MOTOCROSS ACTION’S MID-WEEK REPORT BY JOHN BASHER

September 9, 2014
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9.11: NEVER FORGET, NEVER FORGOTTEN

_7140129Remember that we wouldn’t be able to race motocross without the freedom provided by our Armed Forces.

It has been 13 years since terrorists attacked U.S. soil, and in the time since Americans have been trying to heal from the painful atrocities. Vigilant U.S. Armed Forces valiantly captured Saddam Hussein and Osama Bin Laden. Though the fight isn’t over, let us not forget the nearly 3000 innocent people that perished on a day that will forever live on in infamy. May those souls rest in peace, and may the rest of us remember. Never forget, never forgotten.

PHOTO OF THE WEEK

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This week we received the 2015 Husqvarna FC450 and have since been busy spending quality time riding the white streak at motocross tracks around SoCal. Here’s a photo of Daryl Ecklund catching flight time at Glen Helen. I barely avoided the sharp FC450 footpegs while taking this shot. It was worth the risk.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT…ARNAUD TONUS

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23-year-old Swiss sensation, Arnaud Tonus, made waves recently when he signed a deal with Mitch Payton’s Pro Circuit Kawasaki team for 2015. He will join Adam Cianciarulo, Chris Alldredge, Tyler Bowers, Joey Savatgy (from what we’re hearing), and another rider. However, unless you follow the Grand Prix series closely or happen to be from Switzerland, then you probably don’t know much about Arnaud (pronounced Arno) Tonus. Here are some of the pertinent facts:

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Tonus finished top three in motos 14 times this year in the 250 World Championships. He was Jeffrey Herlings’ biggest title threat until he went out with injury at the German Grand Prix. Watch below as Tonus and Herlings raced at the MXGP of Italy from earlier this year:

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Arnaud hails from Switzerland.

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It is true that Tonus has Supercross experience, though not on the biggest stage. He has finished on the podium at a number of off-season European Supercross races, such as the Geneva Supercross, against the likes of Justin Brayton and other fast Americans. Arnaud has been on a number of different motorcycle brands in his racing career, including Suzuki, Yamaha and Kawasaki. The past two seasons he raced for the CLS Kawasaki team.

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Arnaud was leading the 250 GP standings and had been in good position to challenge Jeffrey Herlings and Jordi Tixier for the title; that is, until he dislocated his shoulder in practice at the German Grand Prix.

Tonus is 23 years old, which wouldn’t be significant except for the fact that the GP system forces racers who are 23 years or older to move up to the 450 class. Hence  it makes sense for Arnaud to make the move to America at this point in his career (particularly given that there are so few 450 GP rides available).

DECAL WORKS RACER SUPPORT NOW OPEN

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VIDEO: TWIN AIR & FACTORY HONDA

MINI-VIEW: MAX NAGL
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MxGp1QAT2014_MX1podium_0181Max Nagl (far right) stands next to Gautier Paulin (center) and Tony Cairoli (left) at the opening round of the 2014 Grand Prix series. He won the Brazilian GP this past weekend. His first win since 2010.

MXA: Max, let’s begin with your early racing career. You had been on a small KTM team for a couple years before getting signed on by the prestigious Red Bull KTM team alongside Tony Cairoli.

Max: It was always my dream to get on a factory team. I was very proud to get signed by Red Bull KTM and work with Stefan Everts. I was happy to ride for the biggest team in the GP’s. I had some great years with the team. But when DeCarli took over the MX1 class, I became the “second” rider on the team next to Tony. It was not easy for me to be in that position. There were some problems that developed and it just didn’t work out for me. During my time there I was able to challenge Tony, and in 2009 I finished second in the World Championship right behind him. I beat him a couple times then.

After being on KTM for so long, you switched to the HRC Honda factory team in 2013. However, many people still recall your last race with KTM, at the Motocross des Nations last year in Germany. You were instrumental in helping your home country win the Chamberlain Trophy.

That was such a special moment for me! When I passed the finish line so many fans came through the fences and jumped on me! Standing on top of the podium there was amazing and such a special feeling.

