The One Show 2017

First off, all of what you are about to read took place between February 7th through 12th. Six days in a row of motorcycle riding! I’m still beat…

Any way, every year The One Motorcycle show is put on by Thor Drake of See See Motorcycles, a major sponsor of mine. The show attracts hundreds of bike builders all over the world, as well as thousands of visitors primarily from Portland, but a considerable amount from out of the state and country too.

Alta Motors, an electric motorcycle manufacturer out of San Francisco, CA, hit me up a month or so back about doing some riding for them before the show. They are a sponsor of The One Show, and they wanted to do some filming and photography while in Oregon. My friend Jimmy Hill, a freestyle motocrosser as called in to ride as well. Alta brought up 2 specially prepared motocross bikes for us, which they currently sell to the public. I’ve raced their flat track bike before, which is based of the motocross bike, but this would be my first time riding the motocross bike. I was stoked to say the least. Shout out to Alta’s Jon Bekefy, Evan Hamilton, Jason Hansen, and Lawrence Lea for making this one of the most fun and rad weeks I’ve ever had!

Day 1

With the rain we had for the last week, finding a motocross track that was decent was a tall order. But my friends at Woodland MX Park in Washington came through, and conditions were actually really good! Jimmy and I had a blast riding the motocross track on electric motocross bikes for the first time. They did not disappoint! We had the track to ourselves. When riding these electric bikes without the sound of other motorcycles, you get to hear the tires working, the chain slapping, and the dirt flying. Its pretty special actually.

Day 2

Its Wednesday now and we unloaded the bikes at the big warehouse off Columbia Blvd, where The One Show location was. The event was just starting to be set up for the opening Friday night, and it was time to ride inside and film for both Alta, and The One Show video for 2017. We spent a few hours getting shots outside, and a few hours getting shots inside. It was endless fun!

Day 3

Another full day at the warehouse, this time shooting only inside. It was pretty challenging, but Jimmy and I rose to the occasion. I really progressed this day with my free-riding abilities! You’ll see all the cool work we did in a couple weeks when The One Show 2017 recap video comes out.

Day 4

Before The One Show kickoff Friday night, Jimmy and I met Alta at the famous Burnside Skate Park underneath the Burnside Bridge. This was my first idea of a location to ride urbanely when Alta reached out to me. It took a little convincing since its completely illegal, and the local skaters have a reputation of being wildly against bikes, but it couldn’t have worked out better actually. We ended up getting ride for about an hour, completely under the radar and supported by the only skater who was there at the time. It was a major bucket-list item I get to cross off! It was a little scary with the obvious consequences at stake, but that made it all the more sweet when we pulled it off. Later in the evening I went to The One Show to enjoy the atmosphere and socialize!

Day 5

I headed of to Salem Speedway to do a normal race night. It was time to tune up for Sundays big race that was in conjunction with The One Show. I ended up winning the Hooligan main event, and placing 4th after a great battle for 2nd in the Open Pro class behind Sammy Halbert, Jeffrey Carver and Davis Fisher. There were over 20 pro’s that night!

Day 6

The biggest day of all. Round 1 of the newly announced Super Hooligan National Championship was also part of “The One Pro Race” and there was thousands of dollars at stake. I started the day off by almost winning my pro heat race. I won my Super Hooligan heat race, fending off Joe Kopp, an ex-AMA Pro Flat Track race winner in the Grand Nation Championship, which was a big deal. That put me into the Dash for Cash, where I got the holeshot, fending off current Grand National Racer Sammy Halbert in first. He made an aggressive pass, and we traded paint all the way to the checkers where he barely edged me out for the $1,000 win. Normally riders of his caliber don’t race Hooligan, but it was a fun challenge and people said it was the best Hooligan race they have ever seen! The Pro main event didn’t go as planned. The track dried out and I couldn’t get comfortable in the race. I was on the cusp of a top 10 and I wasn’t in a money paying position, so I wisely pulled off to save energy for the Super Hooligan main event that was up immediately after Pro. I was pretty exhausted for the Super Hooligan main event unfortunately, but I salvaged a 3rd place which was pretty darn good! I made some money, and put myself in a solid position in the championship.

