MXA WEEKEND NEWS ROUND-UP: LAST TANGO AT THE GLEN



JOEL ROBERT IS NOT DEAD, BUT WE DON’T KNOW ABOUT SETH ENSLOW

Joel Robert has not passed away. After an Italian magazine posted a story about the six-time 250 World Champion dying, MXA was inundated with questions. To the best of our knowledge, Joel is alive and well. Joel did suffer a stroke earlier this year in France, but was sent home from the hospital within a few days. Joel is 72 years old.

GLEN HELEN USGP: THE LAST GAME IN TOWN

Tim Gajser (left) used a 4-2 to clinch the 2016 FIM 450 World Championship when Tony Cairoli faltered terribly in Charlotte. Cairoli’s 14th place finished gave Gajser a 90-point lead with only Glen Helen’s 50 points left. Eli Tomac was first in Charlotte with Jeremy Van Horebeek (right) third.

This Sunday at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino, California, the 2016 FIM World Motocross Championships will come to an end. It will be an eventful day as the two new World Champions,, Tim Gajser and Jeffrey Herlings will try to get revenge for their defeats in Charlotte at the hands of Eli Tomac and Cooper Webb. With the FIM titles clinched, every GP rider can race without concern for points. Additionally, Tony Cairoli and last year’s USGP winner Romain Febvre have a chance to put a high note on their losing 2016 seasons.

With Glen Helen hosting the 2017 Motocross des Nations, the USGP will be a preview of what each nation has in reserve for the 2016 Motocross des Nations on September 25, in Maggiora, Italy.

450 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
(After 17 or 18 races)
1. Tim Gajser…693
2. Antonio Cairoli…603
3. Maximilian Nagl…565
4. Romain Febvre …549
5. Evgeny Bobryshev…522
6. Jeremy Van Horebeek…513
7. Glenn Coldenhoff…382
8. Clement Desalle…372
9. Valentin Guillod…335
10. Shaun Simpson…322
11. Kevin Strijbos…311
12. Tommy Searle…288
13. Gautier Paulin…243
14. Jordi Tixier…219
15. Christophe Charlier…198

Jeffrey Herlings didn’t win in Charlotte, but he clinched the 250 World Championship for the third and final time before moving to the 450 class in 2017. Cooper Webb took the win with Austin Forkner (right) third.

250 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP POINTS
(After 17 or 18 races)
1. Jeffrey Herlings…689
2. Jeremy Seewer…595
3. Benoit Paturel…485
4. Max Anstie…473
5. Pauls Jonass…403
6. Dylan Ferrandis…378
7. Brian Bogers…372
8. Samuele Bernardini…358
9. Petar Petrov…351
10. Aleksandr Tonkov…320
11. Thomas Covington…261
12. Vsevolod Brylyakov…219
13. Calvin Vlaanderen…217
14. Alvin Ostlund…209
15. Brent Van Doninck…186

JEREMY MARTIN TO RACE GLEN HELEN USGP….ON A HONDA

Geico Honda announced the signing of two-time AMA 250 National Motocross Champion Jeremy Martin for the 2017 and 2018 Supercross and motocross racing seasons. The deal will see Martin ride a Honda CRF250 in the 250 class for the 2017 season, and move to a Honda CRF450 full time in 2018. “I’m very excited to finally announce I’ve signed a two-year deal with the Geico Honda team,” said Martin. “They’re a proven, championship winning team and I’m excited to reach a new level on the 250 next year and continue the relationship through the 2018 season as a rookie 450 rider.” Martin won the 2014 and 2015 AMA 250 National Motocross Championships and has won 11 career AMA National Motocross races and four career AMA 250 East Supercross events, along with collecting 12 250 East Supercross podiums. Martin will make his racing debut with the Geico team at the Glen Helen MXGP of the USA this weekend, September 10-11, in San Bernardino, California.

AUSTIN FORKNER EARNS AMA 250 NATIONAL ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD

Austin Forkner.

