MOTOCROSS ACTION’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: KILLER DEALS, GEBOERS ON DESALLE, GP RIDERS MOVE AWAY, 2014 YZ450F MAP, PLUS MORE

December 2, 2013
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SYLVAIN GEBOERS ON CLEMENT DESALLE’S MXDN SHOULDER INJURY

Sylvain.                                                                                       
Photo: Youthstream

“For Clement there will be no tests before the end of January, but this is no reason to panic. He was already very happy with the setting and feeling of the 2013 bike. The championship again starts early and the bikes need to be packed and ready to go by February 18 for the first Grand Prix in Qatar.

“Clement is rehabbing well and according to the doctor and the therapist all is going okay. For Clement, if he hadn’t suffered this injury then I would confidently say that we would be pushing for the title next year. Now it is a bit different. I am sure he will come back to his best but I think it is too much to ask that he will be on the same level that he ended 2013 by the time of the first round at Losail.”

                                                      

DAVE MILLER CONCEPTS (DMC) GOES BACK TO THE ROOTS OF THE SPORT…SORT OF

Just your basic 25-horsepower, CR85-powered, old-school, Taco mini bike from Dave Miller at DMC.


To see more of Dave’s handiwork go to www.facebook.com/pages/Dave-Miller-Concepts/137383096290268

                                                      
EURO STUFF: NEWS ABOUT TEILLET, BARRAGAN & POURCEL; PLUS SOME NEW RULES

Valentin Teillet.

MOVING TO AMERICA: Valentin Teillet Is going to leave the Grand Prix circuit to race the 250 West Supercross series in 2014. Valentin will be based in the new Bud Racing USA workshop in California, and will be on the line at Anaheim 1 on January 4. Teillet will do double duty by racing the AMA Supercross series and the French Elite series at the same time. “It’s a new challenge for me and I put all my energy into being ready for it. I raced the GP’s for four seasons and I didn’t get the results I was expecting. I love this sport and I enjoyed riding Supercross. Just like many French riders I have always dreamed of racing the U.S. Supercross series. I know that it’s a tough championship and I’m already working hard to prepare,” said Valentin.


Jonathan Barragan and Husky.

QUITTING THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Jonathan Barragan has dropped out of the MXGP series for 2014 and will race Husqvarnas in the Spanish MX1 Motocross Championships and the Spanish E2 Enduro Championship. In 2015, Barragan wants to race the World Enduro Championships.


Is this legal? Clarification required.

2014 FIM START RULE: Under a new FIM rule, “The starting straight may only be used for the start and must not be crossed or used as part of the course except at the end of the lap.” What does that mean? You can’t use it, but you can use it at the end of a lap? So, you can use it? Who wrote this rule? See update below.


The clarification came fast?the rule was crossed out of the rulebook.

2014 FIM START RULE CHANGE: Two days after announcing this rule and MXA making fun of it, the FIM dropped this rule.


The little countries get into the show…sort of.

MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS: To make it feasible for the small countries to spend the money to send teams to the MXDN, only to be eliminated on day one, the 2014 MXDN will hold a real race for the countries that don’t qualify. Here is the rule: “Where there are more than 36 countries present (from 37 countries onwards), a C-Final will be added. The team winning the C-Final will move up to the B-Final. The maximum number of teams participating in the C-Final is 13.”


Christophe Pourcel.

POURCEL RETURNS: We wish Christophe Pourcel luck, but his last season in the USA (2011) was rocky, especially after winning the 250 East in 2009 and 2010. Christophe skipped the 2011 Supercross series with an injury, then rode a couple races on a 450 before unexpectedly quitting and returning to Europe. He then raced in the 450 World Championships, but quit after the 2012 season. Now he wants to race the 2014 AMA 250 Nationals for Valli Yamaha. If this comes true he will be at Glen Helen on May 24, but Glen Helen is a long way off.


Philly forms his own team.

DAVID PHILIPPAERTS’ NEW TEAM: Former 450 World Champion (2008) David Philippaerts recently announced that he is forming DP Racing with support from Yamaha Europe and Michele Rinaldi. Philippaerts will race a Yamaha YZ450F and manage the team himself.