To say I was wiped out after the races Sunday is a major understatement. The activities didn’t end though. Since then its been countless hours catching up on homework, and getting ahead on homework since I’m flying out to round 2 of the Super Hooligan National Championship Thursday 2/16 at the Flat Out Friday Race/ Mama Tried show in Milwaukee, Wisconsin! See See Motorcycles, Harley Davidson, and Vanilla Cycles all joined in to make it possible. I will be racing Vanilla Cycle’s Harley XG750, which is similar to the XG750 I’ve been racing prepared by See See Motorcycles. Should be a fun time! The race is on polished concrete with coke-syrup spray on it for traction. Should be interesting!

Next week you can read a report on how I did at the race.

-Andy

Andy takes on Del Mar

 

IV LEAGUE FLAT TRACK AT DEL MAR,
January 28th and 29th

By Andy DiBrino

Man oh man, Del Mar was so much fun! IV League Flat Track put on an amazing event both days! I made the 1,050 mile trip Thursday and Friday prior, grabbing my girlfriend Tara along the way. This was my first trek with the Sprinter van my Dad and I just got, and it did the trick. I packed 3 race bikes, and 2 street bikes in it for a fun-filled weekend.

We pulled into the Del Mar Fairgrounds Friday night after enjoying our 5 hour journey from Fresno, where Tara lives. Along the way we stopped at Superlite Sprockets in Huntington Beach, a sponsor of mine, who hooked me up with some new sprockets! We also went to the pier there, and did a little shopping on the beach.

The weather was absolutely gorgeous, staying in the low 70s, but cooling into the 40s at night. I wore a tee shirt and shorts all weekend! See See Motorcycles and Coffee sent me down with some swag, and Tara and I ran a vendor booth all weekend selling shirts, hats, beanies, cozies, and handing out stickers. We camped out in the van, and had a blast!

Tara has never raced before, up until Del Mar where she did for her first time. She rode my Honda XR100, winning her heat race, and getting 5th in the main event out of 11 women on Saturday! Not bad.

I entered the Hooligan class, which had over 50 entries! I also entered the Pro class. In the heat races, I won my Hooligan heat, and got 3rd in my Pro heat which gave me a direct transfer to the main events. The pro talent down there was world class, and there was about 50 entries in that class as well. I was very proud to get a direct transfer into the main event, and I was battling for the lead in it too.

Unfortunately the race program ran late into the night, and they were short on time. Noise limits were being surpassed, and the event was in jeopardy of being shut down. The Pro main event got cut to about 4 laps, which wasn’t near enough time to get settled in. I did pretty well though considering. The Hooligan main event didn’t even run which was a big bummer!

Sunday was another beautiful day. Once again I won my Hooligan heat race. I was feeling FAST. In my Pro heat race, I was battling for a transfer spot and took a spill. I ended up not running the Semi or Last Chance Qualifier, since those were right before the Hooligan main event. I drove down mainly to contest the Hooligan class, so I wisely sat out and saved myself for the Hooligan main event, which I won! I got a decent start, patiently waited to pass, and took home a comfortable win. I also ran another class called Unclassified, which is open to any bike and skill level. I got the holeshot, and had a battle for 1st the whole race, finishing 2nd in the end.

Overall it was a perfect weekend for me. I met all of my goals, enjoyed watching Tara do well at her first race, and was pretty successful selling some merchandise for See See. I got to see a lot of friends, and meet new ones!

After the races, we packed up, and stayed the night in San Diego. The next morning, I got to visit another sponsor down there, Ride 100 Percent. They mainly make motocross goggles. It was a neat visit!

The 2,100 mile journey was great. I’m very thankful I was able to do it with the help of my great sponsors.

