MXA’S TWO-STROKE TUESDAY: THE NAKED YZ250 (October 24, 2016 7:00 pm)


November 17, 2010
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Professional riders wearing bibs can only mean one thing – Bercy! This weekend one of the largest off-season Supercross races will take place in France. Such greats as David Bailey, Johnny O’Mara, Ricky Johnson, Jeff Ward, Jeremy McGrath, David Vuillemin, and Andrew Short (here, in 2004, on the number 10 bike) have won in Paris. Also in this photo is Mike Brown (3), Tommy Hahn (6), and Billy Laninovich (132). 


Chad Reed couldn’t get a ride for the 2011 Supercross or motocross season. That would have been a shame because Reed adds an inherent sense of excitement when mixed in with Bubba, Villopoto and Dungey. There were lots of factors why Chad got black-balled: (1) With the recent budget cuts, no one would pay him what he wanted (so instead of taking a pay cut, he’s going to pay for his own team); (2) Chad burned too many bridges (when he left Kawasaki under bad terms it mirrored leaving Suzuki and Yamaha under bad terms); (3) Chad may have a loyal cadre of fans (but not so much within the motorcycle racing community). (4) Chad has made it sound over the last three contract deals (really since 2006) like he didn’t want to race motocross and would prefer to race cars (you can only say that you “don’t have to do this” so many times before everybody begins to believe that you don’t want to do it).

But, Chad did want to do it?evidenced by his willingness to pony up for a season under his own tent. Good on you Chad! Honda was Chad’s last unburned bike?but Honda has consistently shown very little interest in helping or signing Chad Reed over the years (and no interest in 2011). Now they will get him for free…and may find it beneficial to throw him some works parts to have an extra red bike in the front.

As for Chad, he says, “”I am aware of the hard work and sacrifice it will take, but in my mind the upside is far greater than the downside. If, and when, we win races this year they will be the most satisfying of my career. To win a title with my own team would be the most rewarding thing I have ever done.”

TwoTwo Motorsports plans to recruit a number of well known team personnel to help run the team?and Pro Circuit will provide him with engine and suspension support. The first sponsor to sign on with Chad’s TwoTwo Motorsport’s team is Bel-Ray. Everyone expects Vodaphone to be an associate sponsor.


For the 250 riders, the Vegas round was like a paid vacation. For 2011 it will be serious.

Traditionally the Las Vegas Supercross has held an East/West 250 Challenge race that does not count towards either the 250 east or 250 West Championship. No more. This year at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on May 7 the two regional 250 classes will each compete in their own 15-lap main events with Championship points being awarded to their respective regions. Then, once both regional champions have been awarded their hardware, the top nine finishers from each region’s main event will transfer to the 250 East/West Shootout. Plus, there will be a last chance qualifier that will send two additional riders to the Dave Coombs Sr. East/West Shootout.”

When ask his opinion of the format change, Dean Wilson said. “I think it’s going to put a lot more pressure on the riders for that event. Normally, the Las Vegas race is a little more relaxed, but the new format will make the night more serious for the teams competing for championships. It could end up being a big night if you win a championship and then the shootout.”

Mike LaRocco, who manages the Geico Powersports Honda team, said: “I like that the 250  title chases will come right down to the last race of the year. It will keep all the teams and riders in Supercross mode until the very end of the season. If things play out right, it could equal one heck of a night of great racing action for the fans.”

For more information on the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Championship, go to www.SupercrossOnline.com.



Ben Townley couldn’t get a ride for next season in the USA because he didn’t want to race the AMA Supercross series. Luckily he landed a ride on the CLS Kawasaki team for the FIM 450 (MX1) World Championship?which starts in April. So what did Townley do when he got home to New Zealand? He signed up to race the Auckland round of the Australian Supercross  series?where he crashed and dislocated his hip. Townley, 25, reportedly bailed off of his Kawasaki KX450F when he came up short on a double. He will be healed in plenty of time of the World Championship start in five months.