                                                      
WHAT THE MXA WRECKING CREW WAS UP TO LAST WEEK

At the Day In The Dirt Two-stroke Pro race, MXA’s Daryl Ecklund got a second place start on a bone-stock KTM 125SX (as Josh Grant’s roost leads the way). Eckund would go on to finished fourth overall and first 125?although Daryl and Sebastien Tortelli had an epic duel on the last lap for the 125 honors. Josh Grant won the Pro race on a YZ250.


Things don’t always go according to plan with the MXA gang, but they do like to get together to celebrate important moments. Pictured here is a moment of togetherness during the Day In The Dirt two-stroke race as MXA guys Mark Hall (76), John Perry (on the ground) and Daryl Ecklund (95) form an orange helmeted triad. This photo was shot just before the white flag fell?Perry crashed just as Ecklund came up to lap the two Vet riders.


Although we have spent considerable time testing the 2014 Yamaha YZ250F, both in SoCal and in Alabama, the testing is continuing until we know all the pertinent details.


Our KTM 250SX two-stroke was recently kitted into a KTM 300SX. The test on this bike will be in the magazine in January


We have been testing the all-new Husqvarna TC250 two-stroke between stints on our KTM 300SX and Yamaha YZ250F. The test on this bike will be out in the magazine in February.


This past week, the MXA gang made trips to Baja, Kuwait, Tom White’s museum and, of course, all the local tracks leading up to “Day In The Dirt” this weekend. This is Dennis Stapleton racing in Kuwait.


We stopped by Tom White’s “Early Years of Motocross Museum” on Tuesday and learned a few things?mostly that Tom has more bikes than can fit in his 6500 square-foot two-story space, so he built an underground storage building to hold the overflow. While we were there he let us ride lots of cool bikes down the hill to the storage area…but he wouldn’t let us start them.


This is how a vintage bikes make it to the second-story mezzanine at the museum. That is Jody Weisel’s 1974 Hodaka Super Combat 125 on the lift (and a very rare 1968 twin-pipe Suzuki TM250 on the right). Tom’s museum owns two of these special bikes.


Tom White also had a Bengt Aberg Yamaha HL500 four-stroke in his workshop. It holds the honor of being the first four-stroke to win a Grand Prix moto (since the end of golden age of four-strokes) when Aberg won the first moto in Luxembourg in 1977.

                                                      
ASK THE MXPERTS: 2014 YAMAHA YZ450F MAP
Dear MXA,
    My friend says that when he was at a local race, he got MXA to put a better map in his 2014 YZ450F. Since neither he nor I have the GYTR programming tool can you tell me what the map was so I can have my dealer put it in my bike? I have the stock pipe.

This is the map that we run with our stock YZ450F exhaust system. It is important to note that we run a different map with aftermarket exhaust pipes. We have reprogrammed a lot of bikes at the track for people, mostly friends, but these friends often bring their friends up later. So here it is.



                                                      
POLICE AND FIRE CHRISTMAS GRAND PRIX ON DECEMBER 10

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SEVEN RIVAL LAUNCH: NEW GEAR IS COMING ON 12.3.13

Refining Limits – Seven Launches on 12.3.2013. Check it out. (Click on the image above).

                                                      
MXA‘S GUIDE TO THE 2014 SEASON


2014 AMA SUPERCROSS SERIES
   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
2014 AMSOIL ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
   January 3-5……………………Worcester, MA
   January 10-12…………………Baltimore, MD
   January 18-19…………………Louisville, KY
   January 25-26…………………Greensboro, NC
   January 31-Feb. 2…………….Milwaukee, WI
   February 7-9……………………Sacramento, CA
   February 14-16………………..Nampa, ID
   February 21-23………………..Reno, NV
   March 1-2……………………….Tulsa, OK
   March 7-9………………………..Albuquerque, NM
   March 14-16…………………….Hidalgo, TX
   March 29-30 ……………………Salt Lake City, UT

