46th Annual Winter Olympics
Gatorback Cycle Park
November 21-25th, 2017
The 46th Annual running of the Winter Olympics kicked off this past week at the iconic Gatorback Cycle Park. This unique event features 2 race tracks, Supercross during the first half of the week, followed by the outdoor Motocross portion of the event. At the end of the week these scores are combined to crown the overall Olympiad. The unpredictable Florida weather hindered the schedule this week, cancelling racing for the entire day of Thanksgiving, ultimately causing the promotors to cut LCQ’s out of the event, making for a cut-throat make-it-or-break-it sense of urgency each moto.
In the A/Pro classes, Garrett Marchbanks won the 450 Pro Sport in both SX and MX, this also being his debut race in the A class! Brazilian, Enzo Lopes, was also on fire in the first half of the week with a 250 Pro Sport win in SX, yet Enzo having a bad get-off ended up unable to finish out the week. In the B class and still new to the 250f transition, Stilez Robertson was killing it with a 250 B Limited SX championship, along with a handful of podium finishes. Oklahoma’s Jesse Flock was also a contender in the B class all week with a 450 B Limited SX title. JJ Jarvis was riding great in the Girls and Women’s classes as well, taking the gold in SX and MX in the Girls Sr. class, and just missing the top spot in the Women’s 14+ with 2 second place finishes, though she was chipping away at the leader each lap, but ran out of time during the reduced number of laps due to the rain delay during the week. In the SuperMini class, Jeremy Ryan claimed the SuperMini 2 (13-16) class title in the MX half of the week. John Grewe took a permanent residency on the podium this week! John won 10 of his 12 motos, wrapping up all 4 Overall Olympiad titles in the 35+, 40+, 45+, and 50+. At the end of the week John was given the Vet Masters Award, with the only blemish on his record was having the 35+ SX gold medal taken by RedDog Timmy Ferry.
Congratulations to all finishers and champions! Below is a list of Fox team top 3 results, along with a link to full event results.
Photo credit: Jacob Souder - @hbmotoco
1st PLACE – CHAMPION
Garrett Marchbanks – 450 A / Pro Sport (SX/MX Olympiad)
Enzo Lopes – 250 Pro Sport (SX)
Stilez Robertson – 250 B Limited (SX)
Jesse Flock – 250 B (SX/MX Olympiad)
Jeremy Ryan – SuperMini 2 (13-16) (MX)
Jordan Jarvis – Girls Sr. (12-16) (SX/MX Olympiad)
Timmy Ferry – 35+ (SX)
John Grewe – 35+ (SX/MX Olympiad)
John Grewe – 40+ (SX/MX Olympiad)
John Grewe – 45+ (SX/MX Olympiad)
John Grewe – 50+ (SX/MX Olympiad)
** John Grewe – Vet Masters Award **
Stilez Robertson – 250 B (SX)
Stilez Robertson – SchoolBoy 2 (13-16) (SX)
Jesse Flock – 450 B (SX/MX Olympiad)
Marco Cannella - College (16-24) (SX/MX Olympiad)
Jordan Jarvis – Women 14+ (SX/MX Olympiad)
Jesse Flock – SchoolBoy 2 (13-16) (SX)
Jesse Flock 450 B (MX)
Fox Racing is excited to welcome Dean Wilson to the Fox family. Dean joins our elite team of athletes and will ride in our helmets, boots and goggles.
From overcoming multiple injuries and racing his way back to a factory ride, Dean’s commitment and dedication to the sport proves he has what it takes to be a top contender, and we are proud to support him on and off the track.
“As a brand and company known for innovation and being the best, Dean brings a considerable amount to the table. Having him on the team will energize, and elevate our program.” – Chris Onstott, Global MX Sports Marketing Director
The 71st edition of the world’s largest and most prestigious motocross race was hosted in the ancient capital of Winchester, England. With forty countries participating for the honor of hoisting the Chamberlain trophy, all athletes ride for the pride of their countries. Representing Team Canada as their MXGP class entry, GDR/Honda/Fox Racing rider Colton Facciotti hit the track proudly wearing the Red & White and symbolic Maple Leaf.
Having been selected to represent Team Canada four times prior, Colton is familiar with the pressure of racing on the world stage. Facciotti would finish his qualifying moto in 14th place, while teammates Tyler Medaglia and Shawn Maffenbeier finishing 11th and 14th advancing the team into Sunday's A-finals.