In his first season in AMA Pro Motocross Monster Energy/Pro Circuit/Kawasaki rider Austin Forkner impressed the motocross world with six moto podiums, including two moto wins and consistent riding throughout the season. At the season finale in Indiana, where Forkner earned the first overall win of his career, but shortly after he finished third in the Charlotte 250 USGP.

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MASSIMO ZANZANI’S CHARLOTTE PHOTO GALLERY

Charlotte had 15,000-seat grandstand—although the fans were free to roam around the fence line.

Eli Tomac had to race for the win, but he was the class of the field all night long. The track was built by British track builder Justin Barclay.

Cooper Webb (17) and Austin Forkner (214) were first and third overall in the 250 class—even though both had minor crashes.

Jeremy Van Horebeek took to the man-made Charlotte track well enough to earn third overall in the 450 class.

Tim Gajser wants to race in America in the future—as soon as Honda lets him. He looks more than capable to being a player in the USA. We’ll find out more when he comes to the Las Vegas Monster Cup in October.

Jeffrey Herlings won a moto at Charlotte, but got rundown from behind by Cooper Webb for the overall in the 250 class. He found comfort in clinching the 250 crown after his closest GP points competitor, Jeremy Seewer, went 10-5.

Clement Desalle won the man-made race in Assen last week, but couldn’t find the magic elixir this week on the man-made Charlotte track. Desalle was 5th in the 450 class. With Assen and Charlotte billed as successes, motocross in Europe is in for a Luongo upheaval. Not in America though—we’ve been there, done that.

Thomas Covington is normally the only American in the 250 GPs—this past weekend he was one of nine. There were three Americans in the top five at Charlotte—Webb first, Forkner third and Covington fourth. Star Yamaha’s Mitchell Harrison was seventh.

Gene Romero and Mert Lawwill would have felt right at home in Charlotte’s first turn. It was AMA dirt track style. Italian Marco Maddii (153) has his own idea.

Glenn Coldenhoff hasn’t had a great season, but a fourth in Charlotte was better than KTM teammate Tony Cairoli’s 14th. Maybe at Glen Helen on Sunday they can settle whether Coldenhoff can run with the master.

Think of it as a big Monster Cup track.

ONE INDUSTRIES  & ASTERISK GO UNDER

One Industries was a success under its original founders, but a flop when bought by an investment group.

Never the same after it was bought from Ludo Boinnard, Danny Dobey and Marc Blanchard, One Industries appears to have closed its doors, shut down their distribution and halted their website. One Industries had been a big success under its previous owners, who started out making graphics and grew into the apparel market. After the sale, the new owners lost the magic that made One Industries a success. Ludo and Marc went on to form 100% goggles and Danny started his own graphics company‚ D’cor Visuals.

Additionally, it appears as though Asterisk knee braces have also bit the bullet. Neither company has made a formal announcement, but both have stopped doing commerce.

PICHON SIGNS WITH TEAM SUZUKI, BUT NOT MICKAEL


Mickael and Zach a few years ago at Glen Helen.

No, not two-time World Champion Mickael Pichon, but his son Zach. Suzuki will field the young Pichon in the EMX 250 class in 2017. Pichon had ridden the EMX 125 series in 2016 and finished 8th overall. He will also compete in the ADAC Youngster Cup races and he will ride several Dutch Masters rounds. Zach will be joined by Australians Hunter Lawrence and his younger brother Jet Lawrence as the future hopefuls for when Jeremy Sewer ages out of the 250 GPs after next season.

THE AMERICAN GP RIDER NOBODY KNOWS

Darian Sanayei.

Darian Sanayei has signed to race for the Steve Dixon Kawasaki team in the 2017 FIM 250 World Championships. And got to race his first 250 Grand Prix at Charlotte last weekend. Sanayei, likle Thomas Covington, has never raced an AMA National or Supercross, he signed with Bud Kawasaki straight out of Loretta Lynn’s to race the EMX 250 support class in Europe —where he finished second overall. In his first 250GP, Darian went 7-13 for 11th overall at Charlotte. At the Dixon team he will team with Vsevolod Brylyakov and Tommy Searle in 2017.

