IT’S OFFICIAL, AS IN THE CHECK CLEARED THE BANK, QATAR IS ROUND ONE
Qatar’s Nasser Khalifa Al Attiya and Youthstream’s Giuseppe Luongo. Photo: Youthstream
Although, word leaked out a while ago, Youthstream made it official. The opening round of the FIM World Motocross Championship will be at the Losail circuit, under the lights on the first Saturday of March 2013. The second race will be in Thailand a week later.
CHAD AGREES TO RACE IN OZ ? IF THE AUSTRALIAN SUPERCROSS FACEBOOK PAGE GETS 10,000 LIKES
Chad Reed has agreed to race a round of the Australian Supercross series if the official Australian Supercross Facebook page gets to 10,000 likes. As of Friday at noon it was at 8745 likes. The Aussie fans are hoping that Americans motocrossers will help get Chad back to Oz. This has the scent of a marketing ploy, but lets all play along by going to www.facebook.com/AustralianSupercross and clicking the “like” button so the Aussie fans can see their hero at home.
DAY IN THE DIRT ENTRIES NOW OPEN?NOVEMBER 23-25 AT GLEN HELEN
The Red Bull “Day in the Dirt” 2012, is moving to the legendary Glen Helen Raceway for the 15th running of this SoCal classic. Seven-time National Champ and an DITD regular from day one, Ricky Johnson, along with legend Gary Jones, have worked with presenter, Troy Lee, and producer, Kenny Alexander, to design this year’s course. The Red Bull Day in the Dirt Motocross Grand Prix will take place Thanksgiving weekend, November 23 – 25, 2012 at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California. Entries are now open. Go to www.adayinthedirt.com for entries forms or to register online.
LOOKING FOR THE WORLD’S MOST EXOTIC PRODUCTION-BASED 125 TWO-STROKE? IT IS THE TM 125MX
The Italian-built TM 125MX uses a 38mm Keihin PWK carb to fuel its 54mm x 54mm bore and stroke reed-valved engine.
What’s new on the 2013 TM 125MX two-stroke? Engine changes for 2013 include a new piston design, new V-Force reed valve position on the crankcases, new main bearings (supporting the billet machined crankshaft), modified the cylinder and head, new CDI programming, updated jetting, new intake system, redesigned filter cage, high-flow air boot, new HGS exhaust, beefier swingarm and new graphics.
The five-speed engine has two maps built into the Kokusan CDI black box.
TM’s come with in-house ‘Factory’ rear shocks, 48mm Kayaba forks, billet hubs, Excel rims, Billet triple clamps, rubber-mounted bars, oversize ‘wave’ 270mm front rotors, Nissin calipers, billet machined connecting rods and a switchable twin map ignition systems. For more info go to www.tmmotorcyclesusa.com.
USED IT, ABUSED IT, TESTED IT: UFO PLASTIC YZ125/YZ250 RESTYLE KIT
The UFO plastic kit includes all the plastic parts you need to make your ancient YZ125/250 look like the current Yamaha line.
The UFO Plastic YZ125/YZ250 restyle kit is a complete makeover in a box. It turns the outmoded Yamaha two-stroke from frumpy and inelegant to modern and sleek. The $229.95 kit includes radiator shrouds, side panels, front number plate, rear fender and front fender (all designed and drilled to fit on the two-stroke’s chassis). The UFO pieces are based on the current YZ250F plastic.
VERDICT: With the exception of the need to transfer the aluminum collars from the stock YZ125/YZ250 plastic to the UFO parts, every piece of the UFO Restyle kit bolted on with ease. Not only did every part line up perfectly, but the quality was superb. We ordered a graphics kit from Decal Works that fits perfectly on the UFO parts and were amazed in the transformation of the overall look of the bike. $229.95?www.ufoplasticusa.com or (815) 756-9400.
