MXA’S WEEKENDS NEW UPDATE: WHAT’S HAPPENING, WHAT’S COMIN’

June 8, 2014
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NICK GETS HIS BIKE BACK

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THUNDER VALLEY NATIONAL RESULTS

ROCZENGHKen Roczen made it two in a row.

THUNDER VALLEY 450 RESULTS:
1. Ken Roczen…KTM………. (2-1)
2. James Stewart…Suz……. (1-3)
3. Ryan Dungey…KTM……. (4-2)
4. Trey Canard…Hon………. (3-4)
5. Josh Grant…Yam………… (5-6)
6. Brett Metcalfe…Kaw……. (9-5)
7. Malcolm Stewart…Hon… (7-8)
8. Andrew Short…KTM…… (6-9)
9. Weston Peick…Suz……… (10-7)
10. Jake Weimer…Kaw……. (8-12)

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Blake Baggett: Back on top.

THUNDER VALLEY 250 RESULTS:
1. Blake Baggett…Kaw………….. (4-1)
2. Justin Bogle….Hon…………… (3-2)
3. Jeremy Martin…Yam……….. (1-6)
4. Jessy Nelson…Hon…………… (2-9)
5. Marvin Musquin…KTM…….. (7-4)
6. Jason Anderson…KTM……… (5-5)
7. Christophe Pourcel…Yam….. (11-3)
8. Cooper Webb…Yam…………. (9-7)
9. Cole Seely…Hon……………….. (8-8)
10. Justin Hill…Kaw…………….. (10-10)

ALL-JAPAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS

walkerandNarita.jpgAkira Narita (982) raced the AMA Nationals a few years ago.

ALL-JAPAN 450 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS
(After 4 of 9 races)
1. Akira Narita…………………178
2. Makoto Ogata…………..…160
3. Yoshi Atsuta……………..…141
4. Hiroaki Arai…………………121
5. Yohei Kojima……………….111
6. Koh’ichi Fukaya…………..107
7. Takuya Mihara…………..…94
8. Yui Hoshino………………..91
9. Masanori Itoh………………81
10. Masaaki Suzuki…………..74

ALL-JAPAN 250 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS
(After 4 of 9 races)
1. Takeshi Katsuya…………..…177
2. Toshiki Tomita………………..151
3. Jun’ya Takenaka……………..146
4. Chihiro Nohtsuka……………120
5. Nozomu Yasuhara……………113
6. Shin’ichi Inque…………..……110
7. Takashi Okano……………….109
8. Gota Ohtsuka…………………..98
9. Masami Tanaka……………….78
10. Lucas Santana………………..71

KAMLOOPS CANADIAN NATIONAL RESULTS

GHalessiMike Alessi was penalized five places in the first moto for cutting the track and then finished second in moto two.

450 CANADIAN RESULTS: KAMLOOPS
1. Colton Facciotti (KTM)………..2-1
2. Josh Hill (Kaw)…………………..3-3
3. Mike Alessi (Suz)………………..6-2
4. Tyler Medaglia (KTM)…………3-6
5. Bobby Kiniry (Yam)…………….5-4
6. Teddy Maier (Kaw)……………..4-8
7. Kyle Chisholm (Yam)…………..8-5
7. Dylan Kaelin (Yam)……………..7-7
9. Morgan Burger (Yam)…………9-10
10. Matt Davenport (Yam)………10-12

250 CANADIAN RESULTS: KAMLOOPS
1. Vince Friese (Hon)…………………1-1
2. Kaven Benoit (KTM)………………4-3
3. Jeremy Medalgia (Kaw)………….2-5
4. Topher Ingalls (Hon)………………7-4
5. Shawn Maffenbeier (Yam)………5-7
6. Brock Hoyer (Yam)………………..6-8
7. Austin Politelli (Kaw)…………….16-2
8. Kyle Swanson (Hon)………………10-6
9. Dylan Schmoke (Yam)……………8-9
10. Jesse Wentland (KTM)…………3-19

450 CANADIAN NATIONAL POINTS STANDINGS
(After 2 of 10 races)
1. Colton Facciotti (KTM)……….95
2. Josh Hill (Kaw)………………….83
3. Mike Alessi (Suz)……………….82
4. Teddy Maier (Kaw)…………….68
5. Bobby Kiniry (Yam)……………66
6. Tyler Medaglia (KTM)………..65
7. Kyle Chisholm (Yam)………….60
8. Dylan Kaelin (Yam)……………53
9. Morgan Burger (Yam)………..45
10. Austin Kouba (Kaw)…………38

250 CANADIAN NATIONAL POINTS STANDINGS
(After 2 of 10 races)
1. Kaven Benoit (KTM)………………88
2. Shawn Maffenbeier (Yam)………72
3. Vince Friese (Hon)…………………66
4. Austin Politelli (Kaw)……………..65
5. Topher Ingalls (Hon)………………62
6. Jeremy Medalgia (Kaw)………….62
7. Jesse Wentland (KTM)…………..60
8. Brock Hoyer (Yam)………………..43
9. Dylan Schmoke (Yam)……………42
10. Kyle Swanson (Hon)…………….40

WHO QUALIFIED FOR LORETTA LYNN’S FROM THE WEST COAST?

