• WHO’S WHO IN THE SUPERCROSS ZOO? THE CURRENT TOP TEN HEADING TO ORLANDO #2
2021 AMA 450 SUPERCROSS POINTS STANDINGS
(After 8 of 17 races)
1. Ken Roczen (Hon)… 180
2. Cooper Webb (KTM)… 174
3. Eli Tomac (Kaw)… 149
4. Justin Barcia (Gas)… 136
5. Marvin Musquin (KTM)… 133
6. Malcolm Stewart (Yam)… 125
7. Zach Osborne (Hus)… 123
8. Adam Cianciarulo (Kaw)… 120
9. Aaron Plessinger (Yam)… 113
10. Dylan Ferrandis (Yam)… 109
2021 AMA 250 WEST SUPERCROSS POINTS STANDINGS
(After 1 of 9 races)
1. Justin Cooper (Yam)…26
2. Cameron McAdoo (Kaw)…23
3. Garrett Marchbanks, (Yam)…21
4. Jalek Swoll (Hus)…19
5. Hunter Lawrence (Hon)…18
6. Seth Hammaker (Kaw)…17
7. Kyle Peters (Hon)…16
8. Chris Blose (Gas)…15
9. Robbie Wageman (YamM)…14
10. Jace Owen (Yam)…13
2021 AMA 250 EAST SUPERCROSS POINTS STANDINGS
(After 7 of 9 races)
1. Colt Nichols (Yam)…166
2. Christian Craig (Yam)…158
3. Jo Shimoda (Kaw)…138
4. Jett Lawrence (Hon)…128
5. Josh Osby (Hon)…103
6. Michael Mosiman (Gas)…97
7. Mitchell Oldenburg (Hon)…91
8. Josh Varize (KTM)…81
9. Thomas Do (KTM)…74
10. Grant Harlan (Hon)…71
• 2021 AMA SUPERCROSS WINNERS AT A GLANCE
Venue 450 250
Jan. 16 (Sat)…Houston, TX……………Justin Barcia…………….Christian Craig
Jan. 19 (Tues)….Houston, TX…………Eli Tomac………………….Jett Lawrence
Jan. 23 (Sat)…Houston, TX……………Cooper Webb…………..Colt Nichols
Jan. 30 (Sat)…Indianapolis, IN………Ken Roczen………………Colt Nichols
Feb. 2 (Tues)….Indianapolis, IN…….Ken Roczen………………Colt Nichols
Feb. 6 (Sat)…Indianapolis, IN………..Ken Roczen………………Christian Craig
Feb. 13 (Sat)…Orlando, FL…………….Cooper Webb………….Jett Lawrence
Feb. 20 (Sat)…Orlando, FL…………….Cooper Webb…………..Justin Cooper
Mar. 6 (Sat)…Daytona Beach, FL…
Mar. 13 (Sat)…Arlington, TX
Mar. 16 (Tues)… Arlington, TX
Mar. 20 (Sat)…Arlington, TX
Apr. 10 (Sat)…Atlanta, GA
Apr. 13 (Tues)…Atlanta, GA
Apr. 17 (Sat)…Atlanta, GA
Apr. 24 (Sat)…Salt Lake City, UT
May 1 (Sat)…Salt Lake City, UT
450 points leader…Ken Roczen
250 East points leader…Colt Nichols
250 West points leader…Justin Cooper
• DO YOU REMEMBER THE MOVIE: “DEVILS ON A HOT FIRE CHAIRS”
• RECALL: 2021 KTM SX-E 5 PEE-WEE MODELS FOR BATTERY VENT CHECK
Press Release: In the production process of the battery vent valve, nonconformities may have occurred. The vent valve may be missing on some vehicles, which may lead to unsafe battery conditions, e.g. after water intrusion. For this reason, a check if the vent valve is installed has to be performed on all affected vehicles. Customers to whom the affected motorcycles have already been delivered are being personally informed by letter and are asked to immediately contact an authorized KTM dealer to arrange an appointment. In addition, customers can check online in the “Service” area on the KTM website if their motorcycle is affected by the recall. The check of the bleeder valve takes approximately 10 minutes and the retrofit of the bleeder valve, if necessary, takes around 25 minutes. The check and retrofit can be carried out by authorized KTM dealers only. This check and possible retrofit of the bleeder valve is a free-of-charge service for customers performed under warranty.
