MXA WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: NEW WINNERS, OLD WINNERS & THE END IN SIGHT

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CHRIS BLOSE STILL LEADS THE ARENACROSS PLAYOFFS

At the start it was Gavin Faith (3), Jace Owen (59), Gared Steinke (9), Chris Blose (6), Austin Politelli (87), Ben Lamay (52) and Jacob Hayes (2). Photo: Arenacross

The Amsoil Arenacross Championship hosted its second round of their 5-race “Race to the Championship” this weekend in Salinas, Californa. It was the first-ever open-air venue and the first-ever mud arenacross. Mother Nature was a focal point of the race as rain made for a wet track that produced some of the most challenging conditions in the history of Arenacross (it rarely rains indoors). Ben Lamay emerged with his first overall win thanks to a tiebreaker over current championship points leader Chris Blose. Gavin Faith, who led the series points going into the Chase (before his big point lead was erased), finished finished third, but let a win slip away after crashing out of the lead in the final Main Event. Blose has a slim three-point lead over Faith heading into the third of five rounds in the Race to the Championship next weekend in Tacoma, Washington.

2016 ARENACROSS “RACE TO THE CHASE” POINTS STANDINGS
(After 3 of 5 rounds)
1. Chris Blose…99
2. Gavin Faith…96
3. Jacob Hayes…84
4. Jace Owen…83
5. Ben Lamay…77
6. Travis Sewell…69
7. Gared Steinke…67
8. Kyle Regal…58
9. Cody VanBuskirk…30
10. Daniel Herrlein…1

THE FIRST EVER…OUTDOOR ARENACROSS & RAINY ARENACROSS

2016 INDY SUPERCROSS RESULTS

Oft injured Blake Baggett had his best race of the year in Indy. Photo: Brian Converse

INDIANAPOLIS RESULTS: 450 CLASS
1. Ryan Dungey…KTM
2. Ken Roczen…Suz
3. Jason Anderson…Hus
4. Trey Canard…Hon
5. Blake Baggett…Suz
6. Chad Reed…Yam
7. Christophe Pourcel…Hus
8. Justin Bogle…Hon
9. Eli Tomac…Kaw
10. Mike Alessi…Hon
Other notables: 12. Josh Grant; 13. Justin Bogle; 14. Broc Tickle; 15. Justin Barcia; 16. Weston Peick…Yam

Yamaha’s decision to race their yellow retro plastic at Indy was a marketing blunder. To the casual observer every Yamaha looked like a Suzuki to the fans in the stands and to those watching at home on TV. Just to be clear, 250 East winner Aaron Plessinger was on a Yamaha.

INDIANAPOLIS RESULTS: 250 EAST
1. Aaron Plessinger…Yam
2. Malcolm Stewart…Hon
3. Gannon Audette…Kaw
4. Shane McElrath…KTM
5. Martin Davalos…Hus
6. R. J. Hampshire…Hon
7. Anthony Rodriquez…Kaw
8. Tyler Bowers…Kaw
9. Luke Renzland…Yam
10. Cedric Soubeyras…Kaw
Other notables: 13. Matt Biscelgia; 19. Benny Bloss; 20. Alex Frye; 21. Jeremy Martin; 22. Darryn Durham.

HONOR ROLL: 2016 SUPERCROSS WINNERS AT A GLANCE

Jason Anderson is one of just four riders to have won a premier Supercross this season. Ryan Dungey won 7, Ken Roczen 3, Jason Anderson 2 and Eli Tomac 1.

Date           Venue                                450                                250
Jan. 9…….Anaheim……………….Jason Anderson….Cooper Webb
Jan. 16……San Diego……………..Ryan Dungey………Cooper Webb
Jan. 23……Anaheim II……………Ryan Dungey………Cooper Webb
Jan. 30……Oakland……………….Ryan Dungey………Joey Savatgy
Feb. 6…….Phoenix…………………Ken Roczen………..Christian Craig
Feb. 13……San Diego II…………..Ryan Dungey………Joey Savatgy
Feb. 20……Dallas…………………..Ken Roczen………..Cooper Webb
Feb. 27……Atlanta………………….Ryan Dungey………Martin Davalos
March 5……Daytona……………….Eli Tomac…………..Jeremy Martin
March 12…Toronto…………………Ken Roczen………..Justin Hill
March 19…Detroit…………………Jason Anderson…..Malcolm Stewart
April 2……..Santa Clara…………..Ryan Dungey……….Cooper Webb
April 9……..Indianapolis…………Ryan Dungey……….Aaron Plessinger
April 16……St. Louis……………..
April 23……Boston………………..
April 30……New York…………….
May 7……..Las Vegas……………
450 Points leader…Ryan Dungey (KTM)
250 West points leader…Cooper Webb (Yam)
250 East points leader…Malcolm Stewart (Hon)

