Holeshot – with Sam Smith

Holeshot – with Sam Smith

Sam puts his new KTM 450 through it's paces Copyright Darren Rycroft www.anysportphotos.com

Our own Northern Ferret gets up close and personal with one of Dubai’s hottest new MotoX talents, Sam Smith, riding under the Sandstorm Motorcycles banner once again this season.

Some time ago whilst chatting to Jonathan Crompton, owner of Sandstorm Motorcycles in Dubai, he informed me that he was awaiting the arrival of his new mechanic from the UK. Nice move I thought at the time, a young expat mechanic who had raced MotoX in the UK, would be a great addition to the team.

I met Sam at the workshop a few times not long after his arrival, he was quietly going about his work as I was chatting to anyone who would listen to me about my weekend rides in the desert…I happened to mention that I needed new tires fitting to the bike and before I could say “how much” they were fitted…

I went back in after a couple of rides complaining that I didn’t like the feel of the bike or the tires since fitting. Sam assured me it was the setup that I didn’t have right and gave me a few tips as to what to change…I took his advice and ‘what do you know’…the lad was right! The bike was transformed and I was riding with more confidence and faster (in my eyes) than ever before…Not too shabby for an old guy!

Having seen Sam up at the local Jebel Ali track, on the odd occasion I managed to make it up there for the races, you could see that he had a lot of ability but did lack race fitness which led to his performance dropping off as the race went on. Even so, to finish 2nd in his first season over here after a long lay off, was pretty impressive.

There is more to come from Sam and after catching up with him recently for a photo shoot, he chatted openly about how his first season had gone, the up’s & downs, and how he plans to take the #1 plate this season…Doubt him at your peril !

Sam will be looking to go one place better this season

“My name is Sam Smith, 22 years old and have lived in Dubai for 1 year now. I am working full time as a mechanic for Sandstorm Motorcycles and also racing MotoX under the Sandstorm Team race banner.  Overall my first race season here was pretty good, I got here a couple of months before the season started and didn’t really have a clue what to expect.  Also I hadn’t raced for over twelve months so I was quite rusty and my fitness levels were not too good”

“I started the year on a 2008 Honda CRF 450R kindly supplied by Sandstorm. The bike was good but I didn’t really get on with it too well.  The first few races at the local Jebel Ali & Umm Al Quwain tracks were ok and I was just breaking into the top ten. I knew I could improve on this once my fitness was up and I had more time on the bike. Half way through the season I switched bikes to a KTM 450, once again, this was kindly supplied by Sandstorm. After a few practice sessions on the bike to get it set up and get the suspension dialled in, I knew that I would be quicker on the KTM. My first race on the KTM was at Umm Al Quwain and I managed two third places giving me third place overall and my first trophy in the UAE – Yeah, I was chuffed! “

“From then until the end of the season I was constantly finishing in the top five.  I was really happy with that especially as it was my first season here.  Going into the final round of the DMX Championship I was lying second overall in the series. It was down to myself and Mark Ackerman for the title, he beat me on the day and won the championship by ten points so I finished the season in second place overall, which I was extremely happy with”.

“At the end of the season I entered the Supercross event at Festival City. I was riding a 450 KTM borrowed from Tim Trenker at KTM UAE, thanks Tim, – Unfortunately I managed to wreck it!  Sorry Tim! The first race was good and I got second place, I was really enjoying the track but, in the final race I had a pretty big crash and broke my wrist. Not the ideal pre-race preparation but sometimes that’s how it goes…It meant that I had two months off the bike whilst recovering. With my wrist almost fully recovered and getting stronger week by week, I am now busy preparing for the 2010/2011 season. Sandstorm has stepped up to the mark once again and is supporting me with a brand new KTM 450 Nagl Edition (very nice!)”

Flying high in Dubai's desert

“I’m training hard for the new season with plenty of gym work and trying to improve my fitness levels as well as fitting in as much seat time as possible so that I can try and go one better this time.  I’m in the gym three to four times a week and riding twice a week so I know I will be ready for the first race in three weeks time. I’m also looking for a better season in the Desert X series this year.  I didn’t have much luck in them last year due to crashes and punctures, etc, but I’m a lot more confident this year as I have more experience in the desert and with the navigation, which is a must if you want to be competitive, I have a good bike set up and pit support so overall it’s looking promising. I am hoping that the DMX Championship plus Desert X will be good to me this year, one thing is for sure, I will be giving it 100% in an attempt to take the #1 plates.”

