monday shout out2017 7M 7906 1200

A new dawn, a new day and the first Monday of 2017 is at our feet. All the good, bad, great and ugly moments of the last 12 months are put to bed. 

For some the new year will be an opportunity to right the wrongs of 2016 while for others it will be a chance to build on the good times had.

If you listen to mainstream media a lot you’d be forgiven for believing that 2016 was a dirty old one. It wasn’t really, least not in our little off road bubble.

Ask Team USA and they’ll tell you it was pretty damn sweet as they rode to their very first ISDE overall win. Great Britain and Czech Republic joined them on that podium for a top three nobody could honestly say they predicted.

Proving that age is but a number, Graham Jarvis found his mojo as he dominated Erzberg, Romaniacs and Getzenrodeo before capping things off with a win at the Roof of Africa.

It was a heck of a year too for Sherco as they defied all the odds by becoming EnduroGP World Champions thanks to Matt Phillips. 

The next generation of enduro talent came to the fore as Beta’s Steve Holcombe ripped his way to the Enduro 3 crown. 

Adding in Eero Remes winning with TM Racing in Enduro 1 and Giacomo Redondi sticking Honda on the top step of the podium in the Junior ranks, 2016 also showed that you don’t need to ride orange to win.

We got new bikes too when Sherco rolled out their 125 two-stroke and Gas Gas returned with a pair of 250 and 300 two smokers at EICMA. 

All in all, things were pretty damn good — even if Taddy Blazusiak decided to hang up his boots.

So with the slate firmly whiped clean, 2017 has already properly begun in earnest as riders rolled off the starting ramp this morning for Dakar 2017, while round two of SuperEnduro heads for Germany this weekend.

Already I’ve got a feeling it’s gonna be another very interesting year but one we can look forward to with an open mind and an open throttle.

Robert

robert@future7media.com