MOTOCROSS ACTION’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: WHO IS THE MOST POPULAR MOTORCYCLE RACER? AMA NATIONAL POINTS AFTER WASHOUGAL, PLUS MORE

July 20, 2013
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SEE FOR YOURSELF WHY VALENTINO ROSSI IS THE RICHEST AND MOST POPULAR MOTORCYCLE RACER IN THE WORLD

                                                 
MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: ALL-NEW MAXXCROSS IT

The all-new Maxxis Maxxcross IT features a dual-compound tread pattern with long and varied tread pitches. The front MX IT tire features Maxxis’ standard IT compound for the base of the knobs, with a soft cap layer of rubber across the center to absorb vibration and enhance braking traction.

The rear tire’s center tread knobs feature a softer compound than the shoulders for holeshotting traction while maintaining stability when leaning.


Dual compond tread.

“The MX IT is a motocross-specific tire to complement our already proven off-road lineup of Maxxcross tires,” said Maxxis’ Scott Perkins. “We are pumped to begin a new era with a renewed focus on motocross performance. As a brand, Maxxis is well-established in the cross country and desert markets, and the MX IT will reaffirm that we can dominate on the track as well.”

                                                 
WORLD SIDECAR RESULTS: STRASSBESSENBACH, GERMANY

1. Ben Adriaenssen / Ben van den Bogaart….2-1
2. Etienne Bax /Kaspars Stupelis……………….1-2
3. Vaclav Rozehnal / Marek Rozehnal…………3-3
4. Jan Henrickx /Elvijs Mucenieks……………….4-4
5. Janis Daiders / Lauris Daiders………………..5-5
6. Andy Burgler / Martin Betschart………………6-6
7. Maris Rupeiks / Haralds Kurpnieks………….7-8
8. Stuart Brown / Josh Chamberlain……………9-7
9. Philip Stenborg / Christian Nilsson…………..8-10
10. Martin Walter /  Johannes Vonbun………..10-9

                                                 
WORLD SIDECAR POINTS STANDINGS
(after 8 of 14 races)
1. Ben Adriaenssen / Ben van den Bogaart…..358
2. Janis Daiders / Lauris Daiders………………….271
3. Jan Henrickx /Elvijs Mucenieks…………………252
4. Etienne Bax /Kaspars Stupelis………………….251
5. Valentin Giraud / Nicolas Musset………………217
6. Maris Rupeiks / Haralds Kurpnieks……………196
7. Vaclav Rozehnal / Marek Rozehnal…………..196
8. Stuart Brown / Josh Chamberlain……………..174
9. Andy Burgler / Martin Betschart………………..174
10. Jason Van Daele / Tim Smeunix……………..171

                                                 
ASK THE MXPERTS: WHAT’S THE EXTRA RESERVOIR DO?

Dear MXA,
    I saw a photo of a fork with a piggyback reservoir mounted down by the front axle. What does it do?

Since air forks are plagued by something called “top out,” where the forks extend too quickly when the load is reduced from the front tire, modern air forks have negative springs that pull the fork upwards to keep it from extending too quickly when the front wheel is in the air. Typically these negative top-out springs are made from coiled steel. Showa is working on a new system that uses air pressure, held in the piggyback unit, to serve the same function of the coil spring top-out spring. It saves weight.

                                                 
JAPAN HAS SELECTED ITS 2013 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS TEAM… TEAM USA COMING SOON

Makoto Ogata
raced for Team Japan last year.

Team Japan in Germany will be Yohei Kojima (Suzuki), Makoto Ogata (HRC) and Toshiki Tomita (TE Sport). As for Team USA, although it has not been announced yet, it will be Ryan Villopoto, Ryan Dungey and Eli Tomac.

OC POWER STAND FOR VINTAGE, CLASSIC OR SHOW BIKES

The retail price is $118.95. For more information go to www.ocpowerproducts.com

                                                 
MEMORIES OF THE WAY WE WERE

The CZ win ad for the 1968 World Motocross Championships with Joel Robert and Paul Friedrichs.

                                                 
AMA 450 NATIONAL POINTS STANDINGS HEADING INTO MILLVILLE

(after 8 of 12 races)
1. Ryan Villopoto……380
2. Ryan Dungey……..338
3. Justin Barcia………271
4. James Stewart……224
5. Trey Canard……….219
6. Mike Alessi………..199
7. Andrew Short……..164
10. Jake Weimer……..160
8. Broc Tickle………….159
9. Josh Grant………….158

WASHOUGAL RESULTS: 450 CLASS
1. Ryan Villopoto………2-1
2. Ryan Dungey………..1-2
3. James Stewart………3-3
4. Jake Weimer………..10-4
5. Mike Alessi…………..7-6
6. Andrew Short………..6-9
7. Josh Grant……………5-10
8. Chad Reed……………9-7
9. Broc Tickle……………13-5
10. Justin Barcia………..4-17

                                                 
USED IT, ABUSE IT, TESTED IT: DICK’S RACING QUAD FLOW TORQUE WING

The Quad Flow Torque Wing is an intake tract winglet for two-stroke carbs, we tested it on a 2013 KTM 250SX, that changes turbulent air in laminar flow air to improve throttle response. Unlike most winglets, the Quad Flow Torque wing mounts on the cylinder side of the carb instead of the airbox side. 