SUPERCROSS TOP TENS: HEADING TO ST. LOUIS

There is little doubt that Ken Roczen will be leaving Suzuki once his contract is up in October, but he still wants to win as Indy proved.

2015 AMA 450 POINT STANDING
(After 13 of 17 races)
1. Ryan Dungey…303
2. Ken Roczen… 258
3. Jason Anderson…240
4. Eli Tomac…212
5. Chad Reed..193
6. Marvin Musquin…182
7. Cole Seely..173
8. Justin Brayton…149
9. Trey Canard…138
10. Jake Weimer…105

2015 AMA 250 EAST POINT STANDINGS
(After 5 of 9 races)
1. Malcolm Stewart…102
2. Aaron Plessinger… 67
3. Martin Davalos…61
4. Jeremy Martin…73
5. Tyler Bowers…53
6. Justin Hill…63
7. Gannon Audette…41
8. R.J. Hampshire…44
9. Shane McElrath…49
10. Matthew Bisceglia…41

2015 AMA 250 WEST POINT STANDINGS
(After 8 of 9 races)
1. Cooper Webb…170
2. Joey Savatgy…154
3. Christian Craig…147
4. Zach Osborne…132
5. Colt Nichols…132
6. Mitchell Oldenburg…113
7. Jimmy Decotis…109
8. Kyle Peters…100
9. Kyle Cunningham…78
10. Jordon Smith…77

FAT LADY BLUES: WHO’S LEFT TO CHALLENGE DUNGEY?

James Stewart is 292 points adrift of Ryan Dungey. It has been a season to forget for Bubba—and a learning lesson about the management of post-concussion syndrome.

There are only 4 races and 100 points left to win in this year’s Supercross season. Ryan Dungey has eliminated all but 3 of his competitors (knocking off 3 other riders this weekend in Indy). The AMA pays 25 points to the winner of every race, and once a rider gets more than 25 points ahead of his competition, he has a one-race safety net, 50 points is a two-race safety net, 75 points is a three-race safety net and so on. Here is who’s left to catch Dungey.

Ken Roczen (94) is 45 points back, which means that Ryan Dungey could DNF one race (25 points), and still lead by 20 points. Jason Anderson (21) is 63-points behind, which means that Ryan Dungey could DNF two races, and still lead by 13 points. Eli Tomac is 91 points adrift, which means that Ryan Dungey could DNF three races and still lead by 16 point. Chad Reed is 110 points behind, which means that Ryan Dungey has eliminated Chad from the title chase. Chad is four races and 10 points behind. Only the top 4 have a mathematical chance of becoming the Champion, but barring catastrophe, Ryan Dungey could finish 9th in the next four rounds and still win the Championship—even if Ken Roczen won all four. And with each week race that Ryan Dungey finishes, the margin widens. Next week, there will only be 75 points left to earn an the week after that 50 points.

LISTA DE HONOR: 2016 GRAND PRIX WINNERS AT A GLANCE

Jeffrey Herlings (84) is off to the same start as usual. He just needs to avoid the big mistakes that cost him the 250 title in 2014 ad 2015.

