MXA WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: WHAT GOES AROUND COMES BACK TO BITE YOU

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THIS WEEKEND’S INDIANAPOLIS SUPERCROSS TRACK LAYOUT

TV ALERT: THE INDY SUPERCROSS IS ON FOX

Note that this race is on Fox. The network not the sports channels. Check your local listing for times in your region. Set your DVR accordingly.

WANT TO RACE THE GLEN HELEN NATIONALS? THE TOP 20 PROS FROM THE WORLD TWO-STROKE WILL GET THEIR CHANCE

The current World Two-Stroke Champion is Mike Alessi. He will be at Glen Helen on April 15 to defend his crown. It is a week off from the Supercross series, so lots of Pro could be there.

Good news for smoker fans! There will be a two-stroke class at the 2017 AMA 250/450 National at Glen Helen on May 27, 2017. This is a great opportunity, not only for the fans to see and hear the sounds of two-strokes, but for Pro riders, both young and old, to race on a full-blown AMA National track on the same day as Dungey, Musquin, Seely, Anderson, Osborne, Baggett, Webb and Tomac. How does a rider qualify to be invited into the National two-stroke field? That’s simple. A little more than a month before the Glen Helen National, the 2017 MTA World Two-Stroke Championship will be held at Glen Helen on Saturday, April 15 (with an $8000 purse). The top 20 Pro riders from the World Two-Stroke Championship will automatically be seeded into the Glen Helen National Two-Stroke Challenge field. Glen Helen will invite “wild card” riders to fill any spots that are vacated by Pro riders who are entered into the AMA 250 or 450 National classes (and thus can’t take their spot in the two-stroke race). For more information about the Glen Helen National and the MTA World Two-Stroke Championship, go to www.glenhelen.com.

MXA’S 60-SECOND 2017 250 FOUR-STROKE SHOOTOUT

NUMBER 1: 2017 KTM 250SXF


No other 2017 250cc four-stroke can say it has the best overall power, weighs the least, has a bulletproof hydraulic clutch, incredible brakes, electric starting, a 14,000-rpm rev limiter, intuitive handling, an ingenious air-filter system and the best air forks ever made. There are innovations on the 2017 KTM that the Japanese brands will not get around to for at least four years. KTM 250SXF MINUSES: Its high-rpm engine demands talent on the owner’s part.

NUMBER 2: 2017 HUSQVARNA FC250


The 2017 Husqvarna FC250 is the user-friendly version of the class-winning KTM 250SXF. It makes mellower power, revs slower and is more Novice-oriented than the orange bike. But, don’t think that means it is slow. It makes almost 4 more horses than its red, yellow, green or blue competitors. It’s just more comfortable, absorbent and pleasant than the KTM 250SXF. HUSQVARNA FC250 MINUSES: The airbox chokes up the engine, and it weighs 2 pounds more than the KTM.

NUMBER 3: 2017 YAMAHA YZ250F


The 2017 YZ250F is up in horsepower across the board—and is exceptionally good in the low-end and midrange. With the exception of the elite Kayaba SSS suspension, the bulk of the YZ250F is a working-class hero. It is not blessed with the best handling, strongest brakes, lightest weight or most power. It gets the job done without any fanfare. The overall package is greater than the sum of its parts. YAMAHA YZ250F MINUSES: It’s loud (from both the muffler and airbox).

NUMBER 4: 2017 KAWASAKI KX250F


The 2017 Kawasaki KX250F has improved handling, better ergonomics, upgraded suspension and weighs less than the 2016 model. We applaud Kawasaki for paying so much attention to the chassis, weight and ergonomic details. The 2017 KX250F chassis is a breath of fresh air, but we wish Kawasaki had left the engine alone. Every MXA test rider prefers last year’s full-blast engine over this year’s linear powerband. KAWASAKI KX250F MINUSES: We’d love the new powerband if it made 44 horses, but it only makes 40.

NUMBER 5: 2017 HONDA CRF250


The 2017 Honda CRF250 is at its best in the hands of Beginners and Novices. Obviously, faster riders will either abandon the CRF250 or break out the credit card to buy real power. We don’t recommend spending money on hopping-up a CRF250, because your bank account isn’t big enough to make it as fast as a stock KTM—or as light. The 2017 Honda CRF250 weighs 2 pounds more than a 2017 KTM 450SXF. HONDA CRF250 MINUSES: Horsepower is overrated, but a total lack of horsepower does not rate.

