MXA’S WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: THE MOST ECLECTIC MIX OF MOTOCROSS NEWS WEST OF THE PECOS

• WHO’S WHO IN THE 2021 AMA NATIONAL MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIPS?

Dylan Ferrandis drew first blood in the 2021 AMA 450 National Championship 2021, by winning the overall at Pala.

450 AMA NATIONAL POINTS STANDINGS
(After 1 of 12 rounds)
1. Dylan Ferrandis (Yam)…45
2. Aaron Plessinger (Yam)…40
3. Ken Roczen (Hon)…40
4. Justin Barcia (Gas)…35
5. Chase Sexton (Hon)…33
6. Jason Anderson (Hua)…29
7. Marvin Musquin (KTM)…27
8. Cooper Webb (KTM)…26
9. Eli Tomac (Kaw)…25
10. Zach Osborne (Hus)…24

Jeremy Martin (6) and Jett Lawrence came out of the first 250 National tied on points, but Lawrence got all the bonus money based on the second moto tie-breaker. Photo: Jon Ortner

250 AMA NATIONAL POINTS STANDINGS
(After 1 of 12 rounds)
1. Jeremy Martin (Yam)…47
2. Jett Lawrence (Hon)…47
3. Michael Mosiman (Gas)…36
4. Justin Cooper (Yam)…36
5. R.J. Hampshire (Hus)…32
6. Hunter Lawrence (Hon)…31
7. Garrett Marchbanks (Yam)…28
8. Austin Forkner (Kaw)…27
9. Colt Nichols (Yam)…21
10. Jalek Swoll (Hus)…17

2021 AMA SUPERCROSS WINNERS AT A GLANCE

There’s no crying in baseball, but we can’t say the same thing about motocross. If Jett Lawrence keeps winning, the water works are gonna keep flowing. It is very emotional to win your first AMA 250 Nationals.

Venue                                                                       450                                    250
May 29…Pala, CA……………………..Dylan Ferrandis…………..Jett Lawrence
June 5…Thunder Valley, CO
June 19…Mt. Morris, PA
July 3…Red Bud, MI
July 10…Southwick, MA
July 17….Millville, MN
July 24….Washougal, WA
Aug. 14…Unadilla, NY
Aug. 21…Budds Creek, MD
Aug. 28…Crawfordsville, IN
Sept. 4…Pala, CA
Sept.11…Hangtown, CA
450 points leader…Dylan Ferrandis
250 points leader…Jeremy Martin/Jett Lawrence (tie)

• “THIS WEEK IN MXA” BY JOSH MOSIMAN: “I WON THE LAST OUTDOOR”

• SEE IT NOW! AMA NATIONAL TV SCHEDULE: THUNDER VALLEY ON JUNE 5

The 12-round season will kick off on May 29 and will be showcased in homes and mobile devices for millions of viewers all over the world through a domestic network collective of MAVTV Motorsports Network, NBC, and NBC Sports Network in addition to exclusive live streaming via the new Peacock digital platform.

• MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: ALL-NEW ATLAS IMAGE BRACE

The Atlas Vision is very low-profile compared to other neck braces, so low-profile that they call it an “anti-compression collar” instead of a brace.

The Atlas Vision anti-compression collar is the “front only chest protector” of the neck protection world. It is designed as complete overhaul of the neck protection category with its simplified minimalist form, advanced and proven materials and 66% more range of motion. What is an anti-compression collar? It is a brand new category of neck protection developed by Atlas that only assists with compression, and lateral hyper-flexion (head sideways) forces on the neck. Traditional full-frame neck braces manage these forces along with hyper-flexion (head forward) and hyper-extension (head back) using their built up front and rear “shelves.”

The front of the vision arches up and over the rider’s collarbones.

