MXA WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: UPDATED AS IT BREAKS

LATVIA: GAJSER AGAIN & LET’S JUST ASSUME THAT HERLINGS WINS THE NEXT 12 250 GPs

Tim Gajser is winning GPs and banking Honda’s bonus checks, but he has not caught Romain Febvre in the point chase yet.

450 LATVIAN GP RESULTS
1. Tim Gajser…Hon
2. Antonio Cairoli…KTM
3. Romain Febvre…Yam
4. Jeremy Van Horebeek…Yam
5. Max Nagl…Hus
6. Evgeny Bobryshev…Hon
7. Christophe Charlier…Hus
8. Ben Townley…Suz
9. Shaun Simpson…KTM
10. Milko Potisek…Yam
Other notables: 11. Valentin Guillod; 13. Glenn Coldenhoff; 14, Kevin Strijbos; 15. Tommy Searle; 22. Clement Desalle.

450 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
(After 6 of 17 events)
1. Romain Febvre…260
2. Tim Gajser…259
3. Antonio Cairoli…213
4. Max Nagl…203
5. Jeremy Van Horebeek…200
6. Evgeny Bobryshev…197
7. Shaun Simpson…143
8. Kevin Strijbos…142
9. Glenn Coldenhoff…121
10. Valentin Guillod…116

Jeremy Seewer is 37 points ahead of third palce in the 250 class, but 70 points behind you know who.

250 LATVIAN GP RESULTS
1. Jeffrey Herlings…KTM
2. Max Anstie…Hus
3. Jeremy Seewer…Suz
4. Petar Petrov…Kaw
5. Dylan Ferrandis…Kaw
6. Benoit Paturel…Yam
7. Pauls Jonass…KTM
8. Brian Bogers…KTM
9. Brent Van Doninck…Yam
10. Calvin Vlaanderan…KTM
Other notables: 11. Alvin Ostlujnd; 13. Samuele Bernardini; 14. David Herbreteau; 15. Vsevolod Brylyakov; 18. Damon Graulus

250 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
(After 6 of 17 events)
1. Jeffrey Herlings…300
2. Jeremy Seewer…230
3. Pauls Jonass…193
4. Petar Petrov…165
5. Aleksandr Tonkov…163
6. Benoit Paturel…154
7. Samuele Bernardini…133
8. Vsevolod Brylyakov…132
9. Max Anstie…126
10. Alvin Ostlund…110

RYAN DUNGEY: THREE-TIME AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPION

With only the Las Vegas round to go, KTM’s Ryan Dungey locked down the 2016 AMA 450 Superceross Championship. Dungey dominated most of the season, making the podium 15 out of 16 races and earning his third Supercross crown. Photo: Scott Mallonee

450 POINTS STANDINGS
(after 16 of 17 races)
1. Ryan Dungey…368
2. Ken Roczen… 330
3. Jason Anderson…293
4. Eli Tomac…270
5. Chad Reed..232
6. Marvin Musquin…213
7. Cole Seely..207
8. Justin Brayton…186
9. Trey Canard…183
10. Weston Peick…125
Other Notables: 11. Justin Bogle (120); 12. Mike Alessi (120); 13. Jake Weimer (119); 17. Blake Baggett (71); 18. Josh Grant (69); 20. Broc Tickle (46).

WINNINGEST SUPERCROSS RACERS OF ALL-TIME

It has been a long time and it will be a much longer time before anyone catches up to Jeremy McGrath on the Supercross win list.

THE MOST SUPERCROSS WINS
1. Jeremy McGrath…72
2. James Stewart…50
3. Ricky Carmichael…48
4. Chad Reed…44
5. Ryan Villopoto…41
6. Ryan Dungey…30
7. Ricky Johnson…28
8. Bob Hannah…27
9. Jeff Ward…20
10. Damon Bradshaw….19

MALCOLM STEWART WILL TAKE 14-POINT LEAD TO SIN CITY

Although Malcolm Stewart looked like he was going to throw away his one-and-only 250 title hope a few weeks ago, but he righted the ship and opened his points lead back up to 14 points heading to Vegas. Malcolm will have to move to the 450 class in 2017.

