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MOTOCROSS ACTION’S MID-WEEK REPORT (07/13/11)

MXA INTERVIEW BLAKE BAGGETT Blake is a trend-setter. Winning always looks good. MXA : What are the toughest things about being a pro? Blake: A big difference between pros and amateur guys, is that pros have to race week-in and week-out. That’s definitely one of the hardest things. When you are traveling you don’t want to get sick, and in the airplane there’s a lot of of germs. You can also get jet-lagged pretty easily, or have a rough flight. With the abuse of racing week-in and week-out you don’t have …

TEAM SUZUKI’S BRETT METCALFE WINS 450 CLASS

Team Suzuki’s Brett Metcalfe came to REM to take advantage of the 30-minute Pro motos. He got a good workout on a warm SoCal day…although no where near as hot as last week’s Freestone National. While most AMA National Motocross Championship contenders were relaxing on their off-weekend between AMA Nationals, Team Suzuki’s Brett Metcalfe came to Glen Helen’s REM motocross to put in the best kind of training for motocross?racing. Metcalfe was joined by three other National privateers and the rest of the…

REM MOTOCROSS: THE 30-MINUTE MOTOS ARE BACK FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL

One of the biggest differences between local motocross racing, amateur nationals and practicing is the length of the motos. The AMA National Motocross Championship motos are 30-minutes plus two laps long. Are you ready for that? Yes, you can put a stopwatch on your bike and go out for 30 minutes, but it’s not the same as racing flat-out, with a pack of snarling bikes and riders trying to pass you in every corner. To race an AMA National, you need to find out if you can actually go fast for 30 minutes. T…

STRANGE NEWS! EUROS TO GET AMA NATIONALS SHOWN LIVE ON MOTORS TV, BUT NOT THE GP’S

From www.MotorsTV.com : The most competitive motocross series in the world, the AMA Motocross Championship will be screened live and exclusive this year on Motors TV. All 12 rounds of America’s outdoor motocross championship will be broadcast primetime on Saturday nights starting from May 21at the season-opening event at Hangtown. The best riders from AMA Supercross, one of the discipline’s most spectacular championships and also screened on Motors TV, will head directly to the outdoor series, meaning t…

MOTOCROSS ACTION’S MID-WEEK REPORT: (03/16/11)

By John Basher PHOTO OF THE WEEK     Last week while making a tour through Florida, I stopped in at Christophe Pourcel’s place. Located an hour outside of Orlando, the Frenchman has about 50 acres of prime riding area. Located on the property are two Supercross tracks and an outdoor circuit that weaves through the woods.     If you?re wondering what Pourcel has been up to, the rider has been busy preparing for the 450 Nationals. Christophe hasn?t inked a deal yet, but has b…

ASK THE MXPERTS: WHAT’S WITH MXA’S REFUSAL TO QUIT CALLING THE MXON THE MOTOCROSS DES NATIONS

Dear MXA ,     MXA always seems so contrary. I noticed that MXA consistently calls the Motocross of Nations the “Motocross des Nations,” and that you use the acronym MXDN, while everybody else says “of Nations and MXoN.” Why do you insist on this? I’m not anti-MXA because I am totally in favor of your refusal to call the AMA Supercross classes “Supercross” and “Supercross Lites.” I wish Feld had a brain in their combined heads and changed the class names back like the AMA Nationals did (w…

MXA WRENCH TECH: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE SUPERCROSS DRUG TESTING POLICY

(1) The word doping was derived from the Dutch word dop . Dop was an alcoholic beverage made from grape skins. It was used by Zulu warriors during the Zulu Wars in Africa. The term was used in horse racing first and has come to mean the use of any performance-enhancing drug or substance. (2) Prior to the 2009 season, the AMA rule book was so porous that alcohol was the only drug actually named on the list of illegal substances. The other drugs were ?those considered detrimental to the sport,? which leav…

MOTOCROSS ACTION PHOTO GALLERY: THE KID TO WATCH AT ANAHEIM THIS WEEKEND

Ken Roczen, is one of the youngest and most exciting European talents to emerge since Christophe Pourcel. The German will compete in the AMA 250 West Supercross series for the Red Bull/Teka KTM team this year. Roczen burst onto the GP scene back in 2009 (as soon as he passed the GP’s 15-year-old age limit). In his first full season in the 2010 competition he sent out plenty of signals that he will be a force to be reckoned with.  The 16-year old German racer made an indelible impression on the 250 …

SURPRISE!…NOT REALLY. AMA NATIONAL FINALE ANNOUNCED:

MX Sports Pro Racing, in conjunction Alli, the Alliance of Action Sports, are pleased to announce that Pala Raceway, located in Southern California, will join the prestigious Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Championship and will serve as the season finale for the 2010 season. Pala Raceway is one of the newest motocross playgrounds in Southern California. Based just outside the sport’s hotbed in Murrieta and Temecula, Pala is focused on providing the best riding facility possible to the thousands of motocros…

WHY THE NATIONALS NEED A NEW SCORING SYSTEM; NOT A BUNCH OF DOUBLE TALK:

To millions of motocross racers, the Olympic scoring system is the heart of the sport. It is the system used at every racetrack in America. Oops! Not true. The AMA 250/450 Nationals don?t use the Olympic system. Instead, they use a math riddle designed to confuse the fans (and the race officials themselves). At the 2009 Glen Helen 250/450 National, Ryan Dungey was first in the 250 class, Christophe Pourcel was second , Tyla Rattray was third, Tommy Searle was fourth and Trey Canard was fifth. But, if th…