DirtRider / PHOENIX SUPERCROSS RESULTS 2017

Tomac Captures First Monster Energy Supercross Victory of Season with Dominant Wire-to-Wire Effort in Glendale
Late Pass Gives Hill Second Straight Western Regional 250SX Class Win

GLENDALE, Ariz. (January 28, 2017) – In front of a crowd of 54,274 fans inside University of Phoenix Stadium, Monster Energy Supercross made its first trip outside the state of California on Saturday night for the fourth round of the 2017 season. Following an uncharacteristically slow start to the season, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac was dominant in the 450SX Class Main Event, grabbing his first victory of the season with a wire-to-wire effort. In the Western Regional 250SX Class, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki’s Justin Hill made it back-to-back wins following a late-race pass on championship leader Shane McElrath.

With a start straight inside University of Phoenix that spanned 384 feet, the 450SX Class field roared into the first corner to kick off the Main Event at exceptional speed. After getting the edge, Tomac was able to navigate his way through the first turn with the lead and the SupercrossLive.com Holeshot Award. Behind him Smartop/MotoConcepts Racing Honda’s Justin Brayton slotted into second, while Team Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Ryan Dungey, the reigning series champion, and Team Honda HRC’s Cole Seely battled for third, with Seely getting the upper hand. …

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Motocross.it / Tony Cairoli Mi sento una cosa sola con la moto

Antonio Cairoli:“Sono molto contento delle mie gare, questa è una delle mie piste preferite e finalmente comincio a sentire meglio la moto. Quest’inverno abbiamo fatto molti test, e ora la moto è più adatta al mio stile di guida, cosa che l’anno scorso non è stata possibile a causa della mia caduta proprio qui, durante la preparazione invernale. Sono soddisfatto della mia velocità, anche se mancava Jeffrey in pista, che è uno degli specialisti della sabbia ma spero che di rivederlo presto in pista. Ora mi sento una cosa sola con la moto che mi trasmette maggior sicurezza, permettendomi di esprimermi un po’ meglio rispetto al passato. L’anno scorso faticavo sempre ad inizio gara, ora sembra che il problema sia risolto e che sia in grado di essere veloce sin dai primi giri, cosa che aiuta molto. So che su una pista come questa, di sabbia, sono agevolato e quindi sono molto curioso di vedere la settimana prossima sul duro,se sarò capace di ripetermi. Gareggeremo a Malagrotta, che è la pista che si può dire mi abbia visto nascere come pilota e dove spero che ci sia il pubblico delle grandi occasioni.”

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Moto.it / Internazionali d’Italia 2017. Cairoli Re di Riola Sardo

Il siciliano domina sia la MX1 che la Elite della prova d’apertura degli Internazionali d’Italia; a Prado la MX2 e a Facchetti la 125

Ha detto che bisogna rimanere coi piedi per terra e che è solo l’inizio, ma la doppietta di Tony Cairoli ha dato lustro al suo debutto stagionale che lo ha visto perfettamente a suo agio sulla sfiancante sabbia di Riola Sardo. Nonostante il prestigioso elenco iscritti (dal quale è mancato solo Jeffrey Herlings caduto in allenamento e infortunato ad un polso che per ora lo costringe a saltare anche le altre prove degli Internazionali d’Italia), il siciliano si è dimostrato già in sintonia con la sua KTM ufficiale che ha portato in testa al gruppo subito al via della 450 e della combinata rimanendo tranquillo al comando per tutta la gara.

