After missing Finland and being 44 points behind Italian Davide Soreca, the UK’s Brad Freeman made the comeback of the season and clinched the EnduroGP title in the very last test of the season. So, what was the Junior World Champs secret for success?

Hello Brad, how do you feel as Junior World Champion? Did you have time to celebrate this title?
Brad Freeman: “It feels amazing! To say I’m Junior World Champion seems so surreal, but we did it! I’m so proud of our achievements this year; we went from an outsider for the title to being the dominant rider in a pretty short amount of time. And yes, we celebrate a lot! What’s the point in winning if you don’t celebrate it? The only problem was I didn’t expect to win the title and so had no plans at all… maybe that’s why it feels so good?!”

What a year it was! How did you feel when you got injured before Finland?
“It’s being an amazing year, a real breakout year for myself! When I got injured at the start of the year I was devastated, it just felt like I had threw it all away before it had really begun. I remember lying in the hospital in Italy basically crying to my Team Manager (Jarno) saying sorry for ruining the year like that. I told myself… ‘that’s it, the championships gone. Why is this happening to me again?’ He and the team were so good with me, they were patient when I needed it and I definitely would not have won this world championship without them! I think we surprised ourselves this year!”

“Jarno literally just took my helmet and said you can do It!”

2017 FIM Enduro World Championship – Zschopau, Germany

When did you realize exactly that you still had a shot on the Junior title?
“I was gaining back a lot of points in the championship but I still thought it was too far away. We went to Portugal for the last 3 GPs and I said to myself ‘OK, I need to finish ahead on every day from here to win this title.’ On the first day in Portugal I had maybe my worst ride of the championship; I wasn’t focused at all and came away with a 4th place finish. At the end of the day I was so angry… I thought ‘I’ve worked so hard all year for every point and then I go and throw them away like that!’ I said to those close to me I think the championship has gone, but they said no, a lot can happen in the final five days of racing! From this point on I was so focused on winning the World Championship! I rode hard but smarter than before, won the final five days of racing and with it the Junior World Championship!”

You were comfortably leading on Day 2 in Germany, but then lost a lot of seconds in the last lap. What happened exactly?
“On day 2 in Germany it was the dream scenario! I had taken the lead in the World Championship for the first time in my career, and was 30 seconds up with 1 lap remaining to be crowned World Champion! I was just about ready to back the intensity down a little bit and bring it home safely. I started the final enduro test, and after three corners had a stick go inside my rear break lever jamming it on! I thought no, this cannot be happening! I had two options… either stop and try to fix the problem but lose a lot of time or risk it and see what played out. I risked it, I thought after the bad luck I’ve had this year I wasn’t prepared to give this championship away like that. I rode the whole enduro test with the rear brake on and lost I think 15 seconds. I exited the test and the rear brake disc was glowing orange! I’ve never seen anything like that before. I tried to fix the problem with the tools I had but it was impossible, I needed a new system. I left the test for the extreme test and immediately lost my rear brake all together! Now I was just starting to panic… because I knew I would have to ride the extreme test with no brake. I said to my team boss before the test ‘I’m not sure we can do this’, and he literally just took my helmet and said ‘you can do It!’ I made a good time on the test! Only losing 5 seconds, leaving it to a showdown on the final cross times! It might have looked exciting from the outside, but it was worrying times from inside the helmet!”

“I always kept sort of aiming to progress…”

2017 FIM Enduro World Championship, Castelo Branco (POR)

Looking back to last year, did you think you will be able to fight for the World crown the year after?
“Honestly I believed in myself, I always have done… I’m not the most confident rider ever but I’m confident in my own ability. But I knew it was a big step! I remember my first GP in France 2013 was the day Matt PHILLIPS won the Junior Title! I finished 9th in the 125cc, and can remember looking at their celebrations and thinking ‘How can I possibly grow up and go that fast?’ the following year in France was when Matt won the E3 World Title and I won the 125 class… it was actually quite cool to see that I was making progress and so I always kept sort of aiming to progress just like he did! But I definitely didn’t think I could do it within the space of four years. 2016 was a great year for me, but I knew ultimately I need to have these good performances in the World Championship.”

Let’s talk about the Beta Boano team. From the outside, it looks more as a family than a simple Enduro team…
B.F: “It’s just one big family! They’re all a great bunch of people and a big reason why I won the World Championship! I signed with the team in the knowledge that they had a good bike, but mainly what they have done with riders before and how they have helped them to grow up. I went out to Italy training this winter actually living in my van, where I became good friends with my teammate Matteo CAVALLO and actually started living in his home! I can’t thank him and his family enough, they are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met and I’ll forever be in debt for what they did for me! Everyone just gets on so well, I’ve got a great relationship with my mechanic and I think that’s what sets us apart from others… we’re a very serious team, but we have a lot of laughs along the way which I think is so important!”

