South African Tyla Rattray.

Tyla has had to sit out most of the outdoor season with a hand injury. Coming back mid-season and trying to contend with battled hardened guys who have been racing every week is hard enough, but Tyla also had to adjust to a new bike and a new filed of riders in stepping up to the 450 class. This is why it’s cool to see Tyla get his first 450 moto win at Southwick, even if a 20th place finish in the first moto hampered his overall for the day. We called Tyla after the race to get a few of his thoughts.

MXA: How did you qualify at Southwick?
Tyla: I qualified third, so I had a pretty good gate pick. But after crashing in the first moto it messed my gate pick up for moto two. I got tangled up in that first turn pileup in the first moto and then crashed again on the first lap. It was definitely a disaster in the first race, but I managed to pull it together for the second race.

Did you have other issues in the first moto?

I crashed three times and after one of the crashes I struggled to get the bike going. It gets so hot at that track. I think I finished 20th or something.

What caused the crashes?

They were my mistakes. That track can catch you off guard. It’s got that hard base on the bottom and I just got caught off guard some places. I made a front tire change for the second moto and it was much better for harder-packed dirt and better for the way the conditions were. I think I made a good choice and it turned out to be a great second moto.

Tyla in the Massachusetts sand.          
Photo: Kawasaki

What happened in the second moto?
In the second moto was a lot better. Dungey obviously ran into some problems. When he crashed he lost his gas cap and had to stop to put some more gas in his bike. I managed to take advantage of that. I was happy to get my first moto win in the premier class and I hope to keep the ball rolling from there and finish out the season strong.

Why did you miss most of the series?

At Hangtown I got the opportunity to fill-in on Ryan bike on the Factory Kawasaki Team, which I was really happy about. I didn’t get much testing in because I was told pretty late. I got as comfortable as I could with only a couple days of testing. At Hangtown a rock hit my hand and broke it. I was looking forward to a good season and it was a big bummer. I got surgery on my hand and got it fixed up. I started riding about three weeks after the surgery and then came back for Red Bed.

How did Red Bud go?
I was actually quite surprised at how well Red Bud went for my first race back. I hadn’t raced since the Oakland Supercross (when I crashed there). I got fourth overall at Red Bud. I had a really bad race at Washougal and I decided to go back to California and do some testing. I got a really good setup there, and the first time I raced with it was Southwick. It was a big improvement for sure.

Tyla sat-out most of the Supercross season with injury, then had to do the same for the outdoors. Luckily, there’s a happy ending to the sad story.

Are you able to push for the whole moto on the 450 like you could on the 250?
Stepping up to the 450 class, you have to be in great shape. But, there is a difference in being in great shape and being in race shape. Race shape is key. You need to be in race shape to have the speed and intensity that you need to win races. I’ve been lacking that because I haven’t been racing. My hand doesn’t really bother me when I ride. I’m going to have surgery at the end of the season and have the plate taken out of it. But I do notice that I hold on a little bit differently because the plate is so big and right on top of my hand. When I race I don’t really think about it but it’s different.

Are you a sand guy? Is Southwick a South African-style track?

Yeah, I like softer tracks like Red Bud, but I also like harder tracks like Steel City. I definitely prefer softer tracks because they are more demanding on the body, but I enjoy hard packed ones also.

How do you like the rest of the tracks left in the 2012 National series?

I enjoy Unadilla, it’s a really big track. Steel City is on the side of a hill and reminds me of when I raced in Europe. Elsinore is going to be new for everyone. I think it’s going to be the same type of deal as Pala. I have ridden there. It seemed like it will be pretty tough to pass there, but it was tough to pass this weekend and I managed to come from ninth to the front. There always places to pass when you’re racing. I’m looking forward to finishing the season as strong as I can and try to get on the podium.


Left: Stock cover failure. Right: Applied’s solution to the problem.

RMZ 250 Ignition Covers have weak spots that can break without impact. This is due to the thin radiuses inside the cover leaving very little material around the base of the cap. Vibration can lead to stress cracks and finally failure. Applied Racing designed a cover that will fix this problem.

Applied’s CNC machined aluminum cover has generous radiuses and more material where needed. The covers are finished with an akadize coating. This process adds far greater anti-corrosion, thermal resistance, and dielectric properties than that of conventionally-coated aluminum. $299.95. For more info contact or (800)853-0555.



The American Motorcyclist Association has selected some of the fastest youth motocross racers in the country to compete at the 2012 Federation International de Motocylisme Junior Motocross World Championship Aug. 25-26 in Sevlievo, Bulgaria. Two riders selected for each of the three classes — 65cc, 85cc and 125cc – will attempt to successfully defend the titles the U.S. team won in 2010 in France and 2011 in Italy.

