CONGRATULATIONS TO KEN & COURTNEY ON THEIR NEW TEAMMATE
AUSTRALIAN SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP CANCELED
The 2020 Australian Supercross Championship has been canceled and the promoters claim they will focus on a bigger and better 2021 series. The latest stage four restrictions in Victoria, along with the overall instability of each Australian state’s reaction to the future of the virus, resulted in an agreement that a series this year would be too unpredictable.
AUS SX Holdings Co-Founder Adam Bailey said, “It’s really disappointing for all of us involved with supercross in Australia to have to cancel this year’s series/ We wanted to hold out for as long as we could, to try and get some semblance of Supercross competition up and running for this year and things were looking great for a fantastic 2020 series only a few weeks ago. With the ever-changing situation we’re up against with Covid-19 however evolving so rapidly recently, we have no choice but to cancel this year’s series. Supercross has been on a massive upward trend and we’re working tirelessly to ensure that this growth pattern continues.”
The 2019 Australian Supercross season was the most successful to date, with over 75,000 fans in attendance across the five-round series, along with live broadcasts available for both the Auckland and Melbourne rounds. For the first time ever, 35,000 race fans packed into Marvel Stadium for the season finale in the heart of downtown Melbourne, and witnessed Penrite Honda’s Chris Blose (SX2) and Justin Brayton (SX1) wrap up their respective championships in empathic fashion over a nail biting triple-header format.
DEAN WILSON GET A ONE-YEAR EXTENSION OF HIS HUSQVARNA CONTRACT FOR 2021 SEASON
Dean Wilson has signed another one-year contract extension with the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Team. Wilson is set to compete in the 2021 AMA Supercross Championship and AMA National Motocross Championships aboard the FC450 Rockstar Edition. Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Stephen Westfall said, “Dean has been a part of our program since 2017 and we’re excited to keep him on board for another year. He is a great guy with an even better personality and we look forward to seeing him excel in 2021.”
TWO-DAY COMPETITION TO DETERMINE AMA SUPERMOTO NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP NO. 1 PLATES
The 2020 AMA Supermoto National Championship has been reduced to two days of competition on November 7-8 in Tucson, Ariz., to determine who receives the coveted AMA National No. 1 plate. Originally scheduled as a six-event series, but the six scheduled events were canceled due to restrictions put in place by government officials during the coronavirus pandemic.
That said, the 2020 Supermoto Championship, sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association, will consist of four points-earning races over two days. The format includes two races per day Nov. 7th and Nov. 8th. Each race offers points toward the overall championship. Classes include Open, Lites, National Amateur, Sportsman MX and Kids. Supermoto is a mix of street-style racing and motocross as the racers compete on a track that combines dirt and pavement and includes jumps and flat track-style turns. For more information about the AMA Supermoto National Championship Series, go to www.drtracinginc.com.
ALL-NEW TRAIL 125 JOINS HONDA’S 2021 LINEUP
Does this bring back good memories of your childhood. The Honda Trail is back—only as a fuel-injected 125 this time.
Sixty years after Honda introduced customers to the joys of casual on- and off-road riding, the all-new 2021 Honda Trail 125 ABS (and CT125) resurrects a revered brand by injecting a healthy dose of practical design and hassle-free technology to create a Mini-Moto that—much like the Super Cub and Monkey—pays tribute to the past while adapting easily to modern lifestyles.
The engine is the same 125cc four-stroke, single-cylinder, overhead-camshaft design operating two valves, but with a high-mounted air intake and upswept exhaust that enhance low-end and midrange power. The Trail 125 has a four-speed semi-automatic transmission.
Honda’s designers maintained the distinctive look that propelled the purchase of hundreds of thousands of CT-series machines over six decades. With the launch of the Trail 125, Honda taps into the success of similarly nostalgic trail/street models to introduce riders to the joys of trekking on roads and trails.
