MXA’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: ARE YOU READY FOR A ROUGH & TUMBLE GAME OF MUSICAL CHAIRS?

TOMAC’S JUMP TO YAMAHA STARTS THE GAME OF MUSICAL CHAIRS!

Eli Tomac’s move to Star Yamaha for 2022 is set in stone, but when the music stops who will be where?

It would be foolish to try to predict which teams every one of the major stars will be riding for come January 2022, but with Tomac leaving Kawasaki at the end of the AMA 450 Nationals, Kawasaki has to fill the spot. It’s a given that they can’t get Cooper Webb or Ken Roczen to fill his shoes, but who could they get to join Adam Cianciarulo in green? No one, other than Tomac is talking and no teams have made any official announcements (since every rider who’s current contract runs out is before 2022 is still until contract until the end of the 2021 AMA 450 Nationals are over.

But is in intriguing to think about. Just like the childhood game of Musical Chairs, where you have to be in the last available chair when the music stops or you are out of luck, Eli Tomac’s move from Team Kawasaki opens up one chair, which someone from another team will fill, leaving an empty chair at that team and so on. So, let’s play the game. There are no guarantees that this is how it will play out, and, if you think differently, concocted your own game of musical chairs, this is ours.

Jason Anderson seems like a logical choice to repalce Eli Tomac at Kawasaki for three reasons: (1) Jason was never shy about saying that the reason he was at Husqvarna was because Bobby Hewitt owned the Rockstar Husky team and had stood by Jason when he was struggling at Hewitt’s Rockstar Suzuki team years ago. But Bobby Hewitt left the Rockstar Husky team back in July of 2020—thus Jason ‘s closest connection to the team has been severed. (2) Jason had hoped to move to a Bobby Hewitt-run Honda team for 2022, but Hewitt has had funding issues (and while he still might get his Honda effort up and running, Jason couldn’t pass up any solid offer from another factory team). (3) Jason Anderson’s Husqvarna contract will expired at the end of the 2021 450 Nationals—perfect timing.

Aaron Plessinger’s revival in 2021, after several years of injury, put him on the top of the list for KTM, Kawasaki and Star Yamaha.

Now you might ask, why wouldn’t Team Kawasaki go after Aaron Plessinger? The answer is that Aaron is most likely to be at Red Bull KTM next year as a teammate of Cooper Webb.

Marvin can stay at the RedBull KTM team for 2022…if he wants to.

What about Marvin Musquin? Word on the street is that KTM wants to be loyal to Marvin for his over a decade of service to the team (Marvin jumped from a private Honda team to KTM during the  2009 FIM 250 World Championship series and has been there ever since). In simple terms, Marvin’s 2022 contract will be a courtesy year to thank him—and it didn’t hurt that Marvin won an AMA Supercross  this year.

Why would KTM want Aaron Plessinger? Largely because he is 25 years old and Marvin Musquin is 32. In a team structure, youth is an important factor. A team needs a veteran rider, like 27-year-old Ken Roczen, teamed up with young up-and-comer like 22-year-old Chase Sexton. Plessinger was the youngest rider in the top ten of the 2021 AMA 450 Supercross Championship at 25 and would be teamed with 26-year-old Cooper Webb.

Who will get Jason Anderson’s spot at Husqvarna?

The last seat before the music stops is at Rockstar Husqvarna (as a replacement for Jason Anderson). In 2021 Husky had Jason Anderson, Zach Osborne and Dean Wilson. The average age of their three riders was 30. The most obvious choice, based on finishing position and speed, would be Malcolm Stewart, but he has an image problem—not with the fans, who love him, but with the team managers. At 29 years old, Malcolm has mismanaged his career.  Of the eight 450 series he has raced in over his career, he only made the top ten twice (7th in 2020 and 6th in 2021), plus he hasn’t raced an outdoor series since 2014. By taking the outdoor series off for the last six years, the team managers think that Malcolm isn’t serious—which means he gets fill-in rides for Supercross only. Malcolm has been seen riding at local SoCal tracks since the end of the 2021 Supercross series, leaving the impression that he will race the 2021 AMA 450 National Championships, but if you were a team manager would you take a shot on a 29-year-old who would rather be fishing for half of the season? The Husky seat is the last good available ride.

