MOTOCROSS ACTION’S MIDWEEK REPORT BY DARYL ECKLUND

August 19, 2014
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The news is out. Davi Millsaps to Factory Kawasaki. Now the question is whether Ryan Villopoto will be his teammate? It is still up in the air between racing in Europe, retirement, or defending his 5th straight title in a row.

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CATCH THE LAST ROUND ON THE TUBE IN UTAH
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TRAVIS PASTRANA BACK IN ACTION AFTER BEING INJURED ATTEMPTING A FRONT FLIP SUPERMAN

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: POWERSPORT GRAFIX
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 Press Release: At Powersport Grafx, our goal is to offer the highest level of customer satisfaction by delivering a quality product with the greatest level of customer service possible. We have served the powersports industry for over 10 years, and continue to produce innovative products while using cutting edge technology. Our success is owed to our customers.

We offer full custom graphic kits, semi custom kits, “Ready to Ship” kits and number plate backgrounds. We also cater specifically to the dealer with logo decals, dealer sheets, promo sheets, arched fender decals and much more! Powersport Grafx is also a “KTM Licensed Manufacturer”.

Powersport Grafx manufactures standardized graphics that promote the KTM look. These KTM approved designs can be customized to promote dealerships and sponsors.  www.ridepg.com (800) 903-6764

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Darryn having grown up on Steel City soil reminisces on all the good times spent as they are just memories now. Steel City, near Delmont, Pennsylvania, is now closed and the track has been grown over.

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Broc posts a picture of one of Johnny O’Mara’s bikes from the year he ran the same brand bike and number as Broc.

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Jimmy has been having a rough few weeks. We wish him the best!

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FMF rider from back in the bar drags some serious bar.

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Ever since Kenny took Jessy Nelson under his wing he has really stepped up his game.

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Dean might have had some tough races but he always puts his head down to keep moving forward.

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RedBull takes care of their athletes. Here, Levi Sherwood relaxes in first class on the way to X-Fighters.

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The bright colors of the Troy Lee team had no chance against the Indiana mud.

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Reedy had to toss his goggles last weekend.

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Had to post this. This almost looks fake. Marc Marquez getting insanely low.

FITNESS TIP OF THE WEEK: TEN THINGS ABOUT FLEXIBILITY

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(1) Are you flexible. A simple and easy way to test your flexibility it to do the toe touch test­ without cheating. While standing erect, keeping your feet together and your knees straight, bend over and attempt to touch your toes. If you can touch your toes without bouncing you are flexible. If your not even close, then its time to put on some yoga pants and get to work.

(2) Riding. Motocross takes a toll on the body. It¹s one of the most physical demanding sports on Earth. Your body is consistently pulling, pushing, standing, sitting and contorting to control the 240-pound machine. The constant abuse from the hard landings, rough tracks, and holding on to the bike makes your muscles  tendons, and joints tighten up. This is why you feel sore after a race and why you can¹t move around on the bike as much as necessary­ which in turn will cause bad technique, crashing, fatigue,or even injury.

(3) Flexibility. Flexibility is defined as the static maximum range of motion available to a joint. As we age our initial range of motion of the joints starts to decrease due to tight muscles and tendons. Lack of flexibility has become a health issue among many adults causing common issues such as bad posture, back pain, along with stiff joints and muscles. Having sufficient flexibility is a key ingredient to good health.

(4) Stretching. Flexibility is improved by stretching on a regular basis. It takes a consistent stretching routine to get the muscles to relax back to their normal state. Stretching a specific muscle group or tendon will result in increased muscle control, more flexibility and increased range of motion. Athletes in all sports use stretching for injury prevention, improved balance, increased performance and blood circulation.

(5) Riding Technique. Stretching and the gained flexibility will allow your body to move fluidity with the bike rather then fighting against it. Your hamstrings and hips are prime areas to focus on because these are the core elements of an aggressive stance on the bike. You don¹t need to be a gymnast, but you do understand that the ability of stretch you bike across the length of your bike (from fender to fender) is often the saving crash of a potential crash.

(6) Injury prevention. Whether you like it or not crashing is a part of a motocrosser¹s life. Like most, you probably have an obligation to a 9-to-5 job and a family to feed. Injury prevention should be on the top of your to-do list. Pro rider have to stay healthy to keep earning money, but Vets also have to stay healthy for the same reasons­ the more flexible you are the more range of motion you have in your joints, which in turn reduces your risk of soreness, broken bones, torn tendons or muscles when you crash.

(7) Dynamic. Dynamic stretching uses specific movements to stretch muscles while actively moving a joint through the range of motion. This type of stretching will feel like a workout ­your heart rate should be elevated enough to break a sweat and should take between 10-20 minutes. Such exercises considered as dynamic movements are arm circles and walking lunges. Dynamic stretching should be used before you workout or ride to warm-up the body. Dynamic stretching increases your blood and oxygen flow.

