MOTOCROSS ACTION’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP


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RYAN VILLOPOTO’S $100 SIGNATURE SHOE




Did you ever want your feet to look just like Ryan Villopoto’s? Now that would be a die-hard fanboy. Well, now you can with Ryan’s new signature shoe from DC Shoes. Featuring a leather, nubuck or suede upper, these low-top shoes feature a breathable mesh panel and an airbag for impact protection and cushioning. For more info go to www.dcshoes.com

NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT: VENTZ

Ventz is an air scoop that attaches to your jacket to help cool you down. When riding in warm weather an invisible layer of hot air is trapped under yoru chest protector, offroad jacket or leather cruiser wear, Ventz creates a flow of air that helps, dare we say it, vent the trapped heat out through your neckline. For more info go to www.ventz-range.com

VENTZ VIDEO


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K-ROC AT  A1: THE VIDEO IS 5 MINUTES LONG, BUT THE RACING ENDS AFTER 27 SECONDS

THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAY BOYS: CARLA IS 61


Former 250 (1979) and 500 World Champion (1983) Hakan Carlqvist will be 61 next Thursday.

Jan. 8…Mike Craig 1969 (46 years old)
Jan. 10…Stephen Sword 1980 (35 years old)
Jan. 11…David Pingree 1975 (40 years old)
Jan. 13…Mike Kiedrowski 1969 (46 years old)
Jan. 14…Rob Salcedo
Jan. 15…Martin Davalos 1987 (28 years old)
Jan. 15…Alessandro Lupino 1991 (24 years old)
Jan. 15…Hakan Carlqvist 1954 (61 years old)
Jan. 15…Austin Squires 1973 (42 years old)
Jan. 16…Ryan Mills 1986 (29 years old)

THE WOMEN GET BACK ON THE AMA NATIONAL CIRCUIT…SORT OF


The 2015 Women’s Motocross (WMX) Championship will be eight rounds long. It will consist of three races in conjunction with the Ricky Carmichael Daytona Amateur Supercross, Freestone Spring Championship and California Classic at Glen Helen. The remaining five rounds will take place at select rounds of the 2015 AMA National Motocross Championship. But, and this is a big but, the women will not race at the AMA Nationals like they used to, but either the day before of the day after the Hangtown, Muddy Creek, Mt. Morris, Red Bud and Crawfordsville AMA Nationals. For more info go to www.RaceWMX.com.

2015 WOMEN’S NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Mar. 8-9…Daytona Beach, FL
Mar. 21…Wortham, TX
Apr. 12…Glen Helen, CA
May 15…Hangtown, CA
June 7…..Muddy Creek, TN
June 12…Mt. Morris, PA
July 5…..Red Bud, MI
Aug. 21…Crawfordsville, IN

MXA PHOTO OF THE DAY: HAPPY COINCIDENCE

Would you believe that KTM is located on the corner of Innovation Court and Technology Drive. Innovation & Technology is not only a cool address, but a snappy slogan — “KTM: Where Innovation & Technology Meet.”

DEL MAR SHORT TRACK COMING ON JANUARY 17-18


For more info go to www.ivlft.com

AWARD TIME! TAKING CARE OF LAST YEAR’S BUSINESS

Danny Thompson (left) presenting the Mickey Thompson Award to Mitch Payton.

At Anaheim 1 there were three special ceremonies to hand out awards to deserving individuals. Ryan Villopoto was on hand to get his 2014 AMA Supercross ring. Tyler Bowers was given his 2014 Arenacross Championship ring. And, Pro Circuit’s Mitch Payton was given the Mickey Thompson Award of Excellence.

MAN DOWN: WILL HAHN OUT FOR SUPERCROSS SEASON

Wil Hahn.

Monster Energy Kawasaki will be a man down now that the doctor’s report is back on Wil Hahn’s Anaheim 1 crash. Hahn broke the same arm that he had plated last year and suffered additional back and rib injuries. Hahn spent most of past season rehabbing from his March 29 crash in St. Louis. Having been pegged to join the Davi Millsaps at the Kawasaki team for 2015 was a big boost for Hahn, but now he will sit out the 2015 Supercross series and try to get ready for the AMA Nationals, which start on May 16. Kawasaki has not decided if they will hire a fill-in rider to replace Hahn, but an injury this early in the season almost demands it. Let the guessing begin.

2015 SUPERCROSS AT A GLANCE

Eli Tomac won in Phoenix.