-Andy

 

 

 

Andy Wins at Salem Speedway’s January Double-header

Photos courtesy of Tom Stein, Northwest Track Shots

Over the 14th and 15th, I went out to Salem Speedway in Salem, Oregon, for some flat track racing action! The track is at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in an indoor agriculture building. I’ve been racing in this building for almost 17 years! When I was really young, my Dad took me out there to race Arenacross.

I’ve raced flat track at Salem a lot, so I knew what to expect, which was a heap of fast local pro’s. The Pacific Northwest is a hot bed for flat track racing talent, which has surely rubbed off on me.

There are two classes a pro can race: 450 Expert and Open Expert. Obviously in 450 Expert, a 450cc motorcycle is the maximum displacement. Open Expert is open, but everyone just runs a 450 and its a second class to race!

I did well in the heat races, and made the Dash for Cash (4 riders, 4 laps, winner takes all) in both classes. I got two 2nd place finishes and had the speed to win, but unfortunately the winner jumped the start and race direction didn’t enforce it. One of the races was clean, and of course that one I butchered the start, and slid into second on the last lap. They did enforce jump starts in the main after multiple people complained.

First main event up was 450 Expert, which is the video I posted. This was the 2nd or 3rd restart. One was for a jumped start, and the second was for a downed rider. I got the holeshot, and was able to pull out a gap on the field. It was about 27 degrees out, so the track was slick! I made sure to not over-ride the bike, and not make any mistakes. I executed the race perfectly and took home my first win of the season!

Second race was Open Expert. Once again I got the holeshot, and was able to lead about half of the race until I made a mistake. I got out wide in the corner where it was dusty, and lost a lot of momentum which allowed me to be passed. One little mistake, and I went from 1st to 3rd in an instant! I had fast guys chomping at the bit behind me for that last cash paying spot, so I was pleased to hold them off for 3rd and take home some more money!

Sundays races were great too. Austin Helmholz, a local pro who has competed in AMA Pro Flat Track a bit the last few years was on fire. We battled in a heat race, and both Dash for Cash races. He was able to edge me out, I think he had his bike working a little better. The first main event, 450 Expert, he got the holeshot and I followed. We pulled away considerably from everyone else. But he had me covered and I took 2nd.

In the last race of the weekend, Open Expert, I was more aggressive and learned from the first main event. I got the holeshot, and held my ground. It took until I bobbled coming out of turn 2 for Austin to get a drive to try to pass into turn 3. I saw Austin was coming in hot, and gave him room. I immediately squared the turn off, preparing to get the drive on him to pass right back. He slid in hot, and got out into the dust and ended up crashing. I narrowly missed him. After that, I cruised on home to another win. Not the way you want to win, but I’ll take it!

I came out of the weekend $360 richer! Not exactly something to brag about; but to get to go out and race cool people whiling having fun, AND get paid, that’s pretty sweet. That was a great weekend in my book. Even if temperatures were in the twenty’s the whole time!

-Andy

 

 

 

New Years Day update

Happy New Year everyone! Hope it was a great one.

I’m excited to get underway with 2017. The past few weeks in the midst of the holiday season, I’ve been busy lining stuff up for this year. Here is some news I have for you:

I bought a race prepped 2016 Yamaha R1 from EDR Performance with the help of Oregon Motorcycle Attorney. I’m very excited to get on it and ride it, and thankful for the opportunity. Small chance I may get to ride it this month down in southern California, but for sure I will get to swing a leg over it in February down at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, and Sonoma Raceway. Still need to get some parts on it, like rear-sets and a couple other small items. Really looking forward to getting a different paintjob on it and personalizing it!

Other than that, I’ve been trying to ride as much motocross and flat track as possible. I bought my American Flat Track professional license the other day. I just have some paperwork to do before its official. The goal is to make my debut at Daytona in March!

I got word from MotoAmerica I was accepted as a wildcard entry for the SuperSport class at Circuit of the Americas, for the opening round of MotoAmerica on April 21-23 during MotoGP weekend. I’m stoked for that! I’ve never raced there before. EDR will be prepping one of my R6’s with a Supersport engine, and electronics. The goal is to have a bike competitive with the full-time Supersport bikes.

