MXA’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: NEXT WEEK ALL WE’LL TALK ABOUT IS SUPERCROSS, SO LET IT REST THIS WEEK

GODSPEED! TOM CORLEY (1955-2021)

Tom Corley was a fixture in the SoCal motocross scene almost from the very beginning of the sport. He spent his whole life  writing and photographing motocross. Almost everyone who raced at Ascot, Saddleback, Carlsbad or Indian Dunes had their photo taken by Tom. He shot photos, covered races, kept in depth records and loved the sport. Tom passed away on January 4, 2021, at the age of 65 from Covid-19. We would like to say that he will be missed, but that isn’t true because he left behind mementos for thousands of SoCal motocrossers to remember him by.

The following GoFundMe page has been set up to help with the recent medical expense the family is left with along with Tom’s final funeral arrangements.
Click Here to go to the GoFundMe page. If you would prefer to send donations directly, please forward them to Tom’s brother Ronald at the following address:

Ronald Paul Corley
1520 Beechwood Dr.
Martinez, CA 94553

THE COMPLETE 2021 MONSTER ENERGY SUPERCROSS TELECAST SCHEDULE

*Same-day delay, ^ Taped coverage

BAR X/CHAPARRAL/ECSTAR TO BE SUZUKI’S OFFICIAL 250 EAST/WEST SUPERCROSS TEAM


Suzuki press release: Suzuki is excited to announce its four-rider 250 class team for the 2021 Monster Energy Supercross series. All four riders will compete on the 2021 Suzuki RM-Z250 and benefit from the exceptional support of Suzuki’s RM Army support program. The BAR X/Chaparral/ECSTAR Suzuki team becomes the premier Suzuki 250 Supercross team after demonstrating excellent performance in the amateur ranks over the past several years. Team Manager Larry Brooks will field an impressive group of young Suzuki riders as they challenge for podiums and race wins throughout the 2021 Supercross season.

“BAR X and Suzuki have worked hard the last few years building our program with top amateur athletes, and competing in select pro events,” said team manager Larry Brooks. “We feel we are in a great place to take the next step and become the primary 250 class program for Suzuki. We are dedicated to competing with the best and making sure the RM-Z250 is up front when the gate drops for the 2021 Race Season.”

Derek Drake was set to lead the BAR X team in 2021, but suffered a broken femur in preseason practice, which will sideline him for the foreseeable future.

The BAR X/Chaparral/ECSTAR Suzuki Racing Team will feature a group of fresh and hungry young riders including Dylan Schwartz and Derek Drake on the West Coast, and John Short and Sean Cantrell heading up the team’s East Coast Supercross roster. The BAR X/Chaparral/ECSTAR Suzuki Team will be competing on the 2021 Suzuki RM-Z250 and also have the added support of ECSTAR Suzuki Oil and Chemicals as well as benefit from the Suzuki RM Army support program.

“We are thrilled to partner with the BAR X/Chaparral/ECSTAR program as our Suzuki Supercross 250 class racing team for 2021,” said Chris Wheeler, Suzuki’s Racing Manager. “BAR X’s solid experience and growth in the 250 class make them a solid and exciting partner for our 2021 racing efforts,” added Wheeler.

WE RIDE MIKE ALESSI’S WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP YAMAHA YZ325

• JEREMY VAN HOREBEEK TO LEAD BETA INTO ITS MXGP DEBUT IN 2021


Jeremy has a lot on his plate, not only with a new season, new team and new to the world bike, but his wife Glenny just presented him with twins Nyo and Jaxen a month and a half ago.

It’s official! Beta will race the FIM Motocross World Championship with Team SDM Corse, and has signed up Jeremy Van Horebeek to head up their debut effort. Van Horebeek signed a two-year deal.Van Horebeek’s teammate will young French rider Jimmy Clochet. SDM Corse was a Yamaha team last year with Ruben Fernandez and Michele Cervellin. This will be the first time that Beta will race the 450 MXGP class.