Date           Venue                      450                       250
Jan. 3…..Anaheim I……………Ken Roczen……Jessy Nelson
Jan. 10…Phoenix……………….Eli Tomac……….Cooper Webb
Jan. 17…Anaheim II
Jan. 24…Oakland
Jan. 31…..Anaheim III
Feb. 7…..San Diego
Feb. 14…Dallas
Feb. 21…Atlanta
Feb. 28…Atlanta
Mar. 7…Daytona
Mar. 14…..Indy
Mar. 21…Detroit
Mar. 28…St. Louis
Apr. 11…..Houston
Apr. 18….Santa Clara
Apr. 25. ..New York
May 2……Las Vegas
450 Points leader…Ken Roczen (Suz)
250 West points leader…Jessy Nelson (KTM)

NICK WEY’S NEW 2015 TEAM STRUCTURE

Nick Wey had a bad nights at A1 and Phoenix, but he will rebound.

Mafia Moto Crew/Pasion MX is looking forward to the 2015 AMA Supercross series. Nick Wey will be competing in the 450 class aboard a Kawasaki KX450F. Last season, Wey, finished the year with strong main event performances and is looking forward to building on that momentum in the 2015 season. Entering his 18th professional season, Weysaid, “I’m feeling the best I have on the motorcycle in years, and I am really looking forward to a success filled year with all of our partners.”

New to the team for the upcoming season is Pasion MX. They will come on board as co-title sponsor alongside Mafia Moto Crew. Pasion MX owner Marisol Rios-Reid said, “I am very excited to join forces with Mafia Moto Crew for the 2015 season. Growing up in Costa Rica, it has always been a dream of mine to go racing in the USA and there is not a more professional person, both, on and off the track then Mr. Wey.” For more info go to www.mafiamotocrew.com.


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THREE NEW CMRC CANADIAN NATIONAL RULE CHANGES

Restrictions for 250 Class: Riders that finished in the top 20 overall at the AMA Outdoor Nationals (250 and 450) or FIM GPs (MXGP/MX2/MX3) will not be eligible to compete in the MX2 Pro/Am class. This would apply for all riders within the past five years. Overall standings in AMA Supercross does not apply. (This rule eliminates most established AMA National riders from the 250 class — including Vince Friese — which is probably why they wrote it. Vince was 18th in the 2010 AMA 250 Nationals and 18th in the 2012 AMA 450 Nationals).

Second Bike: Riders will be permitted to use a second bike to race at each national. If one bike has a mechanical failure in practice, a qualifier or first moto, the rider may use a second bike providing it has gone through tech inspection on the previous day to the National. (This rule will be hard to enforce because they will have to determine exactly what constitutes a “mechanical failure.”  Is a bent clutch lever justification enough? It is likely that the high dollar teams will just setup one bike for one moto and another bike for moto two — which takes race day bike prep out of the equation to some degree. In the long run, this rule is not a very good idea.)


New Points Structure: Points will be awarded to top the 25 per moto. The intention of this change is to reward points to privateers that travel the nationals but finish outside of the top 20. This would also encourage more local riders to compete at the national level and participate in a greater number of events. The winner will get 30 points, second 27, third 25, fourth 23, fifth 21, sixth 20 and then one point increments from all the way to 25th. (Why not pay points to every rider in the race, break it down to decimal points and give every rider a trophy. This may not be much of an incentive for local riders to compete, but it will keep Championship contenders, who have issues, on the track longer just to get the extra points offered for 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, and 25th place).

REM GLEN HELEN’S  JANUARY RACE SCHEDULE


For more info go to www.remsatmx.com

THIS IS NOT MOTOCROSS: TWO UNIQUE BIKES FROM THE CSC


CSC Cyclone 250 Adventure Bike.

CSC stand for California Scooter Company, but its obvious that the “C” in CSC could represent China, since the available 150cc and 250cc engines in these two bikes are from the Zongshen Industrial group. The CSC Cyclone is a 250cc adventure bike — which makes it the smallest displacement adventure bike around. But that small size could mean big fun at an affordable price. At $3495 the Cyclone comes with luggage, luggage racks, windshield and frame guards. Maybe not the perfect bike for freeway travel, but it could be spot-on for day tripping in the mountains.


1950 Mustang ad.

The CSC Classic is really a modern take on the old-school Mustang motorcycle. The original Mustang was designed in the 1930s and was powered by a 125cc Villiers engine, but eventually it used a 320cc Busy Bee engine. Mustang went out of business in 1965.


The 2015 CSC version of the Mustang.

The 2015 CSC Classic version of the Mustang is available in 150cc and 250cc version — with a fairly wide range of colors and styles. The retail price of the “new Mustang” ranges from $3995 to $4595. For more info go to www.californiascooterco.com


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GOT TICKETS? GOT MONEY? START SAVING NOW! 2015 SEASON SCHEDULE

With two race sin the books, the nervous time is over. No is the time to perform.

