Long Beach Grand Prix’s Thunder Thursday 2012

4:12 am in General by The Broker

 Every year the Long Beach Grand Prix association and Downtown Long Beach put together a huge block party to kick off the weekend of Grand Prix Racing in the streets of Long Beach California.

It’s quite a night with an estimated 10,000 people filling Pine st. and Broadway.  This was my 4th year performing for this event and each year it gets bigger and better. This night is the “Tecate Thunder Thursday”

The night started off with some Freestyle Motorcross from the Monster Energy FMX team. Our Sportbike Freestyle shows followed with Kyle Rapport and myself. The Pit Stop competition and the modeling contest.

                                   The guys from GoPro Cameras came out and mounted some cameras to capture the action. 

Team Adretti Racing’s Go Daddy driver James Hinchcliffe and RC Cola driver Marco Andretti were out for the pit stop competition and some media time.

Everyone was there to work, but we all had fun doing it.

I wouldn’t mind trading vehicles with this team for a day or two.. or three.

Then Monster Energy FMX crew contributed to the Thunder on Thursday when they started their show.

The FMX crew brought lots of style with them.

Rich Kerns was throwing down some big tricks.

Just about time for us to do our thing. This was my brand new bike I had just finished and maybe my third time riding it.

Del Amo Motorsports and Shinko tires hooked up some of these awesome tires that made for a great show.

No Hands

No feet

The night ended in a big smokey burnout and turned into a fiery inferno within my bikes bodywork. (My own fault. When i put the bike together I routed some oil lines incorrectly, creating to much pressure. This eventually blew out the valve cover gaskets and ignited on the hoot exhaust)

A bunch of awesome friends worked fast to put the flames out and the bike had very minor cosmetic damage.  The crowd loved it and it made for a great photo.

Durring the show we gave away a bunch of Icon Motorsports Swag. After the show we had a line down the street ready for autographed posters, hats, t-shirts and photos.

Kyle looking Krazy as ever with myself and some of the Fasttrak Insurance girls.

Check out this awesome video Kyle put together from this wild night in Long Beach

Big thanks to: Long Beach Grand Prix and Downtown Long Beach for having us.

                            Kyle Rapport for coming out and putting on another great show with me (Sorry i didn’t end up with any photos of you.)

                         Martin Salsberry

                         Fasttrak Insurance

                          Del Amo Motorsports

                         Icon Motorsports

                         Two Brothers Racing

                         Shinko Tires

                          The Monster FMX team

                       Everyone that came out

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