MXA’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: GUESS WHO’S BACK

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DAMON BRADSHAW TO RACE OFFROAD FOR GASGAS

Damon Bradshaw has signed a deal to help GasGas with special events and to race some offroad events on the EC300.

GasGas is proud to announce that Mr. Damon Bradshaw has joined the GasGas family to assist in promotions and is getting into off road competition aboard the GasGas EC300. Damon is a Monster Energy Athlete and has been spending his time inside a Monster Energy Truck but is ready to get back to his roots in life and back on two wheels. Damon has been testing and working with the EC300 for the last couple of weeks in North Carolina and has agreed to work with Torrot GasGas moving forward.

“We are very excited to have Mr. Bradshaw join our family. Damon will bring a lot of knowledge and expertise to our growing effort, and the fans love Damon,” commented Mark Berg of Torrot GasGas North America, Inc. Damon is planning on attending and competing in a wide variety of events throughout the year. “My plans are to have fun and be at the races with the enjoyment of being with the fans, family and friends again, that is what I miss the most, the competition and the people.” Damon continued to comment “I have been watching Torrot GasGas new management and direction for the last year now and very excited at the possibilities we can do together moving forward.”

Damon Bradshaw 26 years ago on Team Yamaha.

In addition to racing, Mr. Bradshaw will be working with GasGas to create some special events for youth involvement and support media events in the months to come.  “We strongly believe in grass roots promotions and keeping the wheels turning with the young people out there. There is no better way to help grow the sport than by having a person like Mr. Bradshaw working with us to promote GasGas and off-road to the masses.” Mark Berg continues “the numbers show, riders of off road competition are getting older on average and all the manufacturers need to do our best to keep the interest alive and to spread the excitement and fun of off-road to the younger demographics.”

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: JGRMX YAMAHA SPARK PLUG CAP RETAINER

If you own a Yamaha YZ250F or YZ450F, it’s possible that the spark plug cap can become detached from the spark plug. That’s not a good thing. Don’t let this accidentally happen to you. The $35.99 JGRMX spark plug cap retainer locks down the spark plug cap, ensuring that it will not come loose. Made in the USA, the retainer is crafted out of aerospace grade 5052 aluminum. Titanium bolts are included and replace the OEM/stock hardware. The spark plug cap retainer is easy to install and available in anodized stealth black or limited edition purple. It fits the 2014-2017 Yamaha YZ250F and 2010-2017 Yamaha YZ450F. For more info go to www.jgrmxstore.com.

ONE LAST LOOK AT THE WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP BY LE TOP

THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAY BOYS: FOUR-TIME CHAMP IS 65

April 22…Gary Jones 1952
April 23…Mike Fisher 1967
April 23…Thomas Kjer Olsen 1997
April 24…Robby Skaggs 1977

April 25…Max Anstie 1993
April 26…Mike Jones 1966

April 26…Jeff Matiasevich 1970
April 26…Nicolas Aubin 1988

April 26…Taddy Blazusiak 1983
April 27…Eric McCrummen 1986

WHAT’S NEW AT MX-TECH? PSF2 SPRING KIT, 4CS LUCKY & WP XPLOR KIT

MX-Tech’s new dual-spring conversion kit takes Kayaba PSF2 air forks and adds coil springs, an optimized Huck Valve and new compression and rebound adjusters. It is a quick and easy way to get the security of trusted spring forks. The dual-spring conversion fits the 2016-2016 Honda CRF450 and 2016-2017 Suzuki RMZ250 forks.

For WP 4CS fork owners, the MXT Lucky 4CS System offers and evolutionary step in design, all the being over a pound lighter than a stock 4CS fork. The drop-in system has an increased cartridge volume, a redesigned Huck Valve, new adjuster and reduced friction machining. MXT has been changing 4CS forks to benefit riders since the beginning, and with the Lucky System we continue that support. The Lucky kit is over a pound lighter than stock 4CS forks, has an large 22mm cartridge, redesigned Huck Valve, new compression and rebound adjusters and is drop-in ready system.