How does the 2021 Honda Trail 125 differ from the 2021 CT125 street version:
(1) The wheelbase of the Trail 125 has been lengthened 0.5 inches to 49.4, the front-suspension stroke increased to 0.4 inches to 4.3, ground clearance upped 1.1 inches to 6.5, and the seat height raised 0.8 inches to 31.5.
(2) The head pipe is reinforced and the triple clamp redesigned to ensure a balance between frame rigidity and flex.
(3) The Trail 125 has dual-sport-style knobby tires mounted on 17-inch rims with stainless-steel spokes
(4) The reshaped seat is narrowed at the front to facilitate foot reach to the ground.
(5) The Trail 125 has a longer intake and tuned exhaust for enhanced low- and midrange power, as well as a three-tooth larger rear sprocket (39 teeth) for lower gearing
(6) The Trail 125 is scheduled for release in November and will be available in Glowing Red. The MSRP is $3899.
RIDE ENGINEERING ONE-PIECE BAR MOUNT & FULL BAR MOUNT FASTENER KIT FOR KTM & HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLES
2020 AMA 250/450 NATIONAL WINNERS AT A GLANCE: FOUR TO GO
Date Venue 450 250
1. Aug. 15…Hurricane Mills, TN…………..Zach Osborne Dylan Ferrandis
2. Aug. 22…Hurricane Mills, TN…………..Zach Osborne Jeremy Martin
3. Aug. 29…Crawfordsville, IN……………..Eli Tomac Jeremy Martin
4. Sept. 4….Red Bud, MI………………………..Zach Osborne Jeremy Martin
5. Sept. 7….Red Bud, MI………………………..Adam Cianciarulo…..R.J. Hampshire
6. Sept. 19…Millville, MN…………………..
7. Sept. 26…Jacksonville, FL…………….
8. Oct. 3…Lakewood, CO…………………..
9. Oct. 10…Pala, CA……………………………
450 Points leader…Zach Osborne
250 points leader…Jeremy Martin
CURRENT 2020 AMA NATIONAL POINT STANDINGS
2020 AMA 450 NATIONAL POINTS STANDINGS
(After 5 of 9 rounds)
1. Zach Osborne (Hus)…212
2. Marvin Musquin (KTM)…184
3. Adam Cianciarulo (Kaw)…170
4. Eli Tomac (Kaw)…165
5. Justin Barcia (Yam)…160
6. Blake Baggett (KTM)…146
7. Chase Sexton (Hon)…140
8. Broc Tickle (Yam)…125
9. Christian Craig (Hon)…112
10. Dean Wilson (Hus)…97
2020 AMA 250 NATIONAL POINTS STANDINGS
(After 5 of 9 rounds)
1. Jeremy Martin (Hon)…216
2. Dylan Ferrandis (Yam)…207
3. R.J. Hampshire (Hus)…170
4. Shane McElrath (Yam)…166
5. Alex Martin (Suz)…158
6. Justin Cooper (Yam)…132
7. Jett Lawrence (Hon)…127
8. Cameron McAdoo (Kaw)…125
9. Mitchell Harrison (Kaw)…101
10. Brandon Hartranft (KTM)…95
MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: DUBYA USA EDGE WHEEL SETS
Dubya USA, a provider of premium motorcycle wheel sets and components, is proud to announce the all-new Edge Wheel sets. These wheels are the perfect solution for riders who need quality and performance at an economical price point.
We’re excited to add these new Edge wheel sets to the Dubya USA lineup,” said Dubya co-founder Kristin White Anderson. “We strive to deliver the best products possible to our customers, but top-of-the-line wheels are not in everyone’s budget. The Edge wheels are durable and reliable, and are affordable for virtually any rider looking to replace their old wheels or simply give their bike a more upgraded look.”
Edge wheel set centers around the highly durable forged aluminum Edge hub, which are offered in factory colors of blue, red, green, and orange. The hubs are laced to your choice of black or silver Dubya by Excel rims using stainless steel Bulldog spokes and nickel plated steel nipples. Each wheel is pre-assembled in Dubya USA’s southern California facility by the same technicians who assemble all of Dubya’s top professional rider and team wheels.