250 EAST POINTS STANDINGS
(After 8 of 9 races)
1. Malcolm Stewart…160
2. Aaron Plessinger…146
3. Jeremy Martin…141
4. Martin Davalos…130
5. Shane McElrath…109
6. Tyler Bowers…108
7. Gannon Audette…105
8. R.J. Hampshire…99
9. Anthony Rodriquez…78
10. Matt Bisceglia…68
Other notables: 11. Justin Hill (63); 13. Alex Frye (56); 14. Cedric Soubeyras (53); 15. Dakota Alix (50); 16. Jesse Wentland (41); 20. Jimmy Albertson (31).

2016 SUPERCROSS WINNERS AT A GLANCE

Ken Roczen got hot when it didn’t matter. Kenny’s revival did make the last few races interesting as he kept Dungey from popping the cork for a week or two. Photo: Brian Converse

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……………….Ryan Dungey……….Jeremy Martin
April 23……Boston…………………Ken Roczen………….Martin Davalos
April 30……New York……………..Ken Roczen…………Malcolm Stewart
May 7……..Las Vegas……………
450 Champion…Ryan Dungey (KTM)
250 West points leader...Cooper Webb (Yam)
250 East points leader…Malcolm Stewart (Hon)

2016 GLEN HELEN NATIONAL: OPEN PRACTICE, AMATEUR RACE & MORE

The May 28th AMA 250/450 Nationals at Glen Helen will actually start on Wednesday, May 25, when RV will be allowed into their camping spots starting at 2:00 p.m. Thursday will be the open for practice for the next day’s AMA Amateur Motocross. Friday will be reserved for the amateur races and Saturday will be the AMA National. You can get all the information you need at www.glenhelen.com.

BROADFORD AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL: DEAM FERRIS LEADS BY ONE POINT IN OZ TITLE CHASE

BROADFORD RESULTS: 450 CLASS
1. Kirk Gibbs…KTM
2. Dean Ferris…Yam
3. Todd Waters…Suz
4. Matt Moss…Kaw
5. Brett Metcalfe…Hus
6. Dylan Long…Hon
7. Daniel Reardon…Yam
8.  Jay Wilson…Hon
9. Jacob Wright…Yam
10. James ALen…KTM

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL 450 POINT STANDINGS
(After 3 of 10 rounds)
1. Dean Ferris…190
2. Kirk Gibbs…189
3. Todd Waters…182
4. Matt Moss…177
5. Brett Metcalfe…165
6. Daniel Reardon…146
7. Dylan Long…139
8. Jay Wilson…133
9. Kade Mosig…130
10. Jacob Wright…107

BROADFORD RESULTS: 250 CLASS
1. Jed Beaton…Yam
2. Kyle Webster…Hon
3. Luke Arbon…Hus
4. Nathan Crawford…Hus
5. Jake Moss…Kaw
6. Dylan Wills…KTM
7. Wade Hunter…Yam
8. Wilson Todd…Yam
9. Hamish Harwood…KTM
10. Richie Evans…Yam

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL 250 POINT STANDINGS
(After 3 of 10 rounds)
1. Jed Beaton…172
2. Nathan Crawford…169
3. Luke Arbon…161
4. Jake Moss…161
5. Wilson Todd…148
6. Jayden Rykers…144
7. Caleb Ward…142
8. Kyle Webster…138
9. Kale Makeham…134
10. Wade Hunter…130

BIRTHDAY BOYS: CARLOS ALREADY GOT HIS BIRTHDAY PRESENT IN NEW YORK

May 1…Mike Brown 1972
May 1…Akira Narita 1980
May 1…Matt Goerke 1986
May 2…Tania Satchwell 1980

May 3…Carlos Rivera
May 3…Bryan Hinson
May 3…Mark Kalpakoff

YOU GOTTA BE SOMEWHERE: BE HERE!

