Hometown Boys Garrett Ahlf and Jeff Griffin Throw down in Bako

The Monster Energy FreestyleMX.com tour invades Bakersfield California at Kern County Raceway! Bakersfields own Garrett Ahlf and Jeff Griffin had a great time performing in their home town. Garrett Ahlf was the crowd favorite and took home the 1st place in our competition! We had a few incidents but everyone ended up ok.
Song – Love Song by RAINA-FIRE

Riders – Garrett Ahlf, Jeff Griffin, John Distler, James Carter, Brian McCarty, Dustin Miller, Lance Coury, Jimmy Hill, Bryce Hudson

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. – Professional motorcross riders took over the Kern County Raceway Saturday.

Freestyle motorcross riders competed in the Monster Engery Freestyle Motocross Worldwide Tour.

Garrett Ahlf Bakersfield native won the race and said it was great to come out on top.

“This is a dream come true like I said being from Bakersfield not a lot of freestyle events come through town so it’s just a good feeling that I got to come out here and win,” said Ahlf.

Ahlf is glad no riders were seriously hurt performing their tricks.

Racer X Conversation with Josh Hill

Josh Hill didn’t win this year’s Terex Australian Supercross Championship. Although he led the points heading into the final round, his season instead ended in disappointment, confusion and controversy, courtesy of a take-out move by Jake Moss, which knocked Hill out of the series’ finale and out of the points lead. The benefactor? Jake’s brother Matt, who won the main and overcame the five-point deficit on Hill to take the title.

This move is quite controversial, and we’ll try to get both sides of the story by getting in touch with some of our friends in Australia, who will get an update from the Moss camp. For Hill’s side, our Eric Johnson rang up Josh yesterday afternoon to get his take.

Racer X: Okay, Josh I still haven’t seen the video of last night’s race from the Toowoomba Royal Showgrounds. However, I’ve heard all sorts of things from the guys at Transmoto in Australia as well as people in America. Just what in the world happened with Jake Moss that cost you the Australian Supercross Championship?
Josh Hill: I got like a fourth place start and kind of came through the pack and I had just passed Jake Moss about as clean as you could possibly make a pass. I got up on the rear wheel of Matt and had the inside covered about as tight as you possibly could and I just heard Jake coming and he was aiming for the inside of the bales so I tried to get as close to the inside bails as I could and he just kind of hit me from behind. He pushed me and lifted me up and threw me into the bales and I crashed. That was pretty much the end of the story. It was kind of a cheap shot deal because I think he was actually intending [to go to the inside of] the bales just to T-bone me. If you look at the videos and everything and you could see that there was no way he was going to stay within the track markers. He was coming into a 180-degee hairpin.


When he actually hit you, what went through your mind? Do you remember?
He had already been stating that he was pretty much using himself to help his brother win the championship and if that meant taking me out, he’d do it, so I already knew that I had a target on my back, but I didn’t expect him to cut the course to do so, you know?

Could you see what he was doing out of the corner of your eye at all?
Yeah, I made the cleanest pass that I could and I was on the far inside of the corner. I could feel him inside me so I tried to move over and I skidded my angle so he would have to hit his brakes. He was going to cut the course regardless

What place were you in at this time, Josh?

I was in second place at the time. I had just finished the second lap and I ended up turning the fastest lap time of the whole night in that one lap I was timed while I was coming through traffic.

What place did you get back to?
I DNFed. I rung my bell a little bit and bent my motorcycle up and there was really no need to continue. I was definitely seeing stars for a little bit and had the air knocked out of me. By the time I got off of me I was about to be a lap down.

Are you heartbroken or are you more like, “Whatever, man, if that’s how it goes.”

It’s one of those things. I would have loved to win the championship and just brought it home for everybody that put everything into this privateer effort. To win the championship would have pretty cool. I guess that’s just the way it goes down here. It’s kind of disheartening to see the way the promoters and officials handle things here because he made it clear going into it he was going to use himself to try and further his brother.


Did you go talk to the Moss brothers after the race?

You know what … it was one of those things where when I was walking down to the medic unit just to go get some Advil and I ended up walking past Matt Moss. I kind of just congratulated him on his win. There was really nothing to be said. There was really nothing to be done with situation but physical harm, but I figured it really wasn’t worth putting myself in that position and stooping to that level. I was just the bigger man and toughed it out and I’ve got bigger fish to fry.

