Monster Energy’s Paul Thacker achieved his dream yesterday – jumping a snowmobile more than 300 feet through the air and landing safely back to earth at Minnesota’s Brainerd International Raceway and, in the process, setting a milestone on March 26th, 2009, that will be forever remembered in both action sports and the sport of snowmobiling.
Said Thacker: “I got up to 87 miles per hour and hit the take-off ramp. When I was in the air I just knew it was perfect. Flew over 301 feet. With the amplitude and the way I landed I knew we got to where we wanted to be. I was already screaming in my Shoei helmet on the down run!”
Photos courtesy of John Hanson
Team Geico Powersports/Factory Connection rider Blake Wharton took the wire to wire victory in the Lites class this past weekend at the FIM World Supercross round in St. Louis, Missouri!
Shoei’s Ben Bostrom took the win in the very first night running of the Daytona 200, the most famous event on the AMA Road Racing calendar. The new rules laid down by the DMG have taken away several of the advantages that the factory supported teams have relied on to consistently win race after race, but that didn’t stop Factory Yamaha’s Ben Bostrom. After taking the Rolex for winning the Super Pole, Ben was rewarded by starting the race from the pole position. In a race that saw several different leaders and some very confusing officiating, Bostrom rode a conservative race and kept the pressure on his teammate Josh Hayes, eventually forcing Hayes to make a mistake. With Hayes out of the race, Bostrom put his head down opened a several second lead before cruising accross the finish line with the victory in hand.
“I was just so confident going into the race. I knew one of the Yamahas was going to win, all I had to do was to make sure it was me. I just love my little bike,” said Bostrom after the race. Ben debutted a new paint job on his X-Eleven at Daytona. Across the back of Ben’s helmet was the Steve McQueen quote, “I’d rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on earth.”
When asked why this statement appeared on his new helmet, Ben simply stated, “Because that’s how I feel.”