MXA’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: IT’S LOOKING BRIGHTER OR MAYBE THAT’S MY $50 GOGGLE LENS

THIS WEEK IN MXA WITH JOSH MOSIMAN: COME TESTING WITH THE WRECKING CREW

MXA TEST RIDER PHOTO OF THE WEEK: A WHITER SHADE OF PALE

Lance Moorewood pushes a 1984 Husqvarna 250CR twin shocker through a deep sand berm. You gotta love the all white look of the 1980s.

MXA VIDEO: 2022 KTM 250SXF VIDEO TEST

AARON PLESSINGER SIGNS WITH KTM…FINALLY

Looking from above.

If this was a secret, then they need a new definition for the word. Everyone in the motocross world knew that Aaron Plessinger was going to KTM. And, sure enough, late in October, KTM sent out the official announcement that Aaron had signed a two-year deal to join KTM. Since Honda, Kawasaki and Star Yamaha had already locked down their 2022 teams (and when Star Yamaha, where Aaron was in 2021, made no mention of Aaron, everyone knew that he was bound for orange). It’s just nice to tie up the loose pieces.

• MXA VIDEO: 2022 HUSQVARNA FC450 VIDEO TEST

38TH PARIS SUPERCROSS POSTPONED: BUT NEW DATE ANNOUNCED!

Chad Reed, Marvin Musquin, Tony Cairoli, Maxime Renaux, Vince Friese and Ryan Sipes will be in Paris Son November 27..

The Paris Supercross, originally scheduled for November 6-7 had to postponed, but will finally be held on Saturday, November 27 (from 2:00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.) at Paris La Defense Arena.The one-dayschedule and very tight hours are the best the the promters could do to salvage this years edition It will be the 38th edition of the Paris Supercross, the oldest and main European SX . The Larivière Organisation, organizer of the race since 1984, are happy tht the new date will enable some MXGP riders to race the Paris Supercross. Antonio Cairoli, Romain Febvre and Marvin Musquin will join a French squad of Maxime Desprey, Cedric Soubeyras, Thomas Ramette, Greg Aranda, Anthony Bourdon, Adrien Escoffier and many more. Justin Brayton will be there, as well as Chad Reed back for a last trip to Paris, along with Justin Bogle, Ryan Sipes, Josh Hill, Alex Martin and Cole Seeley (coming off the couch). In the 250 class, Maxime Renaux will line up against Vince Friese, Kyle Peters and Ty Masterpool.

MXA VIDEO: 2022 KAWASAKI KX450 VIDEO TEST

HAVE YOU SEEN THE NOVEMBER 2021 ISSUE OF MXA? IT IS THE BEST DEAL IN THE SPORT!

If you don’t subscribe to MXA, you are missing a whole different world of motocross news, facts, test and photographs. For example, the just released November 2021 issue includes a complete and thorough test of the 2022 KTM 450SXF —it is jam-packed full of things you need to know, didn’t know and probably will wish you knew. We also test the 2022 KTM 150SX two-stroke. If you could only own one bike, the KTM 150SX should be at the top of your list. Not to mention the full race test of the one of the best modded 1991 Kawasaki KX500s we’ve ever tested. When your done reading the bike tests, you might want learn a little bit about 1982 250 World Champion Danny LaPorte or get a quick education in what the big fuss is about aftermarket motor mounts and head stays or maybe sit back and let Jamie Ellis give you the rundown on building the perfect engine for you. And that’s not all, we go to the Washougal National to see how beautiful an AMA National track can be and swing by ODI’s factory in Riverside, California, to find out what ODI stands for—other than really cool lock-on grips. As an added bonus, we give you a ton of tech info to make your life easier.