(8) Static. Static stretching is the generic way to gain flexibility by holding specific positions while the body is at rest. This form of stretching should be used after you ride or workout when your body is still warm. Do not static stretch before an activity when your body is cold. This can lead to pulled muscles or decreased performance. We recommend building a full body stretching routine with a focus on the lower extremities. Hold each stretch for 30 seconds.

(9) Massage. Regular massage will help you to retain flexibility while working out the knots that training and riding load on your muscles. Massage helps your muscles elongated as it provides injury and stress relief.

(10) Foam Rolling. Foam Rolling is the poor man¹s way to get a massage. It is an effective way to release and lengthen tight muscles. What is foam rolling? It is a piece of stiff tube-shaped foam about 22 inches long and 6 inches wide that you roll your muscles out on. The goal it to find a tender spot or knot in the muscle, then hold pressure directly onto the tender spot for 30-­60 seconds until the pain subsides and the muscle releases and lengthens.

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT:  HJC’S ALL-NEW CL-X7
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 Press Release: The all-new CL-X7 packs more advanced technology and value into its shell than any other helmet in its class. The new shell sculpture is not only for a cosmetic appeal, but the clean angular lines also add structural integrity. For example, think of how corrugation adds strength to a cardboard box, without the corrugated design the box will be very fragile and flimsy. This particular design is especially helpful with the chin bar’s strength. In addition to the shell design, the CL-X7 is neck brace compatible and has a color bone friendly profile. We have also added a much larger eye port for maximum visibility making it fit virtually any goggle size.

When designing the CL-X7, we just didn’t want it to look good, but we wanted to function well. For starters, we have designed an ACS ventilation system that includes, an aggressively designed EPS, 14 front air intake; 4 in the mouth piece, 6 forehead vents, and 4 more underneath the visor. The front intake was designed to create a ram force air induction system, for maximum air flow. On top of the 14 intake vents we have added 4 large rear exhaust ports. With the help of our aggressively designed EPS, the rear exhausts pushes out the hot & humid air up and out off your helmet.

In addition to our ACS ventilation system, we have added the Super Cool Interior. The interior is removable, washable, moisture wicking, and anti-bacterial treated. With the Super Cool Interior, you will get a cooler, drier, and more comfortable ride, even at lower speeds. The cheek pads are ergonomically contoured to cradle your jaws and cheeks. This designed will result in a more secure fit, that doesn’t push your cheeks into your teeth. Lastly, we have also added printed graphics on the interior and a subtle injection molded graphic, detail on the eye port gasket and bottom edge. $149.99 www.hjchelemts.com

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WHO WOULD HAVE THUNK IT?
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The biggest surprise of the year hands down goes to Jeremy Martin. I mean who would have thought at the beginning of the year he would be crowed champion of the 250 class. Not to sound mean by any means but I don’t think anyone could have predicted a number one plate, other than him. And that is exactly what is came down to. He knew what needed to be done to prove himself after a shaky Supercross season struggling to make mains. So he put his head down and went to work.

Unfortunately, a racer is only remembered by his last race. Many people forgot that Jeremy got on the podium twice last year in the outdoors and finished out the season 6th in points. In his head he knew what he was capable of while others doubted his abilities coming into Glen Helen. I feel Jeremy is going to stay on top. The reason being, his believes in himself. He focuses on himself and no one else. This is what makes good riders great. And Jeremy, you are well on your way to becoming one of those great riders.

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RIDE ENGINEERING IS NOW ACCEPTING RESUMES FOR THE 2015 SEASON

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Ride Engineering has begun accepting rider support resumes for the 2015 season. Riders should follow the guidelines listing on its website at  http://www.ride-engineering.com/sponsor.php#sponsor or on its MXsponsor page at http://mxsponsor.com/companies/ride-engineering-2.

MOTO GP IS NOT MOTO BUT DRAGGING ELBOWS IS SURE COOL

MINI-VIEW: JASON ANDERSON
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By Jim Kimball

Although maybe somewhat a dark horse coming into 2014 Supercross, many insiders knew that Jason Anderson would be a championship contender. Anderson quickly established himself as the guy to beat in the 250 West Coast Supercross series. Even an ill-timed crash and collapsed lung didn’t deter his drive for the title. While his outdoor season has not been quite as successful, the Rockstar KTM rider has shown that he can win moto’s, and be on the podium. With one race left on his 250 KTM, we caught up with the 21 year old who sits 7th in points.

