AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The Omnibus Appropriations Act, a massive funding bill now working its way through the U.S. Congress, includes provisions that would prohibit implementation of the Wild Lands initiative and continue conservation efforts to prevent the sage-grouse from being listed as an endangered species. In addition, it would require federal land managers to disclose how Equal Access to Justice Act funds are being disbursed.

The American Motorcyclist Association supports the inclusion of these vital public lands issues in the bill.

The appropriations act was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives Wednesday and is currently being considered by the U.S. Senate. In a release explaining several provisions of the Act, U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), former chair of the U.S. House Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, praised provisions included in the bill to address public lands issues and make litigation costs transparent.

Off-road racer Quinn Cody is entered in this year's Baja Rally.

Off-road racer Quinn Cody is entered in this year’s Baja Rally.

ENSENADA, BAJA CA, MEXICO – Bajarallymoto.com announced today that the unprecedented BAJA RALLY 2.0 has been re-scheduled for September 24th-28th, 2014 from its prior date in May, 2014.

“We find better weather conditions in the fall season and want to attract more of the world’s top rally racers to Baja CA”, explains BAJA RALLY creator Scotty Breauxman, “This move also allows more time for those racers who want to travel from overseas to race a true navigation rally here in North America.”

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On Friday, January 10, 2014, Carl Renezeder is getting a head start on the racing season at the Red Bull Frozen Rush at Sunday River Ski Resort in Newry, Maine. Renezeder has had many successes over his sixteen year short course career – 114 short-course wins, nine championships, multiple Challenge Cup titles, the list goes on and on – and now he’s taking on the latest challenge: racing his 900 horsepower, 4000 pound, Pro-4 on unchartered terrain.

Short course racing is one the most extreme types of motorsports, and Renezeder is excited to see how far he can push his truck over different and extreme terrain. When asked, why race in the snow? Renezeder stated, “I thought it would be fun to see the capabilities of my Pro-4 in a different environment and to compete with other Pro-4 drivers to test my skills and make me a better competitor.”

Dakar-THUMB-Desert-Challenge-12-23-13The Dakar Desert Challenge is a trans-Saharan expedition without competitive nature, which bridges two continents, Europe and Africa, through Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Mauritania, Guinea-Bissau, Gambia and ends in Dakar, Senegal. The event aims to recreate the great moments of escape and adventure of the mythical race “Paris-Dakar” with the possibility of participation of various types of motor vehicles and people with different levels of experience in long trips.

A 2nd Edition of this event, as in the earlier, will have the prologue from Coruche. On December 26, apart from the formalities, the caravan will make a route of about 40km around the municipality of Coruche, seizing the moment to make known the landscape of Ribatejo, rural zone of Portugal. The characteristics of the territory is a sufficient reason to make this first step a exciting prelude to the fantastic journey that will take your final destination in January 9, 2014.

Monster-Energy-World-Speedway-12-23-13CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. – A lineup of some of the best speedway competitors from the United States and Europe was solidified on Wednesday, December 18, as the official rider draw for the Monster Energy World Speedway Invitational took place setting the field for the 23-heat GP race format for the December 28 event at The Grand Arena in the City of Industry, Calif.

The 16-rider lineup is a who’s who of global speedway racing, featuring nine Americans, a trio of Brits, and a pair Polish riders, as well as lone stars from Australia and Denmark. Additionally, two alternates, each from the U.S., will be ready to step in, if called upon.

The official score sheet shows the unique and exciting GP format that features 20 initial four-lap heats from which riders will accumulate points in an effort to become one of the top eight competitors to reach one of the two semi finals. The top two finishers from each semi move on to the final, which will determine the overall winner of the Monster Energy World Speedway Invitational.

BlueRibbon-Coalition-Logo-9-28-12The Blueribbon Coalition sent over this action alert on OHV Nevada areas. Comments are due by December 27th! … Editor

Dear BRC Action Alert Subscriber,

I know folks are getting ready for spending time with their families during the Christmas Holiday Season. OHVers should not have to be worrying about their access to public lands during this special time of the year.