2015 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 3………………….Anaheim, CA
Jan. 10…………………Phoenix, AZ
Jan. 17…………………Anaheim, CA
Jan. 24…………………Oakland, CA
Jan. 31…………………Anaheim, CA
Feb. 7…………….…….San Diego, CA
Feb. 14…………………Arlington, TX
Feb. 21…………………Atlanta, GA
Feb. 28…………………Atlanta, GA
March 7………………..Daytona, FL
March 14………….…..Indianapolis, IN
March 21……………..Detroit, MI
March 28……………..St. Louis, MO
April 11………………..Houston, TX
April 18………………..Santa Clara, CA
April 25………………..East Rutherford, NJ
May 2…………………..Las Vegas, NV

2015 AMA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 16…………….…Hangtown, CA
May 23…………….…Glen Helen, CA
May 30………….……Thunder Valley, CO
June 6………………..Muddy Creek, TN
June 13……………….Mt. Morris, PA
June 27………………Budds, MD
July 4…………………Red Bud, MI
July 18………..……..Millville, MN
July 25……………….Washougal, WA
August 8………….…Unadilla, NY
August 15……….…..Miller Motorsports, UT
August 22 …………..Crawfordsville, IN

2015 FIM WORLD MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Feb. 28…………………Losail, Qatar
March 8………………..Si Racha, Thailand
March 29………………Neuwuen, Argentina
April 19………………..Arco di Trento, Italy
April 26………………..Valenswaard, Holland
May 10…………………Talavera, Spain
May 24…………………Matterley Basin, Great Britain
May 31…………………Villars Sous Ecot, France
June 14………………..Maggiora, Italy
June 21………………..Teutschenthal, Germany
July 5…………………..Uddevalla, Sweden
July 12…………………Kegums, Latvia
July 26…………………Loket, Czech Republic
Aug 2…………………..Lommel, Belgium
Aug 16…………………Trinidade, Brazil
Aug 30…………………Assen, Netherlands
Sept 13…………………Leon, Mexico
Sept. 20………………..Glen Helen, USA

2015 AMSOIL ARENACROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 10-11………….…Cincinnati, OH
Jan. 16-18………….…Grand Rapids, MI
Jan. 23-25…………….Colorado Springs, CO
Jan. 31- Feb. 1…..…..Nashville, TN
Feb. 6-8……………….Wilkes-Barre, PA
Feb. 21-22……………Tampa, FL
Feb. 28- Mar.1………Kansas City, MO
Mar. 6-8……………….Council Bluffs, IA
Mar. 13-15……………Southaven, MS
Mar. 21-22……………New Orleans, LA
Mar. 28-29……………Austin, TX
April 11-12……………Spokane, WA
April 18-19……………Tacoma, WA
April 25-26……………Fresno, CA
May 1-3………………..Las Vegas, NV

2015 GEICO ENDUROCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
March 6……………….Daytona Beach, FL
March 21……………..Salt Lake City, UT
April 25……………….Sacramento, CA
May 1………………….Las Vegas, NV
May 30………………..Phoenix, AZ
June 5…………………Austin, TX
Aug, 22……………….Atlanta, GA
Oct. 3………………….Denver, CO
Oct. 17…………………Everett, WA
Nov. 7………………….Boise, ID
Nov. 20-21…………..Ontario, CA

2015 WORCS WORLD OFFROAD CHAMPIONSHIP
Jan. 18…………………Taft, CA
Feb. 8………………….Primm, NV
March 1 ………………Peoria, AZ
March 29 …………….TBA
April 19……………….Hurricane, UT
May 24 ……………….Cedar City, UT
Aug. 2 …………………TBA
Sept. 27 ………………Glen Helen, CA
Oct. 18 ………………..Prim, NV

2015 WORLD SIDECAR CROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
April 6…………………Switzerland
April 12………………..France
May 10………………..Ukraine
May 17………………..Germany
May 25………………..Holland
June 7…………………Latvia
June 14……………….Czech Republic
July 5…………………..France
July 12…………………Belgium
July 19…………………Germany
Aug. 2…………………Estonia
Aug. 9…………………Latvia
Aug. 16……………….Ukraine
Sept.13………………..France
Sept.20………………..Germany

2015 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
March 29……..……Horsham, Vic
April 12……..……..Appin, NSW
April 26 …….…..…Broadford, Vic
May 17 ………….….Murray Bridge, SA
May 31………..…….Coolum, Qld
July 5 ……………….Raymond Terrace, NSW
July 19 ………..……Shepparton, Vic
August 2 …….….…Nowra, NSW
August 23 …………Toowoomba, Qld
August 30 ……..….Coolum, Qld