Did you know the Moss brothers before going down there?

Yeah, Matt has always seemed to be a pretty respectable person and I’ve never had any issues with him. With Jake, the last three weekends, every time I’ve gone out to try and set the fastest lap, he’d purposely try to block me from and try to get in my way. It was things like that. It’s kind of funny, I guess. It’s just stuff that wouldn’t really fly back in the U.S.

What was the general consensus after all was said and done? Could you get a read on that?
I think the general consensus of it was that it was a cheap move. I didn’t go the podium or anything like that, but from what I have heard they weren’t shown too much respect up there.

Have you been able to talk with the RCH guys back here in the U.S after all this crap went down?

Yeah, they’re bummed that it happened but everybody is happy that I’m coming home safe. I think I proved that I was the fastest guy over here and it’s just one of those things that if the brother had not intervened I definitely would have been the champion.

Too bad you didn’t have your brother Justin down there, huh?
My little brother probably would have beat everybody. He’s on the gas right now. I think he’s trying to show the potential he should have shown last year. Injuries and just not having that confidence held him back. I keep telling Justin he is good enough to win and anything else should be unacceptable in his mind. He’s quite a kid and I’m pretty proud of him. I just want to see him do the best he can.

You missed out on this Australian Supercross title, but in the grand scheme of things are you just going to shake this deal off and get back here and start getting for the 2014 season?

Like I said, I’ve got bigger fish to fry. I feel like I’m on fire right now and had it not been for that little cheap shot by Jake Moss I would have won the championship easily. I feel the best I have in years. I think that the old me is going to be showing up. I really think I’m going to be in the mix at the front of the pack to remind people why I’m still doing it.

Disappointing End For Josh Hill’s Australian Season

Disappointing End To Australian Season For Josh Hill and Hart and Huntington/ InsureMyRide /DPH, Suzuki Race Team

Josh Hill and his Hart and Huntington, InsureMyRide, DPH Motorsports backed Suzuki team have endured a disappointing end to their 2013 Australian Supercross Championship season after Josh Hill was taken out of Toowoomba’s main event on the third lap while in a championship winning position.

Heading into the final round, Hill had a five point lead over nearest rival Matt Moss, with Matt’s twin brother Jake a further two points behind in third place and was confident he could do what was needed to take home the number one plate after qualifying second fastest, just one tenth behind Matt Moss.

Hill continued to show his pace in his heat race, winning by a comfortable five seconds over Brett Metcalfe and reigning Australian Supercross champion Jay Marmont who was a further three seconds behind.

After an altercation with Jake Moss earlier in the day, Hill knew things could get heated as he lined up right in-between the Moss brothers for the night’s main event.


When the gates dropped, Hill rounded the corner buried deep in the pack, however the rider who has re-signed for the RCH Factory Suzuki team in the United States, blitzed through the whoops and emerged from the second corner in 5th place, before quickly making his way through to 3rd place right behind race leaders Matt and Jake by the end of the opening lap.

With two corners to go at the end of lap two, Hill made a clean pass on Jake for second position and was ready to chase down race leader Matt. However as he landed on the down ramp of the finish line jump and proceeded to take the natural race line tight around the inside of the first turn , he was hit on the left rear of his bike, causing a crash that would end his night and dash his championship hopes.


“I won my heat race and had worked my way back to second after about a fifth place start in the main event and felt great,” Hill explained. “I had just made a clean pass into second place and was ready to go after Matt Moss, then Jake Moss decided to come from inside of the bales marking the track and cleaned me out.

“It was disappointing end to the season being taken out by what was a cheap shot by Jake Moss,” the American added.

“I was hit pretty hard and it took some time to pick myself up from underneath the bike. I was a little dazed and confused and by the time I got to my feet it was all over and there was nothing really left to race for, the championship was over!


“Obviously I was disappointed by the way it played out but I wanted to stay professional and not drop to that level and cause a fight and some carry on. I wanted to head back to the U.S healthy and with my reputation in tact and focus on my ride with the RCH team, which I have been able to do despite being taken out!

The resulted DNF recorded by Hill left him in third place in the overall championship standings, pending the results of an official protest regarding the incident at the conclusion of the race.


Despite the premature end to his championship campaign, Hill has continued to stay positive in the days following and could not thank both his team and his supporters enough for the positive experiences he has had while in Australia over the past couple of months and is now turning his attention to the 2014 American season and spending more time testing and getting ready for A1 on the 4th of January.

