Location: The GOAT Farm
Date: November 17, 2016
Photographer: John Basher
Camera: Canon 5D Mark III
Lens: 70-200mm f/2.8
Focal length: 200mm
Exposure: 1/1000 sec.
SUZUKI CAMP CARMICHAEL EXPERIENCE
Suzuki and Ricky Carmichael teamed up for the fifth annual Suzuki Camp Carmichael this past week. The top ten 250/450 Suzuki contingency earners and top ten 85cc Suzuki racers were invited out to Ricky’s Farm for a riding clinic by the GOAT himself. Thursday was dedicated to the big bike riders. Ricky opened the day with a rider’s meeting. Following that was a 15-minute free riding session to learn the track, which included quite a few sizable doubles and Ricky’s signature step-up. Once the free practice concluded Ricky gathered the riders up and began working sections of the track. Carmichael focused on body positioning, carrying momentum, braking and line selection. Listen up, folks. He didn’t stress on jumping whatsoever. As Ricky put it, “Rarely did I lose a race because I didn’t do a jump. I won because I could corner better than my competition.” That ‘jump for show, corner for dough’ mentality netted Ricky millions.
Suzuki Camp Carmichael isn’t a cake walk. Ricky had riders do sections until he saw improvement. If the invited guests weren’t producing there was H E double hockey sticks to pay. I felt bad for them until I realized they were getting an exclusive opportunity to learn from the best motocross racer ever. After a catered lunch, the riders met inside Ricky’s cabin for an hour-long question and answer session. Most riders were focused on training and sponsorship advice. The session concluded after a rider asked Ricky what was going on with RCH Suzuki in 2017. Ricky was brief in stating that there’s no news to report. With that, the top ten Suzuki contingency earners headed back out to the motocross track. The afternoon consisted of more drills and ended with a free riding session as the sun dipped down below the tree line.
The next day followed with the same general schedule, only with the 85cc racers. That group includes three of Suzuki’s top Amateur riders–Crockett Myers, Nikko Capps and Casey Cochran. It was interesting to see how Carmichael tweaked his program to accommodate the younger riders. He was reasonably more forgiving with them. However, young and old were cheered on by Ricky regardless of skill level. His interaction among the group was equal and fair. Having gone through a few Ricky Carmichael Universities myself, I can vouch for Ricky’s teaching chops. He’s more than a glorified cheerleader or time keeper. Everyone who attends a Carmichael training session should learn something from the experience.
CAMP CARMICHAEL GALLERY
TWO-STROKE SPOTLIGHT: ALEX KENISON’S 2013 YAMAHA YZ250
“After that I laced up a set of Pro Wheels to factory hubs and spline drive spokes, and sent my suspension out for a Race Tech revalve a few months later. In 2014, after turning my front wheel into an octagon, I got some Excel A60s that I laced up to my stock hubs. The winter of 2014 things got a little crazy. I stripped it down to the frame and sent the frame, swingarm, subframe, triple clamps and hubs out for powder coating. I also sent out my suspension to Odi at Feal Suspension to have his ‘Privateer package’ done to my suspension. All of the parts were stripped and re-anodized a factory brown, and other miscellaneous parts red. Then I rebuilt everything with Pivot Works bearings. I ordered up some black spokes from Dubya, and a few other little odds and ends, as well as a fresh piston and new Pro Circuit Works pipe and carbon silencer. I sold my first pipe to Danny. I picked up some custom DeCal Works kits for this bike and a matching kit for my Kawasaki KX125. I threw on the Restyled front and rear fenders and side panels.
Please keep those submissions coming. If you would like your bike to be featured in the “Two-Stroke Spotlight,” please email me at email@example.com. All I ask is that you give a breakdown of your bike and a detailed description of the build. Please also send a few photos of your steed. By submitting your bike for the “Two-Stroke Spotlight,” you agree to release all ownership rights to the images and copy to MXA. Please don’t email me spam or try selling me Taylor Swift concert tickets or email me spam. I already celebrate T-Swizzle’s entire collective, and there will be “bad blood” if you send me junk mail. See what I did there? Happy submitting your smoker.
2017 YAMAHA YZ250F BUILD UPDATE
What’s the end goal? Believe it or not, it wasn’t to spend thousands of dollars. Fair warning, I didn’t spend a dollar on the build. Instead, a bunch of specialty aftermarket companies and my buddies in JGRMX’s retail department hooked me up. That fact must be clear, because I’m not trying to pull any punches. I chose parts based on what I thought would be best for the YZ250F. The objective was to make a 2017 Yamaha YZ250F that has more horsepower than the class-leading Husqvarna FC250; broader brakes and clutch than the KTM 250SXF; broader power than the Kawasaki KX250F; and cornered better than the Suzuki RM-Z250. Of course, some of these targets are nearly impossible to reach without frame geometry changes and a complete engine overhaul. Keep in mind that my number one rule was that I don’t run race gas.