NUMBER 6: 2017 SUZUKI RM-Z250


You don’t buy an RM-Z250 for its power, brakes, clutch, accoutrements or modern looks. You buy it for its cornering ability. Sadly, most MXA test riders weren’t willing to give up the basic elements of a race bike for a tight-turning radius. The 2017 RM-Z250 only makes a 1/2 horsepower more than the 2011 RM-Z250. In the same time span, the KTM 250SXF gained 8 horsepower. SUZUKI RM-Z250 MINUSES: “Slow” is not good advertising copy.

• THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAY BOYS: THE KING OF COOL WOULD BE 87

Mar. 21…Paul Friedrichs 1940
Mar. 21…Andre Malherbe 1956
Mar. 21…Bruce Hendel


Mar. 23…Justin Bogle 1993
Mar. 23…Fredrik Noren 1992
Mar. 24…Steve Lamson 1971


Mar. 24…Steve McQueen 1930

Mar. 24…Davide Guarneri 1985
Mar. 25…Johnny O’Mara 1961

Mar. 25…Justin Barcia 1992
Mar. 25…Dave Osterman
Mar. 26…Dr. John Bodnar


Mar. 26…Gautier Paulin 1990
Mar. 26…Mike Jones 1966

JOHN BURR “SIX-HOURS OF GLEN HELEN” ENDURANCE RACE ON SUNDAY

It begins at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. Three riders per team. Free transponders. For more info go to www.glenhelen.com

YOUTHSTREAM & MXSPORTS UNITE FOR USGP & MXDN

The 2017 USGP will be a cooperative effort between Youthstream and MXSports. There will also be a 2018 MXDN to go along with the previous two canceled MXDN’s in America. It won’t be at Glen Helen ever again—it’s moving East.

At Daytona last weekend Youthstream Vice President David Luongo and MX Sports Pro Racing President Davey Coombs were joined on the stage by Carrie Coombs, Rob Dingman and David Atlas to announce the start of a long-term partnership to hold MXGP events in the United States. The yet-to-be named USGP will be on September 3, 2017. According to this new deal, the United States will get the Motocross of Nations in 2018. We guess that  Luongo’s other choices, Iran and North Korea, will have to wait.

REVISED 2017 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Feb. 25…………………….Qatar (did not sign a contract for next year)
Mar. 5………………………Indonesia
Mar. 19…………………….Argentina
Apr. 2………………………Mexico
Apr. 16……………………..Italy
Apr. 23…………………….Holland
May 7………………………Latvia
May 21…………………….Germany
May 28…………………….France
June 11…………………….Russia
June 25……………………..Italy (Maggiora is tentative)
July 2……………………….Portugal
July 9……………………….San Marino (Canceled)
July 23……………………..Czech Republic
Aug. 6……………….……..Belgium
Aug. 13…………………….Switzerland
Aug. 20…………………….Sweden
Sept. 3……………………..Charlotte, USA (Canceled)
Sept. 3……………………..TBA
Sept. 10……………………Holland
Sept. 17…………………….France

ELI TOMAC CLOSES IN ON DUNGEY

Jeremy Martin’s one-off 450 Supercross ride help Kawasaki’s Eli Tomac and hurt teammate Cole Seely. Martin’s second place finish split the points leaders. Photo: Brian Converse

Last weekend Ryan Dungey was the only racer actually racing on the tenth round—every other racer was 25 points of more behind him. Now, after Eli Tomac’s win in Daytona, the Kawasaki rider closed the gap to 17 points with seven races left. With 25 points up for grabs at each race, there are 175 points left for any rider who can sweep the boards over the next 7 races. However, for every 25-point increment that a rider falls behind the points leader, he becomes one full race out of the lead. Here are the riders who are one, two, three, four and five races behind the points leader.

ON THE SAME RACE ON THE SAME RACE
Eli Tomac and Ryan Dungey are the only racers heading to Indy this weekend that are racing on the same race.

Cole Seely is now third in Supercross points. Photo: Brian Converse

ONE RACE BEHIND (MORE THAN 25 POINTS OUT OF THE LEAD)
Cole Seely is 45 points behind Dungey and  is one race and 20 points adrift of Dungey.

Marvin Musquinhas only scored 12 points in the last two races—Eli Tomac has scored 50. Photo: Brian Converse

TWO RACES BEHIND (MORE THAN 50 POINTS OUT OF THE LEAD)
Marvin Musquin, who was looking like title contender four races ago, is now 51 points behind Dungey. That is two full races, plus 1 point. Jason Anderson is 71 points out of the lead (which is two points closer than he was before Daytona). But that is still two full races, plus 21 points behind Dungey. Every other rider is at least three races back. Here is a quick rundown.

