MOTOCROSS ACTION’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: TWO TITLES CLINCHED, ONE CHAMPIONSHIP IN ITS DEATH THROES AND MORE TRAVIS PASTRANA

September 8, 2013
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TOP TEN CRAZIEST TRICKS FROM TRAVIS PASTRANA’S NITRO CIRCUS LIVE


                                                          

FONTANSESI CLINCHES WOMEN’S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN SLOVAKIA

Chiara Fontanesi.

SLOVIAKIAN WOMEN’S GRAND PRIX RESULTS
1. Meghan Rutledge……….1-3
2. Chiara Fontanesi………..3-2
3. Steffi Laier………………….2-4
4. Nina Klink………………….5-5
5. Francesca Nocera………7-7
6. Genette Vage……………..6-8
7. Justine Charroux…………4-11
8. Natalie Kane……………….21-1
9. Nancy Van De Ven………11-6
10. Anne Borchers…………..8-9

FINAL WOMEN’S WORLD POINTS STANDINGS
(After 6 of 6 races)
1. Chiara Fontanesi…………287
2. Meghan Rutledge………..243
3. Steffi Laier…………………..232
4. Natalie Kane……………….227
5. Nancy Van De Ven………173
6. Anne Borchers…………….147
7. Justine Charroux…………..135
8. Britt van der Wekken…….130
9. Francesca Nocera………..109
10. Marianne Veenstra……..109

                                                          
A LAP OF LIEROP WITH OUR FAVORITE RUSSIAN

                                                          
ASCOT FLAT TRACK REUNION ON OCTOBER 12

For more info go to www.flattrackfinals.com

                                                          
WITH TWO ROUNDS LEFT BEN ADRIAENSSEN IS ONE POINT SHORT OF CLINCHING 2013 CROWN

Ben Adriaenssen and Ben van den Bogaart are the Ben & Ben show. Photo: Rien Willems

FRENCH WORLD SIDECAR CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS
1. Ben Adriaenssen / Ben van den Bogaart………2-1
2. Etienne Bax / Kaspars Stupelis……………………1-4
3. Janis Daiders / Lauris Daiders……………………..4-2
4. Vaclav Rozehnal / Marek Rozehnal………………3-6
5. Jason Van Daele / Tim Smeunix…………………..7-3
6. Jan Henrickx / Elvijs Mucenieks……………………5-7
7. Henrik Soderqvist / Gustav Millard………………..6-8
8. Stuart Brown / Josh Chamberlain…………………11-5
9. Maris Rupeiks / Haralds Kurpnieks……………….9-10
10. Gert van Werven / Peter Beunk………………….8-13

WORLD SIDECAR POINTS STANDINGS
(after 12 of 14 races)
1. Ben Adriaenssen / Ben van den Bogaart……540
2. Etienne Bax / Kaspars Stupelis………………….441
3. Janis Daiders / Lauris Daiders…………………..387
4. Jan Henrickx / Elvijs Mucenieks………………..359
5. Vaclav Rozehnal / Marek Rozehnal……………331
6. Maris Rupeiks / Haralds Kurpnieks…………….284
7. Stuart Brown / Josh Chamberlain………………270
8. Andy Burgler / Martin Betschart…………………269
9. Jason Van Daele / Tim Smeunix………………..238
10. Phillip Stenborg / Christian Nilsson…………..225

                                                          
MX3 IS OFFICIALLY DEAD, BUT KLEMEN GERCAR GETS THE LAST LAUGH

Klemen Gercar?MX3 World Champion.

SLOVIAKIAN MX3 GRAND PRIX RESULTS
1. Frantisek Smola………….3-2
2. Christian Brockel…………4-3
3. Matthais Walkner………..1-8
4. Martin Michek……………..2-7
5. Gert Krestinov……………..5-4
6. Klemen Gercar……………7-6
7. Florent Richier…………….34-1
8. Levy Batista………………..10-9
9. Petr Bartos………………….9-10
10. Martin Zerava…………….8-11

FINAL WORLD MX3 POINTS STANDINGS
(After 9 of 9 races)
1. Klemen Gercar………….353
2. Martin Michek……………347
3. Matthias Walkner……….321
4. Gert Krestinov……………291
5. Frantisek Smola…………246
6. Christian Brockel……….182
7. Petr Michalec…………….164
8. Paulo Bertuzzo………….160
9. Petr Bartos………………..140
10. Ludvig Soderberg…….119

                                                          
PHOTO OF THE DAY…IF THE DAY WAS MARCH 10, 1973

This is the 1973 Husqvarna team at Daytona. From left to right: Billy Clements (91), Mark Blackwell (62), Bob Grossi (6), Gary Semics (44) and Mike Hartwig (79).

