Alias is happy to announce the winner of the 2014 META Editing Contest, brought to you by Alias MX and supported by 100%, 6D Helmets and SOL Republic. Samuel Lejon has put this incredibly creative edit together using footage of Alias riders RJ Hampshire and Jordon Smith, and takes top honors. He will be receiving signed jerseys from all Geico Honda Team riders and a set of 2015 gear from Alias, along with more great prizes from the other contest sponsors. For more info and full results head over to Vurbmoto for more details!
Check out Samuel Lejon’s winning edit right here:
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SEPT. 1, 2014 – BY ERIC SHIRK
At 10:00 AM on Wednesday July 30, 2014, the 250 B Limited Class approached the line for their first moto at Loretta Lynn’s Ranch. At Loretta’s, it’s a known fact that the B classes are more stacked than a can of Pringles. And this year was no different. As previous title-holders Chase Bell, Alex Frye, and Ryan Surratt approached the gate, I quickly realized this moto was going to be tough to predict. However, I don’t think anyone anticipated the upset that was about to occur. As the checkered flag flew and the dust cleared, shockingly, it was the number 19 Rock River Yamaha grabbing that front row stand under the paddock tent.
Aboard this motorcycle was 17 year-old rippa’ Bradley Taft, out of Nixa Missouri. And no, he didn’t just win the first moto. He commanded the entire race, leading 9 out of 10 laps and set the fastest lap time by over half a second. Moto 2 wasn’t much different either, as he went on to win that moto as well. As the third and final moto approached though, he had to finish in the top 4 to securely wrap up the championship. As the riders took their site lap and the mechanics stomped every inch of their chosen gate, a lot of people wondered if Bradley was honestly capable of pulling this off and grabbing his first championship. To be honest, I’ve known Bradley for quite some time, and I did not expect him to keep as calm, cool, and collected as he did. I’m not taking anything away from the kid. He’s an incredible rider, but he’s had a history of losing his head at amateur nationals due to a lack of confidence. He will tell you that himself.
However, during the third moto at Loretta’s this issue was nowhere to be found. Bradley got up into the third place spot, and in a very veteran-like fashion, eased his way to the finish line to grab the title. At this point, I heard a lot of comments about this race around the pits. Obviously there were countless people that said things like, “That was awesome!” or “That was a great ride for Bradley!” However, I think the comment that I heard most was, “Where the hell did that come from?” It was asked rightfully so because prior to this year, Bradley’s best overall finish at Loretta Lynn’s was a 7th place in Schoolboy 1 in 2013.
Well, “Where the hell…” that came from is a place called “The Grindstone Compound”. Bradley has been to other training facilities before (I figured I’d say that before I see it in the comments). However different training programs work for different people, and Grindstone seems to be working quite well for Bradley. This is no surprise to me though, because part owner Carrie Schehr and the entire Schehr family are incredibly committed to creating the best Motocross training compound in the country. In my opinion, the work ethic that it takes to be successful in running a training facility is most definitely present, so it should be no problem for the entire family to reach their dreams. For instance, throughout the few weeks that I was able to stay at Grindstone, Carries’ son Gage (or some of you may know him as Lil Geez, Geezy, Young Geez etc.) would actually have to bribe her to stop working. Add in the fact that riders that attend the Grindstone Compound have access to their own work bay in the race shop, RV Hook-ups, training at the Rockwell Training Facility, mental coaches, nutrition plans and full meals cooked for them, transportation to tracks in SoCal, and a dope house in southern California. And you have a mathematical equation that equals motocross racing success.
Recently, Bradley broke out the boots as a Hired Gun in the first round of the Vurb Classic last weekend at Oatfield. To no surprise, he went on to win the 250 A class on Saturday. The consistency continued on Sunday with two 2nd place finishes, in the Open Pro and 250 A class, proving to me that Loretta’s was definitely no fluke. Overall, I’m glad to see that all the hard work is finally paying off for you buddy. It’s been rad to see you progress from that nervous young man on that I saw ride in 2011, to one of the most talented riders in the country. Congratulations, Bradley. Keep up the good work.
This article was originally posted at Vurbmoto by Eric Shirk HERE
PICKERINGTON, Ohio. (Aug. 29) — With a successful first season at the professional level complete, GEICO Honda 250 rider Matt Bisceglia’s on-track performance was recognized by the industry when he was named the 2014 Pro Motocross Series Rookie of the Year.
“It was really awesome to win rookie of the year,” Bisceglia said. “I actually had no idea I had won it initially because since I had been injured for the last couple races I didn’t get to go to the banquet. One of the mechanics sent me a picture of the award and told me I won it. All I could think was, ‘Oh, that’s so awesome.’
“I’m just really happy to win, especially with all the other rookies that I was running against. I had ups and downs throughout the year. I think some things could have gone a little bit better, but I have learned from my first year. I’m going to use my off-season as a time to build and work on what I have to in order to come back strong next year.”
While he is very proud of his accomplishment after his initial season on the professional circuit, Bisceglia is already focused on making improvements for next year. In true racer fashion, he has goals of being a front-runner for the entire 2015 season.
“Next season I want to be a little bit stronger,” Bisceglia. “I started off the season in the top 10 in the first three rounds. I was pretty happy with that, but obviously I still wanted to build off of that.
“I want to be able to eliminate little injuries and put myself in a good position to where stuff like that won’t happen. I’m going to learn from my mistakes and hopefully stay consistently in the top five in outdoor competition next year. I think that would be a good goal right now because the competition is really stacked. I want to set my sights even higher than that but I have a lot of work to do. It’s not going to be easy, but I’m looking forward to it in this off-season.”