Date           Venue                                450                                250
Feb. 27…. Qatar…………………..Tim Gajser…………..Jeffrey Herlings
Mar. 6…..Thailand……………….Romain Febvre…….Jeffrey Herlings
Mar. 28…Holland………………..Romain Febvre…….Jeffrey Herlings
April 10….Argentina…………….Tim Gajser…………..Jeffrey Herlings
April 17….Mexico………………
May 1…… Latvia………………
May 8……Germany………………
May 15….Italy………………
May 29….Spain………………
June 5……France………………
June 19….Great Britain………………
June 26….Italy………………
July 24…..Czech Republic………………
July 31…..Belgium………………
Aug. 7……Switzerland………………
Aug. 28….Holland………………
Sept. 3…..Charlotte, USA………………
Sept.11…..Glen Helen, USA………………
450 Points leader…Romain Febrve (Yam)
250 West points leader…Jeffrey Herlings (KTM)

GRAND PRIX TOP TENS: AFTER ARGENTINA

Romain Febvre lost in Argentina, but he still has the points lead.

450 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
(After 4 of 17 events)
1. Romain Febvre…172
2. Tim Gajser…169
3. Antonio Cairoli…144
4. Jeremy Van Horebeek…138
5. Evgeny Bobryshev…134
6. Max Nagl…125
7. Shaun Simpson…105
8. Kevin Strijbos…103
9. Glenn Coldenhoff…42
10. Tommy Searle…74

250 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
(After 4 of 17 events)
1. Jeffrey Herlings…200
2. Jeremy Seewer…152
3. Aleksandr Tonkov…131
4. Pauls Jonass…130
5. Petar Petrov…104
6. Benoit Paturel…99
7. Samuele Bernardini…91
8. Vsevolod Brylyakov…84
9. Brent Van Doninck…78
10. Alvin Ostlund…70

UPCOMING RACES: WHO, WHAT, WHY & WHERE

2016 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
April 16………………..….St. Louis, MO
April 23……………………Foxboro, MA
April 30………………..….East Rutherford, NJ
May 7………………………Las Vegas, NV

2016 AMSOIL ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
April 16-17………………..Tacoma, WA
April 22-24………………..Nampa, ID
May 6-8……………………Las Vegas, NV

2016 REM MOTOCROSS
April 16………………………No race (Tough Mudder mud run)
April 23………………………Glen Helen, CA
April 30………………………Glen Helen, CA (USGP track)

2016 KTM JUNIOR SUPERCROSS CHALLENGE
April 16……………………..St. Louis
May 7……………………….Las Vegas

2016 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
April 17……………………..Leon, Mexico
May 1……………………….Kegums, Latvia
May 8……………………….Teutschenthal, Germany
May 15……………………..Pietramurata, Italy

2016 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
April 17………………………Appin, NSW
May 1…………………………Broadford, VIC
May 22………………………Murray Bridge, SA

2016 BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
April 10……………………..Landrake (canceled)
May 29………………………Wakes Colne

2016 SPANISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
April 24……………………..Alhama, Murcia
May 22………………………Belpuig, Lieida

2016 AMA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 21………………………..Hangtown, CA
May 28.………………………Glen Helen, CA

UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX
Sept. 3……………………..…Charlotte, USA (Saturday)
Sept. 11……………….…..….Glen Helen, USA

THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAY BOYS: JASON 29, TOM 67, JESSY 22


April 8…Jason Lawrence 1987
April 8…Kyle Peters 1993

April 8…Tom White 1949
April 8…Dan White 1949

April 9…Rob Andrews 1963

April 11…Jessy Nelson 1994
April 13…Eric Peronnard
April 14…Buddy Antunez 1973
April 14…Chris Brown 1967

A GUIDED TOUR OF JESSY NELSON’S TLD KTM 250SXF

MXA MOTO-CHALLENGE: BE LIKE MIKE, BUT FIRST NAME HIM


Every rider shown here is named Mike. This is a fairly easy quiz because they have all won high-profile AMA races. 
The answers are on the bottom of the page.

