Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham is truly raising the bar with his freestyle wheelchair moto cross riding skills.
Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham is a 21 year-old wheelchair moto-cross athlete from Las Vegas, Nevada. Aaron was born with Spina Bifida, a birth defect of the spinal cord, which resulted in him having no usage of his legs. He is the third of six children, all adopted.
Aaron never let anything stop him. Even as a baby and small child, he did anything anyone else his age could do; he just had to figure out how to make it work for him. He rolled over, sat up, and even crawled (on hands and belly, no leg action) pretty much on schedule. Within days of receiving his first “walker” he was off and running. Next came crutches, which he mastered quickly. He would put on a “Superman” cape and blast down the hall on crutches believing, as any other 4 year old, that he could fly.
Aaron started riding at skate parks at the age of 8 when his older brother Brian said he should drop in a quarter pipe. He had been going to the park with Brian and their dad for weeks, but Aaron would just watch from behind the fence. The first time was scary, and he fell, but he was never one to give up just because it wasn’t easy. So he tried again. From then on he was hooked.
He has won a few BMX free style competitions, including the 2005 Vegas AmJam BMX finals, but for Aaron that is secondary to the joy of riding and hanging out with friends at the skate parks.
It was another long night of illustrating for designer Dean Liebau last Friday in Edinboro, Pennsylvania.
“I just doodle,” he said modestly while drawing a new character for his blog at the kitchen table with photographer Ashley Rosemeyer. ”I really need to update that thing.”
The pot of coffee was now empty while Rosemeyer sat across the table reviewing photos she took just hours earlier at a spot in Erie, Pennsylvania.
“It was crazy,” she said. ”We almost got kicked out.”
“People tend to kick her out of spots usually,” Liebau told me as his “doodle” is suddenly transformed into a geometric character design.
The photo Rosemeyer was working on was of Tommy Crail, a BMX rider from Erie, dropping onto the ground from the rooftop of a middle school.
“We just got to the spot as it was hitting dusk,” Rosemeyer recalled.
As Crail was about to land the trick, a woman came out of the school and, according to Rosemeyer, demanded that she and Crail leave immediately or the cops would be called.
“What she failed to realize was that the only way he could come down was to land the trick,” said Rosemeyer.
When asked if this photo was going to be appear in her upcoming show with Liebau, Rosemeyer responded with a resounding, “hell yeah.”
As we talked, Ashley and Dean work diligently to put the finishing touches on their art for the much anticipated opening of their joint exhibition, “This Is Private Property.” The show is running from October 6th to October 13th and the realization that its October 10th opening is swiftly approaching was exciting to Liebau.
“Ashley and I have been working hard towards this goal of having a show for four years,” explained Liebau as he circumvented the head of his character with his pencil.
“It’s going to be a good time.”
Along with designs and illustrations by Liebau and photographs by Rosemeyer, “This Is Private Property” will also feature a custom-built miniramp, available for free skate, on display in Bates Gallery. During the open skate, DJ DISRUPPTION will be performing a live set of hip-hop remixes. While the show will live up to its promise of being a “good time,” “This Is Private Property” will also offer the public a candid look into the “rebel” society of the skate and snowboarding counterculture.
“There is such a beauty to snowboarding and skateboarding, so it’s disheartening that the two aren’t given hardly any respect by mainstream society,” Liebau said.
“People have a tendency to overreact and over analyze things when something appears to be straying too far from normal.”
In this exclusive, in-depth interview for The Blend, Liebau and Rosemeyer explain how they are using their art to blur the lines between the alternative and the mainstream by not being afraid of anyone- not even a “bitch dressed up in a dress suit” on a hot, summer day.
Alice Groesbeck (AG): So you’ve got to tell me, who’s this “bitch” in the dress suit you keep talking about, Ashley?
Ashley Rosemeyer (AR): I got a good cop story to go with that.
We at THE BLEND have much respect for Troy Adamitis the man behind Fuel TV’s “Inside The Outdoors” . The episodes have been on Fuel TV but finally here is Episode #1 on the internet.
