MOTOCROSS ACTION'S SUNDAY NEWS REPORT: MUNICH SUPERCROSS RESULTS, TONY CAIROLI'S AIR SUSPENSION, SUPERCROSS TV SCHEDULE, MISS USA A RACER?
Can you say Soubeyras? Miss USA? Mikey's gear, Complete Supercross TV schedule, 250 shootout, Millcreek date, SFF fork settings? Air shocks? X-Fighters world schedule, Bubba's B-Day on the Mayan calendar, You call that a hill? Johnson Valley update,
FRENCHMAN SOUBEYRAS WINS MUNICH SUPERCROSS
Frenchman Cedric Soubeyras won both main events at the Munich Supercross. Soubeyras won on Friday and Saturday. In the 250 class, Jake Canada swept both nights in front of Boris Maillard and Dominique Thury.
FRIDAY 450 RESULTS
1. Cedric Soubeyras (FRA)
2. Weston Peick (USA)
3. Florent Richier (FRA)
4. Tyler Bowers (USA)
5. Joaquim Rodrigues (POR)
6. Dennis Ullrich (GER)
7. Mike Alessi (USA)
8. Jason Thomas (USA)
9. Kyle Regal (USA)
10. Greg Aranda (FRA)
SATURDAY 450 RESULTS
1. Cedric Soubeyras (FRA)
2. Filip Neugebauer (CZE)
3. Florent Richier (FRA)
4. Cyrille Coulon (FRA)
5. Greg Aranda (FRA)
6. Cole Siebler (USA)
7. Joaquim Rodrigues (POR)
8. Tyler Bowers (USA)
9. Jason Thomas (USA)
10. Teddy Maier (USA)
OVERALL 250 STANDINGS:
1. Jake Canada (USA)............50
2. Boris Maillard (FRA)............36
3. Dominique Thury (GER)......31
4. Sulivan Jaulin (FRA)............27
5. Nick Kouwenberg (NED)......26
6. Mathias Jorgensen (DEN)...18
7. Dennis Baudrexl (GER).......17
8. Tommy Weeck (USA)..........16
9. Dave Versluis (NED)............12
10. Niklas Raths (GER)............12
RYAN VILLOPOTO SWITCHES TO ATLAS NECK BRACES
Ryan Villopoto will make the switch to the Atlas Brace for 2013 and beyond. Ryan said, “From the first time I tried the Atlas Brace, I knew I loved it. I’ve worn neck braces for a long time, but nothing with the features or level of comfort my Atlas Brace has. I had a choice for what I wanted to wear, and I chose to switch to Atlas.“ Villopoto joins factory Kawasaki teammate Jake Weimer in the Atlas camp. For more info go to www.atlasneckbrace.com.
ONBOARD WITH TEAM SUZUKI’S NEWEST GRAND PRIX SIGNEE…JULIEN LIEBER
GET A SNEAK PEAK AT MIKE ALESSI’S 2013 JT GEAR & HIS SUZUKI RM-Z450
SPY PHOTOS OF TONY CAIROLI TESTING AN AIR SHOCK
The Italian site MXbars got two photos of Tony Cairoli’s KTM equipped with an air shock during testing this week.
ASK THE MXPERTS: 2013 MXA 250 SHOOTOUT?
When is MXA going to put up the 2013 250 Shootout. I don’t want to give you guys a fat head, but MXA is the only magazine that I trust when it comes to bike tests. What is the delay?
There is no delay. The 2013 MXA 250 Four-Stroke Shootout is in the December 2012 issue of MXA. It has been out for six weeks and has just recently been replaced on the news stand with the January 2013 issue–that mag contains the 2013 MXA 450 Shootout. As for the web tests, next Monday (December 24) we will run the 2013 Honda CRF250 test. On December 31 will will run the 2013 Suzuki RM-Z250 test. And, on January 8, 2013, we will run the complete 2013 MXA 250 Shootout. But, you could have read it in the mag a long time ago.
FOR HOMEBODIES: 2013 AMA SUPERCROSS TV SCHEDULE
Ryan Villopoto and the Kawasaki crew are ready to defend the title against Dungey, Reed, Canard, Stewart, Barcia, Millspas, Brayton and Windham.
The 2013 Monster Energy AMA Supercross series will have nearly 100 hours of TV coverage on Speed, CBS and Fuel TV. Speed will air live coverage from a record 11 races, including Anaheim I, Anaheim III, Phoenix, San Diego, Dallas, Atlanta, Indianapolis, Toronto, Houston, Salt Lake City and Vegas. CBS will have nine hours of next-day coverage (Anaheim II, Oakland, St. Louis, Minneapolis) and Seattle. Fuel will re-air every Speed broadcast.