2015 WOMEN’S NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 8-9………………Daytona Beach, FL
Mar. 21……………..…Wortham, TX
Apr. 12…………………Glen Helen, CA
May 15…………………Hangtown, CA
June 7………………….Muddy Creek, TN
June 12……………..…Mt. Morris, PA
July 5…………………..Red Bud, MI
Aug. 21…………………Crawfordsville, IN

2015 WMX WOMENS MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Feb. 28…………………Losail, Qatar
March 8………………..Si Racha, Thailand
May 24…………………Matterley Basin, Great Britain
May 31…………………Villars Sous Ecot, France
June 21………………..Teutschenthal, Germany
July 26…………………Loket, Czech Republic

2015 ITALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Feb. 1…Riola Sardo
Feb. 8…Castiglione del Lago
Feb. 15…Ottobiano

2015 BRITISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
March 15…Hilton Park
April 4…Lyng
May 3…Canada Heights
June 7…Hawkstone Park
June 28…Blaxhall Circuit
July 19…Foxhill
Aug. 23…FatCat Moto Parc
Sept. 6…Preston Docks

2015 DUTCH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 15…Gemert
Mar. 29…Halle
May 14…Rhenen
July 19…Markelo
Sept. 13…Varsseveld
Sept. 20…Oss
Oct. 11…Mill

2015 BELGIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
March 22…Moerbeke-Waas
April 12…Mons
June 7…Kester-Gooik
Aug. 23…Orp le Grand
Sept. 6…Pierreux

2015 FRENCH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
March 1…St Jean d’Angely
March 15…Sommieres
March 22…Gueugnon
April 5…Romagne
May 3…Plomion
June 7…Gaillac Toulza

2015 SPANISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Feb. 22…Malpartida de Caceres
March 22…Valverde Del Camino
April 12…Bellpuig
May 3…Calatayud
June 7…La Baneza
Oct. 4…Talavera
Oct. 25…Albaida

2015 GERMAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
April 12…Furstlich Drehna
May 03…Jauer
June 07…Bielstein
June 28…Aichwald
July 19…Tensfeld
Aug. 09…Ried
Aug. 23…Lichtenvoorde
Sept. 06…Gaildorf

APPOINTMENT TELEVISION: THE 2015 SUPERCROSS TV SCHEDULE


All times are Eastern. There are 13 races on Fox Sports 1 (including Daytona), 3 races on Fox Sports 2 and one on Fox.

GRAND PRIX ENTRY LIST FOR QATAR OPENER


Qatar is in the center of motocross’ Golden Triangle. That is Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. No really it is — there are at least 100 racers  located in this epicenter of moto fandom.

Even with Romain Febvre, Jose Butron, Christophe Charlier, Kei Yamamoto, Alessandro Lupino and Glenn Coldenhoff moving up from the 250 class to the 450 class for 2015, all Youthstream could muster was 29 riders for the 450 season opener on February 21 in Qatar. This after announcing that they planned to allow 40 riders on the grid in 2015. The 250 class not only lost the above named riders, but also Arnaud Tonus (to the USA). However, they still managed to field 31 riders for the 250s in Qatar — although American fans will not recognize many of the names.

More impressive is the Russian showing with Maxim Nazarov, Evgeny Bobryshev, Viacheslav Golovkin, Vsevelov Brylyakov, Aleksandr Tonkov, Guryev Artem and Michael Ivanov all representing Mother Russia on the world stage.

450 CLASS:
Tony Cairoli
Ryan Villopoto
Tyla Rattray
Clement Desalle
Kevin Strijbos
Jeremy Van Horebeek
Ken De Dycker
Tommy Searle
Shaun Simpson
Steven Frossard
Dean Ferris
Rui Goncalves
Evgeny Bobryshev
Gautier Paulin
Jake Nicholls
Jose Butron
Romain Febvre
David Philippaerts
Glenn Coldenhoff
Dennis Ullrich
Max Nagl
Todd Waters
Nathan Watson
Christophe Charlier
Filip Bengtsson
Alessandro Lupino
Kei Yamamoto
Davide Guarneri
Maxim Nazarov

250 CLASS:
Jordi Tixier
Jeffrey Herlings
Dylan Ferrandis
Tim Gajser
Valentin Guillod
Julien Lieber
Petar Petrov
Jeremy Seewer
Max Anstie
Mel Pocock
Thomas Covington
Pauls Jonass
Ben Watson
Ivo Monticelli
Brian Bogers
Calvin Vlaanderen
Roberts Justs
Viacheslav Golovkin
Karel Kutsar
Jorge Zaragoza
Vsevelov Brylyakov
Jens Getteman
Benoit Paturel
Damon Graulus
Aleksandr Tonkov
Samuele Bernardini
Eddie Hjörtmarker
Guryev Artem
Christopher Valente
Anton Lundgren
Michael Ivanov


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