Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Loretta Lynn's 2009

Thought it was time to congratulate and wish the Team SIMX and Team moto-x-foto Racing qualifiers good luck!

The long road to the Amateur National Motocross Championships usually starts the day after the current years racing ends. It is a lot of hard, grueling work training and many miles traveling through out the US, racing most every weekend.

This year, both website has a combined 4 riders heading to Hurricane Mills, TN next week.

We'll start with the smallest... Brett Gourley. Brett is making yet another trip to the famed Loretta's course. Brett is from Boonville and has been racing since about 2004. Last year he raced at Loretta's in the 50 7/8 year old class and finished 16th overall in the Nation! He was in the top 10 going into the all important third moto, but had problems in the last raced, but still managed the 16th spot.

This year, Brett has moved up in class to the 65 7/9 stock class, and will have plenty of competition to run against.

Brett is sponsored by Team Green Kawasaki, Evansville Superbike, Fly Racing, Scott USA, Pirelli Tires, Renthal, Two2 Cool,, MGX Unlimited, Boonville Lawn and Garden, and most importantly... Mom & Dad!

Good luck Brett!

Next up is Brett's older brother, Brandon. In 2009 Brandon will be competing in the 65 10/11 Stock class and 65 7/11 Modified class. Brandon also is making a return trip to Loretta's. Brandon began his motocross career at the Boonville Fair race in when he was 7 years old.

In 2008 Brandon finished 4th overall in the 65 10/11 Stock class and also finished 25th in the 85 9/11 class.

Brandon won the 65 10/11 class at this years Spring Classic at Lake Whitney, Texas.

Brandon is sponsored by Kawasaki Team Green, Evansville Superbike, Fly Racing, Pro Circuit, Scott USA, Pirelli tires, Rinken Mods, Renthal, Two 2 Cool, SIMX,, MGX Unlimited, One Vision Motorsports, Acerbis, Boyesen, EVS, Hot Cams, RB Components, Ready Filter, RK Racing Chains, and Boonville Lawn & Garden and Mom and Dad!

Dylan Cox is an old veteran of Loretta's. He started back on 50's and has been just about every year since. Dylan is from Whitesville, KY, but spends a lot of time training down at the Milsap's traing facility in Cairo, Georgia.

For this years event Dylan will be competing in both Schoolboy 1 and Schoolboy 2. In 2008, Dylan finished 15th overall in Schoolboy 1 and 18th in Schoolboy 2.

Dylan is sponsored by Gateway Cycles, Pro Circuit, MTF, One Vision Motorsports, Fox Racing and Ozz Mods.

Newcomer to Loretta's this year and first year Team SIMX rider Derek Boyd, will be making his first trip to the fabled soil of Loretta's. Derek will be making his debut in the the 450C class and also the 250C Mod class.

Derek is sponsored by Thanks Pro-Action IL Matt Borgic, Next Level MX, SIMX, DeCal Works
Travco Motorsports, Ideal Machine, Sixsixone, TAG, MSR, Sunline, Steel MX, Twin Air, Bliss Clothing
, Team SIMX and Mom and Dad!

Good luck to these 4 young men and all of our areas participants!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Real photographers!

Not a bunch to report on this week. We had planned on heading up to Crossroads Sunday but the rain scared us off. Kody had to have his Senior pictures taken on Saturday and I think he was kind of dreading that!

My wife had scheduled a time with a local photographer here in Oakland City. She thought we were supposed to be there at 12:30, our daughter though 12:00 Noon, so we left right at Noon, and was early!

We met up with Daniel Rowe of Rowe Portrait Studios at their home just outside Oakland City. Daniel's a really cool guy and asked Kody what he wanted to do today. He didn't really say much, but wanted to get the indoor "gay" stuff out of the way right off the bat!

Now, I've been at this motocross photography thing a couple years now, but I was way out of my comfort zone around all of the lighting equipment and such. I admit, I'm lighting ignorant, but it has motivated me into learning more about "real" photography!

Dan and Kody got a lot of cool indoor stuff, including shots with the bike, his football stuff and even a few with this big sis. They then went to the Wood Memorial football field and took several awesome shots of Kody on the goal post, press box and some really cool reflection shots by a couple of pools of water. It had stormed most of the morning and standing water was everywhere!

Lastly they traveled to a local stripper pit where kids have jumped from highwalls into the water for years. These spots are pretty heavily monitored by conservation officers now, and you're risking a ticket if caught swimming. Dan took a bunch of shots of Kody doing back flips, gainers and just a lot of really cool pictures.

When we left, crossing the highway, Mr. Game Warden passed us by, but didn't come back. Lucky for us!

All in all Kody had a blast, I had a wonderful time just watching Dan and his wife Adrienne set up the lighting, move here then there, etc... I even got to hold some lights!

Here is a link to their blog. They usually post a few photos of each of their sessions.

If you're interested in Senior pictures, baby portraits, family portraits, etc... give them a shout! Tell 'em Robbie from sent ya!

Check out their website at

Thanks Dan & Adrienne!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Faircross Season is here!

Well July is off and running! All the County Fairs are getting ready to kick off, with Gibson County starting this Thursday. My rider is planning on racing this week. Since he has gained some employment, racing has been pushed to the back burner, well more like completely off the stove!

It's been kind of a nice break. Like I mentioned in my last blog, I have played some golf, got quit a few things done here and there. I even got my old golf cart running pretty good now as well. The wife and I took off on a 28 mile adventure Sunday through the back roads of Gibson & Pike counties, nearly got snake bite, but it was kind of fun just rollin' around checking out all the scenery!

What about all the celebrity deaths? Farrah Fawcett was a rough one to take! She was huge back in my youth and remember the poster? Everyone my age remembers the poster, right?

Then Michael Jackson checks out on us as well. Never really was a MJ fan, but he had a lot of cool music. I was watching a thing on CNN about how he never really had a "normal" life. They talked how he paid a grocery store to close for an hour or so, just so he could see what it was like to shop like a normal person. Really kind of sad, to be so popular and famous and to be a prisoner to ones self.

Motocross. Well, I think Alessi really screwed up. Not sure how anyone else feels, but to me when you run 28th fastest in practice, that tells me it ain't working. He should have pulled out right then, healed up and been back in a few weeks. Now, I'd say he's pretty much done for 2009. Grant railed him pretty hard. Intentional? Maybe, maybe not. Looked like they came together in separate lines, but some say Mikey shouldn't have been out there to start with (me) and was having a hard time trying to stay out of the way with a bum leg, when the two lines intersected. It was kind of scary watching him hop around on his butt, trying to get out of the way though.

I've pretty much decided the 450 class is getting boring. Sure, we've had what 5 or 6 different winners, but it's just not as much fun to watch as the 250 class. The Thunder Valley race at Lakewood was as about as good a race as I've ever seen. Weimer and Barcia had a few seconds on the pack, but man it was a pack of starvin' wolves after them. Six, seven guys going at it for the entire moto. Pretty awesome. I text'd Kody about how cool it was and he needed to watch it...then I mistakenly deleted it! I always delete the 450's and keep the 250's, but screwed up! Got it scheduled again tonight though, 2 AM or something around there.

Red Bud was cool as ever! Really wish I had gone now. Watching RC ride again would be worth it for me anyway. I did watch it on the web, and yeah he had no competition, but still awesome as ever seeing him on the two stroke.
I guess in practice he over jumped the Leap and blew out the front wheel. He told someone, "you don't want to come up short on that jump"!

Well, gettin' tired of typing! Plan on taking a bunch of photos at Princeton Thursday night.
Check back Friday sometime for a new gallery!