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MOTOCROSS ACTION’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: FOURTH WINNER IN SIX ROUNDS, SALES ARE UP, INJURIES ARE UP & TWO-STROKES ARE UP

February 9, 2014
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JAMES STEWART: “THIS IS WHAT THE TEAM EXPECTS OF ME AND THIS IS WHAT I EXPECT OF MYSELF”

                        
SAN DIEGO SUPERCROSS RESULTS: 450 CLASS
1. James Stewart (Suz)
2. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
3. Ken Roczen (KTM)
4. Ryan Dungey (KTM)
5. Weston Peick (Suz)
6. Justin Barcia (Hon)
7. Eli Tomac (Hon)
8. Broc Tickle (Suz)
9. Justin Brayton (Yam)
10. Andrew Short (KTM)
Other notables: 11. Josh Hill; 12, Chad Reed; 13. Ivan Tedesco; 14. Mike Alessi; 17 Nick Wey; 20 Phil Nicoletti.

                        
JUSTIN HILL: “EVERYTHING WENT MY WAY TONIGHT, I GUESS THAT’S REALLY ALL I CAN SAY”


                        

SAN DIEGO SUPERCROSS RESULTS: 250 WEST
1. Justin Hill (Kaw)
2. Jason Anderson (KTM)
3. Malcolm Stewart (Hon)
4. Cole Seely (Hon)
5. Shane McElrath (Hon)
6. Jessy Nelson (Hon)
7. Michael Leib (Hon)
8. Scott Champion (Hon)
9. Jake Canada (Hon)
10. Dean Ferris (KTM)
Other notables: 11. Dakota Tedder; 12. Preston Mull; 14. Cooper Webb; 16. Valentin Teillet; 17. Topher Ingalls; 21. Dean Wilson.

                        
SEE IT HERE! CHAD REED’S BRUTAL LAST LAP SAN DIEGO CRASH

                        
TROY LEE FLIES THE FLAG

For Supercross’ Military Appreciation Night there was a smattering of camo (reminiscent of the faded 1990s gear fashion), but Troy Lee Designs found the most visible way to show their appreciation. Troy had small flags attached to the back of the helmets of his four riders…and with those riders going third, fourth, fifth and sixth the flag were seen by everyone in the stadium.

                        
2013 MOTORCYCLE SALES NUMBERS ARE IN: DIRT BIKE SALES UP ALMOST 6 PERCENT


Overall the United States motorcycle market is up 1.4% over 2012’s sales figures (and if you take scooters out of the equations, motorcycle sales were actually up 3%?because scooters fell by 15.5%). If you divide the numbers into categories; dual-sport and adventure bikes were up 7.8% (to 32,900 units), dirt bikes were up 5.7% (to 73,000 units), Scooters were down 15.5% (to 34,700 units) and street bikes were up 2% (to 325,000 units). The total number of motorcycles sold in the USA in 2013 was 465,783. However, before the economic recession U.S. motorcycle sales were 1,100,000 units (that is an astounding drop of 630,000 machines in seven years). Hopefully, since the second half of 2013 saw a major uptick this could mean that the motorcycle business is headed back to the glory days.

                        
THE INSIDE SECRETS OF COOPER WEBB’S STAR RACING YAMAHA YZ250F

Star Yamaha’s Brad Hoffman tells us what has gone into building a factory-level YZ250F

THE 2014 YZ250F WAS DEFINITELY INTRODUCED LATE IN THE YEAR. THAT HAD TO CUT INTO YOUR DEVELOPMENT TIME QUITE A BIT.
Brad Hoffman: Oh, yeah, for sure. Without the help of Yamaha’s Bob Oliver and Dan Rambert it would have been a much more difficult task, that’s for sure. We all worked on this together, and they were instrumental in making the gains we needed with the late introduction of the bike. We all put in a lot of hours in a short period of time to pull it together. We can’t thank them enough. And Keith McCarty over at Yamaha pushed really hard to make everyone come together, too, from Yamaha Japan, KYB, here at Star Racing, and Yamaha USA as well.

WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE WITH TRYING TO GET MORE POWER OUT OF THIS NEW ENGINE?
I don’t know if there’s really a huge difference in how you go about it, but the design of this engine is just so much more rewarding. You do the same amount of work to this engine and the gain is like twice as If you did the same exact thing to the old engines that you did to this one, it’s a huge difference. And it’s not necessarily because of the four-valves either.

