News 27 Nov 2012

Off-Road Observer: 47

Alex Gobert focuses on the world of off-road, presented by Yamaha's 2012 WR450F.

One of the most impressive aspects showcasing the national off-road scene in 2012 has been the variety of films that have been completed throughout the sport. Whether it’s the AORC, A4DE or major desert races, we’ve been lucky enough to be provided with a number of films to embed during the year.

Motology’s Adam Riemann has been one of the leaders amongst filming in the off-road ranks, especially with KTM and the engaging Ben Grabham injury updates. When it comes to KTM’s off-road program, his relationship with the team and its riders makes for the ultimate insight to any given race weekend.

The Finke documentary KTM put together was epic, produced by ONE HD senior producer Michael Heaton, and it actually aired on ONE last Sunday. The content that we are receiving and then showcasing via MotoOnline to our visitors is absolutely first class on most accounts.

More recently we’ve seen some quality films from 404Shots, mostly featuring the Ballard’s Yamaha team including one with Matty Phillips and another with Daniel Milner within the past week (we’ll be posting that one tomorrow right here on the site).

The good news is that 404 has today announced they will be working on a feature film for 2013, which will include the top teams and riders from within Australia. Judging by their YouTube uploads, this film will be something to see and hopefully it works out for them so we see more to come in the future.

It’s a thriving time for films online at the moment, a real advantage for smaller series like the AORC and also key for established events such as the A4DE, Finke and even international races like the Six Day. And the greatest thing? This is only the beginning!

In other news, Toby Price continued his domination of 2012 at the iconic Day in the Dirt event in California this week, held at Glen Helen with some of Troy Lee Designs’ greatest ever athletes including Jeremy McGrath. Needless to say, after getting his first taste of Baja earlier this month, Price continues to make a name for himself in the US.

The standout performance for Price was his win in the Coupe De Grace, a 90-minute moto (yes, 90!) around Glen Helen without a teammate. Price also finished third in the Pro 450 class earlier in the weekend despite a couple of crashes, so no doubt he was impressive. We can’t wait to see what he lands for 2013.