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MOTOCROSS ACTION’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: GIUSEPPE DOES IT AGAIN, ALL THE HANGTOWN POINTS, CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS & MUCH MORE

May 19, 2013
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WHAT IT’S LIKE AT THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONALS: ROUND 4 AT BROADFORD, VICTORIA

                           
ANOTHER YOUTHSTREAM RULE CHANGE: SUPER FINAL IN BRAZIL HAD REVISED GATE PICK SYSTEM

This is the first turn of the Super Final in Brazil. Do you see any 250’s in this photo?


All sanctioning bodies play fast and loose with the rules to reward their favored sons, but Youthstream seems to change rules just to mess with people. Youthstream loves to write rules. They come up with new rules, new concepts and new ideas all the time? they just don’t obey them, stick with them or think them through. Remember the Under-23 rule?it was changed so that 25-year-old Livia Lancelot could race. Remember the 108% percent rule?it was changed so that Brazil would have enough riders to hold a race. Now at final “Super Final” race of the year (where the 250 and 450 classes are combined for the final moto), Youthstream changed the gate pick rules.

Previously in Qatar and Thailand, the other Super Final races, the twenty 250 riders got first pick at the gate and the twenty 450 riders got second pick at the gate. Although you would think that this would put the 450 riders at a disadvantage on the start, it didn’t work out that way as 450 riders went to the front of the pack immediately. Under the new rule change the 250 and 450 riders alternated gate picks (one 250 rider, then one 450 rider, so on down the field). That meant that every 250 rider was sandwiched by 450 riders on each side. This all but insured that the 450s dominated from the opening lap. Glenn Coldenhoff, who is third in 250 points, said when hearing the news in Brazil, “Oh great, the only advantage we have and they take that away too.” Youthstream said the that the rule change was requested by the teams, but British reporter Alex Hodgkinson interviewed several 250 team managers and they said, “Nobody asked us.”

                           
HANGTOWN RESULTS: ITS SUPERCROSS ALL OVER AGAIN


450 RESULTS: HANGTOWN
1. Ryan Villopoto (Kaw)……1-1
2. Ryan Dungey (KTM)…….2-2
3. James Stewart (Suz)……3-3
4. Trey Canard (Hon)……….4-4
5. Justin Barcia (Hon)………5-5
6. Ryan Sipes (Suz)…………8-7
7. Andrew Short (KTM)…….6-10
8. Mike Alessi (Suz)………..12-6
9. Tyla Rattray (Kaw)……….9-9
10. Weston Peick (Suzn)….13-8
Other notables: 11. Phil Nicoletti (11-11); 12. Broc Tickle (14-12); 13. Jake Weimer (7-24); 14. Dean Wilson (17-14); 15. Chad Reed (10-38);  16. Fredrik Noren (16-17); 17. Travis Preston (15-18); 18. Justin Brayton (33-13); 19. Michael Byrne (19-16); 20. Malcolm Stewart (36-15).

250 RESULTS: HANGTOWN
1. Ken Roczen (KTM)………….1-1
2. Blake Baggett (Kaw)………..3-2
3. Eli Tomac (Hon)………………2-3
4. Marvin Musquin (KTM)…….4-4
5. Zach Osborne (Hon)………..9-5
6. Kyle Cunningham (Yam)…..8-7
7. Jason Anderson (Suz)……..12-6
8. Jeremy Martin (Yam)………..7-13
9. Joey Savatgy (KTM)………..10-11
10. Justin Hill (Kaw)…………….13-9
Other notables: 11. Cooper Webb (5-18); 12. Justin Bogle (19-8); 13. Blake Wharton (17-10); 14. Darryn Durham (6-36); 15. Cole Seely (14-14); 16. Dillan Epstein (11-23); 17. Martin Davalos (38-12); 18. Jake Canada (16-17); 19. Alex Martin (20-15); 20. Zach Bell (15-35).