2013 SUPERCROSS TV SCHEDULE
(live shows in Bold)
Dec. 22...Preview show....CBS..................3:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Jan. 5.....Anaheim I.........Speed..............9:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Jan. 12...Phoenix............Speed..............9:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Jan.20....Anaheim II.........CBS/Speed......12:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Jan. 27...Oakland.............CBS/Speed......12:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Feb. 2.....Anaheim III.......Speed.............10:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Feb. 9.....San Diego.........Speed.............10:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Feb. 16...Dallas................Speed..............9:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Feb. 23...Atlanta..............Speed..............7:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Mar. 3.....St. Louis.............CBS/Speed......12:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Mar. ?.....Daytona.............Speed................7:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Mar. 16...Indianapolis .....Speed..............7:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Mar.23....Toronto..............Speed..............8:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Apr. 4......Houston............Speed..............9:30 p.m. (Eastern)
Apr. 14....Minneapolis.......CBS/Speed.......12:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Apr. 21....Seattle...............CBS/Speed.......12:00 p.m. (Eastern)
Apr. 27....Salt Lake...........Speed..............9:30 p.m. (Eastern)
May 4......Las Vegas.........Speed.............10:00 p.m. (Eastern)
SLOW MOTION VIDEO OF THE HOW THE DUAL EPS LINER OF THE 6D HELMET WORKS IN LAB TESTS
ASK THE MXPERTS: LOOKING FOR PUBLICITY
My company is sponsoring a small privateer motocross team, but we don’t seem to get any publicity. What is step one in getting recognition for the effort and money we are putting out?
First, you might have put the name of your team and its riders in your email. Second, every team does pre-season photo shoots of their riders, but most of them hold on to the photos like they are gold. With only two weeks to go before the season starts some factory teams haven't released photos of their teams or bikes yet. If you have portrait and action photos of your riders you should supply them to every media outlook (and don’t forget to include your team logo). Third, send out press releases touting your teams’ bikes, products, riders and results. The privateer life is tough, but in a sport where not even the big teams are very good at getting free publicity, everyone needs to up their press relations game.
SUZUKI NAMES DEREK SCHOEBERLE AS NEW MEDIA RELATIONS MANAGER
Derek Schoeberle has been named Motorcycle/ATV Product Media Relations Manager. Derek will be the point man for all Suzuki motorcycle, ATV and Scooter media inquiries. Derek brings experience from a long career in the powersports industry with extensive experience in the technical side of the business. Derek worked as a technician and Service Manager at powersports dealerships for 10 years while becoming an FAA certified Airframe & Powerplant Technician. Derek joined Suzuki in 2001 as a District Technical Service Manager and in 2005 Derek was promoted to Eastern Regional Field Service Manager. He was subsequently promoted to Product Marketing Manager for the Motorcycle/ATV product lines in 2010.
THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAY BOYS: THE FIRST YEAR WITHOUT ADOLF
Dec. 20...Jesse Casillas
Dec. 21...James Stewart
Dec. 23...Jeff Fox
Dec. 23...Will Hahn
Dec. 25...Mark Burkhart
Dec. 25...Adolf Weil
PHOTO WITHOUT A CAPTION
USED IT, ABUSED IT, TESTED IT: MOTION PRO TITAN THROTTLE TUBE
Motion Pro tested many different materials by hitting them with hammers and dropping weights on them before a deciding on the exact recipe for the Titan’s plastic. The secret formula had the right combination of strength and flexibility, plus low-friction properties for easy twisting.
VERDICT: Motion Pro didn't want to settle for a better-than-stock throttle tube, they wanted to build the most crash resistant throttle tube on the market. How can a piece of plastic be more durable than a CNC’ed piece of aluminum? If aluminum is bent or dented in a crash it will deform and not return to it's original shape. The Titan Tube is more rigid than OEM plastic throttle tubes, but more flexible than aluminum. That flexibility may make a material seem weak, but it adds resilience. The result is an amazingly durable throttle tube. $24.99—www.motionpro.com or (650) 594-9600.
CALIFORNIA'S JOHNSON VALLEY RIDING AREA MAY GET A REPRIEVE
Riders who use the popular Johnson Valley Off-Highway Vehicle Riding Area in California may not lose most of the area to a Marine base expansion after all. The military is barred from spending money on expanding the Twentynine Palms military base into Johnson Valley until it completes a report on how the expansion would affect off-highway riding, under a military spending authorization bill approved by U.S. House and Senate conferees on Dec. 18. In July, the Department of the Navy released a final environmental impact statement for the expansion of the Marine base. The preferred alternative would allow public use of only 40,000 acres of the 190,000-acre Johnson Valley OHV area, and for only 10 months a year.