DECAL WORKS TRADITIONAL CAMO GRAPHICS
YAMAHA BLU CRU CONTINGENCY REGISTRATION OPEN
Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., is proud to announce that its bLU cRU Supercross/Motocross/Off-Road Racing Contingency Program returns for 2017 with several new enhancements, including a total payout of $4.6 million for the highly popular rider support program.
“Last year, registration for the Yamaha bLU cRU Contingency Program was up over 13%, with more than 4,000 Yamaha off-road racers participating in the Program,” commented Keith McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. “And, with the Program enhancements and additional support we’re adding for next year, we expect that number to grow even larger in 2017.”
For 2017, Yamaha Contingency support has been extended to bLU cRU riders competing in three additional motocross series–including the AMA District 34 Ultimate Series, Junior Moto-X Indoor Amateur Motocross, and the Ohio “Buckeye Series”– and two additional off-road racing events–including the Full Gas Sprint Enduro Championship and Louisiana Cross Country Series.
Also new for 2017, bLU cRU support for American Flat Track (AFT) racing has been increased. Payouts have been expanded to include Yamaha bLU cRU riders finishing in the top five of each of the AFT Twins and AFT Singles main events, with an additional $83,250 available. Also, Championship bonuses will be paid out to Yamaha bLU cRU riders, with $25,000 awarded to the AFT Twins Champion and $10,000 awarded to the AFT Singles Champion, if those riders compete aboard Yamaha machines throughout the entire AFT season.
“We’re pleased to be able to continue offering Contingency support to Yamaha bLU cRU racers for 2017, and also to expand the Program to support Yamaha bLU cRU riders in five additional racing series,” commented Mike Guerra, Racing Department Manager for Yamaha. “And, in addition, our increased support of Yamaha bLU cRU riders competing in the American Flat Track racing series shows Yamaha’s strong commitment to the thoroughly American sport of dirt track racing.
“All bLU cRU Contingency money will be paid directly to the riders’ reloadable bLU cRU Debit Card. In addition, each bLU cRU rider will receive a $45 credit on http://www.bLUcRUswag.com, as well as discounts on Yamaha GYT-R parts and accessories.”
For complete details on how to register, along with specific information on which racing series, events, and classes are included, visit the Off-Road Racing Contingency page of the Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., Website at https://www.yamahamotorsports.com/motocross/pages/off-road-contingency
THEY SAID IT: 2016 ENDUROCROSS CHAMP COLTON HAAKER
PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: POLISPORT IGNITION COVER PROTECTORS
Polisport broadens its line of bike protections with the new Ignition Cover Protectors, developed with exclusive Polisport design.
Finally, you can have these parts, in the aftermarket, for the main of the off-road brands and models. Polisport Ignition Cover Protector will excel in rocky terrains and protects your ignition cover from impacts and scratches, preserving the looks of the ignition cover and keeping it in good shape.
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Built-in rubber o-ring
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Available in black and brand colors
Ignition Cover Protectors
MSRP (Europe): 29.95€
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Available for: YZ250F; YZ450F; KX250F; KX450F; CRF250R; CRF450R; EXC-F/XCF-W 250/350; SX-F/XC-F 250/350; FE/FC 250/350
KURT CASELLI FOUNDATION: IRONMAN GNCC BRAIN STUDY
From the Caselli Foundation: “The Kurt Caselli Foundation completed its second set of intensive brain injury studies at the final round of the GNCC Series in Crawfordsville IN. The study funded entirely by the Kurt Caselli Foundation and its donors focused on collecting head acceleration data from youth, female, and elite athletes in hopes of gaining a better understanding of the forces these athletes undergo during a grueling races. The ultimate goal of this research is to offer the results of our peer-reviewed data to any party with interest including helmet and protective gear manufacturers. We hope that our efforts will continue to bring awareness to the issue of concussion and mild traumatic brain injury.”
SNEAK PEAK: TWISTED ENGINEERING YZ250 VS. YZ250F
MXA has done a 250 two-stroke versus 250 four-stroke comparison before. You’d have to look back about eight years to find that shootout. Just to give you an idea how long ago it was, Cole Seely was one of the photo riders at the Gorman shoot. MXA pitted a Yamaha YZ250 against a YZ250F. What conclusion did we come to? The two-stroke was the overall winner, unless testers were riding on hard pack. There wasn’t any way the horsepower and handling of the YZ250 could lose to the slower and more subdued YZ250F.