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Justin Jones (2).

Experts: Justin Jones (Open Pro/450A), Justin Hoeft (Open Pro/250A), Chris Alldredge (450A/250A), Zac Commons (450A/250A).

Intermediates: Ryan Surratt (450B/250B), Mark Worth (450B/250B), R.J. Wageman (450B/College), Tallon LaFountaine (450B), Kirk Raleigh (Two-Stroke).

Old guys: Andy Bakken (Over-25), Corey Pennington (Over-25), Robbie Skaggs (Over-25/Over-35), Charles Castloo (Over-25), Jimmy O’Neal (Over-30/Over-35), Jeff Emig (Over-35/Over-40), Darrin Hoeft (Over-45), Rodney Smith (Over-5), Bob Weber (Over-50).

FOX RE-SIGN KEN ROCZEN FOR THE 10TH YEAR IN A ROW

0606_Roczen_Signs_MXKen Roczen has worn Fox gear since he was 11 years old and just signed a new Fox contract on Friday to extend his tenure with the gear company that was founded in 1974.

2014 AMA NATIONAL CHAMPION POINTS STANDINGS LEADING INTO MT. MORRIS

pointsroczenRight now it is a two-man race between Dungey (5) and Roczen (94), but Trey Canard and James Stewart have the talent to get to the front.

450 class:
(After 3 of 12 races)
1. Ken Roczen…………. 141
2. Ryan Dungey……….. 129
3. James Stewart……… 111
4. Trey Canard…………. 110
5. Brett Metcalfe……….. 89
6. Malcolm Stewart…….78
7. Weston Peick………… 77
8. Josh Grant……………. 74
9. Jake Weimer………… 74
10. Chad Reed………….. 61

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250 class:
(After 3 of 12 races)
1. Jeremy Martin…………. 140
2. Cooper Webb…………… 114
3. Christophe Pourcel……. 93
4. Blake Baggett……………. 91
5. Justin Bogle……………… 90
6. Jessy Nelson…………….. 85
7. Marvin Musquin……….. 82
8. Jason Anderson………… 81
9. Justin Hill………………… 65
10. Matt Bisceglia………….. 63

USNG MOTOS INSTEAD OF POINTS AS A MEASURING SCALE AFTER THUNDER VALLEY

jasonandersongh14 Anderson lost 25 points when his Rockstar KTM blew up in the second moto at Glen Helen. He is 60 points behind after three races—which means that he could have just stayed home for one of them.

Motocross pays 25 points per moto (50 points per day). So, one way to gauge a rider’s progress through a series is not to by how many points he is behind the leader, but how many motos. For example, in the 250 Nationals everyone outside of the top five is two motos back (even second place is one moto behind) and everyone outside of the top 15 is three motos back (and this is in a series that is only six motos old). Jeremy Martin has 120 points—Cooper Webb is 26 points behind Martin, Christophe Pourcel is 47 points back, Blake Bagget is 49 points adrifft and Justin Bogle is exactly two motos back at 50 points behind. Jessy Nelson, Marvin Musquin and Jason Anderson are more than two full motos back, while Justin Hill and Matt Bisclegia are three motos behind (after six motos).

weimergh14Jake Weimer (12) is two motos plus 17 points behind Ken Roczen. Ivan Tedesco (9) is over 100 points back—which means that after three races, he is two races behind the leader.

In the 450 class things are a little tighter. There are two riders still racing on the same moto. Roczen leads with 141 points, while Ryan Dungey is 12 points back. James Stewart is 30 points back—that is one moto plus 5 points. Trey Canard is one moto plus 6 point behind. The tenth place rider (Chad Reed) is three motos plus 5 points behind Ken Roczen.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK: HEAL UP SOON

MONTYDsandiegoGiven that Mike Monaghan (793) broke his wrist in a crash at Glen Helen last weekend in the Over-50 Expert class, out of sympathy we dug up this 33-year-old photo of him on the starting line at the 1981 San Diego Supercross. In a historical note, Mike is lined up next to four-time National Champion Gary Jones (844). Gary is on an Ammex and is the only AMA Champion to ever race a bike of his own design.

ARE YOU READY FOR THE HARLEYVARNA?

HARLEYVARNA1There is no truth to the rumor that Harley-Davidson wants to buy Husqvarna from KTM, but that didn’t stop a loyal Husky fan from commissioning this one-off Harley ode to Steve McQueen’s 1971 400 Cross.

 FINALLY! THE 2015 YAMAHA TWO-STROKES GET A MAKEOVER

15_YZ125_0Blue_2The biggest technical change on both the YZ125 and YZ250 is the enlarged and redesigned airbox.

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After almost a decade of waiting, in which YZ125/250 owners took matters into their own hands, Yamaha has updated the look of their two-strokes for 2015.

GIUSEPPE LUONGO ON THE 23-YEAR-OLD RULE

luuuey2Giuseppe Luongo is steering the ship that holds the careers of a generation of GP riders on its decks—that ship resembles the Titanic.

