Rider: Christian Craig
Location: 2021 Washougal National
Photographer: Trevor Nelson
2022 FLY RACING GEAR RELEASED
TWO-STROKE SPOTLIGHT: LOUIE MALPELI’S 2001 KAWASAKI KX250
Looking to formally submit my 2001 KX 250 for the Two stroke Spotlight! The bike is all original, bought by my dad Gary back in 2000. We always went racing while I was growing up on the mini’s. Unfortunately in 2005 we both got hurt, me with an ACL tear, and my dad with a car accident leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. We both had to stop riding but always loved the racing and the community.
Instead of gunning for a career in moto I became a professional musician, and recently got surgery to replace the blown ACL (I was too young at the time to fix it, got the surgery in 2014) so we figured why not totally strip and rebuild the original KX250. This is the product of that rebuild. My dad and I finally hit the track this summer to get back out there for some local open practices. Although he isn’t out there with me, it’s always incredible to be at the track together, especially watching me ride his beloved KX machine.
Hope you guys enjoy the photos as much as I do.
EDITORS NOTE: Please keep those submissions coming. If you would like your bike to be featured in the “Two-Stroke Spotlight,” please email me at email@example.com. All I ask is that you give a breakdown of your bike and a detailed description of the build. Please also send a few photos of your steed. By submitting your bike for the “Two-Stroke Spotlight,” you agree to release all ownership rights to the images and copy to MXA.
NON MOTO | MOOSE RACING KENAI SERIES PANNIERS & MOUNTS
MXA TESTS THE 2022 KTM 450SXF
MXPERTS | FORKS NEED BREAK-IN ALSO
I bought a 2018 KTM 350SXF, took it straight to my local track and hated the WP air forks. They were very stiff, rode high and didn’t follow the ground. The guy parked next to me had an almost identical KTM 350SXF with eight hours on it, and he let me ride his. It was much better than mine. I took his air pressure and clicker settings and put them in my forks, but it was still too hard. Did I get a lemon?
No. The difference between your forks and the forks of the guy who was nice enough to let you ride his bike was the eight hours that he had on his forks. New forks are always stiff because of the stiction of the tight fork seals, bushings, internal piston bands, non-viscous fork oil and the grease that the forks are put together with. Any fork needs at least two hours of riding time to break in. During this break-in period, the grease that clogs the AER’s air bypass dent dissolves. The fork oil goes through several heat cycles and gets thinner. The interface parts (seals, bushings and band) free up. Suddenly, after a couple hours of break-in, the forks transform themselves into better forks.
Lots of racers send their forks and shocks out to get them re-valved after the first ride. This is wrong. Never send your forks to get them re-valved until after they have been broken in. There are two reasons for this: (1) Once they are broken in, you may find that your forks (Showa, Kayaba or WP) are much better than you thought. (2) Before re-valving your forks, you should get an accurate read on what they feel like, because re-valved forks aren’t always better than the stockers. It’s in your best interest to know what the stockers feel like for comparison.
What you may not realize is that the same break-in regimen applies to your new bike’s rear shock.
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ROUND 7 WASHOUGAL NATIONAL RECAP | By Ben Bridges
- After 26 consecutive years of racing at Washougal, that streak was stopped last year when there was no race in 2020. The 2021 series returned to the famous venue this year.
- Chase Sexton goes 1-3 for his first win of the season. It’s his 2nd career win. He won Pala last year.
- It was Honda’s first win at Washougal since 2004 when Ricky Carmichael delivered.
- Sexton’s win gives Honda 140 450MX wins. He is also the 4th different winner this season.
- For the 1st time since 1999, two factory Honda teammates have won an overall in the same season. 21, Roczen and Sexton, 99, Tortelli and Windham.
- Tomac goes 2-2 for 2nd overall. In seven consecutive seasons, Tomac has won the overall in the 450 class. He has 5 rounds to go if he wants to make it 8 consecutive.
- Dylan Ferrandis goes 5-1 for 3rd overall. He now has seven consecutive podiums and stretched his points lead to 47 over Roczen.
- Sexton’s win puts him in the top 5 in points.
- Average finish – Ferrandis 2.3, Roczen 6.1, Tomac 5.0.
- It took 7 rounds but Jeremy Martin became the first 2 time winner of the series.
- Jeremy Martin goes 3-1 for 1st overall.
- After round 5, Jeremy Martin was 8th in the points. With his two back to back wins he sits in 4th.
- R.J. Hampshire goes 2-3 for 2nd overall. It was his 2nd podium of the season and he’s 5th in the points.
- Justin Cooper goes 1-8 for 3rd overall. It was his 7th consecutive podium of the season and his points lead is now up to 8.
- Jett Lawrence goes 7-1 for 4th. He is still 2nd in the points.
- Yamaha as a brand now has 401 total wins.
- The series will be off for 2 weeks and will return 8/14/21 at Unadilla.
METHOD RACE WHEELS PARTNERS WITH HAIDEN DEEGAN
Press Release: Method Race Wheels has partnered with Haiden Deegan in a multi-year agreement that extends through his pro racing debut and will see him get his driver’s license. Method Race Wheels will be along for the ride to support both major milestones, and we’re kicking it off at Loretta Lynn’s AmateurNational Championship by having Haiden debut our exclusive R1M project. The Deegan family is stoked to unveil the newest Method Race Wheels project.
“Obviously it gives me a ton of confidence knowing that my wheels are built with the best components you can possibly get; I don’t have to worry about a DNF,” Haiden explains. “But just seeing how sick the wheels look on the bike is even better. I’m stoked for people to check it out.”
For his dad, Brian, it’s the continued partnership that matters most. “Method Race Wheels supported me through all of my truck and rally racing career, so I know firsthand how good their products are. I’m just stoked to keep building that relationship and be a part of their entrance into the two-wheel market. These R1M wheels are insane… people are going to trip out on Haiden’s bike when we unload at Loretta’s.”
Method Race Wheel’s two-wheel development program called “R1M” (pronounced R-one-M] will utilize Method’s elite two-wheel athletes and align them with marque events to showcase the development project. The wheel, dubbed the R1M Proto Project, utilizes the highest quality 7000 series extruded aluminum rim available from Japan. It’s finished with a unique, two-tone METHOD graphic with a hard coat matte finish. Final assembly takes place stateside at Dubya in Anaheim, California. Dubya’s team combines the R1M to a Netherlands manufactured Hann 6082-T6 Billet Aluminum SX Hub. The Hann hub is anodized black and uses Japanese Koyo Bearings. Marrying the R1M to the hub are black, powder coated Bulldog Heavy Duty 304 Stainless Steel spokes with black anodized billet aluminum nipples.
To learn more about Method Race Wheels R1M Proto Project, head to www.methodracewheels.com/R1M
Method Race Wheels is giving away a signed Haiden Deegan Helmet and other prizes… go to www.methodracewheels.com/R1M to enter!
For an exclusive behind the scenes look at Haiden’s journey towards a championship at Loretta Lynn’s, follow Method Race Wheels’ social media page starting August 5th, 2021. Check out @methodracewheels Instagram stories feed to follow along.
WE GO INSIDE THE HUSKY TC250 TWO-STROKE THAT CARSON BROWN RACED IN WASHOUGAL
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