Some of you may know, ICON Motosports and I aren’t affiliated anymore. Its a bummer but support just wasn’t in the cards for 2017. But they’re great folks over there, and I thank them for the support the last 2 years! Right now I don’t have a gear sponsor or helmet sponsor which sucks. Going from a paid athlete with free gear to absolutely nothing is tough to swallow. I’ve been reaching out to companies since November, but unfortunately even then, I was late to the table and budgets were allocated to other athletes. I kind of have direction for a helmet sponsor right now, but it’s not official yet. Hoping a miracle will happen on the gear side of things. It’s tough when you race motocross, street bikes, supermoto, and flat track, because there is really only 2 companies that make gear for all those types of riding. We will see what shakes out.

I bought a Honda Grom! It’s a cheap little 125cc four-stroke street legal bike. Goes about 60mph, and it will make a fun pit bike at the races too!

Last, I got DiBrino Racing hats made up. They are camo New Era brand hats, and come in flat bill and curved bill snapback styles. $30 each! Email me at andy.dibrino@gmail.com if you want one.

That’s all I have for now. Thanks for reading!

-Andy

 

Red Bull Day in the Dirt 19

Red Bull Day in the Dirt 19
by Andy DiBrino

Day in the Dirt is a special “one-off” race every year after thanksgiving, put on by the Hollywood stunt and film industry. This year was the 19th running of the race. It was hosted at the world famous Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California on November 25-27. For years it’s only been motocross racing, but the newest addition has been TT and flat track racing.

I’ve raced Day in the Dirt (DITD) once back in 2004, I believe I was 10 years old at the time riding a Kawasaki KX65. My friend and sponsor, Thor Drake of See See Motor Coffee Co, threw the idea out of me racing DITD on his Harley Davidson XG750 only a few weeks ago. But it wasn’t actually until 3 days before the race began that I knew I would be going! On a Tuesday I drove into Portland to load up the hog, and on my way home I thought, “I wonder if I could borrow a motocross bike?” So I stopped in at Bob Lanphere’s Beaverton Motorcycles, another sponsor of mine. Sure enough, they loaded me up with a Yamaha YZ250F they had on the used bikes showroom floor. I had a flat track bike and motocross bike and DITD was on!

The race weekend began on a Friday, and I still had thanksgiving dinner planned on Thursday with my family. I left dinner around 3pm in Madras, Oregon, and drove 657 miles straight down to Fresno, California to my girlfriend’s house. I arrived by 12:30am. The next day I left Fresno at noon for a 275 mile stint to Glen Helen Raceway, where I arrived at 5pm, just in time to set up camp before dark. After setting up camp, I started visiting friends of mine from the PNW.

BOSSA NOVA MOTOCROSS TEAM RACE

On Friday night, my friend Scott Hart of Moto Stuff mentioned he needed a third man for the Bossa Nova team race that ran Saturday. The next morning I got up early, got signed up, and joined him and Brȍck Powell at the line for the 45 minute race later that afternoon. All motocross races at DITD are flag starts, in multiple waves. In the Bossa Nova race, there were 3 classes: Fast Guys, Moto Industry, and the Movie Industry. We ran in the Moto Industry class, since Scott owns Moto Stuff, a major aftermarket motorcycle brake manufacturer and supplier. I got a killer start in my wave, fighting for the holeshot with all kinds of pro’s and legends. Did I mention, I only got 1 lap on the 7 plus minute track? I was still figuring out where the track went, I got it down after 3 laps, and by then I was just trying to hang out as arm-pump at set in. The track was so rough, chewed up and dry. It was so much fun though, and it was really satisfying when I took the checkered flag.