Justin Jones (center) gets the 2010 Quadcross number one plate.

Do you remember that two weeks ago when we said that Justin Jones, son of four-time 250 National Champion Gary Jones, had raced an ITP Quadcross event?even though he had suffered a compound fracture of the tib/fib only two weeks earlier.

Now, Justin, still nursing his broken leg, raced the final ITP Quadcross of the season and finished 6-6 to earn enough points to clinch the ITP Quadcross Pro/Am Championship for 2010. When asked why he was willing to race with a broken leg, the young racer, who splits his time between motocross and quad racing, said, “It had been a long season and I was in the points lead. It seemed like such a waste to let the Championship go away. I couldn’t have done it on a motocross bike, but I was able to nurse my broken leg enough on a quad to stay in the points lead.”


It seemed like it would never get here, but now the 2011 season will start six weeks. Here are all the pertinent dates?except for the AMA 250/450 National schedule. Remember that there are only two Anaheim Supercosses this year?Dodger Stadium replaced one of them and will be on January 22

January 8…….Angel Stadium…Anaheim, CA.
January 15….Chase Field…Phoenix, AZ
January 22….Dodger Stadium…Los Angeles, CA
January 29….Oakland-Alameda Stadium…Oakland, CA
February 5…..Angel Stadium…Anaheim, CA
February 12…Reliant Stadium…Houston,TX
February 19…Qualcomm Stadium…San Diego, CA
February 26…Georgia Dome…Atlanta, GA
March 5………Daytona International Speedway…Daytona, FL
March 12…….Lucas Oil Stadium…Indianapolis, IN
March 19…….Municipal Stadium…Jacksonville, FL
March 26…….Rogers Centre…Toronto, CAN
April 2…………Cowboys Stadium…Arlington, TX
April 9…………Edward Jones Dome…St. Louis, MO
April 16………Qwest Field…Seattle, WA
April 30………Rice-Eccles Stadium…Salt Lake City, UT
May 7…………Sam Boyd Stadium…Las Vegas, NV

April 10………….Sevlievo…Bulgaria
April 25………….Valkenswaard…Holland
May 15…………..Glen Helen…USA
May 22………….TBA…Brazil
June 5…………..St. Jean d’Angely…France
June 12…………Agueda…Portugal
June 19…………Bellpuig…Spain
July 3……………Uddevalla…Sweden
July 10………….Teutschethal…Germany
July 17…………..Kegums…Latvia
July 31…………..Lommel…Belgium
August 7…………Loket…Czech Republic
August 21……….Matterly Basin…UK
September 4…..TBA…TBA
September 11…TBA…Italy

April 17…Megaloplis…Greece
April 24…Troyan…Bulgaria
May 15…Laguna Caren…Chile
May 22…La Rioja…Argentina
May 29…TBA…Brazil
June 12…Vantas…Finland
June 19…Holice…Czech Republic
June 26…Senkvice…Slovakia
July 10…Chernivsty…Ukraine
July 17…Orehova…Slovenia
July 31…Schwedt…Germany
September 4…Geneva…Switzerland
September 11…La Baneza…Spain

January 8-9…….BOK Center…Tulsa, OK
January 15-16…Kemper Center…Kansas City, MO
January 22-23…Nutter Center…Dayton, OH  
January 28-30…Denver Coliseum…Denver, CO
February 4-6……Huntington Center…Toledo, OH
February 11-13…TBA…TBA
February 18-20…Livestock Event Center   Reno, NV
February 26-27…Arco Arena…Sacramento, CA
March 4-6…………Intrust Bank Arena…Wichita, KS
March 12-13……..Bi-Lo Center…Greenville, SC
March 18-20……..Mid-America Center…Council Bluffs, IA
March 26-27…….Verizon Arena…Little Rock, AR
April 1-3…………..Metro Center…Rockford, IL
April 9-10…………Wells Fargo Arena…Des Moines, IA


The American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation is proud to announce that JT Racing, a leading manufacturer of top-of-the-line racing gear and apparel, will be the presenting sponsor for the 2010 Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by JT Racing, on Friday, November 19, at the Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa in Las Vegas, Nev.

