PRO TAPER PRESENTS MXA’S MID WEEK REPORT BY DARYL ECKLUND

FACEBOOK PHOTO OF THE WEEK

Chad Reed put this photo on his Instagram page stating it was a throw-back-Thursday from back when he was on Yamaha. It is clearly him in the present with new gear, his 360fly helmet cam (which just came out this year) and a new model YZ450F. I fyou think the rider looks too skinny to be Cad, remember, this a wide-anagle lens and his head isn’t really hat big either.

WE RIDE THE 2016 KAWASAKI KX450F AT HIGHPOINT RACEWAY

The all-new 2016 Kawasaki KX450F.

Just in the last few years the Kawasaki KX450F has gone from 1st to 4th in our 450F shootout. Not because the bike has been getting worse, the other bikes have just been getting better. For 2016 Kawasaki finally overhauled a bike that was growing long in the tooth. The Kawasaki gang sent part of the MXA crew to Pennsylvania to throw a leg over the new breed KXF.

Precision power of the new KX450F power plant is powerful but easy to ride.

What did we think of the new KX450F? We think is has been cardio fasting in the mornings. The new design is much slimmer and lighter than in the past. The slimmer bike allowed a better contact patch for the rider giving him better control with his lower body. The lighter feel could be felt on every area of the track.

Dennis Stapleton talks with Showa technician going over some suspension settings.

The engine is not as explosive off the bottom, but it transitions to the mid-range smoother, making the bike easier to ride. The previous KX450F has a predominately rear steering bike.  This made it difficult to place the front wheel where we wanted. Our testers felt the 2016 model had an improved connection with the front wheel improving the accuracy into turns and ruts.

Remember, this was just our first take on the bike in foreign conditions. We have many more hours to put on the  green monster that went on a diet before we state any facts. Look for a full test in the future issue of Motocross Action Magazine.

UNADILLA FROM THE EYE OF ADAM MERROW

Joey Savatgy’s good starts helped him get the overall 250 class win with a 2-2 finish.

Jeremy Martin’s point lead has diminished to only two points over Marvin Musquin with two races to go. 

Dean Wilson was back in action with a respectable 10th place finish. 

Justin Barcia aboard his retro yellow JGR Yamaha scored another podium spot. Justin is finding some consistency and headed to the MXDN.

Welcome to the big boy class Justin Bogle, leg swag and all.

Shane McElrath sits 8th in 250 points.

 

#MXATALKSINSTAGRAM

Aaron Plessinger had a grin from ear to ear when he grabbed a podium spot in moto 2 at Unadilla.


 

LACR SCHEDULE

Wednesday August 12th:
Practice on the Main Track & Mini Track 2pm-7pm $25 per rider & $10 50cc Pee Wee’s.
Saturday August 15th:
Practice on the Main, Vet, & Mini Track 8am-1pm $25 per rider & $10 50cc Pee Wee’s.
Sunday August 16th:
Practice on the Main, Vet, & Mini Track 8am-1pm $25 per rider & $10 50cc Pee Wee’s.
www.lacrmotox.com

DENNIS STAPLETON’S SNAP SHOT VIEW OF LORETTA LYNN’S

A SMALL TASTE INTO MXA’S FUTURE

Isn’t she beautiful? Service Honda built us a Honda AF500. In other words, it is a combination of an old school CR500 engine mated with a 2015 CRF450 chassis. We can’t wait to get out hands on it.

DREAM JOBS: HEATH COFRAN
ALPINESTARS TECHNICAL MEDIA SERVICES

STARTING POINT: “I got started in the motorsports industry with my connection though our motorcycle club BA-MOTO. In doing so, I met up with Brian from So-Cal Supermoto who put me in touch with Jamie Robinson from MOTOGEO. I worked with Jamie for a little over a year when an opportunity came up to work for Alpinstars through him.

THE JOB: “I currently work in the communications department with a focus on the technical apparel and merchandise. I work closely with editors and test riders to make sure they have the most up to date and newest protective gear to wear on shoots, launches and test rides. I also work with some TV shows, movies and stunt shows that use and need protective gear. Because our line is so vast and extensive, I get the opportunity to work within the cycling, auto and motorcycle world. My favorite part of the job is always being surrounded by motorcycles”

MXA FROM THE MXA ARCHIVES

MXA’s August 1975: On the cover Daytona’s artificial track held much trouble for Mike Hartwig (upside down), Gary Semics (bout ready to go down) and Bob Harris.

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