The rear of the brace does not sit on the spinal column. The orange pads come in two thicknesses to allow adjustment of the height of the Vision

The Atlas Image is for everyone who wants neck protection, but has found it impossible to wear a full frame brace. If you have a short neck, large helmet or bulky body armor—the Atlas Vision is made for you! The retail price is $199.99 at www.atlasbrace.com.

TAKE THE MXA SURVEY FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A SUNDAY MOTORS FLAT TRACKER

Don’t pass on this opportunity to win a free Sunday Motors bike! Completely fill out the annual “Reader Survey” below or click here. We’ll take your input to help improve both the web and monthly print content of Motocross Action. One lucky winner will be chosen at random to receive a bike from Sunday Motors. For a few minutes of your time, you’ll be entered into a drawing to win this Sunday Motors S 147 flat-track motorcycle. The S 147 model features a 150cc engine, Mikuni carburetor, 14-inch front/rear tire, stainless steel footpegs, bottom-mount brake caliper, YCF 310mm rear shock, 200mm rear disc, low-exhaust configuration system, and kill switch with leash. One winner will be chosen on July 6, 2021.

The MXA wrecking crew is busy year-round testing motorcycles and producing content for the magazine and website, but once a year we compile a “reader survey” to help us learn more about our loyal magazine/website readers and viewers. We take your input on the survey to help improve both the website and monthly print content coming from Motocross Action. This year, we are offering the super cool opportunity of winning a Sunday Motors 147 Flat Track motorcycle! Completely fill out the annual MXA Reader Survey by click here. One lucky winner will be chosen at random to receive a bike from Sunday Motors and you’ll be helping us out as we strive forward continuing to testing motorcycles, parts and gear. One winner will be chosen on July 6, 2021.

2021 MXA 250 FOUR-STROKE SHOOTOUT VIDEO: THE REAL DEAL OF ALL SEVEN BIKES

• 2021 MXA 450 SHOOTOUT: TIME FOR THE LONGEST AND MOST DETAILED SHOOTOUT EVER

• FIRST LOOK! 2022 KTM 50, 65 & 85 MINICYCLES & ELECTRIC PEE-WEE


Complementing KTM’s 2022 big bike line of two-strokes and four-strokes is a series of minicycles that share the exact same race-driven development approach as KTM’s full-size motocross bikes. Junior riders that climb on any of the KTM 50SX, KTM 65SX and KTM 85SX models can do so knowing that they are experiencing class-leading performance, state-of-the-art WP suspension, high-end brakes and minimal weight. For tech-savvy riders, the wheels can start rolling with the 2022 KTM SX-E 5, which is quiet, doesn’t need smelly gasoline, can be made larger and smaller with easy to use kits and is the latest incarnation of a high-end electric mini-crosser.

2022 KTM SX-E 5


The KTM SX-E 5 combines class-leading knowledge in youth motorcycling with years of development work in the E-sector. Based on the incredibly popular two-stroke KTM 50SX, the KTM SX-E 5 features the same high-end components and agile chassis with WP XACT suspension but is powered by an innovative electric motor. The mission was clear: to create an ultra-competitive machine that is also easy to ride, even for pure beginners. The KTM SX-E 5 enjoys the advantage of zero emissions, low noise and minimal maintenance, which makes it ideal for youngsters looking to make the first step into the world of motorcycling, and thanks to its dynamic design and adjustable seat height, it is ideal for the growing rider. The KTM PowerPack can provide more than two hours of riding for a beginner – or 25 minutes for the faster junior racers – and with its external worldwide charger, full power is restored in approximately one hour.