“With JT Racing founders John and Rita Gregory becoming members of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame at our induction ceremony, JT Racing is a perfect fit for this gala event,” said Jeff Heininger, chairman of the American Motorcycle Heritage Foundation. “We’re thrilled and honored that this leading company is supporting both the Hall of Fame and the industry as we shine the spotlight on these incredible individuals at this memorable end-of-year celebration.”

The 2010 Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, presented by JT Racing, kicks off a three-day AMA Legends & Champions Weekend. The ceremony, hosted by actor and motorcyclist Perry King, will officially welcome nine deserving men and women to the Hall of Fame.

In addition to the Gregorys, the class of 2010 includes legendary two-stroke engine tuner Eyvind Boyesen, dirt-track racer Don Castro, sidecar roadracing champion Larry Coleman, off-road rights activist Clark Collins, AMA 250cc Roadrace Champion David Emde, desert racing champion and team manager Bruce Ogilvie, and championship team owner Mitch Payton.

“We’re very excited to sponsor the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Induction ceremony,” said JT Racing CEO David Dray. “Just as the Hall of Fame Museum celebrates the sport’s leading individuals, JT Racing is proud to honor JT founders John and Rita Gregory as we re-launch the company with an all-new collection of innovative, high-end motocross gear.”

A full slate of activities at the Red Rock follows the induction ceremony.

On Saturday, Nov. 20, the 2010 Motorcycle Hall of Fame Concours d’Elegance will showcase some of the country’s most impressive original and restored classic motorcycles. Also on display will be the world’s fastest motorcycle, the Top 1 Oil Ack Attack streamliner — a twin-engined, streamlined blue bullet that recently set the outright motorcycle land speed record of more than 376 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

Then, at noon on Saturday, the AMA honors the best of the amateur racing community at the 2010 AMA Racing Championship Banquet, presented by World of Powersports, and co-hosted by announcers Laurette Nicoll and Griff Allen.

Saturday evening is just as action packed. It marks the Las Vegas debut of the movie “Carlsbad USGP: 1980,” a look at an iconic motocross race that has been dubbed “the Woodstock of motorcycling.” A number of the weekend attendees are also expected to attend the season finale of the AMA Geico EnduroCross Series on Saturday evening at the Orleans Arena. Ticket information is available at www.EnduroCross.com. For more information about the event, visit www.AmericanMotorcyclist.com/LegendsAndChampions.


Doug Dubach: AMA Supercross winner, Team Yamaha rider and 18-times World Vet Champion.

When we discovered that the Woodland City Council in Woodland, California, was considering building a motocross track in “Dubach Park” we were intrigued.


Dubach Park.

If the Woodland City Council agrees to a lease agreement with Donald Steinke for access to the former Dubach Park that would open the door for a motocross park in Woodland. Under the agreement, Steinke would have access to the former park, a storm drain since renamed the “Dubach Detention Facility,” for six months ? enough time to determine whether a course is financially feasible. Once home to several baseball and softball fields, the Dubach Detention Facility, just north of Interstate 5 and west of East Street, is below the water table and prone to flooding. In 2008 the city finished work on its Community & Senior Center Sports Park and demolished Dubach Park.

So, the MXA gang started looking for other Dubach related places, people and things


Dubach, Louisiana.

Located in the rolling green hills of North Louisiana, the friendly Town of Dubach sits at the intersection of US Highway 167 and LA Highway 151. It is centrally located between Lake D’Arbonne which is six miles east; Lake Claiborne, which is 12 miles west; and Corney Lake which is 20 miles north; making it an excellent industrial site as well as a sportman’s paradise. The population of Dubach is 800 people. Dubach is also known as the “Dogtrot Capital of the World.”  A dogtrot is a type of home design that historically consists of two log cabins with a breezeway or dogtrot between them under a common roof.