Unfortunately, the public comment period is ending on December 27, for the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Carson City District Bi-State Sage-Grouse Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).

The DEIS will amend resource management plans to conserve, enhance and restore habitat for the species in many of our popular riding areas, including the Pine Nuts and Wilson Canyon.

EPAlogoRecently, the NOAA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announce the opening of a 90-day public comment period on the agencies’ proposal to disapprove the State of Oregon’s coastal nonpoint pollution control program. The two agencies have found that Oregon’s program falls short in three key areas. Under the terms of a settlement agreement, EPA and NOAA are required to make a final decision by May 15, 2014.

The settlement agreement is the result of a 2009 lawsuit filed against NOAA and the EPA by the Northwest Environmental Advocates challenging the agencies’ joint administration of the Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments (CZARA) with respect to the state’s coastal nonpoint program.

Oregon first submitted its coastal nonpoint pollution control program to the agencies in 1995. Oregon has developed a strong program in most of the areas required under CZARA. Today, only three remaining areas need additional work. These three areas are important for protecting water quality critical to aquatic species and public water supplies. The remaining critical gaps relate to water quality impacts from forestry, septic systems, and new development.

SEMA-Logo-1-3-13Diamond Bar, CA – The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) strongly supports a provision to end a six-year clash over access to 189,000 acres of Southern California desert between the military and off-highway vehicle (OHV) users.  The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a solution to create a dedicated OHV recreation area and provide land for training to the United States Marine Corps.  The Senate is set to ratify the measure next week. The bill will then be signed by the President to become law.

Under a provision included within the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), 79,000 acres of Johnson Valley is being transferred to the adjoining Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, CA.  The legislation also creates the “Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area,” providing federal protection to over 96,000 acres established in 1980 for OHV recreation by the State of California.  It is the first time an OHV area has been provided national recognition.  Twice a year, 53,000 acres of the OHV area will be provided to the Marine Corps for 30 days of military training exercises.  No dud-producing ordnance will be used at that time in order to assure safety and continued access to the area.

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area in California won’t be taken over by the military after all, thanks to language included in the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014 that was approved by a U.S. House-Senate conference committee on Dec. 11, the American Motorcyclist Association reports.

The AMA, together with a coalition of off-highway recreation partners, congratulates U.S. Rep. Paul Cook (R-Calif.) for his leadership in protecting the interests of the OHV community — many of whom are motorcyclists — by getting the language inserted into the bill. Cook’s language ensures the safety of the residents in the Johnson Valley area, which is just east of the San Bernardino Mountains near Los Angeles, and provides an adequate training area for the U.S. Marines stationed at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms.

Untitled-4Murrieta, CA – KTM Motorsports and FMF Racing, LLC have worked together with the Caselli family to set up a foundation to honor Kurt Caselli, who passed away in a tragic motorcycle accident on November 15, 2013.

“My son, Kurt, loved to learn and he loved to race,” commented Kurt’s mother, Nancy Caselli. “He was inquisitive and investigative. I am hopeful that this foundation will initiate learning, inspire others and help raise the bar for increased rider safety. Kurt would be proud, as am I, to promote this foundation’s effort to better protect current and future racers for years to come. Thank you to all for your support in his memory.”

A portion of the Caselli Foundation money will go toward a scholarship for high school seniors. Caselli’s sister, Carolyn, works as an English teacher at Corcoran High School, and she knows how important it is to encourage students to follow their dreams. “My brother Kurt had an amazing job doing what he loved. He inspired thousands of young riders to follow their dreams,” stated Carolyn. “I believe, and I know Kurt would agree, that the beauty of living your dreams is not only in the courage to dream large, but also, and more importantly, in the learning, dedication, and hard work required for turning those dreams into reality. I am proud to create this scholarship encouraging the hard work it takes to live your dreams. In this way, Kurt’s legacy will continue forward not just in the off-road community, but in the lives of all young believers.”