This year’s 65cc team members are Conner Mullennix from Santee, Calif., and Parker Mashburn from Stephenville, Texas. Both riders will compete aboard KTM Orange Brigade 65s. Monster Energy Kawasaki Team Green rider Austin Forkner from Richards, Mo., and Suzuki amateur support team rider Jake Pinhancos from Rochester, Mass., will represent the United States in the 85cc ranks. Both Forkner and Pinhancos have won AMA Amateur National Motocross Championships. In 2010, Pinhancos represented the United States in France where he won the 65cc FIM Motocross World Championship. In the 125cc class are Jerek Balkovic from Camp Hill, Pa., on his Cernics Racing Yamaha and Jordon Smith from Belmont, N.C., aboard his Farren/PR2 Racing Suzuki.

AMA Motocross Manager Kip Bigelow said, “The amount of time and effort needed to put the team together and coordinate the logistics is substantial, but the pride and honor that is displayed by the entire team makes it worth it. While in the past American riders, such as Ryan Villopoto in Italy in 2003, Blake Wharton in Bulgaria in 2007 and Eli Tomac in New Zealand in 2009, have won individual class titles, the overall team titles of the last two years have been exceptional. Without question, our amateur motocross program in America provides some of the best young racers in the world. I have no doubt that this year’s team will compete at the highest level and will be a force to be reckoned with in Bulgaria.


The new Nihilo Concepts Factory Chain adjuster Blocks are designed after the Factory KTM adjusters. Nihilo went one step further making the trick Billet adjuster blocks light weight and super strong. Nihilo says that these blocks are for serious racers, they don’t have adjuster marks etched on them because factory mechanics don’t use them. Instead, they always measure the blocks from the end of the swingarm to assure perfect alignment. The OEM axle threads into the left side adjuster block. Nihilo eliminated the triangle stand hole?when is a factory bike ever on a triangle stand? When a hole is left in the adjuster, dirt and grime will fill the hollow axle and cause the nut to seize. The long side of the adjuster is longer than stock block, allowing the axle to be set up as far back as possible. Nihilo says that lengthening the wheelbase is a good way to eliminate sketchy handling and is something most fast riders and factory mechanics try to do. By making the adjuster longer the adjusting bolt does not need to stick out of the swing arm as far giving it more strength and adjustability. You need to try these Factory adjusters to see for yourself just how trick they are. They are made from 6061 billet aluminum for strength and durability. $59.95 at


Early this year, thousands of drag racers chased the dream and entered Kawasaki’s nationally-promoted “Zero to Hero Challenge,” hoping for the opportunity to face-off against multi-time champion Rickey Gadson and take home a new Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R.  Beginning this week, the drama that led to the ultimate winner takes center stage on both Speed and Fuel TV. Both cable networks will treat viewers to an inside look at the process all contestants went through on their way to challenging Gadson on the Las Vegas Motor Speedway drag strip in May.  The Speed episodes begin this week, playing on-the-hour, from 8:00 p.m. – 2:00 a.m.  Fuel TV time slots are scheduled to get underway beginning Aug. 20.  Kawasaki’s call for entries drew more than 3,000 names and each submitted an essay describing “Why I am qualified to race Rickey Gadson.”  These were all vetted and eventually eight semi-finalists were selected and their entries were posted on, asking the public to vote for the final four who would board planes for Las Vegas.

The four?plus an alternate?were given the opportunity to participate in a two-day Rickey Gadson Drag Racing School and each was then put through NHRA testing to qualify for ET Motorcycle Competition licenses.  This allowed them to take to the pavement for an official shot at one of the best known drag racers ever to don leathers.
Yes, one of the contestants went home with the new Kawasaki.  But the story is as much related to the “how” as it is to the “who” in this unique competition.  And the drama will play out over the course of the scheduled episodes on both cable networks.


Press release: Off-road riding is one of motorcycling’s most popular pursuits and also one of its best training grounds for improving street-riding skills. Off-road riding takes many forms, from motocross and enduro racing, to dual-sport day trips, to trail riding, to adventure tours. No matter the specific pursuit, all dirt riding (and much street riding) shares the same basic skill set. How to Ride Off-Road Motorcycles schools the reader in all the skills necessary to ride safely and quickly off-road. Chapters cover the basics, such as body position, turning, braking, and throttle control, then proceed to advanced techniques, such as sliding, jumps, wheelies, hill-climbing, and more. If you’ve ever wanted to try dirt riding or if you’re an experienced rider looking to sharpen your skill set, How to Ride Off-Road Motorcycles is a perfect riding coach. Price: $27.99. For more info visit or


King of the Hill Pro Am Weekend is August 25 & 26 at Hog back Hill. Celebrate Palmyra Racing Associations 50th anniversary of Motorcycle racing on the Hill.