THREE OR MORE RACES BEHIND (MORE THAN 75 POINTS OUT OF THE LEAD)
Davi Millsaps
— three races and 18 point.
Chad Reed — three races and 23 points.

FOUR OR MORE RACES BEHIND (MORE THAN 100 POINTS OUT OF THE LEAD)
Blake Baggett — four races and 1 point.
Dean Wilson — four races and 9 points.
Broc Tickle — four races and 11 points.
Josh Grant — four races and 1 point.
Justin Brayton — four races and 10 points.
Cooper Webb— five races and 18 points.


• 2017 PACIFIC NORTHWEST VINTAGE SERIES STARTS APRIL 1

There are nine rounds starting on April 1 and ending on October 7. For more info go to www.pnwvmx.org

MEMORIES OF THE WAY WE WERE

In the 1970’s every rock-and-roller dreamed of being on the cover of “Rolling Stone.” For motocross racers of the 1970’s it was to make the cover of “Cycle News.” Jody Weisel and his Super Combat (not to mention his dog) made it in 1974.

THE CURRENT TOP TEN HEADING TO INDY

Chad Reed is seventh in points—only5 points out of sixth or 3 points out of eighth 450 Supercross points. Photo: Brian Converse

2017 450 SUPERCROSS POINTS STANDINGS
(after 10 of 17 events)
1. Ryan Dungey…214
2. Eli Tomac…197
3. Cole Seely…169
4. Marvin Musquin…163
5. Jason Anderson…143
6. Davi Millsaps…121
7. Chad Reed…116
8. Blake Baggett…113
9. Dean Wilson…105
10. Broc Tickle…103

It has been a long time between wins, but starting this week no one can say that again. Adam Cianciarulo dominated Daytona. Photo: Brian Converse

AMA 250 EAST SUPERCROSS POINTS STANDINGS
(after 4 of 9 events)
1. Zach Osborne…86
2. Joey Savatgy…80
3. Adam Cianciarulo…77
4. Jordon Smith…70
5. Dylan Ferrandis…54
6. Colt Nichols…49
7. Luke Renzland…43
8. Alex Martin…42
9. Kyle Peters…37
10. Christian Craig…36

Austin Forkner is sixth in 250 West points. The 250 West starts up again on April 8.

2017 250 WEST POINTS STANDINGS
(After 6 of 9 events)
1. Justin Hill (Kaw)…138
2. Aaron Plessinger (Yam)…117
3. Shane McElrath (KTM)…113
4. Martin Davalos (Hus)…106
5. Jimmy Decotis (Hon)…91
6. Austin Forkner (Kaw)…90
7. Dan Reardon (Yam)…72
8. Kyle Chisholm (Hon)…60
9. Jeremy Martin (Hon)…55
10. Phil Nicoletti (Suz)… 54

REM TO RACE AT GLEN HELEN ON MARCH 18

For more info about REM motocross go to www.remsatmx.com

MTA WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP COMING ON APRIL 15

Just in case you need a little extra time to get your trusty, but rusty, two-stroke ready to race, the 2017 MTA World Two-Stroke Championship is a exactly one month away. It will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2017, 

HARRY TAYLOR CUP FOR HODAKAS ONLY ON APRIL 28-30

OLD SCHOOL SCRAMBLES ON GLEN HELEN’S OFFROAD TRUCK TRACK

Gary Jones will be designing a special Old School Scrambles track on Glen Helen’s Lucas Oil Offroad Truck track for a race on July 23, 2017. For more info go to www.oldschoolscrambles.com.

 2017 SUPERCROSS WINNERS AT A GLANCE

Ken Roczen has to watch the Championship that he was leading be battled out between Ryan Dungey and Eli Tomac. Photo: Brian Converse

Date                   Venue                                     450                                 250
Jan. 7……..Anaheim, CA………….Ken Roczen………..Shane McElrath
Jan. 14……San Diego, CA…………Ken Roczen………..Shane McElrath
Jan. 21……Anaheim, CA………….Ryan Dungey………Justin Hill
Jan. 28……Glendale, AZ………….Eli Tomac…………..Justin Hill
Feb. 4………Oakland, CA………….Eli Tomac…………..Justin Hill
Feb. 11……..Arlington, TX……….Marvin Muquin……Justin Hill
Feb. 18……..Minneapolis, MN….Eli Tomac……………Joey Savatgy
Feb. 25……..Atlanta, GA………….Ryan Dungey………..Zach Osborne

Feb. 25……..Atlanta, GA………….Ryan Dungey………Zach Osborne
Mar. 4……….Toronto, ON………..Eli Tomac…………..Zach Osborne

Mar. 11………Daytona, FL………..Eli Tomac……………Adam Cianciarulo
Mar. 18………Indianapolis, IN
Mar. 25………Detroit, MI
Apr. 1………….St. Louis, MO
Apr. 8…………Seattle, WA
Apr 22………..Salt Lake City, UT
450 Points leader...Ryan Dungey (KTM)
250 West points leader…Justin Hill (Kaw)
250 East points leader…Zach Osborne (Hus)

CLASSIC MOTOCROSS ADS FROM THE GOOD OLD DAYS

Damon Bradshaw’s Scott sunglass ad.

