MOTOCROSS ACTION’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: IT’S OFFICIALLY SUMMER! HOW DO WE KNOW? BECAUSE THE CIRCUS IS ABOUT TO COME TO TOWN

May 10, 2013
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          THE PHOTO OF THE WEEK: THE REM GLEN HELEN RACETRACK TRANSFORMED

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t is hard to believe that this will be turn back into the REM racetrack seven days from now. That is a lot of dirt. Photo: Chris Tedesco/Red Bull


          THE LIST OF LEGAL AMA PRO MACHINERY: KTM PAID TO MAKE THE 2013 250SX TWO-STROKE LEGAL

Don’t read too much into KTM’s homologation of the 2013 250SX two-stroke. They did it mainly to show solidarity with two-stroke owners. They have no intention of entering a 250 two-stroke in the 450 class. Now, if the AMA would make the displacement rules equal, they might consider it for the 250 class.

          WAITING FOR THEIR RETURN: WHO WILL MISS THE NATIONAL OPENER?

Wil Hahn broke his hand in his Las Vegas practice crash. He managed to make it through the night in Vegas, but had surgery on Wednesday.


Kyle Chisholm is nursing a medical dictionary list of injuries.


Matt Goerke hopes to be back later in the season.


Christian Craig made it all the way to one week before the Nationals, but he broke his navicular last week.


Davi Millsaps rode through the Supercross season with a knee injury, but will miss all the Nationals after surgery.

          GOOD THINGS FROM THE COLLAPSE OF THE JDR KTM TEAM

Joey Savatgy rebounded to a new KTM team.
Photo: KTM Images

With JDR/JStar/KTM gone the way of the dodo bird, you would think it would be devastation time for their riders. Guess again! Joey Savatgy rebounded almost immediately with the formation of a special FMF/ Orange Brigade team that was put in place with Savatgy in mind. Meanwhile, when Troy Lee Design’s rider Christian Craig broke his navicular this week, Malcolm Stewart got the chance to put JDR’s demise behind him and fill in for Craig in the 450 Nationals on a TLD Honda. What’s the Troy Lee/Stewart connection? Troy Lee Designs manufacturers James Stewart’s Seven gear (which won’t be available until fall).

          CHECK OUT THE FOX BRIGADE AMATEUR SPOTLIGHT VIDEO FROM ZACA STATION

          THE MOTOCROSSING CONGRESSMAN MAKES A SPLASH ON CAPITOL HILL
As evidenced by a feature story in the Washington, D.C. “Roll Call,” Arkansas Congressman Tim Griffin’s plan to meet his constituents at a dirt bike Ride Day at North Little Rock ORV Park on June 1, 2013, is causing a stir on Capitol Hill. See the story below:

          THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAYS: BUD AND STEVE ARE ICONS
 

May 10…Bud Ekins 1930
May 10…Jason McCormick 1975


May 10…Edison Dye 1918


May 11…John van den Berk 1967
May 13…Billy Whitley


May 14…Kyle Regal 1991
May 15…Joe Oehlhof 1976
May 15…Jackson Esselman


May 15…Warren Johnson 1968
May 15…Kyle Loza 1986


May 15…Daniel McCoy 1984
May 16…Dustin Miller 1981


May 16…Broc Glover 1960    
May 16…Laurette Cushman

          SEBASTIEN TORTELLI’S CHAMP FACTORY TO HOLD SPECIAL TRAINING CAMP AT THE RANCH ON MAY 20-21

Sebastien at the 2013 World Two-Stroke Championship.

Two-time World Motocross Champion Sebastien Tortelli’s Champ Factory MX School is pleased to announce a full two-day training camp May 20-21 at “The Ranch” in Anza, California. The track will be fully prepped and available exclusively to the students of the Champ Factory MX camp.  Sebastien and his professional staff will work with the students from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with an hour break for lunch each day. The camp will focus on technique in cornering, line selection, starts, sprint laps, passing and more. The two-day training camp costs $500 for both days and you can reserve a spot by signing up at www.champfactory.com. Space is limited so sign up in next week and get a special limited Matrix Concepts gift bag and discount on Champ Factory partners. If you have additional questions please call (858) 866-6107.

          100% SOCAL VINTAGE MX CLASSIC ON JUNE 4

The SoCal Vintage MX Classic is coming to Barona Oaks MX Park on June 4. There will be classes for all Vintage (1974 older), Evo (1976-?83) and Revo bikes (1984-?94) in addition to two-Stroke (Open) and Modern bike classes for all non-vintage racers. The track layout will be a fun Vet & Vintage friendly course with a longer layout for this race. This is the only Vintage MX race at Barona MX his year, so don’t miss it!