2016 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
May 7………………………Las Vegas, NV (Final)

2016 AMSOIL ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
May 6-8……………………Las Vegas, NV (Final)

2016 REM MOTOCROSS
May 7………………………..Glen Helen, CA
May 21………………………..Glen Helen, CA

2016 KTM JUNIOR SUPERCROSS CHALLENGE
May 7……………………….Las Vegas

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

2016 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 1…………………………Broadford, VIC
May 22………………………Murray Bridge, SA

2016 SPANISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 22………………………Belpuig, Lieida

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

2016 BRITISH MAXXIS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 22………………………Hawkstone PArk
June 12……………………..Desmartin, No. Ireland
July 3………………………..Leucher, Scotland
July 17………………………Blaxhall
Aug. 21……………………..Preston Docks
Sept. 18…………………….Foxhill

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

MEMORIES OF THE WAY WE WERE: 1952 CATALINA GRAND PRIX  PROGRAM

If the Catalina Grand Prix was still in existence, it would be running this weekend. The proram above is from 64 years ago.

A MOMENT OF CATALINA GLORY

Chuck “Feets” Minert won the Catalina Grand Prix 60 years ago. To commemorate the victory, BSA produced a Feets Minert Replica called the BSA “Catalina Scrambler.” It was based on Feets’ race bike. The MXA crew decided that 60 years was a long time to be apart, so we got a BSA Catalina Scrambler and the now 84-year-old Feets Minert to pose together for this photo.

FANTIC’S ALL-NEW OFFROAD LINE: WHAT’S A FANTIC?

Fantic Nero 250 enduro bike.

In 1969 two high-profile executives from Garelli Mopeds broke away to form their own motorcycle company in Barzago, Italy. They specialized in building small displacement offroad bikes—primarily the Fantic Caballero Cross 50. The Caballero Cross 50 was powered by a Minarelli P4 two-stroke and by today’s standards was more a hopped-up moped, but for young Italians it was their first motocross bike. They sold 10,000 units in the first year. After that they went on to build a successful line of Italian 50cc, 100cc, 125cc,  250cc and 300cc offroad motorcycles—and had great success in the World Trials Championship.

Fantic Caballero 50 entry-level street bike—still powered by Minarelli.

Fabtic is still in business, after reforming in Treviso, Italy in 2004. Fantic is now releasing a low-cost range of its enduro and street-legal bikes. They use chromoly perimeter frame, Yamaha Minarelli engines and come in 50cc and 125cc version for for $4000 and  $5400 respectively. Fantic also has a new full-size 250cc enduro bike being readied for the market. They are not imported into the United States.

 

FACES TO GO WITH THE NAMES

Endurocross founder Eric Perronard.

Husqvarna’s Andy Jefferson.

Bob Hannah and Eddie Cole.

Aussie hero Stephan Gall.

SWM Motorcycles importer Pete Vetrano.

KTM’s Tom Moen.

MXA test editor Dennis Stapleton.

MXA GEAR GUIDE: 2016 KAWASAKI KX450F

MXA’s “Gear Guide” is designed to show you what 2016 gear the MXA wrecking crew wears for our bike tests. This is what we wore on the 2016 Kawasaki KX450 test. If you like what you see, be sure to click on the contact links for more information. Click on images to enlarge.

PANT: Fly Racing Evolution 2.0 Switchback blue/hi-vis
JERSEY: Fly Racing Evolution 2.0 Switchback blue/hi-vis
GLOVES: Fly Racing Pro Lite hi-vis
HELMET: Bell Moto-9
GOGGLES: EKS Brand Fade Volcano cyan/white
BOOTS: Gaerne SG-12 white

SUPPLIER CONTACTS:
Fly Racing: www.flyracing.com or (208) 319-3079
EKS Brand: www.eksbrand.com or (818) 706-1700
Bell Helmets: www.bellhelmets.com or (800) 216-9446
Gaerne: www.gaerneusa.com or your local dealer

CHAD REED SIGNS UP FOR BRITISH & ITALIAN GPS IN JUNE

Chad will do a little moonlighting on the continent.

