with various people, I also had to deliver my latest commission to Giuseppe and Ursula Luongo in their Youthstream offices.

Artist Rob Kinsey delivering latest Oil painting of Dave Thorpe, commissioned by Giuseppe Luongo President of Youthstream.

Artist Rob Kinsey delivering latest Oil painting of Dave Thorpe, commissioned by Giuseppe Luongo,  President of Youthstream.

Got chance to also meet up with old fiends Eric Peronnard of Fox and Jonathon Beasley, promoter of the memorable 2007 MXoN at Budds Creek Maryland, USA.

Eric Peronnard and Rob Kinsey, FOX Party Saturday night At Ernee

Eric Peronnard and Rob Kinsey, FOX Party Saturday night At Ernee

Rob Kinsey and old friend Jonathon Beasley, promoter of the epic 2007 MXoN at Budds Creek, USA.

Rob Kinsey and old friend Jonathon Beasley, promoter of the epic 2007 MXoN at Budds Creek, USA.

Gabriele Mazarollo, owner of Alpine Stars graciously allowed us to exhibit the late Danny Magoo Chandler painting from his historic 1982 MXDN and Trophee des Nations 4 moto clean sweep.

Gabriele Mazzrollo, owner of Alpine Stars with Magoo painting.

Gabriele Mazzrollo, owner of Alpine Stars with Magoo painting.

Kris Egbert, one of Magoo’s closest friend’s, who brought him to Europe for the MXDN at Donnington Park 2008 and his final MXDN in Franciacorta Italy in 2009, bought the painting but has allowed us to exhibit it these past 7 years. Kris took the painting back to America to loan to the AMA Hall of Fame in Pickerton, Ohio.

Rob Kinsey and Kris Egbert with the Magoo painting in Alpine Stars Hospitality unit at Ernee.

Rob Kinsey and Kris Egbert with the Magoo painting in Alpine Stars Hospitality unit at Ernee.

Friday night supper was interrupted by the constant sound of revving chain saws, pit bike racing, music, fireworks and even someone valve bouncing and R1 Yamaha to destruction. Curious, we decided to take a walk up into the camping area to see this madness first-hand!

Friday campsite

Friday campsite

Saturday morning and the free practice sessions for MXGP, MX2 and Open class were soon out on track as a massive crowd flooded every part of the venue.

A small part of the massive crowd

A small part of the massive crowd

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There were great looking girls everywhere, but this beauty from 24MX just stood out!

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Ride of the weekend goes to semi retired veteran Ben Townley, who rolled back the years to Ernee 2005, where he first sprung to prominence. His great battles with France’s Romain Febvre and the way he rode his heart out, representing Team New Zealand this past weekend was legendary!

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Big Ken de Dycker always rises to the MXoN occassion, helping a depleted Team Belgium to 3rd step on the overall podium.

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Team USA’s Justin Barcia was on fire in the first moto on Sunday taking victory in Moto 1 (MXGP & MX2)

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MX2 World Champion Tim Gajser and MXGP World Champion Romain Febvre getting ready for their qualifying moto together!

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Team Puerto Rico with Michael Leib were racing on a shoestring budget but had a great promo girl!

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View the riders have off the start!

View the riders have off the start!

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Medis interest in newly crowned MXGP World Champion Romain Febvre was intense.

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MXoN Rookie Cooper Webb, Team USA rode really well in the qualifiers

 

Saturday night was the annual Youthstream Awards on the Sky Box behind the start gate, where champions from every class were recognised.

FIM President Vito Ipolito and Giuseppe Luongo adress the audience.

FIM President Vito Ippolitto and Giuseppe Luongo adress the audience.

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Tim Gajser’s brother and family watch proudly as he receives his MX2 award.

Seated on the chairs, you could feel them sinking into the soft tilled dirt of the start straight, much to everyone’s amusement.

Sadly 3 x World MX Champion David Thorpe was unable to attend to collect his Lifetime Achievement award and painting, which will be presented at a later date.

Announcer's Roger Warrn and Francois Manginon did a great job whipping the crowd into a frenzy.

Announcer’s Roger Warren and Francois Manginon did a great job whipping the crowd into a frenzy.

The whole French crowd were on tip toes as moto 1 (MXGP & MX2) blasted off the line!

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Moto 1 MXGP and MX2 head into the second corner. Crowd noise was so deafening, riders probably couldn’t hear their own bikes!

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Lap 1 Barcia leads, double and singling the massive downhill triple!

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Evgeny Bobryshev chases after Marvin Musquin.

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Lone Brit #10 Shaun Simpson gives chase.

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Bobby going for downhill triple on lap 2.

