It is time for the highlight of the off-season! The Bercy Supercross will kick off tonight beneath the lights at the Palais Omnisport! But, as well as bringing you a preview of that, we also have all of the news from the world of motocross packed into this edition of the MX Vice ‘Weekly Wrap Up’ – let’s jump in!
Signed, Sealed and Delivered:
Honestly, I was quite shocked to see that the Oakleaf Kawasaki team has signed Priit Ratsep for the 2014 season. It was just really surprising; it came out of left field. Now, the team has finalised their 2014 lineup, Shane Carless will partner Ratsep in MX1. I am sure that some are quite shocked that the squad has acquired the services of the Estonian; he has not proven himself on the bigger 450f. However, in the MX2 class, Ratsep has enjoyed success, including an eighth overall at the GP of The Netherlands earlier this year. It is hard to predict where Pritt will finish in the Maxxis British Championship next year – the MX1 class will be stacked with talent! But whatever happens, it will certainly be an interesting story to follow.
In my opinion, Lewis Trickett has had a bit of a breakthrough season this year aboard a Lanes Kawasaki. Admittedly, his results do not look like much on paper. But, Trickett impressed me on a few occasions – I remember him catching my eye at Hawkstone Park (whilst battling on the edge of the top ten), for example. Anyway, I digress. Lewis has signed with the MBO Sport Yamaha team for 2014, which is undoubtedly positive for all involved. Trickett will be contesting the MX2 class in the many major British championships. Undoubtedly, he will be one to watch.
Just minutes after this feature went online last week, it was revealed that Mel Pocock would be joining the HM Plant KTM UK team in 2014. If you read the ‘Weekly Wrap Up’ last Friday, you will have seen that Shaun Simpson will also be riding for the team in MX1. Interestingly they will have three riders competing in the EMX2 series also, as Ben Watson, James Dunn and James Cottrell will be representing the team in that division. I believe that next year could be great for the team – they have a stellar lineup!
British Title Fight Returns to Scotland:
When the 2014 Maxxis British Championship dates were revealed, there were a few rounds that did not have a confirmed venue. But, the facility that will host the seventh round of the series has now been announced. The Maxxis British Championship is going back to Scotland! Drumclog will host a round of the title fight for the first time on August 10th 2014.
2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Schedule:
In recent weeks, information has started to come through regarding the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross series. For the first time, the full 2014 schedule was revealed to the public yesterday:
May 24th – Glen Helen National
May 31st – Hangtown Motocross Classic
June 7th – Thunder Valley National
June 14th – High Point National
June 28th – Tennessee National
July 5th – Red Bud National
July 12th – Budds Creek National
July 19th – Spring Creek National
July 26th – Washougal National
August 9th – Unadilla National
August 16th – Indiana National
August 23rd – Utah National
TwoTwo Ties Up Title Sponsor:
Chad Reed has built a solid foundation for the TwoTwo Motorsports team, in recent years. Although he has established a number of sponsors for the team, he has only just acquired a title sponsor – it has taken him this long! It has now been officially announced that the deal has been done with Discount Tire. Interestingly, the team will now be referred to as ‘Discount Tire Racing.’ This deal has been signed for three years, which obviously means that the team will be around after Chad Reed has hung up his boots.
Bercy Supercross, Palais Omnisport:
In the off-season, we are all desperately looking for some motocross action to enjoy. So, we are very happy that the Bercy Supercross is run each November, as the electric event plays host to a handful of top riders from around the world each year. Justin Barcia, Cooper Webb, Andrew Short, Wil Hahn, Trey Canard and Gautier Paulin are just some of the biggest names that will be on-track over the three nights. You can check out our full preview here. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like there will be live coverage of all three nights. However, Motors TV will be showing the action throughout the weekend – all of the details can be found here:
Motors TV Coverage:
Day 1: (Delayed) 4:20pm, Saturday 9th November
Day 2: (Delayed) 8:15am, Sunday 10th November
Day 3: (LIVE) 2:00pm, Sunday 10th November
Words by Lewis Phillips
Image courtesy of Yamaha Racing