Beta currently has 350cc, 390c, 430cc, 480cc and 500cc four-stroke engines in their line-up, but no four-stroke motocross bikes.


Beta introduced its first motocross model late last year. The 300RX is an America-only two-stroke.

Beta is best known for its enduro, dual-sport and trials motorcycles made it first move towards motocross when it announced the US-only 2021 Beta 300 RX two-stroke. Beta has until April 3 to build Jeremy Van Horebeek a Grand Prix ready 450cc four-stroke and they have started work on it already. Beta currently makes 350cc, 390cc, 430cc, 480cc and 500cc Open class four-stroke enduro models.


MXA has been testing a 2021 Beta 300RX two-stroke for an upcoming issue.

The Italian manufacturer has World Championship Trials and Enduro championship wins, but this is the first time it will enter the MXGP motocross class. Beta recently signed up Briton Jonny Walker for enduro duties. Beta already has British World Enduro champs Steve Holcombe and Brad Freeman. The name Beta comes from the first initial of Enzo Bianchi and Arrigo Tosi—although they used the European form of listing the last name first and their first name last. Beta started making motorcycles in 1948 with the 48cc Beta Cigno.

2021 SUPERCROSS SCHEDULE: IT HASN’T CHANGED YET!

AUSTRALIA HONDA AD THAT WILL MAKE THE KID IN YOU GO “VROOOM VROOM”

THE PERFECT SUPERCROSS SEASON HAS NEVER BEEN DONE— IS THIS THE YEAR?


This was Honda’s ad touting Ricky Carmichael’s  24 for 24 moto wins in the 2002 AMA 250 Nationals. Could Kawasaki, Honda, KTM, Yamaha, GasGas, Suzuki or Husqvarna buying the first-ever ad for a perfect Supercross season this year?

• LAST WEEK’S ODDBALL PHOTO SPAWNED A NEW ONE

Last week we ran a photo of this joke sign in the Glen Helen pits from a couple years. It only lasted one day before someone stole it.

Surprise! This week when the MXA gang pulled into the REM pits there was a brand new sign.

• MXA FIRST RIDE VIDEO: 2021 HUSQVARNA FC250

• REM GLEN HELEN GETS BUSY IN JANUARY • RACING ON THE 16TH, 23RD & 30TH

With races on Jan. 16, Jan. 23 and Jan. 30th, it’s time to get in gear.  For more info go to www.remsatmx.com or Click Here for REM’s Facebook page.

MXA SHOOTOUT VIDEO: 2021 HONDA CRF450 VERSUS HUSQVARNA FC450

AMA RULE OF THE WEEK: HOW MANY IS TOO MANY, HOW FEW ARE TOO LITTLE

This rule effectively does three things:

(1) It bans two-wheel drive motorcycles from being used in AMA motocross or Supercross. This has never really been an issue in these two disciplines, but two-wheel drive bikes can be found in enduros and Endurocross events.

(2) It stops the manufacturers from changing the number of gears—or at least it thinks it does. MXA has tested a number of factory race bikes that rolled off the assembly line with five-speed gearboxes only to be raced in AMA motocross or Supercross as three- or four-speed bikes. Isn’t this illegal? No! For two reasons. First, the AMA rules does not state that the homologated bike must use the stock transmission — only that the “number of gear must be the same as the homologated model.” Second, since there is no clear-cut rule on what defines a five- or six-speed transmission, that means that there is no rule that defines what a four-speed transmission is either.

What does this mean? According to some teams it means that as long as the engine has a five-speed transmission in the cases, there is no rule that says all five gears have to work. Thus, factory teams have been known to build gearboxes that look like they have five-speeds, but only the gear combinations for three or four of the gearsets touched each other. Under the rule, as written, the bike technically has a five-speed transmission, but only a few of them are engaged.