“Finally I would like to say a big thank you to Jonathan and Christine at Sandstorm Motorcycles for all their support, without which I would never have done so well. Also thanks to my Mum, Dad and sister for their good luck phone calls and support from back home in the UK”

Sams all action style will hopefully bring him the #1 plate this season

Circuit Pro Digital would like to wish Sam all the very best of luck for the new season. We will be following his progress throughout the season and hopefully Sam will be giving us a blow by blow account of each and every race through the pages of CPD….

TTFN – Northern Ferret…

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8 hrs ago


That Alex Albon is so cheeky 😂 ... See Less

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Omg! I love this duo so much! Never fail to make me laugh 😂

Actually I don't Like Alex' sense of humor :/ he is imo too arrogant

Is it just me or does anybody else wanna punch max in the fuckin face as hard as u could??

Why in the hell did Merc haven't done Grill the Grid?

If he think that one is bad i wonder what he think of the rookie of the year one ! 👀

Alex very honest! I like that


Did he say Sonny Moore at 0:28?

Congrats 😎

Nikko Par

Alex Albon 💙

Sarah Jones

Ricardo Ruiz

While you patiently waiting for your monthly salary, others are busy earning nothing less than $500- $10000 every 48hours, Ask me how????

Celine Maddie

Traduscalon a español

Rahul Kale Nuaman Wt

Max might be fast but his funny level is pretty low.

"It looks Romanian" hahaha good knowledge of flags Alex!

Who win this in 2018 please?

Being a Romanian, I’m surprise that Albon know the Romania 🇷🇴 flag ☺️. Wow.

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9 hrs ago


Hang in there... fewer than 💯 days until the next race 😅 ... See Less

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Man weekends are so boring at the moment. Drive to survive needs to come out sooner than March to help this out

It was fun back in the days when we had the V8 .. It was a joy to watch the replays but now I can't stand watching any reply of this era even if it was a perfect move or something really special Please give us some noise .. I want my ears to hurt again 😅

And if Sebastian and Max have been good Saint Nic may bring them a fast car for 2020.

Odotetaan jannityksella odotus aika tuntuu pitkalta vai mita . ?? 🌲🌨🎅🎅Hyvaa joulua seka vuoden loppua . 🥂❤️❤️🍀🍀.

Super cross holds me over quite well until F1 starts back up.

It's gonna be a long winter.

It’s worse when you put it that way! 100 days...omg....nooooooooooooo!

90 days, 4 hours, 9 minutes and 30 sec to be precise...

Now that F1 has been over.

Waiting on the season to start

if V12 days yes we aka fans are eager for new seasons race but not now sadly..

With me in the competition.. Your gonna.. WIN.. 🏆❤💋

We are ready 💜😏

I know it’s not F1, but urge everyone to get on to the Bathurst 12 hour stream, starting October 21st. A real motor race with overtaking. It might get you through to the start of the next F1 season. www.bathurst12hour.com.au/news/2020-liqui-moly-bathurst-12-hour-date-confirmed/

Hang in there Tom, it’ll be back soon!!

Racing denotes some sort of competition is involved.

Can't wait!

It's not that long.

Waiting for this.. 👍🏻 👍🏻 👏🏻 🏁🏁🏎️🏎️👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Non vediamo l'ora che comincia grand premio, speriamo che sia spettacolare come finale 2019...

100 days never seemed longer

Race ever day.

اعطونا رزنامت الموسم القادم

Can’t wait 😆

Can't wait.

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10 hrs ago


🥁 And the winner is... (as voted by F1 fans) ... See Less

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Funny how fans were whingeing about the state of F1 in early 2019, saying it's boring and a procession...Soon as they said that, boom! We have a season on our hands. A season to enjoy, with some of the best overtakes I've ever seen, in my 34 full years of F1 watching! Wow!

I'm surprised that Leclercs move on Gasly at Silverstone isn't included in this list. I don't think I've ever seen an overtake around the outside of Village. Pretty impressive, as far as I am concerned.

Would you look at that F1, the FIAs "Action of the Year" nowhere to be seen as anyone with an ounce of credibility knows that was an overtake off the circuit.

Sainz at Brazil should’ve been #1

Seriously how Max got "Action of the year" with that move I'll never know.... Way more impressive moves this year than that!

Lec overtake impossible Ver overtake very difficult and very beautiful but possible ! For me Lec P1 Ver P2

The number 1 is one of the easiest move, it's number 1 just 'cause crytappen done it. In the same footage, 20 meters behind, there is a more gutsy move made by his team-mate Albon on the (most powerful on straights) Ferrari of Vettel. That shows once again that "voted by fan" means s**t. Most of them can't even understand the basis of motorsport.

