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Chatter Box: Barry Moore

A chat with Phoenix Tools Honda.

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Whilst most focus on the Grand Prix stars ahead of the upcoming Maxxis British Championship, the Phoenix Tools Honda outfit have adopted the role of an underdog. Is that deserved? Perhaps, but the team fought for race victories on many occasions just a year ago. Barry Moore, the head honcho, is eager to see Gert Krestinov and Carlton Husband jump into action once again, so it seemed like appropriate to catch up with him and look forward.

MX Vice: The Phoenix Tools Honda team has been around for quite some time. What it is that drives you to keep turning up each year? Has there been a point where you have thought about walking away?

Barry Moore: Yeah, we have been around the British circuit for over ten years now and I still get the same buzz now as I did then. I think that for a majority of people within our sport it is not easy to walk away and I can honestly say I have never thought about walking away.

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Gert Krestinov put Phoenix Tools Honda on the top step back at Canada Heights.

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The team has obviously picked up a new title sponsor this year in the form of Apico. How does that change things for you? 

Teaming up with Apico has been a very positive step for me and the team, Dylan and Scott have been very supportive and you can see their passionate about the sport. We all get on very well and normally speak daily. Being involved with Apico will not change the way I run things, but it opens us up to a great range of products that will undoubtedly benefit the team.

Does running a team benefit you away from the racetrack? Do you notice an increase in business and exposure? 

It is very difficult to calculate benefits from running a British Championship team, if any. My team undoubtedly costs me money to run, but I never go into a season with any illusions. I am sure there are some teams that can make money but it is not mine.

The team obviously made huge steps forward last year and reached a point that you wanted to get to. Did being a contender for race wins in the British series bring a new level of stress that you were not expecting?

 Last year was a fantastic year with Gert [Krestinov], Carlton [Husband] and Kathryn [Booth]. Winning races at the top level is something I dreamed about at the beginning of this journey! When it happened, I remember grabbing Karl (the mechanic for Krestinov) and throwing him up in the air. It was an unbelievable feeling and that will always stay with me. I want that feeling again and, with both Gert and Carlton, I am confident we can achieve race wins again this year. Being classed as a contender for the MX1 title did not bring any extra pressure.

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Gert Krestinov ended the Maxxis British Championship in second last year.

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The MX1 class will be much deeper this year, does that cause you to shift expectations slightly? Is the goal still for Gert Krestinov to claim the MX1 title?

The MX1 class is definitely much stronger this year. There are some big names in there, but we will go into this season the same as the last. Our goals have not changed – we want to win the MX1 title. I believe Carton can have a very strong season, as he has got his first season under his belt and had some outstanding rides. He will be better prepared for this season.

Based on the rules that have been released, it seems as though Carlton Husband will be eligible for the MX1 Expert class. Thoughts on that class, even if he is not involved?

I have seen the new rules, but this will not involve Carlton as he has had top-five finishes in MX1 and also raced EMX250 so no change for us. I can see some benefits of running an Expert class – time will tell. If it works, it’s something different. 

You have seen it all in Britain, so what are your thoughts on the current state of the sport? Are there things that you feel would help teams significantly?

So many people have different opinions on how to make the sport better. It’s not easy and there is no quick fix. I don’t think it’s in a bad way, but I’m just concentrating on getting the most exposure for my sponsors and trying to keep them happy.

Interview: Lewis Phillips | Lead Image: ConwayMX

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Bickers to supply UK market with Alpinestars

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This is great news for UK motocross dealers, who can now order Alpinestars Boots and Protection for the motocross and enduro community.

Full PR:
Bickers are pleased to announce a new partnership with Alpinestars, from 2024 Bickers will be a
newly appointed distributor of Alpinestars Off-Road range of MX, Enduro and Trials footwear and
protections.

Alpinestars has been redefining protection for motorcyclists ever since the company was established
in 1963. Commitment to innovation has led Alpinestars to become the world-leading manufacturer
of professional motorsport racing products, motorcycling airbag protection, high-performance
apparel, technical footwear, and helmets. Alpinestars understands that the best design and research
is achieved under extreme conditions. Their involvement in Formula 1, NASCAR, MotoGP, World
SBK, AMA Supercross and Motocross, MXGP, Dakar and more has led to the creation of the most
advanced technical equipment for the racing world’s top athletes.

Bickers and Alpinestars will be working together in the UK and Ireland (via Bickers Dornan) to create
an industry leading integrated sales program, reaching the Bickers dealer network; carrying stock in
2 strategic locations in the UK and Ireland to ensure next day delivery on all items.
Stock is in the UK and available now, to see the range visit alpinestars.com or bickers-online.co.uk.