For trail riding KTM and Husky riders, MX-Tech just finished off a season supporting many offroad riders, using WP Xplor forks. The MXT XPLR System takes a direct approach to the needs of of road riding. Their unique drop-in cartridge system weighs 1.5 pounds less than a stock 4CS fork. Lighter weight means less fatigue and better handling. The XPLR kit increases fork length and travel. This system includes a Huck Valve at no extra charge and a leaf spring mid-valve. For more info about MX-Tech’s latest products go to www.mx-tech.com

WORKS CONNECTION EZ OIL DRAIN SYSTEM for 2017 CRF450R/RX

Performing an oil change on the 2017 Honda CRF450R or CRF450RX can be a challenge to complete without making a mess of things due to the large diameter of the oil drain plug. The $37.95 CRF EZ Oil Drain System meets this challenge head on with its simple to use adaptor/hose/clamp design. Just lay the CRF over, with the throttle end of the handlebars on a bike stand, remove the oil drain plug, thread the oil drain system into the oil drain hole and stand the CRF back up. And with drain pan positioned below the engine, release the tension on the drain clip to allow engine oil to drain. Quick, simple and clean! For more info go to www.worksconnection.com

THE ANIMATED SALT LAKE CITY TRACK

SATURDAY’S SALT LAKE CITY SUPERCROSS TRACK LAYOUT

TV ALERT: THE SALT LAKE CITY SUPERCROSS IS ON FOX

Note that this race is on Fox, not Fox Sports 1 or 2.  Check your local listing for times in your region. Set your DVR accordingly.

2017 SUPERCROSS WINNERS AT A GLANCE

If Ryan Dungey has another gear, it is time to kick it in for the final three rouds. 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………Eli Tomac……………….Joey Savatgy
Mar. 25……Detroit, MI…………Eli Tomac………….Jordon Smith
Apr. 1…………St. Louis, MO………….Eli Tomac……………….Jordon Smith
Apr. 8……..Seattle, WA……….Marvin Musquin….Aaron Plessinger
Apr 22……….Salt Lake, UT…………..Eli Tomac……………….Shane McElrath
Apr. 29……New York, NY
May 6………Las Vegas, NV
450 Points leader...Eli Tomac (Kaw)
250 West Champion…Justin Hill (Kaw)
250 East points leader…Joey Savatgy (Kaw)

THE CURRENT TOP TEN HEADING TO NEW YORK CITY

Christian Craig will fill-in for both Ken Roczen and Cole Seely at Salt Lake City in the 450 class.

2017 450 SUPERCROSS POINTS STANDINGS
(After 15 of 17 races)
1. Eli Tomac (Kaw)…319
2. Ryan Dungey (KTM)…316
3. Marvin Musquin (KTM)…270
4. Jason Anderson (Hus)…228
5. Cole Seely (Hon)…211
6. Blake Baggett (KTM)…190
7. Davi Millsaps (KTM)…190
8. Broc Tickle (Suz)…167
9. Chad Reed (Yam)…158
10. Dean Wilson (Hus)…158

2017 250 WEST POINTS STANDINGS
(after 8 of 9 events)
1. Justin Hill (Kaw)…180
2. Shane McElrath (KTM)…154
3. Aaron Plessinger (Yam)…143
4. Martin Davalos (Hus)…142
5. Jimmy Decotis (Hon)…122
6. Austin Forkner (Kaw)…105
7. Dan Reardon (Yam)…96
8. Kyle Chisholm (Hon)…85
9. Cole Martinez (Yam)…73
10. Mitch Oldenburg (KTM)…60

AMA 250 EAST SUPERCROSS POINTS STANDINGS
(after 7 of 9 events)
1. Joey Savatgy (Kaw)…146
2. Jordon Smith (KTM)…140
3. Zach Osborne (Hus)…134
4. Adam Cianciarulo, (Kaw)…128
5. Dylan Ferrandis (Yam)…104
6. Christian Craig (Hon) …81
7. Luke Renzland (Yam)…70
8. Anthony Rodriguez (Yam)…69
9. Mitchell Harrison (Yam)…66
10. Kyle Cunningham  (Suz)…62

49TH ANNUAL HANGTOWN CLASSIC AMA NATIONAL MOTOCROSS

For more info to go www.hangtownmx.com

GREAT PLAINS VINTAGE MOTOCROSS SERIES STARTS MAY 7


The Great Plains Vintage Motocross Series starts on May 7th at Three Hills Raceway. For more info go to www.greatplainsvintagemx.com

OVER THE HILL GANG MILITARY APPRECIATION RACE ON MAY 7

2017 PACIFIC NORTHWEST VINTAGE SERIES AT TIETON ON APRIL 22

You missed the first round in Boise, but they just keep coming. For more info go to www.pnwvmx.org

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 www.oldschoolscramblesracing.com.

THE PARIS SUPERCROSS ON NOVEMBER 18-19

The 2017 Paris Supercross will move to the brand new U-Arena in the Paris business district. The U-Arena seats 24,000 spectators and has a larger floor area than Lille or Bercy. The 2017 Paris Supercross will be held on November 18-19, 2017.