MXA: Jason, lets go back some, congratulations on your Supercross championship.
Jason: Yeah Supercross went very well for me. Everything seemed to be going my way; I felt that I was riding well, had some luck, and then came out with the championship. After the Salt Lake City round I was practicing and ended up having a big crash. I collapsed my lung, and I wasn’t able to ride until the Vegas round. It was pretty nerve racking, because you have the points lead and it’s the biggest race of your life, so it was a pretty crazy situation, and very stressful.

In spite of what you just said, you generally seem pretty relaxed.
I try to be that way. You know at the end of the day we ride dirt bikes and have fun. It’s a job that we have dreamed of doing since we were little. It’s cool to be in the spot where we are, and I’m very thankful for that. Everyone wants to win, but this sport has so many up’s and downs. Things don’t always go your way, so you just try to fix the things that you can. I feel like I have done that year-to-year; whether it’s indoors or outdoors my seasons have gotten progressively better. Someday I hope to be considered one of the role models in the sport, and be one of the top 450 guys–it will be very cool.

You’ve had some ups and downs this summer in the motocross series, but overall are you pretty happy with your riding?
Obviously I would like to be winning; that’s what everyone wants to be doing. I feel like the crash I had just before the Vegas Supercross did knock my momentum down some, and then I had a couple more minor injuries that further knocked me down for outdoors. I lost some confidence, but I feel like I have been riding well. I’ve just had too many crashes. Looking back I have basically finished on the podium whenever I haven’t crashed. This has been my best outdoor season to date, so its not been bad, I just need to be positive and look forward. I’d love to get an overall win at Miller Raceway.

I was on the podium at High Point, Red Bud, Budds Creek, and maybe one other race. I won my first moto at Budds Creek, so that was cool. I won the first moto there, but the humidity kind of got to me in moto two, and I finished fifth or sixth. Getting that moto win was huge for me, especially as I have struggled a bit in the past racing outdoors. It’s in the 100’s back home in Southern California, but it’s a dry heat. It’s just difficult to prepare for that humidity when you live in California. Going forward I hope to make some changes and spend more time out east and hopefully be more prepared for the outdoors next year. Especially with being a 450 guy, you don’t want any bad weekends, and make life as easy as possible.

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Have you been able to learn anything from Eli Tomac or Ken Roczen who had their first year in the 450 class?
They have actually been doing great in their first season of racing the 450 class. I think that probably the most difficult thing to adapt to is the longevity of the season. I feel like everyone is fast, but I feel that I’ll need a solid off-season of training, and preparing and then to maintain that throughout the year. You need to just try to stay fresh for the races, and all the travel takes a toll. If I can stay fresh through all next year, that would be ideal.

I think its pretty cool that you are leading the Husqvarna brand next year. That’s such an iconic brand, although you may not have been that aware of their rich history in motocross.
No, I have to admit that I wasn’t really familiar with the brand at all (laughing). But since riding the bike some, it’s a great machine. Overall it’s a solid bike, and a great starting point. I’ve actually been riding it a lot, much more than my 250. I’ve been doing a lot of testing on it, and my main goal the past month or so has been to get used to it, and be ready for next year. It is pretty cool to be the “starting guy” for Husqvarna. Hopefully I can be the first guy to get Husqvarna a Supercross podium, and then an overall win – and build some memories with the brand. [Historical note: Husqvarna did win the 1973 Daytona Supercross with Bob Grossi, before the formation of the official Supercross series in 1974. They also won the 1972 Daytona 500cc Supercross, before the 500 class was dropped from the series after 1975, and Travis Preston won the 2001 Houston 125 West round on a Husqvarna.]

You must be in a bit of a tough spot, as you are excited about next year, but still want to win this summer.
Yeah that is true. I really enjoy riding the 450 a lot, but do want to finish out my 250 career with a bang! I still want to win a race! It’s been pretty cool for KTM and Husqvarna to have the relationship that they do so I can ride the 450. I am ready to move on, yet I still want to do well this summer. The championship has not really gone my way with the DNF’s that I have had, but I do want a reason to enjoy my upcoming break – hopefully with a win. Then I’ll be doing a Supercross in Sweden, and the Monster Energy Cup on the Husqvarna 450.

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: ANTIGRAVITY BATTERIES MICRO-START XP-5
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Just charge it once and take back-up power where ever you go.  No need to a power outlet, or charging station.   Weighig 8 ounces and as big as a Cell Phone you can take it anywere!  Whether you are riding, driving, camping, traveling  anywhere you can  remain confident that you will be able to start your vehicle, or make that important call if you battery is going dead on your cell phone.  It even has a built in flashlight with S.O.S patterns built in!  Whatever you do, don’t get stuck without back up power again. $109.99 www.antigravitybatteries.com

FROM THE MXA ARCHIVES
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