WMX RESULTS: HANGTOWN
1. Courtney Duncan (Yam)…….1-1
2. Sayaka Kaneshiro (Hon)……2-3
3. Taylor Higgins (Hon)…………..4-4
4. Mackenzie Tricker (Yam)……3-6
5. Jacqueline Strong (KTM)……6-5
6. Alexah Pearson (KTM)………5-8
7. Mariana Balbi (Kaw)………….7-7
8. Sara Pettersson (KTM)………8-9
9. Hailey Larson (9-10)………….9-10
10. Jessica Patterson (Yam)….30-2
Other notables: 11. Brittany Marcotte (10-13); 12. Brownie Brown (12-12); Pinsey Palmer (14-11); 14. Shelby Ward (11-15); 15. Sade Allender (13-14; 16. Jessie Wharton (16-17); 17. Alyssa Fitch (17-18); 18. Courtney Springer (15-20); 19. Tina Reed (20-16); 20. April Zastrow (18-19).

                           
CONGRESS HAS MEN ON OUR SIDE: THE CONGRESSIONAL MOTORCYCLE CAUCUS

U.S. Representatives Michael Burgess (R-Texas) and Tim Griffin (R-Ark.) are serving as co-chairmen of the Congressional Motorcycle Caucus for the new 113th Congress. The bi-partisan caucus was formally recognized by the House for the new Congress. The Congressional Motorcycle Caucus includes members of Congress from both sides of the aisle who are committed to advancing motorcycling and improving the safety of motorcyclists.

                           
MZ JOINS CZ, BULTACO, HUSABERG & MAICO IN THE DEAD BRAND COLUMN

1964 MZ 350G.

Bad news for MZ fans?not that the German brand ever made a dent in the American market. German road racing and ISDT brand MZ went bankrupt in 1991, but was rescued by the German government, but failed again five years later. Hong Leong Industries of Malaysia bought the controlling interest, but they folded in 2008. Road racers Martin Wimmer and Ralf Waldmann bought MZ in 2009 with plans to find investors to restart the historic Zschopau firm. That failed and MZ will now go into receivership.

                           
HONDA TO RETURN TO FORMULA ONE IN 2015

2008 Honda F1 car.

Honda will supply the McLaren team with engines for 2015 F1 season?including the energy recovery system (McLaren will handle the chassis and management of the team). Honda had pulled out of F1 during the recession in 2008, but new F1 regulations requiring the introduction of 1.6 liter, direct-injection, turbocharged, V6 engines give Honda a chance to start again on an equal footing with Renault and Ferrari

                           
DID YOU KNOW?


KTM’s official slogan is “Ready To Race,” but it was really the official slogan of Husaberg when they were a startup company in Sweden. After KTM bought Husaberg in 1995, they bought the slogan too. This is only of trivial interest because earlier this week, KTM closed Husaberg’s doors by merging them into the Husqvarna group.

                           
BARCELONA X GAMES: WATCH MIKE MASON WIN SPEED & STYLE

                           
VID: SEE THE 2014 HONDA CRF250…DON’T ADJUST YOUR SCREEN THAT ISN’T DOUBLE VISION

                          
HUSQVARNA & HUSABERG TO MERGE…OR IS THAT REUNITE? EITHER  WAY, ONE OF THEM WON’T BE LEFT STANDING IN 2014

KTM will merge Husqvarna and Husaberg into one brand…and Husaberg will go away as a marque. The new combined brand will be called Husqvarna Sportmotorcycles GmbH. Husaberg was a spinoff from Husqvarna 25 years ago when the Italians bought Husky and moved it to Italy. After Husqvarna left Sweden some former Husky employees started Husaberg. KTM bought Husaberg in 1995. Now that KTM’s CEO Stefan Pierer has bought Husky from BMW Motorrad the two formerly Swedish brands will be brought back under one umbrella. However, Sweden is no longer their home?nor is Italy. Husqvarna Sportmotorcycles GmbH will be based in Mattighofen, Austria, and will become fully operational by October 2013, with the production of new machines which will most likely be introduced at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy.