MXA PHOTO OF THE WEEK BY PAM SKINNER

Bored of waiting for her husband to come around, Pam Skinner grabbed a camera and shot this photo of former AMA National Pros Jon Ortner (10) and Shawn Wynne (9) racing at Glen Helen at the last weekly race before the USGP. When husband Randy did come around, she had already captured this masterpiece and had put the camera away.

MORE SUZUKI NEWS: MANAGEMENT MOVES

Suzuki has aadded to two experienced powersports pros to its management team with Paul LaBella, as Communications Manager, and  Bruce Knightas National Sales Manager. LaBella worked at Cycle World magazine for 15 years and said. “I look forward to helping Suzuki and its dealers grow, and I’m eager to connect with industry friends and colleagues.” LaBella starts at Suzuki on August 15.

Bruce Knight will begin his news new role at Suzuki  on August 29. Bruce worked at Arctic Cat and BRP. He said, “Helping to grow the Suzuki brand through sales development is an exciting opportunity for me,” said Knight. “I’ve been a Suzuki fan for years”, and know many dealers through my industry experience. I’m eager to help manage that relationship for mutual benefit.”

 

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GLEN HELEN USGP TRACK MAP


BE A USGP FLAGGER! AS CLOSE TO THE ACTION AS YOU CAN GET

The Glen Helen AMA National and United States Grand Prix have always gotten their flagging crew from the ranks of the REM Motocross racers. They have been called the best flaggers in the sport—because they are all motocross racers. REM’s Frank Thomason is still looking for a few good men or women to work at the USGP on September 10-11. To apply for a nice place to watch from send an email to Frank at ghrproflag@version.net

WHO WON WHAT & WHERE IN THE 2016 GRANDS PRIX

Tim Gajser clinched the 2016 FIM 450 World Championship last Saturday in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Date           Venue                                450                                250
Feb. 27…. Qatar…………………..Tim Gajser…………….Jeffrey Herlings
Mar. 6…..Thailand……………….Romain Febvre………Jeffrey Herlings
Mar. 28…Holland………………..Romain Febvre………Jeffrey Herlings
April 10….Argentina…………….Tim Gajser…………….Jeffrey Herlings
April 17….Mexico………………..Tim Gajser……………..Jeffrey Herlings
May 1…… Latvia………………….Tim Gajser……………..Jeffrey Herlings
May 8……Germany………………Tony Cairoli…………..Jeffrey Herlings
May 15….Italy……………………..Tony Cairoli…………..Jeffrey Herlings
May 29….Spain……………………Tim Gajser…………….Jeffrey Herlings
June 5……France…………………Romain Febvre……….Jeffrey Herlings
June 19….Great Britain…………Tim Gajser…………….Jeffrey Herlings
June 26….Italy……………………..Tim Gajser…………….Jeffrey Herlings
July 24…….Czech Republic…….Max Nagl………………Dylan Ferrandis
July 31…….Belgium……………….Kevin Strijbos………..Max Anstie
Aug. 7……..Switzerland………….Tony Cairoli……………Max Anstie
Aug. 28…..Assen, Holland……….Clement Desalle…….Jeffrey Herlings
Sept. 3…..Charlotte, USA………..Eli Tomac………………Cooper Webb
Sept. 11….Glen Helen, USA…..
450 Champion…Tim Gajser (Hon)
250 Champion..Jeffrey Herlings (KTM)

EVERY NATION’S NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP: DECIDED & UNDECIDED

Glen Helen’s Talladega first turn is the biggest, longest, fastest and steepest first turn in the sport. It is also the only first turn to be used for an AMA National, FIM Grand Prix, WORCS race, World Vet Championship and Day in the Dirt in the same year. Next year it is scheduled to be one of only three first turns in the USA to ever host the Motocross des Nations.

