2019 ANAHEIM SUPERCROSS TALK | MID-WEEK REPORT
Rider: Justin Barcia
Bike: 2019 Factory Yamaha YZ450F
Location: Angels Stadium
Event: Anaheim 1
Focal length: 50mm
Photographer: Daryl Ecklund
TWO-STROKE SPOTLIGHT | SCOTT BEARD’S 2007 HONDA CR250
Often it’s not about taking out a second mortgage to pay for your dream ride. Making smart decisions based off research makes sense. That’s exactly what Scott Beard did when building his 2007 Honda CR250. It has the creature comforts that Beard needs to get the job done, plus a bit of panache to stop looky-loos in their tracks. Scott’s bike build should be inspiring for any rider, regardless if they’re a two- or four-stroke nut.
“I picked this bike up four years ago after riding a buddy’s mint 2007 Honda CR250 he had just bought. I grew up a Suzuki guy and had just got done completely rebuilding a 2006 RM250. After riding his bike, the search began. I was much more comfortable on the Honda compared to the twitchy feel of the late-model Suzuki RM two-strokes. It took a year for me to find a low hour CR250 that hadn’t been abused. Through a friend I found one that had been sitting in a garage since 2007 and had maybe 20 hour on it. It was armored out for woods racing. I took it home and tore it down to the frame. I cleaned it, removed the braces and cages, and rebuilt it as best I could. The radiators were a little bent, so I sent them to ICW to have Brett work his magic.
“The previous owner had already installed blue CV4 hoses, so I didn’t have to buy those. I took the Mikuni carburetor off and replaced it with a Keihin off of a 2004 Yamaha YZ250. I had read that the Mikuni could be finicky and the Keihin was easier to tune. I’ve had no problems with the switch and have the jetting perfect for where I ride. I run VP T2 fuel. The bars were replaced with Renthal 997 Twinwalls, and they were fitted with Renthal Kevlar grips. I got rid of the cheap looking stock killswitch and replaced it with a Fly Racing killswitch. Twin Air is my air filter of choice. Once the stock drivetrain was worn out I replaced it with a Sunstar chain and sprockets, which I have been very impressed with.
“For power, I installed a Wiseco GP top-end kit and added a Pro Circuit Shorty silencer to help boost the low end a little. I’ve read that the stock pipe is really good, so I decided to keep it on. I replaced the stock rear brake rotor with one off of a 2010 CRF250. I think the Wave rotor looks better. The front rotor was replaced with a Galfer 270mm oversize kit. I’ve always liked white bikes, so I switched out all of the red plastic. I used all Cycra plastic, except for the shrouds and side plates. For those areas I used UFO. The front fender and Stadium plate for the 2013 and newer CRF450 are from Cycra. I like the updated look it gives the bike. I designed the graphics and the carbon fiber fork wraps. I loved the team Peak Honda’s, which is why I always go towards a blue and black color way. Cal Northrop at FTI Suspension handled the suspension revalve. He has always done great work for me. I had the stock hubs powder coated black. I bought the gold Excel rims from Privateer Connection in South Carolina and had them laced at Carolina Cycle Service in North Carolina. BUR Seat Covers, also out of North Carolina, made the awesome gripper seat cover in the color way I requested.
“Even though this bike didn’t get good reviews when it was released, I’ve been very happy with it. I’ve kept the engine stock, because I like where the power is at. I have no other plans for the bike, except for some pretty parts. As my fitness fades with my youth, I’ve grown to appreciate a solid and planted feeling bike.”
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WIN A WORKS EDITION HONDA CRF450
Road 2 Recovery has teamed up with industry leader in performance, American Honda Motor Corporation to give you a once in a lifetime opportunity. Starting this Saturday, January, 5 2019 fans can enter for a chance to win this Vin number 94 CRF450R Works Edition Bike, based on Ken Roczen’s Honda HRC factory race bike—as well as a full autographed set of Ken’s gear. The winner will be randomly selected on May, 4 2019 at Monster Energy Supercross finals in Las Vegas.
All proceeds will go to the R2R Injured Rider Fund, to help support injured Motocross and Supercross athletes. For just a $5 donation, you can make an impact in an injured athletes life and win this amazing bike. Road 2 Recovery would like to extend a thank you to American Honda Motor Corporation, Honda HRC, Ken Roczen, and Fox Racing.
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REKLUSE ANNOUNCES 2019 SUPERCROSS PARTNERSHIPS
Press Release: Rekluse is proud to announce their partnerships for the 2019 Monster Energy AMA Supercross season. Following an impressive 2018 season for Rekluse riders, Rekluse is honored to continue supporting many of the sport’s top riders and teams as a trusted technical partner.
Exciting new storylines for this year include Jason Anderson’s title defense, Malcolm Stewart’s first season with Smartop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda, Zach Osborne’s move to 450s, and Dean Wilson’s privateer effort, just to name a few.