Edge wheel sets are priced at $639.00. Visit www.DubyaUSA.com for more details or call 714-279-0200 to speak to a wheel specialist.
2020 FIM 250/450 GRAND PRIX WINNERS AT A GLANCE
Date Venue 450 250
1. Mar. 1…Matterley, Great Britain …..Jeffrey Herlings Tom Vialle
2. Mar. 8…Valkenswaard, Holland…….Jeffrey Herlings Jago Geerts
3. Aug. 9…Kegums, Latvia………………….Glenn Coldenhoff Tom Vialle
4. Aug. 12…Kegums, Latvia………………..Tony Cairoli Jago Geerts
5. Aug. 16…Kegums, Latvia………………..Jeffrey Herlings Jago Geerts
6. Sept. 6…Faenza, Italy……………………..Jeffrey Herlings Maxime Renaux
7. Sept. 9…Faenza, Italy………………………Jorge Prado Tom Vialle
8. Sept. 13…Faenza, Italy
9. Sept. 27…Mantova, Italy
10. Sept. 30…Mantova, Italy
11. Oct. 4…Mantova, Italy
12. Oct. 11..Arroyomolinos, Spain
13. Oct. 18…Lommel, Belgium
14. Oct. 21…Lommel, Belgium
15. Oct. 25…Lommel, Belgium
16. Nov. 1…Trentino, Italy
17. Nov. 4…Trentino, Italy
18. Nov. 8…Trentino, Italy
450 Points leader…Jeffrey Herlings
250 points leader…Tom Vialle
CURRENT 2020 FIM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS STANDINGS
2020 FIM 450 GRAND PRIX POINTS STANDINGS
(After 7 of 16 rounds)
1. Jeffrey Herlings (KTM)…263
2. Tony Cairoli (KTM)…241
3. Tim Gajser (Hon)…237
4. Jeremy Seewer (Yam)…217
5. Arminas Jasikonis (Hus)…210
6. Glenn Coldenhoff (Gas)…204
7. Jorge Prado (KTM)…197
8. Gautier Paulin (Yam)…179
9. Romain Febvre (Kaw)…172
9. Clement Desalle (Yam)…168
2020 FIM 250 GRAND PRIX POINTS STANDINGS
(After 7 of 16 rounds)
1. Tom Vialle (KTM)…307
2. Jago Geerts (Yam)…286
3. Maxime Renaux (Yam)…236
4. Jed Beaton (Hus)…209
5. Mathys Boisrame (Kaw)…182
6. Roan Van De Moosdijk (Kaw)…177
7. Ben Watson (Yam)…161
8. Thomas Kjer Olsen (Hus)…153
9. Conrad Mewse (KTM)…141
10. Ruben Fernandez (Yam)…130
JEFFREY HERLINGS PROVES THAT YOU CAN’T AFFORD TO GET HURT WHEN MXGP IS RACING ON SUNDAY, WEDNESDAY & SUNDAY
Jeffrey Herlings’ crash at Faenza on Wednesday couldn’t have come at worse time for the 450 points leader. First, he couldn’t race Wednesday’s Faenza race and had his 60-point lead whittled down to 22-points. KTM has already announced that he won’t be racing the third Faenza GP this Sunday and will not be released to race until after the Mantova triple-header on September 27, 30 & October 4.
The official KTM press release: Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings will sit out the Grands Prix of Lombardia, Citta di Mantova and Europe from September 27-October 4 to undergo another MRI scan in the wake of his crash during Free Practice for the Grand Prix of Citta di Faenza last Wednesday.
The current MXGP FIM World Championship leader and winner of four rounds out seven so far in 2020 fell and suffered a large impact to his neck and shoulders at the Monte Coralli circuit on Wednesday morning. The soon-to-be 26-year old was taken to a hospital in Bologna and then to Herentals in Belgium where he was examined by renowned and trusted surgeon Dr Claes.