• RECALL: 2021 KTM, HUSQVARNA & GASGAS MOTOCROSS BIKES FOR CHAIN INSPECTION
• HAVE YOU SEEN THE MARCH 2021 ISSUE OF MXA YET? IT’S FULL OF BIKE TESTS & MORE BIKE TESTS
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• MXA TEAM TESTED: ASTERISK CARBON CELL 1 KNEE BRACE
Started by a group of athletes, including several motocross riders, Asterisk has been in the knee-brace game a long time. In 2017, not long after former AMA Pro Mike Beier and his team took over Asterisk, the wrecking crew started noticing a huge improvement in the durability of the Cell knee braces. The latest Asterisk Carbon Cell 1 (CC1) knee brace is manufactured from military- and aerospace-grade carbon fiber pre-preg. The Carbon Cell 1 is made in the United States to ensure the ultimate in build quality. Before launching the CC1, which is the slimmest brace MXA has ever tested, Asterisk spent two years designing, developing and testing the new brace. The test riders did their due diligence to help make the CC1 more durable while identifying areas that needed improvement. Asterisk paid close attention to the details of every element of its new brace.
The Asterisk CC1 carbon fiber knee brace is far more durable than previous products. The MXA wrecking crew stress tested the CC1 brace over a five-month period with countless hours of in-the-saddle abuse dished out by our top-tier test riders. After 60 hours of heavy usage on the braces, we put some fresh extension stops in and moved strap number one (behind the calf) around in the strap clip because it was showing some wear. The only other squawk we had was that after washing the braces and leaving them out in the sun, the glue that holds the condyle pads in place deteriorated, allowing a pad to fall off. This was easy to fix with a little superglue.
The patella cup is a three-piece design made from nylon 6 material that leaves no open gaps for that pesky handlebar to ding the top of your knee. The knee cup shape offers free movement with excellent flex and extension in current motocross pants, plus we didn’t feel it against our knee caps.
People often underestimate the importance of finding the right knee brace size. Wearing the incorrect-size knee brace will prevent the brace from being effective or, worse yet, may even increase your risk of injury. The Asterisk knee brace comes in a variety of sizes—from small to extra large. On Asterisk’s website, there is a sizing chart. Don’t skip this step before throwing down your cold hard plastic. The Asterisk CC1 features four Velcro-backed fastener straps. You also get knee sleeves and optional boot tethers. We didn’t use the boot tethers; however, they are proven to increase protection. These anti-rotation tethers are installed by drilling one small hole in the top of your boot. You then attach the tether to your boot and to the knee brace. This will help minimize rotational injuries to the leg by making the Asterisk brace and your leg move as one. With the four-strap system, you also have multiple ways to snug the straps for that custom feel. The neoprene pads are also adjustable to make the straps more comfortable. Asterisk’s website, under the “CC1 instructions,” details the proper strap tightening sequence for securing your brace. The Carbon Cell 1 is backed up by a one-year warranty from the date of purchase.
Asterisk braces have three different extension stops with 10, 20 and 30 degrees of motion to accommodate your personal preference. Asterisk also offers 2mm and 4mm condyle pads for correct knee width upon request. This year, Asterisk introduced Microcell kids’ braces for mini riders.
DIGITS: $799.95 (pair)—www.asterisk.com or (951) 268-6790.
MXA RATING: Ever since Mike Beier has taken over Asterisk, the entire line has improved in quality and durability. With the addition of the exceptional CC1 brace to Asterisk’s five-knee-brace lineup, the brand has been propelled to a whole new level. This is a compact, functional and durable knee brace.
• CHRIS LEATT ON HOW HE DEVELOPED THE PROTECTIVE NECK BRACE (PART 1 OF 4)
• MXA MOTO CHALLENGE QUIZ: WE WERE ALL YOUNG ONCE
• MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: 2021 HUSQVARNA VITPILEN 401 AND SVARTPILEN 401
These are definitely not motocross bikes, but they are Husqvarnas. The 2021 Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401, single-cylinder machines delivering a dynamic riding experience with different riding position, both the Vitpilen 401 and Svartpilen 401 share the 373.2cc single-cylinder engine, black powder-coated streel trellis frame, low weight, WP APEX suspension, hydraulic ByBre brakes and Bosch ABS technology.
The 2021 Vitpilen 401 translates in White Arrow in English. At 333 pounds it is a light weight street bike with an immersive riding position that guarantees helmet-hidden smiles. The Vitpilen 401 is powered by a 373cc single-cylinder engine that is remarkably compact. With 37 N/mm of torque from down low in the rpm range and a 6-speed gearbox, it is perfect for urban riding. The electronic fuel injection is operated by a ride-by-wire system and delivers a controlled and refined power.
The 335-pound Svartpilen 401 (Black Arrow in English) is a more rugged motorcycle that is shod with an aggressive tire tread and a tank-mounted luggage rack. It is perfect for deep urban exploration. The lightweight and narrow bodywork of the Svartpilen allows for seamless movement while riding. Its dark color, rugged tires and protective parts give the motorcycle a rigorous look to match its intentions.
