MXVICE / Injury Update: Davy Pootjes

Pootjes hits the sidelines.

The MX2 class has really been hit hard by injuries in the last two weeks. Davy Pootjes has now joined Bas Vaessen, Alvin Ostlund and Chihiro Notsuka on the sidelines ahead of round four of the FIM Motocross World Championship.

Pootjes, who is riding for the HSF Logistics team this season, was taken out by another rider in Argentina and injured his shoulder. Although he battled back to eighteenth in that race, the pain was too much to handle ahead of the second and final encounter. A doctor instructed the Dutchman to rest following that event, hence why he skipped the Dutch Masters of MX opener last weekend, but he was still confident that he would be able to contest the Grand Prix of Leon.

Alas, Pootjes confirmed earlier today that his shoulder still needs more time to heal. “It’s painful that I need to rest two weeks more with my shoulder,” he wrote on social media. “Just don’t know what you do wrong, but I believe if I keep working hard that one day everything will turn around and pay off!

Davy Pootjes’ status for the Grand Prix of Trentino in two weeks has not been confirmed at this time.

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NASA / Peggy Whitson Breaks Spacewalking Record

At 11:51 a.m. EDT, Peggy Whitson broke the record for cumulative spacewalking time by a female astronaut, previously held by NASA astronaut Sunita Williams. This was Whitson’s eighth spacewalk.

So far, Whitson and NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough have successfully installed an upgraded computer relay box and hooked up cables and electrical connections on the Pressurized Mating Adapter-3. PMA-3 will provide the pressurized interface between the station and the second of two international docking adapters to be delivered to the complex to support the dockings of U.S. commercial crew spacecraft in the future.

The duo were also tasked with installing four thermal protection shields on the Tranquility module of the International Space Station. The shields were required to cover the port where the PMA-3 was removed earlier in the week and robotically installed on the Harmony module. During the spacewalk, one of the shields was inadvertently lost. The loss posed no immediate danger to the astronauts and Kimbrough and Whitson went on to successfully install the remaining shields on the common berthing mechanism port.

A team from the Mission Control Center at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston devised a plan for the astronauts to finish covering the port with the PMA-3 cover Whitson removed earlier in the day. The plan worked, and the cover was successfully installed, providing thermal protection and micrometeoroid and orbital debris cover for the port.

The spacewalk is planned to last six and a half hours.

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NASA / NASA Sees Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie Over Queensland

On March 29, 2017 at 0324 UTC or 1:24 p.m. AEST/Queensland local time (Mar. 28 11:24 p.m. EST) the  Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument aboard the NASA-NOAA Suomi NPP satellite captured this a image of Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie over Queensland, Australia. Debbie weakened below hurricane-force and its eye filled in with clouds. The image showed the system’s clouds stretched from Townsville in the north, south to Brisbane along the coast. Debbie’s center of circulation appeared to be west of Mount Coolon at the time of the image.

A 9 p.m. AEST (7 a.m. EST/U.S.) the Australian Bureau of Meteorology or ABM reported that Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie was located over inland central Queensland near Clermont. Debbie is expected to continue moving in a southerly direction over the central interior of the state overnight before tracking southeastward on Thursday, March 30 (AEST local time).

Heavy rainfall remains a threat as it does when a tropical system moves inland. Debbie is expected to generate areas of very heavy rain over the Capricornia, Central Coast and Whitsundays and Central Highlands and Coalfields districts this evening. ABM said, “Currently the heaviest rainfall is occurring over the areas inland and south of Mackay with rainfall rates in excess of 5.9 inches (150mm) over a 3 hour period. Outside this area widespread daily rainfall totals of 5.9 to 9.8 inches (150 to 250 mm) are expected, with significantly higher totals possible locally. This rainfall will likely be very intense at times, leading to a risk of localized flash flooding. Locations that may be affected include Mackay, Sarina, Carmila, Yeppoon, St Lawrence, Springsure and Rolleston. The focus for heavy rain will then shift south and extend into the southeastern quarter of the state during Thursday, with widespread daily rainfall totals in excess of 7.8 inches (200 mm) possible.”

ABM issued a Flood Watch “for coastal catchments between Gladstone and the New South Wales border, extending inland to parts of the Central Highlands and Coalfields, Central West, Maranoa and Warrego, and Darling Downs and Granite Belt forecast districts.”