Come ride and hang out with MX Legends: 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, Gary Faxon and many more. There will be a post-race Legends Autograph Session with free posters! after the racing. For more information go to www.SoCalMXClassic.com or call 619-549-2997.

          NEWS FROM THE FRONT…MAYBE MIDPACK ALSO

Giuseppe Luongo.

Luongo drivel: Last week in Portugal, Giuseppe Luongo pontificated on how he thinks the GPs should be in the future. It should be noted that Luongo doesn’t know what he wants?this is his fifth or sixth new idea for how GP motocross should be run this year. He throws mud at the wall in hopes that it will look like a Picasso. Here are this week’s crackpot ideas. (1) No more 450cc bikes?he thinks 400cc would be better (maybe with 300cc two-strokes). (2) No Super Finals for European GPs in 2014, but still for overseas races. (3) Potential GPs in Australia, India and Japan in 2014. (4) He would like to have one short moto that pays less points and a longer second moto that pays more points. Really, we don’t make this stuff up!


Adam Cianciarulo.

Adam Cianciarulo: To no one’s surprise, amateur sensation Adam Cianciarulo will turn pro at Hangtown in one week. This means that Cianciarulo will forego racing at Loretta Lynn later this summer. There was some discussion between Pro Circuit and the Cianciarulo family about whether Adam should stay in the Amateurs and then turn pro after Loretta Lynn or go pro now. The family wanted to go pro immediately.

Week off: The only major race this weekend is a WORCS event in Honolulu Hills. Next week the flood gates open with the Hangtown 250/450 National, Brazilian 250/450 Grand Prix, World Sidecar Championship round in the Ukraine and round four of the Australian Championships in Broadford, Victoria.


Michael Leib.

Michael Leib: Rockstar Beursfoon Suzuki team has announced that Michael Leib will be heading back to Europe to compete in the remainder of the 250 Grand Prix races. Leib has raced more in Europe than in America since moving out of the amateur ranks. In fact, Leib has never scored a single AMA 250 National point, but has had a few good rides in the 250 West Supercross series.


Steve Sword: Long-time Grand Prix racer Steven Sword has called it quits and will take a job as head coach at the Honda Off Road Centre in England. Steven said, “In an ideal world, I would have liked to finish this season but right now something has to give and I think now is the right time to switch focus and devote 100% of my time and effort to this new project and wind down my racing career.”


Matiss Karro.

Matiss Karro: After a crash in Portugal last week, X-rays revealed that Matiss suffered a broken wrist. The break was next to the screws from his last break. He will only miss a month of action.

          COULD THIS BE THE NEXT KTM? NOPE! THIS IS THE BAJAJ RE60 QUADRICYLE

The Bajaj RE60 is being introduced as an alternative to the three-wheeled rickshaw in Indian. In a move, much like the change from three-wheeled ATVs to Quads in the sport market, Baja hopes to get government approval to build the water-cooled,  fuel injected, three spark plugs, four valves, five-speed, 216 cc, single-cylinder, metal-polymer, monocoque machine. The RE60 weighs 800 pounds, has a turning radius of 10 feet and can reach a top speed of 45 mph. It can carry the driver and three passengers and run gets 82 miles per gallon.

Bajaj owns 47 percent of KTM and sold 3.8 million motorcycles last year and is the leading producer of auto rickshaws. Bajaj’s Indian car company competitors wants the RE60 regulated as a car instead of as an auto rickshaw.

          HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE MAICO 500?


Iconic motocross manufacturer Maico marketed a line of small cars from 1956 to 1958 (which they inherited when the bought the defunct Champion car company). The Maico 500 was powered by a 452cc, twin-cylinder, 18-horsepower, water-cooled, two-stroke made by Heinkel. The two-door car could hold four people, but it was by no means roomy. Warranty issues doomed the car and production was stopped in 1958. Maico went out of the automobile business in 1958, but continued to manufacture motorcycles through 1986

          WHAT ABOUT THE THE BSA SCOUT?

BSA actually starting making cars in 1907, but stopped and started several times (1914, 1921 and 1932). The last BSA car was produced in 1940. Their best known car was the BSA Scout. The Scouts came as two-seat sports cars, four-seat tourers and two-seat coupes. It was a front-wheel drive car, manufactured and sold by a subsidiary of the Birmingham Small Arms Company. It was launched in 1935 with a three-speed tranny, four-cylinder, 1075cc engine (out of the previous BSA three-wheeled car). It had a rakish looking body with cut-away doors, luggage space in the tonneau, motorcycle fenders and a single-piece windshield.