 

LISTA DE HONOR: 2017 GRAND PRIX WINNERS AT A GLANCE

 Jorge Prado is the fourth different 250 GP winner in the first five rounds.

Date                   Venue                                     450                                 250
Feb. 25………..Qatar…………….Tony Cairoli…………..Pauls Jonas
Mar. 5…………Indonesia………Shaun Simpson………Jeremy Seewer
Mar. 19……….Argentina……….Tim Gajser…………….Pauls Jonas
Apr. 2…………Mexico……………Tim Gajser…………….Thomas Covington
Apr. 16………..Italy………………Tony Cairoli…………..Jorge Prado
Apr. 23……….Holland
May 7………….Latvia
May 21……….Germany
May 28……….France
June 11……….Russia
June 25……….Italy
July 2…………Portugal
July 23……….Czech Republic
Aug. 6…………Belgium
Aug. 13……….Switzerland
Aug. 20……….Sweden
Sept. 3………..USA
Sept. 10……….Holland
Sept. 17……….France
450 points leader…Tim Gajser (Hon)
250 points leader…Pauls Jonass (KTM)

GP POINTS STANDINGS: WHO’S WHO IN THE EUROPEAN ZOO

First place: Tim Gajser.

Second place: Tony Cairoli.

Third place: Clement Desalle.

FIM 450 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
(After 5 of 19 Rounds)
1. Tim Gajser (Hon)…201
2. Antonio Cairoli (KTM)…183
3. Clement Desalle (Kaw)…151
4. Evgeny Bobryshev (Hon)…145
5. Gautier Paulin (Hus)…145
6. Jeremy Van Horebeek (Yam)…144
7. Romain Febvre (Yam)…106
8. Arnaud Tonus (Yam)…101
9. Maximilian Nagl (Hus)…95
10. Kevin Strijbos (Suz)…90

First place: Pauls Jonass.

Second place: Jeremy Seewer.

Third place: Julien Lieber.

FIM 250 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS
(After 5 of 19 Rounds)
1. Pauls Jonass (KTM)…192
2. Jeremy Seewer (Suz)…183
3. Julien Lieber (KTM)…175
4. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Hus)…158
5. Benoit Paturel (Yam)…147
6. Brent Van doninck (Yam)…123
7. Jorge Prado (KTM)…117
8. Thomas Covington (Hus)…113
9. Vsevolod Brylyakov (Kaw)…110
10. Michele Cervellin (Hon)…99

CLASSIC MOTOCROSS ADS FROM THE GOOD OLD DAYS


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SUPERCROSS TV RATINGS UP 21% OVER LAST YEAR

Press release: Feld Entertainment is proud to announce a significant television ratings increase. As of past Saturday’s race in Seattle, Monster Energy AMA Supercross, a FIM World Championship, is up 21 percent year-over-year through thirteen races. Fueled by a deadlocked 450SX Class points race between Ryan Dungey and Eli Tomac, specifically the Saturday, April 1, 2017, live broadcast from St. Louis helped propel FOX Sports’ FS1 to the top ratings spot among all cable sports networks in prime time, while posting an impressive 50 percent increase among the coveted 18 to 49 year old demographic.

“At a time when traditional stick and ball sports and other motor sports television ratings are on the decline, these Monster Energy Supercross television ratings are of particular significance, especially when you look at our dramatically higher penetration within the 18-49 segment,” noted Nicole Feld, Executive Vice President, Feld Entertainment. “However, increased television ratings paint only part of the success picture for Monster Energy Supercross in 2017. Attendance is up over 10 percent year-over-year, digital engagement across platforms is at an all-time high and fan demand for the brand’s new pay-per-view live offering is exceeding expectations, with international fans streaming Supercross telecasts in 109 countries outside of North America.” Beyond television, Feld Entertainment motor sports has been increasingly committed to creating new content and improving the variety of ways fans can engage with the sport and the Monster Energy Supercross brand. These efforts have led to a 20 percent increase in traffic to SupercrossLIVE.com, a 90 percent increase in YouTube views and a 25 percent increase in overall social network audience size, since the start of the 2017 season this January.

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

The AMA Supercross season has three races to go with Eli Tomac (3) and Ryan Dungey tied on points. Then there is a week off before the AMA Nationals start at Hangtown.

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…………………….Gainesville, FL
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. 16-17…………………Glen Helen, CA
Sept. 8-10…………………Glen Helen, CA
Oct. 6-8…………………….Adelanta, CA

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………………………Sherwood
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, Jody Weisel, Daryl Ecklund, KTM, Honda, Massimo Zanzani, MXA,

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