MXA SHOOTOUT VIDEO: 2021 KAWASAKI KX450 VERSUS YAMAHA YZ450F

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: WORKS CONNECTION HARD PARTS & ACCESSORIES

WORKS CONNECTION FACTORY STAND — $119.95
It has a 12” x 12” top, all-aluminum construction, embossed 10mm thick top mat, removable tool tray, sponsor logo panel and is available in black or white powder coating with blue, red, green, yellow, orange or gray decals.

WORKS CONNECTION ELITE THROTTLE TUBE — $69.95
The Elite throttle tube features a seal ball bearing for ultra-smooth operation, interchangeable cam pulleys to match stock cams, 6061 T-6 aluminum throttle tube, Replaceable end cap and is the ultimate replacement for stock throttle tubes.

WORKS CONNECTION HOUR METER & TACH — $44.95
The Works Connection tach/hour meter has five mode display screens, a tach that displays engine rpm and records max rpm (and auto sets for the next ride), records total engine run time (and is resettable), has a built in clock and works on carbureted, fuel-injected two-strokes and four-strokes.

PRO PEGS TITANIUM FOOTPEGS — $269.95
Hand-crafted from aerospace grade Ti-6AL-4V titanium, Pro Pegs are an amazing 60mm wide with 30 teeth per peg, while weighing only 350 grams per set. They are corrosion resistant, incredibly strong and come with new cotter pins. Available for Honda, Kawasaki, GasGas, KTM, Husqvarna, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki.

WORKS CONNECTION NO-LOSS AIR ADAPTOR — $44.95
Works Connection’s No-Loss Adaptor ensures the air pressure you set is the air pressure you get. It takes the guess work out of setting your WP XACT air fork’s pressure, while making your pump easier to attach or disconnect from the Schrader valve.

WORKS CONNECTION SHORTY PUSH-BUTTON AIR BLEEDERS — $24.95
Every racer knows that he should bleed the excess air hat has built up from heat out of his forks before every moto, but getting a screwdriver or, worse yet, a #20 Torx driver to let the air out is a hassle. The solution? Works Connection’s one touch air bleeders. No tools requires, just a finger —which you don’t have to open up your toolbox to find.

WORKS CONNECTION SCATTERED T-SHIRT — $19.95
Wear your Works Connection Scattered T-shirt proudly as it is emblazoned front and back with the Works Connection logo. The 100% cotton shirt comes in blue or back and the logs are silk screened on. Available in small to extra-large. Look sharp!

For more info or to order go to www.worksconnection.com or call (530) 642-9488.

MXA AD OF THE WEEK: WHEN “LANCE THE TRANCE” WAS A MINI STAR

Before Lance Moorewood was an MXA test rider, we was an NMA minicycle star, which is logical when you learn that Lance’s mom and Dad, Ted and Patty, ran the NMA. Lance would become MXA’s test rider when Jody Weisel took over and brought Lance with him to MXA in the winter of 1976. But, this Vulcan Cycle Works ad shows Lance on a hopped-up XR75 for an issue of  Minicycle Action.

MXA TEAM TESTED: ALPINESTARS A1-PLUS ROOST GUARD

Alpinestars makes four of the best designed roost guards in the sport. Alpinestars offers the $119.95 A1, $129.95 A1-Plus, $179.95 A4 and $199.95 A10. The higher up the scale, the better the impact resistance. The Alpinestars’ A1-Plus is an upgrade of the original A1, which is the lightest and sleekest plastic roost guard on the market. All four Alpinestars roost guards are favorites of the MXA test riders.

Many riders want to wear a plastic roost guard under their jerseys but find them too bulky. The market has responded by making slimmer, all-plastic roost guards that can be worn under a jersey, such as the Thor Sentinel, Fly Revel and Fox ProFrame, but Alpinestars went all out to make an incredibly sleek design that doesn’t add any bulk.

The A1 Plus’ back panel covers more area than on the original A1 guard and is rated at a much higher impact absorption by CE certification.