What are your plans for next year?
“My plans for next year have changed maybe five times throughout the course of 2017! I have kind of been waiting to see what was going to happen this year with the championship and where we finished but with winning the title in my first year it blown it wide open! I think I will go senior now as it’s the natural progression, and inside I also feel like I’m ready for it and ultimately that’s the best time to go. I’ll be staying with Beta Boano again and I think that’s going to help me a lot in my first year in senior! But really, I just want to keep progressing as a rider and keep having fun! I’ve had more fun this year than any other, and that shows in my results. I just want to have a good winter behind me and I’ll show up ready for the start of 2018 season!”

2017 FIM Enduro World Championship – Zschopau, Germany

The Deets

Name: Brad Freeman
Nationality: Great Britain
Date of Birth: July, 5th 1996
Place of Birth: Rugeley
Bike: Beta 300 RR
Number: 12S

Season by Season Top Results
2011: Fast Eddy Hare & Hound Youth Champion – GBXC Hare & Hound Youth Champion – Youth British Extreme Enduro Champion
2012: 125cc British Sprint Enduro Champion – Fast Eddy Hare & Hound Pro Champion – GBXC Hare & Hound Pro Champion – Youth British Extreme Enduro Champion
2013: 125cc British Sprint Enduro Champion – Expert Overall British Enduro Champion – Expert E1 British Enduro Champion – Expert National Off-Road Champion
2014: Under 20 European Enduro Champion – 5th Overall European Enduro Championship – 125cc British Enduro Champion – 4th Overall British Enduro Championship – Vice Under19 British Sprint Enduro Champion
2016: Overall European Enduro Champion – 4th Overall British Enduro Championship – 2nd Overall British E2 Championship
2017: Junior World Champion

Trying to switch into the world of moto is tough, just ask anyone who has tried!
This new Kiwi made show, now airing on TVNZ on Demand, tackles just that challenge, as a young girl makes the move from horses to dirt bikes after suffering a family tragedy.

Look out for our very own Broxy in the dirt bike sequences, along with a few other well known icons of the Kiwi Moto scene!

The cast of Wilde Ride

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Yeah, we know it’s not rocket science, but we bet that most of you are doing it wrong, just like we were…

Who’d have thought something as simple cleaning your boots would require a bit of research? Well, after a recent visit to Alpinestars importer, Crown Kiwi Enterprises, it became obvious that many of us have always been doing it wrong! And considering boots aren’t the cheapest items we buy to protect us, it makes sense to know how to do it properly to make them last longer and keep protecting you.

Step 1

Put the water blaster away. No, seriously, don’t even think about using the higher pressure of a jet washer to clean your boots. Okay, we all know it’s the quickest and easiest way to get mud and crap off our boots, but the damage it’s doing is enough to make you cry. Especially if you’re wanting to hang onto your boots for a decent length of time. If you’re a rock ‘n’ roll superstar and you change your boots with your gear, well, then go for it. But for the rest of us, the water blaster is a no, no.

Step 2

Don’t be a bloke – read the instructions. Every set of boots will come with their own set of suggested cleaning instructions. Don’t be an egg and throw them in the rubbish, take a look. Once you’ve done that, you’ll probably already know what the next step is.

Step 3

Be nice and gentle. We know that motocross boots are designed to take the hard knocks, but that doesn’t mean they need any more abuse than what they already receive when they’re on your feet. Use running water, a sponge, and, if you really must, some mild soap to get the mud and dirt off. Do not use the chemicals and detergents that you put on your bike, as the chemicals soak in and can damage the materials. A hose is fine for delivering the water, but nothing more than that. And use a soft sponge, not the thing your mum uses to scour all the burnt bits from her pans after you decided to attempt a midnight fry-up.

Step 4

With the boots clean, if you don’t fancy the saggy-ankle look, get the boot lined up correctly, do up all the buckles, and leave the boot to dry on its SIDE. Yep, don’t put them upside down, right way up or at an angle. Lay them on their side to dry, otherwise the weight of the wet leather can cause the body of the boot to compress down, therefore giving you bulging ankles. Also, if you put the soles down and there’s water at the bottom, that’s going to stink real fast. So, don’t do it. Oh, and if you’re one of those rich guys who own a set of boots with an internal bootie, take it out and let that dry separately.

Step 5

Now that the boots and nice and dry, it’s time to give them some love. A good quality beeswax leather protector rubbed into the leather bits will not only make the boots supple but also add a bit of waterproofing, which is always a result when there’s rivers to cross. And if the buckles tend to stick, add a bit of CRC to the clips. It’ll make ’em feel like new again.

Step 6

If you’re storing your boots for a while, put them somewhere nice that doesn’t get too hot, too cold, or damp. You don’t want mouldy boots when you finally decide to check how they’re doing, so stick them back in the box they came in and put them somewhere dry and ventilated.

Follow these tips and not only will you have great looking boots, you’ll also save yourself some cash by not having to replace them so often. 

 

The 2017 CRF450R was a mean machine, but for 2018 Honda have answered our cries and made the mean machine a little bit friendlier, without losing any of the animal.

 

“The 2017 CRF450R made serious waves last year, and not just because it was all-new. There was no doubt that it had serious potential for awesomeness, it just needed some tweaking. Also, that electric start definitely needed to come on the standard machine.