The Dubach Inn in 1871.

The Dubach inn is a beautifully restored 1871 Italianate house that offers the ultimate in hospitality, warmth and attention to detail. Located within Hannibal, Missouri’s Historic Downtown District, the Dubach Inn is just three blocks from Main St. where you will find a variety of shops, restaurants, art galleries, and movie theaters as well as The Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum.

The Dubach Inn today.

    The Dubach Inn
    221 North Fifth St.
    Hannibal, MO 63401
    (573) 355-1167


Dubach Tool and Die in Englewood, Colorado, specializes in short-runs, stampings, prototyping and general machining.
    3910 S. Mariposa
    Englewood, CO 80110
    (303) 781-3228


The American Indian branch of the Dubach family.

Kim Dubach is the Vice Chair of the United Auburn Indian Community (UAIC) Tribal Council in Auburn California. She has also served as the chair of the Family Leaders, Policy and Procedures Committee and Community Giving Committee. Kim hopes to diversify the portfolio of the tribe to secure the long term security of the tribe and expand its investments.


The Fred B. Dubach House.

Although there were settlers in the Dubach, Louisiana, area as early as the late 1840’s the towns origins date to the arrival of the Arkansas Southern Railway in 1898. With the coming of the railroad, the way was opened for the development of the lumber industry. In 1899 Fred B. Dubach, a lumberman from St. Louis, Missouri, arrived in the area and started the Dubach Lumber Company (which soon became the second largest in the south.) Shortly thereafter he built his home in 1901. The Dubach Lumber Company was a major factor in the growth and development of what in 1901 was chartered as the town of Dubach. However they only lived in the home for a short while because in 1906 Dubach sold his mill and Mr & Mrs Dubach returned to St. Louis.

The Dubach house is a two-story, frame, Queen Anne-Colonial Revival structure. It is considered a residential landmark in Dubach, Louisian, because of it size, its monumental portico and its many decorative balustrades. Recently the house was purchased by local banker John C. Cole. The new owners have made a commitment to continue to allow the home to be open to the community for historical preservation and special functions.


The AA/G Gasser of Doug’s dad.

Bob “Bones” Balogh was one of the top drivers, engine and car builders of the ?60’s “Gasser Wars” era of drag racing. In ’63, Bones drove the first stock-bodied car to break into the 9’s. In 1964 Bones teamed with Gary Dubach (Doug Dubach’s dad) to field Dubach’s 1933 Willys with a blown 364 Chevy. Joe Pisano of Venolia piston fame joined the team and brought with him 454 Hemi Chrysler power. With the Chrysler, the car turned a best time of 9.38 @ 155mph. The car’s name “ChiZler II” and the unique air scoop and injection came from Chris Karamesines’s dragster that was the first rail to break through the 200 mph barrier. A 1:18 die-cast model of the Bones/Dubach/Pisano Gasser is available from www.legacydiecast.com


Ulysses Grant Dubach of Oregon.

On the February 9, 1918,  at Oregon Agricultural College, Dean of Students, Dr. Ulysses Grant Dubach founded the 55th chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraterity. Oregon Alpha quickly established itself as a premiere fraternity dedicated to scholarship. Guided by the wisdom of Dr. Dubach, Oregon Alpha took great pride in becoming the “Ideal Chapter” of any fraternity anywhere in America. Decade after decade Oregon Alpha demonstrated uncanny consistency to upholding the moral atmosphere that the chapter was founded on, and it’s efforts did not go overlooked. Eighteen times Oregon Alpha has earned the Buchanan Cup for Outstanding Chapter Operations, far more than any SigEp Chapter in the nation.


April 14, 1912, the Titanic struck and iceberg and went down, taking a Dubach with it.

Johannes Dubach, 35 years old, was part of the restaurant staff on the Titanic. He was in charge of the coffee department for the A’la Carte Restaurant. Dubach was stationed on B Deck just below the fourth funnel. Of the entire 70-person A’la Carte Restaurant staff only one male clerk and two female cashiers survived. It is rumored that the restaurant staff was locked into their quarters to prevent them from rushing the lifeboats.