FINAL 450 SUPERCROSS POINTS STANDINGS
1. Ryan Dungey (KTM)…391
2. Ken Roczen (Suz)…331
3. Jason Anderson (Hus)…315
4. Eli Tomac (Kaw)…290
5. Chad Reed (Yam)…250
6. Cole Seely (Hon)…219
7. Marvin Musquin (KTM)…214
8. Justin Brayton (KTM)…200
9. Trey Canard (Hon)…196
10. Jake Weimer (Suz)…128

FINAL 250 EAST SUPERCROSS POINTS STANDINGS
1. Malcolm Stewart (Hon)…180
2. Aaron Plessinger (Yam)…164
3. Jeremy Martin (Yam)…147
4. Martin Davalos (Hus)…141
5. Tyler Bowers (Kaw)…122
6. Gannon Audette (Kaw)…121
7. Shane McElrath (KTM)…113
8. R.J. Hampshire (Hon)…104
9. Anthony Rodriguez (Kaw)…78

FINAL 250 WEST SUPERCROSS POINTS STANDINGS
1. Cooper Webb (Yam)…180
2. Joey Savatgy (Kaw)…179
3. Christian Craig (Hon)…160
4. Zach Osborne (Hus)…154
5. Colt Nichols (Yam)…147
6. Mitchell Oldenburg (KTM)…122
7. James Decotis (Hon)…111
8. Kyle Peters (Hon)…100
9. Kyle Cunningham (Suz)…78
10. Jordon Smith (Hon)…78

FINAL 450 AMA NATIONAL POINTS STANDINGS
1. Ken Roczen…584
2. Eli Tomac…498
3. Marvin Musquin…401
4. Justin Barcia…360
5. Phil Nicoletti…229
6. Benny Bloss…228
7. Christophe Pourcel …217
8. Weston Peick…197
9. Andrew Short…197
10. Fredrik Noren…192

FINAL 250 AMA NATIONAL POINTS STANDINGS
1. Cooper Webb…495
2. Alex Martin…422
3. Joey Savatgy…383
4. Austin Forkner…376
5. Aaron Plessinger…351
6. Jeremy Martin…321
7. Zach Osborne…312
8. Adam Cianciarulo…266
9. Arnaud Tonus…243
10. Mitchell Oldenburg…237

FIM 450 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
(After 17 or 18 races)
1. Tim Gajser…693
2. Antonio Cairoli…603
3. Maximilian Nagl…565
4. Romain Febvre …549
5. Evgeny Bobryshev…522
6. Jeremy Van Horebeek…513
7. Glenn Coldenhoff…382
8. Clement Desalle…372
9. Valentin Guillod…335
10. Shaun Simpson…322

FIM 250 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
(After 17 or 18 races)
1. Jeffrey Herlings…689
2. Jeremy Seewer…595
3. Benoit Paturel…485
4. Max Anstie…473
5. Pauls Jonass…403
6. Dylan Ferrandis…378
7. Brian Bogers…372
8. Samuele Bernardini…358
9. Petar Petrov…351
10. Aleksandr Tonkov…320

FINAL FIM WOMEN’S WORLD POINTS STANDINGS
1. Livia Lancelot…..302
2. Nancy van De Ven…178
3. Larissa Pappenmeier…220
4. Chiara Fontanesi…214
5. Courtney Duncan…196
6. Amandine Verstappen…188
7. Anne Borchers…164
8. Shana Van Der Vlist…125
9. Natalie Kane…108
10. Britt Van Der Werff…99

FINAL 450 CANADIAN NATIONAL POINTS STANDINGS
1. Davi Millsaps…514
2. Matt Goerke…498
3. Kaven Benoit…376
4. Brett Metcalfe…412
5. Mike Alessi…408
6. Tyler Medaglia…397
7. Cade Clason…382
8. Keylan Meston…314
9. Morgan Burger…308
10. Colton Facciotti…297