The Moto "Inside The Outdoors"
Whole seasons and, championship aspirations, can be lost in as little as a single practice run, while underdogs and title holders trade places on the podium, as the 450 outdoors motocross season gets under way in Sacramento, California.
AURORA, Ill.(October 3, 2011) – Feld Motor Sports® announced today that the Jeremy McGrath/Ricky Carmichael-inspired Hybrid Track design for the Monster Energy Cup has been finalized for the October 15 race at Las Vegas’ Sam Boyd Stadium.
The collaboration between McGrath, the king of supercross, and Carmichael, the greatest rider of all time, has produced the world’s longest stadium racetrack, consisting of motocross and supercross obstacles. For the first-time ever at Sam Boyd Stadium, the track will be built into the south end zone seating area. Two-hundred-forty feet of the track will launch riders into the stands and catapult them back to the floor of the stadium. With a 100’ double set on the outside part of the track and a 200’ lane stacked with two-foot sand rollers, this is one of the most diverse race tracks ever assembled.
Arguably the most important item on the list was the racetrack. “We didn’t want to have a full-on supercross track, but instead more of a hybrid track mixing both elements of supercross and motocross,” said Eric Johnson, communications director, Media Monster Energy. “We also wanted to try to attract riders from all over the world, so a more natural-type track would be key.”
To ensure a perfect design, the best motocross and supercross riders to ever throw a leg over a motorcycle were recruited: Ricky Carmichael and Jeremy McGrath.
“Our idea was to commission the greatest riders in the two disciplines, supercross and motocross, and design a Hybrid track that is symbolic of the years of experience between these two legends,” says Todd Jendro, Feld Motor Sports’ senior director of two-wheel operations.
Monster Energy Cup track layout
“We decided that bringing the track into the stands would be a spectacular addition for the riders and fans,” said Jendro, Feld Motor Sports. “The biggest factors for us are making sure this section of the track enables the riders to push the limits of gravity, all while encouraging them to pass one another in the process. An event this exciting deserves something special, and we’re going to bring back this iconic element of the track design, which was made famous at the L.A. Coliseum and the Pontiac Silverdome.”
“Our goal was not to make this just another supercross event,” said Dave Prater, director of supercross, Feld Motor Sports. Stressing that the hybrid track will be suited to a wide range of riders—including international riders. The track itself will also be developed for an open-class displacement concept. “We will create obstacles, corners, and the start straight to help the 250cc machines compete against the 450cc machines, which will in turn level the playing field.”
Monster Energy Cup track will be the longest stadium track ever created with a mix of Supercross and Motocross
“For the first time ever the track will leave the stadium and stretch through the pit area before launching riders back into the stadium and down a long motocross-style section. Fans will be able to flow from the stadium to the pits and get an up close look at the greatest riders in the world holding it wide open,” said Prater, “The ‘outdoor’ section makes up about 1/3rd of the course and offers fans the chance to see the fastest track ever in a stadium environment.”
With a record 72 Supercross class wins and seven Supercross class titles, McGrath recognizes that it is much harder to design a track than race one.
“Getting the basic layout is the hard part, and I now realize it’s a lot more work to design a track than ride one,” said McGrath. “When you are in charge of designing a race track, you get a lot of criticism because it is hard to make all of the riders happy. This is a much bigger track than the riders have ever ridden, and it is going to be exciting to watch. I am looking forward to the seeing the uphill section built into the stands.”
Carmichael, who has two wins inside Sam Boyd Stadium, is excited about the final product.
“Now that the track is completed, I am even more excited to see the great racing that this track is going to produce,” said Carmichael. “I think the outside section is going to be epic, and it goes without saying that the inside has a design that will also lend itself to some great battles, especially with the track going into the stands.”
The Monster Energy Cup posts a $250,000 purse, awarding the winner a $100,000 check, and for the “first time ever,” $1 Million will be paid to a rider that wins all three main events.