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MXA VIDEO: 2022 YAMAHA YZ250F VIDEO TEST

• 21ST ANNUAL REM OCTOBERCROSS WORLD VET WARM-UP RACE ON SATURDAY, OCT. 30

The REM Octobercross will be on the Glen Helen World Vet Championship track on Saturday, Oct.30. There are classes for all ages 125cc and up. Brought to you by Fasthouse, STI tires, EKS Brand Goggles and AME grips. Online entry is open. For more info go their Facebook page by Clicking Here or to www.remsatmx.com

MXA VIDEO: WE TEST A TWISTED BUILT YAMAHA YZ270F BIG-BORE

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: NIHILO KTM/HUSKY/GASGAS 250/350 OIL PUMP GEAR


The Nihilo Oil Pump Gear for the KTM, Husqvarna and Gas Gas 250/350 from 2015-2022 is designed to directly replace the plastic OEM gear. As many of you may be aware, the stock plastic gear has been known to distort and warp under harsh conditions such as excessive heat or dirty oil, causing the oil pump to malfunction. This can be catastrophic to your motor and cause irreparable damage. Nihilo understands that Billet aluminum is better than plastic, and the Nihilo gear will not warp or distort in harsh conditions. We manufacture our gears to exacting standards, so they perform just like the OEM gear but without the chance of failure.

Nihilo is known for developing parts that improve the performance and function of many OEM parts, and this newest offering is no different. We identified the problem and set out to fix it. Everything is made in our state-of-the-art US facility by our own hands on American made CNC machines and materials. Nihilo parts are not made overseas so we can guarantee the highest quality and function in the industry. If you have a 250 or 350, consider picking up one of our new aluminum oil pump gears and save yourself from engine failures down the road. For more info go to www.nihiloconcepts.com

MXA VIDEO: 2022 KTM 150SX TWO-STROKE VIDEO TEST

WHO’S WHO IN THE WORLD MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP HEADING TO FIVE STRAIGHT RACES IN ITALY

Jeffrey Herlings has a 12-point lead in the 450 World Championship heading to the final five races in Italy.

2021 FIM 450 GRAND PRIX POINT STANDINGS
(After 13 of 18 rounds)
1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM)…505
2. Romain Febvre (Kaw)…493
3. Tim Gajser (Hon)…490
4. Jorge Prado (KTM)…440
5. Antonio Cairoli (KTM)…419
6. Jeremy Seewer (Yam)…373
7. Pauls Jonass Gas)…352
8. Glenn Coldenhoff (Yam)… 302
9. Alessandro Lupino (KTM)…233
10. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Hus)…220

2020 250 World Champion Tom Vialle is only fourth in 250 points because he missed three GPs with injuries early in the year.

2021 FIM 250 GRAND PRIX POINT STANDINGS
(After 13 of 18 rounds)
1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM)…505
2. Romain Febvre (Kaw)…493
3. Tim Gajser (Hon)…490
4. Jorge Prado (KTM)…440
5. Antonio Cairoli (KTM)…419
6. Jeremy Seewer (Yam)…373
7. Pauls Jonass Gas)…352
8. Glenn Coldenhoff (Yam)… 302
9. Alessandro Lupino (KTM)…233
10. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Hus)…220

2021 FIM WORLD MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS AFTER 13 OF 18 ROUNDS

Romain Febvre (3) has been the surprise of the year. After 12 GP races he is only 12 points out of the 450 Championship lead.

Date            Venue                                                                     450                                          250
Jun. 13…Orlyonok, Russia………………………………Tim Gajser…………………Tom Vialle
Jun. 27….Matterley Basin, England………………….Tony Cairoli……………….Mattia Guadagnini
Jul. 4…….Maggiora, Italy………………………………..Jeffrey Herlings…………Mattia Guadagnini
Jul. 18….Oss, Holland…………………………………….Tim Gajser…………………Maxime Renaux
Jul. 25…Locket, Czech Republic………………………Jorge Prado………………..Mattia Guadagnini
Aug. 1…Lommel, Belgium……………………………….Romain Febvre…………..Jago Geerts
Aug. 8…Kegums, Latvia………………………………….Tim Gajser…………………Maxime Renaux
Sep. 5…Afyonkarahisar, Turkey………………………Jeffrey Herlings…………..Tom Vialle
Sep. 8…Afyonkarahisar, Turkey………………………Jeffrey Herlings…………..Tom Vialle
Sep. 19…Rio Sardo, Sardinia…………………………..Jeffrey Herlings…………..Tom Vialle
Oct. 3…Teutschenthal, Germany……………………..Tim Gajser…………………Maxime Renaux
Oct. 10…Lacapelle, France……………………………..Jeffrey Herlings…………..Tom Vialle
Oct. 17…Intu Xanadu, Spain…………………………..Jeffrey Herlings…………..Maxime Renaux
Oct. 24…Trentino, Italy
Oct. 27…Trentino, Italy (Wednesday)
Oct. 31…Trentino, Italy
Nov. 7…Mantova, Italy
Nov. 10…Mantova, Italy (Wednesday)
Nov. 14…TBA, Argentina (Canceled)
Nov. 28…Borobudur, Java (Canceled)
Dec. 5… Bali, Indonesia (Canceled)
450 points leader………………………………..Jeffrey Herlings
250 points leader………………………………Maxime Renaux