Rekluse Race Program Manager Austin Paden said “We are excited to see how the action unfolds this year, continuing our partnerships with many high-caliber riders and programs. We had some great successes last year and are looking forward another year of world-class racing.”
Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
• Jason Anderson
• Zach Osborne
• Thomas Covington
• Michael Mosiman
• Jordan Bailey
Monster Energy/Yamalube/Star Racing Yamaha
• Mitchell Oldenburg
• Justin Cooper
• Colt Nichols
• Dylan Ferrandis
Smartop/Bullfrog Spas/MotoConcepts Honda
• Justin Brayton
• Malcolm Stewart
• Vince Friese
HEP Suzuki Race Team
• Alex Ray
• Adam Enticknap
• Kyle Chisholm
Gas Monkey Energy/AJE Motorsports Husqvarna
• Justin Starling
• Chris Blose
BWR Engines Race Team
• Carlen Gardner
• Tyler Enticknap
• Robbie Wageman
• Chris Howell
• Carson Brown
• Chase Marquier
• Brandon Leith
Fly Racing Privateer Journey (TPJ)
• Ben LaMay
• Tanner Basso
• Blaine Silveira
• Mason Wharton
• Austin Politelli
• Jimmy Weeks
• John Short
PRMX Race Team
• Logan Karnow
• Daniel Herrlein
• Cody VanBuskirk
• Richard Jackson
TXS Productions Race Team
• Bubba Pauli
• Scotty Wennerstrom
• Carter Gordon
• Eric McKay
• Parker Flemming
• Hunter Hilton
In addition to these teams, Rekluse is proud to support hard-working, dedicated privateers such Dean Wilson, Marshal Weltin, and Michael Lieb to name a few.
THEY SAID IT | 2019 ANAHEIM 1 SUPERCROSS
Jimmy Decotis: “The first round of the year with the JGRMX/Yoshimura/Suzuki Factory Racing crew was a blast. I was excited to debut the new Suzuki RM-Z250. I felt very comfortable all day. Unfortunately, I had a crash on the start of the heat race that put me in a tough spot for the main event. The conditions were tough due to the rain. Overall, I’ll take a seventh given the circumstances. We have lots of racing to come, and I’m excited to grab some more starts. I want to show the industry what the new RM-Z250 can do. Thanks to the whole team for supplying me with the best equipment. I’m looking forward to Glendale!”
Chad Reed: “With the weather, it was an interesting weekend. I had the feeling that no matter what I was going through, it was going to drastically change by the night program. I tried to get the most out of the daytime practices and qualifying to have good data for the next round in Glendale. Once the weather came I just dealt with it. I didn’t get the best of starts in my heat race. The conditions were tough and challenging, so I had to go to the LCQ. In some ways, it rained quite a lot in the LCQ, so I had a feel for what the track was going to be like in the main event. The downside was that I was on the far outside gate for the main. I was dead last on the start and came up to ninth, which is respectable. I feel like I have the pace. There are just a few things I need to work on to allow me to feel more comfortable when I’m out of my comfort zone. I have to adapt to the pace, but fortunately that’s one of my strengths. Sometimes that pace comes naturally, and other times it’s forced. I need to be more comfortable in that area. That’s something I will work on this week.”
Justin Hill: “For a moment in time, before I fell in the slop, that was the best I had ever felt in a mud race. I’m very bummed about the end result, but there are several good things that I learned from this weekend that I can apply to the next 16 rounds.”
Enzo Lopes: “Practice and the heat race was awesome. I don’t know what happened in the main event. Somehow I stalled my bike, and then I crashed, so that made it worse. It was unreal to line up on the gate for my first Supercross race. I had that dream as a kid. I had a perspective of watching from the stands or from home. Placing third in the heat race was incredible. I had the speed, but the track was sloppy, so I couldn’t attack. The main event wasn’t what I wanted, but there’s another race. I learned a lot.”
Ken Roczen: “It’s good to get out of here healthy and with a solid podium. The conditions were tough; they can obviously play in your favor but they can also bite you bad. For about half of the main, we were still jumping the big doubles in the middle but it was definitely sloppy and sketchy out there. It was really all about consistency. There were ruts everywhere so you had to try not to make any mistakes. Once we got into the lappers that’s when it got really bad. I got held up a couple times, which cost me time. I’m pumped though; I’m leaving with a heat-race win and second in the main, so I couldn’t have asked for a better first race.”
Cole Seely: “It felt so good to get back to racing. I was so nervous and excited at the same time, but also so happy to line up again. Normally 10th is something I’d be disappointed in, and I was a little bummed at first but after putting it into perspective and considering the conditions, I’m happy with it and just excited to be back. I’m looking forward to the process and to just building on my finishes each week.”