FOREIGN RIDERS WHO MADE THE MAINS IN DAYTONA

Swede Fredrik Noren (4) is 13th in 250 East points. His bests finish was an 8th in Atlanta. Photo: Brian Converse

These are the top foreign riders who made the main events in Daytona last Saturday. They have come a long way to race in the USA and they deserve a round of cheers when they pass by. They are strangers in a strange land—although a few have been here long enough to lose their accents.

DAYTONA 450 CLASS
Chad Reed (Australia)…5th
Dean Wilson (Scotland)……13th
Marvin Musquin (France)….15th

DAYTONA 250 EAST CLASS
Dylan Ferrandis (France)….3rd
Anthony Rodriquez (Venezuela)…12th
Cole Thompson (Canada)…13th
Fredrik Noren (Sweden)…15th

HOW TO SUBSCRIBE & GET MXA FOR FREE: ACTUALLY, WE PAY YOU

The April 2017 issue of MXA is on the news stands now and includes the most asked about bike in motocross today— Sean Collier’s KX500 Beast. You should be reading MXA, and if you subscribe now you get a $25 gift certificate from Rocky Mountain ATV/MC which more than pays for your subscription.

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 right now you can get 12 issues for $15.95 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: https://hi-torque.com/product/motocross-action/

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2017 MOTOCROSS SCHEDULES: WHERE TO BE & WHEN TO BE THERE

This weekend there is an AMA Supercross, Arenacross and a Grand Prix in Argentina.

2017 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 7…………………………Anaheim, CA
Jan. 14………………………San Diego, CA
Jan. 21………………………Anaheim, CA
Jan. 28………………………Glendale, AZ
Feb. 4……………………….Oakland, CA
Feb. 11………………………Arlington, TX
Feb. 18………………………Minneapolis, MN
Feb. 25………………………Atlanta, GA
Mar. 4………………………Toronto, ON
Mar. 11………………………Daytona, FL
Mar. 18………………………Indianapolis, IN
Mar. 25………………………Detroit, MI
Apr. 1…………………………St. Louis, MO
Apr. 8………………………..Seattle, WA
Apr. 22……………………….Salt Lake City, UT
Apr. 29……………………….New York, NY
May 6………………………….Las Vegas, NV

2017 AMSOIL ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 7-8…………………….Cincinnati, OH
Jan. 13-15…………………Grand Rapids, MI
Jan. 20-22…………………Baltimore, MD
Jan. 28-29…………………Nashville, TN.
Feb. 4-5…………………….Louisville, KY
Feb. 18-19…………………Kansas City, MO
Feb.y 25-26……………….Tampa, FL
Mar. 3-5…………………….Southaven, MS
Mar. 11-12…………………New Orleans, LA
Mar. 18-19…………………Portland, OR
Mar. 24-26…………………Reno, NV
April 1-2…………………….Sacramento, CA
April 21-23…………………Denver, CO
May 5-7…………………….Las Vegas, NV

2017 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Feb. 25…………………….Qatar (Saturday)
Mar. 5………………………Indonesia
Mar. 19…………………….Argentina
Apr. 2………………………Mexico
Apr. 16……………………..Italy
Apr. 23…………………….Holland
May 7………………………Latvia
May 21…………………….Germany
May 28…………………….France
June 11…………………….Russia
June 25……………………Italy
July 2……………………….Portugal
July 9……………………….San Marino (Canceled)
July 23……………………..Czech Republic
Aug. 6……………………..Belgium
Aug. 13…………………….Switzerland
Aug. 20…………………….Sweden
Sept. 3………………………Charlotte, USA  (Canceled)
Sept. 10……………………Holland
Sept. 17…………………….France

