Morning Espresso: Donuts vs Dogs, Injury Updates, Marchbanks New Deal and More

Welcome to Morning Espresso where we recap some news from around the world.

Donuts vs Dogs

We got some beef going between Jett Lawrence and Justin Cooper and I’m here for it. Motocross NEEDS RIVALIRES. WE NEED BEEF.

Look, I don’t give two slaws if you eat donuts or bring your dog or whatever on the podium. You get on a fing podium, you can do whatever you want. Slaw of course would slam a Claw and eat three Slaw Dogs, but that’s just me. But I love the trash talk between the two young stars.

Injury Updates

Disappointing end to the season for RJ Hampshire. The Florida native crashed in the first moto at Thunder Valley and suffered a few bone breaks in his hand. After the race, Rockstar Energy Drink Husqvarna announced he would have to sit out next Saturday’s finale at Fox Raceway in Pala, California.

“It’s a disappointing way to end my season,” Hampshire said in a team statement. “I hit the ground hard the past couple weekends and today finished it off. It’s a pain riding injured and always seems to lead to more. I have a couple broken bones in my right hand but everything is in place so surgery shouldn’t be needed. My body needs a few weeks to recover. I’m bummed for myself and the team but we have a lot more to look forward to!”

Hampshire was having a great year, including a moto win at Loretta Lynn’s 2 and an overall win at RedBud 1, but his last few races have been tough. He had a crash at Spring Creek and hurt his hip, then had the HUGE crash at WW Ranch. Unfortunately this latest crash will keep him out for Saturday.

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Cameron McAdoo is also out for the finale after breaking three fingers on his right hand at Thunder Valley. The fill-in [Ed note: NOT A FILL-IN. Slaw messed up. My bad.] had a great summer, but will miss Fox Raceway at Pala.  

“Dang it! Unfortunately the last lap of moto 1 a lap rider went down right in front of me, and I was hit by his bike which resulted in breaking 3 of my fingers on my right hand. The good news is that all bones are in place, and look to heal well with a couple weeks of rest! Thank you so much to my whole team, and crew for sticking behind me. This is obviously not the way I wanted to end my season, but I’m very glad it is not worse, and will heal well on its own! We will get rested up, and get back to work for next year!”

Troy Lee Designs/Red Bull KTM’s Derek Drake announced he’ll also sit out the final due to health issues. Drake wrote on Instagram:

“Hey everyone, I’m sure you’ve seen my lackluster results and inability to ride the 2nd Motos recently. Well I have been dealing with some health issues and I’ve seen a bunch of doctors & specialists. We have some ideas, but nothing set in stone yet. This process has been mentally & physically exhausting and frustrating. For now it has been decided it is best for me to sit out the final round and focus on getting healthy. I would like to give a shout out to my awesome team, sponsors, and family for their concern & support. And of course my amazing fans, thank you for your cheers & continued support. Trust me I’ll let everyone know what’s going on as soon as I find out what’s going on. See y’all soon.”

New Deal for Marchbanks

In a typical year, Silly Season would be in full beast mode. 2020 is, well…

But, we got some news over the weekend when Garrett Marchbanks announced he is signing with the ClubMX team for 2021. 

The Utah native spent most of his amateur career with Team Green Kawasaki before turning pro with Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki at Hangtown in 2018. He spent the last two and a half years with the team, getting his lone win earlier this year at Daytona and finishing fourth in the 250SX East Region. 

“As some of you may know these past 4 months I was really struggling on figuring out what my next move was going to be for the upcoming season, until I got the news that @clubmx wanted to help me out. Hearing what they had to say and offer was more than what I could ever ask for and I can’t thank the whole crew enough for giving me the opportunity and support to continue my racing in 2021. I’m beyond grateful and I’ll see you guys at the races!!”

Epic Prank

Monster Energy/Pro Circuit Kawasaki’s Jordon Smith recently got married. That’s awesome. Congrats, Jordon.

Even better? This prank his boys pulled on him.

Sometimes You Just Gotta Send Er

Thanks For Your Continued Support of Vurb


  1. I am incapable of processing or understanding what any of this article said. Why? Because I am deeply offended that you post a Blink 182 (real version, not that cover band shit) video and forget to mention how I (part of the vurb crew) know one of the guys in the band. How many times do I have to tell everybody until you listen to me? Unbelievable.

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