ASK THE MXPERTS: IS YAMAHA GOING TO CONTINUE MAKING TWO-STROKES

The 2013 YZ250.

Dear MXA,
    I’m a loyal two-stroke fan, but all of my friends say that Yamaha will drop the YZ125 and YZ250 for 2014. The YZ250 is my favorite bike. Is that true?

Yamaha does not plan to reveal any of its 2014 model info until their dealer meeting on June 11. However, we are 100% positive that Yamaha will continue to make the YZ125 and YZ250 because it has been a successful part of their marketing plan and adds offroad sales in a down time (with very little investment).

          MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: MOOSE HIGH PERFORMANCE RACING COOLANT

Moose Racing offers a High Performance Racing Coolant that is premixed and ready to use. The water-based racing coolant provides optimum heat transfer and cooling ability in the most extreme temperatures and operating conditions, with excellent wetting, lubricity, and fluid contact with the cooling system. It can lower water temperatures as much as 25 degrees Fahrenheit and the oil temperatures as much as 50 degrees Fahrenheit. The coolant’s formula is non-hazardous, non-toxic, and biodegradable, making it environmentally safe, and is priced at just $19.95. For more info go to www.mooseracing.com.

          2014 AMA SUPERCROSS SERIES SCHEDULE

2014 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

          FMF RACING CONGRATULATES DAVI MILLSAPS ON A GREAT SEASON

Press release: As the last firework exploded over Sam Boyd Stadium to signal the end of the 2013 Supercross Series, FMF’s very own Davi Millsaps celebrated yet another podium finish to help him secure second in the overall championship point standings. With a season that saw Davi collect an astonishing 12 podiums and two wins, Davi has a lot to be happy about and we here at FMF couldn’t be more proud of him. With his FMF Factory 4.1 equipped Rockstar Energy Racing race bike getting results on the track, and his signature DM18 FMF T-Shirt line scoring style points for him off the track, Davi helped embody the FMF philosophy: “Style For Days?Motocross Forever.” Congrats on a great season Davi!

          2013 AMA SUPERCROSS SCOREBOARD: THE FINAL LOOK BACK

DATE          CITY                        450SX                        250SX
Jan. 5 ? Anaheim 1…………Davi Millsaps……..Eli Tomac
Jan. 12 ? Phoenix…………..Justin Barcia………Eli Tomac
Jan. 19 ? Anaheim II……….Ryan Villopoto……Eli Tomac
Jan. 26 ? Oakland…………..Ryan Villopoto……Ken Roczen
Feb. 2 ? Anaheim III………..Ryan Dungey…….Ken Roczen
Feb. 9 ? San Diego………….Davi Millsaps……..Eli Tomac
Feb. 16 ? Arlington………….Ryan Villopoto……Dean Wilson
Feb. 23 ? Atlanta……………James Stewart……Wil Hahn
Mar. 2 ?  St. Louis…………..Ryan Villopoto……Wil Hahn
Mar. 9 ? Daytona…………….Ryan Villopoto……Marvin Musquin
Mar. 16 ? Indianapolis……..Ryan Villopoto……Marvin Musquin
Mar. 23 ? Toronto……………Ryan Villopoto……Marvin Musquin
Apr. 6 ? Houston…………….Ryan Villopoto……Blake Wharton
Apr. 13 ? Minneapolis………Ryan Dungey…….Marvin Musquin
Apr. 20 ? Seattle…………….Justin Barcia………Ken Roczen
Apr. 27 ? Salt Lake………….Ryan Villopoto…..Jason Anderson
May 4 ? Las Vegas…………Ryan Villopoto……Eli Tomac (W), Tyler Bowers (E)
450 Supercross Champion?Ryan Villopoto
250 West Champion?Ken Roczen
250 East Champion?Wil Hahn

          WHAT’S LEFT? 2013 RACE CALENDAR


2013 AMA 250/450 NATIONAL MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
May 18…Hangtown, CA
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 19…Brazil
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
May 18…Hangtown, CA
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
May 19…Broadford, VIC
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
May 10-12…Honolulu Hills, CA
July 12-14…Pala, CA
August 9-11…Glen Helen, CA
September 20-22… (Hon)ey 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

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