What would you say was the major difference between the factory KTM you raced and the factory Honda?

The differences between KTM and Honda are huge! Generally as far as the way the companies work, both can make changes to the bikes and equipment, but with Honda it took much longer to make the changes and deliver new products to test. As far as the actually motorcycle I would say that the main difference is that the KTM is more powerful, but that the Honda handles better and is easier to ride. It’s really a matter of preference; do you want more motor, or more handling?

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Unfortunately like many other top riders, you struggled with injuries. What do you think is the cause?

I have been injured almost every year with something. It’s been very frustrating, especially if it is not your own fault. For example, this year when I broke both my hands, I ran into two amateur riders that had crashed together behind a jump at a local track. I consider myself a very safe rider, and I don’t take a lot of unnecessary risks. I think that I just have been unlucky with injuries.

Talk for a minute about Ken Roczen.

I have known Kenny since he was on a 50cc mini bike. There was a small Supercross track they built near his home, and he was always riding it. I even spent some time there in the winter riding. I am happy for him; he is doing so well in America. He really enjoys Supercross, and I think that is what is most important to the teams in the U.S.

Are there any other German riders that you see having the level of success that you and Kenny have had?

At the moment I don’t really see the next generation of riders in Germany. There is Kenny and myself. We have some good riders, but they are not at the top level as in the GP’s or AMA races. I often try to watch as many of the American races as possible when they are on TV.

Speaking of that, you had to move from Germany to have more access to tracks, right?

Yes, I did have to leave Germany for Belgium a few years ago. In Germany there are just not the best training possibilities, plus many of the teams are based in Belgium, and the practice tracks are much better.

You have a reputation as one of the most fit riders racing the GP’s. What do you do for training?

I like to go to America in the coldest part of winter to spend a couple weeks of training on the bike, but I prefer to stay in Europe for most of my training. I spend many hours on the bicycle to get to a good base condition. Then in the beginning of the season I also go to the gym a lot and do interval training. My father raced many years ago, so it was easy for me to get into riding and training. He then spent the first 12 years of my racing career traveling and helping me with my training and racing.  Now my girlfriend Sabrina helps me a lot. We have been together ten years now, and she knows what I need to do to perform well.

What do you think about the GP flyaway races?

I don’t really care for them. The travel is long, and the weather is so much different than in Europe, especially when it is earlier in the spring. The only overseas GP that I really enjoyed was Glen Helen. I love that track. When we went to the U.S. for the race I tried to come a few days earlier to practice there. It was so different than the GP tracks!

What are you focusing on for next season?

There will be some big changes for me. And I want to fight for the championship!

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT…RED BULL STRAIGHT RHYTHM

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WHAT IS IT? Red Bull secretly set up a half-mile long Supercross track this past year and invited their sponsored athletes–James Stewart, Ryan Dungey, Cole Seely, Jessy Nelson, Marvin Musquin, among others–to test out the layout. What’s the big deal? The track, coined “Straight Rhythm” by Red Bull, is exactly that–a straightaway with rhythm obstacles. Two riders race head-to-head in an elimination format.

WHEN IS IT? Red Bull set the date for the inaugural Straight Rhythm on October 4th.

WHERE WILL IT BE HELD? Where do you find an area large enough to hold a half-mile-long track? At a car track, of course. The event will be at Auto Club Raceway at the Fairplex in Pomona, California.

WHO WILL BE RACING? Red Bull hasn’t released a rider list yet, but it’s assumed that most, if not all, of their sponsored riders will be competing. Word is that James Stewart will be lining up (it’s not an FIM-sanctioned race). In total there will be 32 racers.

WHERE CAN I BUY TICKETS?

Click here. Admission is $20 per person and $10 for parking. From the looks of it there isn’t a bad seat in the house. Gates open at 2:00 p.m. and racing starts at 3:00 p.m.

WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE FROM A RACER’S PERSPECTIVE?

