There is another USA rider at GP's today.

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8/17/2013 6:12 AM

Jarek Balkovic is racing in Bostogne, Belgium today. Doing good, he's third in his heat race at the moment.

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8/17/2013 6:15 AM

Wow, from schoolboy classes at LL's straight to GP's. MX2?

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8/17/2013 6:16 AM

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8/17/2013 6:19 AM

He's riding the 125 European Championship-class. A kind of a stepping stone class to the big leagues. smile

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8/17/2013 6:21 AM

Finnish_Flash_76 wrote:

He's riding the 125 European Championship-class. A kind of a stepping stone class to the big leagues. smile

Ah, that makes sense. Thanks.

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8/17/2013 8:59 AM
Edited Date/Time: 8/17/2013 9:02 AM

Jarek is short for Jaroslav

(as in Jaroslav Falta....
http://i619.photobucket.com/albums/tt274/kerrymccaughey/Falta_1974_1_750.jpg )

Add to it "Balkovic" and there's no question this kid has Eastern Euro roots.

Just sayin.

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8/17/2013 9:56 AM

mx_563 wrote:

Jarek is short for Jaroslav

(as in Jaroslav Falta....
...more

Like half of the caucasian americans.

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8/17/2013 10:48 AM

mx_563 wrote:

Jarek is short for Jaroslav

(as in Jaroslav Falta....
...more

mmcmx wrote:

Like half of the caucasian americans.

I would argue that most have Western European roots. Either way, my point is that he must be pretty closely tied to his roots to be running the OG ethnic name.

Look at all the people with Irish roots in the USA but how many Ruadhris or Siobhans do you know?
Lots of people with German roots but how often do you run across a Helga, Dagmar, Franz or a Dietmer?
Same can be said for Pierre, Pascal, Thor, etc etc etc....

I wouldn't even have mentioned it if this kid's first name was Ryder or Taylor, or Austin. Be he's straight running Jarek!

Anyway, aside from a few Czech and Estonian riders, Eastern Europe is not really on the MX map. That's why I find it cool that this kid is out there making a name for himself. Even if he is in fact an American kid.

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8/17/2013 11:00 AM

List a few highlights of your career:
I won Loretta Lynn’s in 2007.
Got a second in the 9-11 85 class at Mini O’s in 2008.
I was 2nd overall in the 85 12-13 class in 2009 at Mini O’s in Supercross.
I am a consistent top five-ten national rider.
I am going to make it happen on big bikes in 2012.

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8/17/2013 12:24 PM

mx_563 wrote:

I would argue that most have Western European roots. Either way, my point is that he must be pretty closely tied to his roots ...more

this is Jarek... ?t=1m35s">

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8/18/2013 1:38 AM

http://www.motocrossmx1.com/LiveResFrame.aspx 10th Balkovic 1st Jonass like a boss

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8/18/2013 1:47 AM
Edited Date/Time: 8/18/2013 1:49 AM

Back to 13th now, his lap times have fallen off a bit. Could have a problem.

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2. Don't crash

8/18/2013 1:52 AM

pumped for Brian Hsu :> badass guy

btw: P9 - CAN - Kade Tinkler = Kade Walker right? o.o

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8/18/2013 1:58 AM

crusty_xx wrote:

pumped for Brian Hsu :> badass guy

btw: P9 - CAN - Kade Tinkler = Kade Walker right? o.o

Yes.

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