• REVISED 2021 FIM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE: EXPECT MORE CHANGES
• MXA FIRST RIDE VIDEO: 2021-1/2 KTM 450SXF FACTORY EDITION
• OLD SCHOOL SCRAMBLES 2021 SEASON OPENER & 2020 AWARDS PRESENTATION
• MXA’S 2021 HUSQVARNA FC350 FIRST RIDE VIDEO
• PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: MOOSE’S 2021 AGROID GEAR COLLECTION
Moose Racing introduces our 2021 Agroid collection. A new year brings a new look for Moose Racing’s Agroid Racewear. 2021 features two of our retro 35th anniversary kits and three additional color ways. The performance fit chassis of Agroid offers extreme ease of movement on and off the bike with flexible and breathable materials. This year’s jersey’s features include: laser cut vent holes, a custom stretch collar, quick drying fabric, light-weight stretch polyester chassis, non-restrictive stretch mini cuffs and high-quality sublimated graphics. Jersey sizes range from small up to 3X. Jersey MSRP is listed at $49.95.
This year’s Agroid pants features include: lightweight durable stretch polyester woven chassis, stretch rip stop woven knee and seat, stretch knee area, double-layer knee system with leather outer and inner knee guard, 3-point waist adjustment, laser cut vent holes, YKK zipper and high-quality sublimated graphics. Pant sizes range from 28” up to 42” waist. Pants MSRP is listed at $139.95.
The Agroid youth vented racewear is also new this spring. Youth specific fit is designed with vented materials to maximize comfort along with a full range of movement. Youth Agroid jersey MSRP’s for $24.95 and the pant MSRP’s for $84.95. Head on over to your local dealer or to www.mooseracing.com to check out Moose Racing’s spring 2021 Agroid collection!
• 3-BROS SIX-HOURS OF GLEN HELEN COMING ON MARCH 14
• MXA SHOOTOUT VIDEO: 2021 HONDA CRF450 VERSUS HUSQVARNA FC450
• MXA SHOOTOUT VIDEO: 2021 KAWASAKI KX450 VERSUS YAMAHA YZ450F
• MXA TEAM TESTED: OGIO RIG.T3 GEAR BAG
Ogio has set the standard for gear bags for years. Now, Ogio introduces the Rig.T3 bag to raise the bar once again. The Ogio Rig.T3 is a three-in-one kit that includes removable bags for your helmet and boots. Designed to carry everything you could need for a day at the track or for an international moto trip, the Rig.T3 is ready to go wherever your riding adventures take you. The Ogio Rig.T3 was designed with durability, protection and convenience in mind. The extra-wide opening allows you to easily access the entire gear bag at once. Without permanent partitions, you don’t have to worry about losing your favorite glove underneath the bottom of another compartment. The large lid holds four zip-up pockets, and if you don’t want to open the entire bag, you can unzip a smaller opening in the lid to remove your helmet or other items of the same or smaller size. There are four different handles that can be used for carrying the bag and a telescoping handle to be used when rolling it on heavy-duty wheels.
The Rig.T3 is the only gear bag that also comes with two separate removable and washable helmet and boot bags. We don’t usually use boot bags, but they come in handy for fly-away races. The bag also comes with a detached tool-pack holder and its own little pouch. The 17- by 24-inch changing mat is really nice for keeping your feet clean while changing clothes at the track, and its designated zip-up pocket on the exterior of the bag tucks the changing mat away nicely. The lid also features a mesh vent that can be opened or closed for airflow, which we appreciate.
A big responsibility of a gear bag is to protect gear, especially your helmet. You never want to compromise the integrity of your helmet by throwing it around in a flimsy helmet or gear bag. The Rig.T3 has thick foam padding built into the lid and sides, while the structural-load equalizing deck, called the sled, protects your gear from below and provides a strong base for sliding the bag into the bed of your truck or onto the airport conveyor belt. The helmet and boot bags are also well-padded for extra protection. We like the boot bag for fly-away trips, but we don’t need it for local riding days. It takes up a lot of space, and we’d rather just throw our boots into the back of the truck. The helmet bag was a catch-22. The padding protected our helmets well, but it was too big for an average helmet, which meant less space for the rest of our gear.
Unlike many other large gear bags that are made up of three separate compartments, the Rig.T3 has one open space with optional mesh dividers. The dividers can be erected and moved around to create three separate compartments for organization. If you don’t want the dividers, they can easily be secured to the walls or removed completely. The four pockets in the lid are great for storing tear-offs, gloves, goggles and other small items, while the helmet bag also has two pockets of its own.
DIGITS: $499.99 (helmet and boot bag included)—www.ogiopowersports.com or (800) 326-6325.