Chris Hillard (Alpinestars Communications Manager)

Alpinestars are pleased to welcome Bickers as a distributor of our MX/Off-Road range in the UK and
Ireland. With their proven record in offering next day service to dealers; we see Bickers as a logical
partner to add to our already strong network of Dealers and Distributors in the region. With focus on
offering keystone hard goods from our range; namely Footwear and Protection. Central to our plan,
inside July/August 2024 Bickers will also become an Official Alpinestars repair and service center for
MX Goods, with the aim of increasing efficiency for our UK/Ireland based racers and customers
moving ahead, and we look forward to developing this partnership.

Derek McMartin (Bickers)
“Bickers are extremely excited to be able to service and sell Alpinestars Range of Off-Road Footwear
and Protection and cannot wait to start offering these great products to our dealers”
To see what Bickers offer, please go to bickers-online.co.uk
You can visit the Full Range at Alpinestars direct alpinestars.com.

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NPC 2024 IS ON! All eyes are on Oakhanger.

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Oakhanger will host the first round of the NPC series this weekend. Gulf Racing Fuels, which will support the series for the next three years, will be in attendance. The line looks impressive, while entry lists are still being worked on. Starting a series from scratch is always hard, but trying to do that in a recession and with industry budgets at an all-time low is even more challenging. The guys behind the NPC have been working around the clock to make this happen.

MX1 and MX2 classes will provide some exciting racing with this at the weekend. MX1 will see Tristan Purdon, Brad Todd, Jamie Carpenter, Carlton Husband, Tom Grimshaw, John Adamson, Dan Thornhill, Chalie Putnam, and Aaron Patstone lining up. MX2 will offer some great racing with Charlie Cole, Charlie Heyman, Ollie Colmer, Ben Mustoe, Glen McCormick, Callum Mitchell, Syd Putnam, Ben Franklin, Harvey Cashmore and Liam Bennet all looking to get some hours in the bank racing.

Justin Barclay and Alfie Smith have produced a stunning track for riders to compete on. As I’m typing this update, more British riders are signing up, and they will be confirmed every day leading up to what will be a historical event. I say historical because I believe this series will go from strength to strength and offer one of the best championships in the UK and, hopefully, Europe.

The Acerbis is cancelled this weekend, so places at the NPC are filling up fast. There are four groups, and wildcards are still available in each group.

Entries for the event can be accessed here: https://nora92.com/event/nora-pro-championship-round-1/#tribe-tickets

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Andrew Short confirmed for the 2024 VMXdN at Foxhill

No Short measures for Team USA

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The promoters for the annual VMXdN Foxhill have announced that former factory HRC, KTM Factory Racing and Monster Energy Yamaha rider Andrew Short will be racing at the legendary Wiltshire Grand Prix circuit over August bank holiday weekend (August 22nd-26th) as part of the American squad.


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Short has had a stellar sixteen-year pro career, during that time, he earned over 50 podium finishes and nine wins, he is also one of the nicest guys you could wish to meet. One of his personal highlights was being part of the American Team that won the 2010 Motocross of Nations held in his home state of Colorado. 

After he retired from professional motocross at the end of 2016, Short then worked as a team advisor and brand ambassador for Factory Honda HRC before making a big transition to compete in rally racing and take on the ultimate rally race – the Dakar.

After a steep learning curve, he was able to become competitive in rally and even took his first win at the 2019 Rallye du Maroc, a leadup to the 2020 Dakar. He raced for the Rockstar Husqvarna team as well as the Monster Energy Factory Yamaha rally teams.

After a nasty injury while riding at home, he is now back to full fitness and bang up for the challenge that is Foxhill, the greatest 2-stroke event in the world. Short will race a 2002 YZ 250 built and maintained by the crew at DocWob. Team USA won the inaugural event in 2022 and finished 3rd behind Team GB and Team Northern Ireland in 2023. 

The race is already creating a huge buzz with new and returning legends being announced weekly, it really is a whos’ who of the sport through the golden heydays of the 90’s and 00’s era.

Labelled by RacerX magazine as “the Woodstock of two strokes” the event simply goes from strength to strength.

With ticket sales up year on year, the promoters have been blown away at the response to the event and are urging spectators to purchase tickets asap. Could this be the first outdoor motocross event in the UK to be ticket only? Camping passes will be capped at last year’s numbers as simply putting it – it was full!

Ensure your place at the most anticipated event on the British MX calendar by booking early.

Saturday, Sunday, Weekend and Camping passes are available at https://vmxdnfoxhill2024.eventbrite.co.uk

Keep up to date with all the VMXdN Foxhill news

www.vmxdnfoxhill.com 

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