Sunday, July 24, 2011

Race Report ? Washougal National

After a gauntlet of recent hot, humid races, Washougal MX Park welcomed racers and fans alike with mild temperatures and giant shade trees. The racing has been nothing short of amazing this season, and the excitement continued this weekend at the southeastern Washington motocross facility.

450 MOTO 1

The hometown hero, Ryan Villopoto took the first holeshot of the day on his Monster Energy Kawasaki with Rockstar/Makita/Suzuki?s Ryan Dungey in tow. American Honda?s Trey Canard and Muscle Milk/Toyota/JGR?s Justin Brayton also took off with great starts. Villopoto worked to distance himself from Dungey, but after a few laps Dungey began clicking off faster laps, reeling the local hero in. The two frontrunners, however, soon pulled away from the rest of the field, including a third-place Canard. Points leader Chad Reed, meanwhile, battled through the middle of the pack after a terrible start. Tommy Hahn, Brett Metcalfe, and Andrew Short put in great rides to all finish strong.
Dungey nearly caught Villopoto, but as he attempted the pass, he went down, leaving Villopoto to handle the lead by his lonesome. Villopoto soon regained ground on Dungey and came away with the win. Canard finished all by himself in third, showing that he is improving his fitness each day.
1. Ryan Villopoto
2. Ryan Dungey
3. Trey Canard
4. Brett Metcalfe
5. Andrew Short
6. Justin Brayton
7. Chad Reed
8. Tommy Hahn
9. Mike Alessi
10. Michael Byrne

450 MOTO 2
Ryan Villopoto grabbed yet another holeshot, but it was all for naught. A red flag stopped the race before a complete lap could be finished. Sadly, Trey Canard wadded up after he landed awkwardly from a vicious scrub and got tossed from the motorcycle.
Ryan Dungey took full advantage of his second opportunity and took the holeshot. Villopoto slipped in right behind him with Reed in third. Just a few laps in, however, Brett Metcalfe found his way around Reed, who then had Brayton and Hahn to fend off. Dungey put the hammer down, finding new, quicker lines, and basically checked out. Villopoto finished a strong second, but forfeited the overall to Dungey. Metcalfe put in his beat showing of the season, and secured third place overall. Villopoto is the new red plate holder, but has only a one-point advantage.
1. Ryan Dungey
2. Ryan Villopoto
3. Brett Metcalfe
4. Chad Reed
5. Justin Brayton
6. Mike Alessi
7. Tommy Hahn
8. Jake Weimer
9. Jimmy Albertson
10. Andrew Short

1. Ryan Dungey
2. Ryan Villopoto
3. Brett Metcalfe
4. Chad Reed
5. Justin Brayton
6. Mike Alessi
7. Tommy Hahn
8. Andrew Short
9. Jimmy Albertson
10. Michael Byrne
11. Trey Canard
12. Jake Weimer
13. Weston Peick
14. Tye Simmonds
15. Nick Wey
16. Kevin Rookstool
17. Jake Canada
18. Ben Lamay
19. Ricky Dietrich
20. Kyle Partidge
450 Class Championship Standings (After 8 of 12 rounds)
1. Ryan Villopoto 341pts
2. Ryan Dungey 340pts
3. Chad Reed 332pts
4. Brett Metcalfe 247pts
5. Kevin Windham 193pts
6. Andrew Short 183pts
7. Mike Alessi 178pts
8. Davi Millsaps 173pts
9. Jake Weimer 159pts
10. Tommy Hahn 140pts
11. Ricky Dietrich 119pts
12. Christian Craig 119pts
13. Michael Byrne 115pts
14. Nick Wey 114pts
15. Justin Brayton 102pts)

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The WNBA All Star Intros Were Interesting (Video)

Over the weekend, the WNBA hosted their annual all-star game which saw an Eastern Conference victory.

However, the more memorable moments came from the pregame introductions when the starters for both conferences were introduced in behind a white backdrop:

Lebron James Highlights from Drew League Appearance (Video)

With the NBA still in lockout mode, Lebron James is still finding a way to show off his basketball playing ability:

Recently, he played in the Drew League and here are some of his highlights:

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The Rather Awesome NASCAR Race Prerace Prayer (Video)

One of the long standing traditions that NASCAR has is the prerace prayer in which a pastor gives an impassioned speech to wish the drivers luck in their race.