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: BUD RACING’S EXTRA KX85 RADIATOR

Bud Racing offers a kit that enables hardcore KX85 and especially KX100 racers to mount a second radiator on their Kawasaki mini and Supermini. It’s a must-have for races looking to improve the engine temperature and increase power on their bikes—especially on ported/high-compression engines. There are different kits include the main one that includes the radiator, bracket, silicon hoses kit and Bud exhaust pipe. It’s ready to install easily. The pipe has a different bracket to aid in fitting the radiator kit. It is possible to modify Pro Circuit or FMF pipe to fit our radiator kit with modifications to the bracket position. There is also a replacement kit that just has the radiator, brackets and hoses (offered as a replacement set-up in case of crash damage). $429.00–(951) 245-2660 or www.budracing-usa.com

GODSPEED! MARTIN LAMPKIN (1950-2016)

Martin Lampkin during his hey-day in the 1970s. Photo: Kitchen

Former World Trails Champion Martin Lampkin, 65, succumbed to a year-long battle with cancer this past week. Lampkin was both the British and European trials champion, and won the Scottish Six-Day Trial three times. The Lampkin family has defined the sport of trials for decades. Martin followed in the footsteps of his older brothers, Arthur and Alan, and Martin’s son, Dougie, has won the Scottish Six-Day Trials nine times and is a 12-time World Trials Champion. Our thoughts are with the family.

WORK IN PROGRESS: SNEAK PEEK OF THE 2016 GLEN HELEN POSTER


The AMA Nationals will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year and Glen Helen commissioned artist Jon Ortner to design a commemorative painting featuring former World Champion Torsten Hallman. Torsten first brought motocross to America in 1966 and will be the Grand Marshal of the May 28, 2016, Glen Helen National. The painting isn’t finished yet, but when it is it will be turned into the official race poster.

MXA GEAR GUIDE: 2016 SUZUKI RM-Z450 TEST

MXA’s “Gear Guide” feature is designed to give insight into what 2016 gear the MXA wrecking crew uses for our bike tests. If you like what you see, be sure to click on the contact links for more information and put in an order. Click on the images to enlarge for a better look at the helmet, boots, pants, jersey, goggles and gloves.

PANT: Thor Racing Contro Kelly green/yellow pant
JERSEY: Thor Racing Contro Kelly green/yellow jersey
GLOVES: Thor Racing Void Bend black
HELMET: Thor Racing Verge custom painted
GOGGLES: Spy goggle
BOOTS: Alpinestars Tech 10


SUPPLIER CONTACTS:
Thor Racing: www.thormx.com or your local dealer
Spy Optics: www.spyoptic.com or (855) 655-8980
Alpinestars: www.alpinestars.com or your local dealer

MXA’S MOST WATCHED VIDEO: 674,244 VIEWS & COUNTING

6D HELMETS MOVES TO NEW HEADQUARTERS IN BREA, CA

6D Helmets has moved their corporate headquarters to 2861-B Saturn St., Brea, California. The new offices and warehouse will support day-to-day global operations and all fulfillment activities of their expanding line of street, motocross, BMX, downhill, and trail mountain bike helmets. “It is definitely exciting times here at 6D,” said 6D CEO Bob Weber. “What started as an engineering project in my garage just five short years ago, has grown into an exceptional brand and product line. We outgrew our original office in Brea pretty quickly, and moving into our new headquarters is long overdue! I could not be more proud of our staff, our excellent helmets, and everything we have accomplished here at 6D!” Weber continued to mention, “Our new headquarters could not have come at a better time with the recent arrival of our ATS-1 full-face street helmet, and the exceptional new ATB-1T MTB trail helmet. These helmets have been in development for some time and it’s exciting to see them getting out and into the market. The additional space for engineering and warehousing just adds to our capabilities and customer service as well.”
The complete address, telephone, and fax numbers and primary email address follow:
6D Helmets, LLC
2861 Saturn St. Unit B
Brea, CA 92821
Phone: (714) 772-2121
Email: info@6dhelmets.com

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: FASTERUSA COMPLETE WHEELSET

FasterUSA’s complete wheelsets are built up from made-in-the-USA hubs and come ready to bolt on as race wheels or practice wheels. FasterUSA’s hubs are CNC-machined in the United States from certified 6061-T6 aluminum. The hubs have double bearings on the drive side of the hub for increased strength and durability.
FasterUSA will build whatever hub/rim/spoke combination you want. Custom anodizing is also available on the hubs, but the rim and spoke colors are limited to the D.ID. or Excel selections. They cost $463.00 (complete rear); $566.00 (complete front). Prices include shipping in the contiguous United States. More info at www.fasterusa.com or (951) 600-7048.