Tickets for the 2011 Monster Energy Cup can be purchased at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office, UNLVtickets outlets, online at www.UNLVtickets.com, www.MonsterEnergyCup.com, or by phone at (702) 739-FANS. Tickets will be available at the Sam Boyd Stadium Box Office on the day of the event only.
About Feld Motor Sports®
Feld Motor Sports®, Inc. is the world leader in specialized arena and stadium-based motor sports entertainment. Feld Motor Sports, Inc. productions include Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, AMA Arenacross Series, Nuclear Cowboyz℠, and IHRA® Nitro Jam®. Feld Motor Sports, Inc. is a division of Feld Entertainment, the world’s largest producer of live family entertainment. For more information on Feld Entertainment, visit www.feldentertainment.com.
MURRIETA, Calif. – KTM Motorsports is pleased to announce the addition of Supercross/Motocross racer Ryan Dungey to the Red Bull/KTM Factory Race Team for the 2012 and 2013 AMA Pro Supercross and Motocross Championship Series.
The well-decorated rider’s first official race with the Red Bull/KTM Factory Team will be the opening round of the AMA Pro Supercross Championship Series at Angel Stadium on January 7, 2012 where he will race aboard the KTM 450 SX-F in the premier Supercross class.
KTM expressed its desire to strengthen its motocross efforts in 2010 when it released the new generation SX model line of motorcycles and hired Roger DeCoster, the most well-known and prolific team manager in motocross racing history. In 2011, KTM proved its determination to push ahead in the segment by signing 250cc riders Ken Roczen and Marvin Musquin. Now, two years after the launch of the new model line, KTM has continued to release new innovative product development on its 2012 line and has again stepped up its motocross racing effort with the addition of Dungey.
“I am really happy to have Ryan Dungey join our team. He and I have worked together for several years so we know each other well. Our past should help us get the best out of each other and put us in position to be legit championship contenders in the big bike class,” commented Red Bull/KTM Team Manager Roger DeCoster. “Everyone at the factory and here on the U.S. side is very excited to start working with Ryan and see where the future will take us.”
At only 21 years of age, the Minnesota native has already accomplished every goal he has set for himself. In 2009 he won the AMA Supercross Lites Western Regional Title and followed that up with the AMA Pro Motocross Championship 250cc class crown. That same year he competed in the 2009 Motocross des Nations where he was one of three members aboard the winning U.S. Team. In 2010, he became the first rider in history to win both the AMA Supercross and AMA Pro Motocross Championship in his rookie year. He again went on to lead the 2010 Motocross des Nations team to victory on U.S soil in Lakewood, CO. Most recently, in mid-September, he added one more win to his belt as he and the US team captured yet another Motocross des Nations victory in France.
KTM has signed Ryan Dungey to a two-year contract. Ryan expressed his excitement about switching to KTM and working under the guidance of Roger DeCoster, commenting, “I’m looking forward to riding for the new Red Bull/KTM team and working again with Roger. I am excited to start something new and am ready for the challenge. I like the way that KTM has backed Roger since he made the switch last year and I appreciate KTM’s goal of working hard to develop their race team to earn championships. I am making this switch to win races and work toward getting that championship for KTM.”
KTM Sportmotorcycle AG’s Head of Motorsports, Pit Beirer, added a personal note, stating, “I am extremely proud that we have brought a great rider to the KTM team. Three years ago we started to rebuild our Supercross and Motocross efforts based on a dream to bring KTM to the top of the sport. A small number of people trusted in my idea and stayed with me. Soon after Roger (DeCoster), Ian (Harrison) and the entire U.S. Red Bull/KTM Team came onboard and began helping us get closer to our goal. We now have Ken Roczen and Marvin Musquin, two MX2 World Champions, on our team and with Ryan coming to our side the dream team is a reality and we are truly ready to race.”
For more information on Ryan Dungey and the Red Bull/KTM Factory Racing Team please visit www.ktmusa.com.