2022 KTM SX-E 5 HIGHLIGHTS

• WP XACT 35mm air-sprung fork is ultra-lightweight and easily adjustable for different rider sizes and track conditions.
• Tapered aluminum handlebar (Ø 28/22/18mm) provides excellent control and comfort thanks to optimal flex and a smaller end diameter. A handlebar pad with KTM logo is included.
• ODI lock-on grips with decreased diameter to provide increased control, comfort and confidence for smaller hands
• State-of-the-art electric motor with 5 kW peak performance featuring an extremely compact and slim design that is well suited to the smaller chassis.
• Battery with 84 modern Lithium-Ion cells in a robust die-cast aluminum casing, mounted just above the motor, offers enough stored energy for more than two hours of riding for a beginner and 25 minutes for faster riders, depending on riding conditions.
• Adjustable seat height can be set at the standard 665 mm or it can be easily reduced 25mm by adjusting the bodywork or another 25mm by lowering the suspension position. A suspension lowering kit from the PowerParts line can lower the seat height approximately 50mm more.
• Easy-to-use multifunctional instrument panel allows selection between 6 different ride modes to tailor the power characteristics to any ability level.
• Quick-charging external worldwide charger supplying up to 900 W can be connected to any 110 Volt socket and plugs directly into the battery back.

2022 KTM 50SX MINI


Built for the smallest of racers, the KTM 50SX Mini incorporates much of the same technology as found on the KTM 50SX with a friendlier power delivery, smaller wheels and a lower seat height. The KTM 50 SX Mini is a real Ready to Race KTM for the youngest of shedders. Like its full-sized SX big brothers, it features high quality components and innovative technology. It’s child’s play to control with a linear power delivery and a beginner-friendly automatic clutch, which enables budding motocross racers to concentrate on the essentials and very quickly learn the basics.

2022 KTM 50SX MINI HIGHLIGHTS:

• Tapered aluminum handlebar (Ø 28/22/18mm) provides excellent control and comfort thanks to optimal flex and a smaller end diameter. A handlebar pad with KTM logo is included.
• ODI lock-on grips with decreased diameter to provide increased control, comfort and confidence for smaller hands.
• Throttle assembly with roller actuation delivers smooth throttle motion and long cable life.
• High quality, upside-down 35mm telescopic WP XACT fork ensures outstanding ride stability and control.
• Front and rear hydraulic brakes by Formula combined with lightweight Wave discs are powerful with feedback that gives control for any skill level.
• Centrifugal multi-disc automatic clutch provides manageable acceleration and can be adjusted to track conditions or rider preference in minutes without tools.

2022 KTM 50SX


With the KTM 50SX, young motocross riders who are Ready to Race can really take off. The fully-fledged bike is ideal for getting into the world of motocross and taking the first steps in racing. Just like its bigger brothers, the KTM 50 SX is equipped with top-quality components. The bike, which is designed from the ground up for young riders, is easy to control and features very steady power delivery. The automatic clutch is ideal for novices on two wheels – it enables budding motocross racers to concentrate on the essentials and very quickly learn the basics.

2022 KTM 50SX HIGHLIGHTS

• WP XACT 35mm air-sprung fork is ultra-lightweight and easily adjustable for different rider sizes and track conditions.
• Adjustable WP XACT rear suspension with PDS (Progressive Damping System) technology with settings to match the performance of the WP XACT fork.
• Tapered aluminum handlebar (Ø 28/22/18 mm) provides excellent control and comfort thanks to optimal flex and a smaller end diameter. A handlebar pad with KTM logo is included.
• ODI lock-on grips with decreased diameter to provide increased control, comfort and confidence for smaller hands.
• Throttle assembly with roller actuation delivers smooth throttle motion and long cable life.
• Front and rear hydraulic brakes by Formula combined with lightweight Wave discs are powerful with feedback that gives control for any skill level.

2022 KTM 65SX


The KTM 65SX is a genuine racing bike for young riders who want to move to the next level. This bike is setting standards in terms of power, performance, equipment and workmanship. The KTM 65SX features top-quality components including the advanced WP XACT 35mm fork with AER technology to provide unmatched suspension performance. The ultra-cool graphics round off the racing profile. Just like its bigger brothers, the KTM 65SX is Ready to Race.