Pastor Joe Nelms recently gave one of the most memorable prerace prayers at the Federated Auto Parts 300 Nationwide Series race in Nashville in which he gave thanks to smokin' hot wife and a catch phrase that I'll be using for awhile:

(Courtesy of Larry Brown Sports)

Scott Jones At Home: Saturday Photos From Laguna Seca

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Keep the faith, Nicky

We need more anti-wheelie


Honeycomb mesh. Because rocks and valve gear don’t mix

Casey Stoner demonstrates the problems he’s been having with grip

MotoGP = Loud

CEII had his worst qualifying session ever at Laguna Seca. Retirement is starting to look good

Hector Barbera pumps up the volume

“So then the seventh guy goes up to the barman and says …”

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Lorenzo feared worst after crash

Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha, Laguna Seca 2011Jorge Lorenzo admitted that he thought he would be ruled out of the United States Grand Prix when he crashed at the end of free practice at Laguna Seca this morning.

The Yamaha rider had just done a practice start on his way back to the pits when he was launched into a high side crash at Turn 5. The team felt the incident was due to traction control not being enabled – as on the Yamaha the system only comes on after a start once the bike downshifts.

Lorenzo initially struggled to get up after the violent accident, but eventually limped away with just pain in his hip, and was given medical clearance to continue riding for the rest of the weekend. He went on to dominate qualifying and take pole position.

“It was a very ugly crash this morning. When I hit the ground I was full of pain and I was thinking that the race was over for me,” said Lorenzo.

“Fortunately after some minutes the pain was going little by little. But to be in the first position is better than I expected.”

Though Lorenzo was still walking awkwardly after qualifying, he said the discomfort was not affecting his riding.

“On the bike I don’t feel so much pain, so I could go fast from the beginning and then make a very good lap time with the soft tyres. We are very proud of this result,” he said.

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Scott Jones At Home: Saturday Photos From Laguna Seca

#58 – the people’s favorite

Keep the faith, Nicky

We need more anti-wheelie


Honeycomb mesh. Because rocks and valve gear don’t mix

Casey Stoner demonstrates the problems he’s been having with grip

MotoGP = Loud

CEII had his worst qualifying session ever at Laguna Seca. Retirement is starting to look good

Hector Barbera pumps up the volume

“So then the seventh guy goes up to the barman and says …”

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Yamaha WSB Rider Cook-off With Jamie Oliver

What does professional motorcycle riding and cookery have in common? Well ? everything. Everyone has to eat! And if it?s true what they say; “you are what you eat”, then healthy eating must be the vital ingredient in success. In motorcycle racing winning is everything! But how many of the well-known successful motorcycle riders know how to russle up something nutritional (and tasty) in the kitchen, without biting into their busy training schedule? Well Yamaha are going to put their two World Superbike riders; Eugene Laverty and Marco Melandri, to the test and YOU can be the judge of their hidden talents.

The next stop off on the 2011 World Superbike Championship calendar is Silverstone – U.K, weekend of the 29th ? 31st July and we have invited Jamie Oliver?s Ministry of Food to come along and pass on some of the tricks of the trade to create a nutritional, fast and above all tasty menu ahead of a hectic race weekend.

Jamie Oliver has campaigned for many years to improve food in both schools and the home and in 2008, Jamie set up the Ministry of Food Centre to encourage people to get cooking from scratch again. The Ministry, whose first Centre opened in Rotherham following the Channel 4 TV series, ‘Jamie’s Ministry of Food’, proves that anyone can learn to cook, so long as they have the basic knowledge. Ministry of Food classes are fun and have so far inspired hundreds of local people to ditch ready meals and takeaways in favour of fresh, home-cooked food which saves them money as well as being better nutritionally.

Can Jamie?s team of experts provide the vital ingredients to back Yamaha?s Eugene Laverty and Marco Melandri on their battle to the championship title? Come along, taste and decide for yourself!