2013 THOR SPRING CLASSIC AMATEUR MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP ON MARCH 3-9
The 2013 Thor Spring Classic makes its return to Millcreek Motocross on March 3 through 9. Millville Creek is located in Pell City, Alabama. For more information on the 2013 Thor Spring Classic Amateur Championship can be found by visiting www.rpmsportsonline.com
2013 RED BULL X-FIGHTERS TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED
The Red Bull X-Fighters World Tour will be going to the four corners of the planet – plus Glen Helen’s cavernous REM track on May 11, 2013.
March 8.......Mexico City, Mexico
April 12........Dubai, United Arab Emirates
May 11........Glen Helen, California
June 1.........Osaka, Japan
July 19.........Madrid, Spain
August 31...Pretoria, South Africa
SARA PRICE TO COMPETE FOR MISS USA
USED IT, ABUSED IT, TESTED IT: SLIP ANGLE SA-1 LAP TIMER
The Slip Angle SA-1 Lap Timer is a receiver that measures time on a digital display each time you pass a transmitter that you place on the side of the track..
VERDICT: The SA-1 Lap Timer isn't design specifically for motocross so we had to McGuyver it into position with duct tape to the crossbar padThe Slip Angle SA-1 Lap Timer is accurate to a 0.0035 of a second. The display shows the previous lap time for around 5 seconds after passing the receiver, then switches to the progress of the current lap time. After you're finished, the timer will pinpoint the fastest, slowest and average lap times as well as the total moto length with the push of a button. It records either 64 laps or 99 minutes and 59 seconds of riding. $54.95–www.slipangleracing.com or (250) 474-7473.
ASK THE MXPERTS: SINGLE-SIDED BLUES
Please help. I have fiddled with my 2012 Kawasaki KX250F SFF forks so much that I don’t know where I am or what to do. Please tell me where to put the clickers—I promise to never touch them again.
Here is what the MXA wrecking crew ran in its 2012 Kawasaki KX250F (stock settings are in parentheses):
Spring rate: 0.97 kg/mm
Oil height: 374cc (left leg), 205cc (right leg)
Compression: 10 clicks out (8 clicks out)
Rebound: 9 clicks out (10 clicks out)
Preload adjuster: 16 clicks in (from all the way out)
Fork leg height: 5mm up
KTM JUNIOR SUPERCROSS CHALLENGES TO BE HELD AT TWO ARENACROSS EVENTS ALSO
The KTM Junior Supercross Challenge is not only retunring to the AMA Supercross series, but will also be debuting at the Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, (February 9) and Kansas City, Missouri, (March 2) stops of the 2013 Amsoil Arenacross season. 15 lucky racers will race aboard identically prepped KTM 50SXS bikes and be provided custom racing gear and their very own crew to work on the bikes.
Interested applicants must be 7-8 years old and meet the full requirements listed in the official rules–which include:
(1) Must weigh under 70 pounds.
(2) Must be less than 52 inches tall.
(3) A report card must be provided proving good grades.
(4) The rider and parent must be AMA members.
(5) Past participants are excluded.
(6) Birth certificate is required.
(7) All rules and online entry forms can be found at the KJSC event website www.ktmjrsx.com.
USED IT, ABUSED IT, TESTED IT: DR.D YZ450F ENGINE RELOCATION KIT
Every MXA test complained about the YZ450F’s tendency to get loose on the entrance to turns. The search for solutions led MXA to longer shock linkages to lower the rear end (which allowed us to lower the front end) and eccentric motor mount inserts that allowed the engine to be moved forward (to put more weight on the front wheel). The only sources for these kits are LightSpeed or DR.D. The YZ450F’s front end problem is a byproduct of the new frame, which steepened the head angle and relocated the weight farther rearward. By moving the engine forward 2.5mm, a racer could get more bite on the front tire at turn-in.
VERDICT: Since of all of MXA’s complaints revolve around the way the YZ450F front end felt at turn-in, we can gladly report that moving the engine forward 2.5mm is a big improvement. $149.95–www.dubachracing.com or (800) 382-2241.
HILLBILLY HILL CLIMB AT GLEN HELEN....THE HILL THEY CLIMBED WAS JUST A NORMAL PART OF THE REM TRACK