Here is how old the riders will be at the start of next’s 450  Supercross series: Justin Brayton 37, Marvin Musquin 32, Zach Osborne 32, Broc Tickle 32, Dean Wilson 30, Christian Craig 30, Eli Tomac 29, Justin Barcia 29, Malcolm Stewart 29, Jason Anderson 28, Max Anstie 28, Ken Rozen 27, Dylan Ferrandis 27, Joey Savatagy 27, Cooper Webb 26, Adam Cianciarulo 25 and Chase Sexton 22.

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• ACROSS THE POND: SHAUN SIMPSON TAKES ROUND ONE OF THE SCOTTISH CHAMPIONSHIP

Martin Barr surveys  the starting line while waiting for the 450 class.

After having to delay the start of the Scottish Championship due to the lockdown restrictions, the opening race was set for May 15-16 at the Duns track. Unfortunately, the weather kicked in with torrential downpours the week before and the decision was made to move the race to the Tain Motocross Track. It has the ability to be ridden year-round. The track conditions were perfect, credit to owner Peter MacKenzie who pulled out all the stops to get it prepped with a few days’ notice.

With the gates full in for the ScotMX Championship—Powered by Milwaukee, the big news was the return of Martin Barr, not only to claim his trophy from last year, but to prove he’s still the man to beat in Scotland. Making it even better was that Shaun Simpson headed north to do battle in a who’s who of British Motocross as some of the countries best made the long trip up north. Not only the established riders, but a few young guns were present to show them who’s boss.

THE SCOTTMX 250 CLASS

John Adamson swept all three motos at the first round of the Scottish Championship.

John Adamson rode in determined fashion to go 1-1-1 in all three motos, but was kept on his toes by Nathan Dixon (3-2-2) and Jamie Law (2-3-3). Carlton Husband (4-4-4) and Kyle McNicol (5-5-5) rounded out the top five. Lewis Hall (6-6-8) had the lap times to finish higher but costly crashes meant he had to fight back through the field in two races to secure the points.

THE SCOTTMX 450 CLASS

MXGP racer Shaun Simpson was the fastest  man in Scotland last weekend.

The much anticipated MX1 race had everyone track side waiting for the gates to drop. After qualifying the favorites were Shaun Simpson, Martin Barr and Brad Todd. Filling out the potential winners were Gary Gibson,Tony Craig, Ryan McLean, Gavin Stevenson and Stuart Edmunds.

Martin Barr, now on Kawasaki, drives through the sandy soil of the Tain motocross track.

The first 450 moto holeshot went to Brad Todd (714) with Gary Gibson (14) on the inside. Shaun Simpson (24) is next to Ryan McLean (293) and Ben Edwards (3).

When the gate dropped for moto one, it was Brad Todd who grabbed the first holeshot just ahead of Gary Gibson, but it wasn’t long before Shaun Simpson blasted past to take the lead. Simpson was 2 seconds a lap quicker than Martin Barr and Brad Todd, who raced for second place until Barr would ease ahead of Todd to round out the top three in race 1.

Stuart Edmunds (162) raced hus Husky to 6-3-8 scores.

Shaun Simpson would repeat his race win in the next two motos and go 1-1-1 for the win. Martin Barr, new to his Kawasaki KXF450, found the weekend an ideal preparation to his season with a 2-2-2. Brad Todd’s consistent riding was enough to finish on the podium with a 3-6-3 day, ahead of ahead of Gavin Stevenson who recovered well from a heavy crash in the deep sand to go 5-4-4. Stuart Edmunds went 6-3-8 for a top five

Round 2 of the ScotMX Scottish National Championship will be held at Lochgilphead on June 26-27. For more info go to www.scotmx.com. Story and Photos by Raymond Thomson / madmaxmedia

• DSC CONSTRUCTION’S 2ND ANNUAL RIDE DAY AT ELSINORE ON MAY 22-23

• “THIS WEEK IN MXA WITH JOSH MOSIMAN:” ELECTRIFYING NEWS

• THE BOYS ARE BACK! REM MOTOCROSS AT GLEN HELEN ON MAY 29

For more info got to www.remsatmx.com

• 2021 MXA 450 SHOOTOUT: TIME FOR THE LONGEST AND MOST DETAILED SHOOTOUT EVER

• 7TH ANNUAL KURT CASELLI MOTODOFFO EVENT ON JUNE 12

For more information go to www.kurtcaselli.com

2021 MXA 250 FOUR-STROKE SHOOTOUT VIDEO: THE REAL DEAL OF ALL SEVEN BIKES

 2021 AME SUMMERCROSS SATURDAY NIGHT RACING STARTS ON MAY 22

Put Saturday nights on your race calendar as AME Minicross will be returning to the Glen Helen Stadiumcross track for ten races—starting on May, 22, 2021. Plus, the Stadiumcross track is open on Thursday nights before each race weekend of Saturday night and Sunday morning races. For more info go to www.ameminicross.com