SUPER HOOLIGAN TT

Right after the Bossa Nova, I had to get over to the TT track race that Hell on Wheels was running. I entered in the Super Hooligan class, which is pretty much open to any street legal bike. Most people run big 750cc twin Harley’s and Indian’s with modifications for flat track racing, but now and then you’ll get a Ducati or something even more outrageous in the mix. Now usually Super Hooligan races are only on oval flat tracks. This TT track was basically a “vet style” motocross track connected to the oval. There was table tops, multiple hairpins, right hand turns, and a fast switchback section. There were other races being ran on that track all day, so we had a pretty rough track to start with. It was nothing like any of the Super Hooligan riders have raced on before! Personally, I was excited. I knew it would play to my motocross experience. The weather was threatening, making it even more interesting potentially.

When the Super Hooligan heat races were up, the rain had set in. Everyone only practiced on a dry track, so the opening lap of the race was going to be a gamble as racers fought for first, while trying not to overstep the bounds of the treacherous track conditions. Lucky for me, I got a decent start and was in 2nd place, and a couple turns in, the rider in 1st place fell, handing me the lead. A lap later, another Harley rider blasted underneath me taking the lead away. I was covered in mud has the leader roosted me, and had to take off my goggles so I could see. Initially the rider, Holden Pruitt, gapped me. But on the final lap, I gave it everything I had to close the gap. With 2 turns to go, I squared him up on the face of a jump, which gave me the drive to pass him into the final turn for the heat race win!

SUPER HOOLIGAN MAIN EVENT

The rain did not let up, and the main event was going to be even crazier. Any normal human being would have decided to sit out the mud-fest on these 400 plus pound machines. But nope, 12 riders lined up side by side for the main event. I knew the start would be everything. Clear vision, control of the race, and out of the chaos. I timed the flag start perfectly, and took the holeshot into turn 1. Behind me bikes roared, crashed, and collided. I did everything I could to just pull away and escape it. Once again, Holden Pruitt challenged me. We came around into the 180-degree first turn once again, which was especially chewed up and slick. I fought to get the bike turned, and Pruitt took advantage with a block pass on me. Once again I mounted a charge back, and had to ditch my goggles so I could see. Rain and mud covered my body and face, and it was all I could do to keep my eyes clear. This time, Pruitt made a mistake allowing me underneath. I keep the throttle twisted and was able to break away to a comfortable lead. But it wasn’t over. Mother Nature was still causing havoc, the track was claiming racers left and right, and nerves were setting in. When the white flag came out, I made my way around the track with caution. When I crossed the finish line, the celebration began! I laid the Harley over in the mud and did donuts in front of the crowd. World-famous bike builder Roland Sands handmade the trophies for the top 3 in Super Hooligan, which was very special.

CONCLUSION

After the TT race Saturday, they ended up canceling the flat track oval race. The weather did not let up, and it only got worse. I camped out Saturday night with my friends, and headed back up to Fresno to stay with my girlfriend on Sunday morning. Winning the Super Hooligan race was the goal, and it felt amazing to come that far and accomplish that. Getting to race motocross was icing on the cake. Like I mentioned earlier, the Harley is street legal. I rode for days in Fresno after the race with my girlfriend who has a Suzuki GSX-R 600! I’m in love with that Hooligan bike, I want my own now!

I want to thank Thor at See See Motor Coffee Co for sending me down to race his Harley, and Beaverton Motorcycles for the loaner dirt bike. Without them, I wouldn’t have had anything to race! A big thanks to 100% goggles, and Oregon Motorcycle Attorney for the support to get me down to the race as well. It was a blast!

Until next time,

-Andy

Proud Sponsor Of Andy DiBrino Racing

Pleased to announce that I am now officially a proud contributing sponsor of Andy DiBrino Racing.

I’d like to welcome Andy DiBrino, a native Portland, Oregon motorcycle racer.

Andy will be posting to this blog weekly about his motorcycle racing.

Andy and I grew up in the same neck of the woods.

Andy is aspiring toward a professional motorcycle road racing championship. He’s been fun to watch racing at PIR in the Oregon Motorcycle Road Racing Association series and he holds many different Portland International Raceway motorcycle lap records.

Andy is very fast and I think he’s headed places! It will be fun to watch Andy’s motorcycle racing and get first hand reports of his experiences.