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Dirt Rider November 2017

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issue odometer

You know how in some months you put a lot more miles on your truck than others? This issue was one of those “high-mileage” months, so it’s fitting that we’ve started what I hope is a recurring update from roving reporter Shan Moore, and you’ll see his first installment of “Miles of Smiles” in the Tear Offs section. “Miles of Smiles” came about as a way of me diverting Shan’s complaining about all of his traveling into something useful and so he’d be quiet and let me complain for a while. Shan has equal parts appreciation for the career he’s created for himself and annoyance about the position it’s become. Shan and I are good enough friends that I get the stories from the road, including all the details like…

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rumble in vegas

The first round of the AMA Enduro Cross Series is one that people will be talking about for some time. Sporting a new format that pits the top riders against each other more oft en than in years past, the Las Vegas opener saw the top two riders— Colton Haaker and Cody Webb—go head to head on three occasions, with Haaker coming out on top in each case. In two of those instances, Haaker and Webb made contact…hard contact. In the qualifying race, Haaker put a hard block pass on Webb, who was leading at the time. Webb hit the ground and Haaker took the win. Later, in the main event, Haaker and Webb “rubbed” again and it appeared that Haaker got his foot stuck in Webb’s front wheel, and there…

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tennessee knockout

Cody Webb owns the Kenda Tennessee Knockout. The FMF KTM Factory Racing Team rider has now won America’s top extreme off-road race an amazing five times in a row. And he did so this year at the expense of Hard Enduro greats Graham Jarvis and Mario Roman. Not to mention some of the best off-roaders in America, like Beta USA teammates Max Gerston and Jordan Ashburn, plus the likes of Cory Graff under, Kyle Redmond, Ben Kelly, and trials pro Quinn Wentzel. Webb dominated all facets of the event, from the hot lap in the morning to the aft ernoon “knockout” rounds, and then in the final, he put on an amazing display of riding ability. Aft er the event Jarvis told us the 2017 TKO was the most demanding race…

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jarvis wins romaniacs…again

Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Graham Jarvis grabbed a record sixth career victory at this year’s Red Bull Romaniacs—the 14th running of the storied event. The Brit was fourth in the short Sibiu city Prologue, which was won by Spaniard Alfredo Gómez. The Prologue is set up mainly for spectators. However, when the race entered the heart of the event, the really extreme portions of the race, Jarvis showed his prowess, opening up a 10-minute lead over second place. By also winning “off-road” days two and three, Jarvis entered the fourth and final day of extreme competition with a 26-minute lead ahead of Spaniard Mario Roman. With a healthy lead going into the final day of racing, Jarvis played it safe, finishing fourth for the day to secure the overall win. The…

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miles of smiles

I’m a freelance reporter/photographer and oft en get asked about my job, so here’s a little story. In six weeks, I covered the Rattlesnake Enduro, a World Trials in Arizona, the Pennsylvania Full Gas Sprint Enduro, the Tennessee Knockout, and the Muddobbers National Enduro. Aft er that it was just “get home” in time for my flight to cover the ISDE. But if you’ve seen a disaster movie where the star is running from a tsunami, volcano, or a giant fissure in the earth, you know how I felt trying to get from Indiana to Oklahoma. The main viewing band of the recent eclipse ran right through St. Louis on the exact day I needed to drive home. Highway signs warned about crowds, orange barrels lined the shoulder, and the whole highway…

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letter of the month

I’m contacting you about a true comeback never-give-up positive story. My friend Adam Gray lost his arm. Just a freak, no-fault accident. Through GoFundMe and every local rider, and a lot of perfect strangers, he is riding and racing again. He recently competed at the AMA vintage trials and motocross events. Adam is such a positive person and just a true inspi ration. I just think it is a positive story about an average guy and his love of riding and everyone else in the moto community stepping up and helping out. Danny Rhea Petersburg, KY PRIZE Congratulations, Danny, you won a set of Dunlop Geomax tires! It’s agreed that Adam has a great never-give-up attitude that just shows what some of us are capable of when we have support and a desire to…