WHAT IT MEANS TO JEFFREY TITLE HOPES
With so many GPs crammed on top of each other, a rider who gets injured stands to miss more races than he would on the old MXGP race schedule. Case in point: If Jeffrey is not be back for the Mantova triple-header, which starts on Sunday, September 27, he stands to miss as many as 5 GPs—and lose as many as 150 points (of what is his 22-point lead now). In fact, after this Sunday’s third Faenza GP, Herlings will no longer have the 450 GP points lead.
MXGP’s rushed Sunday/Wednesday/Sunday schedules have come about because of the five months that MXGP missed during the worst part of the Covid-19 virus, They have to cram in as many races as possible to two reasons:
(1) They want to get as many races done in the shortest possible time before winter sets in…and they already have a third Italian triple header scheduled for Trentino, Italy, on November 1, 4 & 8. They know that they can get a surprise snow storm, like the one that hit Colorado last weekend.
(2) Covid-19 is not done wreaking havoc on the world. An outbreak in the MXGP paddock, or inside a team transporter or to a region where they are scheduled to race, would mean that the season would have to be cut short. Thus, they want to get as far into the season as possible, so that if they have to call it off, they will have done enough races to call it a legitimate Championship series.
Jeffrey Herlings has shown in the past that he is willing to race injured, and able to make up a tremendous number of points in short order, will only have 7 GPS left to race if he doesn’t come back until after the Mantova triple header. There is a chance that the MXGP schedule will be extended by one round—if Argentina every gets a firm date, but, as for now, it is not officially on the 2020 MXGP calendar.
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MIKE ALESSI WINS THE “PASHA 125 OPEN:” THE WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP IS IN 22 DAYS
Hollywood actor Pasha Afshar decided that he wanted to help the 125 Pro class at the 2020 World Two-Stroke Championship grow, so he organized the “Pasha 125 Open” and paid the purse money out of his own pocket. He didn’t take a dime from the race entries. He is dedicated to increasing the profile of 125 two-strokes.
The only bikes eligible in the “Pasha 125 Open” were 125cc and 150cc two-strokes. Which are the legal sizes at the World Two-Stroke Championship. There were 250cc and 500cc four-stroke at the “Pasha 125 Open,” but they were not eligible for the purse money racesand were encouraged to sign-up in the regular classes (which included different skill levels, age groups and four-strokes).
The strangest twist of the Pasha 125 Open is that it consists of only three classes, with no skill divisions. The purse money was paid to the 125 Pros, Vet Pros (30 to 49 years old) and the Over-50 Pros. The purse money was divided equally between three classes. The biggest class of the day was the Over-50 125cc Pro race. It was made up of many of the riders who contest the World Vet Championship every year—including World Vet Champions Kurt Nicoll and Pete Murray—plus a significant group of Over-60 racers who love to race against those youngsters in the Over-50 class. Yes, a 50-year-old did win the Over-50 125cc pro race, but he was followed home by 61-year-old Pete Murray.
MXA VIDEO: FIRST RIDE ON THE 2021 KTM 350SXF
MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: WORKS CONNECTION RACING ACCESSORIES
WORKS CONNECTION UMBRELLA
Protecting yourself from UV rays or rain is as simple as pushing a button with the Works Connection Umbrella and its ‘One Touch’ auto opening design. It features an 8-rib nylon canopy, durable fiberglass ‘carbon-like weave’ shaft, One-Touch automatic open, 52-inch arch, Protective travel/storage sleeve and foam grip handle. There are four large 24” x 6” Works Connection logos adorn the black and red panels with Works Connection logos circling the perimeter The retail price is $29.95 www.worksconnection.com or (530) 642-9488.