MXA RATING: Besides our quibbles with the separate bags, the new Ogio Rig.T3 is impressive. Ogio is known for quality and durability. At $499, the Rig.T3 is a big investment, but it’s a lot cheaper than the stuff you are putting in it.
• 22ND ANNUAL TEXAS WINTER SERIES ROUND 5 AT FREESTONE THIS WEEKEND
• MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: MAXIMA’S PERFORMANCE LINE OF HANDY PRODUCTS
High performance Lithium complex grease that excels in a multitude of conditions, from light duty chassis applications to extreme conditions such as wheel bearings. Formulated with a high dropping point and a robust antioxidant system, the NLGI Grade 2 grease remains stable and effective at extreme temperatures. The Lithium complex thickener and high-quality base oils combine with an advanced additive package to ensure excellent protection against wear, water washout, corrosion and oxidation. Retail price: $8.95.
MAXIMA HI-TEST OCTANE BOOSTER
Concentrated, metal-free octane booster designed to increase power by increasing octane number and combustion efficiency. The advanced formulation eliminates knocking by increasing the auto-ignition temperature of the air/fuel mixture and readily mixes with all fuels, including nitro and alcohol mixtures. The all organic blend contains no metal or phosphorus compounds and effectively increases power at dosages as low as 1 oz. HI-TEST per gallon of fuel. Retail price: $6.50.
High-performance assembly grease that excels in a multitude of heavy duty and light duty applications, from building engines to building chassis. The unique calcium sulfonate complex soap thickener combines with a proprietary additive system to deliver unmatched thermal stability and extreme pressure performance. The oil-soluble formulation won’t clog filters and provides exceptional protection against corrosion, water washout and wear. Retail price: $15.95.
MAXIMA SC1 HIGH GLOSS SC1
High Gloss coating is specifically formulated to protect and beautify multiple surfaces such as plastic, vinyl and carbon fiber. Safe for use on plastic, gloss or matte finishes. Excellent for use on plastic fenders, wheel wells and components. Outstanding mud and rubber deflector. Makes the cleaning-up process easier. Can be applied to the surface and left untouched or allowed to setup and buffed to a dry sheen leaving a long-lasting luster without attracting dirt and road debris. Water resistant. Retail price: $10.50.
MAXIMA SYNTHETIC CHAIN GUARD
Maxima Chain Guard is an advanced chain lubricant specifically formulated for today’s off-road and on-road, high performance motorcycle chains. It is compounded with the finest synthetic lubricating bases and reinforced with the most advanced anti-wear and extreme pressure additives available. It also contains special additives to prevent “fling-off” and protect against rust & corrosion. Chain Guard is o-ring safe and makes an excellent lubricant. Retail price: $7.50 (6 ounce can), $11.50 (15 ounce can).
For more information go to www.maximausa.com or see your local dealer.
• KEEPING TRACK OF THE 2021 RACE SCHEDULES
REVISED 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
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…….Reno, NV
Feb. 6…….Reno, NV
Mar. 5…….Amarillo, TX
Mar. 6…….Amarillo, TX
2021 AMA NATIONAL MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
May 29…Pala, CA
Jun 5…Thunder Valley, CO
June 19…Mt. Morris, PA
June 26…Southwick, MA
July 3…Red Bud, MI
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
2021 PROVISIONAL GRAND PRIX SCHEDULE (REVISED)
May 23…Oss, Holland,
Jun. 13…Orlyonok, Russia
Jun. 20…Kegums, Latvia
Jul. 4…Borobudur, Java
Jul. 11…Semarang, Indonesia
Jul. 25…Locket, Czech Republic
Aug. 1…Lommel, Belgium
Aug 8…Uddevall, Sweden
Aug. 22…KimiRing, Finland
Aug. 29…Igora, Russia
Sep. 12…Afyonkarahisar, Turkey
Oct. 3…Teutschenthal, Germany
Oct. 10…St. Jean d’Angely, France
Oct. 17…Intu Xanadu, Spain
Oct. 24…Agueda, Portugal
Oct. 31…TBA, Italy
Nov. 7…TBA, China
Nov. 21…TBA, Argentina
2021 SCOTTISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Jun. 26/27..Reserve date
Jul. 10… Doune (Youth)
Jul. 17…Doune (Adult )
Sept. 4/5…Desertmartin, Northern Ireland
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. 9…TBA, QLD
Aug. 14….Coolum, QLD
Aug. 14….Coolum, QLD
2021 ADAC GERMAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Sep. 5…Princely Drehna
2021 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
Sep. 26…Imola, Italy
2021 PARIS SUPERCROSS
Nov. 6-7…Paris, France