                           
THE WAY IT WAS BEFORE WE WAS: VIDEO OF THE 1958 500 WORLD MOTOCROSS CHAMPION


                           
NEWS FROM THE FRONT…SOMETIMES THE FRONT OFFICE

108 percent rule: According to the FIM, the 108 percent rule, which was instituted to keep slower riders from being in the way, has been suspended. Why? Because Youthstream can’t get any riders to sign up for the 450 GP class…and thus, sending slow ones away is counter-productive. Without the suspension of the 108% rule it is unlikely they would have more than 17 or 18 riders in the 450 class this weekend in Brazil. Youthstream makes rules, Youthstream changes rules, Youthstream suspends rules?rules are not important to Youthstream.


Ram Trucks and Tickle: The “Dodge” team will be the “Ram Truck” team for the 2013 AMA 450 Nationals. “The Ram Truck brand is looking forward to working with Ricky Carmichael, Carey Hart and Broc Tickle, and being part of RCH Racing’s success in the 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship,” said Reid Bigland, President and CEO ? Ram Truck Brand, Chrysler Group LLC. “Motorcyclists rely on durable, proven trucks. Look at any motocross parking lot and all you see are pickups. Motocross is especially effective in reaching younger truck buyers, and we expect our Ram Express will make a lot of new fans this year.”


Dan Betley: American Honda has announced that Dan Betley will be the new Honda Muscle Milk team manager beginning at Hangtown this weekend. Betley, a long time Honda employee, filled in during the Supercross season, but gets the gig full-time now. “I’m looking forward to transitioning into my new role,” said Betley. “It’s a challenging job but I got a good feel for what it entails while filling in during the 2013 Supercross season and I’m grateful Honda chose me to continue as team manager.”


SoCal Vintage MX Classic: The SoCal Vintage MX Classic is coming to Barona Oaks MX Park on June 8. Come ride and hang out with Marty Smith, Mike Bell, Gary Jones, Darrell Schultz, Marty Tripes, Ron Lechien, Jim Gibson, Doug Dubach, Steve Stackable, Tommy Croft, Mike Beier, Bill Silverthorn, Gary Chaplin and many more. For more information go to www.SoCalMXClassic.com or call (619) 549-2997.


MXA’S 2013 Shootout Special: Have you ever wished that you could get every one of MXA’s 2013 bike tests, all the shootouts and the dyno information in one place at one time. Well, you can with MXA’s 163-page “2013 Bike Shootout” Special. It is available for on the iTunes & Kindle Newstands, for your iPhone, iPad or Kindle. Go to to the Apple or Kindle Newsstand & Search “Motocross Action Magazine.” It is available for $4.99.

Johnson Valley: A bill to block a U.S. Marine Corps takeover of California’s Johnson Valley off-highway vehicle recreation area was approved by the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources on May 15. The bill, H.R. 1676, introduced by Rep. Paul Cook (R-Calif.), now goes to the full House for consideration. The measure would designate Johnson Valley as a national off-highway vehicle recreation area, protecting it from a takeover, but would authorize limited military use of the area.


Spy Demo Day: Spy Goggles will have a demo days at Pleasure Valley Raceway in Armagh, Pennsylvania, on Mat 18-19 during the MDRA Championship Series. For more info to to www.gopamx.com.


Rekluse: Rekluse will offer over $110,000 in contingencies for the AMA National Motocross Championship Series. Payouts will be made throughout the top 40 positions in both the 450 and 250 classes. For further info go to visit www.rekluse.com


MX GP Action Group: In a funny twist of words, a new website has popped up on the scene that details what has gone wrong with the FIM World Championships. The site www.mxgpactiongroup.org is a play on the original name of Youthstream ? Action Group. To say that Giuseppe Luongo doesn’t like this site is an understatement. They also have a facebook site at www.facebook.com/pages/MX-GP-Action-Group/123228564530978

                           
VID: OUR FAVORITE RUSSIAN GOES TO BRAZIL

                           
INTRODUCING THE HONDA GROM STREET ROD

The 2014 Honda Grom takes downsizing to the extreme. The 2014 Honda Grom retails for $2999. It comes with 12-inch wheels, inverted fork, digital instrument cluster and 225 pound curb weight. The engine is an air-cooled, fuel-injected, 124cc, single-cylinder engine mated to a four-speed transmission. It is built in Taiwan and, in countries where they don’t know surf lingo, it is called the MSX125.