FINAL 250 CANADIAN NATIONAL POINTS STANDINGS
1. Cole Thompson…570
2. Shawn Maffenbeier…464
3. Dylan Wright…449
4. Brad Nauditt…376
5. Jesse Pettis…371
6. Mark Worth…302
7. Dakota Alix…299
8. Hayden Halstead…263
9. Davey Fraser…253
10. Ryeley Gallup…224

FINAL 450 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL POINTS STANDINGS
1. Dean Ferris…666
2. Kirk Gibbs…660
3. Todd Waters…647
4. Kade Mosig…541
5. Dylan Long…469
6. Jay Wilson…417
7. Jacob Wright…403
8. Matt Moss…381
9. Michael Menchi…376
10. Daniel Banks…374

FINAL 250 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL POINTS STANDINGS
1. Jed Beaton…630
2. Caleb Ward…617
3. Nathan Crawford…574
4. Jayden Rykers…537
5. Wilson Todd…507
6. Dylan Wills…470
7. Hamish Harwood…448
8. Joel Wightman…426
9. Kyle Webster…376
10. Dean Porter…365

FINAL 250 WORLD TWO-STROKE POINTS STANDINGS
1. Mike Alessi…Suz
2. Scott Champion…Yam
3. Zach Osborne…Hus
4. Ryan Surratt…Yam
5. R.J. Wageman…Yam
6. Sean Collier…Kaw
7. Austin Howell…Hus
8. Colton Haacker…Hus
9. Stuart Edmonds…TM
10. Killy Rusk…Yam

FINAL 125 WORLD TWO-STROKE POINTS STANDINGS
1. Ryan Surratt…Yam
2. Justin Hoeft…Yam
3. Robbie Wageman…Yam
4. Mike Brown…Hus
5. Timmy Weigand…Hus
6. Michael Blose…Suz
7. Kristoffer Palm…Suz
8. Shaun Rhinehart…Yam
9. Matt Smith…Kaw
10. Casey Casper…KTM

FINAL AMA ARENACROSS POINTS STANDINGS
1. Gavin Faith….191
2. Chris Blose….166
3. Jacob Hayes….157
4. Travis Sewell….149
5. Trace Owen…131
6. Ben Lamay…121
7. Kyle Regal…121
8. Gared Steinke…118
9. Cody Vanbuskirk…116
10. Daniel Herrlein…106

FINAL EMX 300 POINTS STANDINGS
1. Mike Kras…264
2. Yentel Martens… 257
3. Brad Anderson…203
4. Matt Moffat…150
5. Dietger Damiaens…135
6. Patrick Vos…113
7. Antonio Utrilla…110
8. Mathias Plessers…107
9. Lewis Gregory…104
10. Josh van der Linden…101

FINAL EMX 250 POINTS STANDINGS
1. Thomas Kjer Olsen…404
2. Darian Sanayei…323
3. Bas Vaessen…286
4. Anton Gole…236
5. Kevin Wouts…217
6. Jorge Prado…210
7. Miro Sihvonen…201
8. Nicolas Dercourt…197
9. Hunter Lawrence…167
10. Mike Stender…130

FINAL EMX 125 POINTS STANDINGS
1. Jago Geerts…307
2. Stephen Rubini…248
3. Pierre Goupillon…207
4. Gianluca Facchetti…186
5. Roan Van De Moosdijk…183
6. Mikkel Haarup…171
7. Zachary Pichon…149
8. Kim Savaste…144
9. Brian Moreau…144
10. Szymon Staszkiewicz…116

FINAL 2016 AMA NATIONAL AMATEUR CHAMPIONS
250A: Bradley Taft (Yam)
Open Pro Sport: Chase Sexton (Hon)
Over-25: Ricky Renner (KTM)
Over-30: Arik Swan (Kaw)
Over-40: James Povolny (KTM)
Over-50: John Grewe (Kaw)
125 Two-Stroke: Jake Swoll (Hus)
85cc: Ty Masterpool (Yam)
Women: Brandy Richards (Yam)

 

