JERSEY WARS: WHO INVENTED THE COMPRESSION JERSEY?
While several motocross gear companies are in a squabble over who invented the latest generation of tight fitting compression gear, normally expressed in a tighter fitting jersey made from a Spandex-enhanced material, but that squabble is a total waste of time. Worst of all, it shows how little some clothing companies know about the motocross gear business. How so? They are claiming to have come up with a unique idea, when they are really late to the party. The original motocross compression gear was introduced by AXO over 9 years ago. AXO’s 2008 Compression Team Issue gear was designed by Kenny Safford and was the first motocross jersey to incorporate a two-piece compression design. Part one was the skintight, long sleeve, Lycra and Spandex Compression jersey. Part two was the Team Issue vest, which is basically a tight-fitting basketball jersey that you wore over the Lycra undershirt.
When the MXA wrecking crew tested the AXO Compression Team Issue jersey we were divided. Half of the test riders felt like their muscles were less fatigued and recovered faster because of the compression, while the other half felt uncomfortable in the skintight jersey. However, all test riders agreed that on a cold day the AXO Compression jersey was much warmer than a conventional loose-fitting jersey. Of course, the corollary of that benefit was that on warm days it was hotter. AXO’s Lycra undershirt had mesh sides to allow air in (and the Team Issue vest was sleeveless). The under-jersey was white, while the sleeveless outer jersey came in red, blue, black or blue/yellow. It should be noted that in hot weather one test rider said that when you started to sweat “it felt like you were wearing a snake skin.” The AXO Compression Team Issue jersey retailed for $44.99. AXO dropped the idea when it didn’t sell very well.
NEWS FROM KEN ROCZEN: OPEN & HONEST WITH HIS FANS
ANAHEIM II RACE RESULTS: SHAKE-UP IN THE 450 POINTS
1. Ryan Dungey…KTM
2. Marvin Musquin…KTM
3. Cole Seely…Hon
4. Cooper Webb…Yam
5. Weston Peick…Suz
6. Josh Grant…Kaw
7. Chad Reed…Yam
8. Eli Tomac…Kaw
9. Davi Millsaps…KTM
10. Blake Baggett…KTM
2017 AMA 450 SUPERCROSS POINTS STANDINGS
(After 3 of 17 rounds)
1. Ryan Dungey (KTM)…69
2. Marvin Musquin (KTM)…62
3. Ken Roczen (Hon)…51
4. Cole Seely (Hon)…51
5. Eli Tomac (Kaw)…44
6. Weston Peick (Suz)…43
7. Davi Millsaps (KTM)…39
8. Josh Grant (Kaw)…37
9. Jason Anderson (Hus)…36
10. Cooper Webb (Yam)…36
250 West class
1. Justin Hill…Kaw
2. Aaron Plessinger…Yam
3. Shane McElrath…KTM
4. Austin Forkner…Kaw
5. Martin Davalos…Hus
6. Jimmy Decotis…Hon
7. Dan Reardon…Yam
8. Tyler Bowers…Yam
9. Josh Hansen…Hus
10. Jeremy Martin…Hon
2017 AMA 250 WEST POINTS STANDINGS
(After 3 of 9 rounds)
1. Shane McElrath (KTM)…70
2. Aaron Plessinger (Yam)…64
3. Justin Hill (Kaw)…63
4. Martin Davalos (Hus)…54
5. Austin Forkner (Kaw)…47
6. Jimmy Decotis (Hon)…42
7. Jeremy Martin (Hon)…40
8. Tyler Bowers (Yam)…33
9. Dan Reardon (Yam)…32
10. Phil Nicoletti (Suz)…26
THE SIX-YEAR CALIFORNIA DROUGHT ERASED IN ONE MONTH OF RAIN
The rain storms pummeling California have been the strongest to hit California since 2010. Over the last four months Los Angeles has gotten over 14 inches of rain. That is 216% more than the usual rainfalls on record. The current snowpack, which is where the bulk of water to fill reservoirs and rivers in the Spring thaw comes from, is 163% above normal levels. Rain levels in the state are already at 80 percent of the normal amount of yearly rainfall (and it is still January). The bureaucrats don’t want people to think that the drought is over, but rain would seem to be an indicator that the drought chances have lessened. It should be noted that SoCal is a very dry place, where strangely enough the government lets water run out to sea unabated. Rain in SoCal doesn’t effect the drought much one way or the other—since SoCal’s water comes largely from Northern California and the Sierra snowpack.
All of this rainfall is impressive, and good in the long run, but for motocross racers it has been a disaster as race after race has been canceled as the tracks have been flooded, roads to them closed and racers bored to death sitting at home looking out their windows. REM Motocross, the nation’s most prolific race organization, which holds 40 races a year, canceled, rescheduled and canceled again it’s final two races of December, then squeezed it’s “Day After The Night before Race” between rain storms on January 8th—and has been unable to hold any races since. They have high hopes, based on weather forecasts, that this Saturday’s January 28th race will be held in sunny conditions.