Johannes Dubach (aka Voegelin-Dubach) was born on September 23, 1876, in Reiggoldswil, Switzerland, and was married to Lina Dubach. After the Titanic sinking, Johannes left behind his wife Lina and three children (Johanna, Lina Rosalie and Hans Alois). The White Star Line paid Lina two pounds a week for several years and the Lord Mayor Fund paid her 50 pounds.


Dubach Edelstahlgeh„use 35 mm watch.

Dubach Watches is located in a small Swiss town of Huttwil, situated in the lovely countryside between Berne and Lucerne. Established in 1871, Dubach Watches has kept up with the watchmaking tradition for four generations. In the Dubach shop you’ll find an interesting array of watches, jewelry and wedding rings. Every Dubach watch is equipped with a high-quality Swiss ETA movement. These quartz watch movements are extremely reliable and accurate A Special stainless steel is used in the manufacturing of the watch case. All Dubach watches have an extremely hard and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. Only a diamond is harder.

Dubach Watches in Huttwil, Switzerland.

Dubach watches are warranted by Urs Dubach for a period of three years from the date of purchase. Prices start at $195. For more info go to www.dubach-uhren.ch/watches.html


We don’t have a clue why a New York Fashion designer would name his jacket “Dubach.”

The Dubach bomber by Andrew Marc of New York is designed with knit trim and unique sleeve pockets. The shell is 100% leather with a full-zippered front, stand-up collar and two-snap cuffs. Suggest retail is $495, but its on sale now for $229.98. For info go to www.wilsonsleather.com/product/index.jsp?productId=4013738




MXA: Would you give us a summary of your career so far?

Christian: I went pro in 2009 and did the last four outdoor nationals with JGR. It went pretty well and I got a couple top tens in some of the motos. I struggled a little bit at first, but in struggling I learned a lot. I did the US Open and got fifth the first night. I was pretty pumped with that. I got on the Troy Lee Designs Team and signed a deal with them. I started riding their bikes for a couple weeks, getting comfortable and doing some testing. Then the bike shut off going over a jump. I jumped off and landed on my butt and I broke my back really bad. I was partially paralyzed for a little while. It took me a month and half to back on my feet, but I started walking again. I did a lot of rehab and did a lot of training every day. I was off the bike for eleven months. I had another surgery in July to get a lot of hardware taken out because I had some rods in there. I just got back on the bike and I’ve been back on the bike about a month now. The plan is just to get ready for Supercross. I’m just going to look for a top ten. I haven’t raced in a long time, and I haven’t raced Supercross yet, I missed out on this entire year. Still, I’m ready to go now.

MXA: How long were you paralyzed?

Christian: I was laying there and I couldn’t feel my legs. I think the way I was laying was pinching a nerve. When the ambulance got there they laid me on a backboard and I started to get feeling back. But, I still had numbness and I took me a month and a half to start walking again. I was in a wheelchair for a bit, and I lived in a rehab facility for over a month. I had a twelve hour surgery, getting rods and screws and everything put in my back. The doctor did a great job, got me back on my feet and I can’t thank him enough.

MXA: How did you build up your confidence again?

Christian: I don’t know, when I was laying there I thought I was never going to be able to ride again. I worked as hard as I could to get back on my feet and get back on the bike. I have never had a stronger desire to ride than I do now. I kind of took it for granted before, but now I know I have to give it everything I’ve got.

MXA: Tell us about the team and how it going.

Christian. The team is great. They stuck behind me and kept a spot open the whole time I was hurt. I got back on the bike and everything has been going good. The mechanics and everybody get along well. Travis Baker was signed. He and I were friends before and it’s even better now that he’s on the team. I met Cole a couple years ago and were pretty good friends now. I’m happy with everyone on the team, it’s like a big family, so it’s pretty cool.

MXA: Plans or expectations for the season?