WORKS CONNECTION KTM/HUSKY ELITE AXLE BLOCK KIT
KTM’s right-side axle block is threaded onto the rear axle. Japanese-built bikes have a flange on one end of the axle and a threaded nut face on the other end. The KTM system makes the threaded-on axle block serve as both an axle block and an axle nut. This may have seemed like a good idea at the factory, but it has some limitations. The KTM factory team did not think it was a good idea to bond the axle block to the rear axle. The solidly linked axle/axle block combo didn’t allow the axle to move freely under a load, and it locked the axle and swingarm together into an overly rigid single unit. Thus, the KTM factory bikes use a Japanese-style rear axle and specially machined aluminum axle block. Works Connection has made a kit that allows local racers to do the same thing while using the stock axle. Retail price is $89.95 at www.worksconnection.com or (530) 642-9488.
WORKS CONNECTION ELITE THROTTLE TUBE
Works Connection combined the best ideas about throttle tube design into one package. First, there is nothing unique about a CNC-machined 6061-T6 aluminum throttle tube. Every factory bike or high-end project bike uses an aluminum tube for durability. Second, the is trend to use multiple snap-on cams to fit different machines. Third, the Elite throttle tube has a ball bearing mounted internally to lessen drag. Hallelujah! It is smoother, turns easier, especially at small incremental movements, snaps back with authority and works with all brands of grips. Retail price is $69.95 at www.worksconnection.com or (530) 642-9488.
WORKS CONNECTION NO AIR LOSS ADAPTOR
Works Connection’s No Air Loss Adaptor ensures the air pressure you set in your air forks is the air pressure you get. When you set the air pressure on your air forks, there is always the possibility of losing air when you disconnect the pump. This is especially disastrous on high-pressure air forks because even a small burp of air from the Schrader valve translates into a lot of air. Works Connection’s No Air Loss Adaptor has a rubber seal inside that insures that the adaptor does not lose contact with the Schrader valve until its plunger is completely extended. That means that when you unscrew the No Air Loss Adaptor, the fork seals itself before the adaptor is completely removed. Additionally, the adaptor has a very small capacity so that its internal volume is restricted. Retail price is $29.95 at www.worksconnection.com or (800) 349-1475.
WORKS CONNECTION KTM 450SXF/HUSQVARNA FC450 TITAN SKID PLATE
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MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: ASTERISK CELL KNEE BRACE LINE
ASTERISK ULTRA CELL 3.0 KNEE BRACE
Asterisk’s all-new Carbon Cell 1 (CC1) is an example of our dedication to making the finest quality, fitting and performing knee braces in the world. The CC1 is manufactured from Military Spec and Aerospace grade carbon fiber pre-preg that is made in America, the finest in the world. Retail price $679.15 (pair).
ASTERISK CELL KNEE BRACE
.With continued support of the current Ultra Cell, we have trimmed down the profile of the cuffs and liners on the Ultra Cell 3.0 to allow independent adjustment for the best comfort and support. Although many of our customers have been extremely satisfied with the Ultra Cell with the BOA system, we felt it necessary to focus on a lower profile model. Retail price $619.15 (pair).
ASTERISK CELL KNEE BRACE
The Asterisk Cell Knee is built on more than 10 plus years of time-tested and proven designs. Several patented design concepts come together in unison to create the Cell knee system: the adjustable A.R.C. Cuff has the ability to be totally adjustable, yet remain rigid; simple and low profile. The rolling-gliding hinge follows the natural movement of the knee, while the tibia plateau-capturing frame design provides strong, yet lightweight protection. A brace-to-boot tether attachment helps prevent lower leg rotation. Retail price $594.15 (pair)
ASTERISK JUNIOR CELL KNEE BRACE
Riding and racing motorcycles is serious business – even for the kids. There is no doubt their growing knees need and deserve protection, and the Asterisk Junior Cell Protection System is ready to do the job. Revolutionary design meets simple, stress-free fastening to create a comfortable and user-friendly brace for the Pros of tomorrow. Sometimes the bike needs protection too so we’ve added a special guard to the hinge area—your riding pants and tank graphics will thank you. Retail price $296.65 (pair).