Eugene Laverty Yamaha World Superbike Team rider

?I am really looking forward to the cook-off with Jamie?s Ministry of Food. Jamie is an excellent chef and a few of his cooking tips certainly won?t go astray in my kitchen! Nutrition is obviously very important for everyone but for us riders it?s vital! All our hard work training prior to race weekends would be a complete waste without a healthy diet and if we want to be on top form on race day, we have to know how to eat properly. So the cook-off with Jamie?s team should be fun but I?m pretty sure it?ll also be an education!?

When: Thursday 28th July at 4pm

Where: Yamaha World Superbike Team hospitality – paddock area of the Silverstone race track

The source for this material is

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Moto Picks Round 6 ? 450

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    • 1st place – 5 points
    • 2nd place – 4 points
    • 3rd place – 3 points
    • 4th place – 2 points
    • 5th place – 1 points
    • All correct – 10 bonus points

    That means you can earn up to 25 points per class for each round.

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    Troy Lee Designs produces special helmet in support of Japan at Laguna

    2011-07-22 20:27
    Rizla Suzuki?s �lvaro Bautista will have a one-off Troy Lee designed Shoei helmet at this weekend?s USGP at Laguna Seca, to show TLD?s and his support for the people of Japan following the tragedy there earlier this year.

    This beautiful paint-scheme has been created by Troy Lee Designs? Japanese designer Maki Ushiroyama and features all the flags of the fourteen countries on the MotoGP calendar, with pride of place going to the Japanese ?Nissh?ki? or ?Hinomaru? ? as it is more commonly known ? on the top of the helmet. The colours of all nations is to represent the global support for Japan following the tragedy in March and an added message in Japanese translates as ?Ganbare Nippon?, which literally means ?Cheer up Japan, do your best and don’t give up!?

    Bautista will wear the helmet for the first time during Saturday morning?s practice session at Laguna Seca and will continue to use the design for the rest of the weekend including Sunday?s 32-lap race. He will also use the helmet during the Indianapolis Grand Prix next month after which this unique helmet will be auctioned to raise funds in support of a Japanese charity. The full details of the auction and how you can bid on this amazing helmet will be released after the Indianapolis race.

    Maki Ushiroyama ? Creative Director, Troy Lee Designs:

    ?As a Japanese person, and because we have many Japanese staff at Troy Lee, it was a great honour to do this design for �lvaro to wear at Laguna in support of Japan. I really wanted to help my homeland and this is a great way to do it. I wanted to create something very cool that �lvaro would like and also very tasteful to support all the people that were affected by this tragedy. I think we have succeeded in that because �lvaro loves the design and I?m really pleased his reaction has been so positive! The graphic shows that all the 14 countries visited by MotoGP are supporting Japan, and I guess I can call the big red circle on top the heart of Japan!

    ?On one side is the American flag to represent the heart of Troy Lee Designs, the Laguna Seca Circuit and US Suzuki. On the front is the Spanish flag for �lvaro’s heart and along the back the UK flag is there to represent the crew?s heart. Along with the team, TLD looks forward to auctioning this absolutely one-off helmet and aiding a charity back in Japan to help the people that need it most.?

    Source: Team Suzuki Press Office

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    Holiday Clothes Haul

    A holiday to Greece is as good an excuse as any to stock up on some summer clothes.  On my recent trip to Cork, I took a visit to A Wear, since I almost always find something there that I love.  My first mission was to get a maxi dress.  I have never worn one before but since everyone raves that they are so comfortable, so easy to wear and an easy way to do summer sophistication, I felt like this was something I had to tap into!

    I spotted this fuschia chiffon maxi dress in A Wear a mile off (it's actually by boutique brand, Miss Harvey).  I love the colour and the floral design and it has the oh-so-handy elasticated section at the back which is a god send for bigger busted ladies like myself.  I have real problems finding dresses that fit me properly because when it fits up top, it's too loose on my torso and vice versa.  But with this stretchy section, I was able to buy a size 10 that fits perfectly.  Also, the stretchy section makes the garment so much more comfortable.

