MOTOCROSS ACTION PHOTO OF THE WEEK
The MXA wrecking crew was at Alabama’s Monster Mountain track this past week doing the initial testing on our 2014 Yamaha YZ250F. While there, MXA’s Daryl Ecklund showed just how low you can go. John Basher shot the photo.
2014 LORETTA LYNN REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
The AMA has released its AMA Regional Championship calendar for riders trying to qualify for the 2014 AMA Amateur National Championship at the Loretta Lynn’s on July 27 to Aug. 2, 2014. It should be noted that riders must first qualify at an AMA Area Qualifier to be allowed to compete in a AMA Regional Championship. For more information go to www.mxsports.com.
NORTHEAST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
June 21-22: Pleasure Valley (Youth); Armagh, PA
June 28-29: High Point (Amateur); Mt. Morris, PA
SOUTHEAST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
June 7-8: Muddy Creek (Amateur); Blountville, TN
June 14-15: Lazy River (Youth); Chatsworth, GA
MID-EAST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 31-June 1: Ironman (Amateur); Crawfordsville, IN
June 7-8: Red Bud (Youth); Buchanan, MI
NORTH CENTRAL REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
June 14-15: MC Motopark (Amateur); Mt. Carroll, IL
June 21-22: Sunset Ridge (Youth); Walnut, IL
SOUTH CENTRAL REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
June 14-15: Freestone (Youth); Wortham, TX
June 28-29: Three Palms (Amateur); Houston, TX
NORTHWEST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
June 7-8: Hangtown (Youth, Amateur); Rancho Cordova, CA
SOUTHWEST REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 31-June 1: Competitive Edge (Youth, Amateur); Hesperia, CA
ZERO PULLS OUT OF GREAT BRITAIN
According to Visordown, electric bike manufacturer Zero Motorcycles has pulled out of England after four years of poor sales. The British government's failure to offer incentives to buy electric motorcycles, while handing out up to $8000 grants towards buying electric cars, was cited as a factor in the decision. Martin Driehaus, Zero's Marketing Director in Europe, said. “We unfortunately had to withdraw from the UK market and we don't continue to operate in the UK. We will keep one dealer who will look after the bikes that we have sold in the UK, but we are not shipping any new bikes to the UK in the near future.”
2014 AMA NATIONAL SCHEDULE RELEASED: LAKE ELSINORE AND SOUTHWICK GONE
Glen Helen is back, but Lake Elsinore will be sorely missed.
The big news of the 2014 schedule is that Glen Helen will replaced Lake Elsinore National and return to its spot as the opening National of the year on May 24, 2014. Additionally, Crawfordsville, Indiana, will replace the Southwick National on August 16. The series will wrap up at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah on August 23
2014 AMA 250/450 NATIONAL MOTOCROSS SCHEDULE
May 24.........Glen Helen...San Bernardino, CA
May 31.........Hangtown....Sacramento, CA
June 7..........Thunder Valley...Lakewood, CO
June 14........High Point...Mt. Morris, PA
June 28.........Muddy Creek...Blountville, TN
July 5............Red Bud...Buchanan, MI
July 12..........Budds Creek...Mechanicsville, MD
July 19..........Spring Creek...Millville, MN
July 26..........Washougal...Washougal, WA
August 9.......Unadilla...New Berlin, NY
August 16.....Indiana...Crawfordsville, IN
August 23.....Miller Motorsports...Tooele, UT
SUZUKI CLARIFIES WHAT THEY ALREADY CLARIFIED‚ EXCEPT THIS TIME THE ANSWER IS THE OPPOSITE
2014 Suzuki RM-Z450: Single-fire or dual-spark?
MXA does not want to be incorrect in any of our technical data, so when we began testing the 2014 RM-Z250 and RM-Z450, we asked for and received a thorough explanation of how Suzuki's new single-fire ignition worked. Now, three month later, Suzuki has provided us with an updated explanation of the exact same ECM program changes that were incorporated in both 2014 RM-Z250 & RM-Z450 models.
Here is what Suzuki says:
Then: Originally they told us that the Suzuki had a single-fire spark only when the kickstarter was used—and only when the bike was being kicked over. After it started running it reportedly returned to a conventional dual-spark ignition (which means it fired in both combustion and exhaust strokes).
Now: Suzuki says that the RM-Z’s have single-fire ignition all of the time—whether they are being kicked over or are running. Any fuel-injected RM-Z up to 2013 was single spark—except during starting. Now it is single spark all the time.
Then: Suzuki originally told us that the single-fire ignition helped lessen kickback.
Now: Suzuki says that the changes to ECM program are to improved starting performance and do not lessen kickback. We quote, “Temporary firing during kick-start (ignition at the exhaust TDC side) was stopped. Through an exclusion of fuel-combustion by temporary firing, intake air-fuel mixture is stabilized, and improves starting accordingly. We determined no firing in exhaust process helps exhaust gas flow smoother that results in easier starting.”
We are glad that Suzuki has corrected what they told us originally, and, of course, wish they had told us the correct info initially. Either way—now you know.
WILL KTM’S “NEW STROKE HYBRID” CONCEPT BIKE EVER SEE THE LIGHT OF DAY
It’s no secret that KTM has lots of prototypes and concept bikes rattling around the factory. Some get turned into production bikes, some make it to the stage at bike shows and some never get passed the idea phase. One such KTM idea bike was the “New Stroke Hybrid” project. It was first leaked four years ago and has since been forgotten.