                                                          
VETS MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS VINTAGE RACE AT FARLEIGH CASTLE ON SEPTEMBER 13-15


The 2013 edition of the Vets Motocross des Nations will be held at Farleigh Castle in Great Britain on September 13-15. Unlike Glen Helen’s upcoming 2013 World Vet Motocross Championship, the Vet MXDN is a vintage race with old bikes  ? Glen Helen’s World Vet race is for modern bikes ridden by vintage riders.

Team France: AMA and World Champion Champion Jean-Michel Bayle on a full-factory 1989 RC500 Honda, will be joined by fellow World Champions Frederic Bolley, Jacky Vimond and Yves Demaria.

Team USA: The American team will be headed by 48-year-old John “Junkyard” Dowd, plus 1990 AMA 125 National Champion Guy Cooper, Shaun Kalos and AMA Supercross winner and 20-time World Vet Champion Doug Dubach (although Doug is still recovering from his crash at Mammoth).

Team Belgium: Last year’s champions, Team Belgium, will be led by Werner Dewit and Johan Boonen, while England will be guided by Mark Eastwood with Rob Herring, Mark Hucklebrige and Tom Church filling out the home squad. New Zealand has a powerhouse team with Josh Coppins, Darryl King and Ryan Hunt, while Gordon Crockard leads the Irish team.

The gates open at 12 noon on Thursday, September 12 with camping on site; Friday evening entertainment will be the 1980s disco cover band “Groove Juice” and on Saturday the ska band “Rat Race” will play. Admission is œ25 ($40) for the complete weekend and if you are camping œ25 per pitch. Event info can be found on www.vetsmxdn2013.co.uk

                                                          
MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: FMF FLYING MACHINE FACTORY SHIRTS

              
$22.00 at www.fmfracing.com

                                                          
THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAY BOYS: THE HURLER TURNS 19

Sept. 6…Doug Henry 1969
Sept. 9…Anthony Paggio


Sept. 10…Chuck Sun 1956
Sept. 12…Robbie Horton
Sept. 12…Ryan Huffman 1974
Sept. 12…Dean Baker

 
Sept. 12…Jeffrey Herlings 1994

                                                          
USED IT, ABUSED IT, TESTED IT: WORKS CONNECTION FACTORY 4 SUPER-WIDE STAND

Works Connection has come out with a wider, lower and stronger aluminum bike stand that is a 1/2 inch lower (16.5 inches) and two inches wider (12-inches) across the top than a normal bike stand. It is stronger than a normal stand and a little lower, but the big plus is that the top deck is large enough that you don’t miss it when tossing your bike on it.

VERDICT: You wouldn’t think that a one-half inch lower bike stand would be noticeable, but several test riders said that they could get the bike up on the Factory 4 stand with less effort. The other plus is that the super-wide top piece decreases the chances of overshooting the stand (during that last-ditch pitch). With a 12-inch top instead of a 10-inch top, the bike sits more securely. On the durability scale, the wider top spreads the curved tubing legs out for a better stance, which made the stand much more durable. $99.95 (stand), $19.95 Stand Wedge), $19.95 (replacement mat)?www.worksconnection.com or (530) 642-9488.

                                                          
ASK THE MXPERTS: 2010-2013 YAMAHA YZ450F MAP ADVICE

Dear MXA,
    I own a 2012 Yamaha YZ450F and I’ve struggled with the power delivery for two years. I surrender. Please tell me the numbers for the “MXA Map” that everyone talks about.

First, you will need a GYTR Power Tuner. You don’t need to buy one, just borrow one from a racer who already owns one?because you’ll only need it for about 30 seconds. Please note that the GYTR Power Tuner does not come with maps in it. As it comes out of the box, all the fields in the GYTR Power Tuner are set at 0, 0, 0, 0, 0; which are the stock ignition and fuel map settings. You have to make your own maps, which is easy to do. Each number in the fuel map is a three percent change. So, entering a “+4″ makes the bike 12 percent richer than the stock 0 setting in that performance area (and “-4″ make sit 12 percent leaner). The ignition map either retards (-) or advances (+) the ignition by one degree per whole number (for example, entering a -3 retards the ignition three degrees).

Most MXA test riders preferred to race with our “Less Hit” map (which you can see below). It richens the fuel and retards the ignition are partial throttle settings below 4000 rpm. It stopped the barky low-end hit that causes the front wheel to lift on the exit of turns. It mellows out the powerband, but actually makes it easier to go fast on. This map does not work on the 2014 Yamaha YZ450F (only 2010 to 2013 YZFs). If you have a 2014 Yamaha YZ450F, you can see our best map in the October 2013 issue (on newstands now).