Here’s the need to know:
– Saturday Features a $ 10,000 pro purse and $ 1500 super mini scholarships*
– Come see 40 of the fastest pro mx riders from all over the country fight it out for two 30 minute + 2 lap motos.
– Also featured will be some of the fastest super mini MX riders riding for two 20 minute motos.
– Evening activities to include a live band, chicken BBQ, pit bike races on pee wee track.
– Sunday Features a WNY racing sanctioned race event with over 30 MX classes to fit all skill,age and bike size competing for Honda and Suzuki Contingency dough!
– $10 gate admission for both days!
– 200% expert payout for Sundays event
– Sunday- Factory Honda & Suzuki contingency
– All AMA pro licensed riders will be be welcomed the week prior for practice
– Gates open Friday 8am, Saturday 6 am and Sunday 6 am
– Saturday racing does not require any membership fees
– Sundays racing is a WNYR sanctioned event visit
Visit for more details


Ride Engineering has newly designed triple clamps for the 2013 KXFs to accommodate the larger 48mm SSF fork and the re-designed front number plate of the 250. They are available in two offsets (20mm & 21.5mm) to improve handling based on the rider’s intended use and in three color choices. Ride has also upgraded the material of the upper clamp (2024AL) to match the lower clamp. This premium aerospace alloy has 25% more strength and 25% more flexibility than the 6061 aluminum used by most of our competitors (at a 25% higher cost). This material allows us to keep our clamps looking sleek so they save weight (1/4 to 1/2lb) without sacrificing strength. It also allows them to flex with the front suspension providing a better ride. That’s why this same alloy is used by all the factory teams that make their own machined triple clamps.
. For more info visit or call (800) 805-1516.


Youngsters may think of Davis as an off-road guy, but he was a moto/Supercross champ too.

Ty Davis, one of the most versatile off-road motorcycle racers of the 1990s, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame as part of the 2012 AMA Legends Weekend at the Red Rock Resort in Las Vegas, Nev., Nov. 16-17. Born in Bakersfield, Calif., in 1969, and raised in Hesperia, Calif., Davis was encouraged by his father to start riding at an early age. Despite his dad’s affinity for desert racing, Davis said there was no pressure for him to start competing at a young age. “I just loved riding,” Davis said. “I would just go out there and ride in circles. Did I want to become a racer? No. When they had races, I kind of shied [away] from it. But then when I finally started, around 12, I did okay. Then I did another race, and I was hooked. My dad, though, said it was too extreme to race desert and that I should race motocross, as he was trying to qualify for the International Six Days Trials team, so we didn’t do much desert racing after that.”

Davis joins the late Rod Bush, KTM North America president and industry visionary; pioneering female motocrosser Sue Fish; 1975 AMA Supercross Champion Jimmy Ellis; world-class bike restorer Brian Slark; and iconic race flagger Al Wilcox as a member of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame Class of 2012. More information about the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame can be found at


This is the time of year when many companies start taking resumes and applications for rider support. The deals are not just for pros or top amateurs or young up-and-comers, most companies like to give discounts to serious enthusiasts in all classes. You’ll never know what kind of deals you can get unless you apply. Here are some companies who are now accepting applications, but there are hundreds of companies in the industry, so keep an eye out for more:


For 2012 AP Brakes will be conducting its rider support program  at  Racers will get a straight approach to saving big on the racing season. Motorcycle, ATV, UTV are all welcome.


Matrix Concepts sponsorship program is now accepting applications for 2013. If you feel like your a good fit for Team Matrix please apply at To find out more information, please visit or visit to catch up on the latest race news.


Resumes accepted between August 1st and November 15th 2012. If you are already EVS sponsored, you must still submit a resume for continued support. All age and skill levels are welcomed to apply for sponsorship. Here are the four ways to submit a resume:
1. Email to
2. Fax to (262) 394-5375
3. Mail to: EVS Sports Attn: 2012 Resume, PO Box 296 Walworth, WI 53184
4. Online through Hookit.


Simply send your resume to


This is a resource for getting sponsorship. They will build your resume, and they have links to various companies accepting sponsorship. Check them out at

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