JAMES STEWART FREESTONE AMATEUR SPRING NATIONAL CANCELED
However, this is just one event to be affected. Not only will other events and race tracks be affected by these same difficult times we are faced with and the impacts received from them but, the families and small businesses that drive the sport we all love will be impacted too. On behalf of Freestone Raceway family and staff, we are praying for a safe and healthy return home. We hope there is as little impact as possible over the next few months. Freestone is honoring our refund policy as posted and allowing people plenty of time to prepare for their return home.
TWO-STROKE SPOTLIGHT: MAX GIERMAN’S 2007 YAMAHA YZ250
Max Gierman gave us all the details about the build: “The bike is a 2007 YZ250. Its kind of been a consistent project from around november of 2019. That’s around the time when we have to stop riding in Michigan. First off, I decided to send the suspension to Enzo Racing, I have their stuff on my 250F as well and it is unbelievable. I got a great deal on black friday from Pro Circuit for a full system. I also added a Hinson clutch this past summer. I decided I wanted to make a white and black YZ250 because I’ve only seen a couple of them with the new style plastic and aluminum frame so I thought that would be unique. I also had some friends that just started up a couple businesses. One being a Graphics company called Prizm Designs, as well as Tuscola’s Finest Powder coating. My wheels were a little beat up when I first started, so I had my friend Kodee at Tuscola’s Finest powder coat my hubs a cool copper color and I laced those to some DID STX black rims for a pretty cool look. I also added a GYTR flywheel weight because I had read that Jody and MXA recommend those so I figured I’d give it a try. I added full Acerbis Plastics. Last was the graphics from my friend Aaron at Prizm Designs and I think he knocked it out of the park. Overall, I’m super pleased with how the whole bike turned out. Next on my list of things to do is to get the triple clamps coated, a new clutch cover, as well as try out some linkages.”
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MXA RIDES MRE’S KTR500 TWO-STROKE: PART CR500, PART KTM
JUSTIN BRAYTON’S 10-DAY GEAR GIVEAWAY (6 DAYS LEFT)
Justin Brayton is making the most of his time off from racing and he’s working hard to promote himself and his sponsors while also making his fans happy at the same time. Read Justin’s instagram post below to get yourself in the running to win some authentic gear!
Justin Brayton said via instagram: “What a crazy time it is right now with so many unknowns. In light of the situation I’m gonna do a 10 day giveaway with assortment of stuff. @flyracingusa gear and a Fly hat, @scottmotosports goggles, some JB10 swag, an @10cycles cycling kit and hat. I may add in a few other items along the way. Simply like, share and tag a friend and tell me why you should win and I’ll let my daughter Parker help me pick the winners. I’ll be posting around 10am (est) over the next 10 days so be ready.”
MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: DRC 1.6 HIGH PRESSURE RADIATOR CAP
TWO COLTON HAAKERS? – HUSQVARNA TE300i TWO-STROKE
WILL THE 2020 AMA NATIONALS BE ABLE TO RUN?
MX Sports Pro Racing stated: “As the coronavirus pandemic continues to unfold, MX Sports Pro Racing is carefully monitoring the impact of the illness across the country and recognizes the proactive measures that professional sports leagues and sporting events in the United States are taking in an effort to minimize its spread. With the 2020 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship approaching, MX Sports Pro Racing is conducting discussions with our series partners to determine what actions might be required for currently scheduled series events. Each day presents new information in regards to the coronavirus, and that newfound knowledge will be taken into consideration as we continue to prepare for the new season, as will any actions taken by local and state governments where our venues are located, or any precautionary measures issued by the national government.”
MXA RIDES THE 2020 YAMAHA YZ125X
MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: PRO CIRCUIT KAWASAKI REPLICA GRAPHICS
WHAT THE MXA WRECKING CREW IS UP TO
ANDREW SHORT JOINS MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM
Amsterdam, the Netherlands (13 March 2020) – The Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Official Team are excited to announce a strengthened rider line-up for the 2020 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, as Andrew Short and Ross Branch join the squad. Both racers showed impressive pace and the ability to overcome adversity at this year’s Dakar Rally and look set to become key members of the Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Official Team.
Andrew Short is one of the world’s most versatile and successful off-road motorcycle racers. A hugely experienced US Supercross and motocross competitor, with close to 40 career podium results to his credit, he was also a winning member of the USA’s 2010 Motocross of Nations team.
Calling time on his 16-year supercross and motocross career, the Texas native switched to cross-country rally racing at the end of 2017. Competing in his first Dakar Rally in 2018, Andrew has since completed three Dakars, placed as runner-up in the 2019 Silk Way Rally and won the 2019 Rally du Maroc.
Andrew Short:“I am really excited to be joining the Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Official Team ahead of the 2020 FIM Rally World Championship. I’m looking forward to working with a new group of people and a brand that has enjoyed a lot of success in rally in the past. I know everyone in the team will be pushing me to improve and get better results. My main goal is Dakar 2021, but between now and then we hope to get a lot of racing and preparation work done, and I can’t wait to get it all started.”
Short and Branch were set to make their competitive debut for the Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Official Team at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. However, with the opening event of the 2020 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship postponed due to the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak, the new target is Rally Kazakhstan, which runs from 24-29 May.
MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: WORKS CONNECTION SKID PLATES
Works Connection has just released its MX style Skid Plate for ’19-‘20 KTM 250/350SX-F’s and ’19-‘20 Husqvarna FC250/350 models. Coverage includes protection for the center cases, frame rails and clutch side case. A CNC’d front bracket and single bolt for the rear mount makes installation simple and reliable. Convenient oil drain access hole means oil changes are quick and easy without having to remove the skid plate. The skid plates cost just $84.95 and you can find them at worksconnection.com.
FIND MXA ON TIKTOK: ALL THE KIDS ARE DOING IT
THE APRIL 2020 ISSUE IS JAM-PACKED FULL OF BIKE TEST & TECH ARTICLES
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125 TWO-STROKE BATTLES IN TEXAS: BRADON RAY’S GOPRO
WANNA RACE IN SOCAL? NEED TO RENT A BIKE? FIND A PLACE TO STAY? NEED MOTOCROSS INSTRUCTION: JUST CALL STAPO
In his spare time, when he’s not testing with MXA, racing in a foreign country, going to Japan or helping many of his motocross buddies, MXA test rider Dennis Stapleton opens up his house, garage, bikes and mechanics to help riders who would like to come to SoCal on a motocross vacation. He offers full service to all of the Southern California tracks for racers or for play riders. Whether you want to rent a bike, move in for a week, race at Glen Helen or take motocross lessons—this is one-stop shopping. Just send them an email (Stapoknobbyshop@gmail.com). If you’d like to live the SoCal lifestyle for a day, a weekend, a week, a month or three months, visit Dennis Stapleton’s’ website at www.knobbyshopsouth.org for more details!