2022 KTM 65SX HIGHLIGHTS:

• Easily adjustable WP XACT 35mm air-sprung front forks are incredibly light and deliver agile, confidence-inspiring handling.
• WP XACT monoshock with PDS (Progressive Damping System) technology guarantees outstanding stability and offers adjustable compression and rebound damping for precise, easy set up.
• Tapered handlebars (Ø 28/22mm) provide improved feel and comfort and include ODI lock-on grips, just like full-size SX models, and a handlebar pad with KTM logo.
• Throttle assembly with roller actuation delivers smooth throttle motion and long cable life.
• Alternative needle included in the by-pack for fine tuning the engine for different tacks and conditions.
• Front and rear massive four-piston calipers that grip lightweight Wave brake discs offer class-leading braking.

2022 KTM 85SX (17”/14” or 19″/17″)


The riders of the junior class are not beginners. These are future champions fighting for victory, no matter if it is the AMA Amateur National Title or Junior Motocross World Championship. There is no 85cc machine that is more Ready to Race than the 2022 KTM 85SX. This is no surprise really, as it boasts a state-of-the-art engine developed by KTM, combined with high-end WP suspension and a super lightweight, rugged chassis to make up a perfect overall package. It is available in both a minicycle size with 17″/14″ wheels or a Big Wheel size with 19″/ 17″ wheels.

2022 KTM 85SX HIGHLIGHTS

• Formula brakes featuring a 2-piston floating front caliper and a single-piston floating rear with dimensions close to full-size SX brakes (pads interchange from the full-size SX model) provide improved braking power and feel and more consistent brake pad wear.
• Large rear brake disc (220mm).
• Throttle assembly with roller actuation delivers smooth throttle motion and long cable life.
• Formula hydraulic clutch with master cylinder design to match the brake master cylinder.
• DS (Diaphragm Spring) clutch is more compact with better performance than a conventional coil spring design.
• WP XACT 43mm front fork with a sophisticated air spring design and separate damping provide easy adjustment to any track condition, rider weight or skill level.

• HAVE YOU SEEN THE JUNE ISSUE OF MXA? YOU SHOULD, YOU REALLY SHOULD

What’s in the newest issue of MXA? There is an five bike 125 two-stroke shootout with accurate weights, prices and dyno charts. We also shootout the stock 2021 Honda CRF450 against the $13,400 Honda CRF450 Works Edition. We find a way to test of a 2021 GasGas 350 four-stroke, even though GasGas doesn’t make an MC 350 test (the trick is to start with a 2021 GasGas EX 350 cross-country). And those are just some of bike tests! We also have an emotional tribute to Marty and Nancy Smith by former Honda teammate Warren Reid, who’s stepdad was also Marty’s factory Honda mechanic. Great job Warren! And, much more!

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• 7TH ANNUAL KURT CASELLI MOTODOFFO EVENT ON JUNE 12

For more information go to www.kurtcaselli.com

 THE YEAR OF JUBILEE EPISODE 1

What is the meaning of the “Jubilee” title? By definition it’s “a special anniversary of an event, especially one celebrating twenty-five or fifty years of a reign or activity.” The year 2021 comes half a century after the release of the iconic motocross movie, On Any Sunday. In 1971, the sport of motocross boomed with new riders who found a passion for two wheels. Now, with Covid-19 changing the paradigm in which we live, more people are turning to motorcycles to be free again. ‘The Year of Jubilee’ is a new motocross film series presented by Ride Motorcycles, produced by Troy Adamitis and Nate Scribner.

In the Episode 1, Roger Decoster, Ian Harrison (Red Bull KTM Team Manager), Steve Westfall (Rockstar Husqvarna Team Manager), John Hinz (CEO of KTM North America) and more talk about the struggles they went through leading their teams through the Covid-19 pandemic, and they also talk on the major boost in motorcycle sales across the country. It also exposes the passion, dedication and challenges of being an aspiring Pro racing at the top levels of amateur motocross.