ASTERISK MICRO CELL KNEE BRACE
The Micro Cell is designed for young rider between 5 to 10 years old, depending on size and weight. This is the first of Asterisk’s “Slim Line” of carbon knee braces. The Micro Cell has an epoxy pre-preg carbon frame, made in our factory in Corona, California, with a full coverage patella cup and hyperextension stops ranging from 0 to 30-degrees (similar to the Junior Cell brace). It is also equipped with a true motion hinge. This brace offers rigid lateral arms for the best support and lowest profile. Retail price $296.65 (pair). For more information go to www.asterisk.com
MXA FIRST RIDE VIDEO: 2021 KTM 450SXF
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MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: 2021 FXR PODIUM GEAR
DETAILS OF THE 2021 PODIUM PANTS
The 2021 Podium pants features durable coated 600D construction for strength and comfort. There are reinforced panels at inner knee for heat and abrasion protection, stretch inserts for added flexibility and comfort, pre-curved knees, triple topstitching in critical areas for extra strength and durability, hook and loop adjustable waist system design, upper body polyester mesh lining for breathability and comfort and fade-free sublimation prints. The retail price is $89.95.
MXA AD OF THE WEEK: SINISALO IS BACK IN THE U.S.
Sinsialo was in the United States and then they weren’t. Then they came back with a new distributor and then they left again. The Finnish company made great gear—and it was a favorite among Vet racers in the USA for its clean looks and well fitting patterns. We wish they would come back one more time.
THE 32:1 PREMIX CLASSIC COMING TO LAST CHANCE RACEWAY THIS SATURDAY AND SUNDAY
2020 WISECO WORLD TWO-STROKE MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP WILL BE HELD ON OCTOBER 3, 2020
2020 OLD SCHOOL SCRAMBLES SERIES ON OCT. 3-4, OCT. 10-11 & DEC. 19-20 AT GLEN HELEN
OLD SCHOOL SCRAMBLES “OKTOBERFAST” GRAND PRIX ON OCTOBER 11
36TH ANNUAL WORLD VET MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP ON NOVEMBER 6-8: PRE-ENTRY OPEN NOW
Saturday & Sunday $100 | $90 Second Class
Saturday Only $70 | $60 Second Class
Sunday Only $70 | $60 Second
To sign-up click this link:
https://secure.tracksideprereg.com/glenhelen/index.asp?event=83&mc_cid=66136c7217&mc_eid=3c9b324536 For more information go to www.worldvetmx.com
24-HOURS OF GLEN HELEN ENDURANCE RACE SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 21-22
KEEPING TRACK OF THE 2020 RACE SCHEDULES
TENTATIVE AMA NATIONAL MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Aug. 15…Hurricane Mills, TN
Aug. 22…Hurricane Mills, TN
Aug. 29…Crawfordsville, IN
Sept. 4 (Friday)…Red Bud, MI
Sept. 7 (Monday) …Red Bud, MI
Sept. 19…Millville, MN
Sept. 26…Jacksonville, FL
Oct. 3…Lakewood, CO
Oct. 10…Pala, CA, CA
REVISED 2020 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Mar. 1…Matterley, Great Britain
Mar. 8…Valkenswaard, Holland
Aug. 9…Kegums, Latvia
Aug. 12…Kegums, Latvia
Aug. 16…Kegums, Latvia
Sept. 6…Faenza, Italy
Sept. 9…Faenza, Italy
Sept. 13…Faenza, Italy
Sept. 27…Mantova, Italy
Sept. 30…Mantova, Italy
Oct. 4…Mantova, Italy
Oct. 11..Arroyomolinos, Spain
Oct. 18…Lommel, Belgium
Oct. 21…Lommel, Belgium
Oct. 25…Lommel, Belgium
Nov. 1…Trentino, Italy
Nov. 4…Trentino, Italy
Nov. 8…Trentino, Italy
2020 WISECO WORLD TWO-STROKE CHAMPIONSHIP
Oct. 3…Glen Helen, CA
2020 DUBYA WORLD VET MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Nov. 6-8…Glen Helen , CA
2020 FIM MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
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