    The knotted detail at the bust is also really flattering and I like that the dress doesn't show too much cleavage, making it perfect for daytime wear.  The straps are detachable and can also be altered at the back.  The waist is slightly dropped so it nips in at the smallest part of the body.  It has moulded cups so you don't have to wear a bra and that gives it shape and more support if you want to wear it as a strapless dress. This makes the dress very slimming!

    I couldn't find this dress on the A Wear website but if you have a store local to you, then it's worth checking out!

    I had been looking for a cute white cotton summer dress and this one fit the bill perfectly.  It's slightly retro with a 50's feel, it has a feminine bodice-style torso, it's the perfect length (about 2 inches above the knee), it has the cutest ruffles on it that don't make you look huge and it minimises the appearance of my chest.  Could I ask for anything more?

    Once again it has the genius stretchy section at the back, adjustable straps and a decorative tie back.  It's so easy to wear and the cotton fabric will be super cool in the summer heat of Greece!

    This dress is by A Wear and was £15 in their sale (down from £30) and you can buy it here.

    I loved this dress so much, I got the polka dot version too!  This is the cutest summer dress ever and looks better on than it does on the hanger.  It lends a 50's silhouette that really flatters curvier girls.

    This dress was also from A Wear and was £20 (down from £40) and you can buy it here.

    Next up is a dress from the boutique brand, Jasmine and this brand is also available in A Wear.  I liked the Mediterranean feel to the pattern on the dress and once again, the fresh cotton is perfect for hot days.

    The cros over neckline is perfect to flatter a larger chest without showing obscene amounts of boobage!  And there we have the stretchy back section again (praise the lord)...

    Once again, I couldn't find this dress on the A Wear website but you could try looking in your local store.  I know they also stock Jasmine in various boutique stores around the country too.

    I never normally look in Wallis because it strikes me as the type of store that caters for the more mature lady.  However, when I was in Cork, my magpie radar went off the scale when this sparkly number caught my eye...

    Its a sheer white longline top with ombre embellishments in various shades of grey/silver.  It has loose short sleeves that drape in a really pretty way.  It would be perfect with skinny jeans or with a pair of those drapey, floaty shorts that are around at the moment.  I still haven't decided whether I need a silk camisole under it to avoid the 'oh my god everyone is looking at my bra' moment.

    This top was from Wallis and it was £45.  You can buy it here.

    Speaking of those short that are around at the moment, I found a great pair in A Wear for a bargainous price.  They are super soft, very comfortable and a great length that means you don't have to worry about people getting a glimpse of your ass when you bend over.

    These shorts were only £8.50 (down from £28.00).  You can buy them here.

    This next dress is from the same boutique brand as the fuschia maxi, Miss Harvey.  I thought it was really sweet and would be a great daytime dress for my holiday.

    This dress is another one that looks better on than it does on the hanger.  It's quite short in comparison to the other dresses I got so that stops the whole floral/lace theme from being too frumpy.

    This is another one you would have to go searching for in your local A Wear as it's not on their website now either.

    I really rate Dune shoes for style and durability.  I have pairs that have lasted for years and I was delighted to find a pewter version of the pair I already have.  This style is so comfortable, it's unreal plus they go with just about anything.

    They have a zip up back and a small wedge heel (I am incapable of wearing completely flat shoes because I inevitably look like a clown!)

    They were only £27.00 (down from £55) with free delivery so a veritable bargain!  Here's the link for the shoes on Amazon.

    I have wanted these sandals for ages and when I saw them on sale in Cork, I wanted to snap them up.  BUT they only had a size 6 and even though I tried them on (why do we do that when we KNOW they won't fit!?), the sight of my poor tootsies squashed to oblivion made me realise I couldn't have my beloved shoes.

    However...after spotting them in the ASOS sale, I gave out a little squeal (seriously) and hurried on over to the website as fast as my little fingers could type.

    These sandals are so gorgeous with their metallic gold colour, pretty fabric and jewel embellishments and slight wedge heel.

    They are my perfect summer sandals and are going to look amazing with just about anything I team them with.

    They were £45.00 (down from £75.00) with free delivery.  They are definitely worth that price because they feel so sturdy, well made and they are very comfy.  Here's the link for the shoes on ASOS if you fancy picking up a pair.

    Where have you found your perfect summer clothes?