I liked the double overtake of Verstappen on LeClerc and Hamilton in Brazil the most. Such confidence and determinatiom and Senna-esque going for the gap. That’s what makes Max brilliant

The overtake of Verstappen to Leclerc in Austria is not a good overtake, was an ilegal overtake!

Passing on the grass is always tricky. A bit too much throttle either on the grass or when regaining the track and you're not going to have a good day. Much as I'm not a fan of Leclerc, I do have to say where he passed in Monaco was tricky and took some skill. I think that Norris' double pass in COTA should've been in this top ten.

Everything that F1 does here is to find a way to sell Max as an phenomenon. It sucks .... no credibility at all.

Max's overtake on Hamilton is exactly like Montoya to Schumacher at the same place in a GP of Brazil..

Where is Hamilton on Vettel in Bahrain?? And Albon on Ricciardo at Spa!!?

An overtaking package without a single highlight from Ricciardo. Sums up Renault's season perfectly.

No.4 Bottas passed Hamilton on the next corner, where no one had passed before. It was great move!

P7 was not overtaking. It was forcing out of the track and causing a collison

And Sainz in Mónaco overtakes kvyat?

Number 4 Bottas repasted Hamilton into Cops corner that should be in the top 10, not often we have cars wheel too wheel into the corner it was fantastic racing from both drivers !!! 🤙

The best overtake for me is Leclerc on Gasly in Silverston

Sainz last lap overtake that secured the point för the 6th Palace in the Championship

6 years of Boring Parades.....F1 used to actually race before the Engineering Exercise.

That Max pass on Leclerc was anything but clean or graceful. Shoulda left a little more room outside.

To vote overtake moves check tyre wear and strategy cause a Williams can send one outside of Merc if tyres are worn differently......

how was sainz 3rd and not first? that was brave and crazily tight to overtake there....

Why Leclerc got 2 best overtake? I’ve never seen overtaking at that part of the track in this decade.

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11 hrs ago


Round 2 in Ausin provided drama that nobody expected! 😱

Take a look back at the first moments of the #AmericasGP! 🇺🇸

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MM side to side transitions down through the esses is so much quicker than everyone else! Also he brakes so much harder and later than anyone coming into 12 it’s unreal to watch in person!

That turn 1 is so amazing.

it was actually round 3....but who's counting....

First race I went to ❤️

Who wrote this a child sloppy

Austin not 'Ausin' 😂 Round 3 not 2 😂 I think MotoGP is drunk

Cant spell Austin

Where’s Ausin? Is that near Austin?

Vr 46 😍

who won..??

Round 3 in Austin

What drama? 🤷‍♂️

Where is Ausin?

Patrick Souza

Wasn't Austin* round 3?

that race..??

Bay Shapso

Marc Marquez ❤❤

Wow this track is up, the lining of the #GP is so amazing ,😎

Forza VR46 ❤

Fabien Audouard Polo Fabien

Tressia Nowlin 🏍️❤️❤️❤️‼️‼️‼️


Que puesto quedo rossi?

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12 hrs ago


A first every Álex Rins/493142754078013">#MotoGP victory for Álex Rins! 🏆

His victory back at the #AmericasGP will go down in the history books! 👏
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Rossi has perfected diving in too late and hot, then running way wide. You'd think he'd know better by now.

rossi should kick rins. so he can win this race. 🤐


S U Z U K Ingggggg 💪💪💪👏👏👏🦾🦾

Young riders to win 😎

I was there😁

Boa. Parabéns




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18 hrs ago


Maiden winners at the Marc Márquez17">#AmericasGPMaverick Viñalesf="https://facebooÁlex Rins142754078013">#MotoGP ➡️ Marc Márquez 🏆
2014 #Moto2 ➡️ Maverick Viñales 🏆
2013 #Moto3 ➡️ Álex Rins 🏆
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2013 AmericasGP marquez: new bike, new track, fast to adapt

Miss You Little Samurai #26DP 😑😑

Of course a choose Vin also...

Always.... Marc...

First is always special ❣️❣️❣️

Always Marc 💪🏻💪🏻🇳🇵🇳🇵

Miss you dani😭😭

Marc ❤

The first sign of the alien existed


MM93 forewer

Keliatan beda kelas antara marc dgn alex and vina

Always boring rider and boring titles from marq marquez

Babang dani 😍


Hallo ich bin Martin 😀

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