 THE YEAR OF JUBILEE EPISODE 2

In Episode 2, the film covers the uncertainty of the 2020 motorcycle season. For the racers, race team technicians and families at the highest level of professional Motocross and Supercross, a return to racing was not guaranteed in 2020, and it was treasured when it came. While a surge of new off-road motorcycle enthusiasts were born in the 2020 lockdown, some of the sport’s most faithful allies were laying the groundwork for the sport’s future. The film about American Motocross’ Year of Jubilee is a multi-part experience.

 MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: ARAI VX-PRO4 HELMETS

ARAI VX-PRO4 | BARCIA-2

The brand new Arai VX-Pro4 evolved from the much-loved VX-Pro3 model and just as with every Arai helmet, the basic and simple organic shell shape is based on the R75 shape concept. The absence of exaggerated edges or protrusions on the shell should not be mistaken for a lack of imagination. It’s a visual demonstration of our commitment to maintaining the integrity of the shell with real-world impact performance. The retail price is $739.95. For more information on Arai helmets go to www.araiamericas.com.ARAI VX-PRO4 | NICKY-7

Arai is the only company offering multiple interior-fit shapes to better address the infinite variety of riders’ head shapes and sizes. No one pays more attention to the subtle variations and infinite possibilities of the human head shape than Arai. Why? Because it’s the secret to getting the best comfort and fit. For more than three decades, Arai has pioneered different shapes – and even different proportions within those shapes – in our various helmet models, working to offer a better fit for more people.ARAI VX-PRO4 | SLASH RED

Arai’s Hyper Ridge Construction circles around the shell and acts as a shock absorber like an automobile bumper, which improves shell strength around the bottom opening of the helmet and mitigates the spread of cracks in the shell in the event of an impact.ARAI VX-PRO4 | BARCIA-3

Each hand-built Arai helmet shell incorporates a continuous curve radius of at least 75mm, making our shells round, smooth and strong. There are no exaggerated protrusions or hard sharp angles in the shell. This aspect is a foundational basis for Arai shells, which we call R75. This R75 characteristic describes a shell shape that is rounder and smoother, which is better suited to deal with the unpredictable nature of impacts coming from any direction.ARAI VX-PRO4 | PURE

Shells developed by Arai are made using Super Fiber. Super Fiber has 30 percent more strength than conventional fiberglass, and is six times more expensive compared to other, similar fibers. Only Arai uses Super Fiber for its helmets.

 2021 AME SUMMERCROSS SATURDAY NIGHT RACING SCHEDULE

Put Saturday nights on your race calendar as AME Minicross will be returning to the Glen Helen Stadiumcross track for ten races—starting on May, 22, 2021. Plus, the Stadiumcross track is open on Thursday nights before each race weekend of Saturday night and Sunday morning races. For more info go to www.ameminicross.com

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 MXA TECH SPEC: WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT THE KTM CLUTCH?

This is a KTM clutch. It comes in two different versions—one for 450 four-strokes and 250 two-strokes and the other for 350 four-strokes, 250  four-strokes and 150/125 two-strokes.

People often ask why MXA raves about the KTM, Husqvarna and GasGas clutches so much. They want to know what makes theses clutches so different from Yamaha, Kawasaki, Suzuki and Honda clutches. Let’s be clear, the standard clutches on 2021 Japanese bikes are the best technology available—if this were 2006. There is only one truly advanced clutch on the track today, and it comes on the 2021 KTM, Husqvarna and GasGas machines. This clutch is head and shoulders above any other clutch for six reasons.

Hinson does make an aftermarket steel clutch basket for certain models of the YZ450F and CRF450, but you still have to swap the primary gear over to it.

(1) It comes with a steel clutch basket that never notches and will last as long as you own the bike.

(2) Unlike a clutch with six separate coil springs, the Austrian clutch uses one large cupped Belleville washer that provides equal pressure across the face of the pressure plate.

