September 19, 2012 (Wednesday)
Today was spent almost exclusively on final bike prep so there is not quite as much “exciting” news to report. Josh and I and my youngest son Benji drove to the parc ferme and spent most all day prepping the bike. Despite doing a great deal of work at home, somehow we burned most of the day prepping and installing tires (and doing some dry run tire change practices), along with oil, gas, suspension clickers, fiddling with this, fiddling with that.
Everyone else was doing pretty much the same thing. A few US riders had rented Gas Gas bikes and they didn’t get them until late this afternoon.
The U.S. pits look great this year. The main U.S. tent has some nice new tool holders similar to the Factory KTM/Husaberg style ones, along with new AMA or Factory eco-rugs. We are in a good location pretty much right at the end of pit row and about 15 seconds from the impound area.
Due to real estate issues, Josh and I were kind of working in the “North 40” today, but it was good to have some space and just focus on getting our work done.
Thad Duvall showed up today.
Relaxing Metzeler recliner.
Mike Brown and Kurt Caselli’s bikes. They were looking pretty plain yesterday, but look sweeeeet today.
The Gas Gas bikes that finally showed up.
Gas Gas 300
And Gas Gas 250F (with Yamaha 250F motor)
Nick Canny and John Maier from Connecticutt will be riding the Gas Gas. They’re great looking bikes.
Pits looking good.
Yesterday was car practice day on the track….today was practice day for bikes. Day 6 of the Six Days will be a part super moto with the dirt bikes racing on this track.
Even tire changers can look pretty.
Jeff Fredette….the legend. Another great example of what a class act Jeff is……tonight was a riders meeting for ISDE Rookies. There are about 42% of the total U.S. team that are first-timers. Jeff, having completed 31 ISDE’s, was present at the meeting, hardly a first-timer, lending his insight into how to have a successful 6-Days.
Some more Six Days edition KTM goodness. (This is a 125 EXC….sweet little bike).
Billy Burns great looking Husaberg.
Jordan Brandt’s very cool and modern looking YZ250.
Sarah Whitmore’s KTM 200. Great to see a really fast moto-head here giving it a try on the Women’s Trophy Team. She’ll be a great asset.
Nick Hamill’s Husky 250F. Nick and Josh are riding on the same club team.
We hope to have a little more intel and pictures of some of the other special tests tomorrow. Word on the street is that the tests and transfer sections of Day 3 and 4 are going to be gnarly.