Every track, especially those in low lying areas, like Lake Elsinore, Pala, Milestone, flood easily. And since these tracks are basically practice tracks, with few races, they suffer the most from weekday storms that stop people from coming to ride. Californians have never raced in the rain, not because they don’t want to, but because the historical SoCal tracks (Carlsbad, Saddleback and Indian Dunes) had layouts that were not conducive to people getting in or out. Carlsbad was down at the bottom of a ravine and the long clay road was impassable in a rainstorm. Saddleback’s clay dirt would turn to ice in a rainstorm and riders would be trapped in the pits on the hilly track. Indian Dunes had a river running through it. Thus, it wasn’t the condition of the track that stopped racers from riding in the rain, it was the roads into the tracks that squelched the deal. Since then, even though those tracks are gone now, the riders will not show up when it rains.
PHOENIX SUPERCROSS ON FOX SPORTS 1 ON SATURDAY, JANUARY 28
THE MOST GEOGRAPHICALLY DIVERSE 250 WEST FIELD EVER
The top ten in Anaheim 2’s 250 West final was unique for one fact — the top 10 riders were from 10 distinctly different states or countries. The riders from first to 10th were from Oregon, Ohio, North Carolina, Missouri, Ecuador, Massachusetts, Australia, California, Colorado and Minnesota.
SATURDAY NIGHT’S PHOENIX SUPERCROSS TRACK MAP
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SPAIN’S REDSAND INTERNATIONAL WAS CANCELED
IN-THE-CRATE HONDA CR250 TWO-STROKES UP FOR BID AT MECUMS LAS VEGAS AUCTION JAN. 25-28
Doors open daily at 8 a.m., with the auction beginning at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 25, and at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26-28. Portions of the event will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network from 4-10 p.m. PST on Tuesday, Jan. 31. A live stream of the entire auction will be presented at www.Mecum.com.
U.S CUSTOM CRACKS DOWN ON ILLEGAL ENGINES & VEHICLES AT THE L.A. PORT
A RANDOM LIST OF SEIZED OR DENIED CONTAINERS
Yamagin Tsusho Company Limited: Imported six mini-trucks from Japan. The mini-trucks did not have the proper certificates for their evaporative emissions componentss. The company was required to ship the mini-trucks out of the United States and pay a $65,000 penalty.
Pacific Rim International West: Imported 104 all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) from China that contained catalysts not matching their description in the import application. The company was required to ship the ATVs out of the United States and pay a $30,000 penalty.
Vitacci Motorcycles: Imported 457 ATVs from China. The ATVs contained catalysts not matching their description in the import application. The company was required to ship the ATV’s out of the United States and pay an $18,000 penalty.
Ming’s International: imported 1105 two-stroke spark ignition engines from China without the proper certification requirements. The company was required to ship the engines out of the United States and pay a $13,898 penalty.
Xcalibur Inc: Imported 148 motorcycles from Taiwan. The motorcycles contained catalysts not matching their description in the import application. The company was required to ship the motorcycles out of the United States and pay a $13,300 penalty.
JMC Motors LLC: Imported 12 ATVs from China without the proper certification requirements and containing catalysts not matching their description in the import application. The company was required to ship the ATVs out of the United States and pay an $8800 penalty.
Lil Pick Up, Inc.: Imported 1051 ATVs in 13 separate shipments from China, that lacked the proper certification requirements. The company was required to ship the ATVs out of the United States and pay a $7000 penalty.
Spira4U Co. Ltd.: Imported 10 motorcycles from China. The motorcycles contained catalysts not matching their description in the import application. The company was required to ship the motorcycles out of the United States and pay a $6500 penalty.
MXA HIT PARADE: PRO CIRCUIT’S 2017 T6 & TI-6 KTM & HUSKY EXHAUSTS
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T-6 TITANIUM EXHAUST SYSTEM: $999.95
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T-6 STAINLESS STEEL SLIP-ON SILENCER: $464.95
MXA HIT PARADE: O’NEAL RACING HARDWEAR JAG GEAR
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MXA HIT PARADE: FOX RACING V3 HELMET
$449.95—www.foxracing.com or (888) 369-7223.
MXA HIT PARADE: MOBIUS BRACES X8 KNEE BRACE
$599.95 (pair)—www.mobiusbraces.com or (208) 928-7850.
MXA HIT PARADE: TM DESIGNWORKS “FACTORY EDITION SX” CHAIN GUIDES
www.tmdesignworks.com or call (514) 772-4161.
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ALTA REDSHIFT ELECTRIC BIKES SIGNS THREE SoCAL DEALERS
Beverly Hills Motorcycles is located at 428 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048.
Moto Forza is located at 572 N. Tulip Street, Escondido, CA 92025.
GP Motorcycle of San Diego is located at 3617 India Street, Suite B, San Diego, CA 92103.
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