The weather for Sunday's final was a typical U.K forecast of rain which would turn the Matterley Basin track into a demanding battleground. In Moto 1 Facciotti rode mid-pack but after casing a jump hard, he was forced to ride it out in pain to a 34th place finish. In Moto 2, Colton dug deep and soldiered through the discomfort and grueling conditions to a 25th place finish. MX2 teammate Maffenbeier would score 30-27 finishes and MX1 teammate Medaglia would score 16-21 finishes which position Team Canada in 13th overall.
A respectable weekend for Team Canada, the three riders did their country proud as they battled amongst the World's best in some of the most traitorous and demanding conditions possible - A group effort that deserves a congratulations!
All new for 2018, the Fox 180 boot redefines the boundaries for performance and value. Completely redesigned and built off of our championship proven Instinct, the 180 boot provides a precise performance fit around the ankle and toe box giving the rider maximum support and comfort.
The 180 Boot was developed with the legendary Ricky Carmichael and takes cues from the championship proven Instinct Boot.
The 180 Boot features an industry first silicone closure system on the shin plate and floating cuff system to provide lateral support and prevent hyperextension.
Combined with TPU construction throughout and a durable rubber medial & burn guard, the 180 Boot offers superior comfort and function at an aggressive price point.
The 2018 Fox V3 helmet replaces screws with the all new, Magnetic Visor Release System (MVRS) designed to resist roost, but release in a crash. MVRS is a completely new approach to managing rotational forces that is strong enough to be there when you need it, smart enough to release when you don’t.
“Current helmet certification testing removes the visor before conducting any impact tests and that was an area we wanted to study. After years of analyzing collected crash data and reviewing real world crash situations, our engineers felt visor technology could evolve. MVRS is the next design approach to the evolution of the modern day motocross helmet.” said Mark Finley, Global Motocross Category Director.
"Throughout the 2017 race season, Fox athletes including Ken Roczen, Ryan Dungey, Tim Gajser, Chad Reed and Evgeny Bobryshev have all been wearing our V3 helmets equipped with MVRS. Unfortunately, Ken Roczen’s season ended in a horrific crash at Anaheim 2. As everyone witnessed during the moment of impact, his visor immediately popped off when his helmet made contact with the dirt. At that precise moment, we saw MVRS do what it was intended for in a true race environment.” said Chris Onstott, Global Sports Marketing Director.
Every year we have to shoot photos and video of our top riders for our upcoming season. Due to their heavy schedules, we usually end up shooting each rider by themselves. This year we assembled all of our available riders in one location at one time. Having this many bad dudes in one spot usually only happens on race day. This time: no opening ceremonies, no racing, no motos, no training; it was time to have fun riding dirt bikes. Shooting photos for an entire catalog and a full video in one day is a tremendous task; but in between all of the chaos, the crew would stop and reflect on the how special it was to have this roster in such an amazing spot. It was a surreal day for everyone involved. It’s only fitting the place is called Dreamland.
Born on the track and built for the trail, our all-new 2017 Legion product range is ready to begin your journey. With a full line of off-road outerwear, jerseys, pants, gloves and boots specifically designed to conquer the trails, the only thing holding you back is how far your bike will get you.
iFox FMX and BMX riders competed at the 2017 Summer XGAMES held in Minneapolis for the first time this past weekend at the US Bank Stadium dowtown. With nearly every event held inside the closed stadium, it made for an awesome setup with no weather issues to affect the athletes riding. FMX rider, Ronnie Renner who is no strange to being on the podium scored a bronze medal in Moto X Step Up, while BMX rider Pat Casey placed 3rd in the Dave Mirra Best Trick contest with a 180 tailwhip over the box jump straight into a fakie front flip! Both Mike Mason and Scotty Cranmer did all television commentating throughout the weekend and absolutely killed it. We are proud of all of our riders for going big and giving it their all throughout the weekend. Until next year!
BMX Photos: Jeff Z.
FMX Photos: Ryne Swanberg & Garth Milan
The 2017 MXGP series made a visit to the Crossdromo Internacional de Águeda facility in Portugal over the weekend for Round 12 of the circuit. Visiting Agueda for the first time since the last GP held there in 2014, the riders were greeted with the classic hardpack racing surface although the track layout has been changed slightly.