Guess what? MXA revisited the two-stroke versus four-stroke discussion, thanks to Jamie Ellis from Twisted Development. Jamie is a whiz at modifying bikes and getting the most out of every engine. He built two fully modified bikes–a 2016 Yamaha YZ250 and ’17 YZ250F. We wanted to know if amped up race bikes made a difference in the results. While I’m not at liberty to discuss the final results, I can assure you that MXA test riders were surprised with their findings. I hate to leave you hanging, but that’s how these things go. The full story will appear in a future issue.
QUOTE OF THE WEEK: TREY CANARD
“I was nervous the first day that I went to the track to ride with Ryan [Dungey] and Marvin [Musquin]. After talking with them and being around their mechanics, the experience has been amazing. They are competitors, but they were all so welcoming. It was a really neat experience, so I think it is a great place for me to be now, and I am happy to be there.”
Click here to find out Canard’s thoughts on switching to KTM, working with Roger DeCoster, and the possibility of a longer Supercross series.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: RICKY CARMICHAEL’S BARN
While covering Suzuki Camp Carmichael this past week I stumbled upon Ricky’s old barn. And, yes, it’s not actually Carmichael’s barn, but instead a house on his riding property. I didn’t want to say it was Ricky’s house, because he never lived inside. Barn seemed more appropriate. Maybe I should have gone with shack or shanty. Whatever the case may be, I don’t much care. The point is that inside was a treasure trove of factory parts and cool memorabilia. Click here to see the gallery and read about the unique experience.
2017 RACE SCHEDULES: WHERE TO FIND THE ACTION
California is the richest race state in the union, with seven major events in 2017. Folks in Michigan should rejoice, as Supercross (Detroit), Arenacross (Grand Rapids) and the Lucas Oil Nationals (Red Bud) visit “The Great Lake State.” And those residing in the Pacific Northwest will be happy hosting a bevy of events, from Supercross to the AMA Nationals.
2017 MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS SERIES
January 14…Petco Park…San Diego, CA (West)
January 21…Angel Stadium…Anaheim, CA (West)
January 28…University of Phoenix…Glendale, AZ (West)
February 4…Alameda Coliseum…Oakland, CA (West)
February 11…AT&T Stadium…Arlington, TX (West)
February 18…U.S. Bank Stadium…Minneapolis, MN (East)
February 25…Georgia Dome…Atlanta, GA (East)
March 4…Rogers Centre…Toronto, Canada (East)
March 11…Daytona Speedway…Daytona, FL (East)
March 18…Lucas Oil Stadium…Indianapolis, IN (East)
March 25…Ford Field…Detroit, MI (East)
April 1…America’s Center…St. Louis, MO (East)
April 8…CenturyLink Field…Seattle, WA (West)
April 22…Rice-Eccles Stadium…Salt Lake City, UT (West)
April 29…MetLife Stadium…East Rutherford, NJ (East)
May 6…Sam Boyd Stadium…Las Vegas, NV (East/West)
*Visit http://www.supercrosslive.com/ to purchase tickets
2017 AMSOIL ARENACROSS SERIES
January 13-15…Van Andel Arena…Grand Rapids, MI
January 20-22…Royal Farms Arena…Baltimore, MD
January 28-29…Bridgestone Arena…Nashville, TN
February 4-5…Freedom Hall…Louisville, KY
February 18-19…Sprint Center…Kansas City, MO
February 24-26…Georgia Dome…Atlanta, GA
March 3-5…Landers Center…Southaven, MS
March 11-12…Smoothie King Center…New Orleans, LA
March 18-19…Moda Center…Portland, OR
March 24-26…Livestock Events Center…Reno, NV
April 1-2…Golden I Center…Sacramento, CA
April 22-23…Denver Coliseum…Denver, CO
May 5-7…Orleans Arena…Las Vegas, NV
*Visit http://www.supercrosslive.com/ to purchase tickets
2017 LUCAS OIL PRO MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
May 27…Glen Helen…San Bernardino, CA
June 3…Thunder Valley…Lakewood, CO
June 17…High Point…Mount Morris, PA
June 24…Muddy Creek…Blountville, TN
July 1…Red Bud…Buchanan, MI
July 8…Southwick…Southwick, MA
July 22…Spring Creek…Millville, MN
July 29…Washougal…Washougal, WA
August 12…Unadilla…New Berlin, NY
August 19…Budds Creek…Mechanicsville, MD
August 26…Ironman…Crawfordsville, IN
2017 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
March 5…Pangkal Pinang…Indonesia
April 23…Valkenswaard…The Netherlands
July 23…Loket…Czech Republic
September 10…Assen…The Netherlands
September 17…Villars sous Ecot…France