Racers wear a roost guard for protection not just from roost but also crashes. And while corporate lawyers don’t want their clients to call them “chest protectors” for liability reasons, these roost guards quite obviously offer a degree of chest protection. The front and back of the original A1 is CE-certified as an EN-14021 “stone shield.” Its transmitted force cannot exceed 27 kilonewtons of impact force (approximately 6000 pounds-force); however, the A1-Plus is CE-certified to the more stringent EN-1621-2 standard (its transmitted force cannot exceed 12 kilonewtons of impact force, approximately 2500 pounds-force). Obviously, the less force the protector transmits to the body, the softer the blow, which means the back panel of the A1-Plus offers double the impact protection of the A1.

The A1 Plus’ front piece has more thermoformed padding around the plastic chest piece. It is a lot more comfortable to wear than the original A1.

How does the A1-Plus differ from the original A1 roost guard. The A1-Plus has extended thermoformed foam padding that not only offers more surface area of roost protection but increases the comfort level for the rider’s body. The front panel’s molded plastic has a more swooping neckline with 1-1/2 inches of foam padding above it. On the back panel, the slots where the elastic strap exits no longer have a cowling-shape above them since these cowlings occasionally cracked; instead, the strap exits through wider low-profile slots.

The Alpinestars A1-Plus has a removable upper back panel, elastic hooks and small shoulder pads to accommodate the BNS neck brace. Plus, the plastic back protection can be removed, thanks to a built-in Y-strap that enables the A1-Plus to be used as a front-only roost guard. Adjustable Velcro straps allow the A1-Plus to fit tall, short, thin and wide bodies.

This is what the original A1 roost guard looks like. It was a different front and back panel  less padding around the plastic and the impact protection is only rated as a “stone shield.”

MXA test riders who previously wore the Alpinestars A1 roost guard immediately switched to the A1-Plus, claiming that it fit better, hugged their torsos tighter and was also invisible when worn under a jersey. We can’t overstate the benefits of the upgraded impact protection of the back panel. Alpinestars’ roost guard lineup is the most inclusive in the gear business. It ranges from the light and simple (A1) to full coverage and dual-walled (A10). Kudos to Alpinestars for going the extra mile to improve its already-popular A1 roost deflector. That shows a commitment to excellence.

DIGITS? $129.95 (available in black or white and medium/large and extra large/double extra large)www.alpinestars.com or (800) 409-0903.

MXA RATING: If you are looking for a lightweight roost guard that can be worn under or over your jersey, the Alpinestars A1-Plus is the place to start. You won’t know you are wearing it.

• 22ND ANNUAL TEXAS WINTER SERIES ROUND 3 AT VILLAGE CREEK ON JAN. 23-24

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MXA FIRST RIDE VIDEO: 2021 GASGAS MC 450F

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: MOTO TASSINARI VFORCE4R

The unique VForce reed valve features double the reed tip surface over a conventional reed valve design. The added reed petals mean that reeds only travel half the distance as a conventional reed valve to get the same airflow. The shorter opening means that they open quicker, close more completely and last longer. Ever since their introduction VForce reeds have been popular with two-stroke riders looking for more midrange, increased airflow and perfect fit. Constantly changing to improve the design, Motocross Tassinari offers the VForce4 with its pre-curved reed petal, carbon fiber petal tips, wider cage, 10.5% increase in reed tip area and longer reed stops. The VForce4 has become the go-to reed cage for many two-stroke owners. But wait, there’s more. Enter the “VForce4R” with its rubber over-molding on the reed petal tips to increase petal life, straighter intake manifold, newly design cage and a winged air guide that increases air velocity. For more info go to www.mototassinari.com

MXA FIRST RIDE VIDEO: 2021 GASGAS MC 250F

WHO BE HE?

Any hardcore moto fan should be able to recognize this 12-year-old racer—although he hasn’t been 12 in about 16 years. He will be on the starting line in Houston on January 16. The answer is on the bottom of this page. Photo: David Pinkman

AMERICAN HISTORY: BRAD LACKEY’S 1972 TEAM KAWASAKI CONTRACT

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HAVE YOU SEEN THE JANUARY 2021 ISSUE OF MXA YET?