2014 AMA 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
2014 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
   March 30………….Broadford, Vic
   April 13……………Appin, NSW
   April 27……………Wonthaggi, Vic
   May 18…………….Murray Bridge, SA
   May 25…………….Waneroo, WA
   June 29…………….Conondale, QLD
   July 13…………….Swan Hill, VIC
   August 3…………..Raymond Terrace, NSW
   August 24…………Gladstone, QLD
   August 31…………Coolum, QLD
2014 WORLD MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
   March 1…….Qatar
   March 9……..Thailand
   March 30…..Brazil
   April 13……..Italy
   April 20……..TBA
   May 4……….Holland
   May 11………TBA
   May 25………England
   June 1……….France
   June 15……..Italy
   June 22……..Germany
   July 6………..Sweden
   July 13………Finland
   July 27……….Czech Republic
   August 3…….Belgium
   August 17……Ukraine
   Sept. 7……….Brazil
   Sept.  15……..Mexico
2014 300cc TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP
   April 20………..TBA    
   May 11………..TBA    
   May 25………..England
   June 15……….Italy    
   July 6…………..Sweden    
   July 13…………Finland    
   August 3………Belgium
2014 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
   September 28….Kegums, Latvia
2014 WORLD VET CHAMPIONSHIP
   Nov. 1-2……………Glen Helen

                                                      
MXA RODE TEST: 2014 KAWASAKI KX450F

The Kawasaki KX450F has been the king of the 450 class three out of the last five years (2009, 2012 and 2013). All kings maintain their thrones by virtue of their power.

60-SECOND ANALYSIS
The 2014 Kawasaki KX450F is defined?lock, stock and barrel?by its powerband. Not the most powerful engine on the dyno, the KX450F engine produces an amazingly effective race-style of power. It is, without a doubt, the best race engine made in 2014. The rest of package is average?if that.

WHAT’S GOOD?
   Powerband. The KX450F engine is incredible. It is smooth down low, rolls on with authority and is the best all-around race engine of 2014. It doesn’t make the most power, but its 55.05 horsepower is perfectly placed.
   Plug-in maps. If you want more power, switch to the white map plug-in. If you want less, go with the black one. The tunability is one of the best features of the KX450F engine package.
   Launch Control. Soft dirt?no Launch Control. Hard dirt?Launch Control.
   Tires. We loved Bridgestone 403/404 tires?and that’s what comes on the KX450F.

WHAT’S BAD?
    Brakes. These old-school brakes won’t stop 239 pounds of runaway locomotive.
    Sound. This is the loudest bike on the track. It makes an ear piercing 120.6 decibels when wide open.
    Clutch. If you intend to keep your bike for a long time get a complete Hinson clutch.
    Shifting. Don’t rush it, no matter how big a rush you are in.
    Chain guide. Order a T.M. Designworks chain guide kit before you get home from the dealership.
    Fork seals. We replaced the KX450F forks seals three times in 2013 and two times already in 2014. Welcome to the world of air forks.



BEST SUSPENSION SETTINGS?
Forks. These are MXA’s recommended 2014 Kawasaki KX450F fork settings (stock settings are in parentheses).
    Spring rate: 35 psi
    Oil height: 245cc
    Compression: 11 clicks out
    Rebound: 19 clicks out
    Fork leg height: 5mm up
    Notes: Tuning air forks is complicated by the ramp-up effect. Thus, if you add fork oil or air pressure to make the forks a little firmer, they will become harsher at the end of the stroke.

Shock. These are MXA’s recommended 2014 KX450F shock settings (stock settings are in parentheses).
    Spring rate: 5.5 kg/mm
    Hi-compression: 2 turns out (1-3/4 turns out)
    Lo-compression: 10 clicks out (8 clicks out)
    Rebound: 14 clicks out (19 clicks out)
    Race sag: 100mm
    Notes: We preferred the feel of longer pull rods because they lowered the rear end and stiffened the initial part of the shock’s stroke to lessen the KX450F’s tendency to wallow under acceleration.

WHAT DID WE CHANGE?
Here is the short list of things the MXA wrecking crew changed on the 2014 KX450F.
    (1) We ran a T.M. Designworks chain guide.
    (2) We added one tooth to the rear sprocket to enable us to shift to third gear sooner.
    (3) We installed an oversize front rotor.
    (4) We used a complete Hinson clutch.
    (5) We ran Splitstream crossover air valves or Works Connection EZ Fill Schrader valves to allow us to move the bars forward.
    (6) We cut some threads off the rear master cylinder plunger rod to allow to brake pedal to move downward.