“Well, we got our wish as the 2018 machine received both of those things, so we were hanging out to discover whether it could finally swamp its competition, like it used to in the days of old….”

Check out the next issue of DRD Magazine – in stores Monday – for Broxy’s full review of the new 2018 Honda CRF450R.

Also in issue 148 of DRD, Broxy teaches us how to wheelie like a boss, Mitch goes off script with Gas Gas’s EC 300, and we take a blast on KTM’s MXGP machines! All this, plus all your favourite dirt news.

You don’t think you might have had Monkey Butt – you KNOW you’ve had Monkey Butt…

Words: DRD Photo: Troy Baker

On researching this article, it is clear to me that I have an exceptional ass. Plenty of lovely ladies have told me this so it must be true, but I’m not into boasting – it’s just I can honestly say, hand on cheek, I’ve have never suffered Monkey Butt, and nor do I want to.

This is a genuine condition for a number of athletes, how about that, motorcycling is a form of athleticism! Has to be, because we’re the ones who are quite happy to talk about this condition, probably more so than other ‘athletes’, runners, horsey people, gym junkies and many more besides.

Or is that because motorcyclists are all of low brow humour and openly belly laugh rather than snicker when we read anything with ‘Butt’ in the title?

Whatever, all humour aside – nahh, it’s gonna keep on coming – Monkey Butt is actually a medically correct technical term, eclipsed only by ‘chafing’ – more accurate, but nowhere near as much fun.

What is Monkey Butt, and how do we get it?

It’s a condition which has a number of contributing factors, mostly to do with sweat, lack of air flow, fibre abrasion and lack of blood circulation (for motorcyclists anyway).

The result of some or all of these contributors, is a rash, similar to that which causes babies to cry a bit and grown-ups to umm, cry a lot more.

Babies – thankfully – don’t talk too much about nappy rash, whereas grown-ups will, and after the worst is over, will bang on about Monkey Butt like it’s some masochistically-induced badge of honour.

Monkey Butt is the wound of the silent ASS-assin.

As you might expect with an injury attributable to friction, you probably won’t know you are nurturing a Monkey Butt until it is way too late.

Most find out about it in the shower, when water strikes the afflicted area resulting apparently, in shrieks, screams and general sounds of murder and mayhem.

Likened to being hit with a crossbow bolt to the bum, a snake chomp to the cheek, the effect of water cascading down onto a raw ass crack afflicted with Monkey Butt, has been compared to an acid bath for your arse, and therefore, best avoided.

Prevent that pain!

Prevention is worth an ounce of cure, and there are a number of preventives available, along with age-old advice from those in the know.

The most commonly recognised combination of commercial MB protectant is corn starch and calamine – and as both of these can be hideously messy on their own, put them together and I would imagine the resultant mess in your undies is going to be epic. The most prominent company markets a product called anti-monkey butt powder, but whether you can get it here or not, I haven’t checked.

You can also get a female-friendly version as well, which does not contain talc (apparently, talc is bad for lady parts) and has a pleasant fragrance.

Oh, come on, I don’t need this stuff, so even if I was to demonstrate the highest level of journalistic integrity, I am NOT going to a chemist and ask for it unnecessarily. Even journos have their dignity!

If MB is a problem for you, you go ask the chemist about it.

Chances are, you will probably be directed to a number of nappy rash products like Sudocrem and Bepanthen which work as a sort of tag team. Bepanthen is generally regarded as the preventive (apply before riding) Sudocrem the soother after the fact.

But it may be that Monkey Butt – while being a great topic of discussion at the pub by those who claim to have endured it – may actually require remedy in your case, so we have done some homework for you:

Treating the Pain

For those who don’t want to go shopping for anti-monkey butt powder, there are some other products which could be possible cures.

It is unlikely that WD-40 will help you here, but before you suit up for your next ride, you could try Vaseline, anti-perspirants, even marital lubrication gels on the afflicted area – make sure you check the label first, if for no other reason than to avoid grabbing the Deep Heat by mistake.

You could alternatively try Aloe Vera gel – a cure-all for just about everything, so no worries about being specific when you buy it, and apparently Coconut oil can bring effective relief too.

Here’s an interesting one: put two cups of oatmeal powder in a lukewarm bath and soak in it for about 30 minutes. Add brown sugar and you’ve got breakfast in the bath if you’re short on time…

A light Olive oil rub after a bath or shower, or a 1 to 3-part baking soda/water combo may be used, though you want to get that baking soda off the skin quickly – five minutes is all you’ll need.

Optional Equipment

You should also check out your riding wardrobe if MB is a problem. Cotton undies should be outlawed, a moisture wicking fabric will work out a lot better for you.

Stay away from Rayon, tencel, viscose and bamboo, unless you want to be savaged by a hungry Panda.

A good quality pair of compression shorts is the recommendation for longer rides, as long as the fit is correct. Make sure they have flat seams and don’t be tempted to keep wearing them day after day in place of regular jocks, as this can give you other problems.

Boxers – while good for walking and suchlike activities – and going Commando are definitely not options for motorcyclists just in case you were thinking of swinging freely…