“I am looking forward to getting back to the U.S, I head home Wednesday morning and will get back into some testing with my RCH Suzuki team and focusing on A1. We did a little testing between the last two rounds of the Australian title and things were progressing well, it will be good to get home.” Hill stated.

“My time in Australia has been great, I have enjoyed all the support from the fans my team over here and especially the people I have been staying with while over here. The Australian crowd have been good to me and certainly given me a lot of support.


“Hopefully I will be able to come back and win the Australian title next year, and win the title we should have had for myself and the team.”

Hart and Huntington team owner Kale Wallis could not be more proud of the way Hill handled himself all season long after a tough start to the series and is looking forward to working along side Hill again next season.

“I’m very thankful to have worked with such professional athlete this year. Josh made everything easy for everyone who worked with him and I look forward in working with him again next year.” Wallis stated.

“I would also like to thank all of our sponsors involved InsureMyRide, Suzuki Australia, Contour, DPH Motorsports, Shell Oils, Kalguard, Dunlop, Sidchrome, Talon, RHK, Ringmaster Images, Exotic Graphix, Kickstart Industries, Rockwell, Shift, FOX, Uni Filter, Hinson, Pro Circuit, BCP, Polisport, AXIS Motorsports, Matrix Concepts, BEAM Designs, VORTEX, Works Connection.

“Also a special thanks to Kenny Watson from RCH, Luke Smith from InsureMyRide, Jarrod Pyne, Dale Hocking and Lewis Croft, and good luck to Josh in the AMA next year,” he concluded.


Hitting Ramps with Garrett Ahlf

If there was an award for the “Hardest Working Rider in FMX”, Bakersfield’s Garrett Ahlf would definitely be on that voting ballot. When it comes to FMX, has been up, he has been down, and now…he is back up again. Garrett Ahlf has paid his dues and deserves every opportunity he has been given. And now with a steady gig on the FreestyleMX.com Tour and a handful of solid sponsors, Garrett Ahlf is riding stronger than ever.

We caught up with our old buddy to talk bikes, babies, and being back on tour…

Garrett Ahlf, how the heck are you?

Good man just wrapping up a busy tour season this year that started off earlier than ever with Keith Sayers and the Evolution of Extreme up in Canada “eh”. Now I am pumped to have some weekends off . It’s nice to be spending time with the family and to be at home learning some new tricks.

You’ve been staying busy even off your bike, how is being a Dad going for you?

Being a Dad is awesome, but…being a Dad with a tour schedule sucks especially when I go straight back to work when I get home from being on the road. I was able to make it home for my first father’s day this year where I got to be present to hear my son say “DADA” for the first time which I was super happy I did not miss.

Do you feeling like having your son has changed you as a rider at all?

Not necessarily, I keep the same mindset as always. I normally do what I’m comfortable with during tour season to make it through safe and sound. Once I get a couple months off during winter is when I try to step it up as in trying new tricks or whatever. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t more scared now trying new tricks as I want to be around for my wife and kid [laughs].


You have spent a lot of time on the Freestylemx.com Tour the last couple years. Tell us a little but about the tour and what an average day on tour looks like…

The tour is probably the most recognized tour in the USA. Each bus usually consists of 3 riders, a Driver and Tour hands that helps with set up and tear down. This year I toured with Brian McCarty and John Distler. Big Dis actually drove the bus, set up and tore down AND rode the shows. Hats off to him because he work’s his ASS off. Days off are usually just trying to stay busy, what I like to do is write e-mails to sponsors to let them know how shows went and how many people were there and send photos when fans capture them at the events. On show days we get to the venue find out where we are riding set up and do the first show which is normally our warm up/practice. Each day we have normally had 3 shows and after the final show, there is usually a celebration for safe shows!

You are still a younger guy, so are you cool with being a paid demo rider or is there still a part of you that wants to be the next big thing in contests?

I would love to get paid to train for big contests and only shoot for media coverage rather than being on a tour bus and away from family but for me its rather hard to find time and money to keep up with these guys that are doing every flip trick in the book on ramp to ramp. Even with a solid tour schedule I find it hard to get comfortable to try and “live” off a demo rider’s salary because the only way you can is to be gone ALL the time and at this time in my life I’m not too down for that.

You are a guy that I have always considered you very “sponsor-able” in the sense, you keep everything clean and you handle yourself well. That’s probably why most of your sponsors stick with you every year. So who are the companies helping you out?