(3) The Belleville washer can be preloaded for more or less tension by turning a stepped disc on the pressure plate.

(4) The KTM/Husky/GasGas clutch is activated by a hydraulic master cylinder and slave unit that self-adjusts as you use it. Husqvarna uses a Magura hydraulic system in 2021, but will switch to Brembo in 2022 to match the KTM and GasGas Brembo parts.

On the typical Japanese clutch you have to remove the primary gear by drilling out the rivets to move it to a new basket.

(5) The CNC-machined steel clutch basket has the primary gear machined into the billet of steel (instead of riveting a separate primary gear to the back of a cast aluminum clutch basket).

(6) Riders who burn up KX450, CRF450, YZ450F or RM-Z450 clutches in four motos will go months with a Belleville-washer clutch.

This is the DDS (Damped Diaphragm System) clutch that comes in the KTM 450SXF and 250SX two-stroke (it also comes on selected Husky and GasGas models). Six kidney-shaped rubber dampers (one of which is shown at the bottom of the photo) cushion the clutch from acceleration jolts.

Clutch models. There are two types of KTM/Husky/GasGas hydraulic clutches. First, the 450 four-strokes and 250/300 two-strokes come with the Belleville-washer-operated DDS (Damped Diaphragm System) clutch. It has a rubber-damped cush hub inside to lessen the jolt when the more powerful engines hit. Second, the 250/350 four-stroke engine’s clutch is called a DS (Diaphragm System) clutch. It differs from the 450’s DDS clutch in that it doesn’t get the rubber-damped cush hub. Why not? The 250/350 engines do not need to cushion the jolt of each gear because of their lower power profile.

This is what a Belleville washer looks like. Instead of five or six separate coil springs, like on the typical clutch, a Bellevile washer spring applies equal pressure to the KTM pressure plate.

Belleville washer. A Belleville washer is essentially a large cupped washer that provides spring pressure as it is compressed. The first Belleville washer clutch came with a 250 N/m spring back in 2012. It was upped to 280 N/m in 2014. With today’s more powerful engines, the 2021 450’s Belleville washer is now rated at 295 N/m, while the 250/350 washers are 270 N/m. The Austrian engineers do not actually classify the spring pressure of the Belleville washers in N/m, preferring to call it “slip torque,” but for clarity’s sake, slip torque is the amount of spring pressure needed to control pressure plate and friction surface grip.

Lever pressure. One big plus of the Belleville washer’s cupped shape is that it is at maximum stiffness in the initial part of the clutch lever’s movement, but the farther the rider pulls the clutch lever, the flatter the cone shape of the cupped washer gets, which means that, unlike a coil-spring-operated clutch, a Belleville-washer clutch gets easier to pull the farther you pull it in. This relieves hand fatigue. In 2019, Kawasaki used a hydraulically activated clutch and for 2020 borrowed KTM’s Belleville washer spring design, but called it a “coned disc-spring clutch” to avoid looking like they copied the KTM design, which they did. However, they did not copy the CNC-machined clutch basket/primary gear combo.

The notches in the tangs of this cast clutch basket are caused by the metal drive plates banging against the aluminum tangs during acceleration. The smooth action of a clutch in this basket would suffer greatly as the clutch plates get caught on the ridges.

Notching. The billet steel clutch basket will outlast any cast-aluminum clutch basket. Best of all, it will not notch where the metal drive plates hit against the tangs or suffer from tang breakage. The aftermarket clutch companies do not make a KTM clutch basket from either steel or aluminum. Why not? Most notably because the stock KTM basket is too good and practically because there are no bolt-on primary gears available. Hinson does make a steel clutch basket for the YZ450F and CRF450, but that is because they can use the stock primary gear.


Old school Magura master cylinders need mineral oil instead of brake fluid. It will be embossed on the master cylinder cap if required, but these mineral oil system are only on older models..

