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2015 in review

Posted: December 31, 2015 in Uncategorized

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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 €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!

All photo’s copyright of Robert Kinsey. Any non sanctioned commercial use or reproduction forbidden!

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/

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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.

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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.

Andy Cleaver of Yorkshire VMX recently commissioned this oil on canvas painting of himself in action at the VMXDN @ Farleigh Castle Motocross.

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This was an 18″ x 24″ stretched linen canvas painted in oils. Here’s the painting in it’s early stages

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Andy was really pleased with the result and is giving the painting to his Mum, who used to come to every race with him.

Dougi Mercer, MD of Toughsheet Recycling, sponsors of the National Twinshock Series, had an old photo from his racing days that had sadly been bleached by sunlight and was very faint. Dougi commissioned on Oil on Linen Canvas painting, size 18″ x 24″ to capture in exacting detail his favourite photo for posterity.

Dougi Mercer oil on canvas

Dougi Mercer oil on canvas

Oil painting is a lot more complicated than water based acrylics, due to extended drying times and having to use mediums to thicken or thin the paint for glazes, detail etc. The result’s though are outstanding, the vibrancy of the colours just “ping out!” No wonder the old masters used them to such good effect.

Friday December 6th, all roads led to the sixth annual CRAP Party, (Christmas Riders Annual Party) at Wilmslow Rugby Club, Wilmslow, Cheshire, were amongst the footballers, TV stars and beautiful people, ex riders from off-road and road racing gathered to celebrate still being this side of the turf, reminisce about the old days, tracks and great battles they had through the years. Whilst virtually everyone’s hair is a little thinner and wasteline’s a bit fatter,  riders who often were great rivals, jump at the chance to buy each other beers and enjoy the great banter.

CRAP Party Flyer 2014

CRAP Party Flyer 2014

The brainchild of former AMCA IMBA European Champion Rob Bentham, the popularity of CRAP soon outgrew the back room of a pub in Knutsford, to move to the spacious Wilmslow Rugby club.

Last years guest Carl Fogarty was busy winning ITV’s “I’m a Celebrity get me out of here!”, so Artist  Rob Kinsey sought out Motocross legend, American Chuck Sun, former Husqvarna and Honda factory rider, 1980 AMA 500cc National Champion and member of the 1981 Trophee des Nations winning American Team at Lommel Belgium. Chuck flew in from Las Vegas, and gave a great interview, telling stories of his factory days and even racing in front of 100,000 people at Leningrad in a Russian 250cc Gp.

Chuck Sun enjoys a cold one!

Chuck Sun enjoys a cold one!

Chuck Sun and Alan Eaves bench race.

Chuck Sun and Alan Eaves bench race.

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Rob Bentham and Chuck Sun

Rob Bentham and Chuck Sun

One of the main aims of the party is to raise money for a worthy cause, namely the Wings for Life Spinal Research Foundation, dedicated to funding research into cures for spinal injury which has affected several action sports stars. Last year we raised approx. £2300 for Wings for Life, mainly down to serious bidding on a Rob Kinsey Art canvas painting of legend Ricky Johnson and sales of vintage Motocross DVD’s.

This years prizes included VIP Hospitality package for two people to attend the 2015 MXGP at Matterley Basin, Winchester, which was won by jointly by Steve Malone and Stuart Cosgrave with a winning bid of £1300. Steve also plans to purchase additional VIP tickets for his staff at Pro-Seal, Adlington. Rob Kinsey Art put up for auction a signed David Bailey limited edition canvas which raised £700, plus Honda’s Roger Harvey donated HRC race shirts which together with Wings for Life clothing and Pro-Circuit t-shirt’s bumped this year’s figure to just over £5000 for Wings for Life. Someone even offered £100 for Chuck Sun to sign auctioneer Simon “Mad dog” Maddocks ample derriere in permanent marker. Never before have the “Sun” and the “Moon” been out at the same time!

Chuck chatting up the ladies.

Chuck chatting up the ladies.

Following a great evening in Alderley Edge upmarket bar’s Chuck was a little worse for wear when Howard Staves turned up in his Mk 2 Escort rally car to meet friends in Wilmslow.

Chuck Sun, Howard Staves and Tony Hughes look for Lindow man.

Chuck Sun, Howard Staves and Tony Hughes look for Lindow man.

BTCC car driver and 24 hours of Dubai race winner Tony Hughes invited Chuck and Rob to view his extensive collection of cars at home.

Just part of Tony Hughes car collection.

Just part of Tony Hughes car collection.

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Tony Hughes £250,000 all carbon fibre Ginetta. Check out the reg #!

 

After the weekend, Chuck was invited to tour the Pro-seal factory in Adlington, Cheshire to see the incredible food packaging machines the company manufacture’s.

Chuck Sun and MD Steve Malone survey just a small part of Pro-Seal's factory.

Chuck Sun and MD Steve Malone survey just a small part of Pro-Seal’s factory.

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Motocrossers Jacob Joyce, Ben ?, Chuck Sun, Steve Malone and Bob Bratcher at Pro-Seal,

 

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Rob Kinsey, Tony Hughes, Chuck Sun and Rob Bentham in raceshop at Hughes Motorsport, Bredbury.

 

Following a tour of Hughes Motorsport  and Hughes Safety Showers in Bredbury Stockport, Chuck was dropped off at Manchester airport, on route to Praque, Czechoslovakia.

The CIA have confirmed that “The package” was safely delivered to Praque, having released this spy camera photo!

"The asset in Praque. "

“The asset in Praque. “