MXA VIDEO: 2022 HONDA CRF450 VIDEO TEST

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP CONCLUDED AFTER ONLY THREE RACES—CHAMPIONS NAMED


The Australian ProMX Management team had to conclude the 2021 Australian National Motocross series after only three rounds when Covid restrictions banned travel between state borders — ending the 2021 Championship after only holding events in Wonthaggi, Canberra and Maitland back in April, May and June. Five rounds remained unfinished on the race schedule.
2021 AUSTRALIAN 450 MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Luke Clout (Yam)…122
2. Regan Duffy (KTM)…119
3. Todd Waters (Hus)…116
4. Kirk Gibbs (Hon)…114
5. Hayden Mellross (Yam)…103
6. Brett Metcalfe (Hon)…98
7. Maximus Purvis (Yam)…71
8. Connor Tierney (Suz)…62
9. Aaron Tanti (Gas)…57
10. Jai Walker (Hon)…55

2021 AUSTRALIAN 250 MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Kyle Webster (Hon)…143
2. Jesse Dobson (Yam)…109
3. Rhys Budd (Yam)…106
4. Jay Wilson (Yam)…104
5. Nathan Crawford (Yam)…85
6. Dylan Wills (Hus)…83
7. Noah Ferguson (Gas)…79
8. Jayce Cosford (Yam)…63
9. Isaac Ferguson (Gas)…59
10. Korey McMahon (Gas)…55

2021 AUSTRALIAN UNDER-19 MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
1. Blake Fox (Gas)..147
2. Ryder Kingsford (Yam)…127
3. Kayden Minear(KTM)…91
4. Ben Novak (Hon)…89
5. Kobe Drew (Yam)…87
6. Thynan Kean (Hon)…79
7. Jack Mather (Hus)…73
8. Cambell Williams (Hon)…67
9. Cooper Holroyd (Yam)…59
10. Ryan Alexanderson (KTM)…58

MXA VIDEO: 2022 HONDA CRF250 VIDEO TEST

$10,000 PASHA 125 OPEN TWO-STROKE RACES AT THE WORLD VET FOR OVER-30 AND OVER-50 RIDERS

The Pasha 125 Open two-stroke race will return to the 2021 World Vet Championship on Nov. 5-7 at Glen Helen Raceway. It is a very unique race in that it is only open to 125cc to 150cc two-strokes and there are only two classes—Over-30 year old and Over-50 years old. Additionally, there are no skill divisions (it is an Open class, which any rider of any skill level is eligible to race, as long as he meets the age limits for the two classes). If you have a 125cc two-stroke you can be on the starting line—most likely next to a former AMA Pro who showed up for the money.  How much money? $5000 for each class, $10,000 total, with the winner pocketing $2500, second place getting $1500 and third place making $1000. Fourth place gets a pat on back and that warm fuzzy feeling of doing something that few on the planet ever get to do — blast off the line with 39 other 125 two-strokes shrieking like banshees.

MXA VIDEO: 2022 KTM 450SXF VIDEO TEST

 • MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: BRIDGESTONE BATTLECROSS X31

Developed using the latest Bridgestone technologies, the Battlecross X31 provides improved traction and grip on intermediate terrain. Additionally, the new X31 boasts increased stability and working range. Bridgestone’s Castle Block Technology, which acts on the shoulder blocks of the tires, through a convex section in the block, enhances the tractive power on both front and rear tires.