Entrambe le volte ha preceduto sul podio Jeremy Van Horebeek e Tim Gajser,quest’ultimo rallentato nella prima manche da crampi agli avambracci che è comunque riuscito a mantenere un ottimo ritmo. Lo stesso problema ha accumunato molti altri piloti, come Gautier Paulin che non dato lustro al suo debutto in sella alla Husqvarna rimanendo costantemente nelle retrovie. Romain Febvre si è invece messo in luce nella MX1 dove all’ultimo giro ha strappato il 4° posto a Evgeny Bobryshev, per poi essere protagonista di due cadute nella batteria conclusiva l’ultima delle quali lo ha costretto ad un accertamento ospedaliero.
La MX2 è stata dominata da Jorge Prado, che per tutta la gara è rimasto in testa al gruppo tagliando il traguardo davanti all’accoppiata Yamaha Benoit Paturel (uscito subito di scena nella Elite dopo essere caduto al via) e Alvin Ostlund; solo 4° Pauls Jonass che l’ha spuntata di un soffio su Michele Cervellin rinvenuto bene dopo un inizio al rallentatore; peccato che poi l’ufficiale Honda sia anche lui rimasto a terra al via della Elite dovendo prendere la via dei box per i danni riportati alla moto, mentre Jonass si è rifatto nella gara di chiusura dove si è piazzato 6° assoluto davanti a Max Anstie e 1° delle 250.

Bella anche la 125, che ha visto Alessandro Manucci e Gianluca Facchetti spartirsi un 1° ed un 2° posto; 3° Emilio Scuteri.
A Riola ha fatto il suo debutto la grata di metallo che da quest’anno sarà utilizzata in tutti GP alla partenza, così da evitare ai piloti la preparazione del terreno e per rendere uguale per tutti il posto dietro al cancello, che ha avuto riscontri molto positivi.
Sfortunato David Philippaerts, ritirato alla partenza della 450 per una caduta che di conseguenza lo ha lasciato fuori dalla manche Elite.

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MXVice / Herlings sustains injury

Big news has emerged from the first Italian Championship round, as Jeffrey Herlings has withdrawn from the event with stretched tendons in his wrist. The injury was sustained whilst training in Sardinia, according to a report from the promoters, so he has now returned to Holland for further checks. Doctors have already ordered him to rest.

The event will still feature some big names, of course, as Tim Gajser and Romain Febvre are set to go up against Antonio Cairoli in the sand. A majority of the post-race discussion will revolve around Herlings, however, and whether this injury will hurt him in the weeks prior to the MXGP of Qatar.

We’ll provide more information when it becomes available, but below is the official statement from the promoters (excuse the broken English).

When we are just few hours from the start of the first big event of the season, the news of the absence of Jeffrey Herlings named in the paddock of the first round of the Internazionali d’Italia MX SDV series. The Dutch KTM factory rider suffered the stretching of a wrist tendon during the training period in Sardinia. Back in Holland to make some check it has been advised by the doctors to rest, as a precaution.

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MXBars / PHOENIX SUPERCROSS 2017 – FULL VIDEO RACES!

Ecco la QUARTA serata dell’AMA Supercross 2017, una gara con dei colpi di scena sia nella 250 con alcune rimonte e nella 450 con il leader di campionato che stravolge la classifica, i piloti prendono le misure, attacchi, errori e vittorie!!!

Vi ricordiamo che per i video completi del MAIN EVENT bisognerà attendere un po’ di più sia per la 250 e per la 450, ma appena possibile aggiorneremo con la qualità migliore!

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DirtBikeRider / MXGP3 – The Official Motocross Videogame announced

For the last 12 months, Milestone has been hard at work building the latest version of the successful MXGP videogame series. And now, MXGP is back! Well, it’s coming soon at least… MXGP3 – The Official Motocross Videogame has today been officially announced with a spring 2017 launch for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC/STEAM. Based on the 2016 season, the latest MXGP edition offers the player a dynamic, ever-more enjoyable gaming experience, says Milestone. The developers will look to take advantage of the Unreal Engine 4 graphics engine, which promises to take the game experience to a “surprising” new level. Dynamic weather conditions – from sun to heavy rain – will impact and influence the rider’s visibility, say the development team, putting even the most expert player to the test. MXGP3 has all the official MXGP and MX2 2016 riders, the official tracks, including the MXoN, both in offline and online modes (offline mode is always very welcome in our opinion). Steep yourself in Career mode and get your virtual spanners out with enhanced customisation – there’s plenty to look forward to with this new edition. MXGP3 – The Official Motocross Videogame will be available from spring 2017 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Windows PC/STEAM.