SUBSCRIBE TO MXA & GET A $25 GIFT CARD

You can get all of MXA on your iPhone, iPad, Kindle or Android by going to the Apple Store, Amazon or Google Play. Better yet get the Digital desktop version at https://hi-torque.com/product/motocross-action-digital-edition/ for $9.99 a year. The MXA test riders prefer the print version and not just because it is delivered by a uniformed employee of the U.S. Government, but because for only $19.99 you get 12 issues and a free $25 Gift Card from Rocky Mountain ATV/MC. That means that there is a profit to be made in this deal for you. For the Print magazine go to: http://hi-torque.com/product/subscribe-to-motocross-action-magazine/

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: KALI SHIVA HELMET


At 1050 grams (2.3 pounds) the Kali Shiva is the lightest and smallest DOT full-face helmet on the market. While being light is a great talking point, Kali was focused on creating a smaller (30% smaller than the average helmet) and lighter (400 grams lighter than the average high-end helmet) helmet because recent research indicates that by reducing the size of a helmet by 10% could reduce the effects of rotational forces by 22%. The larger or heavier the helmet is, the more torque is being applied (Force = Mass*Acceleration).

The Shiva also has three different densities of foam in-molded into the helmets shell. The foam liner has different density foam molded together in pyramid-style shapes with a softer layer around the head and firmer foam in the pyramids to dissipate higher loads. “In-molded” means that the foam liner and outer shell are molded as one-piece. The Shiva also has a breakaway visor, less angular shape and integrated camera mounts. Retail price is $500 at www.kaliprotectives.com.

MEMORIES OF THE WAY WE WERE

That’s Jammin’ Jimmy Weinert on the right and Bruce Jenner on the left—yes, that Bruce Jenner!

USED IT, ABUSED IT, TESTED IT: HARDLINE TREAD DOCTOR SNIPER KIT

The Tread Doctor is a heated tire cutting tool that can cut new edges on the face of knobs or be used as a grooving tool (with the Sniper kit).

VERDICT: This is five-star product for a backyard engineer who loves to fine tune his bike. For MXA’s tastes, grooving is a better alternative than vertical cutting. Grooves provides extra edges for acceleration and braking. The Sniper kit does a great job.

DIGITS: $79.99 (Tread Doctor with Sniper kit), $69.99 (Sniper kit only), $59.99 (Tread Doctor without Sniper kit), $14.99 (replacement cutting blade), $13.99 (12 pack of grooving blades)–www.hardlineproducts.com or (805) 581-4700.

“BABES IN THE DIRT” AT HUNGRY VALLEY — APRIL 22-24

For more info go to www.babesrideout.com

CZ WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP REVIVAL — APRIL 24

For more info go to www.avdra.com

HOW TO SUBSCRIBE TO MXA AND MAKE MONEY

You probably haven’t seen the May 2016 issue of MXA yet, but if you subscribed it would be in the trusty hands of a uniformed agent of the U.S. Government on its way to your mailbox right now. Or, you can wait for the product reviews, 44-horsepower CRF250 test and Husky versus Husky shootout to appear on the internet…in a couple months. Your choice.

Do you subscribe to MXA? You should. We know that you think that print magazines are dead and that the internet will fill the void, but most of the stuff in the current issue of MXA won’t appear on the web for several months, if at all. Luckily, you can get all of MXA on your iPhone, iPad, Kindle or Android by going to the Apple Store, Amazon or Google Play. Better yet get the Digital desktop version at https://hi-torque.com/product/motocross-action-digital-edition/ for $9.99 a year. The MXA test riders prefer the print version and not just because it is delivered by a uniformed employee of the U.S. Government, but because for only $19.99 you get 12 issues and a free $25 Gift Card from Rocky Mountain ATV/MC. That means that there is a profit to be made in this deal for you. For the Print magazine go to: http://hi-torque.com/product/subscribe-to-motocross-action-magazine/

MOTO-CHALLENGE ANSWERS


Mike Kiedrowski.                Mike Brown.                Mike LaRocco.                  Mike Alessi.                   Mike Bell.                      Mike Craig.

Photos: Kyoshi Becker, Debbi Tamietti, Kitchen, John Basher, Brian Converse, Massimo Zanzani, MXA

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