Rider: Austin Forkner
Date: May 27, 2017
Location: Glen Helen National
Photographer: Daryl Ecklund
Exposure: 1/2000 sec.
TWO-STROKE SPOTLIGHT: MORTEN LARSEN’S 2007 HONDA CR125
I raced a lot on a 1995 CR125 up to 2002 and it was still competitive. The 2005 CR125 showed a little hope. It had no top end power, the bladder forks where crap but the feel of the bike was there. We all were on 250F’s in 2005, but suddenly in 2008 it became real for me that all the two-strokes from Honda would not come back. I contacted my dealer contact in Germany and said that he really needed to find me a new one. After a few months he got me one home from California.
What a blast! When I arrived at the track, I got many comments; Why do you ride a CR 125? They a weak, they have no top end power. They are slow, and no mach to a CRF, etc etc. After 14 days we had the little Honda dialed in. We killed the low end curve (but who cares), but now it had lots of mid and top end power. You could punish the daylight out of it and smile all the way around the track. You could beat the 250F´s just by less breaking and hammering it into the corners, and I nearly forgot that I was a Vet rider every time I got behind the starting gate. Even all the stupid comments about weak Honda’s was gone.
I knew it sold it to one of my old youth school students, but no one had seen it on the track in years. Then a friend called me 6 months ago; Hey Morten, you gotta come now, your old Honda, I know where it is! The guy will sell it to you!
My old Honda CR125 was a 100% the same as when I sold it. It only had another 5 hours on it because he got hurt in an accident and never rode it again. I made the deal instantly.
I am 48 years old, and too fat and slow for a 125. For sure I ride much better on my 450SXF. But who cares? It is so fun, and inside the helmet I feel like a 14 year old kid every time I ride it. Just the sound makes me smile.
The Japan manufactures may never bring back two-strokes. I love that KTM and TM are keeping the smokers alive. In Denmark the two-stroke movement grows bigger every day. The average rider can afford to race again. The future of motocross is starting to look better again with the revival of two-stroke.
Will I ever sell my CR 125 again? Never!”
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FACEBOOK PHOTO OF THE WEEK: 2018 HONDA CRF250
VALENTINO ROSSI RECOVERING FROM MOTOCROSS INJURY
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team rider Valentino Rossi was involved in a motocross training accident at the Cross Club Cavallara in Mondavio (Pesaro Urbino, Italy), on Thursday, May 25th. The 38-year-old Italian rider was taken to a local hospital for a medical check-up, where he was diagnosed with mild thoracic and abdominal trauma. No fractures have been detected in any part of the body and no serious traumatic pathologies were found.
THEY SAID IT: GLEN HELEN NATIONAL
MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: POLISPORT IGNITION COVER PROTECTOR
Price: $34.99. Website: www.polisport.com
PHOTO OF THE PAST: DAVID VUILLEMIN & JEREMY MCGRATH IN 2001
2017 RACE SCHEDULES: BE THERE OR BE SQUARE
California is the richest race state in the union, with seven major events in 2017. Folks in Michigan should rejoice, as Supercross (Detroit), Arenacross (Grand Rapids) and the Lucas Oil Nationals (Red Bud) visit “The Great Lake State.” And those residing in the Pacific Northwest will be happy hosting a bevy of events, from Supercross to the AMA Nationals.
2017 LUCAS OIL PRO MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
May 20…Hangtown…Sacramento, CA
May 27…Glen Helen…San Bernardino, CA
June 3…Thunder Valley…Lakewood, CO
June 17…High Point…Mount Morris, PA
June 24…Muddy Creek…Blountville, TN
July 1…Red Bud…Buchanan, MI
July 8…Southwick…Southwick, MA
July 22…Spring Creek…Millville, MN
July 29…Washougal…Washougal, WA
August 12…Unadilla…New Berlin, NY
August 19…Budds Creek…Mechanicsville, MD
August 26…Ironman…Crawfordsville, IN
* Visit www.promotocross.com/mx/tickets to buy tickets
2017 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
March 5…Pangkal Pinang…Indonesia
April 23…Valkenswaard…The Netherlands
July 23…Loket…Czech Republic
September 10…Assen…The Netherlands
September 17…Villars sous Ecot…France