                           
VID: WATCH STEFAN EVERTS, KEN DE DYCKER AND JAKE NICOLLS RACE ELECTRIC MOTOCROSS BIKES…HUMMING ALONG

                           
2014 AMA SUPERCROSS SERIES

DATE                           CITY
January 4…………..Anaheim, CA
January 11…………Phoenix, AZ
January 18……….. Anaheim, CA
January 25…………Oakland, CA
February 1…………Anaheim, CA
February 8…………San Diego, CA
February 15……….Arlington, TX
February 22……….Atlanta, GA
March 1……………..Indianapolis, IN
March 8……………..Daytona Beach, FL
March 15……………Detroit, MI
March 22……………Toronto, CAN
March 29……………St. Louis, MO
April 5……………….Houston, TX
April 12……………..Seattle, WA
April 26……………..East Rutherford, NJ
May 3………………..Las Vegas, NV

                           
VID: LAST WEEKEND’S MAXXIS BRITISH CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

                           
THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAYS: RUI AND CLEMENT CAN PARTY AT MIKEY’S HOUSE
 

May 17…Rui Goncalves 1985
May 17…Darrin Sorenson
May 17…Ryan Abrigo
May 18…John Anderson 1963


May 19…Clement Desalle 1989


May 19…Mike Alessi 1988


May 20…Joel Roelants 1989
May 22…Matt Lemoine 1989

                           
VID: MEET THE KTM 250/450 AMA NATIONAL TEAM

                           
WHAT THE TROY LEE TEAM WILL BE WEARING AT HANGTOWN THIS WEEKEND


                                                                                                    
WHAT’S LEFT? 2013 RACE CALENDAR


2013 AMA 250/450 NATIONAL MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
May 25…Lakewood, CO
June 1…Muddy Creek, TN
June 8…Mt. Morris, PA
June 22…Budds Creek, MD
June 29…Southwick, MA
July 6…Red Bud, MI
July 20…Washougal, WA
July 27…Millville, MN
August 10…Unadilla, NY
August 17…Tooele, UT
August 24…Lake Elsinore, CA

2013 250/450 WORLD MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
May 26…Mexico (canceled)
June 9…France
June 16…Italy
June 30…Sweden
July 7…Latvia
July 14…Finland
July 28…Germany
August 4…Czech Republic
August 18…Belgium
August 25…Great Britain
September 8…Belgium

2013 FIM MX3 MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
May 26…Ukraine    
June 2…Croatia   
June 9…Slovenia    
June 16…Italy
July 21…Ukraine
Aug 4…Brazil   
August 25…Great Britain    
September 1…Czech Republic    
September 8…Slovakia    

2013 WMX WOMEN’S NATIONAL MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
June 8…Mt. Morris, PA
June 29…Southwick, MA

2013 FIM WOMEN’S WORLD MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
June 2…Croatia    
June 9…Slovenia    
June 16…Italy    
August 25…Great Britain    
September 1…Czech Republic    
September 8…Slovakia    

2013 FIM SIDECAR MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
May 19…Ukraine
May 26…Germany
June 9…Czech Republic
June 16…Holland
June 23…Belgium
July 7…France
July 21…Germany
August 4…Estonia
August 11…Latvia
August 18…Switzerland
September 8…France
September 15…Germany
September 22…Belgium

2013 AUSTRALIAN MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
June 2…Conondale, QLD
July 14…Appin, NSW
July 28…Hervey Bay, QLD
August 11…Swan Hill, VIC
August 25…Toowoomba, QLD
September 1…Coolum, QLD