The Battlecross X31 has a new tread pattern that features an asymmetric block design on the rear tire, with a lower block ratio. The Battlecross X31 model will be available in six sizes and is expected to hit the shelves in early in 2022.

MXA VIDEO: 2022 KTM 250SX TWO-STROKE VIDEO TEST

2021 DUBYA WORLD VET MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP ON NOV. 5-7

For more info go to www.glenhelen.com

MXA VIDEO: 2022 HUSQVARNA TC125 VIDEO TEST

NEVER SEEN BEFORE: IS THIS A CZ GARDEN TRACTOR?

We gets lots of questions about CZ motorcycles, but never about CZ tractors, but is this really a CZ Garden Tractor?

The answer is no, but not just because the tractor looks home-made, but because that isn’t a CZ two-stroke engine. It is, in fact, a 1961 Jawa twin-cylinder enduro engine.

Here is the same twin-cylinder engine in a 1961 Jawa 250.

• MXA VIDEO: 2022 YAMAHA YZ450F VIDEO TEST

RED BULL DAY IN THE DIRT COMING TO GLEN HELEN ON NOV. 26-28

MXA AD OF THE WEEK: THE RED HEAD IS AN ANCIENT MARKETING PLOY


Way back in the 1970s Hacienda Honda was selling Honda XR75 hop-up kits with their signature “red head.”

MXA VIDEO: 1991 KAWASAKI KX500 PROJECT BUILD

KEEPING TRACK OF THE 2021 RACE SCHEDULES

Supercross is still months away, but when the big night arrives we expect fireworks.

2021 FIM GRAND PRIX CHAMPIONSHIP (REVISED)
Jun. 13…Orlyonok, Russia
Jun. 27…Matterley Basin, England
Jul. 4…Maggiora, Italy
Jul. 18…Oss, Holland
Jul. 25…Loket, Czech Republic
Aug. 1…Lommel, Belgium
Aug. 8…Kegums, Latvia
Sep. 5…Afyonkarahisar, Turkey
Sep. 8…Afyonkarahisar, Turkey (Wednesday)
Sep. 19…Rio Sardo, Sardinia
Oct. 3…Teutschenthal, Germany
Oct. 10…Lacapelle, France
Oct. 17…Intu Xanadu, Spain
Oct. 24…Trentino, Italy
Oct. 27…Trentino, Italy (Wednesday)
Oct. 31…Trentino, Italy
Nov. 7…Mantova, Italy
Nov. 10 …Mantova, Italy (Wednesday
Nov. 14…TBA, Argentina (Canceled)
Nov. 28…Borobudur, Indonesia (Canceled)
Dec. 5… Bali, Indonesia (Canceled)

2021 WORLD SIDECAR MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP (REVISED)
Aug. 22…Jinin, Czh
Sept. 26…Lange, Est
Oct. 10…Kramolin, CZR
Oct.17…Oss, Hol

2021 REM RACE REMAINING SCHEDULE
Oct. 30…Glen Helen (Octobercross)
Nov. 20…Glen Helen, CA
Dec. 4…Glen Helen, CA
Dec. 18…Glen Helen, CA

2021 SCOTTISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP (REVISED)
May 15/16…Tains
Jun. 26/27..Lochgilphead
Jul. 17…Doune
Aug. 14/15…Rhynie
Oct. 9/10…Tain

2021 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP (REVISED)
Apr. 11…Wonthaggi, VIC
May 2 …Canberra, ACT
Jun. 27…Maitland, NSW
Jul. 25…Wodonga, VIC (Canceled)
Aug. 8…Coulson, QLD (Canceled)
Aug. 14….Coolum, QLD (Canceled)
Aug. 15….Coolum, QLD (Canceled)
Sept. 5…Gillman, SA (Canceled)

2021 ADAC GERMAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP (REVISED)
Jul. 4…Bielstein
Jul. 18…Tensfeld
Aug. 15…Dreetz
Sep. 5…Furstilich Drehna
Sep. 12…Reutligen

2021 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
Sep. 26…Mantova, Italy