Clutch fluid. KTM/Husky/GasGas clutches can use Dot 4 or Dot 5.1 brake fluid. Some older Magura hydraulic clutches require mineral oil instead of brake fluid, but if that is the case, it will be embossed on the master-cylinder reservoir cap.

• 3-BROS 10-HOUR OF GLEN HELEN NIGHT RACE IS ON JUNE 5

The 3-Bros 10 Hour starts on June 5 at 4:00 p.m. and ends in the dark at 2:00 on June 6. For more info go to www.glenhelen .com

ASK THE MXPERTS: CAN YOU MIX AND MATCH FORK SEALS?

Guess what? 48mm is 48mm in Europe and Asia.

Dear MXA,

I live in a small town, far from a large metropolitan city. To buy a bike, I have to drive three hours—and the same holds true for parts. When I raced Yamahas, I stockpiled as many commonly used parts as possible so that I could fix my bikes without waiting for the UPS man to deliver what I needed. Last year I bought a KTM 350SXF, and I love it. When I blew a fork seal, caused by a rock hitting the fork leg, I priced replacement SKF fork seals. They were very expensive. I have two sets of 48mm Kayaba fork seals in my garage left over from my Yamaha days. I have asked everyone—from my Yamaha dealer to my KTM dealer—and they both said that Yamaha fork seals will not fit in WP AER forks. So, now I am asking MXA. Perhaps I should have asked you first. Can I use my Kayaba fork seals in my KTM forks?

The simple answer is yes. The SKF fork seals that come stock on KTM’s 48mm WP forks are higher quality and will last longer than the Kayaba seals, but no fork seal can resist tearing when the fork leg is dented. Go ahead and put the Kayaba seals in the WP forks just as you would the SKF seals.

 2021 NEBRASKA/IOWA GREAT PLAINS VINTAGE MOTOCROSS SCHEDULE: NEXT RACE ON JUNE 6

The 2021 Nebraska/Iowa Great Plains Vintage Motocross season only has three races left, with the next race on June 6, 2021 at 320 MX Park in Norfolk, Nebraska. For more info go to www.greatplainsvintagemx.org

MOTOCROSS REVIVAL 2021 VINTAGE RACE ON JUNE 6


For more information go to www.americanretrocross.org

OLD SCHOOL SCRAMBLES AT GLEN HELEN ON JUNE 26-27

Saturday June 26 is a chance to come and out and practice from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  in case you’re a little rusty, plus you can camp overnight so you don’t have to drive to the track on Sunday morning, June 27. For more info go to www.ossrg.org.

• MXA MOTO CHALLENGE QUIZ: WE WERE ALL YOUNG ONCE


Can you name these two racers? Don’t be fooled by the photo, neither one of them raced a Honda after they moved to the Big Show. Instead they raced two different brands during their glory days.  Name them and the brands they are most closely associated with. 
Answer at the bottom of the page.

WANNA RACE IN SOCAL? NEED TO RENT A BIKE? FIND A PLACE TO STAY? JUST CALL STAPO WHEN YOU CAN TRAVEL AGAIN

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 now that the coronavirus pandemic is waning in the USA and the country is opening back up, foreign riders will be able to come to America to race, train and sightee again. You should plan ahead and make your reservations now for this upcoming Summer and Fall. Dennis offers full service to all of the Southern California tracks for racers or for 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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KEEPING TRACK OF THE 2021 RACE SCHEDULES

The 2021 AMA 450 National Championship start at Pala Raceway this Saturday. The 2020 National ended at Pala last year with Zach Osborne winning the 450 National Championship.