WHAT DO WE THINK?
The only superlative on the 2014 KX450F is the powerband. We live with the rest of the package for the thrill of turning the KX450F throttle.

                                                      
THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAY BOYS: BRUCE BROWN’S BIRTHDAY WAS ON SUNDAY…NOT JUST ANY SUNDAY

Nov. 29…John Rice
Nov. 29…Brandon Butler
Nov. 30…Jacob Saylor


Dec. 1…Bruce Brown 1937
Dec. 1…Stanton Barrett 1972


Dec. 1…Jeff Emig 1970
Dec. 2…Jiri Dostal 1979
Dec. 3…Craig Decker 1975


Dec. 3…Danny LaPorte 1957
Dec. 4…Tiger Lacey 1982
Dec. 4…Greg Blackwell 1953


Dec. 4…Ryan Dungey 1989


Dec. 4…Jim Gibson 1961


Dec. 5…Casey Johnson 1975

                                                      
MEMORIES OF THE WAY WE WERE WITH LARS LARSSON

Lars Larson was among the first wave of European GP riders to move to the USA to teach American teenagers all about the sport. Lars was hired by Edison Dye to demonstrate Husqvarnas by traveling from town to town in a van with two 1968 Huskys…and, when he got there, he would win whatever race they held, be it dirt track, scrambles or hillclimb.

Lars may have been a motocrosser, but he also raced the ISDT many times. This photo of Lars with his works Kawasaki ISDT bike really defines the times. He’s wearing Barrufaldi goggles, goat skin gloves, Hallman flip visor and the de rigeur Torsten Hallman enduro jacket. His 1973 Kawasaki 450cc F12 (it wasn’t called a KX450 until 1974) has the age appropriate aluminum gas tank, rubber mud flap on the front fender, Magura levers and Preston Petty headlight number plate.

We sent this photo to Lars and asked him to tell us the story. Lars said, “After the Six-Days in Czecho in 1972, I got a contract with Kawasaki to be part of the team to help with the development of their offroad/enduro machines. The goal was to have a team on these machines at the 1973 Six-Days in 1973. The Kawasaki was very advanced, it had a lot of new inventions such as mag wheels and disc brakes.

“The bike was basically the motocross bike that Brad Lackey and Jimmy Weinert were using, but modified for enduro. In my opinion the engine was not modified very much. It was pure mx. It was very powerful and hard to handle on the trail. On the fifth day of the Six-Days and still on ?Gold’, I was the last Kawasaki rider left in the 1973 Six-Days. Then, with one day to go, on the way to the first checkpoint the darn thing exploded. There was not a single piece of that transmission that was usable.”


What few people know about Lars Larsson was that he was one of the founders of Thor. Torsten Hallman went into partnership with Lars to build an offroad motocross empire in the USA. It was called Torsten Hallman Offroad Racing…the acronym of which is THOR. In this Torsten Hallman magazine ad, Lars models their Roger DeCoster replica five-snap visor, DeCoster-designed Barrufaldi goggles and Hallman’s see-thru face guard.


At 72 years old Lars Larsson is still racing. He finished second in the 2013 World Veteran Championship Over-70 Expert class (and won it in 2011 and 2012). He also won the Over-60 World Championship 13 years ago.

                                                      
2014 REM GLEN HELEN RACE SCHEDULE: IF YOU WANT TO RACE EVERY WEEKEND?THIS IS THE PLACE (PLUS THERE WILL BE 20-MINUTE MOTOS FOR EVERY CLASS)

Every 2014 date that is marked in red is an REM race. The dates that aren’t in red or red-in-yellow boxes are set aside for important Glen Helen events that require the whole park?like the AMA 250/450 National, WORCS weekend, Lucas Oil Offroad truck race, MTA World Vet Championship and “Day in the Dirt.” All in all, there are 38 races scheduled in 2014. Plus, REM is going to test 20-minute motos for every class for a couple months (January/February) to see if the riders want to go that long (we are sure that they do). And, the Over-50 classes and Over-60 classes will be divided into more skill divisions to accommodate more riders in these rapidly growing classes. For more info go to www.remsatmx.com.

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