What’s in the newest issue of MXA? How about full tests on the 2021 Husqvarna FC250, 2021 Honda CRF450,  2021 Yamaha YZ125, 2021 Kawasaki KX250 and Mike Alessi’s World Two-Stroke Championship winning ESR Yamaha YZ325.

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KEEPING TRACK OF THE 2021 RACE SCHEDULES

The 17-round 2021 Supercross series is coming back, but it is only coming to  7 towns in 5 states.

2021 AMA KICKER ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 8…….Starkville, MS
Jan. 9…….Starkville, MS
Jan. 15…….Lubbock, TX
Jan. 16…….Lubbock, TV
Jan. 22…….Guthrie, OK
Jan. 23…….Guthrie, OK
Jan. 29…….Denver, CO
Jan. 30…….Denver, CO
Feb. 5…….Reno, NV
Feb. 6…….Reno, NV
Mar. 5…….Amarillo, TX
Mar. 6…….Amarillo, TX

REVISED 2021 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP (UPDATED)
Jan. 16 (Saturday)…Houston, TX
Jan. 19 (Tuesday)….Houston, TX
Jan. 23 (Saturday)…Houston, TX
Jan. 30 (Saturday)…Indianapolis, IN
Feb. 2 (Tuesday)….Indianapolis, IN
Feb. 6 (Saturday)…Indianapolis, IN
Feb. 13 (Saturday)…Orlando, FL
Feb. 20 (Saturday)…Orlando, FL
Mar. 6 (Saturday)…Daytona Beach, FL
Mar. 13 (Saturday)…Arlington, TX
Mar. 16 (Tuesday)… Arlington, TX
Mar. 20 (Saturday)…Arlington, TX
Apr.10 (Saturday)…Atlanta, GA
Apr.13 (Tuesday)…Atlanta, GA
Apr.17 (Saturday)…Atlanta, GA
Apr. 24 (Saturday)…Salt Lake City
May 1 (Saturday)…Salt Lake City

2021 PROVISIONAL GRAND PRIX SCHEDULE (UPDATED)
Apr. 3…Muscat, Oman
Apr. 25…TBA, Italy
May 16…Agueda, Portugal
May 23…Oss, Holland,
May 30…Teutschenthal, Germany
Jun. 13…Orlyonok, Russia
Jun. 20…Kegums, Latvia
Jul. 4…Jakarta, Indonesia
Jul. 11…Semarang, Indonesia
Jul. 25…Locket, Czech Republic
Aug. 1…Lommel, Belgium
Aug 8…Uddevall, Sweden
Aug. 22…KimiRing, Finland
Aug. 29…Igora, Russia
Sep. 12…Afyonkarahisar, Turkey
Sep. 19…TBA, China
Oct. 10…St, Jean d’Angely, France
Oct. 17…Intu Xanadu, Spain
Oct. 31…TBA
Nov. 14…Neuquen, Argentina

2021 SCOTTISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 27/28…Tain
Apr. 24/25…Duns
May 15/16..Lochgilphead
Jun. 26/27..Reserve date
Jul. 10… Doune (Youth)
Jul. 17…Doune (Adult )
Aug. 14/15…Rhynie
Sept. 4/5…Desertmartin, Northern Ireland

2021 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Apr. 11…Wonthaggi, VIC
May 2 …Canberra, ACT
May 30…Gillman, SA
Jun. 27…Maitland, NSW
Jul. 25…Wodonga, VIC
Aug. 9…TBA, QLD
Aug. 14….Coolum, QLD
Aug. 14….Coolum, QLD

2021 ADAC GERMAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Apr. 18…Dreetz
May 16…Moggers
Jun. 6…Reutlingen
Jul. 3…Bielstein
Jul. 18…Tensfeld
Sep. 5…Princely Drehna
Sep. 9…Gaildorf

2021 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
Sep. 26…Imola, Italy

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