Erik Kehoe: “The worst thing about today was the weather. Looking at it overall, we’re getting out of here with good results; I think both guys met their goals, and most importantly we’re healthy—that’s definitely something positive to start this series with. It could’ve been a lot worse, considering the conditions. For Ken to come away with a podium is great. He rode smart, minimized mistakes on a tricky track, and came out in second. I think a top 10 for Cole is also good. I know he had some nerves throughout the day, but with every lap in practice and even in his heat, you could tell he was getting more and more comfortable. It was a great stepping stone for him to race those two overseas events but the landscape of the competition and tracks is much different; today was his first real gate drop, and I think we’re going to continue to see his confidence grow and speed increase each weekend.”
Wil Hahn: “This is an unbelievable start to the year for us. All the hard work from the entire team really showed and everyone over here deserves the credit, along with Yamaha for providing us a great 2019 all-new YZ250F and working so close with us. I think tonight it showed how great it is. I’m truly proud of the riders tonight.”
Colt Nichols: “This is an unbelievable start to the year for us. All the hard work from the entire team really showed and everyone over here deserves the credit, along with Yamaha for providing us a great 2019 all-new YZ250F and working so close with us. I think tonight it showed how great it is. I’m truly proud of the riders tonight.”
Dylan Ferrandis: “The track was difficult with the rain, but I got a good start and tried not to make many mistakes. I was able to come back for a good result, some good championship points, and leave Anaheim healthy.”
Justin Barcia: “Anaheim 1 was an awesome day. I had a lot of fun in practice, then going into the heat race it started sprinkling a little. I didn’t get the best start but made some good passes and got into the lead and won my heat race which was awesome, and it felt really good to get that first one out of the way at the first race. In the main event it was really pouring down. It was looking tricky watching the 250 start so I definitely got a little excited and nervous and all those feelings you get at the first race. I got off to a pretty decent start and worked my way up to third by a little over half the race. I played it smart and tried to make no mistakes. One of the guys went down in front of me and then I was able to charge harder and catch the leader, make the pass and ride a smooth race to the win. For me this is incredible, I haven’t won a 450 race in over six years so it’s a pretty awesome feeling. I couldn’t be much happier, I’m really excited to go to Phoenix. I just want to stay, smart, smooth, fast, consistent and focus on the championship plate.”
Jim Perry: “Today at Anaheim, the Monster Energy AMA Supercross kick off was a great day for the bLUcRU. Justin Barcia took the main event win which was awesome. The new YZ450F has been a great bike for Justin. The team’s been working hard in the off season. He’s been working hard in the off season; and it showed tonight. He was fast in practice and was fast in his heat race. It kind of came together in the main event. Justin enjoys the mud and it was starting to rain pretty heavy. Definitely a great night for him and awesome to see the YZ450F in the winner’s circle.
“It was also a great night for Aaron Plessinger, the rookie, as he starts his career in the 450SX class. He got a great Heat race finish in third and went on to the Main Event, started towards the front, put in a solid moto and finished sixth. Great results for both guys and looking forward to next weekend.”
Aaron Plessinger: “Anaheim 1 went pretty well. I got better and better every time I went out on the track. The heat race went awesome. I started out about fifth or sixth, got past some guys and finished third. I was pretty amped on that and I went into the main event pretty happy with myself. I got a great start and just maintained it. There were sometimes where I felt a little winded, but I couldn’t back down and pushed on to the finish and got sixth. I’d say Anaheim I, my first 450 race, was pretty good in my eyes. We’ll keep making improvements and head into Phoenix hot on the ball.”
Michael Mosiman: “I started the day off feeling pretty solid. I felt good and enjoyed the track. I made a few mistakes in the first lap of the main then I was in catch up mode after that. I think my speed was decent for the conditions. It’s not what I expected, but I know what I’m capable of. I’m looking forward to a dry weekend next week.”
Jason Anderson: “Anaheim was an interesting day,” said Anderson. “Practice wasn’t bad, and the heat race was ok. It rained so hard in the main and I struggled. I’m ready to focus on next week’s race in Glendale and I’m looking forward to getting back on the box.”
Eli Tomac: “First round, there’s always the nerves and just the hype from the race, so it was like a double whammy there [combined with the mud]. I didn’t get the greatest of starts there, but just kind of relaxed, kept my vision clear and was able to make the moves.”
Shane McElrath: “I mean, this is A1,” McElrath said. “All the pressure is here. I was really nervous and everybody, they’re like, ‘Man, you’ve got to make it 3 in a row.’ And it’s like, you bet I want to do that, but to finish up here on the podium… We’ll take a 3rd.”