 TIM GAJSER BUYS HIS HOMETOWN TRACK: WELCOME TO TIGA 243 LAND

 WORLD HARE & HOUND CHAMPIONSHIP ON MAY 21-23 IN TONOPAH, NEVADA

This race will be held on 110 miles of desert that hasn’t been used in 15 years. For more information go to www.bitd.com

 MXA VIDEO: KTM 125SX RAW. JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES AND LISTEN TO THE SONG

 2021 ADELANTO GRAND PRIX MOVES TO ADELANTO STADIUM MAY 28-30


The Adelanto Grand Prix lost its race track when Elon Musk bought the land for his Boring Company to test drilling tunnels for his proposed underground high-speed rail transportation system. They have since moved the GP to Adelanto Stadium for a 3-day event on May 28-May 30. For more information and to find out if Elon Musk bought Adelanto Stadium go to www.adelantogp.com

• THE AMA NATIONALS ARE ALMOST HERE: SEE THE PROS GETTING READY AT GLEN HELEN

• 3-BROS 10-HOUR OF GLEN HELEN NIGHT RACE IS ON JUNE 5

The 3-Bros 10 Hour starts on June 5 at 4:00 p.m. and ends in the dark at 2:00 on June 6. For more info go to www.glenhelen .com

• MXA GOES INSIDE DYLAN FERRANDIS’ STAR RACING YAMAHA YZ450F

 2021 NEBRASKA/IOWA GREAT PLAINS VINTAGE MOTOCROSS SCHEDULE: NEXT RACE ON MAY 16

The 2021 Nebraska/Iowa Great Plains Vintage Motocross season only has three races left, with the next race on June 6, 2021 at 320 MX Park in Norfolk, Nebraska. For more info go to www.greatplainsvintagemx.org

MOTOCROSS REVIVAL 2021 VINTAGE RACE ON JUNE 6

more information go to www.americanretrocross.org

OLD SCHOOL SCRAMBLES AT GLEN HELEN ON JUNE 26-27

Saturday June 26 is a chance to come and out and practice from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  in case you’re a little rusty, plus you can camp overnight so you don’t have to drive to the track on Sunday morning, June 27. For more info go to www.ossrg.org.

• HAVE YOU SEEN THE JUNE ISSUE OF MXA? YOU SHOULD, YOU REALLY SHOULD

What’s in the newest issue of MXA? There is an five bike 125 two-stroke shootout with accurate weights, prices and dyno charts. We also shootout the stock 2021 Honda CRF450 against the $13,400 Honda CRF450 Works Edition. We find a way to test of a 2021 GasGas 350 four-stroke, even though GasGas doesn’t make an MC 350 test (the trick is to start with a 2021 GasGas EX 350 cross-country). And those are just some of bike tests! We also have an emotional tribute to Marty and Nancy Smith by former Honda teammate Warren Reid, who’s stepdad was also Marty’s factory Honda mechanic. Great job Warren! And, much more!

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• MXA MOTO CHALLENGE QUIZ: WE WERE ALL YOUNG ONCE

Can you name this rider? He won the AMA 125 and 450 National Championships in 2005 and 2007 respectively, plus the 125 East and 125 West in consecutive years. Name him and one other major accomplishment of his career.  Answer at the bottom of the page.

WANNA RACE IN SOCAL? NEED TO RENT A BIKE? FIND A PLACE TO STAY? JUST CALL STAPO WHEN YOU CAN TRAVEL AGAIN

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—and now that the coronavirus pandemic is waning in the USA and the country is opening back up, foreign riders will be able to come to America to race, train and sightee again. You should plan ahead and make your reservations now for this upcoming Summer and Fall. Dennis 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!

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2021 AMA 250/450 NATIONAL MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

KEEPING TRACK OF THE 2021 RACE SCHEDULES


Zach Osborne will start the defense of his 2020 AMA 450 National Championship at Pala in one week.