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NASA / Apollo 1 Crew Honored in New Tribute Exhibit

NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida

It’s been 50 years since the crew of Apollo 1 perished in a fire at the launch pad, but the lives, accomplishments and heroism of the three astronauts are celebrated in a dynamic, new tribute that is part museum, part memorial and part family scrapbook.

Called “Ad Astra Per Aspera – A Rough Road Leads to the Stars”, the tribute exhibit carries the blessings of the families of astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White II and Roger Chaffee. It showcases clothing, tools and models that define the men as their parents, wives and children saw them as much as how the nation viewed them.

“Although the fire took place across the river on Launch Pad 34, their story didn’t end there and their legacy lives on today,” said Sheryl Chaffee, daughter of Roger Chaffee.

The tribute was dedicated during a ceremony at the Apollo/Saturn V Center at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday, Jan. 27, on the 50th anniversary of the fatal fire. It stands only a few miles from the long-abandoned Launch Complex 34, the launch pad where the fire took place. The pad was dismantled in 1968 after the launch of Apollo 7.

The new tribute features displays that tell the full story of the lives of the astronauts, the fire and the painstaking work the NASA team put in to rebound from the devastating loss.

“Ultimately, this is a story of hope, because these astronauts were dreaming of the future that is unfolding today,” said former astronaut Bob Cabana, center director at Kennedy. “Generations of people around the world will learn who these brave astronauts were and how their legacies live on through the Apollo successes and beyond.”

The main focus was to introduce the astronauts to generations who never met them and may not know much about them or the early space program.

“This lets you now meet Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee as members of special families and also as members of our own family,” said NASA’s Luis Berrios, who co-led the tribute design that would eventually involve more than 100 designers, planners and builders to realize. “You get to know some of the things that they liked to do and were inspired by. You look at the things they did and if anyone does just one of those things, it’s a lifetime accomplishment and they did all of it and more.”

For Grissom, one of NASA’s Original Seven astronauts who flew the second Mercury mission, a hunting jacket and a pair of ski boots are on display, along with a small model of the Mercury spacecraft and a model of an F-86 Sabre jet like the one he flew in the Korean War. A slide rule and engineering drafts typify his dedication to detail.

The small handheld maneuvering thruster that Ed White II used to steer himself outside his Gemini capsule during the first American spacewalk features prominently in the display case for the West Point graduate whose athletic prowess nearly equaled his flying acumen. An electric drill stands alongside the “zip gun,” as he called the thruster.

“It was great to juxtaposition it with a drill which was also a tool that Ed loved to use,” Berrios said. “He had a tremendous passion for making things for his family.”

Roger Chaffee, for whom Apollo 1 would have been his first mission into space, was an esteemed Naval aviator who became a test pilot in his drive to qualify as an astronaut later. Displayed are board games he played with his wife and kids on rare evenings free of training.

“One thing I took away was their powerful feeling that family life is family life and NASA life is NASA life,” Berrios said. “They all had moments that were cherished and very private and they guarded those moments.”

The three men had worked an earlier mission together as astronauts, but not as crewmates. During Gemini 4, the mission in which Ed White made his landmark spacewalk, Grissom and Chaffee served as CAPCOMs talking to White and mission commander James McDivitt.

The tribute also displays for the first time the three-section hatch from the Apollo 1 capsule that caught fire at Launch Complex 34 on Jan. 27, 1967. The astronauts were not able to escape the smoke and blaze inside the spacecraft before they asphyxiated despite their own efforts and those of numerous pad crew members who braved thick fumes and scorching temperatures to try to get the men out.

After the fire, NASA set out on an exhaustive examination of every element of the spacecraft and launch systems.

Beside the failed hatch is one element of the improvements, a redesigned hatch that would fly on all subsequent Apollo missions. Full of modifications that let the hatch open in five seconds in an emergency, the redesigned hatch is displayed as a symbol of all the improvements made throughout the Apollo spacecraft and NASA itself that would set the agency on a successful course to land 12 men on the moon.

“That part of the exhibit is a story of determination and resolve and also something as elemental as a hatch – the complexities of just one component in a vehicle that has over 2 million parts,” Berrios said. “After the loss of the crew in that tragic event, NASA learned how to really look at every piece of a rocket and imagine what could happen and it made the spacecraft safer and allowed us to get to the moon, land on it and even with Apollo 13, to recover that crew safely.”