SO, IS IT THE WAY THAT IT BRINGS IN AIR THAT MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE THERE?
I think the reverse cylinder head allows the intake port so much of a straighter shot to the combustion chamber. That’s what makes it the best design that there is.

THESE ENGINES ARE PUSHED REALLY HARD IN SUPERCROSS. IS THE EASE IN FINDING POWER ALSO HELPFUL IN KEEPING THE ENGINE RELIABLE?
Yeah…honestly, they don’t always become unreliable. I think a lot of it is that everything is not right in terms of parts design or the fit. When you get everything dialed, like doing the high-performance engines for motocross, they’re pretty reliable. They’re definitely not as reliable as stock, but durability and power should go hand-in-hand if everything is done right.

DO YOU VALUE DYNO-TUNING OVER TRACK-TUNING? WHAT’S THE BIGGER PRIORITY?
As long as you know what you’re looking for on the dyno, the dyno is a “can’t live without it” kind of thing. It’s definitely a good tool, but if you get carried away looking at one thing, like the peak number, you could definitely go in the wrong direction. But as long as you know what you can sacrifice and what you can’t the dyno is a really good tool.

                        
THE GLEN HELEN NATIONAL IS BACK & YOU CAN GET YOUR TICKETS NOW

Now is time to make plans for the long-awaited return of the AMA 250/450 Nationals to Glen Helen Raceway. The May 23rd through May 25th weekend not only will present the AMA National on Saturday, but also the opening round of the Yamaha Spring Series/Amateur day on Sunday? both on the famous Glen Helen National Track. To order your tickets online go to www.eventbrite.com/e/glen-helen-raceway-mx-national-tickets-9184243319

                        
DIRT FIRST RIDER TRAINING SCHOOL

Dirt First students can bring their own dirt bike and riding gear or MotoVenture’s Dirt First can supply everything: dirt bikes, off-road riding gear and a good location to ride (they have a 350 acre Rider Training Center near the city of Anza in Southern California). “Our Dirt First training curriculum is very practical with no ceiling or limitations. Our highly qualified, well-trained instructors are capable of teaching everyone from kids to adults and beginners to experts. Our students include dirt bike and off-road riders, motocross and trials competitors, dual sport and adventure bike riders and street bike riders too, basically any performance-oriented motorcycle rider,” said Dirt First’s Gary LaPlante. For more information go to www.MotoVentures.com, email to motoventuresinfo@gmail.com or call toll free to (877) 260-6686.

                       
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THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAY BOYS: MIKE LAROCCO IS HAVING A BIG PARTY

Feb. 8…Daryl Hurley 1976
Feb. 8…Rich Taylor 1968


Feb. 8…Dusty Klatt 1985
Feb. 9…Jaime Lilly
Feb. 10…Russell Bobbitt
Feb. 10…Dave Feeney
Feb. 10…Evan Laughridge
Feb. 10…Jeremy Chaussee 1977


Feb. 10…Rodney Smith
Feb. 11…Geoff Fox


Feb. 11…Livia Lancelot 1988


Feb. 11…Sebastien Pourcel 1985
Feb. 11…Kristin White Anderson


Feb. 12…Mike LaRocco 1971
Feb. 12…Lisa Akin Wagner
Feb. 13…Gavin Gracyk 1984


Feb. 13…Jeromy Buehl 1973

 
Feb. 13…Mickael Pichon 1976
Feb. 13…Chris Wheeler


Feb. 13…Glenn Coldenhoff 1991

                        
AT A GLANCE: 2014 AMA SUPERCROSS SERIES

Dean Wilson broke into the winner’s column at Anaheim III.

Date               Venue                         450                                     250
Jan. 4…..Anaheim I……Ken Roczen……..Jason Anderson
Jan. 11…Phoenix……….Ryan Villopoto…Jason Anderson
Jan. 18…Anaheim II…..Chad Reed………Cole Seely
Jan. 25…Oakland………Ryan Villopoto….Jason Anderson
Feb. 1…..Anaheim III….Chad Reed………Dean Wilson
Feb. 8…..San Diego…..James Stewart….Justin Hill
Feb. 15…Dallas
Feb. 22…Atlanta
Mar. 1…..Indy
Mar. 8…..Daytona
Mar. 15…Detroit
Mar. 22…Toronto
Mar. 29…St. Louis
Apr. 5…. .Houston
Apr. 12.. .Seattle
Apr. 26. ..New York
May 3……Las Vegas
450 Points leader.…………Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)
250 West points leader…Jason Anderson (KTM)

                        
THIS WEEK’S IMPORTANT RACES

The first two-stroke warm-up race leading to April’s World Two-Stroke Championship is next Sunday at Glen Helen.

