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Dirt Rider August 2017

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the work hour

Imagine that your job required you to do all your work for the week in about one hour. Sounds good at first, but then consider if you didn’t get to pick that hour. Imagine also your pay was based on how you did your work and, more significantly, next year’s pay was based offof it. Oh, and the year aft er that too. Pretty bad, right? Now add in 39 co-workers doing the same job, at the same time, in the exact same space! You’d probably get everything as organized as you could, and then, if you were smart, you’d do everything you could that morning of your work hour to make sure you were 100 percent ready when you clocked in. In our cover story for this issue we asked…

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jarvis tops red bull minas riders, webb second

Graham Jarvis was declared the winner of the 2017 edition of Minas Riders in Brazil when the final two days of the fourday event were canceled due to environmental concerns. The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna rider was leading in overall time when the event was stopped. After finishing runner-up to Jarvis on the first full day of racing, FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Cody Webb began gaining steam on day two as he became more accustomed to the GPS navigation, at times battling wheel to wheel with Jarvis. Webb eventually took the stage win, closing within two minutes of Jarvis in overall time. When heavy rains moved into the area after the second day, the event was called, giving Jarvis the overall win. Webb, who was a rookie to multiday, GPS-navigated Hard Enduro…

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dungey retires

Red Bull KTM’s Dungey retired from professional racing on top, claiming his fourth Monster Energy Supercross title at the end of a long and difficult 2017 season. During his career, the 27-year-old from Minnesota captured a total of nine AMA Supercross and Motocross championships, including four AMA 450SX titles (2010, 2015, 2016, 2017), three AMA 450 Class MX titles (2010, 2012, 2015), an AMA West Coast SX Lites title (2009), and an AMA 250 Class MX title (2009). “Mentally, this sport is tough, and you have to be strong,” Dungey told Dirt Rider magazine about his decision to retire. “It came down to the mental exhaustion—the mental fatigue of dealing with racing all the time. Year aft er year it started to build. But I’ve always given it my best, and…

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us isde teams set

It’s said that defending a title is much tougher than winning it. The US World Trophy Team will get a chance to find out when it travels to Brive, France, for the 92nd running of the International Six Days Enduro in August, having won last year’s event. Antti Kallonen announced his team lineups aft er the Three-Day Enduro ISDE Qualifier in Tennessee, and Dirt Rider got a chance to talk to the US team manager about this year’s event and his team. In addition to the World and Junior Trophy teams, Kallonen, for the first time, will also be managing the US Women’s team in 2017, and he has set a three-year goal to win the Women’s division title. The US World Trophy Team will consist of Taylor Robert (E3), Kailub…

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faith successfully defends ax title

Gavin Faith came into the final round of the 2017 AmsOil Arenacross Series—Road to the Ricky Carmichael Cup, in Las Vegas, holding an eight-point lead over rivals Chris Blose and Jace Owen. Aft er posting a first and a second in the final two 250 AX main events of the season, the Babbitt’s/Monster Energy/AmsOil Kawasaki rider not only stood atop the podium with the overall victory, but he also locked up a second straight AmsOil Arenacross title. Owen started the season with six wins and held the early lead on his Team TiLUBE/Jack Links/TUF Racing Honda. However, when the point standings reset for the final six races, similar to NASCAR’s point reset, Faith was able to capitalize. “I struggled during the first part of the season dealing with an injury,” Faith told…

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two-horse race?

Two rounds in and already two riders have set themselves apart from their rivals at the head of the EnduroGP World Championship standings—Tasmanian Matt Phillips (Sherco) and Brit Steve Holcombe (Beta). So is the Enduro World Championship already looking at a two-horse race for the title? One four-stroke mounted, the other on a two-stroke. Both doggedly determined, seriously fast, and if the recent GP of Spain is anything to go by, the two are likely to be locked in a season-long battle for supremacy. The two best-performing non-Scandinavians at the season-opening GP of Finland, with just two rounds completed, Phillips and Holcombe have established themselves as the riders to beat. Bad luck has blighted KTM’s Christophe Nambotin and Nathan Watson, while round-one winner Antti Hellsten struggled when the series moved south to…