After seeing the hatches, visitors will walk through a gateway and down the same metal walkway astronauts used later to get to the Apollo spacecraft as it stood on a Saturn V rocket poised for the moon.

“Grissom, White, Chaffee, President Kennedy – I think these names are appropriately mentioned together,” said Michael Collins, the command module pilot for Apollo 11. “Apollo 1 tragically cost three lives, but I think it saved more than three lives later. Without it, very likely we would’ve not landed on the moon by the end of the decade.”

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MXVICE / Entry Lists: Riola Sardo

Following the disaster that occurred in Spain a week ago, the European season will officially launch at Riola Sardo on Sunday. That circuit will play host to the first Italian Championship round and, as usual, the event will feature a star-studded lineup. The fact that Antonio Cairoli, Jeffrey Herlings, Romain Febvre and Tim Gajser will duke it out is going to ensure that those in the industry turn their attention to the small nation that is shaped like a boot.

MX1
4 Arnaud Tonus
5 Felice Compagnone
7 Tanel Leok
9 Ken De Dycker
12 Max Nagl
17 Jose Butron
19 David Philippaerts
21 Gautier Paulin
24 Shaun Simpson
37 Gert Krestinov
47 Davide Vanini
49 Jernej Irt
50 Martin Barr
57 Mathias Plessers
62 Klemen Gercar
73 Pier Bertuzzo
77 Alessandro Lupino
80 Thomas Marini
84 Jeffrey Herlings
86 Erki Kahro
88 Ramon Savioli
89 Jeremy Van Horebeek
90 Alessio Merelli
92 Valentin Guillod
93 Jonathan Bengtsson
99 Max Anstie
110 Nicolas Bender
115 Alessandro Ferloni
119 Ryan Houghton
138 Federico Borselli
145 Antonio Gnoni
192 Antonio Gizzi
221 Fabio Pensini
222 Antonio Cairoli
243 Tim Gajser
249 Nikolaj Larsen
252 Igor Sonzogni
259 Glenn Coldenhoff
263 Alfredo Memoli
331 Corrado Sallicati
355 Cristian Solazzo
385 Sebastian Zenato
399 Daniele Petrin
435 Sam Korneliussen
461 Romain Febvre
471 Volodymyr Tarasov
737 Matteo Leoni
777 Evgeny Bobryshev
841 Luca Moroni
878 Stefano Pezzuto
997 Riccardo Righi
999 Rui Goncalves

MX2
3 Davide Cislaghi
6 Benoit Paturel
8 Kiara Fontanesi
10 Calvin Vlaanderen
11 Stanislav Cekleov
14 Gianluca Martini
15 Davide Bonini
16 Karlis Sabulis
18 Thomas Berto
22 Lorenzo Ravera
25 Nicola Bertuzzi
28 Chihiro Notsuka
30 Josh Gilbert
31 Gianmarco De Santis
32 Alex Andreis
33 Nicolas Gerber
39 Roan Van De Moosdijk
40 Simone Zecchina
41 Pauls Jonass
45 Simone Picciau
46 Davy Pootjes
51 Kristian Petkov
61 Jorge Prado
66 Iker Larranaga Olano
70 Ruben Fernandez
71 Dovydas Karka
72 Mathys Boisrame
75 Hardi Roosiorg
78 Hans Priidel
81 Brian Hsu
87 Filippo Grigoletto
95 Wyatt Chase
118 Stephen Rubini
128 Ivo Monticelli
131 Luka Crnkovic
132 Karel Kutsar
133 Julien Lieber
134 Mathias Gryning
137 Yuri Quarti
142 Ivan Petrov
152 Petar Petrov
161 Alvin Ostlund
170 Caleb Ward
171 Thomas Martelli
172 Brent Van Doninck
189 Brian Bogers
195 Felix Nilsson
197 Gabriele Arbini
198 Stefano Ferretti
200 Filippo Zonta
209 Gianmarco Cenerelli
211 Nicholas Lapucci
223 Giuseppe Tropepe
224 Alessandro Brugnoni
226 Gianluca Di Marziantonio
234 Samuele Ghetti
253 Jan Pancar
258 Johannes Nermann
262 Pierpaolo Anselmi
275 Joakin Furbetta
303 Alberto Forato
311 Loris Freidig
321 Samuele Bernardini
338 David Herbreteau
339 Pietro Trinchieri
347 Luigi Dellovo
365 Nikolaj Skovgaard
374 Gabriele Oteri
380 Piazza Massimiliano
449 Michele Manili
480 Ken Bengtson
484 Jan Oulehle
722 Michael Mantovani
741 Simone Bastianini
747 Michele Cervellin
766 Michael Sandner
776 Michele Baraiolo
797 Simone Paolucci
838 Paolo Ermini
933 Damian Kojs
939 Michele Cencioni
949 Alessandro Contessi
951 Simone Furlotti
955 Gabriel Chetnicki
959 Maxime Renaux
974 Mario Tamai
991 Kevin Cattani