2013 WORLD OFFROAD CHAMPIONSHIP (WORCS) SERIES
July 12-14…Pala, CA
August 9-11…Glen Helen, CA
September 20-22… Honey Lake, CA
October 11-13…Taft, CA

2013 AMA VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE DAYS
July 19-21, 2013…Lexington, OH

2013 NMA GRAND NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
July 21-26…Norman, OK

2013 LORETTA LYNN AMATEUR CHAMPIONSHIP
July 29-Aug. 3, 2013…Hurricane Mills, TN

2013 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
September 29, 2013…Teutschenthal, Germany

2013 WORLD VETERAN MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
November 2-3, 2013…Glen Helen, CA

                           
VID: TONY C SAYS THAT KTM WOULDN’T LIKE IT IF HE CAME TO AMERICA

                           
AMA 450 NATIONAL POINTS STANDINGS

(after 1 of 12 races)
1. Ryan Villopoto…..50
2. Ryan Dungey…….44
3. James Stewart…..40
4. Trey Canard………36
5. Justin Barcia………32
6. Ryan Sipes………..27
7. Andrew Short…….26
8. Mike Alessi………..24
9. Tyla Rattray……….24
10. Weston Peick…..21
Other notables: 11. Phil Nicoletti (20); 12. Broc Tickle (16); 13. Jake Weimer (14); 15. Chad Reed (11); 15. Dean Wilson (11); 18. Justin Brayton (8); 20. Malcolm Stewart (6).

                           
AMA 250 NATIONAL POINTS STANDINGS

(after 1 of 12 races)
1. Ken Roczen………..50
2. Blake Baggett………50
3. Eli Tomac…………….50
4. Marvin Musquin……50
5. Zach Osborne………50
6. Kyle Cunningham…50
7. Jason Anderson……50
8. Jeremy Martin………50
9. Joey Savatgy……….50
10. Justin Hill……………50
Other notables: 11. Cooper Webb (19); 12. Darryn Durham (15); 13. Justin Bogle (15); 14. Blake Wharton (15); 15. Cole Seely (14); 17. Martin Davalos (9); 20. Zach Bell (6).

                           
450 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS

(After 7 of 18 races)
1. Tony Cairoli…………………330
2. Gautier Paulin……………..279
3. Clement Desalle………….267
4. Ken De Dycker…………….245
5. Kevin Strijbos………………220
6. Tommy Searle……………..205
7. Max Nagl……………………..169
8. Rui Goncalves……………..148
9. Jeremy Van Horebeek….138
10. David Philippaerts………..86
Other notables: 11.Joel Roelants (112); 12. Shaun Simpson (112); 13 Tanel Leok (108); 14. Evgeny Bobryshev (106).

                           
250 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS

(After 7 of 18 races)
1. Jeffrey Herlings…………347
2. Jordi Tixier……………….257
3. Jose Butron……………..178
4. Glenn Coldenhoff………183
5. Christophe Charlier…..171
6. Dean Ferris………………152
7. Max Anstie……………….150
8. Jake Nicholls…………….129
9. Alessandro Lupino…….123
10. Mel Pocock…………….112
Other notables: 11. Petrar Petrov (114); 12. Dylan Ferrandis (105); 13. Romain Febvre (98); 14. Alex Tonkov (81).

                           
WORLD MX3 POINTS STANDINGS

(After 2 of 11 races)
1. Klemen Gercar………72
2. Matthias Walkner……71
3. Gert Krestinov……….65
4. Martin Michek………..62
5. Timur Muratov……….60
6. Mike Kras……………..45
7. Filip Neugebauer…….42
8. Ludvig Soderberg…..40
9. Paulo Bertuzzo………38
10. Kasper Lynggaard…34
Other notables: 11. Christian Brockel (32); 12. Frantisek Smola (32); 13. Tomas Simko (29); 14. Santtu Tiainen. (28); 16. Lukasz Lonka (23); 19. Matevz Irt (17).