Thanks man I appreciate that! My sponsors have been helping me out a lot with what I need to get it done during the year. Working on doing some media stuff for 2014 to keep me busy during the slow winter months! Big thanks to O’Neal MX, Alpinestars, Hart & Huntington, Brady at Shifty Illusions, BLUR optics, Etnies, Dunlop, BLEND designs, Moto-Gate.com, Works Connection, RAM mounts, Wyvern Motosports, UNI Air Filter, GPR Stabilizers.


What else do you have planned for 2013?

2013 is slowing down for me but I got a couple more stops and one I’m really excited about is in my hometown. I called the marketing guy out at Kern Raceway, our brand new Asphalt Raceway track, and got him in contact with Marc Burnett from the FreestyleMX.com tour and they worked out a deal so there would be a 10 rider ramp to ramp contest going down with both buses showing up November 23rd! I’ve been practicing so I can to put on an awesome show in front of my hometown crowd. That pretty much sums up 2013 for me and with the holidays right around I’m ready to relax and hang with family.

Hart and Huntington and RCH with Fxck Cancer Unknown Ind. at MEC Ep. 6

Hart and Huntington and RCH Racing shows up big for the Vegas Monster Energy Cup with Lance Coury and Broc Tickle competing. But first, the team needs to get there— Lancy Coury heads up Interstate 15 on the F*ck Cancer awareness raising ride. It’s a huge weekend with the “Dying to Live” fundraiser, RCH autograph signings, RCH Co-Owner Ricky Carmichael’s induction into the AMA Motorcycle Hall Of Fame, and the main event—the 2013 Monster Energy Cup on RCH’s home turf in Vegas.

Find out more about F*ck Cancer: www.fuckcancerfoundation.org
Find out more about Unknown Industries www.unknownindustries.com
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Josh Hill Takes Control of ASX Championship

Josh Hill Takes Control of ASX Championship at Phillip Island.

Hart and Huntington, InsureMyRide, Suzuki racer Josh Hill has taken control of the 2013 Terex Australian Supercross Championship at the conclusion of rounds four and five of the series, held at Phillip Island, Victoria in conjunction with the Australian round of the MotoGP championship on the weekend.

Hill who came into saturday’s round four of the championship sitting fourth in the points standings, raced to a superb second place finish just in front of Brett Metcalfe after battling his way through the field twice due to a small incident while sitting in third place early in the race. His Second place finish behind fellow American Weston Peick combined with a 11th place finish for championship leader coming into the weekend, Matt Moss allowed Hill to move up to third place in the standings on Saturday evening.


“I had a good battle with Marmont (Jay), he is a sly old racer.” Hill said about his early race battle. “I tried to come in and tap his back wheel, he knew exactly how to handle that and held up a little bit and almost made me tip over and I lost a couple of positions.

“It meant that I had to make another charge to the front and wasted some time but I was able to get around Metty late in the race for second place and scored another good result.”

Heading into Sunday’s main event with the Knowledge that new championship leader Peick was out of action after an early morning practice crash, Hill launched his Suzuki RM-Z 450 out of the gate making his way into the lead from the start of the race before dropping the hammer on the field. With a 14 second plus lead as he started the final lap of the afternoon’s main event, Hill rolled off the throttle and cruised to a comfortable win over Matt Moss and will now head into the final round of the season with a five point championship lead.


“It was great to get the win on the second day at Phillip Island and take the championship lead, we got off to a tough start in Darwin, but we have really turned it around since then and have finished in either first or second in each race since,” Hill explained.

“The guys at the Hart and Huntington InsureMyRide Suzuki team have been going a great job and we will aim to keep it going at the last round.

“It was a good weekend at Phillip Island but to be honest I did not see much of the GP action. Everything was quite spread out and I was really just more focused on myself and what I had to do for the weekend,” Hill added.

Hill who had originally planned to stay in Australia between each round, is currently on his way back to the United States to complete some testing for the 2014 AMA Supercross championship as he finalises his plans for the American season before returning for the Toowoomba finale.


“My original plan was to stay out here in Australia between now and Toowoomba, but I have to catch a flight back to the United States tomorrow to do some testing for next years Supercross season.” Hill concluded.

Josh Hill and will again be in action at the final round of the 2013 ASX Championship being held in Toowoomba, Queensland on the 16th of November