DATE                                                EVENT
February 14-16………..Idaho Arenacross
February 15…………….Dallas Supercross
February 16…………….Glen Helen Two-Stroke Revival #1

                        
THE CURRENT SUPERCROSS INJURY LIST

Zach Osborne will be back for the final three rounds of the 250 West.

New to the injury list this week are Wil Hahn, Jake Weimer and Kris Palm…and maybe until we know more, Chad Reed.
      RIDER                                           INJURY
    Trey Canard……………Broken arm
    Davi Millsaps…………..Knee injury
    Joey Savatgy…………..Broken wrist,collapsed lung
    Justin Bogle…………….Broken vertebra
    Austin Howell………….Broken thumb, collapsed lung
    Marvin Musquin……….Knee injury (ACL)
    Casey Hinson………….Broken hand, facial fractures
    Blake Baggett………….Broken foot
    Broc Schmelyun………Broken legs
    Ben Lamay……………..Dislocated wrist, broken jaw
    Austin Politelli………….Broken femur
    Dillon Huddleston……..Broken thumb
    Shane Sewell…………..Broken foot
    Brett Hottel………………Broken femur
    Zach Bell…………………Broken collarbone
    Cody Gilmore…………..Broken collarbone
    Les Smith………………..Dislocated ribs
    Kevin Weisbruch………Crushed trachea
    Ronnie Ray………………Broken leg
    Darryn Durham…………Concussion
    Josh Grant……………….Shoulder injury
    Zach Osborne…………..Broken collarbone
    Kristoffer Palm………….Broken collarbone
    Wil Hahn………………….Hand injury
    Jake Weimer…………….Wrist injury

                        
USED IT, ABUSED IT, TESTED IT: ARC FORGED MEMLON-SHAPED LEVERS

            
ARC levers are used by Ryan Villopoto, Eli Tomac, Jake Weimer, Wil Hahn, Blake Baggett and Adam Cianciarulo. ARC has risen to fame for its composite, unbreakable, folding Memlon levers, but for riders who don’t want nylon-style levers (which includes Blake Baggett), they have redesigned their forged aluminum levers to mimic the Memlon shape.

VERDICT: Factory teams will not run a product unless they have 100% faith in it and ARC levers are on more factory bikes than any other lever. One of the coolest parts is the reach adjuster which is simple and effective. A thumb screw, with a crosshatch head, locks into a ridge on the lever to adjust the position of the lever. Very inventive. The aluminum levers feel just like the composite levers. For MXA’s tastes the composite levers have the advantage of being unbreakable.


This a close-up of the simple reach adjuster.

DIGITS: $64.95 (forged aluminum), $69.95 (Memlon composite)?www.arclevers.com or (714) 543-0362.

                        
CURRENT AMA 450 SUPERCROSS POINTS STANDINGS HEADING INTO DALLAS

For the time being there is parity in the 450 Supercross class, but Mike Williamson (left) and Ryan Villopoto would like to change that.

(After 6 of 17 rounds)
1. Ryan Villopoto………126
2. Ken Roczen………….117
3. Chad Reed…………..111
4. James Stewart……..105
5. Justin Brayton……….98
6. Ryan Dungey………..94   
7. Justin Barcia…………894
8. Andrew Short……….72
9. Weston Peick……….53
10. Wil Hahn………………52
Other notables: 11. Jake Weimer (50); 12. Broc Tickle (49); 13. Ivan Tedesco (46); 15. Mike Alessi (32); 16. Nick Wey (32).

                        
CURRENT AMA 250 WEST SUPERCROSS POINTS STANDINGS HEADING INTO DALLAS


Jason Anderson (17) regained sole possession of the red plate in the 250 West and is guaranteed to keep it for two months?because the West doesn’t race again until April.

(After 6 of 9 rounds)
1. Jason Anderson……131
2. Cole Seely……………127
3. Justin Hill………………107
4. Dean Wilson…………98
5. Cooper Webb……….92
6. Malcolm Stewart……89
7. Jessy Nelson………..76
8. Shane McElrath……..71
9. Zach Osborne……….69
10. Dean Ferris………….63
Other notables: 12. Dakota Tedder (50); 13. Jake Canada (46); 15. Valentin Teillet (28); 17. Darry Durham (21); 20. Austin Politelli (11).

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