2021 AMA NATIONAL MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP (REVISED)
May 29…Pala, CA
Jun 5…Thunder Valley, CO
June 19…Mt. Morris, PA
July 3…Red Bud, MI
July 10…Southwick, MA (Moved from June 26)
July 17….Millville, MN
July 24….Washougal, WA
Aug. 14…Unadilla, NY
Aug. 21…Budds Creek, MD
Aug. 28…Crawfordsville, IN
Sept. 4…Pala, CA
Sept.11…Hangtown, CA

2021 FIM GRAND PRIX CHAMPIONSHIP (REVISED)
Jun. 13…Orlyonok, Russia
June 27…Matterley Basin, England
Jul. 4…Maggiora, Italy
Jul. 11…Kegums, Latvia
Jul. 18…Oss, Holland
Jul. 25…Locket, Czech Republic
Aug. 1…Lommel, Belgium
Aug 15…Uddevall, Sweden
Aug. 22…KimiRing, Finland
Sep. 5…Afyonkarahisar, Turkey
Sep. 19…Rio Sardo, Sardinia
Oct. 3…Teutschenthal, Germany
Oct. 10…TBA, France
Oct. 17…Intu Xanadu, Spain
Oct. 24…Agueda, Portugal
Oct. 31…Trentino, Italy
Nov. 14…TBA, Argentina
Nov. 28…Borobudur, Java
Dec. 5… Bali, Indonesia

2021 WORLD SIDECAR MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP
Aug. 1…Strassbessenbach, Ger
Aug.15,,,Lage Motokeskus, Est
Aug. 22…Jinin, Czh
Aug. 29…Roggenburg, Swi
Sep. 19, Oss, Hol
Sept. 26…Rudersberg, Ger
Oct. 10…Kramolin, Czh

REVISED 2021 SCOTTISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
May 15/16…Tains
Jun. 26/27..Lochgilphead
Jul. 10… Doune (Youth)
Jul. 17…Doune (Adult )
Aug. 14/15…Rhynie
Sept. 4/5…Desertmartin, Northern Ireland
Oct. 9/10…Tain

2021 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Apr. 11…Wonthaggi, VIC
May 2 …Canberra, ACT
May 30…Gillman, SA (postponed)
Jun. 27…Maitland, NSW
Jul. 25…Wodonga, VIC
Aug. 8…Coulson, QLD
Aug. 14….Coolum, QLD
Aug. 15….Coolum, QLD

2021 ADAC GERMAN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP (REVISED)
Jul. 4…Bielstein
Jul. 18…Tensfeld
Aug. 8…Dreetz
Sep. 5…Furstilich Drehna
Sep. 12…Gaildorf

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

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

FINAL 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, UT
May 1 (Saturday)…Salt Lake City, UT

FINAL 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…….Tampa, Fl
Feb. 6…….Tampa, Fl
Mar. 5…….Amarillo, TX
Mar. 6…….Amarillo, TX

MOTO CHALLENGE ANSWER: Jeff Ward (left) won the 1984 AMA 125 National Championship, 1985 and 1988 AMA 250 National Championships, 1989 and 1990 AMA 500 Nationals Championships, 1985 and 1987 AMA Supercross Championship and was a seven-time winner to the Motocross des Nations. Jeff did all of his winning on a Kawasaki. Gunnar Lindstrom (right) was a Husqvarna test rider, who came to America to help promote Husqvarna motorcycles. In 1968 he won the Mint 400. He was 6th in the 1970 Trans-AMA series, 3rd in the 1971 Inter-AMA series and in 1972 won two AMA 250 Nationals, while finishing in the top five in 6 out of 12 Nationals and finishing 3rd overall in the 1972 standings. Gunnar also served as the Husqvarna team manager and “Dirt Bike Magazine” editor before joining Honda as their team manager in 1978 (which is why he is standing behind Jeff Ward, who is jokingly sitting on a Honda works bike). After retiring, Gunnar wrote a book called “Husqvarna Success” about the history of Husqvarna. It is available at book seller nationwide.

Photos Credits: Brian Converse, KTM, Travis Fant, GasGas, Dan Alamangos, Daryl Ecklund, Yamaha, MXA

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