THAT TRAITOR, THE RED ARROW, HAS MOVED TO AUSTRALIA! SEE HIM RIDE THE TRACK FOR THIS WEEKEND’S AUSSIE SUPERCROSS OPENER
THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAY BOYS: TORSTEN HALLMAN TURNS 73
Oct. 13…Greg Albertyn
Oct. 12…Cody Cooper
Oct. 13…Mike Shield
Oct. 14…Ron Joynt
Oct. 15…Matt Walker
Oct. 16…P.J. Larsen
Oct. 17…Torsten Hallman
Oct. 17…Evel Knievel
Oct. 18…Matt Boni
Oct. 18…David Vuillemin
RYAN HUGHES & DOUG DUBACH TO TEACH MX SCHOOL AT GLEN HELEN ON THE DAY BEFORE THE WORLD VET
For more info go to www.rynoinstitute.com
USED IT, ABUSED IT, TESTED IT: DIRT TRICKS IRONMAN STEEL SPROCKET
The Ironman steel sprocket is 14 ounces lighter than a typical steel rear sprocket.
The Ironman is a minimalist steel sprocket that weighs less than competing steel sprockets, but still offers the benefits of steel over aluminum. Our 53-tooth Dirt Tricks sprocket weighed 22 ounces (one pound, six ounces). That is 14 ounces lighter than normal steel sprocket, three ounces lighter than a hybrid sprocket and nine ounces heavier than a Renthal aluminum sprocket.
VERDICT: It is a basic fact that a steel chain, lubricated with dirt, will grind an aluminum sprocket down (even if it is hard-coated). Not so with the Dirt Tricks Ironman sprocket. It is three times stronger than 7075 aluminum and is heat-treated to the hardness of a Snap-On wrench. $109.00 (rear sprocket), $37.00 (countershaft sprocket)?www.dirttricks.com or (775) 267-6361.
THE INDIANS ARE COMING…CHECKOUT THIS BAJAJ AD FROM INDIA
The catch phrase is: “India’s most fuel efficient engine is here. Someday there will be a bike for it.”
AMSOIL TO SPONSOR THE UPCOMING ARENACROSS SERIES…STARTS JANUARY 4
The 2013 Amsoil Arenacross schedule which kicks off January 4, 2013 at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. The series then travels to 9 cities across the U.S. before a dramatic conclusion at the historical Denver Coliseum on March 16, where a 2013 Amsoil Arenacross Champion will be crowned.
2013 AMA ARENACROSS SCHEDULE
Jan. 4-6…….DCU Center……………….Worcester, Mass.
Jan. 11-13…1st Mariner Arena………..Baltimore, Md.
Jan. 18-20….Van Andel Arena………..Grand Rapids, Mich.
Jan. 26-27….BOK Center……………….Tulsa, Okla.
Feb. 1-3…….Cedar Park Center………Cedar Park, Texas
Feb. 8-10……Mohegan Sun Arena…..Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
Feb. 16-17….Verizon Arena…………….Little Rock, Ark.
Feb. 23-24….Intrust Bank Arena………Wichita, Kan.
Mar. 2-3………Sprint Center……………..Kansas City, Mo.
Mar. 15-17…..Denver Coliseum……….Denver, Colo.
For more information on the 2013 Amsoil Arenacross season, log on to www.Arenacross.com.
TECHNICAL TOUCH USA NOW ACCEPTING RIDER SUPPORT APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2013 SEASON
X-trig, the premier manufacturer of high performance triple clamps and pre-load adjusters, by Technical Touch USA is now accepting applications for the 2013 racing season.
If you would like to be a part of the X-trig by Technical Touch USA racing team send your resume or apply at: email@example.com. For more info contact www.techincaltouchusa.com
MEET THE CHAMPS OF GREAT BRITAIN…PLUS, COMPARE ELLIOTT BANKS-BROWNE (44) TO MEL POCOCK (119) AFTER THEY CRASH
THE LAST OFFICIAL TWO-STROKE ROAD RACE SERIES CAME TO AN END LAST WEEK
The 125 two-stroke will be gone in 2013 and the 12-year-old stars of the Red Bull Rookies Cup will switch to Moto3 four-strokes.
Even the KTM Rookies Cup, which has raced on KTM 125cc two-stroke road racers since 2007, will now switch to 250cc four-strokes for 2013. The final officially sanctioned 125cc two-stroke race was held last weekend in Aragon. Starting next year the Rookies Cup will use KTM’s 250RBR Moto3 four-stroke machines. To race the Rookies Cup a rider must have been born after January 1, 1996, but not after March 31, 2000. The Rookies Cup provides each rider with a bike, leathers, boots and gloves. There is no prize money.