2021 AMA NATIONAL MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
May 29…Pala, CA
Jun 5…Thunder Valley, CO
June 19…Mt. Morris, PA
July 3…Red Bud, MI
July 10…Southwick, MA (Moved from June 26)
July 17….Millville, MN
July 24….Washougal, WA
Aug. 14…Unadilla, NY
Aug. 21…Budds Creek, MD
Aug. 28…Crawfordsville, IN
Sept. 4…Pala, CA
Sept.11…Hangtown, CA

REVISED 2021 FIM GRAND PRIX SCHEDULE
Jun. 13…Orlyonok, Russia
June 27…Matterley Basin, England
Jul. 4…Maggiora, Italy
Jul. 11…Kegums, Latvia
Jul. 18…Oss, Holland
Jul. 25…Locket, Czech Republic
Aug. 1…Lommel, Belgium
Aug 15…Uddevall, Sweden
Aug. 22…KimiRing, Finland
Sep. 5…Afyonkarahisar, Turkey
Sep. 19…Rio Sardo, Sardinia
Oct. 3…Teutschenthal, Germany
Oct. 10…TBA, France
Oct. 17…Intu Xanadu, Spain
Oct. 24…Agueda, Portugal
Oct. 31…Trentino, Italy
Nov. 14…TBA, Argentina
Nov. 28…Borobudur, Java
Dec. 5… Bali, Indonesia

REVISED 2021 SCOTTISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 15/16…Tains
Jun. 26/27..Lochgilphead
Jul. 10… Doune (Youth)
Jul. 17…Doune (Adult )
Aug. 14/15…Rhynie
Sept. 4/5…Desertmartin, Northern Ireland
Oct. 9/10…Tain

2021 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Apr. 11…Wonthaggi, VIC
May 2 …Canberra, ACT
May 30…Gillman, SA
Jun. 27…Maitland, NSW
Jul. 25…Wodonga, VIC
Aug. 8…Coulson, QLD
Aug. 14….Coolum, QLD
Aug. 15….Coolum, QLD

2021 ADAC GERMAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Apr. 18…Dreetz
May 16…Moggers
Jun. 6…Reutlingen
Jul. 3…Bielstein
Jul. 18…Tensfeld
Sep. 5…Princely Drehna
Sep. 9…Gaildorf

2021 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
Sep. 26…Mantova, Italy

2021 PARIS SUPERCROSS
Nov. 6-7…Paris, France

FINAL 2021 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP (UPDATED)
Jan. 16 (Saturday)…Houston, TX
Jan. 19 (Tuesday)….Houston, TX
Jan. 23 (Saturday)…Houston, TX
Jan. 30 (Saturday)…Indianapolis, IN
Feb. 2 (Tuesday)….Indianapolis, IN
Feb. 6 (Saturday)…Indianapolis, IN
Feb. 13 (Saturday)…Orlando, FL
Feb. 20 (Saturday)…Orlando, FL
Mar. 6 (Saturday)…Daytona Beach, FL
Mar. 13 (Saturday)…Arlington, TX
Mar. 16 (Tuesday)… Arlington, TX
Mar. 20 (Saturday)…Arlington, TX
Apr.10 (Saturday)…Atlanta, GA
Apr.13 (Tuesday)…Atlanta, GA
Apr.17 (Saturday)…Atlanta, GA
Apr. 24 (Saturday)…Salt Lake City, UT
May 1 (Saturday)…Salt Lake City, UT

FINAL 2021 AMA KICKER ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 8…….Starkville, MS
Jan. 9…….Starkville, MS
Jan. 15…….Lubbock, TX
Jan. 16…….Lubbock, TV
Jan. 22…….Guthrie, OK
Jan. 23…….Guthrie, OK
Jan. 29…….Denver, CO
Jan. 30…….Denver, CO
Feb. 5…….Tampa, Fl
Feb. 6…….Tampa, Fl
Mar. 5…….Amarillo, TX
Mar. 6…….Amarillo, TX

MOTO CHALLENGE ANSWER: Grant Langston won the 2002 AMA 125 National Championship for KTM in 2003 and the AMA 450 National Championship for Yamaha in 2007. His other major accomplishments include the FIM 125 World Championship in 2000, Paris Supercross in 2002 and Las Vegas U.S. Open of Supercross in 2007.

Photos Credits: Brian Converse, KTM, Travis Fant, GasGas, Dan Alamangos, Daryl Ecklund, Yamaha, MXA

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