                           
450 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS

(After 4 of 10 races)
1. Todd Waters……….269
2. Matt Moss…………..242
5. Billy Mackenzie……226
3. Lawson Bopping….217
4. Cody Cooper………202
6. Tye Simmonds……189
7. Adam Monea……..185
8. Kirk Gibbs………….183
9. Jake Moss…………177
10. Daniel McCoy…..164
Other notables: 13. Jay Marmont (151); 13. Ford Dale (133); 17. Robbie Marshall (108); 16. Cody Mackie (119); 18. Cheyne Boyd (65).

                           
250 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS

(After 4 of 10 races)
1. Luke Styke………….269
2. Luke Clout…………..239
3. Brock Winston……..214
4. Josh Cachia………..212
5. Kale Makeham……199
6. Kayne Lamont…….183
7. Geran Stapleton…..170
8. Takeshi Katsuya….164
9. Matt Ryan…………..160
10. Rhys Carter………159
Other notables: 11. Ryan Marmont (152); 12. Dylan Long (143); 13. Tristen Cachia (125); 14. Wade Hunter (123);  17. Luke Wilson (78); 19. Kade Mosig (73).

                           
WORLD SIDECAR MX POINTS

(After 1 of 14 races)
1. Ben Adriaenssen / Ben van den Bogaart…50
2. Valentin Giraud / Nicolas Musset……………42
3. Janis Daiders / Lauris Daiders……………….38
4. Maris Rupeiks / Haralds Kurpnieks…………33
5. Henrik Soderqvist / Tim Gustavsson……….29
6. Stuart Brown / Josh Chamberlain…………..29
7. Andy Burgler / Martin Betschart……………..28
8. Marcel Grondman / Christian Verhagen…..24
9. Daniel Millard / Joe Millard…………………….22
10. Jan Visscher / Jeroen Visscher…………….22

                           
WORLD WOMEN’S POINTS STANDINGS

(After 1 of 7 races)
1. Chiara Fontanesi…………50
2. Meghan Rutledge………..44
3. Natalie Kane……………….40
4. Steffi Laier………………….36
5. Larissa Papenmeier……..32
6. Jessica Moore…………….28
7. Nancy Van De Ven………27
8. Britt van der Wekken……26
9. Nicky van Wordragen…..24
10. Nina Klink…………………22

                           
WMX NATIONAL POINTS STANDINGS
(after 1 of 3 races)
1. Courtney Duncan……..50
2. Sayaka Kaneshiro…….42
3. Taylor Higgins………….36
4. Mackenzie Tricker…….35
5. Jacqueline Strong…….31
6. Alexah Pearson……….29
7. Mariana Balbi…………..28
8. Sara Pettersson……….25
9. Hailey Larson…………..23
10. Jessica Patterson…..22
Other notables: 11. Brittany Marcotte (19); 12. Brownie Brown (18); Pinsey Palmer (17); 14. Shelby Ward (16); 15. Sade Allender (15); 16. Jessie Wharton (9).

                           
VID: SEE WHAT NO ONE SAW AT THE CANCELED GLEN HELEN X-FIGHTERS

                           
WANNA BUY A FAMOUS RACETRACK? A REALLY FAMOUS ONE

The Nurburgring is up for sale…bankruptcy sale. The 937-acre Formula 1 track, including hotels, the original Nordschleife circuit and the shorter “new” Nurburgring track, could be sold to a single buyer or split among several purchasers. The price is expected to be at least $154 million. This year’s events aren’t expected to be affected. Whoever does buy the track is also likely to be subject to forthcoming local legislation that will force them to keep the track open to the public.

                           
YOU GOTTA SEE THIS! A MOTOCROSS HELMET OUT OF A SOLID BLOCK OF BILLET ALUMINUM


                           
VID: MEET THE PRO CIRCUIT KAWASAKI 250/450 AMA NATIONAL TEAM

                           
VID: MALCOLM STEWART SIGNS HIS DEAL TO FILL-IN FOR CHRISTIAN CRAIG AT TROY LEE DESIGNS

                           
VID: LAST WEEKEND’S WORCS RACE IN HONOLULU HILLS…IT’S NOT WHERE YOU THINK IT IS

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