Serving as the Captain of the Titanic requires the mindset that your course is correct—despite the icebergs. Giuseppe Luongo is piloting the SS Youthstream towards a perilous path with his refusal to drop the rule that requires a rider to move out of the 250 World Championships once he turns 23 years old. Given that there aren’t enough spots on teams to fill the gates in the 450 class, there is no place for 23-year-old 250 riders to move to. Luongo, however, insists that the system “works perfectly.” There are barely 20 riders on the 450 line at any given Grand Prix, while there are over 80 riders at an AMA National. Luongo needs to follow a model that works, not his own faulty beliefs. With seven 250 GP riders about to be kicked out of the 250 class in 2015—where will they go? And, if they don’t get a 450 ride, their careers as GP riders will be over. Full speed ahead Captain G.

Luongo said, in defending the 23-year-old rule, “An important issue which has arisen recently, is concerning MX2’s 23 year age limit Regulation. The large majority of teams and manufacturers are supportive of this rule, however there are a very few who, for their own business, try to change these rules by spreading rumors that these rules will be changed next year; this is completely false. Youthstream’s position is very firm; these rules were created for 2 main reasons, the first is to give access to all talented riders from the European Championship to a good MX2 team, and the 2nd is to reinforce the MXGP class making it really the major class with all the big stars racing together, and now after experience this works perfectly. This is one of the most successful Regulation changes made over the last years…”

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To learn more about the battle over the 23-year-old rule go to  www.mxgpactiongroup.org

BULTACO REBORN AS AN ELECTRIC BIKE

BultacoRapitanThe 2015 Bultaco Rapitan is all-electric.

An engineering firm, LGN Tech, is interesting in revving up the iconic Bultaco brand—with a focus on electric motorcycles. CEO Juan Manuel Vinos said, “Bultaco’s hallmarks from the start, namely its spirit of constant striving, its technological innovation and its passion for motorcycles, are the same hallmarks we have today. They are timeless values.”

BultacoMetrallaMk2KitAmericaIf you only think of Bultaco as a trials and motocross bike manufacturer—think again. The 1966 Bultaco Metralla 250 Kit America was one of the first sports bikes offered in the USA.

LGN finalized a deal with the Bulto family to relaunch the brand as Bultaco Motors. Bultaco plans to have distributors in Spain, the United States, England, Germany and France. Its focus will be on electric propulsion. Don’t hold your breath about seeing one in Peoria any time soon. For more info go to www.bultaco.es

TROY LEE DESIGNS 30-SECOND TV COMMERCIAL …WELL, MAV-TV

SOUTHWICK GETS A PERMIT TO HOLD RACES AGAIN

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According to the Westfield News: The Southwick Board of Selectmen agreed to give the American Legion a permit to begin holding motocross races at MX338. “We agreed on a payment of $2000,” said chairman Russell Fox. “They also have an agreement with a private property owner to use his land. I believe they are paying him $5000, so we wanted to be fair and make this affordable for the Legion.” The American Legion Post 338 will hold the permit, and they will allow another group – including Mike Grondahl and Gary Yelin – to run motocross events. “Who they choose to run it is their business,” said Fox of the American Legion. In the past, the town has charged $1000 for a three-year permit and the board agreed last night to a one-year, $350 permit fee to get the events up and running. Fox said he believes the agreement is fair. And the citizens wanted it to happen as a public forum in late March in the Town Hall auditorium was filled with residents overwhelmingly supporting the continuation of the track.

WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK IN THE WORLD OF MOTOCROSS?

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June 9……World Sidecarcross Championship…..Brou, France
June 15……FIM 250/450 Grand Prix……………….Maggiora, Italy
June 15……300 Two-Stroke GP……………………….Maggiora, Italy
June 21……Geico Endurocross………………………..Sacramento, CA
June 22……FIM 250/450 Grand Prix………………Teutschenthal, Germany
June 22……Canadian 250/450 National…………..Edmunton, Canada
June 28……Muddy Creek 250/450 National…….Blountville, TN
June 29……Maxxis British National…………………Whitby, England

THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAY BOYS: BLOW OUT THE CANDLES

June 9…Brad Hagseth
June 9…Antonio Balbi 1981
June 10…Ronnie Renner 1977
June 10…Michael Byrne 1979
June 12…Randy Hawkins

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June 13…Tommy Searle 1990

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June 13…Dick Mann 1934
June 14…Keith Johnson 1982
June 14…Nick Evennou
June 14…Jeff Gibson 1982
June 14…Jimmy Button 1973

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June 15…Julien Lieber 1994
June 15…Willy Browning

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June 16…Jimmy Albertson 1988
June 16…Greg Berg

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June 16…Grant Langston 1982
June 17…Arnaud Tonus 1991

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June 18…Jeff Stanton 1968

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June 18…Nick Wey 1980
June 19…Jason Thomas 1979

 

 

Photos: MXA, Ray Archer, Mark Chilson, Massimo Zanzani, Kawasaki, KTM, Yamaha, Luc Verbeke

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