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We at theblend.com are excited that this news is finally official. We have known this was going to happen but now its official and we can wait to do a interview with Ken Roczen and Marvin Musquin within the next few weeks. KTM is going to have a power house of a team and soon as the Official PR comes out that Ryan Dungey is signed up for 2012 it will be the icing on the cake. Rumors also are buzzing in the industry that The JDR/J-Star/KTM team will have more factory support in 2012. It’s silly season so we will keep you updated throughout the next couple months as things fall into place.
KTM Motorsports is proud to officially announce Ken Roczen and Marvin Musquin as its 2012 Red Bull/KTM Factory 250cc Team riders contesting the AMA Supercross Lites Championship and AMA Pro Motocross 250cc National Championship Series.
Roczen, who competed in the AMA West Supercross Lites Championship last season, will return to the U.S. full-time this year to compete in both series aboard his 250 SX-F. The German rider was most recently crowned as the 2011 MX2 World Champion. He is the youngest rider in the series history to win the title.
Ken Roczen is coming to race in the United States full-time in 2012
The 17 year-old’s fan base grew significantly last year after fans witnessed his energetic, youthful personality and unique riding style during the Supercross season. He proved he was a top contender in the Lites Supercross class with a podium at both the Anaheim 2 and Salt Lake City rounds as well as a race win at the season finale in Las Vegas. Furthermore, he proved he could easily transition between classes when he switched to the 350 SX-F and competed in two of the Supercross class rounds.
“I am so excited to return to the states to race. I really learned a lot last year during the Supercross season and began to turn my season around at the final races. I am hoping to pick up where I left off, and with any luck, stand on the podium a lot next season,” remarked Roczen. “I am also equally excited about the outdoor series as I have never raced motocross in the United States and I am looking forward to the new competition and new tracks.”
Joining Roczen on the Red Bull/KTM Factory Team is two-time MX2 World Champion, Marvin Musquin. The French rider relocated to California last year to compete in the Supercross and Motocross Championships but was plagued with injury early on. A torn ACL left him out of the Supercross competition, a series he is most looking forward to for 2012.
Marvin Musquin didn't race Supercross last year but he's full-time in 2012 racing both Supercross and Motocross for KTM
Roger DeCoster and Frank Latham should be all smiles in 2012
We at the blend will have a complete story about what went down but we wanted to get the video up ASAP so tune back later for the complete story! Here is the video of what happen and the mad scramble to get his bike to the line for moto #2.
The crew over at www.vurbmoto.com killed it with these videos as they made a 9 episode series of “The Road to Loretta’s”. They followed some up coming amateur motocross racers during the summer as they raced their way to the 30th Loretta Lynn’s Amateur National Championship held in Hurricane Mills, Tennessee. They run in chronological order from Ep 1 – Ep 9. From the area qualifiers all the way through to the final gate drop at the Ranch, this is The Road to Loretta’s. Make sure to also checkout our picture Gallery from Loretta Lynn’s here http://www.theblend.com/motocross/2011-loretta-lynns-photo-gallery/ .
Fog rolls out of the valley before practice starts in the morning!
2011 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship returned to action on Saturday for the 9th round of the season. The Rockstar Energy Unadilla National at Unadilla Valley Sports Center, as Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Ryan Villopoto dominated both motos for his second win of the season . In the 250 Class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Dean Wilson went a perfect 1-1 on the day for his first overall win of the season.
In the first moto it was the debut of American Honda rider Justin Barcia who grabbed the holeshot and put 5 seconds on the field within the first few laps. Ryan Villopoto caught and passed Justin Barcia on lap 7 and showed everyone he has the speed to up front. Rockstar Energy/ Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey battled his way through after a top 5 start and diced it up with Barcia for the 2nd position. Dungey in the end would take 2nd place with Barcia Taking 3rd in his first 450 race.