In addition to heavy rain and flooding, tropical storm force and hurricane force winds are possible, according to ABM. “Damaging winds, with peak gusts of around 62 mph (100 kph), are occurring in the warning area, particularly about the coast and islands and also over elevated terrain inland. Currently the strongest wind gusts are affecting areas north of about Emerald to St Lawrence, however the possibility of damaging wind gusts should shift to the remaining warning area as Ex-Tropical Cyclone Debbie tracks southeastwards tonight and Thursday morning.

Destructive wind gusts, in excess of 77.7 mph (125 kph), are expected to develop about the coastal areas and elevated terrain of the Wide Bay and Burnett and Southeast Coast districts from Thursday afternoon.”

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Motocross.it / MXGP Arco di Trento. Marcia di avvicinamento

Il Gran Premio del Trentino, in programma il prossimo 16 aprile, si avvicina rapidamente. Le gesta di Cairoli e Bernardini e in generale di tutti gli italiani di questa prima fase di campionato, hanno fatto salire la “febbre” da Mondiale.

Considerata la sempre crescente richiesta degli appassionati, gli organizzatori trentini hanno continuato a lavorare alacremente anche dopo l’ultimo GP del 2016, implementando ulteriormente le suggestive tribune naturali con 2.000 nuovi posti.

Nel weekend pasquale ad Arco di Trento, oltre alle categorie MXGP e MX2, si daranno battaglia le ragazze della WMX e i giovani dell’Europeo EMX250m, al loro debutto di stagione.

Il programma partirà il sabato mattina ma il giorno prima, come al solito, sarà bello vedere l’estesa area del crossdromo trentino animarsi scoprendo via via le varie novità che questo Circus esibisce per la prima volta quest’anno non solo in Italia ma in Europa. Domenica mattina poi il GP del Trentino entrerà nel vivo della competizione con le due manche MXGP e MX2 e i podi finali. …

To Be Continued

MXGP Arco di Trento. Marcia di avvicinamento

Enduro21.com / LOCAL FOCUS — SEAN KOELLER

Racing both the AMA National Enduro Championship and ECEA series, Sean Koeller takes centre stage in this Local Focus.

Born and raised in northern New Jersey, USA, 26-year-old Koeller has always had dirt bikes on the brain due to his family’s dealership Town & Country Cycle Center

Starting things out with Hare Scrambles, he switched to motocross at the age of 16. Hard work and living at training facilities like Club MX and JWTF saw him finally achieve a major life goal obtaining a Pro motocross license.

“I raced some Canadian pro motocross and Unadilla during my first year as a pro, which was surreal,” tells Koeller. 

“Unfortunately the following year I hurt my back at Muddy Creek during qualifying and after having surgery I decided I needed to hang up the motocross boots.

“During one of my stays at the Jimmy Weinert Training Facility I started to work as fitness trainer and helped with riding schools, which I really enjoyed, so after I left I decided to start my own riding school, Final Moto MX Training. I was able to do that while I was hurt but now that I’m racing full-time again means it’s super enjoyable too.”

TO BE CONTINUED

Motocross.it / EnduroGP Finlandia. Padroni di casa

I responsi del primo Gran Premio dell’anno hanno rispecchiato i pronostici della vigilia. Sugli innevati e ghiacciati terreni finlandesi la superiorità tecnica dei piloti locali ha fatto la differenza. In tutte le classi si sono imposti gli specialisti finnici a riprova del fatto che in casa loro, in queste condizioni, non ce n’è per nessuno.

Nella classe E2 netto il dominio di Eero Remes in entrambe le giornate di gara. Sui 400 chilometri di percorso di sabat (15 prove in linea) e sui 280 di domenica (11 crono) l’ufficiale TM è risultato il più veloce. Il primo giorno ha avuto la meglio del connazionale Henric Stigell (Husqvarna) e del non finnnico Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna), domenica si è imposto su un Josep Garcia (Husqvarna) a corto di allenamento per via dell’infortunio di inizio stagione e di nuovo su Stigell. Undicesimo entrambi i giorni di gara Davide Guarneri (Honda RedMoto), non a proprio agio con le ruote chiodate.

Nella EnduroGP altra doppietta di un pilota finlandese. Sui terreni di casa Antti Hellsten (Husqvarna) è stato infallibile. Sabato si è messo alle spalle una vecchia conoscenza del Mondiale Enduro, Marko Tarkkala (Husqvarna), e Aleksi Jukola (KTM), per un podio tutto finlandese. Quarto il campione in carica Matthew Phillips (Sherco) e quinto il Campione E3 Steve Holcombe (Beta), costretto a correre buona parte della gara con il freno anteriore rotto. …

To Be Continued

EnduroGP Finlandia. Padroni di casa