WHAT’S LEFT OF THE 2016 RACE CALENDAR


2016 FIM MOTOCROSS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
Sept. 11…………………………Glen Helen, USA (Final)

2016 REM MOTOCROSS
Sept. 10………………………….No race (United States Grand Prix)
Sept. 17………………………….No Race (WORCS)
Sept. 24………………………….Glen Helen, CA

UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX
Sept. 11……………….………….Glen Helen, USA

2016 BRITISH MAXXIS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Sept. 18………………………..Foxhill (Final)

2016 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS
Sept. 25…………………………Maggiora, Italy

2016 SPANISH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Oct. 2…………………………..Calataya, Zaragoza (Final)

2016 MONSTER SMX RIDERS’ CUP
Oct. 8……………………….Gelsenkirchen, Germany

2016 MONSTER CUP
Oct. 15…………………………..Las Vegas, NV

2016 REM OCTOBERCROSS
Oct. 29…………………………..Glen Helen, CA

2016 DUBYA WORLD VET CHAMPIONSHIP
Nov. 5-6…………………………Glen Helen, CA

MXA MOTO CHALLENGE: NAME THIS AMA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Can you name this rider? He was 2005 AMA Rookie of the year. The answer is at the bottom of the page.

NOW THAT THE NATIONALS ARE OVER, ARE YOU READY FOR SUPERCROSS?


2017 AMA SUPERCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
Jan. 7…………………………Anaheim, CA
Jan. 14………………………San Diego, CA
Jan. 21………………………Anaheim, CA
Jan. 28………………………Glendale, AZ
Feb. 4……………………….Oakland, CA
Feb. 11………………………Arlington, TX
Feb. 18………………………Minneapolis, MN
Feb. 25………………………Atlanta, GA
Mar. 4………………………Toronto, ON
Mar. 11………………………Daytona, FL
Mar. 18………………………Indianapolis, IN
Mar. 25………………………Detroit, MI
Apr. 1…………………………St. Louis, MO
Apr. 8………………………..Seattle, WA
Apr 22……………………….Salt Lake City, UT
Apr. 28………………………East Rutherford, NJ
May. 6………………………..Las Vegas, NV

ONE LAST LOOK AT THE 2016 AMA NATIONAL POINTS

Jason Anderson showed up at Crawfordsville and went 5-5 in his first race back in a long time. He didn’t make the top 15 in AMA points.

AMA 450 NATIONAL POINTS STANDINGS
(After 12 of 12 rounds)
1. Ken Roczen…584
2. Eli Tomac…498
3. Marvin Musquin…401
4. Justin Barcia…360
5. Phil Nicoletti…229
6. Benny Bloss…228
7. Christophe Pourcel …217
8. Weston Peick…197
9. Andrew Short…197
10. Fredrik Noren…192

Arnuad Tonus finished 9th in AMA 250 points for 2016. He will not be on the Pro Circuit team next year, but now that he’s healthy he could be a good fit at another U.S. team.

AMA 250 NATIONAL POINTS STANDINGS
(After 12 of 12 rounds)
1. Cooper Webb…495
2. Alex Martin…422
3. Joey Savatgy…383
4. Austin Forkner…376
5. Aaron Plessinger…351
6. Jeremy Martin…321
7. Zach Osborne…312
8. Adam Cianciarulo…266
9. Arnaud Tonus…243
10. Mitchell Oldenburg…237

AUSTRALIAN MXDN TEAM LOSES A MAN

Todd Waters will replace Kirk Gibbs on the Australian MXDN team at Maggiora.

Kirk Gibbs, who finished second in the 2016 Australian 450 National Motocross Championship to Dean Ferris and was selected to join Ferris and Jed Beaton on Team Australia for the Motocross des Nations, broke his femur this week and will now be replaced by Todd Waters. Todd Waters finished third behind Ferris and Gibbs in the Aussie 450 title chase. Waters and Ferris both race the GPs for a couple years and thus have considerable experience with the European system. Our condolences to Kirk Gibbs.