VERDICT: Every test rider felt increased throttle response at low rpm, a smoother transition from the low-end to the midrange and a more flexible powerband across the range. Power take-up felt crisper and, best of all, the dips in power curve were ironed out. The benefit of increasing air velocity is that more air carries more fuel which results in more effective combustion. It is a win-win. $150.00?www.dicksracing.com or (916) 722-2373.

                                                 
ALL-JAPAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WRAP-UP: ROUND 6 IN FUJISAWA

                                                 
BIRTHDAYS OF THE WEEK:  BADSHAW & THE FLYIN’ HAWAIIAN

July 19…Damon Bradshaw 1972
 
July 19…Cole Siebler


July 19…Christian Craig 1991
July 19…Mel Pocock 1992


July 19…Jonathan Barragan 1985


July 20…Christophe Charlier 1991
July 21…Allan Brown


July 21…John DeSoto 1947
July 23…Adam Jones 1984
July 24…Bobby Moore

                                                 
THE SHORTEST RACE ON RECORD

                                                 
JORGE LORENZO & PEDROSA RACE AT LAGUNA SECA

Jorge Lorenzo.

After breaking his collarbone three weeks ago and having it plated, Yamaha MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo crashed last week and bent the plate and had to have it replaced, he originally said that he wouldn’t race at Laguna Seca, but changed his mind. Dani Pedrosa also broke his collarbone and said he would miss Laguna, but both showed up to preserve their chances in the final points standings. Pedrosa was fifth and Lornzo was sixth. They are now 16 and 26 points behind points Marc Marquez in MotoGP points

                                                 
RYAN VILLOPOTO PRACTICES HIS GOPRO TECHNIQUES ON IS HOME TRACK IN FLORIDA
 

                                                 
AMA 250 NATIONAL POINTS STANDINGS HEADING INTO MILLVILLE

(after 8 of 12 races)
1. Ken Roczen…………356
2. Eli Tomac…………….355
3. Marvin Musquin…….298
4. Blake Baggett……….260
5. Zach Osborne……….239
6. Jason Anderson……202
7. Justin Bogle………….178
8. Kyle Cunningham…..177
9. Jeremy Martin……….171
10. Cooper Webb……..159

WASHOUGAL RESULTS: 250 CLASS
1. Eli Tomac……………….1-1
2. Ken Roczen……………2-2
3. Marvin Musquin………..3-4
4. Justin Bogle…………….4-6
5. Justin Hill…………………5-7
6. Zach Osborne…………14-3
7. Jason Anderson……..11-5
8. Martin Davalos………..7-9
9. Cole Seely……………..9-10
10. Adam Cianciarulo….6-16

                                                 
TAKE A LAP OF THE WASHOUGAL NATIONAL TRACK

                                                 
MEMORIES OF THE WAY WE WERE

Yamaha win ad for the 1972 Inter-AMA series with Gary Jones.

                                                 
KAWASAKI’S HYVINKAA WRAP-UP: “MY FINGER WASN’T WORKING”

                                                 
USED IT ABUSED IT, TESTED IT: PRO CIRCUIT KTM 250SX EXHAUST PIPE

This pipes adds 7 horsepower to the 50-horsepower KTM 250SX. No, that doesn’t mean that it now makes 57 horsepower, but that it makes 7 more horses in places where it was weak. In stock trim, the KTM 250SX two-stroke makes the most horsepower of any 250cc two-stroke sold. It peaks out at 50 horsepower. If the KTM 250SX has a weak link, it is that the power doesn’t do much after its 8400 rpm peak. Bolting the Pro Circuit pipe onto the stock KTM 250SX adds a half horse at 8500 rpm, 5-1/4 horses at 9000 rpm and an amazing 7 horses more at 9500 rpm. That power makes an incredible bike even better by broadening out the two-stroke thrust.

VERDICT: The pipe was awesome, but just the Pro Circuit silencer had the ability to add two horses to the powerband from 8600 rpm to 10,000 rpm. $229.95 (pipe only), $119.95 (R-304 silencer)?www.procircuit.com or (951) 738-8050.

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