Cooper Webb: “Anaheim I is in the books and overall it was a really good day. We started with free practice just getting the hang of the track and I was able to qualify seventh. In the heat race, I didn’t get off to the greatest of starts and I didn’t ride to my potential, so I had a bad gate pick in the Main Event. I had a pretty outside gate but I nailed the start and I was first in the first turn but unfortunately, I fell over. It was slicker than I thought but I was able to get up and really put my head down and charge really hard to come back to fifth. I guess I had the fastest lap of the race, so that was really cool and I’m feeling confident and good with that result, so I’m ready to go to Phoenix next weekend!”
Marvin Musquin: “The riding was not too bad but physically it was not an easy day as I didn’t have much time on the bike this off-season. But we knew it coming in, so the goal was to score some points and I ended up eighth in the Main Event. I had a great start and Cooper did too, but we almost got into each other and he went down. I avoided him but I lost a lot of ground. It would have been a little bit easier on me to get out front – I was right there in second place behind Cooper, it was pretty cool – but almost both of us crashing. My goal, once again, was to be consistent and score points and that’s what I did. Eighth is not too bad considering and now we can move on and get better from there.”
Adam Cianciarulo: “I’m pretty disappointed I wasn’t able to contend for the win tonight, but with the conditions and going down, we’ll take what we can get,” said Cianciarulo. “It makes me want to win that much more when we get to Phoenix. I want to win, but we also have to think long term.”
Garret Marchbanks: “Being able to be a part of this team and lining up for my first supercross race has been a dream come true,” said Marchbanks. “With the conditions, I was focused on staying up and keeping it on two wheels. It’s nice to get a race under my belt, and we’ll see how it goes in dry conditions next weekend.”
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THOR MX PARTNERS WITH H.E.P. RACING SUZUKI
Press Release: THOR MX is pleased to announce their partnership with the H.E.P. Motorsports team for the 2019 AMA Monster Energy Supercross season. As one of the emerging teams in the Supercross series, their dedication and passion for racing is unmatched, and THOR is proud to support their program with their industry leading racewear and protection.
Following a successful year of racing in 2018, the H.E.P. Motorsports team will be fielding a three-rider lineup in 2019, featuring Adam Enticknap (#97), Alex Ray (#62) and Kyle Chisolm (#11). All three riders will be contesting in the AMA Monster Energy Supercross Championship in the premiere 450 class.
“Speaking on behalf of the team, we are so excited to start our new partnership with THOR and Parts Unlimited,” said H.E.P. Motorsports team manager Dustin Pipes. “As a new, up-and-coming team, we couldn’t ask for anything more than to be partnered with a company as iconic and engrained in the sport as THOR.”
“THOR Motocross is beyond excited to partner with the H.E.P. Motorsports team for 2019! We look forward to growing our relationship with the team and helping them achieve their goals for the season,” said THOR MX Athlete Manager Andy Gustafson.
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UFO USA – UFO PLASTIC USA’S RIDER SUPPORT PROGRAM CONTINUES IN 2019!
The level-based support program provides sponsored riders with their own personal discount code to use when they order online at ufoplasticusa.com or over the phone at 815-756-9400. Special offers for pro riders and teams. Send your resumé to [email protected]!
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• Riders send their resumé and requests to [email protected]
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• Email your resumé to: [email protected]
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DON’T MISS OUT | 2019 SUPERCROSS SCHEDULE
The 2019 Supercross series schedule will go to Nashville for the first time in the sport’s 45-year history and from Nashville, it will go to Denver’s Broncos Stadium for the first time since 1996. Returning cities include Detroit and East Rutherford, N.J., which were both last on the schedule in 2017. There will be three Triple Crown events and two East-West Showdowns—although the cities have not be announced. The only city to get two races is Anaheim on January 5 and January 19.
There will be eight Sunday National Amateur Supercross races, called Supercross Futures, with round two in Arizona kicking off the amateur festivities. Amateurs will earn Road to Supercross points toward their professional AMA Supercross license. The Amateur ChampionshIp finale will be held at the Monster Cup on October 19 in Las Vegas.
2019 AMA SUPERCROSS SERIES
Jan. 5…………………………….Anaheim, CA
Jan. 12………………………….Glendale, AZ
Jan. 19………………………….Anaheim, CA
Jan. 26………………………….Oakland, CA
Feb. 2……………………………San Diego, CA
Feb. 9…………………………..Minneapolis, MN
Feb. 16………………………….Arlington, TX
Feb. 23………………………….Detroit, MI
Mar. 2……………………………Atlanta, GA
Mar. 9……………………………Daytona Beach, FL
Mar. 16………………………….Indianapolis, IN
Mar. 23………………………….Seattle, WA
Mar. 30………………………….Houston, TX
Apr. 6……………………………Nashville, TN
Apr. 13………………………….Denver, CO
Apr. 27………………………….East Rutherford, NJ
May 4……………………………Las Vegas, NV
Moto Trivia answer: Keith Johnson.