SPONSOR ME: AXO AMERICA IS ACCEPTING RESUMES

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Press release: AXO America is now accepting resumes for the 2015 rider support program. Sponsorship is available to off road, street and cycling riders of all ages and abilities. To apply please send your resume to racing@axo.com or apply through hookit at www.hookit.com/axoracing Product information and catalog can be found online at www.axo.com

FIRST LOOK AT THE 2015 KTM SXS MINICYCLE LINE-UP

2015 50 SXS

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KTM/FMF Factory SXS Exhaust Pipe
KTM/FMF Factory SXS Silencer
WP SXS Piggyback Reservoir Shock with Preload, Compression and Rebound Adjustment
SXS Carburetor Settings
PowerParts Personalized Orange Anodized Billet Ignition Cover
PowerParts Orange Anodized Billet Clutch Cover with Easy Access Clutch Adjustability
PowerParts Orange Anodized Billet Chain Guide
PowerParts Orange Anodized Billet Chain Adjuster and Axle Holder
PowerParts Sintered Rear Brake Pads
Renthal Orange Anodized 38T Rear Sprocket
SXS Special Edition Graphics Kit
MSRP: $5099

2015 65 SXS

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KTM/FMF Factory SXS Exhaust Pipe
KTM/FMF Factory SXS Silencer
SXS Carburetor Settings
PowerParts Personalized Orange Anodized Billet Ignition Cover
PowerParts Orange Anodized Billet Chain Guide
PowerParts Orange Anodized Billet Case Guard
PowerParts Holeshot Device
Renthal Orange Anodized 47T Rear Sprocket
SXS Special Edition Graphics Kit
MSRP: $5399

2015 85 SXS

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KTM/FMF Factory SXS Exhaust Pipe
KTM/FMF Factory SXS Silencer
SXS KTM Factory Ignition Module
PowerParts Personalized Orange Anodized Billet Ignition Cover
PowerParts Orange Anodized Billet Clutch Cover
PowerParts Orange Anodized Billet Case Guard
PowerParts Holeshot Device
Renthal Orange Anodized 46T Rear Sprocket
230mm Oversized Rear Rotor
240mm Oversized Front Rotor
SXS Special Edition Graphics Kit
MSRP: $6149

SPONSOR ME: ODI NOW ACCEPTING RESUMES

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Press release:  ODI would like to invite all racers to apply for our 2015 sponsorship program.  Qualified racers must possess the drive and ambition to perform at the top of their class to be considered  for part of the ODI Family. ODI has been working with some of the Top Athletes in Motocross, BMX, Mountain Biking and many other sports in an effort to Observe the needs of each racer, Design new products, and Innovate existing products and new ideas. You can apply for sponsorship 1 of 2 ways:

1. Apply through hookit.com:  http://www.hookit.com/brands/odigrips/ (USA based racers only)

2. Submit a resume to sponsorship@odigrips.com.

We will be accepting resumes now through November 30, 2014. For more information on ODI and the products we offer visit www.odigrips.com.  Thanks again for your interest in joining the ODI Family.

SPONSOR ME: RENTHAL ACCEPTING RESUMES

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Press release: Renthal is now accepting rider support applicants for the 2015 racing season. For nearly 30 years, Renthal has run a successful amateur rider support program here in the United States which has seen so many of the sports elite stars come up through. Support at the grassroots level is very important to us as it helps riders achieve their dream of turning pro and helps make the transition from amateur to pro more seamless. To apply for sponsorship from Renthal you must visit our dedicated sponsorship website at www.renthal.com/support, which allows you to upload all your information and attach a resume in Word or PDF format. Sponsorship is available for all disciplines of racing, whether you ride motocross, offroad, ATV, roadrace or something in between, we are looking for riders who can represent us in a professional manner on and off the track. For more information about Renthal’s amateur support program, please visit www.renthal.com/support or contact us at (877) 736-8425 , or via e-mail, info@renthalsupport.com. Support riders, make sure to tag @Renthal_Moto on your Instagram, Twitter or Facebook posts during the event!

Photos: John Basher, Massimo Zanzani, KTM

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