                                                          
MAKE YOUR RACE PLANS NOW! WHAT LIES AHEAD IN 2013


2013 FIM SIDECAR MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
    September 15…Germany
    September 22…Belgium
2013 AUSTRALIAN SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
    September 14……Darwin, NT
    September 15……Darwin, NT
    October 12………..Mt. Gambier, SA
    October 19………..Phillip Island, Vic
    October 20………..Phillip Island, Vic
    November 16…….Toowoomba, Qld
2013 ALL-JAPAN MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
    October 6…………..Saitama
    October 20………..Sugo
2013 WORLD OFFROAD CHAMPIONSHIP (WORCS) SERIES
    September 13-15… Honey Lake, CA
    October 11-13…Taft, CA
2013 VET MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
    September 13-15, 2013….Farleigh Castle, England
2013 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
    September 29, 2013…Teutschenthal, Germany
2013 WORLD VETERAN MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
    November 2-3, 2013…Glen Helen, CA

                                                          
2014 CONTINGENCY: YAMAHA PUTS UP $3.76 MILLION

Yamaha has a new 2014 YZ/WR Contingency plan with $3.76 Million up for grabs. Oddly called, and equally oddly spelled, the Yamaha “Blu Cru” program will include payouts for every rider in every main event in both AMA Supercross and the AMA Nationals. Plus, Yamaha will expand the coverage to the top ten riders in eligible classes at 9 premier Amateur races: Loretta Lynn’s Amateur National Championships, AMA Winter Olympics, Mammoth Mountain MX, GNC Int. Final, Freestone Spring Championship, NMA Grand National, AMA Spring Classic, Ponca City Amateur Nationals and World Mini GP. All payouts to Blu Cru amateur members will be made via the new Yamaha  Blu Cru debit card. Registration is open now for the 2014 Racing Season for riders who own a 2012, 2013 or 2014 YZ or WR. Go to www.yamahabLUcRU.com to sign up.

                                                          
USED IT, ABUSED IT,TESTED IT & LOVED IT: KTM 450SXF 280Nm DIAPHRAGM CLUTCH SPRING

Prior to 2014 the stock KTM 450SXF Belleville clutch washer was rated at 250 Nm. It works decently, but most MXA test riders complained that it wasn’t as hooked up as it could have been. Sadly for our egos, KTM never listened to MXA’s complaints, but when Ryan Dungey complained, they got right on the case. Dungey’s bike got a 280 Nm Belleville spring. Now the stiffer clutch spring has been incorporated into the 2014 production bikes. But, KTM owners with pre-2014 KTM 450SXF’s can retrofit the 280 Nm spring to their bikes.

VERDICT: If you own a pre-2014 KTM 450SXF you need the $50.00 280 Nm washer. Your friendly local KTM dealer can order it directly out of either the 2014 parts bin or the 2013-1/2 Ryan Dungey Replica parts list.

                                                          
TWIN AIR’S 2014 RIDER SUPPORT PROGRAM SIGNUP IS NOW OPEN

The 2014 Twin Air Rider Support program is now open.  To become part of the prestigious Twin Air support program, please use one of the following methods to send us your current resume. Send your info to www.Hookit.com or www.MX Sponsor.com. Or you can mail a hard copy to Twin Air, Attn: Rider Support, 410 E Walnut St. #2, Perkasie, PA 18944.

                                                          
DUNLOP SPECIAL OFFER REBATE ON GEOMAX TIRES

Dunlop has announced a special, limited-time rebate of up to $50 on the purchase of four Geomax tires. Eligible purchases include a wide range of Dunlop’s Geomax MX11, MX31, MX51, MX51FA and MX71 tires. In addition to this rebate, purchasers of three or four tires will also receive a pair of race-style Geomax tire stickers for every tire purchased?as many as eight tire stickers! With one tire purchased the rebate is $10; for two tires $20; for three tires $30 and for four Geomax tires the rebate tops out at $50. This consumer mail-in rebate will be paid in the form of a Visa Prepaid Card, and the offer is valid on tire purchases made between September 1 and October 31, 2013?so act quickly. For the complete terms and conditions, download a rebate form from the Dunlop Motorcycle website at www.dunlopmotorcycle.com or visit www.dunloprebates.com.

                                                          
MEMORIES OF THE WAY WE WERE: JT PHASE TWO AIR FILTERS

Race on Sunday, sell on Monday? Back in 1978, JT Racing’s Phase Two air filters were in the bikes of 125 Champion Broc Glover, 500 Champion Rick Burgett, 500 World Champion Heikki Mikkola, while Bob Hannah delivered them the Trans-AMA, Supercross and 250 National crowns. Phase Two didn’t survive.

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