Before Australian Chad Reed moved to America and long before he became an American citizen, Skippy raced one year in the 250 World Championships, winning one GP (Lieprop) and finishing second in the 2001 250 World Championship… and immediately paced his bags and flew across the pond to America. Now he wants to go back — for two races anyway. He will race the British Grand Prix at Matterley Basin on June 19 and the Mantova, Italy, round on June 26 (the weekends of the Mt. Morris and Muddy Creek AMA Nationals). Chad said, “I have always valued my one and only year in Europe and I’m so excited to come back after all these years. I briefly mentioned it on social media and many British and European fans have shown lots of enthusiasm so that, in return, makes it a ton of fun for me. I haven’t really given any thought to the racing itself, I’m just excited to see old faces and new fans.”

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 MOTO-CHALLENGE: NAME THIS 1970s 126 NATIONAL RIDER?

This rider raced the AMA 125 Nationals, won two National Motocross titles and is in the AMA Hall of Fame. Guess the name.  The answer is at the bottom of the page.

2016 GRAND PRIX WINNERS AT A GLANCE

Tim Gajser has won four of the six GP this year.

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………………..Tim Gajser…………..Jeffrey Herlings
May 1…… Latvia………………….Tim Gajser…………..Jeffrey Herlings
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 Febvre (Yam)
250 West points leader…Jeffrey Herlings (KTM)

GRAND PRIX TOP TENS: AFTER LATVIA

Ben Townley (8) was back in action in Latvia, but his comeback season has been anything fraught with injuries and missed race. Jeremy Van Horebeek (89) is sixth in points.

450 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
(After 6 of 17 events)
1. Romain Febvre…260
2. Tim Gajser…259
3. Antonio Cairoli…213
4. Max Nagl…203
5. Jeremy Van Horebeek…200
6. Evgeny Bobryshev…197
7. Shaun Simpson…143
8. Kevin Strijbos…142
9. Glenn Coldenhoff…121
10. Valentin Guillod…116

250 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
(After 6 of 17 events)
1. Jeffrey Herlings…300
2. Jeremy Seewer…230
3. Pauls Jonass…193
4. Petar Petrov…165
5. Aleksandr Tonkov…163
6. Benoit Paturel…154
7. Samuele Bernardini…133
8. Vsevolod Brylyakov…132
9. Max Anstie…126
10. Alvin Ostlund…110

GLEN HELEN NATIONAL PRE-RACE PARTY ON FRIDAY, MAY 27

For more info go to www.glenhelen.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 KTM 125SX versus Yamaha YZ125 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 ANSWER 

 
Sue Fish—The Flying Fish.

Sue Fish won the 1976 and 1977 Women’s National Motocross Championship, but rather than be content with racing against the women Sue was one of the first women motocross racers to hold an AMA professional racing license and to compete regularly against men. Known by the nickname, “The Flying Fish,” she raced in the AMA 125cc National Motocross Championship. Fish’s talents extended beyond motocross— she competed in the 1978 Subaru International Motorcycle Olympiad (a two-day event encompassing all types of off-road racing). Fish also competed on asphalt, racing in the men’s Expert ranks in 600cc road racing. She went on to became a stuntwomen in Hollywood working on “Terminator” and “Footloose.” She also traveled as part of Evel Knievel’s stunt show in Australia. For her ground breaking efforts on behalf of women motorcycle racers, Sue was inducted into the AMA Hall of Fame in 2012.

Photos: Honda, Scott Mallonee, ACU, Kyoshi Becker, Debbi Tamietti, John Basher, Brian Converse, Yamaha, KTM, Massimo Zanzani, MXA

 

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