2021 REM OCTOBERCROSS
Oct. 30…Glen Helen

2021 DUBYA WORLD VET CHAMPIONSHIP
Nov. 5-7…Glen Helen

RED BULL DAY IN THE DIRT
Nov. 26-28…Glen Helen

2021 PARIS SUPERCROSS
Nov. 6-7…Paris, France (Postponed)

2021 NITRO RALLYCROSS
Nov. 20-21…Glen Helen, CA

• MXA VIDEO: 2022 YAMAHA YZ250 TWO-STROKE VIDEO TEST

• TENTATIVE 2022 RACE SCHEDULES

2022 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 8…Anaheim, CA
Jan. 15…Oakland, CA
Jan. 22…San Diego, CA
Jan. 29…Anaheim, CA
Feb. 5…Glendale, AZ
Feb. 12…Anaheim, CA
Feb. 19… Minneapolis, MN
Feb. 26… Arlington, TX
Mar. 5…Daytona Beach, FL
Mar. 12…Detroit, MI
Mar. 19…Indianapolis, IN
Mar. 26…Seattle, WA
Apr. 9…St. Louis, MO
Apr. 16…Atlanta, GA
Apr. 23…Foxborough, MA
Apr. 30…Denver, CO
May 7…Salt Lake City, UT

2022 KICKER ARENACROSS SERIES
Jan. 7-8…Loveland, CO
Jan. 14-15…Amarillo, TX
Jan. 21-22…Oklahoma City, OK
Jan. 28-29…Greensboro, NC
Feb. 4-5…Reno, NV
Feb. 11-12…Denver, CO

2022 WORCS OFF-ROAD SCHEDULE
Jan. 21-23…Primm, NV
Feb. 18-20…Glen Helen, CA
Mar. 11-13…Lake Havasu City, AZ
Apr. 8-10…Taft, CA
Apr. 29-May 1…Las Vegas, NV
May 27-29…Cedar City, UT
Sept. 16-18…Preston, ID
Oct. 14-16…Mesquite, NV
Nov 4-6…Primm, NV

• MXA VIDEO: 2022 HUSQVARNA FC350 VIDEO TEST

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• GLEN HELEN NITRO RALLYCROSS TICKETS ON SALE NOW FOR NOV. 20-21 EVENT

Travis Pastrana’s Nitro RallyCross (NRC) is set to expand in a big way, announcing a full championship series comprising five races in 2021. In 2022, NRX will go even bigger with a 10-stop global championship with races in North America, Europe and the Middle East. The new championship will also feature a revolutionary electric vehicle supercar class, which will be introduced in 2022. Travis Pastrana said, “Since day one, I have truly believed that Nitro RallyCross has the potential to be the most exciting motorsports series on the planet. When we built the first NRX course in Utah we knew we had something special — from the drivers’ genuine smiles to the astonished fans as cars flew side-by-side over 100-foot jumps.” Nitro RallyCross comes to Glen Helen Raceway on Nov. 20-21.  You can purchase tickets now by Clicking Here.

WANNA RACE IN SOCAL? WORLD VET IS COMING UP! NEED TO RENT A BIKE? FIND A PLACE TO STAY? JUST CALL STAPO WHEN YOU CAN TRAVEL AGAIN

Dennis Stapleton at work.

In his spare time, when he’s not testing with MXA, racing in a foreign country, going to Japan or helping many of his motocross buddies, MXA test rider Dennis Stapleton opens up his house, garage, bikes and mechanics to help riders who would like to come to SoCal on a motocross vacation—and when all the the countries open back up, foreign riders will be able to come to America to race, train and sight see again. You should plan ahead and make your reservations now for the upcoming World Vet Motocross Championship in November.

Dennis offers full service to all of the Southern California tracks for racers or play riders. Whether you want to rent a bike, move in for a week, race at Glen Helen or take motocross lessons—this is one-stop shopping. Just send them an email (Stapoknobbyshop@gmail.com). If you’d like to live the SoCal lifestyle for a day, a weekend, a week, a month or three months, visit Dennis Stapleton’s’ website at www.knobbyshopsouth.org for more details!

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• MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: MOTOCROSS ACTION CASUAL WEAR

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