EVERY 2016 MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS TEAM

The 2016 Motocross des Nations will be held at the Maggiora track in Italy. Here are the 37 MXDN teams named so far.

AUSTRALIA

Todd Waters
Jed Beaton
Dean Ferris

AUSTRIA

Lukas Neurauter
Michel Sandner
Pascal Rauchenecker

BELGIUM

Clement Desalle
Kevin Strijbos
Jeremy van Horebeek

BRAZIL

Thales Vilardi
Fabinho Santos
Jean Ramos

CROATIA

Hrvogje Karas
Luka Crnkovic
Matija Kelavav

CZECH REPUBLIC

Jaromir Romancik
Filip Neugebauer
Petr Smitka

DENMARK

Nikolaj Larsen
Thomas Olsen
Glen Meier

ESTONIA

Priit Rätsep
Tanel Leok
Harri Kullas

FINLAND

Valtteri Malin
Kim Savaste
Miro Sihvonen

FRANCE

Romain Febvre
Benoit Paturel
Gautier Paulin

GERMANY

Max Nagl
Dennis Ullrich
Henry Jacobi

GREAT BRITAIN

Shaun Simpson
Max Anstie
Tommy Searle

GREECE

Dimitrios Kontoletas
Emmanouli Kritikos
Panangiotis Kouzis

HOLLAND

Jeffrey Herlings
Glenn Coldenhoff
Brian Bogers

HUNGARY

Eric Hugyecz
Bence Szvodboda
Mark Szoke

ICELAND

Invil Birgisson
Eythor Teynisson
Andri Gudmundsson

IRELAND

Graeme Irwin
Martin Barr
Stuart Edmonds

ISRAEL

Ziv Karmi
Dan Maya
Oren Hansen

ITALY

Tony Cairoli
Michele Cervellin
Samuele Bernardin

JAPAN

Makoto Ogata
Toshiki Tomita
Yohei Kojima

LATVIA

Davis Ivanovs
Karlis Sabulis
Roberts Justs

LITHUANIA

Arminas Jasikonis
Vytautas Bucas
Dovydas Karka

LUXEMBOURG

Eric Tabouraing
Yves Frank
Bjorn Frank

NEW ZEALAND

Cody Cooper
Josiah Natzke
Hamish Harwood

POLAND

Tomasz Wysocki
Szymon Staszkiewicz
Gabriel Chetnicki

PORTUGAL

Rui Goncalves
Huga Basula
Paulo Alberto

PUERTO RICO

Jason Astudillo
Gino Aponte
Noah McConahy

RUSSIA

Aleksandr Tonkov
Vsevolod Brylyakov
Evgeny Bobryshev

SAN MARINO

Thomas Marini
Andrea Gorini
Bryan Toccaceliv

SLOVENIA

Tim Gajser
Jan Pancar
Jernej Irt

SLOVAKIA

Tomas Simko
Richard Sikyna
Tomas Kohut

SOUTH AFRICA

Kerim Fitzgerald
Maddy Malan
Michael Docherty

SPAIN

Jose Butron
Jorge Zaragoza
Iker Larranaga

SWEDEN

Jesper Jonsson
Alvin Ostlund
Fredrik Noren

SWITZERLAND

Valentin Guillod
Arnaud Tonus
Jeremy Seewer

THAILAND

Chaiyan Romphan
Traiphop Boontaeng
Krisada Potaton

USA

Cooper Webb
Jason Anderson
Alex Martin

WORLD VET MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP ON NOV. 5-6

Once the young guy’s Championships are decided, all eyes will turn to the older set at the 2016 Dubya-sponsored World Vet Championships.

18TH ANNUAL SAND SPORTS SHOW ON SEPTEMBER 16-18

For more info go to www.sandsportssupershow.com

OVER-THE-HILL-GANG 9-11 MEMORIAL MOTOCROSS ON SEPT. 18

For more info go to www.othgmx.org

GRAN FONDO SANTA CLARITA: 20, 60 & 100 MILE LOOPS ON OCT. 22

For more info go to www.granfondosantaclarita.com

ROUTE 66 VINTAGE SCRAMBLES AT ROY ROGERS RANCH ON NOV. 20

For more info click here.