Christian: I’m just going to try my hardest in Supercross. Hopefully I can get a couple top fives, maybe get on the box a couple times.


Moto-Gate is a product created by Lance Coury, for those in the need of keeping their equipment secure. Moto-Gate differs from other truck bed extenders and load restrainers currently on the market, having tie downs on the four corners of a durable nylon net to help it conform to materials being transported in truck beds, vans, cars and SUVs. One size fits all and it is easy-to-install. It’s soft, flexible structure allows the gate to store easily and to fit into small compartments.

The Moto-Gate is currently used by Carey Hart, Rick Johnson, Ronnie Renner, Cole Seely, Jeremy “Twitch” Stenberg, Blake “Bilko” Williams, Robbie Maddison, and Lance Coury to name a few. 

Lance heads to the track.

“Moto-Gate is something I use and love, that’s why I am getting MG to everyone else’s rigs. By riders, for riders.”?Lance Coury. MSRP: $59.95

For more information visit www.Moto-Gate.com or Twitter: @MotoGate


Jay showing his guns.

Dunlop’s Jay Clark has changed quite a few tires in his day and he has the procedure down to a science. By watching him work, we have learned a few techniques that have made installing new rubber quicker and easier. The latest trick we have learned streamlines installing an inner tube during the mounting process. Most people mount half of the tire, then stuff the inner tube inside the wheel and mount the other half. Using this method there is less room to work, the tube bunches up and you have to fish around to get the valve stem through the hole in the rim. 

With this configuration, install the valve stem, get the rim lock situated, then install normally.

An alternative way is to put the inner tube inside the tire while it is separate from the rim. Put just a little air in the inner tube so it will stay round inside the tire. Place the tire onto the rim the same way that you would for normal installation, but start at the valve stem. You can install the valve stem first, and then install the tire the normal way with the inner tube inside it. Make sure there isn’t enough air in the tube to make it want to squirm out and get pinched while you are levering the tire on.

Don’t panic, this situation can be quickly resolved.

There is one catch. The rim lock configuration changes the procedure. If the rim lock is adjacent to the valve stem, simply make sure to put the tire between the rim and rim lock after installing the valve stem and proceed normally. If the rim lock is opposite the valve stem, you end up with the scary looking situation above. Don’t fear, it’s slightly more tricky, but quite doable.

The trick is to keep the rim lock out of the way with one iron, while working with the other.

First, flip the wheel over. Then, making sure the inner tube isn’t poking out, lever the bottom part of the tire onto the wheel and the top onto the rim lock by holding it down with one tire iron (see above). Finally, after making sure the tube and rim lock are correctly situated, push in on the rimlock nut and finish installing the tire like the picture below. Viola! After doing it this way a couple times you may have knocked minutes off your record tire changing time and saved some fingers from getting pinched between the tire and wheel as you try to install the tube.

Here, push in on the rim lock so the tire drops in between it and the rim.


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According to the Southwest Riverside News Network: The Murrieta Valley Unified School District has no plans to change its dress code policy, despite demands from a clothing distributor.

In September, the school district received a letter from MM Compound, an Irvine-based limited liability corporation that licenses Metal Mulisha brand apparel, demanding the district lift all bans against the clothing.

Metal Mulisha is a popular freestyle motocross team based in Temecula. The team made national headlines last year when one of its members, Jeremy Lusk, 24, died as a result of head injuries suffered during a competition in Costa Rica.

The apparel features the team’s logo, a skeleton head wearing a Nazi-style helmet, which some motorcyclists wear in place of a traditional helmet. Metal Mulisha also has a contract with Rockstar energy drink for a Metal Mulisha Rockstar line of clothing.

School district spokeswoman, Karen Parris, said officials sent a response to the demand stating that there will be no lift on the ban, which is enforced at its high schools and two of the district’s four middle schools.

District policy allows school site officials to place a ban on apparel that could be a health or safety risk, or a distraction. Officials base the decision on circumstances or problems that arise at each individual school site, Parris said.


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