The Latest Poop - Papa Wealey Misses Motorcycle Racing News but you can still find it if you look hard enough.
The folks at Cycle News, my old alma mater and original site of this column, put out one of the best weekly rags in the business. Well, it ain’t print on paper anymore, but a dot com like most everything else, but after 50-some years it’s still the best weekly source of racing moto-info in the game. With bitchin’ photography.
Couple items caught my eye this week: Rossi to race Dakar? CN reports that Valentino Rossi, upon his likely retirement in two years, wants to race the Dakar Rally. In a car, not on a bike, “because on the motorcycle is very dangerous. But for me, I am more concentrate on the 24 Hour of Le Mans. This is the first goal.” The report includes a video interview with Rossi by Yamaha team boss Lin Jarvis.
For drama, and honor among racers, it was Jean Turner’s piece on the King of Motos event in Lucerne Valley, Calif. The demanding, unmarked course using GPS directions saw EnduroCross star Cody Webb (KTM) lose the lead when he took a wrong turn and missed the last check, handing the win to Husqvarna’s Colton Haaker. Webb’s teammate Taylor Robert crashed hard and had to be airlifted out. The crash effectively halted the race as everyone stopped to help. When the helicopter left the riders agreed to resume the race in the order they had arrived. Cool.
A note for California off-roaders: Bell Helmets is staging the Bell Ride Day at the Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area this Saturday, Feb. 11. Among the luminaries on had will be former MX champ Jeremy McGrath, Cody Webb and cross-country ace Kailub Russell. The event is open to the public, and after riding the festivities move to Faultline Powersports to watch the Dallas Supercross on the big screen. Camping is first come, first serve, so be sure to get there early if you are planning to camp. More info call Faultline at 831-637-8550.
Michael Scott’s report from Malaysia showed Movistar Yamaha’s rising star Maverick Vinales leading the pack in testing before the Sepang MotoGP event. Former Ducati ace Andrea Iannone logged second on the Suzuki for day three, followed by Honda’s Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso on the Ducati. Rossi was sixth on the day, trailed by former teammate Jorge Lorenzo, who is coming to terms with his new Ducati ride.