2014 FIM Freestyle of NationsThe world premiere of the FIM Freestyle of Nations in the Veltins Arena in Germany on May 31, 2014, will bring together the cream of the world’s Freestyle Motocross (FMX) riders in a competition to decide the official FIM champion nation.
Shortly before the close of nominations, the USA team has now joined the other contenders from Australia, Brazil, Germany, France, Italy, Russia, Spain and the Czech Republic. America is sending three of its world stars – Matt Buyten, Mike Mason and Todd Potter.Matt Buyten is a high-jump specialist. The 34-year-old Metal Mulisha rider is already a four-time gold medallist in the X Games and has taken silver and bronze medals four times respectively.Mike Mason has an impressive track record at NIGHT of the JUMPs events and has also shone at the X Games, where the 32-year-old from Nevada has won three golds, a silver and three bronzes to date. Mason is a hot tip to triumph in the Race & Style category.Todd Potter, too, has performed well in the X Games. The 29-year-old from California has taken three golds, a silver trophy and four bronzes. In 2012 he won the Red Bull X-Fighters Stop, performing before a home crowd in Glen Helen.The US Team, with backing from Rockwell Watches, is bringing a huge stock of experience to Gelsenkirchen. The fans will soon know how the old FMX veterans measure up to the young bloods from Germany and elsewhere when performing on a continent other than their own. On a good day the US team is certainly in the running for a place on the medals rostrum.The FIM FREESTYLE OF NATIONS will take place on 31st May 2014 in the VELTINS Arena. Ticket prices start at 29.90 euros; children can attend for as little as 19.90 euros.Tickets are available in person from the S04 Service Centre at the FC Schalke 04 offices (Mon-Fri 9am-6pm, Sat 9am-2pm), by calling the ticket hotline on 01806-15 08 10 (20 cents/call from landlines; max 60 cents/call from mobile phones; Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 9am-2pm) or by clicking here.Further information, visit Freestyle of Nations.
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
So on that note, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!