It is called the “New Stroke Hybrid” because it is part electric, part two-stroke and both fuel- and oil-injected. The 125cc two-stroke cylinder is laid down ala the Husaberg FE450 slant engine of three years ago. To spiff up the concept KTM prophesized leaf spring suspension, the gas tank under the seat, carbon composite wheels, regenerative brakes and a 235-pound dry weight (heavy for a 125 two-stroke, but necessary because of the batteries). Since this idea has been dormant for so long, we imagine that KTM has moved on to newer, fresher ideas.
WORLD MINI GRAND PRIX TO MOVES TO GLEN HELEN IN 2014
42 years ago the first World Mini Grand Prix was held at Indian Dunes Raceway in Southern California. NMA president Ron Henricksen announced the race will return to California in 2014 and will be presented at the Glen Helen Raceway April 15 through April 20, 2014.
“The popular Southern California motocross facility and top-notch staff at Glen Helen give us the opportunity to again present the excellent racing for the best Pee Wee through pro racers NMA has been presenting for 42 years,” said Henricksen. For more info go to www.nmamx.com.
THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAY BOYS
Nov. 10...Cooper Webb 1995
Nov. 11...Richie Owens
Nov. 12...Paul Currie 1976
Nov. 13...Evgeny Bobryshev 1987
Nov. 14...Eli Tomac 1992
Nov. 14...J.C. Waterhouse
Nov. 14...Dustin Nelson 1977
Nov. 14...Clark Stiles 1975
Nov. 14...Shaun Palmer 1968
Nov. 15...Kurt Nicoll 1964
Nov. 15...Dennis Stapleton 1981
Nov. 16...Jim Pomeroy 1952
Nov. 17...Arne Kring
TYLER BOWERS IS THE 2013 COSTA RICAN 450 NATIONAL CHAMPION
The Pasion MX Kawasaki team would like to congratulate Tyler Bowers on clinching the 2013 MX1 Costa Rican National Championship. This past weekend marked the ninth and final round of the series championship in Pista La Olla. Bowers would put in a dominating performance aboard his Pro Circuit backed Kawasaki on Sunday as he took the overall win via 1-1 moto scores. One week after the three-time Arenacross champion rode to victory at the 2013 Las Vegas Supercross, he found himself lining up for round two of the Costa Rican Nationals. Having missed the opening round due to his Supercross obligations, Bowers, would overcome a 50-point deficit in a hard fought battle with 2012 champion Roberto Castro. “I had a great summer experiencing the culture, seeing the beauty, and racing in the country of Costa Rica. I'm happy to be able to bring home a championship on top of such an exceptional opportunity that team owner Marisol Rios provided me,” said Bowers.
MY FAVORITE WORLD VET PHOTOS BY DEBBI TAMIETTI
Chiarascuro: Over-50 Expert Jon Ortner sails over Glen Helen’s palm trees as the sun's glow changes the hue. The quick check behind means the checkered flag is flying underneath him.
Saddleback revisited: Neither one of them are on their Maicos, but Clark Jones (41) and former CMC number 1 rider Val Tamietti got a chance to duel again at the World Vet.
Good people: Chris Cole donated a bevy of heavy equipment to help prep the Glen Helen World Vet track in the name of injured rider Greg Ziegler. Greg suffered a stroke while riding at Cahiulla Creek and if you would like to help or express your support for Greg go to www.lotsahelpinghands.com/c/710261/
RIDE ENGINEERING RACE SUPPORT 2014
Ride Engineering Inc. is accepting racer resumes for the 2014 season. Resumes should follow the guidelines listed on our website and be submitted to email@example.com.
QUICK LOOK AT THE 2014 TEAMS
MONSTER ENERGY KAWASAKI:
Ryan Villopoto 1
Jake Weimer 12
TROY LEE DESIGNS LUCAS OIL HONDA:
Malcolm Stewart 34
Cole Seely 21
Jessy Nelson 50
Shane McElrath 87
RED BULL KTM:
Ryan Dungey 5
Ken Roczen 94
Marvin Musquin 25
One rider yet to be named of the 250 class
ROCKSTAR ENERGY RACING KTM:
Davi Millsaps 18
Jason Anderson 17
Joey Savatgy 43
MUSCLE MILK HONDA:
Justin Barcia 51
Trey Canard 41
MYPLASH STAR RACING YAMAHA:
Jeremy Martin 19
Cooper Webb 37
Anthony Rodriguez 267
Eli Tomac 3
Wil Hahn 23
Zach Osborne 16
Justin Bogle 32
Zach Bell 71
Matt Bisceglia 96
Mike Alessi 800
Kyle Cunningham 30
PRO CIRCUIT KAWASAKI:
Blake Baggett 4
Dean Wilson 15
Martin Davalos 31
Darryn Durham 45
Adam Cianciarulo 46
Justin Hill 35
ROCK RIVER YAMAHA:
Ben Lamay 48
Alex Martin 55
Chad Reed 22
JAB MOTORSPORTS KAWASAKI:
Matt Lemoine 78
James Stewart 7
BTO SPORTS KTM:
Andrew Short 29
Matt Goerke 44
RCH RACING SUZUKI:
Broc Tickle 20
Josh Hill 75
Justin Brayton 10
Josh Grant 33
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