2017 AMA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 20……………………Hangtown, CA
May 27.…………………..Glen Helen, CA
June 3..………………….Thunder Valley, CO
June 17..…………………Mt Morris, PA
June 24.………………….Muddy Creek, TN
July 1.…………………….Red Bud, MI
July 8..……………………Southwick, MA​
July 22.…………………..Millville, MN​
July 29.…………………..Washougal, WA
Aug. 12..………………….Unadilla, NY​
Aug. 19..………………….Budds Creek, MD​
Aug. 26.…………………..Crawfordsville, IN

2017 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
Oct. 1…………………..Matterley Basin, Great Britain

RICKY CARMICHAEL AMATEUR DAYTONA SUPERCROSS
Mar. 12-13…………….Daytona, FL

MTA WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP
Apr. 15…………………..Glen Helen, CA

2017 TRAVIS PASTRANA’S NITRO WORLD GAMES
June 24……………….Salt Lake City, UT

2017 AMA LORETTA LYNN AMATEUR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
July 31-Aug. 5…..…Hurricane Mills, TN

2017 WOMEN’S MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 13…………………….Daytona Beach, FL
Mar. 25……………………Wortham, TX
Apr. 9………………………San Diego, CA
May 5………………………Las Vegas, NV
May 18-19………………..Hangtown, CA
June 2…………………….Thunder Valley, CO
June 16……………………Mt. Morris, PA
Aug. 5……………………..Hurricane Mills, TN

2017 WORLD OFF ROAD CHAMPIONSHIP (WORCS)
Jan. 6-8…………………….Taft, CA
Jan. 27-29…………………Primm, NV
Feb. 17-19………………….Taft, CA
Mar. 10-12…………………Lake Havasu, AZ
Apr. 1-2…………………….Las Vegas, NV
Apr. 21-23…………………Hurricane, UT
May. 19-21…………………Cedar City, UT
Jun. 9-11…………………..Adelanto, CA
Sept. 8-10…………………Glen Helen, CA
Oct 13-15…………………..TBA

2017 ITALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 29…………..………..Riola Sardo
Feb. 5………………………Malagrotta
Feb.12………………..……Ottobiano

2017 MAXXIS BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Apr. 9………………………Lyng
Apr. 30…………………….Canada Heights
May 14……………………Hawkstone Park
June 18……………………Desertmartin
July 9………………………TBA
July 16…………………….Blaxhall
July 30…………………….Preston Docks
Aug 27……………………..Foxhill

2017 BELGIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 12……………………Moerbeke-Waas
Mar. 26……………………Kruishoutem
Apr. 2……………………..Genk
Apr 10…………………….Mons
Apr. 18……………………Axel
Apr. 30……………………Wuustwezel
June 11…………………..Comines
June 18………………….Genk
July 22……………………Axel
July 23…………………..Hasselt
July 30…………………..Gooik
Aug. 15…………………..Balen
Aug. 20………………….Wachtebeke
Aug. 27………………….Orp le Grand

2017 CANADIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
June 4……………………Whispering Pines, BC
June 11………………….Blackwater, BC
June 18………………….Wild Rose, AB
June 25………………….Moto Valley, SK
July 9…………………….Gopher Dunes, ON
July 16…………………..Ulverton, QC
July 23…………………..Pleasant Valley, NS
July 30…………………..Riverglade, NB
Aug. 6…………………….Deschambault, QC
Aug. 13………………….RJ Motosport, ON

2017 DUTCH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 26…………………..Oss
Apr. 9th…………………..Harfsen
May 14……………………Emmen
July 15-16……………….Lichtenvoorde

2017 ADAC GERMAN MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIP
Apr. 9……………………….Muhlberg
Apr. 30…………………….Jauer
May 14…………………….Molln
June 18……………………Bielstein
July 16…………………….Tensfeld
Aug. 27……………………Gaildorf
Sept. 24…………………..Holzgerlingen

2017 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
April 2……………………..Wonthaggi, Victoria
April 23…………………..Appin, New South Wales
May 7……………………..Connondale, Queensland
May 21……………………Horsham, Victoria
May 28……………………Murray Bridge, South Australia
July 3……………………..Nowra, New South Wales
July 16……………………Shepparton, Victoria
July 30……………………Port Macquarie, New South Wales
Aug. 13…………………..Toowooba, Queensland
Aug. 20……………………Coolum, Queensland

2017 AUSTRALIAN SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Sept. 9…………………..Queensland
Sept. 23…………………Queensland
Oct. 14…………………..TBA
Oct. 26…………………..South Australia
Nov. 4…………………….Victoria
Nov. 11-12……………..New South Wales

Photos: Brian Converse, Justyn Norek, Scott Mallonee, Daryl Ecklund, Dan Alamangos, John Kerr, Massimo Zanzani, MXA, KTM, Honda.

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