MXA AD OF THE WEEK: THE BUG FLEA

Riders from the old days are often asked what minicycle they started racing on, but they can’t answer that because the only minicycles around in the old days were bikes like the Bug Flea. No suspension, three-horsepower engine, rubber-covered footpegs and a retail price of $149, but if you wanted to put your own Briggs & Stratton in it you could buy the chassis for $99.

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NEW 6D HELMETS WEBSITE UP NOW

For more info click here

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: WORKS CONNECTION TI BOLT KIT FOR HONDA FORK GUARDS


We don’t know if Add the Works Connection’s Titanium Bolt Kit to your Honda fork guards and you’ll have “Factory/Works’ detailing but without the unobtanium cost. Easy upgrade as the kit is a direct replacement for the stock steel fork guard mounting bolts.  The kit includes 6 aerospace-grade titanium bolts that are 45% lighter than steel bolts and have rolled threads instead of weaker cut threads. Fits 1997 to 2016 Honda CR80, CR85, CR125, CR250, CR500, CRF150, CRF250, CRF250X, CRF450 and CRF450X. The retail price is $44.95.

For more info visit www.worksconnection.com

THIS WEEK’S BIRTHDAY BOYS: LUSK 41 & GAJSER 20


Aug. 31…Ezra Lusk 1975

Aug. 31…Greg Schnell 1975


Aug. 31…Ian Harrison

Aug. 31…Denny Hartwig


Aug. 31…Greg Schnell 1975
Sept. 1…Jens Getteman 1993


Sept. 1…Sean Hamblin 1982
Sept. 2…Tommy Clowers 1972
Sept. 2…Larry Witmer


Sept. 3…Ernesto Fonseca 1981
Sept. 3…Jeremy Malott
Sept. 4…Ron Tichenor 1969


Sept. 6…Doug Henry 1969
Sept. 8…Tim Gajser 1996

MXA PRODUCT SPOTLIGHT: SYSTEMS POWER LIFT BIKE STAND

We don’t know if you’re tired of picking 240-pound bikes up to put them on their stands after a long moto, but we are. Enter the Power Lift by Systems. Powered by an 18-volt rechargeable battery it lifts your bike up when you press the button on the side of the stand with your foot.

The Power Lift stand is low enough that your bike doesn’t have to be lifted to get on the stand and elevates it high enough to get both wheels off the ground. How much? $359.95. You can order one at www.powerliftsystem.com or by calling (800) 831-9043.

MXA MOTO-CHALLENGE ANSWER

Juss Laansoo.

Juss Laansoo came to America because he couldn’t afford the high cost of Luongo’s Grand Prix system—especially without any purse money. Juss came to the USA with the support of Jim Holley—who not only helped him with a place to stay, but got him additional support. Juss won the 2005 AMA Rookie of the Year Award. The Estonian scored a top 5 in only his second-ever 450 National (Hangtown) on a privateer CRF450. Laansoo seemed on the verge of a breakout career, racing for the MotoSport Outlet and Moto XXX teams, but suffered a wrist injury that persisted. He returned to Estonia.

Juss Laansoo (left) and GP racer Pritt Ratsep.

These days Laansoo, 33, coaches fellow Estonian Pritt Ratsep on the 24MX Lucas Oil Honda team. His “The Juss is Luss!” T-shirt was an MXA present because Juss rode at a track next to the palatial MXA Towers every day.

Photos: Scott Mallonee, Brian Converse, Ian Reid, Endurocross, Jon Ortner, Daryl Ecklund, Massimo Zanzani, 24MX Honda, Kyoshi Becker, Debbi Tamietti, Dan Alamangos, John Basher, Yamaha, MXGP, MXA, Honda

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