Saturday brought the MXGP Qualifying Race and HRC’s Tim Gajser looked to get the weekend off to a strong start after struggling through injury in his return to racing in Ottobiano last week. After a strong start he was able to push through the pain to 5th place to set himself up nicely for Sunday’s races. Gautier Paulin finished 10th and Evgeny Bobryshev salvaged a 15th as he continues to ride through injury as well.
The first MXGP moto on Sunday brought a challenging task for all of our athletes as Gajser was 8th, Bobryshev 11th and Paulin 12th. Gajser looked to turn things around in the second moto when he flew out of the starting gate and grabbed the holeshot, leading the field out onto the circuit. Some mistakes early on in the race cost him a few positions and he slipped back to eventually finish 6th for 6th Overall on the weekend. We can see that the Slovenian is beginning to get back to his old form and should be standing atop the podium in the very near future. Bobryshev was 9th, giving him 10th Overall on the weekend and Paulin was 11th which gave him 12th Overall.
HRC MX2 fill-in rider Anthony Rodriguez scored the first top 10 finish of his MXGP career with an 8th Overall for the weekend.
2017 Mammoth Motocross
June 16-25th, 2017
Mammoth Lakes, California
Mammoth Motocross kicked off this past week for the 50th time in history, continuing the tradition and still the longest running motocross event in the United States. Sitting at roughly 8,000 feet of elevation, and Mammoth being at the base of their premier ski resort, an overactive winter and high snow levels left parts of the track under water just weeks before the event. After running miles pipe and pumping literally millions of gallons of water, the crew pulled it off and the event went off without a hitch.
Garrett Marchbanks was on fire this week, claiming all 3 of his classes in 250 B, SchoolBoy 2, and 250 B/C Open. Ciaran Naran in that class group as well, had consistent week with all 3 heat races on the podium. Enzo Lopes was running fast in the A class, taking 2nd place in both the 250 Pro and Open Pro. Tristan Miller also came out to Mammoth with his beast of a 500cc machine to dominate the FMF 2-Stroke race. North Carolina’s Jordan Jarvis made the drive all the way to California, not only to win the Women’s 12+ championship, but also she placed in the top 10 in the SchoolBoy 1 and 125cc b/c boys classes! The SuperMini classes were heated to say the least, Stilez Robertson collected some big bear trophies winning final motos in SuperMini 1 & 2 during the 2 mini race days! NorCal’s Jeremy Ryan also had a good week in SuperMini classes consistently on the podium, while Levi Kitchen from the NorthWest was battling with some sickness issues still managed to stay within the top 5 in SuperMini 1.65cc pilot, Enzo Temmerman, won day 2 of the 65cc (7-9), along with Preston Boespflug in the older 65cc (10-11) classes having a successful week on the podium.
Congratulations to all who came out to compete at this historic 50th annual event! Below is a list of top 3 performances by the Fox team, and link to full race results.
Photo credit: Max Mandell
Link to full results: http://2xpromotions.com/results/
Garrett Marchbanks – 250 B
Garrett Marchbanks – SchoolBoy 2 (13-17)
Garrett Marchbanks – 250 B/C Open
Stilez Robertson – SuperMini 2 (13-16) (Mini Day 1)
Stilez Robertson – SuperMini 1 (12-15) (Mini Day 2)
Tristan Miller – FMF Two Stroke
Jordan Jarvis – Women 12+
Enzo Temmerman – 65cc (7-9) (Mini day 2)
Enzo Lopes – Open Pro
Enzo Lopes – 250 Pro
Stilez Robertson – SuperMini 1 (12-15) (Mini Day 1)
Jeremy Ryan – SuperMini All-Stars
Kai Aiello – 125cc (12-16) B/C
Preston Boespflug – 65cc (10-11) (Mini Day 2)
Preston Boespflug – 65cc Open (Mini Day 1)
Jeremy Ryan – SuperMini 1 (12-15) (Mini Day 2)
Jeremy Ryan – SuperMini 2 (13-16) (Mini Day 2)
Preston Boespflug – 65cc (10-11) (Mini Day 1)
Enzo Temmerman – 65cc Open (Mini Day 1)
Your actions on and off the track have always motivated us to achieve greatness together. You have consistently been a positive force in the sport of motocross. Throughout your career you were always dedicated, always humble, always focused, always super-pumped; but from now on you will always be a legend. From all of your family at Fox, congratulations on an amazing career, Ryan. #ALWAY5