The second moto it was Redbull/KTM Mike Alessi that came around dropping into Gravity Cavity with the lead with Justin Barcia on his rear fender and Ryan Villopoto right behind. Mike Alessi would lead until lap 3 and Villopoto made the pass for the lead and would never look back. Ryan Dungey started to make his way to the front as Alessi would slip back to the 4th position. Rockstar Energy/Makita Suzuki’s Ryan Dungey would pressure the American Honda rookie Justin Barcia the entire race. It looked like Barcia was going to play spoiler but he made a huge mistake in the S section after Gravity Cavity and went off course but managed to stay ahead of the determined Dungey. Few corner’s later Barcia had to make a line change because of a lapper and the battle came to a end with Barcia going down hard as him and Dungey collided off the tabletop! Dungey would finish 2nd and Barcia 3rd.
“It was definitely a good day,” said Villopoto. “The team and I made the decision to go to 2012 Kawasaki for this weekend, and it was definitely the right move. Knowing what we had was a lot better, I felt like we were in a great position to win today. I got good starts and was able to work my way through the field. It seemed easy to get by guys. I don’t know if it was the bike, or my confidence, but it’s put us in good position for the championship.”
“I fought it a bit today,” said Dungey. “I didn’t get the start I needed in either moto. I had to battle through guys, and once I got into second, I couldn’t make the time up on Ryan (Villopoto). We’re looking forward to the next three races, and battling for this championship.”
450 Class (Moto Finish)
450 Overall 1. Ryan Villopoto (Kawasaki) 1-1
2. Ryan Dungey (Suzuki) 2-2
3. Justin Barcia (Honda) 3-3
4. Chad Reed (Honda) 4-5
5. Mike Alessi (KTM) 7-4
6. Jake Weimer (Kawasaki) 5-6
7. Justin Brayton (Yamaha) 8-7
8. Kyle Regal (Suzuki) 10-9
9. Jimmy Albertson (Yamaha) 12-11
10. Jake Canada (Yamaha) 11-14
11. Nick Wey (Yamaha) 14-13
12. Brett Metcalfe (Suzuki) 6-25
13. Ricky Dietrich (Yamaha) 18-10
14. Andrew Short (KTM) 37-8
15. Christian Craig (Honda) 9-22
16. Lowell Spangler (Honda) 13-18
17. Michael Byrne (Suzuki) 40-12
18. Tye Simmonds (KTM) 19-16
19. Ben LaMay (Yamaha) 21-15
20. Shane Sewell (Yamaha) 17-19
21. Vince Friese (Yamaha) 15-31
22. Calle Aspegren (Honda) 16-23
23. Travis Sewell (Yamaha) 24-17
24. Josh Strang (Suzuki) 22-20
25. Frederik Noren (Honda) 20-35
26. Les Smith (Yamaha) 23-26
27. Robert Marshall (KTM) 29-21
28. Evgeny Mikhylov (Suzuki) 30-24
29. Heath Harrison (Honda) 28-27
30. Tyler Bright (KTM) 27-29
31. Michael Picone (Honda) 31-28
32. Sean Lipanovich (Yamaha) 32-30
33. Jarred Browne (Yamaha) 26-37
34. Kyle Partridge (Yamaha) 25-38
35. Mitch Dougherty (Honda) 34-32
36. TJ Phillips (Kawasaki) 33-33
37. Weston Peick (Kawasaki) 35-36
38. Ryan Blizzard (Suzuki) 38-34
39. Taylor Futrell (Honda) 36-39
40. Tommy Hahn (Yamaha) 39-40
450 Class Championship Standings
Ryan Villopoto, Poulsbo, Wash., Kawasaki – 391
Ryan Dungey, Belle Plaine, Minn., Suzuki – 384
Chad Reed, Kurri Kurri, Australia, Honda – 366
Brett Metcalfe, Mannum, Australia, Suzuki – 262
Mike Alessi, Victorville, Calif., KTM – 210
Andrew Short, Colorado Springs, Colo., KTM – 196
Kevin Windham, Baton Rouge, La., Honda – 193
Jake Weimer, Rupert, Idaho, Kawasaki – 190
Davi Millsaps, Murrieta, Calif., Yamaha – 173
Tommy Hahn, Great Bend, Kan., Yamaha – 140
Heading into the 9th round of the series Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki has dominated this class posting 16 moto wins and Eight overall victories. Dean Wilson the points leader had 5 moto wins but has yet to win an overall. Well Dean but that all to rest on Saturday as he posted the fastest time in practice and went 1-1 on the day and made it look easy. Dean has been down in Florida staying at Chad Reed’s place training for the last few nationals and it looks like something clicked.
Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki Blake Baggett finished in 2nd overall position posting 2-3 and GEICO Honda’s Eli Tomac rounded out the podium 3rd overall with 5-2. Kyle Cunningham DNA Shred Stix / Star Racing / Yamaha was fourth overall, and rookie Justin Bogle was fifth overall with a pair 6-6 finishes in his first pro race. Wilson now has a 25 point lead over teamate Blake Bagget with only 3 rounds remaining.
“It was a great day,” said Wilson. “I was just having fun out there. I feel like when I’m out there having fun, I definitely ride my best. I’ve been angry to not get an overall yet this season, but now I feel relieved. I just felt good and refreshed and excited to race again. I couldn’t sleep last night I was so excited.”
250 Overall 1. Dean Wilson (Kawasaki) 1-1
2. Blake Baggett (Kawasaki) 2-3
3. Eli Tomac (Honda) 5-2
4. Kyle Cunningham (Yamaha) 8-4
5. Justin Bogle (Honda) 6-6
6. Marvin Musquin (KTM) 7-8
7. Martin Davalos (Suzuki) 14-5
8. Gareth Swanepoel (Yamaha) 4-16
9. Alex Martin (Honda) 10-10
10. Cole Seely (Honda) 9-11
11. Tyla Rattray (Kawasaki) 3-36
12. Ryan Morais (Suzuki) 12-12
13. Nick Paluzzi (Suzuki) 18-7
14. Gannon Audette (Yamaha) 15-14
15. Malcolm Stewart (Suzuki) 34-9
16. Jason Anderson (Suzuki) 11-23
17. Matt Lemoine (Kawasaki) 13-20
18. Broc Tickle (Kawasaki) 38-13
19. James DeCotis (Honda) 19-15
20. Travis Baker (Honda) 16-18
21. Lance Vincent (Honda) 40-17
22. Darryn Durham (Honda) 17-38
23. PJ Larsen (KTM) 35-19
24. Justin Sipes (Kawasaki) 20-21
25. Michael McDade (Kawasaki) 21-22
26. Levi Kilbarger (Honda) 23-24
27. Willy Browning (Honda) 25-25
28. Austin Howell (Suzuki) 22-29
29. Joey Rossi (Yamaha) 28-26
30. Johnny Moore (Honda) 27-30
31. Jason Brooks (Kawasaki) 31-27
32. Jeremy Medaglia (KTM) 24-34
33. Ryan Zimmmer (Honda) 32-28
34. Tevin Tapia (KTM) 29-31
35. Dakata Kessler (Honda) 30-32
36. Chad Gores (Honda) 26-37
37. Ricky Renner (KTM) 33-33
38. Shawn Rife (Honda) 37-35
39. Broc Schmelyun (Kawasaki) 36-39
40. Wil Hahn (Honda) 39-40
250 Class Championship Standings
Dean Wilson, Glasgow, Scotland, Kawasaki – 396
Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., Kawasaki – 371
Tyla Rattray, Durban, South Africa, Kawasaki – 353
Kyle Cunningham, Aledo, Texas, Yamaha – 264
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Honda – 239
Gareth Swanepoel, Johannesburg, South Africa, Yamaha – 200
Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Kawasaki – 195
Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Honda – 181
Martin Davalos, Quito, Ecuador, Suzuki – 175
Darryn Durham, Butler, Pa., Honda – 148
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