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NASA / Similar-Looking Ridges on Mars Have Diverse Origins

Thin, blade-like walls, some as tall as a 16-story building, dominate a previously undocumented network of intersecting ridges on Mars, found in images from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

The simplest explanation for these impressive ridges is that lava flowed into pre-existing fractures in the ground and later resisted erosion better than material around them.

A new survey of polygon-forming ridges on Mars examines this network in the Medusae Fossae region straddling the planet’s equator and similar-looking networks in other regions of the Red Planet.

“Finding these ridges in the Medusae Fossae region set me on a quest to find all the types of polygonal ridges on Mars,” said Laura Kerber of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, lead author of the survey report published this month in the journal Icarus.

The pattern is sometimes called boxwork ridges. Raised lines intersect as the outlines of multiple adjoining rectangles, pentagons, triangles or other polygons. Despite the similarity in shape, these networks differ in origin and vary in scale from inches to miles.

Small and Large Examples

Mars rover missions have found small versions they have been able to inspect up close. Some of these polygonal ridges, such as at “Garden City” seen by Curiosity, are veins deposited by mineral-laden groundwater moving through underground fissures, long before erosion exposed the veins. Curiosity recently also imaged small boxwork ridges that likely originated as mud cracks.

At the other end of the size scale, ridges outline several rectangles each more than a mile (more than 2 kilometers) wide at a location called “Inca City” near Mars’ south pole. These may have resulted from impact-related faults underground, with fractures filled by rising lava that hardened and was later exposed by erosion.

“Polygonal ridges can be formed in several different ways, and some of them are really key to understanding the history of early Mars,” Kerber said. “Many of these ridges are mineral veins, and mineral veins tell us that water was circulating underground.”

Polygonal ridges in the Nilosyrtis Mensae region of northern Mars may hold clues about ancient wet, possibly warm environments. Examples of them found so far tend to be in the same areas as water-related clues such as minerals that form in hot springs, clay-mineral layers and channels carved by ancient streams. A larger sample is needed to test this hypothesis.

Volunteers Sought

Kerber is seeking help from the public through a citizen-science project using images of Mars from the Context Camera (CTX) on Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

“We’re asking for volunteers to search for more polygonal ridges,” she said. Finding as-yet-unidentified polygonal ridges in CTX images could improve understanding about their relationship to other features and also will help guide future observations with the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera to reveal details of the ridge networks.

This citizen-science program, called Planet Four: Ridges, began Jan. 17 on a platform released by the Zooniverse, which hosts dozens of projects that enlist people worldwide to contribute to discoveries in fields ranging from astronomy to zoology. More information is at:

http://ridges.planetfour.org

Other Zooniverse Mars projects using data from CTX and HiRISE have drawn participation from more than 150,000 volunteers.

On Earth, too, polygonal ridges have diverse origins. Examples include grand walls of lava that hardened underground then were exposed by erosion, and small ridge networks inside limestone caves, where erosion can be chemical as well as physical.

With CTX, HiRISE and four other instruments, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has been investigating Mars since 2006.