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General Two Stroke Talk / Charles....WHERE ARE YOU???
« on: November 06, 2013, 05:37:34 PM »
Busy for sure! Getting everything in line for this insane schedule. :)

January 4 Angel Stadium Anaheim, Calif.
January 11 Chase Field Phoenix
January 18 Angel Stadium Anaheim, Calif.
January 25 O.Co Coliseum Oakland, Calif.
February 1 Angel Stadium Anaheim, Calif.
February 8* Qualcomm Stadium San Diego
February 15 Cowboys Stadium Arlington, Texas
February 22 Georgia Dome Atlanta
March 1 Lucas Oil Stadium Indianapolis
March 8** Daytona International Speedway Daytona Beach, Fla.
March 15 Ford Field Detroit
March 22 Rogers Centre Toronto
March 29 Edward Jones Dome St. Louis
April 5 Reliant Stadium Houston
April 12 CenturyLink Field Seattle
April 26 MetLife Stadium East Rutherford, N.J.
May 3 Sam Boyd Stadium Las Vegas

May 24 Glen Helen National San Bernardino, Calif.
May 31 Hangtown Motocross Classic Sacramento, Calif.
June 7 Thunder Valley National Lakewood, Colo.
June 14 High Point National Mt. Morris, Pa.
June 28 Tennessee National Blountville, Tenn.
July 5 RedBud National Buchanan, Mich.
July 12 Budds Creek National Mechanicsville, Md.
July 19 Spring Creek National Millville, Minn.
July 26 Washougal National Washougal, Wash.
August 9 Unadilla National New Berlin, N.Y.
August 16 Indiana National Crawfordsville, Ind.
August 23 Utah National Tooele, Utah

General Two Stroke Talk / TSM Amateur team?
« on: September 14, 2013, 01:57:37 PM »
Yes, it is on the ever growing to-do list. :)

General Two Stroke Talk / TSM at Unadilla
« on: August 01, 2013, 11:12:21 PM »
Yes, dyno runs Monday morning then heading up to Robbys for a few days of testing before heading to NY.

Just got in the new seat covers from Traction MX seating, cant wait to see the bikes white! The covers are white sides/black top with orange stitching.

We'll hopefully see them color swapped by Thursday when we get to dilla. :)

General Two Stroke Talk / TSM at Unadilla
« on: August 01, 2013, 05:06:44 PM »

General Two Stroke Talk / TSM at Unadilla
« on: July 30, 2013, 06:57:58 PM »
Fresh White plastics with some orange chrome on the graphics fro Dilla. Pictures do no justice!

General Two Stroke Talk / TSM at Unadilla
« on: July 25, 2013, 07:21:04 PM »
John, we'll have a guest pass saved for you!

General Two Stroke Talk / TSM at Unadilla
« on: July 24, 2013, 04:52:12 AM »
Can't swing it, sorry. Come to Hangtown next year!

We'll be there!

General Two Stroke Talk / TSM at Unadilla
« on: July 23, 2013, 11:03:16 PM »
Who's coming??

Yes, I have been talking with our local KTM rep as well as Jon-Erik (KTM USA President).
Our rep got us the new motors at cost, they want our proposal for next year asap. Hopefully they can step up and help us out next year.
The 14's will be homologated soon :)

We chose Dunlops due to the cost and rider preference. Only deal we could get mid-season and all the riders use them anyway

Something else I can add that is a big part of the budget.
Fuel, race fuel for the bikes (several hundred for the weekend) truck, generator, etc. also several hundred per weekend.
Tires.. We get them from Dunlop for $60 each (mounted at the track) even with that discount, it adds up quick when you have triplets.
I would say the average weekend costs us $3-5k depending on location and number of rider entries/mechanics/guests.

The RedBud trip was insane. We bought the dually strictly to run RedBud and Unadilla then we were going to sell it.
RedBud total cost:
Truck: $12k
It broke down on the way there, temp fix to get it there $300.
It died again at the entry gate :/ Friday morning we had it taken to a local dealer there to get a fuel leak fixed. $250
On the way home it lost the head gaskets $5k repair $1k tow.
Fuel, tires, clutches, entry fees, passes, misc $2k

We also had to have my girl drive the other F350 from VA to Ohio so we could haul the trailer back.

As soon as we got home we contacted KTM and ordered the $5k in engine parts to get the bikes right.
We are doing a fresh look for Unadilla. All white with orange chrome graphics. They will be sweet. :)

Yes, Robby does qualify in the A group as he did at Muddy Creek.

And yes the real inside the outdoors article is shaping up to be very informative. :)

Thanks guys!

Good questions John! I happen to be waiting on parts so I have some time. :)

Sign up is $220 per rider, per event. Plus $50 per mechanic and guest.

Unless you're there for press day, they park 'rigs' at 9am(ish) and privateers at 9:30ish Friday mornings. We try to get to privateer staging early (Thursday Night)to get parked first(for the best spot available after the rigs)

To qualify, they simply need to haul ass for a solid lap. All the riders I have talked to hate the current qualifying format. Unless you have points, you practice in the 'B' group which goes out first on the horrible over watered track. The problem is, most guys hit a solid lap and roll (get in the way of other riders trying to hit a hot one).

Typically 40  per session, but usually they will overload the B practice with the left over entries. (like it needs to be harder on these guys)

They stagger start them for practice, for the best shot they try to get to practice staging 15 mins or so early to try and avoid the clusterF.

They do 2 practice sessions, 15 mins each. The first 5 mins of the first practice is not timed, the final 10 are. All 15 mins of practice 2 is timed.

We find out timing from the screens or live timing from the computer in our hauler.

LCQ prep is intense, each rider has their own method for getting mentally prepped. These are the races they should show on TV.. Brutal

There is about an hour between practices and about 1:30 between 2nd practice and LCQ. Its not bad prepping one bike, but 2 or 3 in the allotted time is a challenge.

It has been the biggest emotional roller coaster, but I wouldn't change a thing. Great learning experiences, and we have made some great industry contacts.

One thing I thought was interesting.. Everyone always says the AMA would hate this effort and make it difficult.. Not at all. They love what we are doing. The AMA techs actually think its BS we can't run 300's. They all support what we're doing. MX Sports on the other hand.. not so much. :)

Thanks guys! There is no real way to make money in racing. Our goal is to show the 250's can be competitive against the 450's and create content to draw traffic to the site (Which pays the bills).
We are currently set to run all 12 Outdoor rounds next year, as well as select SX events.
About 50% of the cost this year was associated with transport (Trucks/Haulers). As our assets grow costs will go down.
We started mid season so most of the sponsors budgets had already been allocated, the majority will be back on for next year as well as several new ones. That will be a huge help with expenses.

After the 2 Stroke Shootout in September we are selling the hauler and getting a 45' toter

Something like this one, with a TSM wrap of course

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