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Veteran Ben Townley flys the triple ahead of Marvin Musquin.

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Shaun Simpson flies the triple. It was a long way out and down!

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Gautier Paulin leaps into the valley and the incredible sound of the French fans!

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Close up on Belgium’s Ken de Dycker, chasing hard after a first lap collision with others, took him almost a lap down!

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Close up on leader Justin Barcia, Team USA.

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Marvin Musquin took the fight for the lead to Justin Barcia. His technique was so smooth.

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Bam Bam styles it whilst holding the lead.

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Marvin throws in a mean whip too!

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Jeremy Martin moves up to challenge Musquin later in the race.

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Bam Bam Sequence

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Justin Barcia’s #7 looked suspiciously like a #1 on his side panels. Maybe he had a point to prove?

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After Musquin’s big crash, he slips into the clutches of Jeremy Martin, but was able to re-group and defend his position.

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Sharp rocks coming through on the downhill’s.

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Name as many flags of the nations as you can?

That’s a wrap for Part 1 of this extensive blog. Check back over the weekend for part 2, Inside Team USA camp and all the action from the deciding ¬†2nd and 3rd moto’s plus pandemonium on the podium!

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Back in 1972 Marty Tripes was a puppy faced youthful 16 year old, with a factory Yamaha and tons of natural talent when he entered the LA Coliseum for the first ever Supercross held inside the former Olympic venue.

Mike Goodwin, a rock & roll concert promoter had come up with the idea of moving the often dusty and dirty outdoor motocross events into the comfort of football stadiums, where spectators could see everything from the comfort of a seat and easily grab a hot-dog or a beer. Goodwin came up with the idea whilst sat on the toilet in Belize, central America, reading about how a promoter had sold out Madison Square Garden in New York for a flat track race. Goodwin and his wife Diane, jumped in their beat up VW camper, drove to the Coliseum and convinced the owners to hold the inaugural Superbowl after sketching a rough track design on the back of a cocktail napkin. ¬†Goodwin invited all the top European riders, like Hallman, DeCoster, Hansen, Kring, Aberg, Bickers etc to come and show the young inexperienced Americans how to ride Motocross inside a stadium. They knew little of a young 16 year old kid, named Marty Tripes from San Diego, but by the end of the balmy July night, his name was on everyone’s lip’s!

1972 Superbowl LA Coliseum

1972 Superbowl LA Coliseum

Goodwin made the race part of the Inter-Am Series, which used to attract some of Europe’s best riders to the United States during the summer months. Torsten Hallman, the multi-time world champion from Sweden, led a large contingent into the Coliseum, but it was a just-turned-16-years-old Yamaha rider that would steal the show. Marty Tripes, a superbly talented teenager on a yellow Yamaha, was barely old enough to have a driver’s license (he turned 16 just ten days before the race). Over the course of three motos, Tripes would finish 2-2-2 to score the best overall finish of the night. In doing so, he set a record for the youngest AMA Supercross winner ever, a standard that will likely never be surpassed.

Fast forward 43 years and Marty’s friend’s Jim Beauchamp and Keith Lynas approached Professional Artist Rob Kinsey to commission a painting of Marty winning the first ever Superbowl of Motocross. The trouble was, in the pre digital camera days not a lot of colour photo’s had been archived and eventually Rob¬†had to work from old newsprint black/white shots and research all the colours, add in the Coliseum peristyle, crowd etc.

Marty Tripes b/w newspaper photo

Marty Tripes b/w newspaper photo

Marty Tripes pen/marker visual.

Marty Tripes pen/marker visual.

Luckily I was able to find some other colour photo’s of Marty’s race kit and bike to get the colours accurate/

Popular Cycling cover

Popular Cycling cover

122_0903_14_z+the_first_supercross+marty_tripes_thorlief_hansen tripes 72 startlineOnce I had completed the painting I emailed hi-res images to Jim for approval and we came up with the idea of adding both Jim & Keith into the crowd from pictures of them from back in 72.

keith lynas 1972

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Working on the painting took approx 40 hours of work.

Artist rob Kinsey working on Tripes commission in his studio in Derbyshire, England.

Artist Rob Kinsey working on the Tripes commission in his studio in Derbyshire, England.

Marty Tripes Commission

Marty Tripes Commission, Acrylic on stretched linen canvas.

The presentation to Marty was arranged for a surprise birthday party on June 27th, where Jim presented Marty with the painting, which was well received and even brought a tear to Marty’s eyes for the generosity of his friends and remembering back to that night in July 1972.

Marty receives the painting from Jim Beauchamp.

Marty receives the painting from Jim Beauchamp.